Marcia’s Scones: Mokopane’s Home Bakery

Every township has at least one local bakery that they flock to in this cold weather for scones, cookies, or any heart-warming baked goods to go with their tea or coffee. For the people in Mokopane, it is Marcia’s Scones.

Founded two years ago just a month into lockdown, Marcia’s Scones business has maintained steady growth ever since. “Though I have been baking part-time before. I became much involved and started to run it as a business during that time, as a way to generate income,” Marcia Gundula tells Spotong.

“I had passion for baking, but I’ve never imagined running a business which would generate income or being profitable. I used to bake first for family and close friends growing up.”

At Work: Marcia Gundula. Photo supplied
At Work: Marcia Gundula. Photo supplied

Marcia sells a range of baked products from biscuits (eat sum mor, gingers, chocolate and melting moments), jam-tarts, scones, blueberries muffins, lemon poppies seeds muffins and rusks. “[I] have started doing cakes in special request. It would be safe to say any baked product we can deliver with exception.,” says the baker who is based in Mokopane and Venda.

Marcia has always had the entrepreneurial spirit inside of her. “From young age I’ve been involved in selling things to make a living, but this is the first time running a business outside my home village (Tshino in Vuwani).”

Together with her husband, they work from their home and make deliveries. “We do deliver in many parts of Limpopo, such as Polokwane and Waterberg to name the few. “We prepare our fresh baked on request and deliver to the clients. We’re considering catering for the walking customers in the near future because of high demand on the product.”

Handling some of the orders can sometimes be an obstacle. “Time frame to complete customers’ orders as most clients prefer last moment service. Having huge orders turns to be challenging sometimes with limited resources.”

The Boss: Marcia Gundula. Photo supplied

“We’re growing rapidly fast, and people are responding positively to our products, and we hope to see ourselves running it from an establishment facility, catering for both walk-ins, bulk ordering and events.”

The business is ran from their pockets and they haven’t received any funding or assistance from Government institutions. “Currently we have not approached any agency for assistance we running it from our own savings we had, though if such incitive or opportunity became available it would assist as to reach our goal sooner and be part of adding value to the communities we live in and able to empower others.”

Her biggest customers are “Event organisers and a working-class group, and we find much support from these two groups.” Marcia wishes to thank L Ramanyimi, A Mudau, T Seletela, T Ndlovu and S. M Matidza for their continuous support.

Marcia's Scones. Photo supplied
Marcia’s Scones. Photo supplied