This App Is Connecting South African Foodies With Home Chefs Close To Them

Fancy a home cooked meal but have no time to make it yourself? South Africans now have a solution for a better, healthier lifestyle. Simply order a meal from someone who lives close to you and pay with the tap of a screen.

Wazupa is a new app that connects ‘Home Chefs’ to ‘Grazers’, those who like to eat, and creates a convenient location-based marketplace. You can collect your meal or have it delivered for a fee.

The app was piloted in Joburg and Pretoria, and is now available all over SA.

Grazers can get delicious, quality home-prepared food by going onto the app and checking what each home chef has available. They can select, order, decide to collect or request delivery and make payment.

People want to eat healthier, and we can help remove the guilt of junk takeaways, as many of us are just too busy. Wazupa can help get families around the table at meal times again. Lance Baum, Wazupa CEO

The app uses a rating system for each chef, and you can order any food type from banting to dairy free, Asian to seafood, halaal, kosher or vegetarian.

Lance Baum, CEO of Wazupa explains his inspiration for this local innovation. “When my wife had a baby, our friends used to drop off home cooked meals. I found it so exciting to try someone else’s delicious food in my own home. I realised that it’s also a tremendous opportunity to help people to do what they love and be able to earn a secondary income from it.

The Wazupa platform allows South Africans to set up their own food businesses by simply creating a profile and then setting out menu items by photographing and pricing their best dishes. Each chef can also specify working hours. Wazupa earns 15% off the retail selling price of the transaction, but carries the credit card and other processing fees.

Since it became available in July, the app has seen tremendous interest and growth, with 150 chefs and more than 650 grazers activated. Over 2000 menu items have been loaded.

Wazupa is available in app stores for iPhone and for Android or online at www.wazupa.com.

Cover Image: Home Chef Beverley Abraham - Randpark Ridge
Dish: Traditional mince kebabs and roti - a family favourite of ground beef, fresh chillies, chopped onions, herbs and traditional spices made into balls and cooked in a tomato chutney. Served with your choice of brown or white rotis and yoghurt and cucumber salad.

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