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Let’s Go Local: Levuka on my List: Dreketi Businessman

Rahim Buksh is a man on a mission. If given the opportunity, this Dreketi, Macuata, man wants to turn it into a satellite town, so that it can further contribute to the economy. He is the owner of M. Aziz & Sons Limited which he took ownership from his late father who started it in 1983.
02 Apr 2022 06:00
Let’s Go Local: Levuka on my List: Dreketi Businessman
Levuka Town from the harbour and Rahim Buksh.

Rahim Buksh is a man on a mission.

If given the opportunity, this Dreketi, Macuata, man wants to turn it into a satellite town, so that it can further contribute to the economy.

He is the owner of M. Aziz & Sons Limited which he took ownership from his late father who started it in 1983.

 

He is also operating the Deep River Lodge in Dreketi.

The 48-year-old and father of seven, began business with his father at the age of 20.

Following his father’s death in 2001, he is building his legacy and making his own as well.

 

“I want to develop Dreketi because it is the main stopover for many travellers along Nabouwalu to Labasa Town,” he said.

“Even for those coming through Savusavu Highway to catch boats at Nabouwalu jetty in Bua.

“After ten years of research, we built Dreketi’s first lodge in 2020 with a swimming pool, restaurant and rentals.”

 

Many people even book the lodge for the swimming pool and social functions.

He has more than 10 employees including family members helping out in his investment.

“My future plan is to build a service station and the good news is that I have managed to secure a piece of land,” Mr Buksh said.

 

“I have even financially supported my district football club, Dreketi whenever they needed my help.”

He hopes more people in Dreketi can join in his effort to make Dreketi a satellite town.

 

How many places have you visited around Fiji?
I have been to the main towns and cities in Fiji.

 

Guest enjoying Lavena Coastal Walk in Taveuni.

Guest enjoying Lavena Coastal Walk in Taveuni.

What is the one place in Fiji you would take visitors to, and why?
Taveuni Island to see the Tagimoucia.

It’s beautiful and cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

 

Lunch Box in Labasa.

Lunch Box in Labasa.

What is your favourite place for coffee/ pie, and why?
Lunchbox in Labasa Town.

That is the only place I get all kinds of drinks with savouries and food to meet all family needs.

 

What is your favourite backyard spot, and why?
Deep River Lodge in Dreketi.

It provides me inner peace reminding me to be forever grateful to God for making my dreams come true.

 

Levuka Town on March 25, 2022. Photo: Ranoba Baoa

Levuka Town on March 25, 2022. Photo: Ranoba Baoa

What is one place in Fiji that remains on your bucket list, and why?
Levuka.

I heard it’s a beautiful place and as Fijians we should know our history, how Independence was initiated.

 

 

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