GLF Tavern Reviews

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Rocker Fella Pub and Grill

Owner: Sibusiso Mogano

Organisation: GLF

I am very lucky to be the only tavern in my area, so I entertain lots of community members at my place.

Location: 226 Letfeka Street, Thadima Section, Katlehong

How did you get into the tavern trade?

I have always had my own tavern. I used to operate in Daveyton, but when my mom passed on in 2012, I closed my tavern and took over her business. It was definitely worth it, as there are more customers in Katlehong. I entertain more than 100 people a day!

What challenges do you face in this industry?

I struggle to get credit from my suppliers. I have had to operate with cash only, which is sometimes difficult because it affects my stock. I have to purchase stock a few times each month to operate properly. Having a credit option would make things run a bit smoother.

What has been the highlight since taking over the tavern?

The highlight for me was when I redecorated the tavern. I upgraded from plastic chairs to fancy couches and just made everything look better and more modern. I now have Saturday deep house sessions, Sunday soul sessions and Monday old school sessions in complete style!

Do you have future plans for your tavern?

Yes. My wish is to expand and make my space a lot bigger. I am thinking of building a carport and converting that into the smoking area and to protect my customers from the rain. That is the next step for me.

Gigi’s Place

Owner: Thoko Tshabalala

Organisation: GLF

Location: 463 Mathanda Section, Katlehong

How did you get into the tavern trade?

I started in 1998. My family and I had a serious lack of money, and no one in our household was working. Starting a tavern was the way to financial freedom for us.

What are your top-selling liquor brands?

All of the SAB brands and Heineken are favourites. My customers also enjoy Gordon’s Gin and Bells. I keep lots of stock of these brands by using the credit facility at SAB and buying stock with cash from other suppliers.

What sets your tavern apart from the rest?

I am very lucky to be the only tavern in my area, so I entertain lots of community members at my place. I serve the best fish and chips and pap and chicken meals, and cook for 100 people every day. My tavern is safe and in a tight-knit community, as most people here are foreigners who have come to work, so we look out for one another.

Do you have future plans for your tavern?

My tavern is very cramped inside, so I would like to expand and build another room for the pool tables. A carport will be ideal to create an outside seating area as well.