SALTA Tavern Reviews

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Windmill Park Shisanyama

Owner: Prince Ndlovu

Organisation: SALTA

I started Ebandleni soccer team to keep the youngsters off the streets. We currently play at Boksburg Stadium.

Location: 3608 East Central Street, Windmill Park, Boksburg

How did you get into the tavern trade?

I started 12 years ago. I was a manager at a logistics company for six years and I wanted a fresh start. Working for a boss was a blessing in disguise, because I was able to study further through the company, which equipped me with the necessary management skills that I needed to make my own tavern a success. When I resigned to start to work for myself, I already had the skills set and the transition was easy.

Describe a typical day at your tavern.

My day starts when I open up between 10am and 11am. I then start preparing my braai meat for the day – that is the biggest attraction. People start coming in for a bite to eat, a drink and to watch TV and dance. I would say that I see between 400 and 500 customers a day, who are in and out throughout the day. On week nights I close at midnight, and on weekends I close at 1:30am.

What sets your tavern apart from the rest?

I would say that my tavern is safe, and the food and alcohol is affordable. I employ bouncers and security guards. I have the cheapest prices in town. I don’t add a big mark-up to my prices and I run a lot of promotions. I take pride in my tavern and have recently serviced my generators, painted the tavern and invested in a new braai stand. My next big purchase will be a spit braai, which will be a hit with my customers.

How do you give back to your community?

I started Ebandleni soccer team to keep the youngsters off the streets. We currently play at Boksburg Stadium. My sister and I approached Totalsports recently and we were blessed with donations of soccer balls, soccer boots and tracksuits for the team. Besides my team, I supply food for funerals and assist with burials – I helped to bury a gentleman from Lesotho who had no family, and our community was able to give him a beautiful final send-off. I also assist four families financially. I believe in supporting my community, and will continue to do that in any way that I can.

Depora’s Inn

Owner: Dalene Azevedo

Organisation: SALTA

Location: 33 Gelderblom Street, Windmill Park, Boksburg

How did you get into the tavern trade?

Starting a tavern was actually my husband and his friend’s idea. They started in 2004, but they weren’t equipped to run a tavern. I took the initiative and decided to make it work for all of us. I got my permit in 2007 after operating under the radar, and built my tavern slowly.

Who are your customers?

My customers are the older crowd, who know how to enjoy their liquor and have a good time without fighting, etc. I don’t allow any youngsters into my tavern. I often have youngsters bringing me their birth certificates to prove that they are 18, but my tavern is strictly for the older people. We open at 10am, drink, eat, watch TV, play a game of pool and close at 11pm every night. My customers know how to drink responsibly.

Do you have future plans for your tavern?

Yes! My dream is to operate as a wholesaler. I want to turn my tavern into a bottle store. I recently decided to stop using the credit option at SAB and now purchase stock with cash only, as a way to save and manage my money better to realise this dream. It will take a while, but I will get there.

How do you give back to your community?

I have a junior pool club that I started. They practise and compete at my tavern, using my pool tables. I trained them myself! I also assist when a member of the community needs assistance with school, money to go to an interview and even baking for funerals. My door is always open.