GLF Tavern Reviews

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Come and Relax Tavern

Owner: Hlengiwe Ndimande

Organisation: BVFBA

Location: 16659 Ingalo Street, Ext 26, Vosloorus

How did you get into the tavern trade?

This is our family business. Both of my parents retired and my siblings and I took over the running of the tavern.

This is our family business. Both of my parents retired and my siblings and I took over the running of the tavern. My parents are now enjoying their old age and it is now our turn to continue to grow the business for the next generation.

What challenges do you face in this industry?

I feel that there are too many taverns in operation which leads to fewer patrons on certain days. I am also worried about the changes to the Liquor Amendment Bill. We want to comply but the government is making it harder for us to trade and some of the changes are just impossible to abide by. I think all tavern owners are worried about this bill.

Describe a typical day at your tavern?

On a typical day, I open the tavern at 10am and we trade until 10pm.We tidy up and make sure that the tavern is clean and ready to accept patrons. I start preparing the pap and wors and fish and chips that will be sold to patrons from 12pm. We start seeing the first patrons from 2pm when they pop in for lunch and a cold beer.


How do you encourage responsible drinking in your tavern? 

Luckily, we attract the older crowd and most of them know how to have a good time in a responsible way. I encourage patrons to eat first before they start drinking and I put water on the tables as well. If I do see someone overdoing it, I approach them and speak to them in a gentle way and encourage them to slow down.

Nkab's Place

Owner: Sipho Nkabinde

Organisation: BVFBA

Location: 1483 Musi Crescent, Ext 3, Mailula Park, Vosloorus

How did you get into the tavern trade?

It was my father’s tavern and he passed on in 2013. As his son, I took over his business and chose to carry on what my father started years ago.

What challenges do you face in this industry?

My main challenge is handling drunk customers. There are always patrons who get too drunk and as the tavern owner, I have to put their well-being, and the safety of other patrons, first. I refuse to serve anyone who is already intoxicated. I make sure that I calm them down and get them sober first before they go home. They always come back to my tavern though! 

Do you have future plans for your tavern?

Yes. I want to grow my tavern. I already have the televisions and pool tables but I think I will invest in more for entertainment for my patrons.

What keeps you trading in the township?

The people! The members of my community are warm, friendly and most of all, they are loyal to each other. We are a close-knit community and we operate as if we are family. You don’t find that warmth in the city. I love what I do because of the people who walk through my doors.