NTHA Tavern Reviews

STRESS-FREE TAVERN

OWNER: DORENE AFRICA

ORGANISATION: NTHA

My patrons love my tavern because it is a place where they can wind down after a long day, watch their favourite sport on one of the many televisions and play a game of pool with their friends.

LOCATION: 11930 ARSENAL STREET, EXT. 7, MOHLAKENG, RANDFONTEIN, GAUTENG

How did you get into the tavern trade?

I lost my job in 1997 and that really depressed me. My mom used to sell liquor when I was a youngster and that was our family business. I clearly remember the day that I saw a delivery van passing me and then it struck me to start selling liquor as well. The idea was perfect at the time, as the area I lived in was still fairly new and no one else was trading in liquor yet. I now employ three people and entertain 50–60 people a day during the week and many more over weekends. I am proud of my tavern.

What challenges do you face in this industry?

At the moment, I am really struggling with minors who try to drink at my tavern. I have a strict rule that you have to be over the age of 25 to enter. When everyone turns 25, they are more than welcome to come and have a good time, but until then, I will keep on putting them out.

What sets your tavern apart from the other taverns in your area?

Besides the great food and great entertainment, I am the proud owner of the Stress-Free Soccer Team. My team plays against other teams in the surrounding communities, and we are the winning team. My patrons are big supporters of my team and support them from the stands on game days.


How do you handle difficult customers?

The 25-and-over crowd knows how to drink responsibly. That is why I am so strict with my entry rules. When I do experience a difficult customer, I never send them home, as that will endanger their lives. I make a point to feed them and get them sober. We all have to look out for one another.

MAJOVA’S PLACE

OWNER: MPHO MAJOVA

ORGANISATION: NTHA

LOCATION: 3042 HLAZANA STREET, MOHLAKENG, RANDFONTEIN, GAUTENG

How did you get into the tavern trade?

I started with my brother 15 years ago. We started very small by building a shack outside that we then converted into a proper room as we got busier. It is now a family business that employs my younger sister, my partner and three other people.

What challenges do you face in this industry?

My main challenge has been getting the proper licence for my tavern. I have been operating with a shebeen permit for so long and have been sent from pillar to post trying to get assistance. I do want to be compliant and I follow all the rules, but it is so difficult to get a proper tavern licence as the rules change all the time. I joined NTHA so that I can get assistance in growing my business properly, and to be informed at all times.

What sets your tavern apart from the other taverns in your area?

My patrons love my tavern because it is a place where they can wind down after a long day, watch their favourite sport on one of the many televisions and play a game of pool with their friends. I also have Majova’s Dream Team, which is my own soccer team, and we are the team to watch this year!

How do you give back to your community?

I donate money to causes that benefit my community when asked. I have a passion for educating my patrons on the dangers of alcohol abuse. I have posters and marketing material throughout my tavern that they can read to educate themselves. It is my duty to make sure that they know how to drink responsibly.