NTHA Tavern Reviews

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Kwass Place

Owner: Khuzi Khoza 

Organisation: NTHA

We drink spirits with water and ice so we can pace ourselves. I make sure that there is always water and ice buckets available to patrons at my tavern.

Location: 95 Magigwane Street, Daveyton, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng

How did you get into the tavern trade?

I started selling liquor with a partner, without a licence, 15 years ago. We parted ways a few years ago and I started on my own. I struggled on my own because it is difficult to keep up with all of the rules and regulations that are constantly changing and I wanted to be compliant. Things changed for the better once I became a member of NTHA. I am now part of this big organisation that assists me to run my tavern in the proper way and most importantly, I am kept up-to-date with everything that I need to know in my industry.

What challenges do you face in this industry?

Luckily, I don’t have many big challenges. The main challenge for me is that this business has many ups and downs. There are times that I don’t see many patrons coming through my doors. There are many taverns operating in my area and we are competing against each other every day. I do have the upper hand with my projector though. Everybody knows that when the soccer is on, my tavern is the spot to watch the game!

Has your tavern been affected by the listeriosis outbreak?

Thankfully no! The main dish that I serve is pork trotters and that is a popular dish with my patrons. I never really served any cold meats like polony or Russians so I am lucky that I didn’t have any stock to return. We are too scared to eat any of those products now and I do hope that other taverns are careful with what they serve.


What sets your tavern apart from the rest?

The peace! My patrons are the older crowd. I don’t allow youngsters into my tavern because they create too many hassles. I have 20 regular customers that I see every day and over weekends, I see between 40 and 50 people. We behave ourselves, enjoy our drinks and challenge each other with a game of pool or watch TV or sport on the projector. No fighting, drunks or rudeness - and I will keep it that way.

Zack’s Place

Owner: Zacks Mokoena

Organisation: NTHA

Location: 1926 Nyaweni Street, Daveyton, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng

How did you get into the tavern trade?

I started with a spaza shop 10 years ago. It was my intention to move from retail to liquor. I waited until I got the proper permit to trade in liquor, closed my spaza shop and the rest is history.

What are your thoughts on the Liquor Amendment Bill?

I am particularly worried about the rezoning laws. When townships were built during apartheid, they did not include business-zoned areas. That is exactly why we operate from our family homes. If the government goes ahead with rezoning, it will put all township-based liquor traders out of business.

What are your top-selling brands?

I would say that my top-selling brands are Castle Lite, Hansa, Amstel and Hunter’s Dry. J&B is definitely a top seller as well. 

How do you encourage your patrons to drink responsibly?

I am an old man of 66 years. My tavern only attracts the older crowd and we have learned how to be responsible drinkers through the years. We drink for enjoyment and not to get drunk like the younger crowd. We drink spirits with water and ice so we can pace ourselves. I make sure that there is always water and ice buckets available to patrons at my tavern.