SALTA Tavern Reviews

Plans for expansion!

Paul Tutje

Thola In Place

 Owner: Lazrus Moimane

 Location: 286/84 Block FF, Soshanguve

How did you get into the tavern trade?

As a youngster, my mother brewed and sold African beer! My mother was successful and I grew up in this industry and learnt a lot about it, so it was natural for me to get into this business. I have been trading for 12 years now.

It was always my dream to have my own business. Then, 10 years ago, I lost my job and that is how I started.


How many people do you employ in your tavern?

I have five people in total whom I employ. Three of my employees are women who were once orphans, so I am their parental figure. I have bought them a home and am able to feed and clothe them and offer them work.

What are your top-selling brands?

The stock that moves the fastest is Savanna, Hunter’s Dry and Hunter’s Gold.

What else does your tavern offer?

I host braais and social gatherings every Saturday that attracts more than 150 customers at each event. My events are very popular.

Do you have future plans for your tavern?

I am planning on extending and making my premises much bigger.

How do you give back to your community

I am the President of the Soshanguve Liquor Traders Association, with 102 members under me. I give back to the community by making sure that all of my members comply with the law, so that our entire community can benefit and be successful. If our taverns grow, we can employ more people and our whole community will benefit.

  Tutje’s Tavern

 Owner: Paul Tutje

 Location: 760 Block FF, Soshanguve

 How did you get into the tavern trade?

It was always my dream to have my own business. Then, 10 years ago, I lost my job and that is how I started.

What are your top-selling brands?

The Hansa and Castle quarts do very well. The 200ml Gordon’s Dry Gin, 200ml Klipdrift and 200ml Richelieu brandy, as well as the 200ml Three Ships five year old are also favourites.

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

I offer lots! I have two flat screens and DStv for the sport. All of my customers watch the big games at my tavern. I offer music and I have a pool table that is always full. My tavern is also very clean. In addition, I operate a kitchen on the side of my tavern. I have two ladies who cook pap and stew, pap and chicken, and pap and steak. I always advise my customers to have a bite to eat first before they start drinking.

How do you handle difficult customers?

I stay calm, because drunk people always want to have the final say. They usually listen to me, because they respect me and know that I am a nice guy.

Do you have future plans for your tavern?

I need to extend my premises so that I can sell and store more stock. I want to be a wholesaler to the smaller taverns, and they can get their stock directly from me in the future. I already get stock directly from ABI, Distell and SAB. That is definitely the next step for me.