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Spotong chats to leading SALTA liquor traders

Fox’s Place

Owner: Samuel Fox

Location: 2478-7 Eatonside, Residentia, Sebokeng

Organisation: SALTA

It took a while but it was worth it. I am proud of what my small business has grown into because it certainly isn’t small anymore!

How did you get into the tavern trade?

I always wanted to have my own business and work for myself. I started in the liquor trade in 1996 and finally started operating with a tavern license in 2007. It took a while but it was worth it. I am proud of what my small business has grown into because it certainly isn’t small anymore!

What challenges do you face in this industry?

There is lots of competition in this industry, especially in my area. I try to keep my prices reasonable and host more functions to stand out from the rest and that works for me and keeps my patrons coming through my doors. Also, as with any business, this business has its up and downs and there are peak times and times where we are very quiet.

Do you have future plans for your tavern?

Yes! My dream is to grow this business into a proper restaurant where I will serve an assortment of meals and still keep the entertainment side.

How do you give back to your community?

I give back to my community by sponsoring soccer teams and soccer tournaments which I organise myself. I also bless the players with trophies, certificates and medals which I pay for out of my own pocket.

Mantso’s Place

Owner: Mantso Maruping

Location: 13796 Ext 7, Evaton West

Organisation: SALTA

How did you get into the tavern trade?

I was a struggling, single parent and I had to make a way for my children. I ordered two cases of beer and as soon as it was delivered, I started selling immediately. I finally got my tavern license in 2003.

What challenges do you face in this industry?

My main challenge is that there are so many taverns operating around me so it is hard to stay relevant. I have specials throughout the week and weekend, which my patrons enjoy and appreciate and it keeps them loyal to me. Another challenge I face is the inconsistent electricity supply that I have to deal with because I live in an RDP house and operate from my home. It is very frustrating because my beer stock cannot stay cold and it goes off too much and there isn’t any warning for me so I can at least prepare for it beforehand.

What do you enjoy most about being a tavern owner?

I enjoy being able to provide for my family and I get to spoil them often. I also enjoy the friendships that I have made over the years with my patrons and the new faces that I get to meet.

How do you give back to your community?

I give back to my community by hosting regular soup kitchens where I aim to feed as many hungry tummies as possible. I am also passionate about assisting the clinics in our area who assist injured women and children. I assist the patients as well and help to make them feel better whether they need something to eat or clean clothing.