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Spotong chats to leading liquor traders

Nozi’s Tavern

Owner: Nozibele Nomnqa

Location: 1563 Greenfields Street, Thokoza, Ekurhuleni

Organisation: KALTA

How did you get into the tavern trade?

I built on for my tavern and I installed toilets and windows. I am grateful to God and SAB for assisting me in those early days.

I started my tavern in 2000. I was a domestic worker and I was battling to make ends meet as my husband passed on and I was alone trying to raise my three sons who were very young at the time. I had no money for school fees, uniforms or food and I was always worrying. I decided to take the plunge and started trading with one case of beer out of my bedroom in my RDP house. SAB came to see me shortly after that and they assisted me with more stock, signage and branding. It all happened very fast. Because of SAB’s assistance with growing my small business, I was able to renovate my home with the proceeds of my business. I built on for my tavern and I installed toilets and windows. I am grateful to God and SAB for assisting me in those early days.

What challenges do you face in this industry?

The crime! My tavern has been targeted three times since I opened. On 31 December 2018, we were robbed and four of my patrons were killed. The criminals took money and tobacco and they robbed three taverns in the same evening! We need assistance from the police because it is not safe for us.

Do you have future plans for your tavern?

I want to trade as a bottle store instead of a tavern. It is safer and I feel that I am now too old to operate a tavern and I want peace and quiet.

How do you give back to your community?

I am a community leader in my area so I assist with food hampers, clothing, money and advice to those in need. People like to come to me for help and I believe that God sends them to me.

Musa’s Inn

Owner: Musa Ntshangase

Location: 15792 Ext 16, Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni

Organisation: BVFBA

How did you get into the tavern trade?

I opened my tavern in 2006. My stokvel group suggested that I start trading because there was no entertainment place for us in our area to come together and relax at the time.

What challenges do you face in this industry?

My main challenge is that we don’t receive support from the Department of Economic Development. We also suffer with all the “sin taxes” and I feel that they should offer support so that we can grow our taverns because we also create jobs with our small businesses.

What sets your tavern apart from the rest of the taverns in your area?

My tavern is known as “The Clubhouse” and it is the best because the atmosphere and entertainment are great and the food is even better. I serve a delicious menu of light meals which include sandwiches, boerewors rolls and steak and chips.

How do you give back to your community?

In summer, I cut everyone’s grass! I also assist throughout the year with food and donations to help as many people as I can.