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Spotong chats to leading liquor traders

Thiko’s Liquor Restaurant

Owner: Jomo Thiko

Organisation: NTHA

My patrons and I have so much fun and we all enjoy each other’s company so I enjoy the close friendships and bonds that are formed.

Location: 2484 Vlakfontein, Station 2, Woodpecker Street, Vlakfontein

How did you get into the tavern trade?

I got into this trade in 2004. I wasn’t working at the time and there were no taverns in Vlakfontein so I found an opportunity and gave the community a service that they needed.

What do you enjoy most about being a tavern owner?

My patrons and I have so much fun and we all enjoy each other’s company so I enjoy the close friendships and bonds that are formed. My tavern is very popular with the older crowd and my tavern attracts peaceful patrons so I really look forward to seeing everyone each day. The patrons make the business worthwhile.

Do you have future plans for your tavern?

Yes, I want to grow it into a bigger business. It is already so big with 11 employees but I want to see how successful I can make it.


How do you give back to your community?

I don’t sell food from my own tavern but I have allowed community members to earn a decent living by preparing and selling food to my patrons. They have full use of the outside area in front of my tavern and I am glad that they are able to also be successful entrepreneurs with the opportunity that I have given them.

Kwa Mnaka Tavern

Owner: Alfred Langa

Organisation:NTHA

Location: 38/3 Ingrid Street, Vlakfontein

How did you get into the tavern trade?

I started in 2003. I started on a very small scale with one case. I left my job because I wanted to have a better focus on my own business instead of making an employer rich. It is now run as our family business and my wife, son and daughter all work with me. I went from trading with one case to now stocking more than three hundred cases at a time!

What challenges do you face in this industry?

I have been so lucky and blessed trading in this industry and I have no complaints!

Do you have future plans for your tavern?

Yes. I am leaving this business to both of my kids. This will be my legacy that I leave to them. I am grateful that I can leave a thriving and successful business to them one day considering where I started.

How do you give back to your community?

I assist the schools and crèches in my community by donating money, buying school uniforms and spoiling the kids with donations of food.