Meet the BVFBA Tavern owners

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Funi’s Tavern

Owner: Letsi Kubedi

Organisation: BVFBA

Location: 2963 Moagi Street, Ext 2, Vosloorus

I can deal with the challenges that running a tavern brings. My patrons know that I will issue a “red card” when any of them get unruly, disrespectful or drunk.

How did you get into the tavern trade?

This was my late mother’s tavern, which I took over in 2010.

What challenges do you face in this industry?

I can deal with the challenges that running a tavern brings. My patrons know that I will issue a “red card” when any of them get unruly, disrespectful or drunk. I ask them to leave immediately and I don’t give second chances. My patrons respect me as the business owner and that is important in this industry.

How has the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown affected your business?

I lost a lot of money because I was unable to operate! I have five employees whom I continued paying throughout the time that we couldn’t trade. I am grateful that I could still assist my employees and still take care of my family, but it was tough. But I am glad that many of my patrons have come back and continue to support me.

Do you have future plans for your tavern?

My future plans include renovating to accept more patrons as I have limited space at the moment. I am also considering becoming a registered liquor distributor to other taverns in my area, whom I already assist with stock because I always think ahead and purchase extra stock. I am always their Plan B and I am always able to help them out!

Mbatha’s Tavern

Owner: Paulos Mbatha

Organisation: BVFBA

Location: 16523 Umqhubi Street, Ext 26, Vosloorus

How did you get into the tavern trade?

I was retrenched in 2013 at the age of 55 and took my pension money and started this business. I had to work so starting the tavern was a way to work but be my own boss as well!

What challenges do you face in this industry?

The main challenge that I face is the constant running out of stock!  My tavern sees lots of patrons and I have a tavern that requires a big and constant supply. I am grateful that SAB delivers as much as they can to me though.

Do you have future plans for your tavern?

My future plan is to start putting together a food menu to offer my patrons so that they can enjoy breakfast, lunch and supper. I am also considering operating a tuckshop from the tavern which will sell snacks for those patrons who don’t want a full meal.

How do you give back to your community?

I give back to my community by hosting snooker tournaments every Sunday at my tavern. There are eight clubs that compete against each other and the local community enjoys being a part of the action. It provides entertainment for them and it brings our community closer.