Meet the SALTA tavern owners

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Sqalo Court

Owner: Zandi Madzena

Organisation: SALTA

I started my tavern in 2001 and only operated for a few years when I decided to go back to work in 2005 because my children wanted to go to university.

Location: FT 205, Finetown, Grassmere, JHB

How did you get into the tavern trade?

I started my tavern in 2001 and only operated for a few years when I decided to go back to work in 2005 because my children wanted to go to university.  I started trading again in 2016 and haven’t looked back since.

What challenges do you face in this industry?

Thankfully I don’t have any challenges in the liquor industry. My tavern is quiet and safe and none of my patrons misbehaves or acts unruly. It is a pleasure for them to be entertained at my tavern.

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

I had sold all of my stock at level 5 already and couldn’t afford to buy more stock because since we couldn’t trade, I had to use the stock money to run my household and stock up on food. My late sister’s children live with me and my daughter is unemployed so my family came first. We managed to survive on the money that I would have used for stock but it was terrible waiting that long to start trading again.

Do you have future plans for your tavern?

Yes! My dream is to renovate and build a double-storey structure on top of my carport and perhaps turn that into a smoking section. In the immediate future, in the holiday period, I plan to recuperate all the money I lost during the lockdown by selling meat at my tavern. I have already purchased the meat and am looking forward to the festive season when I add to my tavern menu.

Dudu’s Inn

Owner: Duduzile Mbele

Organisation: SALTA

Location: 2576 Palm Springs, Section J, Zinnia Street, Vaal

How did you get into the tavern trade?

I started my tavern in 2004 because I was unemployed and struggled to find meaningful work. I used to manage my mom’s tavern and learnt how to operate and manage a tavern when I assisted her in her business so starting my own tavern was the natural thing to do.

What challenges do you face in this industry?

I have many years of experience so I can handle anything that this industry throws at me!

Did you apply for Covid-19 relief funding and were you successful?

Yes, I applied for the R20 000 tavern grant that was promised to us but received nothing! I applied early, as soon as the applications opened, but I don’t know why I didn’t receive anything because I met all the criteria for the tavern grant.

Do you have future plans for your tavern?

My future plans include renovating and building a motel. I own two stands and my plan is to build the motel on one of the stands and to build an outdoor tavern on the other stand. I believe that you have to have more than one business so there is always a backup in case one of the businesses isn’t doing well.