BVFBA Tavern Reviews

Nghalamona Tavern

Owner: Evonne Mdaka

Organisation: BVFBA (Boksburg Vosloorus Food and Beverage Association)

Location: 26 Nombela Drive, Ext 6, Vosloorus, Boksburg

How did you get into the tavern trade?

It was my late husband’s tavern which I inherited after his passing in August of 2016. My husband started it so we could have a family business but he was killed after he responded to a robbery at our tavern.

It was my late husband’s tavern which I inherited after his passing in August of 2016. My husband started it so we could have a family business but he was killed after he responded to a robbery at our tavern. It is still our family business and I have my son, daughter and nephew who assist me in the day-to-day running of the tavern.

What challenges do you face in this industry?

My main challenge has been the issues that I have to deal with since my husband was a sole trader. I have had problems with the renewal of my liquor licence since everything was in his name. I lost all of the credit agreements that we had with suppliers and have struggled with replenishing stock which, in turn, led to some of my regular customers leaving for other taverns. I am still fighting to get my business back to where it was. Another challenge is the crime in my area. It just never seems to end!

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

Keeping my family, staff and patrons safe is of utmost importance to me so safety is one of the things that sets my tavern apart from the rest. I have bouncers who search all patrons, CCTV cameras around the tavern and armed response. My patrons can have a good time without ever worrying that something bad may happen.

How do you encourage your patrons to drink responsibly?

My tavern hours are strictly from 10am – 12am so we stick to it and don’t operate and sell liquor outside of those hours. I monitor everyone’s drinking and make sure that water is available to everyone. My kitchen is well stocked so everyone eats while they are enjoying their alcohol and my menu encourages them to have a big or small meal.

Selina’s Inn

Owner: Selina Tseke

Organisation: BVFBA (Boksburg-Vosloorus Food and Beverage Association)

Location: 2963 Mokgara Street, Ext 1, Basothong, Vosloorus

How did you get into the tavern trade?

I started 12 years ago and grew from there. I operate one of the biggest taverns in my area with the help of my family members.

How do you handle difficult customers?

We follow strict rules at my tavern. If someone gets out of hand, we put them out immediately. On the odd occasion where someone is too drunk, we put them in one of our vehicles and take them straight to their front door. If we see that someone is already drunk, we just refuse to serve them and they get the message eventually. We are responsible for every single patron at the end of the day.

What are your thoughts on the Liquor Amendment Bill?

I am in agreement with changing the legal drinking age to 21. It is better for our youth in the long run.

Do you have future plans for your tavern?

Yes. In three to five years we would like to make our premises bigger and expand and make the tavern much more spacious. I already have an entertainment section with TVs and pool tables that gets absolutely packed over weekends so it would be nice to start with that section.