GLF Tavern Reviews

Meet the GLF tavern owners

Ria’s Place

Owner: Maria Mokoena

My challenge is that it is very quiet during the week. I only get busy at month end and that makes it hard to make any profit.

Location: 6185 Moloi Street, Tokoza

Organisation: GLF

How did you get into the tavern trade?

I started my tavern thirty years ago! I was unemployed and I was struggling to find meaningful employment. I decided to purchase one case of beer and resell the beers to make a profit and I grew slowly from there.

What challenges do you face in this industry?

I don’t have any challenges because I run a tight ship! I know how to monitor my patrons and they respect me. I only cater for the older crowd and we enjoy ourselves without any drama.

Do you have future plans for your tavern?

Not at the moment. I am very happy with the way my tavern is and my patrons enjoy the space I have created for them.

How do you give back to your community?

There is a school next door to me so I assist them by buying school uniforms for those kids who can’t afford it.

Tseleng’s Inn

Owner: Tseleng Mofokeng

Location: 7523 Kumalo Street, Tokoza

Organisation: GLF

How did you get into the tavern trade?

I started my tavern in 1992 because I wanted to support my family and disadvantaged people. I am glad that I am now able to employ two staff members and assist them to support their families as well.

What challenges do you face in this industry?

My challenge is that it is very quiet during the week. I only get busy at month-end and that makes it hard to make any profit.

Do you have future plans for your tavern?

Yes, my plan is to renovate to make my tavern much bigger and better or perhaps get bigger premises and open a distribution warehouse where taverns and shebeens can purchase all of their stock.

How do you give back to your community?

I am always ready and willing to help any disadvantaged person from my community. For those who start new jobs, I often help them with transport just to make it a bit easier for them at the beginning.