GLF Tavern Reviews

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Rhumba’s Tavern

Owner: Sipho Mkwanazi

Organisation: GLF

Location: 6278 Le-fuli Crescent, Ext 9, Vosloorus

A typical day at my tavern would be starting the day by preparing mogodu, Russians and fish and chips for my patrons.

How did you get into the tavern trade?

I got into the liquor industry in 1989. It was my father’s tavern and I took over running the tavern when he passed on. I am proud to have continued and grown my family business.

Describe a typical day at your tavern?

A typical day at my tavern would be starting the day by preparing mogodu, Russians and fish and chips for my patrons. I then make sure that the TVs are on, the pool tables are clean and ready and music will be playing to get the patrons in a good mood as they arrive. If there is live soccer being played on the day, I make sure to put my projector on for the soccer fans. I make sure that everything is wiped down and tidy and we all enjoy ourselves.

Do you have future plans for your tavern?

Yes, I have so many patrons that I think it’s time to extend the tavern to create more space.

How do you give back to your community?

At the end of every month, I give free drinks to my community members as a way of thanking them for their support. I also assist if anyone is in need of transport and loan money to those who are struggling.

Moss Refreshments

Owner: Veronica Moss

Organisation: GLF

Location: 5157 Mbonane Road, Ext 2, Vosloorus

How did you get into the tavern trade?

I started with a tuckshop in 2011 selling sweets, bread and eggs to the locals. My customers actually approached me and asked me to consider selling cold beers and I started with one case and it grew very quickly from there because the demand for beer was so great.

What challenges do you face in this industry?

My main challenge is that I struggle to relax and unwind because I have to jump from attending to my patrons’ needs to my family’s needs because the business and my home are at the same address. I am always busy!

Do you have future plans for your tavern?

I want to add a shisanyama or restaurant to the tavern and use my entire property for business use only. That would mean relocating my family home and living separately from my business premises. I have also recently applied for a temporary spaza shop permit so I can sell basic food items and cigarettes to the locals during the Covid-19 pandemic so they don’t have to risk getting sick when leaving our community to get what they need.

How do you give back to your community?

I give back to my community through my contributions to The Gauteng Liquor Forum and with the different initiatives that we, as an organisation, host throughout the year.