Why would you say no to another beer? We were captivated by how neat and clean the yard was, the soothing sounds of your Sunday classics, just the right feel to township life, another attraction being the mouth-watering aroma of her famous maotwana (chicken feet). Mme Mapula welcomed Spotong into her lovely lounge and again welcomed the ten-minute interview we conducted. The last thing Spotong wants is to keep entrepreneurs away from duty for too long!
A Portugese proverb suggests that “money is not gained by losing time.” Mme Mapula proves to have followed suit: she only obtained her permit in 2007 but had long begun with her business; the permit was 5 years late as she began in the year 2002. Balancing her income with the few profits that come with maotwana and bunny chows, business remains quite a promising pursuit.
The community of Tladi are well taken care of: they know very well that they can rely on Mapula's Inn - a place to be rid of thirst and fill their tummy's; not even the famously famished “Scooby-Doo” would complain. Mapula's Inn does not disappoint: Spotong has only been there once but has fallen in love with the authentic township feel it has, the decor, its traditional food, down to the setup of tables and chairs, the drinks come in cots, you would think you are in the middle of Hollywood.
“My association with NTHA taught me how to manage my business well and most importantly being crime alert as I only reside with my partner and so far only needed one employee. I remember how I started with off-consumption (take away) trading, and later had to reroute to in-consumption (stay in) trading, it has been a journey, ” says Mapula Sekwati.
"If you believe in yourself and have dedication, pride and never subjecting self to quit, you'll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards.”
Location 1104 Majoro Street Tladi