NTHA Tavern Reviews

Meet the NTHA tavern owners

Venda Sun

Owner: Thomani Maphorisa

Organisation: NTHA

Location: 584B Lebonyane Street, Zone 7, Meadowlands

How did you get into the tavern trade?  

The relationship with the local police station is a bit of a challenge sometimes because they need to be available to us when we call upon them and crime in my community is a big issue!

In 2004 I started selling with one case from my home. The tavern grew as time went on. I even joined the SAB Share Scheme with the extra money that I was making and have managed to build a storeroom, shelter for customers, a drinking area and a non-smoking area.

What challenges do you face in this industry?  

The relationship with the local police station is a bit of a challenge sometimes because they need to be available to us when we call upon them and crime in my community is a big issue! If they can work hand in hand with us, a lot of the crime issues will be resolved.

Do you have future plans for your tavern?  

Yes, I am looking for businesses to sponsor my tavern to upgrade the look, get alcohol discounts and I can offer them branding opportunities inside and outside of my tavern.

How do you give back to your community?  

I look after two kids who live next door whose parents passed away. I have made the decision to make sure that these children get everything they need because I was very close to their parents. I also have a soccer team called Venda Sun FC and this helps the community to stay fit.

Boysie’s Place

Owner: Wenzile Dube

Organisation: NTHA

Location: 2704 Tshepisong, Phase 2, Roodepoort

How did you get into the tavern trade?

My dad started the tavern 15 years ago. He has retired to KZN and I have taken over the running of the tavern.

What challenges do you face in this industry?

Crime is a major challenge for me. I have been a victim of crime twice in my tavern. Criminals came into my tavern both times, pulled guns and stole cash and alcohol. Thankfully no-one was hurt.

Do you have future plans for your tavern?

Yes, I would like to start serving food soon. I would like to convert part of the tavern into a restaurant and serve a full traditional food menu to my patrons.

How do you give back to your community?

I donate to the local high school in the area. When they have soccer tournaments, I sponsor each tournament and donate what they need.