NTHA Tavern Reviews

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D’Hippo Palace

Owner: Samuel Sithole

Organisation: NTHA

Location: 10041 Eiselen Street, Daveyton

My challenge is with the big suppliers. They make promises but don’t deliver on them.

How did you get into the tavern trade?

I started my tavern three years ago. I was retrenched from my job and used my payout to start the tavern.

What challenges do you face in this industry?

My challenge is with the big suppliers. They make promises but don’t deliver on them. At the moment I am struggling with cold storage which has been promised to me by a major supplier because I buy lots of stock from them. I cannot serve warm beers and I have been waiting forever for another cold storage unit. I must commend Distell though who have always delivered on their promises to me and who have assisted me greatly.

Do you have future plans for your tavern?

I am based on a busy main road so I am thinking of renovating and adding an upstairs area as my tavern is growing very quickly because I am visible to everyone.

How do you give back to your community?

I give back to my community with the help of NTHA. We buy food and donate to schools on a monthly basis. I also own a butchery and I supply free meat products every three months to those in my community who support my businesses.

Ndabezitha’s Place

Owner: Florah Masiya                                                                                                                          

Organisation: NTHA

Location: 404 Thembelihle Street, Etwatwa, Daveyton

How did you get into the tavern trade?

I started my tavern in 2006. I had no husband and no income and I was all alone. I am proud to have started this business from scratch all by myself.

What challenges do you face in this industry?

My main challenge is the harassment from police. I have been arrested before for no reason. I don’t understand why they harass me because I follow all the rules and my patrons are peaceful and my tavern doesn’t trouble anyone.

Do you have future plans for your tavern?

I want to add to my menu by selling more brands of liquor so I can offer a bigger variety of drinks to my patrons. There is so much to learn, like making different cocktails, and I am looking forward to educating myself on that and implementing it in my business.

How do you give back to your community?

I am a traditional healer and I heal the members of my community who come to me for help.