SALTA Tavern Reviews

Meet the SALTA tavern owners

Virgy’s Place

Owner: Virgy Ndlovu

Whenever there is a funeral in my community, I assist by providing transport, tents, chairs and pots and pans to make the load less for the grieving family.

Location: 5251 Hail Street, Bram Fischer Ext 2, Dobsonville

Organisation: SALTA

How did you get into the tavern trade?

I started my tavern in 2001. My house was the eighth house to be built in the area and I started selling food to the workers who were completing the other homes. They asked me to stock cooldrink, cigarettes and beer and before I knew it, the demand was too big and my tavern was born!

What challenges do you face in this industry?

My challenge is crime in my area. I have had many robbery attempts and patrons often fight but I am lucky to have my husband who assists me and keeps an eye to ensure the tavern remains a safe environment for me, the staff and the patrons.

Do you have future plans for your tavern?

I would love to convert my tavern into a bottle store instead and other taverns can purchase their stock directly from me.

How do you give back to your community?

I assist my community members often with money. If any community member is in need, I am happy to assist them.

TS Inn

Owner: Thandi Mmoya

Location: 475 Baobob Close, Ebony Park

Organisation: SALTA

How did you get into the tavern trade?

My father started this tavern in Alexandra in 1992. In 2001, I moved the tavern to another location because I was retrenched and I couldn’t find another job.

What challenges do you face in this industry?

My main challenge is that I am losing many of my customers. I live next door to a Boxer, Pick n Pay and Shoprite and many of my customers are choosing to support these stores because I cannot compete with their prices.

Do you have future plans for your tavern?

Yes, it is my dream to build another storey to have an upstairs section.

How do you give back to your community?

Whenever there is a funeral in my community, I assist by providing transport, tents, chairs and pots and pans to make the load less for the grieving family.