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SALTA Tavern Reviews

Mizo’s Place

Owner: Mabel Sithole

I give back to my community when there are funerals. I am the one that donates tables and chairs and if food is needed, I am more than happy to assist them by buying vegetables.

Organisation: SALTA

Location: 540 Killi Fish Street, Ext 1, Kaalfontein, Midrand

How did you get into the tavern trade?

I started trading in 2004. I started with a few cases and carried on until I had the space to sell more and grew from there. Although my space is still not big enough, I can proudly say that I have created jobs for others and now employ four people to assist me in running my tavern.

How do you encourage your patrons to drink responsibly?

I make sure that there is water for everyone and I have an African food menu, which my patrons enjoy and love, so everyone always has a full stomach before they start drinking. I even go a step further and put condoms in the bathrooms to protect my patrons and I replenish the condoms often which means that they are taking them and protecting themselves.

Do you have future plans for your tavern?

Yes, I am planning to renovate my tavern to make the space a lot bigger. I also want to start attracting more of the younger crowd. Besides upgrading the size, I want to grow my business faster and make it sustainable so that I can leave it to my son and daughter one day.

How do you give back to your community?

I give back to my community when there are funerals. I am the one that donates tables and chairs and if food is needed, I am more than happy to assist them by buying vegetables.

Bonny’s Tavern

Owner: Bonny Sibanda

Organisation: SALTA

Location: 15310 Limpopo Drive, Ext 3, Ivory Park, Midrand

How did you get into the tavern trade?

I started trading in 2006 because I knew the importance of working for yourself and being your own boss. That is the way to a successful future.

What challenges do you face in this industry?

My main challenge is the unlicensed shebeens. They don’t adhere to the rules and operate until whatever time they feel. I adhere to my trading hours of 10am to 2am but I am losing customers because when I close, my customers will go straight to the unlicensed shebeens and continue partying there. They make the area unsafe and they allow people to drink irresponsibly.

Do you have future plans for your tavern?

I would like to create more jobs within my tavern for people who are unemployed and seeking work. I would then offer them positions such as security guards to help get them on their feet again.

How do you give back to your community?

Every year I buy school uniforms for the kids who need them at our local school. I also host an annual Christmas lunch for the needy kids and especially for the orphaned kids that reside in our community. That is the highlight each year for Bonny’s Tavern and everyone comes together to spoil and support these kids. They have a wonderful time too!