Profit and responsibility

In 2017 the NTHA will prove it is an association of liquor traders against crime

On 7 December 2016, the NTHA held its closing party at Rietvlei Zoo Farm. Members of all 27 branches were present having fun. President Mrs Fanny Mokoena’s festive message was that they should trade responsibly during the festive session and not get carried away and forget the code of conduct, which is not to sell alcohol to underage children or intoxicated people because it could endanger their health and safety. Traders should also stick to the statutory trading hours to ensure their businesses don’t disturb the peace or vex their neighbours. Traders are encouraged to go out there and make a profit but remember to maintain an effective stock rotation system so as to be able to serve chilled beverages. They must also not forget to keep their serving areas hygienically clean at all times and must remain alert to scams and robberies that could affect the business. Here, the remedy is making sure they have adequate security to keep the premises, employees and patrons to be safe at all times.

Once they have made their profit, traders must also make sure that they don’t forget to identify needy children in the community and lend a helping hand, for example, by donating school uniforms, food parcels, clothes, or anything else they can afford to assist the community with. That little bit of faith and support can make a big difference in the communities we trade in.

On 11 January 2017, life was restored to the NTHA’s offices when the executive committee had its first meeting. Next day was the Reps meeting; the branch operation meeting was held on 25 January.

We want to help where we can help so that our traders will be able to trade with their shebeen licences.

The catering school also opened on 11 January to continue its hospitality programs under the umbrella of the NTHA.  Two programs are currently running. First, there is the program for Assistant Chef NQF Level 2, containing 52 credits. The current class will be finishing on the last day of January 2017. Enrolment is open for candidates who are interested in joining the hospitality industry with this entry level course. The registration fee is R350 and the total course fee is R1500. The duration of the course is three months.

Successful graduates can advance to the NQF Level 4 Professional Cookery National Certificate containing 156 credits. The duration of this program is 12 months, the same as the current Professional Cookery Class. The learnership that started in May  2016 will be ending in April 2017; intake for the next learnership program will be from May 2017.

The NTHA year plan has been developed and it is as follows:

  • 8 February, 2017: General Meeting
  • 14 February, 2017: Executive meeting
  • 15 March, 2017: Victim Empowerment will donating first aid kit and toiletry for all branches
  • 27 June, 2017: Youth Day will be celebrated in Meadowlands
  • 20 July, 2017: Christmas in July and Mandela Day,  where we will be pampering our senior citizens with gifts and serving them breakfast and lunch
  • 17 August, 2017: Women’s Day
  • 28 September, 2017: Heritage Day, where all members will be dressed in their traditional clothes.
  • 18 October, 2017: Liquor Month
  • 15 November, 2017: World Aids Day at MTDC.
  • 6 December, 2017: Closing Day

The most important matter that the NTHA will be focusing on is the Yeoville Case, which will influence the future of all permit holders in the trading industry. We want to help where we can help so that our traders will be able to trade with their shebeen licences, as the late MEC Nkosiphendule had promised that they would be converted.

Phumzile Ratladi