Trust Langa’s own cafe to up your energy

2016-10-06 06:00
 Partners Bulumko Govuza and Chris Siphiwe Bangira at the launch of their coffee shop Kaffa Hoist Cafe.  PHOTO: Manez sobethwa

Partners Bulumko Govuza and Chris Siphiwe Bangira at the launch of their coffee shop Kaffa Hoist Cafe. PHOTO: Manez sobethwa

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Langa has just seen its first coffee shop open and its owners have high hopes for their caffeine boost shop.

On Thursday, Kaffa Hoist Cafe was launched at the Guga Sthebe Centre in Langa with the aim to keep locals and visitors energized.

The shop is attached to the local theatre that was also recently launched and its owners are hoping to get the attention of thespians, followers as well as tourists.

“We are hoping to offer an alternative to local chill culture in our townships which are alcohol and braai focused. That is not necessarily bad but we have to offer an alternative to teetotallers,” said to owner Bulumko Govuza.

The name of the enterprise comprises of the Spanish word for coffee and ‘hoist’ which is a synonym for lifting up, they hope that their coffee will uplift local energy levels.

Govuza said that they noticed that locals in Langa had to leave their area when they needed quality coffee and is hoping to make this a thing of the past.

“This place has been an idea for a while and we are very happy that we have started to offer our service to locals.

Govuza, who normally practices as a business development advisor, said she decided to use her skills to get involved in coffee business.

She runs the business with her partner Siphiwe Bangira, a barrister, who has more than ten years in the hospitality industry.

Bangira, a Zimbabwean born Langa resident, said that he noticed the need for such a spot at the centre when he used to visit for internet surfing.

He said that he is hoping to use his experience to offer the best service to locals and the visitors.

“I started to work in the conference industry in 2004 in Joburg and moved to Cape Town in 2008 where I started working as a barista. It had always been my dream to open my own shop and we are very happy we are now operating Langa,” he said. The couple are hoping to raise enough money to start their own coffer refinery and Langa cofffee brand.

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