Crime lays claim to coffee brewery

2017-11-23 06:01
Vusumzi Mamile, Vuyile Msaku and Wongama Baleni were owners of the Department of Coffee concept store which has now gone under because of crime. PHOTO: MARY-ANNE GONTSANA

Vusumzi Mamile, Vuyile Msaku and Wongama Baleni were owners of the Department of Coffee concept store which has now gone under because of crime. PHOTO: MARY-ANNE GONTSANA

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A former hot spot for caffeine lovers in Khayelitsha, the Department of Coffee has been forced to close. This follows a burglary six months ago which left the coffee shop stripped bare.

“They took everything – all our coffee machines, equipment, everything that was in the shop,” said barista Wongama Baleni.

This was not the first time the coffee shop, which is located opposite the Khayelitsha train station, has been burgled. In 2013 burglars stole two tills and a computer, but not the coffee machines.

Baleni said the business has been battling to recover.

He said that safety was a big concern at the Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) area where the shop has its premises.

VPUU’s work stream leader Don Shay said, “There was a stage where paid security watched the building.

They are no longer there. It was a company the City of Cape Town paid for. But, there is a neighbourhood watch group that is active there, but it’s not a 24-hour arrangement.”

“Khayelitsha is a dangerous area. There are safety and crime challenges in the neighbourhoods where VPUU operates,” said Shay.

Baleni said they have not given up. They have started running a mobile coffee shop outside the Khayelitsha Mall.

They are using just one coffee machine. They have also started a crowd-funding campaign to buy coffee machines.

“So far so good in terms of the crowdfunding campaign. We are getting amazing support.

We are hopeful that we will eventually be able to reopen and operate from our shop again, because business that side was great compared to here.

Also, our coffee shop was close to the train station so we had many customers old and new. But we will see how everything goes,” said Baleni.

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