Taverners taught responsibility

2016-06-02 06:00
 Zuko Ngcivana (RTF), Zintle Hentile, Yamkela Mpe (RTF), Sthembiso Joji, Yonela Tshetsha, Sisa Patani (RTF), Bazukise Marasha (RTF) & Millicent Myataza (Teacher) during the workshops at Harry Gwala High School.

Zuko Ngcivana (RTF), Zintle Hentile, Yamkela Mpe (RTF), Sthembiso Joji, Yonela Tshetsha, Sisa Patani (RTF), Bazukise Marasha (RTF) & Millicent Myataza (Teacher) during the workshops at Harry Gwala High School.

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Responsible Trade Facilitation is an organisation that works with tavern owners to encourage them to trade responsibly.

Taverns get a lot of flak for the various violations and lawlessness that take place in premises and RTF is determined to change things around.

According to Bazukise Marasha, the organisations seven member team, which includes three directors and four facilitators is tasked with encouraging traders to be complaint, be integrated in the community and also conduct the business in a responsible manner.

“We want to create an environment where taverns owners not only comply but are a safe environment for the patrons.

There many issues that tavern owners have to deal with not just the legal and regulatory requirements but as well as community needs.

They need to be reintegrated in the community and can only do so when they do good,” said Marasha who is a facilitator.

He said that they conduct daily visits to owners and raise issues of concern to them.

“We engage about underage drinking, legal requirements and also help them with translation of documents from the liquor boards as some of them are not fully literate. We focus on on-premise consumption and licenses,” said Marashe.

He said they were currently assisting around 217 taverns in townships around the city and they also emphasise community upliftment.

“We know in our communities that owners are more often than not people that are known to help when there is a financial in the community.

So in most cases owners are already responsible but we need it to be more than just financial input, so we engage them on various projects they can get involved in the community,” he explained.

The organisation also organises school projects where they conduct life skills workshops to empower the youth.

“We have already been to Luhlaza and Harry Gwala High Schools.

At Harry Gwala, team members took the time to engage the Grade 12E class on the dangers of underage drinking, teenage pregnancy, peer pressure and other issues relating to these social hazards.

At the end of the presentation prizes were given to a number of students, who answered some quiz questions.

The various prizes were sponsored by tavern owners from various areas of Khayelitsha.”

Marasha indicated that they have exciting activities planned for the near future but remained tight-lipped about the details.

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