PEOPLE of Mawabeni have welcomed the new Gold Reef Sports bar, which was officially opened at a colourful event last week.
Barely a week after it was opened, the joint has ignited the usually quiet and dull place into a vibrant and lively location.
Gold Reef Sports bar is owned by Leonard Ndlovu, a local miner in Matabeleland South. When Southern Eye visited the joint on Wednesday after hours, the place was full of life and revellers were happy about the new development.
“We are happy with the new bar that Leonard has brought us at our door steps. We no longer have to go to Bulawayo for us to have fun,” one reveller, Thomson Nyathi, said.
“We have been trying to form our own music band, but our efforts were in vain because of lack of funds and most importantly a place to showcase our talents since we cannot do that in Bulawayo, as they only look at established artistes. But now this place will be a starting point for us,” one of the revellers said.
Andrew Langa, the Zanu PF Matabeleland South chairman, congratulated Ndlovu for opening an entertainment centre in the sleepy area of Mawabeni.
“This is a great job and I urge other youths to do the same, to invest in projects that will help the community,” he said.
Most residents of Mawabeni travel to Bulawayo for entertainment.
Langa added: “Ndlovu and wife have brought leisure, employment and services at the door steps of the people all thanks to mining. I urge other youths to go for and take mining seriously.” The owner of the facility said it took him 10 months to establish the complex.
He has promised to bring in local artistes to perform at the sports bar as an initiative to promote local talent. Usually when it comes to managing places like bottle stores and sports bars, it is said to be an area for men, but interestingly Mawabeni sports bar will be managed by Ndlovu’s wife Thabiso.
Iyasa became the first group to perform at the joint as they provided entertainment to the local people on the day of the launch. Humorous Babongile Sikhonjwa was master of ceremony.