- Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Siphiwe Tshabalala have started a bar in Dobsonville, Soweto
- The former Bafana players want their bar to be an elegant hang-out spot for Soweto's nightlife
- They currently employ 13 staff members but hope to expand their venture
Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Siphiwe Tshabalala, former midfielders for Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs, have started a new club - but not of the football variety.
The pair have opened a new drinking spot in Dobsonville, Soweto.
Named ShaYe Lounge, the ale house is a double-storey bar with views overlooking Soweto.
The lounge is set to be the pair's main focus once they are done with professional soccer. They built it after two years of planning following their purchase of the Morris Pub in Soweto. They tore down the #pub and built ShaYe Lounge in its place, according to The Sowetan.
Letsholonyane says the pub was his favourite hangout spot in Soweto, and that he was sad when he heard it was for sale. Now, however, he wants it to serve as an elegant bar to improve Soweto's nightlife.
The lounge currently employs 13 people, but Letsholonyane and Tshabalala have plans to build it up. They acknowledge, however, that they are new to the industry and that running an establishment like ShaYe Lounge takes a lot of work.
Additionally, Tshabalala is still playing in Turkey for Erzurumspor, making it hard for him to have a continuous hands-on presence at the Lounge, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
Despite this, the two are optimistic about their venture, saying that they hope to "turn it into something beautiful and leave a legacy for our children".
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