Mixologists mixing business with pleasure

The Mixologists team members are from the left Mfundo Dube, Olebogeng Mnqebisa, Karabo Mofokeng and Kagisho Kitsa. PHOTO: PIETER DELPORT

A young and vibrant group of Bloemfontein entrepreneurs are determined the take public bar services to the next level.
Going by the name of The Mixologists, these four youngsters go around town and make people’s wildest drink fantasies come true.
Mfundo Dube, mastermind behind The Mixologists, said their services include managing bars at events or restaurants, serving drinks such as cocktails, ice teas, smoothies, lemonades, mocktails, coffees and more. They also offer training for bartenders and do team building.
The rest of The Mixologists team include Olebogeng Mnqebisa, Karabo Mofokeng and Kagisho Kitsa.
The Mixologists Mobile Bar Services started from humble beginnings in 2016 after Dube had just left his job as a bartender at one of the busiest hangouts in Bloemfontein’s popular Second Avenue.
“My previous job as a bartender is where I got the idea of The Mixologists from. Since we have started the business we have worked at major events such as Back to the Bush, which is an annual event hosted in the beautiful Free Sate town of Clarens.
“We have also been to the Botsh Town Picnic, a big event on the annual calendar in Botshabelo. We are also frequenting the local night markets every month, such as the Heidedal Cultural Market and the Reizis Square Nite Market to be of service to people who would like to experience what we have to offer,” he said.
But is hasn’t always been “smooth mixing” for the foursome. Small business support by state agencies and the private sector have eluded them thus far.
“We have not been getting any assistance from the small business development agencies, but we are not complaining. We have managed to work with a few people who are more experienced in the events industry, and they have been a huge help.
“Going forward all we need is access to the right kind of information at the right time, as well as spaces where young people can easily meet to share ideas and information,” added a determined Dube. – Pieter Delport