Mthatha’s top DJ is a dab hand at attracting crowds
Some know him as a bartender, but the rags-to-riches story of Zwelinzima Dweba has become one of the most inspiring in business circles in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape.
Through hard work, talent, grit and a bit of luck, Dweba rose from his humble beginnings to become a respected entrepreneur.
His nightclub, called So What Lounge, has become renowned for hosting some of the country’s top musicians.
The 34-year-old was raised by a single mother in Stanger (now KwaDukuza), 75km north of Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal, following his father’s death when he was just three years old.
He obtained a diploma in travel and tourism at Oval Computer College in Durban, but after struggling to find work, he moved to Mthatha in 2008 to join his brother, Zandisile, who owned a popular night club there called Havana. While working there as a bartender, Dweba learnt to deejay and run the business.
“When I came to Mthatha people used to go to clubs, festivals or entertainment parks and drink outside,