Mthatha’s top DJ is a dab hand at at­tract­ing crowds

CityPress - - News - LUBABALO NGCUKANA lubabalo.ngcukana@city­press.co.za

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,

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