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Head­man Ngonyama has been a house­hold name in King William’s Town for many years, and is af­fec­tion­ately re­ferred to as “Heady” by lo­cals.

The 67-year-old, who is the cur­rent bar­man at the King William’s Town Bowl­ing Club, started work­ing there back in 2007.

Ngonyama has worked at many clubs as a bar­man over the years.

“I started work­ing at Al­berts in 1971, when I played rugby for the club’s third team as a flank, then I was hired by the King Golf Club.

“Keith Kieck was the cap­tain at the golf club at the time and he took me away to Wal­lies Bot­tle Store, where I worked for 17 years.

“Keith taught me a lot about be­ing a good bar­man,” he said.

When he re­signed from Wal­lies, he was hired by the new owner of the King Club, Garfield Botha.

Af­ter work­ing a two-year stint there, he spent an­other two years work­ing at Pi­rates Sports Club, be­fore King bowler Nolan Hayi­dakis of­fered him the job at the King William’s Town Bowl­ing Club.

“It was there that the late Gwynne Beamish en­cour­aged me to take up bowls.

“He gave me two sets of bowls and started coach­ing me, and in 2015 I won the Pres­i­dent’s Eight sin­gles ti­tle. I felt re­ally good,” Ngonyama said.

Asked what he en­joyed about be­ing a bar­man, Ngonyama said: “I have been able to meet so many peo­ple and have made many friends over the years.

“But there’s also a lot of re­spon­si­bil­ity that goes with the job and I have ac­cepted that.”

Speak­ing of Ngonyama, King Bowl­ing Club pres­i­dent Gor­don McCune summed it up nicely by say­ing: “He’s worth his weight in gold.”


GOLDEN EM­PLOYEE: King Bowl­ing Club bar­man Head­man Ngonyama do­ing what he does best: bowl­ing and bar duty

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