Sunday World - - Front Page - AMOS MANANYETSO man­anyet­soa@sun­day­

TSH­WANE kasi peo­ple have just in­vented speed dat­ing with a happy end­ing. The shindigs are called Mavuso, at which G-strings fall with no strings at­tached and strangers bonk for a fee.

This type of stokvel is only found in and around Tsh­wane. It is a soft form of pros­ti­tu­tion in which a man and a woman, ei­ther known to each other or com­plete strangers, en­gage in a sex­ual trans­ac­tion un­der the pre­tences of a speed date

It in­volves ne­go­ti­a­tions in which the two agree to a cer­tain fee for spend­ing the night to­gether, pre­ceded by par­ty­ing or at­tend­ing so­cial func­tions to­gether as a cou­ple.

Sun­day World paid a visit to the pop­u­lar stokvel on Mon­day but its found­ing mem­bers and man­age­ment de­nied the gath­er­ing was solely to help lusty men find will­ing part­ners for a fee. It was held in the vil­lage of Maroko­long, Ham­man­skraal, north of the cap­i­tal.

The men, who re­fused to be in­ter­viewed on record, said they es­tab­lished the Mavuso stokvel to boost each other fi­nan­cially as they were mostly start-up busi­ness­men.

They say the stokvel, held only on Mon­day nights, helped them raise funds for their re­spec­tive busi­nesses as the host made prof­its from sell­ing liquor and food.

As a host, a mem­ber is ex­pected to se­cure a venue, pro­vide a sound sys­tem with a DJ and make sure there are enough chairs and ta­bles for rev­ellers.

How­ever, just be­fore mid­night, an an­nounce­ment was made through the PA sys­tem to tell the pa­trons of the pre­de­ter­mined price for the night.

Mavuso a ka­jeno ke R150. Ba ba nyakang marobalo B&B ke R250 (To­day s price is R150. Those who want B&B it s R250),” a voice an­nounced through the loud­speaker.

The an­nouncer also in­formed the large crowd of mostly young women and men gath­ered in the large white mar­quee of where the next in­stal­ment of the pop­u­lar so­cial gath­er­ing was go­ing to be held.

A woman, who did not want to be iden­ti­fied, told Sun­day World that she pre­ferred to at­tend Mavuso be­cause it was safe for her to do so.

Here at Mavuso ev­ery­thing is clear and straight­for­ward. Once the an­nounce­ment for the price has been made, then ev­ery­one knows. At other tav­erns, men will buy you drinks and ex­pect you to sleep with them for free. They can even beat you up. But here, we are safe be­cause ev­ery­one knows why they are here,” she said.

A man, who only iden­ti­fied him­self as Min­gus, said he pre­ferred to pick up women at the Mavuso stock­vels be­cause there was no risk that a woman would turn around and claim she was raped.

Some women are very silly out there. She will agree to sleep with you and when you take her home, in the morn­ing she would de­mand money out of the blue and when you don t have it, she would go to the po­lice and claim you raped her.

So at Mavuso, ev­ery­one knows what s go­ing on and the stokvel man­age­ment de­ter­mines the fee for ev­ery Mon­day. They de­cide on the fee based on a num­ber of fac­tors. To­day it s cheap be­cause it s mid month and govern­ment work­ers are only get­ting paid to­mor­row [Tues­day March 15].

When it s month end, the price goes up. Around fes­tive sea­son, we pay even more,” he said.

The man, who also re­fused to give his age, said the stokvel was so or­gan­ised that if a man re­neged on the deal in the morn­ing, the woman could ap­proach the man­age­ment with a com­plaint.

What the own­ers of Mavuso would do is that they would set­tle the bill so that the woman is happy and then deal with the cul­prit. They don t take non­sense be­cause they have a rep­u­ta­tion to pro­tect,” he said.

At the time the Sun­day World team left in the early hours of Tues­day morn­ing, more men and women were pour­ing into the venue while those who had been there ear­lier were con­clud­ing their deals.

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