Sins of the part­ner

Café Rovuwa turns into a bat­tle­field when Le­hasa makes changes to the restau­rant with­out his part­ner Cindy’s con­sent.

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Busi­ness en­tre­pre­neur Le­hasa (Cedric Fourie) has some mop­ping up to do af­ter an aw­ful on­line re­view in mid-May this year dam­aged the reputation of his restau­rant Café Rovuwa. This time the per­fec­tion­ist in Le­hasa is adamant at prov­ing that ev­ery­thing he is in­volved in is a suc­cess, ex­plains Cedric, and his char­ac­ter takes it upon him­self to get his restau­rant out of trou­ble by get­ting rid of the old staff and hir­ing a world-renowned chef to at­tract cus­tomers. But this turns into a recipe for dis­as­ter when he doesn’t run his plan by his busi­ness part­ner Cindy (Phophi Mu­dau) first…

COM­ING TO BLOWS

When Le­hasa even­tu­ally tells Cindy about his new idea to re­vamp the restau­rant on Fri­day 25 May, she in­stantly shoots him down. “She be­lieves that he should’ve talked to her about it first,” says Cedric, adding that the busi­ness part­ners end in a scream­ing match. Cindy is a ma­jor­ity owner and be­lieves that Le­hasa had a duty to in­form her about his ideas and also to in­clude her in the de­ci­sions con­cern­ing Rovuwa, but he in­sist on de­fy­ing her. “Le­hasa has al­ready made up his mind, think­ing that his changes are go­ing to bring in the big bucks,” ex­plains Cedric. Cindy feels be­trayed and tells him not to go ahead with his plans, but Le­hasa dis­re­gards her orders and does it any­way.

THE GLOVES ARE OFF!

Le­hasa calls a meet­ing on Mon­day 28 May to ex­plain his busi­ness changes in re­sponse to the scathing on­line re­view and he fires half of the staff at Rovuwa. “He flat- out lies and tells them that this de­ci­sion was from him­self and Cindy and that they ‘had’ to let them go. Cindy just stands there not say­ing a word,” grins Cedric. Only the wait­ers re­main and although they are against Le­hasa’s de­ci­sion, they don’t peep a word, even when he an­nounces the new chef [hint hint: it’s a Tur­floop lo­cal who stud­ied at the culi­nary academy] tak­ing over at the restau­rant on Tues­day 29 May. This leaves a sour taste in their mouths but they stay quiet none­the­less. “Cindy is cold to­wards Le­hasa and the new chef. She didn’t agree to the dis­missal of the other staff and she re­sorts to con­trol­ling the new ad­di­tion,” ex­plains Cedric.

THE TAKEOVER

Busi­ness starts go­ing back to nor­mal at Café Rovuwa, but Le­hasa isn’t done with his shady tricks just yet. He meets with culi­nary stu­dents Katlego and Candice (Pa­trick Seleka and Liza van Deven­ter) on Fri­day 1 June to join forces to buy Capsy’s Restau­rant. “He ma­nip­u­lates Kat and Candice like a pro and has them be­liev­ing they’ll own the place once they buy it,” says Cedric. But Le­hasa is just us­ing them to “man­age” the restau­rant while he lines his pock­ets from the prof­its. But this isn’t the first time Le­hasa has de­ceived some­one, he stole a nut dis­tri­bu­tion com­pany from Tur­floop busi­ness­woman Sonti (Pearl Maimela) in early 2017 and kicked her to the curb. “Le­hasa thinks that he’s do­ing ev­ery­thing right but it won’t be long un­til some­one drags him off his high horse,” hints Cedric.

Cindy isn’t pleased with the changes that Le­hasa has done be­hind her back.

Candice and Kat are clue­less to Le­hasa’s tricks.

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