Proudly South African August 10, 2015
Named “The Drinks Man” by colleagues, Zama Mthembu prides himself on knowing drinks from different countries and his own beloved South Africa. Zama started his training as a barman at Thonga Beach Lodge only one and a half years ago and did well to earn his title in a short space of time.
With a hunger for information from all over the world, Zama loves his job as a barman. “I am passionate about my work” he explains, and he enjoys making guests feel comfortable at the lodge. “For my future, I want to go deeper into tourism. Now I am studying my driver’s licence. Then I would like to be a tour guide.”
I think it will be easy for Zama to absorb the vast amount of information needed to be a competent guide at the lodge, especially since one of his favourite activities is reading. “I find it relaxing” he says. “I even started a small library at home – small, but growing. I love South African books, especially about the history of our country.” His favourite? You guessed it ‘ former president Nelson Mandela’s ‘A Long Walk to Freedom.’ “I am very proud of being a South African” he explains “and I like to know everything about our country.” Sigh.