Newspaper Journos Make For Special Guests
For the past three years or so, we have been honoured to host a bunch of sports journalists with an appetite for our pub menu and a thirst for our beer, fresh from the tap.
Lunchtime on Tuesday at the Tap Room is a buzz of debate and skinner, as the gentlemen from The Star’s sports department fill up a table. And the World of Beer inspires them to greater journalistic heights.
If you have ever visited our premises for a tour or just a pub lunch, you will see memorabilia of South Africa’s proud artistic and sporting history. No wonder then, that we would attract such outspoken individuals.
Our memorabilia, too, has been the subject of debate among these guys; one, for example, is the South African Breweries Sport Journalism Hall of Fame: “How did some make it to the list?”, and “It’s inspiration for us” are some of the questions and remarks overheard.
Our black-and-white photographs of influential South African sports journalists are well received, with nods and bouts of nostalgia.
Greats such as Philip Zwane, the first Zulu commentator to broadcast events such as the Comrades Marathon and boxing, and Reg Sweet, who reported on more than 100 rugby Tests over 25 years, share our walls with other legends such as Gordon Siwani, Gert le Roux and Arrie Joubert.
“We come up with great ideas that we wouldn’t ordinarily have had sitting at the office. We build proper team spirit and the pictures of great writers inspire us,” says sports editor Bafana Shezi.
“People start sulking when their ideas have been shot down, the day has been friendly so far. The idea is to discuss events of the past week and to look ahead,” says rugby writer Jacques van der Westhuyzen.
The guys agree that Newtown as a whole offers fantastic restaurants, museums and rich history, which should be explored.
The Star chief sports writer Kevin McCallum, who introduced this lunchtime outing over three years ago, is glad the tradition is still being kept going.
We will indeed keep the beers and hot chicken pregos coming!