End the curfew now!

Randolf —  December 28, 2021

I launched this #NoCurfewOnNewYearsEve petition on change.org yesterday which has gone viral since and gotten over the 1000 signature mark a few hours ago.

Update December 30th: The curfew is gone! Government just lifted the curfew with immediate effect! BEERHOUSE will host the biggest NYE party in Cape Town with all of Long Street being closed for cars!

The combination of an impactful petition and diverse voices from various spheres of society made this campaign effective. Many church-goers and the DA opposition joined the #NoCurfewOnNewYearsEve war cry and gave their own story and angle to ours. Today, Thursday at 2 pm I received the first messages from a trusted friend in Johannesburg, that we might get a surprise present and by 8 pm it was confirmed after a special Cabinet meeting and made global headlines later that night…

Original posting: To end the 11pm – 4 am curfew and allow businesses (like my own BEERHOUSE) and tourism to succeed again, I launched this petition as part of the #NoCurfewOnNewYearsEve campaign and ask everyone to sign and share it too!

The following were the most prominent media appearances that followed in the next 48 hours:

I got several reasons why I have not been back to South Africa since leaving for a quick ‘winter break’ and escaped lockdown in South Africa in June 2020:
a) my public awareness campaign against the Cape Town racketeers resulted in death threats and phone surveillance against me and murder of the investigating officer Charl Kinnear.
b) I decided not to return to a society that locks up their citizens in their own homes due with a curfew that lasts from midnight to 4 am every day. I’ve enjoyed the privilege of traveling wherever lockdowns are not currently happening and had an exciting journey traveling America for 5+ months in a pink limo and explore new opportunities abroad, best followed on my @YellowRandolf Instagram.

Randolf promoting #NoCurfewOnNewYearsEve on eNCA

Dear Mr. President,

South Africans deserve to be free to celebrate NYE 2021 with their friends and families instead of having to be locked into their homes for 1/6th of every day, from midnight – 4 am!

#No Curfew On New Years Eve

For the last 21 months, we’ve been living with a curfew that has not shown to have any effect on the transmission of the Covid-19 virus that is not known to keep working hours.

Instead, it has introduced an element against our very democracy that infringes on our basic rights enshrined in the constitution. It goes against the very ethos of what the majority of South Africans fought for over the decades.

We have gone through the 4th, Omicron wave, with remarkably low hospital admission-numbers and there is therefore no justification for limiting these rights. 

Ironically South Africa has seen enormous economic devastation from Covid-induced lockdowns and seen blows to our reputation from intense travel bans and international isolation due to two variants discovered by our scientists. We decided to follow an agenda prescribed by the West which had not accounted for the dynamics particular to our country and continent in general.

We should be sending a message to the world that South Africa is very much open for business and visitors. We need at this stage not just a passive signal, but an active one. Ending the curfew is the message we so desperately need and NYE is the perfect time to do so.

The curfew is impossible to justify in terms of the science of preventing the spread of the Virus. It is useful in terms of messaging a public in the urgent need to change behavior. We argue that the utility of this has passed. It is time to bring our citizenry back to normality, that is the new message required.

The curfew is beginning to have the taste of a police state at this point. It is only serving to keep the law abiding at home. It may have some benefits in terms of crime reduction and trauma reduction, but these benefits stand against basic freedom, our constitution, and are impossible to justify in a free society. 

Celebrating New Years Eve 2021 under curfew rule would invite unequal use of power by the police. The pictures of random arrests as regular citizens celebrate outside their homes, should ring all your alarm bells and would send the opposite message our tourism industry now needs.

We urge you Mr President to do the right thing, the brave thing and lift the curfew now and help rescue our economy and bring back civil liberties in 2022!

About us: this petition was initiated by BEERHOUSE founder Randolf Jorberg and the Hospitality Leadership group, a nationwide interest group for the hospitality industry.

Randolf Jorberg, Beerhouse, Cape Town 
Ebrahim Asmal, SIX Melville, Johannesburg
David Donde, Truth Coffee Roasting, Cape Town

This incredible Craigslist find is my rolling home for the next weeks, while travelling the US, attending the Rebel Burn (better known as Burning Man or Renegade Burn due to it’s cancellation) from September 1 – 5. At Burning Man, you can expect to see the very yellow 💛 Randolf (yes, if you follow @YellowRandolf you’ve seen that my beard is now yellow!) in this pink stretch limo with BikerBabesandBeyond.com (a long defunct Motorcycle Clothing store) branding and yellow or meet me at the incredible EO Camp dEOxidized @ 9 and Esplanade. Follow dEOxidized! My road trip to Burning Man got the attention of Britain’s leading tabloid The Sun titled n which featured

@aminawithlove on my BikerbabesandBeyond.com limo at Burning Man

After Burning Man, I will head to Denver for the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo (THANKS to ABE Beverage Equipment and BrewAfrica for gifting a ticket!) and then continue touring the US (Austin, Texas, LA, San Francisco, Portland and more) for a while, while searching for my next business challenge, a potential site for my BEERHOUSE concept, exciting tasks with psychedelics, connecting with people in the casual / adult dating industry for a client of mine or having beers with old and new friends and acquaintances!

Why this extended trip? Due to my campaign against the organized crime in my hometown Cape Town I had to leave the city one year ago and have not been back since. What was meant as a 3-month trip to escape one of the world’s hardest lockdowns in South Africa, turned into a nomad life, which I – surprisingly – enjoy a lot, as meeting and connecting people is my purpose Find out more about me at my new PolyWork @ YellowRandolf.com homepage or follow @YellowRandolf on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn,

Does that sound like we should meet? Or do you even have a bed I can swap the cushy backseats of this limo for a few days? Make contact, WhatsApp or call my US +1 ‪(415) 935-3351‬.

Cape Town Racketeers in the news

Randolf —  September 5, 2020

Cape Town’s Racketeering problem just made the frontpage of September 5th’s Weekend Argus (online version at IOL) with my (Anti-)Racketeering group being featured and dozens of articles, radio and TV appearances followed with Aron Hyman’s article titled “Cape protection rackets accused of casting net wider after lockdown kills nightlife” going deeper than most!

UPDATE: the massive media attention had consequences:
September 16: Police Minister Cele visits BEERHOUSE, promises safety.
September 17: Underworld boss Nafiz Modack visits Beerhouse
September 18: Top cop Charl Kinnear murdered. He was in charge of investigations of the racketeers and months later Modack is arrested as murder suspect! I found out that my phone was tracked by the underworld, together with murder victims Charl Kinnear, William Booth and several survivors of murder attempts. This made me decide not to return to South Africa for the foreseeable future…

Nafiz Modack’s visit to BEERHOUSE was covered in Global DW TV’s report on Cape Town’s racketeering issue and they also interviewed Beerhouse owner Randolf Jorberg who spoke on behalf of the Cape Town business community about the issue of extortion. My Facebook upload of this went super-viral with 700+ shares.

OLD ARTICLE: Business owners, government and business representatives or media can get in contact with me (WhatsApp +27-79-7301010 preferred) and be added to the WhatsApp group if they can be vetted and are willing contribute to solving this issue.

Picture of the Weekend Argus frontpage

August 18th (the day lockdown we entered level 2 of lockdown and businesses were allowed to trade in liquor again) several Cape Town business owners in my Hospitality Leadership group reported being visited by Modack and being asked to pay up to R20.000 ‘security fee’. I am not naming any of these businesses publicly, as those that did were immediately intimidated, silenced and forced to write apologetic letters to Modack. A scheme that extends way beyond Modack, but is an always-repeating pattern extending to court cases that ALWAYS get dismissed, because witnesses memory changes.

CapeTalk Radio interviewed me September 7th

Over the next few days, I heard of more and more businesses (Coffee Shops, Restaurants and breweries) all over Cape Town (Woodstock, Sea Point, Observatory and the CBD) being approached and intimidated by Modack’s Crew which is made up by up to 5 black cars with up to 12 visibly armed bodyguard-type gangsters wearing full-face balaclava. I also hear credible reports of non-food businesses like luxury hotels, property firms and luxury apartments being visited and silently paying Modack being approached and paying him.

Following my successful Hospitality Alliance Leadership networking group (which helped me unite the Hospitality Industry in SA during lockdown), I launched a WhatsApp group where I added business owners, law enforcement, media and government representatives to discuss the issue, realizing that most business owners were too intimidated to speak out and the participants preferred 1on1 discussions instead of discussing together how to solve this situation. It did nonetheless lead to a first media article and several death threats (of which I only published the first one). and now this frontpage article…

The real danger is that this stays the usual: some attention on the problem, great marketing for Modack, more businesses feeling forced to sign up for his (in-)’security services’ and more industries that are being forced to pay an involuntary tax on doing business in Cape Town. This time something needs to change and that is:

  • I need your help in approaching Ramaphosa, business leaders and associations about this pressing issue, as the business community needs to make it clear, that 20 years of paying racketeers is enough.
  • Making this Cape Town only problem public. I haven’t heard of businesses elsewhere in SA having to pay racketeers. No tourist should come, no investor should commit his money to be invested here until this problem is fixed!
  • For that, I need to know who is being approached and who has been paying them. I will keep this off the record and not share with the public but need these facts to quantify the problem when dealing with stakeholders.
  • These criminal organisations need to be banned for good. This happens in other countries, why not in SA? Change can happen and now is the time! The government needs to prioritize fighting gangsterism on all levels, whether it is corruption or blatant racketeering as we have now experienced for the last 20 years.

There’s more coming. Please follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Insta or LinkedIn for the next steps and to see if I will ever be able to return to a safer Cape Town…

Running naked into 2019

admin —  January 1, 2019

I happened to be gifted the opportunity to a spontaneous trip to Zanzibar on September 1st and a swim in the shallow water turned into a walk, which turned into a long run on the now empty beach, where I realized, that I could just as well continue running naked. During this 3 hour walk-swim-run I found the time to really think about my situation and I resolved to immediately make bigger, bolder and faster decisions in my life, when I feel they’re right.
Randolf runs naked on the beach

On the business side I realized, that I need to break a pattern I’ve shown in all previous ventures and took charge of my own business and parted ways with a friend and partner #atBEERHOUSE. In 2019 we’ll see more than just Beerhouse Tygervalley to open, our first equity crowdfunding campaign to launch, but also a new color to become part of the yellow family. On the yellow side I’m excited, that I’ll re-start my now 20-year-old baby gulli which I bought back a few months ago with a new yellow identity as a privacy-enabling community subscription internet service, redefining the VPN market.

While these changes in business were already big, they were dwarfed by finding my life-partner and getting engaged to her 7 weeks after our first date. Ashanti Kunene and me might seem like unlikely partners on the surface, but I had the certainty, that she is my (Zulu) queen within minutes of first meeting her. She is a published writer, self-confessed Radical Black Feminist and was part of the #FeesMustFall student leadership at Stellenbosch University, where she’s currently doing her Masters dissertation. Every day I get more excited to realize, that there can’t possibly be a better match out there and my life until now was just meant to prepare me to finally meet and spend the rest of my life to conquer the world together with her…

So to say I’m excited about the new year after a year of change is an understatement. I AM EXCITED FOR 2019 and will share more naked truths and insights into my yellow life than ever!

I got a quick business idea I want to share with you:

Thousands of authors, bands and product brands add an Amazon link to their product on their homepages and social media channels. They do so, because they want to sell THEIR product. What they don’t know is, that these links don’t only sell their product, but Amazon is cross-selling lots of other products and is also happy to pay a commission to people linking to their products. These authors, artists and brands nearly never use an affiliate link, so no one is earning the 2-10% commission, that Amazon is offering to it’s affiliate partners.

Amazon donation collectionIf anyone of you is supporting a well known charity organisation (ideally of national or even global appeal) there’s a simple way to develop a fundraising campaign with this idea in mind, where no supporter needs to donate, as Amazon is now paying this commission to your charity from the sales generated through these links. The charity only needs to use their reputation and ask the author/artist/brand to replace the existing affiliate-free links with their affiliated links. To support that you’d need to build a smart outreach program, researching and contacting the owners of these channels and creating awareness of the easy way for them to do good, when linking to their own products.

If successful your job is now to offer a great sounding pitch with a link generator on your site, educating webmasters and social media managers of the simplicity of adding the new links and reaching out to inform about this. Think along the line of: big web-scraping campaign of websites with amazon links without affiliate tags and messaging these product owners on their social media channels.

There’s many variations and extensions to this idea once you know if people respond and use your links. You could also build this as a for-profit business by building a platform, that allows authors to choose a charity of their liking (and you collecting a certain percentage of all generated commission) or offer another incentive (like “every month we raffle a prize”) and you can also start building widgets, that show the Amazon product link but even inform about the charity (and build some old-school backlinks for SEO). If successful you can obviously also extend this to other product platforms with Affiliate programs.

There’s some charities pleading their supporters to shop via their Amazon links on their own websites already, but very few people would ever come back there, before going to buy something later.

There’s also AmazonSmile program, but it works in a completely different way and each customer needs to opt-in by himself and Amazon is only donates a laughable 0.5%.

Please let me know your feedback below.

About ‘unfinished business’:

I got too many business ideas, that I’ll never have enough resources to realize and I decided to publish some of them from time to time instead of parking them forever. These ideas are often raw, unpolished and some of them might be outright bad or someone has realized them before, but my quick research didn’t pick them up. Feel free to comment, badmouth, share or realize them. If you manage to realize them successfully and bring them to some kind of success, I’d obviously like to get some kind of credit – whether that’s some form of credit, money or equity is absolutely up to you. At the very least, I’d like you to let me know by private message.

Dear Restaurant Association of South Africa (RASA),

As much as I was happy seeing my Beerhouse win your Top100 Rosetta Award of Service Excellence in 2016 and I appreciated your telephone call today, that we will be listed as one of 100 SA’s Award Winning Restaurants 2017 in your ‘reputable guidebook’, we need to talk about something:

RASA SMS restaurant association of south africa

I do not appreciate receiving this image via text/MMS message earlier today and I wonder, if I’m alone or if there are other restauranteurs, who received something similar? I do not ever book any print advertising and know, that no one in my company does. Imagine, if I had just forwarded this order confirmation to our finance department for payment and this payment reminder was sent to dozen or maybe even hundreds of restauranteurs, that you got in your database?

“Thank you for your A5 booking in SA’s Award Winning Restaurants 2017 the book is in print payment needs to please be made by Friday R3500 inc Vat to FNB FOURWAYS 251655 RMS ACC NO xxx many thanks Wendy & Aysha”

After I posted this message on my Facebook and tagged the RASA and their frontwomen in it, it didn’t take her 5 minutes to call me and threaten with legal consequences, if I didn’t immediately delete the picture. What followed was a conversation with RASA’s legal counsel who could also only threaten to sue for damages due to reputational damages. This surprises me, as I’m only showing the communication you are sending out and explain the context. It seems, that I hit a nerve somewhere?

So my question stands: did anyone else receive similar order confirmations with demand for payment from RASA / Restaurant Association of South Africa without placing an order? Feel free to comment below or send me a confidential message

Update: The space is now available again after Baked Bistro closed after the owners meltdown!

Long Street Popup SpaceThis unique store is ca. 100 sqm plus a small courtyard, is available immediately under very flexible terms and including a fully approved liquor license for on consumption!

The price? It depends… You can either rent it under market related terms or partner with me and get support from an industry leading team. As founder of the Beerhouse and Long Street Association I got a real interest to draw new and old crowds back to Long Street and do our part. The ideal partner would build an exciting destination business around craft spirits and mixed drinks, that complements the leading craft beer variety, that we serve at Beerhouse upstairs. Hipster credentials not required.

Please send a brief (2-3 pages) business overview, ideally with plans, financial and personal background, pictures or mood boards, intended timeline and preference on the rental/partner question to randolf@beerhouse.co.za.Long Street Popup Space

See this 360° photo for a good impression – it’s shot standing in the existing divider wall, which can easily be removed.

Picture from the back of the store

Ground plan:Plan of Popup Shop / Bar at 219 Long Street

Renewable Solar PowerI do 100% believe in the energy supply of our future being all renewable and would have started a business in the (renewable) energy sector long ago, If I wasn’t totally committed to drive the #BeerRevolution forward. This “Energy is the new internet” article on Techcrunch is a great wake-up call to entrepreneurs showing some of the massive opportunities ahead. If you don’t prepare for a future with decentralized, renewable energy powering homes, businesses and self driving autonomous electric vehicles, you are definitely not prepared for the future ahead! There are as many nay-sayers, fossil-heads and nuclear believers today, as there were print-media lobbyists and brick and mortar believers 20 years ago and look at the ashes of their remains today. If you don’t believe the skeptics, but put your full force behind the energy revolution taking place right now and execute well, you can start building a future world leader in that exciting new sector from your garage starting today.

I don’t blog often, so what gets me to put this opinion piece up, that got nothing to do with beer? Every here and then I happen to discuss this topic with friends and acquaintances and people are usually just surprised about my passion for renewables as I am surprised to see how few people are aware of this massive opportunity ahead of us. Being born and raised German I always assumed solar must be much bigger elsewhere until I left Germany for sunnier destinations and realized, that my home country was by far the biggest solar market worldwide!

Since 2001 I’m invested in some wind and solar projects through the GLS bank (a visionary german cooperative bank focused on sustainability and ethics, led by my uncle Thomas Jorberg, who already drove around in electric vehicles 20 years ago), but I never managed to start a business of my own in the category.

In 2012 a friend acquired online rights to the incredible 2010 ‘The 4th revolution – EnergyAutonomy” movie, that featured Elon Musk, Hermann Scheer, Muhammad Yunus, and gives a convincing vision of a full switch to a renewable future for the whole world. We started conceptualizing the worldwide free online launch in the style of a grassroots campaign based on the mechanisms successfully demonstrated by the Kony 2012 campaign a few months prior to that. But my focus changed, no international approach was chosen and the ‘free’ donation based release never got traction, even though 90% of the video material was ready for international viewers, using a new speaker. Despite repeatedly attending the Clean Power Africa show at the African Utility Week, my focus changed onto my Beerhouse venture, where electricity only plays a role to serve the beer chilled down to the perfect drinking temperature. While living in Germany with the deregulated electricity market I always switched to an all-renewable-supplier like EWS-Schönau, but customers in monopolized markets like South Africa need need to build their own supply. I hope to soon use the solar crowdfunding platform The Sun Exchange, whose pitch won best of show award at Finance Indaba 2016, just before I spoke about equity crowdfunding to fund the solar installations that I hope to soon build on top of the roofs of my three current Beerhouse outlets and serve more solar cooled beers, as we open more branches around the country…

And how fitting is this song from the soundtrack? ‘Have you ever?‘ by Bukahara Trio! Lyrics below the video.

Have you ever heard about the book I read,
the book about a man who was thinking ahead.
Have you ever heard about the movie I saw,
a movie ’bout the people who open the door.
A movie ’bout the people who open the door.
Have you ever heard about the guy who came,
to tell me about the man who tried to change the game.
Have you ever heard about the girl I knew,
when there she said to me this man could be you.
When there she said to me this man could be you.
She said:
You’re not the only one who feels this way.
‘Cause there are so many people like you.
Oh she said:
You’re not the only one try to live this way behind.
‘Cause there are so many people like you.
Have you ever thought about the life you live,
a life in which you have so much to give.
Have you ever thought about the way you exist,
the way that only told you how to resist.
A way that only told you how to resist.
Oh she said:
You’re not the only one who feels this way.
‘Cause there are so many people like you.
Oh she said:
‘Cause there are so many people like you.
Have you ever thought about the people,
who say that there is only one right way.
Have you ever thought about how it would be,
if we were the majority.
If we were the majority.
Oh she said:
You’re not the only one who feels this way.
‘Cause there are so many people like you.
Yeah down… oh she said:
You’re not the only one who tried to live this way behind.
Yeah. ‘Cause there are so many people like you.
Oh she said:
You’re not the only one who feels this way.
‘Cause there are so many people like you.
And she said:
You’re not the only one who tried to live this way behind. Yeah.
‘Cause there are so many people like you.
Yeah she said:
There are so many people like you.
Yeah… oh she said:
There are so many people like you.
Oh she said:
There are so many people like you

Beerhouse and Randolf Jorberg in the Weekend ArgusIt’s not often, that a journalist manages to listen and ‘get you’ in a way, that his writing describes you better than you could do yourself. But Michael Morris is one of these skilled writers and his article appeared in the Weekend Argus on 31st of October.

A dream of pulling the city a pint

From online business in Bochum’s ‘Bermuda Triangle’ to drawing a brew in the city

EMPORIUM: A veteran of the German online industry, Randolf Jorberg first came to Cape Town in 2007 and, since then, has enjoyed the freedom to realise ideas incorporating the best of two worlds. Bored with building yet another online business and excited by his OMClub party where every year more than 4 000 online marketers get together in Cologne, the idea for Beerhouse was born.
That’s not quite true in a strictly temporal sense, but he fell in love with the street in those first hours, spent the next few years living in the city for six months in every 12, and, eventually, in 2012, packed his bags in Bochum, his home town in the Ruhr, and settled in Cape Town for good.
Long Street was the lodestar, the street where, today, Jorberg presides over the landmark Beerhouse on Long, an emporium of ales and lagers and everything in between, which he dreamed up as a more or less phantom notion in a late-night reverie in a Heidelberg hotel room while holidaying with his South African girlfriend in the greater Rhine Valley. Not for nothing does he refer to himself on his calling card simply as “head dreamer”. Unlike most dreamers, though, this one is a doer of note.
He was still at school – on the Baltic coast, the source of his love of the sea – when he began his own online marketing company.
Returning to Bochum after scraping through his end-ofschool exams, he devoted all his energy to his internet business – gulli.com, which he later sold – and living life to the full in the heart of the city’s famed pedestrianised entertainment zone, dubbed the Bermuda Triangle (“because so many souls have got lost there”), a legendary café district that’s home to between 40 and 50 bars. If running his own shop was not a serious prospect at the time, his Bochum experience was a subliminal influence on his thinking about the possibilities and the mechanics of vibrant, well-run inner-city entertainment precincts. One ingredient that was missing in Bochum was the sea. “I started looking around for a place where I could live close to the sea, in a bigger city than Bochum, and where I could speak either German or English… because I was too lazy to learn Spanish or something like that. That’s when I came across Cape Town.” He visited, booked into that Long Street hotel, and his life changed.

Even after selling gulli.com in 2008, he earned his living through other digital businesses in Germany, including iPhone stores in Bochum and Berlin. Jorberg, in fact, became the country’s second biggest iPhone retailer. In all this time, though, as a keen consumer, he nurtured the somewhat romantic notion of owning his own bar. “My accountants kept warning me, ‘ Randolf… we can’t keep off-setting all these entertainment expenses’, and I’d always say: ‘ It’s market research, I’m planning to open my own bar.’ They never believed me.” Then came the holiday to the Rhine Valley, and an immersion in the region’s rich and varied beer culture, with wonderful bars that specialised in local beers. Was there any such thing in South Africa? He wasn’t sure, so impulsively contacted some friends back in Cape Town. Nope, they responded, there wasn’t really any such thing. “That got me thinking: well, why not?
“Later on, back at the hotel, I was a bit bored, and decided to register ‘beerhouse.co.za’ and then redirected that to a newly created Facebook page with a single line saying, ‘Forty different beers coming to Long Street’ and invited my Cape Town friends to ‘like’ it.” Over the next few days, the page garnered more than 40 likes, but Jorberg was still running his digital business and didn’t give the beer project any serious thought, not initially anyway. That changed when he suddenly became aware that complete strangers – a beer blogger among them, and someone’s “rugby mates” whom he had never met in his life – were “talking about a guy called Randolf who’s starting a beer house in town”. “As an online marketer, I know that the biggest challenge for any business is getting your idea out there, and that everything else hinges on that.” The phantom notion began to materialise, Jorberg began to look around for a site, eventually settling on the present one; the space was just what he needed – though a brand new office-style ceiling the landlord was very proud of was, Jorberg knew, “the first thing we would have to rip out”.
The lease was signed in November 2012, but it took until the second half of the next year to get the show on the road. It was only in March 2013 that he managed to pull together a team – and find his key beer expert (Jorberg’s “beer whisperer”), Murray Slater. The bar opened on International Beer Day in August. “It was busy from day one, and it picked up from there.”
Beer is not all that’s on offer, but it’s the speciality, an offering of some 140 different brands, 25 of them on tap, and 99 bottle- top beers. In all, between 80 and 90 percent of the fare is locally produced craft beer. There are also rare or limited beers – including, for instance, an imported oak-barrel aged tipple that goes for R400 a bottle – and low- or nonalcohol brands. At monthly “Meet the Brewers” sessions, there is also a focus on food-and-beer pairing accompanied by specially tailored six-course meals.
On the strength of the urging of some Joburg customers on opening night, Jorberg and his team opened a second Beerhouse at Fourways in Gauteng 11 months later. Today, with a staff of 110 – about 50 intensively trained “beer navigators” at each of the two shops and, on the face of it, a top-heavy management of 10 – the Beerhouse project is poised for dramatic expansion. “We are about to sign two more leases, one in the southern peninsula and one in the Joburg CBD, and our management team is looking at plans to build 20 more shops in the next two years. “It’s an ambitious plan, but we are building structures to support it. As part of that, we are looking at starting the first ‘crowd investing’ scheme in South Africa. Crowd investing is big in Germany, and there’s no reason why it shouldn’t work here. Effectively, it means making it possible for everyone to fulfil the dream of owning a bar, finding customers who are willing to invest and become shareholders in their local bar.” There were “regulatory issues” in South Africa, but Jorberg said he was confident they could be overcome. “If it’s such a popular financing method overseas, why should it not work here?” Bound up with Jorberg’s optimism is an acknowledgement that the entertainment business – in Long Street especially – is not without worrisome features.
This was brought home with tragic force when Beerhouse doorman, 32- year- old Congolese resident Joe-Louis Kanyona, was stabbed to death outside the venue one Saturday night in June. “That had a massive impact… to see someone’s life taken that easily. And something has to be done to make sure that does not happen again. Long Street is in a bit of a shaky state at moment because of security. That’s the big thing, and we need to change that for the better.”
Jorberg is a key figure in a new drive by local businesses to confront the security risks. Thinking back to his first enchanting experience of Long Street, he said: “We all have good memories of it, but the truth is, if you go today, you can have a negative experience… someone trying to sell you drugs, or trying to pick your pocket. And we and other businesses know that if we don’t act on this now, there won’t be any business here in a few years’ time.”

Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015 KenyaMore than 1500 entrepreneurs and policy makers from all(!) over the world flocked to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya, from July 24th-26th. Due to my affiliation with the Ampion Venture Bus, I was privileged to be invited to represent Beerhouse and Springlab at this mega-event, hosted and (except flights) fully paid for by the US Government and sponsors.

The event was attended by US President Barack Obama, and several other well known figures and celebrities, amongst them Akon, Shark Tank judges, Miss Americas, etc. But first and foremost it was entrepreneurs from all stages of growth, self-made billionaires meeting rural farmers from Africa. Without knowing stats, I’d guess, that half of the audience was US American and Kenyan, while the rest of us were coming from all corners of the world, no continent left uncovered.

If you were now expecting a huge celebrity spotting event, you did not attend the right place. With the exception of Obama himself (who was obviously talking point #1 and closely guarded during his half day stay on the UN compound) they attended their panels and mingled with the crowds afterwards, but the strength of the event was the fact, that entrepreneurs from all possible backgrounds got together and spoke one universal language of creating progress, learnings, challenges, growth and opportunities together.

So I fit in really well with my Afrogerman background and could relate well – though I accidentally managed to stand out and got taught a lesson in personal branding:

Randolf at Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015 in Kenya

My tailormade yellow suite that I purchased as a 200 US$ joke on my Thailand-India-Kenya trip earlier in 2015 turned me into something of a talking point, making me explain the yellow colour, that’s representing the Beerhouse brand colour. I really don’t ever wear a suit and my decision to take it to #GES2015 was based on the formality of the event and that my second and only other suit is not home in South Africa, but stored in my german apartment, in case of family funerals I might have to attend.

On day #1 I was dressed in jeans and repeatedly mistaken for my doppelgänger – the ‘White African’ Eric Hersman, who spoke on a morning panel.
On day #2 I was absolutely overwhelmed by the number of people approaching me and asking about the reason for wearing the full suit, leading into many interesting conversations and spontaneous photo shoots.
On day #3 this continued, but I was now also approached by people, who heard the story of a yellow german / south african / beer merchant / incubator / hospitality operator from others and approached me offering valuable introductions to beer or hospitality people or even an interest to license the concept.

This made I met another doppelgänger in red (who even got his shoes right!) and my tweeted picture of the United Colours of #GES2015Kenya went viral… Continue Reading…