Revellers abandon free beer for Bev

HARARE - If you are known for a penchant for consuming huge quantities of beer what do you do if a chance of downing free lagers is offered?

Not many would miss the opportunity. But when raunchy pole dancer, Beverly Sibanda is in town, even the form book is torn to shreds.

That’s what exactly happened on Sunday where guzzlers were swept away from the beer festival in Harare by Bev whose show at the City Sports Bar, compelled drinkers to abandon the free lagers to pay their way to watch yet another dazzling act.

Beverly Sibanda affectionately known as Bev by fans came to entertain patrons at the beer festival.

Patrons paid $10 to enter Mubako bar located inside the City Sports bar for “free” beer and Bev was performing at the main bar — City Sports where there was no free beer.

But her much vaunted sizzling act magnetised the multitudes of revellers who, unexpectedly, froze their appetite for the beer to watch the Sexy Angels leader and her troupe, perform in the main bar — City Sports Bar. The beer festival at Mubako bar had been “forgotten”.

Proprietor Biggie Chinoperekwei temporarily moved Bev to Mubako bar to re-ignite the festival.

That swung the paying crowd at the main bar to the beer festival where they, inexplicably, paid $10, not for the beer, but to continue contact with Bev and the Sexy Angels.

“I was shocked that Zimbabweans preferred Bev to free beer. When we moved her to Mubako people crammed the venue despite the $10 gate fee. As part of our experiments we then decided to return her to the main bar and surprisingly people still opted to leave free beer and followed her — leaving the Mubako bar almost empty,” Chinoperekwei told the Daily News.

The presence of Bev towered other artistes who entertained revellers on Sunday including the high-riding South African-based musician Enoch Guni aka Nox of Ndinonyara fame who came as a special guest.

Sabatsha Queens, a dance group from Bulawayo and Zhetstar were other artistes who managed to keep the crowd on its feet.

The City Sports Bar Beer Festival commenced last year to promote the bar and plough back to the loyal customers.

“The beer festival is an annual event meant to promote our patrons and we usually hold it just after winter season, celebrating the dawning of summer season,” said Chinoperekwei.

The largest beer festival in the world is the October Beer Festival held in Munich, Germany, every year.

Recently Harare was adjudged to be among the top world cities with a high alcohol consumption rate.

Recent figures from a study by Centre of Disease Control (CDC) showed Zimbabweans drinking 198,1 million hectolitres of lager and 335,4 hectolitres of opaque beer last year alone.

The figures showed that Harare is not only the country’s capital city but the drinking capital as well.

Harare alone accounted for 43 percent of lager while Bulawayo was a distant second with 11 percent.

Opaque beer contest was a lot closer with Harare leading on 21 percent with Masvingo and Mashonaland West on 19 percent, respectively.

Africa as a whole pushed 11 percent of lager sales as compared to previous years, boosted by Zimbabwe unit Delta Corporation which contributed four percent.

The continent was followed by Asia which recorded 10 percent while Europe recorded five percent in the negative position.

Even though the country is experiencing both political and economic problems, Hararians seem to prefer drowning their sorrows in alcohol.

“The Zimbabwe National Alcohol Policy reaches in the health sector and beyond to engage development, transportation and the community in partnerships so that the entire population can be free from alcohol related harm,” said CDC deputy director Panganai Dhliwayo.

He highlighted that a comprehensive consultative programme went into the formulating of the policy.

The policy is awaiting Cabinet approval before implementation.

“The negative consequences associated with alcohol include risky behaviour, accidents, road crashes, violence and acute alcohol poisoning at times leading to injuries and deaths,” said Dhilwayo.

In the past the Health Advisor to the President and Cabinet, Dr Timothy Stamps proposed the clamp-down on the drinking culture.

Stamps recommended having alcohol sold only between 6am and 7pm from Monday to Saturday and before midday on Sunday.

Among proposed measures will be limits on times when drinking will be allowed, penalising drunken pedestrians.

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