However, just before midnight, an announcement was made through the PA system to tell the patrons of the predetermined price for the night."Mavuso a kajeno ke R150.Ba ba nyakang marobalo B&B ke R250 (Today's price is R150.Those who want B&B it's R250)," a voice announced through the loudspeaker.
A woman, who did not want to be identified, told Sunday World that she preferred to attend Mavuso because it was safe for her to do so."Here at Mavuso everything is clear and straightforward.
Once the announcement for the price has been made, then everyone knows.
At other taverns, men will buy you drinks and expect you to sleep with them for free. But here, we are safe because everyone knows why they are here," she said.
This type of stokvel is only found in and around Tshwane.
It is a soft form of prostitution in which a man and a woman, either known to each other or complete strangers, engage in a sexual transaction under the pretences of a speed "date".
It involves negotiations in which the two agree to a certain fee for spending the night together, preceded by partying or attending social functions together as a couple.Sunday World paid a visit to the popular stokvel on Monday but its founding members and management denied the gathering was solely to help lusty men find willing partners for a fee.It was held in the village of Marokolong, Hammanskraal, north of the capital.The men, who refused to be interviewed on record, said they established the Mavuso stokvel to boost each other financially as they were mostly start-up businessmen.They say the stokvel, held only on Monday nights, helped them raise funds for their respective businesses as the host made profits from selling liquor and food.As a host, a member is expected to secure a venue, provide a sound system with a DJ and make sure there are enough chairs and tables for revellers.