Free website to boost township businesses

Township business owners now have a fun, free website to connect with customers and grow their businesses.

The interactive website, CAN DO!, was designed to help township taverns, bars, clubs, shisa nyamas and carwashes get access to an online platform with a national reach.

The website is mobile-friendly and adapts to different devices.

Targeted at specifically young, vibey, urban venues which stock beverages in cans, the website allows township business owners to upload their business profiles free of charge. The venues can also advertise parties online and get feedback, with patrons able to rate the venues and parties.

Launched just over a month ago, the website was developed by Nampak Bevcan’s consumer facing brand CAN DO!.

One of the first Eastern Cape parties featured on the website is a CAN DO! and Redds Carnival planned for February 28 at Kings Beach. The artists’ line-up includes DJ Pastor, Ifani, Dream Team, Ricky Rick and Major League.

Nampak Bevcan’s CAN DO! brand marketing manager, Alexandra Bouwer, said township business owners who did not have websites would be able to create an online presence through the site.

Businesses that are already active on social media can increase their exposure to a larger national market – targeted at township parties.

“It is essentially a gig guide featuring all kasi parties and events in South Africa, with many more features that aim to keep CAN DO!-ers engaged and excited,” Bouwer said.

She said a database of more than 800 outlets all over the country would be integrating with the site. “Anyone is granted the opportunity to join, but we will be monitoring content and outlets and reserve the right to remove anyone who doesn’t keep a CAN DO! attitude since we are dealing with young, impressionable people,” Bouwer said.

The website community will decide what rating a business gets. “Those who visit outlets can comment and rank them as they see fit, much like on restaurant guide reviews. So it is their patrons that will be rating them.”

The platform also allows up-and-coming musicians to upload and promote their music, helping new talent to launch their careers. The site increases aspiring artists’ chances of being discovered and booked for a performance at a CAN DO! event, while venues looking for artists to perform are able to connect with them on the website.

Forums and polls on the site offer party-goers a chance to chat with like-minded people. Users can also enter competitions, sign up for a newsletter and find themselves and their friends in the photo galleries. Visit the website at

-Cindy Preller

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