Geen Balalazi

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Geen Babalazi: Mzansi’s hangover cure drink gets ready for festive season

Sick of hangovers? Mzansi’s hangover cure drink, Geen Babalazi, is finally ready to make a bang this festive season, says its confident owner.

Geen Balalazi

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Geen Babalazi is still searching to become a hit since launching in 2016, but its owner, Emmanuel Thamane, believes the success is finally arriving in the 2021 festive season. Mzansi will drink hard and fall sick.


Thamane, who claims his product fights sickening hangovers, says the drink is packed with vitamins B and C and lemongrass.

“Geen Babalazi seeks to solve this issue by offering a beverage that is loaded with vitamins B and C and lemongrass to combat the feeling of drunkenness and of the sickening hangover,” the Ekurhuleni resident said.

Considering Geen Babalazi entered the market in 2016, South Africans might wonder why they’ve never seen or heard of it. Thamane says COVID-19 lockdown is to blame.

The heavy lockdown restrictions that hit the booze industry meant liquor outlets did not have the money to take a shot at Geen Babalazi, and to get attention from alcohol drinkers, you need to position yourself at the right locations.

“Many liquor outlets were forced to close because of the alcohol bans and when they reopened, some stocked just enough to continue, not knowing when they would be hit with another ban,” he added.

“The uncertainty meant that it was difficult for us to supply them with the drink as they too are not sure if they will keep their doors open for longer.”

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Thamane revealed that the Geen Babalazi is still only widely available in the North West province. That means folks in big markets of Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, and the Western Cape might have to wait a little longer.

“The North West is the drink’s stronghold, as it can be found there in a number of cafés, outlets, and liquor stores. The manufacturing plant is also situated in the North West and is owned by a company we have partnered with,” he said.

“We have also partnered with small and large businesses to source our raw materials for Geen.”

“Our sales and production capacity have been increasing on a yearly basis to the extent that I was even able to afford to lower the prices, thus making more profits,” he said.

Thamane confirmed that the 250ml can has been lowered to R15.

“One can of Geen Babalazi was originally R20 when we started. We reduced it to R17 because we were producing large quantities and our suppliers of raw materials started giving us discounts, and now we are sitting comfortably at R15 for one can.”