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Musiek Mekka officially closes it doors after 53 years

Jannie Jacobsz, who was the owner of the store for 53 years, said he was ready to close up shop and go on pension.

Musiek Mekka (Music Mecca) officially closed its doors on Friday.
It was a bitter-sweet moment, as this has been the longest-standing privately-owned business in Vryheid. Jannie Jacobsz, who was the owner of the store for 53 years, said he was ready to close up shop and go on pension.
Jacobsz (80) shared that, back in the day, he worked at the Union Butchery, where Shoprite is now.
Jacobsz worked in the mornings and went to Musiek Mekka in the afternoons to demonstrate and sell musical instruments. Established in 1971, Jannie bought out the partners in 1972 and has been running the business ever since.
A lot of legends, such as the late Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi (IFP leader), were regular customers. Jaacobsz actually did personal deliveries to the Royal Zulu Palace!
Big Afrikaans music names like Steve Hofmeyr and Brendon Peyper also visited the shop in person when they were on tour through town.
In the early days, Musiek Mekka sold vinyl records (LPs) and cassettes (tapes), as well as musical instruments. When CDs entered the market and many other outlets starting selling CDs, that part of the business was closed.
Many agricultural trade shows were used to market the line of musical instruments over the years. Jacobsz set up these displays where he showed off the products over a few days and then returned to Vryheid. The shows were in Newcastle, Ladysmith, Dundee, Volksrust, Richards Bay and Pongola.
Jacobsz was awarded ‘top sales company’ in South Africa for the sale of top-quality sound and instrument brand, Technics, in the early 80s.
Jannie and Hetta Jacobsz would like to thank the greater Vryheid and Northern KZN community for their loyal support over the past 53 years.
Hennie and Willie Jacobsz, the owner’s two sons, would also like to thank each and every one for their ongoing support throughout the years.
Many residents, especially music lovers, shared their personal experiences with the store and Jannie on social media. They all wish him best of luck as he goes into retirement.

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