My Dur­ban with... Mfundo Ndovela

He’s a pri­vate cit­i­zen by day and a comedian at night. Mfundo Ndovela is one of the co­me­di­ans to watch in Dur­ban. Buhle Mbonambi asked him to share his favourite things about Dur­ban

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WHAT’S the first thing you do when you ar­rive in Dur­ban from out of town? I freshen up and go per­form if I’m booked for a com­edy gig or watch some standup com­edy if I am not on the bill for the night.

Best meal you’ve had in Dur­ban that’s not at home? I’m a fan of curry, so it is a bunny chow.

What cur­rent lo­cal song can’t you stop lis­ten­ing to? AKA & Anatii – Don’t For­get To Pray.

What’s the last South African movie you watched? Kalushi.

Ear­li­est mem­ory you have of Dur­ban? When I was study­ing at DUT from 2007, from my lec­ture venue I could see when the guys were build­ing the Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium and that was awe­some to see such a project from scratch.

So, if you were mayor for the day, what would you do?

I would ban horse-and-trailer trucks dur­ing peak hours. I would also al­lo­cate street kids to the rel­e­vant fa­cil­i­ties whether they like it or not, for them to get the nec­es­sary ed­u­ca­tion.

They can call me Robert Mu­gabe jr for all I care.

Your favourite hang­out spot in Dur­ban? Wa­hooz on the Prom­e­nade. It is a cool spot, es­pe­cially on a Sun­day (pic­tured).

The best kept se­cret in the city? Peo­ple need to pay great at­ten­tion to the com­edy scene.

Not only is it good for their health but also Dur­ban pos­sesses a lot Name: Mfundo Ndovela

Age: 29

Day Job: Ac­counts man­ager Home is: Port Shep­stone

Best place for a first date in the city: Vigour & Verve (Elan­geni and Ma­ha­rani, North Beach) of tal­ent in all gen­res of art. A lot of peo­ple in show busi­ness are usu­ally from Dur­ban. I al­ways say we can build some­thing good right here but we just need the nec­es­sary sup­port and plat­form.

Who do you call when you want to have fun and where in the city do you go? I call my brother Ayanda and we do Bagders in Glen­wood and Max’s be locked in overnight? Pi­atto restau­rant in ushaka Marine. I would fin­ish those peo­ple’s food; it’s so ap­petis­ing. I ex­pect a free meal from Pi­atto for the free ad­ver­tis­ing.

What’s the one thing peo­ple need to stop do­ing in Dur­ban? Peo­ple need to start sup­port­ing com­edy shows. So many peo­ple need com­edy in their lives, they just have not re­alised it as yet. Peo­ple can pay more than R700 to see in­ter­na­tional acts that were at their peak in the 90s, but fail to come watch lo­cal guys mak­ing an im­pact in 2017 for only R100. It doesn’t make sense to me. Those in­ter­na­tional guys are here to col­lect their re­tire­ment fund from you, my good peo­ple.

Where is the best view of Dur­ban? There are two ac­tu­ally. When you are close to St Au­gus­tine’s or Entabeni Hospi­tal at the hill, you get a nice view from there, as well as Cur­rie Road go­ing to­wards Morn­ing­side.

Best place for a night­cap? Cal­i­for­nia Dream­ing in North Beach.

What’s the one thing that dif­fer­en­ti­ates Dur­ban from other cities in SA? The struc­ture of and the main­te­nance of the city.

Where would you sug­gest first time vis­i­tors to the city go, to get the best ex­pe­ri­ence of the city? Any place close to the beach or umh­langa.

So what do you do on a Sun­day morn­ing? Prefer­ably take a walk at the beach. If not, then I catch up on cur­rent af­fairs.

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