Vi­lakazi street s vi­brancy giv­ing Soweto the groove


FOR lo­cals and tourists vis­it­ing the world­famed Vi­lakazi Street Precinct in Or­lando West, Soweto, the place has more to of­fer than only food and drink.

No doubt, house num­ber 8115, is the most dis­tin­guished-house on this epochal street. It was once the home of Win­nie and Nel­son Man­dela, the Fa­ther and Mother of the Na­tion, re­spec­tively. It is now a mu­seum al­ways teem­ing with tourists.

Ex­plore the dozens of cu­rio shops and stalls, visit the au­then­tic she­been called The Shack, spe­cial­is­ing in home brewed tra­di­tional beer umqom­bothi, served in ukhamba (cal­abash), visit the Wine Bar, a venue pop­u­lar for its va­ri­ety of lo­cal and im­ported wines and the eti­quette of wine drink­ing. Take a he­li­copter ride for a bird­s­eye view of the town­ship, or for a lav­ish ride on your wed­ding day con­tact Fly SA Wise

– for an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence.

Al­though, ac­cord­ing to the worl­drenowned Sakhumzi Restau­rant s

’ mar­ket­ing man­ager Archie Tsoku, their es­tab­lish­ment, founded by Sakhumzi Saki

“” Maqhubela 15 years ago, at­tracts the bulk of the pa­tron­age, it can­not ac­com­mo­date all the vis­i­tors as seat­ing is lim­ited..

Tsoku says on busy nights, such as week­ends, all restau­rants and pubs in the precinct can only ac­com­mo­date about 1 500 pa­trons. Ob­vi­ously there is room for growth and “ex­pan­sion. The whole place is full of po­ten­tial for growth and di­ver­sity in the form of busi­ness op­er­a­tions. Other eater­ies and en­ter­tain­ment places “help ab­sorb the over­flow of pa­trons.” On the fu­ture of Sakhumzi, Tsoku says: We are look­ing at global ex­pan­sion, to “have fran­chises in places such as Lon­don, in Eng­land and New York in the US. We are tak­ing ad­van­tage of the name “Sakhumzi, as a brand and as the lo­cal pi­o­neers of African cui­sine, to take the busi­ness be­yond South African bor­ders. But be­fore we go abroad we need a “foot­print in south­ern Africa and pos­si­bly Africa as a whole.”

Tsoku says they were also look­ing at set­ting up a hos­pi­tal­ity school to train young­sters in the food and bev­er­age.

An­other restau­rant and pub that is fast break­ing new ground as a hip and hap­pen­ing eatery on the Vi­lakazi Street Precinct is the el­e­gant Nex Dor.

Founded by co-direc­tors Colin Amos, broth­ers Thabo and Mangi Md­luli in 2012, the es­tab­lish­ment was once the house of one of the old­est med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers in Soweto, Dr Matl­hare. Si­t­u­ated next to Sakhumzi Restau­rant, Nex Dor, is a pozi

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