My Joburg with . . . Tima Reece
Juggling several hats in the entertainment world, Tima Reece is a sort Jane of all trades. And her passion is matched by her love for this city, writes Debashine Thangevelo
Best place for a first date in the city? Kong, Cedar Square. What’s the first thing you do when you arrive back in Joburg from out of town? Unpack, have a glass of wine and lay back in my recliner.
Best meal you’ve had in Joburg, that’s not at home? Green Curry at Wang Thai in Sandton.
What local song can’t you stop listening to? Angifuni by Paxton.
And what local TV show are you loving right now? Idols SA.
What’s the last South African movie you watched? Ellen: The Ellen Pakkies Story. And the last stage play? Shrek, the Musical.
When was the last time you attended a music concert/ festival and who was performing? Pharrell Williams in 2015.
What’s your earliest memory of Joburg? Visiting the CBD as a toddler with my parents as a “day out” to the park, and shopping at Tony Factor’s Mall in Pritchard Street.
So if you were mayor for the day, what would you do? I would put on a concert in a big park featuring all of South Africa’s biggest acts and give all the proceeds to RADA Inspire. Your favourite hangout spot in the city? The Landmark Cocktail Bar in Bryanston is great place to unwind and have a delicious cocktail.
The best-kept secret in the city? Sally Williams Luxury Ice Cream in Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton. The best ice cream in JHB, hands down. Especially the vanilla nougat. Where is the best place to let your hair down? The Sands nightclub.
Who do you call when you want to have fun and where in the city do you go? I call my besties, Loren and Kim, and we go for drinks at Craft in Parkhurst.
Your favourite coffee shop? AfricaBlack Roastery & Espresso Bar in North Riding. Favourite place to shop in Joburg? Mall of Africa. Vilakazi Street (Soweto), Maboneng Precinct (Johannesburg CBD), Menlyn (Pretoria) or 4th Avenue (Parkhurst): Which do you prefer and why? 4th Avenue: there’s a fun vibe and constant buzz in Parkhurst, plus the restaurants serve really good food. Which is your favourite market in Gauteng and why? Rosebank Rooftop Market is filled with all sorts of beautiful crafts, art and antiques. Which building in Joburg would you love to own and why? I love the architecture of the building next to the World Trade Centre in Sandton. Which building would you like to be locked in overnight and why? Apple iStore on Sandton Drive, for obvious reasons.
What’s the one thing people need to stop doing in the city? Driving through red traffic lights. Drivers have a total disregard for the road laws. As a parent with two young children, I don’t feel safe driving them . Where is the best view of Joburg? The top of the Giant Wheel in Gold Reef City.
Best place for a nightcap? Doppio Zero.
What’s the one thing that differentiates Joburg from other cities in SA? The pace. Joburg is fast-paced and busy. We’re always pushing deadlines and always in a hurry.
Where would you suggest first-time visitors to the city go for the best experience of the city? The museums are great: Apartheid Museum; MuseuMAfricA; Constitutional Hill. How do you spend your ideal Sunday? At home preparing Sunday lunch and spending the day with my children.