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

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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.

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