My Joburg with... Tam­many Bar­ton

Hav­ing just con­cluded the run of ‘Cup­cakes and Com­mis­er­a­tions’, ac­tress Tam­many Bar­ton finds time to drop by her favourite city haunts

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Best place for a first date in the city? A horse­back game drive in Ma­galies­berg at sun­set. I am an out­door, na­ture-lov­ing girl.

What is the first thing you do when you ar­rive back in Joburg from out of town? I go straight home and un­pack. And I apol­o­gise to my fat cat, Kit­tynums, for be­ing away. Then I go for a run or walk in the park.

Best meal you have had in Joburg that is not at home? Café Del Sol in Bryanston. Love their lamb and beet­root tagli­atelle. I hardly eat pasta, but of­ten I dream about that dish.

What lo­cal TV show are you lov­ing right now? Girls from St Agnes. Love this se­ries. Bril­liant piece of South African work.

What is the last South African movie you watched? Im­punity. A bit of a dark and twisty thriller. Right up my al­ley.

And the last stage play? Tracey Go­ing’s Bru­tal Legacy. What a pow­er­ful piece of theatre, writ­ten by one of my good friends, Natasha Suther­land. I am in awe of her work.

If you were mayor for the day, what would you do? Ask ev­ery­one in Jo­han­nes­burg to fear­lessly spend the day do­ing what they truly are pas­sion­ate about and love. If that means stop work­ing, then stop. Ex­pe­ri­ence one day in your life where you do what sets your heart on fire. It will be a deeply joy­ous day and I guar­an­tee the city will be a bet­ter place for it. Love will be at the cen­tre.

Your favourite hang­out spot in the city? Em­mer­en­tia Park with wine, a pic­nic bas­ket filled with olives, cheeses, cured hams, salami, pick­les, crack­ers, and friends and mu­sic. Live mu­sic is even bet­ter. I have a tal­ented bet­ter half who is magic on the gui­tar.

Who do you call when you want to have fun, and where in the city do you go? The yin to my yang, Gabriella. We have the best nights out. Es­pe­cially af­ter a pole-danc­ing class. We love to fre­quent bars where we can chat, but also do a lit­tle danc­ing on the side. Linden has some lovely lively bars.

Your favourite cof­fee shop? The French Patis­serie in Blair­gowrie. I love the staff and the cheese.

Favourite place to shop in Joburg? Sandton City. Tam­many Bar­ton 34

When I am not act­ing, I run an NPO (Doo­dle Your Fu­ture for or­phaned and vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren). You can check us out at: www.doo­d­ley­our­ I am also con­stantly au­di­tion­ing for act­ing roles. My lat­est work is as Dr Aller­ton on and I’m in a few TV com­mer­cials.

in Jo­han­nes­burg for the past 9 years.

Which is your favourite mar­ket in Joburg? Bryanston Or­ganic Mar­ket.

Which build­ing would you like to be locked in overnight and why? I’m a nerd when it comes to books. Lock me in an Ex­clu­sive Books and I will be dream­ing all night long.

What is the one thing peo­ple need to stop do­ing in the city? Lit­ter­ing. It bugs me so much to watch peo­ple throw lit­ter out of their car win­dows, or right in front of me on the streets, es­pe­cially when there is a bin only a few me­tres away.

Where is the best view of Joburg? Four Sea­sons Ho­tel, The West­cliff.

What is the one thing that dif­fer­en­ti­ates Joburg from other cities in SA? The driv­ers. I love Jo­han­nes­burg driv­ers. I am from PE, but I have been liv­ing here long enough to ap­pre­ci­ate our great driv­ing, and the aware­ness of other driv­ers.

Where would you sug­gest first-time vis­i­tors go to get the best ex­pe­ri­ence of the city? Moun­tain Sanc­tu­ary Park, Ma­galies­berg. That is if you love na­ture and wild life. It has the most beau­ti­ful rock pools and hik­ing trails. Or go for a pad­dle at Em­mar­en­tia Dam and be sur­rounded by na­ture, fol­lowed by a cock­tail in Parkhurst at Rock­ets.

How do you spend your Sun­day? Sun­day roasts with fam­ily.

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