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June 29, 2009

Mzoli’s Place – My first township experience

For a friend’s recent birthday, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to experience another side of Cape Town, an experience that is now firmly placed in my top five favourite things about Cape Town. Sadly, Ratanga had to fall away, but is still held close to my heart.

Since early 2003, Mzoli Ngcawuzele’s business has been meat, through which he has transformed a run-of-the-mill butchery into one of the most popular experiences in Cape Town.

Located in the township of Gugulethu, Mzoli’s Place offers great-tasting meat with a secret sauce with a taste factor in the leagues of those by Colonel Sanders and the legend who started Spur. In the manner so typical of our local businessmen, he has not restricted his establishment to delicious food, but also offers energetic live entertainment, including deep house and kwaito music.

Mzoli’s Place is a great tourism boost for the area and attracts an array of celebrities, such as Jamie Oliver, and groups made up of students, tourists, business people and locals – all are welcome.

The afternoon was an awesome and inspiring experience, which proved that the diverse Cape Town cultures have open arms. The day wouldn’t have been the same without the welcoming vibe, big smiles, thumping music and the great mix of people.

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We arrived early to a fairly empty place, but it filled quickly.

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The DJ provided a full afternoon of great dance music.

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Local characters on the dance floor jamming to some kwaito.

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I found a new crew – these guys had some fascinating stories.

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A classic example of two very different cultures sharing a great time.

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My friend instantly fell for this cute child she bumped into.

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The last of the bunch after a great day.

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