Just no place like Soweto, says Doris Msibi
PLACES TO ENJOY: "It is one place that one should experience at least once in their lifetime. It doesn't matter who you are, there is just something about that place that leaves you with a sense of belonging"
IN 2000 she was crowned the most beautiful woman in Soweto and six years later she became Mrs Globe, South Africa. Doris Msibi has not looked back since.
Born in Pimville, Msibi is a respected businesswoman, host of e.tv's reality show, Forgive and Forget and founder of SA Image Institute, an image and etiquette coaching firm.
The mother of two children's roots are firmly grounded in Soweto.
What do you like about Soweto?
I love its Botho/ubuntu spirit . I feel a great sense of warmth whenever I am there, whether it is to visit my grandmother, friends or go to church.
I grew up there, in a close-knit community that helped shape me into the person I have become.
Which are your favourite restaurants there and why?
My favourite restaurant is Sakhumzi. I love the vibe on Vilakazi Street in Orlando West, where it is situated. They have a great menu. It is situated on the same street where our former president Nelson Mandela lived. It is a great attraction for tourists, adding to the vibe of diversity and history.
Your favourite nightspot in Soweto?
Although I am not much of a night person, I do like Backroom in Pimville - my home. I think it is such a great concept and a lovely twist of all that is modern, trendy and current in the heart of the township.
Favourite hotel or B&B in Soweto?
Soweto Hotel in Kliptown. It is another jewel in the middle of the township.
What makes Soweto great?
Soweto's people. Bearing in mind how Soweto came about in history, I believe that her people are shinning stars.
"It's a place rich with talent, creativity and much more growth potential. The business and entertainment industries of this country are filled with people who were born and raised here.
What's your favourite tshisanyama in Soweto?
My favourite tshisanyama is Chaf Pozi. It's right next to the Orlando Towers, surrounded by beautiful scenery. Also Panyaza. It is one place that one should experience at least once in their lifetime. It doesn't matter who you are, there is just something about that place that leaves you with a sense of belonging.
Where would you take a tourist for entertainment in Soweto?
To Chaf Pozi, Panyaza, Sedibeng, Masakeng. But no one should leave without visiting a typical family home and experiencing true African hospitality through a simple home-cooked meal, jelly and custard for dessert, great conversations and lots of laughter.
Growing up, this existed in every home in my township.
What's your favourite place for a quiet meal with your family?
It has to be at Sakhumzi on a Sunday. There is nothing like the smell and taste of a rich and wholesome meal, made just as my mom used to make it.
How do you see Soweto's future?
I believe that Soweto is fast becoming metropolitan, vigorous and fully functional in the South African economy.
Best hair salon?
Apo's Hair in Pimville for pure skill, talent and trendy hair, it's the place to go.
The Roots Health Spa in Diepkloof is one of the first.