The different cultures make Welkom great
Baba Mthethwa says the city is a nucleus of cultures
AFTER working for 10 years for the public broadcaster Diski commentators, Baba Mthethwa will soon be heard on SuperSport after the seSotho commentator officially joined the "World of Champions".
Famous for his signature saying Ho thata banna! Mthethwa, who hails from Thabong in Welkom, says the city is a nucleus of cultures and one of the most popular places in South Africa.
What do you like about Welkom?
I like the people of the city and the way they behave and carry themselves. Welkom is like the United Nations because of its history. When the mines where here, people from all over Africa came to work in Welkom. When the mines closed, some of them stayed and made it their home. The place is vibrant.
Which are your favourite restaurants in Welkom and why?
I usually go to Eight Restaurant. I like it because the food is always fresh and delicious. It is one of the cleanest eateries. They serve the best seafood.
Your favourite nightspot?
The Palace, famously known as Dishopong Tsa Kgale. It is the entertainment hub of Welkom. You can enjoy good music while you have a drink.
It is also one of the best Tshisa nyamas in Free State, but if this is not your scene, go to Bra Mthunzi's famous Delicacy Shop for good food.
Where do you go shopping when you are in Welkom?
GoldField Mall shopping mall because it offers a relaxed shopping atmosphere.
Favourite hotel or B&B in Welkom?
Mantovani Guesthouse is my favourite. It has character. Its garden is immaculate and perfectly manicured. The rooms are big and they serve classy breakfasts.
Where do you chill with your friends in Welkom?
DiShopong Tsa Kgale because of its tranquil environment. It is a good place to rest after the rush of Joburg.
Where would you go for entertainment as a tourist?
Afrovibes and The Zone are tops .
What's your favourite place to go to for a quiet meal with your family?
I always go to my mother's house because my mom cooks the best food in the whole of this city.
What do you see Welkom looking like in future?
I believe that the city will take a while to go back to where it was when the mines were operating.
Actually, it will need a miracle to take Welkom to where it used to be.
It was an injustice to close th e mines. Welkom used to be the hub of the Free State economy. Many people are not working at the moment and as a result, there is a lot of crime. Some people are beginning to venture into business, but it is not working.
Where do you go for an all-night dance party?
Phakisa Racecourse hosts the best parties and festivals in the city. This is where I go to party the night away. It is also safe.