Ask a Local: #MyJoburg by Jo-Anne Reyneke

14 Dec 2018
created 13 Sep 2018
The best way to get to know Joburg is to hang out with a local. In our ongoing weekly #MyJoburg series, we chat each to one of our favourite Joburg people to get the lowdown on what makes this city unique. Find all our most recent #MyJoburg interviews here.

JO-ANNE REYNEKE is an award winning actress and star of the popular soapie Isidingo. She shared her favourite Joburg gems with us including authentic Italian restaurants and lesser known picnic spots with a view.

HEATHER MASON is an American living in Joburg. Her popular blog 2summers documents her life and her travels around South Africa and the world. This week she gives us her take on the city. 

DUDU LUTHULI is a copywriter and lover of good stories. She describes herself as a curious young woman who seeks beauty wherever she goes. From live music to thrift shopping, Dudu gave us the lowdown on what she loves about living in Joburg in our #MyJoburg interview. 

KENNEDY TEMBO is passionate about showing off Joburg’s gems and through his own tour guiding service, Microadventure Tours, takes locals and visitors out on adventurous cycling tours of downtown Joburg and the Cradle of Humankind, as well as leading guided visits to opulent Joburg heritage buildings and adrenaline-pumping hiking tours of the Magliesberg and the Drakensberg mountains. This week Kennedy shares his views on enjoying the city with us.

XAVIER FRANCIS is the head chef at Onenineone, the Hyatt Regency Rosebank Hotel’s renowned contemporary restaurant. Driven by his passion for promoting local organic produce and sustainably sourced ingredients, Xavier's menus at Onenineone are innovative and constantly evolving showcasing the finest local flavours and produce. Ahead of Onenineone's upcoming Kitchen Party on Thursday November 15, we caught up with Xavier to get his take on life in Joburg beyond the kitchen.

NATHAN FLUELLEN is the creator, host and producer of extreme adventure TV show World Wide Nate: African Adventures. Nate started globe-trotting in 2004, and has since visited 50 countries and six continents. In World Wide Nate: African Adventures Nathan sets out to demystify travelling to Africa for the average American millennial, showcasing the various cuisines, cultures and adventures that can be experienced on the African continent. Following his visit to Joburg in May, we caught up with him to find out just what it is that keeps him returning to Joburg.

MOGAU SESHOENE is a food writer, chef and founder of The Lazy Makoti, a platform that shares traditional recipes and shortcuts for modern African women and offers immersive cooking classes tailored for groups and individuals. In October 2018 Mogau launched her first cookbook The Lazy Makoti's Guide to the Kitchen. Read more about Mogau's new book and her thoughts on Joburg in this week's interview.

STUART TAYLOR is a Cape Town-based multi-award-winning comedian, storyteller and performer, best known as the former presenter of hit travel show, Going Nowhere Slowly. A three-time South African Comedy Magic Champion and regular visitor to Joburg, Stuart brings his critically acclaimed stand up show Funny You Should Say That to the Auto & General Theatre on the Square from Oct 23 - Nov 3. Read Stuart's take on Joburg here.

ULRICH JANSE VAN VUUREN is the founder of popular travel blog and digital media agency Meet My Mzansi, which documents his travels and celebrates South Africa’s diversity. Despite travelling around the world and visiting cities on almost every continent, he says “Johannesburg is home.” Read his take on Joburg here. 

RASTY KNAYLES  is a tattoo and graffiti artist and started Braamfontein's Grayscale Gallery. He is also the founder of the City of Gold Urban Art Festival which takes place from October 7-13 on the walls of the student-friendly district of 'Braam'. From his favourite store to his go-to breakfast spot, Rasty shares his take on Joburg with us. Find out more about the City of Gold Festival here. 

BHEKI DUBE is the founder of Maboneng’s Curiocity Hostels which also now has a branch in Durban and another coming soon to Cape Town. He is also the founder of Maboneng-based walking tour company Mainstreetwalks and other cool experiences in South Africa. One of Joburg’s most successful and innovative young tourism entrepreneurs, Bheki describes himself as ‘born, bred and buttered in Joburg’. Read his take on Joburg here.

NANDI DLEPU runs the creative studio Mamakashaka, creating arts, lifestyle and culture content and experiences for individuals, brands and communities. She is also known to many as the founder of the Feel Good Series, a super-cool urban rooftop party series which we love for its eclectic DJ sets and unusual downtown locations, and co-host of the Women in Bloom conversation, where local female entrepreneurs working in the creative industries share their experiences. Read Nandi's #MyJoburg interview here.

NOMSA MAZWAI (also known by her stage name Nomisupasta) is an award-winning alternative Afro-pop star, the general director of Soweto Theatre and an all-round creative. Born in 1985 to a school teacher and a journalist in Soweto she was raised in a home fuelled by Pan Africanism and her lyrics reflect both these politics and her playful optimism. We caught up with her as she released her latest single Losing Myself, and the crowds will get to see her perform at this year’s Afropunk festival to be held at Constitution Hill on December 30-31. Read Nomisupasta's take on life in Joburg and Soweto here.

ELS VAN MOURIK is a Dutch creative consultant and storytelling coach who divides her time between Joburg and The Netherlands. Specialising in visual storytelling, van Mourik launched African Art Stories in 2008 as a platform to share her fascination for storytelling and contemporary African art. Read Els van Mourik's #MyJoburg story here.

JAMES DELANEY is an artist, who features downtown Joburg’s buildings and ghosts prominently in his screenprints. He is also known by a lot of Joburgers as ‘the guy who fixed up The Wilds’, a 40 acre forested park on the edge of the inner city, which is home to dozens of his laser cut steel sculptures of African wildlife. Read James Delaney's #MyJoburg interview.
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