Shisa Nyama, Midrand
Shisa Nyama, which literally means “burn the meat” in isiZulu, is a buy-and-barbecue concept that started in South Africa’s townships and has taken off among Johannesburg’s middle class. On Sundays, local butcheries spill out of their shops, grilling meat on an open fire to your specifications.
What started off as a way for township butcheries to increase their weekend sales has grown in popularity, becoming a place where people go to relax and socialise. To the grilled offerings were added informal bars, music performances and car washes, catering to those who wanted to while away the afternoon.
As a favourite hangout spot for up-and-coming professionals and South Africa’s emerging middle class, these sites are quickly becoming large networking sessions where business deals are sometimes brokered.
The Shisa Nyama spot in Midrand lets you bring in your own drinks before midday on Sundays, so fill your cooler box with your favourite drink and spend your Sunday eating, drinking and relaxing to the latest house music beats.
The laid-back venue is available for special events, launches and corporate meetings, should you wish to give your clients and staff a truly authentic South African culinary experience.
Places of interest
Midrand is situated between Centurion and Sandton, making it ideal as a central meeting point between the Tshwane and Johannesburg metropolises. Ghallager Estate, one of South Africa’s premiere conference centres is located 7km from Shisa Nyama, making it a good venue for a lunchtime break or after work socialising.
The Kyalami racetrack is less than 15km away from Shisa Nyama, and the South African Civil Aviation Authority sits 10km from the eatery and hang out spot.
In terms of transport options, OR Tambo International Airport is 31km away and Lanseria International Airport is 45km from the venue. Shisa Nyama is also 7km away from the nearest Gautrain station, positioned in Midrand.
Free, although a meal will cost as little as R50
Sunday afternoons are the best time to visit
Next to Boulders Shopping Centre, just off Old Pretoria Road