Thursday (1/12/12) was our last day working with Afrika Tikkun. After we finished our service work, we drove to Gugulethu for lunch at Mzoli's Place. Unfortunately I had the lovely stomach bug that day so my enjoyment of food was limited, but just the experience of being there was awesome! I did a quick internet search of the place and this is what I found:
Mzoli's was opened in 2003 by Mzoli Ngcawuzele, who got a start-up fund from the Development Bank of South Africa as part of their support of black-owned businesses. From selling meat informally from a garage, Mzoli's, by 2006, had become one of the most popular hangouts in Cape Town.
We waited about an hour while the meat was prepared. During this time many people got drinks from other local stores and just relaxed. I used this time to chit-chat, but also stop inside the store to see the 'magic happen.' What a production - grilling meat to feed 30+ people. It was pretty incredible to watch. It was soon delivered and everyone ate up!
That evening we were invited by Joe Schaffers to go to a jazz club. How cool to be invited by someone who is living history of Cape Town?! Joe was our tour guide at the District Six Museum and was a walking encyclopedia of knowledge. Just being invited by him was unbelievable, but seeing almost 20 college students have such a great time at a jazz club was something else. Another amazing day in Cape Town!