Khayelitsha is the largest township in Cape Town and is situated 30km south east of the city centre, just off the N2. It’s a vibrant township known for its entrepreneurial spirit and social development projects. The people are friendly and inviting, the area is rich in culture and diversity, and is a truly South African experience that will stay with you forever.
WHERE TO EAT AND MAKE MERRY: RESTAURANTS AND BARS
Khayelitsha’s eateries offer a mix of traditional and western food, but it’s the more traditional local dishes that offer unique culinary experiences. Every restaurant has its own vibe, ensuring you experience an authentic feel of the township with every meal.
King Steak’s food is predominantly inspired by the local heritage. Serving a variety of ‘kasi-urban’ (urban township) foods from African meals, braai (barbecue) meat, buffets, and breakfast.
For more information: +27 78 333 1436
KEFU’S JAZZ PUB & GRILL
Kefu’s is a vibrant pub, restaurant and B&B that offers delicious, locally inspired steakhouse-style meals, as well as the best in Jazz, Soul and African music. Recently renovated, the pub and restaurant has great views of the local community.
For more information: www.kefus.co.za
DEPARTMENT OF COFFEE
The first artisan coffee shop in Khayelitsha, The Department of Coffee has become an institution with visitors. Friends Wongama, Vusumzi and Vuyile opened the coffee shop in 2012, with the aim of bringing coffee culture to the township. Using their own house blend, the expert baristas will serve up all types of coffee, from cappuccinos to latte’s, and Americanos to iced coffees.
For more information:www.facebook.com/Department-of-Coffee
For the healthiest bread in town, head over to Spinach King, situated just around the corner from Khayelitsha station, as well as in Khayelitsha Mall. From his converted container, Lufefe Nomjana sells delicious spinach bread, muffins and sandwiches made from locally grown spinach.
For more information:facebook.com/spinachkingcafe/
WHERE THE COMMUNITY PLAYS:
Sport plays a big role in youth development in impoverished communities like Khayelitsha with everything from soccer to cycling to surfing and even canoeing used to engage with young people in the township.
KHAYELITSHA CANOE CLUB
The Khayelitsha Canoe Club is the first of its kind in a South African township, where watersports are rare. Established in 2013 with only two boats, the club teaches the youth of the community about paddling as a sport. The club has grown tremendously since its inception and the latest offering is canoe polo, a favourite among the kids. They also offer boat rides for tourists who are welcome to come along for a paddle.
WAVES FOR CHANGE
For more information: call Siya on 072 801 6681
Waves for Change provides youth development programmes in troubled ocean-side communities, using surfing as the focal point. Tim Conibear started in 2011 in Masiphumelele Township south of Cape Town’s CBD and branched out to Khayelitsha in 2012. Every week the initiative reaches around 160 young people from Khayelitsha alone, and is going from strength to strength.
For more information: waves-for-change.org
The Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy uses cycling as a means to provide children of impoverished communities with essential life skills and opportunities that will help them have a positive impact on their community. They also strive to turn local youth into role models for the community by encouraging cycling excellence and developing champion cyclists, a number of whom have achieved great heights in the sport, both locally and internationally. The facility in Khayelitsha includes a BMX track, as well as a gym equipped with advanced cycling equipment, and a learning centre.
For more information: velokhaya.com
Another organisation that is helping the youth through sport is Grassroot Soccer. Through soccer, immensely popular in the township, they educate young people on various health issues that affect them and their communities, especially HIV and AIDS. Adolescents are a high risk group concerning health and Grassroot Soccer’s curriculum is designed to engage with this group through various soccer based activities.
For more information: grassrootsoccer.org