Shisanyamas are fast competing with established restaurants and fast food outlets and the culture has grown so much in the city. Picture supplied

The final two Shisanyamas, Chaf Pozi and Centurion Shisanyama, both in Gauteng, were visited by Windhoek Lager, iconic Chef Benny and Metro FM DJ, Mo Flava this past weekend.  All eight finalists, as voted by the public, have entertained the team and now comes the hard task of selecting the final four who will go tong-to-tong at Nasrec Showgrounds on 9th December where the ultimate 2018 Best Shisanyama in South Africa will be announced. Chef Benny is judging the quality of the food while DJ Mo Flava has been tasked with evaluating the vibe.

Shisanyamas are fast competing with established restaurants and fast food outlets and the culture has grown so much in the city. Picture supplied.

The Search for South Africa’s Best Shisanyama started in September when the public was asked to vote for their preferred venue.  “It has been fun visiting the eight finalists and seeing what each has to offer,” said Chef Benny. “Every Shisanyama has its own unique recipe, story, vibe and how they cook their meat as well as what is served with the meat.  Selecting the final four will not be easy, but we have devised a point system to help us. We will make our announcement within the next couple of weeks. The stakes are high with R1 million in prizes to be won so we take this seriously.  We will leave nothing to chance.”

Zama Zwane, co-owner of Chaf Pozi, is a qualified Business Administrator and owned Simkile Tours with her partner, Sandy McCarthy before opening Chaf Pozi in 2011.  “What is unique about Chaf Pozi is that we are situated at the Orlando Towers in Soweto and due to my background in tourism we offer services such as bungy jumping, drumming and Soweto Tours so we attract international clientele. We also focus on corporate entertainment and have had companies from all over South Africa coming to experience our vibe and unique cuisine.”

Co-owners of Chaf Pozi (middle) and the hosts of South Africa's Best Sishanyama Search, DJ Mo Flava and Chef Benny. Picture supplied.

The Windhoek team then took a turn past Centurion Shisanyama, co-owned by Ghanaian, OT Boye, who put on a fine spread to try and entice the judges to select them into the final four.  “We designed the Centurion Shisanyama to create an open flow allowing customers to mingle easily.  On weekends we bring in eight DJ’s to create a party vibe,” said Boye. “We wish to thank the public for voting us into the top eight and we hope that the Windhoek team enjoyed their experience with us.”

For an authentic South African experience, try Chaf Pozi, situated at the base of the Orlando Towers in Soweto.The establishment has a laid-back vibe, resulting in its popularity as a hangout. Picture supplied.

“Windhoek launched the Search for South Africa’s Best Shisanyama with the aim of rewarding those who invest the same level of passion and craftsmanship into their Shisanyama as Windhoek does into their beer.  We are now entering phase 3 of the competition which is bringing the final four to one venue and we are inviting the public to attend and help us select the ultimate winner”, concluded Dana Katz, Windhoek Marketing Manager.

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