Music mogul, businessman and philanthropist, MTHOKOZI “DJ TIRA” KHATHI, shares what he loves the most about Durban.
By: Aubrey Ngcolosi
I LIVE HERE BECAUSE
I was born and spent my childhood in KwaHlabisa, which is in the north of the province, but moved to Durban in 1995 to study Human Resource Management at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. It’s warm climate, friendly people and the nightlife meant I loved the city from the moment I set foot here! It’s without doubt the best holiday destination. I mean, we even have our own unique sounds when it comes to music … gqom has taken the whole world by storm.
I love Next Chapter on Florida Road. They make the best eggs, sausages and chakalaka.
Max’s Lifestyle in Umlazi is the place!. I usually enjoy their plate of rice and mutton curry. No wonder they have won numerous awards and recognised as one of the best around.
If I’m in Umlazi at night, I go to Eyadini Lounge for their tender meat. You know we love to have braai meat township-style once in a while!
I usually go to the The Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga to sip on some French champagne. Their bar has a variety of drinks and you are surely going to find your favourite.
FOR SOME NIGHTLIFE
If you really want to have the time of your life, definitely check out Rich Durban in Springfield Park. Everything is on point, from the sound system, to the hospitality and atmosphere. This was the first champagne and cigar lounge in the city.
PLACE TO CHILL
When I’ve had a busy weekend doing gigs, I enjoy spending the day at California Dreaming restaurant at the beachfront just to enjoy the breeze and see people.
FOR AN OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE
The biggest event in Mzansi’s entertainment calendar has to be Fact Durban Rocks. This year will be its 16th instalment and we have assembled a line-up of the crème de la crème artists in the country. It’s a Fact, Durban Rocks!
TO KNOW YOUR HISTORY
I have been told that to know where you are going you must know your past, though it does not determine your future. KwaMuhle Museum provides a platform to learn more about our past as a nation and as a city, focusing on apartheid. It is easily accessible because is it located in the central business district of Durban.
WORDS Aubrey Ngcolosi