Sakhumzi’s began with a group of friends, beers and one very special tree. The tree was their home away from home and it offered shade in summer, a place where dreams could be shared and friendships created. There were always people gathered together and Sakhumzi found himself having to share his supper every time. Everyone put money together to buy drinks and food and it was shared freely. Finally, Sakhumzi decided to formalise the shebeen and trade as he does today. The lounge became the eating area, which soon spilled over into the bedrooms and every part of the house. Complete with original doors, walls, flooring and rooms, Sakhumzi Restaurant was born in 2001. Today everyone is welcome for lively local tunes and authentic home-cooked Soweto food. Best of all, the tree is still there.