Dine with township families with this incredible startup founded by locals


An award-winning start-up has transformed over 211 township homes into pop-up restaurants, creating an opportunity for families to earn money by preparing food for tourists and even locals.

Dine With is the brainchild of Capetonian Luthando Dyasi and came about four years ago when he and his friends met with students from a Swiss social entrepreneurship training programme called Kaospilot for funding for a project. Dyasi and his team wanted to show their 80 foreign visitors an authentic tour of Khayelitsha and so they divided the Swiss students into six groups and invited each group to a different house for dinner. The experience was such a hit and the idea of a pop-up venture involving township residents was born.

Through Dine With, tourists get to engage with the locals, learn more about them and hopefully have their perception of South African townships changed. Dine With currently has 211 homes in Soweto, Braamfontein, Khayelitsha and Gugulethu registered to welcome tourists for dinner.

Tourists are charged R300 each, which includes food and transportation to and from the homes. The hosts may be asked to accommodate up to 10 people at a time for dinner.

To find out more about this incredible initiative and to book your dinner, visit the ‘Dine With’ website and follow their Facebook page for more info.

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