The Shisanyama Awards celebrates and awards establishments for excellence in food, venue, ambience, and service. The intention of the Awards is to stimulate business and tourism to South African townships.

The judging process and judging panel has been organised by Ingrid Shevlin; a journalist with 30 years experience and the person responsible for the Cafe Society Awards.


Our line up of judges includes journalists, foodies and cultural influencers.

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Our process follows industry best practice in venue reviewing.

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22 venues make up the 2018 list of judging in the Durban basin.

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Semi finalists

Durban’s top five venues will be selected through a grueling judging process (which, let’s face it, involves eating loads of flame-grilled meat) and they are ranked according to a 50-point scoring system.

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