Dinangwe – Diamond in the Rough
By Puseletso Matenche & Ithuteng Mashabela
Opting for something new? Dinangwe is a trendy shebeen in Tantyi (just outside Joza), a few minutes from Rhodes campus. Dinangwe caters for all, the young and soulful as well as the old and jazzy. It is somewhere you can go to escape for real good music, affordable drinks and a groovy atmosphere to compensate for a hectic run-of-the-mill day in lectures. Dinangwe is a great experience of the true Grahamstown partying lifestyle, or a fantastic place to watch the soccer on a Saturday afternoon. Where else can you listen to jazz and kwaito while sipping a cheap Carling Black Label that goes for a mere R8 a quart. The vibe can be slightly overwhelming at times, although there is a strong sense of camaraderie. Situated behind the Emazotshweni Bottle Store on Mandela Street, the entrance to Dinangwe leads you into a whole other world. The shebeen features a busy, bass-pumping beer hall, complete with booths, two televisions to watch sport, and a large bar area. It’s perfect for young people looking for a good time. In comparison to the interior, the outside of the shebeen is completely different; it’s more a case of a ‘diamond in the rough’. At first, it might seem a bit scary, but it’s probably as safe as the more well-known student spots in Grahamstown – the only trick is to be street savvy. The dress code is laid-back and unfussy, as long as you are comfortable.
Considering the recent surge of crime in Grahamstown it is recommended that you have a car when partying at Dinangwe. Getting stranded in an area where you can’t see the university can be quite hazardous. If you can organise a lift it’s definitely worth the trip. It’s about time that Rhodents abandon the bourgeoisie mentality and try something new.