Half-day tour of Durban's 'shebeens'


| May 15, 2020

The term 'shebeen' was originally associated with illicit bars where alcohol was sold without a licence. In South Africa in particular they are a real institution: they became famous as an alternative to legal bars and pubs which, under the apartheid regime, black South Africans were not allowed to enter. In those days shebeens would be operated from the back of someone's house and would serve home-distilled alcohol. They were seen as places to get together, discuss politics, hold discussions and generally have a good time. Take a tour of some of these establishments, which today operate like a normal bar, albeit possessing their own unique township flavour.

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