Top: Ny 112
Bottom: ny 108
Left: Ny 1
Right: ny 112
The final hood to be named is a very special one indeed for Gugulethu. Not only the famed ‘entertainment hub’ of Gugs, it has also produced a number of outstanding individuals. With NY 112 as the northern border, NY 108 to the south, Steve Biko Drive to the west and NY 112 to the east, it is a hood which has something for everyone.
Named Lefa Park, upon suggestion the reason provided was “because he is an elder who assists those who have nothing.” Lefa Mapilo, the well-known and respected businessman whom the Hood is named after, built his business from humble beginnings out of his home on NY141. He owns spaza shop where you can purchase everything from prepaid electricity to a loaf of bread. He also opened a bottlestore – Lefa’s BeerGarden. Lefa has also branched into offering hiring services like mobile toilets, and a full range of catering- which is essential to the community of Gugulethu. As with many Gugulethu citizens, Lefa is respected because he shares his wealth by helping those who cannot afford basic necessities. Lefa is also Peter Motale’s nephew- another Gugulethu gentle giant.
Mr Baartman, who still resides at NY 112 in this hood, made the Intshinga Higher Primary School on NY 138 known way beyond Gugulethu. Outstanding individuals have passed through its doors including Joel Mkunqwana, Siya Nyeka, KK Mhlauli, Moshe Apleni, Nkululeko Ntuntubele – owner of the Corner Lounge and Andile Sakayi of Gqudu’s Lounge.
Also within the boundaries of this neighbourhood is Lehlohonolo School -the only Sesotho medium school in the Westen cape region. It started its life in Langa as Moshoeshoe school, named after King Moshoeshoe and catered for Sesotho and Xhosa speaking learners. Kagisho Selebano, now deputy Principal at the School, has been teaching at the school for 25 years, he also studied at the school, whilst his mother was the first Principal. Xolani Primary School is also based here.
Hood 8 also excels on the sporting front. Based here is White Spurs FC, founded by Ronnie Mamputa, of NY 116, in 1966. He was pivotal in the buiding of the NY 116 Football Stadium. Rebels – who broke away from White Spurs in the late 70’ – are also based here and their derbies at the NY 116 stadium are legendary.
Notable personalities here include the late Miranda Qwanyashe/ Ngculu, from NY 116 but later went into exile. The Subcouncil 14 wing in Gugulethu is named after her. Mildred Lesia, a former councillor and member of Parliament is a living legend from this neighbourhood. She formed part of the famous womens march against the pass laws in 1956.
Andile Apleni (from NY 116) is a former MK Commander who worked very closely with the late Chris Hani. He now resides in Pretoria but retains very close ties to Gugulethu. Andile Siyo of NY 137 is a specialist iin African Music who has travelled the world playing his marimbas.
Apart from the rich history and the famous characters, this neighbourhood is also a great place for relaxion. The key venues include: Mzoli’s and Phunga Restaurant on NY 115, Sec’s Place (on NY 138), Corner Lounge (NY 138 and NY 116) and Lefa’s place (on NY 141).