SIBA MTONGANA ON FAMILY, FOOD AND HER NEW RESTAURANT
For aspiring foodies there are few better guides than Siba Mtongana. In a world hungry for African dishes with a twist, she’s applied her majors in Food Sciences and Nutrition, and her time as a food editor and model to bring her cooking to thousands of viewers across the globe, all while raising a family.
We met up with Siba and the Mtongana family as they enjoyed a fun outing to the Two Oceans Aquarium. Raising four children under the age of ten is no easy task but for Siba, it is one of her greatest accomplishments in life.
“What I love most about parenthood is the ability to give yourself to someone, give love and just to nurture,” she says. For Siba, there is nothing she loves more than seeing her children be inquisitive and engaged, and what a better place to do that than at the aquarium.
Since opening its doors to the public almost 27 years ago, the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront has showcased the incredible diversity of marine life found in the Indian and the Atlantic ocean to many local and international visitors.
Through their exhibits, the aquarium aims to encourage love, respect and understanding of our oceans. While the kids were amazed by what the aquarium had to offer, we found out a little more about Siba and Brian Mtongana’s love story.
Brian and Siba first met in Cape Town when she was visiting her sister. Her sister had been asking Brian to come visit her church and it wasn’t until he saw Siba that he decided to take her sister up on her offer and the rest… is history.
Over the last decade, the couple have grown phenomenally in both their careers and relationship. And during that time, their family of two has grown into a beautiful family of six.
“What’s great about our relationship in terms of support [is that] we knew each other before we knew where our careers were going to take us, we grew together…we have been our biggest supporters in all our ventures, careers and aspirations,” explains Brian.
With the loving support of her husband and after two successful award-winning cookbooks, Siba has made her debut as a restauranteur with her very first restaurant, Siba The Restaurant, at the acclaimed Table Bay Hotel.
Siba The Restaurant offers an iconic 5-star dining experience in the heart of Cape Town. Patrons are treated to unique recipes encompassing global flavours with an African flair, that are passionately made by the team of inspirational chefs.
Paired with the breathtaking view of Table Mountain, Siba The Restaurant provides a culinary experience that’s synonymous with sharing, connecting and enticing a sense of curiosity.
Bringing Africa the food acclaim it deserves is both a privilege and blessing to Siba, who prepared her latest menu for a special set of guests. Tell us on socials which dish you would love to try.
From opening up a brand new restaurant and raising four beautiful kids, Siba Mtongana is a beacon of life to friends, family and fans.
“To see Siba living one of her childhood dreams is just a miracle, I wish my mom was still alive to see this because she was always the one to tell us to dream big and she has followed that, I am very proud of her,” says Zanele Mzaca, Siba’s sister.