Owner of Soweto’s first shisa nyama owners, Panyaza Mcineka, has died.

Mcineka, also a former journalist, died on Monday morning following a long illness.

He was 69.

His son Siyabonga Mcineka said his father used to be a calm businessman who only panicked when he saw the fridges running out of meat.


Mcineka started his shisa nyama in 2003 at Rockville, Soweto, after retiring from City Press as a photo journalist.

The eatery became such a hit among party-goers that it also attracted international tourists.

Mcineka later moved the eatery to 707 in Jabavu, where it attracted more revelers.​

Popular DJs like Black Coffee and Vinny da Vinci are some of those who entertained patrons at the once popular shisa nyama.

The family would reveal funeral details at a later stage.

Mcineka leaves behind his wife, two sons and four grandchildren.