Fred Khumalo Columnist

The first thing that hits you as you walk through the doors of Gratitude Restaurant is the music. A fairly competent tenor saxophonist is doing a cover of Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway’s Where is the Love.

The second thing that strikes you is the vibrancy of the diners. Right here a Valentine’s function is in full swing. Over there a group of women is holding a business meeting. You know it’s business because the woman on her feet addressing the others is saying: "Yes, sisters, we now have a BEE certificate, and a tax clearance. No-one can stop us now."

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