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Lets twist again
Gazing idly at a partly consumed bottle of red wine last night set me off trying to convince myself that it was half full although in reality it was half empty. Anyway one thing led to another and then I got around to even more intriguing philosophical matters like what came first, the chicken or the egg ? Too deep for you, too mentally demanding or you simply couldn't care less as long as KFC doesn't go out of business ? Well here's an easier one then - what came first the wine cork or the corkscrew ?
Wine has been with us since biblical days but not the corkscrew. Traditionally wine was stored in terracotta flasks and barrels, stoppered with wads of all types of materials and it wasn't until glassblowing technology improved in the early 18 th century that narrow necked bottles, similar to what we see today, were perfected. The English were pretty useless at producing wine but they certainly knew how to market and drink it and they came up with the idea for stoppers manufactured from cork, imported from Spain and Portugal. It took them a while longer to efficiently use this new stopper to preserve wine and corks were only half driven into bottle necks so that they could be extracted easily. But there was no holding a good idea down and in 1795 the first patent for a corkscrew was issued, significantly, to the Reverend Samual Henshall - it is not recorded whether he was finding difficulty in opening the communion wine or the claret in the vicarage.
However it wasn't just wine which was stoppered with corks, all types of items came in corked containers such as beer, medicine and cosmetics and they all required an extraction tool, no matter how crude. Early designs were fashioned by blacksmiths based on the gun worm which was a spiral tool for extracting the wad out of muskets so there is a valid arguement for believing that the corkscrew certainly did precede the wine cork, strange as it may seem. But hang on, what's going on here ? That half full bottle of wine is bloody empty now, how did that happen ?

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Mirna van Wyk

Mirna is an educational psychologist from Stellenbosch. She taught at several schools, amongst others Stellenbosch High School, Bloemhof Girls’ High and Jan Kriel School for learners with barriers to learning. She is a mother, loves art, the ocean and children.


I have lived through many traumas, personal loss and have stared death in the face. The experience that changed my life radically to the extent that I think of my life “as before or after” this event is the fact that I am a survivor of the great flood of Laingsburg of 1981. To sit on a roof seeing people drowning and not knowing if your loved-ones are safe is an experience that changes one’s perception 360 degrees. I have lost every single possession I had owned in one fell swoop, I escaped literally with my life, a Bible, and a bag full of underwear! One day I shall share the detail of that day but today I would like to focus on what I have learned from that life-changing experience.
I have seen that day that one can stare death in the face and be absolutely content. This has helped me not to fear death at all but rather to respect it.
To lose every possession and to have only a few recognisable tiles on a bare foundation of what was once called home teaches one that usually what you have now is enough. You don’t really need more and more and more. You just need to appreciate what you have more and more and more. One realizes that what really is essential in life is invisible to the eye-as is said in The Little Prince. Love, health, relationships and happiness-amongst others.
I have learned that Death gives definition to a life. Without Death we would be unmotivated and even lazy to push our every day living to the fullest.
I have learned to live life to the full-as Thoreau has stated: “to suck out the marrow of life”. Simply because each day really could be your last.
The conundrum is of course that it is nearly impossible to live each day to the fullest because one gets swept away in the rush of each day’s little things. I have discovered a way to be able to live every day “mostly” to the full. I like to describe it with a word that would be familiar to readers who often read my ramblings: “self-conscious living”. In the different schools of psychology it is mostly known as “mindfulness living”. In simple terms it means to know where each minute of your day goes, in order to make that minute count even if it is to do nothing. It also means to be aware of what you feel and what other people are probably feeling. Interestingly enough this is also the foundation of what we understand emotional intelligence to be.
I have learned that one should enjoy every small pleasure while you can, to love all the people as much as you can while you can, to be strong but soft, to handle EVERYTHING and EVERYONE you can with humour and that that softness can achieve more, more often, than aggression. I try to live from these thruths. And I succeed. Mostly.
Blessings from heart to heart.

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South Africa's World Heritage Sites

South Africa has eight World Heritage Sites, places identified by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) to be of "outstanding value to humanity".

Unesco seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world.

This is embodied in an international treaty, the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by the organisation in 1972.

Four of South Africa's World Heritage Sites are classified as cultural, three as natural and one as a mixed cultural and natural site.

They include Table Mountain National Park, with more plant species in its 22 000 hectares than the British Isles, and the Drakensberg, which has both the highest mountain range in Africa south of Kilimanjaro and the continent's richest concentration of rock art.

The sites are:
iSimangaliso (Greater St Lucia) Wetland Park
Robben Island
Cradle of Humankind
uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park
Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape
Cape Floral Region
Vredefort Dome
Richtersveld Cultural & Botanical Landscape

Vredefort Dome

Vredefort Dome
Year inscribed: 2005
Core zone: 30 000 hectares
Location: Free State and North West
Coordinates: 26º 51' 36" S 27º 15' 36" E
Type: Natural heritage
Unesco reference: 1162

Unesco selection criteria: to be outstanding examples representing major stages of earth's history, including the record of life, significant on-going geological processes in the development of landforms, or significant geomorphic or physiographic features

Some 2-billion years ago a meteorite 10 kilometres in diameter hit the earth about 100km southwest of Johannesburg, creating an enormous impact crater. Found near the town of Vredefort in the Free State, the site is known as the Vredefort Dome.

The meteorite, larger than Table Mountain, caused a thousand-megaton blast of energy, vaporising about 70 cubic kilometres of rock.

“Vredefort Dome bears witness to the world’s greatest known single energy release event, which caused devastating global change, including, according to some scientists, major evolutionary changes,” Unesco says of the site.

“It provides critical evidence of the earth’s geological history and is crucial to our understanding of the evolution of the planet. Despite their importance to the planet’s history, geological activity on the earth’s surface has led to the disappearance of evidence from most impact sites and Vredefort is the only example on earth to provide a full geological profile of an astrobleme below the crater floor.”

The world has about 130 crater structures of possible impact origin. The Vredefort Dome is among the top three, and is the oldest and largest clearly visible meteorite impact site in the world.

The original crater, now eroded away, was probably 250 to 300 kilometres in diameter. It was larger than the Sudbury impact structure in Canada, about 200km in diameter.

At 2-billion years old, Vredefort is far older than the Chixculub structure in Mexico which, with an age of 65-million years, is the site of the impact that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs.



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South African English

A new section to the newsletter, by Mary Alexander
English has been spoken in South Africa for over 200 years, at least since the British seized the Cape of Good Hope territory in 1795.
Over the centuries the language has evolved into a distinct dialect, with a vocabulary strongly influenced by indigenous languages.
The strongest influence is probably from Afrikaans, a local language that developed out of Dutch. But there are also significant influences from African languages such as isiZulu, isiXhosa, Sesotho, and the Khoisan and Nama languages.
Here and there are words imported from other British and Dutch colonies, such as India and Indonesia, as well as from the languages of other immigrants, such as Portuguese and Greek.
According to South Africa’s 2001 census, English is spoken as a home language by 8.2% of the population, one in three of whom are not white.
Roughly half the population is estimated to have a speaking knowledge of the language.
Below is a glossary of the more common words unique to South African English.

I am going through the alphabet, starting with A.

babbelas (bub-buh-luss) – noun, informal – Hangover. From the isiZulu ibhabhalazi (hangover).

bagel (bay-gell) – noun – Overly groomed materialistic young man, and the male version of a kugel. From the Yiddish word for the pastry.

bakgat (buck-ghut) – exclamation and adjective, informal – Fantastic, cool, awesome. From the Afrikaans.

bakkie (buck-ee) – noun – Utility truck, pick-up truck. Diminutive of the Afrikaans bak (container).

Basotho – noun, plural – The South Sotho people, principally those living in Lesotho. The singular is Mosotho.

beer boep – noun – Beer belly. From boep.

berg – noun – Mountain. From the Afrikaans.

bergie (bear-ghee) – noun, derogatory – Originally referring to vagrants who sheltered in the forests of Cape Town’s Table Mountain and now a mainstream word for anyone who is down and out. From the Afrikaans berg (mountain).

big five, the – noun – Africa’s most famous five species of wildlife and a must-see on visits to nature conservation areas: lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino.

biltong (bill-tong) – noun – Dried and salted meat, similar to beef jerky, although it can be made from ostrich, kudu or any other red meat. The privations of early white colonialism made drying and salting, often with vinegar and spices, an essential means of preserving meat. From the Afrikaans, originally from the Dutch bil (rump) and tong (strip or tongue).

bioscope – noun, dated – Cinema or movie theatre, originally a word widespread in Commonwealth countries such as South Africa and Australia that, although generally out of use, has survived longer in South Africa because of the influence of the Afrikaans bioskoop.

biscuit – noun – Both a cookie and a informal term of affection for a person.

bittereinder (bitter-ayn-der) – noun – Bitter-ender or diehard; Boer who refused to surrender and continued to resist after defeat at the end of the Anglo-Boer War.

blesbok – noun – South African antelope Damaliscus dorcas phillipsi, with a reddish-brown coat and prominent white blaze on the face. From the Afrikaans bles (blaze) and bok (buck).

bliksem – verb and noun, informal – To beat up, hit or punch – or a mischievous person. From the Afrikaans for “lightning”. See donder.

blooming (blimmin) – adjective and adverb, informal – Very, extremely, used with irritation: “My laptop’s a blooming mess after I spilled coffee on the keyboard.”

bobotie (buh-boor-tee) – noun – Dish of Malay origin, made with minced meat and spices, and topped with an egg sauce. The recipe arrived in South Africa during the country’s Dutch occupation, via slaves from Dutch East India Company colonies in Jakarta, in today’s Indonesia. From the Indonesian bobotok.

boekenhout – noun – The Cape beech tree Rapanea melanophloeos, or its wood. From the Afrikaans beuk (beech) and hout (wood).

boep – noun – Pot belly, paunch; generally associated with the conformation of older – or beer-drinking – men. Shortened form of the Afrikaans boepens (paunch), from the Dutch boeg (bow of ship) and pens (stomach).

boer – noun – Farmer. From the Afrikaans and Dutch.

Boer – noun – Member of a nation descended from the Dutch settlers who arrived in South Africa in 1652, with some intermingling with French Huguenots, German immigrants, indigenous people and others. The Boers trekked by oxwagon from the Cape into the South African hinterland, formed short-lived republics, and went on to fight a major war with the British empire, the Anglo-Boer War. Today’s white Afrikaners are the descendants of the Boers. From the Afrikaans and Dutch for “farmer”.

Boer Goat – noun – Hardy and productive South African goat breed, a cross between indigenous and European goat types. From the Afrikaans boer (farmer).

Boerboel, Boerbul, Boerbul – noun – Large and powerful South African breed of dog, crossbred from the Mastiff and indigenous breeds such as the Africanis and Ridgeback, originally for farm work. From the Afrikaans boer (farmer) and Dutch bul (Mastiff).

boerewors (boor-uh-vors) – noun – Savoury sausage developed by the Boers, the forebears of today’s Afrikaners, some 200 years ago, and still popular at braais across South Africa. Also known as wors. From the Afrikaans boer (farmer) and wors (sausage, Dutch worst).

Boerperd – noun – South African horse breed, the product of cross-breeding indigenous horses with breeds introduced by early European settlers. From the Afrikaans boer (farmer) and perd (horse).

boet (like book, with a t) – noun, informal – Term of affection, from the Afrikaans for "brother".

bok – noun – Buck. From the Afrikaans.

Bokke – noun – Affectionate term for the Springboks, South Africa’s national rugby team, winners of the 1995 and 2007 World Cup. From the Afrikaans plural for “buck”.

bokkom, bokkem – noun – South African salted fish hung on an outdoor rack for wind-drying – a kind of fish biltong. From the Dutch bokking, bokkem (smoked herring).

boma (bow-mah) – noun – In South Africa, an open thatched structure used for dinners, entertainment and parties. Originally a form of log fortification used to keep livestock in or enemies out. First found in African explorer Henry Morton Stanley’s book How I found Livingstone (1871), the word is used across Africa and is of uncertain origin.

bonsella – noun – Bonus, surprise gift, something extra, or bribe. From the isiZulu bansela (offer a gift in gratitude).

Bonsmara – noun – South African breed of beef cattle, cross-bred for both hardiness in local conditions and high production from Shorthorn, Hereford and indigenous Afrikaner cattle. The name comes from Professor Jan Bonsma, who developed the breed, and the Mara research station where it was first produced.

bontebok – noun – African antelope (Damaliscus dorcas dorcas) with a white-and-brown hide, related to the blesbok. From the Afrikaans bont (pied) and bok (buck).

bosberaad (borse-bah-raad) – noun – Strategy meeting or conference, usually held in a remote bushveld location such as a game farm. From the Afrikaans bos (bush) and raad (council).

bra (brah) – noun – Brother, friend, mate. Shortening of “brother”.

braai (br-eye) – noun – Outdoor barbecue, and a defining South African institution. From the Afrikaans for “roast” or “barbecue”.

bredie (brear-dee) – noun – Originally mutton stew, introduced by Malay slaves brought to South Africa by the Dutch East India Company. It now refers to any kind of stew. Tomato bredie – stewed tomato and onions served with pap at a braai – is a favourite. From the Afrikaans, originally perhaps from the Portuguese bredo.

broekie lace – noun – Ornate wooden or metal fretwork found on the verandahs of Victorian and Edwardian houses, mainly in the Western Cape. "Broekie" is Afrikaans for "panty".

bru (brew) – noun, informal – Term of affection, shortened from Afrikaans and Dutch broer (pronounced “broo-er”), meaning “brother”.

Buccaneers – noun – Affectionate term for the Orlando Pirates football team. From the historical word for “pirate”.

bunny chow – noun – Curry served in a hollowed-out half-loaf of bread, with the hollowed-out piece of bread (“the virgin”) placed on top. The dish originated in Durban’s immigrant Indian (and otherwise Asian) community, which arrived in what was then the colony of Natal from 1860 onwards. It is believed that bunny chow was a convenient food on the go for Indian labourers working especially in the colony’s sugarcane plantations. Today it is available across South Africa, in both cheap cafes and exclusive Indian restaurants. “Chow” is South African informal for food, perhaps from “chow-chow”, a relish that gets its name from the French chou (cabbage). The origin of “bunny” in bunny chow is, according to one theory, that the meal was first sold at a Durban restaurant run by Banias, an Indian caste.

Bushman – noun – Member of a population group indigenous to southern Africa, with a far deeper history than any other settlers in the region. Bushmen are also known as San. There is some debate on the political correctness of the use of “San” versus “Bushman”.

bushveld (bush-felt) – noun – South Africa’s distinctive tropical savannah ecoregion, a terrain of thick scrubby trees and bush in dense thickets, with grassy groundcover between. From the Afrikaans bos (bush) and veld (field).



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Weird remedies

I have been collecting Traditional South African Home Remedies (Boererate) for a few years now, mainly to preserve an old tradition. Some are funny but some actually work and have been used since the 1800's when doctors were not easy to come by and people had to make do with what they had. I will be featuring some of the weirder ones in this and future letters:

GALL…Catch a striped field mouse and fry till well-browned and eat it.
GALL…Pour boiling water over pomegranate peels and leave to brew as you would tea. Drink a glassful of the water 3 times per day.
GASTRIC FEVER…Make turtle soup and drink.
GOUT…Apply cabbage leaves to the effected area and replace twice a day. Follow this remedy for 5 days.
GOUT…Beg 3 small potatoes from somebody…don’t use your own supply…and put the potatoes into a hip pocket. Men can put the potatoes in their trouser pockets.
GOUT…Cut a narrow band from the skin of an iguana and attach a buckle to the band. Wear the band around the painful area.
HAEMORRHOIDS…(Piles)…After bathing first dry your hands very well….then dry the rest of your body…and the piles will disappear quickly.

Words to live by 

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Try this as a potjiekos side dish or dessert!

Festive Fruity Potatoes

1kg new potatoes
1kg sweet potatoes
135g dried apricots
90g raisins
170ml orange juice
60g butter, cubed
2 Tbsp fresh chopped chives

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C
2. Peel the potato and sweet potato and cut into 3cm pieces - cook in simmering water for 5 minutes until tender - drain
3. Combine the apricots, raisins and orange juice in a small pan - cover and bring to the boil, then remove from heat and leave for 5 minutes
4. Combine the potato, sweet potato and undrained fruit in a shallow ovenproof dish
5. Dot with butter and bake for 45 minutes until lightly browned, stir occasionally
6. Garnish with chives before serving

This dish is delicious served with pork or chicken

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Smile a While

Last month a world-wide survey was conducted by the UN.
The only question asked was:
"Could you please give your honest opinion about solutions to the food shortage in the rest of the world?"
The survey was a massive failure because of the following:

1. In Eastern Europe they didn't know what "honest" meant.
2. In Western Europe they didn't know what "shortage" meant.
3. In Africa they didn't know what "food" meant.
4. In China they didn't know what "opinion" meant.
5. In the Middle East they didn't know what "solution" meant.
6. In South America they didn't know what "please" meant.
7. In the USA they didn't know what "the rest of the world" meant.
8. In Australia they hung up as soon as they heard the Indian accent.

An elderly gentleman.... Had serious hearing problems for a number of years.
He went to the doctor and the doctor was able to have him fitted for a set of hearing aids that allowed the gentleman to hear 100%.
The elderly gentleman went back in a month to the doctor and the doctor said, 'Your hearing is perfect.......Your family must be really pleased that you can hear again.'
The gentleman replied, 'Oh, I haven't told my family yet. I just sit around and listen to the conversations. I've changed my will three times this month!'

Tips 'n Tricks

Handy Hints for the Kitchen!

Great Grating - Leave cheese for 15 minutes in the freezer for easy grating.

Soup in Shape - To freeze soup or stews, spoon into plastic zip-lock bags and place bags in a rectangular container. Place in freezer until frozen and remove the outer container. Even cardboard boxes can be used for this purpose. Once frozen the plastic bags fit into any small corner.

Messy Meringue - To cut lemon meringue so that it doesn't crumble, spread a little butter or oil on both sides of the blade of the knife.

Decorate a Cake - Make a pattern on a sponge cake by placing a paper doily on the cake and sprinkling icing sugar over. The icing sugar will fall into the doily's holes and form a dainty pattern on the cake.

Tissue Tip - Tomatoes and any green vegetables will stay firm is you place tissue paper between them to absorb the moisture which makes them limp.

Go with the Flow - If tomato sauce won't flow out of the bottle, insert a drinking straw right to the bottom of the bottle. The little bit of air released into the bottle will help the flow.

Parsley Power - If you have been too generous with the garlic in a dish, add chopped parsley to tone down the garlic flavour.

Asparagus at Attention - Boil asparagus in a glass coffee pot. They will remain erect and the delicate ends will not be damaged.

Boil saves Toil - When baking jacket potatoes in the oven, first boil in water for 10 minutes before popping them into the oven.

A Butter Idea - When a recipe containing butter requires grated lemon rind, first spread butter on the grater. The pieces of lemon rind will slip through the holes in the grater.

Crispy Crust - If you are baking bread and want a crisp crust, brush the bread with saltwater halfway through the baking time.

Pasta Plan - Cook spaghetti and other pasta inside a wire sieve or colander in the saucepan. No need to drain when it is ready.

Perfect Pancake - Add a little vinegar or white wine to your pancake batter - the pancakes will not become tough.

Cool It - Fresh cream will be easier to whip if you first chill it in the refrigerator with the bowl.

Chip Tip - Potato crisps are a wonderful substitute for breadcrumbs on a dish such as fish. Keep the crisps in the packet and crush with a rolling pin.

Cool that Curry - A spoonful of natural yoghurt will make a curry that is too hot a little milder and improve the taste.

Cling-free Cling Wrap - To stop cling wrap from clinging to the icing on a cake, spray one side with spray 'n cook.

Raw or Cooked - If you have accidentally mixed up raw and boiled eggs, spin each egg around. A boiled egg will spin fast, while raw eggs tend to wobble.

In a Jam - Marmalade is a good substitute in any recipe that requires citrus peel. It is also a perfect glaze for pork chops, or chicken roasted in the oven.

Gravy too Grey - To ensure a good brown gravy, add one teaspoon of instant coffee. It does not alter the taste, only the colour.

Some great resorts we have visited

We have just returned from a week at Ekuthuleni, click here for my report and some pictures.
You can also see some more photos here

Since Ekuthuleni we have also been to Hazyview Cabanas, for my write-up and pictures click here

We are just back from a really nice trip to Mozambique - Morrumbene Beach Resort

We have just returned from a glorious week at Mnarani Club, Kilifi, Kenya

We also had a really nice stay at Hole in the Wall and Caribbean Estates

  NEW    Beacon Wharf in Mossel Bay, Eagles Nest in Sedgefield, and Ocean 11 in Mossel Bay

The Wild Side

Marico Sunbird / Cinnyris mariquensis

Photo by Anna Eksteen
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Words and photo by Anna Eksteen, click here to see more photos on her TrekNature page.

The Marico sunbird is the 15th in the series of the birds of the Kruger National Park, which I am currently sharing. Enjoy!

The day I photographed this specific bird we really had a very unexpected and exciting experience which just showed again that one must always expect the unexpected in the Kruger Park. Out of the blue we where suddenly attacked by two males, this one which you see in this posting, another one that kept Loot busy, and the female which is featured in the workshop. You have to take a look at the workshop to appreciate the full story. But let me tell you what happened…

Travelling towards the Shingwedzi rest camp we stopped alongside the river to watch an elephant that was busy digging for water in the dry riverbed. Our attention was fixed on the elephant and the next moment we got the shock of our lives as experienced an aerial attack that almost sounded as if we were under fire. To our utter amazement 3 Marico sunbirds (2 males and 1 female) was attacking the car with a vengeance (the side mirrors and the reflective rear window) with their bills. It really sounded if somebody had open fire with a machine gun and just blazed away. Since birds (animals) do not have any knowledge of "self" and when they see the "other bird" in a mirror, they would attack the presumed intruder in this way.

They where so intense and vigorous in their attack of the side mirrors and the rear window of the car, that it was really very difficult to take any decent photograph. I was sitting in the backseat and photographed the female (the workshop) through the window from inside the car. When the one male rested for a few seconds on the vehicle's left side mirror I was lucky enough to catch a quick shot of him and this is the result which you see here. I cannot recall for how long this "attack" carried on, but when they stopped, the 1 male disappeared and the remaining couple then took a rest while sitting in a shrub ± 5m away from the car. There they remained rather peacefully, for a while, as if nothing happened just a few minutes ago. Loot got some lovely shots of the pair of them sitting together in the bush, but he wasn't as lucky as I was to catch them while they were busy with their frantic attack. The birds were too close for his long lenses.

This was really a fun experience, just like the previous time when a little brown birdie flew right into the car and came to sit on the backseat to investigate what we were doing and giving us some wonderful opportunity to capture it, but that is another story for another time.

Zimbabwe update

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Cathy Buckle has started writing again from Zimbabwe, her letter is below.

Here is Cathy's letter:

Dear Family and Friends,

Three months before Zimbabwe's 30th anniversary of Independence I happened to get lost in the vast urban sprawl that characterises the outskirts of the capital city, Harare. A huge shanty town lay on both sides of the road and stretched as far as the eye could see. Shacks and shelters made of tin and plastic were surrounded by mounds of rotting garbage which had even been scraped into contours in an attempt to demarcate little vegetable plots. Stinking streams of sewage ran right outside people's shacks and children ran barefoot through the waste and the filth. Hand painted signs were everywhere, on pieces of battered, rusty tin and written in charcoal on strips of warped cardboard: 'Floor polish,' 'Cement,' 'Tyres,' 'Abattoir.' One sign said: 'Hot Recharge' and a line of people with cellphones in their hands stood waiting for their turn to plug onto a car battery
and get a precious top up of electrical power into their telephones. A near naked man with no legs was dragging himself by his hands along the road and I looked away but his image has stayed with me. How can this be Zimbabwe 30 years after Independence, I keep asking myself.

Two months before Zimbabwe's 30th anniversary of Independence I went to the local electricity supply office to hand in an up to date reading of my electricity meter. I needed to bring accuracy to the wild guesstimates they kept making on my monthly bills and the even wilder amounts they were charging. The man at the desk was eating a sausage and when I told him I had a reading I would like entered into the computer record, he looked wildly around at the piles of papers covering every inch of his desk. Eventually he chose one pile and placed the sausage on top of the papers. He looked at his greasy fingers for a moment, picked up a piece of paper from another pile on his desk, wiped his fingers on the paper and entered my figures intohis computer. Can this really be Zimbabwe 30 years after Independence?

Last month I went with a friend who needed to have fingerprints taken at a government office. One by one each finger is squashed into the black ink pad and the digit then rolled onto the paper record. 'Wait for your form,' the government official announces and you stare at the filth on your hands and look around - no taps, no water, no cloth, nowhere to remove the ink all over your hands. When you ask if there is a public toilet you can use, the official mutters angrily that they are locked, they don't work anymore. People wipe their inky hands in their hair or in the sand. Can this be Zimbabwe 30 years after Independence?

Last week a friend got a quote for a new garden tap but decided against installing it because they get stolen so regularly. Stolen to be melted down and made into coffin handles. Talking about coffins, I attended a funeral a few days ago and was reminded that you have to dig your own graves now as municipal workers don't, or won't do it anymore.

Can this really be Zimbabwe 30 years after Independence? Can this really be a free and independent country when unarmed women are arrested and held in Police custody for handing out yellow cards in
protest over electricity prices. Happy birthday Zimbabwe.

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Recipe Requests

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The Recipes

Beer Barbecue Sauce
1 cup Prepared barbecue sauce
1 cup Ketchup
2/3 cup Beer
1/4 cup Honey or Molasses
2 tablespoons Lemon juice
2 tablespoons Red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Hot pepper sauce
1/2 teaspoon Pepper
2 Garlic cloves, minced
2 Onions, finely chopped
In large bowl, combine barbecue sauce, ketchup, beer, honey, lemon juice, vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, pepper, garlic and onions. Place food in marinade and let stand at room temperature for up to 2 hours or in refrigerator overnight. When ready to cook, remove food and place marinade in saucepan and cook for 10 minutes or until thickened.
Use as sauce for basting or serving with cooked food.

Honey Spiced BBQ Sauce
1 1/4 Cup Catchup
2/3 Cup Salad oil
3/4 Cup Vinegar
5 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 Cup Honey
2 Tablespoon Dry mustard
3 Teaspoon Ginger, fresh grated
1 Lemon, sliced thinly
3 Tablespoons Butter
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and heat to blend together.
Remove lemon peel before basting.

Jack Daniel's Grilling Sauce
1/2 cup pineapple juice
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1−1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 cup Jack Daniel's Whiskey
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Dip meat in sauce and place on grill over hot coals. When meat is turned, brush with sauce. Grill to desired degree of doneness. Just before meat is removed from grill, brush again with sauce. Makes enough for 8 servings.

Carolina BBQ Rub
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup paprika
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well; use as a dry rub on beef, chicken, lamb or pork.

Chili Paste
1 Lemon (and zest)
1 Lime (and zest)
1 orange (and zest)
1/2 green chili, or more to taste (chopped with or without seeds)
5 garlic cloves (finely crushed)
3 tablespoons mild chili powder
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Mix 1/2 teaspoon of each fruit zest and all the juices with other ingredients. Add more spices if desired. Let stand at least 30 minutes before using (should thicken).

Kansas City Rib Rub
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup paprika
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon chili powder
3/4 tablespoon garlic powder
3/4 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon cayenne
Mix all ingredients together and store in an air tight container.

Maple Barbecued Chicken
4 skinless chicken thighs
3 tablespoons maple syrup
3 tablespoons chili sauce
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Preheat grill. Combine syrup, chili sauce, vinegar and mustard together in a saucepan. Let simmer for 5 minutes.
Brush chicken with the oil and season with salt and pepper.
Place chicken on grill and cook for 10−15 minutes or until fork tender.
Turn occasionally and brush generously with sauce in the last few minutes before they are done.

Shrimp On The Barbie
12 Giant Prawns, shelled and heads and tails intact
1/4 cup Butter
1 cup Orange juice (freshly, squeezed)
2 tablespoons Sherry
1 teaspoon Orange Zest (grated)
2 each Green onions, tops and white
1 teaspoon Ginger root, (freshly grated)
Soak a dozen long wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes. Then push skewers through prawns, lengthwise, from head to tail with only 1 to a skewer. Combine all ingredients in saucepan and cook over medium to low heat, stirring, until butter is completely melted. Dip skewered prawns in the orange sauce and position on oiled grill rack about 4 inches above the coals. Baste liberally with sauce and grill for 2 minutes. Turn the prawn over and baste again, cooking for another 2 minutes. Smaller prawn will be done at this point, but continue basting and turning larger prawn until they are pink and cooked through. Remove from heat immediately when done, as they will get tough if overcooked. Use any remaining sauce for a dip for the prawns.

Garlic Chicken
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1 cup picante sauce
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
additional picante sauce
Place each chicken breast between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Flatten chicken to 1/4−inch thickness, using a meat mallet; cut into 1−inch pieces. Place in a shallow container. Combine next 7 ingredients,
mixing well. Pour over chicken; cover and chill 1−2 hours.
Thread chicken onto skewers; cook over hot coals 6−8 minutes or until done, turning occasionally and basting with remaining marinade. Serve with additional picante sauce.


Two Recipe CD's

These CD's are very popular and I have sold quite a few, if you are overseas you can even pay with Paypal (US$20). Here are the CD details once more. they make an ideal gift and are light and cheap to send to someone by email. Much cheaper than sending 50 recipe books by mail!

I now have two CD's available, one English, one Afrikaans, each with more than 50 recipe Ebooks on them, here is a list of the recipe eBooks on the English CD:

FunkyMunky Traditional South African Recipes - A comprehensive collection of Traditional South African recipes.
Tradisionele Suid Afrikaanse Resepte - Traditional South African Recipes in Afrikaans
Christmas Recipes - A selection of Christmas Recipes for you to try!
101 Camping and Outdoor Recipes - Recipes for you to try next time you go camping
400 Refreshing punch recipes - Some great ideas for liquid refreshment at your next party
Favourite Christmas Cookies - 34 Great cookie recipes for you to enjoy!
Christmas Cookie Recipes - A delicious collection of Christmas Cookie Recipes
A Homemade Christmas - 100 Simple and delicious recipes for your special holiday meals
Holiday Candy and Fudge - 42 Great candy recipes, a hit with kids of all ages!
Kids Fun Recipes - 120 Fun and Delicious Recipes
Delicious Puddings - A Collection of 167 Pudding Recipes
Pumpkin Pie - Pumpkin pies and more!
Salad Recipes - A Collection of Easy to Follow Salad Recipes
Summer Party Cookbook - The name says it all!
Pampercat and Pamperdog - Recipe treats for your feline and canine friends
80 Seasonal Recipes from around the world - A selection of festive recipes from the four corners of the globe!
Crockpot Recipes - In South Africa we would probably call this Potjiekos
International Recipes - A selection of recipes from all over the world
Fish and Game Recipes - A selection of mouthwatering recipes
Lemonade - A large selection of lemonade recipes
Pizzeria - Try some of these great pizza recipes
Casseroles - 17 pages of mouthwatering casserole recipes
Low Fat Recipes - Watching your cholesterol? Then this is for you!
Soup Recipes - Ideal for those cold winter evenings
Chicken Recipes - 300 Delicious Chicken Recipes
Amish Recipes - 65 Tried and True Traditional Amish Recipes
Apple Recipes - Mouth watering apple recipes
Blue Ribbon Recipes - 490 Award Winning Recipes
The Bread Book - The bread and biscuit baker's and sugar boiler's assistant
Chocolate Delights - Deliciously decadent and delightful recipes for the chocaholic in you
Carolina Mountain Cooking - Created from the recipes and memories of two of the Carolina Mountain's most talented cooks.
Egg Recipes - 111 Great Egg Recipes
Great Gifts in a Jar - A personally made gift is usually more appreciated!
Italian Recipes - A collection of 185 delicious Italian dishes
Smoothies - 126 Easy recipes for maximum sports performance
Top Secret Recipes - Top secret famous recipes
Wings - The ultimate chicken wing cookbook
The Barmaster - Essential tips and techniques for bartenders
Be a Grillmaster - How to host the perfect bbq!
101 Good Jam Recipes - Make your own jams, 101 recipes for you to try
Deep Fryer Recipes - 101 Recipes for the Deep Fryer
Frozen Dessert Recipes - From ice cream to yoghurt - 170 pages of mouthwatering recipes.
Recipes from South of the Border - 247 pages of typically Mexican recipes
Various Rice Dishes - 32 Great Rice Dishes
The Appetizer Collection - More than 150 pages of great ideas for appetizers
The Big Book of Cookies - From Almond Bars to Zucchini Bars, they are all here, 233 pages of cookie recipes
Salad Recipes - A Collection of Easy to Follow Salad Recipes
Delicious Diabetic Recipes - A Collection of over 500 yummy recipes.
Cheesecake Recipes - Nearly 100 pages of yummilicious cheesecake recipes!

Bonus eBooks

Something for the gardeners
Organic Secrets - Everything you wanted to know about organic food

Profitable Crafts- Vol 1
Profitable Crafts - Vol 2
Profitable Crafts - Vol 3
Profitable Crafts - Vol 4
20 Vintage Crochet Patterns

Everything you wanted to know about making, marketing and selling your crafts.

Big Fat Lies - A shocking expose of the 12 biggest scams, cover-ups, lies, myths and deceptions
in the diet and weight-loss industries.

10,000 Dreams Interpreted

And here is a list of the recipe eBooks on the Afrikaans CD:

101 Kraakvars slaaie, 101 Onweerstaanbare poedings, 110 Spyskaarte vir die werkende vrou
5 Beste van alle geregte, 217 Egte Afrikaanse resepte, Aartappels, Beskuitresepte, Afrikaanse Resepteverskeidenheid, Brood resepte, Vul die beskuitblik, 'n Broodjie vir die blik, Blokkieskoek, Burgers Patties Frikadelle, Brood resepte, Drankies, Drinkgoed, Gemmerbier, Groente, Eet jou groente, Hoender resepte, Happies en Poffers, Kaaskoek, Ietsie anders resepte, Kerskoeke, Karavaan resepte, Kleinkoekies, Kinderlekkerte, Koekiedrukker resepte, Koeke, Likeur, Lekkergoed resepte, Nog resepte, McCain resepte, Moedersdag resepte
Mikrogolf resepte, Peterjasie se boek, Pastageregte, Peterjasie se Kersresepte versameling
Peterjasie se eBoek van vernoemde resepte, Poeding, Peterjasie se Tradisionele SA resepte
Resepte met biltong, Resepteverskeidenheid - ook grootmaat, Slaaie, Sommer net resepte, Sop in die pot, Sop resepte, Terte, Sous, Verskeie resepte 1, Souttert & Pannekoek, Vis en hoender, Veelsydige hoender, Vleisgeregte vir Kersdag, Verskeie resepte 2, Warm en koue drankies, Vleisresepte, Wille samies, Wafels en Pannekoeke, Wors en worsies


Annette se Boererate, Boererate en Verbruikerswenke, Hartstigting dieet, Lennons medikasie, Mate en gewigte, Sop dieet, S A Boererate eBoek, Metrieke omskakelingstabel, Werk van die huis

Pricing: The CD's are R100 each (R130 for next day Speed Services delivery in SA). Order both and the price is R160. If you prefer the Speed Services option I will give you a parcel tracking number once payment is received.

Click the appropriate link below:

Send me banking details for the English CD
Send me banking details for the Afrikaans CD
Send me banking details for both CD's

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Children's Stories on CD
Find it hard to get quality children’s stories? Join the popular Anna Emm Story Club in Afrikaans or English, and start adding to your child’s CD collection at an early age! Collect al 96 original stories (on 48 CDs!) over 2 years, or join for a minimum of 3 months - you decide! Receive 2 new CDs with original children’s stories every month! Anna Emm Productions has already produced more than 500 new children’s stories on CD. Click here to join . Ideal gift for children and grandchildren.

Just another reminder to join the Africam fan page on Facebook. They will be posting photos / videos and other udates and articles on the fan page from now.
join at
Also visit the Africam  website

The FunkyMunky Herb eBook is now available. 48 popular herbs, descriptions and uses with photos. Immediately available, will be emailed to you. Only R50 , send me an email for payment details.
I'm very impressed with what I've read so far. What I really like is that your book is a combination of medicinal and culinary advice, unlike many other herb books I've read.
And the format is great - thanks very much. I have an ambitious project to make a herb garden this year - so your section of herb gardens will come in very handy - Shelagh

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