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Greetings everyone!  And a special welcome to all the new subscribers!  Why not ask your email contacts if they don't want to subscribe as well?

Hope you are all keeping well. After nearly 4 months at home, mainly for medical reasons we are chomping at the bit to hit the road again. Our first outing for the year will be a short visit to Kruger Park over Easter and in May a camping trip to Kgalagadi frontier Park. Can't wait!

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Venda Myths and Traditions

The Venda people were one of the last black tribes to migrate south of the Limpopo River. When they moved in to South Africa they found a beautiful, bountiful area, which they promptly named Venda (pleasant place) and settled there.

Lanky, yet graceful, the Venda people are warm and friendly. Their history began in the valleys and mountains of Limpopo Province, where their forebears established a great civilisation centred round Mapungubwe.

Though ruled by kings, the position of women in Venda culture is unusual in Africa in that they are encouraged to occupy senior positions in society. It is common for a woman to inherit her father's estate where there is no apparent male heir.

Children and the elderly have their own role to play. This is linked to the recognition and worship of the ancestors. Having just joined the earthly plane, the children are still close to the ancestors. The elderly are also close to the ancestors because they will soon join the spiritual realm in death.

In Venda tradition there are many sacred sites, especially Lake Fundudzi high in the Soutspansberg Mountains. Even today, it is believed this is where the White Python – the god of fertility – lives.

Lake Fundudzi
A must see is definitely the sacred "Lake Fundudzi" situated in the Thathe Vondo forest, the home of the mythical python and white crocodile. The python is the god of fertility in the Venda tradition and the legend tells us that a Venda man had a broken heart because of the loss of a great love. In his sorrow he walked into Lake Fundudzi at which time he turned into a python. Young virgin Venda maidens still perform the famous Domba-python dance in this area to honour this god of fertility. It is also believed that the white crocodile lives in this Lake. This crocodile might have really existed because this Lake is still today populated by large crocodiles, and an albino crocodile might have once lived in the lake where young, virgin Venda maidens were once offered to them. Lake Fundudzi is surrounded by mountains and special permission has to be obtained to visit this sacred Lake. No-one washes or swims in this lake.

Sacred Forest
Also in the Thathe Vondo forest is the so-called "Sacred Forest". The Thathe Vondo forest has giant hardwoods (jakkelsbessie, yellowwood), a wide variety of ferns, creepers and a wealth of plants and trees which makes the forest nearly impenetrable on foot. The Sacred Forest is a mystical place, where no ordinary Venda person may walk and as a visitor one may not walk off the dirt track going through the forest - hikers are not allowed. In the Sacred Forest, two mythical creatures keep guard namely the white lion (the spirit of Nethathe an important chief) and the thunder and lighting bird called Ndadzi which according to myths flies on the wings of thunder. One can speculate further about this bird and its origin, and the origin of the Venda people.

The Domba is not a tourist attraction but a ceremony with deep meanings, and it is not possible to witness many parts of it (teaching, ritual bath.). The public is only able to see the dancing which is the occasion for men to choose future wives for their nephews or sons. To see such a dance one gets goose bumps running up and down your spine looking at the bodies movies together to their own rhythm.

This is traditionally a male dance in which each player has a pipe made out of a special indigenous type of bamboo growing only in a few places around Sibasa and Thohoyandou but unfortunately these have almost disappeared. It is quite something to listen to the pipe which has only one note and they have to play in turn in such a way that they build a melody.

The Tshikona is a royal dance, each sovereign or chief has his own Tshikona band. Tshikona is played at various occasions for funerals, wedding or religious ceremonies, this can be considered as the Venda "national music/dance

The Tshigombela is a female dance usually performed by married women, this is a festive dance sometimes played at the same time as Tshikona.

Tshifhasi is similar to Tshigombela but performed by young unmarried girls (Khomba) - womenfolk.

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Sushi meltdown
Still eating sushi? My bet is that in the not too distant future we’ll see a decline in the popularity of sushi. Not just because it’s had it’s day in the sun but more because once the attention shifts from the terrible events happening in Japan on a daily basis we’ll hear a lot more about shortages of imported sushi fish and seaweed with fears of radiologic contamination rising. Most of the seaweed used for nori production comes from the north east of Japan and in addition the tsunami has had a devastating effect on marine life as well as human life. If you thought there was a big enough scare about mercury levels in tuna wait until the scaremongers raise the issue of mounting fear that fish could be contaminated by radiation from the crippled nuclear plant.

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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.

10 Reasons
I received many responses to the previous letter called Growing towards Love, where I shared thoughts on positively growing a relationship over time. Today I would like to make a controversial statement:
Most couples divorce too soon. In fact I believe that there should be a mandatory two year separation period after the divorce application and before a marriage is dissolved.
Please note that the following are generalized statements based on my professional experience with children affected by divorce.
Every partner in a relationship must have boundaries in order to keep one’s self respect and protect what is dear to one. And unfortunately authenticity and self-preservation sometimes force one to walk away from a relationship. For example, no partner should tolerate continuous violent or disrespectful behaviour to oneself or one’s loved ones.
However, before you say yes to a divorce consider the following:
Both partners are usually financially worse off after divorce. Because of the financial strain, caretakers are sometimes forced into choosing incompatible partners for support. Life conditions of partners, as well as possible children from the marriage, are more often worse, after a divorce.
Although fighting between parents is usually present before the divorce - it usually continues during and after the divorce. In some cases the burden on the children even worsens because children are then used as pawns and collateral in the war of “what is mine” and “what I deserve”. Last week one 11-year-old boy described it as “my parents are throwing stones at each other but I am the one who gets hit in the middle all the time”.
Statistics show that more second marriages fail than first marriages. You can of course decide rather to be in a live-in relationship second time around, but you will have to agree there is even less security in such a relationship.
The logistics of organizing children for visits and shared responsibility is a nightmare at best. It is a mine field of promises not kept, misunderstandings, lost items and possible resentment from ex and children.
A divorce inevitably leaves scars on partners and children’s self-esteem. It will possibly influence them all their lives. And more often in a negative way.
Nobody is left untouched by divorce. Parents, grandparents, children, acquaintances, friends and even pets are all somehow touched by the strong emotions that are caused by a divorced. And again most often it would be negative.
With divorce becoming more and more common, people often shy away from the hard work and commitment that can sometimes be required to fix a marriage, and sometimes don’t even consider it as an option. And therefore they capitulate at a time when their emotional reserves are low.
I am not saying one should never consider a divorce all I am pleading for is to first work hard at trying to fix the relationship and to consider a lengthy separation such as two years - because sometimes what you lose during a divorce cannot ever be found again.
A divorce means a shift to the entire status quo of life with far-reaching consequences and you are bound to lose more than you initially bargained for.
Respectfully from my heart to yours. 

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South African National Parks

I will now start a series on the South African National Parks. National parks offer visitors an unparalleled diversity of adventure tourism opportunities including game viewing, bush walks, canoeing and exposure to cultural and historical experiences.

Fifteen of South Africa's 21 national parks offer park or camp-run accommodation. Most parks and rest-camps have retail facilities and restaurants. Across the parks, there are a total of 6 000 beds and 1 000 camping and caravan sites, which can accommodate almost
12 000 overnight guests.

Karoo National Park
The Great Karoo is a vast and unforgiving landscape of which the Karoo National Park is but a small portion. Being the largest ecosystem in South Africa, the Karoo is home to a fascinating diversity of life, all having adapted to survive in harsh conditions.
The Karoo National Park is dominated by the lofty Nuweveld Mountains and rolling plains, with a wide variety of wildlife. Many species have been relocated to their former ranges, such as black rhino and buffalo, as well as Cape mountain zebra. Over 20 breeding pairs of black eagle find sanctuary within the park. There is also a wide diversity of succulent plants and small reptiles.
The park has five species of tortoise, the highest density of species per equivalent area anywhere in the world. The Cape mountain zebra is well established in the park and visitors have the opportunity to compare its bold stripe pattern to that of the extinct quagga.
The springbok - the emblem of the park and present in high numbers - is a reminder of the once massive herds that crossed the Karoo on annual migration, leaving a trail of devastation.
The Klipspringer Mountain Pass not only provides visitors with spectacular views, but is also an example of civil engineering toil and precision.
Year proclaimed: 1979
Current size: 831.3 square kilometres
Province: Western Cape


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South African English

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.

oke, ou (oke, oh) – noun, informal – Man, similar to guy or bloke. The word ou (oh) can be used interchangeably. From the Afrikaans ou (old).
ola (oh-lah) – exclamation, informal – Hello, greetings, how are you.
oribi – noun – Small African antelope (Ourebia ourebi) with a reddish tan back and white underparts.

pantsula (pahnt-soolah) – noun – A township style that emerged in the 1950s characterised by snazzily-dressed dancers making quick choreographed moves to fast-paced music.
pap (pup) – noun – Porridge made from mealie meal (maize meal) cooked with water and salt to a fairly stiff consistency – “stywepap” being the stiffest. The staple food of South Africa. “Pap” can also mean weak or tired. From the Afrikaans.
papsak (pup-suck) – noun, informal – Cheap box wine sold in its foil container, without the box. From the Afrikaans pap (soft) and sak (sack).
pasop (pus-orp) – verb, informal – Beware or watch out. From the Afrikaans.
Perlé (per-lay) – noun – Semi-sweet, slightly sparkly and somewhat cheap South African wine. From the German Perlwein (slightly sparkling wine).
perlemoen (per-leh-muhn) – noun – Abalone (Haliotis midae), a large shellfish much like a plus-sized mussel. A delicacy, perlemoen fetch a high price internationally, putting the species under constant threat from poachers. South Africa has strict laws, and enforcers, that vigilantly protect the perlemoen stocks off its shores. From the Middle Dutch perlemoeder (mother of pearl: perl means pearl; moeder means mother).
piet-my-vrou (peet-may-frow) – noun – The red-chested cuckoo (Cuculus solitarus). The name, an approximation of the bird’s call, means “Peter my wife” in Afrikaans.
platteland (plutt-uh-lunt) – noun – Farmland, countryside. Literally “flat land” in Afrikaans (plat means flat), it now refers to any rural area in which agriculture takes place.
potjie (poy-kee) – noun – Rounded and three-legged cast-iron pot, with a lid, used for cooking stew over an open fire. From the Afrikaans diminutive for “pot”.
potjiekos (poy-kee kohs) – noun – Food – mostly long-stewed meat and vegetables – cooked in a potjie. A potjie, in Afrikaans, is a three-legged cast-iron pot used for cooking over an open fire; kos is Afrikaans for “food”.
protea – noun – Group of South African fynbos plant species (genus Protea) with distinctive cone-like flower heads. The king protea is the country’s national flower.
puffadder, pofadder – noun – Viper or adder of the species Britis arietans. From the Afrikaans pofadder.


The history of South Africa

I thought this might be of interest to overseas readers, I will be featuring more sections in future newsletters

If the history of South Africa is in large part one of racial divisiveness, today it can also be seen as the story of the creation - from tremendous diversity - of a single nation.

Earliest inhabitants

The earliest South Africans were the hunter-gatherer San (Bushmen) and the pastoral Khoekhoe (Hottentots), which were collectively the Khoisan. Both lived on the southern tip of the continent for thousands of years before written history began with the arrival of European seafarers. But before that, modern human beings had lived here for more than 100 000 years - making this country an archaeological treasure chest.
Other inhabitants were the Bantu-speaking people, who had moved into the north-eastern and eastern regions from the north, starting many hundreds of years before the arrival of Europeans. For example, Thulamela in the northern Kruger National Park is estimated to have been occupied in the 13th century. And at Mapungubwe, a settlement thought to stretch back to the 12th century, artefacts from China have been found.
When Jan van Riebeeck and his 90 men landed at the Cape of Good Hope in 1652 - to develop a vegetable garden to serve the Dutch East India Company's eastern trade route - their relationship with the Khoekhoe was initially one of bartering. But a mutual animosity developed over issues such as cattle theft - and, no doubt, growing unease on the part of the Khoekhoe.
In 1657, slaves from the East were imported, adding Islam to South Africa's racial and cultural mix. The descendants of some of the Khoisan, slaves from elsewhere in Africa and the East, and white colonists formed the basis of the group now known as "coloured".
By the time Van Riebeeck left in 1662, 250 white people lived in what was beginning to look like a developing colony. Later governors encouraged immigration and in the early 1700s, independent farmers called trekboers began to push north and east.




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Tips and remedies

Nature's Home Remedies


Inhale Eucalyptus Vapours
If you are lucky enough to have access to dried Eucalyptus globulus, just boil the crumbled leaves and let them steep for 4 - 5 hours and strain the bits of leaf before heating the liquid for inhalation. Or, add 5 - 10 drops of commercial eucalyptus oil to the steaming water. Place the bowl at the edge of a table, sit down, bend your head over the bowl and put a towel over your head to form a tent. Breathe the vapours for about 10 minutes, taking care not to get too close to the steam. Your lungs may clear and you'll get a facial as a bonus.

Bronchitis Double Dose
The head-clearing pungency of freshly grated horseradish paired with the acidic aroma of lemon helps to dissolve mucus in the sinuses and bronchial tubes. To make your own cough medicine, grate a peeled horseradish root into a bowl (or cheat and use prepared horseradish) and transfer 2 tablespoons grated horseradish to a small bowl. Add 60ml lemon juice and stir well. Take 1/2 teaspoon of the mixture two or three times a day. The expectorant action should set up a cough after each dose, helping to rid your lungs of mucus.

Fight Asthma with Fish
Omega 3's, the fatty acids found in sardines, tuna, salmon, trout and other oily fish, work in much the same way as a class of drugs called leukotriene inhibitors, which disable bodily compounds that contribute to inflammation of the airways.

Remove Mould to Help Quell Sniffles
If you have a sudden case of the sniffles that won't go away, and you don't have allergies (or a cold), you may unknowingly be living with mould. Check for spots in the bathroom or beneath windows subject to condensation, and kill mould instantly with a 50:50 mixture of bleach and water. Spray it directly onto the offensive spots and let it sit. The mould should be stopped in it's tracks within minutes, along with (hopefully) your runny nose.

Nettle and Hay Fever
If you have access to fresh stinging nettles, wear gloves when harvesting and washing the leaves. Add 1 cup of tightly packed leaves to 6 cups of boiling water. Lower the heat and simmer until the water turns green, then strain through a fine sieve into a large teapot. During the hay fever season, drink a cup of nettle tea in the morning and one in the evening, sweetening it with honey, if you like. Rich in calcium and silica, nettle tea also makes a useful tonic for anaemia and rheumatic problems. It's thought to be a good detox remedy, and has been traditionally used to treat skin conditions such as eczema.

Make Your Own Nasal Spray
This homemade spray may help to flush allergens out of your nasal passages. The isotonic solution parallels the concentration of salt found in the body, making the spray mild but effective.
This spray works best at room temperature. Discard any unused solution after two days or it may become contaminated.
1 litre water
1 Tbsp camomile tea
2 tsp salt
Place the water in a saucepan, add tea and salt, and bring to a low simmer. Stir until salt has dissolved, then let it cool to room temperature. Pour the solution into an empty nose spray bottle. Spray twice in each nostril as needed, holding the other nostril closed each time.

No-Drugs Headache Relief

Running Hot and Cold
To help cure a tension headache (caused by contractions in the head and neck muscles and brought on by, among other things, stress, anxiety and lack of sleep) without using painkillers, dip a face cloth in hot water, wring it out and fold it into a compress. Now place it on your forehead or the back of your neck to relax tight muscles. To ease a vascular headache, including migraine and cluster headaches, follow the same procedure, but use cold water, which constricts the blood vessels and reduces blood flow, taking the pressure off a painful head.

Coffee to Cure a Headache
A clinical trial from the US found that caffeine, which reduces the swelling of blood vessels, was found to reduce both the intensity and frequency of headaches. Subjects in one group were given caffeine alone, 58% reported complete relief. Subjects in the other group were given caffeine in combination with ibuprofen, an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory, and 71% saw their symptoms disappear. The reason coffee works is because it's high in caffeine (and tastes so good).

Sinus Headache Self-Massage
Use your middle finger to massage points on your face just opposite your nostrils - that is, on your cheeks at the level of the tip of your nose. Massage in clockwise circles for 2 - 3 minutes.

Head-to-Toe Headache Remedy
Blood drawn to the lower body will reduce pressure in the blood vessels of the head. What could be lower than your feet? To help soothe a throbbing vascular headache, soak your feet in a small tub filled with hot water mixed with mustard powder. After half an hour or so, remove your feet from the water, dry them and you should feel better.

Sip Ginger Tea
Ginger works especially well for treating migraines, and can help to alleviate the nausea as well as the pain. Make a tea by pouring 3 cups of boiling water over 2 Tbsp of finely grated ginger. Steep 4 - 5 minutes, then strain through a small sieve into a teacup. Ginger tea bags are also available, but they lack the punch of fresh ginger-root tea.

Wear a Headband
Tie a scarf or bandana, soaked in vinegar, tightly around your forehead to reduce the flow of blood to your scalp and, in turn, to swollen blood vessels. It's a traditional headache remedy and, if it eases the pain, it's worth a try!

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Red Lamb Curry

300g basmati rice
2 Tbsp Thai red curry paste
500g lamb tenderloin, cut into bite-sized pieces
400ml coconut milk
1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice & lime wedges to serve

1. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to boil - add the rice and cook over medium heat for 10 - 15 minutes, until tender - drain and set aside
2. Place a wok over a high heat
3. When it is very hot, add the curry paste and lamb - cook for 1 minute until aromatic
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Smile a While

I suppose Paddy is to Ireland what Van is to SA!

Paddy goes to the vet with his goldfish.
"I think it's got epilepsy" he tells the vet.
Vet takes a look and says "It seems calm enough to me".
Paddy says, "I haven't taken it out of the bowl yet".

Paddy spies a letter lying on his doormat.
It says on the envelope "DO NOT BEND ".
Paddy spends the next 2 hours trying to figure out how to pick the bloody
thing up.

Paddy shouts frantically into the phone "My wife is pregnant and hercontractions are only two minutes apart!"
"Is this her first child?" asks the Doctor.
"No", shouts Paddy, "this is her husband!"

Paddy was driving home, drunk as a skunk, suddenly he has to swerve to avoida tree, then another, then another.
A cop car pulls him over as he veers about all over the road.
Paddy tells the cop about all the trees in the road.
Cop says "For gods sake Paddy, that's your air freshener swinging about!"

An old Irish farmer's dog goes missing and he's inconsolable.
His wife says "Why don't you put an advert in the paper?"
He does, but two weeks later the dog is still missing.
"What did you put in the paper?" his wife asks.
"Here boy" he replies.

Paddy's in jail. Guard looks in his cell and sees him hanging by his feet.
"What the hell you doing?" he asks.
"Hangin’ meself" Paddy replies.
"It should be around your neck" says the Guard.
"I tried dat" says Paddy "but I couldn't breathe".

Some great resorts we have visited

We visited 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

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

In June 2010 we visited Ukuthula and Modumela in Botswana. Click the links for stories and photos

Earlier this month we visited Sandy Place in St Lucia, for story and photos click the link

In August we visited Kagga Kamma, Sutherland, Wildflowers and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, see albums below:

Photo albums:

Kagga Album -

Sutherland -

Wildflowers -

Kgalagadi -

The Wild Side



Kgalagadi Sunset

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Photo taken in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, just one of those special Kalahari sunsets

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,
For the past fortnight Zimbabwe has been subjected to the most horrific images on ZBC television’s news bulletins. Every evening, during what is advertised as prime time, family viewing, ZBC TV have been showing film footage of hundreds of bodies being exhumed from a mine shaft in Mount Darwin. The same film clips are repeated in early morning bulletins, as children are getting ready for school, and again at lunch time; presenting images of such horror that it doesn’t bear thinking how these gruesome and gory sights are affecting young minds.

The exhumations are not being carried out by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Department of Museums and Monuments, archaeologists, pathologists or other specialists. There don’t appear to be any independent witnesses, recorders or experts on hand. The Co- Home Affairs Minister, Kembo Mohadi was quoted in the press as saying:
“My ministry is not in charge of the project and we are not part of it.” The Director of National Museums and Monuments said the same, resulting in much suspicion and political posturing. The Co-minister involved in the country’s programme of National Healing really put his finger on the pulse when he said: “The truth must be told during this exercise, but how do you tell the truth when evidence has been exhumed and reburied without involving organisations like churches, the Organ of National Healing, civic society and other groups?”

The exhumations are being carried out by a group called The Fallen Heroes’ Trust whose co-ordinator is George Rutanhire, a member of the Zanu PF Politburo.

On television we do not see images of professionals and specialists carefully recovering the remains, instead we see men in blue overalls wearing gum boots and plastic gloves pushing and shoving bones into plastic bags. We do not see the recovered remains being carefully laid out for examination, investigation and scientific identification; instead we see great mounds of human remains, piled high on top of each other, partly covered with loose strips of plastic sheeting. We do not see ropes and barriers preventing members of the public from disturbing the site, instead we see people in their own clothes clambering in and out of the mine shaft to have a look. And then, horror of horrors, comes the report that schoolchildren, teachers and villagers in the area were forced to go down into the mine shaft to view the bodies close up. The trauma of what they have seen will surely haunt them for the rest of their lives.

Zanu PF say that the bodies in the mine shaft are the remains of people massacred by Rhodesian soldiers in the 1970’s. Eyebrows are raised for many reasons, one of which is that the film footage being shown by ZBC TV is of some corpses with hair still attached; bones still joined; clothes still intact. Journalists described a putrefying stench in the mine shaft; one reporter described fluid dripping from a body and there appear to be many flies buzzing around the exhumed remains. All this from bodies that have supposedly been underground for over three decades?

Perhaps worst of all is that this place of horror and tragedy has been turned into a prime Zanu PF propaganda venue. One after the other speakers are coming forward and castigating the MDC for not visiting the site and condemning Rhodesians. Speeches criticizing and rebuking Prime Minister Tsvangirai are being made alongside mounds of human remains and we sit and watch in stunned silence at the crass insensitivity and obscenity of it all. Respect is sorely absent throughout this whole gruesome spectacle; respect for the dead, for their surviving relations and for millions of Zimbabwean children seeing such horror on television at breakfast, lunch and supper time.
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26 March 2011
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Crock Pot - Beef

All Day Crock Pot Beef

Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry

Beef and Pasta Casserole

Beef Diablo

Beef Fajitas

Beef Ragout Over Rice

Beef Tips

Beer Braised Beef in Crock Pot

Burritos Crock Pot Style

California Tamale Pie

Cattleman's Beef and Beans

Cheeseburger Sandwiches

Cheesy Meat Loaf

Chili Beer Brisket of Beef

Classic Swiss Steak

Complete Crock Pot Dinner

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Country Swiss Steak

Cowboy Casserole

Cranberry Pork Roast

Crock Pot Beef Burgundy

Crock Pot Beef 'n Peppers

Crock Pot Beef with Mushrooms

Crock Pot Beef Roast

Crock Pot Cabbage Rolls

Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

Crock Pot Creole Steak Strips

Crock Pot Delight

Crock Pot Easy Swiss Steak

Crock Pot Enchiladas

Crock Pot Fajitas

Crock Pot Fajitas II

Crock Pot Italian Beef

Crock Pot Meatballs

Crock Pot Rump Roast

Crock Pot Sauerbraten

Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce

Crock Pot Swiss Steak

Crock Pot Taco Casserole

Fiesta Tamale Pie

Glazed Corned Beef

Glazed Corned Beef #2

Harvest Dinner

Harvest Pot Roast with Tomato-Wine Sauce

Hot-and-Spicy Sloppy Joes

Lean Crock Pot Beans

Nina's Beef and Beans

Pot Roast Dinner

Old Time Beef Stew

Pot Roast with Noodles

Ranch Style Beef

Reuben Casserole

Roast Cooked with Coke

Roast with Veggies

Sage Pot Roast

Salsa Swiss Steak

Savory Pepper Steak

Savory Stewed Beef

Slow-Cooked Beef Stifado

Slow Cooked Pepper Steak

Slow Cooked Steak Rolls

Slow Cooked Swiss Steak Supper

Slow Cooker Italian Spaghetti Sauce

Slow Cooker Lasagna

Slow Cooker Swiss Steak

Slowly Deviled Beef

Smothered Steak Strips

Spaghetti Sauce Italiano

Spicy Wine Pot Roast

Stuffed Cabbage Casserole

Stuffed Pasta Shells

Swiss Bliss

Swiss Steak

Teriyaki Steak

Three Pepper Steak

Three-Way Beef

Yankee Pot Roast and Vegetables




 Crock Pot - Pork

Casserole in the Cooker

Chicken Lickin Good Crock Pot Pork Chops

Chinese Style Country Ribs

Country Pork with Mushrooms

Cranberry Pork Roast

Crockpot Apricot Pulled Pork for Sandwiches

Crock Pot Festival Sausage

Crock Pot Hawaiian Pork

Crock Pot Pork Chops Supreme

Crock Pot Sausage & Potatoes

Crock Pot Sausage and Egg Casserole

Crocked Cherry Pork Chops

Polish Kraut and Apples

Pork Chop Delight

Pork Chops and Mustard Sau ce Potatoes

Pork Chops with Corn Stuffing




Recipe CD

I have decided to simplify the way I sell my recipe eBook collection.

I am putting them all on one CD in an English and Afrikaans folder, over 100 recipe eBooks in all. That means less than R1 a recipe book, a real bargain! Most of the books come with resale rights so you can sell them individually if you wish.

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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:

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

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Children's Stories on CD
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