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We are freezing our butts off here! The trip to Kruger was fantastic! While people were shivering at home we were in short sleeves in Kruger. THE place to be in winter time! Click here to see some of the photos I took!

We will be escaping the cold again in July as a week trip to St Lucia on the KwaZulu-Natal coast is planned. The plan is to visit the Imfolozi-Hluhluwe Park and see if we can get some nice photos.

The freebie this month is a very old recipe booklet containing Moirs recipes and dating back to 1848. Scroll down to download the eBook, the file is quite large at nearly 5MB.

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South African Myths, Traditions and Folklore

Nyaminyami the Zambezi River God

Nyaminyami has supposedly been seen on occasion by locals - much like the Lochness Monster however, hard evidence is elusive. He is described by some as looking like a whirlwind - the majority say he's dragon-like with a snake's torso and a fish's head.

The legend of Nyaminyami has several tales. According to local folklore, during hard times, the Tonga had free access to his flesh and were thus sustained by removing strips of meat.

The story of the dam wall construction and the floods in 1957 and 1958 are well documented. The local story goes as follows:

Whilst the waters of Lake Kariba were only just rising and the Tonga were being relocated they invoked Nyaminyami in a spirit of resistance. Although he was never used as a political symbol it was generally agreed that he disapproved of the white man's plans to build the dam. In 1957 when a 1000 year flood was recorded on the Zambezi, construction was halted and set back by flood damage. The locals nodded knowingly and waited for the final destruction during the next rainy season. This of course nearly happened with the 1958 flood which was only slightly less violent than the previous year. Elders today claim that it was only their intervention which placated Nyaminyami.
We in Kariba still have occasional earth tremors from the load of the lake on the earth's surface. Locals claim that this is Nyaminyami who at the time of the sealing of the dam wall was philandering down stream towards Mana Pools. He's now very lonely and only the destruction of the dam will reunite him with this wife.

A local Mashona by the name of Rainos Tawonameso has designed a walking stick that incorporates some motifs from the area and it's inhabitants.

The Symbols on the Nyaminyami Historical Walking Stick

The Handle represents "Nyaminyami" who the Tonga people believe is their spirit God (Mudzimu) and that the occasional earth tremor felt in the Lake surroundings is caused by this Spirit.
The Tree is a Mopane tree which is found in the Zambezi Valley, the Spirals represent the waves on the Zambezi River, the fish is representative of the staple food of the Tonga people, who prior to the building of Kariba Dam, fished daily on the Zambezi River.
The Figures represent people on the Zambezi River banks during their ceremonial dances
The Wooden Rings represent the bangles worn by the Tonga woman as a decoration during ceremonial dances.
The Sign of the Hand represents the holding of the "Magical Ball" used by the Tonga fortune tellers to guard against evil spirits.
The Woman's Bubble Pipe (Incelwa) is normally a long pipe made from a calabash and is used by the Tonga people for smoking tobacco. In the past these pipes were used for smoking "dagga" (marijuana) - a Tonga tradition.

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True Life African Adventure


Paul van Pletzen

It was about 5 years ago that I first heard about a fishing camp called Kapirinengu, situated at the confluence of the Chewore river and the Zambezi, on the border of the Sapi and Chewore safari areas (down stream from Mana Pools game reserve). No amount of enquiries through friends in Zimbabwe, or at the Zimbabwe wildlife authorities, could produce any information about this seemingly mystical place. Maps of the area are hard to come by, even GOOGLE EARTH will get lost there! On a visit to Mana Pools and Mongwe fishing camp (in Hurungwe safari area, about 10km from Chirundu) 3 years ago, not even the warden at Makuti or the staff at Mana Pools could be of assistance.

Browzing on the internet one day, I came across a site called Zim4x4 and started corresponding with the inimitable Dick Pitman, who offers guided self drive tours, backup and advice for people keen to explore the lower Zambezi, or anywhere in Zimbabwe for that matter. He had established exclusive relationships with safari operators, concessionaires and authorities in that area, and explored and opened the routes. And he could take me to Kapirinengu!

By sheer co-incidence, we had already planned to stay over at Doma Safari lodge en route to the lower Zambezi, to go and search for Kapirinengu ourselves. This was also a stopover for Dick and a group that he was escorting down the escarpment, so we agreed to RV there and join them, destination Kapirinengu!

My brother Pieter and I left Joburg at 5:45 on th 9th June 2010. We spent only two hours at the border at Beit Bridge, paying a R300 fee for assistance (if you know what I mean). Nothing had materialized about the promises of a one stop there, and it was total chaos on the Zim side, as usual.

The road northwards is getting quite bad now. It is bumpy and wavy, with the edges deteriorating and potholes in sections. The fences are down, so stray animals and wandering locals are a serious hazard. This also a major trucking route, so one is confined to a cruising speed of about 80km/h. Driving at night in Zimbabwe is not advisable. There are now also toll stops ($1 fee) at frequent intervals in Zimbabwe, and after every one there is then a police road block a few km further. Heaven knows why they cannot be combined? We passed through 5 of these double stops up till Chinhoyi, and a few traffic police stops as well. We were well received and advised, and warmly welcomed at all times, but they do waste an awful amount of time. Only once, on our way back, did we have to pay a $15 spot fine for a faulty tail light on the trailer (no receipt necessary).

We slept over at Rhino Camp, just by the Shell garage at Runde River. $30 for 2 bed room, en suite. It was neat, clean and comfortable. Electricity (and in some places water) supply in Zim is still a problem, luckily the lights came soon after we had arrived. The management and staff there are very friendly and helpful, and they offer very good exchange rates for Dollars or Rands. We had a delicious steak and kidney pot pie for supper for only R30.

Fuel is available mostly everywhere in Zimbabwe these days (one is advised to take at least one jerry can along just in case) for around $1.10/litre, and we filled up in Chegutu on our second day.

We were about 40km from Chinhoyi when our trailer’s brakes suddenly jammed. Catastrophe! The trailer’s draw bar had broken. Low and behold, a well spoken local young lad with the name of Elias immediately came and offered assistance, and he knew a man with a welding shop not far away. Off him and I went to fetch the man with his welder, generator, angle grinder and the only piece of scrap in his yard: a piece of angle iron of just the right size! One hour later we were on the road again. Remarkable.

We could not reach Doma Safari lodge that evening as planned, so we stayed over at the Orange Grove Hotel in Chinhoyi. $40 for a two bed room, en suite, but the bath plug did not fit (bring your own). The lights eventually came on around supper and we had a tasty but small portion of spaghetti bolognaise for $4.

To get to Doma Safari Lodge, turn off to Mhangura at Lions Den (lekker biltong sold there!), about 25km north of Chinhoyi. We had further directions from the lodge management, and the route culminated in an easy bush road of about 12km to the lodge.

It is about a three hour drive from Harare to Doma Safari Lodge. They have recently obtained a concession from the local council of about 250 square km in the Maninga Conservation Area and the Doma Conservation Area, on the eastern border of the Doma Safari Area. They operate hunting safaris from the lodge and can do personalized hunting or photographic packages. Most species of game are available, except cheetah and rhino, but elephant is mostly only shot where and when they become a problem for the locals. Sable antelope is one of their big draw cards. The owner, Gordon Duncan, says that they are also actively involved with the local community in rehabilitating and restocking the area, and controlling poaching. One can also do guided walks or game drives.

Their self catering bungalows are cosy, comfortable and well equipped; you only have to bring your own food and gas. The kitchen’s got most of what you need: stove, deepfreeze and fridge, pots and pans and cutlery. Bedding is provided, as well as cleaning staff. Each party is also provided with a man-friday, a fire is made every day in the donkey and fire wood is provided. The power generator only runs from 18:00 to 22:00, but if you bring some diesel, longer hours can be arranged. We paid $25 each per day for a two room bungalow (sleeps 4 or 5). Larger groups pay $75 per day per bungalow.

As we are not hunters, our main interest was the beautiful dam next to which the lodge is situated. The dam has also been stocked with two local species of bream: Robustus (called Nembwe in Zim and Yellow Belly in Zambia) and Niloticus – both good fighters, and it is over populate with small bass and other species of bream. We spent many pleasant hours fishing, with reasonable success considering it was the wrong season, from our 3,5m aluminium boat, spending 6 days there.

The staff there were extremely friendly and helpful. They even took our trailer to Mhangura and back for us, for additional strengthening to the repairs. We could thus enjoy all or time relaxing and fishing. Gordon invited us to watch the rugby test between the Springboks and France on DSTV in their bar, kindly providing beer and snacks.

We met up at the lodge with Dick Pitman and his group of intrepid travellers that he was guiding along, on the16th June. They were a party of four families from South Africa, fully equipped with 4x4’s, trailers and all the off road bells and whistles, and more.

They all had a mutual arrangement that one of the families would be responsible for at least one evening meal on the trip down from Doma Safari Lodge through Doma Safari Area, down the escarpment to the Zambezi. It all started that first night at the lodge with a sumptuous braai (with salads and everything). Man, these people can cook! What was intended to be a day and a half’s trip down the escarpment, eventually took three days to do 315km, and every night we were treated to something spectacular, right there in the bush! My brother and I actually started feeling awkward: how could we ever make up for this? We can’t cater for twenty people! It was agreed that were we had to do a fish supper, of fish that we had to catch, once we had reached the Zambezi, Fat chance!

The road down the escarpment passed through the Doma, Chewore and Sapi Safari areas. It was not so much 4x4-ing as slow and cumbersome – rocky, steep slopes, deep gulleys, detours, tall grass (very bad when this is in the ‘middle manntejie’) and a few not to bad dry river bed crossings. First gear 2x4 mostly, here and there low gear 4x4. Dick gave every one a radio to be able to keep in contact en route, and we ended up being dubbed ‘sout en peper’ for our call signature. After spending a night camping in the bush on the ridge of the escarpment, one river crossing was a bit dubious, so we had to divert via Angwa Bridge in order to get to Mkanga Bridge. This resulted in a 40km detour, but one has to report to the warden at the outpost of Zim Parks at Mkanga Bridge when travelling through that area. There we camped at Bird Camp, an abandoned camp that used to be used by the bird watchers of Zim. The 2km access road to that camp was horrible! They had ice, can you believe it? There is also an old camp (used to be a rangers dwelling) by the bridge that belongs to Zim Parks, currently being renovated.

At about 4 o’clock in the afternoon of our third day of bundu bashing, we finally got to Kapirinengu and the mighty Zambezi. What a relief. One of the intrepid party, Johan Buys and family, had come all the way from Paarl and had spent seven days sleeping over en route up till then. They were understandably a bit “gatvol” of making and breaking camp by then! He was blessed, how ever, with catching one of the first nice sized tiger fish.

What a magnificently beautiful place is Kapirinengu! In the safari areas surrounding the Mana Pools game reserve, there were some places set aside in the old days that were intended as fishing camps. Kapirinengu is one of them. Of late, since things started to go wrong in Zim, it had been neglected, abused and abandoned. It is now being renovated by Terry Kelly in conjunction with Zim Parks, and we were some the very first people to visit again for a long time. Dick Pitman had arranged special permission for the group, as the camp would only opened on the 1st August 2010.

It is situated in the Chewore Safari Area where the Chewore river meets the Zambezi, across the river from the Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia, so there are no settlers there (hence no netting), lots of wildlife, and very good fishing. The river starts to converge around there as it approaches the Mpata gorge downstream, so the water is deep and fast flowing, and the tiger fish are mean, lean, fast and furious. Upstream other river broadens, with islands in the middle and more branches.

There will be 9 campsites under an immense grove of huge acacias (anaboom in Afrikaans) each with their own ablutions, a light and power outlet, with a central freezer room and other facilities. They will also have ice. Power will be from a generator, with a battery and inverter system in parallel. They envisage the development of a lodge and mooring facilities for boats in future. Campsites will be around $120 per day, maximum 6 per site. If you don’t have a boat, such could be available, depending on demand and prior arrangement. One has to be self sufficient, but the management (or Dick Pitman) can also arrange an operator (details in the addendum) that can put together a package including transport, fishing and catering.

We two “ou manne” were truly put to shame by the rest of the party, them catching all the fish in the first few days, from the banks “nog al” – while we had our little titanic to explore the whole river! The river was in flood (Kariba dam being 93% full), so fishing was not at its best. Johan buys got a 4kg specimen, Dick one a bit smaller and Marius Agenbag’s son Karel got the best one on his dad’s rod, when dad was napping. I put them all whole in the hot coals for our turn to cook, wrapped in tinfoil and dosed with garlic, mild chilli, salt & pepper, oil and lemon juice. Delicious, even if I say so myself, luckily it went down well.

They all left after 4 days for further adventures, but we stayed on for another 5 days. Pieter eventually caught a 4kg tiger as we were drifting along the Zambian side, and I caught my first nice size on his rod, off of a sandbank, while he was in the bushes. Terry Kelly very kindly took us out on his boat and taught us a few tricks, helping me to catch a 5,5kg specimen. We really enjoyed our sojourn there, lions roaring in the distance at night, a big old bull elephant wandering around the camp at odd hours, bokkies in the open plain behind camp, fish eagle to wake one up at dawn……..

One does not have to do the arduous journey that we did to get there. From the main Harare – Chirundu road, stop and get permits at the ranger’s office at Marongora (just down the escarpment from the town of Makuti). Take the turn off to Mana Pools, but beware that the first 30km of gravel was just about the worst of our journey. It is a real vehicle and trailer breaker. At the boom by the T – junction, turn right and follow the main gravel road for about 40km. Watch for the sign to Chewore in the bushes and turn left (there might even be a sign for Kapirinengu). From there it is a reasonable bush track of about 60km, remember to turn right at Jesi road and stick to the main track. There are quite a few turnoffs that are used by hunters and Park management, but the main track is always the most used one.

Our last destination was the Kafue river. Except for the last 30km of the Mana Pools access road (mentioned before), the many counters to report at the one-stop border post at Chirundu, and a badly potholed section of road south of Kafue town, things went well and we reached Eureka Camp in Lusaka without incident on the 29th June. The next day we met up with a friend, Terrence Scarr, who had flown in from Capetown. After restocking food and drink and fuelling up again, we hit the tar road for Mumbwa the next day. Yet again a few police road blocks, but we were treated with respect and friendliness by all. It’s just that Zambians en mass have no sense of distance or speed and cannot give directions. We were told by one traffic officer that the general speed limit is “more than 100km/hr”, and distance estimates would vary from 10km to 30km for the same destination.

Following prior directions, obtained from Kafue River Camp, through the outskirts of Mumbwa, we found the main “good gravel” road north to Kasempa. It was actually ok, except for the first 40km or so, and one could comfortably cruise at 70km/hr, watching out for animals and oncoming vehicles, as one passes through parts of Kafue National Park and the adjacent game management areas. We had to cross the Kafue by ferry ($20) at Lubungu, go a few km down the main drag and take the well marked turn off to the camp on a 12km dirt track.

Kafue river camp is also a new development, as are many of the lodges sprouting up in the area, but it was the only one offering self catering camping facilities at affordable prices (we paid only $20 per day). They also have a lodge kind of operation, with ready pitched safari tents, en suite (about $50 per day per person sharing, self catering) under thatch, bar and dining area. They do offer the services of a chef for lodgers, just bring your own food. Each camp site has ablutions, but they are not all on the river bank. Fire wood is provided, fire made in the donkey, and a man-friday assigned for general camp duties. They also have a few ready pitched canvas tents around the camp site, but I’m not sure how these are utilised. The camp was still in the final stages of development when we arrived. They offer fishing excursions and guided tours and/or walks in the park and there is a full time game ranger seconded to the camp.

The Kafue river was a bit treacherous and narrow, full of hippos, rocks and submerged obstructions, so we did not use the titanic very much. The Kafue was also in flood, but fishing from the banks was good, if you could find an open area between the mangrove-like trees, and if one’s also not too scared to walk around in the bush, unarmed by yourself. We caught a few nice pikes and bream on spinners, and lots of smaller bream on worm. There were lots of lion (heard them every night, and one morning there were tracks through camp) and elephant about, but the game was generally skittish because of hunting in the game management area we were in. Lots of bushbuck and puku around camp.

The people of Zambia are very friendly, warm and welcoming, and good English is spoken everywhere. Even in the smallest remote villages this is true: We spent a whole day trying to locate the northern entrance to the Kafue Nat. Park, about 100km north of Kafue River Camp, driving up and down one section. The road that we actually had to take was so TERRIBLE that we would not believe any one, even after several people had pointed it out repeatedly. This turn off was marked “Kabanga Wildlife Sanctuary”, with no indication that it eventually would lead to the Park, or anywhere near, or to an entrance gate, or a town called Ntemwa adjacent to the Park. We also had no idea as to how far we would have to travel along this road to get to the Park – estimates by locals varied from 8km to 25km. It was badly rutted and looked like it was last used in the rainy season, so after trying about 5km, we gave up and turned around. We did not want to have a vehicle break down or some other catastrophe, being only one vehicle (Pajero) in unknown territory, on an unused road.

What a pity! Zambia stands to lose many potential visitors to the northern section of Kafue Park due to this problem. One could reach there in a Mercedes Benz, and even drive around the Park on good roads they say, just to denied access by this short, impassable section. One hopes for their own sake that they upgrade it soon.

We dropped Terrence off in Lusaka on the 7th July for his return flight, and headed for home the next day, taking three more days to get back.


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.

Choose how to react

I was reflecting with a client this afternoon on how much emotional growth and independence she experienced over the past year because of our sessions-and she responded hesitantly: 100% !
And you know what - she has-she has grown from a smoking, overweight, over-emotional loner who had too much debt - to a fit, smoke-free, debt-free young woman who is in a stable relationship. And although I accompanied her on this tough journey, she did it all herself.
Let me guide you through the steps she took. Firstly she made a list of all her debt and set herself the goal to be debt-free within a year. She cut up all her credit cards and asked her bank to automatically pay some of her accounts so that she could lay not her hands on the money. This goal she achieved within 9 months and she was so pleased with her success that when she started walking in the afternoons she invited a friend with, later she was doing Pilates in the privacy of her home. This motivated her to start cutting down on nicotine and within 4 months she had stopped smoking. She was discovering her power from within, despite the fact that her father committed suicide when she was nine and her mother was either over-dependent or non-present. She started to attend her church’s youth meetings and slowly gathered a circle of faithful friends. And of course then she met a young man who shared her enthusiasm for the outdoors…
This is not a Mills and Boon story or a fairy tale- this is the true life journey of my client. How did she do it all? By managing her thoughts and actions using two techniques: managing her self-talk and responding to circumstances rather than reacting (or rather over-reacting) to circumstances.
I have written regularly about the basic skill of emotional intelligence: respond rather than react to a situation. One just need to reflect or think for a few seconds about what is happening right there in yourself, the situation, the other people present and the action needed for the best future outcome, before your act. This can stop you from making bad decisions and rash deeds and words; it can help you to control the situation by controlling yourself. It will stop you from wasting time because of avoidance, procrastination, and excuses - in short: it will help you keep your eye on the prize-whatever that might be for you.
Next week I’ll let you in on the other technique: controlling your self-talk.
Have the best week ever: 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.

Kruger National Park
The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the Lowveld, this national park of nearly 2 million hectares is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.

Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals.

Man's interaction with the Lowveld environment over many centuries - from bushman rock paintings to majestic archaeological sites like Masorini and Thulamela - is very evident in the Kruger National Park. These treasures represent the cultures, persons and events that played a role in the history of the park and are conserved along with the park's natural assets.

The park has 13 rest camps, 11 bushveld camps, and 11 lodges.

Year proclaimed: 1898 (officially proclaimed in 1926)
Current size: 19 623.6 square kilometres (slightly smaller than Israel)
Provinces: Mpumalanga and Limpopo


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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.


takkie – noun – Basic running shoe or sneaker. Possibly from “tacky”, meaning “cheap” or “of poor quality”. The spelling reflects the perception that the word is of Afrikaans origin.

tannie (tunny) – noun, informal – “Auntie” in Afrikaans, but used for any older woman.

taxi – noun – Generally a minibus used to transport a large number of people, and the most-used form of transport in South Africa.

to die for – adjective, informal – Wonderful, beautiful, coveted: “That necklace is to die for.”

tokoloshe – noun – Evil imp or spirit, thought to be most active at night. Part of South African folklore and today often the subject of tabloid journalism. From the isiZulu utokoloshe and isiXhosa uthikoloshe (river-spirit).

tom – noun, informal – Money. Uncertain origin.

toppie – noun, informal – Middle-aged or elderly man, or father. From either the isiZulu thopi (growing sparsely, a reference to thinning hair), or the Hindi topi (hat).

torchkop – noun, informal – Headtorch or headlamp (such as a Petzl), or a person wearing one. From torch + the Afrikaans kop (head). Coined at the Oppikoppi Bushveld Festival in August 2005.

township – noun – Low-income dormitory suburb outside a city or town in which black South Africans were required by law to live, while they sold their labour in the city or town centre, during the apartheid era.

toyi-toyi – noun – A knees-up protest dance. From the isiNdebele and Shona.

trek – noun – Long and often arduous journey. Best known from the Great Trek, the long journey by oxwagon the forebears of the Afrikaners took from the Cape Colony into the South African interior to escape British colonialism, beginning in the 1820s.

tsessebe – noun – African antelope (Damaliscus lunatus) found in southern and eastern Africa.

Tshivenda – noun – Language of the Venda people.

tsotsi – noun – Gangster, hoodlum or thug – and the title of South Africa’s first Oscar-winning movie. Perhaps a corruption of “zoot suit”, the type of flashy clothing worn by township thugs in the 1950s.

Tsotsitaal – noun – Township patois, derived from 1950s gangster slang, made up of a mixture of Afrikaans and isiZulu, and largely spoken in Gauteng. From the Tostsitaal tsotsi (gangster) and Afrikaans taal (language).

Tswana – noun – Member of a group of people mainly found in Botswana and northern South Africa, and their language.

tune, tune me, tune grief, tune me grief – verb, informal – Cause trouble; challenge me.


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.

Gold and war

 The unpopularity of the Transvaal's president, TF Burgers, opened the way for British annexation in 1877, but Britain lost control after a rebellion at Majuba. Full internal autonomy was granted in 1884 - by which time the conservative and intensely pro-Afrikaner Paul Kruger had been elected president.

Two years later, when gold was discovered on the Witwatersrand, Kruger saw a threat to Afrikaner independence as huge numbers of newcomers ("uitlanders") descended.

In the Cape, Rhodes had become Prime Minister. His vision of a federation of British-controlled states was well served by the discontent of the uitlanders and exasperation of the mining magnates in the ZAR. His first attempt at takeover, however, came to an ignominious end when his plan to have Leander Starr Jameson lead a raid into Johannesburg in response to a planned uitlander uprising failed. The uprising did not happen: Jameson rode precipitously into the Transvaal and had to surrender. Rhodes resigned.

The raid made Afrikaners more sympathetic to Kruger's anti-British stance - with the Orange Free State forming a military alliance with the Transvaal. In Britain, however, Rhodes and Jameson were heroes. It kept up the pressure on Kruger and the Anglo-Boer/South African War began in October 1899. Up to half a million British soldiers squared up against some 65 000 Boers; black South Africans were pulled into the conflict on both sides.

Again Britain suffered a blow as the Boers set siege to Ladysmith, Kimberley and Mafeking (home at the time to a young black diarist named Sol Plaatje). Under Major General Herbert Kitchener and Field Marshal Sir Frederick Sleigh Roberts, however, the British offensive gained force and by 1900, Bloemfontein, Johannesburg and Pretoria were occupied. Kruger fled for Europe.

The Boer reply was to intensify guerilla war: General Jan Smuts led his troops to within 190km of Cape Town - and in response Kitchener adopted a scorched-earth policy and set up concentration camps in which some 26 000 Boer women and children and 14 000 black and coloured people died. The war ended in Boer defeat at the Peace of Vereeniging in 1902.



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Smile a While

Well, a Girl Potato and Boy Potato had eyes for each other,
and finally they got married, and had a little sweet potato, which they called 'Yam'.
Of course, they wanted the best for Yam.
When it was time, they told her about the facts of life. They warned her
about going out and getting half-baked, so she wouldn't get accidentally mashed, and get a bad name for herself like 'Hot Potato'.
Yam said not to worry, no Spud would get her into the sack and make a rotten
potato out of her!
But on the other hand she wouldn't stay home and become a Couch Potato
She would eat properly so as not to be skinny like her Shoestring Cousins.
When she went off to Europe, Mr. And Mrs. Potato told Yam to watch out for
those hard-boiled guys from Ireland and the greasy guys from France called the French Fries.
And when she went out West, she must watch out for the Indians so she
wouldn't get scalloped.
They sent Yam to Idaho P.U. (that's Potato University ).
So that when she graduated she'd really be "in the Chips".
But in spite of all they did for her, one-day Yam came home and announced
she was going to marry Richie Benaud.
"Richie Benaud!!!!", they cried. They were very upset and told Yam "You can
t possibly marry Richie Benaud because he's just ........ just a COMMONTATER!"

A chicken farmer went to a local bar.... Sat next to a woman and ordered a glass of champagne..
The woman perks up and says, 'How about that? I just ordered a glass of champagne,too!'
'What a coincidence' the farmer says. 'This is a special day for me.... I
am celebrating'
'This is a special day for me too, I am also celebrating!' says the woman.
'What a coincidence!' says the farmer! As they clinked glasses the man asked, 'What are you celebrating?'
'My husband and I have been trying to have a child and today my
gynecologist told me that I am pregnant!'
'What a coincidence,' says the man. 'I'm a chicken farmer and for years all of my hens were infertile, but today they are all laying fertilized eggs.'
'That's great!' says the woman. 'How did your chickens become fertile?'
'I used a different cock,' he replied.
The woman smiled and said, 'What a coincidence.'

A new school inspector is assigned to the grade 4 class in one of the local schools. He is introduced to the class by the teacher.
She says to the class: "Let's show the inspector just how clever you are
by allowing him to ask you a question."
The inspector decides to ask a biblical question.
He asks: "Class, who broke down the walls of Jericho ?"
For a full minute there is absolute silence. The children all just stare
at him blankly. Eventually Sipho raises his hand. The Inspector points excitedly to him.
Sipho stands up and says: "Sir, I do not know who broke down the walls
of Jericho , but I am innocent."
The inspector looks at the teacher for an explanation. She says: Well,
I've known Sipho since the beginning of the year and I believe that if he says that he didn't do it, then he didn't do it."
The inspector is shocked at the level of ignorance and storms down to
the principal's office and tells him what happened. The principal replies: "Look I don't know the boy, but I socialise every now and then with his teacher and I believe her. If she feels that the boy was not involved, then he must be innocent."
The inspector can't believe what he is hearing. He grabs the phone on
the principal's desk and dials the Minister of Education. He relates the entire episode and asks her what she thinks of the education standard in the school.
The Minister sighs heavily and replies: "Eish wena. You know I am very
busy. I don't know the boy, the teacher or the principal. Just get three quotes or put it out to tender and have the wall fixed."

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 -

Our latest visit to Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park:

The Wild Side - A selection of my photos


Reed cormorant

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Photo taken at the Marievale Bird Sanctuary near Nigel.

The Reed Cormorant (Microcarbo africanus), also known as the Long-tailed Cormorant, is a bird in the cormorant family Phalacrocoracidae. It breeds in much of Africa south of the Sahara, and Madagascar. It is resident but undertakes some seasonal movements.
This is a common and widespread species, and is not considered to be threatened. It breeds on freshwater wetlands or quiet coasts. Two to four eggs are laid in a nest in a tree or on the ground, normally hidden from view by long grass.
This is a small cormorant at 50–55 cm length and an 85 cm wingspan. It is mainly black, glossed green, in the breeding season. The wing coverts are silvery. It has a longish tail, a short head crest and a red or yellow face patch. The bill is yellow.
Sexes are similar, but non-breeding adults and juveniles are browner, with a white belly. Some southern races retain the crest all year round.
The Reed Cormorant can dive to considerable depths, but usually feeds in shallow water. It frequently brings prey to the surface. It takes a wide variety of fish. It prefers small slow-moving fishes, and those with long and tapering shapes, such as mormyrids, catfishes, and cichlids. It will less frequently eat soles (which can be important in its diet locally), frogs, aquatic invertebrates, and small birds.
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,
Walking out in the early mornings there are two things you can almost guarantee this winter. One is the delicate, rosy-pink glow at sunrise, announced by the voices of scores of roosters all over the neighbourhood. The other is the thin blue spirals of wood smoke that rise from cooking fires in all directions and fill the dawn air.

Yet again winter has bought gruelling power cuts back to Zimbabwe making marathons out of the smallest of chores. It’s always the Mum’s that carry the heaviest burden and you don’t have to go far to see the proof. Looking out of a small prefabricated wooden cabin I caught a glimpse of a young teenage girl and her Mum one morning this week. It was a cold morning and a thick blanket of white mist was lying in the nearby vlei and across the grassland, waiting to be dissolved by the sun. Through the open door of the cabin I could see that the place was full of smoke and Mum was bending into the flames stirring the contents of a pot. The door and walls of the cabin were covered in black soot and the girl emerged from the smoke to pick up a few branches of firewood that were stacked in a pile outside. It was a little after six in the morning but already the girl was dressed for school, a bright green uniform, brown shoes and a thin green jersey.
After breakfast, cooked on a smoky little fire eaten in a smoke filled room, she would set out on her walk to school and later, when she got home, she would undoubtedly have to go and help her Mum collect more firewood and carry it home.

Every afternoon lines of women and girls trudge out of the bush with huge piles of sticks and branches on their heads, balanced on a small cloth ring. It’s not from choice they do this but from necessity.
From little wooden cabins to big brick houses and blocks of high density flats – all have the same struggle with cooking food and heating water. Visiting a friend in an upmarket Clinic in Harare this week, I noticed a sign stuck onto the silver doors of the lift. “Due to erratic power supply, we advise you not to use the lifts to avoid the risk of getting stuck.”

When a couple of thousand women in Bulawayo tried to protest to electricity supplier ZESA , they were met with a brutal response from riot police. WOZA estimated that 40 women, unarmed and singing, were beaten by riot police when they tried to present a yellow card (a football warning) to ZESA and tell them to improve their services.
WOZA were asking for fair load shedding, an end to 18 power cuts, transparent billing and pre-paid meters. ‘ No more luxury cars, we need transformers ‘ they said. Undaunted by the truncheons of police whose wives, mothers and daughters also go out and collect firewood and cook over smoky fires, WOZA have promised to continue their campaign until their demands are met. The main one being: “ZERO service, ZERO bill.” A slogan that could as well apply to any number of other parastatals and municipal councils around the country.

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Light and Luscious Strawberry Cheesecake
with Fresh Strawberry Sauce

Yield: one 9-inch cheesecake (14 servings)
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons melted margarine or butter
1 carton (15 ounces) part-skim ricotta cheese
1 cup sugar, divided 3/4 and ¼
2/3 cup flour
4 eggs, separated
2 tablespoons grated lemon peel
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup non-fat light sour cream substitute
3 pint baskets California strawberries, stemmed
4 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 cup strawberry or red currant jelly, melted
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
In medium bowl mix crumbs and margarine. Press onto bottom and 2 inches up sides of lightly greased 9-inch cheesecake pan; set aside.

To make filling, in mixer bowl beat ricotta cheese until smooth. Add 3/4 cup of the sugar, the flour, egg yolks, lemon peel and vanilla; mix well.

Stir in sour cream substitute to blend thoroughly.
In another bowl, beat egg whites until stiff but not dry; fold into cheese mixture. Pour into prepared crust; smooth top.
Bake 1 hour. Turn off oven; cool in oven 1 hour with door ajar. Remove from oven; chill thoroughly.

Meanwhile, to make sauce, in blender or food processor puree 2 baskets of the strawberries with the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and the lemon juice; strain sauce to remove seeds. Cover and chill.
To complete cake, halve remaining strawberries; arrange on top of cake. Brush strawberries with jelly. Cut cake into wedges; serve with sauce.

Apple Cinnamon Cheesecake
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon margarine or butter, softened
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 cup un-sifted flour
1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 (14-ounce) can Eagle® Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
3 eggs
1/2 cup frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
2 medium all-purpose apples, cored and sliced
Cinnamon Apple Glaze

Preheat oven to 300°. In small mixer bowl, beat 1/2 cup margarine and sugar until fluffy. Add flour, oats, nuts and cinnamon; mix well. Press firmly on bottom and halfway up side of 10-inch cheesecake pan. Bake 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in large mixer bowl, beat cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in Eagle Brand until smooth. Add eggs and juice concentrate; mix well. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake 45 minutes or until center springs back when lightly touched. Cool.
In large skillet, cook apples in remaining 1-tablespoon margarine until tender-crisp. Arrange on top of cheesecake; drizzle with Cinnamon Apple
Glaze. Chill. Refrigerate leftovers.

Cinnamon Apple Glaze: In small saucepan, combine 1/4 cup frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed, 1-teaspoon cornstarch and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon; mix well. Over low heat, cook and stir until thickened. (Makes about 1/4 cup.)

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
Indulge in this decadent cheesecake to satisfy your chocolate cravings!

2 (3-oz) packages of cream cheese, softened

1 (14-oz.) can Eagle® Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup mini-chocolate chips
1 teaspoon flour
1 (6-oz.) Ready Crust Chocolate Pie Crust
Chocolate Glaze (recipe follows)
Chocolate Curls (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°. With mixer, beat cheese until fluffy, gradually beat in Eagle Brand until smooth. Add egg, vanilla; mix well. Toss chips with flour; stir into cheese mixture. Pour into crust.

Bake 35 minutes or until center springs back when lightly touched. Cool and top with glaze and curls. Serve chilled. Refrigerate leftovers.

Chocolate Glaze: Melt 1/2 cup mini-chocolate chips with 1/4 cup whipping cream; cook and stir until thickened and smooth. Immediately spread over pie.

Tip: To prevent chocolate chips from floating down to bottom of pie add chips after baking cheesecake for a short period. Remove cheesecake from oven after 5 - 10 minutes, sprinkle chocolate chips over the pie and then continue to bake for remaining baking time. Be careful when handling cheesecake, pie pan will be very hot.

Chocolate Mint Cheesecake

Give this yummy mint-and-chocolate cheesecake a St. Patrick's Day touch by piping melted chocolate into a shamrock shape on each piece

1/2 cup (3 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 (14-ounce) can Eagle® Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (6-ounce) purchased chocolate flavored crumb pie crust

11 ounes cream cheese, softened*
1/2 teaspoon mint extract
Several drops green food coloring
1 egg

Preheat oven to 350°. In small saucepan, melt chips with 1/3 cup of the Eagle® Brand. Stir in vanilla. Spread on bottom of a crumb pie crust.

With mixer, beat cream cheese in large bowl until fluffy; gradually beat in remaining Eagle® Brand, mint extract and green food colouring. Add egg; beat on low speed just until combined. Place piecrust on baking sheet; place on oven rack. Carefully pour mint mixture over chocolate layer in piecrust.

Bake 25 minutes or until center is nearly set. Cool. Chill at least 3 hours. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.

Oreo Cheesecake
18 Oreos, crushed in blender
1/4 cup melted butter
24 oz cream cheese, softened
1 (14 oz) can condensed sweet milk
3 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla

Mix Oreos and butter and press in a greased 9 inch spring-form pan.

In a large bowl, cream remaining ingredients until well blended. Pour into spring-form pan.

Break up 8 Oreos and drop on top of the batter. Bake 45-60 minutes at 300 degrees F. Don't over-bake your cheesecakes or they will crack on top.

Cool to room temperature and chill in refrigerator before removing pan.

Toasted Almond Cheesecake

3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted & chop fine
1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
24 ounces cream cheese, softened
14 oz can condensed milk
3 eggs
1 tsp. almond extract
Almond Topping:
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
Preheat oven to 425.
Combine graham crumbs, nuts, sugar, and butter, press firmly on bottom of 9-inch spring form pan.
In a large mixer bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in condensed
milk until smooth. Add eggs and extract. Pour into pan.
Bake at 325 for one hour. Turn off oven and leave inside for 1 hour. Do not open oven door!!
Top with toasted almonds and chill overnight.

Springtime Raspberry Cheesecake
Serves 12
1 Cup Flour
1 Cup Brown sugar
1 Cup Margarine
1 Cup Walnuts, finely chopped

1 lb. cottage cheese, cream style
1 lb. cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 pint sour cream
1 Tbs. Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur
1 tsp. almond extract

1/4 cup raspberry jam, seedless
1/4 tsp. raspberry oil or extract
1 tsp. cornstarch

Heat oven to 325 degrees.
In large bowl, combine flour and brown sugar and mix well. Using fork or pastry blender cut in margarine until coarse crumbs form. Stir in walnuts. Lightly press mixture in un-greased 10 inch baking pan.
Bake at 325 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown. Let Cool.
Puree cottage cheese in blender until smooth and pour into large mixing bowl. Add cream cheese and beat with an electric mixer on high speed until blended and creamy. Add sugar.
On low speed, add cornstarch, Grand Marnier, eggs and almond extract. Beat until blended. Add melted butter and sour cream; blend at low speed.
Measure out 3/4-cup cheesecake batter. Add raspberry preserves and flavouring. Mix well, and then add cornstarch and mix again.
Pour some cheesecake into crust, spoon on half the raspberry mixture. Add remaining cheesecake mixture, then the remaining raspberry mixture. Cut through the batter with a knife or rubber spatula to create a marbling effect.
Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until firm around edges.
Turn off oven; leave cake in oven for 2 hours. Remove and cool completely on wire rack. Chill, remove sides of pan.
Top with fresh raspberries and serve.

Lemon Cheesecake

1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
4 Tbs. ground walnuts
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 Tbs. sugar
1 tsp. ground lemon peel

1 1/2 pounds cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. ground lemon peel
4 eggs

2 eggs
3/4 Cup sugar
1 tsp. grated orange rind
1 tsp. grated lemon rind
1/4 Cup lemon juice
2 Tbs. orange juice
2 Tbs. butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine crumbs, nuts, sugar and lemon peel. Stir in butter until thoroughly blended. Press mixture firmly against bottom of 9" spring-form pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes.
In a large bowl beat cream cheese until creamy. At medium speed add sugar gradually, then vanilla, lemon juice, and lemon peel. Blend well.
Add eggs, one at a time and beat at medium speed for ten minutes, until fluffy. Pour into spring-form pan.
Bake at 250°F. for 35 minutes. Turn off heat and cool for 30 minutes in the oven with the door open.
While cheesecake is baking, whisk eggs in a small saucepan until foamy.
Combine with sugar, rind, juices & butter in saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth & thickened. Cool.
Just before serving, spread evenly over cheesecake.

Fresh Fruit Cheesecake
Serves 6
1 1/2 Cups Graham cracker crumbs
1/4 Cup Sugar
1/3 Cup Margarine; or butter; melted
16 oz Softened cream cheese
14 oz Eagle sweetened condensed milk
3 Eggs
1/4 Cup lemon juice, (use real lemons)
8 oz Sour cream at room temp

1 cup strawberries, fresh
1 kiwi
15 oz can peach halves in heavy syrup
1/4 cup berries (raspberry, blackberry, boysenberry, etc.)

Apricot glaze:
10 oz Apricot preserves

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Combine crumbs, sugar, and margarine. Press firmly on bottom of 9-inch spring form pan.

In large mixer bowl, beat cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Add eggs and Lemon juice, mix well.

Pour into prepared pan.
Bake for 50-55 minutes or until center is set; top with sour cream. Bake 5 minutes longer. Cool and Chill.

On a clean towel lay about 4 peach halves and berries to drain. Remove skin from Kiwi by peeling with a knife. Cut kiwi into about 5-6 pieces (it will be circular in shape and you will be able to see the seeds.) Cut Peach halves into about 6 pieces lengthwise.

Cut stems off strawberries and cut them into 3-4 pieces.
Arrange peaches first. Use 3 sliced peaches in each area of the cake. You should have about 6-7 areas of 3 sliced peaches each. next lay a piece of kiwi next to each set of 3 peach area. Finally arrange strawberries on the open areas trying not to cover kiwis and peaches.
Top with a few berries.

Pour Apricot preserves into a small saucepan adding 1/3 cup water and heat over medium until melted. Using a pastry brush, brush fresh fruit with the glaze.

Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake
12 slices
1 1/2 Cups (18) Cream filled Cookies, crushed
2 Tbs. Margarine, Melted
32 oz Cream Cheese, Softened
1 1/4 Cup Sugar
3 large Eggs
1 Cup Sour Cream
1 tsp. Vanilla
6 oz Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips, melted
1/3 Cup Raspberry Preserves, Strained
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
Whipping Cream
Combine crumbs and margarine; press onto bottom of 9-inch spring form pan. In a large bowl, combine 24 ounces of cream cheese and sugar, blending with an electric mixer.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend in sour cream and vanilla. Pour mixture over crust. Combine remaining cream cheese and melted chocolate, blending well with mixer. Add Red Raspberry preserves; mix well. Drop dollops of chocolate cream cheese batter over plain cream cheese batter, do not swirl. Bake at 325 degrees F. for 1 hour and 25 minutes.
Loosen cake from pan and cool before removing.
Melt chocolate pieces. Dip a fork in the melted chocolate and go back and forth in a waving motion over cheesecake to make a line design. Chill.
Garnish with whipping cream and fresh raspberries.

Best No-Bake Cheesecake
This recipe was sent to us from Jasmine Holt, a daily recipe subscriber.
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream
2 tsp. vanilla extract
8 oz. Cool Whip
1 9 oz graham cracker crust (we use Keebler)
1 12 oz can pie cherries (we use Wilderness)

Beat cream cheese and sugar together until smooth. Add sour cream and vanilla. CAREFULLY beat in Cool Whip- if you aren't careful, you may end up decorating your kitchen with the filling!!! Pour into crust- invert top plastic cover of crust- chill 3-4 hours OR freeze 15 -30 minutes, depending on your freezer. Top with pie cherries.
For an almond version, substitute the vanilla for 1 1/2 tsp. of almond extract. Create a design out of sliced and/or slivered TOASTED almonds. If you don't use toasted, they will get very soggy and soft- it can be quite icky, unless you like soft almonds.
If you want to really make this a cute cheesecake, reserve a heaping tablespoon of filling. Add to the top of cheesecake after you put the cherries on.

Tiramisu cheesecake
serves 10-12
What is Tiramisu?
Tiramisu is a cool, refreshing Italian dessert that once tasted, leaves an indelible impression on you. Also known as "Tuscan Trifle," the dessert was initially created in Siena, in the north-western Italian province of Tuscany.

Espresso syrup: (or you can use Torani syrups)
4 teaspoons dried instant coffee or espresso
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons coffee liqueur

12 to 16 lady fingers</a>
1 lb cream cheese
1/2 lb mascarpone cheese
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon khalua liqueur (optional)
4 eggs
2 egg yolks
1/3 cup heavy cream
cocoa powder or cinnamon for dusting

16 to 20 lady fingers – quartered
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. espresso or instant coffee dissolved in 1-2 tbsp. hot water
non-stick cooking spray
Chocolate bar - for shavings

Lightly spray a 9-inch spring-form pan or tart pan with non-stick cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 F.

Prepare syrup: in a small saucepan, stir water with coffee and sugar and heat just to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Stir in coffee liqueur.
For cake, arrange lady fingers in pan, cutting or trimming to fill out pan bottom with cookies. Brush syrup over cookies and allow to soak in. Re-apply until all the syrup is gone.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on slow speed, cream the cream cheese and sugar. Add vanilla, (Khalua liqueur), eggs, egg yolks and heavy cream. Pour over prepared cake crust.

In a small saucepan, over low heat, melt the butter with the sugar. Using a whisk, briskly blend in the dissolved coffee. Pour into a medium sized bowl. Toss quartered lady fingers into this mixture. Arrange on top of cake.

Bake until just set - about 30 minutes. Chill for 4 hours or overnight.
After removing from pan, grasp a handful of chocolate shavings and put them all around the sides of the cake. Right before serving dust each slice lightly with cocoa powder or cinnamon

New York Cheesecake
14 servings
1 cup Graham Cracker crumbs (store bought works well also)
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
5 packages (8 oz each) Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling

Mix crumbs, 3 tablespoons sugar and butter; press onto bottom of 9-inch spring form pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes.
Mix cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, flour and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition, just until blended. Blend in sour cream. Pour over crust.
Bake 1 hour and 5 minutes to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until center is almost set. Run a small knife around the rim of the pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim of pan. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Top with Cherry pie filling.

Other serving suggestions:
1. Cut up fresh strawberries and arrange them on each slice of cheesecake, then glaze with Strawberry Preserve
2. 2. Using a milk or dark chocolate bar (Ghiradelli works well,) shave off chocolate curls, using a knife. Arrange them on top of each slice of cheesecake.

Tips: To cut perfect cheesecake slices, use a wet knife.
Storage suggestions:

1. This will stay fresh up to 3 days in refrigerator and 1 week in freezer. Cover with plastic wrap or a cake box with a lid.

White Chocolate Cheesecake
12 servings
1 cup shortbread cookie crumbs (store bought or recipe)
3 Tbs. finely chopped slivered almonds, toasted
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 Pkg. cream cheese (8 oz), softened
1 Pkg. (6 oz) white chocolate baking bar, (melted and cooled) Instructions on melting chocolate.
2/3 cup sugar
3 eggs
2/3 cup sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla

In a small mixing bowl, combine cookie crumbs and almonds. Stir in melted butter. Press onto bottom of 9-inch springform or cheesecake pan. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and cooled white chocolate baking bar until combined. Beat in sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, sour cream and vanilla; beat on low speed till just combined. Pour over prepared crust. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for about 45 minutes or until center appears almost set. Cool on wire rack for 15 minutes. Loosen cake from sides of pan. Cool 30 minutes more; remove sides of pan. Cool completely. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Other serving suggestions:

1. After slicing cheesecake, top with Raspberry sauce. Serve with whip cream.
2. Cut up fresh strawberries and arrange them on each slice of cheesecake, then glaze with Strawberry Preserve. 3. Using a milk or dark chocolate bar (Ghiradelli works well,) shave off chocolate curls, using a knife. Arrange them on top of each slice of cheesecake.


1 1/2 c Graham cracker crumbs
1/4 c Sugar
1/3 c Margarine; or butter; melted
16 oz Softened cream cheese
14 oz Eagle swt.condensed.milk
3 Eggs
1/4 c Real lemon lemon juice
8 oz Sour cream at room temp
21 oz Cheery pie filling; cold

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine crumbs, sugar, and margarine press firmly on bottom of 9-inch springform pan. In large mixer bowl, beat cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Add eggs and Real Lemon, mix well. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 50-55 minutes or until center is set; top with sour cream. Bake 5 minutes longer. Cool, Chill. Top with pie filling. Refrigerate leftovers.

Cheese Cake
1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup ground nuts
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup margarine
mix together with hands and press into a 10" cheesecake pan, covering bottom and 1" up the sides. set aside.

3 (8oz) packages Philadelphia cream cheese softened
1 1/2 cup sugar
juice of 1 lemon
6 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 pint sour cream
Cream sugar and cheese until smooth. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating only until incorporated. Add remaining ingredients and blend well. Pour into cheesecake pan. Bake at 325 for 1 hour, turn of heat. Leave in oven with door closed for 1 additional hour. Cool completely and refrigerate at least an hour before removing from pan.


1/2 lb. cream cheese
1/2 pt. fresh cream
1/4 lb. granulated sugar
3 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt

Put all ingredients into blender or mixer. Blend all ingredients for about 2 minutes.
Preheat oven to 340 degrees. Put a baking sheet on round cake pan. Pour mixed ingredients into cake pan. Bake for about 40 minutes.


1 c. graham cracker crumbs
3 tbsp. melted butter
1/3 c. sugar
2 (8 oz.) cream cheese
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. sugar
3 eggs
1 pt. sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. sugar

Grease springform pan. Mix graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and sugar. Press in bottom of pan. Chill. Beat cream cheese 2 to 3 minutes. Add vanilla. Gradually beat in sugar, eggs 1 at a time. Beat until light and creamy. Pour over crumbs. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove. Let stand 15 minutes. Stir sour cream, vanilla, sugar. Spread over cake. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs (plain) on top. Bake 10 minutes at 475 degrees. Cool on counter. Then chill in refrigerator.


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This company is definitely not a scam. Be Motivated Today provides a motivational service and has great motivational products. The CEO, Arnfried Klein-Werner, is an International Motivational Speaker. He has tried and studied many systems that don't work and after 13 years developed a system that actually does work and is creating
an additional income for many South Africans already. He understands people's fears and therefore offers a 100% money-back guarantee, if you don't make money after 6 months. In other words you have nothing to lose.....
You have nothing to lose. I encourage you to visit the website and register to try the products and service out for free. Click here for more information. Register as a free trial member then upgrade to start your income stream.

I must add that I got just over R900 in commission in February, every little bit helps. It takes some time, but it will happen eventually. Remember to upgrade to start participating in the income stream.

I received this email recently:

Yes, out of curiosity I visited Be Motivated Today during September 2009, but only joined during August 2010, what a waste of time!!!.
If I knew what was happening during the year I wasted, man, I would have joined immediately after I  read the details of the setup.
I now have a waiting list of seven on my downline (one already joined as Silver), the others are bound to join during November and they are jumping around purely from excitement to get started and its rubbing off on me as well.
Just one question: My intention is to place an invitation advertisement on the rear window of my car, do you think it could shake some people out of their dreams and make them joining us?

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.

Price will be  R100 per CD excluding postage.

Postage as follows, registered mail, add R20, overnight counter to counter add R50

If you are interested in my Super CD just click here and I will send you my banking details. Remember to include you postal address.

As soon as I mail the CD I will email you the post office tracking number as proof of dispatch.

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

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.

Silversands Online casino

We usually go to Carnival City, our local entertainment complex about twice a month for a movie, a good meal and a flutter at the tables or machines. Most times it is crowded and my favourite machines are taken. Then I came across Silversands online casino. You simply sign up, download some software and you can practice with fun money to your heart's content before you play with the real thing.
Give it a try,   Click Here  .  

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.
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