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We are freezing here again, snowfalls all over the country and we usually don't have snowy winters! Signs of the times I guess! They talk a lot about earth warming, they got it wrong this winter, feels like earth cooling!

The rugby section below has details for the serious rugby fan. Everything on Springbok test rugby from 1995 to date, then the recent Super 15 and also the current Currie cup. Scroll down, download the files and enjoy!

The trip to St Lucia on the KwaZulu-Natal coast was fantastic. We enjoyed a week of short sleeves and shorts! Weather was great, we also visited the iSimangaliso Wetland Reserve as well as the iMfolozi Park, got some nice photos as well. Scroll down to see the photo album. We found the road (N2) via Pongola to be the best option, only 11 Stop/Go situations with a total delay of 75 minutes. Once the roadworks have finished it's going to be a very nice road.

Mid August we leave for a two week trip to the Cape Province, hope all the cold fronts have passed by then. We will do the lower part of the West Coast also the Southern and Eastern coast ending up at Hole-in-the-Wall. It's a beautiful part of the country and we hope to get some nice land-and seascape photos. The next letter might be a few days late as we only get back towards the end of the month.

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South African Rugby - everything you wanted to know

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Super 15 - Fixtures Super 15 - data 2
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Super 15 - Data 1 Super 15 - Stats
   
Springbok Rugby - everything from 1995  
   
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Currie Cup 2011  
   
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From the Getaway Blog - http://blog.getaway.co.za/

Six of Cape Town’s best pizza restaurants

1. Busy, busy, busy

Posticino in Sea Point makes my absolute favourite pizzas. The thin, crispy bases are smothered in lots of topping and, luckily for the waistline, not overly cheesy. I have never eaten in at Posticino, simply because it is always packed and humming. Even waiting inside for my take-aways can be a bit daunting, but I promise, it is worth it! My recommendation: bacon mushroom, feta and pineapple. Goodness on a base.

Ristorante Posticino
323 Main Rd Sea Point
Tel 021-493-4014/3964
www.posticino.co.za

Pizzas: R39-R79


2. Rough side of town

Most people think Rafiki’s is reserved for the hard-drinking crowd, but their pizzas make them an excellent way to spend an early evening on the balcony with a few beers, especially on two for one Mondays. What makes these pizzas special? The onion and tomato marmalade used instead of plain old tomato paste. The marmalade makes even the humble margherita a delicious indulgence. I wish they would bottle it and sell it to me.

Rafiki’s
3 Kloof Nek Road
Tel 021-426-4731
www.rafikis.co.za

Pizzas: R39-R59

3. It’s all in the name


After a fire in June 2010, Basilico has revamped itself, but kept the same delicious pizzas. They are quick and full to the brim with toppings (if pizzas can have a brim?). The restaurant has become more popular after its accident and it is essential to book on almost any night of the week. My guess is that the Basilico pizza (avo, mushroom, bacon, onion and garlic) ensures the loyal patrons.

Basilico
32 Kildare Road
Tel 021-683-5989
www.basilico.co.za

Pizzas: R42-R80

4. Real Italiano


The décor of Bacini’s says it all – Tricolore flags, Italian football posters and red and white checked table cloths – this is the real Italy at work. Bacini’s has a large selection of pizzas and they are all wood fired to perfection. The gourmet pizza menu is especially temping to anyone more adventurous than a Regina-lover.

Bacini’s
177 Kloof Street
Tel 021-423-6668

Pizzas: R40-R110

5. Trend setter


Greens is a chain of restaurants with a very varied menu, but I am particularly fond of their Park Street location in Gardens and their pizza menu. Sitting outside and watching the trendies of Cape Town walk by while eating an equally trendy pizza covered in fresh rocket is a great way to spend a Friday evening. Another appeal of Greens is their excellent wine list to match whatever pizza topping you choose. I highly recommend the Pizza California section of the menu – each pizza is topped with one or other fresh green.

Greens
5-9 Park Road
Tel 021-422-4415

Pizzas: R45-R87

6. Life Saver


A night out often ends with supreme hunger and Clay Oven is the answer. Serving decent pizzas until the early hours of the morning, it has saved many people from late night, partying-induced starvation. I wouldn’t make a special trip to Clay Oven on any ordinary night, but you must keep it in mind on a night out.

Clay Oven
166 Long Street
Tel 024-424-7233

Pizzas: does it really matter at 2am?

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Andy Nix Photography

Seeing that photography is my passion I thought it about time to feature a South African photographer in my newsletter. I have been a fan of Andy for some time now and would like to share the link to her blog. She is a great photographer and is fortunate enough to live in the Fairest Cape where great landscapes just beg to be photographed.

Click here to view her blog and while you are there subscribe to her newsletter as well.

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 2

I have been sharing with you the dramatic change that a client of mine achieved within one year 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. I have discussed how she had divided her goals into do-able steps, and has stayed on course to succeed by not reacting to distractions but by responding and returning to her goals every time. The second strategy she used was by focusing on her self-talk and constantly changing it to the positive.
The importance of self-talk has become more evident in recent years. Everyone has a "little voice" in their heads that provides almost constant commentary-often in very critical terms-on what they do. Unfortunately, many individuals are unaware of what they are saying to themselves and, even if they are, fail to question these thoughts when they are unrealistic, harsh, and critical. This seems to be especially true for people who often set very high expectations for themselves or has grown up with constant criticism.
There is a direct connection between how we think about things or how we talk to ourselves and our emotional reactions, as well as how we perform or behave. When we judge ourselves unfairly, evaluate our performances in excessively critical ways, or, in general, speak to ourselves in negative ways, there are predictable reactions. We are prone to frustration, discouragement, hopelessness, and depression. In addition to these emotional responses, inaccurate or inappropriate thinking often leads to poor or substandard performance. Conversely, people who think about themselves in realistic and positive terms learn to value themselves and their abilities in ways that enhance their performance and constantly motivate them to work towards their goals.
Regardless of the purpose, the steps for maximizing self-talk are as follows:
1 - Identify self-talk. Become more aware of what you say to yourself. Especially check in on your self-talk when you are feeling some negative emotion such as depression, frustration, or irritability.
2 - Evaluate the content of your thoughts. Is the thought valid and realistic? What evidence is there that the thought is true? Is there evidence it is not true? Would you talk to your best friend or teammate the way you're talking to yourself? Even if the thought may have some validity, is it helpful or useful for you to focus your thoughts and energies on it?
3 - Change the negative thought to something more realistic and positive. This may include identifying any patterns of irrational and distorted thinking that may occur with some regularity. Once the thought is identified, practice countering the thought with the evidence you gather and, when appropriate, reframe the thought by looking at your situation from a different perspective.
My client had constant thoughts of “what does it matter”; “you couldn’t do it before” and “it is too much hard work”. She countered this by saying and writing in bold letter where ever she could see it: “it matters to ME”; “I am doing right now” and “I’ll do it for another week”. Each month she reassessed her progress and because it was evident that she was making headway-this motivated her to keep on for several months. The result was that she spent less, caring what she eats, cutting down on cigarettes and started to exercise in the privacy of her home. She succeeded because of her constant focus on her short-term goals, thinking before doing and controlling her thoughts-only allowing positive, realistic thoughts to dwell in this all important control centre.
Never give up-replan, reinvent, recharge and recharge. It can be done-get help if needs be.
Best wishes from my heart to yours.


You are welcome to comment or send questions to her at mirnafvanwyk@gmail.com 
 

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.

Mapungubwe National Park

Mapungubwe National Park in Limpopo is rich in biodiversity, great scenic beauty and the cultural importance of the archaeological treasures of Mapungubwe. From a hilltop on the northern edge of the park the visitor can view the confluence of the legendary Limpopo and Shashe Rivers, as well as two neighbouring countries: Botswana and Zimbabwe.

The park is the site where a developed African civilisation prospered between 1000 and 1290 AD. The area was already inhabited by a growing Iron Age community from 900 AD and became rich through trade with faraway places like Egypt, India and China. This is the place where archaeologists excavated the famous golden rhino and other evidence of a wealthy African kingdom.

Sandstone formations, mopane woodlands and unique riverine forest and baobab trees add to the experience. Impressive Khoi/San rock art shelters have also been uncovered.

Elephant, giraffe, white rhino, eland, gemsbok and numerous other antelope species occur naturally in the area. Predators include lions, leopards and hyenas. Birds to tick off the list include the kori bustard, tropical boubou and Pel's fishing owl.

Year proclaimed: 1989
Current size: 53.6 square kilometres
Province: Limpopo
 

Source: Mediaclubsouthafrica.com

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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.


U
ubuntu – noun – Southern African humanist philosophy of fellowship and community, based on the notion that a person is a person because of other people; “I am who I am because of you”. From the isiZulu for “humanity” or “goodness”.

Umkhonto – noun – Short form of Umkhonto we Sizwe.

Umkhonto we Sizwe – noun – Army of the exiled African National Congress during the struggle against apartheid; since 1994 amalgamated into the South African National Defence Force. From the isiZulu for “spear of the nation”.

V

veld (felt) – noun – Open grassland. From the Afrikaans, from the Dutch for “field”.

veldskoen, velskoen (fell-skun) – noun – Simple unworked leather shoes. From the Afrikaans veld (field) or vel (skin or hide) and skoen (shoe).

Venda – noun – South African population group largely found in Limpopo province, who speak the Tshivenda language.

verkramp (fer-krump) – adjective – Extremely politically conservative or reactionary. From the Afrikaans for “narrow” or “cramped”.

vetkoek (fet-cook) – noun – Doughnut-sized bread roll made from deep-fried yeast dough, often served with savoury mince-meat. From the Afrikaans vet (fat) and koek (cake).

voema (vooma) – noun, informal – Variant spelling of woema.

voetsek (foot-sak) – exclamation, informal – Go away, buzz off. From the Afrikaans, originally from the 19th-century Dutch voort seg ik (be off I say).

voetstoets (foot-stoots) – adjective – “As is” or “with all its faults”. A legal term, used in the sale of a car or house. If the item is sold voetstoets the buyer may not claim for any defects, hidden or otherwise, discovered after the sale. From the Afrikaans, originally from the Dutch met de voet te stoten (to push with the foot).

vrot (frot) – adjective, informal – Rotten or smelly. From the Afrikaans.

vuvuzela (voo-voo-zeh-lah) – noun – Large, colourful plastic trumpet with the sound of a foghorn, blown enthusiastically by virtually everyone in the crowd at soccer matches. From the isiZulu for “making noise”.

W
walkie-talkie – noun, informal – South African delicacy made from the heads and feet of a chicken.

wildebeest (vil-deh-beest) – noun – Gnu; large African antelope of two species (the blue or black wildebeest, genus Connochaetes) with a long head and sloping back. From the Afrikaans wilde (wild) and beest (beast).

windgat (vint-ghut) – noun, informal – Show-off or blabbermouth. From the Afrikaans wind (wind) and gat (hole).

witblitz (vit-blitz) – noun – Potent home-made distilled alcohol, much like the American moonshine. From the Afrikaans wit (white) and blitz (lightning).

woema (vooma) – noun – Speed or power, oomph. From the Afrikaans.

woes (voos) – adjective – Angry, irritated or aggressive. From the Afrikaans.

wonderboom (vonder-bu-wm) – noun – Wild fig (Ficus salicifolia), native to southern Africa. Also the name of a suburb of the city of Pretoria, and a popular South African pop group. From the Afrikaans wonder (wonder or marvel) and boom (tree).

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

X Y Z

Xhosa – noun – Nguni-language-speaking people of South Africa, found mainly in the Eastern Cape province.

Xitsonga – noun – Nguni language of the Tsonga people.

yellow rice – noun – Rice cooked with turmeric and raisins, often served with curry.

zamalek – noun, informal – Carling Black Label beer.

Zebu – noun – Long-horned and often hump-backed varieties of cattle (Bos indicus), originally from India but now found in a large number of breeds across Africa. South African breeds include the Nguni and Afrikaner.

zef – noun or adjective, informal – white Afrikaner working-class trashiness, but also used to explain the "ultimate style", if you're a fan of the bizarre rap-rave trio, Die Antwoord. The term comes from the name of a once-popular South African car, the Ford Zephyr, which small town folk would race during late-night dicing sessions.

zol – noun, informal – Hand-rolled cigarette or marijuana joint.

Zulu – noun – Nguni-language-speaking South African population group found mainly in KwaZulu-Natal. Their language is isiZulu.

Source: mediaclubsouthafrica.com

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.

Union and the ANC
Many hoped the British victory would put all four colonies on an equal and just footing, but the treaty left their franchise rights to be decided by the white authorities. The ex-Boer republics retained the whites-only franchise. In 1909 a delegation appointed by the South African Native Congress went to London to plead their case. But when the Union of South Africa came into being on 31 May 1910, the only province with a non-racial franchise was the Cape and blacks were barred from being members of parliament.

The South African Party, a merging of the previous Afrikaner parties, held power under General Louis Botha. Repressive measures were not long in coming - such as the 1913 Land Act, which reserved 90% of the country for whites.

By this time, the African National Congress (ANC) had come into being. Formed in Bloemfontein on January 8 1912, it united an educated elite, rural classes and tribal structures. Sol Plaatje was secretary and the first president was the Rev John L Dube. Both were part of a second unsuccessful delegation to London, this time to protest against the land grab.

Resistance became more outspoken and militant, especially when several hundred black women marched in Bloemfontein to protest against passes. Similar protests were held in other places.

Indians were also suffering under viciously racist treatment: in 1891 they had been expelled from the Orange Free State altogether. Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi, then a young lawyer, had become a leading figure in Indian resistance. The struggle against the £3 Indian poll tax in Natal involved a mass strike in which a number of Indians were killed, but achieved success when the tax was removed in 1914.

In the white camp, Botha and Smuts were in favour of reconciliation with English South Africans. But they did not represent all embittered Afrikaners and JBM Hertzog formed the more conservative National Party. When South Africa entered the First World War in support of Britain, anti-British Afrikaners unsuccessfully rebelled.

Still hoping for backing from the British government, the ANC supported the war and unknown numbers of black soldiers died. As a result of the war, South Africa gained control over the previously German-held South West Africa (now Namibia).

With the inspiration of the Russian Revolution, the post-war period was marked by strikes. In 1918 a million black mine workers went on strike; 71 000 did the same in 1920. Between those strikes, Botha died and Smuts became Prime Minister.

In 1922 a different group of miners were to strike. When the Chamber of Mines let lower-paid Africans do semi-skilled work, white miners reacted violently and were suppressed by Smuts's military. Hertzog's Nationalists found increased support in the white Labour Party, and an election pact saw Smuts ousted and Hertzog become Prime Minister in 1924.

The government's popularity declined, however, with economic depression in the 1930s, forcing Hertzog into a Smuts coalition government in 1933 (the year before South Africa became independent from Great Britain). Their parties fused as the United Party, but Hertzog's move was balanced by the breaking away on the right of DF Malan's new National Party. In 1936 black Cape voters were removed from the common roll.

The Hertzog-Smuts coalition fell apart with the Second World War, Smuts winning the battle to take South Africa into the conflict. Afrikaner opposition to the war strengthened Malan's support base.

At the same time, developments in the ANC symbolically marked the start of what was to be nearly 50 years of conflict with the National Party. In April 1944 the ANC Youth League was formed, with Nelson Mandela as its secretary.

The National Party, meanwhile, was gathering strength: in a surprise result, it gained power in the 1948 election and apartheid became official government ideology. 

Source: mediaclubsouthafrica.com

Freebie!!

The freebie this time is a recipe eBook containing 1300 crockpot recipes. Right click here to download the book. (1.8 MB)

Words to live by 

If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace.
John Lennon

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Smile a While

Good laugh for people in the over 50 group !!!

When I bought my Blackberry, I thought about the 30-year business I ran with 1800 employees, all without a cell phone that plays music, takes videos, pictures and communicates with Facebook and Twitter. I signed up under duress for Twitter and Facebook, so my seven kids, their spouses, 13 grand kids and 2 great grand kids could communicate with me in the modern way. I figured I could handle something as simple as Twitter with only 140 characters of space.

That was before one of my grand kids hooked me up for Tweeter, Tweetree, Twhirl, Twitterfon, Tweetie and Twittererific Tweetdeck, Twitpix and something that sends every message to my cell phone and every other program within the texting world.

My phone was beeping every three minutes with the details of everything except the bowel movements of the entire next generation. I am not ready to live like this. I keep my cell phone in the garage in my golf bag.

The kids bought me a GPS for my last birthday because they say I get lost every now and then going over to the grocery store or library. I keep that in a box under my tool bench with the Blue tooth [it's red] phone I am supposed to use when I drive. I wore it once and was standing in line at Barnes and Noble talking to my wife and everyone in the nearest 50 yards was glaring at me. I had to take my hearing aid out to use it and I got a little loud.

I mean the GPS looked pretty smart on my dash board, but the lady inside that gadget was the most annoying, rudest person I had run into, in a long time. Every 10 minutes, she would sarcastically say, "Re-calc-u-lating."
You would think that she could be nicer. It was like she could barely tolerate me. She would let go with a deep sigh and then tell me to make a U-turn at the next light. Then if I made a right turn instead. Well, it was not a good relationship.

When I get really lost now, I call my wife and tell her the name of the cross streets and, while she is starting to develop the same tone as Gypsy, the GPS lady, at least she loves me.

To be perfectly frank, I am still trying to learn how to use the cordless phones in our house. We have had them for 4 years, but I still haven't figured out how I can lose three phones all at once and have to run around digging under chair cushions and checking bathrooms and the dirty laundry baskets when the phone rings.

The world is just getting too complex for me. They even mess me up every time I go to the grocery store. You would think they could settle on something themselves but this sudden "Paper or Plastic?" every time I check out just knocks me for a loop. I bought some of those cloth reusable bags to avoid looking confused, but I never remember to take them in with me.

Now I toss it back to them. When they ask me, "Paper or Plastic?" I just say, "Doesn't matter to me. I am bi-sacksual." Then it's their turn to stare at me with a blank look. I was recently asked if I tweet. I answered, “No, but I do toot a lot."
Senior citizens don't need any more gadgets. The TV remote and the garage door remote are about all we can handle.

SPECIAL POEM FOR OLDER FOLKS.
A row of bottles on my shelf
Caused me to analyze myself.
One yellow pill I have to pop
Goes to my heart so it won't stop.
A little white one that I take
Goes to my hands so they won't shake.
The blue ones that I use a lot
Tell me I'm happy when I'm not.
The purple pill goes to my brain
And tells me that I have no pain.
The capsules tell me not to wheeze
Or cough or choke or even sneeze..
The red ones, smallest of them all
Go to my blood so I won't fall.
The orange ones, very big and bright
Prevent my leg cramps in the night.
Such an array of brilliant pills
Helping to cure all kinds of ills.
But what I'd really like to know...........
Is what tells each one where to go!
 

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 - http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=243611&id=741597237&l=be31067162

Sutherland - http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=243617&id=741597237&l=ff5500408e

Wildflowers - http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=243618&id=741597237&l=7dd7ded05a

Kgalagadi - http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=243620&id=741597237&l=be1fcce6bc

Our latest visit to Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park:
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150257112072238.373501.741597237&l=b55e3fb23d

St Lucia - July 2011
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150312483172238.390393.741597237&l=eb329c9cef&type=1
 

The Wild Side - A selection of my photos
 

 

Nyala

I took this picture in the iMfolozi National Park


click to see larger image


The Nyala (Tragelaphus angasii)

Nyala are medium sized antelopes and they have a body length between 1.4 and 1.6 m (4.5 - 5.25 ft), a tail length between 40 and 55 cms (16 - 22 inches) and they weigh between 55 and 125 kgs (120 - 280 lbs). Male Nyala are much larger and heavier than females.

Male Nyala have a dark grey coloured head and body with indistinct stripes along their torso. Their lower legs are tan in colour and they have have a fringe of hair along their underside and a thin crest on their back. They have horns that measure up to 70 cms (28 inches) in length and a white "V" between their eyes.

Female and juvenile Nyala are red/brown in colour and they have distinctive, vertical white stripes along their body. They do not have any horns but they have a white "V" between their eyes.

They spend most of the day, particularly the hottest part, under the shade and they tend to feed during the evening and early in the morning. They have an alarm call that is a "dog-like" bark.

Habitat

Nyala are found near dense bush in the dry savanna woodlands of southern Africa. They prefer areas that are close to a water source and good quality grass.

Females live in groups that consist of 2 - 30 individuals. It is not uncommon for groups of female Nyala to be related as young females stay in close proximity to their mother once they are independent.

Males also form loose groups but these are more transitory. Neither male or female groups are territorial and their home ranges often overlap.

Diet

Nyala feed upon grasses, leaves, twigs, fruits and flowers. They drink daily when water is plentiful but they are able to survive in areas when water is only seasonally available.

Breeding

Nyala breed throughout the year although most young are born in spring and there is a small peak in the autumn. After a gestation period of 7 months, 1 calf (sometimes 2) is born. At birth the young Nyala weighs approximately 5 kg (11 lbs) and they remain hidden from predators for approximately 18 days.

They are weaned at around 7 months old but they remain with their mother until her next calf is born. Nyala are sexually mature by the time they are 18 months old.

Predators

Common predators of Nyala include lions, hyenas, leopards and african wild dogs.

If a predator is detected a member of the group will let out a barking call and the other Nyala in the area will react and run away. Nyala also react to the warning calls from other species such as impala, baboons, and kudu.
 
Zimbabwe update

For the latest on happenings in Zimbabwe, go to:  http://www.sokwanele.com/thisiszimbabwe/  and subscribe to their newsletter, a really good source of current information

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

Here is Cathy's letter:

Dear Family and Friends,
You can get very dizzy trying to follow Zimbabwe’s progress towards the next election. This week provided a prime example of our endlessly spinning circles. Just when it looked as if everyone including SADC, Zanu PF and the MDC had come to an agreement about an election being held in the second half of 2012, Zanu PF held a politburo meeting in Harare. Behaving as they have for the past 31 years and ignoring the fact that they are in a coalition government, they made a decision for the whole country. Wide eyed and open mouthed we listened with disbelief to the news headlines mid week. Zanu PF spokesman Rugare Gumbo emerged from the politburo meeting and said:
"The politburo is unanimous that elections should be held this year."
‘Gobsmacked’ is a pretty good description of how we reacted to Gumbo’s ‘unanimous’ announcement. Political Science lecturer John Makumbe put his finger on it for anyone who might be confused:
“They are clearly living in the past and are refusing to realise that they are no longer the ruling party. Now there is an inclusive government and they are part of a three-legged pot, so it’s no longer the politburo which runs the country.”
Not to be deterred, the best was yet to come. Speaking to the Zanu PF Central Committee a couple of days later, Mr Mugabe said: "Having joined government and tasted the warm sweetness of power, the MDC formations no longer want elections. They want elections suspended indefinitely and their governorship extended to infinite." Coming from someone in power for 31 years that was rich!
As absurd as all the rhetoric and politburo’s unilateral decisions are, events on the ground are already telling the real story of what’s going on in Zimbabwe.

Later in the week, chatting with a man who lives in a rural village, a lot of things started to make sense. Whether elections are held in 2011 or 2012, Zanu PF are readying their game plan. The man described how their quiet lives were being repeatedly disrupted by groups of Zanu PF youths. It started a couple of weeks ago when Zanu PF officials arrived and all the residents in the village were called to attend a meeting. Democracy doesn’t work at this level: attendance at the meeting was compulsory in that the names of who was present and who was absent were written down. The intimidation has begun. At the meeting it was the same old same old: the same tired slogans and chants; the same clenched fists, the same rhetoric, the same demand:
vote for Zanu PF. Nothing new to offer their voters then!

A fortnight later they were back. Without warning ten Zanu PF youths arrived, split up into three groups and went door to door, house to house through the village. They called people to come out and said they knew who the MDC sympathisers and supporters were; they said they were writing names down.
“You know what will happen to you if you vote MDC again,’ they said.

And all this when an election is probably still a year away. We shudder to think what lies ahead for Zimbabwe, particularly for the most vulnerable people in remote rural villages. Only one thing will be different this time round and that is the floodtide of technology.
From bustling urban to remote rural, almost everyone’s got a mobile phone now so the news of every threatening visitation spreads like wildfire in the pinging of thousands of text messages. Bravo Econet, you are the fourth vital ingredient in the three legged black pot!
Until next time, thanks for reading,
love cathy.
16th July 2011.
Copyright Cathy Buckle.

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South Africa's Traditional Malva Pudding

If you haven't tried it yet, make a plan!

Ingredients

•1 cup sugar
•1 egg
•1 Tablespoon apricot jam
•1 cup flour
•1 teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda
•generous pinch salt
•1 Tablespoon butter
•1 teaspoon vinegar
•1 cup milk
Sauce

•1 cup cream
•4 oz (125g) butter
•1 cup sugar
•1/2 (half) cup hot water

Method

Beat the egg and sugar well in a mixer, (if you have one!). Add the jam. Sift flour, bicarb and salt. Melt the butter and add the vinegar. Add liquids to egg mixture alternately with the flour. Beat well and bake in a covered dish at 180 deg C (350 deg F) for 45 minutes to an hour.

Melt together the ingredients for the sauce and pour over the pudding as it comes out of the oven. The sauce ingredients can be halved if you wish to be a touch healthier!

Meatballs in gravy

For the meatballs
250g/9oz lean beef mince
250g/9oz pork mince
1 small onion, very finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
25g/1oz fresh white breadcrumbs
2 tsp dried mixed herbs
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp sunflower oil

For the gravy
1 tbsp sunflower oil
1 medium onion, finely sliced
1 tbsp plain flour
150ml/5fl oz red wine
300ml/10fl oz beef stock made with 1 beef stock cube
1 tbsp tomato purée

Preparation method
Place the beef and pork mince in a large bowl and add the onion, garlic, breadcrumbs and dried herbs.
Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and mix well with clean hands.
Divide the mixture into 20 portions and roll into small, neat balls.
Heat the sunflower oil in a large non-stick frying pan and fry the meatballs for 6–8 minutes, or until nicely browned on all sides.
Roll the meatballs around in the pan as they brown to prevent them from becoming flattened on one side.
(You may need to do this in batches.)
Transfer the meatballs to a large lidded saucepan.
To make the gravy, heat the sunflower oil in the frying pan and gently fry the onion over a low heat for five minutes, or until softened, stirring regularly.
Sprinkle the flour into the pan and stir well.
Slowly add the red wine, stock and tomato purée, stirring constantly.
Pour the gravy over the meatballs and bring to the boil.
Reduce the heat, cover the pan with a lid and leave to simmer gently over a low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove the lid and increase the heat.
Boil the gravy for another 3–5 minutes or until thickened.
Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve.


Meatballs in gravy

For the meatballs
250g/9oz lean beef mince
250g/9oz pork mince
1 small onion, very finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
25g/1oz fresh white breadcrumbs
2 tsp dried mixed herbs
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp sunflower oil

For the gravy
1 tbsp sunflower oil
1 medium onion, finely sliced
1 tbsp plain flour
150ml/5fl oz red wine
300ml/10fl oz beef stock made with 1 beef stock cube
1 tbsp tomato purée

Preparation method
Place the beef and pork mince in a large bowl and add the onion, garlic, breadcrumbs and dried herbs.
Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and mix well with clean hands.
Divide the mixture into 20 portions and roll into small, neat balls.
Heat the sunflower oil in a large non-stick frying pan and fry the meatballs for 6–8 minutes, or until nicely browned on all sides.
Roll the meatballs around in the pan as they brown to prevent them from becoming flattened on one side.
(You may need to do this in batches.)
Transfer the meatballs to a large lidded saucepan.
To make the gravy, heat the sunflower oil in the frying pan and gently fry the onion over a low heat for five minutes, or until softened, stirring regularly.
Sprinkle the flour into the pan and stir well.
Slowly add the red wine, stock and tomato purée, stirring constantly.
Pour the gravy over the meatballs and bring to the boil.
Reduce the heat, cover the pan with a lid and leave to simmer gently over a low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove the lid and increase the heat.
Boil the gravy for another 3–5 minutes or until thickened.
Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve.

Meatballs with tomato sauce

For the meatballs
2 tbsp olive oil
150g/5oz onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
900g/2lb freshly minced beef
2 tbsp freshly chopped herbs, such as marjoram, or 1 tbsp rosemar
1 free-range egg, beaten
salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tbsp olive oil

For the tomato sauce
3 tbsp olive oil
110g/4oz onion, sliced
1 garlic clove, crushed
150g/5¼oz fresh mozzarella, grated
1 tsp sugar
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 x 400g/14oz cans tomatoes

Preparation method
Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a heavy stainless steel saucepan over a gentle heat and add the onion and garlic.
Cover and sweat for four minutes, until soft and a little golden. Allow to cool.
In a bowl, mix the minced beef with the cold sweated onion and garlic.
Add the herbs and the beaten egg.
Season the mixture with salt and pepper.
Fry a tiny bit to check the seasoning and adjust if necessary.
Divide the mixture into approximately 24 round balls.
Cover the meatballs and refrigerate until required.
Meanwhile, make the tomato sauce. Heat the oil in a stainless steel saucepan.
Add the sliced onion and the crushed garlic, toss until coated, cover, and sweat on a gentle heat until soft and pale golden.
Slice the canned tomatoes and add, with all the juice, to the onion mixture.
Season the contents with sugar, salt and freshly ground pepper.
Cook the tomatoes uncovered for approximately 30 minutes or until the tomato softens (while this is cooking make the meatballs).
Heat a frying pan and cook the meatballs for about 10 minutes in about three tablespoons of olive oil.
When they are cooked, put them into an ovenproof dish with the tomato sauce and top with the grated mozzarella.
Place under a preheated grill until the cheese has melted.
Serve with spaghetti.

Beer Bread

3 cups Cake Flour
1 teaspoon Salt
4 teaspoons Baking Powder
½ teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda
2 tablespoons Sugar
Pinch of Herbs
½ teaspoon Garlic Flakes
1 dumpy or can Beer

Mix all ingredients together in mixing bowl.
Pour into Bread Tin.
Top with Onion Rings and grated Cheddar Cheese.
Bake for 1 hour at 180 °
 

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