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April 2005

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What did you drag across the world?

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From the editor


Keerbergen
Belgium
March 31, 2005

Outside it can still be sombre and cold. The noise of a windy March rain shower and the hail stones against the window don't exactly point to the fact that spring is on the way.

And still!

When we, in between the rain showers, take a nice long walk, we can hear the happy "wietoewiet" from a couple of Kieviten.

Hearing that we know that spring can't be far away!

The coming back of the Kievit heralds the start of the spring in the Low Lands.

There is this tradition in some of the northern provinces of Holland that once the first Kievit egg is found, spring has officially arrived. The person who finds this egg takes it to the Town hall where it is, with much ceremony, handed to the Queen's representative of the province.

Well, it is so far!

The egg has been found and handed over, the trees and bushes are full of blossoms and the tulips, crocuses and a host of other flowers are adorning every garden you see. Our alarm clock is packed away because we are once again woken up with the birds singing in the trees outside our bedroom window.

Now that it is spring we can enjoy the incredible colours of the blossoms on the trees and shrubs. Bright yellow, deep pink and, well, too many to mention. Just have a look at the picture on the left!

This morning when I woke up at around 2 (like I normally do) I looked out of one of the upstairs front windows. There were Mr and Mrs Duck waddling across the road with their brood! It is amazing sometimes. You can be driving on a major road and all the traffic will come to a halt. When you get out of your car you see that some ducks are crossing the road. And they can take their time!!

Easter weekend the weather was nice! Around 20oC and some nice sun. June and I worked in the garden to get it (and us) in some kind of shape. Well, not the whole weekend, just the Friday and Saturday. We cleaned the flowerbeds, mowed the lawn (mostly moss!) and finished cleaning all the black muck of the driveway with the high pressure hose.

June cleaned most of the patios around the house and carted the rubbish to the back in the wheel barrow. A brave girl that one!

So, on Saturday there we were! The garden furniture was out, the braais installed and the big umbrella (still from South Africa) unfolded!

We had some steak in the freezer and put that on the good old braai and sat outside with a glass of wine and a beer looking at our handiwork! (sore legs and backs and all!!)

All that remains to be done is to plant some bulbs and fill the flower boxes with our summer flowers. These go in front of the windows and also in the balcony gutters upstairs.

Easter Sunday Tony and Catherine and the kids came for lunch. June made a roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. Excellent as usual! The rest of the mob were in Switzerland, skiing. We decided not to go. Why look for more cold if you've had six months of it already!

This week Tony and Catherine and the kids are off to Disneyland, Paris. That should be so nice for the kids. A real adventure to finally meet Mickey and Goofy and the rest of the gang!

So, here we are, all ready to enjoy a bit of warm weather.

I know that a couple of years back we could not get enough of the winters here. I suppose it was the sun in our blood that made us yearn for snow and rain and nice cozy evenings by the open fire. We still love that but a bit of warm weather will be very welcome right now!

And then……….

It's our birthday this month. We are all of 10 years old!

How time flies. I can still remember those early days when we first started with the web site and the biltong makers. We knew absolutely nothing and learned through making mistake after mistake. In the end it worked out not too bad I hope!

So, since we are 10 years old we will have loads of things to give away, lots of special prices and of course a very special competition!

Have a look at the web site and see if there is not something that you have wanted for a while. Perhaps you'll find something you like!

Our new shop will also open this month. It has been a long haul to get it set up but we are almost there. A bit sad to finally move away from our South African service provider and related contacts but it had to be done.

April promises to be a good month. We have some orders for Boerewors already from as far away as Turkey, Switzerland, Luxemburg and Italy and in May one of the clubs in Antwerp is planning a sheep on the spit so we are going to be busy busy!

Well, that was it again for this month.

Keep well, have a good April and we'll speak again in May!

Take care,


Lo



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Food for thought


Remember.................?
(Does this show our age Lois? -Ed)

Remember.......
Before the Internet or the AppleMac... Before semi-automatics and crack cocaine... Before SEGA or Cartoon Network... Before Playstation and MTV...

Way, way back..........

  • I'm talking about the time of Hide and Seek in the park.....or the dark.
  • The cafe down the road?
  • Hopscotch, Donkey, skipping and hand stands, backyard cricket with a tomato box, Dandy & Beano annuals
  • French skipping, charms and "arlies", jumping the river, living on the beach, building a swing from a piece of rope tied to a tree, tennis on the street or swing ball in the backyard.
  • The smell of suntan lotion, hot tar and Oros.
  • Wicks bubble gum for a cent.
  • An ice cream cone from the kombi that plays a tune. Wait, can you still remember...
  • When around the corner seemed far away and going into town seemed like going somewhere, and your Ma made you "dress up" for the trip.
  • A million mozzie bites and peeling skin in summer.
  • Sticky fingers and sand in and on everything.
  • Cops and Robbers, Rounders, Stingers, Foefie slides and climbing trees.
  • Walking or riding your bike to school - no matter what the weather.
  • Running till you were out of breath.
  • Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt
  • Jumping on the bed..... Pillow fights. Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down. Being tired from playing..... Remember that?
  • The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.
  • Paper water bombs and clay "lats" were the ultimate weapon.
  • A piece of card in the spokes held by a clothes peg transformed any bicycle into a motorcycle.
I'm not finished just yet!

Can you still taste and smell..........
  • Eating jelly powder from the box, ice lollies made from cold drink in Tupperware holders in the freezer.
  • Making sherbet from sugar and ENOS and boiling tins of condensed milk to make caramel - took hours!
  • Marshmallow fish and mice.
Remember when............
  • There were two types of takkies - Tommies and the canvas ones, and the only time you wore them at school was for "PT".
  • It wasn't odd to have two or three "best" friends.
  • Nobody owned a pedigree dog.
  • 25 cents was decent pocket money.
  • When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for 5 cents and feel lucky.
  • When nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids got there.
  • Remember when it was magic when dad would "remove" his thumb, or make 10 cents appear from behind your ear.
  • When it was considered a great privilege and very unusual to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant or in a proper hotel.
  • When on a rare occasion Dad stopped at a roadhouse or "Dairy Den".
  • Remember when any parent could discipline any kid, or feed him or use him to carry groceries and nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it.
  • When being sent to the headmaster's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited a misbehaving student at home. Basically, we were in fear for our lives but it wasn't because of muggings, drugs, gangs, etc. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat...... and some of us are still afraid of them!!!
Remember when............
  • Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-mo".
  • Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "Nix!"
  • A "race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest.
  • Money was handled by whoever was the banker in "Monopoly".
  • The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was germs.
  • Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a BIC pen, pea shooter or a "cattie".
  • Taking drugs meant orange-flavoured chewable vitamin C or Milk of Magnesia.
  • Ice cream was considered a basic food group.
  • Skills and courage were discovered because of a "dare".
  • Older Siblings were the worst tormentors, but also the fiercest protectors.
Didn't that feel good.....just to go back and say, Yeah, I remember that!!!

If you can remember most or all of these, then you have LIVED!!!!

Pass this on to anyone who grew up in South Africa who may need a break from their "grown up" life!

Take care,

Lois Sinclair
Ireland



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Story of the Month



SKWATTA KAMP
ON FIRE!!


Integrity, Prosperity, Business Efficiency and Service Excellence are hardly words you could use to deliver street edgy rhymes, let alone find in any rapper's vocabulary.
Yet, when you turn to South African Hip Hop sensation Skwatta Kamp, these are the exact words they use.

This hardly comes as a surprise, since Skwatta Kamp is used to breaking convention. Their first recording attempt, Skwatta Kamp vol. 1 was recorded in a toilet with only a tape deck, keyboard, amplifier and a mike.
What's even more amazing about the album is that, the entire session was recorded with just one take.

Since those early days, Skwatta Kamp's reinvented itself with 7 members, who like most rap groups boast with pseudonyms like Slick, Shugasmakx, Nish, Flabba, Bozza, Nemza and Infa. However, unlike many other groups, Skwatta Kamp have chosen to do things the South African way by establishing their own company Buttabing Entertainment - whose values are Integrity, Prosperity, Business Efficiency and Service Excellence.

Skwatta Kamp are presently promoting their latest release, Washumkhukhu, which quite literally means, "The shack is on fire."

With 16 blazing tracks on offer, the album is vintage Skwatta. The Clap Song from the album is already something of a national anthem, as fans clap to the songs rhythm to summon their heroes to stage before every performance.

All their hard work hasn't gone unnoticed. Skwatta has in the six years of its existence, netted 3 best Hip-Hop album awards for their releases Khut en Joyn and Mkhukhu Funkshen. As validation for their dedication to their craft, Mkhukhu Funkshen went on to become South Africa's first gold selling Hip Hop album.

If there were words to sum up Skwatta Kamp's work ethos, the answer would lie in their lyrics from the song Building Castles: "Don't wait for no man to help you out. Help yourself man this is what life is about."

Against all odds, Skwatta Kamp has defied and surprised the music industry on numerous occasions. Their business ethos for Buttabing - Music. Business. Excellence - is a sentiment we also share.

As somebody who's also been awarded for product excellence as much as they have, they deserve our ultimate respect.

-Reprinted with kind permission from the Castle Lager website-



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What did YOU drag across the World?


What did we NOT take with us when we left South Africa?

Did we not want to take everything, thinking that if we got rid of something we might not be able to replace it wherever we went to?
Then, once on "the other side", we either realized how lucky we were to have taken all those "special" things or how stupid it really was.

I for one remember that is was very difficult to part with all the things we had gathered over so many years.

But some of the things .......really!!

I can just think of the SEVEN braais we took! There was our Cadac gas braai (with every conceivable attachment!), our Weber, spitbraai, large cast iron braai, another (smaller) Weber, our gas bottle with the large cast iron top......just to mention some!
All we have used in the end has been perhaps one or two of them. The rest stands in the garage collecting dust!

And that is just some of the many things we could have left behind.

In this part of our newsletter we are inviting you to write in telling us what YOU took with you when you left.
These may be things you really need right now or things that you could have left behind and were really totally unnecessary to have taken along.

We will have a small COMPETITION to see who writes in with the most unusual item that they dragged with them across the world!

For the next six months we will see what you come up with.

The person with the most unusual item (and we will want to see a picture of it!) will get one of ROCKEY'S 5KG HOME BILTONG MAKERS!

So, here we go!



This one is from Nico Botha in Australia
We bought a very old antique French bed, in France, then packed it all up moved with it to South Africa, and that with my inheritance furniture is now here in Australia.
I have three braai dromme, a smoker, a 4x4 Camper Trailer,about 20 fishing rods from RSA a few cast nets, enough ander kakkas for camping and even our Venter Trailer the 6 ft Venter Camel here in Australia!
If I have to list all Skippy's kakkas, the newsletter will be just a bit too small to list everything!



From Lorraine and Derek Austin in Brisbane
We emigrated and wondered what to take with us to Brisbane Australia, so we took everything with, plus two new fridge/freezers.
When we got here, one fridge packed up, so we thought we would make it into a tool cabinet, and it even has a built in lock so when the second fridge packed up just at the end of last year, we did the same with it.
Now in the shed we have two lovely KIC fridges that no longer work but are our two lock up tool cabinets. The neighbour asked us one day why we have a fridge in the shed" so we joked with him and told him to keep the beers cold. So that's what happens to lockable fridges from South Africa!




And ............ your bit next month!





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Our Home Biltong Makers


We are often asked by our Jewish readers if it is possible to makeKosher Biltong. The answer is yes! All our spices are certified and approved by the Union of Orthodox Synagogues of South Africa Federation Council. That leaves you to find the Kosher meat

Read here what one of our friends in Manchester wrote!



Hi Lo,

Just thought that I would let you know how I am getting on.

I have become the Hero of all Jewish South Africans in Manchester! I have a full box made every week and sell it out within the day of it being ready. The same also goes for the dry Wors and we have only used the Plaas spices for that.

So I am currently increasing capacity and am going to be advertising it very soon.

A friend of mine who lives in Israel now but is from South Africa sent me an email which I have copied in here!

Regards,
Richard Hyman
Manchester, 27-02-2005




From Richard's friend
Your biltong is unequivocally the most delicious biltong we have ever tasted. I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO impressed.
We all figured “Yeah right – what does a Pommy know about making biltong” but ate our words when we tasted it.

You did a brilliant job!!

Let me know when another of your customers is coming over – I am DEFINITELY putting in an order. YUM! And I love the label – it’s great!

Shabbat Shalom
Martine




If you also want to make your own Biltong and become as famous as Richard with your friends and family read on!

To read more about what so many happy people have to say just click here!
You can have a look at the Biltong Buddy here.
Details on Rockey's machine can be found by clicking on this link.


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Our special birthday gifts to you!


It is our 10th birthday this month!

And......... we are going to make you part of the celebrations with some very special prices on most of our goodies!

Before we carry on we must mention that although we have ample stock on hand at the moment, we may run into trouble towards the end of the month and there might be a delay in shipping. So be quick and make use of this absolutely ONCE-OFF opportunity to start making your own biltong!

From the publication of this newsletter until the last day of this month or for as long as our present stocks last here are your prices..........

BILTONG BUDDY Biltong Maker
R 625.00
R 545.00
ROCKEY'S 5kg Biltong Maker
R 850.00
R 745.00
Wooden Blackwood Biltong Cutter
R 390.00
R 290.00
Small-Industrial Biltong Shredder (hand model)
R 1495.00
R 895.00
Plaaswors Boerewors Spice (600 gram)
R 65.00
R 55.00
Safari Biltong Spice (pre-mixed 500 gram)
R 65.00
R 55.00
SI30-30kg Drying Cabinet (Small-Industrial)
R 5995.00
R 4995.00

So.....what are you waiting for??
More? Ok then, with every order for a Biltong Maker we will pack 20 special Biltong Storage bags!

(Click here to get them now with your biltong maker!)


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Tip of the month


Never burn your fingers again!!

In response to the question by Mandy last month about wooden Potjie Pot handles we received an email from Chris and Lynda Thirion from Germiston.

All you do is use the cork from a champagne bottle!!

Chris says: "Take a cork of a champagne bottle and cut it in half only half way. Then take the wire from the bottle and tie it securely around the Potjie lid handle!

Here is a picture/drawing

Regards,

Chris Thirion



A very nice tip for the Braai!

Here is a tip for your next braai from Ben Schultz in Nelspruit.

Roosterkoek

  • Take a 500 g packet of self-raising flour and one 340ml can of warm beer
  • Mix the two and add salt to taste
  • Roll into 80mm circles about 20 or 25 mm thick. Use some of the flour on your hands and table top if necessary to avoid sticking
  • Cook over an open fire when braaing till they turn almost very dark brown. Be careful that the mixture is not too soft to mould itself into the braai griddle as you must then tear it off when it has set
  • Turn over as they progress
  • This is commonly known as "roosterkoek"
  • Serve with lots of garlic butter and a green salad and drink lots of cold beer

Important note!
Make sure you have more self-raising flour and warm beer on hand as your guests will insist on more!

(This also works well in a normal bread pan in the oven for 45 minutes)

You will enjoy this immensely.

Best wishes
Ben Schultz
Nelspruit



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Questions and Answers


Here we have again some of the many requests we receive from our readers all over the world.
If we have not given an answer and you can help these people could you please mail them?
(Please copy us in on your mails (info@biltongmakers.com)so we can help other people who might have the same questions in the future)



QUESTION

Do anyone by any chance know of a chap going under the name of "Lusaka" who had the e-mail address of lusaka@earthlink.net ?

He was on our circulation list, but alas the latest few circulars which we've been sending him have been returned as his e-mail address is evidently no longer recognised.

If you know of his new e-mail address and could inform us of this it would be most appreciated.

Alles van die beste,

Alan
springbk@netcomuk.co.uk



QUESTION

Can you please connect me with the name of anyone who is willing to show me the process of making biltong around Johannesburg as I am trying to start my own business around West-Rand in Johannesburg.

Christopher Pinana
Christopher@randwater.co.za



QUESTION

Does anyone have recipes for a game Potjie - more specifically Kudu?

Hugo Schreuder
hugos@africon.co.za



QUESTION

Advice please!!

I have always thought of myself as a Boertjie that will fight for this country to the last drop of blood and never leave it no matter what, but have recently finally come to the point where I cannot ignore what is being done to it and the way and direction it is going.

I need to get the ball rolling and get out, but have no idea where to start.

Johan van Graan
johan.vangraan@ast.co.za



QUESTION

I am a former South African living in Australia. I came across your website recently and was quite impressed.

I wonder if you could help me with something: I have a recipe from South Africa which calls for the ingredient "VEGETASTE". I do not know what this ingredient is, but I believe it could be some kind of spice or powder. I can not find anything in Australia by that name or anyone who knows what it is.
Can you shed some light on this for me?

Mike Shaw
mike24syd@yahoo.com.au



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Recipe corner


Braai (BBQ) Sauce

Ingredients
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 medium green sweet pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 15 ml cooking oil
  • 50 ml brown vinegar
  • 1 x 410 gm tin whole tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 x 65 gm tin tomato paste
  • 30 ml Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 ml Tobasco or 1 ml cayenne pepper
  • 50 ml brown sugar
  • 5 ml French mustard
  • 30 ml fruit chutney
Method

Fry the onions, garlic and sweet pepper in heated oil in a heavy bottomed saucepan until the onions are translucent. Add the heated vinegar and the remaining ingredients and simmer for 30 minutes.

The above can be used as a marinade and basting mixture and the remainder as a bbq sauce.



Bobotie

Ingredients
  • 1 kg minced meat
  • 1 large onion
  • 25 ml (2 tablespoons) butter or oil
  • 1 thick slice bread
  • 250 ml (1 cup) milk
  • 12.5 ml (1 tablespoon) apricot jam
  • 50 ml (4 tablespoons) lemon juice
  • 75 g seedless raisins
  • 10 dried apricots
  • 30 ml (2 heaped tablespoons) curry powder
  • 12 almonds, quartered
  • 5 ml (1 teaspoon) salt
  • 5 ml (1 teaspoon) pepper
  • 6 lemon or bay leaves
  • 2 eggs
Method
  • Sauté the onions in butter or oil
  • Soak the bread in half the milk
  • Mix all the ingredients except the eggs, the remainder of the milk and the lemon leaves
  • Spoon into a casserole and press in the lemon leaves
  • Beat the milk and eggs and pour over the meat
  • Bake for approximately 45 minutes in a medium oven (180ºC)
  • Serve with rice, chutney, desiccated coconut and chopped nuts.
(With kind permission from Pete)




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NUKAKAMMA PPC CANOE TRAIL

My wife Dee and I own and run the only accredited canoe trail in Africa. It is the Nukakamma PPC Canoe Trail on the Sundays River a mere half hours drive, on the north bound N2 highway from Port Elizabeth.

The purpose of our trail is to promote conservation awareness and environmental awareness. You can view the trail on the website mentioned below.

The two day trail starts and finishes in Cannonville, a little hamlet on the banks of the Sundays River. We have been operating since June 1998 and, to date, 5600 people have undertaken the 29km trail. Collectively they have paddled 4 times around the equator.

I recently tried your chicken Potjie recipe. It was so simple and quick to make that we sent a printout of it to our canoe trail participants. Of the twelve who were sent the recipe seven of the groups hired my no. 2 Potjie Pot and made the curry. All of then said it was the best curry they had ever tasted.

BOB RICHARDS
NUKAKAMMA PPC CANOE TRAIL
www.trailinfo.co.za (look under canoe trails)


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Around the World


Our life in New Zealand
by Ian Dunn

I read about your life in Europe and thought maybe I will tell you a little bit about our lives at the opposite end of the world.

The Land Of The White Cloud ( New Zealand).

Well 3 1/2 years ago my wife and I decided enough was enough and we moved our family to New Zealand. I had been to England in 1982 but Tamsin (my wife) had never been outside the Republic. So with great trepidation we, with our 2 daughters, boarded a plane on our way to All Black country.

We have never looked back, our kids can play in the local park, walk the dog around the neighbourhood etc without a fear we can't be happier. (Do miss family terribly however)

We went to a few Cultural Fairs where some local SA expats sold Koeksusters, Biltong etc. However a Wors Roll cost $5 and Biltong $80-100 a kg.
Sorry to say but daylight robbery considering the other goodies on offer at the Asian stands etc. So there and then I decided I would invest in making my own Biltong, went searching on the internet and found you guys.

What a God send!!

I promptly ordered a small Biltong Maker and was threatened with bodily harm to outlay that sort of money if I wasn't going to use it regularly.
Well the first batch was made and turned out a great success and much to Lo's delight I wrote and said I had just successfully made my first batch of Kiwi Biltong. He replied and asked me what Kiwi tasted like ( still not sure).
Believe it or not but Rump is one of the cheapest cuts of meat Down here much to my delight at $8.50 a kg. So I regularly buy 2kgs of Rump and make batches very regularly.

Also whenever we met these SA expats they would tell us how their Biltong was the best as they only got their spices from good old SA. Well we have a shop here called "Bin Inn" who keep much of their produce in bulk bins and you help yourself. So I go in and buy my Coriander, (which Tamsin lovingly roasts for me) coarse salt, vinegar and most of my other spices.
Then my parents came out over December and my mother lovingly brought her old Kenwood with all the attachments! So now I am also making my own Wors. So my kids are growing up in Little Old New Zealand with the taste of Africa!

I hope I haven't bored you to death, but I just wanted to give you a little about our life in New Zealand!

Ian Dunn
Christchurch, New Zealand



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Smile a While


What are Grandparents.......?

(taken from papers written by a class of 8-year-olds)

  • Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no little children of her own. They like other people's.
  • A grandfather is a man grandmother.
  • Grandparents don't have to do anything except be there when we come to see them. They are so old they shouldn't play hard or run. It is good if they drive us to the store and have lots of small change for us.
  • When they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillars.
  • They show us and talk to us about the color of the flowers and also why we shouldn't step on "cracks."
  • They don't say, "Hurry up."
  • Usually grandmothers are fat, but not too fat to tie your shoes.
  • They wear glasses and funny underwear.
  • They can take their teeth and gums out.
  • Grandparents don't have to be smart.
  • They have to answer questions like "why isn't God married?" and "How come dogs chase cats?".
  • When they read to us, they don't skip. They don't mind if we ask for the same story over again.
  • Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially if you don't have television, because they are the only grown ups who like to spend time with us.
  • They know we should have snack-time before bedtime and they say prayers with us every time, and kiss us even when we've acted bad.


A 6 year old was asked where his Grandma lived. "Oh," He said, "She lives at the airport and when we want her we just go to get her. Then when we're done with having her visit we take her back to the airport!"


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SportTalk


Cricket
Tough task ahead for SA team in the Caribbean
-By Jane Bramley-

The South African cricket team is in the West Indies right now for a tough eight-week tour that will include four Tests and five one-day Internationals. South Africa have a good record against the West Indies, but team coach Ray Jennings has no intention of allowing the team to rest on their laurels.

"The past is history," said Jennings. "There's no point sitting back and saying 'South Africa have a good record at the Wanderers', and then we lose a Test there. It's the same with the West Indies. We have to approach each Test without thinking about what happened in the past. Conditions change, players change, and records mean nothing. We will approach each match as a new challenge, and focus on what we have to do."

Jennings conceded that touring the West Indies would be tough. "Touring is always tough, with all the traveling we have to do - and that traveling includes getting to airports, sitting around waiting for flights, traveling to the hotels. And when you tour the West Indies, there is the additional problem of passport control and customs at each new island.
'Touring is always tough, with all the traveling we have to do'  "And then each island is different," he added. "Touring the West Indies is like touring five or six countries on one tour. But we are all looking forward to it, and we want to come away with a series win. South Africa haven't played well away from home recently, and we are determined to turn that around."
The team will start the tour with a three-day camp in Antigua before heading for Guyana, where the first Test starts on Thursday March 31. Jennings said they would use the time in Antigua to get acclimatized to conditions in the Caribbean and also to work out their game plans.

"We'll be practising in those conditions and it will also give us a chance to iron out some of the niggles in the team," he said.

He said Shaun Pollock's absence for the first Test was a blow, but he believed this could create an opportunity for another player to stick his hand up and make a difference to the team.

"We don't want any one player to dominate everything," he said. "Hopefully, everyone will play their part in the success of the team. I expect the senior players like Makhaya Ntini, Jacques Kallis, Mark Boucher and Herschelle Gibbs who have been there before to lead the way and help the other players get used to the conditions."
'We don't want any one player to dominate everything'  Jennings said he hoped the problems within the West Indies camp, with six of their senior players involved in a sponsorship dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board, would be resolved. "But whether it is or not will not affect how we approach the series," he said.
"Obviously, we would like to play the strongest opposition, but we have to focus on our own performance and not allow the problems in the opposition camp to distract us," he said. - Sapa


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The Competition


The winner of the March Competition

The winner of the March competition is Lionel Bridge from Atlanta in the USA.

Congratulations to you Lionel!
Your OmpaGrill has been despatched and you should be receiving it shortly. All you have to do is to unpack and assemble it and away you go to many happy hours of braaing!



Remember the following:

  • The monthly draw or competition is totally free to everyone.
  • You can enter as many times as you like.
  • You can only enter via the Competition link on our home page or by clicking here
  • All prizes are sent to the winners free of charge.


  • The prize for the April Competition

    Because it is our 10th birthday we will have THREE WINNERS this month!!
    Each one will receive one our very handy BLACKWOOD BILTONG CUTTERS
    and..........
    One of the winners will get a CADAC GAS BRAAI kit!!

    Click here to see a picture of it on the competition page!

    To enter the competition all you have to do is to visit our home page at www.biltongmakers.com and click on one of the two competition links.

    The winners of all competitions are notified by email.

    Some of the other prizes for the year

  • Biltongmakers
  • Biltong spices
  • Boerewors spices
  • Braai tool sets
  • Potjie Pots
  • Barbecues
  • Cadac Skottel Braais and .......... much, much more!!!


  • So, don't wait!

    You can enter right now by clicking on the competition link on our home page.


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    A free Biltong Maker!


    It's easy to earn a free Biltong Maker!


    As a South African orientated web site we are constantly looking to contact more and more South Africans across the world.
    Not only to tell them about how they can make their own Biltong but also to give them a chance to share their stories with other South Africans the world over.

    So, here is your chance to help us.

    If you know about a South African family or friend living near you or perhaps somewhere far away, why not tell them about us and then us about them.
    Perhaps you can send us their email address so that we can mail them a copy of this newsletter.
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    What an easy way to perhaps get your own Home Biltong Maker without having to pay a cent for it!

    You can mail us at info@biltongmakers.com

    During March many people went to the trouble once again of submitting their friend's and family's names and we would like to thank all!



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    Boerewors in the Benelux


    Boerie rolls for your party!

    Boeries on the braai! During the summer months we are available to cater for Boerewors rolls for parties and functions from 50 persons and more.

    Boerewors rolls are a "must" for any South African gathering and it is an inexpensive way to entertain.

    Our Boerewors rolls are priced at only €3.00 each for parties up to 500 people and € 2.00 for larger gatherings.
    Everything is supplied from the Boerewors and the rolls to the condiments and the serviettes.
    You can contact us on +32 (16) 53.96.25 or mail us at Boerewors-Benelux. But book early because the summer months are busy months!

    (Fresh Boerewors is also available @ € 7.90 per kg)

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    Potjiekos in the Benelux


    Click to me me biggerPotjiekos.......what a way to entertain!!

    As with our Boerewors rolls we are also available to do a "Potjiekos" for up to 100 people.

    We make our "Potjie" in our size 25 Pot (see left) and you can have a choice between Beef, Chicken and Lamb.

    The Chicken "Potjie" is the most popular because it is a really inexpensive way to entertain.
    A Chicken "Potjie" costs only € 5.00 per head and this includes everything from the "Potjie" itself to the plates and eating utensils.
    For an extra € 2.00 we even make the Pap!

    Booking early is essential and you can do so on
    +32 (16) 53.96.25


    (Please note that our "Potjiekos" can only be done outside because we cook on gas or coals!)


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    Previous issues of this Newsletter



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    May 2004
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    August 2004
    September 2004
    October 2004
    November 2004
    December 2004
    January 2005
    February 2005
    March 2005

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