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What did you drag across the world?
From the editor
July 1, 2005
Phew! It has been hot the last couple of weeks. There seems to be no in-between temperatures here.
The other day I was driving along the A12 from Antwerp to Brussels and one of these road side thermometers showed that it was 42 degrees centigrade!!
And no rain either. In fact the local authorities imposed water restrictions! Lucky us because we have this huge rainwater tank under the ground so we could at least keep all our inside and outside plants alive!
But, then came the break. And what a break it was! For two days this week we had the most intense thunderstorms I have seen since we left Johannesburg. It was still not like the Highveld storms but incredibly fierce nevertheless!
Nature is breathing again and I will be huffing and puffing soon because the grass is now growing before my eyes. I'll do that on Saturday quickly. It will be nice to be out in the garden a bit without having to pop inside for an icecold shower!
This weekend coming it is the Werchter Rock Festival again. Like always it will start on Thursday and end on Sunday. Werchter is always a weekend or so after Glastonbury in the UK. Last weekend it was the TWC (The Werchter Classic), a day and evening more for the old fogies (like me?) with acts like Duran Duran, Lenny Kravitz and Brian Wilson, also on the Werchter "weide" (meadow). We only live about 4km (as the crow flies) from there so we can hear most of the music sitting on the back patio or while in bed! It is a bit of a disturbance, especially when it gets to 3am! But what the heck, we were also young once!
This year they have the likes of Queens of the Stone Age (not one of my favourites), Snoop Dog (ditto), Nine Inch Nails (who are they?) and, all in all, 58 bands divided over two stages.
Every access road from about 3km from the site will be closed off for traffic and hundreds of thousands will be camping on specially provided for meadows in and around the little town.
I remember that Tony, Derek and myself went to see the Rolling Stones there a couple of years ago. That was great!
Here are a couple of pictures from 2003 of some of the campers and an "after the event" picture! (click on them to see them big). One of the revellers even brought an old caravan along and just left it there with written on it "Throw away Caravan"!
If you want to find out more about this festival click on Rock Werchter
So, we are past the half-way mark of the year, the longest (or shortest depending where you find yourself) day of the year has past, all the "believers" have left Stonehenge and we find ourselves in the month of July!
The summer holidays have started and for the next 9 weeks all those lucky parents will have their children at home with them! Aren't they looking forward to that!
The big exodus to the coastal areas of Europe will start soon and the town traffic will diminish to almost nothing. What a pleasure it will be not to sit in files (traffic backups) in the towns and even on the highways - nine weeks of bliss!
You will see in the "specials" section below that we have to clear our stores as much as possible before the end of July so we have some stock going at very good prices. Some even below cost!
Last but certainly not least I must thank all those people who wrote in to us the past month. Keep it coming! Everybody will enjoy reading your stories.
Well, that was it again for this month.
Have a good one and till next month!
Food for thought
Maybe God wants us to meet a few wrong people before meeting the right one so that when we finally meet the right person, we will know how to be grateful for that gift.
When the door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we don't see the one that has been opened for us.
The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch and swing with, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you've ever had.
It's true that we don't know what we've got until we lose it, but it's also true that we don't know what we've been missing until it arrives.
Giving someone all your love is never an assurance that they'll love you back! Don't expect love in return; just wait for it to grow in their heart but if it doesn't, be content that it grew in yours.
It takes only a minute to get a crush on someone, an hour to like someone, and a day to love someone but it takes a lifetime to forget someone.
Don't go for looks; they can deceive.
Don't go for wealth; even that fades away.
Go for someone who makes you smile because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright.
Find the one that makes your heart smile.
There are moments in life when you miss someone so much that you just want to pick them from your dreams and hug them for real!
Dream what you want to dream
go where you want to go
be what you want to be
because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you want to do.
May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, enough hope to make you happy.
Always put yourself in others' shoes. If you feel that it hurts you, it probably hurts the other person, too.
The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.
Happiness lies ahead for those who cry, those who hurt, those who have searched, and those who have tried, for only they can appreciate the importance of people who have touched their lives.
Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss and ends with a tear.
The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past, you can't go on well in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.
When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling.
Live your life so that when you die, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.
Story of the Month
What could be more South African than Biltong, Boerewors,
sunny skies and . . . . . . . . .
Deep in the heart of South Africa, in the mountains and valleys of the Cedarberg region near Cape Town, vast vistas and fields of verdant green bushes fill the landscape. Traveling throughout this precipitous expanse one may not suspect that this bright bush, which the locals refer to as "Rooibos," (pronounced roy-boss), could be such a versatile and remarkable herb. Among Rooibos' many uses, Rooibos' most popular utilization is as a tisane, or herbal beverage. Also known as Red tea, Bush tea (no relation to our 40th or 42nd President) and Redbush tea, Rooibos tea has become the hottest trend in the tea industry.
It's not easy bein' Red
Like most tea (Camellia Sinensis tea... "real" tea), Rooibos tea goes through a fermentation process. Rooibos tea is finely chopped, bruised and left to ferment in heaps. Rooibos tea is then left to dry in the African sun, where it changes from a vivid green to a deep mahogany red the unique color by which Rooibos tea is known and adored (and consumed).
The Dark Age of Rooibos Tea
Rooibos tea remained virtually unheard of for centuries, known only to the Khoisans, a tribe of South African Bushmen. It was used frequently by these people as a herbal remedy for a wide range of ailments. The secret of this delicious herb nearly vanished into oblivion due to the environment and landscape, as the isolated tribe dwindled away and eventually disappeared.
Luckily, Rooibos tea was re-discovered in 1772 by botanist Carl Humberg, who then brought it back as a beverage. For generations after this, Rooibos tea was enjoyed (primarily by the South Africans) for it's cool, sweet, refreshing flavor. In 1904, a Russian immigrant named Benjamin Ginsberg realized Rooibos' untapped marketing potential, and began offering Rooibos tea globally calling Rooibos "Mountain Tea" as a herbal substitute to tea. Thus, the Worldwide Rooibos Revolution had begun.
A Place in the Sun
Due to the difficulties buying and shipping tea (once again, I'm referring to "real" tea) from war-ridden Asia during World War II, the demand for a substitute beverage was urgent. Since Rooibos tea was such a fitting alternative, Rooibos' popularity rapidly rose.
But it wasn't until decades later that Rooibos teas' real success began. In 1968, South African mother Annique Theron fortuitously stumbled across Rooibos teas' ability to calm her baby, relieving the infant of colic and insomnia. Gratified by Rooibos' natural healing potential, Annique went on to investigate and document Rooibos' health-promoting properties. In 1970, Annique published her findings in a book titled "Allergies: An Amazing Discovery." With this publication, Rooibos tea first became widely recognized worldwide.
The Rooibos Tea Revelations
When Annique first made this discovery, it was impossible for her to know the many amazing health benefits Rooibos tea can provide.
Throughout many years of rigorous scientific investigation, many benefits have surfaced and more are sure to follow. Foremost, Rooibos tea has been proven to contain many flavinoids, free-radical fighting antioxidants (similar to Polyphenols which have made Green tea famous). Even more alluring, unconfirmed studies are showing that these flavinoids may be up to 50 times more effective than those found in Green tea.
(for the health benefits of antioxidants, please visit the following link)
Also, studies are showing that Redbush's mellow flavor not only brings a delicious taste, but also other soothing effects. Being that Rooibos tea is naturally caffeine free (an especially important benefit for pregnant women, children and caffeine-sensitive drinkers), Rooibos tea can be consumed before sleep without caffeine's insomniatic stimulant side effects. Rooibos tea has also been shown to soothe the body's reaction to allergy and rashes (At an herbal store, you'll probably find Rooibos under the name "Herbal Allergy tea" due to this natural allergy-fighting quality). Rooibos tea also contains anti-spasmodic agents which can relieve stomach pains. In Asia, it is known as "Long Life" tea, in that many believe that Rooibos has anti-aging effects. Seemingly, Red tea is not only a wealth of health, but also a fountain of youth!
A "Novel" tea
Recently, the tea industry has seen yet another resounding rush for Red Tea. Within the past year, sales for Rooibos tea have increased about 70 percent. This is due partially to the fact that, of course, that tea is "hot," but also for more surreptitious means found in Pop Culture. Widely acclaimed throughout the media and a New York Times Bestseller, The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith extols the delicious qualities of naturally sweet Rooibos tea. Set in Botswana, Africa, The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency is the first book in a series (of the same title), wherein the main character, Precious Ramotswe, frequently entertains clients and visitors with a cup of what is referred to as "Bush" tea or "Redbush" tea (these, as we know, are colloquialisms for Rooibos). The enormous success of this series seems to have catalyzed a remarkable demand for Red tea, bringing Rooibos tea once again to the forefront of the beverage world.
A "Red" by another name . . . .
No matter what it is called (Red Tea, Redbush Tea, Bush tea, Mountain tea, Long life tea, Herbal Allergy tea or Rooibos Tea), all can agree that Rooibos is a delicious, naturally sweet and versatile beverage... but this isn't the full extent of Rooibos' utility. Currently, companies spanning many industries are developing innovative non-traditional methods to employ this handy herb. When added to lotions, Rooibos has been shown as an effective herbal remedy for skin ailments such as eczema and acne. In cooking, Rooibos tea has been shown to be an effective meat tenderizer and a wonderful marinade. Rooibos is also being used as a dye, a vitamin, a spice and just about anything that could be imagined.
Rooibos tea has expanded from a small herb indigenous to a select region of South Africa, known only to a small group of tribesman, into one of the most consumed and well-known herbs in the world. The wonderful flavor and startling versatility make Rooibos worth the praise it has received, a mainstay for the converted and a must-try for the not-yet enlightened.
(By Chris Cason in the May 2004 edition of the TeaMuse)
What did YOU drag across the World?
All those things we took 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 those are 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!
From Paddy Johnson in Australia
Great newsletter !!!
I have been in Aussie for 8 yrs. now and whilst unpacking an old tool box the other day came across this most unusual " BRINGALONG".
Just in case not everybody knows, this "deadly" piece of weaponry is a pair of BIDIZZOS!
They are for castrating young bulls and turning them into oxen.
My partner (Aussie-City girl) thinks that this little operation she wants to perform comes a little too late. I have twin sons (22 year olds).
They came for the ride as we stopped farming in South Africa 33 yrs ago. I am 50 now and my Dad had these before I was born. I guess they are just part of the family.
From Kerry Booysen-Finch in Holland
The strangest thing I "HAD TO" bring with when we left SA in 1999 (and I will be surprised if anyone has anything stranger) is approximately 1 kg of dried rose petals which came from the garden of the first home we ever owned.
I had them in a bowl on the coffee table in SA for 6 years before leaving and now they proudly (and a little faded) sit in the same bowl on a different coffee table in The Netherlands (and NO I am not smoking some good stuff)!!
Let's see if anyone can beat that!!
From Tanja Köhn in Dushanbe, Tajikistan
As for the strangest item that we took: Bruce is absolutely boat mad and had started building boats in Cape Town. He always collected bits and bobs for boats for future use, so in our driveway in Hout Bay we had this massive 7 m square wooden mast lying around.
He promised me to get rid of it before the movers would arrive, but when they stood in the door and he looked at the container, he decided to take it along, because it fitted in!
I was not amused, and I am still not - it is now lying around in our driveway of the little oriental townhouse we are renting here in Dushanbe!
Tajikistan is an inland country with no sailing boats in a 500 km radius! - I already considered cutting it up and using it as braai wood... Maybe we should put it up as a flagpole though and fly the South African flag high above the roofs of Dushanbe!
THIS SPACE IS FOR YOUR STORY NEXT MONTH!!
Our Home Biltong Makers
Further comments from our GuestMap entries!
June asked me last month if there were ever any negative comments and, if so, that these should be included with all the positive ones.
The truth is that we have never had one..........until this month!
Here it is!
These people are the pits and are irritating us with their disgusting products. We have moved on and do not eat SA food anymore thanks!
Fed up, Spain
If you do have any suggestions or criticisms please let us know!
We are having such a lot of fun reading all the GUESTMAP entries that we decided to have some more of them this month!
You can of course read them yourself on the GUESTMAP as well.
To do so just click on the icon below. The instructions are simple. You can zoom the map in and out and click on the list to see the entries.
Below are some of the comments included in the entries we received in June.
- I just love this website, I look so forward to the next month and all what is has to offer, the stories, it's lovely to read what other people have been through, what they left behind and how we all long for the South African way of eating and living.
Thanks for such a great way to take the homesickness away from us all.
Especially us " Soutpiels". Keep it up guys!
We always say we live in Australia, but our hearts are still in South Africa, we miss the family, parents and friends, but not the country as such.
This website puts back what we all lost, we will continue to recommend this website to our friends here who feel lost.
Runcorn, Queensland, Australia
- I love receiving the Biltongmaker Newsletter and of course, I have the biltongmaker. Just wish I could find some place willing to make me boerewors!! (We can! - Ed)
- This site helps with the homesickness! Great to read comments from fellow expats.
- Well okes, going on ten years life is but to lekka, have all I need here, Biltong and Windhoek Lager, oooops almost 4got my wife :) Rugby on the big screen its almost like home only thing is that bloody cold winters :). if you in Hungary drop me a line and we sort out the partaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiii.
Till later, boeties.
- Hi to all expats and fellow Biltong and Boerewors lovers. Thanks for the great newsletters - look forward to them always.
Keep up the great stuff.
Belrose (Sydney), Australia
- Ons is regte egte biltong, braai en potjie mense. Biltongmakers is tops!
- Eet niks wat hare aan gehad het toe dit nog geleef het nie, maar geniet die stories.
- Biltong, Potjie, Lamb on the spit.........drool!
- Baie lekker te sien hoe baie Suid-Afrikanes hier naby is. Ek woon 15 jaar hier en kom uit die Paarl/Stellenbosch.
Kaufbeuren, Bavaria, Ostallgäu, Germany
- Alhoewel ek nou al 10 jaar in Brussels woon en die plek op mens groei, mis ek my eie land en sy mense geweldig.
Julle is almal altyd in my gedagtes en gebede.
- Wonderful reading! Can't wait for it to arrive each month! Keep up the good work!
- Love My Biltong Maker!
- We live in Paradise, eat the food of the "Gods" have the lifestyle of the "rich and famous" make Biltong eat Boerewors and have created the opportunity for Aussies to sample real Biltong, now I have a thief stealing it out of my kassie when I am away from home!
Arlie Beach, Australia
- Hubby loves his Biltong Maker and so do I! Go Green and Gold!!
- I love being part of this community and receiving the newsletter. I am still fortunate to be here to enjoy the sunshine, boerewors, braais and potjiekos, pap and sous.
Kempton Park, South Africa
Biltong is a drug....a lekker Sefrican drug.
Milton, Ontario, Canada
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.
Our monthly special
Because of our yearly stock-take we must clear our warehouse from as much stock as possible by the end of July. To achieve this we will be reducing the price of the following products until this stock has been cleared.
This is a once a year happening only and some of these prices are below our cost price so make use of this opportunity.
As soon as the stock has been cleared the prices will revert back to normal without prior notice.
BILTONG BUDDY Biltong Maker
ROCKEY'S 5kg Biltong Maker
Wooden Blackwood Biltong Cutter
Small-Industrial Biltong Shredder (hand model)
Safari Biltong Spice (pre-mixed 500 gram)
SI30-30kg Drying Cabinet (Small-Industrial)
To make it easy you can click here to go straight to the Biltongmakers.Com shop.
These prices are the same or less than they were five years ago so make good use of this opportunity. It will not come again!
Tip of the month
When we asked in last month's newsletter for a recipe to make Mieliepap we never thought that we would get such an enormous reaction! (Ged Coughlan from the UK asked us originally)
There were so many recipes and suggestions that we could not possibly publish them all but here are some of them.
This one is from Tom Kiss in Hungary
Maize meal is by most South Africans (Sefricans) referred to as Mielie Pap, "Kaffircorn" (not polite), "Sadza" and "Grits".
It is one of the easiest foods in the world to make. It can be made watery (for breakfast cereal or porridge and also so stiff and dry that you can hardly scrape it of your spoon (for barbecues etc).
In Budapest, Hungary, they don't have the white maize meal. However I have found a yellow maize variety, which works almost just as well - a little sweeter though.
Generally a "Reel Sefrican" likes his pap salty and dry (and splashed with natural tomato and onion relish), but it can be made in all varieties including adding milk, sliced fruits, sugar, cinnamon and syrups.
Generally I make Sefrican Pap like this (in ratio 4:1)
The cooking process:
- 4 Cups water
- 1 Cup maize meal
- 1 tablespoon salt
Pap is always a must when eating Boerewors, don't leave home without it!
- Put the 4 Cups water in a pan on the stove to boil
- When boiling add salt
- Mix the maize meal with a little cold water to a smooth paste and add it to the boiling water.
- Stir continuosly with a wooden spoon until it thickens.
- Pull the pan aside from the hot plate and leave covered with the lid for about 1/2 hour or longer, so that the steam can continue to work through (fatten) the pap.
- For the best results Pap should always be well cooked.
Have a great meal
Tom Kiss -
This one is from Pat Brown in South Africa
I like a softer pap (slappap) so to 2 cups of water I would add 1 cup of mielie meel, salt and pepper to taste and add a can of Sweetcorn or whole kernel corn.
I also like the drier pap served with tomato and onion sauce, preferably freshly cooked.
Gosh I just love sweetcorn (yellow mielies) cooked in pap or on the braai or even microwaved. What can I say, I am a true African.
Pat Brown - South Africa
Here is another one from Clark Botha also from South Africa
There is no correct or wrong way to make Pap.
Depending on how you like it you can try the following:
Soft or mash pap (Slap pap)
(Basic recipe for 2-3 people)
Firm pap (Stywe pap)
- 2 cups of boiling water
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1.5 cups of mieliemeel
- Mix well over heat. Leave for 15 -20 minutes before serving.
Crumbed pap (Putu pap)
- 2 cups of boiling water
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 2 cups of mieliemeel
- Mix well over heat. Leave for 15 -20 minutes before serving.
For a variation, you can add a can of maize kernels and mix it in during
the cooking process.
Some people also add a teaspoon of butter for extra flavour to any of these
- Sliced/grated biltong is also used.
Clark Botha - Sandton, South Africa
- 1.5 cups of boiling water
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 2 cups of mieliemeel
- Pour maize into boiling water. Do not stir at all.
- Put on lid and boil over slow heat for 10 minutes.
- Mix well with a knife to obtain a crumbed consistency.
- Leave on slow heat for 15 minutes and stir again with knife before
- This is also excellent with milk and sugar.
(Today is the first day of the rest of your life. If you woke up breathing, congratulations. You have another chance.)
And another one from Susan in Canada
Daar is drie resepte vir boerepap oftewel mieliemeelpap.
Slappap, stywe pap en krummelpap.
Ons was woonagtig in Tzaneen so 'n heel klompie jare gelede. Elke vrydagaand het ons 'n vleisie gebraai en sonder enige uitnodiging het Dewald en Marquerite opgedaag en toe ook hierdie vriende uit die Kaap saamgebring.
Daar was een groot pot krummelpap en toe die Kapenaars nog 'n Kaapse draai wou maak oor die gereg, het ek hulle vinnig oortuig dat hulle die resep op die proef moet stel. Of dit die rooiwyn was of die resep, aan die einde van die aand het elke Kapenaar hulle trommeldik ge-eet en die resep was saam terug Kaap toe.
Ons woon nou 6 jaar in Kanada dus dra ek nie meer kennis wat die name van die meelprodukte in SA is nie. Braaipap is die heel growwe meel wat ek nie vir die resepte aanbeveel nie, alhoewel dit kan gebruik word indien minder meel gebruik word. Die resepte is nie honderpersent korrek nie, maar so naby as kan kom.
- 2 koppies kookwater
- 3/4 koppie mieliemeel
- Sout na smaak
- Geur met botter en suiker.
Krummel Pap (nie ekstra growwe mieliemeel)
- 1 koppie meel
- 1 koppie kookwater
- 1 teelepel seesout
- Geur met botter en suiker
- Vir elke 1 koppie water gebruik jy 2 koppies mieliemeel en 2 teelepels seesout.
- Laat water en sout kook, gooi mieliemeel in met 1 eetlepel botter en laat stadig prut vir 20 minute plus
- Roer deur met lang tand vurk tot krummelrig.
Susan - Canada
The last one is from Fred from who-knows-where!
To be a bit more specific here are the quantities.
Boil 1 cup of water (salt and butter to taste) normally a pinch of salt, butter optional, but not more than a heaped teaspoon.
Once boiling, add 2 cups mealie meal, turn the heat down to simmer and stir vigorously till all mealie meal has soaked up the water, steam for 3 minutes.
Stir again till all nice and fluffy.
Steam for 3 more minutes and it's ready to eat.
This is for "Krummel Pap" for "Stywe Pap" add water till you get it to the consistency you require.
Krummel Pap is "blerry lekker" with Maas, thick milk, butter milk or yoghurt.
Questions and Answers
Here is our regular section on the many questions 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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org
so we can help other people who might have the same questions in the future)
I am a consultant from Botswana and one of my clients is looking to set up a Biltong Manufacturing unit with a capacity of 250kg per day.
Can you please help?
Your Potjie Pots are similar to one I used in the Outback in Australia. Don't know if the Aussies got the idea from South Africa or it came over from England with the first white Australians (who came either in front of the gun or behind it!).
Does anyone have an answer to this?
Baton Rouge, USA
Can anyone tell me what the optimum temperature and humidity for making Biltong is?
I see that you use rock salt in your recipes, where does
one obtain this salt?
Our new Forum and Bulletin Board
New and Exciting!!!!!
Some people have started making use of our new Forum/Bulletin Board.
We introduced this facility last month after being constantly "pestered" by readers and customers alike to have access to this.
The link for the Forum/bulletin/message board can be found on our home page www.biltongmakers.com on the right-hand side in the middle.
It will also feature in this section of the monthly newsletter, at least for a while.
Why is this so exciting?
Here are a couple of reasons:
The possibilities are endless!!
- You can now put your questions to an audience of over 17500 people who receive this newsletter every month. Add to that the number of additional people who read it and you could reach very close to 30000 people!
- How about trying to contact somebody? Perhaps a long lost friend or someone who has changed email address?
- Perhaps you are looking for a Cadac gas connection like Marian Cooke, our reader from Canada.
- Or you have something you might want to sell!
- And then the incredible opportunity to be able to discuss matters of importance to you with anyone of our readers.
To enter the Message Board/Forum you can click on the link below!
For almost 20 years I have been able to enjoy June's famous Curried Potatoes.
They are delicious and so easy to make!
A certain winner with any barbecue!
Here it is:
- 6 Potatoes (fist size)
- 3 Large onions
- 2 Garlic gloves (crushed)
- 2 Tomatoes
- Curry powder
- Pinch of salt
- Fresh coriander
- 1 tblsp olive oil
1 level teaspoon of curry powder is mild
1 heaped teaspoon is medium and just take it from there. Don't make it too hot though. It is the taste you are after, not who can eat the hottest food!
VERY IMPORTANT NOTES:
- Dice the onions and fry together with the garlic in a pot
- Peel potatoes, cut in quarters and add to the onions
- Add the curry powder and a little salt
- Mix all of this together
- Dice the tomatoes and put on top of the potatoes
- Add some fresh coriander on top of that and put the lid on the pot
- Turn the stove down to very low
- Simmer very slowly for about 1 1/2 hours
- Prick the potatoes with a knife to see if done
Do not take the lid of the pot the first hour or so it will stop the steaming process.
The potatoes will not burn provided the stove is set to very low.
DO NOT STIR AND DO NOT ADD ANY WATER!
The potatoes will create their own liquid with the help of the tomatoes and the steam.
(Let me tell you one thing: My Junie can cook, so success is guaranteed with this or any other of her recipes. You can always email her at email@example.com if you're stuck for a recipe! Her seafood pasta is out of this world. I should know, I had it last night! - Ed)
Around the World
Bits and Bobs from people around the world
Thank you very much for your great newsletter, we are enjoying it so much!
I love this new section "What I just had to bring from SA"!
This is just so funny so I thought we could add to this.
We left Cape Town for Tajikistan, a mountainous country in Central Asia, 2 years ago. When my husband Bruce wondered how he could live there without biltong and droewors,
I told him to buy a little biltong maker. He looked at several of them, but was never satisfied. One day he saw an ad in the CapeAds: "Professional biltong maker, meat mincer, sausage filler and band saw for sale."
I thought that it was all a bit too much but he just answered, well, we must just go professional then. So we bought boxes of spices, vinegar, worcester sauce and sausage casings, shipped it all over to Central Asia via Germany and started production. As the local butchers have got no clue how to make proper steaks, roasts or mince, we have taken over that part as well. Bruce is now well known as "Bruce the South African" and has a nice little butchery going for the expat community. Everything is "learning by doing" - he only went into a training for a few days with some South African butchers in Cape Town.
Bruce has also started catering for functions (Potjies, Spits, Burgers, Boerewors Rolls...), last year he catered successfully for the American Independence Day at the American Embassy in Dushanbe - for 450 people! He built a special gas braai for burgers, a barrel braai for wors, a spit braai for pigs and lambs that works with a car battery.
The latest edition to the catering facilities is a Chinese peking duck oven, a monstrous stainless steel barrel which is heated with gas - we found out that it works amazingly like a massive Weber braai! So we hang whole big roasts into it, great for winter!
We have taught two local Tajik people how to do it all and hope we can leave it to them as a business when we leave in 2 years time...
As for the strangest item that we took: Bruce is absolutely boat mad and had started building boats in Cape Town. He always collected bits and bobs for boats for future use, so in our driveway in Hout Bay we had this massive 7 m square wooden mast lying around. He promised me to get rid of it before the movers would arrive, but when they stood in the door and he looked at the container, he decided to take it along, because it fitted in!
I was not amused, and I am still not - it is now lying around in our driveway of the little oriental townhouse we are renting here in Dushanbe! Tajikistan is an inland country with no sailing boats in a 500 km radius! - I already considered cutting it up and using it as braai wood... Maybe we should put it up as a flagpole though and fly the South African flag high above the roofs of Dushanbe ;-)
Tanja Köhn & Bruce Findlay
P.S.: Any South Africans coming to Dushanbe for business or whatever are welcome to have a braai at our place - just spread the word!!!
I was reading all the letters in your newsletter and got to Bruce Prescot's letter (see our newsletter for May 2005) and I have to wonder as to its purpose. I understand that he is angry and upset, but does he have to tell the world?
I live here in Sunny (yes even as we approach winter) South Africa and I know we have a bad crime situation here but it never fails to amaze me how some people can be hit by crime again and again and in Bruce's case again (11 times).
Maybe he should look at where he's living, what he's doing and how aware he is of his surroundings. I question what Bruce is still doing here if he hates it so much. (I suppose it might be financial constraints that hold him here, but still...11 times!)
There is so much going for our country.
The weather, the business opportunities and the cost of living. Two cars, a fairly descent house that didn't break the proverbial bank, a maid that comes in 3 times a week, kids that go to a decent school, the most progressive constitution in the world, a reasonably low interest rate, a good banking system (The American system doesn't even touch ours), Computicket (yeah try getting that in America)
The whole world in one country; mountains, bush, sea, desert, and of course, braai, boerewors and BILTONG!
I am one of those positive people who believe that we have to be positive about our country if we're to make it work. I love living here. I'll switch off the lights when it's time to go.
I love your site but it costs me plenty in biltong everytime I see it.
Keep up the good work in bringing "Souf Effrikens" around the world together.
Johannesburg, South Africa
You are very formal. I believe that "Sefricans" should at least be able to say "Howzit" to each other, can we at least correspond with this intro?
Otherwise thanks a stack for your reply, It's nice to know that you even have time for this among your other tons of duties and work, I bet.
Seems like your appearence at Helderberg (Helderberg Flats in Berea, Johannesburg) was like the change of the guards, 'unfortunately' I left Joburg in Dec 1982, when I was a minor (16),
I now and again make some of my own Tombo-style prooi lekker biltong and boerewors in much the same way and very similar to the fantastic recipes you have on the site.
Jaaaa, I miss Joeys and still have strong memories of the plek. The cricket, rugby, Kyalami, the Hungarian Alliance plaas at Halfway House and the fabulous schooling system (no sissies raised in my ol' school Parktown Boys) and all the gorgeous Sefrican chicks (I had the most beautiful Portuguese girlfriend Paula, with skin as smooth as a baby's, ....aaah wake up Tombo!... agh those crazy memories) and of course all my ol' good buddies!
Jo'burg must still be sizzling and a ball of fire when it comes to the movies, bars and pubs, braais, music and culture.
However I am now happily married (to my beautiful Argentine-born Hungarian wife) and settled down in Budapest, Hungary.
I haven't been back for 23 years now. Instead I have been to Buenos Aires about four times (to my in-laws) where they also have a fantastic culture of outdoor living and braai-like garden parties.
You can smell the braais in the air even in the down-town areas.
They have a strange wood called "quebracho colorado" (pronounce: Kebracho, meaning "axe-breaking"), which is maroon in colour and is as hard as a rock. It even sinks in water. It doesn't really burn with a flame, but sizzles away slowly leaving a fantastic charcoal for the braai.
They use this for the "Parrilla" (pronounce: Pa-reesha, almost like a braai) and Asado (almost like a Bull on the spit, only vertically).
Believe it or not, but the prime beef in Buenos is tops (10 out of 10)! Sad to say even better than our Sefrican beef, "smack".
My wife Gizella works at the South African Embassy in Budapest and I have good contacts with them.
There are quite a few Sefricans living in Hungary, I know three directly.
The breweries SAB-Miller own Hungary's most famous breweries Dreher in Budapest.
Must dash now,
Mooi bly and God bless
Our life in Connecticut as ex-South Africans
My wife, son, and I left Centurion, South Africa in January 2001 to live in the USA. We now live in South Windsor, Connecticut, which is about 2.5 hours drive north of New York City.
Connecticut is a small state and is one of the states that form New England.
In general, life is great here. We have become accustomed to the different way of doing many things. It is impossible to completely describe our experience in just a couple of words but here are some of the more significant observations.
If you want to you can more info on our website.
Gas is very cheap compared to South Africa. (Petrol is called gas in the USA). We are now paying around $2.25 per gallon (+/- 5ltres) and the public is complaining! News reports include a "Pump Patrol" segment to assist motorists when shopping for the lowest prices. Gas prices are not regulated and I can often save 10 cents on a gallon by buying from a gas station across the street. People I work with cannot believe that we find the price of gas to be very low compared to R 5.00 a litre in South Africa.
A lot of people here still buy new 5 liter V8's and drive them everyday not concerned at getting 8 Miles per gallon.
Cars are very affordable. Low prices and low interest rates make it possible to purchase a new Toyota Camry of $18,000 for around $400 per month. American made cars are even cheaper when they are two or three years old.
Very few people drive old cars here. A car's useful life here is about ten years. Maintenance costs are high because the cost of labor is high. A mechanic charges $85 per hour. We need reliable cars when driving in the snow and with the low cost of purchasing a new car, it does not make sense to drive a ten-year old car if it needs significant repairs.
It is cold here and we miss the South African sun. The first year it felt like New England had ten months of winter and two months of summer. The humidity level in summer here is very similar to Durban in the summer. We find that we need the central AC for about 3 weeks each summer. Then fall (Autumn) quickly follows and it starts to get chilly. From October to April each year we need to turn on the central heating at home. In February 2004 we had seventeen consecutive days when the high for the day did not reach freezing (32 degrees Fahrenheit)!
Housing is expensive. The houses are made of wood frames with drywall panels inside, plywood outside with vinyl covering. It feels like we are not living in a real house!
Property taxes are high. We pay over $200 per month in property taxes to the town. This excludes water and electricity. We purchase electricity from CT Light and Power and water from the water company. We purchase natural gas for heating from Yankee Gas.
Public schools are great and free. Yes, free! No school fees, no fees for books, no cost for transportation to schools in well-maintained and heated buses.
School is from about 8.30 in the morning to 3 o'clock in the afternoon. Children eat hot lunches at school in the cafeteria. We pay a nominal fee for the lunch.
Children go to school during the winter, and have a summer vacation of two and a half months.
With daylight savings time, the summer days are long. The sun comes up at about 6 o'clock and goes down about 10.30 at night. Unfortunately, in the winter the sun comes up around 7 o'clock and goes down by 5 in the afternoon.
Shops are open late. Even on a cold winter night, you can go shopping for clothes, groceries or a new car at 9 o'clock in the evening. Most shops are open all day Saturday and Sunday afternoon until 6 in the evening. Home Depot is a large hardware chain, and the shops are open from 7 in the morning till 11 at night which makes life easy when you are doing weekend projects on the house.
There is no biltong or boerewors. We had no option but to learn how to make biltong and boerewors ourselves and made a very well functioning Biltong Dryer which we keep in our basement where it is nice and cool. The sausages available in shops here tastes nothing like boerewors. Thank goodness for the "Boer maak 'n plan" mentality which allowed us to make biltong in this foreign land.
There is a huge selection of beer from all over the world, including microbreweries like Sam Adams, but no Castle!!!
Beer is sold in supermarkets here, and you only go to the liquor store for hard liquor. We have found a liquor store that sells Amarula for $25 per bottle!
The Internet is fast and cheap. We have a cable internet connection that uses the same cable as our TV. The Internet connection is permanently on with no dial-up and only costs $40 per month. The speed is mind-blowing compared to the Internet connections in South Africa.
Technology items are cheap too. Computers and large-screen TV's are affordable. A normal DVD player costs $40 and a top-of the range, all bells and whistles DVD player costs $120. Digital camera's are very cheap compared to prices in South Africa and the variety available is amazing.
Books are also cheap. Barnes and Noble is a national book retailer with large bookstores and a huge selection. It is difficult to describe how affordable a $30 text book is here versus it costing hundreds of Rands in South Africa.
The variety of most items available is astonishing. We can buy coffee at Dunkin Donuts in about 5 flavors. I think they have over twenty types of donuts for 69 cents each. Starbucks has flavours and combinations of coffee that I cannot understand. But yes, you could probably get a double decaf hazelnut with skimmed milk and extra sugar without hesitation.
We have over 200 channels on TV, 24 hours a day. We only have a limited TV Cable package. Our cable provider lists over 900 channels. Channel 35 is nonstop weather forecasting. The soap channel broadcasts soapies all day and night. Channel 70 is CNN Headline news all the time. And there are a few satellite providers allowing customers to watch TV stations from around the world as well.
The list of differences we have encountered goes on and on. We found that we cannot compare value to the exchange rate. For example, $ 1.00 does not buy what R 6.00 buys. A prescribed text book may cost $25 here but R 400.00 in SA. Yet a house that costs 600,000 Rand in SA costs about $300,000 here.
In summary, life is very convenient and relatively easy in the USA.
South Windsor, Connecticut, United States
Smile a While
One Friday night, somewhere in Australia..........
This is a true story from Nico Botha.
Hier is 'n stukkie wat julle heerlik sal laat lag!
Ek noem dit sommer:
Die vlermuis en die dronk "Bierman"!
Die episode het sowat vyf weke gelede gebeur en toe ek dit vir ou Jannie Basson hier in die dorpie vertel dog ek hy gaan homself in 'n koma in lag !!
My klomp Aussie bure is mos van die meer begeesterde tipe mense wat hou van 'n geleentheid om 'n "partie" te hou en dan word die pensklavier, kitaar en ander instrumente stoep toe gesleep en dan moet ek "Walzing Matilda" hoor in 600 variasies van dronkenskap!
En ons moet kyk hoe die aunties al die omies se bloeddruk opjaag met hulle stywe skirts en toppies wat net die bo-kant vannie ou "dairy" se dak toemaak!
Van die aunties se ou "dairies" is so groot hulle sal nooit op hulle gesigte val nie en van hulle het jare laas hul voete en knie knoppe gesien!!
So 'n ruk gelede was dit toe weer een vrydagaand dieselfde ou storie en die bakkies, lorries en ander rygoed het hier in ons pad geparkeer en die koel "boxe" vol drank was oor die straat gesleep en die musiek was so hard die hele buurt het verniet geluister na die klomp se party!
Glo my dit was 'n moerse lekker party!!
Die polisie se vangwa het sommer aan die bokant vannie straat vir 'n lang ruk geparkeer en gewag vir die klomp om te "Drink en Drive" maar ek is seker party het die boesman twak, of soos ons dit noem pappegaai twak, gerook en hulle het lekker "ge-Smoke en ge-fly!!!
Drank was in oorvloed en die tannies het gerook en gesuip en gelag en die toilet het 'n laaaaaaaaaang "queue" voor die deur gehad waar die ou drank gevulde blase maar leeg getap is voor die glasies weer volgemaak is!
Dis amper soos 'n groot reën daar in die Karoo. Die aarde bly die water drink asof daar nie 'n môre weer sal wees nie!
Die klomp is soos die Karoo. Hulle is bly die drank is hier want dan kan hulle drink want die bottelstoor kan dalk môre toe wees!
Ek is nou al lekker moerig teen die tyd want die klomp het Cianan (ons een jaar oue knaap) al 'n paar keer wakker gemaak met hulle gelag en gesing en die tannies wat die oomies so staan en "skerp" maak!!
Party van die aunties staan so in die ooms ingevou hulle lyk soos n klomp Siamese tweelinge wat party hou!
Die een girl het my laat dink aan 'n lekker groot ou Afrika luislang wat 'n duikertjie gevang het en hom nou eers gaan dood druk voor sy hom opeet. Die oom se kop vas daar in "Tieties kloof" ingewurm en sy het hom in 'n greep gehou waar hy maar net kon staan en luister hoe haar hartklop versnel soos die auntie se pace maker haar aanjaag om die oom vas te hou!
"Oh watta feeling"!!
Dis ook toe net daar waar die badkamer se wegvloei pyp hier onder ons huis inkonk en ek moet gou na 'n vriend ry om 'n pyplas te gaan haal om die pyp reg te maak!
Hier langs die huis groei daar 'n tipe boom wat sulke geel bessies dra en die kinders het al vir my vertel die klomp vrugtevlermuise wat daar hang en eet en hulle is mal oor die bessies van die boom en nou hang hulle in die boom elke aand en vreet hulle trommeldik aan die geel bessies!
Dis toe waar ek 'n "gap" sien want daai vlermuise stink soos 'n Putco bus oppad daar na die woonbuurt toe en hulle is nie 'n dier wat daarvan hou om skoon te bly nie!
Gewapen met my flits en 'n stuk waterpyp sien ek toe 'n vlermuis amper so oud soos ou Jan van Riebeeck hier hang aan 'n boom tak, binne slaanafstand van my af!
Soos 'n wafferse swaard vegter kap ek hom toe mooi 'n ligte skoot hier agter sy muisoor en hy val soos 'n gewonde Zulu oppie grond en met sy vlerk rol hy hom toe om sy oe te beskerm teen die skerp lig.
Dis toe daar waar my "Stoute Nico" weer sterk na vore kom!
Ek begin sommer daai party se musiek al hoe meer geniet en die vlermuis is in 'n groot blik waar hy besig is om te herstel van sy ontmoeting met die pyp en hy protesteer luidkeels oor die inhegtenis name en aanhouding in die blik!
So gaan die aand maar rustig voort. Die drank vloei en die tannies kyk diep innie oomies se oe en die "queue" doen hulle job by die toilet!!
Dit wat net liters en liters piepie wat van die toilet na die "poo-poo plaas" toe gaan om daar weer gesirkuleer te word vir "grys" water! Wat van daai lekker ou boere word, "herwinbare water"!
Dis so amper 3 uur die oggend toe die laaste paartjie hier wegkruip oor die pad na hul motor en die nag injaag want die oomies is mos nou vol druiwesap en die tannies fluister mos net die regte goeters in hul ore!
Die auntie soek gas! En die oom lyk of hy die regte konneksie het vir die gas!
Dis nou daar waar ek toe die hond maar laat uitkom en hy raak mal waar ek die vlermuis innie blik opgehang het!
Toe onthou ek die vlermuis innie blik en "Stoute Nico" se planne begin "motion" kry!!
Daar kom ons nou by my plan van wraak teen die party organizers en die bure wat so hou van drank!!
Dis nou blerrie laat in die nag en die meeste in die buurt is nou teen einde laas innie bed!
Tannie buurvrou het 'n manier om haar tjor se venster oop te los, en ek vat toe vlermuis oor na hulle kant en hoor die gesnork en gekla van die twee! (MY BURE)
Hy slaap, en sy wil! Sy soek die gas van die oom af en sy kan die oom nie wakker kry nie! Al daai gewyn was toe verniet want die oom is mooi uitgepaas! Die tannie is gatvol vir die oom want dis 'n ou triek van hom om te gaan slaap voor hy die auntie behoorlik gegroet het na die aand se party!
Dis die stywe skirt en toppie, die rooi lippe, die klomp lekker ruikparfuum, die hoëhak skoene en die bottles vol wyn.
Alles is verniet want die auntie gaan nie vannie oom se gas vanaand kry nie!
Met die blik met die vlermuis in sluip ek toe na die oop tjor se venster en skut die dik gestikte en erg beswaarde groot vrugte vlermuis mooi in die motor in!
Lekker kwaad en ook met 'n kopseer klim hy toe sommer hier onder die bestuurder se sitplek in en maak hom reg vir 'n slapie voor die sports begin!
Ek is natuurlik vroeg oggend op en sit koppie op koppie koffie en uitdrink en wag vir die auntie om met haar drank gevulde ou lyf en die lus wannie geblus is nie hier na die motortjie toe te kom want sy werk naweke van agtuur tot die volgende party begin!
So net voor agt kom sy toe teen die trappies afgeslomp ook seker maar met 'n babelaas en moerig vir die omie wat eerder wil slaap as speel, half laat vir die weekend job maar reg om te gaan werk!
Daai toppie van gisternag en die stywe skirt is haar "working gear" vir die dag in die office. Al rokende met die twak tussen die vingers en dan na die lippe begin sy haar trip.
Sy skuif daai ou lyf mooi after die ou stuurwiel in en begin om in trurat na die pad te ry toe my ou vrind die vlermuis besluit hy is op die "verkeerde bus" en dis tyd om uit te klim!
Hy klim toe sommer so hier van onder die "seat" tussen die auntie se twee bene deur (daar waar die oom moes wees) na die stuurwiel se kant toe! En sy stank klap die auntie se ou neusgate skoon weg van haar eie drank belaaide en sweet reuk!
Hy begin sy optog na die venster en sy begin haar gegil en geroep na die ou oom wat nog sy babelaas lê en uitslaap !
Sy skreeu so hard dat ek sommer aanbied om ook te gaan kyk waar is vlerrie nou (tussen die knieknoppe of oor die pens rif of dalk sit die auntie op ou vlerrie se vlerk?
Sy skreeu; "Brendon it's got me (gelukkige ou vlermuis), come help, come help it's gonna bite me!"
Met die laaste gesoebat vir hulp word ou Brendon toe mooi wakker en storm teen die agtertrappies af waar die "auto sprinkler system" die tuin toe al mooi nat gespuit het en die plank trappe van die huis na die garage so glad soos 'n snot paling is.
Hy koop toe sy plaas en val gat oor kop die laaste stel trappe tot op die garage vloer se sement blad waar hy in pyn sy opgeswelde ou lewer lê en troos!!
Ek is seker ek kon daai lewer hoor sing soos
Dink jy darem nog aan my
Het jy my nog nie vergeet nie?
Al die jare drink ons saam en jy is steeds nog glad nie skaam
Dink jy darem nog aan my?
Kyk hoe swel die drank my op en ek jou lewer is aan die pop!
Dink jy darem nog aan my?
Hy lê en kreun, ek kla en die auntie wil so graag sy hulp hê dat sy nou al boos is vir die "aussie apie" (vlermuis) wat hier op haar skoot sit en stink soos 'n lokasie vark wat al die ou skille ens opge-eet het.
Moenie vergeet nie, daai vlermuis het ook 'n kopseer en hy is nie lus vir die sirkus saam met die auntie en oom wat lê en kreun nie!
Pleks dat hy (die oom) gisteraand moes kreun, kreun hy nou!
Dis toe daar waar die auntie die "aussie apie" so met 'n hand uit die motor kajuit klap terug hier in my jaart in en hy is toe gatvol vir die houe teen die kop dat sy ou pens toe so begin te werk met die veeg teen die oor en hy sit toe sy "droppings" (kakkas) mooi teen die auntie se stywe toppie vas met 'n goed geoogde spuit poep en die klank en reuk volg spoedig net daarna!!
Brendon het toe teen die tyd al mooi herstel van sy rugbyduik drie op die sement en hy hou die ou lewer so in een hand en waggel na die oop kar deur om darem die auntie te wys hy is erg beswaard oor haar ervaring met die "ding" wat tussen haar bene deurgeklim het en wat alles met haar gebeur het.
Die auntie issie impress met die knaap se aansit pyn nie en die vlermuis poo-poo onder die neusgate en die wete sy is laat vir werk is nou genoeg om sommer sy nek om te draai!
Ek help toe maar soos enige ou goeie natuurkind en vat die vlermuis na die naaste boom waar hy 'n tak aangewys word om te herstel van sy houe teen die kop in die laaste 12 uur!
Hy sing "Oh what a night"!!
Sy stink soos 'n straat vrou (nie dat ek al een geruik het nie) en hy is sommer doodreg en ontslae van sy ou babelaas van die laatnag party en sy stink erger as een van Cianan (my een jaar oue knaap) se trefferdoeke vroeg oggend onder sy pa se neus!!
Die einde van die storie is die vlermuis het sy ondervinding oorleef en ek het al gewonder of hulle, soos ons, vir mekaar vertel van hulle ondervindinge en ervarings wat hulle deurmaak hier op die aarde?
Miskien het sy vlermuisvrou hom gevra: "Waar was jy laasnag en hoekom het jy nie huistoe gekom nie?" En dan hoor ek die manlike stem in hom na vore kom met: "Ek het onder 'n seat in 'n kar geslaap en toe tussen die auntie se bene deur geklim voor sy my teen die kop geklap het en ek toe so kwaad was dat ek my vlermuis pens sommer op haar mooi ou toppie leeg gemaak het met 'n vlermuis spuit poep!"
Dan sien ek sommer die tannie vlermuis in my verbeelding en hoe sy vir hom sê: "Bly weg daar by die Botha's se huis, want hy sit dalk van daai Suid Afrikaanse witblits op daai bessies en dit maak jou dinge doen wat vir niks sal skrik nie!!
En hy, die vlermuis wat so tussen die bene deurklim, vertel sy storie vir elke ander vlermuis asof hy wil sê
Kan jy beter doen as dit??
Everything is in Black or White for Jake
By Jacques van der Westhuyzen
Jake White has "peace of mind" about his future and is now in Australia with the knowledge that he has the backing of his boss as he builds towards the World Cup in 2007.
The President of the South African Rugby Union (Saru) Brian van Rooyen on Tuesday gave his full support to White saying, "Jake is going nowhere... well in fact he's going to Australia. He has had my backing since day one. I am happy with what the Boks, Under-19s and Under-21s have achieved in the past 18 months and that's not only their results, but also in the way they have embraced transformation."
Van Rooyen, White, Saru CEO Johan Prinsloo, Bok team manager Athrob Peterson and Bok convenor of selectors Pieter Jooste met on Tuesday to tie up loose ends after White last week raised a number of issues he was unhappy about.
"I've now got a clear indication of whose job is whose. There was no interference, but I also didn't know who to report to," said White.
"We've put a plan in place for the World Cup and Brian now knows exactly what it is and how we're working towards it.
"It was important for me to discuss with Brian how we go about selecting our team. I don't want to be audited each week when I read the team out, but I now have a direct line with Brian so we can debate whatever it is that needs discussion," said White.
"All I wanted were clear guidelines in bringing youngsters through and those have now been spelt out to me."
|'I've now got a clear indication of whose job is whose'
||Among these was interference in his team selections, the fact his management team hadn't been contracted until the World Cup and the alleged rift between himself and Athrob Peterson.
Saru's constitution states the president will always be the last man to give the "yes" or "no" to a selected team.
|'Every provincial union must buy into this plan'
||He added there was never a rift between himself and Van Rooyen, but was simply seeking clarity on who had a say in team matters.
Regarding the issue of transformation, White said it is important to give all South Africa's young, promising players an opportunity to play at the highest levels.
"There are no quotas in the Bok team, but we have to be sincere and genuine when it comes to selecting teams. This is a long-term goal and now we have structures and a plan in place so that we can build towards the World Cup."
To do this Saru and White will have a plan in place by the time the Tri-Nations is played so that the likes of Thabang Molefe, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Hilton Lobberts (Under-21 championship winners) do not fall by the wayside.
"Every provincial union must buy into this plan," said Prinsloo.
"Provincial coaches have to manage these guys properly, give them opportunities to play and ensure they get the necessary rest periods and are looked after."
Van Rooyen was more outspoken on transformation and whether quotas were used in the Bok team.
"It infuriates me when people think of black players as being inferior. I am disgusted by it. The guys in the current Bok squad should always be selected without hesitation."
Former Western Province player Andy Marinos has been appointed manager of national teams, starting on July 1.
(This article was originally published on page 32 of The Star on June 29, 2005)
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The winner of the June Competition!
The winner of the June competition is:
Samantha du Toit from London!
Congratulations to you Samantha!
Your prize is already winging its way to you and we hope you will make many "Potjies" in the years ahead.
Remember the following:
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The prize for the July Competition
The prize this month is a fantastic digital camera!
The one and only other time we had the camera as a prize we received a record number entries! So, here is another chance to win this. Start submitting your entries right now!
to see a picture of it on the competition page!
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Some of the other prizes for the year
Braai tool sets
Cadac Skottel Braais and .......... much, much more!!!
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