Hello from Australia.
I wonder if I might ask you to include a desperate plea for help in the newsletter.
I am an ex-pupil of Nazareth House, Cape Town and was at the convent/orphanage during 1940's - 1958. I am writing a book now and I am desperate to contact any of the "children" who were there with me. Both the males and the females.
I would be so grateful if you could add this to the next newsletter and keep it going for me. I have advertised this message on every South African Message Board and Forum that I have come across on the internet and have only had one reply. I would expect that some of them have moved to other countries, just like I did, so I am hoping that someone may read this or someone reading this will know of someone who was there.
Potjiekos is fantastic! We just made our second Potjie - the first one was Lamb Neck and the second one Leg of lamb - we just love lamb meat! It's great fun to make!
We realized the No: 1 Potjie is a bit small, just big enough for the two of us - so we've just ordered a No: 3 Platpotjie for when our kids and friends come along.
My husband Ray, a Dutchman by birth, grew up in South Africa (Johannesburg) from the age of 4 to 16, and later on, with his second wife, spent three more years in South Africa. (I am his third wife.) Both of us are deaf, by the way.
Last December, we spent a wonderful holiday in South Africa, traveling a lot and seeing lots of old friends and schoolmates.
That's when we first ate the most delicious Potjiekos at a friends' home - and ever since then we wanted to have our own Potjiepot ...
Regine and Ray
The following is from a "withdrawelstruck" expat in England.
Jon started emailing us in March about the whereabouts of his Biltong Maker which had been surface (sea) mailed to him.
I sit on the roof of my pondok
all day, squinting across the glare
from the ice and snow, hoping to see a ship on the horizon! So far,
only a few banana boats with illegal immigrants.
None of them had my biltong maker!
did come trundling past the other day, but all he had was
candles, picks and shovels. I think he was lost as he asked for
directions to Pofadder
My weight has gone down to below normal levels, and my doctor, who
is 97 years old and from Nababeep
says if I don't eat biltong soon I may
go to the big biltong factory in the sky.
I do think he has been at the mampoer
As I sit on the dak
of my pondok
, still gazing out to sea, ek sien niks nie!
Not even the hoards of illegal immigrants who are normally arriving in
I did hear of a shipwreck on the coast however, and after 4 days trek
in my ossewa
, found only the local scavengers collecting wood from the
ship to build a new squatter camp. Yes, we have them here too, but
they're called gypsies!
I asked about a biltong maker, but the only Maker they knew
about was the one that all the drowned sailors had gone to meet!
So it was, hey-ho, back to my pondok to sit on the roof and see if I could
remember what biltong tasted like.
was killed a few weeks ago by a runaway milk cart. I
tried to use her for Biltong because at her age (98) she was halfway
there, but it didn't taste quite right!
I was later told that this is not quite legal over here.
Still hoping that one day my Biltong Maker might arrive, but the hope
I hold is dwindling, like the sunset this evening, as I sit on the tin
roof of my pondok.
The other day (Fri) I was sitting on the dak
of my pondok
again trying to remember what biltong tasted like, thinking of Tant Sannie
(who didn't taste that lekker
) when in the distance I noticed a cloud of dust.
I fell of the roof (I had been drinking mampoer
!) and harnessed up my ossewa to meet this guest.
It was Kerneels
, riding his favourite Springbok, bringing me a parcel and guess what?
IT WAS MY BLERRIE
BILTONG MACHINE !!!!!
I shot his bokkie
(I did need some meat!) and told him to walk home.
I ran into the house calling the family around to gaze at this wonderful machine from the forgotten land.
It is a piece of art. The first crop of biltong has already disappeared, and am working on the next.
Thank you and I bet you are going to miss my updates!
Jon Ellis and family
Live Well - Laugh Often - Love Much
Links to the sport pages
Bok coach has his own recipe, says Stofile
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Spears in Currie Cup appeal
Less than three weeks before the Currie Cup starts, South Africa's premier rugby competition is on the verge of being thrown into chaos by a court order set to force SA Rugby to reinstate Tony McKeever as chief executive of the Southern Spears.
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ICC to help Gibbs, Boje avoid arrest in India
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Players appeal won't diminish umpires' role
A plan to allow teams to appeal against umpiring decisions during one-day games will not diminish the umpires' role, a senior ICC official has said.
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