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The Biltongmakers.Com Newsletter
November 2006

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The information and contributions contained in this newsletter are received from various readers local and international. Views and opinions reflected in our newsletter are not necessarily those of Biltongmakers.Com and its team members.



Keerbergen
Belgium
November 10, 2006

Hello everyone!

It is still pitch dark outside as I sit here putting the final touches on the newsletter for this month.

just click to see me big It is just after 6 o'clock in the morning and June left for work in Brussels a little while ago.

Outside it has been raining all night and it seems that we had a lot of wind as well. All the hard work I did last week clearing the autumn leaves was undone last night. I guess I have to get in there with the leaf blower again this coming weekend.

But, we like it!

Autumn is here at last with its kaleidoscope of colours. Some of the sights are quite unbelievable and breath taking. No picture could ever do justice to the incredible beauty of especially the forests but also of normal shrubs and trees along the roads and in the gardens.
The central heating has been on for a while now so it is nice and warm inside. Let it blow out there we say. It's lovely to look from the inside out!

And so November is here and with it the start of our winter. We haven't had much of that yet this year. The temperatures have been very mild.

But, it won't last, that I can assure you!

Both June and I are looking forward to the winter. We like the snow and the cold weather as most of our regular readers will know by now.

For the southern part of our world summer is on its way. From what we hear from around those parts of the world it has been pretty warm already! Good luck to all of you there. You deserve it after the past winter!

Looking at the weather on the BBC this morning I saw that it is not looking to good for the UK next week. We are going to the UK on a combined business/pleasure trip and decided to take the Ferry from Calais again. Nice and relaxing and the food is good too! Let's just hope the Channel will not be too choppy!

Well, I am not going to keep you long. There are a lot of contributions this month so let's get going!

Just one last thing; why don't we make it a bumper issue next month with even more contributions from everybody?
It does not take much to put pen to paper (or the fingers to the keyboard). Anything will do. I am sure that everyone will enjoy it.

All the best and take care.

Till next month,

Lo



Here are the answers to our quiz of last month. Our apologies to those who looked in vain from the 15th of September onwards. Age people, age ......

World's easiest quiz

Remember, you need 4 correct answers to pass.
  • How long did the Hundred Years War last? 116 years
  • Which country makes Panama hats? Ecuador
  • From which animal do we get cat gut? Sheep and Horses
  • In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution? November
  • What is a camel's hair brush made of? Squirrel fur
  • The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal? Dogs
  • What was King George VI's first name? Albert
  • What color is a purple finch? Crimson
  • Where are Chinese gooseberries from? New Zealand
  • What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane? Orange [of
  • course]
What do you mean, you failed? Me, too.

(And if you try to tell me you passed, you lie!)

Pass this on to some brilliant friends, so they can feel useless too.



"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful."
- Albert Schweitzer -

"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation."
- Plato -


Food for thought

Family

I ran into a stranger as he passed by,
"Oh excuse me please" was my reply.

He said, "Please excuse me too;
I wasn't watching for you."

We were very polite, this stranger and I.
We went on our way and we said goodbye.

But at home a different story is told,
How we treat our loved ones, young and old.

Later that day, cooking the evening meal,
My son stood beside me very still.

When I turned, I nearly knocked him down.
"Move out of the way," I said with a frown.

He walked away, his little heart broken.
I didn't realize how harshly I'd spoken.

While I lay awake in bed,
God's still small voice came to me and said,

"While dealing with a stranger,
common courtesy you use,
but the family you love, you seem to abuse.

Go and look on the kitchen floor,
You'll find some flowers there by the door.

Those are the flowers he brought for you.
He picked them himself: pink, yellow and blue.

He stood very quietly not to spoil the surprise,
you never saw the tears that filled his little eyes."


By this time, I felt very small,
And now my tears began to fall.

I quietly went and knelt by his bed;
"Wake up, little one, wake up," I said.

"Are these the flowers you picked for me?"
He smiled, "I found 'em, out by the tree.

I picked 'em because they're pretty like you.
I knew you'd like 'em, especially the blue."

I said, "Son, I'm very sorry for the way I acted today;
I shouldn't have yelled at you that way."
He said, "Oh, Mom, that's okay.
I love you anyway."

I said, "Son, I love you too,
and I do like the flowers, especially the blue."

FAMILY
Are you aware that if we died tomorrow, the company
that we are working for could easily replace us in
a matter of days.
But the family we left behind will feel the loss
for the rest of their lives.

And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more
into work than into our own family,
an unwise investment indeed,
don't you think?
So what is behind the story?


Do you know what the word FAMILY means?
FAMILY = (F)ATHER (A)ND (M)OTHER (I) (L)OVE (Y)OU


Story of the month

Eat drink and be merry!

Remember all the stories about Good Food and the nasty types that make you fat, the amount of red wine you drink and the kaygee (kg) lekker sagte biltong?
Well read this, kick the diets under the butt and have a 2kg lekker nat en vet biltong and celebrate!
Here is the reason why diets don't work!

Diets

For those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on nutrition and health. It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting medical studies.

  • The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the Americans, Australians, British, or Canadians.
  • The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the Americans, Australians, British, or Canadians.
  • The Japanese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the Americans, Australians, British, or Canadians.
  • The Italians drink large amounts of red wine and also suffer fewer
  • heart attacks than the Americans, Australians, British, or Canadians.
  • The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than the Americans, Australians, British, or Canadians.
  • Ukrainians drink a lot of vodka, eat a lot of perogies, cabbage rolls and suffer fewer heart attacks than the Americans, Australians, British, or Canadians.
Conclusion:
Eat and drink what you like!



But now let's get serious....

Why diets don't work
By Deanne Jade, Principal of the National Center of Eating Disorders

A visitor from a far-off planet observing the way we behave could easily assume that dieting is a very good idea indeed.
We do it all the time.

In fact, dieting is so popular that in the past 10 years it's estimated that around 70 per cent of the adult female population and 30 per cent of of all adult males (in developed countries) have been on one.
It doesn't seem to matter whether it's the F-Plan diet, the Pineapple diet, liquid diets or the Drinking Man's diet, people will try almost anything in their frantic desire to shed a few pounds. Unfortunately, the results are usually the same.

Although diets do produce results in the short term, very few dieters maintain their weight loss, no matter which diet they try. Even worse than this, most dieters end up bigger than they were before they started dieting.

So, why don't diets work?


Diets are hard to do
Most diets involve a significant change in a person's normal eating habits over an extended period of time.
But habits die hard; we cling to them because they fit in with our lifestyle and the people around us. And changing something that is second nature to us very often results in stress - especially if that change is at odds with the habits of those in our social and family world.

Dieting is also hard because it relies on our willpower to keep us on the right track. Willpower is often very strong at the start of a diet when we are desperate to change, but it can ebb and flow with the state of our health and the pressures and triggers of day-to-day life.

Dieters rarely think of rehearsing how they will manage in difficult situations such as going out to dinner with friends; they just hope that their willpower will hold up and they punish themselves if it doesn't.

Willpower is hard to maintain for extended periods of time, especially if our dietary rules are too strict. Sometimes we feel like we've made some progress in our diet and so we become less inclined to put ourselves through the struggle of restricting our food. So dieting is hard because people haven't learned the difference between willpower and commitment to long-term behaviour change.

Diets make you feel hungry and deprived
Research shows that, whether you are fat or thin, diets make you very hungry and create powerful cravings for the very foods that dieters try to stay away from - such as sugars and fats.
On top of these cravings, dieters also have to manage feelings of deprivation: 'Everybody is eating what I'm not allowed to. They can have it - why cant I?' This kind of thinking is likely to lead to rebellious overeating.

Dieters lapse and collapse
A diet only works for as long as you are on it.
Most people get bored with rigid eating plans and go off the rails from time to time. The trouble is that for many people a lapse is a sign of failure. They tell themselves they've 'blown it' and experience feelings of inadequacy; the lapse becomes a slippery slope and they end up eating anything that's not nailed to the floorboards in the hope that they will 'start again tomorrow'.

Such people go from diet to diet hoping to find the one that will stop them from failing, but such a diet doesn't exist, and they may end up bigger than ever each time they try.

Diets fail to address the emotional aspect of overeating
People very often eat to help deal with emotional problems such as stress, rather than because they're hungry. This is normal, but some people gain weight because they turn to food for emotional comfort or to cope with negative feelings like anger or loss. Dieting doesn't solve the problem of 'emotional' eating. If anything, it makes people more depressed - and losing weight will often make things worse, as people have to cope with the pressures and expectations that their new body shape can entail.

Dieters usually fail to change their core habits
The only people who lose weight and keep it off permanently are those who have made permanent changes to their own eating and exercise habits, and to those of their families.

Dieters too often say or think things like: 'When I'm slim I'll never overeat again' or 'When I've lost this weight I'll go out and celebrate with a cream cake', or 'Why should I change the family eating habits just because I'm on a diet?'
Too often those old eating habits will creep back in, no matter how much weight the dieter has lost, and in time they'll find themselves back at square one.

Conclusion
Wanting to be a healthy weight and to manage one's eating in a world full of temptations is a laudable aim. However, dieting as we know it is not the way to do it.

For long-term weight loss, many things - not just your nutritional habits - will have to change.



South African Meat Industry Company

Samic has excellent meat cutting charts. Just click on the banner below for lots of interesting information.



Our Home Biltong Makers (What people say)

I love having Biltong "on tap"!
Lee Ann Cantrell, Cresta, Johannesburg

Hi Biltongmakers!

I think I may have another couple of orders for you. The Germans I work with were so impressed with my homemade biltong, they want to do it themselves!

Gunter Pibernik
England



Thank you very much, my order has arrived!
The first time I purchased a a Biltong Maker was for my son who always enjoyed making biltong with his late father and he has not stopped using it!
My son-in-law was so impressed that I decided it would make a super birthday gift which is the 1st November so it arrived in time!

Thank you again
Jenny Winter
Cape Town, South Africa



Hi Guys,

My first batch turned out great, absolutely love having biltong "on tap"! Now I can experiment to my hearts content!

Lee Ann Cantrell
Cresta, Johannesburg

The most popular Home Biltong Maker in the world! You too could be making your own Biltong in a very short space of time.
Have a look at our Home Biltong Makers and see how easy it is!!


Details on ROCKEY'S 5kg Home Biltong Maker can be found by clicking on this link.

It's as easy as 1-2-3 to make your own Biltong!







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This month's specials

Christmas is only a couple of shopping weeks away! .....

In two months time we'll be halfway through January 2007!

There is still time to have your Biltong Maker delivered before Christmas but only if you
place your order now!!

As an extra bonus to end this year off on a high note, the following prices will apply:

Rockey's incredible 5kg Home Biltong Maker @ only R 850.00! (Normal retail is R 950.00).
The unbeatable Biltong Buddy (2kg) @ only R 695.00! (Normal retail is R 750.00).

Make use of this opportunity and ask for surface mail! It costs a fraction of the airmail cost.

Surprise your family and friends with a piece of real South African Biltong this Christmas. It's as easy as 1-2-3 and loads of fun too!

Click here to go to our on-line shop.



Tips of the month

If this is true it's very scary!

Microwaved Water - See what it does to plants!
Recently a science student undertook a science fair project.
click on the picture to see it bigger In it she took filtered water and divided it into two parts. The first part she heated to boiling in a pan on the stove, and the second part she heated to boiling in a microwave.

Then after cooling she used the water to water two identical plants to see if there would be any difference in the growth between the normal boiled water and the water boiled in a microwave.

She was thinking that the structure or energy of the water may be compromised by microwave. As it turned out, even she was amazed at the difference.

Click on the picture to see it bigger I have known for years that the problem with microwaved anything is not the radiation people used to worry about. It's how it corrupts the DNA in the food so the body can not recognize it.

So the body wraps it in fat cells to protect itself from the dead food or it eliminates it fast. Think of all the Mothers heating up milk in these "Safe" appliances. What about the nurse in Canada that warmed up blood for a transfusion patient and accidentally killed them when the blood went in dead!

But the makers say it's safe. Never mind then, keep using them. Ask your Doctor I am sure they will say it's safe too.

Proof is in the pictures of living plants dying.

Remember You are also Living! Take Care.



Forensic Research Document
Prepared By: William P. Kopp
A. R. E. C. Research Operations
TO61-7R10/10-77F05
RELEASE PRIORITY: CLASS I ROO1a


Ten Reasons to throw out your Microwave Oven

From the conclusions of the Swiss, Russian and German scientific clinical studies, we can no longer ignore the microwave oven sitting in our kitchens. Based on this research, we will conclude this article with the following:
  1. Continually eating food processed from a microwave oven causes long term -permanent- brain damage by "shorting out" electrical impulses in the brain [de-polarizing or de-magnetizing the brain tissue].
  2. The human body cannot metabolize [break down] the unknown by-products created in microwaved food.
  3. Male and female hormone production is shut down and/or altered by continually eating microwaved foods.
  4. The effects of microwaved food by-products are residual [long term, permanent] within the human body.
  5. Minerals, vitamins, and nutrients of all microwaved food is reduced or altered so that the human body gets little or no benefit, or the human body absorbs altered compounds that cannot be broken down.
  6. The minerals in vegetables are altered into cancerous free radicals when cooked in microwave ovens.
  7. Microwaved foods cause stomach and intestinal cancerous growths [tumors]. This may explain the rapidly increased rate of colon cancer in America.
  8. The prolonged eating of microwaved foods causes cancerous cells to increase in human blood.
  9. Continual ingestion of microwaved food causes immune system deficiencies through lymph gland and blood serum alterations.
  10. Eating microwaved food causes loss of memory, concentration, emotional instability, and a decrease of intelligence.
Have you tossed out your microwave oven yet?

After you throw out your microwave you can use a toaster oven as a replacement. It works well for most and is nearly as quick.

The use of artificial microwave transmissions for subliminal psychological control, a.k.a. "brainwashing", has also been proven.
We're attempting to obtain copies of the 1970's Russian research documents and results written by Drs. Luria and Perov specifying their clinical experiments in this area.



Meat Cutting Charts

Below you will find three meat cutting charts.

These are displayed with the compliments of SAMIC.
(The South African Meat Industry Company).
SAMIC has a very interesting web site as well as a weekly newsletter about anything to do with the
Meat Industry in South Africa.
Now, don't think this is a totally boring web site (I thought so first) but it has some very interesting articles and statistics.



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South African Musical and other Events in Europe

For all upcoming shows by South Africa artists please click on the South African events web site link below.
There are a host of South African artists coming to Europe in the next couple of weeks.

Amongst those are;
  • Springbok Nude Girls (London)
  • Klopjag (London)
  • Beeskraal (London)(Boere punk)
  • Riki Latti (Holland/Belgium)
  • Soweto Gospel Choir (Various countries, see the web site)
  • Casper de Vries (Holland)
  • And many, many more
We went to see Anton Goosen in November and apart from an excellent show the organization was faultless. Good food, good music and a very enjoyable evening.

To see all upcoming events please click on
South African Events in Europe web site. There are loads of things happening!


Questions and Answers

As every month, 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 @
info@biltongmakers.com
so we can help other people who might have the same questions in the future)



QUESTION

I have bought a Biltong Maker for my butchery and need to know at what temperature the meat dries? Is this something you would know or have you any suggestion of how I would find this out?

Rory
South Africa
smokejumper@mighty.co.za



QUESTION

I'm American, but please don't hold that against me. Politics aside, I have some questions about biltong preparation that I can't get properly answered here.

Food safety is of great concern here, such that I doubt biltong could be legally sold, due to the center portion still being raw and pink.
This isn't an issue with quality beef, which has passed government inspection.

However, I would like to make biltong out of wild venison, as hunting season for deer is currently open. The only bacteria or parasite that could possibly be present in the venison from my area is Lyme disease, which is bacterial.

The Afrikaner who introduced me to biltong years ago said they made it from fresh Kudu meat after a hunt, but didn't mention whether there was any health risk associated with using wild game.
So, the question I ask you is whether properly prepared biltong is known to have any risks, or whether the preparation and drying/curing process kill bacteria in the pink interior of the meat?
If you can't answer that, it's okay. I'll stick with beef.

Lastly, a few questions on ingredients. Your recipes call for "rock salt" or "coarse salt". What is generally available in the U.S. is Kosher salt, although I believe I might find something closer to what you call coarse salt at a specialty shop.

What we call "rock salt" is used only for the making of home-made ice cream. This stuff is generally considered unfit for human consumption, as it is rough-mined and can contain dirt and other impurities. (It's other use is for de-icing walkways in freezing weather.)
Is Kosher usable? Or, do you think I should head to a specialty shop to find the right stuff?

Lastly, can you help define "brown vinegar"? Sounds like the malt vinegar we use on fish and chips, which is brown. If it has another name, could you clue me in? We have a couple of large, specialty grocers in my area, and I bet I can find it, or something suitable.

I do hope I am not overly complicating what you folks consider a fairly simple recipe. In any case, I'll be ordering your biltong cutter shortly.

Thank you most sincerely,
Michael Rollins
3029 Pine Hill Drive
Kennesaw GA, 30144
United States of America
rollinsm@bellsouth.net



QUESTION

Ek is op soek na Boerewors en Biltong resepte op CD vir my kinders in Engeland.
Help asseblief.
Dirk Bezuidenhout
South Africa
ddbezuidenhout@telkomsa.net


Stoep Talk

All that trouble about a forgotten lipstick .....
By James Clarke

Having, not long ago, been rear-ended by a young woman motorist (whose crisp turn of phrase revealed her to be no lady) I became a bit nervous when, a few mornings ago, I found a Yofex (young female executive) driving a hair's breadth from my rear bumper and chatting away on her cellphone.

The sub-cult of the Johannesburg Yofex is instantly recognizable. Its members drive white BMW 3 Series; nearly always have a cigarette between their fingers and a phone tucked under their ear so that they have to drive with their heads sharply inclined to one side. Not that I am one to generalize, you understand.

Even minibus taxi drivers pull over when they see a Yofex approaching.

Yofexes, white or black, have pale skins because they are never outdoors. They spend their weekends rearranging their Filofaxes, working on flow charts for their next presentation, cooking three-course meals for their Maltese terriers and working off calories at the local gym in incredibly expensive leotards.

If a Yofex dents her car or finds she has a grey hair she is likely to seek her bed and go into a foetal position from which only the jaws of life can unfold her. Not much else fazes her.

I was driving along the M1 North, relaxed, feet up on the dashboard and noting how green the trees were when, as I say, this white BMW became glued to my rear.

I slowed down, giving her the opportunity to pull out and overtake and ferret her way into the tangle of traffic ahead. Everybody gave way but I doubt she noticed. Anyway the Yofex code is: "Death, before acknowledging a courtesy."

I eventually found myself behind her and, to signal that she was taking the next off-ramp, she turned on her windscreen wipers.

I was taking the same off-ramp and at the top we both turned right but then, to my surprise, she turned right again - back on to the highway but this time in the opposite direction from whence she had come.

I noticed she was still on the phone. She might even have been doing her nails. I could be mistaken. She might just as well have been making notes.

Obviously she had forgotten something - her flow charts perhaps; notes for her presentation; maybe her lipstick...

I imagined her jinking her way through Rosebank and back into Parktown North where many Yofexes live in singularly anonymous quarters behind blank white walls.

I could imagine the sound of her reverse thrust as she came to a stop outside her house. Her hysterical ankle-biting Maltese would be flinging itself against the grill gate where also stood her man.

Yofexes rarely have husbands. Even if they do they still refer to him as their man. Their men generally have a more leisurely approach to their jobs, hence they leave home later.

She would have phoned ahead and her man would have been standing there holding out the forgotten item. Then her tyres would have smoked as she threw her car forward having grabbed something from her man's outstretched hand - yes, the forgotten lipstick, I bet.



Talking of Maltese... a reader, Ian Sabook sent me some frankly worded ads from the Pets' Corner in the classified section:

Found: Maltese terrier: Eight years old. Hateful little bitch. Bites.

Found: Dirty white dog. Looks like a rat... Been out a while. Better be a reward.

Free puppies: 1/2 cocker spaniel - 1/2 sneaky neighbour's dog.

Free German shepherd: 85lbs. Neutered. Speaks German


Recipe corner

Kerskoek and Cape Brandy Pudding

Met die seisoen wat weer amper op ons is, moet ons begin dink daaraan om the bak!
Hier is die maklikste resep ooit!

Kerskoek

Bestanddele:
  • 1 koppie water
  • 1 teelepel koeksoda
  • 1 koppie suiker
  • 1 teelepel sout
  • 1 koppie bruinsuiker
  • Suurlemoensap
  • 4 groot eiers
  • Neute
  • 1 bottel vodka
  • 2 koppies droëvrugte
Metode:

Proe die vodka om gehalte te toets.

  • Neem 'n groot mengbak en proe weer die vodka. Maak seker dis die beste gehalte, skink een koppie vol en drink dit.
  • Herhaal.
  • Skakel die menger aan.
  • Klits een koppie botter in 'n donsige bak.
  • Voeg 'n teelepel suiker by.
  • Klits weer.
  • Maak seker die vodka is sjteeds goed.
  • Drink nog 'n koppie ... vir die wis en die onwis. Skakel die menger af.
  • Breek twee uiers, gooi dit en die droëvrugte by.
  • Tel die vrugte van die vloer af op.
  • Meng die skakelaar aan. As die droëvrugte in die menger vassjit,
  • sjkroewedraaier dit losj.
  • Proe die vodka vir gifterigheid.
  • Sif nou twee koppies sout. Of so iets. Wie gee om??
  • Proe die vodka.
  • Sif die suurlemoensap, dreineer die neute en gooi 'n tafel by.
  • Dan 'n lepel sjuiker, of sjo ietsj. Wat jy ook al kan kry.
  • Sjmeer die oond.
  • Draai die koekpan 360° en moenie val nie.
  • Menger die afskakel.
  • Gooie die bak deurrie venster enne drunkie laasjte vodka op.
Gekersde Seënfees!!!

Luandré Volschenk



Cape brandy pudding

The Cake

Ingredients
  • 250 g dates, stoned and finely chopped
  • 5 ml bicarbonate of soda
  • 250 ml boiling water
  • 125 g margarine
  • 200 g sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 240 g cake flour
  • 5 ml baking powder
  • 2 ml salt
  • 250 ml walnuts or pecan nuts, chopped
Method
  • Preheat oven to 180 ºC
  • Divide chopped dates into 2 portions
  • Add bicarbonate of soda and boiling water to 1 portion, mix well and leave to cool
  • Cream margarine and sugar then beat in eggs
  • Sift flour, baking powder and salt over mixture and fold in
  • Add dry portions of dates and walnuts, blending well
  • Stir in bicarbonate of soda mixture, blend thoroughly and turn batter out into a large baking dish
  • Bake for 40 minutes or until firm.
The Syrup/Sauce

Ingredients
  • 300 ml sugar
  • 15 ml butter
  • 200 ml water
  • 5 ml vanilla essence
  • 2 ml salt
  • 25 ml brandy
Method
  • Heat sugar, butter and water for 5 minutes
  • Remove from stove and stir in vanilla essence, salt and brandy
  • Pour sauce over pudding as soon as it comes out of the oven
Serve hot or cold with whipped cream.



Stories from South Africa

'Air safety systems will be ready by 2010'

Transport Minister Jeff Radebe says South Africa is well on its way to meeting airport and air safety requirements in order to deal with the flood of tourists expected to hit the country during the 2010 soccer World Cup and beyond.

Speaking at the Airports Council International World Annual Assembly being held in Cape Town, Radebe stressed that the country was not sitting idle.

"South Africa, through Airports Company SA, is already making huge investments on airport developments to address the high growth rate in air transportation and the added demands of accelerating infrastructure development plans to cater to the forecast traffic peak presented by the Fifa World Cup in 2010," he said.

'Safety and security is high on our agenda'    "We have already started with our investment program of R8-billion in infrastructure developments at our major airports, including the development of the new airport at La Mercy in Durban," he said.

As a result of this expenditure, Radebe said, South Africa's international and regional airports would be able to provide the capacity required for the World Cup.

Leonard Ramatlakane, MEC for Community Safety, who also attended the event, said he was confident that the country would be able to handle the expected increase in both international and domestic travelers beyond 2010.

"We have no doubt about our capacity to deliver airports that will be able to cater to the ever greater needs of passenger loads," he said.

The Air Traffic and Navigation Services Company has also been busy renewing aeronautical navigation systems and has begun replacing older radar systems across the country, in preparation for the World Cup.

"Safety and security is high on our agenda," Radebe said.

He also stressed the growing importance of tourism's contribution, via the airport industry, to the country's economic vitality.
More than seven million tourists visited South Africa in 2005, generating more than R48-billion in revenue, according to Radebe.
He said tourism also played a direct role in supporting 540 000 jobs and an indirect one in a further 670 000.

As a result of this, Radebe said, South Africa had identified tourism as one of the country's immediate priorities for future job creation and economic growth.

A five-year plan to increase aviation's contribution to the tourism sector has been implemented that aims to make South Africa a preferred air travel destination, and which improves airport services.


Around the World

Bits and Bobs from people around the world

The following was submitted by Monique van Schalkwyk

Horrific violence now an everyday sight as the Rainbow Nation ends in a pool of blood.
By Fred Bridgeland in Johannesburg



Oh, cry the beloved country
Read and weep as the horror unfolds and continues to spread ..........

The distinguished anti-apartheid novelist André Brink has shocked many of his politically correct countrymen by warning that football's World Cup, coming to South Africa in 2010, threatens a "potential massacre which could make the Munich Olympics of a few decades ago look like a picnic outing".

Brink, whose novels were banned by apartheid governments and who has twice been nominated for the Booker Prize and short-listed several times for the Nobel Prize for Literature, is no everyday scaremonger.

In one of a number of articles he has written about the crises facing South Africa, he said: "For 12 years after our first democratic elections [held in 1994, resulting in Nelson Mandela becoming president] I went out of my way to assure people inside and outside the country who had doubts about the new South Africa that we were moving in the direction of democracy, truth and justice, and that the darker by-products of the change were temporary and superficial accidents. I can no longer do that."

While South Africa has bathed in the accolade of the Rainbow Nation since the end of apartheid in 1994, a torrent of commentators and swathes of the general public now say that the rainbow's end has been reached and the nation is sliding back into the storm.

Just this month , Nobel Peace Prize winner archbishop Desmond Tutu said the country had lost its "moral compass and reverence for life".

He said: "Is it not horrendous for an adult man to rape a nine-month-old baby? [a reference to the country's plague of baby rape in the belief that sex with infants cures Aids] What has come over us?"

Like many South Africans, Brink is appalled by violent crime levels that are seemingly out of control - he finally felt impelled to speak out when his own daughter, son-in-law and their children were caught in a restaurant hold-up of the sort that has become a near-everyday occurrence.

Five men armed with pistols stormed the Cape Town restaurant where his daughter's family were dining; ordered everyone to lie face down on the floor and strip themselves of rings, jewelry, watches, cell-phones and wallets. The men then emptied the safe and cash register and beat up and kicked the customers before herding them into a small back room, locking it and making their escape.

Apart from a single paragraph in a small community newspaper, the incident was not reported. "It is too insignificant," said Brink, "to banal, to commonplace in the new South Africa. No-one has been killed, no-one raped.
It will not even rate as a statistic."

South Africa now ranks alongside Colombia, Chechnya and the occupied Palestinian Territories as among the most violent places on earth. In a new report, the South African Institute of Race Relations said that one million whites have left the country in the past decade.

This is partly because of the escalating violence, but also because they see no future in a country once proclaimed as "non-racist" but which has implemented a damaging raft of reverse-racist policies with similarities to those adopted by past white governments.
Most of those quitting are highly skilled people such as doctors, nurses and engineers and young people born too late to have ever voted in the apartheid era.

More whites began packing their bags for Europe, North America and Australasia when justice minister Charles Nqakula, responding to a question about the scores of daily murders and hundreds of daily rapes, told parliament that those who complained about crime were "unpatriotic moaners". He went on: "They can continue to whinge until they're blue in the face or they can simply leave this country."

The justice minister's implication was that only whites "whinged" about the rampant violence. But most of those raped, mugged and killed are black people . One woman, who had been gang-raped and mugged by fellow blacks, and who lives in a paralysis of fear in her township, wrote to a newspaper asking: "Where, honourable minister, do you suggest I go?"

And last week it was too late for 15-month-old Khensani Miteleni to consider going anywhere - she and her mother were caught in one of the near-daily wild west-style gunfights that make Johannesburg's city centre resemble a war zone.

Violence is just one element of the developing South African crisis:
A vicious succession battle for supremacy is underway inside the ruling African National Congress; thousands of people die of Aids each week and thousands more become infected while president Thabo Mbeki and his health minister, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, deny there is any link between the HIV virus and Aids (eat more pap) and the Rand has collapsed faster than any other currency this year amid fears that former vice-president Jacob Zuma, who narrowly escaped conviction for rape and is currently on trial for fraud and corruption, will become the next president.

As South Africa slid off the rainbow, one leading newspaper columnist warned: "We have all been lulled into a sense of false security over the past 12 years. We look north to Zimbabwe with pitying eyes and tell ourselves it couldn't happen here.

"Well, my friends, the seeds have been sown. Just wait for the harvest."



This contribution is from Carla McClachlan in England

I am going home, I just love the place, its sounds ..... its smells ...

I have been a bit slow in reading the last two newsletters as we have been moving and then went on holiday, but now that I have finally gotten down to it, I am enjoying reading through once again.

I don't actually eat meat (yes I am South African), but still love reading your newsletter.

There is one topic I would like to comment on, your 'Going home or staying put' article.

I agree that South Africa is suffering a backlash from apartheid days and that the crime is a sad state of affairs. I feel awful that you and many others have suffered. I am currently living in the UK and to be honest with you, I am more fearful here than back home. Not only of potential attack by individuals but by organized, political groups. I am horrified by what some of the teenagers are capable of here, where they go on sprees of attacks for no purpose whatsoever.

I am mentioning this because in South Africa people are subject to utter poverty and I honestly don't know how I would react to this situation (poverty stricken) should I be in it. Also, while this is no excuse, for many years black people were subject to the same and worse violence by the white people and for this reason I am not entirely surprised that there is this backlash.

My comparison is because the violence in South Africa comes from a place of desperation and vengeance, whereas here, there is NO reason other than sick pleasure.

I have been out of South Africa for three years now and go home (to Cape Town) every year. We were in Johannesburg this year and was amazed at how well our friends and family are doing. They do stay in these secure villages, but still enjoy a lovely quality of life. We are hoping to be able to go back to South Africa to live next year.

I have two groups of friends that I made while staying in Denmark who are so relieved to be back in South Africa as they found it extremely difficult to keep track of their teenage kids while in Denmark. There is a wholesomeness and old fashioned manners still present in South Africa that just doesn't seem to exist in Denmark and England. I am saying this from what I have heard from them as I don't have kids, but I have witnessed some very rude behaviour from kids this end of the equator.

When I moved to Denmark I thought that it epitomized everything I would hope for South Africa, but you know what, they have the highest level of depression and suicide.
People just don't seem to worry about other people.
In South Africa, people really care, they are friendly and smile so easily. I really enjoyed my time in Denmark and felt very welcome there, but it highlighted to me what not having to rely on anyone resulted in.

I believe that there is a new generation growing up in South Africa that has not been subject to apartheid or national service and frankly don't give too much of a hoot about it. They are tolerant of all races (and by-the-way I find South Africa one of the most tolerant, non judgmental places I have been to) and will start to influence changes which will make South Africa the absolute best place to be in the world.

I love the place now, the sights, sounds. Even the smell of the place makes me feel 'home'. I want to be there to be part of the solution, because I admit that solutions are required. It is HOME.

I hope I make some sort of sense. I understand that some people don't want to be in South Africa for many reasons.
I just happen to not be one of those.
Thank you once again for a fab newsletter.

Very best wishes
Carla McClachlan
England
carla_mclachlan@hotmail.com



This is from Marinda van der Brugghen. Marinda is one of our new subscribers this month.

Hello everybody!

I have been living in Naperville, Illinois, USA since March of this year.
We arrived here in the States in January and stayed in Chicago, Illinois for eight weeks as I gave birth here to my second daughter Storm. I have come to really enjoy where we live and my eldest daughter just enjoys the freedom she has here to run around in the street with her friends ( something she could not do in South Africa). It is very family orientated and that is great!

We still have to get use to the cold winters we have here! Already we have had a few nights where it has gone 3’C past freezing point. We got a taste of the cold when we arrived in January and could not believe that it could get this cold.
We actually do not mind it cause the sun is out and the skies are blue.

The people in the neighbourhood here were so tremendously nice when we moved in. They came over to welcome us and even brought us food.
Amazing!

I have become so used to the safety here and being able to walk with my dog at 22h00 at night and not feeling scared at all!

Thanksgiving is coming up soon and we will spend it with friends at their place so we can see all the traditional things they do and eat on this holiday. My eldest is in school and has already started speaking in an American accent. It is not too bad cause here in Illinois they actually speak a decent dialect.

Wishing you all of the best!
Regards,

Marinda van der Brugghen
Naperville, Il. USA
m.vanderbrugghen@comcast.net



The last contribution is from Sjoerd Walda from New Castle in South Africa

Hi there in Belgium. Not back yet in the good old country?

After living for 40 years in Helmond in Holland, I am back where I grew up as a kid for 14 years in Durban!

I also used to order Boerewors over the internet from a shop in the UK! But boy, was it expensive!
I bought your Biltong Maker through the Internet 5 years ago when i was still living in Holland and it's still going strong! Thanks a lot as we say here in KZN!

But since 18 months I am now back in Kwazulu-Natal, where I bought a house in Newcastle. I must say that the Boerewors and Droëwors is much cheaper than overseas!!

My name is Sjoerd Walda (male). I was born in Helmond in Holland in 1948. We went to South Africa in 1949 and lived there till 1963.
I went back on holiday 14 times and now I am back for good!
The reason i went to South Africa on holiday so often is because my only sister, who is 5 years older than me, lived in South Africa and in 1965 married a white guy from Durban!

So at the age of 56 I retired and left Holland for good.

Yes there is such a lot of crime here in South Africa and how the country changed since 1963!
But there is only one South Africa with all its traditions and I am very happy here in Newcastle.

I still receive your newsletters and always like to read what South Africans overseas have to say about how much they miss there homeland!!

Kind regards,

Sjoerd Walda
New Castle, South Africa
sjwalda@tiscali.co.za


Something to smile about

Congratulations ....

To all the kids born before the 1980's !!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.
Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.
We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because......

We were always outside, playing ....

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the street lights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K!!

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have PlayStation's, Nintendo, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms ..........

WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!

School sports had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

These generations has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!
The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned

HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!

And if YOU are one of them!

CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.

And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.
Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!



Sport talk

Snippets from the papers

Zulu still angling for the big prize
Dolphins allrounder Lance Klusener says he would reconsider his Kolpak status in a heartbeat if he is called up to the Proteas team.
Full Story ...

Aussie PM predicts home win in Ashes Series
Prime Minister John Howard predicted Thursday that Australia would regain the Ashes but welcomed the return of "the old rivalry" to the series in recent years in a BBC interview.
Full Story ...

Land re-zoning for 2010 stadium to be appealed
The Green Point Common Association wants a firm guarantee that if Cape Town's 2010 stadium is built on the golf course site, the rest of the common would remain well-managed, public space for ever.
Full Story ...

Boks head out for 'tough' British tour
Scrumming coach Balie Swart has expressed his satisfaction with the Springbok pack, but also admitted a mighty challenge was awaiting them in Ireland and England over the next month
Full Story ...

Some unusual names in World Cup Masterplan
Even in Test match week, amid the pressures of the build-up to the international against Ireland, it has been easy to discern where Springbok coach Jake White's thoughts lie: Ten months ahead at the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
Full Story ...


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Boerewors in Europe

Boerewors (Europe only, sorry people!)

We have a freshly made batch in the freezers all vacuum packed and ready to go!
Boeries on the braai!
So if you need Boerewors just email us or call. You can either collect or we can mail it to you.
All our customers in Holland, Belgium and in fact, all over Europe are raving about the packing of and the condition in which the wors arrived at their doorsteps.

Just imagine some "lekker" pap and wors with a nice tomato and onion sauce!

Just give us a call on +32 (16) 53.96.25 or email us.

Our Boerewors is vacuum packed in quantities of about 500 gram.
The normal price is € 8.45 per kg but for the time being we will keep it at only € 7.95 per kg!!


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Droëwors for the UK and Europe!

Droëwors ...... a typical South African delicacy all of its own!

Droëwors, as it is known in South Africa, is as much part of the country's culinary culture as Biltong, Pap, Boerewors and Potjiekos.
Real South African Droë Wors! The spices are of course imported especially from South Africa so you will get the "real" thing!
Unfortunately we are all sold out right now. The droëwors was sold within a week of the announcement of the special pricing! But ..... please place your advance orders for the next batches to make sure you don't lose out!!

The price will be € 28.00 per kg or € 7.00 per 250 gram packet.

Droëwors travels well and posting is an ideal option.
We can mail it to you in Europe and the UK via priority mail in minimum quantities of 1 kg.
See all the mailing rates by going to www.boerewors.be

Interested? Give us a call or email.

 
Lamb on the Spit

Lamb on the Spit ....... something special!

The Braai season is over in Europe (except for some diehards!) but there is always the Spring and Summer of 2007!!

Lamb on the Spit is a way of entertaining as only known by very few mainly because it is thought to be very expensive ....... Not so!

Click to see me big! We will do a lamb on the Spit for parties of between 30 and 50 people for just € 18.00 and € 15.00 a head respectively.

Together with the lamb we will treat you to a big pot of curried potatoes as well as a choice between a pasta salad or three-bean salad. Garlic or bread rolls are included as well.
For venues more than 50 km from our home base in Keerbergen there is a small transport fee.
The barbecue season is almost over but there is always next year.
Start planning now for the Spring and next Summer!
Remember that we are doing these functions only during weekends.

Booking early is essential and you can do so on
+32(16) 53-9625 or email us.

(A Lamb on the Spit can only be done outside because we cook on coals!)

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