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Win a Classic South African Cookbook hamper

The Classic South African CookbookDie Klassieke Suid-Afrikaanse Kookboek

The Classic South African Cookbook by Melinda Roodt is exactly that – classic home cooking for South Africans the way they eat now.

In line with the country’s diverse cultures, which often blend more harmoniously in the kitchen than in any other sphere of life, this book is a kaleidoscope of our modern lifestyle with influences from grandma’s kitchen, popular Mediterranean cuisine, as well as both Indian and African culture.

But no matter what your roots may be, this book sets a foundation for good, honest, carefree home cooking, incorporating all the well-loved and familiar favourites. The more than 170 recipes have been refined to guarantee mouth-watering results, no matter your skill level. Only fresh and locally available ingredients are used, while the various techniques are carefully explained – a real boon to those just setting out on their culinary journeys. Best of all, every recipe is accompanied by a full-colour photograph.

Also available in Afrikaans as Die Klassieke Suid-Afrikaanse Kookboek.

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Penguin Random House has got an awesome Classic South African Cookbook hamper up for grabs! The hamper will include a copy of The Classic South African Cookbook, a R500 Exclusive Books voucher, a R500 Woolworths voucher and a selection of South African treats.

Click here to complete the online form to enter our competition!

The cut-off date for entries is 28 October 2016. Only 1 (one) entry per person per prize draw will be allowed. Terms and conditions apply.

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DIY like a pro: Upcycle, refurbish and reinvent everyday items with Make Your Home

Make Your HomeSkep 'n tuisteNow available from Struik Lifestyle – Make Your Home by Germarie Bruwer and Margaux Tait:

The authors love taking everyday items and giving them a twist. Upcycling and repurposing are key terms in their design lexicon. As they say: “Trends come and go, but you have to live in your home, so make it a comfortable space that can grow and change with you.”

Through their innovative ideas, inspired use of materials and ability to reinvent ordinary objects, the authors present projects suitable for all craft and décor enthusiasts, from beginners to those with more advanced skills.

Whether you prefer to tackle projects with a handsaw and cordless drill, craft paper and scissors, or a sewing needle and delicate trim, there is something here for everyone.

From storage solutions to paint techniques, through knitted rugs and upholstered seats, to stamped tiles and outdoor seating, there are ideas to brighten and enliven your home and outdoor spaces – all showcased via beautiful photography, concise instructions and an appealing design.

Make Your Home is also available in Afrikaans as Skep ‘n tuiste.

About the author

Margaux Tait is a décor and lifestyle stylist, graphic designer, photographer and entrepreneur. Together, they created Homeology, an ideas-sharing platform and creative outlet that aims to inspire lovers of arts, crafts, décor and design.

Germarie Bruwer is an interior designer, DIY fanatic and blogger. This is their first book.

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Festive Season Road Safety Campaign Launched With Tribute to Fallen Traffic Officers

The Official K53 Learner's and Driver's Made EasyDie amptelike K53 slaag jou Leerling- en bestuurderslisensies maklikThe 2015 Arive Alive Road Safety Festive Campaign was launched yesterday with a special address by acting Minister of Transport Advocate Ngoako Ramatlhodi, MP, during a wreath-laying ceremony to remember the traffic and metro officers who died in the line of duty.

“Ladies and Gentlemen: As difficult as it may be, we affirm that we will not be deterred, our work will go on and we will reclaim the roads from rogues and ensure that everybody, without exception, obeys the rules of the road.

“As we launch the festive season plan today, I implore you to pay tribute to our fallen colleagues by tightening law enforcement on the roads without any compromise,” Ramatlhodi said, before announcing “a commitment to introduce a single insurance cover for officers who have died in the line of duty”.

A renewed commitment to the training of traffic officers, as well as a commitment to harmonise the traffic law enforcement fraternity, was also made.

Read his speech in full:

Distinguished Guests;
Ladies and Gentlemen

On behalf of government, I want to express our sincere gratitude to the Road Traffic Management Corporation, the Institute of Traffic and Municipal Officers of South Africa, the Institute of Licensing Officers for all that you have done to make this important observance day possible.

It is a great privilege to stand with this distinguished group of public servants, proud family members, valued friends, and brave members and supporters of the traffic and metro law enforcement community. And it is an honor to be able to thank you for your bravery; and to pay tribute to those who are missing from us this morning – the heroes who have given their lives in order that their fellow citizens might be safer, their neighbourhoods more secure, and their communities and country not only stronger, but more just.

These heroes were young adults who aspired from an early age to stand on the front line of our fight for safer roads and secure communities. And each of them represented the very finest this country had to offer – and the best qualified among us to serve, and to protect without any fear, favour or prejudice.

A reporter from Eyewitness News tweeted live from the event:


The Arive Alive Road Safety Campaign aims to raise awareness of safe practices on the road. Have a look at their poster with easy-to-remember phrases and read their tips on how to be safe on the roads as you travel to your holiday destination this festive season:


The long-awaited holiday is almost here and whatever your intentions, be it going away on holiday, visiting local attractions or staying at home, ER24 is urging everyone to celebrate with safety in mind.

If you are driving to your destination, remember the following:

  • Ensure your vehicle is roadworthy. Ensure you have a spare wheel, first aid kit and fire extinguisher in the vehicle.
  • Plan your route. It is a good idea to take note of all filling stations, police stations and hospitals.
  • Carry a torch, fire extinguisher and reflective bib in case you encounter problems with your vehicle.
  • Keep a list of telephone numbers of people to contact as well as your medical details and history (medical aid number, blood group and allergies for example).
  • Let people you trust know where you are going and when they can expect you back.
  • Buckle up and ensure children in the vehicle are appropriately restrained. If you are travelling with pets make sure they are restrained.
  • Do not drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Ensure you are well rested before your journey. Take regular breaks. If there is another person in the vehicle who is licensed to drive, rather share the driving.Refrain from road rage. Be alert at all times and do not speed. Alter your speed according to the environment you are in.


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If you would like to brush up on your road rules, or have not yet obtained your driver’s license, we suggest the incredibly user-friendly guide by Clive Gibson, Gavin Hoole and Bata Passchier: The Official K53 Learner’s and Driver’s Made Easy. It’s also available in Afrikaans as Die amptelike K53 slaag jou Leerling- en bestuurderslisensies maklik.

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For a Healthy iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Just Add Adders

Snakes and Snakebite in Southern AfricaSlange and Slangbyt in Suider-AfrikaA Complete Guide to the Snakes of Southern Africa'n Volledige Gids tot die Slange van Suider-Afrika

26 gaboon adders have been successfully released into the iSimangaliso Wetland Park on the coast about 300 kilometres north of Durban. The snakes were reared at the nearby St Lucia Crocodile and Education Centre, and are important to the health of the whole ecosystem.

Johan Marais, herpetologist and author of a number of books about snakes, told Tony Carnie a bit more about the species for an article featured in The Mercury.

Marais explained that although the venom of a gaboon adder is potentially deadly, bites are next to “unheard of, except among snake handlers”:

“The bite is not unlike that of a puff adder – potently cytotoxic causing massive swelling, pain and blistering that may result in necrosis and severe tissue damage.

“But even the puff adder accounts for few deaths, as victims usually have enough time to get to a hospital and treatment. Gaboon adders are not often encountered, very well camouflaged and fortunately reluctant to bite. They will hiss loudly to scare you off.”

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News from the African Snakebite Institute: Johan Marais Explains How to Identify Mildly-venomous Snakes

Johan Marais is an internationally respected herpetologist and author of several books on snakes in southern Africa, including Snakes and Snakebite in Southern Africa and A Complete Guide to the Snakes of Southern Africa.

Snakes and Snakebite in Southern AfricaSlange and Slangbyt in Suider-AfrikaA Complete Guide to the Snakes of Southern Africa'n Volledige Gids tot die Slange van Suider-Afrika

Marais also runs the African Snakebite Institute (ASI), through which he offers training courses, corporate talks and demonstrations, environmental impact assessments and reptile safaris. In the latest ASI newsletter Marais focusses on mildly-venomous snakes:

“Of the 173-odd different types of snakes in Southern Africa the vast majority of species are either harmless or mildly venomous. Only nineteen snake species are considered deadly,” the snake expert writes. Examples include the Common Night Adder, the Stiletto Snake, the Berg Adder, the Many-horned Adder and the Horned Adder.

Read the ASI newsletter to find out more about these snakes, including photos to help you identify them and tips on what to do when you come across one:

While the venom of most mildly-venomous snakes like the Herald snake, Eastern Tiger snake, the various Sand and Grass snakes and the Skaapsteker has virtually no effect on humans, twenty nine snakes that are not considered deadly have rather potent venom that could cause a great deal of discomfort or even hospitalisation. Sadly many of these snakes are listed as ‘mildly venomous’ on various internet sites. This is certainly not always the case.

The Common or Rhombic Night Adder is a good example. It is abundant where it occurs in the wetter eastern parts of the country and is a frog specialist, feeding largely on toads. Gardens with water features lure frogs and the Night Adder follows. Its venom is often described as mildly cytotoxic that will cause some pain and a bit of swelling. This may be the case in some bites but not always. We see some particularly bad bites, especially on children and dogs. Night Adder venom is potent enough to kill small dogs and I recently saw a case where a Maltese Poodle was bitten on a paw and its front leg had to be amputated the following day.

ASI offers many helpful tools on their website, including downloadable posters and links to resources on snakes. Have a look:

Dangerous Snakes of Southern Africa



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Try Ine Reynierse's Low-carb Recipe for Ninja Chai Tea with a Triple Fat Kick

Low Carb is LekkerLow carb is lekkerWho doesn’t like a comforting anti-oxidant rich beverage with a triple fat kick?

Inè Reynierse’s low-carb Ninja Chai Tea is packed with goodness – and it’s tasty too!

A low-carb lifestyle doesn’t have to mean making dire sacrifices for the sake of healthy living. Reynierse’s recipe book Low Carb is Lekker, also available in Afrikaans as Low carb is lekker, contains delicious and nutritious alternatives to the hearty local meals and beverages we all know and love.

So go on, try Reynierse’s Ninja Chai Tea. It will change your world:

It is a meal in minutes and will kick you into fat burning mode before you know it. It is creamy, comforting and lekker local when made with rooibos tea (you could use black tea) and off course the chai spice mix ads just the right amount of foreign whimsy! It is simply divine.


4 rooibos teabags (Black teabags will work too)

2 cups of water (500 ml)

1 tsp ground mixed spice (cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger)

1/2 tsp ground ginger powder or a chunk of fresh peeled ginger

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Big Cats in the City: Laurel Seriey Discusses the Urban Caracal Project (Podcast)

Stuarts' Field Guide to Mammals of Southern AfricaStuarts se Veldgids tot Soogdiere van Suider-AfrikaA Photographic Guide to Mammals of Southern, Central and East AfricaBehaviour Briefs

Nature lovers confined to the city will be interested in the Urban Caracal Project, an investigation into the effect of urbanisation on these important predators.

Laurel Seriey, founder and coordinator of the project, recently spoke to Mike Wills on CapeTalk about her work. She revealed more about the aims of her research, and how ordinary people can help.

Caracals, Seriey says, are solitary animals and play a “key role in the health of the ecosystem of the Cape Peninsula”. But they are under threat because of human activities.

Listen to the podcast:


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Nuwe rilroman vir tieners deur Francois Bloemhof: Liefde, moord en Facebook

Liefde, moord en FacebookStruik Lifestyle kondig met trots aan dat Francois Bloemhof se jongste tienerroman – Liefde, moord en Facebook – eersdaags op ons rakke verskyn:

Liefde, moord en Facebook is ’n tienerroman met genres van beide romanse en rillers. Die hoofkarakter, Klaradyn, raak verlief op ’n fotograaf wat dalk vir die moorde op die modelle in haar tuisdorp verantwoordelik is – die een na die ander word vermoor. Daar is ’n paar verdagtes, maar niks word te ernstig opgeneem nie. Die karakters is wandelende clichés en daar word op ’n humoristiese manier met die modelwêreld gespot, asook mense se obsessie met Facebook en die wyse waarop sosiale media deesdae die menslike gedrag dikteer. Die werklike storie bevat fiktiewe Facebook-insetsels, volledig met foto’s en ’n paar skakels na video’s en klankgrepe.

Oor die outeur

François Bloemhof is die enigste skrywer wêreldwyd wat omvattend vir die jeug, tieners en volwassenes skryf. Hy is ’n vryskut-taalpraktisyn asook kopieskrywer, resensent en joernalis en is bekend vir die eerste Afrikaanse e-boek en strokiesprentreeks. François skryf vir die verhoog, die radio en tydskrifte, en twee rolprenttekste uit sy pen word vanjaar geproduseer. Hy het heelwat toekennings ontvang, insluitende die De Kat-prys vir sy debuutverhaal, Die nag het net een oog.


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Tuluver: The Hoax Bird Invented to Save the Vulture (Podcast and Video)

Sasol 300 Easy-to-see BirdsSasol 300 maklik sigbare voëls van Suider-Afrika100 Common Bird Calls in East Africa

In order to raise awareness about the importance of vultures, and the threat of extinction that they face, BirdLife South Africa recently launched a hoax campaign about a “newly discovered” species: the Tuluver.

The stunt included a video of the fictitious bird, as a way of getting people to pay attention to the “beautiful birds” we are already privileged to have.

BirdLife SA CEO Mark Anderson spoke to Karien Jordaan about the video. He said that although the organisation apologises for causing trouble, the campaign got a huge amount of attention.

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Watch the video about the fictitious Tuluver bird:

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Josh Thirion (13) Wins "The Best of the Best" Award with Gourmand at the Frankfurt Book Fair

Bake with JoshBak met JoshOn 15 October, the Gourmand Awards celebrated 20 years of awards at a ceremony at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

As part of the celebration, they honoured the “Best of the Best” from the last 20 years of awards. We are thrilled to announce that Josh Thirion won the award for “Best of the Best Children Food Book” for Cook with Josh (Afrikaans: Bak met Josh).

Thirion is a talented boy with a passion for food and cooking. Besides cooking and baking, Thirion loves to draw, especially comic strips. His other favourite activities include sport, drama, reading and singing. Bake with Josh is his second book.

Read about what the award meant for the world’s youngest published author and chef on the Josh in the Kitchen blog:

Josh had previously stated that just by virtue of merely being a nominee for the award was enough honour for him. But he exceeded even his own expectations by bringing home the award.

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