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Die Burger 100: Sy mense en hul stories 1915-2015 word op 29 Maart in Stellenbosch bekendgestel

Die Burger 100: Sy mense en hul stories 1915-2015Kom woon die bekendstelling van dié huldeblyk aan ‘n koerant wat 30 000 uitgawes binne ‘n eeu kon druk en van die mees merkwaardige stories in Suid-Afrika se geskiedenis geplaas het op Woensdag 29 Maart by.

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Join the low-carb revolution with these four recipes from Jump on the Bant Wagon

Blogger Nick Charlie Key’s appetising new book is set to become a part of the low-carb food revolution. Like every Banting devotee, you want to eat healthy and delicious meals that also beat the budget. Nick more than walks the Banting talk – when he was diagnosed with metabolic syndrome in 2014 he had to take firm action. After he jumped on the Bant(ing) wagon, he trimmed down by 22 kilograms, feels healthier than ever and says he sleeps like a baby.

Now he shows you how with 90 recipes that will have you drooling while keeping you, or getting you, in shape. Every recipe is low in carbohydrates, gluten-free and offers alternatives for sugar.

The recipes cover the spectrum of all the meals you need in an average week of staying healthy and brimful of energy, from soups, curry, pork pies and lasagne to warm you in winter to salads, quiches and – yes – ice cream for summer days. You’ll find pizzas and hamburgers (with scrumptious onion rings) for chilled weekends, and for your sweet tooth there’s cheesecake, chocolate brownies, fudge malva pudding, pancakes and everybody’s favourite, chocolate mousse.

This book will ensure that you can make healthy meals quickly – and within budget.
 

A sneak preview from Jump on the Bant Wagon
 
 

GARLIC BUTTER PRAWNS

My wife and I spent our honeymoon on the south-eastern coast of South Africa in an area affectionately known as the Garden Route (for its abundantly lush vegetation, not because everyone has perfectly manicured lawns). It also has some fantastic beaches and more activities than we could reasonably do in a week. But one activity we always make time for is finding great places to eat. We made our way to a restaurant in Knysna where, years before, I had instantly fallen in love with their amazing garlic butter prawns. It inspired me to come up with my own recipe so that I can get to eat them more often at home.

INGREDIENTS
300 g butter
30 ml (2 Tbsp) Dijon mustard
Juice of ½ lemon
2 cloves garlic, chopped
½ bunch fresh parsley, chopped
1 kg medium-sized raw prawns, peeled and deveined, with tails attached
Salt and pepper

METHOD
Preheat the oven to 230°C.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter, mustard, lemon juice,
garlic and parsley. When the butter has melted completely, remove from the heat.

Arrange the prawns in a shallow baking dish. Pour the butter mixture over the prawns and cook in the oven for 12–15 minutes or until the prawns are pink and opaque. Season the prawns to taste and serve hot with a side of your favourite seasonal veggies.

SERVES 4

ROAST CHICKEN WITH BACON, GARLIC, LEMON AND THYME

Roast chicken is surprisingly simple to cook. There are obviously hundreds of variations on how to roast a good chicken, but to just do a simple one is easy and has a particularly high reward-to-effort ratio. In fact, roast chicken was the first roast of any kind that I ever made and I remember vividly how nervous I was about stuffing it up (*cough* pun intended). Hopefully this recipe will meet with grand success in your household as well.

INGREDIENTS
1 whole chicken (preferably with the giblets removed) Coarse salt and black pepper
3 lemons
3 heads garlic, halved horizontally
1 handful fresh thyme sprigs
30 ml (2 Tbsp) melted butter
250–350 g bacon

METHOD
Preheat the oven to 220 °C.

Before you start, pat both the inside of the cavity and the outside of the bird with kitchen paper to make sure the surface is nice and dry – this helps the skin to crisp up nicely.

Place the bird into a roasting pan, breast side down. This is an old trick I learnt which allows the juices to run down into the meat and keeps it juicy as opposed to just running out into the pan.

Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the chicken. Stuff the cavity with two lemon halves and two garlic head halves, as well as a bunch of thyme, making sure you have enough left over to garnish the finished product.

Brush the outside of the chicken with the melted butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Once the chicken is suitably trussed, cut two of the lemons into quarters and place them and the remaining garlic around the chicken in the roasting pan.

Arrange the rashers of bacon over the chicken, covering as much of the surface as you can.

Place into the preheated oven to roast for 1 hour. Remove the bacon and set aside. Continue roasting the chicken for another 30 minutes or until the juices run clear when you cut between the thigh and the leg.

SERVES 4–6

MUSHROOM SOUP

INGREDIENTS
50 g butter
1 large onion, chopped
750 ml (3 cups) chicken stock
1 x 400 g punnet mushrooms, sliced
125 ml (½ cup) fresh cream
Salt and pepper

METHOD
Heat the butter in a saucepan and fry the onion until soft (don’t let it brown). Add the stock and most of the mushrooms and simmer for about 30 minutes or until the mushrooms are cooked through and soft. Remove from heat and blend until smooth using a stick blender. Return to heat and add the cream. Season to taste with salt and pepper. In a separate pan, fry the remaining mushrooms and add as a garnish to the soup.

SERVES 2

BROCCOLI AND CAULIFLOWER SOUP

INGREDIENTS
60 g butter
1 large onion, chopped
750 g mixed cauliflower and broccoli florets, chopped
30 ml (2 Tbsp) chicken stock powder
Water
125 ml (½ cup) fresh cream
Salt and pepper

METHOD
Heat the butter in a saucepan and fry the onion until soft. Add the cauliflower and broccoli. Put the lid on and allow the vegetables to sweat over low heat, watching to ensure it does not burn.

Add the chicken stock powder and enough water to cover half the contents of the saucepan. Simmer for about 20 minutes until the vegetables are soft and cooked through.

Remove from heat and blend until smooth with a stick blender. Add the cream and heat through on the stove. Season to taste.

SERVES 4–6

Jump on the Bant Wagon is also available in Afrikaans as Klim op die Bant Wagon.

Jump on the Bant Wagon

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Klim op die Bant Wagon

Koeëlreën: Wapens, bloedspatsels en wonde - Wollie Wolmarans se sake bewys dat feite soms meer bisar is as fiksie...

Wollie Wolmarans is een van Suid-Afrika se bekendste forensiese deskundiges. Hy is al geroep in meer as 800 hofsake in Suid-Afrika, en oorsee. Een van sy mees bekende sake was Oscar Pistorius s’n; daarna het almal ’n opinie gehad oor spatmerke.

Gooi hierdie ongelooflike kennis saam met Japie Bogaards se vermoë om ’n spannende storie te vertel, dan het jy ’n feiteboek wat soos ’n riller lees.

Vir 240 bladsye vertel hierdie twee jou van ware sake, beide ter plaatse en in ander lande. So, al lesende, word ons al hoe meer vertroud met die studie van projektiele in vlug, die uitkenning van vuurwapens, hulle reikafstand en afvuurtempo, die snelheid van die projektiel, die merke wat op afgevuurde doppies en koeëls gelaat word, die aard van die wonde wat hulle veroorsaak, ja – ook bloedspatselpatrone en die chemiese reste wat koeëls laat op diegene wat daarmee in kontak was, as ook die versameling en berekening van data.

Koeëlreën is ’n fassinerende boek met sake wat tot die 1800s terugdateer.

Die moord op John F Kennedy word betrek, so ook die skrikbewind van die Beltway Snipers wat in 2002 talle mense sonder enige patroon afgemaai het.

Soos die boek vorder, leer die leser al hoe meer.

Verskeie Suid-Afrikaanse sake word betrek, ook die van Pistorius.

Van die interessantste gevalle is egter dié wat nie noodwendig die poniepers haal nie.

Een daarvan is Jamie Verhoef se saak. Die seun se lyk word in sy kamer op ’n afgeleë plaas naby Beaufort-Wes aangetref. Hy lê op sy jaggeweer, sy kop is vergruis. Was dit ’n ongeluk of selfdood? Die antwoord is belangrik, want daar is ’n polis, met ’n selfdoodklousule, van ’n miljoen rand op die spel. Meer nog: Daar is ’n gesin wat antwoorde soek.

Hoe haal regerings hulle teenstanders uit? Al gehoor van spioene en giftige sambrele? Koop die boek, sulke goed gebeur nie net in James Bond-films nie. Feite is soms veel meer bisar as fiksie.

Koeëlreën

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Martin Meredith's Afrikaner Odyssey delves into the extraordinary life of Deneys Reitz

Afrikaner Odyssey

In the first half of the nineteenth century, southern Africa was a jumble of British colonies, Boer republics and African chiefdoms, a troublesome region of little interest to the outside world. Into this frontier world came the Reitz family, Afrikaner gentry from the Cape, who settled in Bloemfontein and played a key role in the building of the Orange Free State. Frank Reitz, successively chief justice and modernising president of the young republic, went on to serve as State Secretary of the Transvaal Republic. In 1899, he stood shoulder to shoulder with President Paul Kruger to resist Britain’s war of conquest in southern Africa. At the heart of this tale is the extraordinary life of Deneys Reitz, third son of Frank Reitz and Bianca Thesen.

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International Women's Day: seven African woman writers you should have read by 2017

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a universal commemoration of the social, economic, political and cultural achievement of women.

The following quote by Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie encapsulates both the necessity of celebrating a day committed to the empowerment of women, and how writing can aid the continuing empowerment of women worldwide:

“Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.”

Here follows a list of African woman writers whose stories matter:

The Translator

1. Leila Aboulela: Acclaimed – one of the most suitable adjectives to describe Sudanese author Leila Aboulela. She has published five novels in 16 years, wowing literary critics with her debut The Translator, which was nominated for the Orange Prize and chosen as a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times. Her novel second novel, Minaret, also received a nomination for the Orange Prize and her third novel, Lyrics Alley made the longlist for the same prize in 2011. Lyrics Alley was awarded the Fiction Winner of Scottish Book Awards and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize. In 2000, Aboulela was awarded the coveted Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story The Museum. Aboulela’s work has been translated into 14 languages, and is predominantly influenced by the Muslim faith and her experiences of cross-culturalisation.

Nervous Conditions

2. Tsitsi Dangarembga: Zimbabwean author, poet, activist and filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga was born in Bulawayao and schooled in England. Her debut, the semi-autobiographical Nervous Conditions (1988), is themed around race, colonialism, and gender in post-colonial and present-day Zimbabwe. Nervous Conditions was awarded the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 1989, and is still regarded as a significant contribution to African feminism and post-colonialist narratives. (PS – Dangarembga will be delivering a Women’s Day lecture in Johannesburg on whether feminism is divisive, unAfrican and anti-Black this coming Friday.)

Moxyland

3. Lauren Beukes: When it comes to writing about contemporary sci-fi cum fantasy cum speculative fiction, no one does it quite like Lauren Beukes. With a slew of awards behind her futuristically inclined pen, including the Arthur C. Clarke award for the perennial favourite and much-lauded Zoo City, Beukes has established herself as a South African author to be reckoned with. Her debut novel, the Cape Town-based cyberpunk Moxyland (2008) was nominated for the South African Sunday Times Fiction Prize; 2013′s time travel thriller The Shining Girls was the recipient of four prestigious South African literary awards; and – lest we forget – 2014′s Broken Monsters was commended by The Guardian for its unique adoption of the horror trope as means to explain the crazy reality we live in. And no one quite does crazy reality like Lauren Beukes…

A World of Strangers

4. Nadine Gordimer: A fearless political activist and recipient of the 1991 Nobel Prize for Literature, Nadine Gordimer garnered international recognition for her work which dealt with moral and racial issues, and a constant questioning of power relations and truth during South Africa’s apartheid regime. Gordimer’s The Late Bourgeois World, A World of Strangers, Burger’s Daughter and July’s People were either banned or placed under censorship by the apartheid government, owing to the strong anti-apartheid stance and her criticism of racial division. Gordimer is not only one of the most notable literary figures to emerge from South Africa, but also one of its most notable women.

Coconut

5. Kopano Matlwa: Addressing race, class and colonisation in modern-day Johannesburg, Kopano Matlwa had South African bibliophiles buzzing with her debut novel Coconut, published in 2007. Coconut was awarded the European Union Literary Award in 2006/07 and also won the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa in 2010. Her second novel, Spilt Milk (2010), published to equally great acclaim, delivers an allegorical perspective on the born-free generation. Matlwa’s recent Period Pains explores social issues from the point of view of a young female protagonist, delivering an insightful and honest look at growing up in a post-1994 South Africa.

We Need New Names

6. NoViolet Bulawayo: The first black African woman and the first Zimbabwean to be shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, NoViolet Bulawayo rose to international acclaim with her debut novel We Need New Names (2013). Born Elizabeth Thsele, Bulawayo’s literary approach towards displacement, childhood, globalisation, social class and gender delivered subtle, yet powerful commentary on the existential realities of Africa. Named a ‘five under 35′ by the National Book Foundation in 2012, the recipient of the Caine Prize Award for African Writing in 2011, and a Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award winner for We Need New Names, there’s no stopping NoViolet Bulawayo.

Americanah

7. Chimamanda Adichie: No ‘must-read-African-woman-writers-list’ will be complete without mentioning this critically acclaimed author and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient whose TEDx-talk on
feminism was appropriated in Beyoncé’s “Flawless”. Mense: take note of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. As a globally renowned writer, an advocate for gender equality, and vocal supporter of the representation of African culture in the international literary sphere, Adichie is one of the most influential authors – and women – of the 21st century. Viva, Chimamanda, viva.

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Breyten Breytenbach recipient of international literary award

The poet, novelist and artist Breyten Breytenbach has been awarded the 2017 Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award.

Breytenbach is renown for his anti-apartheid activism and acclaimed poetry anthologies, many of which are in Afrikaans.

The Zbigniew Herbert Foundation, composed of an international panel of literary critics, announced Breytenbach as the recipient of this prestigious award on Monday in Warsaw, Poland. The award is named after the anti-communist Polish poet and philosopher, Zbigniew Herbert.

Jarosław Mikołajewski (Poland), who serves on the jury, stated:

Breytenbach is an outstanding poet and an outstanding person. Qualities found in his poems include moral tension, breadth and dynamic imagination. And his qualities as a person – a need to be on the side of the weakest, and an opposition to violence, to discrimination. His value as a person brought him admiration and seven years in prison. His value as a poet has brought him the Zbigniew Herbert Award.

The award ceremony will take place in Warsaw on the 25th of May.