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Book Preview: For Good Times by Julie Gallagher

For Good TimesQuivertree has shared a preview of For Good Times by Julie Gallagher. The book was developed by the people at In Good Company, a stylish and much-loved South African party store.

The preview contains a few examples of the DIY party ideas, recipes and “push-print” stationary. The book has 12 party plans, with easily replicable ideas, delicious dishes and beautiful do-able decor for each.

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Podcast: Tim Noakes Addresses Criticism from UCT Faculty of Health Sciences

Die kosrevolusieReal Meal Revolution567 Cape Talk‘s Pippa Hudson recently invited Tim Noakes to respond to his UCT colleagues’ criticism of the promotion of a low carb high fat (LCHF) diet as a healthy lifestyle, as outlined in Real Meal Revolution.

Noakes is the director of the UCT/MRC Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine (ESSM), Department of Human Biology, in the Faculty of Health Sciences at UCT. Wim de Villiers, dean of Noakes’ faculty, went on record saying his claims are not in agreement with the institution’s scientific findings.

Noakes responded, saying: “An outline of the scientific evidence for my position is presented in about 20 000 words in our book Real Meal Revolution. That work includes references to the most important scientific works supporting my interpretation.” He explains that the success of this book is based on the positive results people gain from its contents and not clever marketing tricks.

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Recipe: Red Wine-braised Lamb Shank with Oven-roasted Root Vegetables from Gourmet Safari

Gourmet SafariStruik Lifestyle has shared a recipe for Red Wine-braised Lamb Shank with Oven-roasted Root Vegetables out of Donovan van Staden’s Gourmet Safari.

In the introduction to his book, Van Staden says that in recent years safari lodges begun to compete more fiercely for guests, and that kitchens have become something of a frontline in the battle to be the best. This book is the product of the evolution of what he calls “bush fine dining”. This lamb recipe is an example of the balance of great ingredients and good technique that goes into serving up excellent safari grub.

Try this delicious recipe for Lamb Shank:

Serves 4

4 lamb shanks
10 ml olive oil
20 ml balsamic vinegar
125 ml good red wine
4 sprigs fresh rosemary
10 cloves garlic, unpeeled
cooking oil for frying
4 small onions, chopped
3 tomatoes, grated
1 x 400 g tin whole peeled tomatoes
pinch each of salt and ground black pepper

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Exploring landscapes and heartspaces

Sonja Kruse is returning to all the uBuntu families to give them a copy of the book. Here she is, pictured with Maryam Alie in Langebaan, whose story appears on pages 71-73.

Sonja Kruse is returning to all the uBuntu families to give them a copy of the book. Here she is, pictured with Maryam Alie in Langebaan, whose story appears on pages 71-73.

Face2Face is the proud publisher of The uBuntu Girl, by Sonja Kruse. Sonja will be signing copies of the book at Exclusive Books in Cavendish Square on Saturday, 30 April, from 11am to 12pm. Here she reflects on her journey across South Africa, and how the book came about.

For many it seems brave to quit one’s job, give one’s car away and to pack a 33lt backpack, a camera, a R100 and walk and hitchhike around South Africa. I think not. For me, it would take bravery to live in a country where I don’t know my fellow South Africans. Because that would make every interaction with others, a trip into the unknown.

Instead I opted to step into a vision that explored the heartspaces as much as the geography of our land. It was to be a journey of discovery – discovery of the sincere hospitality offered by complete strangers and the uncovering of my own fears, apprehensions and preconceived ideas. I left without a tent, sleeping bag or bank cards. Instead I carried a deep belief that I am because of others.

The astonishing reality is that along the unplanned route, 150 families from 16 different cultures opened their homes and hearts to, in essence, a stranger. I stayed in affluent suburbs and dusty townships, in shacks and in mansions; meeting pensioners, school children and students, farmers and labourers, rich businessmen, poor widows, artists, housewives, truckers, curio sellers. And everything in between.

What they all had in common was the spirit of ubuntu that compelled them to reach out to a lonely traveller. In doing so they filled my journey with extraordinary stories, teaching me about humility and grace. From the first night spent in the home of a Scenery Park mother who slept on the floor so that her guest could sleep in her bed to meeting the only white induna in the history of the Zulu Royal House on my last day.

The families taught me that ubuntu is not about your space or mine. It is about our space. And that is how the book – The uBuntu Girl – having generated an energy all of its own, decided that it needed to be written. And so began a whole new journey…

I had to learn to QWERTY type, to write and, more importantly, how to honour each person in our collective story. There were over 14 000 photos to pick from. Because one thing was for sure: our country is not a black and white book with a few colour plates. Our country is full-colour explosive!

To help me on this journey, I was fortunate to find a like-hearted and like-minded editor, graphic designer and publisher who were able to share and expand the vision. And with their guidance, we created a 240 page full-colour book that captures the essence of the journey and the lessons that we can take from it.

This book has been described as a travelogue, but I think it is more of a ‘humanlogue’ – a celebration of the human spirit.


Title: The uBuntu Girl
Author: Sonja Kruse
Publication Date: June 2014
Pages: 240
Size: 244x210mm Portrait
ISBN: 978 0 9922018 3 8
Recommended retail price: R390.00
Published by: Face2Face an imprint of Cover2Cover Books
Websites: /

Available from bookstores countrywide and On the Dot distributors (021 918 8810 or

Verskeie skrywers se werk te sien tydens vanjaar se kykNET Silwerskermfees

Vanjaar se kykNET Silwerskermfees, wat vandag begin en tot 30 Augustus in Kampsbaai draai, sluit ‘n hele paar boekverwante items op die program in met die mees opwindende geleentheid die glanstoekennings waar ‘n paar name wat al te bekend is aan die Books LIVE-gemeenskap benoem is.

Pad na jou hart, wat in boekvorm by NB verskyn het, is vir verskeie toekennings benoem insluitend Beste Redigering en Beste Teks. Leandie du Randt, outeur van Gemaklik in jou eie lyf wat by Struik Lifestyle verskyn het, is benoem vir haar hoofrol in Die Windpomp en Die Ballade van Robbie de Wee, waarvan die draaiboek deur Kobra-outeur Deon Meyer geskryf is, ding mee om onder meer Beste Film.

Pad na jou hartSuurlemoen!Gemaklik in jou eie lyfJoostOorseeDie pad byster150 Stories

Tydens hierdie vierdag-geleentheid word verskeie Afrikaanse films en kortfilms vir die eerste keer aan die publiek vertoon. Boekwurms kan uitsien na die film weergawe van Jaco Jacobs se gewilde jeugboek Suurlemoen (LAPA); ‘n kortfilm weergawe van “Trippie”; Nicola Hanekom se bekroonde drama wat deur Protea Boekhuis in Die pad byster gedruk is; asook ‘n kortfilm deur bekroonde dramaturg Tertius Kapp (sy jongste drama Oorsee verskyn eersdaags by NB); Leandie du Randt speel in die komiese Vuil Wasgoed, ‘n kortfilm met Simoné Nortmann en Bouwer Bosch; die langverwagte fliek Joost: Spel van Glorie, oor Joost van der Westhuizen (wie se biografie by Zebra Press verskyn het) se stryd teen motorneuronsiekte, maak sy buiging en Nataniël, ‘n ou hand in die skrywerswêreld wie se jongste boek 150 stories pas by NB verskyn het, maak sy kortfilm-debuut met die boeiende Almon, Henry.

Dit is natuurlik slegs ‘n paar hoogtepunte – daar kruip nog vele outeurs en bydraers tot boeke op die program weg! Kaartjies is ongelukkig reeds uitverkoop so as jy nog nie een het nie sal jy maar moet uitmis op hierdie aksie-belaaide naweek.

Hier is ‘n video oor dié geleentheid waar een van die organiseerders gesels oor die opwindende program:

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Gesels saam oor die fees deur die gesprek op Twitter (@SilwerskermFees) met die hutshekkies #Silwerskerm2014 #WDC692 en op die SilwerskermFees Facebook-blad te volg.

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Die vierde kykNET Silwerskermfees vind plaas vanaf 27 Augustus 2014 by die Bay Hotel in Kampsbaai. Die feesprogram bestaan elke jaar uit debuut kort-en vollengte films, besprekingspanele asook ‘n glans toekeningsgeleentheid. Die fees is ‘n vertoonkas vir die Afrikaanse filmbedryf en hierdie jaar sprei die fees sy vlerke nog breër met ‘n nuwe kategorie vir dokumentêre films, 15 nuwe kortfilms wat deur kykNET en Silwerskerm vervaardig word, 25 bestaande films en ‘n projek in samewerking met Kaapstad se World Design Capital-inisiatief.

Die kortfilms is beslis ‘n groot hoogtepunt op die program. Die doel van die kortfilms is om vir ‘n jonger generasie filmmakers die geleentheid te bied om hul talent te ontwikkel onder die leiding en mentorskap van gevestigde name in die filmbedryf. Die inskrywings vir hierdie kategorieë het hierdie jaar verdriedubbel en as gevolg van die hoëgehalte aansoeke wat ontvang is, is besluit om hierdie jaar 15 in plaas van die gebruiklike 13 films te vervaardig. Onder mentorskap van Mitzi Booysen, Herman Binge, André Scholtz en Deon Opperman is 24 voorstelle uit die talle inskrywings genooi om deel te neem aan die teksontwikkelingsessies. Uit hierdie groep is die finale 15 tekste gekies wat vir die fees vervaardig word. Die befondsing van die kortfilms word deur kykNET verskaf.

Volgens Silwerskermfees mentor Deon Opperman:

“Nes daar in sport vir “diepte” in spanne gesorg word deur hoë-standaard opleidingsgeleenthede aan die opkomende talent van die volgende generasie aan te bied, so bied Silwerskerm die geleentheid aan opkomende talent in die filmbedryf aan – vervaardigers, skrywers, regisseurs en produksiespanne – om hulle vaardighede te slyp ter voorbereiding vir groter, professionele projekte daarna. Dit is vir my ‘n besonderse plesier om as skryfmentor by Silwerskerm betrokke te wees. Dit is my diepste oortuiging dat hierdie projek in die jare vorentoe ‘n wesenlike impak op die standaard van Suid-Afrikaanse film sal hê.”

Die kortfilms spog met baie jong talent voor én agter die kamera’s soos Marisa Drummond, Jennis Williamson en JC Snooke (Stom), Eddie de Jager, Suzzi Swanepoel en Solomon Cupido (‘n Liefdeslobotomie), Bouwer Bosch en Bennie Fourie (Vuil Wasgoed), Jenna Dunster, Asleigh Harvey en Tessa Denton (Neem my saam). Twee bekende toneelstukke is vir die kortfilm genre verwerk naamlik Nicola Hanekom se Trippie en Charles Fourie se Agterplaas. Nog ‘n bekende dramaturg wat verantwoordelik is vir een van die kortfilms is Tertius Kapp (Iemand Anders). Oudergewoonte is daar ook heelwat bekendes wat ook in die rolverdeling te sien sal wees; Tinarie van Wyk-Loots (Juweeldiewe), Susanne Beyers, Pietie Beyers (Onder die Tafel), Elsabé Daneel, Marion Holm, Helene Truter en Antionette Louw (Totsiens, Pa), Andre Odendal, Harold Richter (Die Laaste Ure), Nataniël en Armand Aucamp (Almon, Henry), Shamilla Miller en Irshaad Ally (Nommer 37), Neels van Jaarsveld en Arno Jordaan (Ben se Begrafnis), Quentin Krog en Cindy Swanepoel (Eenrigting).

Die Silwerskermfees is ook trots om hul betrokkenheid by die Kaapstad World Design Capital-inisiatief bekend te maak. As deel van hierdie inisiatief maak die Silwerskermfees, in samewerking met AFDA en die Guga S’thebe Kuns en Kultuur sentrum in Langa, ‘n aantal kort 1-2 minuut films. Hierdie films beoog om ‘n visuele storie te skep deur die landskap en die taal van die gemeenskap te gebruik en sodoende ‘n unieke Suid-Afrikaanse narratief te skep. Die projek is ook verder ontwikkel in Hillbrow, Johannesburg en dié films sal ook tydens die fees vertoon word.

Die Bestaande film kategorie bestaan hierdie jaar uit 25 films. Inskrywings vir hierdie kategorie was oop vir alle films wat op plaaslike bodem vervaardig is. ‘n Dokumentêre kategorie word ook hierdie jaar by die Silwerskermfeesprogram gevoeg.

Oudergewoonte sluit die fees af met ‘n glanstoekenningsgeleentheid en net soos die propvol program vir 2014 die groei in die Suid-Afrikaanse filmbedryf weerspieël, met nuwe kategorië en projekte, sluit die toekenningsgeleentheid ook nuwe afdelings in.

In die eerste afdeling kom die volledige aanbod van Afrikaanse filmvrystellings vanaf 1 September 2013 – 31 Augustus 2014 in aanmerking vir die Jaarlikse Nasionale Silwerskermtoekennings.

Volgens Karen Meiring (M-Net: Direkteur van Afrikaanse Kanale) is dit ‘n baie opwindende tyd in die Suid-Afrikaanse filmbedryf:

“Die passie en energie wat daar in die rolprentbedryf is, is tasbaar. Die toewyding waarmee elke film vervaardig word weerspieël beslis in die standaard wat jaar na jaar oortref word. Die fees is baie trots op die erkenning en ondersteuning wat dit tot dusvêr kon bied aan filmmakers, maar die fees is beslis meer as net ‘n platform. Die fees se hoofdoel is die uitbreiding, groei en ontwikkeling van talent in die rolprentbedryf. Baie werksgeleenthede word geskep, maar belangriker nog, skep dit die geleentheid om ons eie stories op ons eie unieke manier te vertel binne die konteks en agtergrond van die mooiste filmstel ter wêreld: Suid-Afrika.”

Die tweede afdeling van die toekenningsgeleentheid is die Amptelike Silwerskermfeestoekennings. Hierdie afdeling sluit die feesfilms in en word tydens die fees deur ‘n paneel beoordeel. Die nominasies word op Saterdag 30 Augustus 2014 bekendgemaak en sluit kategorië in vir Beste kortfilm, Beste Feesfilm asook kykerskeuses.

Die nominasies lyk soos volg:

Beste Film

  • Pad na jou hart
  • Die windpomp
  • Die Ballade van Robbie de Wee

Beste Regisseur

  • Jaco Smit (Pad na jou hart)
  • Darrel James Roodt (Alles wat mal is)
  • Etienne Fourie (Die Windpomp)
  • Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat (Konfetti)

Beste Manlike Byspeler

  • Marius Weyers (Pad na jou hart)
  • Casper de Vries (Konfetti)
  • Marcel van Heerden (Pad na jou hart)

Beste Vroulike Byspeler

  • Marga van Rooy (Die Windpomp)
  • Anna-Mart van der Merwe (Die ballade van Robbie de Wee)

Beste Manlike Akteur

  • Ivan Botha (Pad na jou hart)
  • Neil Sandilands (Die ballade van Robbie de Wee)
  • Armand Greyling (Die windpomp)
  • Louw Venter (Konfetti)

Beste Vroulike Akteur

  • Donnalee Roberts (Pad na jou hart)
  • Erika Wessels (Alles wat mal is)
  • Leandie du Randt (Die windpomp)

Beste Oorspronklike musiek

  • Benjamin Willem (Pad na jou hart)
  • Johnny De Ridder (Die windpomp)

Beste Kinematografie

  • Jacques Koudsdaal (Pad na jou hart)
  • Tom Marais (Stuur groete aan Mannetjies Roux)
  • Johan Prinsloo (Die Windpomp)

Beste Teks

  • Donnalee Roberts & Ivan Botha (Pad na jou hart)
  • Etienne Fourie (Die windpomp)
  • Louw Venter (Konfetti)

Beste Redigering

  • Dwaine Faria-Carrao (Pad na jou hart)
  • Louis Greeff, Mario Kowars & Mario Krawits (Die windpomp)
  • Zelmarie Degenaar (Konfetti)

Beste film (nie Afrikaans)

  • Anthony Silverston (Khumba)
  • Theo Nel, Harriet Gavshon, JP Pogieter, Mariki van der Walt, Donovan Marsh (Inumber)



Real Meal Revolution Wins 2014 Nielsen Booksellers Choice Award (Plus Video: Noakes on LCHF Lifestyle)

Real Meal RevolutionReal Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Sally-Ann Creed, David Grier, Jonno Proudfoot and Tudor Caradoc-Davies has been announced as the winner of the 2014 Nielsen Booksellers Choice Award at the annual Sefika Awards dinner held in Durban last night.

This award is “bestowed upon an author for a book he or she has written that booksellers most enjoyed selling throughout the year” with organisers noting that the book “helped many a bookseller’s bottom line as it flew off the shelves this year”.

Tim Noakes recently spoke to Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp on Expresso about the success of this book and the lifestyle behind it. In a debate with Patrick Holford, a nutritional advisor from the UK who does not agree with him, Noakes unpacks the Banting diet and dispels rumours surrounding it.

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