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Don't Miss the Bloggers' Social Evening Network at Exclusive Books Dainfern Square in Midrand

Invitation to Bloggers Social Evening Network

You are invited to join the Bloggers’ Social Evening being hosted by Exclusive Books Dainfern Square.

It will be an evening of wine, snacks and socialising. Lood du Plessis will chair a discussion between Joan de la Haye, Monique Snyman and Monique Bernic about blogging. There are also fantastic goodie bags for the first 20 bloggers to reply.

The event is on Saturday, 5 September at 5:30 for 7 PM at Exclusive Books Dainfern Square.

Don’t miss out!

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  • Date: Saturday, 5 September 2015
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 7 PM
  • Venue: Exclusive Books Dainfern Square
    Dainfern Square
    Corner Broadacres Drive and William Nicol Drive
    Midrand, Johannesburg | Map
  • Panel: Lood du Plessis (chair), Joan de la Haye, Monique Snyman and Monique Bernic
  • Refreshments: Wine and snacks
  • RSVP:, 011 469 0169 or on Facebook


Kyk vanaand Kwêla vir meer oor Niël du Bois se nuwe De Vette Mossel-kookboek

De Vette MosselKuier vanaand saam met ons by De Vette Mossel voor jou TV – terwyl jou mond kwyl en jou smaakkliere huppelend op en af spring.

Therese Benade van die TV-program Kwêla on kykNET het gaan inloer by die vader van die Mossels, Niel du Bois, by sy idiliese strand-kantoor vir ‘n paar twakstories en lippeklap-lekker seekos – en gou uit sy rowwe hande geëet.

Vanaand, Woensdag, 2 September op kykNET (Kanaal 144) van 20:00 tot 21:00. Die insetsel oor die Mossels kom laaste aan die beurt, dus sowat 20:40.

Die eerste drie mense wat na die program na die onderskeie Mossels inbel en sê wie is die beroemde Afrikaanse liedjieskrywer wat by die Mossel opgetree het, kry ’n gratis Mossel-ete en ’n bottel wyn!

“Kyk Therese, hierdie is nou ’n ou klein krefie. Ek en Jannie Kreef haal natuurlik self baie groter krewe uit. Ja, sommer maklik 10 keer groter. Regtig.” – Du Bois, De Vette Mossel-outeur


Craft Beer by Jacques van Zyl - The Perfect Guide to South African Craft Breweries and Brewers

Craft BeerMapStudio is proud to present Craft Beer: A Guide to South African Craft Breweries and Brewers by Jacques van Zyl:

This is the perfect guide to South African Craft Breweries and Brewers to help you unravel the mysteries of craft beer and discover hidden gems as well as meet the craftsmen and their offerings.

A craft beer is more than a pint – it’s a taste, a place and an experience. There is a story behind each ingredient in every beer, and thinking about these will increase your sensory experience and make craft beer a delight to your palate. Craft beer is a whole-hearted creative expression; the styles and recipes brewed are always original, and are based on the tastes and interests of each brewer.

MapStudio’s Craft Beer will give you all the information you need to discover the perfectly crafted beer – the history of craft beer brewery, how a beer is brewed, beer classifications, the location of South African local craft breweries and their individual beers, as well as interesting stories behind all the brewers, how they started, their passion and of course, their beers.

The book also lists all beer festivals and events where friends, family and craft brewers can come together and share ideas and beers!!

Discover the passion that is Craft Beer.

About the author

Jacques van Zyl travels – not to places so much as into things. Once he’s enchanted, he cannot stop. He makes his inquiries with a childlike insistence on detail and a relentless demand to experience everything. What he encounters, he collects.

He twice had to move house to accommodate a collection – once of rare orchids, once of towering speakers he had designed. He’s a gourmet, a connoisseur of wine and beer, a maker of words and an audiophile. He doesn’t understand money. Instead, he drinks for a living. He maintains a blog, No Small Beer, and is the winner of the 2014 FWV SA Wine Writers’ Long Form Award.

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Programme for the 2015 ParkWords Parkview Literary Festival Announced

Alert! The programme for the ParkWords 2015, Parkview Literary Festival, has been released.

The festival, which is hosted by the Parkview Residents’ Association, is a celebration of the literary talent in the area. It features informal talks and debates, events for children and teenagers, food and entertainment, and the opportunity to buy many wonderful books!

This is is the second year of the festival, and the line-up of authors is even more exciting than last year’s programme. The authors and literati who will be taking part are: Mondli Makhanya, David Smith, William Gumede, Justice Malala, Greg Mills, Peter Bruce, Tim Cohen, Rob Rose, Chris Yelland, James Styan, Ray Hartley, Carlos Amato, Kevin McCallum, Harriet Gavshon, Sarah Emily Duff, Andrea Burgener, Richard Steyn, Tim Couzens, Jenny Crwys-Williams, Craig Higgingson, Mandla Langa, Pamela Power, Judith Ancer, Arthur Goldstuck, Maureen Isaacson, Karen Lazar, Lisa Seftel, Wayne Duvenage, Ben Williams, Achmat Dangor, Dov Fedler, David Williams, David Lewis, Didi Moyle, Bridget Hilton-Barber, Denise Slabbert, Jabulile Ngwenya and Michele Magwood.

South Africa in BRICSLet Them Eat CakeHow South Africa WorksReconciliation\'s Vengeful EchoThe Grand ScamRagged Glory
Lampedusa PieTramp RoyalThe Dream HouseThe Texture of ShadowsMs Conception
Tech-Savvy ParentingHemispheresThe E-Tolls SagaStrange PilgrimagesOut of Line
Jacques Kallis and 12 Other Great South African All-roundersThieves at the Dinner TableSpeaking Truth to PowerTravel Guide to Maputo and Southern MozambiqueOffbeat South Africa


Take a look at the main programme:

ParkWords 2015: Adult Programme



Here is the programme for the young and young at heart:

ParkWords 2015: Children's Programme



More information about ParkWords:

2015 ParkWords Programme


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Braai, Banter and Beer - It's Almost Time for the National Braai Tour with Jan Braai

National Braai Tour Map

FireworksRed HotThe Democratic Republic of BraaiEight days on the road travelling through some of South Africa’s most stunning scenery; every morning, afternoon and night a braai and good banter with tasks centred around the glorious heritage of this beloved country, all wrapped in more braais than you can fit into a potjie and dipped in the mouth-watering sauces that flame-grilled meat leaves behind on a plate.

No, it’s not a dream, it’s Jan Braai’s second annual National Braai Tour and it all lights up on September 12 this year.

Jan developed the National Braai Tour idea as a way to show off parts of South Africa that are both culturally significant, off the beaten track and a joy to visit. “We have so many places to see in South Africa, but everyone can’t always get to them all,” says Braai. “The National Braai Tour attempts to solve that by connecting South Africans with some of our most interesting heritage sites over the course of a week.” The motto for the week is very simple “Unite around a fire, share our heritage and wave our flag”.

Last year participants visited the likes of Golden Gate National Park, the Gariep Dam, Addo Elephant National Park and Bontebok National Park before finishing in Cape Town. Along the way they were encouraged to complete tasks that opened their eyes to the cultural importance of the areas, all while carrying their giant South African flags. “I think we have the most beautiful flag in the world,” says Braai, “and I want to see South Africans having pride in it.” The first National Braai Tour was such a hit that entries for this year’s event were sold out in less than a week.

For the 2015 National Braai Tour, participants will start with a night under the stars in Bloemfontein, before moving on to Kimberley and a guided tour of the Big Hole. “Everyone in South Africa knows about the Big Hole, but how many people have actually been there?” says Braai.

From Kimberley the #braaitour moves to Upington, where participants will visit the Donkey Memorial at the Kalahari-Oranje Museum, a monument to the humble donkey and the role it played in the development of the area. Next it’s on to the Augrabies Falls National Park and a visit to the falls as well as the Oranjekom Lookout Point, where visitors can best view the massive gorge (“Our answer to the Grand Canyon!” says Braai) as well as the wildlife that inhabits that particular area.

After a day of rest in Augrabies, the Tour moves through the Namaqualand area of the Northern Cape to Springbok. Along the way participants – dressed, naturally, in their Springbok rugby jerseys on this day – will have to stop and take a selfie with the Pofadder town sign. “Pofadder is iconic for having such a unique and recognisable name,” says Braai. “On this day we will celebrate the rich heritage and colourful nature of South Africa’s 11 official languages. If you go all the way to Pofadder you have to take a photo of the town name.”

Moving towards the coast, the #braaitour then travels to Strandfontein at a time when the world famous spring flowers should be in bloom. “We hope to see carpets and carpets of the magnificent flowers,” says Braai. “SANParks, custodians of South Africa’s natural heritage, has been very welcoming and they will be opening their arms and the Namaqualand National Park to us.”

The National Braai Tour then comes to a conclusion at Tietiesbaai in the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve near Paternoster. En route to Tietiesbaai a braaied seafood lunch will be hosted by the South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI) at Muisbosskerm in Lambert’s Bay, where participants will learn more about the fish in South Africa’s oceans and what should and shouldn’t be eaten in order to preserve ocean life for future generations.

Camp will be set up for two nights in Tietiesbaai with the final heritage task being all participants gathering in the camp site to watch South Africa’s opening game against Japan at the Rugby World Cup on giant screens. Beer will be served. Lots of it.

Press release issued by Tenfour

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Barbara Joubert gesels oor Kostalgie, haar ouma se bruinmeelpap en "lasagne-parties" in Tamboerskloof

KostalgieBarbara Joubert se derde kosboek Kostalgie: Geure van my lewe het pas op Quivertree se rakke verskyn en bied ‘n blik op die geregte, kombuise, bestanddele en landskappe wat haar liefde vir kosmaak aangewakker het.

Murray La Vita het by die skrywer en Sarie-kosredakteur in haar kombuis in Tuine, Kaapstad gekuier om meer uit te vind oor haar heerlike kosstories en resepte.

La Vita beskryf Kostalgie as “een van die pragtigste kookboeke wat ’n mens al aanskou het”. Joubert gesels oor haar kinderdae in Beaufort-Wes, die vroeë kosinvloede van die Karoo en herinneringe aan haar ouers se “lasagne-parties” in Tamboerskloof.

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Vakansies is sy en haar susters na die Karoo “gepos”.

Een van haar vroeë herinneringe aan kos en die Karoo is die bruinmeelpap op die plaas.

“Tannie Bertie Christie, my ouma se suster, het die meel in sulke groot staaldromme gehou. Sy het álles sélf gemaak: botter, brood. En met die meel waarmee sy brood gemaak het, het sy ook pap gemaak. Ek het in die winter letterlik opgestaan en gehol om daardie pap te eet, met ’n klomp botter en baie suiker en plaasmelk. Jy het nog nooit so iets in jou lewe geëet nie.”

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