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Podcast: Jonathan Deal Outlines the Objections to the Government's Decision to Allow Fracking

Timeless KarooJonathan Deal, founder and CEO of the Treasure Karoo Action Group (TKAG) and author of Timeless Karoo, spoke to Aubrey Masango on 567 Cape Talk about the government’s authorisation of shale gas mining using fracking.

Deal spoke about fracking being an election issue and discusses TKAG’s objections to the government’s decision, saying that they have not taken into account international moratoriums on fracking, among other issues:

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Durbanville Hills Chardonnay Named in World Top 10

Wineries of the CapeDurbanville Hills‘ 2012 Rhinofields Chardonnay has made the 2014 Chardonnay du Monde top 10 list.

The list, decided at the Chardonnay du Monde in France, names the 10 best Chardonnays from around the world. A panel of judges tasted 794 wines from 40 countries. The Durbanville Hills wine shares top position with wines from France, Canada, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Australia and Spain.

The Cape is one of the great wine capitals of the world, with breathtaking scenery and legendary vineyards. Wineries of the Cape: The essential companion to touring the Winelands, by Lindsaye McGregor, a long-time contributor to Platter’s Wine Guide, is an indispensable companion to the area.

Durbanville Hills cellar master Martin Moore explains how the 2012 Rhinofields Chardonnay was created:

We follow a much gentler approach with our Rhinofields Chardonnay and believe that a Chardonnay should never be overpowered by wood. To ensure a seamless integration between oak and fruit we ferment and mature 60 percent of the wine in stainless steel tanks over a 12-month period. The other 40 percent spends the same amount of time in French oak barrels. We roll these instead of stirring the lees in the conventional manner.

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Vincent van Graan Describes Discovering the Archives Which Led to Cape Town Then and Now

Cape Town Then and NowIn a recent interview about his photographic printing work Vincent van Graan tells Annelien Moerdijk about what sparked the idea for his book, Cape Town Then and Now.

“I have always been fascinated by old glass plate negatives and photographs. I have been collecting and restoring them for years. When I came across the most beautiful and best kept collection I had seen, at the Cape Town Archives, I decided to showcase them alongside photographs of the same scenes today,” he says.

Van Graan talks about how he started working on the project six years ago in his spare time and says that the second edition of the book is now being printed. Read the interview:

Annelien: You came out with your own book last year. Please tell us the story behind this?

I have always been fascinated by old glass plate negatives and photographs. I have been collecting and restoring them for years. When I came across the most beautiful and best kept collection I had seen, at the Cape Town Archives, I decided to showcase them alongside photographs of the same scenes today. The idea for “Cape Town Then and Now” was born about six years ago and without knowing how much work it will be, I slowly started trying to do everything myself in the small amount of spare time I have.

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Sean Disney and Vaughan De La Harpe Describe Completing the Explorers' Grand Slam in Poles Apart

Poles ApartNew from Pan Macmillan, Poles Apart by Sean Disney and Vaughan De La Harpe, as told to David Bristow:

An entertaining and fascinating account of the authors’ formidable mountaineering and climbing accomplishments. In 2011 the pair completed the “Grand Slam”, which is summiting the world’s seven highest peaks as well as journeying to the North and South Poles. The book chronicles their achievements in an amusing and modest manner, while still sharing the drama of the various expeditions.

Poles Apart is highly informative about some of the real nitty gritty encounters and behind-the-scenes information about what exactly it takes to summit some of the world’s highest mountains, delving into the vast and varied challenges of mountaineering and very personal experiences of how the two authors overcame them, finding an inner strength that is just as vital as an outer, physical strength.

Although this book delves into the challenges but it does so with a good dose of humour, as both Disney and De La Harpe bounce their experiences off each other and reminisce in sometimes hilarious ways with the kind of detail and stories that armchair adventurers (as well as genuine mountaineers) will enjoy.

“This book is not just about mountaineering. There is the required physical fitness, the mental strength, the tortuous planning, the extreme patience (waiting in a tent in sub zero temperatures, day after day, for a window in the weather) the science, the careful choice of equipment, friendships formed, the need for tolerant wives and families, the soul searching … and, of course, the need for a good sense of humour.” – James Clarke

About the authors

Sean Disney is the Managing Director of Adventure Dynamics International. He lives with his family in Johannesburg. He has climbed Everest from both sides and is a two times 7 summits climber. Disney is a qualified paragliding pilot, private pilot, open water diver, and cyclist.

Vaughan De La Harpe
is the Managing Director of a company based in Johannesburg that specialises in the administration of insurance-related products. He is the first South African, along with Sean Disney, to have completed the Explorers Grand Slam.

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Dana Snyman gesels oor Onder die radar by Woordfees 2014

Onder die radarReisskrywer Dana Snyman het “op die agtersitplek van ‘n Valiant grootgeword”. Aangesien sy familie nog altyd baie rondgetrek het, het reis van jongs af ‘n groot rol in sy lewe gespeel.

Jo Prins het vir Snyman by die US Woordfees 2014 uitgevra oor die invloed van reis in sy lewe en skryfwerk. Hulle het ook gesels oor Snyman se nuutste bundel reisverhale, Onder die radar, en die redes waarom Snyman skryf, en die skrywer het gereageer op mense wat sy werk as “nostalgies” beskryf.

Carolyn Meads het regstreeks vanaf die praatjie met #Woordfees2014 getwiet:


Naòmi Morgan resenseer Verwoerdburg deur Johann Rossouw

VerwoerdburgUitspraak: wortel

In die jaar 2014, 20 jaar na die 1994-verkiesing, met land- en stadskaarte wat lyk asof ’n nuwe geslag ontdekkersreisigers en dorpstigters dieselfde gebied nuut opgeteken het, kan ’n roman met die titel Verwoerdburg nie ongesiens verbygaan nie.

Verwoerdburg is die verhaal van ’n twintigjaar-reünie wat aan die hoofkarakter, die skrywer Jakes, die geleentheid bied om ’n bestekopname van sy generasie te doen. (Sy vriend Stefan praat van die “soort besetenheid wat hy gehad het, die skryfding van hom”, 39.) Jakes is gedurende sy skooljare bewustelik ’n skrywer in wording, wat geen morele of ander kommentaar lewer op gebeure wat nuttig sou kon wees vir sy literêre loopbaan nie. Wanneer Leo en Petra dus in standerd 8 seks in die biologieklas het, wil Jakes die besonderhede by sy vriend hoor: “Dankie, dit sal my help as ek eendag oor sulke goed moet skryf. En dalk as ek my kans met Adéle se ma kry” (92).