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The country’s leading meat experts are ready to be grilled for information at this year’s Fire & Feast Meat Festival presented by Crown National. This proudly meaty gathering, taking place at Joburg’s Ticketpro Dome from 8 to 10 June, gives visitors a platform to engage with the best in the meat industry on the ideal cuts, meat benefits and best places to source quality beef, pork, lamb and chicken.
“Meat is such an inherent part of the South African culture and we want to use this festival to celebrate all aspects of meat while offering advice on how to improve every meal associated with meat,” said Sandra Jardim, General Manager: The Fire & Feast Meat Festival. “Visitors will get the chance to interact directly with industry experts while watching live demonstrations that will give some inspired meat prepping and cooking ideas.”
Dedicated meat theatres
Succulent tips on everything pork, chicken, lamb and beef can be discovered in the four dedicated meat theatres, all of which feature sponsored products from Chad-O-Chef and @home’s Breville, Robert Welch, Baccarat and Smeg cookware.
Seasoned chefs and lambassadors from Lamb and Mutton South Africa, including The Bearded Chef and charming trio of chefs – Naledi, Thutu and Tshepang – will turn up the heat in the Lamb & Mutton SA Theatre. Visitors can expect demonstrations on new ways to cook with lamb and, to really whet the appetite.
The organisation, which is responsible for consumer awareness on South African lamb and mutton, takes its role seriously and translates scientific research into consumer-friendly messages. This includes highlighting the numerous health benefits of South African lamb and mutton.
“Recent South African scientific studies have confirmed that the fat content of South African lamb is significantly lower than those of other countries,” explained Marina Bester of Lamb and Mutton South Africa. “Lamb is a good source of bioavailable, high-quality protein, iron and the B vitamins, especially vitamin B12. When consumed in the correct portion sizes, as part of a balanced diet, South African lamb is highly beneficial to one’s health.”
She explained that each cut of lamb has its own characteristics, something which the onsite chefs will explain through demonstrations at the theatre. “We encourage consumers to ask questions, to find out where their meat is coming from and discover what cuts work with what cooking abilities. These are some of the elements we’ll be sharing at Fire & Feast.”
Beefing up the meat-and-greet opportunities at Fire & Feast is The Sparta Beef Theatre where the internationally-renowned Sparta team will educate visitors on all manner of beef products, such as their mature portioned steaks, beef bacon, burger patties and beef sausages.
“As the official Beef Theatre sponsor, Sparta is thrilled to offer visitors taste testers, giveaways, memorabilia and quality beef to buy,” said Abby Schoeman, Marketing co-ordinator of the Sparta group. “We will also be offering a rare opportunity to buy Woodview Wagyu and Sparta Angus Beef!”
Woodview Wagyu and Sparta Angus Beef are two incredibly popular beef products globally, primarily because of the greater marbling of the meat which improves tenderness and flavour. Sparta experts will explain the differences between the two brands as well as ways to analyse the marbling class of each cut to ensure maximum flavour at every meal.
“Beef is rich in protein and provides the consumer with B12 which is essential for the metabolism. As a proudly South African company, we can’t wait to share this experience with visitors at the Fire & Feast!” said Schoeman.
At the top of the poultry pecking order is this year’s Poultry Theatre brought to you by County Fair & Festive. Visitors are certain to flock to this dynamic theatre which is backed by a leading South African integrated poultry producer, Astral Foods Limited. They will be featuring two of their chicken brands, County Fair and Festive, with culinary chefs displaying interesting ways to prepare this versatile meat.
“We are excited to educate the consumer about the chicken industry in South Africa as well as the numerous benefits associated with this meat,” said Colin Smith, Marketing Executive of Astral Operations Ltd. “Many people don’t realise that chicken is still the least expensive meat protein available in the country and is one of the healthiest protein sources when it comes to meat.”
The team at County Fair & Festive will debunk a lot of the myths associated with chicken farming and poultry production, while offering some useful tips on chicken preparation and cooking.
“Astral’s poultry is all hormone-free, with our chickens raised in poultry sheds designed to keep them as comfortable as possible,” he explained. “They are fed on a specially-formulated diet consisting of maize, protein ingredients, as well as key vitamins and minerals and have unrestricted access to food, water and natural light 24 hours a day.”
The result is a nutritious, wholesome chicken meat that visitors to this year’s Fire & Feast Meat Festival will get to sample. Visitors to the Poultry Theatre brought to you by County Fair & Festive stand a chance to win a County Fair & Festive chicken product hamper daily and go into the final draw, with a chance to win the main prize.
The South African Pork Producers Organisation (SAPPO) is throwing its weight behind this year’s Pork Tasting Room where representatives will be chatting about the benefits of South African Pork and the world-class quality assurance scheme, Pork 360. Focused on consumer education and the promotion of fresh pork consumption, SAPPO is excited to be using the Fire & Feast platform to fulfil their role.
“We are ready to engage with consumers about the fact that South African pork is delicious, totally safe and affordable,” said Marieta Human of SAPPO. “There are just so many benefits to the meat – it is an excellent protein and vitamin source, is low in cholesterol and saturated fats and the taste and texture make it naturally suited to low-fat cooking methods.”
She explained that pork is a high-quality meat, very affordable and extremely versatile – it can be cooked on the braai, roasted in the oven, or thrown into a potjie for a succulent stew.
“We will be providing visitors will all the essential pork information, offering yummy tasting samples as well as some super easy take-home recipes at the theatre,” she concluded.
MyBraai Meat & Wine Pairing
A bonus to this year’s meat board will be the tasteful inclusion of the MyBraai Meat and Wine Pairing feature. Sponsored by MyBraai online butchery, this is a dedicated meat and wine pairing theatre where visitors can de-cant and devour while learning about the importance of meat and wine flavour fusion. Here, chefs from MyBraai will team up with Leopard’s Leap sommeliers to discuss the perfect drinking wines to compliment four meaty dishes – beef, pork, lamb and chicken. Tickets to the MyBraai Meat & Wine Pairing – available at www.computicket.co.za – will include entrance to the Fire & Feast Meat Festival as well.
The carnivorous catering continues in the smoking hot Braaitology, sponsored by leading Gas Grill & Hybrid Braai manufacturer, Chad-O-Chef. Visitors to this meaty hotspot will find 10 chefs from the South African Chef Association (SACA) each preparing one appetizer-size portion using either chicken, beef, pork or lamb. Knowledge gleaned from the four dedicated meat theatres will be stewed, sautéed, flambéed and braai’d into delicate bit-size delights. One taster = R25 ==. one BraaiBuck
Through the smoke screen and flames, visitors catch a sighting of South Africa’s own BraaiBoy, tongs in hand cooking his favourite recipes on his favourite Chad-O-Chef Hybrid. One lucky guest could even win the chance to cook with the braai wonder by entering the Fire & Feast social media contest.
There is no end to the meat-centric offerings at Fire & Feast with a really impressive exhibitor line-up making sure no meat gets the chop. Visitors can expect to see, smell, hear and…most importantly…taste meaty bites from A Cut Above, Begk’s Smoked Food, Dano’s Food, Dawn’s Kitchen, Home Made Thai Cuisine and Lynca Meats, among others.
The Fire & Feast Meat Festival promises a mouth-watering line-up of features for visitors to sink their teeth into, including:
• Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Bar & Restaurant
• Jack Daniel’s Man Cave
• BRM Brands Bistro
• Wine Tasting Area
• Live entertainment daily
• SA’s Winning National Butchers Team supported by Crown National
• A range of exhibitions which complement the ultimate South African meat and braai experience
Eat, meat, feast and repeat at the ultimate meat, braai and music celebration. Tickets are available from www.computicket.co.za or at the door. No alcohol will be served to U18’s.
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Fire & Feast Meat Festival Schedule
Friday 8th June: 12pm – 6pm
Saturday 9th June: 10am – 6pm
Sunday 10th June: 10am – 6pm
Ticket price: Adults R100
Johannesburg – South Africa's new vehicle market saw a more positive trajectory develop in 2017, with albeit modest year-on-year growth of 1.8 percent, partly thanks to slowing inflation on the back of a stronger rand. We tallied up the monthly sales figures supplied by Naamsa and there were no big surprises this year as the Toyota Hilux continued to dominate the bakkie market, albeit relatively closely followed by the Ford Ranger, while Volkswagen's soon-to-be-replaced Polo and Polo Vivo were by far South Africa's favourite passenger cars.
News from Africa:
University of Johannesburg hockey star Tyson Dlungwana has some long-term goals on his mind, but his immediate priority will be to confirm his prowess when he competes in the Africa Cup from Sunday.
The 20-year-old midfielder, who has nine tests under his belt, is a member of the South African senior squad who will be defending their title at the continental tournament in Ismailia, Egypt.
Having worked to improve his game in several areas, he said it was a massive honour to be chosen for his country.
“Being recognised at the highest level is actually pretty cool, because it gives you the feeling of knowing that the hard work has paid off,” said Dlungwana, who was named the age category sportsman of the year at the UJ Sports Gala awards function last week.
The second-year education student, who grew up in Maritzburg but now is in residence at UJ, said he had focused on a number of specific areas to ensure he grew as a player.
“Firstly, my one-on-one defensive work has improved as this was a weakness at one stage.
“Secondly, I have been working on my long-ball distribution, something I had ignored by not learning the basics at a young age. However, I am confident in that area so it’s safe to say I have it waxed now.”
Focusing on always being stronger and quicker than his opponent, the UJ star said he would need those qualities at the Africa Cup.
“Going to any country on this continent will always have its challenges, but ultimately the biggest test for us will be beating hosts Egypt,” he said.
“We will need to show the character to do to them what they did to us when they beat us (2-1) in the World League semi-finals in Johannesburg this year.”
Dlungwana wants to take his national representation to another level when the next Olympics roll around in 2020.
“My biggest goal ever since I started playing this sport seriously has been to represent South Africa at the Olympics in Tokyo,” he said. “Every year I feel I am a step closer, but only time will tell.”
The promising midfielder paid tribute to the UJ squad and his parents for his progression through the ranks.
“I must give big credit to my teammates, who continuously push me to be a better hockey player,” he said.
“My coaches, trainers and medical team are also a major part of my success, while my folks are my biggest fans. Without all of those people, none of this would have been possible.”
National long jumper Ruswahl Samaai and promising squash star Alexa Pienaar received the top accolades when the University of Johannesburg sports awards gala function was held at the Johannesburg Country Club last night.
Samaai, who hails from Paarl, won the Sportsman of the Year award for the second year in a row after claiming a bronze medal at the IAAF World Championships in London in August with a leap of 8.35 metres.
It was a night to remember for Johannesburg-based Pienaar, who was crowned Sportswoman of the Year and took home the student-athlete award for excelling in sport and academics.
After representing South Africa in the Olympic Games last year, Samaai, a third-year transportation management student, again caught the eye in international competition this season.
Besides his London success, he achieved a first and three second places in the Diamond League series and was second in the national championships in Potchefstroom.
Runner-up in the men’s category was long jumper Andrea Dalle Ave, who achieved fifth-place finishes in Rio and London and won the national title in the respective championships for the physically disabled.
The bronze medal position was shared by hockey star Brynn Cleak and para-athlete sprinter Sheldon Thomas.
Pienaar, a fine art student, helped the UJ squash team to win their sixth title in a row at the annual University Sport South Africa tournament, while also shining at a higher level.
She represented the Ussa team at the World University Championships in Malaysia, where they earned the bronze medal.
This year’s SA Open saw her produce one of her best performances when she finished third, while she played at number two for the SA Country Districts team in the A section of the Kaplan Cup interprovincial in July.
Pienaar won the Hyundai Award at the interprovincial for the “player who portrays the face of the future of SA squash”.
Second in the women’s category was soccer star and UJ captain Thato Letsoso. She was also vice-captain of the Ussa team that gained fourth place at the World Student Games in Taipei in August.
Triple jumper Patience Ntshingila, who won the title at the Ussa championships in April with a distance of 13.11m, was awarded the bronze medal.
In the student-athlete category, which combines academic marks and sporting achievement, Pienaar averaged 74 per cent in her fine art national diploma.
The silver medal went to another squash player, Kyle Maree, who has averaged 72.8 per cent over two years in his BComm degree and captained the Ussa team at the World University Championships.
Bronze was shared by walker and education student Anel Oosthuizen and rugby player and building science student Wian Conradie who both achieved an average of 72.8 per cent.
Oosthuizen won an international meeting in the Czech Republic and was crowned SA champion while Conradie represented Namibia in the Africa Gold Cup and Nations Cup in Uruguay.
In-demand Kiwi Brockie stars for SuperSport: New Zealander Jeremy Brockie put aside Saturday a tug-of-war among South African clubs for his services and scored twice to take SuperSport United into the lucrative MTN8 Cup final. His headed goals after 14 and 44 minutes in eastern city Pietermaritzburg delivered a 2-0 away victory over Maritzburg United in the second leg of a
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SAFA to discuss ‘devastating’ FIFA order: South Africa football bosses will meet Monday to discuss a “devastating” FIFA order that a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Senegal must be replayed after the referee manipulated the result. National association president Danny Jordaan said Saturday in a statement that issues for debate could include appealing the decision, writing to FIFA or taking legal
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Mauritania says US anti-slavery visit ‘illegal’: The West African state of Mauritania on Saturday attacked US anti-slavery campaigners to whom it had denied entry, saying their trip would have violated the law. A dozen campaigners landed at Nouakchott airport on Friday for a week-long visit but were refused visas, a local anti-slavery NGO said earlier.Slavery was officially outlawed in Mauritania in
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University of Johannesburg students Cheneal Raubenheimer and Isabella da Rocha received some invaluable game time at a high level when they attended a national indoor hockey training camp in KwaZulu-Natal this month where they finished second overall.
The camp, which took the form of a round-robin tournament, acted as a selection event for the Indoor Hockey World Cup qualifier in Namibia in June and focused largely on exposing the players to as much time on the field as possible.
Despite neither being new to national selection, both girls felt that the camp had much to offer and they walked away having gained insight into both the game and themselves.
“The camp was definitely a success for me,” said 23-year-old defender Da Rocha. “It was rather tough as we played seven games in three days but I learnt a lot through the whole process.”
She said each game offered her a chance to observe how the team functioned as a unit.
“Every time I go to camp I learn more about the structure of the team and how we should be attacking and defending in different circumstances.”
Currently studying towards a higher certificate in business management, Da Rocha explained that indoor hockey was a technical sport that required constant fine-tuning of one’s skills.
She said the guidance she received from coaching staff at the training camp helped her develop as a player.
“Our coach Lennie Botha was really helpful in guiding me when I made mistakes on the field. He helped me understand what I should be doing instead.
“This really helped me grow as a player and, at this moment, become a better defender.”
Da Rocha said her focus was now squarely on the upcoming World Cup qualifiers and the 2018 Indoor Hockey World Cup in July in England.
Raubenheimer, a third-year retail and business management student who represented the Proteas in 2014 at field hockey, is relatively new to the indoor hockey scene and had some adjusting to do when it came to the pace of the game.
“It is much faster than field hockey, so you always have to be aware of what’s going on around you. I keep learning new things, whether technically, tactically or even about myself.”
The forward did not want to look too far ahead and said her immediate focus was on the Varsity Hockey tournament in May.
“It is the first tournament on my list and I want to put all my energy in to that.”
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Picture vistas of the majestic Maluti Mountains, cosmos flowers as far as the eye can see, 26km of private railway track in such surrounds, with steam trains, trek oxen, tractors, vintage vehicles and airplanes, all toiling away, with you, your family and pals all having the time of your life.
The Stars of Sandstone Steam and Heritage Festival is a world-class affair, paying homage to steam and transportation of yesteryear, which will again be taking place in the picturesque Eastern Free-State of South Africa from 30 March to 9 April 2017.
Launched in 1999, Stars of Sandstone draws visitors from all corners of the globe at what has been described as the most diverse and amongst the most spectacular steam and heritage event in the world.
To add fuel to the fire, or, steam up the fun, the organizers are hoping to launch the Sandstone’s Children’s Railway, complementing the full daily programme of festivities to ensure young and old will be entertained.
One of Sandstone’s key objectives in its preservation programme is education to further realise its motto: “Preserving the best of our past for the future.” While many visitors are now seeing what only their grandparents experienced, our offspring often have no cognisance of the importance and romance of machinery of those olden – and golden – days of early transportation.
Premier activities for the 2017 festival will include massive double headed Garratts hauling the one-and-a-half-hour Mountain Wanderer train through the mountains.
Sandstone boasts the largest collection of 2ft narrow gauge locomotives, 30 to date supported by over 250 freight wagons, in the world, and the glittering stars lined up for the 2017 incredible festival include the NGG11 Number 52 Garratt, now nearing completion of repairs. Although the Sandstone Steam Railroad is a 2ft Narrow Gauge railway there is a large cross-section of Main Line and Industrial 3’6” engines on display.
The SA Armour Museum delivers a riveting performance every time, with larger than life demonstrations of tanks and heavy armour dating from WW2 to the present, guaranteed to impress the most jaded visitor.
This working farm sets a precedent of utilising every resource available on this fertile, beautiful land, from ever-expanding cattle herds to harvesting cosmos, soya, wheat, maize, sunflowers and the like. A favourite of young and old are the teams of working Afrikaner oxen which are bred and trained on the farm. They are complemented by a large cross section of working ox wagons, some of which date back nearly two centuries.
Over 300 vintage tractors are on display, many of which are in tip-top working condition and will be deployed during the event to carry out numerous functions relating to Agriculture. The Sandstone collection of rare road steam traction engines and steam rollers will be deployed throughout the event. The collection of stationary engines completes the line-up of agricultural exhibits.
This is truly a celebration of 150 years of agriculture, from animal drawn reapers to the massive modern Combine Harvester of today.
Aircraft set to thrill at Stars 2017 include: Harvards, Tiger Moth, Stampe, Chipmunk, and more. The airstrip welcomes fly-in guests, as always, just ensure the organisers are aware you’re attending to secure a smooth arrival process, as always.
All the drivers of the steam and heritage vehicles are involved on a voluntary basis, travelling from across the world to be part of the fun and the directors urge visitors, drivers and firemen to register early to attend and participate.
On site accommodation includes former SAR main line sleeper coaches and camping, whilst bed and breakfast properties in the region are plentiful. However, early bookings are advisable to avoid disappointment.
Register for the glittering Stars 2017 event at: http://www.sandstone-estates.com/index.php/113-general/3076-stars-of-sandstone-2017-enquiry
Entry for the 2017 Stars of Sandstone Festival is available from Larissa Clarke who can be contacted on +27 76 024 8188 or e-mail email@example.com.
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The 2016 edition of the MTV Base Africa Music Awards happened on Saturday, 22nd October at the Ticket Pro Dome, Johannesburg, South Africa. The show which was hosted by Bonang Matheba, Yemi Alade and Nomzamo Mbatha saw performances from the international act, Future and a collection of Africa's finest – Wizkid, Yemi Alade, Diamond, Emtee, Kwesta, Patoranking, Alikiba, Babes Wodumo, Cassper Nyovest, Nasty C, Ycee to mention but a few.
Stephen Cook has guided the Highveld Lions to an emphatic victory over the Cape Cobras in their Sunfoil Series match at the Wanderers.