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18Dec/19

Celebrating SA’s township food

first_img(Image: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.)MEDIA CONTACTS• Soweto Food Festivalinfo@sowetofoodfestival.co.zamarketing@sowetofoodfestival.co.za• Adilia TeixeiraChannel Managed PRTel: +27 (0)11 327 5802Mobile: +27 (0)72 398 2525Email: adilia@channelmpr.co.za• Refiloe Mataboge+27 (0)72 622 0782• Mavis Mataboge+27 (0)72 458 6696• South African Chefs AssociationGraham Donet+27 11 482 7250USEFUL LINKS• Soweto Food Festival • South African Chefs Association• SowetoWilma den HartighThe first-ever Soweto Food Festival is set to celebrate Africa’s food heritage by showcasing both traditional ekasi cuisine – township food – and food from elsewhere on the continent, and will also introduce international cooking to the people of Soweto.“We would like to put township food on the map and bring international food to the township,” said Refiloe Mataboge, organiser of the festival, which will be held from 1 to 4 October 2009. She said people who don’t usually eat township food can sample it, and township residents who have not been exposed to foods from other parts of the world will have an opportunity to taste foreign dishes.According to Graham Donet, general manager of the South African Chefs Association (Saca), there are a number of misconceptions about indigenous South African food.“Traditional African cuisine is extremely varied and most people have not been exposed to its full scope,” he said. “We want to get away from the mopani worms that have been marketed for shock value and show people what wholesome tasty indigenous food is like.”Why township food?Sisters Refiloe and Mavis Mataboge identified the need for a food festival when they noticed that more people were moving back to Soweto. It seemed that the township’s food, the lively atmosphere and culture was a big drawcard.“We realised that there is no one fully capturing and telling the story of township cuisine and this is what we are setting out to do,” Mataboge explained.In recent years there has been growing interest in Soweto’s food establishments. Donet said this trend is encouraging because it shows that indigenous food is growing in popularity. The next goal is to see more South Africans choose township food establishments for a good night out.“What we want is people from other suburbs and areas in South Africa to also experience this and make the trip to Soweto to experience its vibrant culture,” he said.Food has a significant role in making cultures more accessible, according to Mokgadi Itsweng (PDF), head chef and owner of Black Sage, a catering company that specialises in contemporary African cuisine. In South Africa, food has been a main catalyst in making the townships more trendy.“There is a great need in society to learn about other cultures, and food is one of the easiest ways to do this,” Itsweng said.Mataboge said more restaurants and hotels are showing interest in serving traditional food as part of mainstream cuisine. “We believe that a great number of chefs are making an effort and we hope that through the Soweto Food Festival we can support them.”The origins of indigenous SA foodItsweng explained that South Africa’s food history is rooted in the country’s diverse population. Immigrants, settlers and migrant labourers brought much of today’s popular cuisine ideas, ingredients and food preparation techniques to the country.She believes that foreigners who made South Africa their home many years ago made a valuable contribution to food, spices and fresh produce diversity in the country. Immigrants brought with them the ingredients they needed to prepare their dishes, or adapted their dishes to the ingredients they found here. The ordinary orange carrot, for example, was brought into the region by the French Huguenots, and has now become widespread.Indian and Malaysian influences mean spicy dishes such as curry, bobotie and samoosas are now of South Africa’s food heritage.Even township food has incorporated external influences, and Itsweng believes that this diversity is what gives it such a wide appeal.“It is a merger between what is known as ‘western’ and ‘traditional African’ cuisine,” she said. Popular dishes such as pasta salads are a western influence, while atchar is uniquely South African.Food indigenous to the African continent also hasn’t remained unchanged. “Food is dynamic and always evolving,” she said. A common dish like morogo, made from indigenous spinach, has developed and now similar leafy crops from countries such as Zimbabwe, Kenya and Ghana are also consumed in South Africa.Itsweng has noticed that nowadays even township food has a healthy twist: “Food is cooked in less oil, olive oil is used and there is less deep frying,” she said. Salads and side dishes are also often stir fried or steamed.On offer at the festivalIt is South Africa’s food diversity that gives the Soweto Food Festival its significance. Numerous South African chefs will be preparing a variety of dishes ranging from everyday township food, to more daring local, African and international dishes. Itsweng is one of the chefs who will be preparing signature dishes at the festival.Saca will be running an interactive chef’s kitchen where top Soweto chefs such as Kabelo Segone will give demonstrations on township and worldwide cuisine. Audiences can also pick up tips on knife skills, new food preparation techniques as well as food trends.The practical food demonstrations will offer ideas to prepare tasty meals at home. Although many South Africans have been affected by the economic downturn, food remains an important part of everyday life.“We still celebrate with food, perhaps on a tighter budget, but it brings families and friends together,” Mataboge said.Township stokvels (informal savings clubs), catering companies and restaurants will also showcase their cooking talent. Traditional food will be on offer from many of South Africa’s cultural groups – Zulu, Xhosa, Tswana, Swazi and Venda.Some of South Africa’s food favourites such as magwenya or vetkoek (a large yeast dumpling fried in oil), kota/sephatlo or bunny chow (a hollowed out loaf of bread filled with curry) will also be available.Embassies in South Africa have been invited to bring their countries’ food to the festival and there will be wine tasting, whisky tasting and a beer garden. There will also be an area dedicated to learning about organic vegetable growing, health, nutrition and budgeting around grocery shopping.New trends in traditional foodDonet hopes that South Africa’s township economy will benefit as indigenous and township food becomes more widely accepted. Celebrity chefs such as Jamie Oliver (PDF) have recently placed the food industry on the map and as a result many young people are seeing hospitality and catering as a worthwhile career.“This event shows that there is a growing market for South Africa’s indigenous food and that people’s tastes and food preferences are becoming more sophisticated,” Donet said. Bringing more people to Soweto will also contribute to changing negative perceptions of townships in South Africa.“I would like to see people from north, west, east, south and west Johannesburg travel to township restaurants to enjoy a meal and experience more flavours and cultures.”The Soweto Food Festival takes place from 1 to 4 October at the Hyundai Stadium in Pimville. Tickets will be available at the entrance and cost R35 for adults and R10 for children. Visit www.sowetofoodfestival.co.za for more information.Do you have queries or comments about this article? 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16Dec/19

Are Higher Construction Costs Looming for Canadians?

first_imgMore specifics to comeThe Framework also makes generation recommendations for other parts of the Canadian economy, such as transportation and industry. But it doesn’t list specific requirements for new or retrofitted buildings — minimum requirements for insulation or airtightness, for example. Those details are still to come.David Foster, the senior director of communications for the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA), said by telephone that the specifics of an updated national building code are years down the road. He said a new national code is set every five years — with the next due out in 2020 — and that it’s up to provincial governments to adopt it. So the overall goal of developing net-zero standards by 2030 is still 12 years away from adoption, giving trade and government groups plenty of time to find ways of reducing costs.Keeping energy efficiency standards affordable is a key issue, Foster said. Building a net-zero energy ready house today is about $20 per square foot more than building a house to current code requirements, mainly because of more expensive windows and HVAC equipment, he said. With that incremental cost in mind, a 2,000-square-foot net-zero ready house would cost $40,000 more to build today than a house that barely meets current code requirements. That’s roughly what CHBA’s CEO Kevin Lee told the Financial Post.“You’re talking about $30,000, $40,000, $50,000 on top of the price of an existing home to meet the targets that they’re setting out,” Lee said. “Our concern is always what this will mean for affordability.” Tougher efficiency requirements could add tens of thousands of dollars to the cost of building a new house in Canada, business and government officials said.Philip Rizcallah, director of research and development at the National Research Council of Canada, told a government panel last month that changes to the national building code now under development could inflate the cost of a typical home by as much as $35,000, according to an article published by the Financial Post. The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) warned that stricter building requirements could add as much as $50,000 to the cost of a new home.Natural Resources Canada, a government agency, is working on more stringent building requirements as part of an effort to lower greenhouse gas emissions. A federal carbon tax, new regulations on methane, and incentives for zero-emission vehicles also are on the table.Buildings are a major culprit for greenhouse gas emissions in Canada, accounting for 17% of the country’s total, according to government estimates, and making the country’s per capita energy consumption among the highest in the world. Changes would put focus on efficiencyThe case for tougher building codes was roughed out in the Pan-Canadian Framework late last year, The Post said. The document lays out a number of approaches for lowering greenhouse gas emissions: making new houses more energy efficient, retrofitting existing buildings, improving the efficiency of appliances and equipment, and supporting building codes and energy-efficient housing in indigenous communities. RELATED ARTICLES center_img “Advances in clean technologies and building practices can make new buildings ‘net-zero energy,’ meaning they require so little energy they could potentially rely on their own renewable energy supplies for all of their energy needs,” the plan says. “Through research and development, technology costs continue to fall, and government and industry efforts and investments will accelerate that trend. These advances, supported by a model ‘net-zero energy ready’ building code, will enable all builders to adopt these practices and lower lifecycle costs for homeowners.”Officials said that more stringent model building codes should be adopted by 2020, with “net zero energy ready” codes in place by 2030. Codes for retrofitting existing buildings should be in place by 2022.In arguing for net-zero energy buildings, officials said that construction costs for that level of performance have dropped 40% in the last decade and continue to fall. “The benefits of net-zero energy buildings are significant,” it said. “Estimated operating costs for a net-zero energy ready house is 30% to 55% less than a typical house, depending on region, fuel type and occupant behaviour.” Net-Zero Gets a Boost in CanadaCanada Launches Net-Zero Project‘Canada’s Greenest Home’ Posts Energy DataRevisiting Net Zero EnergyZero-Energy Construction is ‘Set to Explode’My Net Zero Conundrumlast_img read more

09Dec/19

Speed to Results Matter. Change Now.

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now I am fortunate enough to get to speak to a lot of different sales organizations. In workshops, the people who work for these companies often tell me what they are doing now. They want to share with me the things that they believe they should be doing to produce the results that they need. But that isn’t what is most interesting. What is interesting is what they are not doing. Mostly, they know what these things are.If what you were doing was producing the results that you need, you wouldn’t need to change anything. But when you are not getting the results you need, then it is necessary to do something different. It may mean that you have to stop doing something. It might also means that you might have to start doing something that you presently are not.This means change, and change isn’t easy. It requires that you change your mindset, and maybe long-held beliefs. It also means you need to do something new, to take some new action—potentially one you have avoided because it makes you uncomfortable.What also strikes me most is that the majority of the people who need to do something different are aware of that fact. They also have very good ideas about what they need to change, and they’ve typically known what they needed to do for a very long time. Mostly, they have lacked the confidence and the mechanics to do what they really need to do, and they are looking for help with both.This is likely true for you. Right now, there is some area of your life where you need a different result. You know you need to change how you think about the outcome you need, and you know you are going to have to do something that you have heretofore avoided doing. You don’t have to wait to attend a workshop to discover the mechanics or develop the confidence. You can search the web for answers, and you’ll almost certainly find something that addresses your need. You can also find someone to help you with the mechanics, even if that is thing you need help with is as simple as rehearsing with you.If you need to change, there is no reason to wait. You are here to do purposeful, meaningful work, and speed to results matters.last_img read more

27Nov/19

Tony Parker in triumphant San Antonio return as Hornets down Spurs

first_imgLOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Kemba Walker scored 33 points and Parker enjoyed a triumphant return to San Antonio as the Charlotte Hornets beat the Spurs 108-93 on Monday night, snapping their seven-game home winning streak.“Draining mentally, emotionally, it was just an awesome night,” Parker said. “Just want to thank the fans. The way they reacted tonight was just unbelievable. Love, and I appreciate everything. It was just a great memory and a great night for me that I will cherish for the rest of my life.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsParker had eight points, four assists, three rebounds and no turnovers in his first game back in San Antonio after signing with the Hornets during the offseason.Jeremy Lamb added 19 points and Marvin Williams had 11 for Charlotte, which ended a three-game skid. The Hornets also stopped an 11-game slide in San Antonio. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Just as he first did as a 19-year-old rookie with the Spurs, the slippery point guard juked past defenders and drove the paint probing for layups or open teammates. His driving layup put the Hornets up 82-79 with 8:15 remaining.“That was vintage Tony,” Borrego said. “We’ve seen that before many times in this building.”Parker exited shortly after that and did not return until fans demanded it by chanting his name again with 17.6 seconds left. Borrego, a former Spurs assistant, granted their wish and put Parker in amid loud cheers that continued until he came out.“I thought they supported Tony, like I expected,” San Antonio point guard Derrick White said. “He did great things for the organization. It’s well deserved. Definitely good to see him. Wish him the best.”Parker had a long embrace with Popovich following the game as fans cheered.The Spurs’ ideology has stuck with Parker, who jokingly got angry with his teammates after the win.“They wanted it bad,” Parker said. “Before the game they were like, ‘We’re going to do this for you Tony, you deserve it.’ They played so hard that after the game I’m like, ‘Why don’t we play like that every road game? Come on guys.’”The jubilation in the stands came despite a rough night for the hometown team.The Spurs opened the game on an 11-3 run but the Hornets followed with a 25-7 spurt to take their first double-digit lead at 28-18.San Antonio struggled offensively, with two of its top five scorers, Rudy Gay and Marco Belinelli, both out with injuries. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fil-am guard Joshua Munzon top pick in 2019 PBA D-League draft White finished with 18 points, and DeMar DeRozan and Davis Bertans each had 14 for the Spurs.TIP-INSHornets: The team’s previous win in San Antonio came on Nov. 15, 2006. … Parker and Michael Jordan are the only players to compete against the team they won four championships with. Jordan faced Chicago while with Washington and Charlotte, a franchise he now owns. … Borrego received a warm ovation during pregame introductions. He served on Popovich’s staff from 2003-10 and again from 2015-18 before joining the Hornets.Spurs: Gay missed his fifth straight game with a sprained left wrist and 10th overall due to injury or rest. … Belinelli missed his second game of the season after hyperextending his knee during a 122-112 loss at Oklahoma City on Saturday. He previously sat out with a stiff neck on Dec. 2.WELCOME HOME, TOOParker wasn’t the only one who enjoyed a triumphant return. Borrego defeated his friend and mentor, Popovich.“It was special in many ways,” Borrego said. “Just to see (Popovich) first of all. Just to hear his voice, give him a hug, that was most important. This is a basketball game. We do our best, we compete, but there’s a lot of love here. Just great to see him. He’s been a great encouragement for me. I know he’s happy for us.”UP NEXTHornets: Host the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.Spurs: At the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 28 points and 10 rebounds, but they could not muster enough energy as Parker made his emotional return.“Just to see him embraced and loved tonight, and he helped us as well,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “A pillar of this community, a pillar of the San Antonio Spurs organization forever. I think it’s a pretty good ending to a fun night.”The Spurs honored Parker before the game with a two-minute video of his career highlights in San Antonio, including being drafted with the 28th pick in 2001 and his four NBA championships with the team. After the video, the Spurs’ retired jerseys appeared on the video monitors and an empty spot in the rafters was shown to signify Parker’s future place among them. The crowd roared in appreciation, chanting “Tony! Tony! Tony!”“I expected nothing less,” said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who considers Parker like a son. “Tony is a wonderful human being. He was a great player for us and he deserved all the love that he received, that’s for sure.”The cheers continued when Parker entered the game for the first time with 4:50 remaining in the first quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openingcenter_img View comments LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Charlotte Hornets guard, and former San Antonio Spurs player, Tony Parker, left, talks with Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge before an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO— The fans in San Antonio didn’t care too much about a rare home loss. They only wanted to shower Tony Parker with love and appreciation.Parker gave them plenty to cheer about, just as he did for 17 seasons with the Spurs.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more