The best South African chefs will be positioning themselves across the various meat theatres and Braaitology brought to you by Chad-O-Chef, ready to demonstrate, educate and satiate visitors to this year’s Fire & Feast Meat Festival presented by Crown National. This celebration of all things meat will be heating up Joburg’s Ticketpro Dome from 8 to 10 June 2018. “The South African Chefs’ Association (SA Chefs) has booked a selection of their best representatives for Fire & Feast,” said Sandra Jardim, General Manager: The Fire & Feast Meat Festival. “They will be providing really interactive demonstrations on all meat types, across the various venues at the exhibition. Visitors will gain insights into the best meat preparation techniques for poultry, beef, pork and lamb, as well as learning about different cuts and innovative recipes. This truly highlights that meat is the hero of every meal.” Chefs will be stationed at the four dedicated meat theatres, the Poultry Theatre bought to you by County Fair and Festive; Lamb & Mutton SA Theatre; the Pork Tasting Room and Sparta Beef Theatre – all of which will feature sponsored products from Chad-O-Chef and @home’s Breville, Robert Welch, Baccarat and Smeg cookware range. For some outdoor cooking action, visitors can catch chefs performing some truly gastronomic feats in the smoking hot Braaitology, sponsored by leading Gas Grill & Hybrid Braai manufacturer, Chad-O-Chef. Chefs will each prepare one appetizer-size portion using either chicken, beef, pork or lamb. One taster = R25 = one BraaiBuck. ‘Meat’ the Fire & Feast chefs Heading up the SA Chef’s team is Chef Coo Pillay, the Executive Chef at the Protea Hotel by Marriott at OR Tambo International Airport. He draws on his knowledge of agricultural processes from his roots as a KwaZulu-Natal farm boy and has cooked alongside BBC Chef Reza Mahammad, Food Network’s Jenny Morris, Top Billing’s Joanne Strauss and Eastern Mosaic’s . . .
Father’s Day is around the corner and if you’re still looking for the perfect way to spoil your Dad, in elegant style, then consider the Whiskey Tasting at Fairlawns, in Johannesburg, as the solution. You’ll both be treated to a tasting of some of the finest Whiskey, eat delicious Tapas created specifically for the occasion – plus you’ll enjoy some quality time together. A story that will be spoken about for a lifetime. Father’s Day is a great opportunity to say thanks, show gratitude and create more memories. Fairlawns has partnered with Johnnie Walker for an exclusive tasting of their most popular whiskeys, plus, each Dad will receive a special gift. Book now for Father’s Day at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa. Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa, an award-winning five-star boutqiue hotel, is conveniently situated in the Sandton suburb of Morningside Manor, Sandton. With close attention to detail and exceptional service, Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa creates an intimate atmosphere where some of the globe’s most vibrant personalities converge. The chic, upscale suites are individually decorated in varying themes ranging from Eastern influence to French provincial, each featuring every desired modern amenity. The hotel also caters to a variety of culinary tastes with an array of elegant dining experiences to choose from. Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa offers the upmarket guest a delicate mix of luxury and convenience, whether the visit is for leisure or business. The stylish hotel, has an air of eclectic sophistication, considered a ‘home away from home’, where exceptional service and heartfelt hospitality can be soaked up like the African sun. Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa opens up a whole world of relaxation, complimented with superior service, a personal touch and always surprising guests by transporting them to sanctuary that appeals to all six senses. A unique, exclusive, up-market oasis. CLICK HERE to submit your . . .
To give you a taster of what to expect from this year’s Fire & Feast Meat Festival, heating up Joburg’s Ticketpro Dome from 8 to 10 June, we’ve chatted to some of the experts featuring at the meaty exhibition. Here are the top 10 braai tips from the masters of meat, braai, sauce and spice. 1. Crown National A leading supplier of spices, herbs, seasonings, sauces and condiments, Crown National – the event sponsor - knows the best way to add flavour to any braai. • If you’re looking for something that goes with absolutely any meal, then Crown National’s Six Gun Grill is the perfect braai mate. It’s a well-balanced blend of herbs and spices and is ideal for grilled beef, chicken and lamb as well as potjies, mince and stews. • For the ideal pork braai, try Hickory Rub, Sriracha Rub or Citrus Rub for some zest. • Chicken flavours can be enhanced with Citrus Rub or Sriracha Rub, the last of which is also a great beef spice. • Both beef and lamb work well with a sprinkle of Chimichurri Rub. 2. BraaiBoy Featuring in this year’s Braaitology, brought to you by Chad-O-Chef is the South African braai wonder and Chad-O-Chef ambassador, BraaiBoy. Having cooked on an open flame every day of his life for the past eight years, BraaiBoy has some must-try braai tips. • Quality over quantity. Don’t be afraid of spending a little more at a quality butcher. • Don’t prod or poke boerewors … you lose a lot of the juices by doing that. • Dip wors in water before braaing. This reduces the risk of breaking and, if your fire is too hot, turning the wors more frequently will also reduce the risk of bursting. 3. Chad-O-Chef Leading manufacturers of gas braais, Chad-O-Chef have the best insights into optimising your braai for the ultimate meaty feast. • Ribs - braai best on a medium heat. Often purchased pre-cooked, ribs don’t need long on the braai before ready. • Roasts (in a pan) - Pre-Heat the roasting dome, already installed on your braai, to 150°C using . . .
FIRE & FEAST MEAT FESTIVAL IS THE BEST PLACE TO ‘SAUCE’ FATHER’S DAY GIFTS! If you’re searching for a way to spice up Father’s Day with the ultimate gift, then get to Fire & Feast Meat Festival presented by Crown National at Joburg’s Ticketpro Dome from 8 to 10 June. At Fire & Feast Meat Festival, we recognise that dads come in all shapes and sizes with a range of interests to match - which is why we’ve tried to find a dynamic list of gift suggestions for this Father’s Day. And none of them is socks. Here are our top 10 gift items: 1. Engrave a bottle of Jack Daniel's whiskey Buy a bottle of Tennessee’s finest from the Jack Daniel’s family for dad this Father’s Day. Select from the double mellowed Gentleman Jack, the smooth sippin’ Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey or even the uniquely crafted Single Barrel Select. Why not take it a step further and have a personalised message, or dad’s name, engraved onto the bottle. The Jack Daniel’s team will be onsite at Fire & Feast to put this personal touch on your purchase. 2. Get inked For a gift with a bit of edge, consider getting dad a tattoo for Father’s Day. Renowned local tattoo artists from Awhe Tattoo & Lifestyle Studio will be featuring at the Jack Daniel’s Man Cave at Fire & Feast, ready to customise a design or replicate any creation on skin. If tattoos aren’t his thing, then an I ‘heart’ dad tattoo on the upper arm is always a classic. 3. Time for a groom Treat dad to some traditional styling at Barnet Fair Barber Shop – old-school charm with a modern twist. They offer traditional hot towel shaves, beard shaves, head shaves, beard maintenance and haircuts…all right inside the Jack Daniel’s Man Cave at Fire & Feast. Keep dad in style beyond Father’s Day by investing in some premium-crafted beard care and grooming products from The Bearded Man. 4. Wear it right ‘A bru maak a plan’ for Father’s Day with May Bru’s awesome range of trendy clothing and accessories, all . . .
HIGHLIGHTS 1,3 million tonnes of paper and paper packaging diverted from landfill in 2017. Increased rates driven by industry investment for local beneficiation in mills. An extensive collection network and partnerships essential. Sector challenges the need for paper and paper packaging industry tax – prefers route of public-private partnerships. JOHANNESBURG (5 June, 2018, World Environment Day) -- The Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (PRASA) has announced the 2017 paper recycling rates. Last year the paper recycling industry along with conscientious consumers and thousands of collectors kept 1,3 million tonnes of paper and paper, boxes and liquid packaging out of landfill. This would fill 1,539 Olympic-sized swimming pools. This tonnage represents 70% of the 1,8 million tonnes of paper available for recovery, which excludes books and archived records, and unrecyclable paper like toilet tissue. “We are delighted with our latest statistics as it shows us that people are recycling more,” says Ursula Henneberry, PRASA operations director. In 2015, the association set a target of 70% by the year 2020, and this has been achieved three years early. In the past six years alone, more than seven million tonnes of paper and paper packaging have been recovered for recycling. If baled, this amount would cover the surface of 1,273 soccer fields, one metre deep. “The unsung heroes are our country’s recycling collectors along with industry players who operate collection and drop-off schemes as well as buy back centres,” notes Henneberry. “While our recovery rate has increased, there has been a drop in local consumption particularly in printing and writing grades, so much so that a newsprint paper machine was closed down last year,” remarks Jane Molony, executive director of the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA). This has resulted in a slight drop in the actual tonnage from 1,4 million tonnes to 1,3 million tonnes. “This . . .
The annual Ekasi Tech Fest & Gaming Expo is back again for 2018. Set to be held from 19 to 20 October 2018 at Soweto’s Dlamini Multi Purpose Hall, the “Ekasi Tech Fest 2018” remains the first and only township gaming festival to combine technology and gaming into one event aimed at unlocking the township innovation economy. The event will for the first time host the Soweto Esports Community Cup Final in Pro Gaming FIFA & Tekken 7. There will also be a Counter Strike (CS:GO) competitive match on the cards. In addition, this year’s venue is significantly bigger than the 2017 venue. “There’s the Silicon Valley model and then there’s the Ekasi innovation model. Events like the Ekasi Tech Fest help people in the developing world uncover new ways of growing their own digital economies in ways that more conventional markets never imagined,” says Mpho Tladi, spokesperson for the Ekasi Tech Fest organisers. The second Ekasi Tech Fest & Gaming Expo, now simply called “Ekasi Tech Fest 2018”, aims to meet the needs of technology and gaming enthusiasts in Soweto and the surrounding areas which are together home to several million people, most of them under 30 years of age. The i-Village Foundation NPC with its valued partners from business, government, ICT, education and the consulting sector will once again play host to South Africa’s biggest ever gathering of policy makers, industry players, entrepreneurs and experts in township technology innovation. The expo aims to be the leading platform for start-ups to showcase their innovation, engage with policy makers, the private sector and the community at large with the intention of commercialising their creativity. The Ekasi Tech Fest will introduce a wide variety of educational and entertainment video games and other next-generation platforms such as Virtual Reality (VR) & Augmented Reality (AR) to a whole new audience. Although there will be a set programme during the two days, there will be . . .
Caped in his braai apron and armed with his tongs, South African superhero and Chad-O-Chef ambassador, BraaiBoy, is ready to vanquish hunger and ‘meat’ his fans at Braaitology, brought to you by Chad-O-Chef. This meat-infused feature will beef up this year’s Fire & Feast Meat Festival line-up, running from 8 to 10 June at Joburg’s Ticketpro Dome. “I’m so excited to be participating at Braaitology this year,” said BraaiBoy. “The reason I like events like Fire & Feast is the same reason I like being BraaiBoy - the people. I love meeting new people but also having the opportunity to educate them on things such as the difference between boerewors and braai wors. I love to just chat, interact and impart knowledge.” Having braai’d every day since 17 April 2009, BraaiBoy has grilled, sizzled and seared various meats on some form of open flame across the continent and beyond. His passion is sharing his love of the braai and looking for the next ‘braai’namite adventure – such as the upcoming ‘Sky Braai’. BraaiBoy will attempt to make the Guinness Book of World Records by braaiing at 10 000 feet and then jumping out an aeroplane. All in a day’s work. But when not undertaking such death-defying feats, BraaiBoy continues to do what he loves best; socialising while cooking on his preferred Chad-O-Chef Hybrid braai. The first time he tried out this revolutionary new design, BraaiBoy felt he’d found his perfect cooking tool. “The Chad-O-Chef Hybrid is available with a number of accessories to customise your braai – roasting domes, rotisseries and stir-fry pans – and soon, skewers and a smoke box, so you can literally do anything on the braai! Being a gas braai, you have the convenience of gas. So, when you’re in the mood for a quick, little braai after work one night, it’s great. But, if you want to have a big braai, just add wood and use the gas to light it! You can actually start your wood fire using the gas as the ignition source – this is just the coolest . . .
Crocworld Conservation Centre in proud association with the African Snakebite Institute will be hosting a Snake Awareness, First Aid for Snakebite and Venomous Snake Handling Course on Saturday, 9th June 2018. The hugely informative course, which will run between 09h00 and 16h00, will be hosted by internationally renowned author and herpetologist Johan Marais. Marais has published A Complete Guide to the Snakes of Southern Africa, Snakes and Snakebite and First Aid for Snakebite, and has over forty years of experience in his field. Marais is the leading snake expert for the Tygerberg Poison Centre and the Red Cross Poison Centre, as well as advisor to various hospitals and clinics throughout Africa. “Southern Africa has over one hundred and seventy-one different types of snakes, of which the black mamba is the most dangerous because of its size and neurotoxic venom. Seventy-two of these are not venomous and fifty are mildly venomous but not dangerous,” said Marais. “This course is useful for people who want to learn more about snakes, or those who often encounter snakes in their surroundings. Although it is very informative for adults, I have often had children as young as twelve attending,” added Marais. The course will cover a variety of subjects, including snake awareness, identification, behavior, myths and legends, first aid for snakebite, scorpion stings and spider bites, as well as teaching delegates how to safely capture and relocate venomous snakes. The African Snakebite Institute is the leading training provider of snake awareness, first aid for snakebite and venomous snake handling courses in Africa. The course is endorsed by the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) and accredited by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) for CPD points. Crocworld Conservation Centre manager Martin Rodrigues said, “Johan Marais is one of the most highly experienced specialists in the field of snakes, and we are pleased that . . .
The highly rated Westfalia BC 75 ZA bike rack, which will be available for South African consumers to order from tomorrow, is part of a wide range of cycling products on display at the Positive Sports Solutions showroom in Centurion, Gauteng. The South African company has negotiated a number of contracts in the past six months to bring various international brands to the country, significantly increasing the options for local consumers. Under HEAD Bikes SA, the company offers a select range of road and mountain bikes, while Westfalia bike racks and Gipiemme wheels are also available, all of which provide outstanding value for money to cyclists. A Positive Sports Solutions spokesman said these products could all be viewed in their showroom at Route 21 Corporate Park, 2 Regency Drive in Irene, Centurion. "Examples of what we have on offer will be available for cyclists to view and any delivery requirements will be couriered within 48 hours," he said. There is an offer from the company to provide a Westfalia BC 75 ZA bike rack for customers to test. "Anyone coming into our showroom or phoning who wants to test ride a bike will be accommodated. "If they take it from the showroom, we will supply them with a bike rack to transport the bike, so they can test that as well. "If they phone, we can deliver the bike with the Westfalia rack to make sure the bike gets transported in a safe and secure way. "It provides them with a chance to experience the quality of the products; not just of the bike but also the bike carrier." The spokesman said the Westfalia bike rack provided excellent value for what it offered. "On the two-bike rack, there is precise and significant spacing between the bikes. "In addition, it is small enough to fold up and travel with, and the high-quality German product comes with a five-year warranty." The Positive Sports Solutions spokesman added there was help for customers at the showroom, with product and technical . . .
All the meaty flavour at this year’s Fire & Feast Meat Festival presented by Crown National will be matched in taste and quality at Craftology, the fine-drinking designation located at Joburg’s Ticketpro Dome from 8 to 10 June. “Visitors will be taken on a journey of taste at this year’s Craftology, a fully-stocked drinking zone which forms part of the Fire & Feast programme,” said Sandra Jardim, General Manager: The Fire & Feast Meat Festival. “All the best craft brews and spirits will be on tap with ample seating that invites guest to unwind while enjoying some great live music.” Optium Craft Brewery (OCB) Based in Kya Sands, OC Brewery is soaking into the Gauteng, Tshwane and Eukhuruleni markets with its premium-quality beer offerings. “OC Brewery started with the passion to create a beer to share with friends and family,” explained owner, Gavin Marais. “We have kept our whole vision true to who we are. We want to get as many people to experience the taste and culture of craft beer in the same way that we have. We believe that there is a craft beer for every taste.” OC Brewery’s signature drinks include: • The Dictator - an American IPA • Headless Huntsman – well-balanced amber ale • Buxom Barmaid –blonde ale Soweto Brewing Company - born in Soweto…brewed for all! This iconic South African township brewery was founded in 2012 by two passionate entreBEERneurs - Ndumiso Madlala and Josef Schmid - with the vision of bringing the success of local brewing into a township environment while creating a world-class beer that was truly Sowetan. “The craft beverage industry has come a long way since we started,” said Josef of Soweto Brewing Company. “It seems the thirst for artisanal, innovative, flavourful beverages is insatiable and, almost daily, we hear about a new brew, a new trend and a new favourite.” Soweto Brewing Company’s signature drinks include: • Soweto Brew Co - Master’s Brew • Apple Ale • Cherry Ale • Gogo’s . . .