Bayede – Wena we Ndlovu – An Acumen Media Report

The headlines broke last week as I was closing off the weekly report. King Goodwill Zwelithini had passed away. Today those posts and headlines exceed 80 thousand items with over 330 thousand engagements, a nation cries, “The King is Dead”, Long Live the King.  Bayede Wena we Ndlovu! The death of South Africa’s Monarch, a

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Eskom & Covid

South Africans started to receive the COVID vaccine on the 17th of February. Four weeks later, roughly 147,753 have received the shot. The daily average sits at 5910 according to Media Hack who have calculated that it should take the country 18 years, 6 months and 8 days to vaccinate 67% of the population.

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Cheesy Haddock and Pasta Bake

Ingredients Preheat oven to 180 C 500 g Spaghetti 1 piece of frozen Haddock steak per person Enough milk to cover the fish 125 g grated yellow cheese and some extra for the topping 1 tbs flour Bread crumbs for topping Method In a pot, boil your spaghetti as per instructions on the packet In

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Potatoes & Perspective

There are some advantages to war, famine and to illness. Limited though they are, they generally, at the very least, force us to consider what is and what is not important.

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Cancel or at least postpone Purim

I am not sure that we need Purim this year. I felt the same about the High Holidays back in  2020 when we were much younger, thinner and fitter. But not really that fit.

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The Villain and the Victim

Whereas there might be many faces to Jacob Zuma, most of them can be condensed into two primary themes. He is either the villain, ominous and threatening and openly defiant of the law, of the NEC, and of the wishes of the country.

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Sputnik V

In the same way that within a short year, many of us became fluent in conversational virology, it appears as though we are now attaining a high level of knowledge on the complex nuances of immunology that until recently was known only to researchers, specialist and anti-vaxers. Most of us are able to list the

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Give Us The Tools

Winston Churchill’s radio broadcast of the 9th February 1941 was a particularly rousing affair. In part designed for a local audience, and in part an international plea for desperately needed assistance.

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The Falling Optimist

The story is told of an optimist who falls from the top of the Empire State Building. On the way down, around the 30th floor, someone leans out the window and shouts, “Hey, how is it going?” The optimist, still falling, looks at him, gives him a big thumbs up and a confident smile, and screams back, “Yeah! So far so good!” 

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Homemade Red Sauce

Label well with date and contents, then transfer to the freezer. The sauce will last 3-4 months, or longer if you use a deep freeze.

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But He Is Good for Israel

The happenings on Capitol Hill left most sane people winded. And whereas many were quick to blame 2021 for letting us down so spectacularly and so early into the year, it clearly had little to do with the calendar and everything to do with the former president of the United States Donald Trump.

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Airborne Anxiety

January 2021 and it feels like anxiety is airborne. Say what we want about the transmissibility of the new variant of COVID, it is the disquiet and the worry that have found their way into every corner of our lives.

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The Krugersdorp Cult Killings

On the Confidential Brief on ChaiFM, we chat to award winning investigative journalist, Jana Marx, author of the book “The Krugersdorp Cult Killings”

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Resolutions for 2021

Covid be dammed, I fully intend making a bunch of new year resolutions that I have no intention of keeping. The pandemic can rob us of our health, our economic security, ability to travel and of our freedom, but it can never take away our ability to delude ourselves. That is and will always be

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Easy Pizza

This makes 1 large pizza base and doubles easily. You could make small pizza’s for individual toppings. I make 2 large pizza’s as this is a huge family favorite and only takes 15 minutes to put together. It is also one where the kids can ‘make’ it themselves by adding their own toppings and watching

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Brisket Fries

Ingredients Brisket 2 Kg second cut Brisket 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt 1 large onion, sliced 1 Cup barbecue sauce Fries 8 Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges 1/4 olive oil 2 teaspoons Kosher salt 2 teaspoons dried minced onion 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon garlic powder

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Anzac Biscuits

Ingredients 1/2 cup Canola oil 2 Tablespoons hot water 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda 2 Tablespoons Molasses 1 Cup old fashioned oats 1 Cup all purpose flour 1 Cup light brown sugar 1 Cup sweetened Shredded coconut Method Preheat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. In a

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Chicken and Chorizo with tomatoes

this dish can be prepared in advanced and reheated before serving Ingredients 225 g Spicy Chorizo  that you can buy from Nussbaums 2 red onions , peeled quart ed length ways 8-12 medium to large chicken large thighs, trimmed of excess fat 1 heaped teaspoon of paprika 1 large garlic, peeled and finely chopped 1

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Au Natural Salad Dressing

1 small onion 3/4 cups light olive oil 6 tbsp. fresh lemon juice 4 tbsp. sugar 2 tsp Kosher salt Cut the onion into quarters. Place the onion and the rest of ingredients into a blender of food processor. Blend until smooth. Store in a glass jar in the fridge for up to a week.

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Pesach Malva Pudding

1 3/4 cups pitted dated 1 1/2 cups water 1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate 1/2 cup coconut oil ( softened, if it turns to liquid when warmed that is fine) 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup plain or ginger syrup ( make your own with ginger , water and sugar) If you don’t us ginger syrup than

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Banana treat

6 overripe bananas, frozen 1 cup blackberries, frozen 2 tsp, fresh lemon juice (optional) Peel bananas, cut into chunks and freeze. Freeze blackberries Put bananas into the bowl of your food processor and pulse until crumbly. Using a spoon or a spatula, wipe down the sides of the bowl, pushing the banana batter back into

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Breast of Lamb with mint and rosemary stuffing

4 Breasts of Lamb ( ask your butcher to cut a pocket for the stuffing) Marinate in juice of 3 lemons overnight- drain excess juice off before adding spice rub the next day. Stuffing 3 onions chopped little oil for frying 2 Tbl finely chopped parsley 2 Tbl finely chopped fresh rosemary 2 Tbl finely

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Granny Lulu’s Bulkas

Ingredients  5 cups of  cake flour or 1 kg 1 teaspoon salt 4 packets of dry yeast or 4 blocks fresh yeast 3 jumbo eggs 1 box orley whip or 150 ml milk 150 ml melted marg or butter (only melt 1/2 in the orley whip) 1 1/2 cups sugar 2 cups cinnamon and sugar

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Caramelized Chocolate Stuffed Dumplings

Ingredients Dumpling 1 kg Danish pastry dough (order from Shirley’s) 250 gm Chocolate Chips 1 beaten egg (coat the dumpling before baking) Sauce 1 cup syrup 2 cups water 1 teaspoon vanilla essence Method Pre-heat oven to 220 degrees. Combine syrup and water in a pot and boil until nicely bubbling than reduce the heat

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Rare Roast & Beet radish sauce

Ingredients 500 g Nussbaums rare roast sliced thin 1 baguette 1 small bottle shredded/ grated beetroot drained 3 cloves garlic crushed 2 TBI horseradish (strained) 1/2 cup mayonnaise Method Combine beetroot, garlic, horseradish, and mayonnaise in a bowl and blend until smooth. Smother Baguette in beet radish sauce, add slices of rare roast and dive

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Super duper summer salad

Ingredients 4-500 g baby tomatoes the smaller the better 1 pkt 500 g angel hair pasta 6 clovers garlic 1/2 cup olive oil 1 tsp salt 1 bottle ready made pesto (fresh fellows) 1 pkt basil leaves 1 tsp chopped chilies or 1/2 tsp dried chili flakes Method Combine the cherry tomatoes, 1/2 olive oil,

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Caramelized Toffee Macon

Ingredients 1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed 1/2 cup chopped or whole pecans 2 teaspoons Kosher salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup 250-300 G Macon from Nussbaums   Method Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil (for easy

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Line Fish with a coconut curry sauce

Ingredients 4 portions of any line fish about 22 g salt and pepper to taste Oil for frying 1 onion chopped 2 tablespoons of curry powder (medium of hot you decide) 1 teaspoon crushed garlic 400 ml coconut milk (if you cannot get, use milk and dried coconut 1/2 cup) 100 ml instant vegetable of

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Smoked Salmon and sweet cucumber salad

Ingredients Serves 4/6 100ml  white wine 1 tablespoon fresh grated Ginger 30ml Soya sauce 10ml Olive oil 1 medium English cucumber pealed, seeded & sliced 1 tablespoon brown sugar 30ml balsamic vinegar 1 packet of mixed lettuce or make a mix of your own 100g Smoked salmon person Salt and pepper to taste Method   Dressing

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