Author: Sheldon Smith

Mint Chocolate Chip Fudge

Mint Chocolate Chip Fudge

Ingredients

2 and 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided

1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk, divided

1 and 1/2 cups white chocolate baking chips

1 teaspoon peppermint extract (or more, go by your taste preference)

2 drops green food coloring

1 teaspoon canola or vegetable oil

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips and/or Andes Creme De Menthe Baking Chips

 

Instructions

Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper. Spray paper with non-stick spray and set aside.

 

In a small saucepan over low heat, melt 1.5 cups chocolate chips with 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk,

stirring occasionally. Spread melted chocolate mixture into pan and chill for 5-10 minutes.

 

In another saucepan, melt white baking chips and remaining condensed milk, stirring until completely smooth. Remove from the heat and add peppermint extract and food coloring.

Spread mint layer over chilled chocolate layer. Chill for 5-10 minutes as you make the final layer.

 

Melt remaining 1 cup of chocolate chips with 1 tsp oil in the microwave in 30 second increments. Stir until completely smooth. Spread over chilled mint layer. Top with mini chocolate chips and/or Andes baking chips.

 

Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until fudge is completely set (could take up to 4 hours).

Cut into squares. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to two weeks.

 

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Comair confirms options for holders of unused reservations

Comair confirms options for holders of unused reservations

Comair confirms options for holders of unused reservations: Johannesburg, 22 May 2020; Comair and its business rescue practitioners have confirmed the options for customers, companies and travel agents or groups holding unused reservations.

 

Persons who have purchased a kulula.com or British Airways (operated by Comair) flight ticket for a departure between 14 March and 31 October 2020 with a ticket number starting with 161, should complete and submit the Customer Election Form available on https://www.comair.co.za/business-rescue, by 17 June 2020.

 

Persons who have directly purchased their ticket from Comair channels, will have the following options:

  • Keep the value of the un-flown flight booking, such that the value remains valid until 31 October 2021 and can be used to make a future booking with Comair, subject to availability and difference in rates, fares and/or taxes.
  • Become a creditor, such that a claim for the value of the un-flown flight will be dealt with in terms of the business rescue plan, if approved. That is, as a creditor of the Company these persons will enjoy the same rights as set out in section D of the Notice to Affected Parties, in terms of Section 129 of the Companies Act 71 of 2008, available under the Statutory Notices section of the website. More information about what this means can be found https://www.comair.co.za/business-rescue
  • Forfeit the value of the ticket, such that any claim for un-flown fights is abandoned.

 

Where no election is received by the 17th of June, the value of the booking will remain valid until 31 October 2021 and can be used to make a future flight booking with Comair, subject to availability and difference in rates, fares and/or taxes.

 

Persons who have purchased a kulula.com or British Airways (operated by Comair) ticket for a departure between 14 March and 31 October 2020 from a third party (i.e. a ticket which does NOT start with 161) should direct their queries to the travel agent, British Airways or the airline partner from whom the ticket was initially booked. A list of contact details for Comair’s travel and airline partners is available on the Company’s website; https://www.comair.co.za/business-rescue.

 

Where an Emirates, Qantas or British Airways International ticket or a hotel booking was purchased with Vitality or a hotel booking with or without extras (such as airport transfers and experiences) was purchased on kulula.com, mtbeds or kulula Holidays, and any of these bookings were cancelled with a refund requested, customers should expect further communication in due course.

 

Visit www.comair.co.za for more information regarding the business rescue proceedings, including all statutory notices.

Save my Spot aims to help businesses

Save my Spot aims to help businesses

Save my Spot aims to help businesses: Save my Spot was born out of the realisation that without some cash flow, many restaurants, pubs, hotels, hairdressers and other locked-down businesses.

Which employ and uplift a great number of our people (not to mention fulfil an important social and cultural role in their communities) will be forced to shut their doors forever.

 

From favourite restaurants to borderline-essential hair salons to hotels with sentimental significance, not to mention your local pub, we all have places that are important to us, and all of them face great difficulty under the COVID 19 lockdown.

 

Save my Spot aims to ensure that the spots that are important to you, and the people they employ, will have the means to reopen when the time comes.

When you buy a Corona Coupon, you won’t just be getting a discount for your favourite hangout,

helping out a small business owner, and keeping others employed, you’ll also be contributing a portion of the

money you spend at Save my Spot to charities that help to uplift and empower South Africans and develop our nation.

 

It is a “pay-it-forward” type plan to provide services deferred into the post-Covid-19 future, which will secure the future for many.

 

How it works

The businesses listed on Save my Spot are facing some of the most difficult times in living memory.

Their cash flow has reduced to nearly nothing, if not totally ceased, and they find themselves unable to keep their loyal staff employed, and may not have the funds required to reopen, all while the wider South African society is also in dire need.

 

Save my Spot gives these small businesses a chance to offer their loyal customers a safe way to support them, while also contributing to worthy charities across the country.

 

Every time someone buys a Corona Coupon through Save my Spot, their contributions are shared between the business they elect to support, the charity of their choice and Save my Spot’s parent organisation, the Bathurst Development Trust (NPO No. NPO 237-594). A small percentage is also retained to pay the developers of Save my Spot.

 

You can visit Save My Spot by clicking on the link.

https://savemyspot.org.za/index.php?route=common/home

 

Sources: savemyspot/Goodthingsguy

The online school everyone is talking about

The online school everyone is talking about

The online school everyone is talking about.

According to Business Tech, Curro, the private school group is launching Curro Online. This will be its first online school which aims to provide a flexible education model. The classes will be taught by current Curro teachers.

 

Jay Paul, Curro online business manager said, “We’ve been developing our digital education offering for some time now, which is evident with our recently launched DigiEd Model.”

 

“As part of the design process, we decided to rethink how home-schooling distance learning is currently being offered. Many parents are also concerned about sending their children back to school once schools reopen, especially those with immune-compromised family members living in the same household. Curro Online is a response to all these pressing needs,” said Paul.

 

What you need to know about Curro Online

  • Curro Online is not a home-schooling model, where parents need to take on the responsibility of teaching and continuous supervision.
  • It is a learn-from-home online model that is aligned with Curro’s enhanced CAPS curriculum
  • The model’s online material is created and taught by Curro teachers.
  • There is a structured timetable in place for the learner that needs structure
  • There is also an option to be flexible for those learners that work well at their own pace.
  • The timetable includes teachers initiating each class and guiding learners through pre-set material on the online platform.
  • The Curro Online platform has an easy-to-follow curriculum with a variety of video material, recorded live lessons and other learning material.
  • Curro Online will be taught by a dedicated Curro teacher per subject, per grade, for the whole year.
  • The teaching model combines flexible learning through pre-set material
  • There is live interaction whereby learners can ask teachers for help and also receive detailed feedback on their progress.
  • The school will be English-medium
  • Grades 4 – 9 with new grades being phased in every year.
  • Matric learners will write the IEB examination.
  • Curro Online learners will also have access to an educational psychologist for virtual consultations if needed.

 

Source: BusinessTech

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Gauteng’s plan for school reopening

Gauteng’s plan for school reopening: The Gauteng Department of Education expects about 300 000 Grade 7 and 12 pupils when schools reopen on 1 June.

 

Panyaza Lesufi, Education MEC  said that before the reopening can take place, health protocols will have to be met by all schools.

 

Cleaning:

  • Schools will be allocated more than R15 000 to start deep cleaning in preparation for 1 June.
  • Officials from the district will inspect the premises to observe whether it is ready or not.
  • The Department of Health will then issue a certificate of occupation, deeming the school clean and safe.

 

“Our approach in Gauteng is as follows: PPEs must arrive first, and the principal will arrive to receive (them).

The principal will wait for SMT (school management teams) PPEs. When PPEs for SMT arrive, the principal will then ask SMTs to come back, and when PPEs for learners come, that’s when we will call for learners.”

 

“It’s PPEs first, then resumption of responsibilities. Where there are no PPEs, we are not going to risk educators or learners to come to our school,” the MEC said.

 

School Guidelines

  • Mobile classrooms have also been procured for schools that were vandalised during the lockdown.
  • The department has also put in place strict control guidelines in schools, and these include a no visitors approach.
  • Anyone who may want to visit a school would need to get permission from the district and head office.
  • All schools must ensure that there is one entrance and exit.
  • Schools are also expected to be fenced, and strangers will not be allowed to interact with pupils.
  • Pupils will have to wear masks before entering the premises, and officials will screen and sanitise at the entrance.
  • The lunch break period will be split between the different classes to avoid overcrowding, and pupils qualifying for the School Nutrition Programme will be catered for.
  • Classrooms will be marked, and one pupil will occupy each table. No class will have more than 20 pupils.
  • The department said, while pupils will be provided with at least two masks a week, parents are urged to provide masks on the first day of school.
  • Once the pupils arrive at school on the first day, they will receive additional masks.
  • Teachers and pupils will be screened three times a day – on arrival, break, and when they return home.
  • “Areas out of bounds, playing fields and soccer fields, will be cordoned off immediately with a red tape.”
  • Schools will also have isolation points for pupils showing high temperatures – and will be linked to local clinics for support.

 

Source:  news24

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The New Gold amongst thieves

The New Gold amongst thieves

There is a “New Gold” in Gauteng for criminals, and its masks and PPE equipment which are being flown into OR Tambo International Airport (ORT).

 

According to IOL, a significant volume of PPE cargo, imported from overseas has not reached its destinations around the country, because of criminals stealing the cargo.

 

Maria du Preez from the SA Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) said, “The theft situation has been a problem for a long time, but now the emphasis has shifted away from the traditional cargo that they targeted to PPE.”

 

Betty Maloka, ORT Spokesperson said that Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) was not aware of any cargo theft having been reported at the airport, and that the security services team responsible for the wider Cargo precinct was also not aware of any theft.

 

Colonel Brenda Muridili, the National Police spokesperson said, “ORT does not have any theft of PPE cases registered”

 

According to IOL, two men, one of them, an Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department Officer appeared in the Boksburg Magistrates Court on Monday.

They were charged with robbery with aggravating circumstances, two counts of kidnapping, possession of unlicensed firearms and defeating the ends of justice.

 

These two accused men, hijacked a truck carrying masks on the N12 highway in Boksburg.

 

Phindi Mjonondwane, the National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson said the accused officer was driving his official EMPD vehicle, when he stopped the truck, pointed a firearm at the driver and forced him into another vehicle that was driven by accused number two.

 

“Two further suspects alighted from the EMPD vehicle and went to assist with the robbery.

The suspects drove off in different directions, using both vehicles, while one of them drove the truck.

The police saw what was happening and a chase ensued, “she said.

 

The accused EMPD officer from Ekurhuleni jumped out of the car while it was still in motion and tried to run, but was apprehended. A firearm without a serial number was found in the car.

 

The matter has been postponed to Thursday for a formal bail application, which will be opposed.

 

Source: IOL, The Star

Are people being held against their will at Emperors Palace

Are people being held against their will at Emperors Palace?

Are people being held against their will at Emperors Palace?

According to Maroela Media, people who were repatriated, are being kept in quarantine against their will at Emperors Palace Peermont MetCourt and Mondior Hotels.

Allegedly these facilities do not comply with the Department of Health’s quarantine facilities guidelines.

 

On Wednesday, AfriForum sent a letter to the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, Patricia De Lille, demanding answers regarding the information they received from those people who are currently being quarantined at the hotels.

 

According to the detainees at the hotels, the facilities do not comply with the Department of Health’s quarantine facilities guidelines, and their fundamental rights are allegedly being violated by officials.

 

Afriform has sent a report of these violations and offences to the Minister, these include:

  • The facilities are not properly cleaned and disinfected and the rooms are unsanitary
  • The detainees are not clinically tested for symptoms of the virus
  • The dietary requirements of the detainees are not met
  • Testing for the virus is inconsistent and they are not provided with their test results in a timely manner.
  • Families are separated and kept in different rooms
  • The elderly, ill and pregnant detainees are not receiving proper medical care
  • People are kept like prisoners in their rooms; they are only allowed to leave these rooms for a couple of minutes per day.
  • The detainees are treated without respect by the Facilities Officials, which violates their basic human rights.

Afriforum has granted the Minister one week to investigate and answer all these allegations they received.

 

Afriforum has also filed a court application against the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, to have these regulations declared unconstitutional, illegal and irrational.

These regulations state, that the government can force people who test positive for the virus, to be quarantined in state facilities, despite the fact that they can effectively self -isolate.

 

“If we do not get satisfactory answers to this request, we will consider legal action to help the detainees. Afriforum cannot allow people to be held hostage by the government and that their most basic human rights are violated, “ said Monique Taut, Head of Campaigns at Afriforum.

 

Source: Maroelamedia

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Italian Baked Meatballs

Italian Baked Meatballs

Ingredients

  • onions 3, diced
  • olive oil
  • garlic 5 cloves, crushed
  • bay leaves 3
  • chopped tomatoes 400g tin
  • passata 600ml
  • tomato purée 2 tbsp
  • brown sugar 1 tbsp
  • red wine vinegar 1 tbsp
  • beef mince 500g pack
  • fresh breadcrumbs 125g
  • fennel seeds 1 tbsp
  • dried oregano 1 tbsp
  • egg 1
  • mozzarella 250g grated, buy a large block
  • mascarpone 100g
  • olive oil a drizzle
  • fresh oregano a few leaves (optional)
  • crusty bread or pasta or rice

 

Method

Step 1

Put the onions and 2 tbsp oil in your biggest frying pan, and fry gently until softened. Add the garlic, then increase the heat and fry for a few minutes. Scoop half the softened onions from the pan into a large mixing bowl.

 

Step 2

Add the bay leaves, tomatoes, passata, purée, brown sugar and red wine vinegar to the frying pan, and bring to a simmer. Bubble for 20 minutes until the sauce has reduced and thickened, and the surface is glistening. Season.

 

Step 3

When the reserved onions have cooled, add the beef mince, breadcrumbs, fennel seeds, oregano and egg with plenty of seasoning. Mix everything with your hands really well, then shape into 20 meatballs. Heat 1tbsp oil in a non-stick frying pan and brown the meatballs in batches, adding more oil as you need – the meatballs should be almost cooked through. Cool. Mix 200g of the grated mozzarella with the mascarpone and a little salt.

 

Step 4

When everything has cooled to room temperature, combine the meatballs and tomato sauce in a big baking dish. Blob over the cheesy mascarpone, and scatter over the remaining mozzarella. Freeze now.

 

Step 5

Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Cover the dish tightly with an extra layer of foil and bake for 30 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for a further 30-45 minutes, until the meatballs are piping hot and cooked through, and the cheesy top is golden and bubbling. Let the dish cool for 5 minutes, then add a drizzle of olive oil and a scatter of fresh oregano, if you like, before spooning straight from the dish. Serve with crusty bread, pasta or rice.

 

Step 6

*Freezing notes: Open-freeze in the baking dish until solid, but don’t leave it for too long, then cover with a layer of foil, then clingfilm to keep airtight (use clingfilm on its own and you risk taking off the cheesy topping when you remove it), or freeze in individual baking dishes in the same way. The day before you want to bake them, transfer the frozen dish to the fridge. When defrosted, finish the dish as above.

 

Source: Pinterest / Olive Magazine

Photo Credit: Pinterest/ Olive Magazine

South African produced Horror to be showcased on Netflix

SA produced Horror to be showcased on Netflix

If you are a fan of horrors, this movie is definitely for you. Just watching the trailer will give you nightmares!  Remember to set a reminder for 19 June 2020.

 

Proudly South African horror movie to be premiered on Netflix this Winter!

Written by TYLER LEIGH

 

What better way to spend lockdown than watching a proudly South African horror featuring local folklore and mythology; Netflix is premiering the movie next month!

 

South Africa (20 May 2020) – Those who appreciate a great horror movie are in for a treat as Netflix has acquired Africa rights for the local original film, 8.

 

The supernatural thriller, set to launch across Africa on June 19, 2020, is grounded in South African folklore and mythology in a dark story of atonement, rooted in traditional beliefs about ancestors and the spirit world.

Reality and superstition collide in the intersection where the world of the living meets the dead.

 

8 tells the story of an unaccomplished William Ziel (Garth Breyetenbach) who returns to the farmhouse he inherited from his estranged father with his wife, Sarah (Inge Beckmann), and their adopted niece, Mary (Keita Luna).

Soon after moving in, they meet a mysterious local outcast Lazarus (Tshamano Sebe), who carries with him a dark secret that will put everyone at risk. Lazarus persuades William to hire him in spite of Sarah’s reservations and successfully forges a kindred bond with Mary, who, like him, still aches for her lost kin.

But among the locals, Lazarus is an unwelcome menace who carries a dark secret in his sack: a demon reincarnation of his deceased daughter with an insatiable appetite for human souls.

In his pursuit to calm her nag, he facilitates several deaths and killings in the village, drawing the circle closer to the Ziels.

 

“We’re really excited about the quality of productions like 8 which was made in South Africa and will now be available for our members to enjoy,” says Ben Amadasun who leads Netflix Licencing and Co-productions in Africa.

 

“Through Netflix, creators now have the opportunity to reach more audiences. Our aim is to be a good partner for Africa’s creative industry. We’ll continue to create new partnerships that will enhance our library with a wide variety of powerful, engaging stories from across Africa. ”

 

The script of “8” came out of writer and director Harold Holscher’s personal connection to the story of loss and guilt, combined with his love for the genre of the supernatural and the complexities of South African culture.

 

“I love that one can take personal strife and place it within a film that can be watched and is relatable. The horror genre is a great genre to do this in, and I hope people enjoy and appreciate this for what it is,” says Holscher.

 

On the collaboration with Netflix, producer Jac Williams of Cape Town-based independent producers, Man Makes a Picture Productions says, “local stories are being told in ways that find credence abroad, and Netflix is geared at facilitating this new movement globally for filmmakers”.

 

In America, the movie will be known as “The Soul Collector” so keep an eye out if you are state-side. The rights have also been sold to Russia, Germany, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and France.

 

Watch the official trailer

 

Photo Credit: Goodthingsguy

Source: https://www.goodthingsguy.com/lifestyle/proudly-south-african-horror-netflix/

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