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Renate Editor

A note from the Editor

A note from the Editor

Dis Saterdag, of Woensdag, eintlik weet mens nie meer nie. Jy lewe in dwaal van onsekerheid, dis amper agt weke en dit voel soos agt jaar.

 

This past week has proven to be rather interesting, between being told how to wear your clothes,  no clear answer of what parents can expect regarding the opening of schools, the spike in Covid-19 cases over the weekend, the possibility that some districts will go to level 3 and others not, it’s like drinking a delicious  chocolate milkshake and your brain freezes.

 

Ek is soms te bang om my foon aan te skakel in die oggende, want wat op aarde gaan ons nou weer tref? In daardie oomblik van paniek waar jou gedagtes met jou weghardloop, is dit bitter moeilik om  iets te vind wat jou net weer normaal laat voel.

 

Mahatma Gandhi said, “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”

 

This might seem impossible under our current circumstances, but sometimes you just have to switch off and not let your blood pressure spike. Its also important to be OK with the fact that today, you are not OK. It is impossible to just be strong all the time, we are not superhumans.

 

So today, I am washing those feet in Jik.

Renate Potgieter

Renate Editor

A Note from the Editor

A Note from the Editor

We all have our good days and bad days.

The dark days can be overwhelming, to such an extent that you really don’t want to face the day ahead.

Our sleeping patterns are disrupted by nagging doubt; what will tomorrow bring? Personally, I have never been so exasperated by all the negativity that surrounds us.

This is a battle none of us saw coming. But we have to face it head on. We have to pick ourselves up and find something positive in everyday.
Whether that’s laughing at a funny meme your friend posted on Facebook or the attempt at bread making that failed spectacularly.

At least you tried!

Focus on the positives; the laughter of your children, cuddling up with your dogs on the sofa, a message from a dear friend checking in to see if you’re OK.

It’s those simple things in life that keeps us sane.

Students selected for a great task

Students selected for a great task

Marist Brothers Linmeyer congratulates the Grade 7 students who have been selected as the new Primary School Prefect Body and House Prefects of 2020.

We are proud of each one of you and we wish you all a very successful year of leadership!

Photo 1: left to right

Prefect Body 2020

Front: Kayla Marques, Kian Sawry, John Campling, Lorenzo Correia, Kgosi Lesenyeho, Matthew Barton, Abigayle Otto, Hlobile Radebe, Sienna Marques.

Middle: Karinah Chengalaryan, Daniel Andreani, Jesse Fourie, Gisele De Abreu, Anastacia Da Silva, Kgothatso Mangena, Micaela De Moura.

Back: Danica Pritchard, Keano Carrajola, Julian Schwark, Dario Gouveia, Angelo Dias, Catarina Abreu, Lintle Mabathoana, Janique Joannou.

Photo 2: left to right

House Prefects 2020

Front: Lorenzo Rosa, Mitchell Barry, Eesha Ganda, Tumisho Manaka.

Back: Caitlyn Diab, Bryce Williams, Sibonga Radebe, Claudia Vittone.

Johannesburg South girl is SA’s cutest Grade 1 learner

tame TIMES met Glenanda Primary Grade 1 learner, Azina Mamane who has been chosen as SA’s cutest Grade 1 learner in a competition that was run by Pep in conjunction with YOU, Move!, and Drum.

It doesn’t get any cuter than this. Many kids are a bundle of nerves on their first day of school – but not Azina Mamane. Kitted out in her new dress and shiny new shoes, little pink backpack slung over her shoulders, the five-year-old couldn’t wait to get to class on her first day of Grade 1.

And this can-do attitude is already earning big rewards for the plucky schoolgirl, from Lawley in Johannesburg.

Last month, as little ones across South Africa took their first excited – and sometimes tentative – steps into “big school”, readers were invited to choose the cutest Grade 1s from the crop of delightful photos submitted by proud parents. And much to the delight of Azina’s mom, Unathi (34), it was her daughter who was crowned the grand winner, which means her family will receive R10 000 in prize money while her school, Glenanda Primary, will get a R6 000 windfall.

The principal and staff of Glenanda Primary School said they are very proud of Azina’s  and believes that she is a future star.

tannie trixie

Tannie Trixie se tips

Tannie Trixie se tips

Ai tog mense, uiteindelik kan ons bietjie stap en beweeg weer. Ja, dis net van 06:00 tot 09:00, maar dis so lekker. Ek en Gysie stap nou sommer elke oggend lekker vroeg. Alles het goed gegaan totdat ons buurvrou ons vra om haar reuse groot brak ook saam te vat. Sy het onlangs ’n heupvervanging gehad en kan nie self stap met die dierasie nie.

Nou ja, Gysie sê toe sommer dadelik ja en daar gaat ons, sommer die volgende oggend al. Gysie het die grote hond in die harnas ingekry met ’n gesukkel, en effens bekommerd oor die stappie met die hond, het ons weggespring. Alles gaan toe baie goed. Ek geniet elke oomblik, die hond gee vir Gysie geen probleme nie, en ons stap te lekker. Naderhand is ons heeltemal gemaklik en Gysie sê hy gaan sommer die hond permanent saamvat vir elke stappie.

Dis net toe dat die Hadeda besluit om ons te kom pla. Voor in die pad kom die groot voël aangestaan, maar ons dink niks daarvan nie, hy sal mos padgee vir ons. Maar nee, die hadeda storm reguit op Gysie en die hond af. Die hond word nie kwaad nie, hy probeer nie die simpel ding byt nie, nee, hy word bang en kruip al agter Gysie se bene in. My arme man val amper om, en met moeite kom ons verby die hadeda en stap voort. Ons albei, en seker die hond ook, is effens ontsenu deur die eienaardige gedrag van die voël. Ons begin net weer ritme kry toe kom die hadeda van agter af verby gevlieg, gee ’n klipharde skel skree reg bo ons koppe en gaan land voor ons in die pad. Ons gaan staan doodstil. Iets is nie lekker nie. Wat kan dan fout wees met die langsnawel om so aggresief op te tree?

Ons is so uit die veld geslaan dat ons nie oplet hoe die hond reageer nie. Die volgende oomblik hoor ons net ’n benoemde tjank. Die arme grote hond kry toe ’n totale psigiese ineenstorting, hy spring vir die naaste bos en ruk arme Gysie heeltemal van sy voete af. Gysie val kliphard neer op die teerpad, jy sien net blare trek en die aarde dreun skoon. Die hond is uit sy harnas en lê en tjank saggies dog desperaat onder ’n Verbleikblombos. Die hadeda staan by Gysie en maak eienardige kraakgeluide, en ek staan geskok doodstil. Uiteindelik het ek Gysie opgehelp, albei sy knieë potblou, sy heup pimpel en pers, en sy ego totaal en al vermorsel. En waaragtig, die hadeda is nogsteeds nie klaar nie. Mense maar ek vererg my-ek gryp sommer Gysie se loopstok en storm die hadeda soos ’n All Blacks rugbyspeler. Die hadeda skrik hom amper dood en vlieg weg met ’n laaste paar gille. Dit vat ons toe nog 10 minute om die hond tot bedaring te bring, en nog 5 minute om hom terug in sy harnas te kry. Ons stap nou nie meer met die hond nie.

 

Tip-Die diere is onvoorspelbaar, verwag vuurwerke.

Talhah is a game-changer

Talhah is a game-changer

Talhah Patelia, a Grade 10 student at Reddam House, Bedfordview, in his commitment to log community hours, decided to 3D print protective face shields for frontline healthcare workers. Singlehandedly he made over 1000 protective face shields in just under a month and will continue until the need ceases.

Talhah has printed these face shields for Salaam Foundation, who distribute these items to health care professionals on the frontline.

Said Chief Innovations Officer, Community Hours Sarah Welton-Blake of Talhah’s achievement,

“Once, every now and again something truly remarkable happens. I have no idea how I would even begin to express my absolute awe with the activities to which Talhah has committed. Making face shields is such a commendable activity, but making 1000 masks is game-changing! Talhah has a special interest in serving people with whom he comes into contact – especially the medical fraternity.

 We challenged all Community Hours volunteers to do what they could with what they had to make a difference during lockdown.

The images show just how industrious and invested Talhah is in serving communities which most need support.

Talhah may be young but he is a giant in his actions in service. He embodies the true spirit of community engagement in South Africa.

 I am simply blown away by his actions, and continue to be in awe how he has really embraced working for a better South Africa.

 With respect I write to you to applaud the work done by one of tomorrow’s leaders.”

 Well done, Talhah!

 

mac and cheese

Southern Baked Mac and Cheese with Breadcrumbs

Southern baked mac and cheese with a crunchy, golden brown breadcrumb topping!

Made with gruyere and white cheddar cheese.

Mac and Cheese Sauce:

6 Tablespoons butter
6 Tablespoons all purpose flour
4 cups whole milk warmed up in the microwave
1 cup diced yellow onions
16 oz gruyere cheese shredded
8 oz white cheddar cheese shredded
salt and pepper to taste

Breadcrumb Topping:
5 Tablespooons butter
2 cups breadcrumbs use panko bread crumbs for a flakier crust
Optional spices:
½ teaspoon cayenne powder add more or less depending preference
2 teaspoons truffle oil

Instructions
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
Boil the cavatappi pasta according to the directions but take it out and drain 1 – 2 minutes early.

The pasta will further cook when it’s baking in the oven so we do this to avoid overcooking the pasta.

Mac and Cheese Sauce

Make the roux: Melt the butter in a pot over medium heat. Once it’s melted, add in the flour and stir quickly

using a flat spatula. Make sure to scrape the bottom and sides and continue stirring for 3 minutes.

Make sure the roux doesn’t get dark and stays a pale yellow color.

Make the bechamel sauce: Slowly drizzle in the warm milk into the pot while stirring vigorously with a whisk.

Add in the diced onions at this time. Stir continuously for about 5 – 7 minutes until the roux and milk have combined and the sauce has thickened. Make sure to scrape the bottom and sides.

The bechamel should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.

Add the cheese: Turn off the heat and add ¾ of the gruyere and cheddar cheese to the pot.

The rest will be used on top of the mac and cheese. Stir the sauce and cheese together until the cheese has fully melted. At this time, you can taste for salt and pepper.

You may not need any depending on the saltiness of your cheese.

Add in cayenne powder if you prefer a little spice.

Add your cooked pasta to a baking dish and pour the sauce over the pasta.

Mix it well until the pasta is completely covered. Top with the remaining ¼ shredded cheese.
Breadcrumb Topping:

Melt the butter in a pan and then add the breadcrumbs and toss together until the

breadcrumbs are evenly coated. Add in the optional truffle oil at this time.

Spread the breadcrumbs evenly on top of the shredded cheese.

Bake the mac and cheese on the center rack in the oven for 30 – 35 minutes.

If the breadcrumbs start to get too dark, cover the mac and cheese with foil and turn down the heat to 350.

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In Memoriam: Ouma Sarie

In Memoriam: Ouma Sarie

Ouma Sarie, 22 Maart 1916 – 29 April 2020

 

Mevrou Sara, Susanna Breytenbach van Alberton,  beter bekend as Ouma Sarie wat ‘n 104 jaar oud was, het die 29ste April 2020 haar skepper ontmoet.

Hettie Oelofse, haar dogter, het die volgende geskryf.

Ons moeder, oumatjie en oumagrootjie het verhuis na haar ewige tuiste. Sy was steeds op 104 jaar ‘n merkwaardige mens. Ons was so trots op haar.

Haar optrede was altyd die van ‘n dame tot op die laaste oomblik van haar lewe. Mammie, ons gaan jou handsoentjies mis. Jou maniere so eie aan wie mammie was.

Dankie Here vir U groot genade.

 

Ouma Sarie saam met haar dogters Hettie Oelofse links en Joey Jacobs regs.

 

Hierdie foto is geneem die 25ste Februarie 2020 saam met Ouma Sarie se eerste kleinseun Francois Breytenbach op sy 50ste verjaarsdag.

 

“Ma, ek skryf vir jou ‘n gedig

sonder fênsie leestekens

sonder woorde wat rym

sonder bywoorde

net sommer

‘n kaalvoet gedig –

 

want jy maak my groot

in jou krom klein handjies

jy beitel my met jou swart oë

en spits woorde

jy draai jou leiklipkop

jy lag en breek my tente op

maar jy offer my elke aand

vir jou Here God

jou moesie oor my enigste telefoon

jou huis my enigste bybel

jou naam my breekwater teen die lewe…”

Antjie Krog

 

Hiermee betuig Tame Times ons innige meegevoel met die familie van Ouma Sarie en hoop hulle sal berusting vind gedurende hierdie hartseer tydperk.

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