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Ramaphosa wants South Africans to ‘buy local’ – starting with these seven items

Cyril Ramaphosa has ambitiously claimed that the ‘great recovery’ can be led by a host of local purchases, encouraging the general public to buy items that are manufactured on our shores. The president believes that a change in mindset – encouraging South African consumers to buy South African goods – can add a whopping R200 billion to the fiscus.

SONA 2021 took place amid a backdrop of Level 2 lockdown restrictions. It was an eerie affair, as Ramaphosa spoke from a near-empty National Assembly. The life had seemingly been sucked out of the event, but Cyril went his own way, and presented a State of the Nation Address that saw SA’s glass as half-full.

Ramaphosa, often accused of being a dreamer, shared his plans to reduce the country’s imports by 20% over the next five years. This fantasy may become a reality – if enough people get onside with the ‘buy local’ approach. The head of state aims to revive an ailing manufacturing industry, with a plan to make Mzani’s exports ‘globally competitive’ once more.

“The second priority intervention of the Recovery Plan is to support a massive increase in local production and to make South African exports globally competitive. This will encourage greater investment by the private sector. Key to this plan is a renewed commitment from the government, business, and organised labour to buy local.”

“This commitment should lead to increased local production, which will lead to the revival of our manufacturing industry. All social partners who participated in the development of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan as part of our social compact have agreed to work together to reduce our reliance on imports by 20% over the next five years.”

“If we achieve our target, we will significantly expand our productive economy, potentially returning more than R200 billion to the country’s annual output. These efforts are supported by robust manufacturing support programmes.”

Cyril Ramaphosa


Ramaphosa said there would be ‘dozens of items’ recommended for local purchase. However, he listed only seven of these products during his SONA speech. They include the following:

  • – Edible oils.
  • – Locally–produced furniture.
  • – Fruit concentrates.
  • – Personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • – Steel products made in South Africa
  • – ‘Green economy inputs’.
  • – South African-made sugar
  • – There is a total of 42 products – to be named fully in due course – that will be encouraged for ‘local purchases’.



Famous skillet chicken in a sundried tomato parmesan cream sauce with fresh basil.


* 2 tablespoons olive oil

* 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

* 2 cloves garlic, minced

* 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

* 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

* 3/4 cup chicken broth

* 1/2 cup heavy cream

* 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped

* 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated

* Fresh basil, for serving

* Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Add oil to a large cast iron or oven-proof skillet, and place over medium-high heat.
  3. Season chicken liberally with salt and pepper and sear until golden brown, 4-5 minutes per side. Remove to a plate and set aside.
  4. Lower heat to medium, add garlic and cook 1 minute. Add thyme, red pepper flakes, chicken broth and heavy cream, and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  5. Stir in sundried tomatoes and parmesan and return chicken to skillet. Spoon sauce over chicken and bake until chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes.
  6. Top with basil and more parmesan cheese, if desired. Enjoy!


Source: Modern Honey

Photo Credit: Modern Honey

Skillet Bourbon Steak Recipe

Pan seared juicy sirloin steaks prepared with a dijon mustard rub and an incredible creamy bourbon sauce.



4 (4-ounces each) top sirloin steaks, about 1-inch thick, at room temperature

coarse salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

2 tablespoons dijon mustard divided

2 tablespoons butter divided


1/3 cup bourbon

1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce

1 teaspoon low sodium Worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary

2/3 cup half and half you can also use evaporated milk or light heavy cream

dried parsley for garnish



Prepare steaks by seasoning with salt and pepper; set aside for 20 minutes.

Rub steaks with dijon mustard.

Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.

Transfer steaks to heated skillet, two steaks at a time, and add 1 tablespoon butter.

Cook steaks until browned and cooked to desired doneness, about 3 to 4 minutes per each side for medium-rare.

Remove steaks from skillet and set aside.

Repeat with the remaining steaks.


In a small mixing bowl combine bourbon, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, light brown sugar, basil, and rosemary; whisk to combine.

Add the bourbon sauce mixture to the hot skillet and cook over medium heat for about 2 minutes, or until slightly reduced.

Stir in half & half or light cream and cook for a minute or two, or until thickened.

Remove from heat and lace steaks back in skillet; turn to coat.

Garnish with dried parsley.


Source: diethood.com

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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