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Zapiro’s back. His target? 2017, aka the year of Juju’s reboot, Zille’s tweets, and a certain shebeen in Saxonwold…

No little thorn in the flesh or irritating fly in the ointment, Zapiro just cannot be ignored.

It’s been one helluva year. We’ve held our breath thinking Zuma may resign. We’ve seen Juju re-booted and Zille tweeted out. Racial tensions rise, tempers and fires flare. Still the rich get richer and the poor get Khayelitsha.

We’ve seen Trump’s megalomania, Bell Pottinger’s spin and Pravin’s fightback, cadres captured and Cabinet’s relocation to Saxonwold Shebeen.

GuptaLeaks threaten to drown us and as the flood rises the rodents scatter.

And who better to make sense of this than Zapiro, political analyst, cartoonist and agent provocateur.

He has the ability to knock the air out of us, to rock us back in our seats, to force us bolt upright with a 1000-watt jolt of electrifying shock. He makes us angry, he makes us laugh and he makes us think. He shines a light on the elephant in the room, presents the emperor in all his naked glory. Impossible to brush off, he is determined to provoke a response.

When all around is crumbling, when fake news and zipped lips conceal the truth, Zapiro comes to the rescue. With the dissecting eye of a surgeon, the rapier-like point of his pen exposes flimflam, and reveals with a line what lies behind the action.

Zapiro is Jonathan Shapiro. Born in 1958, he went through architecture at UCT, conscription, activism, detention and a Fulbright scholarship to New York before establishing himself as South Africa’s best-known cartoonist. He has been the editorial cartoonist for the Sunday Times since 1998 and Daily Maverick starting 2017. Previously he was editorial cartoonist for Mail & Guardian and for The Times. He was also editorial cartoonist for Sowetan and Independent Newspapers. He has published 21 best-selling annuals as well as The Mandela Files, VuvuzelaNation (a collection of his sporting cartoons) and DemoCrazy (his cartoon collection on SA’s 20-year trip.)

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Sophia Lindop explores the magic of spices in Spices South Africa Flavours and Traditions

Sophia Lindop brings life to food with her series of cook books and shares with us a rich history of our country and the stories around her inspirational recipes.

- The Next 48 Hours Cape Town, Jenny Morris

Spices South AfricaSophia Lindop has produced another little gem in the Flavours and Traditions range, telling the tale of not only the two main influences, namely the Indian population and the Malay population, and how their age-old usage of spices and eating habits influenced the rest of our country in such a way that their recipes are now part of South Africa’s national heritage, but of all the other nations that played a role in this spicy story.

“Spices that we add to our food every day without thinking, such as pepper, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, were such a valuable commodity in the 15th century that they inspired fearless mariners to cross vast oceans in less than adequate vessels in search of new routes to the spice-rich Orient. Today pumpkin without cinnamon, potatoes without nutmeg and a curry without ginger is unimaginable, so, even now, all around the world, spices are still making magic …” writes Lindop.

Recipes in this tantalising collection include, among others, Cauliflower-and-chickpea biryani, Chilli bites, Courgettes stuffed with lamb mince and fragrant rice, Cucumber pickles, Chocolate cardamom brownies, Milk tart, Spicy rooibos iced tea and Mosbolletjies.

Spices South Africa Flavours and Traditions is the latest book in the Flavours and Traditions series and is a little book of gastronomic delight. It brims with history, unique South African recipes, and will hopefully inspire you to cook flamboyantly.

South African Flavours and Traditions, Cape Town Flavours And Traditions, Braai and Potjie Flavours and Traditions have been created for both locals and tourists alike, celebrating our heritage in a bite-sized chunk.

About the author

Sophia Lindop was born on a farm near Douglas, a small village in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, where she grew up in an environment characterised by old-fashioned values. Lindop is zealous about food and wine and displayed an aptitude for cooking from the age of five.

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Don’t miss the launch of The Yoga Kitchen: 100 Easy Superfood Recipes by Marlien Wright at Kalk Bay Books

Invitation to the launch of The Yoga Kitchen

The Yoga KitchenKalk Bay Books and Jacana Media invite you to the launch of The Yoga Kitchen: 100 Easy Superfood Recipes by Marlien Wright.

The event will take place on Wednesday, 9 November, at Kalk Bay Books.

Wright will be in conversation with journalist Karena du Plessis.

See you there!

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Don’t miss the launch of Mzansi Zen by Antony Osler at Kalk Bay Books

Invitation to the launch of Mzansi Zen

Mzansi ZenJoin Jacana Media and Kalk Bay Books for some Mzansi Zen with Antony Osler.

What are we to make of this world – and of our country? Of this place where beauty and and heartache keeps us so off balance? How do we live in this wash of brilliance and disappointment, of courage, cowardice and cynicism?

Mzansi Zen is a tapestry of stories, poems, pictures and people that inspires us to take up life with both hands, and calls us into an intimacy that is already beneath our feet.

Osler is the author of Zen Dust and Stoep Zen. He is a former Zen monk and human rights advocate, and lives with his family on a farm in the Karoo region of South Africa.

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  • Date: Wednesday, 2 November 2016
  • Time: 6 for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Kalk Bay Books
    124 Main Rd
    Kalk Bay
    Cape Town | Map
  • Refreshments: Come and join us for a glass of wine
  • RSVP: Kalk Bay Books,, 021 788 2266

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Beautiful Holiday Homes Uncovered in Perfect Hideaways in South Africa by Paul Duncan and Helen Untiedt

Perfect Hideaways in South AfricaAfrica Press is proud to present Perfect Hideaways in South Africa by Paul Duncan and Helen Untiedt:

Just in time for Christmas, a new illustrated coffee table book answers a simple question: what makes the perfect holiday home in South Africa? Increasingly in South Africa, there’s a nostalgic longing for simple country living, a need to satisfy the urge to decamp from the city to a bolt hole somewhere remote from everyday life. From bush to beach, from city to wilderness, Perfect Hideaways in South Africa features a range of holiday homes that, by virtue of their unique locations, offer varieties of different experiences. They’re found on remote escarpments of the Western Cape hinterland, in the vineyard-filled valleys of the Boland and among the mountains of the Overberg. And whether or not they’re on the edge of small country towns in the Sandveld and the Swartland, each has been invested with the passions and personality of its owner.

Staying in any of them is an adventure and part of the joy of uncovering an interesting and unusual house is the discovery that there are like-minded people creating homes from home in often impossibly wild places. In perpetual quest for houses which are handsome or pretty, or have unusual, striking looks and unique features, or which stand in a spectacular setting, there’s list of attributes and amenities that make up the perfect holiday house. This book celebrates a long list of them, identifying precisely what it is that makes an ok holiday home “perfect”.

Perfect Hideaways in South Africa is a lavishly illustrated book of South African travel, interiors and lifestyle written by Paul Duncan and published for Perfect Hideaways by Africa Press, his new imprint bringing to the reader curated worlds with authentic, accessible and engaging southern African content whose significance is more than just a passing celebration of “local is best”.

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Read a Round-up of the HPCSA Trial Against Tim Noakes, Which Will Resume in February 2016

Raising SuperheroesTim Noakes, the advocate of the Banting lifestyle and co-author of Raising Superheroes, was called before the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) recently.

Noakes was asked to defend a tweet he sent out in 2014 saying that low-carb, high-fat foods are good for babies, which was brought under the attention of the HPCSA by the former president of the Association of Dietetics in South Africa (ASDA) Claire Strydom.

The Real Meal Revolution has shared a round-up of the events and arguments of the six-day trial, which will resume in February 2016 and is estimated to be costing South Africa taxpayers over R1 million.

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On day one of the trial, the HPCSA tried, and failed, to prevent the Noakes’ legal team from presenting evidence by video link. The reason the team had to seek evidence outside of South Africa was because no South African specialists came forward, through apparent fear of what might happen to them.

Claire Strydom then tried to present evidence that the Noakes’ team hadn’t seen and began to give expert instead of factual testimony.

On day two, Claire Strydom continued with her testimony, but kept straying into expert territory, instead of sticking to the facts. During the cross-examination, “Julsing-Strydom said she didn’t believe the Banting advocate should be struck from the health professions roll for giving unconventional advice” and she admitted to over-reacting “when she sent a tweet about how horrified she was by Noakes’ advice to a breastfeeding mother.”

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Join Catherine Speedie for the Launch of The Banting Baker at the Wellness Warehouse on Kloof

Invitation to the launch of The Banting Baker

The Banting BakerThe Wellness Warehouse and Jacana Media would like to invite you to the launch of The Banting Baker by Catherine Speedie.

Sweet treats and baked goods are deeply associated with comfort, time out and good times, rewarding us after a day’s hard work. The good news is that we don’t have to deny ourselves these little pleasures. In The Banting Baker, Speedie shows you that the low-carb highway is not about deprivation but about substitution.

The launch will take place at the Wellness Warehouse on Kloof on Saturday, 5 December, between 2 and 4 PM.

Don’t miss it!

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  • Date: Saturday, 5 December 2015
  • Time: 2 PM to 4 PM
  • Venue: The Wellness Warehouse
    Lifestyle on Kloof
    50 Kloof Street
    Gardens | Map
  • Refreshments: Banting treats will be served
  • RSVP: Nomzamo on 011 620 3200, or

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Learn How to Make LCHF Treats at the Launch of The Banting Baker by Catherine Speedie in Sandton

Invitation to the launch of The Banting Baker

The Banting BakerJacana is pleased to invite you to the launch of The Banting Baker by Catherine Speedie.

Come and learn all about the secrets of making delicious low-carb high-fat treats on Thursday, 3 December, at 6 for 6:30 PM. The event will take place at Jackson’s Real Food Market in Sandton.

The Banting Baker bears good news to those of us who just cannot give up on carrot cake: Life’s too short to deny ourselves these little pleasures.

Don’t miss it!

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Recreate that Holiday Vibe in Your Own Home with Neil Roake’s More Life’s a Beach Cottage

More Life's a Beach CottageMore Life’s a Beach Cottage is the third cookery book in Neil Roake’s series, featuring a collection of best holiday feasting recipes:

More Life’s a Beach Cottage is as beautiful and quirky and set to follow in the successful footsteps of previous publications.

The author explains: “This third Life’s a Beach Cottage offering includes some tasty ‘OMG, I can easily make that’ recipes and some ‘WTF, that looks hard’ ones – but there are no OTT airs and graces (life’s a just too short).

“Don’t stress about following every recipe to the letter. This cookbook is just your springboard for culinary creativity. Many of the recipes were sourced on my travels abroad and all are big on flavour – there’s nothing ‘shy’ here. Expect muscular curries, potent cocktails, desserts that argue back and deliciously robust salads.”

Inside the covers you will find exquisite photography, and delectably different recipes, including:

  • Homemade Cabnah Tomato and Chai Seed Salad
  • 4 Melon and Prawn Salad with Asian Dressing
  • Baked Chicken Pâté with Gooseberries, Thyme and Crushed Hazelnuts
  • Badass Bacon Jam
  • Baked Brie with Blueberries
  • Chocolate Éclairs with Pomegranate Jewels

And so much more – including ice cream without a churner!

So take off your shoes, bring out the wine, put on the music and let Roake take you through More Life’s a Beach Cottage.

About the author

Neil Roake has produced some award-winning cookbooks: Life’s a Beach Cottage (2007) which won Best Barbeque and Outdoor Cookbook in the World at the international Gourmand Awards in 2008. Life’s a Beach Cottage: Second Helpings and On the Rocks – a coastal-themed cocktail book that won best South African Photography Cookbook. Shiny Happy People was released in 2009 and is a collection of Roake’s friends’ favourite recipes and Taste Freedom featured food from his restaurant Freedom Café.

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Indulge in the Best Low-Carb High-Fat Treats with Recipes from The Banting Baker by Catherine Speedie

The Banting BakerJacana Media is proud to present The Banting Baker by Catherine Speedie:

The Low-Carb High-Fat diet, known more colloquially as the Banting diet, is not just about upturning the food pyramid and thus the conventional wisdom around food and nutrition that has ruled for the last 40-odd years. It’s about waking us up to what our bodies are naturally ‘wired’ for in terms of optimal sustenance and body weight. It’s about realising that along the trajectory of commercial and industrial ‘progress’, we’ve lost sight of our humanness – our basic biology if you will.

That said, giving up carrot cake is not so easy. Sweet treats and baked goods are deeply associated with comfort, time out and good times, rewarding us after a day’s hard work. The good news is that we don’t have to deny ourselves these little pleasures. This book will hopefully show you that the low-carb highway is not about deprivation but about substitution. Once you’ve got your head around it, stocked up your pantry with the right ingredients and armed yourself with a spirit of adventure, you’ll discover that you can create the most sublimely satisfying goodies.

The Banting Baker introduces the reader to low-carb logic, as well as how to soak nuts and seeds and make meal and butter from nuts. It includes recipes for breakfast, snacks, breads, wraps, pizza as well as sweet treats. Indulge in Blueberry and Almond Muffins, Baked Berry Pancakes with Mascarpone, Banting Coconut Macaroons, Cheesecake Swirl Brownies and ‘Top-deck’ Bliss Bars.

About the author

Catherine Speedie is the owner of Gingko, an organic and ‘clean food’-oriented restaurant, bakery and catering business, and the creator of Primal Chow, a brand dedicated to the world of Paleo and Banting goodies. A passionate traveller, she brings flavours from all over the world into her cooking, believing strongly that food must be delicious and nutritious if it is to be fulfilling on all levels.

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