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KZN braai makers miss out on fame Too laid-back to audition for TV show SIHLE MTHEMBU URBAN’S laid-back surfer image means our braai masters have lost out on the chance to gain worldwide television fame. None of the teams from KwaZulu-Natal has made it through to the final round of season 2 of the popular cooking reality show – mainly because they were too lazy to turn up for the audition. More than 4 000 entries were received for this year’s Ultimate Braai Master competition and the top 15 teams that will be competing in the series have already been announced. The Western Cape boasts most of the finalists and there are a few from Gauteng. But there were no teams


GRILL KINGS: Marthinus Ferreira, Ultimate Braai Master host Justin Bonello and Bertus Basson will be putting contestants through their paces for the second season of the outdoor reality cooking show, which starts in September.

PROMISES: David Beckham of Paris SaintGermain promised to help children’s charities in the area, but to date, no money has been given. PICTURE: GETTY IMAGES

Princes on January 31, Beckham said: “I thought what a great idea it would be, that the salary would go to a children’s charity in Paris… It’s something I’m not sure has been done before, and it’s something I’m very passionate about, children and the charity side of things, and so are the club.” More than two months later, very little seems to have happened. “We wrote to them straight away because we have already worked for several years with the PSG foundation,” said Malika Tabti, secretary-general of Secours Populaire, one of the largest charities in France. “We run several projects for children in the Paris areas, including one which creates sporting opportunities and holidays for deprived youngsters. We could help far more children than we do, but we are always short of funds.” Tabti received a short let-

Audiences in Asia, Europe and throughout Africa will be treated to the upcoming season of the Ultimate Braai Master series. This comes after the DStv’s Travel Channel picked up rights to broadcast the show’s second season worldwide. Among the prizes this year are R500 000 cash and a Renault Koleos 4x4. The judges for this season’s competition will include award-winning chefs Marthinus Ferreira and Bertus Basson as well as Justin Bonello, who will return as the show’s host. Bonello said there would be more challenges in this season and that the adventure element of the show would be more significant. “What we discovered in season one was that a lot of people don’t really explore

their country, so we want to give participants that opportunity as we will travel more around southern Africa and experiment more with the cooking and its limits,” said Bonello. He also highlighted that there was an effort this year to have a mixture of people who did not come from a professional culinary background. “We have been overwhelmed by the fact that the standard is so high and a lot of the trained chefs did not make it through because of that, and we are looking forward to putting contestants through their paces and finding some gems of recipes,” said Bonello. Season two of Ultimate Braai Master starts on September 18 on SABC 3 and Travel Channel.

Durban beaches are the pits, say trash trekkers

Charities waiting for Beckham funds AT THE end of January, David Beckham and his new club, Paris Saint-German, made a public promise. All his wages – rumoured to be around €200 000 (some R2.33 million) a week – would go to a children’s charity in the Paris area. Ten weeks later, the charities, and the children, of Paris are still waiting. “No decision has yet been made. We are considering various options,” Yann Guerin, the spokesman for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), said. Should we expect a decision soon? Guerin could not say. A spokesman for David Beckham says a decision is likely in the next two or three weeks. An investigation by The Independent this week has picked up no trace of any attempt by PSG to invite, or study, candidatures by children’s charities in the Paris area. Groups which have written to the club have received only a brief, pro-forma letter in response. No follow-up approaches have been made. PSG is reported to have been “inundated” with requests from associations working with children, not just from the French capital but from all over the world. Sources close to the club, and to Beckham, say that PSG is already acquainted with the work of excellent children’s charities in the Paris area. It has no need to ask for specific projects or information. Six weeks remain to the end of the French football season and David Beckham’s contract with PSG expires at the end of June. The club would like him to sign again for the 2013-14 season, but Beckham has yet to commit himself. At his introductory press conference at the Parc des

from KZN that made the cut. Speaking about the TV show, spokeswoman Georgie Cladow said that despite the hundreds of entries and more than 50 KZN teams being shortlisted, only 20 of them showed up for the two-day cook-off. “We are as disappointed that no KZN teams made it into this year’s Top 15 competing teams – especially with three teams from Durban having competed successfully in season one,” said Cladow. “After shortlisting and inviting 50 KZN entrants to compete at the 2013 Durban audition event, only 20 teams turned up on the day. There were two Durban teams that came extremely close to making it to the show, but after the auditions in Johannesburg, they were knocked out of the competition.”


ter from PSG saying that they would be back in touch. “This was obviously something decided in a great hurry and it will take time to put into effect,” Tabti said. “After they made so much of the idea publicly, I am sure it will happen eventually.” Other children’s groups The Independent spoke to were somewhat less charitable. Martine Brousse is delegate general of La Voix d’Enfant, a nationwide charity umbrella-association, with 12 projects in the Paris area. “I can’t say I’m disappointed because it is what I expected,” she said. “I assumed that this was a publicity announcement, rather than anything concrete. I thought all along that if PSG did anything, they would set up their own charity so that they could control everything themselves.” Sandrine Moutel is spokeswoman for a small charity called Pas d’enfance sans vacances – no childhood without holidays. The group gives up to 300 children from the more deprived, racially mixed suburbs of Paris seaside trips and Christmas presents. Its annual budget of €50 000 a year could be increased fourfold with a single week of Beckham’s wages. “Tell PSG and David Beckham we know lots of children who would be delighted to hear from them,” Moutel said. A spokesman for Beckham said they have had “hundreds of requests from Paris and far beyond. It takes time to go through all the possibilities and make sure that a sevenfigure sum is spent in the best possible way. “I think we will be in a position to identify projects in Paris and maybe more widely in France by the end of this month.” – The Independent

WHATEVER qualifies two Capetonians to pitch up in Durban and claim that litter on its beaches is worse than at any other South African coastal city? Maybe it’s because Michael Baretta and Camilla Howard have just walked about 2 000km along the coast, from the Namibian border and expect to finish their expedition, dubbed CAN DO! Trekking for Trash, at the Mozambique border in just more than a fortnight’s time. “Cape Town was the cleanest,” they say proudly. “Port Elizabeth was impressive with people’s willingness to clean up although we did collect 900kg of rubbish in one kilometre on King’s Beach,” says Baretta. They do, however, credit Durban people for joining them in a clean-up. “There are a lot more people in KwaZulu-Natal,” adds Howard. “We just want to challenge them to do something about it.” If there’s one up-side to Durban’s latest status, it’s the job opportunity they discovered it gives Sibusiso Ntoli whom they met on Treasure Beach, sifting through rubbish for plastic bottles. “He works for a boss who pays him a set rate to collect a specific type of waste. Then he sells it on,” says Howard. While the two give litterawareness talks at schools and factories along the way, they

ECO FRIENDS: Beachwalker and anti-litter activist Michael Baretta meets garbage recycler Sibusiso Ntoli on Treasure Beach. PICTURE: SUPPLIED have also learnt offbeat things, such as municipalities squabbling over which is responsible for keeping a check on rivers that form their boundaries. “A naked man told us this,” says Howard, referring to a stretch of coast beyond Umhlanga known to be popular with nudists who, she notes, also take care of it. Baretta is 31 and Howard 30. Their adventure marks significant milestones in their lives. For Baretta, it’s the water-

shed from a corporate marketing career in Joburg to one where he hopes to promote non-profit organisations and their causes in conjunction with corporates. For Howard, it’s yet another experience after realising what an adventurer she really is. “I was a city girl. I never grew up camping,” she recalls. “However, the bug had bitten firmly by the beginning of last year when we conquered Mount Kilimanjaro barefoot to

raise money for charity. “Through that experience I realised I was a lot tougher than I thought. I also realised you can get exposure and make a tangible difference. “I had always thought it was something wishy-washy people do,” says the co-owner of a catering business that will take her to a contract in the south of France after the adventure. Baretta says a talk at his office in Joburg by extreme athlete David Grier changed his

life direction. “In Johannesburg you measure self-worth by the amount of money you earn. I got tired of all that. I knew I had to make a change and it (the talk) came at the right time.” That was in May, 2011. Baretta then worked towards finding sponsors, organising the expedition properly and figuring out how to “check out of life for seven months”. “It’s a long time to take a sabbatical.” He had kept a journal of his beach walk. “In the front of it I list the places I would like to revisit. In the back I write down life’s lessons I have learned along the way. “I would like to help make the world a better place.” Could these modern-day “strandlopers” make a complete change and become beach bums? No way, they both say. “I always live life in balance,” says Baretta. “I couldn’t live life without direction, so I could never be a bum. I travel for a purpose, definitely.” Camilla adds: “No, I get too itchy.” That said, she acknowledges that when she walks, her mind focuses and she finds peace. “What’s happening now is what matters. Nothing in the past. Nothing in the future.” One can follow their adventure on TrekkingForTrash

Sky’s the limit for high-climbing Adele SHE has enjoyed a memorable 12 months and now Adele heads a list of rich musicians for the second year running. The accolade comes after the 24-year-old won an Oscar for her theme song for the James Bond hit Skyfall and had her first baby, a son Angelo, last October. Her fortune is £30 million (R411.5m), up from £20m the

previous year, revealed the Sunday Times Young Music Rich List 2013. One Direction stormed into the table for performers aged 30 and under for the first time. The boy band’s success worldwide has made personal fortunes of £5m each for its five members, whose top age is 21. Their four rivals in JLS, whose oldest member is 28, are

estimated to be worth £6m each. Only two individual male singers made it into the rich list: James Morrison, 28, and new entrant Ed Sheeran, 22. Songstress Emeli Sande, 26, is ranked for the first time. Women dominate the rollcall of wealthy young musicians, with Cheryl Cole second while Leona Lewis, Katie Melua, Jessie J and Charlotte

Church also feature. The overall rich list also details the fortunes of older musicians, with Paul McCartney, 70, leading the way with £680m. Second was Andrew LloydWebber, whose wealth is up to £620m, while a combined worth of £520m put rock band U2 in third. Elton John is fourth at £240m.– Daily Mail


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BRITAIN’S Duchess Catherine is obsessed with Keeping Up With the Kardashians. The 31-year-old royal has begun tuning into the show after she learnt Kim Kardashian, who, like the duchess, is expecting her first child in July, is a big fan of hers. A source said: “Since Kim started mentioning Kate a lot, she has started watching (the show) religiously. She thinks the family are hilarious. People forget Kate is just a normal girl who married into royalty and enjoys the same trashy TV shows most people do.” – Bang Showbiz

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