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MAY 2011 ISSUE 21

OUR WILTING PROTEAS Looking ahead after World Cup 2011

ERNIE ON COURSE Plus Charl’s big win at the US Open

PLUS What’s Up, meeting Xolani Xala, a new SA play, a quiz, wine column, visa advice, travel, social scene and much more

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EDITOR’S Letter have been very lucky lately – to get to speak to not only Wynand Myburgh and Francois Van Coke but now also Arno Carstens of the Springbok Nude Girls. The Nudies are heading back to London and other UK cities with plans for a new album in the pipeline. Make sure you don’t miss their shows – details in the magazine. We went a bit sports mad this edition. Ernie Els was stung by criticism of his PGA Wentworth course – and has made changes this year and we celebrate the huge win by Charl Schwartzel. Tennis is looking up too with 6’ 8” Kevin Anderson powering his way around the court, so Wimbledon could be more exciting than ever this year. And then there are the Proteas and their World Cup, what is the answer for our cricketers going forward? There’s a lot more and a small quiz on page 25. I hope you have a very happy May! SUSAN

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WHAT’S COMING UP Your essential event guide for the coming months

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HOMEFIRES/ VISAS Meet the ANC’s Xolani Xala and Breytenbachs column

Editor Susan Miller Graphic design manager Astrid Breacker Design/production Laura Doyle/Justine Mackay Picture researcher Laila Pacheco Head of digital marketing and

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NUDIES BACK ON SHOW Chatting to Arno Carstens about music, touring and the UK vibe

development Syed Ahmad Head of design and production Jon Cooke Head of Marketing & Events Jim Zambrano Marketing & Events Phoebe Cherrill Sales Donovan Smith Social media co-ordinator Daniel Cape Financial

13 TENNIS ANYONE? We have a shot at Wimbledon glory with Kevin Anderson

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14 ERNIE TO THE FORE The Big Easy, his Wentworth course and our champ Charl

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22 BOOZE AND FOOD A Barry Vera recipe and SA Wines Online go Chardonnay

24 KULCHA Books, shorts, photos and a play at Soho Theatre…

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COMING UP WHAT: Just Jinjer in Clapham WHEN: June 11 WHY: They’re back in London. Playing the inaugural Southern Sounds music festival, which is all about ‘celebrating the best in Southern Hemisphere music under a Northern sky’. Back in SA after being based in LA for the past eight years, the band have lost none of their commitment to producing music that ‘touches the heart, body, mind and soul’ – and will make sure you enjoy a damn fine party too. They’re joining the epic INXS at the gig and other great acts too – including electronica gods Goldfish. justjinjer.com, goldfishlive.com, southernsoundsfestival.com

LONDON SA WINE AUCTION ON MAY 19 Held in aid of the Jan Kriel School in South Africa, this evening at the Plaisterers’ Hall will have top SA wines up for auction and will include a wine tasting and the chance to meet wine makers and representatives of hugely respected Wine Estates. Collectable wines and special packages will be auctioned to raise funds for the Jan Kriel School, which is for learners who experience serious problems with written communication. Auctioneer Mike Ratcliffe, below, is Managing Director of Warwick Estate and a leading name in the Cape wine industry. Email: Ashton Smith at ashtonsmith@ saracens.net or call 01727 792 818

JAZZY ADAM GLASSER The harmonica virtuoso will be at the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington for a unique evening blending township jazz and original compositions from his award-winning album Free at First and his soon-to-be-released new album Mzansi. He’ll be joined by British musos like Robin Apsland and Fank Tontoh. landmarkartscentre.org, June 9

DIARISE… AFRICA OYÉ JUNE 18 AND 19 Head to Sefton Park in Liverpool for the UK’s biggest celebration of African music and culture. The annual event attracted over 50,000 people last year and organisers are hoping for even more in 2011. Enjoy the vibe as artists from across Africa, from South America and the Caribbean take to the stage. The two-day festival also hosts over 60 stalls selling a wide range of African arts, fashion and food and drinks. For tickets head to africaoye.ticketsource.co.uk What else is happening? Remember Fokofpolisiekar and Van Coke Kartel are playing on May 27 at The Clapham Grand!

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HOME FIRES May 2011 e spoke to Xolani Xala, 28, chair of the ANC London branch about how it was re-formed after a hiatus since 1994.

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“It took time to set up the London branch – we started the plans in 2009 and the implementation in 2011. We had two years to research the ANC in London. It’s a very huge political party with a big history. We had to find out what had been happening from 1961 to 1994 and then from 1994 to 2001. We know we won’t be able to match the footsteps of Oliver Tambo but we are going to walk in their footsteps – to do that we needed to do research. “Another big challenge was to bridge the gap between the ANC veterans who were living in the UK from the 1960s and 70s and the new, emerging global South Africans who had recently arrived and came from a democratic SA. The thinking was not the same. We said let’s have a branch – before that the ANC Abroad was just a group of supporters. A branch meant we required at least 100 registered ANC members whose cards have come back from Luthuli House. “We want to unite South Africans…we see a big gap and we know it is going to

four weeks ago I know what I am capable of doing. If I don’t do it (qualify for the worlds and Olympics), it’s my own fault

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be a challenge. There will be political programmes …and social events…in social clubs, business clubs – SA organisations, sharing the same interests. It can even be a non-South African organisation that shares our ideals.” The branch will participate in the celebrations later this year to mark 50 years of ANC activities abroad and intends sending representatives to the ANC’s Mangaung conference next year. And London will shortly be joined by branches in other UK cities and even other countries such as Canada.

Oscar Pistorius South Africa’s doubleamputee sprinter aims to line up against the world’s best able-bodied athletes at London’s Olympic Games – and knows he must still run his fastest-ever 400m in order to qualify to put himself on course for the Olympics

Murdered AWB “ leader Eugene Terreblanche left R3m but no will. His wife was the sole heir

Gerrie Basson lawyer for Terreblanche on News24. The far-right leader was killed on his farm on April 3, 2010

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Back on tour We chatted to singer Arno Carstens about the Nudies UK tour in May and June, his solo career and why bands should never say they’re splitting up forever… WORDS SUSAN MILLER

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rno Carstens is looking forward to the Springbok Nude Girls UK tour. After all – as he says himself – he can only take a break for about two weeks – and then he needs to get working again. The Nudies last played here in 2007 and there has been a lot of water under the bridge since then. We asked him about it all.

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It’s the first time the Nude Girls have been back in London since 2007, is that right? I played here last year, but the Nude Girls haven’t been there for some time. You’ve been living/travelling between CT and London yourself? Yeah, for about three years… Tell me more about your UK debut album Wonderful Wild. What was it like to work with UK producers? Well, I worked with Youth (The Verve’s producer) quite a bit – he’s quite a wordly guy so he didn’t really strike me as an English. We got along very well. At the end of the day it was the chance to meet a lot of musicians and they were all fantastic. Very professional – even though we didn’t know each other so well, literally after one day they knew my songs. You don’t have to spend a lot of time; I think there is a lot of competition in the UK so they have to be on the ball.

going to be interesting. We’re hoping that Van Coke Kartel will be joining us on the night, they are really good live – it would be quite an evening, we’ve always had good audiences in the UK. Wynand (from VCK) said they were influenced by the Nude Girls. Ja, ja, they are the new generation, isn’t it. We were the 90s guys, and they were the next thing. They said you led the way… Bless It was such a conservative society… Well, fashion and things can change so much in 10 years. It was…the 70s were Rabbit and bands like that, the 80s was the Voëlvry tour with Koos Kombuis

By the way, congratulations for being nominated for Record of the Year for Dreamer at the SAMAs. Whooo…I was a bit surprised. I am not really supposed to be there… because the album was not made in South Africa. It is quite interesting and wonderful and a great surprise.

SOLO AND NOT I wanted to ask you about being solo and performing in the band. Do you change as a performer? Ja, well – the Nudies are about fierce guitars and lots of energy. When I went solo I wanted to change it, I didn’t want to sound the same…after years of screaming at people. But then you miss it and so we try and do two or three shows every year. This year

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Back to the Nudies, I see the band is going to play other cities like Glasgow, Newcastle etc have you played in them before? Not the Nude Girls, but I have.

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Do audiences differ in different parts of the UK? It’s all about them enjoying the music; if they’re into a party then we’re into a party. It depends on the artist and the audience. There’s no real difference. Your last Nudies UK concert was in Shepherd’s Bush. You’re going back to the Shepherd’s Bush 02 Arena this time. What kind of audiences do you expect? Mostly SA expats? No, we’ve cultivated people from different countries, and anyway many of the South Africans over there have been there for 15 years or so, so they’ve acclimatised. They are more English than what they think they are. It’s

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and Valiant Swart and then in the 90s it was the Springbok Nude Girls and all the 90s bands. We were totally English compared to the Voëlvry and those guys …we wanted to be part of the world. It was when Mandela was out of jail and stuff like that. It was a cool time to do English songs. And now it jumps again and everyone is doing the Voëlvry again and singing in Afrikaans. The first Nude Girls gig was in 1994 in Stellenbosch, was it before or after Mandela was released? The same time – all I remember was that year was a wonderful year – there was a great vibe around. The whole 90s was sort of optimistic and magic – it was the years of Madiba magic.

because we did U2 (supported them in January in SA) we thought well, let’s make an album and go on a little tour. Are you touring SA too? We’ll do like three gigs. I am definitely not going to go back to doing little clubs. The thing is I don’t want to do what we did in the 90s – like constantly touring. I think there comes a stage where you should say ‘less is more’. About U2 – when you are opening or performing with another band, does it influence your choice of songs or do you just do your own thing? You need to check out what kind of music they play and what kind of

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audience they are expecting to have. That will influence what you are going to play. For instance with Metallica we would play a totally different set to what we played with U2. How did it go with U2? Joburg was incredible, we didn’t know how the audience was going to react towards us – it was amazing, I couldn’t believe it, it was such a great response. In Cape Town, U2 were doing sound checks up to when the gates opened and the wind was blowing…so our sound was totally crap! The people on the ground could hear the music but everybody standing upstairs was at a loss as to why we were screaming away. We had hired the best soundman in South Africa just so if things went wrong we could feel we had done the best we could do… Can you tell while you’re playing if things are going wrong? Ja, you can see that right in front of you are people who are enjoying it and then to the side there is more of a perplexed look… Let’s hope the UK sound is good. The sound should be good! They have been doing it for a 100 years longer! How is the new Nudies album going? Well, it is interesting, the last album we did, we did it in two and a half weeks. I am writing on my own, collecting songs but with the Nude Girls it is quite magic… between the

Well, the Nude Girls can and now I can too. I’ve done three albums now and my next solo album I’m going to go a different route.

We’ll play the hits, it’s quite a high energy performance, loud, quite heavy and alternate rock – I will have to start running to get fit!

You’re talking about a double CD? Yes, I’m doing a duets album and have already got a couple of artists…. Lizzy Pattinson (sister of Robert of Twilight fame) and I am still working on Michelle Shocked…it will be somewhere between Robert Plant and

You said the Nudies had played their last ever concert a few years ago. Then there is a comeback… should a band ever say never? It was a stupid idea when we broke up because we were young and stupid. We had had enough, we had reached the ceiling but it’s a thing a band should never say. They can take a break for a couple of years – eventually you will miss it because it is a magical time…and then it’s nice to do the music again. We are very cool now, we do a couple of shows a year and every two/three years we’ll make an album – it’s so relaxed. It started out just making music and then it became a business so that is normally when it starts going wrong.

We are cool now,we do a “ couple of shows a year ” guys, when the band comes things will take shape. It would be nice to have a hit or two but in a way I simply want to make a more credible CD this time, that is maybe more musical, almost in a kind of an old-style… concept album. These days people just download singles so it would be nice to bring in a new musicality, where if you don’t have the whole album, you won’t get it. But then maybe people will just go ‘fuck it’. It is a nice idea to be more musical.

an alternative sound. That will be one CD and then the other one will be more my album and I will record a quarter of it in the UK.

You’ve got to the stage where you can pretty much do what you want?

What should audiences look forward to at your UK concerts?

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Are you already busy on it? Ja, from January I will concentrate on it – that is easier than the Nude Girls one… that is a surprise as much for me as well as anyone because I don’t know what the fuck is going to come out there. But it is going to be cool.

How do you cope with tours? I sort of love it and hate it. But saying that, if I don’t work for more than two weeks it is not a good thing. There is only so much TV you can watch and so many times you can walk the dog… Check the tour dates: nudegirls.co.za

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Ace of Joburg… Tennis star Kevin Anderson could cause a few upsets at Wimbledon this year WORDS PIERRE DE VILLIERS hen Novak Djokovic recently beat South African tennis player Kevin Anderson in the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami he breathed a huge sigh of relief. While the 6-4, 6-3 scoreline might suggest otherwise, the most inform player on the planet had to battle every step of the way to subdue the 6ft 8ins man from Johannesburg. “The result doesn’t show what we had on the court definitely,” Djokovic said after the game. “I mean, I kind of expected him to be aggressive, but he was really going for the shots. He was really putting a lot of pressure on me. A lot. His serve was exceptionally well and hard to read.” The respect Djokovic has for Anderson is further enhanced by the fact that the last time the two locked horns in the tournament, in 2008, the South African came out on top, causing a major upset. Judging by his form the last couple of years, it’s won’t be the only time Anderson claims a huge scalp. Anderson’s impressive run

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started at the Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas two years ago when, as a qualifier, he made it all the way to his first ATP tour final, losing in three sets to Sam Querry. That famous win over Djokovic followed but it was on the grass at Wimbledon that the big-serving Anderson really caught the eye. In an epic contest, the South African, then ranked 95th in the world, pushed the seventh seed Nikolay Davydenko all the way, finally losing in five sets in the first round.

a victory that will stand him in good stead come Wimbledon. “My end of year goal is to finish the year in the Top 20,” he explains. “There’s still a lot of tennis to be played and it’s just important to recognise the accomplishment [of winning the SA Open] and build in confidence for the rest of this year.” To follow Kevin Anderson’s progress see satennis.co.za, also wimbledon.com

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Anderson bounced back from that disappointment to advance to the semifinals of the Atlanta Tennis Championships in July last year before winning his first Grand Slam match at the US Open over Somdev Devvarman in straight sets. Underlining his reputation as a real rising star, Anderson in February won the SA Open, his maiden ATP Tour title, jumping 19 positions in the rankings to a career high of 40. It was

Born – May 5, 1986 Age – 25 Hometown – Johannesburg Height – 6’8” Weight – 89kgs Home – Johannesburg Turned pro – 2007 World Rank – 33 (in April 2011) Coach – Michael Anderson (his father) & Louis Vosloo atpworldtour.com

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CHAMPION CHARL SCHWARTZEL (SEE LEFT) Fact file: Born – August 31, 1984 Age – 26 Hometown – Johannesburg Height – 5’11” (1.80m) Weight – 72kgs Home – Vereeniging, SA Turned pro – 2002 Joined European Tour – 2003 Joined US PGA Tour – 2011 European Tour wins – 7 US PGA Tour wins – 1 Major wins –1 (2011 Masters)

bout a year ago Ernie Els cut a very disconsolate figure. His demeanour had nothing to do with his form but rather the news that his efforts to redesign the West Course at Wentworth – one of the greatest golf venues in the world – did not go down too well with fellow pros. After Els had a hand in making alternations to 17 of the 18 holes in a £6,5million revamp at the club, the likes of Lee Westwood and Paul Casey voiced their disapproval, the latter going so far as to say that, in future, traditional courses had to be protected like historic buildings. Clearly stung by

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Top of Els’ to do list over the last few months has been the Par 5 18th hole which, under the original renovation, underwent the biggest facelift – a brook now cutting across the fairway in front of a new smaller, more undulating green. Complaints from some pros that the 18th has lost its drama since players don’t try and reach the green in two anymore, has clearly not fallen of deaf ears. The 18th green has been lowered by 50cm and made over 25 per cent bigger, increasing the size of the target and creating more areas in which it is realistically possible to place the pin.

It’s about getting the “ right mix of sands, the finished cocktail the criticism, Els fired back: “If they had criticisms they could’ve handled it differently. That’s the sad part, a lot of the guys I’ve known for a long time came out and basically put the knife in and I don’t appreciate that.”

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NEVER GOING TO GIVE UP A lesser player may have been left deflated by the row but, since the controversy, The Big Easy has rolled up his sleeves and joined designers at Wentworth to improve the West Course and ensure that this year’s BMW PGA Championship is enjoyed by players and fans.

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“I believe that in excess of 50 per cent of players will take the new green on in two at the BMW PGA Championship,” says Els. “To get this absolutely as we all wanted has required two bites at the cherry, but I think I speak for everyone in saying this ultimately is the best solution for this iconic finishing hole.” Els and his design team have also spent some time improving the 8th hole. The spine that runs through the centre of the green has been softened while the slope of the green towards the water has been made less steep and the greenside bunker a little

The South African won the US Masters on April 10, 50 years after Gary Player became the first non-American to win the title. Charl was the first Augusta National champ to finish with four straight birdies. Player sent his congratulations via Twitter saying “That is how you finish like a champion”– and the 26-year-old Schwartzel replied: “Proud to follow your tradition!” Trevor Immelman, the 2008 champion also tweeted the new champ pointing out that there would be South African food at the Champions Dinner again next year – as the defending champion gets to choose the menu for the Masters champions’ dinner. A keen player from his childhood years, Schwartzel used to caddie for his father and took part in Ernie Els’ junior programme where he happened to meet one Louis Oosthuizen, last year’s British Open champion. After watching Oosthuizen win the Open, Schwartzel said he knew he could do it too. “That was a huge inspiration,” he said. “We grew up together from a young age. We played every single team event, and we represented South Africa for so long. We are basically the best of mates. So we know where our level of golf is, and just to see him do it made me realize that it’s possible.” So South Africans have won two of the last three majors – that’s seriously big stuff! Sapa

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WOMEN ON THE UP: SA women’s golf is also going through a purple patch:

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GARY PLAYED A PART TOO Ernie Els is not the only South African to try his hand at designing a course at Wentworth. In 1990 Gary Player, along with John Jacobs and Bernard Gallacher won the competition to build the Edinburgh course with a design that preserved as many trees and retained as many natural features as possible in an area that was originally the Great Wood. They managed to create a golf course that was capable

of testing the game’s best players, but at the same time playable to the handicap golfer. Ten Senior Masters have taken place at the Edinburgh course, the first won by Gary Player himself. * For more information on the Wentworth Club call +44 1344 842201 or visit wentworthclub.com The BMW PGA CHAMPIONSHIP is from May 26 – 28 Visit wentworthclub.com, europeantourtickets.com

HOT NEWS: • South Africa has won a five-year deal to host a $10million World Golf Championship starting in 2012, which would include the 70 best players in the world. It will be the fifth in a series of World Golf Championships – and only the second hosted outside the US. Sunshine Tour’s Gareth Tindall said it was hoped the event would be around December 1 to coincide with Wolrd Aids Day. He said getting the tournament was the most significant milestone in the history of professional golf in SA, and that it being for five years was equally as important. As the new tournament could well clash with the Nedbank Golf Challenge it is unclear when it is due to begin and the SA schedule could well be ‘shuffled’. Tindall said both the Cape or Johannesburg would be considered for the event but the venue would have to to be in the same time zone as Dubai ‘to suit broadcasting purposes.’ Sapa

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• Lee-Anne Pace (pictured) qualified for the Ladies European Tour in 2008 and really made a breakthrough in 2010 with five wins – including at the Deutsche Bank Ladies Swiss Open and the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open – ending the season at the top of the Order of Merit. • Ashleigh Simon was the youngest player to win the ladies’ South African Amateur Stroke Play. She turned professional the day after her eighteenth birthday and won the 2007 Catalonia Ladies Masters, her third event as a professional. She became the youngest ever professional winner on the Ladies European Tour. • Kim Williams won five South African Provincial stroke play tournaments and also represented South Africa at The Spirit in Texas and at the Mexican Women’s Amateur Championship and Pairs where she was runner-up in the individual event. PdV

shallower. Such is the attention to detail when it comes to the new course that the designers spent months getting the perfect sand for the bunkers – a compromise between a sand’s ability to drain and offer the right level of porosity with the need to provide a firm playing surface. “That’s the Holy Grail,” says Chris Kennedy, Wentworth’s courses manager. “We’re testing sand for porosity both in the lab and here on the golf course. Also, we’re carrying out hydraulic tests for ball compression to help reduce the likelihood of plugged lies. It’s all about getting the right mix of sands, the finished cocktail if you like, and that’s what we’re striving for. We’re working extremely hard and we’re confident we’ll find the best possible solution.”


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All choked up After yet another disappointing World Cup campaign, the Proteas face uncertainty – but there are the players and the depth of talent for them to come back! WORDS PIERRE DE VILLIERS


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o, where to now for South African cricket? Embarrassed in the World Cup, saddled with a Test captain who is better at scoring with Irish singers than at the crease and in desperate need of a decent coach, these are indeed uncertain times for the Proteas. Clearly, SA cricket needs to reassess and refocus but not before the powers-that-be pick through the wreckage of another putrid World Cup campaign When the Proteas capitulated against New Zealand, cries of “chokers” reverberated throughout the cricketing world. Was South Africa’s depressing loss really just another pressure-induced failure by talented but mentally fragile players or should the selectors carry some of the blame? Closer inspection suggests the latter. Given South Africa’s record in World Cups there would always be a situation in India where panic spread like a gastro bug through the batting line-up during a tight run chase. When that happened the Proteas would need players in the middle and lower order who could perform the Heimlich manoeuvre when the choke started. In the minds of the selectors the best candidates for the job was a

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player still establishing himself (JP Duminy), a rookie (Faf du Plessis) and, in Johan Botha and Robin Peterson, two blokes whose main job is to bowl teams out. Perhaps inevitably, they couldn’t get the job done when it counted against a disciplined New Zealand side.

WARRIOR WANTED When the rot set in against New Zealand, how much would South Africans have liked to see a warrior like Mark Boucher striding out to the wicket – a man who, on countless occasions, has batted with the tail to get the Proteas over the line. Or what about someone like Albie Morkel, an IPL star who could launch a counter attack and put the pressure back on the Black Caps? If the coaching staff still believe SA could have done without a player in the Lance Klusener mould they clearly didn’t see India’s Yuvraj Singh change games with his power hitting.

Selectors have to be honest and admit they got the balance of youth and experience wrong at the World Cup, something they have to address if the Proteas are to become the best side in the world. Fortunately, such is the depth of talent in South Africa, you can’t help but be optimistic about the future of the national side. In Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers, South Africa have three batsmen who should find themselves in the top ten of the ICC ranking at all times, while Dale Steyn with his fast, late swing and Morne Morkel with that steepling bounce are the most feared opening bowlers in the world. Add the fact that the Proteas now have a genuine wicket-taking spinner in Imran Tahir and they will be a Bat man: AB de Villiers handful

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Captain in action

PLAYING HERE If you want to watch SouthAfrican born stars in England, try the County Cricket matches. Some of the most impressive: ■ LONWABO TSOTSOBE (Essex) Arguably the most improved fast bowler in the world, ‘Lopsy’ (pictured) has bowled with such control and venom of late that he broke into the top ten of the ICC’s one-day bowler rankings. A distinct lack of game time during the World Cup is sure to fire him up even more.

Can (Gary) Kirsten strike “ up a good … relationship with Graeme Smith who, as Test captain, still casts a big shadow over the Proteas

on any surface around the world, if well captained and coached.

STEP FORWARD GARY KIRSTEN

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Finding the right person to captain the one-day side is another quandary facing the Proteas. Twenty20 captain Johan Botha seems to be in the driving seat but is by no means an automatic choice to make the team. The World Cup showed us that Tahir and Robin Peterson are now South Africa’s best one-day spinners while the in-form Lonwabo Tsotsobe has to be brought back into the fold, as the Proteas start playing on bouncier, seaming wickets. The last thing SA cricket wants is a John Smit-situation where a coach tries to accommodate a player with great leadership qualities but who is not the best in his position. Whether the SA cricket authorities have learnt from their mistakes will only become clear when a humbled Proteas side take to the field again. Hopefully by then our most talented batsmen AB de Villiers will no longer be breaking his back behind the stumps, Gary Kirsten will be in charge and the Proteas will be hellbent on getting some seriously angry supporters back on their side.

■ ZANDER DE BRUYN (Surrey) After scoring 2,497 first-class runs at an average of 38.4 at Somerset, the former Proteas allrounder has joined Surrey for the 2011 season. ■ JADE DERNBACH (Surrey) One of the many South Africanborn players to bolster English ranks, the 25-year-old bowler was called up to the England squad during the World Cup. He has a decent first-class record of 148 wickets at an average of 32.44

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Who, then, should step into the void left by the stop-gap measure that was Corrie van Zyl? India’s former coach Gary Kirsten seems the most natural choice. The way he managed the big egos in the Indian side was impressive and tactically the former South African opening batsmen got things spot on during the World Cup. The question is whether Kirsten can strike up a good working relationship with Graeme Smith who, as Test captain, still casts a big shadow over the Proteas. If rumours – and Herschelle Gibbs’s controversial book – are to be believed Smith and a handful of senior players run the show when it comes to the South African cricket team, something Kirsten would certainly not abide. Throw in the spectre of political interference that forever hovers over SA cricket and Kirsten might just think that a lucrative IPL coaching contract is the way to go.

BRING BACK ‘LOPSY’

■ ANDREA AGATHANGELOU (Lancs) Born in Rustenberg, the 21-yearold has a first-class average of 37 and bowls a bit of leg-spin as well.


SUMMER IN A GLASS…

In March I visited Stellenbosch to see family and friends and of course to visit as many wineries as possible in two weeks. It was whilst sipping Sauvignon Blanc and enjoying a spit-roast lunch at Backsberg Estate that I was reminded how spectacular the winelands are. For tourists it must be the most incredible place to visit with XXXX XXX its historic towns, Xxxxxxxxx xxx xx xxxxx world-class restaurants and xxxxwine tasting experiences. Many wineries offerxxx extras but xx xxxxxx have thankfully maintained their focus on producing high quality wines. An example is Jordan Winery in Stellenbosch. This is a family-run estate with husband and wife team Gary and Kathy Jordan producing the wine. It has grown fantastically and now has a fabulous restaurant to complement their magnificent wines. My personal favourite is the Jordan Unoaked Chardonnay, which has fresh limeycitrus notes and undertones of tropical flavours, which is simply ideal now we’re into summer. Melanie Christian, SA Wines Online, sawinesonline .co.uk

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Opened August 2010 RECIPE: OSTRICH CARPACCIO I love to research a dish and fi nd out its history. Being from an Italian family makes me appreciate the food of Italy. Beef carpaccio was created in 1950, when a tearful Contessa Amalia Nani Mocenigo informed Giuseppe that her doctor had forbidden her to eat cooked meat. He returned with a platter of finely sliced raw beef, with a dressing of mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice. Asked for its title, he replied: “Carpaccio”, thinking of the rich reds and whites of the Renaissance painter Vittore Carpaccio. My version uses ostrich seasoned with Ras el Hanout spice and peppadews. 500g centre-cut ostrich fillet 1tsp sea salt 1 tsp ras el hanout 2tbsp extra virgin olive oil 100g frisee leaves & baby red chard 12 peppadews stuffed with creamed feta Dressing: 2tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1tbsp horseradish cream 1tbsp lemon juice 2tbsp single cream Sea salt and pepper Garlic Crisps: 5 garlic cloves, as large as possible, peeled

1 cup olive oil Slice the garlic very thin. Heat the olive oil in a 10-inch saucepan over medium-high heat until very hot. Line a plate with two paper towels. To test the temperature of the oil, add a slice of garlic. If it sizzles, add the rest and cook until crisp and light golden brown. Keep the slices from sticking together, the moment they turn light golden brown in colour transfer them to the paper towels to drain. Season with fine salt. For the Carpaccio: Ask for the ostrich in one piece, trimmed of fat and sinew. Rub it with the salt and ras el hanout. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and sear the ostrich: about a minute per side. Remove and cool. For the dressing: Whisk the olive oil, horseradish, lemon juice, sea salt and pepper in a bowl. Whisk in the cream or milk until runny. Wash and spin-dry the leaves. Finely slice the ostrich, using the full length of a long, sharp knife. Use the flat side of the blade to stretch each slice. Arrange the ostrich on four plates. Season. Add a little dressing onto each ostrich slice. Dress with the leaves, add the garlic crisps, three peppadews per person and finish with a little olive oil and sea salt. Visit: shaka-zulu.com, Stables Market, Camden NW1 8AB

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BOOKS… THE GUPTAS Fred Gupta Author House $14.95 (Amazon)

South Africanborn Fred Gupta spent most of his life in Mafeking and now lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his wife. This book tackles the hot topic of migration and having a sense of belonging. As expats ourselves, the subject is close to many of our hearts. Gupta’s family travelled more than most, with his grandfather being from India and his father being South African while obviously he has made the move to the US. He realised the importance of understanding the parallels of struggles that different generations face over time and in differrent countries. “This is more

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Arts and books

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FIGURES & FICTIONS AT V&A They say: It “sets out to challenge our preconceptions about South Africa and the role of photography as a mediator of the country’s complex post-apartheid culture, society and politics. During apartheid, photography was a key medium for depiction of the harsh reality of life, but this generation of photographers has had to seek new ways of looking at a country where the rigid certainties of race or power have crumbled…Graeme Williams’ series The Edge of Town is one of the highlights here” (see left) writes Sean O’ Hagan in The Observer. Fisun Guner on theartsdesk.com says that 17 years after apartheid’s end, this exhibition of 17 photographers is a vivid snapshot of what it means to be a SA Springfontein by Graeme Williams South African today. Visit: vam.ac.uk

than just a fictional adaption of my family history,” he says. “It is a dymanic and engaging story that I hope will capture a glimpse of issues.” Definitely worth a read to see how and where we all fit in!

PERMANENT ERROR Pieter Hugo Prestel Publishing £30 hardcover

A truly shocking collection of photographs by Capetonian Pieter Hugo, illustrating the way our rubbish or ‘techno-trash’ has taken over many people’s lives. The images capture the boys and men of Agbogblishie, Ghana, a suburban dump near Accra, who harvest the metals – copper, steel and aluminium – burning them in the same place that they graze their cattle. Truly a wasteland and a deadly one as the toxic smoke emits chemicals that will harm humans and cattle and the whole environment too. An appalling look at how some people must live. Picture left: copyright © Pieter Hugo, 2011

THE MTN SAMA NOMINEES: What: The nominees for the 17th Annual MTN South African Awards were announced last month. And: Loads of our favourite groups like Freshlyground, Goldfish, The Parlotones and Van Coke Kartel were nominated in a seemingly endless list of categories. Read them all if you have a load of time on your hands! So real SA Music fundis visit the website – or watch our website for the winners – to be announced on May 20 and 21. THE DELTA What: The latest action adventure thriller by Tony Park is out now in the UK, published by Quercus. So: Business Day says it’s an ‘adventure story with danger and romance’. And: The Daily Mail calls it an ‘allaction, old-fashioned full-on Boy;’s Own romp, which is break-neck in pace, with narrow escapes from death on every page.’ NOMINATED FOR: Ivan Vladislavic and David Goldblatt’s photography-fiction collaboration, TJ & DOUBLE NEGATIVE, has recently won he 2011 Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards, in the category of Best Photography Book. Their win was announced at the Sony World Photography Awards in Odeon Leicester Square on April 27.

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Why: CONVICTIONS presented by the Synergy Theatre Project is all about new plays written in prison and afterwards and is on at the Soho Theatre. Eleven years of working with prisoners has borne fruit – this collection of two full productions and three readings. The plays include Every Coin by Carlon Campbell Robinson and The Archbishop And The Antichrist by Michael Ashton on from May 16 to 21. Directed by Lucy Kerbel, it was inspired by the TRC hearings in South Africa, chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Michael Ashton is out of prison but began playwriting by taking part in one of Synergy’s courses – having lived in South Africa; he imagined an encounter between Tutu and an Afrikaans mass murderer awaiting execution in a South African jail. The play explores the limits of forgiveness in a country facing the imperfect process of truth and reconciliation in the wake of terrible crimes. When: Whole series May 9 to 21 How much: From £10 Soho Theatre, 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE, sohothreatre.com

SHORT QUIZ Just for fun…(hopefully anyway) don’t bother to think! When you think of SA, you think of:

When you think of Die Antwoord:

Visiting the visa office:

1. Sunny skies 2. Braaivleis 3. Chevrolet 4. None of the above

1. It’s enough to make you cry 2. Cry with joy 3. I’m a Rich Bitch and proud 4. Ag, they done good hey

1. It’s enough to make you cry 2. A river of tears 3. Time stands still 4. Ag shame, they do the best they can hey?

Musically you really smaak:

The Proteas and the World Cup:

South Africans as Antipodeans:

1. Steve Hofmeyr 2. Freshlyground 3. Die Teelepeltjies 4. Nooit man! Death Metal!

1. It’s enough to make you cry 2. Cry 3. Chokers to a man 4. What Proteas? You mean the flower show?

1. When did that happen then? 2. Aren’t we? 3. Beer, rugby and attitude. What’s not to like? 4. Ja, but only if we beat them all at sports

Ag shame, it’s tough when:

Don’t you hate it when:

When I go back to SA, I will:

1. The weather is so bleddy grey 2. It’s grey hey 3. Grey, I say my china 4. All of the above

1. It’s grey, man 2. Then it rains 3. People don’t get the now now 4. Or the just now

1. Rush to the beach 2. Rush to the mountains 3. Rush to my fenced in safe suburb 4. Rush to the bush and just chill, you know?

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LONDON LOCAL

Carmia Spies Having found the love of her life over here, it’s no surprise that part-time model, aspiring photographer and office administrator Carmia feels right at home… FAST FACTS Name: Carmia Spies Age: 24 Job: Office adminstrator/ part-time model Company: Hartwig Care Ltd Agency: Dilema Models Born: Port Shepstone Are you another London Local? Tell us all about yourself or a friend at yoursay@ southafricantimes.co.uk

What I like about London is... The different lifestyle and freedom to do whatever your heart desires. The parks are one of my favourite things about London- it’s sort of my “replacement” for the beach back in SA. There’s nothing better than to go to the park with all your friends on a sunny day – having a braai, playing games and just enjoying the awesome company around you! What infuriates me about London is... some of the people! They are just plain rude and couldn’t give a damn about any one else. Other than that, I have sort of got used to the weather now (but nobody can control it anyway), just wish the sun could shine a bit more! I relax by... modelling (I’m a parttime model) – it’s not like a job for me, I just like modelling. I get pampered, wear really interesting/funky

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clothes and meet amazing people. I also do the odd photography – my partner and I are busy learning different tricks for our Nikon D3100. My work day... consists of me staying busy from the time I walk in to the office at 9am until I leave at 5pm. I love my job... I’ve met interesting people and experienced great achievements so far. My work/life balance is... working out just fi ne thanks! I am happy where I am in life, I have an incredible partner and my career is going in the right direction...I am excited about what the future has in store... I miss South Africa’s... accents, biltong, pineapple tropica juice, beaches, braai meat, chocolates, vetkoek, koeksisters...I can go on forever...ha ha, it’s not that bad – I

just go overboard when I visit home! I would like... to be able to visit home more often. I miss my family and friends. Best of all would be... if I get my British passport before the end of the year. No more Schengen Visas! Love is... so many little things that make you happy in life and that give you that warm fuzzy butterfly feeling in your stomach...I found my one true love in London. I’m the happiest girl in the world! To sum up... I have become a better person since moving to London – I’m independent, confident and able to achieve my dreams. I have been living here for the past 5 years and still miss SA, but this has become my new home. I just have to think that my family are constantly on holiday!

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Mine’s a Scotch THIS SUMMER There’s something magical about Scotland – and what with its summer festivals, wonderful scenery and epic walking opportunities, there’s every reason to go! WORDS AMY MCGUINNES

hose of us who holiday regularly in Scotland know that it offers more than just kilts, whisky and bagpipes; it’s packed full of fun and adventures. Whether it is city chic, cultural exploits or outdoors adventure – hostelling is a great way to see this treasure trove. Hostels are open to everyone and in response to customer demands, offer dormitory accommodation but also private rooms and family rooms and depending on the location a lot of our rooms are en-suite as well. Why hostelling? It is an easy way to have fun, discover new places and meet people. If you are looking for peace and quiet you will also be able to find it.

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STIRLING AND GLENCOE Bring Braveheart back to life! In Stirling, the Wallace Monument, historic

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Stirling Castle and the Battle of Bannockburn site are a few of the historical landmarks at hand. Glencoe was written into the history books in 1692 when the resident MacDonalds were murdered by Campbell soldiers in what became known as the Glencoe Massacre. The ghosts of the MacDonalds are said to roam the Lost Valley – are you brave enough to visit? Stirling Youth Hostel from £17.25pn Glencoe Youth Hostel from £15pn

Edinburgh’s principal shopping street, but there are smaller shops on Rose Street and designer boutiques on George Street. Ocean Terminal in Leith is its biggest shopping centre. It’s got the only Harvey Nicks in Scotland, the five storey store is on the eastern end of St Andrew Square, with superb views of the city and the Firth of Forth. Glasgow Youth Hostel from £13.50pn Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel from £17pn

SHOPS SWEETIE, SHOPS Glasgow boasts the UK’s largest retail contingency outside London; it is a shopaholic’s paradise. From Versace to Topshop, John Lewis to Debenhams, you won’t be disappointed. Braehead, Silverburn and Glasgow Fort are all also worth a visit. Princes Street is

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WALKING AWAY Escape from the stresses of your life by visiting Corrour and Loch Ossian in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands. Disembark from your train at the remote Corrour train station, which appeared in the popular cult movie ‘Trainspotting’. One thing you can be sure of is you won’t be seeing any Renton, Tommy or Sickboy characters here; this wonderful location is more popular with hill walkers and rambling groups. Corrour has a number of different walks at various physical intensities. There are over 20 peaks of more than 3,000 feet within easy reach of Corrour. Or if you’d rather stay on flat ground, why not try the 9-mile walk around Loch Ossian. Relax at the end of the day at the Corrour Station House and be fed a mouth-watering meal in their licensed restaurant. Loch Ossian Youth Hostel from £18pn Corrour Station House and Restaurant from £29.50 B&Bpn

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MOUNTAIN BIKE MOMENTS Combine a visit to one of the Scottish islands with an activity break; grab your bike and head to the Isle of Arran where you can enjoy mountain bike trails, lovely scenery and mostly quiet roads. You can cycle from Brodick ferry port to Lochranza, a route that should take 1½ to 2 hours. If you are not feeling so energetic the bus will get you there as well. If you listed the most attractive features of Scotland, then tried to squeeze them all on to one medium sized island, you’d end up with Arran. This explains why it’s affectionately known as “Scotland in

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miniature”! The island is cut in half by the Highland Boundary Fault, a geological division that makes the north rugged and hilly, whereas the south is gentler and lower lying. Savers tip: Public transport facilities on Arran are good. A bus service circles the island and connects with the ferry services at Brodick and Lochranza. Lochranza Youth Hostel from £15.95pn

FUNKY FESTIVALS Every summer Edinburgh is taken over by festival fever. Highlights include the Military Tattoo and the world’s biggest Arts festival – the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe. Summer is also about music festivals. Rock Ness, Loopallu and Belladrum are only a few. Savers tip: Look out for free acts in Edinburgh’s Festival and Fringe.

Scotland has a modern and efficient road, rail and ferry network, which has good access to almost all parts of the country. Scotland has five international airports and budget airlines offer flights to and from other parts of the UK, including London. The M74 motorway leads from the west coast of Scotland to England and you can drive from Glasgow to Manchester in three hours. There is an extensive bus network from other parts of the UK and there are regular trains from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow – including sleeper trains. This article originally appeared in The Scottish Hosteller. syha.org.uk Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel from £17pn Edinburgh Metro Youth Hostel, open during summer festival season, from £24.50pn Ullapool Youth Hostel from £17.50pn Inverness Youth Hostel from £15.50pn

CASTLES M’LORD & LADY Edinburgh, Stirling, Culzean… there are over 250 castles, but perhaps none as unique as Carbisdale Castle in Culrain. Built for the Dowager Duchess of Sutherland in 1906, it served as a royal refuge during the war. It includes a gallery and art collection. Overlooking the river Kyle, many walks and mountain bike trails start at the front gates. Nearby Dornoch Cathedral is impressive, and not just because Madonna chose to get married there! Carbisdale Castle Youth Hostel from £20.50pn Lochranza

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