A message from Buti Green ahead of the festive season

A message from Buti Green ahead of the festive season

Mascot, Buti Green, is a Green Development Foundation custodian who is being used to entertain and propel the vision of this non-profit entity using the FURA campaign to feed the impoverished in different parts of Gauteng.

 Here is his plea for the festive season:

“My name is Buti Green, and all I ever wanted was to be a Superhero. I am raising money to feed 70500 families in Johannesburg North that currently have no jobs because of the repercussion of Covid-19 lockdown.

The situation in these communities is extremely desperate and I really hope that you can help me to reach as many people as possible so that 70500 families don’t go to bed hungry this festive season.

 I am raising money in three ways:

  1. People can sms FURA to 48991 to donate R10 towards vegetable seeding starter packs (nutria-buckets) as well as basic vegetable production training.
  2. I am also asking for people to send me their old & unwanted shoes to 23 Monument Road, Kempton Park so that I can plant beautiful flowers to sell as part of my “Walk the Hope” campaign to also raise funds to feed and train these hungry families.
  3. A very generous angel who happens to also be a world class biochemist has helped me to create a hand-crafted natural organic skin care range that is also on sale as part of the fundraising.”

For more information:

Visit: www.gdfsa.org/ contact:  Farai on 011 028 7635/ 072 207 1717. ,ؙ��T(?

Chef Benny Brings the Heat to your Braai this Summer

Every South African loves a good braai and this summer, it’s all about smaller get-togethers and keeping things closer to home. But that doesn’t mean get-togethers can’t be equally memorable. Getting everybody in the family involved in the preparation and the cooking process helps create great memories. Smaller groups are also easier to manage, especially when catering to different dietary preferences, said one of South Africa’s most-loved culinary masters, celebrity Chef Benny Masekwameng.

With his personal cooking experience, his time on Ultimate Braai Master, and his BIC® Lighters and Firelighters ambassador role, Chef Benny sure knows his way around a braai! Here are his top tips for making sure that your festive season is “lit”.

“Summer is the time for braaing in South Africa. A time where families get together around a fire to laugh, eat, share stories, and have a good time.” says Chef Benny. However, he suggests keeping things light, simple, and healthy this year. “Use a combination of fresh, ready-to-eat uncooked dishes, cold cooked salads with different textures, sauces and relishes, and a protein selection with different seasonings and flavours.”

He adds, “My advice to make sure things go off without a hitch is to pay attention to your fire. I use South Africa’s favourite braai buddy - my BIC® Lighter and Firelighters. To help ensure the perfect temperature of the coals, I divide them up so that on one side of the braai there are hot coals for quick browning and the other side for quick cooking.” He continues, “Another handy tip is to take your braai meat out of the fridge an hour or two before braaing. If it’s at room temperature, it cooks quicker!”

To ensure that everyone is happy and satisfied without breaking the bank, Chef Benny advises to look out for bulk specials this festive season. “I always buy my braai cuts in bulk. This is great for portioning, allowing you to freeze for the future instead of having to buy each time you braai. Cheaper cuts like chuck are also great for braaing, not just prime cuts like rump and rib eye. In my opinion, chuck is the best cut of meat. You can throw it on the braai or pop it in the oven – it works well for any occasion.”

Chef Benny also insists that anyone can add some finesse to their dishes this summer. “This summer is going to be hot, so light meals are going to be a favourite. Individual portions do it for me – think skewered seafood, chicken, vegetable or wors for a quick dish-up and presentation. It’s the small things you do that can create a truly great meal with minimal effort.”

He continues, “Presentation is as important as flavour for me and how you choose, cut, and prepare ingredients for your braai plays a big role in how the final product is going to look and taste. Use different colours, flavours, and textures to enhance your offering.”

While the summer season is all about family and memories, Chef Benny reminds us that it is also important to take the necessary precautions when handling the heat. “I use gas for a fast braai or when I have large batches of meat to cook as it’s easier to control. But like any proud South African, I prefer a wood or charcoal braai when I have time. Not only is this the true South African way to braai, but it adds a delicious, smoky flavour to steaks and bigger joints that will have your family members coming back for more,” he concludes.

For more braai inspiration as well as a chance to win incredible prizes, head to @BICLightersSA on Facebook, @bic_sa on Instagram or @chef_bennym. Join the conversation using #BICxChefBenny #LightUpYourMoment. }'�q���

Minno MORE Entertainment: A move to empower local artists

Minno MORE Entertainment, which was recently launched, is striving to empower upcoming artists from Cosmo City, Lion Park, Zandspruit and other communities in Johannesburg North.

Operating from Cosmo City’s extension 2, the recording company aims to mentor upcoming musicians and promote the well-established ones.

“The main agenda is to give platform to the young, talented artists,” said Minno MORE Entertainment founder VeeBeatsExclusive. “We also want to show the community that it is possible to inspire and nurture youth through entertainment events. While doing this, Minno MORE Entertainment’s future vision is to become a fulltime media house that is fully equipped. We aim to possess all the required keys that a media house would have in order to open the right doors for our Major Artists and our youth.”

During the official launch day, Minno MORE Entertainment artists including FlightModeGang, MinusForce performed alongside Buti Green and other local artists.

“The response that we got from the audience was massive and unforgettable,” said VeeBeatsExclusive. “The positive thing is that ever since the day of our launch, many artists are now willing to work with us.”

He concluded by thanking Ant Wisdom for sponsoring the event through clothes branding.

The missing puzzle to water shortage and high water bills

The City of Johannesburg and other major municipalities around South Africa spent billions of

Rands in procuring & installing Water Management Devices (WMD) of Utility Systems (Pty)

LTD, which are not commercially approved by the South African National Accreditation Systems(SANAS).

Various communities, including Cosmo City, have been facing persistent water shortages.

The inaccurate billing and constant non supply of water has been due to water management devices that have not been commercially approved by the South African National Accreditation Systems (SANAS).

It has been found that Utility Systems (Pty) LTD linked to Dave King, a company that has installed water management devices (WMD) in over 600 000 homes in South Africa, do not have approval for commercial use because they are not accredited according to SANAS requirements.

“We have no records of Utility Systems Water Management Devices being SANAS accredited for verification of water meter,” said SANAS management. “The legal metrology Act, Act 09 of 2014 and the applicable relevant technical regulations requires that all instruments used in trade should be verified before use.”

The non-compliance of the Water Management Devices (WMD) supplied by Utility Systems could be the reason why so many residents are having high water bills and water shortage problems. The problem lies with the Water Management Devices that are not approved to be used for commercial purposes. The big question then is, how did the municipalities, such as City of Cape Town, approve a water management device that is not accredited for commercial use by the South African National Accreditation System to be installed in thousands of homes in South Africa?

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