What started as a small-scale garlic project in Murraysburg, is now playing a role in creating much-needed jobs in the Central Karoo town.

This follows the financial support of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture.

Murraysburg Garlic (Pty) Ltd was the brainchild of the grandfather of brothers Craig and Ryan Newborn. He was determined to secure the future of employees who had been employed on the family farm for a long time.

The Department says following the repair of the town’s water infrastructure in 2017, the business was born. Garlic processing manager

MEC Ivan Meyer says the project has generated five permanent and 35 seasonal job opportunities.

The processing Manager is Martha Booysen, who highlights that several women are involved in the packaging of garlic bulbs.

“I have been with the project since the beginning. We are thrilled to be part of this project. We work hard, and we are proud of our achievements. Plans are going ahead to construct a fully equipped processing plant to expand operations. The intention is to grow the business and introduce more youth to the garlic industry.”

With the recent sharp increase of garlic prices the garlic industry is certainly a good place to be!


The Western Cape Department of Health will officially launch the province’s Phase 2 vaccination roll-out on 17 May focusing on over 60s.

As this will be the first week vaccinations will be open to the general population who are 60 years, the Department has taken the decision to first test the system to ensure that in a week’s time, they will be able to render a streamlined vaccination service to our elderly.

By adopting this responsible approach, the Department will be able to identify teething problems and correct these. The Western Cape Government has put in place a comprehensive vaccine roll-out plan to ensure that they are ready for the mass vaccination programme.

During this week, the Department will continue vaccinating the remaining healthcare workers alongside vaccinating over 60s. However, the primary focus, through outreach teams, will be to vaccinate registered over 60s at Old Age Homes (OAH).

In addition, a smaller number of over 60s outside of OAH, will be contacted telephonically to come to a vaccination site closest to them to receive their vaccination. This will be limited and only those who are contacted should present to a vaccination site.

In the Metro, seven vaccination sites have been identified:

  • Brooklyn Chest Hospital
  • Helderberg Hospital
  • Mitchells Plain Hospital
  • Khayelitsha Hospital
  • Karl Bremer Hospital
  • Brackenfell Clinic
  • Albow Gardens Clinic

Over the next few weeks, more vaccination sites will come online, including Rural sites, to provide vaccination service to the identified population.

”It is imperative that the public support us during this first week and the best thing to do is to not present to a vaccination site if you have not been contacted. We encourage everyone who is 60 or older, or know someone who is, to please register for your vaccine.”

To register, please visit www.westerncape.gov.za and click on the link, or Dial *134*832# and follow the prompts (FREE on all South African Networks), or WhatsApp the word REGISTER to 0600 123 456

If you are over 60 and registered for your COVID-19 vaccine, you can expect:

  • An SMS confirming your registration.
  • A second SMS 2 – 3 weeks later with an appointment date and the place.
  • Get vaccinated with your first dose.
  • Proof of vaccination card.
  • An appointment date for your second dose.

As we move forward with phase 2, remember to:

  • Take your ID and present second SMS on the scheduled day.
  • Arrive on the scheduled day of your booking. Not on a different day.
  • Walk-ins are not permitted.






Thursday 30 April

  • Chopping up a cabbage

  • Chopping up lettuce

  • A manual vegetable chopper



Wednesday 29 April

  • Pulling lettuce leaves off from the lettuce itself

  • Opening a plastic bag and dumping out building blocks

  • Opening a bag of Kellogs cornflakes and pouring it into a breakfast bowl

  • Mixing a tossed salad in a bowl with two salad spoons

  • Tearing off wax paper from a roll

  • Crushing and opening a packet of 2-minute noodles

  • Drying a mop with a mop dryer

  • Taking the leafy part off an onion and chopping it on a board

  • Crushing a bag of ice with a meat cleaver and making a slush puppie

  • Emptying a bag of puzzle pieces onto a table and patting it down with your hand



Tuesday 28 April

  • Making a salad by taking lettuce out of the packet, tearing leaves off and chopping it up

  • Unpacking your shopping bags and throwing away empty chips packets

  • Someone typing on a computer keyboard slapping the keys with frustration



Monday 27 April

  • Stacking dominoes in rows and then letting them tumble over

  • Tearing leaves off a lettuce head and spinning it in a salad spinner

  • Breaking up a packet of 2-minute noodles and pouring it into a bowl



Friday 24 April

  • Taking pots that are stacked together out of a cupboard

  • A cocktail shaker

  • Tearing off tin foil and wrapping something with it



Thursday 23 April

  • Somebody riding a skateboard

  • Wiping clean the back of a sofa and dabbing it with a dry cloth

  • Unrolling and tearing off a piece of sandpaper from a roll



Wednesday 22 April

  • Ice dropping out of an icemaker in the fridge

  • Tearing a piece of paper from a book and crumpling it up

  • Walking with two cans squashed onto the bottom of your shoes



Tuesday 21 April

  • Sweeping up dust into a dustpan after sweeping the house

  • Chopping onions and scraping it off the cutting board into a hot frying pan

  • Trying to get money out of a money box



Monday 20 April

  • Emptying a dustbin bag by turning it inside out in a wheelie bin and closing the lid

  • Preparing pastry dough on baking paper

  • A duster hockey game



Friday 17 April

  • A plastic bottle with ice inside hitting against a hard surface

  • Making popcorn in a microwave oven

  • Beating a bag of frozen vegetables to break it up


Thursday 16 April

  • Rolling up a newspaper and swatting something like a fly with it

  • Throwing charcoal onto the braai and poking at it

  • Taking an ice tray out the freezer, twisting it and dumping the ice


Wednesday 15 April

  • Shaking and tapping on a bag of popcorn to mix the spice

  • An aluminium plasterer’s tool scraping on the ground

  • Opening a newspaper on a table and flattening the pages


Tuesday 14 April

  • Stomping on plastic bottles so they can be recycled

  • A pack of biscuits being crushed


Monday 13 April

  • Cleaning the fridge by chopping off pieces of ice

  • Folding your own mask from paper






Friday 10 April

  • Putting a cake dome onto the base – WINNER!! R20 000!!
  • Removing the plastic container from a store-bought cake


Thursday 09 April

  • Assembling a springform baking tin

  • A cake tin lid falling on a countertop


Wednesday 08 April

  • Taking the lid off a plastic cake tin and putting it on a table so it wobbles

  • Locking in the lid of a cake container

  • Unlocking and taking the lid off of a cake container

  • Putting a plastic cake dome onto the base and locking it in

  • Opening a tin of cookies and dropping the lid on the counter

  • Wobbling a knife off of the edge of a kitchen counter

  • Adjusting the height of the oven rack before baking a cake

  • Turning the dial when setting the oven temperature to bake a cake

  • The lid of a metal cake tin falling on the ground when you open it

  • A wooden cake turntable


Tuesday 07 April

  • Squeezing the handle of a cylindrical sifter while sieving flour

  • Tapping a spoon on the edge of a bowl after mixing cake batter to get the extra batter off


Monday 06 April

  • Knocking a cake tin with cake batter on the counter to get the bubbles out

  • Loosening a cake from a cake pan with a knife


Friday 03 April

  • Cutting a slice of cake and some of the toppings land on the plate

  • Opening the oven door and putting a cake in the oven


Thursday 02 April

  • Releasing a cake from a springform cake tin

  • Taking a cake out of the baking tin by knocking it on the counter


Wednesday 01 April

  • Taking a hot pan out of the oven and putting it on the kitchen counter

  • Hitting a table tennis ball into the net with the bat scraping the table

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5 Nutritionist-Approved Tips for Staying Healthy While Social Distancing


You’ve probably already heard the joke about why it’s really important to wear our face masks in our homes…….  To prevent ourselves from returning to the fridge all the time and eating.

My social media feeds during lockdown have been filled with my friends baking … everything from, banana breads, apple crumbles, cookies, chocolate cakes… you name it.

And if you’re not the baker, being at home (even when busy and not bored) brings on a few laps to the fridge, just because.

We’re all stressed, and we’re all home all day, which could mean disaster for our eating habits.

Nutritionists have these 5 tips for us to stay healthy while in lockdown.


  1. Set Yourself Up for Success

Through planning. Creating a menu of easy-to-make pantry and refrigerator meals and snacks and sticking it in on your fridge. That way, every time you’re tempted to reach for that tub of ice cream in the back of the freezer, you’ll be reminded of how many easy, healthier options you also have.

  1. Caffeinate Wisely

Working from home, taking care of kids and navigating this new normal requires a lot of energy—often by way of copious amounts of coffee. But nutritionists warn against consuming too much coffee, which could make you jittery. A great alternative is matcha. If you just can’t get on the matcha train, try to limit yourself to two cups of coffee a day, and make sure to balance it out with tons of water and herbal teas.

  1. Structure Your Time

The risk of emotional eating is greater when you’re out of your routine. (And I agree, based on personal experience.) Nutritionists advise creating a meal and snack timetable, which decreases the likelihood that you’ll get wrapped up in a work project (or Netflix show), forget to have lunch, then “make up for it” by attacking a sleeve of biscuits.

  1. Think About Why You’re Having Cravings

Speaking of going crazy with a sleeve of cookies, Nutritionists say that while cravings aren’t necessarily wrong, “We often falsely interpret them as pure hunger, and they’re often a signal of a deeper emotional situation we need to address.” When a craving strikes, explain it before giving into it. Did you eat enough at your last meal? Have you eaten enough today in general? Are you anxious or bored? Do you need to go outside to clear your head a bit and breathe? Understanding why you want junk food could avoid the need to satisfy your cravings—or at least satisfy them with a healthier alternative.

  1. Cut Yourself Some Slack

You have enough stress on your plate with the virus going around, be nice to your strongest asset—your physical form. Thinking negatively or chastising yourself for how you’re eating can actually increase the drive to eat poorly. Understand that this is an unprecedented time, and the occasional junk food slip-up only means you’re human.