Rooibos gets a makeover

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Rooibos gets a makeover

first_imgRooibos being harvested at Groenkol Rooibos Farm in the Clanwilliam district of the Western Cape. (Image: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) The Red Espresso drink with a distinct crema layer makes it look like a coffee although it’s made with a leaf traditionally used for tea. (Image: Kerry Walsh Photography) Tamara O’ReillyThe look, taste and health properties of a South African-invented beverage that’s neither coffee nor tea is causing quite a stir with lovers of both drinks.Red espresso is made from rooibos, the uniquely South African plant that only grows on 250km of the earth’s soil in the Cederburg Mountains in the Northern Cape Province. The drink is made in the same method as an espresso – where the coffee is brewed by forcing extremely hot water through finely ground coffee. Although red espresso is made from a plant considered a tea, it bears the distinct characteristics of an espresso – such as crema, a crème coloured foam that appears on the top of an espresso.The idea for the drink came in 2005, when Carl Pretorius, a firm coffee drinker, began realising the toll that the caffeinated drink was taking on his body. He began playing around with ideas and after months of sourcing the best rooibos and experimenting with preparation methods, he came up with a complimentary combination of a tea made like a coffee.“Red espresso offers a healthy alternative to coffee without compromising on taste or style and satisfies my need for an authentic espresso experience,” says Pretorius. “I didn’t want to give up on the ritual and sophistication of coffee, but I also didn’t want to drink an ordinary cup of tea. Delicious, full-bodied, caffeine-free and even coated with crema, red espresso is my solution to having the best of both – good health and espresso style.”The drink is caffeine free and contains five times the amount of antioxidants, which are said to help with a host of ailments like headaches, digestive problems and boosting the immune system.In its three-year-existence, the drink has become available in coffee shops, restaurants and stores around the country and has debuted to wide acclaim internationally.  It is available in the US, Canada, Portugal, Denmark, Switzerland and parts of Asia.In the first year of the drink’s launch in South Africa, more than one million cups of espresso were sold. This doubled in the second year and the product is now a staple in many homes and restaurants. Red espresso shines when made in an espresso machine or stovetop espresso machine but it can be made using other appliances like a drip coffee machine or percolator.  Like its coffee counterpart, red espresso can also be used to make lattes and cappuccinos.Coffee connoisseurs and organisations that honour innovations have also taken notice. In 2006 it won the New Product of the Year Award at the 2006 SA Food Review/Symrise New Product Competition. The competition rewards innovative food that is true to South African eating trends as well as its accompanying marketing.According to SA Food Review’s Brenda Neall, this is quite an award. “Reaching the finals of this competition, never mind winning it, takes some doing. Each entry goes under the beady scrutiny of its creator’s peers on the judging panel – including marketers, food scientists, dieticians, packaging experts, and a microbiologist. Apart from uniqueness, market demand for the product and its sustainability is carefully evaluated.”At the World Tea Expo held in Las Vegas in May 2008, it was named one of the Top 10 Tea Products. Red espresso’s greatest achievement though is winning the Best New Product award in the Specialty Beverage Category at the world’s largest coffee show organised by the Specialty Coffee Association of America.“As a South African company, bringing this award home feels like winning the World Cup. The coffee industry is huge and incredibly competitive. For us to get their endorsement is a major feat,” said Pretorius on winning the award.  “I am delighted that my invention has such global appeal. I also feel privileged to have such fantastic support and such talented people around me. It comes through in everything about red espresso.”The farm from which the rooibos is sourced takes great pride in producing and harvesting the best quality leaves. Apparently, four generations of rooibos farmers have operated from this farm, rendering the current farmers experts on the subject.   The plant thrives in the high altitude, rocky soil and a very specific climate which cannot be mimicked.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Tamara O’Reilly at tamarao@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesAn infusion of innovationSpreading the love – and profit Slackpacking in the CederburgUseful links Specialty Coffee Association of America Red Espresso SA Food Review  South African Foodieslast_img read more

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Saru one of world’s top two

first_imgJubilant Springbok fans at the victory parade held in Cape Town after the team’s second crowning as world champions in October 2007. (Image: Cape Town daily photo) A Springbok supporter. (Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation) One of the most enduring moments in sporting history – Nelson Mandela, wearing a replica of Bok captain Francois Pienaar’s number 6 jersey, hands Pienaar the Webb Ellis trophy when the Springboks first took the title on home soil in 1995. (Image: IRB Rugby World Cup 2007)Janine ErasmusThe South African Rugby Union (Saru) has successfully managed to overcome recent controversy and uncertainty to be named by the International Rugby Board (IRB) as the second-best rugby administration in the world. Rugby’s world governing body placed only the Welsh Rugby Union ahead of the local organisation.The announcement was made by current Saru president Oregan Hoskins, who said that he was delighted with the great honour for Saru. Hoskins added that his vice president Rautie Rautenbach, also head of the East Gauteng-based Falcons provincial union, had made known the contents of an IRB report which named Saru as one of the top two rugby administration bodies in the world.“It is so heartening because a few years ago Saru was in a state of disarray with all the infighting,” said Hoskins. “So we are really pleased. It is a great feather in our cap.”The local authority has overcome serious challenges that arose a few years back, with vicious infighting and back-stabbing among management tarnishing the local image of the game in South Africa and internationally. At one stage government was forced to intervene to quell the hostilities.However, the new board has worked hard to transcend the blemish on Saru’s record, keeping debates discreetly in the boardroom instead of airing them in the press as the previous administration did.“Communication at all levels in Saru has improved significantly this year,” commented Saru CEO Johan Prinsloo. “It is important for us as an administration to function well because we are one of the top rugby nations in the world and we want to lead by example.”The Springboks, South Africa’s national rugby team, are currently ranked second on the IRB’s world rankings, just three points behind New Zealand’s formidable All Blacks. Among their supporters is former president Nelson Mandela, who has been seen wearing a Springbok rugby jersey on a number of occasions.Overcoming the challengesSaru weathered a storm earlier in 2008 when officials from the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Sport described the sport as “racist” and “for criminals”, sparking a storm of outrage amongst officials and rugby followers alike – many of whom are not white.The committee also attempted to have the iconic national rugby emblem, the Springbok, removed from the jersey altogether, saying that it was “divisive” to the nation owing to its history as the symbol of a formerly white-dominated sport. The Springbok, South Africa’s national animal, sits traditionally on the left side of the jersey, in pride of place over the heart. It will now move to the right side, to be replaced by the King Protea, South Africa’s national flower.Then there was a dispute over ownership of the Springbok emblem, with both the national Department of Sport and Recreation and Saru claiming that right. It finally emerged, after an investigation by a top firm of intellectual property lawyers, that the sport ministry is not the legal owner of the Springbok rugby emblem. The firm could not say, however, whether Saru or its business division SA Rugby was the owner.And in spite of inflammatory comments from controversial Springbok and Western Province player Luke Watson that the Springbok jersey was “a burden” and that it nauseated him to wear it, Saru has had the last laugh as it has been acknowledged for its smooth operation by international rugby’s highest authority. Watson has since reversed his stance.UnificationSaru arose out of the old South African Rugby Football Union and was established in 1992 after the amalgamation of two rugby bodies – the whites-only South African Rugby Board and the non-racial South African Rugby Union. The body is based at Newlands in Cape Town, home of the world-famous Newlands rugby and cricket stadiums, both of which boast the spectacular Table Mountain as their backdrop.The establishment of the new rugby administration body also meant that South Africa could be readmitted to world rugby – the country had been ostracised for eight years during the tenure of the former apartheid regime.Saru, which became known by its current name in 2005, has since formed a new business arm known as SA Rugby, which oversees all commercial matters such as branding, media rights, financial and medical services, and merchandising.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articles:The other Rugby World CupKick start for rugby programme Useful linksSouth African Rugby UnionSA RugbyInternational Rugby BoardDepartment of Sport and RecreationSasol – Springbok rugbylast_img read more

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AI flight skids off runway in Pune

first_imgPune: Passengers on Delhi-Pune Air India flight AI 849 had a close shave after it overshot the 2,535-metre runway at the Lohegaon Airport in Pune, forcing an emergency evacuation of those aboard. No one was injured. Authorities said all 152 passengers were safely evacuated, while the runway was shut down for over an hour as the aircraft had to be towed awayA number of flights between 6.27 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. were delayed as a result.“The plane overshot the runway after touching down at 6:27 p.m. It halted safely and was towed away. All passengers were evacuated using chutes and no one was injured,” said Air India officials.While many flights were delayed, details were awaited at the time of going to press. Directorate General of Civil Aviation officials said the incident was serious in nature and would be investigated. “This is a case of runway excursion, which seems to be due to excessive tail winds. But there is no damage to the aircraft. A DGCA team from Mumbai will visit Pune on Saturday,” officials said. The Pune Airport forms part of the Indian Air Force’s Lohegaon Air Base and currently handles 126 civil aircraft movements. Air India officials said that a ferry flight was being arranged to fly from Delhi to Pune for the passengers waiting to fly to the capital.last_img read more

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Reps Bellino and Sheppard host St Mary Catholic Central state champion softball

first_img State Reps. Joe Bellino and Jason Sheppard welcomed the St. Mary Catholic Central softball team from Monroe to the Capitol last Wednesday. This year’s team, coached by John Morningstar, had an extremely successful season that ended with the Kestrels capturing their 3rd straight Division 3 state title.“Thanks to an excellent coaching staff and an abundance of dedication from its players, St. Mary’s softball program has entered an era similar to great sports dynasties,” said Rep. Bellino of Monroe. “I am extremely proud to be a St. Mary Catholic Central alumnus and have this opportunity to recognize these accomplished athletes at the state Capitol.”Rep. Sheppard of Temperance said: “It was a pleasure to join Rep. Bellino in welcoming this very talented team to the Capitol.  These ladies, as well as their coaches, represented their school, and all of Monroe County well and we are extremely proud of them and their success.”Both state representatives and Sen. Dale Zorn presented the team and their coach with a special tribute on the Senate floor for winning the championship.State Rep. Jason Sheppard, State Rep. Joe Bellino and Senator Dale Zorn (center) are pictured with the 2017 St. Mary Catholic Central state championship softball team and their coaches at the Capitol in Lansing. Categories: Bellino News,Bellino Photos 21Jul Reps. Bellino and Sheppard host St. Mary Catholic Central state champion softball team at Capitollast_img read more

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Dutch cable operator Ziggo has confirmed that it w

first_imgDutch cable operator Ziggo has confirmed that it will launch an initial public offering on the Amsterdam stock exchange.Ziggo plans to make a secondary sale of a portion of its ordinary shares, currently held by shareholders including affiliates of private equity players Cinven and Warburg Pincus. The ordinary shares will be sold to institutional and retail investors in the Netherlands and certain institutional investors overseas.JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley are the joint global coordinators for the IPO. Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley and UBS are the joint bookrunners; ABN AMRO, HSBC, Nomura and Rabobank are the joint lead managers and ABN AMRO and Rabobank are the joint retail bookrunners. Société Générale is co-lead manager.Ziggo is the largest Dutch operator, with 4.2 million homes passed and three million subscribers. Ziggo generated revenues of €1.48 billion, representing organic growth of 7.4%, and EBITDA of €385 million in 2011, with 71% of EBITDA converted into operating free cashflow.Andrew Sukawaty, chairman of Ziggo said: “We are pleased to announce our intention to list Ziggo in Amsterdam. The company is fully prepared for a standalone future with full access to both the debt and equity capital markets. The IPO has always been a strategic priority and will be an important milestone for Ziggo. I believe Ziggo is ideally suited to the public equity markets, offering strong differentiation through a unique combination of both growth and returns for investors seeking high quality exposure to the European cable growth story.”Bernard Dijkhuizen, CEO of Ziggo, said: “We have strong growth momentum, based on a fully upgraded network, high quality products and continuous customer focus. The IPO is the logical next step for Ziggo. We will become a newly listed Dutch company, with the enhanced capital markets profile to support our growth strategy, in line with our scale and status as one of Europe’s leading cable operators.”last_img read more

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The video market on fixed and mobile networks worl

first_imgThe video market on fixed and mobile networks worldwide is likely to grow by an average of 3.2% between now and 2025, according to French research group IDATE.The estimated growth figures include average 2% growth for live TV and 14% annual growth for on-demand services.Growth will be lower in developed markets, according to IDATE. Across Germany, France, the UK, Italy, and Spain, average annual growth will stand at 1.6% from 2013 to 2025, with the live TV market, including broadcasters’ catch-up TV services,  in decline by 0.7%, while on-demand services experience an average annual increase of 18.5%.IDATE said that, while growth was likely to follow this ‘middle of the road’ pattern, it has also provided best and worst case scenarios. In the worst case, it said, disruptive entrants will lead the video services market in the top five EU states to decline by an average of 0.8% a year. In the best, case, growth could amount to 3.9% annually, including 2% growth for live broadcasting services.last_img read more

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