Here are a few tips from Owen about one of his favorite tried and tested recipes.
"This is one of my favorite recipes because it is very quick and easy to make and a great way to use your overripe bananas. I like to keep my bananas chunky in the mixture as it gives the bread a less refined taste. You can mix the nuts into the mixture, as well as put some on top. Personally I prefer a lot of nuts on top only. I like to keep the oven on a lower heat for a little longer to make sure it is done. You must keep an eye out during the baking process to prevent the nuts on top from burning."
½ cup baking margarine, melted
1 cup white sugar (or a little less for reduced sweetness)
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon bicarb soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup chopped nuts (cashew and pecan nuts works best)
4 bananas, sliced or squashed
Melt baking margarine
Mix in sugar
Stir in eggs
Add vanilla extract
Mix in flower
Add bicarb soda
Add baking powder
Squash bananas and stir into mixture - I like to keep the mixture chunky
Pour into greased baking tray
Sprinkle the nuts on top
Heat stove to 180 degrees Celsius
Put baking tray with ingredients into the oven for 10 min – keep an eye out to prevent burning
Turn stove down to 160 degrees
After 15 minutes turn down heat to about 130 degrees
Bake for about 30 minutes or less whilst keeping a close eye on the cake to prevent burning
The bread is done when you can push a sosatie stick into the bread and on withdrawal no dough sticks to it.
to the family
There is no "I" in Team
The Automated Deployment Team
"Despite the bad weather my first-time fishing 🎣 experience was awesome 👌 and I enjoyed it."
- Sidney -
"First time fishing there was no river, 2nd time there was a river/dam
but no fishing ...
hoping for 3rd time lucky and
having both ..."
- Jorrie -
Relationships are the bonds we form, the connections we make, and the experiences we share. That is what a weekend away from everyday life helped us to achieve, but in truth we just wanted to have some fun. Last year we, The Automated Deployment team, organised our first fishing expedition. Although it was a lot of fun, the fishing wasn’t what one would call a huge success. The spirit building on the other hand was!
Did you know that the “monk” aka Buks prefers Havana Club if he does not have his own personally distilled rum on hand or that Naresh makes a killer curry from scratch? He lives by the motto “Keep the customer happy”. What does Stevie and Cindy have in common with Sidney (the guy who’s always on top of things)? The beauty of just letting your hair down (Jorrie can really let his hair down) while there is nothing that could stop the team from getting closer – no curfews, no drinking and driving, and absolutely no chores that needed attention…
So, on Friday we set out with our fishing rods, food, and something for the dryness in the throat. We were upgraded from last year’s tents to chalets and from a leaking non-existent dam to a real one.
Without delay we cast our lines the first time. It was perfect. Buks caught the first fish and we knew that this was going to be a champion weekend for fishing. Not long after Buks, Naresh caught his first one, or was it the same one? The fires were started while casting an eye on the ominous looking clouds. Fortunately, we had a few gazebos handy and covered the fire before the braai began.
Unfortunately, the weather did not play along, and everything changed quite suddenly when the wind started howling and the rain came down in torrents. We all ran for shelter under the gazebos and started cooking. When the storm subsided, the river had disappeared. In its stead was a valley of hyacinth as far as the eye could see.
Even though things did not work out as we planned in the fishing department, we still had a great weekend, especially with Gerdinand joining and taking awesome pictures to make memories. Shikaar is the quintessential Indian laaitie, complete with a souped-up Citi Golf with performance sound to dream of.
Jorrie is the best conspiracy theorist I have met, and a great story teller. He mesmerized Sidney and me for hours on the previous trip. Christo is an old car enthusiast, you know the car with the rear windscreen that a bird just cannot hit? Niel is the new guy on the block, as techie as they come. He has shown me (I thought I knew everything about Android) how to prohibit Google access to your microphone so that they don’t kill you with cat food ads, should you mention cat food a couple of times for cheap kicks. We also got to know one another a bit better and appreciated our homes when we arrived there on Sunday after all the rain.
"We learned how to make the clay. Maybe next time we can do the pottery class too."
- Christo -
"I have no words 😂"
- Naresh -
"I hate it when my feet are wet, but it is still lekke fun getting out with the team..."
- Niel -
Casting a line to friendship
For the first time Shikaar Sewpersadh stepped out of his comfort zone, or in this way at least. And when you will ask him about his hobby, his advice to you would be;
"When you have a passion for something, stick to it. No matter what people say."
Have your heard (about) Freddy's
What started out as a dare by his wife to accept an invitation for a voice test at the Local Community Radio Station, BosveldStereo 107.5FM, became a reality when he was selected to become a freelance broadcaster.
After a few months of training, Freddy started broadcasting and became involved in Community Upliftment Programmes that was run by the radio station in 2020.
Freddy’s love for music and community, gelled together as he discovered his passion for radio media.
He freelances during weekends and enjoy the interaction with listeners and play their favorite music. Except for music he also reads the news and weather bulletins during his timeslots.
the tassel was definitely worth the hassle
Surrounded by energetic and bright-eyed twenty-something year old graduates, it was with enormous gratitude that I pinched myself on the 14th of March 2022, confirming I was not immersed in a la-la land dream, or even worse attending a graduation fancy dress party!
After many persistent years of studies and many temptations to throw in the towel, more so when faced with the mountain of textbooks to plough through at the start of each semester, I cannot express in words what it meant to me when UNISA’s vice-chancellor conferred my Bachelor of Business Administration degree upon me.
It has in fact inspired me to continue studying into the future! I am extremely grateful to MineRP for allowing me to pursue my studies over the years, and the support of my family and friends who helped me to make this possible!
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams
Andries and his wife became
In 2020, about a month before lockdown, my [then] girlfriend, Jessica, and I attended our first swing dancing class.
We were looking for a hobby that we could enjoy as a couple and realized we were both quite intrigued about swing dance specifically. There’s something about this dance style from the 1920’s that just looked like a lot of fun. We had a tough time finding a school that offered swing as a style, but eventually came across a school that offers Lindy Hop (the primary style of swing) and after our first class at Five6Seven8 Dance Studio in Ferndale we were hooked.
We were fortunate to continue our classes all through lockdown, via zoom, dancing in our loft. Our instructor taught us two fairly complex routines during those sessions which we practiced over and over (much to our neighbours’ dismay). The dancing gave us a much needed distraction during those times but also brought us closer together, teaching us how to communicate better, to give each other space to learn and space to fail. It taught us how to lead and how to listen, how to deal with frustration and how to support one another, how to motivate each other and overcome obstacles together.
Classes resumed at the studio after lockdown – we participated in a “Flash Mob” a few months later and also danced in a group routine at our dance school’s year end showcase.
We attended two aerial/lift workshops where we were taught back flips and some other acrobatic moves – those really took trust to a whole new level for us.
In 2021 we got engaged and challenged our instructor to choreograph a crazy swing routine for our wedding dance. Oh man, did she deliver! The routine comprised of Lindy Hop (6 and 8 count), Charleston and Collegiate Shag and 5 air steps. Learning the routine and building up the required fitness took two months of dedication, working through frustration, tears (and fears) but with the support and encouragement of our teacher - we nailed it!
Jess often jokes that we arranged a wedding just to trick our friends and family into watching us dance...well she’s not wrong
Did you know?
Swing dancing originated in America in the 1920s. Primarily there is Lindy Hop and Charleston, but it evolved and branched off into other styles such as Balboa, Collegiate Shag, Big Apple, St. Louis Shag, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Boogie-Woogie, Jive, Rock ‘n Roll and Imperial Swing.
representing MineRP once again
In March 2022 another article was published, written by one of our very own, Sinisa Vukovic.
Please do yourself a favor by reading his article on the Possibilities of blockchain for grain and oilseeds handling and storage.
"Only a part of the information that blockchin distributes is information relating to the items being tracked. These items can be containers on a ship, a chicken, iron ore or grain"
To read the full article, click here.
ITOCHU is a global trading company with substantial ownership interests in mining and we've cultivated a good working relationship with them during the past few years.
One of our main contact persons, Tetsu Yamanishi married his beautiful wife, Mami, on 19 March 2022. To share in their celebration, MineRP sent them a congratulatory letter as it is an important and prestigious Japanese wedding custom to have acknowledgement from people you do business with
We've received the following messeage as a warm response and appreciate the pictures they shared with us