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The Republic of South Africa sits at the southern tip of Africa. A racially diverse country, South Africa is sometimes called the “Rainbow Nation” because of its multi-ethnic make up. There are eleven official languages. Early native inhabitants were hunters, gatherers and herdsmen. Colonization all but destroyed their ways of life. The search for spices in the East Indies brought the first Europeans, and the Cape area was strategically crucial for provisioning trading ships. The Dutch were the first to settle an outpost, in 1652, at Cape Town. Soon after, in 1806, the British annexed the colony. Colonial cooking became known as Cape Dutch, a spice-friendly cuisine that reflects Bengal, Indian, Malaysian, and Indonesian influences. Ginger, chili, garlic, onions, and tomatoes are well-worn ingredients. And curry dishes and chutneys are popular. Meat dishes tend to dominate the plate (meat pies, sausages, stews, and roasted, grilled and dried meats). Barbecues (braai) are big socializing events in South Africa. Seafood is also important, including prawns, oysters, and various local fish, like the kingklip.

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Home Town: Palabora, Limpopo, South Africa
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Brought up in the wildlife parks of Southern Africa, travelled extensively, employed - mining and exploration industry (metallurgy)

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Joseph Nomvete 

Cooking Level: Expert
Living In: Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, South Africa
About me: I am a mompreneur who enjoys spending time with my kids. I find cooking theraputic and one of my life's fulfilling things to do. We moved around a lot but my cooking has always gr…
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Felicity Mthethwa 

Home Town: Pietermaritzburg, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
About me: I love cooking and baking,but at the moment I am still learning to cook because I am not a good cook as yet.I want to one day have my own kitchen or restaurant.
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Greedy Smurf 

Cooking Level: Beginning
Home Town: Randburg, Gauteng, South Africa
About me: just a bachelor trying to eat right and learn how to cook

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