Thursday, 20 April 2017

LOOK LOCAL: Special show coming up with OKA at The Rhythm Hut

Just received this from my precious Rhythm Hut, support if you can! 

Welcoming OKA back to The Hut with a special show...
It's a special event with OKA at The Hut...
Hi Hutsers! We've been on a holiday break from our drumming and music classes, and we know you are all itching to get your bodies moving to some tribal beats, so we have a special show for you!

One of the Hut's most popular bands, OKA are returning for a special holiday break show on the evening on Thursday 27th April, 7pm.

If you haven't seen OKA before, think electronic beats, captivating melody on guitar, sax, flute & woodwinds woven through organic juju beats of deep tribal fire. A sound & force that touches the heart & connects the soul.

Supported by local singer/songwriter Brandon Duff, who will be bringing his sounds of acoustic soul, intertwined with popular music, back to the Hut stage. OKA shows are always BIG shows - so make sure you grab your ticket pre sale to save your spot!
OKA live at Splendour in the Grass - Drifting
Also coming up at The Rhythm Hut...
Dustin Thomas (USA) with special guests Numatik & Wandering Minstrel THIS Friday 21st April

Big hair, big smiles, and a whole lotta love! International artist Dustin Thomas (USA) has played Bluesfest, alongside Nahko and Medicine for the People, and now returns to The Hut to bring his uplifting good vibes, conscious lyrics, and infectious energy to Gosford. 

Supported by electro soul artist Numatik and local Wandering Minstrel, this will be one lovely night of good music and community.


The 5 Lands Band + guests Chaika, Sunday 30th April, 5pm

Having run for over 9 years, the 5 Lands Band is a well-known and popular Central Coast establishment, bringing together some of the top musicians from the Central Coast, Sydney and Newcastle.

Special guests this month, Chaika return with their rich tapestry of spine-tingling vocal harmonies that weave seamlessly into instrumental Balkan and contemporary jazz. 

Our student music classes on display at KaBOOM Fri 28th April

Get ready to be wowed by the thunderous taiko, wiggle your booty to the infectious sounds of djembe, be captivated by the beautiful didgeridoo and sing along to some well-known classics performed by our singing students and ukulele club. 

And don't forget, it's SALE TIME! For KaBOOM night only, receive 15% off when you pay class fees upfront (for a full term). Gift certificates are also available so you can spread the gift of music!

Shout out to our wonderful supporters:

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Sunday, 12 March 2017

UPDATE: Baby Siwaphiwe Mbambo Police Statement

Media Statement from the Office of the Acting National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, Lt Gen Khomotso Phahlane

Baby Siwaphiwe Mbambo rescued unharmed during police action

Sunday, 12 March 2017, Pretoria:  The South African Police Service supported by law enforcement officers and scores of concerned community members, spent well over 24 hours searching for baby Siwaphiwe Mbambo who was reportedly snatched during a carjacking on Friday midday.

On Friday, 9 March 2017 the baby's mother reported to the police that her TOYOTA YARIS car had been hijacked with her 1 month old baby on the back seat when two men drove off in her car.  The car was later found abandoned in Montclair with the baby and the nappy bag missing.

The police deployed all the resources necessary to conduct a search for the missing child joined by law enforcement officers, community members and organizations with an interest in finding the missing one month old baby. The search was intensified and  further interviews were conducted with persons of interest. Too many inconsistencies emerged during the interviews especially in terms of the initial reporting to the police of how the incident developed.  Information generated from the interviews became critical in the setting up of a roadblock in Marianhill in the early hours of this morning. A car was stopped by the police wherein a man, a woman and the baby in question was found with the baby unharmed. The baby has been placed under the care of Social Development. Three people including the 34 year old biological mother of the baby,  another woman and a man, have been arrested and are in custody.

Members of the SAPS and all role players involved are commended for ensuring the safe return of Baby Siwaphiwe Mbombo and the arrest of the perpetrators of serious crimes of this nature. The South African Police Service invested a lot in this case, including members working overtime, the use of vehicles and aircraft which impacted negatively on the availability of police resources in the fight against priority crimes. The diversion of policing resources by people with selfish motives cannot be tolerated at all. It is thus critical that in situations like this, those involved are dealt with during the processing of their cases by the courts of our country. A special prosecutor was appointed this morning to work with the SAPS on this case.

"We, as the South African Police Service, are extremely grateful that this innocent baby has been rescued from a dubious situation to say the least.  We thank our members, all other law enforcement agencies and security companies who stepped up to assist, as well as the civic minded members of the public who joined forces to assist in the search.  We are a wonderful, caring society and it is disappointing when people take advantage of their fellow South African's trust and belief in humanity.  False claims of crimes which have an entire nation and beyond in a state of sorrow and anxiety, should be condemned," said Acting National Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane.

Those who have been arrested and are in custody, will appear in court soon.

Enquiries : Brigadier Sally de Beer 082 779 8658

Saturday, 11 March 2017

UPDATE: Baby Siwapiwe has been found. Mother Arrested.

The little girl involved in a massive missing persons hunt, has been found alive and well.

Police and community watch groups have worked tirelessly since the little girl was abducted by hijackers outside a mall in Durban. 

Following tip offs police swooped on a suspicious vehicle at the Marianhill Toll Plaza, and discovered the baby in the car. Arrests have been made and the investigation is continuing.

According to sources, the mother was found in the suspicious vehicle, and in possession of the baby girl. The mother and her boyfriend have been arrested. The baby's father, husband to the mother, has pleaded for his child's life. My thoughts are with him at this distressing time.

Thank you to H DeKlerk for Intel. 

Friday, 10 March 2017

URGENT: Stolen Car with One Month Old Baby Inside.



Thank you Harry DeKlerk for the following update:

Detectives are investigating the possibility that a missing baby was the intended target of a hijacking in Durban on Friday.

The vehicle was tracked down and found in Montclair several hours after it was taken. Two independent sources confirmed that several items not usually removed in a typical car theft had been taken – the baby’s car seat‚ the pram and the infant’s bag.

The baby’s mother‚ along with her eight-year-old son‚ had been forced out of the car at gunpoint at a Greyville shopping centre shortly before noon.

Marshall Security spokesperson Kyle Van Reenen said the car was recovered in Moodie Crescent in Montclair “… there is no sign of the baby. Other stuff relating to the child was also removed.

“At this point it may be a domestic issue and the police are investigating this‚” he added.

An anonymous caller to East Coast Radio’s drive show offered a R10 000 reward for information leading to the safe return of the child‚ with presenter Phat Joe promising to contribute another R10 000.


Shared on Facebook:


As confirmed by ECR now, car was found in Montclair but the baby has NOT been found.  An anonymous caller has put up a R10 000 reward for the safe return of the baby and Phat Joe has added another R10 000.  NO QUESTIONS ASKED.

Please keep spreading the word so that this infant and mother can be re-united.


Thank you to Harry DeKlerk for the update below.

Search For Kidnapped Child: Durban - KwaZulu Natal

Reaction Unit South Africa is requesting assistance from the public to locate a one month old baby that was taken during a hijacking in Durban - KZN a short while ago.

Armed suspects hijacked a Toyota Yaris from a shopping centre in Durban and fled with the child in the vehicle. The vehicle has been recovered abandoned in Montclair - Durban however the child has not been found. The RUSA Robinson R44 helicopter has taken off from Verulam to assist in the search.

Please share this post and if anyone can assist in locating the child contact Reaction Unit South Africa on 086 1234 333.

The missing baby

The car was found empty in Montclaire


Original post:

A car has been hijacked at City View Shopping (Game City) in Matthews Meyiwa Road (Stamford Hill) in Durban Central, South Africa.

We understand there's an infant/baby inside (apparently one month old.) 

Description - White Toyota Yaris 
Registration Number - : ND576 648 
If you see this car, please phone the Metro police on +27 (031)
 367 0048

Thursday, 9 March 2017

ARTS: Narara Music Festival Warm Up Party at The Rhythm Hut

You may have heard that Narara Music Festival for 2017 is back on the Coast in 2017! Yes! The iconic 80s rock festival has been revived to something fresh and new! 

The Rhythm Hut is proud to be partnering with Narara Music Festival for the official warm up party this Saturday night March 11th, at The Rhythm Hut (135 Faunce Street, Gosford, near the Gosford Train Station) and we would like to invite you to be our special guest.

All details for the event can be found HERE. Please come along from 7pm Saturday!

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

DIARY: A Song Lost

Today I lost a word document that contained a song - written in one go in a moment of inspiration. As I pressed save after typing the last word - it wasn't even 3 - 5 minutes after starting because autosave hadn't even saved it yet, Word spazzed out and I lost it.

I was so sad - crushed - and didn't know why it hit me so hard! It's just a silly song!
Sitting at my PC now a couple hours later and after an arvo filled with music students and chaos. I have realised why it hit me so hard!

In 2010 I finished editing my first Novel, it took me ten years to write the two books and edit the first of the books - I was, I think, about two weeks from publishing - and had spent most of my pregnancy working on the book up to 10 hours a day.

Two weeks from publishing, I had used a really lovely program called Blurb to do all editing and layout etc. I was about 7 months pregnant and I opened my computer, opened the book file, and it was gone. All of it.

A virus/malware had snuck in and destroyed all of the files that I used the most. A friend tried to access the files and found skulls and crossbones in the coding (I don't know the correct term)
I remember standing up from my computer in a daze, and calling Francis who came out of the kitchen.

I said "My book is gone. It's all gone." and collapsed.

I remember going into shock and having a massive panic attack, I remember lying on the floor with Francis rocking me and calling for my Mom. Ten years of work, months of solid graft and editing every full stop, capital letter, grammar, tweaking story lines... all gone.

I remember bleeding and cramping, and nearly losing Kelsey. The doctor said that I had had a massive shock to the system. I was out of my mind to a degree for about a week.

I put the book out of my thoughts. I focused on carrying my baby to full term which I did. And when she was a few months old, and I could face the prospect without tears. I opened a word document, opened a very old version of my book, and started. All. Over. Again.

There were a few people who helped make my book possible. People who sponsored my book launch at a beautiful Hotel. The media who wrote about it. Friends who bought copies of the book.
And that, is why it hit me so hard. Sitting in Imperial Centre with tears in my eyes over a silly song. 
Maybe I wasn't being so silly xx

Monday, 20 February 2017

CCWFF: Eat Together!


Good morning! 

I was just shown this video and fell in love with the idea.  This is what we will be doing! Sharing,  learning and connecting with each other. -  Sandy Bigara 

CCWFF: Cape Malay Sticky Buns by Fatima Sydow


South Africa is a real mixing pot of cultures and flavours when it comes to food. As the weather is cooling down, it's perfect for getting back into the kitchen to make yummy feel-good puddings and baked treats! 

Here are Fatima's Sticky Cinnamon buns,  please head over to her page and see all of the amazing recipes that she posts! Perhaps there are recipes that you share with the vibrant Cape Malay culture in Cape Town! - Sandy 

Recipe sourced from the Facebook page: Cape Malay Cooking with Fatima Sydow. :


Fatima's Sticky Cinnamon buns

1&1/2 cups of lukewarm milk
1 packet  instant dry yeast
1/4  cup of sugar
1 large egg  
1/2 a cup of melted butter
4  cups of cake flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp of nutmeg( optional )

1/4  cup of butter
1/4  cup of brown sugar
1/2 a cup of golden syrup or maple syrup .

2/3 cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon of ground cinnamon
3 Tablespoons of melted butter

For the dough, measure all the ingredients into a bowl and stir with a wooden spoon, turn the dough out onto a work surface dusted with flour and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes.Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in size, 90 minutes. 

For the syrup add the butter, brown sugar and golden syrup in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until melted and the mixture is bubbling. Put one side. 

For the filling, stir the brown sugar and cinnamon together and set aside. Have the melted butter ready.
Turn the risen dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll it out into a rectangle. Brush the entire surface of the dough with the melted butter and sprinkle with the cinnamon brown sugar mixture. Roll up the dough from the longer side and then cut the roll into 12 pieces. Place these into the prepared pan, evenly spaced, cover with plastic wrap or tea towel and let rise for an hour.
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Uncover the risen sticky buns and bake them for 30 minutes, or until they are a rich golden brown. Pour the syrup over the buns while still warm. 

I make a simple lemon icing and drizzle over cooled cinnamon buns. The juice of half a lemon mixed with icing sugar till you get a thick consistency then drizzle with a spoon. 


Photo: Pixabay, Serving suggestion.