From my Kitchen



  • 250ml flour
  • 10ml baking powder
  • 15ml cornflour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 90ml milk
  • 45ml sugar
  • 15ml oil
  • 125ml mashed banana


Sift the flour, baking powder, cornflour and salt into a bowl.

In another bowl, whisk the egg, milk, sugar and oil together and add the dry ingredients together with the mashed banana. Mix with a spoon until smooth.

Drop spoonfuls of batter into hot oil and fry until golden brown in colour.

Remove the fritters from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain them on a paper towel.  Serve warm, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.

Variation: The mashed banana can be substituted with mashed cooked and cooled pumpkin or apple.

Congratulations to Carol Bosman (left), the winner of our February Competition. She entered via SMS with the correct answer, Blindspot Warning Indicators, and won a R200 gift voucher from Victor’s Pizza & Pasta in Bothasig. Carol received her prize from Victor Treu (right) of Victor’s Pizza & Pasta.

To enter our March competition and win a prize contact us via Twitter, Facebook or our Webpage or SMS 0218018487 and you could be a winner. To stand a chance to win, simply find the answer to the following question in this edition of The Guardian and send it to us via facebook, twitter, our website or SMS it to us along with your name and contact number.

Question: Read the article on page 6 about the new Limited Edition Opel Adam S then simply name one of the three distinctive ‘Twisted’ colour combos that it is available in.

Competition closes 28 March and entries received after this date will not be accepted. The March winner will be placed in the April edition of The Guardian. Please note you must provide us with your first and last names as well as your contact number in order to go into the draw for the monthly prize. You must be able to collect the prize to enter. Entrants who have won a prize in our competition must wait three months before they are able to enter again. Only one entry per person.

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Bothasig Clinic to Undergo Changes

The Bothasig Clinic has come under much negative discussion over the past number of years due mainly to the perceived lack of services provided, explained Ward Councillor Helen Carstens.

Bothasig Clinic is a City run facility providing primary health care and the call for many years has been that there should be a doctor and pharmacist at the facility. This was put in place a number of years ago but due to legislation both had to be removed. This caused much distress in the community as patients then had to travel to Dirkie Uys in Goodwood for their doctor visits and prescriptions. This in turn, produced many challenges.

“I have been aware of all the unhappiness about this,” says Cllr Carstens, “and I have been working on a way to provide an expanded package of services at the Clinic. This is not a simple thing to change as there are different spheres of government involved and service level agreements that cannot simply be ignored.”

“However, I understood the needs of the community, especially the elderly and vulnerable in our community and was to a point relentless in pursuing alternatives and additional services at the Bothasig Clinic.”

“I am happy to announce that all the pursuing has finally paid off and the Bothasig Clinic will be taken over by the Western Cape Department of Health. What this means is that the facility will be run by Province and it will provide an expanded package of services that will include a doctor permanently at the facility as well as a fully operational Pharmacy and full curative care,” explained Cllr Carstens.

On 2 March, a public meeting was held in the Bothasig Community Hall where representatives from Provincial Government and the City were present. It was at this meeting that the MEC for Health, Minister Mbombo said, “Bothasig Clinic is being upgraded from primary school to high school.”

“I would like to ask residents to please be patient during this change over, as it will not happen overnight as there are many things that need to be brought in line with legislation, but they can be confident in the knowledge that it is happening,” said Carstens.

Cllr Carstens said that she was very pleased that the facility will soon be able to service all the residents of the ward and that this change would also take much pressure off Dirkie Uys.

My Viewpoint – March

It truly amazes me how every single person walking this great wide Earth each has their very own opinion on any number of matters. What tends to happen is that people gravitate to those who are of the same or similar opinion to themselves and when this happens, it increases the likelihood – to them – that their opinion is the correct one.

This, of course, can be a rather delusional outlook because it is not in essence the correct way/answer etc.

However, we are surrounded by many individuals (and their like-minded groups) who believe that they are correct and it is usually this group of individuals who are in the minority but who are also the loudest about making their argument or their point.

My thoughts and attention have wavered in this direction due largely to the political activity we see around us lately. Not being politically involved or associated, I see it from an outside point and at times, simply have to laugh.

I am not going as high as the President here as I might have a laughing fit, but just keeping it local where people, it appears, are vying for positions believing they are the perfect person for the position. Maybe they are, maybe they aren’t. Where varying belief systems come into play that actually form that perception, it turns it towards many options that could be described.

In any event, as they say in the classics, let the show go on – there can only be one person in the end and as the classics further say – let the best man win!

I say that if a community is open to suggestions and opinions it makes it a lot easier for all, but when we get stuck in whatever era we come from and become dogmatic in our opinions, it simply makes it harder for things to materialize smoothly.

In my concerted opinion I think we should live and let live and we should not sweat the small stuff (or the big stuff).

Until next month…

See ya, Nats