Charities That Inspire Kids: The African Library Project

Charities That Inspire Kids: The African Library Project

Assisting in a charity has the potential to provide remarkable teachings and value to children.

The Vercruysse-Vandeputte famiy, left; and Christel Hyden's children, Leah and Daniel, sorting books, right.

The Vercruysse-Vandeputte famiy, left; and Christel Hyden’s children, Leah and Daniel, sorting books, right.

(New York Times; 2014)

Two families described their support for the African Library Project: Sofie Vercruysse-Vandeputte and her family, and Christel Hyden (New York Times; 2014).

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Second Edition Of The Lesotho Ultra Trail Doesn’t Disappoint

Second Edition Of The Lesotho Ultra Trail Doesn’t Disappoint


The 2014 Lesotho Ultra Trail (LUT), Africa’s first Ultra SkyMarathon®, took place on the 29th of November in the Tse’hlanyane National Park in the heart of the Maluti Mountains of Lesotho.


Anticipation amongst both organisers and competitors was at an all-time high as the weeks before the event turned to days. A full field, featuring both top international and local runners, descended upon Maliba Lodge on Friday 28th November to complete their final registration ahead of race day. Met by sweeping mountain vistas and a warm welcome from the lodge staff, all exuding an immense pride in the recent completion of their new reception building since the devastating fire in 2013, runners settled in for a weekend of skyrunning.


Race director Andrew Booth paints the picture of what LUT is all about:

Considering the event has only just presented its 2nd edition, the atmosphere at Lesotho Ultra Trail is a diverse one, bringing people together from around the world who all have a passion for trail. Combine this with Maliba Lodge as the official race venue, and breathtaking trails that traverse the Maluti Mountains, and something special emerges. For me the event represents everything I love about trail running, it brings out so much emotion. As the race director I create a platform for the event to take place on, but its the people and characters of the race that have elevated it into something very special in a short space of time.


At 50km in distance, and with over 2500m of vertical ascent, LUT is the quintessential Ultra SkyMarathon® and final of the South African Skyrunner® Series, a challenge to all that participate.

The feedback on the course from the entire field has been amazing despite it being incredibly tough,”

continued Booth.

“The second climb which starts with 10km to go is brutal and asked questions of every runner. It was great however to see nearly the entire field step up to the plate, fighting off temptation to drop. This course has captivated the trail running community, it’s incredibly wild and incredibly beautiful.

The racing began on a frenetic note, the opening pace being set by local runners Tsokolo Moavhi and Munyane Musiti, both never having raced a trail event before. It was eventual winner Lucky Miya however who stamped his authority on the race shortly thereafter, taking the lead at the top of the first major climb at 18km and never looking back.


As the remainder of the men’s top 10 tried to play catch up, Miya consistently maintained his assault on the podium’s top spot, adding valuable minutes at each check point between him and the chasing group that consisted of Gareth Wyn Hughes (Wales), Andrew Hagen (RSA), Scot Jaime (USA), Tsokolo Moavhi (Lesotho) and Jono Niemann (RSA). It was at the main aid station at 38km however where the race was all but won for Miya as the gap had grown to almost 40mins.

Holding onto that lead, Miya crossed the finish line in an incredibly fast 5:31:38, a new record and an overall victory in the 2014 South African Skyrunner® Series to boot.

Booth muses:

One of the most exciting aspects of this years race was 4th placed Lesotho runner, Tsokolo Moavhi from one of the local villages. The progress of local runners in future races is going to be exciting to watch.


In the women’s race, a very confident Su Don Wauchope, battling illness for most of 2014, began the race with a dominant performance, opening up a 10min lead on the chasing group consisting of LUT 2013 winner Tracy Zunkel, Trish Bahlmann and overall South African Skyrunner® Series leader Driekie Black in the first half of the race. It was on the final major hurdle, the last big ascent in the closing 15km of the race, that Don Wauchope was unable to hold on, relinquishing her lead to Bahlmann. Bahlmann seemed to strengthen as the race came to an end, claiming the victory in the women’s race and well deserved 9th place overall. Zunckel, having also passed Don Wauchope on the same ascent, claimed second place behind good friend Balhmann. Don Wuachope finished 3rd.


In the end 136 runners from 9 countries started the 2014 LUT with only 10 forced to withdraw due to injury or cut-off.

To have successfully executed the second edition of LUT is a very satisfying achievement for the entire organizational team,

says James Hallett, media and PR manager for the race.

We’ve received many positive comments about the experience had by competitors, a true testament not only to the hard work that goes into an event like this, but also the passionate ultra running community who support LUT and affirm its status as one of the benchmark races on the running calendar.

For more details about the 2014 Lesotho Ultra Trail, including photos and results, head to
Final Results

Men’s top 10

  1. Lucky Miya (RSA) 05:31:38
  2. Gareth Wyn-Hughes (Wales) 06:04:49
  3. Andrew Hagen (RSA) 06:13:04
  4. Tsokolo Moavhi (Lesotho) 06:20:47
  5. Scott Jaime (USA) 06:28:01
  6. Munyane Musiti (Lesotho) 06:42:29
  7. Jonathan Nieman (RSA) 06:53:44
  8. Pedro Calderon (Spain) 06:59:55
  9. Mark Michell (RSA) 07:04:34
  10. Geoff Lee (RSA) 07:17:40


Women’s top 10

  1. Trish Bahlmann (RSA) 06:59:55
  2. Tracy Zunckel (RSA) 07:07:12
  3. Su Don Wauchope (RSA) 07:20:36
  4. Drikie Black (RSA) 07:44:52
  5. Sarah Ridgway (AUS) 07:45:09
  6. Rosie Carey (RSA) 08:47:10
  7. Rachel Manyathi (RSA) 08:54:08
  8. Kristen Ohm Pendersen (Canada) 08:58:42
  9. Rentia Denissen (RSA) 09:14:13
  10. Sarah Richards (RSA) 09:34:18


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70% Dark Chocolate Tart

70% Dark Chocolate Tart


 recipe of the monht

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Riders Race To The Unmarked Finish Line

Riders Race To The Unmarked Finish Line


It’s no Durban July, but the annual Mehloding Heritage Event Horse Race in Mparane is one of the most exciting events in the country.

The annual horse races in Mparane, Lesotho, coincide with the Race to Rhodes bike ride from Pietermaritzburg to Rhodes in the Eastern Cape. (Delwyn Verasamy, M&G)

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Scenic Conference Venue Like No Other






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Elegance Unveiled

Maliba Lodge Celebrates The Opening Of The New Main Lodge

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New Main Lodge: Entrance

 After considerable perseverance over the past 15 months, Maliba Lodge takes great pride in announcing the completion, and opening of the newly constructed Main Lodge.


New Main Lodge: Deck

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Mountain Biking Takes To New Heights

Maluti Mountains – A Mountain Bikers Paradise!


Armand du Toit reflects on his experience at one of the Afriski MTB training weekends in Lesotho.

Excitement builds as we arrived at AfriSki to try out the new trails we heard they’ve been working on. Little did I know the guys had really smoked the innovative pipe and #boom, I was pleasantly surprised!


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Trout Farming In Lesotho An Export Success

Trout farming in Lesotho an export success

The fish farm has given local people jobs and opportunities to study, says Vincent Sitsane


Roderick Macleod

IF you were thinking of an ideal location on which to base a commercial fish farm, you wouldn’t necessarily think of the mountainous land-locked African nation of Lesotho(Lesotho Times; 2014) .

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Salmon with Potato “Scales”

Salmon With Potato “Scales”


photo by Lara Ferroni (Epicurious; 2014)

photo by Lara Ferroni (Epicurious; 2014)

Makes 8 servings

Active time
1 hour

Total time
2 hours (includes chilling time)

When the opportunity arises—as it did with this salmon—we can’t resist a little trompe l’oeil, a chance to have some harmless fun with our food, because, well, food is fun. And with Hanukkah being a particularly kid-friendly holiday, we know children and adults alike will get a big kick out of the edible potato “scales” that top these individual slabs of salmon. Your budding young chefs will love arranging the scales on the fish.Editor’s Note: This recipe is part of Gourmet’s Modern Menu for A Hanukkah Feast. Menu also includes Swiss Chard with Horseradish and Apple Fritters with Orange Glaze .


  • 2 (2 pound) pieces center-cut salmon fillet
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large russet (baking) potatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds total)
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Lemon slices for serving
  • Special equipment: An adjustable-blade slicer; a 1- to 1 1/2-inch round cookie cutter; two slotted spatulas (see Cooks’ notes)


Trim 1 to 2 inches off thinner (belly) side of salmon fillets so that remaining fillets have a more even thickness. Reserve the belly strips for another use. You will now have 2 more square-shaped pieces of salmon fillet. Cut each fillet into 4 roughly equal-size pieces for a total of 8 pieces.

Arrange fish, skin side down, on a baking sheet (or 2 dinner plates). Season with 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper.

Scrub potatoes well. Cut several 1/16-inch-thick slices lengthwise from wider side of 1 potato with slicer (discard outer piece or pieces that are all peel). Stack slices of potato and cut out as many rounds as possible with cookie cutter.

Dip potato rounds, one at a time, in butter and lay slices on top of one piece of fish in an overlapping pattern (to resemble fish scales), covering surface completely. Continue cutting and stacking a few potato slices at a time and cutting and applying potato “scales” to fish in batches, until tops of all pieces of fish are coated. Lightly brush any remaining butter over scales, and chill until butter is firm, about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in middle. Line a large rimmed sheet pan with foil.

Heat oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until it shimmers (dip a corner of a fish fillet into skillet to test; it should sizzle). Add 2 to 3 pieces of fish, potato sides down, to skillet. Cook until potatoes are golden brown and crisp, 2 to 4 minutes. Carefully turn fish over using 2 spatulas and cook until skin is golden and crisp, about 2 minutes. Carefully transfer fillets (again using 2 spatulas), skin sides down, to sheet pan. Brown remaining fillets.

Roast fish in oven until just cooked through, 4 to 8 minutes (depending on thickness; a possible visual clue—the better quality the salmon, the less likely you’ll see it—is when the white albumin in the fish exudes from the fish and begins to set).

Epicurious (2014) Salmon with potato ‘Scales’.[Accessed: 29 October 2014]

The Final Countdown

The Last Of The Hard Work Before We Launch

 Our team working on the lodge construction have been truly dedicated and we cannot thank them enough for the effort put in.

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