Episode four of “Jan Braai vir Erfenis” aired on kykNET this past Friday. Catch it every Friday at 17:30 with reruns on Saturdays at 13:00, Sundays at 08:00 and Mondays at 03:00. We realise that you might want to do some of the things that we did on the show yourself. As such we will post all the relevant info for each episode weekly, right here on www.braai.com.
Segment 1: Bloemfontein
Bloemfontein is not the kind of place where people struggle to find reasons to start a braai and as a result there are lot’s of good quality butchers in the area. We recommend a visit to Dave’s Meat Market (firstname.lastname@example.org, 051 522 8103). The sheer variety of cuts is something to behold. Also stop by Juan Smith’s butchery Meditas (051 522 992, 47 Mudd Square, Jim Fouche Lane) for some Biltong and boerewors.
Dries van Der Walt, the head of Grey Rugby, organized our braai at Grey College. Give him a call if you want to do anything that involves the first team, like buy them to play for your Super15 team. We recommend you braai with the locals on a Saturday morning during rugby season. Consult the Grey College Website for upcoming events. There are built-in braais, its’ a great place. Waverley Manor (051 436 2782) can sort you out with accommodation for the evening when in Bloemfontein. A very warm and friendly place, perfect if you are away from home for a few days.
Segment 2: Vredefort Dome
We recommend you get a guide when visiting Vredefort Dome as the World Heritage Site building has been abandoned recently leaving the area without a central information point. As you could see in the TV show, Jan Fourie is a great guide (0828917163, email@example.com) and can arrange a day trip for you. We braaied at an ancient iron-age kraal in the late afternoon, something Jan (the tour guide) can set up. What we don’t recommend is the Blue Bull steaks that we braaied that day. It was covered in marinade and thus the meat literally steamed on the open fire. It tasted rubbish, not the sort of thing a respectable braaier engages in. Don’t buy this product from any butcher in any part of the country.
Segment 3: Potchefstroom
Amore Truter (PukFM Station manager) organized our braai on campus and should be able to sort you out if you want to do something similar. It’s a great radio station with equally great people who work for it, special mention going to Bianca van Aardt who showed us around campus and interviewed Jan for the station. You will still hear a lot more of Bianca in future. The band at the braai is called Ekhouvanjouokay, visit their website for details on how to book them or to download their free EP.
Kameelhout Boerewors rolls were provided by Vision meat (www.visionmeat.co.za) for the braai on campus. They are based out in Klerksdorp, so if you need something closer just visit the main student cafeteria on campus (next to PukFM) where you can buy everything required for a braai, like meat and wood.
Akkerlaan Guesthouse (018 293 1213, www.akkerlaan.co.za) provided us with accommodation while in Potchefstroom and is highly recommended.
Segment 4: Soweto
We used the friendly people at Themba Tours (www.sowetotour.co.za, 011 463 3306) for our tour of Soweto, speak to Dirk and ask for Leonard and Ben as a guide team, they know the area well and can take you to all the braai spots.
We visited two braai places while in Soweto, Sakhumzi on Vilakazi Street and Muthwa bring-and-braai somewhere close-by. We recommend you tell Leonard that you want to visit both these places: Vilakazi street is a must in Soweto to view Mandela and Tutu’s houses and while you are here you might as well enjoy a braai next door to the Tutu house. Sakhumzi is catered towards tourists, not always a bad thing, whereas Muthwa is a 100% authentic township Chisa Nyama braai place. It is probably best to go to the latter with a local guide, although it must be said that we were greeted with nothing but kindness.
Segment 5: Blue Bulls
A pre-game braai at Loftus is a time-honoured tradition and in order to do so you must simply arrive about 2 – 3 hours before kick-off to set-up on the grass area next to the stadium – across from the old Sin Bin building. Most of the people there prefer to braai with gas, but there were also some wood and charcoal fires. Unfortunately I can’t give you Kurt Darren’s details, but we do recommend that you listen to ‘Kaptein’ when braaing at Loftus. For your meat requirements look no further that Uitkyk Butchery (firstname.lastname@example.org, 012 8043280) who gave us memorable chicken sosaties, cheese grillers and boerewors. Tickets to the games can be purchased directly from the Blue Bulls rugby union (www.bluebulls.co.za) or Computicket. We spent the night in Pretoria at Castello De Monti (012 460 6739, www.castello.co.za), a 5-star guesthouse in Waterkloof ridge.
- The awesome Isuzu bakkies we drove in was supplied by Barloworld Bruma.
- Freddy Hirsch was responsible for liaising with all the local butcheries that provided us with meat.
- Klipdrift is the official drink of any real man at a braai and made sure that we could always make ourselves at home, and keep our throats wet.
- All of the clothes worn by me (Jan Braai) on the show can be purchased at Cape Union Mart, and is good quality for money for any traveller, or braaier.