Limpopo Tourism and Parks hosts Potjiekos Competition

Jun 20, 2011
Phalaborwa-Limpopo Wildlife Resorts (LWR), a business wing of Limpopo Tourism and Parks (LTP), hosted a Potjiekos Competition on Saturday the 11th June 2011 at Shonalanga Wildlife Resort just outside Phalaborwa. In total, 23 teams entered for the competition and each team comprised four members. There had to be a winner at the end of the day and Crane Tech were announced the winners of the competition. Shonalanga Wildlife Resort, located just at the banks of the Olifants River, gives one a perfect view of wild game due to the resort’s proximity to the Kruger National Park.

In his address to the participants, Mr. Fixon Hlungwani, who represented the Limpopo Tourism and Parks, stated that it is important for the community of Phalaborwa to use the resort any time they had activities of that nature. “I wish to thank all of you for your participation in the Potjiekos Competition, especially Ms. Elsie Kruger and Ms. Marie Vogel who both collaborated with the resort general Manager, Mr. January Makamu, for the success of this event. While we only emerged with one winner, for us everyone has been a winner”, said Hlungwani.

Ms. Elsie Kruger, the co-organiser of the event, thanked Limpopo Tourism and Parks and stated that everything gained from the competition, that is, money from ticket sales for the competition, would be channeled towards charity organisations. There are many people in and around Phalaborwa both black and white that are struggling to make ends meet and we felt that it is our responsibility to make a contribution because most of them do not receive any assistance from government. Our wish is to also extend assistance to the SPCA to buy food for the animals”, emphasised Kruger. She said that they will continue to work with LTP and Shonalanga Resort in particular, on several upcoming projects lined up until the end of the year. 

The first prize winners received a voucher for a weekend for four at any of the LWR (Limpopo Wildlife Resorts), the second prize was a R500 Pick ‘n Pay grocery voucher, the third prize was a Biltong Hamper and the fourth prize was a sung gun.

Potjikos originated with the Voortrekkers, evolving as a stew made of venison and vegetables (if available), cooked in the potjie on ground fire. As trekkers shot wild game, it was added to the pot. The large bones were included to thicken the stew. Each day when the wagons stopped, the pot was placed over a fire to simmer. New bones replaced old and fresh meat replaced meat eaten. Game included venison, poultry such as guinea fowl, wart hog, rabbit and hare.

This is a very important heritage that we in South Africa are very proud of and will continue to cherish as unique to us. The event was a good example of our diverse nature as a nation. We encourage other members of the society to use the LWR resorts which are more accessible and affordable yet not compromising on the standard. Activities such as these, contribute enormously domestic tourism in the province LTP will continue with its drive to ensure that our people traverse their province.

From left to right: Fixon Hlungwani, Marie Vogel, Elsie Kruger, Luke Mulder, Chris  Prinsloo, Dan Kock, Rupert  Goss and January Makamo


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