Library's Springday "gees" was definitely a winner this
year! With an original team of 2 (Elsabé Olivier and
Janice De Wee) which later expanded to 4 (Christelle
Steyn, and Una Mgwenya) the library's 1st ever Springday
potjiekos was arranged for the Library staff who
attended the day: Lebogang Raphadu, Sindy Hlabangwane,
Ivy Khangala, Goodwill Morige, Sello Kgwebane, Josiah
Lebelo, Edwin Maja, Maggie Moropane, Gloria Maripane
and Hilda Kriel. Elsabé supplied the curry chicken
recipe, and Janice her mother’s magic mix of masala and
curry herbs, Christelle was the mastermind behind the
decor and Una assisted with the rest of the
arrangements and together they managed to pull off an
exceptional fruity chicken curry potjie, with the
assistance of Elsabé's husband (the master in potjie-making)
which was entered for the Spingday potjiekos
competition. The highlight of the day was definitely the
visit of prof De La Rey at our table and everyone joined
her for the photograph!
we did not win the competition we definitely enjoyed the
day and learned to work together as a team to make a
success of the day. If we had to judge ourselves
"according the competition guidelines" we would
summarize the day as follows:
Originality of recipe:
Fruity Chicken curry potjie with a slight South African
Originality of recipe:
100% creative and original.
theme and décor:
Theme: Fruity Feathers. Decor: 2 tables decorated
with tablecloths with birds in Aafrican colours motif,
5 chickens, popcorn kernels, speckled eggs, fruits and
mealies with feathers, salted popcorn, caramalized
popcorn, stuffed eggs and candles and lamps and lots
more...(Thanks to Elsa Coertze for most of the props!)
and ambiance around the potjie (team spirit):
Library gees as you've never seen it before. The
organizing committee wore white tops and blue pants,
combined with feathery aprons, head pieces, feathery
earrings and anklets. Elsabé and her husband entertained
us with some dancing, Sindy led the Chicken choir and
the principal's visit to the stand kindled everyone's
spirit. Elsabé entertained the judges with her chicken
speech and the rest of the group did the chicken dance.
Creative presentation to judges:
A tray with salt and pepper chicken shakers, champagne
glass decorated with feathers filled with a lovely red
wine, the all important potjiekos in the centre and some
speckled eggs and a sweety pie to clean the palette
after judging (or dessert).
Culinary taste of potjie:
Excellent – according to the library staff!
This is what some of the attending library staff members
had to say about the Spring Day 2010:
Una Mgwenya: Well done to all and
thank you for your efforts. I guess sometimes it is not
all about winning but coming together as one
family just for the joy and the fun tops it all,
waar was jy? Thanks, it was worth every minute!
Well done everyone, it was excellent. I liked the fact
that the theme was relevant to the decorations and
everything, the chickens, feathers, fruits etc, it was
wonderful and people who came around the table commented
positively. I hope next year other staff members
will attend in numbers, because it brings us
together as one big family to enjoy and have fun. That
was the best way of creating a good-team spirit, just
imagine if we attend in numbers and all participate? I
think we can do better than this and even win the price.
I felt like I would have stayed longer but my Boy was
calling…., however next year we will enjoy this day (he
will be grown up) because it’s worth it.
I just want to thank you very much for all the efforts
and initiative you took to prepare for the wonderful and
unforgettable occasion of yesterday - you made us proud.
Yes, we did not win but surely we were outstanding. Not
forgetting to thank mr Le Roy Olivier for being that
super chef to us, it was great. Believe me or not, yes
we were few but we had fun. I think it is about time
that we start supporting activities that involve us all
in the library, surely we could have won only if there
was a good turn-up of staff members, other departments
of UP came in big numbers and that's how they managed
to win, surely we can. This is part of Team
Building and an opportunity to get to know each other
better - especially on a social level. I say a
big thank you to mr Le Roy Olivier - the potjiekos was
divine. In future we must pull-up our socks and work
together as a team "United we stand - divided we fall".
On Wednesday, 8th September 2010 UP organized a "Spring
Day" or I can say a mass party for its members in the UP
Sports ground. The venue was a chock-a block and the
food was plentiful. The sports ground looked like we
were at the "Pretoria show". The spring day has been
going on for many years at UP, but this year it was of
its own kind, instead of braai it was potjiekos. The
tables of each Department were decorated with different
colours. Each table was decorated according to the theme
the department have chosen. Our Library team's name was
"Fruity feathers". So you can imagine we had a delicious
chicken potjie. We had an experienced decor team (Elsabé,
Janice and Christelle) and we were spoiled for the day
as Elsabé had organised a "chef" for us.
Thanks for you to make us feel at home yesterday. I am grateful for the
time we have spent socializing and networking together.
I especially appreciate LeRoy for the good work he did
for us (potjie cooking). What a team...Again, thanks
to you, Janice and Christelle so much for all the good
work you did to put our library on the map. Viva “Fruity
feathers" for the good spirit!
Thanks to the team who participated and who put our
department on the map and thanks to the sponsor.
Springday was fun! I was walking around spying on other
people’s tables – checking whether their tables were
better than ours. Our Fruity Feathers table was very
nice – especially the chickens, the mealies and popcorn
on the table. I was curious about the other people’s
potjiekos – there was only one other chickenpot, but
others had oxtail, lamb, fish, pork and homemade baked
bread. Our chicken- and vegetable potjie was very good
and I enjoyed attending. Wa was jy?
Spring day@UP - what a wonderful day: a day to
cherish and remember always and a day that forms
part of the UP-culture. This day brought UP personnel,
staff, students and their families together. To top it
all, it was a day where employee and employer relate
comradely. Yes, it was a wonderful and inspiring
experience to join our principal, Prof de la Ray in the
fun walk/run – “BIG THANK YOU Prof for the invite.”
Hope leaders from other departments and units of UP will
agree with me when I think this was another successful
form of ‘TEAM BUILDING’ efforts. The ‘POTJIE-KOMPETISIE’
jammer nie almal kon deelneem nie! I see this as a
way of breaking those culture barriers and a ‘COOL’ way
of getting to know and understand our diverse cultures
and practices. Let’s keep it up!
Hopefully next year UP will consider starting the events
early to give some of us the chance to celebrate the day
to the end. Prof De la Ray, we really looked stunning in
the T-shirts. THANK YOU!
Thank you all for a wonderful experience, we had fun,
that’s for sure!