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Tourism’s Culinary Dedication in Honour of Albertina Sisulu’s Legacy
Tourism’s Culinary Dedication in Honour of Albertina Sisulu’s Legacy
CAPE TOWN – The Department of Tourism launched its #MaSisulu100 Cook Book today, inviting the nation to share in celebrating the life and legacy of Albertina Sisulu with a unique culinary collection of recipes compiled by beneficiaries of its National Youth Chefs Training Programme (NYCTP). 

Inspired by the stalwarts life as an activist, leader and much loved mother of the nation, twelve NYCTP chefs contributed signature dishes to compile a 20-page e-cook book and limited print edition in honour of Ma’ Albertina Sisulu.

Speaking during a televised broadcast of the launch of the #MaSisulu100 Cook Book, department spokesperson Blessing Manale said the centennial celebrations of both former President Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu provided the nation with a moment to reflect on the gains of democracy that are often taken for granted. 

“This year’s centenary celebrations created a platform for a heightened focus on the value of the gains of our democracy, that could have only been achieved though the immeasurable struggle and sacrifice of our leaders.”   

“The compilation of the #MaSisulu100 Cook Book gave us a unique opportunity to rally the youth in tourism to celebrate their political and historical heritage from a culinary perspective, and to remind them of our stalwart’s relevance in their lives as they tap into the rewards of democracy through opportunities such as the NYCTP,” said Manale.

The televised launch of the #MaSisulu100 Cook Book featured a cooking demonstration of a recipe contributed by NYCTP Chef Tshegofatso Seripe. Inspired by MaSisulu’s nurturing spirit, Chef Tshegofatso stated that she hoped her recipe would prepared and enjoyed in the essence that is synonymous of the stalwart’s charisma. 

“My signature dish of Mabele a Ting and Morogo Tart was inspired by MaSisulu’s kind, and nurturing persona.”

“She was passionate about ensuring that people had access to education and other opportunities. I believe this side of her character brought her family, and those around her, great comfort during those hard times.

“My dish is delicious and nutritious. It has all the elements of comfort food that will appease and nurture your soul, it is a must have for every cook,  chef  and restaurateur wanting to offer a new taste for diners  and  private guests”

“I hope that everyone who prepares our #MaSisulu100 recipes will feel the essence of MaSisulu’s spirit as they share the dishes with friends and family,” said Seripe.

The creation and design of the #MaSisulu100 Cook Book was conducted solely by the youth. Manale added that it was important to have the initiative driven by the youth to foster a greater appreciation of the gains of freedom, especially as 2019 will mark South Africa’s 25th year of Democracy. 

“This recipe book is special. It is an authentic token of appreciation of MaSisulu’s contribution to our heritage by the youth in tourism.”

“We take pride in our food and culinary history as an integral part of our heritage, diversity and tradition.” 

“When we combine travel with our unique edible experiences, culinary tourism offers an authentic taste of place, and becomes a central facet to a tourist’s experience.  “We are proud to celebrate the life of MaSisulu, a woman of fortitude, with this melting pot of aromas and textures – that offers a multi-sensory experience that reflects the heart and passion of this giant colossus of our liberation struggle ” added Manale.

A limited collection The #MaSisulu100 Cook Book is available for the public to access and download from the Department’s website on www.tourism.gov.za.

Enquiries: 

Mr. Blessing Manale
Chief Director: Communications and Departmental Spokesperson
Department of Tourism
Tel: +27 (0)12 444 6607
Cell: +27 (0)66 487 8867