Po­lice get cook­ing on Her­itage Day

Talk of the Town - - Church Notices - ROB KNOWLES

AL­THOUGH the weather has re­cently been un­pre­dictable, the sun played its part last Fri­day, and shone on the po­lice of­fi­cers of the SAPS lo­cal clus­ter when they met at the krantz in Port Al­fred to cel­e­brate Her­itage Day.

First of all, it was clear to any­one pass­ing the krantz that the peo­ple there were hav­ing a great time.

From im­promptu hand-to-hand tug ‘o war com­pe­ti­tions (where, mostly, the fe­male of­fi­cers held sway), to cho­ral singing, prais­ing God, the po­lice force and the peo­ple of South Africa.

The fes­tiv­i­ties also in­cluded a potjiekos com­pe­ti­tion, where the var­i­ous de­part­ments in the clus­ter or­gan­ised a potjie of their choos­ing and pro­ceeded to cook to the best of the abil­ity to win the prize (a cer­tifi­cate).

There was also a prize of a bot­tle of sparkling wine to con­grat­u­late the team with the best spirit. Talk of the Town re­porter, Rob Knowles was asked to judge the potjies along with CPF mem­bers Butisi Booi and Ge­orge Gal­braith.

“It was a dif­fi­cult job to judge the potjies,” Booi said. “They were all so tasty.”

Gal­braith was equally im­pressed as he walked around the braai stands at the krantz. “This is fan­tas­tic, and look, they are mak­ing their potjies in lay­ers, just the way you’re sup­posed to,” he said.

Knowles said that, when he had fin­ished eat­ing he wouldn’t need any more food for a week.

All the time the judges were tas­ing the food, song and dance would break out without notice, and all teams would join in.

Even­tu­ally it was the team from Crime In­tel­li­gence that won the prize for the best potjie, al­though each one had its own unique flavours and ex­e­cuted well.

As for the best spirit on the day, that was even more dif­fi­cult to judge, and it was fi­nally down to a tie be­tween two teams, with Ne­mato sta­tion tak­ing it after a tense draw of the short­est stick.

“We must do this ev­ery year,” Port Al­fred sta­tion com­man­der, Colonel Lizette Zeelie, said.

“We need to learn to be able to re­lax some­times, and this is a great way to build team spirit.”

IN­TEL­LI­GENT SAPS: The SAPS In­tel­li­gence unit, to­gether with de­tec­tives, won the best spirit award at the SAPS Braai Day in cel­e­bra­tion of Her­itage day last Fri­day

Pic­tures: ROB KNOWLES

KEN­TON IS COOK­ING: Mem­bers of the Ken­ton clus­ter, from left, de­tec­tive sergeants Rod­well Ko­eries, and Jaques Scheep­ers, with cap­tain Cowen Can­non and de­tec­tive sergeant Sylvester Bees

WHO’S THE SCOT? Hav­ing a pos­si­ble iden­tity cri­sis at the SAPS Her­itage Day Braai, held at the krantz last Fri­day was Afro-Scot­tish Ir­ish­man, In­spec­tor Charl Hurn

THE TASTE THAT SAT­IS­FIES: Colonel No­siseko Nod­wala showed how to savour the de­lights of Nqom­bothi, tra­di­tional African beer, at the SAPS her­itage Day cel­e­bra­tions

BEAU­TI­FULLY PRE­SENTED: The food at the SAPS Her­itage Day cel­e­bra­tion at the Krantz last Fri­day was beau­ti­fully pre­pared and served, mak­ing judg­ing an ab­so­lute plea­sure

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