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South Africa Tourism Awards

Type: Experience
Category: Unique Experience

Motivation for award: “Eunice is a former restaurateur and successful author and publisher in South Africa. She has now physically segmented her renowned cookbook, SOUTH AFRICAN CULINARY HERITATGE and these gastronomic gems are now presented through her culinary storytelling tourist experience. She is the founder and owner of Book Tourism, an imprint of CEM Publishers, an independent publishing house. Book Tourism is a South African registered company that she founded and established in 2017 with her daughter, Mothei Makhetha. The objective of this ambitious, yet humble venture is to preserve South African heritage through book publishing, and to promote tourism through authentic storytelling, offering the published books as part of the tourists’ travel packages.’’ Christo Wolmarans Johannesburg South Africa The recipes in the book are inspired by the many tables I served, interacting with tourist from different countries in Africa. The core of my conversations however, were inspired by personal circumstances. It began with a letter my daughter had written to me. The pinnacle of my conversations, on the other hand, were held primarily with my mother after personal circumstances returning to my home in Moletsane, Soweto. The chats with my mother took place over a period of two years before her passing. The dialogues skilled me in talking through complex and painful situations, using the dinner tables and family meals as conducive platforms for healthy discussions. The company has published twenty-four titles by fourteen independent authors. One of these, Thembeka Cynthia Sesi from Dobsonville, Soweto, won the PanSALB Award for 2016-2017 in the indigenous languages category for an isiXhosa language anthology. The other, Re Hatela Pele Ka Puo Ya Sesotho has been selected for listing on UN SDG Book Club African Chapter. The book club aims to use books as a tool to encourage children ages 6-12 to interact with the principles of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through accurate reading list of books from around the African continent related to each of the 17 SDGs. Twelve of the twenty-four published titles are listed in the Gauteng Department of Education and Training’s Learner Teacher Study Material catalogue as library resources.

Region: Gauteng / Gauteng

Culinary Storytelling

A South African Culinary Story

CULINARY STORYTELLING is a unique interactive African dining experience at distinctive culinary destinations. It encompasses South African food culture, music, and dance hosted by myself Eunice Rakhale-Molefe, a former restaurateur and cook book author. The package includes a book handout published and written by the host. THE BOOK SOUTH AFRICAN CULINARY HERITAGE, is about local food history and traditions interlaced with family conversations. It illustrates the culinary diversity of Southern African cuisine and some neighbouring countries, comparing the similarities and unique palatable heritages thereof. Written in a conversational style, the book is a handy culinary compilation which will bestow the reader with explorations regarding local African lifestyles history, art, clothing, music and perhaps even some song and dance. The recipes were handed down and collected over a period of time that I spent with my mother in Moletsane Soweto just before her passing. For tourists visiting these African countries – possessing a diversity of ethnic cultures, it is a worthy read regarding heritage and of-course African cuisine. A guide which should be included in any tourist’s travel pack and families.

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Zandi Vilakazi – 08.03.2022
I vote for Mme Eunice Molefe

Thoko Baloyi – 07.03.2022
I vote for Mrs Eunice Rakhale-Molefe

Nozipho Aretha Bohlela – 02.03.2022
Prior to the lockdown I met Eunice at Indaba Hotel while I was waiting to dine for lunch. As a young professional I intend to keep my culinary roots and her recipe book incorporated with story telling is the perfect guide to keep me grounded by maintaining my heritage cooking skills.

Clare-Rose Julius (Publisher @ Book Lingo) – 28.02.2022
I vote for Eunice Rakhale-Molefe. Passionate book publisher and extremely dedicated to the industry and her craft. Eunice deserves every praise and further support in publishing more books of heritage and cultural value.

Samsonn Masilo – 28.02.2022
I VOTE Me Unice Molefe, Her Kitchen and African Cuisines she makes are amazing and top of the range

John Kgabetli Mmekoa – 28.02.2022

Mary Brooks – 25.02.2022
I vote for Eunice Rakhale-Molefe.

Thokolo Jeffrey Maribe – 25.02.2022
Thank you so much to be nominated as book of tourism

Mandy Watson – 25.02.2022
I vote for Eunice Rakhale-Molefe of Book Tourism for her Culinary Storytelling. Her product is truly unique – as is Eunice. She cares passionately about sharing the information she has gathered over the years, all with the goal of retaining a legacy of traditional knowledge for many generations to come.

Fhatuwani Trevor Mulaudzi – 22.02.2022
I vote for Mrs Eunice Rakhale who successfully published 2 books I authored namely Environmental Practitioner Manual and African Sanitation and Toilet Dialogue. Her publishing skills are outstanding.

Amos Moses – 22.02.2022
She a gifted intelligent woman,very straightforward living with realistic aiming to improve the the lives of people and improving the country’s economy. She has got great knowledge and wisdom.

Aminah Makhetha – 21.02.2022
I vote for Eunice Molefe

Seabe Rampa – 21.02.2022
Eunice Molefe

Mothei Makhetha – 21.02.2022
I vote for Eunice Molefe

Kabelo Thibiri – 20.02.2022
I Vote for Mrs Eunice Molefe. Book tourism.

Nyadzani Ronald Masuwa – 20.02.2022
She is a hard working woman and woman like her lift the community and I salute her .

Thabile Mange – 20.02.2022
My vote goes to Rakhale-Molefe.

Khanyisa Ngobeni – 20.02.2022
I vote for Eunice Rakhale-Molefe

Fatuma Abdullah – 20.02.2022
Our heritage is our uniquness. Eunice is well deserving of the Nomination and Award.

Dr. Tshepo Mvulane Moloi – 19.02.2022
I vote for Ms. Eunice Rakhale-Molefe for this years South African Tourism Award because of her humbling consistency as an ambassador of South Africa in her two passions of culinary service and book publishing. In both of the latter categories, Ms. Rakhale has demonstrated great amount of detail, as a contributor in the interface between exhibiting South Africa’s traditional cuisine and South Africa’s challenging political history. On the strength of the latter, I submit that Ms. Eunice Rakhale qualifies to be a deserving winner, in this category.

Victor Rakhale – 18.02.2022
A dedicated and committed individual with a passion for what she does.

Eunice Rakhale-Molefe – 18.02.2022
Heritage and legacy building

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