Next Event: Saturday, 26 November 2011
Time: 12:00 for 12:30 pm
Venue: Casa Labia Cafe and Cultural Centre

Join Alex Perry, Time’s Africa Bureau Chief for the launch of Lifeblood – How to Change the World, one Dead Mosquito at a Time at the grand and glamorous Casa Labia, Muizenberg. Mosquito nets not necessary!



Lifeblood- How to Change the World One Dead Mosquito at a Time

by Alex Perry

This little gem of a book heartens by showing how eagerly an array of American billionaires, including Bill Gates and the New Jersey investor Ray Chambers (the book’s protagonist), are using concepts of efficient management to improve the rest of the world. Lifeblood nominally chronicles the global effort to eradicate malaria, but it is really about changes that Mr. Chambers, Mr. Gates and others are bringing to the chronically mismanaged system of foreign aid, especially in Africa.
The new philanthropists have realized, however, that money alone wasn’t helping. Much foreign aid can simply be stolen by corrupt third-world bureaucrats.
Enter Mr. Chambers. He gave millions, it was true, but his genius was in “ uniting political leadership, business leadership and the media.”
When Mr. Chambers, searching for a new challenge, discovered the antimalaria movement about five years ago, he found an effort in disarray. Few  appreciate how devastating malaria is to the third world. AIDS gets more press, but malaria — and, to a lesser extent, tuberculosis — have also killed huge numbers of Africans and crippled development efforts.
Clearly, malaria is far easier to combat than, say, AIDS. Rates can be cut at least in half by something as simple as handing out pesticide-laden nets for people to place over their beds. In the late 1990s, Exxon Mobil, which has vast operations in Africa, became the first major company to announce widespread efforts to combat the disease, after finding that it was devastating the productivity of the company’s workers.
Mr. Perry tells the story of how Mr. Chambers united diverse organisations, brought in the White House to hold antimalaria conferences and then rallied the media. 
“Ray approaches social issues like a C.E.O. approaches a company,” one aide tells Mr. Perry. “He breaks it down into supply chains, investment decisions, sales and marketing, accountancy.” Mr. Chambers was so effective that he was named a United Nations special envoy for malaria eradication. He set a goal: to eliminate malaria by 2015. Then he hired a small team of corporate and aid veterans to buy and distribute millions of mosquito nets to the seven African countries hit hardest by the disease.
It’s hard to say which was tougher: herding thousands of bureaucrats toward a single goal or getting all those nets into the hands of so many of the poor, especially in remote areas of Congo, Nigeria and what is now South Sudan. Though the campaign did not meet its every goal, it proved astoundingly successful. Nearly 300 million nets were distributed. Where the nets were used, malaria rates fell like a stone.
Lifeblood has an important story to tell, and Mr. Perry tells it with precision and gusto. The book opens and closes with a visit to Apac, a Ugandan village at the heart of “the most malarious place on earth,” as Mr. Perry calls it. Before the Chambers-led drive, Apac was a ghost town, and the only residents on its streets, the book says, were three naked, staggering “zombies” suffering from malarial brain damage. Afterward, well, let us just say the transformation is as dramatic as anything you will read in fiction.

Exerpted from the New York Times

Buy Online: Lifeblood- How to Change the World One Dead Mosquito at a Time by Alex Perry

Welcome Drink

Casa Labia Cafe’s Blooming good fruit punch!

Menu

Judy Badenhorst’s Menu:

*Caramelised onion, spinach and Gorgonzola tarts with rocket salad.

*Herb-crusted fish on lentils with crispy red onion, baby beans and grilled baby tomatoes.

*Vegetarian: Gorgonzola, Fontina, Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses layered with fresh tomatoes and polenta. Served in rounds with tomato concasse, rocket and shaved Parmesan.

*Strawberry sorbet in a tuile basket on orange flavoured custard, with strawberries and blueberries.

*Tea/coffee to your account.

Wines

Kleinood Wines

The de Villiers family has left deep footprints in the history of the South African wine industry, and Kleinood and their Tamboerskloof wines are no exception. The French Huguenot, Jacob de Villiers, bought the wine farm Boschendal after immigrating to the Cape in 1688. In 2000 Gerard de Villiers, a direct descendant of Jacob, and his wife, Libby, found the piece of land that stole their hearts – complete with mountains, river and a pristine tract of indigenous forest. They renamed the farm Kleinood. Kleinood – something small and precious. This is exactly what Kleinood, nestled in the Blaauklippen Valley, means to the de Villiers family and precisely what it is – a small farm, very dear to their hearts, specializing in the production of only a Syrah based red wine, a small production of Viognier and De Boerin virgin olive oil. Drink in more: www.kleinood.com

*Kleinood Tamboerskloof Viognier 2011: A light straw coloured Viognier with apricot, white peach and jasmine flavours on the nose which mingle nicely with a full yet lively palate. Great minerality and spice round off this delicate wine’s exspression of it’s terroir.

*Kleinood Tamboerskloof Syrah 2007 : Dark ruby plum colour. Intense dark red berry flavours initially on the nose followed by hints of pepper, chocolate, spice and florals. Rich full entry on the palate with heaps of berry fruit flavours. Good complexity and integration of all flavours allowing fine elegant tannins to round off the wine.



A turn-of-the-century Venetian palazzo

Venue

Casa Labia Cafe and Cultural Centre

Park your gondola at Muizenberg station and walk the two minutes to the turn of the century Venetian palazzo – Casa Labia Cafe and Cultural Centre. You’ll be bowled over by the Ballroom and the Grand Dining Room where we’re seated. You’ll be bowled over by the opulence, the history, the silk wallpaper, the brocade curtains, the crystal chandeliers, by the Labia family paintings some as high as houses. Glass in hand catch the courtyard cascading from the Cafe, go into the garden overlooking the Muizenberg coastline. In the Casa Labia Cafe and Cultural Centre food consultant Judy Badenhorst seamlessly brings together the best of Italy and South Africa. Simple, sustainably produced, fresh and seasonal ingredients for a menu that sources only the best quality suppliers. Casa Labia Cafe is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am till 4pm.Wander through the house and gardens free of charge and visit the contemporary art gallery and AfricaNova boutique upstairs. Bear in mind that the grand Ballroom is perfect for corporate conferences and a wild wedding venue for happily-ever-afters. For more glamour and glory: www.casalabia.co.za

 

To Book

R225. Tania @ Casa Labia Café: 021 788 6062/6069 Monday – Sunday 10 am – 4 pm. Credit card details essential, 48-hour cancellation or be billed, no-shows will be billed. Vegetarians please place orders. Please note that a gratuity is not included and would be appreciated.

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Prizes

*Two signed copies of Lifeblood by Alex Perry (Picador Africa)

*Two R100 Wordsworth Books vouchers

*Two vouchers for tea-for-two at Casa Labia Café

*One night’s blissful Bed & Breakfast for two at Majeka House, Stellenbosch: “Nestled on a private garden estate in Stellenbosch Majeka House offers quiet luxury in lavishly appointed accommodation.”
For more: www.majekahouse.co.za

*Two Kleinood gift packs of one bottle wine and one bottle De Boerin extra-virgin olive oil.

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Relish - My Life on a Plate by Prue Leith
Quercus - Memoir
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remarkable gardens of south africa by Nini Bairnsfather Cloete
Quivertree Publications - Gardening
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Reports Before Daybreak by Brent Meersman
Umuzi - Historical fiction
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Reuben Cooks Local by Reuben Riffel
Quivertree Publications - Cookbook
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Reza's Indian Spice by Reza Mahammad
Penguin - Cookbook
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Rock Steady by Joanne Macgregor
Protea Book House - Children's fiction
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Roots, shoots & leaves by Bernadette le Roux
Sunbird Publishers - Cookbook
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Running with the Kenyans by Adharanand Finn
Faber and Faber - Non-fiction
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Season of Rains by Stephen Ellis
Jacana - Africa in world context
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Secret Revolution - Memoirs of a spy boss by Niel Barnard as told to Tobie Wiese
Tafelberg - Non-fiction
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She Left Me The Gun - My Mother's Life Before Me by Emma Brockes
faber and faber - Memoire
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Shooting Angels by Christopher Hope
Penguin Books - Fiction
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Sin, Sushi and Survival by Erla-Marie Diedericks
Zebra Press - Autobiography
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Sky Hawk by Gill Lewis
Oxford - Children's literature
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Slow Cooking by Australian Women's Weekly
ACP Books - Cookbook
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Sometimes there is a Void - Memoirs of an Outsider by Zakes Mda
Penguin - Autobiography
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South African Battles by Tim Couzens
Jonathan Ball - History
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Spy thrillers by Various
Various - Thrillers
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Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Simon & Schuster - Biography
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Stolen Souls by Stuart Neville
Harvill Secker - Crime fiction
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Strandveldfood - A West Coast Odyssey by Kobus van der Merwe & Jac De Villiers
Sunbird Publishers - Cookbook
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Style Icons - Top South African designers & their interiors by Paul Duncan
Struik Lifestyle - Interior design
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Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
Random House Struik - Spy story
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tashas by Natasha Sideris
Jonathan Ball Publishers - Cookbook
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Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
Random House Struik - Fiction
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Terroir The Cookbook by Michael Broughton
Struik Lifestyle - Classy cookbook
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The Accidental Ambassador - from Parliament to Patagonia by Tony Leon
Picador Africa - Memoir
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The Best of Bill by Bill Granger
Murdoch Books - Cookbook
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The Black Sash by Mary Burton
Jacana - Political
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The Black Sash by Mary Burton
Jacana - Political
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The Cambridge History of South African Literature by Editors David Attwell & Derek Attridge
Cambridge University Press - Non-fiction
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The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey
Faber and Faber - Fiction
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The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey
Faber and Faber - Fiction
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The Childhood of Jesus by JM Coetzee
Harvill Secker - Fiction
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The Cry of the Go-Away Bird by Andrea Eames
Random House Struik - Fiction
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The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith/JK Rowling
Sphere - Crime novel
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The Expats by Chris Pavone
Faber & Faber - Spy novel
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The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson
Bloomsbury - Fiction
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The Girl Savage by Katherine Rundell
Faber & Faber - Children's literature
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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Little Brown - Fanciful fiction
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The Great African Society by Hlumelo Biko
Jonathan Ball - Political
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The Great Escaper by Simon Pearson
Hodder & Stoughton - Adventurous non-fiction
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The Handsome Man's Deluxe Cafe by Alexander McCall Smith
Jonathan Ball Publishers - Fiction
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The Horologican by Mark Forsyth
Icon Books - Non-fiction
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The Housemaid's Daughter by Barbara Mutch
Jonathan Ball - Novel
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The Hungry Season - Feeding Southern African Cities by Leonie Joubert, photographs by Eric Miller
Picador Africa - Non-fcition
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The Killing Place by Tess Gerristen
Transworld Publishers - Thriller
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The King's Speech by Mark Logue & Peter Conradi
Quercus - Non-fiction
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The Lady in Gold by Anne-Marie O'Connor
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The last Afrikaner leaders by Hermann Gililiomee
Tafelberg - Political
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The Last Minute by Jeff Abbott
Sphere - Thriller
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The Lazarus Effect by HJ Golakai
Kwela - Crime
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The Lodger by Louisa Treger
Thomas Dunne Books - Fiction
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The Men who would not March by David Thomas
Print Matters Heritage - Anglo-Boer war history
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The Miracle of Crocodile Flats by Jenny Hobbs
Umuzi - Affectionate satire
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The Miracle of Crocodile Flats by Jenny Hobbs
Umuzi - Affectionate satire
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The Missing Rose by Serdar Ozkan
Random House Struik - Fiction
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The Real Meal Revolution - Change the world one meal at a time by Prof Tim Noakes, Sally-Ann Creed, Jonno Proudfoot, David Grier.
Quivertree Publications - Low carb, high fat eating plan
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The Red House by Mark Haddon
Random House Struik - Fiction
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The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
Random House Struik - Fiction
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The Shadow World Inside the Global Arms Trade by Andrew Feinstein
Jonathan Ball - Political
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The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
Umuzi - Speculative fiction
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The South African What Flower is That by Kristo Pienaar and Gideon F Smith
Random Struik - Botanical
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The Trigger - Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the Wolrd to War by Tim Butcher
Chatto & Windus - History/Travel
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The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War by Tim Butcher
Chatto & Windus - History/Travel
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The Verwoerd Who Toyi-Toyied by Melanie Verwoerd
Tafelberg - Memoir
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The Wreckage by Michael Robotham
Sphere - Thriller
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The Youngster series by Edited by Mandy Wiener
Picador Africa - Raw, modern life in Africa
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Thoughts on the new South Africa by Neville Alexander
Jacana - Political
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Three books for holiday reading by Three authors
Three publishers - Fiction & non-fiction
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Trackers by Deon Meyer
Hodder & Stoughton - Thriller
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Tutu - The Authorised Portrait by Allister Sparks & Mpho Tutu
Macmillan - Biography
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Uber(w)unden - Art in Troubled Times by Edited by Lien Heidenreich-Selem and Sean O'Toole
Goethe-Instuitut, Jacana - Essays
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Vanished by Liza Marklund
Bantam Press - Crime novel
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Veld, Vlei & Rose Gardens by Sheenagh Harris & Jacqueline Kalley
- Gardening
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Visual Century - South African Art in Context by Editors: Jillian Carman, Lize van Robbroeck, Mario Pissarra, Thembinkosi Goniwe, Mandisi Majavu
Wits University Press - Art overview
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Voices from the forest by Tony Dold & Michelle Cox
Jacana - Botanical/sociological
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Vumile and the Dragon by Claerwen Howie
Bumble Books - Read to a child on your lap
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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
Serpent's Tail - Fiction
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What Hidden Lies by Michele Rowe
Penguin Books - Crime novel
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What to Cook & How to Cook it by Jane Hornby
Phaidon - Food
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What's gone wrong? by Alex Boraine
Jonathan Ball - Political
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What's Gone Wrong? On the brink of a failed state by Alex Boraine
Jonathan Ball - Punchy political
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What's So Funny by Andy Mason
Double Storey - A study of cartooning
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When God Was A Rabbit by Sarah Winman
Headline Review - Fiction
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Where Chefs Eat - A Guide to Chef's Favourite Restaurants by A compendium
Phaidon - Food
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Where Men Win Glory/ Russell Booky Wook 2 - This Time it's Personal by Jon Krakauer/ Russell Brand
Random House/ Harper & Collins - Bioigraph/Autobiography
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Where's the Chicken? Making South Africa Safe by John Cartwright and Clifford Shearing
Mercury - Non-fiction
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Where's the Chicken? Making South Africa Safe by John Cartwright and Clifford Shearing
Mercury - Non-fiction
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Wineries of the Cape by Lindsaye McGregor & Erica Moodie
Sunbird Publishers - Great guidebook to our wineries
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Wired - Contemporary Zulu Telephone Wire Baskets by David Arment & Marisa Fick-Jordan
David Krut - Local art form
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Worlds in One Country by Denis Hirson
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Young Blood by Sifiso Mzobe
Kwela - Fiction
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Zuma Exposed by Adriaan Basson
Jonathan Ball - Political biography
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