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Decadent Maca Chocolate Cake

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 325°F. Coat bottom and sides of a 9-inch spring-form pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle with cocoa; tap out excess.

Step 2

Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Cook, stirring occasionally, until melted and smooth. Remove bowl from top of pan; let chocolate cool to room temperature.

Step 3

Place sugar in bowl of a food processor; process until finely ground. Reserve 1 tablespoon ground sugar.

Step 4

Beat butter and remaining ground sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add yolks, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Using a rubber spatula, fold melted chocolate into yolk mixture. Fold in flour, maca powder, and salt.

Step 5

Using clean, dry beaters, beat egg whites and cream of tartar on medium speed until foamy, about 1 minute. Increase speed to high and beat until medium peaks form. Stir 1/4 egg white mixture into chocolate mixture. Gently fold in remaining egg white mixture. Scrape batter into prepared pan; smooth top. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cake cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Run a knife around edge of pan to loosen cake; remove sides of pan. Let cake cool completely on wire rack, about 30 minutes. Sprinkle reserved 1 tablespoon ground sugar over top of cake; serve at room temperature.

News24.com | SABC board chair steps down from Zuma’s wife’s foundation

Cape Town – New SABC board chairperson Bongumusa Makhathini has stepped down from his role as chairperson of the Bongi Ngema-Zuma Foundation.

Makhathini was appointed as SABC board chairperson on Tuesday by President Jacob Zuma, more than a month after Parliament’s approval of candidates.

Eleven others were also appointed to non-executive board positions, including deputy chairperson Febe Potgieter-Gqubule.

Makhathini told News24 on Wednesday that he resigned from the position this morning, after receiving his appointment letter at 16:00 on Tuesday.

He chose to resign from his role at the non-government organization following perceptions that it would serve as a conflict of interest, and wanted to erase doubt in the mind of the public.

He wanted people to focus on his credentials and his work going forward, rather than perception of possible political connections through a foundation that handles diabetes awareness.

The Broadcasting, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers Union (Bemawu) on Tuesday called on Makhathini to step down from the foundation to ensure there was no conflict of interest.

Concerns about Zuma connection

The DA and Bemawu raised concerns on Tuesday about the politically connected chairperson and deputy chairperson of the board.

READ: Concerns about Zuma connections of SABC board chair, deputy

Potgieter-Gqubule was chief of staff for ANC presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma when she headed the African Union Commission.

Her name also appears on some slates for the ANC’s top six to be elected at the party’s conference in December.

Shortly after the SABC board announcement, Zuma also announced another Cabinet reshuffle.

Minister Ayanda Dlodlo was shifted from communications to the home affairs portfolio, with energy minister Mmamoloko Kubayi replacing her.

Health24.com | Paramedic on red zones: ‘They started stoning us and the ambulance’

South African paramedics do their utmost to uphold the high standards required not only by their superiors and international health organisations, but by themselves as well. But the grim challenges they have to face during the course of an average day make it a daunting task. 

The time window of care between a traumatic event and receiving hospital care plays a major part in saving people’s lives, but when paramedics need to worry about their own safety while concentrating on saving someone’s life, things become a lot more difficult.

Recently, an ambulance was involved in an ambush after being called out to a “red zone” – an area classified as a high crime area – and even though they had a police escort, there was a shootout, and a police officer needed to be taken to hospital.

Mob justice

Melanie Sellar, 27, is an Emergency Care Technician (ECT) and operates in most parts of the Cape Peninsula, but especially in areas like Du Noon informal settlement, Hanover Park, Bonteheuwel, Kensington, Milnerton and Cape Town CBD.

Sellar first qualified as a Basic Life Supporter (BLS) in 2009 and her first experience with violence on duty was when she was in student training.

“The patient was assaulted by the community in Gugulethu and as we were busy treating and loading him, angry community members felt we should have left him so they could finish him off.

“They started stoning us and the ambulance. Luckily, we could flee the scene with only minor scratches and bruises,” said Sellar.

Paramedics are constantly in fear of their own safety when going into high crime and high-risk areas, especially while working at night or doing the graveyard shift.

Going into the red zones

Sellar and her partner experienced another incident while waiting to be escorted into a red zone.

“Out of a dark passage, two guys appeared and jumped onto the tow bar at the back of the ambulance, thinking my partner and I didn’t see them.

“Adrenaline coursing through my body, I didn’t know what to expect, so I started moving forward and picked up speed. My partner had been with me for the past three years, so he knew me well and knew he should hold on because I then stepped on the brakes.

“All we heard were some bangs against the doors and the two guys jumping off swearing and waving sharp objects at us as we sped off. We went straight to the police station to get a proper escort,” explained Sellar.

She added that incidences like these are what ambulance personnel face on a daily basis, and even more so on the Cape Flats, in gang-infested communities and townships.

While the picture is grim and many people wouldn’t want to continue putting their own lives at risk to save others, Sellar has a different outlook.

“Surely, it’s about serving the community and helping people, while doing our utmost to preserve life. I grew up in EMS and always admired my father, who is a Rescue Technician. All I ever wanted was to be like him,” said Sellar.

‘I gave my all’

When on duty Sellar regularly experiences many different incidences of trauma, and sometimes she and her colleagues aren’t able to save someone, due to the extent of their trauma.

“Sometimes it’s impossible to stabilise and preserve life, and as hard as it may be, you have to step back and say that you gave it your all. It’s no use beating yourself up, when you know you didn’t just stand there and watch. I tried and gave it my best,” said Sellar.

Cherished moments

Every trauma isn’t all doom and gloom. Sellar has helped many people, young and old, and these are the experiences she cherishes the most, even though she says it’s hard to pin-point one memorable moment.

“Whenever I have assisted with delivering a baby in the back of my ambulance or inside a home, it usually makes my day. That moment of joy and happiness when that baby gives its first cry as it enters the world is always phenomenal.

“But I also love treating geriatric patients. Sometimes all they want is company, someone to drink tea with and to reassure them. Sometimes they just need to hear they will be fine, because many of them are alone, without children or families – and it won’t hurt to spend a few minutes listening to them listening to their wisdom and stories.

“It’s these little things that make my heart smile, knowing I made a person’s day a little better,” said Sellar.

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Who Tried It: Emily Strohm, PEOPLE Senior Writer

Level of Difficulty: 8/10 This class is a challenge from start to finish! I was dripping in sweat and my muscles were on fire, but the beauty of it is that you can go at your own pace. And NO prior boxing experience needed!

When I heard that Rumble boxing was the best workout in the Big Apple, I decided to try it out for myself. Plus, David and Brooklyn Beckham, Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin are just a few of Rumble’s A-list members, so I was ready to give it a shot. Just in case I needed back up, I brought along two of my People Magazine colleagues, Janine Rayford Rubinstein and Kaitlyn Frey to help test it out.

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