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Val de Vie Magazine

AFRICAN BUSINESS The right place at the right time Life worth loving

A CHAMPAGNE LIFE The top restaurants, wines, shows, gadgets and fashion of 2013



A look at Dr Mamphela Ramphele

Secrets to bringing up a successful child



How to make your portfolio more green


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AFRICAN BUSINESS The right place at the right time Life worth loving

A CHAMPAGNE LIFE The top restaurants, wines, shows, gadgets and fashion of 2013



A look at Dr Mamphela Ramphele

Secrets to bringing up a successful child



How to make your portfolio more green

On the cover Tanya van Graan Photography Johan Wilke Styling Isabella Niehaus Hair and makeup Luciano Dos Santos Editorial Cathy Lund Ryk Neethling Janette Griesel Ania Rokita Contributors Alex Eliseev Ann Ellis Brown Glynis Horning Kevin McCallum Sipho Hlongwane Thandanani Mhlanga Val de Vie marketing director Ryk Neethling Advertising sales Janette Griesel Design and production MPDPS (PTY) Ltd Repro Tim Lake Printing Creda Communications Val de Vie Magazine is published for Val de Vie Estate Elements Management (PTY) Ltd Val de Vie Estate R301/Jan Van Riebeeck Drive Paarl 7647 South Africa Contact Tel +27 (0)21 863 6100 Fax +27 (0)21 863 2741 Email Web

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4 Welcome to the valley of life 6 Meet some of our talent 8 Performing arts 11 You can’t live without… 14 To di(n)e for 16 Do you speak Champagne? 18 South African wines: eastwards and upwards 20 Entertain at home like a pro 26 Philip Green: a sustainable investment 29 Dreamer or superwoman? 35 This is Africa 38 Is art really an expert investment? 45 Estate living 49 Colour me green 50 Brad Pitt quits his day job 53 Tech news 57 Parenting success 62 No ordinary day 68 Road to Rio 72 Roar of ages 76 Stylish living 84 Beautiful being 86 Events: Ryk’s birthday celebration;



Die Burger KersFEES; Kia Mountain Bike Challenge; Bubbly Sundays; BlackBerry Pink Polo; Veuve Clicquot Masters 2013

96 Things that go grump in the night

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in an electronic system or transmitted in any form or by any means electronic, digital or mechanical, including scanning, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the written permission of the publisher and copyright owners as featured.


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‘The diverse offering


at Val de Vie has had a positive bearing on sales and was a prime factor in us winning the above award. It is still a relatively young development


that, despite tough economic conditions, has managed to attract attention and investment, with more than 90% of stands already sold’ – Martin Venter, founder and executive

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Welcome to the valley of life I was immediately


ravelling abroad always reminds me of what a special place we live in. The only thing more beautiful than our landscape is the people who inhabit it. I am always grateful when I return – and I’m

especially grateful when I return home to Val de Vie.

struck by the

When I arrived here for my interview for Val de Vie magazine’s first issue in 2008, I was immediately struck by the uninhibited beauty that surround the estate, its sense of space and the quiet it affords.

uninhibited beauty

It was especially rewarding when my initial feelings were recognised recently by the International Property Awards, and Val de Vie was awarded best multiple-unit development in South Africa at a

that surround the

prestigious awards ceremony in Dubai. It was a testament to the vision of developer Martin Venter and excellent management.

estate, its sense

It’s with great pride that I bring you this, our sixth edition of Val de Vie magazine. As editor and marketing director of Val de Vie Estate, I wanted to feature and highlight the individuals, groups and

of space and the

places that make the Western Cape – and specifically the winelands – a unique home and destination for people all over the world. Our talented team has put together exactly that, with in-depth profiles

quiet it affords

on thought leaders and influencers, including Dr Mamphela Ramphele and Sentebale chairman (and Val de Vie resident) Philip Green. We look at the success of South African wine in China and investment opportunities in art and property, and traverse the history of the Franschhoek Motor Museum, just around the corner from us. I invite you to sit back, pour a glass of Shiraz, and enjoy the read. And I hope to see you at the estate sometime soon.


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Meet some of our talent

Ann Ellis Brown is a past editor

Alex Eliseev is an award-winning

Glynis Horning is an award-winning

of Property magazine. She is the author

hard-news journalist who has reported

writer and editor who has written on

of a beginners’ guide to golf for women,

from countries such as Haiti, Japan and

everything from Aids murder to cyber

The Fair Way (published by Struik Oshun)

Libya. Currently an Eyewitness News

medicine. Assignments have taken her

and the chapter on Pam Golding in South

reporter, he’s worked for South Africa’s

from the back streets of apartheid-era

Africa’s Greatest Entrepreneurs (published

top newspapers, including The Star and

townships to backstage at theatres in

by the Gordon Institute of Business

Sunday Times. Alex also writes for magazines

London and bungee jumping off a cliff

Science). She is currently the deputy

and online publications (Daily Maverick),

in Mexico. She has worked as a news

editor of Cosmopolitan magazine.

and is a contributing author to two books,

and features writer, arts critic, columnist

Photo: Alfred Lor

Go Home Or Die Here and Troublemakers.

and leader writer.

Thandanani Mhlanga is a

Kevin McCallum has been the chief sports

Sipho Hlongwane is an award-

Cape Town-based journalist

writer at The Star since 2000. His first big

winning columnist and social-media

and writer who has worked

event was the 2000 Paralympics in Sydney,

starlet (you can follow him on Twitter

for Independent Newspapers

and since then he’s covered four Paralympics,

@comradesipho). He writes primarily

and written for Kwela Books’

three Olympics, two Commonwealth Games,

for the Daily Maverick but has written

romance imprint, Sapphire

two Cricket World Cups, three Rugby World

columns for The Big Issue, Mail

Press, under the pseudonym

Cups and two FIFA World Cups, and watched

& Guardian’s Thought Leader blog

Nani Khabako. She is currently

the last three stages of the Tour de France,

and Cosmopolitan magazine. In 2011

a features writer at Associated

which he likes to tell anyone who will ask

he was named one of Mail & Guardian’s

Media Publishing.

him. Along the way he has been named the

Top 200 Young South Africans

SAB Media Awards South African Sports Journalist of the Year, has won columnist of the year twice and last year took the New Media category for his online columns and obsessive tweeting. 6

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Performing arts The top five shows to catch during your travels this year Words by Thandanani Mhlanga

COUTRYWIDE, SOUTH AFRICA: THE AFRICAN PASSION With 18 professional performers, six musicians and a 60-strong community choir, this opera is set to be a visual and musical spectacular. It’s The Passion Of The Christ done in African-gospel style, with music composition by award winner Phelelani Mnomiya, Anthony Govender of Destiny Music and the Young Mbazo (grandchildren of the Ladysmith Black Mambazo). Also featuring is Bonginkhosi ‘Faca’ Kulu (The Lion King in New York) as Jesus, Natalia da Rocha as his mother Mary and Afro-soul queen Sharon Dee as Mary Magadalene. WHEN/WHERE In March and April at the Umlazi Oasis Fellowship Centre in Durban, the Opera House in Port Elizabeth, the Baxter Theatre Centre in Cape Town, the Soweto Theatre in Johannesburg and the Mmabatho Civic Centre in Mmabatho TICKETS

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: LUCKY GUY Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks makes his Broadway debut in the world premiere of Nora Ephron’s play, which will be directed by two-time Tony Award winner George C Wolfe. It tells the story of controversial columnist Mike McAlary, whose meteoric rise, fall and another rise ended with his coverage of the Abner Louima case, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize, before his death on Christmas Day in 1998. Historical perspective and commentary are given via the dramatisation of the life of one of the most popular tabloid-newspaper writers in New York history, in what will make for fascinating viewing. WHEN/WHERE 1 April to 16 June at Broadhurst Theatre, New York TICKETS


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TOKYO AND OSAKA, JAPAN: KABUKI The avant-garde spectacle of Kabuki theatre is a uniquely Japanese experience. The song, dance and drama mesh is known for its elaborately made-up performers, larger-thanlife characters and spontaneous audience participation unlike any in modern theatre. Described as ‘magical’ by those who’ve experienced it, Kabuki merges grand opera with Broadway musical and soap opera as performed dramatic or comedic scenarios. English speakers


are provided with an earphone guide (in selected

Brought to you by the Sydney Theatre Company,

theatres) and stories are explained beforehand.

one of the world’s most celebrated plays sparkles

by actors who take on multiple characters in

in the hands of two of Australia’s great actors, WHEN/WHERE Throughout the year

Hugo Weaving and Richard Roxburgh. This is

at various theatres in Tokyo and Osaka

director Tamás Ascher’s third interpretation of

TICKETS (where

Samuel Beckett’s absurdist show about characters

you’ll also find venues and schedules)

Vladimir and Estragon’s endless wait for the arrival of someone named Godot. Voted the most significant English-language play


of the 20th century in a poll by the Royal National Theatre in London, it delves into the complexities

This comedy by award-winning playwright Rich Orloff has been billed as ‘big

of the mundane, bleak and meaningless while

business meets the Marx Brothers’ Monkey Business’. Protagonist Victor, a ruthless

trusting the audience to extract its own meaning.

businessman, hires a young and naive graduate, Norman, whose decent approach

They say waiting by the side of a road, joking,

to business is at odds with his new employer’s. And so the stage is set for a battle

bickering and musing on the profound has never

of ideologies and a thorough probe into the nature of corporate America. The play

been more fun.

has been described as ‘an on-target skewering of the ethically murky cesspool among corporate America’s elite’ by The New York Times.

WHEN/WHERE 16 November to 14 December at the Sydney Theatre Company

WHEN/WHERE From 9 May at the English Theatre of Hamburg



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To di(n)e for Chances are pretty good that if you randomly stuck a pin into a map of the Cape Winelands, the nearest restaurant would rank among South Africa’s best. But why trust a pin when you have us? Here is our pick of five of the best restaurants in the area. Words by Rebekah Kendal

Pierneef à La Motte Pierneef à La Motte proves that traditional Cape cuisine need not be passé or homely. With a name inspired by South African landscape artist Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, this Franschhoek restaurant gives tradition a contemporary twist. Quirky porcelain chandeliers offset the staid oak furnishings and chef Chris Erasmus, who has a passion for farm-style food, gives old favourites a modern makeover. Expect the menu to be littered with Cape favourites such as bokkom (salted dried fish), snoek and pickled ox tongue – but don’t be surprised when they exceed your expectations. Take afternoon tea beneath the large oak trees: nibble on trout-filled pancakes or milk-tart-flavoured chocolate truffles and wash them down with a glass of La Motte sparkling wine. Or splash out on the Chef ’s Table – plan your menu and wine selection with the chef and enjoy exclusive fine dining


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Babel embraces the elegance of


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Terroir With a string of awards – including seven Eat Out awards in eight years – to attest to its quality, Terroir at Kleine Zalze in Stellenbosch is hard to ignore. Completely unpretentious, it has views of the surrounding golf course and vineyards, and a relaxed yet refined atmosphere. Call it country chic. The ambiance is perfectly complemented by the classic Frenchstyle country fare on the menu. Award-winning chef Michael Broughton, who is known for his delectable sauces, is strongly influenced by what is in season and what is locally available. He

Polo Club Restaurant

takes no short cuts in the kitchen – breads are freshly baked, gnocchi

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is handmade, and all stocks, sauces and purées are made from

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scratch. As the name suggests, the restaurant also strives to pair the

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food with specific wines produced at Kleine Zalze or in the

off our list of favourite dining spots.

Stellenbosch region.

After all, where else can you watch

Address R44/Strand Road, Stellenbosch

polo while sipping on a glass of Val

Tel 021 880 8167

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Light and airy, the space hints tastefully at its posh polo-club heritage with a few carefully placed saddles,


championship cups, leather couches and book shelves. The service, while

When you visit Makaron in Stellenbosch’s five-star Majeka House hotel,

both discreet and professional, is also

it will be as much for the eclectic decor as for the food. The hotel

infused with the charming hospitality

recently won an international design award – A’ Design Award – for its

inherent to the Cape Winelands. The

interiors by Etienne Hanekom. However, the design team can’t take all

restaurant is the ideal spot for long,

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leisurely and sophisticated lunches

DSTV Food Network Awards list of top 20 restaurants in South Africa

– and the Mediterranean-inspired

in 2012.

seasonal menu lends itself perfectly

Head chef Tanya Kruger, who spent a month working with renowned

to such. The meals created in chef

chef Alain Passard at L’Arpège in Paris, doesn’t shy away from innovation.

Edmore Ruzoza’s kitchen are both

Expect to find dishes such as vegetable ‘black pudding’ with beetroot

hearty and beautifully presented –

tartare, baked crottin and geranium oil, or pan-seared springbok with

but if you’re looking for something

porcini purée, sautéed pine rings and gremolata butter on the menu.

a little lighter, pop by later in the

The staff also includes Swedish sommelier Josephine Gutentoft, who

afternoon for tapas and cocktails on

oversees the front of house and wine service. Try the six-course tasting

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Do you speak Champagne?


here are many great sparkling wines in the world, South Africa’s Pongrácz among them. But nothing

says ‘celebration’ quite as successfully as Champagne – the name reserved exclusively for bubbly from the chalky soils of France’s most northerly vineyards, located around

French is the language of the love it takes to make wine sparkle. Here we explain the vocabulary used to set it – and us – above the rest

the towns of Reims, Épernay and Ay.

Words by Joanne Gibson

a full spectrum of flavours. This partly explains the

Champagnes have a natural acidity that winemakers in most other regions can only achieve by picking underripe grapes – and underripe grapes never acquire desirability of Champagne – but it doesn’t quite explain

Prestige at a price Prestige cuvées are the ultimate expression of a Champagne house’s style, and priced accordingly: usually double the price of vintage Champagne and triple that of NV. The most famous is Dom Pérignon, the maiden 1921 vintage launched by Moët & Chandon in 1936. Vintage 2000 is locally available for about R1 500. Louis Roederer created Cristal in 1876 for the private consumption of Russia’s Tsar Alexander II. Publicly available since 1945, the current release costs about R3 350. British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill’s favourite Champagne was Pol Roger, whose prestige cuvée was named in his honour. The 1998 is available for about R1 900. Veuve Clicquot’s La Grande Dame (about R2 000) is a fitting tribute to the widow of François Clicquot, Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin, who invented the riddling rack. From a tiny, walled Pinot Noir vineyard, Krug’s Clos d’Ambonnay 1998 costs about US$2 200, making the locally available Grande Cuvée NV seem a bargain at ‘just’ R1 800.


why 15 big Champagne houses account for 70% of sales, while more than 2 000 smaller vignerons battle it out for the rest! Whether you’ve discovered fantastic artisanal Champagne or want to invest in the biggest brand to impress your guests, it’s worth understanding a few of the French keywords. Blanc de blancs means that the base wine is 100% Chardonnay, while blanc de noirs indicates it was made from dark-skinned Pinot Noir and/or Pinot Meunier. Most Champagne is a (white) blend of Chardonnay and Pinot, to which is added a tirage of sugar and yeast, causing a second fermentation in bottles sealed under crown caps to trap the carbon dioxide. Remuage takes place at least a year later: the bottles are gently ‘riddled’ into an upside-down position to trap the dead yeast cells (lees) in the neck. Then comes dégorgement: the neck is frozen and the crown cap opened so the lees deposit shoots out as a solid pellet. Finally, the bottle is given a dosage of wine and sugar syrup, determining whether the Champagne will be extra brut (extremely dry) or doux (sweet), with brut, extra sec, sec and demi-sec in between. Most Champagnes are labelled NV or ‘non-vintage’ because producers like to blend in wines from previous years to achieve perfect consistency. In exceptional years, some houses declare a millesimé, in which case the vintage displayed on the bottle guarantees that it contains less than 15% of older wines; also that the wine was matured on its lees for at least three years prior to dégorgement. Lees contact is what gives Champagne its distinctive toasty flavours – so the more time on the lees, the richer the wine.

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‘Until now, France has been the biggest supplier of fine wines to China but we are offering them a serious challenge’


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South African wines: eastwards and upwards Chinese buyers are snapping up our fine reds as valuable status symbols Words by David Biggs


n the past five years South African wine exports to

WOSA has been quick to take advantage of the trend

China have increased five-fold. ‘The Chinese market

and has opened an agency in Beijing. A vigorous social-

began to open for us back in 2008,’ says Su Birch,

media campaign has been instigated to take advantage of

is the CEO of La Motte

CEO of Wines of South Africa (WOSA). ‘That year

China’s burgeoning communications and networking

and Leopard’s Leap group,

we were pleased to export 950 000 litres of wine to

culture. South African wines have been featured in at

China. Last year our wine exports to China topped

least 10 regional wine shows in China, and the orders

5,2-million litres.’

have been rolling in.

Hein Koegelenberg

one of dozens of South African wineries to attend the Vinexpo

This places China among South Africa’s top 10 wine

This surge in exports is only the tip of the iceberg,

customers. Almost all the wine now being bought by

according to Western Cape minister of agriculture

Chinese customers has been top-of-the-range red wine.

Gerrit van Rensburg, who visited China last year to

in Hong Kong last year.

In the 1990s, Chinese buyers dipped a tentative finger

promote Cape wine sales. In spite of increased sales,

into the South African wine pool and bought limited

South African wines account for only three percent of

Koegelenberg teamed up

quantities, concentrating mostly on the sweeter end of

Chinese wine purchases, he points out. Van Rensburg

with a Chinese partner,

the spectrum – noble late harvests and rich, sweet

emphasises the importance of building on this initial

admitting that he needs

fortified wines. The pendulum has now swung far to

success. ‘If we can increase our sales of wine to China by

the other side. ‘Red wines are selling like mad in China,’

just five percent, it would create an additional 23 000

says Birch. ‘Until now France has been the biggest

jobs in the Western Cape,’ he says.

supplier of fine wines to China but we are offering them a serious challenge.’

Market growth

Asia-Pacific exhibition

help with understanding the culture. ‘If you want to do business in China, you

Leading South Africa’s drive for the Chinese market

He acknowledges, however, that market growth is not

have to build relationships,’

is the La Motte and Leopard’s Leap group, which

assured. ‘If our exports to China drop by five percent,

accounts for more than 50% of all South African wine

we stand to lose 23 000 jobs in the province.’

he says. ‘The first thing I did was to find Chinese people who

sales in China. ‘Ours is a concerted sales drive,’ says the

The challenge is purely a marketing one. China is not

company’s CEO, Hein Koegelenberg. ‘We have our

short of wine. ‘China has far more hectares under vines

own agents in China, selling to fine wine shops, and

than the whole of South Africa does,’ says Birch. ‘Our

we also have a joint venture with a Chinese direct-sales

challenge is to show Chinese consumers that our

organisation. They sell a specially labelled range called

products represent better value than theirs – or those of

culture, we don’t understand

Le Huguenot, now consisting of a Chenin Blanc, a

the French.’ And South Africans have never been afraid

Shiraz and a Pinotage. We’re adding a top-end Bordeaux

to rise to a challenge…

the language…’

could work with my brand. We don’t understand the

blend to this.’

Why the swing? The Chinese have a ‘gift-giving culture’, says one regular visitor to Beijing. ‘It’s a status symbol to be able to offer a friend or business associate a valuable gift. This could be a single malt whisky or a bottle of fine French first-growth Bordeaux wine. And now South Africa’s great red blends are being regarded as worthy gifts as well.’ val de vie

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Entertain at home like a pro Val de Vie’s entertainment manager Simone de Wet shares her tips and tricks for a range of home entertaining scenarios with Laura Twiggs


Special touches

Getting the girls together for a long, lazy lunch is a rare

Put name tags for your table seating onto beautiful cups

treat, so turn it into a memorable event – without setting

and saucers, says De Wet. Give each guest a takeaway

yourself up for a huge amount of work. ‘The easiest is to set

gift – printouts of your granny’s recipes or the cup that

a theme, such as “Something old, something new; something

marked their place at the table.

borrowed and something blue”,’ says De Wet.

Food In keeping with the theme, pick old (tried, trusted and easy) family recipes. Choose dishes that can easily be pre-prepared, and quickly assembled and served. Oldfashioned smooth soups make excellent starters. For main course, good bets are summery savoury tarts or more hearty pies served with simple green salads (dressings on the side, mind!). One that fits this bill exactly is Nigella Lawson’s ‘Granny Lawson’s Lunch Dish’ – check Google for the recipe. And for dessert? Fruit-and-chocolate fondue, of course! Your guests will

Lunch etiquette FOR THE HOSTESS No matter how excited, entertained or enthralled your guests may be to catch up, don’t take forever to serve them something to eat. Not everyone can spend all afternoon on a lunch date, and it’s awful to have to leave hungry.

FOR THE GUESTS Bring a hostess gift, says De Wet – potted fresh herbs, flowers or a stunning vase.

appreciate that it’s left up to them to decide how much to indulge.


The first rule when it comes to a blokes’ braai is so keep it

De Wet suggests a tea tasting, with teas from around the

simple, reduce your workload as host and make sure you

world served in gorgeous old teacups. But depending

can spend quality time with your mates instead of bustling

on your friends, you might prefer to sip bubbly from

around in the kitchen or faffing about with fiddly food.

your heirloom china. Make sure there’s plenty of water

‘Gents enjoy authentic comfort, so everything should reflect

on the table, too.

this. You should strive to have a totally no-fuss affair,’ says




De Wet.

‘The idea is for the hostess to be creative with the theme


and to enjoy the preparations as much as the actual

For starters, De Wet suggests glass jars filled with different

lunch,’ says De Wet. ‘You might dig out your granny’s

types of biltong. ‘Mix a range of kudu chilli bites, beef-

beautiful Royal Albert cups and find some vintage

biltong shavings and springbok droëwors,’ she says. These

cabbage roses. You could add splashes of royal blue to

can be set out before your guests arrive, leaving you free

the table in a stunning vase, serviettes or wine glasses

to greet them and get straight to the important business

of that colour. The “new” could be the dress code, so

of making sure they’re holding a cold beer. But don’t

you’d be giving your friends an excuse to go shopping

go the oh-so-predictable route of lugging a large slab of

without guilt.’

rump onto the coals. There are more interesting options

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‘The idea is for the hostess to be creative with the theme and enjoy the preparation as much as the actual lunch’

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that demand no more stress, PT or kitchen know-how.


Braai etiquette

‘An ostrich-fillet barbecue is unusual, and your guests

The magic number is three: three couples (or six people


will appreciate it,’ says De Wet. And it’s a healthier

including singles and couples) and a meal of three courses.

While your braai

option, too!

For an unforgettable, standout experience, let go of your

should stay free of

host/ess reins and try something a little different.

formalities you should


still implement the

Is there a man alive who doesn’t see beer as the ultimate


braai accompaniment? Make sure you have plenty (cold

‘Print out the recipe for each of the three courses, place

bathroom is clean, there’s

ones!) and set up what De Wet calls a ‘beer buffet’.

the relevant ingredients for each course in a basket, then

adequate loo paper and

‘Bring out a large ice bucket and keep it stocked with

group people in couples (they don’t have to be “an item”,

a fresh hand towel. It’s

ice and a variety of beers for every taste,’ she says. It’s a

and it can be better if they’re not) and task them with

also poor form, if your

good idea to include some low-alcohol or alcohol-free

making one of the courses,’ says De Wet. ‘This creates

gathering overlaps with

brands, for those who are driving. As a finishing touch,

a sort of Come Dine With Me experience. Keep recipes

a crucial sporting event,

make sure there are a couple of bottle openers nearby,

simple – not everyone is as hooked on Masterchef as you

to obstruct fans from

and to minimise mess and cleaning up, put out a bowl

are! It’s also a good idea to pick recipes you’ve tried before,

following their team’s

for bottle caps.

so you can step in to help or rescue if things go awry.’

progress. Savvy hosts



The simpler, the better. ‘Keep it masculine but perhaps

Pair great wines with your courses, both white and red

said game’s timing into

add a few King Proteas for a homely accent that rounds

(as well as a sweet dessert wine), says De Wet. For wine

account. (Hint: dish

off the ambience without being overly feminine,’ says

pairing ideas visit

up at half-time, not in

De Wet.

Special touch


basics: make sure the

will take the positioning of the flatscreen TV and

the final few minutes of Stormers/Bulls play.)

Set a formal table with cutlery and glasses for three

For a departure hit, serve your guests a ‘Broffie’, says

courses. ‘Use 20cm x 20cm blackboards as place mats


De Wet. ‘This could be a coffee with a shot of spirits

and write the food-and-wine pairing on them with chalk.

No matter how

such as brandy, which you can pair with high-quality

Forget flowers – instead use loads of candles to create

much her nose is

dark chocolate.’

a shabby-chic, relaxed supper feel,’ says De Wet.

out of joint, do not bring your girlfriend. And, says De Wet, take a good bottle of wine for the host’s collection, and provide a helping hand with the braaing if needed.

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‘Go for something elegant that’s served in a more social manner’

Special touches ‘Give each guest their own apron on arrival, which they can take home,’ says De Wet. They could also keep the recipe printout, the basket or the blackboard that served as a place mat.

LARGE DINNER PARTY WITH VIPs Yes, this may put you under pressure but you don’t have to pull a Heston Blumenthal or a Fat Lady out of your chef ’s hat. In fact, don’t even attempt that route. ‘Go for something elegant that’s served in a more social manner,’

Dinner etiquette

says De Wet.

FOR THE HOSTS Don’t turn it into a


competition. And be

De Wet suggests serving canapés on guests’ arrival as a

prepared to surrender

starter, going on to a bowl-and-fork main course (so

your kitchen – don’t

that guests can eat while milling around, or sit where

boss those cooking to

it suits them while networking and socialising), and

do everything your way.

then setting up a dessert station where people can help themselves. If you can, arrange for waiters to circulate


with trays. Aim for about seven different types of

‘Assist with the clearing

canapés and four or so bowls, and ensure your selection

after every course,’

covers the needs of all your guests (vegetarian, halaal,

says De Wet. ‘This

etc). Try for great canapé ideas

way, you’ll share in

and recipes. For bowl-and-fork ideas, check out the menu

that homely relaxed

options on catering sites such as and

feel. It goes against

the point to feel like you’re being served


so you need to make

‘Create a refreshing water station with three beautiful

sure you’re properly part

glass jugs with mint, cucumber and strawberries,’ says

of the supper experience.’

De Wet. ‘Stack up cut crystal glasses and allow guests to help themselves.’ Engage the services of a professional barman and assign a designated bar area serving a good dry red wine, a respectable Sauvignon Blanc, and some spirits and mixers (whisky or vodka with soda water,



‘Arrange some form of live-music entertainment

‘Create a lounge area and cocktail-bar seating. Ambient

to help guests to relax on arrival,’ says De Wet.

lighting helps to add an intimate, warm feeling to the

‘Also ensure that guests are greeted at the

event space,’ says De Wet.

entrance with a welcome drink.’


tonic and lime juice).

Special touches


‘Serve a sorbet shot between canapés and the main

It’s not necessary to bring your hosts a gift – but

course,’ says De Wet. End the evening with a bubbly-

if you do, a small box of chocolates or something

and-chocolate pairing, then gift every couple with a

similar will be more gratefully received than

bottle and slab to take home. They’ll remember the

flowers for which a vase will have to be found.

special evening they’ve had when they enjoy these.

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Philip Green: a sustainable investment Margot Bertelsmann speaks to the British philanthropist and Val de Vie resident about projects close to his heart

‘Our unique approach combines a high-profile asset – a modern sports centre – with tightly


al de Vie homeowner and British businessman

Green and his wife of 35 years, Judy, along with

and philanthropist Philip Green has a knack for

their two daughters, have been involved in community

being in South Africa at historically significant moments.

work in Paarl’s impoverished neighbouring township

His involvement with our country began when he spent

of Mbekweni since 2001. ‘My wife had a vision of

three months as an MBA student in Johannesburg in the

using sport to help young people with personal

turbulent year of 1976. ‘I lived in a flat in Hillbrow and

development,’ Green says. ‘And I love sport.’ In fact,

worked at an engineering business supplying building

not one to miss a historic South African event, Green

materials to the mines,’ he says. ‘I saw Soweto when the

watched the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final live, sitting

integrated development

schoolchildren rioted.’

just behind former president Nelson Mandela at Ellis

programmes to provide

USA and senior independent nonexecutive director of

‘We decided we needed a sports centre. We had the

Carillion plc in the UK. His career has spanned being the

idea in late 2006, and we needed to raise R15-million.

CEO of United Utilities, the UK’s largest listed water

I wanted to open the centre on the first weekend of the

company, from 2006 to 2011, as well as spells at DHL,

2010 FIFA World Cup – and we did it.’

Green is nonexecutive chairman of BakerCorp in the

life-changing opportunities for young people’

Reuters and P&O Nedlloyd. Green was the COO of DHL for Africa and Europe from 1990 to 1999, and

Giving hope

‘when I was at DHL in 1994 we distributed the election

The Mbekweni Community Sports Centre is run by

papers for South Africa’s first democratic election,’

Hope Through Action (HTA), a nonprofit organisation

he says.

under the chairmanship of Phil Bland, whom Green

‘Next I was at Reuters [Green was the COO in 1999]

respects deeply. HTA, of which Green is a patron, was

and I ran a shipping business where Cape Town was

established in 2007 and aims to enable young people

important.’ He is modestly referring to his tenure as

to break out of the cycles of poverty, ill health, crime,

the CEO of P&O Nedlloyd, one of the world’s largest

drug abuse and marginalisation, and equip them with

container-shipping companies. ‘All these corporate roles

new opportunities and skills.

required me in Africa, and South Africa in particular. We bought our first home in South Africa in 1998.’



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Since 2011, Philip

development programmes to provide life-changing opportunities for young people aged six to 18 years,’ says

Green has chaired

Green. ‘It has now been operating for three years and serves around 500 young people every week. Instruction

Sentebale, a Lesotho

programmes happen alongside the sporting activities – programmes around personal development, health, faith

charity founded

and the arts. Sport is a means, not the only end.’ Physically adjacent to the sports centre lies another

by Prince Harry

project close to the Greens’ hearts: the Nompumelelo Educare Centre. It provides a safe place, two meals and

and Prince Seeiso

a snack per day to 200 pre-schoolers – although the attendance can rise to as many as 350 children per day

of Lesotho, after

during the grape-picking season when more adults are Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, after having been

employed on the wine farms. ‘We found a lady called Doreen in a shack who was

personally approached by the British royal. The

looking after 20 or 30 small children,’ says Green. ‘So

organisation works with children, fighting extreme

we built a brick building for them in 2005. We paid

poverty and the effects of HIV/Aids. ‘Providing

capital costs but they have had to generate revenue

psychosocial support to young people living with



HIV/Aids is a major focus,’ says Green – and it is

sustainability. One of the challenges now is to increase

crucial in a country with one of the highest rates of

the quality of education offered there.’

HIV infection in the world.





Green is pleased that their work is having a positive

Once again emphasising the importance of aid that

impact on the community, and shares a comment from

endures even when donors may fade, Sentebale’s

one user of the Mbekweni Sports Centre: ‘If it wasn’t

approach is to support local initiatives through

for the centre I would be either dead or in jail. I was in

financial aid and management support. And the

a bad gang but now I play sport. I used to do very bad

watchword, again, is sustainability. ‘We direct aid

things but now I’m different. The centre has changed

through funding and management support to

Mbekweni.’ In an area rife with crime, the sports centre

voluntary, grass-roots community services that attempt

has had one robbery in three years, says Green. ‘A kid

to fill the gaps in care,’ Sentebale’s website proclaims.

stole a trophy cup, and the following morning his


mother brought him back with it!’

accommodation, hot meals or psychosocial support,

Sustaining growth





British royal

these services can make a massive difference to children’s ability to lead a more rewarding life.’ Green has been active in African charity initiatives

Green to seek to replicate the model elsewhere. ‘We are

for years. Yet to call him a philanthropist is a half-truth.

now raising funds for a second centre in Groendal – a

Yes, he extensively funds charitable causes close to his

difficult, challenging township outside Franschhoek.’

heart. But because he understands sustainability, his

But there is more. Since 2011, Philip Green has

approached by the


The success of Mbekweni Sports Centre has spurred

chaired Sentebale, a Lesotho charity founded by Prince

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DREAMER or SUPERWOMAN? Eyewitness News journalist Alex Eliseev profiles South Africa’s latest political player, Dr Mamphela Ramphele



0:00 AM

amphela Ramphele slips into the banquet room

Ramphele is on the campaign trail, although she’s not

almost unnoticed. Her two bodyguards take up

calling it that yet because her political plans are still a

their positions as she’s escorted to her table, walking

closely guarded secret. She’s flown to Johannesburg,

through the gentle clanking of cutlery and the murmur

landing in the early hours of the morning (determined

of voices. Her big, warm smile stands out in a room full

to meet this commitment) and will jet off again straight

of mostly white Rotary Club members, who’ve asked

afterwards. She’s the keynote speaker and I’m the humble

her to deliver a speech at a fundraising breakfast.

hack who’s agreed to introduce her and facilitate a brief

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becoming president of the most powerful nation on Earth) and was stood up by several editors who couldn’t figure out why they should give up their time to meet him. I wonder if one day I’ll be writing about how I met the president of South Africa, just a few weeks before she launched an unusual opposition party called Agang. But these wild thoughts gallop away as I walk onto the small stage, wrestle with the sound system (which shrieks and crackles) and introduce a woman who began her long walk to politics in the days of Steve Biko, and whose achievements are buried in the battle against the country’s dark past.

BRIDGING THE GAP The daughter of primary-school teachers, Ramphele was born in Limpopo province and her life, like the great river, has twisted and tumbled over the past six and a half decades. She is a medical doctor, a student of anthropology and commerce, an author, a struggle icon, a former university vice chancellor, an ex-managing director of the World Bank and (until recently) a big player in corporate South Africa. Under apartheid, she was detained and banished to Tzaneen, where she began opening health centres and doing extensive community work. She has given birth to three children, one of whom died soon after birth and two who carry Biko’s surname. Over the years, she’s travelled from black consciousness to what she now calls South African consciousness. At the heart of her vision is a desire to put citizens at the centre of the country’s politics; to realign the balance of power and to change the electorate system in such a way that the power shifts from the party bosses to the people of South Africa. She completely opposes political deployment.


question-and-answer session afterwards. At the top of

Ramphele talks passionately about education, saying

my notes I’ve written her name in bold capital letters,

that the post-apartheid government inherited a terrible

separated by hyphens, with the first and last letters

system but, somehow, managed to make it worse. She

highlighted and underlined: ‘M’AM-PHE-L‘A’ ‘R’AM-

talks about South Africa’s standing on the international

PHE-L‘E’. I can’t screw up the A and the E. Journalism

arena and how the country is slipping on the blood of

101: always get the name right.

its miners in Marikana, or the rampant corruption

I’ve researched the woman they call ‘a force of nature’

taking place on president Jacob Zuma’s watch. She

and have read enough to know that she is almost

talks about Zuma’s Nkandla home and questions how

certainly plotting an entry into South African politics.

more than R200-million could have possibly been spent

Given her history, Ramphele is no lightweight contender.

to build one man a ‘palace second to none in some

I imagine this is one of those moments when someone

godforsaken village’.

who is about to do something great, something really

Ramphele also talks about empowering the youth,

important, is still invisible and hungry enough to devote

creating jobs, firing up the economy (by restructuring

time to a low-profile engagement at an airport hotel.

it so that it benefits the majority) and improving

Like the time Barack Obama toured South Africa (before

the relationship between government and business.

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V - political profile She talks about South Africa’s fading dream, snatched


by those with political connections and narrow interests.

The Agang launch takes place at the Women’s Gaol at

In her book, Conversations With My Sons And Daughters,

Constitution Hill in Johannesburg, a deeply symbolic

she writes about the ‘soil being stolen’. Importantly, she

and carefully chosen venue. Dressed in a ceremonial

says she sees herself as a bridge between the generation

Xhosa outfit, Ramphele hits all the right notes and her

of Nelson Mandela and today’s leaders, as well as those

speech echoes with the words, ‘Do you remember?’

waiting in the wings.

She evokes the power of the dream and resurrects

At the Rotary Club breakfast, I choose to quote

memories of the 1994 elections and Nelson Mandela’s

from a recent series of articles by Professor Njabulo

inauguration, and reminds us how, at that moment, it

Ndebele. Ndebele wrote about a South Africa where

seemed as though anything was possible. She fast-

political and government leaders have adopted a

forwards 18 years and says the rainbow is fading and

strategy not necessarily to lie, but to prevent the truth

that far too many South Africans remain subjects –

from coming out. A strategy of obfuscation, where

living in filth and poverty – rather than citizens. She

‘neither the truth nor the lie is allowed clear definition.

delivers what her supporters call the ‘real state of the

An environment of moral anguish.’

nation address’ and clarifies that a ‘platform’ is being

I tell the crowd that the BBC once called Ramphele

launched because the political ‘party’ is still being

‘a ferocious critic of the African National Congress

established. The idea is that the platform will allow her

[ANC] who delivers each blow with a gracious smile’.

and her team to travel across South Africa to hear what

In other words: a person who talks truth to power and

people are saying before forming policies and contesting

pulls us out of the quicksand of moral anguish. I notice

next year’s elections.

her rolling her eyes and wonder whether I’ve let my

‘I have put up my hand,’ Ramphele announces. ‘I ask

Russian soul (with its flair for the dark and dramatic)

you all to join in this effort. Our children and our

hijack what is meant to be a light-hearted introduction.

grandchildren deserve nothing less. All South Africans

A moment of panic washes over me. I wonder whether

deserve nothing less.’

I should tell a joke to lighten the mood. It’s too early

Ramphele’s words, and the future she describes, are

in the morning for metaphors. But my anxiety is soon

almost Utopian. Her critics pounce. They declare that

extinguished when it turns out that Ramphele has – by

fragmenting the country’s political opposition will

pure coincidence – chosen to quote the same writer:

achieve little and that Agang – which means ‘let’s build’

Prof Ndebele. Moments into her speech she is slashing

in Setswana – is destined to be flushed down the same

away at the ANC.

toilet as the ill-fated Congress of the People (COPE).

Afterwards, I manage to arrange a brief interview

‘Launching a political party is fairly easy – getting

with her. She brushes her hair, touches up her makeup

people to vote for you is the difficult bit,’ writes

and fills my recorder with hints of things to come. I ask

respected analyst Steven Friedman, saying that, in

whether she’s starting a new party but Ramphele is

reality, Ramphele lacks the community networks to

way too sharp for that, and massages the answer into a

mobilise enough support. ‘Individuals with ideas might

question about civil society. She ends off with another

win admiration,’ he adds. ‘But unless there are lots of

question: are we ready to redefine the very nature of

people on the ground persuading those with whom

politics in this country?

they mix to vote for them, the admiration is unlikely to

Less than two weeks later Agang is born.

She’s travelled from black consciousness to what she now calls South African consciousness

turn into votes.’

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V - political profile Town teenager. Schools aren’t receiving textbooks, the assault on free media continues and health systems in some provinces are crumbling. At the same time, there has also been a swell in civil activism – consider e-tolling and the opposition to the so-called ‘secrecy bill’. Agang will hope to bite into this vein. In short, if there was ever a need for a dose of Obamastyle hope and a political realignment, it’s now. In a time of weakness, people are more willing to believe. In many ways, Agang is like a religion: it doesn’t have all the answers and is asking South Africans to have a little faith. In her book, Ramphele – who lives in Cape

She talks about South Africa’s fading dream, snatched by those with political

There is no question that Ramphele is a public

Town, loves good food and wine, and literally enjoys

intellectual with impressive credentials, who takes care

long walks on the mountain – writes about a ‘revolution

not to present herself as a Messiah. But many may still

of the spirit’.

see her as that. Friedman believes real change in the

Back in the real world, Ramphele says that in the

political landscape will ripen over time either from a

first two days after the launch, 3 000 people volunteered

split in the ANC or an erosion of the ruling party’s

to help. An office is now being organised to manage

share of the vote. Either way, he says, it won’t ‘burst

and support these volunteers, while a timeline is being

forth with the arrival of a new Messiah’.

established in the build-up to the launch of the actual

Ramphele has also been criticised for not having

party, expected midyear. Agang is also planning to use

enough of a team behind her (she claims she’s building

technology (smartphones, social media and social

this); not being able to sway voters in rural areas (she

networks) to gain support. Ramphele and her party

says few politicians speak as many local languages as

have Twitter accounts with around 20 000 followers

she does); of not having any ANC or political history;

between them (which is about half of what the ANC’s

and of not having the charisma required of a political

account has).

leader (think about Zuma’s undeniable ability to charm a crowd).

connections and narrow interests

of a deeply skeptical society and turn beautifully crafted

Ramphele is entering a filthy game, where few rules

words into action. She has to convince people that a

are honoured and where the defending champion won’t

vote in favour of Agang is not a wasted one – a vote

hesitate to punch below the belt. The first statement

taken away from a powerful opposition party such as

from the ANC about Agang accused Ramphele of

the Democratic Alliance, for example. Her critics say

accepting foreign funding (a hint that she is some sort

she doesn’t have the muscle to be a game-changer.

of a puppet for western powers). She denies this, saying

She’ll have to prove them wrong. South Africa is in

all fundraising is being done locally.

desperate need of leaders and Ramphele must show

Agang, however, has a powerful weapon: timing.



Ultimately, Ramphele has to slice through the skin

that she is working with the right people (who are hard to come by). Whenever I’ve interviewed Ramphele, I’ve studied

South Africa is at a low point. Economic growth is slow,

her face. I’ve been drawn by the lines that reveal her

inequality is massive and government’s plans to create

age and her life story. Somehow they lead my mind

jobs are failing. Foreign investors are scared, mining is a

towards her youth and her accomplishments, her

mess, and corruption is not only spiking but is growing

intellect, her struggle and her clarity. When she speaks,

uglier and less ashamed of itself. Police officers are

I am captured by her words and her ideas. I compare

dragging handcuffed foreigners through the streets.

them to the populist pollution spewed out by some

Another icon, Oscar Pistorius, has fallen. And all the

politicians and youth leaders. But I’m an atheist and

world sees of us is one bad news story after another.

blind faith is a foreign concept to me. I’ll be watching

Politicians explode with rage at a painting of the

Agang over the next year to see whether, at that Rotary

president but it takes Lead SA to galvanise an anti-rape

Club breakfast, I shared a stage with a dreamer – or a

campaign after the gang-rape and murder of a Cape

political superwoman.

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This is AFRICA A burgeoning middle class is driving growth in African economies – and things are only going to get better Words by Michael McKenzie


et’s discuss this over a beer, shall we? Actually,

and most sophisticated economy. But the rest aren’t far

not just a beer – millions of them. To be accurate,

behind. Heineken paid more than US$160-million in

100 000 hectolitres, which is what African beer sales

2011 for two breweries in Ethiopia, a country with a

were like in the last decade, double that of the previous

bigger population than Germany. The company controls

10 years, and estimated by investment and financial-

just over 22% of Africa’s beer and more than 70% of

services corporation Morgan Stanley to increase by

Nigerian sales. After Mexico, the West African country

another 50% by 2022. That’s a lot of beer and a lot of

is Heineken’s most profitable market in the world. Castel,

investment – and just one example of many contributing

a French private company that has some joint ventures

to the driving growth in African economies.

with SABMiller, is big in countries such as Angola, while

‘Africa is likely to be one of the key long-term growth drivers for the global beer category,’ analyst Trevor Stirling of Wall Street firm Bernstein Research told

right? The truth is somewhat different

into Kenya and Nigeria.

Telecommunications in Africa

10%, it’s stating the obvious to say there’s some big

Beer is just one example. Telecommunications is another.

money to be made. SABMiller, for example, the world’s

Despite infrastructure problems, European satellite

second-biggest brewer, has ploughed US$1,75-billion

companies are jostling for Africa’s digital market.

into its infrastructure on the continent between 2008

Luxembourg-based firm SES launched three Africa-

and 2012 – 30% of its total investment worldwide

focused satellites in 2012 at a cost of €750-million,

during that period.

while French company Eutelsat already has eight

litres of commercially produced beer a year. We’re not

famine and chaos,

Diageo (which is best known for Guinness) is muscling

Reuters last year. With year-on-year growth of around

Why? Well, the average African drinks about eight

Africa means war,

satellites covering Africa, and plans to add another five by 2016.

talking about the ‘traditional’ fermented sorghum or

Why are all these companies putting so much effort

maize type of beer, which is consumed in much higher

into Africa? Short answer: it’s the future. Long answer:

quantities. This is the stuff that comes in a bottle with

it’s where massive growth (and a demand for consumer

a fancy label – the premium product. Compared with

goods) that will rival the runaway economies of Asia

that, the average American downs about 70 litres a year

will occur. The perceptions are otherwise, of course.

– which is still nothing when compared with the 132

Africa means war, famine and chaos, right? The truth

litres of the average Czech.

is somewhat different.

That’s a huge potential market, and brewers are

Currently the combined population of Africa is

capitalising on it. SABMiller has around 60% of Africa’s

about one billion, and it’s expected to grow annually

commercial beer market measured by volume, including

by about 2,5%. By contrast, Asia and Latin America

complete control in South Africa, the continent’s biggest

have a population growth rate of about one percent.

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V - business in Africa Africa also has the world’s highest percentage of young

and many African economies were opened up to

people – about 65% of the total population is under

international trade. These structural changes have

35. By 2040 the African labour force will be bigger

helped to create an environment in many African

than China’s, and by 2050 Africa will make up 25% of

countries that has invigorated markets and commerce,

the world’s workforce. Also, while the recession has put

and which is increasingly conducive to business and

the brakes on even the Asian tigers, Africa’s economies

investment. Furthermore, widespread reform, steady

have continued to expand.

improvement in political governance, the commodities

‘A third of African countries will grow at or above six

boom, substantially increased levels of disposable

percent, with some of the fastest growing ones buoyed

income, urbanisation and a rapidly developing tertiary

by new mineral exports and by factors such as the return

sector, are all contributing to a sustained and sustainable

to peace in Côte d’Ivoire, as well as strong growth in

growth path for Africa.’

countries such as Ethiopia,’ says Makhtar Diop, the World

Lalor says it’s also incorrect to think that the spurt

Bank vice president for Africa, in the organisation’s

of growth is being driven by resources. ‘Of course

‘Africa’s pulse’ report.

resources have played a part, and will continue to do so

It hasn’t happened overnight, either ‘Many African countries started implementing market

for many African countries, but they currently account for about a third of the continent’s GDP. The rest is coming from services, ICT, retail and agriculture.’

reforms in the 1990s,’ says Michael Lalor, director of

Lalor uses Ethiopia as an example. On The Economist

Ernst & Young’s Africa Business Centre. ‘Most African

magazine’s list of the world’s top 10 fastest-growing

economies have been well managed in the last decade

countries over the past decade, its success can mostly

– better managed than many European countries.’

be attributed to agriculture. By the way, that list had six

In its ‘The new Africa’ report, Ernst & Young put

African countries among the 10 fastest-growing

the changes into context. ‘The end of the Cold War

economies in the world over the past decade; and

marked a decisive shift in Africa’s prospects. Armed

seven in its top 10 of fastest-growing economies over

conflict reduced significantly, providing the relative

the next three years (Nigeria and Mozambique,

stability required for economic growth and development.

in addition to Ethiopia, are also on both lists). Also,

Inflation was brought under control, foreign debt and

the magazine predicts that over the next five years,

budget deficits were reduced, state-owned enterprises

the average African economy will grow faster than its

privatised, regulatory and legal systems strengthened,

Asian counterpart.

Modern infrastructure, luxury hotels and accessible shopping malls are the obvious signs of prosperity in African countries


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Africa’s middle class

The report also focused on the growing urbanisation

Key to this spurt of new development has been the

of Africa, highlighting that in 1980, 28% of the

expansion of the African ‘middle class’. A note about

population lived in cities, while by last year 40% did

definitions: the African Development Bank interprets

– about the same as China’s percentage and larger than

the African middle class as those spending between


US$2 and US$20 a day. This is low compared with the

‘By 2030, that share is projected to rise to 50%, and

rest of the world, especially the US and western Europe,

Africa’s top 18 cities will have a combined spending

but using purchasing power parity as a benchmark, the

power of US$1,3-trillion,’ the report said. As the world

bank regards this range as apt in relation to the cost of

becomes more globalised, Africans are switching on to

living on the continent. In other words, you can buy

aspirational consumer patterns already in existence

more with US$20 in most African countries than you

elsewhere – and now they have the means to subscribe

can in the US. Within this broad category, there is the

to them.

upper middle class (spending between US$10 and

However, there is still much to be done. To sustain

US$20 a day) and the lower middle class (spending

the development and to diversify, especially into

between US$4 and US$10 a day).

manufacturing, the continent needs to be very careful.

This middle class wants things. Witness the shopping

Lalor says four things are critical. ‘The first thing is

malls springing up in Accra and Lagos, Nairobi and

infrastructure. We have to make it easier for African

Luanda. It’s not just jeans, cellphones and trendy shoes

countries to trade within their own borders and with

that are in demand – in Ghana, for example, the

each other. Secondly, we need to make it easier to do

possession of cars and motorbikes has risen by 81%

business – in other words, less red tape. Thirdly, we

within five years. ‘There are many people who have some

need private-sector investment, which will create jobs.

money to spend,’ is how Lalor puts it.

And finally, we need skilled workers – which means we

The McKinsey Global Institute’s ‘What’s driving

need better education.’

Africa’s growth’ report points out that in 2000, ‘about

All four factors present very big obstacles – but they

59-million households on the African continent had

can be overcome. The current state of achievement

US$5 000 or more in income – above which they

is proof of the progress that’s been made so far. As

start spending roughly half of it on non-food items’.

The Economist noted earlier this year in an article titled

By next year it predicted the number of such households

‘Aspiring Africa’, ‘celebrations are in order on the

to be about 106-million.

poorest continent’.

Why are all these companies putting so much effort into Africa? Short answer: it’s the future. Long answer: it’s where massive growth will occur

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Is art really an expert investment?

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Yes, says art enthusiast Mike Moon. As long as you know what you’re doing


n October 2012, Vladimir Tretchikoff ’s ‘Red Jacket’

economic days. In other words, apply the old ‘buy low,

sold for R4,7-million at Bonhams auction house in

sell high’ maxim.

London. With a pre-sale estimate of R1,1-million, this

The appreciation in value of both Tretchikoff ’s and

piece of ‘investment-grade’ South African art exceeded

Pierneef ’s work clearly shows that art can make money

all expectations – and set a new

for you and is a viable ‘alternate

record for the artist. The top

investment’. But there are some

price at that Bonhams sale was

important provisos. Before you

R5-million, for a landscape

rush out to sell your stock-and-

painting by Jacob Hendrik

bond portfolio to buy colourful

Pierneef. A record was also set

daubs on canvas, you must

for a Pierneef work on paper:

understand the limitations to art

R4-million, making nonsense

as an investment.

of the estimated R1,4-million

Not all art increases in value

maximum. Since auction estimates are based on recent sales of an

For every artist who achieves

artist’s work, the rapid increase

lasting fame and rising value for

in value of both Tretchikoff ’s

his or her work, there are 100

and Pierneef ’s work is plain to

who do not. This doesn’t mean

see. It’s interesting, considering

their work is worthless – for

that art is a luxury purchase and that in times of austerity you’d expect the art market to be among the first to feel the pinch. Yet the opposite has

Vladimir Tretchikoff’s ‘Red Jacket’ (above); Jacob Hendrik Pierneef’s ‘The Baobab Tree’ (below); Irma Stern’s ‘Two Arabs’ (opposite top); and Mary Sibande’s ‘Wish You Were Here’ sculpture (opposite bottom)

someone who likes an artwork,

If you’re thinking in strict investment terms, buying pieces by established artists such as Hugo Naudé, Gerard Sekoto or Walter Battiss is safest

that piece has intrinsic value. But if you’re thinking in strict investment terms, buying pieces by established artists such as

happened – at least at the high

Hugo Naudé, Gerard Sekoto or

end of the market – and it’s

Walter Battiss is safest.

been resilient internationally,

The catch is that such names

even booming in some areas.

command much higher prices

Top-quality South African art,

than emerging artists. Buying

for example, has done very

contemporary and young artists’

well. That said, performance of

efforts is riskier but profits are

the large art ‘middle market’

potentially greater. Anyone who

with works by established,

bought William Kentridge’s art a

professional artists who might not yet be top echelon in

couple of decades ago, when his drawings were on offer

terms of reputation has not been as stellar.

for a few hundred rand each, would have seen their

Nevertheless, the segment has held up fairly well in

investment grow at least 20-fold, maybe even 100-fold,

the face of reduced disposable income, and art experts

as acclaim for the illustrator and film-maker – who’s

say now is a good time to buy works by up-and-coming

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A rule of thumb for contemporary art is that

Artworks by

you should buy it because you like it. If it escalates

Hugo Naudé (above),

in value, good; if not, you’ve gained enjoyment

Gerard Sekoto (left),

from it. And think of it this way: art is always going

William Kentridge

to look more attractive hanging on a wall than a scrip

(above left) are said


to be safe investments

It’s not strictly a financial asset Another factor arguing against art as an investment is that it doesn’t generate actual income in the way that shares generate dividends or property generates rent. In fact, it incurs costs such as insurance, storage or framing.

There are peaks and troughs

A rule of thumb for

This happens because artists and genres are susceptible

There are exceptions to the ‘take your time’ maxim,

to the vagaries of fashion. On the plus side, correlation

however, particularly if an artist suddenly becomes

with other markets is fairly low. In an economic

fashionable. For example, when a new Irma Stern

downturn, art values might dip or flatten out but

record was set at R1,7-million in 2000, the headline-

history shows that this decrease usually lags behind

grabbing sale set in motion a Stern-buying frenzy. The

everything else – a delay that offers hedging and

record kept rising: to R6,6-million by 2007, R26,7-

diversity benefits to an investment portfolio.

million in 2010 and R34-million in 2011.

it because you like it.

If you need a quick sale, drawings and sculptures are not

How does art grow in value?

If it escalates in value,

tradeable in the way Krugerrands or shares are. You can’t

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, appreciating

check the price in the paper, and will only really know

value is in the consensus eye of many beholders, over

what a work is worth once it’s sold.

time. This is generally a gradual process – but it can get

The market is illiquid and opaque

Art takes time to make money

a turbocharge. Art sales are very often ego trips, with

contemporary art is that you should buy

good; if not, you’ve gained enjoyment

purchasers keen to display wealth and an assumed

One shouldn’t sell an artwork for at least five years

refined artistic taste. ‘Trophy sales’ is the term used for

after purchase. One reason for this is high transaction

outlandish prices that can be paid by either individuals

costs. Buying or selling through a gallery or auction

or companies. If personalities such as Charles Saatchi,

house incurs commission charges of at least 20%.

the British collector of edgy contemporary art, buy

Recouping these and realising profit can take years.

a particular work, it can set up the artist for life.

You can buy directly from artists, but in the one-on-

It confers a stamp of approval and generates a rush of

one situation buyers might feel obliged to pay inflated

trophy sales for the artist as scores of people try to

asking prices or believe they’re getting a bargain when

boost their financial and avant-garde credentials within

they aren’t.

fashionable society.

from it

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V - art works Paintings by living South African artists such as Willie Bester (right), Clare Menck (below) and Mustafa Maluka (bottom) are pricier than those by local up-andcomers, at anything from R10 000 to R500 000 – but the works continue to grow in value and are a sound investment

Looking at growth from a different perspective, two New York University professors, Michael Moses and

from R2 000 for a miniature piece to about R10 000

Jianping Mei, tracked the international performance of

for a large item. Pricier are painters such as Carl Becker,

fine art (across the board but with a recent median

Clare Menck, Mustafa Maluka, Willie Bester and

price of US$250 000). Over 50 years until 2000, the

Penny Siopis, and sculptors Egon Tania, Mary Sibande

Mei Moses index returned 10,5% – 0,4% less than the

and Dylan Lewis. Here the range is, very roughly,

stock-market index. But, since then, art has trounced

R10 000 to R500 000. For those with plenty of space

the bourse.

to display large-scale art, there is sculptor Nicholas

Local or international? Keep in mind that limited-edition

Cobus Haupt and Pieter Robertze. They might range

Hlobo (who recently sold an item for R2,5-million in Europe) and installation artist Serge Alain Nitegeka.

Unless you’re mega-wealthy, it’s best to concentrate on

Finally, keep in mind that limited-edition prints and

South African art. The local art market has matched

lithographs are considerably less expensive than original

the international market in terms of percentage

paintings and sculptures.

growth. And on the world stage you are competing with many more rich, aspirant buyers, and consequently

prints and lithographs

much higher prices. Also, art generally sells better in its country of origin. Artists are better known in their

are considerably

homeland, and their subject matter, style and milieu will be more accessible and appealing to those familiar

less expensive than

with them.

original paintings

Which artists to buy, at what prices? Recommending artists and pinning them to price

and sculptures

brackets is impossible. Variables include the size of a piece and the medium. And ‘expensive’ or ‘cheap’ does not necessarily reflect quality. One could easily pay more for a ‘decorative’ image by a formulaic painter, from a furniture shop, say, which will have next to no resale value, than for a work of greater aesthetic depth that will sell better. Many thousands of artists ply their trade in South Africa, so there’s a mountain of work to choose from in terms of up-and-comers. Living artists whose work is growing in value but is still ‘affordable’ include painters Diane McLean and Jaco Benade, and sculptors


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Estate living Is an investment in a secure community a secure investment? Words by Ann Ellis Brown

It has been said that the idea of secure communities draws on Sir Ebenezer Howard’s 1898 vision of self-contained and self-sufficient communities or ‘garden cities’ in the UK. Howard’s ideal included within the radius of the garden city, or on its green-belt outskirts, forms of industry and agriculture to provide work for residents – a vision of today’s ‘live, work, play’ ideal espoused in South Africa by developments such as Century City in Cape Town and Melrose Arch in Johannesburg. Today, the terms ‘secure community’ or ‘gated community’ cover a wide range of developments, from urban security complexes to lifestyle estates such as Val de Vie.


rban gated communities saw their first concerted

‘It would be wrong to assume that there are no indigenous

modern expression in the 1960s in the United

innovations contributing to the global phenomenon. Nor

States, and continue to enjoy popularity there. Rich

should it be assumed that the drivers of local markets

Benjamin, writing for The New York Times, notes that

for private neighbourhoods or the developments they

between 2001 and 2009, the number of housing units

produce are uniform between (or within) countries

in US gated communities grew by 53%, according to

and regions.’ However, fear of crime seems to be a

the US Census Bureau’s American Housing Survey.

major motivating factor. According to a study by

Gated communities are now an international

Karina Landman, published by the CSIR in 2004, the

phenomenon: from the Caribbean, the US, Canada,

reason most frequently given by South Africans for

Germany, Portugal and Russia to Brazil, China, Saudi

moving to a gated residential development is safety

Arabia and India. As every South African knows, there

and security. (This reason was echoed by those

has been a proliferation of such developments in this

Benjamin interviewed in US gated communities.)

country too – according to asset-analytics company

The other motivations quoted in Landman’s ‘Gated

Lightstone’s proprietary Freehold Estates database, in

communities in South Africa: Comparison of four case

2007 South Africa had 1 435 ‘registered Walled Estates

studies in Gauteng’ were the acquisition of a ‘sense of

containing 140 000 properties’.

community and identity; financial investment and

Chris Webster et al noted in ‘The global spread of gated

market trend; proximity to nature and specific lifestyle

communities’ (published in the journal Environment

choice; greater efficiency and independence; and status,

And Planning B: Planning And Design in 2002) that

prestige and exclusivity (elitism).’

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Club life

‘For some buyers, having the peace of mind [of]

Another secure US community that predated modern knowing their families are ensconced within a secure urban security complexes was the Country Club estate with access to schooling and infrastructural Suburb, which enjoyed popularity from 1900 to 1929. facilities enables the major breadwinner, who may be This was ‘a planned residential district containing one a corporate executive or entrepreneur, to commute to or more subdivisions offering middle- and upper- major centres on business while still residing in a middle-class homes in park-like settings with up-to- luxury home within a countrified ambience. Gated date public utilities, tree-lined streets, community estates remain in demand among home buyers for a amenities (such as golf courses), and access to several variety of reasons, which include an appealing and modes of transportation’, according to the Cultural secure lifestyle – often in scenic settings. In addition, Landscape Foundation. Such suburbs may have served in taking note of the high cost of living, numerous as the inspiration for today’s secure estates, where purchasers look to acquire properties that cost less to residences are set in parklands or around fairways and maintain and have good security. polo fields.

‘Generally, we find that when comparing the values

‘Due to their exclusive lifestyle offering in secure, of homes in estates against the general residential scenic and often breathtaking environments, golf and market, estates outperform the average national other lifestyle estates in prime locations remain a house-price growth in the short, medium and longer popular choice for those seeking these attributes in term. This is particularly evident in Gauteng, where their primary residence,’ says Dr Andrew Golding, golf estates have over the past five years significantly chief executive of the Pam Golding Property group. outperformed the general residential market,’ says But here again, security is also a prime motivator. Golding.


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Left, Arabella Country Estate…. The Essence of Tranquil Living Below, early morning at Val de Vie


Landman suggests that residents making the decision

Furthermore, ‘the golf estates in Gauteng have


to move to a secure community draw the following

significantly outperformed the general residential

Val de Vie Estate experienced

conclusion: ‘At the end of the day, choosing a place

market in the short, medium and longer term with

a 43% increase in year-on-year

to live must also make financial sense, especially in

close to a 10-percentage-points difference in growth

sales transactions in 2012.

a predominantly capitalist society where property

over the past five years,’ he notes. And Erwin Rode,

For the period 1 December

investment is seen as one of the best ways to make a

property economist and valuer at Rode & Associates,

2011 to 30 November 2012,

profit, albeit sometimes only after some time. If one can

adds, ‘Gauteng has fewer opportunities for golf-estate

total property sales at Val

combine a good quality of life with a sound financial

developments (muted supply) and a strong demand

de Vie consisted of 84 own

investment, then that is all the more reason to invest in

because of the higher crime rate.’

title (74 erven and 10 houses)

the estate.’

Performance based

Val de Vie Estate’s property sales manager Peter

and 11 sectional title (horse

Wagenaar says the estate has seen a flurry of buyers from

stables) transactions to the

other provinces, particularly Gauteng. ‘Our clients are

value of R92,904-million

So how are secure estates performing against inflation?

looking for quality of life within a premium security

and R1,26-million respectively.

There are not many polo estates in South Africa, so we

environment – which Val de Vie can offer its residents.

For the same periods in 2010

looked at figures for golf estates, the developments to

We find that with the consideration of the semination

and 2011, 61 and 64 sales

which Val de Vie bears the closest comparison.

that they embark upon – they want a broad range of

transactions to the value

‘When comparing estates’ inflation against average

lifestyle aspects as opposed to just having a secure

of R62,769-milion and

residential inflation for most medium- to high-value

estate, as time is becoming more precious to all – they are

R72,865-million were

suburbs, the estates slightly outperform the average

looking for an all-inclusive basket that allows the whole

concluded (up for 19

national inflation in the short, medium and longer

family to spread their wings and partake in various

transactions in 2009

term,’ says Paul-Roux de Kock of Lightstone.

leisure activities within the confines of their environment.’

to the value of R22,99million). Average sales prices have remained fairly stable since 2010, increasing from R1,029million to R1,106-million. By far the majority of property transactions during this period have been erven (due to the ‘youth’ of the development, which is only five years old).

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Colour me green Investing in environmentally friendly companies doesn’t mean you have to take a knock on returns. Quite the opposite, in fact Words by Georgina Guedes


eople are increasingly conscious of the

Of course, the mere act of reporting on

ethics and sustainability of the companies

environmental issues doesn’t actually make a

While certain industries have been earmarked for their

in which they invest their money. Nobody

company green, and there are clear leaders in

sustainability, these are not always the best industries

wants to make a few bucks off an unethical

environmental management and in the fact

to invest in as they may already be overpriced. Here’s

or environmentally harmful business process.

that the services that they provide are green.

a list of industries on which Gray is focusing at present

But despite various mechanisms being put

However, as with any investment, this isn’t

from both an environmental and an ethical standpoint:

in place that require companies to show their

just about identifying the companies you

true environmental, social and ethical colours

like – it’s about identifying those that will

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in their financial reporting, it remains tricky

deliver a good return.

Companies such as MTN and Vodacom are big

to identify the truly green companies – and those that offer good investment potential.


‘As clients become more discerning about

employers, empowering people in rural areas, and will

how and where they allocate their capital –

ultimately create efficiencies in the supply chain, which

‘One of the dominant mind-sets is that, if

aligning their personal philosophies with

will have considerable benefits for the environment.

you invest in line with your views and values,

their money philosophies – people have

2 Platinum mining

you have to be prepared to take a discount on

been trying to build green investment funds,’

Despite the political complexity, platinum is unique

returns,’ says Malcolm Gray, portfolio manager

says Gray. ‘The problem is that, intellectually,

environmentally – it’s being incorporated into the fuel

of responsible investments at Investec Asset

this all sounds nice – but in reality it’s a lot

cells of the future, and in catalytic converters it

Management. ‘I say that’s absolutely not so.

more complex.’

removes harmful chemicals from the process. It is also

An understanding of the environmental and

recyclable. While the companies will need to find ways

better-run business. The reality is that this is


building greater brand strength and equity.’

He raises the point that if, for instance, you

extremely low at the moment. BHP Billiton is the best

rule out mining and the related industries,

in the breed of platinum-mining companies but both

ethical contexts should, over time, result in a


of making the economic benefits available to all, the potential in this industry is immense, and it is priced

you lose between 25% and 35% of the JSE.

Angloplat and Impala Platinum are also worth watching.

Companies listed on the JSE are currently

When you consider that banks will usually

3 The sugar industry

required to produce an ‘integrated report’,

finance the various mining companies, you

This is the one to keep an eye on for its waste products’

which takes into account not only the

lose out on them as well. ‘A lot of it has to do

use in biofuel, although Gray feels that the shares are not

traditional bottom line but provides detailed

with how a particular fund manager articulates

appealingly priced. Tongaat Hulett and Illovo Sugar’s

information about the company’s sustainability

the investment philosophy,’ he says. ‘They have

share prices tell the tale.

as well. According to Sustainability South

to determine their alignment and comfort,

4 Infrastructure

Africa, ‘Integrated reporting aims to give a

and they must be able to justify why they invest

Africa has a need for the development of infrastructure,

holistic view of the organisation by putting

in particular shares – and prove that it’s not

and Gray highlights railways in particular as an

its performance and strategy in the context


underused network that will be required to grow in

of its relevant social and environmental

Instead, fund managers and investment

the coming years. Grindrod, he says, is worth investing

issues.’ This is an acknowledgement by the

advisors have to identify those companies

in as the biggest private buyer of locomotives, doing

business world that the way in which a

that are environmentally and ethically sound

its bit to get trucks off the roads.

company behaves towards the environment

but that are priced relatively low, so as to offer

5 The banking industry

and the people in its communities is a vital

good potential returns. This is the core of

They are massive employers, and Absa in particular is

part of its overall health – and the pressure to

any investment philosophy, and should in no

well priced at the moment (in addition to having a strong

perform well by these measurements is only

way be disregarded because the portfolio is

community programme).

going to increase.

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Brad Pitt quits his day job Okay, not really – but he has embarked on a new career as furniture designer Words by Annemarie Luck



hile you may not be a tabloid junkie, chances

and Okha Interiors believes the limited-edition pieces

are you’ve heard about Brad Pitt’s passion for

will be ‘as coveted as an Oscar’. ‘Pitt’s designs reflect his

architecture and design. He once apprenticed with the

interest in modernism, to which he has added elements

architect Frank Gehry, is known for being an avid

of classicism to create unique concepts,’ he says. ‘The

collector of modernist and contemporary furniture,

furniture pieces are bold, masculine statements that feel

and after Hurricane Katrina he formed the Make

crafted and personalised. He has played with form and

It Right foundation, a project that enlists

materials to sculpt geometric icons. As with his craft

architects to help rebuild New Orleans. ‘I’ve been

as an actor, there is an attention to detail that is well

doodling ideas for buildings and furniture since the

rehearsed and polished.’

early 1990s, when I first discovered Charles Rennie

Artist and product designer Heath Nash is more

Mackintosh and Frank Lloyd Wright,’ Pitt recently

critical, saying that while he finds the collab interesting,

told Architectural Digest.

‘the work is not particularly current or conceptually

And now, it seems, those doodles have paid off.

rich. I highly value the evidence of process in design

When Pitt met custom-furniture designer Frank

(both the conceptual process and the manufacturing

Pollaro in 2008, they got to talking about

process), neither of which is very interesting to me in

Pitt’s ideas – and Pollaro was impressed

this range. I also value the relevance of any given work

enough by the actor’s sketchbook to suggest

to the social, political, environmental and physical

a meeting of minds and talents. The result? Twelve

specifics of that time. This work doesn’t feel or look

limited-edition, handcrafted and signed pieces making

as though it’s of the now, and it doesn’t engage with

up the Pitt-Pollaro collection, which includes an Art

anything other than pure looks, glossy surfaces and

Deco bed (seemingly big enough to fit the whole Jolie-

expensive materials. That said, it’s probably perfectly

Pitt family), a marble bathtub (made for two) and an

“Pittched” at the right buying audience. Pollaro

assortment of tables with intricate legs.

doesn’t seem to know how to guide Pitt through the

Many of the pieces take a single line as inspiration,

complex world of contemporary thought and

with Pitt explaining that the appeal ‘started with my

making of things in the 21st century.

introduction to Mackintosh’s Glasgow rose, which is

Pitt-Nash? Now there’s

drawn with one continuous line… But for me there

an idea…’

is something more grand at play, as though you could tell the story of one’s life with a single line.’ One cannot deny this is good PR for Pollaro –

All expert opinions aside, what does the future look like for Pitt, the designer? While the ever-modest actor is hesitant at being called a

although the designer insists that ‘this is not Pollaro

furniture designer, Pollaro steps in with his vote of

paying Pitt for his name. This is Brad Pitt controlling

confidence, saying, ‘I think we’ll be doing this for a

every single line.’ The real question is, are the designs

long time.’

any good? There have been mixed reviews in the international press, with four design experts interviewed


by The New York Times choosing adjectives such as ‘stifled’, ‘modern’, ‘swanky’ and ‘timeless’ when asked what word first came to mind while looking at the range. Here in South Africa, opinions are just as varied. Mark Rielly of Antoni Associates



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4 Does everything he touches turn to gold? Actor, humanitarian, father

oblivious to the backlash and

extraordinaire, looks good

multiple spoofs. His nonchalant

bearded and clean-shaven…

response? ‘I haven’t seen the

Brad Pitt’s allure seems to

parodies but I say fair play.’

know no bounds



Perhaps spending two

There’s no denying that

decades in the spotlight

people love to love Brad Pitt.

has given him a thick skin.

So whether his furniture range

Or perhaps it has something

garners criticism or praise, it’s

to do with the US$7-million

bound to sell. Because everyone

Chanel paid him to appear

wants a piece of Pitt. Right?

in the campaign. Either way,

Just look at his recent role

he’s clearly not fussed.

as the first male face of Chanel

And neither is Chanel

N° 5 fragrance. After the furore

– because, far from doing

that ad campaign unleashed

damage to the brand,

(comments such as ‘the most

the negative publicity has

pretentious 30 seconds ever

generated millions of dollars

captured on film’, ‘banal

in free advertising, according

gobbledegook’ and

to those in the know. ‘Since

‘Brad a total laughing

the Brad Pitt advert for Chanel

stock’ abounded), we

N° 5 premiered, we have seen

wouldn’t be surprised

an increase in the number

if the actor was taking

of men coming in to buy

cover under his Pitt-Pollaro

classic Chanel fragrances,

ocean liner of a bed.

both for themselves (with

But Pitt recently said he’s been

Bleu de Chanel) and for the

abroad and has therefore been

woman in their life (with the iconic Chanel N° 5),’ Selina Jones, head of global buying at House of Fraser,


told Grazia. ‘The advert has changed men’s perceptions of the brand as a whole.’ No doubt the Pitt empire will continue to forge ahead.

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What’s next? Rivalling Sol

6 PP-2 Bed 7 The Long Run Table

Kerzner with The Pitt Palace?

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9:40 AM

V - tech news

Worth the wait After visiting this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, tech writer Neil Gardner explains why you might not want to buy a TV this year


t the annual hypefest that members of the tech

That’s not even testing the limits of your current

world call CES (Consumer Electronics Show),

1080p HD TV – all but the very cheapest flat panel

several of the top TV manufacturers engaged in an ultra-

displays exceed this resolution. This service will be

high-definition standoff in Las Vegas. Samsung, Sony,

upgraded but not in the immediate future, and only to

LG, Panasonic and co hawked their new 4K sets to

1080p. Then there are the DVD-store offerings. The

adoring audiences. For those who don’t have their noses

best they can do is Blu-ray, which your HD TV-saurus

glued to tech sites for several hours a day, here’s a quick

will handle fine. Sure, there are plans to release movies

definition: 4K UHD is the new format in flat panel

captured in 4K but chances are they’re not the type of

displays, the 4K part referring to the resolution – 3840

highbrow art-house stuff you’re into. So all we’re left

× 2160 pixels, or twice the horizontal and vertical

with is the manufacturers’ demo disks showing waves

resolution of a 1080p HDTV format, and four times

crashing on a beach, slow-motion ballet dancers and

as many pixels. As you’d expect, the picture quality is

close-up footage of a couple of solemn geishas, on a

mind-blowing and can be likened to looking through

continuous loop.

a window at a real live scene outside.

Lastly: 4K OLED. The 4K sets shown at CES 2013

So whatever we previously thought was a masterpiece

are LCD, a technology that is still plagued by up to

in audiovisual technology is now Palaeolithic. If you

40% resolution loss during motion, despite powerful

watch a 75” HD display from two metres away, you can

processors and Einstein-baffling algorithms. OLED

still make out the individual pixels. With 4K, they’re

handles motion with ease. 4K OLED sets exist but in

almost undetectable, till you get close enough for the

prototype form only.

security guard to press his hand to your chest.

Don’t believe the hype – just yet

If that R150K wad is flapping madly in your pocket, getting hotter by the minute, put it aside for another year. More content will become available and chances

But, unfortunately, the 4K has its limitations. Firstly,

are that 4K TV’s prices will come down (they always do)

the human eye actually has finite resolution. Secondly:

– and maybe by 2015, your local store will stock some

content. DSTV’s HD channels are broadcast in 720p.

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If you’re going to buy a TV anyway… …Neil Gardner suggests purchasing one of these

Samsung 110” 4K LED If size counts, then Samsung emphatically won the battle of the TVs at CES in 2013, showing off a 110” 4K panel. Featuring digital upscaling of your DVDs and Blu-ray disks, it’ll go some way towards improving their resolution, and Samsung’s Smart Hub lets you use apps such as Skype and YouTube when connected to the internet. Of course it’s not available at your nearest Makro, and there’s a lengthy waiting period – it’s so big it has to travel by ship.

Sony HX855 Series Bravia Despite best efforts from the Koreans, Sony still holds its own, largely by focusing their R&D efforts on picture quality rather than tons of (often superfluous) features. Although the format is fast becoming old-school,

Loewe Reference ID

this is a stunning Full HD TV, with

This Loewe TV has a Full HD LCD

vibrant, accurate colours and smooth

display with LED backlighting and

motion (thanks to its X-Reality video-

a 400Hz refresh rate, and includes

processing technology). It’s also 3D

3D functionality. It pumps out 160W

capable and Facebook, YouTube,

of sound and can record up to 1TB

Twitter and Skype ready.

of programming. That’s not the point,

though. Designed by Italian piano manufacturer Fazioli, Loewe offers personalisation options. Start with

Panasonic TC-PV55VT50 Plasma

an aluminium frame and a black

Plasma is not dead. In fact, it’s still regarded as the fundi’s choice.

backside, then choose from a

Panasonics are reputed as having the best displays available in terms

multitude of woods, metals, leathers

of picture quality: near-perfect colour, superb off-angle viewing,

and fabrics. Available in 40” and 46”.

excellent screen uniformity and pitch-black, well, blacks.

Samsung 55” Multi-View OLED Before 4K hit the scene like an ocean liner, OLED was about to take over the mantle of ‘the next big thing in TVs’. With ultra-thin design, razor-sharp picture, butter-smooth motion and frugal energy consumption, the technology is superior to LED backlit sets in many ways. Plus, it is so fast that two people can simultaneously watch two different HD movies, in 3D (with active shutter glasses). Available around August 2013.


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V - tech news

...go on, spoil yourself! Gadgets and gizmos you’ve got to get your hands on

Garmin Approach S3

BeoPlay A9

Tap on the glove-compatible

Standing around a metre tall,

touch screen of the watch for hole

this wireless 2.1 stereo speaker

overviews, distance to pins, doglegs

plays audio from an iPhone,

and the front, back and middle of

iPad or Android device over

the greens, as well as to upload and

Wi-Fi, using DLNA and Apple

save hazards. There’s score keeping

AirPlay. If wireless isn’t an option,

for stroke play (including Stableford

all connections and controls are

scoring) and you can count your

around the back, with a 3,5mm

steps with the built-in odometer.

line-in jack, USB and Ethernet

It’s loaded with more than 30 000

port. Cover options include red,

golf courses worldwide, including

green and silver, and the volume

St Andrews – which is probably

can be adjusted by running a hand

why they made it waterproof…

over the top edge – as if you’d need

an excuse to stroke it…

Sony Xperia Z

Like we’ve shown with TVs, the latest features aren’t everything

But the gap is closing and Sony’s

when it comes to tech. That said, this

RX100 is leading the charge, with

top-of-the-line Android smartphone

a huge image sensor and bright

doesn’t lack for any, with a 5” Full HD

F1.8 aperture lens. Pics in daylight

Bravia screen, quad-core processor

are rich in colour and pin-sharp,

and 13MP camera to email, browse,

and are impressive in low light too

navigate, game and capture. But the

(the nemesis of compact cameras).

others: it’s dust- and water-resistant

Sony Cyber-shot RX100

– enough to be submerged at 1,5m

Fact: digital SLR cameras offer

the Sweep Panorama mode shoots

for 30 minutes.

better image quality and speed

and stitches your landscape shots.

than pocketable cameras.

Xperia Z has one advantage over the

Video is captured in Full HD. It zooms from 28 to 100mm, and

Parrot AR Drone 2.0 The second generation Drone is not just a marginal update to the iPadcontrolled aircraft – there are some radical improvements, starting with the moves it can perform (including a flip). The camera shoots in HD and 4GB of flash memory can store hours of video footage. Then there’s the forthcoming GPS integration, keeping track of its position. Recording information can be used in creating 3D models of every movement. Buy two.

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V - nurturing success

Parenting success We all want the best for our children – but when does praise become pushing, and success become stress? What does it take to raise a successful child? Words by Glynis Horning


hat parent didn’t share the tearful exhilaration of Bert le Clos

For this, a child does not need exceptional genes, expensive tuition

at last year’s Olympics, when his ‘beautiful, beautiful boy’, as

or exhausting regimens – just consistent, unconditional love and

he lovingly dubbed his son, powered past the legendary Michael Phelps

acceptance from overtly nurturing parents, Steyn says. ‘The parents’

to swimming stardom?

role is to honour the unique talents and gifts their child brings to the

‘I believed I could win,’ a glowing Chad told reporters in the euphoria that followed. ‘My father wouldn’t expect anything less.’

world, and not to see them as putty to be moulded in their hands to their expectations.’

Bert has it right. Loving and believing in your child are the most

There are few books that tell you exactly what to do. All parents

important things you can do for them, and crucial to their success,

and all children are unique and different, and should find what works

according to Johannesburg counselling psychologist Karin Steyn.

in their families with their respective children, says Steyn. ‘To me the

And by ‘success’ she doesn’t mean scoring an Olympic gold medal,

most important thing is love. To raise a child with love and guidance

an Academy Award or a Nobel Prize – though it just may include

helps develop their superego and conscience, the internal regulatory

those as well. ‘A successful child is an emotionally, physically and

system that tells them when they are doing right or wrong in a

spiritually healthy and happy individual,’ she says. ‘It’s not a child

particular context.’

who is the best in everything he does but a child who knows that he does his best, and feels happy with himself. His feeling of success

When push comes to shove

comes from his internal appraisal and not from external feedback and

Bert le Clos gave his son all the support and encouragement he could,

reward only.’

from getting him to mammoth practice sessions to cheerfully preparing

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V - nurturing success the mega steak-and-pasta meals that fuelled them. But he left it to Chad’s coach, the formidable Graham Hill, to do the pushing. ‘He’s hard-core,’ Chad confided admiringly in London. ‘I’m actually scared of him – but in the end it paid off.’ It was the same for soccer star Amanda Dlamini, 24, captain of Banyana Banyana. Her single mom, Sibusisiwe, a secondary-school vice principal, left Amanda’s soccer progress to her and her coach. ‘But Mom supported me and gave me a sense of responsibility and discipline which helped me all the way,’ says Amanda. ‘My young brother and I had chores – washing dishes, sweeping, making tea for her when she got back from work. I wasn’t allowed to go to practice until they were done, and if we didn’t do them properly there was trouble! It taught me to work hard to get results. I’m so grateful for that.’

A child does not need exceptional genes, expensive tuition or exhausting regimens, just consistent, unconditional love Singer, songwriter and model ChianoSky seconds that. ‘My mom encouraged my dream and supported my decisions from the start,’ she says between promotions for Believe, the follow-up single to the hit Sick Sick from her debut album Hungry. The only pushing the 18-yearold had from single mother Charisse Nel was ‘in the right direction, when she enrolled me in the National School of the Arts, and encouraged me to take part in music activities, shows and competitions. She allowed me to express myself, discover my strengths and set extraordinary goals for myself.’ Would ChianoSky, Amanda and Chad have achieved the success they did had their parents pushed harder for it? In the pool, on the field or on stage, they may have; but away from those, would ChianoSky still be the ‘focused, grounded and humble’ young woman described by Leon Haasbroek of her agency, Star Model Management? Would Amanda have been the ‘confident, respectful, appreciative’ young woman she considers herself to be today? Would Chad have been the ‘cheerful, balanced’ 20-year-old his sister Bianca Matos, 34, describes, one who ‘loves Sunday family lunches and rowdy games of PlayStation FIFA 12 with his brothers and brother-in-law’, and good-naturedly adopts the role of designated driver on occasional nights on the town? One wonders. Parental pushing can produce material success but too often it comes at a high personal price. 58

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V - nurturing success For every star who may have emerged more or less unscathed by the pressure of zealous ‘momagers’ and ‘dadagers’ (Andre Agassi, Venus and Serena Williams, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber), there’s a constellation of others who have suffered burn-out along the way (Britney Spears, Macaulay Culkin, Ashlee Simpson). But without pushing, how do you motivate a child? ‘Encourage intrinsic motivation, for the child to find the passion and energy themselves to be successful in some area,’ urges Dr Susan Stillman, US director of education at Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Network, which now has a representative in South Africa (Avril Kidd, 082 779 6299). Stay away from rewards – these are extrinsic motivation and parenting experts have shown they don’t work in the long run, Stillman says. ‘Positive descriptive feedback is useful: tell children what exactly they did that you liked, and this will motivate them to do more of this kind of thing.’ Let children know that perseverance leads to success, advises Steyn. ‘My son would get frustrated when he couldn’t advance to a new level when he plays games – I’d have to tell him that he can do it, and should keep trying until he gets it right! That it’s okay if it’s hard and he struggles, and it doesn’t mean he should give up. He should keep practising, then it will be easy – like when he learnt to crawl and then walk.’ Also help children commit to the activities they start, she says. ‘If they start an extramural activity, encourage them to commit to it for at least half a year, so they get the feeling of coming through the hard patches and enjoy the success of effort and determination.’

Whose life is this anyway? When it comes to career decisions, allow your children to choose what they would like to do in life, based on their talents and gifts. ‘Self-esteem is reinforced when they know they are good a particular things,’ Steyn says. ‘Allow them to figure out what they are good at

WHEN PARENTS DISAGREE What to do when one parent thinks a child could do better and should be pushed harder,

and what would bring them fulfilment – what they

while the other does not? ‘Be honest and open with each other about why you feel the

would love to do if money were no option. It’s not for

way you do,’ advises psychologist Karin Steyn. ‘See whether you can find the story in

parents to prescribe what their children should do with

your own past that gave rise to this feeling.’ Were you pushed too hard by your own

their lives, but to instil a sense of self-knowledge and

parents, and perhaps lost interest, rebelled, dropped out or failed to succeed? Or do


you believe you were not encouraged enough in an area you now regret not pursuing?

Exposing children to lots of ideas, opportunities and

Talk it through together and, if necessary, with a professional. Then choose a course of

possibilities is parents’ best role, adds Stillman. ‘Follow

action that honours your current values but is reasonable to your child and respectful

their interests, show them how this may lead to a career

of their voice, which is the most important, she says. ‘I always think of Andre Agassi,

choice and discuss the pros and cons.’

who was one of the world’s best tennis players not because he wanted to be but because

Too many parents live vicariously through their children, and take pride and ownership for what their

his father pushed him. He was brilliantly successful but did not own his success and did not enjoy the sense of happiness that comes from living true to yourself.’

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V - nurturing success child is less successful than they had hoped, they take it

asymmetrical’, says Steyn. The focus should shift from

personally – the child is punishing them and hurting

‘what I tell others about my child and how good that

them, or being ungrateful for all their efforts. ‘Develop

makes me look and feel’ to ‘I love my child for who he

your own EQ competencies, recognise your patterns

or she is’.

and increase your awareness so you’re not doing this,’

Parents need to learn to let go of their fantasies and

says Stillman. ‘It’s about empathy – really listening to

to make peace with the reality. ‘If you focus on the

where your children are and not making assumptions

relationship you have with your child, the other things

about them.’

will begin to matter less,’ concludes Steyn. ‘Children

The affirmation from early in your child’s life should

who are nourished and encouraged will seek their

be ‘I promise to applaud your accomplishment whether

own actualisation and unfold in due course. People

it’s for nobody’s eyes or the Nobel Prize’ and ‘I allow

are not naturally lazy – they strive to achieve growth

you to do things your way, no matter how messy or

and success!’

DO’S AND DON’TS OF RAISING A SUCCESSFUL CHILD l DO be clear about your values and live by them – your child is watching and learning. l DON’T hide your slip-ups – admit them, apologise if necessary, and explain that nobody is perfect and how you will try to do better. l DO share your knowledge and experience, making time to talk (family meals, car rides, walks). l DON’T avoid talking about difficult times – explain how you survived them and what you learned.

l DON’T do things for them that they could do themselves; learn to hold back. l DO give them chores so they learn responsibility and the importance of work. l DON’T keep them so busy that they have no time to do nothing but daydream occasionally – that’s important too. l DO encourage critical thinking – teach them to ask questions, research solutions and make decisions.

l DO be involved, and have high but realistic expectations.

l DON’T ever say ‘because I say so’.

l DON’T be controlling – respect your child’s right to use their

l DO discuss your child’s preferred learning style, and

unique strengths to pursue their particular dreams and do things

whether they process information best when it’s visual,

in their own way. Unnecessary intervention makes young children

auditory or kinaesthetic, says Stillman.

feel inadequate, and teens angry. l DO praise their efforts, whatever the outcome; ask them to reflect on what they did and how they themselves felt about it, advises EQ coach Susan Stillman. Ask them to think of other ways they could have done it. l DON’T praise their talents and abilities – studies suggest this makes children afraid to try things and risk losing their status if they fail. l DO allow them to make mistakes and take small everyday risks once they’re ready (riding a swing, catching a bus) – it’s how they become resilient, learn and grow.

l DON’T compare your child with siblings or others – each is different. l DO teach them that their own opinion is important, but to respect others’ perspectives – to really listen to others’ views and work collaboratively for a solution. l DON’T let them be put off by negative feedback, provided they are satisfied they did their best. l DO have reasonable boundaries enforced with clear, consistent consequences. l DON’T prevent kids from being kids – make time to relax with them and have fun!



* Michael Phelps has said divorced mom Debbie was stern

* Britney Spears’s toxic ‘momager’ Lynne allowed her to pose in

but involved him in decisions, and never gave up on him when

her underwear for a Rolling Stone cover at 17, and wrote an exposé

others doubted his abilities because of his attention difficulties.

about her (Through The Storm: A Real Story Of Fame And Family

* Lady Gaga has described dad Joe Germanotta as strict and

In A Tabloid World), while Britney suffered public meltdowns.

protective, and him and mom Cynthia as supportive, loving,

* Macaulay Culkin has described ‘dadager’ Kit as ‘an abusive man’

giving and nonjudgmental.

who fought with his mom over Macaulay’s personal fortune. He is

* Lewis Hamilton has credited divorced dad Anthony with

now estranged from his father and battling to rebuild his career.

teaching him an ‘honest’ and ‘positive’ approach to life and strong

* Jessica and Ashlee Simpson’s ‘dadager’ Joe is reported to have

work ethic, running three jobs to provide him with financial backing

done everything to bank off his daughters, including pushing them

to race.

into such tacky reality shows as Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica.

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No ordinary day Ryk Neethling ventures to the Quirimbas Archipelago and into the heart of Africa for a page-turning holiday


love the feeling of knowing that a day that starts

conservation project that aims to protect and nurture

out as ordinary is going to develop into something

this marine nursery and sanctuary. In 2005, the Vamizi


tourism with wildlife conservation and community

airport one crisp morning, admiring the luxurious Pilatus

development. It’s the kind of place you walk around

PC-12 private jet we were about to board, this feeling

barefoot and are served crayfish while feeling like a king

hit me.

on a private Swahili day bed. Castaway chic, they like

We were on our way to Vamizi Island, an impossibly

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to call it.

beautiful piece of land that’s part of the Quirimbas

It’s not your usual five-star experience – it’s better.

Archipelago just off the coast of Mozambique – and

Instead of wasting time indoors watching a flatscreen

the sky had never looked more blue.

TV (there is no TV), you’ll be compelled to spill out of

The luxurious middle of nowhere


Island Lodge was opened as a way of combining

As four friends and I gathered on the tarmac at Lanseria

your private villa onto your private beach, and imagine yourself on the set of The Blue Lagoon. There’s no

When writer AA Gill, notorious for his critical reviews,

denying the romance of something as wild and free as

describes a place as ‘a pearl in a thousand miles of crushed

being on your own deserted island.

shells’, you know you’ve struck holiday gold. And once

Of course, it’s not entirely deserted. It just seems

we begin to explore this exclusive, luxurious retreat, I just

that way because you’re left alone in your little corner

want to get lost here.

of tropical paradise. But if you feel the need for social

The island is owned by a private investment company,

interaction, there’s scuba diving, dhow sailing (on an

consisting of a small group of idealists who support the

ancient Arabic sailing boat) and deep-sea fishing during

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the day, and grills on the beach and cocktails at the bar in the evenings. As far as a drop in the ocean goes, Vamizi is definitely

When AA Gill describes a place as ‘a pearl in a thousand miles of crushed shells’, you know you’ve struck holiday gold

no ordinary island.

The land of a thousand hills From the turquoise Quirimbas Archipelago we fly into the rusty heart of Africa. Landing in Kigali, I can’t help but reflect on the turbulent history of Rwanda and the nearly 800 000 people who died here during the 1994 genocide. The thought contrasts vastly with the carefree holiday we’ve been having so far but it stays with me only until ‘the land of a thousand hills’ reveals its beauty. We’re staying for two nights at a place called Governors’ Camp, and our main objective is to trek up the Virunga volcanoes and seek out the Rwanda mountain gorillas. With heavily armed guards assigned to protect us against poachers and rebel soldiers, we hack our way into the thick forest, literally clearing a path as we go. val de vie

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We’re drenched in sweat because of the humidity. ‘It’s

Klein’s Camp is an old hunting camp on the border

like something out of King Kong,’ I remark to one of

between Kenya and Tanzania. Overlooking wooded

my friends.

hills, rolling grasslands and forested river banks – all

Finally, we arrive at a clearing where 14 gorillas have

teeming with the rich wildlife of this natural sanctuary

converged – an impressive silverback with his wives

– it embodies the very soul of the Serengeti. But as pretty

and their little ones. We’re told we have an hour to

as it is, what we really want to see is the migration, so

interact with them, although we have to stay five metres

we decide to put our private jet to use. We fly over a

away at all times. The gorillas have free rein and walk

region that has no road access and, suddenly, there they

right past us, sometimes even touching us. The little ones

are! More than a million animals right below us! We

play with us and show off. It’s one of the most surreal

take down the GPS coordinates and fly on to our next

experiences I’ve ever had.

camp, where we jump into a Land Rover and race back

The hunt for the great migration

to the spot. We end up slap-bang in the middle of the migration – thundering hooves, swirling dust and herds

After a quick pit stop at Kilimanjaro airport to refuel

as far as the eye can see. This has got to be the world’s

and go through passport control, we land on an airstrip

most breathtaking journey.

in the middle of the Serengeti. Time to experience a classic

We spend our remaining nights in the Serengeti at

Tanzanian safari courtesy of &Beyond, our tour operator,

Grumeti Tented Camp. By now we’ve bonded with

and their amazing mobile tented accommodation,

our guide, Medson, whose charming personality and

Serengeti Under Canvas. It’s five-star luxury and

character are typical of the kind of people who work

positioned to give you a spectacular view of the annual

for &Beyond – the kind who become friends. It’s a

great migration. And it’s mobile, so you can follow the

little sad to think we’ll soon have to part ways but I’m

herds of wildebeest, zebras, Thomson’s gazelles and

consoled by the thought of what’s still to come and the

many other grazing herbivores that travel across the

knowledge that the memory of this capsule of time

Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. The camp moves every three

spent with friends will never be diluted by time. It’s

months and leaves no trace of its existence – you could

simply too remarkable to forget.

walk past the very same spot the next day and not have

We don’t get to sleep much at Grumeti, what with

a clue there had ever been a camp there. Add to this

the noise made by the hippos and baboons. But it’s so

unbelievable food, service and game drives, and you’ve

worth it. Located in the western corridors of Serengeti

got one of the most original ways of spending time in

National Park and set on the banks of the Grumeti

the African bush.

River, the lodge is remote, wild and luxurious. Certain

Sadly, we can’t find the migration. I’m not entirely

pieces of furniture would not look out of place in the

sure how it’s possible to miss two-million surging wild

hotels of Paris, New York or London. Pan African food

animals but even when we move to Klein’s Camp up

is served outside on the lawn, usually in a picnic box,

north, there’s still no sign of them. At least the Masai

just to add to that perfect balance between comfort

warriors are out in full force…

and wilderness.

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From the Serengeti, we fly to the Okavango Delta in

provide the perfect backdrop to the cacophony of animal

Botswana. Just in case we thought the adventure was

calls. Our accommodation, Xudum Okavango Delta

tapering off, we’re confronted by a flooded delta, which

Lodge, is set in a private wilderness concession of 25 000

means we’re transported to our lodge via helicopter.

hectares to the southeast of the Moremi Wildlife Reserve.

Not a bad way to make an entrance.

So we really are getting the best of both worlds – all

The river that never reaches the sea

the modern conveniences with the miracle of nature on our doorstep.

Anyone who’s ever been to the Okavango Delta will

As day three in the Okavango rolls around and we

tell you how fascinating this oasis in an arid country is.

prepare to pack up and fly home, I think about how

It’s literally the wettest desert on earth. The river’s

this pretty much sums up our entire trip. Everywhere

fresh water, housed in papyrus-lined waterways, entices

we’ve been has combined utter luxury and convenience

elephants, crocodiles and an array of other animals. By

with the extremes of natural beauty. Question is, how

night, an astounding number of stars and constellations

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Road to Rio Sports columnist Kevin McCallum takes us through the vibrant streets of the Brazilian city set to host some of the world’s biggest sporting events

It was Rio in a moment, a love of sport and a need to party all in one


n the Favela da Rocinha they go up and down the hill every day. The largest of Rio de

obese know where they

hill overlooking the wealthy suburb of São Conrado,

are sitting (and possibly to make

is not the easiest place to get around. If you have

them feel a little ashamed that they are

money, you catch a motorbike taxi up the winding

so portly), the seats will be painted bright

streets. If you don’t, you walk. There are very few

blue. Belly blue, you might say if you

obese people in Rocinha. It would be hard to be fat

were a little cruel.

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To ensure that the

Janeiro’s favelas (shantytowns), built on the side of a

The land that loves sport

and the sufferers of overeating are accommodated in

The notions of obesity and Brazil do

special ways. For the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the

not mix well. The city thrives on sport,

organisers will be making special seats for the obese

from the beaches of Copacabana and

as a requirement of that law. The World Cup Bill, put

Ipanema to the streets of the favelas,

in place just for 2014, requires that one percent of the

where young football stars learn to twist,

seats in the stadium must be made available for the

turn, juggle and trick the ball past their

disabled. The seats will be wider and stronger than

friends. Walk the 10-block length of the

usual, and able to hold a 250kg person. They will cost

Ipanema and you will pass kilometres of courts

more than the other seats, with one of the 120 special

built on the sand. Most of them are volleyball

seats in the 64 000-seater Castelão stadium costing

courts but others are used for a game of volley-

US$58 instead of US$28.

football, the skill level of which has to be seen

‘To qualify for a ticket, people are required to

to be believed. A side foot looped into the

submit a medical certificate that proves they have

corner is countered with an overhead kick and

a body mass index of 30 or more, as recognised by

then a header over the net that is chested into

the Brazilian Ministry of Health and the World

the air by an old man with white hair and a tan so

Health Organization,’ reported a news agency. ‘“The

dark it must have been decades in the making.

seats are spread throughout the lower ring and cater

When I was in Rio in December we bought a

for views from all angles of the pitch,” the government

beer at one of the many kiosks along the

has said. “The places are well placed in relation to

pavement and watched for more than an hour.

the speakers, and there are adequate signposts.”

We counted 37 headers and volleys in one rally.

According to Brazilian legislation, the 2016 Rio

The teams are often mixed, men and women of

Summer Olympics will also have to offer seats for

all ages. The beach is a free playground for all

obese fans.’

Cariocas (Rio locals), a respite from the favelas

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for some, and a front garden for those who can afford the prices of the apartments in Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana. Traffic is banned from the road next to the beach on Sundays so that there is space and safety for the locals to ride bicycles, run, skateboard or roller blade. If they tire of that, there are steel mini-gyms placed at regular intervals along the promenade to allow for dips, pullups, push-ups and anything else they can think of doing. A few were busy when we passed but they were not as popular as the courts on the beach. It was at Ipanema that the bossa nova sound was first

‘A country is good

started when two locals – Antônio Carlos Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes – wrote The Girl From Ipanema

for tourists only

there in 1962 at the Garota de Ipanema on Rua Vinícius de Moraes. The restaurant is still there,

if it is first good

described by a few publications as a ‘tourist trap’ with overpriced drinks, but after a few pints of

for its own people’

Bohemia beer and a cut of rump, served raw with a sizzling-hot plate for you to cook it on to your own taste, it’s just perfect. On the day we went to the Garota de Ipanema, we had run a 10km race along the beachfront, 6 000 of us winding our way along Ipanema to the Copacabana, once the most famous beach in the world but now one that has lost a lot of its pulling power to Ipanema. Along Ipanema I ran past a man and a girl who had just come from a club and were impressively drunk. He’d taken his shirt off and she was carrying her heels in her hand, val de vie

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tripping and giggling as thousands ran and sweated past them while they sauntered down the middle of the road.

Olympic Park are

It was Rio in a moment, a love of sport and a need to party all in one.

stunning. It will be built in a triangular layout

But is that land ready? This land that loves sport so much will become the capital of sport from this year until 2016. The

over 300 acres in the Barra da Tijuca suburb, along the shore of a lagoon with Rio’s mountains in the background. It is on the site of the former Grand Prix track

Confederations Cup will be held in June, the World

say with conviction that a country is good for tourists

Cup next year and the Olympics three years from now.

only if it is first good for its own people,’ he said. ‘I am

There are problems, though. There are concerns that

certain that Brazilians will be disappointed to see yet

construction and setting up infrastructure are running

another wasted opportunity to improve the country’s

well behind schedule. FIFA and the local organising

quality of life.’ He does not believe that Brazil will be

committee have already had a public spat, with Jérôme

‘100% ready’ for the World Cup. And Valcke may agree

Valcke, the FIFA secretary-general, saying last year,

with him there – he once described the need to be

‘You have to push yourself, kick your [backside].’ The

flexible in dealing with the Brazilian government as the

Brazilian government had a fit. Valcke apologised and

‘FIFA Samba’.

said that he had been misinterpreted – but he has been

There is furious work going on to improve the city’s

concerned that four of the six stadiums which are to be

metro service. They currently only have two lines, and

used for the Confederations Cup were still not finished.

getting from the airport to the stadium could take

Workers went on strike recently at the Maracana

anywhere from one to two hours at present. Taxis are

stadium, which is costing the equivalent of about R4,4-

plentiful, particularly the minibus taxis, which are

billion to refurbish.

cheaper and faster. It seems as though there is a lot to

In December last year, Romario, the former Brazilian footballer (turned politician), demanded an investigation

do and a short time to do it in.

into allegations of corruption at the Brazilian Football

I’ll be there … will you?

Confederation. He believed its officials were benefiting

And yet, you believe that in the end Brazil and Rio will

from the contracts involving the national team and said

make it work. The plans for the Olympic Park are

‘fraud may have taken place’.

stunning. It will be built in a triangular layout over 300

Now 47 years old, Romario said, ‘Brazil will not take

acres in the Barra da Tijuca suburb, along the shore of

advantage of the full potential of the Cup.’ The pessimism

a lagoon with Rio’s mountains in the background. It is

of Brazilians is based on facts: the inability of decision-

on the site of the former Grand Prix track. In a break

makers to plan generates delays in countless projects

from tradition, the main Olympic stadium will not be

and raises the cost of the Cup. He spoke of the reports

in the park but in the Maracana, one of the world’s

that 170 000 people will be forcibly evicted to enable

iconic stadiums. The opening and closing ceremonies

the government to complete the urban development

will be held here as well, with athletics being hosted at

projects for the World Cup and 2016 Olympics. ‘I can

the João Havelange Stadium, which is the home ground of the Botafogo football club. Rowing, sailing, canoeing and beach volleyball will be held at the Copacabana, while they are still looking for a site to build a course for golf, one of the two new sports to be introduced in 2016. (The other is Sevens rugby – so there are two sports in which South Africa has a real chance of winning a medal.) Up in Rocinha, there may be boys and girls walking up and down the hills unaware of what is about to happen to their city and their country. The eyes of the planet will be on them soon. Brazil and Rio will be the places to be in the next four years but they have a hill to climb to get them ready for the world.


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t’s nine in the morning, an hour before opening, and the Cape is delivering one of those rare days

when crisp meets clear, underscored by windless warmth. The L’Ormarins gardens and grounds offer a magnificent setting; Franschhoek’s Groot Drakenstein Mountains form the backdrop of the Rupert family’s showcase farm, the main estate in a group of farms known as much for their splendid Sauvignon Blancs as their automotive elegance. In the courtyard of the country’s premier motor museum, a two-tone blue-and-white 1956 Ford Country is being towed out of Building 3, back into storage. Its place will be taken by another beauty, and I’m about to head into one of four grand halls to see what’s inside. I’m excited – this museum is to motoring what Wembley is to football or Moët is to Champagne.

The birth of an idea An hour earlier, the museum’s curator Wayne Harley had explained the collection and the journey from a few cars in a Highveld railway shed to the magnificence of L’Ormarins. Harley (the irony of his name is not lost on him) came with the initial Heidelberg consignment of cars, and there’s nobody – save perhaps for Dr Johann Rupert himself – who knows the story better. It all started with Dr Anton Rupert, Johann’s famously philanthropic father, a man in love with all forms of transport and with the history of South Africa in general. In 1974 he helped set up a transport museum in Heidelberg, Mpumalanga, focusing largely on trains. To the assortment were added various vintage cars, and by 2003 it was an important collection.


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Roar of ages The Franschhoek Motor Museum at L’Ormarins offers a rare glimpse into South Africa’s rich motoring past. Peter Frost went to see what treasures he could find

Main picture Graaff-Reinet 1925 Chevrolet Superior Tourer Left 1928 Bentley 4.5 Far left 1903 Ford Model A Opposite 1925 Bugatti Breccia Type 23

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Buying granddad’s old beauty

access and show off their precious occupants in the best light. It’s an art

In 2004, Johann acquired the Heidelberg property and its contents. The

gallery on a massive scale, each exhibit within the hall getting its own

story goes that he bought it because the collection included his grandfather

floor mat, battery charger, carefully researched history and spot lighting.

John’s original Graaff-Reinet 1925 Chevrolet Superior Tourer. True –

This means that there are only 80 or so vehicles on display at any one

and Dr Rupert’s eye for business also spotted an opportunity to

time, from a store of 300. Yes, 300. The back story to the museum is a

assemble a world-class collection that would be both important and

vast store of the world’s best cars, oddities, bikes and trucks, and getting

valuable. In 2004 the collection made the move to Franschhoek and

them out into the light is key to the museum’s success.

Johann, together with Harley, grew the number substantially, absorbing notable existing collections, including, eventually, many of collector

Rotating the collection

Waldie Greyvenstein’s precious beauties, bought from his daughter after

The trick, says Harley, is to rotate the collection as often as possible, and

his death.

follow themes, thereby allowing for a regular switching of exhibits. For

The four Buildings

example, the recent anniversary of the Grand Prix is celebrated in Building 4, full of vintage and recent racers, including a beautiful Jaguar

In all of the museum’s literature, the four sheds that house the public

D-Type. Mercedes-Benz was 125 in 2011 and the marque featured

collection are referred to as ‘Buildings’ with a capital B. They wholly

heavily on the floor. Ford’s 150th and Aston Martin’s 100th birthdays

deserve that capital letter. I’m speechless. It’s a bit like walking into the

were also celebrated. Upcoming themes are featured on the museum

proverbial garage-on-a-farm fantasy, where you discover a rotting Aston

website, says Harley.

Martin DB2 playing home to some broody hens. Except here everything is

An hour later I’ve barely skimmed the chrome-and-calfskin surface

in great condition. Rows of motoring’s great, good, garish and gruesome

and I drag myself reluctantly from Aladdin’s cave. I head out into the

are lined up, proudly on display for the world to admire. Sensory

light in time to see a Mustang being prepped for storage in the back

overload has nothing on these regular blasts of ‘oh good grief ’, ‘surely

halls. I can’t help thinking there’s a Disney movie in all this, as the cars

not’ and ‘bloody hell, where did they find that?’

battle it out after hours to be chosen for exhibition – ‘pick me, pick me’

As I wander the dust-free, spotless vaults, the variety is astonishing. There is a little Ford Anglia, huge Americans, tiny Brits, awkward aristocrats, rebellious Italians and executives in 1940s black. Pride of

– and the returnees from the hallowed four halls sulk and are consoled by a motherly old Packard.

place in the current crop, at least in my eyes, is the 1947 Alfa Romeo

Inspiring future generations

6C, as elegant a racer as was ever made. A close second would be the

The Mustang disappears and Harley’s earlier words come back to me.

1938 Auburn, the promise of an America still in love with the idea of a

‘It’s coming back, you know; the love of old cars. There was a computer

perfect future.

generation that wasn’t interested but the new kids are mad about them.

The halls themselves are as impressive as the collection. Part barn, part

I thank television for that, all these reality programmes showcasing the

hi-tech warehouse, they are designed to minimise humidity, maximise

classics. It’s gratifying to see youngsters among the oldies coming here and getting excited. The love will pass on.’ The love never died for me, but he’s right. And with Harley’s dedicated team of experts who nurse, coddle, start, inspect and drive most of the cars every week, there’s every chance the magic will endure. Thank you Messrs Rupert and Harley, for the dedication. We tip our proverbial racing caps to you.

MUSEUM OPENING TIMES Monday to Friday: 10am to 5pm (last admittance is at 4pm) Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 4pm (last admittance is at 3pm) The museum is also open on most public holidays. The Franschhoek Motor Museum is located on the farm L’Ormarins, three kilometres before the town of Franschhoek on the R45. Entrance fee is R60 per person. Call 021 874 9000 Above 1968 Jaguar E-Type


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Opposite Shirt R550, Yes. Jacket R995 and pants R695, both Hip Hop. Scarf, stylist’s own. Heels R2 395, Carvela

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BEAUTIFUL BEING Val de Vie chats to actress, model and cover star Tanya van Graan

You grew up on a game farm How do you prepare in Mpumalanga. How did you for different acting roles? end up in the entertainment industry? Being versatile and multitalented is important, as is passion Growing up on a game farm was such a perfect launching

and determination. You never know what to expect from

pad for my dreams. I was less influenced by the world

possible future roles; the only way is to sharpen your skills

because I was surrounded by nature. I had space to be my

and be ready for whatever comes. Often there isn’t much

own creative self and I started to dream my own big dreams.

time to prepare.

After high school, I studied musical theatre and later moved on to studying film. Modelling was a pretty natural extension of my career.

Do you prefer acting in theatre productions or in movies?

What is it like to be judged and criticised? While I was studying to be an actress, I was taught how to become a performer, but not really how to deal with criticism. Through my years of working I had to teach myself the skills

I love both fields, and respect and appreciate each for its

that now help me differentiate between constructive and

different demands and challenges. I have worked in both,

destructive criticism.

and feel they bring different kinds of satisfaction and ask

I love the journey of the character, the constant learning

How did you meet your fiancé (Kasper Kristoffersen, managing partner and founder at Caven Capital)?

and growing.

I could say I met Kasper by chance but that would give

for different levels of skill and endurance. But I have grown to favour acting in film. I love the subtlety and constant change of environment, where no two days are the same.

What are some of the challenges of your industry?

plan for our lives. We met through a mutual friend while

different areas within the entertainment world bring their

good day!

spotlight, which gives it a lot of attention in the media and

Is Kasper behind your recent love of polo?

on social networks. Your whole life becomes a subject of

Kasper’s love for playing polo introduced me to the sport.

discussion and leaves you open to be judged. But I have

I have always had a love for horses, so it was only natural that

learnt it’s a powerful platform to inspire and help others –

I would fall in love with polo and the lifestyle that comes

it’s what you do with these challenges that makes all of it

with it.

worth it in the end.

so it was only natural

he was on holiday in South Africa. On that day I met my greatest love, best friend and husband-to-be – it was a very

it becomes a part of your world. Our industry is in the

had a love for horses,

‘chance’ too much credit for what I believe was God’s perfect

It’s different for each person as different levels of success and own challenges. It’s not something you think about because

‘I have always

It’s a very competitive industry. What, in your opinion, does it take to succeed?

Tell us about your upcoming wedding. Are you planning a big celebrity bash or something more low-key?

I believe you have to know where your talent lies. You tend

We’ve decided on a small, intimate wedding. This is the

to love what you do when you’re good at it. When you’re

one day that is completely ours – it’s about the promises we

passionate about what you do, you can get through any

make to each other, and about celebrating our love with the

challenges, both good or bad, and success will follow. I believe

people who are closest to us. I have no desire to impress the

that if you pursue your talents and live out your life driven

world with my wedding, celebrity or not. I’m looking

by purpose, you can find true happiness and be able to

forward to spending it with my love and those who will

accomplish great things.

rejoice with us.

that I would fall in love with polo and the lifestyle that comes with it’

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Ryk’s birthday celebration


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1 Ryk with Ulanova Visser 2 Letchen and Jacques Marais 3 Nicolette Jonas (left), Simone de Wet and Lizelle Venter 4 Tanya van Graan with fiancé Kasper Kristoffersen 5 Helene Heroldt and Danie Marais 6 Sarah Martin 7 Beshara 8 Lyle Wilkens 9 Debra Rossouw (left) and Sue Bosch 10 Tam Lederle with friend and Omesh Authar (right)


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Die Burger KersFEES Val de Vie Estate hosted the first open-air Die Burger Christmas concert last year at the Polo Pavilion. More than a thousand visitors enjoyed a picnicstyle show, relaxing on blankets while children ran around the field, singing. Pasella presenter Lynelle Kenned and actor Alvin Bruinders were on MC duty, while performing artists included Kurt Darren and the KD Band, Elvis Blue, Anna Davel, Anrika, Willem Botha, Bianca le Grange and Larry Joe Live. The South African Youth Choir held the audience captive, followed by Elzeth Germishuys, Andre de Villiers, Elle Amor and musical director and composer Grethe van der Merwe. All proceeds from the event will be directed to Die Burger Christmas Fund, an initiative that started 56 years ago and which aims to uplift and educate orphaned youngsters in struggling local communities.

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Kia Mountain Bike Challenge F

ormer Springbok wing Breyten Paulse, Olympic swimmer Ryk Neethling and rally driver Gugu Zulu added a touch of celebrity

glamour to the field of almost a thousand riders who took part in the inaugural Kia Val de Vie Estate Mountain Bike Challenge (presented by ASG) – now an annual event at Val de Vie in support of the local Rotary and of the Vrede Foundation for young cancer sufferers who would benefit from the race. The success of the event, the first of its kind on the estate, can be attributed to the support of the local community. The 60km race crossed 21 Western Cape wine farms, and was won by Charles Keey of Team Blend Properties. He claimed line honours ahead of Team USN rider Jacques Rossouw and Adriaan Louw of Team Contego. Phelia Burger was victorious in the women’s race, followed by Desiree Loubser and Tandi Kitching. In the 30km event, junior riders Louw Kriel and Catherine Colyn took the men’s and women’s titles for Team Contego/Sludge’ish and Bizhub-FCF respectively.

Top Toks ’n Tjops presenters Janina Oberholzer and Breyten Paulse enjoyed a great day’s racing in the Cape winelands. Above left Pro rider Charles Keey (Team Blend Properties) won the 60km race. Above right Women’s race winner Phelia Burger in action


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al de Vie Estate hosted its first market on 24 March

2013. The first market of its kind in the Paarl-Franschhoek valley was a great success and attracted more than 1 000 visitors to the estate. Now held twice a month on the Polo Pavilion’s terraces, The Market at Val de Vie showcases some of the region’s finest local produce in a spectacular country setting. Visitors have the opportunity to discover lovingly crafted goods as they enjoy the festive atmosphere. Eighteen irresistible food stands presented a variety of delicious home-made fare, from oysters, pies and gourmet delicacies to decadent sweet treats. There was no shortage of liquid refreshment either, with seven drink stations selling wine, bubbly, local beers and fresh juices. In addition to the tempting goods on offer, patrons were entertained by an exciting game of polo, chocolate and bubbly pairings courtesy of Pongrácz, and live music by Sven Blumer. Children were treated to a variety of fun activities, including a petting zoo organised by Zoo to You. Bazinga the clown also entertained kids with face paint and balloons, while toddlers loved riding around the tricycle track. For upcoming dates of The Market at Val de Vie, check out the events calendar at val de vie

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BlackBerry Pink Polo F

or the third year in a row, BlackBerry

The Pink Polo event helps to highlight these

sponsored an event in support of women’s

facts and to raise funds for Reach for Recovery,

wellness and the fight against breast cancer.

whose programme is to supply both practical

Supporting sponsors included Bosch Siemens

and emotional support to breast-cancer patients

Gaggenau, Discovery, Polo SA and Marie Claire

as well as their families. ‘This is a wonderful

magazine. This year’s event saw BlackBerry

day filled with fabulous entertainment, South

and Gaggenau, two top male polo teams, play

Africa’s favourite celebrities, prizes and goodie

an exciting match – but the highlight of the

bags,’ says event organiser Edith Venter. ‘It’s an

afternoon was a slick fashion show by Polo SA,

enjoyable way to show your support for breast-

showcasing the latest trends. A special range of

cancer sufferers and survivors while enjoying a

Pink Polo products is available at Polo stores

great day out.’

and selected Stuttafords stores around the country, with 15% of the proceeds from all sales being donated to CANSA. Guests enjoyed a high tea in a spectacular setting. Pongrácz and Pink Pigeon ensured the bubbles kept flowing, while pop-up shops included Carrol Boyes, Elizabeth Arden, The Little Hattery and Jan & Guy. One in 29 South African women is diagnosed with breast cancer. If treated early, she stands a good chance of recovery. Educating women about the symptoms of breast cancer and the need for regular check-ups is vital to combating the disease. 90

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Veuve Clicquot Masters 2013 The third annual Veuve Clicquot Masters set the benchmark for glamour and sophistication


he prestigious Champagne house Veuve Clicquot

Some of the celebrity guests in the Veuve Clicquot

sponsors some of the world’s leading polo events,

VIP Lounge included Jeannie D, Bjorn Steinbach,

including the Manhattan Classic, the LA Polo Classic

Natalie Becker, Liezel van der Westhuizen, Tanya van

and the Gold Cup in the UK – but the Veuve Clicquot

Graan, Lee-Ann Williams, Mathew and Sonia Booth,

Masters in Cape Town is the only one on the African

Gerry Rantseli-Elsdon, and Top Billing presenter, Simba


Mhere (the MC for the day). The 2013 Veuve Clicquot

Enjoying near-perfect weather on the day, crowds

Masters also attracted sponsorships by top brands,

were entertained by musical act Magic Carpet Ride,

including Bentley Motors, BlackBerry and Elizabeth

a fashion show by Jenni Button Couture and Hilton

Arden. Media partners included SABC3 and Grazia.

Weiner, and impromptu games of table tennis and

Other significant brand partners on the day included

pétanque on the grass. Best Dressed competition judges

Jenni Button, Hilton Weiner, Häagen-Dazs, The Taj

Warrick Gautier (creative director for Jenni Button),

Hotel, Avantgarde and Mango Airlines.

celebrity reporter Jen Su and representatives from

With international commentator Jamie Hayward

Grazia magazine and BlackBerry awarded prizes to

providing up-to-the-minute updates, the nail-biting

Greta Scholtz (best-dressed female) Matt Gerstner

game will certainly be remembered, with Team Val de

(best-dressed male), and Elrico Bellingan and Ritza

Vie beating crowd favourites Team Veuve Clicquot by

van Rensburg (best-dressed couple).

five goals to four.


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1 Jenni Button Couture collection 2 Ritza Janse van Rensburg 3 Jenni Button Couture 4 Tanya van Graan with fiancé Kasper Kristoffersen 5 Jen Su 6 Gretha Scholtz (best-dressed winner) 7 Jeannie D 8 Liezel van der Westhuizen 9 Michelé Stuurman (Carrol Boyes) and Paul Auriol (Möet Hennessy market manager for Southern Africa) with Team Val de Vie after the polo game 10 Warrick Gautier (creative director for Jenni Button and Hilton Weiner) with MC Simba Mhere


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Things that go grump in the night Sipho Hlongwane bemoans the curse of insomnia – but thinks he’s found a surprising cure


f you are at all familiar with Internet memes, then

in that special way that produces Ariel Pink records.

you will know all about Grumpy Cat. This is the

This is the regular kind of ennui.

Internet’s most celebrated cat, simply because its natural

Not being able to sleep peacefully is not the worst

features are drawn into what resembles a fearsome

thing about my type of sleeping troubles. I welcome

scowl. His catch phrase? ‘No.’ He can’t even summon

the endless tossing and turning in bed, because it means

up the energy to be enthusiastic about his negativity.

I’m 80% asleep in that moment. The worst part is when

And yet he is a celebrity. He had his own red-carpet

it is 03:47 in the morning, and I have been up for close

moment at the SXSW festival in Texas and everything.

to 24 hours, with no sign of the Sandman anywhere.

Why is this unhappy feline fast becoming the Internet’s

This is where that stereotype fails so badly: being up at

new mascot?

that time when it is the last thing you want to do is the

My insomnia is the answer.

very definition of negative space. Any work is out of the

Insomnia is not funny. We real insomniacs view rather

question, and entertainment such as television is far too

dimly the cute stereotype of the tortured artist in his

stimulating. Too tired to do anything, but too awake

run-down hovel, prodding away at a typewriter at some

to sleep.

ungodly hour, with only a slug of bourbon and stale

But there’s hope. Slim, but it’s a chance. I don’t believe

cigarette smoke for companionship. For a kicker, it takes

that the first thing one ought to reach for is medication.

real discipline and determination to find oneself writing

Funnily enough, the best cure for this sort of thing is

in the middle of the night when one would rather be

the one thing I definitely never want to do when I feel

sleeping. I can only speak personally in this regard: I’d

that way: I find someone who is feeling much happier

have been a promising young lawyer today if I had any

than me, and ‘hang out’.

personal discipline to boast of. It’s a wonder I finished school at all. It is, on some level, quite flattering that the public thinks we are that bloody-minded and dedicated all of the time. It becomes a source of irritation when hipsters


That’s correct. My cure for insomnia (and I think you’ve figured out by now that I’m also a bit glum) is happy people. Is there anything that happy people want to do more than make unhappy people a bit happy?

appropriate the hangdog, decrepit look of a man

This, you see, seems to be my purpose in life. Like

defeated by a lack of sleep for their own twisted ends.

Grumpy Cat, I didn’t ask to be naturally imbued with

Everyone immediately assumes I’m being ironic and

darkness. And yet so many people have taken it upon

hip when I turn up to social engagements looking like

themselves to brighten my day… I’m clearly here to give

Droopy Dog. I’m actually in deep melancholy, and not

purpose to lives.

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