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GRAPEVINE A publication for

March 2018





A New Season For

A Closer Look at

Miss World Shares

Val de Vie Restaurants

2018’s Harvest Season

Her Secrets




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04. 34. 59. 76. Estate Manager’s Report

A Newer You

Kinderark Sailing On Open Waters

Estate FAQ's

07. 38. 63. 80. Property Report

Polo Season In Full Swing

Get Fit!


10. 40. 67. I Am The Somebody

Our Young Riding Family


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Cuisine King

Brand Spanking New

From The Desk of The Golf Director

A Professional In The Making

24. 51. Summer Sunday

Friday Fun at L'Huguenot

29. 55. Meet Simoné de Wet

Vintage Yield

European Flair

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ESTATE MANAGER’S REPORT Warm greetings for 2018 and welcome to this edition of the Grapevine. The festive season is now a distant memory and without a doubt this year will be even busier than last with the estate expanding at a rapid rate. WORDS BY TERRY KE L L E R



“Having our own water supply in no way means that we can become complacent.”

“When is it going to rain?” and “day zero” have dominated discussions of late. With what appears to be a final realisation on the part of Capetonians - that there is a problem and water has to be conserved - people’s mind-sets and habits have changed. It is clear that this crisis could have been avoided with proper planning. The indications of a looming problem with water supply in the Western Cape have been around for years and it has taken threats of “day zero” to get some action. This leads me to why residential estates remain a sought-after option for South Africans. There is a perception that people move onto estates because of security, yes, that is one reason, and an important one. However, there are many other reasons, and possibly the greatest reason is that residential estate communities control their own destiny. Like minded people living in a community have the ability to plan for their future to ensure that their current, as well as their future needs, are catered for. This is precisely what Val de Vie Estate has done in addressing the water crisis. With foresight and planning the trustees rallied together to approve a plan to make the estate self-sufficient, and move off the water grid. A professional team was engaged to commission an emergency water treatment plant that had to come online in December 2017.

Utilising the healthy aquifer network deep underground, borehole water is pumped through the treatment plant and high-quality drinking water is supplied to the residents. The interesting part of the whole exercise is that the treatment plant is available “off the shelf” and did not need to be built from scratch, the technology is available right here in Cape Town. While we all wish to remain positive that “day zero” will not arrive, residents of Val de Vie Estate can take comfort in the fact that their taps will not run dry. We can be proud that we have a group of trustees with vision and a will to find a solution to a problem that has not yet been addressed by the City of Cape Town. Having our own water supply in no way means that we can become complacent. We have an obligation to utilise water sparingly and we thank each and every resident for their cooperation in this regard. Val de Vie Estate is already making plans on how we can support our surrounding communities in the event of a “day zero”, just another example of not just looking after our future, but also those who will not have access to water when the taps are turned off.




PROPERTY REPORT The water crisis in the Western Cape has resulted in a sharp decline in demand from semigrants moving up country in January 2018. Val de Vie Estate has however been fortunate to continue attracting a high demand and our rental stock and developer stands for sale are almost depleted. Our on-site property sales team, Cape Winelands Properties, reports on the property market. WO R D S BY C A P E WIN E L A N D S P R O P E R T IE S

Our private water purification plant began operating as of 18th of December 2017 and this has ensured there will be no 'day zero' for our residents. It has also enabled us to assist Drakenstein Municipality with water for needy areas. Construction of the first phase of 81 homes at the Val de Vie Evergreen retirement village is expected to commence in February 2018. The first phase is now 50% sold out and enquiries are picking up steadily. Civil construction is well underway. The Val de Vie Evergreen life-right units start from R2,75m and offer a comprehensive retirement lifestyle in the heart of South Africa’s premier estate. The retirement village will consist of 400 free-standing homes, 208 apartments and an 80-bed comprehensive medical centre. The balance of developer stock is practically sold out with only the following opportunities remaining; • 1 x Pearl Valley golf stand (1231m2) • 4 x Pearl Valley nature stands (from 1200m2 – 1500m2) • 1 x Polo Village office block unit • 9 x La Vue I and II stands (from 900m2 – 2000m2) • 3 x Mouverdre plot-and-plan homes on La Vue (three bedrooms, double garage, single storey) • 3 x Bordeaux plot-and-plan homes on La Vue (three bedrooms, double garage, single storey)


Harbour Arch Harbour Arch is an Amdec Group development which was launched in the last quarter of 2017. The Amdec Group is recognised as South Africa’s leading developer of New Urban lifestyles. Harbour Arch provides a prime opportunity to invest in Cape Town CBD’s first large-scale, inner-city, mixed-use precinct. Similar to Melrose Arch, in Gauteng, this precinct will encapsulate the principles of new urban living and present an opportunity for people to live, work, play, and relax in a safe and sustainable community-focused environment. Enjoying fantastic proximity to the city and its surrounds, Harbour Arch’s six towers will be located alongside landscaped public spaces bustling with shops, restaurants, cocktail bars, offices, health clubs and the largest selection of residential apartments in the CBD. Cape Winelands Properties has significantly contributed to selling 70% of Tower 1 with 334 apartments now sold. Our selection of Harbour Arch units available as at 6th of February 2018 are detailed below; Sea facing units: 2 x two bedroom 86m2 units at R 5,600,000 each 2 x three bedroom 109m2 units at R 7,000,000 and R 7,500,000 respectively 5 x two bedroom 73m2 units from R 4,400,000 Interior facing units: 2 x one bedroom 51m2 units at R2,650,000 each Val de Vie Construction The Vines and Le Domaine Vines have been an unbelievable success story with 234 Vines homes sold, the last of which are currently being completed by Val de Vie Construction. With over 150 elite homes completed on Val de Vie Estate, Val de Vie Construction prides itself on upholding a standard of sheer luxury, quality, flexibility, complete transparency and consistent client communication.

The latest Mouverdre and Bordeaux home plot-and-plan options offer: o A three-bedroom home with double garage, outdoor pool and boma with fire-pit on a 700m2 stand from R 5.8m o A five-bedroom home with three garages, outdoor pool and boma with fire-pit on a 700m2 stand from R 6.45m Investors in homes built by Val de Vie Construction are experiencing fantastic capital growth, with a Vines property recently being resold within a year of completion making a 42% capital increase. Rentals Cape Winelands Properties offer unfurnished and furnished rentals ranging from R 18,000 to R 50,000+ per calendar month. We have a dedicated team of resident rental experts and enjoy a 70% plus market share with daily enquiries on a consistent basis. Call us on 0861 000 606 for a free, no-strings attached home energy analysis. Make the switch to energy independence today!

systems you can start small and build up to complete independence over time. and Solar PV to optimise their home energy and cut electricity costs. Thanks to our flexible, fully modular helping several homeowners in Val de Vie Estate to save money by combining innovative energy efficiency At Energy Partners Home Solutions, we can make energy efficiency happen for you. In fact, we’re already about getting off the grid, and reducing our carbon footprint. But most of us wouldn’t know where to start. In today’s world, many people would love to receive a lower electricity bill every month. You hear a lot of talk

on electricity. Why shouldn’t you? Some of your friends and neighbours are saving nearly R2000 a month


Rental returns are above the industry standard in the Western Cape, due to the overwhelming demand for Val de Vie Estate rental property. Since our last report we have grown the rental business to offer stunning short term rental apartments at The Polo Village. The apartments offer a home from home experience for guests to enjoy their stay on the estate. To view all available apartments or make a booking please visit or call 021 863 6147.

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Val de Vie Construction now offers three plot-and-plan options as detailed below; 1. Light and bright open door Mouverdre and Bordeaux living at the La Vue from R5.8m 2. The OAKS at Val de Vie Estate from R6.5m 3. Stefan Antoni Signature Series iconic homes from R8.5m 08


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I AM THE SOMEBODY! “ I always wondered why somebody did not do something about that, then I realised I am somebody.” There have been many benefits from the amalgamation of Val de Vie and Pearl Valley, not least of which is Val de Vie Foundation‘s ability to tap into the wonderfully talented and generous homeowners who live on our estate. In this edition of Grapevine we celebrate four such amazing residents who give so big-heartedly of their time. We also introduce a new segment on showcasing our partner Valcare, profile our longstanding relationship with Khula Development group and conclude by highlighting our work in youth development in facilitating elearning in Klapmuts Primary. WORDS BY LORRA I NE H A D F I E L D : VA L D E VI E FO U N DAT I O N A DV IS O R & VA L D E V IE R E S I D E N T

Our “Somebodies” Growing the Val de Vie Foundation has been like planting acorns. We are starting to see the green shoots peep through as more and more residents put up their hands to give of their time. These four volunteers - Paula, Thiziri, Morag and Daleen - are starting a quiet revolution in the Valley. Morag Mc Garvie Morag is the unsung heroine of the Val de Vie Foundation. Following a distinguished career as an engineer and an entrepreneur, she is the go-to person whenever anything needs to get done. From providing a broad strategic overview to being a sounding board on governance, she also helps deliver wood to the Rusthof Old Age Home and bakes cookies for the Val de Vie Foundation Christmas party. She offers a pair of willing hands - and a trusty bakkie!



Thiziri Marshall Thiziri completed her law degree and post graduate studies in the United Kingdom and went on to work for some of the country’s top litigation practices. She will be generously donating her professional time to assist our partner Valcare with their legal framework and policies, as well as delivery training and running a legal clinic for Members of Valcare. Daleen Turner Daleen, who has a Masters degree in Industrial Psychology, is a human resource specialist across a wide range of sectors and runs her own business from home. Daleen has a heart to make a difference in the Valley and believes in sustainable empowerment in our community. She adds value to the Val de Vie Foundation with her passion for training and development in emotional intelligence, leadership and management. She specifically

From left: Paula Ansley, Thiziri Marshall, Morag Mc Garvie and Daleen Turner

donates her time and skills to Valcare and her training skills at the Clothing Bank. Paula Ansley Prof. Paula Ansley is a relative newcomer to the Valley. She is former academic with a background in immunology and health as well as entrepreneurship and business development. Paula has used her expertise in the health sector to advise our Foundation on our health and nutritional programme. Paula's passion is mentoring budding township-based entrepreneurs and supporting their development. She will contribute her knowledge and experience where she can to support the continued growth of a healthy and thriving Valley for all. Introducing Valcare Impact Funding Platform We are proud to have Valcare as our partner in the Valley. Valcare is a professionally managed Impact Funding Platform which works collaboratively to activate and enable social change in the community in a sustainable way. Valcare has a hands-on approach in the communities

it serves. We encourage residents to explore our communities together with Valcare and participate in one of their visits this year. Join one of the Valcare in Action visits in 2018! No story or presentation can ever replace a first-hand encounter with passionate people, making a real difference in the community. During each visit, a different geographical intervention area in and around the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley will be visited. The Valcare team will explain their unique approach to community development and introduce you to a handful of inspirational member organisations making a difference in that area. These Tuesday-mornings-out will be open to current and potential funders, volunteers, media, and anyone that would like to get involved with the strategic and sustainable work that Valcare is doing. For more details and the schedule of visits for 2018, please visit the Valcare website. Please reach out to me at if you would like to register for a Tuesday morning tour.


Morag Mc Garvie, Headmaster Ronald Frans, Teacher Viyounnefer Petersen and Micaylan Warie a Gr 5 learner form Klapmuts Primary receiving one of the donated tablets by The Val de Vie Foundation

Klapmuts Primary E-Learning : A dream becomes a reality! How do we explain a school like Klapmuts Primary? This is the only school in Klapmuts and it is truly the heart and soul of the community - as goes Klapmuts Primary, so goes the community. The Val de Vie Foundation is delighted to support the school in their vision to bring E-Learning to the entire school. We will be purchasing tablets to be utilised in two dedicated classrooms which will focus on three subjects. Following the lead of partner school Eversdal Primary, Klapmuts will roll out E-learning to the school with the support of the Western Cape Education Department, once these pilot classrooms have been fully tested. There can be no better use of Val de Vie Foundation funds in Youth Development than to help to equip our learners to take their rightful place in society. We will track them with interest. 12


Khula Development Group Khula’s mission is to integrate primary school children at risk of dropping out, back into the school system. The reintegration team of seven and 26 fieldworkers handle more than 890 cases in the Paarl- Franschhoek Valley. As poverty increases, social circumstances deteriorate and substance abuse and neglect of children is the order of the day. Unfortunately the drought has reduced the need for seasonal workers and the social circumstance of those living in the Valley. Khula offers one-on-one child counselling plus an in-school support programme in 12 local schools. Khula also works with parents or primary caregivers to provide basic parenting and life skills to care for the children. They also have piloted a program to promote school attendance. The Val de Vie Foundation is honoured to support such a dedicated group of full - and part time workers who truly understand the need to grow our children. They are always looking for volunteers and would be delighted to introduce you to what they do.


CUISINE KING A new season at Val de Vie brings the expertise of a world class chef to our estate. WORDS BY T HE G R A P E V I N E T E A M

Reuben Riffel is a celebrated South African household name and culinary maestro. Born and bred in Franschhoek, this outstanding chef found inspiration in food from an early age. His status as celebrity chef can be attributed to a string of successful restaurants, lauded

cook books and international food-focused TV show appearances. In 2004 he opened the acclaimed ‘Reuben’s’ in Franschhoek, followed by several awards and accolades, including “Chef of the Year” and “Restaurant of the Year.”




“Our culture of excellence combined with Reuben’s representation is a winning formula for our restaurants to become culinary landmarks in the Valley.”

We take great pleasure in announcing that Reuben will act as Val de Vie’s independent consultant to The Polo Club and The Valley restaurants where he will oversee concepts, menus, suppliers and staff. Val de Vie Estate endeavours to offer a food and beverage experience of outstanding quality and has taken great care in selecting a suitable team to work with Reuben on improving our restaurants. Two new chefs of international acclaim will be taking over the kitchens in The Polo Club and The Valley restaurants in April 2018. “The prospect of working with the new Val de Vie Estate culinary operators and to freshen up the offering is very exciting. 16


Our goal is to exceed expectations across all restaurants on the estate,” commented Reuben. More about this new venture and the names of the chefs will be announced soon. Val de Vie’s culture of excellence combined with Reuben’s expertise is a winning formula for our restaurants to become culinary landmarks in the Valley. The opening of a new Reuben Riffel restaurant at The Yard will bring upmarket dining and a farm-to-table offering to the doorsteps of Val de Vie residents towards the end of 2018. We value your support and look forward to seeing you in the restaurants.


BRAND SPANKING NEW The Camelot Group, with an international footprint, has been around for over 20 years as the leading luxury spa group in Africa. The Camelot Group incorporates Camelot International which has 7 Health and Skincare Colleges within South Africa. The company is made up of divisions including a consulting, franchising and the new CSpa Wellness Centres. WORD S BY T HE G R A P E V IN E T E A M

Karen Morris is the owner of Cape Wellness Spas which currently owns three Camelot Spa franchises. An accountant in practice and tax practitioner by profession, her involvement since 2002 with the Camelot Group has mostly been on a financial level. Her loyalty to the brand led to the purchase of her first Camelot franchise four years ago. With over 16 years’ experience in both the wellness industry and the financial world, Karen has an in-depth understanding of running a business, and has subsequently built three Camelot franchises into successful spas run by dynamic, hand-picked managers and teams who work together towards shared goals. Camelot Spas offer 5-star service at all of their branches. The Camelot Spa at Val de Vie Estate has six luxurious treatments rooms of which three are double rooms. There is a hydrotherapy bath, rasul chamber as well as a hair salon and manicure and pedicure "lounge". Thalgo iBeauty, available at Camelot Spa at Val de Vie Estate, is a new generation beauty device combining three technologies that are safe and produce instant facial results. Sound vibrations, sequential ultrasound and tripolar radio-frequency are non-invasive and non-aggravating. 19


LIVE THE DREAM IN THE VALLEY OF LIFE Top-selling Val de Vie real estate team

Anneke Buys and Amanda Colombo have

joined Chas Everitt International, affiliated to Leading Real Estate Companies of the World© and Luxury Portfolio International©.

This means that sellers will now have access to a global luxury property sales network that reaches more than three-million high net worth and ultra-high net worth buyers in 200 countries - and sells more than US$351bn worth of real estate a year. “Anneke and Amanda have an unrivalled track record in their market, with almost R500m worth of sales concluded in the past two years, and we are very proud that they will now be our representatives in the best lifestyle estates in the country,” says Berry Everitt, CEO of Chas Everitt International.

ANNEKE BUYS 083 357 0082 AMANDA COLOMBO 083 258 1212




The current Camelot Spa at Val de Vie Estate team.

Camelot Spa at Val de Vie Estate is open to estate residents as well as the public. The spa is conveniently situated close to the Pearl Valley Jack Nicklaus golf course and Pearl Valley hotel operated by Mantis. A fresh and healthy spa menu is prepared by The Valley restaurant. The interior design of the Camelot Spa at Val de Vie is natural and modern, accentuated by stone and pebble wallpaper. Cool tones of grey and green balance textured elements of wood, leather and wicker. The interior design was done by Karen Marsden Interiors, Karen Marsden also project managed the building of the spa.

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SUMMER SUNDAY The Bridge House Mile, now in its 5th year, was hosted at Val de Vie Estate on Sunday the 4th of February. The event tied in with the popular Val de Vie Market where families enjoyed the summer sun with fine food and wine while watching a game of polo. WORD S BY TH E G R A P E V IN E T E A M

The Bridge House Mile, proudly sponsored by Standard Bank, has gone from strength to strength since its inception. The introduction of an 800m swim challenged all levels of fitness and was perfectly suited for swimmers not yet ready for the mile (1.6 km), but needed something more challenging than the 400m or 200m swim. Our sales representatives from Cape Winelands Properties welcomed prospective buyers and guests at the Val de Vie Evergreen pop-up in the Polo Pavilion Ballroom, while guests enjoyed live music by Stellenbosch Indie Band Jackal & The Wind. Young ones were entertained by pony rides, jumping castles, face painting, craft and playdough making.






After the usual Sunday morning chukkas, market guests were invited to try their hand at the sport of Kings, but with a twist. A game of bicycle polo guaranteed great fun for players and spectators alike. However, the polo match that took place between a Val de Vie invitational team and the Bridge House student team, stole the show. The Bridge House girls and boys were victorious on the day, winning the match with 5 goals to 4.

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MEET SIMONE DE WET Introducing the Managing Director of Val de Vie Events. WORDS BY T HE G R A P E V I N E T E A M

1. Why did you start your own events company? My passion for people was the greatest reason behind starting Val de Vie Events. Any occasion where two or more people gather, I consider an event and worth celebrating. The core of Val de Vie Events is to serve people, and in this way to garner hope. It is the greatest privilege to be able to invest in the purpose and calling of others. We make dreams and visions come to life. 2. When did Val de Vie Events begin? On 18 October 2008, I was honored to coordinate the wedding of Martin and Lizelle Venter at Val de Vie Estate. Five months after their wedding, Val de Vie Events was birthed on the 1st of March 2009 and hundreds of celebrations and events have followed since. 3. Are all your events based at Val de Vie? Originally Val de Vie Events started out as an events management company that created events onsite at the various venues on Val de Vie Estate, however for the last five years we have been coordinating off-site projects all over our country. These events vary from product launches, private celebrations, destination weddings, corporate functions and international events such as Prince Harry’s Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, Cell C Johannesburg Polo Classic, Moët Christmas Tree reveal at the V&A Waterfront, Moët Party Day, Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo, ELLE Boss Awards as well as an exclusive series of intimate events for Dom Perignon.

4. How big is the Events Team and what type of events do you do? The Val de Vie Events team with their servant hearted nature, is truly what makes Val de Vie Events what it is today. There are ten incredible people in the team, all gifted in various areas of the events industry. This is exactly the reason why we are able to cover such a vast range of functions. The power of the team comes from the unity between each other and the like minded approach to serve together in excellence and to steward the responsibility that we have been entrusted with. As I always say, there is no “I” in team. Teamwork truly makes the dream work. 5. You and your team host two world renowned annual Polo events at Val de Vie Estate. How did you go about getting the Headline Partners, Cintron and Veuve Clicquot on board? In 2010 I had a vision about Pink Polo and doing something creative for Breast Cancer, it had to however be done in such a way that it created awareness through a vocal platform for the cause. Seeing guests from all over the world attend the event is the ultimate dream come true. Cintron Pink Polo is celebrating its 9th year in 2018 and we remain proud to represent the legacy of giving back where there is a need for support. Headline sponsors get on board because they believe in the cause and envision the outcome for added brand value at the event.


SimonĂŠ and her team put together many awe-inspiring events nationally and international each year, such as the annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo.

Through various social media platforms and campaigns, we are able to reach a bigger and more diverse target audience, year after year. The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo was birthed as a three-way venture between Val de Vie Events, Vivid Luxury and the Really Great Brand Company. Passion is what drives creativity when it comes to the brand and creating a social platform where people gather, dress up and celebrate each other in the beautiful Cape Winelands. The event has become a modern way of business networking and is the perfect opportunity for corporate entertainment as the hospitality caters for a world class experience.


6. What do you enjoy about working at Val de Vie? The leaders of Val de Vie is an inspiring group of visionaries. They have been the ultimate mentors to me as a young women starting off a business nine years ago. They have guided and assisted me in realising this dream that is growing daily. It’s like planting a dream in fertile ground and then being handed the tools to make it flourish! I love Val de Vie as it is such an incredible platform to instill core characteristics such as diligence and excellence. I love coming to the office because I consider the people in the Val de Vie Events team not only colleagues but as dear friends. What an honour to do life with them as it fills my day with so much joy and colourful, creative ideas that ultimately translates into world renowned events and projects.


Events Team - Front row, from left: Liané Groenewald, Pomella Mesilane, Toni Tito, Maryke Hennop and Anica Potgieter Back row, from left: Marinique Viljoen, Johan George, Simoné de Wet, Soritha Hugo and Elsje Human

“To every person reading this article who has attended and supported our events, the team wishes to extend a big thank you as this is not possible without the attendees, partners and suppliers.” In closing I would like to add that the events industry is not for the faint-hearted, and it truly means the world that my husband and children can share everyday life with me on Val de Vie Estate and be a part of the bigger picture. Family life on Val de Vie Estate is what I am most grateful to be a part of and I honour my loved ones for their unconditional love and support.

#Let what you love be what you do.



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THE PERFECT SETTING Val de Vie Estate plays host to an array of authentic venues and fully coordinates your unique event. From luxury conferencing and meetings in style, to the perfect setting for intimate dinner gatherings, each event is a distinctive occasion.






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A NEWER YOU When Dr. Rolene and Ledivia Strauss decided to embark on a joined business venture, Val de Vie Estate was their first choice. At the first RevitaHealth Women’s Summit this dynamic duo spoke about the concept behind the RevitaHealth facility, the benefits of aesthetic medicine and becoming the best version of yourself. WORD S BY T HE G R A P E V IN E T E A M

Women of the Winelands region have been waiting for a top-end medical facility with highly qualified doctors and state of the art equipment that offer holistic wellness advice and intervention. RevitaHealth brings aesthetic, integrative, anti-ageing, regenerative and preventative medicine to Val de Vie Estate in June 2018. 34


D’Niel Strauss, brother of Ledivia and husband to Rolene, welcomed 160 guests to Val de Vie Estate and introduced the speakers. Guests travelled from far and wide and included the presence of Amy Kleinhans-Curd, former Miss South Africa. Dr. Ledivia Strauss has a list of qualifications too long to list.

As a qualified medical doctor, she moved to Narbonne, France with her husband where she became fluent in French and completed a postgraduate course in mesotherapy. “Mesotherapy is a process where areas that require cell renewal are injected with components to speed up the process. This can also be done to eliminate hair loss and improve the appearance of cellulite,” she explained. Ledivia shared advice on improving lifestyles and making use of available treatments that positively influence the way women see themselves, and ultimately their self-worth. The stigma of aesthetic treatments is that it is seen as “vanity”, not to mention the Hollywood stars who dramatically alter their appearance and become a secondary version of themselves. Ledivia explained that RevitaHealth treatments are non-surgical, non-invasive and aimed to discreetly turn back the clock. Treatments offered at RevitaHealth will include botox, derma fillers, mesotherapy, derma pen, skin resurfacing, thread lifting, laser hair removal, hormonal therapy, vitamin drips and advice on sexual health. Of particular interest is the epigenetic testing that uses your DNA to determine how your body responds to environmental triggers such as food, exercise, medicine and supplements. Dr. Rolene Strauss is a former Miss South Africa and Miss World, who chose the completion of a medical degree over lucrative offers from Hollywood, Bollywood and international modelling agencies. At only 25 years old, she is a qualified medical doctor and mother to a 13-month-old boy. Her inspirational message of ‘designing your future’ was an intimate glimpse into her own feelings of self-worth and disappointment. She shared a video that was created the first time she entered Miss South Africa,

showing a very young Rolene with massive potential, but in need of a bit of refinement. As an Afrikaans girl from the platteland, she knew she firstly required public speaking training in English. Once she had mastered this, she called in the services of stylist Werner Wessels and educated herself on improving her hair and makeup. A personal trainer assisted with a gym and diet programme. “Transformation takes time, and it is a process to become the best version of yourself,” explained Rolene. And what a transformation it has been. She is today a striking, confident, well-spoken young woman who has a passion for helping others make healthy choices, just like her sister-in-law Ledivia. Rolene will not be practicing as a medical doctor at RevitaHealth until she completes her internship and community service, her involvement is acting as brand ambassador. For more information, email


Rolene’s Transformation Tips: 1. Know who you are 2. Ask a professional stylist to assist with a wardrobe revamp 3. Seek the advice of a qualified hair and make up artist to show you how to enhance your best features 4. Enroll for a health and fitness programme to shed excess weight and change your outlook on fitness 5. Your greatest aspiration should be bigger than your greatest fear – a life coach can help determine both 6. Visualise where you want to be in the next five years – see how your life has worked out exactly as you planned – and then go back to today and start making the changes required for this future dream to become a reality


POLO SEASON IN FULL SWING Our season thus far has once again been a great success with two tournaments successfully under the belt and players travelling from Plettenburg Bay, Johannesburg and KwaZulu-Natal to take part. WORDS BY ROB H A M P SON

The Patrons Cup in December was a 4-goal tournament which provided exciting and highly competitive polo throughout all the games. Black Harrier Polo were victorious over Cape Town Polo Club in an exceptionally close match that was tied at 5-5 right into the last 30 seconds of the game, where Jannie Steenkamp snuck through to score the winning goal (whilst playing the Best Playing Pony of the tournament, Pixel). It was an exceptional game of polo, which ended off a very exciting weekend of polo. January’s Chairman’s Cup held a record of eight teams in one section for a tournament - and highlighted the incredible growth that Val de Vie polo is providing for polo players in South Africa. With thirty-four playing members, around fifteen beginners playing educational chukkas on a Tuesday, of which eight are children, and just as many people taking lessons from our pros – the club is in a healthy position 38 GRAPEVI NE

and ready to take polo to the next level. The Chairman’s Cup Two goal tournament in January once again provided sensational polo, with Jannie Steenkamp playing for the victorious team, Bonhams. They beat a one goal (under-handicapped) Saxenburg team in the final, who had done an incredible job reaching the finals playing against two goal handicapped teams. We would like to thank both Wayne Hartley and Geoff Evennett for flying down for the tournaments and adding to the success thereof. Also to Justin Snaith for providing horses for Geoff at the Chairman’s Cup. Once again, the bicycle polo was a hit at the Bridge House Mile and the

Val de Vie Market on the 4th of February. The polo match was also a success, with an all-Bridge House student team playing against a Val de Vie invitational side. The Bridge House girls and boys were victorious, winning 5 - 4. The Harcourts Winelands | Luxury Properties Ladies Polo Tournament that took place between the 16th to 18th of February is the highest-level ladies tournament in Southern Africa. Players travelled from Argentina, Kenya, Zimbabawe, Zambia, and locally from Joburg and Plettenberg Bay to participate in the prestigious tournament.

The first six goal tournament of 2018, the Cape Classic, took place on the 22nd to the 25th of Feb. The tournament was followed by one of our season highlights, the Veuve Cliquot Masters Polo on the 3rd of March. Finally, our second six goal tournament, the Summer Cup, is taking place from the 7th to the 11th of March.

Upcoming Fixtures for 2018 Veuve Clicquote Masters Polo: 3 March 2018 Summer Cup: 8, 10 & 11 March 2018


OUR RIDING FAMILY After a long Christmas break the Val de Vie Pony Club members are excited to be back with their ponies and teachers. A warm welcome to the new riders and ponies who have joined our equestrian family this year. WORDS BY ROSE M A RY B A RTL E T T


Our young riders have had a busy start to the year, with new ponies arriving at Val de Vie Estate. Coco Bean is Sienna’s first pony and we look forward to seeing their combined effort at local shows. Linnet travelled all the way from Gauteng to her new home here at Val de Vie Estate and her new owner Jemimah. We can see that Linnet and Jemimah are going to make a wonderful partnership and have lots of fun together. A special birthday wish is about to come true for one of our young riders, Mila, as her delightful pony Fabio will be moving from Noordhoek to live here at Val de Vie Estate. Mila who is about to turn six years old is going to have a wonderful surprise on her birthday morning! The hot, dry weather conditions have been a challenge, but instead of cancelling our lessons we are teaching the children to improve their grooming technique. Our horse grooms are undoubtedly the best in the polo business and our Endurance groom Thembelani certainly proves this in and out of the saddle. Thembelani recently competed in a 40km West Coast Endurance race and his second horse, ridden by Maureen, came in second place out of a large field of riders and horses. Once his stable chores are done, Thembelani and Maureen can be spotted riding most mornings, as they keep their horses fit for their next race. We are very excited to be moving to our newly built home at Val de Vie (behind the chukka clock) in March. With many fun activities planned, and welcoming new riders and ponies, we can't wait to see our equestrian family grow. We wish our new and existing riders all the best for the new year and remember no matter how bad your day may have been, it will get better once you get to the stables and your pony.


FROM THE DESK OF THE GOLF DIRECTOR In an environment that is forever changing, our team strives to improve daily. We are only in the second month of 2018, and already much has changed since our last Grapevine edition. WO R D S BY DA M IA N WR I G LEY



One area of noticeable improvement from the previous year is improved tee sheet management. The changes made in the make-up of the tee sheet allow us to not only achieve target but also to create a better flow on the course. Members have experienced fewer slow-paced rounds and our returning guests have complimented on the noticeable difference. Our outside line staff are thriving under the leadership of Jaco Coetzee and the training leading up to the season by RCA Consulting. We are at that time of the year where working conditions can be challenging, particularly on days reaching over 40 degrees Celsius. I would like to personally thank each and every member of our team that endure the heat with a smile on their face, day in and day out, continuously striving to be the best. 4 4 GRAPEVI NE

January brought some changes to the team as the Shop Manager, Johann Germishys, decided to pursue a career in Sports Management. We wish him well in his new venture. Terence Valentyn has years of golf retail experience and has stepped in to take charge of the shop and the day to day management of the team. Purchasing for the golf shop will continue to be done by Terence and myself. We are also very excited about a Signature Pearl Valley clothing collection that we are currently working on with our Marketing team. Our plan is to launch this line when the newly revamped shop opens on the 28th of April. The shop re-design is on track and the revamp will commence from the 16th of April, giving a fresh new look and allowing for better flow.

Our newly upgraded Golf and Events offices are now fully operational and both teams are feeling at home in their new space. The members and guests are starting to visit us and appreciated that we are more accessible to them. Our lounge was tastefully decorated by local Interior Designer, Mark Mathym of Toca Madera Interiors. We are really pleased with the work he has done and it’s amazing to see how a space can be transformed.

The question that is on many of our minds is: “how is the golf course surviving the current drought?”. There is no way to sugar coat the fact that we are feeling the effects. At the beginning of February the allocation for irrigation from the was ceased. Mike Westman, our Course Superintendent who has worked here for 15 years, mentioned that he has never seen the water in the Berg River stagnate. Read more on our 'water independent' estate in the Estate Managers Report.


‘I would like to personally thank each and every member of our team that endure the heat with a smile on their face.’

What does the current water situation mean for our golf course? Towards the middle of February, we turned off all rough-lined irrigation and focused only on the tees and greens. The playing experience will not be affected but the look and feel of the course will change. The good news is that we have a plan in place for the course and we will get to work on repairing the damaged or lost turf from April of this year.



We have exciting news to share regarding the food and beverage offering at The Valley restaurant. Further training and upskilling of existing staff is key to our vision and will enhance the experience received at the club by members and guests. New menu concepts and food offerings that meet a wide variety of tastes and desires will be created. In time, the halfway house and upstairs bar and kitchen will be given a facelift and supplied with upgraded equipment.

A PROFESSIONAL IN THE MAKING Keagan Thomas, a 21 year old Pearl Valley Golf member has his sights set on competing against the cream of the golfer’s crop. He recently scored 62 on a round at the Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, and proved again why he is well on his way to professional status. WORD S BY TH E G RA P E V I N E T E A M




‘Shooting 62 here was one for the memory box and a day I will cherish forever.’

What is your earliest memory of golf? At six years old I played for the first time on a golf course in the South African Kids National event at Eagle Canyon. My dad was my caddy. When did my love of golf begin? Both my dad and grandfather played golf, and when I was a toddler I started joining my dad on the driving range. You can imagine that a two year old on a driving range could cause havoc, so my dad gave me clubs and golf balls to keep me occupied. I would hit balls while watching him play and from that I developed a mirror image – leading to my left-handed golf swing, although I am naturally right-handed. What has contributed to my most recent success? Half way through 2016 I decided to commit myself to golf again with the help of my friend and now coach Murray Smit. I was lucky enough to have him join the Swingfit Golf Academy as a coach. Murray and I have worked on an extreme training program to help me achieve my dream of eventually becoming one of the top players in the world. The main thing Murray and I have been working on recently is to focus on consistency through my swing by sticking to the same routine. This almost robotic repetitions has helped tremendously as it quickly became second nature, enabling me to perform to the best of my ability. I believe that this technique has allowed me to achieve my recent wins with back-to-back victories at the Wellington Open and the Theewaterskloof Open. I look forward to seeing how it reflects in my upcoming tournaments in March. Do you have any advice for younger players? Firstly - always have fun on the course and don’t make it a place that feels like hard work. Secondly, the way your run your life outside of the golf course will reflect on your

golf game. So, setting a familiar routine off-course will aid your scores on the course and help you to achieve success. Every negative blow that comes your way on or off the course shouldn’t be seen as a step backwards, but rather as another obstacle to get over - an obstacle that will make you better and stronger at the end of the day. Overcoming obstacles also helps in everyday life because it reassures that if you can get through the bad times, you will be able to perform any task under stressful conditions. What is your favourite club in golf bag and why? My 60° Lob Wedge. I have a good short game which helps me when my long game isn’t there. This enables me to still perform to a good standard. Most players use different clubs around the green, but since I was young I have learnt many different shots to play with my trusty lob wedge. What are your future goals and aspirations? I want to one day play in the European Tour and compete in the top ranks of the world. My more immediate aim is to turn professional in the coming years and to compete in the Sunshine Tour. We have an extremely competitive tour here in South Africa with incredibly talented players, which makes for the perfect place to refine my game and become a better golfer. How did it feel Shooting 62 at Pearl Valley? Amazing, especially because there was no placing and I had two bogeys on the card as well. Any person who has played at Pearl Valley will understand how difficult it can be, especially with the pace of the greens and the tight fairways. Shooting 62 here was one for the memory box and a day I will cherish forever.




FRIDAY FUN AT L'HUGUENOT Val de Vie residents can stretch out the last few days of the Summer season’s sunset Friday afternoons with L’Huguenot's extended trading hours. WO R D S BY T HE G R A P E V IN E T E A M

Following the successful reception of the monthly Unwind Fridays, L’Huguenot has officially extended the tasting room trading hours on Friday afternoons, from 16h00 to 19h00. All residents and guests are invited to enjoy a glass of wine after a busy week while ordering their weekend supply of vino at the cellar. Keep an eye on our social media platforms and the weekly HOA Newsletter for upcoming Unwind Friday dates as well as a new exciting series of themed food and wine evenings at the Vinoteque. Here are few of our favourite Friday fun moments captured by our Grapevine photographer Daniel Saaiman.

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VINTAGE YIELD It’s unimaginable that another year has flown by and we find ourselves in the midst of the new and challenging 2018 harvest season. Winemaker consultant Renier van Deventer offers an insight into what Val de Vie wine lovers can expect from the 2018 vintage. WO R D S BY R E N I E R VA N D E V E N T E R

The Cape Winelands region is experiencing its third consecutive very dry season and it is no surprise that the vineyards are struggling. The entire Western Cape region’s wine farms are in dire need of substantial rainfall to fill the surrounding dams and drench the farmland’s fertile soil. Grapes used to make Val de Vie wines are sourced from

many different areas, some which have been more affected by the drought than others. An interesting comparison between the quality and style of each region should offer further understanding of the effect of the dry season on future vintages. 5 5 G R A P EV I NE


‘The small amount of rain in the second week of February had a great impact on the vineyards and will help to pull them through towards the end of ripening.’

The harvest of 2018, two weeks later than anticipated, appears to be one with many varieties ripening at the same time and resulting in a very short but intense harvest. The production of exceptional quality wine, crafted from beginning to end, is possible because of upgrades completed at the L’Huguenot wine cellar. The harvest season started with sourcing of Pinotage and Chenin Blanc grapes from Paarl and Darling regions and also some Pinot Noir from Elim. The Bordeaux varieties arrived a bit later from Stellenbosch with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. The small amount of rain in the second week of February had a great impact on the vineyards and will help to pull them through towards the end of ripening. It will help especially with good colour and flavour development with the red wines. Overall it is still too early to make a call regarding the quality of both white and red varieties of the 2018 vintage, but in general we are optimistic about the quality of the produce that we have been taking in. The infamous aroma of the fermentation process lingers in the cellar and lifts our spirits in these extremely challenging conditions, looking forward to another year of making wine in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley. Keeping in mind that it is not always about the destination but sometimes more about the journey, at L’Huguenot Vineyards we have a fun time living out our passion in making great quality wines. We are excited to introduce a couple of new wines to the Val de Vie and Polo Club wine ranges: • Val de Vie Valley of Life – Signature Red Blend 2014 @ R180 per bottle @ R1080 (case of 6) • Polo Club Memo (3 litre Chardonnay/Pinot Noir) Limited Release @ R395 • Val de Vie The Epic Blend 2016 @ R120 per bottle @ R720 (case of 6)




KINDER ARK SAILING ON OPEN WATERS “Do not fast forward into something you’re not ready for or allow yourself to shrink back into what’s comfortable. Growth lives in the uneasiness, the in-between, the unfinished sentence. You are a season of becoming.” - Danielle Doby WORDS BY KI ND E RA RK

There is a whole ocean of learning and creativity to discover within each of the tiny, unique souls we have the privilege of encountering at the start of a new year. The children’s laughter and bubbly personalities fill our playgrounds from all the corners of Paarl. At Kinder Ark Val de Vie we have the joy of being surrounded by vineyards, an orange grove and a lovely duck pond that keep us entertained and attentive to nature. 59



We encourage the children at Kinder Ark pray for rain every day. Their honesty, innocence and thankful hearts inspire the twenty women who spend their days taking care of them. This group of women steer the Kinder Ark ship and focus on individual’s needs and personal growth. Today I want to thank each of these women who were sent to Kinder Ark to help fulfil the vision of creating a safe space for children where their personalities can be nurtured, and their potential can be released into their season of becoming. May we look back on 2018 with thankfulness and gratitude.

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GET FIT! We started our first fitness challenge almost two years ago, and decided to make it an annual event. There are countless benefits to exercising and we believe if you are fit and healthy you will be more effective and productive in your daily activities. Our inspiration comes from motivating people to make a difference to their wellbeing. WORD S BY T HE G R A P E V I N E T E A M

There are six registered biokineticists at the Pearl Valley and Val de Vie gyms. Our team consists of professional biokineticists who are enthusiastic, loyal, motivated and experienced in working with a wide variety of clients and helping them achieve their goals. We encourage Val de Vie residents to partake in the Valley Fitness Challenge, and if you feel that individual training might be too intense, why not join one of our group fitness classes? Accountability to your fellow class mates is what makes you show up and complete the routine.

We have communication platforms to motivate our clients, but also to remind them, to come for regular weigh-ins and to have their anthropometric measurements taken. A Paarl-based dietician provides eating plans for clients requesting dietary advice during the challenge. Through routine anthropometric measurements, motivation and regular training we have seen outstanding results from our participants. 63 G R A P E V I NE


The best part about the challenge is witnessing a change in our client’s self esteem and how much they end up loving their new healthy way of living. It can be challenging to maintain a healthy lifestyle with our busy lives however regular exercise, healthy eating and sufficient sleep will help you live a better lifestyle. Taking good care of yourself does require more time and effort but it is worth it at the end of the day. Chris and George Cilliers from Lew Geffen Sothebys International Realty host a breakfast for all participants once the challenge has come to an end. The winners are announced at the breakfast and it is also a time to reflect and look back at how far each of the participants have come in only a few weeks.


Fitness is so much more than just exercise. It is a catalyst for positive changes and its effect is evident in every aspect of your life. It is not what we do once, it is what we do once a day which results in lasting changes in our lives. Make sure to keep an eye out for the next Valley Fitness Challenge.

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EUROPEAN FLAIR A beautiful family home with exceptional attention to detail throughout. WO R D S BY KE L LY MYAT T, C A P E WI N E L A N D S P R O P ERT I ES

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SOLD BY US A selection of our top sales during 2017. Jordan Greenhalgh 083 298 1481 Hayley Van der Merwe 082 926 8587 Igna De Villiers 082 884 8492

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Approaching the front door, you immediately know that this property is special. The love and consideration that has gone into every area of this home is apparent, and it was a delight paying a visit to. A beautiful staircase and a spacious open plan entertaining living space greets you upon entering. Meticulous attention to detail and rarely seen features make up this space. The kitchen is beautifully finished with a SMEG ‘Victoria’ range cooker, a mix of granite and wooden worktops, a central island and a ceramic (Belfast) sink. When opened, the stacking doors surrounding the dining and living areas, welcome the garden into the home.

This area boasts an indoor braai, Morso log burner/ stove, beautiful flooring and an attractive cloakroom toilet for guests. With all the doors opened you can fully appreciate the garden entertainment decked area with a sunken, heated pool. Water features and lawn complete this idyllic picture. As you ascend the staircase there is a stunning feature wall to your right and a welcoming reading area on the landing. The master suite opens onto a rear facing balcony with glorious mountain views leading to a dressing area and a luxurious en-suite bathroom with a freestanding claw foot bath, double basins and shower cubicle. 69 G R A P E V I NE


There are four double bedrooms to be found on the first floor. Bedroom two has an en-suite shower room and bedrooms three and four share a bathroom in Jack and Jill style.


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‘The love and consideration that has gone into every area of this home is apparent, and it was a delight paying a visit to.’

All of the well-appointed and attractive bedrooms have air conditioning units and fitted wardrobes. Bedrooms two and three also have balconies to enjoy the different aspects this home has to offer. There is coving and small touches to be found that add a very European feel. The double garage is tiled, fitted with wall units and has a convenient pedestrian door to the rear garden.

To the left-hand side of the property is a small greenbelt which connects through to a walkway to explore the greater estate. This property embodies a labour of love and offers buyers the opportunity to walk into a home, unpack their boxes and start living.

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WHAT’S ON IN THE WINELANDS 14 -15 April - Perdeberg Pinotage and Biltong Festival

23 Mar: Boland Summer Festival 24 Mar: Picnic Concert: Die Heuwels Fantasties 25 Mar: The Absa Cape Epic Grand Finale at Val de Vie

Take two of South Africa’s iconic products, mix in some live music and gourmet eats, place it in the scenic environment of a Boland wine farm - and you end up with the annual Pinotage and Biltong Festival. It takes place for the fourth time this year on Saturday, 14 and Sunday, 15 April at Perdeberg Cellar from 11h00-17h00.

April 6 April: Friday Night Live Music with The TH Banned at Boschenmeer 6 April: Spoegwolf live at Crown Bar 14 – 15 April: Pinotage & Biltong Festival at Perdeberg Winery

March 18 Mar: Bottomless Coffee Band live at Backsberg 23 Mar: Friday Night Live Music with Karin Kay at Boschenmeer

May 4 May - Friday Night Live Music with The TH Banned at Boschenmeer 10 May - Charity Golf Day for Franschhoek SPCA

WHAT’S ON AT VAL DE VIE 25 March - Absa Cape Epic Grand Finale The Untamed African MTB race culminates at Val de Vie Estate on the Grand Finale day, the finish of the final stage, where riders celebrate their achievements. Besides supporting these heroes, it is a great day out for the whole family. There are a range of activities for the whole family, including the Virgin Active Club-V Kids Zone where there will a host of activities! Hospitality in The Epic Lounge is also available, a premium space to enjoy the festivities of the finish line. Parking and entrance is free! For more information please visit :

March 20 Mar: Ladies Open, Pearl Valley Golf Course 25 Mar: Absa Cape Epic Grand Finale 27 Mar: Val de Vie Easter Egg Hunt April 21 Apr: Run the Pearl, Pearl Valley Golf Course

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ESTATE FAQ’S What are the HOA office hours, and where are they situated? Val de Vie: Val de Vie Sport and Leisure Centre Pearl Valley: Pearl Valley Clubhouse Offices Office hours Mondays to Fridays: 08h00 to 16h00 Closed on weekends and public holidays.

How many pets are allowed? No more than three animals may be kept per unit with a limit of two animals of a kind, for example, two dogs and one cat. Only domestic animals posing no danger, noise or odours may be kept. All domestic animals must at all times bear a tag that reflects the name, telephone number and erf number of their owner.

Who do I contact if I have any queries or need more details on Val de Vie or Pearl Valley HOA related enquiries? Our Customer Relations Manager, Aletia Oosthuizen, is situated at the Pearl Valley Clubhouse and will gladly offer assistance with any Pearl Valley membership or Pearl Valley Estate related queries.

How and when can I obtain a remote for the inner lane booms/ river-frontage gates? Remotes are available to residents only, at the cost of R300 per remote.

Val de Vie HOA receptionist Estelle Conroy, is situated at the Val de Vie Sport and Leisure Centre and will gladly offer assistance with any Val de Vie Estate related queries. How and when can I do my security gate enrolment? New HOA Members: Biometric fingerprint access enrolments are done at the Clubhouse. Please contact Daphne Smith on (021) 867 8000 or email her at, to schedule your enrolment appointment during office hours at Pearl Valley. The completed home owner enrolment form along with a copy of your ID/Passport are required. New Tenants: Enrolment can only be done after tenants have been approved by the HOA. A criminal check will be conducted, and when the results are clear, the enrolment can be finalised. Copies of identity, rentals agreements and signed Estate and Pet Rules must accompany completed enrolment forms.

Val de Vie: Landowners who are in the planning phase may also purchase remotes from the HOA reception, either cash or on their levy account. Pearl Valley: Please contact Daphne Smith on (021) 867 8000 to purchase a remote How and when do I obtain my postbox keys? Val de Vie: A postbox key can only be obtained after the property has been transferred into your name, during office hours at the HOA reception, or on occupation of the home. Pearl Valley: Estate post boxes are situated in the building adjacent to the security main gate. One box per property (using your Erf number) is available. Please request keys for your post box from the security main gate. Lost keys will be replaced at a cost of R50 per key What is my postal address? Val de Vie : Name and Surname, stand (SG) number, Val de Vie Estate Kliprug Manor Road, Paarl 7646 Pearl Valley: Name and Surname, erf number, Pearl Valley, Paarl, 7646

Workers: All domestic workers, gardeners, au pairs, butlers, PA’s etc, need to undergo a criminal check before they can be enrolled. The enrolment form must be completed and accompanied by a copy of identity document or passport. Valid original work permits are mandatory for foreign workers. How do I update my personal information with the HOA? Please update your personal information on the Val de Vie Community Portal, or contact the HOA with your latest information – Do I need to make any special arrangements for home content delivery or removal? Yes. Please complete the furniture removal indemnity form available from the security main gates prior to arranging your delivery or removal.


How often is postage sorted? Val de Vie: Postage is retrieved from town, and sorted every 2nd day, depending on the time available to do so. An email will be sent to you, should the parcel or envelope be too big for the box. The package will be kept at HOA Reception for collection.

How do I apply for a dustbin? It is the homeowner’s responsibility to apply for a dustbin once Drakenstein occupation is issued. Use your stand number (SG) as reference, and phone 021-807 4715. One refuse bin per newly completed property is issued by the HOA. Home owners wishing to purchase or replace a refuse bin, can contact the HOA Building Controller, Jadewin Opperman, on 073 829 4533 or email him at

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ESTATE FAQ’S When is refuse collected? Val de Vie : Our refuse removal is done weekly by the Drakenstein Municipality. Wednesdays are collection days, please refer to the schedule at

Can anyone make use of the Equestrian Centre? Yes, please discuss your stabling requirements and enquire with Rosemary Bartlett. She can be contacted on 072 247 2929 or

Pearl Valley : Refuse is collected every Monday morning (including all public holidays). Please place your bin on the pavement outside your property before 08h00. Do remember to take your bin back in once removal has taken place.

Do we have a reciprocal arrangement with other golf clubs? Yes, Pearl Valley has reciprocal arrangements with all Jack Nicklaus golf courses in South Africa and worldwide. In addition to these courses are Steenberg, Arabella and Erinvale.

Does Val de Vie provide for recycling? The Estate is part of the municipal door-to-door recycling service. Each week, on the same day as your refuse removal, your recyclable material will be collected. First time users can collect a bag from the HOA reception to start off with. Place next to your refuse bin for collection. Homeowners can also make use of the paper and glass banks at the Maintenance Centre.

What is the specs for privately owned golf carts? Privately owned golf carts used on the Estate must be electric and in the standard manufactured colours (green or beige). If you intend to use the golf cart on the golf course, it must be silver in colour. The colour specification is 1F7 Silver Metallic/Silver Pearl. All carts must have a decal sticker with the applicable erf/lodge number and can be ordered at the Golf Shop, in the Pearl Valley Golf Shop at a cost of R160.

What fish have been established in the dams, and is fishing allowed? Grass Carp, Kurper, and Bass have been stocked in our dams. Fishing is only allowed on a catch-and-release basis. Please respect these resources.

Is there WiFi in the Pearl Valley Clubhouse and Polo Pavilion? Yes, there is unlimited WiFi available in the Clubhouse and at the Polo Pavilion.

How do I gain access to the picnic area? The HOA picnic area is located on the banks of the Berg river, on the northern side of the estate. Access to the river frontage and the picnic area is controlled, and only possible to residents via pre-programmed remote controls (with the same remote as for inner lane booms). Access is only possible via three gates – the southern gate, the gate at the picnic area and the northern gate. Access is limited to non-motorised transport, during daylight hours only. Who can I contact for electrical or plumbing assistance? Electrician: Steven Jones – 021-979 4925 / 082 871 4960 or 084 513 8088 Plumbing: Dawie Theron Plumbing – 076 542 4757 or 074 906 0787 Drain It – 021-855 3035 / 078 920 6491 The Val de Vie Homeowners’ Association does not guarantee or take any responsibility for the quality of services, products provided, or the conduct of any of the service providers mentioned in the publication. How does the Val de Vie Guest System work? Please visit the Val de Vie website on the HOA Internal Communication link for step-by-step instructions on how this paperless visitor enrollment system works.

What do I do if I need to do renovations to my home? Any work involving building will require plans to be submitted to the HOA Building Controller. Please contact Jadewin Opperman on 073 829 4533 or email him at Is my garden maintained once the landscaping is complete? Basic garden maintenance which includes lawn mowing, trimming of edges, weeding and trimming of shrubs is included in your monthly levy. Your garden will also be fertilised twice a year. Does my levy include the replacement of broken windows? No. Please ensure that your personal insurance covers the replacement of broken windows. Can I leave my keys at the Estate for safe keeping? Owners wishing to have a key retained at the Estate will be required to purchase a sealable bag at R100 at Mantis Reception, in the Pearl Valley Clubhouse. Keys will be kept in a safe in the Mantis Hotel Office and keys will be issued once we have received a written request, 72 hours in advance, from the home owners. Requests can be emailed to

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DIRECTORY Val de Vie HOA ENQUIRIES 021 863 6128

EVENTS 021 863 6191/6131

POLO 079 524 2915

MARKETING 021 867 8000

ON-SITE SALES OFFICE Cape Winelands Properties (Sports & Leisure Centre) 021 863 6105

SAPS PAARL 021 807 4000 SAP FLYING SQUAD : 10111


FIRE BRIGADE 021 872 2323 AMBULANCE Paarl : 10177 / 021 872 1970 RESCUE EMERGENCY 0860 142 142 ER EMERGENCY RESPONSE 084 124 PAARL HOSPITAL 021 860 2500 MEDI CLINIC Paarl : 021 807 8000

SECURITY 021-863 6138/ 6110/ 6113 072 900 3954


HEALTH CLUB 021 863 6136


WATER/ELECTRICITY 021 807 2557 TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT 021 872 4755 ANIMAL HOSPITAL Wellington: 021 863 3187 VETERINARIAN Dr Deon van Tonder 083 631 4603 PAARL TOURISM 021 872 4842 FRANSCHHOEK TOURISM 021 876 3603 POISON/SNAKE-BITE INFORMATION 072 329 0746 POST OFFICE 57 Lady Grey Street, Paarl 021 872 5337 EQUESTRIAN & STABLES 082 390 7456

Pearl Valley PEARL VALLEY RECEPTION 021 867 8000 ON-SITE SALES OFFICE Cape Winelands Properties (Golf Club House) 021 863 6105 THE VALLEY RESTAURANT & BAR 021 867 8046 80



THE GOLF SHOP 021 867 8045 (bookings)





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Grapevine Magazine March 2018  

Grapevine Magazine March 2018 - A publication for Val de Vie Estate residents

Grapevine Magazine March 2018  

Grapevine Magazine March 2018 - A publication for Val de Vie Estate residents