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GRAPEVINE The Val de Vie

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A publication of the Val de Vie Homeowners’ Association

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December 2015 HOA Communication

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Property & Development

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Events & Media

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Wine & Dine

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On Show

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Building & Development

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Painting Up a Storm

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Social & Community

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Stable Talk

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Grapevine 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 6103 / Fax +27 (0)21 863 2741 Email info@valdevie.co.za / Web www.valdevie.co.za Editorial CarlĂŠ Geldenhuys Sub editor Brenda van Rensburg Val de Vie marketing director Ryk Neethling Contributors Front Cover - Inecke Photography, Lesley Miles, Liz Smithers, Val de Vie Events, Charl & Amy Schoeman, Dish Food & Social, Johan Stander, Tracey Collins, Wilma van Biljon, Madri Steyn, Mieke Le Roux, Kelly Mathias, Neil Kock, Janette Griesel, Heidi Cloete, Carle Geldenhuys, Daniel Saaiman. Advertising sales Carle Geldenhuys (carle.geldenhuys@valdevie.co.za), Janette Griesel (Janette.Griesel@valdevie.co.za) Managing, design and production Mark Pettipher, MPDPS (PTY) Ltd (mark@mpdps.com) Production manager Dalene van Niekerk Designers Wade Hunkin, Eugene Jonck

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DISCLAIMER: The publisher and editor of this magazine give no warranties, guarantees or assurances and make no representations regarding any goods or services advertised within this edition. Copyright Val de Vie Estate. All rights reserved. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in any form without prior written consent from Val de Vie. The publishers are not responsible for any unsolicited material. Printed by Designed and produced for Val de Vie by MPDPS (PTY) Ltd e: mark@mpdps.com

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A better life awaits - locally Words by Lesley Miles

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hile many a South African is well travelled, has a sense of international savvy and enjoys experiencing new destinations – it is sadly not our wanderlust alone that gets us packing our bags. The reality is that factors such as crime, corruption and load-shedding have driven thousands to seek out greener pastures in recent years. Registered migration agent, Marlene Prentice confirms that the leading reason for families wanting to leave South Africa is that parents desire a better future for their children. She has received sixfold the number of enquiries thus far in 2015 compared to the full previous year, but

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she says that “many will be unable to make the move due to lack of qualifications or age.” On the other hand, despite the country’s challenges, statistics show that an estimated 359 000 South African professionals that were living abroad returned home between 2008 and 2013, according to Adcorp. Furthermore, recruitment firm – Homecoming Revolution confirms that an additional 34 000 are currently considering their return. And when it comes to selecting a province to call home, the Western Cape proves to be a popular choice. Other than the fact that this corner of the country boasts a wealth of outdoor activities,

some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and top restaurants, incomparable scenery and cultural festivals, it is also home to excellent government and private schools as well as internationally recognised universities. Furthermore, considering that the Western Cape fares well in terms of matric pass rates (82% in 2014) and has excellent tertiary education offerings, it’s unsurprising that many South African families are relocating to the region for a better life for their children. The lifestyle offered in the province is exceptional and it was ranked as the best governed province in South Africa by the Southern African

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Institute of Government Auditors (SAIGA) for 2012 and 2013, in the institution’s latest report currently available to the public. Situated in one of the safer areas in the Cape, Val de Vie is undoubtedly one of the most highly sought-after estates in the province amongst families and individuals from other parts of the country as well as homecoming expats. “Approximately 30 to 35 percent of our buyers come from Gauteng, in search of a better lifestyle. We’ve also seen increasing interest from KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape, Bloemfontein and Rustenburg residents. Schools and small business parks in the area

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are all full because of this trend and we don’t see it slowing down,” says Ryk Neethling, Val de Vie’s Marketing Director. Figures compiled by Minitzers Attorneys based on Deeds Office data, looking at the period from Q1 1999 to Q1 2015, indicate the extent to which buyers are seeking to purchase property at Val de Vie. According to these statistics, it sold a higher number of properties (149) than any other estate or suburb in the Paarl region during the period from Q1 2014 to Q1 2015. Despite the fact that Val de Vie was only launched in 2004, it had sold the second highest number of properties (1 044)

in the region, by Q1 2015, when compared to other nearby areas’ property sales. “These figures highlight the demand for property on the estate and show that we have succeeded at creating an unmatched living environment – one that doesn’t require families moving overseas,” says Neethling. “Taking the estate’s high level of security, the surrounding scenery and the variety of amenities at Val de Vie into account, we believe that it will continue to draw those who wish to live in a community that fosters family values, safety, wellness and environmental integrity. I can confidently say that the Valley of Life offers a lifestyle second to none.”

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he year is fast drawing to a close and what an exciting and eventful year it has been on our new developments and with the sales turnover on Val de Vie Estate continuing to increase. Val de Vie Estate is booming and house prices have risen strongly in the past year. We are very happy to announce that we are officially registered under the name of Cape Winelands Properties and our designer Logo will now feature with our future marketing and property portfolio listings on the website. It is also our pleasure to introduce our highly Professional and Knowledgeable Team. • Sales Manager: Renier Swart • Marketing Manager: Ryk Neethling • Finance Manager: Callie Steyn • Senior Sales Agent: Liz Smithers • Administration & Rental Agent: Johanel Burger • Intern Agent: Lance Smithers • Photographer: Daniel Saaiman We are equipped to assist you with a comprehensive range of services and we go that extra mile to meet your property requirements. • Requesting a Valuation • Buying and selling a property • Renting your property • Finding a rental

Herewith is a brief overview of the sales achieved thus far for 2015.

Polo Village The construction of the Polo Village apartments are half way toward completion and we are very proud to report that all sixty apartments have been sold.

The Vines 2 Since the Vines Development was launched in April this year, the transformation of the land has certainly been rapid. The construction activity is moving along at a progressive rate and the laying of services remains on track, in preparation for the construction of the new Vines homes. The Vines sales turnover continues to maintain momentum with a positive interest from buyers in the R3 million to R5 million price bracket, who are looking to scale down or considering an investment that will yield a good return in a strong rental market. Most of the homes on the water stands in Phase 1 and Phase 2 have already been sold.

Development Phase 2 There has also been no shortage of continued interest from Buyers who are snapping up the Le Domaine 650m² to 750m² stands. The larger La Vue stands of 900m² as well as the 1000m² to 2000m² stands are also generating positive interest from buyers, who require a bigger home on a larger size Erf. The strong sales performance on the unique Gentleman’s Estate Erven continues to reflect the demand supported by wealthy buyers looking for a lifestyle of small scale farming activity within our security Estate. Furthermore, we are looking forward to the upcoming developments that are on the cards, which include The Oaks, a plot and plan development offering larger family homes, as well as the Retirement Village, for which there is a huge demand in South Africa. In conclusion, our team wishes you and your family an enjoyable festive season and we look forward to assisting you with your property investment and requirements in 2016. Liz Smithers

We invite you to list your property through us on our official Val de Vie website. In addition, we have an exciting and diverse range of products from which you can choose. We are exceptionally proud to report that we sold in excess of R400 000 000 properties over the last twelve months – more than 65% of all the properties sold at Val de Vie.

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Your New Life Awaits at the Gentleman’s Estates. Forget the frantic city life and invest in luxury country living at Val de Vie’s Gentleman’s Estates where the rich, unturned African soil is yours to nurture. Val de Vie is the official home to the ‘Safest House in Africa’ and provides a beautiful environment where families can live and grow. Whether you want to put down roots or invest in property from abroad, you will reap the rewards of this farmland investment designed with comfort and safety in mind. Set along the calming waters of the Berg River, the Gentleman’s Estates put nature right on your doorstep. Choose from a 1.2 to 5 hectare smallholding surrounded by the exquisite flora and fauna of the Cape and either keep horses, cultivate your own vineyards or grow olive groves and delicious organic vegetables.

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Val de Vie Events launches:

Prince Harry’s ‘Mamohato Children’s Centre in Lesotho
 We are very proud that our Events team had been selected to co-ordinate the opening of the ‘Mamohato Children’s Centre at Thaba Bosiu in Lesotho during November 2015. His Majesty King Letsie III opened the centre, in the presence of Sentebale’s Founding Patrons, Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso.

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mall, mountainous, and completely landlocked by South Africa, Lesotho is one of the least developed countries in the world. With the second highest prevalence rate of

HIV, one in three children are orphaned and there are around 21,000 10-19 year olds living with HIV; it’s no surprise only 30% of them are accessing treatment. With many forced to fend for themselves, leaving school at a young age to find work or care for their younger siblings, and with little or no knowledge of HIV/AIDS, life is a challenge. The ‘Mamohato Children’s Centre will be the flagship facility that supports all of Sentebale’s work with vulnerable children in Lesotho. Named after His Majesty King Letsie III and Prince Seeiso’s mother, the late Queen ‘Mamohato Bereng Seeiso, who was known as the Mother of the Nation, the centre will be used to hold a range of events and workshops to benefit vulnerable children.

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These will include hearing assessments for children with hearing disabilities, training workshops for organisations caring for vulnerable children, peer educator workshops and forums and, specifically, it will host camps delivering psychosocial support to children living with HIV. The aim of Sentebale’s camps is to ensure all 10-19 year olds living with HIV access and adheres to their anti-retroviral treatment,

feels supported in school, at home and in the community, and are able to lead healthy and productive lives. In addition, the camp inspires child-to-child communication encouraging children and young people to teach each other about the disease, breaking down stigma that prevents many knowing their status and accessing treatment. The opening of the ‘Mamohato Children’s Centre has been a key milestone for Sentebale.

Sentebale is a charity co-founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho – a southern African country bordered within South Africa. Prince Harry visited Lesotho in 2004 and was struck by the devastating effect the HIV/AIDS epidemic was having on the nation and particularly its children. Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso founded Sentebale, meaning ‘forget me not’ in Sesotho in 2006 – a charity aiming to rewrite the future for the impoverished population of Lesotho, providing the thousands of children and young people affected by HIV/AIDS with vital access to accommodation, care, education and critical psychosocial support. If children with HIV are educated about the virus, they not only learn about their condition but also can educate their peers about the disease, enlightening a generation about this potential killer.

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It marks the progress made in the last ten years in supporting vulnerable children in Lesotho and highlights Sentebale’s plans for expansion, both in Lesotho, and in other southern African countries. The centre will allow four times as many children living with HIV to attend camp, and will provide a hub for training as the charity expands. Guests who attended the opening include donors that Sentebale has worked with in the past ten years and those who have funded the build of the centre, ambassadors, community run partners and government ministers to

name a few. They had the opportunity to experience camp at the centre with a number of workshops and activities taking place with the children Sentebale supports. The official opening ceremony was followed by an abundance of singing and dancing in true Basotho spirit. Sentebale will also host the sixth Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, this year at Val de Vie in Cape Town. This is the charity’s annual flagship event, which delivers the funds to deliver the charity’s work in Lesotho and across southern African countries in the near future.

General enquiries: info@sentebale.org Media enquiries: media@sentebale.org Trusts, philanthropy and corporate enquiries: fundraising@sentebale.org Find us on Facebook: Sentebale Official Find us on Twitter: @Sentebale Find us on Instagram: @Sentebale Tel: +266 (22)324 673 Fax: +266 (22)324 674 www.sentebale.org

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Cintron Pink Polo 2015 All things grand and glamorous were in order at the sixth annual Cintron Pink Polo event held at Val de Vie Estate. Guests from near and far swanned to the estate’s polo grounds for what was a unique blend of elegance, entertainment and exquisite scenery, all in support of the fight against breast cancer.

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unds generated through the event will go to non-profit organisation Reach for Recovery and its Ditto project, which will assist women with their practical and medical needs in their fight and recovery from the disease. The day’s proceedings included a luxurious fashion show, hosted by international fashion brands, Vicomte A. & IKKS, a live performance by celebrity vocalist, Tamara Dey, and of course an exciting polo match, which saw sponsors, Cintron and Julius Baer competing head-to-head. After four chukkas, the nail-biting match ended on a score of 5-6 to team Julius Baer, with captain, Tom de Bruin’s pony, Chilli, being named Best Playing Pony of the day. No polo event is complete without the traditional act of divot stomping, and this was no exception – guests put their best foot forward and took to the field with luxury car brand, Crossley and Webb to pat down the torn up turf. Food was a talking point as guests were presented with an indulgent spread of skilfully crafted, never before seen “food-ventions”. This year also saw the launch of the Pink Food Truck Fair, which offered guests a laid-back experience where they were able to enjoy tantalising food straight from innovative food trucks. Some of SA’s most famous faces were amongst esteemed guests. From Tanya van Graan to Liezel van der Westhuizen and Jen Su, these A-list celebs joined in to support this worthy cause.

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he first Val de Vie Market of the season was held on 25 October 2015. It was a fantastic day filled with family fun, food and entertainment. There were jumping castles, face painting and more to keep the kids entertained, while parents enjoyed polo, live music and Val de Vie Wines. Some of Cape Town’s top food trucks attended, as well as old market favourites such as Nellie’s Pies and Be Delicious. The Market was held in aid of Khula Development Group, a community-based programme that provides sustainable support to out-of-school youth and their families. We look forward to seeing you all at the next market.

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anticipation of a day filled with love, joy and laughter hanging in the air. As our guests made their way to the perfectly set and picturesque Val de Vie Estate, we were getting ready to start our new adventure. The entire day and all the elements put together created a fabulous festive atmosphere. The flowers were as if from the Garden of Eden, alive with colour and the feeling of spring. Liezl Kotze and her floral art took our breath away. DISH Food and The Polo Club Restaurant put such care and love into planning our menu and creating something personalised for us. As the saying goes; “Nothing brings people together like good food”, and this was truly the occasion. Thank you to Val de Vie events team for the enthusiasm and passion with which they perfectly coordinated our special day. Thank you to Donna Taylor for the beautiful makeup. We love the stunning photos taken by Black Balloon Photography, which perfectly captured our special day. From start to finish this day was one incredible blessing! Amy & Charl Schoeman

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he home of your dreams awaits your selection from a portfolio of four tastefully

designed floor plans, collectively known as The Oaks . This unique property offering eliminates the need to start the design process from scratch, saving you both time and money in the development of your home on one of Val de Vie’s newly launched plots. These designs also allow room for customisation, to ensure that your requirements are met and that the end product is perfectly in line with your expectations. Your hopes can soon become a reality in the Valley of Life – and it all begins with a choice.

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Casual opulence Home to Jurie and Carina Prins, this beautiful house is situated in a cul-de-sac on Val de Vie Estate with views of the spectacular lake Julien.

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Architects and builders, but the interior of the home was entrusted to me.” At first glance it is clear that Carina has impeccable taste, and as you walk through her house you instantly recognise her incredible ability to create a home that is comfortable and collectively stylish. Warm tones and soft fabrics contribute to creating cozy and inviting spaces. This is the place that Carina calls home but one that is also an indication of her love and profound passion for art and interior design.

“Years ago I attended an art exhibition where the artist said that if you find a painting that you love, you will always find a perfect place for it in your home. I followed these wise words throughout the interior of our home and as a result, most of the furniture in our house we’ve had for years and I can honestly say that our house perfectly reflects who we are.” Jurie and Carina’s home is not only stylish and incredibly welcoming, it also leaves one with the inspiration to go home and shake your own house into shape again.

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e all dream of that perfect home, but making your dream a reality requires careful planning and a structured approach. Good planning and design makes the most of available space, by utilising elements such as light, form and structure. You should be able to maximise your space while meeting your lifestyle requirements. I have witnessed expensive Variance Orders from homeowners, due to a lack of proper design and planning beforehand. From a design perspective, the homeowner should optimise the value propositions from their Architectural Professional and Principal Agent throughout the construction period. The relationship with your professional team will be for the better part of a year and should be an exciting journey for the homeowner. The purpose of this article is to guide you through the most critical (and neglected) stages of your home building experience, by focusing on design and planning matters. The article should be read in conjunction with Building your Dream Home Part 1 and Part 2 published in the Val de Vie Grapevine June 2015 and September 2015 issues respectively. The information published in this article is done in good faith and is an attempt to assist homeowners who have elected to build their dream home.

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In this article we will focus on the very important role of designing and planning by the homeowner and their professional team. We are very fortunate at Val de Vie Estate that we are surrounded by majestic mountains, beautiful wine lands and excellent designed landscaping and green areas within the estate. We also need to utilise the Northern sun, while we remain conscious of the South Easter wind factor and the winter rain from the North West. The challenge that we are faced with is to cleverly design our homes to meet our lifestyle requirements while we optimise the views, sun directions and the retaining of privacy at our entertainment area. These are some of the reasons you need to spend sufficient time on your home’s design and planning stage. Further consideration is the cost factor of the various floor areas that represent your total building costs and how it relates to your budget. Good planning makes the most of available space, by utilising elements such as light, form, space and structure to maximise your floor coverage area. Whether your house is a single or a double storey, a higher ceiling or exposed trusses creates the illusion of space in the living area. An open plan living area appears roomier and utilises less space per square metre floor area. We all want privacy for the bedrooms, however, try to avoid lengthy passages, since they use square metres of floor space and do not add value to the living space.

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The kitchen is one of the most expensive areas in the house, and therefore needs careful planning and the smart utilisation of space. A pantry in the kitchen or scullery area is a relatively low cost space utilisation, compared to expensive built in cupboard space. A well designed pantry provides you with metres of shelf space, which is easily accessible and allows you to do stock taking of your groceries at a glance and to compile your shopping list. The pantry’s shelf space will reduce expensive cupboard space in the kitchen and is far more practical and accessible to utilise. Another area of your home which is relatively less expensive are the garages, which can be doubled up and optimised as living and storage space. The garages are most often the first point of entry for you, the homeowner, and mirror your organisational standards. The front area of the garage can effectively be used for built in cupboards at a fraction of the cost of interior storage space. Planning for some extra length and width around the cars will allow for hanging space for bicycles, camping gear or for purpose made wall mounted storage shelves. You should plan for enough natural light, however, window placement can take up a lot of valuable wall space and reduce storage options. The list of practical design options can go on and on, however, your lifestyle requirements and budget are the most important factors to consider during the design phase. Being properly prepared when you brief your architect will lay the foundation for a well-planned and designed home.

Building cost calculation Building the home of your dreams can be one of the biggest investments in your life, you should therefore not take any chances. Building costs are influenced by a number of factors such as: • Complexity of home structures • Level of finishings • Stand soil conditions for foundations • Single or double storey

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• Roof design and coverings • Standard of floor coverings • Standard of built in cupboards • Window frames and double glazing • Air-conditioning • Under floor heating • Luxury items For the accurate calculation of building costs, one needs to accurately consider the building material quantities and finishing standards. You have the option to either employ the services of a professional Quantity Surveyor or to go out on tender.

Professional parties during the design and planning stages ofyour home For the initial design phase of your home, the critical players who can add value are: • Architectural Professional • Quantity Surveyor • Principal Agent For some great ideas and inspiration I can strongly recommend the website www.houzz.com The homeowners attention to detail and design requirements will add tremendous value to the “Building your Dream Home” experience, if done properly during the design and planning phase. This phase can easily be described as the most important role of the homeowner during the construction period. An independent Principal Agent with practical experience can add significant value to your designs and planning stages, in order to be well prepared when you brief your Professional Architect. In this regard you are welcome to contact and consult with the author of the article, without any obligation or cost to you. Johan Stander Email: jdstander@vodamail.co.za Cell: 082 456 2655

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Building Plan Cycle 1. Planning • Choose any Registered Architect of your choice • Download the Aesthetic guidelines and checklists from: www.valdevie.co.za/hoa/hoa-documentation.html • Download Building Rules & Regulations and fees from: www.valdevie.co.za/hoa/hoa-documentation.html

2. HOA Aesthetics Committee • Submit the building and landscaping plans, hard copy and pdf ’s as required to the Controlling Architects office • Pay the plan scrutiny fees directly to the Controlling Architect and Controlling Landscape Architect before plans are tabled • Plans are tabled at the HOA Aesthetics Committee every second Thursday • Committee comments sent back via Controlling Architect

• Collect stamped plans from Controlling Architect’s office after approved • POS (public open space) landscaping is referred to the Landscaping Committee for comments and approval

3. Drakenstein Submission • Plans submitted to Drakenstein Wellington branch where fees are calculated and the invoice prepared • 3 sets of plans with Controlling Architect’s Val de Vie stamp on and Client Signature • Documents needed with submission: Building plan application forms as required by Drakenstein Architectural compliance certificate SANS 10400 Engineer’s appointment Power of attorney document needed when Architect submit plans on behalf of the client

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4. Drakenstein Plan Circulation • Plans are entered into the database once all documents as required are submitted and the invoice paid • Circulation are as follows; Health Department Wellington Building Inspector Wellington Town Planning Paarl Engineer Department Paarl Fire Department Paarl Building Control Paarl After the plans have circulated to all departments, comments will be sent to the Architect and after all the amendments are received the plans only circulate back to the departments that requested the amendments.

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Peter Bonney

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outh Africa, or as it is appropriately referred to - “The Rainbow Nation”, is a land which is known for its colourful splendour. From its people to its landscape, it lacks not vibrancy, diversity or beauty. It is a land drenched in visual appeal which begs to be soaked in by its people, by its passers-by and its explorers. Capturing this very essence – the alluring beauty that our country possesses – is the extremely talented, Clarens-based hyper-realist artist, Peter Bonney. Peter has a unique ability to depict South African landscape’s inviting qualities in an astonishingly photo-like manner, known as hyper-realism. However, unlike traditional hyper-realism, Peter chooses not to paint every object as it exists in the setting, but rather creates a “very realistic imaginary scene”, as he describes it.

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Convinced that Da Vinci would have embraced the use of top notch cameras and technology as the tools of his trade had he been alive today, Peter too relies strongly on photography as a means of capturing reference material. Inspired by his travels, he pinpoints his greatest joy as getting into the driver’s seat of his car, camera at hand, and heading into the Karoo where the inspiration for his paintings is endless. Although many overlook this part of the country, Peter – a true artist – sees the

exceptional beauty of this region’s landscape and his paintings thereof are nothing short of breath-taking. In order to create such show-stopping pieces, he places a lot of time and effort improvising and conceptualising each art piece using elements from various photographic references. Despite the fact that his acrylic masterpieces could be mistaken for photographs, he chooses to describe himself as somewhat of an impressionist. A lot of what appears to the eye as intricate detail, Peter achieves by surface texture and brush technique to create an impression or illusion of detail. With painting in his genes, it is fair to say that Peter’s journey as an artist began as a child. Although he did not study art and pursued a career in the polyurethane industry having studied chemistry, his love for art has always been evident. During his school years, he used to arrive early for an extra hour of drawing and he spent many a Saturday sketching and painting boats at a nearby dock while others played rugby or cricket. If that doesn’t display his passion, then the fact that he left his career in the corporate world in 1983 to dedicate his time to painting certainly does. It was in the following year that the sale of Peter’s paintings took off significantly under the wing of Crake Gallery’s Chris Crake having been introduced to him by artist, Hannes du Plessis. Sadly, after thirty years of being Peter’s representative, Chris passed away two years ago. Soon thereafter, Peter met Chérie de Villiers of The Chérie de Villiers Gallery in Hyde Park Corner, Johannesburg. Other than at his own studio, all of his recent works are exclusively available at The Chérie de Villiers Gallery. At a sell-out show many years ago, Chris Crake shared the following words with Peter: “You’re never going to look back after today,” and considering the awe-inspiring works that Peter produces, it is no surprise that to this day those words remain true. For further information, visit: www.peterbonney.co.za gallery@peterbonney.co.za 082 923 6191

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year holistic programme during which they learn to start a small trading business, using the excess clothing donated from our retail partners and the general public. From profits they earn they invest in their children, families and communities and break the cycle of poverty.

If you are a Company: Through an Enterprise Development or Skills Development commitment, your Company will not only gain financial advantage, but you will know that you are dealing with an extraordinary organisation started by women for women to ultimately break the cycle of poverty in South Africa

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Vanessa – 33, married, 4 children: Being part of TCB changed my life drastically. I don’t feel so negative about everything anymore… For the first time I had my own money that I had earned, was a feeling that I will never forget. Ever since I can provide for my family like any parent should, I became proud of myself and I can see how my children have changed. We appreciate things more.

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We don’t have to ask for food or money from other people anymore... We can have dinner at home instead of by family members… 3 of my 4 children have their own beds now. I can look at my life and remember where I was and how desperate I felt. I don’t want to go back to that lifestyle... I am so proud of being part of TCB and hope TCB can touch more lives in need.

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“Man shall not live from bread alone”, as it is written in the book of John (6:51): “Whosoever believes in Me has real life, eternal life. I am the Bread of Life.”

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or just over a year, siblings Stefan (10), Wilmien (8) and Mia (5), with the help of their mother, Wilma, have been baking and selling homemade rusks from their family home in Val de Vie. The aim of this small business is for them to learn about finances, while earning a bit of pocket money. The idea of making rusks was born on 9 August 2014, when Wilma attended the Val de vie / Lig-women’s day event, held at the pavilion. Wilma recalls that one of the speakers on the day shared her story of how she started her own jewellery business. She’s been wanting to help her children start their own little business but didn’t know WHAT, but, that night, the penny dropped. It was as if the

Lord spoke to hear by asking, ‘what’s in your hand?’ and she just knew: we can make rusks! Within the next couple of weeks the family worked on baking and distributing free sample packets. The feed-back was great, with potential customers complimenting them on the superb taste of the rusks. Some commented that they were the best rusks they had ever tasted; others stated that they wouldn’t be able to go back to their usual brand after biting into these ones. Wilma thinks that the secret lies in the use of good quality ingredients, including free range eggs. She has been baking these rusks for all 14 years of her married life to husband Deon, who prefers them above any other rusk. Wilma obtained the Val de Vie

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Social & Community recipe from her mother-in-law, who was all too glad that someone else could now fill up the rusk tin for her son. Over the years, Wilma has altered and improved the recipe so that, ironically, her motherin-law now is one of their greatest customers! Each of the three children have a specific job. At the moment, Stefan is responsible for mixing the dough – with Mia’s assistance – while Wilmien does the packaging and labelling. Stefan also keeps track of sales with the use of an Excel Spreadsheet. The children deliver the orders within Val de Vie on their bicycles or on foot. Apart from earning pocket money, the family has a deep desire to impact the lives of their customers in a special way. They believe that “man shall not live from bread alone”, but that we live by every word that comes from God’s mouth, as it is written in the book of John (6:51): “Whosoever believes in Me has real life, eternal life. I am the Bread of Life.” Therefore, the family prays over every batch of rusks that whoever eats from it, will get to know the real, life-giving God and Saviour. Mia is especially passionate about praying and adding a blessing. The rusks are freshly baked on order and

might expand in future to include a rusk for the more health-conscious. The rusks are sold at R50 per 500g packet. These are not the cheapest rusks in town, but bear in mind that they are truly hand-made and freshly baked. These rusks are different to the rusks that are commercially prepared in big industrial kitchens using bulk ingredients.

Anyone wanting to place an order could do so via e-mail to wilma.vanbiljon@gmail.com or on whatsapp to 082 922 8195. Please state your name as well as the delivery address together with your order. Deliveries within Val de Vie are free.

delivered within 2 to 3 days, but often there is a small stock readily available for immediate delivery. Currently, there are three flavours to choose from, which include Coconut & Citrus, All Bran & Raisin and All Bran, Chocolate & Berry. The range

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e are delighted to announce that Kinder Ark at Val De Vie will be expanding. We are moving to bigger and better premises situated on Valentia Farm. Our dream of having an old fashioned farm school is being fulfilled. Imagine children coming to a school where they are able to groom a pony, feed bunnies, collect their own eggs for the morning’s breakfast, and harvest vegetables for the afternoon’s lunch. Our vision at Kinder Ark is to optimally develop each child through play. As Friedrich Froebel said: “Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul.” The new classrooms are spacious and well designed in order to optimise learning. The language groups are in the same room during free play time, but during structured learning time, the rooms are divided with sound proof doors. In this way, both English and Afrikaans speaking learners are exposed to a second language, while valuable academic concepts are strengthened in their mother tongue. A big addition to the school will be the school hall where all extra mural activities will be Val de Vie

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presented. We are also extremely fortunate to include a therapy room on the new premises. The therapy room will be used to practice individual education programmes for learners who need extra help. Our new playgrounds are especially designed for specific age groups. Younger children will have their outdoor playing area separate from the older classes. Learners in the older classes will enjoy large playing

equipment to challenge gross motor development, and they will also get their hands dirty by caring for the vegetable garden. At the Valentia premises we will be able to accommodate up to a 150 children, while we still maintain small class sizes with plenty of help. The children are grouped together according to their birth year. Class groups are divided into smaller groups according to the children’s birth-dates. In this way, we can keep a close eye on individual development.

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To accommodate the working parent, we will provide extended hours which will be from 7:30am to 5:30pm. We are open during the April, some of the June, September and some of the December holidays. During the mornings, the children will take part in a structured programme rich in teacher-directed, child-centred activities. After lunch, the little ones will take a nap, while the older children will be entertained in a classroom. For the rest of the afternoon, the children will engage in creative activities, better known as playing. We

have no television on our premises, and we believe that the children need to play in order to develop to their full potential. The children will spend the day in an environment rich in opportunities, to learn without even realising that they are doing so. The move to Valentia is planned during the March holidays. We are very excited and cannot wait to provide even better care and facilities to our children on Val De Vie Estate. Kinder Ark blessings

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he annual Val de Vie Fun Run took place on 25 October 2015. The event was sponsored by Optimum and arranged in partnership with Energy Events. Participants could choose from a 10km or 5km cross country run and a family fun run. With a beautifully scenic route and perfect weather, the day was a great success.

Results • Female 5km Laela Masson Shani du Toit Rochelle Bester • Male 5km William Dommisse Konrad Blumers Joshua Kirsten • Female 10km Karin van Niekerk Sarette van der Heever Ilse Hugo • Male 10km Neil Swanepoel Sarel Rossouw B Viljoen • Junior 10km Male - Hein Roelofse Female - S Botha

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Benefits of Walking The warmer summer weather is upon us, and what better way to take in Val de Vie Estate’s beautiful surroundings than by walking your way in to shape. To encourage an active lifestyle, there are foot paths all over the estate leading to the stunning lakes, Polo fields, Berg River and wild camp We listed below 8 benefits of walking regularly:

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Walking is accessible to everyone and can be enjoyed by the whole family. Walking does not require special equipment. If you have comfortable walking shoes, you are ready to go. Walking can help you with weight management. A brisk 30-minute walk can burn up to 200 calories. Over time, calories burned can lead to pounds dropped. Walking is a low impact exercise which you can do at your own pace and it is not likely to cause serious injury. Walking at a quick pace three times a day, even for a short period, reduces blood pressure after each instance. Studies show that walking releases feel good endorphins while reducing stress and anxiety. So for positive mental health, walking is an absolute must. Walking will help maintain strong bones. Like muscle, bone is living tissue that responds to exercise by becoming stronger. Therefore, a physical activity, like walking, is an essential factor in bone health.

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Walking will help maintain lean muscle tissue, as it tones your legs and abdominal muscles – and even your arm muscles if you pump them as you walk. Walking will build aerobic fitness. To get aerobic benefit, you must walk briskly, fast enough to make your pulse and breathing increase, but not so fast that you can’t talk comfortably.

These are just a few of the advantages of walking and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. If there is one New Year’s resolution everyone should make, it would be to walk more. Happy exercising!

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our first two tournaments, the JDD 50 and The Pink Polo. The season ahead promises to be a great and exciting one filled with skilled high goal polo and lots of ponies. The Val de Vie Polo Club members must have the best

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looking ponies south of the equator, and I must say that I am proud to be part of a club that extends itself to the welfare of these incredible animals. Our resident riders and their steeds have made us so proud with their recent achievements. Lara McPhail and her horse Beaufort recently jumped at the WP Junior Champs and they were placed in every class and took the title of WP Junior 1.10m Victor Lodorum. What a great achievement and what a wonderful journey they are having together. We have such a

wonderful family of horses and riders here at Val de Vie – any equestrians dream to be part of. Thank you to my wonderful clients who are always willing to help and assist us wherever we may need them, even offering to walk our polo ponies when they come panting off the field. Your assistance is greatly appreciated. Thank you to Naas and his nifty maintenance team who are always ready to help maintain this wonderful set up. Thank you to the Servest team who have with their expertise been able to make our fields and grounds spectacular – your long hours in the sun are appreciated.

I am very grateful to say that I have the best equestrian team of grooms who assist me in managing this prestigious equestrian set up, and the love and care they show the horses is evident. Our team of grooms namely, Paul, Lonini, Siboniso, Richmore, Patson, Thembelani, Nkonzo, Luke, Fire, Anele and Kenneth. A special thank you to my golden right hand man, George – your efforts go above and beyond! “Hou die blink kant bo.” Kelly Val de Vie

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olo is an extremely exciting sport to watch, if you understand it of course, if you don’t then it could be like watching paint dry, but very fast, bright and exciting paint. So I will try and remind you of a few short terms to familiarise yourself with, as we have plenty of polo ahead for the season.

The Rules The rules of polo are written and used to provide for the safety of both players and horses. The umpires who blow whistles when a penalty occurs enforce the rules in the game. Strategic plays in polo are based on the “line of the ball”, an imaginary line created by the ball as it travels down the field. This line traces the ball’s path and extends past the ball along that trajectory. The line of the ball defines rules for players to approach the ball safely. These rules are created and enforced to ensure the welfare of players and their horses. The “line of the ball” changes each time the ball

changes direction. The player who hits the ball generally has the right of way, and other players cannot cross the line of the ball in front of that player.

“Polo Ponies” The mounts used are called ‘polo ponies’, although the term pony is purely traditional and the mount is actually a full-sized horse. The legs of the pony are wrapped with polo wraps from below the knee to the fetlock to prevent injury.

“Chukka” A chukka is a 7-m inute playing slot. The game consists of four to eight 7-minute chukkas, between or during which players change mounts. At the end of each 7-minute chukka, play continues for an additional thirty seconds or until a stoppage in play, whichever comes first. Play is continuous and is only stopped for penalties, broken tack (equipment) or injury to horse or player.

Upcoming fixtures for the Polo Season: January 2016 22-24 Jan-16 VDV 2-Goal Tournament 30 Jan-16 Laureus Event February 2016 12-13 Feb-16 VDV 4-Goal Tournament

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legendary Boland heat, any species that is not wind or heat resistant and indigenous to begin with, will not stand a proper chance of growing, let alone establishing itself in the garden. With the Estate more or less built up, the micro climatic conditions have improved immensely, especially the wind from the mountains being gradually reduced by the larger buildings. With its diverse soil types and profiles, the Estate has everything from sand to loamy soil on the West side, to clay and stone layers on the South and everything in between. It is therefore highly important to condition the soil before you attempt to plant anything. The key here is to create as much water retention within the soil profile as possible and to minimize evaporation from the top layer. In the case of clay and stone, the top layer needs to be dug out and replaced by good, well drained topsoil to a depth of about 500mm for flower beds and 200mm for lawn and tree holes. 30% of clay can be retained to aid with its water holding qualities. In all instances a fair share of compost is essential. With sandy, tightly packed soil, the pores between the sand particles can be opened up and widened by incorporating some form of

worked into the top layer at a rate of 40% sand and 60% compost lightly compacted and watered down. The process is then repeated to prevent any sagging. This will allow water to penetrate the roots instead of running off the ‘fatty’ top layer. Getting water into the soil is one thing, but the question is how to ensure that it stays there as long as possible? The obvious answer would be mulching, which is nothing new to the average gardener, but also easily neglected. A 50mm to 75mm layer of any semi composted bark mulch

in some moisture attempting to escape from the soil. Mulching has many other uses such as keeping the soil cool and weed free. Selecting suitable sprayers for your irrigation system to prevent water being carried away by the wind is an important factor to take into account when installing an irrigation system. The most common mistake here is to set sprayers that are meant to water lawn areas, to also cover flower beds and in most cases the amount of water is not sufficient. The opposite is also true,

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for example, when standpipes from shrub beds are being used to water lawns, most of the water ends up on paving or in the road due to wind. Watering times (of the day) and duration per station also plays an important role in keeping areas moist. If your system’s watering times goes into the next day, then no water should be given after 10:00am as the sun will just ‘lap’ this up and it is best to finish the watering cycle by dawn, before the morning heats up. Also remember that the water requirements for lawns, trees, ground covers and shrubs are all different and need specific lengths of watering times. More and more irrigation installers and landscape architects specify drip systems instead of your conventional sprayers and pop ups as this minimises the risk of wind

drift. Always keep a hosepipe handy to help with hot spots, especially on lawns and softer border plants and seedlings. Finally and most importantly, is to start off by planting hardy, indigenous species that require less watering than the exotic varieties. It can also better with stand heat and windy conditions. A succulent garden with Aloes and Vygies as a theme is probably the most helpful and practical choice, but personal preference is always a good guideline in selecting a theme for your garden. Fynbos such as Protea’s, Pincushions and Cone bushes will also be water efficient and can withstand most warm and windy climates, on condition that soil is correctly prepared as they prefer a very specific type of soil and zero chemicals. It makes sense to plant trees suitable to the area as they use the most amount of water in the garden. Although indigenous

species have the reputation of being grey leaved and less colourful, they will in the long run use less water, require less pruning and will be easier to maintain. Take some time and do research on your personal favourites when planning, whether it is a new or existing garden. By implementing the basic principles of water wise gardening, homeowners, landscapers and facilities managers can create a culture within the community to encourage others to practice the same. So be wise and don’t compromise, get water wise. Should you decide to refurbish your garden, please remember to consult with the HOA and always ensure that all plants are within the approved plant palette, as per the Val de Vie Design Guidelines. Neil Kock (ND) Horticulture

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FAQs What are the HOA office hours, and where are they situated?

How do I update my personal information with the HOA?

Val de Vie Sport and Leisure Centre Office Hours: Monday to Thursday 07.30 – 16.30 Fridays 07.30 – 16.00 Closed on weekends and public holidays.

Please update your personal information on the Val de Vie Community Portal. For more information, please contact the HOA at: hoa@valdevie.co.za.

How and when can I do my security gate enrollment?

When are Levy payments due, and how does the extra levy affect me? 1st of the month, in advance. When you buy a plot from 1 September 2012 in the extra levy phase, you have a 4-month grace period from date of transfer, to do your planning and to start building before the extra levy is applicable. When building starts, you then have an additional 11-month period to complete the project, in which the extra levy will again not be applicable.

New HOA Members: Gate enrollment can only be done after the property has been registered in your name, during office hours at the HOA reception and proof of identification is required. New Tenants: Enrollment can only be done after tenants obtain approval from the HOA. Copies of identification

documents, and rental agreements, must accompany completed enrollment forms.

need to be signed for, and collected, during office hours at the HOA reception.

Workers: All domestics, gardeners, au pairs, butlers, etc., need to be enrolled, with necessary identification documents. Valid work permits are mandatory for foreign workers.

How do I apply for a dustbin?

How many pets are allowed? No more than three animals may be kept per unit with a limit to 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 which ref lects the name, telephone number, and SG number of their owner.

How, and when can I obtain a remote for the inner lane booms/river frontage gates? Remotes are available to residents only, at a cost of R220 per remote. Landowners that are in the planning phase, may request the building control office to motivate an application for a remote. Remotes can be ordered, and paid for, at the HOA reception.

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How and when do I obtain my post box key? A post box key can only be obtained after the property has been transferred into your name, during office hours at the HOA reception.

What is my Val de Vie postal address? Name and Surname ... (your SG number) Val de Vie Estate, Paarl, Kliprug Minor Road, 7646 WE CONDUCT SERVICES ON ALL GAS APPLIANCES AND CERTIFICATIONS FOR INSURANCE PURPOSES. WE SUPPLY LP GAS & SELL PRE-PACKED BRAAI/FIRE WOOD - DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR. WOOD BOXES

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How often is postage sorted? Postage is retrieved from town, and sorted daily. You will receive a notification slip in your box for parcels that are too big for the box. These letters/parcels

It is the homeowners responsibility to apply for a dustbin, once Drakenstein occupation is issued. Use your SG number as reference, and phone Drakenstein Municipality at 021 807 4715.

When is refuse removal? Our refuse removal is done weekly, by Drakenstein Municipality. We form part of their ‘purple zone’. For collection days, please refer to their schedule at www.drakenstein.gov.za

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. All you need to do is put your ‘dry’ recyclable waste into the free clear bag you are provided with. Then place it next to or on top of your refuse bin, ready for collection. Homeowners can also make use of the paper and glass banks at the Maintenance Centre.

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 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.

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Val de Vie - Directory HOA ENQUIRIES 021 863 6128 hoa@valdevie.co.za

OTHER SAPS – PAARL 021 807 4000

WATER / ELECTRICITY 021 807 2557

POLO 021 863 6169 polo@valdevie.co.za

SAP FLYING SQUAD 10111

TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT 021 872 4755

SALES OFFICE 021 863 6101 property@valdevie.co.za

FIRE BRIGADE 021 872 2323

ANIMAL HOSPITAL - WELLINGTON 021 873 1196

WINES 021 863 6100 wines@valdevie.co.za

AMBULANCE - PAARL 10177 021 872 1970

VETERINARIAN DR DEON VAN TONDER 083 631 4603

POLO CLUB RESTAURANT 021 863 6174 restaurant@valdevie.co.za

RESCUE EMERGENCY 10177

PAARL LIBRARY 021 807 4871 / 4742

BUILDING DEPARTMENT 021 863 6127 kobus.rossouw@valdevie.co.za

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PAARL TOURISM 021 872 4842

RYK NEETHLING SWIM SCHOOL 082 747 8277 valdevie@learntoswim.co.za

PAARL HOSPITAL 021 860 2500

FRANSCHHOEK TOURISM 021 876 3603

SECURITY 021 863 6110 072 900 3954

MEDI CLINIC - PAARL 021 807 8000

POISON / SNAKE BITE INFORMATION 021 689 5227 021 931 6129

HEALTH CLUB 021 863 6136 healthclub@valdevie.co.za

DRAKENSTEIN MUNICIPALITY / GENERAL 021 807 4500

POST OFFICE - 57 LADY GREY STR, PAARL 021 872 5337

EVENTS & MARKETING 021 863 6191 / 6131 events@valdevie.co.za

DRAKENSTEIN WASTE REMOVAL QUERIES 021 807 4715

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