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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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Contents

June 2015 HOA Communication

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Property & Development

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Aesthetics Gallery

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Social & Community

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Sports & Leisure

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Wine & Dine

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Events & Media

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Val de Vie Events

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Stable Talk

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Landscape & Nature

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Safety & Security

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Estate Map

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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 Carlé Geldenhuys Sub editor Samantha Orange Val de Vie marketing director Ryk Neethling Contributors Front Cover - Hugh Roberts (hughr3@icloud.com), Morne Bosch, Liz Smithers, Johan Stander, Carlé Geldenhuys, Maché Joubert,Dance Domain: Paarl, Joné van Heerden, Mieke Le Roux, Polo Club Restaurant, Spice Route, Val de Vie Events, Kelly Mathias, Derick Germishuys, Kobus Meiring, Brett Ashington 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, Dirk Knoesen

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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, written and produced for Val de Vie by MPDPS (PTY) Ltd e: mark@mpdps.com

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Chairman’s Report A warm greeting to all homeowners from the Homeowners’ Association offices and administration.

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he Special General Meeting, held on 13 May 2015, to consider and vote upon certain amendments to the Constitution of the Homeowners’ Association (HOA), was well attended and the result was overwhelmingly in favour of the proposed resolutions. The Directors of the Development Company recently sent out a letter with regard to the further developments, and specifically noted that the larger vision should realise major benefits for homeowners including: • cost savings through economies of scale • many additional communal amenities • a more diverse residential product offering • additional road infrastructure, including a bridge over the Berg River • many kilometres of additional trails and green areas • access to the Pearl Valley 18-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course • and increased liquidity in terms of property sales. They further stated that it was heartening to see the trust being placed in the Development Company directors, homeowner trustees and development sub-committee and that they will continue to implement the larger vision in the same responsible manner.

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In terms of the original constitution, the Development Company has amongst others the right to, as it deems fit, unilaterally incorporate any adjoining properties as further phases of the Development. However, in the spirit of cooperation and consistent with the manner in which it has implemented its strategy, the Development Company has chosen again, as in the past, to embark on a process of homeowner participation and to subject the whole concept to a vote, thus ensuring that the proposed developments carry the support of homeowners and allow for the homeowners’ wishes to be considered in the development planning. The HOA’s participation in the process will continue, as many detailed operational matters must still be finalised. The resolutions, now accepted, created a framework for incorporation. Within this framework, the HOA can follow an integrated process and implement detail measures to • achieve maximum benefits associated with the incorporation of the planned new phases; • protect itself from financial risk; and • remain in control of its own destiny. The larger Val de Vie would include a wider property proposition and many new additional shared facilities available to all homeowners. These include:

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• A new bridge across the Berg River, which will significantly shorten the trip to e.g. Southern Paarl, Stellenbosch, and the Airport for a large number of current Val de Vie homeowners. This bridge will be an architectural landmark and aesthetical feature. • Two additional entrance gates will spread the traffic load across the larger development and alleviate the traffic at the current main gate. These new gates will have a total of 14 new lanes, one gatehouse with 3 lanes in and 3 lanes out; and a second gatehouse with 4 lanes in and 4 lanes out. The two new gatehouses will also have improved facilities, such as a visitor centre, contractors enrolment centre, a specifically designed drop & go area, etc. • A new sports centre, four times the size of the current one, will enhance the facilities available to all residents with: ◆

A 50m outdoor swimming pool with a kid’s pool 2 x tennis courts and a practice wall

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Kid’s play equipment A youth hangout area Additional equestrian arena Several kilometres of outdoor trails for cyclists, horse hackers, runners and pedestrians.

• An additional 2 kilometres of Berg River frontage with 2 additional picnic areas. • Direct internal road access to the Pearl Valley golf course, with the necessary security controls. Reciprocally, the Pearl Valley homeowners will have access to the road leading to the bridge, although not through any inner lane booms to private areas. • Some 99ha will be green areas, comprising 61 ha’s of farm land and 39ha’s of nature reserve areas, all partly accessible to homeowners. • A commercial and retail development, directly outside the gatehouse on the R45, will have a fuel station as well as commercial and retail rental space, ideally suited for a food retailer and hardware store as an example. • Additional self-storage units • Commercial offices • A dog park, where animals can be let off the leash to enjoy equipment and spaces specifically designed for them.

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• More stables, grazing paddocks and working paddocks. These facilities, together with the existing facilities, will be accessible to all homeowners, including the current Val de Vie homeowners. The property market keeps strengthening with the average erf price in Val de Vie rising from R1 415 p/m² in 2014 to R2 131 p/m² in 2015. House sales are achieving above R15 000 p/m². This trend will continue as the estate becomes more built up and the supply of erven decreases. Building activity is also on the decline, as expected, and the number of construction sites have dipped below 50. Back to some household matters. For some time we have not used a speed radar gun in the enforcement of our 40km/h speed limit, however, due to the overwhelming support for the use thereof, we decided to continue with this practise with new and improved equipment. We therefore appeal to homeowners, once more, to use our internal roads responsibly and to abide by the 40km/h speed limit. Any transgressors of the Estate speed limit will be stopped and issued with a fine as provided for in our Estate Rule Transgression Chart. We would also like to remind you that the Estate Rules confine the driving of motorcycles, and other motorised vehicles, to

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Chairman’s Report We urge all pet owners to take responsibility for your animals and ensure that they do not cause any nuisance to other residents.

the main roads, driven by persons over the age of 18 and in possession of a valid driver’s license. We have still not achieved full cooperation with our rules regarding animals on the estate, especially with regard to dogs running around unsupervised as well as dogs causing a noise disturbance to neighbours. We urge all pet owners to take responsibility for your animals and ensure that they do not cause any nuisance to other residents. If you are experiencing problems with your neighbour’s animals, please remember to contact security and they will investigate immediately. Planning around recurring power cuts have become part of our daily routines and many homeowners have enquired about the use of generators on the Estate. As we mentioned in the previous issue, generators will be allowed provided that the maximum sound pressure level is 51dB and its location is clearly indicated, however we do not recommend the use thereof. We much rather promote the green alternative of using solar power. You can store generated electricity in batteries and you are also able to sell the over-supply back into the Drakenstein Municipality grid. This means that you will pay off your investment over

time. With the technological advances in battery technology and the increasing price of grid power, the yield on your investment makes financial sense. The HOA has taken the step in installing rooftop solar on the sport centre and we are well on our way in achieving 22%+ IRR. This is something we would like to encourage. Please remember to submit your plans to the HOA prior to installing solar panels and ensure that it is in accordance with the Val de Vie Aesthetic Guidelines. The winter rains are late this year and we are taking extra care to manage our water resources. In comparison to the same time last year, we have received 270ml less rainfall this year. The unusually windy and dry conditions this past summer have taken a heavy toll on the trees and we eagerly await the rains. Like the previous year, we will use the irrigation downtime during the coming rainy months to implement landscaping and irrigation upgrade projects and to conduct preventative maintenance to the whole irrigation network. Blessings Morne Bosch Chairman of the HOA

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Property Report The continued demand from buyers anxiously seeking to establish a home on the Val de Vie Estate, and to secure a good investment, is a further driving force to the significant increase in prices for vacant stands as well as existing homes.

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he season is fast changing and we see the beautiful shades of autumn taking effect on our Val De Vie Estate as winter sets in. I am pleased to report that as the property market continues to strengthen, the sales on the Val de Vie Estate continue to gain momentum with the evidence of prospects increasing by the day. The upsurge on the market value for built houses, as well as the last remaining vacant stands, have drastically increased due to the continued demand for the sought after lifestyle with security living and all that Val de Vie has to offer towards perfect living. The sales for the first quarter of this year demonstrate a significant increase in property value acceptance. Within Phase 1, vacant stands are virtually sold out and the limited stock available attributes to us growing a healthy reserve list for the future Developments on Val de Vie. This also includes interest in the soon-to-be launched Gentleman’s Estate. These are large portions of land whereby an owner can do

selling price over the past 6 months as opposed to prices for the previous year. The recently launched new Vines Development, within Phase 1 of Val de Vie Estate, hits the sweet spot as it attracts a broad spectrum calibre of buyers who desire secure estate living within the price range of R3 million to 5 million. Since going to market in early April, more than 40% of Phase 1 and 2 of the Vines has been sold. The key interest is also based on the absolute convenience of being able to purchase the plot and plan package with additional benefits at no extra cost and the convenience of moving into a fully completed home. A number of the Vines sales have also derived from our very own homeowners wishing to focus on their future investment within the Estate and coupled with a strong demand for rentals, therefore giving buyers a significant income return on their capital investment. With the continued positive pattern of sales taking place and the ongoing enquiries we are receiving on a

small-scale farming and stable their own horses on their own grounds within a security Estate. The continued demand from buyers anxiously seeking to establish a home on the Val de Vie Estate, and to secure a good investment, is a further driving force to the significant increase in prices for vacant stands as well as existing homes. Properties have shown a substantial escalation on the

daily basis for the Vines Development, there is no doubt we will have a sell out by the middle of next year. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to invest in one of these spectacular homes. Please do not hesitate to visit us in the sales office, as we will be happy to assist you with all your enquiries. Liz Smithers

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CONTACT Email: liz.smithers@valdevie.co.za Cellphone: +27 (0) 83 775 6350 Telephone: +27 (0) 21 863 6101

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uilding your dream home should not only be a joyride but also a rewarding experience. This journey involves numerous important decisions, which also include choosing the correct professional team players, who can respectively add value to your home building process. The value chain of the professionals you employ is only as strong as the weakest link in this chain, which makes the employment decisions such a critical part of your home building process. The purpose of this article is to guide you through the various stages of the building process, with the basic principles that need considering throughout the building process. The benefit of designing and building your home to suite your lifestyle requirements can easily outperform the purchase of an existing house. However, it is just as important to be aware of the risks associated with the building process and to mitigate and manage these risks by appointing an experienced professional team. The information published in this article is done in good faith and in an attempt to assist potential homeowners who have elected to build their dream home.

Choosing a stand or “plot and plan” When selecting to build your dream home, the first step to consider is budget, security, lifestyle, views and personal preferences when choosing the stand. Buying a stand and building your home implies that the transfer duty to register the stand in your own, or a legal entity’s name, will only be calculated on the stand price and not on the total value of the property to be built. Although the building contract value does not attract transfer duty it does however include VAT. Obtaining bank finance for the purchase of your stand normally requires a bigger deposit (± 50% of vacant land value) whereas purchasing on a “plot and plan” basis the finance is obtainable for up to 80% from the mortgage bank. Financing your home is a matter of structuring your transaction in the best possible way in order to optimise your gearing and finance requirements. The best possible financial structure is a topic on its own and will be dealt with in a future publication.

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Design and plan your home The design and planning stage is considered to be the phase where the homeowner needs to spend the most of his / her available time and energy. A cleverly designed and planned home with detailed drawings will be beneficial in a number of ways, such as: • Meeting with the homeowner’s specifications and lifestyle requirements • Easy flow of building and construction process, planning and timing thereof • Limited variance orders (V/O’s) for changes (Changes to the plan after contractual agreement is expensive) • Saving cost and construction time for builder and homeowner • Optimising your floor area and living space • Value for your money spent When planning a dream home, it is important to make notes of your requirements, such as: • Contemporary / classic / modern • Number of bedrooms / family size / privacy • Living area / flow/ feeling of space • North facing / sun utilisation / views • Wind factor, the South East being a challenge in summer time • Winter rain factor, coming from the North West • Number of garages • Storage space • Housekeeper room / facilities • Pool and water features • Boundary walls • Complying with the Homeowners’ Association guidelines • And most importantly, your budget.

Professional architect Prepare yourself for a proper briefing with an Architectural Professional as it lays the foundation for the eventual success of the project. It is advisable for the architect to also visit your stand with consideration to views, directions and dynamics of the stand, as well as wind and rain directions. After a proper briefing by the homeowner, the Architect will summarise and expand on the brief outline before starting with the sketch design. Upon receiving the sketch plan, in theory the

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homeowner will then do some amendments (if any) and instruct the final design proposal. Even at this early stage of the planning process, it is important to pay attention to design detail such as: flow of the living area; optimal placement of bedrooms and bathrooms; privacy of bedrooms; bathroom layout and toilet placements; etc. When the basic design concept is complete, it is advisable to calculate the bill of quantities and obtain a rough cost estimate. The estimate of the construction costs needs to be compared with the budget, and any amendments to the plans need to be made accordingly. The homeowner also needs to consider the cost of finishing specifications, pool, boundary walls, paving and landscaping. The most common mistake made by homeowners who select a building contractor, is to base their decision primarily on price (since

As your home design progresses with your Architect, it is advisable to ask for virtual 3D scopes in order to do a virtual walk-through of your home, even deciding on furniture placements and room sizes and shapes. The best advice I can give you during the design and planning phase is to allocate sufficient time and energy to this very important stage, since it could avoid mistakes which are extremely expensive and can affect the flow, timing and budget of your building project. Beware of being quoted with a Rand per square metre rate. Square meter rates can merely be used as a rough cost estimate (Up to 20% tolerance). The factors such as foundation, big door and window openings, double glazing, roof structures, staircases, bathrooms, kitchen standards, lights, and finishing standards are

they have gone too big), instead of a smarter design that still meets their lifestyle requirements and gets a better quality final product. As an example, I wish to illustrate this pitfall by utilising the process the average person follows when selecting to upgrade to a new car. We are normally quite willing to pay a premium price for our new car based on brand value / prestige, reliability, safety, economy, quality, resale value and service level at dealership. However, when we build our new home, worth 10 times the lifespan and value of the car,

items that will determine the actual construction price of your home.

we choose to primarily consider price, which ultimately may result in an increased risk of time delays and some work that needs to be redone. The cheapest quote may turn out to be more expensive and goes hand in hand with possible building headaches and inferior quality. During the design phase, some detail of the kitchen layout, and possible interior design should already be included at this early stage. The ceiling, bulkheads, hidden curtain rails, home automation, central vacuum systems are all considerations which are essential to a proper home plan. From experience, the most common mistakes / shortcomings in the design are related to: • Insufficient detail specifications of finishing and features • Staircase flows / turns and size • Insufficient cupboard space • Poor bathroom layout • Cramped garages despite the fact that it is a relative low cost item, etc.

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The professional team The appointment of the professional team, and selection of the most suited professionals, is essential to a smooth building experience and a quality final product. The major players in the professional team consists of: • Architectural Professionals • Principal Agent • Engineer • Building Contractor • Landscape Designer For some inspiration I can recommend the website www.houzz.com for ideas on kitchens, bathrooms and general home design. In order to manage the various risks associated during the construction process, we need to first identify the risk areas, where after we manage and mitigate these risk areas accordingly. The best solution in this regard is to employ the services of an experienced Principal Agent who can add value to your home building project.

Principal agent value proposition In terms of the requirements and conditions of the JBCC (Joint Building Contracts Committee) Building Contract and the Val de Vie HOA (Homeowners’ Association) architectural guidelines, it is required to employ the services of a Principal Agent.

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The smart approach in this regard is to utilise this requirement to your advantage and consider the value contribution that can be made by employing the services of an independent Principal Agent.

• The value proposition of an independent Principal Agent can be summarised as follows: • The Principal Agent represents the homeowner’s interests and should be independent from the Building Contractor, Architect and other professional parties involved in order to remain totally objective at all times. • The Principle Agent is primarily responsible for quality control and the compliance of construction and engineering standards. The compliance with regards to foundations, building and finishing quality throughout the building process provides peace of mind to the homeowner. • Practical challenges will arise during the building process and, in this regard, the Principal Agent can make the decisions best suited to resolve the issue. These challenges are matters such as floor

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levels, door openings, appliance water supply placements and matters not clearly specified in the plans. The Principal Agent arranges regular (weekly) meetings with the Building Contractors and other professional team members as and when required. The objective is to manage the building process and building timetable. This platform also serves to communicate the discrepancies or quality issues (if any). Decisions and choices related to light fitting placements, plug points, window frame colour, cornice choice, internal door choice, etc. are facilitated between the homeowner and Building Contractor.

In the event of disputes arising between the various parties, the Principal Agent will act as mediator to resolve disagreements and disputes, using the JBCC building contract as a guideline. The Principal Agent visits the building site on a regular (2x weekly) basis to verify and control building standards. In the process, he also considers potential challenges and risk areas and in a pro-active manner, resolves these challenges with the Builder / Engineer / Architect. The controlling and verifying of the monthly drawings (payments) presented by the Building Contractor as correct for submission to the homeowner and / or mortgage bank. It is advisable to involve your Principal Agent at the earliest possible stage since he can be a soundboard and provide practical guidance with your home design and implications learned from his experience. The Principal Agent can also assist with obtaining comparative building quotes from the shortlisted Building Contractors as well as analysing and comparing these quotes with you.

For the inexperienced homeowner, the guidance through the building process from A to Z can be extremely helpful. In this regard you are welcome to contact and consult the author of this article, without any obligations, to consider his value contribution with your home building process, irrespective of the stage you are currently at with your building process. In the next issue of the Grapevine we will be addressing the preparation for obtaining comparative building quotes and consideration for appointing a Building Contractor. Johan Stander Contact: jdstander@vodamail.co.za Tel: 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.

Contact Information Department

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Janine Cronje

021 930 9210

janine@boogertmanct.co.za

Controlling Landscaping Architect

Kobus Meiring

082 453 3654

kobus.la@gmail.com

Drakenstein Plan Submissions

Wilfred Vyfer

021 807 6331

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Emulle Hofmeester

021 807 6416

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HOA Building Control

Kobus Rossouw

021 863 6127

kobus.rossouw@valdevie.co.za

HOA General

Carle Geldenhuys

021 863 6103

carle.geldenhuys@valdevie.co.za

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We look forward to welcoming you at our on-site office, The Manor House on L’Huguenot farm or give us a call and we’ll meet you at the entrance gate. Igna de Villiers 082 884 8492 | igna.devilliers@pamgolding.co.za Ronel Peinaar 082 556 2433 | ronel.pienaar@pamgolding.co.za Jordan Greenhalgh 083 298 1481 | jordan.greenhalgh@pamgolding.co.za Hayley van der Merwe 082 926 8587 | hayley.vandermerwe@pamgolding.co.za

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1. Preserving Existing Trees The development will at all cost, preserve as many as possible of the existing trees, even though they may be exotic species. Architects are encouraged to preferably use the existing trees on the stand as design opportunities, as opposed to being a design constraint.

2. Plant Species Integration Plant species on private property are to enhance and integrate the character of the adjoining street and / or open space landscape.

3. Landscape Design Integration The integration of the landscape design of open spaces and street reserves with that of private property is encouraged.

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The following measures are to be applied in the landscape design of each erf: 3.1. Homeowners are encouraged to enhance and to keep within the framework of species and the landscape character of the public landscape adjoining an erf. 3.2. The landscape layout, in terms of lawn and bed areas, at the interface between public spaces and private property are to be harmoniously integrated. 3.3. Erf Owners are required to accurately plot street trees on their architectural submission plans, indicating how the tree/s are integrated into the standard driveway layout. VAL DE VIE

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3.3 3.4. No pedestrian traffic may be impeded on the sidewalks due to landscaping thereof. 3.5. A minimum of 30% of the stand width along the boundary line facing the street, must be lawn so as to ensure a flowing and integrated transition.

4. Jetties Hardwood decks and jetties no larger than 30m2, which comply to all municipal by-laws and which have been certified by an engineer, may be submitted to the Aesthetics Committee

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for approval and construction in the 10m no “structure� zone, with a maximum of 5m into the water body measured from the erf boundary abutting the water body. No deck or jetty may be closer than 5m from any side erf boundary. All decks and jetties are to be aesthetically constructed complete with wooden posts. No stainless steel structures will be permitted. Stand Owners are to ensure that due consideration be given to neighbours of the adjoining stands when positioning wooden decks and jetties.

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Social & Community

Resident Street Braai

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e live in a wonderful Estate surrounded by the majestic mountains and winelands of the Boland. These surroundings together with a county lifestyle and tranquillity are more than enough reasons to meet the people sharing these values, and the neighbourhood, with you. These facts were the inspiration for organising such an event. What better way to bring together the neighbourhood than to enjoy good wine, have a typical South African braai and to meet wonderful people? The high level of participation (> than 70%) by residents in our street was encouraging, and during a late Friday evening, there was a common theme of “we must do this more frequently.� With the braai fires burning high, the residents enjoyed their wine whilst meeting neighbours sharing their street and the Val de Vie

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lifestyle, the children were entertained with nostalgic games of the past and made several new friends. We wish to thank all the residents for their spirit of constructive participation. We furthermore wish to acknowledge the Val de Vie HOA management for their consideration and supporting this initiative. Johan Stander Val de Vie Resident The HOA would like to encourage our residents to organise community socials, as this is a brilliant opportunity to get to know your neighbours. Please make the necessary arrangements with the HOA in advance by contacting us on hoa@valdevie.co.za.

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Agile movement = sharp minds

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raditionally, we have linked our children’s need for movement to the outdoor spaces that we call playgrounds. This is unfortunate, because children need to move all the time, both indoors and outside. Movement is an indispensable part of learning and thinking, and each movement becomes a vital link to learning and thought processing. In this article, we as Kinder Ark teachers want to just briefly address the importance of movement for young children, as well as give some great movement ideas you can do together as a family, indoors or outside. Movement and action are essential to children’s development in general and to intellectual development in particular. Movement is the gateway to sensing, acting upon and being affected by the world around us. Between birth and the age of six, children’s bodies, as much as their minds, are the organ of intelligence. Their “body-minds” require that they move and be moved by their surroundings. A facet of learning to read may help to illustrate

composed of a line and a circle, depends upon the orientation in other words which side of the circle is the line on? For movement to be developmentally effective, children must initiate, complete, and receive feedback about the consequences of their own movements through space and their own operations on materials. So this means that watching something on the TV or having mom or dad move a passive child through an experience will not achieve this. Our children can only grow through daring, risking, failing, redoing and succeeding. Kinder Ark blessings

the relationship between movement and learning. Until children have experiences orienting their bodies in space by going up, on, under, beside, inside and in front of things, it is possible they will have difficulty dealing with letter identification and the orientation of symbols on a page. If you take for example that the only difference between a small “b” and a small “d”, both of which are

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Please try these fun movement ideas at home while playing with your children, to ensure that they stay healthy and ready for any learning opportunity coming their way! • Crab Walking • Duck Walking • Walking up the wall • Monkey bars for shoulder strength • Wiggling through different spaces • Wheelbarrow pushing

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Shall we Dance?

Dance Domain: Paarl would like to bring Dancing to Val de Vie Estate. For your convenience - they envisage conducting weekly classes here at Val de Vie.

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e are delighted to offer you this fantastic and fun opportunity - Dance Domain: Paarl would like to bring dancing to the Val de Vie Estate. For your convenience - they envisage conducting weekly classes here at Val de Vie (venue TBC shortly). Dance Domain is a Social Dance Studio leaders in the fields of Ballroom, Latin American and Social Dancing in the Western Cape. They also offer exciting alternative dance styles (see to the right). Their mission is to introduce this wonderful sport of dancing to the general public, provide a social platform to spend time with friends and loved ones, while developing a skill so enjoyable, its leaves you rejuvenated! Dance Domain says, “We are dedicated to creating an awareness of this wonderful sport, among young and old, and through dancing make a difference in the lives of those around us. Through dancing, we will not only be able to teach individuals to carry themselves with confidence and grace, but also build their individual character (especially our young children) and instil in them the principles of trust, discipline, commitment and endurance!” For those who enjoy the more competitive side of things – there are also the opportunity to compete on local, provincial, national and international levels (no partners needed). Classes are customised to your needs and Dance Domain is looking for feedback from you, the Homeowners. Please contact Ray Hill on 076 302 3278 OR paarl@dancedomain.co.za for further details and to indicate your interest. So, put on your dancing shoes!

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Options to choose from: Group Classes Ballroom, Latin and Social Dancing 4 x 1hr per month – costs range from R350 to R600pm – over an agreed contract period: includes traditional Ballroom and Latin dances as well as Social dances; typically danced at weddings, school sokkies and house parties. Group Classes Sola Latin Latin inspired, high energy, fun dances. Dance Flexibility Improves overall flexibility, increasing the range of motion and movements of the body. Dance Fitness High powered, high energy dance routines designed to increase your fitness levels and endurance. 8 x 1hr per month – costs from R400pm – over an agreed contract period. Modern Dancing (Adult open classes) Hip-Hop Dancing (Adult open classes) 8 x 1hr classes – costs from R400pm – over an agreed contract period. Modern Dancing (School Grades) Stepping Stones | Grade 1+2 | Grade 3… Costs from R650 per school term. Hip-Hop (School Grades) Pre-level 1 and 2 | Junior Level 1 + 2... Costs from R700 per school term. Matric Dances Private lessons - R540 to R1 800 OR Mini group classes of 5 students @ R200 per hour Learn all of the social moves to knock the socks off your audience. Wedding Dances Costs from R750 upward It is Dance Domain’s mission to turn your favourite song into a spectacular and romantic dance on your special day.

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Sport & Leisure

Children need to learn to swim It seems like an obvious life skill that all little ones should learn, but a recent Carte Blanche insert on ‘learning to float,’ showed that this is not as apparent to many parents.

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recently read an article on why it is important to teach your child to swim, written by Leanne Mc Laran, a physiotherapist with a special interest in paediatric aqua therapy, and would like to share a few of her comments with you. It seems like an obvious life skill that all little ones should learn, but a recent Carte Blanche insert on ‘learning to float,’ showed that this is not as apparent to many parents. Drowning is a horrible and frightening reality. Leanne mentions in her article that the toddler drowning rate is three times higher than in any other age group. Fortunately, toddlers can learn to save themselves should they fall into water, if they are properly trained to do so. It is important to note that this learning experience should not be a traumatic one. Swimming lessons should not be at the expense of the child’s emotional wellbeing. According to Leanne,“The traumatic techniques like ISR (Infant Self-Rescue) and other methods that require forcefully submerging or rolling a child under the water do cause emotional trauma and fear. An obvious sign of this would be if the child starts

screaming or crying when they are being taught this technique. Sometimes the effects of this trauma only come out years later though, even into adulthood.” “The AQUATOTS programme is one that is child-directed, developmentally appropriate, and fun. Babies are taught to flip onto their backs and to stay afloat until rescued. Toddlers, who can walk and spin around on land, are taught to float but, more importantly, they are taught to get back to the side of the pool or their point of entry – far easier and safer for toddlers to do. Their lessons are done in groups, as it is more fun for them to be in a group and as they get older they learn more by watching and interacting with others as well. A parent is in the pool with them. Without a parent, the child will be anxious, and an anxious child cannot learn.” The purpose of this article is to urge parents to teach your child to swim, and to investigate the swim school you choose thoroughly. It is important to observe the classes first, find out about the teacher’s training and the method they use. Joné van Heerden

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Winter = Trail Running!

Trail running is packed full of adrenalin, with its unstable surfaces, up hills, down hills, puddles of mud and sometimes even wild animals.

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rail running is fast becoming one of winter’s most popular sports. Warm and insulated sports clothing these days give us no excuse to train during the cold winter months. Trail running is packed full of adrenalin, with its unstable surfaces, up hills, down hills, puddles of mud and sometimes even wild animals. Besides the fact that trail running is extremely good exercise, it gets you out into nature leaving a sense of wellbeing and achievement. Trail running ranges from simple 5km runs to ultra-trail marathons. If you are used to

road running, this will definitely be a challenge on the new trail adventure.

What you need to know • Yes trail runs are much harder than road runs, you need to pay attention and lift your feet. In road runs we tend to injure joints like knees; in trail runs our ankles are the Achilles heels of the sport. • Trails runs vary from flat surfaced to steep inclines in a short distance. The trail is often full of surprises, like water puddles, stones and ditches, therefore slow down and adjust your focus. Trails can be very rocky and technical;

this is totally opposite from the road and quite a challenge for the first time trail runner. • Start to run for a set amount of time, not mileage. If you are used to the road this will frustrate you in the beginning, but be assured that time is more important on your average trail run. Rather focus on completing your time goal than your current road mileage. • Lift your feet. The more time you spent on the trail, the less time you would be worrying about falling. You will improve your trail running technique in time. Practice makes perfect. Val de Vie

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• Don’t be afraid to walk, since trail running is much more of a challenge, rather be safe than sorry. Walking will bring your heart rate down to ensure more energy to continue your run without burn out. • Don’t be afraid to get dirty, mud and water is part of the package. Embrace and enjoy the thrill of it. • Safety first. Always remember to have your name, phone number, emergency contact list and ID number on you if you are running on your own. Do not run after dark. • Also if you drive to the trailhead, leave a note on your dashboard Val de Vie

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with your name, route, and estimated time of finish. • Bring a little extra water and fuel, just in case. • Carry your phone for emergency calls. With these tips on hand, we look forward to seeing you on the trails. Remember winter = trail running.

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Shoes Light Hydration and fuel Cell phone Emergency information

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Cape Wine Auction

Starters Hot-smoked salmon, grilled asparagus, soft poached egg, hollandaise sauce

R68

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Courgette, ricotta and basil tart, sundried tomato pesto dressing, rocket

R55

Crispy nacho style chips, spicy tomato sauce, cheddar cheese, chunky guacamole, tomato and onion salsa, sour cream, fresh coriander Add spicy mince:

R58 R68

Soups Creamy wild mushroom and truffle soup, served with fresh homemade bread

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Beef, barley and winter vegetable soup, served with fresh homemade bread

R52 R56

Salads Crispy salt and pepper calamari, baby leaf, cucumber, spring onion, rosa tomatoes, mange tout, avocado (when available), Danish feta, lemon and olive oil dressing B A

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Soft poached egg, aged Parmesan, dressed greens, crispy bacon, tomato, avocado (when available) B Add chicken:

R70 R85

Polo Club salad: baby leaf, rosa tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, mange tout, red onion, calamata olives, Danish feta Add chicken:

R50 R70

Warm chickpea, rocket, roasted butternut, spring onion, blue cheese and toasted pumpkin seed salad

R75

Between Buns Sweet barbeque pulled pork sandwich, coriander salad, skinny fries, lime aioli

R74

Gourmet beef burger, halloumi cheese, peppadew marmalade, rocket, homemade sesame seed bun, crispy onion rings, skinny fries

R94

Grilled chicken burger, roasted rosa tomatoes, rocket, goat’s cheese, avocado (when available), hand cut crispy sweet potato wedges, side salad

R88

Banting burger: Chicken or beef burger, homemade cauliflower bun, basil cream cheese, fresh tomato, fresh avocado (when available), served with pumpkin crisps B

R100

Mains Chicken schnitzel, caramelised garlic mash potato, seasonal vegetables, cheese sauce Line fish, basil risotto, seasonal vegetables, garlic cream Crispy pork belly, sweet potato crush, sautĂŠed greens, Laborie Alambic jus

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Rump Steak Banting: whole baked tomato, poached egg, greens Classic: skinny fries, greens, Béarnaise sauce

R155 R155

Asparagus, pea and roasted tomato risotto, rocket, aged Parmesan, toasted pine nuts

R95

Butter chicken curry, basmati rice, poppadum, fresh coriander

R110

Linguini carbonara – crispy bacon, and a creamy Parmesan sauce, topped with a soft poached egg

R85

Beer-battered fish, skinny fries, pea purée, lemon aioli

R80

Crumbed prawn and crispy calamari board, skinny fries, homemade tartar sauce

R115

Pizza Margarita

R60

Caprese: buffalo mozzarella, rosa tomato, basil

R75

Crispy bacon, feta, mushroom, avocado (when available)

R90

Smoked chicken, artichoke, goat’s cheese, calamata olive

R80

Spicy salami, peppadew, Camembert, rocket

R95

Focaccia: crispy pizza base, olive oil, garlic, herbs Add feta:

R45 R55

Dessert Dark chocolate fondant, salted caramel centre, vanilla bean ice cream

R70

Vanilla pod crème brûlée, almond biscotti

R50

Triple chocolate cheese cake, fresh berries, mascarpone crème

R65

Banting baked apple, cinnamon nuts, honey, mascarpone crème

R50

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Local artisanal cheeseboard

R70

Kids Crumbed chicken strips and chips

R45

Fish and chips

R45

Mac’n cheese

R40

Kiddies Margarita pizza – cheese and tomato

R45

Kiddies Hawaiian pizza – ham and pineapple

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Vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce

R25

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Seasonal Treats courtesy of The Polo Club Restaurant Wild Mushroom and Goat’s Cheese Phyllo Tart Served with wild rocket and a tamarind vinaigrette

Serves 4

Ingredients: Phyllo tart base 4 sheets of phyllo pastry 50g melted butter Mushroom and goat’s cheese filling 500g wild / exotic mushrooms 50g butter ½ tsp fresh / dried thyme 100g goat’s cheese / 1 log Tamarind vinaigrette ¼ cup olive oil 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar 1 Tbsp tamarind paste 1 tsp sugar Wild rocket for plating

Equipment: Large muffin tray pastry brush whisk frying pan

Method Phyllo tart base • Set oven to 180°C. • Lay 2 sheets of phyllo pastry on a flat surface,

in half, width ways. Press each piece into a greased muffin tray and bake for 5-10 minutes

set aside. Tamarind vinaigrette • Whisk vinegar, tamarind paste and sugar together. • Slowly add the olive oil whilst continuously whisking.

until golden brown. Once cooked, let them cool completely in the muffin tray.

To serve

brush each one with melted butter. Take the other 2 sheets and place one on top of each of the buttered ones. Cut each phyllo “sandwich”

Mushroom and goat’s cheese filling • Clean any excess soil / dirt off the mushrooms with a damp cloth. Fry the mushrooms in

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• Fill each tart base with mushrooms and goat’s cheese. Place in the oven at 180°C to warm through, for approximately 5 minutes.

• Place on a plate and top with wild rocket. Drizzle tamarind vinaigrette over and around the tart.

Homemade pasta • Place your flour onto a board or in a bowl. Make a well in the centre, crack the eggs into it. • Beat the eggs with a fork until smooth. • Using your fingertips, mix the eggs with the flour, incorporating a little bit at a time until everything is combined. • Knead everything together until you have a smooth lump of dough.

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Crispy Bacon and Homemade Sundried Tomato Pesto Pasta Served with buffalo mozzarella, balsamic reduction and deep fried basil

Serves 4

Ingredients: 250g streaky bacon 2 balls of buffalo mozzarella 500g packet of pasta OR Homemade pasta 400g flour - preferably “00”, but normal will work too 4 eggs Sundried tomato pesto 3/4 cup sundried tomatoes in oil 1/3 cup pine nuts 2 garlic cloves, chopped 1/2 cup olive oil 1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese Balsamic reduction 1 cup balsamic vinegar 4 Tbsp honey Deep fried basil Handful of fresh basil leaves – picked off stems 400 ml sunflower oil

Equipment: Pasta machine (if you are planning to make your own pasta) blender / food processor oven tray 2 small pots 1 medium pot slotted spoon

Method • Set oven to 200°C. • Lay bacon strips out on oven tray and place in oven to cook until crispy, approximately 10-15 minutes depending on the strength of your oven. Once cooked, drain off fat and let cool completely. Then chop up into little bits, ready to mix through your pasta when serving. • Rip mozzarella balls into bite size shreds, place in a bowl, covered, in the fridgeuntil serving. Balsamic reduction • Place balsamic vinegar and honey in a small pot over a medium-high heat. • Heat to a simmer, then turn down and keep at a

You want it to be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. • Set aside to cool completely. Store in a closed container until needed. Sundried tomato pesto • Place all of the pesto ingredients, except the oil, into your blender / food processor and blend. • Once everything is broken down, slowly add the oil. Once everything is combined, pour into a pot ready to heat when serving. Deep fried basil • Pour the oil into a small pot, place on a medium heat and let warm for 3 minutes. Test if it is ready for frying by dropping a bread crumb or a little piece of basil in. • Once up to temperature, drop your basil leaves in; be very careful, as it will spatter a bit. Fry until the basil starts to turn a very light

low simmer for about 10 minutes to reduce and thicken the sauce up. Be careful not to burn it.

brown. Scoop out with a slotted spoon and onto some paper towel to drain.

• You can also make your dough in a food processor. Just throw everything in together and whiz until it looks like breadcrumbs. Tip out and bring it together into a ball with your hands. • Once your dough is made, you need to knead it for about 3-5 minutes to develop the gluten until it starts to feel smooth and silky. • Wrap in cling film and place in the fridge to rest for at least half an hour before you roll it.

• Once it has rested, you can divide your dough in four equal pieces and roll each ball through your pasta machine, starting on a thick setting and gradually moving down until you reach the lowest setting, rolling your dough through each setting twice, and keeping your roller well-floured to prevent any sticking. • Once you have 4 flat, smooth sheets of pasta, cut them into your desired style, dust with

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• Let cool and store in an airtight container until needed for serving. Pasta • If using store bought pasta, follow the cooking instructions on the packet. • If making homemade pasta, see method below.

To serve • Heat up the pesto in the pot over a low heat. Cook pasta and toss into the warm pesto as soon as it is ready, spoon a little of the pasta water into the sauce to loosen it up a little. • Mix in the bacon bits. Once nicely combined, spoon into bowls and place a few pieces of ripped buffalo mozzarella on top of the pasta. • Drizzle the balsamic reduction over the pasta and sprinkle with the deep fried basil (if you have any bacon bits left over, sprinkle those on top as well). flour to prevent sticking, and store them under a damp towel to keep them moist until cooking. • When cooking your pasta, bring a pot of water with salt and a little olive oil to the boil. Throw your pasta in and cook for approximately 4-5 minutes until the pasta is “al dente” and starts to float. Drain off the water then toss into your warm red pesto sauce to serve.

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SeasonalGlazed Chocolate TreatsÉclair courtesy of The Polo Club Restaurant Served with fresh berries and dark chocolate sorbet

Serves 4

Ingredients: Éclair ½ cup warm water 60g butter, cut into small cubes ½ cup cake flour 2 eggs 200g dark chocolate, finely chopped Cream filling 200ml fresh cream ½ tsp vanilla paste / extract Dark chocolate sorbet 600ml water 200g caster sugar 50g cocoa 50g dark chocolate, finely chopped Fresh berries and finely chopped dark chocolate for plating

Equipment: Small pot baking tray baking paper piping bag plain / star nozzle whisk / whisk attachment for mixer ice-cream machine (if you have one) double boiler / small pot with a glass bowl that fits on top of it

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Method Éclair

the boil in a medium pot. Whisk in the sugar and cocoa and return to a gentle simmer. Simmer for

• Set oven to 200°C. • Place water and butter into a small pot. Bring to

5 minutes, whisking occasionally. Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate until melted

a rolling boil. Remove from heat and stir in flour to form a paste. Place back over heat and stir for

and smooth. • Cool the mixture and then place in the fridge for 4 hours, or overnight, until well chilled. • Churn the sorbet in an ice-cream machine or

30 seconds to cook the flour slightly. Tip into a small bowl and let it cool completely. • Once cooled, beat in eggs one at a time with a wooden spoon, an electric handmixer or a paddle beater attachment if you are using a Kitchen Aid / Kenwood stand mixer. • Cut your paper to fit your baking tray. Spoon the filling into the piping bag with chosen nozzle. Pipe out four éclairs, approximately 11cm length x 4cm width. • Sprinkle with water and place in oven to bake for 15-20 minutes depending on the strength of your oven. Do not remove until éclairs are baked completely, otherwise they will collapse. They must be a dark golden brown and firm to the touch. Let them cool completely. • Melt chocolate over a double boiler, and dip each éclair to coat the top. Replace on paper to cool and set. Then slice open éclairs, ready to fill when serving. Dark Chocolate Sorbet • Mix the sugar and cocoa together. Bring water to

pour into a strong plastic bowl-shaped container and freeze until frozen 3cm from the edges. Whisk to break down the ice crystals, then freeze again for 1 hour. Whisk and freeze again one more time, and then leave until completely frozen. Before serving, transfer to the fridge for 15 minutes to make scooping easier. Éclair filling • Whisk cream until medium peaks form, then whisk in the vanilla. Spoon into the piping bag with desired nozzle, place in the fridge until ready to fill the éclairs when serving.

To serve • Fill each éclair with vanilla cream as well as fresh berries and place on the plate. Spoon a small pile of the finely chopped chocolate alongside the éclair, place a scoop of sorbet on top of chocolate. Sprinkle with finely chopped chocolate, and a dusting of icing sugar if you like. Val de Vie

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Spice Route - A Sensory Journey of Discovery

‘‘Black currant, red fruit and spice fill the glass. Hits of vanilla and oak flavours.” Ryk Neethling 2010

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thrive together with love and passion, giving reason to honour success with celebration.

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Tasting Notes Black currants, red fruit and spice fill the glass. Hints of vanilla and oak flavours. Well-rounded mouth feel with subtle wood influence. A medium to full-bodied wine that finishes well on the back palate.

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Wine has a very smooth and intergrated

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drinking. Medium to full bodied. Wine is

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matured in French oak casks for 18 months

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Franschhoek Bastille Festival

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ust off your berets and dress up in your finest red, white and blue for this year’s Franschhoek Bastille Festival, which takes

place on 11th and 12th of July. A favourite amongst visitors far and wide, the Franschhoek Bastille Festival scooped the Crowd Pleaser Award at the 2014 KLINK Awards, while Franschhoek was voted Number 3 in

Visitors can look forward to sipping, sampling and savouring some of the Franschhoek’s superb wines in the comfort of the Food and Wine Marquee, situated at the Huguenot Monument - the perfect venue, with exquisite mountain backdrops, and ample parking within walking distance. Treat your taste buds to a gastronomic feast with

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delicious fare from some of Franschhoek’s well-known restaurants.

Vive la France The celebration of Bastille Day was to symbolise peace one year after the Storming of the Bastille, which happened on 14th of July 1789. The French National Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with this day as well as the Fête de la Fédération, which celebrated the unity of the French people on 14 July 1790 during the French Revolution.

Get your tickets! Entrance tickets cost R200 per person, which includes a complimentary tasting glass, a booklet of tasting coupons, as well as a R20 wine voucher to be used on the day. Additional coupons can be purchased on the day. Visit www.webtickets.co.za for tickets. For more information on the event programme and the Salomon Bastille Day Trail Run visit www.franschhoekbastille.co.za or follow us on Twitter @Franschhoek_SA.

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Spice Route Tasting Room The Spice Route Tasting Room is the Paarl home of our handcrafted Spice Route wines from the Swartland. Visitors can choose from a selection of sensory explorations, from a standard wine tasting to our wine and charcuterie journey. These can all be enjoyed in our tasting room or outside on the rolling lawns, which offers panoramic views of Table Mountain and the Simonsberg Mountain range. The artisanal wines, relaxed atmosphere and picturesque surroundings of the Tasting Room make for a truly memorable experience. Website: www.spiceroutewines.co.za

Bertus Basson At Spice Route Bertus, along with his business partner Alistaire Lawrence, took over the Spice Route Restaurant and reopened the restaurant on the 1st of February 2015 as Bertus Basson at Spice Route. Offeringa small array of dishes, 14 in total, the menu is made up of traditional South African meals with a modernized twist. Bertus and Alistaire will largely focus on catering for families. Visitors can look forward to enjoying their meals not just inside the restaurant but on the stoep and manicured lawns where they will be able to fully embrace the beautiful natural surroundings of the Paarl Winelands. Val de Vie

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Richard Bosman’s Quality Cured Meats Richard Bosman’s Quality Cured Meats produces exceptional Italianand Spanish-style charcuterie using traditional methods of salting and drying. Special partnerships with selected farmers allow the small producer to source the very best pasture-reared animals, delivering superior quality and flavour to the meat. With a philosophy of as little interference as possible, Richard Bosman and his team rely on quality and time to make the magic happen. The meat is hand-salted, hung and cured for 2 to 12 months, resulting in delicious, artisanal fare that’s well worth the wait. Website: www.richardbosman.me

Red Hot Glass Hand-Blown Glass Studio & Gallery One of very few Venetian-style glass blowing studios within the borders of South Africa,

Red Hot Glass offers a wide selection of unique pieces, from colourful bowls and vases to striking lighting fixtures and intricate installations. As well as selling directly to the public, Red Hot Glass creates once-off commissions for top hotels and galleries around the world. Visitors are afforded the unique opportunity of watching the glassblowers in action in the open studio. Website: www.redhotglass.co.za

Barley & Biltong Emporium Barley & Biltong Emporium is a beer garden-styled restaurant offering visitors a casual menu filled with a choice of gourmet burgers, Cape Brewing Company craft beers and our wide selection of biltong. Come and enjoy our offering while marvelling at the awe inspiring view of Table Mountain and the Paarl Wine Valley beyond. grapeVine magazine

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Spice Route - A Sensory Journey of Discovery Cape Brewing Company Affectionately known as CBC, the Cape Brewing Company is a state-of-the-art microbrewery offering a selection of premium craft beers for tasting and purchase. The CBC team believes that creating truly exceptional beer is a refined art, and brewing is celebrated as a lifestyle at the establishment – from the malting, milling, mashing and lautering, to the boiling, fermenting, conditioning and filtering. Their passion for all things beer-related is evident not only in their wide range of quality products, but also in their detailed and animated tutored tastings and brewery tours. Website: www.capebrewing.co.za

DV Artisan Chocolate Bean to Bar Factory The DV Artisan Chocolate Bean to Bar Factory is one of only a few micro-batch chocolate producers in South Africa. The family-run establishment sources cacao beans from 25 different origins around the world, carefully handcrafting them into fine specialty chocolates that best showcase their unique and varied flavour profiles. The chocolates, which contain no artificial flavourants or colourants, vegetable fats (only pure cocoa butter), or soya lecithin, are available for tasting and purchase, and guests can watch chocolate maker Pieter De Villiers hard at work in the factory. Website: www.dvchocolate.com

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Wilderer Distillery & La Grapperia Using the most advanced equipment available, Wilderer Distillery produces some of the best Grappa and Eaux de Vie in South Africa. Visitors are able to view the distillation process and taste and purchase the internationally acclaimed products. The adjoining restaurant, La Grapperia, offers a selection of wood-fired, thin base pizzas, flammkuchens and tapas to be enjoyed with a glass of Grappa or Spice Route wine in a festive setting overlooking the spectacular view for which Spice Route is renowned.

The Barn Artists Studio & Gallery functions as both a work and exhibition space for resident painters Diane Back and Jake Watson, who regularly invite local artists to create and display their work alongside theirs. Visitors to the gallery can pop in to see the artists at work or to marvel at their prolific output, which is all for sale at the venue.

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Live Music: Our appreciation for local music included acoustic blues by Gerald Clarke to upbeat folk by the amazingly gifted Bottomless Coffee duo and even a performance by Heinz Winckler.

Petting Zoo: No doubt one of the best kiddies attractions was the Petting Zoo that got the little ones up close with some furry friends.

Polo at the Market: What a pleasure to see our Polo Club thriving this last season. With nearly 40 members, including a couple of youngsters, we are excited to see the growing interest in the sport.

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Khula’s Big Blessing

“ People want to make money. They also want to make a difference. Creating a culture of purpose is how you do both.” - Lisa McLeod, Forbes Magazine

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only will we be the change, but we will see the change.” Khula was founded in 2003 as a humanitarian organisation that supports outof-school children in the Paarl East area. These are children who have fallen out of the school system due to their personal circumstances. Khula is a community-based programme with a vision to provide sustainable support to these out-of-school children and their families by assisting them emotionally, socially, spiritually and educationally. Khula makes a meaningful difference in our community and we encourage everyone to support their efforts. Visit Khula’s website to find out more about the amazing work they do. Erns and Daleen Labuschagne’s dedication to the community have been a true inspiration and projects like Khula are exactly what this valley needs to address the needs of others. www.khuladg.co.za/ Val de Vie

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Celebrations at Val de Vie

It was a privilege for Val de Vie Events to be part of this memorable wedding celebration and we wish Marcel and Merike much happiness in their future together.

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al de Vie Events recently had the honour hosting the wedding of Springbok and Bulls rugby player, Marcel van der Merwe and the lovely Merike Jonker. Hailing from Pretoria, the two were a joy to work with: so lively, bubbly and energetic. From the start we knew that it was going to be a wonderful occasion! Held on a picture-perfect day, the wedding was a beautiful celebration of the couple’s love. Merike was a dazzling sight in a Gert van der Merwe gown, with edgy pink heels completing the look. Marcel wore a perfectly tailored navy suit and a knitted pink boutonniere, which we thought was a wonderful personalised detail. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails and pre-dinner canapés on the terrace, which boasts spectacular views of the polo fields and the surrounding countryside. Much to everyone’s delight, a game of polo was played which honoured the memory of Marcel’s late mother, who lost her battle against cancer. As a special touch, we pleated pink ribbons into the polo ponies’ tails and sprayed the polo ball pink. When

Marcel threw in the ball, we’re sure his mother was proudly looking down from heaven on the special moment. The reception was held in our opulent ballroom, which was elegantly styled by Nico Laubscher from N Concepts and Designs. A palette of gold, blush and white created a soft, romantic ambience that took our breath away. An abundance of roses and lilies formed part of the floral decor, complemented by crisp table linen and crystal glassware. As guests entered the room, the young and upcoming duo, Bad Peter, provided entertainment with their toe-tapping folk rock. The atmosphere was wonderfully festive, filled with smiles, laughter and joy. A decadent dinner by Dish Food and Social was followed by a night of dancing and celebration that continued into the early hours of the morning. We love the stunning photos taken by Laura Leigh, which show how magnificent the occasion was. Please visit www.laura-leigh.com for more photos. Val de Vie

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top left to right: Martin Venter, Joseph Bronn, Gavin Watson, Jason Drew, Liam Du Preez Paterson, Jaap Engelbrecht, George Mumba, Peter Mchallam, Karen Lewis, Pieter Engelbrecht, Riaan Marx, Vincent Buhrer, Ignaz Marx, Alex Watson, Josephine Susman, Henro Potgieter, Valerian van der Byl, Hannes Pickard, Micheal Steenkamp, Kasper Kristofferson and Johan du Plooy.

Polo Handicap System In polo, the players are rated on a scale from minus-2 to 10. Minus-2 indicates a novice player, while a player rated at 10 goals is a professional at the highest level attainable. There are only a handful of players in the world that have reached 10 goals, of whom almost all are Argentinian. The amount of “goals” assigned to a player is not an estimate of the number of goals a player might score in a game, but rather of the player’s worth to his or her team. It is the overall rating of a player’s horsemanship, team play, knowledge of the game, strategy and horses.

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years, not only in membership but also in the quality of polo. Tournaments have become all the more competitive, as Val de Vie attracts more patrons and professional polo players to the Cape. At the Veuve Cliquot Masters, the public and sponsors were entertained with some of the most spectacular 12-Goal polo, which means that all 4 players per team had a combined handicap of 12. The President’s Cup, which was a 10-Goal tournament, was the first of its kind at Val de Vie and was held to end off the season and to thank and acknowledge all the local professionals. The idea is to choose the top

Most Improved Junior: Josephine Susman

nother polo season has come to an end and what a season it was! The club has grown immensely over the last couple of

four players from the Cape Town region and put them against a team selected by the President, Rupert Hackwell, from a different province. The Polo Club Committee had the pleasure of hosting the first ever Polo Club Ball to celebrate and honour the achievements of our members, on the 8th of May 2015. Several players’ skills have shown some marked improvement over the last season and were awarded new handicap ratings.

Handicaps: Martin Venter -1 Pieter Engelbrecht -1 Valerian van der Byl 0 Kasper Kristofferson 0 Henro Potgieter 0

Most Improved Senior: Kasper Kristofferson MVP Junior: Alex Watson MVP Senior: Johan du Plooy Best Pony String: Hannes Pickhard Chairman’s Award for Dedication to the Club: Karen Watson

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Polo Club Awards Dinner and Ball THIS PAGE (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP) Polo Captain, Gavin Watson, with Hannes Pickhard and Polo Club Chairman Jason Drew for the Best Pony String Award; Kasper Kristofferson receives the Most Improved Senior Award; one of our youngest and most recent new members, Jo Susman receives the award for Most Improved Junior. OPPOSITE PAGE (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP) Gavin Watson, Polo Captain, with some of our members who have been awarded new handicaps. From the left, they are Kasper Kristofferson 0 Valerian van der Byl 0 Martin Venter -1 Pieter Engelbrecht -1 Henro Potgieter 0 joined by the Polo Club Chairman, Jason Drew; Alex Watson receives the MVP Junior Award; Johan du Plooy receives the MVP Senior Award; Karin Watson receives the Chairman’s Award for Dedication to the Club.

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inter has crept in, all the raincoats and gumboots have come out to play and of course our equine steeds of Val de Vie have their designer winter woollies to show off! What a wonderful and action packed polo season we had, sporting the most tournaments during a season yet here in the Western Cape. It was a very exciting and energising season and we experienced some of the most exciting high goal polo that South Africa has to offer! The ponies played their hearts out and they deserve every bit of their winter holiday. The polo ponies are all taking full advantage of rolling around in the mud and watching the world go by. The 2015/2016 Polo season will commence again in October and I am sure it will be even more exciting and jam-packed than the last. Although the polo ponies have settled well into their winter break, the rest of us are still training hard for all the winter season competitions. Val de Vie

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Maureen and Thembelani on their fit steeds ‘Cruiser’ and ‘Spirit’ recently completed another gruelling 40km endurance ride in Rawsonville. Our show jumpers and dressage riders are doing very well and bringing home the ribbons too. Lara McPhail and her gelding ‘Beaufort’ are currently competing in the 90cm/1m grades and cleaning up. Erin Pape and her gelding pony ‘Leo’ are currently competing in the 1.10m grades and also achieving superb results and lots of rosettes! Megan Cleary and Penny Cleary have been doing superbly on their horses ‘Double or Quits’ and ‘Callaho Fabula’ in both dressage and show jumping, and

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We would like to welcome Barbara Farrell and her beautiful black Friesian gelding ‘Kaptein’ to our yard and wish them many happy horsey moments with us! We would love some new and exciting jumping equipment for our awesome arena, so if there are any willing businessmen or woman who would like some advertising space… We have a wonderful team of grooms here at Val de Vie, who ensure that our horses are always

Stable rules: • The stable visiting hours for non-horse owners are strictly between 08.00 and 17.00 – the horses need as much R&R time as you all do. • Please refrain from feeding the horses any treats – they are all on controlled diets. • Should you wish to bring the horses some carrots – please arrange this with me and I

looked after and cared for. My team includes the one and only awesome Mr George Mumba, and his team of grooms includes Luke, Patson, Thembelani, Boas, Fire, Lolini, John, Anele, Richmore, Kenneth, Wisdom, Lucas and of course Cynthia, who tries to keep the dust and mud at bay. We are so blessed and fortunate to have our horses on our doorstep here at Val de Vie, but it also means that we all need to

be very vigilant about the rules and regulations of the Stables in order to live in a harmonious environment with the horses, as well as respecting the owners and riders.

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OPPOSITE PAGE BOTTOM FAR LEFT Anais Masson with her horse Ally

will be more then happy to assist you and prevent your fingers being chomped off. • Please don’t send your children to the stables on their own – all children under the age of 16 years must be accompanied

• NO prams or bicycles are permitted in or through the yard – please leave them on the polo field or at the barn before you approach the stables. • The stables are not a ‘through

by an adult at all times. • NO running or screaming is permitted in or around the stables – please control your children, we have 64 horses to control.

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trees and vines and treat them. For those who would like to plant vegetables, it is time to plant cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, salad, radish, onion and carrots. During July, you can sow Petunias and Begonias and keep them in a sheltered warm place. Remove all dead flowers from winter annuals. You should plant or transplant roses now. It is also time to prune all the existing roses. New fruit trees can also be planted in July. All fruit trees need to be pruned and treated with lime-sulphur that is diluted for winter use. It is important to use sharp and clean secateurs. We need to water the irises. The lilies must be watered only once a month. It is also, now

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in winter, a good time to work compost into beds that you would like to plant up in spring. Shrubs like Barleria Obtusa, Berberis, Brunfelsia, Cuphea Ignea, Duranta, Hibuscus, Lavendulla, Ligustrum, Pentas, Rosmarinus, Sutera Grandiflora, Viburnums and various others need to be pruned. Vines can also be pruned and shaped. During the winter months it would be the time to fix pergolas, pathways of paving, fences and walls behind some plants, as you can now prune them back to work there. On the Estate we have been working to get a better definition between the various plant groups in the hedges at the circles in the main axle. The grassed area around the sport centre has been levelled in order to create a larger green belt around the building. Naas and Vonnie are in the process of installing irrigation on a large portion of the grassed areas where houses are built up. This would help us in the next summer period to irrigate more effectively and save water for the estate. The result of this

would be that there would be fewer men needed to water verges, as the remaining men will only concentrate on trees. The olive trees in Village 5 have grown so much since we planted them, in beginning of 2013, that we had to support them with stakes in order to keep them upright. We have treated the London Plain trees with Kohinor to keep the red spider mites at bay. After that we found some mite activity on the Water berry trees. They were all treated with growth regulators and some systemic insecticides. Subsequently we found that some of the Nuxia Floribunda had been attacked by some insects as well. It appears as though the treatment worked and new life is visible again. We will remove the dead wood in early winter. Naas has also created a channel for water to drain away next to the fence of the game camp to prevent the pathway from flooding. On the other side of Palomino Way, the pathway were lifted and the grass has been established.

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Landscape & Nature

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he character of Val de Vie Estate constitutes not only the existing environmental attributes but also the architectural style as well as the specific introduced landscape architecture. The landscape vernacular will fulfill a crucial role in the harmonious integration of the “existing” and the “new,” typical of Val de Vie Estate. For this purpose, the use of plant species on private property will be controlled and we would like to specify which plant species are specifically prohibited on the Estate: • Invader species promulgated by law • Acacia trees - all species • Cussonia (cabbage) trees – all species • Aloe bainesii (tree aloe) and Aloe dichotoma (quiver tree) – smaller Aloe species are allowed • Palms – all species • • • •

Ferns – all species Bamboo species – all species Cycad / Cycas - all species Specific trees: Strelitzia Nicolai (wild banana), Schizolobium (feather duster), Scefflera exotic species • Cacti, Agave and similar species (a selection of popular smaller succulent species are allowed) • All typical tropical plant species (philodendron; monster; flax and similar) Codyline; Yucca; Draceana and similar species Val de Vie HOA

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Safety & Security

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ecurity clearance and access to our Estate is of paramount importance, and what we pride ourselves on to ensure our Estate

remains secure and safe for all.

This also requires that we abide by South African laws, for example when vetting contractors, gardeners and domestics. It is recommended to ensure that they

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are either South African or that they have a valid work permit. The onus will remain with the respective residents who are responsible for their employees. At present we do criminal background checks on contractors by choosing them randomly. If a person has a criminal record, it is carefully scrutinised in regards to the type of crime committed, the time frame, etc. It is then taken forward to the Security Committee to discuss further with the necessary recommendations. If criminal records indicate any of the following: sexual crimes, murder, attempted murder, robbery, house breaking, kidnapping, serious assault, hijacking etc., the person is not allowed onto the Estate. We are in the process of randomly doing criminal background checks on domestics, gardeners, butlers, etc. Should any resident require a crime check to be done on someone they wish to employ at their residence, they are more than welcome to contact the security office for assistance and for arrangements to be made. Part of our access control is to also screen for driver’s licenses which is not only a legal requirement in South Africa to drive a vehicle on our roads, but

is also a prerequisite to enter and drive a vehicle on the Estate. The Val De Vie Home Owners’ Association and Trustees go to great lengths and expense to ensure everyone’s security and safety on the Estate. Unfortunately we have a few residents who do not adhere to the Estate Rules and regulations. One particular area of concern is the 40kmph Estate speed limit, which is exceeded daily. The Estate has purchased a traffic radar gun (the same type used by our traffic and law enforcement agencies on our roads), which is calibrated annually, as is required by law. The radar gun is operated by security personal on the ground whereupon any transgressors of the Estate speed limit are caught and issued with a traffic fine. It is our duty and responsibility to ensure that our roadways remain safe at all times and we all adhere to the Estate speed limit. We are all accountable for ensuring that we keep our Estate safe and secure from any possible risks or threats, this includes any guest, visitor, contractor or person we employ and who we grant permission to enter our Estate. Brett Ashington Thorburn Security

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HOA Pages

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

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.

How do I update my personal information with the HOA? 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 enrolment?

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.

How and when do I obtain my Post Box Key? The post box key can only be obtained after the property was 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

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

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 reflects the name, telephone number, and SG number of their homeowner.

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.

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.

New HOA Members: Gate enrolment can only be done after the property was registered in your name, during office hours at the HOA reception and proof of identification is required.

It is the homeowner’s 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?

Electrician: Steven Jones, 021 872 8711 / 082 802 7219

New Tenants: Enrolment can only be done after tenants obtained approval from the HOA. Copies of identification documents, and rental agreements, must accompany completed enrolment forms.

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

Plumbing: Casa Plumbing, 021 855 3035 / 078 920 6491

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

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.

Taxi services Contact Mr Driver on 078 927 9674 for taxi services, between Paarl and Val de Vie, for your domestic workers.

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Who can I contact for electrical or plumbing assistance?

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 this publication.

How does the PT 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 enrolment system works.

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HOA Pages

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

ER EMERGENCY RESPONSE 084 124

PAARL TOURISM 021 872 4842

RYK NEETHLING SWIM SCHOOL 082 747 8277

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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