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This brand new Ranch Style home offers Val de Vie living at its best. From the moment you walk through the front door the double volume entrance hall and uniquely crafted staircase sets the tone of style, quality and sophistication. The generous sized living spaces include an open plan lounge with a wood fire place, family room, dining room and kitchen with double volume ceilings and large double glazed stacker doors opening out to an enclosed patio and sparkling pool. The white French-style kitchen is granite-topped with Smeg appliances. Every window, stacker doors and opening are designed to capture the beautiful mountain views, paddocks and polo fields. Upstairs consists of a spacious pajama lounge and 3 luxurious en-suite bedrooms. The downstairs guest suite steps out to a private courtyard with water feature. This opulent home is a must see for the discerning buyer‌ a true masterpiece.


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Move into this well-equipped 5-bedroom family home which offers 4 bedrooms upstairs with main en- suite and a separate full bathroom. There is a large studio room downstairs which can easily be converted into the 5th bedroom. Open plan kitchen and scullery that flows out to a fully enclosed patio/braai room with walled in garden and swimming pool. Off the Kitchen area is a separate cozy dining and living room with built in fire place.

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Set right on the picturesque 10th green, this four bedroom home boasts a unique take on family and stylish living. Downstairs offers two spacious lounges with built in units and a fireplace, a dining room and a lovely home office with built in units and air-conditioning. Upstairs offers four spacious bedrooms and bathrooms, all en-suite with ample cupboard space. The entire downstairs living area opens up with stacking doors allowing for a seamless integration of indoor outdoor living.

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Modern and sophisticated, this gorgeous home boasts an array of modern features and on trend design aesthetics. An all integrated Miele kitchen flows effortlessly onto a light and airy dining and living space which opens up to the pool and entertainment area. Four spacious bedrooms all en-suite allow for comfortable living while the breathtaking lake and mountain views allow for the utmost peace and tranquility.


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June 2017 E STAT E M A N AG E R’ S R EP ORT PRO PE RTY R E P O RT PE A RL VA L L E Y HOTE L VA L DE V IE F O U N DATION RE S I DE N T R E V IE W PO LO C A P TA IN ’ S R E P ORT E Q UE STR IA N N E WS E VE NTS GO LF PO LO C LU B R E STAU R AN T T H E VA L L E Y R E STAU R AN T K I NDER A R K O N S HOW SA FE T Y & S E C U R ITY H OA PAG E S E VE NTS C A L E N DA R H OA PAG E S

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The Grapevine Magazine is published for Val de Vie Management (Pty) Ltd Val de Vie Estate, R301/Jan van Riebeeck Drive, Paarl, 7646, South Africa Val de Vie Estate t: +27 (0)21 863 6100 / f: +27 (0)21 863 2741 e: info@valdevie.co.za / w: www.valdevie.co.za Grapevine Magazine t: +27 (0)21 863 6144 e: magazine@valdevie.co.za / w: www.valdevie.co.za Editorial Esté Kok Copy editor Marguerite Lithgow Val de Vie Marketing Director Ryk Neethling Advertising & Sales Esté Kok, Janette de Bruin, e: magazine@valdevie.co.za, c: 084 625 1088 Contributors Morné Bosch, Terry Keller, Ryk Neethling, Renier Swart, Louis de Jager, Damian Wrigley, Hannes Pickard, Madri Steyn, Rosemarie Bartlett, Nicky Bartlett, Lorraine Hadfield, Chloe Frey, Val de Vie Events, Energy Partners Cover Daniel Saaiman Photography Photography Daniel Saaiman Photography; Sheldon Moultrie Managing, design and production Mark Pettipher, MPDPS (Pty) Ltd, e: mark@mpdps.com Production Manager Dalene van Niekerk Designers Eugene Jonck, Rina van Vuuren, Nicola de Goede

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E STAT E M A N AG E R’ S R E P O RT

WELCOMING WINTER TO T H E VA L L E Y OF LIFE As the Cape reluctantly slips into winter, we await the much needed rains that have now become critical to everyone living in this province. There can be absolutely no doubt that water scarcity is going to affect us dramatically into the future. For this reason, Val de Vie is being proactive in formulating a detailed Water Scarcity Plan, to better equip us for our future needs.

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The past few months have been extremely busy on the estate. From the ABSA Cape Epic finish and ISPA Handa Polo event on the sporting side, ongoing improvements of the security infrastructure and landscaping maintenance under testing conditions. We are indeed fortunate to have a very dedicated team on board who are prepared to go above and beyond the call of duty to make things happen. Work is currently being done to streamline and standardise the rules over the greater estate, as well as the letting procedure. By introducing a letting procedure pack containing all the required documents, we will ensure that landlords can enter into rental agreements with peace of mind, knowing that all the criteria have been met. It will also provide tenants with a much improved experience. Over the next few months two new play parks will be built on the Pearl Valley side of the estate. Work on the much looked forward to Mountain Bike Trail has begun; I took a sneak peek, and it’s going to be fantastic! A fibre optic network is being installed on the Pearl Valley side to be incorporated into the existing ‘Fibre to the Home’ network on Val de Vie.

Once the network is installed, and integrated into the existing network, Pearl Valley residents will be able to enjoy high speed internet access. Our Pearl Valley Club House is undergoing some renovations which, when completed, will offer a dedicated conference facility to cater for golf days and events, and thus not over taxing the restaurant and bar. This work is being done in phases, so please bear with us during the construction phase. Work on Val de Vie Phase II continues at a rapid pace. The earthworks and platform for ‘The Yard’ complex are already in, and the road surfaces are being paved. The completion of the eagerly anticipated bridge over the Berg River is expected by very early in 2018. It really is exciting to witness these wonderful facilities taking shape on our estate. In closing, a word of thanks to the hardworking men and women who make it all happen. From our security team to the golf staff, maintenance, landscaping, administration, finance, marketing and events, thank you for all that you do. So, sit back and enjoy this issue of the Grapevine and all that the Cape winter has to offer. Terry Keller Val de Vie Estate Manager


PROPERTY REPORT

VA L D E V I E P RO P E RT Y SA L E S The demand for luxury retirement estate living is on the rise in South Africa. The Val de Vie group of companies and Evergreen Lifestyle have formed a partnership and are launching a 600 unit luxury retirement village in the centre of the newly developed part of Val de Vie. Our on site property sales team, Cape Winelands Properties, reports on the property market.

The top tier of our luxury homes at Val de Vie has now increased in value by more than 75% since 2014. This is a 19%, overall, annual growth percentage. The value offering to a Val de Vie homeowner is unmatched anywhere else in South Africa: •• Safe and secure environment for the family •• Multiple sports activities for every member of the family •• Wine tasting •• A coffee roastery •• Nature conservation, including protected fynbos reserves and an abundance of wildlife like Springbok, Grysbok, Fish Eagle, to name but a few •• The Berg River running through the estate •• Kinderark pre-school •• The best of South Africa’s top schools on our doorstep, like Courtrai Primary, Paarl Boys’ High, Paarl Gimnasium, Paul Roos Gymnasium, Paarl Girls’ High, La Rochelle Girls’ High, Bridge House, etc.

•• A world class homeowner’s association managed by top business people as homeowner trustees, with more than R40 million in cash reserves •• The Polo Village offices •• A Retirement village with comprehensive facilities Our most coveted attribute, as an all encompassing residential, luxury lifestyle estate is our premium location in the heart of the Cape countryside. The abundant flora and fauna in our Valley of Life creates a perfect balance between natural and modern living. All of our stakeholders continue to experience great returns.

Sold Out Val de Vie Estate has attracted the cream of South Africa’s captains of industry and entrepreneurs. We had sold out the following products by 24 March 2017: •• Gentleman’s Estates •• River Reserves •• River Club •• Champions polo field stand—one only remaining


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•• Polo Village •• Le Domaine 700m2 stands •• Polo Village offices—one only remaining •• Vines—four only remaining

Now available The following exciting property opportunities are available on the Val de Vie Estate: •• 3 x Pearl Valley golf stands •• 5 x Pearl Valley nature stands •• 12 x La Vue 900m2 to 2,000m2 stands •• 3 x Val de Vie Phase 1 stands •• 1 x Champions polo field stand •• 12 x Le Domaine Vines plot-and-plan homes •• 6 x The Reserve acre stands •• The Oaks plot-and-plan homes •• The Stefan Antoni Signature Series plot-and-plan homes The Oaks, and the Stefan Antoni Signature Series homes, are available on any Val de Vie 700m2 and bigger (including Pearl Valley) developer stands.

New Phase 2 Lifestyle Centre: The Yard •• New 1,000m2 gym with studios •• 50m outdoor pool •• New tennis courts •• Artificial surface football court •• Fresh food deli •• Children will be able to enjoy play facilities that include a separate beach entry pool, cricket nets, a tennis practice wall, a leash free dog park, and youth areas where they can meet in a safe environment.

Rentals Investors continue to experience fantastic rental returns with a great demand for Val de Vie rental property. Our dedicated rental team possesses first hand knowledge of all events and developments on the estate. We work tirelessly with our clients to find the best solution for their needs.

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3 different types of free standing houses •• 159m2: 2x bedroom; 1x study; 2x bathroom; 2x garage •• 175m2: 2x bedroom; 1x study; 2x bathroom; 2x garage •• 203m2: 2x bedroom; 1x study; 2x bathroom; 2x garage •• Governed by the Retirement Act •• Dedicated club house Frail care and other specialised retirement services offered

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Our experienced sales teams are at hand to assist with property value estimations, or any other property related information. Homeowners, or any other interested parties can register their interest in any of the above products. Renier Swart (Director of Sales) t: 021 863 6101 e: property@valdevie.co.za t: 021 867 8002 e: property@pearlvalley.co.za w: www.valdevie.co.za


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Each of the diverse, handpicked properties represents the finest of its kind and celebrates the culture, cuisine, architecture and nature of the locations in which they are located. Whilst each property in the portfolio is unique, being part of the collection ensures that the state of the art facilities, world class service and five star experience is affirmed throughout. Guests can look forward to personal, friendly hospitality. Officially founded by entrepreneur and hotelier Adrian Gardiner in 2000, Mantis is committed to the spirit of conservation and restoration, and each property has been sensitively incorporated into its surroundings. The resources, impact on the environment and empowerment of local communities have been consciously taken into account. The innovative outlook of the family underpins that of the group, allowing them to be dynamic in growing the portfolio and responding swiftly to consumer demand. The Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis is a luxury establishment situated in Pearl Valley, which forms part of the award-winning Val de Vie Estate. The hotel has 38 rooms comprised of one‑ and two-bedroom suites, each with large balconies with vistas of the golf course and the majestic Simonsberg mountain range. Each suite has been tastefully decorated to create a relaxed


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ambiance for guests, overlooking the driving range or the lake. A plunge pool at the Club Room is ideal for cooling off and enjoying a delicious breakfast. A round of golf on the Jack Nicklaus Signature course, driving range, putting green and chipping practice areas can be booked in advance with the golf shop. All hotel guests have access to the recently renovated clubhouse, The Valley Restaurant, gym, tennis courts and swimming pool. The Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis is conveniently located between the historic town of Paarl and the picturesque Franschhoek — with a plethora of world class restaurants and wine tasting venues, outdoor activities and charming places to visit and explore. The Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis is sure to offer a unique and unforgettable experience. Contact: e: pearlvalleyhotel@mantiscollection.com

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BUSY TIMES FOR THE F O U N D AT I O N Val de Vie Foundation. Realising the vision. Inspiring lives, one by one. By Lorraine Hadfield

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The last few months have seen a major uptake in community involvement by the Val de Vie Foundation. Here are a few highlights taken from the past two months: •• We are so thankful for the approximately forty, Phase I homeowners who signed up for the Opt In R160 per month donation. It is so easy to join; merely go to www.valdeviefoundation.co.za and go to the ‘Get Involved’ page. Scroll down to the ‘Homeowners Opt In’ option, and register to add R160 per month to your levy. •• Our partner, Valcare Impact Funding Platform, was officially launched with Val de Vie Foundation as one of four inaugural funders. For more information, go to the Valcare link on the Val de Vie Foundation website. •• We completed the roof over the quad at Orleansvale Primary. This deserving school in Chicago, Paarl East, was the recipient of the 2016 Celebrity Golf Day proceeds. Today, we have delighted learners who now have a secure, protected place they call “their roof!”. •• The Foundation also partnered with ACVV Paarl Vallei Wielie Walie to offer Tekkie Tax shoelaces to homeowners in aid of the disadvantaged children living in our community. •• As word of the work we do spreads far and wide, we were delighted to be approached by Nationbuilder and MFM 92.6 (University of Stellenbosch’s campus radio station), to explain our work to its youth oriented audience. On 19 May, we were invited to share the Foundation with those who listened to Cape Talk during the morning show’s outside broadcast, which was hosted at Val de Vie.


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May month Foundation showcase: A dream comes true for aspirant ‘Boks’ Andre du Toit, the Coach for Klapmuts Primary has big dreams for his school, his community, and the aspirant young Boks who live in the Western Cape community. On 5th and 6th May that vision became a reality, when the highly professional Sevens Tournament was held right here in Klapmuts. One hundred under‑13 players from 10 schools, and 80 organizers, participated over the two days. They were drawn from as far afield as Bredasdorp, Worcester, Grabouw and St Helena Bay. From the delicious Friday night braai and the Saturday lunch, provided by the Val de Vie Foundation, to taking selfies with their Bok heroes, and playing their hearts out, it was a never to be forgotten weekend.

‘Shakes’ Soyizwapi (Springbok Sevens), Ruhan Nel (Springbok Sevens), and Cornal Hendricks (former Cheetah and Springbok). For many of the learners, some of whom have never before ventured out of their hometown, the tournament broadened their world view, and they learnt that, with vision, hard work and determination, dreams do come true. Klapmuts Primary, under the guidance of their Headmaster, Ronald Frans, is fast becoming a role model school in the Western Cape, with a major focus on sport, and a world class education.

“We would like to thank our main sponsor, the Val de Vie Foundation, for always believing in a better life for all in our community,” said Headmaster Ronald Frans.

The learners and the Klapmuts community could not get enough of their rugby heroes: Franzyl September (former Boland Cavaliers captain), Jacquin Jansen (Boland Cavaliers), Siviwe

Schools that took part: Klapmuts Primary, Pineview Primary (Grabouw), Kathleen Murray Primary (Grabouw), St Helena Primary (St Helena Bay),

Lorraine Hadfield, Advisor for Val de Vie Foundation. Adriaan Ruhan Nel, is a South African rugby union player, currently playing with the South African Sevens team. His regular position is fullback or winger. Ronald Frans, inspirational Headmaster of Klapmuts Primary. Siviwe Sonwabile ‘Shakes’ Soyizwapi, is a South African rugby union player who is currently contracted by the South African Rugby Union to play for the South Africa Sevens national team. His usual position is fullback or winger. Theo van den Berg, Invenfin, VC division of Remgro, is Klapmuts Primary partner with Ronald Frans, Headmaster. Theo volunteers for Partners for Possibility, a co‑learning partnership amongst school principals and business leaders.

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De Heide Primary (Bredasdorp), Worcester RK Primary, Paarlzicht Primary, Magnolia Primary, Joostenberg Primary, and Dal Josaphat Primary.

Congratulations to the winners Cup winners: Kathleen Murray 1st Runners up: De Heide 2nd Bronze: Klapmuts 3rd Plate: Pineview 5th Bowl: Paarlzicht 7th Shield: Worcester RK 9th

Shakes Soyizwapi, Ruhan Nel, Ronald Frans, Andre du Toit (Klapmuts Coach)

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RESIDENT REVIEW

P O T J I E KO S COMPETITION For the second year running, Val de Vie Social Committee organised a Potjiekos Competition in real country style. The venue at Pearl Valley Boma was a perfect setting, overlooking the beautiful mountains and the surrounding winelands.

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This year’s event grew with the participation of more than 160 residents, family and friends. The participants enjoyed a beautiful day of community building, meeting neighbours and simply enjoying the festivities. It was a fun day for the whole family, with parents socialising around 19 fires, preparing their favourite potjies and the children enjoying the green lawns, with a jumping castle at the Pearl Valley Boma. The panel of judges included Mynhardt Joubert, the winner of KykNet’s popular cooking reality show, Kokkedoor, Jaco van Tonder from Paarl’s Goede Hoop Butchery, and Ryk Neethling, a fellow neighbour. The panel was positively impressed with the standard of potjie preparation and the delicious recipes.

Congratulations to the 2017 winners: • First place: Brickart with an Oxtail potjie • Second place: Pot Luck Club with a Moroccan Lamb potjie • Third place: Beauty & the Beast with a Pork Belly potjie The time and effort that had gone into each potjie was evident and we would like to thank all our participants for enjoying the day with us, and we also thank our sponsors for the event prizes. We look forward to seeing you all back again in 2018 for another shot at taking the winning title. Look out for our next social gathering, the Winter Gala at the Polo Pavilion on 29 June 2017.

For more information and enquiries about social activities and events for Val de Vie Estate residents, contact social@valdevie.co.za


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C A P TA I N ’ S R E P O RT

P O L O C A P TA I N ’ S R E P O RT It has been an action packed and successful 2016 / 2017 polo season at Val de Vie, during which a total of 774 chukkas were played, seven tournaments were hosted, and three exhibition events were held. The club spirit is high judging by the support, both on and off the field, as we reflect on a very busy past season. The season kicked off with a friendly tournament against a visiting team from Salta in Argentina, La Estancia de Cafayate. The club is planning to visit Salta later this year. Furthermore, Val de Vie club member Jannie Steenkamp was selected to represent South Africa in the World Snow Polo Championships in China at the beginning of this year.

Our active, playing members have increased to a total of 33, and our social member numbers are increasing exponentially, for we’ve had over 70 guests (non members) playing at the club this season. We are also witnessing a healthy growth in our student base coming through from the polo academy, which underlines the growing interest in the sport.

In February, we once again hosted the very successful annual Ladies’ Tournament, which was also the first ladies’ tournament in South Africa to use the new ladies’ handicap system. In April, Val de Vie resident and club member Berdine Odendaal’s team from Val de Vie, Brigade One, was victorious in Plettenberg Bay, winning the first 2‑Goal Plett Easter tournament.

Our annual exhibition event matches, the Cintron Pink Polo and the Veuve Cliquot Masters Polo, including the first ISPS Handa Art of Polo Invitational, were all 14‑goal — a first for Val de Vie. At the ISPS Handa Art of Polo Invitational event we hosted some of the best players from the African continent, Britain, Argentina and Japan. Another first was the Cape Championships tournament that was held on the estate, in which Team Kryptonite, an all‑Val de Vie team, was victorious.

Polo fixtures for 2017 / 2018 season Spring Challenge: Champion’s Cup: Patrons’ Cup: Chairman’s Cup: Cape Classic: Summer Cup: Club Championship:

21 & 22 October 2017 17-19 Nov 2017 1-3 Dec 2017 19 - 21 Jan 2018 22, 24 & 25 Feb2018 8, 10 & 11 March 2018 27-29 April 2018

We look forward to the new season with many new initiatives planned. We encourage homeowners to come and support the club, watch some exciting polo and enjoy a cup of tea, or something stronger! Hannes Pickard Val de Vie Polo Club Captain


EQUESTRIAN NEWS

GROOMING G R O O M S AT VA L D E V I E Based at Val de Vie, the REC (Riding Ethology Coaching) Equestrian Academy trains future equestriennes and coaches. Sharing in Val de Vie’s commitment towards social responsibility and community upliftment, the Academy, South Africa’s longest running, independent equestrian and equine educational institution, opted to impart its knowledge and know‑how to a group of visitors from Grabouw.

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On 11 March our Equestrian Centre hosted a job shadowing day for eight aspirant grooms from Grabouw. The visiting group formed a part of the ‘Long Shadows Family’ programme, which focuses on social upliftment and personal development. Included in this group were two youngsters from the Monteith Rural Transformation Programme, where they are learning to ride and to work with horses. The grooms were paired up with our Val de Vie polo grooms in order to experience first hand what it takes to work in a professional polo yard and to learn the tools of the trade.

Cosimos explaining the importance of the presentation of our polo ponies.

Apart from learning new skills and enjoying their first live game of polo, the group left feeling inspired and motivated to further pursue their careers as grooms. For more information on activities at our Val de Vie equestrian facility, contact Rosemary Bartlett. c: +27 72 247 2929 e: rosemary.bartlett@valdevie.co.za

Boas introduces the tack to be used on polo ponies.

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ISPS HANDA A RT O F P O LO I N V I TAT I O N A L The ISPS Handa Art of Polo Invitational: Combining the sport of kings, art, and Val de Vie Estate

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combining the arts, the sport of kings, and music. Close to three hundred invited guests attended the bespoke affair including high profile personalities such as Bonnie Mbuli, Nomzamo Mbatha, Africa Melane (event MC), Chad Saaiman, Katlego Maboe, Julian Naidoo and polo legend Nacho Pieres Senior. Attendees enjoyed the first Afro Asian event, which featured sunset polo, a four course dinner and networking, definitely a first for the African continent at South Africa’s premier lifestyle estate.

Captains of industry and celebrities, including local and international polo players, descended on Val de Vie Estate on Saturday, 22 April for the first annual ISPS Handa Art of Polo Invitational. The event was hosted by VDELUXE, organisers of the prestigious Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cape Town, and headlined by ISPS Handa. This well known International Sports Promotions Agency supports numerous golfing and polo events around the world, and presented the exclusive Polo experience

The Africa Invitational Squad, proudly sponsored by Vodacom (brand partner of the event) were the champions of the day, beating the International Invitational Squad sponsored by headline sponsor ISPS Handa. Polo pro Kevin Rixon, and Polo Manager of Val de Vie Estate, Rob Hampson umpired the 14‑goal match with a nail biting score of 6-5. The sensational line up of both squads proved stellar representation and performance by the following players:

Africa Invitational: Rory Bryden (5) Mike Osborne (4) George Morgan (3) Jabulani Khanyile (2)

The World Invitational: Hiro Suzuki (2) — Japan Ali Paterson (4) — Britain Nacho Pieres (4) — Argentina Callum Anderson (4) — Britain

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• A beautiful musical journey, curated and executed by the Karien de Waal String Orchestra, who enchanted guests with a selection of iconic Japanese and African music. • The official Technology Sponsor Vodacom RED’s charging booth provided free WIFI, to keep guests charged and connected throughout the evening. • Official timekeeping by Jaeger LeCoultre, an international brand synonymous with precision and style.

Event highlights included: • A silent and live auction by Make a Difference Leadership Foundation, founded by South African rugby legend Francois Pienaar. Local artists including Janko de Beer, Lionel Smit, John Vusi Mfupi, Mbongeni Buthelezi and Adriaan Diedericks who donated magnificent artworks. After a moving speech by MAD fellow, Gadaffi Nkosi, nearly R400,000 was raised during the live auction hosted by auctioneer Joey Burke. The funds will help the foundation continue its work in recognising, supporting and developing future leaders through the fundamental foundations of a comprehensive education, leadership skills, mentorship development and personal support.

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RUN THE PEARL A beautiful autumn morning in the Winelands outlined the ideal background for our first Run the Pearl fun run, around the pristine Pearl Valley Golf Course. More than 100 runners had the opportunity to run along the course’s golf cart path and absorb the scenery of lush indigenous fynbos, trees, numerous lakes and an abundance of birds, while breaking a sweat with friends and family.

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During hollow tining was the perfect time to take advantage of a quieter golf course and invite the non golfer to experience the beautifully designed Jack Nicklaus course, from what is usually the golfer’s perspective. This also granted every participant the opportunity to grasp what Nicklaus meant when he said that the valley, surrounded by breath taking mountains, is one of the most inspiring locations for which he has ever had the pleasure of designing a course. Runners participated in either the 5km or 10km walk or run, on the golf cart paths, beginning and ending at the Boma recreational facility at Pearl Valley. The Fleet coffee company greeted every runner with a freshly brewed cup of coffee, and the Val de Vie Foundation hosted a Tekkie Tax pop up shop where runners could purchase a pair of laces to show their support for a worthy cause on 26 May. A medal awaited each participant as they crossed the finish line. After catching their breath and hydrating with a USN beverage and an ice cold La Vie da Luc still water, our prize giving began, and we congratulated the winners as follows:

5km: 1st Cody Art 2nd Anton Gildenhuys 3rd Jean-Pierre du Plessis

10km: 1st Christo van Rooyen 2nd Renier Bekker 3rd William Dommise

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This first-time event was made possible by the seamless coordination of the Amojia Event Race Team, and Val de Vie Events, as well as our main sponsor, the Nissan Star Motors Group. We look forward to welcoming all our participants back next year, to Run the Pearl again.


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ABSA CAPE EPIC G R A N D F I N A L E AT VA L D E V I E E S TAT E Early on Sunday, 26 March this year thousands of people flocked to the verdant fields of Val de Vie. In the warm sunshine of the day they were confronted by a colourful—and extraordinary—sight: tents had sprung up overnight housing a medical facility, catering companies, dining facilities, entertainment venues, a chill zone, a play area for children, and more. And through the centre of it all, on the estate’s grounds, ran the last few hundred metres of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic course. The Grand Finale of the event—its prestigious final stage—was, for the first time, being hosted by Val de Vie.

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Swiss duo Nino Schurter and Matthias Stirnemann (SCOTT SRAM MTB Racing) were first time winners of the men’s race, while Esther Süss and Jennie Stenerhag (Meerendal CBC) claimed the Hansgrohe Women’s Category. It was Swede Stenerhag’s first win in her fourth attempt, while for Switzerland’s Süss it was a third title after winning the Mixed in 2011 and the Women’s Category in 2012.

Spectators crowded into the stands lining the finish area, and across the world thousands of viewers watched the unfolding spectacle on television. Soon the riders started arriving, from the triumphant professionals at the front of the field to the ‘weekend warriors’ taking on the challenge of a lifetime. Their eight day adventure was over, and the finish line was the scene of some emotional celebrations as riders hugged, wept and laughed . . . sometimes simultaneously. They had covered 651 kilometres of riding terrain during that time, which included nearly 15,000 metres of vertical gain. They had overcome temperatures that soared to the mid 40s during the early stages, and a route that traversed some of the Western Cape’s most rugged landscape.

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Stirnemann won in his first attempt, while for Schurter—a bronze, silver and gold Olympic medal winner, the win came in his fourth Cape Epic—his previous best had been a fifth place in 2014. The current Olympic and world champion, cool and calm as ever at the end, admitted that the strategy had always been to come and win the Absa Cape Epic, but only in 2018.

“The plan was to come here in 2018 and win, but we are a year early!” said Schurter. “This is very special. To win the Olympics and then come to South Africa and win the Absa Cape Epic, that is great. After Rio, it was always my intention to come and win the race, but this has taken us by surprise. I thought next year would be our year. We are ahead of our schedule.” Stirnemann called the moment “unreal . . .

amazing, just amazing. I really can’t believe it”.

In the women’s race there were emotional scenes at the finish. A year after having heart surgery, Stenerhag wept as she and Süss won the Cape Epic in their first effort as a team.


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Last year, Stenerhag had to withdraw from the Cape Epic after finishing Stage 3: she had developed a heart condition that required surgery. “Since that day

my biggest goal was to try and come back to win this race,” she said. “To pull it off is something completely unreal. I cannot believe that I am standing here as the winner. I think we won by keeping everything smooth and consistent. We just kept calm and

never thought we could win until now when we crossed the line.” Süss was equally ecstatic. “I am only happy, happy, happy!” said the 2010 Marathon World Champion. “It was quite tough and fast and you had to really be focussed because something can happen so fast. I am only happy.” In the race for the Absa African special jersey, presented to the best allAfrican team at the Cape Epic, there was only going to be one winner after a strong week of riding from PYGA Euro Steel’s Matthys Beukes and Philip Buys.

“It was a great Absa Cape Epic!” said Buys. “It’s a pity we missed out on a stage win, but we really put everything out there today and we are really happy with the red jersey. We learned a lot this Epic, so I’m sure we will come back smarter.” In the Virgin Active Mixed Category the Scott‑Sram Nextlevel duo of 22 year old Rio Olympic Champion and 1996 world champion, Jenny Rissveds of Sweden, and 47 year old Thomas Frischknecht of Switzerland were in a class of their own. They rounded off a clean sweep of eight victories in eight days as they cruised to a massive 65 minute win overall, over South Africans Grant Usher and Amy Beth McDougall (joBerg2c Valencia). In the Dimension Data Masters category, Australian Cadel Evans—a former Tour de France winner—and American George Hincapie (BMC Absa Racing Team), riding in their first Cape Epic, got stronger 42 | GRAPEVINE


with each day of the event, and overhauled the category leaders on the final stage.

“I didn’t know it was this hard, but fortunately I got in shape as the race went on,” said Hincapie. “I stay relatively fit at home but not by any means for this kind of effort. I’d love to be back next year and race again.” There was no such drama in the Grand Masters Category, with Swiss‑Austrian duo Barti Bucher and Heinz Zoerweg (Meerendal CBC 3) leading from start to finish. They won their category with a comfortable time of two and a half hours. Diepsloot MTB Academy riders William Mokgopo and Philimon Sebona claimed the Exxaro special jersey. A delighted crowd clapped and cheered as the pair exchanged high fives and hugs with their team managers; and all were united in appreciating the new Grand Finale finish venue. As former professional, Oli Munnik said afterwards: “Love the finish venue . . .

it was a great way to finish the Cape Epic.”

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FROM THE DESK OF THE DIRECTOR OF GOLF A T P E A R L VA L L E Y It was certainly a very good season for the club since it produced its most successful season to date. I am also very pleased to see the growth in our shop’s retail sales. This is due largely to better sales service, and to stocking a list of brands that are more exclusive and not featured at other clubs. The new team at Pearl Valley is growing, and team members are starting to get a good feel for their landscape. It’s now time for further training and the implementing of strategies as we go into the corporate season and members’ golf events, and build up to the forthcoming season.

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The first event of our Winelands Challenge golf series has kicked off. It was recently played at Steenberg Golf Estate. Our members took some time to get used to the pace of the greens on the day but still managed to play well as a collective. In the end it was Steenberg with their home club advantage who were on top, on a combined total of 205 stableford points, with Pearl Valley in second position on 193 points. The team were happy with their performance, and feel very confident about making up the deficit as the next events unfold. The teams are made up of six women and six men golfers. The results are calculated by taking the top five of the six pairs playing on the day. This means that the teams selected need to be consistent. Pearl Valley is in a great position in that we have depth in our numbers. The Junior Elite Academy offered by Swingfit is still getting off the ground but there is promise being shown. Our Swingfit golf coaches are doing a great deal to grow the game of golf, and our junior numbers are healthy, with some serious talent in the mix. One particular name that comes to mind is young Alex Utterson who, at just nine years of age, successfully managed to eagle the par‑four first hole the other day. Pearl Valley has been hard at work in achieving our Aduban certification. In order to achieve this status one really needs to comply with a number of environmental regulations. We are almost there, and have successfully achieved five of the categories but still require a further three categories to become fully accredited; these being our chemical pesticide usage, water quality, and lastly, focus on outreach programmes and education. I’m proud of Mike Westman for seeing this process through because it takes an immense amount of discipline and dedication. Onto the golf course now and, as we are in our low season, it’s time to focus on winter projects. There are many winter projects on the go at the moment, and Mike and his team are fully engaged. There is a major focus on levelling tees and capillary lining bunkers. Currently, work is being

done on the 15th hole, bunker complex around the green. These bunkers must please be treated as GUR, and disruptions in play can be expected. Additional servitude roads have been laid, making access around the estate more pleasurable, and of course more aesthetically pleasing to the eye. All the wooden, redwood course furniture is being restored and varnished. The curbing of certain cart paths will also take place over winter in key areas to prevent drive cart damage. Mike has just introduced 100 brand new bunker rakes into circulation, so cleaning up after yourself will now be that much easier. Then finally, I am very pleased to share that we have just placed an order for a full

Pearl Valley has been hard at work in achieving our Aduban certification. In order to achieve this status one really needs to comply with a number of environmental regulations new set of tee markers. We are moving away from the wood finish because our environment, with its extreme summer temperatures and plenty of irrigation, limits its life span. The new tee markers will be completely stainless steel, and have been guaranteed for five years. Now that Phase One of our Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis Collection is open, we are able to launch the Stay and Play packages at Pearl Valley. This is an exciting addition to our offering, and has allowed us additional scope to market and attract golfers to the course. To date, there has been a great uptake and the reviews of the hotel have been terrific. The hotel is still in its launching phase, with the official opening taking place later in the year. Golf skate caddying has hit the fairways of Pearl Valley, and it is something just a little bit fun


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and unique. They now have been here for just over a month, and have sparked an interest. These are designed to make the golf journey that much more fun, and are apparently really good for people who have lower back issues. So I encourage you all to give them a try and, who knows, you may just enjoy the experience. Hosting the Bridgestone Golf commercial at Pearl Valley for the production of their Tour B330 Ball was a great deal of fun. The logistics were huge because there were over 120 extras used for the production of this feature. The highlight of this commercial was that it featured Tiger Woods. Chris McCann, our Men’s Golf Captain, was the director of the commercial and it was really quite something to see him with his Director’s hat on. It takes a great deal of work and energy to control 120 people running about all over the show. To view the commercial, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bAiJi9SmuA The construction work around the club is going full steam ahead. Our Jack Nicklaus Signature Lounge is well on the way, and I cannot wait to see it open to golfers and members soon. Club Chairman Ivor Morgan, Men’s Captain Chris McCann, and Ladies’ Captain Shoona Burman, were recently invited to share their input with interior decorator Maurette van Eyssen about some of the design aspects. The club representatives were happy with the concept drawings and felt pleased by what has been proposed. The Signature Lounge will be a place for golfers and members alike to enjoy a relaxed, but formal, lounge and dining experience, with a variety of seating options. There will be a list of rules drawn up to protect the area from becoming something it was not intended to be. More news will follow on the official launch date of this great space. Our bar area is looking a lot brighter and lighter, with its freshly painted ceiling and the very stylish lights that now hang around the bar. Our recent Hollow Tining marked the end of what has been, arguably, one of the best golfing seasons thus far at Pearl Valley. I was fortunate enough to join the team at a very busy time of year. It has 48 | GRAPEVINE

really allowed me to see both our strengths and our weaknesses, and has assisted me to pinpoint focus areas for the winter season. To celebrate the success of our recent season, all the golf operations staff got to experience some go kart racing, ten pin bowling and a wonderful lunch at Grand West. I’m also extremely pleased to welcome Johann Germishuys onto our team as the Golf Shop Manager. We are delighted that he brings a wealth of experience and is passionate about people, the game of golf and club fitment. The key to the success of any corporation is its staff. Through a series of training programmes with RCA Consulting, the road has been paved for better customer attention and service. I am very excited to see the growth in our staff members. At this time, I would like to congratulate Terence Valentyn on his promotion to Golf Manager, and Luluma Dyantyi for his promotion to Course Marshall. I am really looking forward to the year ahead. It is going to be a year of building, and implementing some change, with structure and consistency being the key. One event in our calendar that I am really looking forward to is the Celebrity Golf Day which takes place on 19 October. Be sure to not miss out on what is going to be a spectacular golfing experience! Yours in golf, Damian Wrigley Pearl Valley Director of Golf. Damian Wrigley is the new Director of Golf for Pearl Valley. 
Damian’s passion and love for the golfing industry began some 16 years ago on a work exchange programme to Boca West Country Club in the United States. As a young man, he played provincial golf and premier league for both Westlake and Clovelly, and in 2002 he won the Clovelly Open. After 9 years at Clovelly Country Club as Director of Golf and being personally mentored by Mr Raymond Ackerman, Damian felt he was ready for a new adventure. We welcome him to our team at Pearl Valley and wish him the best!


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The days hurtle by, fields of amber, russet and gold surround us, and it is now nearly two months since the Pearl Valley Ladies Open 2017. A simple reflection for the day is of the many keen hands involved, from the smallest detail to the final product, great excitement, a stunning backdrop to a wonderful day, and some great golf out on the course, with Pearl Valley hospitality always something to be admired. By Shoona Burman


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The field was filled within two days of general release, with 37 Pearl Valley members and 91 visiting players, from 22 different clubs stretching the length and breadth of South Africa — from Krugersdorp, to Hermanus and from Kloof to Clovelly. Energy levels were high from weeks before, as the preparation and attention to detail always takes time. The course itself, despite the summer of scarce water, with wind and extreme heat, was in excellent, showcase condition with greens so slick that some players thought they had been ironed in the early morning prior to the day’s play. This year’s event was eagerly supported by many local companies, all of whom are keen to be involved in our special day. New companies have joined our event this year — Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty, Jaguar Stellenbosch, Sisley, and Sovereign Wealth Solutions, and we are indeed very grateful for their support. Tracey’s Diamonds of Franschoek have sponsored our event for the past three years, and their contribution has been one of

Congratulations to our home grown winners of the day, Laurie Chaffe and Gerri Warnes, playing with Lynn Collen and Nicky Ashby

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the key ingredients of our success. I am delighted to say that, this year, their beautiful tanzanite necklace raffle has enabled us to provide the funds, an amount of R8,000, to the Langrug Soup Kitchen (our chosen charity for the day) to run their Saturday Soup Kitchen for the small children of the area for one month. These are the children whose parents may be working or are not able to provide a good wholesome meal during the weekend. It’s a wonderful initiative, with which one of our lady committee members is involved, and one that we are extremely proud and happy to support. My thanks to the smiling ticket sellers, and to those who purchased. Congratulations to our home grown winners of the day, Laurie Chaffe and Gerri Warnes. Laurie having been the key instigator of the event some five years ago, she and her partner were winners who have empathy for the true heart and soul of the event. Of course, as Baron Pierre de Coubertin once said,

“It’s not the winning that counts, it’s the taking

part, and it’s true, the Pearl Valley Ladies Open is a glittering, showcase event where friends old and new gather — an event that so many want to share and enjoy.” Finally, my thanks to our Events Team and to Damian who have taken the new challenge of the event in their stride and, I know, are keen for the Pearl Valley Ladies Open of the future to reach out to new horizons. We all eagerly await next year’s showcase event.

Shoona Burman Pearl Valley Ladies Captain 2016/2017


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S T I M U L AT I N G THE MIND BY S T I M U L AT I N G T H E PA L AT E Dish Food and Social co-owner, Oscar Foulkes shares his wisdom and experience in presenting a food and wine pairing evening. He confesses that although this is indeed the remembrance of a rare occasion, he nevertheless unashamedly admits that he did once swallow. I generally find the world of wine and food pairing more than a little pretentious, and very definitely prescriptive. There are just too many people in the field who get very antsy about which wine to drink with which food. It also doesn’t help that few restaurateurs know the difference between ‘complimentary’ and ‘complementary’ (most establishments seem to use the ‘i’ version when they don’t mean free, but matching, or enhancing). While formalised wine and food pairing may not be, in a manner of speaking, my cup of tea, I am a firm believer in the concept of wine friendly food. There are certain dishes that make wine taste awful (more on that later).

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So, there I was, with eight different red wines from around the world – a Bordeaux, a Burgundy, a couple of Aussies, a Pinotage, a South African Merlot, something Tuscan, and a Syrah from the Languedoc – a pretty diverse mix if ever there was one. The plan was to give each taster four differently flavoured sauces to taste against/with each wine.

These were: •• Classic European – Rich, red wine and beef •• Asian – Soy sauce, Chinese Five Spice and beef •• Middle-Eastern/North African – Spicy (no chilli) and lamb •• European Autumn – Pungent mushrooms and truffles in cream. It was no surprise to me that the top-scoring combo was the Classic European with the Bordeaux (the sauces worked well with just about all the red wines, but this was deemed to be the most heavenly match). Again, there were no surprises that the farmyard‑like Burgundy had an affinity with the mushroom type sauce (European Autumn). The Middle-Eastern spicy lamb (cumin, coriander, cinnamon, turmeric and paprika) was disastrous with ALL of the red wines – so much for the red meat and red wine rule! The sauce had been made tagine style with some orange juice and dried apricots, which probably made it a better candidate for a rich, mature chardonnay. To the delight of all concerned (this was a South African audience, after all), we discovered a perfect


match for Kanonkop Pinotage, in the form of the Asian soy sauce and Chinese Five Spice sauce. It was so good I may even ask Heston Blumenthal to do one of his mass spectrometer analyses on it. At a purely practical level, matching every course to a different wine involves opening a substantial number of bottles. Of course, this is no problem if there are eight or ten sitting down to dinner, but somewhat more complicated when there are only two; hence, my preference for starting from a position of wine friendly food (and yes, there is room for red wine and fish). I approach this kind of matching more from the perspective of understanding each flavour in terms of its potential impact on a wine. This admittedly simple approach would caution, for instance, against subjecting red wine to sweet Thai chilli sauce, or in other words, treating with care – or occasionally avoiding – dishes that will undermine the experience of a wine. It comes down to whether one wants the wine or the food to shine. It is my observation that few chefs have any understanding of the effect their food will have on the accompanying wine. One is either confronted with a cacophony of conflicting flavours, or main courses that are sweet, which brings me to the first rule: the food should never be sweeter than the wine (and this goes for dessert, too). The impact of this is to make the wine taste sour.

“Any wine that follows vinegar (most often encountered in salad dressings) is going to taste awful. Red wine and oysters leave a metallic taste in the mouth.” What’s interesting about tasting food and wine together is the way in which the matching and evaluation process stimulates the brain — it’s not an exercise about the nutrition only, or about immediate hedonism only. It’s good to know that we can eat and drink in the pursuit of intellectual advancement!

It is perhaps inevitable – despite our best intentions – that our personal experiences with combining food and wine ultimately end up as rules; or as guidelines that, by virtue of their degree of prescriptiveness, come across that way (like those mentioned below).

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Chilli is as difficult for wine as sugar is. Some wines (red or white) can cope with mild doses of chilli, but as soon as the burn becomes too severe it’s time to switch to beer. Mediterranean foods with olive oil, fresh garlic and other potent flavours are better with a crisp white than a huge, oak aged red. Lemony sauces fight with red wine, but complement chardonnay.

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CHEF CHRIS ON PIZZAS At The Valley Restaurant our family friendly pizzas are without a doubt one of the favourite crowd pleasing dishes. Chef Chris Law shares some of his secrets to create the perfect, homemade pizza. A crisp, chewy crust, puffy edge, and fresh toppings all hot from the oven; nothing is better, or more universally popular than a good pizza. And simple too—it is just bread with some bits and bobs on top, after all. So why is it that home made pizza, and many takeaway pizzas too, tend to be bready, stodgy and, well, underwhelming? It’s all about the temperature, according to the experts. Domestic ovens don’t generally heat up above 250°C, but a wood burning oven, in which pizzas are cooked in their native Naples, can reach 500°C or more. The heat

emanates from the bottom of the oven, making sure the dough is cooked through so that it can crisp, creating a lightly charred crust, while the toppings melt and meld with only the most delicate browning, all in the space of a couple of minutes. If the dough proves impossible to work with— snapping back when stretched, for instance—it’s either been overworked, or it’s too cold. Let it sit at room temperature for a full 15 minutes to let the gluten relax and the temperature rise before trying again. Making homemade pizza from prepared dough is a quick and easy dinner for any night of the week. Even making your own dough really adds only a few minutes to the prep time! My favourite method for shaping the pizza is to hand roll the dough onto a piece of parchment paper. The dough sticks to the parchment, making it easier to work with and easier to transfer into the oven. The pizza will release from the parchment during the cooking process, and the parchment can be removed halfway through cooking. The parchment will darken in the oven, but do not worry because it won’t burn or catch alight. Also, there are no rules about the kind of toppings you can put on your pizza. Simply choose the ones you love. They will cook a little in the oven, but if it isn’t something you like to eat raw, like sausage or mushrooms, allow some time to cook the toppings ahead of time. If you’d like fresh greens, like arugula or basil, sprinkle them over the pizza as soon as it comes out of the oven. The residual heat from the pizza will wilt the greens just slightly and bring out their flavour. It’s best, though, to keep the toppings to just a handful at most. If you load a homemade pizza with too many toppings, this may take too long for the crust to cook well. How much cheese you decide to put on the pizza is at your discretion. You could alternatively keep it as an all vegetable pizza for a healthy, midweek meal.

Bookings essential

Head Chef Chris Law from The Valley Restaurant at Pearl Valley shares a few tips on creating the perfect pizza

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Direct phone number: 021 867 8046 Pearl Valley reception: 021 867 800 Wilmien Smuts – Restaurant Manager e: pearlvalley@dishfood.co.za


Recipe: Makes two 21cm pizzas • The dough: 3 • /4 cup lukewarm water • 1 teaspoon active dry or instant yeast • 2 cups unbleached, all purpose flour (for a lighter base replace one cup all purpose flour with one cup ‘OO’ flour ) • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt The sauce to spread on the base: • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 1 large garlic clove, thinly sliced • 400g can diced Italian tomatoes • 1 teaspoon salt • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano Prepare the sauce: • Heat oil in saucepan over medium low heat. Cook garlic until starting to brown. • Discard garlic. Add tomato. • Stir over medium heat for 10 minutes or until thick. Add the salt. Blend with a stick blender. Stir in oregano. • Cool sauce completely. Spread 80ml (1/3 cup) of the pizza sauce over each pizza base, avoiding the edge. For the toppings: • Sautéed onions, red peppers, mushrooms, cooked sausage, or bacon. • Use one, or a combination of, the following cheeses: mozzarella, provolone, parmesan, fontina, romano, and asiago.

Method: • Set the oven to 260°C. • Combine the water and yeast in a mixing bowl, stir to dissolve the yeast. The mixture should look like thin miso soup. Add the flour and salt to the bowl, and mix until you’ve formed a shaggy dough. • Turn the dough out onto a clean work surface including any loose flour still in the bowl. Knead until all the flour is incorporated, and the dough is smooth and elastic. The dough should still feel moist and slightly tacky. If it’s sticking to your

hands and countertop, work in more flour, one tablespoon at a time, until it is smooth. Let the dough rise until you need it or until it has doubled in bulk (it takes about an hour and a half). After rising, use the dough, or refrigerate it for up to 3 days. Cover the dough with the upside down mixing bowl or a clean kitchen towel while preparing the pizza toppings. When ready to make the pizza, tear off 2 pieces of parchment paper roughly 21cm wide. Divide the dough into 2 halves with a bench scraper. Working with one piece of dough at a time, form it into a large disk with your hands and lay it on the parchment paper. Work from the middle of the dough outwards, using the heel of your hand to gently press and stretch the dough until it’s about 1 cm thick, or less. If the dough starts to shrink back, let it rest for 5 min, and then continue rolling. The dough will stick to the parchment paper, making it easier for you to form, and the pizza is baked while still on the parchment. As it cooks, the dough will release from the parchment; slide the paper out midway through cooking. Spoon a few tablespoons of sauce into the center of the pizza and use the back of a spoon to spread it out to the edges. Pile on all your toppings. Bake for about 5 min, then rotate the pizza, simultaneously removing the parchment from underneath the pizza. Bake for another 3 to 5 min until the crust is golden brown, and the cheese looks toasty. Remove the pizza from the oven, cut it, and serve.

Winter operating hours Saturday, Sunday, Monday & Tuesday 07:00—12:00 (Kitchen closing at 19:00, bar last rounds at 18:30) Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 07:00—22:00 (Kitchen closing at 21:00, bar last rounds at 21:30)


KINDER ARK

M OT H E R ’ S D AY Being a mother is one of the greatest gifts you will ever receive, but it is also one of the most selfless roles that one can play. At Kinder Ark Val de Vie we wanted to thank our caring, loving and beautiful mothers for doing such a fabulous job with their children. As a treat, the mothers spent a morning at school where they could enjoy muffins, Mantelli’s cookies, and the best coffee in town from the Fleet Coffee Company. As a gift, each mother and child planted a rose to represent every beautiful mother heart. Thank you, Anja Taschner from Ludwig Roses, for this wonderful idea, and for providing us with all the plants.

“You will never have this day with your children again, Tomorrow they will be a little older than they were today, This day is a gift; breathe and notice, smell and touch them, study their faces and little feet, Pay attention; relish the charms of the present, Enjoy today, It will be over before you know it.”

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Operating Hours 07h30 until 17h30

Diarise these dates 15 June - Daddies visit our school 07 July - Kinder Ark closed 24 July - Kinder Ark open 28 July - Spa-day for nannies 01 Sept - Spring Day celebrations 11 & 12 Sept - Parent / Teacher Evening 19 Sept - Grandparents Day 20 Sept - Concert Evening 1 21 Sept - Concert Evening 2

www.kinderark.co.za

“Being a Mother is not about what you gave up to have a child, but what you’ve gained from having one.”


TOP TIPS FOR AN ENERGY EFFICIENT & ULTRA-MODERN HOME By Cala van der Westhuizen Head of Marketing and Sales at Energy Partners Home Solutions

For a no-obligation meeting with a highly experienced energy consultant, contact Energy Partners Home Solutions on 0861 000 606. For more information, visit www.poweryourself.co.za

Official energy solutions provider to Val de Vie

Energy efficiency has become a global trend and designers are constantly presenting homeowners with visions of what high-tech, energy efficient homes should look like.

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he good news is that state-of-the-art energy saving solutions are available in South Africa, and in spite of perceptions, creating ultra-modern living spaces is very affordable. Whether designing and building a new house, upgrading a regular home or renovating a “fixer upper”, homeowners today have an incredible opportunity to implement great energy saving solutions. New water heating solutions A geyser is responsible for over half of a home’s energy bill and the modern alternative is to install a heat pump, which uses about a third of the total energy. In conjunction with a highly insulated hot water storage system, this solution cuts the home’s electricity costs by an estimated 50%. A complete heating solution costs around R35,000 for the average home. Rethinking lighting Highly efficient LED lighting typically requires a tenth of the energy and have a longer lifespan than regular bulbs. Constructing a new home or making major renovations is also an opportunity to allow more natural light into the building. The home’s orientation, larger windows, glass doors and skylights all reduce the need for unnecessarily turning lights on throughout the day. Insulate everything While it is not one of Energy Partners’ core services, we advise clients that insulation is a cost efficient measure with the biggest impact on reducing energy consumption. Double-brick walls with insulation in between, and well insulated ceilings and floors are vital. Double glazing also reduces heat loss through large glass surfaces like windows and sliding doors. Door and window frames are often overlooked

sources of heat loss, and wooden frames still offer the most benefits in terms of reducing heat transfer between the inside and outside of the home.

average home’s energy, costs upward of R80k. We often advise architects and developers on the easiest way to ensure that the roof is compliant even if a system will not be installed from the start. For a home to be able to accommodate the best possible solar array, the roof should be able to bear an additional load of at least 15kg per square meter. Choosing the correct service provider is important, however. There are many solar companies that do not have the experience, capabilities or intent to deliver a long term and sustainable partnership to clients.

Heating and cooling the home Energy Partners Home Solutions does not provide air-conditioning but our consultants advise clients on where to find efficient cooling and heating solutions. Modern fireplaces are great for cheaply heating living spaces. Conventional underfloor heating that uses closed circuit water-based systems and heat pumps, is also one of the most efficient ways to heat a well-insulated home. For cooling, a new inverter air-conditioner never uses more energy than required to maintain the desired temperature. Home energy models through software Software modelling is commonplace in the commercial sector, and recently it has become more accessible to homeowners. It takes all the energy ins- and outs into account, from heat radiating through windows and ceilings, to the energy required for air-conditioning and heating water. One case study in Hermanus saw Greenplan Consultants creating a virtual model of the home incorporating every possible variable, from the benefits of installing louvres, to the amount of heat removed by natural ventilation. In the end, the consultant was able to increase the cooling efficiency of the home’s natural ventilation by 10%, and reducing the amount of energy needed for heating by a further 10%. Solar panels and architectural considerations Solar photovoltaic (PV) system with a basic grid tied inverter that provides around 30% of an

Batteries and home automation Finally, adding a hybrid inverter and battery provides the most energy savings. The inverter enables you to integrate power from the solar PV panels, the grid and batteries. Energy Partners’ own ICON Home Energy Hub pairs a hybrid inverter with Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries. These are available in 3.6 kWh and 6kWh capacity. A mobile app also enables homeowners to track energy usage and savings in real time. For homes and businesses with bigger energy requirements, we also provide custom solutions provided by engineers specialising in this field. As a leading supplier of energy saving technology for homes in South Africa, Energy Partners Home Solutions provides and installs state of the art lighting, water heating, photovoltaic systems and fully integrated energy hub solutions. As a registered financial services provider, we also offer financing options to qualifying homeowners.


STEP 1: EFFECIENCY LED DOWNLIGHTS The latest lighting technology that uses a fraction of the energy, looks great and lasts 25 times longer.

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WATER HEATING & STORAGE

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Monitor your system’s performance and status from wherever you are, using a phone or tablet.

Converts solar energy from the solar panels so that it can be used within your household or stored in a battery.

Save up to 70% on your bill (combined with LEDs and Water heating & Storage)

STEP 3: STORAGE

ENERGY STORAGE Extra electricity generated during the day can be stored, either as hot water or in our lithium ion batteries.

Save up to 80% on your bill (Combined with Phases 1 & 2)


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B E A U T I F U L LY B U I LT A true depiction of a beautifully built Val de Vie home is our centerpiece for this issue of the Grapevine. The property has five bedrooms, a braai entertainment room, conservatory, whisky bar, wine cellar, office and a separate guest wing with kitchenette.

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From the moment you walk through the front door, you are embraced by the charm, elegance and sophistication of this home. Lively fresh colours pop against the overall neutral palette of soft greys. The house, with its beautiful high ceilings is filled with light and as you make your way around each corner, you find extraordinary art pieces tastefully selected and carefully placed to give each space its own personality. Stepping outside into a thoughtfully planned garden, you come upon a unique sculpture fountain in the middle of the sunny courtyard. A private gazebo overlooks the peaceful space perfectly sheltered for a windy day. The house is wrapped with pebble walkways, and its small orchard adds to the peaceful country atmosphere.

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with open plan kitchen and spacious north facing veranda with its scenic views of the surrounding farmlands, the Paarl mountain and the Afrikaans Language Monument. Val de Vie Estate’s open door living lifestyle is beautifully captured by this property. An essence of grandeur is depicted in the triple volume architecture, and emphasised by the cast‑iron chandeliers of various shapes — a constant theme throughout the house. The clean lines of the bulkhead ceiling add to the illusion of additional height. But, just as impressive as the magnificent architectural features is the interior design’s attention to detail. The character of the house is beautifully portrayed in the tasteful décor and personalised design touches. All the doors, as well as most of the furniture, are bespoke. Unique touches come in the shape of customised artwork, the glass paneled red wine cellar with a deep skirting, exquisite light fittings, and the office’s decorative wallpaper displaying books and war memorabilia.


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A turquoise and monotone colour palette, with earthy undertones together with the combination of linen and leather textures create a tranquil look and feel. Another lovely feature is the open plan, family friendly kitchen. As you walk into the kitchen you are met with a lush display of herb planters, and a walk‑in fridge that is nothing short of a cook’s paradise. The three glass and chrome, pendant light fittings, which are suspended above the kitchen counter’s large, stone, grey‑veined counter top, are the perfect final touches to a contemporary family setting. The sweeping staircase with its cast iron balustrades leads the way to the upstairs bedrooms and bathrooms. An elegantly furnished main bedroom flows into its equally spacious en suite bathroom containing a

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The future of motoring has arrived – Paarlberg BMW is now a certified BMW i dealership. We are fully equipped to assist drivers with electrifying ambition, selling and servicing the all-electric BMW i3 and hybrid BMW i8. This prestigious certification places us at the forefront of innovation, as we are also able to assist with the installation of home charging units. From the BMW Genius in our showroom to the BMW i Master Technician in our workshop, we are geared for the future. Are you? Make the switch to sustainable performance and call Paarlberg BMW on 021 872 2076.

Paarlberg BMW 199 Main Road, Paarl Tel. 021 872 2076 www.bmw-paarlbergbmw.co.za Model shown with optional extras.


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standalone bath, twin basins and a double rain shower. The children’s bedrooms imaginatively reflect their personalities, incorporating eclectic colour palettes.

“My favourite areas are the braai room because we entertain there, and the conservatory because it gets a lot of sun in the morning,” the owner says. It is certainly not difficult to understand because the large indoor braai, with a pizza oven, rim flow pool, Jacuzzi and fire pit, are ideal for entertaining guests and family at any time of the year.

Vanderbilt Construction t: 076 123 2454 e: janhendrik@swieggroup.co.za w: www.vdbconstruction.co.za The task of building this high-end family home was given to Vanderbilt Construction. The company was also commissioned to manage the project, including all subcontractors and tradesmen.

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SAFETY AND SECURITY

E S TAT E S A F E T Y Winter is upon us once more; the swallows have come and gone and my first day at Val de Vie fourteen months ago has certainly flown by. However, ensuring every resident’s safety and peace of mind is still my and Val de Vie’s number one priority. The synergy of our state of the art security system across the greater estate has been completed, and most grievances have been ironed out. It is safe to say that challenges arising from merging the security systems and processes that are in place within such a diverse, all-encompassing estate environment has been very interesting considering that, most days, there can be up to 2,500 contractors on site at any one time. Criminal activity in the greater Paarl region is still a reality, and we network with and participate in all available forums, to ensure we stay ahead of the curb with relevant news. However, we urge all our residents to be vigilant in public parking areas, when using ATMS and driving at night.

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Within the estate, the issue of households with irregular irrigation habits continues to be a problem. Considering that the Western Cape is facing a severe water crisis, we have to emphasize that the co‑operation of all our residents to minimize this occurrence is greatly needed. The year ahead still holds more challenges, in more ways than one, but the team remains absolutely committed to your safety and security.

Louis de Jager Risk Manager for Val de Vie and Pearl Valley c: 083 557 7009 e: Louis.deJager@pearlvalley.co.za


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HOA PAGES

VA L D E V I E F A Q ’ S What are the HOA office hours, and where are they situated?

of R290 per remote. Landowners who are in

its “purple zone”. For collection days,

the planning phase may request the building

please refer to the schedule at

Val de Vie Sport and Leisure Centre Office hours: Mondays to Thursdays 07h30 to

control office to motivate an application for a remote. Remotes can be ordered, and paid for,

www.drakenstein.gov.za

16h30 Fridays 07h30 to 16h00

at the HOA reception.

What fish have been established in the dams, and is fishing allowed?

How and when do I obtain my postbox key?

Grass carp, kurper, and bass have been

Closed on weekends and public holidays.

How and when can I do my security gate enrolment?

stocked in our dams. Fishing is only allowed A postbox key can only be obtained after the on a catch-and-release basis. Please respect

New HOA members:

property has been transferred into your name, these resources. during office hours at the HOA reception.

Gate enrolment can only be done after the property has been registered in your name, during office hours at the HOA reception. Proof of identification is required.

How do I gain access to the picnic area? What is my Val de Vie postal address?

Name and Surname (your SG number) Val de Vie Estate, Kliprug Minor Road, Paarl side of the estate. Access to the river frontage and the picnic area is controlled, 7646.

New tenants: Enrolment can only be done after tenants obtain approval from the HOA. Copies of identification documents and rental How often is postage sorted? Postage is retrieved from town, and sorted agreements must accompany completed daily. You will receive a notification slip in enrolment forms. Workers: All domestics, gardeners, au pairs, butlers, etc., need to be enrolled with the necessary identification documents. Valid work permits are mandatory for foreign workers.

How do I update my personal information with the HOA? Please update your personal information on the Val de Vie Community Portal. For more information, please contact the HOA at hoa@valdevie.co.za.

and only possible to residents via preprogrammed remote controls (with the same remote as for inner lane booms). Access is only possible via three gates – the southern

your post box for parcels that are too big for the box. These letters/parcels need to be signed for and collected during office hours

gate, the gate at the picnic area and the northern gate. Access is limited to nonmotorised transport, during daylight

at the HOA reception.

hours only.

How do I apply for a dustbin?

Who can I contact for electrical or plumbing assistance?

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

Does Val de Vie provide for recycling?

The estate is part of the municipal doorto-door recycling service. Each week, on How many pets are allowed? the same day as your refuse removal, your No more than three animals may be kept per unit with a limit of two animals of a kind, recyclable material will be collected. All you need to do is put your “dry” recyclable waste for example, two dogs and one cat. Only domestic animals posing no danger, noise or into the free clear bag you are provided with, then place it next to or on top of your refuse odours may be kept. All domestic animals bin, ready for collection. Homeowners can must at all times bear a tag that reflects the also make use of the paper and glass banks name, telephone number and at the Maintenance Centre. SG number of their owner.

How and when can I obtain a remote for When is refuse removal? the inner lane booms/river-frontage gates? Our refuse removal is done weekly by the Remotes are available to residents only, at a cost Drakenstein Municipality. We form part of

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The HOA picnic area is located on the banks of the Berg River, on the northern

Electrician: Steven Jones 021 979 4925 / 082 871 4960 / 084 513 8088 Plumbing: Drain It office 021 855 3035 / 078 920 6491 The Val de Vie Homeowners’ Association does not guarantee or take any responsibility for the quality of services, products provided, or the conduct of any of the service providers mentioned in this publication.

How does the Val de Vie Guest System work? Please visit the Val de Vie website on the HOA Internal Communication link for stepby-step instructions on how this paperless visitor enrolment system works.


P E A R L VA L L E Y F A Q ’ S What is my new address? Postal: Your erf number Pearl Valley

Does my levy include the replacement of broken windows? No. Please ensure that your personal insurance covers the replacement of broken windows.

Paarl 7646 Physical: Your erf number Pearl Valley Paarl 7646

What do I do if I need to do renovations to my home? Make the necessary arrangements with your preferred service provider and advise security that contractors will be working at your home.

Do I have a postbox on the estate?

Can I leave my keys at the Estate for safekeeping?

Estate postboxes are situated in the building adjacent to the security main gate. One box

Keys to your property can be left at security for safekeeping. Please complete the key

per property (using your erf number) is available. Please request keys for your postbox from the security main gate. Lost keys will be replaced at a cost of R50 per key.

indemnity form and key register

Do I need to make any special arrangements for home content delivery or removal?

Is there WiFi in the Clubhouse? The WiFi at the Clubhouse is now unlimited

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

and enquiries with Rosemary Bartlett. She can be contacted on 072 247 2929.

What other activities/amenities are available on the Estate? Gym, tennis courts, pétanque courts, cricket nets, horse riding/equestrian centre, sports field, boma, function and conferencing facilities, golf lessons, various fitness sessions, designated walking/hiking trails/mountain biking trails.

Can I have my own golf cart?

The membership manager is situated at the Clubhouse and will gladly offer

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

How can I obtain a remote for the resident booms? Residents can enrol on the biometric access control system at the contract manager’s office, situated at the main gate, between 10h00 and 14h00 weekdays.

Is my garden maintained once the landscaping is complete? Basic garden maintenance which includes lawn mowing, trimming of edges, weeding and pruning of shrubs is included in your monthly levy. Your garden will also be fertilised twice a year.

Yes, please discuss your stabling requirements

Who do I contact if I have any queries or need more details on the above?

How do I get a refuse bin?

When is refuse collected??

Can anyone make use of the Equestrian Centre?

and free. If you have trouble connecting, the restaurant manager will be able to assist you

Yes, please contact the Golf Shop for colour Yes. Please complete the furniture removal indemnity form available from the security main specifications and to register your cart. gate prior to arranging your delivery or removal. Decals will be supplied on application – carts must display your erf number. One refuse bin per property is issued by security. Please request a bin from the security main gate should one not already be at your property.

be compared to the European Marks and Spencer stores), Pick n Pay and a variety of other retail stores.

Where is the nearest supermarket? On exiting the Estate, the Paarl Mall is approximately 10km away when turning left on the R301. Here you will find Woolworths (in SA, Woolworths can

assistance with any membership or estate related query.

To which account do I pay my levies? Bank Name: Nedbank Ltd Account Name: Pearl Valley HOA Branch Name: Business Boland Branch Code: 147005 Account Number: 1470119064

To which account do I pay my annual membership subscription fee? Bank Name: Nedbank Account Name: Pearl Valley Investments (Pty) Ltd Account Type: Business current account Branch Code: 198765 Account Number: 1123389942

How does the Pearl Valley Guest System work? Please visit the Pearl Valley website on the HOA link for step-by-step instructions on how this paperless visitor enrolment system works.


EVENTS CALENDAR

June

3 June - Windmeul Farmers’ Market 11 June - Field to Feast Winter Luncheon at FABER, Avondale 15-17 June - Wellington Wines Chenin Celebration 24 June - Kanonafvuurings by die Afrikaanse Taalmonument

15 and 16 July Franschhoek celebrates Bastille Day with wine and food tastings, music and markets. The Food and Wine Marquee, set against the backdrop of the Huguenot Monument, will be the place to be. Sample the superb Franschhoek wines on offer, or tickle your taste buds with the selection of delicious gourmet fare from some of Franschhoek’s well known eateries.

July

1 July - Schlachtfest at Deutscher Klub, Paarl 12-15 July - Bergriver Canoe Marathon 15-16 July - Franschhoek Bastille Day Festival

August

5 August - Paarl Inter-schools Rugby 19 August - Paarl Rotary Backsberg MTB Challenge 19-20 August - Winelands Chocolate Festival, Stellenbosch

September

1 September - Brandy & Blues at Backsberg Albert Frost 2 September - Waterblommetjie Festival at Windmeul Kelder

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E maureen.dw@harcourts.co.za - C 082 449 0900 www.maureen.harcourts.co.za

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What’s happening at Val de Vie Estate? Join us as we journey through the world of Krug with Jessica JULMY, International Director for Krug. Eat, taste and rejoice with us at the Val De Vie Estate on Friday, 30 June 2017. The experience includes: • Range tasting of Krug Champagnes: Krug Grande Cuvée, Krug Vintage and Krug Rose • Paired with a three‑course meal Ticket price: R2,000 per person, incl. VAT. To make a booking, and for further details, please contact events@valdevie.co.za. RSVP by 23 June 2017. A selection of rare offers has been secured and will be available for sale in the evening, following the dining experience. Enjoy responsibly. Not for sale to persons under the age of 18.

30 June - Krug Tasting Experience at the Polo Club Restaurant. 27 July - Interactive Wine Tasting Classes: Shiraz and Blends at L’ Huguenot Venue and Vinoteque. 03 August - Interactive Wine Tasting Classes: Cabernet, Merlot and Blends at L’ Huguenot Venueand Vinoteque. 07 September - Interactive Wine Tasting Classes: Chenin Blanc and other white varieties at L’ Huguenot Venue and Vinoteque.

We produce some of the best pure linen and pure cotton percale bed-linen available in Africa. Bathrobes, towels, bedding…vir tually anything for your bed or bathroom…we have it all. Showroom: 24 Fabriek Street, Paarl Online: www.linendrawer.co.za T: 021 872 0108 E: info@linendrawer.co.za Free deliver y to anywhere in South Africa


HAO PAGES

D I R E C TO RY VAL DE VIE ESTATE HOA ENQUIRIES 021 863 6128 hoa@valdevie.co.za POLO 079 524 2915 rob.hampson@valdevie.co.za ON-SITE SALES OFFICE Cape Winelands Properties (Sports & Leisure Centre) 021 863 6101 property@valdevie.co.za

OTHER

WATER/ELECTRICITY

SAPS Paarl

021 807 2557

021 807 4000 TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT SAP FLYING SQUAD

021 872 4755

10111 ANIMAL HOSPITAL FIRE BRIGADE

Wellington

021 872 2323

021 863 3187

AMBULANCE

VETERINARIAN

Paarl

Dr Deon van Tonder

10177 / 021 872 1970

083 631 4603

L’huguenot Venue & Vinoteque 0722448495 barbara@lhuguenot.com

RESCUE EMERGENCY

PAARL LIBRARY

0860 142 142

021 807 4871/4742

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

ER EMERGENCY RESPONSE

PAARL TOURISM

084 124

021 872 4842

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

PAARL HOSPITAL

FRANSCHHOEK TOURISM

021 860 2500

021 876 3603

RYK NEETHLING SWIM SCHOOL 073 458 3890 valdevie@learntoswim.co.za

MEDI CLINIC

POISON/SNAKE-BITE INFORMATION

Paarl

072 329 0746

WINES 021 863 6100 wines@valdevie.co.za

SECURITY 021-863 6138/ 6110/ 6113 072 900 3954 HEALTH CLUB 021 863 6136 healthclub@valdevie.co.za

021 807 8000 POST OFFICE DRAKENSTEIN MUNICIPALITY/GENERAL

57 Lady Grey Street, Paarl

021 807 4500

021 872 5337

DRAKENSTEIN WASTE REMOVAL

EQUESTRIAN & STABLES

QUERIES

082 390 7456

021 807 4715

nicky.bartlett@valdevie.co.za

PEARL VALLEY RECEPTION Membership Manager 021 867 8000

SECURITY CONTROL ROOM 021 867 1201 security@pearlvalley.co.za

SECURITY MAIN GATE 021 867 1203

ON-SITE SALES OFFICE Cape Winelands Properties (Golf Club House) 021 867 8002 property@pearlvalley.co.za

BREATHE SPA & HAIR SALON 021 867 8001 breathespa@pearlvalley.co.za

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

PEARL VALLEY

THE VALLEY RESTAURANT & BAR 021 867 8046 pearlvalley@dishfood.co.za

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REC EQUESTRIAN ACADEMY 072 247 2929 equestcentre@hotmail.com

THE GOLF SHOP 021 867 8045 (bookings) golf@pearlvalley.co.za SECURITY EMERGENCY 076 881 0442 Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis 021 867 8000 pearlvalleyhotel@mantiscollection.com


DEVONVALE GOLF AND WINE ESTATE PHASE II NOW SELLING Contact our onsite sales agents: Derek Cohen Brenda Cohen 082 776 8282 082 569 4632 derek@devonvale.co.za brenda@devonvale.co.za www.sothebysrealty.co.za Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated.


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GrapeVine June 2017 A publication of the Val de Vie and Pearl Valley Homeowner's Association  
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