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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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Social & Community

A taste of adventure Cascade Country Manor offers something for everyone

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Brick Art Construction are building contractors who specialise in the residential property market. From new builds and regeneration, to refurbishment and mixed-use projects, we work hand in hand with our clients to understand what their final vision is for their home.

Office: Valentia farm, Val de Vie estate, Paarl ShOw hOUSe: 337 Thoroughbred Street, Val de Vie estate, Paarl M: +27 83 641 8887 T: +27 72 648 5876 e: info@brickartconstruction.co.za

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Contents

March 2015 Communication

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Events & Media

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Wine & Dine

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Social & Community

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Sports & Leisure

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Stable Talk

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Landscape & Nature

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Interior Design

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Aesthetics Gallery

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Safety & Security

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Grapevine Magazine is published for Val de Vie Estate Elements Management (PTY) Ltd. Val de Vie Estate, R301/Jan Van Riebeeck Drive, Paarl 7647, South Africa

Contact: Tel +27 (0)21 863 6103 / Fax +27 (0)21 863 2741 Email info@valdevie.co.za / Web www.valdevie.co.za Editorial CarlĂŠ Geldenhuys Val de Vie marketing director Ryk Neethling Contributors Front Cover - John Wilkinson, Babylonstoren, Brett Ashington, Cascade Manor, Interior Concepts, Derick Germishuys, Franzelle Venter, Hamish Niven, JonĂŠ van Heerden, Liesl De Waal, Mache Joubert, Mark Atkinson, Mark Pettipher, Morne Bosch, Teneale Williams, Wilmien Smuts, Val de Vie Events 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 SAPOA by MPDPS (PTY) Ltd e: mark@mpdps.com

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GET IN TOUCH Judging by some recent sales, prices for houses has been increasing. For property evaluations and your real estate needs contact Liz Smithers or visit our On-site Sales Office at the Sports and Leisure Centre.

CONTACT Email: liz.smithers@valdevie.co.za Cellphone: (+27) 83 775 6350 Telephone: (021) 863 6101

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HOA Communication

Chairman’s Report Financial After the 2015 / 2016 Budget was circulated to all the members of the Homeowners’ Association for comment during the last week of February, the trustees approved it during the second week of March. The budget reflects the healthy financial position of the estate and the guiding financial principles including: an annual levy increase in line with the inflation rate; maintaining a capital fund, which must adequately cover planned infrastructure maintenance and capital replacements; building up a slush fund for any unforeseen capital expenses; and introducing expense reductions in line with the strategy to eliminate dependence on extra ordinary levy income. By the end of this budget year, our capital fund and slush fund combined would have accumulated to R19 million. These strategies promote a stable financial environment, and support the upward trend in property values. The declining availability of vacant erven in Val de Vie is contributing to a growing seller market, and we have seen a significant appreciation in m2 sales prices. The sales of the Polo Village units at a highest ever in the estate of R25 000 per m2 also attributes to a general repricing of houses.

Estate Rules The HOA recently communicated the changes made to the Estate Rules, via a Notice to all Homeowners and Residents. Please ensure that you are informed of these, by downloading a copy of the updated Estate Rules from the Community Portal or the Val de Vie website. The most important change to take note of was the

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addition to Rule 11, which makes provision for the Manager to impose an Administration Fee, should a resident fail to make use of the PT Guest System. If you are unsure how, please contact the HOA Office for assistance on 021 863 6128 / 6103. We currently have about 50 people who are either not using the access code system, or haven’t registered yet. Please cooperate to avoid being hit with the administration fee, and don’t forget the other important rules like the speed limit of 40 km/h, the restraining of animals, and no parking on the verges. Thank you!

Communication Since last year the uptake of the Community Portal has more than doubled, residents are now making regular use of its functions and keep their contact information updated. We have therefore relaunched the Resident forum. The new forum provides homeowners and residents with an electronic noticeboard to interact with one another, by posting in one of the forum topics. You can choose which forums you would like to receive notifications for by subscribing to it. Log on to the Community Portal to see posts by residents that have already started making use of this function.

Water The Estate only has sufficient irrigation water to irrigate the public green areas and not the private gardens. We are therefore using potable municipal water for the irrigation of our gardens and, like any resident of Paarl, we have to take great care

in managing our private irrigation systems, as the cost can easily over-run with excessive use. Please note that we pay exactly the same as households in Paarl, and although the HOA is administering the metering and billing we do not charge any additional cost per litre above the cost charged by the council. The potable water usage is monitored electronically. We have set threshold levels in the radio unit attached to each meter, which enables the unit to detect certain flow-related events and to send the information through to the Facilities Manager. When a burst or slow leak alarm is triggered, the HOA usually sends a notification to the relevant resident. Please note that these notifications are sent as a courtesy, the HOA cannot be held responsible if a homeowner was not informed of an alarm. It should not be relied upon as foolproof insurance against any leaks or wastage. Regardless of the increase in the total public green areas being irrigated, the total irrigation water usage, for January and February 2015 combined, has decreased by 10% in comparison to the same time in the previous year. This was achieved by the efficiency of the newly installed wireless control system. We are grateful that Val de Vie has not been threatened by veld fires during these dry, windy summer months. Nonetheless, the security team has been vigilant during these times and will continue to be on standby to take care of any fire-related threats. Morne Bosch, Chairman of the HOA

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HOA Pages

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A taste of adventure Cascade Country Manor offers something for everyone

WELCOME TO OPEN LIVING Val de Vie will soon be launching the first phase of The Vines designed by Antoni Associates. These homes are perfect for young families, families looking to scale down or as an investment in a strong rental market. The 12 hectares of land, which will be incorporated into Val de Vie Estate, offer views of Paarl Mountain and overlook four beautiful lakes and the wildlife camp.

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Safe Home Award in South Africa 2015 Best Single Unit Development in Africa 2014 Best Multiple Unit Development in South Africa 2013

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When deciding on your perfect home, you are offered a selection of three Antoni Associates’ architectural plans, designed exclusively for The Vines, starting from R 2.8 m

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To enquire about this new development, please contact Liz Smithers at the On-site Property Sales Office liz.smithers@valdevie.co.za | (+27) 83 775 6350 | (021) 863 6101

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Events & Media

A perfect wedding in a perfect setting

“We opted for a classic, elegant feel, and the end result was everything I dreamt of, and more.”

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he 27th of December 2014 was the most beautiful and the best day of my life. I married my best friend. Imraan and I dated for 7 years, before he proposed on Christmas Day in 2013, in front of all our friends and family. I had no idea what I wanted for my wedding, all I knew was that I had a handsome, loving groom. Planning was fun! Imraan and I have similar taste so, naturally, it was easier. He joined me, and we made all decisions regarding the wedding together. Val de Vie was the first venue we visited, and we immediately knew that it was exactly what we wanted. The whole feel of the Estate was perfect, with the beautiful mountains, polo fields, and horses. On the first day I met the lovely Elsje Oosthuizen, our wedding coordinator, and every bride’s best friend! The one other thing I was very sure of, besides the fact that Imraan was the man I wanted to marry, was that Kobus Dippenaar would design my dress. His work is remarkable, and the fit is always perfect. On the day of our wedding, our home was buzzing with a chef cooking up the most divine lunch. My amazing make-up artist was Algria Ferreira. FJS Production sent Henroux and his marvellous crew to capture all the special moments, along with our incredible photographer, Ryan Graham. Kobus Dippenaar also came over, to help me get

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dressed, and to make sure everything fitted perfectly. Walking down the aisle, and seeing my husband-to-be, my tears started flowing. I was so happy to finally be his wife. After years of friendship and courting, we were finally going to be one. The phenomenal Nico, of N Concepts and Styling, elegantly decorated our venue, the ballroom at Val de Vie, as well as our after party venue. We opted for a classic, elegant feel, and the end result was everything I dreamt of, and more. We had a sensational day, filled with good entertainment, an eventful polo game, incredible food, and the yummiest cocktails. We danced the night away, with friends and family to the sounds of our band, and our extraordinary DJ’s. Elsje Oosthuizen, and her amazing team, made sure everything ran smoothly. I honestly didn’t worry about a single thing. To every other bride-to-be, please opt for a wedding coordinator. Choose well though, be sure you get along, and that he/she knows exactly what you expect. Choose one with high expectations, and who pays attention to detail. Thank you to all our fantastic suppliers for making this day so special. We can’t wait for the rest of our lives together. Teneale Val de Vie

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Why Us?

from the chairman’s desk

Because when we attend to you property needs, you can just put your feet up and relax! Growing from strength to strength... The world’s most respected name in realty... Mercedes Labuschagne

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Property Consultant

Property Consultant

082 555 2043 mercedes@sirpaarl.co.za 113 Main Road, Paarl, 7646

076 440 1489 cedric@sirpaarl.co.za |

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Each office independantly owned and operated

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his is the way we celebrate family Sundays! The Market at Val de Vie is held on the Polo Pavilion’s terrace, and offers shady spots as well as an indoor space, where visitors can unwind and enjoy the melodies of a live band and the excitement of the polo match while sipping bubbly and wine. There is also much entertainment for the children to look forward to, with surprising new activities each month. In keeping with the standard that Franschhoek has set as the

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country’s gastronomic capital, the Market at Val de Vie does not fall short of the culinary reputation that the region has earned. Visitors can look forward to delicious treats, such as freshly squeezed juices and smoothies, light lunches and sweet indulgences, with wine and local beer as the finishing touch. Join us for the next Market on the 29th of March! Time: 10am to 3pm Cost: Free

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Val de Vie Events

The 2015 Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo

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n a magnificent Cape Town summer day, the 9th of March, guests of the 5th annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo donned their Polo best and stepped into a picture-perfect world, showcasing the best of Polo lifestyle. Val de Vie Estate, in the Paarl Franschhoek Valley, provided an impressive setting for a day filled with couture, beautiful guests, exhilarating polo and perfectly chilled Veuve Clicquot Champagne. This year’s event décor theme was designed to reflect Veuve Clicquot’s latest international ‘mail campaign,’ which was inspired by the days when Madame Clicquot used to communicate with her suppliers, agents and acquaintances via traditional mail. Even in today’s fast-moving electronic world, there’s still nothing quite like getting a letter or a package in the mail, and the event décor brought this theme beautifully to life - in a setting that felt more like a magical wonderland than an events space. For the first time in the history of the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo, polo fans were treated to a high, 12-goal polo tournament. Shimmy’s Beach Club won the opening match against Team Nigus, while team Julius Bär won the riveting main game against team Veuve Clicquot. Both games featured talented South African and international players. Bentley was

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there to not only throw in the ball at the start of the finale game, but to also entertain guests with their magnificent vehicles on the field during the traditional divit stomping at half-time. The Official Fashion Partners at the 2015 event, Jenni Button and Hilton Weiner, showcased their latest couture collection and quintessential looks on the catwalk, with some surprising and evocative pieces. Renowned creative director Warrick Gautier’s designs were inspired by iconic fashion photographers of the 70’s, where couture met the dark sultry streets of Paris. Hilton Weiner’s collection of custom-made suits was inspired by the typical reckless rebel who “danced the night away” during the jazz age, with monochromatic, graphic lines and strong, powerful silhouettes making a statement. There is perhaps no other sport that carries the prestige and class that the Game of Kings does. The opulent affair, co-owned by VIVIDLUXURY and Val de Vie Events, has grown beyond expectations over the years, attracting the cream of the crop of both local and international guests. This year’s VIP guest list included international actors Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Hannah New, Clara Paget, the Royal Warrant of Appointment for the Royal House of Belgium and renowned couture designer Fabienne Delvigne, and Val de Vie

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some of South Africa’s finest celebrities such as Lee-Ann and Nicky van der Walt, Jeannie D, Tarina Patel, Jen Su, Maps Maponyane, Siv Ngesi, and many more. The Bentley car display has become a tradition at this glamourous daytime event. It provides a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the spectators who desire some serious torque. Associate Sponsor and Official Vehicle Partner, Bentley revealed their brand new Continental GT V8 for the first time in South Africa, making it to our shores only days before the big event. The luxury performance automobile manufacturer also chauffeur-drove guests who arrived via helicopter from the Val de Vie Estate landing strip to the chic clubhouse. Other vehicles on display included the Bentley Flying Spur V8, the Mulsanne and the Continental GT. The MC for the day, Maps Maponyane, entertained and captivated guests with his style, charm and wit, while the Polo Commentator for the day, the illustrious Matthew Pohl, kept guests glued to their seat, not a difficult task with the most riveting polo played on the Val de Vie fields to date. Veuve Clicquot believes in ‘letting life surprise you,’ and VIP guests, celebrities and media were treated to perfectly chilled Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label throughout the afternoon, before being surprised by an impromptu ‘Rosé toast,’ where

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everyone toasted to Madame Clicquot, the pioneering force behind the house of Veuve Clicquot. Using a fun rose-tinted megaphone to announce the occasion, Veuve Clicquot rosé champagne was paired with pink macaroons – the perfect afternoon ‘high-tea’ while the sun was setting behind the exquisite Simonsberg mountains in the background. The Best Dressed competition for the day was judged by Elle magazine (the 2015 event’s Official Media Partner), event founder and CEO of VIVIDLUXURY Anina Malherbe-Lan, and Warrick Gautier, Creative Director of Jenni Button. Best Dressed Female went to acclaimed international actress and producer, Tarina Patel. Best Dressed Couple went to wine power couple Olive and Anthony Hamilton-Russell, while Best Dressed Male went to to the ever-stylish Siv Ngesi – a difficult choice given the high level of style and sophistication displayed at this year’s event. As the day drew to a close and the sun set behind the magical pink mountains, guests strolled over to the after party, hosted by Shimmy Beach Club, where they danced the night away. Rikki’s Taxis made sure that the guests of the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo, in association with Bentley, arrived at their homes safe and sound – the perfect ending to an incredible day.

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A Dream Lifestyle

A taste of adventure Cascade Country Manor offers something for everyone

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SPECTACULAR HOME. From the moment you step into this home you will be in awe of the high quality finishes and the best location in Val de Vie. Sweeping views of the lake and the surrounding mountains from every window in this beautiful French inspired home. Bedrooms 4 I Bathrooms 3 I Garages 4 Web Access TK1173899 Ronel Pienaar 082 556 2433, Hayley van der Merwe 082 926 8587

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VAL DE VIE ESTATE, situated in the beautiful Paarl-Franschhoek Valley is a landmark of unsurpassed beauty. Here dreams are transformed with zeal and fervency, from unexplored possibilities to magical experiences. We cordially invite you to celebrate your dream day in the VAL DE VIE POLO PAVILION, a spectacular entertaining area with a magical ambience. Life worth living! To view our venues or for more information please contact us t +27 21 863 6191 e events@valdevie.co.za w www.valdevie.co.za Follow us on f Val de Vie Estate t @valdevieestate i @valdevieestate

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CORPORATES

CONFERENCES

YEAR END FUNCTIONS

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2015 AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction Boschendal Estate’s resplendent new function venue. In an extraordinary day of generosity and glamour, exquisite food and the finest wines, 370 prominent wine aficionados and philanthropists from around the globe were gathered to make a serious difference. The astonishing line-up of 37 exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime Auction lots, which came under the enthusiastic hammer of supreme auctioneer, Iain Banner, included: extremely rare local and international wine collections; gourmet dinners with world renowned chefs; unique art pieces; international travel to exotic locations; exclusive private weekend parties and access to the inner sanctum of the South African wine industry. The pinnacle bid of the day was a whopping R800 000 paid for the Vrede en Lust Lot, which included: eight return Air Seychelles business class tickets from Johannesburg to the Seychelles; a stay in a luxury villa with a private beach on the exclusive Eden Island; a three-day cruise on a brand new Powercat, hosted by a private skipper and chef; and a sterling collection of 60 bottles of Vrede en Lust wines. With international bidders - hailing from the UK, USA, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland, Dubai, Mauritius and Russia the Cape Wine Auction is playing a significant role in boosting South Africa’s fine wine image

Val de Vie’s Lot Our lot fetched a R260 000 bid! One of the highest bids at the auction. This is what our bidder won: - A once in a lifetime Polo tutorial from South African Team Captain Tom de Bruin - A private box for 8 people at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters - A chauffeur driven Bentley - Three nights for four people at Singita Lobombo or Sweni Lodge. Guests will be guided by multiple award-winning guide, Greg Lederle, and will have a private vehicle for the duration of their stay to cater to their exclusive safari experience.

MAIN IMAGE Auctioneer Iain Banner OPPOSITE PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT John Platter, co-founder of the iconic Platter’s Wine Guide; Guests enthusiastically taking part in the Live Auction.

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he 2015 AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction, which took place on Saturday 14th February, ascended to new heights when an astounding R10.565 million was raised for education in the Cape Winelands, achieving a significant 50% increase on the R7.045 million raised at the inaugural 2014 Auction. The entire proceeds of the 2015 Auction, without offset or deduction, will go to the Auction beneficiaries - charities actively involved with education, from infancy to adulthood, across the Western Cape. The glamorous two-day affair launched on the evening of Friday 13th February with the American Express Cape Wine Auction ‘Barrel Tasting & Preview,’ hosted at the Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden in Stellenbosch. Guests embarked on a magical journey through wine, food, opera, and magnificent sculpture amidst a fynbos paradise while the sun set

abroad. This event is now firmly established on the South African social and fund-raising calendar, attracting worldwide interest and attention. This global showcase of South African wines was hosted by the accomplished Dan Nicholl, as Master of Ceremonies, together with the Auction Partners and Ambassadors, headed up by the Honorary Chairs for 2015, John and Erica Platter, the founders of the iconic Platter’s Wine Guide. An elated Mike Ratcliffe commented on behalf of his fellow Trustees and Ambassadors, “We are once again humbled and overwhelmed by the immense generosity shown at this event. Today we have witnessed another outstanding demonstration of the unity of the South African wine industry, and the philanthropic capacity of humankind.” James Benoit, CEO of AfrAsia Bank, the Auction’s headline sponsor for the second consecutive year, continued, “We are incredibly

over Table Mountain. Eight chefs flown in by sponsor, Relais & Châteaux, produced a

proud to be partnered with the Cape Wine Auction team, who share our commitment to making a real difference in

memorable evening of culinary excellence. The excitement culminated with the grand lunchtime Live Auction on Saturday 14th February at The Olive Press,

the lives of many South African children, by upholding Nelson Mandela’s belief that, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’.” Val de Vie

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Cape Wine Auction

2015 AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction raises over R10.5 million for education in the Cape Winelands, setting a new record for this prestigious fundraising event. Starters Crispy salt-and-pepper calamari, cucumber and red onion salad, homemade tartare sauce

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Wild mushroom and goat’s cheese phyllo tart, wild rocket, tamarind vinaigrette

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Beef carpaccio, rocket, aged Parmesan, olive oil, deep-fried capers

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Panko-crumbed prawns, slow-roasted tomato and avocado stack, tom yum mayonnaise

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Salads Hot-smoked salmon, baby leaf, green beans, rosa tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, wasabi dressing

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

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Polo Club salad, parsley vinaigrette Ingredients in salad may vary as some are from our own garden Add chicken:

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Honey-roasted carrot and beetroot, baby leaf, Danish feta, tahini yoghurt dressing, toasted almonds

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Between Buns Pulled pork sandwich, coriander salad, skinny fries, lime aioli

R65

Gourmet beef burger, sundried tomato mayonnaise, blue cheese, crispy bacon, onion rings, skinny fries

R90

Grilled chicken burger, balsamic macerated strawberries, goat’s cheese, avocado (when available), side salad

R80

Mains Chicken schnitzel, caramelised garlic mash potato, seasonal vegetables, cheese sauce Line fish Preparation depends on the fresh fish available (please ask your waiter)

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Pork belly, red cabbage slaw, crispy potato skins, sweet barbeque jus

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Slow-roasted lamb and vegetable pot pie, hand cut potato wedges, fig chutney

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Aged rump steak, sautéed green vegetables, skinny fries, Béarnaise sauce

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Sundried tomato pesto penne, marinated bocconcini, confit rosa tomatoes, rocket, balsamic reduction

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Cape Wine Auction

2015 AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction raises over R10.5 million for education in the Cape Winelands, setting a new record for this prestigious fundraising event. Mains Thai green prawn curry, basmati rice, fresh coriander

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

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Pizza Margarita

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Caprese: buffalo mozzarella, rosa tomato, basil

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

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Roasted butternut, caramelised onions, rooibos-smoked chicken

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Slow-roasted Greek lamb, black olives, tzatziki, rocket, balsamic reduction

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

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Dessert Caramelised peach and custard tart, vanilla mint syrup, peach crisps

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Pecan pie, vanilla bean ice cream, pecan nut brittle

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White chocolate and honeycomb mousse, aniseed biscuit

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Triple chocolate cheesecake, fresh berries, mascarpone crème

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Local Artisanal Cheeseboard

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Kids Crumbed chicken strips and chips

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Fish and chips

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Spaghetti and meatballs

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Bangers and mash

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Banoffee pie

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Vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce

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Estate living

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s soon as I spot the big Benjamin’s bus on the left to the Kliprug Minor Road, my heart rate slows down, my stress floats away, and I know that I am close to home. Driving through the gates into Val de Vie acts like a time machine. It transports me back to a time, which I have only seen in the movies, where families could go for a walk at 7pm without having to constantly look over their shoulder for danger, a time when children could run around playing without a care in the world, a time when you could have a chat with your neighbour over the hedge. It is this sense of ‘time-traveling’ that makes me grateful that I am a resident in Val de Vie. Sometime last year, I was on my way out when my car’s oil filter decided it was time to go. I was stuck next to the road about 300m from my house, waiting for the tow truck to fetch my

they give us peace of mind, but when I’ve had a really bad day – I’m sure most of you can relate – they always manage to brighten up my day. The smiles, with which they greet all the residents, can make even the darkest of days seem a little better. Let us not forget the Sports and Leisure Centre, fetching the post, having a chat with Shirley, going to the gym (a necessary evil), being intimidated by the mere presence of Mr Neethling – this building has so much to offer! Last, but most definitely not least, the Val de Vie Market. I count the weeks from one market to the next with childlike excitement, because I get to share my wonderful home with residents and non-residents alike. In fact, my first experience of Val de Vie was at one of these markets. I fell in love, and within a year I was

car. The sheer amount of people who stopped to ask if I was okay was astounding. One woman, whom I have never met before told me that I could go to her house and have something to drink while I waited. I politely declined, but the gesture would stay with me for a very long time. The camaraderie of residents in the valley of life is fantastic. But let me not stop at the residents. The friendly, and sometimes very funny, security personnel make living here a breeze. Not only, do

living here. Sitting on the stoep with a glass of bubbly in hand, staring out across the polo fields with the magnificent mountain as a backdrop, humbles me every single time. I will never get used to the sheer beauty that surrounds this Estate, and I don’t want to. I wake up every morning, grab my cup of coffee, go outside and greet the mountain, aware of how lucky I am to be alive and living in this wonderful place with its wonderful people.

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Centre was opened in 2010, in conjunction with the Soccer World Cup held in South Africa, and continually enriches the lives of hundreds of children. Hope Through Action places a particular emphasis on uplifting communities that are often overlooked, and are without much aid. The facilities in Groendal comprise a multi-purpose indoor pitch, training and meeting rooms, a resource centre, showers, and kitchen facilities. It is open seven days a week, and

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A brighter future for communities: Hope Through Action opens second sports centre “I count myself fortunate to be able to see the benefits of sport being imparted to these children through these centres.”

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape Left to right: Phillip Green, Reuben Riffel, Phil Bland Some karate kids showing their moves Ryk Neethling, Marketing Director at Val de Vie Estate

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operates according to a specific class schedule. Furthermore, like the Mbekweni facilities, it includes an early learning centre, which is operated by The Kusasa Project. The opening of the centre in Groendal was possible through donations raised by Philip Green. A man who wears many hats, Green is also the chairman for Prince Harry’s charity, Sentebale. Bearing testimony to Green’s generosity, he was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in November 2014, for his philanthropic and business efforts. Amongst others involved with Hope Through Action, are three familiar South African faces with big names and even bigger hearts; namely, former swimming champion, Ryk Neethling, celebrity chef, Reuben Riffel, and former cricket star, Gary Kirsten. These three men not only contribute as ambassadors for the organisation, but also as excellent role models to the young people of South Africa. Ryk Neethling says, “It makes me incredibly proud to be a part of an initiative of this nature, and to have witnessed the opening of a

development that is going to shape children’s futures, nurture upcoming sports stars, and offer hope to a community.” Although Neethling is now involved on a full-time basis at Val de Vie Estate as Marketing Director, he keeps the world of sport close to his heart. Neethling continues, “I count myself fortunate to be able to see the benefits of sport being imparted to these children through these centres.” Val de Vie Estate is also closely connected with Hope Through Action as a sponsor of its work. In addition, the estate runs a hospitality internship that trains young people from the organisation. The internship programme has seen immense success in these members being hired in the industry. The sports centre is run on a volunteer basis, and the development thereof was facilitated by a number of companies, including Power Construction, who built the centre; Lyners, who managed the construction; and SCORE, a NGO who is responsible for the running of the centre and its sports programmes.

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Education – dancing to the Tutu tune Schools in the Eastern Cape are set to receive thousands of lap desks to assist with classroom desk shortages in the province By Helene Brand Article courtesy of The Chamber Mag

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n South Africa alone, an estimated 3 million children do not have a classroom desk to work at, and across the Sub-Saharan Africa region this number escalates to almost 100 million children attending school without the benefit of a classroom desk. With only a short period until the

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) milestone arrives in 2015, education remains a major priority on the global development agenda. A key area of the MDGs for Education is the need to urgently improve learning outcomes, as well as access, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa where half of the world’s out-of-school children live. A primary challenge in South Africa and across Sub-Saharan Africa is the dire lack of classroom furniture in schools. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s Tutudesk Campaign, a beneficiary of the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet fundraising programme, is addressing classroom desk shortages by providing children with access to portable desks (known as Tutudesks). In doing so, this campaign is improving access, supporting literacy development and enhancing academic performance. The Tutudesk Campaign has recently joined forces with the UN’s Special Envoy for Education, Gordon Brown, in support of his Emergency Response Coalition for Education programme initiative. This Emergency Response Coalition aims to make rapid improvements in emerging market education development, in relation to the findings of the recently released Millennium Development Goals’ report. Within this partnership, the Tutudesk Campaign will also form part of the broader Special Envoy’s Global Education First Initiative. In answer to a recent call to action by the Archbishop Emeritus, the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet Fundraising Programme have joined hands with the campaign and will be providing 5 000 Tutudesks to beneficiary learners in the Eastern Cape - focusing specifically on schools that have less than 50% of the desks they need. “We believe that the Tutudesk Campaign has the ability to change and improve the lives of millions of African children and collaborating with international education programmes and prestigious South African organisations, such as MySchool, will assist us to stay on track for our 2020 goals,” says the campaign’s Director for Stakeholder Relations, Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe. The Tutudesk Campaign has already assisted 1.3 million learners in 24 African countries. Results from an independent research survey covering 16 000 Tutudesk recipients and 500 teachers indicated sharp improvements in multiple areas relating to literacy development

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and academic performance: 80% of teachers said that learner’s handwriting was easier to read; 77% said that Tutudesk had made learning easier for their students and that they were able to teach more effectively; 76% of teachers advised that Tutudesks had significantly improved the overall learning experience for their pupils; and there was an overall 65% improvement in homework delivery. The Tutudesk Campaign, a beneficiary of the MySchool programme, relies on local and international funding to continue the work that they do and appeals to the public to support them by getting a MySchool card, and selecting them as the beneficiary.

What is MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet? The MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet fundraising programme is one of South Africa’s biggest community support initiatives. You can assist in raising funds for schools, charities and environmental organisations every time you swipe your free MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card at retail partners such as Woolworths, Waltons, Toys R Us, Engen Foodstops, Kalahari.com and many more (there is a full list of partners in your area on MySchool.co.za). They then donate a percentage of what you’ve spent to the beneficiary of your choice. The system allows cardholders to make a difference to worthy causes without it costing them a cent! Every time you swipe, you donate to schools, environmental organisations and various charities, and you can choose the cause close to your heart. More than 800 000 South Africans carry these cards and thanks to them R1 million is donated every week to help more than 10 000 schools and charities! You too can make a difference – support causes close to your heart with a MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card.

How it works 1. Get your free card online at www.myschool.co.za or call 0860 100 445 2. Choose your beneficiary. You can support “up to three schools, charitable organisations or animal welfare organisations. 3. Swipe your card to raise funds. Shop at any one of over 1 500 retailers, or partner stores and swipe your card when you pay. A small portion of your transaction will be given back to your selected beneficiaries, on your behalf.

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A taste of adventure Cascade Country Manor offers something for everyone

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ascade Country Manor, situated in the Cape Winelands, is proud to announce that it was recently awarded the first exclusive permit to provide abseiling excursions down Paarl Rock. It was granted by the Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve, which is managed by the Klein Drakenstein Municipality. The permit allows the hotel to operate the excursions legally within the reserve, and thus the impact on the natural environment is limited, whilst environmental and cultural education is made available to the public. Abseiling trips are led by qualified guide and experienced rock climber, Eckhardt Conradie, who belongs to the Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA) and the Wilderness Search and Rescue. An exhilarating experience for all who partake in the activity, abseiling off of Paarl Rock is suitable for both novices and expert climbers – the decline is steep but steady, and the drop nearly 100 metres. Thrill-seekers are also able to abseil down the 15 metre-high local Cascade Waterfall, which is the lodge’s namesake, and one of the special attractions in the

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area. Along with abseiling, Cascade Country Manor offers a range of outdoor activities – such as mountain biking, rock climbing and hiking – for those looking for a taste of adventure while on holiday. Thus its guests, as well as visitors to the area, are provided with a unique opportunity to experience Paarl at its best. The hotel offers guided tours of the Winelands, the Cape Peninsula, as well as cultural and historical tours through the city of Cape Town itself. Hikers can also book a guided trek up the mighty Table Mountain through the hotel. Meandering through the property’s ancient olive groves is a popular pastime for visitors, and those with a penchant for something a little more high velocity can mountain bike on the 4km, 5km or 8km forest trails. Cascade Country Manor, considered to be one of the hospitality gems in the Western Cape and situated against the backdrop VAL DE VIE

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A taste of adventure Cascade Country Manor offers something for everyone of the breathtaking Drakenstein Mountains, prides itself on its luxury accommodation and picturesque setting. It also has a softer side. The hotel’s mélange of spa treatments allows guests to lie back and enjoy being thoroughly pampered, while relaxing in a tranquil, intimate setting. With just 15 rooms, it is the ideal choice for a serene respite. The hotel’s restaurant offers healthy, nourishing dishes that are lovingly prepared by Chef Volker and his dedicated team. Olive oil tasting is one of the distinctive offerings at Cascade. The olive oil created on the property is drawn from the two cultivars on the estate – Frantoio and Leccino – and then gently combined, which creates an interesting blend of flavour. Chef Volker, who hosts the tastings and offers wholesome, wood-fired bread with the tasting, is passionate about olive oil pressing and educating people on the benefits of authentic, virgin olive oil. Conradie says, “We are really proud that Cascade Country Manor was

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awarded a permit to provide abseiling excursions down Paarl Rock and Cascade Waterfall. It gives us an opportunity to showcase this beautiful area in a unique way, and opens doors to environmental and historical education, which we are passionate about. Paarl is naturally stunning and is steeped in history, so we are excited about all of the adventure and cultural activities we have available. We look forward to welcoming guests from all over to experience this incredible place in full.” Cost of abseiling: from R 650 to R 1200 per person, depending on the size of the group Bookings for various activities at least one week in advance are essential. Groups are limited to 10 people. For further information, contact +27 (0)21 868 0227, visit www.cascademanor.co.za, or email welcome@cascademanor.co.za

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e opened our doors to new and old faces, with the beginning of yet another year, here at Kinder Ark on Val de Vie. As teachers, we have great appreciation and adoration for our school and workplace. Being able to start each day through the eyes of a child is a priceless experience, and reminds us of the value that lies within the small things. We celebrated our Valentine’s Day at school with the perfect love, a love for each child’s individuality and uniqueness in creativity. With glitter and sparkles, red hearts and loads of chocolate, we had an unforgettable day at school. We treated moms and dads with an everlasting memory of youthful innocence. Pure joy and happiness are what our days are filled with here at Kinder Ark. When there is a soft little heart that needs some loving care, there is a teacher always ready to console with a big bear hug. Here we love playing, we love being barefoot, and we love getting dirty. We love our friends, and we love learning new things. This year, at Kinder Ark, is a year of walking in light alongside our children, a year of walking in wisdom towards each unique individual, and a year of walking in LOVE as a school. May your year also be filled with an everlasting love and light. Kinder Ark blessings Val de Vie

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Swim School Congratulations to all the swimmers that participated in the Courtrai Gala, which was held on 12 February 2015. Here are some of our medallists: Juanika Hugo, Anika Hugo, Fourie van Wyk, Thomas Truter, Ruben Brits, Marne Oeschger, Vincent Wolhuter, and Dawie-Louw Breedt.

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he Western Province Triathlon Championships were held at Val de Vie on 8 December 2014, with roughly 300 athletes competing. The weather was great for a triathlon and it was declared a non-wetsuit swim. Taking gold in the men’s category was Matt Trautman, who completed the Olympic distance (consisting of a 1.5km swim, a 40km bike ride and a 10km run) in a time of 1 hour, 59 minutes and 57 seconds. In first place on the podium for the ladies was Celest Renaud, in a time of 1 hour, 21 minutes and 18 seconds. Well done to all the residents that took part in the event! Thank you to the photographer, Brett Natrass, for the action photos of the event.

Here is what Brett had to say about the event: “It was my first visit to Val de Vie, and it was met with the most fantastic morning. I arrived early to capture some of the athletes getting ready, and was welcomed by the stunning scene overlooking the lakes and the houses. The whole day ran smoothly from my side, I was assisted by the guards at the gate and the security officials in and around the estate. For a family event of this nature, Val de Vie is the best for a child-friendly, worry-free event; it was indeed a fantastic day out for me.�

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loodstock South Africa’s inaugural Yearling Sale at Val de Vie Estate was concluded on Sunday the 22 February, when a hundred one-year-old thoroughbreds were offered for sale in front of an enthusiastic audience in the Val de Vie Polo Pavilion. This followed an exciting 4 goal game of polo that starred no less than South Africa’s reigning Champion thoroughbred racehorse trainer, Justin Snaith, who dashed from the saddle to join the other 230 invited guests enjoying a sumptuous luncheon, before the auction commenced just after 14:15.

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Arguably the most spectacular setting for a thoroughbred auction in the world, the Thoroughbred Breeders Association of South Africa is looking forward to expanding on the concept with the Val de Vie Events team – watch this space for more details! www.tba.co.za Peter Gibson Director of Breed Affairs and PR

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he Estate is in the process of installing irrigation systems in areas where construction work is completed, this includes the verges of Berg River Way as well as the park area, next to The Vines. The surface of these areas, as well as the green belts in Village 1, was smoothed out with soil and the grass has established itself satisfactorily. This process will continue as soon as more soil becomes available on site. The drainage channels created in Village 10 are working well, and the plants and grasses have started to

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settle in properly. The level areas next to the drainage channel at plot 454 are nearly covered with Cynodon grass, and the fertilising process will continue. This area has improved significantly since our previous Newsletter in the December Issue, and will be a refreshing route for joggers when completed. The Landscape Committee has also decided to start replacing some of the Liriopes, which are not growing well in full sun. At the Sport and Leisure Centre, we have planted some Phormium tenax Rubra and Ophiopogon planiscapus Nigrescens. The aim was to

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Servest’s Landscape Maintenance Report create contrast, while maintaining the grass texture. Fynbos and indigenous plants were planted in the open area next to SG304, and an irrigation system was installed to help these plants settle in. Around 60 tons of stones and boulders were removed, and substituted with 50 cubic metres of rich soil to cover the remaining stones, and thus creating a practical surface for maintenance. The Petunias at the main entrance, as well as the Sport & Leisure Centre, boasted a spectacular show of colour, but as their season has come to an end they have been replaced with Dianthus. The pots were planted Vinca’s and will be replaced with Pansies, when the first frost of the winter sets in. Village 1 was landscaped with numerous Waterberry trees, but unfortunately these trees lost their leaves and developed deformed growth. After extensive research and consultations with tree specialists, it was established that mites,

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transferred by insects, affected the trees. We have subsequently treated all the verge trees with Imidachloprid, and the new growth appears to be normal. The trees will now have the opportunity to reshoot, and any dead branches will be removed within about a month. We urge homeowners to also treat their trees in order to keep them healthy. Imidachloprid is applied at a rate of 20ml per big tree. It is vital that you read the information leaflet, because there is a period during which the fruit of treated trees cannot be harvested for consumption. The frequent power outages have caused disruptions in the irrigation cycle, the effect of which becomes quickly evident during the blazing summer months. This problem will, however, be resolved with the new systems, which will allow remote access to start and control the watering of Estate gardens. Derick Germishuys Servest

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Photographs courtesy of Babylonstoren • Life in an organic garden starts in the soil. The most important job when growing a healthy garden is to build up the soil with regular additions of organic material. • Mulch, mulch, mulch! Apply a thick layer of organic materials to the surface of an area of soil, and stick to materials that are easy to find locally. At Babylonstoren we make use of straw, woodchips and shredded vines. • You can dream big when planning a new garden, but rather start small in order to gain experience and confidence. • You will need to do your homework and plan carefully to ensure that you follow seasons and natural rhythms. • We would recommend that you start with healthy seeds, seedlings and fruits which thrive locally, and that you enjoy eating at home. • You can value diversity by including different plant combinations to your garden, for example, the numerous indigenous plants. • Remember to regularly rotate your crops, to avoid a build-up of pests and depletion of nutrients. • You should determine which pests you experience problems with, before spraying or adding any chemicals to your plants, while keeping in mind even organic products can be detrimental to your garden’s health. • You should keep an eye on weeds and pull it out while it is still small. Preventing new weed seeds from entering the garden is a major step towards control. • Grow with your garden; keep on learning by observing, keeping records, reading, sharing with fellow gardeners, and experimenting with new ideas. • Most importantly you need to love your garden by spending time in it – pottering, planting, harvesting, watering and observing daily growth. Find joy in the small things and beauty in the imperfections. Perfection is not the aim, and disasters are not the end of the world, but rather a part of learning, adaptation and survival.

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Colours This year we’ll be seeing a diversity of colour, with a big trend of Marsala Pantone’s, deep hues and vibrant colours. Paint colours for the home still revolve around sophisticated basics, with preference for cleaner whites and smokier neutrals. Feature walls are out, area-painting schemes are in, and beige is a thing of the past. Black is — you guessed it — the new black. This is especially true when it comes to remodelling, with black hardware, black fixtures, and black trim popping up everywhere. A pared back palette of black, off-whites, and greys, make for a simple look this season. Another growing trend is dark Navy that works well with pink, cream, grey, coral, ochre and sage.

Black is - you guessed it - the new black. This is especially true when it comes to remodelling, with black hardware, black fixtures, and black trim popping up everywhere.

Bring nature into your home

Textures derived from nature, whether they are animal, mineral, or vegetable are in. Think botany, insect prints, floral, fossils, bone, wood, bark, stone and organic shapes; these are making their way in on sofas, curtains and walls. We want materials, and finished pieces, to look authentic; we are using them in a more simple way to appreciate their beauty – raw wood furniture. I have to mention the growing popularity of cacti as a décor accent. There is often a plant that epitomises the season – in the last few years we’ve seen succulents and then air plants – but now the one to have is the cactus. Whether they are big or small, fake or real, their hardiness and sculptural appeal means that you’ll be seeing them more and more in interiors.

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Wallpaper is still coming back strong, and I think the next year is going to provide even more options and expansions in this market. Look for more bold patterns on walls and ceilings.

Global influences

Prints are alive and well, with everything from paisley and plaid to kilm and ikat making an appearance on fabrics. Relaxed graphics, loose geometrics and blurred lines are useful for softening a monochrome palette, while the striking chevron prints continue to be popular. There has been a strong shift toward ethnic prints, with its diverse colours. Plenty of textures are being used. A lot of leather and animal hide combined with handicrafts like crocket, crewel and applique will be seen together.

Relaxed graphics, loose geometrics and blurred lines are useful for softening a monochrome palette, while the striking chevron prints continue to be popular.

The Industrial look

The industrial influence is very big this year. Furniture with skinny metal legs, old museum and library-style filing and display cabinets, and Edison-style filament light –bulbs in exposed wire shades will be seen in a lot of interiors.

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Brass is becoming one of the major players when choosing finishes. The “new” brass trends will be a more of a worn, un-polished brass. Mixing warm metals, such as copper, rose-gold and black, with cool ones, like silver, is very popular now.

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Val de Vie Approved Colour Pallet, as per Dulux colour codes. Please note that the printed colours  may differ slightly from Dulux colour codes.

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Windows, shutters and doors 4.3.4 Large doors and windows, which are divided by frames into panels of approximately 900mm in width in the accepted vertical format, will be permitted where screened, or recessed, a minimum of 1500mm behind the outer line of a pergola, veranda or other accepted device. 4.3.8 Shutters, which are strongly encouraged, must be side hung and framed with a frame of not less than 50mm. Sliding shutters are not permitted. 4.3.9 Shutter colours are either to be natural timber, to match timber colour, white or to be an accent colour specifically submitted to the HOA for approval.

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Front doors

Handrails and balustrades

4.3.5 Front doors shall be timber-framed and ledged (lock rail), with timber of a minimum dimension of 110mm when viewed from the front. Any solid panels shall be fielded timber to match the frame (rule). Door finish may be varnish, oil or paint in colours to HOA approval. Homeowners are encouraged to give consideration to choosing handles and ironmongery to suite the Val de Vie aesthetic.

4.5.1 All external balustrades are to be of a steel type with the elements (except support posts), having a maximum width of 10mm in any one direction, and to be composed of primarily curvilinear elements, typical of decorative wrought iron work. Balustrades to have masonry piers at corners and changes of direction. All balustrades to be black or a dark grey, unless prior approval is obtained from the Home Owners Association.

Plaster mouldings 4.7.1 The colour palette and the style of the estate encourage the use of plaster moulding to create relief on the facades. The use of corbelling and banding below eaves and along the line of window head and windowsill height is strongly encouraged. Window surrounds will also be permitted. 4.7.2 The use of quoining, while requiring a delicate touch, is also encouraged where appropriate.

Pergolas 4.8.1 A pergola element is mandatory in front of the garage or an equal length of pergola provided elsewhere on the street-facing faรงade. 4.8.2 All pergola members are to have decorative shaped ends where the end is not fixed to a wall.

External lighting 4.9.1 All external lights shall be traditional carriage or lantern type units in the colour black or charcoal. Given the rural nature of the environment, homeowners are encouraged to limit or omit external lighting as far as possible. Val de Vie

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outh Africans must learn to live with recurrent electricity cuts for the next few years as Eskom grapples with the twin problems of building new capacity, while playing catch-up with the maintenance of its old, neglected power stations. As a result, the queries regarding Val de Vie’s policy on generators started rolling in. Although there was an Estate Rule regulating the procedure, the Homeowners’ Association decided to update this Rule to provide for stricter noise restrictions, in terms of which only generators that run below 1500 revolutions per minute (with a maximum sound pressure level of 51dB), will be allowed. This will be equivalent to the sound of a dishwashing machine. Existing homeowners will need to submit an application to the Homeowners’ Association

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should they wish to install a portable or permanent generator on their property. This application must consist of full specifications of the particular generator, as well as a site plan of the house indicating the intended location of the generator. New erf owners, who are currently in the planning phase of their homes can instruct their architect to clearly indicate the location and specifications on the site plans that are submitted to the Controlling Architects for approval. The architect will need to make clear mention of this in their submission, as specific approval from the Homeowners’ Association will be required before an owner will be allowed to install a generator. You are welcome to contact the Homeowners’ Association should you have any further questions in this regard.

Existing homeowners will need to submit an application to the Homeowners’ Association should they wish to install a portable or permanent generator on their property.

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here at Val De Vie. One in particular is our PT Guest system. We are pleased to report that this has made it considerably more pleasant, and easier, for our Homeowners to receive guests without unnecessary delays. However, we still have some homeowners who do not make use of the PT Guest system, which has subsequently caused delays for their guests when entering the Estate. We therefore urge you to please make use of the system. With the continuous development of the Estate, we have more pets arriving on a daily basis. I would like to take this opportunity to remind our homeowners and residents of a few important Estate regulations, which all homeowners and residents agreed to. • Only three pets will be allowed per residence, limited to two of a kind, for example two dogs and one cat or visa versa. • All dogs must be on leash when they are walking on the common property, including the Polo Fields and the Berg River. • Any dog excrement must be picked up by the person walking or running their pets, and disposed of in a responsible manner. • Pets (dogs and cats) must not create or cause any noise disturbance to neighbours, i.e. excessive barking or meowing will not be tolerated.

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Frequently Asked Questions 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-bystep 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 TOURISM 021 872 4842

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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