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A publication of the Val de Vie and Pearl Valley Homeowners’ Associations


INTRODUCING JANE DE VOS Cape Winelands Properties Rental Agent

Having been a resident in this world class estate for almost 9 years, Jane has an extensive knowledge of Pearl Valley and Val de Vie Estate. Her previous real-estate experience together with her large network should prove to be beneficial to both landlords and tenants. Jane believes her success as an agent comes from identifying the specific needs of her client. Her positive energy, professional work ethic and sincere approach is a winning formula. This together with an experienced rental team in place, will ensure for a well-managed lease.

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- Each rental application is thoroughly verified (financial and security) -We offer 4 month’s long-term rental income protection free of charge to each landlord - Any potential legal costs re long-term rental tenant disputes will be carried by Cape Winelands Properties - Independent entry and exit inspections with long-term rentals - Automated property maintenance system – easy to use system accessible from any smartphone. Tenant uploads images of problems for ease of description. Tenant repair satisfaction report after each repair - Formal and continuous communication with both landlord and tenant

CONTACT US VAL DE VIE ESTATE +27 (0) 21 863 6147 | property@valdevie.co.za | rentals@valdevie.co.za PEARL VALLEY GOLF COURSE +27 (0) 21 863 6148 | property@pearlvalley.co.za | rentals@pearlvalley.co.za

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With more than 100 Val de Vie homes and satisfied clients on our book, we truly know Val de Vie and all it’s suburbs best!


VAL DE VIE ESTATE Polo Village Elegantly designed by award-winning architect Stefan Antoni, each living area has been created as a space that allows for easy living – unrestricted, uncluttered and gracefully mimicking the tranquility of the surrounding landscape with its grey slate finished roofs and natural coloured exterior walls. This exquisitely furnished Polo Pad has 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom. It is fully equipped with all your home touches. Communal swimming pool for exclusive use of the Polo Village residents, and basement parking is available. Please note that no pets will be allowed. Available for long or short term rental

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PEARL VALLEY at Val de Vie Estate Pearl Valley’s legendary Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course is in a league of its own, positioning the estate as a sought after investment with local and international buyers alike. This wonderful large family home is fully furnished and equipped. This stunning 4 bedroom and 4 bathrooms home has 3 spacious living areas flowing on to an entertainer’s patio with a pool and garden. Golf cart usage is included. This Pearl Valley based home is situated on the 18th fairway with splendid views. Available form the 7th of April 2017 Utilities excluded

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April 2017 C H A I RM A N ’ S R E P O RT PRO PE RTY R E P O RT VA L DE V IE F O U N DATION W I NE L A N D S PO LO C A P TA IN S’ R E P ORTS PO LO E VE NTS GO LF GO LF C A P TA IN S’ R E P ORTS W I NE CO FFE E 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 S USTA IN A B IL ITY 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 Janette de Bruin, Esté Kok Copy editor Marguerite Lithgow Val de Vie Marketing Director Ryk Neethling Advertising & Sales Janette de Bruin, e: magazine@valdevie.co.za, c: 084 625 1088 Contributors Morne Bosch, Ryk Neethling, Renier Swart, Louis de Jager, Damian Wrigley, Mike Westman, Hannes Pickard, Madri Steyn, Renier van Deventer, Rosemarie Bartlett, Lorraine Hadfield, Val de Vie Events, Dei Gratia, Energy Partners Cover Daniel Saaiman Photography Photography Daniel Saaiman Photography Managing, design and production Mark Pettipher, MPDPS (Pty) Ltd, e: mark@mpdps.com Production Manager Dalene van Niekerk Designers Wade Hunkin, Eugene Jonck

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DISCLAIMER: The publisher and editor of this magazine give no warranties, guarantees or assurances and make no representations regarding any goods or services advertised within this edition. Copyright Val de Vie Estate. All rights reserved. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in any form without prior written consent from Val de Vie. The publishers are not responsible for any unsolicited material.

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CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

GROWING TOGETHER IN T H E VA L L E Y OF LIFE The Estate is enjoying well deserved publicity following the merging of the Val de Vie and Pearl Valley brands. Although not yet completed, the amalgamation of the two estates received a boost with the opening of the golf cart route, which links the two estates. The facilities across both estates were opened for reciprocal use by residents for a test period, the management teams were assimilated, and the full integration of the security perimeter and security systems was commenced. We have great expectations for this year with much of the planning for the Estate becoming a reality as Val de Vie Phase II takes off.

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The first quarter of 2017 has been an exciting few months during which the Val de Vie Foundation had its official launch, in February, and was deemed very successful in all respects. The recent development of the Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis has been partially completed and the Hotel has welcomed its first guests. The new Fleet coffee roastery, next to L’ Huguenot cellar, has been hosting guests and serving freshly brewed coffee. We can look forward to the Berg River Bridge being completed early in 2018, and to the commencement of the construction of the new sports and recreational centre, The Yard, of Phase II. The brand has shown strength in a challenging national economic climate. Property prices at Val de Vie have continued to increase, and from analysing the period between December 2016 and February 2017, the Val de Vie agencies have sold more than one property per day! Stand prices have reached as high as R4,000 p/m2, and homes as much as R31,000 p/m2. The estate management has strengthened its team with the appointment of an accomplished estate manager, Terry Keller. He started with the management team in March and brings a wealth of experience in estate management, acquired during

his tenures at the notable estates of Eden Island, Arabella and Mount Edgecombe respectively. The drought has posed severe challenges, and the estate management and homeowners have had to manage and reduce their water consumption. The estate irrigation team has had to regulate the amount of water used throughout the estate. They’ve had to monitor the river and borehole levels, cooperate with the Berg River Irrigation Board, and cope with the harsh weather conditions, as well as prioritise certain areas on the estate. A ‘water task group’ has been initiated by the trustees to consider the factors of the surrounding environment and provide feedback on improving and optimising the distribution of water. Their proposals include contingency plans for worst case scenarios, and any amendments to the estate rules required for a water management plan. Management will be continuing with the unification of the Pearl Valley and Val de Vie personnel and operational systems. We also continue to work tirelessly towards our vision of achieving further synergies and economies of scale, and to improving on a luxury experience for all our stakeholders. Morne Bosch Chairman


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ur mission at Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty Winelands is to create lifelong relationships with our clients by offering the best real estate experience possible through our expertise in all facets of real estate and our knowledge of the communities in which we work. We are committed to delivering the highest level of personal service, professional representation and technical expertise, so that our clients are thrilled with the outcome and comfortable with the entire process. Our expert sales and leasing associates strive to build longlasting relationships and are here to help sellers, buyers, tenants and investors navigate through the emotional and financial aspects of any real estate need, no matter what stage of life they are in.

Pearl Valley Resales

Annelize Reinmüller 076 788 9918

Leigh Robertson 082 882 8243

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Lindie Gaigher 082 718 7043

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Rentals

Yvonne Kissane 073 256 1358

Chris Cilliers CEO / Principal 082 568 1122

Dr George Cilliers Director 082 496 8296

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PROPERTY REPORT

VA L D E V I E P RO P E RT Y SA L E S The steady demand to move to South Africa’s premier luxury estate, and call the Valley of Life ‘home’, has persisted into 2017, and because of the rate of sales experienced at the end of 2016 and at present, we have less than six months’ worth of stock available. Our on‑site property sales team, Cape Winelands Properties, reports on the property market.

This year, Val de Vie’s top luxury homes breached the R30,000 per m2 price bracket. In recent weeks, two homes measuring over 750 m2 both sold for over R30,000 per m2. This indicates the fantastic capital growth that the estate’s homeowners are experiencing. Since 2014, top-end Val de Vie homes have increased in value by over 75% – a tremendous 19% annual growth. The value offering to a Val de Vie homeowner is unprecedented: •• Safe and secure environment for the family •• Multiple sports activities for every member of the family •• L’Huguenot Venue & Vinoteque where wine tasting and events can be enjoyed •• The Fleet Coffee Roastery •• Nature conservation, including protected fynbos reserves and an abundance of wildlife like springbok, grysbok and fish eagles, to name but a few •• The Berg River running through the estate

•• Kinder Ark Pre-School •• The best of South Africa’s top schools like Courtrai Primary, Paarl Boys’ High, Paarl Gimnasium, Paul Roos Gymnasium, Paarl Girls’ High, La Rochelle Girls’ High, Bridge House, etc. on the estate’s doorstep •• A world class homeowner’s association managed by top businesspeople as homeowner trustees, with more than R40 million in cash reserves •• Polo Village Offices •• Retirement village with comprehensive facilities. Val de Vie’s biggest asset remains its beautiful natural surroundings and the abundant flora and fauna in the Valley of Life, offering a perfect balance between nature and world class, authentic modern living. The surrounding Cape countryside creates a true sense of tranquility. Investors continue to experience fantastic rental returns as well, with an overwhelming demand for Val de Vie rental property.


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Sold out Val de Vie has attracted the crème de la crème of South Africa’s entrepreneurs and captains of industry. As at 24 March 2017, we had sold out of the following: •• Gentleman’s Estates •• River Reserves •• River Club •• Champions Polo Field stand – only one remaining •• Polo Village apartments •• Le Domaine 700 m2 stands •• Polo Village Offices – only one remaining •• The Vines – only four remaining.

Now available The following exciting property opportunities are available on Val de Vie: •• Pearl Valley golf stands – three available •• Pearl Valley nature stands – six available •• La Vue 900 m² to 2,000 m² stands – 12 available •• Val de Vie phase one stands – three available •• Champion’s Polo Field stand – one available •• Le Domaine Vines plot-and-plan homes – 12 available •• The Reserve acre stands – seven available •• 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 (including Pearl Valley) developer stands that are 700 m² or bigger.

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demands and will launch the following products soon: Pierneef-inspired Evergreen at Val de Vie retirement village •• Three different styles of free-standing houses •• Governed by the Retirement Act •• Clubhouse •• Frail care and other specialised retirement services offered.

New phase two lifestyle centre •• New 1,000 m2 gym with studios •• 50 m outdoor pool •• New tennis courts •• Artificial surface football court •• Fresh food deli •• Play facilities that include a separate beach entry pool, cricket nets, a tennis practice wall, a leash free dog park, and youth areas where children and teens can meet in a safe environment.

Cape Winelands Properties Our experienced sales teams are also available 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 by contacting: Renier Swart Director of Sales Cape Winelands Properties email property@valdevie.co.za telephone 021 863 6105 email property@pearlvalley.co.za telephone 021 867 8002 www.valdevie.co.za


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A C U LT U R E OF SHARING Nelson Mandela is famously quoted as saying: “It was not lack of ability that limited my people, but lack of opportunity”.


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Living the community lifestyle On Thursday February 16th we saw 200 Val de Vie estate residents gather to celebrate the estate launch of the Val de Vie Foundation and its official website: www.valdeviefoundation.co.za There are many compelling reasons to live in this estate we call home. Our scenic splendour, appealing lifestyle and our world class security. But what sets our homeowners apart from other estates is a sense of community and a culture of sharing. Uniquely, Nationbuilder, an organization dedicated to informing social investment strategies, said “it is encouraging to see a business passionate about community investment grow and leverage what they have for good.” Kerri-Leigh Pascal , Executive Director then went on to say: “It is fantastic to see

how they have been able to get other homeowners and suppliers excited about building the nation.”

Epitomizing the true spirit of Ubuntu Martin Venter, Val de Vie Estate and Val de Vie Foundation Founder, opened the proceedings by sharing his vision for the Bo Berg Rivier valley and his desire for a better life for all who live in this community. He urged all residents to walk the path with him to nurture and grow this dream of a Foundation that will become a role model not only for South Africa, but the rest of Africa as well.

Challenge in the Valley This valley consists of two separate worlds, but our challenge is manageable if we approach it in a strategic and measured manner.

FROM LEFT Kerry-Leigh Paschal, Executive Director of Nationbuilder with Val de Vie Foundation Founder, Martin Venter

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Rising to the occasion The evening had a sense of magic, of new revelations about our surroundings, and an incredible passion to work to address the challenges that face us. Over 30% of homeowner attendees from both Pearl Valley and Val de Vie Phase 1 opted in to voluntarily increase their levy by 5% to donate to the Foundation. By donating just R160 per month, the existing homeowners join Phase 2 in helping to fund the Foundation. This tax deductible option will be rolled out to the entire HOA body, with the hope that we can ultimately add an additional R2m to the coffers annually. Together with the generous donation of 1% of all Phase 2 property sales by the Developer and existing phase 2 HOA levies, we target to achieve a minimum R100m in the next eight years to invest back into the valley.

Volunteering precious time Possibly the most underestimated donation one can give is that of Time. We were so fortunate to have incredibly talented homeowners sign up to assist with Sports Development, Entrepreneurial Mentoring, Education, Spiritual Guidance and join the Foundation Advisory Group. These volunteers’

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skills will be matched with a list of needs of valley charities and we invite all homeowners to consider donating even the smallest amount of time as the need is so great.

We choose to win Every child is but one caring adult away from being a success story. As Elvis Presley reminded us in his song In the Ghetto: “Don’t you understand? The child needs a helping hand or he will grow up to be an angry man someday. Are we too blind to see? Can we simply turn our head and look the other way?” We have created a movement in this valley that has already started to be recognized by all stakeholders throughout its length and breadth. We choose to come together and strive for a better life for all.

Lorraine Hadfield Foundation Advisor and Val de Vie homeowner Lorraine.Hadfield@valdevie.co.za

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WINELANDS

T O P 5 M O U N TA I N BIKE TRAILS IN THE CAPE WINELANDS As part of the winelands region of South Africa, Paarl features a landscape ideal for mountain biking and hosts a long list of trails, suited to all grades of riding. Protected on the one side by the iconic Paarl Rock granite mountain and on the other by the Klein-Drakenstein and Du Toitskloof Mountains, Paarl truly is a place of scenic beauty with endless riding options. Here is the pick of the Top 5 Mountain Bike Trails between Paarl and Stellenbosch, waiting for you to explore.

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RHEBOKSKLOOF Closest town: Paarl Rhebokskloof Wine Estate is situated on the Northern slopes of Paarl Mountain. The farm has some spectacular single-track routes in the vineyards and slopes on either side of the farm. Riders seeking longer distances can do a 20km loop into the adjacent Paarl Mountain reserve, resulting in a 35km track in total.

Shiraz Black Trail: For the experienced runner and mountain biker that wants a challenge. Must have a level of fitness and technical skills. Distance: 25km, Elevation: 900m, Difficulty: Advanced, Usage: MTB, Run

Off the bike Paarl is the birthplace of the Afrikaans language, and the Taal Monument atop the Paarl Mountain is worth a visit with stunning views of the surrounding winelands and mountains. The Main Street is also the longest in the southern hemisphere, with a variety of post ride stops.

WELVANPAS Closest town: Wellington

On your bike Flat Rock Yellow Trail: This trail is perfect for kids, mountain bikers and walkers. This is a perfect family trail for everyone! Filled with great features. Distance: 3km, Elevation: 80m, Difficulty: Easy, Usage: MTB, Run, Walk Chardonnay Green Trail: A great trail for beginners and families. Short climbs but great rewards. Distance: 5km, Elevation: 130m, Difficulty: Easy, Usage: MTB, Run, Walk Hillside Blue Trail: This trail is for those looking for a little more adventure. Packed with great views, fun features and a few entry level technical sections. Distance: 10km, Elevation: 250m, Difficulty: Moderate, Usage: MTB, Run, Walk Pinotage Red Trail: This is a trail for the single track lover. Packed with flowing single track and a mixture of terrain - one must have some technical skills. Distance: 15km, Elevation: 450m, Difficulty: Moderate to difficult, Usage: MTB, Run

Many mountain bike routes in the Cape claim to have the most amazing variety of routes, sublime single track and a rich historic heritage. Welvanpas is no different, except that in this case you get exactly what is advertised on the can.

On your bike The routes all start and end at Welvanpas farm which is nestled between the beautiful Hawekwa and Groenberg mountain ranges near Wellington. The trails are mainly on single track, winding through orchards, vineyards, pristine fynbos, and past stunning waterfalls. The trails will take you up high onto Groenberg, before descending back down to the Kromme River. You’ll have options between challenging and very steep sections or their (equally) challenging chicken runs.

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The ‘Edelspatz’ Section of Delheim Trail starts right here, too. Basically, you’ve got a 5.5km loop on Delheim, 6.5km on Muratie and finally 8.5km on Uitkyk, in total making just over 20km of hand crafted trail from the Dirtopia crew. This is but the tip of the proverbial iceberg though, as hundreds of metres of single-track are being added every month, with links envisaged to at least a dozen wine estates within the immediate Stellenbosch area. Welvanpas is the birthplace of former Voortrekker leader Piet Retief who stayed on the farm until the age of 26. The farm has been in the family for 305 years and is currently managed by Dan and Retha Retief. To top it all, Die Ou Meul Coffee shop is said to serve the best carrot cake in town, and also sells a variety of farm produce and wines.

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Off the bike The Stellenbosch Wine Region is world famous for its restaurants, farm stalls and markets, hiking trails, and a whole host of other attractions. The town’s oak shaded streets are lined with cafes, boutiques and art galleries. Head to the town centre between Bird and Ryneveld Streets and you’re sure to find the perfect post ride treat.

Closest town: Stellenbosch Think Whistler Bike Park in Canada, or some multiple trailhead in Colorado in the States, where a bunch of great trails come together for some serious MTB stoke, and you will get some kind of idea where the overall mountain biking vision of the Simonsberg Conservancy in Klapmuts (just outside Stellenbosch) is heading. This collection of trails in the Knorhoek Valley, combining loops on the Uitkyk, Delheim and Muratie Estates, has worldclass potential as an MTB destination and may rate as the high point of Meurant Botha’s illustrious trail scaping career.

JONKERSHOEK Closest town: Stellenbosch

On your bike The trail can be accessed from the Dirtopia Trail Centre at Delvera, but your closest, and very safe, parking is at Delheim. (This is excellent thinking if you’re planning a post ride meal or coffee, as you are right on the doorstep of the Garden Restaurant).

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into different routes, and generally keeping you on your toes. On this note, trailscaping guru Hylton Bonazan Turvey recently relocated from his home base in Howick to put in some serious work in Jonkershoek for a few months.

On your bike The Jonkershoek MTB Trail is based around a 10km gravel road loop traversing the valley floor in an anti clockwise direction. It is a good idea to stick to this flow because of the dangerous combo of speed and blind corners on some sections. The different trails can reach distances of up to 45km. From the gate, follow the gravel road for 400m until you see a building on your left hand side, turn left toward this and almost immediately you will see the Lower Canary trail on the right. This is the start of your climb, but fortunately it is a rather fun ascent starting on smooth single track before passing through a few rock garden sections and continuing on jeep tracks. The trail will take you 20km before you head back for a fun downhill ride.

With single track by Bennett Nel and Pieter van Wyk, expect some great riding. The world class black route is proving to be a hit with intermediate to advanced riders, but we do have routes to suit families and casual riders. Permits are available from 8am, Monday to Sunday, from the Boschendal Farmshop & Deli at R50 per rider, per day.

Off the bike Stellenbosch is South Africa’s second oldest town and, with its charming character, historic

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architecture and oak lined avenues, it is a dream weekend destination. Wonderful wine farms, mountain hikes, exceptional trout fishing, stunning country stalls, delectable berry farms and quirky restaurants will keep you busy for days.

BOSCHENDAL Closest town: Pniel Boschendal proudly hosted the Cape Epic 2016 for two days, and we have recently opened the new Boschendal MTB Trails to the riding public.

There are three marked routes: a 12km Blue Route for the family; a 15km Red Route for stronger riders; and the 23km Black Route for more advanced riders. The marked trails consist of a large percentage of well maintained single track, mountainside jeep track and some farm road. Riders are welcome to make use of the 30 to 40 kms of unmarked tracks and farm road to create their own circuits and longer rides.

Off the bike There are family friendly facilities and things to do at the Boschendal werf for those not riding. Things to do after your ride: Enjoy breakfast or leisurely lunches at the Deli or Werf Restaurant, have a picnic on the lawns, enjoy wine tasting under the oaks, swop your iron steed for a horse or pony ride, visit the natural meat Werf Butchery, check out the vast gardens, and stock up on some fresh farm produce at the Farmshop & Deli.


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P O L O C A P TA I N ’ S R E P O RT Another action packed polo season at Val de Vie is coming to a close and I would like to thank all our club members, residents and visitors for their great support these last 6 months. Our tournaments have been well attended and it’s been very pleasing to see the growth in our club, and the progress on the field. The drought in the Cape has been a common concern but, despite the difficult circumstances, the fields have been maintained to the best possible standards. The polo clubhouse has been well run by our new manager, Anton Snyman. The club welcomes him to our team and commends him for keeping the clubhouse in great condition and treating our members with refreshing gins and tonics on Saturdays, and tea and cake on Sundays. We are excited to have the new sound system installed for commentary at the games, which has also added to a great atmosphere with music afterwards. The standard of play is continually improving thanks to the better and higher handicap players coming to play polo here at Val de Vie. The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo was again a great success at 14 goal level, and we were happy to see many of our members play in the curtain raiser, as well as two members in the final. Well done to all the teams that participated in our 6-goal Cape Classic in March, and congratulations to the Cup Winners, Team Basilius, and the Cup Runners Up, Cape Town Polo Club, as well as the Plate Winners, Brigade One, and the Plate Runners Up, Ornatus sed Ignarus. We are also enjoying seeing more women from across the country take to the field, and developing their polo skills, in our annual Ladies’ Tournament. We have had quite a few international players visit our club, including a Tanzanian team, and hope in the future to see more players from different clubs around the world visiting Val de Vie. We are fortunate to have had only one accident this season, and are grateful that Kevin Rixon and his horse are both doing well after Kevin broke his collarbone in a fall with his horse. 22 | GRAPEVINE

The clubhouse is well supported, especially by our social members who frequently come to watch the games and enjoy sundowners at our bar. We encourage Val de Vie and Pearl Valley residents to join us on Wednesdays at the Champions Field, as well as Saturdays and Sundays at the Pavilion. Hope to see you all at the club, Hannes Pickard Val de Vie Polo Club Captain

Equestrian News On Saturday, 11th of March, Morgan Grieve — one of our young riders — completed her first SANESA show on our lovely pony Tex, whom she part leases. Both pony and rider did exceptionally well and Morgan thoroughly enjoyed the experience of her two dressage tests. She is hoping to begin jumping classes at her next SANESA show, which we’re very excited about. We look forward to watching this promising pair on the competition circuit this year.


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VEUVE C L I C Q U OT MASTERS POLO 2017 Once again Val de Vie Events and Vivid Luxury has raised the bar for polo events in South Africa. The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo held here at Val de Vie Estate has brought a taste of the international series right to our doorstep. An ideal setting for guests embarking on their #ClicquotJourney in style.

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A luxury experience was the order of the day. While guests enjoyed Veuve Clicquot champagne, international celebrity and E! Entertainment host, Zuri Hall, chatted to the VIP guests. Food and snacks, inspired by international Iconic Cities, were served throughout the afternoon while the guests socialised and enjoyed the high-goal matches. Official Fashion Partner for 2017, Africa Fashion International (AFI) set the tone with a selection of South Africa’s top designers. Swimwear by Craig Port preceded a classic Carducci Menswear Collection. Gavin Rajah sensational gowns topped off the fashionable affair. GHD, the Official Hair Sponsor of the event, showcased international hair trends and together with the flawless natural runway looks, complimented the clothes perfectly. The MC for the day, Isibaya actress and social media darling Nomzamo Mbatha, landed on the Val de Vie field in a private Execujet helicopter before captivating the guests with her charm and flair. Mathew Pohl, polo commentator, kept the spectators glued to the fast paced polo action. The ‘Sport of Kings’ has grown beyond expectation, attracting discerning guests from near and far. The VIP guest list included SA’s most phenomenal

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A luxury experience was the order of the day. While guests enjoyed Veuve Clicquot champagne, international celebrity and E! Entertainment host, Zuri Hall, chatted to the VIP guests.

personalities like Bonang Matheba and AKA, Somizi, Jeannie D, Basetsana Khumalo, Carol Bouwer, Lee Ann and Nicky van der Walt, Bonnie Mbuli, Afrika Melane, Maps Maponyane, Siv Ngesi, Bridget Masinga, Boity Thulo, and Jessica Nkosi amongst others. Given the high level of style on display at this year’s event, The Best Dressed were chosen with difficulty by judges Emilie Gambade, Editor of Elle SA, and Anina Malherbe-Lan, event founder and CEO of VIVIDLUXURY. The Best Dressed Female of the day was gorgeous Carol Bouwer, the Best Dressed Couple was Mandla Sibeko and Naledi Mabuse, and the Best Dressed Male award went to Alino Balenda. A difficult decision considering the incredible efforts made by all in their cruise collection outfits.


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The Polo Match: Veuve Clicquot vs Shimmy The talented local and international players captivated the fans as team Jaeger LeCoultre won the opening match against Team Val de Vie. Veuve Clicquot President and CEO, Jean Marc Gallot, enthusiastically threw in the ball at the start of the final game. With a burst of energy in the last minute, Team Shimmy took the match against Team Veuve Clicquot with a score of 5—7 after five riveting chukkas. Vodacom awarded the polo pony ‘Honours’, owned by Nigerian polo player Adamu Atta and ridden by Tom de Bruin, the Best Playing Pony of the day. Tom de Bruin was selected by La Martina as the most valuable player of the match. After an action packed day of polo and a Happy Birthday song for Shimmy team owner, Nicky van der Walt, guests gathered for the Shimmy after party and one final toast to the #ClicquotJourney.

Official charity partner, ISPS Handa ISPS Handa presented a generous cheque of R200,000 to Ryk Neethling (Marketing Director of Val de Vie Estate) for Tusk. Tusk is a British non profit organisation established in 1990 to help protect African wildlife and nature through various educational and awareness initiatives.

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We’re exceptionally proud of all the ladies who participated in our second Ladies Polo Cup held at Val de Vie this year, and thank you to all the guests who came out to show support and enjoy the beautiful sport of kings and ‘queens’.


Results Cruiser vs Tahila: 3 - 2 Tahila vs Sheila: 4 - 2 1/2 Cruiser vs Sheila: 5 - 2 1/2

Winning Team Cruiser Kelly Mathias Camilla Harris Lee-Ann Spark Julia Pilbeam

Second Place Tahila Berdine Odendaal Maud Germann Josie Susman Camilla Rossi

Third Place Sheila Jenny Perkel Robyn Fergussen Tessa Moxon Dominique Thoenes

Most Valuable Player Tessa Moxon

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The tournament was played in an American Tournament format, also known as a 1 day round robin, consisting of 3 teams playing 2 chukkas against each team. A big ‘thank you’ goes to Harcourts Winelands Luxury Properties for its loyal support of polo at Val de Vie, and for sponsoring this growing tournament and the lovely prizes for the ladies.

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EVENTS

BRIDGE HOUSE MILE The parkland between the dams at the beautiful Val de Vie Estate provided the ideal surroundings for spectators to relax on the lawns during the swimming of the Bridge House Mile, which was proudly sponsored by Standard Bank. This open water swimming event, which first took place in November 2012 in the Berg River Dam, was moved to Val de Vie this year because of the severe drought conditions and lack of water in the Berg River Dam. The event tied in with the popular Val de Vie Market Day and after the event, families were able to enjoy the fine food, beer and wine as well as a game of polo.

The Bridge House Mile, with a maximum number of 500 participants partaking in either the 200m, 400m or the mile swim, proved to be popular with all ages and levels of swimmers. The event is supported by the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation and World Wildlife Foundation in association with technical partners, Speedo and New Balance, who were generous in their sponsorship of swimming caps and prizes. This year, Heart FM came on board as a media partner. According to Mike Russell, Head of Bridge House School, “This event aligns perfectly with Bridge House School’s philosophy of nurturing the health and vitality of all community members from our valley. We were extremely pleased to have been able to hold the Mile this year, despite the drought”. Bridge House Mile Ambassador, Amy Kleinhans-Curd, said, “Although the Bridge House Mile has always been associated with the Berg River Dam, the committee believed that moving the event to Val de Vie Estate was the correct strategy to ensure the safety of the swimmers.” 34 | GRAPEVINE


EVENTS

Under the guidance of Bridge House School Head of College Girls Sport, Colleen de Villiers and Bridge House board member and the ambassador for the event Amy Kleinhans-Curd, the children from YEA (Youth Empowerment Action) and Haute Cabriere Development Swimmers Clinic, tested their progress in the dam. Learning to swim is a vital skill especially for those living near farm dams and close to the Berg River. This is one of the reasons why the Bridge House Mile is proud to have this “learn to swim” community partnership in place. Elise Blundell, Head of Marketing, Business and Commercial for Standard Bank said that they are thrilled to be associated with an event of this calibre. Standard Bank’s commitment to the event is evident in that they have a three-year sponsorship contract in place and the positioning of the Bridge House Mile is aligned with Standard Bank’s brand promise of “Moving Forward”. www.bridgehouse.org.za

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Situated in a beautiful, safe setting just outside Franschhoek and a short drive from Val de Vie, Bridge House is an independent school for 880 boys and girls from Playschool to Grade 12. Boarding is available for Grade 7 - 12. For an appointment to visit this extraordinary school, please contact Gill Malcolm gilmal@bridgehouse.org.za or 021 874 8100 Bridge House School, R45, Franschhoek

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GOLF

P E A R L VA L L E Y D I R E C T O R O F G O L F R E P O RT I have been part of this dynamic team officially for just over seven weeks now. I commenced my employment at the busiest time of the year, peak season. It has been an absolute rollercoaster ride and at times I have felt overwhelmed. But I have come up for air and am ready for what lies ahead. The welcome received from the members has been exceptional and I would like to thank you all for the warm welcome. I have met many of you and have thoroughly enjoyed our times together.

On the golf course we have received record round numbers. The marketing team has done such a fantastic job of promoting Pearl Valley; our fairways and clubhouse have seen golfers from all over the world. This has been great from a revenue perspective but our golf course is feeling the effects. The popularity of this season has forced us to take a serious look at our business model moving forward. Pearl Valley must remain a premium golfing experience, and yes, make a profit, but never to the detriment of our course. There is no doubt that the

round numbers have increased over the years but this was the goal at the time. Having a cool season, grass golf course with bent grass greens, it is vital to know our limits. The Val de Vie Board of Directors are in full support of protecting our course. Our drive for our next financial period is to reduce rounds over the high season and better manage the tee sheets. We are all hard at work behind the scenes to ensure that Pearl Valley continues to be a golfing destination of choice and the best-conditioned course in the Western Cape.


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morning. February recorded some record highs in both rounds recorded, and temperatures, with two days reaching over 40 degrees Celsius. The irrigation team were tasked with the challenge of reducing their footprint by 30%. As a result they had to keep the grass cool by hand watering and moved away from the automated, main line irrigation. They came very close to their goal but, as a result, some areas were affected. Hollow tining is around the corner and I can almost hear the course breathing a sigh of relief as the 24th of April draws closer. I am really excited to be here, and look forward to the year ahead. It is a very interesting and exciting time for Pearl Valley. For the first time in many years we now have the finances to put back into our course and clubhouse, further enhancing the product. There is a wealth of potential here that is waiting to be unleashed. Over the next three years the management team is going to improve this wonderful facility, focusing on flow, training, experience and presentation of the facility. The Hotel is almost complete and is going to add a new extension to our offering, allowing us to sell creative packages through the course of the year. In closing I would like to encourage you all to see the positives in life and be excited by change. Life is ever changing and for many, change can be scary and at times a little unsettling. Let us embrace it, face it head on and be excited for what lies ahead! Yours in golf, Damian Wrigley Pearl Valley Director of Golf

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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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PAARL BOYS’ HIGH YEAR OF 2017

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C A P TA I N ’ S R E P O RT

SUMMER GOLF NEWS As summer moves towards its end we are fast approaching autumn. It’s been a hard, hot, dry summer and the estate needs some relief. Hopefully we will see some rain soon because water is very scarce. Despite that, the playing surfaces are in excellent condition and our golf course continues to receive praise from all those who come to play.

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Golf Course Condition General comments received from members are that all are enjoying the new 4th green. The areas around the green and the dam need time to recover and grow in but, hopefully the winter will be kind to us and we can improve the hole even more for next year. As you know, we are in the middle of a drought in the Western Cape so water is extremely scarce and valuable. We are currently battling with the usual summer conditions of wind and heat. The fairways are running fast and green surfaces are superb.The green staff are doing a great job of hand watering areas that have become dry and marked. Well done to Mike and his staff for keeping it so well during what is a difficult time. It’s worth noting that we have had to cut back another 30% on our water usage on the course.

Paarl vs Pearl Valley Mixed Pairs Pearl Valley retained the trophy for the seventh consecutive occasion in a closely fought match at Paarl Golf Club on Sunday, 12th March. The team came out on top by 6.5 points to 5.5 - the narrowest margin of victory in the competition’s history. Several of the matches were decided on the final green, but Pearl Valley maintained their unbeaten record in the fixture… just!

Of particular note were the performances of Dave Stafford and Lee Varrie, who amassed 51 points in their Better Ball Stableford match. One of our couples suffered the trauma of a last green defeat by a team with a combined age in excess of 150! It would appear that the youth of today just don’t have the staying power of yesteryear! At the end of the game everyone enjoyed getting together on the veranda for a few drinks and snacks, which is, of course, the main point of the whole event. Thanks to everyone one who took part, and if you would like to participate in the return match at Pearl Valley on 7th May, please contact golf@pearlvalley.co.za

Club Champs This year’s Pearl Valley Club Championships were very well supported with 89 golfer’s participating. The course was presented beautifully by Mike Westman and his team. The feedback from the players was superb with huge praise on how well the greens were putting. A decision was made to set-up a course this year that was more in line with a Championship. This did result in scores being higher than in the past but the players really enjoyed the challenge. A big thank you to our sponsor, Taylormade South Africa. Their support is greatly appreciated!


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Congratulations to our 2017 winners: Club Champion Anton Pieters on 151, Ladies Club Champion, Gerri Warnes on 182, Ladies B Division Trophy Winner Laurie Chaffe on 69 points, B Division Men’s Trophy Winner, Ricus Nel on 172 and Men’s C Division Trophy Winner, Stephan Fourie on 69 points.

Captain’s Charity The Captain’s Charity Day was a huge success with a 100% field of players. Golf was followed by a luncheon Charity Auction and Raffle. A big thank you goes to all our sponsors, who gave generously, and to all the members who supported the auction. Thanks to the efforts of all who attended I am delighted to announce that we will be handing over R300,000 to the Langrug Children’s Trust.I recently had lunch with Arie and Cynthia van den Berg who have given a huge amount of their time and money to the trust and I believe our donation will make a significant difference to the children and their early education. Well done, everyone!

Juniors’ Club Champs Juniors have also had their Club Champs and a field of very enthusiastic boys and girls battled it out for the various divisions. The Boys’ Club Champ was Liam Millard, and watching him play I am sure he will be on the seniors podium before too long. A highlight of the day is always seeing all the parents and children coming together after the golf and forming new friendships. We look forward to seeing our little members grow and develop their skills in the years to come!

Chris McCann Golf Club Captain

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WINE

A TIME TO H A RV E ST For every winemaker the first couple of months of the year are of the busiest with days spent working hard in the cellar. Renier van Deventer is the winemaker at L’ Huguenot Vineyards and takes a moment to share with us what the 2017 harvest at Val de Vie Estate has brought in.

This was by far one of the most challenging vintages that we have experienced at L’ Huguenot Vineyards. We have received a record intake of 106 tonnes of grapes. Not only was it the largest quantity of grapes we’ve processed in the cellar so far, but also we had the task of doing it in the middle of a construction site. We are currently in the process of extending the work areas at the winery and giving the area at the back, towards the Polo Village a major facelift. In conjunction with the contractors, we are hard at

work upgrading the facilities, which we can assure everyone will look amazing when finished. The harvest this year was really surprising when you take into account the warm temperatures and dry conditions, compared with last year, which was also a very dry season. We expected to struggle with some of the varieties, but overall the quality looks excellent and we also had an increase in tonnages, which is uncommon for hot, dry seasons like this. We started somewhat later than usual this year but then finished much earlier because most of the cultivars ripened at the same time. This made it quite hard to stay ahead with the processing as everything came in more or less at the same time. We started with the Pinotage and Pinot Noir, after which we had only about a week before all the Bordeaux varieties decided it was their turn. So, we had a steady flow of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot coming in throughout the middle of harvest, and ended off with some late Petit Verdot. I must give credit to our team here at the winery that made everything possible and kept their spirits high regardless of all the challenges we faced. We are now in the final stages of vintage where we are monitoring the last fermentations, pressing grapes and filling barrels. The smell as you walk through the winery is amazing with all the different grape

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varieties and barrels giving off their own unique characteristic smells. It is also an exciting time for us seeing that most of the wines from the first vintage in 2015 have been bottled and we are preparing, after the vintage, to take out all the 2016 vintage from barrel. This is by far the most interesting part of winemaking, to make up the different blends that will then go back to barrel as a blend to age for a further six to eight months before bottling. During this time we will give the 2017 a rest so they can develop and mature before also being blended after one year of aging. The team here at the winery is already looking forward to the 2018 vintage when we will put into action most of the changes made to the current production facility. It is with these changes that we are also delighted to welcome Fleet Coffee Roastery as our neighbour. It is most winemakers’ dream to have a coffee roaster on site especially during vintage. As they say, “It takes a lot of beer and good coffee to make great wines.”

Val de Vie Residents are welcome to visit us here at the cellar where we’ll be happy to show you around and share our passion with you. Contact Barbara Hugo at barbara@lhuguenot.com or Renier van Deventer at rvd.cellar@leopardsleap.co.za


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UNWINDING AT L’ H U G U E N O T V I N E YA R D S Since the inception of L’Huguenot Venue and Vinoteque at Val de Vie Estate last year, we have been running a programme of monthly social evenings for the exclusive attendance of Val de Vie and Pearl Valley home owners. At these occasions, known as ‘Unwind Fridays’, family and friends get together to relax and enjoy a glass of wine with live music while watching the sunset. A variety of exclusive wine brands can be purchased, for enjoyment on the night or for taking home. It’s the perfect rendezvous for wine and coffee lovers alike!

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The idea behind introducing ‘Unwind Fridays’ was to create an informal and casual atmosphere in which residents can get to know each other and feel at home in their surroundings — with a cellar only a stone’s throw away to add a traditional Cape Winelands touch. Recently we celebrated the start of the 2017 harvest, at which occasion guests had the opportunity of stomping grapes, just being jolly, and letting their hair down. During the coming winter, a highlight will be the launch of Fleet Coffee’s enticing coffee roasting facility on L’Huguenot premises, while many more exciting events are on the cards. At Val de Vie, guests and residents can choose from a variety of outstanding function venues to suit their exact requirements in terms of style and size — all offering splendid views of the surrounding historic vineyards. Each facility, including The Vineyard Garden Venue, The Tasting Room and The Vinoteque, affords guests a charm of its own and can be hired separately, to suit requirements down to the finest detail. In the 100 ton L’Huguenot wine cellar the select Val de Vie & Polo Club wines are produced. These wines, together with a range of other highly rated brands, are available exclusively to Pearl Valley and Val de Vie residents, and are obtainable from the Vinoteque Wine list in The Tasting Room. As a vibrant and energetic ‘community’, Val de Vie promises ever increasing future excitement, promoting a healthy spirit of unwinding amongst its residents.

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Wine tastings, by appointment and at a moderate fee, are presented weekly from Mondays to Fridays, from 10:00 until 16:00, with the exception of Christian religious holidays. To reserve a tasting or to find out more about the Function Venues and the Vinoteque Wine-list, Barbara Hugo can be contacted at barbara@lhuguenot.com


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COFFEE

A PA S S I O N F O R G O O D C O F F E E We’re delighted to welcome the new Fleet Coffee Roastery next to L’ Huguenot Venue & Vinoteque. Fleet, originally a mobile coffee business, selling high quality, hand roasted, barista style coffee has opened the doors of its new roastery right here at Val de Vie Estate.

The name “Fleet Coffee Company” was derived from the lieutenant commander barista, Cheslin Grobbler. Cheslin learned the barista trade whilst training in the navy. At the time he was still in high school and very rebellious in nature. It was decided that the navy would be a great platform to address this and channel his energy into something positive. What followed was not only positive but life changing, and so started the entrepreneurial journey of Fleet Coffee Company.

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Years later, after finishing his diploma in Theology and also playing rugby semi-professionally for Boland, Cheslin started to work as a barista, in a local coffee shop in Wellington. It was here he was introduced to Labit. Labit’s strategic goal to create new small businesses helped to establish Fleet Coffee Company in January of 2015. The heart of Fleet is to create as many work opportunities in the community as possible by training people, and equipping them with the skill to become a professional barista; but, even beyond this, to discover themselves by becoming a barista 52 | GRAPEVINE

These dynamic entrepreneurs & businessmen have combined their unique skills, knowledge, and resources to launch the new Fleet Coffee Roastery at L’Huguenot Venue & Vinoteque. Ivan Christo Swartz (Labit), Cheslin Grobbler (Fleet Coffee), Martin Venter (Founder & CEO of Val de Vie Estate), Hein Koegelenberg (Chairman of L’ Huguenot Venue & Vinoteque), Ryk Neethling (Marketing Director & Shareholder of Val de Vie)


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CHEF WILHELM’S MISSISSIPPI MUD CAKE “The Mississippi mud cake is a mouthwatering chocolate cake, and it’s so easy, you’ll make it again and again” Executive Chef Wilhelm Maree, Polo Club Restaurant at Val de Vie Estate.

The laid-back atmosphere and spectacular views of the Polo Club Restaurant aren’t the only reasons for our resident families and guests to enjoy their dining experience at Val de Vie Estate. The relaxed, bistro-style new menu with mouthwatering familiar favourites, conceptualised and presented by Executive Chef Wilhelm Maree, delights the senses with every course. In this issue of the Grapevine Magazine, Chef Wilhelm graciously shares the recipe of what he believes to be “the best chocolate cake ever”. In just a few simple steps you can delight your family and guests with one of the Polo Club Restaurant’s menu favourites

Ingredients ½ pack ginger biscuits, crushed 100g butter, melted 250g butter, chopped coarsely 200g dark eating chocolate, chopped coarsely 1 1/3 cups (330ml) milk 2 cups (440g) castor sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups (225g) plain flour 1/4 cup (35g) self raising flour 1/4 cup (25g) cocoa 2 eggs

Method •• Preheat oven to 170 degrees C. •• Grease a deep 22cm round cake pan; line the base with baking paper and grease the paper too. •• Mix the biscuits and 100g melted butter together and line the bottom of the pan. •• Combine butter, chocolate, milk, sugar and extract in medium saucepan, stir over low heat until mixture is smooth. •• Cool mixture until barely warm, whisk in sifted dry ingredients and eggs. •• Pour the mixture into the pan, bake for about 1 hour. •• Leave the cake to cool for about 45 minutes before turning it out, and refrigerate. •• Serve with vanilla or cinnamon ice cream, and fresh berries when in season. This cake lasts for about two weeks in the fridge. 54 | GRAPEVINE


Bookings essential Direct Phone Number: 021 863 6174 Val de Vie Reception: 021 863 6100 Mari Smit — Restaurant Manager poloclub@dishfood.co.za

Winter operating hours Monday — Closed Tuesday — 11h00 -16h00 Wednesday — 11h00 - 22h00 Thursday — 11h00 - 16h00 Friday — 11h00 - 22h00 Saturday — 11h00 - 22h00 Sunday — 09h00 - 16h00

Executive Chef Wilhelm Maree of the Polo Club Restaurant at Val de Vie Estate shares his recipe for his delicious Mississippi Mud Cake


T H E VA L L E Y R E STA U R A N T

CHEF CHRIS ON BURGERS What better way to end off a day on the course than with a burger and beer, overlooking the majestic Simonsberg Mountain from the terraces of the Valley Restaurant? Head Chef Chris Law shares his views about crafting the perfect burger to satisfy every appetite, whether you’re a golfer or not.

The beauty of this quintessentially American dish? It’s fundamentally about choice. Dress it up with truffle oil, or eat it like a caveman minimalist. It’s like wet clay, willing to be reinterpreted, reinvented or preserved. The ritual of dressing it is part of the magic. Making that magic happen has much to do with science and passion. There’s nothing new about blending different cuts of meat to make a better burger. Through years of research and testing, I believe the truth is revealed in the tasting of beef ’s four basic flavours: •• Nutty: a cheesy, almost parmesan esque flavour. •• Grassy/sour: a slightly metallic, iron flavour. •• Rich/umami: differs from fattiness, and gives a full, meaty sensation at the back of the tongue. •• Gamey/livery: In the wrong context can come across as almost rancid, but in moderation can add depth to an otherwise boring blend. For a burger to invoke the sensation we describe as ‘beefy,’ all four of these flavour components need to be in balance. Everyone has his or her own formula. Taking this quartet of flavour notes into account, I’ve outlined some points that’ll make anyone king of the next braai: •• Grill your burgers over high heat. Whether using gas or charcoal, you want to make sure to grill your burgers over substantial heat to form that delectable crust with flavour and texture we all love. •• Avoid using a spatula to press down on the burgers while cooking. The flavourful juices are meant to stay inside the burgers—don’t waste all that flavour by pressing out the juices just to make your grill sizzle. •• Flip your burgers only once—about 3 minutes on each side for medium rare plus. Keep in mind that eating burgers rare or even medium does carry certain health risks. For the purist, you can always grind your own meat at home. •• If you get a flare up, cover the grill. Cutting off the oxygen should quell the flames. •• Allow your burgers to rest for a few minutes before serving. This will ensure that the juices redistribute into the meat.

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In the end, a burger is an agreeable friend—a reliable buddy whose purpose is to make you happy, and who’ll let you dress it however you see fit.

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

Winter operating hours Mondays Closed Saturdays, Sundays & Tuesdays 07h00—19h00 Kitchen closing at 17h00 Pizza only 17h00—18h00 Bar last rounds at 18h30

Head Chef Chris Law of The Valley Restaurant at Pearl Valley shares a few tips on how to craft the perfect burger

Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 07h00—22h00 Kitchen closing at 21h00 Bar last rounds at 21h30


KINDER ARK

GROWING UP Kinder Ark is sad to say goodbye to a very special group as the little ones grow up and get ready to go to primary school. It is a privilege to watch them grow and prepare them for the next stage in their education. Photographs by: Jenny Caudwell

Operating Hours 07h30 to 17h30

Diarise these dates 3 - 7 April - Holiday Care 10 - 13 April - Holiday Care 14 April - Good Friday 18 - 21 April - Pets 1 17 April - Family day 18 April - Western Cape schools & Kinder Ark open 2, 24 - 26 April - The incredible dog show 28 April - School holiday 4, 8 - 12 May - My mommy 12 May - Mommies visit our school 14 May - Mothers’ day 15 - 19 May - Farm life 1 OUTING: Ocean & Bird classes Boland Agricultural High School 6, 22 - 26 May - Farm life 2: Photo week with Karen Winter

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A NEW JOURNEY We are blessed with a new journey as we welcome our newest members to Kinder Ark Preschool. “Children are like tiny flowers; they are varied and need care, but each is beautiful alone and glorious when seen in the community of peers.� - Friedrich Froebel


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ON SHOW: S A F E H AV E N Val de Vie Estate is proud to showcase one of the beautiful homes located in a quiet cul de sac, overlooking the 10th fairway of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at Pearl Valley. Surrounded by a private and beautifully landscaped garden with a little orchard and herb garden, this house has a peacefulness that will make you feel right at home.

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ON SHOW

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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ON SHOW

About this home Erf Size House Size Rooms Garage Price

1,370m 500m2 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms Double garage with golf cart garage R13,750m 2

In the formal lounge and dining room, a pair of turquoise armchairs frames the window and an ornate golden mirror above the fireplace speaks of the owners’ sense of eclectic style. The lounge opens onto a large patio with a stunning swimming pool screened from the golf course with a green hedge for privacy. Also opening onto the patio is the family/TV room with a wood burning, stove fireplace, adjacent to a gorgeous kitchen with white marble tops, and separate scullery and laundry. Upstairs, there is a hidden gem of a study with its own private lounge area. There are four spacious en suite bedrooms, each beautifully styled in a colonial country fashion. This truly is the perfect family home with plenty of space for entertaining and relaxing. To find your dream home in Pearl Valley, contact our on site sales team at the Cape Winelands Sales Office in the Pearl Valley Golf Club House. Email: property@pearlvalley.co.za Telephone: 021 867 8002

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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.


S U STA I N A B I L I T Y

Our smart Icon™ system is the country’s first residential battery/inverter combo. It manages your solar batteries, heat pump and batteries for maximum saving.

P OW E R- H U N G RY APPLIANCES Sustainability is a core value that all residents of Val de Vie share. By using less electricity in our homes, we can all contribute to lowering our combined environmental impact in the estate. Identifying some of the heaviest electricity users in your home can help you determine where you need to trim down your electricity usage, so that you can take the necessary steps to get your home into shape energy wise. Energy Partners Home Solutions discuss six of the most power-hungry household appliances. 68 | GRAPEVINE


Covering your swimming pool is not only a great way to save water, but it’ll help keep your pool clean and take some of the pressure off your pump.

4. Air conditioner A standard electric geyser can account for as much as 50% of the electricity bill in many households

1. Geyser A geyser can account for more than 50% of the electricity bill in many regular households with three to four family members, and consumes about 9.25 kWh per day, which works out to 300 kWh a month. At Val de Vie, this equates to more than R600 per month. To help you understand household energy usage, consider this: you would have to cycle vigorously for 3 hours to power your geyser for just 1 hour. However, there are ways to ensure your geyser doesn’t chew up a huge chunk of your monthly budget. Solar water geysers and heat pumps are much lighter on energy, which makes them great alternatives to standard geysers. You could also try and use less warm water whenever you can, for example, by taking shorter showers. This means you’ll also be doing your bit for water conservation.

2. Tumble dryer While it’s a lifesaver on rainy laundry days, your tumble dryer devours a whopping 3 kW per hour. On average, that’s about the same amount of energy your body will generate if you’re doing laundry for 4 years. To save on electricity, it’s best to view your tumble dryer as something you should only indulge in occasionally. Use it only when you really have to and turn to the sun to curb your energy usage: Do laundry on sunny days only or lighten the load with an efficient home energy solution.

3. Swimming pool pump It takes a lot of time and energy to keep a pool crystal clear. Take your pool pump for instance: It consumes about 1.5 kWh or 1,289 kcal per hour. You would have to swim 103 Olympic pool laps to produce that much energy.

Your air conditioner works very hard to keep you cool, consuming around 1.8 kW per hour. That is close to the amount of calories you would burn if you were to take a brisk walk for close to thirteen hours.

5. Portable heater In winter, temperature control proves to be equally costly, with standard portable heaters consuming as much as 1.5 kWh. This would be equivalent to shivering for 3 hours and 10 minutes.

6. Oven On average, your oven uses about 2.3 kW per hour. That’s equivalent to a human being chopping wood for 4 hours.

Lighten the load One way to minimise your electricity usage is by replacing older household appliances with newer, more energy efficient models, that are also better for the environment. Another great electricity saving alternative that can cut your electricity spend by over 50% is a home solar energy solution from Energy Partners Home Solutions – Val de Vie Estate’s official energy partner. As part of their ongoing commitment to sustainable living, Val de Vie has chosen Energy Partners to design state-of-the-art solutions specifically for the estate and its very unique requirements. Whether you are a large or moderate energy consumer, have a single- or a three-phase connection, Energy Partners Home Solutions provides efficient, modular solutions that can be combined to suit your energy needs and pocket. Contact Energy Partners Home Solutions for a no obligation, free consultation with one of their experienced energy consultants. Call them on 086 100 0606 and be sure to mention that you are a Val de Vie resident. For more information, visit www.poweryourself.co.za


SAFETY AND SECURITY

E S TAT E S A F E T Y From a security perspective, the amalgamation of the biometric access controls of the two Estates into one Estate went very well indeed, considering only very few glitches weighed against the many gains and achievements. Residents from both Val de Vie and Pearl Valley are making good use of the new development area between the two estates for jogging and mountain biking, as well as for a direct route to the amenities on either side. As intended, golf carts are frequenting the paved road between the estates and we’re happy to say that, so far, only one had to be ‘rescued’ because of a dead battery. Just a word of caution, this area remains a construction site, with constant changes, and where it was once level there could suddenly be large excavations and debris, therefore please do be cautious. There has been an incident recorded in which a resident crossed the golf cart bridge using a vehicle substantially larger than that for which the bridge was designed. Breaking such rules can weaken the bridge and cause it to collapse, therefore endangering others too. The rules are there for your safety, please take heed of them. Extraordinary measures have been taken to promote and enhance our proactive, and effective, security measures and to implement, and also increase, our preventative approach as the crime wave around us surges and flows. Farm attacks, home invasions and

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other serious crime in the surrounding areas remain of great concern and we monitor them very closely in order to remain one step ahead. During this dry time, the fynbos in our area is very prone to wildfires. These fires have often resulted in devastation despite the phenomenal work done by the fire fighters to save as much as they can. We do not take these threats lightly, and additional equipment is and remains very high on the priority list of the security budget. In combination with this we have an extensive medical emergency plan which includes being self-sufficient, with the effective and professional transport of patients from the estate to nearby Paarl hospitals. A highly qualified and experienced trauma doctor is on board and assisting us with setting up this plan. The year ahead will be challenging 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? Val de Vie Sport and Leisure Centre Office hours: Mondays to Thursdays 07h30 to 16h30

kind, for example, two dogs and one cat. Only domestic animals posing no danger, noise or odours may be kept. All domestic

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.

Closed on weekends and public holidays.

animals must at all times bear a tag that reflects the name, telephone number and SG number of their owner.

When are levy payments due, and how does the extra levy affect me?

How and when can I obtain a remote for Drakenstein Municipality. We form part of the inner lane booms/river-frontage gates? its “purple zone”. For collection days, please

First day of the month, in advance. When

Remotes are available to residents only, at

you buy a plot from 1 September 2012 in the extra levy phase, you have a four-month

a cost of R290 per remote. Landowners who are in the planning phase may request

grace period from date of transfer to do your planning and to start building before the extra levy is applicable. When building starts, you

the building control office to motivate an application for a remote. Remotes can be ordered, and paid for, at the HOA reception.

then have an additional 11-month period to complete the project,in which the extra levy will again not be applicable.

How and when do I obtain my postbox key?

Fridays 07h30 to 16h00

When is refuse removal? Our refuse removal is done weekly by the

How and when can I do my security gate enrolment? New HOA members: 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. New tenants: Enrolment can only be done after tenants obtain approval from the HOA. Copies of identification documents and rental agreements must accompany completed 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.

How many pets are allowed? No more than three animals may be kept per unit with a limit of two animals of a

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refer to the schedule at www.drakenstein.gov.za.

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 catchand-release basis. Please respect these resources.

A postbox key can only be obtained after the property has been transferred into your name,

How do I gain access to the picnic area?

during office hours at the HOA reception.

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

What is my Val de Vie postal address?

side of the estate. Access to the river frontage and the picnic area is controlled, and only

Name and Surname (your SG number) Val de Vie Estate, Kliprug Minor Road, Paarl 7646.

How often is postage sorted? Postage is retrieved from town, and sorted daily. You will receive a notification slip in 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 at the HOA reception.

How do I apply for a dustbin? It is the homeowner’s responsibility to apply for a dustbin once Drakenstein occupation is issued. Use your 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 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,

possible to residents via pre-programmed remote controls (with the same remote as for inner lane booms). Access is only possible via three gates – the southern gate, the gate at the picnic area and the northern gate. Access is limited to non-motorised transport, during daylight hours only.

Who can I contact for electrical or plumbing assistance? Electrician: Steven Jones 021 979 4925 / 082 871 4960 / 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

April 30 March - 1 April - Dolce & Gabbana Pop-Up at L’Huguenot Vinoteque at Val de Vie Estate 21 April - Unwind Fridays at L’Huguenot Wine Cellar & Vinoteque at Val de Vie Estate 22 April - ISPS Handa Art of Polo Cup 29 April - Run the Pearl Fun Run at Pearl Valley

ISPS Handa Polo Event The ISPS Handa Art of Polo Invitational is a first of its kind for Africa and will take place on Saturday, 22 April 2017 at Val de Vie Estate — nestled in the picturesque Paarl Franschhoek valley. The Black Tie affair will showcase the best polo players in Africa competing against the rest of the world. Guests will enjoy premier artistry, Afro Asian gastronomic fare, and world class musicians. It brings together leaders in business, sports and arts to celebrate this unique blend. Visit: https://www.facebook.com/ispshandaartofpolo/ Faber ad.pdf 1 2017/02/10 03:48:52 PM

Culinary Craftsmanship FA B E R offers a unique, refined yet relaxing dining experience.

Val de Vie Estate Maureen Nel +27 82 449 0900 Franschhoek Valley Melina Visser +27 82 419 9928 / Adell Ferreira +27 83 964 1155 Pearl Valley Estate Mercedes Granda +27 82 555 2043 Uitgezocht Estate Elna Schulze +27 82 577 7033

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Chef Eric Bulpitt hand crafts seasonal ingredients from organic and biodynamic Avondale and local producers to present a progressive menu infused with Nature's narratives.

Opening Times: Lunch - Wednesday to Sunday 12h00 to 15h00 Dinner - Wednesday to Saturday 18h30 to 21h00 faber@avondalewine.co.za Tel: +27 (0) 21 202-1219 www.avondalewine.co.za/faber

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April

What’s happening in Paarl and in the Winelands? Spoil yourself with a ticket to the award winning South African Cheese Festival and discover an amazing selection of the best and unique cheeses, other cheese products and delicious preserves. Enjoy live music and culinary shows, as well as some exciting competitions with great prizes. Takes place from 28 April to Sunday, 30 April 2017 at Sandringham, Stellenbosch. Visit: www.showme.co.za/paarl/events-entertainment/

1 April - Schützenfest - German Club 8 April - Pure Paarl PlaasMark/ Farmers Market Launch 17 April - Run the Vines - Laborie Wine Farm 22 April - ISPS Handa Art of Polo Cup 27 April - 1 May - Vintage Ideas Market 28 30 April - SA Cheese Festival 29 April - Die Afrikaanse Taalmonument Most Fun 8 Hour Challenge 29 April - Kanonafvuurings/Cannon firings 30 April - National Alpaca Day - Alpaca Loom

May 13 May - Chris Chameleon - Jy en Ek en Ek en Jy Wiesenhoff Bistro and Restaurant 23 May - Charity Golf Day for Franschhoek SPCA 2017 - Pearl Valley ShowMe

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


HO AO A PAGES

D I R E C TO RY VAL DE VIE ESTATE HOA ENQUIRIES 021 863 6128 hoa@valdevie.co.za

OTHER SAPS Paarl 021 807 4000

WATER/ELECTRICITY 021 807 2557

POLO 079 524 2915 rob.hampson@valdevie.co.za

SAP FLYING SQUAD 10111

TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT 021 872 4755

ON-SITE SALES OFFICE Cape Winelands Properties (Sports & Leisure Centre) 021 863 6101 property@valdevie.co.za

FIRE BRIGADE 021 872 2323

ANIMAL HOSPITAL Wellington 021 873 1196

WINES 021 863 6100 wines@valdevie.co.za

AMBULANCE Paarl 10177 / 021 872 1970

VETERINARIAN Dr Deon van Tonder 083 631 4603

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

RESCUE EMERGENCY 10177

PAARL LIBRARY 021 807 4871/4742

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

ER EMERGENCY RESPONSE 084 124

PAARL TOURISM 021 872 4842

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

PAARL HOSPITAL 021 860 2500

FRANSCHHOEK TOURISM 021 876 3603

SECURITY 021 863 6110 072 900 3954

MEDI CLINIC Paarl 021 807 8000

POISON/SNAKE-BITE INFORMATION 021 689 5227 021 931 6129

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

DRAKENSTEIN MUNICIPALITY/ GENERAL 021 807 4500

POST OFFICE 57 Lady Grey Street, Paarl 021 872 5337

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

DRAKENSTEIN WASTE REMOVAL QUERIES 021 807 4715

EQUESTRIAN & STABLES 082 390 7456 nicky.bartlett@valdevie.co.za

PEARL VALLEY RECEPTION 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

THE GOLF SHOP 021 867 8045 (bookings) golf@pearlvalley.co.za

THE VALLEY RESTAURANT & BAR

REC EQUESTRIAN ACADEMY 072 247 2929 equestcentre@hotmail.com

SECURITY EMERGENCY 076 881 0442

PEARL VALLEY

021 867 8046 pearlvalley@dishfood.co.za

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