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EYES ON THE WINELANDS Sir Richard Branson discovers Franschhoek Life worth living

SPORTSMAN TO BUSINESSMAN Ryk Neethling gives away his Olympic gold medal

ROAMING THE AFRICAN PLAINS Summer 2015

A safari that gets you closer than ever before

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CONTENTS

EYES ON THE WINELANDS Sir Richard Branson discovers Franschhoek Life worth living

SPORTSMAN TO BUSINESSMAN Ryk Neethling gives away his Olympic gold medal

ROAMING THE AFRICAN PLAINS Summer 2015

A safari that gets you closer than ever before

A BEAUTIFUL JOURNEY Francois Pienaar and Elana Meyer set their sights on the marathon that’s more than a race

On the cover Ryk Neethling Photography Craig Kolesky Editorial Ryk Neethling Janette Griesel Fashion Janette Griesel Photography, hair and makeup Sian Chapman Model Derryn Lester Contributors Clinton van der Berg Greg Lederle Jazz Kuschke Luke Alfred Mark Pettipher Tshepang Molisana Val de Vie marketing director Ryk Neethling Advertising sales Janette Griesel Janette.Griesel@valdevie.co.za Managing, design and production Mark Pettipher MPDPS (PTY) Ltd mark@mpdps.com Production editor Dalene van Niekerk Designer Dirk Knoesen Printing RSA Litho Val de Vie 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 6100 Fax +27 (0)21 863 2741 Email info@valdevie.co.za Web Valdevie.co.za

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The Val de Vie journey

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The trophy list

12 By design 20 Full circle 25 Breaking new ground 30 The fairest of them all 36 A well-matured friendship 40 The marathon that’s more than a race 44 Tread carefully 46 Out of Africa 52 Haute summer 62 Caution: strong coffee 66 Double-barrel investments 70 Cultivating beauty 76 The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction

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78 Fit for kings and queens 82 Oh so “Clicquot” 88 UB40 at Val de Vie 91 The Market at Val de Vie 92 Sport of kings 95 Cintron Pink Polo 100 A good year ALL RIGHTS RESERVED No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in an electronic system or transmitted in any form or by any means electronic, digital or mechanical, including scanning, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the written permission of the publisher and copyright owners as featured.

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’m often asked how I went from almost drowning as a five-year-old to being an Olympic champion. Obviously it took a lot of hard work and sacrifice – but most importantly it was the result of a mind-set

of doing something to get better every day. It’s probably the most valuable lesson I learnt in my sporting career, and it is with that mind-set that we approach the editing of this magazine: the journey of excelling in everything you do. The goal has always been to get better with every edition, and I am very happy with the result of our eighth edition. We focus on the remarkable places and people of the Cape Winelands, undoubtedly

It’s probably the most

one of the most beautiful regions in the world. This is something we’ve always known, but it was especially gratifying when the worth of our beloved valley was validated by The New York Times

valuable lesson I learnt

naming Cape Town the number-one place to visit in the world in 2014 – and also when arguably the world’s most famous entrepreneur, Sir Richard Branson, announced his purchase of the iconic Mont Rochelle

in my sporting career, and

in Franschhoek. We take a closer look at Mont Rochelle and discover how two of South Africa’s favourite sporting

it is with that mind-set

heroes joined forces to uplift the Cape Town Marathon with ambitions of positioning it as one of the world’s major running events to rival those of New York, London and Berlin. This edition covers a range

that we approach the

of South Africa’s key individuals, from the hottest musical talents such as Black Coffee to the story of the four “Epicureans”, a well-matured friendship forged through the love of wine and good food.

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The trophy list The six events worth experiencing in person Words by Jazz Kuschke

In an age of satellite television and web-based live streaming, we can pretty much watch any sporting event in real time. But no matter how high-definition your display or how crisp your sound, it’s not quite the same as that “in-the-stadium” experience. Here’s our pick of events from around the world that are worth getting off the couch and onto a plane for

Singapore F1 GP September, Singapore The Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay Street Circuit was the inaugural F1 night race and the first street circuit in Asia. If that’s not enough reason to go, consider the fact that every race since 2008 has featured at least one Safety Car, which means there is always drama at this one. Aside from the racing, there is lots to experience around the event – like the F1 Rocks concert.

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Late March, Hong Kong

World Series games, features a one-day women’s

It’s the big daddy of all festival-style rugby

tournament and juniors playing curtain-raisers – it

tournaments, and still the one all others (our own

is in the stands where the real action happens. Rugby

very successful Cape Town Tens included) are

fans from around the world make the annual

measured by. The Hong Kong event is considered

pilgrimage to the South Stand, where they dress up

the premier tournament on the IRB Sevens World

and make merry for most of the three-day event. It’s

Series and the one all the big nations want to win,

loud, cosmopolitan and very, very happy. Outside the

so you’re guaranteed the finest in running rugby.

stadium, the “Sevens Village” is where it all happens

But while the competition on the pitch is fierce – the

– because naturally the festivities don’t end when the

tournament spans three days and, aside from the

day’s matches are over…

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Red Bull X-Fighters Madrid Late June, the Bull Ring, Madrid

But it’s the legendary Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas

Created back in 2001, Red Bull X-Fighters has

in Madrid, Spain that’s seen as perhaps the most

become the biggest freestyle motocross tour on the

exciting venue in which to experience the thrill of

planet. The competition-format tour features the

the X-Fighters.

world’s best riders performing seemingly impossible

This amazing bullring has been on the calendar

manoeuvres on specially constructed tracks in iconic

for more than a decade and has seen some ground-

locations across the globe.

breaking performances.

The year 2014 saw the tour visit South Africa for

These included Robbie Maddison showing off

the first time, with a unique event in front of the

the spectacular Volt (body varial) that earned

Union Buildings in Pretoria – and the city of

him victory in the 2010 event as well as Frenchman

jacarandas is still buzzing from the sounds of 350

Tom Pagès performing a bike flip in 2014 – the

two-stroke engines, and hoping for the return of an

first time that trick had ever been performed

even bigger event in 2015.

in competition.

Ryder Cup Every second September, Europe or the US The Ryder Cup – a biennial men’s golf competition between teams from Europe and the US held on alternating continents every two years – is the one golfing event that attracts the most non-golfing spectators. Perhaps it is the history (it first took place in 1927), the beautiful venues or the fact that it is a team-style event featuring the world’s best players. Europe won the 2014 event (their third successive victory) at the Gleneagles Hotel in Perth and Kinross, Scotland in 2014. The 2016 Ryder Cup will be held at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota from 30 September to 2 October. val de vie

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Pipeline Masters December, North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii

It is also the scene of the final event on the

Every year between November and February, a

Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour

20-kilometre stretch of coastline on the Hawaiian

– the Billabong Pipe Masters, the place where

island of Oahu becomes the centre of the surfing

the world title is usually decided. The thundering

universe. The “North Shore” comes alive as swells

waves break in close proximity to the beach, giving

born from Pacific storms are wind-groomed over

spectators, judges and photographers front-row

thousands ocean kilometres before unloading all

seats to what is simply the most awesome spectacle

their energy on the coral and volcanic reefs.

in the surfing world. Even if you have never held

The spot of Ehukai Beach, commonly known

a surfboard in your hands and have no clue what

as the Banzai Pipeline, is the ultimate, creating

board wax smells like, you’ll be moved by sitting on

some of the world’s most perfect – but also most

that beach. But then, do you really need an excuse

– dangerous tubes.

to go to Hawaii?

Wimbledon First two weeks of July, All England Club, London The Wimbledon Championship is the oldest tennis tournament in the world. As the only one of the four Grand Slams that takes place on grass courts, it is also seen as the most prestigious. Tickets to this very traditional affair are difficult to come by, with a ballot opening in December of the year prior to the event. Figures from 2011 suggest that there were four applicants for every ballot ticket. But then, Wimbledon and the French Open are the only Grand Slam tournaments where fans without tickets can queue on the day of the match and still get seats on the show courts. So take a chance and go for the strawberries and cream, to watch the big names in full swing – and to get behind an underdog and be a part of the crowd that carries him or her through a match. 10

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By design Dramatic but harmonious, Stefan Antoni’s reputation for transforming interior spaces with raw simplicity extends across the globe, from Cape Town to Ibiza – and investors in Val de Vie’s Polo Village are wooed by his trademark style Words by Debbie Hathway

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odern design can easily become austere and

Associates’ work now being conducted on foreign

clinical. The real art lies in the ability to create

shores, on all continents.

a living space that has soul and charm, yet keeps the

Partners Mark Rielly and Michele Rhoda say that

harmony of the uncluttered and the uncomplicated

their clients know exactly what they want and often

sophistication of contemporary design.

approach the practice to produce it simply because

The architectural and interior design firm Antoni

they haven’t seen it done before. When it comes to an

Associates was created 16 years ago as an extension

architectural concept, many clients request flowing

of the architectural brand of SAOTA – and it has

spaces and open-plan living. For example, they will

perfected the essence of this art. Its forte is balancing

ask for double-volume spaces with seamless pocket

contemporary design with natural elements to create

doors that slide away below the barrier between

a seamless flow from interior to exterior.

inside and outside.

This practice is known for creating dynamic

When creating a liveable, homely environment,

and dramatic spaces and memorable experiences

that is where the interior architecture design and

as people seek out what has been dubbed “the Cape

decor come in. In order to ensure synchronicity

Town look”. Getting this architectural and design

between the architecture, the interior spaces and

synergy just right is the reason for half of Antoni

the decor, the design team works with the layering

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of textures, finishes and colours to create contrast that makes the space more inviting.

in Clifton, Cape Town, South Africa;

The firm’s portfolio of companies includes the

SAOTA and Antoni Associates

furniture brand Okha. Not only do they do new designs but they also take existing structures and

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completely redefine them into tailored spaces to

South Africa; Antoni Associates

provide a unique and luxurious interior. While the group has been involved in high-end property developments around the globe, it is the more commercial and larger-scale developments that have offered it new opportunities. “Our clients in the Chinese super-cities, for example, are especially interested in the indooroutdoor experience, which a lot of people aren’t used to designing,” says Rhoda. “That’s what we’re best at.” The challenge to keep ideas fresh at the top end of the residential marketplace is left to inspiration gleaned from designers’ experiences, observations and even dreams. “It’s the location that makes every project different, whether it’s the mountains

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“It’s the location that makes every project different, whether it’s the mountains of China, the winelands of Franschhoek or the quaint suburb of Tamboerskloof near Cape Town’s City Bowl,” says Rielly. “We allow the surroundings to influence the interior – but not in a very subtle, considered way”

de Vie Polo Village is the first new development to be released since the conception of Val de Vie Estate, and has proved to be a quantum-leap departure from convention. The challenge was to create a charming village feel within the current aesthetic, but with its own identity. “Mostly we are asked to develop contemporary buildings with organic shapes or horizontal designs

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with flat roofs,” says Antoni. “At Val de Vie, we accentuated the pitched roof by using very strong vertical lines, which make the polo pads feel more grand.” This concept allowed them to incorporate double-volume glazing, extending it all the way to the pitch of the roof, where the timber rafters remain exposed in the top luxury pads to promote a warmth and generosity of space. With that end in mind, the bottom units have dropped bulkheads and a living area opening out onto a private terrace. “The success of the design depends on how you treat the detail to make it special,” says Rhoda. “You need to be seduced by the space, but also be able to live there as a family.” The village layout is guided by the estate’s landscaping aesthetic so that residents feel part of Val de Vie and are not enclosed in a separate estate. In addition, the pads are orientated so that the open spaces are protected from the prevailing winds, and face the best surrounding mountain views. val de vie

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The “Polo” Pads have been in high demand since their launch, with only 60 exclusively designed suites made available in sizes of 68, 96 and 112 square meters. With the upcoming hotel to be built by one of South Africa’s top luxury hotel groups, Legacy Hotels and Resorts, owners will have the option of including the suites in the hotel rental pool, which will be the only part of the estate that will be available for short-term rentals. The hotel planned to shoulder with the famed Polo Pavilion will be one of Legacy’s crown jewels in a portfolio of 28 luxury hotels across Africa. More imminent is the forthcoming expansion on the recently purchased land between Val de Vie and Pearl Valley. “We are discussing designing various plots according to a more modern design aesthetic,” says Antoni. “They will be a little more contemporary, with a French countryside feel.” The launch of this exciting new development will begin in 2015. 18

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Full circle

Having toiled for most of his life in pursuit of his Olympic dream, swimming champion Ryk Neethling is poised to do the unthinkable: give away his gold medal Words by Clinton van der Berg

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t’s an extraordinary gesture by Ryk Neethling, but

Darian Townsend broke the world 4x100m relay

anyone who knows his remarkable narrative, so

record to capture gold and delight a nation.

strongly rooted in his Free State heritage, will

The 10-year anniversary recently passed. It was

understand. He will be donating his medal to Grey

a largely uneventful day for Neethling, although

College in Bloemfontein, his alma mater and one of

he couldn’t resist a night-time SMS to Schoeman:

South Africa’s most prolific sporting schools. A space

“Jy’s ’n yster nou en was een in die verlede,” which,

has already been cleared in the hallowed halls of the

roughly translated, means: “You’re the man now and

famous establishment in the hope of inspiring young

you were the man back then.”

boys – and honouring an older one.

percolated a long time in Neethling’s mind. In 2012,

Neethling. The grand old school is in his bloodline,

he first had the idea to hand it over, perhaps to be

having hosted generation after generation of family

auctioned for charity. But that was limiting, especially

members, and it helped cultivate the excellence that

given his self-styled philosophy of wanting the medal

so strongly defines the former swimmer.

to always “work” for him, whether at a personal or

Neethling is long retired from his 2004 exploits in

business level.

Athens, but his champion’s mind-set has seamlessly

Which led him to the doors of Grey College,

transferred to business and other pursuits. Once a

chiefly because it played such a critical role in his

winner, always a winner, it seems. Past Olympic

upbringing. The school always demonstrated what

champions have been known to sell or auction off

he calls “the right stuff ” – not least its ability to

their medals, but Neethling is believed to be the first

transform boys to gentlemen.

South African to donate his in this way. There is

Neethling shares a special relationship with Johan

a generous open market for Olympic memorabilia

Volsteedt, the long-serving headmaster, who was

internationally, gold medals being the Holy Grail,

elated when Neethling broached the subject. A space

and he could presumably have cashed in had he opted

was prepared and a date set in February 2015 for

to go this route.

a handover ceremony.

You’d think Neethling wouldn’t let his medal out

Neethling concedes that it was a very emotional

of his sight, but the truth is rather more prosaic: it is

decision, chiefly because it would mean giving up a

housed in a safe and he hasn’t looked at it for years.

part of himself; something that meant more to him

He knows it’s there, he’s proud of it (as are we), but

than just about anything.

he doesn’t feel the need to move it through his fingers

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The thought of what to do with his medal has

Grey was more than just a place of learning for

“I haven’t looked at the medal in

for affirmation. He’s moved on, even if his name

seven or eight years,” he says. “It’s a big

will be inextricably linked with the 2004 Olympics

move [giving it away], but it’d be

where he, Roland Schoeman, Lyndon Ferns and

much more appreciated

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“I haven’t looked at the medal in seven or eight years. It’s a big move [giving it away] but it’d be much more appreciated in a setting like that, especially among young minds – and not just Grey boys but visiting teams as well”

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At the Val de Vie stables admiring an athlete of a different kind. Ryk has fallen in love with life in the winelands

“It’s a symbol of a lot of hard work and sacrifice and what is possible. It’s a reminder of what dreams, hard work, sacrifice and luck can accomplish. I wake up every day with

in a setting like that, especially among young minds

It’s also a thank you, to show my gratitude. Hopefully

– and not just Grey boys but visiting teams as well.”

it can be an inspiration, the medal that keeps on giving.

It’s a rare gift, too, because short of visiting

I would love a future star to say he went to the

the International Olympic Committee museum

Olympics because he saw the medal and felt inspired.”

in Lausanne, Olympic medals are not generally in plain sight.

Aged 37, Neethling now has what elite athletes never do at their peak – perspective. He can look

“The medal represents everything,” said Neethling

back at a charmed life shot through with highlights

who, you sense, is still processing his decision. “It’s

and acclaim. Although he will always be known first

a symbol of a lot of hard work and sacrifice and what

and foremost as a champion swimmer, he has moved

is possible. It’s a reminder of what dreams, hard

on, emphatically and successfully.

that in my head. I’m not

work, sacrifice and luck can accomplish. I wake up

His passion for achievement and attitude to see

every day with that in my head. I’m not a swimmer

failure as the key stepping-stone to success has put

a swimmer any more; I’m a

any more; I’m a businessman. But I use these lessons

him in good stead to perpetually excel in business.

every day. I use them from the past for the present

He is a shareholder and head of marketing at Val de

and the future.”

Vie, and is involved in the development of a five-star

businessman. But I use these lessons every day. I use them from the past for the present and the future”

The few people Neethling has thus far shared the news with have been dumbstruck by his decision,

sales and is brand custodian – a Jack of all trades.

although it’s fair to say they’ve come around to his

Having learnt many lessons from elite sport,

way of thinking. “At first they’re like ‘no way’. Then

Neethling also helps manage the careers of Cameron

I explain and they say ‘amazing’,” he says.

van der Burgh, triathlete Richard Murray, and

A recent trip to the University of Arizona, where

athletes Anaso Jobodwana and Luvo Manyonga.

he was based in his peak years, elicited a similar

Plus he has four swim schools, which have already

reaction. But Neethling knew he had got it right

yielded a number of national champions.

when legendary swim coach Frank Busch told him it was a great idea. He had a similar response from his father, Ryk Sr. “My dad was very proud,” he says. “It’s something the family will have there for many generations. 22

hotel on the estate. He also dabbles in wine, house

There is bound to be a lump in his throat when he visits Bloemfontein in February, but Neethling’s overriding emotions are more likely to be pride and happiness. It’s what he has always given us.

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Breaking new ground There has been a new emergence in the property development industry that sees lifestyle and residential projects catering for every need, from commercial to large farms, within a safe and secure environment. As with any such “ground-breaking” venture, realising a dream requires vision. We take a look at some of the visionaries who have birthed what we like to call “super-estates” in South Africa Words by Tshepang Molisana

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n the same way that you first discover the feeling

division of the Hong Kong-listed Shanghai Zendai

of sand between your fingers and quietly watch

Group, says that an estimated R84-billion will be

mounds take shape at your feet, the “Renaissance” real

spent in transforming the 1   600 hectares of land

estate developers have paved the way for a rebirth.

near Johannesburg into the anxiously awaited

Like the Renaissance thinkers of the 14th century, an

Modderfontein New City.

elite super-school of property developers has begun the

“The growth of South Africa’s middle class

work of breathing new life into South Africa’s landscape.

demands that a new integrated approach to

The real-estate renaissance has gained momentum by

development is adopted,” says Diepenbroek. An

harnessing innovative technology, progressive building

analysis recently released by Standard Bank estimates

methods and dynamic investment strategies. Four such

that the African middle class has tripled in size over

examples are Val de Vie Estate, Modderfontein New

the past 14 years. According to Standard Bank

City, Steyn City and Waterfall Estate.

senior political economist Simon Freemantle, who

Chinese investment Zendai Development South Africa has been grabbing

“The growth of South Africa’s middle class demands that a new integrated approach to development is adopted”

wrote the report, the boom shows no sign of slowing down.

BELOW An artist’s impression

A high-density “smart” city built on information

headlines with large-scale investments in recent months.

technology

Anthony Diepenbroek, CEO of the South African

(complimenting the existing Gautrain rapid rail)

and

integrated

transport

systems

of Modderfontein New City. The construction in northeast Johannesburg kicks off early next year

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ABOVE Although it hasn’t yet

with a highly considered development plan will relieve

focus for the developers. Steyn City comprises

reached occupation phase,

the population pressures. Modderfontein will be the

of two private schools, two private hospitals,

developers have already invested

future home of an estimated 100 000 people, with

multiple office parks and about 11 000 homes. The

R6-billion in the landscape and

one of the most extensive open “green” urban areas

lake and woodland park are demonstrative of the

in Gauteng.

ways in which Steyn City is built on the premise of

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Developers are recognising that building an

major factor in the migration

estate that merely offers residential products will

to gated communities

mean that homeowners will have to travel to access

In order to fulfil their vision of a “live, work and

providing a lifestyle that is based on community and quality of life.

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facilities and very often need to commute to work.

play” lifestyle estate, the developers at Steyn City

in Johannesburg has become the

A planned “city” offering with mixed land use

have made R6-billon in infrastructure investments

largest property development to date

covering a broader spectrum of living will therefore

to date. Steyn City “is rising out of the rubble” and,

cut down on monthly transport expenses and

through the combined efforts of property developer

create a more convenient and attractive living and

Plumari and billionaire insurance magnate Douw

working environment.

Steyn, the estate already has a formidable reputation,

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even though the development hasn’t yet reached its occupation phase.

has stated that because of the enormous scope of

Estate living

the development, job creation and local community

Waterfall Estate has emerged as the largest property

empowerment opportunities within the neighbouring

development in South African history, combining

Diepsloot and Cosmo City regions are key areas of

almost 10 000 residential units with an impressive

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combination of commercial property developments.

Sustainability

ABOVE Val de Vie has a strong focus

More than 17 years of pioneering efforts by the

Val de Vie Estate is a joyous celebration of life.

on quality of life that’s in keeping with

development team have lead to international

Ryk Neethling and Janette Griesel carefully lay out an

its name, which means “Valley of Life”

recognition that has set a new standard for luxury

ambitious plan for the Estate’s future while paying

mixed-use developments.

homage to its past.

“Once completed, Waterfall will comprise of

Like those early Renaissance thinkers, the

villages,

developers at Val de Vie were required to “think

business parks, a Netcare hospital, five-star hotels,

differently”. By readjusting their vision for the land,

Reddam House private school, as well as commercial

the developers have uplifted the local community,

and convenient retail elements that include the

provided them with access to water, and strategically

largest shopping mall in Southern Africa, the Mall

invested in a long-term vision that has proven to be

of Africa,” states Mark Corbett, CEO of Century

both environmentally and socially sustainable.

secure

residential

estates,

retirement

The search for the perfect piece of land inspired

Property Developments. Beyond facility convenience, lifestyle trends are

Martin Venter’s almost decade-long dream. When the

becoming more active and dynamic. Participating

land upon which Val de Vie is built was first acquired,

in multiple sports and outdoor activities provides an

the “sandpit” (as it appeared in aerial shots) was starved

escape – or, rather, a relief from the fast-paced and

and desolate, and required a dynamic point of view.

high-pressure work environment. Features at Waterfall include 37km of walking and

“We breathe new life into desolate land,” the Val de

pristine green belt along the riverside, a five-hectare

Vie marketing team says as we nostalgically peer

lake for non-motorised water sports, a 5   000m²

through more than a decade of Val de Vie history.

clubhouse, a fibreoptic connection and piped LP gas

The Paarl valley – and in particular the land upon

to each stand, and security that is managed at the

which Val de Vie is built – was once home to the

highest level while maintaining a sense of personal

French Huguenots. Various aspects of Val de Vie’s

freedom for residents.

heritage have inspired some of its characteristic

an

integrated

live/work/play

architecture

and

charm.

Several

international

environment, Waterfall is quickly becoming the

property awards have cemented the intelligent use of

preferred address in Gauteng for people who value

land, and today even the cobblestone paving dances

a full and varied lifestyle, offering a spacious, secure

with romantic perfection.

environment for their family, up-market living and true property value growth,” says Corbett.

Renaissance thinkers, the developers at Val de Vie were required to “think differently”. By readjusting their vision for the land, the developers

Heritage and beauty

biking trails that meander through 300 hectares of

“Promoting

Like those early

Besides naming the wine cellar L’Huguenot, as a multi-use development, Val de Vie respectfully

have uplifted the local community, provided them with access to water, and strategically invested in a long-term vision that has proven to be both environmentally and socially sustainable val de vie

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looks to the past while intelligently forging new

An idyllic country charm in the pearl of the

partnerships that have radically changed the lay of

winelands provides a lifestyle that is supported by

the land. In this way, like all Renaissance thinkers,

some of the world’s loveliest gourmand retreats.

the developers have built a dream on science and

South

centred it around human-focused design thinking.

sophistication with a love for the country. In the

super-estates

have

married

“When we first began developing the property, an

same way that bold masters like Da Vinci painted

equestrian estate was an interesting challenge,”

hidden smiles, there are gentle ways in which these

Neethling says. “We needed a way to compact the

bold developers have breathed new life into our

land, provide sound irrigation practices, and provide

beautiful land.

a safe lifestyle for families.”

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Africa’s

The super-estates and the developers behind them

The Val de Vie social calendar is the crown jewel

have ambitious aspirations, and it is this kind of

in the Cape’s diary of elite events. Home to the Veuve

visionary Renaissance-like thinking that has moved

Clicquot Masters tournament and several other

mankind

noteworthy events that begin with the Pink Polo in

innovative minds to “think differently”. It is little

October, Val de Vie provides a polo experience up to

wonder, therefore, that the developers in the Valley of

international standards, comparable to the likes of

Life have followed their urge to dream and to breathe

New York and London.

new life into desolate land.

forward

and

taught

generations

of

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The fairest of them all

“My philosophy is that if I have any money, I invest it in new ventures and not have it sitting around.” UK billionaire Sir Richard Branson has found such a new venture – and a little piece of heaven – in one of the most beautiful corners of South Africa: Franschhoek Words by Michelle Marais

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ust under an hour’s drive from Cape Town,

Edition property portfolio. Before entering into the

Franschhoek’s world-class wines and award-

sales agreement, Branson expressed his elation by

winning restaurants – as many as eight out of South

saying that he was thrilled with the transaction as

Africa’s “top 100” restaurants are found here – have

Mont Rochelle will offer tourists a “must visit” South

established the town as the culinary capital of the

African winelands experience.

Republic. This, along with its breathtaking scenery

Virgin Limited Edition, the luxury portfolio of

and warm hospitality, has resulted in the verdant

Virgin Hotels Group Ltd, is Branson’s collection of

valley becoming a sought-after tourist destination,

exclusive retreats around the globe. They include Necker

and subsequently catching the eye of influential

Island (the British Virgin Islands), Kasbah Tamadot

foreign investors.

(Morocco), The Lodge (Verbier, Switzerland), The Roof

One such investor is the flamboyant Sir Richard

Gardens and Babylon Restaurant (London), Necker

Branson, who has succumbed to the allure of this

Belle (a luxurious 30m catamaran), Mahali Mzuri (a

exquisite valley and recently acquired Mont Rochelle

tented safari camp in Kenya), and two properties in

Hotel and Mountain Vineyard. The luxury estate

South Africa: Ulusaba Private Game Reserve near

is the latest addition to his eclectic Virgin Limited

the Kruger National Park, and Mont Rochelle.

MAIN IMAGE Mont Rochelle Hotel and Mountain Vineyard RIGHT Richard Branson has shown his support for and interest in South Africa often. Together with Nelson Mandela and Peter Gabriel, he started the international non-government organisation called “The Elders” in 2007. The group consists of public figures noted as elder statesmen, peace activists and human-rights advocates

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“We’ve seen a rise in demand for Ulusaba, and felt it was a good opportunity to introduce another property, offering a

“The Virgin Limited Edition properties are very special, and each African property has been chosen for its individuality and location,” Virgin Limited Edition spokesperson Claudia Moore said. And what a location Mont Rochelle has! The luxury estate comprises a picturesque 22-bedroom hotel located atop a hill in the Klein Dassenberg range, and a private vineyard, planted in 1994,

different experience. Mont

encompassing 40 hectares. “We’ve seen a rise in

Rochelle is an ideal

opportunity to introduce another property, offering

complement to a safari

is an ideal complement to a safari excursion to South

excursion to South Africa

demand for Ulusaba recently, and felt it was a good a different experience,” said Moore. “Mont Rochelle Africa – and we look forward to combining a stay at Mont Rochelle with getaways to our private game

– and we look forward

reserve, Ulusaba.”

to combining a stay at

Africa, who facilitated the preliminary agreement of

Mont Rochelle with

Tara Whiting and Marius Botha of Acquire sale, believe Branson’s investment is evidence that South Africa is thriving as a tourist destination.

getaways to our private

Whiting has said that she’s positive that Virgin

game reserve, Ulusaba”

for Mont Rochelle will result in something

Limited

Edition

and

Branson’s

future

plans

magical, and attract even more tourists to this gastronomic hot spot. Branson’s investment comes after a similar investment Analjit

by

Singh,

Indian who

billionaire

acquired

entrepreneur

three

adjoining

Franschhoek farms – Dieu Donné, Von Ortloff and Klein Dassenberg – for about R80-million.

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He also purchased a substantial stake in the multiple

ABOVE The Country Kitchen and

Platter five-star awarded Mullineux Family Wines in

main restaurant, Miko, provide the

the Swartland.

perfect setting for fantastic gourmet

Today, wine tourism is one of the fastest-growing

meals with breathtaking views

and most lucrative sectors of the global tourism

LEFT Mont Rochelle has 22 rooms,

market. Wines of South Africa (WOSA) reports

including six suites, all arranged

that wine tourism contributes about R4,3-billion

around the main building and

annually to the country’s tourism revenue – an

boasting valley views

indication that South African wine exports are at an all-time high. Add to this the fact that winelands estates still offer good value (even more so when compared to the wine regions of France, Italy or the Napa Valley), and it comes as no surprise that the world’s power players are grabbing every opportunity to invest. Val de Vie Estate itself is testament to the growing interest of foreign investors. In 2013, the estate became the site of the first-ever Chinese investment in the South Africa wine industry. val de vie

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ABOVE The hotel includes a health

Perfect China, a 51% shareholder in Perfect Wines

commercial farms were sold for between R9-million

spa, a gym and a heated outdoor pool

of South Africa, purchased the wine cellar as well

and R30-million.

as the attached 25-hectare wine farm and historic

Since October last year, about 42 farms to the

But aside from the commercial and hospitality development opportunities available to buyers,

A weakened rand and continued economic uncertainty in Europe have further fuelled interest in Cape wine farms from both local and foreign buyers over the past few months.

many investors (in their search for a tranquil

Wine and culinary tourism is a growing niche

total value of almost

country lifestyle), opt for lifestyle farms purely for

sector of the tourism market worldwide, and

residential purposes. These lifestyle farms, many

Franschhoek is certainly gaining recognition as

R235-million were

with untapped potential, are offering some of the

possessing some of the most impressive restaurants,

sold. Smaller lifestyle

best value currently.

beautiful winelands and fine wines that measure up

Increasingly, the Cape Winelands – with their

stands were sold for

against the best in the world.

culturally diverse people and country feel – are also attracting a slew of property buyers intent on

Did you know?

upwards of around

becoming permanent residents. These include a

lF  ranschhoek was established in 1688 by 176

R2-million each, while

wholesome lifestyle and environment in which to

nine larger lifestyle and commercial farms were sold

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manor house.

growing number of families in search of a raise children, investors looking for a healthy return on their real-estate assets, empty-nesters, and retirees. Since October last year, about 42 farms to the

for between R9-million

total value of almost R235-million were sold.

and R30-million

about R2-million each, while nine larger lifestyle and

Smaller lifestyle stands were sold for upwards of

French Huguenot refugees. lF  ranschhoek is the Dutch translation for “French Corner”. It was originally named Olifantshoek, for the large number of elephants that used to roam the valley. lT  he Bastille Festival has been celebrated in the town every July since 1994, the year of the first South African general election.

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A well-matured friendship Epicurean: devoted to the pursuit of sensual pleasure, especially to the enjoyment of good food and comfort Words by Samantha Perry Photographs by Daniel Parker

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t has long been believed that epicureans are

Booking a table at the exclusive Maximillien

passionate in their pursuit of pleasure and beauty

restaurant at the DaVinci Hotel & Suites in the

in all their forms. In fact, this pursuit and devotion

heart of Sandton, three of the key founders, Mutle

are always most prevalent when it comes to their

Mogase, Mbhazima (Sam) Shilowa and Moses (Moss)

love of good food and even better wine. Which is,

Ngoasheng (with Ron T Gault absent) joined us for

in fact, the very pursuit that heralded the creation of

an afternoon of reminiscing, laughter and celebration

Epicurean Wines.

in true epicurean style.

According to its founders, Epicurean was created out of a love of good wine and a desire to share this

The beginning

with good friends. The wines are not boastful in

Epicurean Wines produced its first bottle back in

appearance or branding; they do not embellish on

2002. However, it would seem that the friendship

fancy trappings or gimmicks, relying instead on

between the three founders extends much further

their elegance, nose and (ultimately) flavour to wow

back. While they say it’s only a decade or so before

and delight.

then, the interaction within the trio is electric, and

We took some time to get to know the founding epicureans, to get an understanding of how and why they found themselves in the world of wine-making, and what the future holds.

ABOVE Sporting a rather notable repertoire, Moses “Moss” Ngoasheng is a cigar and whisky lover, a graduate of Nelson Mandela’s ‘’university’’ from back in the days of Robben Island, and a former economic adviser to the Presidency

conversation – like good wine – has no problem with flowing freely. “We have a lot of friends in the wine business,” says Mogase, who is executive chairman of Vantage val de vie

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Making good wine requires more than just

spokesman/facilitator of the group. “We discussed

friendship or passion, though. “In a venture such as

the qualities and merits of various wines whenever

wine-making you don’t just need to be friends,” says

we got together. Eventually, we were challenged

Shilowa, a former premier of Gauteng and politician.

to do it ourselves. So during one of our evenings

“Yes, you need to click – but because you are making

at a wine club that we belonged to at the time

wine, you need a better understanding of what wine

(the Single Bottle Club), we had a discussion with

you are going to make. If your respective tastes in wine

Johan Rupert.

are too different, you’ll have a big problem.”

“To be honest, we were actually trying to become BEE partners in his wine business but because of

Discerning palates

various structural complications, that couldn’t

The four are globetrotters, and this has also fuelled

happen. However, he did offer us facilities to make

their desire to produce top-quality wine. “I guess

our own wine.”

travelling the world, drinking different wines, both

And the rest is vintner history. ABOVE Moss Ngoasheng

The team

South African and those from the global stage, means you develop a better sense of appreciating all types of wines,” says Shilowa.

BELOW Mutle Mogase is the co-

Today, Epicurean wines are made in the Rupert

This all ties in with what Mutle says was a desire

founder and executive chairman

& Rothschild cellars by cellar master and CEO of

to make a wine that would reflect just how good the

of Vantage Capital Group, an

Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons, Schalk Joubert.

wines that South Africa as a country is able to produce

investment and finance house.

The first Epicurean wine was released in 2002; at

are. “It is as a result of this that the palate of the wine

One of the only remaining black-

the time of writing, the 2010 vintage was just about

has evolved over time and, today, is probably a lot

to be released.

more an old-world palate than a new-world palate,”

controlled independent private equity firms in South Africa, Vantage

“One of the critical things about our group

Capital has funds under management

and this business is that we are driven primarily by

One could say it is this attention to detail and the

comments Mutle.

and investment of more than R2,5-

trying to produce a very specific, top-quality wine

friends’ quest for perfection that has led Epicurean

billion. As the spokesman, facilitator

that meets some very exacting standards of how

only to release its wine when it is, according to the

and explicator of the outfit,

we believe wine should be enjoyed,” says Mogase.

wine-making team, ready to drink. As previously

Mbhazima Shilowa laughingly

“The business itself however came directly out of

alluded to, they are only releasing the 2010 vintage in

our passion for creating a wine.”

2014 – because they believe it is only ready now.

refers to Mogase as “my PR”

“Older wines tend to have less harshness to their taste and are more palatable in general,” says Ngoasheng, Safika Holdings chairman and former economic advisor to president Thabo Mbeki, who brings a quieter authority to the eclectic group of friends. “With older wines, the tannins have settled and are as a result much softer. That’s one of the things that you find with South African wines – some age well and some don’t. We tend to drink them when they’re young and still galloping.” But putting together a group of such differing personalities can make for an interesting business venture. It is with this in mind that the team emphasises that decision-making at Epicurean is as individualised as its founders are. “We’re the kind of group where if Moss thinks of something and he thinks it’s great, we’re not going to have a discussion of ‘you were not here, so how could you decide’,” says Shilowa. “We’re more likely to look at what is on the table and evaluate it according to its merits.” 38

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Deciding on Epicurean

It is also a passion Shilowa shares, and the two of

A typical example of this was deciding on the name

them go to at least one of the Masters tournaments

of the wine label. “For my sins,” Shilowa says, smiling,

every year. Mogase is into Formula One racing, and

BELOW The “Epicurean of note”:

“I found myself with Mutle out in the Maldives. And

rates Singapore and Nürburgring as his favourite

co-founder of the Congress of

when you are there, you are pretty much caught there;

racing circuits.

the People and its former deputy

you’re not going to leave and go shopping. You’re

leading the life of a lion or wolf”…

president, Mbhazima Shilowa

stuck together for the days you are there, on an island,

The wine

with not much else to do.

Their wines are, today, highly rated by The Wine

– a mantra made all the more

insists on “elegance over power”

“So you wake up, you have breakfast, you read, you

Advocate; several have achieved ratings of 91 to 94

remarkable by the fact that he

have lunch, you read, you have dinner, and if you want

points. If you are “in the know”, you will realise

is (essentially) the man behind

to go out for a walk, you walk – but that’s really it.

just how impressive an undertaking that is.

the R20-billion Gautrain project

It was during that period that the wine had been made

According to Shilowa, they are also aiming to

but we hadn’t yet decided on what to call it. So we

get their wines into the top restaurants – globally –

took the time away to discuss it, and by the time we

which is no small feat. “The idea is to have a list of

came back, we had managed to settle on the name

restaurants and individuals that bottles go straight

Epicurean. Why? Because Epicurean describes what

to once they land at Meridian (which markets and

we’re trying to do.

distributes Epicurean),” he says.

“Let me elaborate: on the cork it says Epicureans,

Before they started producing in the Rupert

because that defines the producers. In short, we make

& Rothschild cellar, they had considered buying

the wine so we can to enjoy it. The rest [of the look]

a wine farm, but in the end they decided that

was simply a question of making sure the label was

they wanted to be wine producers, not property

simple but not the same as everyone else’s.”

managers. Buying a farm isn’t out of the question

The travel crew

for these entrepreneurs, though. “There’s got to be a home for the wine at some stage as we get onto

Beyond the wine, the team has a myriad individual

the international stage,” says Mogase. “We’ve had

passions. One of these passions, shared by all the

a look.”

Epicureans, is a desire to travel the world, and see

“It’s a big commitment,” Ngoasheng says.

and experience new places, tastes, sights and – of

Judging by the extent and duration of their

course –wines.

friendship, commitment isn’t something they’re

Shilowa rates Paris as his favourite city – for the

afraid of, so we will have to wait and see. Until

food and restaurants, naturally. Ngoasheng is on a

then, do whatever you have to to get your hands

mission to play the top 100 golf courses in the world

on a bottle of Epicurean: it is a bold, interesting

(and this list keeps changing as the courses do). So

wine that hits so many of the right notes. It simply

far he’s managed 90 – we were beyond impressed.

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The marathon that’s more than a race “Sport has the power to change the world … it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.” The words of Nelson Mandela still ring clear. Sport brings people together. Whether on opposite sides of the field or on the same side, it challenges us to reach for victory. It took the Cape Town Marathon to bring together two sporting greats to rise to such a challenge. Luke Alfred chats to former Springbok rugby captain Francois Pienaar and Olympic medallist Elana Meyer about their dream for the Mother City Words by Luke Alfred

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lthough it is already 12 years old, only recently

chutzpah, and the marathon can only go from strength

has the Cape Town Marathon been given the

to strength. “You’ll find that all of the big international

unconditional institutional and commercial backing

marathons have their associations,” says Pienaar.

it deserves. Sanlam has come on board as a sponsor

“Boston is about community; London is about

– the race’s official title is the Sanlam Cape Town

charity; New York is about the intrigue of running

Marathon – and Francois Pienaar and Elana Meyer

into the Bronx in one of the greatest cities in the

have become intimately involved with the race’s future

world. We want the Cape Town marathon to be

as ambassadors. Meyer’s involvement comes through

about beauty, and about the story of contemporary

her academy, Endurocad, and Pienaar’s through his

South Africa.”

peerless capacity to turn seemingly ordinary events

With a slightly altered and more “scenic” route,

into healthy commercial propositions via his company

taking in everything from Woodstock to Cape Town

Advent Sport Entertainment and Media.

Stadium and the foot of the Castle, as well as a

With the help of WP Athletics and the City of Cape

very handy weekend on which to run the marathon

Town, and with sensitivity being shown to several

in the first flush of spring, the idea is to first

local charities such as Peace and Sport and the Anna

make Cape Town Africa’s premier marathon and

Foundation, the Cape Town marathon is now on a

one of the world’s most iconic. There were just

firmer footing than ever before. Add Cape Town’s

under 5  000 participants in this year’s marathon

natural beauty, a handy spot on the international

and Pienaar is looking for the numbers to grow

marathon calendar and some vision and commercial

exponentially in the years to come.

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“We’re looking for 15 000 athletes in year two,

programme. Sometimes it’s finding a place at university

ABOVE World-record-holding

with 10 000 of those in the Peace Run [before the

or monitoring their progress after they’ve gone through

Kenyan Willy Kibor ran to victory

main event],” he says with his trademark confidence,

rigorous biomechanical and psychological tests.

in the 42,2km Sanlam Cape Town

noting that after Africa has been conquered, the

Sometimes it amounts to little more than showing

Marathon in a time of 2h10m45s

Cape Town marathon can progress to being a looked-

neglected athletes interest, care and love.

ABOVE RIGHT The Sanlam Cape

forward-to regular feature on the international

Town Marathon offers the highest

marathon calendar.

Meyer has seen rapid progress from the athletes associated with Endurocad, filling the vacuum that

purse for a South African standard

Never one to settle for mediocrity when shooting

the constant dysfunction at Athletics South Africa has

marathon, with total prize money

out the lights will do, Pienaar sees potential growth

created. Athletes need heroes, and events in which to

exceeding R1,6 million

coming from the UK, Europe and, intriguingly, China,

showcase their talents and inspire their dreams. The

BELOW The marathon will take

with Meyer saying the organisers want it to transcend

marathon aims to do just that. Meyer and Pienaar’s

runners on the “scenic” route,

its status as a race. “We’d like to see it as an experience,”

initiatives are also part of a more intriguing social

highlighting the city’s beauty

she says. “We want people to run the marathon and

and sporting trend in contemporary South Africa.

and historical landmarks

combine it with a holiday. To visit the winelands and

With the poor governance of sport a consistent issue

the beaches, and turn it into an adventure.”

and federations finding their way into the headlines

The idea to resuscitate the Cape Town marathon

for all the wrong issues, individuals, groups and

happened almost by accident. Meyer consulted Pienaar

members of civil society are taking it upon themselves

with view to exchanging ideas about her running

to do what in a normal society should be the work of

academy and the discussion moved into other areas.

the federations. John Perlman’s Greenfields project,

Meyer makes the point that once upon a time South

an initiative to roll out football facilities (and provide

Africa had truckloads of marathoners who ran under

kit and equipment) to communities in neglected and

2h15m for the standard marathon, but those days are

far-flung areas would be one example of this growing

long gone. “In the last two decades we degenerated,

trend, and there are countless others doing selfless

and now it’s the Kenyans and Ethiopians who

work for the greater good.

dominate. This is an area of so much natural talent in South Africa, and it needs to be harnessed.”

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Pienaar and Meyer are aware that they have distinct advantages when it comes to promoting

With traditional structures and federations all but

events such as the Sanlam Cape Town marathon.

having collapsed, Meyer’s academy has, to a small

They’re instantly recognisable and trustworthy, and

degree, taken up the slack to improve the lot of

have an enviable pedigree.

talented distance athletes around the country. Using

With the two of them intimately involved with

social media to publicise its cause, it identifies athletes

the Cape Town marathon as ambassadors, the event’s

and helps and guides them. Help can take the form of

future looks rosy. In fact it’s a no-brainer that the

finding work (Meyer uses the example of a talented

event will, in the years to come, have the same kind of

cross-country runner from Robertson working at a

cachet and status as the Boston marathon, the oldest

local Virgin Active) or putting them on a training

of all city marathons at 117 years, still holds today.

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Tread carefully when investing directly in listed UK or US stocks Many South Africans decide to take the plunge into offshore investing for a variety of reasons. However, be sure to inspect the waters before you dive. Despite the bullish

By Carien Strauss, fiduciary and tax specialist at Sanlam Private Wealth

returns enjoyed by the South African markets in

swings and exchange control restraints in order to

a variety of reasons, whether it is to protect against

find the perfect stock pick in a global investment

political and economic risk or to benefit from growth

arena that could provide for superior returns. This

believe that developed

opportunities not accessible locally. Despite the bullish

may prove to be no easy task and requires specialist

markets will outperform

returns enjoyed by the South African markets in

knowledge in various areas. Many investors are well

recent years, most experts believe that developed

versed in this field and have executed their

markets will outperform emerging markets such as

investment plan close to perfection, with due

South Africa in the next few years.

consideration given to the estate duty implications

recent years, most experts

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nvesting offshore can be an attractive prospect for

Investing offshore has, however, always been a

thereof. Or so they believe.

tricky proposition for South Africans. They are

Unfortunately, investors dabbling on international

required to navigate swiftly between currency

shores are, more often than not, blissfully unaware

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South Africa provides for an exemption from estate

Neglecting to take cognisance of these taxes may

duty for any assets bequeathed to a surviving spouse.

deal your estate plan a deathly blow.

The UK has a similar provision, provided that both

Both the US and the UK levy estate or

spouses are either domiciled in the UK or domiciled

inheritance taxes at a rate of 40% on assets, which are

outside the UK. The exemption is limited to

classified as “situs” assets even though these

£325 000 where the deceased is UK domiciled

assets are owned by non-residents. As such,

and the surviving spouse is not.

due consideration should be given to the effect of foreign taxes in your estate plan. This area of expertise

The position in the US

is very complex, and this article will largely focus on

The US currently levies estate taxes on non-US

listed UK or US shares.

persons (largely anyone without a US passport or a

The position in the UK A share is generally regarded as a UK situs asset

green card, and living outside the US) at a maximum rate of 40% on the combined value of most US situs assets exceeding US$60 000.

if the share register relating to that particular

Therefore, if you own US shares in excess of

share is held in the UK. For practical purposes,

US$60 000 that were issued by a US corporation

most UK listed shares will therefore qualify as

(irrespective of where the share register is kept),

situs assets.

the shares would be subject to federal estate tax at

The UK levies inheritance tax at a rate of

Contrary to the UK, no relief is available if the

where the value exceeds the nil rate band (currently

asset is bequeathed to the surviving spouse unless

£325 000). Most investors are shocked to learn

he/she is a US citizen.

that the UK share portfolio will also be subject

Although the US and South Africa also have a

to South African estate duty at a rate of

DTA in force governing estate taxes, this generally

20%, should the dutiable estate exceed the

does not provide much relief because the provisions

R3 500 000 abatement.

dictate that South Africa will not have a taxing

Does this then mean that you will pay 20%

a US corporation (irrespective of where the share register is kept), the shares would be subject to federal estate tax at a varying rate ranging from 26% to 40%

with exclusive taxing rights. This will generally result (where the owner of

concluded a double taxation agreement (“DTA”)

US shares is ordinarily resident in South Africa) in

specifically dealing with estate taxes, which broadly

the shares being subject to US federal estate taxes at

results in South Africa having to give a credit

a rate of between 26% and 40% provided the value

for any UK estate taxes suffered on assets situated

of the shares exceeds US$60 000.

So what is all the fuss about?

that were issued by

right on US situs shares, therefore providing the US

Fortunately not! South Africa and the UK have

in the UK.

in excess of U$60 000

a varying rate ranging from 26% to 40%.

40% on any UK situs asset of a non-resident

estate duty in South Africa and 40% in the UK?

If you own US shares

As is the case with the UK, by holding US situs listed shares through a suitable insurance wrapper vehicle, US estate taxes can largely be mitigated.

Unfortunately, the DTA restricts the credit to the amount of the South African estate duty that

For specialist tax advice, contact Carien Strauss at

would have been payable in South Africa – i.e.,

cariens@privatewealth.sanlam.co.za, or consult your

20%. The end result is that South Africa will not

financial adviser.

subject the UK listed shares to estate duty – but the UK will surely do, and at a rate of 40%. This is

Note from Glacier International: International

double the amount of inheritance tax most investors

estate duty issues do not apply if investors hold the

planned for.

assets within the Global Life Plan.

Carien Strauss, fiduciary and tax specialist at Sanlam Private Wealth

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Out of Africa Words by Greg Lederle

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he birthplace of man, the greatest wildlife on the planet and a plethora of cultures that

change with each turn in the road all provide a yearning and allure that has kept many an explorer, poet and author busy beyond the years of their life. Because there is no place like Africa. With this allure burning in our hearts, we began our descent in the light aircraft into one of the greatest wilderness regions on Earth: the Okavango Delta of northern Botswana. After touching down on the short dirt airstrip, we were driven to a camp on the edge of a flood plain. It was to be our home for the next week: we were here for a horse safari. Not much is more exhilarating than exploring and immersing yourself in the nostalgic manner in which this continent was first explored. Mounted high above the grass, riding through unspoiled and untouched countryside on trails carved out by the wild game of the region, we were in the Africa of our dreams. African Horseback Safaris’ Macatoo Camp has done a sublime job in catering for seasoned riders and first-timers who come in search of the essence of what a horse safari is about – its power, its beauty and the equine bond we are all now familiar with, all on the dramatic stage that is the African wilderness. The horses – all male, by the way – range in size from 14 to 17 hands, and offer a choice between English and Trails saddles. The rides are lead by experienced armed guides as they head out into this remarkable ecosystem. val de vie

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Thus knowledge and a trained eye are always at hand in this game-rich region – and it was not long before we were saddled up and riding into the afternoon sun, unsure of what was in store for us. Horses are only ridden once a day in order to allow them to rest; if you have a bond with a particular steed, you can ride the same horse every alternate ride. The afternoon rides are generally more relaxing, heading out for about 1,5 to two hours and (depending on experience) involving mostly walking (with a little trotting) to get you comfortable with your horse. Our first afternoon was a magical outing, with various species of antelope as well as giraffe and elephant providing a magical experience for everyone – especially those experiencing it for the first time from horseback.

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headed off in search of whatever else the Okavango had waiting for us.

breakfast, I almost had my feet taken out from

Over the next few days we spent time riding

under me as a pack of wild dogs came tearing along

the remarkable horses of Macatoo as we tracked

the camp pathway in hot pursuit of an even more

lion and leopard, galloped alongside giraffe and

surprised (and rather fast-moving) bush buck. They

approached

were gone in an instant, and once my heart rate

invisible cloak that being downwind provides.

elephant

bulls

from

behind

had returned to non-fatal levels, I decided to skip

Even the most experienced riders cannot fully

coffee and waste no time before getting into the

prepare for the thrill of riding great horses through

saddle to head out in pursuit of one of Africa’s

the wilderness. Galloping as a group over one of

most endangered and endearing predators.

the many floodplains of the Okavango must surely

Our guide Sekongo Katsotso lead the way as we

rate as one of life’s greatest experiences. Thundering

followed the tracks of the hungry wild dogs. After

hooves, the wind in your hair, the sun on your back

an hour or so, we realised that because the dogs

and water splashing all around you all make any

were hunting, they were moving at a significantly

traditional safari pretty mundane in comparison.

faster pace – so, reluctantly, we left the trail and

There is nothing quite like it.

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Greg Lederle is a multiple award-winning guide and the owner and co-founder of Lederle Safaris. Based in South Africa, Lederle Safaris offers tailored safaris throughout east and southern Africa, as well as privately guided safaris for discerning travellers looking for something new, fresh and off the beaten track. Described by Forbes Life as “a warm and effervescent personality”, Greg’s connection to (and appreciation of) Africa and travel is evident in the itineraries offered to the select clientele of Lederle Safaris. Greg lives at Val De Vie with his wife Riana and their two daughters, Sienna and Caira.

With an early departure scheduled for the following morning, we headed out of Macatoo Camp for one last relaxed afternoon ride. We meandered through the unspoiled islands, trails and floodplains of the Okavango in silence, replaying the last few days’ events in our mind’s eye. Deep in nostalgia, we rounded a “corner” – and before us was a pristine, white-tableclothed dining table adorned with candelabras, a fully stocked bar, and a pizza oven inside a termite mound, where one of the finest pizzas I had ever experienced was being cooked. Our magnificent steeds were taken back to Macatoo’s stables with the last light of day as we drank to another perfect African sunset and sat, as the first explorers once did, in the dancing light of a camp fire, and regaled one another with the stories and tales that only Africa can master. This was equine African utopia – and we had immersed ourselves in it…

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Soulistic Music Black Coffee’s self-titled debut album in 2005 also saw the formation of his record label and management company Soulistic Music (Pty) Ltd. Over the past nine years, Soulistic Music has built a worldwide network of exclusive track licences and tours, and looks after the concerns of artists Culoe De Song, Tumelo, DJ Kabila, Sai & Ribatone, Soulstar and DJ Shimza.

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Caution: strong coffee Award-winning producer and DJ Black Coffee is poised to make a big international impact Words by Michelle Marais

The world at his feet

boundaries of South African vocal house music,

Black Coffee started producing music while still in

rages stronger than ever.

high school, but it was while studying music at the

“When I started out, I never thought it would

Natal Technikon that things became more serious

evolve this far,” he says in that distinctively deep,

when he and two friends turned their backs on the

soulful voice. “I knew I wanted to do this, and it was

books and formed Shana. The group – meaning

the direction I wanted to take, but not to this level.”

“simply hot and naturally African” – went on to

The evolution he’s alluding to is the imminent

release four albums. In 2001, he landed a residency

international release of a new (his fifth) album. “We’ll

at Voodoo Lounge nightclub, a gig that got him

do a release date in February abroad, and a month

set for the road to stardom. But it was really in

later here,” he says. “I’m travelling a lot to play

2003, when he was chosen as one of two South

overseas – Lisbon, Greece, Germany, London (and

African participants in the Red Bull Music Academy

that’s just the past few months). I’m doing a lot of

that Black Coffee became a brand on the South

work overseas, which is why now I’m ready to release

African DJ scene.

an album there.”

“When I started out I never thought it would evolve this far. I knew I wanted to do this, and it was the direction I wanted to take, but not to this level”

He’s since released four solo albums, one live

Other highlights include his residency at Ibiza

DVD and, among various other accolades, won

club Circoloco, which has attracted massive crowds;

four South African Music Awards. It’s a list of

headlining Amsterdam Dance Event (the world’s

achievements that would have most sitting back

biggest club festival); performing in Central Park;

and taking care of business, as he does as the head

and remixing Avicii, Macy Gray and K’Naan tracks.

of Soulistic Music. Not Black Coffee. The creative

He has recently been taken on by London-based PR

yet competitive fire that pushed him to study

agency Purple, whose clients include Adele, Beyoncé,

BELOW The hard work over the years

music “to deepen his overall musical knowledge

Calvin Harris, Lana del Rey, and other big names in

is the evolution of a careful mix of

and develop his listening skills” and push the

the business.

studio sessions and stage time

MAIN IMAGE DJ Black Coffee

Accolades 2005 SAMA Best Urban Dance Album 2010 SAMA Best Urban Dance Album 2010 SAMA Best Male Artist 2010 Men’s Health Best Man 2010 Metro FM Award for Best Produced Album 2010 Metro FM Award for Best Dance Album 2011 Channel O Award for Most Talented Male Artist 2012 Sunday Times Generation NEXT Award

for Coolest DJ

2013 SAMA Best Dance Album 2013 Sunday Times Generation NEXT Award

for Coolest DJ

2014 Sunday Times Generation NEXT Award

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ABOVE DJ Nkosinathi Maphumulo,

The evolution of an artist

aka Black Coffee, performed

As big a thing as an international album release

magic when he staged a live show

would be – and it’s hard to ignore the fairy tale

collaborating his house music with

of “from dusty rural Eastern Cape to the world’s

a 24-piece orchestra.

ears” – Black Coffee is rather more concerned about the sustainability of his sound. About taking

RIGHT & TOP RIGHT From Ibiza

it to the big clubs and even beyond, to the festivals.

to New York, Black Coffee has

Which is why his latest single I Will Find You,

joined the big names in the

featuring Cara Frew, has a fresh sound – one that,

international music scene.

while still having the distinctive DJ Black Coffee touch, will be far more at home on the stage at a big festival. “My influences have definitely evolved,” he confirms. “And this (I Will Find You) is different from what I’ve done in the past. Of course there is still my element to it, but I get a lot of comments like, ‘Wow, that’s different’… And that’s exactly what I wanted.” What he wanted didn’t just happen overnight, of course. The hard work over the years is the

“Both are important, but so different,” he says.

evolution of a careful mix of studio sessions and

“In the studio I take time to get ‘in’. I can go for

stage time.

two days there without getting into the zone, whereas on stage, by the second song, I’m in.”

The Black Coffee Foundation Regardless of his achievements DJ Black Coffee has remained humble and firmly grounded to his roots. He’s also dedicated to upliftment and, in this vein, he’s launched a foundation in 2009, aiming to assist the destitute and disabled people of South Africa

His international audience will most likely not know what happens behind the closed studio doors, but there is no doubt that Black Coffee is about to be “in” everywhere in the world. “I have always said that the dream will slowly unfold … until the big day.”

by analysing their needs and providing for those needs

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works with different established institutions to reach

Twitter

the most destitute people. A percentage of all Soulistic

Instagram @realblackcoffee

Music record sales goes to the foundation.

Facebook Facebook.com/realblackcoffee

Djblackcoffee.org

Website

@RealBlackCoffee

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Double-barrel investments When it comes to investments, what could be more beautiful and more practical than a double-barrelled enhancement to your lifestyle? Words and photographs by Mark Pettipher

D

iscerning investors are looking beyond financial

Holland & Holland was established in 1835, and

instruments or even property to an alternative

the ‘’builders of best guns only’’, Boss & Co

that gracefully holds the value of both antiquity

Gunmakers, was established in 1812.

and art, while keeping a firm grip on functionality

In 2009, a bespoke Purdey would cost you, with

and growth. Gun collecting – specifically rare

today’s exchange rates, at least R1 225 000 and take

acquisitions such as Purdey and Holland & Holland

two years to make. A Holland & Holland was

– is a niche that can pay a rich dividend to buyers

priced at between R710 000 to R1 170 000. But

who have their finger on the trigger. And, as with

the cost of 1 000+ man-hours that can go into the

any specialty investment, finding your trophy means

masterpiece can be avoided by buying vintage for a

hunting with the experts.

fraction of the price.

“My most valuable sale was a Holland & Holland

When the final hammer came down at the end of

heavy calibre deluxe, which I acquired from a

Holt’s Auctioneers’ December 2010 auction, total

private sale in the UK. It sold for R1,7-million,”

sales had hit a record US$2,72-million (R29,75-

says Bennie Laubscher, a rifle specialist who has

million). Among the hot sellers was a pair of Purdey

been dealing in fine firearms for more than 25 years.

shotguns, sold for R1 435 000, while two guns

Born and raised in Paarl, Laubscher has a great

made by Holland & Holland went for R1 400 000.

eye for value and a passion for getting things right.

In the same year, Sotheby’s also enjoyed a healthy

Concentrating on making custom-made bolt action

December auction, with a buyer paying R1 470 000

rifles, he says that, on average, his rifles would sell

for a single Boss & Co 12-gauge shotgun.

for about R100 000. Like all new guns, they will

Investors don’t exactly make a killing. Valuations

appreciate in value as the years go by. The majority

tend to rise by about three to five percent a year.

of the cost goes into the making of the weapons’

But at least putting money into high-end English

various components, which he makes in his Paarl

shotguns is a safe bet, backed up by Holland &

workshop. Only the billet (the barrel of the gun) is

Holland’s 150 years’ worth of sales records. Gun

outsourced (from the US) – it’s highly specialised

collecting is an “underfed” market where demand

and requires absolute precision to ensure each rifle’s

will always outstrip supply and push up prices.

accuracy. It takes anywhere from three to six months

That’s because very few hand-crafted guns are

just to make the billet; combined with the precision

produced each year. In 2009, for instance, Holland

of hand-building components, a rifle can take up to

& Holland only delivered 88 guns; and Purdey

18 months to complete.

makes only about 30 “Sporters” per year.

Investing in quality

Our double-barrel investment

The Brits set the world benchmark for quality gun

Guns with a special provenance – those once owned

manufacturing as a result of know-how and

by royalty or a champion shooter, for example –

attention to detail that has been passed down

can increase in value at an even greater rate. At the

through generations.

Holt’s auction, a 12-gauge Purdey once owned by

The London-based J Purdey & Sons was

champion US shooter Russell B Atkins (with an

established in 1814 and received a Royal warrant in

estimated value of between R262 500 and R350 000)

1868. Queen Victoria had a pair of Purdey pistols.

sold for R577 540.

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Austrian-born master craftsman Armin Winkler carves with precision the delicate tendrils on a custom-made rifle’s lock plate. His skill, honed in Ferlach where the acclaimed art of gunsmithing has been practised for more than 500 years, reflects in his meticulous, exquisite work

The Boss gun that was sold for R1 470 000

The pros of investing in guns

lT  rust your sense of style and taste. Article

achieved its record price not because of the

A gun is an investment you can use. While it’s

author Jim Carmichel says if you do, you’ll

quality of the firearm, but because the seller

not recommended to regularly take unique,

still enjoy owning the gun even if it proves

was legendary guitarist Eric Clapton.

antique or collectible guns to the firing range,

to be a lousy investment.

a gun will not lose its value as long as it is

It’s a question of pedigree

well maintained.

lB  uy guns that have a proven track record of value. Take the Winchester Model 21,

Why are English shotguns, particularly those

Some weapons are a solid bet. British

says Carmichel: nowadays you’re lucky to

made by Purdey, Holland & Holland and Boss,

shotguns created by makers such as Holland

find a good used 12-gauge for less than

so well regarded? Because game-bird hunting

& Holland increase in value by three to five

R38 000. Parker Brothers doubles in

and “shooting” in the UK has, since the mid-

percent a year. The value can also improve

12-gauge DH Grade now sell for upwards

19th century, come to be seen as a particularly

depending on who previously owned the gun.

of R45 000, whereas you can expect a 28-gauge in the same grade to fetch half as

upper-class English sport. UK manufacturers have grown with the sport, developing teams

The cons of investing in guns

much again. An indicator of the increasing

of craftsmen and honing the techniques

There’s no guarantee that value will increase.

demand for good doubles has been the value

necessary to produce world-beating guns. The

When something is relatively simple to make,

escalation of Winchester Model 21s. If you

finished products are essentially works of art,

supply will ultimately meet demand.

had bought the same gun new 10 or 20

featuring hand-etched, detailed engravings on

Traditional investment vehicles can offer tax

years ago, you would have made a solid

the steel lock plates, and stocks of highly

deductions. As with other collectibles, there’s

10% per annum on your investment, in

polished and oiled walnut.

no tax advantage to investing in guns.

addition to owning and using a shotgun

As a result, the guns enjoy the same sort of

Finally, you’ve got to spend a significant

cachet as those other super-expensive, royalty-

amount of money on the correct, safe and

approved English products, Rolls-Royce and

secure storage.

that says a lot about who you are. lB  uy the best you can afford – plus a little more. Higher-grade guns appreciate at a faster rate because there are fewer of them

Bentley cars. Ironically, just as both the car manufacturers are German-owned, Purdey is

How to invest in collectible guns

available. Research the value index of Belgian-

now owned by South African billionaire

If you want to get into this type of investment,

made Browning Superposed shotguns in

Johann Rupert, chairman of Swiss luxury-

be prepared to do the research, so you can

the various grades and you’ll get an example

goods company Richemont and South African

jump on an opportunity when it comes. You

of the incredible return on high-grade guns.

Remgro, among others; while Holland &

also have to have decades’ worth of patience.

Holland is part of French luxury-goods

Don’t lose sight of the fact that old and rare

When investing in used guns, buy only the

conglomerate Chanel. Most buyers of classic

guns were once new, and were bought to be

most pristine examples. (Laubscher recommends

shotguns are British or European, though

used. Take a careful look at guns being built

and favours the British manufactures – Holland

approximately 25% of Holt’s buyers are from

today and decide which of them will be a rare

& Holland, Purdey, Boss and William Evens

the US. Auctioneers are also seeing more

jewel tomorrow.

– and looks for bolt actions.) This will ensure

Russian customers. However, most buyers

An article in Outdoor Life about investing

that, when you choose to sell or upgrade the

from developing economies tend to buy new

in shotguns offered these three tips, which are

gun, the buyer won’t have anything to

guns rather than classic models.

echoed by Laubscher:

complain about … except your price.

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Cultivating beauty At Stellenbosch’s Cavalli Estate, you will find a wide spectrum of art forms existing in one masterfully conceived composition Words by Alice Bennett

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avalli Estate is a departure from the winelands

“iCavalli”, means “the horses” in Italian) to the

vernacular for a variety of reasons. While many

appreciation of exquisite cuisine and local art.

such destinations offer, with great aplomb, a variety

These four pillars together are the beating heart of

of lifestyle pursuits in one venue, few do it in as

the business.

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The fifth is the setting. And it is magnificent – which, one might argue, is not that unusual in a

Under the guardianship of managing director

part of the world famed for its staggering natural

Lauren Smith, this magnificent property was

assets. But it’s how the setting has been framed

designed and developed by Smith, herself an

that’s the real achievement. The architecture is, in a

architect, in conjunction with Bouwer Architects,

word, contemporary. “As the new kids on the block,

and in accordance with the guiding principles

it was important for us to acknowledge through

of sustainability, luxury and excellence. These

the design that we do not have a ‘heritage’, as such,”

watchwords have shaped its ethos and permeate

says Smith. “The site was a blank slate with no

every aspect of the business, which is multi-fold.

historical reference, so it was a natural outcome for

The family started the estate to give expression

the design to be rooted firmly in its current context

to all its passions, from wine-making and the

– the here and the now – with location playing the

breeding of world-class horses (the farm’s name,

biggest role.”

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This vision has been made manifest in a dynamic

On a more literal level too, the architecture and

and engaging design that, despite its linear first

landscape were designed to work in harmony.

impression, seems to embrace the landscape –

“Besides my love of nature, the project had its own

TOP Arrive in style, the magnificent view from the helipad.

especially on the restaurant deck, where a dam

impetus, which was to celebrate the beauty of

ABOVE The Equus Building breaks

and the Helderberg mountains beyond form a

something that precedes the winelands – this area

convention in the Cape Winelands.

half-moon around the diners. The scale of the

would once have been a landscape of indigenous

range is such that even the large Dylan Lewis

vegetation,” says Smith. As a result, the design’s

OPPOSITE TOP

human bronze form at the far end of the dam,

direction was very much cued by the landscape

The Cavalli Estate entrance

despite being impressively statuesque, is dwarfed by

itself and features such as a gabion wall filled with

this cinematic scene.

locally quarried stone and an indigenous living wall

OPPOSITE BOTTOM

Indeed, the relationship between the site, the

blur the divide between indoors and out. Internal

Great care went into the design

structure and the art is one of the most compelling

courtyards also constantly bring the focus back

of every aspect of the estate,

aspects of Cavalli Estate. The three elements

to the setting, while carefully planned gardens of

even the paddocks and vines

form a symbiotic relationship that creates a single

fynbos are interspersed between the paddocks, dams

are immaculate.

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This focus on the landscape isn’t skin-deep. There is a strong green thrust to Cavalli – sustainable design was a priority for Smith from inception. These principles were applied from the drawing board, and design that works with the natural climate rather than in isolation, such as the maximisation of natural light and ventilation, goes towards lightening the estate’s footprint. Perhaps the best example of this is the training facilities for the horses, where innovative, cutting-edge technology goes hand in hand with a holistic approach, and where features that enhance the horses’ performance (optimal temperatures and conditions, minimal dust) are as important as those that allow them to socialise naturally (special areas for rest, work, play). FROM TOP The indoor arena; the outdoor training area; One of the estate’s prize steeds

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V - equestrian In the next-door boutique, Kingdom, a very considered and curated selection of South African contemporary design – high-end artisanal luxury pieces – is a nod to the high standards Smith has set. “I believe art and architecture should complement each other and be mutually supportive, with no one aspect undermining another,” she says. This goes for the rest of the business too, and no branch is more important than another for Smith. “Each of the different disciplines gives me an opportunity to impart my creativity,” she says. The fact that each part of the business, when done to its highest level, can be considered an art form is surely no accident. “My obsession for details means I’m constantly seeking to improve and evolve,” she says.

THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Vladimir Grigoryevich Tretchikoff’s “Poinsettia and Lilies”; the copper “faceted” bar was custom-made according to MD Lauren Smith’s design; the estate terrace at night; “Persphone’s Return”, a work by Cathy Layzell; Hendrik Christiaan Niemann’s “Wheat Harvester” OPPOSITE, FROM TOP The Equus Dine team; pan-seared springbok fillet, one of the dishes available on the restaurant’s menu; Stanislaw Trzebinski’s “Mushroom Coral Crown”

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The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction Launched in 2014, the AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction was a record-breaking success. During a glamourous lunch, in five short hours, a staggering R7,4-million was raised for the benefit of promoting education in the South African winelands

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wo hundred and sixty guests flew in from

While the lots flew off the hammer, the guests

all over the world to bid on wine-related

enjoyed exquisite wines and a phenomenal feast

experiences usually not available for purchase. In an

prepared by the talented culinary team of Christiaan

incredible spirit of generosity, the top wine farms

Campbell, Margot Janse and Neil Jewell.

in the country got behind this wonderful initiative and created a truly spectacular experience.

Beneficiaries from the 2014 event include the Pebbles Project, the MAD Charity, the Click

The event commenced on the evening of 14

Foundation as well as 10 other charities, all of

Warwick Estate and trustee of the

March with the “Barrel Tasting and Auction Preview�

which are focused on education in the winelands

AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction,

at the glamorous Waterford Estate in Stellenbosch.

from many different angles, from infant development

celebrates a successful event

Guests had a chance to preview the lots and taste

to technological innovation, the provision of a

BELOW Michael Jordaan, Wendy

the barrels going up on auction, and to meet the

leadership

Appelbaum and Charles Banks share

auction ambassadors.

endowments. The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction

ABOVE Mike Ratcliffe, owner of

academy

and

tertiary

educational

On 15 March, the main event was hosted at

is a long-term vision, and through the continued

was raised for charity by 260 guests

the magnificent Delaire Graff Estate, in a glass-

generosity and support of the participants, it will be

from all over the country

fronted marquee that overlooked the dramatic

able to keep changing lives. The auction aims to

Banhoek valley.

develop long-term partnerships with the selected

a moment. A staggering R 7,2-million

charities and grow with them over time. More information is available at Thecapewineauction.com/charities Five trustees govern the board of the AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction, bringing a broad spectrum of business experience to the Trust. Each is an expert in his or her own field, and they are united by a common philanthropic goal. The trustees

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Wendy

Appelbaum,

Siobhan

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ABOVE Ryk Neethling, Nerine and Francois Pienaar, and Florian Gast

profile wine-industry personalities who conceive, create and donate the auction lots: an astonishing

BELOW Vanessa Sabbatini, Laurence Vallet, Suneeta Motala and Nthabiseng Mgengenene

line-up of once-in-a-lifetime offerings.

from AfrAsia Bank

More information is available at: Thecapewineauction.com/ambassadors The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction is delighted to announce that the 2015 event will be hosted at the magnificent Boschendal Estate. Tickets to the auction are only available through the auction ambassadors. With only 300 tickets available, online bidding is the key to the Cape Wine Auction creating a new highwater mark for a charitable fund-raiser. The 2015 event promises to be just as spectacular as the 2014 debut was, and the excitement is already building. For more information, contact: Jessica Henrich (auction director) Email jess@thecapewineauction.com Phone +27 (0)83 469 2975 Web Thecapewineauction.com Facebook Facebook.com/TheCapeWineAuction Twitter Twitter.com/capewineauction

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Fit for kings and queens “Wine is a gift from the heavens, cultivated by man and drunk by kings. Polo is a game invented by man and played by men with hearts of kings” – Author unknown

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rue to its name, the Polo Club Restaurant at

Following this occasion, Dish Food & Social

the exquisite Val de Vie Estate overlooks an

played the special role of catering for Val de Vie’s

immaculate polo field where matches are regularly

founder and CEO Martin Venter and his wife Lizelle’s

held in the warmer months of the year, from October

wedding in 2008. It was at this celebration that the

to April, offering guests a unique dining experience.

door to a collaboration that is now in full force was

Having created an inviting and family-friendly

first opened.

atmosphere, the restaurant is by no means exclusive

Working together with Dish Food & Social in

to kings and queens, but rather, elicits a sense of

putting every detail of the wedding together perfectly

royalty in the hearts of its diners.

was Simone de Wet – the talented and passionate events

On par with the excellence that Val de Vie Estate is synonymous with is the Polo Club Restaurant’s

coordinator who is now a shareholder and managing director of the Val de Vie Events business.

frequently refreshed menu. The secret “ingredient”

“I was approached by Martin just a few months

of this dining establishment’s success is one that Val

after the wedding to consider setting up an events

de Vie is happy to share: Dish Food & Social, the

business,” she says. “Needless to say, I grabbed the

catering company that took up the reins at Polo Club

opportunity and launched Val de Vie Events in

Restaurant in June 2014.

March 2009.”

Owned by husband and wife Oscar and Andrea

Impressively, she did so at the age of 22 – and

Foulkes, Dish Food & Social was established 14 years

the business has been thriving ever since. De Wet’s

ago. “What started out as a hobby quickly developed

zeal for the business and the development of

into a business,” Andrea explains. “I feel lucky to do

others stems from her personal journey, characterised

what I am passionate about.” When the oohs and

by ambition and determination. Organising an

ahhs of friends that Andrea had cooked for turned

average of 110 events at the estate per year, there

into requests to cater for parties, and then into a

is no doubt that she and her team of 10 have a flair

more widespread demand, she knew it was time to

for efficiency.

use her skills for something more than a pastime.

Restaurant trading hours Mondays

closed

Tuesdays

9am – 4pm

Wednesdays

9am – 8pm

(Bar and restaurant close at 8pm) Thursdays

9am – 10pm

Fridays

9am – 10pm

Saturdays

9am – 4pm

Sundays

9am – 4pm

To avoid disappointment, bookings are essential: Tel +27 (0)21 863 6174 Email restaurant@valdevie.co.za Event enquiries Tel +27 (0)21 863 6191 Email events@valdevie.co.za Web Valdevie.co.za

A driver of excellence, De Wet sets all that is great

Dish Food & Social now has 80 staff members

apart from that which is good when it comes to each

working across various establishments. A dedicated

event, and this can clearly be seen in the incredible

team is involved with catering for events at Val de

output of the business. “We’re a servant-hearted

Vie, another at the Polo Club Restaurant and others

team,” she says. “We take careful note of each client’s

at the Sidedish Theatre Bistro at Theatre on the Bay,

requirements and pay close attention to detail to

and at the Red Table Restaurant at Nederburg.

ensure that the day is precisely what the client

Although Dish Food & Social only recently

envisioned.” With such passion for quality, you can

assumed responsibility for the restaurant and all

rest assured that the Dish Food & Social and Val de

catering for events held at Val de Vie, it has walked

Vie Events partnership takes the greatest of care to

a meaningful journey with the estate. “Seven years

make certain that every event is outstanding.

ago, when Val de Vie’s official opening event took

Whether you are planning a corporate function,

place, I had the privilege of being the first person

birthday celebration, wedding or any other event,

to switch on the oven in the Polo Club Restaurant’s

you can expect as much brilliance from these teams

kitchen,” Andrea says.

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“Coffee makes it possible to get out of bed. Chocolate makes it worthwhile” – Author unknown

Executive Chef and Pastry Chef, Emma Hepburn There’s no denying that chocolate is one of the finest pleasures in life. But its creamy glory dims in comparison to Emma Hepburn’s handiwork (which, in all fairness, often includes chocolate). From bourbon-poached pears with almond brittle, burntbutter ice cream and whisky pearls to chocolatealmond slices served with white chocolate rooibos mousse, honeyed nuts and cardamom syrup, her range of delights is truly sumptuous. One glance at her dishes shows that this talented young lady is passionate about cuisine, particularly of the sweet kind – and one bite shows her excellence. Hepburn’s journey began at Silwood School of Cookery, where she completed her studies in 2007, followed by practical work experience at a five-star lodge in Namibia, where she fulfilled the role of junior sous chef and assisted with staff training. Thereafter, over a period of 18 months, she gained further experience as a private chef in Cape Town for local and international clients. In 2009, she grabbed the opportunity to join Dish Food & Social. “I feel like part of the furniture now,” she says with a smile. “It has been an exciting step becoming involved at the Polo Club Restaurant; we’re putting together some great ideas for guests to look forward to.”

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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 val de vie

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Oh so “Clicquot”

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ynonymous with flutes of champagne and exquisite couture fashion, the Veuve Clicquot

In keeping with tradition, Bentley was both associate sponsor and official vehicle partner

Masters Polo Cape Town 2014 set a new benchmark

at this year’s Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014,

as a world-class luxury event in South Africa.

hosting the world land-speed record holder, Wing

Notable VIPs in attendance included Minister of

Commander Andy Green, as a special guest in the

Sport Fikile Mbalula, Tokyo Sexwale and world land-

VIP lounge. Despite the presence of Bentley’s

speed record holder Andy Green; local celebrities

flagship luxury performance automobile, the

Cindy Nell, Jimmy Nevis and Tanya van Graan;

Mulsanne, as well as the recently launched Flying

More images and info

international supermodel Katryn Kruger; and

Spur, it was the new Bentley GT Speed convertible

at Valdevie.co.za.

fashion icons David Tlale, Malcolm Kluk and

parked side by side with two rare Bentley Blowers

For sponsorship and

Christiaan Gabriel du Toit. Guests enjoyed an

that stole the show.

ticket enquiries, email

afternoon of stylish decor, chilled Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label champagne and gourmet canapés.

Drawing inspiration from polo’s global presence

events@valdevie.co.za.

and rich cultural heritage, the prestigious Veuve

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UB40 at Val de Vie One of the most talked-about concert tours in South Africa, the UB40 tour featuring Ali Campbell was presented by DSTV and Seed Experiences who, once again, showcased top- notch production of world-class events to fans in both Cape Town and Johannesburg And what a thrill it was to host such an

the 6Â 000-strong audience echoed the songs

unforgettable performance by the reggae

throughout the venue.

legends at Val de Vie Estate.

After the sun set, the moment arrived:

Fans young and old reunited, singing

UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and fellow

and dancing along to their all-time favourite

founding members Astro and Mickey Virtue

UB40 hits. With a backdrop and setting that

took to the stage with the crowd in full cheer.

already enhanced the experience, the show

The band performed their top songs, ensuring

kicked off with an energetic performance by

fans got to relive the UB40 tunes they have

pop reggae act Trenton and Free Radical,

always loved.

followed by a highly entertaining show put on by local favourites Hot Water.

The mix of a beautiful venue, nostalgic music and great vibes ensured the celebrations

Special guests Mango Groove reminded

in Paarl reached a new level as UB40 showed

everyone of their unmatched talent as Claire

why they remain one of the top live music acts

Johnston performed all the classic hits while

in the world.

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al de Vie Estate invites visitors to take in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere while

browsing delightful offerings, from food and wine to clothing and jewellery, among other eye-catching items, at its monthly Sunday market. Visitors can also look forward to a unique experience as polo matches are held at each market day during the summer. Only 35 minutes from Cape Town, the market is a fun outing for families who want to break away from city life or simply to enjoy a refreshing change of scenery. It’s the perfect day getaway. The market is held on the Polo Pavilion’s terraces, and offers shady spots and an indoor space where visitors can unwind and enjoy the live band and the excitement of the polo match while sipping bubbly. There is also entertainment for children to look forward to – and the fun is a surprise as activities change every month. In keeping with the standard that Franschhoek has set as the 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 treats such as freshly squeezed juices and smoothies, light lunches and sweet indulgences, as well as wine, local beer and bubbly. The afternoon can also be extended into evening at the adjacent Polo Club Restaurant. To find out about upcoming market dates, visit Valdevie.co.za. The market is open from 10am to 3pm. Entrance is free. val de vie

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V - TBA events While the TBA is a registered breed society, it is also South Africa’s premier horse auction company, selling more than 1 500 horses every year under the Bloodstock South Africa banner. The R4-million paid for a son of the late champion racehorse and sire Jet Master is a South African record for a yearling sold at auction. Many champions have been sold by Bloodstock

South

Africa,

which offers sales throughout the year, with the prestigious National

Yearling

Sale

in

April taking pride of place.

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Increasingly,

horse

auctions

have become associated with social events, and the Val De Vie Yearling Sale is the newest addition to Bloodstock South

horoughbred racing and breeding has existed in

Western Cape and, to a lesser extent, KwaZulu-Natal

Africa’s auction roster.

South Africa for more than 200 years since being

and the Eastern Cape.

It is due to take place at the Val

introduced in 1792 by British colonists, when the first

In keeping with South Africa’s obsession with

recorded races took place on Green Point Common!

sporting excellence, the country been a source of many

Sunday 22 February.

The sport of horse-racing really took root during

champion racehorses over the years. The story began

An exciting aspect of the sale is

the second half of the 19th century with the gold and

at Royal Ascot with the 1907 renewal of England’s

a

diamond rush and the massive wealth that followed.

premier speed race, the King’s Stand Stakes, in which

Africa’s prime yearlings being

Racecourses were established in major cities and a

Camp Fire II prevailed over the swiftest horses in

sold on Saturday night as part

programme of races was established over the next 100

Europe. But it wasn’t until 1996 that the first “South

of a prestigious gala dinner.

years, many of which remain today, including the

African” was able to accept an invitation to race in

Gr.1 SA Derby, the greatest test of the thoroughbred

international company in Hong Kong. History was

racehorse. Although the Thoroughbred Breeders

being made when the strapping Gr.1 Durban July

Association (TBA) of South Africa was founded in

winner, London News, became the first horse to be

1921, the decision to build its own Sales Complex

exported under the EU ratified South African Export

was only taken in the 1970s for the benefit of its many

Protocol to give a length-and-a-half beating to Gr.1

members. The 600-stable complex is situated near Rand

competitors from around the world. Others soon

Airport on the outskirts of Johannesburg and ranks

followed and the likes of Victory Moon, Jay Peg,

among the finest horse auction facilities in the world.

Iridescence, JJ The Jet Plane, Soft Falling Rain and

South

African

breeders

only

built

strong

Vercingetorix have since excelled internationally.

foundation families in the boom years after 1945, in

Whether you own your own racehorse, take a

particular during the heyday of the wool business

flutter on the races or simply enjoy the unique social

when great thoroughbred studs were established in

events, racing truly is the “king” of sports.

the Karoo. Famous stud farms emerged, such as the Karoo-based Vogelvlei Stud of the Birch Bros, Henry

de Vie Polo Club House on

select

session

of

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The TBA is proud to uphold the tradition of selling South Africa’s finest thoroughbred racehorses in world-class facilities, and ensuring the highest standards of integrity. Tel +27 (0)11 323 5700 Email enquiries@tba.co.za Website Tba.co.za BELOW Jet Master, a champion sire BELOW LEFT Jay Peg wins the Gr.1 Dubai Duty Free © Social photography: Liesl King; Jet Master: John Lewis; Jay Peg: Andrew Watkins

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The Cintron Pink Polo, powered by Vodacom, set the stage for the polo season in a stylish affair that is only to be expected at Val de Vie Estate

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ctober is the month of pink, which was evident in the pretty pastels and a medley

Funds raised by the Cintron Pink Polo, which is owned and organised by Val de Vie

of pink shades as local and international guests

Events and Edith Unlimited, will be used to

attended the fifth edition of the Cintron Pink

assist women with practical and medical needs in

Polo at Val de Vie.

their fight and recovery from breast cancer.

Guests of this annual equestrian fundraiser

CANSA proactively aims to encourage women

for the Cancer Association of South Africa

to get themselves tested. They also provide free

(CANSA), fittingly held during breast-cancer-

transportation for patients who need to go to

awareness month, enjoyed a glorious afternoon

clinics and hospitals for checkups, treatments

of riveting polo matches, the latest in fashion,

and follow-up appointments. Funds will also

and refreshing Cintron cocktails on the lawns

be used to purchase temporary breast prostheses

of Val de Vie Estate.

for women who have had a mastectomy.

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Cancer fighter Rachelle Barioli, winner of the Cintron Pink Polo VIP experience competition in association with KFM, was hosted by the marketing director of Val de Vie Estate Ryk Neethling and event organiser Edith Venter. With all eyes fixed on the game, the two polo team sponsors – Cintron and Gaggenau – put forward a world-class polo match, featuring Springbok players Tom de Bruin and Le Roux Hendriks. During the half-time break, everyone was invited to stomp the divots and enjoy the Aston Martin motor show, with flagship luxury performance automobiles paraded side by side giving guests the chance for a close inspection.

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Team Cintron walked away with the trophy with a 6/5 score. Joined by Julius Baer, the leading Swiss private-banking group, as the official banking partner, and with Gaggenau as the event’s sub-sponsor for the third year running, guests were spoiled with perfectly chilled Pongrácz MCC, Val de Vie wines and gourmet canapés. Jenni Button, the official fashion partner, showcased the latest ready-to-wear designs in a fashion show on the polo fields. Drawing inspiration from the fashion element of polo, Elle magazine awarded prizes to the best dressed at the end of the afternoon. Sisley and GHD kept guests looking perfect all day, treating everyone to a truly prestigious beauty experience. Also featured next to the beauty stations was a Polo World popup store full of polo gear for all the lovers of the sport. Guests mingled well beyond sunset in what was considered the best Pink Polo event yet.

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ABOVE Julius Baer is a long-standing supporter of sports across the world and is the title sponsor of the Julius Baer Beach Polo World Cup in Sylt, Germany. In 2014, Julius Baer of the Cintron Pink Polo, held at Val de Vie Estate every October

good year AAgood year

Celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2015, leading Swiss private-banking group Julius Baer looks forward to continuing its growth story

“If contact between people is based on trust and

and sporting activities around the world. In line

absolute integrity, then it is of benefit for both

with this support, the bank focuses on activities

sides.” These are the words of the man who laid

that share the same fundamental values, such as

the foundation for the private banking group that

commitment to exceptional quality and a tradition

still carries his name today, and has increased its

of excellence.

presence to more than 25 countries and more than 50 locations world-wide.

Polo is one of the world’s oldest sports. It combines tradition with dynamism, discipline with

Founded in 1890, Julius Baer focuses exclusively

team spirit, and commitment with excellence. It is

on the demands of sophisticated private clients,

therefore a natural synergy for Julius Baer to be

family offices and external asset managers from all

involved with major tournaments, including the

around the world. Making headlines with chief

Beach Polo Cup in Dubai as well as being title

executive Boris Collardi at the stern, the bank landed

sponsor of the Julius Baer Beach Polo World Cup

one of the most ambitious acquisition deals in the

in Sylt, Germany.

“If contact between

last decade. The acquisition and integration of Merrill

Optimistic about its new relationship with South

people is based on trust

Lynch International Wealth Management outside the

Africa, Julius Baer has chosen Val de Vie Estate as its

US has propelled Julius Baer forward and set the ball

introduction to the African continent, having hosted

rolling on their growth strategy.

its own exhibition match in 2013 as the title and

and absolute integrity,

With a legacy of providing the highest quality

team sponsor, and having returned again in 2014 as

then it is of benefit

of service that stands 125 years, Julius Baer values

an official bank partner of the famed Cintron Pink

for both sides”

its heritage and has been actively committed

Polo held at Val de Vie every October as the kick-off

for generations to sponsoring important cultural

match to the season.

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VILLA PETITE PARADIS

R 4,850,000.00

French Provencal with loads of charm and character. The exquisitely crafted wrought iron front door welcomes one into a hallway leading to a lovely lounge area. Al fresco pagoda patio with pull out awnings to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy the manicured garden.

EXQUISITE & CONTEMPORARY

R 7,200,000.00

Nature in your own front garden! North-Facing onto the Val de Vie Nature Reserve. The glass entry foyer welcomes you to home wrapped around a private lawn-courtyard. Enjoy the open- volume and open-plan contemporary design that boasts a delightfully large covered veranda with decked pool next to the seated Braai-pit area. VA L D E V I E P R O P E RT Y SA L E S O P E N 7 DAY S A W E E K c 083 775 6350 t 021 863 6101 e property@valdevie.co.za 102 val de vie

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4 Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms 2 Garages Building Size 450 m2 Plot Size 1107 m2

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A STUNNING HOME

R 3,695,000.00

An enchanting entrance leads you into a lovely welcoming lounge and dining area with an exceptionally modern kitchen. All three bedrooms also have ensuite bathrooms with spectacular views of the mountains. A large covered patio with a built in braai, enjoys the privacy of a fully walled garden and pool area.

MODERN LIGHT & BRIGHT

R 6,950,000.00

A stunning brand new north-east facing home in a truly spectacular position. Privately located and surrounded by magnificent settings of the lakes, uninterrupted mountain views and rolling lawns that flow onto the water. Exquisite modern finishes of top quality throughout; the kitchen is fitted with SMEG appliances. VA L D E V I E P R O P E RT Y SA L E S O P E N 7 DAY S A W E E K c 083 775 6350 t 021 863 6101 e property@valdevie.co.za

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3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 2 Garages Building Size 251 m2 Plot Size 600 m2

4 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 2 Garages Building Size 370 m2 Plot Size 814 m2

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