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Val de Vie Magazine

STRIKING GOLD Patrice Motsepe believes in the future of South Africa Life worth living

A ROYAL VISION Princess Charlene of Monaco has a passion for saving lives

GRANDE FINALE The 2017 Absa Cape Epic takes a turn at Val de Vie Estate

Summer 2017

RECIPE FOR SUCCESS South Africa’s own Michelin Man, Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen


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STRIKING GOLD Patrice Motsepe believes in the future of South Africa Life worth living

CONTENTS

A ROYAL VISION Princess Charlene of Monaco has a passion for saving lives

GRANDE FINALE The 2017 Absa Cape Epic takes a turn at Val de Vie Estate

Summer 2017

RECIPE FOR SUCCESS South Africa’s own Michelin Man, Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen

On the cover The 2017 Cape Epic will be hosted by Val de Vie Estate Photography Gary Perkin Editorial Ryk Neethling, Janette de Bruin Contributors Jocelyn Warrington Samantha Page Luke Alfred Helene Ramackers Samantha Page Chris Whitfield Kathryn Jubber Fashion concept, styling & floral Heike from Fleur le Cordeur Coordination Anne Mann Celebrates Dresses Kobus Dippenaar Photography Shanna Jones Photography Hair and Makeup Sam Scarborough Models Hannah & Billy Val de Vie marketing director Ryk Neethling PR and Advertising sales Janette de Bruin magazine@valdevie.co.za Design and production Mark Pettipher MPDPS (PTY) Ltd mark@mpdps.com Production manager Dalene van Niekerk Designer Wade Hunkin Copy editor Marguerite Lithgow Printing RSA Litho Val de Vie Magazine is published for Val de Vie Estate, Val de Vie Management (Pty) Ltd Val de Vie Estate R301/Jan Van Riebeeck Drive Paarl 7647, South Africa Marketing Contact Tel +27(0)21 863 6100 Fax +27(0)21 863 2741 Email pr@valdevie.co.za Web www.valdevie.co.za

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12 A Grand Finale 16 South Africa’s Michelin Man 22 Striking gold 26 The ripple effect

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30 Most valued Player 34 The time of your life 40 Into the blue 50 Absolutely blooming 60 Prestigious award for Valentia Manor 68 Talk of the town 74 Cintron Pink Polo

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80 Polo with a purpose 86 Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 90 Time is a luxury 94 Taste makers 103 Property

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SAFE HOME AWARD SOUTH AFRICA Val de Vie Estate by Val de Vie Estate

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“Having joined forces with Pearl Valley, Val de Vie Estate certainly has an offering like no other. Our residents and guests can experience the finest that the Cape has to

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offer in terms of natural beauty, an array of sporting activities from polo to golf, cultural events and fine dining. The estate is also conveniently located in proximity to good schools and the University of Stellenbosch, all a mere 35 minute

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V - welcome “We not only feel strongly about offering our residents the best, but we are extremely passionate about the surrounding communities, and as we grow from strength to strength as an estate we shall remain committed to ensuring that those who reside in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley enjoy a better quality of life, as part of the recently launched Val de Vie Foundation’s ongoing efforts.” – Ryk Neethling, Marketing Director, Val de Vie Estate

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t is incredible to look back at everything that has happened on Val de Vie Estate since our last edition with Prince Harry on the cover: the rebranding and integration of the Jack Nicklaus designed Pearl Valley Golf

Course with Val de Vie, the completion of the Pearl Valley Hotel, the completion and occupation of the Polo Village apartments, and the commencement of construction of the bridge over the Berg River. This year, we look forward to hosting the final stage of the biggest mountain bike race in the world, and to welcoming all mountain bikers to explore our new trails. African Rainbow Capital’s investment in Val de Vie was also a significant milestone and we take a closer look at Patrice Motsepe, its visionary founder. HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco is not only one of the world’s most recognised and glamorous personalities but she is determined to save lives, and to make a difference to children’s lives all over the world. During the past year, our own Val de Vie Foundation, has taken shape and has begun to make its first impact on our beloved Paarl-Franschhoek Valley. We believe this will complete the circle in our holistic approach to development, and help to realise the changes we want to see. I hope you enjoy the 8th edition of the Val de Vie Magazine and come and visit us in the valley of life.

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PROPERTY | EQUESTRIAN & POLO | GOLF | RIVER & LAKES | WINE | RESTAURANT | EVENTS Nestled in the beautiful Paarl-Franschhoek Valley and surrounded by the majestic Simonsberg- and Drakenstein Mountains, lies Pearl Valley at Val de Vie Estate, South Africa’s top residential estate. Pearl Valley boasts, among numerous other facilities, an iconic Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Named the Best Conditioned course in the Western Cape for 2010, 2011, 2012/2013 and again for 2014/2015 by Golf Digest Magazine and awarded the Compleat Golfer’s Five Star Experience Award for six consecutive years. The championship course has been ranked amongst the top ten courses in South Africa by Golf Digest Magazine every year from 2006 up to and including 2015. It’s evident that it does indeed take a legend to make a legend. Come home to Pearl Valley where you truly can ‘Live, Play, Relax’.

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Trophy list “The world is in perpetual motion, and we must invent the things of tomorrow.” Inspired by the words of Madame Clicquot to her grandchildren, we have compiled a list of luxury for which to be on the look out this year.

Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso The flawless sophistication of fine watchmaking meets pioneering innovation. Jaeger LeCoultre has nurtured a rich history with polo since the creation of the great Art Deco classic, the Reverso watch of the early 1900s. When British officers in the Indian Army were reluctant to damage their watches during matches, this special model was developed to protect the glass of the watch while playing polo. To meet this challenge, the patent for a “wristwatch that can slide on its base and flip over on itself ” was officially registered in 1931. And so the creation of the reversible case, which was very often personalized, came to represent the bond of history and shared values between the Maison Jaeger LeCoultre, and the sport of polo. With one movement that drives two dials, the steel Reverso Tribute Duoface displays two different time zones. The highly original blue tones create a contemporary character that will delight lovers of unique, yet discreet, objects with proportions made to flatter delicate wrists. A timepiece for the world traveler with an eye for bespoke finery. www.jaeger-lecoultre.com

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V - trophy list The Maserati of SUVs — the Levante The Maserati of SUVs, the Levante, is 100% sports utility vehicle, 100% Maserati. Luxurious and adventurous, the Levante dominates and delivers outstanding performance even in the most formidable terrain or extreme weather conditions. Its unmistakable Maserati design is showcased in sleek yet sporty lines, and it is as comfortable as it is spacious. The Levante is a contemporary symbol of Maserati’s engineering prowess and mastery of craftsmanship, and is the ultimate icon of sophistication, exclusivity, refinement and elegance. To book a test drive, or for more information, contact 080 006 0078. www.maserati.co.za

Strauss & Co presents South African greats on home soil It is an auction truism that even in gloomy times the beautiful, the rare and the collectable will always attract discerning buyers. Bucking trends in a softening art market, Strauss & Co posted a record turnover of R215 million in 2016, the highest combined income achieved by the company in a single year since its inception in 2009. The outstanding result is a testament to Strauss & Co’s capacity to bring quality work to the market, and its ability to achieve a sell through rate of over 80%, at its four live auctions in Johannesburg and Cape Town. In November, ten works by Alexis Preller, many unseen for decades, went under the hammer for the first time in the secondary market at Strauss & Co’s Johannesburg sale. Amongst them was the complexly unique Space Angel, a high relief gesso work depicting a disembodied aquiline head from 1971, fetching R6,593,440. The highest amount paid at a Strauss & Co auction in 2016 was R10,572,240 for Irma Stern’s 1947 Still Life with Lilies, a colour drenched study of orange tiger lilies and a Buddha figure. The price is consistent with earlier Strauss & Co results. In 2013, the artist’s Magnolias and Fruit from 1947 sold for R9,662,800, and in 2010 a bidder paid R11,140,000 for White Lilies, a bountiful floral study from 1936. Stern’s pedigree at auction is now a matter of statistical record: she is ranked alongside modernists Georgia O’Keeffe and Louise Bourgeois as among the ten most expensive women artists sold at auction globally between 2005 and 2015, a rating that Strauss & Co helped secure. Stern’s portraiture is also highly esteemed by collectors. Strauss & Co predicts a high price for Stern’s 1942 piece Young Man with Orange Turban, with an estimated value of between R12,000,000 and R16,000,000, which is to go on auction in Cape Town this year. www.straussart.co.za

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Important South African and International Art

Cape Town Monday, 16 October

Important South African and International Art, Furniture, Decorative Arts and Jewellery

Johannesburg Monday, 13 November

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V - trophy list Veuve Clicquot Arrow Nothing fuels dreams and innovation like getting out and seeing the world. Travel is at the heart of the champagne House Veuve Clicquot’s heritage. A twist on traditional road signs, the Clicquot Arrow invites you to celebrate with a trendy metal case shaped like an arrow, designed to house a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label. An array of 29 global destinations, from our very own Cape Town to Kyoto, Buenos Aires to Berlin adorns the case’s front. The distance is also inscribed, calculated in kilometers from Reims, the centre of the House’s production. Cases of three can be assembled according to thematic journeys. Let your trip be inspired by parties, with destinations from Ibiza to Berlin to St Tropez. A Fashion journey goes from Paris to Milan to New York. Experience Design via Tokyo, Milan and Miami or Summer from Rio to Sydney to Hawaii. Where do you want to go? The Clicquot Arrow can point the way. www.veuveclicquot.com

The Ritz Hotel, Cape Town The spirit of the Mother City has always found ways to evolve and inspire change, breathing new life into its streets. The Ritz Hotel is an old familiar shape in the Cape Town skyline towering over the Atlantic Sea Board. And now with its extensive R120 million makeover, the historic and iconic hotel will be reinstated as a landmark of luxury for locals and visitors alike. Opening its doors in early 2017, the new Ritz Hotel with its 212 beautifully renovated bedrooms will boast a host of luxury designs and amenities to ensure guests have a uniquely tailored experience. The entrance hall and guest lobby will consist of smooth white marble with gold inlays, depicting utter sophistication and refinement. The Top of the Ritz will revolve again with South African celebrity Chef Bertus Basson at the wheel, bringing innovative yet accessibly extravagant dining experiences to Cape Town’s only revolving restaurant. The Hotel will also be opening an exclusive nightclub in the basement level, hosting world renowned DJ Black Coffee in a first time ever residency capacity, adding to the vibrant Cape Town nightlife. The plush pool area, complete with new landscaping, and an outdoor champagne bar service, will flow from the open plan CASA Restaurant and Cabanas. This will be the perfect place to unwind and bask in grandeur, enjoying a relaxed tropical Cape Town Summer. @theritzhotelsa www.theritzcapetown.co.za

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A Grand Finale On the 26th of March this year, the Absa Cape Epic’s Grand Finale – the final and most prestigious stage of the event – will roll on to the roads and fields of Val de Vie. The Absa Cape Epic has drawn cyclists from around the globe and its recent purchase by IRONMAN is proof the United States-based company wants to launch a series of similar races around the world with the Cape Epic as its showcase event.. Words by Chris Whitfield

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t will be the first time the estate has been used for

ridden by the participants. The top riders now all ride

the finish of the event and will be a colourful affair,

29ers (29-inch diameter wheels) and virtually all are on

with television viewers from around the world and

The frames of the top bikes are feather-light and

will watch the world’s top professional riders

made out of carbon fibre. They all have disc brakes and

sweeping across the finish line, followed by age

some are now using “dropper posts” – seatposts that

group category competitors, competitive amateurs

can be lowered or raised at the push of a button,

and, finally, the riders who just manage to scrape

enabling riders to drop their centre of gravity on steep

home before the cut-off gun goes off each day.

descents and then return to a comfortable pedalling

Dusty and exhausted, each of those riders will

height. The Absa Cape Epic in 2017 will see 1,300

celebrate having finished a 691km route that will

riders taking part in 650 teams: the maximum capacity

have taken them from a prologue at Meerendal on to

that the event can manage. Entries sell out in seconds

Hermanus, Greyton, Elgin and finally Val de Vie.

and the event is over-subscribed to the point where it

During that time they will have ascended a total of

could fill the field several times.

15,400m, nearly twice the height of Mount Everest. Winners or not, they will have finished the world’s premier mountain bike stage race. But the huge event that is the latter-day Absa Cape Epic is some distance from its humble origins. The vision for the event was sparked in 2002 when founder Kevin Vermaak was taking part in the La Ruta de los Conquistadores stage race in Costa Rica. In 2003 he was back in South Africa after eight years in London, and a year later in 2004 the first edition of the race took place. The first Absa Cape Epic was held over 785km between Knysna and Cape Town. In spite of its ambitious scale it was a relatively humble affair: 550 riders took part in 275 two-person teams. Participants rode bikes with 26-inch diameter wheels and most were on “hardtails” – with front suspensions but not rear. The intervening 13 years have seen breathtaking development in the race, but also in the mountain bikes 14

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“dual sussers”, with front and back shock absorbers.

thousands of spectators enjoying the spectacle. They


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purchase by IRONMAN was a recognition of that:

in 2004 but now it is a race that they all want to win:

the United States-based company wants to launch a

for example, current Olympic gold medallist and

series of similar races around the world with the

cross country world champion Nino Schurter of

Cape Epic as its showcase event.

Switzerland has indicated that he now hopes to add

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the Absa Cape Epic to his palmarès – the list of major

organisational efficiency and a model for other

events won by a cyclist. To do so in 2017, Schurter

events, but what is it about the Absa Cape Epic that

will have to see off challenges from the likes of

attracts riders, from the pros through to the

German Karl Platt, a five time winner of the event,

adventurous amateurs? Perhaps the people best

former winners Kristian Hynek of the Czech

qualified to answer that question are the Last Lions:

Republic and his countryman Jaroslav Kulhavy,

the four hardy riders who have finished every one of

himself a former Olympic gold medallist.

the 13 events to date, and who will be on the starting

The field will be littered with former and

line again on the 19th of March next year.

current Olympic medallists and world champions.

Former women’s category winner and professional

The women’s category will see current world

rider Hannele Steyn, now 50, is one of them: “I love

champion Annika Langvad of Denmark defending

the race … it became my favourite race experience

her title with her partner Ariane Kleinhans. Former

from the very first one when I had no clue what to

world champions and mountain biking legends

expect or what multi-day racing was all about. I love

Sabine Spitz of Germany and Gunn-Rita Dahle of

it and, because this race is such a challenge, I will

Norway – both former Olympic gold medallists –

try and do it until something outside my power

will also be there.

stops me.” Another is 57-year-old Mike Nixon (who

Besides all that, the Absa Cape Epic has fostered a

has also summited Mount Everest): “The Tour de

revolution in mountain bike stage racing. In 2004

France of mountain biking on your doorstep. How

the sport in South Africa was largely restricted to

can you resist?”

occasional festival events and cross-country races

But maybe the last word should go to the late,

over shorter distances. Now there are more than 50

great Burry Stander, a two-time winner and still the

stage races across the country, ranging from two days

only South African to stand on top of the overall

to three to nine days. There is barely a weekend that

podium: “If someone comes to me and says he’s

passes without a stage race taking place somewhere

done an Epic, or two or three, he’s immediately part

in the country.

of the club. That person is a real mountain biker. You

In spite of the competition the Absa Cape Epic

know they can suffer. You know there’s so much

remains the pinnacle stage racing event and its recent

behind the statement. It’s the race that measures all.”

“If someone comes to me and says he’s done an Epic, or two or three, he’s immediately part of the club. That person is a real mountain biker. You know he can suffer. You know there’s so much behind the statement. It’s the race that measures all.” – Burry Stander

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South Africa’s Michelin Man For more than a century, the coveted three Michelin Stars have represented the pinnacle of culinary achievement. Receiving one Star will get the world of fine dining to turn their heads. Be the first from your home country to receive a Star, and everybody suddenly sits up and takes notice. However, restaurants have to maintain very high standards in order for their Michelin star to be “re-awarded” annually. Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen is South Africa’s very first recipient of a Michelin Star in 2016 and has retained his star for 2017. This boytjie van die plaas is our pride and joy. Words by Heléne Ramackers

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formative

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instrumental in the development of his culinary genius, where many an hour got spent honing his clandestine food fetish. “At the age of six I had created my own little restaurant in an empty old bus that was left standing on blocks on our farmstead in Middelburg,” he tells me. “When we were having dinner and watching Riaan Cruywagen on SABC, I would rearrange my little dining room and it would be a proper dinner in my restaurant, with a setup to represent a glorious dinner.” At primary school, Jan Hendrik’s creativity and business acumen had him earning some pocket money. “I used to weld flower vases from old exhaust pipes (yes, I did!)” he laughs, “and sell it to the neighbours’ wives. I had a proper

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where I sold biscuits and Boxer tobacco to the local

morning at the

community. Then I went to high school, and I was

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel.

fortunate to get a subject called hotel keeping and

Cape Town is showing off in all her

catering. It was the first year the course was offered,

glory and Table Mountain is offset

which was very exciting! My Dad never knew I took

“At the age of six I had

against the bluest of skies. The

this as a subject – he thought I was taking mathematics

‘Pink Lady’, as the Mount Nelson is

or science. The possibilities became more do-able, so I

created my own little

is conducting interviews for the day. He is seated

Jan Hendrik had always spent a lot of time in the

with his back towards the dining room, with a subtle

kitchens of his mother, and grandmothers. They were

‘Do not disturb – Interview in progress’ aura.

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affectionately known, is where Jan Hendrik

You’d be forgiven for mistaking Jan Hendrik for a movie star. Tall and slim, with perfectly chiselled

could cook every day! Then it started big time!”

unexpected guest, and how to improvise and quickly put things together while remaining cool headed.

features, dreamy green eyes and day-old stubble, he

“There are dishes from my childhood that have

epitomises understated elegance. Dressed in black, a

stayed close to my heart. My mother used to wake

hint of a blue shirt collar peeps out from under his

us up at 6 in the morning, as young children. The

jersey. His feet are adorned by a pair of white sneakers.

coal stove would be lit and she would make toast on


V - culinary the coal stove, and then it would burn because she would quickly do her hair. The smell of burnt toast would fill the house. Today we burn toast at JAN’s to recreate the experience of what I had as a child. We serve it with cheese and explain it to our guests from all over the world – this is proper coal stove burnt toast. There are lots of little things I still take with me.” Jan Hendrik’s rendering of his childhood tale elicits varying opinions from amongst his clientele. “Some people think, ‘O-o-h-h, it’s too burnt but it’s a taste that has given me goosebumps’. If fellow South Africans or Scandinavians come to visit, I tell them the story and they literally go ‘You have just taken me back to my childhood with that taste.’ Then you kind of know, ‘We’ve done it; this is a success.’ We have a similar set-up at JAN’s to recreate the burnt toast, with a big flat grill and a thick black iron top. Fortunately, we have extraction to pull the smoke out of the restaurant!” Opening JAN, his self-titled restaurant, in Nice three years ago was the realisation of a lifelong dream. “We had to decide what name to put on the restaurant. I had a vision – just three letters with the ‘A’ pointing upwards, resembling the Eiffel Tower in France. Historically, the name JAN has come such a long way for us as South Africans and I thought, This is perfect – the name is short and trendy.” Things didn’t just fall into place straight away – the language barrier proved to be quite challenging. “I once ordered duck breasts and they delivered a whole live duck, just before service!” he laughs. “I thought ‘I need to learn this language!’ I had to run down to the butcher shop and get some duck breasts at a very high price. The language is complicated. I figured out you shouldn’t think in English and try to speak French. You should think in French. I had my first dream in French and that was a good sign.” Jan Hendrik admits that JAN is an immense success, offering a premium dining experience with the best of fresh produce. The menu consists of four to six courses, and mosbolletjies, Cape seed loaf and biltong have been part of the menu since day one. “We would like to incorporate more South African flavours into the menu. It’s a fine dine restaurant, so you need to constantly challenge yourself – how can you do boereboontjies on a fine dine plate? You don’t have to; you can serve it in a bowl. We make our own biltong. We bake rusks every second day and give it to our guests as a little gift with their breakfast. There are distinct South African elements. Rooibos tea is val de vie

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“I am not pushing myself or my team towards a second star‚ but we are pushing ourselves to higher and better. This is just what we do.”

huge. I always take buchu (brandy) over and we make

everywhere. People would like to see me as ‘The face’

buchu potatoes or gel. Another huge hit is Bakers

of the restaurant. Since the first day we opened I’ve

Tennis Biscuits, which we use to make peppermint crisp

always gone to the front. The pass is an open space so

tart served with tea, which is divine! The three years

people can see me plating. If my waiters aren’t available

since opening JAN have flown by so quickly that there

to grab a plate, I do that. I check the dockets, I clear

wasn’t time to think ‘What am I getting myself into?’

glasses, I run past the bathroom to make sure that the

There was no time to process failure, so it wasn’t an

basins are dried out and cleaned and the napkins are

option. The success of JAN is attributed to the fact that

filled. I check the music, I see that the carpets are

we have never taken shortcuts. We are fortunate

wiped, it’s just constant … like a machine.”

always to give our best, which is a winning recipe for any business.”

not a fussy eater and enjoys pickles with cheese and

60% French and 40% South African. “The tax is very

ham as a snack. One constant ingredient in his fridge

high on importing because wine is one of France’s

is cheese. And nothing comes close to a braai when he

biggest industries. The current South African favourites

is in Cape Town.

are Org de Rac from the Swartland, with the Shiraz and

When dining out, he sees himself as an easy patron.

the Method Cap Classique being very popular. You

“I respect the chef ’s hard work. I’m very laid-back. It’s

can’t think of serving a sparkling wine in France because

my off time when I go out to eat unless I go to other

they have champagne! Other favourites are Creation

Michelin restaurants for inspiration or to see what the

Wines, Bouchard Finlayson and Meerlust.”

competition is doing. I’m a good tipper as long as

South African music features prominently on JAN’s

people give everything. If I get presented with

music playlist, with Miriam Makeba, Karen Zoid and

something that is not up to standard, depending on

Bok van Blerk serenading patrons. “I play music that I

how bad it is – if it’s edible, I’ll eat it. But I’ll tell the

love. People relate to the experience. They feel the

waiter afterwards it’s a little overcooked. I give people

moment and they can feel when it’s personal.”

chances. Coming from a restaurateur perspective, it

trades? “Yes, I call it the slash generation. I am

There are two tours per year, giving

the

opportunity

to

fellow foodies to ‘Go With Me’ somewhere. We visit local chefs that I’ve become friends with; we go to the market to buy things. It’s six days of fun and great companionship. ‘Dinners With Jan’ happens in Cape Town, and there will be ‘Popup Dinners’ in Johannesburg. The book JAN - A Breath of French Air, is a combination of restaurant food and the food Jan eats at home. A celebration of his life in Nice, the birth of his restaurant and a memoir. Web: www.janhendrik.com

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daily, guilty pleasure is creamy scrambled eggs. He is

The wine list showcases a great selection of wines –

He is very hands on in his restaurant. Jan-of-all-

About tours and private dinners

He also does the cooking at home. His favourite

cannot always be perfect, although we at JAN strive for perfection.”


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Striking gold A man who believes in the people of South Africa, the country’s future and the larger African continent; a man who has seen immense achievement in business, yet remains down-to-earth and willing to give of his time and finances – this is mining magnate, esteemed businessman and philanthropist, Patrice Motsepe. Words by Kathryn Jubber

“Val de Vie has been named the country’s top residential estate for a number of reasons and these are very evident to us. We are therefore confident that this deal will yield an excellent return on investment. If you ask me – we’ve struck profitable gold.”

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“…an investment in a

H

aving gained entrepreneurial skills at a young age

management team is made up of visionaries; people who

by assisting in his father’s grocery shop, which

are passionate about the future of the estate and its

was frequented by village residents and miners, by the

surrounding communities. Martin Venter’s vision, as the

time he embarked on his own road to success Motsepe

founder of Val de Vie, became a reality through diligent

was no stranger to business matters or to the mining

work, determination and wise investment – cornerstones

in them and by investing

industry. His journey has since involved becoming the

that ARC shares,” says Motsepe. “The company’s

in local businesses, we

first black partner at one of the leading South African law

commitment to all our people is likewise exemplary.”

firms, Bowmans; founding a company named Future

Val de Vie indeed places much emphasis on giving

Mining; purchasing gold mines; establishing African

back to its surrounding communities to contribute

Rainbow Minerals (ARM); joining The Giving Pledge

towards the growth and eventual prosperity of the entire

and confidence in, the

which was started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett;

Paarl Franschhoek Valley. Known for his charitable

taking ownership of football club, Mamelodi Sundowns

leanings, Motsepe can certainly relate to Val de Vie’s

country’s growth.”

and, most recently, initiating African Rainbow Capital

dream for the area. In fact, the driving force behind

(ARC) – a subsidiary of Sanlam’s anchor shareholder and

Motsepe and his family’s Motsepe Foundation – an

empowerment partner, Ubuntu Botho Investments.

organisation that supports various educational, rural

company and its people indicates your confidence

express our commitment to,

Through this company – jointly headed by Johan van

FROM LEFT At the Gala Dinner of the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup held at Val de Vie in 2015. Philip Green CBE, Prince Harry, Lady Cristiana Sorrell, Martin Venter, Sir Martin Sorrell, Patrice Motsepe, Lizelle Venter and Nacho Figueras.

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upliftment,

environmental

and

local

community

der Merwe, former CEO of Sanlam Investments, and

upliftment projects – is similarly “to give hope and to

Johan van Zyl, former CEO of Sanlam – Motsepe and

build a brighter future for all our people”.

his team bring to life their belief that “if we continue

“There is an incredible synergy existing between our

doing the right things in Africa, we can create a very

current outreach programmes and Patrice’s philanthropic

exciting and competitive global market here”. He explains

interests,” says Martin Venter, Val de Vie’s Founder and

that “an investment in a company and its people indicates

CEO. “We are pleased to join forces with a team that has

your confidence in them and by investing in local

a corresponding desire to see businesses, employees,

businesses, we express our commitment to and

families and communities thrive. Because of what we’re

confidence in the country’s growth.”

able to achieve through this undertaking, from expanding

This very sentiment was echoed in ARC’s decision to

the estate to supporting and uplifting surrounding

make its first investment in the South African residential

communities, I would pinpoint this investment as one of

property market in June 2016, when it acquired a 20%

the most impactful deals to occur in Val de Vie’s history.”

stake in Val de Vie Investments. “I had the pleasure of

While the agreement was a significant one for Val de

visiting Val de Vie Estate for the first time in November

Vie, it was likewise a remarkable step for ARC. “We had

2015 when I attended the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo

made investments within the finance sector, but we had

Cup in which Prince Harry participated,” recounts

not done so in the residential property industry prior to

Motsepe. “I was extremely impressed by what the estate

this,” expresses Motsepe. “Val de Vie has been named the

had accomplished in terms of its housing developments

country’s top residential estate for a number of reasons

and the world-class facilities it has on offer.”

and those are very evident to us. We are therefore

But it wasn’t only that which tangibly surrounded

confident that this deal will yield an excellent return on

Motsepe at Val de Vie that appealed to him. “Val de Vie’s

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The ripple effect

“South Africa is of course very dear to my heart. Last year, with the kind help and expertise of our supporters,

In December 2012, Princess Charlene of Monaco launched an international initiative to prevent fatal drownings in children. Samantha Page finds out how her mission is gaining momentum and making ripples not just across the pool but the world. Words by Samantha Page Photographs by Eric Mathon/Palais Princier

we were able to establish 15 new projects and reach over 30,000 children across the country, teaching them to swim, to learn water safety

F

rom a very young age, Charlene Wittstock (now

participating and competing. “I established the

Princess Charlene of Monaco) has had a passion

Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation because I

for swimming. Any body of water can be

believe that sport can change and save lives,

unpredictable, vast and challenging, so it was difficult

accomplish great destiny and empower people,” says

at times to define the appeal of her aquatic

the Princess of her Foundation, which now has

environment, but the call was urgent, and to answer

chapters across the world.

was imperative.

techniques and CPR.”

While the goals of her Foundation were created in

“I started swimming when I was eight years old,

Monaco, the ripple effect of its efforts to save the

and I practiced almost every day for between four and

lives, and protect the futures of children who have

eight hours, until the age of 27,” the Princess recalls.

the potential for greatness but perhaps lack the

Whenever she glided through the water, she felt at

resources, support and facilities to see their dreams

home, safe and, with every stroke, edging closer to

and aspirations fully realised, can be felt from Africa

her destiny.

to Asia and from America to Europe.

Her father, Michael and her mother, Lynette

But this is not just one woman’s passion project.

Wittstock, who was a swimming coach, at first

There is a very real need for the kind of social

encouraged their daughter to swim for enjoyment,

investment the Princess and her husband Prince Albert

and later to compete in swimming competitions when

feel called to make. According to the World Health

they realised that Charlene had the potential to achieve

Organisation’s first “Global Report on Drowning”,

great things – in and out of the swimming pool.

published in November 2014, 372,000 people

“Swimming taught me discipline, hard work,

drowned in 2012, and drowning is the third largest

determination, team spirit and honesty. I would not

unintentional injury killer in the world. In South

be who I am today without those values,” adds

Africa, the Princess’s home country since she was 11

Princess Charlene.

years old and a place with which she feels a deep

The years that followed brought the teenage

affinity, drowning is rated the second accidental killer

Charlene national swimming honours, and later,

of children after road accidents. These statistics are

international achievements, such as the role of Olympic

sobering because death by drowning is preventable.

Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation… by the numbers Our work in South Africa in 2016.

Learn to Swim: 19 projects that taught 2,507 children to swim.

athlete in the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney,

“South Africa is of course very dear to my heart. Last

Australia with her 4 x 100 medley South African team,

year, with the kind help and expertise of our supporters,

and after that, in 2011, the world’s attention when she

we were able to establish 15 new projects and reach

4 projects that reached

married Prince Albert II of Monaco and assumed the

over 30,000 children across the country, teaching them

27,242 children in

role of Princess Consort of Monaco.

to swim, learn water safety techniques and CPR

59 schools.

competitive

[cardiopulmonary resuscitation],” explains the Princess.

swimming in 2007, a different kind of passion began

When

Charlene

retired

from

The Foundation takes a three-pronged approach to

to stir in her, fuelled by her love for sport, swimming,

saving lives and developing athletes who are grounded

children and the values she believes she learnt from

in the most fundamental and life altering values:

Water Safety Instruction:

Sport & Education: 7 projects that reached 467 people.

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“I am passionate about saving lives and protecting

Learn to swim:

Speaking at the Foundation’s United States

Teach children how to swim to save their lives, and

launch in May last year, American Olympic diver

build their confidence in aquatic environments.

Greg Louganis said, “Princess Charlene has a

Water safety:

unique and beautiful platform to engage kids with

Raise public awareness about the dangers of

sports, and I’m honoured by, and grateful to her, to

water, and teach children preventative measures

help promote these values. I’m thrilled to have this

and basic first aid.

opportunity, through the Foundation, to help bring

Sport and education:

such important fundamentals into the lives of young

Use sporting activities as tools to contribute to

people. Learning to swim can be life-saving, but it’s

the wellbeing and development of all children no

also a process that can be fun for the entire family.”

matter their origin or circumstances.

Many years have passed since that little girl glided

the future of our children.

through the water, discovering with every stroke that “In 2015, my Foundation reached over 60,000

she could achieve her goals if she kept moving forward,

people, mostly children, to raise awareness about the

and continued to believe in her ability to make her

foundation to end drowning

values that are so dear to me, and since its creation in

dreams come true. Now she’s paying her good fortune

December 2012 over 150,000 people, mostly

forward, and we can all relate to her vision.

– the 3rd largest

children, have benefited from the assistance of my

unintentional injury killer

As a busy mother of young twins, and a royal

difference and empower young people to reach for

with many official engagements, in recent years

their dreams and achieve them. We owe our children a

the Princess has expanded her Foundation’s

bright future and one in which they can live safe and

estimated 372,000 drowned.

network by inviting several sporting greats to be

fulfilling lives as active and responsible citizens.”

In South Africa, drowning

Olympians Greg Louganis and Dana Torres, racing

In 2012, I set up a

in the world. In 2012, an

is the second accidental killer

ambassadors

and

advisers.

United

driver Jenson Button, tennis champion Novak Djokovic, and locally, former Springbok rugby

of children after road accidents. These deaths

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the future of our children. Sport can make a significant

States

captain Francois Pienaar, and Olympic gold

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Foundation in 30 countries,” says the Princess.

“I am passionate about saving lives and protecting

Want to help? “In joining forces, in sharing experiences and resources, we will succeed in saving lives through more international cooperation in fighting death by drowning, this terrible, yet silent, killer.” For more information, visit : www.fondationprincessecharlene.mc/en


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Most valued Player Immaculate in his game and by nature, for many Gary Player represents all that is good about the game of golf. Striding down the fairway in pressed trousers and trademark black polo-neck sweater, Player seems to stand for an age in much the same way as the VW Beetle, the Rolling Stones, and Coke in glass bottles. Always dapper, he is an icon unblemished by time, forever captured in our memory as the plucky South African who never shirked a challenge – the pugnacious golfer who always said he could. Words by Luke Alfred

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o his eternal credit though, Player has never

Games uncertainties, it was an experience Player

stood still despite the fact that he might be fixed

thoroughly enjoyed. “The tournaments, from both

tightly in the popular imagination. He has aged

the men and women, were absolutely fantastic,” he

remarkably gracefully, his longevity (he turned 81 at

said in an e-mail interview via his longstanding media

the beginning of November) a testament to clean

manager, Bo Wood. “The course looked beautiful

living and healthy eating. The esteem in which he is

and played fair. Maybe the best part was the crowds

still held by the younger generation can be seen in

that came out to support the players and their

the South African golfers’ request for his support

country. Each day the galleries were full! I do not

earlier in the year at the Rio Olympics. Despite pre-

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“Laughing can help keep you young. It is important that you enjoy your life and the people around you. All those things combined will help your longevity.”

watched golf tournaments this year on television,

The high of Rio has been punctuated recently by

beating out a couple of the Majors. That in itself is

some not-so-nice reminders of beckoning mortality.

very impressive. Potentially millions saw golf for the

Player was knocked by the news of Arnold Palmer’s

first time on television, which will no doubt help the

death in Pittsburgh in late September, the two having

future of our game. I was hopeful South Africa

traded blows shot for shot, and at golf ’s finest

would bring home a medal, but we fell short of our

theatres, over many a year.

goal. However, I was very proud of Brandon, Jaco,

Few will forget, for instance, that Player appeared

Paula and Ashleigh for their effort and dedication to

to have relegated himself to second place at the 1961

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“Arnold was many things

18th to re-take the title he’d secured the previous

to many people and

of the bunker, finding the crowd instead of the

undoubtedly made golf

year. As it was, Palmer’s second shot exploded out green. Palmer’s two-over-par six meant that Player, who had walked off dejected only moments before,

more popular, but to me he

became the first foreigner to win at Augusta since

was simply a dear friend

statement written here in South Africa shortly after

for over 60 years.”

the start of the Masters in 1934. Sharing the learning of Palmer’s death, Player said: “I have so many vivid memories of our time together competing around the world, with our families, helping each other’s charities, and just being together. Arnold was many things to many people and undoubtedly made golf more popular, but to me he was simply a dear friend for over 60 years. Of

laughs a lot. “Laughing can help keep you young,”

course, like anybody, we had our differences but

he says with what you imagine is a light chuckle.

these never stood in the way of our relationship and

“It is important that you enjoy your life and the

I will miss him terribly. He could be difficult and

people around you. All those things combined will

demanding but also blessed with charisma, charm

help your longevity.”

and patience. Arnold Palmer simply transcended the

For all the stamps in his passport, Player’s ranch

game of golf. He was inspirational to so many and

south of Colesberg is sacred, the place to which he

lived his life to the fullest. He had a slashing,

returns for sanity, love and peace of mind after

dashing style accompanied with a knowing smile.”

months on the road designing courses and

With the great clubhouse in the sky not awfully

attending to his charities. “My thoroughbred

far away in time, Player’s fans will be reassured to

racehorse stud farm is my home and my paradise.

know that he isn’t planning on quitting his final

It’s where I am at peace,” he says. “I love to travel

round anytime soon. He has always been healthy

and experience different cultures, but I am always

BELOW FROM LEFT

and exercise conscious, and says that part of his

thankful when I get back to my farm. It’s my

“The Big Three”

secret has been staying away from junk food,

passion. Deep down, I am a farmer at heart. I love

- a name first assigned to Gary Player,

exercising daily and adopting a positive mind-set.

getting up early, working the land, driving tractors,

Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer

He neither drinks nor smokes and, when asked

planting trees, and getting my hands dirty. I travel

in the 1960’s due to their

about his self-evident joie de vivre, says that one of

around eight months out of the year hosting the

dominance in professional golf.

the less obvious reasons is that he enjoys life and

Gary Player Invitational series, philanthropic efforts for children, designing golf courses, and visiting my family who live all around the world. But when I have free time, it’s spent on my farm with family, friends, my dogs and horses.” And, finally, what would his parting advice be, particularly to those of us who, like him, are not bouncing down the fairways as perhaps we once did? “My best advice for this is not to let your body get to that point [where it is a little stiff and sore],” he says. “Stretch every day, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Everyone has time for this before and after bed. Don’t take a pill for every ache and pain either. Try walking at least 10,000 steps a day. Let your body work it out on its own. And of course if you also eat properly and hydrate your body will thank you for giving it what it needs to thrive, even at an old age.”

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The time of your life New-age retirement has nothing to do with growing old and everything to do with dusting off one’s dreams and getting the most out of life. Val de Vie Estate offers a range of lifestyle options and investments that enable residents to do just that. Quality of life and peace of mind is paramount to the estate’s ethos. In partnering with one of South Africa’s retirement specialists, Evergreen Lifestyle, Val de Vie is planning a unique retirement village designed to harness the exceptional qualities for which the estate is renowned. Recreating the open door, secure lifestyle of yesteryear, the village will offer a unique blend of luxury homes and facilities, complimented with nearby vineyards, golf, polo, equestrian, mountain and other lifestyle pleasures. Words provided

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he retirement boom has hit and today’s seniors are reshaping what it’s all about. They view retirement

as a whole new opportunity to engage with family, community, and the world with vigour and purpose. In short, they see retirement not as the end of life, but just the beginning. Work is soon to begin on the construction and development of Evergreen Village at Val de Vie Estate. Established in 2008, the Evergreen Lifestyle business is the country’s first national retirement brand, boasting a reputation for building and managing exceptional villages and providing a full suite of services in some of the most beautiful parts of the country. This will be the sixth village in the rapidly expanding Evergreen portfolio and its thoughtful design reflects the latest international trends. Arthur Case, CEO of Evergreen Lifestyle, understands better than most that today’s retirees are independent and confident, and therefore highly rates innovation, self-reliance and changes made for the better. “Progressive retirement village operators are setting new standards in their services, care and facilities,” says Case. “Many international golf developments and leisure resorts are opening retirement villages to leverage the tranquillity and expanse of their surroundings, as well as their club facilities. Whilst Evergreen gets to do so in arguably the most beautiful valley in the Cape, we bring the know how of a mature and experienced specialist retirement operator into the equation. This includes the vital components of health care, together with a clear understanding of what today’s retiree wants and needs.”

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Evergreen’s National Sales Manager, Philip

the resident (via its life right) and Evergreen, it

Wilson expects demand for the Evergreen Val de Vie

becomes mutually beneficial to keep it - along with

lifestyle to outstrip supply. “There can be no more

the village and its management - in excellent

perfect place to retire than in the Valley of Life,”

condition. Residents enjoy the benefits of ownership

Philip believes. “Everything about the valley — the

without the hassles of management and maintenance.

river, the Pearl Valley golf course, the vineyards, the

This allows for residents, or their families, to buy a

paddocks — is perfectly beautiful.”

home with transparent affordable levies which are

Among the advantages of deciding to downscale, freedom from the stress of managing and maintaining

established two years in advance enabling residents to plan around known costs.

one’s own home ranks high, according to Wilson. He

Retirement living is no longer the exclusive

ads that the brand’s internationally popular Life

preserve of the elderly in this day and age, and empty

Right Purchase model offers many benefits. An

nesters are amongst those jumping at the opportunity

Evergreen Life Right offers owners the legal right to

to downscale. Philip Wilson concludes, “Today, it’s

occupy their homes for the duration of their lives.

not how old you grow, but how you grow old, that

This right is theirs to sell, or is sold as part of their

matters. In selling your home and moving to

estate. Importantly, the village and all its facilities

Evergreen Val de Vie, you will discover an upscale

remain both an asset and the responsibility of

lifestyle that turns life into a carefree adventure.

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plans to develop more villages in the Western

Evergreen Lifestyles operates as an independent

Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal.

company within the Amdec Group. Founded in 1989, Amdec is a privately owned company with an established reputation as South Africa’s

Web: evergreenlifestyle.co.za Web: amdec.co.za

leading developer of New Urban lifestyles. Amdec’s signature developments include the iconic Melrose Arch (Johannesburg), Val de Vie, Pearl

Valley,

Westbrook

(Port

Elizabeth),

The Yacht Club (Waterfront, Cape Town),

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Harbour Arch (Cape Town), XtraSpace and The Arch Property Fund. Evergreen’s expanding portfolio of villages includes its Cape based developments, Evergreen Bergvliet and Evergreen Muizenberg (for which Amdec

garnered

prestigious

awards

at

the

International Property Awards), Evergreen Diep River, Evergreen at Lake Michelle, and Evergreen Broadacres situated in Gauteng. The business has

Life’s next chapter begins in the Valley of Life Together, Evergreen Villages and Val de Vie Estate have won 11 International Property Awards. Together they will offer a rare, exciting and hugely fulfilling lifestyle for those fortunate enough to liveon the estate. Embark on your next exciting life chapter in the Valley of Life. It’s your story… a life worth living. Register your interest by contacting our agents at property@valdevie.co.za. Web: www.valdevie.co.za


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s the twelve-seater Trans Maldivian Airways plane descended towards the ‘runway’ – solely

comprising kilometres of pristine turquoise water – it became clear to Ryk that this trip would be unlike any other. “I’m not a nervous flyer, but I imagine that the thought of landing on water might get some travellers’ nerves going. Once you’re up there, though, you can’t help but become captivated by the beauty below that extends to the horizon,” he says. “I would go so far as to say that flying over the Maldives could be the cure for those with flight jitters: looking out over coral reef formations and multiple palmladen islands serves as the perfect distraction.” While the views from above are to be savoured, they certainly don’t disappoint after touch-down. White beaches beckon visitors to sink their bare feet beneath the surface of the sun-kissed sand and to bask in the reality of their surroundings. “Despite feeling fatigued and needing to adjust to the climate, the moments that followed were indescribable – the serenity on the island was unbelievable,” continues Ryk. “The first of the two resorts I was fortunate enough to visit, exceeded my expectations. I spent four blissful days at Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives and to be honest, I didn’t want to leave.” This destination, located on the South Ari Atoll, offers its visitors an all-inclusive package which covers all meals at three of the resort’s restaurants, excursions and activities from fishing and water sports to sunset cruises, as well as sublime pampering in the form of daily spa treatments. “Because the package is comprehensive, you really don’t have to Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives

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moment of your day enjoying the island and relaxing

from paddle boarding and kayaking to windsurfing,

as much as possible,” says Ryk.

sailing, snorkelling, and diving, to name a few.

The level of service is outstanding, which meant that

Thanks to excellent conservation efforts that are

Ryk “spent many hours completely horizontal on an

upheld in the Maldives, the surrounding ocean is

outdoor, bed-sized cushion – one of the many luxurious

home to a splendid variety of marine life. “I’ve never

touches which formed part of the private stilted-villa.”

seen so many fish of all shapes, colours and sizes in

That was, when he wasn’t unwinding in the ocean, just

one place. It’s an amazing sight,” shares Ryk.

a few steps down from the villa’s balcony.

Following his restful experience at Centara

While it doesn’t take much to lure a former

Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives, Ryk again

Olympic swimmer into the water, sea temperatures

enjoyed a bird’s-eye view of the atolls scattered

that average 30°C create a pleasant environment for

across the ocean as he was flown to Centara Ras

all. The Maldives is a delightful playground for water-

Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives, located on the

sports enthusiasts who can enjoy a wealth of activities,

exquisite North Malé Atoll.

“You really don’t have to worry about anything, and you can spend every moment of your day enjoying the island and relaxing.”

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must

certainly

be

its

diverse

offering

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accommodation, restaurants and amenities that draws even the most discerning of travellers to its shores, and leaves each of its visitors with lasting memories.

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Absolutely blooming Val de Vie Estate has seen some of South Africa’s most exquisite weddings. The classic feel and open space of the venue provides a beautiful canvas for any starryeyed bride to live out her dream. In this colourful collaboration, Val de Vie Events and Fleur le Cordeur combine their passion for planning and creating beautiful events and the love of flowers to inspire you to ad a little drama to your look this season. By exploring new possibilities and taking floral arrangement to a new level, florist Heike le Cordeur encourages the bride to get out of her comfort zone, stretch her imagination and make a statement. We invite you to indulge in the following pages which are draped in so many flowers you can almost smell their sweet scent.

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modern day Rachel Ruysch, Heike le Cordeur exchanges paint for real flowers to create her masterpieces. Like any true artist, Heike draws inspiration from her surroundings

and translates it into her creations. “Anything from international fashion and architectural trends, to a beautiful texture I’ve seen, something someone may say, a colour combination that inspires, a flower I haven’t seen before, my mood, and even things my children collect in the garden, inspires me,” she muses, and adds that she always has an idea of colour and concept before she starts an installation. “I never know exactly where we’re going with the installation, or what it will look like, until it’s done.” A combination of abundant and opulent blooms with exquisite dresses are used to celebrate the uniqueness of women and flowers. Feminine and bold, delicate yet strong, detailed and colourful, each installation is a bouquet of elements that women and flowers share. The new year brings a new season, and with it, exciting new colour trends to inspire. Greenery and foliage have gained momentum over the past year and taken centre stage in 2017. Easy to complement, and useful for adding bulk to arrangements, greenery can also be the hero in your palette for a fresh and natural concept. “Green symbolises ‘new life’ or ‘new beginnings’ and that excites me!” says Heike.

Fleur le Cordeur Heike has always been incredibly passionate about whatever she takes on; she takes something on with all her heart. “I learnt from my mother, Johanna how to embrace beauty and combine it with creativity. When the opportunity presented itself, I grabbed it with both hands.” Whilst pregnant with her daughter, Indya, Heike realized she would need to make a change and she decided to leave her corporate job and do something more flexible. A good friend who knew her creative background contacted her and asked if she would arrange the flowers for her weddings. Within 6 months, she was booked out a season ahead. “It has been one incredibly blessed journey, and I love every second of what I do. My team is amazing and we honestly have so much fun.” She admits there is a lot of pressure in the events industry, and it is a lot of hard work but when you’re doing what you love, it is all worth it. With a flower in her hand, Heike is always flourishing. Web:www.fleurlecordeur.co.za

Val de Vie Events Coordination Vision The Val de Vie Events team possesses a wealth of creativity and planning savvy in the form of seven vibrant ladies whose experience and industry knowledge are key to the perfecting of any occasion or event. Working with service providers that share your vision can make all the difference to help bring your ideas to life, so that your wedding truly represents you and your partner. Web: www.valdevie.co.za

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“We love working with our brides on a personal level and celebrating their individuality. We know the significance of your big day and will do what ever we can to make sure the first day of the rest of your life in unity together, is absolutely perfect!” – Simone de Wet, MD of Val de Vie Events

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“I wanted to portray Val de Vie Estate and the venue in a different light — bring in an edginess, and push boundaries a little bit. I find the venue and surroundings of the estate incredibly versatile and would love brides to explore a little more with what they can do here!” – Heike le Cordeur

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Prestigious award for Valentia Manor The stately and beautiful Valentia Manor at Val de Vie has received the award for Best Single Unit Residential Development in Africa at the 2016 International Property Awards (IPAs), held in Dubai.

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he International Property Awards acknowledge

built by Brick Art Construction – is a strikingly

leaders in all sectors of the property and real-

beautiful property and piece of land that spans

estate industry, and are considered a “world-

27 hectares, and is owned by Sales Director

renowned mark of excellence”. Founded on this

and Shareholder at Val de Vie, Renier Swart.

achievement, Val de Vie will be attending the Global

This is one of two original farms that are located

Awards in December, in London, where it will

within Val de Vie’s perimeter; the other being

compete against winners from other regions,

the L’Huguenot Farm that stretches across 26

including Asia Pacific, Arabia, Canada, the Caribbean,

hectares of land. Not only does the Swart

Central and South America, Europe, the United

family grow Valencia oranges, but they also

Kingdom and the United States of America.

keep Dormer sheep, thus providing the family

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Val de Vie has previously received the following awards at the IPAs: • World’s Best Marketing 2015 (Polo Village) • Safest House in Africa 2015 (Polo House) • Best Development in South Africa 2014 • • •

(Val de Vie Estate) Best Leisure Development in South Africa 2013 (Val de Vie Estate) Best Single Unit Development in South Africa 2013 (Polo House) Best Single Unit Development in Africa 2013 (Polo House)

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The Gentleman’s Estates were launched in 2015 and range from 1,2 to 3,5 hectares, also allowing owners the opportunity to cultivate vineyards, olive groves, organic vegetables and the like, or to keep horses or certain breeds of livestock

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Approaching the stunning home, one feels as

freedom by introducing additional smallholdings,

though one is driving up to a modern castle in a lush

known as the Gentleman’s Estates, to the offering,

countryside. Merino sheep in peak condition graze

and by placing much emphasis on privacy throughout

the fields on either side of the avenue leading to the

the estate. Valentia Manor is a prime example for

house, with lemon trees all around.

enabling investors to visualise what can be created

There is a remarkable element of symmetry

on such a Gentleman’s Estate.

throughout the U-shaped design. Premium quality

The Gentleman’s Estates were launched in 2015

finishes, and immaculate construction add excellence

and range from 1,2 to 3,5 hectares, also allowing

to the design. The airy entrance with its magnificent

owners the opportunity to cultivate vineyards, olive

grand staircase offers a royal welcome and opens up

groves, organic vegetables and the like, or to keep

to an easy living home for the de Swart family. Every

horses or certain breeds of livestock. The inclusion of

room was carefully considered with family in mind to

properties of this size within a security estate is truly

create a dream house that will delight one every day.

unlike any other offering in the country. These

As Val de Vie has grown in popularity with

smallholdings cater perfectly to those looking to

families and individuals from various parts of South

enjoy all the perks of farm life, without the stresses of

Africa, and immigrants from Europe, as well as local

commercial farming, and with the added benefit of

and international investors, Val de Vie has expanded

the estate’s world-class security features which remain

its property offering substantially. Uniquely, however,

discreet because of the amount of space offered

the estate has maintained a sense of space and

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Talk of the town “South Africa is a beautiful country with the friendliest people, who have made me feel truly welcome. I am excited about the great opportunities that have become available to me and look forward to learning and making a contribution, in particular to the country’s top-notch wine industry.” – Analjit Singh

Analjit Singh with one of his prized sculptures, ‘Reflective Resonance’ by acclaimed artist Angus Taylor, a bronze and Belfast granite sculpture that is set to become a Franschhoek landmark.

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It would seem that Franschhoek continues to live through a belle époque. Our beloved ‘French Corner’ in the Cape Winelands still beckons her suitors, from far and wide, to stay but a little longer. She delights epicureans and investors alike, amongst them high profile property developers. The result being a marriage between business and pleasure – and such is the case of the debutant development, Leeu Collection. Words provided


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Stay a while Leeu Estates is an exclusive 17-room boutique hotel and winery situated in the scenic Franschhoek valley. Three historic farms that featured prominently in the traditions of the Franschhoek valley – Dieu Donné, Klein Dassenberg and Von Ortloff – were joined to

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he Leeu Collection is the manifestation of

of landscaped gardens, manicured vineyards and

founder Analjit Singh’s vision for sophisticated

indigenous fynbos. The exquisitely restored 19th-

escapes and unique guest experiences. The hospitality

century Manor House, with its striking Cape

portfolio currently comprises three five-star boutique

vernacular design and exceptional interiors by

properties in South Africa’s winelands: Leeu Estates, a

Beverley Boswell, is the centrepiece of this working

17-room country house and boutique winery in the

wine farm with its breathtaking valley and mountain

Franschhoek valley; Leeu House, an exclusive 12

views. Rooms, some of which are located in spacious

room hotel in the heart of Franschhoek village; and Le

cottages, are equipped with the latest technology and

Quartier Français, a romantic 21 room hotel and

luxurious amenities.

charming three bedroom LQF Villa, also located in

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create a spectacular getaway ensconced in 68 hectares

the village. The first addition to the portfolio from

Artistic maze

outside South Africa is Linthwaite House, a 30 room

Leeu Estates’ fine contemporary art collection features

four AA Red Star country retreat overlooking Lake

predominantly life-sized bronzes by well-known South

Windermere in England’s scenic Lake District.

African artists, strategically placed between the pristine

Founder and chairman to Max India Group, a

gardens and rows of hand tended vines. The gardens, or

health care and insurance provider, Analjit’s love affair

‘Leeuscapes’, at Leeu Estates have been stylishly and

with South Africa started when he first visited the

meticulously landscaped by Franchesca Watson in

country for the FIFA Soccer World Cup in 2010. He

collaboration with Analjit (aka BAS). Franchesca is


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known for her sophisticated designs and planting

wild harvested organic ingredients from remote,

schemes. A keen gardener, BAS has a clear preference

untainted regions such as the Amazon rain forest

for order and symmetry, and the serenity this brings to

and the Himalayas, the hand blended ila product

a garden. The Afrikaans word bokkie is a term of

range utilised in the treatments harnesses natural

endearment used by South Africans, comparable to

healing energy. There are three treatment rooms,

‘beloved’ or ‘sweetheart’. Pivotal to the beautiful Bokkie

including one double suite, and a hair and nail

Garden is ‘Reflective Resonance’ by acclaimed artist

salon. There is also a 15 metre infinity pool, and a

Angus Taylor, a bronze and Belfast granite sculpture

TechnoGym equipped gym that caters to the most

that is set to become a Franschhoek landmark.

fitness orientated guests.

Fresh taste

Wine Lovers

The Four Quarter Vineyards with their walkways are

Mullineux Family Wines was first launched in

planted with Sauvignon Blanc. A country herb and

2007 by Chris and Andrea Mullineux. In 2013,

vegetable picking garden boasts incredible views and

BAS acquired a stake in the company via Leeu

provides fresh seasonal produce for Leeu Estates. An

International Investments and it was subsequently

extensive network of trails crisscrossing the property

renamed as Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines. The

takes you through the vineyards, along the banks of

winery has notched up an impressive number of

the river and up into the mountain foothills.

five-star ratings from Platter’s South African

Leisurely meals and top South African vintages from

Wine Guide and was named the wine guide’s

the cellar can be served in The Dining Room, beside the

Winery of the Year for 2016 (an honour it also

crackling fire, or on the garden terrace. Delicious,

received in 2014).

innovative cuisine is prepared by the Leeu Estates

Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines’ winery and

culinary team, headed by executive chef Oliver

tasting facility on Leeu Estates offer guests a truly

Cattermole. Lunch and dinner menus showcase the

immersive wine experience. The Wine Studio, an

finest locally sourced organic and ethically farmed

elegant and welcoming space, is managed by the

produce in creative fusion dishes with vibrant world

Mullineux & Leeu team, with knowledgeable staff

flavours. Indaba – The Meeting Place, a state-of-the-art,

on hand to guide guests in discovering the finer

multipurpose events venue, primarily used for corporate

nuances of understanding these handcrafted wines.

meetings, is also catered for by Oliver and his team.

There are two tasting options to choose from:

Relax

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Leeu Spa, a contemporary wellness sanctuary, offers

people, catered for by executive chef Oliver

authentic massages and holistic treatments by expert

Cattermole and his culinary team.

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Cintron Pink Polo Pink was the order of the day as Cape Town A-listers gathered at Val de Vie Estate for Cape Town’s top breast cancer awareness event – the 7th Annual Cintron Pink Polo. The event aims to honour the survivors and fighters of cancer globally on a vocal platform and has garnered mass support over the past 7 years, 2016 being no exception.

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“We are proud to continue our association with this event which not only allows guests to experience world class 14 goal polo with all the embellishments, but also creates awareness, and empowers women who are bravely facing all the challenges of treatment. This year was a major success and through our work with the Pink Polo and other initiatives we have been able to raise close to a R100,000 for breast cancer. Each year is a different experience and a wonderful combination of luxury and lifestyle. At Cintron World, we consider ourselves to be part of a global community and South Africa is a very essential part of our community� - Chelsea Brehm, Director of Marketing, Cintron World val de vie

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he Val de Vie Polo Pavilion was a-buzz with polo

The MC for the day, Nico Panagio, entertained and

lovers, local and international VIP guests and

captivated the guests with his style and charm, while the

celebrities such as Leigh-Anne Williams, Lee-Ann

Polo Commentator for the day, the animated Matthew

Liebenberg, Rosette Ncwana, Twala Ngambi and Chad

Pohl, kept guests on the edge of their seats during the

Saaiman. Polo is synonymous with fashion, and this year

riveting high scoring 14 goal polo. Team Cintron, under

the guests were captivating in their polo chic Serenity and

the captaincy of Leroux Hendriks, went home with the

Rose Quartz inspired outfits. As guests were ushered in,

trophy with a 10 8 win against Julius Baer. George

they walked into a transformed Val de Vie with the décor

Morgan put on a stellar performance, thus earning the

paying homage to this year’s theme and pantone colour

Most Valued Player Award. The best playing pony was

of the year. From delicate pinks to blue and violet hues

Martin Venter’s Special. Swiss luxury brand watch,

that could be spotted almost everywhere, Val de Vie

Jaeger LeCoultre, was the official Time Keeper and not a

Events together with the décor company, Something

single beat was missed – not on their watch.

Different, creatively translated the theme while ensuring that every lounge had a different touch to it. The Official Fashion Partners at the 2016 event – Luisa Spagnoli – showcased their latest resort collection of classic looks on the catwalk with some sophisticated and timeless pieces. Admired for their sophistication, this iconic Italian fashion brand brought style, quality and elegance to the polo runway. Cars, like fashion, are an essential part of polo and this year Paarlberg BMW, the Official Car Partners, had a grand display of the latest top-of-the-range models – the true definition of horse power.

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EXPECT NOTHING LESS THAN THE EXCEPTIONAL. Val de Vie Events ensures that every celebration is a unique occasion, with every small detail attended to by industry experts. Wine Tastings & Food Pairings | Exclusive Polo Matches & High Tea Business & Product Launches | Formal Dinners & Cocktail Evenings Year-end Functions | Conferences & Meetings | Bespoke Golfing Experiences

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personalized experience. These will be delivered to the St Stephen’s Oncology Centre in Paarl. As the day drew to an end and the sun set behind the magical pink mountains, guests danced their hearts out to Jimmy Nevis’s electrifying performance. Sports 24 Taxis ensured that Cintron’s guests arrived home safe and sound – the perfect ending to an incredible day.

About the St Stephen’s Oncology Centre Based in Northern Paarl, the St Stephens Oncology Centre and Sub-Acute Hospital provide consultations for all newly diagnosed cancer patients. Facilities and treatments include provision made for chemotherapy, radiotherapy, radiology and palliative care. Offering a holistic care programme which includes: social work meetings, monthly support groups, onsite mammograms and a strong network of psychologists, psychiatrists, dietitians and alternative therapy practitioners.

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Polo with a purpose There are very few of us who have not been touched in some way by cancer. Breast cancer is its most common form in women of all races with a lifetime risk of 1 in 29 in South Africa, according to the 2011 National Cancer Registry (NCR). In each case, there is the story of a fighter, and a will to win the battle against the disease. As a prelude to the Pink Polo event and an opportunity to give a voice to their stories, we were honoured to meet, and host, three beautiful women, at the Polo Club Restaurant, who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. We’d like to share the three amazing stories of these three inspirational women who showed tremendous strength and faith in their fight to overcome their cancer. Words by Marinique Viljoen

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Celebrating Charmaine Stone

From the first moment you lay eyes on her, you notice a spark, an undeniable light that draws you in. Her personality resonates with a glimpse of an eternal flame, so warm and inviting. Her laughter is contagious, not just because it echoes in all four corners of a room but because her overflowing joy for life is so remarkably tangible. If you are ever granted the opportunity to step into her light, we really hope you do. Highly fortunate are those who cross paths with her. Meet Charmaine Stone. Her spirit fills a room.

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beautiful to me in every sense. Breast cancer teaches you to stop focusing on the small, insignificant things that steal your time and your joy. In the past I used to be so focused on my appearance. Going through this process, I realised how hard I used to be on myself. The only thing that breast cancer has truly conquered

n the first day of spring, two years ago,

is every sense of vanity that used to be in me. A serious

Charmaine received news of a new season in her

illness teaches you that you always have more than you

life. A new chapter began which was going to require

think. I decided, from day one, that cancer is not

every ounce of strength in her bones, literally. At a

going to not define me. It will not define who I am.

mere 33, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Strong

Cancer is only a fraction of my life, not my whole life.

emotion fills her eyes as she says, “at the time of the

Once a person decides to live in appreciation, it

diagnosis, I had been engaged only four months.”

becomes impossible to be negative.”

Charmaine insists that what saved her, since day

Charmaine loves the state of togetherness, good

one, was that she accepted her diagnosis. She admits;

conversations, a cozy fireplace, animals, red wine and

“you are not necessarily prepared for what is to come,

pairing with it the perfect dark chocolate!” Her hands

but you learn how to deal with it and cope one day at

elegantly nestled around a warm cup of tea, “I love to

a time. People tend to be scared of anything that tests

read autobiographies; Elsje Neethling’s book, “Ek

them; I had my 22nd chemotherapy treatment a

droom van ‘n droom” is one of my favourite’s.”

couple of weeks ago.”

“My experience of the chemotherapy room is a

Gracefully, she pulls her cashmere pashmina over

good one! It’s not a negative experience at all. You

her right shoulder. Charmaine has had a mastectomy

form a close bond with the ladies you spend time with

in her right breast. “My doctor never really had much

in the chemotherapy room. You wake up on your

hope for me when I started this journey, to be honest.

treatment day looking forward to the visit because you

I never asked what his opinion was regarding how

are excited to see them again. People used to tell me

long I had to live, for the simple reason that it was

that chemotherapy would make me feel sick; on the

never up to him to decide how much time I had left.

contrary, I have only been feeling better after each

What’s important is that I made the decision to live

chemotherapy treatment. You can’t allow other

each day to the maximum, and so I made the conscious

people’s experience to affect your reality, because it

decision to show him that it wasn’t so easy to get rid

will not be your reality.” Charmaine leans in and

of me. Regardless of his expertise on my condition, I

whispers, “We eat cake from morning till late!”


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elicity gazes intently across the room, “when

Her advice: “Acceptance changes your way of

you receive news like this, you can’t think. In

life, the way you think about your life and the time

the beginning, I was in a state of complete

you have left. That’s why I started dressing up

numbness during the first period of my journey

every time I went for chemotherapy.”

with breast cancer. My ability to absorb was simply synonymous with minimalism.”

Felicity looks at herself and it is evident that she is smiling inside. “I realise that I am more beautiful than

Her son is 10 years old. During his birth his left

I used to be. I see how much I have grown. The

brain was injured and he lives with cerebral palsy.

journey of overcoming breast cancer has taught me in

“I started with chemotherapy on the 23rd of

the last year that I had to stop making a noise about

September 2015. Heartbroken, I kept reliving the

the small things. I’ve learned that family and friends

terrible trauma from my son’s birth and then the

are important.” With a twinkle in her eye, Felicity says,

news of my own diagnosis. It felt like the life was

“no one’s journey is the same.” This remarkable lady

drained out of me.” Felicity’s diagnosis caused a

has come a long way and she admits that her favourite

deep struggle within; “I distanced myself from

colour has changed; “Yes, everything is pink! People

family, and I eliminated friends. I wanted to work

now know me and refer to me as The Pink Lady. “

“I realized that I have the power to inspire others. By getting up, dressing up, and showing up to what was a part of my fate, I empowered myself and others to fight.”

through the trauma by myself. If someone mentioned breast cancer around me, I immediately wanted to ask, ‘Who told you that I have it?’ I was angry, and ready to attack.” Her poker face seemed impenetrable for months, until the morning of the mastectomy on 12 January 2016, when she saw all the pipes draining from her chest. “I think this was my most heart wrenching moment, discovering the loss of an asset that was part of my best. After my right breast was removed, I had to rest for six weeks, followed by another twelve weeks of chemotherapy. My hair started falling out. I didn’t want to wash my hair because it came out roots and all at the slightest touch; I wanted to keep my hair for as long as I could. As I eventually shared the news of my diagnosis with my hairdresser and asked her to shave my head, her face became drenched with tears.” It seems that this was a turning point for Felicity. She sits up straight and shares, with intense excitement, “I have a wig for every single outfit in my closet!” After all Felicity’s chemotherapy sessions were finished, her doctor said she had to go for radiation; twenty-five sessions, to be exact. “I was fish-positive, which means that the breast cancer had a chance of relapsing again.” She exudes sincere appreciation, “The St Stephen’s Oncology Centre prepared me for the journey that awaited me, and they really walked the path with me.” Felicity’s friends started a group in her honour, and called themselves ‘The Conquerors’. “Through my struggle a great initiative started. The ladies at work go for their annual mammograms now. My life has become a mirror image of what I have gone through, and how I can give back to the Valley and the community.”

Celebrating Felicity Joseph

Meet Felicity Joseph, also known as “The Pink Lady”. She is a life sized Tinkerbelle. A tough cookie wrapped in layers of strength. Enveloped in a spirit of adventure, she is wonderfully untamed. A fierce female force to be reckoned with. She is bold in her purpose to stand out. Daring and unapologetic, she takes life in her stride.

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“Gold doesn’t just happen to be gold. It is only when it goes through the fire that it becomes its purest form. This is how I see my story. I had to undergo a refining process to become my best. I never asked ‘Why me?’ ”

Celebrating Miriam Moses

Meet Miriam Moses. A modern woman of understatement, with a zest for life! One looks at her, and sees the best of two worlds, a soft personality that hits a sweet spot with, of course, a precious gem hidden deep within a storm. When you listen closely, her heart beats a drum; you can hear her song, for she sings joyfully all day long.

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n 2006, Miriam visited her GP for a routine

apart, followed by another six weeks of radiation.

check-up. “A lump was found in one of my breasts,

Finally, I had a mastectomy in my left breast. During

however it was not malignant. Nonetheless, I asked

these tough times, I always had a song that was

for the lump to be removed. This exercise kept me on

mounted in my heart, and carried me to rejoice in the

my toes, and ever since then I have been going for

victory that was mine for the taking.

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“I used the time in the chemo room proactively to

Nine years later, at the age of forty-eight, another

reflect on my life. I had to get perspective on where I

lump was found in Miriam’s breast. On that very same

was and what I still wanted to accomplish in my life.”

day she was diagnosed with breast cancer. “I decided

The look in Miriam’s eyes intensifies along

then that our lives wouldn’t stop just because I had

with the story of her journey, “It could so easily

been diagnosed with breast cancer.” Miriam’s devoted

have all been different, thinking that I could not

husband, Jurie was with her every step of the way.

be here anymore. She beams with light, “Life and

Miriam was diagnosed with Category 1 breast

health is precious. I look at my family, loving

cancer at the time, which is a very aggressive form

husband and beautiful kids, and I am so grateful

within the diagnosis. “It was only when I stopped at

for this second chance.”

home and my daughter came running towards me

Miriam, the ‘soul-singer’, reflects nostalgically on

with a desperate hope in her eyes, asking what the

the past year, “I am so thankful for all the people that

outcome was, that the reality sank in and I had to

have crossed my path, especially Felicity Joseph and

convey to her the news of my diagnosis. My heartache

Charmaine Stone. We all have a story and if you can

felt inconsolable at the time.”

use your story to uplift someone else, you should just

Miriam is a research worker at the University of

do exactly that. You make your mark in life by choosing

Cape Town. She worked full time during her

to be a blessing to others. Life isn’t about the glitter

treatment. “Two weeks after the lump was removed,

and gold, it’s about the impact during the refining

I had four chemotherapy sessions spaced three weeks

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Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo To celebrate one of our favourite and most colourful annual events, we take a look at the festivities of last year’s event. Hailing from all over South Africa, friends of Veuve Clicquot donned their best bright and bold polo outfits to enjoy a stylish afternoon of high-goal polo, fast cars and the finest champagne for the sixth annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cape Town 2016, presented by Mantis Collection.

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Ryk Neethling, Marketing Director for Val de Vie Estate handed over a

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and ensured that guests stepped into a picture perfect world that celebrated the best of Cape Town. After all, what better way to beat the Cape Town

R100,000 cheque from

heat than with a flute of chilled Veuve Clicquot, in a

Official Charity Partner,

Event co-owners, VIVIDLUXURY and Val de

ISPS Handa, for Hope

picturesque setting? Vie Events, created a world-class event, which captivated guests; from the Ferrari vehicle display

through Action in aid of

to a perfectly curated fashion show by D’Oré – the

sports development in the

Life Surprise You. Drawing inspiration from

Paarl Valley area.

‘inventing the things of tomorrow’, the Veuve

afternoon was brought to life under the theme Let Madame Clicquot’s zest for embracing life and Clicquot Masters Polo surprised and delighted guests at every turn. Staying true to the theme, guests were greeted by a surprising 3D Veuve Clicquot photo booth experience,

where

event

media

partner

showcased the thought provoking Vanessa Gounden,

Entertainment Africa chatted to celebs and VIPs on

Artivism for Breast Cancer collection that will retail

arrival about their fashionable ensembles, and more.

exclusively at D’Oré in South Africa. Moroccanoil,

Polo fans enjoyed an exciting 12-goal polo

the Official Hair Partner of the event, reflected the

tournament with top national and international

latest international hair trends on the runway, with

players competing. Team Seven Oaks won the

their top international runway stylist, Violet

opening match – playing for third place in the

Sainsbury, jetting in from Australia for the event.

tournament – against Shimmy Beach Club, while

The MCs for the day, Leigh-Anne Williams and

Fifth Chukka, representing Veuve Clicquot, won

Afrika Melane, entertained and enchanted guests

with an amazing score of 7–3 against One Zone

with their charm and wit, while the polo

Polo, representing Julius Bär, in the riveting main

commentator for the day, the illustrious Matthew

game. Ferrari was there to throw in the ball along

Pohl, kept guests glued to their seats, not a difficult

with

task with the most riveting polo yet played on the

Moët

Hennessy’s

Regional

Managing

Director for Africa and Middle East, Pascal Asin, and the Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom, at the start of the final game.

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Official Fashion Partner of the 2016 event, D’Oré

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Time is a luxury There are few things in life as precious as time. Two brands that epitomise the celebration of each valuable minute and every special moment – Val de Vie Estate and Jaeger-LeCoultre – have just signed a noteworthy partnership agreement, bringing into effect a synergistic collaboration between two globally renowned names. Not only are these brands synonymous with luxury, and a life well lived, but they similarly share strong links with the sport of kings.

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incredible brand to be associated with. It was an honour for me to be named a Friend of the Brand, and it is an equal privilege to have the company join forces with Val de Vie in an exclusive timing partnership. We look forward to hosting all events that take place at Val de Vie’s Polo Pavilion over the next two years, and hopefully beyond that, in association with this timeless brand.”

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al de Vie Estate, recently named, by New

Joux, Switzerland and springs to life on the wrist

World Wealth, as being South Africa’s top

of the one who wears it and makes it his or her

residential estate, has only just celebrated its 10th

own. At a time when the Swiss horological industry

year of existence, yet it has already become

was still built around home-based workshops,

internationally recognised as the home of polo in

Antoine LeCoultre and his son Elie decided to

South Africa. The estate boasts two impressive

unite, under one roof, the many forms of expertise

polo fields, and was host to the likes of Prince

involved in making a watch. LeCoultre & Cie thus

Harry and Nacho Figueras – one of the top 100

become the first Manufacture of the Vallée de

polo players in the world – at the Sentebale Royal

Joux. It now houses the over 180 skills required to

Salute Polo Cup last year.

develop

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prestigious

Shortly after its launch, Val de Vie established

timepieces. In 1931, an impressive 85 years ago,

its own polo club, and the game has since become

the Swiss company’s Reverso watch – which

an intrinsic part of the estate’s lifestyle. Polo games

features a reversible case – was patented to meet

are played three times a week here during the

the identified need for a durable timepiece able

warmer months, from October to April, and a

to withstand the rigours of a polo match. This

wealth of high-end events, including the BMW

watch has since become an icon in the world of

International Polo Series, the Veuve Clicquot

polo, and continues to be worn with style

Masters Polo and the Cintron Pink Polo are held

and classic elegance.

regularly on the estate. Founded

in

1833,

Inseparably bound to the sport thanks to a Jaeger-LeCoultre

has

shared history and common values, Jaeger-

remained true to its long-standing association with

LeCoultre actively supports the world of polo by

fine watchmaking and sophistication. Since its

means of a number of partnerships including the

foundation, Jaeger-LeCoultre has been delighting

Palermo Open in Argentina and the Jaeger-

connoisseurs of Fine Watchmaking around the

LeCoultre Gold Cup in the United Kingdom, two

world. Heirs to the inventive spirit of the

of the most prestigious polo tournaments in the

Manufacture founder, Antoine LeCoultre, its

world. For 10 years, the Grande Maison has been

artisans unite their expertise in creating collections

the official timekeeper for the Cowdray Park Polo

that are as surprising as they are sophisticated.

Club, the home of polo in England, and has

The unique history of each Jaeger-LeCoultre timepiece begins in the workshops of the Vallée de

now found a home here in Africa, at the Val de Vie Estate.


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Taste makers The third season of South Africa’s favourite interior design reality show came to a fabulous finish, brought to you by Private Property, in proud association with Nedbank. Win A Home joined forces with the Afternoon Express team on SABC 3, and Val de Vie is proud to have been part of the show that saw the lives of three people change forever.

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hree of South Africa’s most promising young

these homes were on the cutting edge of South African

designers were chosen by three of the country’s

interior design. Viewers could also enter the Win A

most prominent interior design taste makers – the editors

Home Grand Prize Competition, to stand a chance to

of VISI, Elle Decoration and Real Estate Magazine.

win the biggest prize on South African television. One

Every day on Afternoon Express, viewers could follow the three Design Contestants, in partnership with

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lucky viewer would win the choice of one of the designer apartments at Val de Vie.

their mentors, as they turned three empty apartments

The interior design competition closed live on

into high design homes at the Polo Village here on Val de

Afternoon Express at the end of August 2016, and the

Vie Estate. With Plascon adding a splash of colour to the

Design Contestant winners were announced. The Win A

homes, and Caesarstone providing the stone surfaces,

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winner, as viewers could vote for their favourite Design Contestant. When the viewers’ vote was tallied, candidate architect Juané Venter walked away with the R50,000 viewer vote prize! Win A Home judges, Simon Bray, CEO of Private Property, Anne Roselt, Plascon’s colour manager and Stefan Antoni, director of ARRCC had a difficult task deciding which contestant was the best. After much behind the scenes deliberation, emerging interior designer Rudolph Jordaan took the top prize of R50,000 and a coveted internship at the global design studio ARRCC, with mentorship by Stefan Antoni. The season culminated in the giveaway of a Val de Vie

“Having a home means a lot to me, I love home and I love family, and for me... this competition changed my life completely.”

apartment in the Polo Village development worth over R3 million. Six viewer finalists were chosen via randomised draw. Live on the show, one viewer’s future was suddenly made a whole lot brighter. Lady Luck chose Palesa Moisi, 4th year student at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, as this year’s home winner. Palesa got to choose the home of her dreams from amongst the three Design Contestant’s apartments. At a grand ceremony at the Val de Vie Estate, Miss Moisi chose Minenhle’s bold and elegant Polo Village apartment. Receiving the keys to her new home, Palesa, from Zeerust in North West Province, said “Having a home means a lot to me, I love home and I love family, for me... this competition changed my life completely.” Congratulations Palesa! We wish you all the best. Tune in to Win A Home again this year for more amazing South African interior design, and another life changing home giveaway. val de vie

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Juané Venter Candidate Architect at WAUW Architects in Cape Town, with a Masters degree in architecture from the University of the Free State, Juané is also a freelance photographer who has used her travels to inspire her designs.

This room is the epitome Describe your style, and your favourite of my style, and I think it is something totally unique but also practical.

room in the Polo Village Ambrosia Suite? I had a very clear vision of what I do and don’t like, and what I thought would and wouldn’t work in that space. I tried to design a lifestyle, and not just decorate a space. I am most proud of my living and/or dining room area because I took a unique approach to this space and had a lot of fun. It’s like nothing I’ve seen before. The living room also contains a lot of pieces made especially for my unit, such as my dining room table, coffee table and chandelier. I worked with local artists to design a very unique chandelier, which is the centrepiece in the room and includes hints of copper and pastel colours. This room is the epitome of my style, and I think it is something totally unique but also practical.

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Minenhle Ntuli Durban based creator Minenhle Ntuli is a qualified architectural technologist from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has two years experience working at Stauch Voster Architecture (SVA) International in Durban. Ntuli has gained knowledge of both commercial and industrial architecture styles in this short time.

What were the sources of inspiration for your Polo Village suite? The source of inspiration was the context and surrounds of Val de Vie, from the mountains, down to the forests and vineyards and the green grass of the polo fields. My favourite room is the master bedroom, where I feel I found my feet in the competition – and it happens to be the first task I won. I’m most proud of this room because here I feel I covered most of my clients’ (the judges, sponsors and mentor) briefs, from the risk I

The source of inspiration was the context and surrounds of Val de Vie, from the mountains, down to the forests and vineyards and the green grass of the polo fields

took on the Plascon distressed wall inspired by the Val de Vie scenery, to the luxurious walk in closets which double up as a feature offering ample storage while adding value to the saleability of the space. val de vie

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The sleek use of Caesarstone, coveted appliances by Smeg, and the leather art cut out sliding screen on the TV unit are some of my favourites.

Rudolph Jordaan

of its flexibility and the need to customise. The sleek

Rudolph Jordaan is a Pretoria born, 28 year old

use of Caesarstone, coveted appliances by Smeg, and

interior designer who graduated from Inscape

the leather art cut out sliding screen on the TV unit

Education Group in 2009, and has ventured out to

are some of my favourites.

Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates on a design project. Jordaan, who has since become a lecturer at Inscape’s Cape Town campus, is the regional representative for the Western Cape at the African Institute of Interior Design Professions.

Describe your style, and your favourite room in the Polo Village Ambrosia Suite? A home needs to reflect a sanctuary where you can feel comfortable enough to kick off your shoes and enjoy every moment you spend in that space, whether

Make it your own To own one of these exquisitely designed and decorated suites, contact Cape Winelands Properties at: Web: property@valdevie.co.za Tel: 021 863 6105

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it is in the kitchen, lounge, bedroom or bathroom. The kitchen and/or living room, which is enjoyed as a single living space, is my favourite. The kitchen is really something new and fresh for the South African market, and responds to apartment living: how people live in apartments, and how people in Val de Vie should be living in apartments. Its modular approach adds more value than other styles because


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Fall in love with Daikin Emura.

Daikin Emura is refined on the outside and smart on the inside. Built-in intelligence and innovative features ensure low energy consumption. Its smart sensors provide optimal performances for year round comfort at home. Still, you’re always in control via the easy-to-use remote controller and the smartphone app with intuitive interface. You see... The new Daikin Emura has everything to fall in love with. For more information visit www.daikin.co.za and find your nearest installer via our dealer locator.

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PEARL VALLEY at Val de Vie Estate If you are looking for one of the most exceptional homes in Pearl Valley, with magnificent views across the golf course and lake, look no further. World-class style defines this gorgeous, 4 bedroomed house offering the utmost in luxury, light and attention to detail. Boasting absolute privacy and embraced by a magnificent, lush garden, with seamless integration of inside and outside living through large glass stacking doors which open up to a beautiful patio and swimming pool, this home is built for the perfect balance between family living and entertaining.

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VAL DE VIE ESTATE This magnificent property is well located on a corner island stand featuring phenomenal views to the Lake Moritz and toward Simonsberg mountain. Enter through a grand entrance hall with exquisite hang down chandelier and glass windows from floor to ceiling.

The spacious

open plan living areas all with American shutters opening out to an expansive undercover entertainer’s patio complete with a sparkling blue pool and wrap around terrace. A Chefs kitchen with breakfast and dining area kitted out with imported finishes and integrated appliances with separate scullery and laundry. Two of the bedroom suites both with own en-suite bathrooms and one bedroom with extended seating area are located on the ground floor with an additional separate TV lounge and study/office.This unique property is ideal for an extended family while offering ample accommodation for your overnight guests.

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THE VINES AT LE DOMAINE The Vines at Le Domaine comprises 72 plots that offer views of Paarl Mountain and the majestic Simonsberg. Not only will this new development fulfil your desire for a beautiful and contemporary home but will also provide you with an incomparable lifestyle, true to Val de Vie’s core values. The open-plan layout of the houses has therefore

been

designed

in

such

a

way

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inside-to-outside living is encouraged, enabling you to celebrate the surroundings and the environment, as well as the security of the larger estate. This is your opportunity to own a home designed by one of South Africa’s most celebrated architects, Stefan Antoni, in South Africa’s top residential estate. All unit types were laid out for easy living in both the front and back of the homes, which will be orientated towards the spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Landscaping between the

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MONTEREY SINGLE STOREY 4

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Priced from R4,214,300 *VAT inclusive plus Transfer Fees

SONOMA DOUBLE STOREY 4

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STEFAN ANTONI SIGNATURE SERIES Val de Vie Estate presents an ultra-luxury, all-inclusive, plot and plan, design offering from one of South Africa’s most celebrated architects, Stefan Antoni. The Stefan Antoni Signature Series offers two exclusive designs (350m2 single storey and 475m2 double storey) that enable any buyer to choose a top quality and contemporary design paired with any developer plot on Pearl Valley, Val de Vie Estate’s premium neighbourhood. This is an ideal choice that eliminates the often lengthy and stressful process of conceptualising, designing and finding a builder to build your dream home. These Stefan Antoni Signature Series homes provide you with the opportunity to celebrate the best South Africa has to offer in residential, urban and estate design. Stefan Antoni’s designs have become iconic and are recognised globally with some of his work featuring in Los Angeles, the Bahamas, Turkey and St Tropez. Stefan Antoni has also designed the very successful Val de Vie Polo Village, a development

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THE OAKS AT VAL DE VIE ESTATE FROM R 6,637,000 including VAT The home of your dreams awaits your selection from a portfolio of four tastefully designed floor plans, collectively known as The Oaks. This unique property offering eliminates the need to start the design process from scratch, saving you both time and money in the development of your home on one of Val de Vie’s newly launched plots. These designs also allow room for customisation to ensure that your requirements are met, and the end product is perfectly in line with your expectations. Your hopes can soon become a reality in the Valley of Life – and it all begins with a choice

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LA VUE I Erf sizes starting from 815m2 priced from R2,090,000 including VAT Living up to its French name, this area offers plots with spectacular views of Paarl Rock, Simonsberg and the Franschhoek mountains. These plots are unique and larger in size than other plots on the estate, are mostly north facing, situated across the premium Gentleman’s Estate and bordering the protected 37ha fynbos reserve. Live closer to nature and enjoy the Valley of Life.

LA VUE II Erf sizes starting from 700m2 priced from R1,955,000 including VAT La Vue II is one of Val de Vie’s prime properties with mostly north facing plots overlooking a 58 hectare Fynbos Reserve. Situated across from Pearl Valley, offering spectacular views of the Drakenstein mountain range, this highly anticipated development offers an array of amenities including: access to 42km of MTB and running trails, Pearl Valley’s Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, top equestrian facilities, 7km of Berg River, three gyms, restaurants and the best security in Africa. Come and experience the best of outdoor living in the Valley of Life.

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THE RESERVE Erf sizes starting from 3,818m2 to 10,000m2 priced from R5,850,000 to R14,000,000 incl VAT If you have always dreamed of having a large vegetable garden where you can grow your own high-quality organic produce, or maybe looking out over your land and having your horses within sight in their paddocks, then this is specially for you. Homes border on the protected Fynbos Reserve with spectacular mountain views, secure country living at its best.

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

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Pearl Valley / Val de Vie Estate Developer Stock

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Rentals

The Manor Mature Lifestyle Development

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