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Contents

July 2016 Chairman’s Report Property Report Val de Vie Foundation Resident Review Water-Wise Interiors at Val de Vie Service Provider Review Expert Advice Wine & Dine Events & Media Polo Captain’s Report Captain’s Report Exploring Pearl Valley Stable Talk KinderArk Safety & Security HOA Pages What’s On HOA Pages

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Grapevine Magazine is published for Val de Vie Management (Pty) Ltd. Val de Vie Estate, R301/Jan van Riebeeck Drive, Paarl 7646, South Africa

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Val de Vie Estate t: +27 (0)21 863 6100 / f: +27 (0)21 863 2741 e: info@valdevie.co.za / w: www.valdevie.co.za Grapevine Magazine t: +27 (0)21 863 6144 e: magazine@valdevie.co.za / w: www.valdevie.co.za Editorial Janette Griesel Copy editor Ania Rokita Val de Vie Marketing Director Ryk Neethling Advertising sales Janette Griesel e: Janette.Griesel@valdevie.co.za c: +27 (0)84 625 1088 Contributors Karen Winter (front cover), Morne Bosch, Ryk Neethling, Renier Swart, Louis de Jager, Rosemarie Bartlett, Chris McCann, Riana de Bruyn, Madri Steyn, Johan Stander, Stefan van Niekerk, Johan Duraan, Alba Brandt, Janette Griesel, Kelly Mathias, Dish Food & Social, Val de Vie Events, Val de Vie Polo Club Photography Karen Winter Photography, Daniel Saayman Photography Managing, design and production Mark Pettipher, MPDPS (PTY) Ltd e: mark@mpdps.com Production manager Dalene van Niekerk Designers Wade Hunkin, Eugene Jonck

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DISCLAIMER: The publisher and editor of this magazine give no warranties, guarantees or assurances and make no representations regarding any goods or services advertised within this edition. Copyright Val de Vie Estate. All rights reserved. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in any form without prior written consent from Val de Vie. The publishers are not responsible for any unsolicited material. Printed by Designed and produced for Val de Vie by MPDPS (PTY) Ltd e: mark@mpdps.com

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he progress with the infrastructure on Val de Vie Phase 2 has been phenomenal and promises to continue its momentum with the recent announcement regarding the investment company, African Rainbow Capital (ARC), which has acquired a 20% stake in Val de Vie Investments. While ARC – founded by billionaire and established businessman Patrice Motsepe – has thus far made investments in other industries, this deal marks the firm’s first investment in the country’s residential property market. ARC is jointly headed by Johan van der Merwe, CEO of Sanlam Investments, and Johan van Zyl, former CEO of Sanlam, and is a subsidiary of Sanlam’s empowerment partner Ubuntu-Botho Investments (UBI). This deal will support future development of the estate, and will enable faster completion of projects that are currently under way, such as the construction of a bridge over the Berg River that will connect with the R45 provincial road.

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ARC founder Patrice Motsepe commented in the media: “We see immense value in Val de Vie and are pleased to be involved with this worldclass development and its visionary team. Last year, I had the privilege of attending the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup at Val de Vie and I was impressed by what the estate has to offer.” In the past year, we have seen tremendous growth at Val de Vie, and we anticipate that the deal with ARC will positively support the development of Phase 2. The benefits thereof are, however, not limited to Val de Vie and its residents. As an economic driver in the Cape Winelands, Val de Vie is committed to the support and upliftment of less privileged communities in the PaarlFranschhoek Valley and the greater Winelands region. There is incredible synergy that exists between our current outreach programmes and Motsepe’s philanthropic interests.

The Val de Vie Foundation Trust has started supporting local projects, and homeowners have gone on the first field trip to one of these projects to witness the work being done in the community. The work of the foundation will be promoted more actively among the homeowners in the coming months. From March 2016, the Val de Vie Management Company has also taken on the management of the Pearl Valley Homeowners Association and business operations of the Pearl Valley Development Company. They have been facilitating the integration of the functions where economies of scales are achievable, including security, landscaping, facilities management and estate management. Both Val de Vie and Pearl Valley trustees are serving on an “inter-estate” subcommittee, tasked to explore and unlock synergies between the estates, reciprocal

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Although South Africa has seen many families and individuals emigrate to various parts of the world, there are likewise high numbers of families and individuals moving to the Western Cape from other provinces – a trend that has casually been termed “semigration”. According to New World wealth analyst Andrew Amoils, the Winelands region, including Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, is the fastest-growing area in the country among millionaires.

usage of facilities and other benefits for homeowners. The two estates are in a unique position to “join forces” and to benefit from their respective complementary strengths. Looking at other property developments, Mantis Collection, a shareholder in the Pearl Valley Development Company, commenced with the construction of the 80-room hotel in May this year. The first phase of 40 rooms are sold out and completion is expected to be in March 2017. The Val de Vie collection of lifestyle offerings will be complemented soon with the release of the first phase of retirement units in Val de Vie Phase 2. Some imminent enhancements to the public amenities across the two estates include outdoor routes for mountain bikers and trail runners, and three more parks at Pearl Valley. Other projects on Pearl Valley undertaken by the management company include landscaping

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improvements, especially around estate entrances, electronic metering of the potable water, an extensive clubhouse revamp in 2017 and planning for the possible moving of the security fence from its existing line to include the boma and entire equestrian farm inside the estate. Several improvements to the security system are also being done, such as biometric access and guest code systems. We also informed you recently of the new traffic circle that will be constructed by the Val de Vie developer at the R301/Kliprug Road intersection. A new service called Hey Jude was launched recently. It is a lifestyle app homeowners can use as the personal assistant they’ve always wanted, which lives conveniently in their pocket. Convenience such as tracking down an elusive product and organising a child’s birthday would be a great help for the busy person. This service also includes an on-site concierge service reserved

for Val de Vie and Pearl Valley residents. Services include anything from errands such as airport transfers to collecting dry cleaning and delivering important documents. The concierge is located at the Polo Pavilion and operates from Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. We are also working on a project to offer a transport solution and shuttle service on the larger estate.

Moving forward We are pleased that a strategic approach is followed to glean maximum benefit from the joining of the two estates in a measured and consultative manner, and that we will reap the benefits in appreciating property values and better quality of life. Morne Bosch Chairman

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Property Report

Val de Vie Property Sales The Western Cape, and more specifically Val de Vie Estate, has experienced unprecedented interest in property during 2016 so far. Our on-site property sales team, Cape Winelands Properties, reports on the property market.

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al de Vie homeowners have benefited from a massive expansion in value offerings and lifestyle activities. The expanded Val de Vie Estate now offer activities such as golf, various equestrian disciplines, and other outdoor and indoor sports activities to suit every preference and age group. Our biggest asset remains our beautiful natural surroundings, and the abundant fauna and flora of our Valley of Life. Val de Vie Estate has attracted the cream of South Africa’s captains of industry and entrepreneurs. We have sold out the

following products by 31 May 2016: ●●Gentleman’s Estates ●●River Reserves ●●River Club ●●Champions polo field stand – only 1 remaining ●●Polo Village ●●Polo Village offices ●●Vines – 90% sold out

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The above graph extracted from Property24 shows the number of houses and apartments sold in Val de Vie Estate each year since 2007, and the average sale price. The following exciting property opportunities are available at Val de Vie Estate: ●●9 x Pearl Valley golf stands ●●22 x Pearl Valley nature stands ●●Fewer than 10 Vines plot-and-plan houses

●●The Reserves • 1-acre to 1-hectare stands • Similar concept to the Gentleman’s Estates ●●Stefan Antoni Signature Series plot-and-plan houses for Pearl Valley • 350m2 single-storey houses • 500m2 double-storey houses ●●New Phase 2 Lifestyle Centre • New 1 000m2 gym with studios • 50m outdoor pool • New tennis courts • Artificial surface football court • Fresh food deli • Children will be able to enjoy play facilities that include a separate beach entry pool, cricket nets, a tennis practice wall, a leash-free dog park, and youth areas where they can meet in a safe environment.

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Homeowners also registered new heights in property re-sales during the first five months of 2016:

●●15 x La Vue 900m2 to 2 000m2 stands ●●5 x Val de Vie Phase 1 stands ●●1 x Champions polo field stand

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●●The Oaks plot-and-plan houses on Phase 2 ●●11 x The Reserve acre stands

R9-million ●●Polo Village Ambrosia unit sold for R3,2million

The developer has continued to react to the market’s ongoing demand, and will be launching the following products soon:

Investors are experiencing fantastic rental returns, with an overwhelming demand for Val de Vie rental property. Our records show that there has been a significant capital growth for buyers who purchased plots in the last two years, with a growth of 67% in property value over the last 24 months. Pearl Valley has also experienced a spike in sales since April 2016.

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●●Pierneef-inspired Val de Vie Manor retirement village • 4 different types of full-title houses • Governed by the retirement act • Club house • Frail care and other specialised retirement services offered

Homeowners or any other interested parties can register their interest in any of the above products at property@valdevie.co.za or property@pearlvalley.co.za Our experienced sales teams are always on hand to assist with property value estimations or any other propertyrelated information. Renier Swart Director of Sales www.valdevie.co.za

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Dear Val de Vie Home Owners Cape Winelands Properties is your Val de Vie onsite property specialist. Whether you are buying or selling your investment or purely looking for a new home, our team provides a comprehensive range of services to meet your property requirements. The Cape Winelands Properties Team have been exhibiting regularly in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and London and with extensive marketing efforts have sold over R800m worth of Val de Vie developer erven together with the above properties in the last 4 months. We know Val de Vie best and guarantee a premium service in assisting you with the successful sale of your home. Your Cape Winelands Properies Team

FOR SALES, PLEASE CONTACT: Liz Smithers, 083 775 6350 Judy Joubert, 082 873 6988 Lance Smithers, 076 153 3875 +27 (0) 21 863 6105 | property@valdevie.co.za | www.valdevie.co.za Val de Vie grapeVine magazine -march 2016

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

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Val de Vie Foundation

Joining Forces to Uplift the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley As the late professional tennis player Arthur Ashe once put it, “From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.” And the truth of these words is echoed at Val de Vie, which appropriately means The Valley of Life in English. With a heart for giving back and from a point of authentic generosity, the purpose of the Val de Vie Foundation is to offer youth and leadership development, to enable access to education, to facilitate job creation, and to carry out projects of social and spiritual concern for the relief of communities in distress in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley.

Valley of Abundance Golf Day at Pearl Valley FROM LEFT Johan Olivier (Programme Manager: Valley of Abundance); Trevor Tutu; Johan Duraan (CEO: Valley of Abundance); Hanneli RupertKoegelenberg (Valcare Trust); Hein Koegelenberg (Valcare Trust); and keynote speaker for the evening Francois van Niekerk (founder of the Mertech Group, Chairperson of the Mergon Foundation)

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hese operations are made possible with funds generated by third-party contributions; the homeowners’ association (HOA) levies on Val de Vie’s Phase 2 developments such as the Gentleman’s Estates, La Vue and Le Domaine; events; and property sales. As of the beginning of 2015, one percent of all property sales and five percent of all new-phase HOA levies have been put towards the Val de Vie Foundation. To date, more than R10-million has been raised, and it is expected that another R100-million will be added to this over the next eight years. Since Val de Vie’s inception in 2006, we have placed a strong focus on giving back to the larger community. Established on what was then known as Kliprug Farm, Val de Vie undertook the process of re-housing 109 men, women and children to address the needs of resident farm labourers who

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were living in overcrowded dwellings that lacked basic amenities. We purchased homes for them in Paarl, at a total cost of R7-million at the time, having consulted with these individuals to ensure that we provided them with what they required – homes close to amenities and schools.

Valley of Abundance Val de Vie regularly hosts charity events, such as the annual Cintron Pink Polo, last year’s Sentebale Cup (which saw Prince Harry participate in a game of polo for a good cause) the Laureus Polo Cup and the Veuve Clicquot Masters. A golf day and dinner was held at Pearl Valley in April to showcase an initiative to uplift communities in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley. This joint initiative between Val de Vie Foundation beneficiaries, the non-profit

organisations Valley of Abundance and the Valcare Trust, aims to empower communities in the area through job creation, entrepreneurship and social development. Projects that currently form part of the initiative focus on caring for communities through, for example, feeding projects and caring for the needs of the vulnerable; empowering people with skills development and training; and giving purpose through Christian faith-based outreaches. “It is important to note that these projects are not once-off, stand-alone efforts, but form part of a planning process that’s being developed in collaboration with the local municipality, communities, business, churches, non-profit organisations and other role-players,” says Johan Duraan, CEO of  Valley of Abundance. Val de Vie


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Val de Vie resident Philip Green is the founder of non-profit organisation Hope Through Action, which is based in Paarl. He has seen first-hand the difference that can be made in our community. “Thanks to the Val de Vie Foundation’s ongoing support, we at Hope Through Action are able to facilitate the development of underprivileged young people’s life skills through sport at two purpose-built centres, one in Mbekweni and

A group of Val de Vie residents and staff recently joined Khula Development Group on its monthly volunteers tour. Khula’s dream is to see every child from poor and disadvantaged communities attend school every day, to create a future filled with hope and expectation, and to restore and empower broken communities through love and education. “The Val de Vie Foundation enables

the other in Groendal,” he says. “The Val de Vie team’s passion for youth and leadership development is evident in all they give, from financial input generated through the foundation to their time, enthusiasm and commitment.” The Val de Vie Foundation boldly upholds a life-giving mission and a vision of expanding the Kingdom of God within the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley through loving actions that ultimately change lives and “leave a legacy that will have a lasting, positive impact on this beautiful valley as a whole,” in the words of Val de Vie’s founder and CEO Martin Venter.

the Khula Development Group to bring hope and restoration in the less-fortunate communities of Paarl,” says Daleen Labuschagne, Director of Programme Organisations at Khula. “Through unconditional love and daily contact with referred children, Khula creates an understanding of the importance of continued education. Love and education can empower a community to become the leaders of tomorrow. This would not be possible without the support of the Val de Vie Foundation.”

The Val de Vie Foundation is also a member of the Nation Builder initiative. For more information on the Foundation and how to get involved, contact Simone at foundation@valdevie.co.za or call +27 (0)72 726 5521.

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CHILDREN DESERVE a good night’s sleep! HOUSE ANDREW MURRAY is a home to 150 children from surrounding communities who have either been orphaned or need a safe place to grow up in. Many of our children come from broken or abusive homes. Our Care Centre is a haven for them and provides in their physical, spiritual, emotional and psychological needs.

Help our children TO SLEEP BETTER We will gladly also take over any unwanted linen and mattresses that you might have! Or your donation will make it possible for us to buy: 150 new single mattresses (@ R720 per mattress) 150 single linen sets (@ R499 per set, including sheets, pillows, protectors)

We need YOUR HELP Here are a few ideas of how you can also become involved in our activities: SUPPORT Support a House (a child’s birthday, household needs). DONATE Any new or used toys, books, clothing suitable for newborn babies GIVE

Our banking details for EFTs: ABSA Wellington BRANCH CODE: 632005 CHEQUE ACCOUNT: 430560107 REF: Charity Drive Sleep

and children up to 18 year old will be very much appreciated.

100% of your donation will go directly to our Sleep Charity Drive.

Dry nutritious food (dry soups, lentils, beans).

SARS Section 18A certificate and/or info available.

karen@andrewmurray.org.za | (021) 873 3834/5 or marisabuffone@gmail.com | (073) 053 9737 www.andrewmurray.org.za

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Potjiekos Competition What better way to celebrate country living than with a real “plattelandse” potjiekos competition? Val de Vie’s Social Committee had its first official social event for the estate’s residents – and it was a great success! On 16 April, more than 130 residents and children came together at the Polo Pavilion’s French Quad to camp out with family and friends for a sunny Saturday’s “braai and potjie”.

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ore than 60 households entered to compete to see who could cook the tastiest potjie – and our Val de Vie residents did it in style! It was a beautiful day of community building, meeting neighbours and simply having a feast. Staying true to Val de Vie tradition, the Polo Club had two teams out on the field to entertain guests while they cooked. Live music had everyone tapping their feet, and the smell of our favourite South African food in the air had mouths watering while black pots sizzled over hot coals. It was a fun day for the whole family. Nothing was wasted – all surplus food was donated to a local children’s home. Jumping castles kept the little ones busy as they spent the afternoon playing and running around the polo field. The panel of judges included Kurt Darren as well as Zian Oosthuizen and Laurinda from NOOP Restaurant, who counted themselves fortunate to taste all of the contenders’ delicious recipes. Congratulations to our winners for of the “Best Potjiekos” prizes! l 1st Brickart (Leonard Jonas & Ryno Beukman) l 2nd Chefs’ Table (Elsabe Greeff & Daughters) l 3rd Pojiekos 101 (Philip Brand & Marius Koch)

The Val de Vie Social Committee is planning the following events to look forward to: ●●Taste @ Val de Vie (wine, gin and good food), 9 September ●●Formal Dinner & Dance ●●Informal Street Braai

Interest Groups The Social Committee is busy formalising “interest groups” for various sports (tennis, cycling, golf, etc) and cultural activities (theatre, wine tasting, bikes, etc) for socialnetworking purposes. Residents are welcome to express their interest in any of these groups by mailing their contact details to one of our members at social@valdevie.co.za.

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Waterwise Water-Wise

Water-Wise Estate Living We find information on water everywhere, from flyers, news articles and school projects to waterrestriction notices and increased water bills. This short article aims to explain where the estate’s water comes from, what the status of our dams is, how water restrictions are determined, and what we can do as individual homeowners and collectively as a HOA. An update on the state of our dams by Alba Brandt

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e are part of the Western Cape Water Supply System, which means our Wemmershoek Dam is part of a larger integrated system of dams, rivers and pipelines. This system supplies greater Cape Town, Paarl, Stellenbosch, Wellington, Swartland, West Coast, and irrigators (including agriculture) from Berg and Eerste River, Riviersonderend Catchment and Breede Water Management Area.

This means that a lot of homes, farms and businesses depend on water from this system. Because it is one system, everything everyone does affects everyone else. If the pool of someone in Hout Bay leaks, it affects Val de Vie’s water supply; if someone at Val de Vie irrigates excessively, it affects people in Vredendal. It also means the average dam level of 35,1% is what we should really focus on.

To better understand dam levels in relation to long-term averages, the Department provides a graph that demonstrates dam levels in a comparative manner (graphs are available via links provided below). For instance, the Theewaterskloof Dam’s graph shows that we are currently “moderately low” at 32%, with absolute minimum level of about 10%. This graph also shows that the levels are currently much lower than they were at the same time last year, which was 53,2%. This gives an indication of how much rain we will need to get back into the “average” dam-level zone. To manage water availability, the Department of Water Affairs

has a very sophisticated model that simulates water movement. It calculates (using different scenarios) how much water we have (dam levels), how much water we use (consumption) and how much we will get based on weather forecasts. (Of course it leaves some room for the possibility that we may, in fact, get nothing if it does not rain.) Of the variables (dam levels, evaporation, water consumption and rain), the only one we have control over is consumption. So if the model predicts that we may run into water trouble, the best starting point is to reduce the amount of water we use – which means water restrictions. We already have Level 2 water restrictions, and the Department H6R001

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Our water comes from the Wemmershoek Dam, currently at 50,7% full, which looks great in comparison to Western Cape average dam levels of 38,5% (as at 27 June 2016). The beautiful rain in June raised the average dam levels by nine percent.

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Water-Wise Waterwise continually monitors the water situation, with Level 3 restrictions the only available tool if the situation worsens. This could be similar to load shedding, where water is only available at certain times during the day. For instance, water may be available early in the morning and in the evenings, forcing households to fill buckets for use during the day.

Estate water management This leads to the question of how we can best contribute to reduce water consumption – both as individual homeowners and as the collective HOA – and prevent further water restrictions. As the HOA, we have done a number of things, including: ● Implemented an automated water reading system to provide early detection of bursts and leaks; ● Reduced irrigation by 50% in response to the current water shortage; and ● Planted mostly water-wise plants in public open spaces,

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such as Cynodum grass which is an indigenous, low-maintenance grass type. The HOA is also actively promoting the use of a local variety of grass (Cynodum), on the polo field, with one of the main reasons being reduced water consumption.

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Laundry 13% Bath / shower 20%

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Drinking / cooking 3% Garden 35%

On average, the best strategy to reduce water consumption would be to: ● Consider water-wise gardening; ● Manage your pool to reduce evaporation and detect any leaks early on; and ● Add water consumption as a criteria when buying or replacing toilets, shower heads, baths, dishwashers and washing machines.

● Some toilets have 13L cisterns, while others have 6L cisterns. ● Shower heads’ flow varies between 7L and 15L per minute. ● The average amount of water used to wash dishes – • By hand: 107L • By eco-efficient dishwasher: 15L. We have a collective duty to use our water resources responsibly, and with a growing population and more droughts predicted by climate change it is sensible to start carefully considering how (and for what) we use this limited resource.

Useful resources ● Dam levels are updated weekly and can be accessed at www.dwa.gov.za. ● The seasonal weather forecast done by the Weather Service can be accessed at www.weathersa.co.za. ● You can also an e-mail to the South African Weather Service to be included on the distribution list for seasonal forecasts at cobus.olivier@weathersa.co.za.

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On Show: Taking It Easy Val de Vie Estate is proud to showcase the home of one of our residents, whose eclectic and sophisticated interior got the attention of South Africa’s Garden and Home magazine earlier this year. In case you missed it, here is the article by journalist Catherine Zachariou telling us more about the ideas and inspiration behind the curated look of Val de Vie resident Denise McCallum’s home. A true eye for detail turned a home into a masterpiece.

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hen they moved to a new city, this adventurous couple wanted a home that would be both welcoming and relaxed. They got just that. Denise and Ray McCallum run their own company. Their home is a newly built threebedroom, three-bathroom single-storey house with an open-plan dining and living area plus kitchen. The architect also included a wine storage room. The large dining-room table comfortably seats eight guests – perfect for Denise’s famous dinner parties. Having built more than 16 houses, Denise and Ray are experts in creating dream homes. This doesn’t mean that any project is less nerveracking than the last – especially when your home-to-be is in an entirely new city. “We had been contemplating a move to the Cape for some time and, having lived on golf courses for many years, decided to look for an estate that offered something else,” says Denise. “We had heard and read about Val de Vie Estate in the Franschhoek Valley, visited the area and decided that this was it. It took three years to eventually get all our plans in place, and we finally moved in in March 2014. As stressful as it can be, building allowed us to create a home that’s the perfect size and design for our relaxed lifestyle.” Once their house, designed by E Design Studio, was complete, the couple enlisted the expertise of their friend, interior decorator Di Grobler of Diane Grobler Interiors. “I met Di in 1993 when she assisted me in decorating our apartment in Umhlanga, and since then she has helped to decorate all our homes. Di is based in KwaZulu-Natal but I feel comfortable with her,” explains Denise.

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“Building allowed us to create a home that is the perfect size and design for our relaxed lifestyle” “As we know each other so well, it was easy and fun to decorate this home,” says Di. “Denise and Ray aren’t afraid to say ‘yes, let’s do it’; this inspired me when selecting fabrics and furniture. They wanted a relaxed, clean and contemporary style, so I kept to neutral tones and introduced colour in the accessories and art.” Denise also wanted lots of cupboard space to house her impressive shoe collection, so they designed a glass-paned shoe cupboard at the entrance of the main bedroom. The architect added a dividing wall between the main bedroom and en suite to ensure privacy, but also to allow for more cupboard space. The open-plan kitchen flows into to the dining room and sitting area. “Denise loves to cook and creates wonderful table settings, so this has to reflect in her home,” says Di. Val de Vie

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Interiors at Val de Vie Her colourful collection of teapots and crockery is displayed in the kitchen. The open-plan layout of the dining area allows the couple to interact with their guests even while in the kitchen. The stools are from Weylandts and the ceiling lights from Con Amore Home. The collaboration between Di and Denise seems to have been an effortless one. Did they face any challenges? “Nothing major,” laughs Di. “I did struggle to find the perfect finishing touch for the pyjama lounge and study.” The solution came in the form of an over-scaled wallpaper mural by Rebel Walls from St Leger & Viney. This area is now Denise’s favourite spot to work and, most importantly, unwind.

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Energy Solutions Energy Partners Has Energy Solutions for Large Homes Energy Partners, a local energy-solutions provider owned by PSG, has been helping South African businesses power themselves for years. Now, Energy Partners Home Solutions is doing the same for homeowners, using cutting-edge solar technology to help them become energy-independent, minimise their carbon footprint and save as much as 90% on electricity. How the ICON™ works in a three-phase home We first install the solar PV panels and the ICON™ Home Energy Hub on one of the home’s phases. The technicians then do a smart rewiring of the home’s electrical system and move all of the essential electrical loads, including lights, entertainment systems, Wi-Fi, security devices and whatever is most important to the homeowner, onto that phase. We also move the home’s consistent daytime loads, such as heat pumps and pool pumps, onto the same phase with the ICON™, allowing those to run off free energy from the solar system. This is a great solution because the bulk of the most important electrical loads is being managed effectively by the ICON™, which uses solar power during the day and stores energy in its battery for the evenings. The only loads that stay on the two remaining phases are high-power users that only run for short periods of time or loads that run mostly at night, such as stoves, ovens and heaters. When rewiring your loads, we ensure that your home’s wiring and the energy balance between the phases remain compliant with the wiring code and any applicable regulations.

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How we do it: Efficiency first The best accepted practice is to reduce your energy consumption through the more energy-efficient appliances first. This will reduce the size of the solar and battery system that you will need to power your home, making it a more cost-effective solution. The easiest way to achieve this is to replace the powerhungry geyser, which in some households accounts for almost 50% of energy usage. A heat pump with a large hot-water storage tank is an ideal replacement for your geyser, especially when it is paired with the ICON™ system.

A solution for large energy consumers If you require a much larger solution that stores enough energy to power bigger loads from the ICON™ batteries, including loads such as your scullery, air conditioners and plug points, we recommend a three-phase hybrid system. This may be the ideal solution for households that want to be protected against abnormally long power outages, or homes with particularly high daytime-energy consumption that rely more heavily on the solar PV panels. The solution follows the same basic principles as the single-phase ICON™ system, but here we supply all three of the phases: we rewire your system to separate the loads that need to run off batteries and ensure that equipment Val de Vie


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that runs during the day can utilise the free solar power. A three-phase system does come at a premium, but if you use a lot of energy or need more batteries for storage, this may be the better solution for your home.

The grid-tied solution A grid-tied system allows you to generate your own solar power but does not allow you to add batteries that store energy for the night-time. Grid-tied inverters are slightly cheaper than hybrid inverters. However, if you want to add batteries later, you will need a separate battery inverter, which can end up costing you more than installing a hybrid system from the get-go. That’s why grid-tied systems are only really ideal if you do not plan on adding batteries, or if you consume a lot of energy constantly throughout the day and use up most of the solar power that the system generates. In some cases, it is possible to sell your excess solar energy back to the grid – but keep in mind that the economics of the current feed-in tariffs are

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For a no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced energy consultants and to see how we can save you up to 90% on your energy bill, contact Energy Partners Home Solutions on 0861 000 606 and make sure to mention that you are a Val de Vie resident. For more information, visit www.poweryourself.co.za.

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Expert Advice

South African Tax Residents with Assets in Offshore Jurisdictions

Your assets are currently sitting in an offshore structure that may have been the best structure at the time you put them there. But with all the changes in legislation and global sharing to combat illegal activity, your structure may no longer be best to service your changing needs. At a worst-case scenario, your structure may now be falling under what is considered to be a tax-evasive bracket when it was once a perfectly good, tax-efficient structure.

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Co-operation and Development (OECD) has been increasingly active in facilitating automatic exchange by creating the legal framework, developing technical standards, providing guidance and training and seeking to improve automatic exchange at a practical level. In 2010, the US tax authorities enacted

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the laws known as the Financial Accounting Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), requiring 30% of the gross amount of certain US connected payments made to foreign financial institutions to be withheld, unless such financial institutions agree to perform specified due diligence procedures to identify and report information about US citizens/nationals that hold accounts with them to the US tax authorities. Many jurisdictions, including South Africa, have decided to implement FATCA on an intergovernmental basis and, more specifically, to collect

and exchange the information required to be reported under FATCA. Many of these jurisdictions have also established automatic exchange relationships with other jurisdictions outside of the US, which themselves are introducing similar rules.

South Africa, SARS and global information sharing In a global attempt to combat tax evasion, there are now more than 80 countries around the world, in most well-regulated offshore jurisdictions (including the UK, Switzerland, The Channel Islands, Isle of Man,

BVI, and South Africa), that have signed automatic exchange of information agreements. South Africa signed the bilateral exchange of information agreement in 2013. The automatic exchange of information between foreign financial institutions (including banks, trust companies and investment institutions) and SARS will commence in October 2017. These countries recognise that, through the adoption of a common approach to automatic exchange of information, offshore tax evasion can be tackled most effectively while minimising costs for governments and financial institutions.

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Expert Advice In broad terms, financial institutions report information to the tax authorities in the jurisdiction in which they are located. The information consists of details of financial assets they hold on behalf of taxpayers in other jurisdictions with which their tax authorities exchange information. The tax authorities then exchange that information. The financial information with respect to reportable accounts includes interest, dividends, account balances, income from certain insurance products, sales proceeds from financial assets and other income generated with respect to assets. Reportable accounts include accounts held by individuals, entities (which include trusts, partnerships and foundations) and passive entities. With the strong support of the G20, the OECD, together with G20 countries and in close cooperation with the EU and other stakeholders, has developed the Standard for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account St James Ad.pdf

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Information, or the Standard. This is a standardised automatic exchange model, which builds on the FATCA intergovernmental agreement to maximise efficiency and minimise costs.

tax system. South African taxpayers who have not yet regularised their position with respect to their offshore holdings can take advantage of the SARS Voluntary Disclosure Programme.

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Possible impact on you

In addition to the above, a new piece of legislation has quietly been introduced by SARS in March 2015 as part of the Tax Administration Act, requiring all reportable arrangements – which includes an interest in an offshore trust that exceeds R10million in value – to be reported by both the participants and the promoters of such arrangements.

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The result of the new global information sharing regime will be that there will no longer be anywhere to hide in respect of undeclared assets held offshore. Never before has the world seen regulatory and tax change quite like the past five years. Information technology has also made things easier from the point of view of cross-border data collection, and financial institutions globally will now routinely share information with tax authorities around the world. In the case of South African residents, this information will end up in the hands of SARS. Those concerned about the status of their offshore holdings in light of the above legislation

should feel free to attend the St James Global seminar, as detailed in our invitation. There is a short window of opportunity to have a health check done on your offshore structures and investments to ensure they are compliant with current tax laws. At the moment there are ways to rectify issues if necessary, but the doors are closing and the next step could be an unexpected letter from SARS… Our seminar at the Val de Vie Polo Club, in conjunction with Gareth Cliff and Cliffcentral, will address many of the issues and potential problems, and suggest potential solutions. For more information or to reserve a seat, contact Karin Kleinsmith c: +27 (0)82 873 1874 or Ursula t: +27 (0)21 701 3982 e: Ursula@stjamesglobal.com

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Last Market of the Season

On 10 April, we celebrated the final Market of the season in the autumn sun. It was also the last polo tournament of the season, and guests were treated to the final while enjoying delicious food, activities for the kids and award-winning Val de Vie wine.

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e always dread saying goodbye to summer, when we shy away from the cold and the polo field becomes quiet. The Val de Vie Market provided a chance to soak up the last weekend of polo and summer fun. Jumping castles, sand art and balloon art had the little residents of Val de Vie smiling all day. The sweet-sounding voice of Evelyn Hart created a joyful atmosphere while guests were entertained by the exciting polo tournament. Newton & Co added to the fun as the four-piece band performed some of our favourite covers next to the field. Ashton’s Art Gallery showcased 60 paintings from 25 of South Africa’s top artists. It was inspiring to view authentic works of art upon entering the foyer of the Pavilion. Guests were treated to Cintron South Africa’s natural energy drinks and an entertaining photo booth, wishing guests a happy hibernation until the muchanticipated Cintron Pink Polo SA in November. Maison Bak launched its website to the residents of Pearl Valley and Val de Vie Estate, offering a delivery service of fresh breads, fullcream cheeses, handmade chocolate, local produce and even craft beer. Well done to team Kristan for winning the Strathmore Tournament, and to Charl du Plessis’s horse Nemo for winning Best Playing Pony. A word of thanks to everyone who joined us. We’re very excited about what’s to come in spring, promising more family fun Sundays in the Valley of Life.

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Tokio Marine Polo Classic The Polo Pavilion is the ultimate venue for a grand corporate event. The Val de Vie Events team welcomed 180 guests from Tokio Marine Group, from different regions of Brazil, on their company’s incentive tour to South Africa – and what a magnificent autumn day it was.

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okio Marine, the first insurance company established in Japan in 1879, is a global insurance group, spanning 469 cities in 37 countries and specialising in comprehensive insurance solutions for life, health, property and casualty. The company brought its top brokers to South Africa for an experience they would never forget. It was a day filled with joy and laughter as guests sipped on Val de Vie wine and MCC while watching a polo match on the perfectly styled terraces. Lunch in the French Ballroom followed. The talented and creative Heike, with her team from Fleur le Cordeur, created the beautiful floral explosions, while Something Different Concepts and Shows did the branding and decor. With the theme “African Diamonds”, the trip was divided into four events named after some of the most precious stones found on the continent; Tanzanite, Golden Jubilee, Earth Star and Cullinan. The group toured the Cape

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Events & Media Winelands, enjoying what they referred to as “some of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet”, national and international shows, the best of cuisine, a game of polo at the Tokio Classic hosted by Val de Vie Estate, a safari, a helicopter ride and an overwhelming amount of pampering and gifts. “On one of our days in the Diamond Event in Cape Town, we prepared a super-sophisticated surprise: the Tokio Marine Classic. The scene was set at the exclusive Val de Vie’s Polo Club, the site of the famous Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo, and where Prince Harry has participated in his Sentebale event. In this scenario we prepared a game that seems to have come directly from a movie, with a beautiful woman. All refinement, comfort and the best of food for our guests – an experience both unique and unforgettable.” – Tokio Marine Client Tokio Marine had an incredible time in South Africa’s Cape Winelands with unique experiences that were unforgettable and could never be bought. The whole tour was customised – especially created and developed for this group. After the total success of this edition and that of previous editions in Miami, Cancún and Lisbon, Tokio Marine is already preparing for its next international destination. Who knows where they’ll be going next! For year-end functions and corporate event enquiries, contact t: +27 (0)21 863 6191 e: events@valdevie.co.za

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Ladies’ Polo Cup It was a treat to host the first Ladies’ Polo Cup at Val de Vie Polo Club. It’s a milestone for the Western Cape, as this is the first-ever all-girls tournament – and hopefully the prelude to many more women’s events.

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hree all-female teams competed fiercely for the trophy. Several of the players were from the Paarl and Franschhoek area, while some travelled from polo clubs further afield to enter a team. A couple of our residents and Val de Vie Polo Club members also entered and made their debut in the tournament. Both games were fast and exhilarating, featuring the likes of Jocelyn Spilsbury and our youngest player on the field, the talented Josephine Susman. The final victory went to Perlitas de Polo, who fought every minute to come out on top. Winners: Perlitas de Polo (Beredine Odendaal, Jocelyn Spilsbury, Camilla Harris, Kelly Mathias) Runners-up: Polo Bears (Jenny Perkel, Dominique Thoenes, Josephine Susman, Tessa Moxon) Third place: The Hedonists (Julia Pilbeam, Maud Germann, Karen Lewis, Jessica Henrich) Well done to the girls – and thank you to all the members who coached, supplied horses and supported the teams! The polo season will resume in October. To join the Val de Vie Polo Club or for more info on membership, contact Karen Watson Polo Club Administrator e: polo@valdevie.co.za t: +27 (0)83 654 0941 Polo lessons are structured to the level of the student(s), from introductory lessons for the novice to intensive sessions focusing on specific aspects such as improving your polo swing, riding for polo or schooling the polo pony. To book a polo lesson, contact Kevin Rixon Polo Coach e: Kevin.Rixon@valdevie.co.za t: +27 (0)82 780 3950

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End of Season Polo Club Ball 2016

The 2015/2016 Val De Vie polo season proved to be one of our best yet. The level of polo developed tremendously, new members played in their first tournaments and a record number of tournaments were played. The Polo Club celebrated the end of the great season with its second annual Polo Club Ball, hosted at the Val de Vie’s Polo Pavilion. Polo Club Captain Gavin Watson shares a couple of memorable moments from the past season.

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ithout a doubt, the outstanding highlight of the season was the Sentebale Trust polo match. It was an honour for Val de Vie to host this match, in which HRH Prince Harry competed. Although on a couple of occasions he took a rather close look at our fields, he thoroughly enjoyed his stay at Val de Vie. Members of the Val de Vie Polo Club who participated in this event included Martin Venter, Hannes Pickard, Rupert Hackwell and Adamu Atta. The polo match was followed by a gala dinner and auction, and the proceeds raised all went to the Sentebale Trust, which assists underprivileged children in Lesotho.

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Polo Captain’s Report The event took quite a bit of planning, and was a huge success enjoyed by all who attended. Other major events that Val de Vie is becoming well known for are the Cintron Pink Polo, which is in aid of breast cancer and coming up again in November this year, and the Laureus Sports Foundation Challenge. This was the first time the Laureus event was held at Val de Vie Estate. Many sports celebrities and a host of influential business people were in attendance. It was an honour to see Val de Vie’s Ryk Neethling announced as an ambassador for the Laureus Foundation. This year’s Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo was bigger than ever and held in the format of a tournament. The tournament consisted of six 12-goal teams. Val de Vie Polo Club was fortunate to have more than seven of the country’s top polo players participate in the tournament, treating the crowds to some of the best polo in the country. Polo players from the South African squad included Tom De Bruin(7) as SA captain, Dirk van Reenen(5), Selby Williamson(5), Leroux Hendricks(5) and Davie Evans(4), as well as “legends” such as Buster Mackenzie(5) and Doug Lund(4). After a week of very exciting and competitive polo, Adamu Atta’s 5th ChukkaTeam, inclusive of two exciting, talented players from Argentina, ran out comfortable winners. It’s wonderful to see that the Veuve Clicquot event is growing year by year, both on and off the field. Next season, starting again in October, our polo events promise to be even bigger and better, with great polo and exciting, innovative off-the-field activities that will have huge spectator appeal, organised by the Val de Vie events team. The Club played host to 17 weddings and a number of corporate functions over the past seven months – it has become very fashionable to have a polo match as part of a couple’s wedding, where the two teams salute the bride and groom before the match kicks off. Every month, the Club has hosted at least one tournament with two divisions. Some of these featured up to nine teams taking part, and the polo was fiercely competitive. No one team was dominant during the season. Teams such as Val de Vie, Basillius, One Zone Polo and Ornatus Sed Ignarus all collected silverware at various tournaments through the season. During the latter part of our season, we also held our first ladies’ polo tournament, which was a great success. It will no doubt grow into one of the premier ladies’ events in the country. Polo in the Western Cape is growing, and Val de Vie is now regarded as the largest polo club in South Africa, with more than 40 members. Val de Vie

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Polo Captain’s Report

We were fortunate to acquire the services of Gary “Sipho” Spilsbury as our Club Professional this past season. He assisted with all aspects of the game – particularly umpiring, which helped both new and established members understand the very complicated rules of polo. Polo is a dangerous sport but the Club was very fortunate in that none of the members incurred any serious injuries this season. Kevin Rixon’s Polo School for beginners, held every Tuesday afternoon, is extremely popular. New and potential players can experience the adrenaline rush of the game. A lot of credit must be awarded to the Servest ground staff – Derek and Eugene – who worked tirelessly to keep the fields in immaculate condition. In the event of the restaurant being closed for functions held at the Pavilion, the Club would like to invite all homeowners to visit us at the Polo Clubhouse next to the Pavilion, where they can meet fellow playing residents

The members celebrated the end of the season in style with a black-tie dinner at the Polo Club Ball. The following members received awards during the evening: • Joseph Bronn: Chairman’s Award for significant contribution to the Club • Camilla Harris: Handicap put up from -2 to -1, and the award for the Most Valued Player • Jannie Steenkamp: Best Polo Pony String of the Season • Liam du Preez Paterson: Most Improved Player of the Season • Charl du Plessis: Horse & Rider Award (Not sure HRH Prince Harry would agree, as the same horse dismounted him during the Sentebale Polo Cup!) • Anton Snymann: Handicap put up from -2 to -1

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and members and enjoy a drink with us. The ponies are finally out and enjoying their well-earned break, before next season starts. We look forward to another successful season ahead and hope to meet you on – or beside – the polo field. Gavin Watson Val de Vie Polo Club Captain “You would not have thought it was a game at all, but a matter of life and death … far graver crises cause less keen emotion” – Winston Churchill Val de Vie


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Pearl Valley Golf Club Captain’s Report Val de Vie welcomes Chris McCann as the new Golf Club Captain, elected at the Golf Club Annual General Meeting on 14 April. We wish our outgoing Club Captain Evert Nel and outgoing committee member Terry Gilmour all the best, and thank them for their contribution to the club. Their hard work, dedication and support have been greatly appreciated. It played out at Pearl Valley and Paarl Golf Club. The ladies travelled from all parts of the country and presented us with an excellent opportunity to showcase our wonderful course. We remain a popular choice for corporates, and have hosted the Mercedes Trophy, Southern African Tourism Services Association and the Els for Autism Foundation golf day, among others. The Pearl Valley Open, in conjunction

Chris McCann, Pearl Valley Golf Club Captain

with Boland Golf Union, played out on 29 May, followed by the PGA Pearl Valley Pro AM on 30 May. The latter was organised by Terence Valentyn (Golf Operations and Retail Supervisor), as part of his third-year PGA Apprenticeship Programme. He did a superb job and should be congratulated on a great day as we received only compliments from all who visited us on the day.  

for Golf is an award-winning education and certification programme that helps golf courses protect the environment and preserve the natural heritage of the game of golf. By helping people enhance the valuable natural areas and wildlife habitats that golf courses provide, improve efficiency, and minimise potentially harmful impacts of golf course operations, the programme serves an important environmental role around the world.

Winelands Estate Trophy The first round of the 2016 instalment at Erinvale saw Pearl Valley achieving a healthy 17-point lead over rivals Steenberg, Arabella and De Zalze. We look forward to hosting the second round at Pearl Valley in September.

Hollow Tining

Green Committee

League Updates

Hollow tining started on 24 April and was successfully completed on 30 April. Recovery has been superb because of the glorious May weather. The course has been very busy and we’ve received many compliments from our visitors.

The first committee meeting was held on 31 May, and Mike Westman (Golf Course Superintendent: Golf Data) was invited to outline winter projects: Tee levelling on the 2nd and 7th has

The Golf Committee, subject to receiving certain details, will support the Boland Seniors Masters League. A Premier League for elite players is being considered for 2017.

Captain’s Charity

been completed; they’ll be back in play soon. The capillary bunker programme will continue with work starting on the greenside bunker

The Pearl Valley Captain’s Charity is an ongoing fundraising initiative that sees golfers, should they sink their ball into the water on the 13th hole, liable for a small fine. This hole, with its breath-taking views of the Simonsberg Mountain, is an absolute showpiece of our golf course. Funds are also raised via various member initiatives and Pearl Valley has also made a contribution. During the 2015/2016 period, the Captain’s Charity raised a combined total of R506 000 for the Drakenstein Palliative Hospice, which currently has 400 patients under its care (of which 20% are children).

Tournaments The National Senior Ladies hosted a successful three-day tournament from 16 to 18 May.

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at 8, which will be one of 14 bunkers during the winter period. The proposed new green at 4th will start with the creation of a temporary green, which is important as it needs to be in play from August until December. Seed growing will take 12 weeks and can only go ahead from September when the warmer weather will provide peak growing conditions for bent and will hopefully aid controlling Poa annua grass. The golf cart path replacement programme is under way, with several already back in operation. Information signs for the Audubon Project will be installed. The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Programme

Juniors Aliki Brunt (Ladies Committee member responsible for the Juniors Portfolio) continues to do great work. Junior Captain Lloyd Phillips is keen to start a match-play tournament for our juniors and teenagers, which will be discussed at the next committee meeting. Congratulations to our newly elected committee members: Shoona Burman (Ladies Captain), Aliki Brunt, Ross Callaghan, Lizanne Heydenrych, Riz Majid and Ivor Morgan. At the first committee meeting held on 5 May, Ivor Morgan was unanimously elected as our Chairman.

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Exploring Pearl Valley

Equestrian Centre at Pearl Valley Equestrian Centre and Training Academy Par Excellence Beautiful views, a pristine natural environment with rich bird-life and fynbos and a manicured golf course are not the only reasons why Pearl Valley at Val de Vie Estate is a sought-after lifestyle choice. Residents can enjoy various recreational activities in the outdoors – and of these, one in particular stands out. The fully equipped Equestrian Centre at Pearl Valley is not only favoured by those who enjoying a leisurely ride along the Berg River, it is also an esteemed educationand-training centre, being the only accredited equestrian training provider in South Africa.

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stablished in 2000, the Riding Ethology and Coaching Academy at Pearl Valley, under the leadership of Rosemarie Bartlett, has distinguished itself for its training excellence. With learners from across Africa, the US and the UK and successful graduates who are making their mark locally and in Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Australia, the US, the UK and across Europe, there’s no doubt of its international reputation. Bartlett is not only the founder and Director of the REC Academy but is also actively involved as Head Coach and mentor to past and current learners. After acquiring her instructor qualification in the United Kingdom, she worked for a year in Italy with the famous Olympic show-jumping riders, brothers Pierre and Raimondo D’Inzeo.

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Exploring Pearl Valley Returning to local soil, she successfully competed in various multi-discipline events, with show jumping always her first love. Although no longer competing, she continues to invest in her professional development. She is one of 10 candidates from all the Group IX countries chosen to attend the esteemed Fédération Equestre Internationale coach and tutor courses. She has attended the Level 1 and 2 International Coaches course, the International Level 3 Show Jumping Coaches course, as well as the Level 3 Tutors course. As a National Master Judge with about 14 years’ experience in the Equitation discipline, she has many judging appointments across South Africa. Bartlett is heavily involved with equestrian education and, as a founding member of the standards-generating body, she is on the task team mandated by the Quality Council for Trades & Occupations to develop the coaches’ pathway for equestrian coaches in our country. She is also the lead person for the SA Equestrian Federation representing the National Coaches Commission in liaison with SASCOC.

Training Programmes The REC Equestrian Academy offers full- and part-time Sector Education Training Authority/ SETA-accredited skills programmes, as well livery, riding lessons and trail rides for both residents and non-residents. The skills programmes are aimed at providing specialised education for those who wish to make a career working with horses. The post-matric courses have grown out of a demand by young people for a facility where they can spend time learning about the care and keep of horses while developing their riding skills to individual capability levels. Part-time courses are popular with horse owners who wish to improve their knowledge of horse care and handling of the horse, both mounted and dismounted. Full-time students spend a year or two at the Academy attending lectures and practical training by experts.

Programmes currently run are the Stable Groom Skills (NQF Level 1), Professional Groom Skills (NQF Level 2), Stable Master Skills (NQF Level 3), Commercial Equestrian Coach Skills (secondyear modules, NQF Level 4) and Sport Horse Management Sills (second-year modules, NQF Level 5). All programs are registered with the Department of Education and is endorsed by the SETA. In an exciting development, the Academy recently launched the e-learning Stable Management programme, providing more South Africans – especially those who are unable to attend full-time because of work or financial constraints – the opportunity to improve their equine skills and to attain

a formal certificate endorsed by the Department of Higher Education. E-learning is also perfectly suited for individuals with informal experience (i.e. stud grooms on breeding farms) but no formal skills as well as matriculants, because learning can be done at home at own pace. Discussions are also under way with the International Italian Equestrian Federation, with the view to introducing these e-learning programmes into Europe.

Meet the Experts All the Academy staff are not only well-qualified with many years’ experience as equestrians, facilitators and assessors but more importantly they are motivated to maintain the very high standards for which the Academy is known. Students who attend courses do so because of a genuine love for horses and the prospect of turning a dream into a reality, and the Academy boasts an excellent pass rate. Nicky Bartlett is the Deputy Director of the Academy and specialises in life coaching, mentorship and special needs support. She lectures, facilitates, assesses and coaches. She holds the International Level 1 and 2 Equestrian Coaches qualification and has successfully competed in dressage, showing, show jumping and equitation. Besides being a National Equitation Judge and Registered External Assessor, she holds degrees in education and special needs, is a post-graduate in media studies and also a neuro-linguistic practitioner.

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Exploring Pearl Valley lessons with great success, and assists as deputy yard manager. Her two assistants Timothy and Tanya are both completing their second-year studies in equestrian trail guiding. First-year candidate teachers are on hand to assist with “Edutainment” riding lessons for the little ones, often under six years old. These first lessons focus on balance, as young riders are still too small to control their ponies safely. Young pupils have their own teacher who ensures that learning takes place in a safe, fun environment. Once young riders have developed a balanced independent seat, they graduate to Jackson and Van Wyk for a more formal riding education. All the coaches hold current Level One First Aid Certificates. The Academy is about much more than stabling and recreational riding. It should be celebrated that such a facility forms part of our estate lifestyle experience. The REC Equestrian Academy at Pearl Valley has garnered a reputation both locally and overseas as a world-class equestrian training facility with an excellent pass rate, managed by highly skilled and passionate experts. “We attribute our success to expert tuition and dedicated students gaining handson experience in a professional working yard with access to a variety of horses and interaction with the riding public”, says Rosemarie. Apart from the formal training programmes, the riding school is open to anyone interested in riding lessons (beginners and competitive riders and all ages). For more information about the REC Equestrian Academy at Pearl Valley, please contact Rosemarie Bartlett: t: +27 (0)72 247 2929 e: equestcentre@hotmail.com

Apart from her full-time lecturing duties, she takes two afternoons off every week to mentor and coach learners from Bridge House School who wish to improve their study and life skills. Gillian Jackson is both Stable Yard Manager and Riding School instructor. She’s been with the Academy for two years, attaining her NQF level 1, 2 and 3 Stable Masters and Commercial Coaches Certificate, and is completing her second-year studies in sport horse management. She keeps the Equestrian Centre horses and ponies in top condition, and her students are progressing in leaps and bounds. Danny van Wyk has attained her NQF level 1, 2 and 3 Stable Masters and Commercial Coaches Certificate, with a specialisation in Equestrian Trail Guiding. She is presently completing her second studies in sport horse management. She gives the novice and intermediate pupils riding

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ongratulations to two of our Val de Vie Residents and Bridge House students, Erin Pape and Laela Masson, for their achievements at the recent WP Children’s Championship.

ABOVE Well done to Erin Pape and her pony Leeukloof Bevel – aka Leo – for winning the WP Children’s Champs and being selected as part of the WC Open Pony Rider Team for 2016 (1,10m) LEFT Laela Masson and her pony Desert Honey will join Erin and Leo in taking part in the South African Children’s Champs in Gauteng

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Pearl Valley at Val de Vie Estate

This lovely property is in a very coveted position on the exclusive Pearl Valley with views over 3 fairways and a stream towards the orchards and surrounding mountains. Three large bedrooms with the main being an exceptional room large enough for a private TV / lounging area. In addition there is a large study with an ensuite shower and clockroom as well as a separate entrance studio that could be utilised as staff or guest accommodation with some minor alterations. Very stylish and tasteful design and finishes. For those who prefer dwelling in effortless quality, on a safe and secure family orientated estate, Pearl Valley is your definitive choice. Nestled in the beautiful Berg River Valley and surrounded by the majestic Simonsberg Mountains lies the tranquil, safe and secure Pearl Valley, now part of Val de Vie Estate.

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PAARL BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL

INTERSCHOOLS - PBHS vs GIM

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The biggest interschools event in the world! We have celebrated and commemorated “Interschools since 1915”, although the first showdown took place in 1910. Boys’ High competes in several sporting disciplines including: golf, chess, hockey, cross-country and rugby. After the main rugby match on the Saturday, all our Boys’ High supporters are invited to the “Krymekaar” get-together in the school hall. Tickets available at the door. www.paarlboyshigh.org.za

This kept us busy... Hiermee was ons besig... On 12 Mei 2016 we had our Miss Girls’ High Pageant. MISS GHS 2016 - Emma van Rooyen 1ste prinses - Jonine Griessel 2de Prinses - Wilmare Mouton Mej persoonlikheid - Nikola du Toit Mej fotogenies - Nuraan Levy

Blou dag vir Outisme Op Vrydag 6 Mei 2016 het HMS Paarl se Gr 1-7 leerders blou aangetrek ten bate van die Boland Skool vir Outisme. Hier is mev Lizelle Raath (Hoof van die Boland Skool vir Outisme) saam met die Girls’ Highers. Sy het kom praat oor outisme.

Netbalnuus: Die netbalspelers van HMS Paarl is ingesluit in die Weskaap Netbalspanne wat gedurende die vakansie aan verskeie toernooie gaan deelneem. Voor vlnr: Donna Kotze (0/14), Carine Alberts (0/14), Danica Potgieter (0/14), Anja du Toit (0/14), Jean-Miri Olivier (0/14) Agter Wilmare Mouton (0/18), Lara van den Berg (0/18), Francis Olivier (0/17)

For more Girls’ High news visit www.paarlgirlshigh.co.za

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A Man’s Best Friend Laughter and fun with the four-legged friends from the Incredible Dog Show.

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inder Ark Preschool, located in the heart of Val de Vie, is not only a safe haven: it also provides endless opportunities for learning in a farm-like atmosphere. The school strives to provide a safe and loving environment for your precious little ones while you conquer the challenges of everyday life. The children of Kinder Ark were recently

treated with a visit from the Incredible Dog Show to end off their pet animals theme. They learned how to care for and love their pets while enjoying tricks by various dogs, from a German pointer to a miniature poodle. As the photos show, it was a morning filled with laughter.

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Safety & Security

Security Report: Youth Mischief Ensuring every resident’s safety and peace of mind is Val de Vie Estate’s number-one priority. The Val de Vie team, under the guidance of Thorburn and the Security Committee, has worked hard to earn the title of South Africa’s safest estate and to live up to this reputation. It is also the main reason why homeowners invest in the estate. In order to protect this valuable investment, we take estate security very seriously and no situation is treated lightly. Louis de Jager, who has retired as Full Colonel and as Provincial Head: Western Province Crime Intelligence, has been appointed as Val de Vie Estate’s full-time Risk Manager. We welcome him to the estate and will be publishing his quarterly report in the Grapevine Magazine.

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he safety of each resident is the HOA’s main focus and responsibility. The HOA cannot, however, protect each homeowner’s personal belongings, and we urge residents to take responsibility for their personal safety by taking care to close garage doors, and lock windows and doors when going away and after hours. During the winter school holidays we were compelled to dwell on some sensitive yet critically important issues that have a direct impact on the sense of safety, security and peace of Val de Vie Estate. The disruptive behaviour of some of the children on the estate over recent weekends – consisting of nocturnal “pranking” activities such as “tok-tokkie” and “egging” as well as smashing of windows – has become unacceptable. Children who aim to “test” security operational staff and procedures, which are geared for worst-case scenarios, are putting themselves at risk, and we must plead that parents on the estate discipline their children, and educate them on respect for fellow residents and the security system that is designed to keep them safe. While some would argue that “boys will be boys”, the extensive experience from our team indicates that this behaviour shows the first steps

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to juvenile delinquency, with all the signs to culminate in an eventual criminal record or tragedy. Disturbing someone’s peace and quiet with “tok-tokkie” may well be regarded as humorous but does not take into account the right of others to go about their lives and business in an undisturbed manner. Neither does “egging” take into account the disruption – not to mention the costs – of arranging, supervising and paying for contractors to clean up the mess and actual damage. This is time and money that could have been utilised much more productively elsewhere. Sneaking around on the new development after dark in order to test security reaction (although thankfully occurring only once so far) is about as dangerous as it can get with poor vision, building rubble, holes and ditches. Tactical response staff with a trained dog and weapons reacting to a “ perimeter breach” can result in tragedy. Getting caught, hurt or handed over to the police for the law to take its course is simply not worth it, and I conclude with a sincere call to all parents on the estate to please make sure their children refrain from getting involved in such activities.

As a resident, I reiterate that we are all affected by inconsiderate and disrespectful behaviour of any individual living on the estate. Feel free to call me at any time with any concerns regarding safety and security on the estate. Louis de Jager Risk Manager for Val de Vie and Pearl Valley louis.dejager@pearlvalley.co.za c: +27 (0)83 557 7009 Louis has spent 29 years working as a detective for the SAPS, and a further 22 years in the private sector. During this time he held various positions, of which the following are of particular relevance/value: • 6 Years: Canal Walk Shopping Centre Head Security and Occupational Health and Safety • 1 Year: Kruger National Park Local Community Concession/Camp Manager and Anti-Poaching • 1 year: Woolworths Head Office Campus Head Security • 18 months: Cape Town Stadium Head Security and Occupational Health and Safety (Before, during and after 2010 World Cup) • 4 years: Nigeria Country Security Manager for Heineken

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FAQs What are the HOA office hours, and where are they situated? Val de Vie Sport and Leisure Centre Office hours: Mondays to Thursdays 7.30am to 4.30pm Fridays 7.30am to 4pm Closed on weekends and public holidays

When are levy payments due, and how does the extra levy affect me? First day of the month, in advance. When you buy a plot from 1 September 2012 in the extra levy phase, you have a four-month grace period from date of transfer to do your planning and to start building before the extra levy is applicable. When building starts, you then have an additional 11-month period to complete the project, in which the extra levy will again not be applicable.

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

How and when can I do my security gate enrolment? New HOA members: Gate enrolment can only be done after the property has been registered in your name, during office hours at the HOA reception. Proof of identification is required.

for example, two dogs and one cat. Only domestic animals posing no danger, noise or odours may be kept. All domestic animals must at all times bear a tag that reflects the name, telephone number and SG number of their owner.

How and when can I obtain a remote for the inner lane booms/river-frontage gates? Remotes are available to residents only, at a cost of R220 per remote. Landowners who are in the planning phase may request the building control office to motivate an application for a remote. Remotes can be ordered, and paid for, at the HOA reception.

How and when do I obtain my post-box key? A post-box key can only be obtained after the property has been transferred into your name, during office hours at the HOA reception.

What is my Val de Vie postal address? Name and Surname (your SG number) Val de Vie Estate, Kliprug Minor Road, Paarl 7646.

How often is postage sorted?

Grass carp, kurper, and bass have been stocked in our dams. Fishing is only allowed on a catchand-release basis. Please respect these resources.

How do I gain access to the picnic area? The HOA picnic area is located on the banks of the Berg River, on the northern side of the estate. Access to the river frontage and the picnic area is controlled, and only possible to residents via pre-programmed remote controls (with the same remote as for inner lane booms). Access is only possible via three gates – the southern gate, the gate at the picnic area and the northern gate. Access is limited to non-motorised transport, during daylight hours only.

Who can I contact for electrical or plumbing assistance?

How do I apply for a dustbin?

Plumbing: Drain It office 021 855 3035 / 078 920 6491

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

Workers: All domestics, gardeners, au pairs, butlers, etc., need to be enrolled, with necessary identification documents. Valid work permits are mandatory for foreign workers.

Our refuse removal is done weekly by the Drakenstein Municipality. We form part of its “purple zone”. For collection days, please refer to the schedule at www.drakenstein.gov.za.

How many pets are allowed?

The estate is part of the municipal door-to-door recycling service. Each week, on the same day as your refuse removal, your recyclable material will

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

Postage is retrieved from town, and sorted daily. You will receive a notification slip in your box for parcels that are too big for the box. These letters/ parcels need to be signed for and collected during office hours at the HOA reception.

New tenants: Enrolment can only be done after tenants obtain approval from the HOA. Copies of identification documents and rental agreements must accompany completed enrolment forms.

No more than three animals may be kept per unit with a limit to two animals of a kind,

be collected. All you need to do is put your “dry” recyclable waste into the free clear bag you are provided with, then place it next to or on top of your refuse bin, ready for collection. Homeowners can also make use of the paper and glass banks at the Maintenance Centre.

When is refuse removal?

Does Val de Vie provide for recycling?

Electrician: Steven Jones 021 979 4925 / 082 871 4960 / 084 513 8088

The Val de Vie Homeowners’ Association does not guarantee or take any responsibility for the quality of services, products provided, or the conduct of any of the service providers mentioned in this publication.

How does the Val de Vie Guest System work? Please visit the Val de Vie Website on the HOA Internal Communication link for step-by-step instructions on how this paperless visitorenrolment-system works.

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May to August Win A Home on SABC3 with the Polo Village at Val de Vie 2 August Sally Little & Lee Anne Pace Golf Challenge 9 August CONQUER | Women’s Gala Dinner 4 September The Market & Canoe Race 9 September TASTE @ Val de Vie, launch of L’Huguenot Wine Cellar 17 September Polo Village: Ferrari Draw 21 October Val de Vie Foundation Celebrity Golf Day 23 October The Market & Trail Run 5 November Cintron Pink Polo

Featured event: Cintron Pink Polo, 5 November 2016 Ticket sales are OPEN for the seventh Cintron Pink Polo at Val de Vie Estate. In 2015 tickets were completely sold out weeks before the event, so be sure to book yours early this year – and expect nothing less than the exceptional! Visit www.valdevie.co.za/events/calendar. #CintronPinkPolo

Val de Vie & Pearl Valley residents get

PAINT / VERF

paint job to extravagant VILLAGENoGRILL & BUTCHER

10% OFF YOUR TOTAL BILL

T & C’s – pre booking is required, please use Grapevine as a reference. Valid: Monday Thursday until 1st September 2016

WELCOME LAURA TRUTER! Born in Helsinki, Finland, Laura grew up on the apron strings of her mother and grandmother. Relocating to South Africa in 2000 her passion for food was re-ignited when her family bought a historic wine farm in Paarl and she took over the catering for their functions. With many years of experience in the catering and food services industry we welcome Laura into our family at the Village Grill & Butcher.

or to plain for us. We are ready for any and every Paint Project!

Geen verf werk is te klein vir ons nie. Ons verfhande staan reg vir ou en nuwe huise!

Contact / Kontak: “The PAINT Factory” Neels Ackerman. (Val de Vie Resident) on 081 744 5729 / 083 281 8007 neels@human-resources.co.za

Reputable Paint Contractor

Main Road, Franschhoek T: 021 876 2344 C: 083 2493025 info@villagegrill.co.za www.villagegrill.co.za

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13-16 July Berg River Canoe Marathon 16-17 July Bastille Festival, Franschhoek 6 August Inter-schools, Boys High vs Gimnasium 20-21 August Winelands Chocolate Festival 24-25 September Franschhoek Uncorked 14 October Charity Golf Day, Pearl Valley 23 October Buffet Olives MTB Classic 29 October Oktoberfest at the German Club, Paarl What’s happening in Paarl and the Winelands? Search ShowMe’s Events & Entertainment Guide to see what’s happening today, tomorrow and after. Check by date over the coming months – there is always lots on the go in and around Paarl for you and your family to enjoy, and many events in which to participate. Get out and about this winter! Visit www.showme.co.za/paarl/events-entertainment/

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HOA Pages

Directory Val de Vie Estate HOA ENQUIRIES 021 863 6128 hoa@valdevie.co.za

OTHER SAPS: PAARL 021 807 4000

WATER/ELECTRICITY 021 807 2557

POLO 021 863 6169 polo@valdevie.co.za

SAP FLYING SQUAD 10111

TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT 021 872 4755

SALES OFFICE 021 863 6101 property@valdevie.co.za

FIRE BRIGADE 021 872 2323

ANIMAL HOSPITAL: WELLINGTON 021 873 1196

WINES 021 863 6100 wines@valdevie.co.za

AMBULANCE: PAARL 10177 021 872 1970

VETERINARIAN DR DEON VAN TONDER 083 631 4603

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

RESCUE EMERGENCY 10177

PAARL LIBRARY 021 807 4871/4742

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

ER EMERGENCY RESPONSE 084 124

PAARL TOURISM 021 872 4842

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

PAARL HOSPITAL 021 860 2500

FRANSCHHOEK TOURISM 021 876 3603

SECURITY 021 863 6110 072 900 3954

MEDI CLINIC: PAARL 021 807 8000

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

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

DRAKENSTEIN MUNICIPALITY/GENERAL 021 807 4500

POST OFFICE: 57 LADY GREY STREET, PAARL 021 872 5337

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

DRAKENSTEIN WASTE REMOVAL QUERIES 021 807 4715

Pearl Valley PEARL VALLEY RECEPTION 021 867 8000

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

SECURITY MAIN GATE 021 867 1203

SECURITY EMERGENCY 076 881 0442

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

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

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

REC EQUESTRIAN ACADEMY 072 247 2929 equestcentre@hotmail.com

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Events & Media

Passionately meeting the needs of discerning clients around the corner and around the world with quality, strength, durability, impeccable style and superb service. With clients including Tasha’s, Val de Vie Estate, and Protea Marriett Hotels, just to name a few, Sangengalo Marble and Granite is an esteemed and highly regarded name in marble, granite, engineered stone and NEOLITH products. For expert assistance on your marble, granite, engineered stone and NEOLITH products, please contact Neville Owen on 082 454 2404 or neville@ske.co.za.

For more infomation please visit www.ske.co.za

The Kitchen Specialists Association of South Africa (KSA) – Stone & Surface Fabricator Forum was launched In Cape Town in 2014 in order to provide a more professional level of accountability to the industry, as well as to develop the procedural practice. “Sangengalo Marble & Granite is a Founder Member, and I have the privilege of serving on the committee with the portfolio of Industry Standards.” — Neville Owen

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ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN, CO

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from architectural design to completed build... Bergstreme Developments & Architectural Design have over 16 years building experience on some of the most prestigious estates in the Western Cape.

Featured on Top Billing - June 2016

...with a focus on building and designing energy-efficient homes Bergstreme Developments offer a full service solution to clients, from architectural design (including 3D rendering) to completed build, including a full showroom in Paarl for clients to choose their own finishings. They are a member of the Green Building Council and also work with EcoDesigner software, so their attention is also on building for the future. This small and flexible team’s approach remains on quality and detail.

Featured in SA Homeowner August 2012 editon

www.bergstreme.co.za warren@bergstreme.co.za 021 872 6360 / 082 787 0775 www.facebook.com/bergstremedevelopments

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