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Life worth living

Lindiwe Mazibuko thrives at Harvard, but her heart remains in SA

PRINCE HARRY AT VAL DE VIE ESTATE The Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup for the first time on African soil

ON A PLATTER John Platter returns to the winelands and rates the Revolution

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Life worth living

Lindiwe Mazibuko thrives at Harvard, but her heart remains in SA

PRINCE HARRY AT VAL DE VIE ESTATE The Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup for the first time on African soil


ON A PLATTER John Platter returns to the winelands and rates the Revolution

8 Dreaming big WILBUR SMITH Summer 2016

One of the world’s greatest storytellers on his next chapter

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On the cover Prince Harry at the 2016 Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup hosted by Val de Vie Estate Photography André van Niekerk, Vivid Blue Photography Editorial Ryk Neethling, Janette Griesel Fashion Janette Griesel, Bronwyn Day Photography Kope | Figgins Hair and makeup Sian Moss Model Rose from Vision Models Horse Spanish Emblem owned by Jason Drew Contributors Norman McFarlane Heléne Ramackers Joanne Gibson Samantha Page Grant Schreiber Yasemen Kaner-White Ockie Fourie Sarah Whitelaw Gerda Viljoen Laura Jones Val de Vie marketing director Ryk Neethling PR and Advertising sales Janette Griesel Design and production Mark Pettipher MPDPS (PTY) Ltd Production manager Dalene van Niekerk Designer Wade Hunkin Copy editor Brenda van Rensburg


10 Next level 14 Through the lens 24 Fit for a Prince 30 What legends are made of 34 Home is where the heart is 38 A storyworth telling 42 Paradise found 50 The sky is no limit 54 Running free 64 Lesson learned 68 Passionate outsider 73 Across the board 82 Polo for Africa 86 Going offshore

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

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of Sentebale – Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso – to our estate. Like Sentebale, we are passionate about helping those in need, and are pleased to be able to play a supporting role in the excellent work that this charity is doing in a

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Aerial view of the Val de Vie Phase 2 expansion and newly acquired Pearl Valley

Dreaming big I have been dreaming big my whole life and realised that I am drawn to those that share this trait. This is one of the reasons why I am so proud to be associated with Val de Vie and its people. As a team, we are able to realise those dreams and achieve common goals. Looking back, 2015 has been one of the greatest years so far!


here are two specific goals, which we have been working towards the last six years, and it’s such a joy to know that now we have finally achieved them. The first was hosting HRH Prince Harry of Wales for

the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, a major honour for the estate. Second was success in purchasing Pearl Valley Golf and Country Estate in a landmark property transaction that will have wonderful effect on the

“We look forward to

Paarl-Franschhoek Valley. At times these goals seemed impossible but with teamwork, commitment and consistent hard work we

welcoming Prince Harry

achieved what some said was impossible. This edition of our magazine again features other big dreaming individuals, who inspire us such as Lindiwe Mazibuko, blazing her way through Harvard, entrepreneur and

back again soon, whether it be on a polo pony or not”


futurist Jason Drew and Wilbur Smith, arguably Africa’s most successful author. Hope you enjoy the read and never lose track of those dreams!

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Next level We look at five of the most exceptional mountain biking stage-races across the world worth travelling for. These races are unique, challenging and could be seen as “destination riding”, a must add to any avid cyclist’s bucket list. Words provided


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ABSA Cape Epic South Africa 700km | 8 Days | 13 - 20 March 2016

Classified as “hors catégorie” by the Union Cycliste

Western Cape region in South Africa with unspoilt

Internationale (UCI), the Cape Epic is the biggest

scenery and some of the most magnificent mountain

stage race in the world in terms of TV coverage and

passes in South Africa. It is a full-service race, meaning

prestige. A highlight on the mountain biking calendar,

that everything is taken care of from the start - all

the race keeps riders guessing with a new route every

riders need to think about is riding.

year. The demanding eight-day adventure through the


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V - trophy list Nedbank Tour de Tuli Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa 300km | 4 Days | 11 – 14 August 2016 Imagine a four day cycling safari with a unique course that takes you through true African landscapes and big five territory. The race supports Children in the Wilderness, a charity that not only educates the youth in the rural areas of the Limpopo Valley but also encourages them to protect their environment, teaching anti-poaching and conservation. With feats such as crossing the Limpopo River from Botswana, riding along elephants through the Shashi Wilderness Park in Zimbabwe and finally crossing the boarder, passing through local villages and communities, to finish the race in Mapungubwe Confluence Camp in South Africa. Web:

Craft BIKE Transalp powered by Sigma Germany, Austria and Italy 624.23km | 7 Days | 17 - 23 July 2016 The 19th of July marks the beginning of the Craft BIKE Transalp powered by Sigma cycle race. This race covers a distance of 624.23 kilometres and crosses three different countries, namely Germany, Austria and Italy. This year new stages were introduced to the race and this includes longer technical stages as well as steeper climbs. The 18th edition encompassed a new route starting in Ruhpolding, Germany and travelling along Saalfelden Leogang, Mitterstill and Sillan in Austria, Levico Terme in Italy and ending with a final stretch to Lake Garda. Web:


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V - trophy list Crocodile Trophy Australia 700km | 9 Days | 15 – 23 October The Crocodile Trophy is one of the world’s longest running and toughest mountain bike races. Putting riders’ endurance and strength to the test, the race draws travellers from around the world to brave the outback, rainforests and coffee plantations of Tropical North Queensland, Australia. The race finishes on a 6km stretch of white beach at Port Douglas, a popular jumping-off point for tours to the Great Barrier Reef. Web:

La Ruta los Conquistadores Costa Rica 256km | 3 Days | 3 - 5 November 2016 Inspired by the twenty year journey of the early Spanish Explorers’, the now three day trek of La Ruta takes riders through and around Costa Rica’s lavish rainforests, majestic volcanoes, spectacular mountain ranges and roaring rivers. The race includes rafting in the Pacuare River and is not considered a race for novice mountain bikers. In the heart of Central America, the island is known for its awesome surf spots, beautiful beaches and rainforests with a unique and very rich biodiversity. Web:

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Through the lens From a small app released in 2010, Instagram has over 300 million users, 75 million of whom make use of the app on a daily basis. It has provided people to not only share their morning latte art, but has paved the way for aspiring and professional photographers alike to share their images with the world. Words by Ockie Fourie @theworldsyoungestman


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Instagram has done wonders for Cape Town’s tourism and showing off the city’s beauty, being rated as one of the most photogenic cities around the world.


ocally, the community has grown to small crowds of people shooting mobile pictures of puddles

have stepped up to bigger and better cameras, lenses and accessories.

in the centre of Woodstock, to photographers

Along with this leap comes opportunity. It has

venturing into abandoned buildings, rooftops,

opened doors for photographers to make a name for

deserted streets and mountain tops, equipped with

themselves, documenting their surroundings and

digital cameras and tripods, chasing that next shot.

grabbing the attention of small businesses and large

It’s also a simple yet effective way of documenting

corporations to promote their products through the

your daily life by using the camera that’s always

eye of the Instagrammer. Some people have turned

with you, your phone. Having said that, in the last

these opportunities into full-time careers, partnering

two years, the focus has changed from the mobile

with brands and making a living from it. Along with

camera to the digital camera. Some people have

many digital jobs in the advertising and social media

become more serious about capturing images and

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V - photography Catherine Drowley @cat_drowley | 834 posts 31.1k followers | 555 following Currently specialising in social media advertising, which means creating content on a daily basis. Having majored in photography at Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cat has an artistic approach to her work, but saw photography as just that, work. Discovering Instagram re-awakened her passion for photography and even improved it. What ‘s more was the opportunity to connect with so many talented and like-minded individuals.

“Cape Town is my back garden - too often I forget how beautiful it is in this city. Every chance I get I’m outside trying to capture those moments we often overlook.” - Catherine Drowley


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David East @daveast | 1 815 posts

“Instagram is a great platform for people to express their work but it is also a platform

119k followers | 499 following David creates visual art through film

that builds a community of photographers. I can literally go to any city and there will

and photography, portraying the city

be someone to take me around the local life. Instagram is great that way.”

Film direction being his forte, he

– David East

with all its curves and angles. captures the movement and emotions of the concrete jungle.

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“I felt that too many photographers and instagrammers were focused on showing off Cape Town’s sunsets and mountains and not enough about the streets. There’s so much realness that comes from this city that people don’t even acknowledge and I take it upon myself as a photographer to get that across.” - Wayne Hipe

Wayne Hipe @hipebeast | 606 posts 26.8k followers | 257 following Best recognised for his original take on street style and urban photography, Wayne is a Cape Town born photographer. His documentation showcases the parts that are raw and real about the Mother City. While being a big part of the local Instagram community, Wayne Lee Robertson is also well respected for his photography as an art.


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V - photography Mike Eloff @thelawry | 3 724 posts 57.1k followers | 731 following The extraordinary photos of this Cape Town photographer, has a way of calling to the adventurer in all of us. Mike will do anything it takes to get the shot, including spending the entire night on Lion’s Head for single image, made up of over a thousand photos processed into one. In 2012, Mike took a photo of the sunset everyday for the whole year. In 2013, he did the same to capture every sunrise for 365 days without fail. Photography has become part of him and how he communicates, Instagram merely provided the microphone.

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My inspiration is the beauty around me. The endless landscapes that change as you drive around the city, from the coast to the city bowl and Table Mountain, to the vast rolling hills and dramatic skylines of the Wine-lands.� – Gavin Pickford

Gavin Pickford @gavman18 | 1 572 posts 55.6k followers | 270 following Based on a beautiful stud farm in Franschhoek, breeding thoroughbred racehorses,Gavin is surrounded by exquisite scenery everyday. Though he has a love for photography, he only pursues it part-time. His love for nature and horses is evident in the breathtaking moments he captures when the evening colours change, which he is best known for.

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V - photography Gareth Pon @garethpon | 2196 posts 259k followers | 595 following Apart from his passion for film-making and photography, Gareth has spent the last few years pursuing the potential of Mobile Photography and developing the South African Instagramers community, the only South African Instagram community with an international relationship and recognition. As a result of his activity and unique approach to creativity, he has been featured by various platforms including CNN, MTV, Huffington Post, Mail & Guardian, and Instagram’s official blog, as well as partnering with tech giant Samsung South Africa in becoming their Official Digital Imaging Ambassador in 2015.

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“We have what it takes to do what’s right… while we’re here, we can fight.” – George the Poet


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Fit for a Prince An enraptured audience watched as the two gallant teams marched out onto the polo field. Prince Harry’s muchanticipated South African visit included his participation in the sixth Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, held at Val de Vie Estate on 28 November. This event – the largest one-day charity polo event in the world – has made its sixth appearance this year and is a first ever on African soil. Words by Laura Jones


here is a long and proud history of polo in

The Sentebale Polo Cup was first launched at

South Africa, with the first recorded game

Apes Hill Polo Club in Barbados in 2010 where a

taking place in October 1874 at the Parade Ground

crowd of over 2000 gathered to watch the match.

in Cape Town, between the Gordon Highlanders and

Since then, the event toured across the world from

the Cape Mounted Rifles.

the UK to Brazil, Connecticut, USA and Abu Dhabi.

Val de Vie, meaning the “Valley of Life”, was

Polo had become a successful vehicle to create

established in 2004 and polo was first played here in

worldwide awareness of Sentebale and its vision, to

2008. This year, the estate had the honour of

work in partnership to positively transform the lives

hosting the sixth annual Sentebale Polo Cup,

of the world’s most vulnerable children. “It’s an

welcoming Prince Harry himself to play polo in

honour to be part of this event where polo can be

South Africa. Alongside him is one of England’s

used as a platform to do good,” says Sentebale

own professional polo players, Malcolm Borwick

ambassador, polo pro Nacho Figueras.

“It’s an honour to be part of this event where polo can be used as a platform to do good,” -Sentebale ambassador and polo pro Nacho Figueras

and renowned polo player Nacho Figueras, an

The real heart of Sentebale began in 2004 when

ambassador for Sentebale. The two teams battled for

Lesotho’s Prince Seeiso took Prince Harry to stay

BELOW Prince Harry with Sentebale

a victory, which was finally won by eight goals to the

overnight at one of the cattle-posts in the

Chairman and Val de Vie Resident,

Royal Salute Team, led by Figueras.

mountains of Lesotho; this was where they made

Philip Green

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Although it was a close match, keeping the suspense heightened, it was ultimately the Royal Salute team that won the game eight to seven, after Bill Ballhaus scored the winning goal seconds before the end of the final chukker was signalled. This skilful

their commitment to support children in Lesotho,

death of their parents – they were so vulnerable and

move earned Ballhaus the

many whom had been affected by HIV/AIDS.

in need of care and attention.”

title of ‘Most Valuable Player’

Both Prince Seeiso and Prince Harry agree that

Sentebale was registered as a charity in 2006 and

their charity is a way to remember their mothers,

opened an office in Lesotho in 2007, initially

who both worked with vulnerable children and

providing grants and management advice to

people affected by HIV/AIDS. Says Prince Harry,

grassroots organisations caring for disadvantaged

“I really feel that by doing this I can follow in my

children in Lesotho. Today, the charity has

mother’s footsteps and keep her legacy alive.”

maintained partnership with these locally run

In a discussion detailed on the Sentebale website

organisations, whilst extending its network to

Prince Harry recounts, “I was 19 and went travelling


in my gap year. I had a fantastic time in Australia,


Argentina and Botswana, but, in the end, the thing

providers and government.

directly and




international local


that had the greatest impact on me was the two

Lesotho’s Prince Seeiso says, “Lesotho is a small,

months I spent working in Lesotho. I met so many

impoverished country. Its problems have been made

children whose lives had been shattered following the

infinitely worse since I grew up because of the

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HIV/AIDS pandemic. It has been said that we, as a

Royal Salute Polo Cup has raised in the region of

nation, are facing annihilation.”

£3 million for the charity.

According to Lesotho’s Ministry of Health and

Cathy Ferrier of Sentebale comments: “Sentebale’s

Social Welfare, more than 37,000 children under

annual polo fundraising event has gone from strength

fourteen live with HIV. What follows from that are

to strength over six consecutive years. We are delighted

prevalent psychosocial problems in communities

to bring the Sentebale Polo Cup home to Africa this

that are associated with anti-retroviral therapy,

year, and would like to thank Martin Venter and the

such as a fear of being stigmatised, isolated

wonderful team at Val de Vie Estate for all their hard

or rejected by others.

work and support. The funds raised from this year’s

Safe accommodation, hot meals and psychosocial

event will allow us to deliver care and education to

support to those children coming to terms with

many more children in Lesotho and in the near

living with HIV, are just some of the services that are

future across other Southern African countries.”

offered by various extensive Sentebale projects

Evidence of Prince Harry’s heartfelt work came

making a huge difference to children’s ability to

full circle on this trip to Lesotho and South Africa,

lead a more rewarding life. To date, the Sentebale

when he was reunited with fifteen year-old

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V - royalty Mutsu Potsane more than a decade after they first met. Mutsu was just four years old when he first met the Prince at the Mants’ase Children’s Home for orphans, outside Maseru in Lesotho. They remained in touch sharing letters and meeting up during the majority of Prince Harry’s visits to Lesotho. Student Motseliso Morahanye, twenty, talked about how Sentebale’s support had allowed her to finish school and study law at university, as well as how the charity had altered the course of her life. Every life changed and every smile gives meaning and purpose to the efforts of Sentebale and of those Prince Harry with Prince Seeiso with Sentebale Ambassador Nacho Figueras

who offer their time and efforts to do the very necessary good work. In the words of Prince Seeiso’s father, His Majesty King Letsie III, “The reward of good work is more work.”

A Royal Match Prince Harry teamed up with founder and CEO of Val de Vie, Martin Venter; Royal Salute ambassador, Malcolm Borwick – who scored the first goal of the match – and businessman, Adamu Atta on the ISPS Handa Sentebale team. They were up against polo enthusiast, Hannes Pickard; one of the world’s top 100 polo players and Sentebale ambassador, Nacho Figueras;





investor, Rupert Hackwill and trained aerospace A proud Val de Vie Events Team with Prince Harry

engineer, Bill Ballhaus on the Royal Salute team.

Royal Salute Polo Cup took place two days after the opening ceremony of Sentebale’s Mamohato Children’s Centre in Lesotho. Both events were conceptualised, coordinated and executed by Val de Vie Events.


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“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.” – Nelson Mandela

FROM LEFT Sir Ian Botham, Borris Becker and Nelson Mandela making his iconic speech at the Laureus Awards in May, 2000.

What legends are made of A unique collaboration between luxury brands and the world’s greatest sporting legends has helped young people around the world overcome challenging social issues such as poverty, homelessness, war, violence, drug abuse, discrimination and AIDS. Words by Grant Schreiber


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s Michael Johnson settled into the starting

The Laureus Academy, that embraces the

twenty two local ambassadors that include

blocks at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996

principle of using sport to help bring positive

Ryk Neethling, Natalie du Toit, Bryan Habana

to set a new world record for the 200 metres,

change to dis-empowered communities. They

and Lucas Radebe.

he could never have imagined jogging playfully

offer their time to support the work of the

This grassroots, life-changing work, is offset

alongside kids in Kenya a few years later,

Laureus Foundation, by visiting over 140

by a glittering sports awards ceremony, held

helping raise self-esteem among young people

projects around the world, all utilizing sport

each year in a different city, that sees the

in one of Africa’s largest slums.

to turn kids away from the negative

Academy members mingle with top sports

When Nawal El Moutawakel crossed the

influences in society, and helping them realise

people, presidents and royalty, to recognize

finish line at the 1984 Los Angeles Games and

their true potential. Other sporting greats

sporting excellence. Commonly referred to as

became the first Moroccan, African and

who have aligned themselves with the

the “Oscars of sport,” the award ceremony was

Muslim woman to win an Olympic gold

Laureus include, Boris Becker, Jack Nicklaus,

conceived as a way of bringing together the

medal, she had no idea that she’d one day be

Hugo Porta, Kapil Dev, Sebastian Coe,

biggest names in sport and raising awareness

leading 30,000 Muslim girls on an annual 10km

Monica Seles, Tony Hawk and Dan Marino.

around sport as a catalyst for change.

fun run around Casablanca, and pioneering

Closer to home, ex Springbok rugby captain,

The Laureus story is a heady mix of

sport among women in Moroccan society.

Morné du Plessis, chairs the Laureus Sport

corporate sponsorship, celebrity sport and the

Johnson and El Moutawakel form part of

For Good Foundation South Africa, that

will to succeed in some of the most devastated

a unique association of forty-six of the

presides over the work of thirteen sport

and impoverished parts of the planet. Projects

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Johann Rupert, Executive Chairman of luxury goods company Richemont. A noted sports enthusiast, Rupert was at a dinner with friends one evening and mused over the fact that there was no Nobel Prize or Oscars-style awards for sport. Rupert’s views on the power of sport were fundamentally influenced by

the Laureus World Sports Academy was

but it is fair to say that the biggest name was a

the crucial role that the 1995 Rugby World

created, with thirty of the greatest living sports

huge surprise all round, as the door to the

Cup played in the reconciliation of the

legends named as founder members.

Academy meeting room opened and in walked

different communities in South Africa. In 1998



Academy members gathered in Monaco for the

that Mandela, who was to become the Patron

very first Laureus World Sports Awards. It was

of Laureus, made the visionary speech, which

automotive giant Daimler and two years later,

an impressive collection of sporting legends,

has become the philosophy of Laureus and the







President Nelson Mandela. It was in Monaco




On May 25, 2000, the majority of the

driving force that has shaped its work for the last thirteen years. His speech has become the dictum not only for Laureus, but also for the whole sport for good movement. He said: “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination.” Perhaps the power of sport can best be illustrated by an encounter Rupert once had with a friend of his. “Some thirty years ago, while living in New York City, I had a black friend who was a true sports superstar,” says Rupert. “He was constantly mobbed for autographs. I noticed that he took extra care giving signed posters to white kids. I asked him about the apparent favouritism. His answer: “Johann, if a white kid has my poster in his bedroom, he can hardly discriminate against the black kid in his class.” 32

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Home is where the heart is Recent Harvard graduate Lindiwe Mazibuko talks about her year away from South African politics, and the most important lesson she has learnt away from home. Words by Samantha Page


indiwe Mazibuko’s dimpled smile comes into

frustrated by the extent to which being in leadership

focus via Skype when we chat one recent

meant she spent more time worrying about internal

evening in October. I can just see Harvard University’s

politics and machinations than her personal

autumn foliage through the blinds behind her and

political mission, which was to be a voice to the

while she’s clearly a million miles from her beloved

marginalized, shift policy, fight for women’s rights

South Africa, she looks buoyant and strangely at

and empower the youth.

home in her new surroundings.

“I was hugely supported and encouraged by my

“The idea of taking a sabbatical after the general

friends at the World Economic Forum Young

election in May 2014 to devote some time to

Global Leadership, who were going through

self-reflection, self-improvement and recommitting

similar inflection points in their careers, to think

myself to my political goals had been percolating in

about what it would be like to take time out from

my head for a while,” she says recalling the thought

politics. I was talking them into following their

process that informed her decision. “I felt

convictions but constantly talking myself out of it,

increasingly compelled to take a fresh look at

but I knew that if I didn’t apply, I’d never have a

whether or not politics was the way to achieve the

real choice ahead of me.”

things I wanted for my country or if there were

Her application was successful but there was an

other ways to change the world, but I didn’t want

election looming – an important one – and

to jeopardise the DA’s electoral prospects, so I only

Lindiwe was resolute that the DA needed to be

announced my resignation after the election.”

protected from her decision until the time was

At the time of her resignation, she had been the

right. She didn’t want the media to read the

parliamentary leader of the Democratic Alliance for

election result and the DA’s incredible success

almost three years and despite the DA’s many

through the lens of her resignation, so she made

significant political gains during that time, and its

sure she fulfilled all her duties while Harvard put

hugely successful electoral campaign, growing its

the necessary plans in place so that when the

share of the national vote from 16% in 2009 to

moment came, Lindiwe could focus on her next

22% in 2014, on a personal level Lindiwe was

chapter, which didn’t include the DA.


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“When you live your life in public, people tell your story for you, so I had to reacquaint myself with my story and tell it as Lindiwe Mazibuko, a woman who came to reinvent herself, not as the parliamentary leader of the opposition. I discovered that I could be more playful with knowledge and more honest about what I did and didn’t know. There’s no pressure to have all the answers, which is liberating.”

“I didn’t even tell my family. The announcement

In June 2015, joined by her mum, June,

was made via an op-ed in the Sunday Times. Of

Lindiwe graduated from Harvard University with

course, my family forgave my subterfuge, but I knew

a master’s degree in Public Administration, but she

all hell would break loose once the news had sunk in

wasn’t quite ready to come home and return to

and it did, but I refused to do interviews because I

politics in South Africa.

knew the media wanted to make it about two

“My year as a student was just about me, so when

powerful women who couldn’t agree, so I decided to

the opportunity presented to take up a position as

focus instead on the opportunity for growth and

resident fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, I

renewal that the Harvard experience would bring.”

saw it as a chance to give back to the institution and

Despite being widely travelled, this was only the third



career in politics. I teach a seminar every Tuesday called

United States. She attended her brother’s wedding in

‘How to Build a Democracy’; I also mentor undergrads,

2013 and then the following year she went to Yale in

expose them to great speakers (already Wilmot James,

New Haven, Connecticut, for the World Economic

President Joyce Banda and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngucka,

Forum Education Module, but she had never been to

among others, have spoken here) and encourage them


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Massachusetts, was what she had seen in movies like ‘Good Will Hunting’ and ‘A Beautiful Mind’.

towards establishing a career in public service.” Her time has been highly occupied and Lindiwe

“It was idyllic, quiet and beautiful – all a little surreal

admits that her good intentions of auditioning for

for a girl who grew up in Umlazi – but it was exactly the

the choir were quickly derailed in favour of setting up

respite I needed and the transition wasn’t as traumatic

a study group, but it has been a season of renewal for

as one would imagine because the university is hugely

her and although the Harvard graduate has no

supportive. Several American universities, Harvard

immediate plans to re-enter politics until she has fully

included, have courses for mid-career professionals

explored other ways to affect change and build a life

during which you can complete a two-year master’s

that stretches beyond the confines of politics, she is

programme in one year and in exchange for that you

certain of one thing and it’s the beacon that sustains

bring your perspectives and knowledge. The idea of

her and will continue to inform her future decisions:

self-improvement and taking time out to think and

“Being away from home has reinforced that I love my

acquaint yourself with new ideas isn’t seen as ‘going

country so completely and I’ll do anything in my

back to university’; it’s part of your career trajectory.”

power to make it a success.”

There were many generative moments during those fledgling days, but the sheer delight of anonymity is one Lindiwe clearly relished. In a class of 220 students, from seventy different countries, she was just one of the cohorts who had to introduce herself and tell people who she believed herself to be. “When you live your life in public, people tell your story for you, so I had to reacquaint myself with my story and tell it as Lindiwe Mazibuko, a woman who came to reinvent herself, not as the parliamentary leader of the opposition. I discovered that I could be more playful with knowledge and more honest about what I did and didn’t know. There’s no pressure to have all the answers, which is liberating.” Playing to her strengths and inherent curiosity, Lindiwe took classes in economics, energy policy, international development, oil, mining and gas and infrastructure, among others, delighting in the opportunity to explore a diversity of ideas and fill in some of her own knowledge and skills gaps.


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A story worth telling Words by Heléne Ramackers

Prolific best-selling author Wilbur Smith’s writing career has spanned over five decades and 38 books, selling in excess of 132 million novels throughout the world. An iconic wordsmith, he shows no signs of slowing down and at the age of 82, produces at least one book per year. Heléne Ramackers spoke to him about books, life and longevity. How much time do you spend in South Africa these days?

Does Niso share the same passion for Africa that you do?

wanting to fight. Thank goodness their

We spend between four and five months a

Yes, she is definitely developing a passion

they run right past you and attack a tree. The

year in South Africa. For the majority of the

for Africa. She only came here after she met

small animals interest me very much – the



me, but her first preference was always

duiker, the nyala and the rare antelope. I like

Bishopscourt, which I’ve had for forty odd

London, where we have a home in South

the old buffalo; he’s also a cheeky guy.

years. It looks onto Table Mountain and

Kensington. But we have been spending more

Sir Ernest Hemingway said about the buffalo

Kirstenbosch Gardens, so it’s lovely. Its got a

time here lately and two days ago she said to

‘they give you the thousand yard stare’ and

lovely lawn where we can sit, and a swimming

me, ‘I really love it here’.

they look at you like a machine gun over the







pool. We love it.

eyesight isn’t that great, because sometimes

sight of your weapon. It’s true.

Do you ever use the swimming pool?

What do you and Niso enjoy most about South Africa?

we travelled up to Namibia to see the

Yes, I do, especially when the weather is very

We like going to game reserves. Africa’s

red dunes and all the way to the Etosha

hot and sticky, like it can get during the

wildlife deeply inspires me and I’m sure this

pans. We had a pilot with a small aircraft

Cape Town summers. But part of the fun is

shows in my books. I prefer the black rhino

who flew us all over the place. We stayed

watching my wife Niso take to the pool in

to the white rhino, because they are really

with very nice people in beautiful places,

her little bikini.

feisty guys. They come out, immediately

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Have you ever been back to your birthplace in Zambia?

thinking ‘wow, what am I going to do today’?

Yes, we went back in February 2015. I still think

what you have to do. If you work very hard when

of it as Northern Rhodesia. We went along the

you are young, it makes things much better when

You keep very young – you’ve got a lot going for you – lots of success, a beautiful wife. How do you keep yourself young and spirited?

Zambezi river and visited the old place where my

you get older. Not working for a boss in over fifty

Perhaps it’s a cliché but, age really is just a

Dad used to farm. Of course it’s all under sugar

years means you can choose and make the call - ‘I

number. You are as young as you feel. I enjoy

now so we couldn’t really find our old homestead.

say, I do’. I am the master of my own destiny.

life. Life has been good to me. But I’ve had

Was it sad to go back?

heart, and I had polio when I was sixteen, but

There is a time and a place for everything. It

Do you ever visit the Wine-lands at all?

lives on in my heart and memories. It wasn’t

(Laughs) I like a little red wine in the

Everything that is valuable to me has been

sad, in fact it was a joy to be back there. I think

evening with my dinner. I’ve given up

given to me in full measure.

the secret is that you have to enjoy every year

drinking spirits. Niso and I limit ourselves to

of your life, every period of your life, and it

one bottle shared between us. Guess who gets

How do you take care of your health?

changes all the time. People think that when you

the most of it? Because I’m older than her, I

I have a diet that suits me and I don’t do

are something-plus, you should be a sad old man,

should get more! One of our favourite

carbohydrates. I eat mostly meat and fish with

I’m not. I still have fun waking up in the morning

vineyards is Oak Valley Wines.

red and green vegetables.

My father used to say ‘life is for living’ and that’s

problems; I’ve had a new valve put in my that’s nothing compared to the fun I’ve had.

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“I don’t want to think too carefully You and Niso like going on fishing trips. about how it’s done or what the process is; that would interfere with it. For me, it’s just a natural process. My life is storytelling.”

Where do you like going ?

Have you liked any of your movies made from your books?

I still do a lot of fishing, mostly fly-fishing. We go

No, I haven’t liked any of them. I like the idea

to Norway, Iceland, Canada, Alaska in the US and

of movies. My idea of a movie is that I write

Russia. It’s very strange what fishermen do, we

the book, they come and pay me a lot of money

fish like mad and then we throw them back. I take

for it and then they don’t ever make the movie.

a fish occasionally, because I really like a fresh fish

A year or two later, someone else comes and

on the coals. It’s marvellous. The salmon and trout

pays me a lot of money to make the movie,

that I fish more of in the North, are delicious.

which they don’t do either. Some of my movies, I’ve sold about five or six times over.

What do you think is the solution to the rhino crisis?

That, for me, is a very good arrangement.

I think that all animals should be treated with

Tell us about your latest book, Golden Lion.

respect. I don’t follow the day-to-day controversy

Golden Lion is a continuation of Birds of

and arguments about the various animals.

Prey where Hal Courtney’s story continues. It takes him into the deep African savannah and

Are you hopeful for South Africa?

desert and there he encounters gravely threats.

As a country? Oh yes. It has been here for

It is a usual drama and epic novel out of my

millions of years and I’m sure it will be here for

pen, full of adventure, unconditional love and

many millions more. Africa is a land on its

life threatening adventures.

own; it’s different from Europe, America and Asia, but it has its problems and it has its joys.

Will you be continuing with co-authors? So far, we are considering quite a number

Golden Lion is book number 36. Are you thinking of slowing down?

of potential projects.

No (Laughs). I think about it but I’m not allowed to. My wife, my publishers and my

How many books would you like to be producing?

conscience keep me going.

Well, you tell me how long I have to live and I’ll tell you how long I can carry on writing.

What inspires you to get into the writing process?

Sorry, my crystal ball is in for a polish (laughter all round).

It’s something that I had a dream about when

You must give it a good polish. The future

I was at Junior School. I thought it would be

will take care of itself. I just live from one year

the best possible life. And you know what? I

to the next. I will write as many books with as

was right! It is the best possible life. I have

many authors as suits my fancy. It’s nice to still

called no man ‘boss’ for 55 years. It’s given me

be working at a reasonable age.

everything – joy, satisfaction and to do what I want to with my life. It’s given me the respect We are giving away three copies of the Golden Lion! Send us a photo of you with

of other people. It’s just wonderful.

You launched the Wilbur-Niso-Smith Foundation in 2015. Tell us more about it? We decided that we know how tough it is to

Talk us through the thought process of writing a new book?

break into writing, having first-hand experience. I

I don’t want to think too carefully about how it’s

their salt, who are good writers, how hard it is to

done or what the process is; that would interfere

get accepted and to get published. Through

with it. For me, it’s just a natural process. My life

the Foundation, we would like to help them.

is storytelling. I look up to the old storytellers in

We are going to ask for young writers to send

the time when we lived in caves; they were

in their manuscripts and then we will pick one

For more on the prolific best-selling author:

respected people. In the evening, they would

and give them a push by publishing their work.

gather around the campfire where they had the

It is not a hurried process. We want to get good

attention of the whole tribe. It’s a good feeling.

writers who deserve it. I have high hopes for it.

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ituated four degrees south of the Equator and

Africa that the Seychelles is much further away than

55 kilometres off Seychelles’ Mahé coast,

Mauritius. It is very accessible, especially Mahé, and

Fregate Island Private is a haven of luxury and

quite affordable to South Africans.

tranquillity. Exclusivity is evident when landing on

The following morning, we boarded a helicopter

this 2,19 square kilometre piece of pristine paradise.

and fifteen minutes later, we stepped out at

A first trip to the Seychelles for both Sahar and

Fregate Island Private. Seeing this idyllic place

myself, we were surprised at the island’s relative close

from the air, reminded me of a vision of something

proximity to South Africa. A quick four-hour flight

between the Truman show, Robinson Crusoe and

took us from Johannesburg to Mahé, where we spent

Jurassic Park. On approach to the island, it looks

our first night at the Eden Island Hotel. There is a

really wild and untouched. Evidence that the

perception and a definite misconception in South

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VV-- travel route to reintroduce the island and to make it a haven for nature. Named after the wealth of frigate birds on the island, Fregate Island Private is also home to the second largest population of Aldabra Giant Tortoises in the world, with around 2,200 roaming the island. I was privileged to stand beside one of these ancient giants. Being a relatively tall person, I was astounded when the crest of the shell reached the height of my waist. The oldest one on the island is about 175 years old. Managed by the German luxury-hotel group, The Oetker Collection, Fregate Island Private comprises 16 luxuriously appointed villas, each with its own private infinity pool that appears to blend into the azure blue of the Indian Ocean. The Villas are extremely generous in size while no expense has been spared in ensuring the comfort and luxury of the guests. Another first for us was having our own butler at our disposal. He was able to assess very quickly that we were private, easy-going and independent people. It took some getting used to. The butlers are very professional and experienced. They are not intrusive at all and you don’t even know that they are there – if we needed something, our butler would just appear. We wanted to maximise on our four nights in paradise, so we would turn in early to make the most of the next day. But not before we had experienced our fair share of amazing sunsets, one of which has been my most memorable moment of this trip. Sahar and I were on the beach at sunset, sipping cocktails as one does when sitting on “The World’s Best Beach”, when I turned to her and said, “This is absolutely perfect; the only thing that

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The sky is no limit Flying privately is probably the ultimate aspiration and luxury and there are clear attractions to the leisure traveller. But the private aviation industry also plays a crucial role in supporting business travellers and international companies. All frills aside, one of the key benefits of this method of flying is efficiency. Ettore Poggi, vice president of ExecuJet Africa, talks to us about the benefits of flying privately. Words provided


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“Africa’s businesses need the efficiency of private air travel to facilitate the expansion of many industry sectors.” – Ettore Poggi

Imagine an effortless travel experience that runs like a Swiss watch with the added advantage of speed, efficiency and luxury


Effortless travel: ExecuJet a






aviation organisation, provides management services for aircraft owners and charter services to companies



worldwide. As part of the Luxaviation Group, the second largest



t a time when vibrant growth is taking place in

in a single day, in comparison to two or three days

African countries such as Nigeria, private

using a conventional commercial airline. Further

aviation companies like ExecuJet are gearing

time-saving is the elimination of unnecessary waiting

themselves towards meeting the increasing demand

while you are still on the ground – no lines at

for executive travel. Ettore Poggi, Managing Director

immigration or security, no waiting for passengers

of ExecuJet Africa, comments, “Africa is experiencing

to board, and finally, no waiting for luggage

robust growth and needs modern, safety-regulated

at the other end.

aviation services to facilitate the expansion of many

When you fly privately, the aircraft is at your

industry sectors. With a significant presence in Africa,

disposal, so you are in complete control of your own

ExecuJet makes an important contribution by

schedule. This means you can arrange an aircraft at

providing executive travel options to the African

short notice or submit a last-minute flight change

economy. For rapid growth to become sustainable

using your mobile phone. Even if you wish to

and inclusive in the future, Africa’s businesses need

change your plans and land at a different airport

the efficiency of private air travel.”

half way through your flight, it is usually no

Generally, there is an exaggerated perception

problem. And, of course, if you are running late,

about the cost of private aviation and it is often seen

the aircraft waits for you. For a business traveller

as a ‘luxury’ choice rather than a practical one. In fact,

stuck in an important meeting longer than

the opportunity cost of relying on scheduled airlines

expected, re-booking a new flight with a commercial

can greatly outweigh the apparently greater cost of

airline can be extremely costly. Additionally, private

flying privately. Many companies purchase private

jets can land at many more airports compared to

jets to fly their C-level executives and senior

commercial aircraft, allowing travellers to land closer

management to business meetings worldwide.

to where they need to be.

For the business traveller, private air travel can

Owning a business jet can therefore make very good

boost corporate and individual effectiveness and also

business sense, especially with the benefit of chartering

reduce some conventional travel expenses. Efficient

the aircraft to third parties when it is not in use by the

time travel means fewer accommodation, meals and

owner, which offsets some of the ownership costs.

travel costs on the ground. Meetings and strategy

In a world where airport terminals and global

discussions can be held en-route, in a secure and

airspace are inevitably going to get more congested,

confidential environment. The impeccable standard

private air travel is increasing in popularity as

than 250 aircraft.

of service ensures maximum comfort, so you arrive at

business travellers and corporates become more

your destination relaxed and refreshed. The other

aware of the financial and practical benefits. The


major plus-factor to chartering flights, is that it

need for efficient air travel points to a bright

becomes possible for multiple visits to be completed

future for private aircraft.

operator in the world, ExecuJet offers customers access to a combined





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Running free Inspired by the equestrian masters of South America, we spend the day exploring Val de Vie Estate. From the stables, we ride out to the open fields along the Berg River.


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Jenni’s Philosophy After being knocked down and nearly losing everything, Jenni Button has gotten back up and reinvented herself. Her philosophy is the sum of all the ideas, creativity and positive energy that she possesses. The South African designer talks about life after Jenni Button. Words by Gerda Viljoen


The Hout Bay house is an mix of everything I’ve collected over the past 10 years - I find it impossible to be tied down by one style.

enni greets me at her home in Hout Bay late one

There still is a public misconception as to Jenni’s

summer’s afternoon. Her petite frame dwarfed by

association with Jenni Button (Pty) Ltd, which is

the incredible studio-like space she discovered and

owned by the Platinum group. About eighteen

made her home, which she shares with her partner

months after her amalgamation with the Platinum

Richard Hebblethwaite. The enormous, simple silhouette

group, she realised that it was not going to work, so

of her home with its reclaimed factory windowed structure

she resigned and started her new brand, Philosophy.

sits high on a mountain slope in Hout Bay, Cape Town.

After a very traumatic and destructive legal battle

Trees surround the home; every window offers a

over her name and her shareholding at Jenni Button

different glimpse of nature and the changing light

(Pty) Ltd, she walked out with nothing. Ironically, seven

throughout the day. It is apparent that this house has

years later, applications have been made by several

unlocked her creative juices - the large double volume

institutions to liquidate the Platinum group. They

wall in the lounge area is filled with portraits and paintings

are currently going through the liquidation process.

she’s painted and collected over the years. While Jenni

Over the past fifteen years, Jenni has built her

wishes she could spend her days painting here, her

desirable brand, Philosophy for the South African

fashion business takes her back into the city almost daily.

and International market of discerning clientele. “I’m

Jenni is the creative force and owner of her

designing for an international woman who demands

successful and desirable label Philosophy. Her two

a modern system of dressing. Philosophy’s concept is

retail stores are situated in Claremont, Cape Town and

based on a few key pieces, where a handful of

Main Road, Plettenberg Bay. She also has showrooms

interchangeable items work together to create an

in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Durban, where she

entire wardrobe that goes from day to evening,

hosts monthly Collection Showings with her agents. Pop ups and Trunk shows, clearly have become a successful form of selling. As she points out, “Retail has changed dramatically over the past five years and it is going to change even more over the next few. Thankfully, there still is a market that demands exclusivity and personalised attention, hence my monthly shows. I am fortunate enough to have a following of clients who ‘get me’ and appreciate what I create for them”. Jenni was one of the first designers in South Africa to pioneer Designer showings with her Durban agents thirty years ago. Unfortunately these trunk shows or pop ups as they are commonly known through out the industry, are fast becoming a fad with wannabe designers and bored housewives, sourcing designer fakes from China, wanting to make an extra buck. 64

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V - wine

Passionate outsider With the launch of his new book, ‘My Kind of Wine’, just in time for Christmas, wine guru John Platter is back with a bang. Though some might think he never really went away, thanks to the annual South African wine guide that he founded and will always bear his name. But he and wife Erica, latterly of ‘Durban Curry’ cookbook fame, “retired” to KwaZulu-Natal sixteen years ago. “Erica’s family is from there,” reveals John. “To be honest I was also a bit ‘gatvol’ with wine…” Words by Joanne Gibson

Over time, John found himself tasting more than 7,000 wines a year: “I would rest for two or three months, then calibrate my palate a bit, and then it would be about six months of active tasting.”


erhaps that’s understandable. Born in Hungary

instead it went straight onto SA’s non-fiction best-sellers’

and raised on a cattle farm in Kenya, the former

lists (where it has stayed). John believes this because they

foreign correspondent had spent a few years covering

approached the wines “as reporters rather than judges,

hard news in Europe and the Middle East, before

recording as many of the why, where, when and how

ending up in Johannesburg as Bureau Chief for

specifics as possible. And we’d feature thumbnail

Union Press International. “I loved wars, and there

sketches of the winemakers to bring their wines to life.”

were a lot of good wars going on. Mozambique, Angola, Rhodesia…” Eventually he’d seen enough action and decided

still is) the fiercest editor you can imagine,” says John. “I

to return to his farming roots. He and Erica, also a

sometimes get carried away with all the technical stuff,

print journalist, bought a farm in Franschhoek in

talking about pH and phenolic ripeness and malolactic

1978, growing chenin blanc for the local co-op.

fermentation, and the manuscript invariably comes back

As John recalls on the Platter’s website: “To

with ‘BB’ marked everywhere for ‘bloody boring’!”

help ward off penury, Erica and I continued to

Over time, John found himself tasting more than

write: she TV reviews, and I a weekly column for

7,000 wines a year: “I would rest for two or three

the Rand Daily Mail, interviewing wine characters,

months, then calibrate my palate a bit, and then it

profiling their wines. And then Hugh Johnson

would be about six months of active tasting.”

produced his ‘Pocket Wine Book’. And we read it admiringly







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For many years the guide was a one-man show, at least as far as the tasting was concerned. “Erica was (and

Inevitably the team had to expand, with veteran wine writer Angela Lloyd the first to come on board as “second palate and scribe” (and still going strong after thirty years, in a team currently comprising sixteen tasters).

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V - wine In the meantime, the Platters’ had purchased

The initial idea was to visit as many producers as

Delaire (today Delaire Graff) and then Clos du Ciel,

possible (“the best stories are human stories”), then

where they planted vineyards and made their own

feature about 100 wines. “But after tasting over

wine. John also helped to plant the first seeds of what

1,000 wines, I realised 100 was too few,” says John.

is today celebrated as the Swartland Revolution, as a

“Instead of including one or two good cabernet

founding partner in Charles Back’s pioneering Spice

francs, for example, I found at least ten good ones!

Route venture (it was Erica who came up with the

There is so much excitement in the industry, so

name). “But I always tried to remain a dispassionate

many things happening, that this book was a delight

outsider when it came to the guide,” insists John.

to do, and very easy to write.”

In ‘My Kind of Wine’, however, he doesn’t









even pretend to be dispassionate. “It’s a totally

recommended for any lover of SA wine. But John

subjective book. But when it comes to wine, I

and Erica quip that its recent Cape launches (in

think [famous American war correspondent]

Riebeek Kasteel, Stellenbosch and Cape Town)

Martha Gellhorn was right in condemning – in

were really just an excuse to visit granddaughters

her words – “all that objectivity shit”. There’s a

Lily-Rose and Samuela. The book is dedicated to

place for blind tasting in competitions, but in

them, which leads me to ask John about the SA

theatre, restaurant, sport and literary criticism,

wine industry’s challenges going forward.

there’s an unwritten understanding that reviews

He’d rather not comment on transformation,

are based on personal opinion. It should be the

or the lack thereof, except that it bothers him

same for wine.”

immensely. Regarding climate change, he says:

Why launch a book now, after all this time? (That

“What is the industry’s Plan B or Plan C if we

is, apart from the Platters’ wild romp off the beaten

dry up? Why aren’t more people planting better

track in ‘Africa Uncorked: Travels in Extreme Wine

dry-land varieties, or establishing more vineyards

Territory’, published in 2002…).

in our maritime extremities?”

“We spent last Christmas in the Cape, and

I suspect the former foreign correspondent

suddenly realised how much things had changed. We

turned modern South African wine pioneer will

immediately decided it was time for another book.”

soon have a response.

John and Erica Platter attended the recent Swartland Revolution, where




seminar and tasting of seven wines featured in his new book – and clearly he has been swept up in the revolutionary fervour: “There’s something so evocative about the imagery,” he says. “There’s Adi Badenhorst, a dead ringer for Karl Marx, never a conformist. Then there’s Porseleinberg’s Callie Louw, the strong silent type, admonishing me for asking “too many questions” in a classic Bolshevik put-down. Eben Sadie makes Lenin look like a stuttering idiot,




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V - equestrian

Across the board Throughout the world, the thrill of horses speeding down the home straight has inspired investors, filmmakers and royalty alike. Horseracing, known by many as the Sport of Kings, has a long and deep history in South Africa. Racing first took place in this country around about the turn of the 19th century when the British first arrived at the Cape and it has since steadily evolved into an established part of the sporting calendar. Words by Sarah Whitelaw


ince then, South African thoroughbreds have

few, South African bred thoroughbreds have

ABOVE Cape Town horse Power King

slowly but surely made their appearance on the

consistently made a name for themselves as tough,

takes a win at the Vodacom Durban

durable competitors at the highest level. 

July‚ Africa’s richest horse race with a

global stage. From breeding such international champions as Hawaii and Colorado King, to local

In comparison to other major markets, the

total of R3.5 million in prize money. The

high-flyers as The Apache, Crimson Palace,

South African bred thoroughbred is still a cheap

winner takes home R2.094 million‚ with

Gypsy’s Warning, Iridescence, Variety Club,

commodity. The average price of the 2015 National

the runner-up earning R670‚000 and

Soft Falling Rain and Victory Moon to name but a

Yearling Sale was R358 060 (or US$24,809). In

the horse in third position R335‚000.

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successfully campaigned in both Dubai and Hong

Variety Club left South Africa having

world’s largest yearling sale, averaged at US$331,574

Kong, returned home having banked more than

earned R3,748,185 and after having

this year while Tattersalls October Yearling Sale

R20 million in prize money. A handsome return on

successfully campaigned in both

(Book 1), the top sale in the UK, averaged at

his yearling purchase price of R425 000! 

Dubai and Hong Kong, returned

224,431 guineas (or US$355,104). 

ABOVE Dual Horse Of The Year,






An average handicap in Dubai ‘s International

home having banked more than

Clearly, these prices underline what great value

Festival, where champion South African trainer Mike

R20 million in prize money.

the South African breeding industry represents in

de Kock has been so successful with local

the world’s market terms. However, the South

thoroughbreds, carried prize money ranging from

African racing and breeding industry regularly

$60 000 to $175 000 in 2015. In contrast, an average

face an uphill battle in exporting their horses

handicap in South Africa carries stake money ranging

overseas due to a number of stringent protocols

from R65 000 – R92 000 ($6,374).

regarding African Horse Sickness. While it may be a

Bloodstock agent Jehan Malherbe, who works

struggle to get horses out of the country, owners

closely with Mike de Kock, believes in the value



that South Africa offers. Malherbe commented,

Dual Horse Of The Year, Variety Club left South

“Pound for pound, the South African sales ring

Africa having earned R3,748,185 and after having

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 This year, the Val De Vie Yearling Sale offers a choice catalogue of 118 lots, consigned by the country’s top breeders. Among the sires represented are such leading stallions as Captain Al (Al Mufti), Fort Wood (Sadler’s Wells), Judpot (A.P. Indy), Tiger Ridge (Storm Cat), Trippi (End Sweep) and Var (Forest Wildcat). There are also some yearlings by exciting first crop sires such as Canadian champion Marchfield (A.P. Indy),


superstar Twice Over (Observatory) and multiple sprint champ from the local Drakenstein Stud, What A Winter (Western Winter). 
 Kevin Woolward, CEO of the Thoroughbred

“Pound for pound, the South African sales ring offers tremendous value for overseas buyers, with the chance to acquire horses competing at the top level the world over.”

 - Jehan Malherbe

Breeders Association, is positive about thoroughbred breeding in South Africa, as he looks forward to 2016’s yearling sales. He notes that 2015 has certainly been a buyer’s market in terms of thoroughbred sales auctions in South Africa. There have been bargains for the top buyer’s who have been able to buy horses at better prices than previous years. The middle market however, which has always

BELOW A total of a 109 lots were

been the strength in solid auction sales, was not

catalogued for the Val de Vie Yearling

evident at all this year.

Sale, of which 75% were sold at an

“Globally, there has been an improvement in

aggregate value of over R17 million.

the market recently, and we hope that this will

The well-known Varsfontein Stud

filter through to South Africa in 2016. South

claimed the top sale for the day as

African horses that have been exported overseas

the hammer fell on R1.2 million for

continue to perform well in various overseas

“Playboy Prince” sired by Dynasty,

racing centres. At the current exchange rates there

an iconic winner that was selected as

is no doubt that South African horses are the best

Outstanding Sire of the Year by the

value for money in the world.”

Equus panel in both 2010 and 2014.

Val de Vie Yearling Sale Bloodstock SA look forward to welcoming international visitors to both the Val de Vie Yearling Sale on 14 February 2016, as well as the 2016 National




April, the premier yearling sale on the African continent. 2016





National Yearling Sale at the TBA complex, and the 110th National Yearling Sale, which was first held in 1907.

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Star studded

his friend and riding adversary Hennie de Jager

Beautiful studs worth visiting…

became the manager. The farm still sends grapes to the nearby Perdeberg Winery but horses are

Drakenstein Stud

the primary concern.

Drakenstein Stud is situated on the wine farm L’Ormarins on the bottom slopes of the Groot

Famous stallions at Varsfontein include Judpot, Gimmethegreenlight, and Master Of My Fate.

Drakenstein mountain range. Huguenot Jean Roi, who was born in the town of Lourmarin, Provence, fled France in 1688 and settled in the Franschhoek






wine farm L’Ormarins.


Backworth Stud Backworth Stud is a subliminally beautiful property.

Today this is the home of Drakenstein Stud where

Standing proud at 1,100m above sea level, the estate

paddocks and vines stand side by side, the vines

boasts 360° of uninterrupted views across the

occupying the upper slopes of the farm and the

breathtaking Southern KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

horses the lower. The first foal born on the farm was

Backworth takes it name from the original Leftwich

named Jean Roi in honour of the first owner.

family farm in Northumberland, and has been under

Drakenstein Stud stands four of the most exciting

committed custodianship since 1902 when Colonel

sires at stud in South Africa - Philanthropist, Trippi,

Fawcus purchased the land upon his arrival in Natal.

What a Winter and Duke of Marmalade.

On his death, Colonel Fawcus willed his treasured piece of Africa to his sister Mrs Charles Leftwich, who


Varsfontein Stud

subsequently passed it on to her son, Peter Leftwich, from whose estate Backworth was purchased in 1993. In so doing, a very special piece of history was

Anthony Kalmanson founded Varsfontein Stud in

secured and three generations of the Leftwich family’s

1974. An enthusiastic owner and amateur rider,

commitment to the establishment and beautifying of

Tony rode in races in England, South Africa and

this magnificent farm. In 1999 the development of

Rhodesia, and he won the first South African

an infrastructure began that was aimed at enhancing

Steeplechase on Thunder Peel in 1969. A leading

this environment for the holistic breeding and

buyer at the National Yearling Sales his top

raising of quality Thoroughbreds.

racehorses included Attila, Top Brass and the

Backworth is a fine property, and shares its soul

fillies Indira (Paddock Stakes), Kendal Green

with all who visit to appreciate this remarkable

(Fillies Guineas) and Singing Winds (Clairwood Free

boutique Thoroughbred breeding stud.

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2015/12/08 3:17 PM

V - innovation

Lord of the flies “I see things differently,” says Jason Drew with his trademark smile. We’re sitting on the patio at the Val de Vie Polo Club, as the last chukka of the morning is played, and I’ve just spent an hour and a half in fascinated conversation with the man who is perhaps best known as “Lord of the Flies”, but not because he has anything to do with William Golding’s classic novel of the same name. Rather, he earned the sobriquet precisely because he does see things differently. Words by Norman McFarlane

”As a business person, you’re in business to make capital, not just to make a salary. We need to be honest about what it is we do. I found a whole series of ways in which we can get busy repairing the future, which is broken from where I stand.”


ow else does one turn the creature most likely

”As a business person, you’re in business to make

to cause revulsion when it alights on you, into

capital, not just to make a salary. We need to be

a multi-billion Rand business? It all started when Jason settled in Tulbagh,

of ways in which we can get busy repairing the future,

after visiting Cape Town fourteen years ago, fresh

which is broken from where I stand,” he says. “We

from a hugely successful business venture in

put nine billion people on the planet and all our food

Europe where he started France’s first Internet

comes from our water, land and seas.”

bank, which he subsequently sold to Prudential, presumably for a tidy sum.

Turning to water as an example, he notes that water is the single most traded commodity on the

“I saw a photograph of Tulbagh in an in-flight

planet. “There is an immense trade in water, it’s just

magazine, and I liked it so much, I settled there and

that we don’t see it.” But as he talks, it becomes clear.

became a farmer,” says Jason, adding that he farmed

For example it takes between 12,000 to 25,000 litres

a few cattle and sheep for the next seven years.

of water to make a kilogram of beef in the American

Jason styles himself as an environmental capitalist,

Midwest, which is then exported to the Middle East.

which he believes will be the saving grace of our rapidly

“You’re not just exporting beef, you’re exporting

dwindling resources - specifically water, land and the

condensed or value added water.”

seas, which humanity is plundering at an alarming rate.

During his travels he discovered that one

After travelling the world for three years – “I had

million chickens a week are exported from the

some time on my hands” – looking at the world’s

Western Cape to Saudi Arabia. While visiting a

ecosystems, particularly water, land and seas, he

chicken farm in the Western Cape he discovered that

realised that globally we are in much worse

one million chickens produce 25,000 litres of

trouble than anybody would admit, that we


face enormous challenges.

into the ground in a waste pit, which was

“I was in a difficult position, because I was an


honest about what it is we do. I found a whole series






surrounded by flies.”

environmentalist and a business person,” he says.

I remembered, as a boy, fishing at my

“That’s when I decided we need to be a bit more

grandparents house in the North of England.

honest about what we are. That’s why I call myself an

There were only two ways to catch a fish: one was

environmental capitalist. You have to be both. If

with a fly on the end of the line, and the other a

you’re an environmentalist who doesn’t understand

maggot on a hook.”

the market, you will never get your cause dealt with.

Making that connection, seeing things differently

If you’re a business person who doesn’t understand

as he does, he conceptualised the world’s first

that your business is subservient to the environment,

sustainable fish farm, feeding them on flies, or the

your business will fail.”

larvae of flies, which they eat naturally.

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“That’s when I decided we need to be a bit more honest about what we are. That’s why I call myself an environmental capitalist. You have to be both. If you’re an environmentalist who doesn’t understand the market, you will never get your cause dealt with. If you’re a business person who doesn’t understand that your business is subservient to the environment, your business will fail.”

After four years of failing endlessly as he puts it,

which breeds sterile male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes,

he cracked some of the problems about growing flies,

which when they mate with female mosquitoes,

in cooperation with Stellenbosch University. “We’ve

cause them to lay eggs which do not hatch, thus

spent two and a half thousand years killing flies, now

successfully controlling the spread of Dengue fever,

we had to figure out how to breed them successfully.”

in places like Brazil and Pakistan.

The larvae are grown on recycled organic waste,

A prolific author, Jason has written two books in

then dried, after which they are used for chicken

the last few years, with the third - The Environmentalist

feed, and feedstock in fish farming operations. “It

Capitalist - to follow just after Christmas. He believes

is vastly more sustainable than the fish meal

the only way to save the world, is to be both

industry which is depleting the fish stocks in our


oceans at a frightening rate,” he says.

pursuing sustainability and profitability. And he’s

He started his first fly farm in Philippi, 9500m² in




proved it can be done.

extent, which houses about 8.5 billion flies. At full

As the final polo chukka comes to an end – he

production 100 tonnes of waste, which would

plays three times a week in season – he speaks fondly

otherwise go to a landfill will be used to grow

of Val de Vie, where he and his family settled two

24 tonnes of larvae a day, which when dried yield

years ago to be closer to the polo field.

seven and a half tonnes of protein, three and a

“Val de Vie and South Africa are my home.

half tonnes of oil and 15 tonnes of compost.

It’s just a wonderful place to live and be. I can’t

“We’ve solved the problem of organic waste

think of anywhere better on the planet,” he

going into landfills.”

concludes with a smile.

Three more plants will be built in South Africa, and six in other parts of the world in the Far East, North and South America and Europe. “I think that within fifteen years it will be considered as normal to recycle your waste nutrients as it is to recycle your plastic, paper and glass.” But Jason is not just the Lord of the Flies. He recently sold an enormously successful business 80

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Polo for Africa If Nigeria is the gateway to business in Africa, then you will do well to come riding in on a polo pony. Major events such as the African Masters Patrons Cup and the Access Bank UNICEF Charity Shield are among the premier high-goal tournaments in West Africa and the place to be seen when it comes to networking in Nigeria. Businessman Adamu Atta, founder of Fifth Chukker Polo & Country Club, shares his passion with us and the potential for polo in Africa. Words by Yasemen Kaner-White


ounded in 2001, Fifth Chukker Polo & Country






success that it made us realise the potential,” says Atta. Fifth Chukker Polo & Country Club, has

representing both the new and the old world of polo

received international recognition and attracts many

in Nigeria, the estate boasts four professional polo

well-known polo pro’s. An avid polo player himself







tournaments, but our first tournament was such a

development. A private public partnership, proudly



“The original plan was to hold small regional



with a 2-goal handicap, Adamu was one of the

thoroughbred polo ponies. Setting a benchmark of


patrons to play in the Sentebale Polo Cup alongside

excellence, whilst attracting ambassadors, businessmen

Prince Harry at Val de Vie Estate.

and influential locals alike, it also maintains a relaxed family orientated atmosphere.

Owning substantial equestrian assets across four continents, he plays polo in the United Kingdom,

Fifth Chukker caters for anyone who thrives on the great outdoors but appreciates luxury.

UAE, South Africa, Argentina and of course Nigeria. Apart from the African Masters Patrons Cup, the

BELOW The estate boasts four professional polo fields and stabling

“Fifth Chukker was created out of a need for

Access Bank UNICEF Charity Shield is one of the

over three hundred thoroughbred

harmony with nature, with all beings of creation. I

favourite events held at Fifth Chukker. Synonymous

polo ponies.

strongly believe that if we lose our relationship with nature, we lose inevitably our relationship with ourselves. Once you understand this, you will understand the vision behind Fifth Chukker”, explains the founder, Adamu Atta. Set in the superb savanna woodland indicative of the Sahel region of northern Nigeria, Fifth Chukker offers a refreshing alternative to the usual business environment.










incentives and weddings, or even a meal out – the chefs offer both local and international cuisine, as expected, of an excellent standard. Fifth Chukker is the focal point of Kangimi Resorts, a 3,000-hectare lifestyle development, which will also incorporate a signature golf course, horse racing track, spa hotel, business plazas and entertainment parks. val de vie

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with altruism, the polo club has a long-standing

investment when he sees one! The Polo House was

partnership with UNICEF, supporting and educating

chosen as a top-scoring regional winner in its

disadvantaged youth in northern Nigeria and is also

category at the International Property Awards that

Nigeria’s biggest coalition promoting breast cancer

takes place in Dubai each year.

awareness to encourage early detection and treatment.

“I see great potential for increased business

The Pink Polo tournament, which took place last

co-operation between South Africa and Nigeria,”



says Atta referring to his second home in Africa.

screenings to the many ladies who attended, which





“Within my portfolio of business interests, I am

Fifth Chukker intends to offer much more regularly.

involved with several leading organisations with

2-goal handicap, Adamu was one of

In 2012, Atta became the new owner of the iconic

Cape-based offices, so Val de Vie is conveniently

the patrons to play in the Sentebale

Polo House, a masterpiece and jewel in the crown of

located for me to be able to interact with my business

Polo Cup alongside Prince Harry

Val de Vie Estate. A businessman with diverse

interests and maintain my involvement with my

BELOW FROM LEFT Playing off a

at Val de Vie Estate.

interests in finance, banking, insurance, oil and gas,

passion for polo. It is a fantastic estate and offers

The Access Bank Fifth Chukker Polo

cement, textiles, transport, aviation and property

everything that I need for my South African base.”

Day at Guards Polo Cup in

development in Africa and being amongst the biggest

Windsor, London.

private employers in Nigeria, he knows a great



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10-goal players in Pretoria | Johannesburg | Cape Town | Durban Angola | Botswana | Burundi | Cameroon (OAPI) | Egypt (North Africa) Ghana | Kenya | Lesotho | Mozambique (ARIPO) | Namibia | Nigeria Swaziland | Tanzania (including Zanzibar)


Patent | Trade Mark | Copyright | Design | Commercial | Property | Litigation

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Going offshore Julius Baer’s origins date back to 1890 and for the last 125 years the renowned Swiss private banking group has dedicated itself to serving and advising sophisticated private clients and family offices from around the world. Words provided

Our clients are given the opportunity to globally diversify their investments and at the same time protect their family and business interests.


y building relationships on partnership, community

management models including a back and forward

and mutual trust, Julius Baer has established itself

testing feature consolidating multiple investment

as the leading Swiss private banking group. The principal

portfolios for risk evaluation.

operating company, Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd., is duly

Our clients are given the opportunity to globally

licensed in Switzerland and supervised by the Swiss

diversify their investments and at the same time

independent financial-markets regulator FINMA.

protect their family and business interests. Julius

Today, Julius Baer is present in all major

Baer is a pure wealth manager with state-of-the-art

financial centres with its headquarters in Zurich

wealth management service provisions that are

and offices in key locations including Dubai,

entirely based on an open architecture approach,



offering incentives beyond regular private banking


services models available in the market.







Singapore and Tokyo.

Our clients have unlimited access to local fund

By positioning itself as a niche player with a highly





providers managing offshore unit trusts. Beneficial


fee arrangements between our preferred fund

outperforming competitors through innovation,

providers and us allow our clients to invest cost

Julius Baer has established one of the largest wealth

efficiently while profiting from our sophisticated

management offshore platforms in Europe. The

research and selection process. For a comprehensive

promise given to clients is an unbiased multiple

and tax efficient wealth structuring, we are working

service offering combining wealth management, tax

with a range of specially approved service providers

planning and research that provides clients with the

from locations such as Mauritius.

opportunity of a lifetime investment.

Despite the fact that we are not yet an authorised

Additionally, Julius Baer offers multiple currency accounts






financial service provider in South Africa, Julius Baer considers that the African continent in general and South Africa in particular shows a significant potential for future growth. As a consequence, we are actively working on increasing brand awareness in the region through events such as the Polo at Val de Vie Polo Estate as well as other social gatherings in and around Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. Web:

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Cintron Pink Polo 2015 Polo with a purpose. Thousands unite in aid of breast cancer awareness and support at the sixth annual Cintron Pink Polo event. Some of SA’s most famous faces were amongst esteemed guests. From Tanya van Graan to Liezel van der Westhuizen and Jen Su, these A-list celebs joined in to support this worthy cause. Words provided


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uests from near and far swanned to the

“Six years ago the event was

Val de Vie Estate’s polo grounds for what was a

unique blend of elegance, entertainment and exquisite

launched to act as a vocal

scenery, all in support of the fight against breast cancer.

platform and to raise

non-profit organisation Reach for Recovery and

awareness about breast

Funds generated through the event will go to its Ditto project, which will assist women with their practical needs in their fight and recovery

cancer in our country, and

from the disease.

world-wide. The day was a

fashion show, hosted by international fashion

celebration of stories of miraculous healing, as well as an opportunity for those who have lost loved ones to honour the lives they lived.” – Simone de Wet, MD at Val de Vie Events. 90

The day’s proceedings included a luxurious brands, Vicomte A. & IKKS, a live performance by celebrity vocalist, Tamara Dey, and of course an exciting polo match, which saw sponsors, Cintron and Julius Baer competing head-to-head. Food was a talking point as guests were presented with an indulgent spread of skilfully crafted,





This year also saw the launch of the Pink Food Truck Fair, which offered guests a picnic style laid-back to


experience tantalising

where food




able from

innovative food trucks.

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The day’s proceedings included a luxurious fashion show, hosted by international fashion brands, Vicomte A. & IKKS, a live performance by celebrity vocalist, Tamara Dey, and of course an exciting polo match, which saw sponsors, Cintron and Julius Baer competing head-to-head.

No polo event is complete without the traditional act of divot stomping, and this was no exception – guests put their best foot forward and took to the field with luxury car brand, Crossley and Webb to pat down the torn up turf. After four chukkas, the nail-biting match ended on a score of 5-6 to team Julius Baer. Team Cintron fought hard to make a come back, but South African polo captain Tom de Bruin’s superb distribution and management of the Julius Bar team made sure that the white team never looked like they were going to lose! Tom’s pony, Chilli, was named Best Playing Pony of the day, while Johan du Plooy was awarded Most Valued Player, scoring several goals for the Julius Baer team bringing the crowd to their feet with his fast long runs down the field. Jossi Spilsbury’s speed and aggression surprised everyone and she will clearly move to a 1 Handicap very soon. Having two female polo players such as Sally and Jossi playing to such a high standard will only encourage more ladies to take up the exciting sport of polo!

Save the date! 5 November 2016 Cintron Pink Polo Watch the official video on the Pink Polo SA facebook page Enquiries:


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With a tastefully designed hospitality lounge, HNWI’s and captains of industry are able to network and socialise with like-minded individuals. With a dedicated butler and a luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only delight in the nail-biting polo finale but also the lavish food, dÊcor and fine champagne. Serving as a perfect backdrop to a convenient deal-making environment, the hospitality suite is designed to meet your exact requirements and specifications.

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Forget me not ABOVE His Majesty King Letsie III at the opening of the ‘Mamohato Children’s Centre, with Sentebale’s Founding Patrons, Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso.

Eleven years ago, after spending nine weeks at an orphanage in Lesotho, a young Prince Harry would leave Southern Africa and, touched by what he saw, be changed forever. Still grieving for the loss of his own mother, Prince Harry could deeply relate with children he had come to know and admire. Their bravery and hope planted a seed, one that would grow into his beloved Sentebale, meaning “forget-me-not” in Sesotho. Words provided Photographs by André van Niekerk


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ever forget your humble beginnings.” Such is

the world. With the second highest prevalence

the belief of Simone de Wet, the vibrant

rate of HIV, one in three children are orphaned

Managing Director of Val de Vie Events, who knows

and there are around twenty one thousand,

better than anyone that in order to lead, one

10-19-year-olds living with HIV; it’s no surprise

must know how to serve. Once approached by

only 30% of them are accessing treatment. With

Sentebale to co-ordinate the opening of the

many forced to fend for themselves, leaving school

‘Mamohato Children’s Centre in Lesotho alongside her

at a young age to find work or care for their younger

enthusiastic team, Simone knew that this opportunity

siblings, and with little or no knowledge of

embodied the essence of Val de Vie Events corporate

HIV/AIDS, life is a challenge.

culture; to serve selflessly and to hone hope.

The ‘Mamohato Children’s Centre will be the

Putting together an event fit for royalty in a

flagship facility that supports all of Sentebale’s work

remote and mountainous area was by no means easy.

with vulnerable children in Lesotho. Named after

However, being optimistic and ready for any

His Majesty King Letsie III and Prince Seeiso’s

challenge, the Val de Vie Events Team, together

mother, the late Queen ‘Mamohato Bereng Seeiso,

with the helping hands of Secret Diary, Supa Sign,

who was known as the Mother of the Nation, the

Vivid Blue, and N Concepts and Designs, set to

centre will be used to hold a range of events and

work to create an experience worthy of its cause.

workshops to benefit vulnerable children. These will

Small and completely landlocked by South Africa,

include hearing assessments for children with hearing

Lesotho is one of the least developed countries in

disabilities, training workshops for organisations

“We came up with the name Sentebale and the idea seemed perfect,” says Prince Harry. It’s a name that captures the spirit of an organisation founded in memory of the two princes’ late mothers, and which continues the great work of their mothers

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caring for vulnerable children, peer educator workshops and forums and more specifically, it will host camps delivering psychosocial support to children living with HIV. The aim of Sentebale’s camps is to ensure all 10-19-year-olds living with HIV access and adheres to their anti-retroviral treatment, feels supported in school, at home and in the community, and are able to lead healthy and productive lives. In addition,





communication encouraging children and young people to teach each other about the disease, breaking down stigma that prevents many knowing their We are very proud that our Val de Vie Events Team had been selected to co-ordinate the opening of the ‘Mamohato Children’s Centre at Thaba Bosiu in Lesotho. From left; Soritha van Dyk, Simone de Wet, Elsje Human, Andri Pletzen, Heleen Human, Anneke van der Merwe and Erik van Papendorp

status and accessing treatment. The opening of the ‘Mamohato Children’s Centre has been a key milestone for Sentebale. It marks the progress made in the last ten years in supporting vulnerable children in Lesotho and highlights Sentebale’s plans for expansion, both in Lesotho, and in other Southern African countries. Guests who attended the opening include donors that Sentebale has worked with in the past ten years and those who have funded the building of the centre, ambassadors such as Nacho Figueras, community-run partners and government ministers to name a few. They had the opportunity to experience a camp at the centre with a number of workshops and activities taking place with the children Sentebale supports. The official opening ceremony was followed by

A vision comes to life Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso founded Sentebale in 2006 – a charity aiming to rewrite the future for the impoverished population of Lesotho, providing the thousands of children and young people affected by HIV/AIDS with vital access to accommodation, care, education and critical psychosocial support. If children with HIV are educated about the virus, they not only learn about their condition but can also educate their peers about the disease, enlightening a generation about this potential killer. In Prince Seeiso’s words, they wanted to “give the less privileged and often forgotten vulnerable children a chance of some schooling, and thus a ray of hope for a better future.” 96

an abundance of singing and dancing in true Basotho spirit, with a special performance by soul singer Joss Stone. And of course, no momentous celebration is complete without fireworks! A memorable event, serving the purpose of a better tomorrow. Tel: +27 (0)21 863 6191 Email: Web:

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Erf sizes from 675m2 - 2000m2 | Brand new developer plots now available Situated across the premium Gentleman’s Estates, expect sweeping views of the Simonsberg, Paarl and Franschhoek mountains and beautiful tree lined avenues. The new Phase 2 plots are in close proximity to the iconic Polo Pavilion and the new sports centre, The Yard, which will include a multi-purpose 1000m2 gym, a 50m outdoor pool, additional tennis, soccer court and youth recreational areas. The plots are unique and larger in size than other plots on the estate, mostly north facing, situated across the premium Gentleman’s Estates and bordering the protected 35ha fynbos reserve.











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Floor size options include 320m2, 335m2, 378m2 and 500m2 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 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 that 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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Erf 800m2 | Floor 374m2 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms A beautiful family home with a large backyard and sunny garden. The open plan kitchen and dining room leads onto a separate cosy lounge



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Erf 940m2 | Floor 572m2 | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms A well located corner plot surrounded by water giving you the feeling that you are living on an island boasting all round sweeping mountain views and exquisite sunrises.


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Erf sizes range from 2.5 hectares to 5.8 hectares 13 Incredible Gentleman’s Estates, of which only four are still available, ranging from 1.5 to 3.5 hectares for those who yearn for the open and to live closer to nature. Here you can plant your favourite grape varietals, fruit orchard or vegetable garden all organically grown to your desire. Live out your passion whether it be to keep your horses or other livestock, keep up to 10 animals all within the safest estate in Africa according to the International Property Awards. 4 River Reserves with breathtaking views of the iconic Simonsberg, ranging from 2 – 5 hectares gives you the opportunity to build your dream home surrounded by nature and a 30-hectare conservation camp stocked with indigenous wildlife in conjunction with Cape Nature. These reserves border the pristine Berg River and will have entertainment areas with access to the river. Both Gentleman’s Estates and River Reserves will pay one Val de Vie levy and get an allotment of water from the Berg River water rights. Don’t miss this unique opportunity.









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Val de Vie Magazine Summer 2016  

With an exciting end to 2015, we catapult into 2016 with great plans ahead as Val de Vie grows from strength to strength.

Val de Vie Magazine Summer 2016  

With an exciting end to 2015, we catapult into 2016 with great plans ahead as Val de Vie grows from strength to strength.