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  1. Val de Vie ranks as one of SA’s top residential estates

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    In a detailed research survey conducted by New World Wealth, which took a year to compile, the Top 10 residential estates in South Africa for 2019 have been announced with the luxurious Val de Vie estate securing the top position on this prestigious list. Furthermore, Val de Vie was voted as the top residential estate in the Western Cape.

    According to real estate advisor Basil Weinrich who assists the organization in compiling their ratings, residential living is on the increase, especially amongst the more affluent community. In their findings just over 40% of South African high network income earners live or own homes on residential estates.

    Val de Vie, which forms part of the Franschhoek Wine Valley, met all the ratings criteria, which included: communal gardens and parks, design and space, maintenance, location, views and scenery, security features, and activities and facilities available on estate.

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  2. Val de Vie Foundation supports the most vulnerable in the Cape Winelands through Covid-19 fund

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    The Val de Vie Foundation, a non-profit organisation that supports people in under resourced communities in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, is collaborating with multiple stakeholders in a response to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Thousands of people in the Valley are unable to work, have lost their jobs or can’t get to feeding schemes during the lockdown, with the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) reporting that the need for relief has tripled during this time.

    In a response to the Foundation requesting support from Val de Vie Estate residents, generous donations were given to the fund both in monetary value and as volunteers, enabling the distribution of household food parcels to the most desperate people.  The Foundation is partnering with our Social Investment Managers, Valcare, and a host of credible organisations, to help provide and pack thousands of vetted food parcels to the most vulnerable communities within the region.

    The food parcels are distributed in close partnership with 43 of Valcare’s non-profit member organisations and 68 of Inceba Trust’s Early Childhood Development centres, who are already operational in communities of the Cape Winelands. The organisations had to register their network’s food needs and go through a criteria process to ensure that the recipients are priority.

    The communities where the parcels will be distributed will stretch from Mbekweni, New Rest, Wellington, Lantana, Chicago, Klapmuts, Simondium and Gouda, depending on the availability of funds.

    The goal is to raise R4 375 000 million to enable the distribution of 2500 household food parcels per month, for five months up until August 2020. The project will however be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

    The Val de Vie Foundation, The Aslan Trust and The Hanneli Rupert Getuienis Trust – three of Valcare’s core funders – have generously committed to match the total funding received from the public.

    Ryk Neethling, Val de Vie Estate Marketing Director and Shareholder commented: “The Val de Vie Foundation’s ethos has always been to leave a lasting, positive impact on the larger community. We realise that the need in our community during these unprecedent times is great, and the way our residents have opened their hearts and their wallets is inspiring.”

    After the first week of operations on 18 April 2020, R1 168 994 funds were raised, with 528 food parcels and vouchers distributed to 2222 beneficiaries. In addition, Val de Vie Estate had 47 residents volunteer their time to pack, sort and sanitise the parcels, and multiple companies have sponsored goods in kind to support the response plan.

    “We are encouraged by the generosity and sacrifices of many people so far, but we realise that we have a long way to go. We need everyone who is able to give or assist in any way, to contribute to the Covid-19 fund to ensure that as many people as possible don’t go hungry,” says Ivan Swartz, CEO of Valcare.

    Miss World 2014, medical doctor and Val de Vie Estate resident, Rolene Strauss, has also added her plea for donations to the fund, by sharing on her social media channels, “so many families are affected by Covid-19 and it breaks my heart to think that families with children are going to bed hungry. We are all affected by this, your support (however big or small) will make a difference. I urge you to find and support those organisations around you who are assisting the vulnerable.”

    The Foundation’s Covid-19 Fund is coordinated in partnership with Valcare, Inceba Trust, Jak1:27, The Aslan Trust and The Hanneli Rupert-Getuienis Trust.

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  3. Reuben Riffel expands his restaurant empire to the valley of life

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    Reuben’s and Co Cafè, the latest restaurant in the impressive portfolio of acclaimed South African chef Reuben Riffel, will be opening on Val de Vie Estate in November 2018.

    The concept of Reuben’s and Co Cafè is based on seasonal, health-conscious dishes prepared with fresh ingredients grown organically on Val de Vie Estate and surrounding farms in the Franschhoek Valley.

    “I’m proud to be associated with Val de Vie Estate and see it as a natural fit for the expansion of my restaurants. The new restaurant will be a great addition to the existing, unrivalled Val de Vie offering and I look forward to residents and visitors enjoying great food in this spectacular setting – The Valley of Life, remarked Reuben.

    The interior of Reuben’s and Co Cafè will be basked in natural light flowing through floor-to-ceiling windows and glass sliding doors. Wood, raw finishes, stone, textured surfaces, neutral pantones and greenery will complete the space.

    Reuben’s and Co Cafè will be located at The Yard, a new lifestyle centre situated in the heart of Val de Vie estate, next to an Olympic sized outdoor pool, designed by Myrtha and the first of its kind in South Africa. The Yard will also feature a 1000 m² gym which will be one of the largest private gyms in the country.

    Reuben hails from the Franschhoek Valley and owns no less than four restaurants in the Western Cape region (Reuben’s in Franschhoek, the One&Only Cape Town and Paternoster, as well as Racine at Chamonix). Reuben’s and Co Cafè at Val de Vie Estate will be his fourth restaurant located in the Franschhoek Valley, bringing his portfolio to six restaurants in South Africa (Reubens at The Capital Moloko hotel opened in August).

    Ryk Neethling, Marketing Director and Shareholder at Val de Vie Estate, remarked that: “The exponential growth of the estate has necessitated that a third lifestyle centre was opened, offering the families living on the estate an unrivalled environment to lead a healthy lifestyle.”

    Val de Vie is French for ‘Valley of Life’ and the estate takes pride in its ranking as the Top Residential Estate in South Africa in 2015, 2016 and 2017, as rated by New World Wealth. The estate is home to The Valley restaurant, The Polo Club restaurant, the L’Huguenot Wine Cellar and array of world-class venues.

  4. Klapmuts Primary ahead of the pack with E-learning devices

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    The Val de Vie Foundation believes that the difference between schools reaching their full potential and those that don’t, is not due to social background, but rather the under resourcing of schools.

    Klapmuts Primary has a visionary principal, Mr. Ronnie Frans, and first-class teachers who have embraced e-Learning to its full extent. With the support of the Val de Vie Foundation, students at the school received 40 tablets (e-Learning devices), and a secure charging station to facilitate e-Learning methods in two of their classrooms.

    The 2017 Vodacom Shop Celebrity Golf Day, presented by Safari Outdoor and held at Val de Vie Estate’s Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, provided adequate funds for the tablets. Internet access for the two test classrooms is provided by Remgro.

    Ryk Neethling, Marketing Director and Shareholder of Val de Vie Estate, paid a visit to Klapmuts Primary on Friday 16 March 2018 and was taken on a tour to the two classrooms where the tablets are used to educate learners in various subjects, with the integration of text book-based activities. Two computer rooms with state of the art equipment teach learners to read and write with the help of advanced computer programmes. A fully equipped library, also open to the public, has an impressive collection of books for the 1530 learners from gr.R to gr.7.

    Lorraine Hadfield, Val de Vie Foundation advisor, commented: “If we are able to provide all our schools with the equipment they need to meet the demands of this Digital Revolution, all our children will thrive.”


    The learners of Klapmuts are further equipped with life skills in the weekly ‘Kidpreneur’ and ‘Miniprenuer’ program, an extra-curricular subject where the value of entrepreneurship and management of finances are taught from a young age.

    The Val de Vie Foundation was founded in 2015 based on a strong focus on giving back to the larger community to help create a better life for all. The development company, Val de Vie Investments (Pty) Ltd has committed 1% of all developer sales income to the Foundation. All new Home Owners’ Associations will allocate 5% of future levy income from new developments to the Foundation. In less than three years, more than R10 million has been allocated to the Val de Vie Foundation to support numerous viable community projects in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley.

  5. The 2012 Veuve Cliquot Polo Masters upped the glamour stakes once again

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    Cape Town and Johannesburg’s social set were out in full force this weekend at the second annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo at Val de Vie Estate in Cape Town.

    Following the success of last year’s event, which was the champagne brand’s first foray into African polo, the 2012 Veuve Clicquot Masters once again proved to be one of the top events on the South African social calendar.

    Veuve Clicqout, one of the champagne region’s most revered Maisons, sponsors some of the world’s most prestigious polo events and has a long history with the ‘sport of kings’.  With over 700 celebrities, socialites and polo lovers in attendance, including Jeannie D, Jo-Ann Strauss, Roxy Louw, Ryan Botha, Natalie Becker and Elana Africa, the Veuve Clicquot Masters event has set a new polo benchmark in South Africa.

    Elizabeth Arden treated female guests to an exclusive Pamper Lounge, where girls could enjoy mini makeovers, Eight Hour hand massages and experience the latest Elizabeth Arden products. The event’s official fashion partners, Viyella (menswear) and Jenni Button (womenswear) presented a dramatic fashion show on the polo field, with models showcasing their latest collections. Other brand partners for the event included Be Premiere Hair, who offered a Mobile Hair Bar for ladies and Aston Martin – the official automobile partner once again this year.  Guests were also entertained by SA band GoodLuck and a game of traditional French Pètanque.

    A perfect day of polo and fun in the Winelands was ended with the official after party, hosted by Equus Lounge, giving guests the opportunity to continue their celebrations into the night.