We are proud to showcase individual success stories from Val de Vie and Pearl Valley, drawing from the Foundation inspiration for a Better Life for All.


Camelita has always been a goal driven woman. After spending 9 years as a supervisor at a herb farm, she took an entry level position at Val de Vie in the full knowledge she was destined for something great.

She worked her way up from cleaner to Executive PA to Martin Venter, with all the responsibility and skillset that entails. She believes in the mantra that is you can dream it, with hard work you can do it. We at the Foundation see Camelita as a role model for the children of the valley. Never accept that you cannot rise out of challenging circumstances. She encourages every child to dream big, work hard and goals will be attained.

We are so proud of ‘our’ Camelita.

Through the generous donation by Pearl Valley golf members and Swingfit, the Mbekweni Kids Project has received golf clothes and clubs and mentorship in one of the most acclaimed golf courses in South Africa. The boys have been coming for weekly lessons at Pearl Valley and recently started taking part in our monthly Junior Competitions held on Sundays. Sondlo Mnqobi and Yamkela Spogter won both their divisions in their first round on the course!

Twins Angela and Angelique grew up on Idille Farm, neighbouring to Val de Vie. The two sisters shared a dream: to become pastry chefs with their own restaurant. Their mother, a domestic worker on the farm, was able to send them to Boland College in Stellenbosch where they learned the art of pastry making. When the twins struggled to find employment, their mother’s approached Val de Vie for help. Angela and Angelique consequently worked as waitresses at the Polo Club Restaurant, and today they are proud to be pastry chefs in the restaurant’s kitchen.

Tannie Ingrid worked as a domestic worker in Val de Vie with a big dream: to empower her community in Koelenhof. Inspired by Tannie Ingrid’s vision, Val de Vie helped her to establish a cleaning and staff company. Today she has her own business, Servant Hearted, which employs 40 people as waiters and cleaning staff for functions. Val de Vie is proud to make use of her impeccable services for all its functions.

Hope through Action is a local charity, started by Val de Vie Residents, Philip and Judy Green, which gave Pomella the opportunity to get ahead in life. The sport centre is located in Mbekweni and Val de Vie is proud to have been involved in raising funds for and supporting the growth of the project. After showing strong leadership qualities and helping out at the centre, Pomella met the Val de Vie Team at a Mandela Day initiative. To complement the sport and leadership programs at the Centre, Val de Vie Events started the Val de Vie Internship Programme, which included working at the estate’s restaurant. Pomella joined the program and she has progressed swiftly from waitress at our restaurant to joining the Val de Vie events team.

Cheslin Grobbler is the founder of Fleet Coffee Company, a business that provides quality coffee at events. Cheslin is passionate about empowering local youth and showing them alternatives to crime related activities. Fleet Coffee Company offers them barista training, employment opportunities and the chance to gain practical hands-on experience. Val de Vie shares Cheslin’s goals to lift the local community, which is why Fleet is our first choice for functions.

The Val de Vie Foundation, together with Valley of Abundance, hosted a truly inspiring “evening to remember” for 80 ladies from Mbekweni at our Polo Club Restaurant. The ladies, on Women’s Day, August 9th, were lauded for their leadership in the community and inspired by local and national motivational speakers. The generous local business sponsors helped make the occasion possible, sending individual mentors to mingle and celebrate one valley for all.

The night truly sparkled with a magnificent setting, gold candelabras, superb food and music that got everyone dancing the night away.  The ladies all left with a smile on their faces and joy in their hearts as sisters networked with sisters, swopped contact details and promised to keep in touch.

Two new community centres for the Western Cape.
The Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille formally opened the new Franschhoek Valley Community Sport Centre, kicking off 4 days of celebrations. Joined by Executive Mayor Sidego of Stellenbosch, the British High Commissioner to South Africa, Judith Macgregor, and Hope Through Action’s patrons and Val de Vie residents, Philip and Judy Green, as well as our ambassadors Reuben Riffel and Ryk Neethling.

The new centre, the second in the Western Cape, includes a FIFA standard 3G pitch with seating for 300 spectators, training and meeting rooms, showers, and a resource centre. The centre will be managed by managing partner SCORE, and will offer sporting activities and life skills training for young people, especially those from the disadvantaged communities of the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley.