I never even knew what a “petanque” was until I read the story, (below), of Saxonwold shebeen creator and Gupta friend, Brian Molefe’s luxurious principal residence on the banks of the picturesque Hartbeespoort Dam. The former Eskom chief, now MP-hopeful, who according to speculation will be fast-tracked directly into the Finance Ministry, thus achieving what the first Zuptoid assault on the state’s coffers spectacularly failed to do, lives in style. A petanque is something you and I (unless you happen to be a multi-millionaire reading this), may just have come across while sipping a glass of wine on the veranda of one of Stellenbosch’s more plush wine estates. You may have wondered what that rectangular sandpit with a bunch of shiny metal balls on one side and a wooden ball opposite them, was. Brian has one at his R3.5 million Hartbeespoort home, one of 15 properties he owns worth R33.7 million. What he probably doesn’t know is that his fellow Zuptoids have turned the entire nation into avid petanque spectators. We want to see if the metal balls they throw at the doggedly wooden Pravin Gordhan hit their target. There’s been only one (minor, but important) amendment to the rules; the hollow metal ball must break the wooden sphere, not roll up as close to it as possible. – Chris Bateman
Johannesburg – It might not have a shebeen, but the upmarket residential estate former Eskom boss Brian Molefe now calls home boasts plenty of other perks for “discerning families”.
According to property records, Molefe’s R3.5m home in the Estate d’Afrique near the Hartbeespoort Dam, in North West, forms part of a portfolio of 15 properties worth R33.7m.
Molefe previously owned and sold another 10 properties worth R9m, according to property records.
Molefe’s house in the Estate d’Afrique was listed as his residential address on a membership form that the ANC’s Oom Govan Mbeki branch showed to journalists on Tuesday. The move followed criticism of the party’s possible move to have Molefe sworn in as an MP.
The North West ANC had indicated it wanted to nominate Molefe to the National Assembly as a member of the party’s Ward 29 branch in Hartbeespoort.
Critics within and outside the tripartite alliance had questioned whether Molefe was indeed a resident of North West and a member of the Oom Govan Mbeki branch.
Property records show Molefe bought his 939m² property in the Estate d’Afrique in 2010.
According to the estate’s website, it “embraces the aspirations of discerning families and provides facilities and amenities that pertains to [the] delivery of such a lifestyle”.
The exclusive estate boasts an abundance of fauna and flora in a tranquil and “unspoilt paradise”, according to the website.
If Molefe is not big on birding, the estate has a pimped-out clubhouse with majestic views of the nearby dam. And for those days on which Molefe longs for his fabled “Saxonwold Shebeen”, the estate has its very own pub.
Molefe claimed in November last year that the reason he visited Saxonwold, in Johannesburg, was to go to a shebeen in the area, and not to visit the Gupta family.
He said this following the release of former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s State of Capture report. The document contains cellphone evidence that Molefe and Ajay Gupta, the eldest of three Gupta brothers, made 58 telephone calls to one another between August 2015 and March 2016.
Other activities and amenities on offer at Estate d’Afrique include hiking, boating, a fitness centre, and petanque. The estate describes the latter as “a form of boules where the goal is to throw hollow metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball, while standing inside a starting circle with both feet on the ground”. – News24