South Africa hosted the world’s most prestigious rugby tournament in 1995, a year after the demise of apartheid. In that year the national team, the Springboks, lifted the trophy for the first time. Now 20 years later these sportsmen that bridged the sport divide were reunited at Steyn City.
Hosting a golf day for the heroes of 1995, was Steyn City, a sprawling 2 000 acre multi billion rand lifestyle resort that is the most expansive property on the continent. Offering a world class city with a unique style of living which is unprecedented and unparalleled they were incredibly proud to reunite the Springboks.
The special day to mark the 20-year reunion was superbly organised by Steyn City. It was a celebration of the team that united South Africa as a nation.
The impressive victory by the Boks came a year after the first democratic elections in the country, which resulted in Nelson Mandela becoming president.
What happened after the match would go on to become an iconic moment in the history of sport.
The strong ties between Nelson Mandela and the visionary behind the development Douw Steyn began when they were introduced by members of the ANC after Mr Mandela’s release from prison. In fact it was while Mandela lived in Steyn’s home, which subsequently became The Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa that Mr Mandela edited his autobiography A Long Walk to Freedom and worked on drafting the country’s interim constitution.
The official plans for the visionary mixed-use residential development were subsequently formally presented to Mr Mandela by Douw Steyn and his business partner Steyn City Properties CEO Giuseppe Plumari and Madiba was invited to return as an honoured guest at Steyn City’s official ground-breaking ceremony on what was then barren land.
Speaking at the ceremony on 18 September 2007 Steyn said; “I am so unbelievably happy that Madiba, the greatest man, can open what we consider to be the greatest project. Madiba will plant the first seeds here, from where a forest will grow and in honour of that; we are going to make this the best suburban place to live in the country.”
The culmination of the historic occasion in 2007 is now Steyn City, offering an unparalleled lifestyle. This includes a superior Nicklaus design 18-hole golf course, a new equestrian centre and unprecedented lifestyle amenities that are on par and even exceed world class offerings.
From fishing to a fossil park, sand pits to a 60km mountain bike track, stabling to skate parks, fibre to the home neighbourhood, city piazza to clubhouses, resort pools to river walks, owl houses to outdoor fitness areas, squash courts to tennis courts, petrol filling station to airport shuttle, with over 100 remarkable reasons to make Steyn City your home, the list seems endless.
Comments Giuseppe Plumari, CEO of Steyn City Properties: “As Madiba used this significant sporting tournament to unite our nation, we recognise that sport, recreation and lifestyle continue to be essential in our everyday lives. Enriching the quality of how we live, these aspects encourage individuals to connect on all levels and ultimately create equal opportunities for people, regardless of race, creed or colour.”
The day was filled with much nostalgia as the winning Springboks united together and enjoyed an incredible day on the golf course at the impressive Steyn City.
Players that participated at the golf day at Steyn City were: Brendan Venter, Krynauw Otto, Johan Roux, Gavin Johnson, Naka Drotske, Adriaan Richter, Hennie Le Roux, Pieter Hendricks, Rudolf Straeuli, Francois Pienaar, Chris Rossouw, Chester Williams and James Small.