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Val de Vie Estate - Official Grand Finale Venue

Surrounded by three awe-inspiring mountain ranges, Val de Vie Estate falls within the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, where historic farms and the natural splendour of the Cape Floral Kingdom beckon visitors from across the globe. Val de Vie Estate’s proximity to Cape Town International Airport and to Cape Town, both less than 30 minutes away, makes it a convenient point from which some of the Mother City’s finest offerings can be explored. Val de Vie Estate residents enjoy true country-style living in 917 hectares of natural splendour and spacious surroundings.  A long term partnership has secured Val de Vie Estate as host of the Absa Cape Epic Grand Finale.


University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town (UCT), is Africa’s leading research institution and aspires to become a premier academic meeting point between South Africa, the rest of Africa and the world. Taking advantage of expanding global networks and our distinct vantage point in Africa, we are committed, through innovative research and scholarship, to grapple with the key issues of our natural and social worlds.  We aim to produce graduates whose qualifications are internationally recognised and locally applicable, underpinned by values of engaged citizenship and social justice.

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Hermanus High School

We are committed to develop the full potential of each learner, inspiring them to follow their dreams. A holistic education and worthy citizenship is our ultimate goal

Hermanus High School is a co-educational, dual-medium (English and Afrikaans) school with an educational ethos based upon sound Christian values. If one is to read through the mission statement and aims of the school it will become apparent that Hermanus High School believes that a true education extends well beyond the classroom.

Supplying every learner with the best possible academic opportunity available remains our firm priority, while it is ultimately the aim of the school to produce well-balanced and responsible young adults who will be able to take their place in society. In order to do this Hermanus High School strives to ensure an effective education focusing not only on high academic standards, but also through offering opportunities in the sporting, cultural and service spheres of life. Hermanus High School is no ordinary school and the high standard of education your child will receive here is largely due to a team of well-qualified, experienced and motivated staff.

The school’s outstanding academic results speak for themselves while the number of provincial and national representatives produced on the sports field is indeed impressive. From a cultural perspective there are very few schools which offer the variety of opportunities that Hermanus High School does.

The history of the Hermanus schools stretches as far back as 1868 with the first matric class writing their final exams in 1941. This proud history has ensured a culture and tradition in the school that cannot be bought or created overnight. Together with this tradition come the old school values of respect, manners and firm discipline. These values form an important part of the education offered at the school.

Oak Valley Estate

Established in 1898 by Sir Antonie Viljoen, this magnificent 1786ha family estate is one of the pioneering farms in the country. Oak Valley is a diversified farm situated in the Elgin Valley some 70km east of Cape Town. The main farming activities include; fruit farming of apples and pears; fresh cut-flower production – the largest in the Cape; free-range acorn-fed pigs, and free-range cattle grazing on open pastures. Vineyards were planted in 1985 with a focus on producing outstanding cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Our wines are characterised by their delicacy, elegance and persistent flavours that reflect a strong sense of place

Stellenbosch University

Standing side by side with the town’s sturdy old oak trees for a hundred years, the University of Stellenbosch – Stellenbosch University (SU) today – has grown into a leading research-intensive university on the African continent with the vision to be globally recognised as excellent, inclusive and innovative, and where knowledge is advanced in service of society.

Starting out with four faculties (Arts, Science, Education and Agriculture), 503 students and 40 lecturing staff on 2 April 1918, SU today is home to ten faculties spread across five campuses, has a vibrant and cosmopolitan community of more than 32 000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, which include over 4 000 international students from 100 different countries. The University has about 3 300 full-time staff members and 352 postdoctoral fellows. Our normalised weighted research output per capita is the highest in South Africa, and we host 44 Research Chairs.

We strive toward becoming a relevant university that will play a key role in the development of our nation, and our continent. We are committed to contribute to a society of dignity, healing, justice, freedom and equality for all. Multiple generations have contributed to Stellenbosch University’s 100-year journey. With the theme “100 years of learning, growing and moving forward together” the 2018 Centenary year signifies a new beginning. Rooted in Africa for over a century, we are actively expanding our global reach.


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