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Adine Roode

Adine was born in Pretoria on the 9th October 1973. She was schooled in Pretoria from 1979 to 1991 and showed a particular interest and talent in sports and photography.

Adine had wildlife in her blood from the start. Her earliest memories of the bush are drawn from her family’s many visits to the Kruger National Park. Holidays were spent on her father’s reserve, where this feisty youngster earned her keep by doing jobs which included checking the power supply on the fences, and many other conservation orientated activities.

She completed her tertiary education at The University of Pretoria, achieving a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Honours) in Accountancy.

Adine worked at her father’s side in his business and inherited his sound business acumen and commendable attitude in resolving challenging situations. It was from him that Adine learned that nothing worthwhile is easy. She would often hear him say, “The lift to success is broken. You will have to take the steps to achieve success.”

Adine is the Owner and Managing director of JABULANI and the founder of Hoedspruit Elephant Rehabilitation and Development (HERD).

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Gert Cloete Gertzen

Gert Cloete Gertzen, world renowned interior designer and owner of GC Gertzen Interiors, has been in the interior design business for 39 years and recently moved from Pretoria to Franschhoek.

Gert Gertzen was born and raised in Pretoria and studied under the famous artist Walter Batiss. After numerous travels overseas where he gained knowledge and experience, Gert returned to South Africa in 1972 to manage Reney Otto Interiors. Ten years later Gert Gertzen Interiors was born, and today this humble man can proudly boast about his international reputation encompassing projects in Ethosha and the Kalahari; The Pulana Hotel in Maputo; houses in Geneva, London and Switzerland; ‘Tuinhuis’ in Cape Town; offices for FW de Klerk and Nelson Mandela; and even the interiors of private jets!

Gert described his philosophy on designing: “Nothing is just decorative – it is very important that there are lots of hidden qualities.”

Some of Gert’s current projects include a penthouse in Clifton; a house in Wentworth in the United Kingdom; a private gym and spa in Bavaria; a lodge in Timbavati; and his ongoing project at La Petite Dauphine in Franschoek (where he is co-owner).