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The group’s Founder, Maree Brink, conceptualised and initiated the Village Hospitality Concept with the launch of Harbour View Cottages, also known as Cape Town’s First Guest Street, in a historical area which is now known as De Waterkant Village launched Private Special Purpose Funds with a long-term vision to invest in tourism related assets and financed by South African banks. The first investment was 7 houses in De Waterkant.



Private Special Purpose Fund purchased The Bay Hotel on the basis of a full repairing.



Village n Life Limited was incorporated as a specialist hospitality and tourism management company. Founding Directors, Maree Brink and Johannes Lategan launched the Tourism Participation Property Model, affording private residential property owners the opportunity to buy property and participate in the dynamics of the tourism industry. Benefits include enhanced rental returns, hassle-free ownership and private occupation when required. The model is unique and its income is not pooled; each property is managed individually and Village n Life fees are incentive driven. Notice periods are 6 – 12 months. In 2018, 178 owners with residential property to the value of R1,5 billion were participating. A further 133 properties to the value of R500 million, owned by Village n Life’s Private Special Purpose Fund and directors, also participate.



Launched an estate agency www.villagenlife.realty.



Private Special Purpose Fund purchased, after which Village n Life launched De Waterkant House, a guest house, situated in the popular area of De Waterkant. (Sold in 2020)

Conceptualised and launched Camps Bay Village, a fun and vibrant seaside resort, located across from Camps Bay beach. The vision was to offer a resort experience, with centralised reception and services. Private Special Purpose Funds commenced buying up properties for this purpose in Camps Bay (2016 – own over 46 title deeds).



Conceptualised and launched Waterfront Village at the Marina Residential in the V & A Waterfront. To date (2019), the venture consists of over 100 participating residential properties in what is known as the most expensive residential development in Africa. (Sold in 2022)

Launched our Private Property Banking Service, an unique investment service offering private individuals an advisory service, financial structuring and administration services. Today this service is rendered through TPF Wealth and headed by Johannes Lategan and Shaun Slabber.



Private Special Purpose Fund purchased Earl’s Dyke and bordering properties and redeveloped as
Camps Bay Retreat, a boutique hotel set on 4.5 acres of private nature reserve.



Private Special Purpose Fund purchased 24 properties in Mouille Point. Village n Life launched Mouille Point Village. (Sold in 2024)

Roelof Troskie joined Village n Life as Managing Director.



Village n Life took over the lease and management of The Bay Hotel in December 2004.



Private Special Purpose Fund purchased and Village n Life conceptualised, developed and launched The Charles Guest House in De Waterkant. (Closed and Sold in 2024)



Launched The Glen Apartments, luxury serviced apartments in Camps Bay. (Sold in 2022)

Private Special Purpose Fund bought The Farmhouse Hotel in Langebaan on the West Coast. The Farmhouse Hotel offers splendid lagoon views, delicious hearty meals and an Afrikana inspired Museum

Launched a wellness company, Mint Wellness, which operates spas and salons.



Developed the adventure and tours portal, in order to offer Village n Life guests travel, tours and adventure experiences from carefully selected suppliers and operators. (Closed in 2020)



Riaan Veldtmann appointed as Finance Director (now Chief Operations Officer).



Launched The Crystal, luxury serviced apartments in Camps Bay, with 24 participating sea-facing apartments. (Sold in 2022)

Launched Adventure Pads as a unique concept offering local and international travellers an opportunity to stay in creative spaces, in the best locations at affordable prices.

Launched Sandy B, a private beach club in Camps Bay.



Private Special Purpose Fund commenced the purchase of Village n Life’s Hermanus Collection consisting of New Wing Harbour House, the Manor House and Le Paradis and later went on to purchase Quarters Hotel, as well as lease and develop Village Square.

Village n Life took over management of Harbour House Hotel in Hermanus.



Private Special Purpose Fund purchased and renovated the historical Stone Cottages in Camps Bay.



Private Special Purpose Fund purchased the Quarters Hotel (renamed Harbour Square Hotel). Village n Life secured 10 Village Square apartments on a long-term lease. The property will collectively form the Village n Life Hermanus Collection and will be hosted and managed by Harbour House Hotel.

Created a dynamic, independent and specialised venture, VnL Sales, which would host all off-site and online sales and marketing activities. Roelof Troskie was appointed Director of VNL Sales. (Closed in 2022)



Village n Life reached sales revenue of over R350 million, staff complement of 600 and properties under exclusive management, valued over R3 billion (Private Special Purpose Funds of R1,3 billion and tourism participating properties of R1,7 billion).

Village n Life is restructured into the following specialised ventures and support services:

TPF Wealth (Closed in 2022)

VNL Sales (Closed in 2022)

VNL Hospitality

Career Custodians

Appointed Frank Kilbourn as Non-Executive Director.



Appointed Jo-Ann Strauss as Non-Executive Director. (Resigned in 2020)

Launched an affordable housing venture and staff village in Maitland, Cape Town, together with Club Resco.



Kobus van der Westhuyzen (CA.SA) appointed as Chief Financial Officer. (Resigned in 2022)

Riaan Veldtmann appointed as COO.

Village n Life group fund purchased Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa.
Village n Life took over management of Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa.

Launched exciting new backpackers in Hermanus, zzzone.



Appointed Mr. Arnold Cloete as an Independent, Non-Executive Director.

Incorporated Village n Life Events – Custodian of a dynamic operating platform that that offers exceptional service providers an opportunity to deliver world class events.

Launched TSEC security – Dedicated to the Tourism and Hospitality Industry.

Launched Planet Partner Tourism with BioWise. (Closed in 2020)

The First Annual Owners Conference was held at The Bay Hotel.



Global pandemic halted international tourism when South African went into level 5 lockdown on 26 March 2020.

Launched Village n Life Housing Venture – “Long-term community hospitality”, in order to let self-catering properties to the South African market on long-term rentals

Re-energized our business platform model in order to give talented restauranters and entrepreneurs an opportunity operate in partnership at our hotels.
Le Petit Maison was opened at The Farmhouse Hotel in partnership with Yohann Suire and La-Retha Venter.

Restructured our managed self-catering properties in order to be operated as a focused business entity, TPF Hospitality (Pty) Ltd.
– Roelof Troskie and Johannes Lategan were seconded to manage this venture.
– Properties include Waterfront Village, Quarters in De Waterkant, The Glen and The Crystal Apartments in Camps Bay and Lawhill Luxury Apartments in Waterfront.



February 2021 Opening of Himitsu at Camps Bay Retreat in partnership with Cheyne and Vivian Morrisby.

Launched VNL MARKETING, a technology driven tourism marketing venture.

Opened the first indoor padel court in Africa and Introduced Africa Padel as a Platform Partner at The Bay Hotel. This is where the Southern Africa success story commenced.



Strategic decision made to focus on owned properties and hotel, and to exit management of third-party self-catering properties.

Commenced renovation of the first 40 rooms at The Bay Hotel.

Acquired 100% of commercial sections in Harbour Square Hermanus.

Constructed a padel court at Camps Bay Retreat.



Acquired a strategic investment in Pezula Private Residence Club

Completed the room renovations at The Bay Hotel.

Acquired bordering properties (5, 6 and 7 Sedgemore Road) to Camps Bay Retreat.

Launched padel business venture with brands Net Set Padel and Ten by Twenty.

Formed a strategic partnership with Play Sport 4 Life, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting community development through sports. Play Sport 4 Life also became a strategic shareholder in Village N Life Events.

Commenced renovating Camps Bay Village apartments.

Launched Village N Life as a retail travel brand with slogan “Bucket List Destinations and Experiences”, with focus on building a travel community with a members club (VNL Leisure Club).

Took over the management of Pezula Spa.

Purchased Langaro Wellness Centre in Camps Bay.

Branded and relaunched Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa as Pezula Nature Retreat.






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