Back Chat: Home Base
In-between travelling the world, Ryk Neethling likes to come home to a place that offers the best of country living
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?
I was born and bred in Bloemfontein.
WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW AND WHY?
I live on Val de Vie Estate in the Western Cape, because it offers the best lifestyle in South Africa in my opinion. And I am one of the owners.
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE LITTLE?
A lawyer and a rugby player.
WHAT ARE YOU TODAY?
Marketing Director at Val de Vie, property developer and entrepreneur.
WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU?
To always be passionate about what I do. Also, to make the most of my opportunities and make a difference in the lives of others.
WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?
I enjoy reading, travelling and spending time in the outdoors.
WHICH MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE WILL YOU NEVER FORGET?
Walking into the filled-to-capacity Centennial Olympic Stadium in Atlanta as an 18-year-old and realising that my dream of becoming an Olympian was a reality.
WHERE DO YOU FEEL MOST AT HOME AND WHY?
At Val de Vie. It is safe and beautiful, and has every type of amenity I could ever need, including a winery, restaurants, gyms, pools and golf courses. It truly is country living at its best.
COULD YOU LIVE SOMEWHERE ELSE APART FROM IN THE WESTERN CAPE?
At this moment I really can’t think of a better place to live.
WHAT DOES YOUR DREAM HOME LOOK LIKE?
I am busy designing it at the moment…