Security is a top priority throughout the estate, and Val de Vie is proud to have received the award for Safest House in Africa at the International Property Awards for its Polo House.

Val de Vie’s 11.2 kilometer perimeter is protected by a 2 meter high wrought-iron fence with underdig razor wire, concrete plinths and full electric fence, all covered by 97 intelligent analytical Bosch thermal cameras. This fence serves as the base deterrent for criminal activities, making it extremely difficult for perpetrators to gain access. Breach attempts trigger alarms in the Val de Vie control room as well as at our off-site monitoring centre. This allows investigations via our CCTV network and its on-site patrol officers. Val de Vie has four main access points. These points provide entrance via 22 vehicle access and exit lanes and turnstiles for residents and contract workers. Strict access control measures are in place at these points and each point is monitored with an array of cameras.


One of the first estates in South Africa that implemented biometric-access control measures, Val de Vie allows for tracking of entrance/exit, and movement of persons – a highly useful control measure. Residents are further safeguarded from unauthorised visitors via automated booms that control access to residential villages.

Val de Vie upholds:

A deep understanding that safety and security is vital to every homeowner • Evolving security measures • Regular, unplanned security stress testing • Strict dangerous pet rules and enforcement • Thermal camera perimeter protection • Restricted access times and areas for contractors and other controlled visitors • Physical barriers – 2 meter high wrought-iron fence, concrete plinths, full electrified fence and anti-dig razor wire • Intelligent video analytics • Supporting electrical and IT network infrastructure • Fibre Optic Connection (FTTP) 25MB upload and download capacity • Internal PTZ camera protection • Off-site monitoring centre, video recording and analysis • Biometric homeowner access control • Personal Access Code (PAC) entry system for authorised tenants and resident’s visitors • Handheld fully integrated electronic scanning and decrypting of visitor vehicle license discs and driver’s licenses • Contractor criminal record checks • On-site security reaction teams • Tactical armed reaction unit operating outside the borders of the estate • Dedicated security emergency number • Medical emergency service • Community safety involvement and intelligence • Speed limit (40km/h) calming measures including electronic speed boards and road design


Louis de Jager, who retired as Full Colonel as Provincial Head Western Province Crime Intelligence, has been appointed as Val de Vie Estate’s full time Risk Manager. Louis has spent 29 years working as a detective for the South African Police Service and 23 years in the private sector. During this time, he held various positions which included Canal Walk Shopping Centre Head Security, Woolworths Head Office Campus Head Security, Head Security for Cape Town Stadium during and after 2010 FIFA World Cup, as well as 4 years in Nigeria as Heineken Country Security Manager.


In the Beginning...

The idea of "Val de Vie" started almost 30 years ago when the visionary Martin Venter had a vivid dream of a place in the winelands his family could call home.

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