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The Stellenbosch Mafia

Inside the Billionaire's Club
Narrated by: Dylan Oosthuizen
Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
4 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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About 50km outside of Cape Town lies the beautiful town of Stellenbosch, nestled against vineyards and blue mountains that stretch to the sky. Here reside some of South Africa’s wealthiest individuals: all male, all Afrikaans - and all stinking rich. Johann Rupert, Jannie Mouton, Markus Jooste and Christo Weise, to name a few. 

Julius Malema refers to them scathingly as ‘The Stellenbosch Mafia’, the very worst example of white monopoly capital. But who really are these mega-wealthy individuals, and what influence do they exert not only on Stellenbosch but more broadly on South African society?

Author Pieter du Toit begins by exploring the roots of Stellenbosch, one of the wealthiest towns in South Africa and arguably the cradle of Afrikanerdom. This is the birthplace of apartheid leaders, intellectuals, newspaper empires and more. He then closely examines this ‘club’ of billionaires. Who are they and, crucially, how are they connected? What network of boardroom membership, alliances and family connections exist? Who are the ‘old guard’ and who are the ‘inkommers’, and what about the youngsters desperate to make their mark? He looks at the collapse of Steinhoff: what went wrong, and whether there are other companies at risk of a similar fate. He examines the control these men have over cultural life, including pulling the strings in South Africa rugby.

©2019 Pieter du Toit (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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What a pity

An interesting book, read in a most peculiar sing song manner with astounding mispronunciations of the main protagonists names which changed from chapter to chapter.. surely a production like this would ensure at least the names of the subjects of the book would be pronounced properly!

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What a disappointment.

Don't waste your time with this shockingly terrible book.
It's very simply an opportunistic money making scheme.
The author and publisher should be ashamed.
Above all the narrator should look for another job.


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Informative and inspiring

It's interesting
And inspiring to see what hard work can make one archive on top of the naysayers and the blacks sheeps
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Joost... E

Markus Jooste has an e at the end... The narrator talks about Joost... As the rugby player's name.

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Enjoyable and Easy listen

nice peer into the stellies troop and how relationships matter more than anything else. soort soek soort.

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Good story - Shocking performance.

Story was very interesting and well researched but the narration / performance was cringe worthy. The pronunciation of some of the simplest English was weak and the more complicated names and places made my ears bleed.

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