• The Stellenbosch Mafia

  • Inside the Billionaire's Club
  • By: Pieter du Toit
  • Narrated by: Dylan Oosthuizen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (117 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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Summary of interviews.

Wasted my time, seems as if the writer lost money because of the Steinhoff collapse and summarized various interviews to come up with a book to break down Wiesse and Jooste.

Suspiciously the writer promotes Rupert and his family. I would not be surprised if Rupert funded the writer to bring out the book.

Laslty, title should have been Steinhoff Mafia, not Stellenbosch Mafia.

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Worth a read

This book is worth a read. Some interesting insights. Interesting views on Ramaphosa and his legacy as shared in the final chapter.

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Worthy Read

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Delved into the mysterious word of the Stellenbosch elite made up of largely old Afrikaans males. Fascinating culture with fascinating stories about how and with whom they built their businesses with. Worthy read for any South African entrepreneur.

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Insightful and inspiring

This book puts a lot of unknowns about the history of the billionaires of Stellenbosch into
perspective. It is both thought provoking and inspiring and provides an interesting explanation into the wealth generated by what is now deemed to be in the hands of white capitalistic monopolies.

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Let’s make the story fit the title!

The ongoing repetition, and reasons why, the “mafia” does not exist makes the whole rationale for the book somewhat redundant. In addition the examples used like how in May 2019 Roux had destroyed SARU and transformation had ceased in rugby is of cause silly given that Siya Kolisi held the RWC cup aloft with nearly half the team people of colour a mere 5 months later in Japan. The reader is left wondering if the author really believes what he is writing about.

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Great listen

Well written, well Performed. Great story, very informative and interesting.

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Terrible narration, really spoils the book

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A marginal book - badly read.

What were you guys thinking? You offer for sale, a book that only just squeezes into the realms of publishable and then you make a hash of the production. How does it happen that a book that involves mostly Afrikaners in a predominantly Afrikaans environment gets read by a man who struggles with Afrikaans words? Oosthuizen has a beautiful voice but he even battles with the pronunciation of English words. I feel sorry for him. He was obviously working in a vacuum without any guidance. It is a fact (the simple figures confirm it) that audio books do not do well out in the market place. A venture like this tells you why. (And who is Markus Joost? There is no such person. Did the producer not pick this up?)

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Interesting

Interesting facts but somewhat repetitive. The narrator is boring and terrible when it comes to pronunciation.

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  • TwoHeadedTroll
  • 01-29-20

Insightful, but sounds like a PR piece

While it gave considerable background and history of the concept of the Stellenbosch Mafia as a phrase and as a concept, and placed it within a broader context, du Toit is unfamiliar with the social concept of a mafia as being a loose grouping of people who undermine, usurp and distort free markets to benefit an in-group. As such, his claim that the Stellenbosch Mafia is neither criminal nor a syndicate fails to address the central implied assertion of the term. Nevertheless for an insight into modern Afrikaner identity and its role in the Steinhoff Saga it contains many valuable insights.