The news that Nicky Oppenheimer has cashed in his De Beers chips to the tune of $5.1 billion, could be good news for SA wine. For Nicky told Bloomberg “the family will invest the bulk of the proceeds from the De Beers deal in Africa” with Tana Africa Capital, which focuses mainly on consumer and agricultural businesses, the obvious vehicle.
According to James Teeger, managing director of E. Oppenheimer & Son, Tana Africa Capital will be “investing significantly in Africa” and will conclude a transaction in the continent’s fast-moving consumer goods industry within eight weeks.
SA wine sales are booming in Africa as a careful reading of Distell’s half-year results confirms and both Nicky and Jonathan are keen oenophiles. In fact Nicky’s mom Bridget is a long standing customer of Norman Goodfellow’s in Rosebank and has a special liking for the dry white wine of Château Haut Brion.
With extensive experience in diamonds, essentially the top end of the sex industry, the Oppenheimers are well placed to utilize their knowledge of brands and luxury goods to market wine. Heck when Nicky took De Beers private a decade ago, the first thing he did was sign up LVMH as a joint venture partner for diamond jewelry retailing.
Perhaps this time around, some of the booze marketing nous of LVMH can be applied to an Oppenheimer wine, which should do the business in China. Plus there’s something wonderfully symmetric about deploying a family fortune made from non-renewable resources into the renewable resource realm. And the Oppenheimer’s favourite mode of transportation, the helicopter, will come in handy to manage a family wine farm on an Oppenheimer scale.
Might they want to take Vergelegen off Anglo American’s hands? This would suit Anglo. Get rid of an anachronism for a mining company and leave the historic wine estate in good hands.
REPARATIONS & RESTITUTIONS FROM TH EOPPENHEIMERS, DE BEERS & ANGLO AMERICAN CORPORATION [PLC] – GRIQUALAND WEST REGION, CLAIMS
As you are all aware of th efact that the Jewish peoples have received their rightful Compensations from Germany etc. and that you had received my Demands and Claims in this regard, but have still not settled same with myself to-date, I have to use these non-violent, civilized means at our disposal to get through your elephant-skinned heads and if you understand the English language accordingly.
You will definitly not be missing these reparations because you have now diversified worldwide and hidden much more of it in your numerous off-shore tax haven accounts which are proptected and provided by the British authorities I presume, because they mostly seem to be on British islands.
Kindly settle my and others’ Claims soon out of court if you are not educated thugs and have any sense of responsibility and morality.
Talking about the Oppenheimer’s. Last week I discovered that Harry Oppenheimer blamed Mr. Rhodes ONLY for “The Problems Of Africa To-day”, at Rhodes University in 1970.
What a Coward indeed. Firstly, AFRICA has it’s Black Leaders to blame of prior 1700′s, because why elese did there masses stream to settle in Southern Africa.
Then they, the Mining Bosses and ‘managers’, etc, etc. as I also experinced and observed in the offices too are to blame for the Problems of Southern Africa, that is for certain.
Now with my further researches, I also blame the evil British Authorities in London and in Southern Africa too, of whom the vast majority were Military ones – hence they had truly enforcibly and abusively and terroristly been ill-treating us since their arrival of the 1700′s, with NO intentions whatsoever of sharing with us.
The Oppenheimers and all their assistants of Directors, managers and jobs securities for White Brits then White Foreigners ONLY, and a couple for White Afrikaners and NO Coloured [mixed nationality] peoples whatsoever, to-date, when I also SAW that these Whites were doing NO Work at All, but had their Annual leaves, sick leaves, Bonuses etc! – All with INNINGS of since soon after Ernest Oppenheimers’ arrival and immediate elevation, so they are the LONGEST going British Apartheid Bosses and Leaders.
They have done pure NOTHING for the people of South Africa especailly the Bushmen and Coloured Peoples, because they have now restituted the Blacks who should in fact be sharing their newly sudden unworked for wealth with the poor Miners [Labourers] or their ascendants etc and restutute myself and us according to my instructions I have sent them.
The oppenheimers are hiding behind mr. Rhodes who is the only one being blamed, when they too and British Establishmenes, Regimes & Rothschilds etc are also to blame and have ALL profusely benefitted hereof.
So, where are the Books on the them all and the numerous enriched Directors and ‘managers’ who did NO Work?
They Pretend to be the ‘LIBERALS’ and goody-goody’s, when in fact they even continue their gangsterism against ex-employees of their including if Diamond sorters as I have heard from some too about their stories, co-incidently.
How can ONE man be blamed for ALL their abuses against us for over 3 Centuries already and also Rhodes had nothing to do with Africa, Australia, America N & S, as the Oppenheimers had and have, ok!?
We were also in the Mining Industry and were deprived of any opportunities, by them!
I was even invited to the celebration of the R20 million renovations of the AAC Head Office in 1993 – what for ? They could have given me/ us that money instead.
Cheap sarcastic Tom – Vergelegen, by the way, WAS ALSO in VERY GOOD HANDS in 1600 -1700′s, of My French Heugenot and the Dutch settler Farmers, who did NOT have the same criminal, selfish, EVIL INTENTIONS, as the Black and British [of which I am descendant of from both sides] ones, had and still have!
Anglo American, Oppenheimers etc’s legacy of Apartheid against the South African Coloured & Afrikaner peoples is even much Greater, than Rhodes’s. You British Nazi’s, are ALL Hitler personified 300% more so, and therefore indebted to us for much more than the jewish people have received and what is also owed to the *** people the German Nazi’s hated also abused .
Had I known previously what I NOW know, then you would have HEARD me then already, ask the decent few Afrikaner, Coloured etc gentlemen and the insulting British Apartheid one’s who worked with me and know me.
The Majority Black’s wanted to Rule my Country and have also now enriched themselves violently since 1950′s, corruptly, immorally and unethically too, now, with your help.