KUDOS TO JANNIE

Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - MAIL -

I must say that your mag­a­zine is re­ally look­ing good and is a greatat read. I al­ways look for­ward to en­joy­ing it undis­turbed on one of my flights.

The Kala­hari Tough Test ar­ti­cle­cle in the Jan­uary is­sue brought backck some mem­o­ries of an­other greatat Leisure Wheels ad­ven­ture trip. You guys sure know how to pick thee des­ti­na­tions and put to­gether an awe­some ad­ven­ture.

Af­ter read­ing Jannie’s farewell piece I felt some­what sad as he comes to the end of an amaz­ing ca­reer, but also priv­i­leged to have been able to work with and get to know him over the years.

I first met Jannie in 1986 when he was edi­tor of Wiel and as an En­gels­man, was some­what daunted by this suave, well-spo­ken but ob­vi­ously tough jour­nal­ist who my then boss in­structed me to only speak to in Afrikaans.

I soon re­alisedealised what nice peo­ple he and his wife Maryke are, and that he was quite happy to speak to me in English. Also, that he was an ex­cel­lent jour­nal­ist and pho­tog­ra­pher and an out­stand­ing en­tre­pre­neur. Leisure Wheels was the first of many life­style-travel mag­a­zines, and with­out doubt, he fore­saw and set this trend. Un­like many oth­ers, how­ever, he stayed true to the core of his mag­a­zine: that travel and des­ti­na­tions make for greatgr sto­ries, but that this is on­lonly pos­si­ble with a good and rre­li­able set of wheels.

JanJan­nie made his pas­sion his ca­reeca­reer, he knows South­ern AfricAfrica like the back of his hand, has ttrav­elled the world and loveloves good food and wine. He taug­taught many young as­pi­rant jour­jour­nal­ists the busi­ness.

HHe is widely re­spected within the mo­tor­ing in­dus­try and ama­mong the me­dia and I know thathat I will not be the only one to mmiss him at fu­ture mo­tor in­din­dus­try events and on Leisure WheelsW ac­tiv­i­ties.

We at Volk­swa­gen Group SoSouth Africa salute Jannie for what he has achieved and wish him well in his well-de­served re­tire­ment.

The cur­rent Leisure Wheels team has big shoes to fill, but you have proven in the last 12 months that you are more than up to the task. Matt Gen­nrich, Gen­eral Man­ager Group Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Volk­swa­gen Group South Africa

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