Prince heads to SA for char­ity polo

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A WINE es­tate in the Fran­schhoek val­ley is set to be the cen­tre of up­per- crust so­ci­ety next week when Prince Harry vis­its to par­tic­i­pate in a polo tour­na­ment, the big­gest of its kind in the world.

The Val de Vie Es­tate will host the Sen­te­bale Royal Salute Polo Cup next Satur­day for the first time on African soil. It will be Harry’s fourth of­fi­cial visit to the coun­try.

Both the prince’s visit and the polo tour­na­ment are linked to the char­ity, Sen­te­bale, which he con­cep­tu­alised and formed with Prince Seeiso of Le­sotho and which raises money for vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren in Le­sotho.

This week swim­mer Ryk Neeth­ling, the Olympic gold medal­list who is also the mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor of Val de Vie, ex­pressed ex­cite­ment at the event.

“We are ex­tremely hon­oured to host the Sen­te­bale Royal Salute Polo Cup at Val de Vie. It is like­wise a priv­i­lege to wel­come the founders of Sen­te­bale – Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso – to our es­tate.

“Like Sen­te­bale, we are pas­sion­ate about help­ing those in need and are pleased to be able to play a sup­port­ing role in the ex­cel­lent work that this char­ity is do­ing in a coun­try so close to ours.”

Oth­ers ex­pected at the tour­na­ment in­cluded Sen­te­bale’s am­bas­sador and Ar­gen­tinian polo player Na­cho Figueras.

A state­ment on Val de Vie’s web­site said three mem­bers of the es­tate’s polo club would par­tic­i­pate in the match.

The polo tour­na­ment, held specif­i­cally to raise money for Sen­te­bale, is the big­gest one-day char­ity polo event in the world and is in its sixth year.

To date it has raised more than R60 mil­lion.

Val de Vie said this year’s tour­na­ment would take place two days af­ter the open­ing of the Sen­te­bale’s Mamo­hato Chil­dren’s Cen­tre in Le­sotho.

The cen­tre is said to be the first of its kind in South­ern Africa and aims to pro­vide qual­ity care for chil­dren af­fected by HIV/Aids.

Harry is ex­pected to be in South Africa and Le­sotho be­tween Thurs­day and De­cem­ber 4.

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