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The Stellenbosch Mafia: Inside the Billionaire’s Club

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  8 reviews

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 Stellenbofew.

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Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published July 15th 2019 by Jonathan Ball
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Yvonne
Jul 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Good idea, but poorly executed. The book is not really about the ‘Stellenbosch mafia’ – a term that Du Toit wrongly claims was coined recently. It dates back decades, and refers not merely to the millionaires/billionaires who live in the town, but their incestuous relationship with politicians, the university and other seats of power (pre and post 1994). It seems Du Toit wanted to write a book about the Steinhoff debacle – which forms the core of the book – but was scooped. So he slapped on a fe ...more
Jean
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting read but nothing earth shattering really, some nice anecdotes.
Storm Solomon
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was written in a pleasantly simple manner to help the reader understand the backgrounds of the scenario and how the whole Steinhoff crash came about. Gives a lot of insight to a reader who previously didn’t understand the crux of the crash.
Liz
Aug 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Although I didn’t learn much new from reading this book - most of the hard information has already been published in the media, I did enjoy the interviews the author had with some members of the 'billionaire's club' and the story style of writing.

Rupert and Jooste are the focus of the book - the other players seem to be included mainly for their opinions on the business models of these two. The former was available for interviews and it was interesting to read his reaction to his excoriation by
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Sibusiso
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent and necessary read. An intricate and detailed account of what white male privilege and its delusions look like, written by someone who really understood its psyche and the intricate details that define large Afrikaans businesses. For example, the Rupert empire on one hand and what was the Steinhoff empire on another hand. Stories like this are important.
Sfiso Tshabalala
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Crazy ride

I couldn't out the book down once I started reading, very interesting perspective on the country and impact of big business and the faces behind it. For me it's proof that you cannot really separate business and politics even though we try hard to create that narrative
Joan Van
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Book wonderful. Audio ghastly. Rather read, dont listen.
LWAZI
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
The book should have been named the The Stellenbosch Mafia: Rupert, some Markus Jooste & co. The book is more about the Rupert's and Jooste more than anything else.
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