By Mike Smith
28th of March 2016
While the ANC is stealing billions and billions of taxpayer’s money, ruining the country, and crime is skyrocketing, lots of whites are becoming more and more despondent. In their attempts to find solutions for the tragedy and crime ridden hellhole South Africa has become, they
are building their walls higher and get more armed response security.
Some saw the answer in coalescing in the whites only Orania or Kleinfontein. However successful Orania is, it has simply not attracted large amounts of people.
What is the alternative?
|Douw Steyn with wife Carolyn|
First he offered President Thabo Mbeki a Billion Rand to stop crime with high tec drones, helicopters satellite equipment, etc, but after Mbeki declined it he offered the same amount to Zuma in 2009, who also declined it.
Said Steyn: "Mbeki told me that I had got it wrong. He said: 'We don't have a problem with crime in this country. The problem is, we have a perception of crime'.
He is also known as having made several donations to the ANC. Nothing helped. It did not make them rule better.
So he decided to build his own city. Steyn City. Free of crime and where children can play in the streets without fearing to be run over by minibus taxis.
Steyn, now 64 years old, grew up in Johannesburg and went to the university in Potchefstroom. He launched Auto & General Insurance in 1985, and moved to the UK in 1992 where he replicated the model with Budget Insurance, car rental and ComparetheMarket insurance. His mother company, “BGL” employs 2,400 people at its Cambridgeshire HQ plus offices in Sunderland and Coventry. Douw Steyn is behind the fake Russian meerkat, Aleksandr Orlov, in the Comparethemarket Meerkats advertisements in the UK. He also owns the 25,000 acre Shambala game reserve in the Waterberg mountains.
Upon his release from prison in 1990 Nelson Mandela’s was Steyn guest for several months in his home in Sandhurst where Mandela proof-read and finished his autobiography “Long Walk to Freedom.”
In 2000, Steyn converted his home into a 26-suite hotel, the five star “The Saxon Boutique Hotel” in Sandhurst Johannesburg, where wealthy international stars including Oprah Winfrey stay when they visit SA.
Nelson Mandela, US president Bill Clinton and former SA president FW de Klerk attended Dow Steyn’s 50th birthday party.
When Steyn appeared in court after two of his ex girlfriends had a catfight he cut his sleeves and trouser legs off with a knife and poured water over his head, because “it was too hot“ in court.
In 2013 Mandela’s widow Graça attended his wedding to Carolyn, a charity worker.
|Steyn's house in London|
He has about 13 cars (he thinks), several boats and helicopters. His personal fortune is estimated at about £600 Million (R13 Billion).
It is South Africa’s biggest and most expensive house (worth R250 million), with seven bedroom suites, a wine cellar and a marble garage with space for 33 cars.
It makes President Zuma’s house at Nkandla look like a township dwelling.
Mr Steyn's house lies at the centre of what he hopes will become Steyn City, a luxury country 'lifestyle estate' built on 2000 hectares of land north of Dainfern and will be four times the size of Monaco.
|The marble garage with space for 33 cars|
South African Billionaire Douw Steyn builds his own city
However there is already opposition to his plans. The poor township of Diepsloot is on his doorstep.
Why Steyn City is not the answer for Johannesburg
What is it that Dow Steyn is actually building? A personal Utopia? Is it a longing back to the time when he was a child and children could safely play in the streets? Is it just a return back to Apartheid or an example of how the entire South Africa could have looked like if only the ANC governed properly instead of stealing the country into bankruptcy? Whatever it is, I take my hat off to him. In a country where the ANC is just breaking down or building monstrosities like Nkandla, at least his building something spectacular.