With ABSA Top Ten Competition sponsor ABSA bank now owned by UK banking giant Barclays – recently returned to SA after an apartheid-era retreat – it made good political sense to include foreign judges this year. Not that this was given as the reason.

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This year, the year of Groot Constantia’s 320th anniversary, the current team certainly continued the Estate’s reputation as a place where hospitality and social grace are still as important as it was all those centuries ago.

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