This book was launched at the Walker Bay Art Gallery in Hermanus before an enthusiastic audience gathered to pay tribute to this remarkable man and his dear wife. David Hilton-Barber and Colin Hall discussed aspects of his career, mainly centred around the time when, as a wunderkind, still in his early thirties, he grabbed the ailing Sunday Times / Rand Daily Mail group by the neck, replaced editors, brought in a new work ethic and placed it firmly on the road to success. Denied the well-earned position of chairman, he re-directed his talents into banking, finance and industry, serving as chairman of a number of blue-chip companies. Then, in his mid-eighties, he started the Enlightened Education Trust in Hermanus which earned him and his wife a Mayoral Award for their ‘Lifetime dedication and excellent, unselfish contribution to the community of the Overstrand.
The guests included Allan Powell, chairman, and Magriet Peter, Trust Manager, of the Enlighten Education Trust; Wayne and Caroline Gabb, Francois and Liz Marais, Angela Heslop, David Brice and Patrick Chapman. Henri Kuiper made a moving speech of thanks in which he acknowledged the help he had received from friends and colleagues during his business career.