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It was during a wet and wintery morning in Riebeek Kasteel that two middle-aged journalists decided to forego their steady incomes, a Cape Town flat on the ocean and an 1837 country house in the charming village of Riebeek Kasteel to pursue a life-long dream: running their own guest house, restaurant and bar.

Jacques Pauw and Sam Rogers were amongst the most prominent journalists in South Africa. They have between them won the CNN African Journalist of the Year award four times. Sam has worked for some of the most prolific television networks in places such as Hong Kong and Japan and was the head of e-tv’s crime and investigations documentary unit when she resigned.

Jacques has been a journalist for 30 years and has, amongst others, exposed police death squad commander Eugene de Kock and criss-crossed the African continent in search of child soldiers and war lords. He has received some of the most coveted journalism awards in the world and is the author of five books.

Have these ventures equipped them in any way for the hospitality industry? Not nearly enough, they admit. That’s why Sam scampered off to UCT to do a diploma in the hospitality industry and Jacques lured chef Sonia Cabano to Riebeek Kasteel to help him to set up the kitchen. They have employed some of the best local talent to help them launch Red Tin Roof. For both, this is the ultimate challenge; the greatest adventure of them all.

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