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A dream worth believing in

By Rial Visagie

Pictured from left to right, Daniel Swanepoel (Rialheim CEO), Francois Pienaar (MAD Leadership Foundation Founder and Chairman), Helette Pieterse (MAD Leadership Foundation CEO), Rial Visagie (Rialheim Creative Director).

Pictured from left to right, Daniel Swanepoel (Rialheim CEO), Francois Pienaar (MAD Leadership Foundation Founder and Chairman), Helette Pieterse (MAD Leadership Foundation CEO), Rial Visagie (Rialheim Creative Director).

It is our unique cultural diversity that enables us, as South Africans, to create magic on the global stage.

The inaugural Themba Gala called on the riches of our unique society by auctioning some of South Africa’s finest art, donated by 24 of our country’s top established and emerging artists. Art has always led society by challenging the status quo, holding up a mirror to current and global affairs. The bravery of this industry always demands attention and introspection. The donation of such work by local artists to Make a Difference Leadership Foundation enables South Africa’s future leaders to follow their dreams in realising a better future, not only for themselves but for their society at large. This makes me incredibly proud to call myself a South African and humbled for Rialheim to have been a part of this fantastic event.

Esteemed artists included Mbongeni Buthelezi, Anton Smit & Jaco Sieberhagen.

When Rialheim was challenged to join the movement to support 1000 leaders through MAD Leadership Foundation we immediately jumped onboard, supporting founder & Chairman Francois Pienaar’s dream to expand the organisation’s reach and impact. At present, MAD Leadership Foundation, together with their corporate and event partners, artists and individual supporters currently fund 220 young leaders at schools and universities in all nine provinces helping them achieve academic and leadership excellence. This fills me with so much excitement for tomorrow, for the future of our great country.

“Just imagine a world where every single person can follow and realise their own dreams. What a wonderful world that can be.” 

The venue was adorned with bespoke Rialheim décor including over 1000 ceramic birds and our Humanity Vase & Industrial Candle Stick in Bronze

I am privileged to live my dream every day and believe it is my basic human right to do so. To live your life, by following your dreams is not without challenges. Therefore, organisations like the MAD Leadership Foundation are vital for our society because they believe in and facilitate these dreams, aspirations and hopes. #DreamBelieveFly afforded Rialheim the opportunity to join the movement of creating 1000 future leaders by co-hosting the inaugural Themba Gala that took place last week and we are extremely proud to have played a role in raising R1.8 million during the event enabling young people to follow their dreams, ensuring that their potential becomes possible.

“This event reminded me that our rich and complex diversity combined with a little magic really can make a difference.”

Some of the esteemed guests at Themba with entertainment by Zolani Mahola & Arno Carstens.

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You can play a part on the journey to supporting #1000Leaders by pledging a donation to MAD Leadership Foundation.

Rialheim redecorates Fazenda Mountain Cabins
Fazenda Mountain Cabins in Swellendam, South Africa

Fazenda Mountain Cabins in Swellendam, South Africa

Situated in the scenic Hermitage Valley in Swellendam, South Africa; Fazenda Mountain Cabins offer a picture perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life.  When Marilouise van der Merwe and her husband added the cabins to their property portfolio, the Decompanjie Collection, they immediately knew that they wanted to work with the existing structures whilst enhancing the contemporary African theme.


“Any renovation is very time consuming and requires abundant creativity to transform something basic and mediocre to an interior and design masterpiece! One of my secrets is using bespoke yet functional pieces to accentuate any interior and Rialheim is always my first choice” says Marilouise.


Using a mix of styles and textures including wood and stone, bespoke Rialheim tiles were adorned to the wall forming the headboard; the look completed with hanging Rialheim lights on either side creating a modern bedside lamp whilst freeing up space on the pedestals. Stepping into the bathroom, the country style effect has been highlighted with floor to ceiling wall tiles and completed with the Rialheim wise old monkey – a tribute to the natural surroundings of the cabins and the fauna that inhabit the mountains. A clever use of décor pieces including the Industrial Candle Sticks & Large Cow Skull combined with functional items such as the Khoi Bowl complete the look whilst paying homage to the beauty of Africa.


For more information on Fazenda Mountain Cabins please visit their Facebook or Instagram pages. 



Crafting magic for Design Joburg
The Rialheim stand at Design Joburg 2018

The Rialheim stand at Design Joburg 2018

It’s seven o’clock in the morning on Clairvaux Estate in Robertson and unlike other farms in the Robertson Wine Valley, 13 artisans start to arrive to switch on the clay mixer in preparation for a day of crafting magic. Plaster of Paris is moulded to make way for new products and new ideas while on the other side of the studio products start being glazed while kilns are being unpacked. 



By no means is it a normal morning for our sales team. In Johannesburg, the birth place of Rialheim, it is abuzz with activities to get ready for the much anticipated Design Joburg. Visitors can expect to see the very best of our Brave 2017/2018 Collection as well as our latest tile collection which has been developed over the last two years with one of South Africa’s most amazing interior designers, Megan Ralph. These tiles are living proof that if you can dream it, we can make it and we’ll even add a dash of magic ourselves. 


For our creative team, under the leadership of Rial Visagie, there is a sense of nervousness & excitement in the air as we get ready to show a selection of our newest collection to be launched this spring. Entitled Evolution this collection draws it inspiration from Being and Becoming. Be ready for the unexpected since this collection is all about collaboration with other artisans exploring new textures and materials. Seven months of crafting magic will finally make its debut and if you can’t make your way to Sandton Convention Centre this week for a sneak preview, then don’t worry as these pieces will go on sale after the official launch in spring 2018.