The Bailliage de Pretoria hosted a function, in participation with The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City, in May 2013 to raise funds the Thari Mmelegi Orphanage in Monakato, a nearby township within the Rustenburg municipality.

Sun City have committed themselves to the upliftment of the neighbouring community; Thari Mmelegi Orphanage is in dire need of accommodation – a sanctuary where the children can live, as well as to ensure a safe environment where they can feel secured, within a homely environment.

Through the efforts of Sun City and Chaîne des Rôtisseurs (Bailliage de Pretoria) eighty guests attended the dinner, including members from SACA, Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, several Winemakers and corporate VIP’s.  Bailli for Pretoria, Ronel Bezuidenhout, handed over R38 000 which was raised for the Thari Mmelegi Orphanage.  The funds were generated by the dinner and the wonderful raffle prizes which were sponsored from far and wide.

The function was a roaring success and the guests were treated to a festive welcoming in the company of “Shawu”  (the resident life-size bronze elephant statue created by Danie de Jager).  After a group photograph the “Sun City Showgirls” led the way to the feast in the Queen’s Quarter Restaurant – formerly “Villa del Palazzo”.  Upon arriving at the Queen’s Quarter Restaurant, guests were further surprised with a Chaîne des Rôtisseurs pin in commemoration of the special function.  

Executive Chef Nicholas Froneman and his team created a show stopping five-course menu featuring “The Ocean Garden” (Smoked Salmon Tartare, Poached Quail Eggs, Beluga Caviar and Tuna Carpaccio), the sorbet was African Violet Sorbet – unique to the Palace of The Lost City, the second course was an Exotic Mushroom Gnocchi served with a Black and White Truffle Cream Sauce.  The main feature was Beef Fillet, Foie Gras Ravioli and a Butternut Puree with Bacon Soil – which was executed with all the lair expected from the Sun City team. The ornate Amarula and Gold-leaf Cheese Cake was a glorious finale to a superb dinner.
The perfect balance of taste and sensory perception was created by pairing the meal with Bizoe wines (with special thanks to Rikus Neethling); which so aptly is inspired by the informal French term for a “little kiss”.  The wine and the food shared an affair which could not be rivalled by all the excitement.

Since the function in May 2013, Executive Chef Nicholas Froneman (The Palace of The Lost City at Sun City) and Gontse Motaung (Thari Mmelegi Orphanage) have managed to secure funds from Bidvest Prestige and Fruit Spot.  The finances are managed by Bridget Gunner, Coordinator of BIDVEST-WORLD CHEFS TOUR AGAINST HUNGER (South African Chefs Association).  

The first phase of development at Thari Mmelegi Orphanage started in October 2013 with the construction of security walls and infrastructure development (for the housing).  

Executive Chef Nicholas Froneman and his dedicated team envisions a self-sustaining vegetable garden which will be utilised to feed the needy at Thari Mmelegi as well as supply fresh produce to the Monakato township.

The latest bout of good news came from Executive Chef Nicholas Froneman on 28 October 2013; T.C.B.T has been appointed as the construction company for the first phase of the development project.  T.C.B.T has donated paint for the Facility as well as discounted rates for the labour and plastering as well as a further reduction on his initial quotation.  

To date the Executive Team (and fellow staff) of Sun City have managed to collect a whopping R88 000 cash; Bidvest Prestige donated R20 000, Fruit Sport R15 000, Sun International R15 000 and Chaîne des Rôtisseurs (Bailliage de Pretoria) a massive R38 000.  As well as the generous donation of R20 220 from T.C.B.T.  

The following people made the function at The Palace of the Lost City (at Sun City) possible and deserve a special mention:

  • Rikus Neethling - Bizoe Wines
  • Sir Richard Hawkins - Sun International
  • Mr John Lee - Sun International
  • Mr Graham Donet - General Manager of South African Chefs Association, representative of World Chefs Tour Against Hunger
  • Mr Stephen Billingham - President of South African Chefs Association
  • Ronel Bezuidenhout - Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, Bailliage de Pretoria
  • Gontse Motaung - Thari Mmelegi Orphanage at Monakato Township
  • Chef Nicholas Froneman - The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City