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Tokyo Sexwale takes Top Billing on a tour of his riverside abode

Tokyo Sexwale takes Top Billing on a tour of his riverside abode

We discover a different side to a man South Africa knows well. This magnificent, African home is the architectural and design work of Mr. Tokyo Sexwale.

Tokyo Sexwale takes Top Billing on a tour of his riverside abode


Dinokeng is where the world’s largest rough gem-quality diamond was discovered in 1905 and a little over a century later, this is where Mr. Tokyo Sexwale came across a gem of his own. 

What sets this property apart from others he’s owned is that it’s literally the house that Tokyo built. During the struggle he trained in military engineering, through his incarceration he did a correspondence degree in commerce but in between it all, he indulged yet another interest and talent.

Tokyo Sexwale takes Top Billing on a tour of his riverside abode

This installation echoes the rich local wildlife of the nearby Dinokeng Game Reserve, Gauteng's only free-roaming Big Five reserve. That said, there’s more than enough in this home’s rich, cultural nature to keep the visitor fascinated for days.

There is a wilderness lodge feel to it though mostly it’s a tribute to authentic, rural, African homes. Whilst known as a man of commerce, the arts are close to his heart. The swimming pool has been designed to reflect the same colour as the river by painting the bottom black. Given the stunningly long Summers here, alfresco dining is indicated most months of the year – and when you retire, it’s to the Crocodile King or Queen and the Hannops King or Queen suites/ rondawels.

Tokyo Sexwale takes Top Billing on a tour of his riverside abode

Some of the rooms have outside showers, if you prefer to take the Highveld air. It’s quite a getaway for the family. It’s at this site that the Hennops River flows into The Crocodile River and ultimately this becomes that great African waterway The Limpopo. A fine place to get perspective on life.

A man who walked the talk from a young age and endured thirteen years in a cell for doing so, his home is an expression of the freedom he and many others fought for. It’s a space where you feel completely at liberty to move, think, speak and be inspired by this fantastic country. Though the former Minister’s home also has a gym and cinema, when friends like Prince Thumbumuzi Dlamini visit, they prefer to simply BE…amidst the splendour.

Tokyo Sexwale takes Top Billing on a tour of his riverside abode

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