In pursuit of the example set by her parents, Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg maintains an avid responsibility towards conservation and preservation – whether in the field of culture, heritage, nature or sustainable farming practices – and is exemplary in her actions regarding caring and sharing.
Inspired by her love of art, the La Motte Museum was initiated by Hanneli, to serve as a home for the heritage collection of famed South African landscape artist, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, as well as works by other eminent artists. A section in the Museum is devoted to the history and heritage of the Rupert family, La Motte Estate and, specifically, its historical buildings.
As a music devotee and celebrated singer, Hanneli is the motivation behind a programme of monthly La Motte Classical Music Concerts presented on the estate, stimulating and preserving respect for excellence in music, while sharing the talents of local as well as international artists with fellow music-lovers.
A further priority is a consistent programme of preserving and renovating historic buildings on La Motte, for these monuments to serve as an immaculate reminder of a gracious era. A conducted educational tour, the La Motte Historic Walk, highlights the Cape Dutch buildings and other points of historical interest on the estate.
Hanneli also enthusiastically supports and funds programmes aimed at maintaining and rediscovering culinary traditions typical to the Cape Winelands. This devotion is exemplified by heritage cuisine with a modern interpretation served in the estate’s Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant. The prestigious Cape Winelands Cuisine Cookbook is the culmination of extensive research in this field.