R699 for a car?–?and R40?000 for a florist

2014-07-20 11:06

The man behind the R699-a-month car scheme paid a florist R40?000 and spent about R112?000 each month on flowers for his home and office.

One of Albert Venter’s former employees has told City Press’ sister newspaper Rapport that Venter “had a flower arranger, a chef, a butler and four domestic workers”, who each earned salaries of up to R40?000 a month.

“The account for flowers for his house and offices was about R28?000 a week and he regularly wrote out cheques of R20?000 to have each of his luxury cars polished.

“His motto was that we should do nothing to save him money,” the employee said.

“Ferrari Champagne at about R400 a bottle was his favourite drink, and it flowed generously when he held regular parties at his house.

“His shirts and trousers he bought at clothing stores in Sandton City for nothing less than R14?000 an item. Many of his clothes he only wore once and we regularly found shirts and trousers costing thousands of rands in the bin and took them home.”

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