South Coaster of the day

2011-03-02 00:00

SUE Bruwer is the owner of Leopard Rock Coffee Shop and Lookout Chalets in Oribi Gorge.

She opened the coffee shop eight years ago and was not sure if it would work at the time, but has never looked back since and the coffee shop has just closed once, at the end of February.

The Witness asked Bruwer:


What has been your most memorable time on the South Coast?

That would have to be back in 2002 when we decided to build the coffee shop — from start to opening up to the public took us four months. Our first day was petrifying, to say the least.

What will you be doing during your spare time now?

Now that we [Bruwer and her husband Andries] have closed the coffee shop, we are shifting our focus to hosting weddings, functions, conferences etc.

Which book do you think is the most interesting and why?

There is a series of books called Left Behind by Dr Tim Lahaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. It is the type of reading material that sorts out your perspective on life — definitely a must-read.

What would you say is the most important lesson in owning a business?

You cannot run a business unless there is true commitment, passion and love — not just from yourself, but also your entire team. Your guests notice the enthusiasm and keep on supporting you, becoming like family.

If you had a wish, what would it be?

Owning a game farm in Kenya where the animals are free and God’s greatness is in abundance.

What improvement would you like to see on the South Coast?

It would be wonderful for the South Coast to be promoted as a whole and by this I mean to include the inland areas as well.

There is so much more than just the beaches. With enough effort from everyone involved, we could become as popular as the Cape coast.

How would you describe yourself in five words?

Passionate, enthusiastic, committed, energetic, short-fused.

What is the one thing you cannot live without?

Being surrounded by God’s greatness in nature — I think I would die a slow death if I lived in a city.

Where is your favourite place on the South Coast?

On my 21 m deck in the moonlight, just watching and listening. It is like having your own personal symphony orchestra.

Where else would you like to stay in South Africa and why

If not in Oribi Gorge, then in the winelands in the Cape surrounded by nature and mountains.

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