Following the democratic elections in 1994, Professor Mark Solms returned home to South Africa in 2001 to breathe new life into the neglected Delta farm, establishing Solms-Delta Wine Estate. As a sixth-generation member of a farming family, he looked forward to returning. But upon his arrival, he realised that it wasn’t only his to call home. Seven households of people lived on the farm and had been there for generations. Mark was determined to restore their sense of belonging and their right to own a fair share of the land.
Making a diagnosis
While he was eager to kindle transformation on Solms-Delta, the tenants didn’t cooperate. Frustrated, Mark turned to what he knew from being a clinician: That to remedy an ailment, one must first take a history. When did the symptoms begin? In what context did they start? How did they develop? This is how a doctor understands what needs to be put right.