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INTRODUCTION                                                                                                          of the Imibala Summer Gala
                                                                                                                                      The auctioneer

                                                                                                                                   2023: Ariella Kuper

        We make a living by what we
        get, but we make a life by what
        we give.
                   Winston Churchill

                                    Asking artists to donate work is a delicate thing – you’re literally                            To sell this wonderful collection of art, experiences and luxury items,
                                    asking them to give away a part of their income. In South Africa                                we have acclaimed auctioneer Ariella Kuper.
                                    especially, there are also so many other non-profit organisations
                                    that approach well-known artists with similar requests. We’re proud,                            Ariella is South Africa’s leading female auctioneer. Her oratorical
                                    therefore, to have a sensational selection of high-quality pieces                               skills as well as her extensive cultural and world knowledge has
                                    from some of South Africa’s most famous artists on auction at the                               earned her an admired reputation in business and placed her in
                                    inaugural Imibala Summer Gala.                                                                  demand at notable charity events, where she has raised in excess of
                                                                                                                                    R100-million over the past few years.
                                    The 2023 Imibala Summer Gala auction also includes various beautiful
                                     luxury items and a number of exceptional experiences donated by                                After 10 years as an international steel trader for Macsteel International
                                    business partners who share in our ethos of giving back.                                        (UK),  including  heading  up  their  South  America  division,  Ariella
                                                                                                                                    returned to SA and entered the maritime and mining auction sector.
                                    Through the overwhelming generosity of these artists and businesses,                            In 2012, she co-founded an online mining and shipping auction
                                    we are able to inspire our guests to contribute generously to our                               company which specialised in the disposal of niche value assets (Thebe
                                    cause. By investing in one of these original artworks and unique                                acquired a 51% share in 2017). In April 2019, after twice recovering
                                    experiences our guests not only enrich their lives, but also help                               from cancer, Ariella founded Solution Strategists Pty Ltd, continuing
                                    children in South Africa to achieve a brighter future. We’d like to                             to specialise in global sales of arrested maritime vessels in both South
                                    extend a huge thank you to all our donors, and to all those bidding                             Africa and Namibia. Between Covid-19 and a third round of cancer
                                    on their offerings.                                                                             treatment last year, Ariella successfully auctioned two crude oil tankers,
                                                                                                                                    a break bulk carrier and arrested crude oil totalling US$85-million.

                                                                                                                                    Ariella remains in demand as a speaker on women in business, the
                                                                                                                                    4th industrial revolution and adversity to opportunity and consults to
                                                                                                                                    banks regularly on distressed commercial matters.
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