A Beautiful Heart


The more hurt and pain you have gone thru in life, the stronger and more
beautiful your heart will be….. As someone who has never been in love and tends to push people away before I get the chance, I guess I need to learn to let go to discover my beautiful heart.

One day a young man was standing in the middle of the town proclaiming that he had the most beautiful heart in the whole valley.

A large crowd gathered and they all admired his heart for it was perfect. There was not a mark or a flaw in it. Yes, they all agreed it truly was the most beautiful heart they had ever seen. The young man was very proud and boasted more loudly about his beautiful heart.

Suddenly, an old man appeared at the front of the crowd and said, “Why your heart is not nearly as beautiful as mine.” The crowd and the young man looked at the old man’s heart. It was beating strongly, but full of scars, it had places where pieces had been removed and other pieces put in, but they didn’t fit quite right and there were several jagged edges. In fact, in some places there were deep gouges where whole pieces missing.

The people stared. How can he say his heart is more beautiful?? they thought. The young man looked at the old man’s heart and saw its state and laughed. “You must be joking,” he said. “Compare your heart with mine, mine is perfect and yours is a mess of scars and tears.”

“Yes,” said the old man, “Yours is perfect looking but I would never trade with you. You see, every scar represents a person to whom I have given my love – I tear out a piece of my heart and give it to them, and often they give me a piece of their heart which fits into the empty place in my heart, but because the pieces aren’t exact, I have some rough edges, which I cherish, because they remind me of the love we shared. Sometimes I have given pieces of my heart away, and the other person hasn’t returned a piece of his heart to me. These are the empty gouges – giving love is taking a chance. Although these gouges are painful, they stay open, reminding me of the love I have for these people too, and I hope someday they may return and fill the space I have waiting. So now do you see what true beauty is?”

The young man stood silently with tears running down his cheeks. He walked up to the old man, reached into his perfect young and beautiful heart, and ripped a piece out. He offered it to the old man with trembling hands.

The old man took his offering, placed it in his heart and then took a piece from his old scarred heart and placed it in the wound in the young man’s heart. It fit, but not perfectly, as there were some jagged edges.

The young man looked at his heart, not perfect anymore but more beautiful than ever, since love from the old man’s heart flowed into his.

They embraced and walked away side by side.

Another Amazing Sister… She has everything and more and I adore her

Bronni is one of the most talented and intelligent individuals I have the delight in calling my older sister. Not only is she gorgeous, stylish, academically brilliant, creative, artistic, a brilliant chef, home-maker and Mom to Chloe the abandoned Kitty she is the most selfless, caring, kind, gentle and loving child on this planet…. anyone who knows her would agree.. she has a heart of gold has been a second mom to me an inspiration and a shoulder to lean on at all times. I adore you my “big” sis

Before the start of thirty3degrees….

Speaker at : Wharton Global Alumni Forum

Bronwyn Bayvel

Director Corporate Finance
Dubai World Africa Services (Pty) Ltd
Cape Town

B.Com (Economics)

Bronwyn received a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) in Johannesburg, majoring in Economics. She started her banking career at a CorpCapital Bank on the Corporate Funding desk, and has since gained over 8 years’ experience in the banking industry in South Africa. She worked for a top South African property developer, Zenprop Property Holdings, for 3 years where she managed the group’s financial due diligence, capital raising and tax structuring.

Before joining Dubai World Africa in January this year and relocating to Cape Town, she spent 6 years at at Investec Bank Limited where she headed up the team responsible for the advising, underwriting and arranging of the debt required for the acquisition by Dubai World and London & Regional of the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

In addition to the V&A Waterfront, Bronwyn has been involved in a number of prominent South African real estate transactions, either acting on behalf of the developer in assessing project viability, or as banker in the raising of debt required for the transaction. These include, amongst others:

  1. Acquisition by the Australian based Stella Group of the Protea Hotel Group;
  2. The ground breaking development of the Maponya Mall in Soweto;
  3. Management buyout of Lanseria International Airport;
  4. Funding, feasibility analysis and development of the One & Only Hotel in Cape Town;
  5. Funding of niche retail centres: Design Quarter, Atholl Square and Vangate Mall.

She is passionate about real estate and Africa, and joined Dubai World as Corporate Finance Director to assist in their expansion into Africa and the realization of their vision which is: “to significantly impact on the growth and development of the African continent by partnering key stakeholders in identified African countries who share the dream of building a sustainable economy for Africa and creating thousands of jobs for Africans whilst adding significant value to our investment portfolio”.

And then… The biggest property deal in Southern Africa as a Director of Thirty3Degrees…

Thirty3degrees is a dynamic young company focused on assisting listed and privately held corporates, institutions and entrepreneurs with complex business and financial processes – including financial, commercial and legal advisory and transaction execution services. We build lasting relationships with our clients, giving them practical assistance wherever possible, whilst offering them sound financial and business advice. The objective of providing our clients with a one-stop advisory and execution service differentiates thirty3degrees from traditional advisory firms.
Our client offering includes comprehensive Financial and Business Advisory and Capital Raising Services.

Financial and Business Advisory Services
1. Mergers and acquisitions;
2. Asset Management;
3. Due-diligence and Valuation;
4. Corporate Restructuring
5. Black Economic Empowerment – BEE
Capital Raising Services
1. Origination of both debt and equity;
2. Structuring;
3. Execution;
4. Documentation;
5. Syndication.

Represented majority shareholders in the V&A Waterfront in respect of the sale of their interest in the V&A Waterfront.
Transaction Value: R9.717bn
thirty3degrees Financial Services (Proprietary) Limited
(Registration No.2009/014281/07)

Physical Address
Suite 302, 3rd Floor, The Equinox, 154 Main Road, Seapoint, Cape Town

Postal Address
PO Box 50784, Waterfront, 8002

Tel +2721 430 6160
Fax +2721 433 0555

Bronwyn Bayvel
Direct: +27 (0) 21 430 6162
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 565 6968
Jeanne-Marié Mouton
Direct: +27 (0) 21 430 6163
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 564 7750
Andrew Payne
Direct: +27 (0) 21 430 6161
Mobile: +27 (0) 83 417 6181
Sports loving girlies Bron and I
Proudest Moment for a family my sis THE Director and Genius
Bronni and her man Bruce
”]Bronnis "adopted" child Maks ... she looks after all his financial and emotional needs
All the stress and worth it
Beauty and Brains on the left 🙂
me and bronni = no common sense