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Art that’s smart

Why choose between buying something beautiful and buying something useful when you can do both at the same time? Designer and artist William Morris once wrote: ‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.’ Functional art combines both these directives, giving you the best of both worlds.

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Retire with like-minded people

Imagine a retirement community of like-minded people – of artists, academics, birders, mountain bikers, anglers or retired nurses. It’s possible.

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Negotiation is key when purchasing a property

Finding the right property is hard enough but negotiating the right price and related fees can be harder, especially if one party is unwilling. Sometimes you may need to walk away from the deal.

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How does Johannesburg measure up as a megacity?

Joburg is fast becoming a megacity, but how does it compare with existing African megacities for return on investment? Cairo, Kinshasa and Lagos all carry the status of megacity – cities with a population of at least 10 million inhabitants. Fast on their heels are Dar es Salaam, Luanda and Johannesburg, which are predicted to attain the status of megacity by 2030, according to the United Nations.

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How green is green?

To take the greening of your estate seriously, you must consider each step from conception to design, through the building process and continuing to operation and management.

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Xers mark the spot

As Gen X hits 50, existing and planned estates need to re-evaluate their position on retirement, and on multi-generational living. As the oldest of the Gen Xers are turning 50, and watching their baby boomer parents ‘raging against the [dimming] of the light’, they are starting to ponder their own mortality, potential morbidity and – shock, horror, gasp – old age!

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A global trend

It should seem unsurprising to most of us that urban space is at a growing premium. It’s been a growing trend across the world since the industrial revolution, but particularly so in the last few decades as people flock to urban areas.

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Estate Living Interview with Dirk Uys from Arabella Country Estate

Watch: Louise Martin, COO of Estate Living, and Dirk Uys of the magnificent Arabella Country Estate discuss three of the challenges estates and their management team face today with Dirk Uys

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Estate Living presents Arabella Country Estate

Watch: What do you look for in a top-class, well-aged red wine? Style, certainly; body and taste, definitely; but also the subtle, understated excellence that comes to great wines only when they begin to mature; an excellence that reflects an impeccable track record.

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Good news for real estate industry as GDP returns to positive growth

Positive news to emerge from Statistics SA today is that South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew 3,1% in the second quarter of 2019 (to end-June), compared to a decline of 3,1% in the first quarter.

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Village life

Gowrie Village in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands is the quintessential country community, integrated into the greater village of Nottingham Road. Established in 2002, Gowrie’s sense of relaxed rural spaces and neighbourliness are key to the success of this mixed-use estate.

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Managing Marina Martinique for its community

Which processes, procedures, and best practices keep a successful older estate at the top of its game? Marina Martinique – a unique Cape-Caribbean-style estate consisting of 384 residential stands and 475 units in group housing developments – is built around a lake and seven kilometres of constructed canals that lie three metres above sea level, and whose water is pumped in from, and flows back into, the ocean.

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Erinvale

On the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain in Somerset West, the prestigious Erinvale Country Estate and Golf Club, which will be celebrating 25 successful years in 2020, was one of the first residential golf estates in South Africa. To find out what the ingredients are for this success, we chat to Kerstin Dinklage, Erinvale HOA trustee responsible for marketing and communication.

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Island style

The Islands is a revelation for those who equate Hartbeespoort and its surrounds with golfing – it’s a slice of European-style marina living.

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Customer complaints & social media

Not so long ago, if somebody wanted to have their complaint heard, the best options were to write a letter to the newspaper (and hope that it would be published) or dial into the radio. now, in the digital age, everyone has a voice. Never before has it been easier to have your concerns or thoughts heard – no matter how insignificant or trivial they are – and that has implications for estate managers

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If you can’t take the heat …

The world is facing a climate crisis. A young Swedish schoolgirl is now leading a global campaign of defiance driven by school children. The world has just experienced the hottest July ever recorded, even while a vocal segment of the chattering masses in leading economies like the USA believes that the science underpinning global warming is a massive hoax perpetuated by scientists who are – somehow – conspiring to make money.

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South peninsula

Cape Town is South Africa’s most scenic city, and the South Peninsula is arguably the most scenic part of the city, so it’s not surprising that savvy people have – for ages – put up with the long commute in order to live in this little slice of paradise.

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Property Development and Section 12J

The Section 12J tax allowance has introduced an exciting new asset class that has attracted over R6 billion within a very short period of time. Let’s explore how this can benefit developers.

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Idyllic Leloko Lifestyle And Eco Estate in Hartebeespoort is for sale!

Projectprop, which owns Leloko Lifestyle and Eco Estate in Hartebeespoort, is seeking a solid new buyer, or buyers, for this idyllic estate following a resolution by the shareholders to disinvest in the company through the sale of all of their shares.

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Future proof

As AI, big data and smart homes become a lived reality, what are residential estates doing now to make that future happen?

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Being reasonable

Most community associations seek to enforce their rules while still maintaining a harmonious community that the residents view as a desirable place to live. At times, though, these goals seem to be contradictory, and strictly enforcing the rules can result in controversy.

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Do HOA’s have teeth?

Policies, procedures, our governing documents and our rules and regulations are binding on members who choose to buy into a homeowners association or sectional title scheme. But, of course, the directors, trustees, management, and the members themselves have to ensure that these are lawful, consistent and fair, and that they protect the common interest of the community at large.

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Protecting your investment with insurance

Your home is likely to be one of the most valuable assets you will own. While you put a lot of time, effort and money into making it the ideal home, it is equally important to keep yourself informed on how well this investment is protected.

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Sometimes we need a little help…

There comes a time in everyone’s life when simple day-to-day tasks become overwhelming and difficult to deal with; when confidence levels start to wane, and cooking becomes a frightful chore. Thankfully, most retirement estates offer a wide variety of assisted-living options – just what you need when that helping hand is required.

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Make sure your travel insurance is in order before you get on that plane

Travel – whether for business or leisure or both (bleisure?) – can be extremely exciting. But it comes with its own set of risks. According to short-term insurer, Travel Insurance Consultants (TIC), a division of Santam, it is wise to prepare for the unexpected by getting travel insurance before your trip and understanding exactly what you are protected against so that you have enough cover for any eventuality.   Some of the other most claimed for travel events are pre-existing medical expenses, cancellation of journey, luggage loss and travel delays.

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Healthy body, healthy mind and healthy finances

We hear every day that 70 is the new 60 and that with advances in medical science people are living longer. Looking at this realistically if I work to age 60 but live to 90 I will have approximately 40 years to save up for a 30 year retirement.

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How to find the luxury in city living

Some of us get the idea of “Joburg luxury” completely wrong: We see ourselves in the car of our dreams driving down William Nicol on the way to work. When in fact, real city luxury (or perhaps even city happiness) could be found not when you upgrade your ride but when you shorten your commute. Living closer to work does not only add more time to your day and more buck to your budget, but recent research shows that it can also improve your overall wellness.

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The lock-up-and-go investment property

Thinking of investing in Cape Town or further afield? Lock-up-and-go investment properties have become more and more popular as investors realise the benefits of low maintenance, security and easy placing of tenants.

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What deteriorating municipal infrastructure means for residential estates

Not a day goes by without one hearing of some municipal crisis somewhere in the country. These range from banal but extremely annoying stories of billing crises, lack of budgetary control and bloated bureaucracies to the horror story unfolding in Emfuleni, where total collapse of the municipality as a functional entity has unleashed a tsunami of raw sewage flowing unabated along the streets and through the buildings, as it makes its way to the nearest river.

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UNICITI: a vision for education on the west coast of Mauritius

The Medine group, a century-old key player in the local sugar industry with a land bank of over 10,000 hectares, launched its Education Village in 2012 in the region of Pierrefonds as part of its diversification strategy. This campus has been designed to host a selective cast of world-class and internationally recognised institutions across different fields of study.

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Think Big

The secret to successful property development is spotting opportunities before others do, seeing potential in a place where others don’t. It’s about taking the gap, thinking out of the box, and a whole lot of other clichés. And that’s just what Dennis Hope did more than three decades ago.

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Smooth and seamless transitions

A development is not a residential estate – it’s a place with houses in a greater or lesser stage of completion. But there comes a time when the developer steps out, and the homeowners association steps in – and from that moment, the estate becomes a community – a place where people live.

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Simple, transparent utility metering can be a differentiator for developers

In a worryingly flat property market, developers are facing an ever-growing challenge to find value-adds to help them move units.

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Santam real estate scheme development insurance

Santam’s seamless insurance product continues to receive enthusiastic support from developers and development financiers alike.

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SANBI online: treasure trove for gardeners

The South African National Biodiversity Institute’s awesome online resources make finding information about the living world around us a genuine pleasure. And if you’re a gardener, developer, or estate manager with a special interest in indigenous plants, it’s a treasure trove almost as rich as biodiversity itself.

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People, planet, prosperity, and peace

On 24 and 25 September 2019, heads of state and government will gather at the United Nations headquarters in New...

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Monkey business

Often, it’s the reserve-like setting of a lifestyle estate that makes it a draw card for residents. But what happens when nature starts encroaching on households?

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Land reform and private investment can go hand in hand

Combining a successful land claim, community development, hard-nosed economic opportunity, responsible conservation ethics, and a fabulous tourist destination, Mdluli Safari Lodge is a win-win-win-winner. 

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Home grown

By some estimates, South Africa has a housing backlog of about 2.3 million, and that number grows by about 178,000 houses a year. Despite the country’s sophisticated banking system, busy property market, generous impact investment projects and advanced construction industry, neither the public nor private sector has been able to catch up that backlog.

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Going out on a limb

How do you fancy heading out to sea on what is really not much more than a very big log tied to a smaller log?

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Encryption

One of the most enticing features of WhatsApp is its offer of end-to-end encryption. This has ensured that our most personal conversations, and our treasured photographs of children and grandchildren, would be safely sent to family members and friends in a closed and safe communication loop.

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Double trouble or twice as nice?

On Friday 5 July, South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa, was the first world leader to be in two places at once. Is this the beginning of a bold new era in politics – and more?

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Connectivity – the essential building block for smart movements

The future of ‘Smart’ everything – leveraging digital technology to do just about anything more efficiently – is inextricably linked to our ability to ‘connect’ via the internet. ‘Smart’ anything and ‘Smart’ everything will depend on a frenzied exchange of data with, within and between people, entities, things and machines. The actual connection required for this exchange – in terms of speed and accessibility – will be as critical as available and adequate bandwidth is, or we risk losing out on the next wave of the internet. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is what the gurus the world over are calling this next wave.

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Citizen science

When you look at them closely, the gardens and protected wildlife areas on your estate probably host an astonishing number of different plants, insects, birds, and even reptiles and mammals. Your observations about the natural world around you can be enormously helpful to scientists – and collecting data can be a lot of fun, and a great way of building your community, too.

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A footpath named desire

Developers, HOAs, municipalities and the management of all manner of complexes, schools and campuses are learning that there are some things you just can’t fight. Put up as many ‘Keep off the grass’ signs as you like, people will take the shortest (or most convenient) path to get to where they’re going. So, the smart ones are giving in.

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Are small-scale retirement developments a viable option?

Retirement is the new buzzword in the residential development market, but building a retirement village is an enormous undertaking with huge implications – it’s a much bigger deal than building a golf or eco estate. So, is there room for small investors to cash in on this profitable sector?

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Affordability and funding of technology to secure estates

What are the key drivers for the buyers in residential estates and how can a security service provider support estate managers? The impact of security risk at residential homes in the form of violent crime and burglaries, has fuelled the growth and development of residential estates to meet the upward demand.

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Arabella Country Estate proves their green ways

Arabella Country Estate, home to Fynbos and fine living, located on the shores of the Bot River Lagoon surrounding the magnificent World Heritage Nature Reserve, has recently been re-certified with their full ISO 14001 compliance certificate.

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July Savings Month – what did you achieve?

South Africans are notoriously bad at saving money but the annual National Savings Month is a great opportunity to get your kids involved in some good financial habits which can set them up for life!

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The smoking gun

If you’re attacked in your home on a residential estate, who’s responsible for your protection? The answer – and the legal technicalities around private security and personal firearms – might surprise you.

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The dry allure of the xeriscape

Gardening in the driest or windiest parts of the country? Xeriscaping may be the system you’ve been looking for. We’ve all heard about water-wise gardening – the practice of choosing, grouping, and placing plants according to their watering needs in order to maximise the efficiency of the little water you have.

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Retire comfortably for less than R2M

Seeking secure retirement community living but for under R2 million? There are surprisingly many options. Today’s retirees are quite a young lot, living active, lock-up-and-go lifestyles that often set a fine example to the generations after them, but not all of them have R3 million or more to invest in a contemporary home on a lifestyle estate.

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The best years of your life are ahead of you

Have you planned sufficiently for your retirement? It’s about a lot more than finances – you also need to decide where to live. Retirement isn’t what it used to be. Slowing down and putting one’s feet up is no longer the “default setting” in later life.

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Luxury, style in Simon’s Town

Harbour Bay Village is the pinnacle of exclusive retirement living for the age 50 and older. This exclusive retirement development is located behind the Harbour Bay Shopping Centre and the medical day hospital.

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Hartbeespoort havens

Blue water, a beautiful mountain, a bustling food scene … no, it’s not Cape Town, although it’s easy to see why inland-dwellers consider the
Hartbeespoort area the next best thing to a beach. 

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Wearables

When you read the word ‘wearables’, it conjures up images of wrists with Apple watches or Fitbits, especially for those of us who deal with certain health insurance companies. But wearables are much more than monitoring your heart rate, steps and sleep.

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Invest in Europe’s ‘coolest’ capital

Satisfy your dream of owning property in Europe by investing in one of the region’s most dynamic and affordable cities – the wealthiest city in Portugal and its capital, Lisbon.

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S’now is the winter of our discontent

Wherever in South Africa you live, it’s probably freezing, so you’ll be thinking of escaping to somewhere warm – possibly with turquoise water, waving palm trees and snow-white sand. But then, come summer, you may head north to go skiing. It just shows how out of touch we can be with the seasons. But we don’t have to be.

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Rat poison – threat to city’s peri-urban wildlife

Pest control is an essential element in estate management, but it needs to be carefully managed – both to ensure the safety of residents and pets, and also to prevent ‘collateral damage’ to urban and peri-urban wildlife.

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Industrial hubs

If you’re thinking of investing in South Africa, it’s worth looking at some of the rapidly developing industrial hubs that are evolving in strategic locations around the country.

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Getting teens away from screens

Trudging around the golf course and playing tennis are ‘like so yesterday …’ your teenagers say, rolling their eyes skyward. Followed by a ‘there’s nothing to do here’ as their fingers tap the keys and the mayhem of one of a dozen blood-and-gore-filled computer games continues. This lament can be heard from tweens, teens and young adults the world over – gone are the days that residential estates could get away with the bare essentials of outdoor activities like (indoor or outdoor) gym, jogging and MTB trails, and a pool. The youth of today are way more demanding, and as parents and estate developers we need to take heed.

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The internet of things on our daily lives

The Internet of things (IoT) has become a hot topic of conversation with technical, social and economic implications. It is a concept that not only has the potential to influence how we live, but also how we work and play. Projections for the impact of IoT are notable, with some anticipating as many as 100 billion connected IoT devices, and a global economic consequence of more than US$11 trillion by 2025.

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Bringing the case for prepaid electricity to light

Hardly a day goes by without the future of South Africa’s power grid making front-page news. Keeping the lights on, and sustainably, is a favourite topic around the dinner table, whether you live in Port Elizabeth or Pearl Valley.

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Better bond, better home, better life

Backed by over 19 years’ experience and expertise, and strong relationships with major banks and estate agents, BetterBond is one of the largest bond originators in South Africa.

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Changing needs of healthcare for a 100-year lifespan

We’re all getting older – it’s just part of the cycle of life. And with no fountain of youth or magic chocolate bar to cure us of our ailments, we’ll just have to make do with ageing and the added health issues that arise.

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Gen-Z really loves property, wants to own before 30

It’s Youth Month, when SA focuses on the 38% of the population aged between 18 and 35. But there are two distinct generations of consumers represented within that cohort, and they have very different ideas about real estate. Generation-Z, born between 1995 and about 2010, are the world’s “digital natives” who have been exposed to the internet, social networks and streaming media their whole lives, and they are proving to be very different from the Millennials born between 1980 and 1994 – especially when it comes to their views on real estate.

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Retirement. How much is enough?

Planning for retirement can be both exciting and scary. Exciting in the sense that you’re planning for a life event that is spoken about so often throughout your life that it’s really a milestone and period to look forward to. Scary though, as you never know whether you’ll have enough since it’s impossible to predict the future. So much could go wrong in our economy and even if you’ve invested offshore, nothing is certain.

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Turn your development into a SMART development

A single network infrastructure offering solutions and services to suit the requirements of individual residents.

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FLISP – Making homeownership a reality for lower income households

Empowering first-time homeowners with a one-off government-funded subsidy . The Finance Linked Individual Subsidy Programme (FLISP) offers an amazing opportunity for qualifying individuals to own their first property. It’s unfortunate that the details and implications of FLISP are not commonly known, and that there are some misconceptions about its process and value. The benefits, however, are huge, and estate agents and those involved in financing have a crucial role to play in educating prospective buyers and assisting in the process.

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The transition to retirement

Thirty years ago I attended a lecture in Minneapolis USA by a Dr William Bridges on change and transition. Change he said is what happens in the real world but transition happens in the mind. When planned change fails its usually because people have not made the mental transition to accept the change. He offered a simple way to understand transition by breaking it into three stages. Stage 1 is all about making endings and letting go. Real change he said must begin with an ending, counter intuitive isn’t it.

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A life less ordinary

You can have it all – live in the country with wide-open spaces. Perfectly balancing freedom and space with top-of-the-range, AAA-rated security, Monaghan Farm offers safe, secure country living – a place to breathe, relax and wind down. A place to bring up a family in a nurturing environment without the hustle and bustle of city life.

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A ‘golden’ opportunity to relocate to Portugal

If an endless supply of pasteis de nata isn’t enough to entice you to relocate to Portugal, perhaps the favourable quality of life, cost of living and friendly investment and residence programmes will do the trick. Portugal has become one of the most sought-after destinations for South Africans seeking to relocate, largely because its investment opportunities and Golden Visa regime make it one of the easiest European Union countries to secure residency and citizenship – simply by purchasing property to the value of €500,000, provided certain conditions are met.

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Facial recognition – Not to be taken at face value

Facial recognition – whether it’s a passing fad, or the next big thing, one thing is sure: everyone has an opinion – good, bad, delighted or furious.

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Community building requires time and effort

Community. What a nice concept. So simple. So appealing. And so elusive for residents of so many common-interest ownership developments that are communities in name only. A collection of residents who share ownership but nothing more may form an association, but they do not create a community by any definition of that term. True communities – living, breathing, vibrant communities – are not born, they are built, and the community association board is the primary architect in that construction process.

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Eastern Cape residential estates: wild and wonderful

The Eastern Cape is a friendly and endlessly fascinating province – especially if you’re a fan of wild places – and its residential estates reflect its amazing diversity. There’s literally something here for everyone.

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Eastern promise – explore south africa’s most underrated province

The Eastern Cape is a region of extreme diversity. Pristine beaches rub shoulders with forest-clad dunes, aloes punctuate the sere brown Karoo plains, and the history of Settlers, San and Xhosa communities tells stories of the region’s past. It’s South Africa’s premier malaria-free Big Five safari destination and it’s an adventure junkie’s playground – the highest bungy jump in the world, some of the world’s best surf, great diving, mountain biking and hiking – and it boasts South Africa’s only ski resort.
But it’s not all nature and adrenaline.

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Rules are rules… or are they?

How important are estate rules, and can they really be enforced? This question is at the heart of a recent legal wrangle between Mount Edgecombe Country Club Estate Management Association II and a resident.

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Lawns – lush oases or green deserts?

“I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.” Walt Whitman. The ubiquitous urban lawn. Where did it come from? Do you really need one? And what do you choose if you do? In the bad old days they used to say you should never interfere with a South African’s lawn – or their braai. And while that’s probably still true for the braai, is it really still true for the lawn?

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Om nom nom nom num-nums!

Quick! Which ridiculously handsome South African is wind-resistant, drought-tolerant, security-ready, eminently prunable, easy to grow, farmable, culturally significant, and downright delicious? Answer: the plant with the tastiest name of them all – the num-num.

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Hope for an effective treatment for memory loss

A promising new treatment for memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s, ageing and depression was presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in Washington DC on 14 February this year. An auspicious date. If it works, no doubt everyone will love it.

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Liquid gold and low-emission bricks

The manufacture and transport of bricks contributes quite a lot to the carbon footprint of a building, which is why some of the finest minds all over the world are looking at alternatives – be it beer bottles, sandbags, straw bales, bag-stuffed plastic bottles, or bricks made from ash, toxic sludge, compressed solid waste, and even cannabis. So it’s pretty exciting that local researchers have come up with a novel, energy-efficient way of manufacturing bricks from a waste substance that usually takes lots of water and other resources to process – and that we don’t usually like to talk about.

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Hurry up and wait

The affordable housing market has high demand, low supply, and the promise of long-term investment returns. So what’s the catch? Investing is a long-term game. Gregg Sneddon, the financial adviser who blogs and tweets at thefinancialcoach.co.za, often emphasises this point to his clients: ‘Investing takes time,’ he says. ‘Three years is not “time”.

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Cyclone Idai shows why long-term disaster resilience is so crucial

The almost complete inundation of the city of Beira was in the news for a while, but then it fell away in the midst of newer, more important, or just more entertaining news – Ethiopian Airlines crash, Christchurch mosque shooting, South African elections, a 37-year-old woman successfully giving birth, and David Beckham’s conviction for talking on the phone while driving.

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In consulting on risk, its nose in, fingers out!

Nose in, fingers out! This is how I was taught to approach risk detection in property development consultancy. In other words, ask lots of questions, look, learn and observe everything, and yes, sniff around. But don’t interfere. 

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Retire with a view

If you’re thinking of retirement or scaling down, why not move to a development with a view? Even if you continue working part-time, which is what many modern retirees do, you’ll probably have a lot more leisure time – all the more reason to have scenic landscapes or city skylines to immerse yourself in and enjoy.

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Ready for takeoff

An educational initiative is providing the communities living around Cape Town International Airport with access to home-building skills and affordable housing – building communities, and laying the foundation for the city’s long-term growth.

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Insurance while you build

Building a new home, or having your existing one renovated, can be one of the most rewarding experiences. But, for most people, the thought of investing in a fixer-upper or a new build is more than a little overwhelming. The good news is that, with a little help and a lot of planning, it’s definitely possible to create the house of your dreams.

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Why QLED TV is the Technology to Watch Out for in 2019

Samsung has been a pioneer in TV design for 50 years. Over that time, Samsung has researched what people love most about TV – the way it brings friends and families together and the many details that amplifies the viewing experience. This knowledge has led to innovation that has transformed how people watch TV and is one of the reasons it has been global number 1 for the 13 years. The 2019 QLED line-up builds on this legacy in a big way.

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JJ Rewards

J AND J REWARDS PTY LTD entered the market in 2014 as an innovative wholesale distribution company. Founded by a young Belgian and American, we pride ourselves on sourcing quality products at a great price. We visit up to 4 international trade shows a year to make sure we never fall behind when it comes to tech focused products worldwide. With an office based in Shenzhen, China, J AND J REWARDS has the ability to source, test, and brand products at the highest levels possible. Our head office and warehouse in Cape Town distributes seamlessly to every end of Southern Africa.

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Final 14 apartments at Waterford Place in Sitari Country Estate now move-in ready for luxury living

Sitari Country Estate situated just outside Somerset West has been a remarkable success story, with unprecedented buyer interest and 926...

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Reality Perfected – Samsung Launches 2019 QLED TV Line

On April 23 2019 Samsung announced that its 2019 TV line, including new QLED 4K and 8K models, are available at select retailers nationwide from May. Powered by Samsung’s proprietary Quantum Processor, the 2019 QLED TV line-up features more screen size options, stunning picture quality enhancements, dazzling colours from every angle, exciting new design elements and intuitive smart TV upgrades.

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Samsung’s QLED TVs and Its New Ambient Mode Transform Living Rooms into a Gallery Space

Samsung announced today that its 2019 QLED TV line-up will offer a brand new Ambient Mode that is designed to display various content including world-renowned works of art, even when the TV screen is turned off. Through the Ambient Mode, a variety of content like daily news headlines, weather updates, photos and music can be accessed from the TV screen.

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Near the Beach, on the Ball, on the Money

There’s so much to consider when you’re buying a home, not least because of its investment potential. Having said that, you don’t want to buy something just because it makes financial sense and then find you don’t like living there, or possibly worse, follow your heart and find you’ve made a bad financial decision.

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Your New Security Detail

You use artificial intelligence (AI) every day, often without knowing it. Shouldn’t your estate’s security team have the same kind...

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The Tax Implications of Cashing in your Provident Fund

It’s not uncommon to change jobs every few years and at the same time decide to cash out your provident...

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Six Trees for Small Gardens

Life’s getting harder, everything’s getting more expensive, the world’s getting madder, and it’s all happening faster by the hour. How...

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Common Ground, Common Interests

Most lifestyle estates strive to create a sense of community, yet few succeed. So, how has Kyalami Estates managed to get it right? Wander through any of the events that Kyalami Estates host annually and you’ll notice that almost every resident stops on their way to greet their neighbours. It’s the kind of collegial atmosphere that most residential estates try to emulate but, although they might achieve friendliness, cohesiveness often remains just out of reach. Yet it appears to be an integral part of the Kyalami Estates character; indeed, it’s one of Estate’s defining qualities.

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Global Assets

If you’re considering an offshore investment property, it’s best to partner with a company who understands the intricacies South Africans will face, the pros and cons of the markets you’re investing in, the local conditions that might affect your decisions, and the international laws and considerations you should be aware of. Take a look at how IP Global can help you to expand your investment portfolio across borders.

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Slack-Packing

So you want to go on holiday without neglecting your exercise habit, and maybe get out into nature for a good cardio workout. An unspoilt location, good food and wine, a decent bed and a shower at night are essentials. Pretty flowers, wildlife and interesting cultural attractions are a bonus. And you’d prefer for someone else to take care of logistics. Is that too much to ask?

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Getting to the Point

Whether you’re a first-time buyer, a reluctant renter or a wannabe holiday home owner by the sea, buying property requires some thoughtful planning – and with so many factors to consider, not least the political and economic climate of the country, it’s hard to know where to start, but we are confident that Pinnacle Point Estate will amaze and impress you beyond your wildest dreams.

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Restoration Begins on Joburg CBD’s Most Neglected Buildings

Johannesburg City Council is driving an initiative to restore 84 buildings in the CBD to provide efficient, contemporary accommodation for city dwellers, and tenders have been awarded to various developers who’ve now started this visionary transformation of some of Jozi’s oldest residential hubs.

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Arabella Country Estate uses water responsibly and sustainably

Arabella Country Estate, one of SA’s leading lifestyle and golfing residential estates situated along the Bot River Lagoon in Kleinmond, is reaping the rewards of their long established water and environmental management plans despite the current drought conditions plaguing the country and the Western Cape in particular.

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Santam – Market Leader in Property Development Insurance in any Economy

In a constrained economy like that of South Africa, the possibility of new construction projects is limited. This, along with the rapidly increasing cost of living as a result of the increasing cost of fuel, the inflation rate, and the VAT hike of 2018, has put pressure on consumer spending. That’s the bad news. Here’s the good news.

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Sustainability in South Africa

An important consideration when investing is the state of affairs in the region you are considering investing in – and this goes beyond the obvious financial and political considerations. Ask questions about the sustainability of the region’s energy and water sources, its waste management policies as well as its biodiversity conservation. With all considered, South Africa still ticks most of the boxes for being a desirable region to invest in.

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South African Design is Going… Well… Everywhere

South African design is going places. Porky Hefer’s installations and furniture designs, Andile Dyalvane’s ceramics, Rich Mnisi’s fashion and furniture designs, and Dokter and Misses’ furniture and product designs are just some local pieces increasingly rocking art fairs and exhibition halls around the globe.

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It was a Dark and Stormy Night…

Museums are not about old crockery, vintage clothes, beautiful furniture, historical photos and rusty farm implements. They’re about stories, but sometimes you have to look hard to find them. And sometimes those stories illustrate an important principle or moral.

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Take a virtual tour of Sandton Gate Terrace

Step inside one of the luxurious units at Sandton Gate Terrace. Craft homes has created specialised virtual tours for 3 of Sandton Gate Terrace’s stunning units. Take your pick and start your virtual tour

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New residential trends unlock new investment opportunities

The growing move away from suburban residential living to urban living has the potential to unlock a passive revenue stream for investors in a rapidly expanding urban node.

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Retiring in Mauritius

A much coveted tourist destination, the tropical island of Mauritius is fast emerging as a preferred destination for non-citizens looking for an enticing place to retire. With its all-year-round temperate climate, first-class infrastructure and harmonious environment, this rainbow nation with an affordable cost of living has opened its doors since 2006 to eligible non-citizens looking for a stress-free retirement.

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How does prepaid electricity work and how to purchase a voucher?

Needing some guidelines in managing and loading/cancelling your prepaid meters? Watch the videos below to get some helpful support and insight. Pro admin is one of the founding members of the electricity re-sellers association and is still actively involved in the industry.

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Feathering your Retirement Nest

There are many ways to invest for your retirement years and, even though you may contribute to a compulsory company pension or provident fund, you should most definitely not be content with just that.

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Choosing a Retirement Village

Retirement villages – or lifestyle estates, as they are now being called – are popping up like (Barberton) daisies throughout South Africa, all with promises of enjoying the best years of your life in surroundings brimming with all the bells and whistles.

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Beyond Bowls

There was a time when retirement estates built bowling greens for the ‘more active’ residents, and something as daring as a tennis court or an outdoor pool was considered an unnecessary expense because – well – you know, old people don’t really do exercise.

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Building Retirement Communities

People aren’t retiring like they used to. Instead, many are working longer out of necessity or from a desire to remain vital and engaged.

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Lombard’s Property Development Guarantees

Lombard Insurance has close on 30 years’ experience in delivering guarantees across multiple industries.

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Style and Function

Your mind is sure you are 35, but sometimes your ears, eyes, hands and back tell you different, and a lot of the things you did with ease a few years ago may have become a challenge.

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Retire to the Coast. But Which Coast?

The coast of South Africa is more than 2,500 kilometres long, it’s wild and tamed, rocky and sandy, restless and restful, and probably more varied than any coastline anywhere else in the world.

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Early Birds

A residential estate is a strange thing. First it’s a piece of land, then a plan and marketing concept, then a construction site, then a bunch of empty buildings.

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Scaling Down

As retirement looms, it’s natural to begin reflecting on the past, but it’s not a time for doom and gloom. It’s the time to put the past behind you, and look at the new opportunities these changes bring.

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Active Ageing

Forget the old age homes of the past. Today’s mature lifestyle estates offer residents an active retirement with customised healthcare options.

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Evergreen – Life Right Retirement Lifestyle

Drawing on its existing position as industry leader in the life right retirement community landscape, and leveraging the new financial muscle it developed in its transaction with PSG, Evergreen is rapidly expanding its retirement village footprint and setting new benchmarks for every aspect of retirement living.

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Zimbali Lakes Resort – Multigenerational Living at its Best

Internationally there is a trend towards multigenerational living, where sometimes three generations reside under the same roof – either for convenience or out of necessity due to the rising cost of living and unaffordable property prices.

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Family Community Living – Closing the Gap

These days your age is not as relevant as your lifestyle, and the concept of retirement estates is changing to accommodate changing needs.

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How Old Can We Grow?

There’s all this talk of how our population is ageing, and how the baby boomers are not ‘going gentle into that good night’ any time soon. But, really, how long can we live? And how will living longer affect society?

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Pecanwood: Moving With the Times

With over 800 luxury homes, a world-class golf course, a small-craft harbour, a country club including tennis courts and swimming pools, and three restaurant areas, Pecanwood Estate has already established itself as one of South Africa’s premier residential estates.

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Security by SLA

Based on a service-level agreement, AMAX offers security, maintenance and communications installation services to estates in Gauteng.

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Multi-generational living is back

Sixty years ago it was not uncommon for kids to ride their bikes to their grandparents’ house. Children played outside,...

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Insight into Capital Reserve Fund management

Capital Reserve Fund Management: As trustees and community managers what should we be asking ourselves? Pro admin shares their thoughts:...

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You can now Apply for Home Loan Prequalification Online

The real estate industry has been operating in the shadow of technology, compared to other industries. However, as consumers become...

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Live Large in a Small Town

Forty years ago, old-age pensioners were perceived as stooped, white-haired and often quite grumpy old people killing time until they...

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Keep it Clean

Probably one of the most difficult issues facing estate managers is waste management. It’s a truly Sisyphean endeavour – just...

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Fire Risk Management for Estates

Every time we hear stories of veld fires, we are alerted to the very real danger to our homes of...

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Natural Unspoiled Harmony

When Simbithi Eco Estate was conceptualised 15 years ago, it was all about ‘home’, and today, the 430-hectare estate has...

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Invest in a Healthier Ocean

Everybody knows that good business has to be sustainable,and that – really – we do not have to choose between...

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Slow down in Slow Town

Some small towns are naturally slow – stuck away in the middle of nowhere – but some have to work...

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Best Practices – Managing Financial Reserves

Careful planning for future repairs and replacements is in the best physical and fiscal interests of the community association. Maintaining...

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The Garden Pergola: Ancient and African

‘Pergola’ might be the one word more than any other in the language of gardening that gets us thinking of...

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A Cooling System that Works Without Electricity

As we slither our sweltering way to the end of the hottest summer most of us can remember, we find...

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Colour in Nature

Blur the lines between the great outdoors and your interior spaces by replicating nature’s colours on your walls. Here’s how....

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Fire!

It warms, it cooks, it illuminates. Fire is central to our lives, and it’s not too far a stretch to...

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Le Sube

Hunter S Thompson once said: ‘Love is the feeling you get when you love something as much as your motorcycle.’...

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Living the Country Life – Close to the City

While many people choose to live in lifestyle estates for the serene surroundings and country feel, they still need to...

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The river life awaits at Heron Banks

Waking up to an adventure every day. This is what you can expect from the Heron Banks Golf and River...

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The facts of home based care and keeping loved ones comfortable for longer

Caring for the frail and elderly is an arduous task and a responsibility that family members assume without hesitation; coming...

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The Next Chapter

ARC (Association for Residential Community), proactively supports Homeowners Associations and Bodies Corporate, their management teams and trustees, to establish, maintain...

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The Long-Term Value of ETFs

Remember the fable of The Tortoise and the Hare? The one where the arrogant hare thought that he could so...

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Planning Ahead

If you have schoolgoing children, you’re probably already thinking about where they will go to university, and how you will...

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Things a First Time Home Buyer Should do Before House Hunting

Buying your own home can be a daunting prospect. Many of us have spent our lives renting, so when we...

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First-time buyers: Here’s how to actually DO what your bank expects

As a prospective first-time home buyer you have seen many articles telling you that at the rate things are going...

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Green spaces large enough to explore and safe enough to enjoy

Precinct living is a relatively new concept within the South African property realm, but Sandton Gate is proof that being...

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1.7 million students are now in higher education in Britain

However, there was just 602,000 purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) properties available in the 2017/18 academic year. This means that over...

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Here’s how the National Property Buyers’ Database looks after home buyers’ interests

In South Africa, the residential real estate industry is geared towards sellers: estate agents represent the interests of sellers, while...

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Avoid Paying 30% More for Your Home

Save R320 000 on a R1 million property You may be well aware of the strict lending criteria applied by the...

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Evergreen Sitari

A recently concluded joint venture between Evergreen Retirement Holdings and the Uvest Property Group will see the development of Evergreen...

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Bamboo

Bamboo is one of the world’s oldest natural building materials. In Asia and South America, where it occurs naturally, it’s...

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A piece of paradise

The exclusive Heritage Villas Valriche, the largest villa-only residential development in Mauritius, celebrates the rich heritage of this Indian Ocean island...

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Community living lite

The structures appear mirage-like on the horizon. First a single tent, seemingly burnt pale by years of neglect in the...

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Bean there, bean here – the journey of coffee

We seldom stop to think about all the processes necessary to ensure that we get to wake up with a...

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Artificially yours

Artificial intelligence – real stupidity, really creepy. Or really clever, really great? Depends on how you look at it. And…

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Building well for living well

In an urban world where we are increasingly paying attention to our physical and mental health needs, the buildings that...

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All at sea

Do you know the etymology of the word ‘travel’? It comes from the old French word travailler – the same…

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Back to the future

While we celebrate the increasing emphasis developers are placing on mixed-use precincts, and acknowledge that this is the way of…

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A question of balance

One of the few freehold developments in the Sibaya Precinct, Gold Coast Estate offers a rare balance between elegant design,…

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Balance and harmony

Life is a dance – it’s about balance and harmony – and sustainability is about learning to dance with the…

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Estate communication – a better way

One of the best things about living in a residential estate is the community – and there are a lot…

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Builders DIY: DIY Kitchen Stand

Andrew Donkin and Builders Warehouse show you how to build your own DIY kitchen Stand.

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Builders DIY: How to build a Kitchen

Creating a kitchen with off-the-shelf units not only makes building your kitchen a breeze, but is really affordable too.

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Does Britain have a downsizing crisis?

Over 620,000 over 65s have considered downsizing, but cannot find suitable alternative accommodation. As the baby boomer generation enjoyed a period…

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Do you want to be right, or do you want to be popular?

By Steven Nathan, founder and chief executive officer of 10X Investments In investing, as in life, we regularly face the…

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Extended families are great but you don’t need to live under the same roof

Sixty years ago, it was not uncommon for kids to ride their bikes to their grandparents’ house. Children played outside,…

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De Plattekloof Lifestyle Estate an exclusive new retirement option

Presenting breathtaking views of Table Mountain, Robben Island and the greater Cape Town from the gentle slopes of the Tygerberg…

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Community healthcare and luxury living

New retirees entering the property market are increasingly looking for options that support both their desire to continue living independently,…

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Bringing care home

Until recently, a frail care facility was considered one of the most important aspects of a retirement estate. But the…

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Apartment living for retirees on the move

Apartment developments are a huge trend in South Africa’s major centres, as they offer a safe, lock-up-and-go lifestyle, usually within…

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A garden by any other name

When we think of gardens, we tend to think of ornamental gardens, not – for example – vegetable gardens or…

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Can art increase the value of your property?

More and more attention is being directed towards exploring the benefits of art in urban and suburban spaces. Does public…

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Court denies relief to homeowner associations and estate agency

Property partnerships between homeowners associations (HOA’s) and estate agencies came under legal scrutiny when the Cape High Court was approached…

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Demand for affordable country estate living is soaring

The property market in South Africa’s urban areas may be taking strain, but the market for country estates remains robust,…

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Bringing Florida to the East Coast of South Africa

South Africa, like the rest of the world, is experiencing a burgeoning growth within the retirement sector. Research shows that…

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Enigma Private Estate in KZN sets new records

Having launched 9 months ago, Enigma Private Estate in KwaZulu-Natal has had a positive response, so positive that this new…

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Cruising around on the first Meijs Motorman to land on South African shores – A personal experience

With a passion for planet earth and witnessing the destruction by daily burning of fossil fuels, Dutch designer Ronald Meijs…

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Estate and Facilities Cost Reduction

Market conditions have pushed cost control to the top of most meeting agendas. How do we survive in tough economic…

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Soothing tempestuous souls

Soothing to even the most tempestuous souls, Arabella Country Estate is by far one of South Africa’s most luxurious golf estates. Strategically positioned, less than 30 kilometres from Hermanus and seven kilometres from Kleinmond, the estate sits proudly in a magnificent country setting, at the foot of the Bot River Lagoon. The location is within a transitional zone of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve and boasts panoramic views of the Palmiet Mountain Range in the Overberg.

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A little taste of Venice in San Diego

Coronado is known throughout the United States for its luxurious beaches, great weather and the historic Hotel Del Coronado. Named…

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Brandy – our nation’s pride

As South Africans we are often proud of our achievements, but sometimes we seem to have a blind spot. And…

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‘Not for profit’ not so different from ‘for profit’: How investing in non-profits has taken on a familiar face

One of the offshoots of the financial crisis of 2007 was that it forced a collision of two very different…

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Chris du Toit, The Newly Appointed Commercial Head For Tongaat Hulett Developments.

Durban may contribute 14% of South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) but it doesn’t have 14% of the big property…

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday set to boost SA’s e-Commerce

As South African consumers and retailers prepare for the shopping spree associated with the international trend of Black Friday and…

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Dare to dream

There is a place where the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true. It’s a happy place…

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Cashless living

In the digital world, it might seem counterintuitive to rely on cold, hard cash for incidental expenses. After all, given…

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Beaches, history and culture – Mauritius has it all

Mauritius is internationally renowned as one of the world’s premier luxury holiday destinations, an idyllic island surrounded by crystal-clear waters,…

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Crowdfunding – an alternative business model for property development in Africa

Crowdfunding is the natural way forward for real estate development in Africa, and spearheading this model of investment is Realty…

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Behind the canvas – The changing role of the curator

What is a curator in today’s world? In Ancient Rome, curators were senior civil servants in charge of various departments…

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Did you see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel? We just loved that movie. It was all about positive energy and…

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Century City – A city within a city

Developers are known to see things that others may not and create something superb out of relatively little. Take the…

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Atlantic Beach Estate

Situated amidst fynbos-covered dunes and set against the backdrop of  Table Mountain lies Atlantic Beach Estate.    A family-oriented community with…

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Do due diligence before investing in an estate

More and more South Africans are evaluating the feasibility and advantages of investing in residential communities. Large mixed-use developments are…

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A golfing meander through the Midlands to the KZN coast

So – the theory was that after a gap of 20-odd years I would take a drive down to KZN…

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BSH and Dion Chang dissect the art of communicating in a hyper visual era

Left to right: Guests enjoying the evening at the BSH Showroom in Cape Town; Quinton Lamprecht (Regional Manager BSH Group),…

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Digital technology heralds fuss-free decision making in residential communities

Is this the beginning of the end of AGMs as we know them? Residential estates and sectional title complexes are…

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A Delicate Balancing Act

How should a homeowners’ association optimally compose its balance sheet to minimise levy increases? HOAs are on the horns of…

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Artist’s Palate: the story of a natural-born sommelier and winemaker

Most people who drink wine can tell if it tastes of vinegar or paint stripper, and most can also recognise…

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Bank Balance vs Lifestyle

Over the past several months I have engaged extensively with residents, contractors, companies, clients, regulators and others on leveraging the…

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AMDEC GROUP leads the ‘new urbanism’ movement in SA’s cities

The past decade has seen a surge in mixed-use property development, a concept described by developers as a public space…

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Blue Hills Country & Equestrian Estate

For those living in the bustling metropolises of Johannesburg, Pretoria and Midrand, the possibility of no traffic, clean air and…

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Century Property Developments: One size for all

The residential property market, just like any other market today, continues to evolve, and one developer is fast off the…

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City Breaks – Sani Top, Magaliesberg and Barrydale

There are great weekend locations for a city breaks across South Africa, read more on Sani Top in KwaZulu- Natal, Magaliesberg in Gauteng and Barrydale in the Western Cape.

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Cultural Dominance

As the world gets smaller, your life gets bigger. As a species, we are in the process of wrapping the…

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Brandy by the snifter

As South Africans we are often very proud of our achievements, but sometimes we just seem to have a blind…

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Chapman’s Bay Estate

The developers of Chapman’s Bay Estate have utilised the unique setting and physical attributes of its Noordhoek location to provide…

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Cotswold Downs Golf and Lifestyle Estate

Once a dear little hamlet bordering KwaZulu-Natal’s Valley of a Thousand Hills, Hillcrest underwent a massive property boom before becoming…

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Building Regulations – Sustainability vs Architecture

Basic overview of the building regulations The government introduced its energy efficiency regulations for new buildings in November 2011. The...

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Breedezicht Retirement and Lifestyle Estate

Underneath Witsand is a body of underground water which leaches the red iron oxide from the sand, making the beach…

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Cyprus

Most things in life involve a trade-off. For example, if you’re buying a car you have to trade off fuel...

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The Gem of Eye of Africa Signature Golf Estate Cornerstone Projects has worked hand-in-hand with the highly acclaimed Eye of…

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With an exceptional approach to comfort and wellness, independent living is designed to surpass traditional retirement living expectations by enriching and enhancing every facet of residents’ lives.

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Located as it is within Cape Town’s historical Bo Kaap district, FORTY ON L also necessitated a far more considered approach to contextual integration — adding to the character and value of the neighbourhood rather than distorting it.

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Flyt’s new Eaton Square boutique apartment block in Diep River offers a beautiful lifestyle at an even more attractive price – whether you choose  one of our conventional apartments, or opt for our innovative fully-furnished  co-living solution. 

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Fabulously positioned at the top of Waterkloof Heights, Greenhill Estate offers 360-degree views and energy-efficient, sustainable living in an exclusive, secure lifestyle estate.

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Azuri Ocean & Golf Village

Ocean River Golf View Villas, Ennéa, and Amara each have their own identities and vibes. But what they do have in common is perpetual tranquility, and all the benefits that come with living by a golf course.

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We multiply value for the investor and the country by combining extraordinary tax savings with carefully selected opportunities, while applying our tested methodology using Section 12J as a vehicle.

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As the leading workplace management solutions provider across Africa,  we provide employment for more than 40,000 people and form an important part of many societies. Our values underpin who we are and serve to direct our thinking, our decision-making and the way we conduct our business as ‘One Tsebo’. The four Tsebo values support our vision, shape our culture, and reflect what we value.

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Flyt Hospitality Fund

A Section 12J opportunity via Anuva Investments. Initiated by SARS in 2009, Section 12J of the Income Tax Act is a tax incentive aimed at boosting business via investment into the venture capital sector. By stimulating new businesses in South Africa and, in turn, job opportunities, Section 12J essentially offers investors an immediate tax break via investment into a Section 12J Venture Capital Company (VCC).

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Security is more than just creating a barrier and controlling access. It’s a relationship that – at its best – so seamlessly integrates vast amounts of data that it almost seems not to exist. And that’s what we at Servest pride ourselves in – creating whole-view solutions for every aspect of your estate’s security.

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