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Newly launched Oceans Hotel Residences

< 1 min read We are very excited to announce that with the completion of the Radisson Blu Hotel, the new Oceans Hotel Residences are being launched to market. In this webinar we bring together the development and sales team of the Oceans Hotel Residences.


Small Renovations that make a Big Difference

< 1 min read A new work from home office, quick repaints, new entertainment area or some extra protection from the elements – 2021 is the year of renovation.


Swan Insurance Mauritius offers key services for South Africans looking to emigrate to Mauritius

< 1 min read Having a strong foothold in the Mauritius market, Estate Living brought on a team of experts from SWAN Mauritius who understand the South African context with everything around wealth management, tax and all other related components for those looking to emigrate to Mauritius.


Retirement Funds – South African legislation changes that might impact you

< 1 min read Join Estate Living and Keith Peters, Legal Advisor and admitted advocate for Old Mutual, as we unpack and discuss current legislation, new legislation and proposed legislation that will effect Emigration and Access to your Retirement Fund; Emigration Tax; Accessing your Retirement fund early.


Your Journey to Portugal – A View on Property Options

< 1 min read On the Ist of January 2022 the Golden Visa Program that is currently available in Portugal will undergo changes, one of these changes will place restrictions on the areas that you can invest in and still qualify for the benefits of the Golden Visa.


Supporting the future of Property Development in South Africa

< 1 min read Breaking into any market can be challenging but the property development sector is particularly notorious. One of the core challenges is securing development finance. In most cases new developers are seen as too high a risk and therefore struggle to garner support from traditional financial institutions.


Develop Mauritius – Opportunities for South African Property Developers and Operators in Mauritius

< 1 min read Estate Living, Joël Couve de Murville from the Beau Plan Smart City development and Thierry Koenig of ENSAfrica discuss opportunities for Property Developers and Operators in Mauritius.


Bright Light Solar offer a range of Renewable Energy solutions for Property Developers

< 1 min read Estate Living and Kevin Shames Director at Bright Light Solar discusses Bright Light Solar product offers which goes beyond solar solutions. This short interview unpacks the spectrum of products that can assist property developers reduce costs in the short and long term and give their investors ongoing value.


Bright Light Solar Energy and Utility solution includes the capital costs

< 1 min read Estate Living and Kevin Shames Director at Bright Light Solar discusses their offering to property developer around renewable energy solution. In additional to innovative products, the solution includes financing the capital costs for the supply and installation of the systems, metering and the long term maintenance of the system.


Bright Light Solar co-investment opportunities

< 1 min read Estate Living and Kevin Shames Director at Bright Light Solar discusses Bright Light Solars co-investment and capital raising opportunities for investors who see value and the potential returns that the renewable energy market can offer.


What does Bright Light Solar offer Developers at the onset of a development project?

< 1 min read Estate Living and Kevin Shames Director at Bright Light Solar discusses Bright Light Solars process and offering for developers at the onset of the development process, which includes securing all the regulatory requirements for the renewable energy products supplied.


The Pros and Cons of including Drones in your Estate security solution

< 1 min read Estate Living is joined by our panel experts, Michelle Kramer CEO IDME Consulting with a focus on Estate Security and Operations Specialist
Dirk Uys Community Management Specialist, Bertus Greff CEO RPAS Consulting and Lamees Finch -TVDM Consultants – Specialist Community Schemes Consultants and Attorneys as we discuss the use of drones, legislation and the effect on the rules and regulations of residential estates.


Exploring Portugal – What are the Emigration and Investment opportunities for South Africans

< 1 min read Portugal is a popular destination for South Africans looking at diversifying their investment portfolio or emigrating, as it offers a wide variety of lifestyle options and is rated one of the safest countries in Europe.


Your Mauritius Journey – Updated Travel Options, Visa Requirements and Regional Property Options

2 min read Mauritius is the one of the most accessible options to the South African community looking to invest or emigrate with favourable taxation policy and residency permits. Estate Living runs a number of educational webinars presenting property options, support structures and finance solutions.


Smart Living and A Connected Community

2 min read 2020/21 has seen a approx 300% increase in internet usage and the work from home corporate policies have seen populations in coastal and smaller towns swell. This has driven large telecommunication companies to ramped up their fibre deployment.


San Lameer opens its gates to the Kandasamy cast and crew

< 1 min read Estate Living catches up with Jayan Moodley Director of Trippin’ with the Kandasamys and Jolanda Cloete Marketing Coordinator at San Lameer to find out more about the role San Lameer Estate played in the production of Trippin’ with the Kandasamys – the latest and third instalment from South Africa’s favourite family – and to see how San Lameer’s appearance ended up being a marketing success story for the estate.


Signal View Boutique Hotel in Plettenberg Bay South Africa offers a new investment opportunity.

< 1 min read The Signal View Boutique Hotel allows for 18 investors who are looking for a rental rental and capital growth the opportunity to diversify their portfolio. The Hotel includes 18 Apartments, two restaurants, bar area and exclusive use pool. Superbly located, close to amenities and central beach with stunning oceans view. Investment starts at R 2,9million (ZAR)


Sheet Roofing vs Concrete Roof Tiles – Product debate

2 min read Estate Living as we discuss a hot topic in the property construction and roofing sector: Sheet Roofing vs Concrete Roof Tiles The aesthetics of Sheet Roofing has grown in popularity with investors over the years, however the products of BMI Coverland, one of South Africas leadings roof tile manufactures, have evolved and offer a range of Concrete Roof Tiles that create sophisticated finishes for roofs.


South Africa current economic climate and investment opportunity with Signal View Boutique Hotel

2 min read Join Estate Living on our #ExpertInsight webinar. Economist Izak Odendaal shares insight into our new Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana and how the changing of the guard could impact the South African economy. Joining the discussion is Mason Lecuona, a South African property developer who is offering a uniquely position property investment in Plettenberg Bay. The Signal View Boutique Hotel allows for 18 investors who are looking for a rental return and capital growth. This bespoke product offers investors an opportunities to diversify their portfolio.


Mauritius Open for Business: What are the investment and emigration options for South Africans?

2 min read In Estate Living #ExpertInsight Series on Mauritius, we speak with the professionals to unpack the regulations and logistics around the borders opening, relocating and setting up banking facilities, and highlighting the very best community living and property investments on offer.


Planning your retirement – How does retirement lifestyle options affect a retirement plan

2 min read In Part Two of #ExpertInsight Planning your Retirement, Estate Living and Tiaan Herselman, Head of Advice at Old Mutual, present an informative scenario planning session, where we consider the impact of three retirement options (Life Right, Sectional Title and Age at Home ) and how this could potentially affect one’s retirement plan. Each scenario considers retirement options and other factors that might impact your overall retirement plan.


Residential Community Security – a crucial ingredient for community living.

2 min read Security is a primary driver for investment into estates, and especially in the South African context. Buyers look for a lifestyle that offers a level of freedom and peace of mind, securing their assets and family members. In this 45 min webinar Estate Living brings together security design and operation specialist Rob Anderson, Tumelo Dietsiso from Servest Security, Danie Bruwer and Lodewyk Loubser from Wyobi technology leaders in access control.


Planning your retirement – What are some of the options in South Africa?

2 min read When discussing retirement, we generally look at the cornerstones of retirement – financial security, physical security, health security and security of tenure. With this in mind, Estate Living has brought together three experts in this webinar representing three retirement options – purchasing a sectional title unit or life right unit within a retirement village and the costs associated with ageing at home in South Africa.


Property Technology that enables residential community living

< 1 min read Join Estate Living and SA PropTech Association on the #ExpertInsight webinar discussion. We look at what an app and portal solutions should encompass to support residential community living. The webinar focusses on information and tools that supports community management and property developers.


Lexpro Software solution and POPI Compliance

< 1 min read Lexpro Online software is an Internet based software solution, that now offers solutions to sectional title schemes and homeowners associations. Estate Living and Chis Lubbe, discuss POPI compliance and how the software supports the Act.


International Investment and Emigration options for South Africans

< 1 min read If international property investment or emigration is something you are considering, this 45 min webinar will offer you insight into three counties, Mauritius, Cyprus and USA. Join Estate Living and our panel of country specific experts on the #ExpertInsight webinar series.


Les Résidences de Mont Choisy – Virtual Tour

< 1 min read Are you looking for a luxurious living environment with state-of-the-art facilities, swimming pools inside and out, a suitably located bar when you need a sundowner, and an on-site spa with a sauna, hammam, treatment rooms and hair salon? We have the perfect location for you!


Private Public Partnerships around Water and Energy solution in residential developments

< 1 min read Energy and Water independence has been on the agenda for a number of years within the property development sector. The combination of the change in weather patterns, failing infrastructure and development in the technology around energy, now enforces consumers demand for solutions from property developers and community trustees and management.


Are you a South African who is over 50 and looking to emigrate or invest in Mauritius?

< 1 min read Mauritius offers South Africans over the age of 50 a number of options when it comes to emigrating or investing in property. With a selection of visa’s that accommodate both your lifestyle and investment threshold.


Colas SA total surfacing solution in action at SilKaatskop in Secunda MPL

< 1 min read Colas SA is onsite at Silkaatskop, Secunda’s new housing development. Offering the developers of Skilkaatskop a total surfacing solution that includes prime and tact coat and asphalt paving. The size of road surface is approx 30 0000 meters.


Widenham Retirement Village phase 4 release

< 1 min read Widenham Retirement Village on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal offers a range on 1-2 and 3-bedroom cottages, a range of facilities that include both entertainment and healthcare. The cottages on the phase four of the development start at R1.1.million.


12 Star Capital – Emigration through Investment – EB-5 Visa Programme

2 min read Estate Living, Stuart Ferguson of 12 Star Capital, Shaun Minnie and Garth Wellman discuss the process of emigration through investment to the USA. Exploring the proposed new Bill that has been put forward to extend EB-5 with some amendments.


Umhlanga Arch KwaZulu-Natal and Kansai Plascon

< 1 min read Umhlanga Arch on the KZN North Coast is a triumph for the professional teams that worked tirelessly to create this soon-to-be iconic landmark. For the paint finishes, the developers elected to use Kansai Plascon’s 360 Professional Pledge offering, a premium paint range and application. The Kansai Plascon Preferred Applicator was Smith and Winfield.


Hibiscus Retirement Villages presents Widenham Retirement Village

2 min read Widenham Retirement Village is the latest edition to the Hibiscus Retirement Villages. Located on the south coast of Kwazulu-Natal, the village, when completed will house 600 1- 2- or 3 bedroom cottages, clubhouse and sport facilities, medical facilities and frail care. Widenham is based on a life right purchasing model and cottages in the new phase starts at R1,1 million.


Azuri – The perfect combination of luxury and simplicity

< 1 min read The beating heart of Azuri is its market place. It is a place where neighbours can come together and build a happier, stronger, and safer community. The village offers the convenience of a city—a café, restaurants, boutiques, a delicatessen, an ATM, a farmer’s market—without the hustle. And all this, by the sea.


#WhatAzuriansSay – Michelle Carney

< 1 min read Azuri meets, without an ounce of doubt, the growing demand for prestigious island living opportunities. The Luxury Residences are part of a real estate program that allows foreigners to acquire property in Mauritius by offering unique investment opportunities. 


#WhatAzuriansSay with Ashley & Chloé

< 1 min read Investing in a villa at Azuri allows you to reside in Mauritius and create your ideal lifestyle: the climate is tropical and pleasant, its inhabitants are welcoming and harmonious, and the island’s infrastructure is modern.


#LiveTruly @ Azuri

< 1 min read Azuri is much about living truthfully. The splendid ocean and golf village is built around a community that is welcoming, caring and vibrant.


Development Funding and Risk Appetite

2 min read Estate Living joins Karl Bishop Head of Real Estate at Santam and Dr Roelof Botha and we discuss SA economic outlook and the important issue of development funding and real estate guarantees.


Love Your Neighbourhood – St Francis Links Jeff Clause

< 1 min read Learn more about the St Francis Links lifestyle through the eyes of CEO Jeff Clause. And what a Lifestyle it is. Located in the seaside town of St Francis Bay, St Francis Links is renowned for it warm and hospitable staff, well-run facilities, top rated golf course and spectacular views.


COLAS SA – Micro Surfacing Slurry Overlay

< 1 min read Colas SA offers a wide range of road installation and maintance solutions. Working closely with Property Developers, Residential Estates and Sectional Title Developments, Colas has developed and adapted products that work for community living spaces in an affordable, aesthetically pleasing and durable manner.


Anahita Mauritius offers rental properties for visitors on a long stay visa

< 1 min read Mauritius welcomes you for stays up to 1 year with the new renewable premium visa! Come live and work remotely in a country with no local coronavirus cases boasting all the modern facilities to carry on your professional activity. Rent a property at Anahita estate as from € 2,150 per month and relish an exceptional lifestyle by the golf and the lagoon.


POPI Compliance and Sectional Title Development

< 1 min read Marina Constas from BBM Attorneys is a specialist in sectional title scheme, she share insight on the POPI Act and how BBM can assist sectional title developments and trustees be POPI compliant.


Estate Living 2020 Educational Webinars

< 1 min read Thank you to everyone who participated in the educational Estate Living webinar series this year. There has been great engagement across all of our audiences – Property Developers, Community Managers, Residents, Homeowners and Property Investors local and abroad.


Peter Rawson introduces Trellidors new lifestyle range

< 1 min read Trellidor’s new lifestyle range focuses on both safety and access control. The range of products take into consideration residential community aesthetic guidelines, security needs and act as a deterrent to animals and insects.


BMI Coverland and Waterkloof Marina Estate

< 1 min read Waterkloof Marina Estate is the new exclusive development focussed on an over 50’s market. One of the key features to the development is the elevated position of the homes that overlooks the Lake. This feature is enhanced by the use of BMI Coverland slate tiles that create movement and enhance a outdoor lifestyle.


South Africans looking at International Property. Compare Cyprus, Mauritius and Portugal.

< 1 min read Over the last few years, a number of countries have structured residency programs and investment opportunities that South African’s find enticing. With an eye on three popular destinations for South African investors, Mauritius, Cyprus and Portugal, we have invited the experts to unpack what each country has to offer – the location, property opportunities, how do you qualify for a permit, what are the benefits of moving your business and how should you manage your funds.


Technology for Effective Communication and Management of Residential Community Spaces

< 1 min read One of the bigger lessons learnt in 2020, within community spaces, is that without effective and transparent communication things can go wrong and quickly! This lack of information is offen misconstrued as meaning a lack of action and, in many communities, this has lead to the management teams taking the hits.


Live on the Beach at Kabeljauws Beach Estate Jeffreys Bay South Africa

< 1 min read Priced from R 1,250 Million, Kabeljauws Beach Estate comprises of 43 units, made up of apartments, penthouses, freestanding homes and rowhouses. Offering all the makings of a successful development which includes a beach cafe, pool terrance, security and most important, direct access to the beach.


Fibre pre-deployment Collaboration Framework Episode 3

< 1 min read Working in collaboration, the Property and Building sector, Local Government, Telecommunication Operators, Estate Living and the Digital Council Africa have discussed the collective agreement between industry leaders that identifies the need for a decisive approach to the provision of fibre infrastructure in all new builds.


The Home, The Estate, The Precinct – Which security measures drive property investment.

< 1 min read Community Living environments are enabled through security measures, however, over the last 25 years communities have evolved and so have the needs of potential investors and homeowners.


Renewable Energy – Navigating the Landscape for Developers, Community Managers and Homeowners

< 1 min read Estate Living, Green Housing Compnay, eThekwini Energy Office, ST Solutions, PEC Utility and Teljoy navigate the landscape of green infrastructure and renewable energy. Looking at how new developments and existing estate, can be planned in a manner that ensures security of supply of services to residents, in a financially sustainable manner.


Fibre Pre-Deployment – Building a Framework of Collaboration

2 min read Through a series of webinars, Estate Living and Huawei are discussing and have launched a collaborative agreement between the property and building sectors, Local Government and Telco’s that supports provision for fibre infrastructure in all new builds. On the panel: SALGA, NHBRC, Hauwei, Openserve, Digital Council Africa, eLAN Group


Beau Plan Mauritius

< 1 min read From offices to residential neighbourhoods, the city’s Creative Park to its Lifestyle Village, and Greencoast Elementary School to African Leadership College (ALC), Beau Plan has imagined the city of tomorrow, in which everything is possible.


Estate Living introduces the Association of Residential Communities ( ARC )

< 1 min read Jeff Gilmour, President of ARC, discusses the benefits for Community Management, Trustees and Director of community schemes to join ARC.


Ranesh Ranjith, Sales and Marketing Director, highlight the benefits of Thorburn Security Services

< 1 min read Thorburn Security a division of Tsebo Group offers various security services designed for community living environments. Estate Living and Ranesh Ranjith unpack these benefits.


Invest or Emigrate to Mauritius – Financial Focus for South Africans

< 1 min read For South Africans looking at investing or emigrating to Mauritius, in this discussion webinar we cover tax consideration and Trusts, Setting up a Mauritian Bank Account, property financing and Off plan property payment structure.


Mauritius North Islands View

< 1 min read North Isands View is a new development launched in the north of Mauritius, an area called Grand Gaube. The development is on one of the few raised landscapes and 1st, 2nd and Penthouses have spectaular views of ocean.


Greenhill Estate in Waterkloof Heights in Pretoria celebrates its off-grid​ status.

< 1 min read Greenhill Estate celebrates their OFF-GRID approval by City of Tshwane, launching the Estates solutions for Power, Water and Sewer and enabling the development to be self sustaining.


Tsebo Group Facilities Management Solutions

< 1 min read Tsebo’s facilities solutions group sales director, Andile Mgudlwa and Louise Martin from Estate Living, discuss Tsebo’s Facilities Management service and the value it offers residential communities.


Introducing a South African Pre and Rapid Deployment Strategy for Fibre Infrastructure

2 min read Join Estate Living and Huawei, along with leaders in the SA Fibre Industry; the Digital Council Africa, Openserve and Ellipsis Regulatory Solutions, as we discuss the importance of a pre-deployment strategy for fibre infrastructure.


Your Journey to Mauritius

< 1 min read Join Estate Living Mauritius as we discuss emigrating or investing in Mauritius. Unpacking everything from permits, managing South African assets, moving or starting a business, Tax emigration and exchange control emigration, looking for the right residential or commercial properties and what school options and medical facilities are available.


Trellidor Clear Guard features

< 1 min read These are sophisticated woven steel mesh panels inside a neat frame, so discreet that you hardly notice they’re there. You can see right through the mesh screen and it allows some airflow into your home.


Trellidor Burglar Guard features

< 1 min read All Trellidor security barriers are custom-made to fit the opening and its specific requirements, so there is no standard price. Trellidor security barriers are available through authorised Trellidor franchises countrywide and they will gladly measure the opening and give a quotation.


Trellidor Retractable Security features

< 1 min read All Trellidor security barriers are custom-made to fit the opening and its specific requirements, so there is no standard price. Trellidor security barriers are available through authorised Trellidor franchises countrywide and they will gladly measure the opening and give a quotation.


Trellidor Polycarbonate Bar features

< 1 min read You may have seen these before, but not quite like this. This is not just Polycarbonate strips nailed to your windows. The Trellidor version is fully framed and attached to the wall inside the window reveal for a neat, strong fit. It is satisfyingly refined and barely there, keeping the monkeys out and protecting you from petty theft through your windows too.


Trellidor Cottage Guard features

< 1 min read These do verge on looking like conventional burglar proofing. But they’re worth a mention because they can be made to match cottage pane windows perfectly. This means that the gap sizes will be the same as your windows, so you can’t see the Cottage Guard at all. They’re immensely strong burglar bars and excellent for high crime risk windows.


Trellidor Rollerstyle Shutter features

< 1 min read Manual and automated rolling shutters that are completely invisible when you don’t need them. Made from aluminium, they have a slim profile and don’t require a bottom track so there is no cutting into your floor.


Trellidor Security Shutter features

< 1 min read All Trellidor security barriers are custom-made to fit the opening and its specific requirements, so there is no standard price. Trellidor security barriers are available through authorised Trellidor franchises countrywide and they will gladly measure the opening and give a quotation.


Crossways Farm Village – South Africa’s first AgriHood

< 1 min read Crossways Farm Village is a ’Town’ with its own municipality, water and electricity management, agricultural land, commercial offerings and residential opportunities. Dr Chris Mulder the visionary behind Thesen Islands and the Eastern Cape Provincial Government collaborated to develop South Africa’s first Rural New Town outside the conventional “Urban Edge”.


BMI Coverland new product launch – A South African First

< 1 min read From humble beginnings BMI Coverland has developed into the largest roofing business in the world. With their confidence in their product and 70 year track record, BMI Coverland introduces a exciting new offer on their concrete range. This industry-disrupting offer enables developers of residential and commercial properties to offer their buyers long-term strategic value that equates into real savings, which makes their properties more desirable to investors. This is a game changer in the construction industry.


BMI Coverland 30 Year Guarantee

< 1 min read BMI Group supports property developments, through scalable and sustainable roofing and waterproofing solutions


Fanie Loubser from Colas SA discusses road maintenance in residential communities

< 1 min read Fanie Loubser from Colas SA and Louise Martin of Estate Living share updates on Colas’s Covid-19 company protocals. We breakdown a road maintance plan and look at how cost saving can be taken into account through road resurfacing products.


Estate and community branding understand how this effects property values

< 1 min read In the #BestOfCommunity series, Jeff Gilmour of ARC, Jaime-Lee Gardner and Louise Martin of Estate Living discuss community living spaces in South Africa. In the 3rd episode we look at the estate and community brand. Understanding how public and homeowner sentiment plays role in the value of the collective community and individual properties.


Shoba Govender from Tsebo Cleaning Solutions discusses the advanced approach to Covid-19 Cleaning

< 1 min read Emerging from a single contract in 1999, Tsebo Cleaning Services now has over 500 contracts across South Africa and a staff complement of over 13,000 cleaning professionals.


Understanding new financing tools like FLISP and Rent to Buy

< 1 min read Meyer De Waal of MDW Inc and Louise Martin of Estate Living discuss buying into a sectional title development or residential estate understanding the difference and what opportunities each offer.


Property Investment opportunities in Mauritius

< 1 min read Estate Living and Andrew Thompson of Keller Williams One, discuss investment opportunities in Mauritius. If you are looking at off-shore investment or contemplating emigrating, Mauritius offers South Africans many advantages.


Santam Real Estate – Risk Appetite within property sector

< 1 min read Karl Bishop, Head of Santam Real Estate, and Louise Martin of Estate Living discuss Santam’s risk appetite within the property sector as it applies to property finance and development guarantees.


Let’s Talk Property: Episode 10 – Mauritius Property: Live, Work, Invest

< 1 min read We look at various Mauritian Developments and how best to approach a Mauritian property investment and/all emigration of family and business.


The Evergreen Business – An Overview

< 1 min read This is a short overview of the Evergreen business, its vision and approach to the future.


Evergreen Noordhoek village walk-through video with Phil Wilson

< 1 min read In this video Phil Wilson takes us on a walking tour of Evergreen Noordhoek village. He is also joined by one of our exceptional Village Managers, Bronwyn Davies.


Estate Living and Atlantic Beach discuss Community Apps

< 1 min read Estate Livings, Louise Martin and Atlantic Beach Estates CEO, Harry White, discuss the importance of effective communication within an estate and how community App’s play a valuable part of this strategy


Let’s Talk Property Episode 7: Which North Coast Developments are set for success

< 1 min read We’d like to invite you to join us for Let’s Talk Property Episode 6. This week more prominent members of the property community discussed which North Coast developments are set for success. Let’s Talk Property is sponsored by eLan Property group and hosted be Derek Watts, Carte Blanche anchor and prominent member of the South African media.


Unpacking the community rules with ARC and Estate Living

< 1 min read In the #BestOfCommunity series, Jeff Gilmour of ARC and Louise Martin of Estate Living look into community living spaces in South Africa. In the 2nd episode they discuss the importance of rules.


#InsideAzuri with Hans & Varinka!

< 1 min read Since its inception five years ago on a large estate on the north-east coast, Azuri Ocean & Golf Village has metamorphosed into a vibrant and tight-knit community.


Estate Living on #RealEstate Ep 24 Investing in an estate

< 1 min read Jaime-Lee Gardener & Louise Martin of Estate Living provide their expert insights on #RealEstate Ep 24around investing in an estate.


What to do if you feel harassed by the trustees

< 1 min read Estate Living and Marina Constas of BBM Law, have collaborated to provide accurate information on what levy contributions mean to the success of a development or estate, understanding your rights and obligations, and navigating community relationships.


What are the different services and costs that my levies pay for

< 1 min read Estate Living and Marina Constas of BBM Law, have collaborated to provide accurate information on what levy contributions mean to the success of a development or estate, and understanding your rights and obligations around these contributions.


What services does the Community Schemes Ombud Service (CSOS) provide?

< 1 min read Estate Living and Marina Constas of BBM Law, have collaborated to provide accurate information on what levy contributions mean to the success of a development or estate, and understanding your rights and obligations around these contributions.


Let’s Talk Property Episode 5: Six of SA’s Top Estate Success Stories

2 min read We’d like to invite you to join us for Let’s Talk Property Episode 5 where panelists will share six of SA’s Top Estate Success Stories. Learn who’s part of this weeks panel and register now!


Introducing the intricacies of community living with ARC and Estate Living

< 1 min read In the #BestOfCommunity series, Jeff Gilmour of ARC, Jaime-Lee Gardner and Louise Martin of Estate Living look into community living spaces in South Africa. In the 1st episode they discuss; levies, technology, community harmony and security.


Let’s Talk Property Episode 4: What are SA’s current and future property hotspots

2 min read Let’s Talk Property is sponsored by eLan Property group and hosted be Derek Watts. This weeks webinar will be paneled by South African property experts such as Samuel Seeff, Director of Seeff Properties; Louise Martin COO of Estate Living; Richard Gray, CEO of Harcourts South Africa and more esteemed property professionals. Learn more about the panelists and register now.


Let’s Talk Property Episode 3: Politics, the Ecomony and Buying a House.

< 1 min read Property finance has always been one-part mystery, one-part theory, one-part luck – to the uninformed. But it is in fact a science based on very set ideals with an unenviable reliance on circumstance. It is this reliance on circumstance that dictates the degree of risk and that determines failure or reward.


Lets talk Property Episode 2: Mauritius

< 1 min read Hosted by Derek Watts, Episode 2 of the “Lets Talk Property” webinar features insights from various experts in property and across relevant fields. The focus for each episode is different, for this week’s focus will be on property investment in Mauritius.


Lets Talk Property hosted by Derek Watts Episode 1, sponsored by eLANS Property Group

2 min read In these unprecedented times we are all looking for some degree of financial security. One of the go-to pillars in this field is property, as this investment historically holds its value.


Estate Living multimedia platform

< 1 min read Estate Living provides insight into community environments. As the leading multi-disciplinary and multi-channel platform, our goal is to assist our audience to make informed decisions, inspire investment and professionalism. By sharing knowledge, Estate Living is a catalyst for economic opportunity.


Evergreen Lifestyle Villages

< 1 min read Established in 2008, Evergreen is South Africa’s premier retirement lifestyle brand with a reputation for developing and operating exceptional retirement villages.


BMI Group Roofing and Waterproofing Solutions

< 1 min read BMI Group supports property developments, through scalable and sustainable roofing and waterproofing solutions


Estate Living talking levies with Marina Constas BBM Law

< 1 min read Understand your right and obligations when it comes to levy payment. The community living levies series with Marina Constas aims to assist owners and tenant with sectional title developments and homeowner associations.


Estate Living talking levies with Marina Constas BBM Law Pt2

< 1 min read Understand your right and obligations when it comes to levy payment. The community living levies series with Marina Constas aims to assist owners and tenant with sectional title developments and homeowner associations.


Estate Living Developer Event JHB 2019

< 1 min read With this years property developer focused morning coming up on the 19th of March 2020, take a look back on our wildly successful Durban event held last year


Estate Living Developer Event Durban 2019

< 1 min read With this years property developer focused morning coming up on the 19th of March 2020, take a look back on our wildly successful Durban event held last year


Colas SA Community offering

< 1 min read Estate Living and Colas introduce a new solution for road surfaces repairs and maintenance. Watch the implementation on Blair Atholl Estate.


Walkthrough Video of Brettenwood’s Palm Swift Development

< 1 min read Brettenwood’s latest development has been enhanced and is now offering single-storey homes! Brettenwood Coastal Estate’s latest sectional title development has launched 2 and 3 bedroom free-standing, single-storey homes priced from R 2.5 million!


Malcolm Samuel, Simbithi Eco Estate, on the value of community social investment

< 1 min read Estate Living chats to GM of Simbithi Eco estate, Malcolm Samuels about the value of community.


Association of Residential Community Annual 2019 Conference

< 1 min read The 2019 Annual ARC Conference hosted at the stunning San Lameer Estate in KZN, brought together 150 residential community leaders to learn and grow as an industry.


Association of Residential Communities ( ARC ) and Estate Living partnership

< 1 min read Onsite at the pristine Steenberg Estate, we chat with Jeff Gilmour around what a chapter meeting is and how Estate Living and ARC bring communities alive.


Zimbali Lakes Resort – Development Site available for development

< 1 min read Estate Living discusses opportunities for development at the gorgeous Zimbali Lakes Resort


Servest Landscaping – What makes a great community landscaping partner

< 1 min read Sebelo Khoza from Servest Landscaping chats to Estate Living about what makes a great community landscaping partner.


Arthur Case of Evergreen discusses Evergreen offering

< 1 min read Estate Living sits down with Arthur Case of Evergreen and discusses the support Evergreen offers residents with selling their home and moving into an Evergreen village


Estate Living chats to Joan, a resident at Evergreen

< 1 min read Estate Living and Joan Misplon, discuss the Evergreen lifestyle


ProjectProp Leloko Eco and Lifestyle Estate

< 1 min read ProjectProp presents Leloko Eco and Lifestyle Estate, development sale opportunity.


Greenhill Estate – Launch Event

< 1 min read Greenhill Estate in Waterkloof Heights is Pretoria’s new premier off-grid​ estate. Conceptualised and developed by the Green Housing Company, the estate features insulative advanced tech buildings , ensuring that the contemporary-styled homes will require minimal (if any) heating and cooling, and more.


The Rive Droite Show villa will soon be ready

2 min read Things are moving in Azuri Ocean & Golf Village in Mauritius on the new neighborhood of Rive Droite, with an exquisite villa that will soon be revealed.


Estate Living interview with Santam

< 1 min read Louise Martin, COO of Estate Living, interviews Santams Head of specialist real estate, Karl Bishop, on Santam’s development guarantees.


Estate Living and Openserve interview

< 1 min read Estate Living interviews the team from Openserve at Kyalami Estate. Discussing Openserves experience within residential communities


GreenHill Estate in Waterkloof Pretoria

< 1 min read 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.


Estate Living Interview with Dirk Uys from Arabella Country Estate

< 1 min read 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


Estate Living presents Arabella Country Estate

< 1 min read 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.


Builders DIY: How to Make a DIY Chalkboard Serving Tray

< 1 min read In this video we show you how to make a DIY chalkboard serving tray that’s cute and easy to make.


Arc Conference 2018

< 1 min read The Association of Residential Communities (ARC) helds its 2018 Annual Conference, Expo and Golf Day at the beautiful Serengeti Estates. The Association of Residential Communities (ARC) has been in existence for over 10 years, with 11 founder members, 10 chapters around the country and over 300 member estates, home to over 200,000 residents and representing 58% of the market in respect of number of homes.


Builders DIY: Geometric feature wall

< 1 min read Transform a bland white space into a stunning feature wall in a snap with this short and sweet DIY video!


Builders DIY: Paint your ceiling with Fired Earth Ceiling Paint

< 1 min read It applies pink and dries white – so you’ll never miss a spot again.


Builders DIY: DIY Kitchen Stand

< 1 min read Andrew Donkin and Builders Warehouse show you how to build your own DIY kitchen Stand.


Builders DIY: How to build a Kitchen

< 1 min read Creating a kitchen with off-the-shelf units not only makes building your kitchen a breeze, but is really affordable too.

New prestigious development ZomerWind to be completed in November 2022 with 157 new homes

2 min read Genesis Projects are announcing the construction of a new development, ZomerWind, in the prestigious Groot Phesantekraal Estate in Durbanville, Cape Town.

Newly launched Oceans Hotel Residences

< 1 min read We are very excited to announce that with the completion of the Radisson Blu Hotel, the new Oceans Hotel Residences are being launched to market. In this webinar we bring together the development and sales team of the Oceans Hotel Residences.

State vs. private healthcare in Portugal, Mauritius, or Cyprus

3 min read Some of the most popular countries to move to include Portugal, Mauritius, and Cyprus. According to a global survey conducted by, South Africans want to retire to places closer to home and top of the list is Mauritius, followed by less expensive European countries like Portugal.

South African housing market 2022

3 min read Record low interest rates have given people the confidence to invest in property. According to data from BetterBond, 70% of its homebuyer applications consisted of first-time buyers over the last 18 months.

Green grub

3 min read Climate change is top mind thanks to environmental activists like Greta Thunberg making fun of politicians’ lack of action. Of course, the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) has also done much to shine a spotlight on the big issues.

5 Sustainable building materials that could save the planet

3 min read Activists have long called for the construction industry to ditch concrete. Back in 2019, there were calls at the Architecture of Emergency climate summit to stop using this building material because the four billion tons of cement produced each year account for 8% of global carbon dioxide emissions.

Not so wonderful wildlife

2 min read We have a lot of wildlife in South Africa and nowadays it’s not uncommon to see grazing zebra, springbok, and impala on residential estates such as Mount Kenya Wildlife Estate, Goose Valley Golf Estate and Kingswood Golf Estate to name but a few.

Creating inclusive workplaces

3 min read Working from home has become popular, but there are some professions – particularly when it comes to security or managing an estate – that can’t always be done remotely.

Pets on planes

2 min read If you wanted to take Fido or Fluffy abroad, you would typically pay for your pet to be transported within a special pressurised compartment in the hold of a plane. But did you know you could also take your pet with you on the plane, like additional baggage?

Making it through the medical aid renewal season

2 min read According to research by Sirago Underwriting Managers, private health costs from 2000 to 2012 doubled in real terms and the cost trends point to them doubling again by 2028.

5 Savvy shopping tips for Black Friday

3 min read This year, Black Friday falls on 26 November. For those of you still unfamiliar with the concept, Black Friday is an American colloquial term for the Friday following Thanksgiving Day.

Why developers shouldn’t only cater to wealthy baby boomers

3 min read It’s understandable that many developers want to create high-end retirement homes aimed at wealthy boomers – it’s a very lucrative undertaking, after all. While there’s a market for that, it’s important not to lose sight of what pensioners on lower incomes may need when it comes to housing.

Summer’s colours usher in the zest of sunny days

2 min read As we step into Summer, there is buzzing anticipation of hot, balmy days and excitement for summer vacations. Plascon has created its latest Summer colour palette – High Frequency – to encapsulate this optimistic energy.

How do you futureproof your development’s technology needs?

2 min read Technology is constantly evolving, new trends emerge and what works today, might not be useful in the next decade. As technology needs change over time, it is important for real estate developers to make room for technology advancements, by futureproofing their developments to create a quality living experience for residents.

Cable theft is not just a petty crime : How cable theft affects our communities

3 min read Cable theft is a form of organised crime that has had a significant impact on businesses, communities, and the economy. The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry estimates that cable theft costs the SA economy between R5bn to R7bn a year.

Avoid being under insured

2 min read The realisation that you’re under insured for your home contents usually happens too late. Often, it’s during the claims stage when you need to replace an item (or many items) and the insurance pay out isn’t quite as much as you thought it would be. It’s easy to get angry, but the truth is that this is within your control. After all, insurers only know what you tell them.

Do you even know who your buildings insurer is?

2 min read Few will dispute that buying a home is an emotional time. It’s near impossible not to get caught up in the excitement of it all, which understandably has you racing through the mountain of paperwork, just to get those keys in your hands as soon as possible.

Cyprus’ Permanent Residency Programme is the Best In Europe!

3 min read The timing is perfect to put a plan in place for you and your family to secure a Plan B. Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity.

The tax benefits of moving to Mauritius and Cyprus as compared with South Africa

3 min read Just two years ago the International Monetary Fund (IMF) declared in a report that South Africans live in one of the 10 most heavily taxed countries in the world (tax-to-GDP ratio). Back in 2019, the report highlighted that personal income taxes had increased by 125% in just ten years.

Mauritius Property with a Personal Touch

2 min read Founded over 17 years ago by Philippe and Frederique de Beer and their brother-in-law Brian Blatch, Park Lane Properties has developed a very solid reputation as a real estate expert on the island. This 100% Mauritian brand with global reach has become a point of reference in terms of real estate and has become synonymous with expertise, integrity and trusted advice.

Live the Island Life and Get Exclusive Hotel Privileges

3 min read Whether you’re into short-term staying or long-term living in Mauritius, this is where memories are made.

Welcome to The Peninsula

2 min read With its rich history and a mix of various cultural traditions, Mauritius is a privileged country in which to live. An attractive and thriving place for business, with an incomparable quality of life, Mauritius is home to the citizen of the world.

Come Home to Blair Atholl

2 min read Close to Lanseria Airport and just a short drive from the greater Gauteng metropolis, Blair Atholl offers quintessential country living, with plentiful amenities for all the family. Demand for properties on the estate has risen dramatically since the start of the pandemic as South Africans continue hunting for unique living experiences while working remotely.

Simbithi Eco-Estate is 17 Years Old

2 min read The ‘Eco’ in the estate’s name was conceptualised by the developer, who envisioned restoring a sugar-cane farm to the biodiversity and natural beauty of the KwaZulu-Natal coastal region.

Better Prospects for the SA Economy

5 min read Investors should try to ignore the remaining short-term noise and risks around infections, lockdowns, unrest and last year’s weak economic growth and look toward the medium to longer term. When investing – especially for future wealth or retirement – the short term becomes less important, as we all should invest for longer term returns.

Elevating lifestyle

3 min read Steyn City’s Ultimate Helistop was recently hailed as a first for residential developments in South Africa. Introduced to the market in 2015, the 900-hectare luxury private estate is located close to Lanseria in Joburg, and the largest in the country in terms of land size.

Rental revolution or residential nightmare?

3 min read Noise, a blatant disregard for the rules, too many people, and a disruption to the ‘community feel’ is just a few of the many reasons why residents on family estates are against short term rentals.

Let it flow

3 min read Developments in sewerage management is making a positive impact on estate infrastructure and expenses – other than the obvious use of irrigation on golf courses. This tech lightens the load on bulk services provided by municipalities and, in turn, minimises augmentation fees payable by developers to local authorities.

Closing the deal

3 min read It’s a good time to sell because people are feeling bullish about taking on a home loan. ‘The favourable lending conditions have encouraged more first-home buyers to enter the market, accounting for 60% of BetterBond applications for the 12 months ending September 2021.

Taking advantage of the UK’s seasonal work visa

3 min read As a result of the pandemic, early retirement, and Brexit there are certain sectors within the UK, such as logistics, hospitality and farming that are crying out for workers to join them regardless of background and experience.

Resolving residential frictions

3 min read Conflict resolution between estate managers and residents is often a work in progress. How long does it take to resolve disputes, and how can rules be amended? Nipping conflict in the bud internally and early seems the answer in most cases.

Tackling tender transparency

3 min read In January, the Government Printing Works (GPW) published its last Tender Bulletin before announcing that the GPW was experiencing technical difficulties.

HOA in Action

3 min read The golf course at Kingswood, like the rest of George and surrounds, was inundated with heavy downpours lashing the district in the final month of winter. This necessitated remedial action on certain sections of the course.

Meet the Trustees

6 min read Among the trustees elected by proxy during an annual general meeting (AGM) on October 11 emerged three new faces, while one old hand in the estate’s management history continues to carry forth the baton.

Kingswood HOA: Acquisition of Kingswood Gatehouse now a done deal

4 min read The morning of October 11 was a momentous occasion in the history of Kingswood Golf Estate, as it marked the culmination of a negotiation process spanning more than a year. During that Monday’s AGM, overwhelming support was received by the Kingswood HOA (Homeowners’ Association) members to proceed with the acquisition of the Gatehouse building.

Kingswood Golf: Let the Sunshine in!

4 min read When the Kingswood Golf Operations (KGO) team heard just five weeks before that they would be hosting the Sunshine Senior Tour on October 13 and 14, they all pitched in for the estate’s very first professional event.

Cybersecurity: Info age security cracks require newfangled awareness

3 min read Once considered futuristic, smart homes and offices are now a reality. We seem to never have enough new tech, with products added daily to improve efficiency and convenience.

Gas Guidelines

3 min read Most of the gas used in South African homes is comprised of liquefied petroleum (a mixture of propane and butane). It is a simple chemical structure that allows for safe and clean burning.

Local ‘n lekker: Yuppie Gift Baskets – Christine Maree

3 min read When meeting Christine Maree at her Yuppie Gift Baskets (YGB) warehouse in George Industria, the immediate effect is of a real-life trompe l’oeil: does she appear smaller against the backdrop of her large business premises, or is it the other way ‘round?

The best (and worst) places to live as an expat

3 min read Every year InterNations runs The Expat Insider survey, polling countries according to scores given by expats.

How to reduce the stress of moving abroad

3 min read Studies have shown that moving house can be one of the most stressful things you can ever do – moving to another country with furniture, family and pets in tow will surely add to the stress. Few of us take stock of our mental state during such a time.

Top tax questions answered

3 min read Emigration is, unfortunately, something that many South Africans are considering at present. There is a myriad of reasons why many leave South Africa, but many blame the crime, lack of safety and rolling blackouts for feeling the need to seek pastures new.

Planning a lavish Christmas?

3 min read Traditionally, people spend more in the build up to Christmas – not only on gifts but on holiday expenses and eating out.

Controlling Covid over Christmas

3 min read South Africa currently has just under 10 million fully vaccinated people and counting. But there are still many people that aren’t vaccinated. Vaccinations don’t prevent people from getting Covid but they and the most vulnerable immunocompromised may still get a nasty version of Covid-19.

Should Covid-19 vaccinations be compulsory?

3 min read For South Africa to meet its target of vaccinating 70% of its population by December, more than half of all adults need to have had their first shot by — well now — end October.

Fit for families

3 min read The focus when it came to building residential estates ten or 20 years ago was security. While security was and is as priority now, and rightly so, there’s a lot more that developers and estate managers need to focus on to cater to the demands of a modern-day South African family.

Knowing the ABCs of DIY investing

3 min read Most people don’t have enough time to do fun things in life let alone enough time manage their investment portfolio to research stocks and shares, keep an eye on their trajectory and pour through company announcements and analyst projections.

Are you being paid fairly?

3 min read In the United Kingdom construction salaries advertised by employers have soared 6.7% in the space of just five months, according to new data by jobs site, Indeed. Here, employer demand for workers is outstripping the number of candidates, which is why salaries are being pushed up.

Plett property review

3 min read Plettenberg Bay rates right up there with the most sought-after property markets along the Atlantic Seaboard and in Gauteng. Its property market is booming, with high demand for houses and semigration driving the increases. Record sales have been recorded since the lifting of the Covid-19 lockdown in June last year.

Leasehold laws

3 min read There are lots of desirable properties that don the shoreline of Mauritius coast with the most pristine beach views and glorious sunsets that can be enjoyed with favourite sundowners.

Make extra money from your spare room

3 min read Since the coronavirus pandemic, working from home has now become an everyday part of life but it has created challenges for community housing schemes like residential estates and the homeowners’ associations that manage them. If you’re thinking of starting up a side hustle from your spare room, or setting up your business in your garage, make sure you follow these steps first.

4 Ways to create the perfect ‘green’ impression

3 min read Making a good impression is key in a residential estate market. An outdoor area is often the first impression potential buyers or visitors have of your estate. Buyers want to see clean and well-maintained landscapes that celebrate the local flora and fauna.

Wild matters

3 min read Many estate managers already deal with game on site or envisage acquiring animals to attract potential buyers and add to the estate-living experience.

Cleaning up the CSOS

3 min read After taking the helm of the Community Schemes Ombud Service (CSOS) in April, Boyce Mkhize started to make some big changes. We spoke to him about his first few months in office and his plans for 2022.

Loan scams

3 min read Bad debt can often lead people to make snap decisions – often these are wrong decisions. Some are so desperate to get out of debt that they will consider anything that could help bail them out quickly.

What’s on Jan’s braai this Heritage Month?

3 min read Qualified accountant Jan Scannell sizzled onto the scene as ‘Jan Braai’ in 2005, when he quit his job in financial services to take on a high-profile media career. Having published books and presented TV shows, Jan says his ambition will always be bringing Mzansi citizens together over a braai.

Collective property buying

2 min read Traditionally, mortgage applicants consisted of a two people (whether married or otherwise) but now banks are launching lending solutions that enable groups of people to buy a house together.

Equine luxury

2 min read Val de Vie in the Cape Winelands recently scooped the award for the Best Leisure Development in the World at the 2021 International Property Awards, retaining its top position yet again. 

Cyber security

3 min read Once considered futuristic, smart homes and offices are now a reality. We seem to never have enough new tech, with products added daily to improve efficiency and convenience.

Investing in the community

3 min read Riots, like the ones experienced in July, may have been preventable if developers did more to address socio-economic issues in South Africa.

Trouble with tenders?

3 min read Getting a government tender is not always easy – particularly if you’re the new kid on the block.

Five reasons why you need to be inducted into your role as a director or trustee of a homeowners association or body corporate

2 min read When agreeing to serve on a board of a community scheme consider that this is the same as if you were serving on any board of any business entity. So often do members of an association serving a residential community agree to serve without considering the knowledge, skills, and experience that you will need to perform this role.

ARC induction programme brings online solutions to HOA leaders

3 min read Established in 2008 to proactively support the volunteers and/or members of Homeowners Associations (HOAs) and Bodies Corporate and their management teams to establish, maintain and enhance the value of properties and the lifestyles of their residents, the Association of Residential Communities (ARC) works to support and optimise estate leadership writes Jeff Gilmour, President of ARC.

Tougher Together

2 min read The trusted and proven duo of mica for stretch and marble for strength has made Plascon Micatex South Africa’s favourite exterior paint choice for decades.  Now there’s a new duo that’s even tougher – Plascon Micatex with Polycell

The Somerset Lifestyle and Retirement Village New Release

2 min read Having listened to prospective buyers and researched market demand, we are excited to launch our new planning of Aversham Lane freehold homes, situated in phase 7 of The Somerset Lifestyle Retirement Village.

Cheap credit or tantalising temptation?

3 min read It’s a great achievement to be close to paying off your home loan. For many, this type of credit takes the better part of around 20 years to pay off. So once the last payment is due, there’s good reason to just clear it off and cancel the loan agreement.

Can you open a foreign bank account while living in South Africa?

3 min read In the past, banks required you to physically reside in the country where you wanted to open an account, but that’s no longer always a requirement.

Aliens go home!

3 min read Stringent regulations are in place to ensure that private landowners have detailed plans to eradicate alien vegetation – primarily at their personal cost, albeit supported by programmes providing access to assistance and information.

Hotel Quarantine – what you need to know

3 min read Narrowing down where you, as a South African, can travel internationally with few restrictions is still a minefield. Even though millions have been vaccinated, many countries are still at different stages of lockdown while others are lifting restrictions.

Educating kids in Mauritius

3 min read One of the many concerns parents have when moving abroad is finding the right school for their children.

Financing your next development

3 min read Residential developments can cost millions of rands to build. But raising the money can be a challenge, especially when it comes to pitching the concept to prospective lenders.

Spotlight on security

3 min read Technological advances in the security field, specifically involving the use of drones, are changing the approach to safeguarding industrial properties and agricultural concerns.

Pay your rental deposit with bitcoin

2 min read In May this year we explored whether banks would accept bitcoin as deposits when people applied for home loans. Sadly, banks are nowhere near accepting cryptocurrency.

Perfect prefab?

3 min read South Africa needs to build 2.1 million homes in the next five years if the government is to meet its own target of providing affordable housing for 12.5 million citizens by 2030. The monumental task has been made worse by the pandemic, which has plunged even more people into poverty and pushed up the cost of conventional building materials like bricks and cement exponentially.

Bank on it: Smart IDs and passports branched out

3 min read The rollout for banks managing and issuing Smart IDs and passports has gone slowly, with branches offering this service located primarily in the country’s major metros.

Three ways an estate manager can improve relationships with the local municipality

3 min read As your estate’s most important external stakeholder the local municipality holds huge sway, so developing and maintaining good relationships with them is imperative.

6 Common reasons home insurance claims get rejected

3 min read When our homes get damaged or burgled it’s often assumed that most insurance claims be approved and paid. But not all claims are upheld, and many homeowners are left out of pocket after realising too late that the bill worth thousands of rands is one for them to cover.

Is marketing your estate on Netflix worth it? 

3 min read Luxury estates are typically promoted through glossy brochures and flashy websites, but San Lameer went one step further and got featured on Netflix.

Should you take your car abroad?

3 min read Many people end up selling their vehicle way below what it’s worth just to get rid of it before moving abroad, thinking it’s too much hassle to ship it over.

Unlocking cheap credit from your home

3 min read A mortgage – in particular an access bond – is no longer just a facility that lets you buy a home. It can be used as an effective tool to save money and can also help you out when you get into trouble financially.

Should your child study at a South African university or apply abroad?

3 min read There are around 12,000 South African students studying abroad and that number is steadily rising. This, says admission consulting company Crimson Education, is despite the complexities of applying abroad.

Kitchen Confidential with Matteo Battaini

3 min read Matteo Battaini comes from a long line of Italian epicureans and cut his teeth in the meat-curing businesses with his uncle, Dario Soresi, of famous cheese and meat manufacturers Mastro Dario.

New tech to disinfect

3 min read Local authorities across the land are rolling out programmes to disinfect areas frequented by the general public, but these venues don’t include privately-owned properties where multiple inhabitants converge in shared spaces. Read on if you care about safety in your estate’s high-use zones…

Cement and CO2

3 min read We’re seeing the effects of climate change daily across the world. There’s uncontrollable fires such as the ones currently raging in Greece, extreme heat, and flash floods to name but a few related incidents.

Building up young engineering and construction talent

3 min read Encouraging the youth to commit to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects is a challenge. This has created a skills shortage, particularly in the technically trained professions. South Africa also struggles with an unemployment crisis where half of young people are unemployed.

Own a mall instead of a house

3 min read Listed property investments have not always been a favourite asset class among investors. Record high vacancies have plagued the industry and this has been exacerbated by the pandemic as some more tenants get displaced or cancel their contracts.

Are you prepared for POPI?

3 min read In case you missed it, South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) took effect on July 1, 2020 and enforcement began exactly a year later, on July 1, 2021.

Counting the cost of civil unrest

3 min read This month saw civil unrest in parts of the country shattering thousands of South Africans’ lives. Many people were arrested, and dozens killed or injured in rioting that has swept the country.

Dreaming of life off the grid?

3 min read Recent legal developments are affecting estates and homeowners – who are only allowed to produce a percentage of alternative energy on site in relation to bulk municipal electricity supplied – in many ways, depending on local municipal bylaws. The onus is thus on developers to stay abreast of criteria and duly inform potential buyers.

Broadband infrastructure enables digital education, empowers new approaches to learning

3 min read During this past year, we saw a surge in technology adoption to help facilitate remote teaching and learning among students and teachers. This trend has continued as schools resumed with a mix of in-person, hybrid, and fully remote learning models.

Investing in property in UK, USA, UAE vs. South Africa

3 min read When it comes to investing in property abroad, investors and developers have a smorgasbord of choice available to them. Overseas property investments are particularly attractive, given the current talk of a worldwide property boom, claims of better capital growth and higher rental yields.

Managing your money

3 min read Many South Africans are struggling to make ends meet in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, lockdown restrictions, curfews and civil unrest.

Getting board approval for your estate’s budget

3 min read The typical budget of an estate, whether bottom up or top down, can be anything upwards of R5 million and is often a very stressful juggling act for estate managers.

Glowing mistakes

3 min read There’s a big demand from people to reconnect with nature and many are keen to leave the big city life and have homes build close to it. But being close to nature comes with its own perils.

Concrete plans

3 min read According to Afrisam, the cement industry in South Africa produces approximately 20 million tons of cement a year. In 2019 the total demand for cement in South Africa was about 13 million tons but that dropped significantly last year due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Christmas in July

4 min read Winter holidays in South Africa has this year yielded scant cause for jollifications, as the country hunkers down to abide by Level 4 restrictions. But this should not deter you from planning some merriness – especially as July 25, celebrated as ‘Christmas in July’, draws near.

Going Green

3 min read The demand for eco-friendly homes presents a unique opportunity to leap into a low carbon and resource-efficient future by building responsibly, incorporating energy efficient design and construction strategies.

I’m in my 30’s – why am I sleeping so badly?

6 min read It’s no revelation that our modern lives are affecting our sleep, and badly. The Sleep Foundation reports that between 10% and 30% of adults struggle with chronic insomnia – and sadly, ‘chronic’ means long and unabating periods of disorder. It’s staggering to think that up to a third of adults sleep badly or not really at all. But it’s also no surprise to hear this; modern life is forcing us to forego the value of our sleep and it is resulting in a rise in sleep disorders.

What matters in a mattress?

4 min read Your bed is the unsung hero of modern life – it’s there for your every day literally supporting you while you sleep. And sometimes it feels like it’s the only sure-fire thing you can rely on. Looking back on our lockdown and post-lockdown lives, we realise how time we spent in our beds – not just to sleep, but also a space to come together with the nucleus of the family, to soothe tired bodies, nurse sick children, to find a space of solace amongst the chaos of the world, and for many of us, as a makeshift office. Whatever happened, we learned that our beds support us beyond sleep and that the need for comfort cannot be overstated.  

Annual General Meetings

2 min read AGMs loom large over every homeowner association’s calendar. Thanks to their innate capacity to connect home owners with their associations, the AGM is an essential vehicle for home owners to scrutinise the decision-making of boards and ensure good governance, and for boards to communicate a cohesive vision for the future.

On the cards 2021/2022

3 min read ARC has grown exponentially since being formed on 1 April 2008, and has continued to enhance its offering to all members of the residential community industry.

The Residential Communities Council (RCC) Update

2 min read Following discussions at ARC Chapter meetings, and at recent ARC Annual Conferences, a majority of ARC members expressed the need for an industry representative body, an NPC that will be governed by industry members, and managed operationally by the Association of Residential Communities (ARC).

Strategic planning for HOAs

8 min read Strategic planning is about projecting where your association expects to be in five, 10 or 15 years – and how your association will get there. It also ensures that your association will remain financially sustainable, and be able to maintain its reserves

Mind your communication and own your data

3 min read Who says what, to whom and where? Communication has never been more far-reaching, available and sometimes untameable. Here below we discuss how quickly things are changing in the way we communicate, valuable aspects to consider moving forward, and a few tips on how to vet new platforms in order to keep a handle on online dialogue.

Servest Landscaping Value Proposition

4 min read Since our inception in South Africa in 1997, we have grown from a provider of specialist soft services into a leading integrated facilities management company. In 2015, the landmark black empowerment transaction, which involved Kagiso Holdings acquiring 51% of Servest, also positioned us as one of the largest majority black-owned integrated facilities management companies in Africa.

Urban Tinkering

2 min read We are in the midst of a rapid rise in urbanism. Since 1900, the global urban population has increased from 200 million to 3.9 billion in 2014. In 2050, this figure is expected to reach 6.4 billion. Cities are experiencing the impacts of climate change more frequently and more intensely. Conventional urban infrastructure and landscape design emphasised single-use structures and facilities.

Executive summary of Public Policies

5 min read ARC has developed a range of policies that all community associations are encouraged to use as a basis for  implementing policies within their communities. A summary of these follows. For a full description, please contact

Live in nature at The Rest Nature Estate

3 min read Situated on 320 tranquil hectares of subtropical bushveld vegetation, yet only a short drive from the city centre, The Rest Nature Estate has quickly become Nelspruit’s (now Mbombela) most sought-after residential address.

Building up beautiful Bankenveld

4 min read Situated on the northwest bank of the Witbank Dam is the charming Bankenveld. The dam is one of the largest municipal dams in the southern hemisphere, as well as one of the cleanest, and forms an integral part of this unique, yet thoroughly relaxing estate. The estate was first conceptualised in 1998, and the first home built in 2001. There is an exciting range of properties, including waterfront homes, freestanding homes further inland, and fashionable townhouses.

Silver Lakes Golf and Wildlife Estate

3 min read As the first estate of its kind in Pretoria, Silver Lakes has stood the test of time for more than a quarter of a century, in recent years thanks mainly to CEO Henk Booysen’s inspired and consistent leadership.

Levies decided by majority vote in a Communal Scheme

3 min read Is it constitutional for CSOS to determine that the agreed levies are unreasonable after the fact? We recently had cause to deal with an adjudication before the Community Schemes Ombud Service (CSOS) in Johannesburg, in which our client was the homeowners association of a residential development (the estate), which comprises 328 residential units, including various types of property.

Facing the future – Building resilience in your Estate

4 min read 2020/2021 has seen an acceleration in the rate of change in our lives. These changes have been felt across all sectors of society, and in many aspects of community living. As we settle in to the ‘new normal’ this article explores a few current issues, and offers some practical guidance to assist your estate to equip itself to meet future challenges.

The Great Debate: Is a Bed a Good Investment?

5 min read Throughout the ages humans have attached value to many different things, from salt in ancient Rome to diamonds today. And even in our modern times, what we deem valuable still seems rooted in the tangible – something we can see, feel, taste or touch.

Real Value comes from Good Sleep

3 min read Everybody is offering the promise of quality nowadays, and with that, a product that they say is the answer to all your problems. We don’t think a promise is enough, so instead we’ll give you value that’s real, not just in money terms but in quality of life. We’re keeping things simple by offering you what’s truly valuable – good sleep.

New EB-5 ruling allows you to invest in America for your Green Card from only $500 000

2 min read The sought-after EB-5 Investor Programme has become more accessible for a limited time only. As announced on 22 June 2021, by the U.S. federal court. Immigrants can now diversify their investment portfolios for a lower fee of $500 000 (as opposed to the previous rate of $900 000) to secure green cards, for a limited period only – until 30 June 2021.


5 min read Microfarms probably won’t solve world hunger, but it wouldn’t be far from the truth to say that they may be the best candidate for that honour. And, while it’s unlikely that many people living in residential estates are starving, it’s almost certain that most can benefit from more fresh veggies – and from fresher veggies.

Exploring Rodrigues

4 min read The tiny tropical island of Rodrigues lies some 560 kilometres to the northeast of its big sister, Mauritius. A rugged volcanic outcrop, with a mountainous central ridge and deep valleys and ravines, it is surrounded by coral reefs, which enclose a wide, shallow lagoon twice its size. Draped in the turquoise water is a necklace of 17 tiny islets, overgrown with rare flora and inhabited by endangered sea birds. In short, Rodrigues is a nature-lover’s paradise.

Cyprus beaches

2 min read If you’re thinking of moving to a gorgeous Mediterranean island, the chances are you’ll want to spend some time on the beach. So you’ll be pleased to hear that Cyprus has the cleanest beaches in Europe.

The best cheesecake in the world …

4 min read I love cheesecake, and always have, but – as I discovered one rainy night in Wilderness – there is cheesecake, and then there is cheesecake. Aidan’s cheesecake is cheesecake.


4 min read If you live – or are planning a development – in one of the drier parts of the country, you are faced with some serious gardening and landscaping challenges. But you’re not the first person to have to deal with little or no water and hot, dry winds that shrivel up every little hopeful green shoot. Many landscapers have very successfully created dramatic xeriscapes of intriguing hard elements and extremely hardy plants.

Mauritius will open for international travel on 15 July 2021

2 min read Mauritius will be welcoming international travellers from 15 July 2021 – but not all travellers, and there are still a few hoops to jump through.

How can developers attract international investors?

4 min read An international study says around half of high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) want to buy at least one luxury home in the next 12 months, and that South Africa is one country that they’re considering.

Should you invest in property abroad?

3 min read Why are we seeing a property boom when the world is engulfed in a global pandemic? This is a very valid question, considering that, during the financial crisis in 2008, real house prices fell by an average of 10%, wiping trillions of dollars off the value of bricks and mortar.

The Serta Ergomotion: Create Customisable Sleep

3 min read The idea of creating a bespoke sleep experience was once a pipe dream, but Serta is spearheading the sleep revolution. As the makers of the world’s best mattress, Serta knows that no two sleepers are alike, so they have developed the best in unparalleled sleep technology, the patented Serta Ergomotion foundation – created for truly customizable sleep.

See the trees through the wood

3 min read Researchers in Sweden have succeeded in making a sustainable, renewable transparent wood that is strong enough to use as a structural element. It will be a while before it is widely available, but it has the potential to profoundly affect the construction industry.

Dive Mauritius

4 min read A picture perfect tropical island with crystal-clear turquoise waters lapping golden beaches, Mauritius ticks all the boxes for a beach and watersports holiday. The snorkelling is fantastic, but to really appreciate life beneath the shimmering ocean surface, you need to scuba dive.

You can go to Cyprus …

2 min read Cyprus has opened its borders to visitors (and potential immigrants) as long as they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 – regardless of where they’re from, or where they’ve been.

Digital nomads are a great new market

4 min read Until recently, most new developments had a tourism component, but some developers started rethinking that since Covid hit our shores. But perhaps it’s more a matter of tweaking your offerings to appeal to a new type of ‘tourist’ – the digital nomad.

Station House Sea Point Launches Boutique Hotel 12J Investment Fund

2 min read The dynamic development, Station House, Sea Point now offers investment opportunities in their boutique hotel section of the project. D2E Properties and Berman Brothers have partnered with trusted Lucid Ventures (12J investment manager) to launch a 12J Investment Fund, that has also been approved by Investec, through the boutique hotel offering within Station House.

Biohacking your Life begins with Better Sleep

4 min read People are living longer than ever. In comparison to 20 years ago, there are now 711 million 65 years-old on the planet. In this modern age we’re seeing medical science advance in quantum leaps, which is helping humans to survive and thrive well beyond the traditional retirement age.

Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library

3 min read The design of the Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library is a truly African interpretation of Mbeki’s concept of African Renaissance, and a wonderful example of the place- and culture-specific style of award-winning architect David Adjaye.

We didn’t want to leave our pets behind

3 min read Emigrating is hard enough without facing the prospect of giving up the family cat or dog, so many people take them along. But it involves an awful lot of planning, and not inconsiderable expense. Three recent emigrants tell us how they did it – the challenges, the stresses, and – of course – the joy.

Running down the Fences

3 min read The inaugural Running down the Fences event is a great opportunity for runners (and even non-runners) from your estate to spend some quality time on a fabulous malaria-free game reserve. So, get out your running shoes and put together a team from your estate to ‘run down the fences’ between Addo and the Great Fish River.

Adventures in Mauritius

5 min read Think Mauritius and the images that spring to mind are probably of lazing on white sand beaches, swimming in the turquoise waters of the shallow lagoon, and sipping cocktails while watching spectacular sunsets. But there are plenty of active adventures in this tropical paradise.

Revised SABS standards on fire safety

2 min read The South African Bureau of Standards has updated the national standard on fire alarm systems, in a move that could have far-reaching consequences for residential estates.

Conflict resolution on estates

3 min read One of the biggest selling points of residential estates is that they are removed from the stresses of the ‘world beyond the wall’. So we need to guard carefully against conflict arising within our communities – and we need to deal creatively with any tensions between residents, and between residents and management.

Getting a project painted right, comes down to having the right partner!

3 min read Do you know what Tsogo Sun, City Lodge, Wakefields Property Management, Virgin Active, and scores of other premium properties have in common? Nothing on the surface, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find that the surfaces of their buildings are coated with Plascon products.

Five amazing things in Mauritius

2 min read We all know that Mauritius is a gorgeous tropical island paradise with a fantastic infrastructure and awesome standard of living, but it’s also a place of wonder and mystery. Here are five strange things you may not have known about the island.

Taxing times

3 min read Tax has always been confusing. If you throw around words like ‘double tax agreements’ (DTAs) and ‘financial emigration’, you simply up the complexity levels. So how can you find out your tax status and whether South Africa has a DTA with another country?

Durban to divorce Eskom

2 min read The various things that we’ve all said about Eskom (especially after bashing our shins in the dark) are not printable. Let’s face it. We are all – well – tired of what has become an asymmetrical relationship in which one side fails to deliver on promises. But we feel that we’re stuck in what is becoming an increasingly toxic relationship. So it is with great interest that we anticipate the City of Durban’s imminent divorce from the power (non-) provider.

Integrated energy storage

3 min read Whether it’s just as a back-up for when Eskom throws a wobbly, or whether it’s a serious commitment to using renewable energy, storage is almost always the constraining factor. So incorporating a rechargeable battery in the actual cement structure of a building sounds like a great idea.

Normalisation of deviance

4 min read Nobody is perfect, and no system is perfect, so we just have to do the best we can, and hope that it is good enough. But how good is ‘good enough’? Or how bad do things have to be before they are not ‘good enough’? And is this culture of ‘good enough’ wise? It’s certainly expedient but, if we trawl through the news headlines, we can find many instances of when ‘good enough’ was not good enough.

Renewable energy’s biggest constraint is cost-effective storage

< 1 min read Last year we wrote about an interesting UK-based startup that had designed a system to store electricity by raising heavy weights during low demand (or bright sunshine), and releasing them into mineshafts when needed. Seemed like a great idea – and now they are crowdfunding to build a prototype.

Golf courses in Mauritius

4 min read If you’re going to Mauritius for the golf (and you’d be surprised how many people do), you will not be disappointed. With 10 18-hole courses and two nine-hole courses, you could – almost – play a different course every day for two weeks. And there are a few in the pipeline. All the courses offer lessons, and most have excellent practice facilities.

Art Deco

3 min read You’re walking down a street in an unfamiliar city, and you see a building that makes you turn your head. It’s familiar, it’s unique, it’s beautiful. Chances are it’s Art Deco. Art Deco was the first truly international architectural style, and there are examples of it on every continent, and in many, many cities. But some cities retain a significant element of the style – and they are richer and more interesting for it.

How the careful choice of Plascon colours can enhance Retirement Villages, Old Ages Homes, Frail Care and Dementia Homes

4 min read People instinctively know what colours resonate with them, what “feels right”, but not everyone knows why this is the case. The reasons have more to do with science than sentiment, and choosing an appropriate colour for an architectural or interior design project can be determined rationally, rather than by personal preference alone. And particularly so in the case of healthcare for the elderly.