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In November and December 2021, George and other Garden Route towns were hit by severe storms and the ensuing downpours and flooding caused extensive damage to the town and surrounding communities.

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Navigating Insurance Flood related Claims within Community Environments

< 1 min read In November and December 2021, George and other Garden Route towns were hit by severe storms and the ensuing downpours and flooding caused extensive damage to the town and surrounding communities.

We often hear about how women need to save more as they tend to earn less and usually have an income gap when they went on maternity leave to look after children while their partners or husbands worked.

Why are women better stock pickers than men?

3 min read We often hear about how women need to save more as they tend to earn less and usually have an income gap when they went on maternity leave to look after children while their partners or husbands worked.

Rising sea levels caused by climate change are fast becoming one of the biggest threats to our homes and communities. Catastrophic floods like those experienced in Durban last month are increasingly common all over the world.

Can South Africa build flood resilience in Durban?

3 min read Rising sea levels caused by climate change are fast becoming one of the biggest threats to our homes and communities. Catastrophic floods like those experienced in Durban last month are increasingly common all over the world.

If you’re buying a home with your partner – congratulations! It’s a big commitment and an exciting journey. But there are several things you should prepare to have a good and honest experience.

What should you do when buying a home for the first time with a partner?

3 min read If you’re buying a home with your partner – congratulations! It’s a big commitment and an exciting journey. But there are several things you should prepare to have a good and honest experience.

Investing in offshore property has always been popular with South Africans seeking stability and alternative residency options.

3 Things you need to know about buying land abroad

3 min read Investing in offshore property has always been popular with South Africans seeking stability and alternative residency options.

A recent report by FNB points to the prospect of slowdown in building growth, with fresh data from StatsSA supporting its insights.

Slow going for building growth

3 min read A recent report by FNB points to the prospect of slowdown in building growth, with fresh data from StatsSA supporting its insights.

Getting good business and referrals depends on having a good reputation. A few negative stories from disgruntled residents, real estate agents, and previous subcontractors can quickly destroy your estate’s reputation, and this can have a disastrous knock-on effect on property sales.

How to improve a bad reputation

3 min read Getting good business and referrals depends on having a good reputation. A few negative stories from disgruntled residents, real estate agents, and previous subcontractors can quickly destroy your estate’s reputation, and this can have a disastrous knock-on effect on property sales.

The South African Revenue Service has paid out a record R321.1 billion in refunds to taxpayers. So, what should you do with the money you get back from the taxman? Should you spend or save it?

4 Clever things you can do with your tax refund

2 min read The South African Revenue Service has paid out a record R321.1 billion in refunds to taxpayers. So, what should you do with the money you get back from the taxman? Should you spend or save it?

Buying a property on a residential estate for the can be a minefield for the first-time buyer. They’re bound to ask a lot of questions of estate managers and other experts to put their mind at ease.

How to put first-time buyers at ease

3 min read Buying a property on a residential estate for the can be a minefield for the first-time buyer. They’re bound to ask a lot of questions of estate managers and other experts to put their mind at ease.

With its sprawling mountains, blue flag beaches and wineries, Cape Town offers residents pretty much everything they desire. People have been flocking to Cape Town in droves.

Is Cape Town the best city for developer growth?

3 min read With its sprawling mountains, blue flag beaches and wineries, Cape Town offers residents pretty much everything they desire. People have been flocking to Cape Town in droves.

Fake fundraisers are the latest way in which fraudsters are conning victims out of their hard-earned cash. Scammers are using sophisticated technology, such as fake donation websites, to obtain people’s personal information and to fleece them out of their money.

How to spot a charity scam

3 min read Fake fundraisers are the latest way in which fraudsters are conning victims out of their hard-earned cash. Scammers are using sophisticated technology, such as fake donation websites, to obtain people’s personal information and to fleece them out of their money.

If you emigrate to a place like the United Kingdom and haven’t lived there before, chances are you’ll be starting from scratch with your credit history.

How to improve your credit score in the UK

3 min read If you emigrate to a place like the United Kingdom and haven’t lived there before, chances are you’ll be starting from scratch with your credit history.

Many institutions now offer recognised qualifications in property management and real estate. If you want to sharpen your skill or change career, here are a few that commence later this year:

Property courses and qualifications 2022

3 min read Many institutions now offer recognised qualifications in property management and real estate. If you want to sharpen your skill or change career, here are a few that commence later this year:

Gap insurance has become a necessary product for most South Africans that want to use private healthcare services. It can be a lifesaver for those who approach specialists that charge far more than what standard medical schemes cover.

What is gap insurance and why is it essential?

3 min read Gap insurance has become a necessary product for most South Africans that want to use private healthcare services. It can be a lifesaver for those who approach specialists that charge far more than what standard medical schemes cover.

We speak to an expert on Earth-friendly interior design and green décor, who also shares her reasoning for the importance of green décor. She argues that while there is a focus on green building materials, more needs to be done within households to ensure that the interior is green too.

Why green décor is good for your health

3 min read We speak to an expert on Earth-friendly interior design and green décor, who also shares her reasoning for the importance of green décor. She argues that while there is a focus on green building materials, more needs to be done within households to ensure that the interior is green too.

Multi-awarded sales associate at RE/MAX Plettenberg Bay, Bruce Noble, boasts two decades of marketing properties in the coastal Garden Route haven.

Marketing your estate internationally

3 min read Multi-awarded sales associate at RE/MAX Plettenberg Bay, Bruce Noble, boasts two decades of marketing properties in the coastal Garden Route haven.

In a bid to reduce energy costs, the UK government last month, announced that it has scrapped VAT on energy-saving materials like solar panels, insulation, and heat pumps for the next five years. Could something similar work in South Africa?

Will tax cuts create more ‘greener’ developments

3 min read In a bid to reduce energy costs, the UK government last month, announced that it has scrapped VAT on energy-saving materials like solar panels, insulation, and heat pumps for the next five years. Could something similar work in South Africa?

There is a substantial hike – from 39% in 2019 to 43% in 2021 – in the number of homeowners leaving Gauteng.

The Gauteng exodus in perspective

3 min read There is a substantial hike – from 39% in 2019 to 43% in 2021 – in the number of homeowners leaving Gauteng.

Easter is not only a date commemorated by believers the world over, but also a time for commercial enterprises to entertain the general public and generate welcome revenue in the process. Here’s a peep at what some of South Africa’s best-known estates have in the pipeline this year.

Does the bunny still make estates money?

3 min read Easter is not only a date commemorated by believers the world over, but also a time for commercial enterprises to entertain the general public and generate welcome revenue in the process. Here’s a peep at what some of South Africa’s best-known estates have in the pipeline this year.

Research released by Lightstone Property during the pandemic shows that, over a five-year period (between 2015 and 2020), single female first-time property buyers have outnumbered male buyers, as well as married couples.

How to attract the female property buyer

3 min read Research released by Lightstone Property during the pandemic shows that, over a five-year period (between 2015 and 2020), single female first-time property buyers have outnumbered male buyers, as well as married couples.

One of the greatest dangers when renovating is over-capitalisation (when your total expenditure, including the purchase price of the property plus any alterations costs, exceeds the amount you could sell it for).

Renovations that will increase your home’s value

3 min read One of the greatest dangers when renovating is over-capitalisation (when your total expenditure, including the purchase price of the property plus any alterations costs, exceeds the amount you could sell it for).

Streaming service Disney+ will launch in South Africa next month on the 18 May and is set to rival Netflix and DStv.

Disney+ launches in South Africa in May 2022

3 min read Streaming service Disney+ will launch in South Africa next month on the 18 May and is set to rival Netflix and DStv.

When you’re emigrating one of the first things to consider is if you’ll keep your sell your home. It’s a hard choice to make as, for some, there’s always the consideration of moving back if things don’t work out.

Should I rent my home or sell it if I’m moving abroad?

3 min read When you’re emigrating one of the first things to consider is if you’ll keep your sell your home. It’s a hard choice to make as, for some, there’s always the consideration of moving back if things don’t work out.

An innovative new lifestyle development at Cove Rock, East London is set to bring a combination of affordable housing opportunities, economic upliftment and social transformation to Buffalo City’s west coast. The response from market since RockCliff Living’s sales launch two weeks ago has been overwhelmingly positive.

New East London mega property development

3 min read An innovative new lifestyle development at Cove Rock, East London is set to bring a combination of affordable housing opportunities, economic upliftment and social transformation to Buffalo City’s west coast. The response from market since RockCliff Living’s sales launch two weeks ago has been overwhelmingly positive.

When tasked with selecting coatings for the exterior walls of residential developments of all kinds – from golf estates and smaller complexes, to retirement facilities or holiday villages – you’ll never go wrong by casting an eye over the Plascon Professional and Premium ranges…

From the inside, out – the best paints for those hard-wearing exteriors

3 min read When tasked with selecting coatings for the exterior walls of residential developments of all kinds – from golf estates and smaller complexes, to retirement facilities or holiday villages – you’ll never go wrong by casting an eye over the Plascon Professional and Premium ranges…

If you’re a construction professional who has been tasked with the exterior maintenance of a residential estate, here are a few things to consider before you set any painting work in motion…

Adding a new coat of paint is very much a team effort

4 min read If you’re a construction professional who has been tasked with the exterior maintenance of a residential estate, here are a few things to consider before you set any painting work in motion…

If you’ve moved into an equestrian estate like Val de Vie, Dieu Donne or Waterfall Equestrian Estate you may feel tempted to buy yourself or your children a pony or hose if you’re passionate about all things equestrian.

Buying a family horse in South Africa

3 min read If you’ve moved into an equestrian estate like Val de Vie, Dieu Donne or Waterfall Equestrian Estate you may feel tempted to buy yourself or your children a pony or hose if you’re passionate about all things equestrian.

Despite being small Ronewa Creations – a Gauteng based landscaping company owned by aunt and niece duo Dinah Kgeledi and Lesego Seloane - has ongoing contracts at several residential estates, including Eye of Africa, Waterfall Estate and Serengeti.

Hiring the right SMEs to work on a residential estate

3 min read Despite being small Ronewa Creations – a Gauteng based landscaping company owned by aunt and niece duo Dinah Kgeledi and Lesego Seloane – has ongoing contracts at several residential estates, including Eye of Africa, Waterfall Estate and Serengeti.

Unconventional towns have suddenly become cool. Young buyers are finding properties in non-metro towns financially attractive. They want to take advantage of lower prices and enjoy the medium- to long-term growth that investing in property in these towns brings. What’s more, they’re also keen to benefit from the lifestyle that’s on offer – clean air, country living and a laid-back lifestyle.

The growth of the small town

3 min read Unconventional towns have suddenly become cool. Young buyers are finding properties in non-metro towns financially attractive. They want to take advantage of lower prices and enjoy the medium- to long-term growth that investing in property in these towns brings. What’s more, they’re also keen to benefit from the lifestyle that’s on offer – clean air, country living and a laid-back lifestyle.

Domestic animals must live by these rules In terms of the constitution of Kingswood Golf Estate’s Homeowners Association and its House Rules, as amended in February 2021, animals and their keepers are bound by a reasonable list of do's and dont's.

Pet owners

3 min read Domestic animals must live by these rules In terms of the constitution of Kingswood Golf Estate’s Homeowners Association and its House Rules, as amended in February 2021, animals and their keepers are bound by a reasonable list of do’s and dont’s.

A veritable army of specialists takes care of the many aspects and areas in constant need of maintenance at Kingswood Golf Estate. The interesting facts and figures below make for a riveting read …

Stats on Kingswood Golf Estate’s humans, animals, homes and more

2 min read A veritable army of specialists takes care of the many aspects and areas in constant need of maintenance at Kingswood Golf Estate. The interesting facts and figures below make for a riveting read …

Both these Kingswood club captains have golf and good governance in their blood

Club Captains

5 min read Both these Kingswood club captains have golf and good governance in their blood

Meet the course specialists who keep the 18 holes of Kingswood Golf Estate in tip-top shape – come torrential rain or scorching shine …

It’s all on course thanks to Ivan’s awesome team

3 min read Meet the course specialists who keep the 18 holes of Kingswood Golf Estate in tip-top shape – come torrential rain or scorching shine …

Liesel Niehaus of Kingswood Golf Operations (KGO) sheds some light on the season that was, when a record number of players chose this fine course for their festive games with near and dear ones. The Golf Ops team also kindly provided a list of coming attractions, with many a date for players and residents to diarise.

Kingswood Golf

3 min read Liesel Niehaus of Kingswood Golf Operations (KGO) sheds some light on the season that was, when a record number of players chose this fine course for their festive games with near and dear ones. The Golf Ops team also kindly provided a list of coming attractions, with many a date for players and residents to diarise.

Working with a clear future vision as foundation for almost every decision taken by the management of Kingswood Golf Estate today has become the norm for CEO Willem Jacobs and the trustees.

Kingswood HOA feedback

4 min read Working with a clear future vision as foundation for almost every decision taken by the management of Kingswood Golf Estate today has become the norm for CEO Willem Jacobs and the trustees.

Kingswood residents for the past eight years, Juan and Verna van der Merwe are properly ensconced in the George community, being essential cogs in the town’s industrial machine and educational fold respectively.

Local ‘n Lekka – Family is Juan Van Der Merwe’s most Treasured Tenure

3 min read Kingswood residents for the past eight years, Juan and Verna van der Merwe are properly ensconced in the George community, being essential cogs in the town’s industrial machine and educational fold respectively.

Out of home (OOH) advertising (also referred to as outdoor advertising) is advertising that consumers may come across outside of their home. It includes billboards, posters and wallscapes.

How will residential communities be affected by future corporate branding

3 min read Out of home (OOH) advertising (also referred to as outdoor advertising) is advertising that consumers may come across outside of their home. It includes billboards, posters and wallscapes.

Fire damage has destroyed several key buildings in South Africa, including Parliament and the University of Cape Town (UCT). While there’s always the threat of arson, it’s not uncommon for veld fires to destroy the surrounding fauna and flora in the summer months.

Are you insured against fire?

3 min read Fire damage has destroyed several key buildings in South Africa, including Parliament and the University of Cape Town (UCT). While there’s always the threat of arson, it’s not uncommon for veld fires to destroy the surrounding fauna and flora in the summer months.

Now that COVID-19 has changed in status from a pandemic to an endemic, many are reflecting on how they coped financially and spiritually when the disease was at its worst.

Four Ways St Francis Links Overcame The Challenges Of Covid-19

3 min read Now that COVID-19 has changed in status from a pandemic to an endemic, many are reflecting on how they coped financially and spiritually when the disease was at its worst.

Walking through Xanadu Nature Estate and meeting its residents, you quickly realise that it has become the ideal ‘work-from-home’ location. This is not because residents working in Johannesburg and Pretoria are choosing not to make the 45-minute drive to the city, but rather because families are relocating from other parts of South Africa, like Cape Town and Durban, to create their home in Xanadu Nature Estate.

Xanadu Nature Estate – The Ultimate Haven For Nature Lovers

3 min read Walking through Xanadu Nature Estate and meeting its residents, you quickly realise that it has become the ideal ‘work-from-home’ location. This is not because residents working in Johannesburg and Pretoria are choosing not to make the 45-minute drive to the city, but rather because families are relocating from other parts of South Africa, like Cape Town and Durban, to create their home in Xanadu Nature Estate.

The pandemic has created a situation where more of us want to start our own business to continue to enjoy working from home (WFH). However, if you’re living on a residential estate, starting up your own business may be a bit more complicated a process. This is because there are often rules and regulations that you need to adhere to.

How To Start A Business On An Estate In 2022

3 min read The pandemic has created a situation where more of us want to start our own business to continue to enjoy working from home (WFH). However, if you’re living on a residential estate, starting up your own business may be a bit more complicated a process. This is because there are often rules and regulations that you need to adhere to.

‘SALI was created by a group of landscapers who believed that the true potential of the landscaping industry could be realised only if landscapers showed unity, produced excellent work and worked with professionalism and integrity,’ says Professor Susan Adendorff, Director of UP Facilities Management. ‘SALI and its members are associated with and represented by the South African Green Industries Council [SAGIC].’

Servest Won Double Gold Awards At The University Of Pretoria

4 min read ‘SALI was created by a group of landscapers who believed that the true potential of the landscaping industry could be realised only if landscapers showed unity, produced excellent work and worked with professionalism and integrity,’ says Professor Susan Adendorff, Director of UP Facilities Management. ‘SALI and its members are associated with and represented by the South African Green Industries Council [SAGIC].’

Dancing on the fringes of Hillcrest in KwaZulu-Natal, Cotswold Downs is the place to enjoy gorgeous views of the rolling hills and indigenous forest, world-class golfing, spectacular birdlife, and free-roaming antelope – all from the comfort of your home.

Cotswold Downs – Where Even The Greens Are Greener!

3 min read Dancing on the fringes of Hillcrest in KwaZulu-Natal, Cotswold Downs is the place to enjoy gorgeous views of the rolling hills and indigenous forest, world-class golfing, spectacular birdlife, and free-roaming antelope – all from the comfort of your home.

Did you know that someone is defrauded online every 32 seconds? According to Sharon Knowles from Da Vinci Forensics, residential estates are prime pickings for scammers.  

5 Ways to protect a residential estate from fraudsters

3 min read Did you know that someone is defrauded online every 32 seconds? According to Sharon Knowles from Da Vinci Forensics, residential estates are prime pickings for scammers.  

In January we reported how Johannesburg matriculant Sazi Bongwe secured admission to Harvard University. It was a well-deserved placement as Bongwe achieved nine distinctions in his final matric exams with an average of 95.9%. If you have similar visions of your child excelling and studying abroad then you may have to think about the affordability of it all. So, is it affordable? Here we look at the options.

Finding Affordable Ways To Pay For Tertiary Education Abroad

3 min read In January we reported how Johannesburg matriculant Sazi Bongwe secured admission to Harvard University. It was a well-deserved placement as Bongwe achieved nine distinctions in his final matric exams with an average of 95.9%. If you have similar visions of your child excelling and studying abroad then you may have to think about the affordability of it all. So, is it affordable? Here we look at the options.

Survival of our planet lies in alternatives to conventional energy generation, which relies on coal, petroleum, natural gas and nuclear technology. But when focussing on property developers, what proportion seriously considers solar power and other renewable energy sources as prevailing standard?

Self-generated Electricity 101

3 min read Survival of our planet lies in alternatives to conventional energy generation, which relies on coal, petroleum, natural gas and nuclear technology. But when focussing on property developers, what proportion seriously considers solar power and other renewable energy sources as prevailing standard?

They may be small, but they are the solution to the demand for more accommodation in tight spaces, particularly within city CBDs (central business districts). There are many names for them including ‘tiny homes’, ‘apodments’, ‘micro units’, ‘micro flats’, ‘nano units’ and so on.

Are high density apartments a good investment idea?

3 min read They may be small, but they are the solution to the demand for more accommodation in tight spaces, particularly within city CBDs (central business districts). There are many names for them including ‘tiny homes’, ‘apodments’, ‘micro units’, ‘micro flats’, ‘nano units’ and so on.

The Life in the UK Test is an unavoidable exercise for many South African expats as it’s a necessary requirement for those who are applying for either British citizenship or settlement in the UK.

5 Tips on passing the ‘Life in the UK Test’

3 min read The Life in the UK Test is an unavoidable exercise for many South African expats as it’s a necessary requirement for those who are applying for either British citizenship or settlement in the UK.

When you’re having a spring clean you tend to start off with the best of intentions. But the longer you take and delve into the things that have sentimental value the harder it is to let go of items you should really throw out.

4 Things we waste money on when moving abroad

3 min read When you’re having a spring clean you tend to start off with the best of intentions. But the longer you take and delve into the things that have sentimental value the harder it is to let go of items you should really throw out.

Makers Landing is a food emporium with a twist. Situated at E Berth next to the new Cape Town Cruise Terminal at the V&A Waterfront, it is withing walking distance from the Silo District and a quick water taxi trip from the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

How Makers Landing can help catapult your food business

3 min read Makers Landing is a food emporium with a twist. Situated at E Berth next to the new Cape Town Cruise Terminal at the V&A Waterfront, it is withing walking distance from the Silo District and a quick water taxi trip from the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Cannabis is in the spotlight yet again as cultivation regulations are revised by South African lawmakers. For growers, possibilities to plant weed for personal and medicinal use seem legion. But will relaxed rules have a bearing on estate managers and residents, and what are sentiments on this practice within estate gardens?

Can you grow dagga in your backyard?

3 min read Cannabis is in the spotlight yet again as cultivation regulations are revised by South African lawmakers. For growers, possibilities to plant weed for personal and medicinal use seem legion. But will relaxed rules have a bearing on estate managers and residents, and what are sentiments on this practice within estate gardens?

Last year, 33 million Americans gave up their jobs in what’s been termed the Great Resignation. Things might not be as bad in South Africa, but research shows that employees now move on with far less caution than in previous years, and senior staff in corporate roles opting for early retirement. 

Five ways to prevent your staff from joining the Great Resignation

2 min read Last year, 33 million Americans gave up their jobs in what’s been termed the Great Resignation. Things might not be as bad in South Africa, but research shows that employees now move on with far less caution than in previous years, and senior staff in corporate roles opting for early retirement. 

Female representation in the property sector is a multifaceted topic, as the property sector consists of many moving parts that revolve around the life cycle of a property – from the concept and architectural designs all the way to the delivery of the property, property sales, property management, and the services required to run and maintain a property.

All’s fair in property – or is it?

3 min read Female representation in the property sector is a multifaceted topic, as the property sector consists of many moving parts that revolve around the life cycle of a property – from the concept and architectural designs all the way to the delivery of the property, property sales, property management, and the services required to run and maintain a property.

The recent opening of the new splash pad and putt-putt course is indicative of the family-focused offerings for which Mount Edgecombe Country Club Estate is becoming increasingly well known for.

Mount Edgecombe Country Club Estate – The Pioneer of Residential Estates

2 min read The recent opening of the new splash pad and putt-putt course is indicative of the family-focused offerings for which Mount Edgecombe Country Club Estate is becoming increasingly well known for.

Most notably, in 2016, 2017, 2020 it was named South Africa’s Best Golf Course & in 2020, Africa’s Best Golf Course at the Annual World Golf Awards with nominations in 2018 & 2019. In addition, the spectacular course was named Most Popular International Golf Course at the 19th Annual Golf Journal (Germany) Travel Awards in 2020.

Pinnacle Point Estate – A Lifestyle Destination

< 1 min read Most notably, in 2016, 2017, 2020 it was named South Africa’s Best Golf Course & in 2020, Africa’s Best Golf Course at the Annual World Golf Awards with nominations in 2018 & 2019. In addition, the spectacular course was named Most Popular International Golf Course at the 19th Annual Golf Journal (Germany) Travel Awards in 2020.

The new South Africa was in its infancy when Golf Digest magazine started ranking the country’s best courses back in 1998. Adjudicators strive to rate candidates objectively, enabling a panel of knowledgeable reviewers to democratically decide on which courses to include in the coveted Top 100 list.

How can your estate get rated as an ‘SA Top 100 Course’?

4 min read The new South Africa was in its infancy when Golf Digest magazine started ranking the country’s best courses back in 1998. Adjudicators strive to rate candidates objectively, enabling a panel of knowledgeable reviewers to democratically decide on which courses to include in the coveted Top 100 list.

Altezza Gardens offers noncitizens the opportunity to invest in a G+2 development from R2 million and be eligible for a residence permit from R5.5 million

Discover Altezza Gardens In Mauritius

4 min read Altezza Gardens offers noncitizens the opportunity to invest in a G+2 development from R2 million and be eligible for a residence permit from R5.5 million

Seafront property is rare and sought after in Mauritius, even more so since the pandemic has prompted people to buy the spacious home of their dreams in natural surroundings. Infinity by the Sea is the latest project to come on stream for 2Futures, the leading property developers in the north and west of Mauritius. What makes it extra special is that it is approved for foreign investment.

Treat Yourself To The Ultimate In Seafront Living At Infinity By The Sea

3 min read Seafront property is rare and sought after in Mauritius, even more so since the pandemic has prompted people to buy the spacious home of their dreams in natural surroundings. Infinity by the Sea is the latest project to come on stream for 2Futures, the leading property developers in the north and west of Mauritius. What makes it extra special is that it is approved for foreign investment.

The Eye of Africa is ideally located in the South of Johannesburg, a mere 17 km from the bustling CBD. The vision for the Eye of Africa Golf & Residential Estate is to create a vibrant recreational, social and community hub that will become the key destination and gathering space for Eye of Africa’s residential community. At Eye of Africa, the standard of living is only rivalled by the sense of community and facilities available to all residents

Eye of Africa Golf and Residential Estate

5 min read The Eye of Africa is ideally located in the South of Johannesburg, a mere 17 km from the bustling CBD. The vision for the Eye of Africa Golf & Residential Estate is to create a vibrant recreational, social and community hub that will become the key destination and gathering space for Eye of Africa’s residential community. At Eye of Africa, the standard of living is only rivalled by the sense of community and facilities available to all residents

Few could predict the impact of Covid-19 and it’s reach throughout every sector, population, and country. It has caused the rise and collapse of many businesses and the construction industry has not been the exception to this.

Pandemic impact on the construction industry

3 min read Few could predict the impact of Covid-19 and it’s reach throughout every sector, population, and country. It has caused the rise and collapse of many businesses and the construction industry has not been the exception to this.

Do you suddenly have extra disposable income through perhaps no longer paying for things like school fees, student loans or your mortgage? If so, should you spend it or invest it?

Where to invest your extra cash

3 min read Do you suddenly have extra disposable income through perhaps no longer paying for things like school fees, student loans or your mortgage? If so, should you spend it or invest it?

The cost-of-living crisis is unfortunately not showing any signs of letting up. Fuel and energy prices are soaring, a basket of groceries costs a lot more and if 2021 is anything to go by, then rent is likely to increase too.  

Will rents go up or down this year?

3 min read The cost-of-living crisis is unfortunately not showing any signs of letting up. Fuel and energy prices are soaring, a basket of groceries costs a lot more and if 2021 is anything to go by, then rent is likely to increase too.  

From impersonating estate agents to falsifying bank statements, payslips and IDs or intercepting emails with instructions on where to make payment for transactions - fraudsters are using new and increasingly sophisticated scams to target every segment of the property sector. Here are three ways to make sure you avoid them.

Avoid falling victim to rental fraud

3 min read From impersonating estate agents to falsifying bank statements, payslips and IDs or intercepting emails with instructions on where to make payment for transactions – fraudsters are using new and increasingly sophisticated scams to target every segment of the property sector. Here are three ways to make sure you avoid them.

Mauritius is offering long term visas for remote workers who wish to relocate to the beautiful island. With more than just the stunning scenery on offer, here we unpack what the visa is, how easy it is to apply, and the chances of success…

What is the Mauritius premium visa?

2 min read Mauritius is offering long term visas for remote workers who wish to relocate to the beautiful island. With more than just the stunning scenery on offer, here we unpack what the visa is, how easy it is to apply, and the chances of success…

There are many benefits to children choosing golf as a sport. It helps develop their core muscles and improves their hand-eye co-ordination. It also gets them out and about in the sunshine and can be a boon for mental health.

5 Tips on getting kids interested in golf

3 min read There are many benefits to children choosing golf as a sport. It helps develop their core muscles and improves their hand-eye co-ordination. It also gets them out and about in the sunshine and can be a boon for mental health.

Available in South Africa from March 15 2022, the premium, compact and versatile new speaker delivers powerful yet detailed sound – at a friendly price.

Introducing the Sonos Roam SL ultraportable go-anywhere speaker

3 min read Available in South Africa from March 15 2022, the premium, compact and versatile new speaker delivers powerful yet detailed sound – at a friendly price.

Russia’s attack on Ukraine has dominated our news feeds. While South Africa may be a long way off geographically from the conflict that’s not to say it won’t feel the brunt of it financially.

How will Russia’s attack on Ukraine affect the South African economy

3 min read Russia’s attack on Ukraine has dominated our news feeds. While South Africa may be a long way off geographically from the conflict that’s not to say it won’t feel the brunt of it financially.

Women in Sectional Title (WiST) is a platform that focuses on connecting, supporting and uplifting women in the sectional title industry with the aim of uniting them in a vibrant and collaborative community.

Women in Sectional Title

2 min read Women in Sectional Title (WiST) is a platform that focuses on connecting, supporting and uplifting women in the sectional title industry with the aim of uniting them in a vibrant and collaborative community.

Golf is a very popular sport in South Africa.  We’ve produced some top players such as Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Gary Player and Ernie Els to name but a few.

Are we moving away from estates golf courses?

3 min read Golf is a very popular sport in South Africa. We’ve produced some top players such as Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Gary Player and Ernie Els to name but a few.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that water features are a financial boon given that properties on waterside estates like Thesen Island in Knysna tend to fetch higher asking prices and rental income than ones that don’t.

Is waterfront living a cash cow for developers?

3 min read You’d be forgiven for thinking that water features are a financial boon given that properties on waterside estates like Thesen Island in Knysna tend to fetch higher asking prices and rental income than ones that don’t.

Last month TymeBank launched its first credit card. According to the TransUnion Industry Insight Report there are 6.9 million people that currently own a credit card in South Africa and now TymeBank wants to muscle in on this lucrative marketplace.

Tymbank launches new credit card

3 min read Last month TymeBank launched its first credit card. According to the TransUnion Industry Insight Report there are 6.9 million people that currently own a credit card in South Africa and now TymeBank wants to muscle in on this lucrative marketplace.

The global shift to remote working has amplified demand for fibre services over the last few months, and developments with the best connectivity are likely to be the most attractive to tomorrow’s buyer.

Choosing the right fibre to the home (FTTH) supplier

3 min read The global shift to remote working has amplified demand for fibre services over the last few months, and developments with the best connectivity are likely to be the most attractive to tomorrow’s buyer.

The recent drought taught us that water is a precious commodity. However, lockdown drove home the benefits of access to green spaces.

The benefits of water smart plants

3 min read The recent drought taught us that water is a precious commodity. However, lockdown drove home the benefits of access to green spaces.

Mauritius continues to not only offer a great lifestyle, but over the last 18 months the Mauritian government have created more opportunities for South Africans to invest or emigrate. Legislative changes, new visa options and a wider variety of price points for property investment are just a few of the tools implemented. 

MAURITIUS – The Time to Invest is Now

< 1 min read Mauritius continues to not only offer a great lifestyle, but over the last 18 months the Mauritian government have created more opportunities for South Africans to invest or emigrate. Legislative changes, new visa options and a wider variety of price points for property investment are just a few of the tools implemented. 

Creating a happy estate community is essential. Happy residents enhance the estate’s reputation creating greater demand for homes which pushes up property values.

How to create a happy estate

3 min read Creating a happy estate community is essential. Happy residents enhance the estate’s reputation creating greater demand for homes which pushes up property values.

The issue of mandatory vaccinations basked in the spotlight during tennis ace Novak Djokovic’s recent Australian Open debacle.

Can estate managers enforce vaccinations?

3 min read The issue of mandatory vaccinations basked in the spotlight during tennis ace Novak Djokovic’s recent Australian Open debacle.

A home renovation can be exciting, but it can also be a stressful process because there’s a myriad of things that could go wrong, especially if you hire the wrong builder.

How to choose a good builder

3 min read A home renovation can be exciting, but it can also be a stressful process because there’s a myriad of things that could go wrong, especially if you hire the wrong builder.

The Irish Immigrant Investor Programme is a scheme designed to help those not in the European Economic Area who wish to immigrate and make investments in the State.

The Irish Immigrant Investor Programme – is it financially attainable?

3 min read The Irish Immigrant Investor Programme is a scheme designed to help those not in the European Economic Area who wish to immigrate and make investments in the State.

Luxury Residences By The Sea In Mauritius - Azuri Ocean & Golf Village, a place of island elegance and serenity, to live truly and safely your dream of a tropical lifestyle. Since its inception eight years ago on a large estate in the North of Mauritius, Azuri has metamorphosed into a vibrant and tight-knit community.

Azuri: A Pleasant Life by the Sea

4 min read Luxury Residences By The Sea In Mauritius – Azuri Ocean & Golf Village, a place of island elegance and serenity, to live truly and safely your dream of a tropical lifestyle. Since its inception eight years ago on a large estate in the North of Mauritius, Azuri has metamorphosed into a vibrant and tight-knit community.

As food prices rise globally, South Africa is unfortunately no exception to this. Despite the cost of the weekly food shop increasing, alongside electricity bills and interest rates, salaries are failing to keep up.

10 Ways to save on groceries

3 min read As food prices rise globally, South Africa is unfortunately no exception to this. Despite the cost of the weekly food shop increasing, alongside electricity bills and interest rates, salaries are failing to keep up.

There are always several good reasons why South Africans emigrate Britain. While they may vary there are some that pop up time and again. These include the need to feel safe, good schooling, jobs, and the ability to travel.

Can you get the same lifestyle in Britain as you do in South Africa?

4 min read There are always several good reasons why South Africans emigrate Britain. While they may vary there are some that pop up time and again. These include the need to feel safe, good schooling, jobs, and the ability to travel.

A recent presentation by Lightstone Properties reveals Gauteng residents and semigrants from other South African provinces favour the Western Cape when buying new property, and that estate living tops the residential wish list of those relocating to the Garden Route. Here we explore the reasons behind these trends.

Semigration in South Africa

3 min read A recent presentation by Lightstone Properties reveals Gauteng residents and semigrants from other South African provinces favour the Western Cape when buying new property, and that estate living tops the residential wish list of those relocating to the Garden Route. Here we explore the reasons behind these trends.

Bloomberg recently reported that South Africa’s unemployment rate, which includes people who have stopped looking for work, rose to 44.4 percent in the second quarter, 2021. It also pointed out that the country’s unemployment rate surged to the highest on a global list of 82 countries it monitors.

Leading property developer creates 7000 employment opportunities amid SA’s perilous economic climate

3 min read Bloomberg recently reported that South Africa’s unemployment rate, which includes people who have stopped looking for work, rose to 44.4 percent in the second quarter, 2021. It also pointed out that the country’s unemployment rate surged to the highest on a global list of 82 countries it monitors.

We all know that roofs take a beating from the sun, and especially so here in sunny SA! And summer 2022 has been marked by record temperature highs. With heat soaring up to 45 degrees in parts of the country, it has been near impossible to be outdoors at midday and stifling to remain inside.

The coolest roofing solution for your estate – Plascon Nuroof Cool lowers interior temperatures by up to 8°C!

2 min read We all know that roofs take a beating from the sun, and especially so here in sunny SA! And summer 2022 has been marked by record temperature highs. With heat soaring up to 45 degrees in parts of the country, it has been near impossible to be outdoors at midday and stifling to remain inside.

Johannesburg matriculant Sazi Bongwe has secured admission to Harvard University for the 2022 academic year, which kicks off in August. The eighteen-year-old, who was Head of School at St. John’s College in 2021, achieved nine distinctions in his final matric exams, with an average of 95.9% – in addition to building an impressive extracurricular portfolio throughout his school career. For high school students with dreams of studying at a top university abroad, Sazi’s journey is a masterclass in standing out to admissions officers.

Joburg teen makes it into the Ivy League

3 min read Johannesburg matriculant Sazi Bongwe has secured admission to Harvard University for the 2022 academic year, which kicks off in August. The eighteen-year-old, who was Head of School at St. John’s College in 2021, achieved nine distinctions in his final matric exams, with an average of 95.9% – in addition to building an impressive extracurricular portfolio throughout his school career. For high school students with dreams of studying at a top university abroad, Sazi’s journey is a masterclass in standing out to admissions officers.

The Cape Town Cycle Tour, presented by Pick n Pay, is all set for March 13, 2022 with a limited field of 22 500 expected and a pre-race Expo confirmed.

2022 Cape Town Cycle Tour Set For Traditional March Date

< 1 min read The Cape Town Cycle Tour, presented by Pick n Pay, is all set for March 13, 2022 with a limited field of 22 500 expected and a pre-race Expo confirmed.

Four vital pieces of legislation, set to be introduced this year, is sure to affect South Africans.

New laws, Eskom’s price hike and their impact

3 min read Four vital pieces of legislation, set to be introduced this year, is sure to affect South Africans.

January can be a rather depressing month. It is often dubbed ‘Janu-worry’. This is because most of us typically worry about our finances after spending too much during the festive season.

Beating budget blues

3 min read January can be a rather depressing month. It is often dubbed ‘Janu-worry’. This is because most of us typically worry about our finances after spending too much during the festive season.

So, 2021 one has come and gone, but the trends that have affected the commercial property sector last year will no doubt trickle through 2022 as well. We are, after all, still in the throes of the Covid-19 pandemic, although it has recently produced what many feel is a weaker variant.

Key commercial property trends for 2022

3 min read So, 2021 one has come and gone, but the trends that have affected the commercial property sector last year will no doubt trickle through 2022 as well. We are, after all, still in the throes of the Covid-19 pandemic, although it has recently produced what many feel is a weaker variant.

Ten years ago, South Africa was the 19th biggest drinking nation in the world according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Fast forward to now and unfortunately, we’re in a worse position as sixth-highest consumer of alcohol globally.

Dry January – 6 Tips to get back on track

2 min read Ten years ago, South Africa was the 19th biggest drinking nation in the world according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Fast forward to now and unfortunately, we’re in a worse position as sixth-highest consumer of alcohol globally.

Summer’s here and with it, those wonderful warm days and balmy evenings that make dining al fresco such a pleasure! It’s time to update your outdoor area to make the most of the season.

Just right to brighten your braai room, patio or exterior walls

3 min read Summer’s here and with it, those wonderful warm days and balmy evenings that make dining al fresco such a pleasure! It’s time to update your outdoor area to make the most of the season.

Openserve has redefined the broadband experience for customers with the introduction of their Connect App.

Openserve Connect App – control and information at your fingertips

2 min read Openserve has redefined the broadband experience for customers with the introduction of their Connect App.

Thank you to all our partners, subscribers and new members, we appreciate all the support through 2021 and look forward to a successful 2022 for all.

Estate Living year end celebration

< 1 min read Thank you to all our partners, subscribers and new members, we appreciate all the support through 2021 and look forward to a successful 2022 for all.

When it comes to assisting in an emergency professional and qualified staff don’t tend to hesitate. They also tend not to give the potential for being sued, should anything go wrong, a second thought.

Will insurance cover first aid accidents?

3 min read When it comes to assisting in an emergency professional and qualified staff don’t tend to hesitate. They also tend not to give the potential for being sued, should anything go wrong, a second thought.

Being on a board of trustees comes with a seemingly never-ending list of things to do. From managing the day-to-day running of the estate to maintaining the common property, there’s more than enough to keep you busy. Ensuring that the estate is adequately insured is undoubtedly an item on every trustee’s agenda, but here are 3 reasons why finding a trusted insurer should be moved to the very top of the to-do list.

3 reasons why you need a trusted insurer

2 min read Being on a board of trustees comes with a seemingly never-ending list of things to do. From managing the day-to-day running of the estate to maintaining the common property, there’s more than enough to keep you busy. Ensuring that the estate is adequately insured is undoubtedly an item on every trustee’s agenda, but here are 3 reasons why finding a trusted insurer should be moved to the very top of the to-do list.

Boundary walls and fences identify the dividing line between two properties, or the dividing line between private property and common areas. This makes it indisputably clear whose property is within a wall. But, what about the ownership of the wall itself?

Whose wall is it anyway?

2 min read Boundary walls and fences identify the dividing line between two properties, or the dividing line between private property and common areas. This makes it indisputably clear whose property is within a wall. But, what about the ownership of the wall itself?

Despite the uncertainty of the past 18 months, Sitari Country Estate continues to take form in the Helderberg basin, and 2022 promises to be even bigger and better.

Sitari Country Estate – A Success Story

2 min read Despite the uncertainty of the past 18 months, Sitari Country Estate continues to take form in the Helderberg basin, and 2022 promises to be even bigger and better.

Kingswood resident Karen Schoombie landed control of the ‘Queen of Birding’ reins when a homeowner previously in charge of the tweet had to up and move away from Kingswood Golf Estate earlier this year.

For The Birders

3 min read Kingswood resident Karen Schoombie landed control of the ‘Queen of Birding’ reins when a homeowner previously in charge of the tweet had to up and move away from Kingswood Golf Estate earlier this year.

Marilyn Kamp, one of four Homeowners Association (HOA) trustees – along with fellow newbies Chris Horsley and Fielies Nieuwoudt, and old hand Gerrit Botha – provided the meat for this summary of the year that was at Kingswood Golf Estate, and some exciting future bytes. We also thank former trustee and numbers man par excellence, Roy Edge, for contributing to the facts and figures below.

Kingswood Achievements And Investments

4 min read Marilyn Kamp, one of four Homeowners Association (HOA) trustees – along with fellow newbies Chris Horsley and Fielies Nieuwoudt, and old hand Gerrit Botha – provided the meat for this summary of the year that was at Kingswood Golf Estate, and some exciting future bytes. We also thank former trustee and numbers man par excellence, Roy Edge, for contributing to the facts and figures below.

The tourism industry in George, as in many holiday destinations across South Africa and the world, has suffered greatly since the first COVID-19 lockdowns came into effect at the end of March 2020. The local tourism office falls under George Municipality and we tracked down the town’s tourism manager, Joan Shaw, who shared data collated over the past year, as well as a cautiously optimistic outlook for 2022.

Rebuilding Tourism

4 min read The tourism industry in George, as in many holiday destinations across South Africa and the world, has suffered greatly since the first COVID-19 lockdowns came into effect at the end of March 2020. The local tourism office falls under George Municipality and we tracked down the town’s tourism manager, Joan Shaw, who shared data collated over the past year, as well as a cautiously optimistic outlook for 2022.

When The BUZZard caught up with Deon van Greunen on a wet Monday morning (but not quite as wet as the infamous Flood Monday of a fortnight before … more news on this elsewhere in this edition), he was just ‘moving his boat’.

Jetline George Is In Excellent Hands

4 min read When The BUZZard caught up with Deon van Greunen on a wet Monday morning (but not quite as wet as the infamous Flood Monday of a fortnight before … more news on this elsewhere in this edition), he was just ‘moving his boat’.

The Kingswood Golf Estate (KGE) management team embarked on a POPIA and PAIA Compliance Preparation Project in May 2021 in order to establish appropriate measures for protecting the personal information of homeowners, residents, visitors and other stakeholders in a lawful and secure manner.

Kingswood’s – Road To Compliance

4 min read The Kingswood Golf Estate (KGE) management team embarked on a POPIA and PAIA Compliance Preparation Project in May 2021 in order to establish appropriate measures for protecting the personal information of homeowners, residents, visitors and other stakeholders in a lawful and secure manner.

The investment of Kingswood Golf Operations (KGO) in the acquisition of 30 brand-new golf carts did much to lighten the mood of those estate management members grappling with the aftermath of the 22 November flood.

What’s On At Kingswood This Season … And How Cool Are These New Carts?!

4 min read The investment of Kingswood Golf Operations (KGO) in the acquisition of 30 brand-new golf carts did much to lighten the mood of those estate management members grappling with the aftermath of the 22 November flood.

Best practice when it comes to responsible short-term letting at Kingswood Golf Estate (KGE) is always worth a relook, with the summer season now here and the issue invariably resurfacing in what may be billed the making-a-festive-buck context.

Best Practice – Short-Term Rental

3 min read Best practice when it comes to responsible short-term letting at Kingswood Golf Estate (KGE) is always worth a relook, with the summer season now here and the issue invariably resurfacing in what may be billed the making-a-festive-buck context.

George measured 105mm of rainfall in a two-hour period on Monday 22 November, which led to extensive flash flood damage to private as well as municipal infrastructure. In total, George measured 148.5mm of rain from 22–24 November – a record in anyone’s books, but miraculously without severe injuries or fatalities being reported in the days following the storm.

Flood Damage

5 min read George measured 105mm of rainfall in a two-hour period on Monday 22 November, which led to extensive flash flood damage to private as well as municipal infrastructure. In total, George measured 148.5mm of rain from 22–24 November – a record in anyone’s books, but miraculously without severe injuries or fatalities being reported in the days following the storm.

When it was announced in November that South Africa had concluded a historic agreement to secure R131 billion for the country’s transition to a low carbon economy, the news was celebrated in international environmental circles. On a national level, estate managers and developers can contribute by building green and maintaining planet-friendly standards.

Green building

2 min read When it was announced in November that South Africa had concluded a historic agreement to secure R131 billion for the country’s transition to a low carbon economy, the news was celebrated in international environmental circles. On a national level, estate managers and developers can contribute by building green and maintaining planet-friendly standards.

When it comes to New Year’s promises, we’ve heard it all before. We pledge to start exercising at the gym, lose weight, get organised, and living life to the fullest. But why do we find it so hard to stick to them come January?

New year, new resolutions, new you

3 min read When it comes to New Year’s promises, we’ve heard it all before. We pledge to start exercising at the gym, lose weight, get organised, and living life to the fullest. But why do we find it so hard to stick to them come January?

Getting your heart rate up a few times every week can do wonders for your health. Not only does regular physical activity increase levels of endorphins – the happy hormone, but it also reduces cortisol - the stress hormone, which we could all do with less of.

Three ways of improving residents’ fitness on your estate

2 min read Getting your heart rate up a few times every week can do wonders for your health. Not only does regular physical activity increase levels of endorphins – the happy hormone, but it also reduces cortisol – the stress hormone, which we could all do with less of.

Most retirement homes have strict rules about keeping pets. But now there’s one retirement village that’s going against this status quo and allowing pensioners to keep their furry friends with them in retirement.

Should developers create pet friendly estates?

2 min read Most retirement homes have strict rules about keeping pets. But now there’s one retirement village that’s going against this status quo and allowing pensioners to keep their furry friends with them in retirement.

Despite a few recent changes to the program, Portugal’s Golden Visa remains largely appealing to South African investors and residents.

Is Portugal’s Golden Visa still one of the best immigration programmes?

2 min read Despite a few recent changes to the program, Portugal’s Golden Visa remains largely appealing to South African investors and residents.

Earlier this month, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales auctioned off a non-fungible token (NFT) of the first edit ever made on Wikipedia.

Investing in NFT art

2 min read Earlier this month, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales auctioned off a non-fungible token (NFT) of the first edit ever made on Wikipedia.

Many countries have shut their doors to South Arica following the discovery of the Omicron coronavirus variant in November and foreign visitors have all but vanished over the usually busy summer.

International flight bans impact on marketing internationally

2 min read Many countries have shut their doors to South Arica following the discovery of the Omicron coronavirus variant in November and foreign visitors have all but vanished over the usually busy summer.

January is certainly not the cheapest time of year. With the dreaded ‘back to school’ shopping, we all need a helping hand to save a few extra rands here and there. Whether that be paying school fees in advance or simply making a list to cross off those unnecessary extras, here are some useful money saving tips that might help you learn something new.

How to save money on ‘back to school’

2 min read January is certainly not the cheapest time of year. With the dreaded ‘back to school’ shopping, we all need a helping hand to save a few extra rands here and there. Whether that be paying school fees in advance or simply making a list to cross off those unnecessary extras, here are some useful money saving tips that might help you learn something new.

With Covid-19 still throwing a spanner in the works for South African travellers it’s become more difficult moving abroad. But it’s not impossible to do so. And if you’re stuck in South Africa till well into 2022, it’s still possible to earn an income from abroad. Here’s how:

How to find a job abroad

2 min read With Covid-19 still throwing a spanner in the works for South African travellers it’s become more difficult moving abroad. But it’s not impossible to do so. And if you’re stuck in South Africa till well into 2022, it’s still possible to earn an income from abroad. Here’s how:

The thought of decluttering your home can be overwhelming. Where do you start? Do you have time?

How to declutter your home ahead of 2022

2 min read The thought of decluttering your home can be overwhelming. Where do you start? Do you have time?

You may think that children don’t understand the intricacies that come with managing the household budget, but they understand more than you think. What’s more the way in which you treat, manage and view money is something that your children will copy by observing what you do.

5 Ways to teach kids good money habits

2 min read You may think that children don’t understand the intricacies that come with managing the household budget, but they understand more than you think. What’s more the way in which you treat, manage and view money is something that your children will copy by observing what you do.

We all pay tax. There really is no escaping it. However, there are things you can do to pay less tax and they’re all perfectly legal. Here’s five ways to ensure you hand over less money to the taxman:

5 Ways to pay less tax

2 min read We all pay tax. There really is no escaping it. However, there are things you can do to pay less tax and they’re all perfectly legal. Here’s five ways to ensure you hand over less money to the taxman:

The tragic accidental drowning of Jannie du Plessis’s one-year-old son last month highlights just how important safety around the pool is, especially during the holidays.

11 Tips to ensure your pool is safe

2 min read The tragic accidental drowning of Jannie du Plessis’s one-year-old son last month highlights just how important safety around the pool is, especially during the holidays.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), air pollution is one of the biggest threats to human health after climate change. Using the latest clean air technology not only keeps employees healthy and lowers absenteeism, but it also appeals to increasingly healthy and lifestyle conscious residents.

Improving air quality in your estate’s offices

2 min read According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), air pollution is one of the biggest threats to human health after climate change. Using the latest clean air technology not only keeps employees healthy and lowers absenteeism, but it also appeals to increasingly healthy and lifestyle conscious residents.

When it comes to maternity and paternity leave, South Africa has not kept up with the rest of the world. According to South African law, moms are entitled to four months unpaid maternity leave. During this time, you can claim from the UIF (Unemployment Insurance Fund).

European countries with the best parental leave conditions

2 min read When it comes to maternity and paternity leave, South Africa has not kept up with the rest of the world. According to South African law, moms are entitled to four months unpaid maternity leave. During this time, you can claim from the UIF (Unemployment Insurance Fund).

In most cases, a power of attorney falls away and is not legal if your parents start showing signs of mental incapacity.  Without an alternative plan, things could become problematic.

Three ways to manage the finances of incapacitated parents

2 min read In most cases, a power of attorney falls away and is not legal if your parents start showing signs of mental incapacity. Without an alternative plan, things could become problematic.

When researching technologies during the pre-construction phase, developers must consider the importance of building for a tech-driven society. During such research, one concept will underly most every alternative: fibre!

Tech needs of new homes

2 min read When researching technologies during the pre-construction phase, developers must consider the importance of building for a tech-driven society. During such research, one concept will underly most every alternative: fibre!

During the third quarter of this year, the Western Cape Government was finalising a draft policy to address affordable housing. Billed as ‘ground-breaking’, its Inclusionary Housing Policy Framework (IHPF) tackles the consequences of ‘apartheid spatial planning’ - and developers form an integral part of the plan.

Affordable housing and megacities

2 min read During the third quarter of this year, the Western Cape Government was finalising a draft policy to address affordable housing. Billed as ‘ground-breaking’, its Inclusionary Housing Policy Framework (IHPF) tackles the consequences of ‘apartheid spatial planning’ – and developers form an integral part of the plan.

Probably one of the most difficult and time-consuming issues facing estate managers and residents of estates is waste management. It’s so easy to throw items and food away in the general waste bin and forget about it.

3 Simple ways we can recycle more and send less to landfill

3 min read Probably one of the most difficult and time-consuming issues facing estate managers and residents of estates is waste management. It’s so easy to throw items and food away in the general waste bin and forget about it.

Market falls don’t come along often, but when they do they could affect our pensions and fund investments, and rattle us into thinking we need to preserve our money in cash-based investments – at least until it’s all over.

Dealing With A Market Crash

3 min read Market falls don’t come along often, but when they do they could affect our pensions and fund investments, and rattle us into thinking we need to preserve our money in cash-based investments – at least until it’s all over.

Caleo Capital is a global boutique investment management firm, with a strong focus on the principles that one would associate with a family office. The business prides itself on being fiercely independent, which means they provide unique, tailor-made advice to their clients.

Be A Shrewd Global Investment Citizen With Caleo Capital

2 min read Caleo Capital is a global boutique investment management firm, with a strong focus on the principles that one would associate with a family office. The business prides itself on being fiercely independent, which means they provide unique, tailor-made advice to their clients.

Big or small, it is important for a business to look after its people – after all, they are your company’s most important asset.

Wellness In The Workplace

2 min read Big or small, it is important for a business to look after its people – after all, they are your company’s most important asset.

According to one Cape Town-based landscaper, Rose Buchanan, investing in and renovating your outdoor space can increase a property’s value by up to 20%.

Green Investment

3 min read According to one Cape Town-based landscaper, Rose Buchanan, investing in and renovating your outdoor space can increase a property’s value by up to 20%.

Spanning 13 years, South Africans have lived with the spectre of load shedding, due to ageing and poorly maintained infrastructure. According to a report released by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in August, South Africa experienced 650 hours of load shedding in the first half of 2021, shedding an estimated 963GWh of energy. This represents 76% of the total load shedding experienced in 2020.

Beat Loadshedding With Huawei Fusionsolar Residential Smart Pv Solution

4 min read Spanning 13 years, South Africans have lived with the spectre of load shedding, due to ageing and poorly maintained infrastructure. According to a report released by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in August, South Africa experienced 650 hours of load shedding in the first half of 2021, shedding an estimated 963GWh of energy. This represents 76% of the total load shedding experienced in 2020.

If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg and Pretoria, then take a 45-minute drive to North West, and you will soon stumble upon the majestic Magaliesburg Mountains and, nestled within them, the Xanadu Nature Estate.

Welcome Home. Welcome To Xanadu Nature Estate

2 min read If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg and Pretoria, then take a 45-minute drive to North West, and you will soon stumble upon the majestic Magaliesburg Mountains and, nestled within them, the Xanadu Nature Estate.

Is Steyn City the most enviable address in Gauteng? Several local and international accolades indicate that this may well be the case.

Steyn City – More Than Just A Secure Lifestyle

3 min read Is Steyn City the most enviable address in Gauteng? Several local and international accolades indicate that this may well be the case.

Working out whether to sell or keep your furniture depends on things such as its size, value, transport, and insurance costs. It can be tricky moving furniture abroad, but, with some forward planning and research, it can be done cost effectively.

Is It Worth Taking Your Furniture Abroad?

3 min read Working out whether to sell or keep your furniture depends on things such as its size, value, transport, and insurance costs. It can be tricky moving furniture abroad, but, with some forward planning and research, it can be done cost effectively.

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

Cybersecurity: Info age security cracks require newfangled awareness

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Loan scams

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

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

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.

Developments in sewerage management are 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. 

Let it flow

3 min read Developments in sewerage management are 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. 

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.

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.

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

Collective property buying

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

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

Tackling tender transparency

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

Climate change is top of 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.

Green grub

3 min read Climate change is top of 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.

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.

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.

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

Leasehold laws

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

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

Creating inclusive workplaces

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

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.

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.

Greenfield spaces should be an essential factor when planning a development – not only because they are good for the environment, but because they add financial value.

Why green is the new gold

2 min read Greenfield spaces should be an essential factor when planning a development – not only because they are good for the environment, but because they add financial value.

One of the victims of a recent triple homicide in Georgia, USA, was the director of golf at Pinetree Country Club. Pro golfer Gene Siller was shot when arriving ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time’ to ascertain why a suspect vehicle was parked on the 10th green.

Who’s guarding the guards?

2 min read One of the victims of a recent triple homicide in Georgia, USA, was the director of golf at Pinetree Country Club. Pro golfer Gene Siller was shot when arriving ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time’ to ascertain why a suspect vehicle was parked on the 10th green.

The remote working revolution came with its fair share of benefits. As well reducing a business’s costs for water, electricity and in some cases even rent, the working-from -home model has also helped to combat some longstanding concerns regarding outsourcing.

4 Tips to make your estate outsource-ready 2022

2 min read The remote working revolution came with its fair share of benefits. As well reducing a business’s costs for water, electricity and in some cases even rent, the working-from -home model has also helped to combat some longstanding concerns regarding outsourcing.

Leading international recruitment firm, Michael Page, has just released their Mauritius Salary Guide and Hiring Insights research for 2022. In it, the recruiter focuses on several sectors including engineering, property, and construction to name but a few.

Property and construction jobs in Mauritius

2 min read Leading international recruitment firm, Michael Page, has just released their Mauritius Salary Guide and Hiring Insights research for 2022. In it, the recruiter focuses on several sectors including engineering, property, and construction to name but a few.

The majority of healthcare in Mauritius is publically funded and expats can access most in-patient services in one of five regional and two district hospitals spread across the island. In general, Mauritanian healthcare is of a relatively high standard but even so, private healthcare is quickly becoming an option of choice for locals as well as expats.

Medical needs in Mauritius

3 min read The majority of healthcare in Mauritius is publically funded and expats can access most in-patient services in one of five regional and two district hospitals spread across the island. In general, Mauritanian healthcare is of a relatively high standard but even so, private healthcare is quickly becoming an option of choice for locals as well as expats.

Getting the right paint for a room can have a great impact on our emotions and general well-being. We’re spending more time at home now, so it’s important that we live and work in spaces we are comfortable in and want to spend more time in. But what are the colour trends for 2022?

The colours in fashion for 2022

2 min read Getting the right paint for a room can have a great impact on our emotions and general well-being. We’re spending more time at home now, so it’s important that we live and work in spaces we are comfortable in and want to spend more time in. But what are the colour trends for 2022?

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

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.

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.

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.

Some of the most popular countries to move to include Portugal, Mauritius, and Cyprus. According to a global survey conducted by money.co.uk, 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.

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 money.co.uk, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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?

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Trouble with tenders?

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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 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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 jeff@hoasupport.co.za.

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 jeff@hoasupport.co.za.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Microfarms

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Xeriscaping

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.