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Aurum Zimbali Lakes falls within the prestigious Zimbali Lakes Estate situated on the North Coast of Durban KwaZulu-Natal South Africa. As one of the first North Coast EDGE-certified green developments, the homes  include renewable energy, water efficiency and reduce embodied energy in the building materials. Aurum offers investors a choice of 3-bedroom and 4-bedroom homes priced from R8.5 million to R9.2 million

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Aurum ZImbali Lakes, Durban South Africa

< 1 min read Aurum Zimbali Lakes falls within the prestigious Zimbali Lakes Estate situated on the North Coast of Durban KwaZulu-Natal South Africa. As one of the first North Coast EDGE-certified green developments, the homes include renewable energy, water efficiency and reduce embodied energy in the building materials. Aurum offers investors a choice of 3-bedroom and 4-bedroom homes priced from R8.5 million to R9.2 million

The global video game industry is thriving but so too are video game scams. An increasing concern is how children are becoming targets of scammers while they’re innocently playing games and interacting with people online.

Can your children become victims of gaming fraud?

3 min read The global video game industry is thriving but so too are video game scams. An increasing concern is how children are becoming targets of scammers while they’re innocently playing games and interacting with people online.

UK Innovator Visa

What is the UK’s Innovator visa?

2 min read The Innovator visa targets individuals who are looking to establish or invest in an original, unique business in the UK. However, these must be endorsed by a Home Office approved endorsing body, so is it the best option? And is it the key to kickstarting your business overseas? We unpack how the visa works and the pros and cons.

Rules on Estates

Know the rules

3 min read It’s illegal for teenagers to ride on golf carts, but some estates turn a blind eye and so risk litigation, were something to go horribly wrong. Estate managers are urged to familiarise themselves with lesser-known rules to so avoid trouble with the law.

Aparthotel

The aparthotel appeal

3 min read Estate Living explores whether developers should expand into the aparthotel market. How appealing is this offering, and will we see more of them? Two experts share views of interest to potential property investors

The local crime level is an important consideration when selecting where to live. National crime stats released annually by the South African Police Service (SAPS) aren’t necessarily credible, so it was refreshing when, last month, News24 launched CrimeCheck.

How safe is your neighbourhood?

3 min read The local crime level is an important consideration when selecting where to live. National crime stats released annually by the South African Police Service (SAPS) aren’t necessarily credible, so it was refreshing when, last month, News24 launched CrimeCheck.

Downsizing your home

What do you need to know before downsizing your home?

3 min read A big home has its advantages, but what happens if that space becomes a burden. Perhaps the children have flown the nest, or you find yourself alone after a divorce? Perhaps you’re travelling more than you used to and are hardly at home.

employees to work remotely overseas

Should you allow your employees to work remotely overseas?

3 min read Following the pandemic, remote working has continued to feature, with some employers and employees seeing the benefits. There are plenty of advantages. Flexible working not only saves time and costs, but it can also ramp up productivity and performance.

emerging property developers

Big guns bolster emerging developers

3 min read Who can up-and-coming developers turn to when finding their feet in this challenging sector?

Best places to retire for South Africans

Best places to retire for South Africans

3 min read There are many questions to ask yourself as you head into retirement. What am I looking for? How important is security? Do I need appropriate access to medical treatment? What do I need to consider before moving abroad? And, most importantly, where exactly do I want to spend my retirement? Here we unpack how to reach that decision.

Devmark Property Group

Careering ahead through COVID, one managed property at a time

3 min read Imagine starting a new division of a property management company, only for Covid to set in a little over a month later. That is exactly what happened when talented entrepreneur Chanet Muller took over the reins of Devmark Property Group’s property management arm.

Politics affecting Property Development

How does South African politics shape real estate?

2 min read It’s hard to think of a time when politics didn’t influence land and how people lived on it in South Africa. People were forced to travel around the country to find adequate grazing land, or they moved around to find safety from aggression.

Juanita Clark

A dynamic force behind South Africa’s digital infrastructure revolution

4 min read Having sat down with Juanita Clark to discuss the digital landscape in South Africa, it is clear that she is exactly the kind of person the country needs to galvanise us into an inclusive Fourth Industrial Revolution economy.

Empowerment has always been at the centre of everything Tefelo does. She started her career as a high school teacher, teaching accountancy and economics. When a group of youngsters found themselves without a scheduled class or a teacher to teach them, Tefelo took these foundlings under her wing when no other teachers were interested in the additional burden. Not only did the neglected and heavily demotivated class thrive, but with a bit of extra care and plenty of dedication, they became the highest performing learners of Tefelo’s teaching career.

A passion for teaching and impactful investments

3 min read Empowerment has always been at the centre of everything Tefelo does. She started her career as a high school teacher, teaching accountancy and economics. When a group of youngsters found themselves without a scheduled class or a teacher to teach them, Tefelo took these foundlings under her wing when no other teachers were interested in the additional burden. Not only did the neglected and heavily demotivated class thrive, but with a bit of extra care and plenty of dedication, they became the highest performing learners of Tefelo’s teaching career.

The renewable energy Industry in South Africa has been pushing for change for several years but, to date, their calls for a radical overhaul on how the public get their electricity supply have fallen on deaf ears.

Are the dark days over? Racing to renewables

3 min read The renewable energy Industry in South Africa has been pushing for change for several years but, to date, their calls for a radical overhaul on how the public get their electricity supply have fallen on deaf ears.

An extensive frail care offering can do wonders for your retirement estate, attracting an influx of residents and setting your estate apart from other senior living communities.

How to provide the best frail care – Should you outsource frail care?

2 min read An extensive frail care offering can do wonders for your retirement estate, attracting an influx of residents and setting your estate apart from other senior living communities.

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 load shedding with Huawei fusionsolar

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.

The Ennéa Golf Villas at Azuri are designed to offer you an exclusive lifestyle experience in the luxury of an island villa set beside the manicured greens of a world-class 9-hole signature par 3 golf course, within a vibrant seaside village.

The Ennéa Golf Villas – The latest phase released by Azuri

< 1 min read The Ennéa Golf Villas at Azuri are designed to offer you an exclusive lifestyle experience in the luxury of an island villa set beside the manicured greens of a world-class 9-hole signature par 3 golf course, within a vibrant seaside village.

Boost tourism on your estate

Five ways you can boost tourist on your estate

3 min read There is no denying tourism is big business in South Africa. Pre pandemic figures show that the country generated more than R130 billion from tourism each year, which directly contributed to nearly 3% of our GDP.

How to build a property portfolio

How to build a property portfolio and make money

3 min read Many profess to be knowledgeable about investing in property and try to make money off people who are interested in making a quick buck. But there are some legitimate operators out there who have a few tips and tricks up their sleeves who know the property game and can show wannabe investors a thing or two about making real money.

Changes to retirement legislation

5 Changes that pensioners can expect to retirement legislation

3 min read Pensions are a way to ensure that we get an income in our golden years when we stop working. Over the years the guarantee of that income has diminished as government tries to shift more responsibility has shifted onto people.

Plascon Micatex with Weathertough

Paint to go

3 min read The climatic conditions of any given South African region vary dramatically from one to the next. We go from a Mediterranean climate in the country’s southwestern corner, to temperate conditions on the interior plateau, to subtropical in the northeast, or desert-like in the northwest. These varying conditions make a difference as to how the paintwork of a residential estate may endure.

Residential building maintenance

Partnering up to keep buildings in prime condition

2 min read When it comes to building maintenance, it’s often best to take a preventive – rather than a corrective – approach. Here’s a look at the logic of not allowing things to get totally out of hand before you spring into action.

Best European Christmas Markets

5 European countries with the best Christmas markets

3 min read You’d be forgiven for thinking that you want to get away from it all this Christmas. It has been a trying couple of years with the pandemic and most families have kept trips to a minimum as travel restrictions continued to apply even as Covid-19 numbers reduced.

Managing a Retirement Estate

Managing a retirement estate vs a general residential estate

3 min read Retirement estates differ quite considerably in comparison to your average golf, equestrian and general lifestyle estates. The obvious distinction are the type of residents and amenities on offer, but what about the management?

Smart cities for urban sustainability

Smart cities for urban sustainability

3 min read Government has three new smart-city projects in the pipeline, but some developers claim that they’ve already pioneered this trend. We explain the concept in a nutshell, and provide good reasons for developers to take note and act.

Zimbali Lakes presents a wholesome lifestyle in South Africa’s most prestigious estate. Sun, sand and surf; Aurum Zimbali Lakes is surrounded by exquisite natural wonders. As one of the first North Coast EDGE-certified green developments, our homes will pioneer renewable energy, water efficiency and reduce embodied energy in the building materials. While our luxury homes celebrate the connection to nature, they also offer convenient access to lifestyle facilities , retail outlets, workplaces and outdoor pursuits.

Aurum Zimbali Lakes

5 min read Zimbali Lakes presents a wholesome lifestyle in South Africa’s most prestigious estate. Sun, sand and surf; Aurum Zimbali Lakes is surrounded by exquisite natural wonders. As one of the first North Coast EDGE-certified green developments, our homes will pioneer renewable energy, water efficiency and reduce embodied energy in the building materials. While our luxury homes celebrate the connection to nature, they also offer convenient access to lifestyle facilities , retail outlets, workplaces and outdoor pursuits.

Housing needs of over 65

Top 8 housing needs of the over 65s

3 min read Better standards of living, coupled with advances in medical care and a more active lifestyle has meant people are living for longer. How to deal with an aging population that is expected to jump by as much as 50% in the next 20 years is a major concern for South Africa, as it especially places additional pressure on the supply and quality of housing.

Weddings on residential estates

Weddings on residential estates

3 min read How can estate managers best lure the lucrative wedding trade? An old hand in the game shares pearls of wisdom to guide newbies as well as nuptial fundis, so ensuring return business while preventing the loss of customers to other wedding venues.

Difference between a UK spouse visa and fiancé visa

What’s the difference between a UK spouse visa and a fiancé visa?

3 min read Many non-EEA nationals look to travel to and settle down in the UK with their partner using a spouse visa. However, the lesser-known fiancé visa is also an option for people moving abroad. We unpack what each visa has to offer, the differences between the two, and the pros and cons.

Amazon launch in South Africa

Will Amazon’s launch mean more competition for the consumer in South Africa?

3 min read A report by Business Insider South Africa claims that online retail giant Amazon has plans to launch in South Africa in 2023. The website says it has seen leaked documentation that Amazon will launch its Prime service in the country too.

Benefits of the build to rent model

What are the benefits of the build to rent model?

3 min read A greater demand for quality, purpose-built rental accommodation, especially among young professionals and the over 50s has raised the need for alternative development models like buy to rent. It is a burgeoning sector in places like the UK where more than R50 million has already been invested.

Best online school

How to choose the right online high school

3 min read Going to school has traditionally involved learners physically attending school premises but following the pandemic it’s become more acceptable to work online, even when it comes to schooling.

tax filing tips

How to stay on top of your taxes

3 min read Many of us are guilty of leaving tax filing to the last minute. But there are plenty of easy habits you can adopt that will help you streamline the admin that comes with filing your tax return.

Owning a beautiful penthouse in Mauritius – sounds like a dream, right? It doesn’t have to stop there. Here we look at the latest penthouses on offer and what they cost.

Penthouse living in Mauritius

3 min read Owning a beautiful penthouse in Mauritius – sounds like a dream, right? It doesn’t have to stop there. Here we look at the latest penthouses on offer and what they cost.

Buying a home is a big decision but doing it in your senior years can be even more stressful and daunting. It is natural for older buyers to have concerns about investing in a retirement estate, especially if they haven’t lived in an estate before. The good news is most of the questions below can be taken care of quickly with some reassuring responses.

The most asked questions from new residents in a retirement estate

3 min read Buying a home is a big decision but doing it in your senior years can be even more stressful and daunting. It is natural for older buyers to have concerns about investing in a retirement estate, especially if they haven’t lived in an estate before. The good news is most of the questions below can be taken care of quickly with some reassuring responses.

Cross generation mortgages

Will South Africa see the introduction of 100-year home loans?

3 min read Some governments in other parts of the world have gone to some extraordinary lengths to tackle affordability of housing in their respective countries.

The second quarter of the 2022 FNB Commercial Property Broker survey has been published and a key highlight reveals that two out of three major commercial property sectors – office and retail – are showing declines of market sales activity levels.

Commercial property survey shows sales weakening

3 min read The second quarter of the 2022 FNB Commercial Property Broker survey has been published and a key highlight reveals that two out of three major commercial property sectors – office and retail – are showing declines of market sales activity levels.

Spas on residential estates post Covid

How best spas on residential estates cope post Covid

3 min read These days going to a spa for a massage or facial has become an essential part of life. The industry has continued to grow rapidly in recent years thanks to increasing pursuit of improved health and stress reduction.

Best Ways To Advertise Your Estate On Social Media

5 Best Ways To Advertise Your Estate On Social Media

2 min read Having a social media presence is a non-negotiable for any brand or business these days, and estates are no exception. The reality is that if you’re not on social media, you are losing out on selling the lifestyle elements and amenities of your estate to a captive audience – which leaves them wide open to your competitors. Effectively leveraging social media isn’t easy though.

Interview with Marinda Swart

LOCAL ‘n lekka: ‘Simpler, better, faster’ embodies the quest of Marinda and her 4Xcellence team

4 min read In a recent career interview with a bright Grade 11 student, Marinda Swart used the payoff line of a decades-old banking advert to explain the driving force behind her career choice and subsequent business success: Simpler, better, faster! ‘It aptly describes what Industrial Engineering sets out to attain: process optimisation to integrate people and products.’

Kingswood Director of Golf

Golf Director: It’s all about managing expectations – and Kingswood’s golf director fits the bill … as well as the club

3 min read The BUZZard caught up with KGE Director of Golf, Clifford Howes, on a very wet Friday morning. Fortunately, this meant he had time to chat whereas, in less water-logged climes, he’d probably be out there on the course making new members feel at home.

Kingswood Golf Operations

Kingswood Golf: Kingswood Golf Ops reports on Under-18s, Elvis Blue and a worthy cause or two?

3 min read Mike Quinn and Liesel Niehaus of Kingswood Golf Operations (KGO) share feedback of events hosted on and off the KGE course since the last BUZZard update – and residents would do well to diarise the dates of coming attractions listed below, kindly provided by the able Golf Ops team.

Kingswood Security

Kingswood Security: Top-level planning kick-starts KGE’s three-year security strategy

3 min read The Security and Risk Subcommittee of the Kingswood Board, under the chairmanship of Kingswood Golf Estate (KGE) trustee Chris Horsley, shared exciting news about plans in the 2022-25 pipeline – albeit in the context of ever-changing security technology.

Kingswood HOA Feedback

Kingswood HOA Feedback

4 min read As prelude to the Kingswood Golf Estate Annual General Meeting on 27 June, the KGE Homeowners Association trustees provide feedback on recent strategic planning sessions, an imminent change in the structure of the HOA, and action schedules that sprouted from these important talks.

How bolder colour can change a residential estate

How a bolder colour palette can change the face of a residential estate

3 min read A palette of vibrant shades is swaying contemporary developers to change their usual modus operandi when it comes to defining estate palettes; usually, this is to opt for beige, peach, white or grey. This bold change in approach is likely due to the effect of surrounding colour on our mental well-being.

Selecting a paint palette for a residential estate

Colours and considerations for a capital community

3 min read When it comes to selecting a paint palette for a residential estate, your role as developer is to first take in the environment in which the homes are located. Yes, nature can prove the finest resource from which to draw your inspiration – many homeowners’ associations specify that the homes in their developments are painted to match their natural surroundings. A limited palette of a few permissible external colours also helps create the estate’s visual identity and a sense of coherence.

Should property developers accept Bitcoin as legal tender?

Should property developers accept Bitcoin as legal tender?

3 min read The price of Bitcoin recently dropped below $20,000 (R318,366) – its lowest level since November 2020. It’s not only the most famous coin that’s lost some value as other digital currencies have seen their value reach zero.

What to consider when staff work remotely

What to consider when staff work remotely

2 min read During the pandemic businesses of all shapes and sizes had to adapt and make room for employees working from home (WFH) to adhere to strict quarantine rules that were imposed on all the world over.

What is rentvestment?

What is rentvestment?

3 min read A strategy that gives you the ability to maintain the lifestyle you want, while allowing you to launch your investment trajectory, seems like a great way to start building a property portfolio.

Building your Property Portfolio in Mauritius

Building your property portfolio

3 min read You’re fresh back from a magnificent holiday, and now the bug won’t stop biting: You’ve simply got to invest in Mauritius… if not relocating for good. But is this a sensible move, especially if deals may have to be clinched over a fair stretch of Indian Ocean?

Developers guide for First-time home buyers

First-time home buyers’ guide

3 min read Which provinces or towns are popular among first-time home buyers, and what can developers do to mine and appease this lucrative market?

What developers need to know about Property Finance

Property finance – what developers need to know

4 min read Developers large and small need finance to start their development project – whether they be residential or commercial.

Returning to the office after taking some parental leave, even if it was only for a short time, can be daunting.

How to prepare for a return to work after taking parental leave

3 min read Returning to the office after taking some parental leave, even if it was only for a short time, can be daunting.

Converting commercial spaces into residential units

Should South Africa continue converting commercial spaces into residential units?

3 min read South African developers have been converting unused commercial spaces into residential units for quite some time now. However, according to Joff van Reenen, founding partner and lead auctioneer of specialist real estate auction company High Street Auctions, things are becoming a real challenge for developers and city planners post pandemic.

seasonal depression

How to deal with seasonal depression

3 min read Winter may not be everyone’s favourite time of year, but that’s not to say the colder days can’t be endured with a more positive outlook.

How is the insurance risk of your home calculated?

How is the insurance risk of your home calculated?

2 min read If you’re in the market to buy a home, there are lots of other costs to consider than just the price of the property and the legal and banking fees that come with securing finance to purchase it.

Landlord guide

Pros and cons of ‘lording it’

3 min read Being a landlord is a great way to generate extra cash through a steady stream of rental income, but not everyone is cut out for the job.

Should you increase your levies?

Should you increase your levies or not?

3 min read Every estate homeowner is obliged to pay a monthly levy to ensure the scheme is run efficiently and benefits all.

Childhood toys that could earn you a fortune

Childhood toys that could earn you a fortune

3 min read You may dream of winning the Lotto one day. But what if I told you that you could be sitting on a small fortune right now?

Mauritian leisure options are too numerous to list, but a handful of attractions for winter visitors to Isle de Maurice deserves a mention, with emphasis on the island’s markets, a nod to its museums, a pinch of exotic eats, and miles of scenic drives.

All-weather island allure

3 min read Mauritian leisure options are too numerous to list, but a handful of attractions for winter visitors to Isle de Maurice deserves a mention, with emphasis on the island’s markets, a nod to its museums, a pinch of exotic eats, and miles of scenic drives.

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.

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.

We often hear about how women need to save more, as they tend to earn less and usually have an income gap during the time they go on maternity leave to look after children while their partner continue to work.

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 during the time they go on maternity leave to look after children while their partner continue to work.

A company in the United Kingdom called TallyMoney is understood to be the first employer in the country to pay their staff in gold rather than pounds and pence to help them stay ahead of inflation.

The pros and cons of investing in gold

4 min read A company in the United Kingdom called TallyMoney is understood to be the first employer in the country to pay their staff in gold rather than pounds and pence to help them stay ahead of inflation.

We chat with reputational managers to get some tips and tricks to tackle a bad reputation. Know what makes a good reputation, and what doesn’t.

How to improve a bad reputation

3 min read We chat with reputational managers to get some tips and tricks to tackle a bad reputation. Know what makes a good reputation, and what doesn’t.

Ageing and retirement can be considered a rite of passage, in the same way that graduating, getting your first job, or buying your first house are. But what makes retirement and ageing different is that they are about letting go, and many people let go reluctantly.

Let retirement be everything you dreamed it would be

5 min read Ageing and retirement can be considered a rite of passage, in the same way that graduating, getting your first job, or buying your first house are. But what makes retirement and ageing different is that they are about letting go, and many people let go reluctantly.

Planning challenges are common for developers, but there are still things that the industry can do to ensure that approvals are attained more swiftly.

Approvals precipitated

3 min read Planning challenges are common for developers, but there are still things that the industry can do to ensure that approvals are attained more swiftly.

There’s plenty of noise in the news about getting to ‘netzero’ by 2050. It’s effectively the world’s ambition to achieve a balance between the carbon emitted into the atmosphere and the carbon removed from it.

Do greener appliances help you save electricity and water?

3 min read There’s plenty of noise in the news about getting to ‘netzero’ by 2050. It’s effectively the world’s ambition to achieve a balance between the carbon emitted into the atmosphere and the carbon removed from it.

The company offers its most discerning customers a unique variety of vehicles that combine exclusivity with superior driving experience. The new edition of the BMW 8 Series provides a particularly emotional boost for the brand’s current model offensive in the segment.

Styling, precision and luxury are the hallmarks of the new BMW 8 Series

2 min read The company offers its most discerning customers a unique variety of vehicles that combine exclusivity with superior driving experience. The new edition of the BMW 8 Series provides a particularly emotional boost for the brand’s current model offensive in the segment.

Infrastructure management is a key part of any communal housing development and stormwater planning forms part of this.

Preparing your estate for winter storms

3 min read Infrastructure management is a key part of any communal housing development and stormwater planning forms part of this.

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.

Many people ship furniture, pets and other necessities abroad. But what is the best way to ship bigger items like caravans and boats? And is it worth it? We unpack the best tips to help make moving abroad that little bit easier and more efficient.

How do you ship unusual things abroad?

3 min read Many people ship furniture, pets and other necessities abroad. But what is the best way to ship bigger items like caravans and boats? And is it worth it? We unpack the best tips to help make moving abroad that little bit easier and more efficient.

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

What is gap insurance and why is it essential?

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

Experts use colours to evoke certain emotions. Colour is heavily used by marketing and branding specialists, but the principles apply just as much to property developments. We get some invaluable advice from South Africa’s paint experts.

How to use the psychology of colour in your development

3 min read Experts use colours to evoke certain emotions. Colour is heavily used by marketing and branding specialists, but the principles apply just as much to property developments. We get some invaluable advice from South Africa’s paint experts.

Tips to cut spend in your home

5 Tips to cut spend in your home

3 min read Winter can be a depressing time of the year as we often must face cold temperatures and rising costs as we try to keep our homes. This year is going to be particularly tough as South Africa and most of the rest of the world endures a cost-of-living crisis, due in part to the conflict in Ukraine.

What to expect if you are planning on investing in the international property market, whether it's for emigration or pure investment.

Emigration and International Property Investment a focus on Cyprus and USA for South Africans

< 1 min read What to expect if you are planning on investing in the international property market, whether it’s for emigration or pure investment.

Losing weight in winter

4 Simple ways to keep weight down over winter

3 min read Winter is the perfect time for a break and embrace comfort dishes like stews. While we deserve it, winter weight gain can be a problem.

New BMW 8 Series

The new BMW 8 Series transform luxury

2 min read Luxury presents premium quality most pleasing to the senses – it looks and feels good. With revolutionary styling and technical perfection, the BMW 8 Series sports cars are uniquely luxurious. Each model variant masterfully combines pleasing yet dynamic design with extraordinary precision that encloses its driver in incomparable comfort and impressive performance.

Sustainable Precincts

Sustainable precincts: the key to people leading healthier, more productive, and socially responsible lives

4 min read Sustainable precincts are the key to people leading healthier, more productive, and socially responsible lives.

Insurance Cover for Property Development

Insurance Cover for Property Development

< 1 min read The devils in the details – Ensuring you have sufficient coverage for your development project.

Buying a home with a partner

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.

Slow Building Growth

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.

Tax Refund

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?

first time buyer questions

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.

Improve your Credit Score UK

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.

Technogym Ride

Technogym Ride: the first indoor bike connected to the most popular cycling apps

2 min read Every cyclist dreams of riding their bike on Alpe d’Huez, in the Dolomites, or Icelandic highlands. Technogym Ride is the first bike featuring a 22-inch screen that allows users to dive into an unprecedented immersive indoor experience. Through a single log-in – without installation or setup hassles – get easy access to your favourite training apps and content.

Technogym Branston Country Club

Technogym Create A Premium Health & Fitness Space For Branston Country Club & Golf Course In England

3 min read Branston Golf and Country Club is a premium independent club with one of the top-rated golf courses in the country. But it’s not just golf that Branston is renowned for: alongside two golf courses, it also offers spa facilities, events and conferences, a stunning clubhouse and restaurant, and full fitness facilities.

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

Property courses and qualifications 2022

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

Marketing your estate internationally

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.

Tax cuts greener developments

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?

Gauteng Semigration

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.

female property buyer

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.

Renovations that will increase your homes value

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).

Disney+ South Africa

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.

Should you rent or sell your home when moving abroad

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.

East London property Development

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.

best paints for exteriors

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…

New coat of paint on Residential Estates

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…

Family horse in South Africa

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.

SMEs work on residential estate

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.

Developing Properties in Non-metro towns

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.

Pet Owners in Estates

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.

Stats on Kingswood Golf Estate

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 …

Kingswood club captains

Club Captains

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

Kingswood Golf Estate Course Specialists

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 …

Kingswood Golf

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.

Kingswood HOA feedback

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 Juan and Verna van der Merwe

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.

Residential Communities corporate branding

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.

Insured against fire

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.

St Francis Links Overcame The Challenges Of Covid-19

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.

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.

How To Start A Business On An Estate In 2022

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.

Servest Won Double Gold Awards

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].’

Cotswold Downs

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.

Protect a residential estate from fraudsters

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.

Self-generated Electricity

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?

High Density Apartments

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.

Life in the UK Test

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.

Things we waste money on when moving abroad

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

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.

Grow Dagga in your backyard

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?

Great Resignation

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

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.

Mount Edgecombe Country Club Estate

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.

Pinnacle Point Estate

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.

SA Top 100 Courses

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

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

Infinity By The Sea

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.

Eye of Africa

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

Pandemic impact on the construction industry

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.

Invest your extra cash

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?

Cost-of-living crisis

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.  

rental fraud

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.

What is the Mauritius premium visa

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…

Getting kids interested in golf

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.

Sonos Roam SL South Africa

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.

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

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

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.

Are golf Estates popular?

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.

Waterside estates

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.

Best fibre to the home supplier

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.

Water smart plants

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 Invest

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. 

How to create a happy estate

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.

Can estate managers enforce vaccinations?

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.

How to choose a good 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.

Irish Immigrant Investor Programme

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.

Azuri Ocean & Golf Village

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.

Ways to save on groceries

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.

Things to know for South Africans moving to the Uk

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.

Semigration in South Africa

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.

Property developer creates employment opportunities

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.

Plascon Nuroof Cool

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.

Estate Management 2022

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.

Budget tips

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.

Commercial property trends 2022

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.

Dry January

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.

Plascon Micatex

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 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.

Will insurance cover first aid accidents

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.

Trusted insurer for your estate

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.

Who’s responsible for insuring boundary walls

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?

Sitari Country Estate

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 Birders

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.

Green building

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?

Improve residents’ fitness on your estate

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.

Should developers create pet friendly estates?

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.

Portugal Golden Visa

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.

Should you invest in NFTs

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.

save money on back to school

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.

How to find a job abroad

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?

How to teach kids good money habits

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:

Pool safety

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.

Improving air quality in your offices

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.

Countries with best parental leave conditions

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).

finances of incapacitated parents

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.

Fibre to the Home for Developers

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!

Affordable housing and megacities

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.

How to deal with a market crash

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

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.

Wellness in the workplace

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.

Estate Garden Management

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%.

Loadshedding solar solution

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.

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.

Steyn City

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.

Is It Worth Taking Furniture Abroad

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.

Cyber security 2022

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.

Developing affordable retirement homes

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.

Sustainable building materials

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.