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Island Style 5 - Industry News

Island style

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

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A global trend

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

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Estate Living Interview with Dirk Uys from Arabella Country Estate

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

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Estate Living presents Arabella Country Estate

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

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2019 ARC annual conference, expo & golf day

We can truly echo San Lameer’s slogan ‘The Good Life!’, as we thoroughly enjoyed the good life in so many ways for a few days. Thank you to San Lameer for treating the early arrivals to some Night Golf to whet our appetite for the ‘main event’.

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The Residential Communities Council (RCC)

Estates in the residential community industry and all ARC members will have heard by now that we have established the Residential Communities Council (RCC), which has been successfully registered with CIPC as a non-profit company (NPC) that will pursue the objectives as defined in the MOI.

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The case for CAISA

Community Association Institute of South Africa (CAISA) is the first international chapter of the US-based Community Association Institute (CAI). We believe that home owners and community associations should strive to exceed the expectations of their residents.

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The communication challenge – is the data correct?

Effective communication in a world of information overload and instant gratification is difficult to achieve. But this becomes even more challenging when the accuracy of the information on which these communications are based comes into question.

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Fundamentals of communication

According to an article written by Ravi Kaneriya for the World Economic Forum, studies show that the key to happiness lies in having rich social bonds and meaningful relationships. And being part of a community is a powerful way to build those relationships in a faster, more scalable way.

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Building a powerful management team

Great management teams don’t just happen; they are built – carefully and deliberately. Creating an effective management team, which is probably one of the most important functions of boards, trustees and HOAs, requires both discipline and being open to new ways of doing things.

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When good intentions go bad

Sometimes, good intentions go bad. When things go wrong, there are always lessons to be learned. Read on. Not all decisions are easy. Be careful not to ignore a problem and hope it will go away. In this litigious world, if you have a question, seek advice. Surround the board with competent advisors. This will make your job easier. What follows are eight real-life examples of situations faced by boards of directors.

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

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

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Village life

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

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Managing Marina Martinique for its community

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

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Erinvale

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

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Customer complaints & social media

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

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If you can’t take the heat …

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

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South peninsula

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

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Property Development and Section 12J

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

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Effective utility management guides estate managers through rough economic seas

The sluggish economy and continued inflationary pressures are taking their toll on the property market in general. According to credit bureau TPN’s latest report, the last three years have seen a steady decline in demand for residential properties, with a concomitant increase in the supply of properties. What’s more, the bureau says vacancy rates remain consistently high at 8.64% with escalations at just 4.85%. Most worrying for estate and property managers is that tenant good standing numbers continue to decline, with a current level of 81.8%.

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Future proof

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

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Keeping your world beautiful

The gardens, areas of natural vegetation, rivers, water features, paths and even parking lots on your estate are all part of your ‘shop window’. So they need to be beautiful – and also sustainable in every sense. That’s where Servest comes in – creating beautiful spaces that enhance your estate both aesthetically and environmentally.

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Financial reserve planning for estates

The world is changing faster than any of us can comprehend. So how can homeowners associations and estate managers plan for the future? And what is reserve funding, anyway?

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Being reasonable

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

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Do HOA’s have teeth?

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

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Protecting your investment with insurance

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

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Estate living: getting ahead in today’s risky property market

As with anything in life, knowledge is power and in today’s risky economic climate, investors need as much as possible to make bold, calculated investment moves that yield great results. Cue Estate Living, South Africa’s leading resource and specialist consultancy within the community living environments. Masters at building relationships and identifying new opportunities, Louise Martin and Jaime-Lee Gardner’s innovative services are helping investors and developers all over the country to understand their market.  

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How to find the luxury in city living

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

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What deteriorating municipal infrastructure means for residential estates

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

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

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

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Monkey business

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

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A footpath named desire

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

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Affordability and funding of technology to secure estates

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

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Hartbeespoort havens

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

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Insight into Capital Reserve Fund management

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

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Keep it Clean

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

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Fire Risk Management for Estates

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

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The Next Chapter

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

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The Long-Term Value of ETFs

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

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Evergreen Sitari

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

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Best Practices: Security for Community Associations

Of the many good reasons for moving to a residential estate, the one most often cited is security. Residential estates...

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Best Practice: Strategic Planning for Community Associations

No matter how well things are going, you can’t just sit back and hope the situation will continue, and when...

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Going Green is Profitable

It’s good business to protect natural areas within your housing estate, not only because they make it a nicer living...

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An Introduction to Community Association Living

What is the role of a community association? What’s the difference between sectional title and freehold communities? And how does all this work? These questions and others are answered here.

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Forward thinking: understanding the importance of planning ahead

Before deciding to invest our hard earned money on the JSE we spend countless hours researching the company that we…

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Improving an estate’s ability to function

Levy income is the lifeblood of any estate, and ineffective management and collection of funds can have a crippling effect...

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Short term letting within community schemes

Many people buy into residential estates and sectional title developments for investment purposes and, with economic pressures being what they...

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HOAs may be preserving communities to their death

Forming homeowners associations (HOAs) has become second nature to developers. But handing a development over to the HOA has often…

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New Jozi developments may have to include affordable housing

Johannesburg’s proposed new housing policy, which recognises the need for developments to yield a profit, may turn out to be…

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Work hard, work fair, nobody hurt

Author: T van Staden – attorney specialising in health and safety legal compliance Construction is a hazardous endeavour, so here’s how…

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The good the bad and the ugly – liferight explained

Great movie, and an awesome title. But I would have done it the other way round – the Ugly, the…

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Estate and Facilities Cost Reduction

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

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The use of golf carts in estates

The popularity of golf carts has risen dramatically in recent times, with golf carts now being used beyond golf courses…

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Size counts

One of the main reasons people move into residential estates is to recreate the sense of community typical of villages…

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Occupational health and safety act (OHS)

At a recent health and safety workshop, the question of contractor responsibility was raised in cases where the homeowners’ association…

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Transparency – the first rule of thumb for property agents in difficult times

When times are good, pop the champagne. When they’re bad, really bad, open up and share the burden The life…

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HOA Governance

As described in my previous article on governance (see Estate Living, Issue 25), conflicts of interest abound at board level….

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Securing your Information: Arabella Country Estate’s Protection of Personal Information Act Project

Arabella Country Estate’s Homeowners’ Association (HOA) management have always viewed the protection of the personal information of residents, visitors and other stakeholders on the estate as an important issue.In early 2016, the estate management initiated a project to implement measures to address their concerns and reinforce their strong commitment to good leadership, governance and compliance practices.

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Do due diligence before investing in an estate

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

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Knysna Lifestyle Estate: A retirement estate that’s big on lifestyle

Situated in the picturesque harbour town of Knysna, in the heart of South Africa’s famous Garden Route, sits the Knysna…

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A Delicate Balancing Act

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

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The nuts & bolts of an HOA

So now you are part of a homeowners association. But what exactly is a homeowners association, and why do they exist? But what exactly is a homeowners association, and why do they exist? The main function of a Homeowners’ Association (HOA) is to enforce a set of rules, policies and procedures, contained in a document called a Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI) or Constitution, that serve the best interests of a group of property owners. Many HOAs include common property, such as parks and roads, or what is known as common areas.

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Water & Estate Living

The worst drought on record still has the Western Cape in its deadly grip. Fortunately, reasonable rains have fallen over...

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

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

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Greenhill Estate

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

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Boschhoek Mountain Estate

A unique 1,500-hectare bush retreat in the Waterberg, only an hour and a half from Pretoria and two hours from Johannesburg, Boschhoek Mountain Estate offers residents a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of Gauteng city life – and offers management some unusual opportunities.

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Mdluli Safari Lodge

Investing in a Section 12J offering is not a short-term undertaking so, while the numbers are important, it’s probably a good idea to buy into something you can believe in – something that talks to your heart as well as your financially-oriented head. Mdluli Safari Lodge may well do that.

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Valenture Institute is a global private online high school offering a curriculum recognised by the world’s leading universities. Our students experience a highly engaging, inclusive and socially rich learning environment which is supported by expert tutors and mentors. Our unique approach includes integration with worldwide sustainability objectives and encourages the holistic development of every student towards their purposeful and impactful future.

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Anuva Investments

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

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Tsebo

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

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Flyt Hospitality Fund

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

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