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Kingswood Buzzard

The official Newsletter of the Kingswood Golf Estate HOA

December 2020 Edition #3

A special Thank You to Roger and Pat de la Harpe for sharing their beautiful images of Kingswood Estate for this newsletter edition

From the CEO

As this unusual year draws to a close, I am moved to reflect on the vision I held for 2020 at the start of the year.

While we did not envisage the year that has been 2020, we have continued to pursue our objective of enhancing the asset value of our estate through focused management and care. We managed to deliver on our budgeted expenses, and grew our reserves, albeit by less than anticipated, through disciplined spending and resales. We managed to deliver a 2021 budget that is both reasonable and achievable, taking care to ensure that the primary elements of the estate are well catered for, i.e. security, landscaping and estate maintenance.

We also took on, since 28 October, the golf course and related assets.

I would also like to acknowledge and thank my team who have made it possible for us to continue delivering on our mandate, even under extremely difficult conditions. Like everyone else, our team was affected by COVID-19.

Every member of the team accepted the complexities of the new working environment, without complaint or disruption to business activity and home owner support.

Thank you, team, you are wonderful. I am proud to work with you all.

We are looking forward to 2021, and hope that we can get back to a more normal way of life. We wish all of you a happy holiday season. Stay safe, keep well. Enjoy the break, if you are having one, and we look forward to serving you again next year.

Thank you
Willem Jacobs

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Meet the trustees

5 min read The residents of Kingswood are represented by four involved, committed and hard-working trustees who oversee all decisions related to the management of the estate in partnership with the four trustees nominated by the developer. We chatted to three of the trustees to find out more about what they love about Kingswood, and how they came to live here.

Kingswood HOA in the driver’s seat

5 min read After consultations and town hall meetings in 2019, a reassuring 87% of Kingswood home owners agreed that the HOA would buy Kingswood golf course from Kingswood Golf Properties ( Pty) Ltd. We chatted to CEO Willem Jacobs, who led the team that achieved the transfer and now leads the management team, to get some insight into the process – and of the plans going forward.

Is heaven a place on earth – Challenges and blessings of an ever-growing region

4 min read As thousands of people continue to flock to the Garden Route for a better quality of life, the impacts on the region’s bigger picture are becoming increasingly evident. And while there is a sense that things are sometimes slipping through the cracks, the belief prevails that a unique set of blessings can ultimately overcome the worst of the challenges.

Development update – Kingswood Ridge

3 min read The development of the fourth and final phase of Kingswood Golf Estate is well under way, and sales are progressing well. The site, south of Kingswood, will ensure that all new homes will have stunning light and views to the north over the Camphersdrift River, the golf course and the beautiful homes on the estate, to the majestic Outeniqua Mountains. The development will also extend opportunities for recreation, with additional walking and cycling paths.

Golf @ Kingswood – There’s a difference

3 min read The Garden Route is blessed with an array of top-class golfing venues. Not least, of course, is Kingswood’s own home course, which many will know as Danie Obermeyer’s masterpiece, and that is a major drawcard for people thinking of investing in the estate. But if you’re not a golfer, you probably think: ‘A golf course is a golf course.’ So what makes Kingswood different? Golf operators Liesel Niehaus and Mike Quinn gave us the lowdown.

Springboks for the win

6 min read Five years ago, springbok were introduced to Kingswood and their numbers are growing. I chatted to Dan de Wet, Facilities and Compliance Manager, and Kingswood resident and former game farmer, Andries Vermeulen, about these beauties who are there for the benefit of all residents of the estate.

Windows on wonderful wildlife

3 min read For some it’s golf, for some it’s the proximity to the Garden Route, and for some it’s the convenience of living in a big town with a small-town heart – or is it a small town with big-town facilities? But for many residents, the privilege of being close to wildlife is the best part of living in Kingswood.

Wonki Ware – Imperfectly perfect

6 min read In the world of design, decor and dinnerware, the George-based business Wonki Ware is a household name in South Africa, and abroad. Recently I met up with Wonki Ware’s founder and creator, and Kingswood resident, Di Marshall to find out more about her extraordinary business, and her vision for the future.

Water tariff freeze

4 min read The recent announcement by the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, Lindiwe Sisulu, of a tariff freeze preventing the water boards from increasing their charges sounds like a good idea, but it is likely to have serious consequences.

Let kids run the estate (within reason)

4 min read Back in the Victorian era, it was said, children should be seen and not heard. They ate in the kitchen with the staff (who were considered to be barely human) and were expected to keep out of the way. Unless, of course, they were working in the mines, sweeping chimneys or polishing boots.

Is your estate ready for POPI

3 min read Owners and occupiers of community sectional title housing schemes and private gated developments run by homeowners associations (HOAs) have until the end of June 2021 to ensure that their record-keeping systems are compliant with the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act that came into effect on 1 July 2020. Failure to adhere to the new Act carries the risk of prosecution and a heavy fine.

Paul & Virginia

4 min read They say truth is stranger than fiction, and we all know that facts have a way of inspiring fiction. But, sometimes, fiction has a way of superseding fact, and nowhere is this more evident than in Mauritius, where you will find monuments to famous people who never actually lived. But, hey, why should we let facts get in the way of a good story?

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