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Kingswood Buzzard

The official Newsletter of the Kingswood Golf Estate HOA

November 2020 Edition #2

From the CEO

Welcome to the new-look Kingswood Buzzard

Wow, we have two months left till this bizarre year winds down. It has been challenging on many fronts, and will forever be known as the year COVID-19 changed the world. But we have been fortunate. Our home owners conducted themselves in an exemplary manner this year and, because of that, our estate was virtually untouched by the coronavirus

But, of course, the impact of the lockdown on business has been devastating, and very few of our home owners were untouched by its effects. So we encourage you to support local businesses, especially those owned by home owners. To this end, we will showcase our home owners’ businesses in each issue of the Kingswood Buzzard going forward.

Some fabulous news is that we have finally become the owners of the golf course (yaaaay!) after many frustrating months of delay. The transfer went through on 27 October, and the HOA team is looking forward to this new chapter in the history of our magnificent estate. I would like to acknowledge the hard work of our dedicated trustees, and the input of all residents at our Town Hall meetings. Without you guys this would not have happened.

You have probably noticed some changes to our security personnel – not least of which is the smart new Kingswood branding on their uniforms. But some things have stayed the same. After a rigorous extended tender process involving five big security providers, we have entered into another three-year contract with Fidelity ADT.

Construction of the roads and infrastructure of Phase 4 is progressing well, and the planned completion date of 17 December is starting to look quite realistic. Homes are rapidly being snapped up so, if you are thinking of investing in another property on the estate, you should not delay. Chat to Pam Golding at the Gatehouse.

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Our last newsletter of the year will be in December, and it promises to be a real page-turner. We have recently partnered with Estate Living to produce our newsletter, so please let us know what you think of the new format and content. And let us know what you are looking forward to reading in future. This is, after all, your community, and your newsletter.

Thank you
Willem Jacobs

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Trustee

Hi Everyone.

I am Amanda Smit, and I am a co-opted trustee on the board of trustees for Kingswood HOA. Kingswood is an extremely fast-growing estate, even despite the very difficult year 2020 has been, with the majority of the year spent in a national lockdown.

We have more than 20 houses currently being built, and we have welcomed more than 10 new home owner families on our lovely estate this year. This brings us to a total of 459 houses.

As a board, we have realised that the demographic of Kingswood Golf Estate is rapidly changing, and our home owners have a vast spectrum of interests. So we have decided to partner with the very competent team at Estate Living to help us reach as many of you as possible, and to provide you with a newsletter that everyone can enjoy.

We have decided on this particular format as our lives are so digitally inclined these days, and – hopefully – this will make it easier for everyone. So, whether you are reading this with your morning coffee at home or at work, or whether you are catching up on some reading while getting to your steps goal for the day on the treadmill, or perhaps you are a new parent trying to stay awake through the midnight pyjama drill, we hope you enjoy this new format and the content that was created especially for you. Thank you to our dedicated and hard-working CEO Willem Jacobs, and the brilliant team from Estate Living, especially Louise Martin and Jaimé-Lee Gardner. I hope that this is the beginning of a long and prosperous journey together.

Please keep healthy and safe out there.

Cheers for now.
Amanda Smit

Kingswood Buzzard News

Community outreach

2 min read The residents of Kingswood Golf Estate in George are very aware of how fortunate they are to live on a safe, spacious, green estate with loads of facilities and activities – both on-site and close by. And, as this was made more evident as their movements and activities became constrained due to the coronavirus, it got them thinking about the challenges faced by less well-resourced people.

Security Team steps out in Style

2 min read One of the main reasons people move to residential estates is for the security (although, in our case, the great golf course is a close second). Security is of paramount importance and so, when it came time to renew the security contract, the estate management considered carefully tenders from a number of security companies.

Play golf like a girl

3 min read The Garden Route is one of the top golfi ng destinations in South Africa – and possibly the world – and Kingswood is one of the reasons. With its spectacularly scenic, Links-style championship course, perfect climate and fabulous homes, it’s the perfect place for golfers (and non-golfers) to live.

Kingswood for the birds

4 min read There are so many great reasons for living on Kingswood, and there is something for everyone, no matter your interests or energy levels. And birding is one of the less upfront and in-your-face options, but it’s one that more and more residents are coming to appreciate. It’s an activity that can be enjoyed at any level – and at virtually any time.

Should domestic cats stay indoors

4 min read Kingswood is a pet-friendly estate – but with some obvious rules. Dogs, for instance, must be within their yards at all times unless out on a walk with their humans, and there are strict rules about when they may be walked on the golf course – and, of course, what they may ‘leave behind’ on their walks. And cats must wear bells. But is that enough?

Kingswood Community grows as construction continues

3 min read Among the many things we had to worry about this year was the spectre of half-finished constructions just sitting there – some with roofs, some with half roofs, and some completely roofless and exposed to the elements.

Colour is also a spectrum

5 min read And it is subjective. Spring has come and gone and, as summer approaches, there’s a palpable sense of possibility and renewal. So it’s a great time to brighten up our lives and our homes to match the sense of optimism and – yes – even joy.

Lekker ‘n local – Aloe from Africa

3 min read You’ve almost certainly heard of Aloe vera, which is widely marketed as an ingredient in cosmetics. This plant, which has been in cultivation all over the world for hundreds of years, and is no longer found in the wild, does have some remarkable qualities, but our indigenous, wildly growing Aloe ferox has a greater concentration and range of therapeutic substances.

COVID-19 has not disappeared – Don’t drop your guard

3 min read We’re all tired of wearing masks, not hugging our friends, and washing our hands till they dry up and look (and feel) like sandpaper. But we just have to look at what’s happening in the northern hemisphere to realise that this is not the time to drop our guard.

Should you use MYERS-BRIGGS in your management team?

3 min read Despite widespread scepticism, more and more organisations are using personality tests like the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to create and manage their teams. Should you?

Understanding the Eastern Cape’s Day Zero

5 min read Port Elizabeth has hit Day Zero – that dreaded spectre that had Capetonians tossing and turning in their unwashed sheets a few years ago. In some parts of the city the taps have – literally – been turned off, and water is trucked in by tanker.

Staycation Garden Route

4 min read We’re allowed to travel internationally – weehah! But then, think about it – why would you want to? The Garden Route is one of the best tourist destinations in the world, and you are already here!. So – if you need a break (and we all do) – take one in your own back yard. It’s time for a fabulous staycation. Perhaps stay home and do some day trips, or take time out to really appreciate the great opportunities just down the road.

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