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2010 Fifa World Cup
Welcome to this exciting edition of our newsletter. Oh, jingle bells, jingle
bells, jingle all the way...Oh it’s not Christmas just yet, but you can make
your way to Franschhoek and enjoy the 6th annual Franschhoek Christmas
Market. Spend the day in Franschhoek and enjoy a splendid shopping
experience with something to tickle your every fancy from garden furniture
for Barbie to African games to chocolates for your sweet tooth.
Now, not for the fainthearted, conquering the Hell, Gamkaskloof in two days
is an incredibly demanding yet satisfying challenge – physically, mentally
and emotionally. The challenge is riding from De Hoek Resort in
Oudtshoorn to the Hell in the Gamkaskloof Valley. Stay over the night and
ride back the next day. About 120km covered in two days on a mountain
bike with almost 4 000 metres of vertical ascend.
And if that’s not demanding enough, take part in the Attakwas Extreme
Mountain bike challenge, SA"s toughest one day race. Competitors can
choose one of two challenging options: a long mountain bike route and a
short mountain bike.
See below for more info on these events and more.
Weekly Property Feature
New Release Property
From the Desk of Marcel
Events/ Things to do
Weekly Property Feature
GEORGE - R4 300 000 REDUCED!!!
Guesthouse and Restaurant,
situated along the magnificent and
scenic Garden Route, on the East
Coast of the Republic of South Africa.
With popular beaches a few minutes
drive away and world renowned golf
courses just down the street makes
this guesthouse the perfect
destination for exploring popular
With 15 Bedrooms & a fully
operational restaurant, this is a
traveller's paradise - all in one
GLENTANA - R8 995 000
1000m 5 star residence with all
furnishings, curtains, crockery,
artworks & conference facilities.
Large sum rimflow pool,
unbelievable seaview, tiled sunroof,
parking for 11 cars and huge
HEROLDS BAY - R899 000
Access to a beach is undoubtedly the
most attractive reason to purchase a
coastal property. The romance of the
idea of enjoying long sun-filled
breaks with your family and friends is
appealing to us all. The Garden
Route has experienced
unprecedented growth over the last
few years with an ever increasing
demand for prime seaside
properties. This has led to a huge
increase in the values of front row
properties. The Heroldsbay
development offers a total of 63 units
- 10 Bachelor, 17 One Bedroom, 32
Two bedrooms, 4 Three bedroom.
Hotel suites from R 899000
1 Bedroom from R 1 499 000
2 Bedroom units from R 1 999 000
3 Bedroom units from R 3 399 000
New Release Property
New Release Property
OUBAAI - R2 150 000
Luxury apartment with the best of the best finishes. BBQ
inside/outside and large patio.
GEORGE - R4 950 000
Tranquil country living! Embrace the mountain! Beautiful
rustic home with many interesting features! Spacious
open plan living areas with large fireplace and a dover
stove from yesteryear! Courtyard with covered BBQ area
and seperate guest section(Open plan bedroom and
lounge with bathroom). Lovely kitchen with SMEG gas
hob, scullery and laundry. 3 North facing bedrooms and
2 beautiful bathrooms. Study nook. Staff bathroom,
double garage, storeroom. Swimmingpool with amazing
view over the mountain! 2 dams. Khoi pool. 2nd House
with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 70m entertainment
area and kitchen with gas Bosch stove.
From the Desk of Marcel Deacon
BEWARE OF FIXING A LANDLORDS PROPERTY
If a tenant undertakes to do any repairs, maintenance or refurbishment on a property then he
or she must first get the owner’s permission and agree on who will pay for the work done
because a tenant has no ownership or compensation rights to those improvements.
Even if a tenant feels that the improvement is essential, it still cannot be undertaken without
the express permission of the landlord. In the current property market, landlords may
neglect to paint walls, treat wood or repair floors in a property but even then the tenant
should get permission to undertake any remedial work before doing it.In our experience,
tenants want to know that a home has a working alarm system and burglar bars. If the
house doesn’t have adequate security this should be negotiated and resolved before the
lease is signed.
The golden rule is to communicate with the managing agent or the landlord prior to any work
being done.If the tenant feels that the remedial work is essential and decides to do that work
then he or she should first negotiate with the landlord and agree the payment structures.
FLEURS DE CANNES - MAURITIUS
The Villas Fleurs de Cannes were designed according to the promoters and investors
expectations of a Tropical habitat. Fleurs de Cannes Villas honour the high standard expected
of a well designed house, both in functionnality , space, comfort, security and high quality
environment. Villa Fleurs de Cannes will definitely charm its owners.
17 T5 villas of 225 mm at the heart of a secured allotment with swimming pool/kiosk, overhanging a green valley.
Within a few steps of hot white sanded beaches and crystal clear lagoons of Grand Bay. Enjoy the sweeping views
and relax at your new recreational centre offering squash sports and a fitness room.
Be among the first to acquire one of the 17 Fleurs de Canness RES villas, a new real estate project to be developed
by Heritage Promo Ltd on a 8 352 mm site in the white sand beaches region of Northern Grand Bay. Enjoy
sweeping views of enchanting land of billowing sugar cane fields, breathtaking sunlit mountain ranges and
turquoise coloured lagoons.
The villas Fleurs de Canness are designed so that their construction is in harmony with its landscape environment.
Only one type of villa was distributed across the plot, in order to adapt the construction as well as possible to the
weak slope ground. Constructions are established closest to natural ground.
Entry and exit to the residence are done through a principal access guarded by a security officer and is to the south-
east of the site. The principal alley which serves all 17 villas is planted with royal palm trees. The whole plot was
designed in such a way to guarantee a home feeling of peace, calm and serenity.
NEW MORTGAGE LENDER FOR UK MARKET
The Financial Services Authority (FSA) in the UK has
announced that it has approved Precise Mortgages to
sell regulated mortgages, providing more home loan
choices to homeowners.
Ian Lonergan, chief executive of Precise, said the
company had been working hard to “deliver a
proposition that focused on quality whilst providing an
outstanding example of compliance in terms of The
Financial Services Authority (FSA) approach to
The company aims to market its portfolio to customers
who are identified to be responsible lenders. It is
expected to launch the product as soon as spring next
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS FOR SA
South Africa’s post-apartheid transformation and the
growth of a new middle class are fuelling demand for
affordable homes. For private equity fund International
Housing Solutions (IHS) and its global investors, that
IHS’ South Africa Workforce Housing Fund has raised
some US$250-million (R1.7-billion), with early support
from the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation, to
take equity stakes in developers and development
projects that are adding tens of thousands of new
homes and apartments to South Africa’s housing stock
Investors include Citigroup Global Markets along with a
major North American endowment and a pension fund.
The Development Bank of Southern Africa is also
In its largest deal to date, IHS has invested around $30-
million (R200-million) in the conversion of 11 landmark
buildings in downtown Johannesburg into 3 000 rental
units. This and similar IHS-funded projects are making
an important contribution to the revival of
Johannesburg’s central business district. Other IHS-
backed projects include a 4 141-unit estate in Soweto’s
Jabulani district – the kind of development that is making
Soweto unrecognisable to anyone whose mental picture
of the township was formed before the advent of
How much can I afford?
As a first-time home buyer it is important to know exactly
how much money you can borrow for your new home
and, most importantly, what monthly repayments you can
afford. One should use affordability as the main factor in
deciding the loan amount to apply for. Your bond
originator will help you in calculating and determining
what you can afford.
Determining the right price range is an essential first
step to avoid wasting time looking at unsuitable
properties. Make sure that you are aware of all the costs
involved in buying a home.
In addition to paying a deposit there are a number of
other upfront costs involved such as legal costs, transfer
duty, bond registration fees and bank fees. These costs
all need to be budgeted for.
WHAT CAN I BUY FOR MY BUDGET
NELSON MANDELA BOOK RELEASED
A new book that features writings in former president
Nelson Mandela’s own hand has been released
internationally in 20 languages, from Turkish to Catalan.
The book is available in stores and online from 12
Conversations with Myself was compiled by the Nelson
Mandela Foundation’s Centre of Memory and Dialogue
from priceless material held in the elder statesman’s
Here the reader will get a glimpse of the man behind the
leader and international icon, from previously
unavailable material such as private recorded
conversations, journal entries, interview transcripts and
Broadband pundits are predicting internet connection
rates in South Africa to drop by between 20% and 25% in
the next 12 months.
Most of the executives who spoke at the My Broadband
conference in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, on 20
October forecast that prices will drop significantly in the
next year, citing new infrastructure developments and
escalating competition in the industry.
Broadband wholesaler and network operator Neotel
forecast price cuts of about 20%. Underwater cable
operator Seacom’s Suveer Ramdhani said they expect
international rates to drop by between 20% and 25%.
INTERNET GETTING CHEAPER IN SA
SOUTH AFRICAN WINES NOW TOP
South African wines have performed impressively of late
at numerous prestigious international wine awards.
Against strong competition from overseas, the local wine
industry has proved yet again that wine is one of South
Africa’s most successful exports.
SA Wines Online MD Kevin Gallagher says in the past
five years South African wines have grown in quality and
offer outstanding value for money.
“South African wines are able to compete with any other
wine producing region in the world,” he says.
Michelangelo International Wine Awards
and if you are from the UK and would like to order SA
wines you can now do so via our associate SA Wines
CAPE EPIC ROUTE 2011
CAPE PIONEER TREK 2010