Computer Assisted Property Valuation

Computer Assisted Property Valuation

If you are moving home, getting a reliable property valuation is an essential step in the process.

A property valuation will give you an estimate of how much your house should be worth, based upon a number of different factors.

Even if you are not planning to move home straight away, house valuations remain an excellent tool to indicate a current market value and what improvements could be made should you want to potentially increase the value of your home without over capitalising.

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Sectional Title Southern Suburbs

Sectional Title Southern Suburbs

This handy reference for sectional title sales activity in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town, reflects sales activity in 2017.
Now that we have completed the first quarter of 2018, we are confident that the figures represented are reliable and representative of values.

If you have any questions feel free to contact out  Sectional Title Southern Suburbs specialists Lisa Rowell and Charlene Faint. at Chas Everitt Claremont on 021 200 5882

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New South African plug standard is mandatory for new installations

New South African plug standard is mandatory for new installations
South Africa’s new plug and socket standard, SANS 164-2 or ZA Plug, has become mandatory for new installations, the SABS confirmed to MyBroadband.

This means that any new buildings erected must incorporate electrical sockets that conform to the new standard.

An amendment to the wiring code introduced in 2016 stated that the ZA Plug would become semi-mandatory for new installations in March 2018.

Each new plug point must have at least one socket that can accommodate a ZA Plug, it said.

The amendment came into effect two months early, said the SABS, and from January 2018 all new installations must incorporate the ZA Plug.

The ZA Plug has the same hexagonal profile as the Europlug seen on cell phone chargers but includes an earth pin. It is substantially more compact than South Africa’s three-prong plug standard and has much thinner pins.

Adoption of the standard has been slow, however.

Gianfranco Campetti, the chairman of the working group that looks after the standard, said the industry has been slow to respond and use the standard in essential products.

He said the appliance industry, in particular, has been slow to provide goods with the new plug.

The switch

When the IEC first began development on IEC–906–1, which became IEC60906–1, it was trying to establish a universal plug and socket system.

Despite its efforts, commercial and political interests caused the standardisation initiative to fail in Europe – and Brazil and South Africa are the only countries to have adopted the 250V standard.

However, Brazil deviated from the standard by delivering either 127V or 220V mains using the same socket.

Japan and the US have plugs and sockets that are compatible with the IEC’s envisioned global standard for 125V sockets.

Talk of adopting the new standard began in South Africa in 1993, and a version of SANS 164–2 that dates back to 2006 is available online.

According to the SABS, the ZA Plug appeared in South Africa’s wiring code (SANS 10142–1) during 2012.

Old standard still legal

Although it is now required to integrate sockets which comply with the ZA Plug standard in new buildings, the old standard remains legal.

The wiring code amendment also does not affect existing buildings, including homes.

It is therefore not currently necessary for South Africans to switch the electrical sockets in their homes.

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Innovative local students launch online textbook resale platform

Innovative local students launch online textbook resale platform

Bramble is an online platform aimed at connecting students wanting to sell or buy textbooks, as well as physical and electronic notes. This not only allows students to earn an extra income, but it also makes the learning process a whole lot easier.

As students ourselves, we understand the real life of a student and we hope to give you more room for the good life, more time for studying and, most importantly, more money at the end of the month.

The Bramble platform has one major beneficiary,

– the students.

We hope that the creation of a platform that allows students to set their own prices will allow shopping for textbooks to be more affordable and less stressful.


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The Best Gardens and Parks in Cape Town

The Best Gardens and Parks in Cape Town

Find sanctuary at these spectacular parks and gardens where nature and art intertwine.

Sun-kissed beaches aren’t the only public places in Cape Town to take advantage of; our pretty city has a plethora of parks, which are perfect for walking your dog, a picnic with friends, or simply stretching out with a newspaper and enjoying the beautiful plant life. Discover green spots for lunch in city parks, or overgrown suburban wonderlands for a romantic rendezvous. Parks are not only relaxing and fun, but also meeting points for like minded folk.

Someone once said, “gardens are the windows to a city’s culture”. Which is so true… they offer interesting insights into the history, geology and climate of a place, revealing their many layers the further you explore.

More than that, gardens are such a wonderful refuge for those seeking sanctuary from the stress of modern life.

Capetonians are blessed to be living in a city that’s dotted with a verdant array of horticultural havens, offering serenity and peacefulness at every turn. From inner city delights to Winelands wonders, Overberg oases and Breede Valley beauties.

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Handel’s Messiah

Handel’s Messiah

The Philharmonia Choir of Cape Town and The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra presents two performances of Handel’s Messiah over the Easter weekend.

Composed in 1741, Handel’s immortal oratorio has secured a place in history as one of the most frequently performed oratorios of all time. Perhaps best remembered for its “Hallelujah” chorus, this English oratorio unfolds over the course of three hours, setting liturgical texts that celebrate the prophecy, birth, death, resurrection and glorification of Jesus Christ.

Jonathan Willcocks conducts this year’s performances, with performers Antoinette Blyth (soprano), Jacobi de Villiers (alto), Given Nkosi (tenor) and Dónal Slemon (bass).

Wilcocks, whose father, Sir David Willcocks, was an Honorary President and Patron of the choir from 1974 until his passing in 2015, visits from the UK, where he is the conductor and musical director of Guildford Choral Society and Chichester Singers, and of Southern Pro Musica, a professional chamber orchestra. From 1988 to 2008 he was the director of the Junior Academy, Royal Academy of Music in London, and in 2016 he was appointed Festival Conductor of the Leith Hill Music Festival – the 5th since Ralph Vaughan Williams and succeeding Brian Kay, who held the post for 21 years.

The first of two concerts takes place at Rondebosch Boys High School on Friday 30 March, with the second performance taking place at the Dutch Reformed Church in Onrus on Sunday 1 April.

Venue: Rondebosch Boys’ High School, 13 Oakhurst Ave, Rondebosch, Cape Town | Dutch Reformed Church, 55 Berg St, Onrus River, Onrus
Time: Fri 7.30pm to 10.30pm | Sun 3pm to 6pm
Cost: Fri R180 – R200 | Sun R150

Date: 30 March 2018 to 1 April 2018

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Dan Patlansky & Albert Frost

Dan Patlansky & Albert Frost

The Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts presents a live performance by blues-rock musicians Dan Patlansky and Albert Frost.

Dan Patlansky has become one of the busiest and most respected blues artists to ever come out of South Africa. His music can best be described as vacillating between slick, soulful blues and the renegade psychedelic angst and raw emotion of Hendrix and Zeppelin. He has released 7 albums to date and in 2015 “Total Guitar Magazine” voted him in the top 10 best guitarists in the world.

For the past two decades, the energetic performances of this accomplished guitarist have dazzled audiences. Besides collaborations with top international acts, Albert Frost has performed with most major SA artists and played every important stage in South Africa. April 2016, he released his third solo album, The Wake Up, which won the coveted Best Rock Album category at the 2017 SAMA Awards.

Venue: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town
Time: 5.15pm
Cost: R135 – R180

Date: 25 March 2018

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Petite Noir & Slow Jack

Petite Noir & Slow Jack

The Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts presents a live performance by Belgian singer-songwriter Petite Noir and local pop-rock band, Slow Jack.

Petite Noir is a Belgian-born, Congolese singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer from Cape Town. His debut extended play The King of Anxiety was released in January 2015 and his debut studio album La vie est belle / Life Is Beautiful was released in September of the same year.

Petite Noir’s musical style stretches across a variety of genres, such as Art Pop, Indie Rock, Alternative R&B and Post-Punk.

Slow Jack formed in 2015 and has grown into an ensemble of some of the most talented musicians in Cape Town. With power vocals, astounding guitaring and music that speak of abundance, hardship and everyday life that affects us all, they render a rare and seldom seen chemistry on stage.

Slow Jack hail from Cape Town and consist of Hannes Muller (guitar and vocals), Jayme van Tonder (violin and vocals), Jeandre Schultz (lead guitar and vocals), Andre van der Merwe (bass) and Adrian Fowler (drums).

Venue: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town
Time: 5.15pm
Cost: R135 – R180

Date: 21 March 2018

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Jazz on the Lawn

Jazz on the Lawn

St Joseph’s Marist College hosts its 7th annual SJMC Jazz on the Lawna day of music in celebration of Human Rights Day.

The lineup features popular South African group MiCasa, SA’s Got Talent winners AnecNote, and 2017 Standard Bank’s Young Jazz Artist Benjamin Jephta, as well as Jazz Bands/Ensembles from schools across the peninsula.

No alcohol is allowed on the premises. Limited gazebo area is available at an additional cost. Only umbrellas, blankets and picnic chairs may be brought on site. Jazz on the Lawn merchandise are on sale at the event. Access to kiddies area at a cost of R50, open between 12pm and 4pm. Food stalls and a bar area is available at the event.

Venue: St Joseph’s Marist College, Belmont Rd, Rondebosch, Cape Town
Time: 10am to 7pm
Cost: R70 – R130

Date: 21 March 2018

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Jeremy Loops at Kirstenbosch

Jeremy Loops at Kirstenbosch

The Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts presents a live performance by modern folk musician, Jeremy Loops.

From cult live act status in his hometown Cape Town, to a chart topping album domestically, Jeremy Loops career’s been characterised by breaking through glass ceilings. An international breakout year in 2015 saw him open for Twenty One Pilots on the road, headline a sold out 30,000-ticket tour of his own, and release music, most notably his single Down South, breakthrough in major European territories. With his new album, slated for a 2017 release, here’s a maturing, sophisticated musician preparing to see his vision of taking his music global.

The extremes aren’t new to the singer, who by day travels to the furthest corners of Africa to battle deforestation through his organisation, Greenpop, and by night resumes as raconteur for raucous fans around the world.

“As he relaxed and layered the second banjo part and then a basic beat, the act was smooth and natural and it was obvious that he was playing his own game with his own rules.” Read Marie-Claire de Villiers’ review of Jeremy Loops.

Venue: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town
Time: 5.30pm
Cost: R140 – R205

Date: 18 March 2018

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