KIRSTENBOSCH CRAFT MARKET

KIRSTENBOSCH CRAFT MARKET

ABOUT KIRSTENBOSCH CRAFT MARKET

On the last Sunday of every month, The Kirstenbosch Craft Market takes place in the grounds of “The Cottages” which are located opposite the main entrance to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Here you will find 200 local artists and crafters displaying and selling a variety of hand-crafted merchandise at great prices.

There’s entertainment for the kids with pony rides being a favourite with the little ones. Pop over the road to the Gardens once you’ve bought all you can at the market. There are four different cafes and eateries at Kirstenbosch at which to enjoy a leisurely Sunday brunch.

NEWLANDS FOREST CONTOUR PATH

NEWLANDS FOREST CONTOUR PATH

ABOUT NEWLANDS FOREST CONTOUR PATH

The Newlands Forest Contour Path is a manageable, 8km long walk through Newlands Forest. It offers quick access to a natural environment and has wonderful views – one could almost forget one is still in the city!

The walk starts and ends at Rhodes Memorial, via Kirstenbosch, Skeleton Gorge or Nursery Ravine. Although some parts of the walk are steep and rough underfoot so care will need to be taken, a lot of the path is flat, shady and the route is along a wooden boardwalk. Please take note of the fynbos as you pass through the boundary between Groote Schuur Estate and Newland Forest.

Please always remember to take: 
• a charged cell phone 
• plenty of drinking water 
• snacks 
• a hat 
• sunblock 
• something warm (the weather can change quickly) 
• suitable walking shoes

Meet Sally Shaw and Lynne Crosland

Sally Shaw and Lynne Crosland

Introducing our Chas Everitt Area Specialist Agents in Newlands and Bishopscourt

Sally Shaw and Lynne Crosland have joined forces and will be marketing property in the Newlands and Bishopscourt Areas.

Sally matriculated from Sans Souci Girls High School, studied Fashion, designed clothing for Woolworths and later worked for Truworths as a buyer and then a merchandiser, this was an exciting time of her life as she travelled the World buying and picking up trends. Sally and her husband have lived in Newlands for the past 20 years and both their children attended schools in the area, followed by UCT. Sally comes from a family that is passionate about property as she is the daughter of Vonnie Spargo and sister of Guy Spargo who owned Spargo Properties, so it’s in her blood. Sally grew up with property being discussed daily. She is hardworking and success driven.

Lynne was born and brought up in the Karoo. After matriculating from Union High School, Graaff-Reinet, she moved to Cape Town to study Radiography.  After working for 10 years at Groote Schuur Hospital, she left to assist her husband, an ENT surgeon, set up his practice.  They have lived in Newlands for over 30 years. Lynne’s children also attended local schools and UCT. After bringing up her children, Sally persuaded Lynne to join her at Intouch Relocations,and she has never looked back. Lynne loves people (as much as she loves her miniature Schnauzers) and is extremely organised.

Sally and Lynne worked together as Relocation Consultants for the 12 years, assisting international clients to find homes and schools and help them to settle into their new lives as quickly as possible.

Both Lynne and Sally are passionate about people and service, they will be working closely with Sally Gracie (MD of the Chas Everitt Southern Suburbs Franchise) and Bruce Haywood (Sales Manager)

Property development for Newlands Cricket Ground

Property development for Newlands Cricket Ground

The iconic Newlands Cricket Ground is set to undergo a R450 million makeover.

Construction is expected to start in March and will include a five-storey office building, auditorium, an indoor cricket centre, a school, museum, shops, restaurants and parking garages to make it more commercially sustainable. Spectator capacity would be unchanged.

Western Province Cricket Association’s (WPCA) chief executive, Nabeal Dien, said commercialising the precinct would improve the performance of the stadium as a world-class cricket venue and ensure its long-term viability.

The city recently approved the rezoning of the property from community and transport zones to a general business use zone, removing all previous conditions which restricted the use of the stadium to cricket only. WPCA submitted the rezoning application for the current development proposal in December 2014.

Fifteen objections were received during the public participation process. These included concerns over security, increased traffic volumes, a decrease in property value and whether there was a need for additional office space given the stadium’s proximity to the Claremont CBD.

Besides the developments, renovations and extensions are also proposed to the existing President’s and Oaks pavilions.

“We are not always able to generate enough income to make cricket and the stadium sustainable. Our vision is to create sustainability for the stadium and cricket. We are commercialising it to make it a home to come to and to offer people enough to do,” said Dien.

WPCA has been hugely indebted since buying the stadium from the Western Province Cricket Club in 2002, reducing its debt from R50m 10 years ago, to about R15m at present.

Dien said the WPCA wanted to chip away at its debt in a “calm” manner. “We’ve done very well in bringing down our debt, but this development will help us kick-start long-term sustainability.”

In 2007, the city’s spatial planning, environment and land use management committee approved the rezoning of the so-called B-field north of the stadium to allow for a 285-bedroom hotel. This approval was amended in 2009 to a 240room hotel.

The approval has since lapsed and Dien said there were no intentions to pursue this proposal. Financing the current project is still under consideration but would probably be a mix of bonds and donor funding.

Dien said tweaks were also still being made to the proposed developments.

Construction would take place in the off-season over three years, starting in March. The new 14 000m2 office park, known as the “Snake Pit” building, will be located in the north-west quadrant of the grounds and include a parking garage.

It will house the museum and indoor cricket centre.

Dien said the building would offer office space for hot-desking. CPUT’s sports management department would also be moving to the cricket ground. He said WPCA would start engaging soon on potential lease agreements for the new office space.

Proposed changes to existing buildings include adding four levels of offices and a two-storey parking garage to the President’s Pavilion, converting three floors of suites in the President’s Pavilion to offices, converting three floors of the Oaks Pavilion to offices and relocating the President’s Suite to the northern pavilion.

The internal north-south access lane running along the railway line edge would be restored by routing it under the railway stand.

Minor upgrades to the two entrances and constructing a pedestrian link from the stadium over the railway line are also in the pipeline.

The height of the new buildings and renovations would not exceed 25m.

Dien said it was important for him that the WPCA play a role in achieving non-racialism in the sport, educating the youth and alleviating poverty.

“Through this project we are going to try to bring life to education and cricket. It’s not only about the game.”

The association already runs a school from the cricket ground with 52 students in Grades 8 and 9.

A museum, Dien said, would give the cricket ground a cultural aspect so the youth, general public and tourists could learn about the history of cricket in this province.

“The layout has taken into account the need to respect views of Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak, significant tree lines, visual penetration of the stadium buildings viewed from outside through to the pitch and the green and shaded character,” said a council report.

A MyCiTi bus service is proposed for Campground Road by 2022. It is estimated that the developments will lead to a 2.6-minute delay in the morning peak and 3.5 minutes in the afternoon.

Source: Cape Argus

On Show Sunday 14 August

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“A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams.”

This double storey house is ideally situated in sought-after Newlands Village within walking distance to SACS, UCT Barristers and Newlands Forest – offering three spacious bedrooms, lounge, dining room, study, two bathrooms and a single garage. The unique features of this home are the warm rustic wood features throughout the home. Solid front door, gate, cobbled walls, wooden floors, teak beams, staircase, sash windows and shutters give this home unique character.

The sunny lounge and dining room with the warm glow of timber floors are open plan to the kitchen with gas stove and fitted for a washing machine. The kitchen has solid wood counter tops and a unique ox-wagon light fitting. There is a small guest toilet behind the kitchen. The upstairs bedrooms have beautiful mountain views and built-in cupboards. There is a single garage with loft attic for extra storage and off street parking. The low maintenance paved corner garden has a built in braai and space for a pool.

The timeless textures of this lovely house offer great potential and a wonderful opportunity to turn this into your dream home.   More details. 

Olde Worlde Charm

“A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams.”

Calling all wood-lovers of olde-world charm!  This double storey house is ideally situated in sought-after Newlands Village within walking distance to SACS, UCT Barristers and Newlands Forest – offering three spacious bedrooms, lounge, dining room, study, two bathrooms and a single garage. The unique features of this home are the warm rustic wood features throughout the home. Solid front door, gate, cobbled walls, wooden floors, teak beams, staircase, sash windows and shutters give this home unique character.

The sunny lounge and dining room with the warm glow of timber floors are open plan to the kitchen with gas stove and fitted for a washing machine. The kitchen has solid wood counter tops and a unique ox-wagon light fitting. There is a small guest toilet behind the kitchen. The upstairs bedrooms have beautiful mountain views and built-in cupboards. There is a single garage with loft attic for extra storage and off street parking. The low maintenance paved corner garden has a built in braai and space for a pool.

The timeless textures of this lovely house offer great potential and a wonderful opportunity to turn this into your dream home.

Contact Fiona Eadie on 083 270 3353

Westerford Recognised for Excellence

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Westerford High School was invited by our National Minister of Basic Education, Ms Angie Motsheka, to attend the 2016 National Education Excellence Awards Ceremony to be held at the Presidential Guest House in Pretoria on Friday 1 April 2016.

At this prestigious function Westerford was honoured in two categories.

Firstly, in the category “Top performing Public School” Westerford was place second behind joint winners Eunice Secondary School in Bloemfontein and Danville Park Girls’ School in Durban, with Rustenburg Girls’ in third place. I believe this is based on the 2015 NSC results.

Secondly, we received a “Ministerial Award (2011-2015)”. This award, as we understand, is a special award to just one school, Westerford, for outstanding NSC results based on matric pass rate, matric Bachelors pass rate, results in Mathematics and results in Physical Science taken over the five year period 2011 to 2015.

Montebello Design Centre

Montebello Design Centre

The Montebello Design Centre is one of Cape Town’s best-kept secrets. The centre features more than 20 arts and craft studios and workshops, an historic greenhouse and nursery, a forge, stunning restaurant and organic deli farm shop. It’s a non-profit development project aimed at promoting good local craft and design, and generating job creation.
Contact: +27 (0)21 685 6445 / +27 (0)723 212 1663
Address: 31 Newlands Avenue, Newlands