A primate murder mystery puts one of South Africa’s best-known wine estates on the spot.
Klein Constantia on the slopes of the Constantiaberg in Cape Town, is one of South Africa’s most famously “green” wine estates. A WWF Conservation Champion, it touts its environmentalism widely. A 2015 book titled The Wine Kingdom – Celebrating Conservation in the Cape Winelands claims that it has “extensive soil erosion plans” and aims to build a cellar “that will be powered by solar energy”. It mentions that Klein Constantia “has also experienced serious damage to their crops caused by baboons, but today most of this problem is taken care of by using baboon monitors during harvest”.
The report, City Leases: Cape Town’s Failure to Redistribute Land, proposes a “radical new deal” for housing on 24 areas of City-owned land, including golf courses, bowling greens, country clubs, and parking lots. These range across the breadth of the City, from Camps Bay to Strand to Fish Hoek. Detailed proposals are provided for five of them:
PROPERTY RATES INCREASE? YOU CAN OBJECT!
General Valuation Roll for 2018 (GV2018)
The current General Valuation Roll, known as GV2018, was certified by the City of Cape Town’s Municipal Valuer on 31 January 2019.
It contains the municipal valuations of about 875 000 registered properties in Cape Town, as at the valuation date for the new roll, being 2 July 2018. You can view the GV 2018 roll HERE.
The new valuations, and related increased municipal rates payable by property owners, will be implemented on 1 July 2019.
If you are of the opinion that the amended market value does not reflect the reasonable market value of your property, it is well advised to raise an objection as the current determination affects the rates you will pay for the next 3 to 4 years. Owners who disagree with the valuation, have until 29 March 2019 to object to a valuation in person, or until 30 April 2019 for online objections.
The objection process can become onerous and technical. Let STBB’s expertise manage this important process on your behalf. Contact Tim Chase at email@example.com
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Chas Everitt Cape Town South’s agents have a free online Property Valuation service that will produce a computer-generated valuation based on comparable sales in your area. The agent will professionally vet the data being included to remove sales that are not comparable as without this intervention the figures are not sufficiently reliable. To get this free service go to www.FreePropertyValuations.co.za
On Sunday, March 10 2019, the Cape Town Cycle Tour will take place along various roads around the Cape Peninsula, which will be closed as a result on the day. Some will also be closed on Saturday, March 9 as well as Sunday.
Locals who are not taking part in the cycle tour are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the road closures that will be in place so they can find alternative routes and not be affected on race day.
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.
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
From The Inside Guide: From sunset cruises to a leisurely hike and a picnic on the beach, there’s fun to be had when the sun goes down…
You don’t need to be a serious star-gazer (or a werewolf) to come alive at full moon. The fourth lunar phase – which occurs when the Earth lies between the sun and the moon – is a special time of month for most people. Particularly in a city like Cape Town, whose iconic landmarks seem to become even more exquisite when illuminated by the moon.
Whether you like to enjoy monthly full moons in quiet contemplation on your own, on a board, or riding around the city on a bicycle, we’ve rounded up a bunch of fun activities to enjoy under the moon.
Enjoy this great article and hopefully you’ll get some ideas or be inspired to share some of your own with us! Link to original article
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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)
With a long and warm history between the two owners of Chas Everitt Cape Town South and Steer & Co, an exciting new rental partnership has been agreed and has been on a three month trial. It combines the very best of Steer & Co’s outstanding rental administration services with the strong footprint of the Chas Everitt Cape Town South team of area specialists.
According to Sally Gracie, MD of Chas Everitt Cape Town South, rentals are far more complex and onerous to do as a side line and many estate agencies who do not have the scale are really taking a substantial risk doing rentals without a sound rental administration infrastructure. We simply decided to team up with the name that was associated with rental administrative excellence in a partnership that does not cost clients any more, but provides numerous value added advantages.
Chas Everitt agents basically put the tenant application/s and the property together and Steer & Co provides the vetting, property reports and full administrative services as well as ingoing and outgoing inspections.
There’s no shortage of caves to explore within a few hours drive of Cape Town. The Western Cape has many dark gems to explore where you’ll see impressive views, experience the Cape’s long history and rock formations that dazzle you as much as they might inspire the occasional bit of trepidation.
Here are our picks for epic caves to visit near Cape Town.