A new website www.CapeTownShowhouses.co.za has all the showhouses in all of Cape Town every Sunday with a focus on those in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs and False Bay. It also has a Showhouse Blog that will provide additional useful showhouse related information.
STBB Claremont has a useful guide to who pays for what in the transfer process that property buyers and sellers will find useful. It is intended that the site will be expanded in the next few weeks to provide the most comprehensive showhouse resource available.
This week’s featured showhouse is in Glencairn Heights for R2 900 000. The featured showhouses module has been exclusively secured by Chas Everitt International’s Cape Town South franchise for six months.
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Contrary to our earlier observations and statement we now have strong evidence to suggest that the potentially fatal Canine Parvo Virus (CPV) initially confined to the De Waal Park area of Cape Town CBD and limited to a tragic isolated incident has regrettably spread to a number of other neighbourhoods in the Southern Suburbs.
The virus is so potent that it is able to be carried and transmitted by unwitting 3rd party vectors on the soles of their shoes or clothing and it is a myth that it is confined to any specific sector of the community. All dogs and puppies are at risk regardless of demographics.
We subsequently urge all pet owners to vaccinate their pets and to be extra vigilant.
There are several affordable and practical bio-security precautionary measures that pet owners can take including dunking the soles of their shoes into a strong bleach solution to disinfect their shoes before entering their property and avoiding walking in areas frequented by potentially infected dogs (especially those areas where dog walkers tend not to pick-up their dogs faeces) until the situation normalises.
Worrying signs to look out for include diarrhoea (gastro type symptoms), listlessness, loss of appetite and lethargy.
Any dog or puppy displaying any of the above negative symptoms or that appears to be “off colour” should be seen by a veterinarian without delay.
An affordable snap-test will quickly confirm whether or not the pet has Parvo Virus.
Pet owners should also be aware that the virus can survive for many months on an infected property and are strongly discouraged from acquiring another dog or puppy for at least 6 months.
In one case brought to our attention yesterday, the distraught owner claims that her dog was fully vaccinated and never left their premises yet it contracted the virus. The dog is currently in Intensive Care fighting for its life at a Pinelands Vet. It is very likely that this unfortunate dog was unwittingly infected by one of the occupants of or visitors to the premises who must have walked in a contaminated area or come into contact with another infected dog.
Last year CPV claimed hundreds of dogs and puppies lives in the Garden Route, Khayelitsha and areas of the Cape Flats and required a Herculean effort to stop it from spreading and claiming more lives. To halt the spread of the virus in the Philippi Horticultural Area the Animal Welfare Society of SA in partnership with Carecube.org vaccinated over 500 vulnerable dogs and puppies owned by Philippi farm labourers and rolled out an educational campaign to educate owners about the necessity to vaccinate their pets. The legacy of this campaign is a massive reduction in the number of preventable dread diseases within the beneficiary community.
We see between 10 and 20 CPV cases every day. This is nothing exceptional. It is the tragic norm.
In almost all of these cases, the owners neglected to vaccinate their pets, had them vaccinated by a dubious person or bought them unvaccinated at a reduced price from unscrupulous breeders.
Heartbreakingly almost all of these pets have to be humanely euthanized to end their pain and suffering.
Anyone thinking of skimping on their pets primary veterinary care and animal husbandry is courting disaster.
– Animal Welfare Society of South Africa
Endangered western leopard toad threatened by an invasive look-alike, public urged to help.
Cape Town – The discovery of the invasive guttural toad species on a property near Seascape Road in Noordhoek has set off alarm bells in conservation circles, who fear the invader species might hinder the livelihood of the endangered western leopard toad that is endemic to the area.
Noordhoek is one of the most important traditional breeding areas of the endemic and endangered western leopard toad (Sclerophrys pantherinus), a close relative of the more common guttural toad (Sclerophrys gutturalis).
Guttural toads and leopard toads look very similar to the untrained eye, and the identification of eggs and tadpoles (which look almost identical even to professionals) is particularly difficult.
But the City of Cape Town and are urging residents to be on the lookout for the guttural toad nonetheless, in a bit to save the natural habitat and breeding grounds of its more endangered relative.
The main differences between the two species are:
The City’s service provider, NCC Environmental Services, who currently run the guttural control programme in Constantia, will now also focus on the Noordhoek area.
NCC will also work closely with Toad Nuts, a local group formed to protect and save the western leopard toad.
Residents are urged to listen for the distinctive guttural toad call and to report the occurrence immediately by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
The City also asks residents never to move any toad, tadpole or eggs between water bodies.
Johan van der Merwe for the environmental affairs of the City of Cape Town says the western leopard toad and guttural toad do not co-exist naturally and “this situation may cause several complications. These may include competition for food, predation, and the introduction of external diseases and pathogens. Hybridisation could also be a potential threat.
“Following this early detection of the guttural toads in Noordhoek, there must be a rapid response by conservation authorities, the Invasive Species Unit and residents. If all the individuals, tadpoles and eggs can be found during this early stage of the invasion, guttural toads can be removed from Noordhoek completely.
“The survival of the endemic western leopard toad depends on access to uninvaded breeding grounds such as Noordhoek. The advance of the guttural toad must, therefore, be stopped before guttural toads become established and form a viable breeding population in Noordhoek,” Van der Merwe says.
It is not just the frogs themselves that can create problems, but the diseases and parasites that accompany the frogs may cause further environmental harm.
Once the invasion of guttural toads into Noordhoek is past the early detection and rapid response stage, control becomes extremely challenging and expensive.
This has already happened in Constantia, where an intensive five-year-old control programme has been unable to stop the spread of guttural toads into Bishopscourt. The City’s service provider, NCC Environmental Services, continues to fight the toad in the area.
Although the guttural toad is indigenous to South Africa, it does not naturally occur in the Western Cape.
Invasive species such as the guttural toad are introduced to areas outside their natural range either deliberately or accidentally. The likely scenario for an accidental introduction is that nursery plants were moved from the area where guttural toads naturally occur to Cape Town. Once they arrived at their new habitat, they reproduced and established the colonies that are now invading many water bodies in Constantia and Bishopscourt.
It could also be the case that well-meaning residents who do not want to harm animals but also don’t want them in their gardens, physically relocate toads to natural areas around the city. This is a highly problematic practice and causes havoc for nature conservation officials.
The most effective method of managing invasive species is to prevent them from being introduced to areas outside their natural distribution range in the first place.
This article has been adapted from traveler24.com, – Louzel Lombard
In the heart of the Constantia Winelands, where vineyards and mountains converge, lies the world-class Norval Foundation, a centre for contemporary African art. Home to a modern bistro, striking sculpture garden and ever-changing exhibitions from international artists, the museum also happens to lie next door to Steenberg Wines, where a host of other exciting pursuits await.
And now, until end-April 2020, the two feted establishments are joining forces to offer a membership deal that is simply too good to pass up – particularly if art and wine are your things.
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Once promulgated in the Provincial Gazette, new municipal bylaw amendments by the City of Cape Town will allow “short-term letting from a house or flat for a period not exceeding 30 consecutive days for the same guest”.
Johette Smuts from PayProp says that while the amendments might mean an increase in rental in an already expensive city centre, the announcement is great news for landlords, and potentially positive for rental agents too.
“Previously, only single residential houses had the right to provide short-term letting (with the correct zoning). Body corporates, HOAs and other governing bodies retained control of short-term letting according to their own rules,” says Smuts.
Longer-term letting options may decrease
While Airbnb believes that this bylaw complements their model and has the ability to boost tourism in Cape Town, it could mean that the number of flats available for longer-term letting will decrease, as landlords can increase their income when focusing on more expensive short-term lettings.
Smuts says that for long-term rentals, a higher rental income means that agents have the ability to earn more commission on each property within their portfolio if the commission percentage stays the same.
“With the new bylaw amendments, some landlords might decide to rather rent their properties out on a short-term basis, without necessarily realising how much work it could be,” says Smuts. She recommends that agents take the opportunity to expand their service offering in response to this, and build on the established relationships they already hold with their landlords.
“Depending on the agent’s proximity to the property, some of the additional services that you’d be able to offer include key-collection and drops during certain times, organising reliable cleaning services, or even just putting out fresh flowers,” says Smuts.
“Even if a landlord decides to leave, always remain professional and deliver outstanding service. If they change their mind, you want their return business, after all!”
Despite the recent slowdown in home sales in Cape Town which has seen many real estate companies scale down their operations, Chas Everitt International franchisees are investing in new offices in the metro in anticipation of a substantial turnaround in the not-too-distant future.
One of these is the new high-visibility operation in Constantia Village, at the heart of a plush heritage area that has been particularly hard-hit over the past 18 months by emigration, the stagnant economy and a decline in the number of upcountry and foreign purchasers.
“This will further strengthen our strong position and interest in Constantiaberg area where we already have offices in Tokai and Bergvliet,” says Chas Everitt Constantia principal Sally Gracie, “and will be used to expand our penetration of the upmarket belt along the mountain slopes from Constantia and Bishopscourt to Newlands.
Home prices here, as in many other areas known for their high-end real estate, have tumbled by as much as 30% as demand dried up, but well-heeled buyers are now beginning to see the opportunities inherent in this situation, she says, and sales are set to improve significantly in the coming summer “season”
“It also doesn’t hurt that we’ve had very good rains this winter which have filled up our dams and put an end to the drought and the threat of Day Zero which hung over Cape town for so long.”
Gracie says there has been a very positive response to the new office, with lots of walk-in custom from both local sellers and buyers interested in listings in this area. It has also prompted enquiries from several top local estate agents keen to join the group.
“We have exclusive mandates to sell some exceptional properties in Constantia (see photos) and Newlands and in the few weeks that we’ve been open have already made our first sales. We will shortly also have a team operating in Claremont.”
Meanwhile, the Ballan Group, which owns the Chas Everitt International franchises in George, Knysna and Sedgefield, has just opened a trendy new office in Bloubergrand on Cape Town’s west coast, under the leadership of sales manager Leonard Coetzee.
Named Chas Everitt Blouberg Metro, it covers a huge area – including Melkbosstrand, Table View, Parkland, Parklands North and Blouberg – that is generating well over 2000 home sales a year worth a total of at least R4,3bn, despite the current oversupply of new developments that is keeping a lid on prices.
“This part of Cape Town has become increasingly popular with local buyers over the past few years because it offers lower prices, a great beach lifestyle, excellent private schools and easy access to the city via public transport. Many people relocating to Cape Town from Gauteng and other inland provinces have also chosen to live here because of its relative affordability compared to the rest of the metro,” he says.
“It also appeals to a very broad spectrum of buyers, with apartment prices starting from around R750 000, home prices generally ranging from around R1,6m up to about R7,5m and exceptional beachfront properties going for as much as R25m. And we believe it is set for a significant revival within the next few months.”
As it is, he notes, the office has also notched up several sales in the few weeks it has been open and plans to have a total of at least 15 sales agents in the field by the end of the year.
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For more information contact
Sally Gracie on 021 712 5029 or
Leonard Coetzee on 021 204 9914