Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world.
Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch, against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain and what an exciting venue it is for these legendary concerts!
The vice-chairperson of Western Cape Bee Industry Association (WCBA) and commercial bee farmer Brendan Ashley-Cooper has already lost 100 hives and he sent a sample to be tested in the Hearshaw & Kinnes Analytical Laboratory in Cape Town.
This week, Ashley-Cooper received the sample back confirming his fears. It is from fipronil, a pesticide used on ants. On Friday wine farm owners and bee keepers held a meeting to discuss using pesticides.
iVenture City Pass Cape Town, in partnership with Cape Town Tourism, is the ultimate key to unlocking unforgettable travel experiences. The Pass gives you access to over 70 of the most popular Cape Town attractions, tours and things to see and do, a large number of those being kids-friendly activities. Whether you prefer day tours, museums, adventure, or the great outdoors, there really is something for everyone with the iVenture City Pass!
It also allows you to beat the queues at select attractions. It’s the only pass that offers a Hop on Hop off City Sightseeing Ticket and access to exclusive attractions for the duration of your Pass!
Whether you prefer museums, adventure, the great outdoors, cruising or touring, there really is something for everyone with SA City Pass.
The City Pass is designed to show you around the city and see as much as you can, different attractions and experiences.
Your iVenture City Pass Gives You Access to Over 70 Leading Attractions in Cape Town and Surrounds!Some of our attractions or some venues change their operating hours during the course of the year. We recommend contacting them directly to confirm their opening times or visiting their websites to confirm details.
The City Pass packages offer entry to a large range of the best attractions and venues available in a city and region. The range for each location varies by package and our range is growing all the time. Up to date information about the attractions in each package can be viewed in the included Attractions tab located in each package page.
The Inside Guide has just published an article highlighting the 13 best beaches in Cape Town for 2018 with a warning about security in its first paragraph, as much a sign of the times as it is a an appropriate time for the article that heralds the start of those summer days.
Apart from the sobering reference to security we certainly could not agree more with their choices with Llandudno, Clifton and Boulders taking the top three spots. Personally I am happy to choose my spot in the sun on #12 Fish Hoek where I grew up and where the water is warmer and there is always space enough for some privacy as opposed to some of the others that get far too crowded and a good record of security.
Take a look and see what your favourite will be this summer!
The Inside Guide’s has released a list of the best organic food shops in Cape Town and plenty of them are in the Southern Suburbs. You might say more than a fair share!
First on the list was Organic Zone in Lakeside
“Let food be thy medicine; and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates
In a perfect world, the food we eat would all be produced ethically and sustainably, devoid of chemicals, pesticides and antibiotics. In the real world, that’s sadly not the case… the food industry lost its way decades ago, thanks to a few greedy stakeholders more interested in turning a profit (selling GMO- and mass-produced crops) than in the wellbeing of our planet and its inhabitants.
A successful leadership transition in a real estate company is always challenging but over the last six months, a smooth transition has been underway at Devler Estates trading as Chas Everitt Cape Town South.
Sally Gracie, a familiar name in the Constantiaberg luxury real estate market, has replaced her brother, André de Villiers as MD of the well established local franchise that has been trading in the area consecutively as Steer / ERA Steer and since 2006, as Chas Everitt Cape Town South.
De Villiers, who has 34 years of Cape Town real estate experience, will be expanding his social media business eNeighbourhoods.com and is moving to Ireland, however, he Villiers will remain very active in the Chas Everitt franchise retaining the franchise Marketing Manager position.
Bruce Haywood, a popular and experienced figure in the South Peninsula real estate industry remains the Sales Manager and has recently become a shareholder in the business. Bruce Haywood and Sally Gracie enjoy a complimentary working relationship which will continue to serve the business well. Bruce’s knowledge of the territory and the industry, as well as his amiable manner, are a great value to the business. The Chas Everitt team covers a wide variety of markets in a substantial multi-territory franchise, stretching from Observatory to Simon’s Town.
Managing Director, Sally Gracie feels strongly that real estate leadership is too often removed from active selling which inevitably creates a distance between the team leadership and the body of agents. To this end, Sally will remain the Luxury Property Team leader and the resident agent at Stonehurst Estate where she is the longest-serving accredited agent.
“Being at the coalface of real estate sales every day is important to both Bruce and me, and with the experienced administrative support we have, we are able to guide our sales team with credibility as successful salespeople in management, not management people just talking about sales. One may be surprised to know how uncommon that is in this industry and what a difference it can make,” said Gracie.
Prior to starting in real estate sales in 2008, Gracie worked for Southern Life Properties, as a Centre Manager at Durbanville Centre. Later, she was involved in managing both residential and commercial property for German-based Investment buyers and also worked for the British Consulate in Cape Town, heading up their management division, overseeing the housing and office compliment for the diplomatic staff.
Sally Gracie has introduced a new ‘Team Leader’ structure which will be a key to Chas Everitt Cape Town South extending coverage of the large franchise area. The ‘Team Leader’ structure will benefit experienced agents who can grow their own positions in the business, and effectively grow new agents (interns) to the industry. This structure aims to provide an extra level of hands-on sales support to new agents. Significantly, this structure is directly based on Sally’s own proven success with a Team Leader position. One of Chas Everitt’s Master Agents, Joan Ross has been the first to embrace this opportunity and will build her team in the Diep River to Kenilworth area.
Chas Everitt Cape Town South has always been at the cutting edge of technology and embraces change. According to Sally Gracie that innovation is a key ingredient in making the real estate franchise strong and different. “As a consumer solution orientated business there are some very exciting changes ahead,” she said.
Chas Everitt Cape Town South will be opening the fourth office to their physical presence in the Newlands / Rondebosch area next year.
Chas Everitt Cape Town South are delighted that, for the first time, we are able to EXTEND our quarterly hamper project (called Our Mothers Our Fathers) outside of False Bay.
These hampers go to very deserving elderly beneficiaries. We have been working with the great staff and organisers at Meals on Wheels to identify deserving elderly residents in Plumstead / Diep River area building on what we already do in the False Bay area.
Thank you to all who have contributed to making the Spring Hamper possible.
We will start collecting our Christmas Hamper early in November. Donations can be dropped off at Chas Everitt Fish Hoek or Chas Everitt Tokai or Chas Everitt Bergvliet or if you call Eileen on 021 712 5029, we will if there are at least ten items collect contributions from you.
Well done to our many clients and friends who make these quarterly hampers ‘happen’ and the Chas Everitt Cape Town South team who ALL contribute so generously. In particular thanks to our Hamper Co-ordinators, Diep River agent Joan Ross and our Plumstead agents Franlize Fourie and John Gentz.
Dam levels continue to improve and have risen 1,9% over the last week to 75,9% of storage capacity.
The average water consumption for the past week is up slightly from 511 million litres per day to 520 million litres per day.
Water restrictions and tariffs have been lowered from Level 6b and Level 6 respectively to Level 5 from today, 1 October 2018, due to the encouraging dam recovery and the conservation efforts by Capetonians.
This is an interim measure to provide some relief to the City of Cape Town’s customers. Level 6b restrictions and Level 6 tariffs were there to cater to an extreme situation. The situation has changed materially due to good rainfall, the solid recovery of Cape Town’s dams and the great conservation efforts by residents and businesses.
Normally, the national government makes its determination on the water situation going forward in December. The City, however, believes that it is unfair to wait until December to make an announcement about water restrictions as this will lead to our customers having to pay the highest tariff for an unnecessarily long period of time.
The key elements of Level 5 restrictions are as follows:
An increase in the personal water use limit from 50 litres per person per day to 70 litres per person per day
A resetting of the overall City water usage target from 450 million litres per day to 500 million litres per day
A relaxation of restrictions for commercial and industrial water users from a 45% to a 40% usage reduction
A lowering of tariffs to Level 5 tariffs:
Residential tariffs (ex VAT)
0 – 6 kL: Down 26,6% from R28,90/kL to R21,19/kL
6 – 10,5 kL: Down 25% from R46/kL to R34,43/kL
10 – 35 kL : Down 56% from R120,27/kL to R52,39/kL
Above 35 kL: Down 70% from R1 000/kL to R300/kL
Commercial and Industrial tariffs
Down 18% from R45,75/kL to R37,50/kL
Level 5 restriction don’ts
No watering/irrigation with municipal water is allowed. Nurseries or customers involved in agricultural activities, or those with gardens of historical significance, may apply for exemption
No topping up (manual or automatic) of swimming pools with municipal drinking water is allowed
No washing of vehicles, including cars, taxis, trailers, caravans or boats allowed with municipal drinking water
No washing or hosing down of hard surfaces with municipal water
The use of municipal drinking water for ornamental fountains or water features is prohibited
All private swimming pools must be fitted with a cover
The use of any portable or temporary play pools is prohibited
Should borehole/wellpoint water be used for outdoor purposes, including garden use, topping up of swimming pools and hosing down of surfaces, it should only be done for a maximum of one hour on Tuesdays and Saturdays before 09:00 and after 18:00. However, the City discourages the use of this water for these purposes to prevent the over-abstraction of aquifers
The operation of spray parks is prohibited
No new landscaping or sports fields may be established except if irrigated only with non-drinking water