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Edition 15 of 2007, Friday, 20 April 2007

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About 40 percent of Johannesburg's mine dumps have disappeared and, along with them, much of the city's early history. Is this for the better? "We are manufacturing real estate within the expanding central business district but, just as importantly, with the dumps being a source of dust and water pollution, the general environment is being cleaned up," said Charles Symons, regional general manager for DRDGold. Dumps in South Africa prove golden

"I remember buying a house in Newlands and was furious to discover that the seller had replaced a beautiful ornate door knocker with a small cheap version, fortunately, a phone call to the estate agent resolved the problem, the seller sheepishly restored the knocker with the original but not before I threatened everyone with sleepless nights"! Avoid unpleasant drama over fixtures by Andre de Villiers from Chas Everitt International Properties

An alternative investment? Getting into the property market is a tough prospect these days. However, if you can afford a small instalment on a bond each month, you could invest in a parking space in the inner city, which will give you good returns without any of the hassles of conventional property ownership or tenant headaches. By iAfrica

All hopes are on the Proteas to bring back the Cricket World Cup. This week The Property Magazine talks to Kass Naidoo about her first house. Kass modestly says: ‘I’m a housewife who makes potpourri in the winter,’ claiming cricket is just a part of her life, not her whole life.

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>> Real Estate News -Dumps in South Africa prove golden

JOHANNESBURG: The hulks of stepped, golden sand - looking from the air like rows of pre-Columbian pyramids - have long been part of Johannesburg's cityscape. Now, they are fast disappearing as mining companies cash in on high gold prices and reprocess the mountains of what they once dumped as waste.

The dumps of crushed rock and sand - once discarded in the mining process - yield only about 0.45 grams, or 1.5 hundredths of an ounce, of gold for every reprocessed metric ton. But with the precious metal at more than $600 an ounce, even dumps containing the lowest grade ore are proving to be, well, gold mines...

>> Five golden rules that investors should follow
Rodney Hayter

The property market frenzy may have substantially slowed, but investors can still look forward to nearly a decade of serious money making, says Andrew Schaefer, M.D. of residential property manager Trafalgar.

“But,” he cautions, “investors will have to relearn the traditional investment rules, ” which in his view there are five golden rules they should follow...

>> Avoid unpleasant drama over fixtures

By Andre de Villiers, ( Western Cape Regional Chairman ) Chas Everitt International

Buyers, sellers and agents need to be aware of what is legally included and excluded from their sale.

Most experienced real estate agents have horror stories about "fixtures," which the seller removed but the buyer thought were included in the sale.

To illustrate, I remember buying a house in Newlands and was furious to discover that the seller had replaced a beautiful ornate door knocker with a small cheap version...

>> An alternative investment

Getting into the property market is a tough prospect these days. However, if you can afford a small instalment on a bond each month, you could invest in a parking space in the inner city, which will give you good returns without any of the hassles of conventional property ownership or tenant headaches...

>> Slip-sliding Kaaimans Pass house for sale

THE Dolphins Point house below the section of Kaaimans Pass – which is slowly sliding into the Kaaimans River – has been put on the market for R8,7-million.

The site of the A-frame house is being marketed in South Africa as well as internationally by real estate agents.

The property shot to fame in the aftermath of the August 2006 floods when the main house on the site began to collapse and slide down the hillside towards the Kaaimans estuary. This co-incided with the closure of the N2 at the same point due to structural damage to the supports of the causeway that is still under repair...

>> Focus on Brits, North West, South Africa

A fertile, citrus-producing area irrigated by the waters of the Hartebeespoort Dam.

To the South of Brits, beneath a karee tree, the armistice treaty of the Boer Civil War was signed in 1864 and, nearby De Wildt station, a famous speech by General Hertzog in 1912 led to the formation of the National Party...

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>> Have Fun - My First House - Kass Naidoo, 'I don’t like Killarney, I love it'

Kass Naidoo modestly says: ‘I’m a housewife who makes potpourri in the winter,’ claiming cricket is just a part of her life, not her whole life. Having completed her journalism studies, Kass moved from her hometown of Durban to Joburg in the late 90s to pursue her career as a sports presenter. Her then boyfriend, now hubby, Ryk, moved with her and her immediate family followed later...

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>> There's good on both sides of the fence

Pesky neighbours who make a nuisance of themselves can of course be taken to task in terms of the law, which in South Africa gives owners considerable rights when it comes to the undisturbed use of their own properties.

"But legal action against a neighbour may not only be costly and time consuming, it is also very likely to further sour relations and make living next door to one another unbearably unpleasant," says Berry Everitt, MD of the Chas Everitt International property group...

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>> Two months to go to the largest worldwide real estate exhibition - SIMA07.

The ninth edition of the Madrid Real Estate Exhibition, taking place from 29 May to 2 June, will cover a total of 100 000 square meters. SIMA’s International content will be distributed in two areas: SIMA’s Hall I (International Institutional and Investment Pavilion, and SIMA’s Inmotur (International Holiday Homes Pavilion), an area devoted to second homes in foreign countries where hundreds of property and property related exhibitors from more than 20 markets will participate...

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