Weekly Newsletter
Friday, 23 July, 2004

Edition 28 of 2004, Friday 23 July 2004

Dear Reader,

Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa and who would have thought that Sandton can be so in the news.

  • Twenty-one-year-old Leigh disappeared from outside Bond University in Sandton on Friday July 9. Her family had been trying everything to get her back. Police on Wednesday afternoon confirmed that 21-year-old Leigh Matthews, missing for almost two weeks, is dead.
  • The WINE magazine TOPS at SPAR Shiraz Challenge announced its arrival as an event of stature from the outset. The top-scoring wines will be showcased to the public at tutored tastings at the Arabella Sheraton Hotel in Cape Town and the Balalaika Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg, on 27 August and 3 September respectively
  • It may be only a matter of time before local courts are asked to award damages for workplace discrimination. This view of employment-law experts Shelley Wilson and Talita Laubscher, from the Sandton law firm Bowman Gilfillan, follow last week's massive settlement in the United States by Wall Street firm Morgan Stanley.
  • Block of flats going up like fireworks in Sandton

In Focus on, we take a closer look at Sandton.

One-fifth of all South African households live in what were formerly known as black townships and the housing stock here is now worth an estimated R60 billion or more. Read what Mr. Bill Rawson, President of the Institute of Estate Agents, has to say about this property situation.

This week in Have Fun, we truly going to have fun. Over the last few months we shared some of Iona Mitton's articles from My Money, Iafrica to you. This journalist of format is launching her book "The Property Game" very soon and CyberProp will keep you posted on when it would be available. However this week Fiona gives us answers on the question of the stronger rand hurting our investments.


CyberProp greetings!
The editor

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>> Real Estate in South Africa

Foreign land ownership talks to continue

Government signaled on Wednesday that the public debate about foreign ownership of land in the country would continue.

Speaking after the regular meeting of the cabinet in Pretoria, government spokesperson Joel Netshitenzhe told a media briefing that the meeting was informed of "on-going work towards the launch of a public discussion on the matter of foreign land ownership in South Africa".

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>> Old Mutual's Midrand project gets kick from 2010 World Cup

SA's successful 2010 Soccer World Cup bid is expected to have a positive effect on Old Mutual Properties' plans for 200ha of land in Midrand as the Gautrain rapid rail project gains momentum.

The property giant has also said the core parts of its planned retail and mixed-use development, Zonki'Zizwe, in Midrand, could be completed sooner than expected...

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>> Townships are "dysfunctional"

One-fifth of all South African households live in what were formerly known as black townships and the housing stock here is now worth an estimated R60 billion or more.

However the secondary residential property market in these townships is so "dysfunctional" that less than 15% of owners have thus far capitalised on their assets and very few have upgraded in the way that their white colleagues and counterparts do in the middle class suburbs of the big centres throughout South Africa...

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>> Focus on Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

Heart of Sandton reborn as Sandton Central

THE need to give Sandton a specific identity has led to the creation of Sandton Central, a hub of businesses in the area bounded by Grayston and Sandton drives, and Rivonia Road.

Sandton Central comes out of the need to make the area more attractive to businesses, residents, visitors and tourists.

It is co-ordinated by the Sandton Central Marketing Committee, which comprises representatives of the Sandton Business Improvement District and the Sandton City and Convention Centre Improvement District. These two bodies were formed in 2002 and 2001 respectively; both will now dissolve to form Sandton Central...

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>> Property of the week

Gauteng - Sandton - Atholl

Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4
Garages: 2

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>> Sandton space race...

Demand for apartments to turn Sandton into city - Blocks of flats going up like fireworks

The Sandton skyline is to be invaded by high-rise blocks of flats, some soaring to 34 storeys.

The trend towards an "American/European" city lifestyle has seen a surge in demand for high-rise residential buildings in Africa's richest square mile.

Eleven buildings are to go up, mainly in and around the Sandton business district...

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