Weekly Newsletter
Thursday, 23 September, 2004

Edition 36 of 2004, Thursday 23 September 2004

Dear Reader,

It is anticipated that the fuel price will rise by 10 cents a liter on 6 October, this according to the Department of Minerals and Energy. However, a lot can still happen before then, for one the upcoming school holidays. We as South Africans has been spoiled with holidays and not even a upcoming price in fuel will stop us from hitting those beaches.

On the subject of beaches, "You can ride a horse, fly a kite, watch penguins, sail a hobie-cat, walk your dog, surf the waves, explore a shipwreck, snorkel in the shallows, dive in the deep or just lie in the sun. Your choice of beach will depend not only on the activity you want to do but on which way the wind blows. A howling south-easter can make sunbathing a misery on an exposed eastern beach but might be just the thing for an exhilarating windsurf". This week we take a closer look at the beaches of Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa in Focus on and in Have Fun we take a look a some beach tips.

Big news this week - The constitution of the Western Cape might be scrapped. A move that will pave the way for this province to align itself with the other eight provinces who do not have their own constitution.

Apart from one article - Mafikeng, North West Province, South Africa, once a ghost town, now a property boom town- we stay in the Western Province with updates on a penthouse that is now in the market for R 30 million rand, tourism in Cape Town that is steadily increasing and the possibility of the worst water restrictions in the history of the Cape Town.

The South African Reserve Bank said in its September Quarterly Bulletin that was released on Wednesday that the property prices for residential property has accelerated from January 2002 and increases of around 25 percent has been recorded in the first eight months of this year. When and where is it all going to end?

CyberProp greetings!
The editor

>> Real Estate in South Africa

21 Sep 2004 : Waterfront penthouse smashes national price record

Cape Town stepped confidently into the global property arena with the announcement that a R30 million penthouse is on the market in the V&A Waterfront.

The 800 square-meter apartment, situated in a six story building on the V&A yacht basin, has broken the South African record for an apartment asking price - its value is calculated at R37 500 per meter.

British-based real estate giant Cluttons have a joint sole mandate to market the luxury duplex, which is still under development.

>> Surge in demand for premises from owner occupiers in northern suburbs

The Northern Suburbs areas of Tyger Valley and Bellville - above and below the N1 - are experiencing a surge in small businesses purchasing commercial property for their own use, reports Volente Bertotti, leasing and sales consultant for Pam Golding Commercial. She says that the convenient and easily accessible Tyger Waterfront continues to mushroom with an ongoing demand for premises. Offices are modern, clean and uncluttered, and commercial sales are extremely healthy...

>> Cape needs to capitalise on untapped potential!

Tourism to Cape Town is steadily increasing, but is nowhere near achieving its potential. This was one of the key themes coming from ACSA’s Airline Destination Workshop.

Opening the workshop, Transport Minister, Jeff Radebe, said that inclusive tourism was closely allied to social and economic growth and that despite the successes that Cape Town and the region had enjoyed there was no room for complacency.

He went on to say that while domestic and international landings at South Africa’s airports had increased African passenger numbers were inhibited by poor routings and scheduling.

>> Cape Town - Strict bylaws in new council strategy

With just over a week until the most stringent water restrictions in the city's history, the city council has announced a 10-point plan aimed at changing Capetonians' water-use patterns for good.

A three-year water conservation plan unveiled by councilor Saleem Mowzer, the mayoral committee member responsible for trading services, could see new by-laws banning automatic urinals, watering of gardens during the day and forcing people to fill swimming pools with rain water...

>> Focus on Cape Town's best beaches - Western Cape, South Africa

In the southern hemisphere January is the time to go to the beach and Cape Town is the place to do it. Whether you are into baring everything or keeping your clothes firmly on, retreating behind a rock or strutting your stuff, there is a beach along the Cape Peninsula to suit you.

You can ride a horse, fly a kite, watch penguins, sail a hobie-cat, walk your dog, surf the waves, explore a shipwreck, snorkel in the shallows, dive in the deep or just lie in the sun...

View Properties in the Westen Cape | View Properties in Cape Town

>> Property of the week

Western Cape - Cape Town - Camps Bay

"Luxuriously appointed home in prime position" Situated in Deep Glen, this prestigious home with superb sea & mountain views, offers spacious reception rooms with flow to large entertainment terraces and rim-flow pool. Well-appointed kitchen. Four exquisite en-suite bedrooms. Entertainment / family room. Ample garaging.

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>> Mafiken - from ghost to boom town!
MAFIKENG, once a ghost town, is now on the verge of a boom , particularly as far as residential and retail property is concerned.

The main reason for the turnaround is government's decision to keep the provincial government of North West in the city.

Peter O'Connor, principal of Jennie Smith Properties in Mafikeng, says that after the reincorporation of Bophuthatswana into SA proper, many companies in Mafikeng were downsized, which lead to retrenchments and people moving out of the area...

>> Have fun!!

Going to the beach? How to protect yourself and the environment

Whether you're walking, swimming, fishing, boating - or just looking - here's how to make a visit to the coast safe for you and the environment.

Looking after yourself
Learn to recognise creatures which sting. Warn children to take care exploring rockpools and to never touch a blue-ringed octopus...

>> Be in the frontline

Technology has become an integral part of Real Estate over the past few years. Tools like CyberAgent have played and will play even a more important role in the future of Real Estate. Real estate agencies using a tool like CyberAgent, gain the advantages of using the latest technology to benefit their businesses.

The real challenge is to find a software application (programme) that supports all facets of the industry, cutting out the need to duplicate day-to-day work. CyberAgent answers to all the estate agencies needs.

This week we take a closer look at the "Contact Manager" module within the CyberAgent application.

The Contact Manager helps you to keep a database of all the clients you are currently dealing with as well of those who has already bought or sold properties from you.

  • Send bulk SMS messages
  • Print and email reports
  • Keep records of buyer and seller information

If you would like to know more about the above features and benefits that CyberAgent offer, visit: www.cyberagent.co.za or email: sales@cyberprop.com

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