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Sunday, 28 August, 2005
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Edition 32 of 2005, Sunday, 28 August 2005

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South Africa is poised to record its strongest annual growth rate in five years after the release of data this week showing the economy is firing on all cylinders. "The performance of the South Africa economy in recent times seems to be more solid and consistent than before," the central bank says in its annual economic report, released in Pretoria. The real-estate market remained strong, but the rate of price increases was tapering off as the chances of further steep drops in mortgage interest costs waned.

People that wish to upgrade their lifestyle via their home are faced with two possibilities: buy a bigger home or renovate your existing home. The answer isn’t all that simple according to Dave, The Property Game, Spend some money to make money

Just two weeks after President Thabo Mbeki criticised exclusive golf estates as a way of entrenching race and class divisions in the country it was announced that Soweto is going to get a new exclusive and upmarket golf estate. An initial 75 stands would be serviced by the consortium, as part of an agreement, and more houses would be built in the complex once the golf course is completed.

Let's stay with Soweto - Soweto, Gauteng, South Africa is a city of contrasts: luxurious mansions across the road from tin shanties, green fields and streams around the corner from piles of garbage, the biggest public hospital in the world with the world's highest HIV infection rate, and a friendliness and cheerfulness that disguises a high unemployment rate. takes us on a tour to this Johannesburg suburb.

The most expensive property in the world and South Africa makes the short list with this wine estate.

Price: $17.9 million
Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Though it's far more than a residence, we couldn't overlook this wine estate in Stellenbosch, South Africa's version of Napa. The second-oldest town in the country, Stellenbosch has oak-lined streets and a mix of restored houses, which lend it a country charm. This estate totals nearly 500 acres and produces 400,000 bottles of wine each year. It features a large thatched manor home built in 1700 and set in extensive gardens. Then there is the game park, swimming pool, wine cellar and tasting room, and additional buildings such as offices, guest cottages and staff quarters.

What is a micro chip credit card? ABSA shares a few thoughts with us in Have Fun.

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The editor


>> Real Estate News - South Africa

SA Reserve Bank upbeat about economy

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) painted a rosy picture on Wednesday of the economy, but warned of threats to inflation.

"The performance of the South Africa economy in recent times seems to be more solid and consistent than before," the central bank says in its annual economic report, released in Pretoria.

>> The Property Game - Spend some money to make some

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Buy or Renovate
People that wish to upgrade their lifestyle via their home are faced with two possibilities: buy a bigger home or renovate your existing home. The answer isn't all that simple. If you're considering renovating or an extending option, you firstly need to have a home that lends itself to renovation or extension and secondly it needs to be in a location that will reflect and carry the added value of the improvements...

>>Soweto to get posh golf estate

SOWETO is to get a new golf estate which could even become home to the annual Nelson Mandela Golf Tournament.

Today Metro can confirm that construction
of a R35-million golf course, designed by internationally acclaimed South African golfer Gary Player, is due to start next year.

The deal was struck after a consortium, comprised of Standard Bank, Investec...

>> Land prices to shore house prices - Chris Nthite

Land prices, which account for about 30 to 40% of house prices, are going to be the main factor that will support property prices, argues Jacques du Toit, Absa's property economist in the bank's quarterly report.

On a house of R1,5-m, 40% (about R600 000) of this relates to the price of land...

>> Focus on Soweto, Gauteng, South Africa

Famous or notorious, Soweto is a former township from the times of Apartheid. Starting about 15 km away from the centre of Johannesburg, it comprises some 63 sq. km, where an estimated thee million people live. Originally there were only temporary living quarters for the mine workers, before Soweto was declared a ghetto for the black population of Johannesburg by the infamous "Urban Areas Act" in 1923...

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Gauteng, Soweto, Protea North

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>> Beware the pincers lurking in your bowl

Do you know what's lurking down your toilet sewer pipes, ready to emerge at any moment?

A Seaview man was caught in quite a predicament when he found that a big crab had made itself at home in his loo, raising threatening pincers, defending its new territory.

Chris Tyrrell went into his toilet on Saturday morning to pour toilet cleaner down the bowl, only to find he had doused a crab with the solution.

>> Have fun - Microchip cedit cards

What you should know about microchip credit cards

ADDING chip technology makes your card almost impossible to counterfeit, compared to cards that only have a magnetic stripe. Security is enhanced by the use of a personal identification number (PIN) in conjunction with the microchip...

>> Most Expensive Homes In The World

The most expensive homes in the world are, for the most part, pretty much what you would expect: opulent, private and capable of making the neighbors sick with jealousy. What is surprising, however, is that in some parts of the world, they can be relatively modest, and even a bargain...

>> Software at its best!

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