Weekly Newsletter
Friday, 29 October, 2004

Edition 40 of 2004, Friday 29 October 2004

Dear Reader,

Celebrities, Bruce Springsteen and Arnold Schwarzenegger will be tested on opposing sides in the final days of the US presidential campaign in Ohio. I do not know about you but for sure a race that I do not want to miss.

Foreigners place South Africa among the best countries when it comes to buying bargains in property but how will the proposed Revenue Laws Amendment Bill influence their decision to purchase - for South Africa the proposed bill could improve the official and industrial property rental market as foreign companies may choose to sell off their South African property investments and lease instead.

This week Johannesburg residents who have applied for boom-gate access control in their streets received verdict on their applications. A total of 324 applications were received -- 309 for existing closures and 15 for new closures. Most of these are in areas such as Midrand, Sandton, Kensington and Randburg.

Franschoek, Western Cape, South Africa, a must to visit when visiting the winelands of the Western Cape. Overseas visitors have been quick to seize upon Franschhoek's potential. Many have returned to buy farms and help develop the wine industry; or run guest-houses and restaurants in the village. In Focus on we take a closer look at Franschoek on Bastille Day.

To my horror I saw the first Christmas decorations this week in a shopping centre. 2004 and we are nearing the end of it! Christmas spirit is joyously visible through the adornments and decorations found on streetlights, windowsills, rooftops, lawns, doors and homes. This week we share some tips with our readers on how to make their own unique Christmas decorations and presents - Have fun

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Cape Properties: Exotic and a Bargain

I've come to the conclusion that property in South Africa is now among the best bargains in the world, in both absolute and relative terms. On this trip, I stuck to Jo'berg and the Cape; it's a big country and I simply put myself in the hands of my fairly numerous South African relatives. I can't make any recommendations on Jo'burg property because although it's cheap..

>> Garden Route project set for cash injection

A year after its inception, the visionary Eden to Addo Corridor conservation initiative is gearing up for a possible huge cash injection.

The organisers of the initiative applied in July to the critical ecosystem partnership fund in Washington for R1,25-million...

>> New law may undercut foreign buyers' capital gains dodge

THE proposed Revenue Laws Amendment Bill could improve the official and industrial property rental market as foreign companies may choose to sell off their South African property investments and lease instead.

This is the view of Pace Property Group MD David Green, who was commentating on the bill, which will attempt to level the playing field between South African and foreign sellers of property...

>> Big Brother tactics in Joburg!

Cameras and computers to be rolled out to keep eye on city's crime hotspots.

Johannesburg residents in certain areas are going to be under 24-hour surveillance in the future - at taxi ranks, in the streets and at entertainment venues...

>> Focus on Franschoek, Western Cape, South Africa

It is Bastille Day in the winelands of Franschhoek, a pastoral hour's drive from Cape Town. Well-groomed shops and restaurants are festooned in the red, white and blue and the locals sport rakish red berets. The French connection goes back to the Huguenots - French Protestants who fled Catholic persecution in the seventeenth century. Facing an uncertain future as refugees in Europe, a number arrived at the Cape, taking up the Dutch East India Company's offer of land...

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>> Verdicts on boom gates are out!

Johannesburg residents who have applied for boom-gate access control in their streets will hear from Thursday if their applications were approved or not, mayor Amos Masondo told reporters.

"As from tomorrow, October 28, our road agency will contact all the approved and rejected applicants and due process will be followed. So far we have approved 46 applications, covering 1 266 households in the city. Some 38 applications were rejected and 12 were sent back for further investigation," Masondo said

>> Have fun!!

Tips for making your own unique christmas decorations and presents.

Christmas time means a holiday full of cheer, family and guests and what better time to show off your creative talent then by decorating your house in homemade Christmas decorations that will give all your visitors something to admire, discuss and chat over? Below are several crafting ideas that will start off your creative flare for this year’s season...

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