Di Forster Joins Sally Gracie @ Chas Everitt

Di Forster is not an experienced agent, but Sally Gracie was adamant that in choosing her new partner, following the tragic death of Marion Bolton, the most important qualities that Sally was looking for would not be conventional real estate sales experience but a lot more; an understanding and appreciation of luxury property, a complimentary personality, the right attitude and of course great contacts in the area.

“In Di I have found a partner who not only fits the measure but has qualities that for me were simply not negotiable.  I have known Di for many years and we share an uncompromising service driven attitude.  I am also pleased that the Company has given me the space,  time and confidence to find my own partner following Marion’s passing and I am just thrilled that Di has embraced the opportunity,” said Sally Gracie.

Di Forster is however no stranger to the real estate business.  Di has bought and sold eleven times in the Constantiaberg area.  Stretching from Klaasenbosch Estate on Brommersvlei Road to Stonehurst Estate.  Di also stayed at Steenberg Golf Estate where she has many friends.  Property has been a long time passion for Di and the only comments her close friends have said about her joining Sally in a move into real estate sales is; “about time!”

Di has been involved in the design, building and decorating of all her homes, including Silverhurst Estate where she lived for two years. The Klaasenbosch property was a very high profile property that was purchased by Di at an auction.  Di sub divided the property into four plots, did extensive security improvements, and renovated the main house.

As Di said, “I worry that I might be addicted to the smell of wet cement and am crazy enough to want to build from scratch again!”  Oh no Di, we have news for you… there will be no time for that as you and Sally have a great and challenging opportunity ahead of you!

Di Forster can be contacted on 072 122 9798
Sally Gracie can be contacted on 083 459 9523


New Restaurant to Replace Historic Nek Restaurant

A new branch of La Parada and a ‘casual fine-dining restaurant’ are scheduled to open at Constantia Nek in October 2015 under the management of the Harbour House group. The current restaurant on the site, one of the oldest in Cape Town, will close at the end of this month for extensive refurbishment.The iconic Constantia Nek restaurant in Cape Town.“It is an iconic site, which was ripe for a refresh,” says one of the group’s owners, Michael Townsend. “We plan to retain the memory of the building; however, the inside will be lightened up and modernised.” The gardens will also receive a makeover, with the overgrown bushes and trees cut back to restore the beautiful views over the vineyards, and the sea and mountains in the distance.

The Harbour House group – which is also responsible for the Tiger’s Milk and La Parada brands – has ambitious plans for growth. A new branch of Tiger’s Milk will be opening in Long Street in June 2015, and Michael reveals the group is currently pitching four of its brands to the V&A Waterfront (where it already has a Harbour House branch), and is looking at rolling out Tiger’s Milk and La Parada nationally.The iconic Constantia Nek restaurant in Cape Town.

Developments for new brands are in the pipeline, too: “We think we’ve got the recipe for the best burger in town,” says Michael, “and are actively looking for sites to roll out this new concept locally.”


Security Workshop for Staff Working on Your Property

preventionYour Neighbourhood Watch and ADT would like to invite you and your staff to a workshop aimed at educating staff on how to remain safe and keep your property secure at all times. There is crime in our area and with many incidents taking place during the day, would your staff know how to react should they be confronted by an intruder?

This would be an excellent opportunity to make sure that staff know the basics and thus can prevent criminals from trying to gain entry to your property. Focus will also be on their own personal safety, including leaving and going home. A Xhosa speaking interpreter will also be in attendance.

Monday 25th May 2015 from 10am til 12 noon at Christ Church, corner Parish and Constantia Main Roads, Constantia.

Should you wish to attend this event, please email with numbers attending from your home, to bberry.cpt.za@adt.co.za  for seating purposes.


Making Sense of Your Water Bill | City of Cape Town

Water_Slide_water_v1The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department has launched a new and improved website, loaded with useful information that may assist residents, learners, students, educators and visitors.

The City is confident that the use of interactive diagrams, video clips, posters and brochures to present information in a more user-friendly way will significantly improve the experience of those visiting the Water and Sanitation Department’s new website, making it easier to access information and to interpret it.

‘For instance, by visiting http://www.capetown.gov.za/en/Water residents will be able to access a detailed explanation about water tariffs and how we bill them for water usage, and how to apply for a water management device, or to be connected to the City’s water system. Selling your house? We list a few things to consider and we provide a brochure for new homeowners as well,’ says the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Councillor Ernest Sonnenberg.

The website is loaded with useful information for those interested in water and the way in which the City manages this scarce resource, such as:

  • how to report faults
  • how to log account enquiries
  • how to prevent sewer blockages
  • how to apply for a plumber’s license with the City
  • tips on saving water
  • latest dam levels and historic levels, dating back to 2011
  • educational material on the Cape Town water and sanitation system
  • details of important projects that the department is working on
  • ongoing commitments to enhancing services to residents in informal settlements
  • consumer information for residents and businesses
  • by-laws and tariffs policy
  • vacancies

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Happy Mothers Day

Mothers DayHappy Mother’s Day! For all the moms out there today, we wish you a very warm and thoughtful day full of the love and appreciation.


Former River Café space poised to reopen at Constantia Uitsig

It was the end of an era when the Constantia Uitsig Estate changed hands and the three restaurants on the property closed in 2014, but exciting developments are now afoot in Constantia. A mountain bike track has already opened, a tasting room is on the cards and we hear rumours of a Bablyonstoren-style garden planned for the property.

Meanwhile, the new restaurant in the old River Café space is slated to open this month. Headed up by restaurateur Neil Grant – of Bocca and Burrata fame – in collaboration with business partner Barry Engelbrecht, the space is to be called Open Door Restaurant and the opening date has tentatively been set for the week of 17 May 2015.

While Burrata is a past winner of Eat Out’s award for Best Italian Restaurant and Bocca’s imported pizza oven is justifiably popular, Neil says Open Door won’t be another Italian spot. “It’s going to be very different,” he explains. The menu will be a more modern contemporary style affair, as befits the wine farm location.

The old River Café space, prior to renovations.

Chef Annemarie Steenkamp – who helped set up both of Neil’s previous restaurants – is on board again, and this time she’s been given free reign. “It’s going to be sophisticated, but not fine dining,” says Neil. “We want to have fun on the floor.” Some of the ideas for the lunch and dinner menu include a pulled veal belly, roasted duck with blood orange glaze and a beef tartare with black bean hummus, kimchi and fried Brussels sprouts.


Happy Workers Day!

Load ShedToday is Workers’ Day in South Africa – a public holiday that has its origins internationally, within the historical struggles of workers and their trade unions.

The day celebrates the rights of workers, and recognises their struggle for fair working conditions and employment standards. It has been a holiday since 1994, and has ties to the International Workers’ Day celebrations enjoyed in many other countries.

In pre-1994 South Africa, the demand for the annual observance of the day as a public holiday became a rallying point for workers and their trade unions, and was one of a number of significant dates to symbolise and mobilise resistance to the apartheid government and its racial policies.

While it is still an important day for workers in particular, it’s a chance for all South Africans to have a day to themselves, and for those who do work, to enjoy a well-deserved break.


Constantia to Sea – by Foot

Princess VleiA proposal to develop a walking trail along the river corridor between Constantia and Princess Vlei is on the cards. Ward 62 councillor Elizabeth Brunette recently attended a walk along this route organised by Local Governments for Sustainability Partnership (ICLEI). The trail starts at the Constantia green belt and ends at the vlei.

Brunette says the organisation has various projects across Africa aimed at enhancing natural areas. In Cape Town ICLEI has the Source to Sea River Corridor project.

“It has been going for a few years and is to link Elephant’s Eye in Constantiaberg to the sea and to Princess Vlei,” she says.


The Constantia Food & Wine Festival

Constantia Food and wine festival

Experience the magic of the Constantia Valley at The Constantia Food and Wine Festival, where they will be showcasing over 40 of the finest wines and delicious food from their award winning restaurants.

Visitors to the Festival will be treated to multi-layered culinary delights, local wines, and live entertainment to showcase Constantia as one of the world’s premier food and wine destinations.

Operating Hours & Tickets

17th – 19th April 2015
17th (Fri) – 18th April (Sat) : 11am – 9pm
19th April (Sun): 11am – 5pm


Venue: Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate Cricket Oval

Tickets cost R160 pp per day
Your ticket includes 10 x R5 tasting tickets at the event for the various wine farms.
Delicious food will also be for sale at the event
R30 for children & persons under the age of 18.

Purchase your tickets online at www.webtickets.co.za or at the entrance.


Friday afternoon: Kai Liam Connor
Friday Evening: Francois Du Plessis

Saturday Afternoon: IKE Moriz
Saturday Evening: Me & Mr Brown

Sunday Afternoon: Newton & Co

So come along and awaken those senses to some of the finest food and wine that Constantia Valley has to offer!


Constantia Living

constantia-valleyThis sheltered valley is home to some of Cape Town’s most sought-after propertiesConstantia lies in one of the greenest and most ambient parts of Cape Town, where ‘old money’ and style are the operative description for stately homesteads, long drive ways and oak-lined streets.

Dominated by farmlands and vineyards, you’ll find country lanes, horses and a number of green belts for walking your dogs or stretching your legs.

Known primarily for its freestanding homes, large and luxurious security complexes are also available. This suburb also offers easy access to good schools, health care facilities, restaurants and sporting facilities.

With Constantia being centrally located, sought after areas within Constantia offer a wide range of premium residential lifestyles, for those wanting to indulge in the ‘finer things in life’. A family orientated suburb offering a variety of property styles over a vast green valley region.

Plots in Constantia boasts a proud history, and home owners are drawn to this area because of its open spaces and a tranquil lifestyle in an exclusive setting. Owning a Constantia property gives one the feeling of owning some part of the history of the Cape.

Visit Chas Everitt – Constantia for Constantia property for sale or any other property related queries.