#Baboons #ConstantiaBaboons – Stand Together

We will all be peacefully gathering along Spaanschemat River Road from Constantia Village Mall.

Saturday 14th July 10-12 Noon

Our aim is to show the authorities who sit on the Baboon Technical Team (being the City of Cape Town, Cape Nature and Sanparks) that we, the residents of Cape Town do NOT want our baboons killed.

Beauty Without Cruelty SA have arranged this gathering and have some posters,  but please also bring your own posters and banners as well and come and stand shoulder to shoulder for our baboons.

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Cape Town dams: Joy as water levels jump up by another 6%

What an unbelievable month for the Cape Town dams. Four weeks ago, the facilities were at less than 20% full. But now, they’re pushing the 40% mark.

More news on dam levels here

“The dams feeding the City of Cape Town are now better off at 37.8%.”

The Voëlvlei dam (currently 31.4% full this week), the Theewaterskloof dam (26.6% full this week) and the Bergriver Dam (61.7% full this week) are all showing improvements in excess of 5%.”

“With Bergriver dam having increased by nearly 10% in the past seven days. Up the West Coast the Clanwilliam dam has jumped from 20.4% a week ago to 36%. A few weeks ago the dam was below 6%.”


Lower Confidence Affecting Luxury Property Market

Business confidence has deteriorated. After a strong first quarter reading as Cyril Ramaphosa was inaugurated as president, the RMB/BER Business Confidence Index has fallen from 45 to 39 points in the second quarter, which RMB describes as a “disappointing outcome – but probably an accurate reflection of reality.”

According to Luxury Portfolio agent Sally Gracie who specialises in the Constantia area of Cape Town, this deterioration is easy to identify at the top end of the property market.

“I have spoken with many colleagues in the luxury market with whom I have a close working relationship in other areas of Cape Town and all share my perception that the top end of the market is taking a substantial knock. This is certainly expected to continue and motivated sellers are reducing prices and expectations”, said Sally.

Agents agree that we have entered a far more buyer friendly environment with an increase in new listings and a drop in enquiries. According to Sally Gracie, there is still better value on offer in Constantia compared to the Atlantic Seaboard. “Recent reports from New World Wealth (see link below) showed that Camps Bay was getting an average of R56 000 m2, compared to Constantia R32 000 m2. Even allowing for the larger erf sizes and more apartments that skew these figures these two suburbs have traditionally been popular ‘yardsticks’ to measure both sides of the mountain in Cape Town,'” said Sally.…/south-africas-richest-streets…/


Winter is here! Great restaurant deals!

We all know that along with this chilly out of season weather (and very welcome rain) the poor restaurants really can suffer, so here’s a list from Eat Out of Cape Town restaurants that are offering to tempt us into their warm cozy restaurants with some super specials!  Click here




Ana-Paula Cole & Lily de Keller Jarmain join Chas Everitt’s Constantia Team

Experienced Constantia agents Ana-Paula Cole and Lily de Keller Jarmain have joined Chas Everitt International’s Constantia Team.

“Ana-Paula and Lily have a well-established presence in the Constantia area.  We are absolutely delighted to have our Constantia Team complemented by two such experienced agents,” said Sally Gracie, the Constantia Team Leader and a Director of Chas Everitt’s Cape Town South franchise.

Ana-Paula and Lily more than meet Chas Everitt stringent requirements of ‘Master Agent’, a reflection of their valued real estate industry experience.

Lily de Keller Jarmain: 083 567 3583
Ana-Paula Cole: 083 626 8777
Sally Gracie: 083 459 9523
Taryn Retief: 082 788 7469


Latest Property Report – 1st quarter of 2018

IN AND AROUND THE CAPE PENINSULA THE CITY’S MOST EXPENSIVE MARKETS CONTINUED TO SHOW THE CLEAREST SIGNS OF SLOWING PRICE GROWTH IN THE 1ST QUARTER.  Atlantic Seaboard, has seen its price growth slow the fastest off the highest base, while in certain more affordable sub-regions of the City there has still been some growth acceleration.

In the 1st quarter of 2018, we saw further slowing in house price growth in the City Bowl and the other major 3 sub-regions closest to the City Bowl, i.e. in and around the Cape Peninsula.

These sub-regions near to the city and the mountain have shown some of the strongest house price inflation of all of the Cape Town sub-regions over the past 5 years, and this prior deterioration in home affordability appears to have led to slowing demand, and thus price growth, in recent quarters.


New South African plug standard is mandatory for new installations

South Africa’s new plug and socket standard, SANS 164-2 or ZA Plug, has become mandatory for new installations, the SABS confirmed to MyBroadband.

This means that any new buildings erected must incorporate electrical sockets that conform to the new standard.

An amendment to the wiring code introduced in 2016 stated that the ZA Plug would become semi-mandatory for new installations in March 2018.

Each new plug point must have at least one socket that can accommodate a ZA Plug, it said.

The amendment came into effect two months early, said the SABS, and from January 2018 all new installations must incorporate the ZA Plug.

The ZA Plug has the same hexagonal profile as the Europlug seen on cell phone chargers but includes an earth pin. It is substantially more compact than South Africa’s three-prong plug standard and has much thinner pins.

Adoption of the standard has been slow, however.

Gianfranco Campetti, the chairman of the working group that looks after the standard, said the industry has been slow to respond and use the standard in essential products.

He said the appliance industry, in particular, has been slow to provide goods with the new plug.

The switch

When the IEC first began development on IEC–906–1, which became IEC60906–1, it was trying to establish a universal plug and socket system.

Despite its efforts, commercial and political interests caused the standardisation initiative to fail in Europe – and Brazil and South Africa are the only countries to have adopted the 250V standard.

However, Brazil deviated from the standard by delivering either 127V or 220V mains using the same socket.

Japan and the US have plugs and sockets that are compatible with the IEC’s envisioned global standard for 125V sockets.

Talk of adopting the new standard began in South Africa in 1993, and a version of SANS 164–2 that dates back to 2006 is available online.

According to the SABS, the ZA Plug appeared in South Africa’s wiring code (SANS 10142–1) during 2012.

Old standard still legal

Although it is now required to integrate sockets which comply with the ZA Plug standard in new buildings, the old standard remains legal.

The wiring code amendment also does not affect existing buildings, including homes.

It is therefore not currently necessary for South Africans to switch the electrical sockets in their homes.

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Innovative local students launch online textbook resale platform

Bramble is an online platform aimed at connecting students wanting to sell or buy textbooks, as well as physical and electronic notes. This not only allows students to earn an extra income, but it also makes the learning process a whole lot easier.

As students ourselves, we understand the real life of a student and we hope to give you more room for the good life, more time for studying and, most importantly, more money at the end of the month.

The Bramble platform has one major beneficiary,

– the students.

We hope that the creation of a platform that allows students to set their own prices will allow shopping for textbooks to be more affordable and less stressful.

This post is sponsored by Chas Everitt International 


James Barry Avenue – Constantia

Well-positioned family home in prime Constantia location.

Arrive through a double entrance driveway into the entrance hall of this spacious family home and be greeted by a fusion of class, comfort, and easy living. Glass and wooden doors open onto the covered veranda, offering great flow to the outdoor entertainment areas, and be prepared to be wowed by the picturesque garden! Outside areas include a wooden BBQ deck, a newly renovated swimming pool, and a fire pit. Indoor entertainment areas include dining room, bar and a wine cellar.

Features of this thoughtfully laid out home include; four bedrooms or three bedrooms and one study, two full bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and scullery/laundry room, a wood burning fireplace in the open plan lounge, and a Bar Lounge/TV room. Separate staff accommodation and a storage room are also to be found on the property. Waterwise facilities include a borehole and a water storage tank.

This truly is a perfect home for a young family to move in, unpack and enjoy!

More detail about this property


The ‘Burbs Festival

The Burbs Festival is proud to bring you our very first craft event right here in the heartbeat of the Southern Suburbs at Maynardville Park, Wynberg Chelsea on 21 October from 11am – 9pm. Festival goers can expect a variety of craft beers and ciders on tap, as well as some amazing gin cocktails and G&T’s.  Food vendors will be on site to meet all your culinary needs.

With Darling Brew as our featured craft beer supplier and guest brewer Alpha Lager, this experience promises to be the first of its kind in the ‘burbs. For those with more of a preference to ciders, we have partnered exclusively with Alpha Ginger and Dry Cider. We will also have a variety of wines available to our wine lovers as well as a tasting area. Adults – Early bird tickets are R65 and include a free drink of choice to the first 1000 festival goers on arrival. All festival ticket holders will receive a wine tasting passport (four tasters)
Kids – R40 for kids aged between 7 – 14 years and kids under 7 years enter for free. All kids under the age of 18 to be accompanied by an adult.


This post is sponsored by Chas Everitt Cape Town South