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%.”

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Numerous Amendments to Water By-laws

The City of Cape Town last month approved a number of amendments to the Water By-law. In addition to noting the amendments, the City encourages residents to familiarise themselves with what is required of them in terms of this legislation.

Read more below:

On 31 May 2018, Council voted to approve a number of proposed amendments to the Water By-law. These changes were aimed mainly at improving clarity, as well as preparing the City for a more water-scarce future.

Residents should please note that this amendment does not replace the Level 6 Water Restrictions. Rather, water restrictions are implemented in addition to this by-law, when necessary.

Changes most relevant to the general public include the following:

· Landlords must now keep record of consumption for each residential unit in a multi-tenant complex/block of flats, and inform the City if contraventions of water restrictions are taking place

· New developments must install water conservation and demand management systems, or alternative water systems, and these must be approved by the City before development proceeds

· The City’s oversight of plumbers has been strengthened by allowing the City to not only remove plumbers from its register but institute legal action if they are found to have transgressed the Water By-law

· Updates have been made to align the By-law with new legislation, standards and technical specifications.

· A prepayment meter is now an option, in addition to the WMD, as a Council water meter. While this technology is not yet at a stage of development for uptake by the City, having this item of legislation in the By-law allows the City to make use of it in the event that it becomes appropriate and necessary.

· Potable (drinking) water storage tanks must be impervious to sunlight to prevent the growth of bacteria

· No cross-connection must exist on private property between potable and non-potable water systems

· No irrigation of gardens is allowed between 09:00 and 18:00, including from boreholes and well-points. Previously no irrigation was allowed 10:00 and 16:00, and did not include borehole water. Watering gardens in the heat of the day can result in significant water lost to evaporation

· Maximum capacity for toilet cisterns and shower head flow has been lowered. Toilets are now only allowed a maximum 6 litre cistern volume (down from 9 litres), and water from shower heads must flow out at no more than 7 litres per minute (down from 9.5 litres/minute)

· All pools must be fitted with a cover to avoid evaporation when not in use

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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.

www.Constantia.co.za

https://businesstech.co.za/…/south-africas-richest-streets…/

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Property Valuations City Council

Every 3 years the City of Cape Town does a revaluation of all properties in accordance with market values to ensure that the property rates charges are assigned fairly and correctly.

How is your property valuation calculated?

Image from Cape Town City Council

Property valuations should reflect the market value of a property. The City uses a property’s value to calculate the monthly rates property owners should pay for their property.

The municipal valuer, as in the City’s valuer, is responsible for producing the General Valuation Roll (GVR) and is assisted by professional valuers, statistical analysts, data collectors, and support staff.

  • The valuations staff collect and review sales that take place around the date of valuation – the latest valuation forms part of the General Valuation (GV2015) Roll with property values as at 1 August in 2015.
  • The sales data is used in the Computer-assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA).
  • CAMA is used by valuers to value properties in Cape Town.
  • To ensure fairness, the GV Roll is audited by an independent body – the GV2015 was audited by International Property Tax Institute.

In most cases, properties are only physically inspected when the property’s information on the valuations database is doubtful or where changes have taken place.

2018 General Valuation Roll (GV2018)

  • The City Valuation Office is currently preparing the GV2018 valuation roll.
  • The new value will be based on sales prices around July 2018
  • The GV2018 will be published in February 2019 for public inspection and objection.
  • Look out for your GV2018 valuation notice in February 2019.
  • More information will follow in January 2019 about the GV2018 and the public inspection and objection period.
  • Implementation of the new Municipal Valuation and your new rates account will be 1st July 2019.

eNeighbourhoods will keep you informed with communications on the 2018 Valuation with comment and advice from professional valuers including from Steer & Co.  To get this information all you need to do is subscribe to this blog or send a blank email to v2018@eneighbourhoods.co.za

* Only 2018 Valuation specific notices will be sent to you *

Information sourced for Cape Town City Council and professional valuers.

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Bishopsford Bonsai

The biggest bonsai nursery in the Western Cape is situated in Constantia.

Bishopsford offers a large selection of ready made Bonsai and also stock all bonsai requirements such as pots, tools, soil, mesh, starter trees, fertiliser, pestcare and penjing. With over 47 years of Bonsai experience, we offer Bonsai courses and services such as repotting, pruning, boarding, bonsai corporate gifts and anything you need that is bonsai related. Pay a visit to our beautiful garden in a magical setting.

The magic of bonsai at Bishopsford has not only endured, but has developed significantly over the past 40 years. Comments frequently made; “A labour of love and food for the soul”

The nurturing of these little wonders of nature has become a passion and way of life and, for us is certainly food for the soul.

Sharing knowledge and experience and watching new bonsai growers develop is an added joy.  Hopefully a stroll amongst the trees will fill you with a sense of peace and tranquility.

So if you are looking for a big selection of Bonsai trees, pots, tools, wire, soil, fertiliser, pesticides, starter trees, rocks, gravel, mesh and all other Bonsai requirements in Cape Town why not pay us a visit. We are open 7 days a week from 9am to 4.30pm.

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Curated content from Chas Everitt Cape Town South promoting our area.

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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

Foxcroft

 

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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

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How to Keep Chickens at Home

From Babylonstoren blog – If you have still not visited, why deny yourself?

Free-roaming chickens can often be spotted scratching in the garden and plucking pesky bugs off our farm produce. We have five different types of chicken here at Babylonstoren – Boschvelders and Potch Koekoeks in the garden, as well as the Leghorns, Araucanas and Lohmann Browns that are looked after by farmer Christo. We collect their eggs daily to be served at Babeland the Greenhouse, and there’s always a fresh supply available to purchase at the Farm Shop. They never fail to charm our guests and make up a hard-working part of our farming staff.

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Don’t Assume a False Alarm!

Has your household got a common understanding of what should actually happen when the alarm goes off?  This morning we had another false alarm, and yes most times they are!  Being a house where we have a few people at home most of the time, I considered this morning’s casual response as the alarm was switched off and how everyone just carried on about their business. Sooner or later we could pay a high price for that casual response of annoyance and irritation.

Do you have an agreed ALARM PROCEDURE that everyone in your household follows?  Well I decided we need one and I am sharing ours.  I have stuck it next to the alarm panel.

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The most expensive streets, suburbs and estates in Cape Town

Amid the tumultuous environment of the property market over the last several years in South Africa, Cape Town has not only remained stable in house price inflation but shown significant growth thanks to foreign investors and migration from other provinces.

Data a research group, Lightstone, recently analysed data of several million properties in the Western Cape and pinned the annual inflation rate at just under 4.0%, with a monthly rate of 0.27%.

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