Located in the bustling Southern Suburb of Claremont, Wyndover Manor is an architectural, Victorian gem that was built more than 133 years ago. The story of the manor dates back to 1880 when Maria Forbes Watt acquired the grant for the land on which the manor was built. The manor was later purchased late in the 1920s by Margaret Teixeira for her large family. Once a grand estate home, Wyndover Manor slowly deteriorated over the years leaving it in a sad state of decay with part of the home demolished. However, in 1987 the property was purchased by the Abbeyfield Society, seeing the property potential as the ideal place for housing senior citizens. After spending R200 000 on the property, the society was able to restore the grand old lady to some of her former glory. The home has been well-maintained ever since, and includes all the original features that complement the scale and heritage of the house. After 27 years, the Abbeyfield Society has decided to sell the property, giving a buyer the chance to own a unique property and piece of Cape Town’s colonial history. “Wyndover Manor is more than just a home, it is a South African legacy that has been around for over a century. Very few properties have the heritage that this property has, which is what makes it a truly rare find in today’s market,” says Caron Leslie, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Property Associates, whose office is marketing the property. Peter Kratz, Sales Associate at RE/MAX Property Associates, says that the eight-bedroom home features marble fireplaces in each room, beautiful carved wooden doorways and all the trappings of a gracious home built in a bygone era. “The rooms in home are huge, each with pressed-steel ceilings and enormous sash windows. The panoramic views looking out to the garden from the upper-level rooms are unsurpassed,” adds Kratz. Currently on the market for R5.6 million, Kratz notes that the home also boasts Burmese Teak stairways, carved wood finishes and ornate plaster . . .
Cape Town’s original place of trade – the historic 17th century Castle on the Foreshore– will shortly be a place of entrepreneurship and trading once again. However, instead of wares such as vegetables and livestock, the products on sale from 5-8 June will be exquisite handmade goods from 110 craft producers and designer makers. The Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI) has teamed up with Kamers for this huge retail pop-up event, part of the World Design Capital 2014 programme (#265). The CCDI was established in 2001 to promote and grow the Western Cape craft and design sector. Kamers is known for its country-wide retail events that feature handmade products, delicious food and wine and live music. “As one of the WDC2014 projects, Kamers & CCDI (Trading at the Castle) has a distinct focus on innovation.There will be an amazing range of great products on offer,” said Doreen Hendricks, CCDI Market Support Coordinator: Domestic & Local Markets. “This event will also support product development, help establish new brands in the marketplace, and assist longer-term job creation.” The handmade goods are produced from materials such as clay, textiles, wood, beads and wool, and range from exquisite jewellery and homeware to stationery and garden products. Of the 110 exhibitors taking part in Kamers & CCDI (Trading at the Castle), 70 applied directly to Kamers and another 40 were selected by the CCDI from about 55 applicants. The CCDI participants have further honed their costing, pricing and selling skills at two workshops, plus enjoying one-on-one sessions with a professional stylist. Producers will set up their stands on three interior levels of the historic building, an ideal creative space to display goods, sell and interact. The event should not only attract the general public, but also retail buyers, who will be keen to discover new products and make fresh connections. Date: 5-8 June Venue: Castle of Good Hope, Buitenkant Street, . . .
“The utility industry is maturing in Africa” African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa has come of age as a truly pan-African event, by the industry and for the industry, with continent-wide collaboration and celebration to produce the best of Africa, says programme director Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl. She adds: “this year’s gathering at the CTICC in Cape Town had just over 5000 registered attendees from 76 countries, of which 30 African, 1100 delegates, 240 exhibitors, 190 speakers, nine conference tracks, and with a high profile opening session and an industry awards gala dinner it was the biggest event yet in our 14 year history.” Eskom’s Group Executive Transmission, Mongezi Ntsokolo, lead the high-level panel of experts during the opening session, which included Agnes Dasewicz of the USAID’s Power Africa Initiative and NERSA CEO Phindile Balendi. Other leading delegates and experts who were at the event included Reynolds Dagogo-Jack, Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Power in Nigeria, Robert Kisubi, Stakeholder Manager at Umeme in Uganda and the World Bank’s water development expert Diego Rodrigues. Utility industry is maturing African Utility Week’s Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl says “the focus for 2014 covered the vision for a sustainable African utility sector including topics around the restructuring and privatisation of the Nigeria power sector, delving into what is required to improve the financial viability of water utilities, and the growing concern around the need for water-energy-food nexus initiatives.” She continues: “it is evident from the frank presentations delivered by industry leaders and through the open conversations during the networking functions that the utility industry is maturing in Africa. This market is the frontier for development and is not willing to copy current formulas without exploring and thoroughly researching solutions that fit the environment.” African Utility Week Awards The sold out, inaugural African . . .
There is no doubt that the services of a professional real estate agent from a reputable brand can be an invaluable asset to any homeowner in today’s market who wants to sell their property for the best possible price in a timely manner. “However,” says Caron Leslie, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Property Associates, “the crux of the matter is selecting the right agent for the job.” So what criteria should a seller use to determine whether they have selected the right agent? According to Leslie, the legislative changes within the real estate industry means that agents working within the market are required to have a certain level of qualification to practice their trade. “Essentially this means that homeowners are assured that today’s real estate professionals are exactly that – professional. Therefore the decision has more to do with if the agent is someone that the seller feels comfortable with and can trust. The majority of buyers and sellers usually look for the most visible estate agents in the area by way of boards, advertising, recent sales in the area, market share and of course the internet,” says Leslie. Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says that while it is important to work with an agent with specific area experience, it is advisable that the agent is from a highly regarded and well-known brand. “The top real estate brands in the country made it to the top because they have a solid marketing strategy, resources and a strong network of professionals within the industry.” According to Leslie, while homeowners have become more aware of how essential it is to work with a professional agent, not many ask to see the agent credentials or qualifications. “The seller should interview the agent and ask for proof of their certificates before they make their final decision as to who they would want to work with. They should also confirm that the agent has knowledge of the current market conditions, area knowledge and an established sales track . . .
Source the latest power and water solutions at African Utility Week in Cape Town in May Due to the national power shortage and the rising electricity prices, large power and water users like mining houses, commercial buildings, manufacturing plants and the agricultural sector need to address the impact that consumption has on their bottom line and explore technology that can mitigate risks. According to a report by the African Development Bank, poor electricity supply has also proved to be the major constraint to the business sector in Africa and has contributed to lower productivity and competitiveness levels. “The African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa exhibition and conference will assist the private and public sectors to support the national grid and reduce their power and water consumption”, says event director Russell Hughes. This includes a variety of free energy and water efficiency workshops on the expo floor, with topics including energy conservation at large plants, improving water usage for businesses, and using ISO 50 001 to integrate a business energy management plan. Organisations can hear how they can reduce electricity consumption by 11% and Engen will explain how as one of more than 250 exhibitors at African Utility Week, taking place from 13-14 May at the CTICC in Cape Town. They will assist utilities, municipalities and large power users in their endeavours to be more energy efficient. Other products on display include environmentally friendly generation solutions from MarelliMotori and First Solar, the latest in condition monitoring to avoid down-time from Martec and back-up generation solutions by Zest. Maintenance challenges There is also a strong focus on maintenance at the event as part of addressing the current energy constraints with dedicated maintenance workshops, around electrical motor maintenance, ICT tools for water utilities and the ISO 55 000 asset management standard with speakers from companies such as Pragma, . . .
“Africans understand the value of a good education” “Integrating technology into teaching and learning has the potential to enable equal access to quality education resources” says Andre Christian, Education Business Development Manager at Intel; “if we want all the children of South Africa to have access to quality education, it implies that they should have access to technology to enable this engagement.” More than 10 million students around the world are using Intel-based platforms and Intel Education Solutions to improve teaching and learning. The global technology giant is the exclusive diamond sponsor at this year’s African EduWeek, which returns to Johannesburg from 10-11 July for its eighth edition. Thousands of teachers and education experts will gather for the interactive conference and expo that will empower them through technology, skills and interaction with their peers. Says Intel’s Andre Christian: “Africans, without a doubt, understand the value of a good education. This acceptance of education, allows for a market with a willing attitude to embrace technology in education. There is still a need across the continent for affordable, high- quality education technology solutions in schools. There is a need to ensure teachers are able, skilled and confident to teach using this technology.” New Intel products He continues: “on the product side of things we are definitely excited about the Intel reference design 10" tablet, because it comes with added features such as a clip-on magnification lens and plug-in thermal probe that enables students to do scientific experiments. This device is also the most rugged tablet available in the market today, when you are looking at tablets that have been purpose built as an educational tool.“ “Another equally exciting development that may turn out to be our most exciting product this year”, adds Christian, “is the 2-in-1 Windows-based device, which is a fully featured tablet for when you need to consume . . .
This winter, children who visit Canal Walk Shopping Centre will be experiencing the finest theatre in the country, and playing their part in providing 250 000 meals to Stop Hunger Now. Lewis Carroll’s much loved classic, Alice in Wonderland, will be brought to life by the award winning duo, Fred Abrahamse and Marcel Meyer. The show will run from Saturday 28 June to Sunday 20 July in a specially constructed theatre in the Centre Court. With breathtaking sets, magnificent costumes, gorgeous puppets and memorable songs, the production will showcase the talent of some of South Africa’s finest up-and-coming musical theatre stars. Newcomer, Natasha Dryden (Hansel & Gretel, Long Street Nights) stars as Alice with top musical theatre actress, Candice van Litsenborgh (Evita, Chess, Sunset Boulevard, Assassins, Show Boat) in the role of the Queen of Hearts. Sven Ruygrok stars as the White Rabbit. Ruygrok recently enchanted Cape Town audiences with his physical prowess in the role of Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Maynardville and is also well known for his performances as Rambo in the SPUD films. Gordon van der Spuy and Kyle Jardine star as the Mad Hatter and the March Hare. The shows will run from Tuesday to Sunday at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm. Tickets will cost R80 and will be sold through Computicket. Canal Walk will donate R5.50 from each ticket sold, as well as the proceeds of the programme sales to Stop Hunger Now. Canal Walk, in partnership with the Hyprop Foundation, will also support “Meals in Memory” by hosting pre-packing events on 4,5,11 and 12 July prior to Mandela Day on 18 July. Since its inception in 2000, charitable causes have been close to the heart of the Canal Walk Children’s Theatre. “We know that every day, two and a half million children in South Africa go hungry. In the face of such need, we can’t sit back and do nothing,” says Canal Walk Shopping Centre Marketing Manager Vanessa Herbst. “That’s why we have been using the . . .
“City has a clear, very strategic and long-term vision” The City of Cape Town has a clear, very strategic and long-term vision to plan for the expansion of the city and cope with subsequent growth, along with the need to drive carbon emission reduction, increase the use of clean energy, and maximise on water resources, says Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl, programme director of the upcoming African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and exhibition. The City of Cape Town is the official host city of this annual event, and will welcome more than 5000 power and water professionals to the CTICC from 13-14 May. “Compared to other large municipalities in the country, the City of Cape Town is one of the best”, says Pombo-van Zyl, “and the City now also holds the prestigious title of Global Earth Hour Capital for 2014. We are privileged to be aligned with our host city’s endeavours in reducing the energy consumption and managing water resources. It is through the sharing of knowledge, technology and interaction with industry professionals during the conference and on the exhibition floor that large industry and utilities can find stimulating solutions to energy and water challenges.“ Not only will some of Cape Town’s top water and electricity experts speak at African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa, the City will also showcase its Fisantekraal Wastewater and Faure Water Treatment Plant during a technical site visit that includes a tour of Spier wine farm’s waste water treatment plant. Cape Town successful in managing water demand The City of Cape Town’s Director of Water and Sanitation, Peter Flower, who will be a panellist during the event’s much anticipated and high-level Water-Energy-Food nexus panel dialogue, says “the City’s Water Department has been able to very successfully manage its demand growth over the last 14 years, through the co-operation of the residents of Cape Town and the successful water demand management strategy that the City has . . .
“Important to look at African solutions for Africa and we are making great progress” More than 5000 power and water professionals, including utility heads from Nigeria, Uganda, Namibia, Senegal, Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa, will gather for the 14th annual African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and expo at Cape Town’s CTICC from 13-14 May. It is the largest utility gathering of its kind on the continent with visitors from 30 African countries and 70 worldwide. “Africa’s energy and water challenges are not unique but it is important to look at African solutions for Africa and we are making great progress”, says Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl, African Utility Week programme director. “It is a relevant and practical gathering at a time when resources are under the spot light, by the industry, for the industry,” Pombo-van Zyl explains, “we will discuss topics ranging from the energy-water-food nexus, energy efficiency, rural electrification, smart metering, hear about cherry-picked case studies and successful projects around the continent and look at how utilities can incorporate renewable energy into their power mix.” She continues: “during the Utility CEO Forum, which will be attended by CEOs and high-level utility executives from countries such as Nigeria, Uganda, Namibia, Senegal, Ghana, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia and South Africa, we will particularly focus on short-term, technical wins that utilities can implement, looking at appropriate technologies for Africa, without having to invest in something as expensive and long term as smart grids in order to improve grid efficiencies.” Expo and free workshops The expo will focus on the latest technology and services in the industry disciplines of metering, clean power, water, large power users, investment and finance, transmission & distribution, smart grids and generation. To assist utilities and large power users become more energy efficient and explore renewable energy . . .
“Solar geyser could reduce electricity bill by up to 50%” “South Africans have shown that we have the power during Earth Hour to make a difference when Eskom confirmed last year that we had switched off and achieved a massive, combined 629MW average reduction on our electricity usage”, says Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl, programme director for Clean Power Africa and African Utility Week. She was speaking in the run-up to this weekend’s global Earth Hour, during which everyone is encouraged to switch off their lights and all other electricity they are using for that hour from 8.30-9.30pm. Last year’s saving was up from 2012, when according to Eskom, energy usage reduced by approximately 402MW during Earth Hour – enough electricity to power Bloemfontein. Pombo-van Zyl continues: “hopefully enough individuals and businesses will take Earth Hour beyond 29 March and increase the use of energy efficiency tools, change energy consumption habits, and invest in green solutions throughout the year.” Saving power with solar water heaters Sarah Ward, of the City of Cape Town’s Energy Efficiency Forum that is organising the City’s Earth Hour festivities at the V&A Waterfront this weekend, agrees: “by installing a solar water heater, the electricity bill of a typical middle income household of four people, should come down by up to 50% per household.” She says installing solar water geysers will have a very significant impact on electricity consumption: “If we see the number of installations that we are aiming for, we should have a 10% consumption reduction across the whole of Cape Town – that includes businesses, industries and households. It also means a lot of investment in solar water heater companies, the creation of jobs for installation teams.” Sarah is one of several speakers from the City at African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa where leading providers of renewable energy technology will display their products. Embracing renewable energy Two . . .