Despite various investigative reports on Carte Blanche and general media exposure, private property buyers are still getting caught by non-disclosed defects. Although the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) provides relief to most consumers by ensuring that a seller or estate agent discloses all defects, the CPA does not apply to one-off, private sales. These sellers are still protected by the old voetstoots clause. While a quick walkthrough and a second visit to the property for a spot check of the condition of the home can help buyers sift through their options and narrow down the property they would most like to purchase, it is best to have a professional inspector undertake a thorough check and advise accordingly. Eric Bell of Inspect-a-Home, (a professional home inspection company) warned consumers against signing a disclosure before getting the property checked by an accredited inspector. He said countless buyers nationally were left with extensive repair costs after signing the documents as they gave some consumers a false sense of security. “These documents ask buyers to sign off on a number of key areas, including roofing, geyser condition, and damp problems. Unless you are a structural engineer or qualified building inspector, it is highly unlikely that you or the seller will be able to identify any latent defects. Every day throughout the country we see houses that are painted to make them look good and unsuspecting buyers are then taken to the cleaners with extensive and unexpected repair bills once they have moved in – their dream house becomes a nightmare.” He said sellers were liable for latent defects that existed at the time of the sale but, by signing a disclosure document, buyers were signing away their rights to that claim, effectively making the defects the buyer’s problem. He gave an example of a consumer who bought his home through an estate agent who tried to get him to sign a disclosure document which stated that the house, . . .
(Mthatha) – MTHATHA’S largest shopping centre, BT Ngebs City, has begun the countdown to its second birthday on June 25 with the launch of a two-month competition that will see one lucky shopper walking away with a kitchen makeover to the value of R25 000. In May and June, shoppers who visit any of the mall’s shops, restaurants or fast food outlets, and spend more than R300, will be eligible for the grand prize draw. BT Ngebs City general manager Lolo Sabisa said the shopping centre had earned its place in the Mthatha community over the past two years by adding quality of life and understanding the needs of local shoppers. “As a major regional mall, we serve not only our Mthatha residents but also the people living in the surrounding rural areas, who come into town to do their big shopping. We aim to bring them the kind of variety and quality that is usually only available in big cities.” Since 2015, shoppers have had access to over 100 big-brand clothing, grocery, homeware and other retail stores plus a wide variety of food outlets. The opening of Motion Fitness Health Club this year has rounded out BT Ngebs City’s complete lifestyle offering. Sabisa said the centre was pleased to mark its two-year milestone by giving away a prize that represented good value and good times for its shoppers. “A birthday is a time for celebrating with family and friends – and food is always an important part of any celebration. That’s why we’ve cooked up this prize of a kitchen makeover, so that the winner can enjoy sharing a meal with their loved ones every day.” Continuing the food theme, Sabisa said no birthday would be complete without cake and that the centre management team would be cutting “the biggest birthday cake Mthatha has ever seen” and sharing it with shoppers at the grand prize draw. He said this would take place at 1pm on Sunday, June 25, in the Woolworths Court. “Three finalists will be drawn but only one of them will be the lucky one to . . .
Experienced stage racer Yolande de Villiers is ready to show her competitive side when she joins forces with Neill Ungerer to tackle the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek mountain bike race next week. Despite holding down a fulltime job, the Oudtshoorn rider said she was always focused on getting a podium spot and ready to give it her all when the three-day event started at the Zuurberg Mountain Village, near Port Elizabeth, on May 26. She is particularly keen on renewing her partnership with Ungerer, from George, after they won the mixed section in the GR300 in Knysna last month to add to their title in the Cape Pioneer Trek late last year. "Neill is such a great partner. He is super strong on the bike but he doesn't kill me or try to race me," said De Villiers, who will be riding for Dryland-Ultimate Cycling. "He looks after me. On the open roads he will do the work in front and on the single-track he will also go in front to give the best lines," said the former national marathon and Cape Epic champion. "In mixed racing, the girl is in the red zone most of the time, but Neill is able to manage me and look after me. He is also a very positive person and we have lots of laughs and fun on and off the bike." With both of them having grown up in Oudtshoorn, they are accustomed to hot and testing conditions and De Villiers said she felt this made them "harder riders". "We both have strong minds and quitting is never an option. We don't have loads of time to train, but we do everything we can to be as well prepared as possible." De Villiers said her season's highlight was placing second overall in the three-day Tankwa Trek in February alongside Mariske Strauss. According to her, Zuurberg provided a memorable experience in all aspects. "I'm absolutely in love with the Eastern Cape," she said. "The trails are world-class, the accommodation is luxurious and the food is magnificent. "The smell of elephants and citrus makes it a magical . . .
Visitors of all ages to the 16th annual SPAR Kirkwood Wildsfees are invited to “Embrace your Wild in the Adventure Province,” says festival director Jennifer Honsbein. This year’s three-day festival at the end of June includes a unique “festival for all seasons” for kids, the Eastern Cape’s premier game auction, “wild rides” and “wild shopping” at over 350 specialist stalls, as well as a galaxy of stars performing under the Karoo sky on the province’s biggest stage. “This festival bridges the gap between the farming community, on whom we are dependent for many of our products and the retail outlets where our shoppers see the final merchandise,” says SPAR Eastern Cape marketing director Abri Swart. Kirkwood is situated in the picturesque Sundays River Valley of the Eastern Cape. It is the heart of the Eastern Cape’s citrus and wildlife industries. An integral part of the Valley is the Addo Elephant National Park, which this year will be selling 50 disease-free prime buffalo from its herd at the Kirkwood Wildsfees Game Auction on Friday, June 30. Hosted in partnership with the organisers of the annual Wildsfees, the auction gives breeders from the whole region an opportunity to purchase prime game from Addo, other national parks and accredited breeders. Citrus has been grown commercially in the Valley since 1908, and this heritage is being celebrated for the first time at the ATKV-Lemoenstasie stall in the craft arena. ATKV award winning chefs Francois Ferreira and Annelie Oosthuizen, founder of Petronella Fine Dining, will be sharing some of their favourite citrus dishes with festival goers. There is an adventure zone where families can embrace their wild together. These include little pony rides, enchanted walks through the Faeries for all Seasons Wonderland, and meeting favourite characters from Paw Patrol for the youngsters, while parents and the older kids enjoy giant games such as dominos, jenga and croquet, and the more adventurous . . .
Port Elizabeth, May, 22nd, 2017 - The recent sale of the most expensive property in Port Elizabeth for a record R16 million is an indication that the real estate landscape in Nelson Mandela Bay is heating up, influenced by the economic forces that shape the national property market. The Seaview home deal could also boost property valuations in Port Elizabeth and establish a favourable environment for owners selling a house privately. Even though the housing market in Port Elizabeth is set to follow suit with trends in other major metros, the city has its own merits. The average homebuyer in the Bay does not have to reach too deep into their pockets yet compared to their counterparts in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Furthermore, Port Elizabeth is not too overcrowded from a residential, holiday season, and economic activity perspective. In 2006, Private Property ran an article about the Port Elizabeth Residential Property Market, in which it was predicted that PE can expect massive capital gains on property as a result of increased economic activity and that holidaymakers will hunt bigger spaces as land will be in short supply in other major coastal cities. Now, twelve years later, Port Elizabeth is living up to these expectations. The city was able to attach a record price tag on a luxury 750m² residential property, despite the fact that most properties in the region fetch a price between R600, 000 and R1,5 million. Nelson Mandela Bay is also one of three coastal metropolitan markets (along with Cape Town) to outshine inland markets. Last year, Nelson Mandela Bay's market performance was significantly better than the average house price inflation with a 7.2% increase – 4.3% behind the Cape Metro. That Port Elizabeth is experiencing a development surge can be attributed to the sizable investments that Coega IDZ is attracting as well as other new areas allocated by government for fast-tracked development. The residential market growth in this region relates . . .
Surfing: BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong - Elkington and Nogueira Head Rankings Kommetjie the Venue for Fourth Stop in 2017 WSL Africa Junior Series Kommetjie local Jake Elkington and Kayla Nogueira of uMhlanga head the rankings for the second annual BOS Cape Crown pres. by Billabong that will be run at Long Beach in Kommetjie this weekend (20 & 21 May). The fourth World Surf League (WLS) Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) event of 2017, the BOS Cape Crown comprises JQS1,000 rated events for Men and Women and has attracted the cream of the country’s 18-and-under competitors who will competing for the prestigious titles and a total of R30,000 in prize money. The rankings points earned at the event will count towards the crowning of the 2017 WSL Africa Junior champions and also the selection of the top four men and top two women to represent the region at the WSL World Junior Championships in Australia in January 2018. Elkington, who has reached the final of all three junior men’s events this year (winning in Port Elizabeth and finishing third in East London and Durban), holds a slender 70 point rankings lead over reigning WSL Africa junior men’s champion Adin Masencamp of the Stand, who clinched the event title in Durban last month. They will be hard pressed to maintain their current standings on the leaderboard by East London event champ, Koby Oberholzer of Warner Beach and Elkington’s younger brother Max, who has contested two finals this year. Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay), Luke Slijpen (Hout Bay), Calvin Goor (Salt Rock) and Luke Malherbe (East London) fill the balance of the spots in the top eight and will be going all-out to move up the rankings with a good result on the weekend. Nogueira has been the form surfer in this year’s junior women’s events, clinching two event victories and building up a solid rankings lead over Sophie Bell (Salt Rock), Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) and Tayla de Coning (East London). But Bell . . .
Cape Town, May 20 and 21, 2017 BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong - Venue and Swell Forecast. Cape Town – this year the BOS Cape Crown will once again return to Long Beach in Kommetjie, one of the most consistent surf spots in the deep south and a popular venue for the local contest organisers. Local surfers will get a big head-start on their peers from up country, with the Durban-based crew at a disadvantage due to the extreme cold water that is prevalent around Kommetjie. To be surfing in boardshorts or bikinis all year and to then climb into a 4’3 rubber wetsuit is obviously going to be restrictive, and this will most definitely play a part in the visitors performances. On top of this, a wetsuit that is holding water will weigh in at about 4 kg, also making a noticeable difference to surfboard performances. Slight adaptations to surfers’ craft might have to be made in order for the upcountry surfers to be able to adapt easily. Local surfers will already have all of this covered. The Elkington brothers have been on form of late, and will no doubt be ready for a big result at this venue. They will be joined by Eli Beukes, a Long Beach local who can kill it out there on any given day. Luke Slijpen from Llandudno is another surfer who will have no trouble if the water gets cold and the wind gets strong. Similarly Summer Sutton will undoubtedly put on a strong performance at this event as she is attuned to the conditions already. According to the noted surf forecaster Spike from www.wavescape.co.za there will be great waves on tap for the weekend. “There is some swell in the area, mainly from the west,’ said Spike. “This will be combined with southerly breezes, so the competitors are going to get good waves all weekend.” The 2017 Cape Crown presented by Billabong is already a step up from last year’s event with the addition of QS1000 Pro Junior Divisions for Girls and Boys and forms part of the Billabong Junior Series that along with other . . .
Kingsridge had another successful outing when they won the Border Inland tournament in the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge for the second time in Queenstown on Sunday. The King William's Town school qualified for the provincial finals in August after defeating Aliwal North High 1-0 in the final. Tournament director Bev Forword said the match was the culmination of another "wonderful day of hockey, in which the players had fun and showed great sportsmanship". She said one of the highlights of the tournament was the exciting cross-pool play-off between Aliwal North and hosts Queenstown Girls' High. "Aliwal equalised with two minutes to go and forced a penalty shoot-out, which they won 2-1. "It is the second year in a row that Girls' High have lost in a shoot-out after being edged by Burgersdorp last year." Burgersdorp reached the semi-finals again, but could not contain the strong attacking play of Kingsridge, who won 6-0. Forword made special mention of tournament debutants St Christopher from King William's Town. "They have never played on astroturf before, but performed with such passion and with a great spirit. They ended up sixth which was highly commendable." SPAR Eastern Cape promotions and advertising manager Alan Stapleton said they welcomed newcomers such as St Christopher to the tournament. "It was excellent exposure for them as well as for schools such as Aliwal North, Hangklip, Templeton and Burgersdorp," he said. "We have seen a lot of interest from these schools as they get a chance to compete against sides they would not normally meet. "And, from another perspective, it is a great opportunity for coaches to try out different combinations and to introduce younger players into the first team without too much pressure." He added that the regional tournaments had been "a huge success", attracting the attention of hockey supporters in the way Twenty20 cricket does. "There is a great vibe to these . . .
The term stokvel originated from local stock fairs in the Eastern Cape in which five to 50 members of colleagues, family and friends pooled resources to trade livestock with English settlers. Today, the stokvel acts as a saving society where money is collectively shared in agreed amounts among members belonging to the same shopping basket. A weekly, bi-weekly or monthly contribution makes up a joint investment ‘kitty’ where savings are generated for the benefit of the group. The money is used to pay for everything from burials and celebrations to school fees and groceries. This method has a very effective way of ensuring that low-income consumers are getting bang for their buck and that their hard-earned cash is buying them quality and quantity at the best possible price. Understanding stokvels A stokvel can be started by anyone from the community but members are usually carefully selected by invitation and based on honesty, openness and trust. The underlying thread is conviction that all selected members will reinvest their monies once they have received their pay out. The accumulated money/savings are drawn by members in rotation or in time of need. Stokvels can also act as an informal 'banking industry' where members deposit money into a savings brokerage while still being able to take out loans at an affordable interest rate. Reaching the stokvel market The stokvel market represents a place in which all purchases are made under great scrutiny by opinion leaders who have the buying power and influence to sway the purchasing choices of a larger group of consumers. To get opinion leaders to buy in, marketers need to use (create if necessary) communication channels that respect and incorporate traditional South African thinking and values, reaching consumers on a more personal level. A method that has proven to be very effective to this segment of the market is experiential marketing and/or brand activation; the consumer’s real experience of . . .
Despite having to overcome serious injuries in recent weeks, ex-Springbok rugby star Joel Stransky and teammate Andrew Mclean are determined to be competitive at the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek mountain bike race later this month. The pair, who finished third last year, will pit themselves against arguably the toughest field in the history of the three-day event when it starts at the Zuurberg Mountain Village outside Port Elizabeth on May 26. They will go head to head against the likes of TIB Insurance-Momsen's defending champion Andrew Hill, who has partnered with up and coming pro Marco Joubert. Also in the running will be BCX's Waylon Woolcock and HB Kruger, who won the three-stage Liberty Winelands MTB Encounter at a canter last month. Ellsworth-ASG's Pieter Seyffert, who triumphed two years ago, will also be back for another stab at the title alongside new teammate Travis Walker. The pair is in good form after winning the seven-day TransCape in February. Imbuko Wines' Chris Wolhuter and Craig Boyes, who won Winelands last year, should be the other in-form team. After getting onto the podium in 2016, Stransky said their aim would be no different. "Knowing Andrew, I'd imagine he's going to want to do better than third." The 1995 World Cup winner has worked his way back to racing condition after he was unable to finish the Cape Epic in March due to a fall that left him with extensive facial injuries, a punctured lung and broken ribs. Mclean was also sidelined after a freak accident shortly before the Epic prevented him from starting the eight-day race. Stransky said they had similar mindsets in that they both tended to push themselves to their absolute limits. "Our dynamic works well because we're very determined and we both want to win," he said. "We laugh at each other and call each other cockroaches because we both suffer properly to try and achieve the best we can. "I know we're both hugely competitive and we'll be giving it . . .