Former national time-trial champion James Perry showed his natural flair when he launched a solo attack with kilometres to go to take an unchallenged victory at the Emperors Palace Classic in Johannesburg on Sunday. The 34-year-old Team Abantu rider claimed his maiden win in the 102km feature race, which passed by OR Tambo International Airport, in 2:17:55. Calvin Beneke (Team EuropcarSA) and defending champion David Maree (Team Abantu) finished more than 30 seconds back in second and third respectively. Perry said the racing started at a furious pace, with Team Abantu putting two of its riders - Reynard Butler and Myles van Musschenbroek - into the first break of the day. "This put Team Bonitas under pressure and we let them chase for about 50 kilometres. "I noticed that they were starting to tire just before the break was caught, so I told my team to start the attack." This resulted in a select group of about 15 riders going clear with about 30km to go and chasing down the two leaders, Van Musschenbroek and James Fourie (Team EuropcarSA). "Just before we caught them, with about 12 kilometres to go, I launched my final attack and nobody was able to follow me," said Perry. "So I managed to ride solo to the finish due to the efforts of my team." He said they had originally planned a sprint finish for teammate Nolan Hoffman - who had won the points jersey in the Bestmed Tour de Boland and Mzansi Tour in recent weeks - but mechanicals had put paid to this strategy. "I had the best legs on the day, so the weight fell on my shoulders." Perry rode himself into form during last week's Mzansi Tour and also took the Wilro 100 Lions Cycle Challenge earlier this month. In the women's race, Lise Olivier (Time Freight-Velo Life) held her nerve to win a small bunch sprint to the line. Olivier - who was runner-up in the Tour de Boland after winning the final stage - crossed the line in 2:47:40, one second ahead of Anriette Schoeman (Africa . . .
The new R1.7 billion Bay West Shopping Mall, which is due to open its doors in March 2015, could have a massive impact on the property buying trends in Port Elizabeth’s western suburbs. This is the opinion of Kobie Potgieter and Di Allan, Broker/Owners of the recently opened RE/MAX Independent Properties franchise in Brymore. The office is the third franchise in the RE/MAX Independent stable, with the other two offices based in Lorraine and Walmer. “Currently under construction, the new mall will compare to the likes of Canal Walk and Century City in Cape Town or Gateway in Durban. Once opened the mega shopping facility will drive traffic to the area and more people will want to purchase in the region to be closer to the shopping mecca. The Bay West Mall development also includes residential nodes, office parks, schools, a hospital, lifestyle centre and a hotel component and is envisaged to be completed within the next 15 years,” says Potgieter. “We could see this development driving demand for property in Port Elizabeth, particularly in the western suburbs. Due to the opening of the new Bay West Mall, the current cul-de-sac at the end of Walker Drive will be opened and lead onto the N2 highway. This will open a new corridor to the extreme western suburbs of Rowallan Park and Bridgemeade.” Allan notes that due to the mix of suburbs in the region, the property market in area is very diverse and caters to buyers from all walks of life. “We have a range of suburbs from middle to upper class to elite, all within proximity to one another. The area caters for all tastes, lifestyles and budgets. All of suburbs are within a few minutes’ drive from one another - traffic volumes are significantly less than those in bigger cities meaning everything is within a short driving distance,” says Allan. “Brymore and the western suburbs also have a multitude of schools such as Lorraine Primary School, Kabega Park Primary School, Sunridge Park Primary School, Saint Marks Junior . . .
Just as tough economic times have had their impact on the housing market and those looking to own property, it has also affected many tenants and landlords within the residential rental market, says Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa. He notes that while some landlords may have tenants who are no longer able to pay their monthly rent, tenants are still protected by the Prevention of Illegal Eviction from Unlawful Occupation of Land Act, No. 19 of 1998, also known as the PIE Act. This act applies to the occupation of premises which constitute a dwelling, which in other words means a residential property. The purpose of the Act is to ensure that tenants are protected from any unlawful evictions. This however does not mean that they can’t be evicted; it simply means that the correct procedures must be followed by the landlord or managing agent. “It is important for any landlord or investor with a rental portfolio to familiarise themselves with the PIE Act and the various procedures it lays out for lawfully dealing with delinquent tenants. Although the act was created with the tenant’s protection in mind, it does not discriminate against landlords. It merely ensures that the eviction process is followed in the correct manner according to legislation and that tenants are treated with respect,” says Goslett. According to the PIE Act, in order to lawfully evict a tenant, landlords will have to adhere to the following process: Belinda Lewis, Property Law Director at STBB Smith Tabata Buchanan Boyes Attorneys, says that if by failing to pay the agreed rental amount, the tenant has breached the lease agreement and the initial step would be for the landlord to send notice to the tenant informing him of such breach, referring specifically to the breach clause stated in the agreement. “It is for this reason that landlords must ensure that their lease agreements meet all legal criteria and include the necessary clauses providing them with protection. The . . .
With a R50 000 prize purse, luxury accommodation and challenging three-day route, organisers of the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek have signalled their intent to elevate it among the top mountain bike stage races in the country. According to race director Brad Jackson, the Eastern Cape event - which takes place near Addo on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth from May 30 - had what it took to rival the best of the established stage races. "By offering increased prize money we're hoping to entice some of the top riders to experience the race while it's still a young event." But, said Jackson, the organisers' emphasis would be on delivering a quality experience for the whole field. "Although we would like to see some big names in the race, it's certainly not only for pros." He said the sponsors and organisers had invested heavily in exceeding riders' expectations and that the exclusive field would be limited to 150 two-person teams to ensure a comfortable experience. "All riders who enter this year will get first option for an entry next year, and we believe that 2015 is going to sell out fast once word gets out of what's on offer." Jackson said Hayterdale Trails, which formed the highlight of the final stage, already offered some of the best mountain bike trails in the country, having hosted the national cross-country and downhill championships. "We've also invested months of labour and expense to build another two stages that will be worthy of a stage race of this calibre. "We didn't simply look for existing roads and tracks but have gone in with an experienced team of trail builders and constructed kilometres of new single-track." The spectacular trails now traverse a number of pristine private farms, the world-renowned Addo Elephant National Park and ox wagon trails over the historic Zuurberg Pass. At the end of a hard day's riding, he said, participants could look forward to relaxing in comfort. The Zuurberg Mountain Village would be the . . .
In order to truly determine whether a property is a good value-for-money purchase, a buyer will need to know the elements that contribute to a property’s worth. In today’s real estate market there is much more to a home’s worth than simply the price the buyer paid for it. There are certain aspects that a homebuyer should consider, such as the property’s location and the micro market surrounding the particular sale transaction. Researching these elements will assist a homebuyer in choosing the right property and seeing a good return on their investment over long term, says Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa. He notes that if a homebuyer researches the market and has a good understanding of the various details that are involved in a property sale, along with knowing their own personal and financial requirements with regards to the purchase; they will have a far better chance of finding a home that offers good value for money. “Determining the type of property you are looking for, the price bracket and criteria that the property must have will make the process of finding the right property for easier,” says Goslett. “The services of a reputable real estate professional could be invaluable in assisting a buyer with assessing their needs and narrowing down the search. An agent with working knowledge of a specific area will be able to provide the buyer with data, statistics and any other information they may require to make an informed decision. They will also be able to provide guidance with regards to the current market in the area and projecting whether the home is a worthwhile purchase based on its asking price, perceived market value and the cost.” The right price The price of a home is regarded as what the property is worth today in the current market. However, Goslett says that very often sellers overprice their property due to emotional attachment and it does not necessarily mean that the asking price is a true reflection of the home’s . . .
Taste Holdings this morning announced that it has signed an exclusive 30 year master licence agreement to develop the international Domino’s Pizza brand, initially in seven Southern African countries, including South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Zambia and Malawi will follow on the fulfilment of certain conditions. Domino’s Pizza is considered the world's leading pizza delivery brand in both store numbers and unit sales, and has over 10,800 outlets in more than 70 countries. The brand will form part of the growing Taste Holdings stable and will become the group’s leading pizza franchise offering as Scooters Pizza and St Elmo’s franchisees will be given the opportunity and assistance to convert to Domino’s Pizza. CEO of Taste Holdings and founder of Scooters Pizza, Carlo Gonzaga, says that the both Scooters Pizza and St Elmo’s are based on similar principles and operating standards to Domino’s Pizza and that the entry of a leading global pizza brand was a logical next step in the evolution of the South African pizza market. Scooters Pizza pioneered the "39 minutes or it's free" delivery promise in South Africa and it is this culture of on-time-delivery within Scooters that makes the conversion to the world's leading pizza delivery brand such a good fit. "Scooters Pizza and St Elmo’s have been providing pizza lovers across South Africa with their favourite Italian takeaway for more than two decades, and with the conversion to Domino's Pizza that is not going to change. If anything, things are only going to get better from here on out as customers will now have access to the world’s largest and most established pizza delivery brand, one that is synonymous with outstanding quality products, friendly service and unbeatable delivery standards." Founded in 1960, Domino's Pizza is the recognised world leader in pizza delivery, with more than 1 million pizzas being delivered daily worldwide, a figure that is set to . . .
As more and more areas experience inventory shortages, demand for property is expected to continue rising. This, coupled with the fact that many areas have seen a positive price growth over the last few years, could be swinging the property market in the seller’s favour. Although the market conditions are slowly giving the seller the advantage, Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says that there are still a few key elements that they will need to adhere to in order to ensure that their property is sold for the best possible price, within the shortest period of time. “While fewer properties on the market make it a much more competitive environment for buyers and we could soon see seller’s in a far better position during negotiations, this doesn’t mean that sellers sit back and wait. When it comes to getting the optimum result from the property sale, sellers still need to apply some basic but vital principles to the property sale process to achieve the best possible outcome,” says Goslett. Goslett offers sellers his top five tips to help them achieve the best result when selling their home: Research your agent options According to Goslett, many sellers often make the mistake of choosing the agent the offers them the lowest commission rate or the highest price for their home. While these elements are a consideration, they should not be the only factors that the decision is based on and can actually negatively weigh on the transaction in the long run. “It is advisable to choose an agent that has experience in the specific area in which the property is situated. Another aspect to take into consideration is the agent’s company. Is it a well-known, reputable brand with the support of a large network? It is also vital that the agent presents the seller with a market plan providing the seller with steps as to how they plan to get the property sold,” says Goslett. Don’t forget the small print It is very important that sellers are fully aware about . . .
A beneficiary of a deceased estate has approached the Property Poser panel with concerns about what seems to be an excessive amount being charged for the transfer of an undivided half-share of a property. The reader has been quoted a "fee" of R50 000 for a property valued at R850 000. In the event of death, the executor of the deceased's estate needs to deal with all assets owned by the deceased, says Schalk van der Merwe from Rawson Properties in Somerset West, Cape Town. "It doesn't matter whether he was the sole owner or joint owner along with another individual who may still be alive at the time." Van der Merwe says the liquidation and distribution account needs to reflect all assets and liabilities at the time of death. "It also forms a part of the executor's duties to ensure that all assets are transferred to the new owners according to the provisions of the deceased's will." For certain types of assets there are formal avenues to be followed to ensure such a transfer of ownership, says Van der Merwe. "Fixed property would be a good example of this. A conveyancing attorney needs to process this transfer and it needs to be lodged with the relevant Deeds Office." Van der Merwe says the transfer of property carries various costs, such as transfer duty and attorneys' fees. "Transfer duty is a form of tax on the transfer of ownership of fixed property." It is calculated based on the value of the property and works on a sliding scale, says Van der Merwe. "The transfer of fixed property in a deceased estate is exempt from transfer duty, regardless of who the beneficiary may be." According to Grant Hill of Miller Bosman Le Roux Attorneys in Somerset West, the attorneys' fees are charged in terms of a tariff that is published and updated from time to time. "These fees are also charged based on the value of the property in question." Hill says the current table of costs indicate that the fees in question should be in the region . . .
While the internet and online retail websites have become a continuously evolving fundamental part of many tech savvy consumers, there are elements of dealing with a real estate professional face-to-face that simply can’t be replaced, says Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa. Goslett points out that although the internet age has brought about many changes in the way that real estate business is conducted – like the fact that more than 90% of homebuyers use a property search portal as their initial step towards homeownership - a large majority of those consumers will still seek the professional services of a real estate agent during the property buying process. “Consumers are confident that the internet will help them narrow down their property search fairly quickly given the vast amount of information that they are able to access within a short period of time. Many homebuyers appreciate that online resources have simplified the process of finding their perfect home. However, while homebuyers are looking for information regarding property and searching for homes online, they will still consult with a real estate agent to supplement and refine their search. The prospect of buying property online has increased; however, estate agents are still very much an essential part of the process. Online real estate search tools have not taken business away from agents, but have instead offered them another perform in which to better their service to their clients,” says Goslett. He notes that most agents, if not all, have adapted to the shift in consumer behaviour with regard to the internet and have become more involved with increasing their online presence and adding to the services that they provide to their clients. “The real estate industry has moved with the times and agencies have spent time and resources developing web technology. The majority of real estate agents have also invested in technology such as smartphones and tablets to ensure that they . . .
The hippest happening to kick off the weekend is Friday at Freddie's at the Bantry Bay Suite Hotel, back in the swing from this Friday 24 January until the end of March. This is just the place to meet your friends and spend the sundowner hours from 4 to 7pm enjoying the start of leisure time. Live music adds to the lazy feel with solo singer/guitarist Vaughn Ceasar, accompanied once a month by percussionist Daniel Bloem. Add in a sparkling pool, a 1litre carafe of deliciously tempting cocktails (try their signature Apple Mojitos!) and delicious tapas - all the ingredients you need to make the end of the week a new beginning! The cool outdoor venue around the pool the hotel is intimate and accessible, or head into the elegant bar where comfort and conviviality is the theme. Fridays at Freddies is from 4 to 7pm Freddie’s is open every day from 11am. Venue: Bantry Bay Suite Hotel, 8 Alexandra Road, Bantry Bay Telephone: 021 434 8448 Author: Jessica Miller from Hippo Communictions. No of Images Uploaded: Three More Info link: Twitter: Facebook: Images: For high res version/s of Three image/s please contact: Hippo Communictions. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .