A reader has approached the Property Poser panel with a somewhat peculiar dilemma involving occupational rental on a property she recently bought. She writes that the seller wished to remain in occupation for a few months following transfer. The agent and seller agreed to the monthly occupational rental payable and the reader agreed to the sum as recorded in the agreement of sale on the property. Registration of transfer took place earlier this year and the seller duly remained in the property as agreed. A week or two after the end of the seller's first month in occupation, he presented the reader with a list of expenses for which he claimed she was liable, or partly liable, as the case may be. The list included a share in the costs of a garden service, house cleaning service, satellite television subscription, electricity, and usage costs for his furniture and equipment on the property. The reader says there was no agreement regarding such costs and wishes to know how she could handle the matter in future. While waiting for her new house to become available, she is likewise "renting" her old house from its new owners and cannot imagine expecting them to subsidise her expenses while staying in occupation. Occupational rental is a concept that allows either the seller or purchaser extended or early occupation of a fixed property before or after the registration of transfer, says Sean Radue of Radue Attorneys in Port Elizabeth. "This allows the parties to make suitable arrangements for vacating a property or moving into the new one at a time more convenient than merely 'on transfer'." Radue says the timing of the transfer may be estimated quite accurately but could be delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. "We aren't told whether there was any further agreement between the parties as to what might be included in the occupational agreement clause but it seems that only the amount was stipulated." He says another possibility is that . . .
Aspirant homeowners who are working with a reputable real estate agent will benefit greatly if they provide their agent with the right information, says Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa. He notes that the more information that a buyer is willing to give their agent, the quicker the they can narrow down the search and find the buyer the perfect property. “It is particularly important for buyers to divulge how much they can afford to pay on their new home. Very often buyers are looking to find a property at a bargain price so are reluctant to provide the agent with what they can actually afford. What usually ensues in these cases is that the buyer tells their agent that they can only afford to buy a home at a much lower price than what they actually can. There are two main reasons that buyers do this: firstly because they want to test the market and see what is available to them in the hope they will find a great property selling for under market value,” says Goslett. “The second reason is that they don’t trust their agent and feel that the agent is looking for the best deal for themselves and will only show them homes that are priced in the top half of the limit, hoping to secure a higher commission.” Goslett maintains that a good agent from a reputable agency will always have the best interests of both the buyer and the seller at heart. “The real estate business is about building trust and lasting relationships, it’s not just about earning a commission from one sale. A good agent will want to find the perfect fit for both the seller and buyer, ensuring that the transaction is in everyone’s best interests. The object is to ensure that the buyer finds their dream home in the shortest time possible. While there are good deals in the current market, these homes are generally snapped up quickly. The more information an agent has, the faster the buyer can get in and make an offer on the right property,” says Goslett. According to Goslett, buyers . . .
27/05/2014 - Cape Town: South African Airways (SAA) recently announced the availability of the new SAA application for BlackBerry® 10 smartphones on the BlackBerry® World™ storefront. In a constant effort to make flying with SAA more convenient, South Africa’s Global airline collaborated with Cytrus, one of South Africa’s leading web and mobile application specialists, to produce an application that gives BlackBerry 10 smartphones users access to comprehensive travel and airline information while on the go. The application for BlackBerry 10 smartphones provides a new engaging user experience and relevant airline content, providing South African Airways users with the best stress free travel experience. The application allows users to check their flight status using their booking reference and track that flight on their dashboard. Not sure what the weather is doing? Check out the comprehensive weather report. Want to know more about the destination you are travelling to? Try out the Destination section of the app. Customer will also have access to online check-in, flight status of any SAA flight, flight schedules, lounge finder, special offers and baggage & cargo tracking. Additionally, Voyager customers will have access to their Voyager miles. Grant Byron, Managing Director of Cytrus (Methys Digital), said: “we are so excited to have worked with SAA to design the app. It promotes the brand image of SAA and provides BlackBerry 10 smartphones users with a rich and unique mobile experience.” The South African Airways app is now available as a free download at: http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/48856892 About Cytrus (Methys Digital): Since 2007 Cytrus has utilised its strategic, creative and technical know-how to produce consistently engaging digital experiences delivering cutting edge robust solutions to our clients in the enterprise space. Cytrus was recently acquired by the Methys Group, an international Technology and Business . . .
The Chemical & Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA) played an important role in The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ (OPCW) recent seminar that was held in Durban, that focussed on chemical safety and security management. The seminar’s main objective was designed to increase knowledge and capacity in the African region regarding Article XI of the Chemical Weapons Convention, chemical safety as well as chemical security. Delegates from 20 African countries participated in the seminar. Specific topics that were dealt with included the need for international cooperation programmes, the state of chemicals management in Africa, issues surrounding chemical safety and security, modern approaches to chemical safety, the management of chemical processes and the management of change. A very informative presentation on the importance of a positive safety culture and the human factor, an area that is often neglected, was also given. South African presenters went on to highlight near-misses, incident investigation, emergency planning, appropriate responses to emergencies, the Responsible Care initiative and its benefits, risk assessment and examples of how such assessments should be conducted. Delegates were given the opportunity to discuss and share information on the trends and current status of chemical safety and security management in their respective countries and were also taken on a tour of two chemical production sites where information was shared on how each operation deals with the management of chemical safety and security. The seminar proved to be an exciting few days filled with networking opportunities and the sharing of valuable information, including learning more about the state of chemical safety and security management in Africa. This successful seminar opened the door for further networking opportunities and capacity-building ventures in the future which will involve both the OPCW and CAIA. The seminar was well attended . . .
The Standard Bank Jazz Festival, Grahamstown 2014, incorporates a variety of disciplines into its programme. Blues/Funk/World Music is one of the exciting genres that will be showcased at the festival this year. It is just one part of the exceptional programme which includes Mainstream, Afro-Jazz, Modern Jazz, Youth and the Standard Bank Jazz and Blues Café. Collaborations and explorations are the unofficial threads that tie this category together, so it is fitting that this year’s festival sees guitar gurus Dan Patlansky and Albert Frost teaming up for an unmissable collaboration. Albert is one of the most versatile, accomplished and talented guitarists in South Africa. He’s enjoyed success in the blues genre through bands like the Blues Broers and as a solo artist. Together with Arno Carstens, Alberts brought out two SAMA-winning rock albums. An incredible live performer, he has played at every major music festival in the country including Splashy Fen, Oppikoppi, KKNK, Aardklop, and is a regular performer at the National Arts Festival, having won the only Gold 2013 Standard Bank Ovation Award for his Fringe appearance. Dan Patlansky is a remarkably talented guitarist - a blues phenomenon - who is already earning himself lofty titles and accolades for his startling handling of a six-string Fender Stratocaster, and his inspired partnerships – including his sold out performance with Karen Zoid at the festival in 2013. This collaborative performance is a must-see in an outstanding programme. The marimba is a quintessentially African instrument; though uncommon in jazz, one musician who has crossed that boundary with ease is internationally acclaimed chromatic marimba player and percussionist Bongani Sotshononda. For over two decades, Bongani has been responsible for presenting a beautiful fusion of African jazz and world music around the globe, including collaborations with vibraphonists Stephon Harris (New York), Pascal Schumacher (Belgium) and Magda de Vries . . .
(Port Elizabeth) – A growing reggae culture in Nelson Mandela Bay is seeing local musicians create special platforms to support the growing demand for the peace-loving genre made popular by Bob Marley and the Wailers. According to music advocates such as the Bay’s Rushay Booysen, the growing demand for the music was good news for local artists. Booysen is heading to Europe and the US in September in a bid to grow support abroad for the Eastern Cape music industry, which often loses its artists to established centres such as Johannesburg, Cape Town, or overseas. The latest group to tune into the growing reggae culture is TwoTone, a production company headed by husband and wife team Gareth and Ulagh Williams. The couple, along with fellow group members, are ditching their usual cocktail attire for Rastafarian dress for their inaugural Reggae Night show at the Cash Store this Friday (May 30). “Reggae has a very strong presence in Africa, and there is a widespread appeal of the music ranging from teenagers to pensioners,” said Ulagh, TwoTone musical director. “The show is quite a departure from what we are used to, but we have been wanting to do something fun like this for quite some time.” The show comes after the increasingly popular reggae-themed One Blood Music Festival organised by Louis Devawrin, which celebrated its fifth year in March. According to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University anthropologist David Bogopa, the reggae genre has been growing in popularity in the region and across the country. “Reggae culture has grown over the years in the Eastern Cape, and I have observed a similar pattern in other provinces in the country, particularly in Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal and the Western Cape,” said Bogopa. The peace-loving ideals which now play into South Africa’s democracy were once a chance during apartheid for reggae lovers to show their opposition to the oppressive regime, he said. “People were influenced by the political messages they . . .
With demand for rental properties continually increasing and inventory shortages experienced throughout the country, it might be quite a task for tenants to find the right property, says Susan Watts, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Living in Camps Bay. “It seems that in today’s rental market there just aren’t enough apartments and homes to go around and activity is at an unprecedented high.” Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, agrees by saying that the rental market in South Africa continues to see growth at healthy levels, with demand often outstripping supply in certain areas around the country. “It goes without saying that tenants want the best place for the best value, however in our current market these seem rare and most rental agencies are unable to assist due to lack of available properties. Many tenants have gone into an agency and have been turned away because as soon as a rental becomes available there is a waiting list of potential tenants eager to get into the property, especially if the property is within an affordable price range. For tenants that have missed out on the right one or lost a place because another applicant was accepted, the process can be frustrating because they could be running out of time. However, there are ways in which tenants can increase their chances of finding their ideal rental property,” says Grant Rea, Certified Residential Rental Specialist at RE/MAX Living. He provides tenants with some basic tips and smart tactics to ensure that they get the property that they want. These tips are especially helpful for good tenants with an excellent credit and track record. WHAT NOT TO DO Rea says that there is little point responding to online ads that have been viewed over 300 times. “The fact is that the ‘good value’ properties will get snatched up almost immediately. Do not bother with listings appearing after page 10 or that are older than a week, especially if you are looking properties renting for less than . . .
Well-known television presenter and Cape Epic champion in the grand masters category Andrew Mclean will be on the start line of the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek, which starts near Addo just outside Port Elizabeth on May 30. Mclean and teammate Bruce Diesel will be part of an exclusive field for the three-day mountain bike stage race, which, he says, has the potential to become one of the iconic events in the province. "It's absolutely essential for the growth of the sport and it's a wonderful part of the country to ride in," said Mclean, who is chief executive officer of a cycling retail chain and host of the popular Supercycling TV show. "Each region in the country has its signature event - KwaZulu-Natal has the sani2c, the Western Cape has Wines2Whales and now the Eastern Cape has the Great Zuurberg Trek." The race offers 200km of challenging riding through diverse scenery - including the Addo Elephant National Park, the citrus orchards of the Sundays River Valley and the Zuurberg Mountains overlooking the Great Karoo. It starts and finishes each day at the Zuurberg Mountain Village, with riders staying at the resort and adjacent camping ground. Mclean said the importance of building such events was that the main event and possible spin-offs had the potential to generate economic benefits for the region. "If I can be a small part of that, I'm very happy; hopefully we can see it grow into another sani2c." The latter is regarded as the largest race of its kind in the world. The 49-year-old, who won the masters category at the KwaZulu-Natal event in 2010, said he was still recovering from the illness he battled during this month's Nedbank sani2c. He was on devastating form earlier in the season, finishing 15th overall at the Cape Epic alongside German partner Heinz Zoerweg. "I definitely won't be as good as I was at Epic. It's hard to keep that kind of condition anyway, even if you're healthy. "Since then I've picked up a bit of a bug and . . .
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University student and hammer throw specialist Mieke Stander has been selected to represent South Africa at the 17th annual Confederation of Universities and Colleges of Southern Africa Games in Zambia in August. The Madibaz athlete was chosen for the Cucsa Games on the strength of her performance at last month's University Sport South Africa (Ussa) competition in Pretoria, where she took bronze. She went on to throw a personal best of 52.55m at the Southern Region Junior Championships, which coincided with the ASA Open Championships in Potchefstroom. The throw earned Stander the junior title and a place in the junior national team. The first-year accounting student also captured the gold medal at the junior track and field champs in Stellenbosch in April. "This has been my best season so far," said Stander, whose personal Olympic ambitions received a boost in the wake of her recent successes. She said winning the junior title had been a dream come true and throwing a personal best was simply the cherry on top. Despite nursing a niggling back injury this season, Stander said she had remained committed to her training, which resulted in winning performances. The 19-year-old, who follows a rigourous training programme, said self-discipline was key to keeping a good track record both on the field and off. "Because of my tight schedule, I have to balance my studies and athletics to maintain good performances on the field and in the classroom." Madibaz athletics manager Nellis Bothma said the Port Elizabeth-based institution was proud of Stander's achievements. "She is a talented athlete who has a bright future ahead of her." For more information, Visit www.sport.nmmu.ac.za or find Madibaz4U on Facebook and Twitter. Author: Coetzee Gouws from Full Stop Communications. More Info link: http://sport.nmmu.ac.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/fullstop Images: For high res version/s of Two image/s please contact: . . .
The Twitter Blanket Drive (TBD) is a uniquely South African, community-driven response to the needs of the poor during the winter months of the year. Initiated in 2010 by Founder, Melanie Minnaar, the Twitter Blanket Drive started with a single tweet: What if each person on Twitter donated a blanket? Since then, the Twitter Blanket Drive movement has grown exponentially, and thousands of blankets have been collected, and thereafter distributed to a range of social assistance organisations across the country. For 2014, events will be held across the country on 29 May. Through a well-coordinated and objectively managed process, collection points and events are created across the country. Various events are held and take the form of a “Tweetup”, whereby Twitter users tweet about donating their blankets and all enjoy a meal or drink at the collection point. Collection points have generally been restaurants or cafes. The Twitter Blanket Drive has injected a true sense of community into the South African Twittersphere, as Twitter users across the country join in to help disadvantaged communities keep warm during the winter months. Official #TBD2014 events will take place at: • Johannesburg – Protea Hotel, Fire and Ice - 22 Whitley Street, Melrose Precinct • Cape Town – Protea Hotel, Fire and Ice - New Church Street, Tamboerskloof • Durban – Protea Hotel, Umhlanga Ridge – 14 Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga For people who are unable to attend the main event on 29 May, there are also a number of collection points across the cities – tweet @tbdafrica for a full list! For Durban, blanket collection boxes have been placed at: • Spiga D’Oro (Morningside) • Spiga D’Oro (Durban North) • St Clement’s (Musgrave) The Durban Twitter Blanket Drive will collect blankets for Grace Family Church. All blankets donated will be handed over to Grace Family Church, who will distribute them to a variety of social assistance organisations throughout KwaZulu-Natal. ENDS For more . . .