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, . . .
Using home-ground knowledge to his advantage, HB Kruger led from start to finish to take the honours in the 60km feature race at the Bestmed Paarl MTB Classic mountain bike race at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate today. The 25-year-old BCX pro from Paarl crossed the finish line in a time of 2:43:58, just under three minutes ahead of Robert Hobson, who stopped the clock in 2:46:34, with Jurgens Uys completing the podium in 2:48:30. The Boland event, which also offered a 30km option, was reinstated this year after a hiatus of a year and Kruger said it had the potential for significant growth. "There are amazing trails in this region and Paarl is a proper playground for mountain bikers," said Kruger, who won the Liberty Winelands Encounter alongside teammate Waylon Woolcock last month. "It can definitely grow because it is very well organised, the course is well marked and there is a great vibe here." He was delighted with his performance, even more so because it came in his backyard. "It was great to be able to ride to the start from my home, do the race, and then ride home afterwards," he said. Kruger said the Bestmed Paarl MTB Classic, which is presented by ASG Events and the City of Drakenstein, offered a testing course with a total ascent of 1 700m. "That is a lot of climbing for this distance but being from Paarl I knew what to expect so I went quite hard up the first climb. "I built up a bit of gap and then I paced myself during the race and tried to stay alert to what was happening behind me." Kruger said the conditions were dry and slippery, which meant he had to stay focused throughout. "The biggest challenge is going up Paarl Mountain, but there is some great single-track going down into Rhebokskloof. "However, it is a fairly long section and you still have to work coming down because it's easy to make a mistake and take a tumble if you are not focused." He said he had a technical issue over the closing 10km when his chain . . .
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 . . .
Participants in the Bestmed Paarl MTB Classic will go where no one has gone before as organisers continue to up the ante ahead of what they aim to make the area's premier mountain bike race. Race director Darren Herbst said both the feature event over 60km and the more family friendly offering over 30km included elements that would satisfy any mountain biker. "There are so many stand-out features on the routes, I almost don't know where to start," he said ahead of Saturday's event at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate. "A few of the local riders may have ridden some of the trails, but they wouldn't have done it in the way the race is set out, so it will still be different. "Those who are coming from slightly further afield, and who may not have ridden here regularly, will find that it's jam-packed with proper mountain biking features such as single-track, great views and varied terrain." Herbst said the feature event, which has a tough climb just 4km after the start, was not for the faint-hearted. "But it is a relatively small price to pay for gaining access to the beautiful view of the Boland below." He said it was definitely the climb of the 60km as it went all the way to the top of the Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve and he was confident that it would provide a great challenge for participants. This year the organisers, ASG Events in partnership with the City of Drakenstein, have also gained access to new tracts of land that will offer riders in the 60km a chance to tackle virgin territory. One of these is the property on which Blacksmith's Kitchen - one of Paarl's more popular restaurants - is situated. "The nice thing about this area is the different kinds of terrain it provides," said Herbst. "Where we pass through Blacksmith's there are a few single-track descents, contour roads that wind through vineyards and the cobbled section where you get to pass right by the restaurant." He said this addition added even more variety to a course . . .
Cape Town The second edition of the popular BOS Cape Crown returns to at Long Beach in Kommetjie next weekend and 110 surfers will compete in the event which feature a WSL QS1000 for Pro Junior Boys and Girls and a 3A rated South African Surf Tour event for the U12 Boys, U14 Boys & Girls and U16 Boys & Girls divisions. . The BOS Cape Crown is presented by Billabong and supported by Surfing South Africa’s umbrella sponsor, Sea Harvest with additional sponsorship from Lifestyle Surf Shop, SurfEars, Billabong, Greeff Village Homes and the National Lotteries Commission. Surfing South Africa has contributed half of the entry fee income to cover the official’s fees and expenses. The BOS Cape Crown is the only national surfing event taking place at Long Beach in Kommetjie this year and after the success of the inaugural event in 2016 organisers are keen to see it become an permanent fixture on both the Surfing South Africa and World Surf League calendars. The 2017 Cape Crown 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 WSL events decides which U18 Boys and Girls will qualify for the WSL World Championships in Australia next year. It is also one of the contests Surfing South Africa will use to select the 2017 SA Junior Squad and the 2017 SA Junior Team for the ISA World Championships in Japan in September. As a further incentive to the surfers competing at Long Beach next weekend, the WSL and Surfing South Africa have put up a total prize purse of over R50000. Valuable SA Surf Tour and WSL ratings points, special BOS Cape Crown trophies and commemorative medals for the four finalists in each of the seven divisions will be presented at the Awards ceremony next Sunday. The QS1000 Boys and girls divisions have attracted a star studded entry from all parts of South Africa and with so much at stake U18 Boys ratings . . .
Organisers are pulling out all the stops to ensure that the new-look Bestmed Paarl MTB Classic, which was omitted from the cycling calendar last year, ticks all the boxes. Race director Darren Herbst said they had gone to great lengths to make every aspect of the event at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate spectacular come race day on May 20. He said competitors would be able to sample "totally revamped" 60km and 30km courses dished up by the City of Drakenskein in partnership with ASG Events. "The long route is hard, but we're so fortunate to have the mountain and so many great trails," he said. "We have made significant changes compared to two years ago. I would say around a third of it is completely new." To make the shorter race more manageable for less experienced riders, Herbst said they had excluded many of the climbs that featured in the 60km. "We felt the level of climbing that you have to do to get to the views and really special trails weren't suited for the more social competitors. That meant we had to introduce some changes to accommodate them." To this end, he said, they had included a number of "attractive features" to ensure a memorable experience in the third Bestmed Paarl MTB Classic. "We had to chop and change the routes that we've got and created a number of new trails. "We also had extensive discussions with landowners to gain access to properties that are normally never ridden." Herbst said he felt they had achieved a good balance on the short route, but cautioned it was anything but easy. "However, for every bit of suffering we put them through, we've made sure to balance it out with rewards." Another notable change that would elevate the riders' experience was a higher proportion of waterpoints on both routes compared to other races, he said. "We've decided to place additional stations along the routes - the 60km will have five and the 30km three." This decision was made, he said, due to the challenging nature . . .
After their maiden voyage with the TransCape mountain bike race proved a resounding success, Volvo Car South Africa announced that they would extend their involvement to 2018. The Grand Départ of the seven-day event between Knysna and Franschhoek in the Western Cape has been set for February 4. ASG Events chief executive Wynand de Villiers said partners such as Volvo played a critical role in the operational requirements of the 614km off-road ride. He said the availability of 12 XC90 vehicles, which provided a shuttle service to and from the race villages, had proved a hit with the participants and organisation this year. "It was many riders' first experience in an XC90 and without exception they were all very impressed," said De Villiers, who also took part. "I think the XC90 has redefined the way people perceive Volvo. It's a truly exceptional SUV with world-leading safety features that redefine the way cars can be driven. "It can sense danger, including other vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians and large animals, assists and alerts drivers by prompting intervention, and sometimes even supersedes them by responding autonomously." He added that the riders were exposed to the qualities of the vehicle on an intimate basis. "TransCape is different to other stage races with vehicle partners in that all the riders get the opportunity to experience the vehicle as they are shuttled around on a daily basis. "So they really got to touch and feel the vehicle and not just see it from a distance." De Villiers said their relationship with Volvo Car South Africa went deeper than an average sponsorship, calling them a "genuine partner in every sense". "Besides backing the tour with a monetary sponsorship and providing a fleet of of SUVs, the drivers who took care of shuttle duties were meticulous and personified the word ‘responsible'. "The rest of the staff also became actively involved in the organisation, helping at waterpoints, assisting with . . .
The fantastic Innovative, prolific and endlessly creative, Chris Chameleon has become known in South Africa and abroad as a musical phenomenon. He performs this weekend on Sunday 14 May at Franschhoek Cellars for the first time at 3pm. With a style all of his own, irresistible stage personality and a reputation for mesmerizing audiences with his four-octave voice and vocal acrobatics, his exceptional talent has won him rave reviews and numerous awards over the past 27 years. Awards include three South African Music Awards (SAMAs) and a Medal of Honour from the South African Academy of Science and Arts. Show starts at 3pm -Book at Webtickets CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
A hyperbaric oxygen therapy service, the only such private facility in the Western Cape, was recently opened at the Tokai Medicross and is available to treat a range of medical conditions, the Medicross group announced today. Dr Jonathan Rosenthal, a medical practitioner who specialises in hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) and heads up the new facility at Tokai Medicross, says that while hyperbaric chamber treatments are commonly known as being used for the emergency treatment of decompression sickness (the bends), a potential danger of scuba diving, it has a greater and well-established role in the therapy of a number of other conditions where reduced tissue oxygenation is the underlying pathology. “While the centre is certainly available to treat divers who suffer the misfortune of decompression sickness, the great majority of our work involves the treatment of other medical conditions such as serious infections and wounds resulting from diabetes or radiation injury,” adds Dr Rosenthal, who holds post-graduate qualifications in diving and underwater medicine. Dr Rosenthal explains that HBOT involves the patient breathing 100% pure oxygen in a chamber where the atmospheric pressure can be increased under regulated conditions. This enables blood oxygen levels to be temporarily raised to massively increased levels to support healing of problems underpinned by low tissue oxygenation, thereby promoting healing and assisting in combatting infection. “Oxygen is normally transported throughout the body by red blood cells only. With HBOT, we can dissolve oxygen directly into the blood plasma thereby enabling the oxygen to reach areas where circulation is diminished or blocked as a result of injury or disease,” he points out. “This increase in the oxygen levels in the blood speeds up cell repair, assists the body to fight off certain bacterial infections, reduces swelling and stimulates new blood vessels to develop in areas where tissue is damaged.” “In . . .
“I believe the energy sector will go through a big transformation that is going to surprise all of us and the energy sector will finally become ‘cool’!,” says Brian G. Williams, Industry Advisory Director, Utilities Industry, SAP EMEA. The global software giant has joined African Utility Week as a gold sponsor at the conference and exhibition that is taking place from 16-18 May in Cape Town. Brian is a featured speaker in the Transmission & Distribution conference track focusing on “Digital Transformation: What impact will the Internet of Things have on utilities?” Says Brian Williams: “the SAP Africa message at African Utility Week will be that organisations need to focus on becoming a relevant digital utility of the future. SAP will focus on how new technology and big data can be used to significantly improve efficiencies and how the performance of utilities Infrastructure can be optimised, to prolong the asset life span, maximise energy production, minimise downtime and reduce maintenance cost.” He adds: “SAP is investing in all Energy & Natural Resource Industries (utilities, oil & gas, mill & mining & chemicals) and in all African regions (South Africa, Sub-Saharan, Lusophone, North Africa, East and West Africa). We have studied the full map of the 53 African countries where we have identified the regions of high, medium and lower opportunities for transformation in each of the four industries. For instance, in utilities we considered that all countries are potentially capable to transform and use the power of digital, to improve their energy value chain, because every country has an electricity, gas or water champion.” More than 4,500 utility companies in 123 countries are innovating with SAP Solutions. Forty-five of the top 50 utility companies in the world run SAP solutions. Award-winning energy platform The 17th annual African Utility Week will gather over 7000 decision makers from more than 80 countries to source the . . .