This July, the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, which is situated in Cape Town, was able to begin the much needed project of upgrading and extending their parents’ accommodation section, thanks to the donations of the RE/MAX Foundation and other key sponsors. According to research by the hospital, evidence has shown that the recovery of ill children is greatly improved when parents are present during their hospitalisation. For this reason the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital follows a family friendly approach towards the care of sick children, allowing parents and caregivers access to their children 24-hours a day. Through donations from RE/MAX Broker/Owners, founder donors, sales associates and the other members of the RE/MAX network, the RE/MAX Foundation was able donate R100 000 towards the R5.5million project, which will double the facility’s capacity from 60 beds to 120. Sandy Smith, RE/MAX Foundation Manager, says: “Situated on the grounds of the hospital, the parents’ accommodation facility affords parents the opportunity to be close to their children during their hospital stay. Many of the patients are referred to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital from other parts of the country as it is the only dedicated specialist paediatric hospital serving the children of Southern Africa. It is a national asset and handles the worst cases of disease and chronic illness in children under the age of 12 years old,” she says. “Many of the children that arrive at the hospital are from poor communities and their parents are unable to pay for accommodation in the area or the commute to and from the hospital to be with their children on a daily basis.” The hospital has seen an increase in the number patients over the past few years, which led to the need to increase the capacity of the out-dated accommodation which has not been renovated since it was built in 2001. The current facility is an 18-room, prefabricated structure that was . . .
Due to the highly diverse nature of Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs and the vast variety of properties and amenities that are on offer in the region, buyers from all walks of life are attracted to property investments in the area. This is according to Graham Gavin, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Premier, which operates in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs. Gavin points out that that one particularly big draw card to the Southern Suburbs is the extremely good schools and universities. “The Southern Suburbs are primarily residential, offering property investors a wide selection of property options from which to choose,” he says. “The area has everything from older-style homes and cottage-style semis in areas such as Mowbray, Claremont and Wynberg, to the more luxurious and larger homes in Constantia, Bishopscourt and Newlands. Most homes in the Southern Suburbs are in demand because of the excellent facilities in these areas. The Southern Suburbs are situated close to the Cape Town CBD and allow residents easy access to the freeways and shopping centres. Many investors are also attracted here because of the up-market feel and the area’s natural beauty.” One of the most unique investment opportunities in the Southern Suburbs at the moment, according to Gavin, is The Citadel - a seven-storey apartment block comprising 91 units. “The building, nominated in 2010 for the SAPOA award for Innovative Excellence in Property Development, is designed as a seven-storey high atrium which allows an abundance of natural light and a feeling of space, as well as making the most of the magnificent views.” Anne Gombart, Sales Associate at RE/MAX Premier who is marketing this unique development says that this property is a rare find compared to the surrounding properties in the area because it is new, modern and incredibly well designed for modern needs and living. “You won’t find another apartment block quite like it in the Southern Suburbs/ Constantiaberg area that offers so much to its . . .
For a large number of home buyers in South Africa, security has become one of the most crucial influencing factors when deciding which home to purchase, says Caron Leslie, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Property Associates, whose offices service Cape Town’s Western Seaboard. She notes that because of this, demand for homes located within security complexes has been outstripping the current supply of properties available on the market. In the face of the ongoing high demand for security complexes on Cape Town’s Western Seaboard, RE/MAX Property Associates is expecting a strong response to the new development they are marketing, named Blue Bay. This development offers buyers a secure environment with electric perimeter fencing and access control. Situated in Clam Road, one block away from and parallel to Marine Drive in Bloubergstrand, the development is within walking distance to the beach, as well as a range of amenities. RE/MAX Property Associates, development agent on the Western Seaboard, Ivan Swart, says that this development offers the perfect opportunity for first-time buyers to secure a foothold in the property market. “This development is ideally suited to single professionals or young couples wanting to own their own home in a secure environment, with minimal maintenance worries,” he says. “It is centrally located within easy reach of numerous shops, restaurants and recreational facilities. It is also less than 500m from the IRT connection linking Blouberg with the central city – making this a great location for those wishing to commute into town for work without worrying about traffic congestion or fuel costs. There is ample open-air parking assigned to all of the apartments, with an option to purchase enclosed garages at additional cost.” According to Swart the three-storey building will offer 63 apartments to buyers with the anticipated occupation date set for November 2015. There are one-, two- and three-bedroom options with prices of the units . . .
Cape Town, 23 July 2014 – The daily promotional brand, CitySlicker South Africa used its reach and influence on Friday 18 July 2014 for a good cause. Partnering with Childline Western Cape, a promotion was created on the CitySlicker website where 100% of the proceeds donated by the subscribers were awarded to Childline with a particular focus on an expansion project. This initiative was run in accordance with Mandela Day which inspired the need for a charitable drive on the CitySlicker site and was met with much support from the subscribers. CitySlicker, the longest running daily promotion site in South Africa partnered with Childline Western Cape to further their efforts in fighting against child abuse and the injustices felt by the children of South Africa. An advert was placed on the site, on social media and on the daily CitySlicker newsletter to the subscribers of both CitySlicker and Childline in the Western Cape. This promotion reached over 100 000 subscribers with a campaign run across the Western Cape and the option of donating R20, R50, R67 or R100 to the organisation. Childline is an organisation dedicated to the counselling and support of both abused children and adults in need of help in South Africa and on a global scale. Childline Western Cape plays an active role in the fight for the recognition and implementation of Children's rights and the laws governing these rights. Known for offering telephonic counselling across South Africa, Childline also offers individual and group counselling, prevention and awareness workshops and training. Due to the need for more counselling centres and support, Childline Western Cape is set to expand their Wynberg premises to increase the amount of counselling centres and in effect increase the amount of support that they can offer. 100% of the donations for the Mandela Day promotion will go towards this project and this support will continue in the future with promotions on CitySlicker. With the intention . . .
The popularity of secure estate living has seen much growth around the country over the past few years, with the area of Kuils River no exception. In fact, says Charles Louw, Broker/Manager of RE/MAX Property Associates, whose office operates in Kuils River and the surrounding areas, current demand for properties in secure lifestyle estates in the region is vastly outstripping what is available on the market. “With this type of home in extremely high demand, developers are struggling to keep up with the number of buyers in the market wanting homes in security developments and many of the properties are selling off plan before ground has been broken. Security is a major influence when it comes to purchasing decisions for many homebuyers, which is a driving factor behind the popularity of lifestyle estates,” says Louw. “Many buyers are opting to live in closed communities such as gated complexes and secure estates due to the lifestyle benefits, sense of community and security that they provide.” Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says over the past decade the number of residential estates and lifestyle developments has increased significantly because close community living has become a sought-after way of life. “The increase in demand for these kinds of properties as a good investment option is reflected in the fact that homes within estates or developments continue to offer buyers a good return on investment. Aside from the obvious physical aspects of living in a secure community such as a perimeter fence and access-controlled entrances, there are also many other benefits and advantages.” According to Louw, often homeowners choose to live in gated estates due to the sense of community that they experience and a feeling of belonging from sharing a common interest. This is due to the fact that a large number of these developments are based on that common interest, such as the case of a residential wildlife estate or golfing estate. “Regardless . . .
Cape Town craft and design entrepreneurs are stringing up awards like beads on a necklace - Jaqueline Burge of Rarity Handbags has won Entrepreneur of the Year at the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa (BWASA) Western Cape Regional Achiever Awards. In addition, jewellery designer and manufacturer Katherine-Mary Pichulik has been selected as Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year. These accolades follow Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI) Executive Director Erica Elk’s 2013 award for Social Entrepreneur of the Year. The criteria for the prestigious awards are that the nominated business must be profitably run, woman-owned and have been trading for over five years. Nominations are judged by a panel of six experts, and the process is moderated and audited. Rarity handbags are made in Cape Town from responsibly-sourced leather and exported across the globe. The company has its own designer and pattern maker and has undertaken manufacturing in-house since 2001. “Our philosophy is establishing niche markets for well-designed, quality products, made in African game, ostrich and Nguni leather,” said Burge. “A strong belief in independent thought and innovation are the foundations of our success and growth. Our clients can expect excellent service with products delivered on time and to specification. Distinctive combinations of leathers and the contemporary interpretation of materials set us apart from our competitors.” Rarity has close links with the CCDI (set up in 2001 to support the economic sustainability of the Western Cape craft and design sector) as it’s one of 20 enterprises selected for a five-year export promotion programme. This is being run by the CCDI and the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI), an agency of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In addition, with the support of the CCDI (which coordinates and manages export marketing opportunities sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry), . . .
The accolades for Longridge Wine Estate continue to pour in and this time the acclaim comes from internationally renowned wine writer Tim Atkin. The 2012 Longridge Pinotage and 2012 Longridge Chardonnay scored 93 and 94 respectively in Atkin’s recently released South Africa 2014 Special Report. Both wines were also included in his Best in the Cape listing, a personal selection from the master of wine according to varietal and style. According to Atkin, cellar master Jasper Raats is making an impressive array of wines at the Helderberg winery with Chardonnay leading from the front. “Understated, refreshing and oatmealy, this is taut and tangy with pear and citrus fruit flavours and fine, well balanced persistence” was Atkin’s verdict on the 2012 Chardonnay, which was also included in the Top 100 SA Wines earlier this year. Describing the Pinotage as “silky, aromatic and smooth,” Atkin commented that the “floral, musky, ginger spice-like red with its fine tannins, bright acidity and well-integrated oak showed none of the occasional rusticity of Pinotage.” Raats took a different approach in crafting the 2012 Pinotage allowing his experience with Pinot Noir and the terroir to distinctly influence the style of the wine. This experiment is definitely paying off with this vintage promising to follow in the award-winning footsteps of previous ones, which have scored consistently well in various local and international competitions and wine guides. For more information, visit www.longridge.co.za. ENDS Author: Ronelda Visser from Peridot Communications. More Info link: http://www.longridge.co.za Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: Peridot Communications. Longridge winemaker Jasper Raats Photo: supplied CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Craft producers trading at two prominent Cape Town venues – the Castle of Good Hope and the Red Shed at the V&A Waterfront - have notched up over half a million rands turnover since October last year. At a pop-up retail event (a collaboration between the Cape Craft & Design Institute and Kamers vol Geskenke) held at the Castle from 5-8 June, 29 CCDI-selected participants (excluding Kamers-selected enterprises) raised over R340 000. And in addition, operating from a 20m² space at the Red Shed from October 2013-May 2014, groups of four to six craft producers collectively generated over R250 000 in turnover. Approximately 80% of the Red Shed participants were emerging businesses, and their best sellers have been traditional handmade products geared to the tourist market, such as wire works and items linked to the Big Five animals. The CCDI-Kamers event also included numerous emerging businesses, and was geared to discerning local buyers. Products ranged from high end homeware to fashion accessories. Many of the craft producers have not only received valuable feedback at these events, but also met retail buyers and businesses in search of innovative products and unique corporate gifts. Some have placed orders for more products, said Doreen Hendricks, CCDI Market Support Coordinator: Domestic & Local Markets. Building on the pilot initiative at the Red Shed in the Waterfront, the CCDI plans to lease space in the visionary new R50 million development called the Watershed, launched by the V&A in April. The CCDI has had a long association with the Waterfront and in June 2012 began a conversation with their retail and marketing executives about how to better position craft and design in what is South Africa’s most visited destination. The CCDI participated in a series of discussions and visualisation sessions with the marketing and retail team and architects in late 2013 to help craft the vision and direction for the market component of this innovative . . .
The choice between speed and capacity is over...Choose both New Drive Offers Fast Speeds, Improved Energy Efficiency, and Best-in-Class Encryption The Crucial MX100 launched at Computex today! Traditionally, SSDs have delivered powerful speeds and extra features, but at a high cost per gigabyte. Enter the Crucial MX100 SSD. The Crucial MX100 offers a low cost per GB, combined with unrelenting performance and one of the most complete feature sets available. • Sequential read and write speeds up to 550MB/s and 500MB/s respectively on all file types* • Up to 89 percent more energy efficient than a typical hard drive** • Industry- leading feature set includes best-in-class hardware encryption, Native Write Acceleration, Redundant Array of Independent NAND (RAIN), Exclusive Data Defence, Adaptive Thermal Protection and Power Loss Protection Crucial, a leading global brand of memory and storage upgrades, announced today the new Crucial MX100 solid state drive (SSD). Available in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities. The new Crucial MX100 offers powerful speeds and advanced features at a low costs per gigabyte. The Crucial MX100 256GB and 512GB drives utilize Micron’s new 16 nanometer (nm) 128gb NAND, in addition to a SATA 6GB/s controller and custom firmware, to deliver up to 90,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS). With true 550/500 MB/s sequential read/write speeds on both compressible and incompressible data, *the Crucial MX100 allows users to boot up almost instantly, load programmes in seconds, and accelerate demanding applications. Furthermore, at up to 89 percent more efficient than a hard drive, the new MX100 SSD allows users to run systems longer, using less power** The Crucial MX100 SSD also offers one of the most comprehensive feature sets available: • Best-in-class hardware encryption keeps personal and sensitive information safe in the event of device theft or loss • Native Write Acceleration spreads the drives workload . . .
Just as winter starts, things are hotting up for the Better Living Challenge, with entries being submitted ahead of the 31 May 2014 closing date for the competition. With over 220 registered – and still to be completed - entry profiles on www.betterlivingchallenge.co.za there are indeed plenty of good ideas on how to improve low cost living. The competition is seeking out the very best home improvement solutions; ideas that are innovative, affordable and green are the ones that will be rewarded. Interest in the competition is in no small part due to the fact that the three main winners will each receive R500 000 worth of support to bring their concept to life, or to enhance an already existing product or service. What’s more, three student entries each stand a chance of claiming a R40 000 cash prize. Corporate projects can also shine, as part of the Better Living Challenge Showcase set for October this year, where all the winners and finalists will be exhibited. Interest in the competition can also be credited to the Better Living Challenge’s network of Ambassadors. A high level panel of 12 influential industry personalities has been charged with spreading the word about this worthy initiative. The Better Living Challenge Ambassadors include Professor Prof. Mugendi K. M’Rithaa, President-Elect of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID); Fehmida Jordaan, the Executive Manager of the South African Institute for Interior Design (IID); Kelly Berman of Design Indaba; Sune Stassen of Rock City Foundation; communications consultant Lianne Burton; award-winning product designer Heath Nash; Deborah Weber of the WWF; Ilze Wolff of Open Architecture; Dillion Phiri of Creative Nestlings; Nadine Botha and Sumien Brink of New Media; Laurence Brick of 100% Design South Africa; and Jodi Alenheim and Andrew Fleming of the Cape Town Partnership. All notable design advocates and practitioners, these Ambassadors share a willingness to promote the . . .