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, . . .
Clarendon High became the third school to qualify for the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge provincial finals when they won the Border Coastal tournament in East London on Sunday. Played in fine weather at Cambridge, the Clarendon girls took the honours by defeating Stirling 2-0 in the final, reversing a defeat they had suffered to the same opponents in the pool phase. Defending champions Hudson Park were undone by Clarendon 3-0 in the semifinals, while Stirling beat hosts Cambridge 2-0 in the other play-off. Tournament director Bev Forword said it was another excellent day of schoolgirls' hockey, with the teams producing some exciting play throughout the competition. "The final between Clarendon and Stirling was always set to be a humdinger after their closely contested pool match," said Forword. "In that game, Stirling scored a goal against the run of play to push Clarendon to second in their pool." She added that Clarendon had then produced their best performance of the day to be crowned the Border Coastal champions. Spar Eastern Cape promotions and advertising manager Alan Stapleton was delighted with the success of another high quality tournament. "It was great to see all the teams giving it their all, enjoying the fun aspect of the day, but also showing their competitiveness on the field of play," he said. "Kudos must go to Clarendon for the way they fought back after losing to Stirling in the pool matches. "We welcomed two new teams to the event this year in Grens and Alphendale and it's encouraging to see the growth of the concept." The outcome means Clarendon will represent the region in the provincial finals which will be played at Woodridge, just outside Port Elizabeth, on August 12. They have become the third team to qualify for the finals, joining Union High, who won the Port Elizabeth Inland tournament, and Kingsridge, who were crowned Border Inland champions last Sunday. The final two teams for the . . .
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 . . .
The popularity of the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge was confirmed this week with an increase in the number of teams for the Border Coastal leg in East London on Sunday. Tournament director Tim Stirk, of Cambridge High, said the initial excitement in the series had manifested itself with the addition of Grens and Alphendale to the eight teams that competed last year. After the first two events were played in Graaff-Reinet and Queenstown, the Border Coastal tournament will take place at Cambridge, with the final scheduled to start at 4.20pm. "Introduced for the first time last year, the teams are now a bit more aware what the tournament offers and there is increasing interest in being involved," said Stirk. Although he felt that defending champions Hudson Park and Clarendon would again be the sides to beat, he expected keen competition among the teams. He said the format of 20-minute matches levelled the playing field and he did not rule out any upsets on the day. Hudson will head pool A where they will be joined by Lilyfontein, Cambridge, John Bisseker and Grens. Pool B will comprise last year's runners-up, Clarendon, along with Stirling, Merrifield, Greenpoint and Alphendale. Stirling, who lost to 2-1 to Clarendon, and Lilyfontein, who went down 4-0 to Hudson, were the losing semifinalists last year. SPAR Eastern Cape promotions and advertising manager Alan Stapleton said there was lots of excitement brewing for the Border Coastal leg. "Teams like Clarendon, Stirling and Hudson Park are among the early favourites, but we are looking forward to another exciting day of competition." He said the competition tied in with SPAR's values of family and passion as well as encouraging a healthy lifestyle and teamwork. "It's good to be supporting hockey, especially at a junior level. We are able to interact with our future customers and, via them, thank their parents for their support." The Border Coastal tournament is . . .
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 . . .
(East London) – Forget a sluggish national economy. Township retail is booming as major brands invest amid stalled CBD and suburban growth. One such case in point is Mdantsane’s biggest retail node, Mdantsane City Shopping Centre, which has established itself as a hotbed of retail activity. General manager Dean Deary said foot traffic had increased by 4% this year alone and that the 36 000m2 mall had shown consistent year-on-year growth throughout its nine-year history and was now effectively fully tenanted. “Mdantsane City turned nine years old in April and I am extremely proud to see the investment and buy-in of our local community that has helped the centre reach this milestone. We have one vacancy left, which has been offered to a prospective tenant.” The success recently prompted Famous Brands to expand its investment by establishing the area’s first Wimpy restaurant, which is scheduled to open in June. The centre already boasts sister brand, Debonairs. “This new addition will add to the already growing foot traffic and increased turnovers for our tenants, while delivering exciting, quality brands for our shoppers,” said Deary. Mdantsane-born entrepreneur Sakhumzi Klassen is the driving force behind the Wimpy initiative. The 41-year-old franchisee, who has various business interests in the former township area, believes the Wimpy franchise is a tangible sign of growing investor confidence by big brands in Mdantsane. “Mdantsane is a very interesting place, and I would like to see it reach the levels of other similar townships such as Soweto,” he said. “It is currently not at its rightful place socially, economically or from a growth point of view.” Klassen said his latest venture would help to address this by creating 20 permanent jobs, with at least another five part-time openings depending on its stability and growth. “We urge the community to come and support this business, as it will support more than 30 local families if you also . . .
(East London) – Sports car fanatics will be in for a rare treat when over a hundred Porsche vehicles roar into Hemingways Mall for the SA Porsche Club showcase on Monday. The public will be able to see 112 gleaming examples of the iconic motorcar on display at the Pick n Pay rooftop entrance between 10am and 4pm on Workers’ Day. The display forms part of the bi-annual Porsche Club Parade, which will see 220 members of the South African chapter descending on East London for five days of motoring festivities. It has been 10 years since Buffalo City last hosted this event, which changes host cities every two years. Hemingways Mall marketing manager Estee Roos said the shopping centre was delighted to welcome aficionados of the famous “prancing horse” marque and to be part of the Porsche Club programme. “The ‘show and shine’ display fits perfectly with Hemingways’ emphasis on quality and style, and we invite shoppers to come on down and enjoy these classic cars.” Organiser Dave Kirkman said there would be a variety of cars on display, ranging from the older air-cooled 911 models to the most recent GT3 and GT2 and “turbo rockets”. The Porsche Club event starts on Friday with registration at the Blue Lagoon Hotel in Bonza Bay. On Saturday, there will be high-speed driving demonstrations at Bulembu Airport in Bhisho, followed by time-trials at the East London Grand Prix Circuit on Sunday. The Hemingways Mall showcase brings the event to a close on Monday. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro presented by Billabong Day One – Pollock Beach Small, light onshore but highly contestable conditions met the competitors in the inaugural World Surf League (WSL) World Qualifying Series (WSL) event this morning. After a slight delay, while waiting for the conditions to settle, it was straight into the QS event. Comprising World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) rated events for men and women, plus Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) events for men and women aged 18-and-under, the Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro offers a total prize-pool of R80,000 plus points counting towards international and regional rankings lists. Billabong South Africa is the presenting sponsor, and they were in attendance as the best surfers in the country, as well as a contingent of international surfers, gathered for the start. "Billabong is really proud to be kicking off the inaugural Surf City Series in our backyard of Port Elizabeth. It is a fantastic initiative and an awesome opportunity for our local surfers to finally have their own domestic tour. Well done to everyone who made it possible and the best of luck to all the surfers competing," said Chad D'Arcy, Billabong South Africa's Marketing Manager. The QS1,000 rated men’s event features a 64 man field including the cream of South Africa’s surfers. The top seed is Michael February (Kommetjie), currently the country’s highest QS ranked surfer at No. 65, followed by 2016 WSL Africa champion Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga), Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) and Braden Jones (USA). The QS1,000 women’s seeding is headed by Nicole Pallet (La Lucia), Emma Smith (Jeffreys Bay), Teal Hogg (uMhlanga) and Fay Zoetmulder (Cape St Francis) with Tayla Hanak (AUS) the only international among the 24 competitors. Reigning WSL Africa Junior champion Adin Masencamp (Strand), Sebastian Williams (Durban) and Kommetjie residents Jake Elkington and Ford van Jaarsveldt are the top four in the JQS1,000 junior . . .
Senior Landscape Architect, Lizelle Wolmarans at GIBB, one of South Africa’s leading black-owned engineering consulting firms, presented a paper on child safety in playgrounds at the three-day Congress for the Institute of World Urban Parks (WUP) and Environment and Recreation Management (IERM) in Cape Town last month. Leading parks professionals and parks agencies from around the world resolving to protect and enhance the world’s urban parks and green spaces in the face of looming global challenges was present at this Congress. The paper, titled Risky Play and Children’s Safety: Balancing Priorities for Optimal Child Development focused on the construction of playgrounds, safety and safety standards of equipment used in playgrounds as well as the influence it has on physical and mental child development. Play experts such as Environmental Psychologists, Child Development Specialists, Landscape Architects and Educators are advocating a re-assessment of the play environment. While the safety of children should never be neglected, Wolmarans explained the dangers of being over-protective as potentially detrimental to a child’s development. “Our environment is not without risk and therefore, we need to learn how to manage risk continuously as a survival skill. However, where risk is eliminated from playgrounds, challenge is eliminated leading to boredom where children may potentially feel the need to take excessive risk using equipment inappropriately that can cause unintentional injury,” said Wolmarans. South Africa has adopted the international playground safety standards, these standards are not legalised but serve as a guideline to prevent hazardous risks. Locally, our decisions need to be influenced by security, economy and future sustainability. In the case of security, it is a fact that children are living in dangerous environments in their homes and neighbourhoods. Some of the dangers are traffic, kidnapping, crime and drugs. Supervision and . . .
Defending champion Luthando Hejana, from Mdantsane, showed his liking for the SPAR Family Challenge when he took his third title in a row in the 9.8km race in East London on Saturday. Undeterred by a fresh easterly breeze at the start at the Beaconhurst Sports Grounds, the 29-year-old was able to consolidate his status as the only runner to have won the men's race since its inception in 2014. Hejana, who runs for Born 2 Run, coasted home in 37 minutes 28 seconds, beating Bulelani Mgubo (38:03) of All Stars and Monwabisi Siqwayi (39:54) of Zubenothi Sports Developers to the finish line. Hanlie Botha (43.07) made it a double for Born 2 Run in the women's race, finishing comfortably ahead of privateer Luyanda Matiwona (48.40) and defending champion Andrea Ranger (50:28) of Old Selbornians. Hejana, one of Border's leading runners, said he had his sights set on a third win and was happy that he could pull it off. "The race went very well, even though the wind was blowing into us at the start. When we turned at the beach it was better and I came back feeling good and felt strong at the end." With a slight change to the route, Hejana was not able to challenge his course record of 36.09 from last year, but was pleased with his efforts. "I enjoyed the race. There were lots of people cheering me on from the start to the end and it was also good to support the Reach for a Dream Foundation." SPAR Eastern Cape chose the foundation as their beneficiary to help them in their quest of making a child's dream come true on a daily basis. The retailer's regional promotions and advertising manager Wendy Westraadt said they were delighted with the support they had received from the East London community. She said around 850 runners signed up for the two races that were aimed at providing an avenue for a healthy lifestyle in a family environment, while also giving back to the community. "We are so happy to be able to support a charity like Reach for a . . .