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, . . .
Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire, operator of the N1N4 highway, in partnership with the South Africa Red Cross Society (SARCS) trained more than 200 learners and teachers in First Aid Level 3. The training was delivered to Grade 8 and 9 learners of 12 secondary schools among communities along the N1N4 route. The training took place at Lagai Roi, Mooinooi from 1 to 9 October. Charmaine van Wyk, public relations manager of Bakwena, says that this initiative was embarked upon as a means of aiding road safety in rural areas, as well as providing first aid skills to schools, which are often the focal point of community activities, such as the most recent local elections. Bakwena trained and sponsored community-based Disaster Teams and school first-aiders on the day of the election. The following schools took part: Zeerust Combined, Ngotwane High School, Zeerust Hoërskool, Ikageleng High School, Ramotshere Secondary School, Ramatu Secondary School, Ntebogang Secondary School, NR Mandela Commercial Secondary School, Thuto ke Maatla Secondary School, Reebone Secondary, Swartruggens Intermediate and Moedwil. The training was done in three groups of 4 schools, over a period of 3 days each. Pioneers (Youth volunteers from Dinokana and Bapong) have been included in each group to expand their skills and to assist with logistics. Four ladies from the Department of Education Safe Schools joined the programme, representing both Ngaka Modiri Molema and Bojanala Districts Learners were accompanied by two teachers per school. Certificate Handover ceremonies will take place in November. During November some teachers and learners who have been part of the programme for a few years will be trained in First Aid Level 3. This is an intense, 5-day programme. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
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 . . .
RoadCover professional Willie Smit broke away on the Hekpoort climb to solo to an impressive victory in the Bestmed Satellite Classic 106km road cycling race at Saloon Route 66 near Hartbeespoort Dam in North West today. The 23-year-old Nelspruit rider has not competed in the event since 2013 and was delighted with his performance, which follows his triumph in the three-day Bestmed Jock Tour in July. Smit crossed the finish line 2:25:19, nearly 40 seconds ahead of Telkom's Nolan Hoffman, who edged out reigning Cape Town Cycle Tour champion and Smit's team-mate Clint Hendricks in the bunch sprint. As Smit predicted ahead of the race, the climb up Hekpoort about 30km from the finish proved decisive. He paid tribute to his team for placing him in the right position to allow him to launch an attack at that stage. "The race was very fast until Hekpoort when my team set me up for the win, for which I'm so grateful," said Smit. "I'm quite a big guy and so it takes me a while to get going, but I managed to get a gap halfway up Hekpoort and built up a lead of about 50 seconds. "From there, with about 25km to go, it was a matter of staying mentally strong and I managed to go solo to the finish." Smit, who has set himself the target of winning the individual time-trial at next year's national champs, said he was very happy with his form ahead of next month's 947. He added that the Satellite Classic victory was an important scalp for any professional and something he wouldn't have been able to achieve without his team's support. "This is a well-established race so it's great to get the win. You never really know in professional racing when these things are going to happen so you have to take every opportunity," he said. "I have so much to thank my team for because these guys train just as hard as I do and make it possible for me to achieve what I have. So I never take anything for granted." Lise Olivier, of Time Freight, took the honours in . . .
Bakwena N1N4 Toll Road Concessionaire once again joined members of the organising committee to welcome sporting enthusiasts from across the country to the annual Marico Bosveld Myl, held on the 1st October in Groot Marico, North West. This year almost 600 participants took part in three main sporting activities which included running, cycling and swimming. The 42.2km and 21.1km are Two Oceans and Comrades qualifiers while the 3000m as well as the 1600m are Open Water Swim qualifiers The Marico Myl boasted a variety of activities on the day, ranging from sports to live entertainment and shopping. The highlight of the day included a performance by well-known artist, Brandon Peyper. Charmaine van Wyk, PR Manager for Bakwena, says, “As a socially responsible company committed to improving the lives of community members who live along the Platinum Corridor, we strive to play an active role in aspects relating to road safety, health and well-being, as well as local economic development through tourism. Bakwena has been the proud sponsor of The Marico Bosveld Myl for the past seven years, which is just one of many initiatives that we undertake on an annual basis to support the local communities.” For instance, this year the toll concessionare also sponsored stands for Pink Drive and Wheel Well to promote their causes. The Marico Myl brings an injection to the local tourism industry as guesthouses in Groot Marico and surrounding areas are typically fully booked. The local markets and churches benefit from stalls that they set up throughout the day. The crowd was kept entertained by performances from Anchen, Brandon Peyper and Hans Dromedaris, while local entrepreneurs showcased their wares at the flea market and food stalls. Whether attendees were running, racing or swimming through the beautiful route to compete or simply enjoying the day out, the Marico Bosveld Myl was once again a successful event. “We would like to thank the community who assisted and . . .
RoadCover professional Willie Smit has identified the Hekpoort climb as a critical stage to push for victory when the Bestmed Satellite Classic road cycling race takes place near Hartbeespoort Dam in North West on October 22. The 23-year-old rider from Nelspruit, who has not done the Satellite Classic since 2013, said he was looking forward to an event which had gained an excellent reputation over the years. Besides the feature race over a distance of 106km, it offers 80km and 60km options and attracted well over 3 000 participants last year. "It's one of the better-known races which has been around for a while because I remember doing it as a 16-year-old, although the route was a bit different," he said. Positioned about 30km from the finish, Smit said Hekpoort was certainly a tough enough climb to rip the elite bunch to pieces. "So if you can get over there in the lead group, and you have the right team-mates with you, it will be much easier to push for the win." Although the main ascent of the day was followed by another nasty uphill test in Poeierbult, Smit felt the race "should be decided on Hekpoort". He added that, after a long year, which included team-mate Clint Hendricks's Cape Town Cycle Tour victory in March and his in the three-stage Bestmed Jock Tour in July, it was important to pace themselves properly at this stage of the season. "The Satellite Classic is a nice one to win, but we have to keep something in the tank for next month's 947." Smit said the Satellite played a very important role in testing their form and power output ahead of one of the country's premier national classics. The RoadCover leader, who was out for several months after suffering a crash in the Tour de Bretagne in France in April, said he was in good condition. "Most of our tours are over winter, so I'm pretty sure most of the guys will be in good form," said Smit, who has just returned from a multiday race on the island of Reunion. "For me, . . .
Improved infrastructure at the start and finish area will improve the experience for riders in the Bestmed Satellite Classic near Hartbeestpoort Dam on October 22. Photo: Photo: Supplied Providing a premium experience for the riders is at the heart of the Bestmed Satellite Classic road race and there will be tangible evidence of that this year with an improved starting and finishing area. This year's road cycling extravaganza - which includes 60km, 80km and 106km events - will take place on October 22 near Hartbeestpoort Dam in North West. ASG Events chief executive Wynand de Villiers said they had invested each year in the infrastructure since moving to the new venue at Saloon Route 66 three years ago. "We have placed a lot of focus on ensuring a seamless experience for the cyclists," he said. "Specifically we have tarred a section of road to serve as the start and finish area. "This year the tarred section will measure more than 500 metres and we've also made it a metre wider to ensure the riders do not experience any hassles." With about 3 000 participants expected to enter the three events, De Villiers said they were aware of the need to try to avoid traffic congestion. "We have an agreement in place with the neighbouring farm to create more parking space so that we aren't dependent on Route 66 alone for parking. "We implemented the extra parking space last year and it really made a big difference." The ASG Events boss said the Classic had a "nicely balanced route" and provided a useful barometer of riders' form heading into a number of big races - including next month's 947 Challenge in Johannesburg - towards the end of the year. "The first half is fast and riders get plenty of free ‘Voyager Miles' if they can stick in their group," said De Villiers. "Once they hit Hekpoort 30km from the finish things change very quickly." He said the 4km climb at Hekpoort had an average gradient of 10 per cent and it was made even tougher . . .
Anseerfly, rental company of private jets launched its new platform during this September at the international level. Through the platform agents real estate can reach thousands of potential buyers. Its platform provides marketing strategies for the highest target. The platform provides several packages to different types of vendors: owners, agents and real estate companies. Its creators have wanted the realtors contact with leads of the highest quality and turn the engagement of these is higher. Through the website you can find various categories of luxury homes for sale in various forms. In addition, its creators seek to position themselves in the global market through a business that benefits real estate agencies and the most exclusive buyers by providing them with carefully selected properties. To access the platform only you must register and make payment through its payment gateway. Anseerfly: luxury homes for sale seeks to promote thousands of real estate agents offering him ample opportunity in the market. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
If you think that dagga is a dangerous narcotic, then you have been duped through propaganda. Dagga is as traditional to SA as biltong, boerebeskuit and witblits. It fascinated JV Riebeeck and missionaries extolled its virtues. It grows like a weed, is medicinal in its natural form with a lower potential for harm to self and society than sugar. Supported by science (endocannabinoid system), legal in 24 USA states with 200 million US citizens having access to it as medicine (endocannabinoid system) + populations of 11 other countries. Deaths from opioid overdoses has also dropped by up to 25% in states with legal dagga. The current 'war on drugs' is a broken system. It's a war on people and does little to protect anyone from substance abuse. It's the same mentality that was used to justify enforcing the mixed marriages act, where the offender is also the victim. A perverse incentive to put people into prison. From physical prison to social prison with a subsequent criminal record. You will find plenty of peer reviewed studies, medical professionals (Joycelyn Elders, Andrew Weil, Lester Grinspoon, Deborah Malka, Sanjay Gupta, Abrams, Suzanne Sisley, Denis Petro, Ethan Russo, Uma Dhanabalan, Jeffrey Block, Bonni Goldstein, Juan Sanchez-Ramos..) who support dagga as a therapeutic plant. In SA, the Bobby Greenhash foundation PTY is supplying dagga oil to people suffering with terminal diseases. Their testimonials to the healing power of dagga is worth a read. The SA central drug authority (CDA) has also called for the decriminalization of dagga and a recent study they commissioned, concluded that dagga kills cervical cancer. Vilifying dagga and then using that stance to 'protect our children' is pointless. Rather fact based solutions (science) focusing on harm reduction through healthcare and education, as recommended by the SA substance abuse experts, S Kelley and Quintin Van Kerken. Better that control of dagga is removed from the streets and regulated . . .
Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire, operator of the N1N4 freeway, and main sponsor of The Marico Bosveld Myl is pleased to confirm this year’s event is taking place on 1st October at the Marico Bosveld Dam. This community event is more than a sporting event, it is also a family festival which includes flea market & food stalls as well as lots of entertainment for the whole family. This year’s entertainer, amongst others is Brendan Peyper. “Athletes can take part in running events with distances of 42.2km, 21.1km, 10km, 5km or a 1.6km as well as a Mountain Bike event of 50km, 20km or 10km and a Swimming event of 3000m, 1600m and 500m. ”For the more serious athletes the 42.2 & 21.1 km running race are Two Oceans & Comrades qualifiers along with the 3000m swim which is an open water swim qualifier. “If you love a down to earth community festival, this is the place to be. Once the races are over and the medals handed out, visitors to the event can relax and spend the day enjoying the many festivities on offer” says Charmaine van Wyk, Bakwena’s Public Relations Manager.Enter now to take part in this full day event or bring your family out and spend a whole weekend in the Bosveld, close to Mother Nature while enjoying the event you are built for! Online entries are already closed however registrations are accepted on the afternoon of 30th September at the venue as well as from early morning on the day of the event CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .