This latest Inside Guide has the answers for cold winters! With a stormy winter on the horizon, we’ve rounded up the cosiest restaurants in Cape Town, where fireplaces provide warmth and atmosphere.
Valuator: Our computer-assisted valuation is now only provided free of charge to property owners in the Southern Suburbs, Constantiaberg and False Bay areas of Cape Town.
The valuation will be sent to you by email.
Valuator is a service marketed by Homeimage (in association with Chas Everitt Cape Town South). HomeImage provides real estate marketing services such as floor plans, professional property photography.
Your local Chas Everitt agent will be able to review the valuation at your request without any obligation or cost to you. If you subsequently wish to have a local agent provide you with a more detailed valuation assessment after a viewing of your property, please let them know directly.
CAPE TOWN DUE DATE FOR REGISTERING SOLAR POWER INSTALLATIONS
Owners of properties with solar power systems, and which properties are situated in the jurisdiction of the City of Cape Town Municipality, must register their installation with the City by 31 May. The initial deadline was set for the end of February 2019, but the City extended the grace period to Thursday this week.
In this Youtube video, the City explains why such regulation is necessary and also which exceptions apply, such as in the case of solar powered water geysers.
According to the City’s website, applicants can either register a grid-tied system or an off-grid SSEG.
There’s always work to be done in the garden to keep green fingers busy – even in winter. Our June gardening guide is packed with tips, from keeping your garden healthy to which vegetables to grow in winter.
Spotlight on: Indoor projects for kids
Keep your children busy these winter holidays with fun indoor-garden projects:
- We love this eggshell succulent garden, and so will your kids. They’re easy to make and an effective way to teach the basics of gardening.
- Dress up ordinary flowerpots with these creative gumboot gardens. They are also the best way to upcycle your old boots!
- Transform an ordinary herb pot into a work of art with just two creative tools: blackboard paint and chalk. Simply paint the rim or base of your terracotta pots (whichever style you prefer) with blackboard paint, then label with the herb name in chalk when it’s dry.
ON YOUR TO-DO LIST FOR JUNE
Plant and sow
- Plant cool-season bedding plants such as alyssum, calendula, dianthus, lobelia, nemesia, pansies, sweet peas and violas.
- Liliums, azaleas and camellias can be planted in dappled shade.
- Add Brussels sprouts, kale, radish, leeks, onions, turnips and members of the cabbage family (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and spinach) to your vegetable garden.
- Feed lemon trees with a 2:3:2 general fertiliser.
- Remedy yellowing leaves with a micro-element mixture such as Trelmix.
- Feed bulbs with bulb food once every two weeks and water well.
- Winter- and spring-flowering seedlings require an organic fertiliser such as Nitrosol or Atlantic All-purpose fertiliser every two weeks with a weekly watering.
- Check the edges of sweet peas. If they’re brown and papery, feed with a 3:1:5 fertiliser.
- Feed indoor plants with Nitrosol weekly.
Prune & Trim
- Remove side shoots on sweet peas to encourage strong upward growth.
- Trim autumn-flowering shrubs like pride of India, ribbon bush, wild dagga and barleria.
- Prune fruit trees such as peach, plum and apricot.
- Prune roses after transplanting.
The City of Cape Town has opened their draft budget for public comment and is asking for your input on the proposed increases in rates, taxes, water, electricity and refuse removal.
By calling for public comment, the CoCT has provided an excellent opportunity for you to directly influence the budget in the direction you want it to go.
We urge you to have your say by clicking the green button below and to encourage everyone you know to participate in this essential process. As an extra measure, DearSA will compile a report from all comments received and will present it to the City to ensure the voice of the public is not ignored.
Please take action and participate now as the closing date is Monday 29 April.
Thank you for participating in your democracy.
The team at Dear South Africa.
Should the green button not show, please use this link; https://www.dearcapetown.co.
PROPERTY VALUATION and RATES
The 2019/20 Budget tabled on 28 March 2019 has changes to the way property rates will be calculated in future.
There is an increase from the point where property rates start to be payable. It was increased from R200 000 to R300 000. The Rate in Rand was lowered from 0.007154 to 0.00555. It represents a 22% drop in the Rate in Rand rate.
The nett effect of these changes is that properties that had a property valuation (GV2018) increase of 30% will be paying the same rates as before. Lower than 30% property valuation will see a decrease in property rates. Those with a property valuation increase (GV2018) of more than 30% will progressively see an increase in their property rates bill.
A primate murder mystery puts one of South Africa’s best-known wine estates on the spot.
Klein Constantia on the slopes of the Constantiaberg in Cape Town, is one of South Africa’s most famously “green” wine estates. A WWF Conservation Champion, it touts its environmentalism widely. A 2015 book titled The Wine Kingdom – Celebrating Conservation in the Cape Winelands claims that it has “extensive soil erosion plans” and aims to build a cellar “that will be powered by solar energy”. It mentions that Klein Constantia “has also experienced serious damage to their crops caused by baboons, but today most of this problem is taken care of by using baboon monitors during harvest”.
From www.groundup.org.za – article by Steve Kretzmann
Radical new housing deal proposed
The report, City Leases: Cape Town’s Failure to Redistribute Land, proposes a “radical new deal” for housing on 24 areas of City-owned land, including golf courses, bowling greens, country clubs, and parking lots. These range across the breadth of the City, from Camps Bay to Strand to Fish Hoek. Detailed proposals are provided for five of them:
- Rondebosch Golf Club
- Buitengracht corridor
- Harrington Square
- Green Point Bowling Green
- Fish Hoek Bowling Green
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PROPERTY RATES INCREASE? YOU CAN OBJECT!
General Valuation Roll for 2018 (GV2018)
The current General Valuation Roll, known as GV2018, was certified by the City of Cape Town’s Municipal Valuer on 31 January 2019.
It contains the municipal valuations of about 875 000 registered properties in Cape Town, as at the valuation date for the new roll, being 2 July 2018. You can view the GV 2018 roll HERE.
The new valuations, and related increased municipal rates payable by property owners, will be implemented on 1 July 2019.
If you are of the opinion that the amended market value does not reflect the reasonable market value of your property, it is well advised to raise an objection as the current determination affects the rates you will pay for the next 3 to 4 years. Owners who disagree with the valuation, have until 29 March 2019 to object to a valuation in person, or until 30 April 2019 for online objections.
The objection process can become onerous and technical. Let STBB’s expertise manage this important process on your behalf. Contact Tim Chase at email@example.com
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Chas Everitt Cape Town South
Free valuation service
Chas Everitt Cape Town South’s agents have a free online Property Valuation service that will produce a computer-generated valuation based on comparable sales in your area. The agent will professionally vet the data being included to remove sales that are not comparable as without this intervention the figures are not sufficiently reliable. To get this free service go to www.FreePropertyValuations.co.za