Southern Suburbs Ranks Best For Organic Food Shops

Southern Suburbs Ranks Best For Organic Food Shops

The Inside Guide’s has released a list of the best organic food shops in Cape Town and plenty of them are in the Southern Suburbs.  You might say more than a fair share!

First on the list was Organic Zone in Lakeside

“Let food be thy medicine; and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates

In a perfect world, the food we eat would all be produced ethically and sustainably, devoid of chemicals, pesticides and antibiotics. In the real world, that’s sadly not the case… the food industry lost its way decades ago, thanks to a few greedy stakeholders more interested in turning a profit (selling GMO- and mass-produced crops) than in the wellbeing of our planet and its inhabitants.

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New MD at Chas Everitt Cape Town South is Gearing for Growth

New MD at Chas Everitt Cape Town South is Gearing for Growth

A successful leadership transition in a real estate company is always challenging but over the last six months, a smooth transition has been underway at Devler Estates trading as Chas Everitt Cape Town South.

Sally Gracie – New MD at Chas Everitt Cape Town South

Sally Gracie, a familiar name in the Constantiaberg luxury real estate market, has replaced her brother, André de Villiers as MD of the well established local franchise that has been trading in the area consecutively as Steer / ERA Steer and since 2006, as Chas Everitt Cape Town South.

De Villiers, who has 34 years of Cape Town real estate experience, will be expanding his social media business and is moving to Ireland, however, de Villiers will remain very active in the Chas Everitt franchise retaining the franchise Marketing Manager position.

Bruce Haywood, a popular and experienced figure in the South Peninsula real estate industry remains the Sales Manager and has recently become a shareholder in the business. Bruce Haywood and Sally Gracie enjoy a complimentary working relationship which will continue to serve the business well. Bruce’s knowledge of the territory and the industry, as well as his amiable manner, are a great value to the business. The Chas Everitt team covers a wide variety of markets in a substantial multi-territory franchise, stretching from Observatory to Simon’s Town.

Managing Director, Sally Gracie feels strongly that real estate leadership is too often removed from active selling which inevitably creates a distance between the team leadership and the body of agents. To this end, Sally will remain the Luxury Property Team leader and the resident agent at Stonehurst Estate where she is the longest-serving accredited agent.

“Being at the coalface of real estate sales every day is important to both Bruce and me, and with the experienced administrative support we have, we are able to guide our sales team with credibility as successful salespeople in management, not management people just talking about sales. One may be surprised to know how uncommon that is in this industry and what a difference it can make,” said Gracie.

Prior to starting in real estate sales in 2008, Gracie worked for Southern Life Properties, as a Centre Manager at Durbanville Centre. Later, she was involved in managing both residential and commercial property for German-based Investment buyers and also worked for the British Consulate in Cape Town, heading up their management division, overseeing the housing and office compliment for the diplomatic staff.

Sally Gracie has introduced a new ‘Team Leader’ structure which will be a key to Chas Everitt Cape Town South extending coverage of the large franchise area. The ‘Team Leader’ structure will benefit experienced agents who can grow their own positions in the business, and effectively grow new agents (interns) to the industry. This structure aims to provide an extra level of hands-on sales support to new agents. Significantly, this structure is directly based on Sally’s own proven success with a Team Leader position. One of Chas Everitt’s Master Agents, Joan Ross has been the first to embrace this opportunity and will build her team in the Diep River to Kenilworth area.

Chas Everitt Cape Town South has always been at the cutting edge of technology and embraces change. According to Sally Gracie that innovation is a key ingredient in making the real estate franchise strong and different. “As a consumer solution orientated business there are some very exciting changes ahead,” she said.

Chas Everitt Cape Town South will be opening the fourth office to their physical presence in the Newlands / Rondebosch area next year.

Chas Everitt Cape Town South – Spring Hampers for the Elderly

Chas Everitt Cape Town South – Spring Hampers for the Elderly

Chas Everitt Cape Town South are delighted that, for the first time, we are able to EXTEND our quarterly hamper project (called Our Mothers Our Fathers) outside of False Bay.

These hampers go to very deserving elderly beneficiaries.   We have been working with the great staff and organisers at Meals on Wheels to identify deserving elderly residents in Plumstead / Diep River area building on what we already do in the False Bay area.

Thank you to all who have contributed to making the Spring Hamper possible.

We will start collecting our Christmas Hamper early in November.  Donations can be dropped off at Chas Everitt Fish Hoek or Chas Everitt Tokai or Chas Everitt Bergvliet or if you call Eileen on 021 712 5029, we will if there are at least ten items collect contributions from you.

Well done to our many clients and friends who make these quarterly hampers ‘happen’ and the Chas Everitt Cape Town South team who ALL contribute so generously.  In particular thanks to our Hamper Co-ordinators, Diep River agent Joan Ross and our Plumstead agents Franlize Fourie and John Gentz.

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Dam levels continue steady rise as restrictions are lowered

Dam levels continue steady rise as restrictions are lowered

Dam levels continue to improve and have risen 1,9% over the last week to 75,9% of storage capacity.

The average water consumption for the past week is up slightly from 511 million litres per day to 520 million litres per day.

Drips refracting the view of the Wellington waterfront from an old tap.

Water restrictions and tariffs have been lowered from Level 6b and Level 6 respectively to Level 5 from today, 1 October 2018, due to the encouraging dam recovery and the conservation efforts by Capetonians.

This is an interim measure to provide some relief to the City of Cape Town’s customers. Level 6b restrictions and Level 6 tariffs were there to cater to an extreme situation. The situation has changed materially due to good rainfall, the solid recovery of Cape Town’s dams and the great conservation efforts by residents and businesses.

Normally, the national government makes its determination on the water situation going forward in December. The City, however, believes that it is unfair to wait until December to make an announcement about water restrictions as this will lead to our customers having to pay the highest tariff for an unnecessarily long period of time.

The key elements of Level 5 restrictions are as follows:

  • An increase in the personal water use limit from 50 litres per person per day to 70 litres per person per day
  • A resetting of the overall City water usage target from 450 million litres per day to 500 million litres per day
  • A relaxation of restrictions for commercial and industrial water users from a 45% to a 40% usage reduction
  • A lowering of tariffs to Level 5 tariffs:

Residential tariffs (ex VAT)

  • 0 – 6 kL: Down 26,6% from R28,90/kL to R21,19/kL
  • 6 – 10,5 kL: Down 25% from R46/kL to R34,43/kL
  • 10 – 35 kL : Down 56% from R120,27/kL to R52,39/kL
  • Above 35 kL: Down 70% from R1 000/kL to R300/kL

Commercial and Industrial tariffs

  • Down 18% from R45,75/kL to R37,50/kL

Level 5 restriction don’ts

  • No watering/irrigation with municipal water is allowed. Nurseries or customers involved in agricultural activities, or those with gardens of historical significance, may apply for exemption
  • No topping up (manual or automatic) of swimming pools with municipal drinking water is allowed
  • No washing of vehicles, including cars, taxis, trailers, caravans or boats allowed with municipal drinking water
  • No washing or hosing down of hard surfaces with municipal water
  • The use of municipal drinking water for ornamental fountains or water features is prohibited
  • All private swimming pools must be fitted with a cover
  • The use of any portable or temporary play pools is prohibited
  • Should borehole/wellpoint water be used for outdoor purposes, including garden use, topping up of swimming pools and hosing down of surfaces, it should only be done for a maximum of one hour on Tuesdays and Saturdays before 09:00 and after 18:00. However, the City discourages the use of this water for these purposes to prevent the over-abstraction of aquifers
  • The operation of spray parks is prohibited
  • No new landscaping or sports fields may be established except if irrigated only with non-drinking water

Please visit for all water-related information, such as the Level 5 guidelines.

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Best and Worst Municipalities in South Africa

Best and Worst Municipalities in South Africa

No surprise – DA ruled Cape Town is still the leader with 65.2%

Consulta and SA-csi have released their latest barometer focusing on South African municipalities.  The barometer focuses on citizen satisfaction and trust in the metro municipalities – focusing on the main metros of Buffalo City, Cape Town, Ekurhuleni, eThekwini, Johannesburg, Mangaung, Nelson Mandela Bay and Tshwane.

The total sample size was 2,287, with random interviews conducted across the metros.

The delivery gap between what citizens expect, and what the perceive to be receiving has resulted in an overall drop in SA-csi score from 59.3 index points in 2017 to 57.4 this year.

The only metro to have increased its SA-csi score in 2018 is Nelson Mandela Bay – increasing from 59.0 to 61.9 year on year.

All other municipalities have produced a lower performance from last year. Cape Town is still the leader with 65.2, while Ekurhuleni, eThekwini, Nelson Mandela Bay and Tshwane are on par with the industry, despite their declines.

Buffalo City and Mangaung continue to be below par, contributed to by the fact that Mangaung received the lowest ever SA-csi score of 41.1, showing a 10-index point drop from 2017.

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City of Cape Town to spend over R40m on library maintenance, upgrades

City of Cape Town to spend over R40m on library maintenance, upgrades

The City of Cape Town on Wednesday said it was planning to spend more than R40 million this financial year on library maintenance and upgrades across the city.

In a statement, the City said its Library and Information Services (LIS) plans to spend more than R43 million on library upgrades, the completion of the Dunoon library, new Wi-Fi connections, services and the acquisition of reading materials.

LIS will spend just under R18,5 million on books, magazines, newspapers and e-resources subscriptions to ensure that the City’s libraries have appealing reading materials to engage all library patrons. Other City libraries will receive R7,7 million for proactive maintenance.

“In a technological and digital age, the City is often asked why it spends money on upgrading and maintaining these spaces. Libraries have always been at the heart of the communities they serve and are accessible and safe spaces, providing access to a huge repository of information and knowledge,” said the City of Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith.

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We Need Your Blood!

We Need Your Blood!


Monday, October 15, 2018 – 15:00 to 19:15
Main Hall Civic Centre, Central Circle Recreation R, Fish Hoek
Donation usually takes 30 minutes.
Remember to eat a balanced meal four hours before you donate blood.

If you need more information, please contact us on 021 507 6300 or



You take the time to prepare your home and list your property.  The family is ready to show at a moment’s notice.   You are just waiting for the offers to roll in after the first open house.  No offers, then a week passes, a month passes, then 2 months….  Showings are almost non-existent.   The confidence you had to begin with turns to doubt, now you are wondering how do I know if my home is overpriced.  The problem now is you need to make some decisions and quick.  You don’t want your home to become stagnant in your local real estate marketplace.

Learn to spot the signs that you may have overpriced your home.


If you listed your home with any decent agent they would have gone overpricing of similar homes in your neighbourhood that have sold recently in a Comparative Market Analysis.  Did you follow your agent’s recommendation of pricing?  Often sellers get emotional about their home and want to ignore the data. Go back and look at the CMA what were comparable homes selling for?


It is important to sell your home in the first 20-30 days on the market.  You should have an influx of showings in the first several weeks. Your busiest weeks will typically be the first 3 or four weeks.  After that showings will dwindle down to almost nothing.  Have you listed your home and have had no showings or very few?  It is only going to get worse.  If you start off with very few showings and have gone weeks with no showing that is a telltale sign your home is probably overpriced.


Your real estate agent should be giving regular market updates.  Are many of the homes that were for sale when yours was listed now sold or under agreement but yours is not?   If your neighbours are getting their houses sold but you are not, is time to go back an review the pricing of your home.


Hopefully, you are receiving feedback on a large number of your showings.  Feedback is a great tool once you are listed.  There are two things to look at in the feedback.  One, buyers and agents may flat out indicate the property is overpriced.  Or two, the buyers are ultra critical of your home.  They may not say the home is overpriced but they ‘nitpick’ it to death.  Remember one or two comments is not a reason to go off the deep end, but if you keep hearing the same thing over and over it may be time to do something about it.


You may be getting showings but no offers.  My general rule of thumb for homes on the market is 12-15 showings and you should be receiving offers.  If you start hitting 20 showings and you have not received an offer it is time to re-look at your pricing strategy.


Your real estate agent can track online views of your home.  If your home is not receiving the views online it will follow thru to lack of showings as well.  Your home is showing up in the home searches but buyers are rejecting it before they even view it online.  Most likely the stats of your home don’t hold up to your competition.


Did you hire your agent solely based on the fact they gave you a higher listing price than everyone else?  There is a name for that in real estate jargon is called buying a listing.  An agent will play on your emotions and give you an inflated list price.  Of course, you are willing to believe it they are the professional.  But, in doing so you probably did not pay attention to all the details like the agents marketing plan or make them back up their pricing with solid market data.  Was your sole decision for hiring your agent based on the fact they gave you the highest list price?


Often a home seller will choose to price their home because of costly renovations that were done for their personal taste and not what would be considered the norms for their price range. A gourmet kitchen in a starter home with upscale commercial appliances is a perfect example.  Or money spent on that braai pit or spa that you like but is just not everyone’s taste.  If you purposely raise your price due to costly renovations you did for your personal tastes then your house will sit overpriced among its competition.


Your listing contract is up and your home hasn’t sold.  At this point, you have missed all the signs your home is overpriced, now its time to get realistically.  Don’t let your home languish on the market unsold.


When sellers insist on overpricing their home they usually fail to see that their home is competing with other homes.  Often when a buyer views your home and ‘rejects’ your home they move on to buy another home that they found more compelling.

First, you must remember buyers are choosing the homes they personally view online.  Your homes photos and statistics must stand up to the other similar home they are viewing online.  And, it certainly must carry through to the showing as well.

A house that is compelling at R3 500 000 amongst its competition will certainly not be compelling at R4 500 000.   First, it will look way overpriced alongside its true competition in the R3 500 000 price range.  Secondly, it will not ‘hold muster’ to the homes priced properly at R4 500 000.


The good news is if you did overprice your home, you can usually overcome it quickly.  The key in overpricing your home is realizing you may have overpriced your home and react quickly.  If you are able to react quickly there is probably no damage that has been done in the marketing of your home.

The worst thing you can do is let your home sit on the market for 90, 120, 180 days without a change. The internet has sped up the real estate market.  In most cases, your home should be sold within 60 days.

Work with your agent to get the data you need to make the right decisions regarding the pricing of your home.  One last thought.  It is almost impossible to underprice a home in this day and age.  If your home is worth more and you give it a little bit of market time it will correct itself.

If you are thinking of selling there will be no more important decision than the agent you choose to manage the marketing process of your house.  You need a straight-talking enthusiastic professional who will explain what strategies will be used to protect your property value.

Article credit:
Edited for South African readers and the South African property market by Andre de Villiers from an original article on Merrimack Valley Estates 

South African Youth Choir @ Norval Foundation

South African Youth Choir @ Norval Foundation

October 6 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The internationally acclaimed South African Youth Choir (SAYC) is one of the most exciting choral projects in the world today. Since its inception in 2005, the choir has showcased its vast abilities on both local and international platform, entertaining a variety of audiences across the globe. The Choir has positioned itself as one of the most sought-after performance choirs in South Africa and regularly performs and records with various local and international artists. The Choir currently consists of 54 high school learners and students between the ages of 13 – 25 years from all over South Africa, representing the diverse cultures of the country. In the true spirit of UBUNTU, the SAYC is a celebration of unity within cultural diversity.

Join us for a night of world-class choral music in Gallery 8, with the option of a three-course dinner before the show at The Skotnes Restaurant.

  • Tickets cost R500 for the show, including dinner.
  • Tickets cost R200 for the show only, excluding dinner.
  • Dinner commences at 18:00 sharp, and the show starts at 20:30. General Members and Art Club Members get 10% discount on dinner tickets.
  • All tickets are inclusive of admission to our galleries which can be enjoyed from 17:00.