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is sue 2 May/June 2012

edits magazine

Intaka Island’s Outreach programme takes off

a city within a city

Century City is a city within a city and as such it generates and attracts significant vehicular traffic. To assist the City of Cape Town in controlling and managing traffic behaviour and flows, the Century City Property Owners’ Association has contracted two law enforcement officers. These officers issued no less than 1425 tickets last year, totalling more than R1million, for stationary traffic and vehicle offences. Their efforts have now been bolstered by the appointment of a dedicated traffic officer who is also able to issue fines for moving violations. This officer will also assist in managing traffic congestion and do point duty if and when traffic signals malfunction. We should, however, expect to experience a certain amount of traffic congestion at peak hours. We are working closely with city officials to fine tune signal timings to optimise traffic flows. In addition, the Rabie Property Group, – the principal developers of Century City, are constantly evaluating the macro traffic/ transport model for Century City to effect improvements.

Chris’s Corner

Chris Blackshaw

CEO | Century City Property Owners’ Association


Welcome to the second edition of City Edits, Century City’s very own new look magazine. We would like to thank all of you who have given us positive and constructive feedback and ask that you keep your comments coming to ensure that we continue to deliver what you, the reader, would like to see. This edition is again packed with a variety of Century City-centric news from events (both past and future) to newcomers, to personalities (both animal and human) as well as latest developments. Happy reading and keep your comments coming by emailing us at

Maggie Rowley

Communications Manager | CCPOA

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Our Growing City century city penthouse sold for r13,5million Property prices at Century City have broken new ground with the recent sale of a four-bedroom furnished penthouse apartment in Crystal Towers to a foreign buyer for R13,5million. Prior to this the highest price achieved for a property was for a freestanding home on a double plot in Waterstone Isles, which sold for R10million late last year. Before that the highest prices achieved were for two Crystal Towers threebedroom apartments that sold for R8,2million each. Testament to the wide variety of homes on offer at Century City is that the average selling price is around R1,5million to R2million, with entry level being around the R1million mark. The 400 square metre Crystal Towers apartment that sold for R13,5million comprises four bedrooms, four bathrooms, two lounges, a kitchen and scullery, an outdoor entertainment area with built in braai and jacuzzi, three parking bays and a storeroom. The two-level north-facing apartment boasts panoramic views of Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, Robben Island and Durbanville Hills.

Allen Usher of Property World, the official onsite agents at Century City, said these sales helped boost total sales at Century City by them to just under R260million since the start of the current financial year on July 1 last year. In March alone Property World secured nine development sales (excluding the R13,5million penthouse) and six resales for a total value of R24,5million - a marked improvement on March 2011 when they notched up 11 sales for a total of R18million. He said with the sale of the top penthouse apartment there were now only 10 apartments out of 92 left for sale in Crystal Towers. These comprise eight two-bedroom apartments priced at around R3,5million each, a three-bedroom, furnished penthouse at R7,5million and a onebedroom, furnished penthouse at R3,4million. Sales had also gone strongly in their development Quayside where only 11 units out of 63 remain to be sold at prices of around R1,5million, with transfer scheduled for end of next year, offering exceptional value for money.

For further information visit the Quayside fully furnished showhouse or contact Property World on 021 555 0105.


Community Matters

r518 000 raised for sinenjongo

A number of Century City residents, including a 12-strong team from Rabie Property Group, participated in this year’s Platteklip Charity Challenge to raise funds for charity. The Challenge involves running up Table Mountain’s Platteklip Gorge in a 5,5km loop as many times as possible between dawn and dusk. This year the organisers chose Sinenjongo High School in Joe Slovo Park down the road from Century City as the beneficiary of the funds. Sinenjongo, which was adopted by the Rabie Property Group as the major beneficiary of its Corporate Social Investment programme six years ago, has undergone a major turnaround in recent years to become one of the top 10 most improved schools in terms of matric results. Every cent of the money raised by the Challenge will go towards paying the salaries of additional teachers and to fund educational programmes at the school.

Kotov first masters home in two oceans

Three times Comrades winner Vladimir Kotov, who runs in Century City colours, was the first over-50 Masters runner home in the 2012 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon.

Kotov, a founder member of the Century City Athletic Club, ran the ultra marathon in a time of 3 hours 32 minutes and 47 seconds, just one minute slower than his 2008 race when he was placed in the top 10. Not only was Kotov the first Masters runner home this year but he was also the fourth Western Province runner. Kotov said he was very happy with his performance in extremely bad weather. “I started off slowly and just paced myself and managed to beat many other top runners, which was gratifying.” He said the Two Oceans had been a good training for him for the Comrades, which takes place on 3 June. Be sure to visit Vladimir who has relocated his specialist running and sports shop to the Ratanga Golf Centre.


Our Growing City century city connect signs first four ISPs

Century City Connect, the open access Fibre-tothe-Premises network, believed to be a first of its kind on the African continent and now available within the Century City precinct, has signed up the first four Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to its carrier-neutral network. Century City Connect is providing the country’s fastest “last mile” open access network, enabling selected Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to offer those living and working in the precinct a variety of customized packages including the fastest voice, broadband and multi-media services. Director Greg Deans said agreements signed so far include, inter alia, MTN Business, Frogfoot Networks and Altech Technologies, with further signatories imminent. “Those living and working in Century City are now able to choose an ISP and customised package that best suits their needs and pockets, and will not have to be locked into a long term contract with an ISP if they are unhappy with the service they receive .” Deans said Century City Connect has laid a circular fibre optic backbone around Century City and commissioned its Optical Exchange Node, where the selected ISPs host their services. In addition it has completed three distribution builds - taking fibre from the backbone into different precincts - and these builds have provided network coverage to about 200 businesses as well as Little Moorings, the first residential development at Century City to go live on the network. So far 12 buildings within Century City, including the 9000m2 Colosseum mixed-use development, Crystal Towers, Estuaries 1 and 2, Waterford House and the offices of the Century City Property Owners’ Association, have been connected. Deans said negotiations with a number of other ISPs were well advanced and they expected more than half of the estimated 400 businesses and most residential complexes located within the precinct to be linked to the network within the next few years.

new private school for century city

Listed private school company, Curro Holdings, announced recently that it is to develop a new school at Century City, to open January 2013. The Group currently operates 16 schools around the country, including Western Cape campuses in Durbanville, Langebaan and Hermanus. Curro currently enrols more than 8500 learners countrywide and plans to have 20 campuses by 2013. Curro Century City, which will be the group’s fifth school in the Western Cape, is its first new concept “City school”. As such it will have a bigger academic focus than the traditional, larger Curro campuses, but will also boast a large variety of sports, including tennis courts and a multi-purpose sports field. It will initially operate from Grade RR through to Grade 4 and will phase in Grades 5, 6 & 7 to ensure continuity for learners. “Pending learner demand and growth, Curro will consider extending the planned campus to a fully fledged, integrated campus including a high school in the future. The existing campus will cater for approximately 800 learners,” said Van der Merwe. For further details contact Eddie Conradie of Curro on 021 979 1204/5


Intaka Island Grysbok spotted at century city!

island girl

Meet Leandri van der Vyver, the new coordinator of the Intaka Island Eco-Centre. Born and bred in Cape Town, Leandri has always had a love for the natural sciences and this led her to complete a bachelor and honours degree in Molecular Cell Biology at UCT. She then went on to complete her Postgraduate Certificate in Education, allowing her to teach biology, which she did for three years. At the Eco-Centre, Leandri is involved in what she enjoys most: Biology, Conservation and Education. Together with the team at the EcoCentre, Leandri is responsible for educating the visitors to Intaka Island, of which there are over 15 000 a year, about the diversity of Intaka’s 16ha wetland and bird sanctuary as well as providing information about sustainable living practices. When Leandri is not working, she’s partaking in endurance horse riding and taking her Border Collie, Jamie, for a run. She enjoys reading classic novels and South African literature and like most of us, a glass of good red wine with good company.

One of two Grysbok released into the Intaka Island wetlands reserve in Century City two years ago was recently photographed in the marshlands by a regular visitor, Len van Wyk. The re-introduction of the Grysbok – a female and a younger male – to the Intaka Island wetlands conservation area in June 2010 followed a lengthy approval process and was fully supported by Cape Nature, the City of Cape Town’s Nature Conservation Department and the Blouvlei/Intaka Island Environmental Committee. The Grysbok were captured at the Royal Ascot conservation area and released into the thickets between the ephemeral pans and the marshlands. Century City Environmental Manager Alan Liebenberg said the Grysbok were nocturnal animals choosing to spend most of the day sheltering under bushes and are more active between dusk and dawn. “They are also solitary animals, with the female choosing to spend most of her time in the salt pans and the male in the marshlands, but we have recently found two sets of spoors close to each other, which indicate that they may have been mating.” Intaka Island has been included in a Grysbok Project being undertaken by the Cape Town City Council to enable smaller nature reserves to keep Grysbok in a more sustainable way.

For further details contact Alan Liebenberg on 021 552 6889.


Nik Rabinowitz

on the K-WAY Platteklip Charity Challenge

Nik Rabinowitz was born in a stable... one of only two Jewish boys in the last two thousand years to have done so. He was raised on the mean, green streets of Constantia, Cape Town, a world of ride-bys, piano lessons, and unrelenting love and financial support from family members. Despite all this hardship he still managed to be moderately successful, achieving fame as the world’s foremost Xhosa-speaking Jewish comedian. His career highlights include representing Bafunny Bafunny at The Royal Albert Hall, appearing on BBC2’s Mock the Week and spending a week with a goat at the Grahamstown Festival.

Conquering Platteklip Gorge is no easy feat. The trail covers a distance of 2.1km and features over 800 double-sized steps. Once is more than enough for most of us. But not for the field of around 100 in the K-Way Platteklip Charity Challenge. Athletes are challenged to ascend the gorge as many times as they can between sunrise and sunset. Funds raised benefit the local community and the more than R520000 raised this year will go to Sinenjongo High School in Joe Slovo Park. One of this year’s participants was comedian Nik Rabinowitz and we asked him about his experience: How many summits did you make? Summits. You see that? Plural. Did they ask Sir Edmund Hillary how many summits he made? No. Those were the days when one summit was enough. So much expectation these days... What do you want from me?? What is this, a questionnaire or an interrogation? After one summit I pulled the paternity leave card. As far as physical challenges go, what would you equate this race to? This one was like a walk in a park, except a very steep uphill park. And a very long, painful walk. On the last stretch, what was going through your mind? God? Is that you? Your funniest moment of the day? Being mugged. Unless you mean like laughing funny, in which case it was when I came across a Constantia woman who thought she had altitude sickness. Any tips for those wanting to enter next year’s event? Platteklip in Afrikaans mean ‘flat rock’ - but don’t be deceived, the incline is in fact a little steeper than that. Also, vas is your friend. While Nik has taken time out to focus on his family this year, his first book (co-authored with Gillian Breslin & published by PanMcmillan as part of The Youngsters series edited by Mandy Wiener) launches in June. Titled South Africa: Long Walk to a Free Ride, it’s self-described by the author as “like Madiba’s book of the similar title except that everything is different”. Also out later this year is his second DVD, Stand & Deliver.


21st Century Crime Fighters False or not, two perceptions about the financial to the industry. Prior to being recruited by services sector, accounting and auditing in Moore Stephens, both women worked at Mazars: particular, are still fairly prevalent: it is maleGill as director and head in South Africa of dominated and boring. A scandal, like the current Forensic Services and Preeya as Senior Forensic JP Morgan multi-billion dollar loss or the Enron Consultant. Teamwork is particularly important disaster a decade ago, elicits interest for a in forensic investigation and Preeya considers her short while before most of us shift focus once team dynamic with Gillian priceless. Preeya says more, all but oblivious that not only has Gillian to the aftermath. It mentored her, she’s is the aftermath, the exposed her to invaluable investigation to find experience in uncovering the facts behind the fraud and corruption. headlines, that is often But both women bring the most fascinating, remarkable qualifications however. and skills to the division Forensic accounting, they have only recently just one aspect of set up. forensic investigation, has After visits to Devon & as long and fascinating a Foster’s (a well-known UK history as money, dating bakery and tea shop at the “Both Gillian and Preeya were back to ancient Egypt time) with her mother as recently accepted as members of where scribes accounted a child, Gillian’s ambition the International Association of for Pharoah’s assets, was to waitress at the Financial Crimes Investigators, although it wasn’t until shop. In Standard 9 she of which there are only a few in a Canadian case in 1817 was advised to pursue a South Africa.” - Meyer v. Sefton - that career as a drama critic forensic accounting had its first day in court. In or journalist. Instead, Gillian went on to obtain BA, the 20th Century, the Lindbergh baby kidnapping LLB and MBA degrees, and a considerable number case, the conviction of Al Capone, and WWII are of Post-Graduate and other diplomas. just three examples where forensic investigation An admitted attorney and conveyancer of played an extensive role. the High Court of South Africa, Gillian is also The 21st Century has barely begun and the a solicitor (non-practising) of England and complexity of modern business along with the Wales, a Commercial Forensic Practitioner with escalation of cybercrime and cyber-vigilantism South Africa’s Institute of Commercial Forensic means the multi-disciplinary skills involved in Practitioners and a Fellow of the Association of effective forensic investigation are increasingly Arbitrators (Southern Africa). essential. It makes sense, therefore, for companies On the other hand, Preeya always knew she to provide a full range of forensic services - not wanted to be a lawyer and now holds B.Proc only to resolve disputes and solve crimes, but to and LLB degrees and a number of diplomas and help companies prevent them happening in the certificates, from Effective Dispute Resolution to first place. And there’s no doubt that to establish World Intellectual Property Law and International such a division, as Moore Stephens National Advanced Computer Forensic Studies. Preeya Advisory did late last year, requires a team of is an admitted attorney of the High Court of uniquely skilled individuals. South Africa, an Associate Commercial Forensic Gillian Bolton and Preeya Ramjee, Directors Practitioner with the Institute of Commercial of Forensic Services at Moore Stephens, work Forensic Practitioners, and an Associate of the exceptionally well together. They pride themselves Association of Arbitrators (Southern Africa). on ethics and discipline, characteristics essential Continued on page 8....

8 Continued from page 7.... Both Gillian and Preeya were recently accepted as members of the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators, of which there are only a few in South Africa. Gillian spent over 20 years in the public sector, where she held various management and advisory positions, including as the first female Assistant City Administrator in the then administration, and being asked by then Minister of Sport, Steve Tshwete, to join the Cape Town 2004 Olympic Bid Committee. A defining moment of an already illustrious career was the establishment (at her suggestion) of a Forensic Unit to address fraud and maladministration in the City. After a sabbatical in 2005, Gillian was recruited to set up the Forensic Services division at Mazars. Prior to taking up a position at Mazars, Preeya was, inter alia, Chief Financial Officer for the Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board for six years, where part of her responsibilities included

conducting investigations, specifically in respect of non-compliance, and General Manager for an international company within the gaming industry. Individually, Gillian and Preeya’s qualifications and experience are as diverse as they are impressive. Together, they’re formidable. Their commitment to developing the Forensics Services division at Moore Stephens is clear and they find great reward and satisfaction in being able to make a difference by offering clients a full range of services in order to minimise the risk of falling victim to crime. On the agenda, too, is cyber security, of increasing importance in any business. The first Cyber Forensic Seminar is scheduled for June 6, details of which can be found on page 14. Gillian and Preeya certainly give lie to the perceptions referred to at the start of this article. In fact, says Gillian, not only are more and more women being attracted to forensic investigation, they are often well suited to the profession.

The New Studio22

Studio22 may be new to Century City, but it is well known and highly regarded within the photographic industry. The combined experienced of the team at Studio22 is astounding. Founder, Colin, has over 40 years’ experience. Colin’s son, Kurt, studied and practised as a professional photographer for 12 years before launching thephotolab@studio22 (now Studio22) in 2002, and two of the more than 22 staff members have been with the company for close to 20 years. A need for more interior space and parking necessitated the decision to move after more than 40 years at the same location, but the new store allows them to offer plenty of extras.

Cube Studio is available for photographic shoots and photographic events. It boasts a 50 square metre floor area, offers free WiFi and air conditioning, and the double door entrance makes large product shoots a breeze. The multiuse space also includes lights and a remarkable selection of accessories. The store also houses the photo book manufacturing, pro lab, design department, large format printing and retail space, along with Clique (their popular coffee stop), the photo book and framing counters. Framing and woodwork is housed next door. A photographic paradise for enthusiasts and professionals.

7 Edison Way, Century Gate Business Park | 021 525 3740 |


Extraordinary Conferencing Experience The African Pride Crystal Towers Convention Centre may be the second largest conference venue in Cape Town next to the CTICC, but it is second to none when it comes to superior, deluxe conferencing. Whether chairing a board meeting, holding a press conference, launching your latest product, exploring opportunities with international clients or tying the knot, Crystal Towers Convention Centre is the perfect venue. For exhibitions, motivational talks, car and product launches, The Crystal Room is a flexible, multi-purpose space overlooking the Grand Canal of Century City that accommodates 350 seated guests. Using sliding, stackable acoustic doors, the space can be further divided into three separate rooms, each with a capacity of 150 guests in a cocktail setting or 100 seated guests. It sits adjacent to an exclusive spacious assembly or cocktail area. Crystal Room 4, located on the ground floor, seats a further 150 guests. For smaller gatherings, Crystal Towers offers a selection of nine boardrooms, each individually themed and with floor to ceiling windows that boast spectacular views of Table Mountain, Cape Town Harbour and Green Point Stadium. Each room is equipped with block-out curtains, coffee stations and built in presentation equipment. But it’s not all work and no play at Crystal Towers. Once the formalities are done, step into the spectacular Ruby Bar or outside to the Pool Bar for a sundowner before taking a front row seat at the Chefs Table for dinner. Alternatively, enjoy a private, fine dining experience in the beautifully-decorated Private Dining Room. After dinner, take in the musical enchantment of the David Kramer private lounge or the travels of the legendary adventurer in the Kingsley Holgate lounge, both of which are alongside the Ruby Bar.

Pure Perfection, Pure luxury, Pure conferencing

Enter a world where innovation and modern design meets timeless sophistication and luxury and your conferencing options are limited only by your imagination. Take advantage of African Pride Crystal Towers Conferencing Centre’s winter conferencing special for R1495 single per night. The offer includes: accommodation | breakfast | day conference package with light lunch and parking | complimentary Wi-Fi | shuttles to V&A Waterfront, Camps Bay and Clifton beaches, and Table Mountain | complimentary use of steam room and sauna. Terms & conditions apply.

Contact 021 525 3888


Around the City King’s cross church

King’s Cross Church, led by Werner & Tarryn Badenhorst, meets on Sundays at 9am at the Century City Clubhouse. King’s Cross is a community of friends who live with a big vision that there is a ‘great commission’ to make disciples of all nations before Jesus comes again. The church values friendship, community and relationship with people and churches, both local and abroad, in order to fulfill this task, and would love to have you to visit them. All are welcome.

Kenyan Maasai Warriors ride ratanga

king’s cross church | |

dr sunet bodenstein

Dr Sunet Bodenstein is a specialist psychiatrist offering psychiatric services to men and women of all ages (from children to the elderly). Services include the assessment and management of all psychiatric disorders, including, but not limited to: Mood Disorders (Depression; Bipolar Disorder); Anxiety Disorders (OCD; Social Anxiety; Panic Disorder; PTSD); Psychotic Disorders (Schizophrenia; Delusional Disorder); Childhood and Adolescent Disorders (Anxiety, Depression; ADHD); Neuropsychiatric Disorders (Dementia); Substance Abuse.

021 555 0796 |

Ratanga Junction recently played host to the 12-strong Kenyan Maasai Warriors cricket team, which was participating in the biennial Last Man Standing World Championships – an amateur global league. The trip was an all-round first for the team, which is coached by a South African cricket player, Aliya Bauer. It was their first time to travel by air, their first trip out of Kenya, their first experience playing on a proper cricket pitch, and their first ever visit to a theme park. Decked in their traditional attire - members are all herdsmen in Kenya and have only been playing cricket for a year - the team took to the Ratanga rides as if born to them. The team took the opportunity while on tour to raise awareness for the HIV/Aids pandemic and other challenges in their country.

es u n e V n o i t c n u Unique F Have your Function at the Junction • Tailor-made conference packages up to 340 persons • Corporate events for groups of 60 to 7000 • Try our PILOT PARTY or WILD WEST themes • MILD or WILD Year End packages packages • Open 364 days a year • • • •

Family Days • Launches Birthday Parties • Concerts Team Building • Matric Dances Conferences • Weddings

For a function with a difference contact us at: 021 550 8504 or or visit

Ratanga Rides OPEN from 29 June - 15 July


Century City Dinner Club The Century City Dinner Club is a fabulous way to experience the delectable culinary creations on offer at the many restaurants within Century City, and the inaugural event, which took place at Jacqui O Bistro on 20 April, was fully booked within days of being announced. The next event takes place from 7:30pm on Friday, 6 July at Petit Caveau at the Colosseum. Petit Caveau offers an a la carte Mediterraneaninspired menu serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and boasts an impressive wine list with more than 150 wines, 50 of which are offered by the glass. The evening includes a food and wine pairing, with complimentary wine, live music and some fabulous prize giveaways! Cost per head is R180. rsvp to bianca@ seating is limited so it’s best to book early.

Welcome to the Fast Lane! Century City Connect offers Century City residents and businesses a fibre optic backbone giving you: • Unrivalled upload and download internet speeds • An open access network via which select Internet Service Providers can offer competitive packages tailored to your needs • Enhanced productivity through revolutionary broadband and data speeds, video conferencing and VoIP Get connected now! Visit our state-of-the-art Simulation Centre at Crystal Towers, Rialto Road. Phone: 084 558 0391


cosmetic dermatology centre Central Park on Esplanade | century city | 021 552 7220 Specialized medical and cosmetic dermatological treatments Diverse specialized skin treatments Laser treatments • Skin tightening • Body contouring


Century City Events


Cyber Forensic Seminar (details below) 6 June | Moore Stephens National Advisory Century City Golf Day 8 June | Atlantic Beach Golf Resort Fathers Day Campout 16 June – Intaka Island Curro Private School Information Session 20 June |Century City Clubhouse Century City Sushi Making Evening 21 and 22 June | Century City Clubhouse


Century City Dinner Club 6 July | Petit Caveau ArE YOu A vICtIM OF CYbErCrIME? Moore Stephens National Advisory in association with Microsoft, Tactics and Dingley Attorneys will be hosting a Cyber Forensic Seminar on 06 June 2012 from 7am to 9:30am at their offices at 3rd and 4th Floor, The Gateway, Century Way, Century City. The fee is R100 per delegate, breakfast included. RSVP by no later than 3 June 2012 to or call on (021) 525 8600


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