Century City Edits #21

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Century City Parkrun, Central Park

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ready for spring! It is hard to believe that we are already more than halfway through 2016, and as our city emerges from its Winter hibernation, there are some exciting new developments and events to look forward to. On the “green” front we are excited to announce that our newly installed wind turbine is now active on Intaka Island and, along with other existing sustainability measures including solar energy, is taking our acclaimed Eco-Centre one step further to being completely off the grid. With Spring also come renewed efforts to increase our recycling programme, for both residential and commercial stakeholders. For more info email: alanl@centurycity.co.za We also welcome back our extremely popular Century City Natural Goods Market and associated Art on the Island, which resume their slot on the last Sunday of the month from September, as well as the resumption of our monthly Full Moon hikes, monthly Galileo outdoor cinema evenings on the second Friday of the month from November, and a full sports calendar from our various clubs and leagues. Visit www.centurycity.co.za We look forward to seeing you out and about.

chris’s corner

Chris Blackshaw

ceo | century city property owners’ association

welcome... Century City Square – our new commercial hub with its conference centre, hotel, apartments, offices and restaurants spilling out on to a public square and where many exciting events are planned – has really transformed our city. All five restaurants and eateries are now open, spoiling diners for choice. The Square and all its elements are served by no fewer than 1,330 parking bays, including those in a super basement parking garage giving easy access to the Square. New signage is now up, so restaurant patrons should follow the signage to P1 parking and take the red staircase up to the Square. It is as easy as that. This edition also features some of Century City’s amazing characters, including 91-year-old Reg Grant from Oasis Luxury Retirement Resort, and Ivy Jariwe, gardener extraordinaire. If you know of any other unsung heroes you would like to see featured, email me at maggie@rabie.co.za. Enjoy!

Maggie Rowley ccpoa communications manager

EDITOR: Maggie Rowley | 021 550 7000 | maggie@rabie.co.za ADVERTISING MANAGER: Bianca Church | 021 552 6889 | bianca@centurycity.co.za DESIGN & LAYOUT: Elinore de Lisle | 083 574 8937 | elinore@iafrica.com COVER PHOTO: Century City Parkrun, Central Park PHOTOGRAPHER: Michel Dei Cont


our growing city Vibrant new Square comes alive!


he Square, the new commercial and hospitality hub of Century City, has raised the bar at Century City, creating a vibrant new precinct reminiscent of some of the trendy spots found around Bree Street in the Cape Town CBD. Developed at a cost of R1 billion by Rabie, the Square comprises a 1,200-seat Conference Centre, a 125-room hotel, offices, apartments and restaurants, all set around a bustling public square where an exciting and varied programme of public events is planned. Also spilling out on to the Square are five exciting new eateries – Tiger’s Milk, Punjab

Wok, Café Frank, Square Café & Wine Bar, and Seattle Coffee Co – ensuring diners are spoilt for choice. The focal point of the Square is Impromptu, a work of art that celebrates South Africa’s diversity and its 11 official languages, each of which is represented by a decorative column, the diameter of which is proportionate to the percentage of South Africans who speak it as a first language. Of interest, isiZulu is the most widely spoken, followed by isiXhosa, Afrikaans

and then English. We urge you to pay a visit to Impromptu and read the interesting storyboard. Parking for all elements of the Square is plentiful, with a total of 1,330 bays available in a super basement as well as a structured multistorey parking garage. If you are wanting to visit a restaurant in the Square, follow the P1 parking signs to the basement parking and take the red stairs up to the Square. If you are attending a function at the Conference Centre, proceed to the P2 structured multistorey parking garage.

“the focal point of the square is impromptu, a work of art that celebrates south africa’s diversity and its 11 official languages.”


our growing city Curro to open high school at Century City in 2017


urro Holdings, the listed independent school company that opened a primary school at Century City in January 2013, is to open a high school on an adjoining site in January 2017. Curro took transfer of the new site in June and construction is well under way. Executive head Sean Friedenthal said the primary school was almost at full capacity, with enrolment numbers having exceeded their most ambitious expectations. The primary school, which operates from Group 4 (age four) to Grade 7, has a capacity of around 800, while the high school will have a capacity of

approximately 500 when fully operational. The new campus, he said, will meet the strong demand from their existing learners, as well as others, for high school facilities in the Century City precinct. “We are building the entire high school campus now but will only open Grades 8 and 9 next year, with the other grades being phased in to ensure continuity for the learners.” The new campus, when completed, will comprise 24 classrooms, four laboratories, computer rooms, consumer studies kitchen, a cafeteria, an administration block, two Fives soccer courts and a 25m indoor

swimming pool. In addition, certain existing facilities on the primary school campus, such as the hall and sports field, will be shared with the junior campus. “Our existing learners will get first option for the high school, but we will have sufficient room to accommodate at least 50 more learners per grade next year, and enrolments are open.” Curro Century City was the group’s first new-concept “city school”, which has a stronger academic focus than the traditional larger Curro campuses but still offers a variety of sports facilities including tennis courts and a multipurpose field.


our growing city Century City properties show strong capital growth


roperties bought off plan in new residential developments in Century City in recent years have shown capital appreciation of 20–35% by the time purchasers have taken transfer 18 months later. Brian Usher, Sales Director of Property World, the on-site agents for Rabie’s residential developments, says in recent years this level of capital appreciation has been seen almost across the board, particularly for those developments which had sold out within days or weeks of being launched. He said the capital appreciation enjoyed by Century City properties was due to demand continuing to outstrip supply. “The demand in turn is driven by the high quality of the developments and the unrivalled Century City environment offering an enviable quality of life The Matrix, where an apartment was recently resold at R47,000 per square metre, a record for Century City.

with every conceivable amenity within easy walking distance.” Usher said that in the Matrix, one of Rabie’s newest residential developments where owners recently took transfer, a one-bedroom apartment had been resold for R2,680,000, reflecting a capital appreciation of 36% over 16 months. This equated to a sales price of R47,000 per square metre, a record for the Century City precinct. Also recently completed is Mayfair, where the first few resales have taken place at prices on average more than 35% higher than the amount they were originally purchased for off plan in 2014. At Rabie’s Quayside development, where owners took transfer in 2014, resale prices were reflecting an average capital appreciation of 47% for one-bedroom units, and 36% and 28% respectively for two-

and three-bedroom apartments. Similar appreciation has been seen at the neighbouring Quaynorth development, which also came on stream in 2014, with apartments achieving around 37% more than initial selling prices. The first residential project undertaken by Rabie at Century City was the Island Club, which came on stream in 2005/2006. The average purchase price of a one-bedroom unit then was R546,086, with resales now fetching an average price of R1,550,000 – a capital appreciation of more than 180% over a period of 10 years. A similar capital appreciation has been enjoyed by two- and threebedroom apartments in the same development. Usher said an iconic new residential development was on the drawing board in the Bridgeways Precinct, due to be launched in November.


our growing city ABSA moves into 5-STAR GREEN STAR Bridge Park


BSA has relocated its Cape Town head office to the 18,000-squaremetre Bridge Park office development in the Bridgeways Precinct of Century City. The bank has been relocating staff from 14 different offices around Cape Town, with the move scheduled to be completed during August. Bridge Park was recently awarded a 5-Star Green Star SA Office V1 Design rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa. Designed by dhk Architects and developed at a cost of

“bridge park was recently awarded a 5-star green star sa office v1 design rating by the green building council of south africa.” R450 million in a joint venture by Rabie Property Group and Growthpoint Properties, Bridge Park comprises two four-storey buildings set over a shared basement and podium. This brings to five the number of Green Star-rated buildings in the all-green Bridgeways Precinct, which is also home to the R1 billion Century Square development, which in turn is registered with the

GBCSA as a pilot project for a new mixed-use rating tool. Rabie director Colin Anderson said they were also aiming for a Green Star rating for Bridge Park in the As Built category. The main contractor on the Bridge Park development was Murray & Roberts, while the sustainable building consultants were PJCarew Consulting.


our growing city Construction of fifth Oasis luxury apartment block under way


onstruction of Palm Brook, the fifth block of apartments in the Oasis Luxury Retirement Resort at Century City, where 23 apartments have already been sold for more than R120 million, has now commenced. Being developed in a joint venture between the Rabie Property Group and a Harries Projects consortium at a cost of R244 million, the 11-storey Palm Brook will comprise 52 one-, two- and three-bedroom luxury apartments. Palm Brook follows the handover of the fourth block, Palme d’Or, where all 50 apartments have been transferred and where most owners have already moved in. Feedback

from agents and purchasers in the earlier blocks has been taken into account in the design brief of Palm Brook. Apartments in Palm Brook, excluding balconies or terraces, range in size from 78 square metres to 161 square metres, and are priced from just under R3 million to just over R6 million, VAT inclusive. No transfer duty is payable. All apartments will have basement parking and luxury finishes, including ducted air conditioning, while some will have a storeroom included in the price, with additional storerooms available as optional extras. As with its most recent predecessors, Palme d’Or and Palm Royale, Palm Brook will be linked

to the extensive Oasis Club facilities by an undercover passage. A new satellite recreation building is also planned to add to the communal facilities for Oasis residents and their guests. There are four penthouses and three garden apartments, the latter of which have exclusiveuse areas fronting on to a brook and the magnificently landscaped communal gardens. All but three of the apartments have terraces or balconies ranging in size from 12 square metres to 125 square metres. As WBHO Construction is already on site, completion and transfer are anticipated for late 2017. After Palm Brook there will be only one further block coming on stream.

for further details, phone cindy on 082 495 7168, or lorenda on 083 270 4755, or linda on 082 785 6160, or the sales office on 021 250 0592. visit oasisretirementresort.co.za for more information.


our growing city Automated Office Park Access Control


ehicular access control at office parks falling under the auspices of the Century City Property Owners’ Association (CCPOA) is being improved by shifting from a manual sign-in system for visitor vehicles to a state-ofthe-art automated scanning of vehicle licence discs. This follows the successful introduction of similar systems at a number of other office and residential complexes within Century City. Chris Blackshaw, CEO of the CCPOA, said a range of technology was considered before favouring the “At-theGate” (ATG) access-control system, which entails the

entrance security officer scanning the licence discs of all visiting vehicles. “This dramatically improves the accuracy of the recording of visitor vehicle information, and we introduced the technology in a pilot project at The Estuaries from 1 August 2016.” He said an added benefit is that the scanning devices will also be linked to the Century City Control Centre’s Urban Management System, which includes a database of suspicious vehicles. “The Century City Control Centre will automatically be notified if any of these vehicles enter the precinct and will initiate an effective

Marinus Boshoff, Safety and Security Manager for Century City, watches as Security Officer Phaehekile Gebenga scans in a vehicle at The Estuaries office park.

tactical response. The ATG system is Cloud-based and is POPI (Protection of Personal Information Act) compliant.” As an added security measure, the CCPOA has also recently installed gates at the unmanned entrance to The Estuaries that will be closed after office hours to ensure that all vehicles utilise the manned entrance in the evenings and on weekends. He added that there were plans to roll out the system to other CCPOA-controlled office parks down the line.


our growing city Construction of the R240 million The Terraces has started


onstruction of The Terraces, a new development of 144 apartments at Century City, has commenced. The R240 million development, which will consist of three buildings of varying heights, is being undertaken by Rabie Property Group, the overall developer of Century City. One of the three blocks will comprise three-storey walk-ups while the other two will both vary in height from four to six storeys, giving a terraced skyscape and adding interest to the streetscape. The development will be served by three lifts. Rabie director Miguel Rodrigues says The Terraces will provide a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments varying in size from 51 square metres to 156 square metres,

excluding balconies. There will also be two duplex penthouses with their front doors on the sixth level. The majority of apartments will be north-facing, while some will have westerly views of Table Mountain and Table Bay. Rodrigues said the development will offer access control with 24-hour security, a swimming pool, clubhouse, extensive landscaping and a number of green pocket parks. “It is also very conveniently located across the road from Curro Private School, where the new high school is currently being built, and will be opening its doors in January 2017. It is also adjacent to the site of a new 2,200-square-metre convenience retailing centre, currently on the drawing board, which is due to open at the end

of 2018. Both of these will add to the appeal of living at The Terraces.” Earthworks are currently under way and construction is expected to start next month, with a phased completion from July to December next year. Frankipile have been appointed the piling contractor and Big Ben Construction have been appointed the main contractors. Rodrigues says the development of the Curro High School, The Terraces and the convenience retailing centre, the latter of which will be modelled on the highly successful Palmyra Junction shopping centre in Claremont, will complete development of this node at Century City. All the apartments have been sold prior to construction commencing.

for further details, contact brian usher of property world on 021 555 0105 or 082 571 7024.


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city life Unsung Hero – Ivy – Gardener Extraordinaire


he beautifully maintained gardens around the Colosseum and the Forum are the result of many hours of hard work by 53-year-old Lindelwa Jariwe, or Ivy, as she prefers to be called. Ivy has been lovingly tending these gardens since 2012 when she joined Paradigm Garden Concepts, an outsourced garden service company that is responsible for this section of Century City’s landscaping. Describing the plants and flowers as her “babies”, Ivy says she prefers to work alone, “because if others come to help and then break my plants, they break me”. Ivy, who hails from Kraaifontein, is married with three grown children, one of whom has followed her into the realm of gardening as a career. Next time you pop in to the Colosseum or the Forum, keep an eye out for Ivy working her magic!

Alan celebrates 25 years’ service


lan Hartogh, who has been involved in the financial management of the Century City Property Owners’ Association (CCPOA) for the past 15 years, has celebrated 25 years’ service at Century City. In fact, Alan has been involved with Century City since before Century City as such was born. He joined Ilco Homes, the original developer of this tract of land that was then (in 1991) earmarked for entrylevel housing under the Summer Green brand. He stayed on with the company when it was taken over by Monex, which pioneered the mixed-use concept and renamed the development Century City. When Monex in turn was taken over by its financiers, Nedbank, before being on sold to Rabie, Alan joined the financial management department of the Century City Property Owners’ Association (CCPOA), and he has been there ever since. Greg Deans, chairman of the CCPOA, says Alan has been a very loyal and dedicated member of the Century City team. “He is a very affable character and gets on well with all who work with him, and his ongoing contribution to the development of this wonderful city within a city is greatly appreciated.” Alan retires in March next year.

From left: Chris Blackshaw, CEO of the CCPOA, with Alan Hartogh and Greg Deans, chairman of the CCPOA


city life Events happening at Canal Walk

SA LINGERIE SHOW SA Lingerie is proud to announce that South Africa’s premier fashion show, the SA Lingerie Show, will be presented by Canal Walk Shopping Centre for the fourth year running. The show, set to take place on Thursday 6 October, promises to be another spectacular event featuring SA’s top models, stunning lingerie brands, and entertainment by some of the country’s top entertainers.

GAMING EXPO The Gaming Expo will take place at Canal Walk from Tuesday 25 October to Sunday 30 October. With gaming growing as a sport and even morphing into a culture in its own right, Canal Walk Shopping Centre and BT Games have joined forces to offer Capetonians an inside look into the latest gaming ideas and releases that are racking up appeal around the world.


city life Reg seeks “the girl with the dominoes”


91-year-old Oasis resident, Reg Grant, is seeking a young woman with dominoes whom he met briefly on a bench overlooking the Grand Canal on a late afternoon in early June this year. Reg, who was the first buyer at the Oasis Luxury Retirement Resort and who has lived at Oasis since May 2007, loves Century City and takes a daily walk along the Grand Canal. This is his story.

It was the beginning of June and, as I wandered along beside the canal, I decided to take a rest on an empty bench. I had not been there long before I was joined by two lovely African ladies. The one next to me had a small box and I noticed it contained a set of dominoes that appeared to have been hand-made from ivory and to have been well used. I got lost in thought reflecting on the stories that might be stored in them. She kept turning them over and then turned to me and asked: “Do you play dominoes?” I answered truthfully that I did not, and then daydreamed about how I used to play dominoes all those long years ago. Still daydreaming, I got up, and as I walked away it struck me how that young woman had made an effort to open up a conversation and how I had refused her. It hit me in the solar plexus and it hurt. I had turned my back on an opportunity to talk to someone who was born into a way of life

different from my own. What a fool I was! How I now regret not talking to her! I have been back to that bench again, looking for her, but no such luck. If you are “the girl with the dominoes”, please contact me

on regrant@iafrica.com. I regret so much not responding to your “cry from the heart” to talk to me! Please forgive me and let us open up a conversation and learn from each other. We have so much to share.

“i had turned my back on an opportunity to talk to someone who was born into a way of life different from my own.”


city life RATANGA OPENS 30 SEPTEMBER TO 9 OCTOBER Ratanga Junction, the Wildest Place in Africa, will be open for the school holidays from 30 September until 9 October. The theme park will shortly be introducing dynamic marketing of Ratanga ticket prices. In terms of this system, which launches on 1 September 2016 at 7am, the first 500 tickets for the September/October season will be sold online for just R1. Tickets thereafter will be sold online at “incredible” prices and will increase as tickets are sold, says General Manager Bill Taylor. So, the quicker you buy, the less you pay.

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ot only did the Century City Club House serve as a polling station for the third time, processing thousands of voters, but the Century City Conference Centre also hosted the regional operations for the Independent Electoral Commission for the week around the elections. Century City resident Miguel Rodrigues said voting went extremely smoothly on the day. “It was so convenient having a polling station right here, and I walked from my home, along C with many other Century City residents, to vote M early at around 7am. By then there was a queue of about 50 people but it went very quickly andY was very professionally run.” CM





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city life Tantalising tastes on the Square


ne of the five new restaurants on Century City Square, Punjab Wok, is tantalising taste buds second to none. The husband-and-wife team behind this runaway success is GP and Beena Singh, who came to South Africa five years ago, opening their first eatery, Punjab Express, in Westlake. Born in India, GP lived most of his life in Singapore and India where he worked as a chef for 18 years, honing his skills at the renowned roadside restaurants known as dhaba, which serve the freshest organic food straight from their backyard gardens. It was this concept that GP first introduced to South Africa with Punjab Express, and which is being re-invented at Punjab Wok, where only the freshest organic and natural ingredients are sourced from his Westlake smallholding and provided by a few other select suppliers. His menu is varied, offering authentic North Indian curries (which are more flavoursome but not as fiery hot and oily as South Indian dishes), Coastal Cuisine of India (a very much untapped cuisine not offered by any other restaurants in South Africa), Thai and Singaporean dishes, and soon he will be introducing a sushi bar staffed by Japanese sushi chefs. In Singapore the concept of a fine dining food court, where

you can choose from a whole basket of Asian cuisine, is very popular, and that is what they are replicating here to satisfy all tastes and pockets, he says. GP says the few authentic North Indian restaurants in

South Africa tend to be very expensive, but his menus were designed to create affordable, value-for-money meals, which are already turning most of their patrons into regulars. “We use only the finest ingredients. Our chicken is free-range, our meat is grassfed and our food is sugar-free and gluten-free. We also cater extensively for vegans.” A special lunchtime menu offers a meal from as little as R50, and a particular favourite is a bowl menu, where customers can create their own bowl of nutritious, delicious fare. The restaurant is fully licensed, serving a variety of beers on tap, cocktails from around the world and a wide selection of wines and spirits.

“our chicken is free-range, our meat is grass-fed and our food is sugarfree and gluten-free. we also cater extensively for vegans.”

punjab wok is on facebook, instagram and twitter. operating hours: 11am to 9:30pm monday to saturday, 11:30am to 9pm on sundays.


city life Upcoming events at Century City CENTURY CITY NIGHT MARKET Last market of the


season – 26 August Snuggle up in one of the cosy seating areas at the Intaka Island Eco-Centre and enjoy some delicious food and live music.

7 September Treat your PA, secretary or administrative assistant to an afternoon of relaxation and fun at the Life Day Spa.

FULL MOON HIKE 16 September Discover the sights, sounds and smells of Intaka Island at night!

NATURAL GOODS MARKET & ART ON THE ISLAND 25 September & 27 October, 9am–2pm Returning for the summer months and held on the last Sunday of the month from September to April on Central Park field, relax and sample the delicious fare on sale, while the kids take advantage of the many activities on offer.

NATIONAL BRAAI DAY 24 September Come braai with us on Central Park field and enjoy some fun in the sun, with live music and a range of kids’ activities.

CENTURY CITY GOLF DAY 5 October Network with top Century City corporates and get some fresh air at the annual Century City Golf Day at Atlantic Beach Golf Club.

GIN TASTING 19 October Gin lovers take note! From sampling our gins and enjoying the live music to learning a little more about the wonder of juniper, there are ample opportunities to soak up the atmosphere and a G&T or two! for information on all century city events please contact bianca at bianca@centurycity.co.za


our green city Intaka bee project a buzzing success Mark Collins of BeePak and Alan Liebenberg, Environmental Manager of the CCPOA, examine one of the beehives on Intaka Island.


eePak, the world’s first composite flat pack and insulated beehive system, was introduced into Intaka Island as a pilot project three years ago. Since then, the wetlands reserve has become the main test site for the award-winning hives, which are now being exported around the world. So successful has the pilot project been that the founders and inventors, Mark Collins and the BeePak team, are planning on adding a further 11 test hives to the existing four. Mark, who lives in Century City, said the driving force behind the design was not only to help stave off dying bee colonies so as to protect food sustainability, but also to provide individuals and rural communities with the means to support themselves

through honey production. Unlike traditional beehives, BeePak hives are not made of wood but of fibreglass, and they have an insulated core that not only makes them much lighter but also significantly increases their lifespan. “BeePak hives also keep the temperature constant, which adds to the productivity of the bees, and have a moisture control valve in the lid. “In addition they can be easily cleaned, disinfected and made disease-free, whereas wooden hives that get contaminated have to be burnt,” says Mark. BeePak has picked up major awards, including the Popular Mechanics Inventor of the Year 2014 award and the 2014 SAB Social Innovation Award for improving bee management

through their innovative design, for the mutual benefit of both food security and sustainability, as well as the potential it has to make a difference in the lives of people. Mark says they are now rolling out BeePak around the country and exporting elsewhere in Africa, as well as to England, Europe and America. “We currently have an order book of more than 2,000 units and are also exploring growing the business into China with a local partner.” He says they are also working with Elephants and Bees, an innovative charity project located in Kenya and Tanzania, which strives to enhance the economic stability of the local population by preventing elephants from raiding their crops. “We have created a ‘fence’ of BeePak hives joined together with rope that acts as a barrier to the elephants. If the elephants try and cross this line, it rattles the bee-hives and the bees come out and sting the elephants, who don’t try that again.” The hives are also providing rural communities with additional revenue from the honey, and this in turn is helping to protect the elephants from poachers. Mark says the honey being produced on Intaka is of a high quality as a result of all the fynbos and the lack of pesticides. “When the full complement of hives is established on Intaka, the harvested honey will be sold to the public to raise funds for the Eco-Centre.”