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issue eig ht July/Aug 2013

edits magazine

Annual Century City Father’s Day Adventure

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As you may be aware, Century City, and its continuing strong growth, has been attracting a fair amount of media attention recently. Total investment to date exceeds R17 billion and more than 55 000 people now live and/or work within the precinct. Office vacancies have dropped to a historical low of 2,93%, new residential developments are being sold out well before construction has been completed and there is an increasing shortage of available residential rental stock resulting in rising rentals as demand exceeds supply. New commercial and residential developments are being accelerated to meet the growing demand. As our city grows, so do the responsibilities and challenges of the Century City Property Owners’ Association, and we are well positioned to respond to the anticipated increased pace of development and to the changing and increasing needs of existing and new stakeholders. The challenge for us going forward will be to continue to provide cutting edge, high quality and cost effective services and urban management in this premier development – Century City.


Chris’s Corner

Chris Blackshaw

CEO | Century City Property Owners’ Association

Our growing city is providing a wonderful catchment market for resident businesses looking to sell their products and services. To date, opportunities to market directly to this community have been limited – to this great publication and to the related B-guided map which is published annually. To meet the growing demand for additional, cost-effective marketing opportunities, the Century City Property Owners’ Association has joined forces with the publishers of City Edits and B-Guided to launch a multi-media marketing platform to enable Century City businesses to market directly to our 55 000 strong and growing community through both standalone options as well as exciting packages combining some if not all options. Further details of this platform, which is being rolled out over the next few months, are contained in this edition and additional information will be posted on the Century City website shortly. You asked for it, we heard you, and it is now being delivered so we would urge you to make the most of it!

Maggie Rowley

Communications Manager | CCPOA

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Our Growing City sales at Palm royale top r123m

A burst of activity in recent weeks has boosted sales at Palm Royale, the third and most luxurious high rise block of apartments at the Oasis Luxury Retirement Resort at Century City, to more than R123million with deals totalling a further R15million close to finalisation. The R255m Palm Royale development, which is setting new standards in high-end retirement living and ticking all the boxes for discerning buyers, comprises 58 sectional title apartments selling for between R2,45million and R8million. To date 24 apartments have been sold. Owen Futeran of the Joint Venture company developing Oasis and which includes the Rabie Property Group and Harries Projects, said they were

just short of the half way mark in terms of sales and expected to comfortably pass this mark within the next few weeks. “As construction has advanced so too has the momentum in sales and this upward trend is expected to continue over the next 10 or so months until completion,” he said. The spacious two and three bedroom apartments range in size from around 110 square to 237 square metres and vary from garden apartments to ”homes in the sky”. Many of the apartments boast spacious balconies suitable for entertaining with wonderful mountain and sea views. All units will have basement parking bays while a number of store rooms are also available. The first two phases of the development consisted of the Club House, which boasts amenities a five star hotel would be proud of; a trail blazing Care Centre offering state-of-the

art health care facilities and services and the first two blocks of apartments – Palm Grove and Palm Springs – where all of the 174 apartments have already been sold. The well-equipped Oasis Club, which all residents automatically enjoy membership of, offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor social, health and sports facilities managed by skilled experts. Palm Royale, construction of which will be completed in April 2014 by WBHO, will be linked undercover to the Oasis Club, the facilities of which are also to be extended in terms of the current construction contract to include a new multi-purpose recreational/entertainment venue with a patio looking out over ponds and beautiful landscaped gardens. Also in the resort is the standalone Oasis Care Centre, which offers hotel-style assisted living apartments, frail care and a specialised Alzheimer’s/ Dementia unit. It recently had its Sub-acute license upgraded to a Physical Rehabilitation discipline.

for details go to or phone cindy, linda or lorenda on 021 528 7310 or 082 495 7168. for care centre enquiries phone lizzie brill on 021 528 7301.


Our Growing City

r450m new office development for century city

Growthpoint Properties and the Rabie Property Group are to jointly develop an 18,700 square metre office project in Century City to meet the burgeoning demand for offices in the precinct. To be known as Bridge Park, the development will comprise two large “green” office blocks to be built on a high profile site on Ratanga Road in the Bridgeways Precinct. Colin Anderson, a director of Rabie Property Group, said the R450m planned Bridge Park project would be the second largest office development undertaken at Century City and would be built in two phases. He said the release of new office development at Century City was tightly controlled by the landowners, Rabie, in order to protect investment values. “This is the first time we have done a speculative development of this size and calibre, which is a direct result of office vacancies in the precinct having fallen to an historic low of below 3%.”

According to Anderson the Bridge Park project, which has been registered for a Green Star SA Office Design v1 rating with the Green Building Council of South Africa, is to be built in the Bridgeways Precinct at Century City where three other “green” office blocks are currently under construction. In fact the developers are aiming for the entire 150 000 square metre precinct to be the first fully “green” precinct in South Africa Anderson said Bridge Park was ideally suited for corporates looking for between 1500 square metres and 18 000 square metres and the joint venture with Growthpoint, South Africa’s largest listed property fund, was a strategic tie up as it would provide future expansion options for Growthpoint’s extensive tenant database. Growthpoint already has a significant office portfolio at Century City totalling just under 21 000 square metres over six buildings, five of which are in The Estuaries office park and which are fully let. In fact only 250 square metres of offices remain to be let in their Century City

portfolio. Rudolf Pienaar, divisional director of Growthpoint Properties said Bridge Park would increase their exposure at Century City by 50% and was indicative of their confidence in the future of this mixed use precinct. To be built on an attractive green podium, the two four storey buildings will boast striking glazed and aluminium panelled facades, large balconies and enclosed private forest spaces. Basement parking will be provided on a ratio of 3,5 bays per 100 square metres with plenty of additional parking within a short walking distance. Construction of the first block, Bridge Park East, is due to commence by the end of 2013 with completion scheduled for early 2015. The timing for Bridge Park West will be determined by market demand, he said. Designed by dhk Architects, both Bridge Park West and Bridge Park East will offer occupants excellent exposure onto Ratanga Road and spectacular view of Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head.

for further details contact colin anderson on 021 550 7000.


Breaking news! Century City gets new marketing platform to reach our 55,000 community! An exciting new multi-media marketing platform offering those living and working in Century City cost effective, multi-pronged packages to reach our 55 000 strong community is now being launched. There are already a few existing standalone advertising mediums, namely Century City Edits magazine and the B-Guided Century City Guide, that advertisers have had available to them to date and which will continue to offer standalone advertising options. However, the new multi-media platform will add electronic and social networking marketing opportunities and a variety of packages combining some or all marketing elements at cost effective rates. To date we have offered businesses located at Century City the opportunity of listing their details and services on an on-line directory on the Century City website free of charge. This free listing opportunity will still be available, but limited to company name, telephone number and physical address. With paid for listings, companies will be able to include a log and/or

image, full contact details, a short blurb and a link to their website. In addition, advertisers willing to offer specials to our Century City community, will also be able to place ads in our regular online newsletter aimed at keeping the Century City community informed of what is going on in the precinct. A limited number of inserts in City Edits will also be available for a fee on a first come first served basis. While all these mediums will be available as stand alone options, Century City Media have put together a variety of packages offering exposure

across a variety of mediums at much reduced rates. The distribution of the hard copies of Century City Edits and the B-Guided Century City Guide is to be further improved with the establishment of more than 100 physical touch or distribution points where people will be able to access the publications. Century City Media is a joint venture between the Century City Property Owners’ Association and the B-Guided team who have been responsible for publishing Edits and the Century City B-guided Map resource.

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to find out more about the packages telephone tyronne lloyd on 0720172156. details will also shortly be carried on the century city website,, which is currently being revamped to accommodate the new listing and other advertising opportunities.


Century City News

Century City’s indigenous fish are flourishing The eradication of alien fish species from the Canals and wetlands at Century City five years ago has proved extremely successful, with indigenous fish species now flourishing. Century City Environmental Manager, Alan Liebenberg, says the Century City waterways are proving to have important conservation significance, particularly in terms of a threatened indigenous fish species.

He says the latest fish survey, the fourth in five years, undertaken in the Century City waterways and Intaka Island wetlands reserve in March 2013 by an independent party, Aquatic Resources Consulting (ARC), had found a significant population of Cape kurper, which is currently listed as Data Deficient by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. “In fact they found that the

most significant development since the last survey in 2011 has been the increase in Cape kurper relative to Mozambique tilapia, and maintaining their current status in the system as a dominant species should be a principal management objective.” Liebenberg says that five years ago the Century City canals were overrun with common carp that had been introduced illegally into

“... the latest fish survey undertaken in the Century City waterways and Intaka Island wetlands reserve had found a significant population of Cape kurper.” the waters, most likely by anglers. As a result, fishing in the canals continues to be prohibited. “On the recommendation of CapeNature and independent experts we embarked on an agreed course of action to eradicate the common carp from the waterways, using ichthyocide rotenone in order to improve the water quality and provide a benefit to conservation, as the alien carp increase turbidity levels by disturbing bed materials through their feeding activities.” He said Cape kurper, populations of which are threatened in the Western Cape by a combination of habitat destruction, pollution and alien species invasions, were reintroduced into the waterways shortly after the eradication exercise. According to Liebenberg the CCPOA has undertaken to continue monitoring the longterm trends in fish community composition and structure.


Century City News Hundreds of learners benefit from Intaka Outreach programmes More than 1200 Grade 10 learners from 11 disadvantaged schools in the Western Cape are being hosted to a day of scientific investigation by the Intaka Island Environmental Education Centre at Century City as part of its Outreach Programme over the next few months. Leandri Van der Vyver, Intaka Island Eco-Centre Co-ordinator, said that the new Life Sciences CAPS curriculum for Grade 10 recommends learners do a scientific investigation of a local ecosystem and explore the interaction between the living and non-living components of the ecosystem. “Intaka is a thriving wetland ecosystem and as such it provides a perfect platform for this investigation particularly given the centre’s diverse

educational team, which is fully equipped to run these courses.” She said in so doing they were not only reducing the teacher workload required to prepare the investigation, but were also assisting the learners with a real hands-on, outdoor educational experience in a safe and secure environment. It is a double win scenario.” Van der Vyver said while the programme was very popular with schools, not all were able to cover the costs involved including transport and materials. “We are extremely grateful

to Absa for sponsoring this programme enabling us to offer it to more than 1200 learners from 11 previously disadvantaged schools.” She said beneficiary schools had been identified by the Life Science Subject Advisor of the WCED and to date they had hosted seven schools, each over a day or two with the balance due to visit in the next month or so. Schools benefiting from the sponsored programme include Bishop Lavis; John Ramsay, Florida; Uitzig, Inkwenkwezi; Masibambisane.

Learners from Florida Senior Secondary School in Ravensmead attending a day of Scientific Investigation at the Intaka Island Environmental Education Centre at Century City.

for further details contact leandri on 021 5526889 or email her at


Mobile education A team from Wikipedia in the United States flew into Cape Town in June to shoot a documentary on Sinenjongo High School in Joe Slovo Park, which has launched a campaign to get cell phone providers to provide South Africa with free access to Wikipedia for research purposes. Sinenjongo High School, which serves an impoverished community with a high unemployment rate, does not have a library. The closest library for learners is the Milnerton library, which is a long walk from their homes. There they have to wait in a queue to use one of two computers with internet access. However, about 90% of learners do have access to a cellphone. Last year a group of then Grade 11 learners at Sinenjongo, inspired by a volunteer teacher Piet Striecher, who had been exposing the learners to the wonders of the Internet and the knowledge to be gleaned from it, wrote to the CEOs of the four cellphone companies in South

Africa saying they had heard that in some other African countries such as Kenya and Uganda certain cell phone providers were offering their customers free access to Wikipedia and requesting they do likewise for South Africa. None of cell phone companies responded but their letter did get picked up on the internet by Wikipedia Zero Team staff, Wikipedia’s global outreach programme that aims to get Internet and Cell Phone Service Providers to waive data charges for Wikipedia users. Victor Grigas, a story teller with the Wikimedia Foundation, who is in South Africa with his camerawoman Charlene Music,

said that this was the first time they were aware of a request coming from a grassroots level to cell phone service providers for free access to Wikipedia. “As such we had to come and hear their story and will help them get their campaign message out – through a documentary on Wikipedia, You tube and to our database of sponsors worldwide.” According to Victor, they plan to give the documentary major exposure on Wikipedia and to load it on to You Tube to enable Sinenjongo’s campaign to go viral. The team, which has also been encouraging the learners to contribute to the free access... Continued on page 8


knowledge pool, particular by posting articles in isiXhosa, was in Cape Town for a week. “In fact, one of the learners read the isiXhosa article on former President Nelson Mandela on Wikpedia and said it was incorrect and patchy and she was able to correct it. “They are also posting information on Joe Slovo Park and their school, among other things.” Sinenjongo, which was adopted six years ago by the Rabie Property Group as the major beneficiary of its Corporate Social Investment Programme, has been in the news in recent years in terms of its matric results – lifting an abysmal 27% pass rate six years ago to between 94-97% in recent years and having been named one of the 10 most improved schools in the Province by the WCED for the past two years running. The learners would really

“…one of the learners read the isiXhosa article on former President Nelson Mandela on Wikpedia and said it was incorrect and patchy and she was able to correct it.”

appreciate your support for their campaign by going to their Facebook page and “liking” it and, if possible, then forwarding news of their campaign to others. FreeAccessToWikipedia


Winter Warmers While the winter equinox has passed and the days are slowly getting longer, there are plenty of cold days – and nights – ahead. Here are our favourite ways to stay cosy.

KEEP WARM, STAY SAFE • No matter how many heaters, televisions, DVD players, Wii machines and games you may need to keep warm, never overload electrical circuits. The City of Cape Town recommends no more than four plugs on one extension. • Switch off all appliances and heaters before leaving home – even if you will be out for only a short time. • It adds a cosy ambiance to any room, but never leave candles unattended and always put them out before falling asleep. • Always use a sturdy candle holder or, if necessary, cut long, tapered candles in half.

KEEP WARM, CHEAPLY • It is a well known fact that we lose most body heat via our feet and heads. A warm hat and thick, soft socks are a must. • Keep extra throws and blankets on the couch so they are always at hand. That way you can keep warm and snug without running up your heating bill. • Layer your clothing. A few layers will keep you a lot

warmer than just one bulky layer. This is also practical because Cape Town winter days are notorious for changing from absolutely freezing to pleasantly mild faster than you can say, “Brrr!” • Use a hot water bottle. • Cuddle. KEEP WARM, OUTDOORS • Explore nature with a brisk walk. Intaka Island offers 2km of walking footpaths – one a circular route that takes you around the constructed wetland and ephemeral pans, and a shorter route that includes only the wetlands. The latter is wheelchair and

10 pram friendly, too! • Walk the Art Route, which consists of a number of stunning mosaic and sculptural pieces, details of which can be found on the Century City website.

Century City Edits #7 featured delicious recipes by all your favourite Century City restaurants, including hearty soups, mouth watering lamb shanks and comforting bredies. You can find the online version at centurycity/docs/ccedits7 KEEP WARM, HAVE FUN • Throw a party. There’s nothing like body heat to keep warm and the more people, the warmer you will be. • Dance. You don’t have to throw a party to dance. Put on your favourite music and

KEEP WARM, DELICIOUSLY • Take advantage of the winter specials offered by a smorgasbord of Century City restaurants. CinCin, Knife, Crave, Jacqui O Bistro, Time Square, Petit Caveau and The Towers at Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa are offering discounts and freebies valid until the end of July. Details at the Century City Facebook page or in Century City Edits #7, available online. • Get creative in the kitchen.

get moving. Practise all those crazy moves you’re too shy to show in public. The worst that can happen is you’ll laugh at yourself – and laughter warms you, too! • Take up knitting. Buy some chunky wool, fat needles and start knitting a throw. You’ll keep warm as it grows. • Grab your kids and build a fort. Take out the blankets and sheets, rearrange the furniture, build a fort, or two, and have an indoor picnic, hot chocolate and marshmallows included. Don’t have kids? Build a fort anyway.


Connecting the City Century City Connect is changing the way people work and live Century City Connect, Century City’s cutting-edge, open access fibre optic network, is rapidly changing the way businesses within the precinct do business and how individuals live their lives. The network, which has now been deployed throughout Century City, is enabling the country’s fastest voice, broadband and multi-media services and in so doing is revolutionizing the way many in the precinct live and/or work. Greg Deans, a director of Century City Connect, said to date no less than 11 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) – many of which were leaders in their field not only nationally but globally – had been signed to the network. “While we have the big brand ISPs on board we also have some smaller niched ISPs who can address the specific requirements of smaller users. In fact we are confident that we now have the right mix of ISPs to offer not only the necessary range of services tailored to end users’ needs and pockets but also the customer interface.” He said the benefits to the end-user of having such a wide range of ISPs on the network were considerable as it meant not only could they shop around for the most suitable package for them but they did not have to be locked into a lengthy contract and so could easily swop to another service provider if they were dissatisfied. Deans said they had now taken fibre past all premises within the Century City precinct – a

From left to right: Greg Deans, Abigail Germany and Hein de Swardt

benchmark used internationally to state the reach or success of a fibre optic network. “In fact we have put fibre directly into or adjoining the premises of around 350 businesses with all tenants now able to have their own unique direct access to the network.” Deans added that to date fixed line fibre in South Africa had largely been limited to the realm of larger, cash flush businesses that could either afford to or had no choice but to pay the prevailing prices in order to get high speed connectivity. “It was generally perceived to be out of the reach of smaller users as it was not only expensive to deploy, but it could take anything from six to nine months for an ISP to be able to install.

Even today, the best case scenario for most is four to five months. “Thanks to the rollout of our network at Century City, fixed line fibre is not only an affordable option for most businesses but it takes only 10 working days from date of order for us to connect a customer.” He said around 70 Century City businesses and 130 residential users were already linked into the network. “Almost half of these have signed up in the past couple of months and the momentum is continuing to build both on the commercial and residential front and as new buildings come on stream. In addition many companies were locked into long term contracts with ISPs prior to the advent of Century City Connect and as those come to an end they are opting to join the network.” Technical director Alfie Martin said they had been working closely with the accredited ISPs to introduce exciting new packages and these varied considerably but included contended access package of 20Mbps, 30Mbps and 50Mbps options as well as dedicated access packages starting at 2Mbps and going up to 1Gbps. “The first 1Gbps service has now been signed with a large international corporate user, which as far as we know is the largest and fastest managed service access package in the country today. The service selected by this customer will also include a fully resilient redundant link.”


Century City events july Century City Sushi Making Evening: 10 and 11 July | Century City Clubhouse One of the most popular events on our calendar, and running for the 5th year now, Century City Sushi Making evenings are not to be missed!


Century City Business Breakfast 31 July | African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa Guest Speaker: Tony Leon

Women’s Day Celebration 10 August | African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa Be spoilt and fabulous this Women’s Day. Always featuring a high profile guest speaker, ladies are spoilt with a glamorous afternoon of lunching and gifts.

for more information on century city events contact bianca on or 021 552 6889

Past event Century City Father’s Day Adventure 27 dads and 33 kids enjoyed a fun filled day of activities including canoeing, wall climbing, night hikes and sleeping under the stars this last Father’s Day! Arriving on Saturday morning and departing the following morning, our dads were spoilt with gifts and got to spend some serious action-packed quality time with their youngsters.



scene around Century City Century City Dinner Club evening held at Knife Restaurant on 21 June

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