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Property 16 JANUARY – 12 FEBRUARY 2012

Winner of 10 publishing awards


Est. 2004, Issue 228


decor, trends, luxury, design & real estate

Special Focus NAMIBIA



The Grove, Tara Whiting & Marius Botha of Acquire Africa discuss the pivotal role of a buyer’s agent

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Contents DECOR







HOT PLATE Insight from a winemaker





Innovative furniture and

extraordinaire, sushi lessons,

home shutters, a new range

healthy lunches to go,

of crockery from a design

a new French bistro

soul – Tau Game Lodge in

Centre’s newest phase,

guru, and kitchenware and

and wine cellar, and

Madikwe Game Reserve

Lüderitz Waterfront,

wall art

sumptuous cookbooks

OUTSIDE THE BOX On-trend storage solutions



for living rooms, kitchens,

Our new book review slot,

home offices, bedrooms

plus all the hot happenings

and bathrooms

to pencil into your diary




AFRICA: SOUTH AFRICA Stylish loft apartments in first Green Star-rated residential development, and

The rising trend of living on

stone’s throw away from

investment opportunities in

a residential wine estate

the beach

the Pretoria CBD

TRUE TO FORM Top architects talk




RESIDENTIAL Affordable student

Michael Viljoen’s

accommodation in

comprehensive design

downtown Jozi, and

strategies that put

apartments and clusters

businesses on the map

launching at River Estate




in Lonehill


COMMERCIAL Sandton City’s new retail offering, a foodies’ hub for

Guest editors Tara Whiting

Bryanston, refurbishments to


and Marius Botha on the

Makro’s distribution centre in

Hartmann & Keppler

benefits of getting a buyer’s

Midrand, and regulations for

Interiors’ newly refurbished

agent on your side

green buildings

Bryanston store



to luxurious minimalism, a


page 36 for details.

biggest steel mill

Knysna, the Eastern Cape’s

to trendy trinkets


Hitting the town with the

A Camps Bay home’s ode


accessories, from appliances

The Grove, Namibia. Turn to

expansion, and Africa’s


The latest in wine


Rawson’s Namibia


Wernhil Park Shopping

SOCIETY glamorous set

contemporary design


A treat for the senses and



AFRICA Our new section dedicated

Inspiring shops, VIP travel

to investment, real estate,

and summer accessories for

news and leisure on, and

the new year

from, the African continent

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I – Improve, Innovate, Inspire 3

As we welcome in the new year, it’s not unusual to look back at the year gone by and examine its gifts as well as its disappointments. The Property Magazine abides by five pillars – Decor, Trends, Luxury, Design and Real Estate. How did these areas fare in 2011? With regards to property, we definitely experienced some market stabilisation, with careful yet steady growth, pockets of excellence, and adjustment in areas where there had previously been overpricing. We noticed that buyers and sellers had more knowledge and were better informed.There was also a noticeable decline in the number of registered real estate agents in the marketplace, which may have been the result of the introduction of mandatory qualifications. It was an extremely successful year in terms of decor and design, with the biggest coup being our Mother City being named World Design Capital 2014. And when it came to trendsetting, no one did it better than Table Mountain, by

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donning its best tablecloth and earning the title of Seventh New Natural Wonder of the World. And finally, even luxury had its place. While many of the world’s economies were still trying to shake off the recession, South Africa saw numerous new restaurants, shops and hotels opening their doors across the country and proving that entrepreneurship is still thriving and that South Africans are still spending. I hope that in 2012 we continue along the path of ‘I3’ – to Improve, to Innovate and to Inspire. Wishing all of our readers a very happy and prosperous New Year!

Nicky Manson, Editor

This month, I would love to splurge on …

Evian’s limited-edition Issey Miyake bottle. Celebrate

A bowl from the Peretti Collection. Using a traditional

This delightful, quirky teapot from Staub. A gorgeous

the end of 2011 and the start of 2012 with this inspiring

Italian sand-casting method, Peretti creates these

accessory for any countertop, the Staub La Theiere

bottle that takes its cue from a shimmering flower, a

bowls from 100% hand-beaten aluminium and sand.

teapot is made from enamelled cast iron and comes

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in a range of colours. Available from Kitchen Passion

any summer party.


stores nationwide.

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LETTER o f the Month

DOT ORG The new summer menu at Gingko in Parkview is fantastic! I have tried their frittatas as well as their new organic burger and they’re both delicious. It’s so hard to find restaurants that serve organic food. Thanks for the heads-up. Organic is the way to go! Sharon Oosthuizen, Rosebank

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Just like HOME Hartmann & Keppler Interiors’ refurbished Bryanston store radiates homely charm with such class and style that it simply warms the heart


artmann & Keppler Interiors has

when you think there is no more to see, stairs

can personalise the items to suit your taste in

been producing, styling and selling

lead up to more furniture and unique pieces.

finish and fabric from the vast fabric library.

The items are of high quality. Each piece

interior design items to South Africans for over 75 years because

Europe and the US, such as ornaments, lamps

carving and sanding, and hand-finished with

and vases of crystal, silver, pewter or brass,

Its newly refurbished showroom in

stain or paint. The quality is evident in the

each of which is so beautiful that it is easy to

Bryanston is a maze of furniture in styles

classic, polished, smooth finishes, with the

picture it in your home. The store also stocks

from traditional and classic to more modern

pieces begging to be taken home.

framed prints, various decorative picture

the company knows how to draw a crowd.

Full ranges for bedrooms, dining

and contemporary, as well as decor pieces,

frames and a beautiful selection of giftware.

ornaments, fragrances, hand towels, soaps and

rooms, lounges and office suites, each with

Hartmann & Keppler Interiors’ showroom

writing sets. It’s like stepping into an interior

accompanying pieces that complement its

brings class, trendiness, comfort and beauty to

designer’s dream.

style, are placed around the shop so that

the Bryanston area.

The shop smells delightful too, the aroma

Words Tammy Sutherns

Hand-selected objects are imported from

is handmade, from cutting and moulding to

each room is more awe-inspiring than the one

The grounds are laced with rose gardens

eventually leading you through the euphoria of

before. Gentle music coaxes you into settling

set against the Highveld skyline, so that

bookshelves and base sets to a hidden coffee

into a cushy couch or touching the fabrics.

entering the meticulously designed and

shop with baked goods fresh out of the oven.

Eye-catching clocks, bookshelves and lamps

decorated showroom is like coming home after

The store is full of pieces reflecting the

decorate the rooms. All Hartmann & Keppler

latest international trends in furniture. And just

Interiors’ furniture is made to order, and you

a long day. +27 (0)11 463 5005,

Visit for additional high-end shopping destinations.

The showroom is dedicated to different spaces of a home, revealing a variety of decor items.


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HOT PLATE The wines of Franschhoek’s Grande

Sushi lessons, cooking for friends and business lunches in a hurry

Provence Heritage Wine Estate have been winning accolades all year long, especially its Grande Provence 2006, a blended red of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, from the estate’s signature collection. We chat to winemaker

JACO MARAIS about his craft.

Q What inspired you to choose this career?

Being able to work in a cellar as well as outside in the vineyards with nature. I couldn’t see myself making a living from behind a desk.

Q How would you describe the Grande Provence 2006 in three words? Complex, elegant and refined.

Q You’ve had quite a career in the wine industry and are well-travelled too. Do you have a favourite wine memory?

All the wine regions I have visited in the world hold their own unique memories. You see the vineyards and the soil, learn about their particular climate and culture and then taste that wine, which is different and unique because of its own sense of ‘place’.

Sushi nights

Calling all sushi lovers! The Lotus Sushi and Teppanyaki Bar at the Hilton Sandton has a

Q What is your favourite wine-and-food pairing?

Wine-and-food pairing is very personal because each person’s taste buds are different. This actually makes it fun, because you can continuously play around trying different wines with different food. I was in New Zealand recently and found that a good Pinot Noir works for me with just about anything!

Q What should we be drinking this hot summer? Water, beer and ice-cold Grande Provence Sauvignon Blanc!

sushi school. Classes are held every Friday evening. Learn how to make your own sushi alongside a master of the art at the custom bar. Booking is essential. +27 (0)11 322 1472

Serene dining

For the discerning business or leisure traveller, the Syrene Boutique Hotel in Rivonia offers comfortable accommodation and a tasty bite to eat. New to the hotel is the Elm Tree Restaurant, which is run by resident chef and owner, Paul Anthony Finney. The French bistro can seat 30 guests inside and 20 guests outside for an elegant à la carte breakfast, lunch or dinner or

+27 (0)21 876 8600,

intimate functions, from Tuesday to Saturday. An additional on-site venue to complement the menu is the Cellar, said to be the first private winery in Johannesburg. The Cellar is a fully run and working wine cellar and offers tastings and meeting room facilities. +27 (0)11 231 3900,

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Food on the go

Finally, Jozi has a new takeout spot on the block, and the restaurant is also health conscious. Chickin Tyme has opened in Pineslopes Shopping Centre, Fourways, and offers flame-grilled chicken that is nutritional and filling, but essentially food on the go. Choose from flame-grilled kebabs and chicken breast burgers, among others, in a number of favourite flavours, including Herb and Lemoni, BarbQ, Morracano, Mozambiqa Medium Chilli and Mozambiqa Hot Chilli. Add to this signature artisan baked rolls high in bran, freshly made salads and accompaniments, such as sweet potato, creamy spinach and potato wedges, and you have a quick, healthy meal for the whole family. +27 (0)11 465 4253

Bag it the eco way

Southern Sun Hotels has launched a treat for the hasty business traveller by creating MyLunch, a wholesome, healthy, all-day takeaway meal. Available from all Southern Sun hotels, the lunch is made up of the freshest and healthiest ingredients, including a sandwich of choice, a healthy barley-based salad, a snack bar, two fruits, a fruit juice, a water and fresh vegetable crudités with a dip. Packed on the day, MyLunch is designed to accommodate businesspeople who do not have time to plan for lunch. The packaging is environmentally friendly and compostable. The elegant carrier bag looks and feels like natural tree fibre paper but is in fact made from Rock Paper, a 100% treeless material created from natural stone and inorganic mineral powder with a non-toxic resin. +27 (0)11 510 7500,

Culinary collaboration

Three heads are better than one, as the exquisite culinary South African collaborative cookbook Savour so deliciously proves. Conceived and created by event creator, Marc Hirschowitz, creative writer and aspiring cook, Karen Alsfine, and caterer and cuisine concocter, Estelle Sacharowitz, Savour is an extraordinary cookbook. It is as much for the enthusiastic foodie as it for those with an appreciation of exquisite photography, fine design and presentation that pops off the page. The link between words and food is highlighted in the quirky chapter headings, such as ‘Slurp’, ‘Sizzle’ and ‘Spread’. Marc, Karen and Estelle have carved out their own ‘literal gastronomy’ niche in the cookbook industry. Savour is published by Random House Struik, retails at R350 and is on shelves at leading bookstores now. +27 (0)11 484 3538

Justin Bonello Cooks … for Friends

We love this new book from Justin Bonello. Fresh, arty layout with fabulous food pics and great anecdotal happy snaps cook up a visual feast for the eyes. Photos this good can only mean the meals are just as superb. Delicious recipes include messy chocolate sushi (yum), bunny chow, and ostrich fillet covered in peppercorns. Learn how to feed a fellow scuba diver by cooking crab in pumpkin leaves right on the beach. The Prego roll recipe requires a passport and a smattering of Portuguese as it guides you to Moz to find the world’s best Prego. Quirky stories and gorgeous graphics make this a must-read. Memorise and then share with mates, à la Justin. Available at all reputable bookstores nationwide. +27 (0)11 327 3550,

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Innovative furniture, classy shutters, hot kitchenware, wall art, and a new personal range from Carrol Boyes

TRACY LYNCH, a design consultant at the

In November last year,

Freeworld Design Centre in Cape Town, was crowned the 2011 South African Interior Decorator of the Year, a new competition sponsored by the Fabric Library and endorsed by IID. She talks to us about design inspiration.

Q You are an artist as well as an interior designer. What inspired you to follow such a creative career path? I have always loved transforming spaces. From an early age I was allowed to paint on my bedroom walls! My parents encouraged my love of art and so when it came to choosing a study direction, fine art was my natural choice.

Q What element of a space is the first one you look at when redecorating?

Carrol in Wonderland

Carrol Boyes bases all her sculptures on drawings that she has accumulated in her sketchbooks for more than 30 years. At the urgings of her stepdaughters, Kim and Martine, Carrol has now transferred the best of these images to her Sketchbook Collection of functional porcelain homeware. The four distinctive styles are named ‘Contemplation’, ‘Oh, My!’, ‘Let’s Face It!’ and ‘Wishful Thinking’. Use the sets for dinner parties or display them in a suitably posh cabinet at home. +27 (0)11 883 2627,

I look at which areas need to be

transformed and what needs to be respected, preserved or enhanced.

Q Your DIY interior design tips for 2012? Paint is the most immediate way

to transform a space. I recommend Plascon’s amazing range of colours for breathing new life into your home.

Q Where do you draw your inspiration from? I find inspiration in almost anything.

It depends on what I am looking for. I like to walk the city streets – it keeps me grounded and in touch with the inherent energy of Cape Town and the people who live there. Travel is another incredible way I stay inspired. And of course, magazines – I cannot keep my hands off great decor magazines; seeing how other people live inspires me.

Passion for shopping

In among Sandton City’s new shopping jewels lies a kitchen gem in its own right. Kitchen Passion has a gorgeous flagship store at the heart of the new extension where it showcases designer

+27 (0)21 427 8918,

kitchen gadgets and accessories and premium cookware. Look out for the ever-gorgeous Staub

pots, Stelton’s new collection of pastel-coloured vacuum jugs, Swiss Diamond’s non-stick pans and Kahla’s Touch series. We love! +27 (0)11 784 0377,

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Stack ’em high

We love these two new items – the My Mag Stool and the Z Table – by Michelle Trimborn, owner of Cape- based firm, Design Quarters. The My Mag Stool lets you convert your piles of old magazines into a bespoke and functional piece of furniture. It has a wooden base to support the pile of magazines, leather straps to keep them neatly in place and a linen cushion on top. The striking Z Table is made of solid timber and is Duco-sprayed in a range of vibrant colours. It’s also available in pastels and muted tones. Design Quarters delivers nationwide. +27 (0)21 801 6680,

Vintage cool

We’ve always had a thing for vinyl wall stickers – they can change the look and feel of any room. Kids’ rooms are great canvases for wall stickers, as they are private enclaves that stimulate your little ones’ imaginations. De Waal Art’s new collection, Vintage Kids, will definitely add a touch of enchantment to any child’s room with its character motifs recalling children’s nursery rhymes and stories. De Waal Art delivers nationally and internationally. +27 (0)83 445 2301,

Hob to it

In February, Miele’s new range of ceramic hobs, the ExtraSpeed KM 6230, with its clean, linear design, is set to hit the market.

Sun kings

The new technologies in this range allow for extremely short

DecoWood shutters from American Shutters are tough, easy to use

which heat the ExtraSpeed hob up to 23% faster than Miele’s

and clean, and steam and sun resistant. They’re cost-effective, and

previous ranges of hobs. Available from various outlets across

best of all, eco-friendly. Manufactured locally, the range is comprised

Johannesburg, including Stax Fourways.

of medium-density fibreboard (Supawood), an FSC-certified wood

+27 (0)11 875 9000,; +27 (0)11 467 0486,

heat-up times for quick cooking and added convenience. This innovation is achieved via the HiLight radiant heater elements,

composite. 0860 748 8837,

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Inspiring shops, VIP travel and exclusive accessories for the new year

GOLD STANDARD Insight Gold provides luxury escorted journeys to the most sought-after destinations around the world, with stays at the finest hotels, dining at renowned restaurants, tailored itineraries and exceptional service. Insight Gold’s clients travel as part of a select group – it’s the business class of touring. +27 (0)11 280 8400,

SEXY AT THE SEA Designed to contour, shape, slim and firm your body,


Miraclesuit’s sexy swimwear brings the glamour of the red

A zesty and refreshing respite from hot summer

carpet to beaches and pool decks. Aquatic blue makes its

days, Asara’s elegant Sauvignon Blanc 2011

debut, while prints include black-and-white patterns, exotic

(R55) is a harmonious blend of tropical fruit and

tribal and floral prints, sophisticated skin prints and the new

green flavours that maintains the characteristics

red leopard print. +27 (0)82 883 3991;

of an authentic Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc. Alluring aromas of lemon zest, white peach


and green melon develop into warm notes of tropical fruit.

Pamper yourself at the new day spa at the Centre for

Also making its party debut this season

Medical Excellence in Melrose Arch. In addition to steam

is Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc

rooms, a Rasul chamber and a variety of treatments, the Spa

2011 (R95). This easy-drinking wine relies on

@ Melrose also offers bespoke packages, gift vouchers and

traditional winemaking practices to

corporate specials. +27 (0)11 684 1392,

preserve all the delicious nuances of a Sauvignon Blanc. Its full fruit flavour includes the delights of melon, white peach, litchi and gooseberry. Both wines are available from selected retailers nationwide. +27 (0)21 888 8000,; +27 (0)21 809 7000,

LOCAL. LOVELY Makia is an online designer jewellery boutique store and a platform for to the rest of the world. Offering


a broad range of handmade

Online store, In Good Company, now has a

original designer treasures, it is

showroom in Parkhurst. Julie Gallagher’s niche

also the first online store to give

event decor company specialises in stylish

exposure to locally made couture,

design and accessories for intimate parties

original jewellery and accessories.

and stocks a superb range of imported linen,

+27 (0)82 335 2421,

tableware, decorations and flavours.

local talent to showcase themselves

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History of a Champagne This book by Gerhard Steidl will rest well with history buffs and champagne aficionados alike. It tells the story of Dom Pérignon – the champagne and its creator. It follows the sparkling golden liquid’s history, starting with its birth during the reign of the Sun King, Louis XIV, in 17th-century France. The Sun King and the champagne’s creator, Père Pierre Pérignon, were born just months apart in the same year, 1638, and their fates would be entwined forever. Dom Pérignon was named after its creator, unusual because in those days, and still today, wines are usually named after their terrain. Dom Pérignon got its first taste of fame when it was served at King Louis’ great parties at court. That was the beginning of Dom’s rise to fortune, and through the centuries the champagne has quenched the thirst of royalty at court and celebrities on movie sets. Said to be the favourite tipple of Marilyn Monroe and Marlene Dietrich, the champagne has enjoyed being the toast of society and continues to be so to this day. This book is an ode to champagne, and with its rich illustrations and photographs, it reads like an interesting history lesson with the odd flirtation with fame and fortune.;

Johannesburg International Mozart Festival, 27 January – 19 February Popular conductor, Richard Cock (music director), concert pianist, Florian Uhlig (artistic director) and Paul Hanmer (composer) are at the helm of this year’s event. While the Mozart focus remains, some interesting innovations that are sure to resonate with South African audiences have been introduced. International and local musicians are performing. Main symphony concerts and recitals are being held at the Linder Auditorium and University of Joburg. Other venues include Northwards House, Arcadia House, St. Mary’s Cathedral and venues in Soweto. +27 (0)11 447 9264,

Full Blast, until 22 January

Barry Hilton vs Mike King, 28 January

their groundbreaking classical music ensembles

A fast-paced production that brings the past and the present together at the Globe Theatre

One of South Africa’s most beloved comedians,

than 25 million albums worldwide. Tickets are

at Gold Reef City Casino. The show features

Barry Hilton, battles it out against Kiwi

priced from R320 to R735.

comedy, dance, and music paying tribute to

comedian, Mike King, for one night only at

0861 915 8000,

the Carpenters, the Bee Gees, the Jackson Five

the Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City Casino.

and many more. Tickets are R55.

The comedy showdown showcases the

0861 915 8000,

Cousin’s brilliant comedic formula, including

Somewhere on the Border, until 12 February

unrehearsed performances, quick wit, animated

Kosie House of Theatre and the Market Theatre

physical antics and hilarious facial expressions,

present André Odendaal’s production of

as well as the King’s entertaining, candid

Anthony Akerman’s Somewhere on the Border,

Be inspired at the Theatre of Marcellus,

and thought-provoking brand of comedy.

a play that has been hailed as ‘the ultimate

Emperors Palace, as the Chinese National

Tickets are R95.

anti-war statement in South African theatre’.

Acrobatic Troupe perform amazing feats in

0861 915 8000,

The play was written in exile and was originally

Chinese Marvels, 27–29 January

their acrobatic and Chinese gong fu show in

alongside an orchestra. Il Divo have sold more

banned as a publication by the apartheid

priced from R175 to R220.

Il Divo and Orchestra in Concert, 10 February

0861 915 8000,

The multinational operatic pop vocal group,

0861 915 8000,

Il Divo, are coming to Carnival City to perform

celebration of Chinese New Year. Tickets are

government. It first opened in South Africa in 1986. Tickets are priced from R66 to R160.

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Words Genevieve Fisher Photographs Adam Letch

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A Camps Bay home sets the benchmark for contemporary minimalism, where every corner has been expertly thought out and designed to retain sleek congruent lines throughout

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“For me the most rewarding part of working on this home was the amazing grace, commitment and level of engagement of the clients.�

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Opening page Street view of the home that architect Greg Wright says afforded him the opportunity to explore ways of articulating a simple rectangular box with the use of a framed steel element that defines the face of the building to the street edge. Opposite The main bedroom which looks out onto its own patio with views of the sea. This page, above Greg explains that the floating concrete staircase makes the transition from the entrance of the home to the upper level into a layered, multifaceted experience incorporating natural elements of water, light, and earthy textures.


he first thing you notice about this Camps Bay home, a stone’s throw away from the bustling beachfront, is how peaceful and quiet it is compared to the summer mania outside. The double-volume spaces of this two-storey home face onto the sea, and the light illuminates the stark white concrete and marble interiors ethereally. Something else that stands out is the lack of clutter. This is a home where minimalism rules and everything else obeys – no picture frames, vases or knick-knacks anywhere. The only things that sparkle, apart from the light, are the marble, concrete, stainless steel and glass that swathe the home every which way you look. ‘The brief from the client, a successful couple, called for a home that suited their lifestyle and provided a private calm sanctuary that was voluminous, took advantage of the beachfront views, was simple and uncluttered by detail and comprised of straight lines,’ says Greg  Wright, principal architect on this project and director of Greg Wright Architects. It is a sign of design genius when the bones and finishes of a home are its crowning glory and none of the usual interior soft furnishings are added to round the spaces off. But ‘round’ is an adjective you’d

be hard-pressed to use when describing this home, where it’s all about angles, clean lines and symmetry. Federico Pastor, associate architect at Greg Wright Architects, was the assistant project architect who was brought on to see the home through to completion. He says,‘The brief that Greg got from the client sounds contradictory – “complex simplicity” – but after the construction had begun and many consultations between Greg and the clients had taken place, this notion of complex simplicity began to present itself.’ So what does an architect do with such a brief? Well, according to Federico, it is one that is also informed by a maxim in architectural circles, that often what looks like clean, exceptionally simple design is actually the most complicated to execute, and execute well. ‘What most people don’t realise is that most of the time clean angular spaces that look simple are very intricate and require a lot of mathematical calculations to get them right,’ he says. One of the design features of this house that required such expert calculation of angles was the windows that capture the views around Camps Bay. ‘When construction began, we realised that there weren’t only views of the sea from the site, but also of

the surrounding mountains. To capture them we had to be very specific in the calculations of the windows and strategic in their placement, so although you get the sea views from the open-plan living area, which flows onto a patio, we also put in windows at the top of the back wall for the living area to capture the views of the Twelve Apostles. From the main bedroom you can see Lion’s Head from the bed, and when in the bath or shower in the en-suite bathroom, you can see Table Mountain,’ he says. This balance between exposing the surrounding vistas contrasts well with the concealment of the home’s functionalities, creating the sleek, minimalist aesthetic. This was part of the design strategy conceptualised by Greg, who spent a lot of time with the clients, getting to know them and understanding their needs, likes and dislikes. It was a strategy that, according to Federico, was at worst, difficult, and at best, inspiring. ‘Every corner of the house was a challenge. Simplicity is difficult, as you have to hide a multitude of design sins. What’s more, the client wanted all lines to be symmetrical – even the toilets are square, and the door handles and light switches are a design match,’ he says.

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Above left The main en-suite bathroom with views of the Twelve Apostles. Above right The bridge from the main living area on the second floor to the main bedroom, with the courtyard below on the left.

This remarkable strategy of ‘concealment’ carries through the rest of the house too. Fortunately for me, Federico was there to point out the hidden features. On the second floor are the open-plan living area (kitchen and dining and TV rooms) and the master bedroom with en-suite bathroom. The kitchen’s stark stainless-steel cabinetry and marble countertops extend to a back scullery that is closed off by a black glass sliding door so that visitors and guests don’t see it.The lines, angles and materials are a continuation of the exposed half of the kitchen.The master bedroom is framed by views of Lion’s Head and a patio facing the sea. Separating bedroom from bathroom is a concrete slab. The cupboards are his and hers and feature the same sliding glass as is found in the scullery. There are no exposed light fittings either – all have been hidden to moody effect. The lower level of the house is comprised of two bedrooms with bathrooms en suite, an entrance with a water feature and a stone courtyard with a single elegant Ginkgo biloba tree, as well as a laundry room and wine cellar. Federico says, ‘Security and privacy were important to the client when it came to the lower level. Ventilation was also a concern, so we decided on a central courtyard that both rooms and bathrooms overlook, but have shutters to create privacy.’ Minimalism and concealment on this level

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are achieved through such detailing as shower drains with special coverings and the lack of handles on bathroom consoles. The wine cellar’s front wall is of the same black glass used throughout, and its door doesn’t have a handle or visible lock (it’s tucked in under the door), cleverly concealing the established wine collection within. But the linearity of the home belies an exuberant tactility. Greg says the brief called for all materials to be simple, done in a monochromatic palette and allowed to ‘speak for themselves’. Upon entering the home on the lower level, you are met by a floating concrete staircase directly ahead, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows to your right. To your left is a cast concrete wall with a water feature at its base. Bouncing off all these surfaces is light. The look is elemental, to say the least. The interiors, by Limeline, also tie in with the brief, through their interesting mix of materials and textures. The team’s biggest challenge yielded one of the most rewarding results. The clients didn’t want any joinery or seams to show, especially not in the floor. ‘We had to have many samples made up for them to approve.We ended up going for solid polished concrete

slabs on both levels, which was very complicated to achieve as we had to consider waterproofing,’ says Federico. The result is seamless concrete floors made up of two layers sandwiching a waterproof layer, but all the untrained eye will see is a clean, smooth surface, with not one joining line visible. Admiring the total effect, you realise just how much thought went into the design of this house and that despite the overriding minimalism it has its own warmth, something that the owner and his wife admit that they came to appreciate only after they had moved in. ‘We were amazed at the applied artistry and creativity of the different elements. We loved the fact that it fitted our brief of simple minimalism and linearity, without feeling cold and stark,’ says the client. Greg says, ‘For me the most rewarding part of working on this home was the amazing grace, commitment and level of engagement of the clients. They are the perfect clients!’ And what do the clients have to say about living in a design masterpiece? Well, according to them, they are amazed at the outcome, particularly it’s sense of space: ‘It’s not a mansion, but the light and feeling of spaciousness certainly makes it feel like one.’

With thanks to … Greg Wright Architects, +27 (0)21 465 9775,


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Storage solutions aren’t mere functional requirements of a home. More often than not, they inspire and inform the aesthetic of a room Words Genevieve Fisher

STORAGE PROBLEM SOLVER Espresso Design is well known for its high-end contemporary interior solutions, including storage facilities for kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms and home offices. Manager Andrew Barr tells us what’s up, in and out when it comes to storage solutions. Storage is all about finding and accessing your stuff easily and making this practical. Top of my list for practical storage solutions are in the kitchen. Pan drawer units are essential. While they are great for pots and pans, they also offer exceptionally versatile storage for everything else, from plates to foodstuffs. Most storage mechanisms are designed to bring the contents of a cupboard out to you rather than your having to climb inside or empty the

On these pages we bring you storage solutions for living areas, bedrooms and bathrooms,

cupboard to find things. Magic larders make

kitchens and home offices. From the retro to the contemporary, these products will inspire

items more accessible, and there are several

you to think outside the box when it comes to storage solutions for your home.

different types, including units that pull out and then revolve. These units are best for smaller items, such as condiments and foodstuffs. Le Mans Magic Corner solutions are extremely popular for maximising access to those hard-to-reach places. When it comes to kitchens, it is important to remember that they are the central living

Living room lovelies

space in our homes and their design needs to allow space for everyday activities, functional items as well as the things and people we love. The latest trend is to create ultra-clean, light spaces where everything is conveniently allocated a space and where most practical items are accessible but

Kitchen confidential

hidden from view. These are combined with areas that highlight and display personal items, such as cookbooks, art, kids’ pictures, flowers and key appliances. In living room spaces, we find that customers have similar needs. They want highly stylised spaces where they can

Work from home

organise their external and internal storage very carefully as well as display their favourite things. Storage in children’s bedrooms is also becoming very innovative. As most parents know, kids’ bedrooms need storage that can absorb vast quantities of kit, but in

Bedroom banking

a way that makes it easy to find again later! Children want instant access to their favourite toys and books, so the latest designs are less about hiding stuff and more about storing it in a practical, user-friendly way. As children get older, their needs change, and so our designers have come up

Ablution revolution

with some clever solutions for incorporating extra beds, desks and so on.

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Living room lovelies

The living room is the place where guests are entertained, which is why storage here is mostly utilised to display precious family mementos that aim to enhance the interior of this room.

1. & 5. Seated shelves

This range includes various shelf modules

The Bottoni Sofa by Marcel Wanders

that can be joined together to make up

for Dutch furniture brand, Mooi, is not

eye-catching shelving units. Available

only a stylish, clean-lined sofa, but also a

from Limeline.

practical solution for storing books and

4. Iconic wood

magazines. This is dual-purpose design at

Made from birchwood, Raw Studio’s Ikonik

its best. Available from Créma Design.

range of cabinet modules is an interesting

2. Book bone

take on the original steel locker. Fully

This attractive free-standing oak Spine

modular, flexible, durable and available in

Shelf from Cape Town-based interior

a variety of prints and colours, their raw-

design store, Lim, is an unusual solution to

wood look will update your living room.

housing books, ornaments or trinkets. It


can stand alone or up against the wall or be moved around. 3. Random organisation This attractive white lacquered display cabinet and bookcase, known as the Random Box, by Neuland Design for MDF Italia, is part of the Random Shelf series.





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1. Uncluttered delight

is functional and stylish and provides

The Milena Kitchen by Assirelli Design

a safe haven for your household keys,

features cabinetry with soft-closing

whether they’re for the garage, pool room

Blumotion mechanisms. While the

or the hidden sweets cupboard. Available

minimalistic look of the kitchen is retained,

from Jeeves.

deep pot drawers are used to house

4. Store cupboard surprise

big pots and pans, and there’s a further

This simple, bright mesh locker from

upper-level internal drawer for cutlery,

Vamp Furniture is a fitting storage

plates, crockery, and utensils. It helps you

solution for people who spend most

avoid the clutter that comes with having

of their day in the kitchen. No more

too many drawers and cupboard doors.

scratching around as you search for spices

2. Sleek slide

and condiments – you can see everything

It Is, by Euromobil, is a sliding storage

at a single glance.

solution with glossy black-and-white

5. Kitchen industria

lacquered doors. It hides all your unsightly

This industrial-look cabinet, called the

appliances and accessories behind a sleek

Hinge Unit, by Dokter & Misses, would

and unassuming facade. Available from

make an attractive storage cabinet in

Espresso Design.

any kitchen. We love the charcoal colour

3. Key closet

contrasted with light wooden legs and, of

The Stainless Steel Zack Geo Key Cabinet

course, the hinge handles.



Kitchen confidential

When it comes to storage in the kitchen, two main trends apply: to keep applications, utensils and functionalities hidden, and to expose your crockery and sleek appliances.

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Work from home

1. Cute perch

Home offices are becoming more and more

Not only is it cute and eye-catching, but

trendy these days, and the storage solutions

it also keeps all your most utilised work

for these home extensions are becoming

accessories, such as diaries, journals and

decidedly more design and decor focused.

stationery, in one easily accessible place.

This useful Desk Shelf by Dokter & Misses is the ideal adornment for your work desk.

2. Italian tide Presented to the public at last year’s Milan Design Week, Tide, by Zaha Hadid for Italian furniture manufacturer, Magis, is a glossy plastic shelving module that allows you to create different compositions by building and rebuilding the components to fit the space around them. The pop colours of red, black and white and the glossy finish will liven up any home office. Available from Créma Design.


3. Retro-file We love this metal filing cabinet. In line with the retro look, it’s inspired by ’70s design but has been updated with a lick of bright red paint. It will add a playful touch to your home office. Available from Vamp Furniture. 4. Power pot This multifunctional lamp, the Multipot, by Rotaliana, lights up a desk space with LED lights and acts as a container and outlet point for electronic devices. The lid has multi-outlet points for charging your devices while keeping the wires concealed. Available from ELDC. 5. For the love of doves Designed by Andries van Onck for Magis,


these Dove Baskets can be bought separately, but it’s in their union that they’re most effective as storage space for a home office. Fitted with steel wheels, these transparent units are an appealing filing and storage solution, as they can be moved around with ease. Available from Créma Design.

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Bedroom banking

Bedrooms are the ultimate enclaves where we relax among our most prized and intimate possessions. Storage in this room is a fine balance between displaying and concealing these items in a way that is aesthetically pleasing



1. Walk this way

functionalities come together

Ask any woman what her

to form one multipurpose

ultimate indulgence for the

unit, as with this Easy Bedside

bedroom would be and more

Table with Sad Lamp, by

often than not she’ll say a

Adriaan Hugo for Dokter

walk-in closet. This functional

& Misses. This attractive wood,

Cabina Walk-In Wardrobe by

steel and ceramic unit with

Silenia has a timber veneer

built-in lamp is a winner.

that would convince any man

4. Reflective retro

of the importance of having

This retro Sapele mahogany

a walk-in cupboard. Available

dressing table with flip-up top

from Espresso Design.

and mirror looks like it was

2. Shelving around

taken straight off the set of

This integrated plywood

Grease. With its yellow, cream

wall storage unit by Koop

and dove-grey accents, it’s the

Design was initially designed

one that you want.

for a child’s bedroom. It’s

5. All packed up

comprised of shelves, bedside

Aside from its obvious use as

tables, dressing table and

a storage trunk, Weylandts’

desk. We think it is a great

1969 vintage chambray trunk

idea for any bedroom, no

with antiqued leather trim will

matter the age of the person

add the final touch to your

who sleeps there. We love its

bedroom when kept at the

nonconformity to vertical lines.

foot of bed. Good for storing

3. Bedside combo

linen, it can also be used as a

We love it when two design

display unit.

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1 1. Sanitary stacking Keep your toiletries within easy reach with these Linea brushed


stainless steel floating shelves by Zack. Available in three sizes. Get them from Jeeves. 2. Hardy yet soft The Genesis Range by Globo Ceramica is characterised by round, smooth shapes. These attractive units hide or display your bathroom products in wall-hung, semi-recessed or sit-on installations. They can even be added onto existing bathroom furniture. Note the emergence of black as a trendy colour for bathroom storage units. Available from Lavo Bathrooms. 3. On the edge Bathroom cabinetry is becoming increasingly sleek and contemporary. Bathroom design specialist, Kohler, has launched its Escale range, an angular and simple cabinet. With no visible handles, and finished in ultra-modern matt black, this range has the edge. Available from On Tap. 4. Hot rack The Tangent M heated towel rail from Jeeves is a practical solution to your towel storage needs and keeps towels toasty and warm too. The unique design is geared towards folded and stacked towels and allows air to circulate between them so that they remain as warm and dry as possible. The best part is that it uses a minimal amount


of electricity and also saves you from having to dry your towels in the tumble dryer.

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Bathroom storage space has to be durable as well as heat and water resistant. But now more than ever there also has to be a focus on sleek, minimalistic design.

Stockists Assirelli Design, 0861 277 477, Créma Design, +27 (0)21 434 0661, Dokter & Misses, +27 (0)11 023 0336, ELDC, +27 (0)21 448 8684, Espresso Design, +27 (0)21 422 5283, Jeeves, +27 (0)21 706 2604, Koop Design, +27 (0)31 303 3922, Lim, +27 (0)21 423 1200, Raw Studios, +27 (0)12 940 4211, Smac Harry, +27 (0)21 448 2755, Vamp Furniture, +27 (0)21 448 2755,

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For Michael Viljoen of Millhouse Integrated Brand Communication, getting it right, in a business environment, is about creating an experience designed with precision

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Opposite Michael Viljoen in his non-corporate studio and work clothes. This page, above left to right The respective interiors of Café 1999 and Pizzetta, and the logos of several establishments. Michael’s touch is evident in the presence and personality of many of Durban’s landmark eateries.


ichael Viljoen is one of those people who recognise fonts in the street. But that’s not unusual for a graphic designer, he says. What makes him far from ‘usual’, then, is perhaps his vision. It’s a vision that has fuelled his fidelity to remaining an independent designer, a vision that translates into enormous benefit for his clients. It’s evident that what Michael does – running the works at Millhouse Integrated Brand Communication, with creative, design, social media and Web assistance from Ryan Renaud – is vastly more than graphic design. He labels it ‘brand custodianship’, which it is, combined with his signature style, strategic thinking, creative direction and design flair. ‘People who get it right appreciate that you don’t go around doing arbitrary things. A brand custodian is there to seek out and present the macro vision, to see the project as a whole and conceive of the experience that it is going to create. We set out to help a business tell a coherent story and thereby create the personality of the business.’ Personality, in 2012, means something rather complex. ‘We’re not here to design pretty logos that look good in our portfolio. I believe people need to think about multichannel, integrated marketing communication. Everything they do, each of the

different channels of expressing themselves, contributes towards the presence and personality of their brand and reputation. Our objective at Millhouse is to take care of that. Clients are always looking for the magic ingredient that makes them instantly successful. It’s actually about looking at the whole thing in a cohesive manner that makes it special.’ Cohesiveness is one of the bonuses of being an independent designer. ‘In South Africa we are not forced to confine ourselves to one specialised area. This gains us immense experience, the ability to move away from mainstream design and the space to conceptualise a macro vision for the sustained success of any venture.’ Michael’s business relationships testify to this. Long-term professional-service clients include PKF Chartered Accountants & Business Advisers, PFT Burger Attorneys, Pierian SA and Converg Tailored Financial Training, while a current project involves the creation of an international e-learning software solution for PKF International. Millhouse also has a long association with many NGOs, including the Wildlife and Environment Society of SA (WESSA) and its affiliated brands, St. Mary’s Foundation and the Sunflower Fund. ‘People with a cause are generally worth listening to,’ Michael quips.

Michael’s biggest love, however, is the portfolio of restaurants that he looks after, and the conceptualising, branding, design, interior design, menu planning and ongoing marketing and promotion that go into this pot. This extends all the way back to Legends, Durban, 1994, and with the same owner, over the years, Gringo’s Cantina on the beachfront, the Prawn Shack at Mvoti, and Bud’s on the Bay. Michael’s close relationship with Café 1999, through both sets of owners, led to his creating the good clean fun of Pizzetta in Davenport Road. ‘We gutted the old building totally, opened up the spaces, and used a red-and-white colourway to give it an injection of modern style. The logo grew out of my interest in Italian car badges and Italian family crests.’ The menu saw the introduction to Durban of items that people are still going back for today: dessert pizzas, bambino pizzas to give patrons tasters and variety, and exciting combos, such as onion marmalade and Gorgonzola. After Pizzetta came the recently launched Unity, designed to fall in with the revitalisation of the Musgrave area, the branding a play on the convergence of simple, quality ingredients, an eclectic clientele and a brasserie. Equally eye-catching is the recently refreshed 9th Avenue Bistro, another Millhouse project.

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DESIGN Profile

Above The 1930s style of 9th Avenue Bistro completely contrasts with the squeaky modern interior of Taco Zulu.

‘9th Avenue is known for its brilliant food, but this wasn’t complemented by a cohesive identity.We pared down the colours completely and now, with a 1930s’ New York art deco theme in greys and minks, the ambience is spot on.’ Ambience was also important for the newly launched Chicken Xpress in Umlazi, the first of a string of franchises. Everything, from the concept to the menus and packaging, carries that Millhouse signature.‘It was important to communicate the product offering in a tangible yet un-clichéd way to the target market. We wanted it to be immediately accessible and easy to understand, even to illiterate customers,’ says Michael. ‘We chose warm colours – butternut and red – and created huge wallpaper from photos of people jumping and enjoying themselves, to give it its own special touch. We used incandescent lights to warm up the space, and good-quality finishes.

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The goal was to bring a little bit of high street, a little bit of cosmopolitan buzz, to a fairly neglected shopping precinct.’ The relaunched Taco Zulu is all about buzz too. ‘We created a contemporary space that appealed to a much broader market spectrum, including a segment of the market that wasn’t being catered for at all. It’s now a highly fashionable bar and eatery for young people who are very aware of social media. It has taken off as a real brand, involving all media types, both on- and offline.’ To keep the buzz alive, total commitment to this type of work is essential. ‘It becomes a way of life. You’ve got to love being there to render the service, listening, understanding, and then imagining the solution using creative thought. We do love it. In fact, I don’t feel as if I’ve ever worked,’ says Michael. ‘We have lots of laughs, especially at ourselves.’ +27 (0)83 234 5694,

The Lighter Side of Michael Mad






and language. Can’t do without: My Mac, and a good knife. Can’t stand: More than two fonts on the same page. Always avoid: Ugly roads – even if it means a long detour. Currently: Busy embracing the colour purple – ‘Somehow I’ve got to get to like it!’



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Living on a wine estate epitomises the romantic country lifestyle. The perks are dreamy, and right now, if you’re in the market there is not much swaying you against it. We consider the varietals

Nothing to ‘wine’ about Words Genevieve Fisher Photographs Supplied


side from Table Mountain and the beautiful stretches of coastline, what sets the Western Cape apart from the rest of the country is its established wine industry.  Although small in scale in comparison with many other viniculture regions around the world, its impact is profound, with many South African wines being voted the best in their category worldwide. Anyone worth their weight in property investment portfolios would recognise the appeal in making their home in the Cape Winelands, given its beautiful vistas of mountains, vineyards, fynbos and Cape Dutch architecture. Indeed, over the last couple of years the Cape Winelands has seen a burgeoning harvest of residential wine estate developments taking shape. Tara Whiting of Acquire Africa, a property buyer’s agency specialising in luxury residences for international clients, says the demand for wine- and other estate properties is on the rise. ‘The biggest advantage of wine estate living is that you have the benefit of the land around you without actually owning or having to maintain it. Currently there is a surplus of plots for sale on wine estates, most of them at large discounts. I believe in a few years we will wish

we had bought these now, as there are some good deals around,’ she says. Dawn Arendse, a property consultant at Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate in Wellington, says living on a wine estate gives you all the benefits, without the stress of maintaining and working the land. But if your inner winemaker needs attention, you’ll find that many estates allow you to engage in the winemaking process, whether it’s harvesting the grapes, bottling the wine or just creating your own label. The perks of living on a residential wine estate are many.  A big drawcard is that there is more privacy and less density than on any other kind of estate. Esther Provoyeur of Devonvale Golf & Wine Estate in Stellenbosch explains, ‘A wine estate, by definition, needs large tracts of vineyards, which of course means less space for development, resulting in a feeling of spaciousness with beautiful views.’ This means that these homes are also exclusive. Easy access to world-class wines is a big advantage of living on a wine estate. This culture ties in closely with the culinary character of the Cape Winelands. Corius V   isser of Croydon V   ineyard Residential Estate just outside Stellenbosch says it best: ‘The romance of

drinking your own wine on your stoep as you watch over your vineyards is a dream for wine lovers and appeals even to non-drinkers.’ It is this lifestyle that most wine estates pride themselves on. The sense of belonging to a vine-growing community is also important to many of these estates, which are essentially little villages. At Croydon this is enhanced by the fact that owners of land or property on the estate are not only residents but also co-owners of the farm and its produce. ‘At Croydon we bring people closer to wine and their vineyards. Residents are entitled to a yearly quota of  72 bottles of wine under the Croydon label, to enjoy themselves or to present as gifts. Not to mention the options of participating in winemaking activities, guided educational walks in the vineyards, grape stomping evenings and pruning days, even if they’re not experts.  All of this contributes to shaping a community that lives side by side and in harmony with nature,’ says Corius. This closeness to nature plays a big part in creating the overall pastoral ambience of wine estates, in that every day you can watch the vines change, and you get to really appreciate the transformation from vine to bottle. It gives a whole new meaning to knowing where your food comes from! But a major environmental

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concern has now arisen because of the rising number of residential wine estates being developed in the winelands. Prime agricultural land, rich in minerals and nutrients, is being developed and zoned for the exclusive residential use by those who can afford this romantic lifestyle. Ryk Neethling is the marketing director for Val De Vie  Wine and Polo Estate, where in addition to its two 25ha wine farms there are also vines growing among the houses, along the roads and in the public areas. Ryk believes that it is going to be exceptionally difficult from now on for wines estates to be zoned for residential development, because of the environmental concerns. Tara agrees: ‘This is a highly sensitive issue and I believe fewer developments will get approval because of it. The spin-off is that existing properties on wine estates will increase in value.’ Benguela Cove Wine Estate just outside Hermanus is an example of such exclusivity. It is located on the Botrivier Lagoon, which is part of the extended Renosterveld Nature Reserve. According to Flora Drummond, the director of the estate, only 6% of the land will have homes built on it. It’s a doubleedged sword, because the main incentive for wine farms to develop land for homes is to create income for the running of the farm.Tara explains, ‘Many wine farmers are finding the current environment difficult to operate in, and being able to develop a few houses on their farm is often the only way that they can maintain the agricultural operation.’ That’s why many wine estates also offer other activities, such as golf or polo. Steenberg Estate in the Constantia Valley is a wine and golf estate and, says Jacques Marais of Steenberg Property Sales, this is one of the things that set this established estate apart. ‘Steenberg offers all the advantages of living on a wine estate as well as having a golf course facility and being located within the Cape Metropole. Val De Vie, just outside Paarl, has a polo club and fields, and stables for the horses of residents and non-residents.’ The question then is what of the first edge of the sword, the environmental impact of these kinds of estate? Both Steenberg and Val De Vie have noteworthy eco-credentials. Jacques says Steenberg Estate has many measures in place, from recycling facilities and the greens’ being watered with grey water to indigenous gardens and battery-operated vehicles. Val  De Vie also takes an impressive green stance towards its operations.

Prior to the establishment of the estate, part of the land was a clay quarry with rich soil, most of which was mined out and the rest relocated to the vineyards. When the development of the estate began, most of the land was sterile, and the Berg V   alley, which is surrounded by the Cape Floral Kingdom, a World Heritage Site, was littered with alien plants and in a bad state after the clay mining. The developers put in place a biodiversity initiative to preserve the local flora and fauna, and extensive water saving and water recycling strategies especially for keeping the polo fields green. There are also glass and paper recycling plants on the estate, and the pesticides used contain the minimum of harmful ingredients. ‘We produce 80 000 to 100 000 bottles of wine a year,’ says Ryk.

Our polo facility and property development initiative are all run as separate entities. We developed all the promised amenities, such as the clubhouse, restaurant, gym, tarred roads, wine cellar, polo fields and dams at the beginning, and that, coupled with Val de Vie’s being a primary residence estate, helped us in times when other estates really struggled.’ There is more building activity going on at Val De Vie than at any other residential estate in the country, and 48 new homes are in the pipeline, he adds. The only thing to whine about, then, is that soon this dreamy lifestyle will be exactly that – a dream for those who don’t wake up now. If you’re in the market, then you should give serious consideration to living on a wine estate. Go on, fill your glass.

With thanks to … Acquire Africa, +27 (0)78 211 5923, Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate, +27 (0)21 671 5417, Croydon Vineyard Estate, +27 (0)21 701 3227, Devonvale Golf & Wine Estate, +27 (0)21 865 2199, Diemersfontein Wine & Country Estate, +27 (0)21 864 5050, Steenberg Estate, +27 (0)21 713 2244, Val De Vie Wine & Polo Estate, +27 (0)21 863 6100,

Opening page, top Many of the homes and part of the golf course at Devonvale Golf & Wine Estate overlook the estate’s dam. Bottom left A home overlooking the lagoon at Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate. Bottom right Devonvale Golf & Wine Estate hosts weddings and other functions. This page, top right The polo field at Val De Vie, framed by the Helderberg Mountain. Below, left to right A large home amid the vines at Diemersfontein Wine & Country Estate; at Croydon Vineyard Estate, stands are priced from from R600 000 to R1 million and houses from R2,2 million to R3 million; a home on Steenberg Estate, where the average sales price of a home is R13 million.

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The Grove The Grove Shopping Mall Development Description The Grove is Windhoek’s and Namibia’s first regional mall and also the largest shopping centre ever to be developed in the country. Construction has already started and is expected to be completed in November 2013. The focal point of the Centre is an activity square that will add a truly international flavour to the development. The mall is situated within the Hilltop mixed-use estate next to Metro and the Food Lover’s Market in Kleine Kuppe, Windhoek Kleine Kuppe and surrounds is currently the fastest-growing node in Windhoek and the area enjoys the most convenient access from most suburbs. This will ensure the best possible shopping experience for people of all ages and backgrounds – a family entertainment destination. The total size of the development is 74 100 square metres, including: • A 55 000-square-metre retail shopping centre • 15 000-square-metre box users • 4 100 square metres of offices and showrooms. The projected development cost of the Centre is projected at N$ 1.1 Billion. Employment opportunities The development of the Centre, the biggest single commercial development in Namibia, will be a massive generator of employment opportunities in Windhoek. During the construction of the Centre, direct employment opportunities will be created for 700 people. Tenants and the operation of the Centre will create between 1 200 and 1 500 permanent employment opportunities. Interesting Facts • • • • • • • •

The Grove will be the largest non-South African shopping mall in southern Africa. The Grove, at a total development cost of N$ 1.1 Billion, is the largest commercial property investment ever within the borders of Namibia. The addition of the Grove will help turn Windhoek into the most important regional retail tourist destination outside South Africa. Outdoor Variety Fashion Lifestyle Entertainment Parking

Tenants Checkers and Game will be the anchor tenants and the leasing on the balance of the space is proceeding like clockwork. The retailer interest in the Grove is astonishing, and all the national retailers currently represented in Namibia have indicated that they will take up space in the Centre. A number of exciting new brands will also make their Namibian appearance at the Mall. Some of the other better-known tenants include the Mr Price Group, with fashion, home and sports stores, as well as Miladys and Sheet Street, the Foschini brands, including Due South, Sport Scene and @Home, whilst Truworths is considering a Truworths Emporium. Since news of the Centre was released, Safland has been receiving a stream of enquiries from local business people interested in securing retail space at the Grove. There will be approximately 120 tenants in total, including a number of hand-picked restaurants that will be situated around the Square in typical European outdoor lifestyle fashion. Entertainment The Grove’s value offering is aimed at family living, and schools will be encouraged to arrange and host events at the Square. Other entertainment will include the most modern movie house in Namibia.

Parking and Accessibility At the Grove, parking will be a pleasure. The Mall will be served by 3 600 parking bays, which will be spread over all levels. This means that visitors to the Grove will be able to park on the level, and by the entrance, closest to where they intend to do most of their shopping (the Centre will have multiple entrances). Dedicated parking will be made available for hotel guests and all tenants in the building. Development Philosophy and Criteria The development philosophy was created around the developer’s objective to develop the dominant Namibian shopping mall. Each development decision was tested against the following criteria: • Position and site selection to ensure that the mall is situated in the growth node in Windhoek, with room for future expansion • The best possible vehicular access for shoppers from not only Windhoek but also from out of town • Ample, secure parking that ensures the shortest, safest walking distance to a Mall entrance • Unhindered and enjoyable pedestrian movement within an uplifting environment • A tenant mix that ensures shoppers the greatest choice and that further drives the regional, national and cross-border awareness of, and demand for, the Mall • To create and ensure a safe environment for all visitors to the Centre by making use of the latest technology • To establish the Grove as the top-of-mind entertainment venue for the whole family • To establish the Square@Grove as the preferred events venue for product launches, open-air shows and other festivities • To promote the Grove as the preferred destination for retail tourists by way of an on-site hotel and easy access to two international airports. Support Uses and Services Apart from the mushrooming developments around the site and in addition to the hotel that forms part of the Grove Mall and Square, Hilltop Estate will also include the following services: • A health and fitness centre • A medical centre • Sectional title office units ranging in sizes from 100 to 600 square metres • 900 residential units in the 1- to 4-bedroom range. Leasing and Tenant Coordination Safland Property Services Namibia – Your Partner in Property Mirinda van der Merwe e: Ronel Sevenster e: Contact Details Safland Property Services Namibia No. 2 Ballot Street Western Square Building, Windhoek Office: +264 61 254 972/3 Consultant Team Architects: Quantity Surveyors: Engineers: Project Manager:

Howard Chamberlain Architects Hendrik Herselman QS Seelenbinder Consulting Engineers Safland Property Services Namibia

Demashuwa Developments Desmond Howard Office: Email:

+264 61 308 571

The Tao of Tau For a great game-viewing experience in harmony with nature, look no further than Tau

Words Nicky Manson Photographs courtesy Tau Game Lodge

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he North West Province is host to a number of game reserves and tourist paradises. Situated on the northern border of South Africa and neighbouring Gaborone, Zimbabwe, lies our fourth-largest game reserve, Madikwe. This 75 000ha malaria-free reserve includes five of its own breathtaking lodges, which are settled in among rugged beauty and ecologically diverse vegetation. One of these is Tau Game Lodge, ‘Place of the Lion’. Tau is actually the biggest of the lodges, but with only 30 chalets, visiting it is like coming home. Its charm lies in its majestic location along a winding waterhole that boasts an abundance of flora and fauna. Each chalet sits alongside this watery paradise and has unparalleled views of the African bush. The chalets to the right of the lodge overlook deeper waters that are home to many a playful elephant family. The waters to its left are shallower, and this is where waterbuck, giraffe, warthog and other species of game come in droves to drink. In fact, although the lodge offers fabulous game drives twice a day, it almost needn’t, because the game watching from the comfort of your own balcony is all you really need.We spent the greater part of a morning watching a herd of elephants, including a newborn,

cool down at the waterhole. We were also told that just a few weeks prior to our visit there had been a kill right there on the edge of the water. Game-viewing just doesn’t get any better than this. The chalets are compact and open up onto a private viewing deck. The bathrooms are fully equipped and there is also a luxurious outdoor shower. Mosquito nets romantically fall from the wooden rafters while a fan gently creates a breeze, and you would be forgiven for thinking you were on the set of Out of Africa. The main lodge is a short walk from even the furthest villa and is a warm, comfortable haven which sits unobtrusively in its surrounds. There is a library for the intrepid reader and a large lounge area filled with leather armchairs, couches and a big-screen TV, so that even the biggest sports enthusiast won’t miss a game while holidaying in the bush. Upstairs is another large viewing deck, the perfect place for a cocktail and to watch the sun go down over the waterhole. The dining area also enjoys bountiful views of the waterhole. It puts a different spin on your typical game lodge cuisine in that it offers a mix of buffetstyle dining and fine dining. Indulge in a meal in a traditional boma with sand at your feet and a gentle breeze on your neck and try the delicacies of various

Left and top centre The rough, uncultivated terrain adds to the wild authenticity of a bush stay at Tau Game Lodge, which is barely a step away from the big, active waterhole. Within the main lodge, however, it is all double-volume spaces, plush furnishings and Africana. Top right The local giraffe are perhaps the only other mammals in the area who have a view to rival the one that guests have from their chalet decks.

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Clockwise from top left Fine dining under the stars is one of the services that distinguish Tau from other game lodges; lion sightings are common at Tau; elephants stop for a cold one while visitors watch from a single game vehicle – virtually private game-viewing is a big drawcard; a waterbuck pauses for a photo opportunity while wading in the waterhole; the spacious family suite with its trendy African feel; the entrance to the Tau Spa Oasis.

game, or enjoy a four-course set meal where the desserts are to die for. Obviously, when in the bush, you must go gameviewing. If you can bear to tear yourself away from your private chalet’s viewing spot, Tau has a great team of game rangers to lead you on your gameviewing adventure. There is a wonderful comradeship and mutual respect between the team members, so if you chance upon a lion (we saw four) you won’t be sharing the sight with more than one other game vehicle. As experienced bushgoers will tell you, this is a huge plus. Our driver regaled us with small facts and anecdotes throughout the drive, and my lively Swedish

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companions and I came away with an abundance of new knowledge. As with all getaways, relaxation is key, and early mornings are certainly a part of the bush experience, so a spa treatment is a great way to unwind after the excitement of the day. The Tau Spa Oasis has a number of treatment rooms all nestled deep in the bush, to create a private space with intimate views. It also has an enticing pool area, another great place for drinks and afternoon naps. But if you are like me, you will repeatedly retreat to your private balcony to enjoy the views and to follow the Tao of Tau. +27 (0)11 314 4349,

Show Development

Pearl valley a rare gem

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nyone who has ever taken the 40-minute drive from Cape Town to the Cape Winelands knows how the beauty of the landscape melts away the frantic pace of the city and inspires a sense of tranquillity. Wrapped in the Drakenstein and Simonsberg Mountains is Pearl Valley Golf Estates, an idyllic residential golf estate that neighbours the legendary wine and culinary capital of Franschhoek. It’s also close to Paarl, for easy shopping and some of the region’s best schools. Contributing to the success of Pearl Valley is the emphasis on the synergy between man-made structures and the beautiful, mountainous landscape. The architecture incorporates natural materials as well as creative building forms that are articulated in a non-prescriptive design style that promotes a lifestyle in harmony with the environment. Pearl Valley Golf Estates offers various real estate investment opportunities. You can purchase vacant land directly from the developer and build your dream home, or a lock-up-and-go golf lodge, or an existing home from the developer, as well as a selection of resale properties. Plot sizes on the estate range from 500m² to 2 800m² and are positioned to capitalise on the surroundings. Available directly from the developer, the Signature Series homes are luxuriously finished, making optimal use of the plot sizes and their orientation on the estate. These homes come complete with the finest- quality finishes and present a careful balance between design and landscape.The pale sandstone that occurs naturally in the area has been used selectively

in their construction, adding elegance and a natural touch to the rest of the contemporary materials, while oversized doors and windows frame the spectacular views. The homes are fitted with under-floor heating, heated towel rails and air conditioning. High-quality appliances from well-known brands – Miele,  TV and audio systems from Bang & Olufsen and Poggenpohl kitchens – round off the Signature Series’ offering. One of the highlights of the estate is the featured property, an exceptionally well-designed family home occupying one of the prime north-east-facing positions on the estate, with lingering views of the golf course, the mountains and a lake. This double- storey home has four en-suite bedrooms, each with its own balcony with magnificent views. The two upstairs bedrooms have their own living area for recreation and leisure. Built for the entertainer, the house measures a vast 654m², with dynamic flow between rooms. The formal lounge is central and spectacularly fitted out with timber flooring. It has stacking doors that, when opened, invite the views inside.The lounge extends to the dining room and bar and into a spacious kitchen that would make Jamie Oliver very happy. There’s also a comfortable family lounge, the heart of the entertainment area. The house sits on a large plot of 1 517m² and boasts an L-shaped swimming pool, which borders the covered veranda and entertainment area that overlooks the home’s manicured garden. The estate includes a 40ha biodiversity corridor that has been set aside to preserve the threatened indigenous alluvium fynbos. There is a corridor for smaller animals to move from the mountains through to the on-site river and back again, and the animal

traffic on this route includes bat-eared fox, caracal, Cape clawless otter, porcupine and mongoose. Pearl Valley Golf Estates puts a premium on the safety of all its residents. Currently, the security system is being upgraded by installing a state-of-theart security system that will monitor the property’s perimeters via thermal cameras with the latest enhanced video detection analytic system. Life on the estate is rich and full, due to its many facilities for the whole family. It promises an idyllic and carefree family lifestyle. Every corner of the estate’s 212ha offers a world of adventure just waiting to be explored. There are hiking and biking trails for the more adventurous, and the bordering Berg River offers fabulous fly-fishing and paddling opportunities.  And let’s not forget the other activities, such as riding lessons at the equestrian centre, which boasts 10 grassed post-and-rail paddocks and offers out rides for equestrians of any age, children’s weekly swimming lessons in the kiddies’ heated pool, an indulgent spa, a state-of-the-art gym, tennis courts, and a clubhouse, bar, restaurant and members’  lounge. The Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course on hand has been voted  Third-Best Golf Course 2010/2011 by Golf Digest and Second Best Conditioned Course in South Africa. For the inexperienced golfer,  Swingfit offers golf coaching at the Swingfit Academy as well as a weekly Bunnies Club for the ladies. There is even Bridgehouse Preparatory School, increasing and solidifying the estate’s sense of community. With so much on offer, Pearl Valley Golf  Estates is the true pearl of the Cape  Winelands. +27 (0)21 867 8000,

Top left This vast house for sale at Pearl Valley Golf Estates is an entertainer’s dream, with its generous living areas, manicured lawn and inviting swimming pool. Below, left Drink up the views from the voluminous living area’s stackable glass doors. Below, centre Elegant and comfortable furnishings in the large master bedroom. Below, right The expansive veranda and timber-decked pool area are ideal for summer entertaining. Like all the properties at Pearl Valley Golf Estates, this featured home enjoys a prime position that affords you panoramic views of the estate’s natural surroundings and its top-rated, Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course.

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Top architects talk contemporary design

Photographs Erik Fรถrster

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Amândio Castanheira, Member

Adrian Maserow, Managing Director

CIMATO MOROLDO ARCHITECTS, INC. Aurelio Cimato & Adriano Moroldo, Directors

Tell us about a recent project that personifies your signature or favourite architectural style. We are fortunate to be involved in the design and implementation of a number of new flagship Audi dealerships across SA – Hatfield, Northcliff, Nelspruit, Pinetown, Claremont, East London, Bloemfontein, Vereeniging and Sandton, to name a few. Its conceptual design of ‘minimum footprint with maximum efficiency’ is central to the overall design philosophy. The structure enables all functional areas important to a motor vehicle dealership to be stacked one on top of the other on several floors. This includes workshops, showrooms on various floors and parking decks. The customer areas, such as showrooms, coffee bar areas and sales/service are linked via escalators or lifts. Green and unique architecture conceals the technological aspects of these projects. Energy-efficient systems are in place, such as the motion-sensitive escalators and lifts. Thermal glass together with intelligent lighting and air conditioning systems, combined with ecological responsibility, such as solar panels, water harvesting and recycling, are all in line with Audi’s philosophy of ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’.

Tell us about a recent project that personifies your signature or favourite architectural style. The new Sandton Head Office Building for Volkswagen is a definite favourite – it has so much contemporary compositional depth that speaks of hope and courage in its spatial arrangement. It is layered in rich elements that look to form architectural elements that frame and float in its planar field. Here, space stretches and expands to embrace the site’s limitations that lead through to the urban centre of Sandton. What are the current trends in your field? The trend is towards succinct solutions that require incisive thinking that values resources and space. It is less decorative and more process driven, so we are fortunate when our clients seek the contemporary approach to design. What are the most innovative storage solutions you’ve seen or implemented in a residential or commercial space? The reuse of old timbers to provide the most fantastic library shelving system in a contemporary setting. Name a recently completed building or development that takes your breath away. The gutsy Pixel Building in Melbourne – it defines a 21stcentury moment in architecture.

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Tell us about a recent project that personifies your signature or favourite architectural style. We recently completed a residential project on Linksfield Ridge, an extensive renovation to an old house. Because of the nature of the site the house is visible from a distance, and so there was an opportunity to create a landmark on the ridge. The home is built on multiple levels, and we made use of vertical volumes to connect the spaces. The entrance is at the uppermost level, and one spirals down into the various living areas, with the bedrooms at the lowest level for privacy. The views from the ridge are spectacular and prominent from all the rooms in the house. Externally, the form is contemporary and linear, with forms sliding over each other in harmony with the landscape. We opted for earthy colours so that the architecture could blend in with the ridge. The form of the roof over the main living area is wing-shaped – this enhances the views from the inside and adds a special dynamism to the interior spaces. What are the current trends in your field? Architecture is moving towards a contemporary aesthetic, with huge emphasis on energy-efficient homes and buildings. What improvements have you seen in the field of green building? More materials and energy-efficient systems are available for use and their costs are coming down. The public is also more educated in this respect and more willing to use the available technology. What are the most innovative storage solutions you’ve seen or implemented in a residential or commercial space? The most innovative approach to storage is to use unexpected spaces, such as stairs. In our residential projects we like to plan specific storage spaces that don’t impact on the overall external form and the fluidity of the plan. Name a recently completed building or development that takes your breath away. I think if you look at any of Zaha Hadid’s recent works, they stand out as projects which push the boundaries of design to new levels. Examples are the new Aquatics Centre in London for the 2012 Olympics and the new Guangzhou Opera House in China.


DAFFONCHIO & ASSOCIATES ARCHITECTS Enrico Daffonchio, Owner Tell us about a recent project that personifies your signature or favourite architectural style. The Energy Works for McNabs (recently featured on CNN), because it contains all the principles that for me are important in architectural design – respect for heritage, sustainability, comfortable minimalism and the integration of art and architecture. Similar works are House Samios, L’ancienne residence and the Maboneng Precinct, where I had the opportunity to integrate the same principles into one single building. What improvements have you seen in the field of green building? Legislation is, and will be, the most important development. Generally, architects and clients want to do the right thing, but we must be given a legislative and tax framework to make it work. The most amusing development has been all the posturing and greenwashing by professionals and corporates. But sometimes we need to have a good laugh too. Name a recently completed building or development that takes your breath away. Monaghan Farm. The modernist and green design guidelines are shaping an estate that will be an architectural icon, set in the most pristine landscape. Breathtaking!




Jean-Paul Zietsman, Director/Shareholder

Anthony Orelowitz, Director

Henning Rasmuss, Director

Tell us about a recent project that personifies your signature or favourite architectural style. Paragon Architects has been participating in a number of big competitions, amongst them a student centre for Unisa and a proposal for the head office for Ernst & Young. All of these buildings have arresting sculptural forms and facade skins that are made of up combinations of planar elements and fin-like louvres. Our buildings have unique forms, enclosed by unique skins that rely on their function to drive the detailing and material choices. What improvements have you seen in the field of green building? The most interesting developments we are working with are high-performance glass elements and systems for moulding, bending, fixing and suspending glass on facades. What are the most innovative storage solutions you’ve seen or implemented in a residential or commercial space? Server rooms. Computers are getting smaller and smaller, and the memory banks more and more powerful. I am really into technology! Name a recently completed building or development that takes your breath away. BIG’s Denmark Pavilion for the World Expo, Shanghai.

Tell us about a recent project that personifies your signature or favourite architectural style. Paragon Architects does not have a ‘favourite style’. We invent the architectural appearance of our buildings around inspirations and limitations arising from each project and its full constellation of opportunities. What are the current trends in your field? Locally, there is a huge shift around the new building regulations and compliance in general, driven by supply-side shortages in energy and other resources. These are short-term learning curves with long-term positive impacts. Locally and internationally, the recession remains an opportunity to do one’s best work with the best people, who are not all that busy. What improvements have you seen in the field of green building? A larger range of affordable materials and a groundswell of support for the idea that buildings can be better than they have been. This is good. What are the most innovative storage solutions you’ve seen or implemented in a residential or commercial space? Multilevel mechanised parking garages in Germany and Japan. Although they are very complex, and probably costly, they are amazingly well designed.

Tell us about a recent project that personifies your signature or favourite architectural style. We are working on a mixed-use precinct that contains commercial and residential building typologies. The architectural style used can best be described as contemporary in texture, shape, massing and function. Accent colours are used to focus the eye on architectural elements. The greening of the roof terraces adds a certain playfulness and softens the look and feel of the building. What are the current trends in your field? Densification of the site is the order of the day. Residential dwellings are becoming more compact and space-sensible. The Gautrain goes a long way towards supporting this trend. What improvements have you seen in the field of green building? Awareness and social responsibility are big drivers, and now with SANS 10400 – Part XA – 2011 we have a building code that prescribes the minimum standards required for energy usage in buildings. Name a recently completed building or development that takes your breath away. The building I work from, 15 Alice Lane, Sandton – the Norton Rose Towers by Paragon Architects.

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Real estate

residential & commercial

If sellers can have agents, then why can’t buyers find a partner in their search for the perfect property investment?

The rise of the buyer’s agent

Left Tara Whiting Right Marius Botha

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A buyer’s agent’s role is to conduct a search based on the brief, shortlist properties, which are thoroughly researched to reveal any deficiencies that could affect the price, and ensure that the buyer’s financing is in place so that the transaction can go smoothly and quickly. The buyer’s agent will then negotiate the sale, deal with all the administrative and legal aspects and ensure the buyer’s move is a happy one. Unlike the centralised listing system used in the US, properties in South Africa are listed with only a handful of agents, and so a buyer has to contact numerous real estate agents, developers and individuals in order to view everything that is on offer. These agents are also incentivised by the seller, and while they may be knowledgeable in their specific areas, they cannot necessarily advise the client on the pros and cons of two properties in two different areas, for example, Fresnaye and Camps Bay. Buyer’s agents maintain an extensive database of agents organised according to location and corporate contacts and have property listings that the average buyer would not normally have access to. The buyer’s agent thus becomes the central point of contact for all agents.

Buyer’s agents also deal with homes that have yet to come onto the market via silent listings and information from reputable agents. For example, in the Western Cape there are currently several beautiful wine farms on the market, but for various reasons, such as not wanting to spook their staff into quitting, the sellers do not want to advertise. Confidentiality is of the utmost importance in this type of transaction, where a buyer’s agent becomes a valuable asset. Buyer’s agents can also assist with offshore investment opportunities, since they have good relationships with law firms, tax advisers and other professionals in foreign countries.

Tara Whiting and Marius Botha, Acquire Africa

Main photograph


n today’s property market – with so much choice available, silent listings that are not advertised to the public, and the changing values of properties – a professional buyer’s agent can provide you with all the knowledge you need to make an informed decision about the value of a property, without the sales hype. Because buyer’s agents do all the legwork on behalf of their clients, including the legal work and investigations into the background and true value of a property, buyers are enabled to make an informed choice, without the stress and without wasting time visiting properties that don’t fit the brief. By doing the right research, a buyer’s agent can save you thousands on your property purchase. Many believe that using the services of a buyer’s agent is expensive and reserved for highprofile properties. This is not the case. Commission structures are bringing buyer’s agents’ services within the reach of the middle market. (In the US, over 50% of the population uses a buyer’s agent to assist in the purchasing process.) Buyer’s agents agree on a commission directly with the seller or the seller’s agent, so there are no additional fees for the buyer.


investment, real estate, news & leisure

Baines’ River Camp in Zambia will transport your mind far away from the worries of the concrete jungle

NO BAINES’, no gain 1



Words Candace King

he Mantis Group has extended its portfolio through its development of Baines’ River Camp in Zambia’s Lower Zambezi Valley. Named after the legendary artist and explorer, John Thomas Baines, the luxury safari camp offers breathtaking views that extend across Africa’s fourth-largest river to the Mana Pools World Heritage Site in neighbouring Zimbabwe. Mantis Group CEO Adrian Gardiner says, ‘We are extremely excited about welcoming Baines’ to our collection. With Royal Chundu above the Falls and now Baines’ below, we are confident that

our clients will love the opportunity to explore and witness this once-in-a-lifetime wildlife and river experience.’ The camp has eight classic Explorer suites with private verandas. The interiors feature carefully selected rich fabrics, leathers, cotton percale linen, and oriental rugs that blend in with the natural hardwood finishes. Air conditioning, spacious bathrooms with walk-in showers, a complimentary mini-bar and coffee and tea facilities ensure complete comfort for guests. The main lodge, which faces onto the scenic river, includes an open-plan

3 dining and lounge area with fireplaces as well as a reception area, a bar, a swimming pool, and a boardroom with a growing library that guests can explore at their leisure. The Lower Zambezi Valley is home to over 60 mammal and 370 bird species, affording ample opportunity for game-viewing and birdwatching. Guests can also go fishing on the river. The camp operates from March to mid December. It is located 9km from the Royal Airstrip, where guests are collected in a courtesy game drive vehicle. +27 (0)33 342 7793,

Visit for more


Campfire romance on the banks of the Zambezi River. 2Exterior view of one of the

international luxury getaways.

camp’s eight Explorer suites. 3Friends enjoy sundowners on the riverbank.

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Last resort Mozambique’s Coco Cabana Beach Resort, near Inhambane, between Tofo and Barra, is on the market. The semi-built holiday development is sited on 36 435m2 of beachfront property and is going for a negotiable ¤350 000 (about R3,8 million). The resort was established to fill the gap for medium- to high-end luxury holiday homes and tourism accommodation in Tofo. The area is a well-known tourist attraction and is believed to possess phenomenal growth potential in the real estate and tourism markets. There are three complete chalets as well as a camping area an outdoor entertainment area and kitchen, two boreholes and a generator room. ‘We have decided to put the semi-built resort on the market as we are relocating overseas and no longer have the time or means to continue to be in Mozambique full time to oversee the completion of the project,’ say the developers. +267 (0)72 469 262,

Children of the river Royal Chundu Zambezi River Lodge now offers a bespoke Kids on Safari programme through its Chundu Children’s Club. It is aimed at keeping children entertained while their parents relax. Guided and supervised by trained staff, kids get to take part in a variety of activities, such as treasure hunts, quizzes, and cooking lessons from Chundu’s chefs. Katombora Island Lodge and the Royal Chundu Zambezi River Lodge are both members of the Mantis Collection. They are situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, 30km upstream from Victoria Falls, and offer great family accommodation. +27 (0)21 438 9160,

From left: Tony Clarke, Richard Matengambiri, Simon Bere, Jason Lee

Beyond borders Rawson Property Group has extended its reach beyond South Africa by establishing an office in Harare. MD Tony Clarke has signed an agreement with the well-established property sales and marketing group, RM- Africa, to launch a residential property franchise in Zimbabwe. Richard Matengambiri, RM-Africa’s managing director, says South Africans will be surprised at how efficient and active the Harare property market is. The residential market is firm in the US$25 000 (about R200 000) to US$150 000 (about R1,2 million) bracket and there is activity in higher the next year we expect to take on a further three,’ says Richard. He

Steady growth helps sales

says that most of South Africa’s top national firms and at least one

Over the past few years the real estate market in Mozambique has seen

international property group, Knight Frank, are already established in

a pattern of steady growth and, based on findings from Rand Merchant

Zimbabwe and are doing well. Marketing strategist for RM-Africa, Simon

Bank, Mozambique’s is currently one of the fastest-growing economies

Bere, says RM-Africa desired the Rawson franchise because its brand

in Africa, with an expected average annual GDP growth of 7,8% from

power will appeal to, and benefit, Zimbabweans. Tony says that if the

2011 to 2016. Ettiene Erasmus, MD of Mozambique Property Development

Zimbabwean franchise performs well, then Rawson Property Group will

and Investments, says, ‘Over the last 20 years there has been as dramatic

establish franchises in other African countries too.

a change in Mozambique as there was in South Africa. Mozambique is

+263 (0)4 775 130,

definitely growing.’ His group is busy developing Bazaruto Island View

and lower brackets too. ‘Right now we have seven agents but within

Estate, a beach holiday resort in Vilanculos, 700km north of Maputo. Ettiene says foreigners find it hard to understand Mozambique’s property laws: ‘The moment a house is built on a piece of land, the owner can get a title deed on that building. I always say to people in South Africa to go to their banks. All the South African banks will give you a bond to buy

Mozambique’s is currently one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa

a house in Mozambique. A bank is not going to approve a loan if they are not sure about property ownership.’ Bazaruto Island View Estate fully complies with all property legislation in Mozambique, he adds. On its completion, Bazaruto Island View Estate will feature privately owned homes, hotels, a marina and a plastic surgery facility. Construction work on the first houses begins this month. +27 (0)11 513 3306,

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and a large ablution block. The resort has a reception building, a 120m2 workshop,

Bring back the


We Go Beyond Windhoek to

Frankfurt, Accra, Luanda, Lusaka, Walvis Bay & more ...


Namibia 1



Prime shopping spot grows Wernhil Park Shopping Centre continues to bring a luxury retail experience to Windhoek residents with its opening of Phase 3 Phase 3 brings to Wernhil Park Shopping Centre an additional 12 000m2 of retail space, 600 extra parking bays and 20 prime retailers. The project created more than 500 construction jobs as well as 250 permanent positions in retail. The renovation of the shopping centre began in 2005, and the first two phases were completed in 2007. Secure parking, including parking for the elderly, for the disabled and for parents with toddlers, was one of the facilities that were added for shoppers’ convenience. Pick n Pay, W   oolworths, CNA, Truworths, Mr Price and Clicks are some of the big retail names who are represented at the centre.

Two entire levels are dedicated to fashion and accessories retailers. There’s also a selection of interior decorating, homeware and home entertainment stores. Werhil Park Shopping Centre is frequented by local as well as foreign shoppers, who then continue their retail experience at Post Street Mall, a hub of local arts and crafts, before strolling over to Town Square Shopping Centre or Carl List Mall. As Marco Wenk, MD of Broll Namibia, which manages the property, says, Wernhil Park Shopping Centre is truly keeping Windhoek’s central business district vibrant and popular. +264 (0)61 226 480,

Wernhil Park Shopping Centre entices shoppers with 38 000m2 of high-end retail


space. 2A sign directing shoppers to some of Africa’s leading retailers. 3There are

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two levels dedicated to fashion, including the 6 200m2 Edgars Emporium.

business news.

52 | January 2012

Words Tammy Sutherns


ast becoming Namibia’s prime retail destination, and a shopping experience comparable with that enjoyed in any developed country,  Wernhil Park Shopping Centre saw its third phase being inaugurated by Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba in Windhoek towards the end of last year. Namibia’s economic stability, the commitment of investors Ohlthaver & List, the support of retailers, and the team that worked on the project all got a special mention at the event for their role in bringing Phase 3 of the development to fruition. Financed by First National Bank and developed at a cost of N$185 million (R185 million),


Windhoek Hotel

Welcome to the Hilton Windhoek Set in the heart of Namibia’s capital city, Windhoek, the contemporary Hilton Windhoek Hotel is conveniently close to a variety of business corporations and historical tourist attractions. All of the modern Guest Rooms and Suites at this Windhoek hotel are decorated in a warm, contemporary African style and feature spacious work areas and high-speed Internet access. Upgrade to an Executive Room or Suite for additional space, a larger variety of amenities and access to the Executive Lounge. Hold a conference in one of 5 flexible meeting rooms which offer the very latest in audiovisual technology and ensure your event is a success with our 24-hour Business Centre. Enjoy international favourites in our all-day dining venue, Ekipa, savour fine wines and speciality cheeses in the elegant mezzanine restaurant, D’Vine, and sip cocktails and enjoy delicious tapas while you gaze out over the city below from our stunning rooftop Skybar. Work out in our 24-hour Fitness Centre, take a dip in our heated 18m lap pool and rejuvenate body and mind in our luxury Spa, Breeze. Amenities

Guest Accommodation Feel at home in a contemporary Guest Room at the Hilton Windhoek Hotel, which features traditional African inspired décor. Recline on the luxurious King-size bed or the 2 comfortable double beds and watch your favourite movie on the LCD TV, work at the spacious desk and keep in touch with high-speed Internet access and refresh in the elegant bathroom with a range of luxurious amenities and separate rain shower. Features & Highlights • Enjoy the sunset from Skybar, try our best wines at D’Vine or watch our chefs in Ekipa • Executive Lounge with amazing 180-degree view through full floor-to-ceiling windows • Executive Rooms with Garden feature a 64m² private terrace with sun chairs and plants Directions & Transportation From Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport turn right onto the B6 and follow the road into Windhoek. This becomes Sam Nujoma Drive. Continue through Klein Windhoek, crossing Nelson Mandela and Robert Mugabe avenues. On approaching Windhoek city centre, you will clearly see the Hilton Windhoek Hotel situated on your right, on the corner of Reverend Michael Scott Street & Sam Nujoma Drive and Independence Avenue.

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A new spin on lazy luxury With a casino and an 18-hole golf course, Windhoek Country Club Resort has just been refurbished, to provide more for value for its guests. The bedrooms have been modernised to include a private desk and leather chair for business travellers as well as brand-new air conditioners. The hotel offers luxurious accommodation for a family getaway or business conference. Situated just 3km away from Eros Airport, the hotel has both a pool and a river where you can spend your leisure time. Kokerboom, the hotel’s elegant restaurant, has also undergone a makeover and now provides you with separate stations for pasta, stir fry, fresh fish, Namibian game specials, fresh salads and desserts. The conference centre has been soundproofed, the casino sports a new look, and a Salon Privé has been introduced. +26 (0)61 205 5911

Ball rolling for Lüderitz Waterfront The second phase of the $400-million construction of the Lüderitz Waterfront development is set for February 2012, with

The development of Africa’s largest steel mill, the Otavi Steel Mill, could kick off in 2012

plans for a 64-bedroom, four-star hotel, a shopping complex and residential units. According to, a meeting between the Lüderitz Waterfront Development Company and the Karas Regional Council at Keetmanshoop in November revealed that the plans to turn the old power station into a sports facility, maritime museum and polytechnic campus would go ahead early this year. The project is expected to create 1 000 job opportunities, with funding from the Finance, Fisheries, Education, and Sports and Culture ministries. United Africa Group will be investing in the construction of the four-star hotel and negotiations are under way for investment in the shopping complex and residential component. The project is expected to be completed by late 2014.

Africa calls Having sold a franchise in Zimbabwe, the group is also setting

Steeling themselves

up shop in Namibia. Focusing on the areas of Windhoek,

The development of Africa’s largest steel mill, the Otavi Steel Mill,

Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, the franchise will cover commercial

could kick off in 2012 through a joint venture of equal shareholding

and residential property as well as the rental market. Elmarie

between Groot Groop, Otavi Town Council, André Neethling

Thompson, the owner of the franchise, says that Namibia suffered

Trust and SDS Group Form. SMS Group South Africa, a wholly

less than South Africa during the recession and that property sales

owned subsidiary of Germany’s SMS Group, and Italy’s Danieli

in Namibia are steady. There is growth in the residential market,

are to provide the Otavi Steel Mill with the needed steel-making

with strong demand for homes in the N$400 000 to N$600 000

technology and equipment. South Africa’s Scorpion Mineral

and N$1,5-million-plus price brackets, while at the upper end of the

Processing has been selected for engineering, procurement, and

residential ladder, homes priced at N$5 million-plus are also selling

construction management. With more than N$24 billion (R24 billion)

steadily (N$1 is equal to R1). Rental demand is particularly strong

budgeted for its development and construction, the plant will have

in the lower-income market. Elmarie believes that there will soon

an annual output capacity of 10 million tons of steel.

be a need for commercial space too.

+264 (0)81 250 9027,

Rawson Property Group is continuing its expansion into Africa.

+27 (0)82 215 7132,

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South Africa Get your teeth into it

Stylish loft apartments in the historical Sawtooth Buildings are giving investors a chance to get a paddle in the water in Knysna’s Thesen Islands

1 1 are close to the newly completed Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa and have direct access to public parks and event spaces, such as Sawtooth Square, which hosts food and craft markets. These secure lock-up-and-go apartments come with undercover parking. They are north facing, and their energy-efficient design includes solar water heating facilities. Thesen Harbour Town is a 10-minute stroll from the residential core, with scenic paths and gracefully arched pedestrian bridges that span the waterways. The main street of this commercial village is framed

The contemporary urban feel of the converted Sawtooth Buildings reflects the

by weather-protected arcades. Other historic buildings in this area are the Parking Shed and the Boatshed, which have both been modernised and refurbished. The Sawtooth Buildings offer residential and office space for people who enjoy being part of a safe harbour community. There is a bird park, sporting facilities, a beach, and orchards and gardens. Office suites are priced from R580 000. Apartments are available from R1,1 million. Architectural firm CMAI is behind the design and development of  Thesen Islands. +27 (0)44 382 6732,


Visit for property

area’s industrial heritage.

investment opportunities in South Africa.

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Words Tammy Sutherns


ew residential property investment opportunities have arisen on Thesen Islands, the award-winning marina development in the coastal town of Knysna on the Garden Route. The nearly century-old Sawtooth Buildings in Harbour Town have been converted to a mixed-use building comprising three retail/office spaces on the ground floor and the six industrial-style Sawtooth Loft Apartments. The urban character of the apartments is inspired by the spirit of the historical building.  The apartments


AFRICA South Africa

Price it right, in Plett Homeowners in Plettenberg Bay who are hoping to sell their properties need to review their asking prices urgently. Hein Pretorius, principal of the local Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty franchise, says Plett is still one of SA’s most desirable places in which to own property, but sellers need to make sure that their asking prices are competitive. He says serious sellers should make sure that any valuations they are given are backed up with information about sales that have occurred in the area in the past few months – and get a second opinion if necessary. ‘No one wants to hear that their property is worth less than they thought, but that is far preferable to having an agent who tells you what you want to hear about the value and then can only bring you offers for amounts far below their own valuation, if at all,’ he says. +27 (0)44 533 2529,

Rural chic Construction has begun on Phase 1 of Crossways Village in the Eastern Cape. Planned on a 560ha site which includes a state-of-the-art-dairy farm, it recreates the village lifestyle of days gone by, where everyone knew each other, where neighbours were friends and where there was a strong sense of community. The development will comprise a residential component, a commercial component and the existing agricultural component. The residential stands range from 220m2 to 8 500m2 and are priced from R220 000 to R1 million. Stands sold quickly at the launch of the development in November last year, say the developers. +27 (0)42 286 0939,

Eat well en route

Green star in the east

Kurland Hotel, situated in the Crags near Plettenberg Bay, has made

A Green Star-rated residential development in Port Elizabeth,

the list of Top 20 Culinary Destinations on the Garden Route in

the first of its kind in the Eastern Cape, has been registered with

addition to being declared as having the Best Hotel Restaurant on

the Green Building Council of SA. It will be situated in Jutland

the Garden Route at the 2011 CXpress NLR Wines Garden Route

Crescent, on the 54ha nature reserve, Settlers Park. There are six

Culinary Destinations Awards. The South African Chefs Association

three-bedroom free-standing units of 250m2, priced from R4- to

has declared these awards an official, nationally recognised event.

R5 million. Features include daylight harvesting, a green roof, water

The recently refurbished hotel is a member of Relais & Châteaux.

management and renewable energy production. +27 (0)41 581 1142

Owner Peter Behr says 2011 was a great year for the hotel as it saw a new management team being put in place and multi-level refurbishments being done to the buildings. Kurland Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel of just 12 suites. It rests on a vast 700ha estate of great natural beauty, between the mountains and the beaches of Nature’s Valley. +27 (0)44 534 8082,

Out with the old Ageing buildings in the Pretoria CBD present a development opportunity that is currently not being capitalised on. Jan Oelofse, leasing and sales broker for JHI

Photograph courtesy

Properties, says that despite efforts

Baying for investment

of dedicated officials to create a

The final EIA report on a R180-billion

world-class capital city, the CBD

nuclear energy plant in Thyspunt,

faces the threat of urban decay

close to St. Francis Bay and Jeffrey’s

because of the increasing number of

Bay, is due in April. Experts say

vacant buildings. He adds that there

the project will give the region’s

is still demand for retail space, but

infrastructure a massive boost, create

a significant amount of money will

over 7 000 jobs and increase demand

need to be spent on upgrading the

for accommodation in the area. The

older buildings. +27 (0)12 401 4800,

power plant is expected to take eight

years to develop.

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Your Move Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty Executive Director, Ya’el Fine, says never mind cash – access is king! The world is getting more complicated. As a result, we find ourselves gravitating more and more towards close-knit communities. Whether this be church, synagogue, support groups, LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter, we feel safe and secure communicating within these environments. Twitter, for me, is the most innovative communication medium of our time. It has provided us with direct access to people with whom we would never have had the opportunity to interact. When in the past could you communicate directly with real (and pseudo) celebrities, spiritual leaders and innovators? When were we able to receive news and trend feeds every minute of the day without even having to search? Celebrities and icons are becoming our best friends, and

Dig in

there seems to be less and less of a need to go

Refurbished units in downtown Johannesburg could be the answer to a shortage in quality,

through a middleman. Word of mouth is more

affordable student rental accommodation. International Housing Solutions (IHS) is revamping

important than ever: need a new restaurant,

hundreds of apartments that are near the University of Johannesburg and Wits and close to major

a new book, a chiropractor? No problem –

public transport routes and shopping centres. Managing Partner Rob Wesselo says, ‘Student

just ask your tweeps and you will get at least

Digz differs from other student developments in that it is not based on the dormitory model. All

10 new recommendations from people you

apartments are self-contained, which means that students have their own bathrooms, kitchens and

trust. What does this mean for property and

living spaces, and most importantly, privacy and quiet to ensure successful studies.’ There are close

the real estate industry? How can it prevent

to 1 900 accommodation opportunities available. Rob says, ‘The result is modern, clean and inviting

itself from becoming redundant?

apartments where students won’t only live, but also will be able to enjoy a satisfying lifestyle.’

People flock to thought leaders. If yours is

Rentals start at R1 800 per month. +27 (0)11 720 0010,

a silent real estate brand that is not listing Facebook, then you will very soon receive

River run

silence in return. You will be competing not

Apartments and clusters are being launched at River Estate in Lonehill, says Lynn Estates. They

only with other cyber agents, but also with

have been designed for homeowners who enjoy having a strong sense of community and living

private sellers trying their hand at securing

a vibrant lifestyle. River Place is made up of 15 exclusive clusters of ‘understated luxury’, selling

their own listings. Consumers are less

off plan from R3,995 million. Lynn Estates describes the clusters as ‘a fusion of outdoor and

concerned by who is doing the listing than

indoor living’. Riverglades offers 40 modern clusters of two, three or four bedrooms. Set in a lush

the listing itself. Cyberspace is democratising

landscape and offering space and privacy, the clusters are selling off plan from R1,995 million. For

the process by giving kudos to the strongest

homeowners looking for an easy lock-up-and-go lifestyle, there are the 95 Riverview apartments,

content. If you are not the one providing that

available off plan from R699 000. These include studios and one- to three-bedroom units. Facilities

content, then you will lose out. The truth is

at Riverview include a rimflow pool and a clubhouse. River Estate is close to Montecasino, Lonehill

that the majority of our buyers are searching

Shopping Centre, the Design Quarter, health centres, schools and restaurants.

for property online, especially after hours,

+27 (0)11 884 3103,

its properties and opinions on Twitter or

and most of them are on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. So go ahead, I dare you – if you haven’t already, then join Twitter today and start

Live like a golf champ

following. Tell Alec Baldwin that you have a

Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate in Centurion has added

major crush on him and dare him to retweet it

another drawcard for potential homebuyers. Golf champion

to his 500 000 followers. Tell the Dalai Lama

Ernie Els has officially opened SA’s first Els Club at the estate,

that you are embarrassed to live in South

where he himself designed the golf course. The majority of

Africa after recent events. Say anything! But at

space at Copperleaf is dedicated to parkland, the golf course

least know that you are being heard.

and other open areas. Residents of the secure estate will enjoy a tranquil, natural setting while still being close to centres of

Until next month,

work, shopping amenities and schools. The estate has 1 129


stands, of which 491 are still available for sale. The stands range from 500m2 to 1 500m2 in size and are priced from R375 000.

To become a follower of the Lew Geffen

Building options include contemporary or traditional farm-style

Sotheby’s International Realty Twitter

architectural designs. The development is managed by Investec

account, follow LewGeffen. To follow Ya’el’s

Property. +27 (0)12 072 0200,

personal account, go to YaelGeffen.

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Words Tammy Sutherns

Residential Real Estate


“The iconic shopping centr now offers shopp e a retail mix of overs er 330 stores”

High-end retail developments underline business confidence – Tara Whiting and Marius Botha, Acquire Africa

Sandton City blossoms

The wait for Sandton City’s expansion to be completed is finally over. It was officially launched on 9 November 2011 at an event held in the new Protea Court. The iconic shopping centre now offers shoppers a retail mix of over 330 stores, including a wide range of international brands. Since it first opened in 1973, Sandton City has grown from a 50 000m2 space housing 120 stores to a retail space of about 144 000m2. The entire complex, including a hotel and office sections, now measures 215 000m2. Sandton City’s extension is set under a dramatic 24m-high steel roof structure in the shape of a protea. Incorporating green building principles, the roof covering is made from a 2-micron-thick, 100% recyclable transparent material that allows natural light to flood into the extension. +27 (0)11 217 6000,

Bryanston delight The R500-million Nicolway Bryanston Shopping Centre is set to open its doors in April 2012. Designed as a hub for foodies, it will house a Woolworths supermarket, a Checkers supermarket and a Food Lover’s Market, along with delis and speciality food stores. Restaurants such as Red Rabbit, Liquorice, Turn ’n Tender, Col’Cacchio Pizzeria and Fishmonger will offer you a selection of delicious meals. There will also be some famous Johannesburg boutique cafés ready for trade, such as Tashas, Fego Caffé, Woolworths Café and the Food Lover’s Café. Developed by Flanagan & Gerard and the Rodrigues Group, the centre will also house health care services, and its managers are looking for more retailers to set up shop in the 23 000m2 building. Nicolway Bryanston will be situated along William Nicol Drive in Bryanston. +27 (0)87 940 3833,;

Big idea

Strictly green

Makro’s distribution centre in Midrand is to be extensively refurbished

New regulations will move the local development market towards

and expanded from 16 000m2 to 27 000m2. Investec Property has

more sustainable building practices. As of the end of 2011, all new

secured the development rights for the property. Part of Massmart’s

buildings and refurbishments will have to comply with minimum

Masswarehouse division, the centre is being transformed into a modern

standards for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.

facility rather than being relocated. Improvements will include an

Called SANS 10400 Part XA, these guidelines cover areas such

expanded yard area and a new perimeter ring road. The fire control

as glazing, insulation, shading, orientation, and building services,

systems and sprinklers will also be upgraded. Makro South Africa has

including air conditioning, water heating and lighting. The move

been running for over four decades. It’s very first store was in Germiston.

has been welcomed by the Green Building Council of South Africa.

It now has 16 store warehouses as well as the Midrand distribution centre.

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Words Catherine Riley

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