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Contents DECOR





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looks at luxurious lifestyle


Reuben Riffel on what

goods inspired by earth,

Nedbank’s Frank Berkeley

Perfect patio flooring,

he’s cooking this spring,

sea and sky.

shares his insight.

a new eco-friendly fabric

the latest hotspots in

range and a trove of local

Braamies, and teas for a

design treasures.

new generation.


IN YOUR ELEMENT The latest in modern outdoor furniture inspired by the five elements – wind, earth, air, fire … and Man.


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This month’s hot events.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS hottest trends for stylish summer living, from furniture



and Parkview.


COMMERCIAL The Melrose Arch master plan, and videos that sell.


A COVETABLE COVE A masterpiece of

Betting on Sandton

CAPE TOWN SA’s first five-Green-Starrated commercial building, and an eco-cemetery.



the landscape at Benguela

Hillcrest, and Overport

is becoming par for the

Cove Lagoon Wine Estate.

City gets a long-


A new gated estate in

overdue upgrade.

ARCHITECTURE, NATURALLY Discover architectural


INTERNATIONAL Vietnam’s four-star resort,


firm VDMMA and four of

and help with investing

Our favourite home

their distinctive homes

Down Under.

accessories that can be

inspired by nature.

with equal flair.

page 40 for details.

A luxury breakaway worth


Why golf estate living

used indoors and outdoors

in the Natal Midlands. See


that blends in perfectly with

South Africa.



contemporary architecture

developments around


Out and about with


course, and six of the best

The Reeds at Balgowan


over R28 000!

to landscapes.


Our hot new section

Gauteng’s A-listers.


The experts on the






MAURITIUS Bagatelle – Mall of Mauritius gets set to open at last, and


Les Papillons, a new luxury development, is revealed.



How the Radisson Blu

contemporary eco-estate in

Hotel Sandton will treat

the Natal Midlands, offers


you like royalty.

urbanites a rural refuge.

shopping centre.

Introducing Namibia’s

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Photograph Grant Difford

‘Be like the flower – turn your face to the sun.’

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Entertaining outdoors is a luxury not many countries can boast about, but South Africa’s climate makes al fresco dining simply a must. This month The Property Magazine delves into outdoor living and entertainment by inviting Mother Nature’s four elements, Water, Earth, Air and Fire, with a helping hand from Man, to reveal their hot products and trends for the warmer months. Even if you don’t have an outside living area, you can still join in the fun. I love entertaining, but I’m constrained by apartment living. Instead, my family and I opt for days in the park. We hold birthday parties, brunches and other gettogethers against a lush landscape of trees, flowerbeds and the occasional duck. There is something quite delicious about long, lavish Sunday picnics, basking in the sun with good food, good wine and good company; in fact my favourite kind of day. The type where the kids play on the grass and laugh under the sprinklers; ants unobtrusively invade the picnic blanket;

and we grown-ups (and I use that term loosely) while away the daylight hours lazily catching up. Even as the hour passes and the shadows tentatively appear, one can still find that last ray of sunlight to sit under and enjoy its lingering touch on the cheek. And once the Sun has stretched its arms to full length in a sleepy yawn and finally gone to bed and the Sky has thrown on its indigo dusk coat, you linger longer because the air is still warm and the gentle breeze is laced with the faint scent of honeysuckle and jasmine. Simply perfect – simply spring.

Nicky Manson, Editor

This month you really must …

Continue supporting the Boks. And what better way

Get to a park! And lap up nature’s bounty and plenty

Fly … Forest canopy tours are the perfect way to

to enjoy them in action at the World Cup than with a

of sunshine. Spread out a picnic blanket at Walter

spend a spring day. Glide over the treetops and get a

glass of fellow sportsman Ernie Els’s specially released

Sisulu or Kirstenbosch national botanical gardens. Plus,

bird’s-eye view of nature at Karkloof, the Drakensberg,

SA Rugby wines. Available from major retailers, there

gear up for Kirstenbosch’s and Emmarentia Dam’s Old

Magaliesberg or Tsitsikamma.

is an SA Rugby White (Sauvignon Blanc) and an SA

Mutual Encounters Summer Concerts – coming soon.

Rugby Red (Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon blend).

And on 18 September, Old Mutual’s Spring Spectacular Concert will be on at the Durban Botanic Gardens.;

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King of the




Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton offers its guests the opportunity to live like royalty.


Words Nicky Manson. Photographs courtesy Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton.



love staying in hotels. There

As you enter the ground floor you

The main bedroom is divided

even have their own wine cellar,

is something about walking

are first struck by the sweeping

seamlessly into a sleeping area

private elevator and butler.

into a beautifully presented

skyline in front of you. In fact,

and a bathing area with a tub that

room, admiring views I’ve

each and every room possesses

offers the best views in town.

pool, the Planet Fitness Platinum

never seen before and relaxing

breathtaking vistas, thanks to

Flat-screen TVs and mini bars

gym and the Amani African

somewhere that is not home that

floor-to-ceiling glass windows

in every room and living area

Spa. Dining options include the

tickles my fancy. Watching TV in

and sliding doors that allow for

secure the hotel’s place as an

contemporary Italian restaurant,

bed and enjoying the ‘good stuff’

an unparalleled outlook over

entertainment hotspot – not

Vivace, as well as the Health Café

linen, ordering in room service

Johannesburg. Wooden floors,

forgetting the fully fitted kitchen

and the hotel’s bar and lounge.

and donning the hotel dressing

sophisticated, modern and

and scullery that allows you to

gown are part of the surreal and

uncluttered decor and clean

cater for your own party.

exclusive experience of staying in

design lines have been utilised

Situated in the heart of

opted for room service instead

a five-star hotel. And knowing that

throughout, and all the rooms are

Sandton, the hotel is operated

– eating in my very own private

you don’t have to clear up when

cleverly designed to maximise the

by the Rezidor Hotel Group. It

dining room with 180º views and

you leave is a bonus.

space and make the penthouse

opened in 2008, so while it’s

having the Sunday Times on hand

seem even bigger than its 450m2.

not the newest spot in Jozi, it’s

was something that just had to be

There are two dining-cum-

certainly one to be reminded of.

done. And as the Hyundai hot-air

Hotel living is certainly a thing of wonder, and a hotel stay in your

Guests can enjoy the outdoor

A sumptuous breakfast buffet is on offer every morning, but I

own city is even more decadent,

living areas on the first floor and

Along with its mix of standard

balloon hovered below me, the

especially if there is no special

three bedrooms on the second

and business-class rooms, suites

mist on the distant Magaliesberg

occasion to speak of. However, a

floor. The third floor is one big

and 11 unbeatable penthouses,

range dissipated and the sun rose

stay at the penthouse of Radisson

entertainment area, and I felt

Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton offers

in the distance, I certainly was – if

Blu Hotel Sandton is something

tempted to invite everyone I know

world-class amenities, including

only for 24 hours – living on top of

else altogether.

for an impromptu party!

the exclusive and ridiculously

the world.

delicious Anne Sémonin bath

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The penthouse is made up of three storeys of pure opulence.

All three bedrooms are en suite and luxuriously kitted out.

products. Some of the penthouses

Luxury bedroom decor. 2Unsurpassable view from the main bathroom. 3First floor living and

Visit for more hot


breakaway spots in your area.

entertainment room. 4The hotel enjoys a prime position in the heart of the Sandton CBD.

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Take the basics up a notch with these new takes on all-time favourites.

REUBEN RIFFEL, the celebrity chef with a restaurant in South Africa’s gourmet capital, Franschhoek, and at the world-class One&Only Cape Town, talks to us about his favourite spring ingredients and gives us the heads-up on entertaining when the mercury rises.

Q What prompted you to open a Reuben’s restaurant at One&Only Cape Town? I needed a new challenge. I was offered the space and, after consulting a lot of people, I decided the challenge had found me, and I went with it.

Q What ingredients are you looking forward to using this spring, and why?

Noodle fever

During his travels in Japan, Marc Hirschowitz, the well-known events manager, was intrigued by a restaurant that has been focusing only on noodles, including ramen, a type of Japanese noodle soup, since it opened in 1710. The experience has inspired him to open his own noodle bar, Ramen, on the corner of Juta and Mella streets, in Braamfontein. Ramen follows the Japanese trend of communal dining and has a simple menu of just three dishes, including a vegetarian option. +27 (0)11 403 0788,

Broad beans, fresh peas and spring lamb. All spring ingredients feel and taste new, and spring vegetables and fruit are actually most chefs’ favourite ingredients to cook with.

Q Where do you draw inspiration from? From other chefs, people, books

Q What is your favourite dish to cook at home?

Fresh pasta with prawns, chilli, tomato and ginger – it’s always a winner.

Q Your top tips for entertaining in the warmer months?

Use seasonal produce, especially fruit in summer cocktails. In fact, seasonal produce should always be used for cooking and drinks-making. Make sure your ingredients are at their freshest. The best tips are to be well prepared and, of course, to keep things simple. +27 (0)21 431 5222,

Where art and food collide

Vélo is another new kid on the Braamies block and considers itself a gallery café. Offering a comprehensive menu of fresh sarmies, pregos and muffins, Vélo is also a creative platform where a space has been created for upcoming artists, including photographers, painters, musicians and poets, who can show off just how talented they are. +27 (0)11 403 0695,

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Compiled by Nicky Manson. Reuben Riffle interview by Genevieve Fisher.

and ingredients.



Double shot of heaven

Coming soon to Braamfontein is an artisanal coffee roastery/ teablending house that will offer the finest and rarest coffees and teas from around the world. A partnership between experts, Doubleshot aims to bridge the gap between seed and leaf, offering tea courses, fresh teas and coffees and retail goods. +27 (0)84 455 6693

Cat’s out of the bag

A joint venture between Laskas and NatureFlexä Films sees the creation of the first home-compostable packaging solution. This range of compostable material is being introduced with Caturra’s African Renaissance Coffee, a new, premium, export brand of espresso beans and ground coffee that are 100% of African origin. Now you can enjoy a cup of superior African coffee blend products and be safe in the knowledge that once your empty pouch is thrown onto the garden compost heap, it will start decomposing almost immediately. +27 (0)21 593 1199,

Get juiced

This spring, kick-start your day with a refreshing selection of juices from Doppio Zero. All juices are packed with fibre, vitamins and minerals as well as immune-boosting ingredients, such as mint, ginger and yoghurt, to energise your body, soul and mind. Tingle your taste buds with the wide variety of flavours, including Ginger Green, Jungle Juice, Pear and Pineapple, Detox, and Mango Mamba. +27 (0)11 486 4109,

Tea with Toni

Tea is no longer just for grandmothers sipping it out of their best Sunday china. Thanks to the Toni Glass Collection of gourmet looseleaf tea, the beverage’s hot new image has been stamped and sealed for a new generation. Using only the finest leaves from around the world, the Toni Glass Collection makes tea available in 18 categories, including an African range and a chai variety. It comes in stylish designer tubes, which make the tea a super-trendy gift idea, too. 0861 11 15 54,

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Make your home your canvas this season.

East meets West Discover a new collection by

Home Fabrics. Certified under Kyoto collection is made up of a selection of jacquard designs inspired by timeless Japanese motifs. The 3-D character of the fabrics, their 48 colourways and variety of textural weaves, including the soft and luxurious

RICHARD SHAW is associate

texture of the chenille weaves,

partner at Head Interiors, a renowned

add to this fabric collection’s style.

Joburg-based interior design

+27 (0)11 262 3492,

consultancy with a roster of prestigious clients in South Africa and abroad.

Q There is an area behind my house that I want to convert into a terrace that will serve as an entertainment area. What kind of flooring should I use? It really depends on what you are

going to do in this new entertainment area, and how big it will be. We are fortunate to live in a climate that is sunny and agreeable almost all year round. Most people plan their patio to accommodate a lounge and dining area

Homeware gets cultural

First introduced at this year’s

that will allow them to enjoy the weather

Decorex, the new Decorex

without being cooped up indoors but

Designer Collection celebrates

still protect them from the elements.

SA’s designers. This quirky and

This new area you are planning should

colourful range of homeware

also be an extension of your home

and signature products by nine

and should not look architecturally

local designers is available

incongruous with your house’s design.

online and offers an array of

All of these considerations play a part in

products in clay, porcelain,

the kind of flooring you choose for your

wood and glass.

new terrace. Because of the indoor/outdoor

economical and easy to maintain.

Scatter brains

Concrete floors are another option,

Collection at Decorex Joburg is a

but perhaps not recommended if there

selection of new products by leading

will be a lot of young children running

craft producers and designers

around. Wooden decking that is suitable

associated with the Cape Craft and

for exterior use is an attractive option,

Design Institute (CCDI). The CCDI

but it can be on the expensive side.

was set up in 2001 to assist creatives

character of a terrace, most people choose tile flooring, which can be

Shown at this year’s SA Handmade

in building profitable enterprises with Got a question? Ask

quality-crafted products for global

the expert!

markets. We are particularly fond of

Email emma@

these scatter cushions by Fabricnation

(below) and Veldt (above), respectively.

+27 (0)11 325 2700

+27 (0)21 461 1488,

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Compiled by Genevieve Fisher and Nicky Manson

the Oeko-Tex Standard 100, the



Ideas for all tastes, from stark simplicity to busy boho.

The walls are alive

Our love affair with wall decals continues as the flora and fauna of our outdoor spaces come inside. The Blooming range from De Waal Art (centre) features vases of roses, while the spring/summer range from My Wall Tattoos (left, right and inset) features everything from bees to birds to cherry blossom trees. +27 (0)21 790 9120,; +27 (0)21 802 4215,

Case in point

It’s hard to better the pure masterpiece of the one-off TAG Heuer Monaco Mikrograph watch, but it certainly has met its match in its case. A technical revolution and a masterpiece of haute horlogerie, the watch is encased in its own piece of original artwork, conceptualised and painted by leading South African artist, Paul du Toit. He describes the box as an ancient treasure chest that one cannot wait to open in order to see what surprise is inside. This work of art will be unveiled on a world press tour ending on 17 September. It will then go on auction in Monaco on 22 September, with the proceeds of the sale going towards research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy. +27 (0)11 669 0500,

Minimalist cooking

Founded in 1908, Demeyere adapts its technology according to the product required for the cooking process. Its new range, John Pawson for Demeyere, is pure minimalism. Designed by British architect and designer, John Pawson, the premium stainless steel range is made up of pots, a soup kettle, saucepans, a conical sauté pan and a frying pan. +27 (0)11 327 5943,

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or interior design and decor expert, Wanda Michelle Interiors (WMI), it’s all about passion – a passion for defining individuals within their environment. WMI works across the board, specialising in the residential and leisure industries, including boutique hotels and lodges.

WMI’s slogan is ‘Defining Self Within’, and as part of its turnkey service, the company strives to interpret its clients’ unique individual styles, and then adds the polish of  balance, flow, warmth and versatility that is its signature. WMI will create and coordinate the perfect living or leisure environment tailor made just

for you and create an environment that is peaceful, healing, uplifting and energising. With 11 years of industry experience behind it, WMI’s prestigious and long-standing reputation precedes the company as it continues to create decor masterpieces.

Interior Design Interior Decor Renovations Space Planning Project Management

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A stylish

The colour scheme of black, red and white was carried through to wallpaper made up of iconic images from The Property Magazine.

showcase D

ecorex Joburg 2011 was a thrilling concoction of decor and design, representing the very best of local talent. The Property Magazine showcased its latest issue in style, with the help showcased

of Wanda Michelle Interiors (WMI). Other contractors who made fantastic contributions to the mag’s stand were: Bretz Furniture, African Olive Trading, NOWA, Oniro Concepts, Paco Rugs, Red Apple, The Decor Station and Reflection Glass.

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Luxuries for the quieter moments in life. LOVE YOUR SKIN

We love Ecokid’s new body-care range, which includes products

TREAT THE HOSTESS Val de Vie introduces Seventeen Eighty-Three, the perfect dinner party gift. Part of the estate’s signature premium black label range, this

such as TLC hypoallergenic wash, Potion Lotion

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Oh Là Là is a new accessory line of

Brazilian jewellery brand Fabrizio Giannone is now available in SA. Italian designer, Fabrizio,

ribbons, beads and charm bracelets,

has created a line of exclusive jewellery and clutches inspired by his love of Brazilian

hand-made in SA. Created by a

semi-precious gemstones. The gemstones are combined with exotic leathers, such as

group of local women who are

python, ostrich and sharkskin, in his rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces and clutches.

empowered to generate an income,

+27 (0)76 116 1196;

the accessories are just gorgeous and certainly unique. Available from Odizee Gifts. +27 (0)11 728 1078;

MOUNTAINS OF PRAISE Montblanc introduces its Tribute to Mont Blanc collection, in honour of the highest mountain in Europe, from which the iconic luxury brand takes its name. Excellence, exclusivity and enduring quality form the hallmark of all Montblanc products. Available from the Montblanc Boutique, Sandton City. +27 (0)11 666 2804,

time with its new, exclusive range of colourful espresso cups. The palette includes cherry, Dijon, Caribbean blue, pearl, kiwi, and cassis. So now you can kick-start your day with some extra cheer. 0861 77 33 21,

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FEELING ALL BRIGHT Le Creuset is once again pushing the boundaries of high-quality design, this

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Words Candace King

Gareth Cliff, the 5FM DJ and M-Net Idols judge, has launched his own iTunes application. The Gareth Cliff app is the first South African ‘personality’ application to be launched, and it features five tabs that include exclusive video content, a Gareth Cliff alarm clock, Twitter, Facebook, and an image viewer. The comical and entertaining app allows you to watch streaming videos that Gareth records daily and also gives you the opportunity to email, share to Facebook and Twitter and comment on and ‘like’ the videos. Wake up to the voice of Gareth with the GC alarm clock, which features tones such as ‘Jacob Zuma’, ‘Phuza Thursday’, ‘Archbishop Desmond Tutu’, ‘It’s the Weekend, Baby’, and many others. Check out what Gareth has to say on his Twitter and Facebook accounts, and view images on a larger scale with the Image tab. The free app will be downloadable from the Apple app store. It is currently only available for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival, 21–22 September

enjoy the food and drinks on offer. Plus,

Featuring 60 of the finest Cape wineries,

shelters in Gauteng. Entry: R20 (kids under

the festival takes place in Illovo at the

seven are R10). +27 (0)82 049 9209,

Wanderers Club. Visit the longest-running

as deli treats from Pick n Pay. Entry: R130.

Look & Feel Good Expo, 7–9 October

Visit this year’s expo at the Coca-Cola

indulge in a variety of quality wines as well

Discovery Invest Leadership Summit, 21 September

– all donations will go to selected animal

Dome for all there is to know about health,

Book a seat and be inspired by some of the

Good Food and Wine Show, 22–25 September

world’s most intelligent minds as they share

Tickle your taste buds at this year’s Good

live a healthier and vital lifestyle, the expo

strategies and insights into global financial,

Food and Wine Show at the Coca-Cola

includes various talks, workshops, yoga

economic and management issues. Speakers

Dome. Trends, products, and flavours with

classes, makeovers, spa treatments, fitness

include Absa Group CEO Maria Ramos,

regards to food, beverages and lifestyle

equipment and organic food.

Professor of Economics at New York University

will be showcased. The line-up of visiting

and Roubini Global Economics Founder and

celebrity chefs includes the infamous

Chairman Nouriel Roubini, Brazil’s Semco Group

Gordon Ramsay. Entry: R80 (kids are

MD Ricardo Semler, Wired Magazine Editor-

R60). Chefs in Action events: R200–R600.

Johannesburg International Motor Show, 8–16 October

in-Chief Chris Anderson, Graça Machel Trust

+27 (0)21 702 2280;

Taking place at Nasrec, the country’s

Founder and President Graça Machel, and

biggest international automotive show

behavioural economist Dan Ariely. Headlining

wellness, beauty, green living, nutrition and lifestyle. Aimed at encouraging visitors to

highlights cars, motorbikes, vehicle parts

Gore. The summit takes place at Sandton

Thinking Pets Family Fun Day, 1 October

Convention Centre. Tickets: R6 555. Reduced

Bring along the family, dogs and horses

Truck Show, giving visitors an all-round

prices for group bookings. 0861 000 749,

to a great day out at Waterhaven Country

automotive experience. Entry: R80

Estate in Gerhardsville. Browse the fun

(children 6–12 are R20). +27 (0)11 431 1472,

stalls, take part in the competitions and

the summit is former US Vice-President Al

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and more. The expo runs alongside the Auto Shop Show and the Johannesburg

Complied by Nicky Manson

private wine festival in South Africa and

bring a shoebox full of cat or dog goodies












This exceptional home on the banks of the Botrivier Lagoon exceeds all expectations of the architectural design codes at Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate.

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COVE Words Genevieve Fisher Photographs David Southwood Styling Genneth Lyn

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‘The house has been carved to fit well into the landscape and takes advantage of the lagoon, sea and mountain views.’

Opening page This expansive home interprets the residential estate’s guidelines to create a contemporary look all its own. This page, top left The striking, honey-hued, larch-wood cladding of the exterior public edge greets you as you approach the site. Bottom right Details of a concrete wall that has been moulded to match the texture of the wood, adding to the crafted and tactile quality of the home. Opposite, top right The walkway leading to the front door is designed to protect against the wind through the use of a wall of concrete and local shale. It also draws the eye to the lagoon. Centre Rheinzink (South Africa) supplied its German-manufactured pure zinc roofing material for this project. The double-standing, seamed roofing system was applied by Rheinzink’s recommended subcontractor, Rohde Roofing.


hat defines ‘contemporary form’ within a broader context of ‘traditional wall-dominated Cape architecture’? On the 90-minute drive from Cape Town to Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate, just outside Hermanus, the answer begins to present itself in the form of the inspiring landscape – vast expanses of undulating green hills and blue sky, multicoloured fynbos and winding mountain passes. Stopping at Site 139 on the estate, you’ll find the eyepopping answer staring you in the face – a functional, yet breathtaking, home whose design is informed by, and blends into, the unique natural surroundings. The house is the holiday home of a young Johannesburg-based family, whose brief to Michele Sandilands Architects (MSa) was to create a contemporary home that is fit for entertaining and reflects the natural surroundings. ‘The clients were the most non-prescriptive we’ve ever had, and they really trusted us,’ says MSa Director and Principal

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Architect, Michele Sandilands. She and her colleague, Project Architect Helen Joy Clark, attribute this trust to the client’s understanding of the architecture and design processes. Helen says, ‘The dynamic couple are a husbandand-wife team, with the former being a trained architect and the latter a quantity surveyor. They allowed us the creative freedom to interpret the brief the way we saw fit and, along with the expertise of Lloyd Horton, the project manager, let us get on with building the house to the best of our abilities.’ This wasn’t the first time the client and Michele had worked together. ‘Many years ago, I was working at another firm and he was the young intern studying architecture at UCT, where he graduated cum laude,’ says Michele. The client went on to complete his Masters in Building and Urban Design in London. Fast-forward a decade or so and a mutual colleague recommended MSa to the client to fulfil his and his wife’s vision of the ideal holiday home.

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‘The couple had a unique insight into our creative and aesthetic values. They completely bought into our vision for the house, which made the process successful from the get-go,’ says Helen. So, how do you interpret a fairly open-ended design brief? Conforming to the architectural guidelines of Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate, Michele and Helen have also incorporated the landscape and inspirational views of the lagoon and the Kogelberg mountains into the design of the house. The house is tucked into the ridge, with only the Rheinzink roof visible from the main road. The client says, ‘The architect listened to our needs and wrapped a serene, delicate plan around them. The house has been carved to fit well into the landscape, and takes advantage of the lagoon, sea and mountain views.’ The notion of blending the home into the landscape became all the more crucial when, prior to construction, a botanical survey conducted by Nick

Helme revealed the presence of some rare fynbos species. The client agreed to move the house back in an attempt to conserve part of it.The remainder of the plants were conserved through a process of search and rescue by a local NGO, Grootbos Foundation, who nurtured them so that they could be replanted on the site by landscape architect Franchesca Watson once the house was completed. The upper entrance level is the entertainment area, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows and sliding doors to maximise the views. Close to the entrance, the dropped lounge allows a sense of enclosure and privacy for the occasional business meeting, while still maintaining a visual connection with the kitchen, dining and lounge area, which all look out onto the panorama of water, mountains and fynbos. The seamless joining of landscape to home is reflected in the use of textured, muted materials, the dominant ones being concrete and timber, which have been fused using an unusual technique.

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Wiehahn Formwork & Scaffolding, 0861 70 80 70

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Opposite, top left Zimbo’s Trading Co., a supplier and installer of a wide range of solid and engineered timber flooring, provided the wide-board French Oak Design floorboards (190mm x 15mm x 1 900mm) that were used for cladding and flooring throughout the house. Zimbo’s trading also represents leading suppliers of coatings and adhesives, such as Wakol and Loba. Top right All the bathrooms are incorporated into the broader design of the bedrooms. Bottom Architectural concrete is an extremely important means of design. With PERI formwork, almost all forms and surface qualities can be realised, such as the concrete’s timber-like texturing in the facing wall in the dining room and elsewhere in this holiday home. (A print of Mary Sibande’s Her Majesty Queen Sophie hangs on the adjacent wall.) Wiehahn Formwork & Scaffolding provides its customers with practical assistance for the execution of architectural concrete, planning and supply of formwork systems, perfectly matched to the individual construction project and architectural specifications. This page, top right The seamless line between timber and concrete is once again evident in one of the upstairs lounges, which opens onto a deck overlooking the lagoon and the surrounding hills.

‘It was the first house we’d done with so much concrete, and we had to do a lot of research with the help of Andrew Rohe of Wiehahn into the construction methods within a South African context in order to achieve the desired finish,’ says Helen. ‘The beauty of using concrete in this way is that, whilst being the structure of the building, it also forms the finish, which then takes on a luminescent quality in the African afternoon sun.’ The look was achieved by lining concrete moulds with sandblasted timber boarding that, when removed, left behind wood-grain markings on the slabs. ‘Test panels were cast on the site to ensure the desired finish could be achieved as well as to act as a control.We had only one chance to get it just right.’ And they certainly did, softening the line between concrete and wood. ‘Modern architecture, particularly the use of concrete, can be quite cold and lifeless. The

timber-clad walls and floors softened and warmed the spaces and complemented this unusual effect of the concrete,’ says Helen. The lower level, reached by a floating timber staircase, is comprised of three en-suite bedrooms and the main en-suite bedroom. All the bathrooms have been incorporated into the broader design of the bedrooms in another example of blurring boundaries to create the ultimate zones of relaxation – a big trend in luxury home design today.The main bedroom leads onto the pool and Jacuzzi deck, and you can imagine just how comfortable it must be to entertain here in summer. Head Interiors did the decor, and its use of natural tones provides the perfect backdrop to the vibrant local artwork sourced by the client, including pieces by Mary Sibande and Velaphi Mzimba. But it is the exterior of the house and its incorporation into the landscape that is so beautifully

executed. Crowning the building is a series of roof gardens that insulate the home and allow natural flora, (the original rescued plants) to grow and extend over the roof edges, further camouflaging the house into the ridge.The exterior back wall is clad in larch wood, with small, elongated windows allowing just enough natural light onto the kitchen work surfaces. The wall leading to the front door is made from local shale and concrete and is positioned to protect the home against wind. Helen believes that the success of the project is a result of not only the passion and expertise that each team of building professionals brought to it, but also how they employed these attributes to complement the aesthetics of the house without its sacrificing functionality: ‘The contractors were completely engrossed by our vision for this project, and they all worked tirelessly to make it work.’

Professionals List … Michele Sandilands Architects (MSa) – Architect +27 (0)21 686 5472,, Rheinzink (South Africa) – Roofing Material +27 (0)21 671 2600,, Rohde Roofing – Roofing Contractor +27 (0)82 395 0095,, Wiehahn Formwork & Scaffolding – Authorised PERI Distributor 0861 70 80 70, Zimbo’s Trading Co. – Timber Flooring and Cladding +27 (0)11 466 3586,,

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Words Genevieve Fisher

It’s modern outdoor living inspired by ancient wisdom as we uncover the hottest new items relating to the five elements: water, earth, air, fire … and Man.


hen the mercury rises, so too does the cool factor of living, eating, cooking and relaxing outdoors. Taking our cue from nature’s four elements, water, earth, air and fire, we bring you the latest trends informed by each of these. We’ve also added a fifth element, Man’s technological advances, to give that extra something to outdoor living spaces.

Suppliers list … Aqua-Design, +27 (0)21 761 3759,; Beauty Fires, +27 (0)21 461 9821,; Belgotex Floorcoverings, +27 (0)33 897 7500,; Blok Landscaping, +27 (0)31 764 6421,; Box Living, +27 (0)21 465 6480,; Cane Time, +27 (0)21 5101072,; Créma Design, +27 (0)21 434 0661,; Hadeda, +27 (0)11 788 9859,; Italcotto, +27 (0)21 425 4192,; Limeline, +27 (0)21 424 8682,; Marlanteak, +27 (0)21 425 3817,; Mobelli Outdoor Furniture, +27 (0)11 268 6956,; Obbligato Décor, +27 (0)31 701 6565,; Plantation Shutter Co. +27 (0)11 708 7222,; Robert Thomson, +27 (0)87 150 4749, robert-; The Modern Garden Company, +27 (0)21 434 0611,; Vertical Landscapes, +27 (0)73 486 6288,; Weylandts, +27 (0)11 262 4747,; Yuppiechef, +27 (0)21 702 4969,

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Au natural Natural swimming pools and ponds are the next big thing in residential landscape design. As people become more conscious of the environment and the impact of toxic chemicals, the natural pool or pond will provide the answer. This pond, by Aqua-designs and Beyer-Honig Landscapers, imitates nature’s own. The water is cleaned by means of its own ecosystem of water plants. The result is a lush aquatic garden that flows under the house to form a reflective pond that benefits the indigenous flora and fauna that thrive on the resulting wetlands.

Around the block Splish-no-splash

Nothing makes a statement in landscape design as effectively as an attractive water feature. This oversized, raised rectangular

This stainless steel water feature from

pond by Blok Landscaping was designed to create a sense of

Obbligato Decor has a satin finish, providing

drama for guests arriving at this home and draw their eye to

a dreamy, reflective effect when the

the front door. Raising up the water feature closer to eye level

water drains down the structure into the

and adding focal points, such as the cast iron urns, enhances

concealed pond. The streamlined design

the effect.

also allows for minimal water splash.

A green clean In the warmer months there is nothing more luxurious than taking a shower outside. Available from Créma Design, the Serpentine outdoor shower by Belgian designer, Tom de Vrieze, for Extremis, is a stainless steel garden shower with an attractive and practical design. It connects directly to a hosepipe, allowing for the water to be heated by the sun. Its design and light construction let you move it around the garden with ease.

‘Trends in pool and water features design are moving towards a truly green solution without compromising architectural or landscape design. This translates into lowerenergy pumps, local and recycled lightweight materials and completely indigenous planting which reflects and enhances regional eco systems.’ – Dr Jerome Davis, Aqua-Designs September/October 2011 | 29


A new earth A big trend in gardening is the rise of the vertical garden. With irrigation technology becoming more advanced, vertical gardens are not only attractive features for outdoor and indoor spaces, but also easy to maintain, because they take care of themselves. This one by Vertical Landscapes has a stainless steel gutter that catches water from the garden.


Going up For city slickers who live in apartment blocks and

When you’re selecting tiles for outdoor

don’t have the luxury of a sprawling lawn or outdoor

areas, particularly those near pools or

entertainment area, a roof garden is the answer. This

water features, make sure they have

one, designed by Blok Landscaping, is perched aloft an

a non-slip rating. Porcelain tiles are

eleven-storey apartment block overlooking Durban’s

good because they are grippy and low

Gold Coast. The design concept behind this garden has a

maintenance. New to Italcotta is the porcelain Walks Series, which simulates

series of overlapping and layered geometric shapes set at

quartz and comes in four natural shades to suit any design aesthetic. We

different levels, adding interest to what was previously a

also adore these Mexican ceramic hand-painted tiles from Hadeda.

completely flat roof garden.

Boxed out Nothing represents outdoor living more than a pergola – a place where you can do all the things you enjoy doing indoors, but where, technically, you’re outdoors. Taking outdoor pergola systems to a whole new level is Spanish outdoor furniture designer Gandia Blasco’s Cristal Box, available from Limeline. This design-savvy structure is made of anodised or thermolacquered aluminium. The flooring is made from ‘technical wood’, a material that uses plant and plastic fibres, which require

Well wooded

little or no maintenance. The

When it comes to outdoor

ceiling is made from a phenolic

enclaves, timber is, and always

plate, and the outer roof is

will be, a popular choice,

galvanised sheeting.

because it makes people feel even closer to nature. Added to this is the decor and design trend towards using organic shapes and textures, as demonstrated here by Weylandts’ organic Munggur Stool.

‘We design gardens that relate strongly to the home’s predominant architecture and interiors. Being conscious of the green movement and incorporating this into the work we do, such as rainwater harvesting, and herb and veggie gardens and prioritising indigenous trees to conserve water and attract wildlife, is very important.’ – Jan Blok, Blok Landscaping 30 | September/October 2011


Divine vessels

Shutter chic

Available from the Modern Garden

The wind can wreck any outdoor cocktail or dinner

Company, these unusual planters, known

party, which is why many homes today have an outdoor

as Heaven Vases, have been designed by

space that is protected or has a sense of being enclosed.

Jean-Marie Massaud for Italian furniture

These timber adjustable outdoor shutter systems, by the

brand Emu. They make it seem as if the

Plantation Shutter Co., protect against summer breezes,

plant or shrub are suspended in space.

control light, provide privacy and insulate against cold and noise.

Natural integration

Hanging out This hanging pod chair from Weylandts is not only retro in its look, but also, as the name

Cabanne is a collection of modular

suggests, takes inspiration from the organic shape of a tree pod. Made from Viro wicker, the

structures, screens, shading sails, braziers,

chair is designed to be suspended from a suitably strong support beam or slab with a sturdy

benches and lamps designed by Bestetti

metal chain and can support a body weight of up to 150kg.

Associati for Paola Lenti. It’s a flexible and articulated system designed to give you protection against the elements. The items are suited to different times of the day and can be used in various environments, from garden to beach. The materials used have been selected to endure and integrate with nature and, besides from steel and wood, we love the airy feel of this abode, which is accentuated by Paola Lenti signature fabrics. Available from the Modern Garden Company.

Go with the flow The Wind Light by Spanish company Vibia Design is inspired by an umbrella, but rather than blocking out light, it illuminates the space. The unusual design incorporates a pivot system that allows the lamp to be moved by the wind. Or you can fix it at any angle you wish. The woven shade gives an airy feel. Available from Robert Thompson, the lamp comes in a fixed or portable option.

‘We are surrounded by white noise. Finding a tranquil space is like searching for a comet in an African night sky. Creating a sacred space in which you can simply be still, free from chaos, is an all-important quest.’ – Chris Weylandt, Weylandts September/October 2011 | 31

The Most Versatile Cooking Device Ever… Is it a Braai, a Grill, an Oven or a Smoker? A: YES!

Matthew Draper The Marketing and Sales Manager of SA’s hottest new braai, gives his favourite braai recipe in honour of National Braai Day and the upcoming Rugby World Cup. Seared Tuna Steaks Ingredients 50 ml soy sauce 3 tablespoons soft brown sugar 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 2 teaspoon sesame oil 2 large limes, juiced 2 spring onions, thinly sliced, diagonally 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted 4 Tuna Steaks 2 heads bok choy, halved

Preparation Put the soy sauce and brown sugar in a small saucepan over a medium heat and stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the garlic and sesame oil, remove from the heat and cool. Cover the tuna steaks with the marinade and leave for 1 hour. Cook the tuna steaks on the Cast Iron Griddle for 1 minute each side for rare, 2 for medium, basting constantly with the marinade, until charred and sticky on the outside. Grill the bok choy on the Cast Iron Searing Grate, halves cut-side down for 2 minutes. Put in a bowl and squeeze over lime juice and a little oil and scatter with spring onions and sesame seeds. Serve with the tuna.

Q&A What makes your product so unique? The Big Green Egg stands alone as the most versatile barbecue or outdoor cooking product on the market, with more capabilities than all other conventional cookers combined. From pizza to ribs, or Christmas dinner to desserts, the Big Green Egg will exceed all your expectations for culinary perfection! With five convenient sizes to choose from, there is a Big Green Egg to fit every lifestyle! What is your must have braai Item? The Large Big Green Egg With all the EGGsessories is all you will ever need for the rest of your life,. The grill size is perfect and the firebox is big enough to cook with one bag or lump wood charcoal for over 14hrs. The Ceramic shell means no rust...EVER... it will be the last braai you ever buy. In your opinion, What is a must for any braai? A gathering of your best mates, cold beers or wine, sunny skies and the promise of watching the Boks thrash the opposition. What other products do you have on offer? You can order just about anything for your Big Green Egg, the list of Eggcessories is nearly endless. From Electric fire starters to tables to hold your Egg to Vertical Chicken Roasters even to Pizza Plate Setters. You can really have fun with your Egg! If you could send a message to the Springbok team, what would it be? You guys can barbecue all you want over there, throw as many “shrimp on the bar-b” as you like. But when you come home for a real braai, be sure you bring the TROPHY!!!

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Mexican glow These handcrafted brass lanterns from Mexico will provide a bohemian feel to any outdoor space. Emanating a soft glow, lanterns are always a classic outdoor accessory, and in our eyes, they will never go out of style. Available from Hadeda.

Hot design

What’s cooking?

Bio-ethanol fires are taking the top spot on eco-fundis’ and design

A South African summer wouldn’t be the same without

aficionados’ most-wanted lists.

the perfect braai. This pretty

It’s quite obvious why, really:

Weber Smokey Joe Braai

not only are they beautiful, but they’re also easy on the

from Yuppichef, available in

environment, thanks to the use

pop colours, is the perfect addition to a designer outdoor

of biofuels, which are derived from

space. Taking outdoor cooking

plant mass and are non-toxic. Two of

a step further is Euro Appliances’

our favourite bio-ethanol outdoor fire

Viking range of facilities for

and lighting products are the Rubik

gourmet outdoor kitchens.

Fires from Beauty Fires (below), and Torches from Marlanteak (above), both of which have an other-worldly

Designer heat

look and provide a focal and talking point to any outdoor space.

On those fresh summer evenings there is no reason to go indoors if you have the Dolce Vita Falo Heater from Mobelli Outdoor Furniture. Made from stainless steel, this sleek portable heater ensures that optimal heat is spread efficiently and, even in windy conditions, it is guaranteed to light up and continue burning.

Contemporary camping The Qrater dish by Belgian furniture design company Extremis makes campfires suitable for any outdoor living space. Resembling a crater, it is an open fire dish made from weathering steel. It’s designed to be left outside and will not corrode. Available from Créma Design.

‘Bio-ethanol fireplaces create ambience and focal points for any area, even the outdoors. These fires are mobile, which makes them perfect mood-setters for any environment.’ – Charles Scott, Beauty Fires September/October 2011 | 33

Life Grande Café

Furniture supplied by Sean Williams Contracts

Photograph credit: © VISI/Dook/

Sean Williams Contracts is passionate about conservation, raising awareness and taking action. The planet suffers under human selfishness and greed, which is affecting our wildlife and environment drastically. Buy furniture from Sean Williams Contracts during the month of October and stand a chance to win an all inclusive trip for 2 to Somkhanda Game Reserve in KZN to meet our adopted Rhino - Bella. The weekend is the 25th - 27th November 2011 and is valued at R10 000.00. SWC will donate 10% of profits generated from the October 2011 sales to Somkhanda Game Reserve to help save the Rhino from extinction. The winner will be announced on the 1st November 2011. For any queries regarding the competition please contact Faye on 011 262 3521 or * TERMS AND CONDITIONS: The prize is non exchangeable for cash, the dates are fixed and can’t be changed, the person who has won the prize is the person who will attend - the prize cant be exchanged between people or sold. To qualify for the competition only paid orders will be applicable.

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A retro set The Salone lounge set from Mobelli Outdoor Furniture has a retro look. The range comprises a three-seat lounger, an armchair, a drinks trolley and a coffee table. The frames are made from powder-coated aluminium, which is scratch, stain and peel resistant, and the cushions are made from an innovative polyurethane foam filling that allows the centre of the cushion to remain 100% resistant to water. This ensures that the cushion remains resilient to decay from mould and mildew, and that it lasts a lot longer than ordinary foam cushions.

The poster kid The Jaada Poster Sofa from Box Living’s Nipis Outdoor Range is a striking and elegant couch or daybed. Made from weather-resistant materials, including supple teak hardwoods, premium synthetics, durable fabrics and quick-drying foam, it’s not only easy on the eyes and luxuriously comfortable, but it’s hardy, too, and can withstand all weather conditions.

Plastic fantastic For many people, the thought of having fake grass in their garden kind of defeats the point of having a garden at all. But the appeal of Duraturf, made from durable, tufted polyethylene yarn, is substantial, specifically for those gardens that are shaded and where nothing can grow properly. What’s more, it is low maintenance, and you can have a well- manicured garden all year round with little more than a brush every few weeks. Available from Belgotex Floorcoverings.

Seating arrangement The basic, modular design of the Dedon Lounge range, available from Canetime, is accented by clean lines and allows individual units to be configured to form unlimited shapes and variations. By combining or separating units you can create endless seating options that cleverly emerge as generous islands, niches and corner sections.


A patterned perch The Organic Bench by Obbligato Decor is made from durable powder-coated stainless steel and has an attractive leaf design cutout. The allure of stainless steel is that it not only gives a contemporary slick finish, but also that, in terms of eco-sensitivity, it’s one of the most recyclable materials on the planet.

‘Alongside the increasing sophistication of frame and fabric technologies in the realm of outdoor furniture, quality really does matter. Plastic weave is on the wane. With the large sums of money being ploughed into new production techniques, we are seeing fully fabric-covered furniture for the outdoors alongside new and surprising ways of using plastics and polymers.’ – Susan Perry, The Modern Garden Company September/October 2011 | 35


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Opposite, top The show house at The Reeds at Balgowan has been masterfully blended into the magnificent Midlands countryside. This page, clockwise from top left Sunset over the picturesque nature reserve; sunlight filters into the plush master bedroom; clean, contemporary lines in the designer kitchen; spaciousness and light are hallmarks of the development; a vase by Henk Nel and a simple coloured glass panel add a dash of colour to the bathroom.


he Reeds at Balgowan exemplifies the spirit of ubuntu living, with its unique, enviro-sensitive homes built to stay in harmony with nature. Celebrating the biodiversity of KwaZulu-Natal’s picturesque Midlands Meander, The Reeds is a verdant, forested nature reserve featuring internationally acclaimed architectural designs that blend into the landscape and maximise active living in a pristine outdoor setting. Just a short drive from South Africa’s most prestigious private schools, the 44ha eco-estate is located close to the N3 motorway from Johannesburg to Durban, overlooking the valley around Nottingham Road and providing sweeping views of the Drakensberg Mountains. Homeowners can enjoy the serenity of trout-filled dams, abundant hiking and mountain- biking trails and the solitude of walks through adjoining indigenous and commercial forests.

security gatehouse that provides controlled access to the properties. The show house is distinguished by the harmonious interplay between architecture and landscape. The subtle, low- profile design was done by San Francisco- based architect Stan Field, a UCT graduate who has become one of the world’s foremost architects of sustainable buildings. Stan has received a number of international accolades and wide press coverage for his work on The Reeds. The home’s subdued earth tones are combined with rich natural woods, distinctive concrete structures, high-beam ceilings, airy decks, modern fixtures and well-positioned lighting. The home also features energy-efficient appliances, tasteful shutters for privacy, full-vista windows, underfloor heating, a comfort-zone fireplace and a state-of-the-art home security and property surveillance system that’s linked to an armed-response unit based in nearby Balgowan.

seven 2 000m2 freehold plots on offer, priced from R1,2 million to R1,5 million. Plans are available for the construction of other uniquely situated homes on the eco-estate. An estate architect, on-site project manager and green-building team are available to new owners seeking to develop plots within The Reeds at Balgowan’s guidelines. More details, architectural guidelines and the constitution of the Home Owners Association can be sourced from

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Transform your outdoor spaces in style with help from the experts in landscaping and outdoor furniture. Photographs Nic Baleta. Shot on location at Avianto, Muldersdrift.

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Hylton Arelisky, Director

Daniel Terblanche, Director

Brandon Mansour, Owner

Klaus Herrmann, Director – Hertex Fabrics Inland

The core focus of your business? We are suppliers of quality outdoor furniture, and agents for leading brands, including Dedon, Ego Paris, Coast Beanbags, Simply Outdoors, Sifas and Mondecasa. All of our outdoor furniture is completely weatherproof. The must-have item or look for Spring/Summer 2012? Dedon outdoor furniture, including the latest Mu, Tribeca Nestrest and Play ranges. Other local and international trends for this season include outdoor furniture manufactured from materials that go beyond synthetic fibre or teak – various other materials are now being used, including synthetic leathers, sling, and a synthetic wood compound. New on the outdoor furniture market are fully upholstered all-weather couches, lounge chairs and dining chairs. A developing trend is for cushions to be manufactured from materials that enable not just the furniture but also the cushions to be left outdoors without any maintenance. Most outdoor furniture can now be used both indoors and outdoors. A prestigious venue where our readers can see your handiwork? The penthouse suite at One&Only Cape Town, the Westcliff, Radisson hotels, Mandela Rhodes Place, and Beverly Hills Hotel.

The core focus of your business? Earthdance Landscapes has earned a reputation for creating sophisticated, sustainable and timeless landscapes of distinction. Unique atmospheres are created through the innovative fusion of indigenous plants, natural materials and objets d’art. The must-have item or look for Spring/Summer 2012? A vertical garden, aka a greenwall, can be made to green and soften any bland concrete structure and breathe lush green life into the space. Apart from the visual pleasure of a living feature wall, the plants also aid in sound absorption, humidifying and cooling down the space while absorbing carbon dioxide. A prestigious project featuring your products or services? Our most recent project entailed a wide spectrum of funky elements: we installed a large greenwall by the entertainment area. A stainless steel cable structure allows creepers to soften walls along narrow passages, while a mini forest of indigenous forest indigo trees with meadow-like planting underneath completes the picture.

The core focus of your business? The core focus of our business is corporate garden maintenance, landscaping and cleaning. The must-have item or look for Spring/Summer 2012? ‘Going green’ is a phrase that’s being used more and more as we enhance our outdoor living spaces. Items or a look for the garden should include elements that attract and entice nature to return to the home garden. A prestigious project featuring your products or services? Our Garden World stand was the overall winner in the Revamped Garden 2011 category. For more on our products and services, visit our website.

The core focus of your business? Hertex Fabrics is a wholesaler, focusing on fabric for the decor and design industry. We are dedicated to meeting the exact demands of a diverse client base, offering premium quality fabrics, rugs and wall coverings at competitive prices. Our products are exported globally. The must-have item or look for Spring/Summer 2012? The must-have accessories for spring/summer are outdoor rugs and summer cable-knit throws. Colours are wild and bright. Look out for colour blocking, whilst indigos and crisp whites make a comeback. Novelty designs and prints, flags and comics are popular. Your most recent collection? Padari is the most recent brand to be introduced by Hertex. It offers our clients the latest trends in loose floor rugs – perfectly suited to our vast fabric collections. The Persian name is derived from the words ‘pa’, the foot, and ‘dar’, meaning ‘door’ – a rug placed at the door.

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Alon Sachs, Director

Aviv Sachs, Director

Niels Rudolph, Director

The core focus of your business? Mobelli are the leaders in designled outdoor furniture, and are known for their excellent quality, and competitive pricing. Our comprehensive range comprises a collection of classic and contemporary furniture designs, as well as innovative accessories, such as patio dividers, umbrellas, shades and, most recently, illuminated outdoor planters and sculptural ball lights. The must-have item or look for Spring/Summer 2012? Mobelli’s 2012 collection is comprised of both sophisticated and fun designs, all intended to make the most of your outdoor space and, of course, our enviably long summer months. Standout pieces from the collection include the retroinspired Salone lounge set, the covetable Caro Punto chairs, the Lille lounge suite with its modular simplicity, and the delightful Nova cubes. Recent outdoor furniture ranges pay homage to the enduring modern designs of the retro period. There is also a move towards outdoor furniture that is both playful and utilitarian. A prestigious venue where our readers can see your handiwork? Mobelli outdoor furniture can be found at many of the world’s best hotels.

Your solutions for the hospitality industry? Mobelli stocks a comprehensive range of contract furniture for the hospitality trade. The Mobelli contract range of furniture is available in superior high-density polyethylene engineered rattan or in Batyline sling fabric, produced by Ferrari, France. Importantly, Mobelli keeps stock of key lines, ensuring clients a quick turnaround time from order. A prestigious venue where our readers can view your products? Mobelli’s contract furniture is used by select Hilton hotels within Africa. In South Africa, our furniture can be found at the Mount Nelson Hotel, Crystal Towers Hotel, the Ambassador Hotel, the Hildebrand restaurant, at all Primi Piatti restaurants, and at the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront. The latest technical improvements to your range? Mobelli has introduced an innovative polyurethane foam filling for select ranges. This new, specialised foam filling represents the very latest in outdoor furniture innovation. It is ideally suited for outdoor furniture because the centre of the cushion remains 100% resistant to water. This ensures that the cushion remains resistant to decay from mould and mildew and lasts a lot longer than ordinary foam cushions.

The core focus of your business? To provide clients with a onestop outdoor shop, incorporating furniture, shading solutions and stylish accessories. All our products are top-end European brands of the highest quality, aimed at the discerning individual. The must-have item or look for Spring/Summer 2012? Our Hemisphere (bubble chair) in a modern, round form, together with the newly launched MDT umbrella range, in particular the Tulip umbrella, complete with the smart and green cordless LED floating lamps. Be bold, be chic and make a statement! A prestigious project featuring your products or services? The complete outdoor solution for Kuzina restaurant at the Firs, in Rosebank, which opened in December 2010. Our stunning Quadro daybed has pride of place in the outdoor area of this great new addition to the Johannesburg dining scene. Look out for the soon-to-be upgraded Kitchen Bar at Design Quarter, in Fourways. Stunning custom-made pieces supplied by ORA – The Outdoor Boutique will soon make their appearance on the Design Quarter piazza.

PATIO WAREHOUSE Jacques Delport, Director The core focus of your business? Patio Warehouse provides the largest selection of patio furniture and accessories in Africa. To ensure luxurious outdoor comfort and sophisticated style with durable materials, make sure to visit Patio Warehouse. We endeavour to maintain a high level of professionalism and excellence in every dealing undertaken, be it the supply of products or client relations. Patio Warehouse brings a touch of class to outdoor living. The must-have item or look for Spring/Summer 2012? Outdoor furniture should have clean and simple lines. Artificial wicker is a very popular trend in the outdoor market. We’ve seen a lot of new and interesting weaves coming out. Grey colouring is also very popular. The Cora hanging chair is the must-have item for spring. A prestigious project featuring your products or services? We at Patio Warehouse are privileged to supply our products and services to wine estates, private hospitals, B & Bs and many lodges throughout South Africa as well as the rest of Africa, including Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, DRC and Namibia.




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ROYAL LANDSCAPE Gideon de Villiers, Owner The core focus of your business? Royal Landscape strives for a professional and personal business. We only use products of the highest quality and always strive to be consistent in our quality and service, and to satisfy every customer at any cost. We are the best! The must-have item or look for Spring/Summer 2012? Spring is in the air! Lots and lots of colours. Our choice of bloomers is guaranteed to turn your garden into a rainbow of colour, from spring through to summer and autumn. So, ‘plant me, instead’: Prunus mume, Gaura lindheimeri, Chlorophytum saundersiae, Scabiosa columbaria, Limonium perezii and Angelonia angustifolia. A prestigious project featuring your products or services? A prestigious garden in the heart of Limpopo: a garden of 10 000m2 of colour, texture, form and density, with lots of big trees, cycads, wooden decking and water features – a little piece of heaven on earth.

THE FRIENDLY PLANT Craig de Necker, Managing Director The core focus of your business? We are an award-winning landscape design and installation company that services clients in South Africa and a number of other African countries. We specialise in designing and creating gardens and outdoor living spaces that complement our clients’ lifestyles. The must-have item or look for Spring/Summer 2012? Designer outdoor living spaces are fast becoming that something extra that sets one garden apart from another. These spaces include pools, braai areas and firepits, and not only increase the value of your property, but also your enjoyment. A prestigious project featuring your products or services? We were judged the overall winner at this year’s Garden World Spring Festival, arguably Africa’s most prestigious garden show. Our clients include numerous prominent business figures as well as the current president of an African country.


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Tell us about some of the most exciting projects you’ve worked on recently. Rhoms sells over 30 000m2 of laminate a month, so our floors are almost everywhere. We treat every project, whether high profile or for the man in the street’s spare bedroom, as equally exciting and important. What’s the latest and greatest in flooring technology and innovation? The trend in laminate flooring today is more and more towards a natural look and feel, and the latest German technological improvements allow for this. The authentic, embossed, deep-brushed matt and gloss surface structure technology that we stock faithfully reproduces the most exquisite features of real timber. Extra-wide boards (327mm as compared with the standard 189mm) with V-groove sides combine in some of the range with the magic of endless beauty to create a luxurious and spacious interior to enhance any room at a fraction of the price of real wood. We have been dealing in floors for 14 years, and these are the best we have ever seen. What advice would you give readers who are tempted to turn flooring their home into a DIY job? Laminate has always been sold as a DIY product in Europe. It’s only in South Africa where this trend is not popular. By following simple rules to the letter, you can achieve a great effect. In our stores we demonstrate how it’s done, and our technical people are always willing to share their little tricks. But the biggest factor is a flat screed – get this right and the infamous ‘click-clack’ sound is gone. Tell us about some of your bestsellers. The XL Long Island boards of the Castello (327mm) range and the Castle Oak of our Super Natural range are the hottest product in our stores. We have added more exciting decors to these now famous colours. At R230/m2 for the XL and R189,99/m2 for a Super Natural (including VAT), they are winners in all categories, as they are affordable and trendy. We import directly via our international group trading company to keep the prices down. As soon as the stock arrives from Germany, it flies out the stores, but we have shipments coming in monthly.

Tell us about some of the most exciting projects you’ve worked on recently. Rhoms believes that every project is important. We do it all, from one-room refurbishments to large commercial projects. Working with SA’s top designers and architects means that we are always exposed to the latest trends, and we add the latest products and technology. Our brag book includes Morukuru Farmhouse, Fairview wine estate, Millvale Estate, Londolozi, the Akani hotels, Hush Puppy, The Michelangelo hotel and other prominent homes. Our referral rate of 80% speaks for itself. What’s the latest and greatest in flooring technology and innovation? The most exciting developments in wood flooring technology and innovation are in the finishes. Our flooring range is prefinished, meaning the colouring, oiling and smoking does not just sit on the surface, but goes all the way through the timber. Oiled surfaces, which bring out the real wood colours and feel, are the way to go today. No messy traditional sanding and sealing is required ever again – a simple, yearly maintenance programme consisting of a deep clean and oiling makes the floor look brand new. Another exciting development is the ability to mix finishes on the floor. You are no longer limited to the distressed look – we now offer wire-brushed, handcobbled, and even fine-sawn wood. Our exclusive Vintage and Lifestyle ranges offer unprecedented possible combinations of these finishes. Herringbone is back, but is now offered in white oil or natural finish. We have added Walnut to our extensive and famous Vintage Oak range. Low maintenance is the key to our floors. What eco-friendly flooring solutions does your company offer? We were the first flooring company in SA to achieve international FSC certification (SGS-COC-002403). We are committed to products that come from sustainable and renewable resources and, most importantly, are manufactured in a socially responsible manner. It’s the whole process that must be correct. Our engineered flooring follows the age-old tradition of using blockboard with FSC timbers, with the rare resource as a top layer. This allows us not only to be Green Responsible, but to also produce a superior product.

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Words Anne Schaffer Portrait photograph Tim Lake Projects photographs courtesy VDMMA


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nya van der Merwe and Macio Miszewski were contemporaries at the School of Architecture at the University of Cape Town, and, soon after graduating – ‘when the moonlighting became unbearable’, they say, wryly – created a partnership and began VDMMA. Their first project was a house: ‘The client invited proposals from three practices, in effect a mini private competition, and we won! That was the start of the practice, and it led to other residential commissions, which led to others. And so the practice survived birth.’ That was 1991. Within five years, they identified a Grade 1 listed building in Bree Street and renovated and restored it with great sensitivity, to

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accommodate the burgeoning practice. Today, there are 10 architects on VDMMA’s staff , including the three directors – Lloyd Rubidge joined Anya and Macio in 2000 – and two associates, Karien Trengove and Michelle Claassens. Over the past two decades, the projects undertaken by VDMMA have ranged from the celebrated Cape Town International Convention Centre (voted the city’s favourite building by KFM radio listeners), where they were the lead designers with FA, and the emotive Desmond Tutu Peace Centre, where they were lead designers with DSA, to the chic retail interiors of niche brands, such as Hilton Weiner, Urban Degree and Jenni Button. As a practice,VDMMA employs a holistic approach

which addresses all aspects of their projects, including interiors and landscaping, from start to finish: ‘The interiors of our projects are the architecture of the building. We design the projects at all scales and from all aspects, simultaneously.’ The architects have always put themselves forward as contemporary, or in some instances, modernist, but, generally, they avoid stylistic bracketing. ‘But what we’re not is revisionist or derivative.’ They describe their core philosophy as ‘striving for architecture which suggests timeless simplicity and elegance’. Clearly they’ve achieved that, and the world loves it.VDMMA has received numerous accolades and worldwide media coverage, won prestigious national and international awards


Cape-based practice Van der Merwe Miszewski Architects is lauded as visionary in most sectors of the built environment. But for some of us, it’s these four iconic residential projects, integrated into extraordinary landscapes, that shiver our timbers. From left Anya van der Merwe, Macio Miszewski, Lloyd Rubidge

and continually contributes to academia. As members of the Green Building Council, the architects’ involvement in sustainable projects includes the design of two of the first projects in South Africa to seek Green Star rating, and they’re currently involved in the development of the new Public Building Rating Tool. Every now and again, between design briefs for projects as diverse as boutique hotels, wine cellars, luxury game lodges and schools, comes one for an extraordinary home. Or rather, a home in an extraordinary landscape. Four residential projects in particular stand out as showcase buildings designed for unique landscapes, structures which demonstrate so exquisitely how each landscape inspired a very

different, yet site-specific, intervention. They were designed and built for individual owners, unrelated, over a period of years.VDMMA named the projects ‘Tree House’, ‘Forest House’ (pictured above), ‘Mountain House’ and ‘Bridge House’. Certainly, all structures relate closely to site, but it’s often seemingly more about functionality than aesthetics. For a residential project in a wholly natural, even protected, environment, the reason why that home should relate to the setting is obvious; the ‘how’, less so. Balancing the sensitive integration of home into place (capitalising on the natural attributes of view or indigenous landscape) with creating an extraordinary home which meets the client’s criteria is the sort of dizzying, creative challenge relished by VDMMA:

‘We place a great deal of emphasis on the site and context of each project. We seek always to find the gees of the site and to “listen” to the site.’ The architects share their thoughts, processes and insights into each of the four projects, from the inspiration and direction gleaned from the sites and surrounds to the complex narratives which wove their way through the creative journey and, ultimately, drove the designs. As to who designed which home, they respond, ‘As a practice, we generally design together. The practice is a “studio’, and there’s much interaction. We’ve always adhered to the principle of not releasing a design before it is ready. Ultimately, ownership devolves to VDMMA – the practice.’

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Tree House ‘Trees are precious in Africa. They provide shelter for the elders at meeting time, for schoolchildren in the midday heat, for all, to shield against the unrelenting elements. In a sense, the tree has become iconic, almost mythical,’ says VDMMA by way of introduction to the inspiration for, and design of, Tree House. ‘The site is on the slopes of Table Mountain, adjacent to a valley and stream, with a canopy of spreading umbrella pines. The trees provided the primary reference and structural concept for the house. Five tree- like structures anchor the roof to the ground and provide shelter for the functions gathered underneath. These trees are surrounded by a separate, lightweight, transparent steel-and-glass enclosure supported on a rusticated stone base. The visitor is invited to take part in a journey of discovery, requested to participate in the unlocking of experiences within the house, the peeling off of layers. We tried to heighten the experience of unveiling and of delicate exposure, to create within the house sensuality and moments of intense intimacy, a folly immersed in, and closely linked with, the majestic beauty of the African landscape, a simultaneous dialogue between inside and outside, neither taking precedence over the other.’

Forest House Forest House is set at the edge of Table Mountain National Park, at the highest permissible contour level for development.VDMMA describes the structure: ‘Essentially configured as an L-shaped building, the middle portion is a double-volume, fully glazed entrance lobby containing the vertical circulation and separating the two lengths of the L. This visual gap allows for the site to truncate the building, linking the terraced and landscaped foreground of the house to the forest beyond, which sprawls behind the house and up the hills to the rock face of Table Mountain itself. The site has magnificent views and is dotted with tall, vertical pines. The footprint of the house preserved the existing pines and sidestepped a variety of granite boulders, which were incorporated into the structure and design of the building. Full-height glazing took advantage of the views, and the resultant sun gain was tempered with deeply overhanging canopies and sliding shutters in timber, in continuity with the external timber cladding of the building.’

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DESIGN PROFILE the lie of the land, and lie like leaves that have fallen down the mountain; they’re in sympathy with the surrounding context so as to achieve as little visual impact as possible on the existing natural landscape. ‘Habitable spaces have been created by using the age-old tradition of inserting stone walls into the landscape, thereby creating usable terraces and platforms. The colours of these walls emulate those of the cliffs of Table Mountain above, and its presence anchors the design into the landscape. The wavy roof is like a

Mountain House

Clockwise from top left Bright and airy spaces enable stylish living amid the foliage at Tree House; Mountain House, from concept to reality – the stone walls and curved concrete roof marry the structure to the landscape; VDMMA resurrected the dry riverbed with a swimming pool and other water features at Bridge House, which is split over three sites that are traversed by a donga; the natural features of the site are seamlessly integrated into the design of Forest House.

Mountain House is located on a steep, sloping site at the foot of Table Mountain, bordering Table Mountain National Park.VDMMA comments: ‘To achieve the least impact on the site, the house is comprised of five pavilions tucked into the sloping terrain, surrounded by the existing natural fynbos, which stretches from the mountain slopes above the site to the road below. The pavilions mimic

Bridge House Bridge House is built across three separate, adjacent sites in the heart of Higgovale, upslope from the Cape Town CBD and below Table Mountain.VDMMA explains: ‘All three sites are traversed by a donga. The site slopes, in places steeply. It also contains large, mature, exotic and indigenous trees, set among rocks and moss-covered boulders, which help to form the donga and its banks, which are covered by tangled undergrowth. Among the rocks lay fallen tree trunks and undergrowth, stone steps, pathways, platforms and broken-down stone walls. We reinvented this ancient garden in this “found valley” on the slopes of Table Mountain. We placed the structures along the perimeter of the three sites, allowing the inner areas to be landscaped in a manner that emphasises the donga, the inherent

piece of the site lifted off the ground, settling over the habitable spaces and platforms. The concrete roof curves in both directions and takes its cue from the curved nature of the cliff faces on Table Mountain above and the contouring slope of the site below. The roof therefore simulates the curve of the mountain face and the lie of the land. Glass encloses these platforms to create habitable spaces within the indigenous natural surroundings.’

beauty of the site and the views towards the mountains and sea. At the uppermost end of the site, a bridge was placed across the donga, allowing it to remain below. A pool and stream, flowing to a pond, were inserted into the dry riverbed. The flow of water is dammed by the pool, then runs freely in the stream and settles in the pond at the base of the site. Intensive planting will regenerate the garden. Found pathways and steps have been reinstated. The Bridge is the main house (Site 1), containing entry, living spaces and main bedrooms; adjacent to the Bridge are the garage and guest quarters (Site 2); at the base of the site, the Donga House – for guests – spans the pond (Site 3).’ +27 (0)21 423 5829,

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WESTERN CAPE The residents of  Steenberg and Pearl V   alley golf estates get to enjoy their own slices of the Cape Winelands. Steenberg Golf Estate is situated in the oldest wine farm in the Cape Peninsula, and it is only one within the Cape Metropole. ‘Homebuyers have been drawn here for the proven resale track record coupled with the unrivalled recreational way of life,’ says Steenberg Property Sales Director, Jacques Marais, explaining the reasons for Steenberg’s popularity. ‘Steenberg Golf Estate is part of Constantia Valley. It has state-of-theart, unobtrusive security, and there is a hotel, two restaurants, and a health spa on the grounds. Business

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parks, private schools, gyms, shopping centres and a wide variety of restaurants are all within easy reach of the estate.’ There are freestanding homes available to buy, and short-, medium- and long-term rentals on hand, as well as holiday accommodation. The newest development on the estate is Nieuwe Steenberg, which is nestled under the Steenberg Mountain. There are 22 double-storey luxury homes within Nieuwe Steenberg, priced from R4,9-million. Unlike Steenberg, Pearl  Valley Golf  Estates is fairly new to the golf estate fraternity, having been launched in 2003. In addition to having an idyllic location, Pearl V   alley has been voted Third-Best Golf Course in South Africa 2010/2011 by Golf Digest. Its

location, in the heart of the Cape Winelands, offers owners an experience that is close to nature, yet only a short distance from the city centre. These are the drawcards for a substantial number of foreign and local investors, says the estate’s Sales and Marketing Manager, Madali Groenewald: ‘Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch are all on the doorstep of Pearl Valley. Not only is the golfing experience exceptional, but the estate has many other amenities that attract investors who enjoy the outdoors, such as an equestrian centre, tennis courts, a spa, a boma on the banks of the Berg River, conferencing facilities and hiking and biking trails.’ Over 300 homes out of the eventual 500 have been built.


KWAZULUNATAL Many luxury residential golf estates take advantage of KwaZulu-Natal’s subtropical coastal region and its hilly inland terrain. Situated in Ballito, Simbithi is among the first of a new type of development that’s rapidly gaining in popularity: the eco-estate. Its developers took many precautions to minimise the environmental impact of the 430ha estate, creating a residential development and golf course that are in tune with their natural surroundings. You can choose between apartments, freehold homes or stand-alone sectional title units in the surrounds of grasslands, indigenous forests and dams. There is also beach access. The homes’ designs are based on the simple, yet effective, farm-style architecture of the area, with an emphasis on light. Facilities on the estate include a community centre, an equestrian centre and a pre-school to grade three. One of the most popular golf estates in KZN is the 700ha Zimbali Coastal Resort. IFA Hotels & Resorts President Wessel Witthuhn says, ‘Zimbali Coastal Resort is nationally and internationally recognised as providing all the elements that people look for in a premier mixed-use estate, with key emphasis on a championship 18-hole golf course and all the services and amenities of an internationally branded five-star resort. Zimbali Coastal Resort is a true mixed-use resort, as opposed to other estates in KwaZulu-Natal. With the development of Fairmont Zimbali Resort, the lore of Zimbali Coastal Resort is beyond compare. Add to this the recent launch of the new Zimbali Lakes Resort, and the Zimbali concept has expanded even further.’ Zimbali Lakes Resort includes condos, a full spectrum of property ownership, including Fairmont Heritage Place (Africa’s only internationally branded private residence club) and a five-star hotel managed by a global brand. ‘With the new product offering, a new opportunity exists to invest in South Africa’s premium resort brand, Zimbali,’ says Wessel.

Opposite, top The 18th hole and clubhouse at Ebotse Golf and Country Estate. This page, top left Designer home in Pearl Valley Golf Estates. Top right, above High-class finishes in the lounge of the Houghton on the 7th. Top right, below A home nestles in the greenery at Zimbali Coastal Resort.

GAUTENG As far as residential golf estates go in this part of the country, buyers’ key concern is security. Completed in 2008, a recent addition to the host of golf estates in Gauteng is Ebotse Golf and Country Estate, in Benoni, alongside the Rynfield Lake. MD Vince Cockbain says Ebotse has one of the best security records in the country, and this is attracting investors in large numbers. It is the first estate in the country with an SAPS equestrian platoon patrol; radar guns, license plate recognition and average speed determination technology add to residents’ safety within the estate by curbing speeding. In addition to freehold stands, houses and rental options, there are new sectional title units available in four separate, beautiful developments. Sectional title residences range from 152m2 to 470m2 in size and are priced from R1,3-million. The 18-hole Matkovich and Hayes links course is a huge perk, too and includes facilities such as a pro golf shop, a golf training academy and a unique floating driving range. Other activities on offer include water sports, boating, bird-watching, nature trails for walking or jogging, and squash and tennis.

Another Gauteng residential golf estate worthy of mention is the Houghton. The residential offering comprises apartment blocks clustered around the 7th and 12th holes of the Houghton Golf Course. Luxury apartments are currently on show at The Houghton on the 7th. A dam acts as a buffer to the golf course. These units also have a private entrance. The Houghton on the 12th is made up of fourbedroom ground-floor garden duplexes and threebedroom classic apartments.There are also penthouses and presidential penthouses available. The presidential penthouses are 1 236m2 in size, and have six bedrooms and a rooftop pool. CEO Lawrence Kreeve says, ‘Individuals have the opportunity to purchase prime residential apartments in the heart of Johannesburg, situated on 168 acres of private parkland with unhindered views over the Jack Nicklaus signature golf course and the Sandton skyline.’ Residents have access to the Houghton Golf Clubhouse and the private residents club, which offers a spa and wellness centre, swimming pool and sun deck, Jacuzzi, card and billiards room and wine lounge. The investment potential of the Houghton is positive, given its prime location in the upmarket suburb, which is experiencing a property upswing thanks to the development of the Gautrain.

With thanks to … Ebotse Golf and Country Estate, 086 070 0007, Pearl Valley Golf Estate, +27 (0)21 867 8000, Simbithi Eco-Estate, Steenberg Golf Estate, +27 (0)21 713 2244, The Houghton, +27 (0)11 467 5630, Zimbali Resort Estate, +27 (0)32 538 1984,

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Real estate

R O IT ED k an Fr y ele rk Be

residential, commercial & international



SA, along with the rest of the world, was caught up in the global recession. Although officially out of the recession, economic recovery remains slow. Low GDP growth, high unemployment, great economic stresses in most of Europe and a stagnant US economy make the world a very uncertain place.

Main photograph ProďŹ le photograph Mike Taylor


hile South Africa has largely escaped the turmoil experienced by international markets over the last three years, commercial property has not come through totally unscathed. Values of secondary properties in particular have been negatively impacted, but prime properties continue to gain value, although at a slower rate than in the years up to 2007. A key determinant in the value of properties is the interest rate, which at present is extremely difficult to predict. The consensus among economists is that rates will remain unchanged for the remainder of 2011. It is also generally expected that they will start to increase during the first quarter of 2012, and then continue to increase steadily until prime reaches about 12%. I do not necessarily agree with this, and my personal view is that I expect interest rates to remain flat for longer. My reasons for this are that the economy is very sluggish, the increase in inflation is largely being driven by cost-push factors, such as the oil price and increases in the cost of electricity, and we are experiencing slow demand for bank credit.

These indicators all contribute to the fact that the country simply cannot afford an increase in interest rates. If interest rates do increase, the very fragile recovery we are seeing would be strangled, and we could be plunged back into recession, resulting in a negative impact on property markets and values â&#x20AC;&#x201C; amongst other factors. Although vacancies have increased somewhat over the last three years, they have not reached crisis levels. The fact that new developments have been relatively scarce has underpinned occupancy levels and, to a certain degree, rentals. I would expect this low level of development to continue for some time until economic growth and credit extension show sustained, meaningful increases. This may only occur in late 2012 or early 2013, as our economic destiny is greatly influenced by events in Europe and the USA. Recent events, such as the downgrading of the USAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sovereign credit ratings and the plunge in share prices during the first week of August, show how resilient property stocks are, particularly those listed on the JSE. The most desirable sector of the market remains good quality retail property, which has been

consistent in the last 15 years. Industrial and office buildings have been more volatile while residential properties have been the most unpredictable and the riskiest. I remain convinced that commercial property is still a good investment destination in South Africa, provided that you understand the dynamics of the market and always remember that all property is local. If you succumb to the temptation of believing that there are common, generic rules that apply to all property investments, then you are bound to get burned sooner or later. I look forward to a very interesting period where, no doubt, new opportunities will arise.

Frank Berkeley Managing Executive: Nedbank Corporate Property Finance

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Your Move

Safe as houses

Property prices are proving resilient in the suburb of Parkview, because of the strong focus on community safety and security, say Theodora and David Brickhill, area specialists at Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty. They say that during the 2009 recession property prices dropped in several upmarket suburbs because of oversupply, but prices barely changed in Parkview, because the suburb, with its village-like atmosphere, remained in high demand. Prices range from around R1,9 million for older, untouched homes to about R5,6 million for renovated, modernised houses. The Brickhills say it’s not easy finding a home up for sale in Parkview, as the majority of residents tend to remain in the suburb because it is safe and central. ‘The suburb has a distinctly village-like atmosphere, with residents being able to walk their dogs after work, take their children to the park or simply enjoy meeting with friends at the local shopping centre,’ the Brickhills say. +27 (0)11 788 7048,

‘It’s not easy finding a home up for sale in Parkview.’

Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty Executive Director: Ya’el Fine With the scent of spring in the air, big-ticket homebuyers are back in the market with a bang to take advantage of some of the best investment and upgrading opportunities on offer in this sector in many years. Following a two-month ‘drought’ earlier in the year, there has been a growing stream of buyers at the top end of the residential market since June, and July was our best sales month in three years. In our Johannesburg operations, the average sales price achieved has now increased from R2,2 million to R2,6 million, and we have experienced a 40% increase in sales volume in July compared with the same month in 2010. What is more, for the first time in my father, Lew Geffen’s, 40 years in the industry, there was not one cancellation! Despite all the negative news from the world’s financial markets lately – or perhaps because of it – there is a growing awareness that this is an exceptional time to purchase

Prudent residential investment is a good start to a property portfolio. – Frank Berkeley, Managing Executive: Nedbank Corporate Property Finance

property, and there is an increasing ability to act on this information, thanks to an ongoing Although there is a steady increase in activity levels in the lower market sectors,

A good bet

particularly among first-time buyers, it is the

Nils Hannemann, broker/owner of Re/Max Central, Sandton, says investors are flocking to

upmarket sector that is really leading the way,

the area in an attempt to buy property as close as possible to the Sandton CBD – their place

as evidenced by the fact that it is starting to

of work. Buyers are chiefly attracted to renovated, modern properties. Property prices in

experience some price gains.

Sandton have risen only slightly since their 2007 highs, but Nils says a larger number of cash

What is more, it seems that really big-

buyers as well as buyers with private banking facilities are sustaining the high sales volumes,

ticket sales are also back on the board.

despite the drop in property markets in other areas. He says the market in Sandton is

A home in Morningside recently sold for

‘generally very stable’,

R20 million after an exceedingly long period

and he expects prices

in which there were no big-ticket sales in this

to rise steadily by about

neighbourhood. We also recently sold the

5% a year. On average,

late Aaron Searle’s home in Bishopscourt for

sales prices are sitting

a remarkable price and have just concluded a

at the R1,5- million to

sale in Westcliff for well over R30 million.

R2-million mark. About

Such purchases are important in the wider

80% of purchasers are

sense because the rest of the market often

local investors, while

takes its cue – and its confidence – from

the balance is made

upmarket buyers and especially high-net-

up of foreign buyers,

worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals,

particularly north and

who are perceived as having the inside track

central Africans and the

on good investments.

Chinese, says Nils. +27 (0)11 217 6900,

Until next month! Ya’el

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easing in bank lending conditions.


Rentals shape up The Rode’s Report on the South African Property Market for Q2 2011 says office rentals have strengthened despite high vacancies. Office rentals rose by 9% nationally in Q1. Rentals in Joburg’s and Pretoria’s decentralised areas rose by as much as 15% and 12%, respectively. In Cape Town, rentals rose by 4%, though in Durban they decreased by 2%. Rode & Associates CEO Erwin Rode says, ‘Strengthening office rentals could in turn benefit capitalisation rates, with market rental growth bringing with it better prospects for capital returns. However, vacancy rates are still stubbornly refusing to drop. But, all in all, the office market in South Africa is in relatively good nick.’ Industrial property is also showing signs of recovery, with vacancy rates apparently levelling off and rentals growing by 4% nationally. Industrial rentals grew by 4% and 6% in the Cape peninsula and PE, respectively, and by 1% in Durban; rentals in central Witwatersrand market stayed at roughly the same level as a year ago.

Top-quality retail is still the best property investment. – Frank Berkeley, Managing Executive: Nedbank Corporate Property Finance

Honed videos Due to the world’s current bad financial situation, real estate purchases and deals depend on the buyer’s perceptions of ‘value for money’ as well as on the seller’s presentation of the property. According to a recent study by Property Previews, the use of online videos in marketing real estate shortened the sales period by 50% and increased the perceived value of a home by 6%. Because videos and films showcase reality in a clearer and more believable light than photos and images do, it’s far more fruitful to illustrate real estate in these formats, the group maintains. Picking up on this trend is Vogue Films, a division of the Orange Dog Creative Pool multimedia company. The young division creates video presentations of property and

Platinum investment

real estate in order to grab viewers’

Tobatse Mall has broken ground on the Tubatse Mall shopping centre in Burgersfort, Limpopo.

video presentations allow for succinct

Abacus Asset Management (AAM) is the development and project manager. Stauch Vorster

packaging of information about a

Architects and Murray & Roberts are also on board. The 32 000m2 shopping mall will be situated

property, including its location and

in the valley of the Spekboom River, within the Tubatse Local Municipality, and is expected to

surroundings. Vogue Films’ videos are

augment the economic growth of the platinum-rich area. AAM Chairman Jaco Odendaal says

creative and sophisticated and reflect the

that roughly 800 to 900 new jobs will be created during the construction phase, and that over

interests of the buyer rather than those

800 permanent and casual jobs will be secured once the mall is up and running. The modern, air-

of the seller, he says.

conditioned mall will have more than 100 shops and 1 000 parking bays. Tubatse Mall is scheduled

+27 (0)82 371 1969,

attention and allow them to truly experience properties in an entertaining way. Group MD Lutz Manzelmann says

to open in March next year. +27 (0)21 886 5262,

Melrose monarch Amdec has become the sole owner of mixeduse precinct Melrose Arch, and it is putting the final phase of its development master plan into action. The completed components, or 60% of Melrose Arch, are already worth R4,5 billion. Amdec plans to develop a further 160 000m2 of approved bulk rights, including 42 000m2 of retail space, 60 000m2 of office space, two new hotels and more residential units. Construction on the extension to the existing retail centre will start later this year, which will see Pick n Pay, cinemas and another Virgin Active gym joining the mix. In another vote of confidence in Melrose Arch, existing tenants are expanding their retail offering. Edgars, for example, recently opened a 500m2 Boardmans adjacent to its existing Melrose Arch store. +27 (0)11 684 0000,

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Buying the farm Legacy Parks has launched South Africa's first eco-cemetery. The privately owned and operated Wiesenhof Legacy Park, near Stellenbosch, offers grave sites as well as areas for ash scatterings and commemoration ceremonies. Just over 3% of the 300ha nature conservation site will be used for burials. Bodies will be buried in biodegradable caskets, and burial sites will be marked organically with engraved stone markers or trees planted by relatives. A prime plot costs R28 000 (funeral policies are underwritten by Sanlam), and ash scatterings start at R1 600. Legacy Parks says the cost of burials at its

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site will work out at a similar or lower price than traditional burials. It aims to roll out more eco-friendly cemeteries across SA.

MSP Developments has just released Clarendon Hills, a townhouse component within the group’s award-winning Buh-Rein Estate, near Durbanville. Uniquely combining country estate living with affordability, Clarendon Hills comprises 40 two- or three-bedroom townhouses that range in size from 89,5m2 to 124,9m2 and are priced from R849 900. Five different townhouse layouts with modern finishes are available within this lush and secure development. Construction on Clarendon Hills is scheduled to begin in November. Buh-Rein Estate will eventually contain 3 241 apartments, 137 townhouses and 133 free-standing homes. +27 (0)21 801 5400,

Cape Town on the green map The new Aurecon office building in Century City is the first in the country to be awarded the five-star Green Star SA – Office Design v. 1 rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa. Built at a cost of R130 million, the 7 000m2 block, developed by Rabie Property Group and financed by Nedbank Corporate Property Finance, includes such eco-friendly measures as an energy-efficient air-conditioning system, a building management system that monitors energy usage, grey water irrigation, a rainwater harvesting system for flushing toilets, and window glazing that minimises glare and radiant heat. Aurecon says it is committed to designing environmentally sound and sustainable buildings. +27 (0)12 427 2000,

Shop till you drop Construction work has begun on MSP Developments’ new retail development, Avonwood Square, which is set to become the dominant retail hub in the Elsies River area. It’s being built at a cost of R90 million, with a further R10 million to be injected into infrastructure improvements, including road upgrades. Sited at the intersection of Giel Basson Drive and Balvenie Road, the 8 040m2 shopping centre will have excellent exposure to the busy M12 and this

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Town and country Last month’s relaunch of Far Horizons, in Hillcrest, has been met with keen interest. Comprising some already

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complete and occupied homes, this 18-unit, secure, gated estate offers complete land and house packages on large freehold sites averaging 1 200m2, from R1,6 million. The estate’s north-facing sites, with horses grazing in a nearby paddock, creates a great country vibe in a location close to all of Hillcrest’s public facilities while offering easy access to the freeways for a trouble-free commute to Durban and inland. ‘The fact that transfer duty is not applicable adds to the viability of building as a financial and personal option,’ say Vic Henry of Estate Realty. ‘Now is a good time to take advantage of this superb offer, rather than

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extensive upgrade that will bring it in line with other premier shopping centres in the region and make it better suited to catering for the needs of the surrounding population. The R100-million refurbishment by Terrafirmanet Investments will see the centre renamed ‘the Atrium at Overport City’. The design will be modern, and natural light, cascading landscaping and water features will add to a restful ambience. Besides complete interior and exterior upgrades, including upmarket new finishes, a new food court, and office and parking upgrades, the retail

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60% has been set aside as a conservancy, offers a safe family environment that is also pet- friendly. The homes’ contemporary designs take full advantage of the uninterrupted views of either the reserve or the ocean and the city. The development has 56 free-standing residential homes and 44 apartments (the first residents took occupation in December 2010). There are a small number of sites available, as well as several turnkey homes and apartments that are being released onto the market. ‘This affords the discerning family an opportunity to create their very own piece of paradise,’ says Mark White of

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Rural tradition meets luxury at the four-star Chen Sea Resort & Spa, in Vietnam.


n recent years, Vietnam has done much to improve its touristic infrastructure, which is attracting the interest of local and international investors. On the country’s largest island, Phu Quoc, you’ll find a new leisure retreat, Chen Sea Resort & Spa. It’s owned by Vietnamese interests but is run by  Thailand’s Centara Hotels & Resorts and forms part of the group’s Boutique Collection. Chen Sea Resort & Spa comprises 36 luxury villas. Because the Vietnamese government is focusing on eco-tourism and is intent on maintaining Phu Quoc’s

rural charm, Chen Sea Resort’s design is sympathetic to its surroundings. Visitors get to experience the area’s natural heritage while still enjoying the modern conveniences of a four-star hotel. Chen Sea Resort includes twelve 78m2 beachfront villas, twelve 86m2 sea-view villas, six 150m2 villas with private Jacuzzi, and six 240m2 sea-view villas with private swimming pools. The Jacuzzi and Sea-view Pool villas have been created out of traditional timber houses that were moved from the ancient seaport of Hoi An, a

UNESCO World Heritage Site, and rebuilt as luxury accommodation. Rates per night range from $240 to $660 (about R1 680 to R4 620), depending on the season and choice of villa. Chen Sea Resort lies on a sandy bay on the west side of the island and is just 15 minutes from the airport. Attractions include unspoilt beaches, water sports (diving, windsurfing, sailing and snorkelling), a wide range of local and international cuisine and plenty of organised tours to enjoy the wonders of Vietnam.

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fishing, canoeing and nature walks. Baines’ River Camp is open from the beginning of March to mid December; peak season rates range from $470 (roughly R3 300) to $670 (around R4 700) per person, per night, sharing, and include all activities, meals and certain beverages, levies, airstrip transfers and wireless internet connectivity. +27 (0)33 342 7793,

has reached Zimbabwe, through its acquisition of East African Properties, an established company that manages a mix of retail and industrial properties. Capital value is in excess of $40 million (about R280 million), and the properties are located all over Zimbabwe, but mainly in Harare’s commercial hub. ‘Zimbabwe is an interesting market at present, being keenly observed by investors and commerce. Since their monetary system converted to US dollars, the economy has recovered to some extent,’ says JHI Properties CEO, Marna van der Walt. JHI has already secured contract renewals in Zimbabwe, and further retail and corporate developments are in the pipeline, she says. +27 (0)11 911 8000,

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Maltese breeze New to Crusader Rock International’s portfolio is a modern, semidetached, two-storey villa situated in the Tal-Fjuri area of St Paul’s Bay, in Malta. Set in a large garden, the 220m2 villa has three bedrooms, is air conditioned and has a surround sound system and an alarm system. St Pauls’ Bay is a historical town set against a picturesque seaside landscape. +27 (0)11 883 9028,

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drum roll begin Mauritius’ ultimate entertainment and shopping haven is finally opening.

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n 29 September 2011, the first regional shopping mall in Mauritius will at long last be opening its doors to the public. The much-anticipated Bagatelle – Mall of Mauritius is Atterbury’s first major offshore development and is providing the property and investment company the opportunity to invest in a stable offshore economy while

partnering with well-established local partners. Designed by Boogertman & Partners Architects, the mall is part of the Bagatelle precinct, which will ultimately include a motor city, a 100-room business hotel, offices and light industrial and residential areas. The office park was designed by Barnes van der Walt Architects and Studio 3 Architects International

in association with Valentin Lagesse Associés of Mauritius. The mall covers 40 000m² and houses leading retailers, such as Hugo Boss, Guess, Quicksilver, Aldo and Nike. The South African brands involved are retailers Pick n Pay, Woolworths and Truworths. Local restaurant chains that have committed to taking up tenancy at Bagatelle – Mall of Mauritius are Ocean Basket,

Nando’s, KFC, Mugg & Bean, Debonairs, Steers and Fishaways. Mauritian retailers are also represented by the likes of Kaddy Plus, Courts, Mozouzou, Zea, Boot Court, Citi Sport, All Sport, Baobab, Feng Shui, Caunhye Bijoux, Ripcurl, Cash & Carry, DCL Communication, Fresh Court, Olive & Salad Bar and Taste +27 (0)11 706 1176, of Asia.

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‘Lush and natural gardens surround the five private residences.’

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Les Papillons is unlike any other resort you’ve ever stayed at. Situated just north of Grand Baie, this new luxury development surpasses all others in the exclusivity ranks. Only 40% of the site of more than 7 000m2 site will be built on, leaving lush and natural gardens surrounding the five private residences. Access to the gym and health centre is gained via wooden walkways that traverse a scenic wetlands. Homeowners can collaborate with Kritzinger Architects to ensure their specific accommodation requirements are met. Sylvie Bestel and Gail Gavrill, joint owners of Gail Gavrill Mauritius, say, ‘This is not a mass housing scheme, but an elegant, bespoke project aimed at a more mature market who know exactly what they want and are accustomed to the very best.’ Owners are entitled to residency in terms of the Mauritian government’s Real Estate Scheme regulations. Building begins in November 2011. The residences are priced at approximately R26 000/m2. +27 (0)21 433 2472,

This is not a mass housing scheme, but an elegant, bespoke project aimed at a more mature market who know exactly what they want and are accustomed to the very best. Mauritius gets SA flavour South African supermarket chain Pick n Pay is opening up shop on tropical shores with a store in the new Mont Choisy Shopping Centre, close to Grand Baie in the north of Mauritius. Pick n Pay also aims to open up stores in Cascavelle Shopping Centre, in the west, and at Bagatelle – Mall of Mauritius, in the centre of the Island. Mont Choisy SA’s popular supermarket because of its location and other drawcards, such as its entertainment venues, office space and cobblestoned shopping streets. There’s also plans to build a championship golf course in the area.

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onstruction work has commenced on Maputo’s Grove Mall and Square, a joint venture between Demashuwa and the Frontier Property Trust, a property fund managed by Safland Property Services Namibia. The 6ha site is situated next to Metro and the Food Lover’s Market in Kleine Kuppe. Designed by Howard & Chamberlain, a Windhoek-based architectural firm, Grove Mall will be built around a large square – a first for Namibian shopping centre design. Confirmed retailers taking up space in the 42 800m2 development are Checkers and Game. The development includes 34 000m2 of retail space, a 4 000m2 entertainment centre that will include cinemas, a bowling alley and a games arcade, and a 1 000m2 penthouse office block. Add to this 3 000 parking bays and a 100-room, three-star hotel overlooking the square, and you have the largest shopping mall Namibia has ever seen. The Grove is scheduled to open in August 2013. Safland intends to establish the Grove as a top family entertainment destination and preferred venue for open-air events. It will also be presented as a tourist-friendly mall, thanks to the hotel and its close proximity to two international airports. The shopping centre is the first phase of the mixed-use Hilltop Estate, the first decentralised development node in Windhoek. Hilltop Estate’s residential offering will include houses of one to four bedrooms. Its commercial component will comprise sectional title offices ranging from 100m2 and 600m2. The estate will also include medical facilities and health and fitness centres. 0861 723 563,

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WOW! 4 Bed, 3 Bath, 1 Flat This modern home hasFlat an indoor pool, jacuzzi, bar, bbq, home WOW! WOW! 4 4 Bed, Bed, 3 3 Bath, Bath, 1 1 Flat cinema, 2 bedroom flat,an orchid, lovely garden and two double This modern home has This modern has an indoor indoor pool, pool, jacuzzi, jacuzzi, bar, bar, bbq, bbq, home home WOW! 4 Bed,home 3 Bath, 1 Flat carports. cinema, 2 bedroom flat, orchid, lovely garden and two cinema, 2 bedroom flat,an orchid, double This modern home has indoorlovely pool, garden jacuzzi, and bar, two bbq,double home carports. carports. 2 bedroom flat, orchid, lovely garden and two double cinema, carports. WOW! 4 Bed, 3 Bath, 1 Flat This modern home has an indoor pool, jacuzzi, bar, bbq, home cinema, 2 bedroom flat, orchid, lovely garden and two double carports.

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With sweeping views over the picturesque Lagoon, this architectural masterpiece has a lot to offer. Private study, modern designed kitchen overlooking the manicured garden with separate scullery and laundry. There are 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Master bedroom is ensuite with balcony view onto the Lagoon and abundance of walk-in cupboards. Fireplaces in study, entertainment area and TV Room. Indoor and Outdoor barbeques, sparkling indoor heated pool and double garage that park 4 cars.


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Beautiful presented home for the entertainer offering 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fitted kitchen, lounge, dining room, indoor bbq, entertainment area with Jacuzzi, swimming pool and 3 garages. Close to Lagoon

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Safari Game Lodge

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Trophy Hunting and Safari Game Lodge Situated 180km east from Windhoek in the Semi Kalahari and measuring 16000 hectare. This fully equipped 5 star thatched roof lodge offers 12 bungalows suitable for 24 people, fully equipped industrial butchery, 4 fully equipped cool storages. The lodge is in full operation during the day for hunters and guests.


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Situated in the heart of the CBD area, close to major financial institutions, is this immaculate commercial property. It comprise of 8 x airconditioned offices, 4 x kitchenettes, store room and walk – in safe. Full business rights registered over the property. Invest now in a prime piece of real estate where location is no compromise.


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The good life awaits you in the upmarket mansion. This immaculate property offers you much more than just a home. Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere that Long Beach has to offer. Live the life you have been dreaming of in this immense home with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, fitted kitchen, lounge, dining room, tv room, indoor bbq, study, veranda with private heated swimming pool, wine cellar, double garage, intercom system and alarm system.

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Sheila Raw 081 252 308 3

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Designer Masterpiece Own a classic Tuscany style home designed by a fine architect. You'll feel like royalty in this double storey 4 bedroom home with 3 bathrooms, fitted kitchen, lounge, dining room (underfloor heating), indoor bbq, 4 garages and a fairy tale garden.


N$4 800 000,00 CC Reg

This upmarket guesthouse is situated in a quiet residential area within walking distance to the Lagoon and waterfront activities. It offers a reception office, 6 x en-suite bedrooms with quality and modern fittings and finishes. There is a managers flat, on-site parking and 2 lock up garages, laundry, service kitchen, dinning room, and living area. All rooms equipped with DSTV, telephones and coffee station. Registered with the Namibia Tourism Board.


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Hotel/Lodge situated in the capital of the North and Caprivi, the gateway to the Etosha National Park. There are 3 x fully equipped conference venues seating 20 – 200 people. 18 Newly build luxury twin bedrooms and 21 twin bed and family rooms. Sold as running concern. 8200m2

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Top three for Swakopmund

The annual Kwêla and Rapport 2011 Dorp van die Jaar contest held recently saw De Rust, Parys and Namibia’s Swakopmund take top honours. Sponsored by Leopard’s Leap Wines, the small Cape village of De Rust came first, with a total of 39 287 votes out of 160 000. Parys, in the Free State, took second place, and Swakopmund, in Namibia, came third. Launched to motivate residents to promote their towns and surrounds, this Proudly South African initiative asks residents to nominate their town, and then the competition is opened to the public to vote in Rapport and Kwêla.

Huisgenoot Hart van Windhoek festival update! The new venue for this year’s musical extravaganza on 16 and 17 September is the Doc Jubber Hockey and Cricket grounds in Olympia, Windhoek. Enjoy the exciting line-up of more than 60 artists on Friday and Saturday.

Enjoy the exciting line-up of more than 60 artists at the Huisgenoot Hart van Windhoek festival.

Stadium auction cancelled Thanks to talks and a temporary agreement between the Namibian government and the Namibian Rugby Union (NRU), the auction of the Hage Geingob stadium is off. Situated in Vice President of Namibia. It is the country’s national stadium and also its largest, seating 12 000. However, the Namibia Sport Commission’s (NSC) Acting Chief Sport Administrator Walter Haseb said that the government was still negotiating to take over the stadium. ‘For now the auction is off. We have agreed that for now government will be responsible for the maintenance of the stadium.’ He added, ‘We were directed by the minister (of sport) to negotiate with creditors on behalf of the NRU and find a solution to paying off their debts. We will take care of the most urgent ones first.’
 To avoid the stadium’s falling under private ownership, the NSC, through government, offered to clear the rugby union’s debt and in return would take ownership of the stadium. However, the NRU is reluctant to allow the stadium to be state owned. An elective AGM will be held by the NRU in November.

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CATTLE FARM: KHOMASHOCHLAND * 3158ha. Waiver Avaliable.

Farm: Bergveld Nr. 37 Location: WHK on Gamsberg road (C26). Continue for 75km on the 1982 road. Farm on the left. Carrying capacity:1:10 GVE Power: Solar with wind power and batteries. Water: 5 Boreholes - only two in use, ground reservoirs. Loose Items: All loose items and vehicles included. Extras: Shotgun rifle range plus 1000 yard rifle range of high standard. Game: Gemsbok, Kudu, Hog, Hartman Zebra naturally occuring Improvements: 4 Camps, new 3 bedroom home with outside buildings.


3999ha. Waiver Avaliable Farm: Rheimsheim Nr. 138 Location: 35Km North-West of Wilhelmstal on the Windhoek-Swakopmund road. Nature: Huge Kameeldoring trees, riverrs and good grazing. Carrying capacity:1:15 GVE Improvements: 11x Kamps 7x Garages, 1x Workshop, 7x Guest Rooms, Lapa and 2 outside buildings Power: Nampower Water: 5x Boreholes with lister engines 4x Boreholes with windpumps 6x Farm reservoirs, ground reservoirs Loose Items: All loose items and vehicles included. Labourerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s homes: 4 Units with Nampower electricity Game: Kudu and Gemsbok


4792ha.Waiver Avaliable Farm: Tu Tabis Nr 696 Location: 110km South-East of Gobabis. Sought after cattle country of Namibia. From Gobabis on buitepos road. Turn right on the D1707, on Houmoed road for 45km. Drive on D1700 and turn left on D1715. Turn into D1716 / Houmoed road, drive over 2 gates, drive 4km, farm on left. Carrying capacity: 1:8 GVE Improvements: Farm has great infrastructure with 35 camps, large home with beautiful garden. Power: Solar system with batteries Water: 5 Strong boreholes equipped with windpumps and on Grundfos pump. Game: Kudu, Springbok, Duiker and Steenbok * Auction Conditions: 10% deposit plus 7% buyers commission due by the successful bidder at the fall of the hammer. Pictures:

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Vintage Coffee Shop cnr Robert Mugabe & Luther Str

Principal Agent – Lourette Liebenberg Cell: +264 (0)81 124 5868 Tel: +264 (0)61 402 040 Fax: +264 (0)61 402 050 Email:

The Rightmove Team From left to right: Marion 081 245 2390, Joline 081 381 4732, Fenna 081 127 0812, Martin 081 129 5258 & Lourette 081 124 5868



KLEIN WINDHOEK – N$4,500,000 IF SAFETY AND ADDRESS ARE IMPORTANT …YOUR SEARCH ENDS HERE! 4 bedrooms, 2 ultra-modern bathrooms, guest suite, lovely big private garden, breathtaking north-eastern mountain views; house in mint condition. Marion 081 245 2390 / Lourette 081 124 5868

KLEIN WINDHOEK – N$6,200 000 Nature Lover’s Retreat in Town This stylish house calls for happy get-togethers with family and friends; offering 5 bedrooms, several entertainment areas, an art studio and bachelor flat with own entrance; all set in a leafy established garden of 1633m2. Lourette 081 124 5868

VPDUWPRYH ZZZVHHIIFRP KNYSNA R9 950 000 Swakopmund N$ 1 242 000 CC Reg

KNYSNA R3 500 000 Swakopmund N$ 3 560 00

KNYSNA R1 720 000 Langstrand N$ 1 188 000 CC Reg




Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 4 Garages 2 WEB 230849 This luxurious family home with golf course and ocean views has four spacious bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. Beautifully landscaped garden, heated rock pool and Jacuzzi. [O] 044 382 5919 CHARLES ERASMUS 083 448 1622 apartment

Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms 3 Garages 2 WEB 227771 Lovely sea views from this spacious, well-built home. Includes 2 full living areas, recreation room with bar leading to patio with undercover braai. [O] 044 382 5919 SHARON KORSTEN 082 412 6440 open plan

Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 2 WEB 166703 Good investment opportunity in this apartment situated at the Knysna Waterfront and within walking distance to all amenities. [O] 044 382Floor 5919 LIVIANA AUDIBERT 082 500 2259 Ground apartment

Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 2 Garages 2 WEB REF: 238573 Size: 188 m2. Living room, balcony with braai, kitchen open plan.

Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 3 Garages 3 WEB REF: 238573 Size: 382 m2. Double storey, laundry, study. Entertainment area with inside braai, outside entertainment with braai.

Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms 2 Garages 1 WEB REF: 243224 Size: 142 m2. Secure apartment complex. Kitchen open plan living room with entertainment area with inside braai.

Charlene 081 365 3843

Charlene 081 365 3843

Charlene 081 365 3843


R3 900 000

Waterfront N$ 1 900 000 CC Reg


R8 000 000

Swakopmund N$ 1 995 0000


R6 900 000

Swakopmund N$ 3 395 000 CC Reg




Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 3 Garages 2 WEB 201241 Luxurious home with impeccable presentation. Quality finishes & sensational views. [O] 044 382 5919 HAZEL DIJKSTRA 082 345 9878 LYNNE ERASMUS 082 826 3536

Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms 4 Garages 3 WEB 235150 Views of the Knysna Lagoon & The Heads with expansive living areas, chef’s kitchen & extra large bedrooms incl. flat, Jacuzzi, manicured garden & protected verandas. [O] 044 382 5919 WENDY EVANS 083 461 9312 | SUE ABERNETHY 082 573 3353

Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 3 Garages 2 WEB 239764 Secluded & private entertainer’s dream set on deep water canal. Offers two lounges, study, open-plan kitchen, dining room & swimming pool, gazebo & jetty. [O] 044 382 5919 SUE ABERNETHY 082 573 3353 | WENDY EVANS 083 461 9312


R5 750 000


R10 000 000


R7 800 000

Duplex apartment

Hage heights

Hage heights

Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 2 Garages 2 WEB REF: 243464 Size: 248 m2. Kitchen open plan living room, entertainment area with inside braai. Balconies with sea views.

Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 2 Garages 2 WEB REF: 237625 Size: 231 m2. Swimming pool, Jacuzzi and a sauna. Entertainment inside braai. Spacious erf. Solar geyser.

Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 2 Garages 2 WEB REF: 220677 Size: 452 m2. 2 living areas, inside and outside braai, air con, fireplace, scullery, servant quarters. Well maintained garden.

Charlene 081 365 3843

Louis 081 374 1953

Louis 081 374 1953


N$ 1 590 000

Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 3 Garages 2 WEB 234953 Situated on the secure and exclusive Pezula Golf Estate this North-facing home has lovely covered entertainment area, swimming pool and excellent views. [O] 044 382 5919 CHARLES ERASMUS 083 448 1622


1 690 000

Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 4 Garages 2 WEB 241092 Set on exclusive Pezula eco-estate. Privacy and views are unique to this modern luxury home. Price exludes VAT. [O] 044 382 5919 CHARLES ERASMUS 083 448 1622

THESEN ISLANDS N$ 5 500 000 CC Reg Swakopmund

Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 4 Garages 2 WEB 236604 Ideal family home situated on wide-water frontage has extra large patio, garden overlooking canal, plus garden cottage. [O] 044 382 5919 SUE ABERNETHY 082 573 3353 | WENDY EVANS 083 461 9312

[O] 044 382 5919

Ext 9, Brand New House!!!

Ext 9, Brand New House!!!

Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 2 Garages 2 WEB REF: 244630 Size: 253 m2. guest toilet, separate scullery. Entertainment area with braai. Laminated floors and double volume ceilings.

Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 2 Garages 2 WEB REF: 244621 Size: 190 m2. entertainment area with inside braai. Quality finishes.

Louis 081 374 1953

Louis 081 374 1953

River Plot – Southern side next to Nauklaft park Bedrooms 5  WEB REF: 88109 Size: 22 ha. 3200 m2 Greenhouse, 2 x 750 m2 greenhouses, 2 x Boreholes. Computerized irrigation system, cold room and lots, lots more.  Ansu 081 242 9198

PO Box 6333, Ausspannplatz Corner Grimm St. & Independence Ave Zim Embassy Building Office: 00264-61-305675 Fax: 00264-61-305469 E-Mail: Simunyerealestate@Yahoo.Com

Mamsy Dambi (Principal Agent) Tel: +264-814486034/ +264-851242624

Jabu Matse (Estate Agent) Tel: +264-816559400/ +264-855559400


The Sunset Spot & Children’s Paradise – Measuring 2,378m² A (PTY) Ltd-registered property in an area rezoned for business, with spectacular city views and extras such as lush gardens, eightcar shaded parking, marble and granite, salt water heated pool, spacious Jacuzzi, cool-room/wine cellar, full entertainment area with real stage and cinema-type projection wall. 4 bedrooms with air conditioning, 3 bathrooms, lounge, stylish kitchen and more …



A Mansion – 2,000m² With Spectacular Views 6 bedrooms (all en suite), lounge, dining, TV room, private lounge, 2 verandas, 2 offices, 6 garages. Plus 2 outside flats, breathtaking views.


Views Worth The Price Double storey with a wonderful view of the whole of  Windhoek. Built in the centre of the Capital, offering 3 bedrooms, lounge, dining, living room, kitchen with scullery, indoor entertainment area with braai and unique indoor swimming pool. It also has an outside flat with a bedroom, lounge/ kitchen and bathroom. Highly secure.


A White Villa Indeed 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, lounge, TV  room, dining, double garage, double carport, beautiful kitchen, swimming pool, entertainment area. Plus 2-bedroom flat with lounge, kitchen and bathroom.

A Perfect Home 5 bedrooms, lounge, dining, TV room, kitchen, double garage, swimming pool & entertainment area. Plus 2-bedroom flat with lounge, kitchen and bathroom.

KLEIN WINDHOEK – R16,000,000 (Neg.) A Glass House With A Great View – Measuring 2,873m² Huge double storey, 4 bedrooms (all en suite), 4 bathrooms, lounge, dining, kitchen/laundry/ scullery, walk-in freezer, swimming pool, entertainment area with gym/ bathroom, storeroom, balcony with Jacuzzi. Plus 1-bedroom flat, servant room and double garage for 4 cars.

Corporate • Commercial • Hospitality Healthcare • Education • Industrial


Tel: +264 61 230 539 +264 61 221 506


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Opposite the Johannesburg Stock Exchange Adjacent to the Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton 20 Maude Street, Sandton

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Fountains, surrounds, architectural decorativefireplace items, statuary madepots, in concrete/paint Fountains, items, fireplace surrounds, architectural finishes or re-constituted decorative statuary madepots, in concrete/paint decorative items, statuary in concrete/paint sandstone or made limestone finishes or re-constituted finishes or re-constituted Website sandstone or limestone Email sandstone or limestone Website Off R512 near Lanseria Website Email Nooitgedacht Tel 084-495-4435 Email Off R512 near Lanseria Open Monday -Lanseria Sunday Off R512 near Nooitgedacht Tel 084-495-4435 Nooitgedacht Tel 084-495-4435 Open Monday - Sunday Open Monday - Sunday

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The Bull Run Restaurant is famed for its prime cuts of exquisite South African beef – served via it’s own in-house butchery – and an extensive selection of the finest Cape wines. Situated near popular nightspots in the upmarket suburb of Sandton, the energy and vibe of the Bull Run caters for any occasion – be it a business lunch, dinner before a night on the town, or a corporate function.


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Practical fabric With a waterproof fabric

As the line between indoor and outdoor spaces continues to blur, home accessories are doubling up in their functionality, too.

made from recycled polyester thread, the Practik Rug by Nanimarquina is perfect for the outdoors, and it makes a comfy addition to indoor living areas as well. Available from Créma Design. +27 (0)21 434 0661,

Take-away glow We adore these Chinese-take-away-style candle bags from Yuppie Gadgets. By lighting a tea-light and popping it into the bag, you can create instant ambience that’s ideal for any garden, pool or dinner party. The bags are made from a flame retardant material, and they can be used repeatedly without looking shabby. +27 (0)83 641 7259,

Go with the throw Part of the Woolworths Summer Homeware Range, these nautically inspired outdoor throws make the perfect picnic blankets or attractive sofa coverings. 086 002 2002,

Safe sipping

Bread winner

The Bobble is a patented designer water bottle that filters water, removing chlorine and organic contaminants from municipal tap water while you drink, so you’ll have no need to buy bottled water. You’ll save on recycling, too. And did

New to Woolworths’ product range is Dutch kitchen accessory brand, Vacu Vin. This versatile bread-and-dip set contains a serving tray and bamboo cutting board, taking the fuss out of snacks at the beach, on the patio or even at the dining table. 086 002 2002,

we mention that the Bobble was designed by industrial design guru, Karim Rashid? +27 (0)21 917 2000,

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