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An artistic impression of what the Vineyard Country Estate will look like.

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An aerial view of the position of the estate.

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Vineyard Country Estate launched JAMEY THOMAS

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new development in Somerset West still to be launched has already garnered about R44 million in prelaunch sales.

The Vineyard Country Estate, located in Escallonia Street in Heldervue, will be launched today (8 November). Kelly Harris, property consultant for the development, says of the 34 homes offered by the estate, 20 homes has already been sold. According to Harris the generated sales can be attributed to the demand for such an exclusive estate in its present location. “Not a development in the area has taken off as fast as this particular development did,

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nor has any similar development been sold at the same speed. This in turn shows the importance of where a development is positioned,” says Harris, who has also been involved in the success of the Schonenberg Estate. This up-market, trendy gated village nuzzles amongst the vineyards, offering spectacular views of the Helderberg Mountain, Cape Mountain and False Bay – which is near impossible to find. The location not only provides for breathtaking scenery, but also provides residents with a serene and secure environment only a few kilometres from the Waterstone Village Shopping Centre, public open space, schools in the area and access to the N2. With its contemporary design, the Vine-

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Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 3 | Garages 2

Bedrooms 11 | Bathrooms 3 | Parking 8

Student home, near all amenities. Very good investment.

R1 150 000

Slaapkamers 2 | Badkamers 1.5 | Motorhuis

Uitstekende belegging in sekuriteitskompleks. Netjiese huis met groot tuin.

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Kantoor 021 887 4740 Welgevonden 021 889 9774 DIE BOORD

Marí 082 927 3248 Sarene 083 R3652 100 9173 000

www.annabasson.co.za

Bachelor | Parking 1

Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 2 | Parking 1

Sekuriteitskompleks. Ruim noordfront New Release. Rare opportunity to New Release. Furnished flat, eenheid op grondvloer. close to campus. own flat in this popular block.

R7 500 000

Large plot m² Large plot 1878 1878m² Old world charm, nestled in perfect surroundings. Prime address!

R1 590 000 STELLENBOSCH R1 350 000 STELLENBOSCH R855 000 STELLENBOSCH

Slaapkamers 3 | Badkamers 2| O/dak Park 1

Who’s their target market? According to Harris their lock-up-and-go environment is ideal for young professionals, couples and small families. Harris believes that the R68 millionproject, which is the first new development of its type in Somerset West for the last six years, will render success despite the tough economic times. “This is a new, fresh development which is the first of its kind in a well-established area. There really is nothing like it,” says Harris. Manor Homes is the chosen contractor for the estate, bringing with them their wealth of experience in the industry. The services have commenced on site and are well on the way to completion. The first home will be completed by mid-2013.

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R4 370 000

New Release: Immaculate family home. Beautiful mountain views. STELLENBOSCH

yard Country Estate consists of 34 homes, with 17 plans to suit individual taste, surrounding a beautiful courtyard with birched forest trees and water features. Developed by Paladin Development, each home of 160 m² to 245 m² – which is also available as a single or double story with three bedrooms and two bathrooms – ranges from R1,785 million to R2,4 million in price with no transfer duty, including VAT. As a bonus, each owner can decide upon their own finishes to complement the architectural designs of architect Dennis Moss to make their new house a home. “In this way owners can personalise their homes and do not have to settle with the style and taste an existing home offers,” says Harris.

R1 800 000

Slaapkamers 2 | Badkamer 1

Nuwe Vrystelling. Op die groenroete en kampus. Noordfront eenheid.

STELLENBOSCH

R1 150 000

Bachelor | Badkamer 1 | Kelder Parkering 1

Ruim eenheid in historiese kern. Stap afstand na kampus.


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NEW RELEASE

Sea & Mountain views in Parel Vallei R3.850 mil

www. moniquedamseauxproperties.co.za

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Character home with views In a top area - R4.850 mil

5 bedrooms , 4 bathrooms 3 en suite, formal lounge, sep. dining room, family room, 2 x studies Farm style kitchen, sep. laundry, breakfast area, large studio, double garage, covered patio to pool and garden (plot 2319 m2) THIS KIND OF PROPERTY SELDOM COME ON THE MARKET - a must to view! MONIQUE 083 675 3012

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SEA VIEWS IN MONTE SERENO R3.495 mil

Great Indoor/Outdoor Flow PLOT SIZE 3153 m 2 BOREHOLE

3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 large reception rooms , study or 4th bedroom, open plan kitchen, sep. laundry, s/quarters, d/garages, workshop area, mature garden

PLUS 2 sep. self contained flat lets

Monique - 083 675 3012

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3 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms m.e.s., fitted study, formal lounge with fire place, dining room area, TV room, solid wood open plan kitchen, separate laundry, double garage auto & access, large braai gazebo, covered patio to pool Monique - 083 675 3012

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Improve your chances to obtain a bond It’s important to know how the banks work if you want to stand a chance of getting the bond you need to purchase the property you want. “Back in the day”, in what we call “the good times” of 2004 to 2006, the banks were falling over themselves to offer you finance. Getting 100% plus transfer costs was easy. And interest rates of prime – 2% were common. Well, those days are gone. When the market fell in 2008–2010, the banks changed their approach to home finance and cherry-picked the most attractive deals. If was very difficult to obtain any finance. Since then they have eased up, but not by much. Here are some important points to remember: )While 100% finance is offered by banks, mostly up to a R1 500 000 purchase price, only a fraction of these bond applications are approved. In most cases the banks will require a purchaser to put down a deposit. According

to ooba mortgage originators, almost 46% of +4%. The closer you are to a 100% bond, the higapplications for a 100% bond receive offers – her your interest rate is likely meaning that the buyers to be. It’s all done on risk. So need to pay a deposit. the higher the risk to the bank, )Another interesting stathe higher their profit margin tistic showing the banks’ deon the deal. Don’t like it? The clining appetite for 100% fibanks aren’t that interested in nance, is that the average denegotiating, especially on posit required on a bond has 100% bonds. moved up from 12,5% in July So we’d better get used to it. to almost 18% in September. The days of interest rates beWhat does this mean to a low prime seem to be gone, alpurchaser? Simply put, if you most. That means, when it want to purchase a property, comes to budgeting you will in most cases you will need need to work on an interest a deposit as you are unlikely rate of prime +2% to ensure to obtain 100% finance. So you allow for the increased budget for this, as well as for costs. your transfer and bond regiIt’s interesting to note that stration costs. Talking Property by Steve the banks qualify a purchaser What of interest rates? The Caradoc-Davies at these higher interest rates average interest rate a few months ago was prime + 0,6%. But it’s not when they work out affordability and the abiunusual to hear of bonds being done at Prime lity to service a bond.

My best advice is, when you are considering the purchase of a property, before you purchase, speak to a home loans consultant – and preferably with a mortgage originator. They will calculate your affordability, and they will be in a great position to tell you what your own bank is likely to offer you. In addition to this, they will be able to inform you if another bank has something better for you. So why not do your homework first and then purchase with a level of comfort around the likelihood of you obtaining the finance you need. The banks change their lending criteria on a regular basis – so don’t assume that you will receive the finance you were promised three months ago. And it may be that your own bank has the worst offer for you, so shop around. The more you know, the stronger your position. And don’t forget to have all your supporting paperwork ready, including 3 years financial statements if you are self-employed – you will need them! – For property related questions, email Steve on steve.cd@harcourts.co.za.

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uch has changed over the past five years when it comes to obtaining your mortgage bond.

Strand | Gordon’s Bay | Somerset West | Stellenbosch | Grabouw | Elgin

Michelle Marston 021 841 4285

Geraldine Menellevie, Justin Cupido of Salomie Haskins 021 887 2840

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SMS the web reference to “38573” for more info*

Stellenbosch

Sole Mandate

Offers from R4 500 000

Web Ref 203164

This home will delight you with it’s spacious open-plan living spaces & easy flow to the patio and pool area. The garden is private and nice for the kids to play. Offering 4 bedrooms, study, domestic quarters and garaging for 3 vehicles. This is a must view! Asking Price: R4 900 000. Contact: Christine 082 417 2506 / Graham 084 308 3540

Stellenbosch

On Show: Sunday 14h00 - 17h00

Web Ref 217854

Sole Mandate

R2 300 000

NEW RELEASE - Charming home in secure, gated complex, offering spacious open plan living. This property is in excellent condition and is perfect for those wanting to scale down. Contact: Monique Holzen 072 390 9227

Stellenbosch

Sole Mandate

Web Ref 122614

R5 900 000

Privately situated on a large corner plot this 6 bedroom, 5 bathroom renovated home with large living areas, modern, laundromat and bathrooms is a must see. One of the finest homes well positioned in this popular suburban area close to excellent schools. Contact: Marelise Visagie 072 776 2645

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NEW RELEASE - Perfect investment with high rental income - otherwise perfect starter home! Large plot and with added bachelor flat. Contact: Marelise Visagie 072 776 2645

Stellenbosch

Offers from R995 000

R2 060 000

Luxurious fully furnished three bedroom townhouse overlooking the swimming pool on the Devonvale Golf & Wine estate. Open plan living room leading to a beautifully fitted granite topped kitchen. Guest cloakroom, single garage and store room. Contact: Derek 082 776 8282 / Brenda 082 569 4632

Stellenbosch

De Zalze Golf and Wine Estate

Web Ref 215232

R5 200 000

Situated on a corner stand, this immaculate north facing home offers the option of enjoying two entertainment areas. The interior exudes warm, earthy appeal with cosy spaces, leading out to private and secluded outdoor patio. Contact: Monique Holzen 072 390 9227 40 Bird Street, Stellenbosch Tel: 021 809 2760 | Fax: 021 809 2779 Email: admin@sothebysrealtystb.co.za www.sothebysrealty.co.za

Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated

R1 350 000

A secure complex within close proximity to Campus, very suitable for students. Offering a swimming pool for residents and easy access to main routes. The townhouse has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a large living area with secure parking inside the complex. Contact: Graham 084 308 3540 / Christine 082 417 2506

Stellenbosch Flats

LA REZ DERMONT DERMONT PRINSPARK LA RIVE BERGZIGHT (nuwe vrystelling) WEST SIDE VIER EIKE BOSCHENPARK BASTMOLEN BOSMANS CROSSING OU DORP AMATONI CABERNET penthouse

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Web Ref 150981

Web Ref 210233 Joint Mandate

Quaint lock up and go close to shopping mall and other amenities. Perfect starter-up home or pure investment with excellent rental income. Asking Price: R1 295 000 Contact: Marelise Visagie 072 776 2645

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Web Ref 215915 Sole Mandate

R1 295 000

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Devonvale Golf and Wine Estate

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R495.000 R550.000 R550.000 R620.000 R650.000 R900.000

Eenmans Eenmans Eenmans 1 slpk 2slpk 2 slpk 2slpk 3slpk

R650.000 R669.000 R865.000 R995.000 R1.695.000 R1.100.000 R1.342.000 R3.380.000

Contact: Elize Brand 082 372 9992

For more photos and information on these properties, visit our mobile site by scanning the code or sms LGSIR to 38573* *R1.50/SMS. Free SMS don’t apply. T&C’s Apply

Michelle Marston 021 841 4285 Geraldine Menellevie of Justin Cupido 021 887 2840 Ilse Fourie 021 870 4600

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student accommodation

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R2 990 000

JOINT MANDATE

SOMERSET WEST

R3 650 000

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GREEN FUTURE Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 3 Garage 2

SPACIOUS LIVING WEB 278561 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 3 Garage 2

WEB 274351

A house designed to handle our new increased prices Ideal family home with loads of living space on large stand. Open your doors to vineyards and enjoy a dream with top of the range heating and insulation. lifestyle. [O] 021 843 3368

GERHARD 076 590 7758

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R 420 000

GERHARD 076 590 7758

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R1 495 000

ALLEENMANDAAT

ALLEENMANDAAT

PERFEKTE BEGINNERS HUIS Kamers 2 Badkamers 1 Parkering 2

PERFEKTE KAMPUS LIGGING WEB 270755 Kamers 1 Badkamers 1 Parkering 1

Netjiese huis om te begin, met baie potensiaal. [K] 021 886 7905

[O] 021 843 3368

GAVIN-PAUL 072 707 1192

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R 975 000

WEB 275916

Ruim eenslaapkamer woonstel op US groenroete naby dames koshuise en klasse. Kan 2 persone akkommodeer. Beskikbaar vir 2013. [K] 021 886 7905

LEON 082 575 7356 LISBE 084 666 0011

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R2 290 000

ALLEENMANDAAT

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LA BELLE VIE Kamers 2 Badkamers 1 Parkering 1

PICTURES TELL A THOUSAND WORDS Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 3 Garage 2 WEB 277009

WEB 277070

Noordfront woonstel naby winkelsentrum met granietbladkombuis en balkon. Kwaliteit afwerking.

Stunning home with lots of features to many to mention.

[K] 021 886 7905

[O] 021 886 7905

DROEKS 082 685 9189

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R3 675 000

SOPHIA 082 824 6798

STELLENBOSCH

R1 695 000

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PRYS VERLAAG OP KAMPUS! WEB 278244 Kamers 3 Badkamers 2 Parkering 2

GERIEFLIK EN NETJIES Kamers 5 Badkamers 3 M/Huis 2

Gesellige familie woning met 2 leefareas, patio met swembad en lowergroen gevestigde tuin. Volledige buitekamer. Binnebraai en mooi uitsig. [K] 021 886 7905

Netjiese woonstel in gewilde studente blok met 24 uur sekuriteit. Goeie potensiële huurinkomste. [K] 021 886 7905 MARISKA 082 823 0718

LEONIE 082 773 0655

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R2 770 000

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DIE BOORD Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 3 Parking 4

R5 950 000

NEW RELEASE

DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY IN DE WEIDES WEB 278653 WEB 271802 Bedrooms 6 Bathrooms 2 Parking 2

Spacious lock up and go in mint condition. Modern finishes and beautiful designed living areas with direct access to private patio and pool. [O] 021 886 7905

WEB 274316

HETTIE 083 263 0559

Perfect position for a student house development close to campus on a 1100m² plot. [O] 021 886 7905 LEON 082 575 7356


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Affordable commercial property in Paarl Paarl is not only the largest town in the Boland, but the second largest commercial centre in the Western Cape. Its central location, just off the N1, about a half an hour’s drive from the city and close to other Boland towns make it an attractive option for commercial and industrial businesses says Seeff Winelands managing director, Pierre Germishuys. Rates in the town are significantly lower than in the city and other towns, he says. In Franschhoek for example, commercial rental rates range between R150 and R250/ m² compared to between R30/m² for industrial property and R110/m² for office space in Paarl. This represents better value for businesses looking

to cut and contain costs. This affordability, he says is translating into increased demand, both for rental and investment in commercial and industrial space. Investors are finding good value and are currently looking to yield between 9% and 10% annually on rental returns. The town’s 11-km long Main Road is lined with working vineyards and beautifully restored Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian buildings, most of which now operate as businesses. The KWV building is popular and Seeff has placed several new tenants in the building at rental rates of between R80/m² and R110/²m. Sales to investors include two adjacent buildings at 42 Main Road that was bought for R6,5 million. Both buildings have

been restored and further building is planned. Tenants have been secured by Seeff at rental rates of between R100 m² and R110 m². Commercial properties in the centre of the town currently sell from R1,595 million for a historic semi-detached building on a 393 m² plot to R3,784 million for a corner-building in Main Road, which offers an ideal shop front setting says agent, Piet Uys. A 628 m² building on a plot of 780 m² with a secured yard that would suit a business such as a hardware store with display areas is on offer for R4,75 million. A plot on Main Road comprising two industrial corner stands, about 626 m², is priced at around R1,4 million. There is also a good selection of industrial land on 12 000 m² tract of land, priced at

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around R3,244 million and a new industrial park development with 24-hour controlled access that offers stands of between 738 m² up to 9 469 m², priced from R880 m² to R1 320 m². There is also growing interest in hospitality establishments, says Germishuys. Seeff recently sold the historic Pontac Manor Hotel and Restaurant that is set on about 2 ha with gardens and two swimming pools for R12,5 million. The hotel is located just off Main Street in the building that was the original manor house of the Pontac Estate that dates to 1723. The building was restored in 1994, 1997 and 1999 and launched as a four-star boutique hotel in 2000. Call Seeff Winelands Commercial on 021 863 1616 or visit www.seeff.com for more details.

Paarl | Wellington Wellington

Sole Mandate

Web Ref 218909

Asking Price: R960 000 NEW RELEASE - A winner for starting out or scaling down on the outskirts of Wellington. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, open plan kitchen, lounge and dining room, 2 garages and garden. Kontak: Estelle Denys 072 141 4117

Paarl

Franchhoekvallei

Paarl

Web Ref 138784

Vraprys: R2 400 000 Argitek ontwerpte 3 slaapkamer woning met studeer kamer in Courtrai, Suider Paarl op 1100m² Erf. Aanliggende Erf met swembad skep geleentheid vir uitbreiding. Hope potensiaal. Kontak: Bronwyn Boyd 083 420 1747

Web Ref 179715

Vraprys: R13 900 000 Unieke leefstylplaas op rivieroewer, omring deur berge en natuurreservaat met ongeewenaarde landelike rustigheid. Selfdien gastehuisies, vlieghengel geriewe en damme met verskeidenheid visspesies, verskaf passiewe inkomste. Opstal en stoor. Kontak: Irene 0741 279280 / Danie 083 6272148

140 Main Road, Paarl. t 021 870 1011 f 021 871 1175 info@sirpaarl.co.za www.sothebysrealty.co.za | www.farmandranchsir.com | www.farmssouthafrica.com

Web Ref 214562

Asking Price: R385 000 Neat centrally situated bachelor flat on 10th floor with lovely views. Included in the price are all blinds, fridge, tumble drier, oven, hob and extractor fan. For investment purposes rental income between R2 500.00 and R2 800.00. Contact: Wilma Vermeulen 082 927 2303

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FINE AND COUNTRY STELLENBOSCH

Fine and Country se Goue Sirkel-toekenning is onlangs by Erinvale-gholflandgoed in Somerset-Wes gehou. Hier (van links) is Jeniley Anthony, Melanie Venter, Veronica Venter en Jannie Venter, topverkoper van eenhede in die Wes-Kaap.

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Fine and Country se nasionale konferensie is vroeër vanjaar by Melrose Arch in Johannesburg gehou. Hier is (van links) Jeniley Anthony wat genomineer is vir beste nuwe verkoper, Edgar Blomeyer en Sandra Coetzer van Jeffreysbaai.

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ine and Country Stellenbosch het vanjaar, met vier nuwe agente, ’n groot markaandeel in verskeie areas bygekry en dus uitstekende groei beleef. Dié vier agente is beloon met 30 verkope vanjaar. Hul kommentaar is dat kopers ingelig is en markverwante pryse betaal. Verkopers moes egter dikwels aanpassings maak om die transaksie te laat slaag.

Wanneer eienaars bereid is om Fine and Country se waardasie te aanvaar, verkoop die eiendom in sommige gevalle binne ’n week. Die fout wat verkopers maak is om te dink dat indien hulle langer wag, hul eiendom hoër pryse sal behaal. Wanneer kopers ’n eiendom bestempel as oorprys, verg dit baie advertensie, huise skou, besigtiging, werk en tyd om hierdie persepsie om te keer, totdat hulle dit weer as ’n billike koop bestempel.

In die huidige mark is die gaping nog steeds in sommige gevalle so groot dat meeste potensiële kopers nie eers ’n aanbod wil waag nie. Daar is nog steeds baie eiendom wat oorprys is en nie verkoop nie. Jeniley Anthony is by Fine and Country se nasionale konferensie in Johannesburg genomineer as beste nuwe agent en Jannie Venter het drie agtereenvolgende kwartale in die Wes-Kaap as Goue Sirkel-topverkoper van

eenhede met die prys weggestap. Fine and Country sien uit na ’n uiters suksesvolle jaar in 2013 en ook na aansienlike uitbreiding in die eksklusiewe mark. Kontak Fine and Country indien jy ernstig is om ’n eiendom in Stellenbosch teen die beste prys te verkoop – die markverwante prys. Hierdie diens is gratis. Vir meer inligting, bel 021 889 9759, of e-pos aan stellenbosch@fineandcountry.com

Beveilig jou huis en gesin só teen elektriese skokke en brande Volgens Eskom is onwettige optrede soos kabeldiefstal, onwettige kragverbindings en vandalisme verantwoordelik vir die meeste sterftes en ernstige beserings elke jaar waar mense deur elektrisiteit geskok word. Maar, sê Berry Everitt, besturende direkteur van die Chas Everitt International-eiendomsgroep, baie sterf ook weens nalatige of onverantwoordelike hantering van elektriese bedrading, muurproppe en elektriese toerusting. Terselfdertyd berig die Fire Protection Association dat sowat die helfte van die 10 000 gevalle van huisbrande wat jaarliks in Suid-Afrika voorkom deur elektriese kortsluitings veroorsaak word. Dié brande, insluitende brande in informele nedersettings, veroorsaak jaarliks ten minste 300 tot 400 sterftes terwyl honderde mense elke jaar vir brandwonde en inaseming van rook be-

handel moet word. Everitt sê huiseienaars behoort ag te slaan op die volgende waarskuwingstekens dat daar iets met hul kragstelsel mag skort: ) Alle gevalle waar iemand deur ’n toestel soos ’n broodrooster, stoof of wasmasjien geskok word. ) Die reuk van metaal of plastiek wat brand – dit kan dui op ’n los of onklaar koppeling, ’n onklaar skakelaar of lig, komponente wat oorverhit, kortsluitings in mure, of beskadigde bedrading. ) Flikkerende ligte of ligte wat verdof, wat ook op los koppelings, oorlaaide stroombane, swak bedrading, of kortsluitings in mure kan dui. ) Skakelaars, koorde of muurproppe wat warm word of verkleur, wat op oorlading of ’n defektiewe toestel kan dui. ) Oorlaaide muurproppe. Te veel toestel-

le wat aan ’n enkele muurprop gekoppel is dui daarop dat die huis nie genoeg kragpunte of kapasiteit vir jou behoeftes het nie. ) Versteurings van beelde op ’n televisieof rekenaarskerm wanneer groot toestelle soos stowe aangeskakel word. Dit kan weer eens beteken dat te veel toestelle krag van ’n enkele kragstroom trek of dat jou huis ’n groter vermoë nodig het. Everitt skryf in die nuusbrief, Property Signposts, dat ’n grondige inspeksie van die kragstelsel die maklikste manier is om kragprobleme te voorkom.“Die internasionale stigting vir veilige elektrisiteit beveel aan dat die elektriese stelsels in alle huise ouer as 40 jaar, sowel as huise ouer as 10 jaar waar uitgebreide aanbouing gedoen is, nagegaan moet word. ” Verder, sê hy, moet verbruikers die volgende maatreëls nakom:

) Moenie met toestelle peuter terwyl dit aangeskakel is nie – die klassieke voorbeeld is ’n mes in ’n broodrooster. ) Moenie aan elektriese toerusting, soos ’n haardroër of skeermes, raak terwyl jou liggaam nat is nie. ) Moenie enige toestel, soos ’n ketel of verwarmer, bly gebruik as dit kortsluitings veroorsaak nie. ) Moenie enige kraggereedskap gebruik vir take waarvoor dit nie bedoel is nie, en dra skoene voordat jy dit aanskakel. ) Moenie die grasperk kaalvoet met ’n elektriese grassnyer sny nie. ) Moenie koorde of verlengings met ontblote bedrading gebruik nie. ) Moenie probeer om ’n opelug-kragdraad wat op die grond beland het, te skuif nie. Hou liewer ’n veilige afstand en roep die hulp van ’n kenner in.


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S a child there were smells and noises which I was familiar with and loved. Smells like freshly cut grass on the farm and home baked bread in our kitchen. Sounds I fell in love with were things like a tractor ploughing in the distance and the ever popular Radio Sonder Grense on the radio. Another intoxicating sound came from a certain German car company’s six-cylinder engine. The engine in question was used in BMW’s E30 325i. A sound that, at its peak, stayed with me until today. A free-revving, deep throaty sound with a coarse burple when idling along. That sound gave me goosebumps. So much so, that the very first car I drove when I got my learner’s licence was a red 1992 BMW 325i Coupe. From a practical point of view that coupé was terrible. No one could sit in the back and the engine gulped fuel like there was a hole in the tank. In 1993 BMW introduced the new so-called “Dolphin shape” (locally named) E36 3-series to South Africa. In that line-up the 328i badge was first used. The 328i then was a poor man’s M3. It used a 2.8 litre straight-six engine producing 142 kW / 280 Nm. BMW invented this very segment in which the 3-series competes, almost four decades ago. But the rivalry to be the best mediumsized saloon is far from being decided. The reason for my lengthy introduction is that after a decade of absence the once loved 328i badge is back and ready to pick-up where its predecessor left off. BMW introduced the brand new 3-series in 2012 and named it the F30. The F30 is currently for sale with a choice of four models. Starting at the 320i, 320d, 328i and the blistering 335i, the latter being the only current six-cylinder in the range. For a company which used no less than four six-cylinder engines in the previous E90

shape, this is quite unique. But as they say, ‘times are a changin’ and the car companies are adapting rather quickly. Back to the test car in question. The new 328i uses the same 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo one finds in the diluted 320i. Only here the clever German engineers at BMW have tweaked the turbo and fiddled with the electronics to produce amazing figures for a fourcylinder engine. Power is now rated at 180kw’s while the torque figure is even more impressive at 350nm. The power is widely spread and the torque is available from as low as 1 250rpm. Acceleration should keep most hot-hatches off your back with a 0-100 kph time of 6,3 seconds (auto) and a top speed electronically limited to 250 kpH. The 328i replaces the 330i which still used a proper six-cylinder motor. With two less cylinders, but an added turbo the 328i loses 10kw to the cars it replaces, but gains a healthy bit of torque. The biggest advantage to not having a sixcylinder under the bonnet will be felt at the petrol pumps. A saving of close to 30% can be expected over the previous 330i. Combined fuel usage for my trip was just below 8 litres/100km. Paarlberg BMW’s 328i demo was a beautiful “mineral grey” in colour and had the sportline package. Grey five-spoke 17” rims completed the package. At the front, the more angular xenon lights are accompanied by a smaller trademark BMW grille. It also now looks more aggressive and attacking. The rear is also unmistakable Beemer and a more conservative look was opted for. On the inside things look familiar if you are a current BMW owner. The sport-line package adds a red aluminium strip that runs the length of the dashboard. That same strip continues on the car’s key and on the beautifully supportive seats. Red stitching runs along the seat edge and on the door panel. The newly redesigned i-Drive system is still operated

The new BMW 3-series (F30) has a front that is unmistakably BMW, but will take some getting use to. PIC: SIEB SIEBERHAGEN from the centre console. A thick steering wheel adorned with audio and cruise control buttons feel secure in your hands. The 8-speed automatic is one of the smoothest I’ve tested and the changes happened lightning fast when the Sport or Sport+ modes are selected. The shift paddles are also good to play with. My test car also had a full navigation system. The coolest ‘toy’ that the 328i has is BMW’s heads-up display system. It projects your current speed and other data on the inside of the windscreen, right in the driver’s line of sight. It helps you keep your eyes on the road and makes you feel like a jet fighter pilot. The new car is close to 50kg lighter and 10 cm longer than the one it replaces. Improving leg room, head room and boot size. The handling department is where BMW trumps all the other manufacturers. Rearwheel drive and perfect weight distribution add to the sporty feel. When pushing hard, especially in corners, the chassis performs well.

No twitching or under-steer, just safe, secure and precise handling. Nothing less would be expected from the Bavarian giant. Rivalry in this category is fierce, with the main competition coming from the Mercedes C-class, Audi’s A4 and even the Lexus IS. Both the Merc and Audi has recently undergone facelifts while Lexus added an exciting V6 motor to their IS line-up. (IS350) Prices for the new 3-series start at R361 000 for the 320i manual and continue towards R566 100 for the 335i M-Sport Automatic. The 328i which I tested, retails for R481 000. I would, however, save the 50k and opt for the standard 328i 6-speed manual. If you are lucky enough to be in the market for a executive saloon, you should not look any further than the new 3-series. Brilliant engines, dynamic handling and a well sculpted interior all add up to a brilliant allround package. For information on any BMW contact Paarlberg BMW at 021 872 2076.

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RELIABLE GEELY

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Geely to the rescue of the sick and aged O

NE of Geely’s top selling subcompacts is running around the West Rand on a daily basis, delivering life essential medication to patients at home. And no-one appreciates the agile little run-about more than residents of retirement villages and old age homes between Krugersdorp and Roodepoort and every suburb in-between. Clocking up a monthly average of around 3 500 km, Ouklip Pharmacy’s unmarked Geely 1.3 LC GT shoots around its West Rand target areas from 8:30 in the mornings until late afternoon, sometimes even after dark, although only in the event of an emergency. Pharmacist and owner Charles Kruger took proud ownership of the Geely from Herman Nel Motors in May this year. “We used to have a half ton bakkie that was more European than Far East, and although it had a perky 1.6-litre engine, it became a thirsty burden,” says Kruger, who also used to have another entry-level Japanese runabout that lasted a good five or six years. “I decided to get rid of the first car because of its high maintenance cost and the fact that we sometimes had to wait for a few days or up to a week for service parts. The bakkie was brand new at the time and the focal point of a massive media campaign, so I bought it. It immediately turned out to be the wrong choice – heavy on fuel, and it didn’t have aircon.” The bakkie, which was a far cry from the old predecessor Kruger had in mind, was also totally under utilised. “Our parcels are small packets of a few containers of medicine that we deliver to our customers who either don’t have transport or are not fit to drive. It was always urgent, so per-

formance counted a lot.” Kruger used the same way many buyers of new brands do – he Googled it and liked what he saw. “I went to kick the tyres and go over the car, and after going on a short test drive with my driver and the salesman, decided to buy it on the spot.” Driving all three vehicles for the last 11 years in the employ of Ouklip Pharmacy, 49year old Sydney Montsheng, who also took it for a test run, is suitably impressed with his latest “company car”. “It is not as powerful as the 1600, but it goes well enough. Maybe I’ll get less speeding tickets,” the ever smiling Sydney said. He should now – he has been doing deliveries for more than 20 years. Both Charles, who uses the car “every now and then”, and Sydney, who drives it six days a week, is impressed with the vehicle. “It has every comfort feature for everyday driving, such as air-conditioning, electric windows, and even park distance control – and all that for a very affordable R86 000 or so,” says Kruger. “However, I made the effort of paying the extra cost for a maintenance plan which covers the services – the same item that cost me dearly when I had the other car.” The Geely also hauls stock between the pharmacy and the Ouklip Medicine Depot a few hundred metres down the road. “That was the reason I decided on the bakkie, but the Geely has more than enough space for what we carry when the back seats are folded down,” says Kruger, adding that on weekends it also runs from his house in Noordheuwel to the municipal dump with a few loads of garden rubble in plastic bags. “It’s not as big as the bakkie, but it has more

Charles Kruger is very happy with his Geely’s reliability. PIC: QUICKPIC than enough space,” both Charles and Sydney said. As far as Geely as a relatively new brand is concerned, Kruger had no problems: “Once I realised what a big international company Geely was and heard that they bought Volvo

two years ago, I was convinced. And after six months I am still not disappointed. “The Geely, which did not only have a lower purchase price, is cheaper to run and also attracted a much lower insurance premium. It was the right choice this time.”


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MAGNET: ALL THE CREATURE COMFORTS WITH FLAIR

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HE sleek and stylish Ford Fiesta just got an extra dose of flair with the introduction of the limited edition Fiesta Magnet. Just 75 models will go on sale in November, but dealers will already start taking orders for the special model.

The Fiesta Magnet stands apart from the crowd with its up-rated performance credentials, unique interior and exterior styling elements and connected mobility features. Powered by a 1.6-litre Duratec Twin Independent Variable Cam Timing (Ti-VCT) petrol engine, the Magnet boasts improved performance credential with power increasing from 88kW to 99kW and torque output up from 152 Nm to 160 Nm. The racier hatch also features a specially designed sports suspension to complete the dynamic package. With looks to match its performance intentions the Magnet sports body-colour front and rear bumpers with side-skirts and aerofoil, rockerpanel mouldings and a sporty rear spoiler, available in any colour you want, as long as it’s black. Further details unique to the Magnet’s exterior appearance are a unique front grille surround, painted fog lamp rings, halo-

gen projector headlamps with black bezel and privacy glass on rear side windows and tailgate glass. To complete the look, it rides on black 17” alloy wheels. Inside the cabin the exclusive treatment continues with the addition of black leather sports seats with silver stitching and seat heaters in the front seats. The steering wheel, with gloss black spoke shells, is similarly finished in black leather and silver stitching, while alloy pedal capping’s, front and rear Magnet door mats and a heated wind shield complete the stylish interior atmosphere. Already equipped with impressive features including heated power mirrors with integrated indicators, remote central locking, power windows, cruise control and Electronic Air Temperature Control (EATC), the Magnet offers all the creature comforts one would desire together with an impressive In Car Entertainment (ICE) system. The Magnet’s ICE system features Bluetooth with Voice Control, in combination with steering wheel, audio and cruise control buttons, giving one the freedom to connect on the go. As with all models in the Fiesta

range, the Magnet is equipped with exceptional safety features. An AntiLock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) is standard across the entire Fiesta range. EBD automatically varies the amount of force applied to each of a vehicle’s brakes based on road conditions, speed and loading to maximise stopping power while still maintaining control of the vehicle. The Magnet also comes equipped with Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Traction Control, seven airbags consisting of dual-front, dual-side, curtain and driver knee airbags, Driver and Passenger belt minders and seatbelt pre-tensioners. Additional convenience to the safety package extends to rain-sensing wipers, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and automatic headlamps. The Ford Fiesta range is offered with a 4-year / 120 000 km warranty and 4-year / 60 000 km service plan. Service intervals are staggered at 20 000km intervals for this petrol derivative. Customers will also benefit from 3-years of Roadside Assistance and a 5-year corrosion warranty. The Fiesta Magnet will go on sale for R229 000.

Just 75 models will go on sale in November, but dealers will already start taking orders for the special model. PIC: QUICKPIC


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BP VOLKSWAGEN RALLY TEAM

Top two in the Garden Route Rally T

HE BP Volkswagen rally team finished their 2012 season in style, claiming the top two positions at the Garden Route Rally. Hans Weijs Jnr and Björn Degandt rallied home in first place with their team-mates Enzo Kuun and Guy Hodgson hot on their heels. “Hans and Björn did an amazing job this weekend,” says Mike Rowe, head of Volkswagen Motorsport. “The last two rallies we’ve finished in second place, so we’ve been knocking on the door of victory. This is a great finish for the team.” Weijs and Degandt claimed three stage wins on Friday – of the five stages that took place. They then went on to win four of the six stages on Saturday as well. “I wanted the best result I could get after the puncture on Friday,” says Weijs. “We claimed more than three minutes back, the stage times were perfect. We pushed really hard, we took it to the limit at this event.” Weijs and Degandt have claimed two podium finishes this season, the first being the Sasol Rally and they have now rounded off their rally year in Africa with a national rally victory. Enzo Kuun and Guy Hodgson delivered a performance for their team that was both consistent and commanding. The pair appeared to float through the stages, hardly breaking a sweat over the two days. “It has been a difficult year for all of us,” says Kuun. “It is nice to bring this result home. The team have been putting in a lot of hard work and this shows the depth of talent and skill, that we can pull it all together. This championship is tougher than it has ever been, there are a lot of international cars where previously it was just local competi-

tion.” The final event results mark not only the BP Volkswagen team’s strengths in bringing the new BP Volkswagen Polo S2000 up to pace to compete successfully on the national championship level, but also holds the promise for what the coming season holds. “From the Volkswagen Rally this year we have made steady progress,” says Rowe. “We’ll be doing some positive testing in the coming months to see where we can improve even more.” For Hergen Fekken and Pierre Arries the final rally of the season shaped up to be a good one. The pair were in the top five on four of the first six stages, but were eliminated in stage seven and could not complete their rally. The Volkswagen Polo S2000 of Japie van Niekerk and Gerhard Snyman produced a good sixth place finish at the final event, beating some tough rally conditions. Van Niekerk and Snyman finished just ahead of the BP Volkswagen Polo Vivo S2000 of Gugu Zulu and Carl Peskin. Zulu and Peskin had already claimed the S2000 Challenge title for 2012 at the previous rally, but this did little to change their enthusiasm for competition. The pair won the S2000 Challenge category at the final event as well – in seventh overall and more than three minutes ahead of their nearest class rivals. In class S1600 the BP Volkswagen Polo Vivo of Megan Verlaque and Hilton Auffray were keen to finish their year in the class on a high note. After two tough days of rallying the duo brought their car home for fifth place in the class. The 11 stage event that saw competitors finish the 2012 season in the picturesque Wilderness and Knysna area witnessed some stellar rally performances and, while drawing the curtain on the 2012 season, also hints at an exciting and demanding 2013.

Here Hans Weijs Jnr and Björn Degandt drive through some of the water hazards on the BP Rally. PIC: QUICKPIC

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