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KOELENHOF: NEDBANK BACKING FOR THIS DEVELOPMENT

Lifestyle village at Nooitgedacht

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edbank Corporate Property Finance has approved a loan to Koelpark Development (Pty) Ltd for the first phase of the Nooitgedacht Village, which offers a fully-integrated community lifestyle in the Western Cape growth node of Stellenbosch. “Our loan will fund the construction, infrastructure and marketing costs for phase one of Nooitgedacht Village. It’s a great investment in a prime location, offering a comprehensive mixed-use development in the heart of the winelands,” says Richard Thomas, regional executive: Nedbank Corporate Property Finance, Cape. Koelpark is represented by the Wirth family which has owned the Nooitgedacht wine farm in Stellenbosch since 1924. The family bought the Koelpark property next to their wine farm in 1989 and completed the bulk services on the subject property, which included roads, water, sewerage and electricity. The property forms part of the Koelenhof hamlet and a total of 196 000 m² of new zoning rights have been awarded, including business, residential, industrial and open space. The basket of rights awarded will allow them to develop an expansive, fully-integrated lifestyle estate among the vineyards with boutique shops, offices, lifestyle facilities, an equestrian centre, a wine boutique, bakery and retirement village. Phase one is almost sold out and phase two will be launched shortly. Managing director Werner Wirth and attorney Gerhardt Jooste are consulting on behalf of the company and developing the property. Jooste is a well-known and experienced player in the property industry who co-founded property development company Atterbury Cape and has been personally involved in the planning and completion of Kanonberg Estate, La Verona, Bella Rosa, Greenville, Admiral Island, Somerset Value Mart and Tygerberg Office Park, to name but a few. Jooste then started Prosperito which has been involved in the development of Swellenmark

Arial view of the proposed Nooitgedacht Village at Koelpark. Shopping Centre, The Grand Grahamstown, Bloomingdales Office Park, Fountains Mall, Rosehill Mall and recently Kenako Mall in Port Elizabeth. Thomas continues: “The development has an accompanying positive corporate social investment (CSI) element whereby 350 people who were living as informal settlers on the property have been relocated and their lives radically uplifted in the process. Before moving, 86 families were living in 50 structures with no sanitation or electricity and minimal water points. The Fritz Wirth Trust and the Koelpark Community Initiative have focused on finding suitable solutions for the disadvan-

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R3 100 000

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Slaapkamers 3 | Badkamers 3 | Motorhuise 2 | Bonus: Woonstel

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dacht Village as well as the accompanying CSI factor that has had a positive impact and is directly transforming lives. CSI is a non-negotiable business and ethical imperative for Nedbank and we are acutely aware of our responsibility to contribute towards uplifting the lives of disadvantaged communities in South Africa. “A strong partnership such as this between Nedbank and Koelpark underscores the fact that we remain the market leader in the commercial property finance industry and continue to provide custom-fit financial solutions that benefit and empower all stakeholders,” concludes Thomas.

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taged community in terms of housing, skills development and job creation to ultimately create a better standard of living for the group. “Koelpark purchased land that the community identified in Klapmuts that is located conveniently close to all amenities. Each of the families was granted a building subsidy from the government and subsequently 99 houses were built. All the families have moved into their new homes. There is also an established feeding scheme for the children, which is supported by all the owners of the farms in the area.” “Nedbank is proud to be associated with such an expansive development as Nooitge-

Bedrooms 2 | Bathroom 1 | Parking 1

R6 000 000

Marina 082 557 0864 Sarene 083 652 9173 R1 080 000

WEB 7619

Newly renovated flat. Walking distance from campus. Sole Mandate Machdel 083 593 5598

Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 4 | Garages 2 | Flat

Excellent value and privacy with views and 1 bedroom flat.

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14 Summerwood Estate, Montclair

R2,895,000 3

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Delightful 3 bedroom property with study and undercover patio in the sought after Summerwood Estate. Sit on the stoep and look over the manicured gardens and then onto the Helderberg and Hottentot mountains. Incredible opportunity to buy into this popular complex and all for under R3million! Kelly van Zyl T 021 851 2614 C 082 770 6879 www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25837

Michael Pashley T 021 851 2614 C 082 079 5568 E michael.pashley@harcourts.co.za

Croydon Olive Estate 3

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R2,250,000 1

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This brand new modern home offers clean cut lines and generous spaces. With a north aspect the home lives onto the olive groves with the hills behind completing this picturesque setting. The home is close to the Lifestyle Centre and Dam, it offers 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms and is ready to live in immediately.

15 Hoeveld Estate, Fairview Heights

R4,695,000 4

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www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25733 Brian Mathews

Bel Monti Equestrian Farm, Sir Lowry s Pass

R6,750,000 6

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Kelly van Zyl T 021 851 2614 C 082 770 6879 www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25729

Michael Pashley T 021 851 2614 C 082 079 5568 E michael.pashley@harcourts.co.za

T 021 851 2614 C 076 561 9286 E brian.mathews@harcourts.co.za

2 Forest Hills

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This stunning property offers everything a purchaser could ever want. With eco friendly nishes in mind, the home boasts ducted air conditioning, double glazed UPVC windows, heat pumps for geysers and a delightful freestanding wood pellet burning replace. This is truly a masterpiece!!

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Fantastic opportunity to purchase this delightful smallholding on 5.3 hectors of land with permission granted for a riding School. Beautiful modern 3 bedroom house with pool. In addition there is a separate 3 bedroom cottage that used to be the old foaling station. Magni cent views and a real opportunity to live that country life we all desire. Michael Pashley Kelly van Zyl T 021 851 2614 C 082 079 5568 T 021 851 2614 C 082 770 6879 www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25772 E michael.pashley@harcourts.co.za

R6,900,000 3

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This entertainers modern dream set in the prestigious Forest Hills Estate in Spanish Farm has everything you could want. The large undercover patios look across the pool and onto the False Bay coast offering sea and mountain vistas. Set on a large plot of approximately 1800m² the house itself is modern and open plan whilst providing a warm and elegant feel. Offering 3 reception areas, a study and 3 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms the house is perfectly designed. Furniture can be purchased in addition if required!

New Release 23 Immelman Street, Somerset West 2

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This home is located in a quiet street and sits on a large stand with a great garden and pool for the kids. Good ow links the reception areas. The home offers 2 bedrooms and a study, although another room was converted into the existing dining room and could be converted back into a third bedroom quite easily - giving you more sleeping accommodation! Jason Huttton T 021 851 2614 C 073 489 8489 www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25943 E jason.hutton@harcourts.co.za

www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25944 Michael Pashley Michael: 082 079 5568 Kelly: 082 770 6879 E michael.pashley@harcourts.co.za

2 The Clouds, Silverboomkloof

R4,600,000 3

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This fairytale home is nestled in a gated Tuscan village at the foot of the Helderberg Mountains. Spacious living room with feature replace and double volume open beam ceilings. French doors lead to outside patios and pool with sweeping views towards the mountain. Gourmet kitchen with granite counters and tted appliances. Lee Coetzee T 021 851 2614 C 084 588 0050 E lee.coetzee@harcourts.co.za

R1,795,000 2

www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25898

39 Meerhof Estate

R2,595,000

12 Pintail Way

R1,950,000

3 1 2 2 With stunning views from all around, this spacious 3 bedroomed home offers modern yet contemporary living at its nest. Features on offer are in abundance. Viewing of this ne home is highly recommended.

4 1 2 2 This family home is conveniently situated in Somerset Ridge, with easy access to all amenities. Open plan living area, with built in bar, replace and sliders to covered patio and pool. Spacious modern, open plan kitchen.

www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25689 Andrea Hanson C 082 658 3732

www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25932 Denny Ann Yoko C 082 335 2754


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New Release 6 Summerwood 3

77 on Dummer

R4,300,000 2

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R5,995,000 2

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This stunning and well designed home is in the small secure estate know as 77 On Dummer in Montclaire. This exclusive property boasts an 8m wide garage, delightful wine cellar, huge bathrooms, study, travertine tiles throughout as well as top quality xtures and ttings. There is a beautiful outside entertainment area with built in braai next to the pool overlooking the Hottentot Mountain Range for those hot summer days. The thatched roofs of many of the homes in the estate gives it the complex an exclusive and luxurious feel. So, if you really want it all we can highly recommend this incredible residence.

This is a delightful home in immaculate condition with sweeping uninterrupted mountain views. Nestled at the top of Summerwood estate in La Concorde makes the location and setting an absolute dream. The open plan living, large upstairs lounge, study and spacious main bedroom all live out north towards the views. The property boasts a modern feel with large terraced areas, built in braai and sparkling pool. This really is a peaceful and prestigious environment you wont want to miss out on.

www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25956 Michael Pashley Michael: 082 079 5568 Kelly: 082 770 6879 E michael.pashley@harcourts.co.za

www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25958 Michael Pashley Michael: 082 079 5568 Kelly: 082 770 6879 E michael.pashley@harcourts.co.za

Price Reduced 12 Dennehoek, Heldervue

R3,750,000 4

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This magni cent English Country Manor house has charm, space and privacy. Set on approximately an acre of land, this home boasts living on a grand scale. Spacious family room with replace leads to covered entertainment area with built in braai, pool and jacuzzi. Free standing cottage complete the picture.

New Release 17 Dennegeur Estate 4

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Lee Coetzee T 021 851 2614 C 084 588 0050 E lee.coetzee@harcourts.co.za

34 High Ridings

R5,500,000 3

www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25826

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Wow! This absolute gem of a home situated high up in Dennegeur security estate must be seen to be believed. Offering 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms as well as 3 lounges and open plan kitchen dining there is enough room for everyone. Quality nishes abound with travertine tiles, state of the art kitchen, luxurious large bathrooms and outside balconies at every turn. The sea and mountain views here are what nishes off this exquisite property whilst the entire false bay is visible from the roof top setting. View quickly!!

R2,550,000 2

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A fantastic opportunity has arisen to own a piece of the country life. The property boasts high ceilings, wooden beams, a loft style living room, a large lovely kitchen and beautifully presented tiled ooring that has been lovingly polished and coloured by hand. A perfect country view surrounds the house featuring the majestic Hottentots Holland Mountains, a glimpse of the sea and scenic countryside. If this is you, call for a viewing. www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25946 Jean-Pierre Aldworth T 021 851 2614 C 078 059 5342 E jeanpierre.aldworth@harcourts.co.za

www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25948 Michael Pashley Michael: 082 079 5568 Kelly: 082 770 6879 E michael.pashley@harcourts.co.za

Andrea Hanson T 021 851 2614 C 082 658 3732 E andrea.hanson@harcourts.co.za

Price Reduced 10 Pyracantha

R2,300,000

Bulties Way

R2,749,000

Gordon s Bay

R995,000

4 2 2 2 This unique family home oozes character with unusual touches and nishes. The garden boast a swimming pool with rock features as well as a separate jacuzzi / splash pool. Fabulous mountain views.

4 1 2 3 If space is required, look no further. If location is key, this property is close to Parel Vallei High School and quick access to town. A brilliant family home! Price Reduced!

3 3 2 3 Are you looking for the unusual? You found it! 3 Rondavels have been cleverly combined to make this home one in a million. The covered porch is ideal to entertain family and friends. Great for a family with imagination.

www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25788 Kate Arvan C 082 418 4414

www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25796 Jean-Pierre Aldworth C 078 059 5342

www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25592 Doris Angheben C 072 074 6213

12 Adam Tas

R3,800,000

5 1 5 4 Open up to a window of opportunity and location.There are many features here when you visit this established home. On offer is 2086 m² of land with beautifully manicured lawns and stunning gardens. Location and Opportunity is key. Price is reduced. www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25899 Jean-Pierre Aldworth C 078 059 5342


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Price Reduced 2 Rembrandt Heights, Spanish Farm

R6,750,000 4

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No expense has been spared in ensuring that luxurious yet homely feel. Ideal for entertaining with downstairs lounge and bar area leading out to a manicured garden and sparkling pool. The sea and mountain views on this home literally take your breath away. Unbelievable value for such an exclusive residence! Michael Pashley T 021 851 2614 C 082 079 5568 E michael.pashley@harcourts.co.za

15 Dianthus, Heldervue

R1,625,000

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Kelly van Zyl T 021 851 2614 C 082 770 6879 www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25663

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Andrea Hanson T 021 851 2614 C 082 658 3732 E andrea.hanson@harcourts.co.za

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R530,000 1

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Charming, secure duplex (own title) - close to all amenities. The garden at the back is almost tropical with its palm trees, water feature, wooden bench with reed umbrella and wendy house. The well maintained, secure complex is child and pet friendly and has a swimming pool. Ideal for 1st time buyers or as a holiday home. Doris Angheben T 021 851 2614 C 072 074 6213 E doris.angheben@harcourts.co.za

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Michael: 082 079 5568 Kelly: 082 770 6879

www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25942

5 Wayverrick, Montclair

R2,495,000 3

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This brand new home set in a prestigious security estate of just 5 properties is a must to view. With large open plan living, good sized rooms, large balconies and rst class nishes, you really cant nd fault with this property. Ideal low maintenance home in blue chip area! Michael Pashley T 021 851 2614 C 082 079 5568 E michael.pashley@harcourts.co.za

R7,900,000 3

This delightful Italian Villa style property nestled at the top of Somerset West was once featured in South Africa's 'Home Owner' magazine. The home is perfect for entertaining with all the living areas leading out onto a large undercover patio with sweeping sea and mountain views. All bedrooms are en-suite with the main bedroom offering a 'his' and 'hers' bathroom. Two of the bedrooms lead out onto a stoep where you can sit and look out across False Bay and the Hottentot Mountain range. The large sparkling pool and manicured gardens are just what you would expect when purchasing a home of this caliber and style. www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25696

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3 Picasso Close

73 Savanna Mews, Strand

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This superb home is elevated, with views over looking the sea. Over the road there is a dam with thick green foliage where there is an abundance of bird life to be enjoyed. There is an open plan living area with a replace, opening onto a wooden deck where you can look out over False Bay. You'll be quackers to let this opportunity pass you by!

Kelly van Zyl T 021 851 2614 C 082 770 6879 www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT23534

E michael.pashley@harcourts.co.za

52 Tre Donne Estate , Sir Lowrys Pass

R2,900,000 5

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Magni cent opportunity to purchase this substantial residence set on grounds of approximately 3300m² in Tre-Donne security estate. Well designed to take advantage of the mountainous views, the property offers great entertaining with a large sparkling pool. Where else can you buy such a large home for under R3 million? Michael Pashley T 021 851 2614 C 082 079 5568 E michael.pashley@harcourts.co.za

Kelly van Zyl T 021 851 2614 C 082 770 6879 www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT24686


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SOMERSET WEST

R3 100 000

STELLENBOSCH

R2 650 000

Vra vorige eienaar raad oor jou huis “Jy kan egter ’n kortpad kies deur bloot die agent wat die transaksie hanteer het te vra om ’n oorhandigingsontmoeting met die vorige eienaar te reël op die dag wat jy intrek. “Omdat elke huis eiesoortig is, sal so ’n byeenkoms jou die geleentheid gee om byvoorbeeld uit te vind presies hoe die “Daar is ’n groot verskil tussen die koop alarmstelsel, die swembad- en boorgatvan ’n voorafbewoonde huis en ’n splin- pompe, of die tydskakelaar vir die beternuwe huis wat met talle waarborge ver- sproeiingstelsel werk. Jy sal die vorige eienaar kan vra waar koop word,” sê ‘Daar is ’n groot verskil die watermeter is, of Braam de Jager, namiskien bloot net sionale bedryfsbetussen die koop van ’n watter sleutels pas stuurder van Aida, in watter slotte en Suid-Afrika se baie voorafbewoonde huis en waar om die buitebekende eiendomsagentskapgroep. ’n splinternuwe huis wat ligte aan te skakel.” Die meeste verko“Met ’n nuwe pers, sê De Jager, sal huis, ongeag of jy dit met talle waarborge heel inskiklik wees self laat bou het of verkoop word.’ om toerleier te speel dit klaar gebou van – veral as jy dit dui’n ontwikkelaar gekoop het, is dit relatief maklik om te kyk delik stel dat jy nie die ontmoeting as ’n of alle toebehore en afwerkings volgens geleentheid sien om fout te vind of om van die aanvanklike spesifikasies aangebring vooraf oor die prys te kibbel nie. “Dis waarom die ontmoeting eers gereël moet is en dat enige defekte reggestel is. “In die algemeen sal jy ook ruim geleent- word wanneer die oordragproses onderheid kry om uit te vind hoe nuwe toerus- weg is of selfs nadat dit geregistreer is.” As die vorige eienaar egter nie so ’n ontting en toebehore werk voordat jy intrek.” Maar as jy vooraf bewoonde huis koop, moeting kan of wil bywoon nie, kan jy nogsê hy, kry jy dit gewoonlik in die toestand tans vra dat hy alle handleidings vir stelwaarin dit was toe jy dit besigtig het en sels en toebehore, sowel as waarborge en selfs al het dit ’n noukeurige inspeksie met die naam en besonderhede van loodgievlieënde vaandels geslaag, gaan dit waar- ters, elektrisiëns en ander diensmaatskynlik ’n paar weke duur voordat jy weet skappye wat goeie diens gelewer het, vir jou agterlaat. waar alles is en hoe dit werk. Vergemaklik jou verhuising met behulp van die vorige eienaar. Vreemd soos dit mag klink, die beste manier om meer oor jou nuwe huis uit te vind is om die vorige eienaar te vra – maar eers ná jy die koopooreenkoms onderteken het en oordragproses begin het.

ALLEENMANDAAT JOINT MANDATE

SOLE MANDATE

NEW RELEASE Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 3 Garage 2

DUAL LIVING WEB 288539 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 3 Garage 2

WEB 218086

Offers welcome on this NEW well located home with views over dams and green belt! Dream spacious single level living!

Two for the price of one! This house offer two living options. Stay in one side and rent other side, open to one BIG house.

[O] 021 843 3368

[O] 021 843 3368

GERHARD 076 590 7758

STELLENBOSCH

R5 475 000

GERHARD 076 590 7758

STELLENBOSCH

R4 240 000

SOLE MANDATE

SUPER LAVISH FAMILY HOME Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 3 Garage 2

DEFINITELY TEMPTING WEB 277009 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 3

The outside may look unassuming, but the inside boasts a home that absolutely has it all!!! [O] 021 886 7905

Great spacious family home against Stellenbosch Mountain with extra flatlet.

SOPHIA 082 824 6798 [O] 021 886 7905

STELLENBOSCH

R1 020 000

WEB 285296

SOPHIA 082 824 6798

STELLENBOSCH

R3 300 000

SOLE MANDATE SOLE MANDATE SOLE MANDATE SOLE MANDATE

ENTERTAINERS DELIGHT!!! WEB 288564 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 2 Garage 2

HISTORIC CORE! Bathrooms 1 Parking 1

WEB 249542

Trendy studio apartment in the heart of town with quality finishes and basement parking. Ideal crash pad for executive or tourist!

Superior finishes and modern design create a wonderful home for the discerning buyer. Excellent flow to patio and pool area.

[O] 021 886 7905

[O] 021 886 7905

DROEKS 082 685 9189

STELLENBOSCH

R1 690 000

HETTIE 083 263 0559

STELLENBOSCH

R 730 000

NEW RELEASE KOM KYK! Kamers 3 Badkamers 2 M/Huis 1

WEB 280036

Noordfrontwoning in sekuriteitslandgoed met akkommodasie op grondvloer, gesellige kaggel en gevestigde tuin. [K] 021 886 7905

PAARL

DROEKS 082 685 9189

R5 600 000

OP SKOU

PERFEKSIONISTE GESOEK Kamers 4 Badkamers 4 M/Huis 2 WEB 280229 Groot en luukse huis met onverbeterlike uitsig en groot oopplan onthaalarea, wat na patio’s en swembad lei. Sentrale lugreëling, ondervloerverhitting, unieke afwerking en meer.

[K] 021 872 2223 LITA 083 498 1018 Op Skou: Son 31 Maart 11h00 - 13h00

VERHURINGS

STUDENT ACCOMMODATION! Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms 1 Parking 1

WEB 286619

Lovely two bedroom apartment available in block designed to meet students needs. [O] 021 886 7905

MARISKA 082 823 0718

BOSCHENMEER

R3 350 000

OP SKOU

RUIM, MODERN EN OOPPLAN Kamers 3 Badkamers 3 M/Huis 2

WEB 255496

Hou jy van iets anders? Pragtige huis met oop leefarea, binnebraai, spens en stapeldeure wat binne en buite een maak. Slaapareas en groot patio bo, ideale gesinshuis. [K] 021 872 2223 LITA 083 498 1018 Op Skou: Sat 30 Maart 11h00 - 13h00

Stellenbosch - Jaco Spies 082 864 5015 Wellington - Andre Toerien 082 788 7746 &Mari Louw 079 877 4177 Welgevonden & Croydon - Ilse Wium 082 928 8139 Paarl - Vicky Bester 074 158 8016


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Generation Y, the future buyers Although it is the buyers aged between 31 and 45 years old, known as generation X, that are currently driving the property market, Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/ MAX of Southern Africa, says the younger generation Y buyers are eager to get their foot in the property ownership door and have made their presence felt in certain regions throughout the country already. “It is no secret that today’s conditions are ideal for property investment and while many buyers in the younger generations are finding it challenging to obtain finance, most are putting a higher value on homeownership and aspire to purchase a property of their own,” says Goslett. “Home prices are once again rebounding, unemployment levels among the younger generation are being addressed by government and with low interest rates bonds are more affordable than ever. The result of this is that 2013 is likely to be the year of the first-time buyer. With the next generation coming of age and preparing to take advantage of the current economic conditions which lend themselves to property investment, it is possible that for the first time, generation Y buyers who are aged between 18 and 35 years old, could overtake their generation X predecessors in terms of home buying.” While generation X buyers account for ap-

proximately 18,74 million South African consumers, generation Y account for a much larger demographic of the population, making up around 28,4 million consumers who are now ready to buy. Goslett says that it is expected that the larger generation of buyers will continue to boost the economy and the residential pro-

‘It is no secret that today’s conditions are ideal for property investment and while many buyers in the younger generations are finding it challenging to obtain finance, most are putting a higher value on homeownership.’ perty market by increasing demand for housing, which in turn will push property prices upwards. Figures from Lightstone, a property statistics and information provider, suggest that many young professionals are taking advantage of affordable home prices in areas such as Woodstock in the Western Cape, where buyers aged between 18 and 35 years old account for 40.8% of the recent acti-

Sole Mandate

New Release

R6 500 000

Stellenbosch

This private peaceful retreat will steal your heart. An opportunity not to be missed. Enjoy the sounds of the Eerste River. Contact: Marelise Visagie 072 776 2645

Web Ref: 210209

New Release

R3 750 000

This well established home with the right address is as neat as a pin. Well designed with an easy indoor outdoor flow onto balconies and patio. Overlooking established trees and garden with peaceful surrounds. Contact: Marelise Visagie 072 776 2645 Each office independently owned and operated

vity. In Centurion, generation Y account for over half of the recent buyers, while around 36% of recent buyers in Douglasdale are under 30 years old. According to the First National Bank property barometer, first-time buyer activity represented around 23% of the total buying activity in both 2011 and 2012. This is a significant increase from the 15% seen during 2008. In general, 2012 was a better year for the residential real estate market than 2011 and it is expected that the market will continue improving during 2013 with an even higher number of first-time buyers entering the realm of homeownership. According to Goslett, generation Y, or millennial buyers as they are also known, are tech-savvy consumers who have a vast amount of information at their fingertips. As a result, most are aware of the fact that conditions are favourable towards buyers. However, many have been waiting for the market to show more positive signs of reco-

R4 750 000

Joint Mandate

Web Ref: 228050

R3 180 000

A delightful klinker home with low maintenance situated in a quiet street close to schools and playpark, offering double volume in the spacious open-plan lounge area & a wine cellar. A separate braai room & a bachelor flatlet are some of the extras. Contact: Christine 082 417 2506 / Graham 084 308 3540

Joint Mandate

R1 545 000

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Exceptional mountain views in a peaceful setting with private park for the homeowners. A stand of 537m² offering a unique position to maximise views and space. The only one left of it’s kind. Close to schools and shopping complex, this is a must view. Christine 082 417 2506 / Graham 084 308 3540 Old Mutual Building, 40 Bird Street, Stellenbosch t 021 809 2760 | admin@sothebysrealtystb.co.za | www.sothebysrealty.co.za | www.sothebysrealty.com Spacious lock-up-and go with the right address. Enjoy the simplistic lifestyle with a manageable plot in the right spot! Contact: Marelise Visagie 072 776 2645

very. Considering the fact that demand for property is now gaining momentum, those who have access to finance are more likely to decide that it is the right time to invest before a full recovery and considerably higher prices. Goslett says that generation Y buyers will change the face of the property market in that they will be a lot more cautious than their parents when investing and will have a more critical eye. “Many generation Y’s have witnessed the effects of the recession and have felt the economic repercussions of that period personally. They have watched the dramatic events of the housing downturn unfold and this has resulted in the typical millennial buyer wanting to safeguard their investments against similar events in the future. “However,” says Goslett, “they have also seen the market turn around and are now more optimistic about the prospect of owning property. While a large number have turned to renting or living with their parents to save money and establish a sound financial footing, many have grown tired of spending money on someone else’s bond and see more sense in paying off their own. The critical step will be for those within the real estate profession to recognise the opportunity the generation Y buyers bring to the market and meet their expectations,” he concludes.

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Stable interest rate ‘underscores steady property market ‘ – Samuel Seeff While a rate cut would undoubtedly have been good news for cash-strapped consumers, Seeff chairman, Samuel Seeff, says that the decision by the Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee to keep the interest rate stable at the current level of 5% nonetheless underscores the steady property market fundamentals and sends the right message.

improving demand in the upper income sector, has seen many areas across the country starting to report stock shortages. This is good for the market and will see some improvement in prices, although only marginally, given that the continued economic constraints has put the power in the hands of buyers.

“My sense is that the property market conditions feels a bit like 2002, a period when we also had a weakened currency. We then saw the market trading relatively flat and gathering momentum year-on-year, leading to the boom period up to 2007, but it should be noted that the interest rate was higher. “Smart buyers at that time were able to

“With the growing concerns around the macro-economy, growth, job creation and the upward inflationary pressure driven by basic living, transport and utility price hikes and pressure on the Rand, keeping the interest rate unchanged is the most prudent decision insofar as households are concerned, he says. “We remain of the view that while there is more energy in the market evidenced by improved demand since about mid-2012 and continuing into this year, a conservative outlook remains vital. Home owners need to focus on bringing down their debt levels, maintain their bond repayments and invest any spare cash into their home loans.” Indications are that the banks are reducing the volume of distressed properties on the market and this, along with the healthy demand in the sub-R1,5 million housing sector and

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How critical is pricing for buyers? Just how important is pricing when it comes to selling your property? Many sellers are tempted to list at a price higher than the market value of their home in the belief that they can always drop their price later if they need to. Therealityisthatbuyersknowwhataproperty is worth within a few minutes of viewing it. Buyers shop by comparison – which means they will look at a number of properties before making a purchasing decision. They weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of each property and have a really good idea of the market value. Buyers respond to the list price and will typically look at properties listed up to 7,5% more than their maximum purchase price, anticipating that some properties may be slightly negoti-

able. What that means is that, if you overprice your property by 20%, you will attract the wrong buyers – buyers who are expecting a home worth more. You will miss out on attracting the right buyers in the correct price range. Pricing is very sensitive. Even being fractionally overpriced could mean that a buyer chooses to negotiate on another property that he perceives offers better value. Time and again it’s been proven that properties sell for the most money when they are correctly priced from the beginning of the listing. Price creates interest. Buyers are attracted to the property, they compete against each other for the property and they make good offers that are in line with market value. So if you are a

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has been on the market for an exseller and genuinely want to sell tended time they often make ofyour home it’s critical that you fers considerably lower than the list at the correct price – a price list price, even if the price has that is at market value. The longer since dropped to represent maryou stay on the market, the less ket value. So if you choose to maryou will sell for. ket with a price, then make sure There are two different marketthe list price is correct. The altering methods available to sellers: native is to list without a price – Marketing with a price, and marand this method will be discussed keting without a price. Marketing in coming weeks. However it’s imwith a price will usually attract portant to appreciate that, irrethebestresponseandgeneratethe spective of the marketing method most buyer interest, but only if Talking Property by used, the most a property will sell the list price is correct and at- Steve Caradoc-Davies for is the market value. No tracts the purchasers. If a property is listed at the wrong price then amount of marketing or clever sales talk will all it does is turn buyers away. It’s not unusual be a buyer to pay more than a property is worth. Price correctly and the buyers will respond. for a property to be listed for a year or more. For more information, e-mail steve.cd@harSellers don’t always appreciate how this damages the salability of their home. If the property courts.co.za.


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Lachenalia, flowering harmony Have you ever wondered what inspired Mike Oldfield to record his iconic 1973 tune Tubular Bells? Musos will say it was his percussion instrument of tubular-bell chimes, but we horticulturists are convinced he was paying tribute to the tubular-bell-shaped Lachenalia, also known as Cape cowslip or wild hyacinth. After all, it’s difficult not to be drawn to dedicate music to our fascinating, cutely shaped indigenous plant. Often bi- or tri-coloured, there are over 120 species of Lachenalia from South Africa and Namibia. Just imagine all of these colours dancing in the wind as if swaying to the sound of Oldfield’s verses, spreading their sweet scent as they rock to and fro. Yes, we’re sure this was his motivation. In fact, viooltjie, another name to which Lachenalia answers, shows that this plant really was meant to have musical followers. The name references the plant’s very own sound symposium – a squeaky violin-like sound that’s heard when two flower stalks are rubbed together. It’s rather easy to grow your own Lachenalia harmony, which will develop a tapering bloom that offers shape to the sound, with a musical score that could last up to five

weeks. Whether you go for Hadeco’s Namaqua® with yellow bells and red tips, or the reverse colour dip in Robijn®, you’re bound to be mesmerised by the symphony that escalates in your garden. Other Hadeco hybrids such as the yellowy-green Romaud®, the more slender, dark-yellow Ronina® and the lavender-coloured Rupert® will also make your pots sing happily. To start, pick pots or a spot in your garden with Lachenalia Namaqua Lachenalia Robijn very good drainage and a lot of sunlight (rock gardens work very well). the bulbs are still in the soil, it’s important Also, choose light soil. Where areas are not to let the soil dry out completely, as this loamy or clay-like, work sand into the mix, could trigger dormancy. If planted in the garwithout adding compost. Lachenalia makes den, water them every four days with a sprinthe best music when watered regularly and kler, for 40 minutes at a time. When it’s time to plant in March and April, deeply, but stops playing when watered in summer. For this reason, in summer-rainfall position bulbs two centimetres below the regions, stop watering in November and lift ground, and about five centimetres apart to the bulbs in December to store them in holey get the most effective results – a fabulous melpaper bags until springtime. However, while ody that will bloom from July to October. If

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BAKKIE: MAZDA’S LUXURY ALTERNATIVE?

Mazda’s tough BT­50 Freestyle Cab FRANS LE ROUX

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akkies are as true to our heritage as biltong and braaivleis. We buy them, ride them and then worship their abilities on and off the road.

With our market being swamped with various newcomers, I had a go at Mazda’s new BT50 Freestyle Cab (extended cabin). My test vehicle was the 3.2 5-cylinder diesel which packed a notorious punch in the power department. Mazda uses the same successful chassis and engine variants borrowed from Ford’s amazing Ranger line-up. The 5-pot diesel mill sets the bakkie market alight with its performance figures. Maximum power is an extraordinary 147 kW, while towing or carrying a load is done effortlessly thanks to its 470 Nm. Only Nissan has a more powerful bakkie but it uses a 6-cylinder diesel and costs close to R600 000. With an empty load-bay and carrying no passengers the bakkie easily left a tyre mark on tar even in second gear. On gravel roads things got more interesting as the traction control kept spoiling the fun all the way up to a 100 km/h. Fuel consumption hovered around the 10 l/100 km-mark. Best figures when driving carefully dropped to around 8. Mazda once again went for the luxury-bakkie category and it is evident in their pricing and standard specification level on the BT50’s. Alloy wheels and colour-coded bumpers come standard with most BT-50’s. The Japanese manufacturer also went for a distinctive front design which sets it apart from other dreary-looking competitors. The smiling face in the front does take some time to get used to, but it sure grows on you. At the rear things get more tricky. Mazda went for chrome seethrough tail lights which remind me of something out of a Fast and Furious movie. The interior is certainly a pleasant place to be, with a car-like feel to it. The list of standard specs includes Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control and USB with AUX. This impressive array of gadgets continues with cruise control and steering wheel mounted audio and cell

In the market for a luxury-bakkie? Go and test drive Mazda’s latest offering – the BT-50. phone controls. The seats offer good support while the headroom is excellent. When opening the rear doors you have access to car-like boot space which can easily be used to lock away valuables. To practically explain how large the loadbay is, I decided to do a little test at work. At Paarl Post we normally recycle our newspapers once a week and we use a small Ford Bantam to transport the paper from our office to the recycling company. With a canopy fitted to the Bantam, we can hardly get close to 400 kg of paper in the back – mainly due to the size, weight and the fact that the bakkie is very tiny compared to the BT-50. Without a canopy fitted and the extra loadbay depth we managed to load close on 800 kg of paper in one go. What did this do to the ride and performance? Well, to be honest it enhanced both. The bakkie felt stable and more secure over rough surfaces and even breezed

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over speedbumps. The added weight also managed to take away the spontaneous wheel spin. Coming back to the ride quality, new bakkies have recently come to age with independent multi-link rear suspension. Derived from cars and SUV’s alike this change made bakkies more bearable to drive and own. No more teeth-shattering or backbreaking jolts as you drive over speedbumps, but rather a compliant ride we have come to expect when paying close to half-a-million for a bakkie. The steering feel from behind the wheel of a bakkie will never be close to that of a German saloon but, as with the ride quality, things have thankfully progressed. With the abundance of torque available I always knew what the rear wheels were doing but often got confused about where exactly the front wheels were. When fooling around on gravel one tends to poke it with a stick until it bites

without the faintest of warnings. Luckily the driver will get used to the unpredictable and refrain from thinking he might be Giniel de Villiers. Being luxury-orientated, the BT-50 true bakkie rivals include the likes of the VW Amarok and its sibling the Ford Ranger. I do not mention the Hilux, Triton or the Navara due to their age. Priced at R356 700, individuality does not come cheap. If you are in the market for an extended cab bakkie, I would ignore the 3.2 BT-50 and rather save thousands by opting for the 2.2-diesel which would save you more than 50k. If you have the time, consider test driving both the BT-50 and the Ranger. Do not let the tinier 2.2-diesel fool you, it still shines with 110 kW/375 Nm and is bound to kick dust into the headlights of far more expensive 3.0-diesels. The BT-50 comes standard with 5 year/ 90 000 km service plan.

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Victory for Groenewald at Killarney QUICKPIC Hennie Groenewald drove a masterful race at Killarney, surviving a bruising second round of the Bridgestone Production Car Championship claiming the new Sasol racing Subaru WRX STI sedan’s maiden victory in race two and first overall podium with 3rd for the day. At the same time Richard Pinard completed all three races, marking Sasolracing Subaru as the only team to record a full house of finishes. Practice and Qualifying: Hennie found the front and rear of his car working against each other, making handling a handful around the 3,2 km Cape Town circuit while Richard suffered a water leak, leaving the pair 6th and 8th on the timesheets. In Saturday’s qualifying Hennie was just 0,2 second from the front row – but so were another four drivers, leaving the Sasolracing car to line-up 6th for the first race. Richard was happy with his qualifying pace, just a couple of tenths behind his more experienced team leader. Race 1: Hennie held station behind a raging battle between Gennaro Bonafede and Michael Stephen in a pair of Audis. When Stephen made his move Hennie followed him past Bonafede but in the process inadvertently tagged Stephen, leaving the production-car champion with a puncture. Hennie inherited 5th and circulated the remaining laps in that position where he finished. Richard had a good first race, piling pressure on Tschops Sipuka (Audi). As the race progressed brake fluid started to leak from a caliper and Richard applied caution and finished 7th. Race 2: The inverted grid saw Richard line up on the front row, with Hennie 4th. Away from the grid, the mad dash to the first corner saw Hennie tagged from behind by Bonafede which pitched the #8 Subaru sideways in front of the following pack. As his rivals took avoiding action, Hennie powered the Subaru out of trouble and into the lead by turn two. What followed was a high-speed train of sophisticated machinery, all squabbling over second place as Groenewald held station un-

Hennie Groenewald on his way to victory at the recent Killarney Production car championship. der relentless pressure from behind. He was ably helped by a closely following Tschops Sipuka (Audi) who took defensive lines to maintain his second place, which in turn concentrated the field that got in each other’s way and slowed the chasing pack as a whole. Richard had a pair of new tyres for race two, which affected his handling so badly the tyres wore-off before the end of the 7-lapper. Race 3: If race two was a humdinger, the 14-lap feature race was filled with action from the flag. Hennie started 5th and rocketed off the line only to see Melvill Priest (Audi) miss a gear. He jinxed right to avoid the blue car ahead and soon two BMW’s, one Subaru and two Audis barreled towards the first corner sideby-side. As the corner approached, Van der Linde (BMW) squeezed right towards priest, who

banged Hennie’s left side. To Hennie’s right, Michael Stephen on the far right went around everyone, leaving Fourie (BMW) trying for the same piece of tarmac occupied by the Subaru. The resulting impact put Fourie out of the race. As the battered field continued, Hennie came under attack from all sides. He passed Priest around the outside of Turn 1 and held his position for a couple of laps. As Priest became more desperate he drove into Hennie under braking for Turn 2. Hennie said: “I held my line and braked in a straight line for Turn 2; Priest turned in and took a line as if I wasn’t there.” It was stupid driving that badly damaged the left front corner of the Subaru, which circulated to an eventual 5th place. Richard, suffering from an over active fuel pump, drove to 7th place which gave him 6th overall for

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HANJO STIER Imagine waking up tomorrow morning with a few extra zeroes in your bank account. Great, isn’t it? Your fantasy will probably include a lot of excess, enjoyment and exuberance but will eventually cause you acute agony as you’ll have to pick some wheels for James to cart you around in. Your own cars will obviously be sleek speed machines but what to get for those trips to the embassy ball? Every Thomas, Richard and Harold the Third has an S-Class. The Beemer’s not exactly an oil painting and the A8 looks like an A6. Or an A4. Unless you disagree with me, may I interest Sir or Madam in the Lexus? With over 3 000 improvements to its name, the recently refurbished LS460 The V8 engine allows an LS to whoosh past 100km/h in 5.7 seconds or achieve a top speed of 250km/h should cut a dashing figure (electronically limited), with added acoustics from the V8’s sound amplifier if one wishes. PIC: QUICKPIC as it crunches up oak-lined pebble avenues and possibly raise a sculpted those evergreen Germans and even designates gains, but here is a list of standard LS460 features: adaptive headlights, reverse eyebrow or two. The new spindle grille, LED you as a bit of a free thinker. You ignored the perennial trio to stand out camera, blind spot monitoring, four-zone treatment and bi-HID headlights look especially classy in conjunction with dark metal- a bit, make a statement, exhibit some of that Climate Concierge, 5.8-inch TFT screen, outside-the-box mentality which granted you voice control, hard-drive navigation and lic paint. Beautiful L-shaped tubular rear light clus- access to the high roller club. Rolled into this a 19-speaker 7.1 Mark Levinson surround ters, flush chrome exhaust ports and 19-inch silent statement is the fact that this (and most system. This mobile theatre with 15-channel amalloys combine with chrome highlights to other Lexi) comes loaded with features and plifier was finely tuned for less than 0,1% create an imposing yet elegant shape. The represents superior value. Not that one openly discusses money or bar- harmonic distortion and will reproduce big Japanese won’t look out of place between sounds from radio, CD, DVD, Blu-ray, iPod, USB, Bluetooth and MP3 devices. All seats can move in multiple directions and the rear ones have massage features – and remember that it’s all standard. May I continue? A Lexus LS460 also has radar-guided cruise control, four-way drive mode selector, moon roof, motorized rear and side blinds, programmable keys, mood lighting and a rear entertainment system. It even has a friendly, aluminiumhoused, GPS-based clock which illuminates when you approach the car. No doubt then, this should satisfy the discerning chauffeur or owner, the only

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The Q5 still embodies a sense of spacious and luxurious style made to the usual high standard of comfort and quality that you can expect from Audi.

Try the Audi Q5 TFSI Quattro Tiptronic CLAIRE MAASCH I’m not a huge fan of oversized, pricey SUVs. I find them a bit pointless really. And initially, I wasn’t particularly taken with the Audi Q5 either. My first impressions were very negative, I disliked its bulbous bonnet, I felt too far removed from the whole driving experience with its clever driver assist technology and I really couldn’t see the point of its existence – halfway between a Q3 (which is quite big enough for the school run in my opinion) and a Q7 (which is somehow just magnificent). Why would anyone want to own one? And then I fiddled with the drive select options. After switching from the comfort drive mode that I received the car in and changing to the dynamic mode, the Q5 livened up substantially and became much sportier. The auto drive mode adapts the transmission, steering and suspension to match your driving style and I must admit this mode impressed me to no end. Although the response through the wheel was still somewhat dulled, I began

to see what attracts so many to coveting an Audi of this size. First of all, it plays the popularity game by placing both driver and occupants fairly high above the crowd in traffic. South Africans love driving large vehicles with higher ground clearance for pavement hopping and the feeling of being able to look over the myriad of hatchbacks on our highways and byways. Then there’s the comfort factor. I haven’t yet immersed myself in the soft leather and sculpted seat of an Audi and not enjoyed the experience. The Q5 was no exception. The Q5 still embodies a sense of spacious and luxurious style made to the usual high standard of comfort and quality that you can expect from Audi. Our model came upholstered in black leather with classy metallic inlays in the dash and along the doors. There is also a capacious luggage compartment to swallow all those school bags and the weekly shop. Our test car came with a few interior extras including Bluetooth (R6 000) and a very comprehensive and easy to use multimedia infotainment system incorporating satellite navigation (R22 000) as well as park distance con-

trol (R4 400). The latter we found to be set a little too high and it started panicking when there was still almost a metre of clearance from an obstacle. I turned it off most of the time. Dual dials for climate control ensure that no fights will break out over the ambient temperature in the car. I was rather taken aback, though, by the very manual seat adjustment settings (automatic settings are an option ( R9 600) in the Q5) as this seemed so out of place with the mass of top class technology and sleek finishes of the Q5. Driving this 2.0 litre 165kW behemoth is an experience. Utilising technology that effectively builds an SUV on top of an A4 chassis, Audi somehow managed to marry the two rather successfully. You get a little more crossover for the odd adventure as a soft offroader without the loss of luxury - an ideal that has massive appeal to many South Africans. The Q5 is surprisingly sporty, given its bulk and the response when you put your foot down is prompt. The 6-speed automatic Tiptronic gearbox is smooth and responsive – especially in dynamic mode. And then there’s Audi’s astounding handbrake technology – it

never ceases to amaze me how a tiny finger operated handbrake can hold a 2 ton vehicle on one of Cape Town’s hilly streets. Amazing! Consumption wise, we averaged 10 l/100 km (although the alleged consumption is 8.5 l – 7.9l/100 km) on very mixed driving. Our Q5 came with 18 inch 5 spoke alloy wheels, Xenon headlights with LED lights in the rear and an eye-catching metallic ice silver paint job (R3 400 extra). The standard price for the Audi Q5 is R528 000 (ours was R563 800 inclusive of the extras mentioned above). Included is a 5-year 100 000 km maintenance plan with service intervals every 15 000 km and a one year warranty. After a week of admiring glances and comments from work colleagues and of travelling in comfort and some style, I’ll admit that I revised most, but not all, of the negative opinions about the Q5. For the South African market at least, I can see its appeal (if not the point) and there’s no denying the fact that Audi have produced another quality vehicle for the large SUV crossover market. But I invite you to form your own opinion of the vehicle and go and test a Q5 for yourself!


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SOLD AUTO BOLAND

Donderdag

28 Maart, 2013

Infiniti M launch – the interesting intro HANJO STIER Over two decades ago, Honda introduced the Acura brand to America in an effort to capture luxury and performance vehicle sales. Toyota and Nissan were not far behind with Lexus and Infiniti launched only months apart in 1989 to promote Japanese luxury cars. At first the concept was snuffed at. Luxury made in Japan? Yeah, right. Honda’s Accord and Acura’s Legend had already proven that affordable, reliable luxury will top the sales charts so it wasn’t long until the eastern luxury offerings became more acceptable, interesting and popular. Mazda even played with the idea while the other three were almost exclusively marketed in America, simply because that’s who they were initially meant for. Infiniti crept into Europe in 2008, following China in 2007 and Russia in 2006 to total about 450 dealers worldwide. With 800 outlets targeted for 2016, South Africa and Australia are next on the list of Infiniti markets – happily, their global manager is a South African! Johannesburg and Pretoria dealerships are up and running while KZN, Pinetown and Cape Town are on track for late 2012 openings. Infiniti’s core values of “Driving Pleasure, Peace of Mind and Hospitality” tie up with its “Inspired Performance” tagline as it sets out to capture a piece of the growing South African motor industry; especially the luxury segment where you’ll find the German trio of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Porsche, Volvo and a few others are also in their sights when it comes to SUV’s, and Infiniti has ties with Daimler to exploit the budding trend of four-cylinder turbo engines. Lexus wasn’t mentioned much but the sales philoso-

POWER: Available as M30d or M37 with either a 3-litre turbo-Diesel V6 (175kW/550Nm) or 3.7-litre petrol V6 (235kW/360Nm), all M’s feature an adaptive 7-speed automatic gearbox with shift paddles and four drive modes: Normal, Eco, Sport and Winter which set the car’s character and response accordingly. phy sounds remarkably familiar: Customers are treated as guests, with respect, in a unique environment. As for the actual car – apologies for the lengthy intro – the Infiniti M was inspired by their Essence concept car and features trusted front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout under an unmistakably Japanese flowing design which ticks all the boxes for Infiniti’s design language. Available as M30d or M37 with either a 3-litre turbo-diesel V6 (175kW/550Nm) or 3.7-litre petrol V6 (235kW/360Nm), all M’s feature an adaptive 7-speed automatic gearbox with shift paddles and four drive modes: Normal, Eco, Sport and Winter which set the car’s character and response accordingly. Both models are available in S, GT and Premium trim, some of which arrive with more toys and adaptive suspension, dynamic safety

shield (blind spot intervention, active cruise control with collision warning, intelligent brake assist) and dynamic cornering enhancement which brakes inside the wheels for a four-wheel-steering effect. The more posh derivatives also receive BOSE sound systems and Forest Air which plays exotic bird and primate sounds while blowing 95% humidity heat into the cabin. No, I’m kidding; just checking if anyone’s paying attention. Forest Air carefully controls temperature, humidity and cleanliness for a fresher climate. Prices start at R649 000 for the M37 GT model and rise to R752 305 for the M30d S Premium. Petrol V6 models will only be available late in 2012 and Infiniti identified affluent emptynesters as their market, not to mention owners of BMW 5-Series and Mercedes E-Class sedans.

Our short test drive took us through Pretoria’s hinterland and immediately showcased the car’s sure-footed road holding. The turbodiesel has minor lag before strutting its stuff in a wonderfully smooth and quiet way, the ride is excellent and the cars did a sterling job of swerving through a field of potholes. Equipment and comfort levels are impressive on all models but the higher spec cars had a slightly more nervous ride thanks to their 20-inch wheels. They compensated for this by offering better seats and additional toys to play with, including adaptive cruise control and hdd/media/navigation (optional for other M’s). Space, comfort and equipment is on par with its German competitors while looks, perceived quality and driving characteristics will be a matter of personal taste. Prices hover around those of its intended rivals where specification levels and optional extras might be additional deciding factors. Here follows a list of German’s equivalents: Audi A6 3.0TDi Quattro R672 500, Audi A6 3.0TFSi Quattro R683 000, BMW 530d R669 000, BMW 535i for R679 000, Mercedes-Benz E350 CDI BE sedan R685 000 and the Mercedes-Benz E350 BE sedan for R709 000. Having sold just over 110 cars in a few weeks, Infiniti isn’t looking for huge sales numbers but rather strong brand building. It even tempts buyers with Tracker Skytrack units fitted to each vehicle for extra peace of mind. An optional concierge service is also available with this device. The Infiniti M launches into a small market but brings the right arsenal with it, especially if dealers equal or better the exquisite Lexus attitude. If that’s the biggest change they bring to our shores, spoiling customers rotten and showing others how it’s done, I welcome them with two widely extended arms. – Galimoto


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