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3 800 M² PROPERTY AVAILABLE IN POPULAR ESTATE

Pearl of the Pearl Valley for sale T

he second largest residential property on the Pearl Valley Golf Estate has come onto the market exclusively through Pam Golding Properties (PGP), offering a rare opportunity to acquire a consolidated double plot in this sought-after secure environment. Situated between Paarl and Franschhoek, Pearl Valley was opened in November 2001, and comprises 500 properties scattered around an award-winning golf course, of which just over 300 have already been developed. Most properties average about 1 200 m² in size, but the home in question is situated on over 3 800 m² of land. The property is priced at R16 million. PGP’s specialist agent, Jordan Greenhalgh, has been selling property at Pearl Valley since its inception, and as such, has more than a decade’s worth of specialist knowledge of the estate, as well as having a close business relationship with many of the home-owners. She says around 40% of her sales in the past two years have been to repeat investors – existing residents wishing to downscale after their families have left home, or acquire more space as their families have grown. “We see it as a hugely positive sign that so many people choose to stay within the estate as their lifestyles and requirements change, and simply move into new homes better suited to their needs. It’s also worth noting that a number of Johannesburg and Pretoria-based families have been relocating here in the past few years, drawn by the incomparable lifestyle on offer. Since late 2012 there has also been a steady increase in enquiries from international buyers, after three years of very little interest from this market segment. The estate has developed into a fully matured, close-knit community, dominated by families with children of school-going age, and it is clear that this environment holds farreaching appeal.” This appeal is reflected in the estate’s sales figures – well over R100 million worth of property transactions were registered in 2012. Prices ranged from R2 million for a 1 200 m²

vacant erf to R5 million for smaller homes, around R9,5 million for larger family residences, with some top-end properties selling for up to R15 million. (Figures include sales across all agencies as well as private sales.) Greenhalgh says the current level of enquiries suggest that this upward trend should continue into 2013. The new PGP mandate located on the double plot is a plantation-style home with a unique Spanish-American inspired design theme and distinctive custom-made fittings. The home occupies a prime position overlooking a natural wetland and surrounding farmland, as well as enjoying outstanding views of the Simonsberg mountains. Greenhalgh says it is unique not only in its size and design style, but also in its atmosphere of rural privacy. “It offers the best of both worlds in that it feels more like a smallholding due to the abundant space and tranquil surroundings, but also offers the peace of mind of living in a top class secure estate, with the sense of community and access to leisure facilities which that entails. There is no possibility of any other properties of this size coming onto the market – it is quite simply a one-of-a-kind home.” Completed in 2009, the home was designed by Louis Phillips, a well-known architect in the Paarl area who has designed a number of homes on the Pearl Valley estate. The double storey dwelling offers over 1 440 m² of living space, including four en suite bedrooms on its upper level and a separate guest suite on the ground floor. The home has a number of spacious open-plan living areas, including both formal and informal lounges with excellent indoor/outdoor flow. Notable design features include large glass windows, solid oak floors and an authentic Mexican fireplace. The home also offers a gourmet kitchen, large heated swimming pool, temperature-controlled wine cellar, staff accommodation and two double garages. The extensive gardens include a herb garden, boules court, rose garden and miniature citrus orchard. To view this property or for more information, contact Jordan Greenhalgh on 021 871 1480, 083 298 1481 or jordan.greenhalgh@pamgolding.co.za.

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The home’s spacious open­plan living areas flow easily to an extensive covered terrace over­ looking a large heated swimming pool. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

R4 400 000

Slaapkamers 4 | Badkamers 3 | Motorhuise 2

Dalsig. Nuwe Vrystelling!

This plantation­style home on the Pearl Valley golf estate home is for sale exclusively through Pam Golding Properties, priced at R16 million.

Puik ligging.

R4 370 000

Bedrooms 11 | Bathrooms 3 | Parking 8

Student home near all amenities. Good investment.

Mari 082 566 1155 STELLENBOSCH

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1462 m²

R1 575 000

CAMPUS

200m from Campus.

Occ Feb 2013

Het Begijnhof.

STELLENBOSCH

R3 600 000

CENTRAL

Kantoor 021 887 4740 Welgevonden 021 889 9774 DIE BOORD

R5 700 000 STELLENBOSCH

Marí 082 927 3248 Yolandé 082 0560 R3579 100 000

www.annabasson.co.za

R5 690 000

Bedrooms 3 | Bathroom 1

Slaapkamers 4 | Badkamers 3 | Motorhuis 2

Moderne, goed ontwerpte gesinsPrag erf in Mostertsdrift. Naby kampus Ou wêreldse sjarme. Pragtig gerestoureer. Uitstekende ligging. en top skole. (3 Slpk, 3 Badk, 1 M/huis.) Skou: Son 3-5 nm Marí 082 927 3248 woning. Naby skole.

R1 820 000

Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 2 | U/cov Park

Duplex on Campus.

STELLENBOSCH

R2 400 000

Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 2 | U/cov Park 2

Renovated Slave House near Campus and CBD.


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

021 841 4282

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Exciting New Homes from R1,995,000 incl. VAT Lifestyle estate Gym, pool, Clubhouse 24 hour security

Brian Mathews T 021 851 2614 C 076 561 9286 E brian.mathews@harcourts.co.za View www.croydonolive.harcourts.co.za

Private open spaces Olive groves ON SHOW SUNDAY 2 - 5PM

New Release 12 Dennehoek, Heldervue

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This magni cent English Country Manor house has charm, space and privacy. Set on almost an acre of land, this home boasts living on a grand scale. Inter-leading reception rooms give one a feeling of space and tranquility. Sun room with French doors leading to large veranda with views. Magical outside entertainment area with pool and jacuzzi. Added features are the free standing cottage and borehole. Lee Coetzee T 021 851 2614 C 084 588 0050 www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25826 E lee.coetzee@harcourts.co.za

This face-brick family home offers 3 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom and a guest loo. The living area is open plan, the kitchen has lots of work space and cupboards. The garden provides enough space for kids and pets to play and also offers potential to add on to the existing house should you require extra accommodation.The property is situated in a quiet street which is close to both Boland College and Strand High School. Kate Arvan T 021 851 2614 C 082 418 4414 www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25687 E kate.arvan@harcourts.co.za

Bel Monti Equestrian Farm, Sir Lowry s Pass

3 Watsonia Street, Gordon s Bay

R7,495,000 2

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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 T 021 851 2614 C 082 079 5568 www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25772 E michael.pashley@harcourts.co.za

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This very well maintained family home high up on the mountain side of Gordon's Bay has plenty accommodation and excellent ow through the home in addition to spectacular Sea and Mountain views. Secure and private with an established, easy to maintain garden. Doris Angheben T 021 851 2614 C 072 074 6213 E doris.angheben@harcourts.co.za

www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25634

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Price Reduced 3 De Poort

R2,150,000

3 1 2 2 Modern home perfect for the entertainer. In secure estate. Open plan kitchen to dining area. Lounge leads to outside entertainment area. 3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, indoor braai, 2 garages and pool complete the picture. www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25428 Lee Coetzee C 084 588 0050

54 Mountain Road

R3,595,000

4 1 2 3 This exclusive home offers large living areas both inside and out. The 2179m² land area provides beautiful, secure, peaceful and very private surroundings. Viewing is highly recommended.

Sundays 15:00 - 17:00 www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25777 Jean-Pierre Aldworth C 078 059 5342

39 Meerhof Estate

R2,595,000

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

10 Pyracantha

R2,550,000

4 2 4 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. Sundays 14:30 - 16:30 www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25788 Kate Arvan C 082 418 4414


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New Release Bulties Way

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If it is space required then you need not look any further. Large living areas, spacious bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, large kitchen living. Substantial garden and pool! If location is key, this property is close to Parel Vallei High School and quick access to town. A brilliant family home! Jean-Pierre Aldworth T 021 851 2614 C 078 059 5342 E jeanpierre.aldworth@harcourts.co.za

Sunday 14:00 - 17:00

www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25796

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New Release 52 Tre Donne Estate

R3,100,000

3 Gabbro, Boskloof

R3,790,000

5 5 3 2 Magni cent opportunity to purchase this substantial residence set on grounds of approximately 3300m2 in TreDonne security estate. Well designed to take advantage of the mountaneous views, the property offers great entertaining with a large sparkling pool. www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT24686 Michael Pashley C 082 079 5568

3 3 2 3 This delightful property oozes character and charm that will literally take your breath away. Sitting in the enclosed patio overlooking False Bay and Boskloof dam you will be amazed at the tranquil and peaceful setting. Sunday 14:30 - 16:30 www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25672 Michael Pashley C 082 079 5568

R3,950,000

205 Fairview Golf Village R410,000

36 Prospect Avenue

3 1 2 2 Great as a rst home or scaling down. Offering 3 good sized bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, spacious living area with patio looking onto the Helderberg Mountain. Close to shops and transport.

4 2 6 4 This home on a large erf offers many options for the extended family and entertainer. Built around a heated pool, this home offers easy living with excellent indoor/ outdoor ow. Small vineyard on the property and wine cellar.

2 1 1 1 Nice bit of lawn beyond the patio doors. Sunny lounge. Both bedrooms with built in cupboards, kitchen tted with oven, hob and extractor fan. Full family bathroom. All in good condition.

www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25755 Jason Hutton C 073 489 8489

www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25353 Lee Coetzee C 084 588 0050

www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25536 Mandy Groenewald C 082 785 8805

5 2 1 3 This lovely family home offers lots of accommodation and a nice size garden with pool. In excellent condition and close to Beaumont Primary School. This home is ready to move into for summer. Sundays 15:00 - 17:00 www.harcourtsplatinum.co.za/WPT25596 Jason Hutton C 073 489 8489

1 Bonaero Close

R795,000

7 Golden Hill Close

ON SHOW SUNDAY 2 - 5 PM

R1,599,000

SPECIAL OFFER! SAVE R50,000! ONLY 5 TWO BEDROOM HOMES LEFT AT THE SPECIAL PRICE R995,000 2 BEDROOM HOMES FROMOF R995,000 3 BEDROOM HOMES FROM R1,195,000

Brand new homes, Own Title Pay only on transfer Up to 100% finance available +/- 4 Months till occupation

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Choice of finishes Secure estate No transfer duty, VAT incl. View by appointment

lue Crane Estate E: di.gillespie@harcourts.co.za

View: www.silverfoxbluecrane.harcourts.co.za brian.mathews@harcourts.co.za silverfox@harcourts.co.za

ESTATE ON SHOW DAILY

JOIN US FOR THE CHEESE & WINE LAUNCH OF OUR LATEST COMPLETED HOMES! Wednesday 27 Feb 2013 at Kelderhof Country Village. RSVP by Friday 22 Feb 2013 Alison - 021 851 2614 / marketing.platinum@harcourts.co.za

Your chance to be part of the Kelderhof Country Village lifestyle!

Contemporary 3-bed Rowhouses from R1,099,000

incl. VAT

Hornette Botha T 021 843 3163 C 082 820 4845 E kelderhof@harcourts.co.za View www.kelderhof.co.za


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Office: 021 851 1193 Fax: 021 851 1645 admin@ikayaproperties.co.za Shop 20, Rola Centre, Caledon Street, Somerset West

R699 000

Little Sweet Heart Has 2 bedrooms, large loft & auto garage. Will be faithful for ever. Karen Wessels 071 602 1090

R950 000

Jubilant Companion Has 3 bedrooms & garage. With communal pool & lots of laughter. Carin Hugo 083 469 1869

Come and loose your heart on the home of your dreams this Valentine’s! Home is where the heart is…..

R850 000

Queen of Hearts Has a renovated kitchen, 3 beds & full bath. Humble beauty. Karen Wessels 071 602 1090

R615 000

Faithful Classic Beauty Spacious lady with 3 bedrooms, garage & balcony . Sturdy heart. Carin Hugo 083 469 1869

R1 600 000

Angel with Heart like a Taxi Always space for more…. 4 Bedroom home with flatlets & pool Dan 082 458 3867


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Stone River Valley to start in March Imvusa Homes is pleased to announce that Unit construction for Phase 2 of the Stone River Valley development is due to start on 4 March 2013 and is scheduled for completion in December 2013. Phase 1 of the development has already been sold out and current sales in phase 2 are progressing well. The perimeter wall along with the electric fence has been installed and the front entrance is scheduled for completion by the end of April 2013. Landscaping of common areas which include two play parks and a walking path will be completed during the course of 2013. A new feature to the development will be the creation of visitor parking facilities to alleviate traffic congestion within the development. Access to the development is controlled by booms which are operated by residents’ cell phones as well as security guards stationed at the guard house for non-residents. A wireless intercom system has been installed and is operated using the residents existing Telkom landlines or cellular phones. A committee representing the home owners has been elected by current residents and they are responsible for the dayto-day affairs within the development. Phase 1 of the development currently has 94% occupation, with the final few residents due to move in by the beginning of April 2013. A number of existing residents have already made home improvements and the vast majority of homeowners are improving and maintaining their gardens well.

Although the developer is still in the process of finalising all the security features, the crime rate within in the development is virtually zero. There are currently three types of houses to choose from, each catering for different needs. Selling prices range from R549 000 to R 659 900, which includes all transfer and bond registration costs. The developer envisages a further price increase later in the year and units at the current prices are becoming very limited. The developer has thus far built up a good track record with all the major banks, the local municipality as well as the National Homebuilders Registration Council (NHBRC) which are the main institutions that regulate and monitor the entire building process. The concept of security, lifestyle and great value for money that the developer has incorporated into the Stone River Valley development has successfully been achieved. The developer believes it will be very difficult for prospective home buyers to find any comparison in the current market place. Previous projects completed by Imvusa Homes of a similar nature to this development have already shown phenomenal growth in the resale value of those properties. To make an appointment for viewing or for any further enquires you are welcome to contact Niezaam on 083 447 8815 and Melvin on 076 904 2783 or the sales office 021 872 8031. A show house can be viewed only by appointment.

The beautiful and graceful Amaryllis in full bloom

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In February, say it with flowers February is when we unleash our inner romantic and shower loving gifts on that someone special in our lives. It’s a time to indulge in candle-lit trysts, schmaltzy verse and beribboned offerings of red, red roses. Living gifts are the perfect way to celebrate lasting love – “till a’ the seas gang dry” – and a red rose bush will continue to give pleasure for many Valentine’s Days to come. Visit your closest accredited garden centre to browse through the variety of other plants

such as Salvia splendens, Phormium tenax, and some of the proteas that flower in many hot-blooded, shades of red at this time of year. Leafy plants, like Cordyline australis, Cordyline banksii, and Solenostemon coleus with their amazing purple and red patterned foliage, make long-lasting plants for your love to keep nearby as a constant reminder of your devotion. Indoor beauties like Amaryllis and Anthurium are also sure winners. For more information, visit website www.lifeisagarden.co.za.


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R6 500 000

ALLEENMANDAAT SOLE MANDATE

STELLENBOSCH

R2 360 000

SOLE MANDATE

NEW RELEASE Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 3 Garage 3

PRICED TO SELL! LIEBERHEIM WEB 285004 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 2 Garage 2

WEB 260372

Exclusive living! Decorated with style and passion for Lock-up and go in sought after security complex with easy flow to patio and sparkling pool. Ideal for scaling living. To arrange viewing contact Seeff today. down.

[O] 021 843 3368

GERHARD 076 590 7758

STELLENBOSCH

R1 750 000

EASY CAMPUS LIVING Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 2 Parking 1

[O] 021 886 7905

DROEKS 082 685 9189

STELLENBOSCH

R6 450 000

EXCLUSIVE ESTATE LIVING WEB 283241 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 4 Garage 4

WEB 270021

Popular student apartment with good layout, situated Stunning house in sought after gated estate, nestled between classes and town. at the foot of a mountain. This home features spacious living with magnificent views. Ample room [O] 021 886 7905 JACQUES 083 989 1249 for hosting guests. Wine cellar. [O] 021 886 7905

STELLENBOSCH 000

R3 850 000

HETTIE 083 263 0559

STELLENBOSCH

R 420 000

SOLE MANDATE

FOR A SMALL FAMILY Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms 1 Parking 2

Well planned spacious north facing home with all the comforts and more.

Why pay rent if you can own your house.

[O] 021 886 7905

[O] 021 886 7905

SOPHIA 082 824 6798

R1 680 000

WEB 270755

GAVIN-PAUL 072 707 1192

WELLINGTON

R1 230 000

SOLE MANDATE

NOORD-FRONT FAMILIEHUIS Kamers 4 Badkamers 2 M/Huis 1

SAFE & SECURE TUSCAN LIFESTYLE WEB 278594 WEB 282613 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 3 Garage 2

Goed geboude siersteen huis in boomryke area naby skole. Twee ruim leefarea’s, swembad en studeerkamers met buite deur. [K] 021 864 2948

Spacious Open plan living area with beautiful kitchen. Patio. Quaint garden. [K] 021 864 2948

CARMEN 082 490 0994

MARISA 079 877 4177

WELLINGTON

R1 200 000

PAARL

R5 600 000

OP SKOU

NUWE VRYSTELLING Kamers 4 Badkamers 2 M/Huis 2

work and storage space. And the remains of last night’s supper congealing on plates in the sink are sure to put buyers off. ) Pets and their stuff. Nobody wants to see a dirty cat litter box next to the dining table or the dog’s chew toys scattered all over the living room, and buyers who are allergic to dogs or cats will probably walk straight back out again. Frankly, when your home is for sale, there should be no sign at all that a pet lives there. ) Dirty toilet. This is enough to put buyers right off even if they like the rest of your home and have begun to visualize where they would put their own furniture. Buyers really don’t want to be reminded that they will be taking over a “used” bathroom, so everything in this room – including counters, mirrors, bath and basins - should be absolutely spotless before you put it on show. ) Toys and baby supplies. For the most part, buyers will understand that keeping your home tidy when you have children — especially a baby — is difficult. But it’s important to make an effort. Round up toys into a storage chest or cupboard, clean out any bins with used nappies in them and don’t leave any dirty baby bottles lying around. Buyers should never feel that the home isn’t clean or sanitary.

Biggest and Best Property guide in the Boland

SOLD bied die grootste en maklikste toegang tot die mark vir eiendomkopers en -verkopers in die Boland.

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Michelle Marston 021 841 4285

Geraldine Menellevie, Justin Cupido of Salomie Haskins 021 887 2840

Ilse Fourie 021 870 4600

UNIQUE AND TRANQUIL LIFESTYLE Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 3 Garage 2 WEB 284583

WELLINGTON

In a market that’s still largely geared to homebuyers, it’s tough to get them to come to show days or home viewings, and tougher still to hold their interest. So says Berry Everitt, MD of the Chas Everitt International property group, who advises that sellers should do their utmost to avoid the following “instant turnoffs” that could cause buyers to move on to the next property: ) Dirty dishes and cluttered kitchen counters. Counters crowded with the blender, coffee-maker, toaster, kettle and slow-cooker may make it appear that the kitchen lacks

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DIE CRèME DE LA CRèME WEB 284080 Kamers 4 Badkamers 4 M/Huis 2

WEB 280229

Moontlik die naaste aan perfek wat jy nog gesien het. Tradisionele familiehuis met baie ruimte op groot erf. Perfek geleë met asemrowende uitsig en verrassings. Sien Virtual tour op www.privateporperty.co.za, Stapafstand vanaf skole. Baie potensiaal. Verwysing: S575265 [K] 021 872 2223 LITA 083 498 1018 Op Skou Son 17 Feb 15h00 - 17h00 [K] 021 864 2948 LINDA 083 379 3769


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STELLENBOSCH SIMONSWYK

R310

DIE BOORD

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CARPE DIEM

PARADYSKLOOF JAMESTOWN

Joint Mandate

Web Ref: 228647

New Release | R4 950 000

Stellenbosch

This North facing elegant property is flawless from start to finish and well situated in a private setting with direct access to the Nature reserve and hiking and mountain biking trails. The patio compliments the spacious, sunny large entertainment areas with an easy indoor outdoor flow. Entertainers dream as well as a perfect family home! Contact: Marelise Visagie 072 776 2645

Joint Mandate

Web Ref: 228050

New Release | R3 180 000

This well maintained property with it’s pretty garden makes you feel at home. A separate braai room & a bachelor flatlet for that extra income are some of the extras this home has to offer. Situated in a quiet street close to schools. A true family home. Christine 082 417 2506 / Graham 084 308 3540

Op Skou: Sondag 15h00 - 18h00

Sole Mandate

Web Ref: 228075

New Release | R4 950 000

Only one of five homes within an exclusive security estate, this impeccable home boasts the finest finishes throughout with meticulous attention to detail. A lock-up and go lifestyle at the foot of Stellenbosch mountain, this house presents the ideal investment. Contact: Monique 072 390 9227

Each office independently owned and operated

Joint Mandate

R2 995 000

Web Ref: 199495

Joint Mandate

Offers from R4 500 000

Web Ref: 223139

An enchanting home with loads of natural light, offering ample space for the larger family. A loft room upstairs for the guests or playroom. The manicured garden is a delight with a covered patio overlooking the pool. Asking Price: R4 695 000. 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 Guldige geleentheid in een van Stellenbosch se mees gesogte en gewilde sekuriteits komplekse. Geniet die vrydheid van kinders wat speel in die strate! Pragtige stylvolle afwerkings van voor tot agter! Contact: Marelise Visagie 072 776 2645

Sole Mandate

R3 450 000

Web Ref:227322

Familiehuis met heerlike leefareas – ruim en sonnig. Hierdie huis is perfek vir die persoon wat die natuur geniet, kinders wat speel in gevestigde tuin en rustige landelike omgewing. Stapafstand van Laerskool Stellebosch. Kontak: Marelise Visagie 072 776 2645


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A special network breakfast for the Drakenstein, Helderberg and Stellenbosch branches of the Cape Chamber of Business and Industry at the Erinvale estate on 20 February, from 07:30 until 10:00, will present an opportunity to meet Fred Jacobs, the newly elected president of the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Fred Jacobs, who is also the guest speaker, is currently the non-executive chairman of Maersk SA and director of the A P MollerMaersk shipping group. Before he became involved in shipping, Jacobs worked for Reckitt & Colman for 23 years, mainly in the human

resources field. He was a director of the company when he left to join the AP Moller-Maersk group in 1996. He was initially responsible for human resources in 39 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and served on the shipping group’s global human resources team. He is also a director of the SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry and chairman of the SA Association of Ship Owners and Operators. The cost to attend the breakfast is R120 (discounted for members) and R150 for non-members. For more information, contact event organiser Rukeya Williams 021 637 5614 or rukeya@capechamber.co.za

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On Show: Saturday 10h00 - 12h00

Sole Mandate Joint Mandate

Paarl | Wellington

Sole Mandate

Web Ref: 227944

Paarl | R2 800 000

With this beautiful home, everything has been done for you. The house has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a beautiful kitchen with open plan dining and living area. Includes extra flatlet with seperate entrance. Contact: Miranda Coetzee 083 414 7212 Each office independently owned and operated

Paarl | Offers from R2 950 000

Web Ref: 227999

Delightful Victorian with rich history within walking distance from town centre. Existing successful guesthouse with 5 bedrooms and swimming pool. Asking Price: R3 200 000. Contact: Bronwyn Boyd 083 420 1747

Joint Mandate

Web Ref: 223488

Riebeek West | R4 995 000

Stunning 3 bedroom home with additional studio apartment and 2 bedroom guest cottage on a magnificent 2 998m² property in Riebeek West. Large reception areas leading to veranda with pool. Experience exceptional valley views. Contact: Bronwyn Boyd 083 420 1747

Web Ref: 94185

Southern Paarl | R6 500 000 (ex VAT)

Wake up to this view every morning! This 7 hectare property is ideally situated on the Franschhoek wine route, with easy access to Paarl and Stellenbosch. The grapes are of superior quality and sought after by local cellars. Contact: Irene 074 127 9280 / Danie 083 627 2148 140 Main Road, Paarl. 7646. | t 021 870 1011 | info@sirpaarl.co.za www.sothebysrealty.co.za | www.sothebysrealty.com | www.farmssouthafrica.com | www.farmandranchsir.com

Paarl | R1 850 000

Web Ref: 227949

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eneral Motors South Africa (GMSA) has introduced a number of styling and specification changes across the Opel Astra Hatch range. These revisions impact on exterior styling, interior trim, and revised technical specifications in line with local preferences. Along with these changes comes an aggressive new pricing structure that builds on an already excellent value proposition. “With the introduction of the Opel Astra for the 2013 model year we have adopted a number of external, and internal styling changes that refresh the inherent continental styling appeal of the Astra,” says Malcolm Gauld, GM South Africa’s vice president vehicles sales service and marketing. “Customer expectations are a dynamic area of the market that we continually monitor to ensure that we are always able to offer an excellent value proposition. The changes to the Astra line-up reflect changing customer preferences.” In the current economic climate there has been a shift away from “nice-to-have” but seldom used specification items in favour of a specification that offers a degree of cost saving without any real sacrifice in functionality or comfort. To satisfy this market requirement we have reviewed the specification versus pricing across the Astra Hatch range and together with Opel in Germany arrived at a formula that enables us to reduce the cost of the Astra and increase its competitiveness in the popular “C’ segment of the passenger vehicle market. This is on top of the fact that we did not apply any price increase to the Astra during 2012 when most of its competitors saw price increases of 1% and more. External styling changes feature a revised grille with the distinctive Opel insignia now mounted, centred top to bottom, in a wing shaped chrome embellishment together with a redesigned front bumper with a more pronounced lower grille section. The new frontal styling is completed with an update for the fog lights and turn indicators. At the rear the new enhanced Astra is defined by new chrome detailing, a revised

The exterior styling package is completed with revised styling for the alloy rims across the range. bumper design and new treatment for the license plate holder. The exterior styling package is completed with revised styling for the alloy rims across the range. Interior styling changes include the introduction of new contemporary trim materials and mouldings. First up in the range is the Astra 1.6 Essentia. This model retains its high level of specification in keeping with competitive offerings in its price range but without cruise control, rear electric windows, and curtain side airbags. The revised price of this model has reduced from R 235 200 to R 231 000, a reduction of 1,8%. New in the line-up is the Astra 1.4T Essentia Plus. This offers essentially the same specification level as the Astra 1.6 Essentia but includes electric windows at the rear, cruise control, and curtain side airbags. The 1,6 litre naturally aspirated engine is replaced by a

1,4 litre turbo engine. This advanced new generation engine from Opel offers best-in-segment power, torque and acceleration. This engine was designed around the philosophy of providing more for less in terms of power versus engine capacity. Maximum power is 103 kW with 200 Nm of torque available across a wide engine operating range of between 1,850 and 4,900 r/min. Maximum speed is 202 km/h with acceleration from zero to 100 km/h achievable in 9,8 seconds. Remarkably this level of performance is delivered with excellent fuel economy with just 5,9 l/100 km used in the combined cycle rating. CO2 emissions are a low 138 g/ km. Add to this that there is little drop off in performance at higher altitudes compared to normally aspirated engines. Drive is via a 6speed manual transmission. This model is offered at a very competitive

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R 248 000 and effectively replaces the Astra 1.4T Enjoy Plus which is no longer available. In keeping with the objective of offering an excellent value proposition the Astra 1.4T Enjoy specification now includes automatic rain sensing windscreen wipers, an anti-dazzle rear-view mirror, and auto headlight control. This improved specification level is offered at R 257 000. The Astra 1.6T Sport continues in the range with no specification changes but with a price reduction from R 301 900 to R 298 500, a saving of 1,1%. This model offers maximum power of 132 kW as the most powerful production engine in its capacity class. Maximum torque is 230 Nm. This delivers a maximum speed of 221 km/h with a zero to 100 km/h time of 8,5 seconds. Drive is via a 6-speed manual transmission. Combined cycle fuel economy is 6,8 l/100km.


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Volkswagen Amarok outomaties HANS HEESE Volkswagen van Suid-Afrika het pas sy nuwe Amarok dubbelkajuit, met ’n nuwe 8-gang outomatiese ratkas, in die Namibwoestyn aan motorjoernaliste bekendgestel. Dit was letterlik en figuurlik ’n warm geleentheid met temperature wat by 55 grade Celsius gaan draai het; verder is die nuwe Volkswagen bakkie, met sy outomatiese ratkas en permanente vierwielaandrywing,’n warm opponent in hierdie marksegment waar hy sommige van sy mededingers ore gaan aansit. Die Amarok is reeds goed gevestig in ’n mark wat hoofsaaklik deur die Japannese oorheers word en waar die Chinese vervaardigers nou ook ’n opening gesien het waar hulle prysgewys miskien ’n voordeel het. Maar om uit hierdie groot verskeidenheid ’n werksbakkie te kies is seker van die moeilikste besluite wat ’n boer of familie-avonturier moet neem. Hoe onderskei Volkswagen se nuweling hom van die res van die dubbelkajuite op die mark? Om mee weg te trek; die outomatiese ratkas beskik oor nie minder nie as agt verskillende gange nie, die aantal verhoudings wat normaalweg behaal word deur die tradisionele viergangratkas wat met laestrek in die ouer bakkies tot agt verdubbel. Die verskil is natuurlik dat daar by die Amarok nie ’n ekstra hefboom is wat geskakel moet word, of knoppie gedruk moet word nie; die ratkas is slim genoeg om die terrein te lees. Met die eerste gang gelykstaande aan ’n kruip-rat, verdwyn die noodsaaklikheid van ’n laestrek-ratkas. Daar is wel ’n knoppie wat “Off Road” laat inskakel wat onder regte 4x4 terrein omstandighede die prentjie verander. ’n Strawwe duinrit sonder om hierdie gerief te gebruik, het die skrywer driekwart op teen die duin laat kom; met die knoppie ingedruk, het my medebestuurder wel die rowwe uitdaging laat slaag!

Maar later meer oor hierdie belangrike knoppie! Op die oog af lyk die Amarok met die nuwe ratkas dieselfde as enige ander een in die reeks. Maar die kombinasie van die BiTDI enjin, met sy dubbele turbo en ratkas en permanente vierwielaandrywing, maak hom so effens anders as sy vernaamste teenstanders. By die gebrek aan ’n swaar oordra-ratkas, is die massa heelwat minder en wen hy op brandstofverbruik; ’n neiging waar die Duitsers hulle onderskei om die koolstofspoor kleiner te maak. Maar dit beteken nie dat die Amarok by die kraglewering tekortskiet nie; die 2-liter dubbelturbo ontwikkel 132 kW en daar is 420 Nm teen die ideale 1 750 rpm vir veldvoertuie (en sleepvoertuie) beskikbaar. Dit stel hom ook in staat om van 0-100 km/h in ongeveer 11 sekondes te kan versnel en die naald te laat draai op 180 km/h. Dit is dan ook die brandstofverbruik wat baie gunstig is; Volkswagen maak aanspraak op ’n gemiddelde verbruik op die pad van 8,3 liter vir 100/km. As daar egter hoofsaaklik op rowwe roetes gery word, of ook op goeie paaie rof gery word, sal hierdie syfer natuurlik drasties styg. Die brandstofverbruik is grootliks ook toe te skryf aan die hoë ratverhoudings van die Amarok. Dit is hier by die sesde rat rond waar die gewone 1:1 ratverhouding van gewone ratkaste gekry word en die hoogste snelheid van die bakkie word in sewende rat gekry; die agste rat is basies ’n snelrat waarteen die bakkie dag-in en dag-uit teen lae omwentelinge deur die Karoo kan ry sonder om enige stremming op die enjin te plaas. Verder sal die bakkies vanaf April af ook oor die Volkswagen BlueMotion tegnologie beskik wat eienskappe behels soos outomatiese aan-en-afskakel as daar by verkeersligte stilgehou word en daardeur die CO2 uitlate verminder en beter brandstofverbruik verseker. Ook word ekstra elektrisiteit opgewek wanneer gerem word en hoef die alternator nie altyd onder maksimum spanning te werk nie.

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Maar die kombinasie van die BiTDI enjin, met sy dubbele turbo en ratkas en permanente vierwielaandrywing, maak hom so effens anders as sy vernaamste teenstanders.FOTO: QUICKPIC

Die permanente vierwielaandrywing geskied deur ’n Torsen-ewenaar wat tussen die twee aste ingespan word, dieselfde tipe wat die befaamde en taai Audi Quattro in die tagtigerjare so ’n suksesvolle wêreldtydrenmotor gemaak het. Die kragverdeling is normaalweg 40:60 met die agterwiele waar die meeste krag toegedeel word. Die Amarok in sy Highline uitvoering bied ESP (elektroniese stabiliteitsbeheer) met wegtrek-beheer en kruipbeheer, veldry ABS beheer en individuele lugversorging. Laasgenoemde het die toets van die Namib hitte van 50° Celsius en meer met lof geslaag! Lugsakke is natuurlik standaard voor en die radio/CD speler (MP3 versoenbaar) kom met ses luidsprekers. Die stuurwiel is ten volle verstel-

baar en die sitplekke verskaf steun op al die regte plekke. Al die ruite en spieëls is elektries verstelbaar. Op hierdie stadium het die ABS-remme via die elektroniese beheerstelsel ingeskop en outomaties die regte individuele wiele laat rem om te voorkom dat die bakkie dwars in die pad beland of tol. Wat ‘n sensasie – en wat ’n baie groot verligting! Maar wat kos hierdie bielie van ’n dubbelkajuit? Die Amarok 4x4 gaan die koper R461 100 uit die sak jaag maar dit sluit in ’n 3-jaar of 100 000 km waarborg en ook ’n 5-jaar of 90 000 Automation-diensplan. Die verfwerk het ’n 6-jaar waarborg teen roes en diensintervalle is beperk tot ’n gerieflike 15 000 km.


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Another top 10 finish for GWM at Dakar

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This year only marked GWM’s fourth ever participation in the Dakar Rally, making its feat even more significant. PIC: QUICKPIC Great Wall Motors’ Haval Dakar Team finished the 2013 Dakar Rally in sixth overall position on 20 January in Santiago, Chile, repeating its solid performance of 2012. Seasoned drivers Carlos Sousa and Zhou Yong once again headed up the two GWM Haval H5 racing SUVs, with Sousa claiming the sixth overall position, and Yong equalling his best Dakar performance by finishing 19th overall. Sousa finished the 14th and final stage in eighth place in a time of 01:47:29, whilst Yong was 12th to arrive in Santiago in a time of 01:50:29. This year only marked GWM’s fourth ever participation in the Dakar Rally, making its feat even more significant. The 14-stage Dakar Rally which kicked off in Lima, Peru, on 5 January, was won by previous winner Stéphane Peterhansel (MINI) with Giniel de Villiers (Toyota) in second and Leonid Novitskiy (MINI) in third place. GWM’s Sousa, who has finished in the top 10 eleven times, had a consistent rally and apart from technical difficulties during Stage 3, maintained a position amongst the frontrunners throughout. Breaking with tradition by featuring a dune stage early on, the 2013 Dakar Rally spanned more than 8 000 km over three South American countries: Peru, Argentina and Chile.

Zhou Yong displayed a solid performance every day, finishing 10th twice during the second half of the rally. He achieved record stage results amongst Chinese participants – another feather in the cap for GWM. This year’s sixth overall finish no doubt continues to prove that the GWM Haval H5 SUV can more than hold its own on treacherous terrain, and that GWM has a sound rally strategy and logistics support in place. “Large-displacement petrol cars put us under heavy pressure this year, but in the end our perseverance paid off. The Haval Dakar Team well and truly deserves our congratulations,” said Dong Ming, the team’s director. GWM’s fourth Dakar Rally also garnered heightened attention for the GWM Haval H5 SUV, with the likes of top rally competitors Sainz and Gordon and renowned manufacturers Total and Michelin showing interest in the brand. Distributed in more than 100 countries, 36 000 units of the GWM Haval H5 SUV were exported in 2012, ranking it amongst the top three Chinese auto brands based on exports. The closing and awards ceremony took place in Santiago on 20 January, signalling the end of the 2013 Dakar Rally and a successful two weeks for GWM.


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FRANS LE ROUX The world-famous motoring journalist Jeremy Clarkson once said: “You’re not a true petrolhead until you have owned an Alfa”. There are of course many reasons for this, most being due to Alfa’s iffy reliability issues in the past. People who bought Alfas were considered connoisseurs and aficionados who appreciated being different and standing out in the crowd. A group that wanted something more than just your average, everyday car. Where Alfa succeeded from the beginning because they built there cars with passion. Beautifully sculpted lines were paired with rather brilliant engines. Take the iconic 1970’s 1750 GTV. It had two doors, a small engine and was extremely lightweight. It was, and still is, a remarkable car to which Alfa owes much of it’s suc- The 1.4 used in the MiTo produces a meaty 100 kW/230 Nm and it won the International Engine of the cess. Year in 2010. PIC: SIEB SIEBERHAGEN Much of the same design Alfas are renowned for their handling and If you are in D, you should select manual and build philosophy went into my test car, mode (by pushing the gear-lever to the left) no exception was made with the MiTo. Going the Alfa Romeo MiTo 1.4 TCT Distinctive. Sure the MiTo has been around for close and make use of the two shift pedals neatly around corners at speed is what this car was to four years, but Alfa recently added a brand positioned behind the steering wheel. Once built for. Slight over steer is felt when in Dyboth D and manual are selected you will be namic mode and if you’re on the limit. new dual-clutch system they call TCT. Safety has become one of the most imporLet’s start off with the brilliant 1.4 MultiAir able to truly chase the red line. The interior is nice place to be. The black tant aspects in recent years and the MiTo has turbo engine. It produces a meaty 100 kW/230 Nm and it won the International Engine of carbon fibre look-alike dash adds to the moved along as well. With seven airbags as the Year in 2010. Acceleration is claimed at sporty appeal. The black dash then wraps standard, the MiTo received an unbeatable 58,2 seconds and the little MiTo runs out of around a silver centre console from where the stars in the Euro NCAP crash test Rivals competing with the MiTo include the steam at around 200 km/h. Combined fuel cd/mp3 player is controlled. Quality from the consumption was around 9 litres/ 100km, but speakers are also not bad, although I would likes of the Mini Cooper S, Renault Clio RS I have a heavy right foot. My best figures were have wanted a treble-setting too. Front seats and Audi’s A1. The TCT twin clutch MiTo retails for R270 6 litres/100km. Although I found it very diffi- offer great support while the rear is not only cult to resist not testing the true capabilities cramped but also just suitable for two passen- 290. It is cheaper than the Mini and the A1 but slightly more expensive than the Renault gers. of this 1.4. The most important thing when buying a Clio RS. Alfa has a clever system which they call The MiTo comes standard with a 3 year/ DNA. To put it simply, there are three selecta- car is it’s appearance, the emotion you as an ble driving modes the driver can choose from. owner experience when you stare at it every 100 000km warranty and full maintenance. This is a extremely competitive segment D (or Dynamic) is when you’re feeling brave time you close your garage door. No-one can or adventurous. This mode livens up the accuse the eccentric Italians of ever being where all the rivals offer good engines and great performance. Considering the price, I steering, removes some of the traction-con- boring or predictable. The MiTo has the same v-shape signature would ignore the TCT gearbox and just buy trol interference and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. N (or Normal) is for every- grille with the number plate oddly placed on a manual MiTo. This saves you R20 000 and day driving and helps to lower fuel consump- the right side of the front bumper. The V- you will still be faster and more unique than tion. A is for (all weather) and should be used shape bulge on the bonnet is another distinc- the Audi A1. For more information email Dale Henas such. Perfect for a rainy day when you need tive Alfa design. At the rear one is greeted drickse at daleh@sandown.co.za. by LED tail lights and a sports exhaust. that extra grip.

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MB CLS250 CDI: bold shapes, glitzy lights and flowing creases HANJO STIER

We found the infotainment system easy to use but the optional Harman Kardon speakers of­ ten sounded a bit harsh at higher volumes. PIC: QUICKPIC round system or other multimedia upgrades. We found the infotainment system easy to use but the optional Harman Kardon speakers often sounded a bit harsh at higher volumes. Mercedes reverted to its split instrument for fuel and temperature but swapped the dials around. The gear lever has made room for extra storage on the centre tunnel but its new position as a stalk on the steering column is a bit alarming. It’s a perfect mirror image of the indicator. It takes a while to adapt to the concept but I foresee trouble if you also own an older Benz

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Mercedes-Benz is straddling two chairs at the moment. One it refuses to relinquish possession of which serves conservative and mostly existing clients. The other is of the most stylish and daring variety to attract new customers with younger wallets to their showroom. With the audacious new A-Class making its way to South Africa later this year, most other models are being dressed in similar designer fashion. The latest CLS is no exception and saw its elegant, almost feline form replaced by bold shapes, glitzy lights and flowing creases. This makes the car look more Dubai than Dortmund, more Durban than Dresden. The CLS retains its drooping profile but has a more butch SLS-inspired front end while the old Ford Falcon backside has made way for two giant rugby ball lights. Someone even noted that it looked like a fish. Other hallmarks are its pillar-less doors, very pinched window line and snug, four-seat interior which even made some passengers feel claustrophobic. The dashboard and doors rise high up into the cabin while the entire dash and rear seat divider are plastered in wood veneer, usually sporting a matt look. Standard safety and infotainment equipment is impressive but most cool gadgets live exclusively on the options list – not so with some Japanese competitors. A standard CLS has all sorts of driver aids, plenty of airbags and a clever passive safety system to help in emergency situations. You also get quite a few powered goodies and automated items for the price, as well as radio/DVD, hard-drive navigation on a 7-inch monitor with multi-selector knob, aux socket, bluetooth, climate control, voice command and a comprehensive (colour) trip computer with Eco meter. You can / have to specify trick stuff like lane assist, keyless access and ignition, Logic 7 sur-

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or Japanese car. The lever controls a supersmooth seven-speed automatic gearbox which converts the efforts of the CLS250 CDI’s sleeved ace – a 2,2-litre, 150 kW (204hp), 500 Nm, four-cylinder turbo-Diesel. This accomplished engine from C, E and MClass fame shines with good response and amazing torque from 1,600 rpm onwards, resulting in claimed average emissions of just 134g CO2/km and average Diesel consumption just over 5l/100km. After a few hundred kilometres our average settled at 7,2L/100km owing to very mixed

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routes. Unless you plan on holding up traffic, the little engine uses quite a bit of fuel to get going but thanks to seven gears the consumption figure plummets once you’re cruising. A start/stop system aims to reduce your consumption, as does the gearbox Eco mode (Sport and Comfort also available) while a dedicated Eco display rates your acceleration, consistency and coasting ability. Like other playful systems you may choose to hide it or have some fun while trying to save fuel. With a 67l tank, we would’ve achieved just under 1 000 km on a tank but have to stress that long distances will easily extend that range. As for performance, we clocked 0100km/h in 8 seconds and top speed is claimed at 242km/h. That makes the CLS250 CDI more of a relaxed cruiser than a cruise missile. Outright performance is mediocre but lowrev torque reserves are impressive. Ride and handling are extremely quiet and refined although this AMG package made low-speed bumps rather uncomfortable. Hard cornering goes from under-steer to ESP intervention, underlining the car’s 1785kg weight. Some observers loved the concept – a coupelike sedan with hatchback consumption – while others dismissed the cheapest CLS because of its tractor noises and lack of performance. If you belong to the former group and travel long distances, the 250 CDI will be an impressive companion. You’ll have to fork out at least R700 000 for the privilege of parking one in your garage and I’d advise a higher budget to enjoy some of Merc’s more impressive gadgets like Intelligent Light System (R12 300), COMAND DVD navigation (R22 600) or AMG Sports Package (R28 700). In closing, Mercedes-Benz recently lured us to a race track under the pretence of introducing its new maintenance plan. Replacing MobiloDrive, the new PremiumDrive covers all services for six years or 100 000km and you still get a two-year unlimited-km warranty.


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