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Fresh OutlOOk

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Belles OF the Ball Just Property Group’s

hOt space Luxury meets convenience at Lawhill



PE company awards


Private Property entertains at the Cape

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Retha Schutte on the Pretoria/Midrand property

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Looking forward to a sensory season

This month we celebrate summer and in doing so cast off our winter rags, throw open our doors and move outside. But how do we know when summer has begun? Obviously the months of the year have something to do with it, but how do we really know? For me it’s a combination of senses: sight, smell, touch, sound and taste. In fact, I can remember most summers from my life by evoking one of these senses. For example, hearing the melody of the song ‘Murder on the Dance Floor’ by Sophie Ellis-Bextor takes me straight back to a sexy summer in London where I was walking the city streets with a Starbucks Frappuccino in hand, while the tingling of ice-cold air on hot skin will always remind me of hanging out at 7-Elevens to beat the East’s muggy summer days. Sight is a fairly obvious one – as soon as I notice that the grass in surrounding parks and woodlands is being burned, I just know that new green grass is en route. Similarly when the trees start sprouting new leaves – you would be surprised at how many people don’t notice this until, one day, they find themselves sitting in the shade. Taste is easy, too. One word: Pimm’s. Tall glass, lots of ice and a mixture of strawberries, cucumber, lemon and mint. Pure summer. But my strongest sensory association with summer has

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Wealth & Investment

STEPHEN GLANZ Investec Wealth & Investment Branch Head - Cape Town

SA listed property: Running on technically enhanced blades? The Property Loan Stock (PLS) Index has again performed outstandingly well this year to date, realising returns of over 40%. It has also enjoyed an exceptionally good quarter (as of 6 September) with returns of over 16%. The Index has moreover significantly outperformed the bond market.

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inflation. Real CPI adjusted PLS dividends have stabilised since 2008 and are expected to continue to do so. Nominal dividends are currently growing at about 6% per annum – compared to inflation (currently about 5%). The current PLS trailing dividend yield of 5.66% represents a record low. Should PLS dividends continue to match inflation (as they are confidently expected to do at least for the next two years) this would correspond to a real yield of the same 5.66%. We have long argued that a real yield of 5% should be regarded as appropriate for the sector, given its risk character. This real 5% would represent an expected risk premium for investors in the PLS Index of about 2% over inflation linked government bonds. Current RSA inflation-linked yields have however fallen far below the 3% real yield that might be regarded as a normal real return on a default free, inflation risk free government bond. The yield on the 10 year RSA197 has however fallen to a record low 1.53% real yield. Compared to a certain real 1.53%, a prospective 5.7% real yield from the PLS Index may still appear attractive. This extra 4% real risk premium is still well ahead of the 2% risk premium (5% less the normal 3%) that we have argued should be sufficient to the purpose of attracting funds to the PLS sector.

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Down to earth I absolutely loved your Green issue and how it was filled with beautiful and quirky tips, designs and stories of sustainability. The article on land artist, Strijdom van der Merwe, was so inspiring, I felt I should go outdoors immediately! I was also very glad that you included the Oyster Box hotel, as I’m from Durban and it is one of my favourite spots when I go back home for visits. Congratulations on a magazine that is sure to make others green with envy! Amber Brown Just doing our bit for Mother Nature – Ed.

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A hOme AwAy

from home

There’s a new trend in town and it’s creating ripples 1


elf-catering holidays are back on-trend. But before you gasp in horror, note that the selfcatering option is now all grown up, very well groomed and has manners to match, and is a

stylish travel choice, especially with family in tow and more bags to boot. Case in point: Lawhill Apartments, Cape Town. Tucked away in Marina’s Bluff among a number of esteemed properties, Lawhill is the perfect home from home. Situated next door to the V & A Waterfront, the location could not be more convenient or beautiful, and it suits all types of travel, leisure or business. The apartments have their own concierge and guest services department to help you with almost anything you need to make your stay more pleasant, from stocking your fridge with preordered groceries and packing your picnic lunch to go, to organising tickets for a Table Mountain Aerial Cableway ride and, in our case, supplying a choice of complimentary DVDs for the evening’s entertainment. Security is


paramount, and you and your family can feel entirely safe.


These indulgent services aside, it’s the interiors of the apartments that truly wow. The spacious living room with its elegant palette of greys is a calm, comforting zone. A flat-screen TV and comfy decor make it easy to relax, while the large, fully equipped kitchen with fridge, freezer, stove, oven, microwave, washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher, together with the dining space, makes entertaining a must. One of our favourite features is the roomy balcony with its views over the harbour and waterways. The range of available apartments includes one- and two-bedroom units as well as a three-bedroom penthouse with private pool. Luxurious linen, soft decor and furnishings, blacked out curtains and bathrooms you could lose yourself in certainly enhance your comfort levels.


Whether it’s because of the views of the lit-up harbour,


Lawhill’s spectacular surroundings or the fact that you can grab whatever nibble takes your fancy at any time, day or night, you’ll find it difficult to return to your real home.

Words Nicky Manson

+27 (0)21 418 2138,

6 Living area in a Lawhill apartment. 2One&Only Cape Town. Guests at Lawhill have quick and easy


Visit for additional

access to the luxury hotel’s facilities. 3 & 4The spacious, well-equipped kitchen makes a self-catering

spectacular getaway ideas.

stay simple and attractive. 5Spacious, comfortable balcony. 6Views from a Lawhill apartment. | 13


The proprietor of Avondale wine farm,

Johnathan Grieve, tells

us about the moon’s influence on wine. Can you explain briefly the concept of biodynamic wine farming? Biodynamic farming is about farming holistically, without any chemical input, and making use of all the planetary influences on agriculture. It incorporates organic farming methods, cosmic influences and holistic practices, for a harmonious synergy between all the natural systems. In layman’s terms, it is ‘the homeopathy of agriculture’. What is the Luna Taste Test? The Luna Taste Test was set up to test the validity of the biodynamic calendar and was attended by a panel of Cape Town’s top wine aficionados. The experiment aimed to identify whether there is any truth to the theory behind the calendar, namely, that the taste of a wine will vary according to the time of the month at which it is consumed. And what did you find? The first tasting, which fell on a Fruit day of the lunar tasting calendar, was a straightforward wine-tasting, as panellists had nothing to compare the experience against. However, things got exciting at the second tasting, which was held on a Leaf day. There was discernible shock on the faces of our panellists, some of whom could not believe that they were tasting the same wines. For me, it was incredible to witness their realisation that there might well be something to the theory that the phase of the zodiac could influence the taste of a wine. There wasn’t a dissenting voice in the room; everyone could identify the same differences. The consensus was that the Flower day was the most beneficial to wine tasting, with the wines appearing vibrant and elegant, with a well-defined structure. +27 (0)21 863 1976,,

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Picnics, salted beef sarmies and a new landmark restaurant are upping the culinary ante this month Meat Market Carnivores unite! Cape Town’s first hot salt beef and pastrami company, Waymenels, has opened a stall at the Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill. The beef comes from grass-fed cows, and culinary star Bertus Basson of Overture restaurant has perfected the recipe for deli delights. Waymenels plans to open its own store in the City Bowl next year. Meanwhile, it will be popping up at markets around the country. Watch this space if you like feeding your face! +27 (0)82 564 5350,

MiLLing AbouT New to the Southern Suburbs’ foodie scene is Josephine’s Cookhouse, from the same people who brought us Jonkershuis Restaurant, Societi Bistro, Societi Brasserie and Porter Estate Produce Market. Named after Newland’s historical landmark, Josephine Mill (opposite the rugby stadium), Josephine’s Cookhouse serves up fresh seasonal produce with an Italian influence. The menu is concise (always a good sign) and includes daily specials that will have you coming back for more. With their decidedly contemporary Alpine lodge aesthetic, the interiors are also something to talk about. +27 (0)21 686 1437,



sushi Clique Clicquot Fridays at Willoughby & Co. is a match made in seafood heaven. The seafood institution’s sushi chef, Sam Wong, has teamed up with Veuve Clicquot’s winemaker, Pierre Casenave, to create the Willoughby Threesome, three sumptuous sashimi dishes – salmon in a yuzu (citrus) and soya dressing, tuna in a spicy garlic and peanut dressing, and ceviche with coriander, lime and fresh chilli – that perfectly complement Veuve Clicquot’s Yellow Label. Hooray for Fridays! +27 (0)21 418 6115,

ChiC piCkings Spring is here and so are Allée Bleue’s ‘chicnics’. The Franschhoek wine estate is offering guests a stylish way to enjoy summer days on its lawns. The wicker picnic hampers are packed full of yummy summer foods and are available in two options: a standard menu and a veg menu, both priced at R155 per person and prepared for two adults to share. The selection includes pâtés, dips, cheese, salads, French bread and dessert. The price includes wine tasting, still or sparkling water, and tea or coffee. For children there’s the mini ‘sticknic’, priced at R55. +27 (0)21 874 1021,

What’s Cooking in the kitChen? The Kitchen at Weylandts has now reached the Green Point branch of the well-known home and lifestyle brand, following the success of The Kitchen bistros at the Durbanville and Kramerville stores. Head Chef Charlene Pretorius serves up chic fusion bistro fare and is committed to sourcing produce from suppliers who subscribe to the principles of the slow food movement. The olive oil, lemon juice and wine used in the Kitchens are supplied by Maison, Chris Weylandt’s Franschhoek wine estate. +27 (0)21 425 5282, | 15



New furniture collections, the ins and outs of vertical gardens and tiles all the way from Persia

Tarryn rice, ice,

owner of

vertical garden installation company,

a prized perch

Wall Gardens, tells us why ‘growing up’

As part of the development projects taking place on prestigious Nettleton Ridge in Clifton,

has become such a big trend and why

Okha has designed eye-popping furniture, including this extended Tribu stool. Hand-carved

succulents are the way to go.

from solid oak, the stool’s appeal lies in its pure and simple Japanese aesthetic, complete with a diamond-stitched leather-padded seat. Available in natural, white, carbon-stained oak or ash.

Why do you think vertical gardens have become such a huge trend? There is an increasing awareness of plants’ ability to soften and add life and colour to dull, unimaginative spaces. This has led designers and gardeners to seek new ways of bringing gardens into the urban environment, where there is often more wall space than floor space. What was your incentive to start a vertical garden company? I have always had a love of plants and derived great pleasure from the time and energy that was put into the garden in our home in Joburg. When faced with the prospect of moving to Cape Town to a house with no garden, I started looking at alternative ways to keep plants a part of my life. Here I discovered the potential of wall space as

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I work mainly with succulents because they provide such a wide variety of shapes, textures and colours, which allows me to create living tapestries. Succulents are also really hardy and water-wise, so they are appropriate for our climate and easy to maintain. It is really important for me to try to be as environmentally responsible as possible, which is why I also use recycled and upcycled materials wherever possible. +27 (0)84 812 8382,

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SmooTh Serving KAHLA’s newest range of tableware is called Pronto Satin and features the hallmark smooth satin surface finish. The range comes in elegant array of colours including black, apricot, light grey, maroon and white. Available from Kitchen Passion.

Words Genevieve Fisher

a blank canvas and was able to combine my passion for gardening and art. The response from friends and visitors was so overwhelming that I decided to start making gardens for others too. What are some of the most popular plants chosen for your vertical garden installations?

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From Persia, with love Capetonians looking for quality natural stone tiles for their homes can now head to Epping, where Persian Tile, wholesaler of natural stone tiles, has recently opened its doors to the public. It stocks a wide range of quality travertine, marble, sandstone, mosaics and rock face cladding products sourced from over 100 quarries in Persia. +27 (0)21 534 2314,

wooden ooden it be nice International luxury wood furniture brand, Warisan, has recently opened up shop in Green Point. The studio showcases a selection of furniture from the company’s ranges, including Contemporary, Classic, Primitive, Oriental and Outdoor. Primarily servicing the hospitality industry, Warisan also produces custom-made furniture for the residential market. +27 (0)21 421 1122, | 17



Indulging for a cause, plus hot summer fashion, cool cocktails and refreshing wines CritiCally aCClaimed We’re all very aware of the rhino’s plight, but how many of us know about the almost extinct Table Mountain ghost frog, the threatened geometric tortoise or the disappearing golden protea? In an effort to raise awareness about these critically endangered creatures, luxury brand The Last Word (made up of Intimate Hotels and Intimate Rarities) has launched Living Endangered, a sophisticated collection of art and luxury products handcrafted by some of South Africa’s youngest and hottest artisans. The range was inspired by the little Table Mountain ghost frog, possibly the most endangered frog in the world. Growing to a maximum length of 60mm – the size of your thumb – the ghost frog is only found in the nooks and crannies of Table Mountain’s Skeleton Gorge. The Living Endangered range is comprised of ‘treasures of esteem’ and includes the golden protea neckpiece by Shelley Robertson; Cobus van Rooyen’s hand-stitched leather bags, inspired by the geometric tortoise; and the Table Mountain ghost frog haute parfum by perfumer Tammy Frazer. The pieces are made in Cape Town from local materials and The Last Word donates 5% of the profits from Living Endangered sales to the Wilderness Foundation. +27 (0)21 794 2036,

retro sPeCs Ray-Ban’s new range, Round, has been injected with a contemporary edge in the form of bright colours and hand-sewn leather details. Available from Luxottica. +27 (0)21 486 6100,

ClutChes and CoCktail rings Missibaba and Kirsten Goss have opened a boutique

Slip into summer with

store at 229 Bree Street,

The Candy Shop, Berry

Cape Town, showcasing their

Blast, Sunshine Soda and

handcrafted designer items.

So Citrus, the flirty flavours

Look out for Kirsten Goss’s

in Primi Piatti’s newly

new Signet collection of

launched Mainstay Soda

personalised charms.

Pop cocktails range.

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Words Genevieve Fisher

PoP art


Worked to the core Based in Greenside, Johannesburg, Victoria Ashford-Smit’s En-Core studio has come up with an ingenious workout by blending Pilates with ballet. The combination of light weights and props, such as balls and Thera-Bands, helps tone, burn fat and sculpt muscles and provides cardio training. +27 (0)84 312 4059,

canvassing For compliments Italian footwear brand, Superga, has recently opened its new concept store at Canal Walk, Cape Town. The store stocks all the classic Supergas as well as the new Editions collection, which is inspired and designed by some of SA’s best musical talent, including Freshly Ground, DJ Euphonik, Locnville, Danny K and Flash Republic.

party cruiser Discover Cruz candy and vodka infusion – it’s like bottled candy floss. Downed as a smooth shooter or used as a mixer, this burst of flavour is available from select liquor outlets nationwide. CruzVodka

a girl’s nBF Patek Philippe’s new Ref. 7140 Ladies First Perpetual Calendar includes Travel Time models for two time zones, the World Time watch with 24 time zones and the famous Annual Calendar. These are worn on a hand-stitched alligator strap with a prong buckle in 18ct rose gold and adorned with 95 flawless Top Wesselton diamonds. Available from the Watch & Jewellery Gallery on Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton. Nationwide deliveries. +27 (0)11 784 2595;

Fine Wines This month we’re drinking Solms Delta’s Solms-Astor Langarm 2011 and Clos Malverne’s new flagship duo, Auret 2010 and Pinotage Reserve 2010. The Langarm is a blend of Pinotage, Touriga Nacional, Shiraz and Mourvèdre and is smooth and lasting on the finish, while the Auret 2010 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Merlot and Shiraz and is bold on the palate. Barrelled in French oak, the Auret 2010 can be kept for a few more years, but we drank ours right away, pairing it with a hearty stew. We enjoyed the Pinotage Reserve 2010’s bursts of berry flavours and found that it goes well with a dark chocolate dessert. +27 (0)21 865 2022,; +27 (0)21 874  937, | 19

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Cape Town has a reputation for sublime residences in enviable positions, and Fresnaye, with its gorgeous microclimate, never fails to impress



ou would expect a residence that’s priced at R40 million to glow with glamour and sophistication, and this home on the Atlantic Seaboard does not disappoint. Positioned on a double erf, the house enjoys three levels of accommodation and entertainment space. You are greeted by a tiered crystal chandelier and a sweeping staircase that leads you to the two top-storey bedrooms and their mind-blowing views. The main living area sports the best in kitchen appointments and has been furnished with comfy daybeds, making this a hub of family living. A further 1

3 two en-suite bedrooms grace this level. The plush dining and living areas spill onto expansive patios and a barbecue area, from where the vistas of the Atlantic will seduce even the most jaded of buyers. The ground level has all the Beverley Hills star power one could ask for, including a games room, a bar, lounge areas, and the pièce de résistance – a large luxury cinema with soft white leather seating and all the technological wizardry imaginable. Two more bedrooms on this level, all en suite, make for private guest accommodation. The raised garden and pool area allows for entertainment on a grand scale, and the lounges, bar

4 and cinema enjoy easy access to the garden through frameless glass folding doors. It’s the pinnacle of al fresco summer living. ‘And this is by no means all,’ says Re/Max Associate, Coco Phili. ‘Add to this extensive staff accommodation, garaging for six vehicles plus extra secure parking, state-of-the-art integrated home entertainment, air-conditioning systems and under- floor heating throughout and you have a home that will truly be the diamond in your property portfolio.’ +27 (0)82 772 2845,,

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ith four entertainment areas, conference facilities, a large wine cellar with unique artwork, various offices, and a finely designed swimming pool and Jacuzzi, Castle Rock offers an exclusive lifestyle to those wanting to enjoy the fine Constantia and Bishopscourt ambience. The three-level main house, built on a picturesque 4 262m² stand, has eight bedrooms with modern en-suite bathrooms. All bedrooms have the most outstanding mountain views that the Cape has to offer. The main bedroom has its own walk-in dresser, fireplace and patio and a unique strongroom as safety feature.

3 The main entertainment area was designed with two priorities in mind, entertainment and acoustics. With this you get a 180° view of the beautiful mountain. The ultramodern kitchen will leave anybody excited to spend time in this part of the house and combine it with the exceptional entertainment possibilities that this property offers. Large windows and skylights provide enough natural light throughout the house, while the combination of marble and wooden floors completes the upmarket presence of this highly respected property. The separate staff quarters have two bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen and lounge, while the lush, landscaped gardens provide a tranquil atmosphere for the entire family and friends. The new owner

4 will be on the doorstep of Kirstenbosch, one of the most-visited areas in Cape Town. UCT is 10 minutes’ drive away, just off the M3, and the CBD and V & A Waterfront are only 20 minutes away. This immaculate property will be sold on site at 8 Ridge Walk, Constantia, at 11 a.m. on 29 November. Prospective buyers will get viewing opportunities on Saturday, 17  November, and on Wednesday, 21  November, from 10  a.m. until 1  p.m. A refundable deposit of R50  000 is payable by EFT or bankguaranteed cheque for those interested in bidding. Buyers can register at the venue before the auction or online. For further information, contact SA Auction Group Western Cape Director Christo Boshoff on +27 (0)82 871 6066.

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EducatEd dEsign

Durban-based graphic design studio, disturbance, has rebranded Varsity College and given the institute a gloriously fresh, young and inspired Midrand campus Words Anne Schauffer Photographs Roger Jardine | 25



arsity campuses seldom look as though they were designed with real live students in mind, and although many are acclaimed as historic landmark structures with majestic design elements, the student factor doesn’t appear to have been the design driver. The initial interaction of disturbance with Varsity College was around a new visual language for the brand, something that would amplify its freshly articulated vision. Richard Hart, principal graphic designer, says, ‘We came up with something very loose, spontaneous and honest. Part of our early development of the brand identity included a proposal on how their campuses could be reimagined, to align with what we were doing.’ The new Midrand campus would be the first. In addition to meshing the new brand image with the students’ on-campus experience, the design had to create an environment that resonated as much with parents as with young students. Working adults, too, needed to feel as comfortable as full-time students in the space, and staff needed a working environment that allowed for easy workflow and communication. Carmen Kelly, a designer at disturbance, describes the original campuses as having a corporate feel and lacking in inspiration. The shell was a partially completed unit in a business park, not unlike other Varsity College campuses. Richard shrugs. ‘This presented us with numerous challenges, from having to overcome the generic architecture to dealing with the bald truth that the campus was essentially a single building rather than a group of them.’ The team was given free rein to work on the interior design. To develop an architectural philosophy, disturbance collaborated with architects designworkshop : sa, who facilitated a workshop among the key users specifically to analyse the inner workings of the campus. Carmen says, ‘We looked at a number of elements, such as the workflow process within the college and spatial relationships within the existing building, as in public versus office/lecture room space, and indoor versus outdoor. We questioned the requirements of the lecture rooms and how best to inspire the students while still allowing them to remain focused during a lecture.We examined the use of formal study spaces versus informal ones.’

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Opening page Well-considered typography plays both a graphic and informative role in the overall vision. This spread, above Colours and textures combine cleverly to create niche areas, but not boxed-in spaces. Inset When words become so much more.




For the designers, the overriding question was how to turn the campus into an environment that would allow young students to feel comfortable and inspired, as well as appeal to the older demographic of the School of Business students who generally attend courses after hours. Richard says that designworkshop : sa suggested that they break up the building into non-uniform spaces, echoing the structure of an actual campus. ‘This was the kernel around which all our design thinking revolved.’ He adds that ‘designworkshop : sa ‘were amazing’. ‘No matter how big the inevitable curve ball, they came back with brilliant workarounds every time. It’s easy to pull off great design when there are no budgetary constraints, but the true test is when there are. Add to that not one but numerous clients with, inevitably, different priorities and agendas.’ Intense solo and collaborative brainstorming sessions between architects and designers resulted in the overall plan and flow, and from there emanated the finishes and fittings, colour palette, furniture and graphics. Carmen describes elements of the process, starting at the concept for the entrance: ‘We wanted to create a transitional space where you come out of the hectic Midrand traffic and slow down into a calming space of a “forest” with a timber walkway and a clearing within the “woods”. This allows you to breathe a sigh of relief before engaging with the double-volume glass entrance of the reception area.’ A striking element of the campus design is the signage: it goes beyond the functional into aesthetics. Each area is signposted with large vinyl lettering laminated to the concrete wall and floor, engaging with the architecture and enhancing the environment. At the building’s entrance, leading up to the reception counter, is the word ‘Welcome’, written in all our national languages. All the seating in the waiting area is upholstered in the same fabric, but in subtle variations of tone, to create a layered colour palette. A chunky woollen carpet not only warms and softens the space, but also ensures that sound doesn’t echo.

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Top left The use of all 11 official languages in the design serves to strengthen the students’ sense of belonging to this campus. Top centre Transparent, yet still private and quiet. Above Loud and clear signage crawls from the floors up doors and walls. Bottom centre Different pops of colour signify each lecture room, yet all are offset with calming tones of grey. Bottom right Mindfully selected photographic images are a significant feature of the campus’s interior design.


Each lecture room has a large number on the floor in front of the door and, in most cases, the numbers creep up onto the doors and walls. At the bottom of each door there is a small strip of colour providing a sneak preview of the colour found inside that lecture room. All other areas on campus are signposted in this fashion. As with the typography, wallpaper graphics play a major role in the interiors, each graphic carefully created for specific areas. The graphics and photography were designed in accordance with the brand’s attributes, so all the photographs were shot on film and have a warm, spontaneous feel to them. The large wallpaper graphic to the rear of the building core is double volume and faces towards the outside back courtyard. When you look back at the building, the graphic is visible on both floors. Within the building, you only engage with half of it, giving you a strong sense that there’s more to come when you arrive in the same space on the next floor. At every level, the complex detailing with which the team imbued the project gives the campus its youthful energy. Carmen describes the colour palette used for the lecture rooms: ‘The concept was that

each would be painted a light grey on the front and two side walls, while the back wall would have its own unique accent colour. We chose individual upholstery colours for each lecture room, and matched them closely to the specific accent colour. This resulted in a layering effect. Essentially, you walk into the lecture room and you’re greeted with a pop of bright colour, but as soon as you sit down and face forward, you’re presented with a muted minimal grey colour palette.’ Each wall within passages and public spaces is painted a different shade of grey, transforming what could be a rather bland, muted colour palette into something exciting and layered. Depending on the light quality in that particular space, the shades of grey change throughout the day, resulting in an everchanging colour palette. The team clearly had fun in the study lounge and library. ‘We wanted to break away from the traditional furniture installation and rather explore a concept where the description of what the area is used for becomes the furniture of the room.That’s how the “Think” ottoman was born.The letters T, H, I, N and K are built up onto the wall in 3D relief, and as the letter hits the floor, the bottom of the letter extends in ottoman sections for student seating. The spacing between the letters also allows for booth-style seating, so students can pull up the custom-designed tables that cantilever over their lap and work in groups or individually.’ To accentuate that true sense of campus life, it was crucial to link indoors and out. The canteen opens onto the back courtyard with stack-back doors, so there’s an easy inside-outside connection. The canteen furniture is fun and fresh in tangerine and lime and a few tables have been given a bright graphic treatment, little speech bubbles with ‘Hello’ in all national languages. The canteen tables and chairs spill out onto a paved courtyard with a central fountain, which in turn spills down onto a tiered outdoor section of lawn and olive trees. People can gather on the wide concrete stairs or on the lawn, under the trees. The area has a tangible park feeling about it and invites students to spend time on campus outside lecture times, creating an on-campus life. From the signage to the wallpaper, the colours to the concepts, Richard and his team at disturbance, together with designworkshop : sa, have created a stylish yet wonderfully playful Varsity College campus that offers all the players the functionality and fun elements so integral to a campus experience. +27 (0)31 303 5191,; +27 (0)31 202 0059, | 29


A new lease Words Genevieve Fisher

John Rabie’s new urban renewal concept, Signatura, has not only given him renewed vigour, but also revived Cape Town’s property market and some of its prized neighbourhoods


t’s hard to believe that property development mogul John Rabie, non-executive chairman of Rabie Properties, came close to retiring some months ago. At 57, this stalwart of SA’s property industry has passion and energy, which comes as quite a surprise, considering the state of the property market. ‘I started Rabie Properties 35 years ago and have been through two recessions, a change of political dispensation and a global financial meltdown. I’ve always been an inspired and energetic person and am even more so now,’ says John. He’d have to be to survive all of that and snub his nose at retirement, an option that John admits ‘just didn’t work for him’. Rabie Properties has been at the helm of some of Cape Town’s most sought-after mixed- use

developments for 20-odd years, including the multimillion-rand Marconi Beam development, which saw shack dwellers being rehoused and unlocked a new commercial, industrial and residential node; the transformation of Westlake Estate from derelict stateowned land into an award-winning mixed-use area where, for example, the top private school Reddam coexists alongside a commercial office park; the redevelopment of the Milnerton Race Course as the 1 800-unit residential development, Royal Ascot; and the Atlantic Beach development on the West Coast. The jewel of Rabie Properties’ portfolio is the multibillion-rand development, Century City, which it owns, and which encompasses various residential, commercial, leisure, hotel and retail ventures. ‘I’m so | 31


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proud of what we’ve done at Century City. We’ve literally created a city within a city,’ says John. ‘I’ve been in business for 35 years and didn’t want to retire so I thought about how I could reinvent myself. With all the knowledge of the property industry and its cycles I accrued over the years, Rabie Properties being an expression of that, my “baby”, I knew I had to do something in the field of property development,’ he says. Welcome, Signatura. ‘Because we are, and have been, in a recession, the solution, I believe, is urban renewal, and so I decided this was the way to go,’ says John. He is quick to point out that his new self-funded venture is not of the ‘typical inner-city renewal kind’ – a big trend globally – but one that is more innovative and which

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responds to the demands of a new market of ‘fussy’ buyers who want to be a stone’s throw from the city yet still within suburbia. John has identified Vredehoek, Tamboerskloof, Sea Point and Green Point as points of development. ‘I call these “areas of tension”, because they are where the commercial meets the residential, creating an interesting energy of sorts,’ he says. He gives the example of Brooklyn, New York, a suburb outside Manhattan. It’s easily accessible, historical, and has a vibrant mix of commercial and residential entities. ‘If you look at Vredehoek, it has all the potential to be like that – a bohemian feel, with all the restaurants and cafés intermingled with apartment blocks and houses, many of which have historical relevance.’

John envisions Signatura as ‘a concept-driven private-label property brand’. The idea is to pick out unique urban sites in these neighbourhoods for ‘master-crafted urban renewal’. He says, ‘We have already earmarked a number of existing opportunities and, in keeping with the City of Cape Town’s spatial development framework, will be transforming them to create “new-style”, upmarket accommodation and potential commercial spaces that are relatively affordable. We work with what’s already on these sites, whether it’s an existing home or apartment block, we convert them, and build on and upgrade them to create something new. All of this is done as joint ventures with the land or property owners as well as within the guidelines of the municipality.’

DESIGN profIlE Opening page, top Horizons in Vredehoek is the first Signatura project to be developed. Bottom left Property mogul John Rabie. This spread, from far left A home in Westlake in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs; Horizons, interior view; Mercedes-Benz Century City; Royal Ascot, Milnerton; Dune Ridge Estate in Big Bay on the West Coast.

John amicably disagrees with my observation that it sounds a little like a mid-life crisis. He prefers ‘midlife love project’. John is hands-on, and he makes all the executive decisions with regard to Signatura. These include all the design features, from choice of architects to paint colours for the walls to the look and feel of the interiors and the landscaping – what John calls the ‘triangle of excellence’. He explains, ‘People looking to buy property in these areas are fussy and will only part with their money if something is completely to their liking. The pre-sale concept has been dominating the market for a long time now, but the kind of consumers that we’re targeting not only want to see completed projects, but excellence too. All aspects of design, from

architecture to interiors and landscaping, have to be expertly thought out and top-notch.’ Over the years, John has developed an expert’s eye for this ‘triangle of excellence’ and calls many of the professionals who can deliver it his friends. The properties in his Signatura portfolio will all be completed before being put on the market, enabling property owners to see and experience this excellence, as opposed to being shown marketing material of what a project should look like. Coinciding with the launch of Signatura in July was its first project, Horizons, in Vredehoek. There used to be a double-storey house dating back to the 1940s on the Horizons site. What stands there today are four two-bedroom apartments and a three-

bedroom penthouse, all with terraces, landscaped indigenous gardens and secure off-street parking. Priced from R1,65 million to R3,95  million, each apartment has panoramic views of the City Bowl and Table Mountain and has been put together by a team of well-known local professionals, including Juan Bernicchi Architects (architectural design), Anthony Wain of Planning Partners (landscaping) and Francois du Plessis (interiors). Forthcoming Signatura projects include two more developments in Vredehoek as well as developments in the City Bowl and on the Atlantic Seaboard. If John’s track record is anything to go by, it looks like Cape Town’ property market just got a new lease of life. +27 (0)83 270 2434, | 33


BeTTy’S BeauTy ‘Understated’ never looked so good Words Tammy Sutherns Photographs Fiona Barclay Smith


ositioned perfectly against the backdrop of the mountains and ocean, Rick Brown’s latest architectural masterpiece is as simple as it is exquisite. Subtle and sweet, this Betty’s Bay home blends into nature as if it were meant to be there all along. The landscape was a significant feature for Rick, from Rick Brown & Associates, Architects, to consider when he designed this family home. He says, ‘The overall concept had to deal with the natural beauty of the outside, provide protection from the elements and, most of all, integrate the final built structure with the fynbos landscape.’ Described as ‘neutral-contemporary’, the design is open, spacious and functional, does not disturb the sight line towards the dunes and blends in with the milkwood trees and fynbos scrub. The building has a beach cabin feel, enhanced by a washed timber deck with ice-blue plunge pool and neutral-coloured outdoor furniture. Deep overhangs provide shade and protect the building from the wind.

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Hu-Art Cape Province was the main building contractor for the house. Subcontractors were responsible for the decking and woodwork. Hu-Art Director Ian Human says, ‘We began right from the start, with site establishment, foundations and buildup of the house.We did the intricate rafter installations and put the roof on. We did the finishes, cleaned the house and had a lot of fun commissioning the pool.’ A built-in braai area adds to the casual feel of the outdoor area, while the warm glow from the indoor lighting shining through the glass sliding doors acts as a homing beacon in the landscape. The home’s interior design, by Kate Moffatt Interiors, is modern and understated, complementing the architecture. White features strongly throughout the house while wood adds warmth. Rick says, ‘It was important to provide a safe, secure environment where the adults were never too far from the children but still had a fair amount of privacy, both in sleeping arrangements and play/adult living areas. An open-plan layout suited the beach/

holiday environment, with easy access to outdoor living spaces and the pool.’ The kitchen, with its long wooden countertop and white bar stools, flows to the dining room, which in turn leads onto a living area with cosy fireplace. This whole area is easily accessible from the outside deck, which is separated from the living areas by an array of doors that open up to create a completely fluid space and ensure that the remarkable scenery is visible from any point indoors. White wooden rafters maintain the coastal ambience, and in the living area, decor in reds, blues oranges and browns and a quirky, colourful painting brighten up this no-frills beach home. One of Rick’s favourite design elements is the horizontal slot window that he introduced at the apex of the roof and the wall, as it not only admits natural light, but also ‘floats’ the roof from the structure below. ‘Another of my favourite features is the linear feel of the kitchen counter, which is parallel to the sea shore,’ he says. ‘It leads into the living space and has a sense


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Large glass windows and doors ensure that the outside views are never lost, and one of the bathrooms has glass walls and a white bathtub set against the natural background of Betty’s Bay. The children’s room, furnished with neat and trendy bunk beds, incorporates yellows, greens and polka dots for a splash of fun. This Betty’s Bay marvel is a tribute to Rick Brown & Associates, Architects’, ability to create a home of subtle perfection, where big is not always better.

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reative people are known for taking few resources and maximising them, something that businesses and their employees would do well to learn from,’ says Farzanah Badsha, the newly appointed programme manager of Creative Cape Town (CTT). This kind of non-traditional thinking is one of Farzanah’s most intriguing qualities. Here is a lady with exceptional ideas, all underpinned by a positivity that’s bound to put you in a good mood. Her articulation of and confidence in these ideas would make anyone, no matter their background, think, ‘Wow, that’s cool!’ She is a Capetonian who’s young enough to recognise that, with the right regulations in place, skateboarding can provide an eco-friendly alternative to driving, yet wise enough to have a deep sensitivity towards the city’s historical legacies and ongoing social problems. Describing herself as a lover of art in all its forms, Farzanah was primed for her current role through a degree in visual history with a focus on photography, and by being part of the curatorial team that brought 2010’s Spier Contemporary biennale exhibition to City Hall. She says, ‘Over the years, I’ve developed

a strong belief in the greatness of this city and that through public space, art and culture it can really work for everyone who lives in it. Because of my background in history I understand historical trajectories, and how they are reflected in a contemporary city, through culture, really interests me.’ CCT was founded in 2006 as a subsidiary of the Cape Town Partnership (CTP), a public-private partnership which aims to uplift and transform the central city. CTP has always been concerned about the overall well-being of the City of Cape Town. Farzanah explains, ‘The creative industries have been identified as a way to boost economic development and Creative Cape Town provides a platform for this. We want to expose and bring awareness to the exciting initiatives that creative people are undertaking in the city.’ One of CCT’s means of achieving this is based on the concept du jour: information sharing. CCT has people who are dedicated to Twitter feeds, Facebook updates and regular newsletter publishing. When describing the other concept inherent to the success of the organisation, collaboration, Farzanah’s eyes twinkle: ‘We’re a node of info gathering and I

spend much of my time listening to individuals and groups pitching their projects and ideas. This is great because I find out about so many interesting things and am able to link the right people together to make these projects happen. Enabling collaboration and making connections between people in the creative sector and those in, say, the financial one or even government, makes creativity sustainable. Every creative needs a financial advisor, web developer or accountant, no matter how small their business is.’ After taking up her current role at the end of July (the other project she’s spearheading is the ongoing series of mainly musical events, City Hall Sessions), Farzanah put a lot of her energy into the annual Creative Week Cape Town (CWCT), which took place at the end of September this year. CWCT is where creativity as a means to transform public space in the city is greatly realised, and this year it worked through an online ‘crowd-sourced calendar’ on the CWCT website, where individuals or organisations could upload an event or initiative that they had already conceptualised and funded. CCT then promoted these to its immense database. | 39

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Gogwana performs at a City Hall Session.

CCT is also playing a major role in supporting Cape Town as the World Design Capital for 2014 (WDC 2014). CTP has been mandated to set up the infrastructure for the organisation of the projects of the WDC 2014, by managing the selection of board members and a CEO who will manage the official programme. CCT will be supporting the work of the WDC 2014 board with grassroots initiatives aimed at showing what Cape Town and its people can do. They’re already on the go with events that Farzanah calls ‘design storming’, which she describes as forums to connect members of the public from certain communities with designers to solve inherent community problems. For Farzanah, the importance of design storming lies in bringing design to the people as a viable means to solve a service delivery problem. ‘Both designers and individuals from communities such as Khayelitsha are benefitting from this process. People in such communities don’t usually have access to design and the solutions it can provide; likewise, designers don’t often get to understand the issues that people from such communities are dealing with,’ she says. Farzanah believes that these design storming forums were key to Cape Town’s successful WDC 2014 bid. ‘Our bid provided something that other cities haven’t done yet – reconceptualising design so that it becomes about a city’s people, not its beautiful products.’ For many South Africans putting the words ‘design’ and ‘social upliftment’ together in the same sentence seemed almost illogical. But with 2014 looming and with organisations such as CTT being helmed by people such as Farzanah, who are facilitating a new way of thinking about creativity, we’re starting to get the idea. Farzanah says, ‘I hope design becomes more democratic and accessible and that people start to see that it can improve the way they live. Most of all, I hope that the legacy of WDC 2014 is one of Capetonians, – no matter their socioeconomic situations – demanding well-designed things that will address their day-to-day needs.’ +27 (0)21 419 1881, | 41



outlook Al fresco Ă la mode Photographs Tim Lake Location Aubergine restaurant

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Paolo Carlone Marketing Director

Hylton Arelisky Director

Brett Chilcott Owner

What aspects of outdoor living do you specialise in? We specialise in supplying tiles suitable for internal/external applications for both residential and commercial use. The major trends in outdoor living this season? The extensive range of large-format Italian porcelain tiles suitable for external use that simulate the vibrant natural colours and textures of real stone, without the concern of sealing, maintenance and colour fading. One or two of your must-have products? The Walks series from Floor Gres of Italy is an outstanding range of outdoor porcelain tiles. The range offers both internal and external finishes in the same colours. The Walks series simulates natural quartzite in a variety of large formats. As many of our clients have commented, ‘Is this not real quartzite?’ Projects that truly showcase your expertise? We supplied the floor tiles – a superb Italian porcelain tile, the Floor Gres Geotech Series, in 400 x 800 format – for the new V & A Waterfront food court extension. The tile is maintenance free and hardwearing, making it well suited to commercial applications. Your favourite outdoor items? My favourite outdoor items are our woodburning pizza ovens from Piazzetta of Italy – great for entertaining this summer!

What aspects of outdoor living do you specialise in? We specialise in what we are good at, and that is, supplying quality outdoor furniture to both the residential and contract markets in the most amazing, trendsetting designs available, which we source from various countries around the world. It is not ethical to divulge who our private clients are. But from a hospitality perspective, you will find our furniture in some of the most sought-after and discerning hotels in South Africa, Africa, Mauritius and the Maldives. The major trends in outdoor living this season? Furniture, like fashion, tends to change from season to season. But there are still the favourites, which become timeless functional pieces. In other words, your must-haves would include your modular pieces, which can be moved around to create a different look and feel for an area. One or two of your musthave products? There is so much to choose from. The Orbit by Dedon has always been a firm favourite, and now it is available in an even bigger size. Our two new pieces, the City Camp daybed and swing, are definite musts for those long, lazy summer days. Projects that truly showcase your expertise? We have been busy with a number of exciting developments in Mauritius and Dubai. One can see our range at Eden Island, Seychelles, as well.

Which aspects of outdoor living does you specialise in? We specialise in the design and implementation of highend residential and commercial property. Working closely with private clients in and around Cape Town, as well as various architects, we can provide our clients with a customised outdoor lifestyle solution. What are the major trends in outdoor living this season? Roof gardens – as the space for gardens reduces with our ever-expanding urban environment, we need to look to the many benefits, not only aesthetic, that roof gardens can provide. Eco pools, naturally filtered and chemical-free swimming pools. Food forests – a long-term, layered approach to creating a sustainable and edible garden. Tell us about one or two of your products that are must-haves this season. We believe that all outside spaces have a personality that needs to be matched with the lifestyle and character of the owner. We design environments that grow and develop with our clients to be relevant over an extended period of time. Tell us about a recent project. We have won various awards from SALI, the most recent for Specialised Landscape Construction with In House Design – pictures can be viewed on our website. And what is your favourite outdoor item? An awesome climbing tree.

sW COnTRACTs Sean Williams Owner What aspects of outdoor living does your business specialise in? We specialise mainly in moulded polypropylene chairs, bar stools and tables for outdoor use. We have a stunning new outdoor supplier, Europlast, with funky retro products for all applications. All our suppliers are Italian and exclusive to SW Contracts. Our most recent clients are Alexander Forbes, Anglo American, Sanral, FNB and Multichoice. We also do Col’Cacchio Pizzeria’s restaurants and Food Lover’s Market. Our biggest retail client is Famous Brands (Wimpy, Debonairs and Tashas). The major trends in outdoor living this season? Items that are functional yet affordable, which light up, are trendy and can be used outdoors. Fastmoving colours are dove grey and beige, as they hide dirt better than white does, but white is still the bestseller. We do very well with our Ola armchair (R500, excluding VAT) – it’s very durable and comfortable. Projects that truly showcases your expertise? On the corporate side, Anglo American – the staff love the new canteen and say how comfortable the chairs are, which is always lovely to hear. Even the main guy at Anglo is chuffed. On the retail side, Food Lover’s Market was the first to by our Moema wooden leg chair, which launched in Milan in April. And we do the chairs and tables for all Tashas stores.

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a hidden gem in the heart of the old town In the heart of Cape Town lies a place like no other, a place where history, geology, age-old crafts and modern trends combine amid the dazzle of diamonds and other precious gems … Photographs Tim Atkins Photography


n 1752 Cape Colony Governor Ryk Tulbagh granted Erf No. 6 on the corner of what was to become Hout and Loop streets in the CBD to Hendrik Britz, who built an Early Cape-style home there. In the 1790s Nicholas von Wielligh became the new owner and transformed the building into one of unrivalled elegance and grandeur. From 1815 to possibly 1880, the building was owned by a string of wine merchants exporting wine from the FranschhoekValley. Due to its association with the French Huguenots, the name ‘Huguenot House’ came to be, and the property became the most important distribution centre of Cape wines after Groot Constantia. Today the property is the headquarters of Prins & Prins Diamonds, its proud owners since 1993.Visitors are invited to a unique experience, to marvel at the skill of master diamond cutters transforming unassuming

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rough diamonds into sparkling gems and to witness how unwrought gold is alloyed and crafted into magnificent jewels by a team of master craftsmen. Learn from the experts about diamonds, tanzanite and gemstones and browse through showrooms that display the most exquisite jewellery South Africa can offer. Truly, the A to Z of diamonds and jewels, are all under one roof in a spectacular, historic setting. A private courtyard shaded by an old vine grants visitors a welcome break from the bustle of the city. During the restoration, one of only three remaining original home water wells still in existence in Cape Town was discovered.Visitors to Huguenot House today drop a coin in it, and wish to return. Whether you want to learn more about diamonds and gems, upgrade your existing jewellery, clean or alter pieces from your collection or browse for the piece of

jewellery you always dreamed of, there is no question – Prins & Prins is the place to visit. In every industry there is one company that sets the standard. A visit to Prins & Prins, one of Cape Town’s best-kept secrets, will be your new benchmark. That is their promise to you. Prins & Prins diamonds are not just the hardest natural objects on earth, but sparkling wonders to warm the hearts of all women, and men. Created and collected by experts with passion, a Prins & Prins diamond is a true gem to be worn as a symbol of love and appreciation and to serve as a store of value, forever. Tours of the Prins & Prins workshop and diamondcutting facility are conducted free of charge and can be scheduled at your convenience. For bookings or to schedule a consultation, call +27 (0)21 422 1090 or email Web:


Gem of a buildinG in the early 1990s Huguenot House was restored under the guidance of internationally acclaimed architect, Gabriël fagan. beyond layers of blue and white oil paint, beautiful neoclassical wall paintings came to life. it is presumed that on a visit to the newly discovered Pompeii, the Von Wiellighs fell in love with the frescoes that survived there and decided to make their Cape home just as spectacular. They commissioned portrait-style murals depicting them as the Roman god of wine, Bacchus, the Roman goddess of the moon, Luna, and Ceres, the goddess of fertility. authentically restored, these 18th-century murals are on display in the voorkamer and agterkamer. Their portraits were superimposed on a background depicted as wood panelling in Pompeian Red. Most of the rooms were painted in hues of historic green. Beautiful dado rails with unusual flower motifs outline doors and window frames. Friezes above the original Burmese teak floors imitate green malachite, while throughout the house, the original yellowwood ceilings are still in place.

Gem of a business – PRins & PRins diamonds For more than 35 years, Prins & Prins has been acknowledged as the diamond professionals, and literally wrote the book! MD Dr Petré Prins is the author of Gems and Jewellery: The South African Handbook, which is widely used by jewellers and prescribed by universities. The business’s international reputation is built on trust and premium-quality workmanship at the right price. For fine jewellery, its credo says it all: ‘A Passion for Perfection.’ Prins & Prins offers a vast collection of fine jewellery, loose diamonds and gems to select from, with four internationally qualified and accredited gemmologists to assist you in choosing your perfect piece of jewellery.

CRAFTing WiTh PAssion Prins & Prins prides itself on offering a complete experience, from choosing your unset diamond or gemstone to custom design, and finally, custom manufacture, all under one roof. Whatever you want to know about diamonds, coloured gems and precious metals will be explained to you in the comfort of Prins & Prins’s spacious showroom or private offices in a personalised consultation. aurum art, the in-house goldsmith atelier, still practises the ancient art of forging by hand precious metals into exquisite jewels. it is one of the few remaining workshops that still do oneoff pieces and that have resisted the lure of mass production and cheap imports from the east. aurum art’s designers are on standby to create bespoke pieces to best suit your lifestyle as well as your budget, with the goldsmiths producing the pieces at factory prices. over the years, Prins & Prins has received numerous awards from de beers for excellence in jewellery design, a further testament to what you can expect from one of Cape Town’s oldest family jewellers. Prins & Prins’s diamonds and gems are accompanied by independent laboratory certificates and conflict-free guarantees, providing peace of mind to the purchaser. | 45



A few jaw-dropping buildings that are changing our cityscapes have popped up on our radar.We explore some of SA’s iconic new buildings Words Genevieve Fisher


hen it comes to awe-inspiring feats of architecture, South Africa can compete with the best of them, and our growing social environmental awareness is inspiring architects to ensure that each iconic new building is worth its weight in reduced carbon emissions. We present you with six building that we believe are redefining the way South Africans think about their cities.

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Alexander Forbes Building A GBCSA Four-Star Green Star building that employees never want to leave When we came across the new Alexander Forbes building in Sandton, our eyes nearly popped out of our heads. Built on a R1-billion budget, this building looks like some sort of other-worldly fort. The state-of-the-art GBCSA Four-Star Green Star building was built by Paragon Architects on behalf of Zenprop Holdings. Housing 2 500 employees, it is by any standard a dream office environment to work in.

Facilities include a crèche, gym, six parking levels, prayer rooms, a beauty parlour, a health studio with physiotherapist in attendance, a 200-seat auditorium, meeting rooms featuring high-tech AV equipment, staff training rooms, fully integrated caterer’s kitchen and canteen, as well as a coffee shop, bar, and wine cellar. Design-wise, capturing natural light was important, hence the two atria, and the imposing scalloped elements of the north-west orientation capture northern and southern light while protecting


Protea Court, Sandton City

Alexander Forbes Building, Sandton

employees from the harsh light coming from the east and west. +27 (0)11 482 3781, GAUTENG Protea Court, Sandton City Our national flower interpreted as a grand, domed roof When the big reveal of Sandton City’s extension, Protea Court, took place in November 2011, Johannesburg’s reputation as a world-class shopping hotspot was confirmed. Managed by Liberty Properties, which also

Soweto Theatre

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architecture manages the rest of the Sandton City complex, Protea Court is not only home to 70 retailers – many of them world-renowned brands – but is pretty, majestic and intelligent too – pretty, because its crowning glory, the dome, takes inspiration from our national flower, the protea; majestic, because the dome, a steel structure that’s 42m in diameter and 24m high, is a landmark feature on Sandton’s skyline; and intelligent, because the dome is an African first – an innovative application of the eco-friendly, 100%-recyclable transparent material called Texlon, which is tipped as the building material with the second-lowest energy coefficient in the world. The Texlon clads the dome, offering full protection from the elements while welcoming in natural light from the sun by day and the moon by night. It’s impressively lightweight too. +27 (0)11 408 5111, Soweto Theatre Contextually sensitive and visually arresting The newly built Soweto Theatre in the Jabulani CBD precinct, Soweto, is fast becoming a talking point in SA’s design circles. Executed by the architectural firm, Afritects, this theatre complex is a wonderful example not only of how architecture and design can respond to the needs of a community, but also how this can be done in a conceptual and artistic way, all the while remaining sensitive to the history of the area and the legacy of  theatre. The main incentive behind the project was the delivery of an appropriate, versatile venue for the sharing and improvement of arts and culture in the area, in line with the Jabulani Precinct Plan, to redevelop the area as a high-density, mixed-use, vibrant neighbourhood. The starting point for the design was the notion of the ‘black box’, a term used to define a theatre as something that is cut off from the outside world, a sealed box that holds an audience and performers. Under apartheid, the performance spaces in Soweto were makeshift, temporary venues with an accessible,

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unintimidating ambience, and so the notion of a ‘black box’ did not apply. Afritects has fused the ‘black box’ concept with the casual, communal feeling of the Soweto Theatre’s predecessors, keeping it as an inviting space for lighthearted entertainment. The new theatre is bright, bold, interesting and eye-catching. There are three venues within the complex, seating 430, 180 and 90 patrons respectively. Each performance space takes the form of a block with rounded corners and is clad in shimmering red, blue and yellow ceramic tiles, respectively, so they

Urban-Hub, Cape Town

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are immediately distinguishable from each other from the outside, while the traditional notion of a ‘black box’ remains intact within each block. +27 (0)21 438 2300, Tshwane University of Technology Architecture Building A building that teaches its students As a building that facilitates higher education, every part of the Tshwane University of Technology’s new Department of Architecture building aims to educate

Unilever Indonsa Plant, exterior, KwaZulu-Natal


Tshwane University of Technology Architecture Building

the students who occupy it in all green-building matters. The brief executed by Crafford & Crafford Architects entailed a building that is as environmentally sustainable as possible, functions even when the electricity goes downs, is light, airy and comfortable in hot or cold weather, utilises solar power as far as possible, does not make use of air conditioners, and enables students to explore its functionality and learn from it. With theory comes hands-on experience, and this building, comprised of two wings and a central core housing a studio space, an office and an auditorium, allows for this. By occupying the building, students can see how sun angles work and learn how to manage ventilation, utilise solar heated water for space heating, and how the building services work. Niel Crafford, founder and director of Crafford & Crafford Architects, explains, ‘The building allows students to experience the systems built into it

Unilever Indonsa Plant, interior, KwaZulu-Natal

directly. They can see how electricity is reticulated, how water for firefighting is boosted and circulated, how a lift works … In fact, they have to assist some of the systems to work; for example, there will be times when they need to “flush” the auditorium with large volumes of fresh air, which can be done by opening huge louvres on the southern side.’ The end result is that this building is a living, breathing, experiential example of sustainable design, something Niel believes is fundamental to the discipline of architecture. +27 (0)12 362 3992, CAPE TOWN Urban-Hub, Cape Town Respecting what has gone before while impressing with the new We love old/new hybrids, especially commercial buildings. Property investment company, Urban Lime, has converted five old adjoining buildings – some

of them dating as far back as the 1800s – to prime commercial office space in what was essentially a restoration project in Cape Town’s oldest suburb, Bo- Kaap. InHouse Brand Architects was responsible for the conversion and was sensitive to the original structures, uncovering hidden design treasures every step of the way while adding some contemporary sparkle to the interior architecture and finishes. Future plans for Urban-Hub include a restaurant, a rooftop garden and retail stores, all perched above Cape Town’s city centre and enjoying panoramic views of Table Mountain. +27 (0)82 836 9333, KWAZULU-NATAL Unilever Indonsa Plant A green industrial park with a focus on saving water Looking at the pictures of Unilever’s Indonsa Plant is enough to convince anyone of its iconic status, especially considering that it’s a production facility comprising a dry-food plant and an office building. Unilever Chief Supply Chain Officer, Pier-Luigi Sigismondi, describes the building as ‘industrial art’, and Durban-based Elphick Proome Architects is behind it. The designers took the metaphor of a production conveyor belt as their inspiration, and the result is an aluminium sheeting edged with glass-reinforced plastic fasciae that flow over the roof and down the sides of the building, resembling the movement of a conveyor belt. Curved concrete ‘shelves’ along the sides of the office building merge with polished concrete paths running around the front. The machine imagery is completed by the horizontal and vertical perforated aluminium solar louvres running along the sunny south-western side of the office and warehouse. Every effort has been made to design a plant that is as sustainable as possible, especially when it comes to water efficiency. The 22  000m2 rooftop is used to harvest rainwater, which is then stored in a 1 500 000L underground water recovery tank. Other water efficiency technologies have been employed too, such as biological and reverse osmosis treatments, which are used for recycling 70% of all water used in the production process as well as grey shower water back into drinking water. +27 (0)31 275 5800, | 49

Photograph Jules Morgan Photography

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT How some of SA's top architects are adapting to changes in their field and continuing to deliver on the truism that practice makes perfect

Julia Abell and Jed Kritzinger

KRITZINGER ARCHITECTS While there’s no denying the design pedigree of Kritzinger Architects, given their experience in the offices of talents such as internationally renowned starchitect Norman Foster and a broad range of work in southern Africa and the Indian Ocean, ranging from luxury homes to urban master plans, founders Jed Kritzinger and Julia Abell pride themselves on creating compelling buildings that add value by being innovative, functional and cost-effective. With no predetermined signature style, this innovative Cape Townbased office sees each project as an opportunity to work within the unique parameters of physical context, budget, client needs and environmental factors. The result is a portfolio of diverse, often fascinating, always thoughtprovoking buildings, spaces and places that impact positively on the built environment and the well-being of all those within it. Known for its hands-on approach and outstanding work ethic, Kritzinger Architects is one of the most sought-after practices in South Africa. It recently won the Best Single Residence in Africa Award at the 2012 International Property Awards, and it looks like its star will continue to shine.

Kritzinger Architects

Waterfall City, Midrand

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Westend Office Park

MWLF ARCHITECTS MWLF is a versatile and dynamic practice that takes pride in having successfully interpreted its clients’ requirements over the last 20 years, thereby generating repeat commissions and referrals. Each project, from concept to completion, and regardless of size, receives the personal attention of the director in charge and the dedicated team assigned to the client. MWLF has offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Through innovative design, MWLF has become a leader in the industry and remains ahead by anticipating trends through constant research and international exposure. Value-engineering in conjunction with the professional team ensures that all viable alternatives are examined in the interests of the client, the budget and the design.

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All of MWLF’s projects are completed within budget and on time through strict management and control procedures. Strong emphasis is placed on quality control, low maintenance, energy conservation, the ecology and environmental issues.

+27 (0)21 425 3940, +27 (0)11 346 9420,


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Photograph Anthony Allen

Arthur Quinton Darryl Croome Architects is an integrated practice that incorporates architecture and interior design. Arthur and Darryl’s combined experience is complemented by a specialised commercial, industrial, hotel and residential team of experienced and well-trained technicians led by senior project architects Cori Quinton Interiors forms part of the professional team, providing clients with a personalised interior design and full decorating service. Architectural excellence in design and execution together with a keen understanding of the commercial aspects of property development has placed Arthur Quinton Darryl Croome Architects in a unique position to provide a professional service to developers and private clients alike. Timeless simplicity, respect for green issues, elegance, and attention to detail in every aspect, including landscaping, is evident in the firm’s many published projects. Its residential buildings are landmarks in Cape Town and have been featured in House and Leisure, Habitat, SA Home Owner, Visi and The Property Magazine. The firm’s luxury homes have also been featured on the television magazine programme, Top Billing, and several of its houses have been used for international film shoots. Arthur Quinton Darryl Croome Architects has an active interest in Domus Architects, a black economic empowerment company that is well placed within the public sector and the affordable-housing market. Arthur Quinton Darryl Croome Architects has offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

40 Geneva Drive, Camps Bay

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The new R85-million, 4 000m2 Business Centre serviced office block at Bridgeways Precinct, Century City

ViViD ArChiteCts Vivid Architects was founded in 1998 by Paolo Viotti and Trevor Versfeld. Imraan Ho Yee joined the practice as a partner in 2000. The practice currently employs 30 people. Vivid Architects is an established, award-winning architectural practice that concentrates predominantly on medium-to-large-scale developments, both nationally and internationally. It has successfully completed a number of significant retail, hotel and leisure, commercial office, residential, and educational projects. Vivid Architects takes great pride in providing a holistic and comprehensive professional service, delivering appropriate and cost-effective architectural solutions within the strict parameters of the client brief, economic realities, programme and budget. The members believe strongly in the importance of following a team-based philosophy throughout the design and implementation process, and encourage close collaboration of all the disciplines involved. The practice focuses on encouraging transparent and open communication within the studio as a way of actively ensuring the successful transfer of a skills base that is constantly being researched and developed.

Vivid Architects adheres to a design philosophy that expresses in its architecture an appropriate response to site, context and first principles of passive design as well as appropriate technology and material specification. The result is an architecture that is timeless, elegant and well proportioned. Vivid Architects is constantly researching and reviewing developments in digital technology and software. The practice utilises a broad platform of software, including Google SketchUp, Autodesk Revit and Autodesk AutoCAD, in order to ensure that the design process is taken seamlessly from concept design to detailed production information. Vivid Architects is a 33,3% black-owned company and is committed to broad-based black economic empowerment.

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A home in Upper Ferwood Estate, Newlands

BOMAX ARchItects

FLAVIO tedeschI ARchItects

Bomax is a boutique design practice that provides sustainable solutions for contemporary architecture. The team like resolved simple planning with good circulation that follows through with hidden detail and balanced forms. Bomax’s designs are an expression of who their clients are and their buildings are therefore each unique in their style and feel. The practice sees a need to establish relationships with its clients in order to understand their needs and aspirations on a personal level so that it can express their personalities or corporate branding. Architecture is changing rapidly because of energy demand, budget constraints and new products. It has become an art to create and balance form in architecture against these increased constraints. Bomax is maintaining its design aesthetics and its feel for energy performance and forms in buildings by mastering the legislation and being aware of new materials and methods. Bomax takes on many different types of design challenges, and scale does not affect its level of design attention. Two of its current projects could not be more different, Valley Pre-Primary School in Hout Bay, and FNB’s headquarters in the Free State. They are both equally demanding in planning detail and energy-efficient design considerations but cater for completely different design briefs. To be energy compliant, sustainable and look good does cost a little more, so Bomax is designing a little bit smaller and a lot smarter, with more attention on spending money where you save money, while maintaining a great look and feel.

The driving force behind Flavio Tedeschi Architects is the practice’s desire to create sustainable buildings that match each client’s budget and brief. Its current projects include residential homes in Tamboerskloof, Constantia and Camps Bay as well as commercial projects. The house in Tamboerkloof is situated at the top of the suburb and has been designed as a series of levels centered around an open staircase. Long strips of high-level windows filter natural light throughout and enhance passive ventilation. Water-based under-floor heating, grey-water recycling, closed combustion fireplaces, panelling made from recycled wood, and breathable lime plasters, are some of the green elements that have been employed. The classical-contemporary home in Constantia (pictured) has been designed as a long, L-shaped plan that frames the stream and border of old trees so that all the rooms in the house have a direct connection to the garden. Classical features of the house are enhanced through symmetry, recurring elements, exposed roof beams and high, vertical openings. The house in Camps Bay has been transformed by a large entertainment deck that extends outwards from the home towards the ocean onto a rimflow pool. A pergola has been raised above the pool and deck to maximise views and create a place of relaxation. The objective is to create an atmosphere of Eastern luxury with a calm flow between inside and outside. Current commercial projects include the upgrading of Builders Warehouse stores and the rebranding of Nike factory shops.

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Dion Max Walters +27 (0)82 822 0833,,

stRuctuRALLy sOuNd AdVIce Sutherland points out structural engineering points to consider when purchasing a greenfield site. Often, many buyers of greenfield sites, or sites with existing buildings on them that they plan to extensively modify, neglect to thoroughly consider the structural engineering implications of their purchase. Structural engineering company, Sutherland, lists a few points for these buyers to consider:

sutheRLANd Sutherland is an energetic, fast-growing, multidisciplinary consulting engineering design practice that prides itself on rigorously optimising designs and constantly exceeding client expectations. Founded in 1991 in the Western Cape, the firm now offers the full multidisciplinary suite of structural, civil, mechanical (HVAC, wet services and fire) and electrical engineering design services. The practice is involved in a very wide range of high-profile projects across South Africa and Africa for national and international clients, covering the full spectrum of the commercial, retail, residential, leisure, sport and industrial property sectors. Experience in the structural/civil fields includes bulk earthworks, deep basements, including lateral support and piling design, high-rise reinforced concrete, industrial structural steel and the like. These projects often entail working on steep sites under challenging geotechnical conditions. Mechanical design services include air conditioning, mechanical ventilation, sprinkler and rational fire design, hot and cold water reticulation, and drainage design. Electrical design services include MV/LV electrical installation, generator and UPS power backup systems, lightning protection, security and access control, and building management systems. The professional and proactive coordination of the above engineering design services, both during design development as well as during the construction of typical projects, is one of the main advantage of combining these services under one roof. Sutherland is represented nationally – its head office is in Granger Bay, Cape Town, and it also has branch offices in Johannesburg and Durban.

+27 (0)21 425 0065, +27 (0)11 880 6831, +27 (0)31 265 4707,

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Choosing a reputable structural engineer and geotechnical engineering specialist to produce a report on the site is money well spent.

The steepness of the site can add as much as 10% to 15% to the overall building cost.

The positioning of a residential development above or below the access road on a typical mountainside site will determine its earthworks, retaining walls and other supporting structures.

In the same mountainside scenario, the car entrance and garaging design is mostly predetermined by the slope, particularly on the relatively smaller sites typical of the Atlantic Seaboard.

The proximity, foundation design, garden terrace levels and boundary walling of neighbouring buildings to the site and the design under consideration can all have a substantial impact on the structural design and, consequently, on construction costs.

To avoid nasty surprises, it is advisable to engage with an experienced structural engineer as early on as possible in a new project to assist the buyer (and the architect if already appointed) with site selection and early conceptual planning and feasibilities to fully optimise the site from the outset with respect to design functionality, cost and building practicalities.

+27 (0)21 425 0065, +27 (0)11 880 6831, +27 (0)31 265 4707,

architecture Main deck view of homes in the prestigious Nettleton Ridge estate, Clifton

Peerutin architects From office buildings to ultra-luxurious houses, Peerutin Architects brings a unique combination of design excellence, attention to detail and experienced management to every project. Developers and private clients can attest to the fact that the partners, Simmy and David Peerutin, are involved in every project until the end. Simmy handles the strategic, management and cost aspects, while David concentrates on design. They are superbly supported by a group of experienced associates, all of whom have been with the practice for 10 or more years. The practice was formed in 1998, after Simmy and David returned from London and New York, respectively. Overseas, Simmy gained experience in the management of large projects, such as the Westminster and Chelsea Hospital, a 600-bed hospital in central London, and David worked on international projects, most eminently, the vetting of all McKinsey office designs around the world. Using the latest CAD and 3D software, Peerutin Architects is able to involve clients at every level of the project, showing them as much detail as they wish. Because the designs are fully modelled, clients can explore the spaces they

will be inhabiting, long before construction commences. And, using the best CAD modelling software for the technical documentation means a significant reduction in coordination problems. Notable completed buildings include Wembley Square in Gardens, The Boulevard Office Park (four of the seven buildings) in Woodstock, Portside apartments in Green Point, the Queen Victoria Hotel at the V & A Waterfront, and Intaba and The Herschel in Claremont. Current projects include four houses in Nettleton Ridge estate on Nettleton Road in Clifton and the E–TV HQ building in Roeland Street in the CBD.

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Jenny works with numerous overseas and local clients and is currently busy with projects in Llandudno, Clifton, Bantry Bay, Fresnaye and Franschhoek. The confidence gained from the firm’s experience contributes significantly to its clients’ enjoyment of their investment and the lifestyle that is Cape Town. Jenny Mills Architects, an award-winning and published practice, integrates local information with international trend savvy to create exceptional, personal homes. Innovation, integrity and a down-to-earth, hands-on approach mean successful projects from conception to completion, making Jenny Mills Architects the choice of inspired local and international buyers. +27 (0)21 422 1331,, | 53


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Like the fishing village of Paternoster, Abalone House radiates soul and charm Words Tammy Sutherns

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Opening page The view from the upper deck of Abalone House, Paternoster. This page, clockwise from top Abalone House’s thatched roofs and whitewashed exterior walls match the traditional architectural vernacular of the fishing village; the fireplace in the lounge makes for cosy evenings; ‘Tea by the Sea’ is served in the pretty Orchid Room.


ou’d be forgiven for thinking you’d slipped into another time zone as, bleary-eyed from the two-hour drive from Cape Town, you blink at the whitewashed little cottages dotted along Paternoster’s beach. There’s not a shopping mall in sight, and next to no traffic – only clear skies, fishing boats resting on the beach and local children smiling gleefully at their handcrafted decorative hearts made from seashells and wire. To stay in Paternoster is to rejoice in the rustic. You can walk the streets in peace, from the quaint Jem & Pantoffels shop to the beautiful Stone Fish Art Gallery, passing by local fishermen selling sea-fresh,

juicy crayfish at street corners and exhorting you to buy a few to cook on the braai at home. Beach restaurants and pizzerias tempt with simple but tasty food.You can drag out a canoe out and brave the icy Atlantic waves or jog along the kilometres of beach and breathe in the salt air. But it’s still nice to return from all of this to your five-star lodgings at Abalone House. Seen from the outside, the hotel maintains the modest whitewashed look of the rest of the buildings in the village, but its interiors speak a far more comfortable and luxurious truth. With its crackling fire in the lounge and an entrance hall, bar and dining area that are rich in art,

colour and textures, Abalone House makes it difficult for you to decide if it’s preferable to be drinking in the magnificent views from the deck, or drinking a glass of sherry by the fire. Inspired by owners’ Johan Jansen van Vuuren and Stef Venter’s vibrant and indulgent taste, the furniture is warm, inviting and trendy. The bar and entrance hall lead out onto a fantastically lit courtyard with outside furniture, candles and two plunge pools. And just when you can’t imagine the views in Paternoster getting any better, the upstairs deck proves that they can indeed, thanks to cosy loungers, a Jacuzzi and deck chairs. | 55


Clockwise from top left Tretchikoff prints hang on the walls of the reception room and set the tone for the rich and vibrant decor theme that carries through to the rest of the hotel’s rooms; meals are taken amid the opulence of Saffron Restaurant; the fragrant courtyard with swimming pool and deck.

The bedrooms open either onto the upper deck or the courtyard below and provide guests with every comfort – under-floor heating, television, Wi-Fi, mini-bar, and a bed that is sure to hold you captive for a few hours longer in the morning. (The evening turn-down service and the chocolate next to your pillow are just Abalone House showing off!) But it’s the food that really puts Abalone House on the map. Saffron Restaurant’s Executive Chef Darren Stewart has compiled a menu laden with West Coast seafood and local delicacies while adding gourmet twists, such as beetroot soup with goat’s cheese ravioli

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and hake risotto with pickled carrot and the Saffron house salad. Guests may pair these dishes with a wine on Saffron’s Platinum-rated list, which includes wines from the West Coast and surrounds, South African MCCs, French champagnes and the world’s top six single-malt whiskeys. The Tea by the Sea proves how far Abalone House will go to spoil its guests. The tea is served daily in the Orchid Room conservatory overlooking the bay. Darren whips up his signature Gâteau St Honore, strawberry cream disks and savoury pancake roulades along with other snacks and a selection of fine teas.

The village friendliness that characterises Paternoster is apparent in Abalone House’s staff and adds to the homeliness of your stay. Paternoster is a place where you can imagine walking your dogs or letting your children ride their bikes down to the beach for the day. Perhaps you could use the retreat to hole up in winter and work on that novel you never got round to writing. Family time or soul time, this is the place to escape to, not only to rest, but also to get back to basics. +27 (0)86 722 7973,

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Belles of the Ball

Festive, elegant and entertaining, the Just Property Group Awards ceremony held in Port Elizabeth blew the Windy City away Words Tammy Sutherns Photographs Donna Watson


t was a grand evening at the Summerstrand Hotel as excitement around the Just Property Group Awards fuelled dancing, dining and daring. Smartly dressed, as if they were attending the Eastern Cape’s very own Cinderella ball, hosts and guests made it a night of luxury and laughter. Emceed by the funny, sharp and talented Sean Dercksen, the occasion eased into a comfortable flow as witty banter and giggles ensued. For the Just Property Group team, it was an evening of paying tribute to some of their best industry players. National Administrations Manager at Just Property Group Head Office, Wendy Allnatt, commented, ‘It’s an opportunity to highlight how we have increased our national and international footprint over the past year. New franchisees met their fellow franchisees operating in their region. It was a great opportunity for networking. These awards instil a good work ethic in our franchisees and agents, as they all want to win first place at next year’s awards evenings.’ The Just Property Group, which is comprised of Just Letting, Just Residential and Just Commercial, has implemented the Mastery Programme, which

acknowledges the Just Property Group’s agents as industry leaders. There are three catagories in the Mastery Programme: Silver, Gold and Platinum. This year, two agents were inducted into the elite Mastery Group Silver from the Eastern Cape region: Byron Etto from Just Letting Port Elizabeth and Ian Knott from Just Commercial Port Elizaberth. They were awarded with their own unique name badges and business cards. Wendy explained, ‘The Mastery Programme is based on how long you have been working for the Just Property Group, what qualifications you have, the number of deals you have concluded as well as the gross commission you have earned for your franchise. These targets are increased as you move up from Silver to Gold to Platinum.’ Wendy also pointed out that the Mastery Programme is the favourite Just Property Group Awards category, as all agents aspire to belong to this elite group. The Just Property Group Awards evenings are an opportunity to recognise the achievements of the group’s various franchisees and agents. Categories include Agent Awards and Franchise Awards.

After the awards were concluded, guests tucked into a starter of butternut soup with coconut cream before moving on to a buffet that included tender roast leg of Karoo lamb, fruit chilli chicken portions, savoury rice, roast vegetables, cinnamon-baked pumpkin and roast potatoes. The melt-in-your mouth strawberry cheesecake pudding was a hit.When bellies were full the atmosphere became even more festive as Acoustic Junxion provided the perfect tunes to inspire the more courageous guests in their beautiful gowns and dashing suits to take to the dance floor in a venue decorated to perfection by Party Design. When the clock struck midnight the carriage did not turn into a pumpkin, but the property moguls – all of them satisfied and some triumphant – retired for the evening. Just Property Group Head Office +27 (0)31 765 6609, Summerstrand Hotel +27 (0)41 583 3131, | 57

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Prop Data National Sponsor – Scott Allnatt Prop Data has been instrumental in growing the Just Property Group’s online presence via Just Property Group’s website as well as on Facebook and, just recently, on Twitter. As a web design company and ISP, Prop Data is a one-stop shop for all of Just Property Group’s Internet and online requirements. +27 (0)31 266 0035,

DTS Attorneys Regional Sponsor – Andri du Toit and Riaan du Toit DTS Attorneys is a young, dynamic and service-focused law firm. Established in November 2006, it is based in Port Elizabeth. DTS Attorneys values its reputation as a legal firm of integrity and excellence. Its focus is on commercial law, conveyancing, and property matters and associated legal services. +27 (0)41 374 0852, The Just Property Group would like to thank its sponsors, without whom these awards evenings would not have been made a reality.

1 Andrea and Paul Stevens, Mark and Meryl Connett 2Rian and Andri du Toit 3Byron Etto 4Paul Stevens 5John Roberts, Andri and Rian du Toit, Paul Stevens 6Mark Connett, John Roberts, Paul Stevens 7Michelle Goosen, Matt Prinsloo 8 Byron Etto 9Sean Dercksen 10Front: Paul Stevens, Tony Rabbolini, Kotie van der Merwe, Andrea Stevens, Ian Knott, Byron Etto, Tjitske Tissink, John Roberts. Back: John Canter, Duann Marais, Richard Swanson, Mark Connett 11Jean Botha, Lyndene Light 12Peter and Nicci Bond, Ian Knott 13Leanne van der Merwe, Anne Pike, Jessica Ferreira, Gerrie Els 14Yvette Greyling, Kate and Peter Bester 15Maxine and John Canter, Edlin Larkin, Sue Wells 16Ronald Stevens, Jason Boyce, Chantel and Darryl Volker 17Shaun and Charne Knoetze, Rita Claassen, Tjitske Tissink 18Kotie van der Merwe, Francois and Yvette Greyling 19Mcebisi Krwaxa, Cindy Sikaka, Anelisa Ntlanganiso, Nomfuneko Sikaka 20Paul and Andrea Stevens, Tjitske Tissink, Jean Botha, Tony Rabbolini, Rita Claassen.

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African Fusion Partnership was top of the menu when Cape Town’s property gurus gathered at the beautiful Cape Grace Hotel for the latest Property Dinner Words Sam Gates Photographs Tim Lake


s the sun set on a glorious day, Private Property founder and CEO, Justin Clarke, welcomed Western Cape real estate industry leaders to the Cape Grace’s Bascule Bar for a very special evening. With a little help from some excellent Bisquit Cognac cocktails, the conversation started buzzing, and as the party moved through to the elegant Signal Restaurant, Justin explained how Private Property was born after a ‘eureka’ moment when the industry was battling against high interest rates: ‘I knew there just had to be an easier way of marketing and selling real estate.’ Fast-forward to 2012, and things have changed beyond recognition, with Private Property now offering a full classified advertising marketplace for buyers and sellers. ‘After listening to the industry we discovered they had a huge need to list all properties, so we’ve turned our pricing model inside out to accommodate that,’ said Justin. Good news for everyone present. But the big news of the evening was technology and the impending launch of Fusion,

Private Propertys’ market-leading real estate software. Leapfrog CEO and Property Association Head, Jan le Roux, explained how this listing tool would help agents run their offices and enable them to immediately upload pictures after a viewing, via iPad. Exciting stuff. And as Executive Chef Malika van Reenen’s superb menu of locally inspired dishes fused with French, Dutch and Asian flavours, arrived, perfectly matched with delicious local wines from Paarl estate, Avondale, old friends and new contacts got to chatting. Toni Enderli, Caron Leslie and Bruce Swain were impressed by Private Property’s ability to tailor products to its clients’ needs.‘They identified what the consumer wanted and kept it simple, using technology to empower agents,’ Toni said. Everyone agreed with Caron’s opinion that, while clients still expect agencies to cover the whole spectrum of marketing, the web is of paramount importance. Bruce added that 60% of buyers initiate their property searches online. It wasn’t all about work, though: there was much admiration (and a touch of the shivers) for Toni’s Robben Island Freedom Swims to raise money for charity.

Private Property Regional Sales Manager, Gus Theron, was delighted by the support he’s received, particularly from CEOs. ‘The Western Cape was the last region to come on board, but we’ve shown 30% growth in the last year,’ he said. Some of those early adopters are Benhard Wiese from CCH Properties, Rowan Alexander from Rawson Properties, and Anne Porter, who cited quality lead-generation, excellent Google ranking and  the user-friendly, intuitive nature of the site. RealNet’s Melinda Greeff added, ‘Our coastal areas’ sales in particular are thriving.’ Everyone agreed that working closely with portal partners was essential. Industry veteran, Bill Rawson, explained, ‘Our whole industry is changing because of technology, and it’s getting more and more sophisticated.’ Top of the technology wish list is improved bandwidth to speed up virtual tours, and smartphone and iPad apps. Justin assured everyone that Private Property was ready to lead that process: ‘We see our responsibility as steering the technology side of the industry and are completely committed to stretching the boundaries of what technology can do.’

Guest list Rowan Alexander Rawson Brackenfell (Roslyn), Jené Barnes Cape Grace, Mark Buttress Fusion, James Claassen Private Property, Justin Clarke Private Property (, Mark Coetzee Private Property, Rhys Dyer Ooba, Paul Enderli Realtors International, Toni Enderli Realtors International, Susan Erwee The Property Magazine, Sam Gates The Property Magazine, Melinda Greeff RealNet, Mike Greeff Greeff Properties, Michèle Jones The Property Magazine, Emma King The Jupiter Drawing Room, Jan le Roux Leapfrog, Caron Leslie Re/ Max Property Associates, Lanese Lubbe Cape Grace, Leigh McLean Durr Estates, Anne Porter Anne Porter Properties, Bill Rawson Rawson Property Group, Nicholas Rossato Private Property, Bruce Swain Leapfrog, André Swart Rawson Brackenfell (Roslyn), Gus Theron Private Property, Tanya Wheeler Realtors International, Benhard Wiese CCH. | 61

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And as a wonderful night of great food, wine and conversation drew to a close, everyone spilled out into the balmy Cape Town evening with their heads full of ideas and inspiration, an understanding of the challenges ahead and a willingness to harness opportunities by embracing change.

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Leigh McLean, Mark Buttress 2Nicholas Rossato 3André


Swart 4Justin Clarke 5Gus Theron 6Caron Lesie 7Bill Rawson Lanese Lubbe 9Mark Coetzee 10Benhard Wiese 11Anne


Porter 12Rhys Dyer, Tanya Wheeler 13Mike Greeff 14Bruce Swain 15Rowan Alexander 16Jan le Roux 17Mark Buttress Susan Erwee, Michèle Jones 19Bill Rawson, Paul Enderli


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seAside seclusion Ask any Capetonians where they’d like to live and most likely the exclusive suburb of Bantry Bay will be among their top two choices Words Genevieve Fisher


antry Bay is the one half of the jewel in

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It is also wind free, has great ocean views and is set against the

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Table Mountain Nature Reserve.’ Something else that makes

along Victoria Road is enough to convince

Ocean. Bantry Bay is also one of the few Cape Town suburbs

this suburb desirable is its proximity to Sea Point and Camps

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Bay, both of which have a host of restaurants, shops and good

any high-flyers from South Africa or abroad that this is where they should set up home or at least a holiday home.

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top Northerly view from the deck of The Bantry, an apartment block on the water’s edge in Bantry Bay. centre, left to right The swimming pool and deck, and a seafacing guest room at the Ambassador Hotel on Victoria Road.

A significAnt heritAge The original name given to Bantry Bay was Botany Bay, after a botanical garden supplying medicinal herbs that was planted in the area. During World War I the name was changed to Bantry Bay. The formation of Lion’s Head is the result of ancient volcanic activity, which was also responsible for the rock outcrop on nearby Queens Beach, estimated to be about 540 million years old. This was acknowledged by Charles Darwin, whose ship, the HMS Beagle, passed through Cape Town in 1844. A plaque on the seafront across from the Protea Hotel President commemorates this visit and the significant geological formations of the area, which provided evidence for much of Darwin’s work. | 67


Things To do … Bantry Bay is a peaceful, quiet suburb. Residents and visitors usually head to Sea Point or Camps Bay to do their shopping or eat out. There are, however, a couple of local spots for catching the famed Atlantic Seaboard sunsets over cocktails or a latte. Along Victoria Road there is Salt Café, which serves delicious treats, coffees or nibbles to go. Adjoining it is Salt Vodka Bar with its selection of 30 premium vodkas, which are used for making tantalising cocktails. ‘For those visiting Cape Town and staying in Bantry Bay, the tourist hotspots of the Table Mountain cable car, the V & A Waterfront and the famous Clifton beaches are all within close proximity,’ says Lance Cohen of Seeff. A stroll along the nearby Sea Point promenade is also a must – if you’re up to it, you can follow the route all the way round to the V & A. Green Point Urban Park is en route and can be accessed via the Mouille Point entryway. Lion’s Head serves as Bantry Bay’s backyard and moderate, pretty hiking trails are just a few steps away.

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What the agents say? We speak to the representatives of three estate agencies whose focus is the Atlantic Seaboard to find out more about property trends in the exclusive piece of residential heaven called Bantry Bay. Can you describe the types of home available in the area and tell us what potential property owners can expect in

above The chic interior of Salt Café and Vodka Bar at the Ambassador Hotel at dusk. Top right One of the mountain trails accessible from Bantry Bay. Bottom A bedroom in one of the homes along De Wet Road, high

terms of price range? Lance Cohen, Seeff: Homes in the area range from apartments to villas and prices range from R2 million for a studio apartment to homes currently being built at a cost in excess of R100 million.

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10 years? Gerlinde Moser, Re/Max Living: The area has developed into the most exclusive residential neighbourhood, with huge investments being made in large and sophisticated homes. There is still huge resistance against densification and many of the residents are actively objecting to double dwellings and/or the subdivision of existing erven – a result of the scarcity of land.

How do property prices compare with properties in other suburbs along the Atlantic Seaboard and the rest of Cape Town? Juliette Bryant, Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty: The prices in Bantry Bay are some of the highest in Cape Town. The prices here are comparable to those in areas such as Clifton, Fresnaye, Camps Bay and Bakoven. What’s the profile of a typical homeowner in Bantry Bay? Adrian Mauerberger and Rosa Karp, Seeff: Typically, they’re Capetonians who have resided in the area for years and who appreciate the value of the windfree aspect and the northerly views of the bay. Foreigners are drawn to the cosmopolitan lifestyle offered by Clifton and its beaches. | 69

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Slowly but SuRely Pretoria’s residential property market is showing signs of a slow recovery, says Pam Golding Properties Regional Executive Pretoria, Retha Schutte


aking economic and other prevailing fundamentals into account, I believe that the residential property market of Pretoria, Centurion and surrounds will remain relatively flat for the remainder of 2012 as compared with the growth levels of 2011, because the demand for upmarket homes is generally low. However, there are some areas of the market which are performing strongly. In February, the property research organisation, Lightstone, named Woodhill as the top golf estate in terms of value for 2011. One of the most upmarket golf estates in Pretoria, Woodhill’s annual property price appreciation was 34%. It is worth noting that this increase was for properties in the R2,4 million to R3,4-million bracket. Most of the properties sold overlook the greens or are situated around the golf course. Affordability was a major driver.The proximity to major routes and amenities, excellent security, the golf course, tennis and squash courts, the country club and the nearby Woodhill College also fuelled buyers’ interest levels. Woodhill is not the only golf estate that’s doing well. Security and golf estates throughout the Pretoria region are in demand, particularly as safety remains a major concern. I believe that estate properties will remain in demand well into the foreseeable future.

In recent months we have seen an increase in activity in areas such as Waterkloof Ridge, Waterkloof and Brooklyn. These areas are among the most exclusive residential suburbs in Pretoria and are home to embassy personnel, high-profile business executives and sports celebrities. A shortage of stock in the price band of R2,8 million to R4,5 million is being experienced in these areas and we view this as a most welcome development. However, it is too early to say with certainty whether this signals a turning market. Another positive development is the increase in the number of first-time homebuyers entering the Pretoria region as a direct result of the banks relaxing their lending criteria coupled with lower interest rates. The high demand for rental properties across the Pretoria region has been noted and is pushing up rental prices across the board. Consequently the buyto-let market is slowly but steadily coming back into its own as investors re-enter the market. Challenges are being experienced in the residential property market countrywide and the Pretoria and Centurion areas are no different. But just how does this affect buyers and sellers? In my view, approaches to today’s property market must be practical and level headed. Buyers and sellers should seek out sound advice that will enable them to make informed decisions based on comparative values, the

state of the market and future projections. There is always much debate around whether sellers should grant property agents sole mandates. Generally speaking, a sole mandate ensures a better marketing plan, a more concerted effort, wider media exposure and a much greater level of commitment from the agent. Competition is healthy, but it needs to be between interested buyers rather than between estate agents. Selling a property is a process, and price counselling from an experienced and responsible agent is vital. From the buyer’s perspective, it is imperative to explore the market thoroughly, set aside time to visit properties and glean as much marketrelated information as possible. A practical approach to buying and selling property is therefore essential. A word of caution in closing: when it comes to property, settle for nothing less than the best possible professional advice.

Retha Schutte, Pam Golding Properties Regional Executive Pretoria | 71

western cape Residential

A song for Rondebosch The six-storey, 40-unit development, River Song, has been launched by Rawson Developers, next door to the group’s River’s Edge development along the Liesbeek River. Architect Gordon Hart designed both developments. Rawson Developers Marketing Manager and Strategist, Trevor WestonGreen, says, ‘Because UCT is positioned in Rondebosch, there is incredible demand for accommodation in this area.’ River Song offers one- and twobedroom apartments sized from 43m2 to 93m2, with some of the units incorporating loft floors, small balconies or views of Devil’s Peak and Table Mountain. Prices start from R895 990. Handovers are expected to begin in June 2013. +27 (0)21 658 7100,

Live like a prince (or princess) Of the 400-plus members of Leading Hotels of the World, there are probably only about five which offer residences for sale, says Taj Cape Town General Manager, Michael Pownall. Taj Cape Town is located on the corner of Wale and Adderley streets in the city centre, close to St George’s Mall, art and craft markets, boutiques, museums, and landmarks, such as the Houses of Parliament. Residents of Taj Cape Town have access to a spa, gym, restaurants and business amenities, as well as a valet service. Those buying into Taj Cape Town may make use of the Urban Development Zone (UDZ) tax incentive and receive rebates of 40% to 50% off the purchase price. Ten residences of 80m2 to 136m2 remain for sale at Taj Cape Town, ranging from studio apartments to two-bedroom apartments and priced from R2,995 million to R7 million. +27 (0)21 819 2000,

Hooked on style The Avenue Retirement Hotel in Fish Hoek has been renovated by Harold Johnson, the owner of Zevenwacht Wine Estate, resulting in a luxurious and comfortable residence for retirees. The 44-unit, fully furnished hotel features a lounge, bar, sunroom, reading room, dining room and security, catering, and access to a weekly clinic. There are singlebedroom units and two-bedroom suites available on a life right basis. The units range from 17m2 to 73m2 in size and are priced from R270 000 to R640 000. The hotel will be managed by the Cape Peninsula Organisation for the Aged (CPOA), and the minimum age for residence at The Avenue is 55. +27 (0)21 673 4200,

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Words Tammy Sutherns

computer area. Services include full-time emergency response, 24- hour

Western Cape Commercial

A slice of Bree Cape Town’s central city is fast becoming a popular spot for office development and investment, and Bree Street in particular is reaping the benefits, thanks to the construction of the CBD’s tallest building, Portside, as well as the new offices of law firm Bowman Gilfillan, which have invested R1,6 billion and R360 million in the city, respectively. Rob Kane, chairman of the Central City Improvement District (CCID) says, ‘With major corporate construction developments, many of the area’s old buildings are being refurbished and we are seeing new food outlets opening in response to the uptick in development. These are all positive indicators of a healthy economy within the Cape Town Central City.’ Several fashion boutiques, decor houses and retail outlets have also opened shop on Bree Street. +27 (0)21 419 1881,

Central Park moves forward A 2 200m2 building consisting of 18 office suites in a sectional title block in Century City has been completed, marking the end of Phase 2 of the 18 000m2 Central Park low-rise office park development. The suites sold out off-plan, says Sedica Knight of Rabie Property Group, and range from about 60m2 to a little over 220m2. The purchasers were fairly evenly split between owneroccupiers and investors. Sedica says, ‘We have already found tenants for 2 out of 10 investor-purchasers, both for an initial period of five years, with a number of other negotiations well advanced.’ Both units let to date have achieved their asking gross rental of R135/m2, she adds. Project Manager Raynard Haupt says, ‘We are now ready to move on to the final phase and will shortly launch the first of five buildings, a 1 000m2 office block that, although ideally suited for a single user looking to create a strong corporate identity, can easily be subdivided.’ Central Park is built around a 4 500m2 village green at the heart of Century City. +27 (0)21 550 7000,

Muizenberg musings The R4-million upgrade of the Muizenberg Railway Station could contribute to the transformation of the False Bay suburb. Other improvements to the area include a new upmarket retail and restaurant complex by Faircape, the refurbishment of ground-floor flats in the Empire building and a network of pedestrian walkways connecting the beachfront to the Muizenberg village precinct. Rawson Properties agent, Derek Evans, says he would encourage those in the commercial sector to look to invest in the area, as many young professionals are buying there. +27 (0)21 658 7100, | 73

Seychelles Refreshment

and leisure

Seychelles welcomes yet another star-studded leisure destination, the Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel

1 1


oral Strand Smart Choice Hotel, situated on Beau Vallon Bay Beach on Mahé, Seychelles, has been revamped and now offers guests a combination of premium comfort, exclusivity and affordability. The U-shaped five-storey building has 165 wellequipped guest rooms, three restaurants, a bar lounge and conference facilities. Amenities include water sports, evening entertainment venues, a ballroom,

3 a car rental service, shopping, a library, a translation service and medical assistance. Guest rooms offer views of either the ocean or the gardens. There are 140 standard rooms, 21 deluxe rooms, and 4 premium ocean view Silhouette J suites. Dining options include the Island Trader Restaurant, Sea View Restaurant, gourmet Indian cuisine at Mahek Restaurant and take-aways from Ocean Deck by the pool and beach.

Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel on the island of Mahé. 2Mahek Indian restaurant.


Ocean Deck Pub, one of several entertainment options at the hotel.


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4 The hotel has a ‘Go Green’ policy and engages in energy- and water-saving practices as well as efficient waste management. Guest room access is operated by magnetic keys, energy-saving light bulbs are used and the water is heated by solar power. ‘If value matters for you, Coral Strand Smart Choice is the only hotel to get the maximum Seychelles experience in one place,’ say the marketers +248 429 1000, of the hotel.

Visit for further breathtaking getaways in Seychelles.

Words Candace King



Flying to new heights

Where do you draw your inspiration from? The natural beauty, colours and textures of Seychelles have been the strongest influences, inspiring palettes of pearl, coral and granite for the villas’ internal finishes. What design principle is the most important? The villas overlook four stunning islands, so the design needed to enhance and frame the spectacular views. What are the biggest challenges? Logistics and climate. Every item needs to arrive complete with fittings, as we can’t source products locally. More importantly, materials need to be able to cope with the demanding combination of high humidity and air conditioning. How is the essence of Seychelles represented in the interior design? All the artworks in our interior ranges are from a series of paintings created by 11 local artists, supporting the island’s long, creative traditions. How have the interiors developed? We’ve introduced new colours and suppliers, incorporating homeowners’ feedback. We’re also seeing a fusion of spaces, as people choose different schemes for each area of their homes. For example, a lot of family groups choose different ranges for kids’ or grandparents’ rooms. What’s your personal favourite? The plantation style, Eden Island’s most popular range. It’s inspired by the great American plantations and feels like a collection of grandma’s best-loved pieces, but with comfort and simplicity.

Several exciting developments have unfolded at Air Seychelles recently. The airline has welcomed its first much-anticipated Airbus A330-200, dubbed ‘Aldabra’ in honour of the remote Aldabra Island, a Unesco World Heritage Site in Seychelles. The A330’s new features include enhanced in-flight entertainment with personal on-demand systems, lie-flat seats, a new menu and, in business class, dine-on-demand personalised tray service. Air Seychelles has also announced that it will be doubling its Johannesburg services to four return flights a week from 1 December. The airline is getting a second A330-200 aircraft in January 2013. +248 439 1000,

Suite life In time for the 2012/2013 holiday season, Villas de Mer Hotel on the west coast of Praslin has introduced two newly constructed junior suites to complement its 10 eco-friendly mini suites, of which seven are situated in three of the villas while the rest are in plantation-style houses. The junior suites offer the same amenities as the other suites, as well as a sitting area and an extensive veranda overlooking the pool and garden. +248 423 3972, | 75

Eden Island interview Sam Gates

Eden Island in Seychelles has six stunning new villas, for which the interior designers have created decor schemes inspired by nature. They gave the following background.

Namibia Modern


Namibia is proving to be a boon for residential estate developers and this in turn is giving rise to new investment opportunities




he development of lifestyle estates in Namibia is

Properties franchise in Namibia, explains. ‘These estates

‘One such estate will boast an 18-hole golf course,

becoming increasingly popular as the real estate

offer larger erven in a secure setting with stunning vistas and

private school, private hospital and village with retail outlets

market modernises, supported by the country’s

free-roaming game, and all of this within 20 minutes’ drive

in a spectacular rural setting 20 minutes south of Windhoek,’

growing economy, its stable government and its

from the city. There is a limited supply of products within

says Paul. ‘The three major centres in Namibia, namely

these estates and the general high demand for property

Windhoek, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay are the hotspots in

creates excellent investment opportunities.’

the residential market, while resurgence in development in

developing infrastructure. ‘Namibia’s exceptional natural environment, beautiful landscape and mild climate, particularly in the Windhoek

Investment opportunities range from a plot-and-plan

area, create the perfect conditions for lifestyle estates,’ Paul

one-bedroom loft apartment on a golf estate for N$990 000

Otjiwarongo and Omaruru, is also attracting interest.’

Kruger, one of the new shareholders of the Pam Golding

(R990 000) to a 95ha farmland plot for N$10 million.

+264 61 302 817,

A home at Omeya Golf & Residential Oasis near Windhoek. 2The golf course at Omeya Golf & Residential Oasis. 3This Swakopmund home has sea views. 4A fourbedroom home in Windhoek.

some smaller towns with specific characters, such as Tsumeb,


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Visit for additional investment opportunities in Namibia.

Words Tammy Sutherns




Desert igloos UK-based companies Stonewood Design and Alison Brooks Architects are looking at innovative design solutions to make self-sufficient, self-sustaining building in the Namib Desert a reality. ‘We strongly believe that when financial resources are scarce, inhabitants and builders need to look to what surrounds them in terms of natural materials in order to build harmoniously with the environment,’ says Nicola du Pisanie of Stonewood Design. The result is a project that creates sandbag igloo structures for residents of the area. The geometrical design of the domes is made from sandbags and barbed wire and reinforced with plaster. Nicola says the igloos are not difficult to construct and merely require of a community to work together. The aim of the project is to find ways of helping the Topnaar communities of the Kuiseb River region as well as other SADC communities in a similar environment. A test build will take place before proposals and the development of other buildings begin. +44 124 978 2293,

Bird’s-eye view Namibia has bagged the Silver Pigeon Award for Best National Contribution at this year’s London Festival of Architecture. More than 30 countries competed. Namibia’s exhibition, divided into Definitions of Space, Desert Landscape, Babylon Katutura, Men are Working in Town, and Story Unbolted, featured a timeline collage of maps, historical images and drawings that were compared to modern aspects of Windhoek’s architecture. Curator Phillip Lühl says, ‘The significance of the award lies in the fact that this was one of the first times that Namibia featured as a country on the international architectural scene. It was very unexpected that we would win.’ Phillip says the exhibition was aimed at presenting the outcome of a range of processes and historical, economic, social and political forces that are shaping Namibia’s cities and its architecture. ‘The exhibition tried to situate the architectural production in the country’s socioeconomic context as well as the historical development of our cities.’ +44 161 957 7755,

A glimpse at the figures The northern property market in Namibia is seeing consistent trading activities: the April 2012 FNB House Price Index shows an increase of 7,7%; however, it is still a tough market to crack. Namene Kalili, manager for research and competitor intelligence at FNB Namibia, writes in the report that ‘more and more properties are selling below the asking price, especially those in the upper price segment, which according to estate agents are generally overpriced’. She adds that almost three quarters of these properties spent more than three months on the market and that even though overall volumes improved by 30% month on month, they still remained 13% lower year on year. The report reflects a supply and demand weakness in the coastal and northern markets. The house price index analyses developments in the national housing market according to bonds registered for natural persons at the Deeds Office. +264 61 299 2222, | 79





Owned and managed by Agra, Auas Valley is being transformed into a modern business and lifestyle destination


he Auas Valley Shopping Mall is a shopping destination off Windhoek’s congested city centre and is conveniently close to other popular retail developments. The owner, Agra, is investing in a modern upgrade and extension of the mall as well as an additional, brand-new, contemporary office and apartment complex. This new top-class commercial environment, scheduled

for completion at the end of 2014, will cover a total area of nearly 29 000m2. Agra is a major role player in the agriculture industry in Namibia and main business consists of 18 retail branches countrywide, a wholesale division, a specialised arms, ammunition, outdoor and camping outlets, livestock agency services, and a special division providing consulting and advisory services to farmers.

2 Auas Valley Shopping Centre is being converted to a contemporary mixed-use development in order to


maintain its competitive edge and also offer shoppers and tenants greater choice and convenience.

As Winhdoek’s retail sector has expanded substantially over the past few years, the strategic decision was taken to secure and to grow market share with a new contemporary development that offers more choice and excitement. This N$320-million (R230-million) development will offer nearly 22 000m2 of prime shopping area on two levels – double the existing retail space. The modern, brand-new office and apartment complex adjacent to the refurbished mall will offer another 8 000m2 over eight floors as well as an additional basement and two lobbies on the ground floor levels. An extended parking area will provide nearly 1 400 parking bays, ensuring swift and convenient access for shoppers, customers and tenants alike. New line shops will be added, which will seamlessly connect the shopping mall to the new office block. The office block offers a perfect investment and business opportunity for all kinds of enterprises and professional service providers, such as medical practitioners. Interested parties have the option to lease or to obtain ownership via sectional titles investment. The upgraded mall is destined to become Windhoek’s new business and shopping hub in a prime commercial area, offering comfortable access and great security. For more information and for leasing requests, contact Broll Namibia. +264 61 374 500,,

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Tel: +264 64 402349 Fax: +264 64 404014 PO Box 48 11 Daniel Tjongarero Street Swakopmund, Erongo, Namibia


N$ 3,400,000


soLe maNdate – a UNiQUe wiNNer 4 Bedrooms

3 Bathrooms

N$ 2,990,000

character aNd warmth

double garage

3 Bedrooms

Well-located, well-built, very spacious 4-bedroom plus study, double-storey family home. Established garden. Indoor BBQ. Close to the ocean.

2 Bathrooms

N$ 3,750,000


single garage

2 Bedrooms

Beach LiviNg at its Best 2 Bathrooms

N$ 2,780,000

the address is right! 5-car garage

3 Bedrooms

This is not your conventional house – this is a creative home set in a landscaped garden. Bring the family! BONUS: 2 Separate flats plus garaging for 5 cars.

aN der moLe ceNtraL

2 Bedrooms


2 Bathrooms

double garage

Let the warmth and atmosphere enhance your living space. Open-plan living areas. PLUS: Separate self-contained flatlet.

N$ 1,700,000

a two-Bedroom fLat oN the top fLoor

Whether you live here permanently or use this flat as a holiday destination, treat yourself! Enjoy sundowners on the balcony – on the doorstep of the waves.

1 Bathrooms

single garage

Close to the sea and in the middle of town. Spacious rooms with open-plan kitchen. Recently renovated and has a lift next door.

excLUsive soLe maNdate – NamiBia

offeriNg more thaN JUst a Bed aNd a meaL Located in a quiet street only minutes away from the business centre of Swakopmund, this well-established hotel provides a home-away-from-home for holidaymakers and business clientele. It consists of 22 rooms with 8 brand-new family rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, telephones and TVs. Its conference facilities cater for 25 people. Not only does the restaurant cater for hotel guests, but it is very popular amongst the locals too. An establishment with typical “German Gemütlichkeit”.

• anja schröder 081 252 8877 • renate strzelecki 081 242 0008


• Benno emmrich 081 246 4446 • Barbara gibson 081 656 2619

Namibia +264 (0) 61 302 817 WINDHOEK



N$15 000 000

Majestic African Wildlife Sanctuary

Opulent Oceanfront Living

This truly exceptional 12 000 hectare property in a marvellous location with-in close proximity of the capital city and international airport boasts a remarkable variety of well adapted wildlife including rare species like the Roan and Sable antelope. The property’s excellent infrastructure has been meticulously cared for by the owners for the last 18 years and offers a unique turnkey property for the discerning buyer and a rare find in Namibia.

In a league of its own, this exceptional property offers everything the discerning investor would dream of, and more. Fully automated, this family home’s unrivalled position brings sea views and the beachfront right to your doorstep. It includes 4 en suite bedrooms with balconies; spacious living, dining and entertainment areas, a designer kitchen, scullery, laundry and drying yard; an indoor tea patio; a bar, braai, gym, office, lift shaft, roof terrace, staff accommodation, separate apartment, 4 garages and much more.

Paul Kruger +264 (0) 81 714 4559

Paul Kruger +264 (0) 81 714 4559


N$11 400 000


N$7 400 000

On the Beach

House with a view

This 1000m2, triple storey house with seven en-suite bedrooms, each with its own balcony and splendid sea view, boasts exceptional style and elegance. An entertainers dream, this property includes a large lounge, dining and entertainment area with a state of the art kitchen, scullery, laundry and walk-in fridge and cooler room. An additional entertainment area with a 17 m heated pool and indoor braai, a wine cellar, games room, study, lift and four garages completes this stunning property which could be operated as a boutique guest house.

Situated in the upmarket suburb of Auasblick, this modern family home comes fully furnished and has breath taking views from all rooms. This property consists of 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, open plan kitchen with scullery and laundry, lounge and TV room. It also offers a gym room, study, BBQ area, a sparkling swimming pool and three garages.

Paul Kruger +264 (0) 81 714 4559

Suzaan Hennig +264 (0)81 790 1588


N$2,140,000-00 cc


PriMe SPOt With chArM!



StUNNiNG & BeAUtiFUl hOMe With NeAt FiNiSheS



eleGANt, MODerN & NeWly BUilt hOUSe

Absolute must-view home in Swakopmund! Situated near the sea and close to sports facilities, this very neat and easy-living home offers 3 comfortable bedrooms, 2 spotless bathrooms, an open-plan kitchen with a scullery, lounge and dining room. Genuine enjoyable indoor braai, 1 large singe garage, an alarm system for safety, and a beautiful outdoor garden. this home is situated in a prime area in Swakopmund.

Stunning 3-bedroom family home close to private schools and with very neat finishes offers 2 elegant bathrooms, an open-plan kitchen and dining room, lounge with laminated flooring and a separate scullery. indoor braai for engaging with family or friends, alarm system, electrical fencing and 2 automatic garages. Beautiful established garden.

this stylish, modern and newly built 3-bedroom home offers 2 stunning bathrooms, an open-plan kitchen living space with dark wooden cupboards, a scullery, lounge and dining room with a warm built-in fireplace, a spotless guest toilet, indoor and outdoor braai entertainment area for inviting friends or family over, safe and secure alarm system and 2 spacious garages. Absolutely gorgeous and state-of-the art finishes.





eleGANt & SPAciOUS With A SeA vieW elegant family home close to the sea, offering 3 spacious bedrooms with laminated flooring, 3 striking bathrooms, big open-plan kitchen with a scullery and dining room, warm and inviting lounge with a fireplace, tv room, and balconies with a sea view. indoor braai area and an automatic double garage, and an alarm system.


ONe OF A KiND, lOtS OF POteNtiAl! this home is within walking distance of schools and shopping centres. it offers 3 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, an open-plan kitchen, a lounge with a charming fireplace, a dining room with doors leading out to an outdoor braai area protected by high walls from the wind and cold, and a single garage.

GrAND OPPOrtUNity, NOt tO Be MiSSeD! Situated in central Swakopmund, this grand opportunity offers a general business rights and is ideal for developing.

Diane esterhuizen N$1,000,000-00


FAll iNtO the cOFFee ShOPS! Bargain of a lifetime! centrally located 1-bedroom apartment, offers 1 smart bathroom, neat and cosy open-plan kitchen and lounge space. Walking distance to the coffee shops, shopping centres and the sea.

N$1,780,000-00 cc


StyliSh, FUlly FUrNiSheD APArtMeNt this apartment is in a safe complex within walking distance of the sea and town. it offers 2 bright and spacious bedrooms, 2 beautiful modern bathrooms, and open-plan kitchen and lounge living area, and an enclosed balcony. large single automatic garage.

SWAKOPMUND Tel: +264 64 402 029 Diane: 081 275 6928 Fax: +264 64 463 917 Uschi: 081 243 5830 Werdi: 085 127 9729


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R4.7 Million

CONTEMPORARY VILLAGE FLAIR Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 3 Garages 2

Spacious 4 bedroom, family home with modern openplan kitchen, lounge and dining area. Wonderful veranda overlooking the garden. Situated in a street surrounded by established trees and a park. Double Garage. [O] 021 876 4592 MELINA VISSER 082 419 9928 WEB 271 723


Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 3 Garage 1

Well appointed stylish 3 bedroom duplex villa. Generous open plan living with views overlooking the swimming pool and garden. Walking distance from world famous restaurants and the heart of town! Price excludes VAT. [O] 021 876 4592 JEANINE ALLEN 082 410 6837 WEB 272 962


Each home on this private nature reserve has an unobstructed view of the ocean. Excellent security with manned access entrances. Recreational amenities include hiking/biking/horse trails, clubhouse, tennis/squash courts and 4km of pristine beach. [O] 022 409 2220 CYNTHIA COUSINS 083 459 9717 WEB 161 763

KALBASKRAAL R24.5 Million NOT OFTEN FOUND 1 152 Hectares

Wheat and cattle farm, ± 40 minutes drive from Cape Town, situated 7km off the N1. 800Ha crop land, 250ha natural grazing, 4 bedroom main house, 3 bedroom manager’s house, 2 bedroom cottage plus various outbuildings. [O] 021 863 1616 ETIENNE VILJOEN 082 465 7896 WEB 269 584

LANGEBAAN R1.6 Million EASY TO LIVE IN FAMILY HOME Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 3 Garage 2

Plenty of space for pets and toys. Situated on a green belt with views over the lagoon. Spacious bedrooms and cozy living area with built-in braai and open plan kitchen. Staff accommodation. [O] 022 772 1981 DERIK VAN SCHALKWYK 082 763 3865 WEB 270 802


Logistical warehouse/factory situated in secured area with 341m² offices, 400m² undercover loading bay and 2 872m² factory area. Large roller shutter doors with inside and outside security systems. [O] 021 863 1616 PIET UYS 082 403 9319 WEB 272 855

TULBAGH R2.45 Million 20HA SMALLHOLDING Bedrooms 2 Bathroom 1 Garage 1

North facing 2 bedroom home with 360° mountain views. Separate cottage and approval to build 2 more cottages. Ideal for horses and winter crops. [O] 023 230 1414 NELIA RETIEF 082 899 2248 WEB 218 218

TULBAGH R3.9 Million


Ideal opportunity to run as an animal sanctuary or petting farm. Existing animal enclosures, large house with pool, plenty of water from fountain and 2 dams. Easy access. Vacant land for winter crops. River frontage. 2 Title Deeds. [O] 023 230 1414 NELIA RETIEF 082 899 2248 WEB 273 051


Living the high life in Cape Town and surrounds











Glenfiddich League exclusive tasting of Glenfiddich 30-Year-Old Single-Malt Scotch Whisky, Mount Nelson Hotel: 1Toivo Ngqwebo, Jezz Tibini, Siyabulela Ntlangu, Khaya Magwaxaza. V & A Waterfront Master of the Trade Routes Culinary Challenge finals aboard the SA Agulhas II: 2Mark Bayly, Annemie Liebenberg, Chantelle Cole, Alicja Radwanska 3Caro de Waal, Malika van Reenen, Michael Liffmann. Launch of the new homeware store, Entrepo, V & A Waterfront: 4Tracy Branfield, Carey Townsend 5Liza West, Emily Pettit-Coetzee 6Inge van der Merwe, Roxanne Ferreira. The Habits Show, Mercedes-Benz 2012 Cape Town Fashion Week: 7Jenny le Roux, Lindiwe Mazibuko 8Peter-Raven Borain, Josie Borain 9Aspasia Karras, Jaco-Louis Groenewald 10Bryan Habana, Precious Moloi-Motsepe. Email social photographs and invitations to | 93


Out and about in the Western Cape








Prins & Prins Diamonds launched its brand-new Spring 2012 collection, Les Joyaux du Printemps (‘The Jewels of Spring’). Dr Petré Prins and Professor Stephen Richardson also filmed a documentary for the BBC UK at Prins & Prins Diamonds: 1Neil Moorhouse (Cellar Master, Zorgvliet Wines), Stéfan Doveton-Moore (Marketing & Public Relations Consultant, Prins & Prins Diamonds), Shaun McLeod (Marketing & Sales Manager, Zorgvliet Wines) 2Western Cape Minister of Education Donald Grant, Cheryl Grant 3Dr Petré Prins (MD/Owner, Prins & Prins Diamonds), Professor Stephen Richardson 4Tanya Horak (Marketing Director, The Caviar Group of Restaurants), Stéfan Doveton-Moore, Justine Hurter (Group Development Chef, The Caviar Group of Restaurants), Dr Petré Prins, Carina Prins. 6Shavonne Carolus (Public Relations Coordinator, Oude Molen Distillery) 7Bruce Tedder (Owner/Operator, Cruise IQ).


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trend watch

Bat SigNalS

As living moves outdoors, we shed some light on how to keep the party going even when the sun goes down Sexy SwimminG

liGht lite

New to Spanish manufacturer,

Placed correctly, LED lights can

Bover’s, outdoor range is the

deter intruders, light up a space

Fora Mesa lamp. The stands are

and highlight architectural features.

made from graphite and the

They’re also energy efficient, long

light source is protected by a

lasting and cheap to run.

medium-intensity polyethylene


globe and UV protection, making

the lamp water-resistant and safe to use around the pool. The Fora Mesa lamp is part of Pure Light SA’s Fabian collection.

SittinG pretty

+27 (0)11 465 4232,

We love this pot plantstyled lighting feature. Delicate, pretty and subtle, the Rasmus tree is available from Sirius Living & Lighting. +27 (0)11 786 4487,

SuSpended Style The Aliba Big Suspended Light from the Modern Home Company’s (MHCO) Karman collection is an edgy addition to any patio. An Italian product, it’s made from fibreglass and suspended with wire. Available from MHCO’s Cape Town and Joburg showrooms. +27 (0)21 434 0611, +27 (0)11 262 0258,

Gated Glamour Eurolux’s outdoor lamps take lighting up your garden to another level. The Lorena lamp’s cage is made from steel and holds an opal glass lens. Stores

on the ball


Mobelli’s Orb light packs a punch when it comes to creating a lighting focal point outside. Water resistant, wireless and rechargeable, it’s activated by remote and alternates between Town, Durbs and Joburg. +27 (0)21 512 2662, +27 (0)31 566 5996, +27 (0)11 268 6956,

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Words Nicky Manson

four colours. Showrooms in Cape


TAG HEUER BOUTIQUE Shop G219 Gateway Shopping Centre 031.566.4452

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The Property Magazine - Western Cape October/November 2012