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At the launch of Koelenbosch Country Estate were members of the HDK team (from left): Pieter Horn, Dennis Moss and Sam Kelbrick.

Also at the launch were (from left) Werner Ude, Tea van Schalkwyk and Lezette Bester. PHOTOS: ANJE SMIT

Teri Lemmer, Martina le Roux­Cloete, Scott Forsyth and Cherine Block at the launch of Koelenbosch Country Estate.

HDK launches new development On 16 September HDK properties launched their exclusive new development, Koelenbosch Country Estate at their Stellenbosch offices. This security development with 74 single title homes, is situated 7,5 km from Stellenbosch in the beautiful rural Winelands area. Koelenbosch is one of the first developments to be launched in the exciting new Koelenhof suburb of Stellenbosch. Koelenbosch, which is being planned by Horn & de Koning developers, is situated between the Koelenbosch Road (R304) and the Bottelary Road (M24) and borders on the exciting Devon Place Centre. According to the architect Martina le Roux-Cloete of Dennis Moss Partnership in Stellenbosch, the design of the homes are based on traditional Cape regional architecture to harmonise with and maintain the aesthetic appeal of Stellenbosch. The launch price of the en-

try level home offering three bedrooms, two bathrooms and an automated double garage on an own title plot, is extremely competitive at a price of R1 495 000. This includes transfer costs. There are 10 prototypes to choose from, of which five are double-storey homes and five are single storey homes. The latter will be allocated to specific plots. There are five modern interior finishes to choose from. The house sizes range from 170 m² to 249 m² which include covered pergola areas and erf sizes range from 288 m² to 733 m². A 24-hour patrolled service, electrified fencing and finger print identification access will secure this development. For further details contact the sole agent, HDK Properties at 021 883 8542 or visit the website www.koelenbosch.co.za. HDK properties offer the following services to their clients: Bond broking, short term assurance, rentals as well as sales.

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HELDERBERG 8 Districtmail Banking changes improve access to home ownership

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Even though prices are rising, the prospect of home ownership has been brought closer for many more South Africans over the past few months, thanks to some exciting shifts in bank lending practices. These include declining deposit requirements and increases in both the number and size of home loans being approved. Their effects are revealed in the latest statistics from BetterBond, SA’s biggest mortgage origination group. These figures show that the aver-

age percentage of home purchase price required as a deposit when lenders are considering home loan applications has dropped from a two-year high of 23,3%, reached in February this year, to just under 16% currently. In addition, notes group chairman Rudi Botha, the average approved bond amount is now 8,3% up year-on-year and at its highest level since July 2011. “These two factors, combined with the low interest rates we continue to enjoy, are more than compensating at the moment for higher property prices, and are

thus also bringing home ownership within reach again for many South African families.” This is clearly reflected, he says, in the fact that the average household income required to purchase the average home is the same now (R44 000 a month) as it was 12 months ago, even though the average home price has increased by 10,9% in that time to R918 000. The BetterBond group statistics, which cover a quarter of all residential mortgage bonds being registered in the Deeds Office and include applications to, and bond

grants from, all the major lending banks in SA,also show that applications from first-time buyers are on the increase again, following a slump in the nine months to endMarch. “First-time buyers accounted for 39% of all bond applications in July, which is still some way off the 45% mark reached a year ago, but a considerable improvement on the 35% low recorded in March.And here too, the big motivator has been the banks’ decision to slash deposit requirements from an average 14,6% of home purchase price in March to

just 7,9% currently.” Botha cautions, however, that while the banks may be on a drive now to increase secured lending such as home loans – which are a lot less risky for them than unsecured personal loans, overdrafts and credit card balances – their credit granting criteria are still very strict. “Potential borrowers are thus well advised to apply through a mortgage originator such as BetterBond, which will employ a multiple submission process to different lenders in order to give them the best chance of success.”


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Pine Mews launched by Harcourts Platinum The new development of Pine Mews is being launched through Harcourts Platinum. Situated in the fastest growing suburb of Somerset West, just beyond Fernwood Estate, and a stone’s throw from a new shopping centre that is soon to be developed, this secure estate offers exceptional value for money. Jason Hutton, who is marketing the development, is confidant buyers will see the value. “We’re thrilled to be able to offer a choice of 2- and 3-bedroom duplex units priced from just R769 990 and R879 990 respectively. These offer an

excellent standard of finishes, and include a garage and enclosed braai area,” says Hutton. The units are a generous size for their price, with the 2-bedroom unit measuring 106 m², and the 3-bedroom unit measuring 126 m². The estate will comprise 42 to 46 sectional title units, and will be fully enclosed with walling and electric fence, and have controlled access. Surrounding the architectural designed units will be landscaped gardens to provide secure play areas for children. Buyers will have a choice of finishes from the developers’ range, so they can customize the unit to their

taste. The developers, De Kaap Projects, are experienced in this market, with other similar projects completed in Cape Town. The selling prices include VAT and attorney transfer fees, so only bond registration costs are excluded. Finance of up to 100% is available to qualifying buyers. The initial launch price has been well received with nine units in phase one already selling prior to the launch by Harcourts. More information is available at www.pinemews.harcourts.co.za or through Deline Gough on 079 775 1313 and Jason Hutton 073 489 8489.

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An artist’s impression of Pine Mews

spertyd As gevolg van die vakansiedag sluit alle advertensie vir Sold reeds Maandag 10:00. Korreksies moet ons nie later as Maandag om 16:00 bereik nie.


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16 Paarl Post Verkoop nou of wag vir prysstygings? 19 September, 2013

Met die verbetering in die eiendomsmark en pryse wat begin styg, wonder talle huiseienaars of hulle nou moet verkoop of moet wag dat pryse verder styg sodat hulle meer vir hul eiendom kan kry. Dis ’n strikvraag maar, sê Berry Everitt, besturende direkteur van die Chas Everitt International-eiendomsgroep. Ddie besluit om eiendom te verkoop behoort nooit uitsluitlik op ’n poging om teen die hoogste prys te verkoop te berus nie. “Dis moeilik om die tydsberekening reg te kry en eienaars moet ook die ‘geleentheidskoste’ om in ’n huis wat nie meer aan

hul behoeftes voldoen of waar hulle nie meer wil woon nie, in gedagte hou.” Hy sê as eienaars wag tot pryse verder styg is dit baie waarskynlik dat die prys van ’n nuwe eiendom ook hoer gaan wees terwyl daar ’n risiko is dat rentekoerse in die tussentyd styg. “En in so ’n geval sal hulle waarskynlik enige bykomende bedrag uit die verkoop van hul bestaande eiendom moet gebruik om ’n nuwe huis te koop en straks hoër maandelikse verbandbetalings moet maak.” As die rede waarom hulle wou verkoop boonop was om na ’n huis of

woonbuurt te verhuis wat beter by hul of hul gesinne se behoeftes sou pas, sou dit ook beteken dat hul voordele soos korter pendeltyd, beter skole of ’n beter leefstyl op die lange baan moet skuif, sê hy. “Een uitweg is natuurlik dat hulle die bestaande eiendom verhuur terwyl hulle ’n nuwe huis koop en wag dat pryse styg voordat hulle verkoop, maar banke mag moontlik nie tegemoetkomend wees om ’n tweede lening toe te staan nie (selfs al dek die huurinkomste een verband) en eienaars moet in so ’n geval ook die onderhoudskoste en grondbelasting

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van twee eiendomme in berekening bring.” Everitt skryf in die nuusbrief, Property Signposts, dat mense wat op die punt staan om eiendom te verkoop ook die rigting wat die eiendomsmark na verwagting oor die volgende jaar of twee gaan inslaan in gedagte moet hou. Een van die belangrikste faktore wat nou oorweging verdien is dat eienaars wat sedert die markinsinking negatiewe ekwiteit in hul eiendom gehou het, nou deur stygende pryse bevoordeel word – en talle staan nou waarskynlik reg om so gou moontlik te verkoop.

“Dit sal natuurlik die voorraad huise te koop – wat die afgelope paar maande skraps was – stut en dit sal groei in pryse laat verlangsaam, selfs al bly vraag op die heersende hoë vlakke. Nuwe ontwikkelings sal voorraadvlakke verder stut en vraag sal waarskynlik daal indien rentekoerse weer begin styg. In die geheel gesien is die antwoord vir eienaars wat wil verkoop dus dat as daar positiewe ekwiteit in jou bestaande eiendom is, behoort jy die kans te benut om jou eiendom nou te verkoop en jou nuwe huis teen heersende pryse en rentekoerse te koop.”


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Top safety rating for Toyota Auris, Rav4 QUICKPIC Toyota’s commitment to achieving the highest safety standards is yielding excellent results with both the new Auris and RAV4 being awarded the top five-star rating by the independent testing organisation Euro NCAP. They are among the first models to reach the standard under the tougher test criteria introduced for 2013. Launched in SA at the beginning of this year, the Auris maintains Toyota’s reputation for delivering high standards of passive and active safety. It is the first compact/family hatchback to gain Euro NCAP’s five-star rating under the more stringent 2013 testing programme. As standard, Auris is equipped with ABS with EBD and brake assist as well as a full complement of airbags including driver, front passen-

ger and side airbags. Selected models include vehicle stability control, curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag as part of the standard package. In the event of an impact, Auris’s bodyshell has been engineered to absorb and channel energy forces away from the cabin. Around the front end of the car there is also a series of design features that help reduce the risk of injury to pedestrians, while maintaining a low, stylish bonnet line. The Toyota’s five-star rating was gained with scores of 92% for adult occupant protection, 84% for child occupant protection, 68% for pedestrian protection and 66% for safety assist features. The new fourth generation Toyota RAV4 is the first SUV to gain a five-star rating under Euro NCAP’s 2013 test programme, its safety performance building on the achievements of its predecessors. (The new RAV4 went on sale locally in April.)

This model has an impact-absorbing, multi-load path body construction that helps safeguard occupants in the event of a collision. It goes beyond the provisions of the previous model with a new seat design that helps reduce the risk of whiplash injury. Across the range ABS with EBD and brake assist as well as vehicle stability control (VSC) is standard. There is also a comprehensive suite of standard passive safety kit comprising no fewer than seven airbags, including driver and passenger front airbags, a knee airbag for the driver, twin-chamber front side airbags and curtain shield airbags. The car tested was a mid-grade 2.2 D-4D diesel all-wheel drive model (equivalent to an SA-spec 2.2 D-4D GX). It scored 89% for adult occupant protection, 82% for child occupant protection, 66 per cent for pedestrian protection and 66% for safety assist features.

The new fourth generation Toyota RAV4 is the first SUV to gain a five­star rating under Euro NCAP’s 2013 test programme – its safety performance building on the achievements of its predecessors. PHOTO: QUICKPIC


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C20R brings crossover chic to the GWM line-up QUICKPIC GWM’s dashing new C20R offers local car buyers an exciting new crossover-themed option in the compact hatchback segment. Its trendy design and featurepacked cabin are not the only attractions; the C20R is the first GWM to be offered with a 3years/45 000 km service plan as standard. Based on the company’s popular C10 hatchback, the C20R can be easily distinguished by its striking new front grille and air-dam design with integrated fog-lamps, black wheelarch liners, roof rails and SUVthemed front and rear skid plates in a contrasting silver colour. The C20R comes standard with 16inch alloy wheels and, with a ground clearance of 172 mm, is not only well suited to the rough and tumble of city driving, but also the occasional gravel road on the way to the weekend getaway. The C20R will be offered locally in a range of exciting colours, including fashionable orange, ocean blue, maple red, pearl black, sky silver and titanium white. Quality, luxury features and flexibility are not always the norms in the compact car segment, but the C20R has all those bases covered, and more. The driver’s seat is adjustable for height and so is the steering wheel, ensuring a comfortable driving positioning is easily attainable. Air-

GWM’s proven 1,5 F petrol engine with variable­valve timing (VVT) powers the C20R. conditioning, electric power steering, electric window and mirror adjustment, remote audio controls, height-adjustable headlamps, rearpark assist and a radio/CD/MP3 sound system with auxiliary and USB inputs are all part of the package, too.

The boot features a handy doublefloor design and the rear seats can not only fold forward, but also offer reclining and fore/aft sliding functionality. The overall design theme in the cabin is one of sportiness and quality, best evidenced by the alumini-

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um-look pedals, cylindrical instrumentation and tactile nature of the curvy facia. GWM’s proven 1,5 F petrol engine with variable-valve timing (VVT) powers the C20R. This engine offers exceptional refinement and delivers 77 kW at 6 000 rpm and 138 Nm

of torque at 4 200 rpm. Power goes to the front wheels via a slick fivespeed manual transmission. The engine not only endows the C20R with enough power to take that gap in the traffic, but also with good fuel efficiency. A combined cycle fuel economy figure of 7,7 F/100 km is claimed for this model, resulting in a CO² emissions figure of 179 g/km. Driver and passenger safety is provided by a full suite of safety systems and features. Dual airbags are fitted at the front, disc brakes allround, and the sophisticated ABS system is supported by electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and emergency brake assistance (EBA). Isofix child-seat anchorages are provided at the rear and the doors feature child-lock protection. The front seatbelts are height-adjustable. To ensure that your C20R stays exactly where you left it, an alarm and immobiliser are fitted as standard. Further boosting security (and convenience) is remote control central locking. The C20R is available through GWM’s comprehensive dealership network, currently boasting more than 70 outlets and service centres. Priced at R154 900 (including VAT and emissions tax), the C20R is backed by a comprehensive 3-years/100 000 km warranty, 2years/24-hour roadside assistance and a service plan of 3years/45 000 km. . Please note that prices and specifications are subject to change without prior notice.


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TOYOTA YARIS: It was a weekend that promised much and at one stage on Saturday a Castrol Team Toyota Yaris 1­2 looked very much on the cards. But at the end of the Toyo­ ta Cape Dealer Rally – which finished in Bracken­ fell near Cape Town on Saturday afternoon after two days and 10 special stages in the Durbanville, Malmesbury and Moor­ reesburg areas – Johnny Gemmell and Carolyn Swan fell just 1,8 seconds shy of a maiden victory for the new­for­2013 Toyo­ ta Yaris. PHOTO: QUICKPIC

Ashley wins GT Academy QUICKPIC Ashley Oldfield has emerged as the overall winner of the Nissan and PlayStation® GT Academy in South Africa, out-performing thousands of South African hopefuls, embarking on a professional racing career. GT Academy, which saw the country’s top eight virtual racers travel to Silverstone in England for Race Camp, singled Oldfield out as the best of the bunch. Having recently celebrated his 29th birthday, Oldfield is now involved in a host of motorsport events in England in order to rack up enough credibility to earn his international racing license – the key to his future as a professional racing driver. Stationed near the Silverstone race track in the UK, Oldfield now shares a house with other winners of various GT Academy events, including winners from Germany, Belgium, Qatar, Russia and the United States, and is now on the rise to racing stardom. Past winners of GT Academy have gone on to race at Le Mans and, says Oldfield, there are high hopes for the future. “Le Mans is the ultimate for any racing driver and I hope to one day find myself on the grid. I visited the 24 Hours of Le Mans event and to see it all in real life was exceptional – it’s the halo event of international motorsport.” A former motoring journalist at topCar magazine, Oldfield also remarks that he entered GT Academy to win it from the very beginning. “I remember racing Lucas Ordoñez – a past GT Academy winner who has finished on the podium at Le Mans – at the media launch last October and I thought if I could beat him in karting I might be able to win GT Academy and join him on the international stage if I put my mind to it.” Johan Kleynhans, Director of Sales, Marketing and Aftersales at Nissan South Africa, says: “We are of course extremely proud of Ashley who has done a stellar job of represent-

Ashley Oldfield emerged as overall winner for South African GT Academy 2013.

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ing South Africa and we foresee great success for him in the future. He exhibited the right qualities for an international motorsport driver from the beginning and we have faith that he will take all the valuable skills he is learning along the way to great heights with Nissan in motorsport. “GT Academy is an incredible concept and brings an entirely new angle to motorsport – something only Nissan is doing. With such a wide spread of talent available but the financial implications that international motorsport imposes making it very difficult for anyone to crack the nod these days, Nissan’s initiative opens the doors for anyone, no matter what their background or occupation. Literally anyone could be next.”


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Ford to introduce new Evos Concept at show

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Making its South African debut at the 2013 Johannesburg International Motor Show in October, the Ford Evos Concept embodies the company’s new global design language while providing a glimpse at Ford’s future technology highlighted by the use of cloud computing to enhance the driving experience. Created as a bespoke concept vehicle, the fastback introduces Ford’s new global design language as the momentum of the company’s One Ford product plan continues to build. “The Ford Evos Concept was specifically developed to introduce the new Ford design direction while also showcasing future smart technologies. While you will never see this car on the road key design elements and innovations will be applied to forthcoming Ford vehicles,” says Ford South Africa marketing manger, Gavin Golightly. The new global design DNA has provided the company’s worldwide design teams with a common framework to guide the creation of new products, enabling them to shape a coherent family of distinctive vehicles sharing the same fundamental design character. The Ford Evos Concept was conceived as a dramatic fastback concept, combining a striking new profile with innovative proportions. Attention-grabbing lines

conceal a unique new format, with a four-door, four-seat layout which combines dynamic appearance with surprising practicality. With the length of a typical C-car, but with width of a CD-car, the Ford Evos Concept has a powerful, sporting stance. The concept’s spectacular hinged gullwing-style doors, both front and rear, provide outstanding access to the spacious four-seat cabin. “The role of the Ford Evos Concept is to give a clear message about where Ford is heading. Its modern design gives an indication of Ford’s intent to continue to offer a range of smart technologies, already evidenced in South Africa with the award winning EcoBoost engines and SYNC™ system,” he adds. The Ford Evos Concept integrates technology in a holistic way meant to enrich the driving experience. By exchanging data with the cloud, the Evos extends the connected lifestyle from home and office to the vehicle, providing new possibilities for personalization and adaptability of the car. Ford researchers have also incorporated technologies to enhance driver health and wellness while at the wheel. Features such as the heart-rate monitoring seat and certified allergy-free interiors connect to the cloud to monitor the physical state and workload of the driver, and adjust the driving experience accordingly. Ford Evos Concept also utilizes

The Ford Evos Concept was specifically developed to introduce the new Ford design direction while also showcasing future smart technologies. PHOTO: QUICKPIC the power of the cloud to understand driver behaviour and travel patterns in order to make predictions about destinations and to adjust the control strategies for the state-of-the-art lithium-ion plugin-hybrid powertrain. Through understanding where the driver is

likely to go, Evos can intelligently switch between running on battery or engine power in order to use the least amount of energy for any situation. “The Ford Evos concept gives us an insight into the future of Ford products and the exciting design

and smart elements that we can look forward to. I have no doubt that the South African public will be eager to view the Evos Concept first hand and the Johannesburg International Motor Show taking place in October,” concludes Golightly.


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Hergen and Pierre claim podium for Volkswagen MOTORPRESS The Volkswagen Sasolracing Polo S2000 of Hergen Fekken and Pierre Arries took its position on the podium on Saturday afternoon as the duo completed a challenging event to claim third place overall in the Toyota Cape Dealer Rally. “I am pleased with Hergen and Pierre’s result at this event,” says Mike Rowe, head of Volkswagen Motorsport. “Well done to them for overcoming very trying conditions to achieve a good result. Congratulations are also due to Gugu and Carl for their second place in the S2000 Challenge category. Another good result from them.” Held over 10 stages and 172 km’s, the competitors faced two very different days of rallying; the drier conditions of Friday giving way to very wet stages as rain set in overnight. This did not deter Fekken and Arries who used a conservative strategy on Saturday to ensure they steered clear of any potential trouble. “Today we decided to play things a bit safe,” says Fekken. “While the other competitors were having trouble with fences and gateposts, we stayed away from those things which seem to haunt us sometimes. It looked like we were on pace for a fourth place fin-

ish, but I thought we might get a third if we played it safe. We did have a puncture in stage eight, that cost us about a minute and we also took lateness as well, but it wasn’t enough to stop us from making the podium.” Henk Lategan and Barry White rallied their Volkswagen Sasolracing Polo S2000 to eighth place after competing under Super Rally rules on Saturday. An incident onstage in day one saw them with a damaged steering. During the course of Saturday their performance kept getting stronger, to the point where they claimed the fastest time in the final stage. Lategan and White leave this week for the Arbö Rally in Austria on 20 and 21 September. The Volkswagen Sasolracing Polo Vivo S2000 of Gugu Zulu and Carl Peskin claimed second place in the S2000 Challenge category on Saturday, finishing fifth overall in the rally as well. “Stage one was not kind and we were in 23rd position after that, having to claw our way back,” says Zulu. “It was very challenging and we had to stick our necks out a bit, but we did well and finished strong.” The Volkswagen Sasolracing team head to Limpopo next to contest the Polokwane Rally, the penultimate round of the national rally championship on 19 and 20 October.

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Impressive tests of new FAW hatchback QUICKPIC Representatives of the local distributor of FAW cars and light commercial vehicles, the Imperial Group, are very impressed with the soon-tobe-launched, entry level FAW V2 hatchback after a local test programme of a pre-launch car which has been under way for the past six months.

as well as ride comfort with a fully-laden car and added that the V2 was stable at highway speeds. The route went from Johannesburg to Upington and then on to Cape Town with two days of sea level testing in the Western Cape before travelling back to Johannesburg. Fuel consumption was very good at 6,1 F/100 km as there were four occupants in the car and they travelled between 115-120 km/h when conditions permitted. The tank range to an empty 37 F tank was 562 km. FAW entered the local passenger and LCV market at the beginning of the year with the launch of the Sirius panel van and people carrier, first with a 1,3 F engine and now with the option of a 1,5 F power unit. “We currently have a national network of 22 dealers and the growing model lineup is resulting in increased interest in the FAW franchise. “Most of our dealers are multi-franchise Imperial

“The attractively-styled V2 will be the second passenger vehicle in our range, where it will join the Sirius seven-seater MPV and panel van, and we are looking forward to the introduction of the V2 hatchback in South Africa later this year,” said the general manager responsible for FAW passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in South Africa, Pedro Pereira. “We are hopeful of being able to introduce the newcomer at a retail price below the R100 000 barrier, which Representatives of the local distributor of FAW cars and light commercial vehicles, the Imperial Group, are very im­ will make it very competi- pressed with the soon­to­be­launched, entry level FAW V2 hatchback after a local test programme of a pre­launch car. tive in view of the fact that PHOTO: QUICKPIC it is fitted with a 1,3 F fourcylinder engine while most competitors in have included a number of engineers from experienced during a five-day trip of more facilities.” “We are currently in talks with several than 5 000 km which included a variety of this segment have smaller capacity power FAW in China. Johan Ackerman, the FAW passenger roads surfaces, mountain passes and sec- interested parties and expect to open a few units.” more FAW outlets shortly,” added the A pre-launch unit has been undergoing and LCV technical manager who is respon- tions on gravel roads. Ackerman says he was particularly im- FAW executive, Pedro Pereira. a series of evaluations under local operat- sible for the test programme, is delighted For more info go to www.fawauto.co.za. ing conditions and those people involved with the results and says no problems were pressed by the roadholding and handling


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