Bark for Bingo!

bbB-I-N-G-O! That’s right fans of animal rescue, AiD4AiD invites you to join us for our year-end finale fund raiser! If you’ve attended any one of our previous bingo nights, you will know what fun they are for the whole fam!

This one is appropriately Yule-themed so get creative ‘cos there will be prizes for the best dressed!

Diarise DECEMBER 10
EarthFair, from 6pm.

See you there!
#yulebeentertained
#causeforpaws

Carols on the Common

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-12-34-35Join us for Carols on the Common to celebrate the festive season in the spirit of community and togetherness.

The musical line up includes;

Caitlin Hallauer, Double Jeopardy, the Westlake Marimba Band and the Westlake Choir – followed by well-known carols and Christmas songs led by Charles and his friends.

Bring a picnic hamper, a blanket and a torch, and join us in celebrating the season and our community!
Entrance is R50 per ticket, which includes a tea-light and songbook. 
Tickets available at the table in the Pony Club Arena.
Under-12s free and get a glow-stick. 
Snapscan and card facilities available for ticket purchases.

Candy floss, popcorn, slush puppies, hot drinks and Christmas hats on sale. Face painting for children. Cash required.

Entrance via Tokai Pony Club.
Parking in Tokai Pony Club arena and on Dennendal Avenue West (please be respectful of local residents).

To ensure a light and songbook,
PLEASE RSVP BY 2 DECEMBER and let us know how many will be joining your group.
EMAIL INFO@PARKSCAPE.ORG.ZA

Introducing Leigh Mansel-Pleydell

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Leigh Mansel-Pleydell

Chas Everitt Constantiaberg agent, Leigh Mansel-Pleydell has moved to represent Chas Everitt in the Tokai area.

“Leigh enjoys the confidence of a supportive and well-established team in the Constantiaberg area and Leigh is delighted to accept this new challenge.  Leigh is very passionate about the environment and believes strongly that eco-friendly changes to a property not only save money but add also value.  It is also just the right thing to do!

Leigh is also committed to recycling initiatives and has a wealth of knowledge and a keen interest in  all matters green!  Leigh is currently working on a Green Directory as a community service she will sponsor and is very keen to help promote any local business or organisation involved in energy efficiency, water conservation or recycling.  To get listed please contact Leigh by email on leigh@everitt.co.za

Leigh can also be contacted for your real estate needs on 079 525 8991.

“I look forward to broadening my already substantial network of friends in the Tokai area where I will be working closely with well know Kirstenhof agent, Bruce Haywood who is the Tokai office sales Manager,” said Leigh.

Constantia Village “Green”

Constantia Village “Green”

With growing pressure on the country’s electricity grid and water supply, Constantia Village Shopping Centre has taken it upon themselves to make a difference and to contribute to the Western Cape’s goal of becoming the greenest region in South Africa. This year, one of the country’s largest rooftop solar plants has been installed at the centre. Approval by the CRRA was required in terms of a servitude Agreement dating back to when the centre was first approved. After a lot of debate, resulting in some re-design and conditions being imposed, this was granted.

The first phase of the solar installation was completed in early December 2015 and will see the centre’s consumption reduced by almost 20%. So far, 5 010m² of the main shopping centre’s roof has been covered with solar panels, and another 1500m² was added to the first half of 2016. The second phase included panels on the walkway roof which will be visible from the parking area-given that this may be visually undesirable to some people Growthpoint are looking at alternative non-visible areas for panels. The second phase panels are required to make the whole installation economically viable.

Some interesting statistics are as follows:

 Number of panels installed: 2628

 Area covered: 5010m²

 Max generation capacity: 815kw

 Energy consumption reduction:20%

It should be noted that this installation is not a solution for load shedding but rather to provide a sustainable alternative energy. When there is a power outage, the emergency circuit is powered by back- up diesel generators – however the limited input from the solar system does reduce the usage of diesel.

Original article by Constantia Ratepayers and Resident’s Association (CRRA)
Updated Nov 2016.

Alien Clearing Blitz 

Alien Clearing Blitz 

Help Clear mountains of alien vegetation on mountain slopes above Tokai.
Date/Time: 13 Aug 2016 09:00 – Meet at SANParks offices on Tokai Road

Help clear our mountains of alien vegetation. All are welcome from the young to the young-at-heart. Meet in front of the SANParks offices on Tokai Road (on the way towards the Arboretum).  Excellent security at the boom, ensuring the safety of your cars. You will be ferried by vehicle to and from the work area, or you may prefer to enjoy an invigorating walk up the hill.  After the lovely rains, the soil is now soft making the removal of the aliens relatively easy, however, a garden fork on lopper will assist.

Wear old clothes, sturdy shoes and gloves. Bring water and snacks. This will be a fun and extremely rewarding morning.  For further information, contact:  Tony on 021 712 7816, or Margaret on 021 762 3170, or Berta/Emile on 021 712 0360

Tokai Property Snapshot

Tokai Property Snapshot

Is the South African property market starting to turn from favouring sellers to buyers? That’s what those “in the know” seem to be saying recently.

So it’s always interesting to see what is really happening in a particular suburb’s real estate affairs and the table I’ve put together shows a quick comparison between the first half of 2015 vs 2016 for Tokai in the Western Cape.

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The major difference is in the total value of sales – R12 million or thereabouts more spent in Tokai last year which makes sense considering there were four more sales for the same period. And otherwise it’s pretty much Even Stevens in all other categories: buyers negotiated the same discount this year as last year, the average days on market is pretty much the same and even Cash vs Bond purchases are on a par.

So we seem to be quite stable here in the green and leafy lanes of Tokai.

Fun facts for 2016: the highest value sale was R5 700 000 for a cluster in the Weaverbird Close complex, Standard Bank was the most generous when it came to dishing out bonds and all buyers were local of which most, surprisingly, came from showhouse days. Trends for the country show that overall numbers of showhouse visitors are actually on the decline – so maybe only the serious buyers make the effort and it means that the system still works!

And as for the overall outlook? Respected household and property sector strategist with FNB, John Loos sums up his latest review “By all accounts it looks as though homeowners are going to find it marginally more difficult to sell. Serious sellers may have to consider accepting slightly less than they anticipated and those who have been ‘testing’ the market may well have to do some hard thinking and price their homes to sell.”

Stop press:  The DA success in the Western Cape may have the effect of extending the sellers market into summer but a reality check is inevitable.  At our recent management meeting it was anecdotally mentioned that while the Western Cape was benefitting from semi-gration from other parts of South Africa the Southern Suburbs was not benefitting from this trend due to a lack of value for money.  With all eyes on interest rates affordability is becoming a far bigger issue as the recession bites. As always the market will find its level.

Bergvliet HS Recycling Facility Closing

Bergvliet HS Recycling Facility Closing

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We have been informed that the Bergvliet High School recycling facility is closing down this Friday, 22 April.
(Unfortunately their notice did not meet the deadline of last week’s Constantiaberg Bulletin.)

We implore Tokai residents to continue recycling responsibly.  Details of what can be recycled and nearby recycling facilities are also listed on the Waste and Recycling page of the TRA website:https://sites.google.com/site/tokairesidentsassoc/tokai-community/waste-and-recycling

If you are aware of other local recycling outlets not on this list, please advise the TRA on tra.tokai@gmail.com

Please remember that recycling has been introduced to help the environment and reduce the amount of waste going to the landfills. Small fundraising opportunities by schools have developed from this initiative but recycling staff and volunteers have limited facilities: Read more

Municipal Valuation? I object!

Municipal Valuation? I object!

Are you happy with your Municipal Valuation?
Only 9 days left to lodge your objection…

From our contact with Tokai homeowners in the past few weeks, it seems that the new valuations are, on the most part, more than fair and residents are happy with them.

However, if you are one of the few with an “anomaly” you are unhappy with, or you haven’t received your notification, or you simply need some more information, please feel free to contact our Tokai Area Specialist Lisa Rowell for a quick response on what/where/how to find your new valuation or objection process.

Remember, only 10 days to go then you’re stuck with your new rates for the next four years…..

082 844 0800, 021 712 5029, www.tokai.co.za, lisa@everitt.co.za

Tokai Hamlets – Property Snapshot

Tokai Hamlets – Property Snapshot

Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 10.17.56It’s been a busy property market this first quarter in The Hamlets!! As you can see there were only 2 sales for the comparative period in 2015 vs 6 this year.

A whopping R14,065,000 difference.

Another noticeable difference is the Asking vs Sale price – buyers were only able to negotiate an average of -2.5% off asking prices. Does that mean they are good negotiators or were properties correctly priced in the first place?

Pricing your property correctly is fundamental to the success of selling your home quickly and with least fuss and stress.

Do you know what your home is worth in today’s interesting market? Are you happy with your new Municipal Valuation? If your answer to either of these questions is “No”, then please contact me for a quick, efficient and confidential no-strings-attached valuation and indeed any other advice you may need.

I’m just ‘down the road’, opposite the BP on Tokai Road!

Lisa Rowell, Tokai Area Specialist for Chas Everitt. 082 844 0800, 021 712 5029, lisa@everitt.co.za, www.tokai.co.za

Teddy Bear Fair

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