With growing pressure on the country’s electricity grid, The Constantia Village 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. Over the past couple of months, 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 is currently being planned which is aimed to be added to

the first half of 2016. The second phase includes 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.

Article by Constantia Ratepayers and Resident’s Association (CRRA)

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:

If you are aware of other local recycling outlets not on this list, please advise the TRA on

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,,

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,,

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Tokai Property Snapshot – 1st Quarter 2016

Tokai Property Snapshot – 1st Quarter 2016

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It’s that time of the year already! First quarter done and dusted and time to have a quick look at the house sale activity in Tokai for the first three months of this year compared to last year.

With 7 houses sold last year compared to 8 in 2016, you would expect the figures to be fairly similar, given the low growth in real estate.

However we see a few big differences: The average asking price this year was a huge R575,536 higher, pushing the total sales value up R7,250,000 more than last year. The average difference between asking and selling price was -2% higher in 2016 and it took on average 6 days longer to sell properties this quarter compared to last.

But the tactic worked – if you are prepared to wait and negotiate a bit more, and test the market with an optimistic asking price in this sellers market, you could realise a better end result. However, the more usual result of an overpriced property is that educated buyers quickly spot the mistake, the house doesn’t sell, gets a bad reputation, has its asking price reduced multiple times and eventually attracts cheeky offers way below original expectations.

Do you know the true market value of your home? Look out for the latest roll-out of municipal valuations and see what the City of Cape Town pegs it at. If you are happy, leave well alone, but if you would like to object, you have until 29th April to do so.

Please contact me if you are thinking of selling – there’s not a lot on offer at the moment and we have many buyers on the hunt!

* The above analyses excludes Estates and Sectional Title

Lisa Rowell – Tokai area specialist.

082 844 0800

Fibre Optic for Tokai

Fibre Optic for Tokai

At a full Council sitting, The City of Cape Town last night approved the Link Africa agreement for utilising the storm water and sewer pipes for Fibre Optic cable rollout – and Constantia is the first beneficiaries of this system as we have piloted this scheme as a community initiative. The agreement applies to the whole metropole. Constantia then Bergvliet and Tokai will be the first areas to roll out in the Southern Suburbs.

The infrastructure has already started going into the ground , so get on to the top of the list for link up – visit to sign up with an ISP of your choice if you haven’t already done so – and move out of the dark ages of unreliable ADSL!

Mike Voortman (Chairman)
Constantia Valley Watches Association

Manouche Live at Earth Fair Market


Bring the family for an evening of fresh produce shopping, great food, craft beer and organic wines and enjoy funky Gypsy Jazz tunes from the incredible Manouche. This promises to be a great evening out!

To find out more, and stay up to date with event details, visit the Facebook event page.

When: Wednesday 17 February 2016. Market open: 3-8.30pm. Manouche live: 6pm-8pm.
Where: 333 Main Road, Tokai (where Builders Warehouse is)
Who to contact: Jacqui – Earth Fair Market, Tokai is open every Wednesday from 3 – 8:30pm and every Saturday from 9 – 2pm.  Visit for more info.

Lost Love Bird … and kitty too

lovebirdLost your Love Bird?  In the month of love that’s just not fair…..  But the good news is one has been rescued “which flew into our garden yesterday afternoon. It is now safe in a cage and has food and water.  Crane Close, Dreyersdal, 10 February 2016 @ 16:00”.
Is it yours?  Do you know who may have lost their beloved pet?
Please contact 082 493 5445

And another loved pet is missing;
Cat_2_16 (1)This beautiful young cat has been hanging around gardens at the end of Susan Way. She is very vocal and very friendly so evidently has been a pet. Please call 083 445 1599 if she is your missing pet.

Free Property Valuation

TokaiObtaining a property valuation is an essential step when thinking of selling but for other purposes too such as estate planning, insurance purposes and to keep up with your asset values.  So even if your move is not imminent, a house valuation still proves an excellent tool for indicating current market value, and possible room for improvements to increase the value of your home.

An online house valuation is a useful tool to get a quick and easy estimate of the actual price of your property.

By answering a few easy questions on the current condition of your home in Tokai, our complimentary property value calculator, using the latest GIS (Geographical Information System) will provide you with an indication of how much money you could potentially make from the sale of your home if you are intending to sell or for the other purposes indicated above.

A feature unique to Valuator provides references to recent final property sales in selected Cape Town Metropolitan Areas, which have yet to be recorded in the Deeds Office. This value added feature ensures that our reports are reliable and up-to-date.Green buttonValuator is a service provided by: HOMEimage.

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