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.

CONSTANTIA VILLAGE GO GREEN

CONSTANTIA VILLAGE GO GREEN

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

recycle-now-logo-1024x353Request from the Tokai Residents’ Association (TRA)

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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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  www.tokai.co.za

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 www.constantiafibre.com 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

Earth-Fair-Manouche

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 – info@earthfairmarket.co.za Earth Fair Market, Tokai is open every Wednesday from 3 – 8:30pm and every Saturday from 9 – 2pm.  Visit www.earthfairmarket.co.za for more info.