Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels

At Meals on Wheels we are looking after 120 members, elderly over the age of 60. From Muizenberg to Claremont.

At this time we are focusing on helping them with food, so they can be calm and at ease in their isolation and the lockdown period.

The idea is the following:

  1. To cook meals that they can freeze
  2. and to give them a hamper with dry ingredients

We are in need of :
Fresh veggies
Canned goods
Yeast and baking powder
Cooking oil
Coffee, tea, sugar
Pasta
Longlife milk / condense milk
Peanutbutter / Marmite
A little ‘luxury item’ chocolates, cookies etc
Polystyrene take away containers – we need in bulk if anyone has a contact? We need about 800 also the curry and rice type containers

Banking Details: Donations
Meals on Wheels Plumstead
Absa: 4050917055
Claremont

We are working with the Dept of Social development, helping to put safety /hygienic first, and all in place before we start again next week to cook and pack.

Help us to keep them safe and worry-free to the best we can in the isolation stage.

We request that goods to be dropped next week Tuesday  7th April between 10am – 12 and at 2pm only –  if possible to eliminate contact.

We have volenteers eager to assist again in dropping the food

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart, the elderly value this more than you can imagine, those that helped with the previous pack and drop will tell you, they very very grateful.

All Beaches Are Closed

All Beaches Are Closed

The City of Cape Town has decided to close down beaches as people continue to visit them despite calls for social distancing.

Beaches will close starting tomorrow morning, Tuesday, March 24, to limit public contact as the country battles the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19). Swimming, surfing, kite-surfing, kayaking, recreational fishing, and any other beach or water-based activity will be prohibited.  Law enforcement will patrols the beaches while lifeguards will remain stationed on the beaches to assist the officers.

The Shark Spotting Programme will also be stopping all shifts and no Shark Spotters will be on duty at any beaches.


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Moving Your Money

Moving Your Money

At the end of 2018 I sold my house in Cape Town as I was moving to Ireland. Although I have been in Cape Town real estate for over 35 years, I was still shocked at what banks wanted to charge me for transferring my money overseas.

If an international exchange of funds is involved in your property transaction you should pay close attention to the exchange rates you will be charged, as well as how long the transfer is likely to take and whether there are tax implications or clearances required.

I used the services of RandTransfers who offered me cost-effective foreign exchange and I cannot recommend them enough. There are so many things to do when you are doing an international move but they saved me money and time by opening an international trading account for me which I have since used for further transfers once I had moved.

I have got to know Willem van Rensburg well and his staff. They had already helped clients of our mostly bringing money into South Africa but it was interesting to be involved in this process as a client, and I so appreciate their service.

Willem and Dawn are a pleasure to deal with and are very knowledgeable and solution orientated. Unlike “the bank” they think broadly about the best solutions and not just the easiest or the most profitable!

They have helped me and valued clients with

• Bond payments, deposits and cash transactions for property purchases.
• Rental payments, offshore account setups / policies / trusts.
• They do not charge fees on any transfer of funds into or out of your country of investment or residence.
• Tax advice / Tax clearance.
• Bank Guarantees if required and bank accounts (Both in South Africa or abroad )
• Securing preferential exchange rates with a 24 to 48 hour delivery period to or from South Africa.

I don’t often do recommendations like this, but I have offered to do it because RandTransfers service and solutions warrant it. With so many expenses involved in moving and awful exchange rates who doesn’t need to save money with their currency transactions and less admin!

If you are interested in these services please contact Willem Van Rensburg on forex@randtransfers.com

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#PositiveFacebookPage criteria for this Blog / Website

With immediate effect, this Website will subscribe to the #PositiveFacebookPage criteria of no longer covering any negative reporting on issues.

We have unprecedented challenges ahead of us. This is NOT ABOUT SUGAR COATING community news but about playing a positive role in an unprecedented time of national crisis. This is now the calm before the storm and its time NOW to adjust our mids to what attitudes will help us all prevail till this has passed.

Let’s all embrace the need to share things responsibly and positively. Be a #PositiveFacebookPage and share humour share positive ideas and be a source for encouragement and inspiration.  We will.

Cleaning Routines to Keep Your Home Virus-Free

Cleaning Routines to Keep Your Home Virus-Free
We want ‘home’ to be a haven (especially during stressful times), and part of that, at a fundamental level, means living in a space that helps keep us healthy. According to the most current evidence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the virus that causes COVID-19 is spread primarily through close personal contact (within about 6 feet). So it’s more important to practice social distancing, not touch your face and wash your hands often and well than it is to be overly concerned about cleaning your house. And although the CDC has not found evidence of surface-to-person transmission to date (which is good news!), the virus may live on surfaces for hours to days, making regular cleaning and disinfecting a wise practice during this time.

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Showhouses & Coronavirus

Showhouses & Coronavirus

Within a week everything so much changed! Like every business, real estate companies are scrambling to understand and make changes that are sure to be required due to the Coronavirus measures being implemented.

Here are seven common-sense measures all agents and sellers and buyers should follow for showhouses:

  1. Buyers should view the property online first and shortlist those for viewing as opposed to randomly popping in to see properties they have no idea will or will not be suitable.
  2. Buyers should consider not bringing children or additional members of the family on multi viewings. Of course, if a home is selected or shortlisted for a second viewing then a full family visit can be arranged where children are closely monitored.
  3. On entry to the property, a warm welcome should not involve any handshake.
  4. If there is a good attendance people should be asked and prepared to wait until there are fewer people inside the house doing a viewing – the fewer the better.
  5. On entry to the property, a hand sanitiser should be used and if there is no alternative an appropriate spray wash and paper towel dry.
  6. Buyers should be reminded to avoid touching anything – and doors to rooms should be left open for viewing and not closed. Door handles should be wiped with an appropriate product before and after the showhouse.
  7. The agent should discuss related issues to the opening and the closing of the showhouse with the seller.

    Let’s talk and be sensible about solutions!

    Want to share an idea? Email: andre@capetownshowhouses.co.za

 

All the showhouses in Cape Town every Sunday

All the showhouses in Cape Town every Sunday

A new website www.CapeTownShowhouses.co.za has all the showhouses in all of Cape Town every Sunday with a focus on those in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs and False Bay.  It also has a Showhouse Blog that will provide additional useful showhouse related information.

STBB Claremont has a useful guide to who pays for what in the transfer process that property buyers and sellers will find useful.  It is intended that the site will be expanded in the next few weeks to provide the most comprehensive showhouse resource available.

Superb False Bay views from this Glencairn property which has been selected as this week’s Showhouse of the Week on www.CapeTownShowhouses.co.za

This week’s featured showhouse is in Glencairn Heights for R2 900 000.  The featured showhouses module has been exclusively secured by Chas Everitt International’s Cape Town South franchise for six months.

 

Step into your family cottage in the woods

Step into your family cottage in the woods
R2 350 000 – Three bedroom character home in Plumstead

Looking for one that’s special?

This modern and spacious three-bedroom home in the suburbs is perfect for a family to move in straight away, with the benefit of being able to work from home.

There is a generous front garden with a covered patio. The living area is modern and open plan and has a large lounge with a large modern closed combustion fireplace. There is a stylish kitchen that is centrally situated that leads out to a spacious back garden and covered patio. There is a separate scullery. The spacious living area flows nicely into a large dining room. There is a nice sized low-maintenance garden. The outside office or man cave is fitted with air-conditioning and is ideal for those wanting to work from home.

The main bedroom flows into a modern and stylish en-suite bathroom and there is also a separate modern family bathroom. Both bathrooms offer a trendy mix of modern and retro finishes.

The property is secured with an alarm. There is undercover parking for three to four cars behind an automated gate. This home is close to local schools and transport links such as the M3 and within walking distance to local shops.

The work from home office or man cave offers good space and is air-conditioned.

Don’t miss this opportunity to buy a modern cottage style family home in a sought after area of Upper Plumstead that is spacious and ready for you to move in.

More details

Other showhouses on show Sunday 23rd February 2020

Load sheading Area 11

Load sheading Area 11

Load Shedding: Area 11

Load shedding in stage 2
Schedules and load shedding status for your area.

This article was last updated on Monday, 3 February 2020.

Eskom has implemented stage 2 load shedding until Thursday morning, with a respite between 6am and 9am each day.

Eskom CEO Andre De Ruyter has warned South Africans to brace themselves for increased rolling blackouts over the next 18 months, as the power utility implements a maintenance plan in an effort to turn things around.

Eskom Hld SOC Ltd

@Eskom_SA

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Date: 2 February 2020

Stage 2 rotational loadshedding will continue from 09:00 tomorrow until Thursday at 06:00, with respite between 06:00 to 09:00 each day, when possible.

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Your area will next be load shed from 02:00 to 04:30 on Wednesday 5 February 2020.

ESKOM LOAD-SHEDDING ACTIVE: 3-6 FEB
​STAGE 2 ACTIVE FOR BOTH ESKOM AND CITY-SUPPLIED CUSTOMERS UNTIL THURSDAY AT 06:00, WITH BREAKS DURING MORNING AND EVENING TRAFFIC PERIODS BETWEEN 06:00-09:00 AND 16:00-18:00. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR TIMES AND AREAS AFFECTED, AND
BE PREPARED FOR OUTAGES.