Women’s Day in South Africa

Women’s Day in South Africa

Women’s Day in South Africa is a different date to the rest of the world.  Women’s Day in South Africa marks the anniversary of the great women’s march of 1956, where women marched to the Union Buildings to protest against the carrying of pass books.

On 9 August 1956, about 20 000 women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against legislation aimed at tightening the apartheid government’s control over the movement of black women in urban areas.

The earliest Women’s Day observance, called “National Woman’s Day,”was held on February 28, 1909, in New York, organised by the Socialist Party of America at the suggestion of activist Theresa Malkiel.

In August 1910, an International Socialist Women’s Conference was organised in Copenhagen, Denmark. Inspired in part by the American socialists, German Socialist Luise Zietz proposed the establishment of an annual Women’s Day although no date was specified at that conference. Delegates (100 women from 17 countries) agreed with the idea as a strategy to promote equal rights including suffrage for women.

The following year on March 19, 1911, IWD was marked for the first time, by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.  In the Austro-Hungarian Empire alone, there were 300 demonstrations. In Vienna, women paraded on the Ringstrasse and carried banners honouring the martyrs of the Paris Commune. Women demanded that they be given the right to vote and to hold public office. They also protested against employment sex discrimination.

The Americans continued to celebrate National Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February.

Chas Everitt Cape Town South pays tribute to the fact that the real estate industry remains one where so many women have not only been welcome but have excelled and in so many company’s have taken the lead.

Water Discolouration

Water Discolouration

The City of Cape Town is advising residents that water in the distribution system is currently discoloured over a large part of the eastern, central and southern suburbs.

“The discolouration is due to a process control fault at the Faure Water Treatment Plant. As a safety precaution, residents are advised to boil the water before drinking especially if it appears discoloured,” the City said in a statement. “We are now feeding the affected areas of the network from Blackheath Reservoir and the situation is anticipated to normalise over the next few days.”

The City is working on resolving the problem as soon as possible, and wishes to apologise to the public for any inconvenience.

Community notice sponsored by Chas Everitt Cape Town South

Free Online Valuation Offer

Free Online Valuation Offer

Valuator:  Our computer-assisted valuation is now only provided free of charge to property owners in the Southern Suburbs, Constantiaberg and False Bay areas of Cape Town.

The valuation will be sent to you by email.

Valuator is a service marketed by Homeimage (in association with Chas Everitt Cape Town South).  HomeImage provides real estate marketing services such as floor plans, professional property photography.

Your local Chas Everitt agent will be able to review the valuation at your request without any obligation or cost to you.  If you subsequently wish to have a local agent provide you with a more detailed valuation assessment after a viewing of your property, please let them know directly.

Proceed to free property valuation 

REGISTERING SOLAR POWER INSTALLATIONS

REGISTERING SOLAR POWER INSTALLATIONS

CAPE TOWN DUE DATE FOR REGISTERING SOLAR POWER INSTALLATIONS

Owners of properties with solar power systems, and which properties are situated in the jurisdiction of the City of Cape Town Municipality, must register their installation with the City by 31 May. The initial deadline was set for the end of February 2019, but the City extended the grace period to Thursday this week.

In this Youtube video, the City explains why such regulation is necessary and also which exceptions apply, such as in the case of solar powered water geysers.

According to the City’s website, applicants can either register a grid-tied system or an off-grid SSEG.

For a complete guide to registering your systems, visit: Grid-tied systems application process or Off-grid systems application process

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The Winter Garden in Cape Town

The Winter Garden in Cape Town

There’s always work to be done in the garden to keep green fingers busy – even in winter. Our June gardening guide is packed with tips, from keeping your garden healthy to which vegetables to grow in winter.

Spotlight on: Indoor projects for kids
Keep your children busy these winter holidays with fun indoor-garden projects:

  • We love this eggshell succulent garden, and so will your kids. They’re easy to make and an effective way to teach the basics of gardening.
  • Dress up ordinary flowerpots with these creative gumboot gardens. They are also the best way to upcycle your old boots!
  • Transform an ordinary herb pot into a work of art with just two creative tools: blackboard paint and chalk. Simply paint the rim or base of your terracotta pots (whichever style you prefer) with blackboard paint, then label with the herb name in chalk when it’s dry.

ON YOUR TO-DO LIST FOR JUNE  

Plant and sow

Feed

  • Feed lemon trees with a 2:3:2 general fertiliser.
  • Remedy yellowing leaves with a micro-element mixture such as Trelmix.
  • Feed bulbs with bulb food once every two weeks and water well.
  • Winter- and spring-flowering seedlings require an organic fertiliser such as Nitrosol or Atlantic All-purpose fertiliser every two weeks with a weekly watering.
  • Check the edges of sweet peas. If they’re brown and papery, feed with a 3:1:5 fertiliser.
  • Feed indoor plants with Nitrosol weekly.

   Prune & Trim

 Pests

  • Keep an eye out for leaf miner on cinerarias and spray with Bioneem.
  • Use Bioneem on conifers to ward off aphids, or dissolve insecticide granules in water to pour at the base of the tree.
  • Use organic snail bait for snails on cliviasdaffodils and young seedlings.

    Thanks to Stodels for this article

Post Elections Activities!

Post Elections Activities!

The Best May Events in Cape Town 2019 as curated by The Inside Guide

Food trucks, olives, cab franc and design… These are the things to look forward to in Cape Town during May 2019.

The Mother of all cities is hotting up with a festive lineup of cool events! Here’s their pick of where to go and what to do in May 2019.

Take a look at The Inside Guide 

 

From Dear Cape Town

The City of Cape Town has opened their draft budget for public comment and is asking for your input on the proposed increases in rates, taxes, water, electricity and refuse removal.

[click to view the increases]

By calling for public comment, the CoCT has provided an excellent opportunity for you to directly influence the budget in the direction you want it to go.

We urge you to have your say by clicking the green button below and to encourage everyone you know to participate in this essential process. As an extra measure, DearSA will compile a report from all comments received and will present it to the City to ensure the voice of the public is not ignored.

Please take action and participate now as the closing date is Monday 29 April.

Thank you for participating in your democracy.

The team at 
Dear South Africa.

Should the green button not show, please use this link; https://www.dearcapetown.co.za/coct2019/

 

Editor’s Note: 

PROPERTY VALUATION and RATES

The 2019/20 Budget tabled on 28 March 2019 has changes to the way property rates will be calculated in future.
There is an increase from the point where property rates start to be payable. It was increased from R200 000 to R300 000. The Rate in Rand was lowered from 0.007154 to 0.00555. It represents a 22% drop in the Rate in Rand rate.
The nett effect of these changes is that properties that had a property valuation (GV2018) increase of 30% will be paying the same rates as before. Lower than 30% property valuation will see a decrease in property rates. Those with a property valuation increase (GV2018) of more than 30% will progressively see an increase in their property rates bill.

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Local Real Estate MD Predicts Increases in Sales Activity after Elections

Local Real Estate MD Predicts Increases in Sales Activity after Elections

Sally Gracie, an experienced local agent and MD of Chas Everitt Cape Town South with offices in Fish Hoek, Tokai and Bergvliet says there are plenty of buyers waiting to take action after the election.

“It is not just an observation based on gut feel, it is the clear imbalance between those viewing properties on the portals and the offers being taken. As an agency that monitors many key indicators, we see an issue here showing considerable interest by buyers but a reluctance to follow through with offers. This usually indicates a confidence issue and it’s clear that at the moment we can attribute this to the imminent elections”, says Sally Gracie.

Sally Gracie, Managing Director of Devler Estates trading as Chas Everitt Cape Town South

“We measure four major indicators; the number of people viewing our listings online, the number of appointments that result from this interest and then the number of offers taken and sales concluded,” said Sally.  “When the number of people viewing property increases, but the number of offers taken decreases, then it is clear there is a confidence issue we need to identify. Based on our recent discussions with buyers it is clear that it is not Eskom but the election that is impacting on buyers taking action. “

Sally cautioned sellers to not misread the market. “This situation does not mean that we are expecting an increase in prices as we have had a build-up of stock, in particular at the top end of the market where supply has increased substantially since the start of the year. Sellers need to remain competitive! What is needed is turnover, and we expect that movement will pick up, absorbing the increase in stock that we are currently servicing. I think we can say this is good news for everyone,” she said.

Website: www.cei.co.za

For a free market evaluation email Sally Gracie