Dear South African friends

Dear South African friends
As we go into lockdown in South Africa (and Ireland where I am) I thought to post some thoughts. These are trying times for us all. Many of us will go through similar cycles of fear for our own well-being, and for our family; concerns for our jobs or income, and worry about how the financial markets will affect economies and ultimately impact us. As we should all know by now being in lockdown and adhering to it is vital to “flatten the curve”, to red...

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 ...

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 ...

#PositiveFacebookPage criteria for this Blog / Website

#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 passe...

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

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: Buyers should view the property online first and shortlist those for viewing as opposed to randomly popping in to see properties they have n

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

HIGH ALERT – CANINE PARVO VIRUS OUTBREAK

HIGH ALERT – CANINE PARVO VIRUS OUTBREAK
PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH FRIENDS ON SOCIAL MEDIA Contrary to our earlier observations and statement we now have strong evidence to suggest that the potentially fatal Canine Parvo Virus (CPV) initially confined to the De Waal Park area of Cape Town CBD and limited to a tragic isolated incident has regrettably spread to a number of other neighbourhoods in the Southern Suburbs. The virus is so potent that it is able to be carried and transmitted by unwitt

Endangered western leopard toad threatened by an invasive look-alike.

Endangered western leopard toad threatened by an invasive look-alike.
Endangered western leopard toad threatened by an invasive look-alike, public urged to help. Cape Town - The discovery of the invasive guttural toad species on a property near Seascape Road in Noordhoek has set off alarm bells in conservation circles, who fear the invader species might hinder the livelihood of the endangered western leopard toad that is endemic to the area. Noordhoek is one of the most important traditional breeding areas of the endem...