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Samual Seeff

Samuel-Seeff

Amidst a challenging economy and slow growth in the property market, it is also a good time to caution sellers and buyers to take extra care when dealing with new, untested market operators.

Manie Annandale

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In a highly anticipated move, the Minister of Human Settlements (Lindiwe Sisulu) recently approved key changes to the policy parameters of the Restructuring Capital Grant (RCG). This policy adjustment has resulted in a groundswell of investor interest in the sector, supporting rapid growth in social housing project pipeline to assist with achievement of government targets.

Patricia de Lille

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The City of Cape Town’s Council has approved the very first inner-city transitional housing project, when they accepted the proposal that the Pickwick site, located on the corner of Pickwick and Copperfield Roads in Salt River, be developed for transitional housing.

Dr Andrew Golding

The new Regulation of Agricultural Land Holdings Bill, which puts the brakes on direct agricultural land ownership by foreigners, has also played a part in ratings agency Fitch’s decision to downgrade SA’s investment rating to junk status. 

Brett Herron

Brett Herron

Council recently approved the City of Cape Town’s revised Built Environment Performance Plan (BEPP), and will spend its capital budget in the next financial year creating public transport corridors for affordable housing. 

Samual Seeff

Samuel-Seeff

Arguably the biggest lesson coming out of the growth of the Cape property market and continued influx of people moving to the metro from other regions, is that service delivery matters.

Deryck Spence

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The definition of marketing defined by the American Marketing Association Board of Directors describes marketing as ‘the coordination of all the resources and processes of the company, for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large’.

Uwe Putlitz

Uwe

Property owners should never reply on verbal contracts! The Joint Building Contracts Committee frequently receive questions from property owners about builders claiming extras, far above the contract amount.

Harry Gey Van Pittius

Harry

The National Human Settlements Indaba in October 2014 has failed to produce any significant housing opportunities and government will not reach the target of 1,5 Million housing opportunities by 2019. What are the major problems we need to overcome in order to develop one million housing opportunities, create integrated housing schemes, jobs, entrepreneurs and black economic empowerment by 2019.

Samual Seeff

Samuel-Seeff

Business as usual for property, despite sluggish economy and credit downgrades. While disappointed at the news of the credit downgrades by Standard & Poor and Fitch ratings agencies, it is by no means all doom and gloom for the property market.

Landiwe Mahlangu

Landiwe-Mahlangu

The current economic malaise can be turned around provided that there is a mind shift regarding the role of South Africa’s cities and towns and the correct policies put into place to enable an economic recovery.

Patricia de Lille

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In Cape Town we are so fortunate in that we have a wealth of natural assets, a diverse and warm people, and an economy that is attractive to investors. But we also struggle with a gap between privileged and vulnerable residents, traffic congestion, and a dire housing need. 

Brett Herron

Brett Herron

South African cities continue to reflect the history of apartheid spatial planning. Many people live very far from work opportunities, reliant on relatively expensive transport options to access their places of employment. 

Uwe Putlitz

Uwe

Subcontractors carry out major and important portions of building and construction work – but are far too often last in the queue when it comes to recognition and legitimate treatment.

Deryck Spence

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The coatings and construction sectors are experiencing a time of unbelievable turmoil in South Africa. Our government has adopted the policy of rewarding and promoting individuals who are not fulfilling their mandates and removing the few competent members of our cabinet – all in the name of efficiency and improvement. Meanwhile, our country, with erstwhile exemplary fiscal record, has been downgraded to junk status.

Manie Annandale

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Social housing represents a critical strategic response to the housing backlog in SA. In addition to expanding the range of rental housing options to lower income households, it is also meant to assist with restructuring cities, reducing spatial inequalities by providing rentals significantly below market levels.

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