Overwhelming response to Homestead View Security Estate

The response to the recent launch of Homestead Views Security Estate has been overwhelming, and this is before we have even listed it on our website and the two main South African portals, Property 24 and Private Property, where we usually obtain most of our leads.

Homestead Views is being developed on the 5ha site (recently cleared of rooikrans) on the corner of the R330 and Homestead Road. This property has been zoned residential since 2001, and Homestead Views will be the last phase of the existing Homestead Village, developed 15 years ago, and which has its entrance in Reservoir Road. Homestead Views will have its own entrance in Homestead Road and its own home owners association, and slightly different architecture.

On offer are 59 two and three bedroomed freehold freestanding homes from R1.829m to R2.991m, and 40 apartments (called Homestead Villas) from R999,000 to R1.8m, marketed by Pam Golding Properties.

Homestead Views will feature a manned entrance, electrified fencing, brick-paved roads, waterborne sewerage  …. and breathtaking north-facing views. Infrastructure installation will commence soon, with house completions in 2022.

The timing of the launch could not have been better, with our stock of houses to sell at an all time low, after our record sales since May last year, our best sales since 2005. The reason for the excellent response from buyers is the affordability, with the price range of R1m to R3m, and the excellent value, with for example a two bedroomed house being only R1.829m, all-in, including the plot, VAT (no transfer duty) and transfer costs. Bond costs are payable by the buyer, if applicable.

It is a very appropriate development, being adjacent to existing developments and homes, and within easy walking distance of the centre of town.

We have built a wonderful relationship with the developers, Ntaba Holdings, over the last two years on St Francis Links, where they have been active, and are delighted to be working with them again on this exciting project.

We have shown our commitment to the development with at least four of us at Pam Golding buying units.

Anyone interested please contact Dot Stuart-White (0832365703) or Lois Fox (0823719183), or email stfrancisbay@pamgolding.coza .

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Sharp increase in local active Covid-19 cases

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THERE has been yet another increase in the number of active COVID-19 cases in the Kouga region.

Active Covid-19 cases totalled 141 on June 24 according to the latest report from the Department of Health. On June 20, there was 106 active COVID-19 case in the region.

There are five COVID-19 patient (four oxygenated) at the Isivivana Hospital in Humansdorp.

Some 131 residents have died.

The breakdown per town, as at June 24, was Jeffreys Bay (84), Humansdorp (32), St Francis (10), Patensie (7), Hankey (4), Thornhill (3), Oyster Bay (1), and Loerie (0).

The hot spots are Arcadia (1), Aston Bay (eight), Gill Marcus (2), Golf Course (1), Hankey (4), Hankey (4), Humansdorp Town (24), Jeffreys Bay Central (58), Kruisfontein (1), KwaNomzamo (2), Maak `n Las (1), Oyster Bay (1), Paradise Beach (4), Patensie (7), Pellsrus (7), St Francis Bay (10), Thornhill (3), and Wavecrest (7).

The cumulative total stood at 5 791, including, 5 519 recoveries.

 

 

 

 

Help feed the Kouga Community this July

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ONE . . . two  . . .  three  . . . thousands of  glass bottles filled with various dry ingredients – all for a good cause.

Kouga Municipality is on a mission to collect at least 670 bottles of “Keep Kouga Caring” for families in need over the next three weeks in celebration of Mandela Day on Sunday, July 18.

Each bottle will contain rice, soup mix, lentils, soup power and a stock cube – enough to provide a warm meal for a family of four.

“The municipality has launched a competition for staff and councillors aimed at supporting food relief projects that assist residents whose income has been affected by COVID-19 and struggle to put food on the table,” said Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks.

“Each and every employee and councillor has been challenged to donate as many empty glass coffee bottles and dry ingredients as possible.”

According to Hendricks, each bottle of “Keep Kouga Caring” will ensure at least one warm meal for a family of four.

“The directorate that donates the most bottles and ingredients will be crowned the Community Champion,” said Hendricks.

Hendricks said thousands of Kouga households had been struggling to put food on their tables due to the lockdown restrictions.

“The municipality and community-based projects helped to feed more than 25 000 people across Kouga during the first 35 days of the COVID-19 lockdown,” he said.

“In October 2020, the municipality took hands with six soup kitchens, most of which were established during the COVID-19 lockdown, to help address the escalating shortage of food in homes – benefiting over 1 000 residents.

“The bottles of ‘Keep Kouga Caring’ donated by municipal employees and councillors, will allow us to add to these efforts and reach even more people.”

According to Hendricks, he is very proud of the staff members for initiating the drive and showing their hearts truly belong to Kouga and its people.

“May the best directorate win!”

How residents can help

Residents and businesses can help by donating empty coffee bottles and ingredients for the soup mixture.

Each bottle of “Keep Kouga Caring” will contain the following ingredients:

  • ½ cup of rice
  • ½ cup of soup mix or split peas
  • ½ cup of lentils
  • 1 stock cube
  • 1 sachet of soup powder
  • Optional: pasta or samp

Donations can be dropped off at the Jeffreys Bay Municipality office at 33 Da Gama Road between 08:00 and 16:00 from Monday to Friday – for attention Monique Basson.

“Each donation, whether it is one bottle or more, will help to make a difference,” said Hendricks.

For more information, or to arrange collection, contact Monique Basson at 082 219 9169.

Help feed the Kouga Community this July

Kouga Municipality is on a mission to collect at least 670 bottles of “Keep Kouga Caring” for families in need over the next three weeks in celebration of Mandela Day on Sunday, July 18. Ready to collect as many bottles as possible, are (from left) Kouga Office Administrator (Speaker), Yvonne Herbst, Kouga Speaker, Hattingh Bornman, Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, and Corporate Services Portfolio Councillor, Timothy Jantjes.

Building-plan amnesty extended to December

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KOUGA homeowners have been granted a further six months to apply for amnesty from fines and penalties payable for incomplete or incorrect building plans.

The extension was approved by the Kouga Council at a virtual meeting on Friday, May 28 after taking into consideration the effect the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown had on the submission of plans and other operations.

Kouga Planning and Development Portfolio Chairman, Alderman Ben Rheeder, said the amnesty period had originally been approved for the period January 2019 to June 2020, after which it had been extended for another year from June 2020 to June 2021.

“The resolution will take the closing date for applications until December 2021 and follows on numerous requests from industry professionals and residents for an extension,” he said.

According to Rheeder, close to R1 021 000 in fines and penalties had been waived since the start of the amnesty period in January 2019.

“The waiver of penalties would not have a negative effect on the income stream of the municipality due to the new number of applications received and the adjustment of the value of the property to counter the loss in the long term,” he said.

Rheeder said the purpose of the amnesty period was to give homeowners the opportunity to ensure their properties complied with the National Building Regulations.

“The non-compliance is not always the fault of the current property owner, hence Council’s decision to declare and extend the amnesty period,” he explained. “In some instances, previous owners built, extended or altered their properties without building plans having been submitted or approved.

“There are various reasons for this, including architects and draughtsman not always returning building plans to the municipality for final approval.

“There are also properties that are in use despite not having occupation certificates as the final building inspections were never concluded.”

Rheeder said property owners in this position would typically be fined in terms of the National Building Regulations and municipal standard application fees. “It is these fines and penalties that will be waived during the amnesty period. The normal application approval fees will, however, still be applicable and payable.

“We would also like to emphasise that the amnesty period must not be construed as a relaxation of any standards, regulations or legislation. It is simply an attempt to legalise illegal structures within the municipal area in accordance with the relevant legislation.

“Building plans must still comply with all relevant regulations, both national and municipal.”

Rheeder cautioned that building plans for unuathorised structures submitted through this process would also be subject to inspections by the municipality’s Building Control section. Any structures that do not comply with the required standards will not be approved until such a time as the necessary corrections have been done.

“Each case will be dealt with on merit and the municipality remains the final decision-maker,” he said.

All submissions for exemptions must be put in writing and emailed to the Department of Planning and Development at nlappert@kouga.gov.za or jmarais@kouga.gov.za.

St Francis to boast new modern estate 

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Homestead Views Security Estate2: The estate offers a variety of turnkey full title units that are meticulously designed for contemporary modern living.

ONGOING multi-million Rand investments in Kouga has seen the launch of a new modern and secure lifestyle estate in St Francis Bay last week Friday – raising the profile of the region.

Developed by Ntaba Holdings, the new Homestead Views Security Estate –

located on the outskirts of St Francis overlooking the town with spectacular sea views – will offer a variety of turnkey sectional and full title units that are meticulously designed for contemporary living.

Construction of the internal services are scheduled to start in the next three to four months.

Designed and built in the traditional St Francis Bay style, the estate will consist of 59 full title units and 40 sectional title units, ranging from one-bedroom to three-bedroom houses and apartments. There is also an option between single and double storey homes.

According to Ntaba Holdings Marketing Director, Kevin Penney, 16 full title and sectional title units have already been sold, respectively.

“The different units will boast energy-saving features such as gas hobs, LED-lighting, and rainwater harvesting,” said Penney. “The estate will be access-controlled and secured with an electrified perimeter fence, while it will feature brick-paved roads, waterborne sewage, and breathtaking north-facing views.”

Penney said that one of the brick-paved roads, Cooper Crescent, has been named in recognition of Peter and John Cooper’s contribution to the establishment of Homestead Village and in memory of John Cooper.

Future projects by Ntaba Holdings include a development in Port St Francis, as well as 240 affordable housing units in Humansdorp.

Kouga Acting Mayor, Brenton Williams, said he was excited about the large-scale development that will see St Francis Bay securing a well-deserved spot on the map as a world-class lifestyle destination for young and old.

“We are excited about these kind of projects as they bring much-needed jobs for the people of Kouga, as well as bring big investor confidence,” said Williams.

“It is one of the municipality’s most important goals to create a business-friendly environment in which economic growth can be sustained – hlping to create a safe space where people can work, live, and play.”

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Homestead Views Security Estate3: The lifestyle estate will boost 40 turnkey sectional title units.