This month we look at how property market is becoming more green and how you can follow; we meet Karen Thorne and Stefan Coetzee and Natie Booysen our latest square pegs.
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Tech and cultural shifts changing the face of property

While the ebb and flow of economic cycles continue to exert its influence on the property market in predictable patterns, longer-lasting changes are taking place due to cultural shifts and the technological revolution that we are living through, says Stanton Naidoo, executive general manager for property and asset management services at Business Partners Limited.

The trend towards green buildings is a good example of where mutually reinforcing cultural changes and technological advances have begun to impact property in very tangible ways. Increasing numbers of the workforce are environmentally aware and find it desirable to work in environmentally friendly buildings, giving landlords who use technology to green their buildings an edge in the market, says Stanton.

Green technological solutions are being retrofitted onto existing buildings, including ever-cheaper solar panels, and energy efficient lighting and air-conditioning systems. New developments, meanwhile, are increasingly designed according to environmental principles, allowing natural light and airflow to cut down on operating costs.


Greening your building without breaking the bank

South African property owners are fast learning that greening their buildings is no longer just about saving the planet, says Sadhna Maharaj, regional property manager at Business Partners Limited.

Although the big picture of global warming remains important, the savings that can accumulate by making your building more energy and water efficient have become a strong imperative, she says.

And apart from keeping the operational costs down, greening initiatives can add substantial value to a building by making it more comfortable and attractive to tenants. Also, as property owners in Cape Town have learned during the recent drought, energy and water self-sufficiency of buildings can be a major advantage during climate shocks and power failures.

July 2018 / Vol.9.6


Slow, patient struggle pays off for SA’s only community TV station

Twelve years ago, six idealistic people crammed into a small room at the back of a film school in Observatory, Cape Town, to start the community television station Cape Town TV.

Today, their number has grown to seventy - thirty full time staff members and forty part time, their monthly viewership to over two million, and they are ready to celebrate ten years on air in September.

Yet the most remarkable achievement of Cape Town TV, which broadcasts a mix of local, home-grown content, independently produced programmes and international news, is that it has remained true to its original idea:  a station owned and run by the community in the form of a network of 200 community-based organisations.


Friendship culminates in thriving car workshop

Two friends who started their own mechanical workshop in Rustenburg eight months ago with one employee have already employed three more mechanics to keep up with the demand.

Stefan Coetzee and Natie Booysen’s friendship formed over close on a decade through their shared enthusiasm for cars and races, and culminated in opening BC Performance last year in the Business Partners Limited (BUSINESS/PARTNERS) complex of small industrial units in Rustenburg.

Stefan, who had been working for a local transport company for ten years after he left school, got a call from Natie one day to say that the Adco and ACD agency in Rustenburg was up for sale.

Unit 22,
Richards Bay CBD Mini Factory
Richards Bay

Property type: Industrial unit

Location: Unit 22, Richards Bay CBD Mini Factory, 5 -7 Rupee Rif

Size: 135.5m²

Rental: R5 420

Availability: Immediately

Features: Armed response, ablution facility, water supply, cleaning, and waste removal.

Feroz Khan
082 821 4305


Unit 27,
Dickswell Building

Property type: Office space

Location: Unit 27, Dickswell Building, 92-96 Josiah Gumede Rd, Pinetown

Size: 120m²

Rental: R4 500

Availability: Immediately

Features: Waste removal.

Rani Veerasamy
079 533 3754


Unit 12,
Eldo Square Shopping Centre

Property type: Retail space

Location: Unit 12, Eldo Square Shopping Centre, Eldoraigne

Size: 175m²

Rental: R31 500

Availability: Immediately

Features: Kitchen, water supply, cleaning, waste removal, air conditioning, geyser (hot water), and receiving area.

Nicole Wannies
076 641 3292

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