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Looking to buy a property that is a 'solid investment'? Here are 5 things you need to know

When buying a property, you may only be concerned about your immediate property needs, but experts say you should also "buy with the future in mind". Gerhard van der Linde from Seeff Pretoria East offers this advice. 1. Consider the neighbourhood While you may enjoy a neighbourhood with a great nightlife at the…

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  • 15 Feb 2018

Buying property with your partner? 6 questions you need to ask yourself!

These days you don’t need to put a ring on it to say “I do” to buy a home with your partner. In fact, many couples are delaying a trip down the aisle to invest that money in their first property. Of course, making a joint commitment like a property purchase without the protection of marriage can be risky, so how do you tell if it’s a good idea for you, or if you’re letting yourself…

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  • 12 Feb 2018

Don’t ignore the emotional side of buying or selling property

The property marketplace is often overshadowed by the investment goals of sellers and buyers, who have forgotten the emotional aspect of purchasing a home for “you and your family”. “The nostalgia many of us carry with us about our childhood home is often a major factor when buyers gravitate toward a suburb or particular home,” says Richard Gray 

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  • 7 Feb 2018

Are you planning to move in soon? Here are 5 ways to get your new home ready!

After saving up and months of searching for the right home, applying for a bond and patiently waiting for the keys to the front door, it is finally time to cross the threshold and move into your new home. Now what? Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says buying a home is an exciting time and an amazing milestone…

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  • 2 Feb 2018

5 top tips for smart property purchasing in 2018

While the current property market may still favour buyers, it doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be well prepared before putting in an offer to purchase. So says, Debbie Justus-Ferns, divisional manager of Renprop Residential Sales, who explains that setting out proper parameters before beginning the search for a home is just as essential as ever. The…

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  • 24 Jan 2018

Are you paying the right amount for your home insurance?

Vera Nagtegaal, Executive Head of, says it’s not uncommon for people to take out short- and long-term insurance policies and not give their policies another thought. “Usually, once the paperwork is out of the way, these are completely forgotten about until something happens that needs urgent attention. But, it is incredibly important for consumers to regularly review…

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  • 19 Jan 2018

The average age of a first time house buyer in South Africa in each major location

First time home buying levels in South Africa appear to have achieved some stability in 2017, after some prior years of weakening, according to new data published by lender FNB. According to the FNB Estate Agent Surveys through 2017, the estimated average 1st time home buyer level was 20.27% of total home buying for the year. This is at almost the same level as the 20%…

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  • 18 Jan 2018

7 tips to protect your home while you’re on holiday

The festive season is upon us, and for some of us, this means taking some much-needed time off to relax before we kick off the new year. If you are planning a getaway, remember that the festive season usually also coincides with an increase in crime and accidents, especially home burglaries. This makes it vital to protect your house before you…

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  • 15 Dec 2017

5 ways to 'feel at home' fast in your new house

The buying process is over, and the moving truck has delivered your household goods to your new property. Now it’s time to unpack and turn your new house into a home. Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, provides five tips to get you through the labour-intensive…

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  • 7 Dec 2017

6 types of renovations that will increase the value of your home – and one that won’t

Whether you are renovating your house to create more space, rejuvenate or to put it in the market, getting to grips with how renovations impact the sale price will help you make an informed decision. Dr Simphiwe Madikizela, Head of Retail Sales and Special Projects at FNB Housing Finance, says many consumers mistakenly assume that when you invest in renovations, the money…

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  • 23 Nov 2017

Top 5 tips for investing in a holiday home

As the festive season draws near, many will be starting to make arrangements to spend some holiday time in South Africa’s most sought-after leisure destinations. The holiday season is an ideal time for prospective holiday home investors to visit these locations and get a feel for the property market in these areas, says Adrian Goslett, Regional…

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  • 16 Nov 2017

Your 4-step guide to building a good credit history

Establishing and maintaining an excellent credit record is imperative for consumers who want to own a home. “Those who aspire to buy a property will require a favourable credit record to improve their chances of bond approval. Although lending criteria has softened marginally since the introduction of the National Credit Act (NCA)…

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  • 8 Nov 2017

4 affordable ways to increase the value of your home

Massive renovations don’t always deliver the best return on investment when you’re selling your home. So if you’re borrowing money to make home improvements, consider implementing relatively inexpensive aesthetic changes that can substantially increase your home's value and appeal.  Most property experts agree that first impressions count and a house that looks clean,…

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  • 30 Oct 2017

Top 4 reasons why sellers should use an estate agent

To reduce costs, some homeowners may be thinking about listing their property themselves, rather than making use of a real estate professional. On the surface, this may seem to be an excellent way to cut down on expenses during the home sales process, however, it also means that the homeowner will have to see the whole process through from start to finish. According…

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  • 19 Oct 2017

The Pros and Cons to paying off your home loan early.

With Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) having revealed that a large majority of consumers have settled their bonds, many homeowners will be anticipating the prospects and viability of paying off their home loans early. Calvin Ndlovu, Head of Operations at FNB Home Loans, says there is no correct or incorrect answer…

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  • 16 Oct 2017

How to: Apply For a Home Loan

You’re hoping to enter the property market for the first time, or upgrade your existing place. Here’s how to ensure the bank approves your loan. Identification and paperworkMake sure you have all your paperwork in order before you start the hunt for a home loan. Banks will need your identity document, a proof of your current address…

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  • 5 Oct 2017

Saving on electricity: Understand what your appliances are costing you

When we talk about electricity, we refer to energy in Kilowatt-hour abbreviated as kWh. kWh implies a Kilo (that is 1,000) Watts of power for one hour. Note the use of power and energy: Think of power as the speed at which you use energy. So power, multiplied by the time in hours, is the total energy you use in kWh. In terms of cost a kWh from Eskom costs between R1.70…

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  • 28 Sep 2017

Ask the right questions for a successful home loan application

There’s a reason it’s difficult to qualify for a bond. It’s because banks understand the extra costs and the burden these costs may place on a homeowner. So even though you know you’ll be able to afford the monthly bond repayment comfortably, there are other costs you need to take into account before you so confidently say that that R1,2m home fits right in with your budget. Lolly…

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  • 19 Sep 2017

Tax implications of selling your primary residence

The decision to sell your home is a big one, and generally involves both emotional and financial factors. “It is worthwhile to consulting your tax adviser when considering a move to establish any potential tax liability that may need to be factored into your decision.” Often…

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  • 14 Sep 2017

9 essential money lessons to teach your kids

Worried about how your children are going to fare in the property market? Teaching them financial responsibility at an early age can help to shape them into successful homeowners of the future. One of the most important factors in providing children with a bright future is helping them to master the skills of effective…

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  • 8 Sep 2017

JUST JINJER & Bobby Van Jaarsveld at San Lameer

It's that time of the year again!! San Lameer Estate is proud to present a JUST JINJER & 

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  • 1 Sep 2017

San Lameer Estate has their own Mountain Bike Trail.


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  • 24 Aug 2017


SAN LAMEER TOGETHER WITH CEMAIR IS RUNNING A COMPETITION!Book a flight with Cemair on the Cape Town – Margate Route (via Plettenberg Bay), accommodation through San Lameer Villa Rentals or the San Lameer Resort Hotel between 10 July 2017 – 10 October 2017. Receive an entry when you book flights from Cape Town to Margate (via Plettenberg Bay) on Cemair…

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  • 2 Aug 2017


Following the meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) this week, the Reserve Bank has decided tolower the repo rate by 25 basis points to 6,75% and the prime rate and variable mortgage rate from 10,5% to10,25%. This decision follows the steady decline in the inflation rate, which showed annualised growth…

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  • 21 Jul 2017

Wildlife Wednesday at San Lameer: Water Mongoose

Today is Wednesday and that means the next installment of our #WildlifeWednesday series. Today we will be showcasing the Water Mongoose. The…

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  • 19 Jul 2017

San Lameer is filled with some beautiful and interesting wildlife - Reedbuck

Today we bring you the next installment of #WildlifeWednesday and with it, the Southern Reedbuck. Showcasing the wide variety of animals…

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  • 12 Jul 2017

San Lameer is home to some of natures most incredible wildlife

Showcasing the variety of animals located around the San Lameer Estate. Today we bring you the next installment of #WildlifeWednesday,…

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  • 6 Jul 2017

San Lameer is filled with some beautiful and interesting wildlife - Blue Duiker

Today we bring you the next installment of #WildlifeWednesday, the Blue Duiker. Showcasing the variety of animals located around the San…

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  • 28 Jun 2017

San Lameer is filled with some beautiful and interesting wildlife - Grey Duiker

San Lameer is filled with some beautiful and interesting wildlife. Today we present to you, the Grey Duiker. #WildlifeWednesday The…

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  • 22 Jun 2017

San Lameer is filled with some beautiful and interesting wildlife - Grey Mongoose

San Lameer is filled with some beautiful and interesting wildlife. Today we talk a little bit about the Grey Mongoose. It is a small species (55–69 cm long, weight range 0.5 – 1.0 kg). It is a dark grey colour with a darker tip of the tail. The legs are a darker grey than the rest of the body. It has a typical elongated mongoose body-shape. The ears are small…

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  • 15 Jun 2017

San Lameer has some beautiful and interesting wildlife - Impala

San Lameer is filled with some beautiful and interesting wildlife. Each Wednesday over the course of the next few weeks, we will be showcasing exactly what can be found around our wonderful estate. Today we start off with the Impala. The impala is a medium-sized antelope found in eastern and southern Africa. The sole member of the genus Aepyceros, it was first…

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  • 8 Jun 2017

How to avoid being turned down for a home loan

When you apply for a home loan, lenders will look at many factors before deciding whether to approve your application or not – and if you don’t ‘pass the test’ for any one of these they are quite likely to turn you down. “This is why it is so important for prospective borrowers to make sure their finances and credit records are all in order before they apply for a loan,…

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  • 31 May 2017

How much you can save by paying just R300 extra into your home loan each month

Shaun Rademeyer, CEO of bond originator BetterLife Home Loans, says that while most home loans are approved with a 20-year repayment term, paying even just a little extra each month can shave years off your arrangement, thereby saving you in interest. Rademeyer noted that on a R1 million property bought with a 90% loan, buyers…

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  • 16 May 2017

Crowned Eagles of San Lameer

After a couple of days running up and down to San Lameer today I finally got a new lifer and what a one it was. Around 9:30am on 11 May 2017 I arrived to find Jacques Sellschop already set up…

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  • 12 May 2017

Do you know how to use your home loan to its fullest potential?

A home loan is more than just a simple facility to keep up with until your property is paid off. It can be a sophisticated money management tool, if managed correctly, says FNB. “A pre-paid home loan facility allows consumers to transfer excess funds into their Home Loan, effectively saving on interest while being able to use the funds at no additional cost,” said Tommy…

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  • 26 Apr 2017

Reminder: South Coast Bike Fest Pre-Registration to access the Margate Main Beach 27-30 April essential.

20 April 2017 Reminder: South Coast Bike Fest Pre-Registration to access Margate Main Beach 27-30 April essential   With one week to go and to avoid disappointment, you are urged to ensure you,…

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  • 20 Apr 2017

More SA properties are being sold for less than their previous purchase price

The number of homes being resold at values below their previous purchase price has climbed in recent months, according to new FNB data.At any given time, there exists a certain amount of residential price deflation in the market – where a home is resold at a value lower than that which the seller purchased it for.FNB noted that in a country such as South…

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  • 13 Apr 2017

Juvenile Crowned Eagle at San Lameer

When Crowned Eagles reach the age of 5 months they behave like bored teenagers and look for things to do to pass the time. This afternoon the San Lameer juvenile did her after-lunch gym routine. This consists of hooking herself by one leg on to a branch that runs horizontally above the nest. She then swings theatrically, as a trapeze artist might, back and forth with exaggerated…

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  • 5 Apr 2017

South Coast Bike Fest - Margate 2017

The beautiful KZN south coast town of Margate with its spectacular scenery boasts pristine beaches along the warm Indian Ocean. It’s also only 630kms from Jozi, making it the perfect outdoor weekend getaway for bikers and families. The 2017 festival is also bigger and better with more thrills than ever before! Bring your friends & family to experience four days…

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  • 31 Mar 2017

Woolly-necked stork seen at San Lameer

The stork is glistening black overall with a black "skull cap", a downy white neck which gives it its name. The lower belly and under-tail coverts are white, standing out from the rest of the dark coloured plumage. Feathers on the fore-neck are iridescent with a coppery-purple tinge. These feathers are elongated and can be erected during displays. The tail is deeply forked and…

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  • 24 Mar 2017

Pace targets 2017 SA Women’s Open hat-trick

SAN LAMEER, KwaZulu-Natal – South Africa’s top golfing export Lee-Anne Pace will be targeting an unprecedented record when the South African Women’s Open heads to the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast for a fifth successive year in early 2017. Thanks to the unwavering support of the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality, Pace has the opportunity to extend her winning tally on the Sunshine…

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  • 28 Nov 2016


“80 days of non stop beach fun”! is what organisers are promising for this years South Coast Summer Tour. Staged for free and kicking off on Margate Beach from 1st – 5th December with Coca Cola Student Festival expect non stop beach sports, beauty pageants, chilled DJ tunes and good vibes. The Coca Cola Obstacle course will separate the men from the boys as the challenges grow…

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  • 16 Nov 2016

Race the Wild Coast

The first event of its kind in South Africa –for the Horseback Adventurer The 22nd October 2016 sees the launch of Race the Wild Coast: a wildly exciting new breed of horse racing. Set to challenge the endurance of any horseback adventurer, riders and teams from all over the…

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  • 20 Oct 2016

The South Coast Lake Eland Mile celebrates its 10th Anniversary

The lake is ready, and the organisers are ready for this year’s 10th Anniversary South Coast Lake Eland Mile, which is taking place on the 30th October, in the heart of the Oribi Gorge on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. The question is – are you ready? The Lake Eland Mile is one of only two open water swims that take place in KwaZulu-Natal…

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  • 20 Oct 2016

Ocean Conservation and Marine Education on the KZN South Coast

Thousands of millennia have taught us that experience is the mother of knowledge, which is why some of the leading diving and boat charter companies on the greater South Coast are going that one step further. This December and January will see them hosting a Shark Awareness Campaign which offers hands on, accessible information in a fun and experiential way for all ages – whether…

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  • 20 Oct 2016

San Lameer Estate Launches Newly built MTB Trail

SAN LAMEER ESTATEMAIN ROAD, LOWER SOUTH COAST, KZNSAN LAMEER MTB TRAIL & FUN RUNEVENT DATE: 18 JUNE 2016 View the map Written by: Jolanda Cloete (Marketing & Liaison Co-ordinator San Lameer Estate) The San Lameer Estate added yet another significant must-experience…

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  • 6 Jun 2016

Ingeli Sky Marathon & Trail Run

The Ingeli Sky Marathon is a challenging mix of forest single track, climbing mountain paths, dirt jeep track and cut grass paths and takes place in the breathtaking surrounds of the Ingeli Forests on the KwaZulu Natal South Coast. Set  to  take  place  on  the  30th April  2016, each  year  this  race  is  attracting  an  increased number  of  participants …

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  • 5 Apr 2016

Natal South Coast beaches offer action packed Easter program

Don’t be left out...get down to the Easter Fever on Margate Main Beach from 26–29 March this season and be a part of the fun!   Join in the action in the sports arenas with loads of exciting competitions and prizes to be won! As always, the Easter Fever bikini babes will turn up the heat handing out thousands of rand’s worth of fantastic giveaways. Watch…

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  • 5 Apr 2016

R30m marula factory to boost KZN tourism

A R30-million marula-processing factory will provide jobs and boost tourism while keeping an age-old tradition alive, says MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Mike Mabuyakhulu. He was speaking at the opening of the factory in KwaMhlabuyalingana in the UMkhanyakude District in northern KZN on Saturday. The marula fruit thrives in the…

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  • 5 Apr 2016

KZN tourism registers almost 2million visitors for 2015 festive season

Nearly two million visitors flocked to KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) to soak up the sun and take part in the fun festivities. which are expected to take place. Multiple music concerts, fun family events and a vibrant nightlife can all be enjoyed in Durban and across the province during this festive season. Head of Durban Tourism, Phillip Sithole, says the city is expected…

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  • 5 Apr 2016

The KZN South Coast goes global with the 2015 World ShootOut competition

Rated as the biggest underwater photography competition, the World ShootOut Underwater Photo Grand Prix Competition is now in its 5th year. Off the back of an invitation from African Dive Adventures and as a result of attending one of the world’s largest oceanic and water-themed exhibitions – Das Boot in Germany – Ugu South Coast Tourism has announced that it is one of the top…

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  • 27 Nov 2015

The first sardines to be caught off the South Coast since 2012

At about noon, the skipper and crew of the Moonlight fishing boat bagged some 120 crates of the elusive silver fish. The going rate for the fish is believed to be at about R600 per crate. Fascinated beach locals formed a crowd around the seine nets as the crew of the boat crated their catch, while gulls swooped overhead to pluck any wayward fish from the waves, South Coast…

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  • 27 Nov 2015

Fishing Report - 20 November 2015

Anglers in the Port Edward area are out in numbers seeking early summer fish. Garrick and some beautiful Bronze Bream have been landed in and around Splash Rock and Lucky Dip. A few Hammerheads have also made an appearance in the evenings. A few anglers targeting Bronze Bream in the gullies have been surprised when they were fortunate to hook into a Brusher instead and a few…

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  • 27 Nov 2015

Positive outlook for KwaZulu-Natal's South Coast

It was back in 2012, when concerns over rising unemployment prompted Hibiscus Coast mayor Cynthia Mqwebu to state that a new growth strategy for the area was needed. Tourism is the mainstay industry of KZN's South Coast and it has not been able to attract anywhere near the volume of infrastructure and private sector investment that the north of Durban has, which benefited…

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  • 25 Nov 2015


CROWN EAGLES / KROONARENDE Written by / Geskryf deur Jacques Sellschop History is repeating itself. Our Crowned Eagle family is successfully rearing another juvenile. The new female, hatched on 20 September last year, followed text book predictions and took her first flight on Tuesday morning 17 January at 9am. It was a modest, downward glide on to the top of…

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