We are constantly informed of the latest industry news and are invited on various upcoming events within the Construction, Architectural, Building Engineering & Property Development market sectors. Be involved and join us on the upcoming events.

LANGEBAAN – TOWN OF THE FUTURE – “S.M.A.R.T Future through Excellence”

Langebaan has become the village of choice on the West Coast where people live in, play and work in unison. This is mainly due to the exceptional partnership that exists between the Saldanha Bay Municipality (SBM) and the community where the Langebaan Country Estate (LCE) is one of the cornerstones. It is now time to take Langebaan to a new level to make provision for the future. To this end the newly elected SMB Council has been mandated to embrace a new SMART innovative vision to ensure superior services. To bring this vision to fruition, the following mission will be vigorously pursued; “The SBM is caring institution that excels through:
– Accelerated economic growth for community prosperity,
– Establishment of high quality and sustainable services,
– Commitment to responsive and transparent governance,
– The creation of a safe and healthy environment,
– Long term financial sustainability.
To ensure that the implementation of the above takes place, I personally have determined priority “game changers” which will receive my undivided attention. My focus be on economic development and growth based on technology and innovation. Customer care and cleanliness will be non-negotiable. The youth is our future, so attention to programmes in this regard will be launched.
LCE has always played a leading role in the economic growth of Langebaan and has been a shining example in supporting community projects as well as the sponsorship of sport. This approach is in line with the new SBM Vision and mission and forms a firm base from which we can approach the future as a team. I would like to thank Craig Scott and the LCE staff for their enduring support and positive contribution to Langebaan and surrounds. Let us propel ourselves into the future together to achieve the new vision of a “SMART Future through Excellence.”


– Marius Koen – SBM Executive Mayor


Country’s First Off-Shore Supply Base Under Construction

Plans are on track for the country’s first dedicated and customised off-shore supply base supporting the offshore oil and gas industry to be completed by mid-2016.

Quenton Brink, Harbour Master at the Port of Saldanha, currently Acting Port Manager, confirmed construction work commenced in April this year for Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) new off-shore supply base (OSSB) at the Port of Saldanha. The facility will be established at the port’s General Maintenance Quay and is expected to be commissioned by September 2016.

Listed as one of TNPA’s Operation Phakisa projects to develop Saldanha as a specialist hub for the oil and gas sector, the OSSB will serve vessels engaged in supporting offshore exploration and production activities along the West and East coasts of Africa, and calling at South African ports for support and logistics services.

The other TNPA projects include a rig repair facility at berth 205; and a new finger jetty in the vicinity of the port’s Mossgas quay to accommodate floating docks for vessel building, repairs and maintenance.

These projects are collectively valued at almost R10 billion. When TNPA announced these projects at the beginning of the year, they said they were looking for an international investor to sponsor the projects and that they hope to announce the preferred bidder by September this year.

In response to

Weslander’s queries Brink responded that “TNPA is engaging a number of strategic local and international oil and gas industry role players regarding the commercial options available to the market”.

He added that “to this end, our transaction advisors are currently finalising the commercial and economic models for the various projects in preparation for our market approach over the next few months.

“All three projects would complement the 330 ha Saldanha Bay IDZ, which will allow operators to import equipment and goods destined for exploration and production activities off-shore in a similar manner as a ‘free port’”

 


Saldanha Bay To Receive Massive Infrastructure Boost

Transnet National Ports Authority announced on Monday 26 January, that it will invest R9.65 billion in infrastructure projects at Saldanha Bay on the West Coast of South Africa.

The projects are aimed at improving the port’s ability to service the offshore oil and gas industry and to help reduce infrastructure bottlenecks which hamper economic growth.

The 330 ha Saldanha Bay industrial development zone was designated in 2013 as a zone dedicated to serving the oil and gas industry. It has attracted strong interest, mainly from fabricators.

Saldanha Bay supports the export of the iron-ore mined in the Northern Cape province, which currently stands at around 57 million tonnes a year.

Saldanha Bay port manager, Willem Roux said in a press conference on Monday that TNPA sees an opportunity in serving the oil rigs operating on the west and east coasts of Africa, Business Day reported.

The project is expected to be completed by January 2018

Source: Glen Tancott http://www.transportworldafrica.co.za/


Hof gee groen lig vir huise langs strandmeer.

KAAPSTAD. – ’n Gedeelte van Shark Bay aan die Langebaan-strandmeer kan nou ontwikkel word.

Die dispuut oor die ontwikkeling van dié stuk grond het uiteindelik tot die punt gekom waar die Wes-Kaapse hooggeregshof die Wes-Kaapse minister van plaaslike regering se goedkeuring van die ontwikkeling bekragtig het.

Planne vir ’n beoogde behuisingsprojek op die deel van die plaas Oostewal Erf nr. 292 (ook bekend as Shark Bay) maak reeds geruime tyd opslae. Die ­eiendom behoort aan Dormell Eiendomme 391 (Edms.) Bpk.

Dié gebied grens aan die oewer van die sensitiewe Langebaan-strandmeer aan die suidekant van die dorp, langs die Weskus Nasionale Park, maar vorm nie deel van die nasionale park nie. Die ontwikkeling van dié gebied, asook ander langsaan, is al die afgelope 25 jaar die middelpunt van ’n dispuut tussen die provinsiale regering en die inwoners van Langebaan.

Nadat Anton Bredell, Wes-Kaapse minister van plaaslike regering, in 2012 die ontwikkeling goedgekeur het, het die ­Langebaan-belastingbetalers- en inwonersvereniging (LBIV) vroeër vanjaar ’n aansoek by die hooggeregshof ingedien om dié besluit te hersien en ter syde te stel.

Bredell se besluit, ná ’n appèl, het die oorspronklike besluit van die provinsiale departement van ekonomiese aangeleenthede en ontwikkelingsbeplanning, om omgewingsgoedkeuring vir die ontwikkeling af te keur, gedeeltelik omvergewerp.

Die LBIV het onder meer aangevoer dat hy dié gebied wil bewaar en dat Bredell nie al die nodige faktore ingevolge die Wet op Nasionale Omgewingsbestuur in ag geneem het nie.

Regter Vincent Saldanha, wat die aansoek aangehoor het, het in sy uitspraak gesê dit is baie duidelik dat die minister se departement die impak wat die ontwikkeling op die omgewing kan hê, asook die beplanning daarvan sowel as die maatskaplike en ekonomiese faktore, in ag geneem het. Daarom het hy goedkeuring vir 69 eenhede gegee en nie die aanvanklike 109 nie. “Dit blyk die minister het sy verantwoordelikhede ingevolge die Wet op Nasionale Omgewingsbestuur nagekom, hoewel hy besluit het om nie die deel as ’n beskermde gebied te bewaar nie. Maar dit is nie die doel van die hof om die minister se besluit te betwyfel nie,” het Saldanha gesê.

Jaco Kotzé, voorsitter van die LBIV, het gister gesê hulle sal nie die hooggeregshof se bevinding op appèl neem nie, maar hy “sal hom nou onvermoeid beywer om toe te sien dat gedurende die toekomstige fases van die ontwikkeling, die omgewings- en ander voorwaardes streng nagekom word.”

Source: http://www.netwerk24.com/weslander [Jana Breytenbach


Wi-Fi mesh coming to SBM and maybe flights to Johannesburg

A commercial airport and Wi-Fi connection for every home in Saldanha Bay area.

These are some of the plans being investigated for the region according to Saldanha Bay municipal manager Louis Scheepers.

Scheepers presented some of the developments Saldanha Bay municipality (SBM) are looking at for the near future while councillor Stefan Louw, of the municipal financial committee, explained the new budget at the Weskus Sakekamer’s business breakfast held last Thursday at Blue Bay Lodge.

“We want every home to have a Wi-Fi access point, much like water and electrical access. With all the new changes brought by the arrival of the Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) we need to upgrade local infrastructure,” Scheepers said.

The municipality is also looking at the possibility of a local airport to accommodate regular flights between Johannesburg and Saldanha Bay. “According to the data gathered, daily flights between Johannesburg and here seem viable.

“Maybe a company within the IDZ needs to fly in a specialist from Texas – we don’t want that person to first stop in Cape Town. Time is money.”

Local businessman Kobus Louw looked at upgrading the existing airport around 2004 to accommodate national flights, but it never came to fruition and Louw has since passed away.

Scheepers expanded on the need to diversify business in the region and not to have “all the eggs in one basket”.

“In the past our towns have been driven by the fishing industry and later there was a shift to industrial business but we need to look at other markets,” he stated. One such market is tourism which Scheepers says is starting to show growth on the West Coast.

Other municipal plans include urban renewal in both Vredenburg and Saldanha, an integrated transport system between towns and the possibility of having one central waste water treatment for the Saldanha Bay area. Scheepers emphasised the importance of the municipality and the business community working together in the region.

Facilitator Mario Green, chairperson of the local business chamber, urged good use of “invaluable information” to make informed business decisions

Source: http://www.netwerk24.com/weslander [Yaël Malgas] – 6 July 2015


The designs for the civil as well as mechanical and electrical components has been completed for the upgrade of Saldanha’s wastewater treatment works (WWTW) from a capacity of 2,5 megalitre/day to 5 megalitre/day capacity. A contract for the construction of the civil component has been awarded, but the entries for mechanical/electrical component is still under evaluation. The upgrade is planned to be completed by July 2016.

Consultants are busy with the design of the link road bridge over Camp Street which will connect the main IDZ office complex with the TNPA portion of the IDZ land. The tender for construction should be out towards the end of this year.

A tender was recently awarded for a 15 Ml (mega litre) reservoir at Vergelegen.

Source: http://www.netwerk24.com/weslander [Helene Meissenheimer] – 25 May 2015


The Western Cape government is moving ahead with several key projects that could benefit the construction sector in the province

Agroprocessing, tourism and the oil and gas sector had been earmarked for development, Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde told delegates at the Cape Construction Conference, in Cape Town, this week.

The oil and gas sector on the West Coast, near Saldanha Bay, was a key focus area for the province. “We’re spending time in the industrial development zone in Saldanha Bay. Even though oil prices have halved, the numbers show that we must continue pushing in that space. We expect to see more advantages for South Africa, given its close proximity to the oilfields,” said Winde. He outlined that R7-billion would be spent on the rail corridor in Saldanha Bay over the next three years, which would dovetail with other infrastructure projects.

Tourism was another a key sector for the province. Tourism grew by 6.7% in the province last year, with job growth outpacing this. Winde said plans had been passed for the construction of five new hotels in Cape Town, while the V&A Waterfront would finance, design, build and operate the Cape Town cruise-liner terminal. Further, the Western Cape was considering the establishment of a R1-billion halaal agroprocessing food park, either near the Cape Town International Airport or the Cape Winelands. The proposed park would be made up of a cluster of manufacturing and service firms in the halaal industry. The Western Cape government was working in partnership with the Western Cape Fine Foods Initiative and the private sector to develop the project. “There’s a huge gap in the market. We’re considering how to ramp up our game in agroprocessing.

The global halaal market is worth R2.3-trillion globally and we see great opportunities,” stated Winde. The provincial government expected the proposed halaal park to double the province’s share of the fast-growing halaal market. The target market would be North Africa and the Middle East, home to about 20% of the world’s Muslim population. Winde said agroprocessing was growing at a rate of 4.7%, with jobs in the sector growing at 7.8% in the province. Western Cape Transport and Public Works Minister Donald Grant said the province was responsible for 6 500 properties and a road infrastructure with a net asset value of R68-billion.

The province was delivering an economic yield on R150-billion worth of assets. He noted that the provincial government was also on a drive to get the private sector to invest in at least 12 regeneration projects in the province. He conceded that the trend in education and health was declining, but said there were still a lot of opportunities in maintenance. “We are looking at prolonging the life cycle of our assets.” With declining government infrastructure spending, industry experts have seen a sharp shift from public spending to private spending. “We’re seeing companies changing their footprint from the provincial sector to the national sector.

We’re also seeing a big shift to the international market, especially into Africa,” said Bosch Stemele Cape Town regional manager Francois Botma.

Source: http://www.engineeringnews.co.za – 18 August 2015


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LANGEBAAN – TOWN OF THE FUTURE – “S.M.A.R.T Future through Excellence”

Langebaan has become the village of choice on the West Coast where people live in, play and work in unison. This is mainly due to the exceptional partnership that exists between the Saldanha Bay Municipality (SBM) and the community where the Langebaan Country Estate (LCE) is one of the cornerstones. It is now time to take Langebaan to a new level to make provision for the future. To this end the newly elected SMB Council has been mandated to embrace a new SMART innovative vision to ensure superior services. To bring this vision to fruition, the following mission will be vigorously pursued; “The SBM is caring institution that excels through:
– Accelerated economic growth for community prosperity,
– Establishment of high quality and sustainable services,
– Commitment to responsive and transparent governance,
– The creation of a safe and healthy environment,
– Long term financial sustainability.
To ensure that the implementation of the above takes place, I personally have determined priority “game changers” which will receive my undivided attention. My focus be on economic development and growth based on technology and innovation. Customer care and cleanliness will be non-negotiable. The youth is our future, so attention to programmes in this regard will be launched.
LCE has always played a leading role in the economic growth of Langebaan and has been a shining example in supporting community projects as well as the sponsorship of sport. This approach is in line with the new SBM Vision and mission and forms a firm base from which we can approach the future as a team. I would like to thank Craig Scott and the LCE staff for their enduring support and positive contribution to Langebaan and surrounds. Let us propel ourselves into the future together to achieve the new vision of a “SMART Future through Excellence.”


– Marius Koen – SBM Executive Mayor


We are constantly informed of the latest industry news and are invited on various upcoming events within the Construction, Architectural, Building Engineering & Property Development market sectors. Be involved and join us on the upcoming events.

LANGEBAAN – TOWN OF THE FUTURE – “S.M.A.R.T Future through Excellence”

Langebaan has become the village of choice on the West Coast where people live in, play and work in unison. This is mainly due to the exceptional partnership that exists between the Saldanha Bay Municipality (SBM) and the community where the Langebaan Country Estate (LCE) is one of the cornerstones. It is now time to take Langebaan to a new level to make provision for the future. To this end the newly elected SMB Council has been mandated to embrace a new SMART innovative vision to ensure superior services. To bring this vision to fruition, the following mission will be vigorously pursued; “The SBM is caring institution that excels through:
– Accelerated economic growth for community prosperity,
– Establishment of high quality and sustainable services,
– Commitment to responsive and transparent governance,
– The creation of a safe and healthy environment,
– Long term financial sustainability.
To ensure that the implementation of the above takes place, I personally have determined priority “game changers” which will receive my undivided attention. My focus be on economic development and growth based on technology and innovation. Customer care and cleanliness will be non-negotiable. The youth is our future, so attention to programmes in this regard will be launched.
LCE has always played a leading role in the economic growth of Langebaan and has been a shining example in supporting community projects as well as the sponsorship of sport. This approach is in line with the new SBM Vision and mission and forms a firm base from which we can approach the future as a team. I would like to thank Craig Scott and the LCE staff for their enduring support and positive contribution to Langebaan and surrounds. Let us propel ourselves into the future together to achieve the new vision of a “SMART Future through Excellence.”


– Marius Koen – SBM Executive Mayor


Country’s First Off-Shore Supply Base Under Construction

Plans are on track for the country’s first dedicated and customised off-shore supply base supporting the offshore oil and gas industry to be completed by mid-2016.

Quenton Brink, Harbour Master at the Port of Saldanha, currently Acting Port Manager, confirmed construction work commenced in April this year for Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) new off-shore supply base (OSSB) at the Port of Saldanha. The facility will be established at the port’s General Maintenance Quay and is expected to be commissioned by September 2016.

Listed as one of TNPA’s Operation Phakisa projects to develop Saldanha as a specialist hub for the oil and gas sector, the OSSB will serve vessels engaged in supporting offshore exploration and production activities along the West and East coasts of Africa, and calling at South African ports for support and logistics services.

The other TNPA projects include a rig repair facility at berth 205; and a new finger jetty in the vicinity of the port’s Mossgas quay to accommodate floating docks for vessel building, repairs and maintenance.

These projects are collectively valued at almost R10 billion. When TNPA announced these projects at the beginning of the year, they said they were looking for an international investor to sponsor the projects and that they hope to announce the preferred bidder by September this year.

In response to

Weslander’s queries Brink responded that “TNPA is engaging a number of strategic local and international oil and gas industry role players regarding the commercial options available to the market”.

He added that “to this end, our transaction advisors are currently finalising the commercial and economic models for the various projects in preparation for our market approach over the next few months.

“All three projects would complement the 330 ha Saldanha Bay IDZ, which will allow operators to import equipment and goods destined for exploration and production activities off-shore in a similar manner as a ‘free port’”

 


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TREKOSKRAAL HERSONEER VIR “GROEN DORP’

Die beoogde 130 hektaar-ontwikkeling op die plaas Trekoskraal, naby Paternoster, gaan ’n eie kusdorpie wees met geriewe soos ’n kerk, kleuterskool, winkels, restaurante, ouetehuis, poskantoor en sportveld.Verskeie omgewingsvriendelike projekte word oorweeg om die dorpie minder afhanklik van hoofstroomkrag en munisipale watervoorsiening te maak. Dié projekte sluit, onder meer, die moontlikheid van ’n ontsoutingsaanleg in – ’n fasiliteit wat seewater tot drinkwater sal verwerk.
Elkeen van dié inisiatiewe sal natuurlik gepaard gaan met sy eie impakstudie en prosesse van openbare deelname.Daar word ook ’n boetiekhotel met ’n uitsig oor die see, kampeerterrein, vakansiehuise, asook perdry-, fiets- en wandelroetes beplan. Die projek het ’n paar jaar gelede heftige teenkanting van natuurlewe-organisasies, die Weskus-Biosfeer, asook die Nieuwe Rust-inwoners ontlok wat graag die ongerepte skoonheid van die plaas Trekoskraal sou wou behou. Die eienaar van die 15 000 ha grond, Casper Wiehahn, het die plaas al in 1995 gekoop met die doel om dit te ontwikkel.Die beplande dorpie vir Trekoskraal het ’n aanloop van dekades, maar volgens die projekbestuurder, Jacques Pauw, is die spit van die eerste sooi nou baie naby. As alles volgens plan verloop, kan die konstruksie – wat rof geskat vyf of ses jaar sal duur – in 2018 begin.
Pauw sê die publiek se insette en teenkanting gedurende openbare deelname het verskeie veranderinge aan die oorspronklike beplanning meegebring, soos die aansienlike vermindering van die wooneenhede vir die gebied.Die konsepbeplanning het aanvanklik 2 500 eenhede voorgestel, maar is verminder na onder ’n 1 000. Belanghebbende partye word nou die geleentheid gegee om die projek se hersoneringsaansoek by die munisipale stadsbeplanningskantoor in Hoofstraat, Vredenburg te bestudeer en skriftelik kommentaar te lewer voor of op 27 Maart.

Trekoskraal was vir dekades lank ’n gewilde kampeerplek.Deesdae word uitkamp hier egter verbied omdat viertrekvoertuie en motorfietse die sensitiewe duineveld en die strandgebied beskadig het en besoekers rommel rondgestrooi het. Ten spyte daarvan dat oortreders voortdurend gewaarsku word, en selfs skriftelik deur die departement van openbare werke met boetes en tronkstraf gedreig is, kampeer daar steeds gereeld mense op Trekos.’n Paar jaar gelede is kampeerders se strukture, soos windheinings, verwyder, maar dit het intussen weer opgeskiet.

– Trish Goosen


LANGEBAAN – TOWN OF THE FUTURE – “S.M.A.R.T Future through Excellence”

Langebaan has become the village of choice on the West Coast where people live in, play and work in unison. This is mainly due to the exceptional partnership that exists between the Saldanha Bay Municipality (SBM) and the community where the Langebaan Country Estate (LCE) is one of the cornerstones. It is now time to take Langebaan to a new level to make provision for the future. To this end the newly elected SMB Council has been mandated to embrace a new SMART innovative vision to ensure superior services. To bring this vision to fruition, the following mission will be vigorously pursued; “The SBM is caring institution that excels through:
– Accelerated economic growth for community prosperity,
– Establishment of high quality and sustainable services,
– Commitment to responsive and transparent governance,
– The creation of a safe and healthy environment,
– Long term financial sustainability.
To ensure that the implementation of the above takes place, I personally have determined priority “game changers” which will receive my undivided attention. My focus be on economic development and growth based on technology and innovation. Customer care and cleanliness will be non-negotiable. The youth is our future, so attention to programmes in this regard will be launched.
LCE has always played a leading role in the economic growth of Langebaan and has been a shining example in supporting community projects as well as the sponsorship of sport. This approach is in line with the new SBM Vision and mission and forms a firm base from which we can approach the future as a team. I would like to thank Craig Scott and the LCE staff for their enduring support and positive contribution to Langebaan and surrounds. Let us propel ourselves into the future together to achieve the new vision of a “SMART Future through Excellence.”


– Marius Koen – SBM Executive Mayor


Laguna Sands Estate Development still Selling!

Well located near the center attraction of Langebaan next to one of the best performing schools in the West Coast. Laguna Sands Estate is a Pet Friendly, Modern West Coast Living-Setting, surrounded by abundant bird and wildlife, jogging, walking and cycling trails, driving distance to the infamous 18-hole Gary Player Design’s Black Knight Golf Course and walking distance to Laguna Shopping Mall, Club Mykonos Casino & Resort and nearby beaches.

New owners will instruct interior designer, Carla Du Preez, to personally design their homes according to their own needs and estate guidelines. Each home will be unique, yet the theme will flow in harmony and reflect within the Modern West Coast Living requirements of the surrounding Estate.

Features include: Access Security Gate, 24 Hour Manned Security, Freestanding Baths, Whirlpool® Built-In Appliances, Design & Planning Fees, Interior Design Fees, Stand, Transfer Fees, Energy Efficiency, Paving, Built-In Braai / Fireplace, Outside Braai, Pre-Paid Electrical Installation, Granite/ Quartz Counter tops, No Transfer Duties, Opulent Finishes throughout Laguna Sands Estate is within close proximity to surrounding West Coast towns that host Private & Public Hospitals, Famous Franchise Stores, Service Centers, Sporting Grounds and other Private and Public Schools.

Only 60 minutes from Cape Town CBD. Langebaan is one of the most popular holiday destinations the West Coast has to offer.

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Hof gee groen lig vir huise langs strandmeer.

KAAPSTAD. – ’n Gedeelte van Shark Bay aan die Langebaan-strandmeer kan nou ontwikkel word.

Die dispuut oor die ontwikkeling van dié stuk grond het uiteindelik tot die punt gekom waar die Wes-Kaapse hooggeregshof die Wes-Kaapse minister van plaaslike regering se goedkeuring van die ontwikkeling bekragtig het.

Planne vir ’n beoogde behuisingsprojek op die deel van die plaas Oostewal Erf nr. 292 (ook bekend as Shark Bay) maak reeds geruime tyd opslae. Die ­eiendom behoort aan Dormell Eiendomme 391 (Edms.) Bpk.

Dié gebied grens aan die oewer van die sensitiewe Langebaan-strandmeer aan die suidekant van die dorp, langs die Weskus Nasionale Park, maar vorm nie deel van die nasionale park nie. Die ontwikkeling van dié gebied, asook ander langsaan, is al die afgelope 25 jaar die middelpunt van ’n dispuut tussen die provinsiale regering en die inwoners van Langebaan.

Nadat Anton Bredell, Wes-Kaapse minister van plaaslike regering, in 2012 die ontwikkeling goedgekeur het, het die ­Langebaan-belastingbetalers- en inwonersvereniging (LBIV) vroeër vanjaar ’n aansoek by die hooggeregshof ingedien om dié besluit te hersien en ter syde te stel.

Bredell se besluit, ná ’n appèl, het die oorspronklike besluit van die provinsiale departement van ekonomiese aangeleenthede en ontwikkelingsbeplanning, om omgewingsgoedkeuring vir die ontwikkeling af te keur, gedeeltelik omvergewerp.

Die LBIV het onder meer aangevoer dat hy dié gebied wil bewaar en dat Bredell nie al die nodige faktore ingevolge die Wet op Nasionale Omgewingsbestuur in ag geneem het nie.

Regter Vincent Saldanha, wat die aansoek aangehoor het, het in sy uitspraak gesê dit is baie duidelik dat die minister se departement die impak wat die ontwikkeling op die omgewing kan hê, asook die beplanning daarvan sowel as die maatskaplike en ekonomiese faktore, in ag geneem het. Daarom het hy goedkeuring vir 69 eenhede gegee en nie die aanvanklike 109 nie. “Dit blyk die minister het sy verantwoordelikhede ingevolge die Wet op Nasionale Omgewingsbestuur nagekom, hoewel hy besluit het om nie die deel as ’n beskermde gebied te bewaar nie. Maar dit is nie die doel van die hof om die minister se besluit te betwyfel nie,” het Saldanha gesê.

Jaco Kotzé, voorsitter van die LBIV, het gister gesê hulle sal nie die hooggeregshof se bevinding op appèl neem nie, maar hy “sal hom nou onvermoeid beywer om toe te sien dat gedurende die toekomstige fases van die ontwikkeling, die omgewings- en ander voorwaardes streng nagekom word.”

Source: http://www.netwerk24.com/weslander [Jana Breytenbach


Langebaan/Saldanha area has been targeted as a base for offshore supply and major international marine repairs.

According to Rawson Property Group franchisee in Langebaan, Emil Weiss, the area has been targeted as a base for offshore supply and major international marine repairs and there are possible plans for increased beneficiation of iron ore, steel, ferro-alloys, titanium and zircon. Furthermore, oil and gas exploration operating from this area and moving northwards is likely to increase in the coming years. In addition, the zone has been designated as an area for renewable energy equipment manufacture, particularly wind blades.

“In one of the scenarios that I have seen,” says Weiss, “it has been estimated that foreign direct investment (FDI) will be close on R10 billion and that foreign shareholding in this area could be as high as 70% and the area could ultimately be supporting an increased population of 60,000 people.”

The roll-out of the IDZ programme is not going to have an immediate effect on property prospects at Langebaan. However, those considering buying now and looking for a long term, sure-fire investment should, definitely be targeting Langebaan, because not only are the prospects now good, but current prices are still exceptionally low.

“Anyone examining the recent sales figures, says Weiss, must become aware that prices here are still significantly below (perhaps 20 to 30%) what might be considered as ‘normal’ levels and at the same time it is quite clear that they have now stabilized. After only a very slight pick-up in 2012, for the first time in three or four years we have been fielding big inflows of enquiries over the December/January period.”

Traditionally, adds Weiss, this franchise has always had to wait until March/April for the ‘impact’ holiday tourist visitors to be felt.

The bulk of enquiries and sales, he says, are still definitely in the R800,000 to R1,5 million bracket. However, Langebaan’s R5 million beachfront and hilltop homes, some in very attractive modern designs, are also beginning to attract interest, although they are seldom put up for sale. Particularly good value now, says Weiss, are the many gated estates that have been developed north of the town towards Club Mykonos.

Examples of what he considers good value homes currently on his stock list, Weiss mentioned:

A 310 m2 three bedroom home with its own small flat which has its own bathroom and kitchen. This is on a 697 m2 erf and is sited in the Langebaan Country Club, a very prestigious area. In addition to two family rooms and a living room (with a fireplace), the home has a study, a dining room and reception area. It also has an indoor gas braai and a separate braai room complemented by a Jacuzzi. The garden, fully enclosed by a wall, is automatically irrigated. The price for this home at R1,695,000 is less than one-third what a similar building in the Southern Suburbs of the Cape Peninsula would cost.

“This should surely give perspective retirees something to contemplate,” he says.

Similarly, and also in the Langebaan Country Club, Weiss and his team have just listed a 120 m2 home. This is double storey and has three bedrooms, a living room and a dining room. The home has an upstairs braai on a balcony and attractive views of the lagoon. The price for this home is R1,530,000.

Those wanting excellent value at Langebaan, says Weiss, should take a look at the empty stands. His team have over 200 on their books and they can be had for as little as R120,000. This means that the not too ambitious buyer here can, with the help of local builders, end up with a good value home priced at under R1,1 million or R1,2 million.

Although sales at Langebaan may be sluggish, rentals here, says Weiss, are escalating steadily, in his view at around 9 to 10% per annum. His franchise currently manages various properties and is finding that family homes with two, three or four bedrooms can achieve anything from R7,000 to R20,000 per month.

“We can more or less guarantee that any investor buying here will discover that from day one he can cover 50 to 65% of his monthly bond outlay on a 90% bond,” says Weiss. “Rents have already risen significantly and I believe will continue to do so.”

Spurred on by the much publicized potential of the area, estate agencies have been moving into Langebaan at an unprecedented rate: there are now 29 serving an area that has only 10,000 properties.

How can the potential investor choose from so many?

“The only advice that I can offer people interested in the area,” says Weiss, “is to check which agencies are staying open on Saturdays and Sundays. If they are keen enough to do that, they will in all probability be keen enough to go the extra mile on your behalf.”

Source: http://www.eprop.co.za/ – 22 July 2013


Langebaan Property BUZZ

Just over one hundred kilometres from Cape Town, next to the scenic Langebaan Lagoon (17 km long and 12,5 km wide), nestles the picture perfect village of Langebaan, one of the least discovered tourist destinations on the West Coast of South Africa.

The town originated on a farm called De Stompe Hoek. Langebaan is one of the oldest towns in South Africa with a history dating back more than 400 years. It has an archaeological history of a few million years. Twelve kilometres east of the farm Elandsfontein, a fossilised skeleton was found that dates back to the Stone Age. This fossil deposit is considered to be one of the richest in the world.

Schaapen Island (29 ha) was used as a stop over to do repairs to ships. It was also used as a place of grazing for sheep that were then returned to Cape Town by the VOC. Leentjies klip, where we find a caravan park today, got it’s name from a Mr. Lynch, who absconded from his ship in the area. “Lynch se klip” soon became known as “Leentiesklip”, a name still used today.

Donkergat was used as a quarantine camp. In later years two fishing companies were established here: Donkergat in 1909 by John Bryde and Salamanderbaai in 1910 by Carl Ellefson. It also housed the whaling station, which was the largest in the Southern hemisphere. Since the closure of the station, the town has changed to the peaceful pattern of a seasonal holiday town.

As the flowers of Postberg, through the West Coast National Park and all over the West Coast, form a tapestry of colour and shape, so have the different people and nationalities formed a colourful tapestry. Churchaven, on the opposite side of the lagoon, is a wonderful example of where the past, present and future have merged into an atmosphere of timelessness.

It is the ideal place to stay when visiting the 30,000 hectare West Coast National Park. Nature lovers revel in the pure air, miles of safe beaches, the sun and water sports like kite surfing, windsurfing, surfing, sailing, fishing, diving or just paddling when they are not bird-watching, hiking or playing the 18 Greens. It is a birdwatchers paradise, with the lagoon supporting up to 55 000 water birds during summer. About 400 black oystercatchers, which comprise 12% of the global population, are found in the Langebaan area.

Property wise, Langebaan is the ideal area to invest. Some of the most sought-after seafront properties are found on the lagoon. It has a booming property market, yielding excellent return on investment. Amenities include a choice of fine restaurants, caravan parks, a Gary Player signature golf course, a bowling green and a yacht club. A modern shopping centre, private school and medi-clinic are some of the new editions underlining the growth of the town. Langebaan – the Jewel of the West Coast! Make the smart move purchase property in Langebaan.

Source: http://www.seeff.co.za/


How Will The Saldanha Bay IDZ Impact On Residents?

Should plans materialise for the newly licensed Saldanha Bay Industrial Zone to attract foreign and local business investments from the oil and gas sectors over 25 years, the region will benefit from direct and indirect investment estimated at R12b.

The economic prospects of large scale social upliftment through poverty alleviation in traditional fishing towns, will include increased facilities in the housing, basic education, and skills development sectors. Although industry specialists advise caution against over development and potential financial losses, following the demise of many property owners since the economic slump, those with a conservative approach may benefit.

The Cape West Coast population of 289 000, represents about 6% of the total Western Cape population, of which Saldanha Bay’s 78 000 residents represents 27%. Increased job opportunities for residents in and around the West Coast triangle of Saldanha Bay, Langebaan, and Vredenburg will see Saldanha Bay Municipality’s provision for about 3 200 houses from 2014 and further 1 000 units per year, up to 2020.

Increased marine traffic along the Cape West Coast, specifically for the maintenance of oil rigs, will attract more skilled technical and artisan workers from areas such as Vredenburg, which represent the commercial hub of this region. The local accommodation and catering facilities in and around Saldanha Bay Port is currently benefiting from the first refurbishing of an oil rig in the town.

Agents say increased market activity has been noted across the West Coast corridor prior to government’s granting of the licence for industrial development in and around the Port of Saldanha last week. Growth in property sales of 54% from Oct 2012 to Oct 2013 was reported by Pierre Germishuys of Seeff Properties West Coast. He says one of the reasons for the upturn since the extended property slump, is that owners and developers have benefited from the earliest anticipation for future investment since IDZ approvals became imminent a year ago.

The coastal town of Langebaan and the commercial hub of Vredendal are experiencing stock shortages to meet increased demand for rental properties, to cater for incoming business people and employees of national and foreign companies. While sufficient land is available for new development, the biggest demand for rentals is currently for housing from R5000 and R8000 per month, and purchases ranging from R800 000 to R1.2 million for medium size homes.

This coastal region, which is located about two hours from Cape Town en route to Namibia, has traditionally been a relatively unexplored tourism destination, is seeing increasing numbers of visitors to the area. Dave Osborne of Saldanha Bay Tourism says: “Spin off is filtering through to the tourism industry, where not all participants in the accommodation and tourist activities markets have escaped the prolonged economic slump.” He says increased leisure as well as business tourism, predominantly from national destinations, is now starting to impact the property industry.

Although economic growth is welcomed, residents of the Langebaan Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Association have expressed concern over costs to taxpayers as the result of the impact of the IDZ development on the area.

Professor Johan Ackron of the Langebaan Ratepayers Association says the IDZ is a conditional viability on a narrow front, specifically for marine related activity. “There will speculators in property as before, on the back of unrealistic expectations.” He says given the historic, over development of sites in Langebaan, this will be unwise and premature.

The association, which has conducted its own feasibility study with regard the impact of the IDZ on Langebaan, states that proper due diligence needs to be carried out on this model to determine its implications, not least in terms of benefits and costs for the taxpayer.

Source: http://www.privateproperty.co.za/ – [Anna-Marie Smith]


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