Cape Town dams: Joy as water levels jump up by another 6%

What an unbelievable month for the Cape Town dams. Four weeks ago, the facilities were at less than 20% full. But now, they’re pushing the 40% mark. More news on dam levels here “The dams feeding the City of Cape Town are now better off at 37.8%.” “The Voëlvlei dam (currently 31.4% full this week), the Theewaterskloof dam (26.6% full this week) and the Bergriver Dam (6...
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Numerous Amendments to Water By-laws

The City of Cape Town last month approved a number of amendments to the Water By-law. In addition to noting the amendments, the City encourages residents to familiarise themselves with what is required of them in terms of this legislation. Read more below: On 31 May 2018, Council voted to approve a number of proposed amendments to the Water By-law. These changes were aime...
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Property Valuations City Council

Every 3 years the City of Cape Town does a revaluation of all properties in accordance with market values to ensure that the property rates charges are assigned fairly and correctly. How is your property valuation calculated? Property valuations should reflect the market value of a property. The City uses a property's value to calculate the monthly rates property owners s...
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Bishopsford Bonsai

The biggest bonsai nursery in the Western Cape is situated in Constantia. Bishopsford offers a large selection of ready made Bonsai and also stock all bonsai requirements such as pots, tools, soil, mesh, starter trees, fertiliser, pestcare and penjing. With over 47 years of Bonsai experience, we offer Bonsai courses and services such as repotting, pruning, boarding, bonsai c...
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Winter is here! Great restaurant deals!

We all know that along with this chilly out of season weather (and very welcome rain) the poor restaurants really can suffer, so here's a list from Eat Out of Cape Town restaurants that are offering to tempt us into their warm cozy restaurants with some super specials! Click here  
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How to Keep Chickens at Home

From Babylonstoren blog - If you still have not visited why deny yourself? Free-roaming chickens can often be spotted scratching in the garden and plucking pesky bugs off our farm produce. We have five different types of chicken here at Babylonstoren – Boschvelders and Potch Koekoeks in the garden, as well as the Leghorns, Araucanas and Lohmann Browns that are looked after b...
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Don’t Assume a False Alarm!

Has your household got a common understanding of what should actually happen when the alarm goes off?  This morning we had another false alarm, and yes most times they are!  Being a house where we have a few people at home most of the time, I considered this morning's casual response as the alarm was switched off and how everyone just carried on about their business. Sooner or ...
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The most expensive streets, suburbs and estates in Cape Town

Amid the tumultuous environment of the property market over the last several years in South Africa, Cape Town has not only remained stable in house price inflation but shown significant growth thanks to foreign investors and migration from other provinces. Data a research group, Lightstone, recently analysed data of several million properties in the Western Cape and pinned t...
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Latest Property Report – 1st quarter of 2018

IN AND AROUND THE CAPE PENINSULA THE CITY’S MOST EXPENSIVE MARKETS CONTINUED TO SHOW THE CLEAREST SIGNS OF SLOWING PRICE GROWTH IN THE 1ST QUARTER.  Atlantic Seaboard, has seen its price growth slow the fastest off the highest base, while in certain more affordable sub-regions of the City there has still been some growth acceleration. In the 1st quarter of 2018, we saw furth...
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Leisurely rambles to invigorating hikes, something for everyone!

Whether you’re after a windswept coastal wander, a mountainous hike with spectacular views, or a leisurely amble through one of the Cape’s lush nature reserves, here’s our pick of the best hiking trails in and around the city. So, lace up your hiking boots and get cracking… And, let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Important note: Although the Cape is rich i...
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