December 10, 2018

Getting your home ready for guest season

Tis the season to get the air mattress out, or is it? Here are five money-wise ways to ensure your holiday guests have the best time staying over.

Ditch the bad beds

It’s ever so tempting, and somewhat inexpensive, to just use a blow-up mattress and hope for the best. But holidays aren’t meant to be for bad backs and creaky bones. Rather, if your family is a regular host, think carefully about how you’ll accommodate guests now and in the future.

It’s a good idea to invest in comfortable beds and linen. You can’t offer everyone a hotel-like experience, but simply upping the thread count on the linen you buy is an inexpensive way to inject a little luxury into holiday life.

Bonus: this is an investment for your family too, as they’ll enjoy the luxury linen experience all year round too. Linen with a higher thread count generally lasts longer and that saves you money in the long run. We’d also suggest investing in a foam or similar topper for your guest room bed too, as this will help lengthen your mattress’ lifespan, and provide your guests with an extra layer of comfort while they’re asleep.

Declutter and pass down

If there’s one thing your home needs during guest season it’s: extra space. While you’re preparing to have friends and family over, take a little time to clear out the clutter.  Don’t forget to make three piles: one for items to donate, another for items to sell, and another for items to keep. It’s also a great time to save your extended family some money, so arrange a clear-out of your children’s cupboards too. Any clothing or toys they’ve outgrown can be handed down to younger siblings, cousins, or friends.

Guest room goodness

If your guest room doubles as a study, remove all computers and office equipment, and repurpose the desk as a dressing table. Spruce up the decor if your budget allows, or add a few indoor plants to brighten up the room. Make sure the cupboards are clear for your guests to easily store their clothes and belongings, and give the carpet a deep clean. Don’t forget to leave extra blankets and pillows in the room, just in case.

Bathroom bliss

Sharing a bathroom with your family is enough to drive you stir crazy on any given day, but adding guests to the mix can really up the ante. Temper the stress of bathroom-sharing by reorganising the room and ensuring there’s enough space for everyone’s toiletries and essentials. Invest in small baskets or containers so that everyone gets their own little storage solution, and buy a few extra toothbrushes too. That way, nobody ends up having to share in an emergency.

Scale back the itinerary

Having foreign guests or faraway cousins visiting for the festive season can tempt you into thinking that they’d enjoy the more popular tourist-type pursuits while on holiday. But, during peak holiday season, everyone knows that’s where you’ll find the craziest crowds. Instead, focus on spending quality time together, cooking a feast, or selecting activities that aren’t your typical tourist pursuits. Use your well-won knowledge of your city to find unique places to visit and sightsee, and you’ll soon find sweet opportunities to make real memories, with no crowds necessary.

By Cath Jenkin for Private Property 

December 6, 2018

Do You Employ a Domestic Worker?

Big changes on the cards for South African domestic workers – here’s what you need to know

Alongside the recent announcement of a new minimum wage, South African domestic workers are also set to receive new benefits under the Compensation for Occupational and Diseases Act (COIDA).

The proposed amendments are open to public comment until 18 December, with the changes expected to be officially introduced sometime in 2019.

Speaking to Businesstech, Johan Botes, a partner at Baker Mckenzie, said that the changes bring good news to both domestic employees and employers.

“Domestic employees may benefit from the Compensation Fund if they are injured on duty (i.e. disablement, diseases or death) and may, in addition to compensation, receive reasonable medical aid expenses arising from such injury for a period of two years (or longer in certain situations),” he said.

“Previously, domestic employees would only be able to claim against the Unemployment Insurance Fund and perhaps a civil claim against the employer.

“For employers, the proposed amendments mean that the Compensation Commissioner steps into the shoes of the employer where a domestic employee is injured on duty.

“A registered employer is protected against all civil claims arising from an injury on duty.”

Botes said that under the proposed amendments, an ‘injury on duty’ will include the transportation of a domestic employee by or for the employer to or from the workplace.

Therefore, where an employer entrusts a domestic employee to assist with school trips, grocery shopping and other day-to-day tasks, any injury suffered by the domestic employee whilst carrying out these tasks, despite not being at the workplace, will be deemed to be in the course and scope of employment, he said.

“An accident will also be deemed to be in the course of scope of employment of a domestic employee even if, at the time, the employee was acting (i) contrary to any law that applies to employment, (ii) contrary to any order from the employer, or (ii) without any order but in the interests of or in connection with the business of the employer.”


Do you have to register or pay?

The term ‘domestic employee’ includes a nanny, gardener, housekeeper and domestic driver.

Therefore, a single suburban household may – under the proposed amendments to COIDA – employ a number of employees.

For purposes of COIDA all persons who employ one or more employees must register with the Compensation Fund, said Botes.

“An employer may complete the registration process online and submit the earnings paid to a domestic employee, after which an invoice will be generated with the amount payable to the Compensation Fund.

“The employer is assessed according to the nature of its business operations on the principle that each industry should be responsible for the costs of its accidents.

“Adjustments may therefore be made depending on the accident record. A merit rebate may be given to an employer if their accident record is lower than others in the same industry,” he said.

The anticipated costs for the new industry class described as “Households”, attracts an assessment rate of 0.89 cents per R100 of earnings paid to the employee, Botes said.

“Which is why we believe that this is good news for both employers and domestic employees. For a reasonable R8.90 per R1,000 earning paid to an employee, both parties will get peace of mind that they are protected,” he said.

“It would be a disproportionate risk for any employer not to register with the Compensation Fund.

“Note, however, that the amount paid to the Compensation Fund may not be recovered from the employee,” he said.

He added that further responsibilities arise in the event of an injury on duty.

“In the event of such injury, the employer must submit the required forms within 7 days after an injury, or within 14 days of being notified of the diagnosis of a disease.

“The Commissioner may impose a penalty equal to the full amount of compensation payable plus interest from the date of the accident if an employer fails to report an injury or diagnosis within the stipulated timeframe.”

In general, most instances of non-compliance with the COIDA are now accompanied by such penalty, being the full amount of compensation payable rather than criminal sanctions, he said.

“However, if an employer’s domestic employee is an immigrant employee, without a valid work permit, neither the employer or employee will enjoy the protection under COIDA.

“Further, it is a criminal offence to employ a person(s) who does not comply with the Immigration Act.”


Responsibility to keep your home safe?

Botes said that in these circumstances, the employer’s home is the domestic employee’s workplace.

Therefore, employers must ensure they identify the hazards of their homes/workplaces and take steps to eliminate and mitigate such hazards, or potential hazards, he said.

“Training may need to be given in relation to these hazards and precautionary measures put into place.

“The employer must provide appliances and equipment which are safe and without risks to health. So that decade-old vacuum sporting exposed wires near the electrical plug, would need to be made safe.

“Providing chemicals which should be used in conjunction with masks, gloves or other personal protective equipment (PPE), without providing the necessary PPE may be cause for concern.”

In short, the employer would need to comply with section 8 the Occupational Health and Safety Act, he said.

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November 25, 2018

Bee deaths – a ghastly truth revealed!

The vice-chairperson of Western Cape Bee Industry Association (WCBA) and commercial bee farmer Brendan Ashley-Cooper has already lost 100 hives and he sent a sample to be tested in the Hearshaw & Kinnes Analytical Laboratory in Cape Town.

This week, Ashley-Cooper received the sample back confirming his fears. It is from fipronil, a pesticide used on ants.  On Friday wine farm owners and bee keepers held a meeting to discuss using pesticides.

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November 16, 2018

Let’s all play tourist!

iVenture City Pass Cape Town, in partnership with Cape Town Tourism, is the ultimate key to unlocking unforgettable travel experiences. The Pass gives you access to over 70 of the most popular Cape Town attractions, tours and things to see and do, a large number of those being kids-friendly activities. Whether you prefer day tours, museums, adventure, or the great outdoors, there really is something for everyone with the iVenture City Pass!

It also allows you to beat the queues at select attractions. It’s the only pass that offers a Hop on Hop off City Sightseeing Ticket and access to exclusive attractions for the duration of your Pass!

Whether you prefer museums, adventure, the great outdoors, cruising or touring, there really is something for everyone with SA City Pass.

The City Pass is designed to show you around the city and see as much as you can, different attractions and experiences.

Your iVenture City Pass Gives You Access to Over 70 Leading Attractions in Cape Town and Surrounds!Some of our attractions or some venues change their operating hours during the course of the year. We recommend contacting them directly to confirm their opening times or visiting their websites to confirm details.

The City Pass packages offer entry to a large range of the best attractions and venues available in a city and region. The range for each location varies by package and our range is growing all the time. Up to date information about the attractions in each package can be viewed in the included Attractions tab located in each package page.

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November 9, 2018

Time to Talk Summer!

The Inside Guide has just published an article highlighting the 13 best beaches in Cape Town for 2018 with a warning about security in its first paragraph, as much a sign of the times as it is a an appropriate time for the article that heralds the start of those summer days.

Apart from the sobering reference to security we certainly could not agree more with their choices with Llandudno, Clifton and Boulders taking the top three spots.  Personally I am happy to choose my spot in the sun on #12 Fish Hoek where I grew up and where the water is warmer and there is always space enough for some privacy as opposed to some of the others that get far too crowded and a good record of security.

Take a look and see what your favourite will be this summer!

Article in Inside Guide

October 31, 2018

Lakeside Community Watch Recycling

A reminder to support LCW – Lakeside Community Watch Recycling tomorrow morning.
Where: Parking lot, Mountainview Baptist Church, corner of Main Road and Boyes Drive (opposite the Toad on the Road).
When: 7am9am, every Thursday.
Thank you to the residents of Lakeside, Zandvlei, Orchard Village, Kirstenhof and Muizenberg for your continued support.
If you have any small change to give with your recycling, it will make a big difference to Michael’s cost to hire the vehicle to remove the recycling (a record is kept of all monies received, and this is given to Michael once a month).
A reminder of the Recycling times:
every Thursday 7am – 9am.
May we please ask residents not to drop off their recycling before 7am: otherwise local vagrants ransack the recycling and create a huge mess by distributing the contents of recycling plastic bags everywhere.
A reminder that the first Thursday of every month there is an E-waste collection also (next E-waste collection is next Thursday, 1st November 2018).
LCW – Lakeside Community Watch:  “For the community, by the community.”
October 31, 2018

Lakeside Property Snapshot

LAKESIDE AREA REPORT

(including Klein Wassenaar/Orchard Village and Zandvlei)

Lakeside offers beautiful mountain and lake views and is only 5 minutes away from popular Muizenberg beach. There are two local shopping centres, beautiful parks, a golf course, the local railway runs from Cape Town to Simonstown and is easily accessible to the M3 freeway. Whether you’re starting up or scaling down, this is a suburb which offers a wonderful lifestyle at affordable prices.

Due to the area’s many attributes, residential properties in Lakeside are in constant high demand across all sectors of the market. Because of the sustained demand for homes in the area, property values tend to appreciate steadily.

Apartments are in high demand between R1 -2m, entry-level homes and cottages start from around R1.5 – 2.5m, ranging up to around R3.5m and more for a spacious family home. In sought-after Upper Lakeside, properties can fetch prices in excess of R5m and are generally snapped up when they come onto the market.

I have lived in the area for over 30 years and am passionate about Lakeside as I believe it offers the best value in Cape Town – As Cape Town warms up we are seeing a fresh increase of enquiries and whether you are thinking of buying, selling or renting I would be delighted to assist you!

 

 

Lakeside Area Specialist
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