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Friday Dec 02, 2016

New body to help with Joburg heritage queries

The Johannesburg Heritage Foundation, together with various residents' associations and representatives, has formed the Joint Plans Committee East (JPCE) to facilitate applications for alteration, addition or demolition to heritage properties in the eastern suburbs of the city.

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Historic Joburg house 'being demolised by decay'

A historic Joburg house is sliding further into decay because the Gauteng Department of Health apparently isn't coming to the party - despite a free restoration offer.

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Durban's Beachwood golf course to be sold

The tug of war over the prime Beachwood Golf Course property has ended, with the Durban Country Club announcing yesterday that the property is to be sold.

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Joburg billing system hiccups

Following the announcement this week that Joburg ratepayers can escalate their billing woes to higher authorities, it appears that the new system is already failing.

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Thursday Dec 01, 2016

'The seven deadly sins of renting'

"To avoid the frustration of financial loss, stress and damage to your property, make sure you are not committing these seven deadly rental sins," says Grant Rea, rental specialist at RE/MAX Living:

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Wednesday Nov 30, 2016

Insurance implications of a flawed property valuation

A flawed property valuation could have a severe financial impact for the homeowner and lead to big financial loss in the event of an insurance claim.

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Tuesday Nov 29, 2016

Landmark decision saves 'heritage' trees in Melrose

Trees can be regarded as heritage property, the Provincial Heritage Resources Authority of Gauteng appeals committee has ruled.

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Low-cost housing competition launched

Pan-African housing development finance institution Shelter Afrique yesterday announced the launch of a competition to design a low-cost house with total prize money of $100 000 (R1.4million).

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Monday Nov 28, 2016

Bantry Bay tops foreign buyers' list

Property sales on Cape Town's Atlantic Seaboard to foreigners has almost doubled since 2012, with increased activity from other African countries and the Middle East.

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Densification increases city noise

In recent years the level of noise has been exacerbated by the ongoing densification in cities. Not only are the sounds of construction more commonplace, but properties are becoming smaller with more people living together in closer proximity in apartment blocks and gated communities.

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