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South Africa is one of the countries with the highest potential for solar energy generation in the world, with approximately 2 500 hours of sunshine per year. Yet there is still a relatively small percentage of the country’s residents who are actually taking advantage of this low-cost alternative.
The national energy crises, however continues to raise awareness among more and more consumers. Nationwide demand for alternative energy solutions is increasing and home solar energy is growing in popularity.
South Africa is likely to see above inflation increases in electricity prices over the next eight years, with some conservative estimates placing the rise in tariffs at between 6% and 8% year-on-year.
Energy Partners, a local energy solutions provider owned by PSG, has been helping South African businesses power themselves for years. Stonehurst residents are in fact already familiar with our work. Energy Partners is the service provider behind Stonehurst Estate Lifestyle Centre’s recently installed solar heating solution.
Image1: The Energy Partners Home Solutions Installation at the Stonehurst Mountain Estate Lifestyle Centre
Now, Energy Partners Home Solutions is doing the same for homeowners, using cutting-edge energy solutions to help them become energy-independent, minimise their carbon footprint and save more than 50% on electricity. Upgrading a home with energy efficient lighting and water heating can cost as little as R30 000 and reduce a home’s electricity consumption by about 30%.
A full solution, such as the Energy Partners Home Solutions ICON system (that includes efficiency, renewable generation and backup), can reduce a home’s reliance on the grid by 70% to 80%. Of course the energy savings that you, the homeowner, can achieve is affected by factors such as the complexity of the installation, the type of roof your house has, and whether you simply want a photovoltaic and inverter solution, or a full installation including a battery, water heater and LED lighting.
Of course, the only thing holding the smart homeowner back, is the price. Any quality home solar solution is still prohibitively expensive for most homeowners, with the cost ranging between R100 000 and R180 000.
Energy Partners took this into account when looking into the affordability of the ICON Energy Hub, which is an all-in-one solution for storing and using solar energy in the home.
We have developed our own financing options for the system and we are an approved credit provider under the National Credit Act (NCA). Energy Partners has also developed a long term lease model, where you can simply lease the system instead of having to pay for it upfront. Clients that qualify under certain criteria will also be eligible for this Performance Lease Agreement (PLA). If you would like to know which of these will suit you better, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also leave your details on our Contact page and we will make contact with you. Alternatively, you can call us at 0861 000 606.
These alternative financial options have increased the sales of the Energy Partners Home Solutions ICON system substantially over recent months. Close to 100 solutions have been sold, along with a large order by the Val de Vie Estate in the Western Cape for an internal development currently in construction phase.
After all this, Energy Partners has done extensive research on the systems that we have installed in South Africa in recent years. Below is a prime example of what a solar solution can do for your home.
Pictured is the Stonehurst Estate Lifestyle Centre’s energy consumption throughout the month of January 2017. The red bars indicate the Centre’s total energy consumption per day while the overlaid green bars indicate the amount contributed by the Centre’s solar installation.
A daily breakdown of the Centre’s energy footprint reveals the peak production hours for the solar solution.
Whether you are a large or moderate energy consumer, have a single or three-phase connection, Energy Partners Home Solutions provides efficient, modular solutions that can be combined to suit your energy needs and pocket.
For a no-obligation consultation with one of our highly experienced energy consultants and to how much you can save on your energy bill while increasing the value of your home as well as fulfilling your responsibility to the environment, contact Energy Partners Home Solutions on 0861 000 606 and make sure to mention that you are a Stonehurst resident. For more information, visit https://www.poweryourself.co.za.
PARKSCAPE GOLF DAY – 8TH JUNE 2017
Parkscape, a registered non-profit organisation, which is run by a Stonehurst resident, is hosting its first golf day on 8th June 2017 at the Westlake Golf Club at 10h00. Tee-off is at 11h23. Funds will go towards the creation of a safe, community focused, biodiverse and shaded urban community space in Lower Tokai Park.
Cost per fourball is R3200.00 with discounts on multiple fourballs.
(2 Fourballs: R6200 and 3 Fourballs: R9000.)
This includes: –
- A relaxing day on the golf course;
- Registration with snacks and tea/coffee;
- Halfway lunch and beverage;
- After game food platters; and
- PRIZES GALORE!
A maximum of 28 teams are invited to compete in this prestigious inaugural event.
RSVP and pay by 25th March 2017
Caddies and Golf Carts – players to contact Emelia on email@example.com or 021 7882020 to arrange for own account.
What is Parkscape?
Parkscape is a community focused environmental non-profit organisation that formed following the brutal murder of a 16 year old Franziska Blöchliger in the fynbos of Tokai Park in March last year. The managing team is made up of concerned residents from Stonehurst, Silvertree, Tokai and Kirstenhof. The supporter base of over 2500 people extends from the Constantia valley to as far afield as Stellenbosch, and even has overseas-based supporters.
The organisation’s objective is to create a safe space within the Constantia valley, focusing on biodiversity, shaded recreation, community development and social upliftment for the people of Westlake Village.
You can read more about the Tokai Park vision HERE.
Parkscape hopes that ultimately the vision – in which the concepts of sustainable cities, urban greening and social upliftment meet – will serve as a model for other buffer zone areas of Table Mountain National Park.
To date, Parkscape has been funded by the generosity of residents and businesses in Tokai and Constantia Valley. All team members work on an entirely voluntary basis.
We have started Walkies in Tokai ! If anyone is interested in their dogs having an hour
of hearty play time with other furry friends in the Tokai Forest, Alphen Trail and the
like – please get in touch with us firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our website:
Walkies are based on groups of no more than 4 dogs at a time per walker.
If you require your dog to be walked individually, and/or has special needs – get in
touch email@example.com and we can discuss rates
1 HOUR WORKING WALKIES
Collected from Client’s home by car, walked, delivery back to Client’s home, fresh
water and Walkies treats provided.
Once a week – R170 per walk (+-R680 per month)
Twice a week – R140 per walk (+-R1120 per month)
Everyday – R120 per walk (+-R2400 per month)
1 HOUR BASIC WALKIES
Collected on foot with handover from Client.
Once a week – R150 per walk (+-R600 per month)
Twice a week – R120 per walk (+-R960 per month)
Everyday – R100 per walk (+-R1980 per month)
HALF-DAY DOGGY SAFARI’S
Includes: Collection by car, 3-4 hour walk, run, swim, off-leash time, towel dried,
Walkies treats, delivery home. Trail run, beach run/swim, various parks and/or a
One dog – R400
Have more than one dog? Get 20% off!
Hi I’m Jemma!
I am a certified yoga alliance teacher, I teach bikram and vinyasa at Yo Yoga and myUtopia in Cape Town. I am also a dancer; I spent a year in England at London Studio Centre majoring in contemporary and ballet. I am currently studying BSc Physiotherapy at The University of The Western Cape. I aspire to combine all this experience and knowledge of dance, yoga, human anatomy, physiology and physical therapy into one health and wellness package to care for you.
My aim is to teach you how to move your body so that you may function optimally in your everyday lives, there is nothing like a good yoga class to get you going or to calm you down and bring you towards your centre. I hope to see you on your mat in the Studio @ the Stonehurst Gym on Mondays @ 5pm
Login Service requests on City Website:
Accessing the City to report issues
- Sub council Office: 021 4448112
- Accounts and general enquires/Customer call centre: 086 0103 089 / 021 4001111
- Eskom supply: 0860037566
- City of Cape Town: 086 0103 089 / SMS line: 31220
- Water/Sewage Emergencies: 086 0103 089 (24 hours) / SMS line 31373
- Metro Police: 086 0765 423 (24 hours)
- Fraud Hotline: 080 0323 130
- Public Transport timetables: 080 0600 895
- Roads, Potholes and Storm water: 086 0103 089 (24 hours)
- Traffic Signal Faults: 086 0001 948 (24 hours)
- Water wise: 086 0103 089
Hotlines/Customer Relations Cont.
- Substance Abuse Helpline: 0800 435748
- Anti – Land Invasion Unit: 107/(021 596 1999 9 (all hours)
- Fire Service/Floods/Environmental disasters: 0809114357/021 5976000
- Emergency Services: 107 or from Cell phone: 021 480 7700 or toll free 112
- Metro Police & Law Enforcement: 0860765423 (all hours)
- Solid Waste/Illegal Dumping: 0860 103089
Important email addresses
- WaterTOC@capetown.gov.za (Water)
- Faultreportcentre@capetown.gov.za (Electrical)
In light of the severe drought we are experiencing, with only 135 days of potable water left according to City Officials, it is incumbent upon all of us to save water where we can. But, the good news is that with the implementation of the pilot project to use borehole water for private property irrigation, as well as the measure of saving that individual homeowers are taking, Stonehursts’ use of water has decreased to 47% of the use at the same time last year. The graph below shows the consumption in kilolitres for the whole estate.
The graph below shows the consumption of borehole water for private properties, but even counting in the kilolitres used from the borehole, we have still reduced water use by nearly 50%. There is always room for improvement though, so we must continue to remain vigilant and use water as sparingly as possible.
The ‘proofing’ to check if the conduits and houses are accessible for the fibre that is being carried out by Teralink will be done in the following sequence:
STONE HURST CLOSE (done 6th & 7th Feb)
STONE VILLAGE 8 Feb 2017
CEDARBERG / WOLFBERG / SECTION PIKETBERG 9 Feb 2017
PIKETBERG 10 Feb 2017
TAFELBERG WAY / PILANSBERG CLOSE / DRAKENSBERG WAY / HELDERBERG CLOSE / MAGALIESBERG CLOSE13 Feb 2017
CONSTANTIABERG 14 Feb 2017
DRAKENSBERG WATERBERG 15 Feb 2017
For those of you that could not attend the Fibre To The Home launch evening last week, please find the Teralink presentation at this link :
Below is the contact details for each of the five service providers who were part of the launch. Feel free to contact them directly for information about their available service packages and any info you may require to get connected!
The City of Cape Town has approved Level 3B Water Restrictions, effective from 01-02-2017 until further notice.
RESTRICTIONS APPLICABLE TO ALL CUSTOMERS
- Watering/irrigation (with municipal drinking water) of flower beds, lawns, vegetables and other plants, sports fields, parks and other open spaces allowed only on Tuesdays and Saturdays before 09:00 or after 18:00 for a maximum of one hour per day per property and only if using a bucket or watering can. No use of hosepipes or any sprinkler systems allowed.
No watering /irrigation of sports fields, parks, etc. by internal City departments except where non – potable water is used. When non-potable water is used, it will need to be upon agreement of days and times with Water and Sanitation department.
Golf courses, sports facilities, parks, schools, learning institutions, nurseries, customers involved in agricultural activities, users with historical gardens and customers with special requirements can apply to the Director: Water and Sanitation for exemption to the above. (See below for the application process.)
No watering/irrigation within 48 hours of rainfall that provides adequate saturation. (Facilities/customers making use of boreholes, treated effluent water, spring water or wellpoints are not exempt.)
All boreholes and wellpoints must be registered with the City and must display the official City of Cape Town signage clearly visible from a public thoroughfare. See our webpage: Register a borehole for how to register.
Borehole/wellpoint water must be used efficiently to avoid wastage and evaporation. Borehole/wellpoint water users are strongly encouraged to follow the same watering times as applicable to drinking water use detailed above.
All properties where alternative, non-potable water resources are used (including rain water harvesting, grey water re-use, treated effluent water and spring water) must display signage to this effect clearly visible from a public thoroughfare. See our water restrictions webpage www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for further information.
No washing or hosing down of hard-surfaced or paved areas with drinking water allowed (except for health purposes). Users, such as abattoirs, food processing industries, industries using water to prepare for painting or similar treatments, care facilities, animal shelters and other industries or facilities with special needs can apply to the Director: Water and Sanitation for exemption. (See below for the application process.)
Using drinking water for ornamental water fountains or water features is strongly discouraged. If drinking water is used, the water fountains or water features must operate by recycling the water.
- RESTRICTIONS APPLICABLE TO RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS
No washing of vehicles or boats, using municipal drinking water. Vehicles and boats must be washed with non-potable water or washed at a commercial carwash.
Customers are strongly encouraged to install water efficient parts, fittings and technologies to minimise water use at all taps, showerheads and other plumbing components.
Manual topping up of swimming pools allowed only if fitted with a pool cover. No automatic top-up systems are allowed.
The use of portable or any temporary play pools is prohibited.
No increase of the indigent water allocation over and above the free 350L a day will be granted, unless through prior application and permission for specific events such as burial ceremonies.
- RESTRICTIONS APPLICABLE TO NON-RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS
No washing of vehicles, including taxis, using municipal drinking water at transport interchanges.
Commercial carwash industries must comply with industry best practice norms regarding water usage per car washed.
Informal car washes to use only buckets and not hosepipes.
The use of fitted pool covers for public swimming pools is strongly encouraged where practically possible.
No automatic top-up systems for swimming pools are allowed.
Spray parks to be strictly managed to minimise water wastage.
Customers must install water efficient parts, fittings and technologies to minimise water use at all taps, showerheads and other plumbing components in public places and adhere to Water By-law requirements.
Golf courses, sports facilities, parks, schools and learning institutions are not allowed to establish any new landscaping or sports fields, except if irrigated only with non-potable water.
For users supplied with water in terms of special contracts (notarial deeds, water service intermediaries or water service providers), the contract conditions shall apply.
- Other restrictive measures, not detailed above, still apply as stipulated in Schedule 1 of the Water Bylaw, 2010, available from our webpage: Know your water regulations. Visit our website to find out how to apply for exemption from water restrictions. All exemptions granted under Level 3 are being reviewed with the possibility of being revoked with the option for reapplication. Current water users with exemptions under Level 3 must adhere to Level 3b irrigation days and times.
- Customers should note that water pressure may be reduced to limit water leaks and that slight changes in water taste and clarity may occur due to low dam levels. For further information visit our water restrictions webpage www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can check the billing model and tariff info here Level3_BillingINfo
In September 2014 we introduced Ducasonn Olyn to you. Better known as DUKE, a passionate and highly professional trainer at our Gym.
Since then Duke took the bull by the horns and excelled in working with his clients to meet their fitness goals. In order to stay in contact with his clients and to reach out to new potential clients, Duke has launched his website www.dukefitness.co.za and his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DukeOlyn/ where he shares information and connects with his clients.
We would like to invite you to check out his website and like his facebook page in order to be kept updated with exciting news and inspiration. When you head down to the gym , say hello, he is a really friendly guy!
Keep up the good work Duke!
Dear Resident / Owner
As you may be aware, the roll out of the Fibre To The Home (FTTH) system by Teralink is in full swing and we hope to have the full system available for homeowners to link to by end March 2017 at the latest.
We therefore invite you to attend the Launch Event, hosted by Teralink, of the FTTH system where you will have an opportunity to engage with the various Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in order to hear their offerings and be able to decide which option suits your needs best.
EVENT DATE : 2 February 2017
TIME : 6:30pm
VENUE : Fynbos Bistro
Please see the letter sent out to all residents / owners : L305 Important Announcement – Fibre To The Home 4th November 2016