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Jen Brunton – Physiotherapist – Important News

12 June 2017

From Jodi Barker (pictured above)

Dear All,

With regret I need to inform you that Jen Brunton [our resident physiotherapist at Stonehurst Gym] is in hospital having treatment for Leukeamia.  It has been a real shock to us all and happened so quickly – she was diagnosed last Wednesday and was admitted to hospital last Friday to begin treatment.

While it is a serious diagnosis – the doctors are confident that they have caught it early enough and believe that they can put it into remission and thus are treating her aggressively with Chemotherapy and at a later stage she will have a bone marrow transplant.  They have advised that she will be unable to work for approximately six months.

I am Jen’s sister in law and I have relocated to Cape Town from Johannesburg with my two little girls.  I had an Orthopaedic practice in Johannesburg for 14 years treating spinal, joint, sports and post-operative conditions. I will be helping to see some of Jen’s patients while she is having treatment.

One of my best physios that I employed in Johannesburg, is Jessie-Lou Workman and amazingly enough she has also relocated to Cape Town and has offered to help with Jen’s practice too.  Jessie is a passionate physio and also a pilates instructor.  She also loves rock climbing and soccer and yoga.  Jessie will mostly be working afternoons and I will mostly be working the mornings.

Between the two of us, we will be available to see you all both in Stonehurst and Newlands.  I know how much Jen values her practice and all of you special patients and we will do our best to provide you with the same excellent service and commitment that Jen has been able to do over the last two and a half years.

Jen will be receiving her treatment in Constantiaberg and will be treated in an infection control unit – this means that she is not able to receive flowers or foods as they are minimizing her exposure to germs and infection.  I know what Jen would value the most is your continued support of her practice so that when she is recovered she is able to pick up where she left off.

For appointments please send us a whatsapp or email.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Best wishes

Jodi-Lee Barker                                                                             Jessie-Lou Workman

082 822 3016                                                                                  081 016 1818

jlbarkerphysio@gmail.com                                                             jes.workman@gmail.com

From City of Cape Town – Reminder to Cut your water consumption

 
Dear Resident,
Cape Town’s overall dam levels are at the lowest level seen in recent years and the continuing drought crisis means that everyone needs to cut their water usage even further.

We urgently request that you:

  • only use municipal drinking water for drinking, cooking and essential washing
  • limit your usage to 100 litres per person per day

As of 1 February 2017, the City of Cape Town applied Level 3B water restrictions to help conserve the critically low municipal drinking water supply. Make sure that you are adhering to Level 3B water restrictions, looking for and fixing any water leaks on your property and saving water in your home.

The City’s Mayoral Committee has recommended that Council adopt more stringent Level 4 water restrictions. If approved, the new restrictions will come into effect on
1 June 2017.

The proposed Level 4 restrictions include:

  • No irrigation with municipal drinking water allowed at all
  • No washing of vehicles, trailers, caravans or boats with municipal drinking water allowed – use only non-potable water or waterless products
  • No topping up or filling of residential swimming pools permitted, either manually or automatically
  • Irrigation from boreholes or alternative water sources within 7 days of rainfall discouraged
  • All exemptions granted under Level 2 or Level 3 restrictions are revoked, and only certain re-application will be allowed
  • Higher water tariffs

Don’t wait for the new restrictions to come into effect – save water now! #thinkwater

Help us save water: report water issues (e.g. burst pipes or faulty meters) and restriction offences:

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Water Meter Telemetry Project – Be aware of your water usage LIVE!

This project is proposed to install telemetry to all the municipal water meters in the estate (335 in total eventually). This system provides live data, will be able to be viewed by residents and owners with tenant, and after the CAPEX expenditure, will cost the same as the meter readers service. The benefits are LIVE data , immediate leak detection (24 hour window – rather than only a month in arrears when one receives the account). It can also be utilised in leak detection of the Estate’s own infrastructure once the telemetry is put on the main meters

View the presentation >>> 20170524_PM_AMR_Presentation_GMC

Fibre To The Home – Where they are with the roll-out…

The Fibre To the Home (FTTH) roll out has been rather slower than hoped, and has had its challenges, with there being many more conduit blockages than originally anticipated by the Teralink team.

Here is a link to a document showing every property and what the connection status is:

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You can click on the tabs to locate your property.

There has been some difficulty for the team to get access to homes at convenient times to residents, in order to do the link installation.

Residents are urgently requested to set up an appointment by emailing admin@stonehurstmountainestate.org to facilitate access.

 

Stonehurst Mountain Estate – Constitution

With the inclusion of the 2nd Development, there are changes being made to the Stonehurst Constitution in this regard

The lastest version can be found at this link : 20170314_Constitution

Some of the policies in the Code of Conduct are currently under review, but the original document can be found at this link : 201602_CodeofConduct

As owners and members of the Association, you should familiarise yourself with these regulations as these are intended to provide a framework for a pleasant community environment for all residents, and to protect your investment.

Please also ensure your tenants are familiar with the information.

Stonehurst MarketPlace – Custom-Built Furniture

Do you have a skill or craft that you would like to let our community know about?

Please email advert@stonehurstmountainestate.org

 

Water Crisis Information

The drought crisis in the Western Cape has reached a critical point. We need to adjust our behaviour as while we will eventually have the relief of rain, the trend is to water scarcity.

Below is an aggregate graph of dam levels over the past 5 years which clearly shows this trend. The full presentation from the City via the Ward 62 Councillor can be found here Water Shortage Presentation

Then the information below this graph indicates the Level 4 Water Restrictions, which are going to be implemented 1 June 2017 – Please note this applies to all properties on the Estate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Own an SME? Here are three tax perks of going solar.

In South Africa, we realise the importance of nurturing SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises): They play a vital role in developing our growing economy, creating much-needed jobs and driving innovation. At the same time, as the proverbial small fish in the big pond, they face many challenges such as securing the funding they need, complying with all of the country’s legislative requirements and keeping head above water in competitive industries. It’s clear that SMEs need all the help they can get, especially when it comes to relieving some of the financial strains and stresses of running a business.

Many SMEs agree: Tax and money matters are two of their biggest business concerns.

Indeed, many SME owners toss and turn over money matters at night. Especially tax is a pebble in the shoe for many businesses, big and small. Not only is it tricky to navigate the world of tax (especially if you’re new to business), but it’s never easy to part with one’s hard-earned money.

That’s why it’s great news for SMEs that SARS offers business owners certain tax concessions for utilising renewable energy – specifically a special tax incentive for installing solar PV (photovoltaic) energy solutions.

Cala van der Westhuizen from Energy Partners, a renewable energy solutions supplier, explains that solar energy systems such as theirs hold tax perks for businesses from the get-go. “Financially it makes good sense for businesses to install a solar PV system as they can deduct the VAT portion which is already 14% of the total cost if they are VAT-registered,” he says.

The second big tax advantage, is that business owners can deduct the full cost of the installation of a solar energy solution from their business income tax in the first year, according to the terms of Section 12B of the Income Tax Act. This 100% accelerated capital allowance applies to business solar PV solutions that produce less than 1 megawatt of power.

 

Businesses can deduct the full cost of installing a solar PV system from their business income tax.

The picture shows a recent Energy Partners installation at Stonehurst Mountain Estate.

This means that SME owners, who require relatively small PV solar energy solutions to meet their energy needs, can effectively get a 28% discount on the price of their solar systems. Look at it this way: Business income tax is 28% in South Africa. The Section 12B incentive allows business owners to deduct the value of their new solar PV systems as a depreciation expense from their companies’ profits. In other words, their companies’ income tax liabilities will be decreased by the same value as the value of the solar PV systems they’ve installed. [1]

Government’s purpose with this allowance is to encourage the use of renewable energy in the business sector by for instance supporting smaller solar PV energy projects that have a low environmental impact and use little water. Which brings us to another tax benefit of installing solar PV: This year, government is introducing a carbon tax for businesses that emit excessive amounts of greenhouse gasses through especially transportation vehicles and electricity generation. As a low-carbon source of energy, solar power can help businesses to become greener and therefore avoid carbon tax.

 

Three tax benefits of going solar.

Considering South Africa receives as much as 2 500 hours of sunlight a year, solar PV is an extremely viable form of renewable energy in our country. And you don’t have to own a large commercial operation to benefit from it – SMEs will find it’s an affordable, simple-to-install renewable energy solution. Unlike some home or large commercial solar solutions, a solar solution for an SME doesn’t have to be complex or integrated. For example, an SME owner doesn’t need a large solar PV system, nor a battery system or heat pump, which are costly components particularly for homeowners.

The financial benefits of installing an efficient business solar solution go beyond tax concessions. With a state-of-the-art, efficient system from Energy Partners, SMEs can significantly cut their monthly electricity bills. According to Van der Westhuizen, one of Energy Partners’ SME clients utilised 4 400 kWh of solar power in January 2017 using a 22 kWp system and saved R10 000 on their electricity bill for that month.

An Energy Partners Solar PV Installation.

In fact, an Energy Partners SME solar solution can pay for itself with what the business saves on electricity. “The repayment term of a solar PV system for a commercial installation is close to around 4 years, depending on certain factors like self-consumption and the tariff structure. With solar panels that have a 25-year production warranty, it’s very much like buying 25 years’ prepaid electricity at 5 years’ cost,” Van der Westhuizen says.

He adds: “Energy Partners Home Solutions also offer various financing options for SMEs that don’t have the capex available to purchase the system outright. As a registered financial services provider, many of our clients purchase a system that is financed by us and which they can easily pay off out of the operational budgets of their businesses. In certain cases, we can even offer a Performance Lease Agreement, which allows for the installation of the system at a fraction of the cost.”

It’s clear that, if you’re an SME owner, you can’t afford not to consider a renewable energy solution that looks after the environment and your all-important cash flow. If you’re interested in putting the financial benefits of a solar PV solution to work in your business, contact Energy Partners for a free, no-obligation energy assessment. Visit www.poweryourself.co.za or call 0861 000 606.

 About Energy Partners Home Solutions

 Energy Partners Home Solutions (EPHS) offer clients holistic and innovative home energy solution guaranteed to realise significant savings on a household’s energy bills. In 2016, the organisation launched its ground breaking new product, the ICON Home Energy Hub. The first solar inverter and battery combination developed specifically for the South African residential market.

The ICON forms part of a full home energy solution, including Solar PV, Batteries, Heat Pumps and LED lights. By combining these technologies, Energy Partners (EPHS) is able to provide significantly better savings and financial returns than other solutions: a family sized home could save up to 70% of their electricity bill and earn more than 16% return on their investment – twice what a standard PV-only solution would provide. For more information visit: www.poweryourself.co.za

 About Energy Partners

Founded in 2008, Energy Partners is a leading energy solutions provider in South Africa that provides clients with innovative solutions (including fully outsourced supply contracts – e.g. steam generation) to suit their needs. Energy Partners has built a high quality team of talented individuals and robust processes which offer end-to-end solutions and integrate the different components of energy optimisation to deliver optimum results – including capital solutions that put clients in a positive cash flow positions from day one. Industries in which Energy Partners specialise include: food retail, retail, healthcare, hospitality, food processing and logistics. For more information visit www.energypartners.co.za

About PSG

PSG Group is an investment holding company consisting of underlying investments that operate across industries which include financial services, banking, private equity, agriculture and education. PSG Group has a market capitalisation in excess of R40bn, with our largest investment being a 30,7% interest in Capitec.

Additional group companies include Energy Partners, Impak, Curro and Capitec.

 

Bird Deterrent Specialists

Visit our website here: www.bds.org.za

The All New Bird Barrier Range!

With gutters and roof cavities making for very attractive pest bird nesting and roosting opportunities, a robust deterrent is an absolute necessity. Well, we have the solution! – Introducing our new Bird Barrier range!

Our new range of Bird Barrier products is guaranteed to keep those pesky birds from clogging up your gutter with nesting materials and debris. With a variety of Mesh product options available, as well as a Bottle Brush shaped product present within the range, these Bird Barriers create … well, a barrier … to pest bird related materials.

 

Aluminium Mesh Bird Barrier

The added bonus is that they will also keep leaves and other kinds of larger debris, normally associated with gutter blockage, from entering and settling in the gutter. This offers property owners a great saving when it comes to maintenance costs incurred due to the routine cleaning out of gutters……

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The BIRD DETERRENT SPECIALISTS Mission Statement is:
“To be the most dedicated and innovative specialists in the harmless
removal of Pest Bird contamination in South Africa for any structure or
building. By providing experienced, efficient and professional solutions,
services and guaranteed customer satisfaction to clients, we strive to
be your defence against Bird infestation.”

Contact us for a *FREE quotation!
Phone: +27 21 797 7788 | E-Mail: info@bds.org.za

For more information on what we do, take a look at our website: www.bds.org.za

*Please note: FREE Quotations apply only to locations within a 40km radius from the centre of the Cape Town CBD. A call-out fee will apply to site visits for quotations to locations beyond 40km from the CBD. Should you accept the quotation, this call-out fee will be credited against the amount Invoiced once the job has been completed.

Energy Partners : The REAL cost of Going off the Grid

Although we haven’t experienced loadshedding for some months, South Africans are still on guard against possible power cuts and the looming threat of grid failure. Recently, Eskom once again demonstrated their lack of planning when it came to light that their Ingula pumped storage scheme is delayed and already well over budget, with costs spiraling from R8.9 bn to R36 bn. Costs that will inevitably be passed on to consumers. Whenever we’re faced with an unnecessarily high electricity bill, or huddled together by candlelight due to another bout of loadshedding, it’s easy to vow through clenched teeth: “I’m going off the grid.” Meaning you’re seriously considering disconnecting from Eskom’s power supply and generating your own electricity. While it might sound especially tempting when you’re feeling the strain on your budget or plunged in darkness, it’s not really the best solution. Here’s why:

 

It’s true that home solar energy solutions are becoming more and more affordable. But the large amount of solar panels and storage batteries you would need to power your home completely, will come at a steep price

A relatively small solar energy system is all that’s needed to supply up to 50% of a standard-sized home’s energy. But to power it 100% you’ll need a significantly larger system to generate and store enough energy, especially during the winter when there is a lot less sunlight. Whereas a 5 kWp system may supply 50% of your energy needs, one that’s 10 kWp will not necessarily make you 100% grid-independent – you will most likely need a system that’s four or five times that size.

In smaller systems, the panels and inverter account for the majority of the costs, while with off-grid systems, the cost of the batteries becomes the major component. While panels and inverters are designed to last 20 or 10 years respectively, the lead-based batteries commonly used for off-grid solutions typically only have an in-service life of three to five years. That means that you are not getting a permanent solution, but rather one where the bulk of the investment will need to be replaced regularly.

 

We’ve crunched the numbers here at Energy Partners Home Solutions and have found that costs increase sharply after 70% grid independence, as can be seen in the graph below.

Figure 1The cost of going off grid

 

The optimal home solution sits at around 60% -70% energy-independent when you consider the amount of energy created versus the cost to do so. Once you go past the 70% mark, the costs increase aggressively and peak at 100% off-grid living. This is backed by a recent study in America, which found that costs increase dramatically when 80% of your energy comes from solar PV.

 

There are, however, ways to mitigate the costs involved with leaving the grid and going predominantly solar. A back-up generator is a good idea for times when the sun is a rare sight. (Although it’s not the best option if living green is your primary motivation for grid independence.) Then, quite simply, by using energy sparingly – especially in winter. For example, wait for sunny days to do the washing so you don’t rely on the energy-hungry tumble dryer, and use less hot water for showering to lighten the load on the geyser.

 

But the cost of installing and maintaining such a large solar power and energy storage system will more than likely outweigh what you save on electricity. One should also keep in mind that there are legal limitations to the number of solar panels you can fit to your roof as well.

 

Don’t despair, you can still produce clean energy and make a solid financial investment. For example, with Energy Partners Home Solutions’ integrated home energy systems, you can save as much as 70% on your monthly electricity bill, which will add up and ultimately foot the bill of the initial installation. With a carefully planned and designed solution, a payback of five years could be possible.

 

Figure 2 and 3 A recent full ICON system installed at Val de Vie estate

 

Understandably, for many people going green is the motivation behind going off the grid. It’s evident that coal-fired power stations have a detrimental effect on our environment, and we all have a responsibility to look after our planet, but there are ways to minimise your carbon footprint, even if you stay on the grid. By becoming more energy efficient, you’ll not only save on electricity costs, but do your bit for the environment at the same time.

 

As the first step to saving electricity and curbing the costs of being on the grid, Energy Partners Home Solutions suggests replacing some of your heavy electricity users with more efficient solutions. When it comes to lighting, LEDs are great replacements for traditional downlights, as they save far more electricity in the long run. Geysers account for as much as half of the electricity bill in many households, with large unnecessary energy wastage. This can be mitigated by a highly efficient heat pump or, in certain cases, solar geysers. Even these simple, affordable solutions can make a big difference to your electricity spend and the environment.

 

The next step would be to install solar PV panels and a battery/inverter system in your home. These are extremely effective in generating and storing energy, but like all solar power systems, they rely on the sun. When there are long periods of sunshine, they can generate and store enough power to allow you plenty of freedom from the grid. A factor you have to keep in mind when it comes to going off the grid, is that you cannot always rely on the sun doing its bit for your electricity generation. On stormy days or in the winter when we only get about one-third of the sunshine we receive in the summer, you will not be able to generate and store enough energy to power your whole home.

 

Just as the sun is not a switch we can flick, it’s not that simple to get back onto the grid once you’re off. We therefore believe it’s a good idea to keep the grid in your back pocket as a supplementary form of energy.

 

So, at Energy Partners Home Solutions we give you all of the benefits of going off the grid, while allowing you to still tap into it when you really need it. For a free assessment, contact Energy Partners Home Solutions on 0861 000 606 or visit www.poweryourself.co.za for more information.

WebAfrica – FTTH as a service provider…

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Introducing Webafrica

One of South Africa’s leading Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Webafrica is a dynamic company offering comprehensive client-tailored Internet Access, Web Hosting and Web Design solutions. Just a stone throw away from the Cape Town CBD, Webafrica brings you to the web and the web to you in more ways than most.

Having partnered with various Fibre Service Providers, Webafrica is one of Cape Town’s leading Fibre Internet Providers – covering areas from Fish Hoek to Stellenbosch and everywhere in between. With an eye for detail and a company mission which aims to provide clients with the best possible service, Webafrica has become the ISP of choice for the last 20 years.

Webafrica & Teralink

As one of the Fibre Service Providers, Webafrica has partnered with Teralink to provide the superfast, superfly Fibre straight to your doorstep.

Why Choose Fibre?

Unlike copper cabling which is required for both ADSL and landlines, fibre optic cabling is used specifically for Internet connectivity which means faster line speeds that are reliable!

Benefits of Fibre:

Don’t waste time buffering stream your favourite music and tv shows with a click of a mouse

  • Spend more time playing download games, movies and music in no time
  • Game online, uninterrupted
  • Improve efficiency at work

Webafrica Fibre

Sign up with Webafrica and get your first 2 invoices FREE! See the table below for the Teralink pricing options:

 

Up to 4 Mbps Up to 10 Mbps Up to 20 Mbps Up to 50 Mbps Up to 100 Mbps
Data Size Uncapped Uncapped Uncapped Uncapped Uncapped
Fibre Router Free Free Free Free Free
Installation/Connection Fee Free Free Free Free Free
Price/Month R499 pm R599 pm R699 pm R799 pm R999 pm

Fibre to the Home – When am I getting mine??

So we have had many questions about the Fibre to the Home (FTTH) actual roll out to your homes.

Here is the basic plan as it stands:

  • DUCTing Team A will start of Monday the 27th.March 2017
  • Section A,B,C will be the focus of the efforts on the 27th.March 2017
  • At the same time Teralink will have teams pulling the 2-Core cable for the home drops in section A
  • They will require access to homes in Section A next week (27th to 31st March 2017) to make the cable off in the homes.
  • Once the DUCTing Team A is done with the feeders, they will move over to the Distribution Ducting for sections ABC and so on…
  • We will keep residents advised as to the next phase of the project (D, E, F & G) as the project team moves in a Westerly direction.

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