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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
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. 
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
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.
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……
Contact us for a *FREE quotation!
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.
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.
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
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|
|Price/Month||R499 pm||R599 pm||R699 pm||R799 pm||R999 pm|
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.
Like our “Helpdesk” (http://helpdesk.stonehurstmountainestate.org/) which residents can use to log issues for action on the Estate, the City of Cape Town has a similar system for residents to individual log service requests.
Both systems work on a basis that Estate Management (Operations) in the case of Stonehurst itself, and the City of Cape Town Service Departments, for the City, have a record of logged queries and requests, and can use this system to prioritise and action issues.
These systems are easy to use and ensure that your issue is logged, trackable and assists senior management to ensure matters are attended to timeously and effectively.
Help us to help you! Its even easier for issues internal to Stonehurst – you can simply send an email to email@example.com and it will automatically create a ‘ticket’.
For CITY OF CAPE TOWN Service Requests, visit : https://eservices1.capetown.gov.za/coct/wapl/zsreq_app/index.html
There is a simple step by step process to log service requests, which you can search later for the ongoing status.
Firstly…Dogs in Parks –
In May 2016 Cllr Liz Brunette tabled a Motion in response to complaints from residents about dogs in greenbelts and parks that are off leashes and have attacked them, their children, or their dogs.
Subcouncil 20 is running a participation process whereby members of the public can comment on our proposals for where dogs may be allowed to run free, or are required to be on a leash. The attached table highlights the various locations and the current proposals.
Additional proposals are:
• Maximum of three (3) dogs per adult
• Dogs must be under control at all times
• Dog handlers must pick up the faeces deposited by their dogs and dispose of it at home.
Should you need to view a map of a greenbelt, park or open space please visit the Subcouncil 20 Office at the Alphen Centre in Constantia Main Road where they will be displayed in the foyer.
Public Participation commences on Thursday, 9 March until end of business, Friday, 31 March 2017.
All comments should be emailed to Subcouncil.firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to 021 794 7692, or delivered by hand to Subcouncil 20, Alphen Centre, Constantia Main Road, Constantia for the attention of Stacy Kroukamp.
Then, the Doggie Do
Dog Waste Facts
1) Dog Poop is NOT Fertilizer!
Dog poop in particular is not fertilizer like cow manure. Contrary to popular opinion not all poop is created equal. Dog’s have a high protein based diet that creates a very acidic excrement or waste product. Far more info than you ever wanted to know about your favorite furry friend’s business, right? But, it’s true. Cow manure is in fact good for vegetation because it in fact started out that way. Dog’s diets are very different. Most dog foods today are composed of beef, chicken and/or pork products. This creates a high acidic waste product that is bad for your grass and can leave your back yard looking like, well, not looking like much of a yard at all.
2) Dog are a very significant host of bacteria that is harmful to humans
One gram of dog waste can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria. Dog waste can spread giardia and salmonella as well.
3) Not picking up after your dog IS illegal
The City of Cape Town By-Laws and those of Stonehurst make provision for penalties if you don’t pick up after your dog in a public place.
4) Parasites from dog waste can be passed on to children, other dogs, and even themselves
Some of the possible ways a dog or cat can obtain various different parasites, viruses and stages of bacteria from their own poop include: rolling in their feces, pawing at it, and in rare instances even eating it-coprophagy. Some ailments that can affect humans are: Parvo Virus, Trichinosis, Whipworms, Hookworms, Roundworms, Giardia and Coccidia.
5) One pile of pet waste can take a year or more to fully breakdown.
IT’S NOT TOO LATE – Dispose of your dog waste in a responsible manner
More on the City By-Law here: http://wikivillage.co.za/raw-is-best/blog/new-municipal-by-laws-for-cats-dogs
Keep the date 15th April – Easter Saturday – in mind for lots of great activities for the kids!
The Puppet Show will be on the 15th April in the afternoon, and we plan to do a Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt in the morning –
Below is some info about the Puppet Show concept and some background of the puppeteers – Join us for what is likely to be the highlight of the month for the kids!
Make your home leaner on electricity.
Here are six of the most power-hungry appliances in your home.
Sustainability is a core value that we all share. By using less electricity in our homes, we can all contribute to lowering our combined environmental impact in the estate. Identifying some of the heaviest electricity users in your home can help you determine where you need to trim down your electricity usage, so that you can take the necessary steps to get your home into shape energy-wise. Here are six of the most power-hungry household appliances:
Figure 1An electrical geyser typically consumes more than 50% of all electricity consumed in a standard household
A geyser can account for more than 50% of the electricity bill in many regular households with three to four family members and consumes about 9.25 kWh per day, which works out to 300 kWh a month. To help you understand household energy usage, consider this: you would have to cycle vigorously for 3 hours to power your geyser for just 1 hour.
However, there are ways to ensure your geyser doesn’t chew up a huge chunk of your monthly budget. Solar water geysers and heat pumps are much lighter on energy, which makes them great alternatives to standard geysers. You could also try and use less warm water whenever you can, for example, by taking shorter showers. This means you’ll also be doing your bit for water conservation.
2. Tumble dryer
While it’s a lifesaver on rainy laundry days, your tumble dryer devours a whopping 3 kW per hour. On average, that’s about the same amount of energy your body will generate if you’re doing laundry for 4 years.
To save on electricity, it’s best to view your tumble dryer as something you should only indulge in on occasion. Only use it when you really have to and turn to the sun to curb your energy usage: Only do laundry on sunny days or lighten the load with an efficient home energy solution.
3. Swimming pool pump
It takes a lot of time and energy to keep a pool crystal-clear. Take your pool pump for instance: It consumes about 1.5 kWh or 1 289 kcal per hour. You would have to swim 103 Olympic pool laps to produce that much energy.
Covering your swimming pool is not only a great way to save water, but it’ll help keep your pool clean and take some of the pressure off your pump.
Figure 2a swimming pool pump can cost you more than R3.00 per hour in electricity to operate. This equates to more than R500 per month
4. Air conditioner
Your air conditioner works very hard to keep you cool, consuming around 1.8 kW per hour. That is close to the amount of calories you would burn if you were to take a brisk walk for close to thirteen hours.
5. Portable heater
In winter, temperature control proves to be equally costly, with standard portable heaters consuming as much as 1.5 kWh. This would be an equivalent to shivering for 3 hours and 10 minutes.
On average, your oven uses about 2.3 kW per hour . That’s equivalent to a human being chopping wood for 4 hours.
Lighten the load
One way to minimise your electricity usage, is by replacing older household appliances with newer, more energy-efficient models that are also better for the environment.
Another great electricity-saving alternative that can cut your electricity spend by over
50%, is a home solar energy solution from Energy Partners Home Solutions. As part of their ongoing commitment to sustainable living, Stonehurst Estate has chosen Energy Partners to design state-of-the-art solutions specifically for the estate and its unique requirements. 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.
Figure 3 Picture here a ICON system installed
Contact Energy Partners Home Solutions for a no-obligation, free consultation with one of their experienced energy consultants. Call them on 0861 000 606 and be sure to mention that you are a Stonehurst Mountain Estate resident.
For more information, visit www.poweryourself.co.za
Figure 4 a general indication of what percentage of your total energy usage most major consumers utilise
*Percentages may differ per household