06 February 2018
The water crisis in both the Eastern and Western Cape continues to be at the forefront of our minds and we are starting to see the impact of this situation on the property market. I was recently asked to comment on this emerging trend for the Weekend Argus. In summary, I anticipate that properties with “off-the-grid” access to resources (e.g. boreholes) will increasingly demand premium prices, we will see increased semi-migration to areas where water is less scarce (e.g. as evidenced by Old Mutual’s recent call to its Western Cape employees to temporarily stay upcountry with friends and relatives) and people will increasingly consider properties that make fewer demands on natural resources (e.g. properties with small or no gardens). We are mindful of depth and breadth of the impact of this crisis and I have no doubt that we will see its ripple effects for a long time yet.
- CEO of Just Property Group Holdings PTY Ltd
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It makes sense to talk about rainwater harvesting here, even if you live upcountry and it’s raining cats and dogs around you. Our reality across South Africa is that the country’s water harvesting infrastructure is lagging behind urban demand. If each one of us makes an effort to harvest rainwater, the collective impact could be enormous. Here are 23 Awesome Rainwater Harvesting Ideas that you can make a start with immediately.
In the short-term, our Head Office has called on all agents to support former Springbok captain Jean de Villiers who has called on South Africans to rally together. He is brand ambassador for storage company, Stor-Age Self Storage, which has partnered with the City of Cape Town. De Villiers says they are inviting the public to drop off store-bought, five litre bottles of water which will be stored and then distributed. Countrywide, several stores have been set up for people to bring water to assist Cape Town residents. View a list of Stor-Age stores here.
At Just Property, we are looking beyond the water crisis and have, for some time, been moving towards more sustainable business practices. For example, many of our franchises make use of what we call “Digi Docs”, a platform that allows us to exclude unnecessary or unwanted clauses from our contracts to limit the amount of paper used and give parties a legally-compliant way to digitally sign to eliminate printing altogether.
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