Good progress has been made in the provision of basic services over the first quarter of ANC's government's new term in office according to the Chairman of the Governance and Administration Cluster and Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba.
With the increased demand for sectional title properties in South Africa comes the need for more experienced and compliant property management companies to service this growing demand and further stimulate the growth of the local property sector.
Over the past 20 years, the tourism sector's contribution to South Africa's GDP has increased significantly - with an average annual average real growth rate of 7.3%, creating jobs and generating valuable foreign currency.
Together with South Africa's challenging economic climate and the looming 2016 carbon tax system, the ROI of energy efficient (EE) commercial buildings in South Africa makes the employment of an EE solution an important investment decision for property and business owners alike.
While challenges within certain categories of crime such as murder and sexual offences remain, South Africa's police have a firm handle on crime, claims National Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega.
While the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Council has admitted at its housing summit that it has performed poorly when it comes to providing homes for its residents, President Jacob Zuma says great strides have been made in delivering basic services to South African communities.
As the population of Ekurhuleni grows at a rate of between 3% and 4% a year, the area has become one of the largest informal settlements in the country with 119 informal settlements housing 162,000 people.
With rising operating costs and the economic slowdown in SA likely to affect commercial property developments within the next few months, it is an opportune time for developers to explore the business case for green buildings, says Nedbank Corporate Property Finance Gauteng Regional Executive Ken Reynolds.
The Green Building Council South Africa has announced the launch of the EDGE rating system - a new green building certification programme for the residential property market - to be utilised for homes in South Africa.
The rental property market appeals to landlords wanting to earn a passive income on their rental properties, but they face the risk of non-payment by tenants, as well as property damage and even theft.
Dihlabeng Mall in Bethlehem, acquired by Investec Property Fund in June 2014, is to get a 5000m2 extension, anchored by a full-line Woolworth's store of over 3000m2. The expansion is scheduled to open for trading in August 2015.
Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Performance, Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration, Jeff Radebe, says government aims to achieve at least 100 convictions against people fingered for corruption in the public service.
Winter in Cape Town often results in a drop in visitors looking for short-term accommodation, while much of Joburg and its surrounds become reminiscent of a ghost town over summer months when residents seek December refuge closer to the beach.