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3 days 22 hours ago
Nando’s Clout Fires Up The Ravi Naidoo Residency for Emerging Creatives, declaring Mmamotsatsi Masike its First-ever Recipient.

The Ravi Naidoo Residency for Emerging Creatives inaugural recipient Mmamotsatsi Masike isa spatial planner at Cecil Nurse and recently launched Design Muse, her own furniture design studio.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the renowned Design Indaba Conference, the Nando’s Design Programme, Clout, has honoured the founder of this world-class event, Ravi Naidoo, with an annual residency programme in his name. The announcement of the new Ravi Naidoo Residency for Emerging Creatives was made at the recent Design Indaba Conference, which took place from 26-28 February 2020 at the Artscape Theatre Centre in Cape Town, and was broadcast via simulcast to Johannesburg, Durban, Potchefstroom, Port Elizabeth, Namibia and Nairobi.

This year, and each year going forward, Clout will select one stand-out creative from the Design Indaba Emerging Creatives class of that year to be the recipient of this Residency. The Design Indaba Emerging Creatives is a longstanding programme spearheaded by Design Indaba and supported by the Department of Arts and Culture. Each year, the Design Indaba selects a class of 50 successful applicants who receive a plethora of support, advice and benefits from the Design Indaba.

This ranges from return flights to Cape Town from their home city, and accommodation for the duration of Design Indaba, to tickets to attend the Design Indaba simulcast in Cape Town, the exhibition and display of their work during the Design Indaba in Cape Town, and a profile and exposure on the Design Indaba online platform and social media channels.

Apart from the manifold advantages to be gained by showcasing their work to a relevant audience, the Design Indaba Emerging Creatives also benefit from the powerful networking opportunities and inspiration that comes from being able to engage with media, buyers and potential mentors from around the world.

Design Indaba is known primarily for showcasing the wisdom and work of leaders in their fields – but its longstanding commitment to up-and-coming talent has been just as crucial to the growth of the design and entrepreneurial industries in South Africa. Since 2005, Design Indaba has partnered with the Department of Arts and Culture to give a platform to future movers and shakers across disciplines.

Both the impact and influence of the Design Indaba Emerging Creatives programme are evident in the calibre of alumni over the past decade and a half, from Thebe Magugu and Laduma Ngxokolo to Renée Rossouw and Daniel Ting Chong, and the many others that the programme has helped to propel forward. A much-needed platform, the Design Indaba Emerging Creatives has undeniably helped to shape the careers of a significant number of South Africa’s current groundbreakers.

Now, this support programme will be further enhanced by the addition of the annual Residency. The Design Indaba Emerging Creatives is a seamless fit with Clout’s existing developmental activities, which also focus heavily on growing young local talent. To date, Clout has staged two Hot Young Designer Talent Search competitions and a third edition is planned in 2020. Clout also provides ongoing industry assistance in the form of business development support, which helps guide rising designers in growing their businesses.

According to Robbie Brozin, founder of Nando’s: “This year marks 25 years of the Design Indaba and it is a phenomenal time – what a landmark and what an achievement for Ravi and the Design Indaba team! I am beyond proud as a South African to be part of the Design Indaba, and I think it’s time for the creatives and dreamers to wake the nation. So I am hugely excited to announce a tailored Residency that Nando’s will co-create in collaboration with Design Indaba, where we want to take one of the young Design Indaba Emerging Creatives to a global destination.”

For the first time ever, one of the Design Indaba Emerging Creatives will win an all-expenses-paid Residency abroad. According to the creative director of the Nando’s Design Programme, Tracy Lynch: “Nando’s will sponsor this Residency, but the Residency will be designed by Ravi Naidoo himself. Ravi is the most knowledgeable person when it comes to creativity and he is so connected in the global world of creativity that there is nobody better suited to design this incredible opportunity for one of these Emerging Creatives.”

This designer-in-residence programme will give the selected designer the opportunity to live and work outside of their usual environment, providing them with time to reflect, research, or produce work. During the Residency, the chosen designer will be able to not only explore new locations, but also discover different cultures while experimenting with fresh materials and techniques. The ultimate aim is to grow the individual and, in so doing, grow the industry itself as a whole.

Naidoo was invited up onto the Design Indaba Conference stage by Nando’s to hand over the prize to the winning Emerging Creative. This year’s designer-in-residence winner was chosen by a panel comprising industry specialists from the Nando’s world, members of the Design Indaba team and independent creative specialists.

For 2020, Mmamotsatsi Masike was announced as the winner of the Residency. Masike is an aspiring interior and furniture designer from Johannesburg. She describes herself as a design-crazed creative enthusiast. She’s a chronic believer in creating conducive sacred spaces and pairing them up with tailor-made furniture pieces.

She’s currently employed as a spatial planner at Cecil Nurse. She is also a part-time freelance designer and recently launched Design Muse, her own furniture design studio. Thanks to this new Residency, she is about to embark on a life-changing journey!

To keep abreast of Clout’s exciting activities in the world of design, follow Clout on Instagram: clout_sadesign


3 days 22 hours ago

Historically, property is an asset class that has managed to beat fluctuating market forces, being a far more resilient investment type than most – and less volatile than the stock market. In this time of uncertainty, hopes remain high that regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic, things won’t be any different.

So how will the property sector withstand  this once-in-a century pandemic, said to mark the greatest global shift since World War 2, with most parts of the world not yet over the infection peak? 

The effect has yet to be fully quantified, but is extremely important given that the sector is a huge contributor to the economy, contributing significantly to gross domestic product, with mortgage registrations totalling over R147 billion last year alone. In addition, the property market is heavily impacted by employment levels and consumer confidence, both of which have taken a severe knock thanks to the lockdown.

“The impact of the virus is unlikely to derail the property industry, but it could take as long as three years to fully bounce back,” warns Clifford Oosthuizen, MD of Westbrook, a multi-generational development in the Eastern Cape. “We are only on the start line of recovery and it will take time before the full  extent of the trail of destruction the pandemic is leaving in most sectors becomes clear.”

An industry that employs approximately 100 000 people – both directly and indirectly – has been overcoming the challenges associated with the lockdown by introducing virtual viewings of pre-recorded footage of properties. Now, with the shift to Level 3, it will slowly begin to return to “not so normal”, including a continued ban on show houses. Interestingly, the real estate transaction process also requires a relatively low level of human interaction compared to other sectors that have been permitted to operate at this level.

News of the market being allowed to operate earlier than the expected Level 2 means that more than 46 000 property practitioners, who have not earned an income since lockdown came into effect, are now able to return to work. Agents were previously restricted to working remotely – adding listings, taking mandates, signing electronic offer-to-purchase documents, and facilitating bond applications.

It is great news that we are finally able to open the door, not just for the sector but the country as a whole. But we must adhere to the strict protocols and safety precautions laid out by the government for our colleagues, clients and estate agents,” says Oosthuizen.

In this new business unusual reality of Level 3, property developers in South Africa’s fifth largest city will further embrace that flexibility which has become the new watchword as Covid-19 cheats them of their traditional markets, and forces them to rethink their sales strategies.

Port Elizabeth has long been popular with investors from as far afield as Australia and Dubai, but the status quo means they won’t be moving continents any time soon. 

In this whole new marketplace, developers are looking much closer to home for their buyers, pivoting their focus to offer the kind of non-negotiable safeguards people will insist on in these unprecedented times. 

As developers, we have had to readjust and redesign our strategy to address this new challenge. But because our show units are empty and are sanitised daily and after each visit, they are available to view by appointment with an agent,” Oosthuizen explains.  “Our Covid-19 workplace plan is in place, with each person affiliated to Westbrook being aware of its contents and accepting that it is imperative that protocols are strictly followed to ensure the safety of all.”

The fourth interest rate cut of 2020 – bringing rates to 50-year lows – means even further savings to existing property owners as well as for those who have been renting for a long time and who are now looking to become homeowners,” he points out. “Our banks are offering 100% loans to potential bond holders and that should certainly entice investors.

Property, Oosthuizen believes, is an asset class with supreme resilience and the unique ability to bounce back with vigour when conditions improve.  The latest rate cut will aid the economic recovery of the national economy as the country begins to emerge from full lockdown.  And he suggests now is the time for investors to capitalise on the prevailing buyer’s market conditions.

4 days ago
Giflo Developments, pioneers of mixed-use live-work-play precincts such as Irene Link, celebrates 10 years in the business.

Artist’s render of Building B adjacent to Barloworld Logistics building at Giflo’s Irene Link Precinct development.

When it comes to property-development buzzwords, “mixed-use” is certainly one of the strongest. It is a characteristic of the era that we live in that people strive to simplify their daily routines, and having access to developments that offer office space, retail, medical and residential facilities in close proximity to each other, is often the dream. And it is this dream that Giflo Developments aim to facilitate, in a variety of locations, allowing a live-work-play lifestyle that ticks all the boxes.

This year, amid the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, the company celebrates 10 years in the business, having grown from a small concern focusing on office space, to a full-spectrum developer also experienced in residential, hotel, retail and medical developments countrywide.

During this anniversary year a lot of activity centres around the Centurion area, where the Irene Link precinct, in which Giflo is the major shareholder with partners Abland and SOM, is under development. The 75 000sqm precinct situated along the N1 highway between Johannesburg and Pretoria, includes the award-winning Barloworld head office, and a 12 000sqm retail and lifestyle centre that will open during 2021.

The company is also currently involved with two residential developments in Paarl in the Western Cape: Pearl Valley at Val de Vie and Paarl Valleij; as well as two in Gauteng: Little Falls in Roodepoort and The Woods in Kyalami.

“We don’t know what the world will look like post the pandemic, but there is likely to be reflection on how we live, and the lessons learnt during times when movement was restricted, and motor vehicle use was limited,” says Giflo founder and owner Michiel Scharrighuisen. “From that perspective we believe that people will increasingly choose living and working environments with lifestyle in mind, and that will certainly play a role in our decision-making as developers.”

The Scharrighuisen brothers, Michiel and Regardt, founded the company in 2010 and explain that the strength in partnerships is a core value of the company. “Identifying the right partners for any development project has always been a priority,” says Michiel. “We firmly believe in the wisdom that any chain is as strong as its weakest link, and at Giflo we aim to build chains of expertise, bringing the right people together for a project so that the end product benefits from the collaboration.”

Being awarded the Green Building Council South Africa’s five-star Green Star SA ratings in both the Design and As Built categories for the Barloworld head office was a definite highlight of the past year, and underlines the ethos of creating teams of the best industry professionals at the forefront of innovation.  They are very proud of the rating, Michiel says, but what it confirms is even more important to the company. “It has shown that we have in our networks the skills required to create low-maintenance, highly functional, well-designed developments that conform to world-class green building standards. That is really exciting.”

The development and management of cutting-edge medical facilities is a further niche that Giflo specialises in. Regardt explains, “We formed Giflo Medical in 2016 when we realised that there were very few South African developers who operate in the world of medical development; which is highly specialised. And those who do have the skill tend to only operate in areas where they have a home base, whereas the Giflo Medical team operate across the whole of South Africa.” Another result of a strong partnership bringing divergent expertise together into a stronger whole, this division was formed with developer Ivan Makkink and architect Pieter Knoesen, and has developed acute as well as day hospitals, medical centres, clinics and similar purpose-created medical service spaces across South Africa. “We develop medical projects on a turnkey basis to deliver the final product at a fixed cost,” says Regardt.

Surviving and thriving to reach a tenth birthday in economically challenging times is a big reason for gratitude, and Giflo is deeply committed to its involvement with Community Keepers, a non-profit organisation based in Stellenbosch that looks after the welfare of learners from disadvantaged backgrounds. “The professional support services that Community Keepers provide at schools really make a difference in the communities they serve, and reaches beyond learners to parents, caregivers and educators too. We have seen them change lives since we first became involved in 2015, and it means a lot to be able to partner with an organisation that invests in the future of the country by investing in the youth,” says Michiel. Giflo are also proud sponsors of the first rugby teams of Paarl Gimnasium and Pretoria’s Afrikaans Hoër Seunskool (Affies).

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