Listing Cape Town  |  Listing Cape Town is a hit on local screens

Listing Cape Town | Listing Cape Town is a hit on local screens

Following the success of Listing Jozi in 2021, BBC Lifestyle commissioned a second season of the hit property-themed reality TV show Listing Cape Town. The six-part, documentary-style series, produced by South African production company AlternaTV, showcases some of South Africa’s most expensive properties around Cape Town and the Winelands.

From manicured stud farms, to Gentlemen Estates, and breath-taking beach bungalows; Listing Cape Town give viewers a rare glimpse inside Cape Town’s most lavish properties across the Atlantic Seaboard, Green Point, Sea Point, Bantry Bay, Fresnaye, Clifton, Camps Bay, Llandudno, De Waterkant, Cape Town City, Bishopscourt as well as inland properties in and around Franschhoek, Val de Vie and Pearl Valley, ranging from R15 million to R280 million in value.

The first episode aired in June on Wednesdays at 20h00 on DStv channel 174, and each new show has become a firm favourite gossip topic among friends and family. The production team has used the experience of the first successful season to raise the bar and create an even more authentic portrayal of what happens behind the real estate scenes at the top level of the residential market.

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FutureDev Properties | Akbar Hassim | Changed his stars

FutureDev Properties | Akbar Hassim | Changed his stars

If the measure of success is the difference between where one starts in life and where one is now, it’s doubtful you will meet a more successful man than Akbar Hassim. Abandoned as a baby in a small town in rural Mpumalanga, Akbar has forged his own destiny through perseverance, tenacity and an entrepreneurial drive that has culminated in his position as Founder and Managing Director of renowned property development company, FutureDev Properties.

Akbar was a newborn, just a few hours old, when he was found on the street in the small town of Carolina and taken in by a kind local family. After being adopted as an infant, by another family, Akbar grew up in the outskirts of Pretoria and discovered his knack for business at an early age.

BORN FOR BUSINESS

“Throughout school I was wheeling and dealing,” smiles Akbar. “When I was 14 years old, cell phones became more mainstream and I started a business buying and selling phones not just to fellow students but some of my teachers as well. It wasn’t long before I met someone who was importing cell phones directly, and that’s when my first business really took off.”

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Preferental | Ross Fitzcharles | Shaking up the rental game

Preferental | Ross Fitzcharles | Shaking up the rental game

WHO?

Ross Fitzcharles, Founder and CEO of Preferental

FAMILY?

A wonderful wife and two newly adopted puppies make a happy home life.

GOOD BOOKS OR PODCASTS?

I recently enjoyed reading Siya Kolisi’s Rise – what an inspirational South African story of how Siya took his opportunities to rise above his circumstances. He is a true legend and such a humble person. A book that I’m currently enjoying is Think Again by Adam Grant.

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It challenges you to think differently by unlearning thought patterns and interrogating our preconceptions. Makes you want to stay curious and keep an open mind. I don’t get much time to listen to podcasts, but I was recently introduced to On Purpose by Jay Shetty. I really like his podcasts as it makes you think differently about life and the choices we make.

WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING?

Spending time outdoors is very important for us. When we get the chance, my wife and I enjoy hiking and rafting adventures where you get to sleep under the stars for a few nights. We both recently got mountain bikes, and I love being out on the bike on a dirt road, makes you

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MortgageMe | Andrea Tucker | Makes bond application easy

MortgageMe | Andrea Tucker | Makes bond application easy

The concept of MortgageMe came about nearly five years ago when there was no such thing as a digital mortgage originator. At that time, applying for a mortgage was still a tedious paper and email based process that involved filling out numerous forms with a multitude of complex questions. “Each of the major banks had their own qualifying criteria comprising up to 200 questions for the applicant to fill out and they would have to repeat this process for each bank.

Obviously this was an onerous and complicated process that scared off all but the most patient and detailoriented people, that is why most home buyers, especially first time buyers, traditionally used the services of a third-party Bond Originator Company to apply to the banks on their behalf.”

 

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Fake it before you make it  | Yael Geffen

Fake it before you make it | Yael Geffen

Yael inspires her audience to embrace resilience differently. She is a mental health advocate and has been chosen to represent South Africa as a speaker for the World Leaders Summit in November 2021. She is a sought-after Life and Business Strategy Advisor and is the 2020 winner of Standard Bank’s prestigious Top Woman in Property Award

Yael Geffen is the CEO and a shareholder of Sotheby’s International Realty, South Africa. She grew up in a real estate dynasty established by her grandmother, Aida, and, prior to joining the family business in 2009, she acquired extensive real estate marketing, brand building and business development experience in the United States.

Yael is also an accomplished public and motivational speaker and her broadcast experience includes hosting and producing her own radio show on Chai FM from 2013 to 2017. She is a sought after Life and Business Strategy Advisor and is the 2020 winner of Standard Bank’s prestigious Top Woman in Property Award. She was recently nominated for the Strategic African Women in Leadership Top 30 Trailblazers awards #SAWILVision2030.

 Last year, she was invited to represent South Africa (one of three representatives from this country) to speak at the World Leaders Summit.

“In my business of course we are witnessing people entertaining emigration. BUT we are also witnessing a spirit of survival and staying power that has perhaps been lying dormant and slightly apathetic until now. Last year we witnessed some citizens rioting, looting, destroying while others were rebuilding and collaborating. At times, life has been heart wrenching and a real emotional rollercoaster.

Having lived and worked in the United States for 6 years I know first hand what it’s like to live and work somewhere else. I know the benefits and the pitfalls. I know that when you have a 9:30am appointment to get your drivers licence at the DMV – your name literally gets called out at 9:30am.

I also know that in South Africa you can go to Home Affairs and experience load shedding and wait in line for 4 hours only to be told they are closing early!

 BUT I also know that South Africa is an amazing place and South Africans are amazing people – between our sunsets, wildlife and game parks, amazing travel destinations, wine, home grown entrepreneurship and South African hospitality I know that this is an incredible country.

 I have always believed that sometimes things fall apart so that better things can fall together. Our people are resilient, we will rebuild and it will be a better country than it was ever before.

In my business of course we are witnessing people entertaining immigration now more than ever BUT we are also witnessing a spirit of survival and staying power that has perhaps been lying dormant and slightly apathetic until now.

So I say NAY to all the NAY SAYERs and Viva South Africa!

 

 

 

TUHF | Paul Jackson | Building a billion rand business

TUHF | Paul Jackson | Building a billion rand business

CEO of TUHF Paul Jackson does not come across as a tardy property financier. TUHF was publicly censured recently by the JSE as a result of its failure to comply with a number of important provisions of the JSE Debt Listings Requirements. The late publication of information relevant to its bondholders, including that its credit rating had been downgraded was highlighted in the censure. Jackson does not deny or ignore the action taken by the JSE censure, in fact he openly takes the criticism seriously and says while warranted, it was unfortunate.

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Jackson confronts his challenges directly and admits that over the years that dealing with company obligations of compliancy, liquidity issues, good relationships and keeping the company funded properly is an essential part and parcel of the business. During the pandemic, TUHF’s rating was downgraded and at the time, missed their specified SENS timelines. Throughout the hard lockdown, they continued to meet with their funders and investors and ensured that securitisation was in place and continually reported monthly on the progress of the finances. Despite these setbacks Jackson’socus is to rather avoid this happening again.

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