Will our coating last just four years, or ten?

March 18, 2017

We probably all understand the difference in taste (and experience) between a milkshake that is made with three scoops from a tin, thrown into a glass of skim milk and one that is made by mixing double-cream flavoured ice-cream, maybe with a dollop of flavoured-syrup or added cream. It’s true that we might call both of them a chocolate milkshake, but there is no doubt about which holds the superior…


Expecting the Unexpected when Winter Comes

March 17, 2017

Unpredictable weather conditions have always been a hallmark of the Western Cape, being known originally as the Cape of Storms, and we Capetonians tend to accept the temperamental climate as the price we pay for living in this beautiful and rich part of the country. Recently, however, the ongoing drought has taken its toll not only on the natural environment, but on many man-made structures as well. It is quite…


Beware if you are thinking of Special Levies (Contributions) for Maintenance.

March 10, 2017

Prior to the implementation of the Sectional Title Schemes Management Act, 2011 (Act No. 8 of 2011) (“STSMA”), the Body Corporate requirements in respect to provision for maintenance and repair was actually quite loose. In practice, maintenance that required large capital outlays, such as a full redecoration (repainting) were put off until the very latest and even then Special Levies (Contributions) often needed to be raised. The Trustees appointed at the…


Prevention is better than Cure!

March 6, 2017

In a medical context, we often use the term that “prevention is better than cure!” While that is really a universal principle that applies equally well to preventative maintenance on buildings as opposed to reacting when the building is in a sickly condition. The main reason for having a ten-year maintenance plan should not be simply because it is a legislative requirement. The advantages of having a documented PMR22 plan…


Prevent Problems with Pesky Pigeon Parcels!

March 1, 2017

Pigeons are a surprisingly serious and ongoing problem for Community Schemes, especially where the overall roof area tends to be greater, thereby providing more space for pigeons and other birds to roost, nest and breed. This is not always considered as part of maintenance planning, but the truth is that pigeons can cause immense damages to roofs, guttering, balconies, staircases, windows. The cost of simply cleaning up behind these pests…