Mafikeng’s Increasing back rooms- Part 2

Written by Christelle Niemandt. Posted in Letters

‘Mafikeng’s Increasing back rooms- Part 2’. While it makes sense to take advantage of accommodation shortage in Mafikeng by putting backrooms or a cottage for rental; property owners need to exercise due diligence. As I had indicated in previous week, they are property owners who are converting houses into several individual bedrooms by removing common space such as lounge and sitting.

This poses another challenge with insurance. Property owners need to examine their house insurance documents. Certain renovations may not be permitted by the insurance as well as the bondholder. If in future you need to make a claim against what is recorded as a 3 bedroom house, and then upon assessment – the property has 6 bedrooms with several outside doors; Insurance may not honour that claim. Property owners would find themselves stranded if anything should happen to the property. For example, the insurance would deny the claim on the basis of a missing wall or kitchen.
While property owners know that you cannot build from wall to wall on boundary lines, many choose to ignore this fact. All backroom structures should be approved by municipality. You may gain some benefits of rental income from unapproved backrooms for a while, but this would definitely be a sticky point in a sale agreement. Should a buyer ask for the house plans and one is unable to produce them; the buyer would definitely insist on a purchase price negotiation. The property owner is no longer in a positon to claim that they are selling an income property, as the buyer will be taking on the risk of backrooms that may not be approved by municipality. If one is buying a property with backrooms for investment, request the seller to produce the approved plans as part of the sale agreement.
There is definitely an exponential growth of backrooms in Mafikeng properties. Property owners need to be weary of what kind of backrooms they are putting up versus what other property owners are offering for rental. The present market conditions may leave tenants accepting whatever is on offer but this will change in the near future. This is one space I predict will have fierce competition. Backrooms should be built to last and not just so that someone can move in and start paying rent as soon as possible. It would be unfortunate when an investor or home owner comes to the realization that they have backrooms or cottage that no tenants wants to rent because it does not meet certain standards.
Speak to your agent they should be in a position to advise what will work for your location and target market.
For feedback, comments and any other property issues you would like addressed in this column please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Monica Chaunoita is a qualified Professional Practioner in Real Estate

SANCO welcomes cabinet reshuffle

Written by Christelle Niemandt. Posted in Letters

MAHIKENG MAIL – MAHIKENG: The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) in the North West last Thursday welcomed the Provincial Executive Council reshuffle announced by the Premier, Professor Tebogo Job Mokgoro as a bold step that was necessary and long overdue to consolidate the province’s turnaround strategy.

NWU Council’s reaction to letter containing allegations from a group of anonymous individuals

Written by Christelle Niemandt. Posted in Letters

MAHIKENG MAIL – MAHIKENG : During the ordinary NWU Council meeting on Thursday, 22 November 2018, a letter from a law firm acting onbehalf of a supposed group of clients was tabled and discussed.
The letter, addressed to the NWU Council, certain Council structures as well as individual members of Council and management, contains various allegations raised by clients of the firm who are apparently all direct and indirect stakeholders of the university. The letter clearly states that the persons who raised the concerns want to remain anonymous for the time being.
The issues contained in the letter include the use of the official vice-chancellor’s residence in Potchefstroom,the appointment of senior staff members, separation packages paid to senior managers, as well as progress regarding the investigation into alleged cases of plagiarism.
The issues raised in the letter are not new information and are mostly known matters which were handled by Council and recorded accordingly, Thus no new investigation was requested by Council. However, against the background of various media reports and inquiries, Council wants to put the following on record:
• The law firm concerned was answered within the timeframe as requested by them. This is a matter
between the firm and the NWU Council and the NWU will not release the content involved.
• In the letter to all staff under the name of the Council chairperson on 22 November, he emphasised
that all stakeholders are encouraged to continue using the existing university channels to report
matters of concern to them, and to use all possible internal channels in accordance with the university’s
corporate governance framework. However, as was mentioned before, the Council made it clear that
they were satisfied with how the matters mentioned in the letter had been addressed and that they
had been involved in the decisions made and that this had been recorded in the Council minutes.
• Prof Dan Kgwadi, vice-chancellor of the North-West University, indeed stays over in the official
university residence when he is in Potchefstroom. A section in the house has been equipped for him
and his driver. Allegations that he and his driver are staying at guesthouses in Potchefstroom at
exorbitant expense while the official residence is standing empty are not true. After his appointment in
2014 Prof Kgwadi indeed had to stay in a guesthouse in Potchefstroom due to extended renovations to the official residence. This was quite a few years back. It is a well-known fact and was declared upfront by the vice-chancellor before he accepted his
appointment that he would not be staying in the official residence with his family as they reside in
Gauteng on a full-time basis. Council duly approved this arrangement. Apart from him residing in a
suite in the official residence when he works in Potchefstroom, the house is also used by other senior
managers as well as for official university functions and business. To this end, the residence remains
an NWU asset.

What is a Prophetic Calling?

Written by Christelle Niemandt. Posted in Letters

It is worth it in the turmoil atmosphere the Human Race find itself, to clear some unnecessary confusion which has led to many unsuspecting souls robbed of their hard earned belongings by prophets of doom due to ignorance. The Bible say in Hosea 4:6 that:- ‘My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children’
With a Prophetic Calling one is expected Biblically to fellowship with other Christians at a particular local Church, but a Prophetic Calling is not a Pastoral Calling where they are expected to run or own congregations. A Prophet does not:- Overseer or own a congregation.