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A look at the Rich History and Colourful Future for Zanzibar

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Stone Town, Zanzibar – 28 March 2017 A look at the Rich History and Colourful Future for Zanzibar / Zanzibar – A Wonder-Cluster of Tropical Sanctity AmberResort 497 Zanzibar is a cluster of tropical islands nestled in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Tanzania. The idyllic set of 51 islets was first used as a port for African, Indian, Arabic and Persian traders bartering spices and slaves. Zanzibar has a diverse history that underwent Portuguese, Arabic and British control before its independence in 1963. Today Zanzibar stands to undergo a new transformation, one of both social upliftment together with a mega luxury development and global marketing campaign set to position it firmly on the map as a world leading tropical tourism destination. Read More

Cape Royale Wins Seven Star Status

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The Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Spa has recently been awarded Signum Virtutis, the Seal of Excellence, from the 2014 Seven Star Global Luxury Awards. The award ceremony will take place on June 14th 2014 at the Chateau Spa & Organic Wellness Resort in Malaysia. The hotel has also recently been nominated for the 2014 World Luxury Hotel Awards as well as celebrating a certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor for a consistent accumulation of top ratings. “There’s nothing quite like the tenacity of a great team,” says Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Spa MD, Johann du Plessis, “From the doormen, front desk and concierge to the top management and PR, we pride ourselves in offering service excellence and dedicate ourselves to ensuring the very highest standards are maintained… It is with humble appreciation that we accept these celebrated awards, and use this as yet another platform to drive us forwards and upwards.” New exciting developments are also underway with the launch of The Banting Kitchen restaurant which is set to open at the Cape Royale in September, 2014. Trending weight-watchers cuisine is an all-new restaurant concept for SA, and will be sure to offer the finest renditions of the Banting-inspired concept. The Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Spa will be further increasing its culinary offering with an array of five additional dining options, including Osumo, Simply Asia, Pasta Café, Shift Espresso Bar and Jewel of India. Should you wish to vote for The Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Spa for the Ultimate World Luxury Hotel Awards go to http://www.luxuryhotelawards.com/vote-hotel. For reservations contact Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Spa on reservations@caperoyale.co.za  or at 021 430 0500. Keep up to date with the team by liking their Facebook page: Facebook.com/caperoyale or follow them on Twitter: @Cape_Royale.

THE CAPE ROYALE LUXURY HOTEL & SPA WELCOMES RENOVATIONS

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The five star, Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Spa, welcomes exciting changes to its premises with new villas, a renovated bar on the rooftop and the closure of Club ZAR. Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Spa announced that as of October 13, 2013, ZAR will no longer be operating from the hotel’s premises. Whilst the Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Spa undergoes this alteration, it is also in the process of completing the refurbishment of the new villas on the ninth floor, which will be available from December 1st 2013. Each luxurious villa offers guests a personal butler, a private driver, a chef at their disposal and a private lawn terrace with a swimming pool from which 270 degree views of Cape Town can be enjoyed. E-Commerce & Marketing Manager of the Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Spa, Vincent Bouwer says “The Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Spa has been extremely fortunate in achieving high monthly occupancies of 90% plus. We have a high International demand, especially for families; therefore, the decision was made to launch the new villas. We believe the bate must please the fish and not the fisherman, thus we are always looking for ways to enhance guest experience.” After a dip in their private pool, guests may enjoy sun downers on the hotel’s rooftop, which is now renovated and renamed as the VIP Sky Bar. Alternatively, they are invited to visit Bistro 1800 for a variety of regular succulent specials and live entertainment on Friday evenings throughout the 2013/14 summer festival. For further enquiries regarding the ninth floor villas, kindly contact Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Spa on reservations@caperoyale.co.za  or at 021 430 0500. Keep up to date with the team by liking their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/caperoyale or following them on Twitter: @Cape_Royale. Cape Royale_Visual Enquire at Red Carpet Concepts: Telephone: 021 461 1153 Email: allie@redcarpetconcepts.co.za

The Ballinrobe Winter Special

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South of Africa Portfolio of Fine Properties is running a Winter Special for The Ballinrobe during the month of July.

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For July only, you are able to experience the exquisite Ballinrobe for an incredible R999 per night. The Ballinrobe is a luxurious two bedroom apartment overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and a perfect view of Lion’s Head. Situated in Sea Point, this exquisite self-catering apartment is the ideal home away from home. It is also within close proximity of The V&A Waterfront and only 15 minutes’ walk from the Sea Point promenade. Do not miss out on this fantastic winter special while taking in the views of Cape Town. For bookings contact 087 820 5974  or kindly send an email to: bookings@southofafrica.co.za

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SOUTH OF AFRICA: Specials: 1 August-12 August 2013

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South of Africa LogoSouth of Africa Portfolio of Fine Properties, which is a unique new group of hotels and guest houses consisting of eight establishments in two of South Africa’s greatest tourism attractions – Limpopo and the Western Cape has introduced August – December accommodation specials for the following properties: Limpopo:
  • Elephant Springs
  • Shangri-La
  • Birdsong Cottages
  • Funky Stay
Western Cape:
  • Abalone House
  • Seaside Cottages
  • Bidhuisie
  • Ballinrobe
 The specials are as follows:

1 AUGUST 2013  – 12 DECEMBER 2013 LIMPOPO

Elephant Springs: Hotel Rooms Standard:                                 R495 p/p/night (-10%) / R645 p/sgl Hotel Rooms Deluxe:                                     R540 p/p/night (-10%) / R665 p/sgl Family rooms:                                                R360 p/p/night (-10%) Cabanas:                                                        R1250 p/unit/night (-35%)

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Shangri-La: STD Hotel Rooms:                                          R525 p/p/night (-10%) / R765 p/sgl Exec Rooms:                                                  R615 p/p/night (-10%) / R840 p/sgl Family Rooms:                                                R525 p/p/night + R175 child supp (-10%) Presidential Suite:                                           R640 p/p/night (-10%) / R890 p/sgl

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Birdsong Cottages:

Franklin / Guinea Fowl:                                R175 p/p/night (Min occupancy applies) Kingfisher / Owls Cottage:                           R185 p/p/night (Min occupancy applies) Sunbird / Flycatcher:                                    R200 p/p/night (Min occupancy applies)

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Funky Stay:

STD Twin Rooms:                                            R240 p/p/night STD Twin Rooms – SGL:                                 R400 p/night STD Single Rooms:                                          R295 p/night

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1 AUGUST 2013 – 12 DECEMBER 2013

WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE

Abalone House: STD Superior:                                                   R1190 p/p/night (-12%) R250 SGL sup LUX Superior:                                                    R1275 p/p/night (-12%) R250 SGL sup SUP Suite:                                                         R1365 p/p/night (-12%) R250 SGL sup Seaside Cottages: Kliphuisie:                                                           R385 p/p/night (-15%) Seaside 1&2:                                                      R455 p/p/night (-30%) Oppidraai A:                                                       R255 p/p/night (-10%) Oppidraai B:                                                       R330 p/p/night (-12%)

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Bidhuisie: R800 p/unit/night – 4 pax R750 p/unit/night – 3 pax R600 p/unit/night – 2 pax

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 Ballinrobe: R2000 p/unit/night (-20%)

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Contact details: Contact central reservations on 087 820 5974 or bookings@southofafrica.co.za or visit www.southofafrica.co.za for more information.      

South of Africa Leisure Specials: May-July 2013

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The aptly named South of Africa Portfolio of Fine Properties is hosting amazing leisure specials at its various establishments from 1 May 2013 – 31 July 2013. South of Africa is a unique new group of hotels, self-catering accommodation and guest houses consisting of eight establishments in South Africa’s greatest tourism attractions – the Limpopo Province, the heartland of Southern Africa, and the Western Cape with its majestic mountains, beautiful beaches and green farmlands.

WESTERN CAPE

1) Paternoster Seaside Cottages:

Situated approximately 145 km north of Cape Town, along South Africa’s West Coast, Paternoster is a place where time stands still. It is a place where one can experience the authenticity and timelessness of a picturesque fishing village where past meets present. The local West Coast village of Paternoster offers six luxurious units grouped under the name Paternoster Seaside Cottages. It is the perfect place to unwind in style and luxury, inspired by the original quaint white-washed fishermen’s cottages. The thoughtful design of each cottage epitomizes stylish elegance and offers you unaparalled peace and comfort. The generous open-plan living rooms of the two Seaside units open onto verandas with rim flowing pools.  Pasella’s concertina style sliding doors lead from a stylish interior enhanced with a huge fireplace, antique furniture and large dining room table for those gregarious meals.  Alive with artistic flair, Kliphuisie is a romantic haven for that special couple wanting a weekend escape. Comprising two units, Oppidraai provides a welcoming feeling of space, comfort and luxury.  The stylish inner decor is reflected by rustic, earthy tones, screed floors, cane and rattan furniture and rust coloured throws.

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Leisure Special:
  • R300 p/p/night (minimum pax applies to each unit)
  • Rates valid 1 May – 31 July 2013.
Contact details: Contact central reservations on 087 943 4302 or reservations@southofafrica.co.za or visit http://www.seasidecottage.co.za/ for more information.  2) The Ballinrobe The Ballinrobe is a luxurious self-catering, 2-bedroom apartment situated in Sea Point, Cape Town.  It has an exquisite balcony with a heated Jacuzzi that looks over the Atlantic Ocean as well as Lion’s Head on the left – the perfect way to relax at the end of a busy day.  The Ballinrobe is also the perfect holiday destination for small families and groups of friends.  It is situated close to the V&A Waterfront, is a 15 minutes’ walk from the famed Sea Point promenade and beach, and is within close proximity to restaurants, activities, Robben Island and the CTICC. The self-catering apartment offers a fully equipped kitchen and the open area living space consists of a modern 4-seater glass dining room table, a gorgeous ivory leather lounge set and a flat screen TV with DSTV. The master suite has a full en suite bathroom and the guest bedroom makes use of the second bathroom with shower. The Ballinrobe is elegant and deluxe – the perfect calming and charming getaway while still being a part of the exciting Cape Town city life. The Ballinrobe_CollateralLeisure Special:
  • R1500 p/unit per night
  • Rates valid 1 May – 31 July 2013.
Contact details: Contact central reservations on 087 943 4302 or reservations@southofafrica.co.za or visit http://www.ballinrobe.co.za/ for more information. 3) Bid huisie Bid Huisie is situated in Prince Albert, Western Cape, a quaint little village just 42km off the N1 (400km from Cape Town). The property’s beautiful Groot Karoo surroundings are the draw card for holiday goers and business men en route to either Cape Town or Gauteng. The spectacular night skies will leave anybody breathless and a day or two in this little village is perfect for that in-between break before arriving at your next destination. The cottage offers two comfortably appointed bedrooms, one bathroom, a fully equipped kitchenette with dining room table for those special family-time dinners, a cozy living area and superb garden with patio and splash pool that is the perfect gateway to the Karoo. Bidhuisie_CollateralLeisure Special:
  • R800 per unit per night (4 pax)
  • R250per person per night (3 pax)
  • R300 per person per night (2 pax)
  • Rates valid 1 May – 31 July 2013.
Contact details: Contact central reservations on 087 943 4302 or reservations@southofafrica.co.za or visit http://www.bidhuisie.co.za/ for more information.

 LIMPOPO

 1) Shangri-la country hotel The Shangri-La Country Hotel is a taste of Paradise right on your doorstep. The word Shangri-La translates into ‘Place of Eternal Youth’. The Country Hotel is a secluded hideaway of great beauty and a sanctuary of peace and tranquillity nestled against the verdant backdrop of the Waterberg in Limpopo overlooking the tropical Nile Valley. Shangri-La Country Hotel is on a 32-hectare farm between Warmbaths and Nylstroom with beautiful lush gardens and mature trees. Offering the elegance and charm of yesteryear in a non-commercialized atmosphere, with the true home-from-home pampering, Shangri-La is the perfect breakaway. It boasts a brand new modern 200-seater restaurant, wooden deck, gentleman’s bar and breakfast room.  All 49 en-suite rooms are surrounded by the lush tropical gardens and are within walking distance of the romantic Chapel, sparkling swimming pool, fully equipped conference centers and other hotel facilities.  Indulge in the marvels of Shangri-La and rejuvenate at this hidden jewel an hour north of Gauteng. Shangri-La_CollateralLeisure Special:
  • Standard Rooms:             R420 B&B per person per night
  • Exec Rooms:                       R500 B&B per person per night
  • Presidential:                       R575 B&B per person per night
  • Family Rooms:                  R420 B&B per person per night + supplement
Contact details: Contact central reservations on 087 943 4302 or reservations@southofafrica.co.za or visit http://www.shangri-la.co.za/ for more information. 2) Elephant Springs hotel & cabanas The Elephant Springs Hotel and Cabanas has long been at the heart of Limpopo’s mecca. Situated in the popular inland tourism town of Bela Bela in Limpopo Province, it is a well-known hotspot for holiday goers, not looking to venture too far from home. Being less than an hour from Pretoria (Gauteng), is it obvious why guests escape to this kingdom in the Bushveld. The hotel offers 50 rooms, each with en suite bathroom, select DSTV channels and air conditioning, as well as 20 six-sleeper self-catering Cabanas, clustered around a private sparkling pool with braai facilities. The hotel is situated in the heart of Bela Bela, directly across the street from the popular Forever Resorts with its hot mineral baths and Hydro, and is within walking distance of shops and restaurants.  It is the perfect destination for relaxing family holidays, weddings, cocktail parties, conferences, launches and exhibitions. Other facilities include a restaurant, ladies bar and two swimming pools for the exclusive use of guests of the hotel and guests of the cabanas.. There are also conference facilities for up to 250 delegates, with 3 air-conditioned venues to choose from. Elephant Springs_CollaborationsLeisure Special:
  • Hotel Rooms:                     R400 B&B per person per night
  • Family Rooms:                  R300 B&B per person per night
  • Cabanas:                             R1050 per person per night
  • Rates valid 1 May – 31 July 2013.
Contact details: Contact central reservations on 087 943 4302 or reservations@southofafrica.co.za or visit http://www.elephantsprings.co.za/ for more information. 3) Birdsong Cottages Enjoy cozy farm-life and warm hospitality in the luxurious self-catering units of Birdsong Cottages.  Situated 14 km’s outside of Modimolle, Birdsong caters for guests wanting to escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy the best of what the bushveld has to offer. Choose from comfortable standard four and eight sleeper cottages or luxurious four sleeper rondavel and up market 6 sleeper thatched villa.  Birdsong offers the most tranquilizing nature scenes in the Waterberg, breathtaking hiking trials, free-roaming game and bird watching with 50 birdlife species. The sparkling pool in the heart of the bush is the perfect spot for lazing in the hot African sun.  Birdsong is ideal for small functions, conferences, weddings and parties.  The beautiful wedding chapel offers seating for 50-60 guests. For that well-earned break, escape to Birdsong with its abundance of natural out-of-Africa elements. Birdsong_CollateralLeisure Special:
  • Franklin & Guineafowl:          R225p/p/night (min 4 pax)
  • Sunbird:                                 R285 p/p/night (min 4 pax)
  • Flycatcher:                             R250 p/p/night (min 6 pax ) R450 p/unit (2 pax)
  • Owls Cottage:                       R220 p/p/night (min 6 pax) R280 p/p/night (min 4 pax) R500 p/p/night (min 2 pax)
  • Rates valid 1 May – 31 July 2013.
Contact details: Contact central reservations on 087 943 4302 or reservations@southofafrica.co.za or visit http://www.birdsongcottage.co.za/ for more information. 3) Modimolle Funky Stay Are you ready to get funky? Modimolle Funky Stay offers exactly what the name suggests – funky and affordable overnight accommodation.  The interiors of these ultra-cool rooms are bright and colourful and have a fresh new take on giving guests a unique experience.  The establishment boasts 14 rooms, each with its private en suite bathroom; all located in funky A-framed cabins.  Conference facilities are available to smaller group, with a dining area that will also serve as restaurant in 2013.  More rooms are set to follow in the next year, with accommodation for larger groups being part of the Funky Stay experience. Modimolle Funky Stay is situated on the very popular R101 that also passes three of South of Africa’s other Limpopo properties; Elephant Springs Hotel & Cabanas, Birdsong Cottages and the Shangri-La Country Hotel. Discerning travelers can pick and choose to visit any of the other fine properties for supper, afternoon tea or a stroll through the beautiful Waterberg landscape. Modimolle Funky Stay_CollaborationLeisure Special:
  • R200 per person per night – bed only (sharing)
  • R300 per single in Twin room
  • R250 per single in Single room
  • Rates valid 1 May – 31 July 2013.
Contact details: Contact central reservations on 087 943 4302 or reservations@southofafrica.co.za or visit http://www.funkystay.co.za/ for more information.      

Monte Christo Retirement Village: Developer embraces current market conditions

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The Property Development Management Company of Monte Christo Retirement Village has noticed the difficulty senior residents are facing when trying to sell their current properties enabling them to purchase into a retirement village. In order to embrace this current market condition, Lazercor, together with the contractors and the professional team, have implemented cost-engineering without compromising the build quality. Monte Christo Retirement Village now offers selling prices well below the market norms.

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South of Africa launches The Ballinrobe in the Mother City

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On Wednesday, January 30, South of Africa portfolio of fine properties launched a luxurious self-catering, 2-bedroom apartment in Sea Point, Cape Town called The Ballinrobe. South of Africa is a unique new group of hotels, self-catering accommodation and guest houses consisting of eight establishments in South Africa.

The Ballinrobe, situated on Calais Road, has an exquisite balcony with a heated Jacuzzi that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean as well as Lion’s Head on the left – the perfect way to relax at the end of a busy day.  The Ballinrobe is also an impeccable holiday destination for small families and groups of friends.  It is situated close to the V&A Waterfront, a 15 minute walk from the famed Sea Point promenade and beach, and is within close proximity to restaurants, activities, Robben Island and the CTICC.

“We are extremely proud of having The Ballinrobe join our portfolio.  We have offerings in the smaller tourist destinations from the West Coast to the Great North, so to get a property in the Mother City to join our group is a fantastic chance to branch out and reach a wider audience.  What makes The Ballinrobe, alongside our other properties, even more unique, is that visitors can venture on an entire journey through South Africa: start in Paternoster, visit Cape Town, stop- over in Prince Albert and then end their holiday in the Limpopo Province – all of these destinations have a South of Africa property or two!  You can see the Atlantic Ocean, Table Mountain and the Big 5 all in one go with South of Africa”, said Johan Jansen van Vuuren, owner of South of Africa portfolio of fine properties. The self-catering apartment offers a fully equipped kitchen and the open area living space consists of a modern 4-seater glass dining room table, a gorgeous ivory leather lounge set and a flat screen TV with DSTV. The master suite has a full en suite bathroom and the guest bedroom makes use of the second bathroom with shower. The Ballinrobe is elegant and deluxe – a calming and charming getaway while still being a part of the exciting Cape Town city life. Keep South of Africa’s portfolio of fine properties in mind when planning your next holiday, conference or event.  For more information, visit their website at www.southofafrica.co.za , Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/southofafrica or e-mail bookings@southofafrica.co.za.

Green office building in Paarl

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BKB buys first 4-star ‘green’ office building in Paarl

Cecilia Square, the innovative office building to be built next to Paarl Mall from early next year, now has a 100% owner. Wolf Edmayr, Managing Director of BKB Limited, recently signed the final paperwork to make his company the proud owner of this technology-intelligent environment-friendly development in the quintessential winelands town of Paarl. Lazercor Developments initially planned to retain part-ownership of this A-grade office complex, but BKB soon indicated that they wanted to buy the entire office space of approximately 4 900 m2. “We are expanding and simply had to find more space for our Western Cape office. When we received news of this development, we saw the investment potential and decided to buy the entire complex, rather than only the 20% we need at present,” Edmayr explains. According to Edmayr the spaciousness and contemporary design were important factors, but the ideal location of these new offices played a key role in their decision to buy. “Situated as it is next to the N1, this will be the ideal base from which to serve our business area, which stretches from the Western to the Southern Cape – to say nothing of the staff’s plans to make the most of their location right next to the Paarl Mall over lunch hours,” he smiles. There were some other equally compelling reasons for BKB’s purchase, namely the advanced technology and environmental awareness inherent in the design. It is for this reason that Edmayr foresees no problem in renting out the remaining 80% of the office space. “Our business philosophy is leaning towards becoming ‘greener’, and in that regard this development fits us like a glove – the design is aimed at achieving an international 4-star Green Star rating, which will make it the first green building of its calibre in Paarl. Ant then, of course, there is Cecilia Square’s attractive technology offering.” Although ‘attractive’ is probably an understatement for this technology-intelligent development, which will feature a single managed high-speed IP backbone for services such as a fireproof data centre/server room, wired and wireless telephony system, VOIP access control and intercom system, state of the art surveillance system, dedicated high-speed internet access, business continuity and disaster recovery through 24-hour building systems management and maintenance, uninterruptible power supply for infrastructure and core network hosting. Cecilia Square’s ‘green’ rating is based on its design, which is in line with international guidelines around the reduction of carbon footprint and minimal environmental impact. High quality building materials have also been specified for their ability to insulate and complement the energy-saving design of the building. Fittings such as lights that automatically dim or brighten, depending on ambient light, or air-conditioners that automatically switch off when no motion is detected for a certain period will further contribute towards keeping Cecilia Square’s electricity account – and carbon footprint – as low as possible. The technologically advanced design even takes into account the well-being of tenants, with advanced carbon dioxide monitoring and automatic adjustment of air quality. “It makes so much sense – not only from the perspective of environmental awareness, but also practically, in terms of cost savings. The green design even makes provision for showers and bicycle parking areas – so maybe we should make it a rule that staff members should cycle to work, rather than drive!”, Edmayr teases. BKB staff members are also looking forward to the move to Cecilia Square, which will probably take place some time during 2013. As one staff member puts it, “We spend a large part of our life at work – so if your environment is attractive and comfortable, it makes a huge difference to your productivity. And the views are something else!” “I’m just glad they are keeping the old oak trees on the site – it will give the place a bit of a timeless feeling,” another adds. Clients will not be impacted at all by BKB’s move – quite the reverse. Cecilia Square’s generous parking areas and easy access from the N1 will make it much easier for clients to visit the new offices… and even drop in at the neighbouring Paarl Mall along the way. Mark Teuchert, a director of Lazercor Developments, is equally excited about this project. “We promised BKB that we’ll start construction early in 2012… and with this office building being our greenest development yet, we can’t wait to see the end result.” It seems that office space in Paarl will never be quite the same again – and that other business owners may have to brace themselves for staff members badgering them to make the move to Cecilia Square.