Estate Living Magazine Estate Living Issue 28 April - Page 6

Editor ’ s Letter

Founder / CEO Jaimé-Lee Gardner
COO / Editor in Chief Louise Martin
Creative Kate Hilson
Contributors John Cockayne Zeenat Moosa Hassan Thea Grobbelaar Helen Grange Iwan Pienaar Jennifer Stern
Enquiries : jaime @ estate-living . co . za louise @ estate-living . co . za
Most of us get to enjoy a mini break over the Easter holidays – two public holidays that equate to a four-day long weekend , or even more if you are clever with your leave . Going on leave is something of a myth for me , and probably for most of us in the property media sector – but I digress .
While other sectors are enjoying a little R & R , the property sector is busy exploding into April . Property shows are popping up everywhere , the biggest being the International Property Show in Dubai , which is an insanely large show and attracts investors from all over the world . As a media partner to the show this year , we are extremely excited to meet developers with a global footprint , broaden our knowledge on mixed-use environments , and see how the experts present and sell their products .
On a domestic front , Cape Town will be hosting the Property Buyer Show for the second year running . Specifically focusing on first-time buyers and investors , the show has a number of workshops covering everything , including starting or increasing a property portfolio , and developers have the opportunity to launch new developments .
We have kept the first-time buyers in mind for our April issue , with a focus on properties under the R 2 million mark . Contrary to popular belief , developers are capitalising on this sector and estates are now being designed to focus on the wellbeing of the homeowner .
International trends show that consumers are investing in products that have " Wellbuilding " accreditation , and even in the hotel industry , ' Stay-well ' accreditations are seen as more favourable for corporate travels .
Building health into infrastructure provides organic growth , innovative design trends and respect for the environment – all necessary tools to create healthy communities . As the movement gains consumer confidence and momentum in the market , those leading can expect profitable returns .
So if you were thinking of reaching out for that chocolate egg this Easter , think again ! There is so much value placed on health , unlocking it is just the first step .
Wishing you all a very happy Easter and wonderful April .
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to their ancestors and – possibly even more importantly – feeding the meat to their allies at glorious feasts to reinforce allegiances, and thus maximise their chance of victory. And then it all ends in one big rumble in the jungle, in which many people die. The surviving warriors plant a new crop of rumbim trees, to maintain a truce as long as they stand, and the cycle continues. It may not be the most pleasant way to limit the size of a community, but it works. And, even though it does ‘just happen’, it can become more stringent. Almost all armies, for example, have a basic company size of between 120 and 180, and organisations ranging One of the main reasons people move into residential estates is to recreate the sense of community typical of villages or small, well-defined suburbs. from Fortune 500 companies to relatively obscure religions have formalised the principle, pre-empting Dunbar by years or even centuries. The highly successful and profitable company W. L. Gore and Associates, that makes Gore-Tex, is organised around divisions of no more than 150 employees. There are 150 parking spaces for each division and, when there is no People once knew their neighbours – and their neighbours’ villages had between 100 and 200 residents, most armies more parking, they split the division. Every single employee pets – and they memorised each other’s phone numbers. have companies of between 100 and 180 soldiers, and is an ‘associate’ with the same size and style of office, and In their heads! Kids played in the street or in public open most church congregations fit in there too. there is no hierarchy, because none is needed – everyone spaces, wandered in and out of each other’s houses, and only came home when they were hungry. knows everyone, they stroll into each other’s offices, and they Once a community gets bigger, it becomes impossible to discuss strategies or the progress of orders around the water self-regulate just by peer pressure, so we need hierarchies, cooler or in the tea room. There are still communities like this, and some estates bosses and police. We need a structure to replace the approximate that halcyon era. But what is it that made informal structure that we could hold in our heads when The Hutterites, a radical reformist protestant faith group that villages work, and that can make a residential community the community was smaller. dates back to the 16th century, is organised into numerous into a real community? There are lots of theories, but the most convincing is that proposed by British evolutionary anthropologist Robin Dunbar. While studying apes and monkeys, Dunbar noticed that specific species of primates had pretty much the same troop size, regardless of their environment. If the troop started to get too big, it would split, and a splinter group would leave to start up somewhere else. Size counts Atlantic Beach Estate Jennifer Stern It’s not a ‘rule’ and it’s not written in stone anywhere – it usually just happens. Think about it. Everything is going smoothly, the village (church group/division/whatever) is harmonious, and people are drawn to join, so it gets bigger. And then a bit bigger, but then, once it exceeds that magic number, people start rubbing up against each other. Disagreements are not dealt with as efficiently as before, and He guessed he was onto something there – something that rival cliques start to form, until one of those cliques stomps would affect humans as well as monkeys – so he tried to work out the connection. Eventually, he figured out that troop size was governed by the number of individuals that each he should be able to work out the ideal size of a human considering Dunbar’s number, makes a lot of sense. When ‘troop’, and he did. It’s about 148, so let’s say 150. the village pig population becomes too big to handle easily, tensions form, and relationships take strain. And this usually happens at about 150 to 180 pigs, which correlates to about 160 to 200 people. So the villagers decide it’s time to cull the adult pigs, but this ritual is tied in with warfare. So they send a signal to their ‘enemy’ neighbouring tribes, by cutting down if you don’t know them. So it’s not a coincidence that many their specially planted rumbim (or truce) trees. The neighbours groups throughout history have numbered close to this magic see this, so both sides start preparing for war. Over a period number. From the Neolithic through to the 18th century, most 6 | of about a year, they slaughter all the adult pigs, offering them Steyn City new one. But, because this is an acknowledged formalised principle, they usually don’t wait for dissatisfaction and disharmony to creep in, and so the new settlement retains a good relationship with its parent village. unfeasible, but developers and HOAs can use this knowledge practise a seemingly bizarre cycle of warfare and truce that, Community is all about trust – and you can’t trust people creeping over 150 people, ‘pioneers’ branch out and start a Of course, an estate with only 150 residents is economically the size of their neocortex. 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