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Ayo rues La Salle defense in loss to UP

first_imgLa Salle coach Aldin Ayo. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLa Salle head coach Aldin Ayo was adamant that University of the Philippines didn’t do anything special in their game on Saturday in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.Ayo cited his team’s inability to defend UP’s shooters and cutters that led to the Green Archers’ stunning 98-87 loss to the Fighting Maroons.ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene UP tied the league record for most 3-pointers made with 16 set by University of Santo Tomas in 2010, while also scoring on 11 uncontested shots.“Those 3-pointers wouldn’t have happened had we played proper defense,” said Ayo at Mall of Asia Arena. “Our big men didn’t help our little guys and the little guys just stood there. UP didn’t do anything exceptional.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAyo said it was his scouting report on UP when they last played in the Kadayawan Cup during the offseason in Davao.And Ayo knew UP guard Paul Desiderio, who had a career-high 30 points, is capable of scoring in bunches. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8002:49La Salle, FEU put ugly offseason brawl behind: ‘Let’s forget what happened’02:34UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: DLSU GREEN ARCHERS02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours How to help the Taal evacuees OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collidecenter_img MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “Desiderio already did that to us back in Davao so we prepared ourselves for that but the players didn’t respond,” said Ayo. “UP just did the things it usually does but the thing was we didn’t execute our game plan.”“Maybe they’re fatigued because this is our third game in a week and with the system we have on both ends of the floor where we always push the tempo and keep running I think the kids just lost gas.” Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ravena impresses in Fiba Asia Champions Cup LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Citizens demand scrapping of deal

first_imgParking meter burdenOne day after coalition’s second largest party, the Alliance for Change (AFC) called for the suspension of the widely criticised parking meter project, the Movement Against Parking Meters (MAPM) group has welcomed this move. However the group is of the view that Central Government should completely revoke the contract, premised on claims of the many burdens the initiative has inflicted upon citizens and more specifically on businesses in the capital city.Strongly expressing that the group is not politically affiliated, representatives of the Movement Against Parking Meters on Wednesday registered its disdain over what was described as a “scandalous and illegal” arrangement between City Hall and the implementing company, Smart City Solutions (SCS).“Any group that is in support of what we’re in support of, we welcome that support, of course,” member Christopher Chapwayna stated in response to AFC call for suspension.Only Tuesday, AFC stated that the project in its present form is not in the best interest of the public, noting that the M&CC should reconsider the main aspects of the Finance Ministry review of the contract.  However, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Member of Parliament (MP) Irfaan Ali told Guyana Times that he called out the AFC over its hypocrisy as it did not support the parking meter motion which was tabled in the National Assembly.The motion had called for a debate on the transparency of the project, method of procurement involved, terms and conditions of the contract, and the overall lack of consultancy with stakeholders.Ali, who had tabled the motion, contended that the AFC cannot claim to be an innocent party, nor can it divorce itself from the collective decision by its Government when the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) aligned Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan signed the By-laws for the project to be implemented.He also noted that notwithstanding the many appeals from the public and the parliamentary Opposition for an urgent intervention, the Government, of which the AFC is a part, never budged in allowing a constructive re-evaluation of the “glaringly biased and detrimental” project.Meanwhile on Wednesday, at MAPM’s press conference the group also highlighted the slowed business sales as a result of consumers’ avoidance to the expense the meters carry were once again highlighted. Businessman and fellow member of the group Komal Ramlauth called for more accountability.“What we have is a parking meter arrangement that was illegally done so we cannot support or negotiate with somebody that was illegally put there. In Guyana, all the talk for the last few years has been transparency and accountability – let us have that,” the businessman reasoned.Structural Engineer Marcel Gaskin reminded that Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase-Green had decided to “withhold the contract from scrutiny” on claims that she indented to “secure the investment”.The Movement Against Parking Meters group further highlighted that no socio impact studies were done and noted that the country’s procurement regulations were violated.  MAPM member and Attorney-at-Law, Nadia Sagar reiterated that the group is looking into the possibility of taking legal action. When probed, she however cautioned that at present, she is not aware of the requisite legal framework to compel the City Council to fully disclose the contract. Nagar reiterated the Finance Ministry’s extensive objections to the parking meter contract which was reduced from 49 years to 20 years with SCS.The supporters of the movements while calling on Government to revoke the current contract are also advocating for the implementation of a transparent process involving all stakeholders on introducing paid parking and documents relating to feasibility and impact studies. The group also condemned the company double charging VAT on the cards and are calling on citizens to starve the initiative.Responding to the wide support they received last week, MAPM will protest City Hall today. Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan had told the National Assembly that the GeoPark cards should not be attracting Value Added Tax (VAT), but retailers have continued to impose the extra charge on motorists purchasing parking time. Jordan had stated that Smart City Solutions must remove any VAT charges on the cards it retailed but the $2500 cards are still $2,900 VAT inclusive.urdenlast_img read more

Murals define area, defy graffiti

first_imgThe idea of using murals to fight blight is nothing new. Murals have existed in Southern California for decades, going back to the 1930s, when the New Deal-era federal Public Works Art Project commissioned artists to paint murals on post offices and other public buildings. But whether murals can stop spray-painting taggers and gang members is an open question. It depends largely on the quality of the mural and whether it gets widespread support from the community, said Bill Lasarow, presi dent of the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles. “Sometimes it will work for X number of years – and then all of a sudden it doesn’t,” he said. “These are kids \ for the most part, and the generation turns over all the time. “It has to be of sufficient quality to earn that respect,” he added. “If it’s planned and done properly by a qualified professional, it can be protected and maintained for a sustained period of time.” At Rio Hondo Park in Pico Rivera, a group of regular handball players have banded together to make sure no one defaces a mural completed last year that depicts their Montebello Gardens neighborhood. Its colorful panels show Aztecs next to men playing cards while others wait to play handball, agricultural fields from the neighborhood’s early days and other scenes of life in “El Jardin,” “The Garden.” “We don’t stand guard or anything; we just spread the word in the neighborhood and talk to kids at the park and ask them not to tag it,” said Manuel Pedroza, 36. “It really tells a story of life in the `Jardin.’ That is why it is so important to protect it,” he said. mike.sprague@sgvn.com debbie.trunnell@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 3022, 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Are murals the answer to gang graffiti and crew-tagging? Whittier Cultural Arts Commissioner Russell Castaneda-Calleros thinks they might well be. The mural afficionado said that he has seen previously- blighted walls in Echo Park turned into points of neighborhood pride after murals were painted over them. “What I’m envisioning is having folks in the community, the city and public safety all becoming involved in a partnership. They could work together to design and paint a mural on the site where graffiti is appearing,” said Castaneda-Calleros, who plans to suggest the idea at the city’s upcoming graffiti forum in May. “Murals can tell the history of a local community,” he said. “I found out that, more often than not, when the community was involved, when they had a stake in the designation and painting of the mural, it would be respected. You wouldn’t see graffiti go up there again.” last_img

DDTV: IS THIS THE MOST STUNNING SHOWREEL OF DONEGAL EVER?

first_imgDDTV: Photographer Adam Rory Porter asked us to share this. We had no hesitation. A collaboration by Windy Day Media, it showcases Inishowen in all its glory. Here’s what it’s about…click play to watch:This is our first short showreel of our summertime adventures in this amazing landscape we have. It shows some (but not all) of the beautiful spots to be found in Inishowen.Our thanks go out to everyone who has been interested and supported us so far!Come and like us on our FB page for more updates: www.facebook.com/windydaymediaYou can also get us on our fledgling website: www.windydaymedia.comThanks also to Matthew at Trá Bán Studio for the logo (www.etsy.com/ie/shop/TraBan) Advertisement The beautiful piece of music is made by the wonderful Ólafur Arnalds. It can be found here for a free listen but to purchase the album is only €5! www.livingroomsongs.olafurarnalds.comPlease support this awesome artist.We hope you enjoy what we do, keep your eyes peeled for more!  DDTV: IS THIS THE MOST STUNNING SHOWREEL OF DONEGAL EVER? was last modified: August 22nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Scott Sinclair explains why he joined Celtic – and reveals England ambition

first_imgScott Sinclair has told talkSPORT he joined Celtic last summer in an attempt to rediscover the ‘happiness’ in football, having hit a ‘crossroads’ in his career.The 28-year-old winger has scored 25 goals in his debut season at Parkhead, helping the Bhoys win the Scottish Premiership and League Cup – with the Scottish Cup final still to come.He was named Celtic players’ and supporters’ Player of the Year at the club’s own end of season awards ceremony, and earned the highest honour in Scottish football when crowned the PFA Scotland Players’ Player of the Year.He has rediscovered the excellent form he showed when at Swansea, which earned him a move to Manchester City.In hindsight, that was a disastrous move for Sinclair, as he played just 19 games in a three-year stay at the Etihad. Loan spells with West Brom and Aston Villa preceded a permanent switch to the latter prior to the start of last season, though Sinclair could do nothing to prevent their relegation from the Premier League.The former Chelsea academy starlet has admitted he found himself at a crossroads at the end of last season, and decided to move north of the border – so he could start playing his best football again and rediscover his love for the game.Speaking to Alan Brazil, Sinclair said: “On a personal level I couldn’t have asked for much more. The main thing for me coming up here was the get the happiness back in my football under a manager who gives me the belief and passion to go out there are enjoy my football.“The challenge was because I had to get that happiness back in football. When I went to [Manchester] City, I didn’t play for a couple of years, and then I went to [Aston] Villa and got relegated.“I was sort of at a crossroads in my career, where I could have stayed back in England, and had a nice cosy life and stayed in my life and just enjoyed [life].“But that was never the case. I always want to push and play football and just keep going and keep improving. So making the decision to come up here and be under a manager to believe in me was great for my career going forward.”A highly rated youngster a decade ago, Sinclair appeared for England at every youth level from Under-17 to Under-21, and was also part of the Great Britain squad at the 2012 Olympics.He never made the jump to senior international football, but Sinclair has revealed he still aspires to turn out for the Three Lions.He continued: “I still have an ambition to play for my country; that will never go.“I’m always going to keep working hard, and if that call comes around – then great.“But I’m just going to put my head down and concentrate on what I’m doing – helping Celtic to win games, and scoring as well.“On that aspect, I’m just enjoying the moment and not really looking too far ahead. Like I keep saying, I’m at a happy place right now in my football career, and I’m just taking it as it comes.”last_img read more

YOUNG ATHLETES OFF TO BIRMINGHAM’S NEC

first_imgU-13 GIRLS TEAM: Nicole Boyle, Sarah Doherty, Ailbhie O`Donnell, Anna Sweeney (all Rosses ac). Arlene Crossan, Niamh Farrell, Eimear Walsh (Letterkenny ac). Mary Teresa Doherty, Tanya Collins (Inishowen ac), Shannon Bonner, Niamh Gavigan (Slieve Liag), Ciara Doogan (Tir Conaill).YOUNG ATHLETES from across the county set off this morning to represent Ulster in a superb weekend of athletics at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.The U-13 and U-15 girls and boys teams will be in action on Sunday in Aviva grand finals after winning the Ulster championships last month.Our young athletes representing Ulster will compete in all of the exciting disciplines of Sportshall against the elite young athletes from England, Scotland and Wales. U-13 BOYS TEAM: Mark Boyle, Caolan O`Callaghan (Tir Conaill), Oisin Toal, Darragh Toal, Mathew Sweeney, Jordan Ryan, Shane Irwin (Letterkenny ac), James McKinney, Fergal Cox (Inishowen ac), John Gibbons (Slieve Liag), Jordan Connell, Adam Doherty (Lifford ac).Kent, Greater Manchester, Birmingham, Surrey, Cheshire, Sussex and the Isle of Wight are just some of the competing counties and medals at this level will be of a premium.Sportshall Co-ordinator Neil Cullen says Donegal is producing great young athletes and the clubs within the county deserve credit for the work put into coaching.Said Neil: The success in Sportshall demonstrates the strength in depth in the county and I am delighted that four teams have achieved the goal of reaching Birmingham.DONEGAL’S U-15 GIRLS: Caroline Sharkey, Jade O`Donnell, Aideen Meehan (Rosses ac), Rose Boyle, Clodagh Brennan (Letterkenny), Megan Colhoun (Lifford), Aine Bradley (Inishowen).“I want to thank the clubs who have supported Sportshall over the years and I am also pleased that the team selections are spread out over the county all this would not be possible without the help of the schools involved with the athletes and Sportshall, from individuals who have supported the Donegal athletic board and my own efforts over the years. “I will be acknowledging all of these following this weekend, without their help and obviously the help of the young athletes’ parents who also make a big contribution to this competition it would not be possible.U-15 BOYS TEAM: David McCarron, Darragh McGylnn, Stephen Conaghan (Rosses), Sheanie Henry, Luke Bonner (Letterkenny), David McLaughlin (Inishowen), Eoin O`Leime (Slieve Liag).“Hopefully some of our athletes will return from Birmingham with medals and equally important” a greater knowledge of the importance of this sport.”YOUNG ATHLETES OFF TO BIRMINGHAM’S NEC was last modified: March 31st, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

ATHLETICS NEWS: SIOBHAN GALLAGHER WINS THE CITY OF DERRY TRIATHLON

first_imgSiobhan Gallagher winning the ladies race at Firmus City of Derry Triatlon”Letterkenny 24/7 News:Congratulations to club member and seasoned triathlete John Conaghan, who won gold in his age group in the National Series Duathlon Series.The run, bike, run format races were held between January and April throughout the country. Cathal Roarty was 5th in his age group and Liam Tinney was 10th in his.This weekend Siobhan Gallagher will travel to Istanbul, Turkey to compete.She is one of a number of triathletes who will travel as part of the Triathlon Ireland Development Team to race in the ETU Sprint Triathlon European Cup.Siobhan recently won The Firmus City of Derry triathlon and we wish her the very best in this international elite race. On the 11th July ’15 Letterkenny 24/7 Triathlon Club are holding a Sprint & Olympic distance triathlon at Gartan Lough, Churchill in County Donegal.Our race comprises of a lake swim, bike routes with both flat and challenging climb sections and an amended flat and faster run course. More details of this race to follow.Please see clubs Facebook or the website, www.letterkenny247.com for club training sessions.ATHLETICS NEWS: SIOBHAN GALLAGHER WINS THE CITY OF DERRY TRIATHLON was last modified: June 23rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:athleticsNoticesSportTriathlonlast_img read more

REVEALED: DONEGAL’S FIRST CROSS-DRESSING BEAUTY PAGEANT!

first_imgNOW this is one you couldn’t make up – Donegal’s first ever cross-dressing beauty pageant!And it’s all for charity of course.The event is the idea of those clever people at the Central Bar in Lifford where a shy spokesman/spokeswoman revealed: “This is a Lifford Hospital Fundraiser where 14 men are dressing up as Women for a Beauty Pagent, there are 2 semi finals and a final, starting on January 28 and the final is on February 11 “This guarantees to be a brilliant and fun night with all locals doing the dressing up.Karaoke is on all 3 nights by the big mouth himself EL O’ Kane so you can be sure a bit of stick will fly!”The men that are Dressing up are: Kevy McBrearty, Ryan White, Ciaran Porter, Hugo Stewart,, John Lafferty, Patsy McHugh, Stephan Friel, Steve Devine, Paul Kelly, Paddy McCullagh, Mark Carlin (Wimpy), Gary White, Jason McBrearty, Geoffrey Crawford.   Sounds like it might be a few fun nights out!© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com REVEALED: DONEGAL’S FIRST CROSS-DRESSING BEAUTY PAGEANT! was last modified: January 17th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:REVEALED: DONEGAL’S FIRST CROSS-DRESSING BEAUTY PAGEANT!last_img read more

Farce for farce’s sake

first_imgThe cast of Boeing Boeing. (Image: Suzy Bernstein) MEDIA CONTACTS • Theatre on the Bay +27 21 438 3301 willem@theatreonthebay.co.za RELATED ARTICLES • South African theatre• New Afrikaans film a hit• New Fugard play takes to stage• Opera for and from AfricaChris ThurmanYou have to be in the right mood when you go to the theatre to watch a farce. If you’re grumpy, or angry, or tired, or stressed – or terribly serious for whatever reason – then slapstick comedy, mistaken identities, bawdy puns and caricatured characters are likely to get on your nerves.The counter-argument, of course, is that it’s precisely when you’re feeling low that you need a medicinal dose of silliness: laughter for laughter’s sake has beneficial side-effects. If that’s the case, then it would make sense that farce on the South African stage is a popular phenomenon.After all, South Africans tend to consider themselves a fairly anxious nation – or, to put it differently, life in this country can be anxiety-invoking in ways more extreme than in other corners of the world.This is starting to sound like a terribly boring upper-middle-class gripe. And, when you think about it, isn’t the light escapism of farce a bourgeois indulgence? Laughing at the onstage antics of fictional characters who have their provenance thousands of miles away might make local audience members feel better, but it doesn’t address local problems. It doesn’t help the street child outside the theatre, doesn’t treat the mother with Aids, doesn’t prevent the father from breaking the law.Yet such Marxist moralising isn’t quite an appropriate response either. One of the lessons that South Africa’s artists learned under apartheid was that not every creative impulse can be conscripted to the cause of opposing social ills. This applies to theatre as much as other art forms. As Albie Sachs famously asked in the early days of South Africa’s transition to democracy: “What are we fighting for, if not the right to express our humanity in all its forms, including our sense of fun and our capacity for love and tenderness and our appreciation of beauty?”Again, however, that declaration won’t quite do, because there is no place for sentiment when it comes to matters farcical – love and tenderness and beauty get short shrift. In fact, the absurd world of farce often reflects an unjust cosmos, one in which people lie and cheat and more often than not get away with their deception. The situations in which characters find themselves may be far-fetched, but farce simply reinforces how ridiculously unfair life can be.Viewed like this, farce is not so silly after all: it is simply a distorting mirror that reflects our society in comic extremes. But comic is the key word, because farces always end happily – they offer us a brief respite, a few hours of comfort and consolation.What, you may be wondering, has prompted these reflections? Well, the short answer contains only two words (actually, one word twice over): Boeing Boeing.Boeing Boeing is a farce by French playwright Marc Camoletti, translated into English and first performed in London in the early 1960s. It dates to that era when international air travel was a glamorous affair, symbolised by perfectly coiffed air hostesses whose jet-setting life was much envied and admired.Bernard, the play’s protagonist, has managed to secure himself not one but three air hostesses as fiancées (an arrangement about which they are all ignorant) and he manages to keep up the façade of monogamy with the help of Bertha – his longsuffering, slightly embittered and decidedly melodramatic housekeeper – and a reliable travel timetable, ensuring that his fiancées are never near his Parisian flat at the same time.Things fall apart with the arrival of his bumbling schoolfriend, Robert, whose appearance coincides with the introduction of Boeing jets to the various airlines for which his fiancées work; because the new aeroplane is faster, they no longer follow the old schedule. The result is an entertaining clash of personalities and nationalities, as British Bernard and Robert (with the reluctant aid of French Bertha) try to ensure that the American Gloria, the Italian Gabriella and the German Gretchen don’t meet.Boeing Boeing has been revived many times on stage and screen, but its latest incarnation is specifically South African – the Anglo-European-American dynamic has been preserved, but is given new life by the interpretation of a talented group of local actors. After completing a season at the Montecasino theatre in Johannesburg, the play has now moved to Cape Town’s Theatre on the Bay, where it will no doubt delight Capetonian audiences.As with most farces, this production starts slowly: Robert Fridjhon’s debonair Bernard is complacent in his infidelity as he sends Gloria (Jo Galloway) off to the airport, even though he already faces complaints from Louise Saint-Claire’s Bertha in her over-the-top French accent. With the arrival onstage of Alan Committie in the role of Robert, however, the comedy begins in earnest.Committie is the glue that holds the play together. Robert remains onstage for most of the rest of the play, while the other characters enter and exit from the seven doors surrounding him. Those who have seen his one-man shows will recognise some classic (and no doubt unscripted) Committie-isms interpolated into the action.Nina Lucy Wylde, as Gretchen, and Bronywn Leigh Gottwald, as Gabriella, both reinforce and subvert the national stereotypes associated with their characters – to great effect. Gottwald’s Gabriella is a stern but feisty Alitalia hostess; Wylde’s Gretchen, while demonstrating the Germanic sincerity one might expect of a Lufthansa employee, is also prone to fits of passion and flighty declarations of love.* Boeing Boeing is at the Theatre on the Bay in Cape Town until 5 June.last_img read more

Putting PE on national property map

first_imgProperty for sale along the city’s main beachfront, like in these gracious old mansion blocks, is quickly snapped up. Port Elizabeth’s beautiful beaches are the city’s top attraction. (Images: Fiona McRae) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jaco RademeyerJaco Rademeyer Estates+27 83 320 6223 RELATED ARTICLES • British tourists turn to SA • New port to kick-start economy • Housing projects to curb SA slums • Finding sound real estate investmentFiona McRaeThere is nothing that comes close to property when you’re looking for a good investment – but in tough economic times, you may need to sit on it for a while.So says Port Elizabeth estate agent Jaco Rademeyer, owner and principal of Jaco Rademeyer Estates in the city.At just 28 years of age and with only five years’ experience in the real estate industry, Rademeyer was recently named the Nedbank Property Association’s Property Professional of the Year for 2009/10, beating 15 other finalists from among the country’s more than 40 000 registered estate agents.He was the only Eastern Cape candidate for the award, and the only independent estate agent among the finalists, all the others being from the country’s large property groups.For the year under review for the awards, ending February 2010, Rademeyer sold more than 100 properties in Port Elizabeth and the immediate surrounds, with a turnover of about R100-million (US$14.33-million).The judges considered aspects such as sales and turnover, service ethics, client satisfaction, professionalism, community involvement, marketing and innovation, and commitment to education and leadership, he says.Winning the title was made all the sweeter for Rademeyer by the fact that he had twice previously been a finalist for the award, in 2007 and again last year.He believes he owes his professional success to his “intuitive style and passion for all aspects of the property  business” which have enabled him to “adapt to the changing market dictates of an industry facing tough challenges in the difficult economic climate of recent years”.Indeed, at a time when many agencies were cutting back on advertising to reduce costs, Rademeyer bravely launched an aggressive and highly visible marketing campaign, stamping the Jaco Rademeyer brand on the local property scene.Investment areaSituated on the country’s south-eastern coast, the city forms part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropole, along with the inland towns of Uitenhage and Despatch. Lapped by the clear, warm waters of the Indian Ocean and known for its friendly, laid-back lifestyle, it is South Africa’s second-largest city in terms of area and fifth largest in terms of population.Rademeyer is not the only one helping to put Port Elizabeth firmly on the national property map.Local estate agent Debbie Epstein, who specialises in sales in the city’s main beachfront area, recently achieved second position for number of sales and fourth position for value of sales for the year up to March 2010 in the Harcourts property group’s national awards. Epstein competed with more than 600 sales consultants from 120 Harcourts offices around the country, including the larger cities of Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.She has been with the company for the past decade and claims to have consistently sold property worth more than R40-million ($5.73-million) a year – a remarkable achievement given the small area on which she focuses. Although, she explains, the more limited purchase options often mean that any available stock is snapped up faster than in the bigger coastal cities of Cape Town and Durban, where buyers have more choices.In a case of swings and roundabouts, the tough economic climate is forcing some owners to part with holiday properties along Port Elizabeth’s stunning beachfront, providing keen buyers – some of them with millions of rands for a cash purchase – with more options.New buyers in the area include medical and other professionals moving to Port Elizabeth to take up positions in the city, parents seeking accommodation in close proximity to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University for their student children, and canny investors looking to acquire properties to take advantage of the student rentals market, Epstein says.She agrees with Rademeyer that while interest from would-be buyers – including out-of-towners using  the internet for their property search – has definitely picked up again after the global slump, many potential purchases are still being scuppered by the banks’ high deposit requirements and strict lending criteria, and buyers’ understandable fear of a long-term financial commitment in these still uncertain economic times.But she has great confidence in the city as an investment area for buyers, both local and from further afield.“Port Elizabeth has it all,” she says. “It offers great opportunities, whether your need be for residential, holiday or industrial property.”Poised for major growthEqually confident of the city’s attraction and value for buyers is Kobie Potgieter, owner broker of RE/MAX Independent Properties in Port Elizabeth, part of the RE/MAX International property group.Herself a former winner of the Nedbank Property Professional of the Year title for 2008/09, and previously RE/MAX International’s top-earning agent in the world (excluding the US and Canada) in terms of commission paid, Potgieter believes Port Elizabeth offers more potential for capital growth in the property market than any other city in South Africa, with larger centres like Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town “having already reached their ceiling”.Port Elizabeth has not yet reached its full potential, she says, and further investment and development will be driven by the deep-water harbour at the port of Ngqura and the opportunities offered by the adjacent Coega industrial development zone.“The city is poised for major growth in the residential, industrial and commercial areas,” she says. “The investment by major organisations in Port Elizabeth is proof of their confidence in the city.”Potgieter recently sold a lifestyle property in the coastal area of Lovemore Park, on the outskirts of the city, for an area record price of R10-million ($1.43-million). She believes this tranquil and verdant area will be another growth point for the city, as it offers large pieces of land suitable for the development of up-market residential and lifestyle estates similar to the Zimbali residential and resort estate on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast.Looking to the immediate future for a property market that is only now beginning to recover after having been hard-hit by South Africa’s first economic recession in 17 years, Rademeyer says that although there has been quite a turnaround from even just six months ago, he expects the market to remain stagnant for some time to come.Opportunities for astute buyersWhile the Eastern Cape is becoming more enthusiastic and people “are at least signing again”, many prospective buyers are unable to meet banks’ stringent requirements for lending. “The market may be alive again, but there are no fireworks yet,” says Rademeyer.His words of advice for anyone wanting to invest in the property market at the moment? “Commercial property remains a sound investment.”According to Ian Olivier of Ian Olivier Properties and regional chairman of the Institute of Estate Agents of South Africa, property investments in the Eastern Cape are often driven by the many and diverse opportunities the province offers. Topping the list are some of the country’s most beautiful beach property and the accompanying relaxed, outdoor lifestyle, with Port Elizabeth being positioned as the country’s water sports capital.But the Eastern Cape’s charms also include magnificent inland scenery, from the mountains and forests of the Amatole region to the vast, arid plains of the Karoo. Historic and attractive towns such as Graaff-Reinet, dubbed the Gem of the Karoo, stunning natural splendour, malaria-free Big Five game reserves, and friendly locals with hearts as big as the expansive Karoo sky all add to the province’s melting pot of attractions.Olivier warns that the recovery in the property market will not be immediate or quick, but says there are many opportunities for astute purchasers who are in a position to capitalise on the current conditions that favour buyers.www.ianolivierproperties.co.za/last_img read more