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Happy Holidays

December 15, 2010

We would like to take this opportunity to wish every reader a restful holiday during this festive season.

May you and your family come back next year with all the energy required to have a year filled with abundance. We too, have massive plans for 2011 and hope that you will join us on the adventure.

Our offices will be closed from 15 December 2010 until 10 January 2011.


Cherie Eilertsen

SA Cricket – team fixtures for October

September 30, 2010

These are the Protea’s fixtures for the month of October. Consider including this in your out-going communication.


8th South Africa v Zimbabwe Pro20I Bloemfontein 18:00
10th South Africa v Zimbabwe Pro20I Kimberley 14:30
15th South Africa v Zimbabwe ODI Bloemfontein 14:30
17th South Africa v Zimbabwe ODI Potchefstroom 10:00
20th South Africa v Zimbabwe ODI Benoni 14:30
27th Pakistan v South Africa T20I Abu Dhabi
29th Pakistan v South Africa ODI Abu Dhabi
31st Pakistan v South Africa ODI Abu Dhabi Cherie Eilertsen

EAAB & Services SETA announcement

August 10, 2010

The EAAB and the SSETA, both statutory bodies, are pleased to announce that, after mutual engagement and extensive consultation, they have agreed as follows:

The establishment of an Estate Agency Qualification and Certification Forum 
The EAAB and the Services SETA jointly intend establishing an Estate Agency Qualification and Certification Forum (“the Forum”) that will not only constitute the Professional Body for the estate agency sector but also be instrumental in the education, training and professional development of estate agency practitioners. 

The proposed functions of the Forum, more specifically, will be to:
• Facilitate the registration & review the National Qualifications Framework (“NQF”) qualifications for the estate agency industry/sector with SAQA; 
• Under the SSETA ETQA, jointly quality assure the accreditation of all training providers offering the NQF qualifications;
• Under the SSETA ETQA jointly moderate all Recognition of Prior Learning (“RPL”) instruments submitted to the SSETA;
• Govern the quality assurance of all property-related education providers, through the SSETA QALA Division, at least twice per annum;
• Create an Appeals Forum and ensure that sufficient subject matter experts are made available to serve on that Forum;
• Jointly chair all Committee of Expert Practitioners (“CEP”) activities & Organising Framework for Occupations (“OFO”) initiatives for property & estate agency;
• Jointly publish resource materials for all certification activities;
• Jointly moderate & approve all certification instruments & processes;
• Jointly quality assure all certification activities;
• Jointly manage the implementation & execution of Continuing Professional Development (“CPD”) activities for all levels of professional certification in property & estate agency through the implementation of an appropriate model of registration & certification; &
• Jointly perform all such other identified tasks & functions pertaining to the educational activities for the property and/or estate agency sectors as may be agreed upon between the parties.

The Forum also intends concluding such further Memorandums of Agreement with any other established Professional Bodies as may be relevant to its sphere of operations such as, for instance, the Property Development and Management sector, the Legal sector and the Valuation and Auctioneering professions, insofar as these may be felt to be necessary or desirable in the interests of the property sector in general and the estate agency profession in particular.

The Terms of Reference and composition of the Forum have yet to be determined by the EAAB and the SSETA although it has been agreed that the Real Estate Chamber Board of the SSETA and the members of the Education & Training Committee of the EAAB will be absorbed into the Forum acting as one structure. Both bodies welcome this unique innovation which bodes well for their future cooperation and joint interactions where the education & skills development of estate agency practitioners is concerned.

The formation of an Estate Agency Principals Association (“the EAPA”)
The Forum will endeavour to establish an Estate Agency Principals Association in each province and, also, nationally with the aim being that such body will collectively represent duly registered principal estate agents on such structures as the Forum itself or where social partner representation is required. The intention behind this action is to ensure that the EAPA always acts in the best interests of organised employers within the estate agency sector as a member of the Business Coalition of South Africa (“BCSA”). 

NQF Level 4 and 5 Estate Agency qualifications and Professional Designation Examination subsidies
All estate agency practitioners registered as such on 15 April 2008 have been granted until 31 December 2011within which to be certificated against the relevant NQF level 4 and/or 5 qualifications for non-principals and principals respectively. The Forum remains keen on discouraging any form of entitlement to, or dependency on, external funding, whether from the SSETA or any other governmental agency, by practicing estate agents who wish to be certificated against these qualifications and will, as a result, operationally administer all bursaries that are made available to the estate agency sector by the SSETA for these specific qualifications. 

The SSETA has indicated that a further bursary allocation of R20 million will be released to the estate agency sector from 1 August 2010. It has been agreed that any individual associated with a SSETA levy-paying member company will be granted a rebate of R5 000 against the tuition/assessment costs incurred when such member has been duly certificated against either the NQF Level 4 or 5 estate agency qualifications respectively by the SSETA. To qualify for this refund the individual estate agency practitioner concerned must have completed the relevant qualification through a SSETA-accredited training provider who has duly registered the person concerned as a learner with the Forum. 

The SSETA has, in addition, agreed to release a further allocation of R10 million to enable those estate agency practitioners who, having completed either the NQF Level 4 or 5 estate agency qualification, seek to write the Professional Designation Examination (“the PDE”) as provided for in the Education Regulations. Once the candidate has duly registered for, written and passed the PDE that candidate may qualify for a refund of R1 000 from the SSETA to offset the costs necessarily incurred in purchasing the required study material from the EAAB and paying the examination entry fee which is estimated to be approximately R1 500. The candidate, to qualify for the refund, must have registered with a SSETA accredited training provider recognised by the Forum as a PDE Tuition Centre.  Each such PDE Tuition Centre will register the candidate as a PDE Learner with the Forum. 

Mutually harmonious working relationship
The SSETA and the EAAB are pleased, finally, to record that, through the exercise of considerable cooperation and goodwill on both sides, they have been able to overcome the vicissitudes of the past and to establish a mutually harmonious and cooperative working relationship in the best interests of all affected stakeholders and the two Executive Authorities to whom they report.  The two bodies, indeed, look forward to working closely and supportively together in the future and to using the Forum as an ideal mechanism to advance the interests of the estate agency sector and its professionalisation.

A joint media briefing will be held at the EAAB offices on Tuesday 03 August 2010 at 12h00 in the Executive Boardroom.  Further interviews with the Estate Agency Affairs Board CEO and the Services SETA CEO can be arranged through Ms Portia Mofikoe, Head of Marketing & Communications on Tel: 011 731 5662 or email:

Tri-Nations Rugby fixtures

July 12, 2010

Tri-Nations rugby has already kicked off so get in on the action by diarising these dates for your weekend sports boost.

Herewith the fixtures for your convenience:

Sat, 10 July – All Blacks vs. South Africa – Auckland – 09:35 (SA time)
Sat, 17 July – All Blacks vs. South Africa – Wellington – 09:35
Sat 24 July – Australia vs. South Africa – Brisbane – 12:00
Sat 31 July – Australia vs. All Blacks – Melbourne – 12:00
Sat 7 August – All Blacks vs. Australia – Christchurch – 09:35
Sat 21 August – South Africa vs. All Blacks – Johannesburg – 17:00
Sat 28 August – South Africa vs. Australia – Pretoria – 17:00
Sat 4 September – South Africa vs. Australia – Bloemfontein – 17:00
Sat 11 September – Australia vs. All Blacks – Sydney – 12:00

Cherie Eilertsen

Super 14 rugby fixtures

April 29, 2010

30 April – 09:35 – Highlanders vs Waratahs – Rugby Park, Invercargill
30 April – 19:10 – Vodacom Stormers vs Crusaders – Newlands CT

1 May – 09:35 – Hurricanes vs Chiefs – Westpac Stadium, NZ
1 May – 11:40 – Brumbies vs Reds – Canberra Stadium
1 May – 15:00 – Vodacom Cheetahs vs Blues – Vodacom Park, Bloem
1 May – 17:05 – A&G Super 14 Lions vs Western Force – Coca-Cola Prk
1 May – 19:10 – Vodacom Bulls vs Sharks – Loftus Versveld, Pta

7 May – 09:35 – Hurricanes vs Reds – Westpac Stadium, NZ
7 May – 19:10 – Vodacom Bulls vs Crusaders – Loftus Versveld, Pta

8 May – 09:35 – Chiefs vs Waratahs – Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
8 May – 11:40 – Brumbies vs Highlanders – Canberra Stadium
8 May – 13:00 – A&G Super 14 Lions vs Blues – Coca-Cola Park
8 May – 17:05 – Vodacom Cheetahs vs Western Force – V.Park, Bloem
8 May – 19:10 – Sharks vs Vodacom Stormers – Absa Stadium, Dbn

14 May – 09:35 – Crusaders vs Brumbies – AMI Stadium, Christchruch
14 May – 11:40 – Waratahs vs Hurricanes – SFS, Sydney
14 May – 19:10 – Sharks vs Western Force – Absa Stadium, Dbn

15 May – 09:35 – Blues vs Chiefs – Eden Park, Auckland
15 May – 11:40 – Reds vs Highlanders – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
15 May – 15:00 – Vodacom Cheetahs vs A&G Super14 Lions – Bloem
15 May – 17:05 – Vodacom Stormers vs Vodacom Bulls – Newlands, CT

21/22 May – Semi final – Vodacom Rugby Super 14 – tbc

29 May – Final – Vodacom Rugby Super 14 – tbc

Receptionist – Engela’s house burnt down

April 20, 2010

All Cherie Club staff went to visit Engela on the West Rand yesterday. Her home caught fire due to an electrical fault, destroying everything she owns.

Engela was at work at the time of the fire, which caused so much damage to the structure of the home that it is no longer safe to live in. With the recession hitting our property market so badly, Engela chose not to have household content insurance. As a result, she is basically left with the clothes on her back.

We are supporting Engela in every way possible and hope to have good news of her home being re-built as a result of the bond insurance on the home.

Please spare a caring thought for Engela at this time.

Pressed steel ceilings & furniture burnt to ashes

Lightstone system upgrade

March 12, 2010

Scheduled System Downtime

Kindly  be advised that Lightstone will be completing a major system upgrade this evening (12 March 2010) on our live environment.

We expect to take the system offline from  10pm to 12pm. Please note that that all clients accessing our web service environment will not be able to process requests during this time.

 We apologize for any inconvenience caused but we expect that the upgrades will vastly improve the efficiency of our service offering.

Kind regards,

Amanda Dovey
On Behalf of Trevor Holmes
Lightstone (Pty) Ltd.

National Anthem: Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika

November 30, 2009

Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika
Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo,
Yizwa imithandazo yethu,
Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo.

Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso,
O fedise dintwa la matshwenyeho,
O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso,
Setjhaba sa South Afrika – South Afrika.

Uit die blou van onse hemel,
Uit die diepte van ons see,
Oor ons ewige gebergtes,
Waar die kranse antwoord gee,

Sounds the call to come together,
And united we shall stand,
Let us live and strive for freedom,
In South Africa our land.

Upcoming events this week

November 23, 2009

We have an “on site” inspection visit at Willow Creek on Tuesday, 24 November from 10:30 onwards. Agents are most welcome to meet at Cherie Club head office and we will take one small bus to accommodate all Agents. Cool drinks and sandwiches will be provided, so all you need to bring is a hat, comfortable shoes, sunglasses & a camera.

Agents and Investors are in for a wonderful evening as we showcase the beautiful Drakensberg Eco Estate. The event will be held at the Aston Martin dealership & showroom in Sandton (opp. Village Walk) on Wednesday, 25 November from 7pm. Cherie Eilertsen will present the development, followed by the video, which was screened on the Home Chanel this past weekend. Bring your Investors along to secure some 2009 commission.

Our IT Director will be presenting one of his last courses for the year and all Agents within driving distance who have not had an opportunity to attend are encouraged to contact Steve to book a seat. The course will be held on Thursday, 26 November at the Cherie Club offices from 09h30 until 15h45. RSVP is essential for catering.

Calling all agents to join us as we kick-start Trevor Carty’s 2010 Soccer World Cup “Money Making Opportunity.” We will be meeting this Friday, 27 November at 10h00 at Cherie Club head office (as per last week). At this meeting we will share rollout and the money making vision.
Will you be part of the Money Making Team?

We have an “on site” inspection visit at Willow Creek this Sunday, 29 November from 11:00 onwards. Agents are most welcome to bring their family members to this super event. I attended the site visit on Tuesday and it is magnificent. Fires will be provided, so bring your own drinks, braai meat and salads. Also bring a hat, comfortable shoes, sunglasses & a camera. RSVP please and we will send you detailed directions to Willow Creek.

Upcoming Cherie Club events to diarise

November 18, 2009

We are pleased to announce the following events taking place as a result of the Cherie Club road show. Please diarise these dates and visit our websites for more information.

Date: 19 November 2009 (Thursday)
Time: 10:00 until 12:30
Venue: 21 Blauwberg Road, Tableview

Date: 20 November 2009 (Friday)
Time: 10:00 until 12:30
Venue: Cherie Club offices, cnr William Nicol & Leslie Road East , Fourways

Date: 24 November 2009 (Tuesday)
Time: 10h00 until 13h00
Venue: On site at Willow Creek

Date: 25 November 2009 (Wednesday)
Time: 18:30 for 19:00
Venue: Aston Martin dealership & showroom – Sandton
Address: 126 Sandton Isle, Cnr Rivonia & Linden

Date: 29 November 2009 (Sunday)
Time: 11h00 until 17h00
Venue: On site at Willow Creek