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WHO ARE THE "friendsofgeorge"


friendsofgeorge is a formidable group of people from varying walks of life, from housewives and retired gentry to earnest entrepreneurs and top executives. Our primary objective is to enhance the economic  viability of George by the establishment of a business initiative forum to safe guard our business fraternity. Through frequent networking functions, and an informative and interactive website are we able to connect with one another, supporting each other in our businesses, our social and cultural activities and even day to day living.
 
Furthermore through friendsofgeorge, we are able to take an active part in addressing social needs in our city with mentoring support groups for young entrepreneurs from the disadvantaged sectors of our community. In addition we are able to support several local charity organizations and are involved with some exciting fund raising projects. We are a group of men and women living in and around George who are proud of our beautiful city with its many faces.


This is our Eden where we work and live, where we bring up our children in a safe and relaxed environment, where people still have time for one another and for others.  We recognize that as citizens of George, we are all custodians of our beautiful city and must take responsibility for our extraordinary heritage.  Collectively through friendsofgeorge, we have the clout and know-how to be an effective part of ensuring the future of our community as well as the protection of our precious natural resources. We are passionate about our city and through friendsofgeorge we are able be an integral part of protecting George's treasure chest of natural beauty, our dams, rivers, beaches, mountains, flora and fauna.
 
Membership to friendsofgeorge offers you a wealth of benefits.  In the regular networking functions you will have opportunity to meet your fellow Friends and promote and advertise your business: You are able to have a page on our website clearly defining your business: By introducing a new Friend, you will become a Best Buddy¹ and earn commission; You will be able to enjoy discounts at selected shops and restaurants: Participate in fund raising efforts and simply enjoy fun events: Be involved in various community projects and charitable organizations: Become a champion for our city and guard its beauty and resources. Get involved now!


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The Cattle Baron

The Cattle Baron in George
Address: Shop 20, Eden Meander Lifestyle Center Next to the Garden Route Mall 118 Park Str, George, 6530, South Africa Hours: Open today · 11:30AM–10PM  Tel 044 887 0505

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Harcourts - George

KIA - GEORGE

KIA - GEORGE

HERBALIFE - George

Herbalife - George -

Biltong Warehouse & Nuts - George

Biltong & Nuts
The Biltong Warehouse & Nuts Address: Knysna Rd, Eastern Extension, George, 6529, South Africa City of Western Cape Post Office box: 1641, George, 6530 Phone number: 044 871 1892,, Fax: 044 873 6113

EDEN PAINTS - GEORGE

EDEN Paints - George

HerbaZone - George

HerbaZone - George

John Dory's George

John Dory's George'
Shop 19 - Eden Meander George - Western Cape -  044 887 0334 John Dory’s is a Family, Seafood, Sushi & Grill. Open 08h00 to 09h30.
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Networking at it's best.

This is your invitation to A C T I V E Networking that works....? Please come and join us for a free cup of coffee and Muffin at the McDonnalds - Garden Route Mall at at 10h00 on 08 March 2018 as we introduce our businesses and products to each other..... you are welcome to come and exhibit your product. This is free marketing at its best. You need NOT reserve a seat, just pop along...!

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Networking at it's best.

This is your invitation to A C T I V E Networking that works....? Please come and join us for a free cup of coffee and Muffin at the McDonnalds - Garden Route Mall at at 10h00 on 08 March 2018 as we introduce our businesses and products to each other..... you are welcome to come and exhibit your product. This is free marketing at its best. You need NOT reserve a seat, just pop along...!

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Boardroom to rent.

Are you in need of boardroom facilities or maybe you need a place for evening classes? Please call us on 044 873 4155. We also offer safe parking with access control.

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WHAT’S ON THE CARDS FOR PROPERTY IN 2018


What’s on the cards for property in 2018



PROPERTY NEWS - 2017 has been a challenging year for the South African property market in general, despite small pockets of thriving activity in areas like the Western Cape.

As we head into 2018, Tony Clarke, Managing Director of the Rawson Property Group, casts his eye forward to property trends and market influences that could make their impact felt in the New Year.

Demand and Market Activity
“2017 showed a slow but consistent decrease in market activity across the country,” says Clarke, “with the average time on the market increasing to around 16 weeks.

"This was mainly due to two influences: a decrease in consumer confidence and spending power thanks to our tumultuous political and economic climate, and a reluctance – or inertia – from sellers to adjust their asking prices accordingly.”

While these influences are unlikely to change much in 2018, and their combination will almost certainly continue to depress market activity in the mid- to high-end price bands, Clarke says the outlook for entry-level properties is much more positive.

“No matter what the financial situation, people need a place to live, which means there’s always going to be demand for property,” he explains.

“In tough economic times, that demand shifts towards more affordable investments, increasing activity on the lower end of the market.”

As a result, Clarke predicts new developments and entry-level housing to hit the ground running in 2018, and remain a profitable investment in the long term.

Price Growth
In keeping with demand trends, Clarke predicts that the lower end of the property market will likely experience the highest growth in 2018.

“We’ve already seen this trend making its impact felt over the course of 2017, with properties valued under R1million seeing far stronger price growth than those over the R1million mark,” says Clarke.

“There are, of course, areas that buck this trend and show excellent price growth in other value bands, but on average, we do expect affordable property to outperform the rest in 2018.”

Finance
Despite 2017’s economic issues, banks are reported to have lightened up on their lending criteria towards the end of the year, which could make things easier for buyers in 2018.

“We’ve seen bonds being granted at better rates than we’ve had for a while,” says Clarke, “and banks are making it easier for entrepreneurs to access housing finance.

"That’s good news for first-time buyers who are considering getting into the market – they could find very favourable options on the table in 2018.”

For the "Buyer to Be", Clarke strongly advises to save for the highest deposit possible in order to secure a better loan to value ratio, this will inevitably give the buyer negotiating power with the banks in order to achieve the best interest rate possible.

Clarke also points out that affordability is still key, and that consumers should be conservative in their expenditure wherever possible.

“Banks may be tending towards leniency, but they’re far from reckless,” says Clarke.

“You’re still going to need to be able to prove financial responsibility and your ability to service a loan.

"With all our economic uncertainty, I’d definitely recommend erring on the side of caution when it comes to financial commitments, but I do think property remains one of the most stable investments you can make in present circumstances.”

2017 has been a challenging year for the South African property market in general, despite small pockets of thriving activity in areas like the Western Cape.

As we head into 2018, Tony Clarke, Managing Director of the Rawson Property Group, casts his eye forward to property trends and market influences that could make their impact felt in the New Year.
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