Homeowners Info & FAQs

Becoming a homeowner at Val de Vie means you become part of a community. We’d like to keep you informed and would love to hear from you whether you are a current homeowner or thinking of buying on the estate.

Below are useful links to answer any questions you may have:

Buyer’s Guide

Val de Vie Sport and Leisure Centre

Office Hours:
Monday to Thursday 07.30 – 16.30
Fridays 07.30 – 16h00
Closed on weekends and public holidays.

1st of the month in advance. When you buy a plot from 1 September 2012  in the extra levy phase you have a 4 month grace period from date of transfer to do your planning and to start building before the extra levy is applicable. When building starts you then have an additional 11 month period to complete the project in which the extra levy will again not be applicable.

Please update all information on your profile on the Val de Vie Community Portal, valdevie.communityportal.co.za. If you have any queries, please email us on hoa@valdevie.co.za.

New HOA Members:

Gate enrolment can only be done after the deed of transfer, in office hours and at the HOA reception, proof of identification is required.

New Tenants:

Enrolment can only be done on completion of tenant enrolment form, available at HOA reception. Copies of identification documents and rental agreements must accompany completed forms.

Workers:

All domestics, gardeners, au pairs, butlers, etc. need to be enrolled, with necessary identification documents. Valid work permits are mandatory for foreign workers.

Remotes are only available to residents at R220 per remote. Land owners that are in the planning phase may request the building control office to motivate an application for a remote. Remotes can be ordered and paid for at the HOA reception.

The post box key can only be obtained after the deed of transfer, during office hours at the HOA reception.

Name and Surname…….. (your SG number) Val de Vie Estate, Paarl, Kliprug Minor Road, 7646

Postage is retrieved from town and sorted daily. You will receive a notification slip in your box for parcels that are too big for the box. These letters/parcels need to be signed for and collected during office hours at the HOA reception.

It is the homeowner’s responsibility to apply for a dustbin once Drakenstein occupation is issued, use SG number as reference and phone Drakenstein Municipality at 021 807 4715.

Our refuse removal is done weekly by Drakenstein Municipality. We form part of their ‘purple zone’. For collection days, please refer to their schedule at www.drakenstein.gov.za

The Estate is part of the municipal door-to-door recycling service.  Each week on the same day as your refuse removal, your recyclable material will be collected. All you need to do is get your ‘dry’ recyclable waste into the free clear bag you are provided with. Then place it next to or on top of your refuse bin ready for collection. Homeowners can also make use of the paper and glass banks at the Maintenance Centre.

Three animals per unit are allowed, limited to two of a kind, ie two dogs and one cat or two cats and one dog. Only domestic animals posing no danger, noise or odours may be kept. All domestic animals shall at all times bear a tag which shall reflect the name, telephone number and SG number of their homeowner.

Grass Carp, Kurper and Bass have been stocked in our dams and fishing is only allowed on a catch-and-release base. Please respect these resources.

The HOA Picnic area is located on the banks of the Berg River on the Northern side of the Estate.

Access to the River Frontage and Picnic Area is controlled and only possible to residents via pre-programmed remote controls (same remote as for inner lane booms). Access is only possible via 3 gates – Southern Gate, Gate at Picnic Area and Northern Gate. Access is limited to non-motorised transport during day-light hours only

Our Picnic Area, officially launched on 14 Feb 2012, was a welcomed addition to our landscaping features. Its location, right across from the Berg River Island, is ideal as it provides complete privacy from the embankment across. The area, once covered with numerous black wattles and other foreign trees and shrubs, was cleared and levelled with earth moving equipment over a two week period. Irrigation, grass, trees and ground cover plants were established. Footpaths were also cleared along the contours connecting Palomino way with the area.

How to get there
Follow the meandering route/ pony trail (Green route on the map).
Limited parking is available on palomino way (Light blue dots on the map)

Access to river front
Residents can have their remotes programmed at security. The remote will then open 3 river front gates ( 1. far north, 2. at picnic spot and 3. far south)

Use of river front servitude
Although the river front land belongs to the two privately owned farms in Val de Vie (Brown and purple land on map), the HOA has a 12m wide right of way servitude over which residents can meander/ jog/ horse ride, using horse or human “leg-power”, in other words no quad bikes, motor cars, or motor vehicles. The HOA and farm owners are, in conjunction, developing a 5 year “Improvement plan” for the gradual upgrading of the route.

Rules of the picnic area
Residents and resident guests are welcome
Accessible during daylight hours only
No braai permissible
No dogs
No music

Farms
Please note that the green route and picnic area are the only land which the residents have access to. The farmland itself is private property, and although its mostly not enclosed with a physically barrier, we ask that residents would respect their privacy.

Plumber: MD Loodgieters, 021 8724617/0824538867

Electrician: Steven Jones, 021 872 8711/082 802 7219

Drains: The Drain Surgeon, 021 855 3035/073 228 4278

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30   6.93
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80   14.32
81   19.31

Over the last two months, we have received numerous queries from residents questioning their water consumption. From feedback gathered to date, many don’t realise the amount of water they potentially use on their landscape. We have requested resident landscape contractor, Mark Atkinson, to provide information to residents to better understand and control their landscape water consumption. Please email him should you require assistance – prohortcc@vodamail.co.za.

Almost weekly I’m asked how it’s possible to accumulate such high water accounts.

The Facts:

  • The larger your garden, the more water you use.
  • All new gardens need more water, until they are established, even if these are considered water wise gardens.
  • If you have a garden, it will consume 55-85% of your total monthly water consumption.
  • 1 Kl (Kilolitre) = 1000 Litres or 1 cube (m³) of water.

 

Understanding the basics

A correctly designed irrigation system in Val De Vie, should be using between 1500 (minimum) & (absolute max) 2500 litres / hour. I say ‘correctly designed’ because if a system is running at the right operating pressures in Val De Vie, this is what it uses in an hour. The water used per zone, is dependent on the number of sprinklers / pop-ups on a given zone, and their selected nozzles and required operating pressures. If a zone is using more than 2500 litres / hour, it’s most likely running at the incorrect pressure, if less than 1500 litres / hour, in time, materials will be damaged due to high operating pressures.

With this in mind, I’ll use my garden as an example as to how much an irrigation system uses. I have 9 zones (stations) in my garden. On average these use 1.87 m³ / hour – in other words – 1870 litres for every hour it runs. If I run each zone for 10 minutes this equates to (9 x 10 mins = 90mins or 1.5 hours) Therefore, every time I water my whole garden, I use 2805 litres of water. If I water everyday this equates to: 2805 litres x 31 days (or however many days in a given month) = 86 955 litres in one month (86.95 kl) My total water consumption for December was 116 kl – therefore my irrigation system used 75% of my total water consumption for the month. Some homes on the estate have as many as 16 zones, watering 15-30 minutes a zone, regardless of whether or not the garden needs this much water.

Using the above calculations, you’ll easily work out just how much water your using for your system; this could equate to: 14 950 litres / day or 448 500 litres / month (over 30 days). That’s 448.5 cubes of water a month, or imagine 448.5 bakkie loads of water!!! Consuming this amount of water is in fact illegal. Don’t take 10 minutes as the standard for all your zones, some zones require 20 minutes of watering time, to water the area efficiently, If you’re not sure, get advice.

Once again, my garden has been prepared correctly to sustain minimal watering. My irrigation system is designed efficiently to cover areas correctly, and when I see things are dry, I often need to do a manual watering, sometimes I water only the zones requiring water, not just simply everything. I’m constantly monitoring my irrigation system. Initially a new garden needs to be watered every day.

Other factors influence how much water is required; these include:

  • How the garden was prepared – related to how much compost or organic material was introduced to hold water.
  • Where the garden is situated on the estate: The Village area is predominantly sand, with little holding capacity; resulting in more frequent watering. Areas around the Dams are predominantly clay based, these areas hold water well, however overwater results in run-off and erosion and waste. Areas bordering the farms are saturated with rock pebbles / boulders; once again with little holding capacity.
  • Weather conditions & exposure to these elements – For instance, properties around the dams and polo-fields generally receive constant winds, drying out the plants, unlike the more sheltered Village areas Many homeowners turn on the controller, and forget about the irrigation system. It continues to water, everyday, regardless of whether or not it needs to. As consumers of water, we need to be more responsible and aware, otherwise you’ll pay. This is precisely why the municipalities introduced the water sliding scale tariffs. What can you do to reduce your water consumption.
  • Be aware and monitor your irrigation controller & system requirements.
  • Monitor your garden, sometimes the top layer looks dry, but below the surface there is sufficient water. As the garden grows, it should require less water.
  • MULCH your garden with plain coarse compost – NOT BARK CHIP.
  • Water during the early mornings, not in the heat of the day. In winter water a little later in the morning (6:30 onwards) to avoid frost damage.
  • Install the best irrigation system you can afford, a poorly installed system cannot be managed or run efficiently, (I’ve seen loads of irrigation systems on the estate where the water is atomizing under the pressure); if installed poorly it will cost you more in the long run.
  • Enquire as to whether your irrigation controller can accommodate a rain sensor. These are relatively cheap, and save water.

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