The Essence of Oasis

Photographic competition to win tickets to the Philharmonic Orchestra
Capture photographically the essence of what the Oasis Retirement Resort means to you and stand a chance to win tickets to the Gala Concert of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra on 19th November.
What you need to do to participate in The Essence of Oasis competition
1. Take photographs in and around the Oasis Retirement Resort that you feel encapsulate the resort. These can be of the facilities, the gardens, nature, your club activities, your apartment or your friends.
2. Email these photographs to maggie@rabie.co.za or carryn@rabie.co.za with your name and contact details.
3. We will load these on the Oasis website and on the Oasis facebook page.
4. Invite your family and friends to go on to our facebook page and “like” your photograph or photographs.
5. The resident photographer that achieves the most likes will win the competition.
6. Photographs taken with a cellphone will suffice but high resolution pictures which have a DPI of more than 300 or are at least one MB in size would be preferable in case we decide to stage an exhibition.
7. The winner will receive four double tickets worth R4000. The first runner up will receive two double tickets worth R2000 and the second runner up one double ticket worth R1000.
8. The lucky winners will be announced at a cocktail party in early November.
If you require assistance in emailing your photographs to us or going on to our facebook page email carryn@rabie.co.za
The competition closes on Friday 30 October.
The tickets have been donated by the developers of Oasis, the Rabie Property Group and the Harries Projects consortium.

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Palme d’Or sales blast through R110m mark!

Turning the first sods on the site of Palme d’Or, the fourth building in the Oasis Luxury Retirement Resort at Century City, were from left, Raynard Haupt and Colin Green from Rabie Property Group, Nick McKinley of contractors WBHO and Nabilah Varachhia, also of Rabie.

Turning the first sods on the site of Palme d’Or, the fourth building in the Oasis Luxury Retirement Resort at Century City, were from left, Raynard Haupt and Colin Green from Rabie Property Group, Nick McKinley of contractors WBHO and Nabilah Varachhia, also of Rabie.

Buyers have continued to snap up apartments in Palme d’Or, the fourth luxury block in the Oasis Luxury Retirement Resort at Century City, with 25 of the 47 apartments having been sold for a total of R110,7m ahead of construction starting.

Colin Green, a director of the Oasis Joint Venture, which comprises Rabie Property Group and a Harries Projects consortium, said three sales totalling more than R15m in the past two weeks had seen them “blasting through the R110m sales mark”.

“This has taken us over half way in terms of both the number of units sold and the total value of sales and the contractors have only this week moved on site. There are a number of additional sales close to finalization and if sales continue at this rate we can expect to be sold out before anticipated completion in June 2016 which is practically unheard of in the retirement market,” he said.

He said Palme d’Or apartments will range in size from 94 square metres to 227 square metres and will boast quality finishes, covered terraces and air conditioning. Most of the apartments will have utility rooms and all one bedroom apartments will have studies.

Priced from R2 655 000 to R8 510 000, VAT inclusive and with no transfer duty payable, all apartments will have at least one undercover parking.

The 11-storey Palme d’Or block will be served by two lifts and a 24 hour dedicated concierge and will be linked under cover to the Oasis Clubhouse to which all residents automatically enjoy membership.
The Club facilities include a 25m indoor heated pool where regular water aerobics classes are given by a qualified teacher, a massage room, sauna, steam room, fully equipped gym, a library, lounge areas, a restaurant, bar, bridge room, billiard room and a new 200 seater multi-purpose recreational/entertainment venue with a patio overlooking ponds and beautiful landscaped gardens which were extended with the opening of the third apartment block, Palm Royale last year and will be further extended with Palme d’Or.

Green said major attractions cited by buyers was that they could see the high calibre of the development they were buying into and that all the amenities such as clubhouse and care centre were already there and not based on future forecasts or promises.

“There is also a furnished showflat in Palm Royale – the third block we completed – where potential buyers can see the high quality of finishes they can expect.”

Green said over and above the new development sales there has also been strong demand for resales in the complex with a total of 26 apartments having been resold between April 2013 and February 2015 for a total value of close to R67million.

“All but one of these had been sold for a tidy profit with 20 percent of the gross profit – a sum of more than R3,7million– going into the Levy Stabilisation Fund which is used by the Body Corporate to help keep levy increases to a minimum going forward.”

He said that in February this year alone, three resales had been confirmed for a total consideration of R11,6 million. For further details contact Cindy, Linda or Lorenda on 021 250 0592/3 or 082 495 7168.

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Oasis artists to exhibit at Art on The Island

Oasis Art
Seven artists from the Oasis Luxury Retirement Resort will be exhibiting more than 20 of their paintings at Art on The Island which forms part of the Century City Natural Goods Market on Sunday 30 November.

Celia Mostert, who is the Oasis co-ordinator of the event, said most of the artists would be exhibiting paintings but at least one would be showing pen and ink drawings.

The exhibition will take place on Intaka Island from 9am until 2pm. Entrance is free of charge.

There will also be a number of other craft exhibitors from décor items to hand made cushions and cards on Intaka Island adding to the extensive offering of the Natural Goods Market stalls on Central Park.

In fact with less than a month to go before Christmas, the popular Century City Natural Goods Market is the perfect place to get stuck into some serious seasonal shopping – but in a thoroughly entertaining way.

As always there will be fantastic food, gorgeous gifts and great entertainment for small people, and big ones too.

Cape Town’s ‘bird man’, Martin Odd and his feathered friends – Christina the Macaw Parrot and Lady Jane the Harris Hawk – have been pressed into service at the market to entertain and educate young and old with the Birds of Africa Show.

Blues band Mothercity Mojo will also deliver a magic performance to entertain market goers with their rootsie instrumentation and rich rhythms.
While there’s an entertaining menu for visitors, the market gives shoppers time to celebrate the bright side of life with a glass of organic bubbly while browsing around the great selection of quality products and delicious food, kept cool and safe under Bedouin stretch tents.

You can choose from healthy gourmet meals, curries, samoosas, wraps, smoked fish, biltong, pies, vegetarian, cheeses, beer, champagne, wine, specialty coffees, tea, cakes, cookies, preserves, olives, freshly baked farm breads, confectionary, jams, freshly squeezed juice and smoothies and more.

If you are looking for original gifts, there will be stalls selling crafts and clothing at reasonable prices, or you can spoil yourself with fabulous natural body care products and jewelry.

The on-site clubhouse has seating facilities, and offers coffee, tea and a bar. Visitors can also enjoy boat trips from Intaka Island to Canal Walk.

Summer 2014 / 2015 market dates:
Sunday 30 November 2014

**Market will be closed on last Sunday December

Sunday 25 January 2015
Sunday 22 February 2015
Sunday 29 March 2015
Sunday 26 April 2015

Trading Hours: 09h00 – 14h00

Location: Central Park, Park Lane in Century City (follow Intaka Island signs)
There is ample and secure parking.

Contact & Enquiries:
Email: naturalgoodsmarket@gmail.com or Tel/Fax: 021 531 2173

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15 Palme d’Or apartments sold in the first week!

Directors of Oasis Joint Venture at the Palme d'Or launch from left to right: Roger Harries, Marc Cohen, Colin Green and John Chapman

Directors of Oasis Joint Venture at the Palme d’Or launch from left to right: Roger Harries, Marc Cohen, Colin Green and John Chapman

Sales at the launch of Palme d’Or, the next apartment block in the Oasis Luxury Retirement Resort at Century City, far exceeded expectations with 15 of the 43 apartments sold within the first week, with 14 of those purchased over just four days, and a further six apartments under negotiation.

“This is unprecedented for a retirement product,” says Colin Green a director of the Oasis Joint Venture which comprises Rabie Property Group and a Harries Projects consortium.

“In fact when Oasis launched its first apartment block back in 2004 only seven units were sold in the first year.

“Since then the tempo of sales has picked up considerably – we have sold over 230 apartments in the first three phases with a total of 17 units in our phase three building, Palm Royale, being sold since January this year but we have never achieved anything close to 14 sales in just four days!”

The 15 apartments, he said, had been sold for a total of R63million.

Green said that over and above this their sales team had notched up a number of resales over this period.

“So all in all it has been an incredible showing and we have no doubt that we will be in a position to start construction in January 2015 for completion in mid-2016,” said Green.

Green said there were many factors driving sales at Palme d’Or not least of which was that buyers could see the high calibre of the development they were buying into and that all the amenities such as clubhouse and care centre were already there and not based on future forecasts or promises.

“There is also a furnished showflat in the Palm Royale – the third block we completed – where potential buyers can see the high quality of finishes that Oasis offers.”

He said three of the 57 apartments in Palm Royale remained to be sold but there was strong interest in all three and these were expected to sell very quickly.

The luxury apartments in Palme d’Or will range in size from 94 square metres to 228 square metres and will boast quality finishes, covered terraces and air conditioning. Most of the apartments will have utility rooms and all one bedroom apartments will have studies.

Priced from R2 650 000 to R8 500 000, VAT inclusive and with no transfer duty payable, all apartments will have basement parking and most of them will also have a store-room included in the price.

To be developed at a cost of R220million, the 11-storey Palme d’Or will be served by two lifts and a 24 hour dedicated concierge.

For further details contact should contact Cindy, Linda or Lorenda on 021 2500592/3 or 0824957168.

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Oasis couple make it to Everest base camp and back

Oasis residents Sham and Kruben Moodliar achieved a lifetime goal of hiking to Base Camp of Mount Everest – an altitude of 5364 metres more than five times higher than Table Mountain!

After months of gruelling training and 16 days of trekking they reached the South Base Camp on Kruben’s 71st birthday -on September 21.

“Averaging 12 to 14 hours of climbing daily, it was 200% more difficult than we ever imagined it would be,” says Sham.

“But we had set our minds to it and there was no way either of us was going to give up and when times got really tough we egged each other on.  On the mountain there is just you, your partner and your creator. Nothing else matters. It makes one very contemplative and it crystallises the essence of life. It was very emotional, a hugely spiritual experience. ”

Accompanied only by two sherpas, Sham and Kruben were the oldest climbers on the mountain.

“And they told us they had never taken people of our age to Base Camp before,” says Sham with a gutsy chortle.
On the day of the final trek to base camp, they got up at 3am to start the climb from Gorakshep. All the Sherpas at the lodge woke up early to sing happy birthday to Kruben in Nepalese and they presented him with a blessed scarf they had gotten from a monastery and a bouquet of mountain anemone flowers picked the night before from the side of the mountain.

For the first few hours they walked in the moonlight with the silvery moon lighting the way before they were hit with freezing rain and sleet and what should have been an 8 hour trek there and back took them 14 and a half hours with them having to undertake the treacherous return journey downhill in the dark with just headlights for illumination.

“Due to the numerous landslides and so forth there is no path as such. You have to step over huge boulders testing each one with your sticks to ensure it is safe to step on. Walking on the mountain in daylight is scary enough, but by night was another experience. These sherpas are unreal…..how they know their way over boulders, through rivers and ice is unbelievable! They got us back safely to the lodge….even though we were all wet and soaked and freezing”

Sham says what strikes you most on the mountain is the immense silence broken now and then by the creaking of the glazier and the roaring of a distant avalanche.
On the subject of avalanches, Sham says one of their two Sherpas had been on the mountain when an avalanche struck after their trip and they had not been able to contact him since.

“We have tried both his mobile numbers but there is no answer. We don’t know what to think and have tried contacting his family but to no avail.”
And what adventure are they planning next?

“It’s too soon to say but my sons are praying it will not be on a volcano,” she laughs.

Sham and Kruben will be giving a presentation on their Himalayan adventure in the new function venue at the Oasis Club on Tuesday 2 December at 10am. Anyone wishing to attend should book through Faye Solomon on 021 250 0307.

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Palme d Or

Palme d’Or – new R220m luxury retirement apartment block for Oasis

Palme d Or

Palme d’Or, the fourth apartment block in the Oasis Luxury Retirement Resort at Century City, is to be launched shortly.

Meaning Golden Palm and named after the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival, Palme d’Or will be “unashamedly upmarket”, according to Colin Green a director of the developer, the Oasis Joint Venture which comprises the Rabie Property Group and a Harries Projects consortium.

The 43 luxury one, two and three bedroom apartments will boast top of the range finishes, covered terraces and air conditioning, and will range in size from 94 square metres to 228 square metres. In addition almost all of the apartments have utility rooms and all one bedroom apartments have studies.

Priced from R2 650 000 to R8 500 000, VAT inclusive and with no transfer duty payable, all apartments will have basement parking and most of them will also have a store-room included in the price.

To be developed at a cost of R220million, the 11-storey Palme d’Or will be served by two lifts and a 24 hour dedicated concierge.

Its construction follows the successful completion in July of the third apartment block in the development, Palm Royale, which comprises 58 apartments over 11 storeys.

The first two phases of the Oasis development consisted of Palm Springs and Palm Grove apartment blocks with 174 units in total as well as Club House, of which all residents automatically enjoy membership. The facilities include a 25m indoor heated pool where regular water aerobics classes are given by a qualified teacher, a massage room, sauna, steam room, fully equipped gym, a library, lounge areas, a restaurant, bar, bridge room, billiard room and a new 200 seater multi-purpose recreational/entertainment venue with a patio overlooking ponds and beautiful landscaped gardens which were extended with the opening of Palm Royale and will be further extended with Palme d’Or.

Also completed in phase one is the Oasis Care Centre which offers hotel-style assisted living apartments, frail care and a specialised Alzheimer’s/Dementia unit as well as physical rehabilitation.

As with Palm Royale, Palme d’Or will be linked undercover to the Oasis Club.

Green said besides all the exceptional facilities provided at Oasis, its location in Century City put it within easy walking distance of other world class amenities including the Intaka Island wetlands reserve and Canal Walk Shopping Centre.

“In addition, Century City’s pristine environment, beautiful landscaping, its high level of safety and security, its modern infrastructure and MyCiti bus service and so forth provide further appeal to purchasers.”

Construction of Palme d’Or is due to start in January 2015 with occupation scheduled for June 2016.

Green said there had been strong pre-launch interest and there was a growing list of potential purchasers who would be invited to an invitation only pre-launch function on Thursday 30 October ahead of the public launch on the weekend.

Anyone interested in being invited to this function should contact Cindy, Linda or Lorenda on 021 2500592/3 or Cindy on 0824957168.

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Oasis Care Centre

Major upgrade for Oasis Care Centre

The Oasis Care Centre, which forms part of the Oasis Luxury Retirement Resort at Century City where a third apartment block has just been completed and is more than 90% sold, has undergone a multi-million rand upgrade to further enhance its five-star facilities.

The Care Centre offers hotel-style assisted living, long-term frail care, physical rehabilitation and a specialised Alzheimer’s/Dementia unit.

Care Centre Manager Lizzie Brill says the upgrade includes new lounge and dining facilities which open onto a landscaped internal courtyard for their long-term frail care residents.

“This will enable the ground floor section of the Oasis Care Centre to operate along more clearly defined lines between the two main categories of care it offers, namely short-term physical rehabilitation on the one hand and long term frail care on the other.”

The Physical Rehabilitation unit, she says, provides treatment to members of the broader public as well as residents in the resort.

“It is offered predominantly to patients covered by Medical Aids for post-operative recovery and rehabilitation, such as after hip and knee replacement as well as for recovery and rehabilitation from strokes and other medical trauma.

“Patients all have single private rooms with a TV bouquet and en suite toilets and are treated by an in-house doctor as well as a multi-disciplinary team of therapists covering a broad spectrum of physical rehabilitation.”

The upgrade allows for separate dining and lounge areas as well as a sun room for the Physical Rehabilitation patients. In addition a large new reception and admin area is being provided on the ground floor.

Brill said these new facilities were being completed on a phased basis with all work due for completion by end July.

The Oasis Care Centre is one of the first facilities in the Western Cape to obtain an Adult Mental Health licence for its Alzheimer’s/Dementia wing, and is a leader in its field.

Work completed to date also includes the conversion of under-utilised space on the first floor into a large and bright new lounge area for the Alzheimer’s/Dementia wing which is able to accommodate up to 40 residents as well as carers and friends and family of patients. This wing now takes up the entire first floor.

“We have had wonderful response from residents and family members to the beautiful furnishing designed and co-ordinated by Sandi Kiss of Fine Linen Interiors The magnificent new facilities will enable us to carry out our mission to offer the best possible care while we ensure that each resident or patient enjoys his or her life to the fullest potential in a 5-star luxury environment,” says Brill.

She added that the Care Centre also offers modern attractive Assisted Living rooms and suites where residents can lead more independent lifestyles but still have plenty of daily back up and care by a dedicated team should they need.

For further details on the Oasis Care Centre please contact Lizzie Brill on 021 528 7301.

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Palm Royale Century City Retirement

Palm Royale retirement apartments completed on schedule

Palm Royale Century City Retirement

The completed hobbies room, landscaped and rooftop gardens at Palm Royale

Palm Royale retirement apartments, the third apartment block in the Oasis Luxury Retirement Resort in Century City, has been completed on schedule and comfortably within budget.

This was in spite of a three week construction strike and delays caused by inclement weather during the 18 month construction period, says project manager Raynard Haupt of the Oasis Joint Venture which comprises the Rabie Property Group and the Harries Projects Consortium.

“The main contractor, WBHO, has done us proud delivering a truly superb quality product.”

The individual apartments, he said, would be handed over to purchasers from June 1.

Owen Futeran of the Oasis Joint Venture said to date 46 or 78% of the 58 apartments have been sold for a total of more than R200million representing 79% of the total value.

“Negotiations for a further four units are well advanced and we expect the remaining apartments to be sold quickly now that potential purchasers can see the high quality of the development and exactly what they will be getting.”

Palm Royale retirement apartments

The new addition to the Oasis Resort includes extended communal facilities in the form of a 200 seater multi-purpose function room with state-of-the-art audio visual equipment including an HD-Ready projector, a  massive 150 inch high resolution screen and surround sound.

There is also a large water fronting patio leading off the function room and a new hobbies room creatively built in a hollowed out berm that separates the resort from Ratanga Road. Many of the apartments overlook two decorative rooftop Zen gardens while the  beautifully landscaped communal gardens of the resort have also been extended as has the water feature to create a scenic lake and a flowing stream onto which a number of the ground floor apartments front.

Futeran said planning for the next phase of the development was well advanced and it was likely, due to the continued pace of sales that a fourth block would be launched later this year.

The first two phases of the Oasis development consisted of Palm Springs and Palm Grove apartment blocks with 174 units in total and a Club House, the facilities of which would not be out of place in a five star hotel and which all residents automatically enjoy membership of. These facilities include a 25m indoor heated pool where regular water aerobics classes are given by a qualified teacher, a massage room, sauna, steam room, fully equipped gym, a library, lounge areas, a restaurant, bar, bridge room and billiard room.

Also completed in phase one is the Oasis Care Centre which offers hotel-style assisted living apartments, frail care and a specialised Alzheimer’s/Dementia unit as well as physical rehabilitation.  All apartment owners receive Primary Health Care assistance provided by the Care Centre and a new clinic will be located in the Palm Royale building.

Palm Royale will be linked undercover to the Oasis Club and its new extended facilities.

For more details on Palm Royale retirement apartments go to www.oasisretirementresort.co.za or phone Cindy, Linda or Lorenda on 021  5287310 or 082 4957168. For Care Centre enquiries phone Lizzie Brill on 021 5287301.

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Palm Royale nears completion

Oasis Palm Royale

Palm Royale, the third apartment block in the Oasis Luxury Retirement Resort in Century City, is nearing completion.

With practical completion still a month off and the first transfers scheduled for end June, buyers have already snapped up 42 of the 58 apartments for a total value of more than R197million which equates to 75% of the total value.

Purchasers attended a function on site this week to celebrate the completion of the new extended communal facilities which include a 200 seater multi-purpose function room, a large water fronting patio and a new hobbies room creatively built in a hollowed out berm that separates the resort from Ratanga Road.

The beautifully landscaped gardens have been extended as has the water feature to create a scenic lake and a flowing stream onto which a number of the ground floor apartments front.

Owen Futeran of the developers, the Oasis Joint Venture which comprises the Rabie Property Group and a Harries Projects consortium, said that there had been a flurry of sales in recent weeks with three additional units close to finalisation.

“We expect the R200million mark will soon be reached as the momentum is fast building with buyers now able to see what they will be getting rather than just buying off plan.”

The R260million Palm Royale block comprises spacious two and three bedroom apartments which range in size from around 100 square to 237 square metres and vary from garden apartments to penthouses.  Priced from R2,5million to just over R8million, many of the apartments boast spacious balconies suitable for entertaining with wonderful mountain and sea views.

The first two phases of the Oasis development consisted of Palm Springs and Palm Grove apartment blocks with 174 units in total and a Club House, the facilities of which would not be out of place in a five star hotel and which all residents automatically enjoy membership of. These facilities include a 25m indoor heated pool where regular water aerobics classes are given by a qualified teacher, a massage room, sauna, steam room, fully equipped gym, a library, lounge areas, a restaurant, bar, bridge room and billiard room.

Also completed in phase one is the Oasis Care Centre which offers hotel-style assisted living apartments, frail care and a specialised Alzheimer’s/Dementia unit as well as physical rehabilitation.. All apartment owners receive Primary Health Care assistance provided by the Care Centre and a new clinic will be located in the Palm Royale building.

Palm Royale Century City will be linked undercover to the Oasis Club and its new extended facilities.

For details phone Cindy, Linda or Lorenda on 021  5287310 or 082 4957168. For Care Centre enquiries phone Lizzie Brill on 021 5287301.

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Major upgrade for Oasis Care Centre

Oasis Care Centre Century City -3

LtR: Ray Alexander, Owen Futeran, Lizzie Brill and Deon Adlard

Two major construction projects to enhance facilities for residents and patients are underway at the Oasis Care Centre, part of the Oasis Luxury Retirement Resort, at Century City.

Being undertaken at a cost of approximately R2.75m, the extended facilities include a new dining room and lounge on the ground floor level for long term frail care residents. Both these facilities will lead onto an internal courtyard around which the Care Centre is built.

Care Centre Manager Lizzie Brill said there are three attractive fountains in the courtyard and there were also plans to erect a new large shady pergola where residents and patients and their guests would be able to relax.

“With the addition of these areas we will not only be providing our long term frail care patients with their own beautiful new leisure spaces but we will also be completing the phased introduction of completely separate facilities for our shorter term physical rehabilitation patients,” explained Brill.

The second major construction project involves converting a former nursing station and staff room and portion of a previously under-utilised balcony area on the first floor into a large and bright new lounge area for the Alzheimer’s and Dementia wing. The Alzheimer’s and Dementia facility now takes up the entire floor.

“With a license for up to 40 patients in this wing and with occupancy reaching close to capacity, we are responding to the needs of our patients,” says Ms Brill.

She said there would also be a secure patio area leading off the new lounge.

Sandi Kiss of Fine Linen Interiors has been tasked with furnishing and fitting out the new areas in accordance with the ‘hotel style’ look and feel of the Oasis Care Centre.

“We are introducing different colours and textures that will enhance the ‘five star’ environment while at the same time cater for the particular needs and challenges of the patients and residents for whom these facilities are being created. I am especially excited by the vibrant lighting features that will be enjoyed by the Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients,” said Kiss.

The project architect is Ray Alexander who has been involved with the entire Oasis Retirement Resort concept and construction since inception. The contractors are Deon Adlard of Development Projects.

For further enquiries please call Lizzie Brill on 021 528 7301.

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