Tips for Healthy Holiday Parties

As the holidays approach, parties become numerous along with platters of rich and delicious seasonal foods.

If you are hosting a gathering this holiday season and want to lighten up your offerings without sacrificing taste, try swapping out a few ingredients in your favourite recipes.

  • Using two egg whites in place of one egg can reduce dietary cholesterol and produce the same tasty result.
  • For dips, sauces and pie toppings, use fat-free yogurt or sour cream.
  • Sliced almonds make a delicious, crunchy topping in place of fried onion rings.

Pack your shopping cart with plenty of fresh vegetables including sweet potatoes, broccoli, carrots and green beans. Apples, cranberries and pears combine easily for a tasty salad, fruit crisp or topping for the Christmas roast.

If you are a guest at a dinner party or other gathering, consider these tips to keep your night healthy, happy and safe:

  • Start your day with a small meal that includes whole grains, fruit, vegetables and protein.
  • Don’t starve yourself beforehand. Rather, eat a small meal or snack so you aren’t tempted to overeat.
  • Don’t rush to eat. Socialize and settle in to the festivities before you eat.
  • Savour foods you truly enjoy and pass up on those that don’t really interest you.
  • Move your socializing away from the buffet or appetizer trays. This will minimize the unconscious nibbling.

When it comes to drinking alcohol, satisfy your thirst before having an alcoholic drink by starting with water. Moderate alcohol consumption is defined as up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks for men.

Keep in mind, even a single drink will affect your reflexes for several hours. If you plan to drink, keep your holidays merry for everyone by designating a driver who won’t be drinking.

The holidays are a great time for gathering with friends and family over food and drinks. With just a little preparation, you can enjoy celebratory foods mindfully and still experience all that the season has to offer.



Calendar of Events

Date Event
5 – 9 Dec So Ry Miss Daisy

Place:  Port Elizabeth Opera House

16 Dec – 2 Jan Jesse Klegg

Place:  Bridge street Brewery

21 – 22 Dec Radio Raps

Place:  The Boardwalk Aphitheatre

30 Dec 6th Ebubeleni Music Festival

Place:  Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

26 – 28 Jan 2018  Johnny Clegg – The final journey

Place: The Boardwalk Convention Centre

28 Jan 2018 Art in the Park

Place: St Georges Park

25 Feb 2018 Art in the Park

Place: St Georges ParkSt Georges Park


Choosing An Agent

This is one of the most critical decisions you will make when selling your property. The right company may make many thousands of Rands more for you at sale time.

Here are some of the common reasons people give for choosing a real estate company. Some are good reasons, others are potentially very costly to you.

Friend in the business

Dealing with a friend is one of the most difficult things a real estate sales person faces. It is hard to tell a friend that you think they are doing something wrong. Conversely, your friend will naturally only want to give you good news and not really face up to the difficult questions. When dealing in hundreds of thousands of Rands you need this relationship to be business-like and professional. You need all the facts, good and bad. Many friendships have been ruined by mixing business and social relationships.

Cheap commission

The time proven adage that “you get what you pay for” has never been truer than in real estate. It is a fact that the true value of any product is rarely achieved without adequate exposure (marketing). The more areas that your property is marketed in, the greater the chances of you attracting that buyer that will pay the best price for your property. A few thousand Rands saved in commission, may very well come at a cost of tens of thousands of Rands in the sale price. Any company offering you low commission cannot possibly compete when it comes to giving your property exposure to the maximum number of potential buyers.  Remember too, that you only pay commission when your property sells at a price that you are willing to accept – you are always in control of the nett figure that you receive.

Company places a higher price on your property

Valuing any property is a matter of opinion and will come with variances just as different buyers will arrive at different values for the same home. Sometimes over enthusiastic sales people may be too optimistic in their expectations. It may be that they are desperate for business and give you a top price to make sure they get the job. Is this the right company to achieve the best result for you? Watch the real estate advertisements and you will see many properties, having been for sale for several months, now reduced in price.  Sellers are then desperate to attract new buyers, as others have been put off by an unrealistic asking price.

High profile

Fantastic – one of the best reasons to choose a company. If you think this company has a high profile, then so will buyers. This company is sure to attract the attention of all possible buyers – increasing the odds of you selling at a higher price.

Proven success

There are very good reasons why any company continues to achieve top results. They are good at what they do and people will keep coming back to this company. The benefits to you in working with a proven company that gets results may be enormous and not only make you more money, but much of the stress of selling a home will be taken away.

Internet presence

Becoming more and more important in the selling process, your real estate company should be promoting on every major real estate website available. Their own website should be modern, user friendly and give buyers and sellers as much information about the selling process as possible.


What is a Title Deed?

If you are planning to buy a new property, you will need to get the title deed transferred into your name to prove that you are the owner of the property. You will need the assistance of a lawyer specialising in property transfers (also known as a conveyancer) to help you transfer the title deed into your name.

You will only become the owner of the property when the registrar of Deeds signs the transfer. After it has been signed, a copy of the title deed is kept at the Deeds Office closest to you.

A Title Deed is documentary proof of ownership in terms of the Deeds Registries Act 47 of 1937. Each property has its own separate Title Deed. It is an important document containing all the details pertaining to a particular property.

These details are:

  • The name of the existing owner as well as the previous owners.
  • A detailed property description which includes size.
  • The purchase price of the property paid by the existing owner.
  • Conditions applicable to the zoning, use and sale of the land.
  • All real rights registered in respect of the property.

The owner will normally have the Title Deed or a copy thereof in his possession. Before signing an offer to purchase carefully scrutinize the Title Deed.

What is The Deeds Office and The Deeds Registry?

There are numerous Deeds Offices throughout South Africa. Each Deeds Office holds a Deeds Registry, containing file Title Deeds of all the properties in its particular jurisdiction.

For the Eastern Cape, with effect from 1 December 2017, our deeds are registered in Kingwilliamstown.  For more information, please contact you Harcourts Beachfront property specialist on 041 583 4034


Deone’s Easiest Condensed Milk Tart EVER:

Deone’s easiest condensed milk tart


  • 250ml cream
  • 1 tin condensed milk
  • half tsp salt
  • half tsp vanilla
  • 1 pkt marie-biscuits-crushed
  • half cup melted butter
  • fresh berries (optional)


  1. Combine butter and biscuits and press into base of a springform tin.
  2. Whip cream, salt and vanilla until stiff.
  3. Add condensed milk and mix.
  4. Pour mixture onto biscuit base.
  5. Freeze for 3 hours.
  6. Remove from tin and garnish with berries.
  7. Keep refrigerated…and enjoy!