Entries by Jack Trevena

THE R-FACTOR

We have many Factors. Factors that contribute to things both good and bad, mathematical factors, a Factor Market in economics and the X-factor, that “extra” in extraordinary that help make people like Simon Cowell more famous along with his panellists and participants. But now we have the R-factor. To the best of my knowledge, it was […]

CONTENTMENT IN LOCKDOWN

Here I am “talking psychology” again. Whenever I moan or listen to a moaner in these days of lockdown, I’m reminded of so many things. And between the moaners and myself, we have moaned a lot lately. Isn’t it funny “how things get you down” and you find yourself moaning? At that point in time, […]

SOME THOUGHTS

This is my first blog since I wrote the three on COVID in March. I stand by the thought that COVID could stand for: Concentrate On Victory In Defeat. Not sure how you’re feeling at this stage of extended lockdown but at least, Concentrate. In doing so, even though a possible mist of bewilderment, you […]

OPPORTUNITY BEGS [Part 3]

In Part 1 we used the acronym of COVID to good effect. Our COVID stands for: Concentrate On Victory In Defeat We said that using a crisis for victory, means that although you are not exempt from it and may even be infected, you use every ounce of your energy for two things: To protect […]

OPPORTUNITY BEGS [Part 2]

In Part 1 we used the acronym of COVID to good effect. Our COVID stands for: Concentrate On Victory In Defeat We said that using a crisis for victory, means that although you are not exempt from it  and may even be infected, you use every ounce of your energy for two things: To protect yourself, […]

OPPORTUNITY BEGS [Part 1]

This title is the best of three so far. I’m trying not to use the acronym, COVID-19 for the Coronavirus disease or its virus’s code: SARS-CoV-2. The latter is ominous and is an abbreviation for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome which when coupled with 3 times the degree of contagion, is the essence of this problem […]

2020/21 BUDGET

This a very short blog. In my humble opinion, the Budget was good. For property, it means: Less transfer tax with property less than R1m zero-rated. More money in the pockets of people who may be 1st-time homebuyers. The tax entry threshold has been increased to R83000 and lower-income tax rates have been reduced. The […]

THE LAND QUESTION CLARIFIED

I’m grateful to a friend who let me have this newsletter this morning [11 February 2020]. I am very reluctant to copy articles into my blogs but there are times that I simply cannot do justice to a critical subject about our property industry like an expert has done. I have often referred to JP […]

DR ANDREW GOLDING ON SONG

I had the pleasure of attending a Pam Golding function in Hermanus. In greeting Andrew, I complimented his Mother who was the Founder of Pam Golding Properties over 40 years ago. An outstanding lady and businesswoman who drove a powerful ethos into Pam Golding estates over her many years. I believe she also oversaw the […]

EVERYWHERE

News is everywhere at the moment. When I worked, I read a lot but in a very restricted sense: Business, Banking and Academics. It was more than enough to be conversant and skilled. Now, I read on two or three platforms and then try to piece together some coherent trend that may be of interest […]