Annetjie Coetsee is a practising Attorney, Notary Public and Conveyancer, operating from both the Cape Town and Helderberg branches of STBB. Her responsibilities include: Director of STBB, branch head of Somerset West office, Executive member and head of the Development Law Unit. The specialized Development Law Unit has nine specialists addressing development requirements in the fields of planning law, environmental law, construction law, renewable energy law and, very importantly, local government law. She is a practicing Conveyancer (dealing with a conglomerate of property related matters such as sectional titles, developments, bonds, transfers and municipal work for local councils). Although she specialises in conveyancing she is a family law attorney, with a special interest in the constitutional law aspects regarding children’s rights. She is part of the marketing department and takes care of the brand development on a national level. Annetjie is further responsible for compliance and reporting initiatives. She is involved with substantial research activities relating to the property market and property investment and communicates interesting and relevant facts to her clients and the media, conducts Legal Updates for banks and estate agents. Her knowledge and insurmountable experience in the property market and connections with key roleplayers in the property industry makes her an invaluable ally to any property investor.

From the desk of Annetjie | Stellenbosch’s green cherry on the cake: Municipality opts for renewable energy amid loadshedding

We have all become accustomed to load shedding, but recent changes to the Electricity Regulation Act have opened the door for local authorities to become self-sufficient in the production of renewable energy. In short, we might become (much) less dependent on Eskom’s (in)abilities if we embrace the potential of renewable energy.

Stellenbosch Municipality recently announced that it plans to cut ties with Eskom. In order to achieve this, it will undertake a study to determine the viability of alternative means of renewable energy and power generation by independent power producers, making use of other possibilities such as solar and wind power, methane mining, energy that is produced by individual households and businesses and fed back into the grid.

The Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities confirmed that through the Municipal Energy Resilience (MER) Project, the Western Cape government will be supporting the Stellenbosch Municipality.

A place to live with secure, ‘green’ electricity and internet is surely to impact positively on the values of the property in the jurisdiction of Stellenbosch municipality.

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