Record year for fam­ily com­pany

2010 rentals also on the cards

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - AUCTIONS -

WEST­ERN CAPE AUC­TION­EERS ( WCA), a fam­ily-run busi­ness, has spread its wings this year with a va­ri­ety of suc­cesses in all ar­eas of auctioneering.

With a record 104 restau­rants closed in 2008, the com­pany had its work cut out top­ping that in 2009.

West­ern Cape Auc­tion­eers has auc­tioned the as­sets of 99 restau­rants so far this year.

The big­gest change from pre­vi­ous years was the quan­tity and con­di­tion of most of the ca­ter­ing equip­ment that went through their auc­tion floor; they were forced to move to big­ger premises at the beginning of this year.

In Jan­uary, the com­pany auc­tioned the com­plete con­tents of Alu-lite Alu­minium fac­tory in Parow.

Apart from clos­ing down two restau­rants a week on av­er­age, other mov­able as­sets that went through the auc­tion­eers’ hands were a dairy pro­duc­tion plant in March, the as­sets of a gym­na­sium and an en­tire DVD shop in Au­gust.

The prop­erty auc­tions tur ned out to be suc­cess­ful with high­lights be­ing com­mer­cial prop­er­ties in Rivier­son­derend and Elsies Rivier and a house in Park­lands.

“We don’t be­lieve in ‘gone’ or ‘sold’ but be­lieve in an auc­tion be­ing suc­cess­ful,” auc­tion­eer Stef Olivier says.

The com­pany started 11 years ago auc­tion­ing fur ni­ture for one of the big­gest fur­ni­ture com­pa­nies in South Africa.

And, this year was no dif­fer­ent, liq­ui­dat­ing mil­lions of rands worth of of­fice and out­door fur­ni­ture through­out the year. Restau­rants that went un­der the ham­mer this year in­cluded the News Café in Green Point, Wimpy Mon­tague Gar­dens and the as­sets of two Spur steak­houses, to men­tion just a few.

Olivier says the com­pany owes its suc­cess to the work ethic and com­mit­ment of its “in­cred­i­ble staff ”, who of­ten work week­ends and some­times un­til 2am.

Most restau­rants in shop­ping malls have rules to ad­here to – they are only al­lowed to re­move as­sets from 10pm.

“The staff is the heart of any suc­cess­ful busi­ness,” Olivier says.

The busi­ness added some new fam­ily mem­bers this year, in­clud­ing Chanel Baard, the mid­dle daugh­ter of Chris and Sher­ril Baard, the own­ers of West­ern Cape Auc­tion­eers.

With Chris­tel they were in­spired by the 2010 World Cup and started a new com­pany, as­sisted by West­ern Cape Auc­tion­eers, called 2010 Prop­erty Rentals.

This com­pany aims to pro­vide ev­ery home owner with the op­por­tu­nity to let out their prop­erty to sup­port­ers and tourists dur­ing the Cup.

The in­crease in busi­ness this year led the com­pany to em­ploy Dawid van den Berg, a spe­cial­ist in the ca­ter­ing in­dus­try, to as­sist with the grow­ing ca­ter­ing auc­tions.

The com­pany has also been giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity when­ever they can by con­duct­ing reg­u­lar char­ity auc­tions.

They an­nu­ally raise more than R2 mil­lion for var­i­ous char­i­ties. Ev­ery year West­ern Cape Auc­tion­eers like to give back to their clients who have sup­ported them through­out the year.

They will end the year with a Christ­mas auc­tion at 11am on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 12.

What makes this auc­tion spe­cial is not only the va­ri­ety of ar­ti­cles up for auc­tion, but the fact that WCA will sell all ar­ti­cles with no buyer’s com­mis­sion or regis­tra­tion fees.

There will be a do­na­tion box for peo­ple who want to sup­port a ded­i­cated char­ity, but no fees will be charged for clients at­tend­ing this auc­tion.

On auc­tion will be a large quan­tity of re­mote con­trol t o y s , ma s s a g e p i l l o w s , b i g sauna/steam ma­chines, can­dle­hold­ers, can­dles, chil­dren’s py­ja­mas, out­door fur ni­ture, air-cons, house­hold ap­pli­ances and more.

There will be re­fresh­ments and en­ter­tain­ment for every­one.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 021 981 6687.

What’s ahead for 2010: With the new divi­sion of 2010 prop­erty rentals, WCA ex­pect to ac­com­mo­date more than 2 500 peo­ple dur­ing next year’s world cup.

They have also de­cided, due to great de­mand for a pro­fes­sional ser­vice, to re­open their auc­tion school for next year, the We s t e r n C a p e A c a d e my o f auctioneering.

The first course is sched­uled to run from Fe­bru­ary 16 to 20, and you can reg­is­ter by con­tact­ing Stef at stef@west­ern ca­peauc­tion­eers.co.za.

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