Record year for family company
2010 rentals also on the cards
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.