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Estate agent forced into Retreat by would-be buyer’s boundary ...


Estate agent forced into Retreat by would-be buyer’s boundary beef

The line between two previously race-segregated suburbs has blurred, setting the stage for a dispute

Cape Town bureau chief

The difference between Retreat and Tokai in Cape Town’s southern suburbs is roughly the width of Main Road.

If you’re an estate agent, though, the gap can be measured in hundreds of thousands of rands, thanks to the historical hangover of the Group Areas Act, which made one suburb coloured and the other white.

Over a couple of democratic decades, the line has become blurred. But the advertising watchdog has attempted to redefine it with a ruling that has compelled an estate agent to amend his listing on a three-bedroom family house..

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