Mutual Heights Community Website

Mutual Heights Community Website

Mutual Heights is a sectional title scheme (as defined in South African law), located in a noteworthy art-deco building in Darling Street, Cape Town. This web site serves the needs of the Mutual Heights Community: owners, residents, tenants, the managing agents, service providers, and others.


Recently found! A scan of the original Old Mutual Head Office inauguration document is now available for download (42Mb), it is an extraordinary find, with more than 20 pages explaining the background to the building. It's a complicated and improbable story. The neighbour of the mother of one Mutual Heights owner, living in a retirement village in Johannesburg, on hearing that this tenuously-connected person - our owner - had bought an apartment here (are you following this carefully?), produced it from a box of treasures. The neighbour was very pleased that the document would go back to the building, having worked at Old Mutual at the time of the inauguration. Sadly he has since died, so there is no possibility to find out more.

Enjoy this wonderful insight into the history of South Africa, its impact on a growing business, and the establishment of the Mutual Building. It's a big download, but it's worth it.


The Mutual Building

Opened in 1940 as the headquarters of what is now the Old Mutual insurance and financial services company, the "Mutual Building" (or "Mutual Gebou" in Afrikaans) was reportedly then the tallest building in Africa apart from the Pyramids in Egypt, and it had the fastest lifts - they still work, and they are still fast. It is one of the finest art deco buildings in the southern hemisphere, but with neo-classical features; it was one of the first conversions of an office building to residential use in the central business district of Cape Town.

  • Read more about the history of the building here.
  • See the wikipedia page here.
  • See the location of the building on Google Maps here
  • Download a 30-page copy of the Wikipedia pages (2Mb) here.

Faircape Management Services were appointed to manage the building, with effect from 1st March 2020.

The granite cladding of the building is said to have come from a single boulder on the Paarl Mountain
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The community

The community at Mutual Heights includes permanent residents, tenants, and short stay visitors. The care of the building and the community is the responsibility of the managing agents, supported by a building manager and a concierge.

What is your interest in the building?:

Owner

Owner

Since the inception of the scheme in 2005, the value of apartments in the Mutual Building has increased steadily. Cape Town continues to attract international attention from businesses and holiday makers, and there is a rising city-centre population of professional people looking for accommodation. Apart from the obvious convenience of living right in the city centre, with parking for your car, the exceptional nature of this heritage building will always attract the attention of art deco and architectural specialists. The ongoing cost of owning space in the building is reasonable, the levy rate has always been within a few percentage points of the average.

Registered users of the web site (owners and their nominees) can manage their visitors, submit maintenance requests, submit community reports, and access other useful information.

Tenant

Tenant

A large number of the apartments in the building are rented out on a long-term basis. The management office does not get directly involved with the management of tenancies but the local independent agents will all be willing to help. Living in the city centre has huge advantages. Within walking distance there are: supermarkets, fine food shops, the main post office, restaurants, coffee shops, chemists, doctors and opthalmologists. Apart from these basics, the building is a short step away from the City Hall (symphony concerts in the season), the Fugard Theatre (continuous theatre productions) and the occasional jazz club.

Just dwell for a moment on the opportunity to live so close to your city centre job; the location is particularly convenient for those involved with Parliament and the government of the Western Cape.

Visitor

Short stay visitor

The rise of Cape Town as a world-class conference and holiday destination has led to a rising demand for places to stay in the city centre, and it is not surprising that some of the apartments in the Mutual Building are now available through booking channels such as Airbnb.com and Booking.com. At Mutual Heights we manage the accommodation of short-stay visitors through our web site - it is the responsibility of owners (or their agents) to register you ahead of your arrival, so that you can be appropriately welcomed. The Concierge is on duty during normal working hours; otherwise our security desk deals with arrivals.

Please make sure that your host provides us with all the information that is needed to register you - when we have it you will receive a confirmation by email.


The team

There are several people concerned with day-to-day and longer term management of the sectional title scheme, but here are just three that you might like to know about: the 'Webmaster', the Building Manager, and the Concierge.

Chair

Web site

Andy Bytheway is a retired senior academic who moved to South Africa in 1998. He has been developing and curating the community web site since the early days in 2016 - just one of his retirement projects. He was chairman of the Mutual Heights trustees from 2008 to 2020.

Building manager

Building manager

Theresa Boks joined the management team as Building Manager in April 2020. She has extensive experience, with more than a decade working in the administration and management of two large Cape Town shopping centres. She has qualifications in health and safety, service management, sustainability, and building management.

Concierge

Concierge

Jose Vital was appointed Concierge in 2017, after a period of time as senior Security Officer. He is the point of first contact for visitors at the front desk, and can deal with all those difficult questions about living and working in Mutual Heights. He speaks English, French and Portuguese.


Contact

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