This prestigious new upmarket development, to be situated on over 800 ha of prime real estate in Ekurhuleni, is expected to offer owners and investors a combination of sought-after facilities and a lifestyle unmatched by most other developments.
At the heart of the Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate will be a 27-hole signature golf course, designed by legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus.
Some 340 ha of grasslands and wetlands have been set aside as a conservation area with free-roaming game. These will be naturally- occurring plains game such as duiker, zebra, blesbok, eland and black wildebeest.
The site also has a large wetland area which is fed by two permanent streams, and is home to numerous bird species, including the endangered grass owl.
Apart from the golf course, the proposed development (once complete) will comprise: • a residential estate with sizeable residential stands, medium-density residential living and exclusive golf and eco lodges that overlook the 340-ha conservation area; • state-of-the-art security systems and intelligent networking throughout the development; • a world-class golf and country club; • a Serengeti village square with a selection of estate restaurants, bistros, entertainment, retail and speciality stores; • the Serengeti College, an independent, coeducational combined preschool, primary and high school; • a resort hotel with conference facilities, meeting rooms, a theatre and a wellness centre; and • equestrian facilities.
Property developer AcuDev is driving the R4,26-billion development in Ekurhuleni.
AcuGroup CEO Leon van der Vyfer tells Engineering New that site establishment started on May 15 and that construction is set to begin on June 1. “The development period for the golf course and infrastructure will be about 30 months from construction date, with a total develop- ment period of between six and seven years for all the houses to be completed.” Golf Data will construct the golf course, while Power Construction will be responsible for all civil works related to the infrastructure and link services to the development.
Acucon and Power Construction, meanwhile, will undertake, in joint venture, all building projects related to the development’s infrastructure.
Owing to its prime location relative to the Johannesburg Inter-national Airport (JIA) and in line with South Africa’s economic growth target of 6%, development of the R21 corridor is expected to have a major impact on job creation and poverty alleviation in the country. The R21 corridor forms part of a very strong triangular node in Ekurhuleni – with Olifantsfontein as the northern corner, Benoni the eastern corner and Germiston the western corner.
In terms of the Northern Envi-ronmental Management Frame- work, signed by MEC Khabisi Mosunkutu and executive mayor Duma Nkosi last year, the area around the R21 has been declared a strategic management zone. The strength of the R21 corridor is reinforced by the fact that the Blue IQ Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) is to be situated alongside the JIA.
A new flyover highway network that feeds from the ever-busy R21 supports the IDZ.
Studies, meanwhile, have revealed that two nodes in Gauteng – one near Pretoria and the other on the R21 between Pretoria and Ekurhuleni – ideally lend themselves to substantial growth trends.
The Tshwane Municipality reportedly already has plans for a road running parallel to the R21 from Pretoria to Olifantsfontein, thereby unlocking potential in that region.