Convenient and secure living
Michelle Swart gets an update on the first golf estate being developed in Johannesburg’s southern suburbs
ONLY 17km from Johannesburg’s CBD in the southern suburbs, the Eye-of-Africa Golf & Residential Estate is spread over 677ha and homeowners offers convenient and secure community living.
The Estate is designed on the award winning Masterplan philosophy of Australian developer Medallist. This philosophy commits to restoring and preserving the natural fauna and flora of the area, combined with best practice urban planning standards, to create safe and sustainable communities.
The estate is being developed in phases, with over 1 200 freehold stands and space for up to 2 000 townhouses/clusters. There are also stands for retail operations, commercial operations and hotels. Half the estate is allocated to open spaces and community facilities. Residents will also enjoy the world-class Greg Norman signature golf course, stylised natural landscapes. There are community-focussed parks featuring children’s play areas with water fountains, picnic areas and plenty of seating. The design for the pro- posed community facilities which will overlook the 18th hole and enjoy vistas to the Johannesburg CBD skyline and incorporates golf clubhouse and facilities, a café, day spa, gym and community hall, restaurant. In addition a world class landscaped lagoon pool will be the centrepiece of the 2ha precinct.
Medallist Developments is a joint venture between Greg Norman’s Great White Shark Enterprises and Macquarie Group Limited. Medallist is a niche residential developer specialising in creating amenity-focused lifestyle communities throughout the US, Australia and SA, with over 15 000 residential sites and 270 holes of golf created by the group over the past 12 years.
The Eye of Africa has been designed in a style that can be described as a fusion of European and African elements, created by mixing unfinished and untreated surfaces, textures and light.
The homes are envisaged as being naturally integrated with their surrounds. At Eye of Africa, good design principles are promoted through environmentally sustainable homes that harmonise with their natural environment.
Eye of Africa has a holistic approach to creating and maintain- ing a green estate. Homes face north and building guidelines maximise solar energy to ultimately conserve electricity. Other energy conservation methods encouraged in Eye of Africa homes include gas-operated hobs and ovens, gas-boosted solar hotwater heaters, energy rated elec- trical appliances and low-wattage, halogen or fluorescent light fittings.
Generating and conserving power is not the only environmentally sustainable solution used by the developers. In addition to recycling household waste water for irrigation, rainwater tanks — above or below ground — are being encouraged to be installed at each dwelling. During any construction process, trees and plants are often removed and discarded unnecessarily. Eye of Africa is different in the fact that every tree that is removed during building is also being used for mulching in the various parks and landscaping situated within the estate.
The entrance of this estate protected by early warning motion beams and biometrics including fingerprint recognition. The estate’s primary security innovation lies in the 7,5km-long Clearvu fence surrounding the development. The technology used on the fence is a fibre-optic motion detection system (FODS). An intruder or disturbance can be zoned-in to a direct area and the anti-dig detection function alerts security to any underground interference with the fence.
Eye of Africa is a 10-year commitment worth approximately R1,5bn in capital expenditure. It recently celebrated the completion of its R35m Eyestone pmower substation that not only powers the estate, but also supplies 60Mva for further development of approximately 2 000 hectares of Midvaal municipality — a catalyst to create hundreds-of-thousands of jobs, infrastructure and prosperity in the region.
The estate has also launched its recently completed Greg Norman golf course, the first in SA.
The Par 72 golf course spans over 6,895m and incorporates all the famous Norman design trademarks associated with one of golf’s most prolific players of recent times.
Additional Norman features include signature bunkering with wide fairways, greens with easy grades (slopes), no hidden traps while maintaining playability as each hole has between 4-5 tee boxes, which allow players to challenge their own skills.
One of the unique features of the course is the elevation changes experienced through all eighteen holes.
In keeping with the “green” philosophy of the estate, the golf course irrigation system will eventually use grey water from the residential houses, aside from the fully computerised irrigation system that is weather sensitive and programmed to automatically adjust water supply according to weather conditions. Contact: Eye of Africa Onsite sales office 072 832 2594
One of the show houses at the Eye of Africa estate.
The 17th fairway of the newly opened Greg Norman golf course.
One of the residences in the first phase at Eye of Africa.