Con­ve­nient and se­cure liv­ing

Michelle Swart gets an update on the first golf es­tate be­ing de­vel­oped in Jo­han­nes­burg’s south­ern sub­urbs

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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.

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