Dune site in his­toric area up for auc­tion

Un­usual Ma­cas­sar lot of­fers the po­ten­tial for sand min­ing and prop­erty de­vel­op­ment

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

A VA­CANT dune site in the his­toric area of Ma­cas­sar will be auc­tioned this month – the first time a prop­erty of this kind has been brought to mar­ket by Raw­son Auc­tions Western Cape.

This is ac­cord­ing to Tanya Jo­vanovski, fran­chisee of Raw­son Auc­tions Western Cape, who says the va­cant dune on Ma­cas­sar beach mea­sures 5.2249 hectares.

“Land in Ma­cas­sar is valu­able owing to a com­bi­na­tion of fac­tors: the scarcity of plots such as this on the mar­ket, the his­tor­i­cal value of the land, the op­por­tu­nity the area of­fers for min­ing op­er­a­tions and prop­erty de­vel­op­ment, and the town’s prox­im­ity to Strand and Som­er­set West.”

Jo­vanovski says Ma­cas­sar has at­tracted in­ter­na­tional in­ter­est as it is “the site of a kra­mat re­garded as the holi­est area in South Africa by fol­low­ers of Is­lam”. The kra­mat is the burial place of Sheikh Yusuf, an In­done­sian Mus­lim of no­ble de­scent ex­iled to the Cape of Good Hope in 1693, where he es­tab­lished Is­lam.

“He died in 1699, and his orig­i­nal fol­low­ers were buried next to and around the sa­cred shrine.”

She says the In­done­sian govern­ment has pro­vided funds for the de­vel­op­ment of the area as a tourist at­trac­tion, and the erec­tion of an Is­lamic col­lege next to the kra­mat was planned a few years ago. Sub­se­quently, the world-renowned pro­fes­sional boxer Mo­hammed Ali and Yusuf Is­lam, the singer pre­vi­ously known as Cat Stevens, vis­ited the area to do­nate funds to the project. The col­lege has been tem­po­rar­ily es­tab­lished in Gordon’s Bay.

In 2016, the Turk­ish govern­ment also pro­vided funds ear­marked for the de­vel­op­ment of the area.

“A few years ago the area saw the con­struc­tion of a sand mine to har­vest build­ing sand,” Jo­vanovski adds. “Since then de­vel­op­ers and in­vestors have ap­proached prop­erty own­ers in the area to pur­chase their land as they be­lieve it will be used for larger-scale min­ing projects in the fu­ture. It is es­ti­mated the cur­rent sand mines will not be able to de­liver enough build­ing sand to an in­dus­try with an ever-grow­ing need.”

Jo­vanovski be­lieves other de­vel­op­ments in and around the area will fur­ther boost its value. “The Western Cape govern­ment plans to con­nect Baden Pow­ell Drive with Beach Road in Strand,” she says. “This route will en­able tourists and res­i­dents to travel along the coast­line, from one side of False Bay to the other – namely from Klein­mond to Si­mon’s Town – with­out los­ing sight of the ocean. The route will also pro­vide ac­cess to the land on of­fer from the sea side of the dune.”

She says the cur­rent Hart­land Prop­er­ties’ de­vel­op­ment on a Som­er­set West site owned by AECI is just 2km away from the va­cant dune to be auc­tioned. “High-cost de­vel­op­ment is tak­ing place on the AECI site, with the cheap­est one-bed­roomed prop­erty now sell­ing for R1.5 mil­lion to R1.8m. I be­lieve in the near fu­ture pres­sure will be put on the govern­ment to re­zone the dunes area to ac­com­mo­date these types of de­vel­op­ment.

“Tak­ing all these fac­tors into ac­count, it is my view that this land will in­crease in value, and that the prop­erty on of­fer there­fore rep­re­sents a

Sa­cred Mus­lim

Part of the 5.2249ha va­cant dune on the beach in his­tor­i­cal Ma­cas­sar to be auc­tioned by silent ten­der by Raw­son Auc­tions Western Cape on June 28.

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