Tankwa Ka­roo site of­fers po­ten­tial to build eco-re­serve

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - OBITUARIES -

RAW­SON Auc­tions Western Cape will this month bring to auc­tion 5 438ha of land sand­wiched be­tween the Ceres Ka­roo and the Ceder­berg moun­tains.

The present own­ers of the prop­erty in the Tankwa Ka­roo area en­vis­aged trans­form­ing it into a multi-faceted and self-suf­fi­cient eco-re­serve and lodge, says Tanya Jo­vanovski, fran­chisee of Raw­son Auc­tions Western Cape.

Jo­vanovski says the sell­ers’ goal for the pro­posed ven­ture was to pre­serve a piece of pris­tine wilder­ness and a way of life that is un­der threat.

“Their aim was to cel­e­brate the mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial re­la­tion­ship hu­mans en­joy with na­ture, and rekin­dle skills prac­tised by early man, like the Khoi San, who, we be­lieve, once lived in this area. The Ceres Ka­roo is a world en­vi­ron­men­tal ‘hot spot’ with unique an­i­mal and plant bio­di­ver­sity, fas­ci­nat­ing ge­ol­ogy and plenty of ev­i­dence of early hu­man ac­tiv­ity.”

The prop­erty has been named Aqua Vita, or “wa­ter of life”, Jo­vanovski says.

It gets its name from the Dor­ing River, which flows through the prop­erty for more than 12km.

The own­ers planned to op­er­ate Aqua Vita as a busi­ness that com­prises five core com­po­nents: eco-de­vel­op­ment, hos­pi­tal­ity, agri­cul­ture, re­cre­ation and education, she says.

“Ac­cord­ing to the busi­ness plan, the aim of th­ese el­e­ments is to en­sure the project will flour­ish as a sus­tain­able and ul­ti­mately self-suf­fi­cient en­tity.”

Jo­vanovski says the sale of the land will in­clude the Aqua Vita busi­ness pro­posal.

The prop­erty is about five hours’ drive out­side of Cape Town and is ac­ces­si­ble by twowheel-drive bakkies or trucks (high-clear­ance ve­hi­cles), 4X4 ve­hi­cles and mo­tor­bikes.

“There is po­ten­tial to es­tab­lish moun­tain bike, hik­ing and run­ning trails,” says Jo­vanovski.

Veg­e­ta­tion on the land has not been grazed by do­mes­tic live­stock for more than 10 years and has be­come the nat­u­ral habi­tat of many bird and an­i­mal species.

Fix­tures al­ready on the farm in­clude:

Six-berth car­a­vans fixed in place with side tents.

Decks built out from car­a­vans.

A 12m re­frig­er­ated con­tainer.

Three bore­holes (not equipped).

Two 10 000-litre wa­ter tanks.

Per­mis­sion has been granted to ir­ri­gate four hectares of land from the river, Jo­vanovski says.

The auc­tion will be by silent ten­der, with writ­ten of­fers to be sub­mit­ted in sealed en­velopes. Ten­ders will close at noon on June 28. The re­serve price is R5.5mil­lion, but all of­fers will be re­viewed. The seller is reg­is­tered for VAT and no trans­fer duty will be payable. The rates and taxes are R300 a month.

No reg­is­tra­tion fee is re­quired to bid. The buyer will be ex­pected to pay a de­posit of 5% of the pur­chase price, as well as 10% com­mis­sion plus VAT over and above the pur­chase price on the seller’s ac­cep­tance of the bid.

Bid­ders are re­quired to be reg­is­tered and must have with them cer­ti­fied copies of their iden­tity doc­u­ments and proof of res­i­dence.

All of­fers should be sub­mit­ted on Raw­son Auc­tions’ Of­fer to Pur­chase form, a copy of which can be ob­tained by email­ing info@ raw­sonauc­tions.com or call­ing 021 837 1700. Bids can be de­liv­ered to Raw­son Prop­erty Group’s head of­fice at 222 Main Road, Ron­de­bosch, Cape Town.

For de­tails or an ap­point­ment to view, call Hans Buys on 082 964 6852 or Tanya Jo­vanovski on 021 837 1700.

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