The Tubatse Estate, a R750-million visionary project to provide quality housing solutions in Burgersfort, in Limpopo, will begin in the second quarter of the year.
The three-to-four-year project is one of the largest developments in the province and is set to provide about 3 500 mixed income residential units, together with other commercial and communal facilities, all integrated into an eco estate.
"We had a preliminary session with the tribunal of Limpopo because we are applying for the Development Facilitation Act (DFA) zoning approval and have received good feedback regarding our proposal, which means that we are going for a DFA hearing early in March. Currently, there seems to be no outstanding matters on the application. After approval, we can go ahead with service installations and the development," says one of the Tubatse Estate partners and Comsap MD Piet Albertyn.
He adds that the municipality and service providers have already signed the much needed service agreements.
"Once we have approval for the development rights of the land, we will proceed with the tendering processes for the services installation."
Albertyn notes that increasing mining activities in the Tubatse municipality are continuously increasing the demand for proper residential facilities. The Tubatse Estate is only going to address about 40% of the total residential need in the area.
"At the moment, everything is on schedule, and we are also offering blocks of stands, with the rights of the land available with the services for development."
He points out that there is a dire need for developable land in the area and wants to get young developers involved in the project.
He cites the availability of water as one of the critical constraints in the area.
"We have agreed with the council that we will assist the community in upgrading the existing services, which includes a water pipeline and sewerage works upgrades. Eskom is busy rolling out a new substation in Burgersfort, which will help in meeting the energy requirements," explains Albertyn.
He adds that another challenge to the project was the land claim, which has been sorted out by accommodating the local community in the development structure, as part of the settlement for the land.
"The interesting thing about the development is that it has a lot of heritage sites on the land; some from the Stone Age and others from the Iron Age. A lot of excavations have been done on the heritage sites, of which the findings will be accommodated in an exhibition facility within the development.
"We see Burgersfort as a primary development node for the whole province, with an ever increasing role to play in hosting the needs of the mining operations of the area" concludes Albertyn. ‘Burgersfort is now well on its way in becoming the ‘Democratic Platinum City of Limpopo'.