Marketplace October 2015
Here’s what October property news, reports, and dream homes you should be aware of. We even look at who will be owning Africa’s biggest mall.
Beacon of Hope
Hope City in Prampram, Ghana is a multifaceted development that includes residential, office, leisure, hospitality, educational and cultural institutions, such as the Pan Africa Art Foundation. Hope City (it stands for ‘Home Office People Environment’) was conceptualised by Roland Agambire, chairman of information communication technology (ICT) company RLG Communications, in collaboration with the government of Ghana, as part of the country’s national development policy in the field of ICT. The project, scheduled for completion next year, is spearheaded by Open Building Research (OBR), a design and architectural company based in Europe. With an area of 400 hectares, it will be able to accommodate more than 65 000 residents as well as provide work opportunities for more than 85 000 people.
Good on Paper
This time next year, Menlyn Park Shopping Centre in Pretoria will be Africa’s biggest mall, with a further 50 000m2 of space. The second refurbishment and extension phase is under way, and to disguise the development, centre management commissioned local artist Elizabeth Lotz to create a visual fantasy for shoppers to experience in the form of a massive origami wall structure of paper flowers representing the jacaranda tree, with ambient purple lighting projected onto them. As the mall refurbishments continue, so the origami structure will grow, with new features being added.
Spotlight on Soweto
Last month the 11th annual Soweto Wine and Lifestyle Festival took place at Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication in Kliptown, attracting around 10 000 visitors. More than 40 boutique wineries, mainly from the Cape, showcased fine wines, while food trucks specialising in Soweto street fare kept bellies full and those wanting to shop could browse ranges by local designers like Bathini Kowane and Thesis Lifestyle. Local talents DJ Doda, Urban Village, FangdaRythm and Ed Soul kept the crowds entertained into the wee hours.
Bringing new flavour to Soweto, Nando’s opened in Maponya Mall in April this year. This concept restaurant, the second of its kind, is serviced by waitrons and a maitre d’, and is an ode to South African design and art through the Nando’s Art Initiative. With fittings, furniture and art by some of the country’s brightest stars, this Nando’s is not just about flame-grilled chicken but also the brand’s commitment to inspiring South Africans from across the land with fabulous local design and creativity.
Sweden Island, one of six European-themed islands as part of a development off the coast of Dubai known as The Heart of Europe, is due for completion at the end of 2016. The 10 luxury villas of Sweden Island were designed by architect Carlo Colombo to look like inverted Viking vessels; and the interiors will be the first in Dubai to be completed by Bentley Home, the home-decor division of the famed car brand. The Heart of Europe is made up of Sweden, Germany, Monaco, Main Europe, Switzerland and St Petersburg islands, and will reflect the very best of European design, culture and heritage in the Middle Eastern mecca of glitz and glam.
Fall in love with the little Karoo’s Touwsberg Nature Reserve
Lifestyle change on the cards? Want to live off the grid? Or simply want to invest in a wildlife reserve in a tranquil corner of the Little Karoo? The good news is that the Western Cape’s 7 000-hectare Touwsberg Nature Reserve is building its first off-the-grid show house and still has stands available (70 per cent already sold). Just off Route 62, this untouristed part of the country offers an untouched private game reserve experience with pure mountain-stream water available year round, hiking and mountain-biking terrain, as well as 4×4 trails that take you into higher parts of the reserve with magnificent views. It’s just over three hours from Cape Town, up the longest wine route in the world. The air is fresh and healthy, and weekends away allow for paddling on streams or dams with the kids, birdwatching or spotting free-roaming game from your stoep, or taking a leisurely game drive. For an appointment, call 082 823 9777 or 082 928 4743.
- Open Building Research (OBR): obr.eu
- Menlyn Park: menlynpark.co.za
- Soweto Wine and Lifestyle Festival: sowetowinefestival.co.za
- Nando’s: nandos.co.za
- The Heart of Europe: thoe.com
- Touwsberg Nature Reserve: touwsberg.co.za
Text: Genevieve Putter, Michelle Snaddon