Sakabula on verge of sale

2010-08-24 00:00

THE land on which the Sakabula Golf Course in Howick is situated is on the verge of being sold and converted into an equestrian park.

This is subject to municipal and environmental approval, as well as obtaining the support of the majority of homeowners on Sakabula Country Estate.

A spokesperson for the landowner, Peter Nisbet, said that for the past few years, the company has suffered so many losses on the management of the golf course that it has become impossible to continue operating.

He said that by the end of September, the course will be closed and club members who have paid their membership fees beyond September will be refunded — unless the land is sold as a golf estate.

Nisbet said the land up for sale is separate from the club, which will no longer be using the land.

The company has given numerous opportunities to the homeowners and the golf club members to purchase the land since 2008, but they declined, he said.

It is now looking at selling the land to a private buyer.

“The equestrian consortium is our preferred buyer as they will bring economic investment and employment activity with a world-class equestrian park that will have weekend riding and other equestrian activity to stimulate the economy.”

Nisbet said the Sakabula Home Owners’ Association will hold a meeting on September 4 with residents who own properties at the estate to find out the extent of support for the proposed sale.

He said the company foresees a minor challenge from people who say they bought plots at a golf estate, not at a farm.

“Those objecting to the sale … say there would be horses here that would damage the environment, but that is not true,” Nisbet added.

“The horses used for competition will only be here during the weekend activities.”

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