Mayibuye property owners to enjoy freehold rights

2014-09-11 00:00

PROSPECTIVE homeowners and the developers of a planned hotel at the proposed Mayibuye Game Reserve between Durban and Pietermaritzburg will enjoy freehold property rights.

This was according to Dylan Anthony, co-founder of the Mayibuye Development Company, who was interviewed ­telephonically yesterday.

Earlier this week the company announced it was starting to build a gatehouse, show house and the servicing of the first phase sites of the Mayibuye Luxury Estate, which will include an 80-room hotel.

A wildlife rehabilitation centre is planned for the game reserve, which is being billed as the closest Big 5 Reserve to King Shaka International Airport.

Apart from the reserve, “essentially Mayibuye will become self-sustaining with a luxury housing estate and hospitality element, as well as retail and commercial nodes”, the company said.

Anthony said the land for the proposed reserve was owned by the Mayibuye Community Trust, which comprises 454 land restitution claimants on land that once comprised 18 separate farms, but which has now been amalgamated into one.

The game reserve would operate on a 99-year lease, but all the private sector components, including the houses and hotel, would be owned via a freehold property scheme, said Anthony.

The animals in the reserve would be managed with the input of wildlife authorities such as Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, and according to well structured wildlife management plans, he said.

Anthony said some 75% of the fencing for the reserve had been completed three years ago, and the erection of the remainder of the fence was expected to begin soon.

“We are very happy with the progress so far,” he said.

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