Plans afoot for SA’s largest holistic lifestyle estate on PE’s outskirts

2015-09-30 06:00
The plans developers aim to implement at the Coega Ridge between Motherwell and Coega. 

The plans developers aim to implement at the Coega Ridge between Motherwell and Coega. Photo: SUPPLIED

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DEVELOPERS behind what aims to be South Africa’s largest mixed-use residential development, the multi-billion rand Coega Ridge holistic housing estate between Motherwell and Coega outside Port Elizabeth, want to break ground as early as 2017.

This comes on the back of town planners Metroplan submitting plans for the development to the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality in June. Approval is expected in mid-2016.

Johannesburg-based Nu-Way Housing executive director Jordan Mann said that the company had started town planning after being granted a positive record of decision by the Eastern Cape government last year, and was aiming to break ground in 2017. The development is aimed at addressing the massive housing shortage both regionally and nationally.

The project would alleviate Nelson Mandela Bay’s housing backlog of 87 000 units by almost half through the construction of 40 000 housing units, said Mann.

Mann said up to 5 000 jobs per month would be created during the construction phase, which was on track to start in 2017, and that the entire project had a capital expenditure value of well in excess of R20 billion.

“We are in talks with government stakeholders to initiate the provision of bulk services to the 3 200ha plot of land that we have earmarked for Coega Ridge,” said Mann.

“We are also in talks with the management of the adjacent Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), which would be able to recycle the waste water from the housing estate for industrial use within the IDZ.”

An EIA being undertaken for a new waste water treatment works for the Coega IDZ, adjacent to Nu-Way’s Coega Ridge development site, was a huge boost for the housing project, he said. However, sufficient services were in place to commence Phase 1 as soon as town planning was approved, said Mann.

“Assuming the town planning is approved by June 2016, survey, design and tender of the internal services for Phase 1 could continue to the end of November 2016, with construction following in 2017,” said Michael Vorster of Aurecon’s Port Elizabeth office. “Assuming 12 months for construction of top structures, the Phase 1 units would be complete during 2018.”

Vorster said these included, but were not limited to:

•A smaller diameter outfall sewer and possible pump station for Coega Ridge;

•An analysis of the Motherwell collector sewer;

•On site conservancy tanks which are to later be replaced when the Coega treatment works become operational; and

•The establishment of a small sewage treatment plant to treat initial development

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