PICS: New eco-friendly 'beach' coming to Pretoria


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This is what water innovation company Crystal Lagoons would like to achieve through a new partnership with Balwin Properties -  construct and operate South Africa’s first eco-friendly Crystal Lagoon in the new The Blyde at Riverwalk Estate, located in Pretoria East. 

Balwin Properties’ new R4.2bn residential development will include the new beach paradise, the company recently announced, offering swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and sailing to residents. 

According to Alastair Sinclair, regional director for Africa, “the Crystal Lagoon will be a key selling-point to the development, and be the first lagoon to feature our game-changing technology and unique concept in Sub-Saharan Africa." 

It will be bigger than two rugby fields combined. 

The Crystal Lagoon also promises to be an eco-friendly attraction. It can be filled with fresh, brackish, or even salt water and uses 2% of the energy of standard pool filtration technologies, and 100 times fewer additives.

A typical Crystal Lagoons uses 30 times less water than a standard golf course, and in many cases, rainwater is all it needs to replenish the water, thanks in part to the patented anti-evaporation film which restricts the amount of water lost via evaporation.

Crystal Lagoons also says that The Blyde development is only the beginning of its expansion into sub-Saharan Africa. According to Steve Brookes, CEO of Balwin Properties, they company foresees this as the first of at least six lagoons in South Africa. 

It's expansion into the rest of Africa has already started as the two-time Guinness World Record holder for the world’s largest manmade lagoons is also currently constructing in Egypt's 'new capital', Azha. 

SEE: #AfriTravel: Crystal Lagoons adds R5.1bn sparkle to Egypt's 'new capital'

In partnership with Egyptian real estate development company, Madaar Development, Crystal Lagoons will create two stunning lagoons surrounded by sandy beaches here. 

In Pretoria, too, the company says they will be 'bringing the beach to Pretoria to take apartment living to the next level'.

"The continuous promenade around the lagoon is perfect for sunset strolls and it will connect the different amenities around the lagoon,” Brookes added.

This is what the Crystal Lagoons look like - 

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