The first phase of the infrastructure upgrade at the Mzuri residential estate in Somerset West is complete.
The upgrade project, took six months, is valued at R25-million and will bring significant improvement to the road network, water, sewage and electricity supplies as well as the storm-water systems.
This week sees the official opening of Summerhill Road, which links the Old Sir Lowry’s Pass Village road with Bizweni Avenue. According to Mark Teuchert, managing director of Lazercor Developments, the upgrades will be of benefit to the larger community. “The improved road network will unlock the full potential of the greater property and will allow even better access for property owners at the estate as well as residential neighbours. The popularity of Cape Town and Somerset West in particular has required that the local government promote the densification of well-located urban land. The City of Cape Town has done a great job in providing regional infrastructure to keep up with the explosive growth in the eastern growth region of Somerset West and as developers we are taking the responsibility to add value to their efforts with this extensive project.”
Aspects of the upgrade included major improvements to the Old Sir Lowry’s Pass Road and Reunion Drive intersection and the storm-water system that was designed to comply with the City of Cape Town’s sustainable urban drainage policies. This was achieved by creating a bio-retention facility within the attenuation pond at the Reunion Drive intersection. Using gabions for the construction of the dam wall, allowed for increased capacity without the loss of developable land.
Located in the Waterkloof catchment area, the pond will also protect downstream residential areas from excessive flood peaks as it will retain up to 95% of the storm-water run-off from Mzuri and the neighbouring residential areas. The bio-retention attenuation pond with extended attenuation also acts as a filter for pollutant removal with a 1,2m thick sand layer. Sub-surface drains in the sand layer slowly drain the filtered water into the municipal storm-water system. Planting of wetland vegetation in the top soil also further assists with the cleaning process of the storm-water. This process is further enhanced by mechanisms such as vegetation filtration, settling, evaporation, biological and microbiological uptake and soil adsorption.
The Mzuri residential estate will be serviced with very good roads, easy access to the N2 highway, Cape Town International Airport, world-class wine estates, golf courses, beaches, quality medical facilities, retail centres and schools.
Potential home owners have a choice between modern freestanding homes, townhouses and apartments ranging from R1 195 000, R1 895 000 and R2 395 000 respectively. Should clients require mortgage finance, AIM Brokerage can assist with bond origination. Mzuri has been approved by the major banks such as FNB, ABSA, Nedbank, Standard Bank, Investec and SA Home Loans. A well-established industry network assisted in generating pre-approved home loans of between 80% and 100% for qualifying buyers.
CAPTION……..NEW INTERSECTION: The official opening of Summerhill Road linking the Old Sir Lowry’s Pass Village road with the Bizweni Avenue intersection saw the completion of the first phase of the R25-million infrastructure upgrade by the developers of the Mzuri residential estate in Somerset West. The upgrade includes a significant improvement to the road network, water, sewage and electricity supplies as well as the storm water systems. Pictured at the event (left to right) are Hannes du Plessis (AIM Brokerage), Piet van Blerk (ICE Group), Andre du Preez (DP2 Construction), Alderman Stuart Pringle and Mark Teuchert (Lazercor).