Prominent developers behind the South Coast’s Mpambanyoni Conservation Development
The Mpambanyoni Conservation Development on the KwaZulu-Natal mid-South Coast is being driven by trusted South African developers, led by Renishaw Property Developments, a subsidiary of Crookes Brothers Limited, a well-established public company historically intertwined with the Scottburgh area.
Starting with Renishaw Hills, Mpambanyoni Conservation Development – which extends from Scottburgh to Widenham – is set to unfold into a series of interconnected commercial and residential villages over the next 20 to 30 years.
“Crookes Brothers Limited made the decision to develop this area in 2009,” explained Phillip Barker, managing director of Renishaw Property Developments. “The approvals’ process is complete, with the development having received consent from the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Environmental Affairs, National Department of Agriculture and Umdoni Municipality.”
With a history dating back to 1860 when Samuel Crookes first arrived in South Africa, Crookes Brothers Limited has a long-respected heritage within Scottburgh and a vision for long-term growth throughout the area. Built around the principles of independence, honesty and reliability, the business remains true to Samuel Crookes’ founding vision and its longevity is testament to the organisation’s dedication and professionalism. Although originating in the sugar farming industry and having expanded into agriculture throughout southern Africa, the group plans to become a major player in the property development sector.
“Crookes Brothers Limited was incorporated in 1913 and has been listed on the JSE since 1948. It is well known to the local community for contributing to the growth of the area for more than a century,” said Barker. “With this stunning 350-hectare development, we will continue to give back to the community while providing job creation and ensuring conservation of the area. This in addition to providing developed properties with magnificent sea views.”
Crookes Brothers Limited is the majority shareholder in Renishaw Property Developments and will be partnering with the established Crocker Properties on the Mpambanyoni Conservation Development. Responsible for a number of upmarket developments within the greater Durban area, Crocker Properties brings a wealth of experience and foresight to the project. Their previous developments include Le Domaine in Hillcrest, Somerset Valley in uMhlanga and Forest Village within Brettenwood Coastal Estate on the North Coast, among others.
“This development, which is surrounded by pristine coastal forests and magnificent wetlands, is set to offer residents a truly unique lifestyle on the beautiful South Coast,” said Barker. “We understand a large part of the appeal is the magnificent natural surroundings which is why 65% of the land will be set aside for the preservation and protection of the natural flora and fauna.”
He said all construction would lean towards sustainability, with the stringent preservation of the environment carefully guiding all planning.
“Sugar cane farming will continue initially but this will be phased out as the project develops, with the canelands restored back to the original indigenous landscape.”
Approval has been received for residential and commercial development as well as the implementation of education and medical facilities, making this an holistic coastal estate.