Infrastructure upgrade at Mzuri benefits larger community

Infrastructure upgrade at Mzuri benefits larger community

The gatehouse at Mzuri residential estate in Somerset West.

Phase one of the infrastructure upgrade at the Mzuri residential estate in Somerset West was celebrated with the opening of Summerhill Road, which links the Old Sir Lowry’s Pass Village Road with Bizweni Avenue.

The R25 million project took six months to complete and will bring significant improvement to the road network, water, sewage and electricity supplies as well as the stormwater systems.

Mark Teuchert, managing director of Lazercor Developments, says 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 stormwater 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. The use of gabions in 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 stormwater 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 topsoil also further assists with the stormwater cleaning process. 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, Cape Town International Airport, local wine estates, golf courses, beaches, quality medical facilities, retail centres and schools.

Buyers have a choice between modern freestanding homes, townhouses and apartments priced from R1.195m, R1.895m and R2.395m. For clients who require mortgage finance, AIM Brokerage can assist with bond origination. Mzuri has been approved by FNB, Absa, Nedbank, Standard Bank, Investec and SA Home Loans. Teuchert says a well-established industry network assisted in generating pre-approved home loans of between 80% and 100% for qualifying buyers.