North West: To accentuate the significance of our heritage
The North West is a province is not only surrounded by peaceful beauty but has a rich cultural heritage like no other, not only in South Africa but the world. The fact that this province sometimes goes unnoticed due to the wealth of many of the other provinces in the country, remains a mystery. The North West has a wealth of natural historical heritage sites.
These sites can be found in Taung, a small town situated on the far eastern side of the North West. It was here that a skull of a child was unearthed in 1924 at the Buxton quarry. After analysis of the skull it was later determined by Raymond Dart as an early hominid. The skull is said to be 2,5 million years old and was later dubbed the ‘Taung child’.
Another well-known site in the North West is the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. The park borders the famous Sun City, and is located within an ancient and extinct volcano. It is one of the largest volcanic complexes of its type in the world, the rare rock types and formations make it a unique geological feature. The park has a rich array of Southern African wildlife including the Big Five, the five most dangerous game animals in Africa. Animals found in this Park include lion, elephant, black and white rhino, African buffalo, leopard and many more. The Park has recently dedicated itself to help with the prevention of rhino poaching.
One area of the North West which is surrounded by breathtaking beauty is the small town of Hartbeespoort Dam. This town has been a preferred weekend destination for many people wanting to escape the cities. Situated only 40 minutes from both Pretoria and Johannesburg, this small town offers the peace and tranquillity of the bushveld but within commuting distance of the metropols in Gauteng. According to License Partner of Engel & Völkers Hartbeespoort Dam, Bryan van der Westhuizen, the town has seen enormous development in the past, but has slowed down somewhat. He says that this however does open up opportunity for buyers to acquire properties at a much lower price than 5 years ago.
“The area has some real diverse properties. You can find older homes in the suburbs like Schoemansville, Ifafi and Meerhof, that vary from around R800 000 up to R1.6 million, and the developments around the town have ensured new homes that are even more luxurious and some of those homes sell for anything between R2 million to R16 million”, Bryan added.
Moving 200km west from Hartbeespoort you find Potchefstroom, which has been known as a student town for many years. This has however changed over the years and Potchefstroom is now much more. There has been a large number of businesses moving towards this area, especially in the agricultural industry. This is because of it being centrally situated, not only between farming districts but also its close proximity to Johannesburg.
“There is still a great deal of development in Potchefstroom as there is always a lack of student homes. The number of students moving to the area because of the significant offerings of the university, increases year-on-year and developments have sprung up all over. Student apartments are still very popular and a lot of investors come here to invest in these apartments which range from around R450 000 up to around R800 000. The growing businesses in the area have generated an increase in demand from buyers looking to move to the area. Homes in and around Potchefstroom range from R800 000 up to about
R4 million, and even further up to R10 million for a lodge or a farm outside of town”, says Carl Venter Licence Partner of Engel & Völkers Potchefstroom.
Taking all this into consideration, we can see that the North West offers more than anyone can imagine. Whether it is the diversity in natural beauty and heritage to the expansion of business, this province boasts it all. So why not invest in your ideal home in the magnificent North West.