Growing into the future.

  • 19 March 2013

Off the Albertina Sisulu Corridor (R21), just a few minutes drive from the OR Tambo international airport is an area of land that was once mielie fields – but has now been ear-marked for growing something more important to Ekurhuleni: a sustainable future.

The area called ‘Riverfields’ is perfectly positioned – and no other land development area in Ekurhuleni can offer the benefits of its location on a major highway between the airport and Tshwane/Pretoria.

±1600 hectares of land is being developed as a mixed-use urban node – including residential areas, retail developments such as shopping centres, office parks and light industrial developments such as a logistics park. Economic opportunities along the Albertina Sisulu Corridor will act as an economic catalyst and will integrate with the residential developments.

Riverfields will also incorporate conservation areas and green spaces – including wetlands, rocky ridges and Grass Owl habitats – which will be sensitively integrated into future developments.

The company behind the development – Trans Acht Edms Bpk. (in future to trade as the Riverfields Development Company), is driven by the Erasmus family who has farmed the land for generations.

With several residential developments and a flagship office and logistics park already successfully developed, ‘nothing has changed’ say Elardus Erasmus, ‘because we have a deep respect for the land. Today, we are just growing opportunities and the future.’ 

Pieter and Daiël Erasmus, the two ‘patriarchs’ in the family made the decision in the 1990s to commence with the development of the farm, the area adjacent to the existing Kempton Park, and on the poorer agricultural parts of the farm.  

Erasmia Boulevard was the first residential estate developed by the family. Elizabeth Botha, a landscape architects and Daiël’s daughter played a major role in influencing the developers to put in place the foundations of a future human and environmentally sensitive development.

To ensure sustainable development of the area, the Riverfields Development Company engaged the services of GAPP Architects and Urban Designers to design an urban framework within which all the developments in the area will take place.

‘The development of the area into an urban hub that will take us generations ahead is part of our vision,’ says Corné Botha.

The development of the area isn’t haphazard or opportunistic – but instead well planned and engineered for tomorrow, with an urban framework not only designed to preserve the natural wetland areas but also to integrate pedestrian, cyclist and public transport to give substance to the term ‘sustainable living’.

‘The Riverfields Development Company is about future generation thinking – and a heritage of respect for land,’ says Corné Botha. ‘It’s about growing into the future.’