IFA Hotels & Resorts (IFA HR) and its South African joint venture partner Moreland Developments have acquired a further 2.54 million square
metres of land on the south bank of South Africaís Tongaat River from the Tongaat-Hulett Group at a cost of an approximate US$ 10 million.
Located opposite Zimbali Lakes, which sits on the riverís north bank, the land will be utilised for a residential development project that includes a
Talal Jassim Al-Bahar, Chairman and Managing Director, IFA Hotels & Resorts
said, ďThe incorporation of this South Bank area into the Zimbali Lakes Development is exciting as it facilitates the creation of a large well-planned resort node north of Durban between Umhlanga and Ballito and
within close proximity to the proposed King Shaka International Airport.Ē
ďA host of resort opportunities including hotels, lodges, villas and apartments are proposed to be built on this plot. The sale of the land into the
IFA/Moreland joint venture is in line with the groupís strategy of developing strong resort nodes at various strategic locations on KwaZulu-Natalís
north coast,Ē he added.
The mostly north-facing, elevated plot of land yields a net developable area of approximately 1.4 million square metres and offers spectacular and
dramatic sea views encompassing the Tongaat River estuary, Zimbali Lakes and the existing Zimbali Coastal Estate. The rest of the land comprises
flood plain and conservation areas.
IFA HRís rationale for acquiring the land is to leverage the value-add arising out of its Zimbali brand, the Zimbali Lakes development and the
planned Gary Player signature golf course. ďThis is one of the most pristine developable areas between the city of Durban and the Tugela River,
and will provide some of the finest north coast residential opportunities over the next ten years,Ē observed
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