Pam Golding Properties Group Newsletter
PGP logoDate: January 2012

Agricultural Property News

Sugar cane and macadamia farms in Mpumalanga achieving high return on investment

Huge demand results in shortage of farms and land suitable for farming

View our selection of agricultural properties below.

Hemel-en-Aarde - R17 million

Agricutural Property

Award winning vineyards in sought after Hemel-en-Aarde Valley

Situated on the cool southern slopes of the Babylonstoren Mountain in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and planted to mainly Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay grapes.

Daniel Joubert
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M: +27 (0) 82 823 5933

Paarl - R18,75 million

Agricutural Property

Blue Mountain Farm

Large, European-country style home set on the lower slopes of the Drakenstein Mountains with breakthtaking views across the Paarl valley. This statuesque and accommodating family home, with beautiful features such as very high ceilings and chiselled stone fireplaces and steps, suggests the perfect South African style of indoor-outdoor living. 650m2 comprise five large bedrooms, four bathrooms, double volume entrance hall, lounge, office and study, very large open plan kitchen/dining and living room (with separate scullery and laundry room).

James Visser
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M: +27 (0) 82 578 2161

Grahamstown - R25 million

Agricutural Property

Country living at its best

Not often does one get to market a 2626ha farm with such natural beauty and potential. The property is on the upper reaches of the New Year's River, which flows through the property, creating an oasis around the 1834 National Monument Georgian Style homestead. Hilton house is a magnificent double-storey bow-fronted house, the best preserved of a number of bow-fronted farm houses which once graced the immediate vicinity of Grahamstown. 'Hilton' is remarkable for its disdain for attack, no attempt whatsoever being made to protect it.

Gregg Rippon
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M: +27 (0) 83 388 6555

The Crags - R29,5 million

Agricutural Property

Sunshine... Bubbles... Polo... Whales... And lifestyle...

Bramon Boutique Wine Estate, only 2 kms away from the famous Kurland Polo fields, and 10 minutes away from the glamorous coastal town of Plettenberg Bay - playground to the rich and famous. Situated in The Crags, Bramon has pioneered vineyards in the Plettenberg Bay area and is the very first boutique wine estate of the area, heralding the concept of the Garden Route's own "Bubbly and Wine Route". Bramon has been the key driver of establishing a Wine of Origin status for the Plettenberg Bay region, a coup for the area, and a premier 'Bubbly' experience.

Ling Dobson
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M: +27 (0) 83 252 2112

Vleesbaai - R8,64 million

Agricutural Property

Edge of tranquility

Situated along the pristine coastline of the impressive Fransmanshoek conservancy, this north facing unspoiled piece of fynbos paradise is protected from the prevailing wind and has approximately 300m of dramatic sea front. Enjoy privacy and exclusivity in a peaceful 8.6 hectare setting.

Ruth Mills
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M: +27 (0) 72 966 2343

Dullstroom - R9,9 million

Agricutural Property

Perfect grazing farm with lots of water

This 1650ha grazing farm is situated 20km from Ngodwana. It has 5km of river and an abundance of springs and mountain streams. It has 60ha of plantation trees and facilities to make charcoal. The stone residence 4-bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a big open plan living area / kitchen and breathtaking views from the patio.

Sannelie Kruger
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M: +27 (0) 82 451 7478

Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate - R4,495 million

Agricutural Property

Exclusive bush lodge on a wildlife estate

This property offers luxury thatched accommodation with a private patio. It featurs an outdoor heated pool with sun terrace, a rustic bar, an entertainment room and a large braai area. Six bedrooms (en suite) and domestic quarters.

Belinda Barkas
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M: +27 (0) 76 479 8906

Lydenburg - R35 million

Agricutural Property

The ultimate space

This property consists of 110ha of which 40ha are used for planting vegetables. There are 3x beautiful spacious houses which are built on the river shore. Property has a golf driving range. Owners have access to a 600 ha game farm.

Lorraine Stols
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M: +27 (0) 83 525 0788

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Sugar cane and macadamia farms in Mpumalanga achieving high return on investment

Such is the demand that virtually no sugar cane farms are currently available for purchase in the verdant Nkomazi Municipal District in the Mpumalanga Lowveld, says Gerhard van Niekerk, Pam Golding Properties area principal based in Nkomazi.

Home on Crocodile River priced
at R7,5 million

“A huge demand for sugar cane farms and land suitable for sugar cane farming has resulted in a major shortage of stock. Some 30 percent of South Africa’s total sugar output is produced by the three Remgro-owned TSB mills, of which one is situated near Malelane and another near Komatipoort - both within Nkomazi. In 2004, sugar cane land in these areas sold for R40 000 to R55 000 per hectare. Now, 10 years later, it is selling for R100 000 to R200 000 per hectare, reflecting an extremely healthy increment of 13 percent per annum compounded.

“The Nkomazi area is attracting existing cane farmers in KwaZulu-Natal, while local farmers, realising the need to apply economies of scale to maintain profit levels, are also looking for opportunities to expand. However, these farms are hard to come by, with realistically priced sugar cane farms that do come onto the market selling in a very short period of time,” he says.

Pam Golding Properties recently sold a small sugar cane farm comprising 29ha near Malelane, which fetched R193 000 per hectare, and is currently marketing  a 230ha mixed sugar cane/sub-tropical fruit/vegetable farm on the market at a well-priced, competitive asking price of R28.5 million.

Covering the area between the Kruger National Park, Mozambique and Swaziland, the Nkomazi District is 4 787 square kilometres in extent and also includes the towns of Hectorspruit, Kamhlushwa and Kamaqhekeza.  Known as the winter food basket of South Africa, Nkomazi enjoys frost-free winters with average minimum temperatures around eight degrees, which allows for vegetable and sub-tropical fruit production. Summers are very hot and humid with the average maximum temperature around 33 degrees.

Sugar cane farm sold for R5,65 million

The area’s main economic sectors are agriculture and tourism, with sugar cane, bananas, citrus, vegetables and sub-tropical fruit such as litchis, mangoes and papaya grown under irrigation. Land without access to irrigation water is developed into cattle and game farms.

Says van Niekerk: “Agriculture in Nkomazi is not possible without sufficient irrigation water and the stabilisation of the three main rivers had a significant, positive impact on production. The Crocodile River is stabilised by the Kwena Dam, the Komati River by the Driekoppies Dam and the Lomati River by the Maguga Dam, with the three dams collectively providing 741 800 000 cubic metres of water.

In the Lowveld’s Umjindi District, which was formerly a major tobacco producing area and now focuses on agriculture, forestry, mining and tourism, over the past decade values of macadamia farms have escalated in manner similar to Nkomzi’s sugar cane farms.  “At present there are no macadamia farms available, despite a long list of potential buyers for land with established orchards as well as for land with a suitable water allocation,” says van Niekerk.

Bordered by Mbombela District (Nelspruit) to the north and west, Nkomazi and Swaziland to the east and Albert Luthuli District (Carolina) to the south, the Umjindi Municipal District covers some 1 745 square kilometres. In the capital town of Barberton, buyers are also looking to acquire small farms of 7-15ha – particularly those with established macadamia trees.

Sugar cane farm sold for R13,9 million

Mbombela city, within the Mbombela Municipal District, is also sought after macadamia territory, and the market is booming. “There is currently a huge demand for macadamia farms, which are highly lucrative and tightly held. Established orchards yielding 3.5 to 4 tons per hectare can fetch R230 000 to R250 000 per hectare should they come onto the market, whereas these were selling for R90 000 to R110 000 per hectares 10 years ago. Several major macadamia farmers are currently seeking to expand their existing farms in Mpumalanga by acquiring land with a suitable water supply.

Adds van Niekerk: “In addition to these farms, residential property on the Crocodile River, which forms the southern boundary of the Kruger National Park, is highly sought after as it is common to see a variety of game from your veranda. As a result homes in Komatipoort, Malelane and Marloth Park holiday town which are situated on the banks of the river are in high demand. There is also a huge demand for residential property to rent in Komatipoort, as many contractors working in Mozambique wish to establish their families in the town.”

For further information contact Pam Golding Properties Nkomazi on 013 793 7857 or email

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