FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

General

What is Likweti and what does it mean?
Likweti means “morning star” in siSwati and refers to “new beginnings”. Likweti is a 765 hectare stretch of Lowveld bushveld, which includes Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate and Muluwa Lodge.

Who are the shareholders and developers of Likweti Holdings Pty Ltd?
Two Ships Trading 137 (Pty) Ltd: This BEE Property Company was formed in 2005 with a core business of property investment and development in industrial, commercial and residential areas.

Laeveldtrust 2001 (Pty) Ltd: The oldest of the shareholders, it was founded in 1958, with a strong focus on local investment and local talent. Over the years, the property portfolio has expanded into retail, commercial, industrial and residential developments in the greater Lowveld area.

The Visagie Group of Companies: Established in the Lowveld in 1969, predominantly as a farming operation. Today the family-owned Group’s portfolio includes retail, commercial, residential and tourism properties, and the original farming portfolio has grown to include citrus, cucumbers and tomatoes.

Where is Likweti situated?
Likweti is situated on the Curlews road near White River in a pristine Lowveld landscape between the R538 (Karino/KMI Airport road) and the Plaston road and surrounded by established citrus, tobacco and macadamia farms. The Estate is 10 km from White River; 20km from Nelspruit and a mere 10 min drive from KMIA.

What is Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate?
The eco-sensitive estate is 765 hectares in size and will be developed in different phases. Phase 1 consists of 21 stands and phase 2 consists of 17 stands.

What differentiates Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate from other Estates?
Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate is one of the largest (765 hectares) estates in the Lowveld and is the ONLY estate in the Lowveld to incorporate a working macadamia farm. Likweti is also a private wildlife estate with free-roaming plains game.

How many entrances will there be to the Bushveld Farm Estate?
There is currently only one entrance to Likweti Estate via Curlews Road.

What surface are the roads?
All the access roads to Likweti are tarred. The internal access road to the Estate and the Lodge is paved, as well as all the internal roads within the Estate. All other existing roads are gravel, and suitable for normal sedan use.

Are there open areas and green zones?
Yes, 90% of the 765 hectares will be left unspoilt.

Under which municipal jurisdiction does the Estate fall? Are the services completed?
Mbombela Municipality, and yes, the bulk services for the first phase are completed. Likweti is fortunate to have its own water resources. The electricity comes directly from the ESKOM grid and not via the municipality.

Macadamia Farm

What is the purpose of the macadamia farm?
The macadamia farm supports the developer’s vision of creating a sustainable investment for all future home owners. Twenty hectares were planted in September 2014.

Which type/s of macadamias will be cultivated at Likweti?
The cultivars are HAES 816 and Beaumont 695, which are both doing very well on the adjacent farms. Their risk profile is relatively low and the latter has a speedy positive impact on the cash flow. These cultivars are both on demand and have highly sought-after characteristics.

Who will manage the macadamia farm?
The management of the macadamias will be outsourced to the adjacent commercial macadamia farm, Dusty Moon Investments 185 (Pty) Ltd, to optimize the economies of scale in the production of the macadamias.

When will the first macadamia harvest be?
The trees will provide small harvests from year 4. Full production is envisaged in year 10. The harvest will be managed and exported, via one of the respected factories in the Lowveld.

Who will own the Macadamia farm on the Estate?
The home owners.

Who is responsible for the initial establishment of the farm?
The developers.

Conservation Areas

Is Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate an eco-estate?
Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate is an eco-sensitive area with a sustainable vision for the Estate, its owners, the environment and local community.

May I plant anything I want?
It is highly recommended to concentrate on indigenous flora for obvious reasons and to cultivate exotics in containers.

What game does the Estate have?
The estate is home to free roaming plains game: giraffe, zebra, kudu, nyala, impala, reedbuck, warthog, porcupine etc.

Is there a tree list?
Yes, please refer to the website for a complete downloadable list.

Is there a bird list?
Yes, please refer to the website for a complete downloadable list.

Building & Architectural Considerations

Are there any architectural and building guidelines that I must adhere to?
Yes, please refer to and download the Architectural Guidelines (AG) document and the Contractors Guidelines (CG).

Who approves building plans?
The appointed architect and Mbombela Municipality.

Who is the appointed architect?
Tom Hattingh and Associates.

May I use my own architect?
Yes.

Does the Estate have a panel of recommended builders to be used?
No, however we do make use of Mackay Project Management for the construction of our show homes and would therefore recommend their services.

Are there building packages?
Yes.

Is there a selection of house plans to choose from?
Yes.

May I build a swimming pool?
Yes, as per AG document.

How much time do I have to build?
Two years from date of transfer.

Will I be allowed to fence my property?
Yes, as per AG document.

Am I allowed to extend at a later stage?
Yes, within guidelines of developers/Home Owners Association and the architect.

Internet & Telephones

Can I get internet at Likweti Estate?
Yes, there are two products on offer from Vodacom.
1. Broadband Connect Wireless and
2. Broadband Connect LTE
Vodacom is confident that there is good enough signal on the estate for Broadband Connect LTE (Lite) as they have other businesses in the vicinity. Broadband Connect Wireless can only be offered if the house has Line of Sight to the Tower. Some current residents also make use of other internet service providers.

Are there Telkom landlines at Likwet?
There are no Telkom landlines at Likweti. Residents make use of mobile phones and signal is good.

Security

What form of security and access controls are provided?
24/7 Main gated entrance. Likweti Hills has electrified “ClearVu” anti-climb security fence.

What security arrangements are made while building is in progress?
Contractors will have access via a separate entrance gate and all contractors will have to adhere to stringent security rules.

Finance

Do I get my own title deed?
Yes, on transfer from the conveyancer.

Is co-ownership possible?
Yes.

Do I pay my own electricity?
Yes.

Do I pay for water consumption separately?
Yes.

Who pays the agent’s commission?
The developers.

Is VAT or transfer duty payable?
No transfer duty is payable on any stands that are sold by the developer, as VAT is included in the selling price.

What about legal fees? Who is the appointed legal firm?
Legal fees are paid over and above the purchase price. These fees are charged according to the tariff set down by law. Du Toit Smuts Mathews Phosa&Assoc is the appointed conveyancer.

May I purchase if I am a foreigner?
Yes, subject to South African regulations for foreign purchases.

Can I let out my property? If so, what is the process I need to follow?
Yes, tenants must adhere to the Estate rules.

Estate Management

Is there Code of Conduct?
Yes, please refer to the website and downloadable document.

What will the levies be?
R1785 (2017).

When do owners start to pay levies?
On transfer of the sale.

Can I move freely around the Estate?
Yes, within designated areas. Please refer to the Code of Conduct.

Who owns the game?
The home owners.

Who will pay for game and veld management?
The home owners.

Are pets allowed?
Yes, as per the Code of Conduct.

Recreational & Other Facilities

What does Muluwa Lodge (located on the property but not part of the development) offer?
Please refer to the website for its comprehensive offering.

What recreational activities are planned for the Estate?
There are plenty of great roads and single tracks available across the estate for use as hiking, running or mountain biking trails. There is a also a bird hide and a picnic/camping spot envisaged in the near future.

Will quad bikes be allowed?
No.

Will I be able to have a picnic or braai on the Estate outside of my stand?
Yes, in designated areas.

Will I be able to camp on the Estate?
Yes, only at designated areas.

Will I be able to hunt on the Estate?
No hunting is permitted.