I bet you didn’t know it was possible to create your own city, did you? Well neither did I, well not until 2016. My brother travelled to SA during summer 16 and after he came back he could not stop talking about his time in Steyn city – one of the places his friend lived. He literally spoke about this place none stop for a good month, and I don’t blame him because if it was me that had gone, I would’ve been speaking about it up until now.
So the Steyn City development is built on the concept of building a city within a city. Johannesburg is an urban place full of life which although it is exciting, it is actually very dangerous at the same time. Douw Steyn started the project with his director of Steyn City Properties, Giuseppe Plumari in 2015, saying,
“Giuseppe and I share the same vision – to create a lifestyle estate unlike any other in South Africa built on the foundation of quality of life. A country estate offering country living, but with all amenities conveniently within reach. Too much time is wasted in cities sitting in traffic and commuting between home, work, schools and the shops. We want to bring all these elements of daily life into one estate and give residents back the precious commodity of time, in a secure, upmarket environment.”
But who exactly is Douw Steyn?
born December 1952, he is a South African billionaire businessman, the founder of BGL Group, a UK-based insurance and financial services company, and the parent of Comparethemarket.com. He is the creator/ owner of this city which is said to be four times the size of Monaco!
His city was first launched in 2015 and drew R6.5 billion in investment for infrastructure, which also went to supporting infrastructure for the greater region, including roads, water and sewerage. The 900-hectare estate is located between Fourways and Lanseria in Johannesburg and is the largest estate in the country in terms of land size. Steyn City security motto for its citizens is elegantly worded as “peace of mind remains one of the biggest priorities”. While it promises job creation, the development has been criticised for being yet another exclusive, gated community that protects those, who have enough money, from crime.