As visitors to the Kameeldrift East area turn off the N1 highway, they are greeted by a tree rich Bushveld environment of small holdings, small farms and country estates. Many would give their front teeth, so to speak, to be able to live in this rural area on the north-eastern doorstep to the City of Tshwane.
But residents of the Kameeldrift East area – some of them already part of the second or third generation of families living in this peaceful community – know the truth…that this Kameeldrift area has experienced unprecedented development during the past two decades.
Many small holdings have been subdivided into smaller portions to give others also a taste of country life. But then there are those plot owners who have held on for the right time, knowing that developers would one day see the beauty and value of the Kameeldrift area, and would start to build country estates and security villages.
As we enter the 2020’s, Kameeldrift East already boast some luxury, as well as some affordable, fenced in estates, such as Pebble Rock, Sable Hills Waterfront Estate, Roodepark Eco Estate, Leeuwfontein Estate, Riverside Estate, Zambezi Manor, Zambezi Estate, Rocklands Estate and Serengeti. Safety and security are important to all of these, in varying degrees.
The influx of people into Kameeldrift that these subdivisions and estates have brought about, resulted in other developments that are required where more people dwell, such as the modern Roodeplaat Curro School, catering for primary as well as high school education. Even a hospital is on the charts for the area!
More people in Kameeldrift also brought more buying power and necessitated more shops and businesses. And so the residents of this previously farming community cheered when the development of a “real” shopping centre, followed by a shopping mall, came about in 2005-2008 – the Zambezi Retail Centre on the corner of the Moloto Road and (then) Zambezi Drive. (The mall is now known as the China Mall.)
But the small shopping centres that have served the Kameeldrift community for decades, have also grown and developed to fulfil the needs of a growing community better. The Derdepark Shopping Centre has been in the Van der Watt family for 25 years. The Kameeldrift Centre, with its rich history, now boasts its 50th year in the hands of Christo Joubert’s family. Both these typical small, indispensable suburban shopping centres have grandiose plans for development in the foreseeable future. The Roodeplaat Centre and Leeuwfontein Centre have already been upgraded to lovely profitable centres in recent years, serving their respective communities with what they need.
More residents also demanded better roads and more efficient electricity and water provision systems… and so the Kameeldrift community rejoiced when the road past the Kievitskroon Hotel (Reier Road) was finally tarred a year ago. Other necessary infrastructure had also been upgraded in recent years to cater for all the subdivisions and developments taking place in the Kameeldrift area nowadays.