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About The Coves

Infrastructure

The Coves Estate matches the natural perfection of its surroundings with an unrivalled, eco-friendly infrastructure designed to protect both the environment and its inhabitants. Fresh potable water is supplied to The Coves via four boreholes which have a storage capacity of 600 000 litres, sufficient to supply the estate with water for 24 hours. Active carbon filtration ensures drinking water that is as sparkling clear and odourless as a mountain stream. As an added precaution against the possibility of bacteria entering the groundwater from neighbouring farms, ozone is used to sanitise all drinking water. Ozone (03) is 300 times stronger than chlorine and has no detrimental effect on the environment. Three state-of-the-art anaerobic digester plants biologically treat sewage generated by the estate, while all waste water is recycled and stored in holding tanks to be re-used as irrigation for The Coves farmland. As a safeguard against the possible contamination of dam water, all the digester plants are specially fitted to remove any excess phosphates.

A man-made dam within the estate has been stocked with 20 000 fingerlings of four different types of indigenous kurper fish, each with different feeding habits to keep the dams naturally clean.

Electricity supplied to The Coves by Eskom is backed up by a diesel generator on constant standby to power all essential services including lighting and security. For total peace of mind the perimeter electric fence is solar powered.

No expense has been spared on the construction of top quality roads and stormwater drains and the indigenous landscaping of the estate has been well conceived and sensitively executed.

Farming

Integral to the idyllically spacious country atmosphere of The Coves is 35 ha of open farmland which forms a central feature of the estate. The cultivation of Erogrostis grass, an animal feed mainly for cattle but also used by the equestrian community as bedding and a secondary feed, on the land helps generate income for The Coves homeowners association. Four times a year, the land becomes a gentle hive of harvesting activity as a tractor cuts and bales the grass for sale to the local farming community.

No pesticides are used on the grass, which is irrigated by a centre pivot irrigation system with recycled waste water and dam water, and the fields are reploughed just once every ten years.

History

An ancient ox wagon, well preserved and installed as a point of interest at the traffic circle entering The Coves Estate, provides the first clue to The Coves' rich history. Almost 200 years ago the estate was a farm belonging to General Andries Pretorius, the Boer leader at the Battle of Blood River. In those days, all the vegetables for Pretoria were grown on the neighbouring Skeerpoort farm and transported by ox wagon on a gravel road through the estate on their way to market.

The Coves Estate also bears witness to the story that during the Anglo Boer war it was the campsite for the Boers while the British camped across river, on the northern side of the Magalies River.

Today the transport road, as well as the original river crossing through the trees, can still be seen at The Coves, having been preserved and incorporated into the estate in line with the developers commitment to preserving the environment. The original farmstead has been converted into a clubhouse where residents can meet for a game of squash or tennis and socialise over a drink or braai.

The farms old tobacco barn has been put to use to temporarily stack The Coves harvested hay bales, and the estate still holds the water rights to an old irrigation canal cut by the voortrekkers and running 9km upstream on the Magalies River.