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British couple Dave and Elaine Potter emigrated to South Africa decades ago, and honestly, they’ve made this country a better place thanks to their generosity on the Nieuwe Sion farm.
News24 have had a little nosey around the commune, and it looks like a small slice of utopia. South Africans who could never dream of owning a home before have been given the chance of a lifetime. The keys were given to residents earlier this month.
The new residents of Nieuwe Sion
Mr and Mrs Potter handed over the 22 title deeds for their four-hectare living community, where the farm workers now have their own properties after years of loyal service to the Potters. Treat them well, and it seems like they will return the favour.
The homes come in three different sizes, patted up with solar geysers and dual insulation. At the moment, the workers are in the process of formulating a homeowners’ association that will function as the management sphere of the village.
The whole development cost R30 million to build, and it caters to the 150 people who tend to the farm.
The workers from the farm that is situated between Paarl and Franschhoek were stunned by the news of their new homes. The pristine units are spacious, secure and come with plenty of mod cons.
However, it’s not all about the farming. The Potters have also recognised a need to foster a real village-life experience. Nieuwe Sion also has a crèche, an aftercare system and an entertainment centre – for when work is over, and it’s time to play.
The current debate on land expropriation has been “toxified” somewhat, as fervent fans and staunch opponents of the policy clash heads and exchange fierce words. So to have a solution like this – kind, practical and sustainable – comes as a breath of fresh air.
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