KEITH Stewart, a retired Zimbabwean developer and environmentalist, has built a multi-million rand resort hotel at the prime South African coastal area of Knysna.
A spokesperson for Southern Sun Hotels (SSH) which will manage the Pezula Resort Hotel and 18-hole golf course, said the leisure bouquet is expected to open for business next Wednesday.
“Yes, we are the managers of Pezula and it should be officially opened on the 22nd (of December),” she told businessdigest on Wednesday.
Built on a 612-hectare estate, the plush international property encompasses a botanical garden, sporting facilities and wildlife area.
The estate will also feature a 255-stand residential estate which fits in well with Stewart’s rollout strategy elsewhere in the world.
Said an SSH executive: “Pezula’s guiding principle, championed by Stewart, is ‘nature first’.
“The overriding emphasis for us has to be on the best environmental planning possible, seeing that planning is implemented completely and properly, and delivering on our commitment to maintain the highest standards of conservation and stewardship into the future,” SA’s Equinox reported.
Noting that Pezula’s launch would raise the bar in as far as service was concerned in SA, the environmental-driven expansion of the resort — perched high above the Knysna lagoon — would also emphasise the efficient use of water and other natural resources, the executive added.
A self-made property mogul, Stewart was previously involved in the Sun River Golf and Country Club in Harare’s northern Borrowdale suburb.
Sun River, also encompassing a residential estate, also falls in an area where resources tycoon and world-acclaimed commodity trader John Bredenkamp has interests.
Stewart also once dabbled in the Spanish real estate industry where he owned the Santa Ponsa golf complex. Coincidentally, Harare-based Bredenkamp is also an owner of properties in Spain.