50 Semi Movable Houses, on a 20 x 10 meter stand

Plans for the Development of the Bronberg Chalets


  • Currently there is a significant housing shortage of affordable housing units in the Tswane area estimated at up to 700 000 units. Developers are also falling behind in delivering units. A significant number of potential rentees are looking for rental units that offer a more rural lifestyle outside the bustle of the city. These rentees (and buyers) will be the target of this co-operative.
  • The high cost of rental units in the East of Pretoria will support the popularity of the housing hive co-op. Our market research indicated that small rental units start at R6500.00 up to R13 000.00 per month excluding utilities and electricity.
  • The co-op model of housing is well known in Europe and America but not in South Africa. This may provide an ideal opportunity to establish this concept in South Africa.
  • The high mobility of people in the rental market (short term renters) as well as the growing uncertainty of land-ownership creates a window of opportunity to focus on mobile and semi-mobile living units.
  • The lengthy (drawn out) procedure to get municipal approval for permanent living units make the development of mobile and semi-mobile units more practical for the co-operative.
  • The USA and Europe are experiencing a fast growth in mobile and semi-mobile housing (Known as the Tiny-house movement) and the economies and logic of the minimalist, offgrid lifestyle that is in sync with nature is becoming more and more popular.
  • There is an opportunity available for investors to earn an above average income in the cooperative by funding the manufacture of these mobile and semi-mobile living units.

  • Goals

    • To establish 50 Mini-stands with basic infrastructure (Roads, Water and sewerage) on the Bronberg property for 35 semi-mobile living units (in two sizes)
    • To recruit investors to fund the infrastructure and cost of building the units in two concepts
    • As single unit investors (The investor will be the sole owner of a unit and will earn income from the rental of the unit)
    • A pool of investors (The investors can contribute smaller amounts towards the building of units. These investors will share proportionally in the rental income of the units)
    • Development investors (These investors will be responsible for the building and manufacturing of the units and will have the opportunity to invest their labour-cost to lower the capital requirement of the units. They will share proportionally in the rental income)
    • To establish the Bizhive Co-operative that will be responsible for the administration and representation of the investors and renters in the project. The co-operative will also develop the office-share, shop-share and store-share concepts in the Gauteng province in later phases.
    • To provide the shareholders and renters with the full benefits of all the co-operatives that will be involved in the Bronberg community project. These co-operatives are:
    • To manufacture semi-mobile units to the wider public that can either be sold or established off-site for an income for the investors.
    If Phase 1 of the project is running well a second phase will be initiated as well.
    • The borehole will be fitted and water reservoirs can be utilized by the park area.
    • Security infrastructure will benefit the whole Bronberg
    • Additional members on the property will increase the total income of the different co-ops and make them more cost effective
    • Renters may upgrade their shareholding to include living rights in the Phase 2 development.
    • Roads and fences will be erected and maintained at a lower cost per shareholder.

    Chalet Plans

    Basic plan with an elevated double bed to display the lounge area

    Ground Floor

    Top Floor