ABOUT RED CLIFF PROPERTY (PTY)

Red Cliff Property (Pty) was established in 1991 by the Van Der Horst family as a development company based in Kommetjie in the South Peninsula of Cape Town.

As owner and custodian of the historical Cape farmstead, Imhoff Farm Red Cliff Property has developed landmark residential properties such as Imhoff’s Gift and Bluewater Estate.

The business is headed by Gerhard van der Horst as CEO and plans are underway for the sensitive rejuvenation and development of the Imhoff Farm and surrounding land which have been in the family’s care for more than 100 years.

Currently the erf has 10 000 m² of general business rights. The existing buildings comprise +- 2500m². Red Cliff Property intends to take up the additional rights, but development will be extended over four phases in order to manage traffic impacts and to respond appropriately to market requirements.

Red Cliff Property has been instrumental in the elimination of alien vegetation in Kommetjie and in partnership with South African National Parks, created a protected corridor of unspoilt land which now forms part of Table Mountain National Park.

GERHARD VAN DER HORST – MD RED CLIFF PROPERTY

Red Cliff Property CEO, Gerhard van der Horst is a qualified Chartered Accountant having completed his B.Acc and B.Comm (Hons) at Stellenbosch University in 1989. 

In 1991 he joined Trencor Limited as an accountant and spent the next 25 years in the transport industry with the last 10 years as CEO of the Crossroads Distribution Group.  Gerhard remains on the Crossroads Distribution Pty Ltd and the London based Skynet Worldwide Express Management Company Ltd boards of directors.

In April 2016, Gerhard joined Red Cliff Property as Managing Director and from June 2017 he was appointed as the Property Manager for The Kommetjie Estates Pty Ltd.

JOB CREATION AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

Red Cliff Property is committed to the sustainable and responsible development of property in Kommetjie, preserving the sense of place, contributing to its economic growth and job creation for locals.

Phase one of the rejuvenation project already employs 50 local residents in various positions including construction and the planting of vineyards. It is anticipated that the entire project will create 500 jobs and serve as a catalyst for further job creation by establishing a commercial hub for the area.

TOURISM DESTINATION

Already a popular destination for locals, Imhoff Farm is known for its farm and adventure experiences, offering visitors a host of family-friendly activities, restaurants and shopping. The additions to Imhoff Farm, including activities and features such as the goat tower, weekend markets and vineyards, will further position the property as an ideal stop on the Cape Point Tourism route.

HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE

Given the rich, layered and varied development history of the farm, through the Dutch and English colonial periods to the 20th century, Imhoff’s Gift was integral to the development of the region.

What remains today of the architectural heritage include the original Manor House, Werf and some out buildings, which have been carefully preserved. Plans are underway to create and display more information about the property to ensure that visitors get a sense of its cultural and heritage significance.