WORDS: BETSIE LOOCK-VAN DER MERWE IMAGES: RENE WALKER
Hennopspark and Bronberrick are two scenic and sought-after neighbouring suburbs lying in a belt just west of Centurion Central between the N14 highway and the R101/Old Johannesburg Road.
This leafy green area comprises a southern part and a northern part of Hennopspark which are linked in the middle by the small neighbourhood of Bronberrick. Generally, the demographics and look and feel of Hennopspark and Bronberrick are similar and they’re often referred to as one area.
Besides this area’s lovely tranquillity and pleasant surroundings (the Hennops River forms its northern border), it also boasts a perfect, convenient locality close to main arteries, the Gautrain network, as well as several churches, schools, top hospitals, professional practises, businesses, police stations, postal services, a light industrial area and heaps of small and large shopping complexes.
Both these suburbs are friendly community-oriented neighbourhoods. Security issues are high on the agenda of community priorities, and residents can participate in various community initiatives and groups.
Bronberrick and Hennopspark attract a diversity of residents ranging from young first-time buyers and small families to large and extended families. Property statistics on stable owners in Hennopspark reflect an almost equal proportion of the 36 to 49 (34.5%) and 50 to 64 (35.4%) age groups.
No separate statistics for Bronberrick is available, but properties in the market in this neighbourhood are predominantly freestanding, large homes with big wooded gardens ranging in the middle-income price group between about R1,5m and R2,3m.
Being a larger neighbourhood, Hennopspark offers a large variety of apartment blocks, security townhouse complexes and freestanding properties. The average asking price for townhouses is indicated as R940,000, while freestanding homes average around R1,75m. However, there are many larger properties in the R2m to R3m price brackets. Both these suburbs have boomed-off residential areas as well.
Hennopspark also boasts a quite recent light industrial and warehouse development and many of the units are in the market to buy or rent.
Hennopspark and its surrounding neighbourhoods are home to several well-established pre-primary, primary and high schools.
Laerskool Hennopspark and the neighbouring Springvale Primary School were both established in 1981. These two public schools have since grown remarkably and today provide quality education to over 3,000 (combined) primary school learners. Other public primary schools close by include Laerskool Wierdapark, Laerskool Bakenkop and Centurion Primary while there are excellent private schools in the area as well. These include, among others, Zwartkop Christian School (up to Grade 12), Elturion Independent Christian School, and Village Montessori Primary School.
Secondary phase learners can attend the firmly established Hoërskool Zwartkop, a public high school situated in the neighbourhood close to Laerskool Hennopspark. Neighbouring suburbs provide more options like Hoërskool Eldoraigne, Sutherland High School, Lyttelton Manor High, Hoërskool Centurion and the independent Abbotts College situated within easy access in Highveld.
Hennopspark and Bronberrick’s central location in Centurion leaves residents with an extensive range of recreational opportunities within close range. Although Hennopspark and Bronberrick comprise a relatively small geographical area, it has a lot of its own facilities as well.
Sporty residents can join Eagles Karate Club, participate in the Bronberrick Parkrun on Saturdays, and exercise indoors at Planet Fitness or Virgin Active fitness centres. These areas are also conveniently close to the renowned SuperSport park cricket stadium.
Nearby nature attractions include Rooihuiskraal Historical terrain where families can enjoy an outdoor picnic and discover the prolific birdlife at the adjacent Bishop Bird Park. Hennopspark is home to a modern pool/sports bar and night club called Stones, while the well-known Centurion Theatre is only a short distance away in Lyttelton Manor. Movie-goers are catered to at Epic Cinemas in Mall@Reds and Ster-Kinekor at Centurion Mall.
We’re very happy in our neighbourhood. Our kids can walk to their respective schools – Laerskool Hennopspark and Hoërskool Zwartkop. We love our co-residents and are proud of our community. GEOFFREY BUYS, HENNOPSPARK RESIDENT
- Mall@Reds: lots of shops and restaurants
- Heavenly Coffees: highly recommended for its coffees and cake
- Prue Leith Chef’s Academy & Restaurant: lovely fine-dining experience
- Die Bosvelder Pub & Restaurant: Great South African cuisine
- Hemmingway’s Restaurant and Wine Cellar: a culinary journey and a great collection of good wines
- Taco Hut: family-friendly tex-mex diner and takeaway
- Centurion Lifestyle Centre: over 90 lifestyle shops to choose from
- Centurion Mall: super-regional, comprehensive shopping mall
- Eldoraigne Village Shopping Centre: easy stop for everyday shopping needs
- Hennopsview Centre: convenient community shopping centre
- Mall@Reds: lots of shops and restaurants
MEDICAL FACILITIES NEARBY
- Centurion Eye Hospital
- Lyttelton Municipal Clinic
- Moulmed private hospital
- Netcare Unitas Hospital
- Vista (psychiatric) Clinic