About Dainfern Lifestyle Estate

A vision was born. In 1986 JCI purchased the company Dainfern Investments (Pty) Ltd and submitted an application for a township to be known as "Dainfern" to be developed on the outskirts of Fourways. This pioneering act would see Dainfern develop into Gauteng’s first Residential Golf Estate Dainfern, a private Estate nestled away in the north east of Johannesburg, was acquired by Johnnic Properties in 1985. The old Fourways Golf Course formed part and parcel of the acreage acquired by Johnnic Properties and, after a great deal of research, consulting, planning and negotiation, the premier lifestyle Estate, Dainfern, was born.

The township of Dainfern was proclaimed in 1992. The name Dainfern is a blend of the names of the two owners of the property from whom Johnnic purchased the property. The Estate is managed by the Dainfern Homeowners Association originally registered as a Section 21 company in 1991. Johnnic transferred the management of the Estate to the Dainfern Homeowners Association on 31 August 2000. In accordance with the Company Laws of South Africa, the company profile was changed to a NPC (Not for Profit Company) in 2014. The Estate is governed by a Memorandum of Incorporation and the Estate Rules which are all embracing and entrench the rights and interests of all Homeowners. Homeowners pay a monthly levy to the DHA which cover the costs of Security, Estate Common Areas and Gardens and all other expenditure.

Homes of distinction and style are built in any one of fourteen Villages that frame a stunning emerald green 18-hole Gary Player designed championship golf course that ebbs and flows along with the Jukskei River. Each Village has its own character and personality which is enhanced by homes designed by many of the best and most highly respected Architects in South Africa. The golf course is 6,637 meters in length covering 65ha of rolling Highveld grassland with groves of shrubs and trees sprinkled across the landscape. Dams and streams lend a serene and soothing quality to the space.

The Estate is fully matured with 1235 homes built on the Estate ranging in size from 450m2 to in excess of 800m2 on stands measuring between 790m2 to 1600m2. Most of the construction taking place at present is extensions and remodelling. Contractors are required to adhere to stringent building standards to ensure that the Estate remains aesthetically pleasing to residents and visitors alike.

The Dainfern Story

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South African celebrities and sports stars have made Dainfern their home including Magnus Heystek, Ray Jennings (former SA Cricketer and Cricket Team coach), SA Rugby Player Ray Mordt, John "Shoes" Lesiba Moshoeu (SA Footballer) and Miss South Africa Suzette van der Merwe. Captains of Industry also call Dainfern home as the safety and security of their families are of paramount importance to them. Dainfern is a preferred choice of all international companies to house their expat employees who are on contract in Dainfern.

One of the best-selling features of Dainfern is and has always been the security of the Estate. Residents are able to live their lives with no anxiety. The Estate enjoys a 24 hour, seven day a week security service that is strengthened by a leading paramedic service. The Estate has a 7.5km perimeter fence that has microphonic sensors, 24 cameras and a highly sophisticated access / egress system. Families are able to spread their wings and children can ride their bikes, play soccer on the Oval, play in the parks, play tennis or squash or spend an activity filled afternoon in one of two pools without looking over their shoulders.

A beautiful Clubhouse with its modern facilities including a restaurant, Members’ Lounge, Halfway House and conference facilities completes the picture. Business people are able to host conferences, product launches and team building events for their clients and staff in a secure setting with added features such as a delicious lunch, a game of golf or sundowners overlooking the river. For residents there is nothing better than spending a tranquil Saturday or Sunday morning on the deck having breakfast with an unparalleled view of exquisite beauty spread out before you.

Complimentary Lifestyle events take place throughout the year and are an important element in forging a strong sense of community – annual events include The Easter Egg Hunt, Mother’s & Father’s Day celebrations, a Christmas Market, Halloween Trick or Treating, and Carols by Candlelight. The DHA host a Family Fun Day at the Pavilion every so often which sees over 2000 people descending on the Pavilion for a day of fun, entertainment and shopping.

Board of Directors

R. Leonard

Board Member

F. Butler

Board Member

S. Motalin

Board Member

M. Jaarsveldt

Board Member

J. James

Board Member

L. Wayne

Board Member

Golf Committee

R. Andriessen


M. Clatworthy

C. Ghelakis

J. Hughes

Dainfern Country Club General Committee

F. Butler

M. Clatworthy

D. Weyers

M. Jaarsveldt

R. Leonard


Security is of the highest significance on the Estate and the two entry gates at 1. Cedar Road and 2. Broadacres Road and manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Strict access control procedures are in place and the Estate has a biometric system for easy access for residents and members of the golf club.

The Estate is patrolled by a fleet of roving vehicles with armed offices in various locations. The perimeter fence is secured with an electric fence, monitored by cameras. These high-tech cameras are viewed by the control room which is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Fidelity staff are equipped and well trained for dealing with any type of emergency.

Visitors to the Estate are reminded to ensure they have their drivers licence with them, or an identity documentation – without this, access will not be permitted.

Education close to home

Dainfern College founders, Russell and Stella Upneck, lived on Dainfern but with the ever-increasing nightmare of traffic congestion this meant a long commute to schools for their children and they dreamed of a private co-educational school on their doorstep. This dream was realised when Dainfern College opened its doors in 1997 with just 35 pupils, now the college has over 1100 pupils from Grade 0 through to Grade 12.

The convenience of a top independent school close to home cannot be underestimated and some 75% of pupils at the school are drawn from the surrounding estates. This, combined with the fact that families tend to stay at Dainfern College, as the school is both co-educational and caters for children from Grade 0 to Grade 12, means there is therefore a very strong sense of community at the school as students and their families have so much in common.

The location of the school introduces the luxury of a bygone era where pupils were able to walk or cycle or, in the case of our children, take a golf cart, to school in complete safety without having to leave the Estate.

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CSI Projects

There’s no doubt Dainfern is involved with a number of causes near and dear to our hearts. If you wish to be involved with or support any of these great causes please get in touch with their respective organisers

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