“My decision was, however, made simple by the fact that my church, the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, is within walking distance from here.
“But then, more wealthy black people got to know about this area, and they also moved in and bought land, pushing the prices up over the years. I have since bought more neighbouring plots, and now my land is 6ha.
“I started to build this place in 2010 before the Soccer World Cup. Being in construction myself, everything you see here, I built,” Mohlala says.
She also owns resorts in Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.
Molobane Estate Lodge and Spa has all the amenities for a relaxing stay — a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, spa, lapa and six chalets.
A standard room costs R500 per night, and executive rooms are available at R1,200 a night.
The resort has a conference centre that can accommodate up to 200 delegates. Other amenities include a dining hall and a kitchen available for hire for events such as weddings and company functions.
The spacious garden area with well-manicured lawns can be used for music concerts.
“Even though we started building this place in 2010, it is only now that we are concentrating on marketing Molobane Resort Lodge and Spa, with discussions going on with [the] Virgin Active group of gyms to try and get them to operate one of their franchises from here. We have so many guests and residents who need a gym facility here,” Mohlala says.
“This place is also very close to other tourist attractions in Soweto — the famous Vilakazi Street is only a few minutes’ drive from here.
“When tourists visit any country, they like to go to where ordinary people live. With Soweto and other townships such as Bekkersdal on our doorstep, we are well-situated to host tourists, with the added advantage that we have created a rural atmosphere that is not that far from the big city.”
The lodge provides tours of local townships for its guests.
“Molobane Resort Lodge and Spa is also safe as we have security 24 hours a day, complete with cameras that can reach as far as a kilometre away, to make sure that our clients have a relaxing retreat here,” says the resort’s operations manager, Terry Mokoena.
Mokoena organised a belated Valentine Day’s event, dubbed Valentine Garden Picnic, on February 19, with couples that were promised an afternoon of relaxation on the day.