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Atterbury’s Western Cape office relocated to Stellenbosch heritage building

By: Nadine James     14th June 2019 Atterbury’s new Western Cape office is the La Gratitude Manor House – an iconic building, national monument and the second-oldest building in Stellenbosch. Atterbury’s decision to move its Western Cape head office was based primarily on its space requirements, but Atterbury Western Cape... 

Fortress joins programme to help emerging property businesses grow

By: Simone Liedtke     14th June 2019 Growthpoint initiative Property Point and JSE-listed Fortress Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) have partnered to roll out an enterprise and supplier development (ESD) programme in the property sector. The programme provides extensive insight to small businesses on becoming market and funding... 

Growthpoint’s Oxford road development to be completed by October

By: Nadine James     14th June 2019 Growthpoint Properties’ multimillion-rand 144 Oxford road development is set for completion in October. The nine-storey, 35 000 m2 office development comprises two office towers. Designed by Paragon Architects, the building comprises a northern and southern wing connected by a central link. 

Growthpoint’s Oxford road development to be completed by October
144 Oxford Road artist impression

Builders Warehouse opens flagship store in Boksburg 

13th June 2019 Builders Warehouse opened its latest store in Boksburg, in April. The new 15 170 m2 box format store design entailed a new layout and look-and-feel to align with Builders’ digitalisation and counter-driven strategy. Marleny Arnoldi attended the opening. 

Builders Warehouse opens flagship store in Boksburg
Builders Warehouse opens flagship store in Boksburg

City commits to changing red tape into red carpet for business community

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th June 2019 City of Joburg executive mayor Herman Mashaba’s Inner City Rejuvenation Programme (ICRP) has, to date, awarded tenders for 24 developments, spanning 81 properties and pieces of land. These developments are expected to create 11 000 direct jobs and will comprise around 6 500 one- and two-bedroom... 

City commits to changing red tape into red carpet for business community
Photo by Bloomberg
Johannesburg

NEPI approved for a secondary listing on A2X Markets

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th June 2019 Europe-focused retail property owner NEPI Rockcastle (NEPI) has been approved for a secondary listing on A2X Markets and its shares will be available for trade on A2X from June 19. NEPI is a FTSE JSE Top 40 constituent with a market cap of over R72-billion. 

Solar plant to power Pietermaritzburg Mall

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th June 2019 Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) and Liberty Group, co-owners of Liberty Midlands Mall, have completed the R12-million installation of a 1 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at the centre. The plant was commissioned on the roof structure of the mall’s 22 000 m2 Lifestyle Centre. 

Solar plant to power Pietermaritzburg Mall
Aerial View

Growthpoint completes Exxaro’s new corporate headquarters in Centurion

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th June 2019 Growthpoint Properties has completed its R600-million development of Exxaro’s new head office, opposite the Centurion Gautrain Station. The building integrates P-grade aesthetics and finishes and high-performance workspace. 

Growthpoint completes Exxaro’s new corporate headquarters in Centurion
Exterior view of Exxaro’s new corporate headquarters in Centurion

City of Joburg plans to probe massive development built on petrol pipeline in Glenvista

By: News24Wire      6th June 2019 The City of Joburg is expected to launch an investigation into the construction of a residential development by Balwin Properties and one of the major issues is a petrol pipe that runs underneath the development. The investigation relates to the Alinta complex in Glenvista, which officials and... 

‘Black public’ offer for shares in Barloworld property spin-off oversubscribed

By: Terence Creamer     5th June 2019 Industrial group Barloworld reports that the public-offer component of its Khula Sizwe Property Holdings empowerment transaction was oversubscribed, with over 50 000 applications received and the R164-million funding target met. The offer, which was open to black investors only, closed on May 31.... 

‘Black public’ offer for shares in Barloworld property spin-off oversubscribed

Intu appoints Robert Allen CFO

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2019 JSE-listed Intu Properties has appointed Robert Allen CFO, effective June 10. CEO Matthew Roberts says Allen has  “extensive and highly relevant experience in refinancing, mergers and acquisitions, treasury, information technology and investor relations”. 

Redefine demonstrates why its investment strategy works 

30th May 2019 JSE-listed Redefine Properties continues to thrive amid a subdued environment, as a result of its strategy of investing where it believes the best market opportunities lie, while also catering to the demands of tenants. Simone Liedtke, who attended one of the company’s investor site visits, gives... 

Redefine demonstrates why its investment strategy works
Redefine demonstrates why its investment strategy works

Vukile records above-market full-year performance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th May 2019 Vukile Property Fund achieved 7.5% growth in dividends to 181.48c a share for the financial year ended March 31, boasting a strong, above-market performance in a “tough” year. At a briefing on its results, on Monday, CEO Laurence Rapp said the year had been characterised by difficult... 

Vukile records above-market full-year performance
Vukile CEO Laurence Rapp

Arrowhead appoints interim CFO, declares lower interim dividend

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2019 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Arrowhead Properties on Wednesday announced the resignation of its CFO Imraam Suleman, following an instance of unauthorised use of company resources. The company has appointed Arend de Kock as interim CFO in Suleman’s place. 

Canopy by Hilton brand to make its African debut in Cape Town

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th May 2019 NYSE-listed hospitality company Hilton has signed a management agreement with South African real estate investment trust Growthpoint Properties to open a hotel under its Canopy by Hilton brand. The 150 guestroom Canopy by Hilton Cape Town Longkloof is expected to begin welcoming guests in 2021... 

Canopy by Hilton brand to make its African debut in Cape Town
Canopy by Hilton Cape Town Longkloof artist's impression

EPP opens flagship shopping centre in Warsaw

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th May 2019 Dual-listed real estate company EPP on Friday opened its flagship development in Warsaw – Galeria Młociny, which gives residents access to more than 200 stores alongside one of the city’s most ambitious food and beverage projects. Galeria Młociny features nearly 85 000 m2 of modern space... 

EPP opens flagship shopping centre in Warsaw
Galeria Młociny

KwaZulu-Natal’s La Lucia mall to receive a major upgrade

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th May 2019 The La Lucia mall, in KwaZulu-Natal, is undergoing a major upgrade that will modernise its retail space. The mall has undergone eight extensions and five major mall upgrades since it first opened its doors in 1974. Its most recent major upgrade was in 2003. 

KwaZulu-Natal’s La Lucia mall to receive a major upgrade
La Lucia Mall interior

Cape Town to spend R320m on next phase of hostel transformation programme

By: African News Agency      23rd May 2019 The City of Cape Town on Thursday said that it will be moving forward with plans to upgrade more hostel units in Langa as part of the next phase of the hostel transformation programme, which will cost R320-million. The next phase of the programme, which is set to start in 2020, will see the... 

Bureaucracy, lags in approval are killing the construction industry, say developers

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2019 Bureaucratic delays in getting property developments under way have badly damaged the development and construction industry, prompting a crisis, industry experts have outlined at the Western Cape Property Development Forum conference, in Cape Town. They have also lamented a "shocking" decline in... 

Emira expands US portfolio with two equity investments

By: Simone Liedtke     16th May 2019 Emira Property Fund has made two further equity investments into grocery-anchored dominant shopping centres in Texas, in the US. Emira has now assembled a portfolio of eight value-focused retail centre assets in the US. 

Sanedi launches two solar heating system projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th May 2019 South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) on Wednesday launched the first solar district heating system in South Africa at the University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits’) Junction Campus, as well as the largest solar process heat system in sub-Saharan Africa at the Klein Karoo... 

Sanedi launches two solar heating system projects

Rescue practitioners expect proceeds of R709m from initial Group Five disposals 

By: Terence Creamer     15th May 2019 Business rescue practitioners (BRPs) at construction firm Group Five reported on Wednesday that the disposal of stakes in three companies, together with sale of plant, assets and property, is expected to yield proceeds of R709-million. Group Five’s shares were suspended in March after the company... 

Rescue practitioners expect proceeds of R709m from initial Group Five disposals

Gemgrow focuses on noncore asset disposals ahead of proposed Arrowhead merger

By: Nadine James     15th May 2019 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Gemgrow Properties COO Alon Kirkel believes the company’s focus on recycling noncore assets and managing its yield profile has created a more attractive asset for the proposed merger with its parent company Arrowhead Properties. He told Engineering... 

Difficult trading environment, writedowns cuts Rebosis’ interim distributions

By: Simone Liedtke     14th May 2019 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Rebosis Property’s distributable income decreased by 61% year-on-year to R195-million for the six months ended February 28. Of this, R96-million was as a direct result of the Reit’s exposure to New Frontier Properties, it said on Tuesday. 

Calgro M3 positioned for growth, despite challenging environment

By: Simone Liedtke     13th May 2019 JSE-listed property and property-related investment company Calgro M3 on Monday reported that its basic earnings a share for the year ended February 28 decreased by 97.31% to 2.53c. It also posted a headline loss a share of 19.01c for the financial year – down 121% year-on-year. 

Raubex uncertain about South African construction industry’s future

By: Simone Liedtke     13th May 2019 Infrastructure development and construction materials group Raubex’s 2019 financial year was characterised by a lack of work, coupled with violent community unrest that affected several of its sites, CEO Rudolf Fourie said on Monday. The adverse conditions resulted in Raubex having to rightsize a... 

Vukile buys three shopping centres from Rebosis for R1.8bn

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th May 2019 JSE-listed Rebosis Property will sell three properties to JSE-listed Vukile Property Fund for R1.8-billion. The properties are Mdantsane City shopping centre, Sunnypark shopping centre and Bloedstreet Mall.  

Octodec grows interim rental income, but warns of lower full-year dividend

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th May 2019 JSE-listed Octodec managed to grow its rental income by R47-million, or 5.2%, in the six months ended February 28, compared with the six months ended February 28, 2018, despite continued dampened consumer spend, lower growth in retail rental income and higher property operating costs. Octodec... 

Octodec grows interim rental income, but warns of lower full-year dividend
Octodec MD Jeffrey Wapnick

L2D to ban plastic shopping bags in its malls by January 2020

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th May 2019 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Liberty Two Degrees will implement a “no plastic shopping bags” policy at its portfolio of malls from January 2020. The Reit said in a statement on Friday that the future of retail was defined by a continued adoption of standards that meet... 

L2D to ban plastic shopping bags in its malls by January 2020
L2D CE Amelia Beattie

Equites achieves strong full-year results

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th May 2019 JSE-listed Equites Property Fund recorded growth of 11.8% in its per-share distribution for the year ended February 28, to 138.43c, along with robust growth in the net asset value a share of 10.2% to R16.92. Speaking at a results presentation in Johannesburg on Thursday, Equites COO Riaan Gous... 

Indluplace warns of lower dividends as difficult conditions persist

By: Simone Liedtke     9th May 2019 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Indluplace has warned of a 20% decrease in its dividend for the financial year ended September 2019, as difficult trading conditions previously flagged have turned out to be “considerably worse”. The residential-focused property fund on Thursday declared a... 

Indluplace warns of lower dividends as difficult conditions persist
Indluplace CEO Carel de Wit

FLSmidth boosts local engineering facility 

9th May 2019 Mining and cement equipment multinational FLSmidth has completed a second upgrade of its Delmas facility, which engineers and manufacturers components and equipment for local, regional and export clients. Schalk Burger has the story. 

FLSmidth boosts local engineering facility
FLSmidth boosts local engineering facility

Abland, Tiber on schedule to complete Phase 1 of Sandton Gate development

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th May 2019 Abland and Tiber, joint developers of the Sandton Gate precinct, are on track to complete Phase 1 of the mixed-use development. The first phase will include 15 500 m² of commercial space, 13 000 m² of P-grade office space and a 2 500 m² Planet Fitness positioned on the piazza level of the building. 

Abland, Tiber on schedule to complete Phase 1 of Sandton Gate development
Rendering of Sandton Gate

Redefine maintains sustained growth, value creation despite difficult local climate  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th May 2019 JSE-listed Redefine Properties, which increased its distribution for the six months ended February 28 by 4% to 49.2c, maintained a strong platform for sustained growth and value creation despite ongoing economic and political uncertainty. The South Africa-based real estate investment trust holds... 

Redefine maintains sustained growth, value creation despite difficult local climate
Redefine CFO Leon Kok outlines the company’s performance for the period

Massmart’s Hayward to step down as CEO

By: Simone Liedtke     6th May 2019 Massmart CEO Guy Hayward has informed the company of his intention to step down from his position before the end of this year. The timing of his exit is still to be confirmed as he and the board embark on the process of ensuring a seamless transition. 

Africa gains traction as trade destination

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     3rd May 2019 Africa, as a trade and export destination, is looking increasingly attractive from a South African perspective, and represents an opportunity for growth for many South African companies, says research and consulting specialist Africa House MD Liz Whitehouse. Africa offers South African companies... 

Africa gains traction as trade destination
Photo by Creamer Media
MAKING PROGRESS Several industries and factors are driving growth in sub-Saharan Africa, including agricultural development and power

NHBRC deregisters errant builders from it database

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th April 2019 The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) has deregistered 17 contractors and builders from its database of approved homebuilders following the outcome of a disciplinary hearing. The names of the affected contractors have been published in the Government Gazette of March 15. 

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