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About Safari

In recent years investors have realised the benefits of pooling their resources to access better investment opportunities. Safari Developments is a Property Development company which specialises in the grouping of investors to pool their individual funds and invest in commercial property in a separate investment company.

Investors do not individually have the capital nor expertise required to invest in commercial property, therefore Safari Developments has developed commercial property, creating opportunity for smaller investors to benefit from the growth and income of rentals which provide for capital growth better than inflation and at low risk.

Safari Leadership

Our team of specialists forms the heart of Safari Developments and has been executing projects for many years. Each member plays a unique role in the development process and by combining their fields of expertise they ensure that each project is delivered within the specified parameters.


Francois has been practising as an architect since 1965 and has been involved with project implementation and management in the property industry in the categories of educational institutions, health facilities, and all facets of commercial projects. In 1990, he launched a division for project development. As a property developer, he has completed a private hospital, office buildings and residential units. Since 1995, Francois has focused on retail development and has been involved in the implementation of commercial projects to the value of approximately R2 billion so far. He has extensive experience in the initiation and financial implementation of property developments and, ultimately, the establishment of these developed properties as sought-after investment assets.

As one of the founding members of SAFARI Investments, Francois now leads the group of companies as CEO, also acting as development manager and coordinator for various multidisciplinary entities within the group.

Francois holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree (1964) from the University of Cape Town and is a member of the Institute of South African Architects (M.I.S.A.A.), as well as the Council of S.A.A. (M.C.S.A.A.)



Kiki was employed as a contracts manager in the family business Pace Construction (Pty) Ltd since 1972 and took over the reins of the group in 1983. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge of all facets of the construction industry, and has been involved in the construction of shopping centres, high-rise residential apartments, higher educational facilities, light and heavy industrial buildings, commercial buildings, food processing plants, recreational facilities, filling stations, hospitals and laboratories.

Large portions of Pace's developments consisted of apartment blocks for the sectional title market and office blocks for investment purposes. In 1995, he became an integral part of the SAFARI Group and co-developed shopping centres in Gauteng and North-West Province.

Kiki holds a National Diploma in Construction Management and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Africa.


Fanus is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and has been in the financial services industry for the past 23 years. After completing his B.Com degree, he co-founded De Wet, De Villiers Financial Services. He currently heads Fanus Kruger Consulting cc in Rustenburg and also serves on the Board of Burrie Smit Developments (Pty) Ltd.

Fanus has been involved in various successful property developments in Rustenburg, Pretoria and Sebokeng and is currently involved in a rural development project in Rustenburg comprising 360 stands.

Apart from his tertiary qualification, Fanus is a professional member of the Financial Planning Institute of South Africa (FPI).


Jannie has been a professional quantity surveyor since 1982 and has been extensively involved in all fields of the discipline, as well as in project management and development. He has been part of numerous projects for private and government institutions over the past 30 years and currently specialises in commercial projects, where he also acts as developer.

His involvement stretches over a large variety of projects - from major hospitals and healthcare facilities to high-rise buildings - and brings invaluable experience and knowledge to SAFARI. He is the founding member and director of the original Strauss Verwayen and Partners (Pty) Ltd. In 2005 the Pretoria office changed its name to Matla Quantity Surveyors and became an independent group. As director, he contributes to Matla on all levels of service, including cost management, construction economics, specialised financial services and forensic investigations. Matla oversees all levels of costing and project management in industrial, office, retail, civic and educational, as well as residential developments.

Jannie holds a B.Sc. (QS) from the University of Pretoria (1978) and is a registered Professional Quantity Surveyor with the South African Council for Quantity Surveyors. He is a member of the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) and a professional member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.


RDDA Award 2017
CATEGORY D: International: Platz am Meer Shopping Centre

Platz am Meer won the Retail Design and Developments award from the SACSC:

The new waterfront development in Swakopmund Platz am Meer celebrated its first birthday this September together with receiving a prestigious award from the SACSC.

At the SACSC Retail Design and Development Awards, Platz am Meer was awarded winner in the category International Shopping Centres in recognition of excellent design resolution and innovative construction solutions. MDM Architects and Safari Developments were commended as the project Architect and Developer for converting this spectacular waterfront location in Namibia into an inviting lifestyle centre of retail, restaurants and residential. The centre has maximised its location in terms of setting and views and combines covered shopping with open promenade. The entire project has a good focus on sustainability with natural ventilation, natural light and photovoltaic electricity.

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