Safland continues to grow
Safland Properties Namibia is streaming ahead with property development. It is involved in a number of property developments throughout Namibia of which three are currently under construction. These include the Grove Shopping Centre in Windhoek, the Otjiwarongo Town Square shopping centre in Otjiwarongo and the Gwashamba Shopping Centre in Ondangwa, with a combined development value of approximately N$1.2 billion.
Safland has received criticism about the construction of business complexes around the country from the Government Institutions Pensions Fund (GIPF). The GIPF was particularly worried about the Gwashamba Centre in Ondangwa, with their main concern being that a lot of business complexes have sprung up in recent years and that supply is now far outstripping demand in the town.
According to Managing Director Jeremy Rossouw the suppliers to these projects are locally based suppliers. From labour, professional services to physical building suppliers. Rossouw also said that Safland are people centric, which is one of the things that sets them apart from other companies. “We understand the market and the aspirations of the people who make up the market, we have a very close working relationship with most of the retailers and as a consequence a thorough understanding of their needs”.
Rossouw also said that in addition to the three developments currently under construction, Safland is in the process of securing development opportunities in Rundu and Katima Mulilo. Safland has also identified other regional areas in which development opportunities exists for future growth.
“Safland’s business philosophy is ‘Partners in Property’, Safland is continually embarking on and developing partnerships with other property related businesses in its endeavours to develop excellent property developments. An example of the ‘Partners in Property’ approach is the company’s use of SME”s in the facility management and maintenance of property developments. This results in the development and transfer of property related skills to SME’s and the creation of business opportunities, this will not only happen in Windhoek but throughout the country in the areas that Safland will be developing” concluded Rossouw.