Attacq and Sanlam announce Waterfall joint venture development

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The joint venture has acquired 28ha of Waterfall land from Attacq and an additional adjacent 100ha from the Mia family, securing a total of 128ha of usable land on the eastern side of the N1 freeway and south of the Allandale interchange.


This land is ideally located in the visible Waterfall development node, which is perfectly located between the Allandale and Buccleuch interchanges. The area benefits from easy and convenient access to the road and rail infrastructure of the central Gauteng economic development zone.

Sanlam holds 80% and Attacq holds 20% in the joint venture with Attacq having the right to increase its shareholding to 50%. 114ha of the land will be utilised for light industrial commercial developments with the balance of 14ha to be developed for retail purposes. The development roll out will be managed by Attacq.

Extensive demographic and feasibility studies have been undertaken and fully support the proposed retail development to be done on the 14ha of retail land in the near future. In terms of the retail development, Attacq has already elected to increase its shareholding in the joint venture to 50%.

The 114ha of light industrial commercial land is ideally located for light industrial activity and distribution centres. The developments on this land will in future also benefit from further infrastructure development and the additional access links that are foreseen for the area to the south of Allandale Road.

Morné Wilken, Chief Executive Officer of Attacq, expressed his delight with the joint venture and says that he looks forward to having Sanlam Properties as a strategic partner. “Sanlam has been a key investor in Attacq for many years. We value the relationship and welcome its investment now as a key development partner,” states Wilken.

“We look forward to these development ventures and believe these investments will deliver phenomenal growth,” states André Rheeder, Chief Executive Officer of Sanlam Properties. “We are confident that Attacq is the right partner for such an undertaking, given their track record to date, as well as the vision they have to making Waterfall City a prime African business destination,” concludes Rheeder.

Rheeder explains that this transaction supports the overall Sanlam property offering. “Sanlam Properties works with partners, investors and tenants to maximise the financial potential of their business or property assets,” says Rheeder. “We are excited to be part of this phase of the overall Waterfall expansion. In this joint venture with Attacq we foresee good mutual returns from a long-term strong relationship in one of Gauteng’s fastest growing business property nodes.”

Attacq’s South African development pipeline focuses on Waterfall, which includes Waterfall City, centrally located in Gauteng, as the new corporate headquarter node of South Africa. Gauteng’s new conveniently located world-class city is already attracting global names like PwC with their new 26-story office tower in the thriving precinct due for completion in the first quarter of 2018. Other corporates which have already relocated to Waterfall include Premier Foods, Novartis, Group Five, Diageo, Cell C, Altech, Digistics, Massbuild, Cipla, MB Technologies, Dräger S.A, Westcon Group, Medtronic, Cummins, Honda Motor SA and others.

“Waterfall City still holds a lot of promise and exciting prospects with its new status as Gauteng’s most attractive new corporate headquarters’ destination given its central location in Gauteng - the financial hub of South Africa,” states Wilken.

Attacq takes a long term view on property. The strategy of Attacq is rooted in sustainable capital growth and robust value appreciation, with emphasis placed on a far reaching outlook, similar to the asset class we invest in.

“Our vision unfolds through the development and ownership of a diversified portfolio of properties with contractual income streams,” concludes Wilken.

Last modified on Monday, 04 July 2016 11:58

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