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Century Property Developments originated in 1975, primarily as a developer of shopping centres, and has since diversified into exclusive residential estates and commercial developments. In each of its projects, Century Property Developments has provided investors with a valuable asset of enduring quality and integrity. It is our thorough under­standing of the unique South African context and its core principles of financial feasibility and sustainability, combined with design and aesthetic vision, consistently make for sound property investment opportunities.

With its proven track record of numerous residential and commercial developments, Century Property Developments continues to deliver a superior product to residents and investors alike with its uniquely South African architecture, indigenous landscaping, state-of-the-art security, green approach, proven high return on investment as well as a family centred lifestyle.

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Our Approach

Century Property Developments considers itself a true ambassador of our amazing country with its diverse cultures. Our campaigns are centered on family values, as wholesome living sets the tone for Century Property Developments’ uniquely South African lifestyle estates. The design of houses throughout all of Century’s lifestyle estates is driven by the South African climate and lifestyle. We pride ourselves on our particular architectural brand, inspired by historic farm-style architecture unique to Southern Africa.

At Century Property Developments, we firmly believe that every South African has the right to peace of mind when it comes to the safety and security of their homes and their families. All of Century Property Developments’ lifestyle estates are designed to provide a sense of personal freedom and expression while maintaining tight security measures for each and every resident designed to provide a sense of personal freedom and expression while maintaining tight security measures for each and every resident and their families. Security is managed at the highest level, with state-of-the-art CCTV and access control systems, supported by highly trained and motivated manpower.

We also believe that a strong synergy needs to be established between landscaping and architecture. An aesthetics committee protects the integrity of each estate, and strongly encourages the use of materials in their natural state only. These materials are raw stone, exposed brick, plaster, glass, wood and steel. Paints are often limited to cement finishes and colours may only be earth tones. Investors in any of Century Property Developments’ estates have a major role to play in making their houses and environment more sustainable. Through incorporating awareness of environmentally sustainable design principles and expressing such preferences to their architect, designers and builders can bring about significant change across the industry. A house built according to our sustainable housing guidelines will have a 40% lower carbon footprint than the average residential house in Gauteng.

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Our Policy

Century Property Developments understands the value of responsible landscaping. We have a strict policy of planting only indigenous nectar- and berry-bearing species, we expect to attract and feed birds throughout the year. Consideration has been given to evergreen or deciduous, fast-growing or slow-growing, flowers, fruits and foliage. With our indigenous landscaping policy, we hope to reinforce the uniquely South African nature of our estates, not to mention benefiting from the numerous additional advantages like attracting indigenous birdlife, frost resistance and well adapted to our highveld climate and most importantly indigenous trees and shrubs need only 10% of the water that exotic species use.

Century Property Developments has set aside 60 hectares of valuable land in Riversands, where seeds indigenous to Southern Africa are propagated and planted out as seedlings, and then replanted to Century’s various developments. Last year, the Century nursery has cultivated over 400,000 indigenous plants and trees. This is in addition to the more than one million indigenous trees already propagated and planted in its current developments. This nursery employs 30 people who are responsible for the propagation of some 50,000 trees and plants a month.

Century is also engaged in a tree project to promote awareness in the rural environments. This initiative has been implemented in a number of Diepsloot schools. Each child receives a pack containing seeds, bags and compost. They are then taught how to germinate and grow their seeds – nurturing them until they are small trees. Once these trees reach a certain size (roughly 25cm), they are ‘bought’ back by Century in exchange for school equipment, art equipment and other needed items

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Our Awards

Over the course of the last two decades, Century Property Developments has shone on the international platforms, when it comes to awards and accolades. It has verified our belief that our products are well planned and executed. The one award where we enjoyed the most acclaim is the International Property Awards. It started with Waterfall Hills Retirement Estate where we won the “Best International Retirement Development” in 2011. At the same event, Century Property Developments were accredited for “The Best Development Marketing” in South Africa, as well as “The Best Residential Estate” in Africa for Waterfall Equestrian Estate. It is important to note that this was the first time ever that any company from South Africa has ever won such a high accolade in these awards. At the time, Mark Corbet (CEO of Century Property Developments) commented that: “we are truly honoured to receive these accolades. This is our first year of entering the Europe & Africa Property Awards, and winning in all five of the categories we entered is a wonderful achievement! We pride ourselves on our uniquely South African approach, and I reckon that it was the combination of environmentally friendly principles and aesthetically pleasing architecture that won the day for us.”

The following years, our focus shifted from entering individual categories, to rather focus on the grand prize: “Best Mixed-Use Development in the World” for Waterfall Estates. It was It was important to team up with other key role players, like Waterfall Management Company to qualify for this accolade. Fantastic results were achieved as Waterfall Estates won this specific category, in Africa, for five consecutive years! Every year, entries were judged by a panel of professionals whose collective knowledge of the property industry is second to none. Century Property Developments, in collaboration with Waterfall Management Company, continues to enjoy success on an annual basis at The International Property Awards.

A Nedbank “Young Lion” is described as a person that displays the qualities of performance and productivity that raise above all expectations to reach unique levels of achievement. During the 2010 Nedbank Property Professional Awards, the panel of honorary judges and trustees could think of no better person that display these qualities, other than Mark Corbett – CEO of Century Property Developments.

Waterfall Equestrian Estate has won a total of 7 of the CMA (Concrete Manufacturers Association) Masonry Awards for Excellence, with two being in the Premier category two years in a row – the first such achievement by any property developer in history. Our awards within the local industry continues to this day, with several ‘Hot-dip Galvanizing Awards’ under our belt.

Back in 2011 Century Property Developments competed against 1,000 international competitors to walk away with the prestigious Globals 2011 for “The World’s Best Retirement Resort”. Mark Corbett, CEO of Century Property Developments says the award for best retirement resort in the world is a major coup for a South African developer, not to mention what it means for South Africa. “This category is intended to differentiate retirement ‘resorts’ from typical retirement villages and old age homes. The judges were particularly impressed by the focus on customized, bespoke homes, and the quality of amenities available to residents”

The Century Trust

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The Diepsloot township has an estimated population of 350 000 with a mixture of informal and formal settlements. Although Century Property Developments had been doing great community work in the township for some years with the formalisation of the Diepsloot Youth Programme (DYP) in 2012, the company incorporated other corporates and spearheaded the DYP with the registration of an official non-profit organisation. DYP works with the SAPS in Diepsloot and other key role players to bring about change in the community. Young people, specially trained and known as “facilitators” now go into the communities and schools, developing skills and empowering youth to improve their lives, embrace education, believe in themselves and reduce drug abuse in both adults and children. Since the inception of the project, the team of facilitators has branched out into other areas where they saw that the youth needed assistance. Examples of these interventions include maths coaching and homework clubs designed to improve the maths and science marks in local schools. The team has a number of other activities and events which they initiate to bring about change in communities and develop the society as a whole. The Diepsloot Youth Programme’s vision is to develop the youth to be responsible adults and to grow their talent into careers; to help the community live in a better environment, that they have created and is safe for all. Their core mission is: providing for community development and social change, to bring about a brighter future. The Diepsloot Youth Programme has six full time employees who were sourced from the SAPS youth desk. They work in the schools with the learners, guiding them on morals, drugs, extra homework clubs, maths programmes and tree planting programmes, holiday programmes with the City Library (including Sports Against Crime and a Learning festival). There are also soccer teams and netball teams which have been formed and sponsored in conjunction with other companies. Century Property Developments is a key sponsor and partner for this initiative. Their focus lies in social reform and community upliftment programmes and they have worked with different schools around Diepsloot and other community groups and forums.

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In October 2014, CEO of Century Property Developments started a feeding programme at Riversands Primary to provide daily breakfast and lunch to the 750 children enrolled at the school. Unfortunately, many of children from Diepsloot arrive at school on empty stomachs and most of them have no choice but to survive on the meals offered at the school. This makes the process of learning even more challenging. Previously, the school was on a government feeding programme which proved to be insufficient over time. Sometimes the students would only receive a basic bowl of porridge and milk for lunch. The meals provided by Century are nutritious, healthy and filling. The supplies for the feeding programme are sourced through a local Diepsloot supplier and include chicken, vegetables, eggs and bread.

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The Riversands Incubation Hub is Century Property Developments’ primary Corporate Social Investment initiative. The facility is a custom-designed and -built small business incubation centre which is set to uplift socio-economic conditions, especially in nearby Diepsloot. This Hub is co-funded by Century Property Developments and The Jobs Fund with a man-date to create jobs in the surrounding areas. Both established and start-up small and micro enterprises (SMEs) are housed in the Riversands Incubation Hub for a period of up to three years at the subsidised rental. During this time the entrepreneurs are eligible to receive training and mentorship according to each business’s particular needs. The backbone of the Hub is the extensive learning centre integrated within the facility including two 100-seater lecture halls, a 500-seat auditorium, fully equipped training workshops, meeting rooms, hot desks and a full restaurant. For SMEs, there are 150 mini-factories, retail and office spaces as well as a 7,000-seat amphitheatre. The Riversands team puts SMEs at the heart of everything it does, always with the goal of helping individual businesses to grow and thrive. Structures within the Riversands team provide practical and technical training to businesses both on the campus and from the surrounding areas, an SME Back Office service provides administration help at considerably reduced prices to what is available in the market. Regular networking events help businesses gain additional knowledge as well as give the opportunity to meet with other entrepreneurs on the programmes at Riversands. Perhaps most importantly, the structure of the premises offering makes it easy for businesses to respond to changing circumstances by not requiring collateral, by enabling businesses to move to a bigger or smaller space if needs change and short-term lease agreements make it easier for businesses to take risks, maximise opportunities and turn any failure into a lesson on the way to success. Because of its location as the nucleus of the new mixed-use complex, the idea is for those tenants to have a rich source of small business suppliers on their doorstep. The incubation programme is ideal for corporates’ supplier development (SD) programmes. SD is a key element of the new B-BBEE codes. The scale of the development is such that the Riversands Incubation Hub is set to make a significant difference to the Diepsloot community, which is within walking distance of the facility. The Incubation programme is designed to grow businesses to become formal enterprises which create jobs. Individual entrepreneurs have access to the training and development that best suits their needs. Mentorship is a key element of the business support services offered at the Hub. The Riversands team has set up partnerships with various financial institutions to help smooth entrepreneurs’ access to finance. Several banks and development agencies have offices at the Hub to ensure that incubates have the best chance of a successful application for finance. On completion of the incubation programme, businesses will graduate as fully-functioning, viable businesses.

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