MANAGEMENT

GITA GOVEN communiTgrow - Chairperson
33 years experience: Architect, Urban Planning & Design. Co-founder of communiTgrow.

Gita is one of South Africa’s foremost sustainability thinkers, Architect and Sustainable Design practitioners. As founding partner and CEO of ARG Design, she has pioneered a practice of socially and environmentally transformative design.

Gita completed her Bachelor of Architecture in 1986 at University of Cape Town and has worked on sustainable design and development projects since 1981.Gita is one of South Africa’s foremost sustainability thinkers. As founding partner and CEO of ARG Design, she has pioneered a practice of socially and environmentally transformative design. She currently chairs the team of the Wescape integrated whole systems regenerative settlement design project and communiTigrow.

She is a co-initiator of the IP development for Wescape and communiTgrow. She co-edited a book, 2 Billion Strong: A Regenerative Solution to Building Sustainable African Cities which outlines an innovative whole-systems approach to city-making with an emphasis on inclusive economic sustainability, housing, education, health, governance and regenerative urban systems in the context of rapid urbanisation in sub-Saharan Africa.Gita leads the cross-disciplinary work in ARG Design, and is responsible for research, design integration, marketing, building networks and partnerships for the delivery of sustainable innovation through projects.Landmark projects include Lynedoch Ecovillage and the Wolwekloof Youth Academy, Philippi Phased Urban Development Framework and Small Town Regeneration strategies in the Eastern Cape.

Green Building Projects:

  • Lynedoch Community Centre
  • Tsoga Environmental Centre
  • Football for Hope Centre

Competition winning entries not built are:

  • WSSD Exhibition Centre
  • De Beers Micro Diamond Facility
  • AEON UCT
  • SANCCOB Centre

ALASTAIR RENDALL communiTgrow - Director
33 years experience: Architect, City & Town Planning. Co-founder of communiTgrow.

Alastair is a founding partner of ARG Design. He completed his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Cape Town in 1985 and a Master of City Planning and Urban Design in 1989.

His combination of private practice and NGO experience has been brought to bear on the delivery of high-quality public projects that win community, client and public acceptance. Alastair is a founding partner of ARG Design, one of South Africa’s leading firms designing sustainable solutions for the built environment. ARG’s work is both visionary and practical, recognising that sustainability is about more than buildings – it includes the people and institutions who inhabit and use them. ARG’s goal is to redefine sustainable human settlement design in Africa through innovative, inspirational work that is grounded in the realities of local communities, environments, economies, institutions and capacities.He has co-edited a book, 2 Billion Strong: A Regenerative Solution to Building Sustainable African Cities which outlines an innovative whole- systems approach to city-making.

Green Building Projects:

  • Lynedoch Community Centre,
  • Tsoga Environmental Centre
  • Football for Hope Centre

Competition winning entries not built are:

  • WSSD Exhibition Centre
  • De Beers Micro Diamond Facility
  • AEON UCT.

Transport:

Public Transport is a significant theme in ARG’s practice, culminating in the firm’s appointment to design the stations for Cape Town’s Integrated Rapid Transit (IRT) system, the city’s most important public transport development since the railway lines were built in the early 1900’s, and the BRT stations for Rustenburg, City of Ekurhuleni and eThekwini (Durban).

City-Making:

Through 31 years of engagement with informal settlements in the Western Cape, as founder of Development Action Group (DAG) and as a Professional Consultant, Alastair has developed an ability to engage with Urban Development across all scales and typologies.Recent City scale projects include Somerset Precinct 260,000m2 on 10Ha next to Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Conradie Better Living Model - 250,000m2 on 22Ha in Pinelands, Cape Town and Mupine, an Affordable Rental scheme of 700 units on 7,3Ha.

ADRIAN BOOYSEN communiTgrow - Director
22 years experience: Finance, Business Strategist, Deal Structuring, Entrepreneur

Adrian’s experience locally and internationally in business strategy and development, corporate modelling, capital and transaction structuring. His career experience started with Alexander Forbes Consultants and Actuaries, and since then has successfully fulfilled his ambitions as a serial entrepreneur, establishing successful business across the EU and South Africa.Spanning business sectors, he has advised business globally, and has traded extensively in commodities. Adrian specializes in complex business models and financing transactions across multiple industry sectors, and has spent a significant amount of time advising high-level clients, on a discretionary basis, on strategy, capital structuring and raising, navigating challenges and risk analysis.

GERRIT HEYNS (American / Dutch) communiTgrow - Director
31 years experience: Emerging Markets & Sustainability Investment Asset Manager

Gerrit is a co-founder of Osmosis Investment Management, the London-based market leader in resource efficiency. Osmosis is focused on economic value creation in an environment of accelerating resource constraint.

As an investment management firm, Osmosis manages money for institutional investors and asset owners across Europe and the United States. Gerrit was named one of the top 50 people influencing global finance in 2013 by the Institute of Chartered Accountants for his contribution to resource efficiency in finance at Osmosis. His vision is an investment community that channels capital in a manner, which promotes current value creation without diminishing future opportunity.Prior to co-founding Osmosis in 2009, Gerrit spent more than 20 years in the Far East and Russia building and managing emerging market equity sales desks for global investment banks. He holds a BS in Finance from Louisiana State University and a M.Phil. in International Finance from Glasgow University.Gerrit is a member of several industry organisations and actively writes and speaks on resource efficiency, sustainability and climate change with respect to finance and investment.

RALPH FREESE communiTgrow - Director
35 years experience: Professional Business Leader, Social Activist & Impact Investor

Ralph was born on the Cape Flats, educated by diverse teachers, and has served as Chairman and Director on numerous Boards of Developmental NGO’s of the Arts, Housing and Financial as well that of ‘for profit’ businesses. He enjoys complex processes and reads widely.He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the African Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Please view full bio at www.ralphfreese.co.za

TERRENCE SMITH
34 years experience: Project Manager, Business Leader & Strategist, Entrepreneur

Terrence is an authority in the field of development and project management. With a passion for the industry and its challenges, Terrence started his career as a consulting engineer over three decades ago. To date, Terrence has enjoyed a strong affiliation with a number of industry and academic institutions and was instrumental in developing targeted procurement strategies with provincial government in the 1990s. Terrence has in more recent times headed up a number of the region’s most prestigious developments including the Cape Town Convention Centre and a number of Airport Terminal upgrades at Cape Town International.

2018

  • NEW DOMESTIC ARRIVALS – CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - Western Cape Airports Company South Africa Major Airport Terminal Upgrade and Expansion Project Management and Transformation / Empowerment Consultant Transformation Specification and Project Planning

2017

  • CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE EXPANSION - Western Cape
    Convention Centre Development Project Manager and Principal Agent Oversight role
  • CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT OFFICE PARK EMPOWERMENT - Western Cape
    Airports Company South Africa Commercial Building Transformation Consultant Transformation Contract Specifications, monitoring and validation
  • VALKENBERG HOSPITAL REVITALISATION - Western Cape
    Provincial Government of the Western Cape Healthcare Facility Project Manager and Principal Agent Client Liaison
  • DISTRICT SIX BUSINESS PLAN AND PILOT PROJECT- Western Cape
    District Six Beneficiary Trust Business Planning Principal Contracting Party Lead

2011

  • CAPE TOWN STATION 2030 MASTER PLAN AND FEASIBILITY STUDY- Western Cape
    PRASA Business Planning Leader of Multidisciplinary Team Principal Agent

2010

  • CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT CENTRAL TERMINAL - Western Cape
    Airports Company South Africa Major Airport Terminal Upgrade Project Manager and Empowerment Consultant Principal Agent and Transformation / Empowerment Management
  • CAPE TOWN FILM STUDIOS - Western Cape
    Cape Town Film Studios Film Studio Complex Development Project Manager and Principal Agent Principal Agent

2009

  • NATIONAL ARCHIVES, Timbuktu, Mali
    Office of the President / DBSA Historic Educational Building Project Principal Agent and Project Manager Principle Agent

2007

  • THE ICON BUILDING - Western Cape
    Coessa Holdings Apartments and Mixed Use Development Manager Development Management and Principle Agent

2006

  • KLIPFONTEIN CORRIDOR - Western Cape
    Provincial Government of the Western Cape Transport Planning Project and Programme Manager Project Leader

2003

  • CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE - Western Cape
    Convention Centre Development Lead Project Manager Project Leader
  • CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURES TERMINAL - Western Cape
    Airports Company South Africa Major Airport Terminal Upgrade Project Manager and Principal Agent Principle Agent

ANTONIE VAN WYK
22 years experience: Attorney - Specialist: Tax, Property & Transaction Structuring
BA LL.B. LL.M. (Corporate Law) H. Dip. Tax. The LL.M. degree covered company law, securities law, partnership law, close corporations law and law of trusts.

Antonie was admitted as an attorney in 1995 and became a director of Danie Erasmus & Partners Inc, a top boutique tax and commercial firm, shortly thereafter. At the time his work included mergers and acquisitions, tax litigation, business restructuring, international tax law, trust law, general commercial drafting, financial structures.

Whilst he was in practice he was a lecturer for the Law Society’s Continuing Legal Education tax programme and a guest lecturer for UCT’s LL.M. elective on international tax law. He left practice in 2000 to become a director of Catalyst Property Finance (Pty) Ltd, a property structured finance business. He was instrumental in the design and implementation of a Dutch- based international tax structure. He gained in-depth experience in financial modelling during his time in the structured finance industry.

In 2003 he joined Nedbank Corporate Property Finance in Cape Town as a Senior Manager, where he served in the key clients team (high-net worth individuals, listed property funds and large developers). He was the Cape Town lead for the arranging of finance for the One & Only Hotel development at the V&A Waterfront.

Antonie left Nedbank in 2004 to help form a new property development company, which successfully developed an office complex and a number of residential units. He has since been actively involved in the development of industrial properties, as well as the hands-on management of a property portfolio, including lease negotiations and facilities management.

Antonie has decided to combine his practical business experience with his legal training by joining forces with Mandy Simpson, a senior and respected litigation attorney.This step allows Antonie to remain at the cutting edge of high-level property development by honing his technical commercial, tax and property development law skills in both business and in practice. Antonie is a skilled negotiator and is also qualified as a Notary Public and a Conveyancer.