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Our Story

In 1989, Jakkie van Heerden Snr laid the foundation for our journey, establishing a modest consulting engineering firm in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. Fuelled by a passion for property, Jakkie Snr and his wife, Annemarie, embarked on their first project with the development of a single residential unit aptly named “Die Pophuis”.

Property development soon took center stage and became the main business activity increasing the range of developments from modest clusters to expansive lifestyle developments and commercial buildings.

Jakkie van Heerden Snr’s venture into the business world was marked not only by his entrepreneurial spirit but also by a deep-seated commitment to family values and the broader community.

As the family’s commitment to fostering genuine connections remains steadfast, the business continues to be one not only of successful projects but of relationships that endure through time in the world of property development.

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Our Team

At Vicinity Group, our team is at the heart of our success. We’re a passionate group of professionals dedicated to creating exceptional spaces and fostering meaningful relationships. Together, we bring expertise, creativity, and a commitment to every project.

Jakkie Snr

Director / Founder

Jakkie Snr is an enthusiastic entrepreneur and property developer.

As a qualified Civil Engineer, he dedicated most of his professional career to establish and grow the family business making significant contributions to the broader community along the way.

His invaluable experience significantly contributes to the growth and path into the future.

Louise

Director / CEO

Louise joined the family business in 2009 after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant from PwC Johannesburg. She is currently enrolled in the Ownership/President Management Program at Harvard Business School and is set to complete the last unit of the 3- year program in April 2024.

Louise has been involved on an executive level in the business since 2013 and currently takes on the role of CEO and Director.

Jakkie Jnr

Director / Developments

Jakkie Jnr followed his father’s footsteps and qualified as a Civil Engineer from the University of Pretoria in 2010.

He then gained experience both locally and abroad before joining the family business in 2013.

Jakkie Jnr has an in-depth knowledge on all development aspects and is responsible to oversee the delivery of all new developments.

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