A holistic approach to property development

The focus is not only on creating cost-effective developments that are aesthetically pleasing, but also catering specifically for the needs of the local communities. We want to think of ourselves as neighbours of choice in the communities we serve.

Welcome to New Africa Developments (NAD).

New Africa Properties, a forerunner of New Africa Developments, was established in 1991. In 1996 NAD was founded. NAD is a dynamic property development group with a portfolio that includes more than 37 prime developments.


Linking the ideal property to the ideal consumer.



Ground-breaking developments that empower communities, and create new distribution outlets

for big brands.



Creating jobs, markets and prosperity for all involved.

Our Company


NAD pioneers ground-breaking retail property developments in South Africa. NAD is instrumental in new market exploration, this conduit allows tenant offerings to enter unexplored territory, which give isolated communities instant access to convenience goods.


Our Approach


NAD typically locates the ideal property within an aligned consumer habitat, before building a shopping mall, catering to the needs of the community. This instills local pride and cements respect into its very foundation. It is the company’s mission to ensure that what shoppers experience is nothing short of world-class. And this starts by creating a sense of belonging.


Our Contribution


NAD's developments are far more than mere structural feats. They tower in worth compared to the grand ceilings and array of desirable products they provide. They become the heartbeat of a community – leading to empowerment through the infrastructures, business opportunities and jobs they create. Such is the inevitable results of our developments - fertile micro economies born of successful, bustling marketplaces.

Meet the NAD Team

Our specialized team of professionals brings a set of complementary skills and expertise to each project we undertake. We aim to create more job opportunities within the communities we serve by bringing the world to the people, and the people to the world.

Japie van Niekerk

(Owner / CEO)


Japie has over 20 years of experience in property development and investment specialising in shopping centres in rural areas. He started his career in property development and investment when he

co-founded New Africa Properties.


Later, in 1996, he founded New Africa Developments.

Robin Houghton



Robin has more than 20 years of management experience in a variety of senior roles. Since joining New Africa Developments in 2016, Robin has gained an incredible experience in all aspects of the property industry, and is particularly proud to have been directly involved in the development of all the company’s current retail assets. In his role as Managing Director, Robin’s primary role is to manage the company’s day-to-day operations and together with a strong management team assist the CEO in growing all aspects of the business.

Rochelle van Niekerk

(Director: Retail)


Rochelle compliments her impressive academic background (no less than 2 separate Masters degrees) with a practical understanding of retail within the property sector, gained through nearly 10 years of hands-on experience in a variety of centre management roles. Rochelle is responsible for the management of the company’s retail portfolio, in respect to not only the successful operation thereof but also the development of long-term strategies to optimise these assets.

Mano Kisten

(Director: Finance)


Mano is an innovative, charismatic, and dynamic CA (SA) MBA with an unusually extroverted personality for someone with a passion for finance. He gained much of his experience in the financial services sector, which he has complimented with an ever increasing knowledge of the property sector since joined NAD in 2019. He is results orientated and his daily objective is to add value.