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VENTURES: JT Ross Grows its Footprint


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J.T. Ross, one of South Africa’s oldest construction and property development companies and which expanded into the Western Cape in 1995, more recently added property and asset management to the services it offers.

This step brought about significant growth within the company and expanded the skills levels of employees across varying sectors. Most importantly, a reputation and the ability to deliver without compromising its founding principles of developing a quality product undertaken with integrity are still cornerstones of the company’s ethos.

When J.T. Ross expanded into the Western Cape the aim was to carry out construction projects and to expand its property acquisition footprint. To date the company has undertaken numerous high profile projects including the regional headquarters for Liberty Life, the new Spar Western Cape Distribution Centre and the Zevenwacht and Gugulethu Mall Shopping centres.

Other than construction work, the company is active in development projects which it undertakes either to create customised premises for lease to tenants or to carry out turnkey developments on behalf of clients. “Our focus has always been on solid client relationships. A driving force in the organization is a continued partnership with various clients, to continuously provide solutions within the property context, which can be tailor made to suit tenants,” says Graeme Green, MD of J.T. Ross Cape.

Quality and cost effective products are a result of working with professional teams within the building industry and passing on the same benefits to the client. Skilled and qualified professionals make up a significant staff complement assuring clients of J.T. Ross sound expertise in the building industry.

Staff and BEE initiatives remain a key focus of J.T.Ross and have more recently been achieved through empowering staff of the group through a BBBEE scheme.”

Continuous training and investment into staff and construction industry learners ensures that both the company and the construction sector are well placed for continuous success. This attitude has further been expressed with the company mentoring numerous emerging contractors to groom them to take their place in the South African economy,” says Green.

Safety is also a key criteria within the construction division and the company annually enters all of its projects into the Master builders annual safety competitions. This endeavour has borne fruit both in ensuring that the wellbeing of staff and subcontractors is ensured on site and furthermore with numerous awards of recognition by the Master builders association.

The Western Cape construction division is currently completing the Cape Town Film Studio’s. This has been a challenging project as the buildings created will lead standards in the film industry in South Africa.

Century City remains an exciting prospect for the company, having developed three projects within the Waterview Park precinct as well as various other projects in the vicinity. Century Junction, a sectional title office development, is ready for commencement once further tenants or purchasers are secured.”

This prime project, located on the circle at the junction of Century Boulevard and Century Avenue, contains 3 300 sq m of A grade offices with excellent views to Table Mountain and ample tenants/owners parking.”

The acquisition and redevelopment of Brackenrite Business Park, being the old Everite factory in Brackenfell, has over the last two years undergone an upgrade to create a secure industrial node leading to the existing
60 000 sq m being close to fully let. Plans have also been developed to create up to a further 18 000sq m to tenants requirements,” Green says.

He says J.T. Ross is looking to further establish its footprint in the Western Cape through the acquisition of key properties to either improve or develop for client needs.

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