About Fundation

Fundation Property Group primarily focuses on the development and acquisition of Convenience Retail Centres, specifically within South Africa’s emerging market areas. As our portfolio and market penetration has evolved, we have diversified into the acquisition or development of support facilities for our retailers i.e. Distribution Centres and Commercial warehousing facilities.

We are a team of highly experienced individuals who possess a valuable understanding of the South African Commercial and Retail Property market.

We are augmented by a group of Development and Investment professionals who are aligned with the company in order to provide additional applicable skills where necessary, thereby combining specific industry, financial and operational expertise to obtain our ultimate goal of developing and sharing property value.

We aim to leave a lasting impact on people, communities and properties that inspires growth and sustainability beyond capital returns. We recognise the responsibility and privilege associated with developing commercial property and embrace the opportunity to make a meaningful difference.

Our Directors

Dean Message

Dean Message has a BBA (Unisa), PDP (UCT), NQF5 and is a major Shareholder of Fundation Property Group. Having started his career as a Commercial Property Broker in 2007, he quickly ascended to Principle Member of Business Property Solutions and was instrumental in increasing deal value by 50% year on year. He proved to be a key figure in facilitating sale and leasing transactions to the value of R600 Million during his tenor. Through this experience, Dean gained invaluable knowledge of the Commercial Property market and forged key relationships with National and International clients in both the public and private business sectors.

Leveraging off his proven experience and track record in the commercial and industrial property market, Dean became the founding shareholder of Fundation Property Group. In his role, he has led the planning and execution of multiple large commercial property developments, where his strong entrepreneurial drive has positively influenced the vision of the company.

David Asbury

David Asbury has a BSC. Property Development (UKZN) and is a major Shareholder of Fundation Property Group. He is instrumental in overseeing the funding and structuring of the deal process from beginning to end. This includes assessing the strategic fit of the opportunities together with preparation of detailed financial models, deal structure and other information required for our Funding Partners.

David has a strong business background, having been the founder and major shareholder of multiple successful enterprises. David’s 20 years’ experience, business acumen and financial knowledge offers the complete end-to-end deal making ability to source, negotiate, structure and close out substantial property transactions and deal funding, whilst providing a people focused approach to property.

Our Investment, Professional and Support Teams

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Fundation Property Group

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Quantity Surveyor
Robertson Poole
Quantity Surveyors

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Oxynec (Pty) Ltd

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Cole and Calvert Architects;
Trinity Architects; 3DArchitects

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Town Planning
Mondli Consulting; Tshani

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Engineering Consultants
ARUP; Kantey & Templer

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Electrical Consultants
Voight Consulting, KK Consulting

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Fire Consultant
Master Emblem Fire Specialists

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RB Properties