Globals Over 50's Housing

2011 World’s Best Retirement Resort
Waterfall Hills and Waterfall Valley Mature Lifestyle Estate

Midrand-based Century Property Developments has beaten off more than 1,000 international competitors to walk away with the prestigious Globals 2011 for the world’s best retirement resort. The Globals Award is held annually to recognise excellence in over-50s residential housing. Mark Corbett, CEO of Century Property Developments says the award for best retirement resort in the world is a major coup for a South African developer, not to mention what it means for South Africa. “This category is intended to differentiate retirement ‘resorts’ from typical retirement villages and old age homes. The judges were particularly impressed by the focus on customised, bespoke homes, and the quality of amenities available to residents”.

CNBC International Property Awards

Century Property Developments is delighted to announce that its Waterfall Equestrian and Waterfall Hills Mature Lifestyle Estates won a total of six awards at the prestigious CNBC International Property Awards competition in 2009:

Waterfall Equestrian Estate:

  • – Best Residential Development in South Africa – 5 star award.
  • – Best Residential Development in Africa. This estate also represented the continent of Africa at the ‘Best of the World’ awards ceremony, held in San Diego.

Waterfall Hills Mature Lifestyle Estate:

– Best Development Marketing in South Africa – 4 star award.
– Best Retirement Development in South Africa – 5 star award.
– Best Retirement Development in Africa. This estate represented the continent of Africa at the ‘Best of the World’ awards ceremony held in San Diego and won.
– “Best International Retirement Development”

The CNBC International Property Awards is the world’s most prestigious competition dedicated to recognising the best real estate professionals and projects across the globe. The fact that Century Property Developments won six of these coveted awards shows that South Africa possesses the capacity not only to compete at this level, but also to triumph within the highly competitive European and African property arenas.

Entries were judged by a panel of professionals whose collective knowledge of the property industry is second to none. The judges included Eric Pickles MP, chairman of the Conservative Party, Ben Wood, industry head property markets of Google UK; Peter Bolton King, group chief executive of the National Federation of Property Professionals; Imtiaz Farookhi, chief executive of the National House Building Council; Christopher Hall, president elect of FIABCI; Wilhelm Harnish, Master Builders of Australia (MBA); Thijis Stoffer, International Consortium of Real Estate Agents Association (ICREA); Helen Shield, editor-in-chief of International Homes Luxury Collection magazine; and Gillian Farr, head of design at Laura Ashley Home.

Mark Corbett, CEO of Century Property Developments, said of winning the award, “We are truly honoured to receive these accolades. This is our first year of entering the Europe & Africa Property Awards, and winning in all five of the categories we entered is a wonderful achievement! We pride ourselves on our uniquely South African approach, and I reckon that it was the combination of environmentally friendly principles and aesthetically pleasing architecture that won the day for us.”

Local Awards

Century Property Developments is one of the most celebrated companies within the South African property arena. This sets the group apart from its competitors and allows it to set the benchmark for other developers to follow.

A Nedbank “Young Lion” is described as a person that displays the qualities of performance and productivity that raise above all expectations to reach unique levels of achievement. During the 2010 Nedbank Property Professional Awards, the panel of honorary judges and trustees could think of no better person that display these qualities, other than Mark Corbett – CEO of Century Property Developments. Congratulations to the ‘Young Lion’ winner, Mark Corbett, on his remarkable achievement in winning this year’s prestigious accolade.

Waterfall Equestrian Estate has won a total of 7 of the CMA (Concrete Manufacturers Association) Masonry Awards for Excellence, with two being in the Premier category two years in a row – the first such achievement by any property developer in history.

In 2006, Architect and Specificator magazine listed Carlswald Lifestyle Estate as one of the top 10 non-golf residential estates in Southern Africa.

Social Investment Initiatives

Riversands SMME Incubation Hub

Situated in Riversands Commercial Park, the SMME Incubation Hub is a joint project by Century Property Developments, The Jobs Fund and National Government. The SMME Incubation Program will take existing and newly created SMME’s from small struggling businesses and incubate them through various programs allowing them to develop into thriving businesses.

A comprehensive mentorship and support program will be provided to the SMME’s, which will function as an on site practical business university. This program will encompass training and mentorship on numerous facets of business including accountancy, marketing, tax, law, labour law, engineering, best practice and many other fields. This mentorship will ensure that when SMME’s graduate from the program they are a viable business with long term sustainability.

The SMME Incubation Hub is a purpose built precinct allowing small businesses to benefit from the surrounding commercial environment by guaranteed off take agreements.

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Growing trees for a brighter future

Residents and school children of underprivelaged communities in Gauteng have been given the opportunity to empower themselves by an initiative from Qhubeka Eco and Century Property Developments.

Communities are supplied tree seed propagation starter kits which consist of all the elements required to grow an indigenous tree. For every 150 tree saplings they grow, the community receives a bicycle. To date, Century has incentivised 20,000 trees to be grown, thus providing 133 bicycles.

These trees are planted in Century’s lifestyle estates to enhance and rehabilitate natural greenbelts. We believe this practice is far beneficial than the standard practice of most developers that purchase and often desimate natural forests from commercial “tree farms” in neighbouring provinces. This simple initiative teaches the value of exchange, a respect for our natural flora and provides opportunity for improved transport for our country’s children.

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The Diepsloot Youth Programme

The vision of this programme is to create a drug free generation in Diepsloot that has firm basic morals and has the basics of a school education in place so they can grow and become valuable contributors to society with a strong sense of self worth and achievement.

The programme focuses on the problems plaguing the Diepsloot youths, drug abuse, a lack of basic morals, no understanding of basic human rights resulting in mob justice and crimes being committed in schools. Over two years ago we selected 5 young adults from the South African Police Services Youth League who were then trained in the subjects of Drug education, Basic morals, The Youth for Human Rights a united nations charter as well as a technology of study to assist the learners and teachers alike.

These “ coaches” then went out into the schools and began a campaign of drug education, followed by basic morals and youth for human rights. This is being done in the form of interactive workshops with the youths in the schools. The results have been phenomenal; bullying is no longer happening, drug dealing which was occurring in school grounds at break times no longer happens, school going learners have stopped smoking and have a greater understanding of the harmful effects of drugs and how important basic values and respect in life towards one another is. The concept of producing and exchange where by one can be proud of one’s achievements is strongly emphasized.

The South African Police Services in Diepsloot is a key player in this programme as they want to see the reduction of crime in the area and an increase in awareness of human rights, mutual respect and self worth. They know the way to achieve this is to start with the youth.