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Co-founder and Managing Director
B.Acc (University of Stellenbosch); BLC (University of Pretoria).
33 years' experience
Jannie is responsible for the strategic direction of the Dorpstraat group of companies. He has extensive experience in the industry and in-depth knowledge of retail and residential property development and investment fundamentals. He established the Dorpstraat property funds and was instrumental in setting up the asset management businesses of Dorpstraat and Retail Africa. He focuses on deal making and capital raising. Before starting Dorpstraat in 2014, he was a co-founder of Retail Africa. His career started at Downtown Development Corporation, a subsidiary of the JH Isaacs Group, and he then joined Woolworths as Development Manager. He is married to Yvette and they have three daughters.
Co-founder and Executive Director
BS&S (University of Pretoria)
31 years’ experience
Etienne was a co-founder of Dorpstraat in 2014. He leads the various professional teams responsible for building the shopping centres. He seeks out new developments, focussing on the roll-out strategies of the national retailers. After obtaining his degree in Town and Regional Planning he completed further courses in project management and architecture. He joined Elmado Property Holding in Pretoria in 1992 specialising in filling stations and thereafter the Abland Group in Johannesburg. In 1997 he joined Woolworths as Research and Development Manager working on the strategic store expansion programme and property joint ventures. He joined Retail Africa in 2001 as director, and served as a director on the boards of various development companies and private property funds. Etienne is married to Marilize and they have two children.
B.Acc (Stellenbosch), B.Compt (Hons.) (Unisa), Advanced Diploma In Taxation (Unisa), CA (SA)
24 years’ experience
As Financial Director, Jaco is responsible for corporate financial services within the Dorpstraat group. He has a deep understanding of property development and investment fundamentals and excels in financial modelling and feasibility studies. He completed his articles as Chartered Accountant at RSM Associates (Cape Town) in 2001. After spending four years as an audit and tax practitioner, he joined Retail Africa as Financial Manager in 2006. Jaco was promoted to Financial Director in 2009. Together with Jannie, Hannes and Etienne, he co-founded Dorpstraat in 2014. Jaco is married to Natasha and they live in Cape Town with their daughter, Sophia.
B.Sc (QS); PrQS
33 years’ experience
Sam is responsbile for all asset management across the Dorpstraat group and portfolios. He practised as a professional quantity surveyor for 21 years. Thereafter he became the Managing Director of Safari & Outdoor from 2011 to 2015, where he is also a shareholder. He joined Dorpstraat at the end of 2015. His career started at Farrow Laing/AECOM quantity surveyors, including two years in Hong Kong and four years in Los Angeles. His last position at AECOM was that of Chief Operating Officer. He is married to Nicolette and they have two children.
Director: Asset Management
BCom (Hons.) Entrepreneurship and Marketing, BCom Law and Business Management, North-West University, Potchefstroom, Certificate in Financial Management NQF 6, UNISA
15 years’ experience
Carina has been Asset Manager for Dorpstraat since 2015. She oversees a national retail property portfolio of more than 140 000m², consisting of a variety of community, neighbourhood and convenience shopping centres. She focuses on asset performance and continuous strategies to improve revenue and increase net operating income. Her career started in 2007 as marketing assistant at F Dawood and Sons. She rose through the property ranks from 2009 to 2013 to become Centre Manager at JHI Excellerate, before joining Broll Property Group as Senior Property Manager in 2013. She is passionate about life and family.
B.Acc Hons (Stellenbosch); CA (SA)
11 years’ experience
Liné joined Dorpstraat in 2016 as Finance and Asset Manager. She completed her articles at PwC Cape Town in 2012. From 2013 to 2015 she gained international experience in Turks and Caicos Islands (“TCI”) as Senior Associate of PwC TCI and subsequently Finance Manager of Digicel Play TCI (Telecommunication, Cable & Wireless). On her return, she launched and managed Allprop Quantity Surveying’s capital allowance tax services to private property owners. In this role, she met the Dorpstraat Founders. Since 2020, Liné’s primary focus is the asset management of Dorpstraat’s Western Cape property portfolio. The Knoetze family of three are outdoor adventure enthusiasts. Liné is also a yoga teacher and trail runner.
Group Financial Manager
B.Acc (Stellenbosch), B.Acc (Hons.) (Stellenbosch), CA(SA)
8 years' experience
Dawid joined Dorpstraat in 2021. He completed his articles at PKF Cape Town after which he was appointed as an Audit Manager. Two years later he joined Wild Peacock Products as financial manager and gained experience in the FMCG sector. Dawid enjoys golf, trail running and being active as well as socialising with friends. He is married to Andria.
10 years' experience
Francois joined Dorpstraat in 2023 as a Development Manager. He is responsible for the overseeing of the respective professional teams in order to ensure the successful delivery of new projects. His role further includes the placement of National retailers in these centres.
As a Chartered Global Management Accountant by qualification with comprehensive experience in the Investment, Credit, and Property Industries, he understands the vital role that the “sum of the parts” plays to reach the desired business outcome.
Before joining the Dorpstraat team, he successfully founded and established a niche project and property development financing company providing bespoke funding solutions to various companies for business and operational requirements.
He enjoys outdoor excursions with his family of three and is a keen golfer and mountain biker.