Meet the Team
Rob retired as CEO of JSE listed Texton Property Fund Limited (formerly VPIF) in mid-2015 which he started in 2006 and then listed on the JSE in 2011. Since inception, Rob grew the fund to an asset value of R5.5bn comprising 350,000m2 of commercial, retail and industrial buildings throughout South Africa. In 2014 Rob diversified the business offshore and the fund had 25% of its asset base in the UK. In the same year, he concluded a BEE transaction placing 26% of the listed shares in black hands.
In addition, Rob is the non-executive Chair of the Cape Town City Improvement District (CCID), a Public-Private Partnership which is responsible for public safety, urban management, social development, and PR/Communications. The CCID is accepted as the organization primarily responsible for the turnaround of the Cape Town CBD.
Rob sits on the South African Property Owners Association Board for the Western Cape Committee and is an occasional lecturer at UCT.
Rob holds a B.Sc. Civil Engineering degree from UCT and an MBA from Bath University, UK.
John is the Founding Partner and Chair of Third Way Investment Partners. He was the youngest CEO of a JSE listed company when he was at GAIA Infrastructure Capital. John is the former Principal Executive Officer (PEO) of the GEPF. John also serves on a number of key strategic industry initiatives including being the Chairman of the Code for Responsible Investing in South Africa (CRISA), as well serving as a member of the PRI Advisory council. He was key to the establishment of CRISA which is hailed as one of the best in the world. He was recognized by Batseta Council of Retirement Funds (previously known as POA) as Industry Person of the year in financial services in 2012. In the same year, he was recognised by The Mail and Guardian as one of the Top 200 young South Africans for his contribution in the world of Pensions. In 2013 he was named Africa’s Top Emerging leader by Africa Investor.
John holds a BSc (Actuarial Science & Mathematical Statistics), BSc(Hons) Advanced Mathematics of Finance, and MSc Finance (Economic Policy).
Sarah joined Boxwood as Head of Asset Management at its inception and played an integral role in the setup of the business.
Her first project was the upgrade of a c.R350m mixed-use asset in the city centre which achieved a 31% uplift in value within the first 12 months.
She is now responsible for the ongoing asset management of Boxwood’s circa R1.4bn Cape based commercial property portfolio and is involved in all aspects of the business. This includes tenant liaison and lease negotiation, acquisition selection and due diligence, redevelopment feasibilities and conceptualization, capital raising, marketing and general operations. Her strong financial background, analytical ability and creative eye serve her well in the role.
Sarah is a qualified Chartered Financial Analyst and holds both a B.Bus.Sc in Finance and a Bcom in Economics.
Saajidah joined Boxwood Property Fund in August 2019 as our Office Manager. As the Office Manager here at Boxwood Property Fund, Saajidah has her finger on the pulse of the office and keeps all our operations running smoothly.
She has worked in various organisations over the years in different aspects of the business which has accumulated to over 10 years of administration experience.
At Boxwood, Saajidah is solely responsible for the management of the office.
Saajidah has exceptional reliability, quick skill-building and flawless customer service that will help manage a multitude of duties at Boxwood Property Fund.
Prior to her career, she completed her Paralegal Diploma at The South African School of Paralegal studies as well as a Secretarial Certificate at Montrose Business College.
Fayaz brings a wealth of property and financial knowledge to Boxwood, which was accumulated over a 14 year career before joining Boxwood in September 2019.
Fayaz spent the first 6 years of his career honing his skills as an accountant at 2 accounting firms. He then headed up the finance department at a property company, giving him a total of 8 years property specific experience, before starting at Boxwood.
At Boxwood, Fayaz is responsible for the outsourced finance of the Property Fund and Asset Management Company. This includes the management of treasury, overview of management reports, monthly reporting to investors and financial modelling.
With a passion for data analytics and asking ‘what if’, Fayaz spends the remainder of his time developing scenarios to manage the moving parts inherent in the answer.
He obtained a Bcom in Accounting Science at The University of South Africa.
LYLE VAN DER MERWE
Lyle is currently the Development Manager, a position that he has held since September 2019 at Boxwood Property Fund. He is responsible for development project conceptualization, the successful delivery of project governance and risk plans, managing external planning authority approval processes and managing and engaging with external consultants.
With over 5 years of industry experience, he has grown within the industry, remaining focused, hardworking, meeting expectations, delivering them and further adapting to ever-changing circumstances.
Lyle has previously had a similar role in the residential development sector bringing in valuable skills to a changing commercial market.
Since joining Boxwood Property Fund, Lyle has gained valuable skills in the execution of commercial conversions and has delivered key projects in a short time period.
Prior to entering the Property Industry, he obtained a BA in Development and Environment followed by a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning (MCRP) at The University of Cape Town. Since completing his Masters, Lyle has also obtained a Project Management (PM) qualification from the University of Cape Town.