Attacq, the JSE-listed REIT and developers of the iconic Waterfall City precinct, announced the appointment of David Oosthuizen as Development Executive and Lourens Du Toit as Head of Sustainability, Infrastructure and Land. Both new appointments are as a result of internal promotions, an indication of the strength of the talent pipeline that has been built.
Jackie van Niekerk, Attacq CEO, says, “Attacq has promoted two individuals who embody the characteristics, qualifications, and skills needed to carry out our broader corporate strategy. Promoting from within has allowed us to develop and retain core competencies. David and Lourens have an excellent understanding of the organisation, its history and core values and we are excited to see both thrive in their new positions.”
Oosthuizen will oversee all of Attacq’s developments within the Attacq portfolio, from inception to the delivery of a completed asset. In addition, the Development Executive will lead an internal development team and manage relationships with key stakeholders to achieve Attacq’s strategic objective in terms of new developments.
Oosthuizen has over 15 years of experience, the last five of which have been with Attacq. Formerly, the Senior Property Manager in the Development division at Attacq, Oosthuizen was responsible for the sourcing, deal structuring, and overseeing the delivery of new logistics and warehousing developments at Waterfall City and was instrumental in delivering the Vantage Data Centre deal to the logistics portfolio.
Oosthuizen says, “I am excited to step into my new role and play an integral part in aligning Attacq’s development goals to the broader Attacq business strategy.”
Head of Sustainability, Infrastructure and Land
Lourens du Toit will assume responsibility for Attacq’s land portfolio optimisations, formulating bulk infrastructure projects whilst concentrating on the impact to the environment. One of the key focus areas of the role is driving innovations in resource efficiencies, sustainability and green development to create smart and innovative cities through urban design strategies.
Du Toit holds over ten years of industry experience, the last four of which have been with Attacq. Du Toit formerly led all activities from master planning to roll out and delivery of sustainable, modern and smart bulk infrastructure and associated services to Waterfall City. In addition, he delivered strategic projects and initiatives that focus on securing sustainable, renewable and resilient energy and continuous water supply to the development.
Du Toit says, “Assuming this exciting new role and being able to lead the internal Sustainability and Urban Design teams, will allow for further support in aligning Attacq’s strategic objectives within the portfolio.”
Succession planning is crucial and promoting from within has allowed Attacq to reward top talent and retain the skills needed for their leadership teams. In addition, these new senior appointments will assist Attacq in moving the organisation’s mission forward.