Exclusive interview: Louis van der Watt talks Mall of Africa and Atterbury Property

In 1990, Louis van der Watt, CEO of Atterbury Property, met his future business partner, Francois van Niekerk who was head of his own IT company, Infotech. Louis, who was an articled clerk at Deloitte at the time, expressed a keen interest in property from a young age and Francois was starting to venture into the property market. Their first deal together was developing the Auditor General’s head office in Brooklyn, Pretoria. Now, 26 years later, their partnership has grown to become one of SA’s largest and most successful Property Groups, Atterbury, which recently opened the Mall of Africa, Southern Africa’s largest single-phase shopping centre development to date.

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