COMPANY
About Blend Property Group

Established in 2006, and Operating out of offices in Cape Town, Johannesburg and London, Blend Property Group is a South African based commercial property company focused on development and investment in the office, industrial and retail sectors.

Currently the Group’s gross assets base is in the region of R2bn, this being a mixture of commercial, industrial and retail properties with a total GLA in excess of 200 000sqm. The core focus of blend is in the major metropoles of South Africa.

The company has core expertise in all of the property industry, including asset management and development skills.

Blend Property management supplies an in-house, full property management service to the group as well as 3rd party property owners. The executive team of Blend has a wealth of experience in the property industry, both in the listed coperate space as well as substantial private property enterprises.

Blend uses both traditional bank funding as well as some securitized funding structures for which the debentures have consistently been awarded an A- (investment Grade).

MEET THE TEAM
Get to know our team

After completing his articles in Cape Town with Moores Rowland, Martin left to explore more entrepreneurial opportunities, which included, amongst others, consulting to retail and operational businesses. In 1995, after a successful period of developing residential, commercial and industrial projects, Martin formed Blend Property Group. Martin divides his time between Cape Town, JHB, and the UK, ensuring all ventures exceed international standards and trends.

CEO
Martin Epstein

After completing articles at Arthur Andersen in 1995, Jonathan moved to the UK, where he held several positions at high profile investment banks for 4 years. He then joined a start-up company in the healthcare sector before he returned to South Africa at the end of 2002 where he consulted to the manufacturing and retail sector. He joined Retail Africa in 2004, a market leader in shopping center developments. He was responsible for the financial team that looked after and critically evaluated the financial and operational performance of multiple shopping centers before joining Blend in April 2012.

COO
Jonathan Levy

Anthony Wolpert is a chartered accountant (CA) and holds a BSc degree in Building Management. He has spent several years in the structured finance industry, concentrating on legal structuring and the financing of property transactions. From 2003 to 2007, he was part of the development team at Spearhead Property Anthony joined Blend in April 2007. He brings his experience in the legal, financing and risk management aspect of property to further complement the skills and expertise of the team. In addition, he is responsible for the current developments being undertaken by Blend.

Development Director
Anthony Wolpert

Darren Epstein’s flexible and problem-solving approach, with the ability to adapt to client and market needs, ensures Blend’s systems and processes are the most efficient in the business. Besides being responsible for driving the property and facilities management divisions of Blend, he has ensured that all operational aspects of the business have been taken care of since 2002. Having qualified with a BSc Mechanical Engineering degree from UCT in 1991, Darren spent his formative years working in product development and engineering in the motor industry, both locally and the UK.

Managing Director - Property Management
Darren Epstein

Hashmat Upadhey heads up Blend Property Group’s finance department, ensuring tight control on all financial aspects of the business and the managed property portfolios. After graduating with a B.Com Honours degree, Hashmat spent five years in the banking industry where he learnt the importance of good financial management through both accuracy and compliance. In 1998, he joined Swish Properties as Head of Finance, where he stayed until 2006 when he joined the Epstein brothers to establish Blend. Hashmat is dedicated to ensuring tight financial control with his unique energy and style.

Financial Director - Property Management
Hashmat Upadhey

Admin

Admin
Toufeeqa

Facilities Manager

Facilities Manager
Theo

Admin

Admin
Sue

Admin

Admin
Tanya

Admin

Admin
Ricardo

Facilities

Facilities
Nare

Admin

Admin
Nazlie

Admin

Admin
Michelle

Admin

Admin
Malcolm

Property Manager

Property Manager
Lauren

Intern

Intern
Lara

Admin

Admin
Kyle

Facilities

Facilities
Kenny

Property Manager

Property Manager
Jonty

Facilities

Facilities
Dorothy

Facilities

Facilities
Derick

Regional Manager (Joburg)

Regional Manager (Joburg)
David

Facilities

Facilities
David

Property Manager

Property Manager
Brad

Admin Manager

Admin Manager
Annelien
OUR SERVICES
What we do

Property
Management

The Group’s property portfolio is managed in-house by the Blend Property Management (BPM) team. This same hands-on approach is available to 3rd party clients for the management of their commercial portfolios.

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Corporate Real
Estate Service (CRES)

Corporate Real Estate Services (CRES) offered to companies with multiples sites and premises, and aims to assist with the complexities of leasing, renewals, site acquisition and other property related aspects.

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SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Supporting the Kika Trust

For our Social Responsibility, we have chosen to support the KIKA Trust. The KIKA Trust was founded in 2011 by Cathy Schincariol & Amanda Cromhout, best friends with a shared passion and vision to provide education for identified scholars.