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Jan Nel

Real Estate | Property Management | Facility Management | Project Management | Sales & Rentals


Languages:  English & Afrikaans   |   Marital Status:  Married     


A confident, consummate, highly adaptable and very experienced Property Director / Manager with significant property management expertise in the multi-site real estate and prime property sector, using 25 years` experience in general, project, property, facility, leasing, construction and portfolio management, unlocking deep value and running investment asset managers and services.

Extensive client-focused knowledge in and for renowned corporations - a wealth of experience managing cross-cultural teams across multiple markets, where rapid situation analysis and communication skills are key.

Exceedingly resourceful with a proven track record of business enhancement: notably simultaneously managing account strategies, market share growth, and seeing through to completion wide-ranging project remits.


  • Resolute and analytical in pursuit of business objectives, strategies, profits and efficiency`s
  • Astute in negotiations and vendor management
  • Expert risk (asset) and performance manager
  • Highly capable in quality and conflict management
  • Extensively CRM and costs-return focused
  • Detailed understanding of the local and wider property market`s development
  • Applies marketing and key management disciplines to all business environments, to secure sales / new accounts
  • Experienced and assiduous negotiator
  • Personable professional whose strengths include cultural sensitivity and an ability to build rapport with a diverse workforce in multi-cultural settings
  • Innovative problem-solver who can generate workable solutions and resolve complaints
  • Proven relationship-builder with unsurpassed interpersonal skills
  • Results-driven achiever with exemplary planning and organizational skills, along with a high degree of detail orientation


Harcourts Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Jul 2016Present

Property Consultant

  • Specializing in Remraam, Dubai Land

Panamo Properties (Pty) Ltd - Johannesburg, South Africa

Nov 1999Jun 2016

Managing Director

  • Managed by working effectively with all executives, departments and clients, all day-to-day company operations, administration (routinely introduced efficiency drivers and systems), financials, H&S and compliance
  • Financials: managed cash flow, debtors / creditors control and receipt and coordination & reconciliation of rent collections (incl. delinquent tenants)
  • Maximized rental income while minimizing expenses through effective planning and control
  • Maintained original leases and renewals, and introduced and monitored effective lease renewal programs
  • Responded to all Common Area Maintenance (CAM) inquiries and performed daily job site observations to provide direction for all general contractor personnel
  • Conducted all critical pre-installation conferences with general contractors, subcontractors, consultants and manufacturer`s representatives
  • Determined the full construction project life cycle schedule from inception to sign-off: ensured minimal delays by efficiently and promptly carrying out all site inspections, and implementing efficiency systems
  • Completed final move-out walk-through`s for tenants
  • Verified that all customer complaints were handled promptly and appropriately 

Villa Dunaverty - Hogsback, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Jan 2014Apr 2015

General / Project Manager

Key Project of Panamo Properties (Pty) Ltd

Oversaw, with a team of 32 directs, the whole construction process from inception, through design to sign-off. Included:

  • Original design, plans, specs and costings
  • Sourcing, selecting, recruiting and briefing all vendors and contractors
  • Reviewing plans and specs during the schematic design of pre-construction
  • Coordinating utility service providers according to project schedules
  • Conducting weekly production and operations contractor meetings to mitigate and resolve any critical issues
  • Performing daily site observations to ensure all contracted personnel were operating effectively and safely, and avoiding unnecessary delays: reported any shortfalls to construction managers
  • Conducting all critical pre-installation conferences with general contractors, subcontractors, consultants and manufacturer's representatives
  • Scheduled all contractors and materials deliveries

Urban Ocean Property Developers (Pty) Ltd - Johannesburg CBD, South Africa

Jan 2012Nov 2013

General Manager

Key Project of Panamo Properties (Pty) Ltd

Responsibilities - same as for Managing Director, Panamo Properties (Pty) Limited

  • Urban renewal project in Johannesburg Central Business District
  • Transformed non-profitable building complexes to profitable, state of the art developments

Canyon Building Supplies (Pty) Ltd - Johannesburg , South Africa

Aug 2004Nov 2011

Managing Director

Subsidiary of Panamo Properties (Pty) Ltd

  • Managed day-to-day operations of the company including cash flow management and debtors and creditors control
  • Determined the most cost-effective procedures and routes for shipments
  • Minimized damage and repair costs by R 385, 000-00, over 7 months through careful management and preventative maintenance
  • Supervised the work of 9 heavy duty transportation and 6 office personnel
  • Communicated with sixteen dispatchers, warehouses and customers regarding outgoing orders
  • Received all imported goods and checked product condition and count
  • Reviewed plans and specs during the schematic design of pre-construction
  • Conducted weekly production and operations contractor meetings, which facilitated stronger communication and ability to resolve critical issues
  • Conducted all critical pre-installation conferences with general contractors, subcontractors, consultants and manufacturer's representatives and subsequently carried out regular site observations to provide direction for all general contractor personnel as well as for landscape architects on all landscaping projects
  • Worked with construction administration consultants to plan field observations on schedule

Nelcorp Landscaping and Building - Johannesburg, South Africa

Jan 1994Jul 2000


  • Landscaping Contractors
  • Building Contractors



SouthAfrican National Defence Force - Pretoria, South Africa

Jan 1991Dec 1993

Personal Staff Officer

  • Military Intelligence

Summer Leisure International (Pty) Ltd - Bloemfontein, South Africa


Franchise Owner

  • Hospitality Industry
  • Timeshare Resorts of Flexi Club


Ovland (Pty) Ltd - Durban, South Africa


Sales Manager

  • Hospitality Industry
  • Sales Manager for Timeshare Resorts - Durban Sands, Coconut Grove, Chaka  Rocks, St Michaels Sands, Glenmore Sands, Mount Sheba and Bantry Bay

Ovland (Pty) Ltd - Durban, South Africa


Assistant General Manager

  • Durban Sands Timeshare Resort
  • Hospitality Industry

Kondotel Group (Pty) Ltd, Durban, South Africa


Assistant General Manager

  • Durban Spa Timeshare Resort
  • Hospitality Industry


 Peninsula Body Corporate

  • Trustee
  • Dec 2008 - Dec 2012

Acropolis Body Corporate

  • Trustee
  • Dec 2009 - Dec 2012

Dubai Real Estate Institute


Most Deals Done in 2016

Corner House Offices

Corner House Apartments

National Bank House

The Franklin

Villa Dunaverty