Greg Blend is a partner at Africrest Properties, along with fellow King Davidians Justin Blend and Grant Friedman. Greg began his journey in the property industry at 21 years old, building towards what would later form a part of the larger Africrest portfolio.
Africrest owns a commercial property portfolio but focuses on developing and managing a residential portfolio. Africrest is a specialist in converting office buildings into apartment buildings and is now one of the fastest growing built-to-rent (apartments developed to rent and not for sale) landlords in South Africa. They are focused on providing safe, affordable, quality accommodation to young, middle-class professionals in areas that were previously not affordable to them. The developments offer world class amenities including free gyms, free internet, business centres, etc. As of 2023, they have developed, and currently own and manage over 3500 apartments and employ over 100 staff who manage all aspects of the properties in-house.
Their flagship development, The Apollo in Sunninghill, was previously PWC’s head offices before being converted into an estate comprising of 700 apartments. It recently won the award for the Best Residential Redevelopment in Africa at the 2022 International Property Awards.
The Africrest partners are proud to have been recognised by their community when they won the Entrepreneur Award at the 2022 Absa Jewish Achiever Awards.
"I credit King David for instilling a sense in me that anything is possible. King David taught me to believe in myself and not to accept the status quo. These qualities were integral in giving me the confidence to start my business at a young age. I loved my time at King David Sandton and Linksfield and am still friends with so many people from both primary and high school. The networks and friendships that I made at King David are invaluable. Teachers that made an impression on me were Hazel Bolnick, Lorraine Srage and Gary Block."