ALW is a privately-owned property services company specialising in property development, management and portfolio and asset management in Johannesburg, Pretoria and the surrounding areas.

 

A legacy born

The company began life as a construction business, the Max Woolf Building Company, founded in 1927 by Max Woolf. The company was responsible for building some of Johannesburg’s first high-rise residential apartments, such as those in Hillbrow and Yeoville, many of which still stand today.

Building success

In 1980, ALW Estates was born from the winding down of the former construction company, helmed by Max’s son, Abram Louis Woolf. The company flourished under Louis’ leadership, evolving into a healthy mix of development projects and the ongoing management of the company’s property portfolio.

Looking to the future

Now in its third generation, the reins have been handed to Louis’ son, Gary Woolf, who has infused the company with his passion for the built environment, bolstered by international experience in engineering, technology and systems. With a dynamic and passionate team behind him, Gary is determined to grow the business into a global contender in the property industry.

Mission

  • Continuous commitment to creating value for stakeholders, staff and for the economies in which we operate
  • To be an employer of choice, investing in our people and ensuring that they remain motivated, happy and productive
  • As property developers and managers, protecting and enhancing the environment, striving to be a market leader in green initiatives in the property sector
  • To maximise the wealth of all stakeholders, we invest in partnerships with like-minded stakeholders, increasing the values of their portfolios
  • To be a dynamic and innovative company that is a positive influence in developing the urban landscapes where we are involved

Vision

Our vision is to become a globally competitive property services company, growing our reach and influence in the market while creating value through excellence in all aspects of property, aspiring to become the best in stakeholder value creation in the industry.

We aim to be dynamic and opportunistic, constantly evolving and working towards a brighter future.

Above all else, ALW values:

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    Trust, Integrity & Respect

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    Honesty & Transparency

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    Teamwork

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    Commitment & Tenacity

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    Innovation, Adaptability & Improvement

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    Eco-consciousness

GARY WOOLF

MANAGING DIRECTOR

With both his father and grandfather being involved in the family property services business, you could say that Gary has building in his blood. After completing a BSc in Engineering at the Maine Maritime Academy in the United States, Gary went on to work abroad for 28 years before returning to South Africa to join the family business.

GRAEME STILWELL

DIRECTOR & PORTFOLIO MANAGER, DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

After completing his studies, Graeme began his law career in 1995 at the firm Brokensha, Meyer and Havemann in Pietermaritzburg. Graeme left private practice to travel overseas and enhance his career in investment banking, working at JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank in London and Commerzbank in Frankfurt.

LESLIE FIVAZ

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Rhodesian-born Leslie began his career in finance with the Department of Customs and Excise in 1977, immigrating to South Africa in 1982.

LUCAS MOTHLAKE

MAINTENANCE MANAGER

Lucas has always had an affinity for working with his hands. After school, Lucas worked as a salesman and handyman at Carlton Centre, where he remained for 10 years before joining ALW in 2009.

ALAN BAKER

FACILITIES MANAGER

Alan qualified as a fitter and turner in 1993. After being involved in the motor vehicle industry for a number of years, he decided to branch into the property and construction industry and started his own business in 2005.

LETICIA SMITH

SENIOR ACCOUNTANT

Leticia’s passion for numbers and problem solving led to her completing a diploma in bookkeeping in 1997, followed by a BCom degree in Accounting.

LIEZEL TOUA

SENIOR PROPERTY MANAGER

Liezel has over 15 years of experience in the property industry spanning Commercial, Retail and Sectional Title.