DOUBLEAWARDALERT: FOCUS PM has a month bigger than the OSCARS!!

PARK SQUARE, our flagship project in Durban, bagged a ‘HIGHLY COMMENDED AWARD’ for Technical Excellence at the 2019 Durban SAICE Awards. An incredible accolade for, not only, us as Project Managers, but our Client, NEDPORT DEVELOPMENTS  and the rest of the Engineering Team!

At the recent 2019 SAPOA Property Developments Award for Innovative Excellence, the category of Refurbishments for Retail was won by the EASTGATE RE-DEVELOPMENT AND CONTEMPORISATION Project located in Bedfordview, Johannesburg.  FOCUS was the Project Manager on this high-paced refurb project. A huge thanks to the entire professional team and contractor.

Massive kudus to all our FOCUS staff involved on these projects for achieving stellar returns on your dedication to our brand!

These projects and their execution are synonymous to the award-winning excellence that we strive for at FOCUS.

Focus and Loliwe Mandela Day Initiative 2019

On July 18, across our offices, in Johannesburg and Durban, a difference greater than geography, was collectively achieved in celebration of a man who is synonymous with the way we do business – Nelson Mandela.

In Durban we provided groceries to two children’s homes, Lakehaven Child and Youth Care Centre in Newlands East and St. Theresa’s Home in Sydenham whilst in Johannesburg we provided 30 grocery hampers to the Meals on Wheels Foundation for further distribution to our less fortunate.

We take immense pride in joining the world to pay homage to our national and international icon, Madiba. Whilst South Africa is plagued with many challenges, it is indeed a privilege to contribute towards Mandela Day, and to help make a fellow citizen’s day brighter.

FOCUS/LOLIWE – SAICE Mobile Labs Initiative 2019

In 2017 we launched this initiative (a collaboration between Focus, Loliwe Rail Solutions and the SAICE Durban branch) and are proud to announce that with the 3rd one in the bag – we have grown this initiative to include more for the kids of Umlazi in KwaZulu Natal.

In 2019, further to funding the chance for students (of 5 schools) to have their physical science experiments demonstrated to them by the qualified technicians of Midlands Community College, we arranged for the Grade 11 students to attend a career guidance workshop to assist in bridging the gap from transcending school life to the professional world. We noted the lack of know-how in this area  from the previous initiatives and decided it was much too integral to not meaningfully contribute towards improving.

Whilst Physics was the main order of the day, the Focus/Loliwe Team and SAICE committee members provided the students with answers to their questions regarding career choices, options for tertiary education and bursary information.

This initiative always gives us a sense of contribution and accomplishment second to none!

#successfulcollab #corporatesocialresponsibility #givingback

Thank You Shimmy Beach

FOCUS-LOLIWE Networking Evening June 2019 – Cape Town

‘Twas a night of old friends, new ones and relationships being strengthened all round…

A massive Thank You again to our extended network of Clients and Guests for joining us and holding strong the tradition of the #LegendaryFocusAfterparty!


Westgate Shopping Centre – Food Court and Cinemas Refurbishment

FOCUS has delivered another Phase of the Master Development Programme for the Westgate Shopping Centre in Roodepoort on behalf of our Client Pareto Ltd. The Phase 2 Project valued at R 128 Million, included a refurbishment of the Food Court and Cinemas reached Completion in October 2018.

The upgrade and modernization of the Food Court and Cinemas has brought a fresh, new look and feel to the Centre. The Project achieved the following deliverables

  • Refurbishment of the Mall area and tenancies
  • Extension and refurbishment of existing Cinemas
  • Renovation of Entrance 4 of the Food Court
  • The over roofing project.

One of the many achievements of the project was Nandos, a core tenant of the Westgate Food Court, receiving an award for the best store in the country.

Congrats to the entire team yet again in allowing Westgate Shopping Centre to realize its true potential as a Super Regional Mall!


The 2018 SAICE Durban Golf day was held at the Royal Natal Golf Club. FOCUS/LOLIWE is an avid sponsor at the event which sees business meet sport which makes for an all round memorable day.

This year was no different – our hole, the 11th, was frequented by familiar faces and newbies alike – all equally eager for a thirst quencher and snack…

Birdies, Bogeys, Eagles, the FOCUS tee box was the place to be!

Well done to SAICE Durban for another impressive golf day….and congratulations to the winners.

#FOCUSpm #SAICEDurban #Golfday2018

NEWS FLASH: Silver Heights Secondary

Focus Project Management and Loliwe Rail proudly hosted the principal, his vice, the governing body representative and 14 students from Silver Heights Secondary School today at our Durban Office. We are delighted to hold a long term association with the school which is publicly funded and founded in a community that faces numerous social challenges yet managed to achieve a 98.43% pass rate in 2017. In order to uplift these bright-sparks and lessen the burden on the parents of these future stars, Focus PM and Loliwe Rail sponsored 21 bursaries (school fees) and provided 14 sets of school uniform comprising of 2 sets of uniform each, school shoes, socks, school bag & some stationery to indigent learners. These were handed out at our offices.

Amongst the speakers was the inspirational Mr Qwabe (Community Leader) who offered the children advice for their student life, personal life and their futures. He said we all must continually seek to improve and Push Until Something Happens (PUSH).

To reiterate Mr Qwabe’s speech, in the words of Martin Luther King Jr: If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.

Focus and Loliwe wish our bursars the best of luck for their exams and the next year of studies! We are routing for you!

#Focuspm #Loliwe #corporatesocialresponsibility #communityorientated #educationforthenation

Park Square Changes the Umhlanga Ridge Skyline

Park Square (developed by Nedport Developments (Pty) Ltd) is one of Durban’s newest and interesting developments which combines a world class one-stop retail commercial offering. As an iconic building in the heart of the new uMhlanga Precinct, it has changed the skyline and landscape of the Umhlanga ridge.

FOCUS are proud to announce that the project is open and trading to the public from 1st November 2018.

Some impressive building stats include:

  • Gross Building Area: 86 000m²
  • Gross Lettable Area: 40 000m²
  • 32 000m² of office space
  • 4 000m² of retail space
  • 4-star green star design rated building

The Team comprised of :

  • Project Management: Focus Project Management
  • Architect: MAP Group
  • Engineering: Arup
  • Quantity Surveyor: Mbatha Walters & Simpson
  • Principal Contractor: Stefstocks Building (KZN)

Congratulations to the developer and entire project team on a remarkable achievement, as a project of this scale and complexity is not constructed in 2 years without a huge effort of all parties

#parksquare #nedport #focuspm #arup #mapgroup #stefstocks #mbathawalterssimpson #successfulproject #projectnew

Photography and Imagery Credit: Carmen Bodmen; Mbali Mpofu

Saulsville Intermodal and Retail Centre Development

FOCUS, on behalf of the client PRASA, were instrumental in the Design and Construct as a Turnkey Service provider of the Saulsville Intermodal and Retail Centre Development, which is located in Pretoria West.

In November 2018, the R80 million project successfully achieved completion and the following outcomes were realised:  

  • An Upgrade of Saulsville Station with the introduction of retail and office space
  • 23 new shops including 2 anchor tenants and 3 offices in the newly constructed double-storey admin building.
  • A new bus and taxi rank which provide an overarching intermodal facility together with the existing train station.
  • Total development size: 3400m2

Hats off to the entire team!! An upgrade of this stature provides first-time opportunities for our communities…

#Focuspm #Loliwerail #anothersuccessfulproject #projectmanagementspecialists