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An inclusionary housing development model which incentivises developers to add a percentage of more affordable apartments to an existing development, targeted at the middle-income market. 

Developers apply to the local city council for additional building rights on their existing development known as a bulk departure. This bulk departure falls within the zoning scheme and is well within the maximum envelope that could be built on the site as defined by the setbacks and height restrictions.

They then allocate this bulk on a 1-for-1 basis, which means that for every square metre of inclusionary housing added, the developer can add a square metre to the original scheme.

As part of the extensive consultation procss which involved input from the local city council, it was suggested that the model should be scalable so that developers should be incentivised to introduce more affordable units into their developments, while improving the overall viability of the project. It was felt that this amendment to the model would act as a stronger incentive than the 80:20 ratio model.

It is the site of Blok’s development where the inclusionary development model will be piloted. It is located at 40 Lion Street, Bo Kaap.

It comprises the original scheme of 54 open-market apartments (already launched for sale) and will use the bulk departure to add:

  • 400 sqm for 11 more affordable apartments and
  • 400 sqm for more open-market apartments

Affordable housing can be defined as housing units which are affordable by the section of society whose income is below the neighbourhood’s median household income or whose income would not qualify the household for finance to apply for the open-market units in a particular development.

It is a form of affordable housing supplied by the private sector to a market whose household income is not sufficient to grant them access to finance or a bond for a particular development on the open market, or where their income range would not give them access to purchase housing in a well-located area within which the development takes place. 

They will be priced at 30-50% lower than the sale value of open-market apartments within the overall development and the development is in a well-located part of Cape Town.

Currently, the average 1 and 2 bedroom prices in the Cape Town CBD require an income range of R70,000 to R150,000 a month to qualify for a bond or loan financing. The more affordable apartments in FORTY ON L will be targeting a combined or household income range of R15,000 to R45,000 per month.

While the prices have not yet been finalised, the apartments’ prices will be between 30-50% lower than the prices of similar open-market apartments in FORTY ON L.

The 1 bedroom apartments will be approximately 35-40 sqm and the 2 bedrooms will be approximately 50-55 sqm.

Yes, a common shared space towards the centre of the development will be accessible to all homeowners and includes a deck, pool, laundry and a gym.

Yes. While they do not finance, design or build the development, the model requires the support and buy-in of the local city council to obtain the additional development rights. It is then the role of the developer to finance/design/build/sell and the participating community in the project to inform the criteria for qualification and provide general support for the development.

This is achieved through a cross-subsidisation where the open-market units in the development subsidise certain costs. i.e. these cots are not allocated to the inclusionary housing units. These costs include the cost of the land, interest costs, holding costs, finance costs and various service fees related to the development such as engineers, architects, planning and more.

They will be sold through an open-draw system, after households have been through a prequalification process with a 3rd party independent financial institution.

The apartments will be made available to first time buyers only, and households will qualify for certain apartments based on their total household income and household size (the number of people living in the household).

Yes, however a restriction on the sale value will apply for a period expected to be between 15 and 20 years. This is done to ensure that these apartments remain within the targeted middle income market, rather than being bought, flipped for profit and ending up in the market-related space.

The design was guided by a Contextual and Urban Fabric Analysis prepared by an independent third party firm. You can download the report here.

JOB SPEC

Blok is a property development brand with a difference. Sure, we’ve heard this before but you see a Blok apartment is designed and curated by passionate urban dwellers themselves and this understanding results in a product that delivers on every aspect of city living. From the delicately constructed flow to the generous size of each apartment. The Third Spaces. A perfectly framed view and the world to explore beyond your front door. Blok is more than a property brand. It’s an opportunity to rediscover urban living.

General

  • Develop and implement a communications strategy across Blok’s three brand pillars: Urban Homes, Urban Living and Design
  • Set and manage KPI’s
  • Create editorial calendars to align with company news, launches and other comms
  • Tracking and reporting monthly or ad hoc as required on the performance of communications and KPI’s
  • Managing internal communications
  • Managing market / public facing communications
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with all relevant media, influencers and stakeholders
  • Monitoring company press on Newsclip or similar media monitoring platform
  • Manage portfolio of responsibilities in line with the Marketing budget

Media buying

  • Create a media strategy and manage its implementation on an ongoing basis
  • Review all media opportunities and proposals and advise the Marketing team onopportunities to suit the brand in budget
  • Execute and manage media campaigns

Writing

  • Writing editorial pieces on urban homes, urban living and design for media as well as own channels
  • Creating client-facing content

Social Media / Community Management

  • Co-creating a social media strategy with the Marketing team
  • Creating content calendars for and managing and monitoring social media platforms including Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn
  • Facebook and Instagram advertising
  • Maintaining press page on our website
  • Reporting monthly

Events

  • Advise on industry awards, events and trade shows, speaking and networking opportunities
  • Planning and executing all communications relating to company events
  • Assisting with micro owner events
  • Assisting with the planning and execution of development launch events
  • Planning and managing any media-related events
  • Guest list management for all events

General ad hoc duties as the company sees fit.

Reporting to:

Lior van Embden - Sales & Marketing Manager

Working in a team with:

Marketing Officer

Qualifications, Qualities and Experience

  • Degree/Diploma in marketing, media, PR, journalism or similar relevant qualification
  • PR / Communications Management experience (minimum 5 years).
  • Experience in crisis management communications
  • Proven experience in strategy / activation plans – planning and execution
  • Excellent written and spoken English communication skills
  • Strong media contacts and experience with managing media
  • Competent in Excel, Outlook and Word (MS Office Suite)
  • Experience with Mailchimp preferable although not essential
  • Strong attention to detail & highly organised
  • Strong administrative skills and can multitask
  • Strong reporting skills
  • Proactive approach and excellent problem-solving capabilities
  • Positive and professional attitude and appearance
  • Demonstrate strategic thinking and follow through
  • Demonstrate good time management and teamwork
  • The ability to manage stress
  • Candidates with property / business experience preferential

Package

  • R 23 000 – R 30 000 per month CTC (experience dependent)
  • Participation in company incentive program
  • Cell phone, Laptop
  • Medical Aid Contribution
  • Company to cover travel related costs at R3,20 per km

In applying for the position, please submit the following to [email protected]:

  1. Your updated CV
  2. Completed recruitment task for the role
  3. A piece of editorial written by you published in the media

 

RECRUITMENT TASK

 

Review the following four scenarios and give a concise response detailing your approach, the risks and the proposed solution. All scenarios below relate to the context of property development in Cape Town.

1. There has been a fatal accident on site involving a construction worker. The site manager has shut the site down and an ambulance has been called. A crowd has gathered in the street outside and media is arriving and looking for information. Describe how you deal with this sensitive situation.

2. Someone with a large following on social media posts something negative about the brand. Describe how you would respond across the different platforms: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

3. A community in which a development is currently under construction is unhappy with the development happening in their neighbourhood. They involve local media to write a negative article on it. How do you approach the situation?

JOB SPEC

Blok is not just an urban property developer. We are an advocate of urban living and the opportunities it presents, Blok operates through thoughtfully designed product, community and customer experience. We see things differently and this allows us to look at our property market differently. Everything we do needs to be excellent, not just good or good enough. We are individuals with strong opinions, but not opinionated. We are passionate, not pushy or arrogant. We love what we do and work as a team. Blok focuses on urban apartment living in the Atlantic Seaboard and City Bowl of Cape Town. We are Blok.

DUTIES

A. Client Service

  • Assist client queries on the various elements of their new apartment
  • Communicate and document any changes or requests to architects
  • Photograph, document and feedback progress to clients
  • Communicate design and customisation ideas with related departments
  • Administration support that relates to clients, which includes documentation, communication and project oversight.
  • Manage customer relationship management system (Salesforce) and ensure is kept up to date and has correct information for all after sales service.
  • Handover of home automation and appliance instructions to clients

B. Customisation

  • Create customisation profiles on Salesforce for each client in all developments
  • Communicate client requests to architects and builders
  • Coordinate and document the customisation build, from client meeting to invoicing to finished product
  • Thorough snagging & documentation on completed products
  • Progress report of and feedback loops to clients and internal team

C. Other

  • General ad hoc duties as the company sees fit. 

QUALIFICATONS & REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelors Degree or Diploma in either Interior Design or Project Management or similar
  • Client Service and Supplier coordination experience
  • Understanding of Salesforce CRM advantantageous
  • Strong attention to detail & highly organized
  • Excellent written and spoken English communication skills
  • Competent in Excel, Outlook and Word (MS Office Suite)
  • Positive and professional attitude and appearance
  • Administrative experience 

PACKAGE

  • Salary R14 000 per month
  • Company Laptop
  • Cell phone contract contribution (after successful completion of probation period)
  • Medical Aid Contribution (after successful completion of probation period)
  • Company to cover travel related costs @ R3,20 per km

Reporting to Rudy Badenhorst (Sales & Client Service Manager) and Lior van Embden (Sales & Marketing Manager)

APPLICATION PROCESS

The following application documents must be sent to [email protected]:

  • CV including a motivational cover letter including answering the following questions:
    • What interests you in the property market?
    • Why are you looking at moving from your current employer?
    • Can we contact your provided references before scheduling an interview?
    • What is your current notice period?
    • What management style would best be suited to yourself?
    • Why you would like to work for Blok?
    • Why you are suited for this role specifically?
    • List of  initial questions regarding the company (Blok) and/or job specification

JOB SPEC

Blok is not just an urban property developer. We are an advocate of urban living and the opportunities it presents, Blok operates through thoughtfully designed product, community and customer experience. We see things differently and this allows us to look at our property market differently. Everything we do needs to be excellent, not just good or good enough. We are individuals with strong opinions, but not opinionated. We are passionate, not pushy or arrogant. We love what we do and work as a team. Blok focuses on urban apartment living in the Atlantic Seaboard and City Bowl of Cape Town. We are Blok.

DUTIES

A. Development Aestehtic Conceptualisation 

  • Assist visually the in development conceptualisation process, including the creation of moodboards for each project to be presented to senior projects team
  • Palette conceptualisation and look and feel for each development
  • Design feature, customisation elements and joinery for each development including modelling of elements 
  • Consideration of lobby and communal areas including signage
  • Selection of specs and assisting in compiling a spec sheet for interior elements and Blok aesthetic
  • Tying in the architectural and spatial flow with the aesthetics and development concept

B. Marketing

  • Styling renders and Blok virtual app to ensure consistency between selected aesthetic, development spec and visuals for Sales/Marketing
  • Assisting Marketing with any visual or written content for sales collateral (magazine / app)
  • Ensuring product and specs selected are feasible and within budget and not just a marketing representation
C. Procurement, Sourcing and Specifications
  • Selection of fixtures and fittings in accordance with the development look and feel, spec sheet and budget
  • Sourcing new specs, materials etc in keeping with trends
  • Getting specifications samples to the projects team for approval
  • Selecting final spec with the development and budget team in order to ensure all specifications and products fit within the approved project budget and timelines

D. Project Management for Interior Design and Architecture

  • Assisting in detailing of interior design elements and features within the agreed budget and aesthetic
  • Coordination of all interior features with the architects and construction team and ensuring all site drawings are correct and according to the finalised design
  • Regular site visits to ensure designed interior features are executed to the Blok standard
  • Concept, design and detailing of building signage
  • Managing signage and installation, including approval of quotes, logistical coordination with site team and final installation oversite
  • Any ad-hoc aesthetic decisions (within budget) as and when materialise
  • General snag and evaluation of Blok detailing per project, including all communal area items 

E. Blok Exhibition Space

  • Reviewing and styling the interiors on an ongoing basis
  • Assisting with styling for launches and events

F. Other

  • General ad hoc duties as the company sees fit

QUALIFICATIONS, QUALITIES AND EXPERIENCE

  • Minimum 2 years industry experience
  • Sketch Up and Revit proficiency favourable
  • Experience working with budgets and suppliers
  • Positive and professional attitude and appearance
  • Demonstrate ability to conceptualise and follow through
  • Demonstrate good time management and teamwork
  • The ability to manage stressful deadlines across different moving projects 

PACKAGE

  • R 13 000 – R 18 000 per month CTC (experience dependent)
  • Potential to participate in company incentive program
  • Cell phone contribution
  • Laptop
  • Medical Aid Contribution
  • Company to cover travel related costs at R3,20 per km

Reporting to Rahla Schaffer (Growth & Acquisitions Manager) and working in a team with Marketing and Sales team, Architects and Construction team

In applying for the position, please submit the following to [email protected]:

  • Your updated CV
  • Your most recent portfolio for review
  • Recruitment task