Shoprite in Nigeria to Rawson Commercial in Paarl

Johan Els

The fast growing Rawson Commercial franchise division has recently sold a Paarl-based franchise to 41 years old Johan Els, who has had over 13 years’ experience in various management positions.

In his previous position, Els was the financial manager for Shoprite in Nigeria, where, in just three years, they increased the number of Shoprite stores from one to six.

Els has also held financial management positions with DCD, Dorbyl and a management accountant position at Tiger Brands.

The new franchise, said Els, offers him tremendous scope because he will be selling and leasing office and industrial space throughout the Boland – in Paarl, Wellington, Stellenbosch, Malmesbury, Tulbagh, Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West. In addition, should opportunities arise in the Cape Metropole or from contacts from existing clients, he will be able to capitalize on them.

“Commercial properties in smaller towns,” says Els, “typically offer investors higher yields as they come with strong long term tenants that move fairly infrequently.”

Els said that he had also been mandated to handle agricultural properties throughout the Western Cape and, although this will not be his primary focus, it is, he said, an area in which he is especially interested – as there is a growing demand for boutique wine estates and general agricultural small holdings throughout the country districts of the Western Cape.

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