Our history

The Amdec Group was founded in Cape Town in 1989 by father and son John and James Wilson. They shared a vision of a better way of living, working, interacting and relaxing, and believed that property provided the key to connecting people and creating environments where thriving communities could form and flourish.

John brought his civil engineering background and a wealth of property development expertise and James, a chartered accountant, provided strategic thinking and leadership. Their entrepreneurial spirit has driven exponential growth, built a prestigious portfolio of property assets, and a company profile that includes diverse real estate entities throughout South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

John Wilson & James Wilson

The early years

The Amdec Group’s earliest projects comprised residential renovations and refurbishments in Cape Town’s south peninsula. As these grew in scale, the company was able to take on bigger and more complex new builds, including apartment complexes, gated residential communities, commercial office developments, and mixed-use precincts. Notable early residential developments included Fisherman’s Village in Muizenberg, The Paddocks in Constantia, Normandy Village in Plumstead and The Summit in Higgovale, and luxury Golf lodges at Arabella Country Estate in Hermanus and Pearl Valley in the Cape Winelands.

Early commercial developments included Virgin Active, Westlake Lifestyle Centre and Steenberg Office Park in Tokai, and the Tyger Lake mixed-use precinct, in Tyger Valley. Securing a 50% share of the iconic Melrose Arch mixed-use precinct in Johannesburg in 2005 added a flagship property to the portfolio and allowed the Amdec Group to hone its expertise as a leading developer of new urban lifestyles. These learnings were successfully applied to the development of the Amdec Group’s first inclusionary housing project being 120 End Street in Doornfontein, Johannesburg, in 2007.

Responding confidently to the global credit crunch of 2008-2009, the Amdec Group chose to diversify its assets and expand nationally. This period saw the introduction of Evergreen Lifestyle, which would go on to become South Africa’s premier retirement brand. In addition the purchase of land in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape cemented the Amdec Groups national footprint.

Exponential growth

The Amdec Group has experienced exponential growth in the last 10 years:

Today, the Amdec Group is recognised as South Africa’s leading developer of new urban lifestyles. This reputation, along with the iconic developments on which it is based, is founded upon our belief that there is a better way of living, working, relaxing and interacting. Our buildings and public spaces focus on lifestyle, enjoyment and connectivity, helping to build happy communities while also offering energy efficiency, sustainability and convenience.

Our timeline

  • 1989
  • 1994
  • 1998
  • 2001
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2012
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018