Making the Difference

So, how do we fix the shortage of affordable student accommodation?

There is and will continue to be a great demand for affordable student accommodation. We’re here to help and lead the way.

The Heher Commission of Enquiry, proposed options for student accommodation development to cater for between 50% and 80% of the student population; and estimate the cost and time  to be R147 billion over a 15-year period. Thereafter an estimated annual growth of 5% is required per annum to ensure additional demand is covered. This doesn’t begin to consider the R2.5 billion to cover a backlog in maintenance or a further R1.9 billion to update existing residences so they are fit-for-purpose.

The solution for government alone is near to impossible. Thus, the real solution is a combination of:

  • Private Finance development and operation
  • Public Private Partnerships
  • Private  Partnerships, and
  • Precinct Development

This is where Citiq is making a huge difference. We are working with higher education because we know that collaboration is the key to opening the door to student accommodation.

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Our Team

Our expert team has years of experience in foresight, innovation, strategy and business development

The Citiq team comprises talented people who are leaders in their field and who have a diversity of skills, knowledge and expertise as well as property industry experience.

Nicolaas Erasmus

Acting Chief Executive Officer

Nicolaas have gained extensive experience in physical asset management in both major plant operations such as mining, manufacturing and processing, and facilities management in health care and Public Private Partnership (PPP) development and operations projects. He is experienced in management of multi- functional teams for operation and maintenance as well as project management and execution through the various senior management roles he held. In his capacity as a consulting engineer, he has successfully executed Enterprise Architecture projects at client sites across different industries ensuring formulation and optimisation of business processes. He is further experienced in the facilitation of job profiling and resource capability mapping for the optimisation of resource utilisation in new Enterprise Ontology defined in a drive for achieving Operational Excellence.

Chris van Rensburg

Chief Financial Officer

Chris is a CA(SA) with international experience, leveraging from his 15 years of work experience in the financial services, construction and property development sectors. Chris is an active person and is passionate about road-and trail running.

Robert Bode

Business and Financial Analyst

Skilled in business improvement, asset management, financial due diligence, funding, acquisition & sale of properties, corporate management, industry & financial analysis.


Craig Barure

General Manager Students

Extensive experience in student property development and management. Manages the largest purpose-build student accommodation in South Africa.

Charl-Stephan Nienaber

Technical Manager

Passionate about technology, innovation and IOT, energy-efficiency and green-building solution management. Detailed-orientated engineer, focussing on continuous improvement and maintenance project planning.

Brandon Wagner

Customer Relations Manager

More than 20 years’ experience in customer relationship management and engagement on all levels, collection and revenue management. Extensive Industry Experience

Euline Ferreira

HR Manager

Extensive experience in industrial relations, recruitment, policies & procedures, payroll administration, employment equity, employee wellness, training & development, performance management,

We are Citiq

We strive to better our product offerings and service

Citiq plans to grow its affordable student accommodation portfolio to over 10,000 beds in the next five years. We also aim to even become the preferred manager of affordable student accommodation for others.

We have cemented firm relationships with major post-school education and training institutions. Citiq is a founding member of South Africa’s Private Student Accommodation Providers’ Association (SAPSAPA) the newly established body representing the industry that will become the voice for large private student accommodation providers in South Africa.

Our management systems allow the managers and maintenance personnel to manage the day-to-day operations of the residences. Each residence has a residence manager and house mother/father with whom the students can interact.

This ensures risk management, maintenance, communication and student satisfaction.

Our largest investor, Futuregrowth, is a specialist investment company and a member of the Old Mutual Investment Group. This provides Citiq with access to institutional funding. We have a scalable business model ready for growth and meaningful impacts in addressing the need for student accommodation from an affordable, social and economically feasible point of view.

We firmly believe that transforming South Africa is about a lot more than scorecards and tick boxes. When our investors consider what is required for transformation, they include the impact their business and investments have on the broader society in which they operate. Citiq fully supports this philosophy through the transformation of our business to reflect the racial and gender diversity of our country.

The impact that our business has is transformational for our students, our communities, the education space and the economy as a whole.

All our residences exceed the Minimum Norms and Standards as set out by the DHET. Our residences are accredited by the University of Johannesburg and the Tshwane University of Technology. Our products are therefore exceptional value for money.

We don’t just provide a bed to sleep in – we provide much more than that. We believe in creating an environment that is conducive for learning and for students to excel in. Every year various initiatives are launched, ranging from soccer teams to social events, such as our annual Spring Bash.


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