John Rabie began developing property in 1978, while completing his studies in Building Science at UCT, which led shortly afterwards to the foundation of the Rabie Property Group. In the course of the following four decades he successfully led his company through two major recessions, a change in political dispensation and a global financial crisis, winning significant national and international awards along the way.
Constantly adapting to changing market conditions, John’s visionary approach has shaped the urban landscape of Cape Town through his pioneering public-private partnerships and mega-mixed use developments, which include Marconi Beam, Westlake Estate, Royal Ascot, Big Bay and Century City.
In 2012, he embarked on a new chapter in his phenomenal career by establishing South Africa’s first ‘private label’ property company, Signatura, dedicated to re-energising Cape Town’s inner city and existing suburban areas.
Signatura has enjoyed meteoric growth, achieving sales of over R6 billion in six action-packed years, which have included the highly successful transformation of two iconic office blocks into luxury hospitality and residential buildings in the Central City and Heerengracht areas, and the creation of a whole new residential node in Woodstock.