Harold Spies founded Similan in November 2010 because he wanted to contribute to the way that homes are designed, developed and sold in South Africa.

He certainly has the academic and practical know-how to successfully navigate the world of real estate, including a BSc Honours in Construction Economics from the University of Pretoria, an MBA (Cum Laude) from Stellenbosch University and years of experience both in South Africa and overseas.

But even more important are the dual driving forces of creativity and the desire to change the way people live, for the better…

As husband and father, he has a deep, personal understanding of how being able to provide a safe home environment can influence happiness, self-respect and success, and so Harold pushes himself and his team to not only find innovative solutions to the obvious problems, but to question the existing norms in a way that creates simple, smart improvements in the lives of South African families.