Our History

R+N Master Builders, formerly known as Resnekov & Nielsen, is one of the Cape’s leading construction companies. The legacy of our founding members is one of scrupulous honesty, collaboration, fine craftsmanship and hard work. These unshakeable principles continue to guide us through all our projects.

  • 1948

    The business starts in the harsh post-war economic environment, when Vivian Resnekov, a Civil Engineer joins forces with Eric Nielsen, a Master Builder. In its infancy, Resnekov + Nielsen faces fierce competition and a challenging slump in the building industry. Uncompromising in their values, the heritage of a company built on integrity and perseverance is born. The first contract is a house in Milnerton.
  • 1952

    Gerald Kling takes over the business.
  • 1965

    Gerald Phillips, a Professional Quantity Surveyor and third generation builder, joins the partnership. A move away from civil work inspires R+N to turn towards construction and property development.
  • 1988

    Having been involved in the extensive restoration process, R+N celebrates their 40th anniversary celebrations at South Africa’s oldest and best known national monument, The Castle of Good Hope.
  • 1998

    R+N celebrates its 50th anniversary and continues trading through arguably some of the toughest trading conditions experienced since the company was formed.
  • 2004

    The succession planning and business development of the past 10 years pays off as new Partners come on board and the business shows strong growth. Resnekov & Nielsen changes to R+N Master Builders, heralding in the new era.
  • 2008

    R+N celebrate 60 years as a leading firm of Master Builders with a sterling reputation for quality construction and delivery. Partners Cala Bester, Roger Buttress and Shay Nicholls are appointed Directors.
  • 2012

    After only 7 years of trading under the name R+N Master Builders, the new management team celebrate the completion of 100 projects across a diverse spectrum and representing in excess of R1 billion worth of turnover.
  • 2018

    R+N celebrates 70 years of continuous and successful trading. R+N Master Builders and LA Developments combine their specialized skills and merge under the banner of R+N. Anton Mandelstam is appointed as Managing Director.