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Dear Greg,

On behalf of Knysna Hospice, we would like to thank you so much for your assistance in sorting out the plumbing and fixing the roof on the house of our Hospice patient Trudy Hammett in Hornlee.  We are so grateful for help like this and it goes a long way in helping us to live up to our slogan 'Locals Caring for Locals'! Bless you for your care and support.

With warm regards and gratitude,

Annie Ogilvie


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Dear Greg & Lucille,

May I take this opportunity to say that you are the finest, hardworking, courteous, most professional people I have come to meet and work with and in the Garden route!
Greg it was a pleasure to work with you and perhaps in the not too distant future I will get to meet the real cog in your wheel (Lucille) the one that keeps the wheels turning.

Kindest regards,

Rosalind Mason
Body Curvez

Dear Lucillle and Greg,

We just want to say how absolutely fantastic FORTY DEGREES has been throughout the whole process, from you two sorting out the plans for the BHOA at the beginning right through to the last worker leaving the property. We are delighted with the results and very pleased that we undertook this project! A special word of praise for Lotter who has been polite, amenable and totally reliable throughout.

We'll certainly recommend FORTY DEGREES to anyone wishing to build, not that you need much help as it seems that everyone wants you.

Thanks for your superb service.

Kind regards,

Di and Duncan de Waal

Morning Greg and Lucille, thank you so much for everything! You both and your team are very special! We could not have chosen a better "partner" for this project.

Best wishes!


House McKinlay

Thanks Greg, I am sooooooooooooooooo looking forward to seeing next week. My folks are very excited, don't know what they gonna talk about once they have moved into their New Little Home.

Have a great weekend and THANK YOU once again for all the updates and being so thoughtful.

Kind Regards,

House Young. Belvidere Village Knysna

Hi Greg- your guys were here (at Farleigh) early this morning (Sat) they did the steel work - done and dusted - ready for Monday, It is really good to work with you- you and your team are so switched on !



Grant Burroughs - Project Manager ISCU - Farleigh Eco - Furniture Factory South African National Parks (SANParks)

Dear Greg,

I would just like to congratulate Forty Degrees and all the guys for the wonderful job you all did constructing our new living room in our loft.

The result is far better than what we expected it to be. The room is so light and the views just wondrous. I can see that we will be spending most of our time up there. It has added a new dimension to the house.

A number of people have commented that often extensions or alterations seem somewhat questionable. They say that this is one of the best extensions in Belvidere.

Please convey our thanks and appreciation to ALL the people who worked on site. I do not want to mention anyone in particular because I will then be bound to forget someone. Everyone was so helpful, professional and competent. The end product is the proof in the pudding so to speak.

Yours very sincerely,

Brian and Jose Davidson

Hi Greg,

Just to let you know that John Wiid popped in to look at the room and he was very impressed. He says it is one of the best alterations in Belvidere. He will leave a written confirmation of the BHOA approval of the alteration at the BHOA office reception in case Ricardo requires one. He says though that he does not think that they require BHOA sign off any longer. But just in case.

Many thanks

Brian and Jose Davidson


I can really recommend Forty Degrees without any reservations. They are doing the most amazing work on a rather difficult building alteration for us at the moment. The building is proceeding according to schedule and after 4 months of building I am still extremely proud of our building team!

Please feel free to contact me at any time.


Johann Viljoen


A short email to thank you, Chris and the team again for doing a fantastic job. Charl and I spent Saturday afternoon at the house with a glass of Moet & Chandon and toasted the wonderful people who are creating a very beautiful house for us. Thank you again.

This housebuilding is FUN!



Dear Greg,

6 Thella Crescent, Leisure Island, Knysna

This is just a short note to thank you & your team for the renovation work you completed today at Thella Crescent on behalf of our clients, David & Karen Campbell of Scotland.

We have been managing holiday homes in Knysna for fifteen years &, in this time, have had dealings with many construction companies. On first realising the scope of work that was necessary at Thella Crescent to resolve numerous structural water ingression issues, and based on previous experience, we did feel somewhat daunted & overwhelmed.  How grateful we now are that 40 Degrees accepted the challenge.

From our first meeting at the house to the final site meeting today, 40 Degrees has professionally met every promise & commitment. We cannot remember ever being associated with a building exercise, in both our professional & domestic lives, when a completion horizon set six weeks earlier was met to the day - with no short cuts. This despite the interruptions of inclement weather.

Notwithstanding the professionalism of Deon we would also like to thank you for your personal interest in the project. And for identifying & proffering solutions to issues not raised in the original engineers report - channelling gutter water undergound, underneath the garden walls to the verges for example . But what has impressed us most has been the overt commitment to customer service exhibited by every single person we have dealt with at 40 Degrees - from yourself, through your site management team to your office staff.  Deon's extensive modifications to the garden gate following a neighbour's comments on rattling exemplifies this approach.  At the risk of sounding patronising it really has been very agreeable dealing with you all.

We know times are tough for everyone in the industry right now & our good wishes are with you.

Kind regards,

Rob & Doodie Ellis

Hi Greg

Thanks for the feedback.

I must praise Dominic. He is just great, helpful and pleasant. He is a wonderful asset to Forty Degrees. Sincerely Brian

Brian Davidson

Hello Lucille,

Please thank Greg for us & your staff for the very good survey. We have today asked FSPA to arrange direct trfr asap.

Kind regards, Fred

Hi Greg,

We arrived back today and I must tell you , after inspecting the emerging building ( home ) I actually saw a light at the end of the tunnel ! I am impressed with the progress and the quality of workmanship. You have a good team and an excellent supervisor in Deon. When I was in the merchant marine, there were 'good' ships or 'bad' ships to serve on , lead by the captain.



Dear Greg,

On behalf of the Eastford Downs Home Owners Association, we would like to thank you and all the staff and workers at 40 degrees for the excellent way you managed the construction of 19 Eastford Downs. From the moment you came on site you communicated with the residents and the directors of our association, in such a way that made the presence of your company a real pleasure.

The housekeeping on the site was first class and it was apparent to us all that this is the way your company operates. You have set a standard of management and particularly site supervision which made your presence at Eastford Downs a real pleasure.

We wish your company continued success and have no doubt that with the standards you have attained, you will be rewarded with many more contracts.

Yours Sincerely

Paul Dixon-Savage

Chairman of the Eastford Downs Home Owners Association

Dear Greg,

In the greater scheme of things a boundary wall is not a major project for a company such as yours. But the effort, commitment and enthusiasm you put into the task was a major revelation to me. I would like to compliment everyone who worked on the job particularly Deon for a job very well done.

I would recommend your company anytime.

Regards Derek and Flo

Founders Keepers

We recently engaged Forty Degrees to carry out significant exterior works around our swimming pool area which included landscaping, paving, stone work, electrical installations and the erection of a garden wall together with a swimming pool. We found all aspects of dealing with Forty Degrees exemplary. We were initially impressed with their preparation of the site to ensure that damage and mess and disturbance to the neighboring area was minimized.

The quality of their work proved to be excellent and so was their project management. Their managers, supervisors and workers were great to deal with and we were always prepared to ‘go that extra mile’ to ensure client satisfaction. We will definitely use Forty Degrees again in the future and will unreservedly recommend them to any other clients.

Well done and Thankyou to Greg Hawley and all his team.

Steve and Paris Collins African Breeze Guest House – Leisure Isle

PS simply put...




Dear Greg

I would like to thank you and your team for a superb job on the renovation of the Drydock Food Co kitchen and bathrooms. From start to finish it has been a pleasure to deal with yourself and your allocated 'project manager', Jaun.

Timeousness is not normally a word synonymous with the building trade but from site meetings to delivery date and that of completion, you guys were fantastic . Under a very tight schedule, working around the clock it was by far the best building experience I have had. Not only were you finished on time but have been available and accomodating to any queries along the way.

Thank you once again,


The Drydock Food Co

A paragraph from a family newsletter after visiting a development by Tommy Acheson that is being built by Forty Degrees Construction:

"The Achesons from The Isle of Man have been in the country again. They have a home on Leisure Isle, Knysna and we had the good fortune of spending the day at their home again.Enjoying mum and daughter's home cooking. Tommy has a new development just outside Knysna at Kanonkop. He is building 6 double story houses right next to the Montessourie school. Absolutely lovely. I wish you guys could see the building site. First the entrance to the estate was built- then the bricked driveway,beautiful, then the dam in front of the first house, then the first house, paint tile etc then they move onto the next house. All the sand and stuff is in separately marked bins.I have never seen such a tidy development! Your shoes don't even get dirty!!!!! Well done Tommy."

the Dawsons

Dear Mr Hawley,

Thank you for the work performed to date at our house in Welbedaght. Cassie and I have dealt with a number of builders over the years and both of us consider that every member your organisation with whom we have had contact, verbal and physical, has been the most courteous, respectful and caring that we have ever experienced. They are all well mannered and reliable and conduct themselves in a very professional manner. They are a credit to your organisation and the building industry.Please thank them on our behalf.

I will contact you in the near future regarding the final outstanding matters.

Kind regards

Yours sincerely

Chris Ridl

Thanks Greg great job. It is such a relief to find people who still take pride in offering quality workmanship these days.

Christel De Lange


Forty Degrees have recently completed a very difficult renovation to our home in Knysna and were required to overcome many obstacles, such as;


  • An uncompleted job left by a previous builder with many mistakes to fix
  • A client who was in a different time zone overseas for the duration of the project
  • Less than reputable subcontractors who had been inherited, requiring Forty Degrees to either sorted them out, or replace them
  • A client who demanded above average quality / finishings.
  • We feel that Forty Degrees have done a terrific job to complete this work and the following qualities will carry them a long way in their future.
  • Very professional service from the entire team
  • Attention to detail
  • Honesty
  • Personable management - A pleasure to deal with.
  • IT savvy - Able to communicate via electronic means (and keep progress updates barely a few hours old to clients who are not able to attend sites regularly)
  • Positive attitude


We look forward to our next endeavor with Forty Degrees and HIGHLY recommend them to anyone with a building project.

Bob and Tanya White


"Greg Hawley has been known to me/us over the last 4years.

Laterly he has done a huge alteration at our property in Knysna.  This was done at lightning speed, with no input from ouselves.  He liased with all builders, plumbers, electricians, painters, etc and, in our opinion, did a marvellous job-quickly and to a high standard.  He purchased all fittings for floors, lights, bathrooms, outside paviers, and organised gardners, irrigation, electricity-all that stuff!  The finished result is much admired and commented on, by passers-by, neighbours and friends. He has access to this house, so may show you round if you so wish.

As an ongoing project I am builing more houses in Knysna, and he is heavily involved with Municipality, planners, architects, etc on our behalf.

We trust him with all the finances which are well documented, keeping us in financial touch at very regular intervals.  His personal charges are reasonable and in keeping with his effort, professionalism and results.

He is very pleasant to deal with, available at all times, and is very creative, intrducing several design features on our properties.  His enthusism for work and progress is hard to stem-he has no brakes!!"

Tommy and Audrey Acheson

"The inspection went well. They will cast the slab on Monday. Compliments to Greg , Theo and team on the preperation of the deck and reinforcing. It really looked very good. Thanks guys."