Auria Senior Living Communities offer Independent Residential, Assisted Living and Care options.

Senior Living

Senior Living refers to a range of Independent Residential, Assisted Living and Care options that provide a continuum of care living environment for the over 70s.

Our beautifully designed Auria Senior Living Communities offer varying combinations of these options, in both free-standing houses or apartments supported by superb hospitality services such as restaurant-style dining, concierge services and housekeeping together with a full schedule of social, intellectual, and cultural activities and events, as well as fitness and wellness facilities.

For our residents who require help with activities of daily living, care-givers and support staff are always on hand to provide discreet assistance with daily tasks such as medication reminders, bathing and dressing, getting to and from meals and events, or any health or care needs as and when they arise.

Management Team

Barry Kaganson
Founder, Chief Executive Officer
Barry founded Auria Senior Living in 2016, after realising that the over-70s in South Africa were faced with little choice regarding their living and care options.

Barry is a Chartered Accountant (SA), with extensive experience in Corporate Finance, and 15 years in Property Finance, Development and Management. In 2009, Barry co-founded South Africa’s largest off-campus Student Housing provider, now owned by one of SA’s largest listed REITs.

In his spare time, Barry tries to keep fit and spend as much time as possible with his wife and young children.

Gavin Muller
Development and Operations
Gavin has many years’ experience in Property Development, Construction and Facilities Management, and joined Auria in 2017.

Gavin holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Property Studies.
Gavin co-founded SA’s most prominent off campus student housing provider in 2009. Prior to that Gavin held senior positions in Property Finance within the Banking Industry, and Project Managed numerous large-scale construction projects, both residential and commercial.

On weekends, Gavin can often be found on his mountain bike, and has participated in numerous stage races throughout SA, and several Cape Cycle Tours where he rides to raise funds for Choc. Gavin is married with three daughters.

Nicki Liebenberg
Care and Wellness
Nicki has been involved in the nursing industry for 30 years and since 2011 her focus has been on care for the aged.

She worked as a consultant for various operators including Mac Care NPC, Flower Foundation, Berg -n See, MSP and TLC landowners and advised developers on best practice facility design and management.

In June 2017 she joined Auria Senior Living as Head of Care and Wellness.

She holds a Bachelor Degree in Nursing Science, Diploma in Nursing Administration and Bachelor Degree in Health Management and Education.


The majority shareholder and capital provider to Auria Senior Living is the Mary Oppenheimer family (“MOD”), through its South African private equity interests (“Stockdale Street”). The family is a responsible and long-term investor and has committed significant capital to the future growth of the Auria Senior Living platform.

MOD is a fourth-generation global family business. The founder, Sir Ernest Oppenheimer started Anglo American in 1917 and, until recently, family interests were the managing shareholders of De Beers, the world’s largest diamond company.

Today, MOD has extensive investment holdings in Africa, North America, Europe and Asia. MOD are patient, long-term investors with an intimate understanding of doing business in Africa and a commitment to furthering the socioeconomic development of the continent.