A breakfast event held jointly by the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA), Women’s Property Network (WPN) and the South African Institute of Black Property Practitioners (SAIBPP) took place at Durban’s ICC on 13 February 2019. The first-of-its-kind event was held to unite these three associations and government towards addressing transformation, land reform and other issues affecting the property industry.
The three renowned property organisations collaboratively hosted the event with the main theme, “Transformation in the Property Sector Transformation – Unite KZN” aimed to accelerate transformation within the property sector and engage on the topical land reform matters. Key note speakers shared insights on land expropriation, bulk infrastructure, catalytic projects and other challenges facing the industry on a national level. Bernadette Khumalo, head of SAPOA in KZN and CEO of Rokwil Civils said, “We wanted to break down the stereotypes and show a united front in KZN. Each association faces and deals with the same challenges and working together on common issues is better than each trying its own approach.”
Queen Mjwara, KZN chairperson for WPN said, “Considering the property sector charter and its codes, we are making slow progress towards the benchmark. This breakfast was a reminder for our three organisations to prioritise and drive transformation in the property industry.”
National keynote speakers were Portfolio Committee Acting Chair and ANC Whip, PJ Mnguni from Land Reform and Rural Development, and eThekwini Municipality Deputy City Manager of Economic Development, Phillip Sithole. Key topics for the Deputy City Manager included urban renewal, improving bad building practices, redressing the social housing backlog and public space management to attract investors and tourists. Sithole also mentioned that the City is committed to working with the private sector and has already hired a head of catalytic projects to assist with unlocking developments and the necessary bulk infrastructure. The KZN Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs’ Provincial Acting Deputy Director General and Chief Director, Dr Sixtus Sibeta spoke about transformation and empowerment.
SAIBPP Director and KZN Chairperson, Andile Mnguni who is also a Portfolio Executive for Tongaat Hulett Developments said, “The breakfast was a great success providing us with the platform for government at all levels to share and advise on the latest developments and challenges facing them to strengthen and build relationships between government and private sector organisations.”
Approximately 200 people attended the event and the mix of delegates included brokers, attorneys, executive property developers, banks, property owners, managing and estate agents, eThekwini municipal officials and executives from government-owned enterprises such as Dube Tradeport and Transnet.
ABOUT THE ASSOCIATIONS
The South African Institute of Black Property Practitioners (SAIBPP) is a 22-year old South African based non-profit professional association tasked with advocating for and facilitating transformation through economic participation within the property sector and built environment. It also facilitates skills development and transfer for PDIs and influences policy formulation.
52-years after its inception, South African Property Owner’s Association (SAPOA) is considered an institution in the South African property industry. Regarded as an influential voice, it’s able to bring the concerns and opinions of the property industry to government and other important stakeholders, both locally and internationally. SAPOA is a unique, member-driven organisation that aims to represent, protect and advance members’ commercial and industrial property interests within the property industry in terms of ownership, management and development. Its objectives are based on the principles of the free enterprise system, as the only workable economic system and the inalienability of property ownership, not only for its members but also for the future of South Africa, and its competitiveness in the world arena.
The Women’s Property Network (WPN) was established in 2000 to create a forum for women in a predominantly male industry to join together to exchange information. WPN is dedicated to advancing the success of women in the commercial and industrial property industry.