28 August 2020 - Specialised valuations

04 September 2020 - Getting in touch with Candidate Valuers

  Investment Property Rebooted - Panel Discussion
  Property Insights and Forecast amid Covid-19

  Practical Valuation Tools in Uncertain Times

 CBE Survey:
  Women Professional Practices in the Built Environment

The Council for the Built Environment (CBE) is a statutory body established under the Council for the Built Environment Act (No. 43 of 2000). It is an overarching body that coordinates the following six councils for the built environment professions - Architecture, Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Project and Construction Management, Property Valuation and Quantity Surveying. CBE has an established partnership with Town and Regional Planning through memorandum of understanding. Section 3 (h) of the CBE Act states that the CBE serve as a forum where the representatives of the built environment professions may discuss the relevant required qualifications; standards of education; training and competence; promotion of professional status and legislation impacting on the built environment.  The CBE Third Transformation Indaba held on the 09 - 10 October 2019 resolved to establish Transformation Collaborative Committees (TransComs) to focus on: Procurement Policies and Legislation; Women Empowerment and Gender Equality; Occupational Specific Dispensation and Professional Skills Development Pipeline.  These Committees have been established and are operational.  The Women Empowerment and Gender Equality TransCom drives the agenda on women empowerment  and gender equality within the Built Environment Sector

Objective of this survey
The objective of this undertaking is to create a database of women-owned professional practices, and utilize this to mobilize and strengthen advocacy programmes for women in the built environment.

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Interesting articles:    



Business impact survey of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa

  Barely six months ago Asset spoke to Patrick O'Connell, operations director of Spectrum Valuations and Asset Solutions. In our conversation with him, Patrick emphasised the critical importance of property valuers having an understanding of prevailing economic conditions at their fingertips. But not just economic conditions. They needed to have a grasp of both national and international occurrences which could have an impact on valuations when putting projections in place for clients. Covid-19 however, has evaded everyone's grasp. From presidents to financial analysts, the virus has been the cause of the biggest speed wobble this century. Some have even predicted that it has delivered the most severe shock to world economies since 1929. Where does this leave property valuation?

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The COVID-19 pandemic has created profound disruptions to our economy and society. Many South African industries are experiencing an adverse impact from the pandemic, which is consistent with other countries fighting the disease. In its response to the crisis, the South African government has (from 27 March 2020) placed the country under a national lockdown to reduce the spread of the virus, resulting in the closure of many businesses. The businesses affected by the national lockdown are those that are not regarded as providing essential services. These industries include, amongst others, those reliant on the movement of goods (supply chain disruptions), the telecommunications sector, selected mining activities due to a decrease in demand for minerals, accommodation and tourism due to travel bans, construction, transport, and various services.

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Mentorship Programme:        






Elton is a 22-year-old Candidate Valuer from Bronkhorstspruit, east of Pretoria, but currently resides in Kempton Park. I am recent graduate from the University of the Witwatersrand and hold an honours-equivalent degree in Bachelor of Science in Property Studies. My love for real estate, particularly topics relating sustainability, efficiency and finance drew me to the real estate programme offered at Wits. I am currently working for a joint venture (JV) between Opti Property Consultants and Black Dot Property Consultants as a candidate valuer. The JV operates from Glen Marais in Kempton Park.

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My name is Zizipho Sobekwa, I am 25 years old and I am originally from Eastern Cape, Butterworth. I matriculated in 2013, I then relocated to Cape town to start my career in Real Estate at Cape Peninsula University of Technology. After 3 years of studying at CPUT I obtained my National Diploma in Real Estate then worked for Public works extended programme which was an internship in being an Estate Agent.

I continued furthering my studies at CPUT in 2019 and I got a Btech in Project Management. I am currently working as a Personal financial advisor at Old Mutual and I am fully accredited to assist people in order to reach their financial goals.

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I am a 36 years old and hold a Master's degree in Land and Property Development Management (specializing in Property Valuation) [University of the Free State] and a Bachelor's degree in Town and Regional Planning (equivalent to Honour's degree) [University of Pretoria]. I initially obtained a Bachelor's degree in Town and Regional Planning. At the time, a career in the Built Environment was not common, especially amongst women. My life was mostly orientated around the township (where i resided) and a suburban town where i mostly attended school.  Having to be exposed in both the township and suburban environment for most of my school life, i was always observant and intrigued about how spatially different both areas were.   When i came across an article about career choices and after discussing this with my school teacher and mentor, who identified my strength and passion for geographical spaces, i knew that i wanted to pursue a career in the Built Environment.  

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SAIV Bursary recipient graduates Cum Laude
   Elevation to Fellow Member

  I had no idea what I wanted to do when I left school, so I did a secretarial course.  Fast forward a few years and I ended up working as a personal assistant to a Property Valuer.  I found the work interesting and was blessed to be able to go out with my mentor, Colin Douglas, to inspect properties and attend meetings.  At the age of 45, after my children had become teenagers, I decided it was time to study and I registered for my ND Real Estate at CPUT (Cape Peninsula University of Technology) on a part time basis.  
It was going to be a serious juggle on two counts : firstly with time as I work full-time, and with having to run a household, look after my sick mother, and lift children to and from school ; and secondly on the financial side.  Little did I know that someone had put me forward as a candidate to receive a bursary through the SAIV!  It was too much to hope for and I only really believed it when I got my confirmation letter. What a blessing that was – I’m incredibly grateful!
It was a phenomenal experience attending classes, and meeting fellow like-minded students from all walks of life.  The lecturers were great (some younger than me) and supportive too.
At the end of the first year, I’d finished 3 of my 12 subjects and received an A for each subject – I was thrilled!  I managed to obtain a bursary from the SAIV for my remaining 3 years of part time studies, and graduated in December 2019 with my ND Real Estate certificate (Cum Laude).  I had hoped to do the work school and write my Valuers exam this year, but that is probably a tad optimistic.  However, things have a way of working out if they’re meant to be.

Congratulations to Tracey Myers on her elevation to Fellow Member.

Tracey has been dedicated to the Valuation profession for over 20 years. Her involvement has culminated in the growth of the profession and in learning and development amongst valuers. She has provided lectures at the SACPVP Workschool, has lectured to undergraduate and post graduate students at WITS University, University of Pretoria and University of Johannesburg. She has also provided lectures for a number of institutions such as RICS and SAPOA. Tracey has served on the Services SETA Real Estate Chamber and currently serves on the Council for the Built Environment Appeal Board. She was recently nominated in the category ‘Professional of the Year’ by the Women’s Property Network Professional.

Thank you Tracey for your continued hard work and dedication to the profession and the Institute.

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