REBOSA 5 June 2015 Report

Dear Colleagues

Following many months of uncertainty/discontent after the launch of the CPD Programme in January, not to mention the backlash encountered post its launch, I am finally pleased to report that we have made some progress in communicating your concerns to the relevant authorities.

On 3 June, 2015 we were given an audience with the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, Ms. Nocawe Noncedo Mafu.  This is the Committee that oversees the EAAB.  Ms Mafu was extremely engaging and positive and I believe the meeting opened the channels of communication and achieved tangible results.

The response from the industry to the CPD crisis has been overwhelming and as such the parties have agreed to take steps to improve confidence in the EAAB, using their respective resources and capacities to build partnerships for the future growth and development of our industry.

Mrs Mafu has undertaken to address the many challenges faced by REBOSA members and while this will not happen overnight we are confident that we have started the process to bring about positive change.

I would like to thank our Parliamentary Liaison Officer, Mr Jeremy Marillier for his tireless lobbying in making this meeting possible.

Kind regards

Jan
Feedback on the 3 June 2015 Meeting

Present:

Portfolio of Human Settlement

  • Ms N Mafu – Chairperso
  • Ms Koliswa Pasiya – Committee Secretary
  • Mr Leepo Tsoai – Committee Research
  •  Mr Sabelo Mnguni – Content Adviser
  • Mr Nathi Mjenxana – Committee Legal Adviser
  • Mr Greg Rhoxo – Secretary to the Chairperson

REBOSA

  • Mr Andrew Golding – Chairperson
  • Mr Adrian Goslett – Director
  • Mr Jan le Roux – Chief Executive
  • Mr Jeremy Marillier – Parliamentary Liaison Officer

After introductions, REBOSA’s Chairman, Dr Andrew Golding provided the committee with an in-depth overview of the organisation.  The platform provided us with the opportunity to inform the committee of REBOSA’s mandate, objectives and our responsibility to our members as well as the importance of having a collective industry voice at this level.

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REBOSA April 2015 Report

Continuing Professional Development “CPD”

We are still inundated with queries and complaints from our members regarding CPD.  These complaints range from not being able to register on the MyCPD portal as it is offline, to payments not being allocated to registrations, resulting in agents not being able to select venues or attend CPD events etc.

Many other questions have not been answered to anyone’s satisfaction yet.

We have addressed all these issues with the CEO of the EAAB on a regular basis and will continue doing so.

Read moreREBOSA April 2015 Report

REBOSA March 2015 Report

Dear Colleagues

Welcome to our March report.

We would like to bring your attention to the Government Notice in respect of late payment of levies and contributions which is attached to this report and urge you not to miss the deadline.

Again, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support as we navigate our way through these challenging times.

Kind regards

Jan

The Role of REBOSA, IEASA and the EAAB

It has come to our attention; through the many emails we receive requesting assistance, that there is some confusion as to REBOSA’s role in relation to the EAAB.  It is our intention to support members with their queries, assist in fast tracking the issuing of FFC’s etc. but we can only act as a resource. We have no jurisdiction over the EAAB, their employees or computer systems.  Whilst we have access to the correct people in the respective departments, we can only flag your queries with them in the hopes that they will timeously act on them.

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REBOSA February 2015 Report

Dear Colleagues

Welcome to our February report.  As an industry we are certainly going through challenging times.  I wish to thank you for your emails around the CPD concerns and we will continue to keep you informed in the weeks ahead.

Kind regards

Jan

Continuing Professional Development : It is NOT over

We have conveyed the results of all our negotiations with Mr Bryan Chaplog, CEO of EAAB, to you in the previous Report.  In a nutshell:  Mr Chaplog will communicate in a general communication the latest arrangements in respect of CPD to all stakeholders.  He indicated that he had agreed with most of our proposals and we therefore remain hopeful but we will only know on receipt of the notice.

In view of this we had no alternative in advising you to pay the CPD fees.  We can hardly look forward to a positive result but not adhere to deadline.

Read moreREBOSA February 2015 Report

REBOSA January 2015 Report

Dear Colleagues

Welcome to the New Year.  I trust you are all well rested and ready to tackle the many challenges that lie ahead of us in 2015.  I would like to start by wishing you all a very happy and prosperous new year and to thank you for taking the time to write to me over the holidays with your valid concerns affecting our industry.

Opposition has been growing following the announcement by the EAAB of the Continuing Professional Development Programme and we will continue our discussions with all stakeholders to provide you with resolutions when we know more.

During the course of the year, as a collective, we will take up the responsibility invested in us to interrogate new legislation with specific emphasis on the impending Property Practitioners Bill.

The real estate industry is in a highly challenging phase and we remain committed to ensuring our industry remains competitive, vibrant and prospering.

Regards

Jan
Compliance Practice Notes

As Practice Notes constitute a necessary mechanism for the implementation for the Estate Agency Affairs Act and regulations promulgated thereunder, you are advised that it is in your best interests to be aware of the contents of such Practice notes.

It is suggested that the Practice notes be regularly consulted to enable you to stay abreast of regulatory developments.

Read moreREBOSA January 2015 Report

REBOSA December 2014 Report

Dear Colleagues

DONT LET CPD SPOIL YOUR FESTIVE SEASON!

The end of the year is most certainly upon us and just as the REBOSA team were looking forward to winding down and taking a well-deserved break after an extremely busy year, we were faced with the notification that went out from the EAAB on the Continuing Personal Development (CPD) programme.  I was inundated with emails from unhappy members and have spent the last week trying to unpack the concerns.  I subsequently had a meeting with the CEO of the EAAB and urge you to read further on the outcome.

This being said, the end of the year is a good time to look back, reflecting on achievements, and to look forward, to see what we still need to accomplish. Our Members continue to support us and frequently express confidence in what Rebosa stands for.  With the threat of new legislation looming, there has never been a greater need for industry leadership and partnership.  As so much of our work this year has shown, we work best when we work together.

We can look ahead into the New Year with confidence.  We know that there are vast problems ahead e.g. the Property Practitioners Bill, Property Charter; and the certainty of unexpected industry challenges.  But we also know that we have the right resources to meet those challenges.

Rebosa has made great strides over the past year that could not have been done  without the unwavering support of the Board of Directors and more importantly the Members.  I want to thank you all.  I really appreciate the essential role you play, without which, REBOSA would not be in the resolute position it is.

I don’t usually draw attention to the work of individual staff as we work as a collective, but I would like to thank Fiona Chaitowitz for her tireless efforts in assisting you with all the problems and queries you experience at the Board.  She has made enormous inroads in decreasing the Boards backlog in issuing you with your FFC’s.  The many letters and compliments I receive on an almost daily basis has proved to me that having a permanent desk  in Johannesburg was a spot-on decision and can be added to our list of accomplishments.

My best wishes to you and your families for a safe, happy holiday season and a very prosperous New Year.

Kind regards

Jan

FIDELITY FUND CERTIFICATES

For once there is some good news to be shared.  After recent discussions with Mr Bryan Chaplog, CEO of the EAAB, he has made a decision to email FFC’s in future.  This of course will address huge logistical problems, delays and such like but will also save a sizeable amount of money.  It is therefore crucial to ensure that the EAAB has your correct email address going forward.  Certificates will still be posted to estate agents who do not have email addresses.

Read moreREBOSA December 2014 Report

REBOSA November 2014 Report

Dear Colleagues

The end of the year is finally upon us.  In this report and in all future reports over the next few months we will be unpacking and highlighting certain clauses in the draft Property Practioners Bill to give you a detailed  understanding of the concerns we have and our response to them.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you well over the Festive Season.  At the same time we would like to say thank you for your valued support, for your feedback and compliments.  Through raising your concerns we have been able to identify a number of issues that need to be addressed and we look forward to building on these throughout the new year.

Take care of yourselves and your families.

Kind Regards

Jan

Property Practitioners Bill

As you are all aware, the draft Property Practitioners Bill is due for release next year.

After a prolonged period, on 18 November 2014, The Department of Human Settlements were finally supposed to present the Property Practitioners Bill to the parliamentary committee.

REBOSA was invited to attend to get first-hand information on the way forward , thanks to Mr Jeremy Marillier our dedicated representative at parliament. However, this meeting was unfortunately cancelled at very short notice and will now apparently happen early next year.  This means the publication of the Bill will be moved forward.

We have instructed attorneys Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr to analyse the draft Bill in its current format so as to prepare us for comment as soon as the opportunity arises.  This will more than likely take place in February / March next year.

Read moreREBOSA November 2014 Report

REBOSA October 2014 Report

Dear Colleagues

Welcome to our October report.  The end of the year is almost upon us leaving us little time before the Property Practitioners Bill is released in January 2015.

This being said, I urge you all to assist with our membership drive to recruit independent estate agencies in order for us to be a fully representative body, in order to tackle this Bill effectively. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your ongoing support and for all the feedback I receive from you on a daily basis.  Please keep the communication going.

Kind regards

Jan

BUSA Legislative Report

Attached is a copy of the BUSA Legislative Report which we receive.  Included you will find the following articles and information which you may find useful.

• Parliamentary Calendar – Dates to Note

• DTI Report – New Regulation, Industrial Development and African Expansion

• National Minimum Wage Update – Parliament engages with BUSA Member AgriSA

• All Bills at Parliament – Status Update

BPO Legislative Report – 22 Sep 2014

Read moreREBOSA October 2014 Report