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.

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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.

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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

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