Please take special note of the regional Stakeholder Engagement Sessions which form part of the public participation process on the Property Practitioners Bill, that will be taking place from 18 September.
Property Practitioners Bill
On 4 September 2018, Rebosa was invited by the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements to make a verbal presentation on our comments and recommendations on the proposals contained in the Property Practitioners Bill.
Below, please find Rebosa’s full submission on the PP Bill as well as the speech delivered by the Chief Executive.
Property Practitioners Bill Stakeholder Engagement
Rebosa members have been invited to participate in Stakeholder Engagement Sessions on the PP Bill. See schedule attached for a venue in your area.
Stakeholders are further encouraged to make written submissions to be presented to the Committee during the stakeholder engagement.
We strongly urge you to attend these sessions and make your voice heard. For ease of reference, refer to a version of our presentation highlighting the areas in the Bill which we strongly believe should be addressed. You are encouraged to use this document when making your presentations.
Kindly confirm attendance with Ms K Pasiya-Mndende, Committee Secretary at 021 403 2725 or 083 709 8524 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Copies of the presentation can be forwarded to Ms Pasiya-Mndende by 14 September 2018.
18 September 2018 09:00 Cambridge Hall, Buffalo City Municipality, East London
20 September 2018 09:00 Botanic Gardens Hall, 9a John Zikhali Road, Berea, Durban
21 September 2018 09:00 Boksburg Customer Area, Banquet Hall, Trichardt Street, Boksburg
26 September 2018 09:00 Jack Botes Hall, Polokwane Municipality, Polokwane
27 September 2018 10:00 Indaba Auditorium, Bram Fischer Building, 5 De Villiers Street, Mangaung Municipality, Bloemfontein
BAD NEWS …..It finally came to pass……….CPD Non-Compliance and Disqualification
In 2015 when CPD was first introduced, the programme was fraught with problems. Agents could not register online, payments were not allocated, venues were overbooked, CPD cards were not issued and when they were, they could not be swiped for points to be allocated. The content was inferior and the costs prohibitive. These problems continued to be exacerbated by the EAABs failing IT system.
For the past 3 and a half years Rebosa has lobbied government, both the Department and the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements in addition to extended meetings with the EAAB, to resolve the CPD crises for our members and industry.
Through these efforts rather significant amendments were made to the CPD programme including the launch of E-Learning which later translated into a platform for the ‘Catch-up’ programme where agents who weren’t compliant could accrue the required CPD points utilising the E-Learning platform.
Since the introduction of CPD, Rebosa has been instrumental in persuading the EAAB to grant the industry extensions on many occasions and for numerous reasons. Members were advised that:
10 December 2015
Agents who have not yet registered for the 2015 CPD programme could do so and obtain the required 15 verifiable points electronically through the e-learning.
Agents who have registered for CPD for 2015 but who have not managed to accumulate the required 15 verifiable points could obtain these through the e-learning platform by means of the “Catch-up” Programme.
5 April 2016
Following a Multi-Stakeholder Group Meeting on 5 April, EAAB granted a further and FINAL extension to register for CPD in 2016 as well as, where relevant, to register for the “catch-up” 2015 CPD programme.
The extension was until 31 May 2016 where after, all registered practising estate agents were required to have enrolled for the CPD programme.
5 December 2016
The “catch-up” programme for non-compliance was extended till 31 March 2017.
23 August 2017
“Please note that all agents who were registered as full status estate agents in 2015, but who either failed to register for CPD in 2015, 2016 and/or 2017 or who have not yet accumulated the requisite verifiable and non-verifiable CPD points for those CPD years, are advised that 2017 is the last year in which they may still register for, and complete, the entire CPD programme for the cycle.
Any agent who has failed to accumulate forty-five verifiable and fifteen non-verifiable CPD points by the end of the 2017 calendar year will not be able to renew their fidelity fund certificates for 2018.”
1 February 2018
Thanks to further intervention, Rebosa announced a final grace period for the CPD deadline until 31 March 2018 with no penalties to apply for previous noncompliance, provided agents complete the 3 year cycle by said date i.e. 31 March 2018.
14 September 2018
It has now been brought to our attention that the EAAB have issued notices of disqualification to all agents who failed to comply with the CPD requirements for 2015, 2016 and 2017
Many members are now asking for our assistance in this regard.
As can be ascertained from the timeline above, Rebosa have worked tirelessly with the regulator and authorities to streamline the CPD process and give agents sufficient time and support in order to become compliant – 3 ½ years. As is the case with many other professions, CPD is mandatory.
We therefore expected the EAABs decision to not grant any further extension. Rebosa will therefore, unfortunately not be in a position to assist with non-compliance queries in this matter. Furthermore, Rebosa reminded members to comply on 23 occasions in our monthly reports.
We recommend that the instructions in the notice sent to non-compliant agents be adhered to.
Please note that while the previous CPD rolling cycle is being addressed, even disqualified agents must proceed with the 2018 cycle and further that the 2018 CPD deadline is 31 December 2018.
Please complete the E-Learning and accrue the required points before this deadline to avoid disqualification and having your FFC revoked.
Further to the roadshows we held recently, and following our 31 August Report, please find below, the second article in the series written by Adrian Frewen, Associate at Phatsoane Henney Group of attorneys on BEE compliance. More will follow.
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