Dear member 

It’s been a jam-packed first quarter for the Institute.  

In January, we welcomed Joaquina Maia-Isaks to the SAIV team in the Finance and Office Administrator role. She’s already making an impact and assists members daily with any finance-related queries.  

We’ve just concluded our Branch Annual General Meetings; it was wonderful to get together again with members at the various Branches where the AGMs and seminars were held physically.  I wish to congratulate all the newly elected BranchEx members; we look forward to working with you over the next few months. Thank you for your unwavering commitment to the valuation profession! 

We brought back the Board Exam preparation workshop after a successful run last year.  Again, the uptake was excellent, and we’re excited for those that will achieve professional status in the next few weeks! 

The Mentorship Programme workshops have continued, and we’ve been engaging various corporate entities to seek funding for the programme. Earlier in the year we partnered with Lightstone to offer free Lightstone access to our unemployed mentees, this allows the mentees to conduct their research independently and assist with getting them ready for the workplace. There are currently 84 mentees on the programme, and we’re looking to take on more mentees during the second quarter of the year.  

We partnered with SAICE-PDP and Metgovis to deliver a two-day training workshop on behalf of the Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent (MISA). The training was on ‘understanding the role of the property valuer in local government, focusing on the valuer’s function for compliance with the MPRA’. The course was attended by municipal officials from various municipalities across the country and it was exceptionally well received.  

We’ve had very successful university visits where the valuation profession was showcased to students from the University of Johannesburg and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. It’s been quite exciting and encouraging to see the high level of engagement from the students and interest in the profession. We’ve built relationships with other Institutions, and we’ll be sure to join them throughout the year in their various student activities.  

The blog on our website remains an invaluable source of reading material for the industry, and I’d like to thank all our contributors for the rich content. If you’d like to contribute, please reach out to me. 

Planning is underway for the National AGM and Seminar to be hosted by the Southern Branch in Stellenbosch on the 18th and 19th of May, as well as the Agri Seminar to be hosted by the Central Branch on the 24th and 25th of May. Be on the lookout for more information. We hope to see you there! 

The SACPVP has been developing a Code of Ethics, which will be available to registered persons within the next few months. The Code will address, amongst others, professional conduct, conflict of interest, remuneration and gratuities, reporting of complaints, enforcements and sanctions. We plan on having the SACPVP present the Code at our various events in the different Branches.  

Last but certainly not least, in this issue of our blog emailer, we share an update from the long-awaited meeting held with the Property Practitioners Regulatory Authority addressing the issue of property practitioners’ advertising and undertaking valuations. We’ll continue to have more of these engagements with the key stakeholders guilty of encroaching on the valuation profession.  

Till next time, take care.