The SAIV Northern Branch Seminar took place on the 15th and 16th of September at Premier Hotel Roodevalley in Pretoria. Day one of the seminar opened on a high note with President of the Institute, Dianne de Wet, delivering the opening address sharing with the delegates that through this seminar, they should not only be able to discover new knowledge, but have the opportunity to refresh their existing knowledge too.
Kicking off the incredible speaker line-up was Nicky Weimar, Chief Economist at Nedbank who presented on the ‘SA economic overview and prospects: Enduring amid persistent challenges’. She was followed by Esteani Marx, Head of Real Estate at Lightstone who shared pertinent information as she presented on ‘Making sense of the data: How South Africa’s property landscape is evolving’. Adriaan Groenewald, attorney at Groenewalds Attorneys presented on ‘Valuing water rights with specific reference to the transfer thereof, and draft Regulations of 19 May 2023 on procedural requirements for water use licences’ and closing off the first session before lunchtime was Di de Wet, Professional Valuer at Massel Property Services who presented on ‘Valuation of servitudes’. Bringing technology into the conversation was Patrick Katabua, Account Director at Cushman& Wakefield|Broll. He presented on ‘Al and relation to property or property values’, and he was succeeded by CEO of PPI Group South Africa, Paul Nieuwoudt with his topic titled ‘Synergy is better than my way – or your way … it’s our way’. Pieter Venter, Professional Valuer, engaged the audience with his presentation on ‘the municipal valuation appeal process’. He was followed by Professional Valuer Jan Oberholzer of Advanced Valuers. Oberholzer discussed important points and tips pertaining to ‘Court proceedings as an expert witness’. The presentations closed off with a presentation by Gabriel Mashishi, Legal and Governance Manager at the South African Council for the Property Valuers Profession (SACPVP), who presented on ‘The legislative framework and the code of conduct’.
The day was filled with moments of great insights and fun activities that the delegates were privy to throughout the seminar. Three lucky delegates were recipients of prizes from a spin-the-win lucky draw, which served as an entertaining icebreaker in between presentations.
The day closed with a networking session over drinks as the remaining delegates wound up the day over fresh air and a golden sunset by the lapa overlooking a scenic lake.
The second and final day of the SAIV Northern Branch Seminar certainly lived up to expectations.
Our presenters delivered exceptional content to the audience with Malcolm Horne, Group CEO of Broll opening as the first presenter, laying the foundation for his discussion on ‘An overview of the commercial property market – where the value lies’. Erwin Rode, CEO of Rode & Associates then presented on ‘Capitalisation and discount rates in a low growth economy’. Gerrie Minnaar, Professional Valuer at CRI Properties presented on ‘The Pretoria Office Market Post Covid’ and Cavin Griffiths, Professional Valuer at Griffiths Valuations took a practical approach in his choice of topic as he presented on the ‘Analysis of Financial Statements to provide inputs to DCF and Capitalisation of first year’s income.’ Carlos dos Santos, Director of Consulting Assets and Technical Valuations was the final speaker of the day and closed off on a high note with his presentation on ‘Plant and Machinery valuations’
Ben Sesele, Professional Associated Valuer and Managing Director of Seseem Property did a stellar job as the MC!
The seminar was a great success with diverse topics and knowledge brought to the fore. We look forward to the next one.