'Champion of CBD' new chair of Sapoa in Western Cape.

Posted On Monday, 12 May 2003 02:00 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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One of the very few independent women professional property consultants in South Africa, Wendy Hartshorne, has been elected chairman of the Western Cape region of the South African Property Owners' Association (Sapoa).

Sapoa CEO Neil GopalHartshorne's clients include Collins Properties, which she serves as the company's private client consultant, the City of Cape Town, where she is the specialist public-private-partnership consultant, and the new promoters of the Capricorn technology park near Muizenberg.

Sapoa is considered the most influential property organisation in South Africa and represents the owners, developers and administrators, and professional practitioners focusing on commercial and industrial property throughout the country. Hartshorne was Sapoa's vice-chairman last year. She is known as a champion of the Cape Town CBD and ardent supporter of the Cape Town Central City Partnership initiative to revitalise the CBD.

Earlier this year she was quoted as saying "old Cape Town offers investors such unusual and financially attractive opportunities to capitalise on our architectural legacy, that we can expect the city in a few years to present an image of historical attraction unrivalled on the sub-continent".

Asked about the prospects for the central city, the new Sapoa chairman said: "The CBD obviously remains a high priority in respect of the property industry and the positive investment trend that has been achieved since the Cape Town Partnership's formation must be sustained.

"During his tenure as CEO, Michael Farr has done a very good job in building and maintaining investor confidence. I believe this trend can be continued with the right motivation and support. "It is critical that business and investors - local, national and foreign - are encouraged to support this initiative, and his replacement will have our full backing."

Hartshorne said her priority as chairman of Sapoa would be to focus on what the regional council could offer in order to make the industry more inclusive and broaden its membership base.

"Our committee is committed to promoting transformation through information and skills exchange, recruitment and targeted leadership and education programmes."



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