Change heads Sapoa agenda

Posted On Wednesday, 05 June 2002 10:01 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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Private-public partnerships key to state strategy

Sapoa CEO Neil GopalSpeedy transformation was top of the agenda at the 34th convention of Sapoa the commercial property owners' association held in Durban last week.

The organisation has been bombarded with appeals for rapid transformation.

The keynote speakers public works director-general Thami Sokutu, Transnet chairman Bongani Khumalo and newly elected Sapoa president Papi Mphahlele delivered presentations focusing on transformation to the largely white male audience.

Sokutu outlined opportunities he expected to come out of his restructured public works department. Key to this process was the private-public partnership framework that would govern the management of state assets.

He said major opportunities were brewing in his department but these needed to be greeted by equally serious transformation measures. The department was expected to outsource management of a large proportion of government's R120bn property portfolio.

Government was also seeking to unlock value in prime land it owned countrywide and would be calling for private-sector services to help achieve this.

While major property management companies have appointed empowerment operating and equity partners to showcase their commitment to transformation when bidding for government work, not everyone believes enough has been done in terms of pushing empowerment in the industry.

Mphahlele, Sapoa's first black president, said his task would be more difficult than that of former association presidents. However, a number of transformation initiatives were already in place, including setting up a transformation committee and the development of property study courses for people previously barred from the industry.

'These initiatives are very encouraging. However, the implementation needs to be given attention,' said Mphahlele.

'We know these initiatives are there but we are not in a position to measure delivery. We need to be able to report the success of these initiatives to members,' he said.

The association should bring in members who were already implementing training to share their experiences, he said. The people who were doing sterling work needed to be encouraged to let their work be known so that the association could support their initiatives.

Mphahlele also appealed to members to give opportunities to young property professionals who had the necessary qualifications.

 

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