Property Point graduate, and founder and CEO of Integrico, Letty Ngobeni, has been named Business Woman of Year in the Entrepreneur category of the Gauteng regional finals of the 2017 SA Women in Property Awards presented by RICS and the Women’s Property Network.

Women continue to make inroads into the traditionally male-dominated South African property industry. Sandi Mbutuma, Women’s Property Network (WPN) Chairperson, acknowledges the changing face of the sector, with many women attaining prominent leadership positions in property companies and industry bodies.

Despite rapid globalisation with investment funds flowing across borders and money pouring into constructed assets, the construction profession has until now, lacked a common language and framework for classifying and reporting construction costs.

Once a year, the global facility management (FM) industry unites to recognise the important role of professionals in the sector.

As part of their aim to professionalise the property industry more broadly.

In March 2017, the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoU) to further professional development and information sharing for members of both institutions. 

With South Africa and Nigeria being Africa’s two biggest economies, the recent credit rating downgrades by global ratings agencies, will negatively affect both nations and hit Africa’s overall economic growth.

Following extensive industry consultation, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is tightening up requirements for RICS professionals and regulated firms working in the land, property and construction sector, with the publication of a new global professional statement on conflicts of interest.

Africa’s cities need to brace themselves for millions more people over the next few decades with the continent having one of the fastest urbanisation rates in the world.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is placing a stronger focus on the empowerment of women in the built environment sector at the Annual RICS Africa Summit, taking place in Sandton, Johannesburg, from 22-23 February 2017.

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