TRAINING: Commercial Property Sector Boosted
Recent Western Cape Business News
As industries across the economy battle a shortage of suitably skilled management, the commercial property sector has through the efforts of the South African Property Owners’ Association (SAPOA), consistently and constructively addressed management training for property professionals.
Providing yet another significant skills boost for the property sector, 73 candidates have graduated from SAPOA’s latest Property Development Programme (PDP) held in Cape Town from 15 to 27 August.
Neil Gopal, SAPOA CEO says, “Comprising property-specific modules and presented by the Graduate School of Business (GSB) of the University of Cape Town and SAPOA, the course is pitched at senior and potential senior management. By targeting leaders and future leaders in the industry, this high-level training also has a positive knock-on effect on other levels in organisations and also fosters the sharing and transfer of skills.”
According to Tanya Jeffrey, Chairperson of SAPOA’s PDP Committee, the programme covers topics such as property finance, valuation, property law, negotiation, investment, development, marketing and management. “Apart from its intensity, the programme is also extremely comprehensive; and attracts high calibre professionals,” says Jeffrey.
Significant emphasis was placed on issues that are influencing the property development sector at present – such as green developments, rising operating costs, transformation of the industry, and the impact of the financial crisis on the sector.
Adds Gopal, “As the voice of the commercial property industry in South Africa, SAPOA has long championed and lobbied issues that affect its members, and the skills component is an area that we see as key. Therefore, each year, in partnership with various tertiary Educational Institutions we present a range of short courses and training programme’s in commercial property. This gives our members enormous value.”
Property analyst and Professor, Francois Viruly is the course facilitator. Viruly says, “The PDP course is designed to be intensive, with delegates required to live in and participate in projects and lectures. Learning is facilitated through class instruction, discussion seminars and project work; lead by experts in their respective property fields. An emphasis is placed on the economic, social and environmental aspects that influence property developments”.
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