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Investor of the Year Awards announces seasoned panel of judges

MAIN IMAGE: Berry Everitt and Vuyiswa Ramokgopa are judges at the event

The SA Property Investors Network (SAPIN) has announced a stellar line-up of judges that include property professionals and seasoned investors to select the winners for its upcoming Investor of the Year Awards in November.

Earlier this year SAPIN announced the opening of entries for the Investor of the Year Awards for all property investors across the country and entries have been filling up for the beginner to advanced property investor categories.

The third annual Investor of the Year Awards is being hosted at the Marriott Hotel in Sandton on 18 November 2021 but can be attended virtually. Cash prizes, vouchers and property investment coaching are just some of the prizes up for grabs. The awards are being sponsored by Absa, Ooba, Private Property, Tile Africa, Tuhf, The Property Academy, Preferental and Intergen.

“We are thrilled with the calibre of judges that we have secured for this year’s Investor of the Year Awards which include heavyweight property investors, influencers and seasoned business leaders. A panel of judges is the cornerstone for any successful awards event and these judges know what they are looking for. Their expertise will go a long way to ensuring a fair and credible judging process,” said Andrew Walker, founder and CEO of SAPIN.

Whether you’re busy with your first deal or you’re a veteran property developer, the Investor of the Year Awards is open to all South Africans over 18. Entrants must have invested in a property deal between November 2019 and the cut-off date of August 2021.

The group of award winners at last year's event

The group of award winners at the 2019 event

 The confirmed panel of judges are as follows:

Andrew Walker

Andrew Walker is the CEO and founder of SA Property Investors Network (SAPIN) and The Property Academy. Andrew is a believer in creating multiple streams of income and has over the years become an expert at identifying various ways to structure deals and raise capital. He has personally been involved in more than 600 property transactions, both in South Africa and the UK, where he has assisted other investors to build their property portfolio. Andrew is also an accomplished speaker and sought-after mentor.

Vuyiswa Ramokgopa

Vuyiswa Ramokgopa is the CEO of the South African Institute of Black Property Practitioners (SAIBPP) and Chairperson of the National Property Practitioners Council (NPPC). Vuyiswa serves as a non-executive director for Multinet Home Loans Pty (Ltd) and Fortress REIT where she chairs the social, ethics and sustainability committees.  She voluntarily serves in the Black Business Council (BBC) Women’s Alliance. She has recently been invited to serve on the SA Chapter of the BRICS Women Alliance.

Berry Everitt

Berry Everitt is group CEO at Chas Everitt. Known for his strong work ethic and passion for Real Estate, he believes in providing exceptional client service. Berry is equipped with the valuable skills essential in real estate. Whether in negotiations, educating clients or marketing properties, he always aims to add value and deliver a memorable customer experience.

Nqabenhle Manana

Nqabenhle is a qualified CA(SA) who has a career in auditing, accounting, taxation and the property sector. He has several properties related qualifications and is passionate about investment management. His experience in property spans over a 13-year career. He has experience in the residential, commercial, industrial, and retail space. Currently, he is an asset manager at Growthpoint Properties, managing a portfolio worth over R100 billion. He provides strategic direction of the property fund.

Nqabenhle has been investing in the Johannesburg CBD in his personal capacity and has built a portfolio of over 100 units.

Dana Boonzaier

Starting his property journey in 2008, Dana Boonzaier chose to focus intensely on the student accommodation market in Bloemfontein. In the 18 months leading up to his first Investor of the Year Awards, he doubled his property portfolio. Dana advocates that an integral part of investing in property is education. He believes passionately that having access to and being a part of a network such as SA Property Investors Network (SAPIN) is of utmost importance in one’s personal property investment journey.

Tracey Lee Miller

Tracey Lee Miller is the Private Property Brand and Marketing Executive. She will be the Master of Ceremonies for the Nexus series of events and launched the Virtual Property Show, SA’s most significant online property exhibition. Property investment is one of the biggest decisions one can make in life, and Tracey Lee believes in building the Private Property brand that supports property investors at every step of their investment journey.

More information about The Investor of the Year Awards

The Investor of the Year Awards event is the flagship annual event of the South African Property Investors Network (SAPIN), South Africa’s largest property network. The Awards recognise and celebrate South Africa’s most exciting property deals and property investors and create a platform for networking, wealth creation and inspiration. The 2021 Awards sponsors include Absa, Tuhf and Tile Africa and Preferental. The black-tie Awards will be held at the Marriott Hotel in Sandton on the 18th November 2021. There are seven categories of awards, which cater for a range of entries from beginner property owners to professional property practitioners.

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More information about the SA Property Investors Network (SAPIN)

The South African Property Investors Network (SAPIN) is South Africa’s largest networking platform for property investors in South Africa. With thousands of members, the network is an essential for anyone who is active in the field of property development or property investing. Members include property investors, attorneys and conveyancers, tax specialists and financial advisors, commercial property developers, estate agents, construction and building experts, interior design and landscapers.


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