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Chairman’s report: REBOSA fulfils its mandate as industry representative

MAIN IMAGE: Tony Clarke, REBOSA chairman

Danie Keet

“The past year has highlighted the urgency with which we must work collectively and cohesively to design and implement solutions that are both effective and sustainable. Considering the last year, I’m pleased to report that Rebosa has again achieved significant progress and successes over the past 12 months on a number of fronts – which I will cover in this report, ” said Tony Clarke, REBOSA chairman, at the first virtual AGM held on Thursday 29 July 2021.07.28

“REBOSA has come a long way since it was formed in 2012 and I am pleased by the progress that has been made thus far. We still however need to cultivate practical ways of mobilising our resources to effectively transform the sector. We continue to engage with stakeholder organisations such as the EAAB, FLISP, the National Property Practitioners Council (NPPC), Property Transformation Forum (PTF), the  Property Sector Charter Council (PSCC), SSETA real estate chamber and provincial committees The National Association of Realtors (NAR) the National Housing Finance Corporation, the Department of Human Settlements and the and the Minister of Housing.

“Through these and other actions, one of the most important activities of this past year was the application we brought against the EAAB to ensure that our members have an enabling environment in which to operate. The core function of the EAAB is to enforce industry compliance through effective regulation, key to which is issuing FFCs on time. The judgment handed down on 15th March 2021 has benefitted all stakeholders, and more particularly consumers and is testimony to what we can achieve collectively.

REBOSA has also welcomed the minister’s forensic audit into the EAAB’s consistent inability to fulfil their mandate and have been grateful to have this support as they continue to fight for the rights of real estate professionals and remain hopeful that the minister will allow transparency in its audit findings and make such available to REBOSA and its members.

Clarke also referred to other legislation with which Rebosa involved itself, including the Property Practitioners Act which was signed into law but not yet Gazetted, the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI Act) which came into full effect on 1 July 2021, the Rental Housing Act, the Financial Intelligence Centre Act and the amendment to section 25 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa dealing with land reform.

REBOSA also continued to effectively execute its mandate of acting as a representative of the estate agents employed by its members thus unequivocally making Rebosa the most representative body in the real estate sector in South Africa today.

“Looking ahead, we have some good bedrock on which to progress our mandate for the coming year.

Collective impact and unison around a common agenda is necessary to effect real change. Every year we appeal to our members to promote Rebosa’s work and encourage the smaller independent agencies to add their voices by joining. Bigger numbers and more representation improves our demands to be heard and our ability to effect real change – and there is so much more we can do if we have the necessary resources. To this end, the Rebosa management has engaged in an active recruitment campaign to increase our membership which will result in furthering our agenda,” Clarke concluded.

Read the full report here.

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