Fitzanne’s Property Exchange

FITZANNE ESTATES  |  Podcast , ±23 min episodes every 3 weeks, 3 days  | 
Fitzanne's Property Exchange, hosted Pearl Scheltema, keeps you captivated and intrigued as we provide you with the very latest news and insights to the South African residential property industry. Having conversations with property investors, industry experts, Sectional Title Scheme Executives and innovative stakeholders, we invite you to listen to their stories and make it your own.

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Benefits of Property Investment in Sectional Title Schemes

Despite the economic downslide caused by COVID, property investment remains a profitable endeavor, especially with pent-up demand set to be unleashed in the wake of the lockdown.

Furthermore, a succession of interest rate cuts intended to boost the economy has resulted in the lowest lending rates for decades. If you’re looking to take your first step into the South African property market, now is a good time.

Are you thinking about investing in real estate to rent out or use as a vacation home for other travelers? It can turn into a reliable source of income. But how do you know if you’re ready to become a landlord? In this episode of Fitzanne's Property Exchange, Pearl Scheltema talks to Louise Martin, CEO of Estate Living about the benefits of property investment, specifically in a Sectional Title Scheme.

Industry Engagement with CSOS

It has become clear in recent months that many Sectional Title Schemes industry stakeholders were experiencing a host of challenges with the Community Schemes Ombud Service (CSOS).

In this episode of Fitzanne's Property Exchange, Pearl Scheltema talks to Zerlinda Van der Merwe, Co-Founder and Director of TVDM Consultants and Willie Roos, CEO of Stratafin, who, together with Theresa Williams, a concerned Sectional Title owner and Trustee, took the initiative to get all the stakeholders together for a round table discussion. Zerlinda and Willie were able to speak to the Chief Ombud, Advocate Boyce Mkhize and the DA Shadow Minister of Human Settlement, Emma Powell, starting a conversation on the way forward.

Panel discussion: CSOS Executive Managing Agent Panel

The CSOS recently placed an advert for a Panel of Executive Managing Agents and subsequently formulated a Panel of Executive Managing Agents from the applications. According to CSOS, they have trained and educated all the panelists on the panel on their roles and responsibilities towards the body corporate.

In this podcast, Pearl Scheltema facilitates a panel discussion between key role players in the industry, namely Johlene Wasserman, Manager of Governance, Compliance & Enforcement, CSOS, Hendrik Hoffmann, Managing Director, Rise Property Solutions, Mari Van Rensburg, CEO, MEMS Properties and Willie Roos, CEO, Stratafin.

The panel discusses the CSOS mandate, the knowledge, experience, and suitability of the panel of Executive Managing Agents plus CSOS oversight and responsibility of these panelists and transformation of the industry.

Unpacking the new Property Practitioners Act

With the publication of the Property Practitioners Regulation on 14 January 2022, significant changes to the property industry have come about on 01 February 2022. The Property Practitioners Act and Regulations aim to regulate and professionalise the property industry.

In this episode of Fitzanne's Property Exchange, Pearl Scheltema talks to Dilen Heerschop, a property law expert and attorney of the High Court currently working at Schüler Heerschop Pienaar Attorneys. They discuss this consumer-focused act and everything you need to know in respect of your dealings with a property practitioner.

What A Community Scheme Debt Trap Is and How To Get Out Of It

Dealing with the finances in a Sectional Title Scheme can be a difficult and uncertain affair, with numerous aspects to consider. Should a Sectional Title Scheme find itself in need of financial assistance, it has a number of options to choose from. Making the right choice for the Sectional Title Scheme can be a difficult and often challenging choice for the members of the Corporate Body and can often lead to the Body Corporate falling into a Debt Trap.

In this episode of Fitzanne’s Property Exchange, Pearl Scheltema talks to Willie Roos, CEO of Stratafin, about what a community scheme debt trap is and how to get out of it.

National Association of Managing Agents (NAMA) and the Professionalisation of Property Managers

In order to get the most out of sectional title living, it is also important to understand the key role that the Managing Agent plays in maintaining a sectional title scheme.

Choosing a Managing Agent is a very important consideration for Body Corporates and Trustees alike. To a certain extent, it is a subjective choice; you must get along with the people at the agency, after all. However, you also need to know that the company you trust to manage your property on your behalf is fully compliant and belongs to the correct regulatory bodies.

The property management company must also be a member of the National Association of Managing Agents (NAMA) and in this episode of Fitzanne’s Property Exhange, Pearl Scheltema chats to Kerry-Lee van Aardt, General Manager at NAMA about why Managing Agents should be registered with NAMA and the plans NAMA has to professionalise the industry.

The future of AGMs – how to achieve a quorum every time

As the long-standing owner, trustee and chairperson of a self-managed complex, Poena le Roux designed MeetingPal in 2017 as a tool that complies with the Sectional Titles Schemes Management (STSM) Act which obligated bodies corporate to calculate votes in both number and value. No longer is there is need to have all the scheme’s members under one roof, but now these member can also vote securely and transparently on an resolution from anywhere in the world.

MeetingPal is smart and user-friendly app that provides support for managing any online meetings, such as community schemes, professional bodies, associations or trusts. It turns your phone into a voting device, allowing you to vote remotely from anywhere in the world, securely via your mobile device. For more info, visit

In this episode of Fitzanne’s Property Exchange, Pearl Scheltema chats to Poena about MeetingPal and the various benefits and features of this application.
Meeting Pal

Why property investors should get EDGE Certification for their properties

With South Africa facing a water and energy crisis, sustainable solutions are needed and EDGE Certification makes it faster, easier, and more affordable than ever before to build and certify green homes. An innovation of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies) is a green building certification system that gives homeowners the assurance that their homes are designed and built to be resource-efficient.

In this episode of Fitzanne’s Property Exchange, Pearl Scheltema interviews Jo Anderson, Research and Innovation Specialist at Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). For more information on EDGE, please visit

My Clean Green Home design competition: Sustainable living in action.

In partnership with the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), the My Clean Green Home design competition called for professionals and students to develop a home that demonstrates sustainable living in action. The winning design from Team Mahali, is an innovative, modular ‘house in a box’ covered by an overarching tree-like structure made from upcycled and locally available materials. The design for the net zero carbon home incorporates solar power generation, energy efficient appliances, passive cooling, rainwater harvesting and an edible food garden. The design was transformed into a pop-up exhibition for visitors to explore net zero carbon living first-hand.

In this episode of Fitzanne’s Property Exchange, Pearl Scheltema interviews Mary Haw, the City’s Manager of Energy Efficiency and Renewable, Sustainable Energy Markets about this initiative.

Female leadership in SA's property sector needs to be prioritised

We've made considerable progress in the last ten years, and women are increasingly being integrated into diverse professions across the property sector in South Africa. However, ensuring that women are represented in high levels within the sector remains a serious concern.

Although progress is sluggish, the wheels of gender equality and diversity in the property sector in South Africa are moving. Gender equality is a lifelong struggle. Women must continue to push boundaries without giving up, and large business must recognize the value of having female presence in the workplace.

In this episode of Fitzanne’s Property Exchange, Pearl Scheltema speaks with some of the most prominent women in the property industry to unpack this topic. Guests are Johlene Wasserman, Manager of Governance, Compliance & Enforcement at CSOS, Michelle Dickens, Managing Director, TPN and Johette Smuts, Head of Data Analytics of PayProp.

Electricity vs solar: How property owners can capitalize on renewable energy

South Africa's electricity supply has been inconsistent for more than a decade, with state company Eskom compelled to use load-shedding on and off to avoid overloading the grid. This has put enormous strain on the energy-dependent economy, as well as lowering household quality of life.

With no end in sight to the power outage, South Africans are turning to alternative energy sources, and solar is at the top of the list. When it comes to solar energy, consumers have two major options: hybrid or off-grid systems. In this episode of Fitzanne’s Property Exchange, Pearl Scheltema talks to Fedgroup CFO, Sheldon Friedericksen about how property owners can capitalize on renewable energy.

Empowering youth through property

The Youth In Property Association (YIPA) is focused on transforming the property sector by increasing the active participation of young people through its Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship initiatives.

In this podcast, Pearl Scheltema interviews Zahraa Parker, YIPA Vice-Chairperson to find out a bit more about what the organisation does, what its objectives are, and what some of the challenges are for the youth of South Africa in becoming more involved in the property sector.

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