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ZDFin - Smart Finance for Community Schemes

ZDFin - Smart Finance for Community Schemes

Michael Schaefer from ZDFin talks about their finance offering to community schemes and answers key questions.

Sectional Title Solutions - The Smart Scheme Solution

In this WiST Soundbite, Marina Constas from WiST interviews Maryna Wiesner and Melissa Ghannam from Sectional Title Solutions (STS). They tell us more about the turnkey value-add solutions that STS offers community schemes.

Sectional Title Solutions is focused on providing value-add solutions to community schemes nationwide that reduce cost, generate revenue and increase property value.

Solutions offered include innovative Funding and Treasury, Efficient Energy, Smart Technology, Legal Advisory and a host of other service solutions. Building sustainable relationships, helping our communities thrive.

Visit their website: www.stsolutions.co.za

Why bodies corporate should consider hiring an executive managing agent - ZDFin answers

Marina Constas from Women in Sectional Title talks to valued sponsor and industry stalwart, Michael Schaefer from ZDFin about why managing agents and bodies corporate should consider appointing an executive managing agent.

What should property managers focus on in the next 12-24 months?

In this clip, Marina Constas from WiST talks to Danie van der Merwe from WeconnectU about the solutions they offer property managers and what the focus of property managers should be for the rest of 2022 and 2023.

WeconnectU offers the most advanced end-to-end body corporate and HOA management solution that addresses all core business processes of professional community management. We help property managers overcome their greatest challenges: Compliance, manageability, scalability, profitability, and empower them to create optimal efficiency and complete transparency.

WeconnectU – Transforming the Property Management industry.www.weconnectu.co.za

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Dealing with conflict in sectional title schemes

Urban densification is the order of the day and according to Lightstone Properties, Sectional Title Schemes are showing steady growth in a difficult economic property cycle with apartment blocks rising like anthills all over South Africa. This is resulting in an increasing number of people living near each other as high density living becomes more common.

Ironically, the closer we live to each other, the further we often grow apart. Conflicts within community schemes can affect the soul of the scheme; therefore, the way in which disputes are resolved becomes important for our peace, health and general well-being.

For our next webinar, we considered conflict in sectional title schemes: How do we best cope with combative trustees and troublesome owners.

Thank you to our sponsors: ZDFin, CIA, Sectional Title Solutions, WeconnectU, and PKF Octagon.

The value of great industry partners

For our May webinar, we offered the floor to our sponsors: ZDFin, CIA, Sectional Title Solutions, WeconnectU, and PKF Octagon.

We are exceptionally lucky to have key players in our industry who support the vision and initiatives of WiST; their support and generosity means the world to us and makes this platform possible.

Marina Constas led this discussion about industry trends, our partners’ challenges in the sectional title industry, and their role in supporting managing agents and trustees. In addition, we picked their brains about the future of the industry and if they are planning any innovative solutions that we should know about.

This webinar took place on 25 May 2023.

Thank you to our sponsors: ZDFin, CIA, Sectional Title Solutions, WeconnectU, and PKF Octagon.

Should you go solar in sectional title?

Amidst the national energy crisis, the need for owners in complexes to install solar systems has increased. Unlike a free-standing house, an owner does not have the luxury to decide to install solar without seeking consultation or approval from the body corporate, but what type of approval is necessary, and how can the trustees streamline a policy resolution where everyone is happy?

At the July 2023 webinar, we talked to industry leaders in solar to understand the system's infrastructure. We delved into relevant legislation to keep you updated with all available options.

This webinar took place on 20 July 2023.

Thank you to our sponsors: ZDFin, CIA, Sectional Title Solutions, WeconnectU, and PKF Octagon.

Dealing with tenants in sectional title schemes

The subject of tenants residing in sectional title buildings has always posed interesting legal questions: Can tenants be evicted by the body corporate? Can owners be forced to evict tenants who do not stick to the rules of the scheme? When does the rental tribunal get involved with disputes in complexes, if at all, and how exactly does the eviction process work?

We were interested in finding out about the current rental market trends in community schemes and directed our questions to Marlon Shevelew from Marlon Shevelew and Associates, a well-known Cape Town attorney, who specialises in this space.

This webinar took place on 22 June 2023.

Thank you to our sponsors: ZDFin, CIA, Sectional Title Solutions, WeconnectU, and PKF Octagon.

How to go green in sectional title

Most of us are aware of our responsibility to reduce our carbon footprints and to ‘go green’. We have heard of green buildings and know that we should be doing more - but how?

Lorraine Jenks shared with us how it is possible and easy to build, furnish and equip residential Sectional Title buildings with only eco products and services. Lorraine served as the Contracts and Procurement Manager for the 82 hotels in the Southern Suns chain. She is a thought leader and winner of multiple awards on the subjects of climate change, responsible lifestyle, sustainability, and environmental greening trends for 50 years.

Watch this webinar to see this global speaker in action and to find out why she feels that recycling plastic is a waste of time!

This webinar took place on 24 August 2023.

Thank you to our sponsors: ZDFin, CIA, Sectional Title Solutions, WeconnectU, and PKF Octagon.

What you should know before buying into sectional title

There are three possible major defects to be found in every sectional title scheme: Roof problems, cracks, and the most common defect, damp. It is important for buyers to know exactly what issues around these defects may exist and for trustees, it is critical to understand what maintenance work needs to be carried out.

Maintenance and inspections are key contributors to the optimum functioning of schemes and the preservation of owners’ property investments. However, these issues are often not prioritised due to the cost and time required and a lack of knowledge as to the necessary processes.

For this webinar, we hosted Marisia Robus, the first woman building inspector to hold a position on the National Association of Building Inspectors of SA (NABOSA) Board, a qualified ITC roof inspector, and the CEO of Gauteng Property Inspections.

Together we unpacked what you need to know about maintenance inspections, snag lists, construction errors, and due diligence reports for residential developments.

This webinar took place on 21 September 2023.

Thank you to our sponsors: ZDFin, CIA, Sectional Title Solutions, WeconnectU, and PKF Octagon.

What you should know before buying into sectional title

It is a common problem that owners of sectional title units were not informed of the costs, responsibilities, and rules before buying into a scheme. In most cases, this leaves them ill-equipped to deal with the structures involved in regulating and administrative sectional title living.

It would make life so much easier if buyers into a sectional title scheme were better educated. Often, estate agents are blamed for providing no or incorrect information to inexperienced buyers. The buyers' subsequent illegal or inappropriate conduct becomes a problem for the trustees and owners to deal with.

Our guest this month was Tanya Sakota, named the top RE/MAX agent in Southern Africa for 2021 with nearly two decades of experience in property sales. Marina Constas talked to Tanya about the questions buyers should be asking the agent and what can be expected from estate agents.

This webinar took place on 19 October 2023.

Thank you to our sponsors: ZDFin, CIA, Sectional Title Solutions, WeconnectU, and PKF Octagon.

How to hone your EQ to grow your professional IQ

Are you interested in unlocking your full potential and that of your team?

Trustees and managing agents often find themselves feeling stuck, facing low morale and seemingly insurmountable impasses within their schemes. To stay relevant and future-fit in the workplace, it's crucial for women to continually refine their emotional intelligence (EQ) skills.

Our guest this month was Dr. Sharon King Gabrielides who is the founder and CEO of Key Steps Corporate Training. She is a dynamic facilitator, speaker and executive coach with over 25 years of experience in leadership development and organisational transformation.

Sharon shared her insights and extensive knowledge to assist you in navigating the realm of community schemes. Whether you're seeking personal development guidance or aiming to expand your knowledge, this engaging webinar is the ideal destination for you.

This webinar took place on 23 November 2023.

Thank you to our sponsors: ZDFin, CIA, Sectional Title Solutions, WeconnectU, and PKF Octagon.

How to register with the PPRA as a managing agent

At this webinar, we reviewed the process required to register managing agents.
There are a number of steps managing agents must take to register as property professionals.

Johlene Wasserman and Debra Vial from the PPRA joined us for our last webinar of 2023 to talk us through the requirements and process, and to answer our questions.

Watch this webinar to gain insights into the registration process and understand the educational materials expected by the Property Practitioners Regulatory Authority (PPRA), specifically designed to meet the requirements of managing agents.

This webinar took place on 14 December 2023.

Thank you to our sponsors: ZDFin, CIA, Sectional Title Solutions, WeconnectU, and PKF Octagon.

Let's make a few New Year's sectional title resolutions.

Wondering about the ideal New Year's resolutions for a sectional title building?

During this webinar, we raised some compelling suggestions, centering around advancements in community living, efficiency, management, sustainability, and compliance across various stakeholders.

We, along with our guests, delved into impactful game-changers that enhance communal living in this transformative discussion.

From bolstering security measures and creating welcoming reception areas to implementing lively recycling initiatives, embracing rainwater harvesting practices, and organising community events, we've explored essential elements that promise to enhance the quality of life for everyone in our schemes!

This webinar took place on Thursday 25 January 2024.

Thank you to our sponsors: ZDFin, Sectional Title Solutions, WeconnectU, and PKF Octagon.

Sectional title living in the age of electric mobility

In this webinar, we explored the dynamic landscape of electric vehicles (EVs) in sectional title schemes.

Discover the challenges and opportunities that come with the increasing prevalence of EVs and learn how communities can effectively manage the integration of evolving infrastructure. From reimagining common areas to addressing the specific needs of residents, we discussed the advantages and disadvantages for building managers, owners, and residents alike.

Our guest was Angelique Mentis, the Founder/CEO of thatsmyspot and Parking Spotz, who is a a trailblazer based in Sydney, Australia, and specialises in parking solutions for strata (Australian sectional title) and commercial buildings. She also serves as the President of Parking Australia and is deeply passionate about all aspects of electric vehicles.

This webinar took place on 22 February 2024.

Thank you to our sponsors: ZDFin, Sectional Title Solutions, WeconnectU, and PKF Octagon.

Forecasting Tomorrow: Insights into South African Sectional Title Trends

At this webinar, WiST's founder Marina Constas shared a decade's worth of expertise to unveil forward-thinking predictions about Sectional Title trends in South Africa for 2024.
Watch this webinar to gain invaluable foresight into the evolving landscape, empowering owners, trustees, and managing agents to navigate with confidence.

This webinar took place on 19 March 2024.

Thank you to our sponsors: ZDFin, Sectional Title Solutions, WeconnectU, PKF Octagon, and Multiprof.