beacon KEEPING THE BROLL FAMILY IN TOUCH
strength to strength
The provincial government provides
software system that enables councillor orientation sessions that offer
CBRE MAS to supply local communication plans, ongoing discussions
governments with an interface and assistance with tendering and
between the valuation roll and the procurement to smooth a process that is
billing system. essentially a new experience.
The system’s ﬁrst upgrade called
MetVal was launched in Martin says there are very few properties not
September and CBRE MAS has traded on the open market (shopping centres,
already been contracted to mine shafts, oil reﬁneries) for which CBRE
provide supplementary valuation MAS imports specialist skills. Thereafter,
services in three municipalities pounding the pavements to assess position
Martin Fitchet, MD of CBRE MAS until 2012 using his system. and gain access to properties to wholly
understand rental peaks and valleys is a
year ago CB Richard Ellis Mass Martin says across South Africa there are a critical element in procuring accurate data.
Evaluation Service (CBRE MAS) in host of projects underway, but only within
Durban consisted of four people. about 25 municipalities – or 10% of the In this vein the synergy between the Broll
Today there are more than 40 staff national total – reﬂecting the limited skills and businesses comes into play as CBRE MAS has
members with site ofﬁces in Ladysmith, the need to extend the deadline beyond access to sound rental and capitalisation
Newcastle, Nelspruit, Pietermaritzburg and 2010. However, he praises KwaZulu-Natal information. ‘South Africa has set aside the
Richards Bay that pits the company among and the Local Government, Housing and capital to invest in this key project. It is
the leading municipal valuations players in Traditional Affairs Department for the essential we complete it properly and
the country. proactive way in which they are facilitating accurately gather the information,’ he says.
The 2004 Municipal Rates Act set in motion the process. Others can take a leaf from
South Africa’s largest valuation exercise their book. Looking ahead, Martin says as Africa has
involving the appraisal of around 9-million shifted towards private ownership, there is a
properties from vacant rural land to oil Smaller municipalities – in some cases up to growing need for mass evaluation projects to
reﬁneries, shopping centres, body corporate 10 – band together as a single entity to underpin property tax environments. Broll
ﬂats and free-standing homes. tender, maximising economies of scale, which and CBRE MAS thus have a potentially bright
means that the province can ﬁnish the project future exporting their expertise beyond South
The managing director, Martin Fitchet, credits within deadline. Africa’s borders.
the process with being “a signiﬁcant
opportunity” for the country that on
completion – legally expected by June 2010
but likely to be pushed out – will provide
accurate, sound economic data about South
Africa’s property market.
By July 2008 the company will have
completed R75bn worth of municipal
valuations and submitted tenders for several
further regions throughout the country. The
company recently acquired the MetGovis The full staff complement at CBRE MAS.
Welcome to the family
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2007, Edition 3
Meet the new brolletjie:
On 20 July 2007, at exactly 17h16,
Janine Schultz - Broll ApexHi Property
Manager for the Eastern Cape Portfolio - Inside Helping out at
on CBRE MAS
and her husband Sam, welcomed their Sam with her baby at 2 weeks
this Jerusalem training success
baby into the world.
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The secrets of Fran’s success
Sylvia Maobee enjoys a break The ladies - Michelle Needham, Margie Pillay, Joanne
from work. Mileham - have their cake...
Women’s Day Celebration
The Cape Town Women’s Day Tea offered scrumptious treats
he women at Broll’s Cape Town and Johannesburg ofﬁces
enjoyed the decadent Women’s Day tea parties that were
organised by Dave Bennie in Cape Town and Marketing in
Illovo. ‘The catering was outstanding and the women felt
pampered,’ says Yvette Huysamer from Cape Town. ‘It was a treat to
just relax and catch up with all the ladies in the company.’ In
Johannesburg, the ladies were equally happy and felt that the event
was a treat. Embracing the day - Ken Gerber, ... and eat it in Johannesburg
Broll does it best
the full Microsoft Office suite. They have
also volunteered their time to train the New
Jerusalem staff how to best use this to boost
their infrastructure,’ Tilly continues.
The New Jerusalem Children’s Home is in
Midrand, and works with traumatised or
abandoned youngsters/minors, and children
who have been affected by HIV/AIDS. In
Just a few members of the high-powered Gauteng ofﬁce broking team. From left: Fran Teagle with Jane Parker, Elza Human, Jonathan Klopper and Keke Khojane
its seven years of operation, it has made a
difference in the lives of over 1000 children,
ran Teagle’s advice to people taking the Johannesburg CBD by storm, One of the other keys to the team’s
and plans to increase its capacity from 50
wanting to succeed in property is, after only being with us for four months.’ success is its diverse range of services.
people to around 120 full-time residents.
‘be constantly proactive, network Not only does its leasing portfolio extend
all the time and canvas on an on- Fran explains that part of their success is from Johannesburg’s CBD to the West
The Broll Foundation’s volunteer committee hands over some of the goods they collected to the New Jerusalem Children’s
Broll Properties operates a social
going basis. And above all, you have to taking pride in providing quick service, Rand, East Rand and Pretoria, but the
Home. Standing from left: Tilly Gasela, Ann Campbell, Izak Kriel, Bianca Beaumont, Nation Molele, Savita Rae, Anna responsibility programme across all its
Mojapelo fom New Jerusalem, Caiphus Mothapo, Dawn van den Berg. Front from left: Yvonne Behari-Ram, Riaan be passionate about this industry and be which they do through the database team is active in facilitating land
branches, through which staff offer their
Lochner and an assistant from New Jerusalem. hungry to make it work.’ they’re all committed to maintaining. assemblies and new developments. ‘We
support to those in need of assistance.
‘Every agent updates the database every identify sites that have potential for
roll’s staff pulled together to raise several prizes for a raffle. For a R20-ticket, Beneficiaries have included various children’s
Fran and her Commercial Property team day, and when a new client approaches commercial development, and then
close on R50 000 worth of clothing staff stood the chance of winning a first prize homes, as well as recipients of homes built
in Johannesburg are a highly successful us to ﬁnd space for them, we are able to facilitate the process of re-zoning. Once
and goods for donation to the New of a return air ticket to any South African by Habitat for Humanity using funds raised
broking combination. ‘It’s a group effort,’ get back to them the same day with developers have done their work on site,
Jerusalem Children’s Home. The destination. Second prize was a dinner for by the company and staff.
says Fran. ‘We have 10 brokers ranging suggestions,’ says Fran, explaining the we then have additional stock to add to
goods, including clothing, blankets and two, with a confectionary hamper on offer
in age from 23 to 70, which means we secrets of the team’s success. our portfolio,’ she says.
items essential to the effective running of for third prize.’ The money raised by the
have a great range of personalities
the home, were handed over to co-founder raffle was used to purchase pedal-operated
and consultants to suit each of our ‘We also spend a lot of time networking Fran started her career as a residential
Anna Mojapelo by the company’s staff at a waste disposal bins for New Jerusalem –
landlords’ and leasing/purchasing with our landlords to make sure we know estate agent but soon needed a bigger
function on Friday 31 August. a facility that they require by law, but
clients’ requirements. what’s possible and where new challenge. After ﬁve years at Broll she is
opportunities are in the market. It’s vital still excited by the challenges she’s
‘Staff in our Illovo head office led the way,
We’re all very focused and driven by the that we’re on top of what’s happening presented with every day.
with our national branches participating It’s not just the Broll staff that made the
commission that we make, particularly the in the business world to understand
as well,’ said Tilly Gasela, head of the effort to support the Children’s Home – the
younger members of the team, eager to the dynamics of our clients’
Broll Foundation, which leads a volunteer company is matching their spirit with a
make their mark,’ she continues. ‘We’re businesses and to identify potential
fundraising committee. ‘Apart from donation of its own. ‘Our IT Department has
Tilly Gasela from Broll with Anna Mojapelo and her particularly proud of Keke Khojane, who’s business,’ Fran continues.
appealing for donations of clothing and renovated 18 personal computers, that they
assistant, from the New Jerusalem Children’s Home.
blankets, we arranged the sponsorship of will give to New Jerusalem complete with
Do you know your status?
n 9 February 2007, the
Government published the ﬁrst
ofﬁcial version of the Codes of
Good Practice on BEE. This
document provides guidelines and targets for
companies wanting to achieve a BEE status.
As the Property Charter is still only a draft
document under discussion, the Codes – as
they are known – provide the only ofﬁcial Chairman’s message
benchmark for companies in the property
industry to be measured. The launch of the Broll Star Awards employ-
Broll’s Nigerian team with seated second from left: Olubukola Lanipekun-Lawal (HR manager at Broll in Lagos), Fred
Bihl (Broll consultant), Jacus Pienaar (lecturer) and Prof. Chris Cloete (course director). ee recognition programme should be a
‘As a company we are fully committed to the hugely exciting event for every staff member.
Broll trains in Nigeria
letter and spirit of this process,’ says While every employee is valued for the role
executive chairman Jonathan Broll. ‘While they play in making this company great,
there are no penalties for not meeting the there are those who regularly go above and
benchmarks, any business that ignores the beyond the call of duty – and we want to
cornerstone of Broll’s African Prof Cloete was very impressed with the recognise them.
codes will rapidly become uncompetitive in
expansion is the education of high level of experience that the
the market place.’
local staff and it was with this in participants had – many worked in The 25 ﬁnalists will be in for a real treat. In
mind that the company property development and property law addition to the R500 cash prize each of
Companies wishing to grow with SA’s
conducted its ﬁrst on-site training session overseas – before returning to Nigeria to them will receive, there is a grand prize that
economy will need to determine their BEE carries the same weight as ownership when According to Colleen this registration process
in Lagos, Nigeria. According to course work at Broll. ‘The team I met in Lagos really is just that – a GRAND PRIZE – and
score and obtain a rating from one of the developing a score card.’ is an important element of the company’s ISO
director Prof Cloete from the University of was very strong and they all seemed very that will be awarded following a live draw at
approved veriﬁcation agencies. Broll is rating obligation and employees not
Pretoria the quality of the participants competent,’ says Chris. the Johannesburg year-end function. One of
currently going through this exercise. These It’s in the area of contractor allocation that following the process can jeopardise this
was outstanding. the ﬁnalists will become the instant holder of
scores will have an inﬂuence on how Broll exercises a large procurement inﬂuence important quality benchmark.
‘They only completed their training in the grand prize.
competitive that enterprise is when and with almost 6000 different suppliers this
‘Most of the people in the Nigerian team August so they are still in the examination
government or any other entity allocates any is an area under the microscope. ‘Broll suppliers need not fear the
were graduates and some even had process. They haven’t yet reached the Congratulations are due to Ken Gerber and
of its business. implementation of the BEE Act,’ says
master’s degrees,’ he says. ‘Many of them stage of handing in assignments. the Corporate Services team for securing the
Administered by Colleen Halford, each Jonathan. ‘Small entrepreneurs with a
had studied in the UK, USA and Ghana. It That’s where we’ll see the proof of the contract to manage Bidserv’s national leased
The seven core elements making up the code supplier needs to provide proof of various turnover of less than R5million are exempted
was a very interesting training session training’s success.’ portfolio. Bidserv forms part of the Bidvest
are; ownership, management, employment documentation before being approved, this from the provisions while there are two
because of all the different property laws Group and is the holding company for well-
equity, skills development, preferential includes; company registration documents categories for suppliers over that level.
everyone knew about – having trained in Overall, it was a very positive experience recognised companies like Prestige, Steiner
procurement, enterprise development and with ID documents of the shareholders, SARS What’s critical to us, is that every one of our
various countries. So it was more a session and Prof Cloete was happy with the and Magnum Shield. This is a signiﬁcant
socio-economic development. tax clearance certiﬁcate and other relevant suppliers does in fact determine their own
of adaptation to create a common commitment of the Nigerian team. achievement and should unlock opportunities
‘It’s in the areas of employment equity, skills statutory organisation’s certiﬁcates ie. BEE score because this enables us to establish
framework within which to work instead of for other divisions within Broll. We look
development and preferential procurement Workman’s Compensation, insurance and our own rating. And we need to have that as
being purely about training.’ forward to a long-standing relationship
where many of our staff can have a positive banking details. Obviously, it’s best to have a accurate as possible if we are to grow and
inﬂuence by adhering to our internal policies prospective supplier submit and be placed on take advantage of the dynamic property with them.
when recruiting and training people and the approved list before work is actually economy, which is in all of
purchasing goods and services. In fact, awarded to them. our interests!’ Also worthy of mention is the performance
preferential procurement is a category that of Fran Teagle and her team. Under her
capable leadership, the Ofﬁce Leasing Team
has established a reputation for profession-
Broll sponsors PDP dinner
alism and service excellence, in the process
becoming a dominant force in the Gauteng
commercial broking market. Well done Fran.
We are heading at full speed to the end of
roll sponsored this year’s Property Development Programme (PDP),
2007; it’s been a busy year but much
hosted by SAPOA. Ken Gerber (left), Marketing Director, was on
remains to be done. Let’s keep our eye on
hand to welcome everyone at the SAPOA PDP graduation dinner.
target and not drop the exacting standards
we’ve become known for.
It is a two-week course and is South Africa’s premier management
programme on property ﬁnance, valuation, property law, negotiation,
Prof Cloete was in Cape Town during September for an Introduction to Property training session at the Waterfront. Regards
investment, development, marketing and management. High level delegates
from all over the country attend the course to sharpen their skills and (Back left to right): Wesley Sissing, André Williams, Eugene Veldsman, Londi Vermeulen, Rudolph Marshall, Shasta
Le Grange, Zaimodien Toefy, Gerad Davidson, Prof. Chris Cloete (course director)
knowledge through practical instruction and case studies. (Front left to right): Duonette Paton, Nhululeko Tsholetsane, Karin Merriﬁeld, Sharon Dada, Evyette Graham, Feriaal
Gamiet, Carina Vries, Ellen Madraymuthoo, Naleen Dilraj
Spearheading the rest Broll hosts the world
The Cape Town Spearhead team: Front: Unica Masters, Amelia Kayser, Anne Voorneveld. Middle: Sibongile Masombuka, Samantha Lambert, Lameez Adams, Vanessa Sullifant, Tracey- Broll’s display at The Shopping Centre Convention.
Lee Saayman, Diane van Rooyen, Mazel Matthews, Rentia de Wet. Back: Surur Allie, Amina Adriaanse, Bronwyn Solomons, Renato Mion, Peter Dicks, Qaaid Mesias, Nigel Smithie.
he International Council of Shopping Centre’s world summit made sense for Broll to take a leadership role at this year’s prestig-
t the end of last year Broll took over management of the With a demanding list of daily responsibilities, such as managing
– held every two years – was hosted in Cape Town for the ious event,’ said chief operating ofﬁcer Leonard Michau. ‘Our
Spearhead/Redeﬁne portfolio consisting of a number of day-to-day property maintenance, leasing; re-renting; budgeting;
ﬁrst time and Broll was one of two Platinum Sponsors for the exhibition space has been hugely popular and a great meeting
industrial, commercial and retail properties. The Cape rental collections and of course keeping the clients and tenants
global event. point for clients and other industry players.’
Town Spearhead team, managed by Anne Voornveld, is happy, the Spearhead team admits there’s never a dull day in
responsible for 45 properties and the team itself, now totalling 18 the ofﬁce.
Attracting more than 1500 delegates from across the world, the This year’s theme was ‘Shopping centres make a difference’ and
members, has doubled in size since it was formed in December
Shopping Centre Convention has become the ideal place for those the programme included speakers from around the world. Western
involved in the retail property sector to meet, compare notes and Cape premier Ebrahim Rasool welcomed the delegates to Cape
brush up on old contacts. Town while former president FW de Klerk also featured on the
‘As the continent’s leading shopping centre management company speaker’s platform.
This lady has the right attitude
– we presently manage over 100 centres throughout Africa – it
From messenger to property administrator – Aa’ishah Starke’s story
is one that inspires people to work hard and be patient.
A Relay Challenge
a’ishah, a property administrator, Aa’ishah completed two courses and received
has been working at Broll for 15 certiﬁcates for: Lease Negotiation and Property
years. She began her career here as Principles both from the academy. Aa’ishah
a casual, which soon led to a was successful in her new role and continued
permanent position as a messenger. working until 2005 when she went on
maternity leave. She had a baby and was
She enjoyed the job very much, but, after meant to come back last May but was unable
seven years she felt like she was ready for a to. She became seriously ill and had to take
new challenge. One day, while on her way to disability leave. Aa’ishah is very thankful to
work, she thought to herself, ‘There’s something her husband and Broll in Cape Town for In her spare time Aa’ishah enjoys going for
more,’ she says. supporting her over the six months it took for drives and walks, ideally on Sea Point
her to recover. promenade, chatting to her husband Nazim
Unknown to her, her hard work over those with her two children; Aaisheqah, 7 years old, he Absa Relay Challenge, South Africa’s biggest corporate The day started at the ABSA towers in the CBD and ended at The
seven years had been noticed and soon she She returned to work last September and has and Junaid, 18 months old. She says, ‘I relay took place on 5 August this year in Johannesburg. Expo Centre at NASREC, Absa. One of Absa’s Corporate Social
was promoted to secretary. She was excited been working like crazy ever since. Aa’ishah treasure my family. My life is my family and Broll entered teams to compete in the running Investment programmes, Casual Day - a project managed by The
about the change and was sent for courses to takes pride in her work and even though it is this job. Broll is my security; they’ve given me and walking categories. National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South
improve her skills. not a requirement, she sometimes stays late so opportunities and I will always give them Africa - beneﬁts from the race entry money.
that she is up-to-date with everything. my loyalty.’