Western Cape IEASA sees a good future ahead
The “Taking of skills beyond 2010” seminar organised in Cape Town (and other parts of the country) by Services SETA’s acting CEO, Dr Sihle Moon, has, says Dianne Brock, the new head of the Western Cape Institute of Estate Agents, SA, charted a “positive and optimistic” course ahead for South Africa’s residential property sector.
SSETA has confirmed that they will deliver on all its promises.
“All estate agents who qualified for their NQF4 and NQF5 certification will have received their certificates within the next three months. SSETA’s difficulties with the government regarding non-performance appear to be behind them,” said Brock.
Dr Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education, had, said Brock, repeated what he has said previously, i.e. that training and skills development is a government priority and they are determined to “overhaul” any non-performing SETAs.
He also again stressed the dire need for SA industry to fit into and collaborate with the State to achieve their mutually desired goals. In future, said Brock, six representatives of Labour, six of Business and three from the government will sit on the SSETA accounting authority.
As a corollary to this, IEASA will now be reconstituted into the PPSA, Property Professionals of South Africa and REBOSA (Real Estate Business Owners of SA) with the PPSA representing real estate employees, i.e. the agents and staff of estate agencies, and REBOSA representing employers.
“We foresee the current Western Cape IEASA operating as a secretariat for both bodies,” said Brock. “We will continue to operate as before, later channeling members into their appropriate bodies.”
Brock said that at another gathering, this time organized by the Estate Agency Affairs Board (represented by the new chairman, Mr Thami Bolani, and Ms Portia Mofikoe, the education and training manager of the EAAB), it has become clear that a new relationship between EAAB and IEASA is being built and that in EAAB itself a big reorganization has necessitated the breakdown of previous non-working structures.
“We were,” she said, “especially impressed by the invitation to communicate and comment as and when it seems necessary. We were impressed by the open and honest feedback about the progress in overcoming the backlog in the issuing of Fidelity Fund Certificates (which will all be delivered by October)”.
The EAAB, said Brock, is confident that FFCs will be available online within three months.
Also boding well for the future, said Brock, have been the first pre-examination workshops for the examinations on 18th August for those agents eligible to write the Professional Designation Examinations.
These will be obligatory for all agents who have qualified with NQF4 AND NQF5 qualifications or who have been exempted from these qualifications in terms of the exemption matrix.
Candidates for exemption from the PDE, on the other hand, have to be 60 years of age or older and must have held valid FFCs continuously for five years and they must also hold a valid FFC for the year in which they apply for the PDE exemption. Estate agents who held a valid FFC from 15th July 2003 to 15th July 2008 can also apply for exemption from the PDE.
“All in all,” said Brock, “I think we can now say that the affairs of the estate agency sector are being administered more efficiently than ever before and the goal of establishing a corps of highly trained, competent estate agency professionals is now being achieved.”