The Green Building Council of SA (GBCSA) announced the appointment of Faieda Jacobs as its new Non-Executive Board Chair and Nkosinathi Manzana as Non-Executive Deputy Chair on 23 November 2017.
Founded in 2007 as part of a larger network of Green Building Councils globally, the GBCSA champions the application of green building principles and practices in SA’s property sector, seeking to inspire a built environment in which people and planet thrive.
Faieda Jacobs is Property Management Specialist at Old Mutual Alternative Investments, and her extensive background in property management, property asset management and people management enables her to bring her managerial flair and analytical skills to her new role.
Jacobs has 30 years of experience in property, ranging from valuations to property management and asset management. Prior to joining Old Mutual Alternative Investments, she was responsible for strategic projects at Old Mutual Property, and a property manager at Fountainhead Property Trust and Allan Gray Property Trust. Jacobs has been on the GBCSA board since 2015 and has chaired the Governance and Audit Committee for the past three years.
Nkosinathi Manzana is the Head: Professional & Technical Services within the Group Real Estate Services of Standard Bank.
With over nineteen years’ experience in the built environment in South Africa, Manzana has been involved in the planning, design and implementation of a broad range of multi-disciplinary projects such as transport infrastructure, buildings, petrochemical pipelines and pump stations, ports and municipal engineering services. During this time he has developed a keen interest in the subjects of sustainability, green buildings and energy management. He forms part of the core Standard Bank team that has overseen the certification of four bank owned building in the last three years.
“The GBCSA has taken great strides forward in the past ten years, leading the movement to design, build and operate properties in an environmentally sustainable way. Faieda and Nkosinathi bring considerable property knowledge and experience to their roles, which will pave the way for the GBCSA to flourish in its market leading role in the next year and beyond,” says outgoing Non-Executive Chairman of the GBCSA, Rudolf Pienaar.
Other non-executive director appointments on 23 November 2017 include Executive Manager: Operations for V & A Waterfront Holdings, Andre Theys; Stanlib asset manager, Brian Unsted; Howard Rauff, who heads up Portfolio and Facilities Management in Nedbank Group’s Property Services division; Ilse Swanepoel, who leads the development and implementation of Redefine’s environmental sustainability strategy; Founder and CEO of GCX, Kevin James; Bentel Associates International’s Marco Macagnano; Mfundo Xulu from the National Department of Public Works; and WWF’s Stephen Elliott-Wetmore. They join existing non-executive directors Anthony Stroebel of Pam Golding and Neil Gopal of SAPOA.
These high-profile appointments signal the increasing importance of sustainable building practices in South Africa.