The South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) has announced Attacq Limited’s CEO, Jackie van Niekerk, as its new president.
Van Niekerk joined Attacq as COO and was appointed to the board in June 2018. She has over fourteen years’ experience in the real estate industry and prior to joining the REIT, she was the CEO of Pivotal Property Fund. At the end of 2016, she successfully concluded the merger between Pivotal and Redefine Properties.
SAPOA, which celebrates 57 years since its launch in 1966, also named its elected board members – SAPOA CEO, Neil Gopal, Pareto Limited’s CEO Malose Kekana, Redefine’s CEO Andrew König, Fortress Real Estate Investments’ MD Steven Brown, Vukile Property Fund’s MD Itumeleng Mothibeli, Equites Property Fund’s CFO Leila Razack, SA Corporate Real Estate’s COO Nomzamo Radebe and Dipula Income Fund’s Financial Director Sudesh Moodley.
SAPOA represents almost 90% of the country’s commercial and industrial real estate owners and promotes the interests of its members by representing them at national and local government levels.
The association also provides an extensive programme of educational activities, real estate research, conventions, seminars, and workshops on matters of topical interest.
Van Niekerk takes the reigns from Malose Kekana, the outgoing president. She says that despite the property industry facing tailwinds, the sector remains resilient and encouraged by South African’s resilience and tenacity.
“SAPOA continues to ensure that the industry has the right voice and is at the right table, lobbying on behalf of the industry to improve policy, supported by excellent research.”
“It is imperative that we help our businesses navigate the current landscape with the right messages. Education and training remain close to my heart. It remains a powerful means for building a better future for South Africa. Hence, we must invest in education and training. We thank Malose and the board for their stewardship of SAPOA.”
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