SA Property - Industry mover and shaker at the helm of the Institute
There is a changeover at the helm on the Institute of Estate Agent of South Africa as Jeanne van Jaarsveldt takes over the reins from former president Johalna Minnaar. Minnaar, who has served the Institute for a period of two years as National President will remain part of the Institute structures as immediate past President and will continue to be part of the focus and objectives of the Institute.
Jeanne van Jaarsveldt
Jeanne has served on the IEASA structures since 2008 when he held the position of Vice-Chairman on the board of IEASA WCape. Concurrent with this he was also a committee member of the IEASA on its Corporate Groups Advisory Council (CGAC). Via the flow of this structure to the IEASA national board Jeanne was nominated and elected as an IEASA National director, a position he has held for the past 2 years.
As background, Jeanne started his real estate career in 2000 when, he became a Principal Agent and operated two of his own franchised real estate businesses in the Western Cape. With a National Qualification in International Banking and Banking Law and his strong Financial Management background, he soon used the experience of selling real estate and that of ownership of his own agency to further himself in the appointment in senior positions by two established and successful real estate companies in SA. His efforts was recognized within the Industry as he was awarded Real Estate Industry Mover and Shaker in 2008 by the Property Professional – an honour for outstanding service to the South African Real Estate Industry.
His experience also afforded him the opportunity to be exposed to various International Real Estate markets, like the USA, Brazil, Australia, USA, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Mauritius and with this background and success achieved he was sought out by the International Brand of Harcourts where he is currently the GM of Harcourts South Africa, based in Durban.
Jeanne is committed to playing his part in professionalizing the real estate sector as a whole and to create opportunity for sustainable transformation, underpinned by young entrepreneurs making real estate their career of choice in South Africa. This passion and dedication is what drives him to be involved on industry bodies. Jeanne also represents IEASA on the South African Qualifications Authority’s (SAQA) Education and Training Quality Assurance body (ETQA). He believes it is important to give back to the industry, play a responsible role in ensuring the industry remains sustainable and contribute to uplifting it from the inside out. He encourages more people to become actively involved rather that refereeing from the sidelines. His motto is “Be part of the solution rather than part of the problem”.
In asking Jeanne about his vision for his appointment as President for IEASA, he had the following to say: ‘We are at the most vital period of transformation within our Industry, with the newly drafted Property Transaction Bill imminent, as well as the restructure of the EAAB not only in function, but also in its mandate to the Industry, uncertainty around training and education and the likes – it is key that Industry Bodies, like IEASA remains relevant as the voice of Industry and to ensure that we keep the interest of all stakeholders in mind where these could have dramatic effect on the very way our industry function and operate. It will be my focus, with the assistance of the IEASA National Board, as well as all the regional structures around the country, to ensure that we remain relevant and serve the interests of the real estate sector.”
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Institute of Estate Agents of SA