Public Sector Property Programme is launched

Posted On Monday, 29 September 2008 02:00 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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ApexHi has initiated and funded the development of a Public Sector Property course to be offered by the University of Witwatersrand’s (Wits) School of Construction Economics and Management

David RiceThe course, which will be run by the Wits Head of the School of Construction Economics and Management, Professor Francois Viruly, and seasoned lecturer on property Graeme Jay, aims to provide candidates with in depth exposure to the principles of property management and practice applicable to the public sector.

Viruly says ApexHi approached Wits and motivated the development of the course, as there is currently no education programme that focuses specifically on the public sector property market. “Public sector employees are expected to implement public sector policies that also reflect the objectives of the private sector,” he says.

ApexHi managing director David Rice says the company is committed to uplifting the skills in the property market. “We have successfully transferred skills through training programmes in the retail property market, where we own about one million square meters of space. With government occupying about 400 000m2 of our office portfolio, we are now focusing our attention on skills transfer in the public sector,” he says.

The coursework material will be covered in 42 hours of lectures over an intense five day period, the first of which will run from 24 to 28 November 2008. The course content covers property law, property investment and finance, town planning, building inspection, the management of commercial properties, the marketing of properties, property valuation, property development, fund and asset management, lease negotiations and public sector regulations and property.

On completion of the programme, participants will receive a certificate of competence if they meet all of the course outcomes which includes the analysis of the South African Property Investment Environment, determining the risks associated with the management of properties, preparing property management and property marketing reports, interpreting the legislation and regulations affecting the management of properties and marrying public sector policies and property practice.

Participants will be required to complete an assignment and sit for a test as part of the competency assessment process.

Apart from the sponsorship of the course work material and the management of the programme, ApexHi has also committed R100 000 to fund bursaries for 10 delegates to attend this course.

The course is being marketed by Wits directly, and is recognised by the relevant Sector Education Training Authorities (Setas). This builds on the University’s commitment to play an active role in the delivery of public sector programmes.

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