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SAFMA Conference 2013

South African Facilities Management Association Conference and Exhibition

Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 May 2013
Gallagher Estate, Midrand, Gauteng

How FM Adds Value to Business

Register Today!

Banking Details:
First National Bank – Bryanston
Branch Code: 250017
Account Number 62004169034

Please email your deposit slip to Kim Veltman at conference@safma.co.za or fax to 086 611 2663.

Registration Fees:
The delegate registration fee includes the daily convention programme, the convention cocktail party, convention material, teas and lunches.

Category Registration Fee
Single Delegate R 5 000
Group of five to ten from one company (cost per delegate) R 4 780
Non Members  
Single Delegate R 5 700
Group of five to ten from one company (cost per delegate) R 5 280

Conference Payment Details

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Banking Details:
South African Facilities
Management Association NPC
Branch Code: 632005
Account Number 40-8778-9958

Please email your deposit slip to Kim Veltman at conference@safma.co.za or fax to 086 611 2663.

Registration Fees:
The delegate registration fee includes the daily convention programme, the convention cocktail party, convention material, teas and lunches.
Fees include VAT

Category Registration Fee
2 Day Conference R 6 709
2 Day Conference - Group of five to ten from one company (cost per delegate) R 6 099
1 Day attendance R 3 570
Pre conference dinner R 450
Cocktail function (10th May) Included
Non Members  
2 Day Conference R 7 650
2 Day Conference - Group of five to ten from one company (cost per delegate) R 7 084
1 Day attendance R 3 755
Pre conference dinner R 475
Cocktail function (1st June) Included

James Ball

  • Master of Arts 2011 - History (Wits)
  • Founder and Chairman of ListJoburg - a voluntary organisation rating the spaces and places of Johannesburg in terms of their Cultural Significance
  • Board Member of the Parktown and Westcliff Heritage Trust
  • Board Member of the Egoli Heritage Foundation
  • Member of the Working Committee for the formation of the South African National Heritage Trust

James is also in the early stages of setting up the Heritage Education Institute of South Africa (HEISA). Their vision is to balance the forces of development and preservation through education.

Prof Andrew Thatcher

Professor and Chair of Industrial/Organisational Psychology (from December 2008), Department of Psychology, School of Human & Community Development, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Head of Psychology Department from 2010

Highest academic qualification: PhD (Psychology) from Wits

Work history: Lecturer (from 1996), Senior Lecturer (from 2004), Associate Professor (from 2005), Professor (from December 2008), all at the University of the Witwatersrand

Awards: National Research Foundation rating (2006-2011, C1, Established Researcher), University e-Learning Award (2007), Vice Chancellor’s Individual Teaching Award (2004), numerous best paper awards at international conferences

Professional memberships: Registered Psychologist in South Africa (since 1998), member of HFES (since 1996), member of Ergonomics Society of South Africa (since 1997), member of the International Ergonomics Association and Chair of the IEA Online Communities Technical Committee.

Teaching areas: Cognitive ergonomics, ergonomics, engineering psychology, cognitive psychology, psychometric assessment, organisational psychology, research design, research analysis

Administrative duties: University Senate (2008 to present), Human Resources Committee (from 2011), Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award Committee (from 2010), Humanities Faculty Board, Head of Department ( from 2010), Deputy Head of School (2007-2008), Chair Graduate Studies Committee (2006-2008), Science Faculty Board representative (1999-2008), Science Faculty Examiner’s Board (2003-2008), University Grading Committee (1999-2006),

Research projects: sustainability and ergonomics, technology use and formal literacy; psychological models of software piracy; blended learning and tertiary education environments; problematic Internet use (Internet addiction); lecture attendance and academic performance, evaluation of online community formation and maintenance; computer-supported cooperative work; online group formation and efficacy; motivation and interests in information-seeking of electronic data bases, mental models of the internet.

Research Outputs: 5 books, 5 book chapters, 38 peer-reviewed journal articles, 2 keynote addresses, 43 papers in international refereed conference proceedings, 25 papers at national conferences. Journals include Behaviour & Information Technology, CyberPsychology & Behavior, Computers in Human Behaviour, Information Processing & Management, International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, The Open Ergonomics Journal, South African Journal of Psychology, Ergonomics SA, International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies, International Journal of Web-based Communities, Ergonomics

Research Supervision: 32 Honour’s students, 33 Master’s students, 7 PhD students


Journal editorial duties: Co-editor, Ergonomics SA, 2007 to 2009; Associate Editor, Behaviour and Information Technology, 2007 to present; Editorial Board, Ergonomics, 2007 to 2010; Editorial Board, The Open Ergonomics Journal, 2007 to present; Associate Editor, South African Journal of Psychology, 2005 to 2007

Journal reviewer: Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, South African Journal of Human Resource Management, Ergonomics, Asia Pacific Management Review, The Open Ergonomics Journal, Journal of Social Issues, Behaviour & Information Technology, Computers in Human Behavior, Information Processing & Management, CyberPsychology & Behavior, International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, South African Journal of Psychology, SA Journal of Industrial Psychology

International Conference Organising: International Scientific Committee, 30th International Congress of Psychology, 2012; International Scientific Committee, 5th International Conference on Psychology Education, 2012, International Scientific Committee, IEA 2012, 18th World Congress on Ergonomics, 12-16 February 2012, Recife, Brazil, International Programme Board, HCI International 2011, Engineering Psychology & Cognitive Ergonomics, 9-14 July 2011, Orlando, USA, International Scientific Committee, IEA 2009, 17th World Congress on Ergonomics, 20-25 August 2009, Beijing, China; International Programme Board, HCI International 2009, Engineering Psychology & Cognitive Ergonomics, 19-24 July 2009, San Diego, USA; International Scientific Advisory Committee and Programme Co-Chair, CybErg 2008, 5th International Cyberspace Conference on Ergonomics, 15 September – 15 October 2008; Programme Committee, Workshop on Intelligent User Interfaces for Developing Regions, International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, 13-16 January 2008, Canary Islands, Spain; International Programme Board, HCI International 2007, Engineering Psychology & Cognitive Ergonomics, 22-27 July 2007, Beijing, China; International Programme Committee, IPROMS 2006, 2nd  IPROMS Virtual International Conference on Intelligent Production Machines and Systems, 3-15 July 2006; General Chair and Chair of the International Scientific Advisory Committee, CybErg 2005, 4th Fourth International Cyberspace Conference on Ergonomics, 15 September-15 October 2005; International Programme Committee, IPROMS 2005, 1st IPROMS Virtual International Conference on Intelligent Production Machines and Systems, 4-15 July 2005; General Chair and Chair of the International Scientific Advisory Committee, CybErg 2002, 3rd International Cyberspace Conference on Ergonomics, 15 September-15 October 2002; International Scientific Advisory Committee, CybErg 1999, 2nd International Cyberspace Conference on Ergonomics

Local Conference Organising: Scientific Chair, 11th Conference of the Ergonomics Society of South Africa, 5-6 November 2009; Scientific Committee, 15th South African Psychology Congress of the Psychological Society of South Africa, 12-14 August 2009; Technical Chair, 10th Conference of the Ergonomics Society of South Africa, 21-22 June 2007; Scientific Chair, 9th Conference of the Ergonomics Society of South Africa, 19-20 January 2006

Professional Committee membership: Chair, International Ergonomics Association (IEA) Online Communities Technical Committee (OCTC), 2007 to present

Estienne de Beer

The Meerkat motivational speaker, Estienne de Beer is one of the award-winning motivational speakers in South Africa. His one hour motivational slideshow "Meerkat Motivation for the Marketplace" features the most heart-stopping and striking wildlife pics ever seen of these charismatic little animals. Through passionate theme-weaving, Estienne parallels the daily ups (and downs) of Meerkats in the wild and how their survival techniques can be implemented for corporate success, business break-through and individual career performance.

Estienne's career includes picturesque encounters of pain and progress; witnessing anti-smuggling operations involving elephant tusks and rhino horns; a leadership award in 2000 for one of the top three companies in the country and many more. His book "Boosting Your Career - Tips from Top Executives" combined with published business articles all over the globe makes him a dedicated writer and one of the popular motivational speakers on the professional speaking circuit.

Kathy Michell

Kathy Michell is an Associate Professor and Programme Convenor (Construction Economics and Management and Property suite of degrees), in the Department of Construction Economics & Management, University of Cape Town.

She has a BSc (Honours) in Quantity Surveying and a MPhil in Cost Engineering (with distinction) from the University of Cape Town, and a PhD in Facilities Management from the University of Salford.

In addition she is a reviewer for a number of internationally refereed journals including Facilities, the Journal of Facilities Management and Construction Economics and Management. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Facilities Management.

She is a member of the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (PMAQS), The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS), The American Association of Cost Engineers (AACE), The South African Facilities Management Association (SAFMA), an incorporated member of the Chartered Institutue of Building (ICIOB) and a professionally registered quantity surveyor with the South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession (SACQSP). She currently serves as an Academic Member of the  SACQSP.

Prof A.C. Hauptfleisch

He obtained the degrees BSc (Building Management), MBA and PhD from the University of Pretoria. He is an emeritus professor of the University of Pretoria, where he was head of the Department of Construction Economics when he took early retirement to develop other interests.

Presently he is a contract lecturer at the University of the Free State, inter alia for the promotion of Continuing Education and Open Learning for the Department of Quantity Surveying and Construction Management. Specific attention is given to the development of Facilities Management as discipline, supported by research. The University of the Free State has, under his guidance, introduced continuing education short courses in Facilities Management, a three year Certificate Programme and a BSc-degree in Facilities Management. Presently he is promoter for a doctoral candidate undertaking a Facilities Management research project.

He is a Research Consultant and Contract Partner of the CSIR and also undertakes research, development and consultation work for private and public sector clients.

A number of awards have been made to him regarding his contributions to the built environment and for research conference presentations.

He is the Chief Executive of a group of private companies involved in property development, construction, research, education and health care.

Résumé - Dr. Bridgette Gasa

Dr. Bridgette Gasa
Managing Director: The Elilox Group Pty Ltd

Office Unit No.2 Clarendon Court
9 Lutman Street
Richmond Hill
Port Elizabeth
041 5825072 (office)
082 9055434 (mobile)
bridgette.gasa@theelilox.com (email)

Professional Qualifications:
GASA holds a Bachelor of Building Arts in Architecture (University of Port Elizabeth), a cum-laude Post-graduate Diploma in Project Management from the Training for Management College (Newport University), a Certificate in Project Management for the Public Sector (University of Stellenbosch), a Masters Degree in Project Management (University of Natal), a Construction Management Programme qualification (University of Stellenbosch) and a Global Executive Development Programme Certificate through the Gordon’s Institute of Business Science (GIBS). She has a PhD in Construction Management with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

Education Qualifications Timeline:

  • Bachelor of Building Arts in Architecture (University of Port Elizabeth), 1998
  • Post-graduate Diploma in Project Management (cum laude) [TfMC (Newport University)], 1999
  • Certificate in Project Management in the Public Sector (University of Stellenbosch), 2001
  • Master of Commerce Degree in Project Management (University of Natal), 2003
  • Construction Management Programme qualification (University of Stellenbosch) , 2003
  • Global Executive Development Programme Certificate through (GIBS), 2006
  • PhD in Construction Management, 2012

Leadership Involvement:

Bridgette is an Architectural practitioner registered with the South African Council for Architectural Professions. She is affiliated with many well-known professional associations, which include Project Management South Africa (PMSA) and is a member of the Institute of Directors (IOD). Bridgette is both a Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB Africa) as well as its Past-President for the African continent. She serves on the CIOB’s International Board of Trustees in the United Kingdom. Bridgette is also affiliated with the American Academy of Project Management as a Fellow member and recognized Master in Project Management. She holds the following board memberships:

  • Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA): Chairperson of the Finance, Capital Investment and Procurement (FCP) Committee of the same Board;
  • Independent Non-Executive Director of Umso Construction;
  • Non-Executive Director of Arup SA Pty Ltd;
  • Non-Executive Director of NMC Construction;
  • Chairperson of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Business School;
  • Chairperson of the Dube Tradeport; and
  • Visiting Fellow of the Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom (UK).

Bridgette previously served in EXCO of the Project Management South Africa and held board membership with the Project Management Chamber of the Services SETA. She also sat on the Construction Industry Stakeholder Forum and advisory committees of Road Infrastructure Research with the then Transportek Division of the CSIR and the Building Science Department of Tshwane University of Technology. In 2008, she was appointed by CIOB International as a think-tank panel member to contribute to a strategy which led to the drafting of the 2020 Vision on EcoBuildings, Infrastructure Planning and Development in Africa. In May 2010, Gasa was appointed by the President of South Africa: J.G. Zuma to serve as a National Planning Commissioner.

Work Experience:
GASA started off her career as an architectural designer for practices in KwaZulu Natal and Port Elizabeth respectively. She was then recruited by the National Department of Public Works where she was responsible for the provision of accommodation solutions for state departments and effecting infrastructure development, maintenance and upgrading of built facilities. Bridgette was then seconded to the private sector to work with Fluor Daniel Engineers as a Project Controls Specialist/ Cost Engineer on the US$1 billion Secunda Natural Gas project. Her most phenomenal contributions have been with the Construction Industry Development Board and the Coega Development Corporation.  With both these institutions she held executive management posts responsible for leading research and innovation for the development and implementation of a variety of initiatives ranging from investment attraction, process engineering, improving public sector delivery capacity and infrastructure planning and development. Bridgette has partnered with National Treasury, built environment contractors and consultants in spearheading the design of strategic and innovative programmes that are to-date successfully implemented throughout government departments in South Africa. One programme that particularly stands out is the Infrastructure Delivery Improvement Programme (IDIP) which she helped develop from concept stage and was ultimately established nation-wide in 2004. Together with the National Treasury she trained senior management of both national and provincial departments on IDIP’s benefits and applications. Bridgette has managed the implementation of large infrastructure projects, a portfolio of roads, culverts and bridges construction, water & sanitation projects, property development, commercial and industrial facilities, all totaling R 4 billion in value. Bridgette was also instrumental in negotiations with foreign investors in the automotive, agro-processing, petrochemical and metallurgical sectors looking to invest in mega projects in South Africa. Work which she is still engaged with to date.

Current Occupation:
Bridgette is widely traveled and has covered Africa, South East Asia, the Far and Middle Easts and Europe extensively. Her previous portfolio with the Coega Development Corporation (other than effecting infrastructure development on the 11500 hectares of Industrial Development Zone land) was centered around socio-economic development through construction contracts using relevant procurement methodologies and as a result advancing the participation of SMME’s within various levels of built environment skills. In December of 2008 she established her company The Elilox Trading Pty Ltd. The Elilox Group holding company amongst other things has its focus on: Programme and Project Management Consulting, Infrastructure Planning & Development and Agricultural Enterprises. Gasa’s PhD research work looks at the utilization of a tool that would measure the competitiveness of small businesses participating within the built environment sectors.

Publications and Presentations:
Bridgette has published three scientific research works related to Infrastructure Development:

  • Financial Project Management Systems in the Public Sector 2003
  • Measuring the Competitiveness of Small, Medium and Micro Enterprise contractors through the use of the Register of Contractors 2012
  • Entrepreneurship as an enabler for the competitiveness of SMMEs 2012

She has authored a few papers which have been published covering the themes of: project management, construction industry development and the impact of growth in the built environment (inclusive of partnering and alliancing methodologies). These papers have been included in conference proceeding whenever they were presented at both local and international platforms. The following technical papers were presented at industry Conferences and International Construction Summits in France, Russia, United Kingdom, Singapore, China, Denmark and Iraklion (Greece):

  • Women participation in the construction industry: defining the challenge, refining the strategies, Pretoria 2002;
  • Re-engineering Public Sector Processes to aid delivery on Infrastructure, Cape Town and Moscow, 2003;
  • Public Sector Delivery Capability on Infrastructure Programmes, Singapore, 2003;
  • Impact of the economic downturn on the African Construction Industry, Singapore 2008;
  • Infrastructure Development in Africa and opportunities for Africa-China partnerships, China 2009 & 2010;

Societal Responsibilities:
GASA has spearheaded a number of social responsibility initiatives most of which involve training of Project Managers from professions including: Information Technology, Construction and Services. During the period of 2003 – 2005 and as the Vice-President for Technical and Education of the PMSA, she arranged and delivered technical seminars to the registered members whose desire it was to enhance their on-the-job knowledge and skills in Project Management. Pro bono, Bridgette also taught modules on Construction Procurement and Project Management to the University of Pretoria – (Vista Campus) between the years of 2002 – 2005.  In 2008 she was appointed as a mentor to the 2008 fellows of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, Eastern Cape – a role she still continues to this day. Bridgette is a patron of the Dr. Enoch Gasa Scholarship funding girl-children from disadvantaged communities pursuing a career in the built environment. This year, The Elilox Group Pty Ltd has 20 (twenty) children that it puts through University. The Elilox financially supports a school of children living with disabilities in East London called Isaiah 58. We have expressed this support through purchasing much needed clothing, shoes and blankets. Lastly, Bridgette currently lectures MSc: Built Environment at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on Project Management and Construction, on a part-time basis.

Bridgette GASA is the 2008 recipient of the Department of Science & Technology Award for a Leading Woman Scientist in Industry. She was also unanimously nominated as the first-ever female and first-ever African President of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) during the year 2008. The CIOB is a 177-year old institution.


President:  South African Facilities Management Association
Site Services : Sasol Shared Services

After completing a BCom at Wits Nicolette joined Anglo American as an Auditor. She then worked in the Benefits Administration department where she was responsible for the Housing Loan portfolio. Nicolette spent 8 exciting years in the SMME Development unit of Anglo and De Beers and was instrumental in establishing many businesses whilst also mentoring emerging entrepreneurs.

Nicolette was then called to establish the Facilities Management department at De Beers. Nicolette was also the first Facilities Manager for the South African Social Security Agency and worked as a Facilities consultant in her own business for 5 years. Nicolette believes that her wide experience gained across many disciplines and sectors allows her to have a good grasp of the business imperatives of Facilities Management and forms the basis of her being a Strategic Facilities Manager.

Nicolette was also the acting CEO for Common Purpose an NGO responsible for Executive development to build partnerships across the NGO, private and public sectors and so develop South Africa and the City of Jo’burg in particular.

Nicolette joined Sasol in August 2010 as their Facilities Manager for their Head Office precinct in Rosebank.

Nicolette has served on the SAFMA Council for many years and is looking forward to her term of office as President.

Andrew Mason

Andrew currently holds the position of Managing Executive at TFMC, South Africa’s largest Integrated FM providers. Andrew was educated in the UK where, following his BSc degree in Building Surveying, he gained his RICS Charter in 1986 and began practicing as a Chartered Building Surveyor. In 1990, along with two colleagues he was the founding director of TMD Building Consultancy which is still one the leading Building Surveying and Project Management practices in Central London to this day.

Following visits to Kenya, Tanzania, Morocco and South Africa, Andrew could not shake the African dust off his shoes and moved permanently to South Africa in 1997. From 1998 to 2001 he was the lead Project Manager at the Emerald Safari Resort development on the Vaal River South of Johannesburg. Following the successful completion of this development he joined TFMC not long after its formation in 2001.

Andrew has led the Professional Services division in TFMC as well as providing leadership roles in Business Intelligence and Business Development both in South Africa and overseas. It is in his role in these two areas that his passion for Strategic FM and his fascination with the value it can provide for customer organisations was born. Andrew now serves as one of the TFMC Executive Committee members.

Andrew is a professionally registered Project Manager with SACPCMP, a SAFMA council Member and a Member of the British Institute of Facilities Management (MBIFM).

Lynn Mason joined the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in 2011 and currently manages the various official social media accounts, as well as being involved in internal communication.

Lynn holds a degree in Business Management, as well as an honours degree in Corporate Communication Management. She spent four years, prior to moving back into the private sector, as a lecturer teaching Marketing, Organisational Communication and Media Studies at undergraduate and honours levels at both the University of Pretoria and UNISA. She is currently completing her Masters degree in Communication Science for which she is conducting research and writing a dissertation exploring humour as an artefact of corporate culture. Lynn has always had an interest in the unconventional areas of communication and through her research into the various areas of corporate communication, social media found her, rather than the other way around. She began researching the topic relentlessly and hasn’t stopped since, in particular its uses in an organisational context and in business-to-business relationships.

Lynn finally decided to break out of academia in pursuit of putting her knowledge to into practice, first in the private sector and now in the public sector. the dti has given Lynn the responsibility of formulating and managing their social media strategy, as well as the official Facebook Page and YouTube Channel with a view to expanding the dti’s social media mix in the near future. Lynn has already drafted her plans for adding other social media platforms to the dti’s communication mix.


J.C. has been influential in the Information and Engineering Management industries since 1989. He has earned his BSc (Hons) degree.

He was actively involved in the Information Management industry throughout Europe, United Kingdom and Africa.

The disciplines, industries and responsibilities concerned were;

  • The design, development, implementation and support of the South African Air Force and Navy systems.
  • The implementation of a maintenance system for the French Army.
  • The design and development of the information systems of the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom.
  • The establishment of facilities and operations management systems for a national facilities management company.

Since 2001, J.C. has developed a passion for Facilities Management Information systems; focusing his efforts on the design, specifying business processes and actual facilities management.

Rudd van Deventer

Rudd was trained as an Architect and started his own practice shortly after professional registration, working mostly on private houses and Industrial buildings.

One of his clients, Mike Henderson, hired him to work as Group Architect for Barclays National Bank, now First National Bank in 1986.  Rudd was responsible for the all the architecture, interior design and engineering services carried out internally in the bank till 1990 when a Chief Engineer was appointed.

Rudd was part a key member of the ‘Cresta Branch of the Future’ project and this very successful project where the information technology and work environment was designed for the branch process changed FNB’s Branches and how they are designed.

This foundation in the Bank has provided Rudd’s focus over the years in trying to bring tenants and end users into the design process and elevating Facilities Management from passive receivers to active participants and partners in the design process.

On leaving FNB in 1996 Rudd established SpaceWorx, a strategic facility planning consultancy that he has run since then.  SpaceWorx have been responsible for briefing and strategic facility planning for many major buildings over the years.  Major strategic projects and developments include; KPMG’s Head office ‘the Crescent’; Momentum Life’s Head Office in Centurion; Fleming Martin, later JP Morgan’s building in Illovo; the De Beers Head Office ‘Cornerstone’; the DTI Campus in Pretoria;

Rudd has lectured and trained on numerous occasions for professional bodies. Beyond his skill in brief taking and formulating for clients, Rudd’s strengths are in the integration of services with the building fit-out and developing packages for high churn environments that reduce the cost and time overheads for clients.

Rudd is a long term member and supporter of the South African Facilities Management and the South African Property Owners Associations.  With the establishment of The Green Building Council of South African, Rudd enrolled SpaceWorx and is a Green Star SA Accredited Professional.  Rudd is still a Registered Professional Architect with SACAP and a member of the Gauteng Institute for Architects.

In the last while Rudd has focussed on further developing green concepts for the fit –out of buildings to go with the increasing need to reduce the building sector’s impact on the environment.

Professor Kathy Michell

Academic Qualifications 
B.Sc. (QS) M.Phil. (with distinction) (Cape Town) PhD (Salford)

Professional Registration or Affliation to Professional Organisation(s)

Professor Kathy Michell is an Associate Professor and Programme Convenor (Construction Economics and Management and Property suite of degrees), in the Department of Construction Economics & Management, University of Cape Town.

After graduating with her undergraduate degree, Kathy worked as a quantity surveyor. She joined the University of Cape Town as a Lecturer at the beginning of 1995. During the latter part of the 1990’s she was awarded her MPhil degree, with distinction. This research entailed a systems-based analysis of the design team as a temporary management structure and the subsequent impact this has on client satisfaction. Kathy spent 2001-2002 gaining international experience in teaching and undertaking research at the University of New South Wales in Australia. She recently completed her PhD on community-based facilities management and its role in leveraging social and local economic development in previously disadvantaged communities. Her post-doctoral research work is focused on urban and community-based facilities management; work space planning and design; and the usability of buildings.

Kathy regularly acts as a reviewer for a number of internationally refereed journals including Facilities and Construction Management and Economics. She also serves as a member of the Editorial Board of the international Journal of Facilities Management.

She is a member of the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (PMAQS), The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS), The American Association of Cost Engineers (AACE), The South African Facilities Management Association (SAFMA), an incorporated member of the Chartered Institute of Building (ICIOB) and a professionally registered quantity surveyors with the South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession (SACQSP). She currently serves as an Academic Member of the SACQSP and has recently been appointed to the Education Standards Board for the MEA region of the RICS.


    • Degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineeering (Mechanical)
    • Registered Professional Engineer (Pr Eng)
    • Mechanical Engineer’s Certificate of Competency (GCC)
    • Former President of the South Africa Facilities Management Association
    • Present Council Member of the South African Asset Management Association (SAAMA)
  3. WORK EXPERIENCE (23 yrs)
    • Balanced public and private sector experience:
      • Regards public sector, I have served in Eskom, Airports Company South Africa, Johannesburg Water (COJ), South African Revenue Services and Department of Home Affairs and present University of Johannesburg
      • Regards private sector, served companies in engineering, procurement and construction management, maintenance, facilities management and physical asset and infrastructure management.
    • Served in roles of Client as well service provider (Contractor) and therefore understand the demands and dynamics of both roles.
    • Engaged in broad spectrum of industry and related projects, inclusive of energy, aviation, real estate, engineering and construction, infrastructure development and management.

Bouwer Kleynhans

Bouwer Kleynhans holds a National Higher Diploma in Civil Engineering and a MBA from the University of Pretoria.  He has 22 years experience across a wide spectrum of Infrastructure projects including water, roads and building services. Bouwer specialises in Facilities Management and has vast experience in the provision of strategic input, technical management and the management of property portfolios.

Furthermore, Bouwer has extensive PPP experience through his involvement in the structuring and negotiation of the FM contracts for the new accommodation facilities for the Departments of Education, International Relations and Co-operation (formally Foreign Affairs) and Environmental Affairs. In 2010 Bouwer obtained his Certified Facility Manager (CFM) accreditation and is a member of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) as well as the South African Facilities Management Association (SAFMA). Bouwer is currently employed by SSI Engineers where he manages the Facilities and Asset Management department.

Donna-Liza Gidlow

Contact details
Telephone: 011 944 6127 / 082 382 8809
Email Address: dgidlow@growthpoint.co.za

Open; honest, hard working, loyal, take on new challenges, team player, out of box thinker

Experience and  career highlights
Qualified with a higher Diploma in Interior Design from Boston House College School of Design, where I went to work at Delta Interiors in Cape Town, and was part of the design team for Planet Hollywood, Vodacom – Vodaworld, Vodacom Regional office in Century City, The Techno Centre in Bellville. Gensec Asset management office in Tygervalley, and a variety of Retail and hospitality outlets. I was then involved in a yacht interior manufacturing where we designed and built the timber interiors for catamarans, shop fitting for various clients including The Foschini group.

I was a partner in a Project Management company, where I project managed a number of refurbishment projects for Naspers including the Volksblad offices in Bloemfontein, and various other clients. I then moved to Afroteq where I did audit reports for various clients including British American Tobacco, Parliamentary district in Cape Town and space planning for various clients including COCT.

Where I finally found myself at Growthpoint as a consultant to their Procurement department, and was offered the position of Procurement Manager, where I have since specialised in the soft services over the past 5 years for over 1000 buildings nationally. I have also been involved in Property point, a SMME incubator programme with various property based company services.

Jean-Pierre Labuschagne

Jean-Pierre Labuschagne is a PPP specialist and has been involved in various PPP roles in government departments and in the private sector. He has been involved in infrastructure planning, contract negotiations, contractual and financial closure of projects, capital investment and decision making at Governmental levels, project management and contract management and implementation.

Experience includes acting as the Project Officer on behalf of the South African Department of Rural Development and Land Reform’s PPP accommodation project. In addition, he was the Project Officer on the South African Police Service head office PPP. Jean-Pierre has also acted as advisor to the private sector in bidding for a Prisons PPP project,  where he provided local financial and PPP advice, gave input into the financial modelling of the project and advised the consortia on PPP strategy.

He assisted Imvelo, a private bidder, reach commercial and financial close on a PPP Accommodation project, and is the team leader in advising the South African Department of Communications establish a national emergency response call centre (similar to a 911 response number) via a PPP process. Other PPP experience includes sewerage and water purification works. Jean-Pierre has written a number of research papers on the subject of PPPs and is a regular speaker on the subject at conferences.

Portia Tau-Sekati

She is currently the Consultant CEO of The Property Sector Charter Council, the organisation that is entrusted with developing the strategy and Programs that become an enabler for the stakeholders of the property sector to achieve transformation as outline in the Property Sector Charter.

Portia has extensive knowledge and experience in dealing and lobbying government. She has also gained reputation in the market as an expert on issues of transformation in particular in the Property sector. She has led and facilitated the discussions on transformation targets with the major property stakeholders and aligned property sector requirements to BBBEE Codes of Good Practice. A process which has enabled Property Sector to obtain its own Sector Charter under section 9 (1) of BBBEE Act.

Prior to this role, she served as the CEO of National Association of Real Estate Agencies (NAREA). Portia’s background is marketing and has held senior marketing positions both locally and abroad in Companies such as Thebe Investment Corporation, Roche Pharmaceutical and Gillette Company.

She has won numerous awards which includes:

  • 2012 – Influential women in government and Business (CEO magazine) – Finalist in property industry
  • 2011 - Influential women in government and Business
  • 2010- finalist of Women  Network Property (WNP) Five star Women awards
  • 2009 – Mover and Shaker Nedbank Property Professional Award,
  • 2008 -nominee by Department of Public Works as a women recognised to be Women inventor and innovator in the property sector
  • 2007- newly appointed SA executive that is in the driving seat to affecting transformation with the South African Residential Property Industry in 2007. 

She holds membership and serves in several boards:

  • Member of sub-committee member of the Presidential BBBEE advisory committee (legislation, Charters, Fronting & verification sub-committee)
  • Currently leading the Sector Charter/codes forum
  • BUSA transformation committee
  • Board member of the National Association of BEE consultants
  • Chairperson for Council of Built Environment (CBE).
  • Board member of SA Council of Property Valuers Profession (SACPVP)
  • Acting President of Randburg Chamber of Commerce (RCCI) she serves as the second Vice-President

She has addressed a number of forums, conferences and media across the spectrum talking about the property industry but most passionately about the transformation in general and specifically in the Property sector.


Titus Mchunu (“Mchunu”) obtained his B.A and L.L.B degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1994 and 1996 respectively.  He was admitted as an attorney of the High Court in 1998. He served articles of clerkship at Werksmans Attorneys from 1996 to 1997 after which he was appointed as a professional assistant in both litigation and commercial departments. In 1999, he joined Deloitte & Touche as a manager in the Electronic Law Solutions unit of the Business Law Solutions Division. Thereafter, he joined ABSA briefly as a legal adviser in its legal department. 

Mchunu is the founder and director of Mchunu Attorneys, a law firm specialising in corporate and commercial law. The firm was founded in 2001.

He has acquired extensive experience in various areas of law, including general corporate and commercial law, corporate finance, information technology law, outsourcing, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance, public-private partnerships, commercial litigation, restructuring, due diligence investigations etc.  He has advised and continues to successfully advise various clients in the public and private sectors locally and internationally on all of the abovementioned areas of law. Until September 2008, he was the chairperson of the Audit Committee of the Local Government SETA.

Mchunu offers training sessions, workshops and seminars on various topics, including outsourcing, service level agreements, negotiation, development and management of contracts etc.    He has conducted extensive workshops for various clients, in both the private and public sectors, including the SITA, the Office of the Premier, Eastern Cape, Debswana, in Botwana and Botswana Ash, in Botswana.


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