Sapoa, DPW look to collaborate on property issues

05 December 2014

The South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) is hoping to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Department of Public Works (DPW)

early next year to collaborate on issues affecting the property sector, Sapoa president Amelia Beattie said on Thursday.

Speaking to members of the media, in Sandton, she explained that Sapoa had met with DPW officials and agreed on four principles on which the parties could cooperate.

“[This] will be really beneficial for the Sapoa members, because [there are] a lot of DPW issues [that] have been worrying our members for a long time,” Beattie highlighted.

She told Engineering News Online that while the specific areas of collaboration would be announced when the MoU was signed, education and communication would certainly feature.

“Education will be a big focus because skills development, even in government, is where we can add a lot of value and make a difference,” Beattie said.

Further, in terms of communication Sapoa would provide the DPW with a mouthpiece through which to communicate with its members and explain why certain processes were taking place and how general issues could be resolved.

Meanwhile, Beattie also announced that Sapoa would launch its skills development research study at its yearly convention in May next year.

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