select
|

South Africa to benefit as RICS trains SA panels of dispute resolvers

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) aims to significantly strengthen its membership in South Africa and is actively promoting international standards and best practice in the built environment in the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Founded in 1868, RICS is an independent professional body, currently with over 100 000 members who are property professionals working around the world, as well as over 80 000 RICS trainees and students. Setting the standards for surveying in land, property and construction globally, RICS is the oldest and largest professional organisation for the international land, property, construction and related sectors.

With staff based in Johannesburg and Cape Town, RICS is developing and growing its presence in South Africa, which also provides a gateway to the Southern African Development Community. It is forging links with the Council and Association of South African Quantity Surveyors, South African Geomatics Institute, South African Council for the Property Valuers Profession, the Fédération international des géomètres (FIG), leading South African universities and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

“Our focus on increasing our presence in this region is well-timed,” says Craig Hudson, RICS Business Development – Africa. “The South African Department of Justice is about to launch its Mandatory Court Mediation pilot, with new legislation being introduced which will make it mandatory for disputes to go through a mediation process before they can be set down for trial. In response to this, RICS is in the process of creating panels of fully trained and internationally accredited dispute resolvers who will play an important role in property related matters in the South African market. These are not only mediators, but also arbitrators, adjudicators and independent experts – who also bring years of experience in the built environment sector.

“In a world where more and more people, governments, banks and commercial organisations demand higher professional standards and ethics, attaining RICS status is the recognised mark of property professionalism. RICS members are active across the entire spectrum of land, construction and real estate activities, ranging from valuers, building surveyors, architects, engineers and commercial property agents to property asset managers, cost consultants, facilities managers, finance and investment professionals, lawyers, environmental experts, quantity surveyors to urban planners, planning and development managers and researchers, among others.”

Bursary Scheme

Hudson says RICS is currently in discussions with key players involved in implementing the SA Department of Justice mediation scheme to enable built environment cases to be transferred to accredited sector expert mediators on the RICS President’s Panel of Southern African Dispute Resolution practitioners.  “In addition, through skills transference and backed by our extensive experience we believe we can provide training and development opportunities for property professionals from all sectors of South African society, as well as in Africa, a continent which is experiencing burgeoning development. RICS has already established a bursary scheme with the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors to train mediators from previously disadvantaged communities,” he adds.

This month (23-27 June 2012), RICS global president, See Lian Ong, visits South Africa and will present the welcome address at the International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC) 8th World Congress at the International Convention Centre in Durban - an event hosted by the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors. Ong will speak on ‘the role of professional standards in construction and developing new skills to compete in the globalised world of construction’.

In addition, Dr John Fletcher, director of RICS Alternative Dispute Resolution services worldwide, is running a special introductory workshop at the ICEC Congress in Durban on forms of dispute resolution and avoidance used in the built environment around the world.

Comments Fletcher: “In developing specialist dispute resolution and avoidance services in South Africa we plan to train and create an extensive register of property dispute resolution practitioners in this country. This register will provide the local courts and the land, property and construction industry with quick, inexpensive and expert dispute resolution mechanisms which include arbitration, mediation, dispute avoidance boards and expert determination.”

The first non-British president in the history of RICS, Ong was inaugurated as the 130th president of RICS in July 2011, and has also served as chair of RICS Asia Board for over five years. This highlights the truly global nature of RICS in working not only in major established but also emerging economies of the world. A much sought after speaker, Ong has a career spanning more than 38 years in both the public and private sectors of the construction industry across Asia. During his visit to South Africa, in addition to addressing delegates at the ICEC World Congress from 8.45-9.45am on Monday 25 June (2012), he will be launching the Inaugural Register of RICS Southern African Dispute Resolution Service in Johannesburg on 27 June and in Cape Town on 28 June.

Says Ong: “Our objective in training and accrediting our chartered surveyors to be arbitrators and mediators for real estate and construction disputes is to help ensure parties can easily access experienced practitioners with a deep understanding of property and construction disputes, and who can provide an internationally recognised level of cost effective and expert arbitration.”

Adds Fletcher: “Apart from the obvious cost factor, there are many advantages to using arbitration and mediation as an alternative to the courts in regard to dispute resolution in property and construction disputes. In particular, parties have a greater degree of freedom over the proceedings and timetables, and unlike court hearings, arbitration and mediation allow parties to resolve disputes in private and also choose their own arbitrator/mediator. As RICS sets, maintains and monitors high quality standards for chartered surveyors, we are able to guarantee that those who take on arbitration appointments are experts in the dispute resolution and regulated according to the highest international professional standards.”



  Comment on this Article

  Please login to post comments

Post to my facebook wall
  
2000
Characters remaining


    Latest Property News
    • 19 Jan 2018
      Extending from Randfontein in the west to Roodepoort in the east and including the towns of Krugersdorp and Magaliesburg, the West Rand has a plethora of property available to residents who choose to make this unique area their home.
    • 19 Jan 2018
      When it comes to financial planning, doing the work to ensure you’re prepared for unexpected emergencies is just as important as ticking off your other goals and New Year’s resolutions. The beginning of the year is also the perfect time to review your various insurance policies.
    • 19 Jan 2018
      No surprises at the first Monetary Policy Committee of 2018, as Reserve Bank Governor, Lesetja Kganyago, announced that the interest rates would stay at their current levels.
    • 18 Jan 2018
      The Southern Suburbs make up some of the most popular residential areas in Cape Town, comprising charming groups of suburbs which lie to the south-east of the slopes of Table Mountain. It is seen as the city's most expensive residential neighbourhoods with a choice of various private schools, upmarket eateries, wine estates, beautiful homes and trendy apartments.
    • 18 Jan 2018
      New year, new goals! If you’ve resolved to purchase your first property in 2018, then this 6-step guide from the Rawson Property Group is a must-read. It will help you navigate and simplify what is often be seen as a confusing process of buying your first home – right from the house-hunt to the house-warming.
    • 17 Jan 2018
      While the current property market may still favour buyers, it doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be well prepared before putting in an offer to purchase.
    • 17 Jan 2018
      Lightstone lists Blair Atholl as the most expensive suburb with an average house price of R11.2 million, followed by Westcliff (R10.5 million), Dunkeld (R9.3 million), Sandhurst (R9.1 million) and Inanda (R7.2 million).
    • 17 Jan 2018
      As it currently stands, there are four main ways in which a home can be bought in South Africa, says Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, who adds that deciding in which legal entity to purchase the property is not a decision that should be entered into lightly, as each has its pros and cons.
        
    X
    Subscribe to the MyProperty Newsletter

    Name  
    Last Name  
    Email Address  
    Email Frequency
    select
    X
    Share this Page

       
    For Sale Property
    Rental Property
    More Options
    About
    Connect with us
    FEEDBACK