- Rali Mampeule
|Popular choice and highly fancied, Midrand agency principal Rali Mampeule was named as the 2006 winner of the national PA Property Professional award - the real estate industry's highest independent accolade.|
The award was presented at a gala event held at the Arabella resort in the Western Cape this weekend to honour and pay tribute to the industry's most outstanding members.
Mampeule, the first black to own a Chas Everitt International franchise, is an icon both for his own company and for the industry as a whole, taking an active role in educating buyers, sellers and other agents and in establishing the Soweto Homes and Property magazine. He also runs a learnership programme designed to bring more previously disadvantaged individuals into the real estate arena, and is known for his passion and commitment to the industry and the promotion of wealth creation.
Other awards made over the weekend included those presented to the Young Lions of the industry, in recognition of the great potential they show as future leaders. These individuals are singled out as tomorrow's property icons, about to embark on blazing a trail of excellence, and include Sam Prakash, Reenen de Villiers of Prop Law, Maud Mogodi-Dikgetsi of MAP Properties, Nomsa Nene of Wendy Machanik Properties, Linda Erasmus of Fine and Country, Afiya Davids of Afiya Davids Estate Agency, Alfonso Botha of Innercity Development, Johan van Heerden of Dykes Van Heerden attorneys, Victor Scherman of Scherman Properties, Sarel van Niekerk of the VN Group and Neil Diamond of Neil Diamond Properties.
Various captains of the real estate industry were also honoured with Movers & Shakers awards, which are presented to highlight outstanding qualities of leadership and inspiration contributing to the well being of the industry.
They include Samuel Seeff, Mark Taylor of the Élan Group, Dave Kempen of Hall Real Estate, Rob Hyde of Re/Max Traders, Niel Cronje of Engel & Volkers, Lew Geffen of Sotheby's International Realty, Denese Zaslansky of Firzt Realty, Jose d' Abreau of Re/Max Property Associates, Eric Hanekom of SAMO and Jo Pelser of Sable Homes.
The inaugural Pinnacle of Achievement award was made to Peter Gilmour, who launched and became the prime mover in building the Re/Max brand into one of the leaders of the SA real estate industry before taking up an appointment as senior vice president in charge of international franchise sales at the company's headquarters in Denver, USA.
A Lifetime Achievement award was bestowed posthumously in recognition of the contribution made to the industry by Jeff Mashigo. Having joined the industry in 1978, he was the first person to open an estate agency in Soweto, and was renowned as an outspoken advocate of the advancement of previously disadvantaged individuals in the industry. In 2000 he became the first person of colour to be elected as national president of the Institute of Estate Agents, and he continued to influence the affairs of the industry until his death in June this year.