Scheme Executive training is imperative according to Pearl Scheltema, CEO of Fitzanne Estates.
“As a Managing Agent and Portfolio Manager, I can attest to the fact that between 20 – 30% of our day consists of fielding questions from our clients. The answers to most of these questions are stipulated in the Act – both the Sectional Titles Schemes Management (Act 8 of 2011), and the Community Schemes Ombud Service (Act 9 of 2011),” Scheltema explains.
However, legal documents like these make for quite dense reading, and often a more user-centric answer to a particular query or situation is called for. In cases like these, Scheme Executives require easily accessible resources to assist in their training and education in their roles and responsibilities.
Here are a few trusted resources and Scheme Executive training courses we can recommend for Scheme Executives we want to share information, network with other interested parties, and gain clear, trustworthy information.
Sectional Title Living in SA
The private Facebook group Sectional Title Living in SA was created by a local role player who realised that Sectional Title owners often know enough about their rights and responsibilities and what Scheme Executives can and must do. To make it less daunting to belong to a Body Corporate, this group opens the floor to questions that are answered by other knowledgeable members of this exclusive, active online community.
Fitzanne Estates Online Resources
Fitzanne Estates offers a range of online resources and Scheme Executive training courses that Scheme Executives can use to educate themselves. This includes a FREE eBook, which explains the workings and advantages of Sectional Title Schemes, as well as how decision-making works within these parameters, how levies are calculated, and more. Alternatively, you can gain this information as part of a webinar in which you can partake at your own pace.
Furthermore, the Fitzanne Estates Property Exchange podcast shares regular interviews with industry heavyweights, tackling issues like what happens to your property when you get divorced, which directions and restrictions can be placed on trustees, security and loadshedding, and so much more.
TVDM Consultants are Specialist Community Schemes Legal Consultants and offer a variety of educational resources on their website. Resources range from webinars, training, and blog posts. Co-Founder Zerlinda van der Merwe has also been featured on a few podcast episodes of Fitzanne’s Property Exchange.
Keyword Access to the Sectional Title Legislation
In 2009, S Baillie and Associates developed a fully integrated index for the Sectional Title Act 95 of 1986 which was published in a manual that included the Act, the prescribed management and conduct rules, and the index. This was the first edition of Keyword Access to the Sectional Title Act.
With the sweeping changes in sectional title legislation effective 7 October 2016, it was necessary to compile and publish an overhauled manual – Keyword Access to the Sectional Title Legislation. It comprises all the legislation plus an index of 39 pages of keywords/topics/ aspects allowing you to look up anything, quickly and easily. All you need is to understand English and know the alphabet. This index covers all the current legislation which is.
- Community Schemes Ombud Services Act 9 of 2011 and Regulations
- Sectional Titles Schemes Management Act 8 of 2011 and Regulations and prescribed Management and Conduct Rules
- Sectional Titles Act 95 of 1986 as amended
WeconnectU YouTube Resources
WeconnectU has also developed a series of YouTube videos showcasing business best practices and how tech and digital tools can assist Communities (Sectional Title & HOA’s), Rental Portfolio Managers, and investors to build the ultimate property management ecosystem. If you are looking for better ways to manage your property, then this is something you need to watch.
Sectional Title Living: The Nuts & Bolts (University of Pretoria)
The short programme on Sectional Title Living is aimed at owners, trustees, and occupiers of sectional title schemes. The content covers the meaning of sectional title ownership, how a sectional title scheme is created, the management of a sectional title scheme, the rights, and obligations of owners in a sectional title scheme, the operation of the Community Schemes Ombud Service as well as other miscellaneous relevant topics.
These resources offer incredible insight and practical advice on being a knowledgeable and effective Scheme Executive. Offering affordable, modular Scheme Executive training courses for sectional title executives can make all the difference in the day-to-day running and profitability of Sectional Title Schemes, and obligation-free quotes are available.
Until next time, keep your eye on our platforms for more helpful insights on the management of your properties as a landlord, property owner, and property investor in South Africa.
More about Fitzanne Estates
Fitzanne Estates (Pty) Ltd is a Property Management Company that can sufficiently administer your property investment to the benefit of the Landlord, the Body Corporate, and the NPC – Non-Profit Company. Services include Letting, Sectional Title Management, Full Title Management (NPC – Non-Profit Company) and Sales.
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