New Chair for WPN

Sanett Uys 2011 National Chair of the Women’s Property Network


Sanett Uys, General Manager of Research and Marketing at Broll, has been elected the 2011 National Chair of the Women's Property Network of South Africa (WPN).


Established in 2000 with a mandate to further the role of women in South Africa’s commercial and industrial property markets, the WPN now has 300 members across active chapters in Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.


With an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch and more than a decade building her skills in commercial and industrial property, Uys is well positioned to propel the dynamic organisation into its second decade.


‘A great advantage of the WPN is that our members cut across many different property disciplines and professions,’ says Uys, something that is borne out by the diversity of women nominated for the WPN's annual Five Star Woman and Rising Star Woman Awards.


Uys’s own professional interests are diverse and include the revitalisation of South Africa’s central business districts - the topic of her MBA dissertation, for which she earned a distinction - shopping centre redevelopment and leasing strategies; research-led decision-making; and tracking global and national property trends.


Uys points out that the WPN is also keenly focused on building its reputation as a pivotal and trusted player within the wider industry. For that reason, she says, the organisation has identified good governance and an emphasis on social responsibility as key strategic priorities – goals she is ably equipped to achieve, given her experience at South Africa’s leading property companies including Colliers International, Rode and Associates and now Broll.


Nicky Chetty, WPN national coordinator, says the executive and network are delighted that Uys has accepted the chair for 2011. ‘Uys is a role model for women wishing to succeed in the commercial property industry and is dedicated to advancing the success of women in the sector. She’s been an active and committed member of WPN since 2005 and has much to offer the network and our members.’


Uys has taken over the WPN helm from outgoing chair Amelia Beattie of Old Mutual Group Property Investments. ‘We are appreciative to Beattie for her significant contribution over the past year,’ says Chetty.


Attracting and retaining women professionals is vital to the WPN’s work, as are active mentorship and networking opportunities to support women who are either new to the industry or seasoned property practitioners.