Rising Star Awards

2010 WINNER : GENEVIEVE NAIDOO Genevieve is currently Head Project Management at Standard Bank Property Finance and holds a BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying, a BComm Risk management and is a registered member of SACQSP and RICS (UK) and a professional member of ASAQS. Her experience in the industry has spanned seven years and she has worked for Hamlyn Gebhardt, Nedbank Corportae Property Finance and now Standard Bank.

Her current responsibility involves managing the team who are involved in all types of development projects for Standard Bank in South Africa and in Africa. Genevieve has been involved with social responsibility initiatives which have included a mentoring committee whereby assistance was given to young individuals for career and skill set guidance, the development of Project Gen Y at Nedbank and the sponsorship of an award (in her personal capacity) to the Glenview Primary School in Chatsworth, Durban to the student that excels both academically and culturally.

Her networking is done through industry functions and respective conferences and she is passionate about knowledge sharing in the industry and creating a "pipeline" of expertise to sustain industry growth, and has already been profiled as a top achiever and young leader.

Following the call for nominations for the 2010 Five Star and Rising Star Woman Awards, this year has seen many entries with an exceptionally high caliber of women being nominated. To celebrate with each of the nominees, cocktail evenings sponsored by Nedbank Corporate Property Finance were held in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town. The Rising Star nominees from each region were:

  KZN :
  Rozana Maharaj of OMIGPI and Justine Bennett of Nedbank
  Western Cape :
  Amanda Thorpe OF RMB Private Bank, Susan Smallberger of Nedbank and Kerry Simpson of Galetti
  Gauteng :
  Shreya Patel, Manusha Govindasamy and Leigh-Anne Rowan of JHI, Sandi Mbutuma of Nonku Ntshona & Assoc, Genevieve Naidoo of Standard Bank, Vuvu Yeboah-Mensah of Broll, and Evah Sathekge of Anaprop

Once all the nominations had been scored and assessed by the respective regional judging panels:
KZN: Ananad Joseph, Regional Executive KZN, Nedbank Corporate Property Finance; Miles Taylor, Head KZN PRoperty Finance Standard Bank and TC Chetty, Managing Director TC Chetty and Associates.
Western Cape: Sarah-Jane Bosch, Property Editor Weekend Argus; Nyami Mandindi, Head Strategy Nedbank Corporate Property Finance; Vuyani Hako, Managing Director Metropolitan Properties and Kevin Roman, Group Chief Executive Officer Hermans and Roman.
Gauteng: Elma Kloppers, Specialist Property writer Beeld and Rapport; Sedise Moseneke, Chief Executive Officer Encha Property services and Ipeleng Mkhari, Chief Operating Officer Motseng, it was then the responsibility of the national judging panel to further assess and rank the nominees and to announce the finalists who would each be interviewed and the winner in each category then selected.

The national judging panel was made up of:
  Amelia Beattie, WPN Chair and Chief Opertaing Officer OMIGPI; Nomzamo Radebe, 2009 Five Star winner and Financial Director Pareto Limited; Samuel Ogbu, SAPOA President and Chief Operating Officer Liberty Properties; Kevin Roman, Group Chief Executive Officer Hermans and Roman; TC Chetty, Managing Director TC Chetty & Assoc; Ben Kodisang, Managing Director OMIGPI and Marna van der Walt, Chief Executive Officer JHI.

Possesses specialist knowledge in her field
Is in the process of establishing an extensive network
Is reognised and respected by her peers and seniors
Is ethical and trustworthy
Aspires to empower women in the industry

The 2010 finalists are:

SANDISIWE MBUTUMA Sandi is currently an Associate Director of Nonku Ntshona and Associates and holds a BTech in Quantity Surveying, a National Diploma in Building Science and is working on a Masters degree in Constriction Management. She has been in the industry for ten years and has during this time established a network through SAPOA, ASAQS, SACSC, GBCSA, WPN and Randburg Chamber of Commerce.

Amidst her professional responsibilities, she has also been involved with social responsibility initiatives whereby she has bee a volunteer at a place of refuge in Midrand, is a donor for Inner City Missions such that homeless and terminally ill children have access to funds for their shelter and medical care, and through NNAQS, has been involved with the Johannesburg Welfare Society.

Sandi has a passion for the development of South Africa's infrastructure so that employment and economic opportunities can be boosted, and is also working towards the transformation of the property industry.

LEIGH-ANN ROWAN Leigh-Ann is the Senior Financial Manager at JHI and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. Since qualifying in 2002, she joined Gensec Property Services and has thus spent the best of the last seven years on and been responsible for various private client portfolios as well as listed portfolios and has elevated in status to her current position where she manages a dynamic team working on various clients and listed funds. Using the SAPOA network, Leigh-Ann is establishing herself in the industry, but has still found time for social responsibility initiatives which have included a home for special need babies, an old age home and arranging annual functions at a place of worship for the elderly. She has a passion for the ever changing face of the industry and is motivated to empower the team with whom she works such that they can each play a meaningful role in the property industry.

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