Meet the Judges
Pieter Engelbrecht (Chairperson)
Pieter Engelbrecht is the head of development at Growthpoint Properties.
He started off his career as a qualified quantity surveyor and, after practising for several years, moved into the development space. He has more than 25 years of experience in the property industry, which ranges from facility management to managing large-scale developments.
Andries Schoeman is currently the end market leader for AECOM’s Buildings + Places team in Africa. He is also the head of the Program, Cost, Consultancy (PCC) business line in Africa. Prior to this he was a senior executive at Davis Langdon, an AECOM company.
His project expertise includes cost planning, procurement and cost management of major building and civil engineering projects, while his sector experience includes infrastructure, residential, commercial and retail developments.
The Paragon Group
Anthony Orelowitz is one of the founding partners at The Paragon Group.
He has a degree in architecture and a MBA from Wits University. Anthony specialised in property finance and, after graduation, worked for Standard Bank’s Property Division. In 1997, Anthony returned to architecture and founded the Paragon Group with his partner Henning Rasmuss
Beata Kaleta joined RSL/DSA Architects in 2001 and has been a director at DSA Architects since 2006. She currently heads the design department in the South African office as design director. She is qualified in conceptual design, design development and implementation of hospitality, leisure and mixed-use developments.
She has been actively involved in a number of projects ranging from urban/business hotels and destination and recreational resorts to residential developments and spas in Africa, the Indian Ocean, the Caribbean, and the Middle and Far East regions. She has been responsible for some of the most prestigious, award-winning projects, such as Maia Luxury Resort in the Seychelles, Le Touessrok and Le Telfair resorts in Mauritius, and the Fairmont Zimbali Resort on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast.
Corné De Leeuw
DelQS Quantity Surveyors and Property Valuers
Dr Corné De Leeuw is the managing director for DelQS Quantity Surveyors and Property Valuers. He is a registered professional quantity surveyor, property valuer and project manager, and a past president of SAPOA.
He has specialist knowledge in building and property economics (including financial viability analysis), value management, contractual matters related to building construction, and property valuation.
Sutherland Multidisciplinary Engineers
A registered structural engineer, Craig Sutherland, is the co-founder (in 1991) and Managing Director of Sutherland Multidisciplinary Engineers, specialising in structural, civil, mechanical (hvac, rational fire and fire reticulation, wet services, vertical circulation), electrical and specialist façade engineering with offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Tygervalley, Durban and Nairobi and a strongly growing involvement across sub-Saharan Africa.
Dean Narainsamy is Business Unit Lead for AECOM’s Buildings + Places team in Gauteng. Prior to this he was an Executive at Davis Langdon, an AECOM company. Having gained most of his experience in Durban, he now resides in Gauteng. A registered quantity surveyor with more than 14 years of experience, his project expertise includes cost planning, procurement and cost management of major building projects and civil engineering in Africa.
His market sector experience includes commercial, sports, healthcare, education, leisure, industrial and transportation developments. His current role encompasses management functions at an executive level, which includes business development, and financial and staff management.
BTKM Quantity Surveyors
Schooled in Swaziland, Hashim Bham also has an undergraduate degree in quantity surveying from Wits University.
He studied further at the University of Natal and completed a master’s degree in town and regional planning in 1982. He worked as a quantity surveyor in Johannesburg for SBDS until 1984 and was a founder member of the current QS practice of BTKM.
He is currently a director and shareholder at BTKM Quantity Surveyors.
Vukile Property Fund
Itumeleng Mothibeli is currently a Senior Retail Asset Manager at the Vukile Property Fund and is in charge of the overall strategic direction and performance of the Gauteng, Free State, Western and Eastern Cape retail portfolio within the fund. His real estate experience spans research and analysis, investment appraisal, retail developments and asset management both in the unlisted and listed real estate environments.
He was previously part of the Old Mutual Property Unlisted Fund and later the SA Corporate Real Estate Fund management teams prior to his current employ. He is a member of South African Institute of Black Property Practitioners (SAIBPP) and also sits on the Gauteng Chapter Committee of the South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC). He holds a BCom, a BCom Hons, and an MCom, all in the field of Finance.
WSP Group Africa Structures
John Truter grew up in Calvinia in the Northern Cape, and studied at Stellenbosch University, following it up with further studies at Wits University.
He began his working life at Van Wyk and Louw, then joined Lillicrap Crutchfield, where he became part of the management structure and eventually the managing director. Under his leadership, LC Consulting (Lillicrap Crutchfield) joined WSP in 2007 and became what is currently known as WSP Group Africa Structures, where he has assumed the role of COO.
Originally from Scotland, John Williamson (BArch (HW Edin) Pr Arch (SA) MIArch RIBA) joined MDS Architecture in 1983 and became a partner in 1988.
He has been instrumental in the design and implementation of many of the major developments entrusted to MDS Architecture.
Now one of the senior partners, he brings a perspective of practicality that adds tremendous value to the design process within the practice.
Ken Reynolds has 25 years of experience in the property industry. He has been involved in numerous property developments, including Phase II of Nedbank’s head office, which was the first Green Star rated property in South Africa.
He also serves on the board of REIT, and in addition to being a judge for SAPOA Property Development Awards he is also a judge for SACSC Design and Development Awards.
Nonku Ntshona & Associates Quantity Surveyors
The Associate Director for international quantity surveying organisation Turner & Townsend, Nonku Ntshona founded Nonku Ntshona + Associates in 2007. She was named the Young Black Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2010 Metropolitan Oliver Empowerment Awards and is the recipient of the 2013 Women Property Network: Leading Women in Property award.
She was also a finalist in the Metropolitan Young Achiever and SME Category Awards in 2013. Ntshona served as a Non-Executive Director at Putprop Limited, a JSE-listed company, in 2015.
Eris Property Group
Queen Mjwara is the Regional Manager at Eris Property Group, and was previously the Head of Commercial Leasing at STANLIB Direct Property Investments.
She has more than 18 years of experience in the property industry. She built up her experience on property portfolio management, commercial developments and leasing with various property companies within the industry, such as Liberty Group Properties, Investec Property Group, Mines Pension Fund, Sun International and JHI.
JHI Project Management and Sterikleen
Rudolf Nieman holds dual responsibility as managing director at JHI Project Management and Sterikleen, both of which are companies within > the Excellerate Property Services group.
A registered quantity surveyor, he has more than 30 years of experience in the commercial property industry, including the full spectrum of facilities and project management.
Group Five Properties (Pty) Ltd
Sam Silwamba, an architect and property developer, has been with Old Mutual South Africa since 2005, working in the fields of property development, construction and investments. He has variable insights on opportunity identification, acquisition, planning, budgeting and execution of projects related to high-rise building, retail, industrial, commercial, PPP and mixed-use developments.
He is a member of the South African Council of Shopping Centres, the Green Building Council of South Africa and the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. His exposure to both spheres of the industry as consultant and property developer provides him with sound insight and foundation to function at any given level within the property industry.
Pentad Quantity Surveyors (Pty) Ltd
Sandi Mbutuma’s career started in 1999 as a trainee at BWR (Bathuleng Wallace Raubenheimer), training in commercial building projects. She joined BTKM (Bham Tayob Khan & Matunda) in 2001, where she served as a Junior Quantity Surveyor on high profile projects. She then joined TFMC and gained experience in Facilities Management.
She furthered her career by joining Brian Heineberg and Associates in 2005, working her way up. She is now an Executive Director at Pentad Quantity Surveyors (Pty) Ltd and sits on the executive committee of the company’s BEE and Social Development.
Zenprop Property Holdings
Stuart Gibbs attained a honours degree in construction management at the University of Natal. He currently holds the position of Development Director at Zenprop Property Holdings, where he has been involved with development implementation since January 2005.
He has experience in many different aspects of developments but his main focus area is large-scale commercial projects. Prior to joining Zenprop he worked at Group Five Building as a Contracts Director, heading up the Design & Construct division.
Wessel van Dyk
Boogertman + Partners Architects
Wessel van Dyk completed his BArch degree at the University of Pretoria in 2000. He joined Boogertman + Partners Architects in 2002 and became director in 2006.
He mostly specialises in conceptual design; focusing on urban design, master planning and mixed-use developments. In addition to his various projects in South Africa, he is very passionate about the potential in Africa and has several projects there, primarily in Mauritius, Kenya and Uganda.
He is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Urban Design at Wits University.
DSA Architects International
Zinon Marinakos is a Wits University graduate, who obtained his Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1989. He joined Moross & Partners Architects, where he became a director in 1995, gaining valuable experience in commercial, retail and sports facilities.
In 2002, he joined DSA Architects International, and was involved in its Dubai operations where he headed the Burj Dubai Old Town Island project. He has been active in projects as far afield as China, the Seychelles, Argentina and Egypt, and throughout the Middle East and southern Africa. He has been a director at DSA since 2006 and is currently the deputy MD at the South African office.