Ben Espach Director of Valuations at Rates Watch Pty Ltd Ben Espach Director of Valuations at Rates Watch Pty Ltd
Ben is the Director of Valuations at Rates Watch where he is responsible for tasks such the valuation of immovable property, lodging of objections and appeals to intries in valuation rolls that are compiled in terms of the Municipal Property Rates Act, 2004 and representing clients in Valuation Appeal Board hearings, commenting on rates policies just to name a few.
In 1988 Ben served as Deputy Director Valuation at City of Tshwane Metropolitan Council where his duties included the compiling of the Valuation Roll for Tshwane and all other activities related to the valuation roll – Local Authorities Rating Ordinance, 1977 (Ord 11 of 1977), managing projects for the compilation of valuation rolls for the erstwhile Pretoria Municipality (1993, 1996 & 1999) and the 2002 roll for Tshwane and developing mass valuation models to determine values for Valuation Rolls. Between 2007 and 2009, Ben was the Director of Massel Property Services Pty Ltd where he was heading up the mass valuation section. Ben is a true industry giant, he is a Past President of the SAIV and now holds the status of being a Life Member of the Institute. Llewelyn Curlewis Llewelyn Curlewis
Dr Llewelyn Curlewis is a senior-lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria as well as Akademia. He is a former-prosecutor and advocate. Currently, he is an attorney, notary public and appraiser. Furthermore, Dr Curlewis is a senior-trial lawyer in full-time practice and was involved in many high-profile court cases. He also holds an advanced certificate in forensic accounting, as well as an advanced certificate in ADR (Cum Laude) from AFSA. Dr Curlewis lectures at various other institutions and serves on numerous Councils and Boards within the legal profession, including the South-African National Legal Practice Council. He is an honorary member of the PAA, as well as the SA Institute for Valuers. He is a well-known speaker on numerous radio stations and a familiar face on many television channels both in the RSA and abroad. He is a recipient of numerous awards an author of a number of law textbooks. Legio law-articles in local- and international journals/magazines were written by him. Being a former President of the Law Society, he represented the legal profession on a global-scale and participated in hundreds of local and international conferences as key-note speaker. He is one of very few South Africans on the panel of defence counsel of the International Criminal Court in The Hague (Netherlands). He is an avid sportsman and has achieved provincial colours in five sport disciplines on multiple occasions over the years and also represented South Africa twice at the World-Championships obtaining gold for the country on both occasions. His hobbies includes, inter alia, being a qualified skydiver, advanced scuba diver, certified poisonous snake-handler, qualified first aider and ultra-distance runner, having completed more than 26 Comrades Marathons (many silver), as well as many others all over the world. He travels regularly all over the world.
Veronica Mafoko Director: Municipal Property Rating in the Department of Cooperative Governance at COGTA Veronica Mafoko Director: Municipal Property Rating in the Department of Cooperative Governance at COGTA
Veronica Mafoko is a Public Finance Economist who has more than 15 years’ policy making, implementation and review experience in municipal finance, intergovernmental fiscal relations and managing and regulating municipal fiscal instruments in South Africa. She holds a Master’s Degree in Economics with a focus on public sector economics. She is currently a Director in the Department of Cooperative Governance responsible for Municipal Property Rating which entails managing and overseeing the implementation of the Local Government: Municipal Property Rates Act which regulates the power of 213 municipalities authority to levy property rates.
She oversaw the most comprehensive amendments to the Municipal Property Rates Act (the principal legislation that regulates municipal property taxation and property valuation in South Africa), which were enacted by the President in 2014. The most significant aspects of the comprehensive amendments entailed key policy changes to the property categorisation methodology to ensure certainty and transparency, particularly from a regulatory perspective and a number of technical amendments aimed at simplifying the administration of the Act, amongst others. Her focus following the implementation of the amendments to the Municipal Property Rates Act has been to ensure that the property categorisation framework is fully implemented by all municipalities. Furthermore, she has been an integral part of case law on the Municipal Property Rates Act which has, been the subject of litigation on numerous aspects including its Regulations, the property categorisation framework, definitions particularly the definition for agricultural properties and allegations that the rates levied by certain municipalities negatively affect specific economic sectors, amongst others. She currently oversees the the implementation of the regulatory framework of the Municipal Property Rates Act (the Act); monitors compliance with the provisions of the Act; and supports municipal implementation and provincial responsibilities of the Act. Dean Ward Head of Valuations: Area North at City of Cape Town Municipality Dean Ward Head of Valuations: Area North at City of Cape Town Municipality
Dean Ward holds a National Diploma in Property Valuation, National Diploma in Property Development and Management, a post graduate diploma in business management and various other qualifications.
He is a well-known figure in the property valuers profession with over 30 years’ experience in property valuation. He has contributed to the academic field as a lecturer in property valuation and property law at CPUT for 12 years. He has worked as a consultant valuer for many leisure development projects and hotel valuations in Africa and the Far East including China and Thailand. He has presented papers on valuations and property tax as a guest speaker at national and international conferences. He is currently contracted to the City Council of Cape Town.