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Meet the Investor of the Year Awards finalists

The SA Property Investors Network (SAPIN) has selected the 12 finalists for the Investor of the Year Awards taking place 18 November 2021 at the Marriott Hotel, Melrose Arch. The finalists stem from many diverse and rich backgrounds, each having been on a unique and personal journey to get to where they are today.

“We are so pleased to have finally arrived at the main event. The Investor of the Year Awards is an uplifting and forward-thinking property investment awards evening to bring like-minded people together. Ideas are shared, relationships are formed, and enthusiastic entrepreneurs are inspired and rewarded for their efforts”, says Andrew Walker, CEO of SA Property Investors Network.

The black-tie awards evening can be attended either in person at the Marriott Hotel, Melrose Arch, or online and is sponsored by Absa, Just Property, ooba Home Loans, Private Property, Tile Africa, Tuhf, The Property Academy, Preferental, Intergen and Bruno Simao Attorneys. The 12 category finalists will present their final pitch to the panel of judges in the hope of winning the highly coveted Investor of the Year Award.

The finalists for each category are as follows:

Beginner Investor

Emma Gibbs
Emma works as an estimator in the automotive industry and has invested in property in Johannesburg while living in Durban. She had only viewed the property twice but trusted in her network to get the Multi-Let done.

Nomakhosi Makolota
Nomakhosi, who grew up in Soweto Pimville, developed a vacant stand with shacks into units with the help of Tuhf’s Umastandi finance. These units are rented out and making a positive cashflow.

Taneal Petersen
The grade 4 teacher from Bezuidenhout Valley bought a below market value property in Kempton Park, Johannesburg during Covid lockdown while living in Cape Town.

Most Growth Investor

Ben Malapile
Ben registered his first Estate Investment firm in 2017 at the age of 21. He has six deals in his portfolio, including student accommodation and Rent-to-Rent Airbnb deals.

Lerato Peu
Hailing from Polokwane, Lerato is focussing on four deals acquired in 12 months. These deals range from small scale residential developments to multi-lets.

Teren Ramnundlall
Having invested in his first property in 2018, Teren is a full-time property investor who pitched multi-let deals in various Johannesburg locations.

Investor for Change

Darren Francis
Within 18 months, Darren has flipped six properties with the intention to expand into buy-to-let. His strategy has also focussed on creating jobs and sustainable living for his power team.

Zamokuhle Ngozo
Zamo is a practicing Doctor and currently stays in Middelburg. He bought and converted a dilapidated building into a centre for health care professionals. He is now earning a healthy cash flow while supporting the community.

Innovative Investor

Ridhwaan Basa
Ridhwaan has pitched a rent-to-rent Airbnb deal in Camps Bay, Cape Town, which is generating a healthy positive cash flow.

Big Leagues Investor

Lazola Kubukeli
Lazola grew up in the rural former Transkei in the Eastern Cape. Lazola has focussed on his company C.Z. KUBS, named after his grandfather. He has a mixed property investment portfolio having purchased a property that had three shops and 15 apartments and converting the property into 46 dwelling units and seven shops.

Mulalo Tshitema
Mulalo is both working as a consultant in geology and building his property investment business. He has a multi-let in Auckland Park that has been in operation since 2018 with 20 fully let rooms. His second deal comprises 94 two-bedroom apartments, with 52 units complete and the remainder to be completed by the end of the year.

Investor of the Year 2021

The judges will select the Investor of the Year from the entrants listed above. The main prize for the Investor of the Year is an all-expense-paid trip to Victoria Falls worth R28 000.

Other prizes include R50 000 in Tile Africa vouchers; a Tuhf sponsored course valued at R12 000; Preferental Landlord services to the value of R40 000; a dedicated service agent from Just Property and executive coaching to the value of R80 000; a R44 000 prize for the Investor for Change Award from Private Property; property coaching packages and online courses with the Property Academy worth over R 125 000 and Professional Memberships sponsored by SA Property Investors Network for all winners for one year.

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