Pro-Property in collaboration with NAMA (National Association of Managing
Agents) successfully hosted a Sectional Title Scheme Workshop/Trustee training on Saturday 28 Feb
The objective of the workshop
was a practical orientation for trustees and a framework for applying their skills.
There are many disciplines involved in running a Sectional Title Scheme e.g. project
management, horticulture, accounting, construction, and law.
Course material: Training Manuals, developed by Graham Paddock B.A. LLB, were distributed to the
Speakers: Dr Gerhard Jooste, Chairman of the National Association of Management Agents South Africa and
Mr Nel (Curasure), an expert on preventative maintenance . The course was well attended by trustees and owners of sectional title
History of NAMA (Dr Jooste)
The principle of sectional title communal living can be traced back to ancient history.
It was introduced to South Africa in 1973 which made owning an apartment in a multi-level building
possible. The Sectional Titles Act of 1971 was replaced by Act 95 of 1986. The National Association of
Managing Agents' mission is, among other things, to increase the efficiency of all Managing Agents that
are members of NAMA. NAMA was represented at the workshop by Mr M Deysel, its National Secretary.
Sectional Titles Act:
Dr Jooste explained the basic concepts in the Sectional Titles Act, Act 95 of 1986. The
following were, inter alia, discussed;
Management Rules and Conduct Rules
Exclusive use areas (registered and rule created)
Common Property and Sections (Ceilings etc.)
Extension of Sections (Masonite floors)
Improvements (luxurious & non-luxurious)
Meetings, quorums and requirements for resolutions
Financial Management (Levies)
Trustees' Functions / Powers (and limitations)
- Manage the scheme & maintain common property
- Keep Minutes of meetings
- Keep proper books & records
- Prepare AGM Documents - Reports & Plans
- Insure buildings
- Determine Levies
- Keep record of rules
- Invest BC funds
Carry out BC functions
Mr Frederik Nel highlighted the obligation of trustees to maintain the common property. He
explained the intricacies of maintenance and how to deal with maintenance, the importance of
comprehensive inspection and audit of buildings, quality assurance during maintenance projects and negotiating
of manufacturers backed guarantees.
He elaborated on the responsibility of the Body Corporate to ensure that they conform to
the Health and Safety Act and other legislation when employing contractors.
He emphasised on the medium and long term planning of maintenance or
Dr Jooste highlighted the area; Who pays the excess? The Management Rule 29, dealing with
insurance, has been amended by insertion of sub rule 29 (4). It reads as follows:
The owner of a section is responsible for any excess payment in respect of his or
her section payable in terms of a contract of insurance entered into by the body
corporate: provided that owners may by special resolution determine that the body corporate
is responsible for excess payment in respect of specified damage.
Mr N van Rensburg (Pro-Property) thanked the speakers and participants for contributing to the workshop, NAMA and in particular
Mr Martin Deysel, the sponsors and Pro-Property's staff.