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Board Members

Board Members of the Green Building Council SA Board, are captains of industry from across the property spectrum including major property developers, corporate tenants, property owners, design professionals, consultants, construction companies, government and academics.

Anthony Stroebel

Non-Executive Director

Group Marketing Director – Pam Golding Property Group 2000 – current

Following my sabbatical I was asked to return to the Company to engineer a sustainable future through innovative strategies for the company.

I am currently responsible for integrating a ‘green agenda’ into the future of Residential property in South Africa, this as a brand dimension of the Pam Golding brand.

My vision? drive green consciousness in the domestic environment, thereby facilitating the inclusion of green credentials in the valuation of residential property.

Brent Wiltshire

Non-Executive Director

Brent Wiltshire has been an Executive at Old Mutual Property for the past 13 years. Old Mutual Property is one of South Africa’s largest property groups and currently manages in excess of R25 billion in property assets. Brent was the executive responsible for the retail asset management team for 6 years. The retail portfolio included the development and acquisition of over 30 retail properties which included: Gateway, Durban; Vincent Park, East London; Menlyn, Pretoria; Riverside, Nelspruit; Cavendish Square, Cape Town and Zone@Rosebank, Gauteng. He has been the Development Executive since 2006 until present. During this time the development team has concluded R12 Billion in commercial property transactions.


Deen Letchmiah Dr.

Non-Executive Director

Deen Letchmiah, Dr. , is a Director of the LDM Group (a Built Environment Professional Practice). He has a B.Sc. (Quantity Surveying and Construction Economics) degree from the University of Natal. In June 2013, Deen will receive a PHD from the University of Witwatersrand (WITS) for his thesis on “The Effectiveness of Preferential Procurement in the South African Construction Industry”.

He was the Leader of the Public Sector Procurement Reform Task Team appointed jointly in 1995 by the Ministries of Public Works and Finance to develop a procurement system that promotes the principles of the Reconstruction and Development Programme. In this process, he co-authored the Green Paper on Public Sector Procurement Reform which includes various policies to promote economic empowerment of the historically disadvantaged sectors in South Africa and sets out the concept of Targeted Procurement.

Mr Letchmiah is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and represents the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) on the GBCSA.

Dorah Modise

Executive Director

Dorah Modise (nee Nteo) is the CEO and an executive director of the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA).

She is a sustainability specialist with over 16 years’ experience in the field. She previously served as a Strategic Executive Director: City Sustainability at the City of Tshwane where she was responsible for developing and implementing the City Green programme, and ensuring that the City becomes the greenest, most sustainable city in Africa.

Until December 2012, Modise was a Chief Policy Advisor for Sustainable Development within the South African Government Department of Environmental Affairs where she led the development and implementation of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development, South Africa’s engagements in global sustainable development negotiations, the environment sector green economy response including the establishment and management of the national green fund. Modise also led the National Environmental Outlook Reporting Processes and the Generation of Environmental Statistics.

Modise holds an MBA from the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute for Business Science (GIBS); A Master of Arts Degree in Environment and Development from the University of Sussex, UK; a Post-Graduate Diploma in Environmental Diplomacy from the University of Geneva, Switzerland; and a National Diploma & B-Tech Degree in Environmental Health from the Tshwane University of Technology.

She is currently a member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Government Advisory Group, the SA Network of the United Nations Global Compact, the GIBS Sustainable Development Advisory Panel and a Non-Executive Director of the Council for Geosciences Board.

Faieda Jacobs

Non-Executive Deputy Chair

Faieda is responsible for Strategic Projects at Old Mutual Property. The team currently consists of 43 people who manage retail, office and industrial assets of approx. R12 billion. Retail assets include Cavendish Square and Gateway, and the Portside Development, which has a 5 star Green Star SA rating is part of the office portfolio.

Faieda’s extensive background in property management, property asset management and people management enables her to bring her managerial flair and analytical skills to the fore.

Faieda has 30 years of experience in property, ranging from valuations to property management and asset management. Prior to her current position at Old Mutual Property, she was a property manager at Fountainhead Property Trust and Allan Gray Property Trust, managing the Office and Industrial Portfolios for 5 years. Before that she spent 3 years with Drake & Scull Facilities Management as an Account Manager.

She launched her career in property at Old Mutual Properties in 1984, heading up the Valuations department, then moved into property management, until leaving for Drake & Scull.

Faieda sits on the Executive Committee of Old Mutual Property and serves on the Board of the Central City Improvement District.

Lisa Reynolds

Non-Executive Director

Lisa is passion for Energy Efficiency, Green Buildings and Sustainability has been recognized by Saint Gobain in her current position of Sustainability Development Director. Every company within the Saint-Gobain group has Sustainability goals and part of her task is to coordinate and guide the achievement of those goals.  She has a particular interest in training and development and believe strongly that “Green jobs” are a reality and one possible solution for the unemployment in SA. she is an enthusiastic, passionate and a team player.  I see synergy within the Associations and other stake-holders within my Advocacy function.

Manfred Braune

Executive Director

Manfred is the Chief Technical Officer at the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA), heading up all technical, education and certification related matters since 2010. Manfred has also been responsible for directing various special projects at the GBCSA, including the Cato Manor Green Street, My Green Home, Cost of Green and the Green Lease Toolkit.

Manfred’s qualification is a registered professional electrical engineer, and he has a background as an engineer and a sustainability consultant with the WSP Group, where he worked as a consulting engineer for about 10 years, designing and delivering a range of projects, including various large offices, hotels, hospitals, industrial and retail facilities, and as a sustainability consultant. Manfred jointly headed up WSP’s green building business unit (WSP Green by Design) with Eric Noir for three years, where during his time the WSP Green by Design achieved the first 4 Green Star ratings in South Africa, and established the first building energy and thermal modelling unit in the country.

Manfred also sits on the University of Pretoria’s Construction/Property Studies Advisory Board, as well as being a judge on the ESKOM eta Awards. Manfred has in the past also served on the NBI’s Energy Efficiency Advisory Board and the SANS 10400 Part XA and 204 committees.

Neil Gopal

Non-Executive Director

Neil Gopal is the Chief Executive Officer of SAPOA (South African Property Owners Association). SAPOA represents some 1200 companies and organisations (some which include the following, ABSA, Standard Bank Properties, Stanlib, Investec Property Group, PARETO Ltd, Old Mutual Properties, Liberty Properties, Eskom, Transnet, East London IDZ, Growthpoint Properties, ACSA, Redefine Properties and Resilent Property Income Fund).

Neil holds a qualification in BSc Town Planning from the University of Witwatersrand.

Neil currently serves as Vice Chair, and Founding Member of the BOMA International Committee in Washington DC , as well as serves as a  Director on the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) board.

Nkosinathi Manzana

Non-Executive Director

Nkosinathi Manzana is the Head: Professional & Technical Services within the Group Real Estate Services of Standard Bank. In this role, Nkosinathi is responsible for Development Management of strategic properties, Maintenance, Engineering & Energy Management.

Nkosinathi has over nineteen years experience in the built environment in South Africa and has been involved in the planning, design and implementation of a broad range of multi-disciplinary projects such as transport infrastructure, buildings, petrochemical pipelines and pump stations, ports and municipal engineering services.  During this time he has developed a keen interest in the subjects of sustainability, green buildings and energy management. He forms part of the core Standard Bank team that has overseen the certification of four bank owned building in the last three years.

Rudolf Pienaar

Non-Executive Chair

Director of Growthpoint Properties, Office Sector, with a portfolio value of R25.4 billion. Rudolf has 25 years’ experience in the property industry and has been a member of senior management of five listed property companies.  He has been a Director of management companies of Barprop, Primegro and currently Growthpoint.

Won IPD/Financial Mail Listed Property Investment Awards for the best performing Office portfolio, as well as the best performing Industrial portfolio.  He has been part of the Growthpoint development team that developed in excess of R5bn of development, and won SAPOA awards for Innovative Excellence in Property Development in respect of Office, Industrial and Mixed Use developments.

Rudolf has been at the forefront of sustainable development at Growthpoint, who won the 2013 SAPOA Overall Award for Sustainability and the 2014 Innovative Merit Award. Growthpoint is the proud recipient of the Nedbank Capital Sustainable Business Award in the category Infrastructure and Renewable Energy for the years 2013 and 2014. Growthpoint  won the prestigious  LUX  International Project of the Year award in 2014. Rudolf is a Director of the Green Building Council of SA and serves on the Advisory Board of the Department of Construction Economics at the University of Pretoria.

Seana Nkhahle

Non-Executive Immediate Past Chair

Seana is currently the Chairperson of the Green Building Council SA.

Seana is currently the Executive Director: Corporate Strategy and Research at the South African Local Government Association (SALGA). His portfolio includes Strategic Planning, Annual Performance Planning, Research, Policy Analysis and Knowledge Management.

Seana is responsible for the development of SALGA’s strategic agenda in support of Local Government improvement in South Africa. He is also responsible for the monitoring and reporting of organizational performance against pre-determined objectives and targets. One of SALGA’s six key mandates in its 2012-17 Strategic Plan is to position SALGA as a centre for Local Government knowledge and intelligence. The Research and Knowledge Management programmes which he is responsible for include: Facilitating Peer Learning Networks and associated Events, Research, Benchmarking, and Knowledge Banking. The strategic plan also emphasizes that strategic partnerships with key stakeholders in local development are essential in order to ensure that SALGA is able to deliver good value to its member municipalities. This should also enable the municipalities to deliver services effectively to their communities and all those who live, work, play and invest in them.

Before joining SALGA Seana worked as the National Programmes Co-ordinator at the South African Cities Network where he was responsible for leading the programmes of SACN which focused on generating and managing knowledge in support of South African cities and towns.


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