Chairman, DDP Valuers
A rich assortment of occupations prepared Patrick Banda for the role as Chairman of DDP Valuers. His rise to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Powerhouse Utilities, an amalgamation partner with De Leeuw Africa Valuers in the ultimate formation of DDP Valuers, was a dynamic one.
Banda fulfilled a litany of roles as Assistant Technician in a motorbike franchise, organizer of the Alexandra Youth Congress, Regional Co-ordinator of Idasa, Social Investment Facilitator at Philips, Project Co-ordinator at Thebe Investments and Coca-Cola Group Head of Governmental Relations.
In 2000, Banda formed an independent company, Powerhouse Utilities, in association with a Belgian partner. He purchased the Belgian share within six months.
Powerhouse Utilities was one of the shareholders that merged into DDP Valuers, the largest valuation company in Southern Africa, in 2003. Banda displayed visionary leadership in the merging process, forging professionals from diverse backgrounds into a strong unit.
Banda salutes the leadership qualities that motivated the company-employees to embrace the newly formed entity without fear or prejudice.
Asked to define the factors that have propelled DDP Valuers to greatness, Banda says: “The value-systems of integrity and professionalism cannot be compromised. And it helps to operate in a desirable corporate culture.”
Director, DDP Valuers
Jakes Xulu is a Director of DDP Valuers with 27 years professional experience. He boasts a impressive academic Curriculum Vitae that includes a legal qualification as well as a diploma in Credit Management at Unisa.
Xulu joined Trust Bank as Credit Controller in 1982 and fulfilled the role of Senior Credit Controller at Santam Bank from 1986 to 1990.
Mid-season, he embarked on an academic career at the University of Pretoria for a law degree before rejoining Absa, who seconded him to Ford as Wholesale Manager.
In 1997, he joined a small company, Metro Inspection Services, as Chief Executive Officer. In his new role, he was charged with dealing with credit management and debt collection for the City of Johannesburg.
Xulu became Group Chief Operating Officer of Powerhouse Utilities in 2000, the BEE enterprise that, in tandem with De Leeuw Africa Valuers, was responsible in founding DDP Valuers.
Xulu believes the correct work ethos provides the high road to success. The hard yards, and ascribing to integrity and discipline, are the necessary stepping stones to business excellence.
“I have always maintained the view that for us to take the economy to the next level, we have to accept other people not on face value as black and white, but as fellow South Africans whose skill we must marry to the benefit of business,” says Xulu.
Tinus Geyser MIVSA
Managing Director, DDP Valuers
A relationship-builder, a confident, yet compassionate man and a thorough professional whose expertise on valuations have gained universal respect – these are qualities that have endeared Tinus Geyser, Managing Director of DDP Valuers (Pty) Ltd, to friend and foe.
His first introduction to the property industry was in 1987, when Geyser joined the then Welkom-municipality.
In late 2002, Geyser was elected to establish a property valuation company, an institution that was endorsed by corporate giants like banks, local government and the private sector. This culminated in the establishment of DDP Valuers in 2003.
During this period, Geyser obtained a diploma in financial accounting, management and commercial property finance from the University of Pretoria.
This dynamic Managing Director has nurtured and grown DDP Valuers to arguably the largest in the country.
He has a wealth of experience and is a registered professional valuer with the South African Council for the Property Valuers Profession as well as a member of the Institute of Valuers.
Geyser displays an infectious aura of confidence, yet is a compassionate and magnanimous. He has been at the helm of many social development projects and humanitarian efforts started by DDP Valuers.
Geyser passionately pursues the development and professional growth of employees. As a manager he is widely respected as a highly successful relationship builder instead of a dogmatic enforcer of discipline.
He attributes his success and motivational drive to the unwavering support of his wife, family and a committed Board of Directors.
Geyser’s leadership and vision have been key factors in the continual growth and development of this South African valuation giant.
Monty de Beer
Director, Residential valuations
Monty de Beer is the Director overseeing residential valuations nationwide.
From ‘humble’ beginnings as a Candidate Valuer at the city council of Pretoria, he has gained invaluable experience. Initially he served as Residential Valuer at ABSA Bank.
Later he switched to Commercial Valuer at the same corporate institution before finally graduating to Manager of the Pretoria-North Valuation Centre of Absa.
Managing the expectations of corporate clients and fulfilling contractual obligations through excellence, have been part of De Beer’s portfolio.
He is also a key factor of DDP Valuer’s administrative hub that oversees the operational sector of the company with ingenious attention to detail.
“I believe in pursuing principles of justice and integrity in managing the residential valuation portfolio of DDP Valuers,” says De Beer, a veteran of 21 years in the valuation industry.
This, in turn, has equipped him with the expertise and skill to become an indispensible force in DDP Valuers’s quick expanding residential valuation enterprise.
De Beer says good team ethics has contributed to the success of DDP Valuers.
The company has constantly attended to technological expectations of clients, with valuers been equipped with new state-of-the-art computers to address valuation needs electronically.
Tinus Nel MIVSA
Director, Municipal Valuations
The name Tinus Nel has been synonymous with vast experience – 33 years to be precise – a lifetime of excellence in municipal valuations, and a wholehearted and uncompromising approach to his work as a Director of DDP Valuers.
Nel joined the City Council of Pretoria in 1976 as an apprentice, or Valuer-in-Training.
He completed a National Diploma in Property Valuation as well as a B.Comm-degree while serving the municipality before joining CP de Leeuw Appraisers in 1986 as Manager.
In 1990 he became Managing Director of the firm, and continued in the same leadership position when it was renamed De Leeuw Africa Valuers in 2001.
When the amalgamation came to form DDP Valuers, this dynamic Senior Manager was a popular choice as director.
Nel holds a certificate from the Cape Town University Property Development Program and is registered as a Professional Valuer with the SA Council for the Property Valuers Profession.
A self-declared workaholic and a perfectionist, Nel often burns the midnight oil in order to meet tight deadlines.
“A dedicated Board of Directors, supported by a committed band of supporting staff as well as the leadership style of the Managing Director, Tinus Geyser, have all contributed to the growth of DDP Valuers,” says Nel.
Director, DDP Valuers
Armed with a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Cardiff Business School and fifteen years experience, mostly in the capacity as Strategic Human Resource Executive, Phindile Riba has had several opportunities to formulate or fine tune blueprints for business excellence.
The one that has underpinned the success of DDP Valuers, is characterized by a professional work-ethic, timeliness of delivery and a close relationship with clients, says Riba.
Riba worked for a number of high profile private companies and public organizations in her capacity as a Strategic Human Resource Executive.
She is a member of the Board of the CAA having past held a similar role at Armscor. She holds interests in a number of commercial entities as a Shareholder and Director.
Building on her experience in property development and management in a family owned business, Phindile started up Golden Dividend, a company specialising in property services in 2007, and currently serves as their Managing Director.
Apart from the MBA obtained from Wales, Riba also completed a BA Social Science Degree from the University of Swaziland.
Asked about what she defines as the keys indicators of business success, she says: “A goal-orientated approach to work, as well as a healthy balance between work and life.”
No company could afford to lose its 20/20-vision and focus. Therefore providing immaculately accurate information to clients is essential in securing the competitive edge, she says.
Jaco Voges MIVSA
Director, Agricultural Valuations
Voges boasts sixteen years professional experience. Armed with a National Diploma in Property Valuation, a National Higher Diploma in Quantity Surveying and a National Diploma in Housing Development and Management, he is extremely well equipped to tackle the challenges of National Director of Agricultural Valuations.
His work experience included seven years as Property Valuer with three major banking groups, Absa Bank, NBS and First National Bank from 1993 to 1999.
In 2001, he accepted the challenge of heading up a Port Elizabeth branch of De Leeuw Africa Property Valuers.
When DDP Valuers was founded, Voges relished the vision of growing the agricultural valuation market nationally.
He emphasizes the importance of interpersonal relationships, as well as of servicing clients through integrity and quality.
Because of the variety of services in the agricultural field, in-depth knowledge of valuations done is not always readily available.
Voges and his team have acquired comprehensive knowledge to provide a varied and extensive service delivery in the agricultural industry nationally.
Whether it is citrus clients, the pineapple industry, cattle farms, reserves accommodating the Big Five, or wine farms in the Western Cape, Voges and his team have positioned themselves to offer accurate expertise.
Through his endeavours, he has entrenched DDP Valuers’s reputation as a Southern African trendsetter in the field of agricultural valuations.