Guest Speakers

Attend any number of sessions at the show and learn from top industry professionals about insights pertaining to your particular property journey. 

Deidre Munusamy

Deidre Munusamy, Provincial Home Loans Manager, for Standard Bank South Africa, is responsible for Western Cape Home Loans sales and growth. With over 16 years of home loans experience, she oversees and has full responsibility for Home Loans division via both internal channels (Branch Network and Private Banking) as well as external channels (mortgage originators; internal Home Loans mobile staff; and estate agents). Deidre understands the importance of networking, relationship building, teamwork and team-building, and her extrovert personality is testimony to this drive for excellence. Deidre holds Certification in Banking from the Cornerstone Institute. On a personal front, the home takes importance too as she is extremely passionate about interior decorating. Those that have interacted with Deidre will know that she is a bundle of energy and this is evident in her after work activities of running on the beach and spinning.

Carla Diamond

Vuyiswa Mutshekwane

Vuyiswa Mutshekwane is Chief Executive Officer at the South African Institute of Black Property Practitioners (SAIBPP), a position she has held since 2015. She also serves as a non-executive director on various boards including JSE-listed, Fortress Reit Ltd. She is a member of the Property Sector Charter Technical committee, the Black Business Council Land Reform & Food Security Committee & Youth Portfolio Committee as well as the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce & Industry Women’s Commission. Vuyiswa holds a BCom in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and a Certificate in Property Development and Investment both from UCT. Her dynamic career has seen her pursue numerous entrepreneurial ventures and gain a broad range of experience in various fields including but not limited to: strategy development & execution, PR & communications, sales & marketing, retail, events management, trend analysis & forecasting.

Zamantungwa Khumalo

Zamantungwa Khumalo is an award-winning media and content specialist, property investor and founder of All Things Property SA™. All Things Property SA™ helps prospective homeowners, renters and investors on their property journey, by providing the best tools, tips and insights for their property journey.

Lephoi Mokgatle

Lephoi is the Executive Head for Home Loans Digital Sales, Service & Disruption at Nedbank. She has over 15 years of banking experience, 7 of which have been in the online sales environment. After a year of studying banking models in Uganda, the UAE and the UK, Lephoi was promoted to lead the online home loans sales team at one of the South African banks in 2011. She joined Nedbank Home Loans in 2012 and helped the business launch their first online application process. This project ultimately resulted in increased home loan sales as well as a reduction in the business’ cost to income ratio. Her ability to identify appropriate digital marketing tactics, as well as her understanding of online client behaviour has resulted in sales volumes doubling for the channel within a period of 3 months.

Velda Derrocks

Velda Derrocks is the Regional Manager at TUHF Limited since October 2017 and manages the Eastern and Western Cape branches. Brings with her more than15 years of commercial property finance experience

Michelle Taylor Rebel

Michelle Taylor- Rebel is a National Real Estate Trainer and Coach and also an Accredited Seta Facilitator and Training provider Michelle provides Soft Skill Training to both Brand new entrants into the Real estate market as well as to experienced Agents who are wanting to become Top Producers. Before entering the Training Arena 9 years ago, I worked in real estate for 17 years and for 11 of those I was recognised twice by the Nedbank property Professional Awards as being in the Top 1% of Top producers Nationally. As well as being part of the no 1 Team on a national basis for the Company I worked for.

Laurens Boel

Laurens Boel is a property investor, serial online entrepreneur, business coach and published author. He studied BsC Computer Science at the University of Pretoria and began his corporate career at Dimension Data. After 4 years of corporate life, he was retrenched and left with nothing. This inspired him to go on various business and property courses. Today Laurens is a successful property investor, generating a third of his income passively through property rentals.

Grant Smee

Grant is an Entrepreneur & Property Investor, Director of a National Property business, and Founder of EPiC South Africa, a community for the education, creation, support and empowering of Entrepreneurs & Property Investors. Grant relentlessly pursues the goal of changing the DNA of every single South African, to take responsibility of their own financial well-being and create financial abundance through business and property.

Silindile Leseyane

Silindile Leseyane is property investor, stokvel investor and speaker. She holds a BComm (Accounting & Economics), Diploma in Business Analysis, Post Graduate Diploma in Management – Business Administration (cum laude) and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Wits University & Indiana University. She started her property investment journey through ‘house hacking’, which is when you rent out certain portions of your house and stay in another and has not looked back since. She has a property investment company Lentse Investments and is also the chairperson of Sakhisizwe Property Stokvel (, one of South Africa’s fastest growing property stokvels, where members invest in high yield properties in 4 of South Africa’s metros (Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban) and get paid monthly returns from those investments.

Ms Mamodupi Mohlala-Mulaudzi

Mamodupi is a Black female who is an admitted attorney and has been in the legal profession post admission for a period spanning twenty years.

Zerlinda Van Der Merwe

As the General Manager of PGPMS, and a Specialist Community Schemes Consultant, Zerlinda van der Merwe graduated with her BA LLB LLM (Cum Laude) degrees from the University of Stellenbosch. Her LLM thesis focused on the Constitutionality of Sectional Title Rules. While completing her thesis, Zerlinda worked as a research intern for the South African Research Chair in Property Law, working on various Property Law, Neighbour Law and Sectional Title Juta publications. After graduating, Zerlinda joined PGPMS as a managing agent, managing a portfolio of sectional title schemes and homeowners’ associations over the Western Cape. She then completed her Articles of Clerkship at Biccari Bollo Mariano Attorneys and was based in the sectional title department. After completion of her Articles, she joined Paddocks as a Specialist Community Schemes Attorney and also provided training to the industry. After approximately 8 years of first joining PGPMS, Zerlinda has now re-joined the team.

Ewan Rourke

Ewan Rourke is a serial entrepreneur, investor and professional speaker. He started his first business 6 years ago by refinancing one of his properties to get funding for his startup. Today he has 5 companies operating in his holdings structure. Ewan has freed up most of time to spend more of it with his growing family. Believing in the amazing way business and property benefits each other Ewan is a raving fan of structuring and leverage through property investments to accelerate wealth creation. He now teaches individuals and business owners alike to do the same through his business coaching and speaking practice. Together with Prosperity Enterprises and Jaco Grobbelaar he has presented their Property Investment Seminar for for over 3 years and in 3 different countries.

Philine Van Heerden

Philine van Heerden is the Provincial Head in the Western Cape for Private Property, a leading South African online property portal. Philine joined Private Property in 2012. Her real estate industry experience stretches over 15 years, where she has fulfilled various roles from working in conveyancing to managing investment property portfolios. More recently, Philine has been working very closely with many real estate brands to ensure growth and brand visibility on the Private Property platform. Philine and her team in the Western Cape shares a great passion for ensuring the online portal success of their real estate customers.

Zakhele Zak Myeza

Zakhele Zak Myeza, also known as The Bus in rugby, is a 33 year old entrepreneur, sports fanatic and keen world traveller. He has a BSc(Eng.) Electrical and MSc(Eng.) Industrial both obtained from Wits University. Before taking up property investing full time, he spent over 10 yrs. solving companies’ profitability problems by creating value and focussing on their systems, the manufacturing process and waste reduction. Consistent, Predictable, Quality.

Taurai Jack

From being abandoned as an infant by both his parents, then later climbing the corporate ladder as a banker – practicing change management in Africa, to then building his own business. Taurai was always driven to better his life and that of the communities he set to influence, however, real success came only when he ventured into property investing, one of his long-time passions. He has built one of the most successful businesses, going from debt to property mogul in just 2 years, and with his business he now provides housing to almost 200 families and over 350 students across 4 cities in South Africa. A leader in the field, as a result of his hard work, he has been recognised as one of the most successful and influential Entrepreneurs in the area by winning the Investor of the Year Award in 2019 – the big leagues.

Retha Van Rooyen

Retha is a wife, a mom of three, a business woman and a property investor. In life and in business, she believes in taking action and ensuring that every single day she makes progress towards her goals. During her career as a property investor, she has managed to successful close various property deals using flips, buy-to-let and unique development strategies for highest returns. She specialises in student accommodation and manages 350+ students across multiple properties in Cape Town and Durban.

Gil Sperling

Gil Sperling is the CEO of Flow, a proptech platform which is revolutionising how people rent and live. Sperling started his career as an engineer, and was one of three founding partners of Popimedia, one of Africa’s biggest ad-tech and performance marketing companies. Popimedia went on to be bought by French based global communications group – Publicis. Through his experience and expertise within the tech industry, Sperling, together with the co-founders of Flow, are revolutionising the economics of rent with a shared value approach, bringing in behavioral economics to make the entire renting process more affordable, more transparent and more seamless.

Roger Blewett

Roger joined Lightstone in 2019 as an Analytics and Solutions Executive. He has a background in Geospatial Analytics and Location Strategy and has worked throughout the world creating value in many industries over the past decade. Roger has a BA Honours in Human Geography form the University of Stellenbosch and has recently completed his Executive MBA at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) specialising in Digital Strategy and Leadership. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast and enjoys distilling craft rum in his free time.

Johette Smuts

Johette Smuts joined PayProp as the Head of Data and Analytics in 2017 after 5 years of working in the investment industry. She is responsible for all things data-related within PayProp, including reporting on the state of the rental market in the quarterly PayProp Rental Index. Johette graduated from Stellenbosch University with a B.Comm in Mathematical Sciences and B.Comm (Hons) in Financial Risk Management, and is also a CFA charter holder.

Annette Evans

Annette Evans is General Manager of the Institute of Estate Agents of South Africa (IEASA), a voluntary organisation which represents, assists and supports its members who are comprised of principals, real estate agents, interns, originators, valuers and stakeholders alike. Annette also manages PropStats, IEASA’s online residential sales database, designed to facilitate the sharing of critical data for compiling comparative market analyses, and is offered exclusively to IEASA members at no charge. Members attest to the huge benefit they derive from the system as they are able to login 24/7 and obtain relevant and credible data in order to motivate pricing to their clients and banks in the residential real estate market.

Grant Gavin

Like you, property expert and highly respected Durban entrepreneur Grant Gavin wants to leave his mark on the world. Having bought a controlling share in a successful family-owned business at the age of 27, Grant has gone on to build a Billion rand residential property sales business in the competitive North Durban real estate market, in the process tripling the size of the business, and winning numerous awards along the way for his outstanding results, and his unique leadership style.

Rob Van Vuuren

Rob van Vuuren is a household name in South Africa, he is Twakkie from the Most Amazing Show, the guy who shucksed Shuster in Shucks Tshabalala, the record breaking winner of Strictly Come Dancing, the voice of Takeshi’s Castle Thailand on Comedy Central Africa, Van from Van Der Merwe the star of a host of other film and television shows. He is a multi award winning comedian, having bagged no less than four Standard Bank Ovation Awards for comedy and the Breakthrough Act Award winner at the Comics Choice Awards. He has filmed two Comedy Central Africa specials. He was a finalist in the 2017 You Spectacular Awards in the Category SA’s favorite comedian and his career has taken him to stages all over the country as well as Perth, London, Brighton, Amsterdam, Dubai, Brighton and Edinburgh.

Michelle Dickens

Michelle Dickens is the managing director and co-founder of TPN Credit Bureau. TPN is South Africa’s only credit bureau specialising in the collection of tenant behaviour and rental payment profile information. Michelle established TPN in 2000 after working as a rental agent and experiencing first-hand the frustration of dealing with delinquent tenants. In 2007, with the advent of the National Credit Act, TPN registered as a credit bureau and was the first credit bureau globally to specialise in the property industry. Since then, TPN has developed many innovative products and formed close working relationships with global credit bureaux TransUnion and Experian to further enhance the vetting of tenants. TPN’s biggest contribution to the property industry has undoubtedly been the creation of a rental payment profile, another global first which gives tenants the opportunity to improve their credit scorecard whilst renting

Miguel Martins

Miguel is Product Manager at Absa Home Loans, focusing on developing innovative solutions for Property Investors. He has an extensive background in finance and banking, as well as being a property investor himself. He meets with property investors regularly, discussing various aspects of property management issues and growth strategies. As a property investor, he has a keen understanding of investor’s challenges, needs and the opportunities that are present in the property market. ‘There are usually more opportunities than one can handle at any time, and in these turbulent times, it is incredibly important that all investment opportunities are analysed thoroughly’.

Riaan Naude

Unless you’re God, everyone has room to grow – the value of a coach or mentor then becomes undeniable. We all tend to second guess our own decisions at some point irrespective of how established or green a property investor we perceive ourselves to be. This is exactly why having the right coach or mentor is so important. A coach or mentor helps you to gain clarity because you’re often too close to a situation to see it clearly. Stated another way, it’s pretty hard to see your nose, isn’t it? It is literally too close to your eyes, and you just can’t see it very well. Having another person sharing his or her insights about your situation gives you an outside perspective on how to improve, what to change and to avoid the pitfalls that’s literally right in front of your feet. If you are motivated to make improvements, you’ll place a lot of value on your coach’s perspective. It doesn’t matter whether you decide that a coach or a mentor is better for you, but I recommend you get one. Even after 18 years performing the role myself, I follow my own advice. I have a coach/mentor to whom I remain accountable for my personal & professional development. Investing in yourself always brings positive results.

Nicolette Mashile

Nicolette Mashile is a Bushbuckridge born entrepreneur and media personality who is building a unique brand using her experiences to inspire and educate some of the people that have been captivated by her infectious personality and expertise around various subjects. She is the founder of Financial Fitness Bunnies, a Financial Consumer Education Agency and Bunch of Winnaz; a media buying and brand activations agency. Currently she Co-Hosts Daily Thetha a youth TV talk show on SABC1 and Personal content contributor. After not being able to complete her degree at Rhodes University, she moved to Johannesburg where she used that adversity to complete a National Diploma in Sports Management and BA in Human and Social Studies majoring in Communications, an Honours degree in Integrated Organisational Communication and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Admin. Nicolette is currently an MBA candidate doing research in the field of personal finance.

Meyer De Waal

Meyer De Waal, a practising attorney and director of MDW Inc (1998/23947/21), was admitted in 1988 as an attorney, conveyancer and public notary in Cape Town. The office is made up by a professional para-legal team of 10 and one conveyancing attorney. With a national footprint of correspondent attorneys, we are able provide a service covering all the provinces.

Esteani Marx

Esteani joined Lightstone in 2016 as a Business Development Manager for Real Estate. She has an MPRE qualification in real estate. Prior to joining Lightstone, Esteani’s real estate career began within the property valuation sector, after which she moved to property sales, property rentals, property brokering and then property management, where she has spent most of her real estate career. Esteani has a great passion for real estate, as residency is a basic need for every single human being in the world. It is her personal mission to understand the property requirements of people within South Africa and she has a long-term dream to be able to contribute towards providing this basic need to all people within South Africa.

Cilna Steyn

Cilna completed her LLB Degree at Unisa, after which she was admitted as an attorney in 2007. She co-founded Steyn & Steyn Attorneys, where she began to specialise in evictions. She regularly presents training session, where she advises groups of rental agents and private landlords on matters relating to Landlord and Tenant Disputes and broader scope Property Law related matters. She also acts on the panel of experts for the Law Society of South Africa’s Legal Education and Development. She presents seminars on behalf of LSSA: LEAD, educating attorneys nationally on eviction procedures and rental claims. She is one of the drafting attorneys of the TPN (Tenant Profile Network) Residential Lease Pack. Cilna authored “The Landlord’s Guide – Property Rental and Eviction” in 2015 and regularly publishes articles in newspapers and peer review magazines.

Andrew Walker

Andrew is a very proud husband and father of two beautiful children. He is a successful global property investor and is proud to say that his time is his own and therefore he has flexibility to do the things that he wants.” From a young age I have always believed that Property is the way forward as you have the ability to earn cashflow from Day 1 as well as benefit from Capital Growth and on top of that we can leverage a lot more than what you can from other investments“