A Message From

The Chair


Nonku Ntshona

Chairperson - SAPOA Awards Committee

& Founder & CEO, Nonku Ntshona & Associates Quantity Surveyors

Nonku Ntshona

SAPOA is excited to host the Property Development Awards for Innovative Excellence once again, the most prestigious programme of its kind in South African commercial real estate industry. The awards acknowledge and recognise some of the most innovative developments that contribute towards the enhancement of our built environment.

Excellence is not just a buzzword but a lived experience that a tenant can and should experience that speaks to investing in iconic buildings vital for the country’s landscape. Hence, we are constantly interrogating our categories and improving the criteria to ensure that all building types are acknowledged.

These prestigious awards give each professional, from the real estate industry a stage that continues to shine a spotlight onto their work, which highlights the ingenuity of their vision, passion, and dedications in this modernized industry.

Celebrate your accolades with us and build your SPLENDOR!

Entries is now open!

Nonku Ntshona

Chairperson - SAPOA Awards Committee

& Founder & CEO, Nonku Ntshona & Associates Quantity Surveyors

Nonku Ntshona

Meet the Judges


Annelidé Sherratt

Solid Green

Annelidé has over 12 years of experience in the sustainable building industry and leads the Department of Green Building Certifications at Solid Green. She holds a Master’s of Science degree with distinction in Energy and Sustainable Building Design from De Montfort University, UK, and is proficient in various green building certifications including Green Star SA, LEED, WELL, EDGE, and EPCs. Her career is marked by significant achievements in green building, being instrumental in over 45 certifications.

Notable projects include the first Green Star Certification in Mauritius, the first 6-Star Green Star SA Office V1 As Built rating in Johannesburg, and various pioneering pilot certifications. Currently, Annelidé is a GBCSA faculty member, assessor, and the lead for the Healthy category in the development of the GBCSA's New Build version 2 tool. Her work has earned her multiple GBCSA awards, underscoring her leadership in sustainable building practices.

Anthony Orelowitz

The Paragon Group

Anthony Orelowitz is one of the founding partners at the Paragon Group. He has degree in architecture and an MBS from The University of Witswaterand. He specialised in property finance, and after graduation, worked for Standard Bank’s Property Division. In 1997, he returned to architecture and founded The Paragon Group with his partner, Henning Rasmuss. Their firm’s portfolio had done much to define the skyline of Sandton with innovatively and sustainably designed buildings.

Christian Roberg


Christian Roberg is projects director at Abland. He has a Master’s degree in Building Science from Wits University. He is a past president of the Master Builders Association North. He has extensive knowledge in the commercial, industrial and retail space.

Itumeleng Mothibeli

Vukile Property Fund

Itumeleng is the Managing Director: South Africa at Vukile Property Fund, overseeing 59 properties worth about R16bn and generating over R1bn in net property income yearly.

His experience includes real estate research, investment, retail development, and asset management. He serves as a Director at SAPOA, contributes to SACSC, and has an MCom in Finance from UCT and an MPhil in International Business from GIBS. Recognized by Mail and Guardian's Top 200 Young South Africans, Itumeleng is dedicated to sustainable business, connecting informal and formal economies, and responsible investing.

Justin Arendse

Sutherland Engineers

Since 2007, Justin has been a vital part of the Sutherland Structures division. As a Partner and Director based in our Cape Town office, he leads a substantial team of structural engineers. His expertise spans a wide range of A-grade projects including commercial offices, retail shopping centres, high-end residential developments (homes, apartment developments, single to high-rise structures), mixed-use (commercial/retail/residential) properties, and industrial warehouses.

Justin’s leadership and design input has been instrumental in the successful completion of numerous award-winning, prestigious, and complex projects, positioning him at the forefront of South Africa’s construction industry.

Lianie Minny


Lianie, is an expert thought-leader and holds a master's degree in Interior Architecture. She is a creative mind, driven by a people-centred philosophy and passion for workplace design. She is an accredited Business Coach Practitioner and Change Management Consultant.  Over 15 years, Lianie’s expertise has been in developing, aligning, and supporting global corporations with workplace strategy and design to achieve their organizational goals and enhance the overall employee experience. 

With her expertise in commercial Interior Design, she has a proven track record of successfully completing projects of all sizes. Lianie has extensive knowledge in Corporate Real Estate, specifically in Transactions & Advisory and Strategy & Consulting and Design and Build. 

Melinda Isaacs


Passionate about Real Estate and project execution, Melinda Isaacs is a seasoned Development Manager and a Member of the Royal Institute for Chartered Surveyors. With extensive experience in retail and hospitality projects and as a Development Executive at Liberty Two Degrees (L2D), Melinda has a proven track record spanning 15 years in South Africa's leading shopping centers, including Sandton City.

She leads L2D's development initiatives, focusing on delivering excellence and driving projects effectively toward Net Zero commitments. Melinda believes in real estate's role in creating future environments for thriving communities, providing strategic direction to achieve this goal.

Natasha Atkins

Spire Property

Natasha is a seasoned professional in the realm of property management, boasting a rich history in retail, commercial, and industrial portfolios. Her expertise spans from the meticulous day-to-day management of properties to the strategic execution of large-scale projects for both private clients and prominent listed funds.

Beyond her comprehensive grasp of property operations, Natasha is a beacon of female leadership, steadfastly dedicated to propelling the company to extraordinary heights. With a keen eye for innovation and a relentless drive for excellence, she serves as the catalyst for positive change within the industry.

Nonku Ntshona

Nonku Ntshona & Associates

Nonku Ntshona is an executive who possess strong commercial experience with more than 25 years of professional expertise gained in the industry who has worked and led projects across Africa, the Middle East and the UK.

A technical specialist, thought leader and strategist at heart, often spotting opportunities and developing the necessary processes to capture new growth opportunities effectively and building effective alliances and strong networks to deliver on objectives. With proven commercial acumen, a passion for innovation and recognition as a Leader in the Sector, having received numerous awards. She is the founder of Nonku Ntshona and Associates Quantity Surveyors (Pty) Ltd (NNAQS), a Quantity Surveying firm based in Johannesburg.

She holds notable commerce & technical qualifications where she honed and chiselled her skills into senior roles in Global Blue Chip firms, namely Turner & Townsend and WSP.

Pieter Engelbrecht

Growthpoint Properties

Pieter Engelbrecht is the head of development at Growthpoint Properties. He started off his career as a qualified quantity surveyor and, after practising for several years, moved into the development space.

He has more than 25 years of experience in the property industry, which ranges from facility management to managing large-scale developments.

Sandi Mbutuma

Azzaro Quantity Surveyors

Sandi Mbutuma’s career started in 1999 as a trainee at BWR (Bathuleng Wallace Raubenheimer), training in commercial building projects. She joined BTKM (Bham Tayob Khan & Matunda) in 2001, where she served as a Junior Quantity Surveyor on high profile projects. She then joined TFMC and gained experience in Facilities Management.

Sandi furthered her career by joining Brian Heineberg and Associates in 2005, working her way up to Associate Director. In 2010 she joined Pentad Quantity Surveyors (Pty) Ltd as an Executive Director and Shareholder. She recently started her own quantity surveying firm with two partners at Azzaro Quantity Surveyors as Managing Director.

Zinon Marinakos

Zinon Marinakos is a Wits University graduate, who obtained his Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1989. He joined Moross & Partners Architects, where he became a director in 1995, gaining valuable experience in commercial, retail and sports facilities.

In 2002, he joined DSA Architects International, and was involved in its Dubai operations where he headed the Burj Dubai Old Town Island project. He has been active in projects as far afield as China, the Seychelles, Argentina and Egypt, and throughout the Middle East and southern Africa. He has been a director at DSA since 2006 and is currently the deputy MD at the South African office.

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