Helen Botes is the CEO of the Joburg Property Company, which she has headed since 2008. She has successfully repositioned the company by aggressively implementing the JPC Turnaround Strategy. In 2012 the City transferred the Metro Trading Company as well as its entire Facilities Management and Maintenance to her portfolio. She has managed the integration of these businesses to the JPC.
The company continues to post strong operational and financial performance. Some of the projects delivered during her tenure include the Johannesburg Council Chamber – winner of the Green Building Council, the International Property Award and is short-listed on the SAPOA Developments Award, The R1.3 billion Newtown Junction Mall, and the Jabulani Cultural Precinct which is home to the award winning Soweto Theatre.
The JPC is the first municipality to deliver a fully reconciled asset register in the country of approximately 30, 000 land parcels. Currently she continues to address issues of Land utilization through the Land Strategy which is a robust and innovative document that should come up for public input later this year. The Outdoor Advertising industry is an industry she is engaging to make opportunities available for SMMEs and diverse groups as it is currently owned by a few large companies.
Ms. Botes developed and managed the transactional relationship for the City, which included fifteen bank accounts with various financial institutions. She also led the management, the compilation and consolidation of the prospectus of the City’s first listed bonds on the Bond Exchange of South Africa which raised R1 billion for the City. She also led the prospectus of the City’s first Domestic Medium Term Note.
Ms. Botes holds a master’s degree in business, and various financial qualifications. She is strongly committed to continuous education for her and her staff, as well as the transformation of the property industry.