Sipho Mabena
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4 minute read
23 Jan 2020
5:36 am

Real estate regulator staff went to Ghana to ‘learn to please God’ at taxpayer expense

Sipho Mabena

An independent investigation found the public servants learnt about the '12 gates of the soul', among other things, but picked up nothing about the property industry.

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The Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB) paid more than R80,000 for a manager and a board member to attend a conference to learn “to please God” in Accra, Ghana, with a further R363,000 paid to lawyers for disciplinary proceedings that led to no action against the perpetrators. The EAAB regulates the estate agency profession through ensuring that all persons carrying out the activities of an estate agent as a service to the public are registered with the EAAB. An independent investigation into the Ghana trip, which was not approved by the board and taken despite a moratorium on international travel,...