SA man launches sectional title app

2013-08-05 14:00
A new social media app designed for communication between residents and the body corporate has been built. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

A new social media app designed for communication between residents and the body corporate has been built. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - A new social media app designed for communication between residents and the body corporate has been built by a South African frustrated with traditional communication channels.

Johannesburg homeowner Ross Glenn developed Social Estate to make it easier for trustees to communicate with residents of managed estates.

"Social Estate is not intended to replace interactions between homeowners, trustees, managing agencies and so on within titled schemes, but merely to make it considerably easier," Glenn told News24.

As a member of his complex's body corporate, he said that the demands of the job gave him little time to respond to all requests timeously.

"From personal experience I can vouch for the fact that most members who are nominated to manage a scheme have full-time jobs and find it difficult to attend to all the requests let alone keep track of what is going on. With Social Estate, management can implement procedure ensuring all requests are managed and tracked in one place."

Cost

Potentially, the application has a healthy market with an estimated 64 000 sectional title schemes in SA, but Glenn said that privacy and security was key to implementing the program.

"Each establishment (such as a housing estate) registered on Social Estate has its own private space. In order to link to an establishment you have to be invited and approved by trustees or directors.

"This then gives trustees/directors necessary control as to who has access to the affairs of the establishment. In addition, we secure the site using a 256bit encrypted SSL certificate which is permanently activated and users have to login to access their account," he said.

He conceded that residents without smartphones would be left out by the new technology, but said that the cost of physically delivering mail was more expensive than an online platform that keeps a record of communications.

"With Social Estate, searching for past events is easy and always available. Furthermore, there is no consolidation of e-mails required when searching for previous activity and events. The beauty of this platform is that it offers all parties involved in, for example a housing estate, a really interactive, inclusive and above all convenient means of communication," Glenn added.


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