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Improving valuations and rating Janet Channing, Managing Director of MetGovis, explains the importance of reliable property information. What does MetGovis do?

BIOGRAPHY Janet Channing, Managing Director of MetGovis, is a registered professional property valuer. Janet has extensive experience within local government, specifically in the areas of municipal valuation and rating. Janet is a member of the South African Council for the Property Valuers Profession and the South African Institute of Valuers, where she served on the KZN Branch Executive. Janet’s qualifications include a Master's in Applied Ethics, National Diploma in Real Estate, a project management diploma and a post-graduate diploma in human resources management. She is a RICS commercial mediator, an accredited trainer, moderator and assessor. She endorses the need for an accurate geospatial property register as the hub for all property related data within municipalities. KWAZULU-NATAL BUSINESS 2018/19

MetGovis provides property software and consultancy solutions to clients within the public sector. Our core business provides technology solutions to support municipal valuations and rating processes. The flagship solution is a valuation roll management system known as MetVal. This solution interfaces with the municipal billing systems and extracts business intelligence to inform and develop revenue management strategies for municipalities. The process starts with an assessment of how completely and correctly a municipality is currently billing, where there is “revenue slippage” and how it may be done better. The MetGovis InSight product provides accessible spatial reports showing the details decision-makers need. Pictures and maps are quick to interpret and understand. Why is the Municipal Regulations on a Standard Chart of Accounts (mSCOA) important?

mSCOA prescribes the standardisation of local government budgeting, transacting and reporting to ensure transparency and improve account-ability in municipal finance management. The objective is better reporting uniformity and easier comparison of information in respect of revenue, expenditure, assets and liabilities. Valuation rolls are an important asset, containing as they do the market values for all registered properties. The valuation roll is housed and maintained within a valuation roll management system, such as MetVal. Why is an accurate spatial property register important?

The spatial property register comprises all registered and unregistered properties within the municipal jurisdiction. This is the single version of the truth and the hub of all property-related data within the municipality. All revenue needs to be reported against its source and all expenditure should be reported against where the services are delivered. An accurate property register and the right software reporting platform is like having “municipal google in your pocket”. Where are you active?

We have an extensive national footprint and our clients in KwaZuluNatal include Newcastle, Msunduzi, uMhlathuze, Umvoti, Ulundi, Mthonjaneni and uPhongolo.

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KwaZulu-Natal Business 2018/19  

The 2018/19 edition of KwaZulu-Natal Business is the 10th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2008, has es...

KwaZulu-Natal Business 2018/19  

The 2018/19 edition of KwaZulu-Natal Business is the 10th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2008, has es...

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