Twenty-nineteen marks the first year of Auction Revolution International (ARI). ARI Auctioneers spent its birth year coming up with ways to revolutionize the auctioneering industry. This resulted to ARI’s 2019 success story.

Coming into the auctioneering industry, 100% black-owned, with two females and one male director, ARI Auctioneers has declared itself in the auctioneering industry as one of the few black female driven auction houses in South Africa, if not the whole of Southern Africa.

In addition to its SA footprint, with representation in Mbombela, Johannesburg and Cape Town, ARI also opened a branch at the Kingdom of eSwatini also known as Swaziland during March this year.

ARI had its first auction at Vereeniging in April 2019 whereby immovable and movable asserts were “up for grabs”. Thereafter, many other auctions followed, including a “phenomenal” ART Auction, as described by the art lovers/bidders. The highlights were Farm Katuen where ARI, in association with Vans Mpumalanga collected R2 million-rand, Copper Craft where ARI collected more than R2 Million rand for an industrial building in Rocky Drift and a Barberton farm where ARI collected whipping R12 million-rand on behalf of the sellers.

AIR broadened its scope of business by adding asset management, collection and storage facilities to its list of services.

As mentioned above, ARI’s management team consist of a diverse group of people, possessing different skills which they, effortlessly and passionately bring together to form this thriving black-owned auction house. Sam Segopane, a Professional Associated Valuer and Auctioneer brings his 13 years’ experience in the property industry. Dorris Manana is a qualified property manager and ARI has been applauded by its clients, which include inter-alia Stony River Properties on the management of its properties. No auction house can be a success without proper attendance to the administrative duties. ARI has Sibongile Mkhonto who is the mastermind behind the administrative work.

The team is further assisted by Vusi Khumalo, who manages ARI’s storeroom, Jaco Scheffer and Dewald Jacobs as business development managers (BDM) and Vuyo Mkansi as ARI’s data collector.

2019 as ARI’s first year in the auctioneering industry was not without any challenges. Digitisation and the 4th Industrial Revolution has changed the marketing model of the auctioneering business. This becomes an issue where you still have “old” auction buyers who are accustomed to the old days of mailing paper catalogue.