African property investors head to Cape Town for the IPD Property Investment Conference next month

Cape Town is set to host this year’s much-anticipated Investment Property Databank (IPD) Property Investment Conference in July as property investors from across Africa gather to assess the sector’s prospects. 

Stan Garrun, IPD SA managing director

Stan Garrun, IPD SA managing director

“The overall theme of the Conference is Property on the Red Carpet,” says IPD SA managing director Stan Garrun.

“It’s a reference to the sector’s recovery in the post-recession economy, to the qualities and resilience of property, especially when compared to other more risky assets. The conference will also ask whether there is a structural move towards real estate globally. The SA REITS will be a strong focus as well over the two day conference.”

Local and global experts will examine four key themes over the course of the two-day conference.

The first theme is Back from the Brink, which sets the stage for property investment in the post-recession era.

Facilitated by respected journalist and TV host David Williams, the discussion will review global economic events and spotlight the prognosis for investment in Africa.

Next, speakers will tackle Real Estate in a changing world by assessing the post-recession risk and scarcity paradigm in a limited growth scenario, looking towards property as a hard asset with strong and reliable cashflows.

Among others, speakers Bruce McGlogan, senior manager private equity at the Maitland Group and Simon Fairchild, managing director of IPD North America, will bring an international perspective to the discussion.

A time for war and A time for peace will spotlight changes in the asset allocation process, the impact on property investment, and on adding value through governance, green initiatives and public sector property initiatives.

The final theme, Property on the Red Carpet, ties all the sessions together by asking if property has what it takes to perform in a new financial order…or face a house of cards?

Speakers include Estienne de Klerk of listed property giant Growthpoint Properties, the popular financial Analyst Dries du Toit and Anton de Geode of Coronation Fund Managers.

Sponsored by Stanlib, the 11th annual IPD Property Investment Conference will take place on 18 & 19 July 2013 at The Westin Grand Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa.

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