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Property's Best And Brightest To Converge In Cape Town For The Annual SAPOA Convention

It’s time again for the best and brightest of South Africa’s commercial and industrial property sector to converge on Cape Town for the industry’s pre-eminent conference.

CEO of SAPOA, Neil Gopal

CEO of SAPOA, Neil Gopal

Themed “Making a difference”, the 46th annual SA Property Owners’ Association (SAPOA) Convention and Property Exhibition is taking place in June this year in Cape Town.

Kicking off the Convention’s proceedings will be Master of Ceremonies Eusebius McKaiser. A political analyst, broadcaster, lecturer and writer based in Johannesburg, McKaiser has an academic background in moral philosophy – including a stint as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.

“Part of making a difference is ensuring the Convention provides something new for everyone who attends,” says SAPOA CEO Neil Gopal.

“That could be a new perspective, an international case study, a fresh approach or even an evolving best practice.”

The first day of presentations and panel sessions promises to unpack not only political lessons for property, but spotlight Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) as an investment vehicle both globally and in SA.

A hard-hitting session entitled Lessons for SA from the Soviet Union on the Savagery of Socialism by former economics advisor to Russian President Gorbachev, Yuri Maltsev is followed by the five-year view of respected scenario strategist Clem Sunter

The two then sit down together for a panel discussion about the next half decade.

For delegates with REITs on their minds, the day’s schedule offers deep insight from experts including Professor Brian Kantor, non-executive director at listed property fund Acucap, as well as Momentum Asset Management fund manager and head of property Nesi Chetty and Sam Leon, chief executive of the Investec Property Group.

Economics comes into the spotlight on the second day, with STANLIB chief economist Kevin Lings and the University of Pretoria’s Douw Boshoff analyzing the property sector in SA.

They will be joined by Simon Freemantle, senior analyst at Standard Bank Research, for a no doubt lively discussion on property in the SA economy.

The afternoon focuses on a highly controversial issue in SA property: the question of municipal rates and taxes.

Rates Watch valuations director Ben Espach will be joined by Izak Petersen, chief executive officer of Dipula Income Fund; Redefine Properties CEO Mach Wainer; and Douw Boshoff.

The two-day programme ends with a look at The Real Estate Landscape in 2020, a global long view of the retail sector presented by Luxumbourg-based Kees Hage, global real estate leader and partner, PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Annual highlights of the Convention include the SAPOA Property Journalism Awards 2014 and the SAPOA Innovative Excellence Awards, which spotlight exceptional contributions to property journalism and property development, respectively.

SAPOA is a member-driven organization formed to promote the collective interests of its members as well as the commercial and industrial property sector as a whole, and the Convention is a key part of its annual program of networking and professional development.

“SAPOA was founded in 1966 with 20 members and has now grown to 1,200 of the industry’s most powerful property owners, investors, lenders, developers and service-providers,” says Gopal.

“And the SAPOA convention is our premier gathering-place for these leaders.”

Sponsored by Liberty Properties, the 46th annual SAPOA International Convention and Property Exhibition will take place at the International Conference Centre in Cape Town on 10-12 June 2014.

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