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WCPDF’s annual property conference to bring the industry back together

After two years spent in a cyber wilderness, the 9th Annual Conference of the Western Cape Property Development Forum (WCPDF) is bringing members of the property development and construction industry back together again, physically, in one room.

Under the theme ‘From Surviving to Thriving in the Built Environment‘, the event will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, from the 26th to 27th of May 2022.

According to Deon van Zyl, WCPDF Chairperson, the organisation is the only one of its kind that focuses on the full production line of property, in both the public and private sector with its members ranging from developers, architects, engineers, quantity and land surveyors, and town planners to those involved in project management, construction, finance and the legal fraternity.

With early bird booking now open, registration across all offerings happened fast, and the WCPDF is extremely encouraged to see the enthusiasm being shown for the conference, says Van Zyl: “It’s clearly obvious that the private and public sectors are keen to network once again in person, and we have seen an unprecedented eagerness from speakers – keynotes, presenters and panelists alike – to participate”.

We believe this also speaks to the ‘winds of change’ starting to be felt among a number of local authorities who are beginning to talk about exploring new and more progressive ways of working.”

The two-day programme line-up has been carefully crafted to discuss and deliver solutions to the challenges that face the entire industry today. Sessions include key topics such as:

  • Are infrastructure procurement policies and supply chain management regulations fit for purpose?
  • The role of micro-development in delivering affordable housing.
  • Pitching for Investment – which local municipalities are strategizing to attract investment? (Discussion to be facilitated by Western Cape Premier Alan Winde).
  • The rise, pandemic-fall and rise again of commercial, residential, retail, and industrial property.
  • Time for civil society to set the score (introducing a municipal government scorecard).
  • The importance of long-term planning.

Along with key players from private property development and construction, and influential decision makers in government, the lineup also includes distinguished speakers such as renowned Gift of the Givers founder, Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, economic innovators Professors Nick Binedell and Miriam Altman, trends analyst and futurist, Dion Chang, and civil society changemakers such as Wayne Duvenage of OUTA.

This is also the first time that a limited number of exhibitors will have a presence at the WCPDF’s annual conference, and those thinking of either being an exhibitor, sponsor or delegate are urged not to hesitate.

 “At the moment, we must observe Alert Level 1 Covid-19 regulations, and therefore delegate capacity is currently limited to 300, with exhibitors’ stands limited to 10. We are particularly looking for exhibitors at the cutting edge of innovative thinking and who can address the challenges that our industry currently faces. These range from innovators in the wastewater treatment space, to new thinking around office design, and the use of highly sustainable materials in our buildings”, notes Van Zyl.

The WCPDF’s conference partner, SBS Conferences & Exhibitions, is already experiencing high interest from exhibitors and sponsors, and delegates who have started to register include those from municipalities outside the Western Cape and even abroad.

The programme is clearly of interest to industry members irrespective of where they are basedsays Van Zyl. “We are all looking for the same solutions and a feasible, implementable and successful way forward, beyond the pandemic.”

For more information on the WCPDF’s 9th Annual Conference please visit the website. For media or general enquiries about the WCPDF, please contact Carola Koblitz, WCPDF Media & Communications (media@wcpdf.org.za) or WhatsApp 082 568 1621.