3rd Annual Affordable Student Housing Summit 2021

Date(s) - 27 May '21 - 28 May '21
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sun City Resort


This event is fully Hybrid ( Physical and Virtual ) for both speakers and delegates and will be staged in compliance with all COVID19 regulations.


South African Universities and Tvet colleges face an acute shortage of purpose-built student accommodation with current statistics pointing at shortages estimated at about 300 000 and 200 000 beds at universities and technical and vocational colleges respectively. Affordable and purpose built student housing is critical for the wellbeing and overall performance of learners at institutions of higher learning. According to some published research, there is a clear correlation between student performance and access to student accommodation specifically on the chances of success for those housed in on-campus student residences and those housed off-campus during their first year of learning. Those housed on-campus on their first year of learning having showed a higher chance of completion and better performances.

Although a number of off-campus student housing developers have developed world-class accommodation that are fully accredited, most off-campus accommodation, especially un-accredited residences have been found  to be unsuitable for students learning  requirements with most lacking basic features, security and poor or unreliable access to varsities. There is therefore a compelling need for key stakeholders such as universities, public and private sector, building and construction firms, developers, financiers, education and financing institutions to accelerate the development of suitable, purpose-built student housing and to come up with strategies and solutions to bridge the student housing provision gap in South Africa.

This summit will;

  • Explore strategies for financing the development of student housing
  • Provide insights into the management of these facilities
  • Showcase successful completed or ongoing student Housing developments
  • Examine the increasing role of Proptech and other technologies in the management and administration of student Housing
  • Evaluate new building and construction technologies
  • Provide a critical Overview of Off-campus student housing in South Africa
  • Assess the potential of repurposing and retrofitting existing assets
  • Look at designing student housing of the future
  • Address infrastructure related concerns key to development of new facilities
  • Engage key planning stakeholders to incorporate student housing in city masterplans
  • Explore the role of technology and Proptech in the management of student housing

Business Case- Student Accommodation

Student Housing is a fast growing asset class within the broader real estate and property space and offers great investment opportunities alongside universities and private developers for both on and off-campus student housing. A number of notable partnerships -completed and on-going projects at universities have led to the development of suitable and purpose built student housing across the country. Following the success of the Inaugural Affordable Student Housing Summit in 2019 and the 2nd Annual Summit in 2020, together with key stakeholders, Africa Insights  and its industry partners will be hosting the 3rd Affordable Student HOUSING Summit on the 27th and 28th May 2021 at Sun City Resort, Pilanesberg, Northwest-South Africa.  We therefore invite key stakeholders such as universities, developers, financiers, municipalities, education departments and building and construction firms in the student housing sector to explore investment opportunities and funding solutions to accelerate the provision of affordable student housing.


Affordable Student Housing remains a big challenge not only in South Africa but across the entire Sub-Saharan region. South African universities and TVETs and other higher education institutions face huge shortages of student accommodation with demand out-stripping supply and forcing hundreds of students to seek alternative and sometimes inappropriate off-campus accommodation. What solutions and strategies can be deployed to accelerate the provision of affordable student housing in South Africa?

The Covid19 pandemic has also impacted the industry negatively due to the forced closures of institutions of learning which has led to students vacating both campus and off-campus residences. This scenario has forced providers of off-campus accommodation to re-think their business models and seek strategies to stay afloat while institutions remain closed due to Covid19. What measures can universities, government and student accommodation providers deploy now and in future?

Some of our previous event speakers have included:

  • Bobby Patel-Associate Principal/ Educational Infrastructure-CrossBoundary, East Africa
  • Vuyani Bekwa-Head of Investments and Fund management, Eris Property
  • Timothy McDougall, Partner, Bowmans Attorneys
  • J Gregory-Northwest University
  • Pepler Sandri-Associate Director, Capital Markets, Sub-Saharan Africa, JLL Group
  • Enos Ngutshane-President, Institute of Retirement Funds Africa
  • Eric Raboshakga-Director, City Transformation and spatial planning-City of Joburg
  • Leon Richman-Private Equity Transactor-WestBrooke Asset Management
  • Wayne Van Rensburg-CEO, Pension Matters
  • Hale Masipa-Director, Kleoss Capital
  • Langa Madonko-Investment Principal, Summit Africa
  • Owen Nkomo-CEO, Inkunzi Student Fund/ ISAF Ithubalethu Fund
  • Keamogetswe Bopalamo-Policy Development Coordinator, Directorate of Planning & Human Settlements, Rusternburg Local Municipality
  • Tahane Mahlaole-Investment Manager, International Housing Solutions
  • Morne Edas-CEO, Sade Capital
  • Shiraz Lorgat-Investment Officer, Gauteng Partnership Fund
  • Obi Oliobi-Independent commercial Real Estate Specialist/ Pr-Colliers International
  • Japheth Munywoki- CEO, Goodison Capital Partners
  • Solomon Mmotong-Coordinator, Residence Facilities, University of Pretoria
  • Ashley Thekiso-Customer Success, DigsConnect
  • Chris Hart- CEO, Impact in Africa
  • Brian Sango- Sales Manager (Europe, Middle East & Africa) – Property Inspect / Director – Property Made Easy
  • Sphiwe Thwala-University of Pretoria/Unisa / RFP-SDG16-UN-MGCY
  • Chuma Marareni-University of WitsWatersrand
  • Raymond Rorich-Business Development Manager, CitiqPrepaid
  • Among many others

Some Key Topics to be covered;

  • Addressing affordable student housing in South Africa
  • Innovative financing solutions
  • Investment opportunities
  • Proptech and other innovative technology solutions for the management of student housing
  • Impact Investing in the education sector
  • Impact of COVID19 on the student housing sector and how to develop resilience for future pandemics
  • Green Building /ESG considerations in development- Financial Inclusion, Diversity and transformation within the sector
  • Provision of bulk infrastructure suitable for the development of Affordable housing
  • Innovative building solutions and techniques to accelerate supply of affordable
  • Design and features for student housing of the future-Future proofing buildings
  • Incorporating affordable housing in Town/City planning
  • Student housing case studies and project profiles
  • E-Learning /Edutech /Distance learning and its impact on the future of student housing
  • Security /access control and welfare services at residences
  • Conversions, retrofitting and repurposing available assets
  • Developing facilities to enhance overall student living/ housing experiences-Lifestyle. Sport, wifi/online experiences, Mature-student features, health, shopping and entertainment

To register, email: info@africa-insights.com with your complete details, or complete attached registration form and send back to us for confirmation , alternatively, login to https://africa-insights.com/product/3rd-annual-affordable-student-housing-summit-contact/ and choose the appropriate option or call +27828349490

(All necessary COVID19 health and safety guidelines, and precautions will be followed/ employed at venue for this event).