3rd Annual Affordable Student Housing Summit 2021

Date(s) - 30 Mar '21 - 31 Mar '21
9:00 am - 6:00 pm


South Africa faces an acute shortage of 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. According to some published research, there is a clear correlation between student performance and student accommodation specifically on chances of success for those housed in student residences and those housed off-campus during their first year of learning. 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 departments to come up with strategies and solutions to bridge the student housing provision gap in South Africa.

Student Housing is a fast growing asset class within the broader real estate and property space and following the success of the Inaugural Affordable Student Housing Summit in 2019 and the 2nd Annual Summit in 2020, together with key stakeholders and its industry partners will be hosting the 3rd Affordable Student Housing Summit on the 30th and 31th March 2021 in Johannesburg, South Africa and would like to extend an invitation to industry stakeholders to be part of this event where they can engage universities, developers, financiers, municipalities, education departments and building and construction firms in the student housing sector.

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 student accommodation providers deploy now and in future?

Some of the previous speakers include:

Keamogetswe Bopalamo-Policy Development Coordinator, Directorate of Planning & Human Settlements, Rusternburg Local Municipality
Vuyani Bekwa-Head of Investments and Fund management, Eris Property
Shiraz Lorgat-Investment Officer, Gauteng Partnership Fund
Japheth Munywoki- CEO, Goodison Capital Partners
Chris Hart- CEO, Impact in Africa
Brian Sango- Sales Manager (Europe, Middle East & Africa) – Property Inspect / Director – Property Made Easy / Secretary – South African Institute Of Black Property Practitioners (Western Cape) / Management Committee Member – Western Cape Property Development Forum
Sphiwe Thwala-University of Pretoria/Unisa / RFP-SDG16-UN-MGCY
Chuma Marareni-University of WitsWatersrand

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