Con­fer­ence to help in­vestors step up their game

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

THE MEA­SURE­MENT and bench­mark­ing of prop­erty per­for­mance has taken on a new ur­gency in the wake of re­cent global chal­lenges and South Africa’s chang­ing dy­nam­ics.

For this rea­son, the theme of the eighth an­nual In­vest­ment Prop­erty Data­bank (IPD) and SA Prop­erty Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (Sapoa) con­fer­ence in July, spon­sored by Old Mu­tual In­vest­ment Group Prop­erty In­vest­ments, is chang­ing dy­nam­ics in SA prop­erty. The fo­cus is in­tended to en­able in­vestors who are in­ter­ested in the var­i­ous prop­erty sec­tors to make in­for med de­ci­sions to achieve max­i­mum ben­e­fit.

“There is a lot of data avail­able,” says IPD SA man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Stan Garrun. “How­ever, know­ing how to ap­ply this in­for ma­tion strate­gi­cally is what pro­vides the com­pet­i­tive edge. We are bring­ing to­gether the fore­most thinkers and prop­erty ex­perts to help us bet­ter un­der­stand the ex­cit­ing and com­plex en­vi­ron­ment in which we do busi­ness.”

As the global leader in prop­erty anal­y­sis, the Lon­don­based IPD is well-po­si­tioned to team up with the Sapoa and pro­vide an in-depth prop­erty in­vest­ment con­fer­ence that will give del­e­gates a num­ber of dif­fer­ent op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­plore.

The con­fer­ence will fea­ture in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal speak­ers, en­cour­ag­ing the shar­ing of ex­pe­ri­ences.

Dr Wil­fred Anim-Odame of the Cass Busi­ness School in the UK, now res­i­dent in Ghana; the IPD chief for Aus­tralia and New Zealand, An­thony de Francesco; and UK-based Con­sul­tancy In­ter­na­tional prin­ci­pal Martin Fleish­man will be vis­it­ing South Africa.

The strong line-up of lo­cal speak­ers in­cludes jour­nal­ists De­nis Beck­ett and David Wil­liams, Mike Flax man­ag­ing ex­ec­u­tive of Re­de­fine, Dries du Toit in­de­pen­dent con­sul­tant strate­gist, An­drew Gold­ing of Pam Gold­ing Prop­er­ties, and An­dre Stadler man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Cat­a­lyst Se­cu­ri­ties.

A high­light of the IPD pro­gramme, re­turn­ing by pop­u­lar de­mand, is a mas­ter class in prop­erty devel­op­ment for se­nior prop­erty ex­ec­u­tives, led by Fran­cois Vir­uly, pro­fes­sor of prop­erty stud­ies at Wits Uni­ver­sity. Vir­uly will be joined by Jess Cle­land, head of IPD Re­search and a panel of de­vel­op­ers and in­vestors.

The con­fer­ence will take place at the Westin Grand Ho­tel in Cape Town on July 29 and 30.

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STRATE­GIC: Stan Garrun, IPD SA man­ag­ing di­rec­tor.

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