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African Real Es­tate and In­fra­struc­ture Sum­mit to gather stake­hold­ers

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She says that rapid growth of African cities means that ur­ban devel­op­ment is re­quired, but most of this growth is of poor and un­em­ployed house­holds.

“The very small ur­ban mid­dle­class of­fers lim­ited op­por­tu­nity for real es­tate aimed at high-in­come house­holds. Find­ing hous­ing mod­els for lower in­come house­holds is ab­so­lutely pos­si­ble and of­fers far greater op­por­tu­nity.”

Other speak­ers on the pro­gramme in­clude Jose Mi­randa, Aure­con South Africa’s re­gional di­rec­tor for Africa, who will be part of a pre­sen­ta­tion en­ti­tled: “What makes a multi­bil­lion dol­lar project in Africa?” about the in­ter­na­tional, award-win­ning Gen­eral Mas­ter Plan for Luanda City (2030 Luanda Plan) out­lin­ing the sus­tain­able trans­for­ma­tion and devel­op­ment plans.

Says Mi­randa: “Wa­ter, en­ergy and san­i­ta­tion are fun­da­men­tal needs for all hu­man be­ings. Pre­serv- ing Luanda’s nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment while pro­vid­ing its cit­i­zens with a fu­ture city they will ben­e­fit from, is an im­por­tant pri­or­ity to Aure­con within the Luanda City Mas­ter Plan or Plano Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Metropoli­tano de Luanda.

As part of the strate­gic city and pro­vin­cial wide in­fra­struc­ture plan­ning ser­vice pro­vided, we at­tempted to en­sure the peo­ple of Luanda and sur­rounds have ac­cess to en­ergy, drink­able wa­ter, san­i­ta­tion, and in­creased waste re­cy­cling.”

“There seems to be a mea­sur­able dis­con­nect be­tween the pub­lic sec­tor and pri­vate sec­tor re­gard­ing city plan­ning,” says ar­chi­tect Al­bert Smuts, di­rec­tor of Field­works De­sign Group, who is part of a panel dis­cus­sion on “Mak­ing African cities of to­mor­row in­clu­sive”.

“There is very lit­tle in the form of read­ily avail­able land in­tended for pri­vate devel­op­ment in our ur­ban cen­tres, and in turn gov­ern­men­tal city plan­ning suf­fers be­cause of the con­se­quen­tial sprawl.

“The rate of ur­ban­i­sa­tion in Africa far ex­ceeds that of the west- ern world, which means that un­pro­grammed, un­pro­tected open land be­comes quickly com­modi­tised. This ex­ac­er­bates is­sues as­so­ci­ated with the ex­pan­sion of sub­ur­bia and ur­ban sprawl.”

Other speak­ers are Wes­gro chief ex­ec­u­tive, Tim Harris; Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, sec­re­tary gen­eral, United Cities and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ments of Africa; Lek­walo Mosienyane, di­rec­tor, Busi­ness Botswana; Mo­kena Makeka, founder and prin­ci­pal of Makeka De­sign Lab; Ke­cia Rust, di­rec­tor and founder of the Cen­tre for Af­ford­able Hous­ing Fi­nance in Africa, and Secretariat to the AU for Hous­ing Fi­nance, UN- Habi­tat, South Africa; Amine Turki, sec­re­tary gen­eral, AU of Ar­chi­tects, Tu­nisia.

The sum­mit will take place at the CTICC, Cape Town, on Novem­ber 2 and 3.

Visit http:// www. african- realestate- sum­mit. com/, Twit­ter https://twit­ter.com/ARES_Sum­mit, Linkedin https:// www. linkedin. com/groups/8518271.

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