African Real Estate and Infrastructure Summit to gather stakeholders
November 2 to 3 and will focus on African cities for sale. World-class, smart, eco or just profitable?
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.
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