Conference Programme

The 2016 African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit in Cape Town spoke of an African urban ‘polycrisis’ encompassing a range of ‘wicked’ problems which will only be compounded as urban populations grow, unless we devote maximum resources to achieving inclusive, resilient and sustainable cities through sound urban management policies. Urbanisation should be viewed as a threat and an opportunity, and while smart city planning is often led by the public sector the private sector plays an important role in laying the foundation of future African cities. Massive opportunities for profit are available for private sector organisations who can innovate, especially in housing, mobility and technology.

The 2017 Summit in Johannesburg explores the interdependent levers of project development, mobility, housing and technology in the African urbanisation context.

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Wednesday 25th October 2017
  Keynote address
09:00 - 09:45

Developing Future African Cities 

Envisioning development projects/plans through the integration of densification, mobility and the public realm

Keynote Speakers: 

Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba - City of Johannesburg

Session take-outs:

  • How do we effectively translate development plans and models into an African context to meet our unique and individual’s needs?
  • How can we foster a better understanding between public and private sectors to create more functional cities?
  • Densification: Is it the answer to our housing crisis and what impact does it have on a city’s sustainability?
09:45 - 10:15

Master planning Africa’s momentum   

A private sector perspective of Master Planned developments, their goals and key success factors in the African context

Speaker:

Simon Ardonceau, Head of Strategic Consulting: JLL Sub-Saharan Africa

Session take-outs: 

  • How Master Planned developments within the private sector, aims to solve rapid urbanization across Africa?
  • What are the economic drivers of Master Planned developments across Africa?
  • What are the Key Success Factors for Master Planned developments across Africa?
  • Which Master Planned developments are progressing, and why?                                                                                                                                                  
10:15-10:45 Refreshment break
10:45 - 11:15

The moral and financial imperative for integrating public transport, planning and development

How Cape Town is bringing people back together to create a more sustainable, inclusive city

Speaker:

Cllr Brett Herron: Mayoral Committee member for Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA)

Session take-outs: 

  • How the lingering spatial legacy of apartheid continues to affect economic and social exclusion in South African cities.
  • How is the City of Cape Town redressing this legacy through its internationally award winning Transit-Oriented Development strategy.
  • What is the City of Cape Town seeking to realise an efficient, integrated public transport networks that reduces travel time and costs for residents across the city.

11:15 - 11:35

Case Study – Menlyn Maine, a vibrant green city precinct in the making 

Speaker:

Henk Boogertman, Architectural Director: Menlyn Maine Investment Holdings

Session take-outs: 

  • How Master Planned developments within the private sector, aims to solve rapid urbanization across Africa?
  • What are the economic drivers of Master Planned developments across Africa?
  • What are the Key Success Factors for Master Planned developments across Africa?
  • Which Master Planned developments are progressing, and why?

11:40 - 12:00

Green buildings for a smarter Africa 

Speaker:

Dennis Papa Odenyi Quansah, Consultant, Edge Africa Implementation/IFC

Session take-outs: 

  • What is the most cost-effective way to build and brand green?
  • What are the benefits of building green in African cities?
  • What are the measurable solutions to prove the financial case for building green?
  • How do we create a market for energy, water, and carbon-efficient buildings?

 

12:00 - 13:30 Lunch & Networking
13:30 - 14:30

How do African cities develop to be sustainable, resilient, inclusive centres of economic growth?

Tackling development models to facilitate sustainable societies and the resilience of cities within our changing times. We unpack how we can develop around a city’s economic traits and opportunities to create inclusive business power hubs within our cities.

Moderator: 

Jodi Allemeier, Programme Lead: Western Cape Economic Development Partnership

Speakers: 

Kecia Rust, Executive Director and Founder: Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa

Douglas Cohen, Executive Manager for Planning and Strategy: Johannesburg Development Agency 

Session take-outs:

  • We delve into the resilient nodes of development to facilitate structural transformation while supporting sustainable human settlements
  • Is a high-rise renaissance a viable habitat for future for Urban Africa and its inhabitants?
  • How do we go about investing the community members in the effective transformation of their area, to create sustainable communities with ample leeway for diversified economic growth?

14:30 - 15:00

Drivers of innovations for urbanising Africa

From Concept to Reality: Constructing future smart cities through design and technology

Moderator:

Abbas Jamie, Director of Innovation and Transformation, Africa: Aurecon Group

Speakers:

Shahid Solomon, Chief Innovation Officer: Now! The Transition Journey  

Dennis Papa Odenyi Quansah, Consultant, Edge Africa Implementation/IFC

Session take-outs:

  • A practical focus of what future African smart cities entail, derived from forward thinking designs and the technology available for the 21st century society. 
  • Thinking Design: How we can achieve a more sustainable and inclusive African City? 
  • How do we match the technology we use to further promote sustainable and inclusive societies in Africa?

Thursday 26 October 2017
09:00 - 09:45

Keynote Address

Exploring functional transport structures in Africa’s urban design models, and how we can effectively use the land available to drive our economies

Syncing functional transport structures with our unique urban layout for comprehensive TOD systems. 

Speaker:

*Njabulo Sithebe, Economic Advisor for the Premier of Gauteng: Gauteng Provincial Government 

*H.E. Mr Chris Hlabisa, Deputy Director General: National Department of Transport 

09:45 - 10:15

Retrofitting African cities

A comprehensive look at a notable TOD in South Africa. How can we move away from disconnected, crowded and costly cities?

Projects: 

Johannesburg – Gautrain Rapid Rail Integrated Network 

Speaker: 

Jack van der Merwe, CEO: Gautrain Management Agency

10:15 - 10:45 Refreshment  break
10:45 - 11:25

Evaluating the maturity of real estate markets in Africa

Exploring the role and availability of real estate data within the sector, unlocking transparency in various regions. We discover how this transparency subsequently leads to an increase in foreign investment. 

Speaker: 

Stan Garrun, ‎Head of Africa Analytics: Urban Real Estate Research Unit - University of Cape Town

Session take-outs:

  • Why there is a lack of real estate data available in most African countries?
  • How can real estate data contribute to transparency, aiding informed decisions by investors and analysts about key investments criteria?
  • What relevant technologies are assisting the availability and dispersion of data and intelligence?

11:25 - 11:45

Innovation Districts: An important asset class for African Cities

Innovation Districts are anchored on leading-edge institutions and support companies that cluster and connect with start-ups, business incubators and accelerators

Speaker: 

Shahid Solomon, Chief Innovation Officer: Now! The Transition Journey  

Session take-outs:

  • Why is innovation districts a global phenomenon?
  • Where are they playing a role in Africa?
  • What are their needs and growth prospects?
11:45 - 12:00 Coffee break 
12:00 - 12:30

How do we effectively use smaller spaces with densification on the rise?

Speaker:

Philip Kiracofe, Partner: Horizon Ventures 

12:30 - 14:00 Lunch & Networking

Financing new catalytic projects

Why is sustainable transport a key driver of sustainable urban development?

Part 1: Video Presentation 

Speakers: 

Carlosfelipe Pardo, Founder and Director: Despacio.org 

Session take-outs:

  • How can transport successfully be linked to urban development?
  • How can urban development finance urban transport projects?
14:15 - 15:00

Financing new catalytic projects

Why is sustainable transport a key driver of sustainable urban development?

Part 2: Panel Discussion  

Moderator: 

*Professor Christo Venter, Centre of Transport Development: University of Pretoria  

Speakers: 

*Gary Hayes, PhD Candidate in Transportation Planning: University of Pretoria

Session take-outs:

  • What are some of the challenges around TOD financing structures?
  • Does a short return on investment outweigh a long term investment in the transport sector?
  • Does the weight of TOD development fall on the private or public sector?
15:00 - 15:30 Refreshment 
15:30 Close of Conference 2017

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