By Deon van Zyl, Chairperson, Western Cape Property Development Forum As South Africa’s infrastructure falls apart, the economic havoc being wrecked due to the continued non-awarding of tenders across all spheres of government continues unabated. And indeed, the public at large – desperate for service delivery – seems to beContinue Reading

The most common standard form contracts in the construction sector have been slow to adapt post the Covid-19 lockdown. According to construction and technology specialists, MDA Attorneys, contracts must be revised to accommodate new construction technologies, dispute and claim resolution methods and ever-changing risk. Euan Massey, director at MDA Attorneys,Continue Reading

Construction in any form from new builds, roofing, and asbestos removal is risky, posting significant dangers to site staff, employees, and visitors. According to asbestos removal and building refurbishment contractor, Indawo, the nature of these activities results in a prevalence of accident rates. Indawo managing director, Geoffrey Jäck, says theContinue Reading

The Youth in Property Association (YIPA) has announced a new sponsorship agreement with Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) which aims to increase active participation of the youth in the property sector. The three-year sponsorship agreement will not only see L2D as YIPA’s headline sponsor, but in addition to the financial support,Continue Reading

Covid-19 has disrupted the commercial real estate sector’s traditional value proposition overnight. The industry has answered the call for flexibility and innovative strategies but, the third wave of the pandemic coupled with the calamitous riots, looting, and subsequent damage to property, has key industry players asking: “where to from here?”Continue Reading

The South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) recently held a press briefing to address some of the issues surrounding the ongoing looting and destruction of shopping centres, retail outlets and distribution centres. Attendees included Andrew Konig, SAPOA President and CEO of Redefine Properties; Neil Gopal, SAPOA CEO; Malose Kekana, SAPOAContinue Reading

Business Email Compromise (BEC) and cyberattacks are on the increase. Conveyancing firms, their clients, and other organisations effecting many large non-recurring type transactions are vulnerable to BEC fraud says Ryan Mer, Managing Director of eftsure Africa. Mer says gaps in organisations’ payment systems not only pose massive financial and reputationalContinue Reading

REBOSA (Real Estate Business Owners of South Africa) is appealing to estate agents around South Africa to reinforce their health and safety measures as the country battles its third wave of mass Covid-19 infections. “With the vaccine rollout slowly gaining momentum, there is certainly hope for a less restrictive environmentContinue Reading

Trust for Urban Housing Finance (TUHF), in partnership with Standard Bank, has launched its Sustainable Bond Framework and South African first social bonds. As an impact-focused lender with an eighteen-year track record of successfully financing inner-city residential buildings, TUHF is a non-bank financial services company that borrows money from theContinue Reading

The most recent annual conference of the Western Cape Property Development Forum (WCPDF) aimed to find ways for the private and public sector to work closer in partnerships, with the highlight being a model approach from the eThekwini Municipality which other municipalities should aspire to follow. Under the theme ‘VisionContinue Reading

The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) and the Youth in Property Association (YIPA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signaling greater collaboration between the two organisations which are playing a role in shaping the future of South Africa’s built environment. The MOU has a strong focus onContinue Reading