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Johannesburg to host fifth annual RICS Summit Africa

Africa’s leading forum on the built environment sector – the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Summit Africa 2019 – is set to be hosted in Johannesburg’s financial district of Sandton Central in May.

The fifth annual RICS Summit Africa will take place at Sun International’s Maslow Hotel Conference Centre from 29-30 May 2019 and early-bird booking is now open.

“As a must-attend event for professionals in the built environment sector on the African continent, the summit brings together business and thought leaders, policy makers and other key influencers to network and discuss key issues and opportunities around urban development, infrastructure and real estate,” says TC Chetty, RICS Country Manager for South Africa.

“RICS is a London-based global professional body that promotes and enforces the highest qualifications and standards in the areas of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. As a public benefit organisation, RICS operates in all the world’s major financial hubs in delivering international standards and policy influence. We are proud to be hosting the RICS Summit Africa for the fifth time in Johannesburg, South Africa’s economic hub,” he adds.

A power-packed full-day conference anchors the summit on May 30, which includes high-level local and international speakers. The MC for this year’s conference will be property industry entrepreneur and noted speaker, Lynette Ntuli. She is the founder CEO of Innate Investment Solutions – a property, asset management and infrastructure advisory firm. A networking cocktail reception and a building technical tour take place the day before, providing further networking, deal-making and knowledge sharing opportunities.

The theme of this year’s RICS Summit Africa focuses on how collaborative partnerships and impactful investment is shaping the future of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Key topics for discussion will include an in-depth look into inward investment, geopolitics and cross-border collaboration, as well as an examination of current and future investment trends in cities, renewable energy and transport infrastructure.

The agenda will also address established and emerging models of funding, strategic facilities management, a macroeconomic forecast and technological advancements.

Noteworthy speakers already secured for the 2019 event include:
Rob Jackson, Interim Managing Director for EMEA, Middle East, RICS
Dr Martyn Davies, Managing Director of Emerging Markets & Africa at Deloitte.
Ipeleng Mkhari, Chief Executive Officer, Motseng Investment Holdings and President of the South African Property Owner’s Association (Sapoa).
Yaw Yeboah, Chief Executive, Infracon Consulting
Andrew Mason, Business Owner, Workplacefundi

Chetty notes: “Early bird bookings for RICS Summit Africa 2019 close on 28 February. With the event set for May again this year in Johannesburg, the full programme is currently being put together and more exciting keynote speakers are on the cards.”

He adds: “Delegates attending the annual summit get to hear regional and international speakers address pertinent subjects and explore possible collaborative and innovative strategies to push Africa forward. You also get to network with CEO’s, CFO’s, Managing Directors and Presidents of the African built environment’s most influential organisations.”