Hosted at the Cape Town International Convention Centre this year, the SAPOA Annual Convention and Property Exhibition promises to remain true to its history of encouraging conversation and deliberation on issues of pertinence within the commercial property sector.

As the premier property conference of the year, the Convention will once again present an exceptional forum for networking among leading property professionals, suppliers, buyers, purchase influencers, consultants and the media. The event also brings together former SAPOA presidents, CEOs and directors of property companies, political analysts, experts from the banking sector, and prominent academics for a holistic approach to commercial property development and management.

This year, the Convention is themed - Challenging Times: Understanding the Issues and Planning for the Future. South Africa is facing instability economically, politically and socially - these challenges transcend into the property sector. Preparation in uncertainty can be the defining line between success and demise. As such, this year’s Convention sets the stage for progressive discussions on how to not only overcome uncertainty but to thrive and discover opportunity in volatile times.

The Convention’s programme addresses these and other issues to ensure that the sector continues to inspire further development and productivity through achieving specific outcomes. Firstly, property developments should empower those who utilise them with the capacity to perform their duties and conduct business in conducive environments that facilitate functionality. Secondly, they should serve specified requirements set by clients and meet local and international standards for sustainability and functional design. Lastly, they ought to transform the sector, landscapes, ideologies and the people they serve.

Hosted by award-winning journalist, Iman Rappetti, the three-day Convention promises to be engaging and an opportunity for deliberation on imperative issues such as how our economy, political state and social conditions will affect the listed property sector in the future.

Highlights of the event include keynote addresses by various speakers; a golfing event at the greens at the Atlantic Beach Golf Club, situated in Melkbosstrand on the West Coast; the Property Exhibition Hall for networking and idea-sharing among colleagues; the Women’s Breakfast as well as a themed Convention dinner. Set in the beautiful city of Cape Town, the event also offers an opportunity for sightseeing and a visit to some of Cape Town’s main tourist attractions and major landmarks.

Issues for discussion include the need to invest in intellectual capital in the sector through education, training and development; the sector’s prospects in an ailing economy characterised by political uncertainty; transformation in the retail industry and how retailers and asset managers can respond to this shift as well as how the South African commercial property sector compares with the global landscape.

As part of the Convention, the SAPOA executive and principal sponsor, GladAfrica, are delighted to bring together a host of industry stakeholders ranging from owners and managers of commercial property to stakeholders who provide the sector with support functions, such as members of the media. Stakeholders will be recognised and awarded through the annual SAPOA Property Development Awards for Innovative Excellence, SAPOA Journalism Awards for Excellence and the SAPOA Lifetime Awards for Excellence. These awards recognise excellence and the role played by winners, in elevating the South African commercial property sector to exceptional status through their contribution.

The Convention, which culminates in a Convention dinner, aims to empower stakeholders with novel points of view to consider in their upcoming projects, and a host of new acquaintances to do business with or merely form long-lasting business relationships based on a mutual commitment to improving our country’s commercial property landscape.


Neil Gopal


David Green

SAPOA Convention Committee Chair