Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Regarded as the annual property event of the year, the 2020 SAPOA Annual Convention & Property Networking promises to remain true to its history of encouraging engaging conversation and deliberation on issues of pertinence within the commercial property sector.

We are excited about the many eagerly awaited enhancements that this year’s event will bring.

After a hiatus of seven years, the property event of the year returns to the internationally acclaimed Sun City in the North-West Province. The recently renovated Resort is unlike anything in the world, offering mountain views, a key national park and an iconic golf course all under one roof. You will note that the name has been revised from a property exhibition to a property networking. We are proud to announce the introduction of networking lounges, a more cost-effective way to connect, chat with friends, colleagues and new connects and to network and have meetings to maximise business opportunities.

The theme of the 2020 Convention is #Tomorrow. Over the last decade, our economy has barely grown, investment has dwindled, and the rate of unemployment has increased. The past year has been equally challenging. Today, we are still feeling the effects of several years of corruption, the erosion of important public institutions and the resultant policy malaise. The property sector has felt the effects at an alarming rate in the form of a weakening economy, decreasing investor confidence, rising municipal costs, water and electricity crises, high tenant vacancies and the like. But, even in the face of such great challenges, hope continues to spring eternal in the hearts of South Africans who are determined that they will not yield to despair, to undertake the detailed work required to turn our tomorrow around. The industry looks to the leaders for answers on what is in store for the property sector, exploring the opportunities, disruptors and technology heading our way. 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.

As part of the Convention, the SAPOA executive and sponsors, Attacq, Dipula Income Fund, Eris Property Group, Excellerate, Growthpoint Properties, Liberty Two Degrees, Pareto, Remote Metering Solutions and Resilient, 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.

The 2020 SAPOA Annual Convention & Property Networking, 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.

We look forward to hosting you.

Warm Regards,


Nicole Baumgarten

SAPOA Convention Committee Chair