Hosted by Moneyweb's Deputy Editor Suren Naidoo, the Property Pod is South Africa's premier property investor podcast, with insights from industry executives in the property sector. This podcast offers in depth coverage of the South African property. The sectors include commercial (office, retail and industrial/logistics) and residential, and specialist sectors such as storage and healthcare. Each episode will cover industry developments, sector performance, trends as well as new policies/ laws affecting the sector from both local government and national government level. This podcast publishes two episodes per month.
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‘For me, the immediate challenge now that we've built a good base, is to make sure that trajectory actually begins in terms of how we are maintaining our properties; that speaks to facilities. How we manage the costs, speaks to our capex. Are we doing what we're supposed to do…
Chris Tyson, founder and chairperson of fast-growing real estate agency group Tyson Properties, shares his insights on the market, noting that while ‘conditions will improve based on supply and demand’, with 2024 being an election year, ‘historically nothing much happens in the property market in an election year’.
‘That's what we need to bring enough new tenants into our market to create that demand, to mop up that space over time, because the quantum of space is really, really big at the moment – we are looking at a million square metres of [vacant] office space in Sandton…
Jonathan Kohler, CEO of Landsdowne Property Group, shares insights into the current residential property market, including the impact of higher interest rates, buy-to-let, rental trends, and the innovative new concept of lease-to-buy schemes.
Despite retail property stocks also being affected by poor sentiment in the listed property sector, and Hyprop trading at a huge discount, its CEO Morne Wilken seems optimistic, with the fund buying a R1.6bn mall in Cape Town and getting a credit rating upgrade in the same week.
The founder and CEO of Urban Lime shares his thoughts on cities, urban regeneration, and how he fell in love with the Mother City and then Durban – two of SA’s biggest coastal metros, where his property group has invested over R3bn in turning around buildings and precincts
'‘It has been a busy 12 months, and certainly transformative. There are two rather large transactions that were completed almost simultaneously – the internalisation of the management companies, and the acquisition of the majority of our joint-ventures stake in the European platform,” notes Burstone Group CEO Andrew Wooler.
‘The sector, in terms of sentiment, I would say has probably hit that low. And even looking at valuations as well, the discounts to NAV [Net asset values] are at the highest levels that we've seen at 40%-plus. So take out the Covid era or lockdown days, this sector is…
‘When we looked at the latest figures around airport arrivals, international tourist arrivals have already surpassed the 2019 numbers – the pre-Covid numbers – and we're not even into our high season yet’ – Enver Duminy, CEO of Cape Town Tourism.
The big challenge in the industry ‘at the moment in the country is more the leadership issues, because in anything that is not being led, you get things going into disarray. So for me what I find very difficult to swallow is the leadership across [the board], but more so…
The founder and CEO of Durban’s largest private-owned and independently-run hotel group speaks about the chain’s growth, its latest R800m mixed-use development in Umhlanga Ridge, prospects for tourism in Surf City post the floods and riots, and why his company doesn’t plan to expand beyond KZN.
The relatively new Minister of Human Settlements is making her mark. She speaks about the housing backlog and what her department is doing to accelerate delivery, increase accountability, create better communities, and empower women.
Bissessor speaks about pushing the boundaries and making her mark in property and the male-dominated development industry in Africa. She also talks about her roles as COO of Gateway Real Estate Africa, and as head of ESG at London-listed Grit Real Estate Income Group.
30-year-old Shezi, an estate manager at Cushman & Wakefield | Broll, is making waves in the commercial property industry and was recently named one of the Mail and Guardian's 200 Young South Africans for 2023.
The CEO of Redefine Europe – a subsidiary of JSE-listed Redefine Properties – says the business ‘sees enough opportunity at the moment in Poland’ to keep it busy managing and growing its investments in the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) market.
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