ABOUT

What does the future look like for Property Development?

When lockdown began, the WCPDF decided to postpone our 7th Annual WCPDF Conference originally scheduled for May to August, but then we had to cancel the conference entirely as Covid-19 took hold.

However, we promised that even though the physical conference could not take place, we would find an alternative online platform that would still allow for effective and engaging information sharing and networking.

We are therefore proud to present our Virtual “In Conversation” Series: important conversations that will take place over the next four months, where leading authorities in both the public and private sectors will discuss how to re-activate the economy and debate the new ways of doing business.

For the first four two-hour sessions, we’ve lined up keynote introductions from Western Cape Premier Alan Winde, National Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Patricia de Lille, self-certification specialist Rudolf Opperman and procurement specialist Dr Ron Watermeyer.

With each session facilitated by an informed and active industry member, a panel of experts will then engage with each keynote speaker, after which we’ll throw open the virtual floor to delegates attending the session to pose their questions. 

While the Western Cape is the focus for this series, the conversations hold enormous relevance for the property development and construction sector across the South African economy and beyond our own borders.

The series is aimed at developers, consultants, contractors, financial and banking representatives, and the diverse public sector in which government officials and politicians play critical roles.

It will be brought to delegates via a highly interactive web-based event experience application that turns delegates, speakers and sponsors into active and engaged participants from the moment they register until well after the event has ended. In other words, this is not your average webinar series.

PROGRAMME

KICKSTARTING THE ECONOMY
In conversation with Western Cape Premier Alan Winde

Wednesday, 19 August 2020 | 14h00 – 16h00

Missed out on this event? Don’t worry, you can still register and gain access to the event recording along with all the benefits of our event experience application.

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde will set the background for this conversation by exploring the following themes:

  • Creating a culture of co-operation between government and the private sector
  • Establishing new ways of doing business in the Western Cape
  • Using service delivery as a mechanism to stimulate the economy
  • Uniting Provincial Government with each of its municipalities in a focus on growth

Deon van Zyl (Chairperson, WCPDF) will be facilitating the event and session panellists, Geoff Jacobs (President, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry) and Leon Cohen (CEO, Rabie Property Group), will further engage with the Premier with input from delegates, both before and during the event.

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Premier Alan Winde

Western Cape Government
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Deon Van Zyl

WCPDF
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Geoff Jacobs

Cape Chamber Of Commerce and Industry
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Leon Cohen

Rabie Property Group

This event is sponsored by:

GOVERNMENT INVESTING IN GROWTH THROUGH INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS
In conversation with Minister Patricia de Lille

Thursday, 17 September 2020 | 14h00 – 16h00

Missed out on this event? Don’t worry, you can still register and gain access to the event recording along with all the benefits of our event experience application.

National Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Patricia de Lille will address the property development and construction industry countrywide on the most significant initiative to come out of the President’s office in many years in terms of our sector: how the 276 projects coming out of the President’s inaugural Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium South Africa (SIDSSA), held on 23 June, will transform and hopefully resurrect our sector – both in terms of policy transformation and the creation of jobs.

The 276 projects from across the private and public sectors were put on the table by SIDSSA to fast track a robust infrastructure pipeline purported to set South Africa back on track. Minister de Lille now faces the very serious and onerous responsibility of ensuring this pipeline is built. It places the actions of the Minister and her department even more under the microscope, not only regarding the need to transform the policies that govern our industry, but to resurrect one of the three largest employment sectors in the country – the others being agriculture and mining.

Bafikile Bonke Simelane (Vice President, South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions) will be facilitating the event and session panellists, Webster Mfebe (CEO, South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors), Vuyiswa Mutshekwane (CEO, South African Institute of Black Property Practitioners), Deon van Zyl (Chairperson, WCPDF) and Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa (Head of the Investment and Infrastructure office in the office of the President of South Africa), will further engage with the Minister with input from delegates, both before and during the event.

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Minister Patricia de Lille

National Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure
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Bafikile Bonke Simelane

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Webster Mfebe

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Vuyiswa Mutshekwane

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Deon van Zyl

WCPDF
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Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa

Office of the Presidency

This event is sponsored by:

PROFESSIONAL SELF CERTIFICATION BY BUILT ENVIRONMENT PROFESSIONALS
In conversation with Rudolf Opperman

Thursday, 15 October 2020 | 14h00 – 16h00

Missed out on this event? Don’t worry, you can still register and gain access to the event recording along with all the benefits of our event experience application.

Countries globally, such as the UK, Australia and New Zealand, are increasingly turning to self certification to combat public sector bottlenecks resulting in both serious application backlogs and impeding the building process. South Africa now needs to do the same for an industry that was in rescue mode even before Covid-19.

Self certification enables municipalities to establish databases of qualified private practice professional, in collaboration with the professional registration bodies, who are then able to assist with approvals and thus unlock the vast blockages municipalities face. Currently, only structural engineers are able to self certify and there is a need to extend this to other engineering disciplines along with professions such as architects and town planners.

Rudolf Opperman (Technical Advisor: Architecture and National Building Regulations, National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications) will set the background for this conversation by exploring the following themes:

  • What does self-certification by built environment professionals such as architects entail, and does this happen internationally?
  • Are built environment professionals trained to self-certify?
  • Do developers trust their consultants enough to self-certify?
  • What are the risks of self-certification and how can these be mitigated?
  • Can government move from gatekeeper to auditor and educator?
  • What regulatory policy framework needs to be in place to allow for self-certification?

Luyanda Mpahlwa (Founder & Director, Luyanda Mpahlwa DesignSpaceAfrica and immediate past-President, South African Institute of Architects) will be facilitating the event and session panellists, Simmy Peerurtin (Partner, Peerutin Architects) and André Ekermans (Director & Structural Engineer, EKCON Engineers & Project Managers), will further engage with Rudolf with input from delegates, both before and during the event.

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Rudolf Opperman

National Regulator for Compulsary Specifications
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Luyanda Mpahlwa

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Simmy Peerutin

Peerutin Architects
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André Ekermans

EKCON Engineers & Project Managers

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PROCUREMENT – IMPEDER OR ENABLER IN INFRASTRUCTURE DELIVERY
In conversation with Dr Ron Watermeyer

Thursday, 19 November 2020 | 14h00 – 16h00

In June 2020, National Treasury locked down public feedback on the Draft Public Procurement Bill, with the WCPDF delivering comment that while the Bill offered a more transparent and uniform way to undertake procurement, it was still very much a work in progress.

While the property development and construction industry awaits government’s next steps on the Bill, it will continue to debate various factors crucial to its final promulgation. At the fourth event in our virtual “in conversation” series, Dr Ron Watermeyer (Visiting Adjunct Professor, School of Construction Economics and Management, University of the Witwatersrand) will set the background for this conversation by exploring the following themes:

  • What principles and practices should underpin public and private sector procurement?
  • Is infrastructure procurement an administrative or strategic function?
  • What is the role of built environment professionals in infrastructure delivery?
  • What are the root causes of poor infrastructure project outcomes and public sector underspending?
  • How does government view and regulate infrastructure procurement and how effective is it?
  • What are the open ended questions in the Draft Public Procurement Bill for infrastructure delivery?

Dr Watermeyer is also the author (together with Sean Phillips) of the March 2020 Draft Background Paper on Public Infrastructure Delivery and Construction Dynamism in the South African Economy, part of the National Planning Commission’s Economy Series contributing towards the understanding of progress towards the National Development Plan Vision 2030

Alwyn Laubscher (COO, AL&A) will be facilitating the event and session panellists yet to be confirmed, will further engage with Dr Watermeyer with input from delegates both before and during the event.

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Dr Ron Watermeyer

School of Construction Economics and Management, University of Witwatersrand

Alwyn Laubscher

AL&A

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NOT YOUR AVERAGE WEBINAR SERIES

As we’ve said, this is not your average webinar series. In keeping with our promise to provide you with a platform for effective and engaging information sharing and networking opportunities, even in this time of social distancing, once you have registered (and paid) for the series, you will be given access to our web-based event experience application (accessible via desktop, tablet or mobile), where you will be encouraged to:

  • Create your own profile
  • Chat with fellow delegates via in-app messaging
  • Participate in group discussions where your input will help craft our monthly conversations
  • Share your opinions in our surveys and polls
  • Connect via video chat in our networking lounge
  • Take digital notes right from the live webinar viewing screen and email to yourself for future access

You choose how much you want to share and engage to make this experience worthwhile.

Fees & Registration

Four-Part Series
Single Event
WCPDF Members
R1000
excluding VAT
R300
excluding VAT
Non-Members
R1400
excluding VAT
R400
excluding VAT

If you have a scheduling conflict with one of our events or even miss a session because you were late to register, don’t worry – if you’ve paid for an event (either pre or post), you will have access to the entire event experience platform and all events in the series for which you have paid until at least April 2021, so you will have plenty of time to catch up on all the action you missed.

We therefore highly recommend that you register for the entire series and if you’re not yet a member of the WCPDF, please click here.

Lost your job due to Covid-19?
We realise that the lockdown has had a significant impact on an industry that was already on its knees. If you know, or are one of the many professionals in our industry who have lost your job due to Covid-1, or as a result of the generalised poor state of the industry, we want you to know that we care about you – you are important – and your skills are needed. If you would like to attend our events and are currently genuinely unemployed, we would like to offer you a 50% discount. Please reach out to Kim by emailing admin@wcpdf.org.za to find out more.

If you are an individual or company owner who has been fortunate to weather this current storm and would like to anonymously sponsor an unemployed professional’s registration fee, please make contact with Kim on admin@wcpdf.org.za.

Terms & Conditions:

  • Registration must take place online. Registration queries may be submitted to info@sbs.co.za or by calling 0713481780.
  • Registration fees exclude VAT.
  • Payment must be made via EFT no later than two working days ahead of the event.
  • Cancellations must be submitted in writing no later than seven working days ahead of the event to qualify for a full refund.
  • Cancellations received within two working days of the event will not qualify for a refund.
  • Delegate substitutions are allowed and must be submitted in writing no later than two working days ahead of the event.
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances we reserve the right to cancel or change the dates of the programme in which case refunds will be applied where applicable.
  • Whilst SBS Conferences and WCPDF will take all necessary measures to ensure a seamless virtual event experience for all, as all speakers and delegates are located in different locations, the quality of the experience will be dependent on the respective internet connections. We are also unable to take responsibility for load shedding instituted by Eskom that may limit the experience.

Privacy Policy:

  • The information collected during registration will be used to communicate with you regarding your participation at our events and/or to share industry-related information, including work undertaken by the WCPDF on behalf of the property development industry. You may unsubscribe at any time.
  • Furthermore, the event experience platform being utilised for these events, allows for the creation of delegate profiles. As a minimum, your first name, last name and company name will be shared. The choice is yours to add more information to improve your overall experience and chance to network with other delegates.

Sponsors

The WCPDF would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank the following sponsors for their support:

If you would like to be a sponsor of our event, please contact Kim on 071 348 1780 or info@sbs.co.za and she will discuss the opportunities available to you.

CPD Points

CONFIRMED CPD ACCREDITATIONS

ASAQS accreditation: 2 CPD hours per event, or 8 CPD hours if you attend all 4 events (CPD Category 1).

CIfA accreditation: 0.25 SACAP CPD points per event, or 1 SACAP CPD point if you attend all 4 events.

SACPCMP accreditation: 2 CPD hours per event, or 8 CPD hours if you attend all 4 events (Category A Non-Core).

SACPLAN accreditation: 2 CPD points per event, or 8 CPD points if you attend all 4 events (Focus 6, Sub-area 6.5 Activity). 

SAGC accreditation: 0.25 CPD points per event, or 1 CPD point if you attend all 4 events (CPD Category 1).

SAICE accreditation: 0.25 ECSA CPD credits per event, or 1 ECSA CPD credit if you attend all 4 events.

Organising Committee

The WCPDF Virtual “In Conversation” Series was organised by:

Alwyn Laubscher
Deon van Zyl
Bafikile (Bonke) Simelane
Eric Foster
Rod MacPhail
Carola Koblitz
Peter Aspinall
Chris Laubscher
Kim Kilpatrick

Contact Us

For regisration queries, please contact:

Strategic Business Services t/a SBS Conferences

Telephone
071 348 1780

Email
info@sbs.co.za

Postal Address
PO Box 1059, Bellville, 7535

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