meet our SPEAKERS

WCPDF would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank the following speakers for sharing their expertise at the 2022 conference:

Africa Melane

Africa Melane is a renowned broadcaster who speaks to audiences across South Africa every morning hosting the Early Breakfast show on 702 and CapeTalk, and discussing the most topical issues of the day. In turn a well-known Master of Ceremonies, he is an accountant by training and regularly facilitates workshops for businesses on planning and budgeting, for the health sector on HIV/Aids, and in diversity training and professional development. He is also Vice Chairperson on the Board of Cape Town Opera, and chairs the panel of judges for the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards.

Dr Imtiaz Sooliman

Dr Imtiaz Sooliman was born in 1962 in Potchefstroom, schooled in Durban and qualified as a doctor from the University of KwaZulu-Natal Medical School in 1984. Having established a flourishing practice in Pietermaritzburg, by mid-1994 he chose instead to focus on the Gift of the Givers Foundation which he had founded in August 1992. His inspiration behind the foundation was the result of a message he received at the age of 30 from Sufi Sheikh Muhammed Saffer Effendi al Jerrahi, his spiritual leader in Istanbul, Turkey, who called on him to serve all people of all races, religions, colours, classes, political affiliations and of any geographical location … a calling he honoured then and continues to honour today. His endeavours have seen the foundation emerge as one of the most respected humanitarian organisations in the world and it is today the largest disaster response agency of African origin anywhere on the continent.

Deon van Zyl (W)

Deon van Zyl holds degrees in architecture from the University of the Free State and a master’s degree in Urban Design from the University of Cape Town. He cut his teeth in the redevelopment of brownfield land, with exposure to land remediation.  His passion lies in Development Facilitation through a multi-disciplinary approach. He is the CEO of AL&A Group of Companies and the MD of the newly formed VORTO, a specialist Development Management consultancy.  Having been the Chairperson of the Western Cape Property Development Forum (WCPDF) since 2011, he is a regular industry commentator, informed by various development industry sub-sectors aligned with the WCPDF.

Gundo Maswime

Gundo Vhusani Maswime has a BSc Civil Engineering (University of KwaZulu-Natal – KZN), BSc Honours in Public Policy (UKZN), Master of Public Administration (specialising in Municipal Infrastructure Management, University of Pretoria) and a Diploma in Project Management (Varsity College). Having spent four years as a consulting engineer, Maswime joined the public sector in 2010 and has been an Assistant Director for Sanitation, infrastructure, Manager Projects Implementation, executive director and deputy municipal manager. He has experience in design, operations management and capital projects implementation across civil, structural, roads, water and wastewater as well as coastal engineering. Currently a lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering (University of Cape Town – UCT)), he is part of the Urban and Public Infrastructure Research Initiative, with interests in public infrastructure asset management, infrastructure procurement and infrastructure implementation science. He is also studying towards a PhD in Civil Engineering (UCT).

Clint Koopman

Clint Koopman has a BSc Eng (Civil) degree (University of Cape, 1993). As both a registered engineer and construction project manager, he has over 25 years’ experience in the built environment , with a specific passion for structural engineering (in particular, bridges, large industrial structures and multi-storey buildings). He has also worked internationally on projects in Namibia, Lesotho, Zambia, Uganda, Botswana, Paris (France) and Germany. He joined ILISO Consulting in 2001 as the Director responsible for Structures. He was appointed COO in 2005 and in 2007 became CEO ̶ a position he held till 2018 when he stepped down to become Managing Director of ILISO’s Structures Business Unit. In 1998, Clint was elected Chairperson of the Free State chapter of SABTACO. In 2013, he became Deputy President of SABTACO nationally and from 2017 till 2021, he served as the organisation’s President. In this leadership capacity, he played an active role in the review and formulation of procurement legislation towards the transformation agenda of the country as envisaged in section 217(2) of the constitution, and was Emerging Business convenor for the realignment of the Construction Charter Score Card.

Dr Miriam Altman

Dr Miriam Altman is a strategist, economist, business person and social activist, and has served in leadership roles driving transformation, focusing on framing and executing scalable high-impact solutions to economic development challenges. A Director at Altman Advisory, she supports governments and companies in their economic and commercial strategies. This has involved African market development in e-commerce, education technology, electrical hardware, tourism and communications. Currently, she leads the development of the National Infrastructure Plan for 2050, and has previously served as a Commissioner in the National Planning Commission (NPC) in the South African Presidency (2010 to 2021). As Telkom’s Head of Strategy (2013-2016), she was involved in the organisation’s turnaround and continues to be engaged in digital transformation. She has a BA in Economics (McGill University), an MPhil (University of Cambridge), a PhD in Economics (University of Manchester). An Adjunct Professor at the University of Cape Town, she is also a 4IR Professor of Practice at the University of Johannesburg.

Newton Baloyi

Newton Baloyi is a professional quantity surveyor and a Certified ROI Professional with the internationally-renowned ROI Institute. An entrepreneur and community builder, he is the founder of NBi Quantity Surveyors which has 18 years’ experience in delivering mining, energy, rail and built environment infrastructure. He also founded SEDGE ̶ an impact advisory and measurement company that focuses on maximising the integration of infrastructure projects with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, socioeconomic impact planning and measurement for enhanced community impact of infrastructure projects, and increased community stability and social cohesion. He is an Association of South African Quality Surveyors board member, a council member of the South Africa Quantity Surveying Profession, and former board member of Johannesburg Property Company. Baloyi’s community service includes being former programme manager of Bold Moves Foundation which has made inroads into Limpopo’s rural communities. He is also the technical sponsor of Limpopo government’s programme to establish a provincial socioeconomic impact measurement and evaluation framework for the mining sector.

Bafikile Bonke Simelane

Bafikile Bonke Simelane has a deep understanding of Infrastructure Procurement and Delivery Management, with over 25 years in senior, leadership and executive management roles in project and programme management, and across all three tiers of government. These have included iconic projects such as the 2010 FIFA World Cup and OR Tambo International Airport, as well as National Treasury’s Infrastructure Delivery Improvement Programme (IDIP); the NDPWI’s Programme for Accelerated Capital Expenditure (PACE); the Neighbourhood Development Partnership Grant (NDPG), City of Tshwane; and the Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Delivery Initiative (ASIDI), Gauteng Department of Education. A past-President of Master Builders South Africa (MBSA, 2016-18) he is currently Vice-President of the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP), and serves on both the WCPDF Management Committee and the cidb’s National Stakeholder Forum.

Rob McGaffin

Rob McGaffin is a town planner and land economist, currently completing his PhD in Land Economics at the University of Cape Town (UCT). A founding member of the Urban Real Estate Research Unit (URERU) at UCT, he is the course director for the Housing Finance Couse for Sub-Saharan Africa. He has consulted to the World Bank and the South African National Treasury on land-based financing, project feasibilities and Public Sector Property Asset Management. He previously worked in the Department of Construction Economics and Management (UCT) as a senior lecturer, the Gauteng Department of Economic Development, Urban LandMark, the Cambridge-MIT Institute, in commercial property finance at Standard Bank and Nedbank, and with the City of Cape Town as a town planner and a MISTRA-imbedded researcher, assisting in developing the Economic Areas Management Programme (ECAMP).

John Spiropoulos

John Spiropoulos has a BSc Construction Management (University of the Witwatersrand) and a Masters Degree (Industrial Minerals) from Hull University (UK). With over 20 years’ experience in urban planning and development as technical specialist, strategy consultant and project manager, he has worked in the non-government sector at all levels of government, and in the private sector as director and shareholder of Kagiso Urban Management. Spiropoulos is currently self-employed and works on short-term contract to the City Support Programme of National Treasury. He is also director of uDondolo, a start-up company developing with and arranging finance for micro-developers in Cape Town. He has also recently completed research in household debt and economics among poor households in Khayelitsha.

Chuma Giyose

Chuma Giyose is a Project Coordinator at the Development Action Group (DAG), focusing on the Contractor & Developer Academy (CDA) – a social enterprise development programme capacitating and providing technical support to emerging contractors and developers in testing innovative housing delivery mechanisms. Giyose previously worked at ZKC Construction as a project manager and, as an undergraduate, interned at the Community Organisation Resource Centre. He holds a National Diploma in Town & Regional Planning from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Through the University of Cape Town, he has also completed short courses in Property Management and Housing Finance. His experience has made him more sensitive to both construction and urban development challenges, and he uses his knowledge and skills to enact positive change in the delivery of affordable housing, as well as adding value to communities at large.

Lisolethu Ntoyakhe

Lisolethu Ntoyakhe is a Chartered Accountant (SA), currently working as a financial accountant at Remgro Management service. He is also a township property developer with 18 units in Mfuleni and Khayelitsha Site B. Aiming to be in the affordable housing development market full-time, he is a shareholder and founder of Ezinkulu Investments, a company formed specifically to focus on township property development around the Western Cape. He is also the current chairperson of the Township Developers Forum of Western Cape (TDFoWC), formed to address issues faced by property developers in townships throughout the province. Having grown up himself in a township, he understands the desperate need and demand for decent housing, and also believes in the great potential for micro-developers to scale up and get good yields on their investments.

Velda Derrocks

Velda Derrocks joined TUHF as a Regional Manager (Cape Coastal region) in 2017. She began her career in 2000 with Absa, joining a management training programme and then moving into Absa Commercial Property Finance. In 2011, she joined Standard Bank Real Estate Finance to manage their commercial property finance division in the Eastern Cape. Velda has also worked at Investec Private Bank as an external property consultant. She holds a BEcon, Commerce (Stellenbosch University), BCom Honours in Financial Management as well as two Masters degrees – an MBA and an MPhil in Development Finance, both from Nelson Mandela University. She is also an Associate of the Institute of Bankers in South Africa, and recently completed an International Housing Finance Programme at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Mark Schonrock

Mark Schonrock is the Property Development Executive for Concor Developments. With over 18 years’ experience within the construction and development industry, he is passionate about unlocking large land parcels in key strategic locations that involve affordable, mixed use, integrated urban environments where one can look to build cohesive communities, in line with international best practice. He thrives on building the right “team” of professional, banking, legal and relevant stakeholders to ensure the successful implementation, execution and integration of new communities. Making a difference and improving the lives of the communities in which it operates is one of Concor’s key values and a fundamental foundation of Mark’s ethos and approach to property development.

Premier Alan Winde

Premier Alan Winde became Premier of the Western Cape Government in 2019, having previously served as the provincial Minister of Finance, Minister of Economic Opportunities and Minister of Community Safety. He was first elected to serve as an MPL in 1999 and, over the next 10 years (before the Democratic Alliance was voted into power in the province), he served in various political roles. These included Chief Whip of the official opposition and Western Cape Provincial Finance Chairperson. His campaign for the premiership was centred on improving economic and household prosperity by getting the basics right, such as education and healthcare, and improving safety and public transport for all the residents of the province. He has further committed to improving the efficiency of government service delivery through innovation and new technology.

Ald Conrad Poole

Alderman Conrad James Poole is now serving his second term as the Executive Mayor of the Drakenstein Local Municipality, having originally served as Deputy Mayor. It is the second largest municipality in the Western Cape after Cape Town and, in 2015 and 2018 under Poole’s leadership, was named the best Western Cape constituency, with Poole named in 2015 as the province’s best Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor. He was elected to the DA’s provincial executive committee as an additional member and, in 2020, was elected as chairperson of the DA’s Drakenstein Constituency, becoming vice-chairperson of the Western Region in 2021. Under his watch, Drakenstein Municipality has won several awards for innovation. It also received a clean audit opinion from the Auditor-General for the 2019/2020 financial year and, since 2011, has received 12 consecutive unqualified audit opinions (of which six were clean).

Mayor Leon van Wyk

Executive Mayor Leon van Wyk was born in Oudtshoorn in 1956. After completing his secondary schooling in Worcester, in the Cape Winelands, he completed his Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) at the University Cape Town in 1977, majoring in Accounting and Economics. He qualified as a chartered accountant and practiced as a professional accountant, specialising in investment banking and Corporate Finance for 30 years. Before becoming the Executive Mayor of George Municipality in May 2020, Van Wyk became a Councillor in 2011 and served as a Mayoral Committee member for Finance from 2011.

Ald Annelie Rabie

Dr Annelie Rabie holds a D.Admin degree with specialisation in Local Government, and her career spans many years across academia, public service, as owner of a number of small businesses and with Business against Crime. Elected as the Overstrand Municipality’s Mayor in 2021, she has served as councillor in the Overstrand Municipality, the Prince Albert Municipality and the Central Karoo District Municipality (CKDM) where, in her capacity as Mayor, the CKDM received its first-ever clean audit. She has represented Overstrand on the Overberg District Municipality (ODB), served on both the Board of Wesgro representing the ODB and as Vice Chairperson of the Regional Tourism Association. In forming a foundation for investment, her #Overstrand4all vision aims to prioritise service delivery and see all citizens as welcomed partners to growing the region’s wealth and economy, while still retaining its environmental integrity. Under her leadership, the Overstrand Council will soon launch Fast Track Overstrand (FTO) to ensure that unnecessary processes and delays neither curtail catalytic projects nor the ease of doing business with Overstrand.

Executive Mayor Andre Truter

Councillor André Brahm Truter has been the Executive Mayor of Saldanha Bay Municipality since November 2021. A large part of his life has been dedicated to Law Enforcement/Private Security/Policing and he has extensive experience in this field, with the protection of fellow citizens a passion for him. Born in Stellenbosch, raised in the Paarl Valley and having spent his final school years in Oudtshoorn, Truter joined the South African Police Service (SAPS) after matriculating, training at the Mounted Unit in Pretoria before being posted to the Boesmansnek Borderpost (Lesotho-KZN border) to serve in the stock theft unit. He left the SAPS in 1994 and ran numerous successful companies in the forestry, agricultural, private security and transport industries, and including his own family farming operation. His experiences in farming and agriculture also saw him lecturing on a course on Annual Indigenous Small Stock at Agricultural College level. doing business with Overstrand.

Gesie van Deventer

Advocate Gesie van Deventer has been the Executive Mayor of Stellenbosch Municipality since 2016, following five years as the Executive Mayor at Drakenstein Municipality. She became an Admitted Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa in 1982 after obtaining her LLB Degree from Stellenbosch University in 1981. She also has a Diploma in Viticulture and Botany from Elsenburg College of Agriculture (Cum Laude, 1991) and a Diploma as Cellar Master and Winemaker from the Elsenburg Wine Institute (1992). Her successes in law, winemaking and politics have seen her become one of the first female Public Prosecutors in the country, Farmer of the Year in the Western Cape (2003)as well as top exporter in the province (2003 and 2010). She has received the PMR Africa Diamond Award for the Most Pro-active Mayor and, during her tenure as Mayor or Drakenstein, she successfully implemented a turn-around strategy for that municipality taking it from near bankruptcy in 2011 to financially viable and stable by 2016.

Geordin Hill-Lewis

Geordin Hill-Lewis has an Honours degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (University of Cape Town – UCT), and a Masters in Finance specialising in Economic Policy (London University). During his UCT studies, he founded the Democratic Alliance (DA) Students’ Organisation. He worked as Chief of Staff in the office of former Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and, in 2011 was elected a Member of Parliament in the National Assembly, becoming the youngest MP at 24 years old. During his time in the National Assembly, he has served on various portfolios, such as Trade and Industry and Finance, and most recently as the Shadow Minister of Finance. In 2021, Hill-Lewis was inaugurated as the youngest Mayor of the City of Cape Town..

Andrew Boraine

Andrew Boraine has been involved in South Africa’s political, local government, urban and economic development transition and sustainability change processes for the past four decades, as student leader, anti-apartheid activist, advisor, negotiator, government planner, city manager, chief executive, facilitator, partnership and partnering specialist, systems change practitioner, institutional designer, communicator and writer. He is the founder and CEO of the Western Cape Economic Development Partnership (EDP), a collaborative intermediary organisation based in Cape Town. The EDP facilitates issue-based and area-based partnering solutions, as well as knowledge-sharing and learning, aimed at strengthening grassroots, local, metropolitan and regional systems and processes to achieve better development outcomes. Boraine is an Adjunct Professor with the African Centre for Cities (University of Cape Town), and Associate Professor and Research Fellow with the Centre for Sustainable Transitions (Stellenbosch University). He also served on the Board of the Development Bank of Southern Africa for nine years, and chaired the CTICC Board for seven years.

Rod MacPhail

Rod MaPhail is a professional civil and structural engineer (civil and structural), and is in partner in a property development company. He has experience in both construction and consulting engineering, working in fields such as bridge design and construction as well sewer pipeline construction and supervision. Having multiple business interests, he has also spent 23 years in the movie industry and is a pioneer of movie industry facilities in Cape Town and Johannesburg. In addition, he has 28 years’ experience in tourism (working in partnership with his wife, and I also engaged in an online business with his son. Previous business interests have included cosmetics and packaging as well as manufacturing specialised items such as freight containers. for seven years.

Dion Chang

Dion Chang is one of South Africa’s most respected trend analysts and founder of Flux Trends, with its unique view of “trends as business strategy”. Flux Trends specialises in identifying unexpected business opportunities within shifting trends, and specifically the impact of disruptive technologies – across all industries – ensuring that global trends have relevance when translated for African/South African businesses. Chang assists companies to embrace change and embed a culture of innovation into corporate operating systems, and regularly undertakes management consultancy for businesses facing change and struggling to adapt to a new world order. He lectures Foresight and Innovation Implementation modules for executives and senior management at various business schools, including GIBS, the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business and Duke Corporate Education. He has organised three trend conferences, published three trend books and sits on the advisory board of the Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment at WITS.

John Matthews

John Matthews was born in Kensington on the Cape Flats in 1964. He has a B.Com degree (1985) and an MBA specializing in Strategic Management (1997), both from the University of Cape Town. His accounting career began at the Pinelands Development Company (PDC), the sister company to Garden Cities, and he joined Garden Cities itself in 1990,progressing through the organisation to become its CEO in 2002. He is now Group CEO of the Garden Cities group of companies. His interest sinclude the provision of housing and other social services to uplift the people of South Africa in a sustainable manner. He is also currently the Chairman of the Construction Alliance South Africa (CASA); Past President of Master Builders South Africa (MBSA); Past President of the Master Builders Association – Western Cape; CEO of the Archway Foundation (CSI arm of Garden Cities); Council Member of the Building Industry Bargaining Council (Cape of Good Hope); and sits on the Audit and Risk Committee of the University of the Western Cape.

Murray Clark

Murray Clark is the Founder and CEO of Neighbourgood, a co-living and workspace company that owns and operates Neighbourgood locations across the Cape Town metropole. In just under two years, Neighbourgood has opened seven locations and these are now home to over 1 000 members. As CEO, Clarke’s goal is to continue the company’s growth trajectory, bringing good to neighbourhoods by making living and working spaces better in lifestyle cities across the world.

Rob Kane

Rob Kane is the CEO of Boxwood Property Fund, which he began after retiring as the CEO of Textron Property Fund – a company he founded in 2006 and listed on the JSE in 2011. With a degree in civil structural engineering (University of Cape Town), as well as an MBA (Bath University, UK), Kane has also been the chairperson of the Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID) since 2010. A prominent Cape Town commercial property owner and developer, he has spent most of his professional career in the field, working both locally and internationally, and intimately understands the components necessary to turn around and maintain an urban environment. Kane also sits on the South African Property Owners Association (Western Cape Committee).

Riaan Munnik

Riaan Munnik holds a degree in Quantity Surveying. Having registered in 2000, he practiced in this profession until 2007 when he stepped into the world of property development. He joined Growthpoint Properties in 2012 and heads up development for the company across all sectors in the Western and Eastern Cape. During his 22 years’ experience in the industry, there have been many highlights, but he ranks the development of the Greenfield Industrial Park in Airport Industria, which was South Africa’s first GBCSA-certified industrial building, as one of the standouts.

Jacques Moolman

Jacques Moolman is general manager of Southern Sun The Cullinan in Cape Town. His career in the hotel industry has seen him progress rapidly up the managerial ladder, gathering numerous awards along the way. He has worked for Southern Sun Hotels since 2003, holding general manager positions in seven different hotels in different provinces. He is also serving his second term as the President of the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry and is a Director on the board. He was previously vice-president, a Chamber Council member, Chairman of the Cape Town Central Chapter and serves as a Director on the Board of the Cape Castle Control Board. Moolman holds a Degree in Strategic Management, Diplomas in Hospitality Management and Financial Business Administration. In his spare time, he also practices as a qualified business coach. cities across the world

Wayne Duvenage

Wayne Duvenage was schooled in KZN and is a BSc graduate of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He spent three decades in tourism and transport, as Chief Executive at Avis, and representing the car rental industry as a board member of the Tourism Business Council (TBCSA). In 2012, he led the challenge to change Government’s irrational decision on the Gauteng eToll debacle, giving birth to the non-profit organisation OUTA, which in 2016 expanded its mandate to challenge the abuse of authority within the public sector. Today, OUTA is a formidable civil activist organisation, with a team of around 45 professionals and activists that have taken on over 230 projects regarding public sector corruption, maladministration and irrational policy-making decisions. Wayne’s favourite quote is by US labour rights activist Tyree Scott, who once said: “You shouldn’t leave people who created the problem, in charge of finding the solution.”ld

Prof Nick Binedell

Nick Binedell has a PhD from the University of Washington (Seattle) and is a professor, speaker and consultant in Strategy and Leadership. He became the Founding Dean of the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS, 2000-2015), when he established a world-class business school (for the University of Pretoria, based in He focuses on the development and execution of strategy in fast and changing environments, towards the formulation of good strategic plans to execute and ensuring delivery occurs. A visiting lecturer at the Rotterdam School of Management for the last 21 years, he is also engaged in Civil Society towards improving the overall performance of South African institutions. In 2015, the Academy of International Business elected him as Global Educator of the Year. He serves on the board of the Helen Suzman Foundation, is a non-executive Director of a major listed company and continues to lecture at the GIBS.

Ald Eddie Andrews

Edwin Andrews holds a Bachelors of Administration majoring in Politics (University of Western Cape) and is currently completing his Honours. He is known for his time spent playing rugby professional at both Western Province and Springbok level, but left to entered politics as a City of Cape Town Councillor in (2011-2016, and began to serve first as a Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development (2016-2017) and then Area-based Service Delivery (2017-2019). He also went onto serve as the Chairperson of the Spatial Planning and Environment Portfolio Committee from 2019-2021.Andrews is currently the Executive Deputy Mayor and the Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment.

Gerhard Vivier

Gerhard Vivier is a professional civil engineer and is today the Manager of the Engineering Services Unit of the City of Cape Town, which was established in 2019 under his leadership. He has fulfilled numerous positions over the past 38 years as Team Leader, Project/Programme, Design, Procurement and Construction Manager, as well as O&M and Programme Implementation Specialist working for consultants, contractors and clients in South Africa and across the continent. Viviers specialises in the delivery of large multi-disciplinary urban infrastructure projects and programmes to various forms of contract, and is well versed in the requirements of international funding organisations, monitoring and evaluation.

Marius Wust

Marius Wüst qualified as both a Civil Engineer and a Chartered Accountant, and has a Professional Certificate in Asset Management Planning from the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA). With 25 years’ public and private sector experience in both the built environment and financial management, he has serviced municipal and provincial government, the DBSA, construction contractors, developers, consulting engineers and auditors, and in the positions of engineering management, CFO, project management, estimator and auditor. Currently with Drakenstein Municipality, Wüst manages: Water: Waste Water; Roads, Traffic and Storm Water; Electro-Technical services; EPWP; Fleet Facilities; PMU and GIS; and Developments. While the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Stellenbosch Municipality, Wüst procured a geo-referenced capital budget planning and prioritisation tool that improved municipal planning and capital budgeting; as a result, the municipality’s Long Term Financial Plan enabled loan funding to increase capital investment which unlocked developments. As Director of Infrastructure at Provincial Treasury (Western Cape), Wüst monitored the implementation of the provincial capital budget and was involved with various Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the Western Cape.

Paul Faria

Paul Faria is a professional engineer with 20 years’ experience in civil engineering infrastructure, most of which has been in the consultant engineering sector for both public and private clients. He is currently the Head of Department of the Urban Infrastructure Division for HHO Consulting Engineers, and is also the CESA Western Cape Chairperson. The main focus of his expertise is design management and project implementation. During recent years, he has been involved in major projects such as the eThekwini IRT C3 Go Bus Route project, the Cape Town Container Terminal Phase 2B Upgrade and the City of Cape Town’s Phase 2A IRT projects. He has been previously involved in numerous private projects, such as Century City developments by Rabie (since 2004), Parklands development expansion by Aska /Milnerton Estates, and Dreamworld developments.

Alwyn Laubscher

Alwyn Laubscher graduated at the University of Stellenbosch as a Civil Engineer, and for 14 years, he worked with the then South African Railways & Harbours in various capacities in the Western Cape. He left Railways to become Bellville’s City Engineer, a position he retained when Bellville became part of the bigger City of Tygerberg. With the formation of the Cape Town Uni-City, he was appointed Executive Director: Development, responsible for: Economic development & Tourism; Planning & Environment; Transport, Roads & Stormwater; Housing; Property Management; and Development Integration. Alwyn left the City in 2005 to start his own Company, AL&A (Pty) Ltd, specialising in Development Facilitation, Project Management and Construction Project Management. He is a registered Professional Engineer and a Professional Construction Project Manager, a Fellow of the South African Council of Civil Engineers and an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Municipal Engineers of Southern Africa. He has served as President of both the Institution of Municipal Engineers of Southern Africa and the International Federation of Municipal Engineers, and today sits on the Western Cape Property Development Forum’s Management Committee.