The SAREIT Association (SAREIT), a representative umbrella body promoting South African REITs as an investment class, concluded the 2022 edition of its conference, which focused on the REIT sector’s path to recovery locally and internationally.
The hybrid one-day conference was attended by over 350 delegates, including investors and analysts, funders, REIT management teams, property managers and legal professionals seeking to connect and engage in dialogues amongst major industry influencers.
Commenting on the conference, SAREIT CEO Joanne Solomon said, “We are pleased to have successfully facilitated a much-needed platform for industry players to come together and engage in candid conversations. These discussions led by high-profile keynote speakers highlighted critical matters that will shape the acceleration of the REIT sector’s recovery to pre-pandemic levels and underpin long-term sustainable growth.”
Sponsored by Nedbank CIB, the conference’s packed agenda covered a wide range of topics, including The Path to the Next Normal, Investing in SA REITs, The SA Business Environment, ESG Investment Decisions and Value Creation, Transpiring Global Trends in REITs, as well as Growth in Alternative Sectors.
“Over the last two years, we have faced enormous challenges, but we have also demonstrated great resilience within the property sector. The SA REIT conference showcased the ability of many people to devise innovative solutions to address issues and challenges within the sector. We are proud to have been a part of the conference and believe it was extremely insightful in planning for the future,” commented Gary Garrett, Managing Executive of Property Finance at Nedbank CIB, sponsors of this year’s conference.
With South Africa and other economies around the world looking to chart a path to recovery amid ongoing pressures, trends such as hybrid working environments, adjusted approaches within retail spaces and the importance of ESG were highlighted as imperatives for the REIT sector to continue on a long-term growth trajectory.
As an active promoter of the sector as an attractive asset class for local and global investors, SAREIT looks forward to hosting the next edition of its flagship event in 2024 to drive continuous conversations around the matters shaping REITs and the broader economy.
The full 2022 conference programme is available at: