Nedbank’s Chief Executive, Mike Brown, to deliver keynote address at SA REIT conference in February 2024

Nedbank’s Chief Executive, Mike Brown, is set to take the stage as the keynote speaker at the forthcoming biennial conference of the South Africa Real Estate Investment Trust (SA REIT) Association, scheduled for 15 February 2024, in Johannesburg.

This event, sponsored by Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking’s Property Finance Division, marks a significant occasion as the country’s REITs commemorate their 10th anniversary. Bringing together a distinguished lineup of industry leaders, investors, experts, and banking professionals, the conference aims to facilitate discussions on the current state and future prospects of the SA REIT sector and the broader property industry.

Geoff Jennett, Chief Executive Officer of Emira Property Fund and the SA REIT Association Conference Committee Chairperson, expressed his enthusiasm for Mike Brown’s participation as the keynote speaker. Brown, a prominent figure in South Africa’s business leadership landscape, will address one of the conference’s themes, “Economy in Flux, Election on the Horizon: South Africa’s Turning Point?” The SA REIT Association anticipates that Brown’s insights will provide valuable perspectives on South Africa’s current economic landscape, fostering a deeper understanding of the issues at hand and the urgency to address these to restore economic growth

Gary Garrett, Managing Executive of Property Finance at Nedbank CIB, reiterated the bank’s commitment to the property sector, including the REITs. Once again, the event promises a wealth of content, drawing participation from SA REITs, investors, financiers, and property-focused professionals. It is seen as an opportunity to contribute to the sector’s growth and future while celebrating the resilience and value delivered by the SA REITs over the past decade.

Meanwhile, preparations for the conference are progressing smoothly, with strong delegate response since registration opened in July. Attendees can look forward to engaging in debates on critical issues facing the REITs sector and the property industry. This milestone 10th anniversary for SA REITs highlights their remarkable progress despite economic challenges, setting the stage for further growth in the coming decade. The SA REIT Association remains committed to promoting REITs as a viable investment class both domestically and internationally, addressing sector-specific challenges, and advancing the interests of its members. Renowned columnist and radio host Michael Avery will serve as the conference’s master of ceremonies.

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