Property conference to explore development arena

The Western Cape Property Development Forum (WCPDF) will be hosting its third annual conference on May 12 and 13, at the Crystal Towers Hotel, Century City.

WCPDF 2016 is a get-together of senior investors, developers and planning officials to explore the challenges and opportunities for developers in the Western Cape. It provides a platform to interact with planning officials from the city, the province and various municipalities to explore ways to improve and speed up the process of planning approval and ultimately make the province a more attractive choice for developers.

This year’s programme features a strong representation of officials from government’s various planning sections including Environment Affairs and Development Planning, the Municipal Planning Tribunal, Department of the Premier and the City of Cape Town’s Department of Planning and Building Development Management and the Environmental Resource Management Department.

Speakers include: Prof Brian Kantor, who will discuss prospects for the SA economy and possible faster growth; Prof Marius Ungerer, who will talk on guidelines and opportunities in the National Development Plan; and Prof Francois Viruly, who will discuss enhancing the relevancy of the built environment in the Western Cape.

WCPDF chair, Deon Van Zyl, says the forum is committed to improving the environment for development in the Western Cape and with this in mind the 2016 conference will focus on:

- Learning from successfully completed developments
- Highlighting potential development opportunities for local developers
- Identifying practical solutions to alternative electricity sources
- An update on the data fibre network throughout Cape Town
- Improving the relationships between planning authorities and developers.

“If you are involved in property development in the Western Cape, this is the one event you should attend,” says van Zyl. “It’s a prime opportunity to raise those important issues impeding development in the Western Cape with the planning officials and your industry colleagues to find workable solutions for everyone.”

Visit for the programme details, costs and online registration.

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