Brian Kantor to address Rode conferences

The effect of rising interest rates on the economy and financial markets will, inter alia, be put under the spotlight by Prof Brian Kantor at the forthcoming Rode conferences. Kantor, who is currently a full-time investment strategist at Investec Securities, will be one of the main speakers, and he will cover the prospects for the economy and financial markets at the 15th annual Rode Conferences. The conferences will be held on 17 July in Johannesburg and on 20 July in Stellenbosch.

“To exchange or not to exchange fractional title properties,” is one of the pertinent questions Thys Geyser, MD of fractional title specialist company Staytus, will aim to answer as he puts the spotlight on this industry in South Africa.

Defining and maintaining the relatively new fractional ownership phenomenon as a distinctive and exclusive property category in South Africa in line with the rest of the world, will be the focus of Geyser’s presentation. Delegates will glean insight into the pros and cons of various measures proposed by the members of the recently formed SA Association of Fractional Intermediaries (SAAFI) to regulate the industry.

Power cuts and the issue of electricity demand outstripping supply has been a hot topic under discussion this year. Craig Henry, and Rama Maji will make medium-term forecasts of demand for and supply of electricity in SA. From their considerable combined experience they will also provide guidelines of how landlords can reduce their exposure to power outages.

Dean Yeadon, CEO and major shareholder of Halcyon Africa Hotels has developed a circuit of hotels, game lodges and restaurants in Tanzania and Zanzibar, before settling in Cape Town two years ago as MD of 2tribes. His developments include the famous Tarangire TreeTops Lodge and Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel, as well as many residential and commercial properties in Johannesburg and Cape Town. He will be sharing “Lessons Learned from residential and commercial developments in Southern and East Africa,” with insights into the challenges, the deals, the players, and the pace.

Investment in the London residential property market will be discussed by London-based Scott Picken, MD of International Property Solutions (IPS), a company that facilitates property investment and development in the UK and South Africa.

Dr Sean Phillips, acting director general of the department of public works, will give an overview on how to benefit from the property strategy of the Department of Public Works.
“The conference aims to provide delegates with benchmark information to enhance their property businesses and investments in the property market,” says Erwin Rode, CEO of property economists and valuers Rode & Associates, who will himself present a prognosis for property.

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