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Prevailing property storm to be taken on at this year’s Rode events


The past few years have seen the winds of change blow through the property market, dramatically shifting the directions taken by investors and other property owners. The 2009 Rode & Associates annual conference and breakfast events have thus been tailored to help the industry weather the storm and plot a viable course for the future.

Sponsored by FNB Commercial Property Finance, the events will once again take place countrywide, with the day-long conferences in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Breakfast events will be held in Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, Durban and for the first time this year also in Nelspruit, Bloemfontein and East London.

The one-day Johannesburg conference will take place on Monday, 3 August 2009, at the Southern Sun Grayston, in Sandton, Gauteng, followed on Thursday 6 August by the Cape Town conference at the Spier Wine Estate near Stellenbosch. Confirmed speakers for both events include Anthony Miller (MD, Lightstone) who will address the topic ‘How distressed is SA’s residential property market really?’ and Prof Andre Roux (Director of the Institute for Future Research, University of Stellenbosch) who will look at ‘South Africa: a long-term view.’ Prof LJ Grobler (Director, Energy Cybernetics) will talk on ‘The financial viability of becoming “greener” and how to benefit from tax incentives for improving energy efficiency in buildings,’ while Joop Demes (CEO, Pam Golding Hospitality) will talk on ‘The move to, and prospects for, budget hotels.’

The Johannesburg Conference will also hear Dawie Klopper (Investment Economist, PSG Konsult) on ‘Prospects for the JSE by sector,’ while the Stellenbosch event will hear Tony Bales (CEO, Bales Investprop) on ‘The nonresidential property market from a broker’s point of view.’

The topic of ‘The economy: is it safe to stop panicking?’ will be tackled in Johannesburg by Sizwe Nxedlana (Economist, FNB Commercial Bank) and in Cape Town by Rudolf Gouws (Chief Economist, Rand Merchant Bank). Both conferences will benefit from Erwin Rode’s popular annual analysis of the market under this year’s theme, ‘Prospects for property after the storm’, and will be steered by master of ceremonies, Prof Dirk Meerkotter (Rode & Associates).

Bookings for these oneday conferences close on 29 July (for the Johannesburg event) and 3 August (for the Cape Town event).

The annual property breakfasts, also sponsored by FNB Commercial Property Finance, will be held as follows:

Pretoria: Tuesday, 4 August at Forever Resorts Centurion Hotel, Lyttelton, Centurion with speakers Dawie Roodt (Chief Economist, Efficient Group) en Erwin Rode (CEO, Rode & Associates). This breakfast, to be conducted in Afrikaans, is cosponsored by Sake24. Bookings close 30 July.
Port Elizabeth: Wednesday 12 August 2009, at Protea Hotel Marine, Port Elizabeth, with speakers Dr Cees Bruggemans (Chief Economist, First National Bank) and Erwin Rode (CEO, Rode & Associates). Bookings close 7 August.
East London: Friday, 14 August 2009, at Premier Hotel Regent, Beach Front, East London with speakers Sizwe Nxedlana (Economist, FNB Commercial Bank) and Erwin Rode (CEO, Rode & Associates). Bookings close 11 August.
Durban: Tuesday, 18 August 2009, at 1 on 1 Conference Centre, Gateway. Speakers will be Sizwe Nxedlana (Economist, FNB Commercial Bank) and Erwin Rode (CEO, Rode & Associates). Bookings close 13 August.
Bloemfontein: Friday, 21 August 2009, at Ilanga Estate, Bloemfontein, with speakers Sizwe Nxedlana (Economist, FNB Commercial Bank) and Erwin Rode (CEO, Rode & Associates). Bookings close 18 August.
Nelspruit: Tuesday, 25 August 2009, at Orion Promenade Hotel, Nelspruit, with speakers Ettienne le Roux (Chief Economist, Rand Merchant Bank) and Erwin Rode (CEO, Rode & Associates). Bookings close 20 August.

For more details or to book for any of the one-day conferences or breakfast events, please contact Elizma Hawksley on 021 946 2480 or email elizma@rode.co.za or visit www.rode.co.za/events.