Innovative thought required in challenging market

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Observations from SAPOA’s 50th anniversary convention. The exhibition hall at any conference is a popular place – for connecting, networking and gaining general insight into the current status of an industry. I got the sense there were fewer stands at this year’s event, perhaps a sign of a subdued economy and the tough climate for tenants and […]

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State of hotel investment in Africa: headwinds and opportunities

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Hotel performance and investment sentiment across Africa has been mixed so far in 2016, with global uncertainty and resource price volatility impacting regional markets. There continue to be many high growth markets, yet the pace of demand growth is disparate across the continent. East Africa and South Africa have good demand fundamentals, while North Africa […]

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Africa must not be left behind! Creating the enabling environment for the 4th Industrial Revolution

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The WEF panels on the 4th Industrial Revolution, and Infrastructure Long-term Investing and Development featured some global heavy hitters both in the public and private sector. These amongst others included President Kagame of Rwanda, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, Graça Machel Founder of the Foundation for Community Development (FDC), Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, President […]

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Africa Growth Story

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Given the recent news items – from the oil crisis and other resource price shocks, to lack of FX issues and increasing insecurity; one can’t help but ask the question – “Is Africa’s growth story over?” The McKinsey team led by their Partner Acha Leke sought to address this issue at their breakfast session entitled […]

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Closing Impressions: 2016 WEF Africa

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Why is Africa of growing importance to JLL? While different African economies are at different stages of development, the continent as a whole has broad parallels with Asia 30 years ago, just before its sustained growth phase. Now, as in Asia then, most major international corporations – and many early developers and investors – are […]

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