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What’s Next? Post-COVID Commercial Property Trends to Watch

What’s Next? Post-COVID Commercial Property Trends to Watch

Throughout the crisis caused by the novel coronavirus, South Africa has had the benefit of learning from the experience of other countries. We look at some of the emerging post-COVID trends in property markets around the world. Overall, property has taken a beating this year. The first quarter of 2020, which coincided with the spread […]

Could SONA Mean Development in Lanseria Precinct?

Could SONA Mean Development in Lanseria Precinct?

Where is the next big growth area in South Africa? The smart money is on Lanseria North-West of Johannesburg after President Cyril Ramaphosa reiterated the government’s commitment to developing a new smart city https://techfinancials.co.za/2020/02/14/president-ramaphosa-is-preparing-to-build-a-5g-ready-smart-lanseria-city/ there in his recent SONA address. The project, officially known as  Mega Project for Integrated Residential Development at Lanseria Airport City […]

Waterfall Office Vacancy Rates Point to Popular Growth Area

Waterfall Office Vacancy Rates Point to Popular Growth Area

Vacancy rates across Johannesburg tell a story about an excess of office space and low economic growth. One of the few exceptions to this is Waterfall, just south of Midrand, with a vacancy rate of just 4,2% according the SAPOA office vacancy report  www.sapoa.org.za/media/5369/ovs-q4-sept-2019.pdf”> Compared to the 17,2 % vacancy rate in Midrand overall, it’s […]

South Africans Still Choosing Shopping Centres Over Shopping Online

South Africans Still Choosing Shopping Centres Over Shopping Online

Now that we’re recovering from post-Black Friday hype, it’s good to take stock and remind ourselves that South Africans still love their shopping malls. Only 4% of South Africans shop regularly online. Though more shoppers will be tempted by online Black Friday offers, South African retail remains strongly bricks and mortar-focused. https://www.iol.co.za/business-report/economy/black-friday-spurs-online-shopping-38153899 As the article […]

The data is out – Green buildings have real benefits over time.

The data is out – Green buildings have real benefits over time.

What is the opportunity for incorporating sustainability into commercial buildings? As avid members of of the Women’s Property Network (WPN), the Commercial Exchange team was privileged to be inspired by an expert panel, led by Dorah Modise, (CEO of GBCSA) at a recent breakfast hosted by the Green Building Council of South Africa. The panellists at […]

Where to Find Property Opportunities in Challenging Times

Where to Find Property Opportunities in Challenging Times

Recently, I spent some time going through the Final Report of the Presidential Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture published in May this year. What struck me was that “Expropriation without compensation” is referenced but not key. Urban development is the new focus. Much of Land Reform Policy involves activating aspects of the National […]


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