EVENTS SAARDA annual golf challenge a hit The South African Affordable Developers Association (SAARDA) holds an annual golf challenge, which comprises of a golf day in each quarter hosted at various golf clubs in Johannesburg. 8 NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2017 AFFORDABLE SA HOUSING E ach year all SAARDA members are invited to enter a golf team and to invite people from the industry, active in either the public or private sector, to network and have fun. The final golf day of the year is planned for 22 November and will be held at Glendower Golf Club. At this function, the overall winners of the golf challenge will be announced and, most importantly, SAARDA will hold its awards evening. Awards will be made in various categories, including best small, large and emerging developers, best performing financial institution and the municipal area in which the development environment is most conducive to delivering houses. Nedbank Home Loans was principle sponsor at the golf day hosted at Parkview Golf Club on Thursday 21 September. The bank has always been a large player in the affordable housing market, and is currently in the process of increasing its visibility, as well as growing its market share. Nedbank Commercial Property Finance is the dominant funder of engineering infrastructure construction in the affordable housing market. The annual SAARDA golf challenge is well- established and is the association’s most successful forum for getting stakeholders together and providing opportunity for, as well as a platform from which, to discuss events, trends, challenges and changes in the industry. Non- golfing members join the evening function, which includes dinner. The Parkview golf day was well attended, with 21 teams entered. Besides SAARDA members, other participants included environment consultants, provincial and local government officials and representatives of the banking industry. The association held its AGM at the same venue before the golfers teed off. In these challenging times of changing legislation, political uncertainty and low economic growth rate and a massive shortage of affordable housing opportunities, the SAARDA golf challenge remains one of the most important events bringing most role players in the industry together to network and debate issues affecting our industry. The Parkview golf day was well attended. Winners of the golf day held at the Parkview Golf Club. From left: Brent Crafford (FNB Commercial Segment head: Gauteng East), Xoli Ndwandwe (Nedbank head: Home Loans Affordable Housing), Harry Gey van Pittius (MD at Kiron and previous SAARDA chairman) and Réan Booysen (MD, Hometalk Developments). Gift hampers of golf day attendees.