SA Affordable Housing November / December 2017 // Issue: 67 - Page 15

EVENTS Annual IHS conference leads the change Accelerating affordable housing delivery brought together captains of industry at the ninth International Housing Solutions (IHS) Affordable Housing Conference. The ninth IHS conference was well attended by captains of the industry. I ndustry leaders and stakeholders gathered on 7 September at Hyde Park Corner to examine how to accelerate housing delivery and what is currently being done to fast track the process. Managing director at IHS, Rob Wesselo described how it has been a 10-year struggle but “the time has come.” For the IHS, the next step is green affordable housing. Presentations included in-depth discussion of current economic standing in the property sector, which senior economist from Nedbank, Isaac Matshego, described as lacklustre due to the elevation of political and policy uncertainty. He cites the land expropriation bill as one of the biggest concerns in the industry. Myles Kritzinger, deal maker at IHS, unpacked how green affordable homes are already here and it is a market that is leading the way. Current results show that it is easy to go green as it user friendly and cheaper. Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (Edge) is the developed rating tool for residential properties. Using the tool, the IHS has approved more than 6 500 green units, including more than 2 800 units with preliminary Design Certification. Rob Wesselo, CEO of IHS. The first green affordable housing project in Africa is in Ravenswood, Boksburg. Director general of The National Department of Human Settlements, Mbulelo Ntshangana, focused on detailing the role that the Housing Development Agency (HDA) plays, stating that the organisation has curtailed more than 100 mega projects. In addition, he stated that the organisation can help developers package their endeavours better. Panel discussions delved into the future of the residential property sector, the impact of social housing and accelerating the delivery of affordable housing through development finance. Speakers during the discussions included Renney Plit, CEO of AFHCO; Carel De Wit, CEO of Indluplace; Leanne Govender, sales manager Affordable Housing Property Finance at Nedbank; Paul Jackson, CEO at TUHF; Alwyn Nortje, senior legal advisor: Group Legal and Contracts from the City of Johannesburg, among others. The conference was concluded by a cocktail function that gave attendees the opportunity to network and socialise. AFFORDABLE SA HOUSING NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2017 13