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Day One – 2 November 2021


Becoming Resilient

South African cities have experienced several consecutive crises relating to climate change, global health, and local political and socio-economic conditions. We have weathered these storms with the leadership of individuals across society, and the personal resilience and sacrifices of ordinary people.

Talking about future challenges is daunting and while we recognise that resilience is key to how we deal with the shocks that are to come – how we become resilient in practice continues to dominate the narrative of how we build sustainable cities where both people and planet thrive.

Join our Virtual Cities Satellite Session for a collaborative dialogue on resilience in cities. Explore real examples of innovative solutions in cities, including waste management projects that show that we do have the capability to run socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable programmes; digitally smart energy systems in municipal buildings; and community-led public health initiatives that show we do know how to work together across our deep fractures. Be part of unpacking the resilient city as we look at ways in which we can learn from existing initiatives and each other as we recommit to building sustainable cities.


Prof Geci Karuri-Sebina

Associate: South African Cities Network and African Centre for Cities

Session Chair

Tamsin Faragher

Principal Resilience Officer, City of Cape Town

Lessons from CCT Drought and Covid Response

Thys Serfontein

Senior Manager: Solid Waste and Landfill Management, Drakenstein

Including Informal Waste Pickers in Dignified Work through Municipal Recycling Programmes, Minimising Landfill Waste

Mandisa Shandu

Co-Director and Attorney, Ndifuna Ukwazi

Land/Socio-Economic Rights; Partnering with Civil Society

Lethu Collen Masango

Urban Economist, World Bank

Smart Cities/Smart Infrastructure Financing in South Africa

Nishendra Moodley

Independent Governance Specialist

The Space and Models for Multi-Stakeholder Governance; Partnering with the Private Sector

Musa Mbhele

City Manager, eThekwini Municipality

What eThekwini is Learning from the Recent Unrest, and how will we Build Social Cohesion?


The supply-demand gap in student housing in 2020 was estimated to be approximately 511,600 beds and that this demand gap is set to grow to around 781,000 beds by 2025 (JLL Market Assessment: The Student Housing Landscape in South Africa, 2021). From this research, operating costs as a percentage of gross revenue, were found to be as low as 20% in larger buildings and as high as 50 percent+ in older buildings.

Green Building design could reduce these operating costs and could lead to increased affordability of the student housing. Interest in Green Building design and certification is growing among student accommodation providers and operators to benefit from these efficiencies. By implementing Green Building Certification developers and REITs have been able to access Green Finance from investors. IFC has noted a growing number of green student housing projects registered for EDGE certification over the last year. Our panel will explore how Green Building design and certification has created benefits for their student housing business as well as their ability to access Green Finance.


Lenore Cairncross

Green Building Lead for Africa, International Finance Corporation (IFC)


Werner van Antwerpen

Corporate Finance, Growthpoint Properties

Sheila Moraa Nyachieo

Head of ESG, Acorn Management Services Limited

Johan Janse van Vuuren

Executive Head: Student Accommodation, Eris Property Group


GBCSA Green Star and Net Zero Innovation: Unlocking Innovation insights to support market transformation and an increased impact across social, economic and environmental sustainability for the built environment.


Prof Obinna Ozumba

Associate Professor, School of Construction Economics and Management, University of the Witwatersrand

Jutta Berns

Managing Director, Ecocentric – Green Building Consultants

Marc Sherratt

Founder and Sustainability Architect, MSSA

Mike Munnik

Director, AGAMA Energy

Sathia Govender

Technical Solutions Manager, Saint Gobain

Michelle Du Toit

Director, Conscious Property Solutions


Many factors contribute towards planning and implementing a sustainability strategy for a property company. The workshop will focus on four key areas and their contribution towards Growthpoint’s Carbon Neutral 2050 strategy.

Grahame Cruickshanks

Head of Sustainability & Utilities, Growthpoint Properties

Session Chair

Natalie van der Bijl

 Integrated Reporting & Sustainability Officer, Growthpoint Properties

Ohad Shachar

Sustainability Director, GCX

Bernard Jacobs

Digital Director, GCX


Lisa Reynolds

Chief Executive Officer, Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA)


Giles Pendleton

Chairperson, Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA)

Opening Remarks

Shobana Singh

‘Managing Executive: National Facilities and Property’ Vodacom Facilities House Building

One Planet, One chance…Transforming Society
Through a Purpose-Led Organisation

Marc Sherratt

Founder & Sustainability Architect, MSSA

Resurrecting an Elephant Migration Route

Mbuyiswa Makhubela

General Manager Corporate Services, Rand Water

Don’t Use More than you Need

Peter van Kets

Pro Adventurer, Inspirational Speaker, Author and Leadership Consultant

Building Resilience – Do One Thing


Steve Brookes

Chief Executive Officer, Balwin Properties

Bringing Green to the Residential Sector

Day Two – 3 November 2021

Creative and Responsible City-building in These Times: Lessons from International Practice


Prof Geci Karuri-Sebina

Associate: South African Cities Network and African Centre for Cities

Brent Toderian

Consulting City Planner + Urbanist, TODERIAN UrbanWORKS


Tom Hegen

Award-winning Aerial Photographer

Overview for Insights through Aerial Photography

Jonathon Hanks

Director: Incite

Regenerative Business Leadership

Mashudu Ramano

Entrepreneur in Transition to a Regenerative and Sustainable Future, Sustainable Ethical Solutions Holdings

Redefining Sustainability: The Journey to a Sustainable Future begins with an Eight Letter Word


The Covid-19 pandemic has propelled the world into a new normal that will have implications on how we move to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Anticipation, early action and resilience are just some of the key lessons the built environment has to take from the pandemic to tackle the climate challenge.

Like the pandemic, climate change is also global, which means that we have to look outside and learn from successful initiatives from around the world. In this session, explore the growing momentum of a global adoption of net-zero strategies at both the city and building level. Discover leading global initiatives and how we can implement them locally.


Mike Aldous

Technical Principal, MpaMot

Session Chair

Thomas Fuller

Senior Development Manager, Attacq Limited

Net Zero: A Developer’s Perspective

Sean Mahoney

Director/Owner, StudioMAS

Deloitte New Head Office in Cape Town – The Ridge: Embodied Carbon Reduction with Eco Bricks and South African Timber

Tessa Brunette

Associate & Cape Town Office Leader, Arup

Deloitte New Head Office in Cape Town – The Ridge: Embodied Carbon Reduction with Eco Bricks and South African Timber

Marc Sherratt

Founder & Sustainability Architect, MSSA

Net Positive Construction Waste: Unpacking the First Net Positive Waste Level One Project in South Africa

Grahame Cruickshanks

Head of Sustainability and Utilities, Growthpoint Properties

Achieving Net Zero to Meet the Demands of Tenants and Investors


Cities have the power and the opportunity to lead boldly on environmental issues that impact people and the planet. As the effects of climate change become increasingly pervasive in our urban spaces, cities are under pressure to be the drivers of positive impact. However, in the face of a lot of challenges that often seem insurmountable, how do cities lead the way and navigate through multiple complexities and barriers to effect change where it matters most?

In this session, be inspired by visionary leadership by and for local government. Speakers will share their own experiences and perspectives on the challenges facing cities and how to overcome them, as well as leadership practices that drive positive impact in our cities.


Tanya Dos Santos

Global Head of Sustainability

Session Chair

Mary Haw

Manager: Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Facilitation and Promotion, City of Cape Town

Learning by Doing: Using Net-Zero Carbon Municipal Buildings as a Test Case for Renewable Energy in Cape Town

Benjamin Biggs 

Civil Engineer, JG Africa

Upgrading Informal Settlement Service Provision in South Africa

Amy Thompson

Professional Landscape Architect and Director, Yes And Studio

Upgrading Informal Settlement Service Provision in South Africa

Naseema Elias

Group Sustainability Manager, Sea Harvest Group Ltd

Topic TBA


Megan Sager

Sustainable Solutions (Pty) Ltd

C40 Financing Options


With Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) assets now sitting at more than USD$40-trillion globally and record inflows into ESG funds over the past few years, ESG is clearly the theme du jour and arguably the theme du future. However, the view from some quarters is that the ESG space is frothy and may already be a bubble (or fast approaching to be one).

In this session, Investment Strategy Director for RisCura, Glenn Silverman will share his insights and perspectives on the past, present and future of the ESG space, as well as his thoughts on the possible bubble and future implications this may have for the asset management industry and society at large. The session will be chaired by Craig Smith, Head of Research at Anchor Stockbrokers.


Craig Smith

Head of Research, Anchor Stockbrokers

Session Chair

Glenn Silverman

Investment Strategy Director, RisCura


Our green innovation and ONE stage sessions showcase innovative green products, services and game changing initiatives that are making a difference in achieving a sustainable future.


Joel Baur

Managing Director, CITRA Construction (Pty) Ltd

Innovation for a Better Everyday Life

Devilliers Botha

Chief Operating Officer, Solareff (Pty) Ltd

Making Green Energy Accessible to All Across South Africa

Paraschos Chatzopoulos

R&D Process Engineer, Desah BV

Decentralised Circular Sanitation

Mark O’Connor

Area Sales Manager/Managing Director, Rotho Blaas South Africa

How to Overcome the Challenges of Erecting Mass Timber Structures in South Africa

Andreas Kunsmann

Chief Operating Officer, Polycare

Polycare: Driving Empowerment, Affordable Housing and Circular Economy by Developing Innovative Construction Technologies

Isabel Faller

Business Development Manager, Polycare

Polycare: Driving Empowerment, Affordable Housing and Circular Economy by Developing Innovative Construction Technologies

Emma Muller

CEO/Founder, Waterkube Pty Ltd, ta Kaackai

Making Sewage Sexy



With the importance of Gauteng to the national space-economy, coordination and integration across spheres of government is becoming vitally important. Coordination of planning between key departments in the province and integration with national and municipal planning is one of the important ways to spatially transform the country and the GPG intends use the Gauteng City-Region Planning House as a space to inspire, visualise and focus these efforts.

The GCR Planning House will serve as a catalytic project to advance Gauteng Province’s spatial integration and transformation agenda as well as serve as a central knowledge, planning, disaster management and data hub for Gauteng Province while simultaneously functioning as a tourist site open to the public to learn about Gauteng’s past, present and bright future. The Planning House will also serve as one of the places where investors will obtain a holistic appreciation and directive of potential investment opportunities. It will also be a space to harness and harvest innovative thinking that will fast track the development action with the City Region. The Planning House will also showcase the implementation of 4IR technology and the implementation of sustainable development in the era of climate change.

The GCR Planning House will bring needed value add to Gauteng Province aiming to be a revolutionary centre for system innovation (Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Virtual Reality (VR), Research, and Smart cities), data management and spatial intelligence and modelling (decisive spatial transformation); enhance cohesion on integrated planning across the GCR; be a focus point for knowledge generation, harvesting and dissemination and investment promotion; leader in sustainability and urban resilience (economic, social and infrastructure resilience) informed in part by disaster management, all built on strategic partnerships across spheres of government, agencies, research institutes and universities and the private sector.


Khululekile Mase

Deputy Director-General: Urban Planning, COGTA

Introduction and Purpose of the Session Highlighting the Intended Outcomes from the Session and How it Aligns with the GBC2021

MEC Lebogang Maile

Gauteng MEC for Human Settlements, Urban Planning and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA)

Keynote Address


Regenerative design is a process-oriented whole systems approach to design. The term “regenerative” describes processes that restore, renew or revitalise their own sources of energy and materials. Regenerative design uses whole systems thinking to create resilient and equitable systems that integrate the needs of society with the integrity of nature.

The development of regenerative design has been influenced by approaches found in biomimicry, biophilic design, ecological economics, circular economics. As well as social movements such as permaculture, transition and the new economy. In this session, learn and engage with projects and materials that inspire a new way of thinking and designing that encourages regenerative, inclusive design. 


Georgina Smit

Head of Technical, Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA)

Session Chair

Boitumelo Makgabutlane

Production Scientist, SabiNano

The Nanobrick: Using Waste to Create Future Building Blocks

Matthew Whalley

Renewable Energy Engineer, Balwin

Balwin Lifestyle Centres – Net Zero Carbon

Mark Noble

Development Director, V&A Waterfront

Circular Design Thinking in Action – The Kiosk, an Example of Building Entirely from Waste


Increased urbanisation and the rapid growth of population throughout the world offers both a challenge and an opportunity to rethinking urban design and create communities that are smarter, more efficient.

In this session, we look beyond green buildings to green precincts that present the opportunity to drive ambition and scale the impacts of green buildings by introducing new forms of green infrastructure and service delivery. Learn from successful local and international case studies that showcase the positive social, economic and environmental impact of green precincts.


Rebecca Cameron

Senior Professional Officer: Net Zero Carbon Buildings, City of Cape Town

Making the Financial Case for Net Zero Carbon in the Public Sector

Manfred Braune

Director: Environmental Sustainability, University of Cape Town

Opportunities and Challenges of Greening a Large Campus with the Complexity of Heritage Buildings, COVID Lockdown and Fire Devastation

Shabari Shaily-Gerber

UK Future Cities Programme Lead/Head of Green Economy, British High Commission South Africa/Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office

Global Development as a Tool for Inclusive Cities

Petro Myburgh

Senior Operations Manager, V&A Waterfront

Thinking Circular – Our License to Operate?

Phil Paris

Executive Director: Development and Precincts, Infrastructure NSW

Net-Zero Carbon Precincts through Partnerships: The Barangaroo Case Study


Our green innovation and ONE stage sessions showcase innovative green products, services and game changing initiatives that are making a difference in achieving a sustainable future.


Scott Sargent

Managing Director, Rhino Modified Wood

The Role of Timber Modification in Sustainable Building and the Positive Impact on our Natural Forests

Muhammed Aadil Fayzoo

Student, The University of Witwatersrand

Using Domicology to Aid the Transformation of Abandoned Buildings in Johannesburg CBD

Donovan Will

Director, ProVeg South Africa

One Planet. One Chance. One Tasty Solution

Denise Mall

Managing Director, EnsO Earth Foundation NPC

Innovating Water Security for African Communities

Tom Sanya

Senior Lecturer, University of Cape Town

Integrating Sustainable Design in Architectural Education – Lessons from the University of Cape Town

Alba Brandt

Co-Founder, Green School South Africa

Green School South Africa

By 2050, Africa will be home to 1.3 billion more people than it is today – this is more than half of the world’s projected population growth of 2.4 billion people. This means a huge demand for buildings across the continent with 80 per cent of the buildings that will exist in 2050 still to be built. With this demand for buildings, there is the opportunity to build better now by designing healthy green buildings and spaces in which we can live, work and play – while advancing the transition to net-zero carbon across Africa.

This session will explore lessons learnt from case studies of green building projects from across Africa highlighting the challenges and opportunities for green building certifications on the continent.


Vere Shaba

Director, Greendesign Africa & Africa Programmes Head, World Green Building Council

Session Chair

Jutta Berns

Director & Principal, Ecocentric

Nigeria: Lessons Learnt from Unilever Office Green Star Interiors

Aisha Shaikh

Sustainability Consultant, Ecocentric

Uganda: Lessons Learnt from Arena Mall Green Star Retail

Elizabeth Wangeci Chege

Director, WEB Limited & Chairperson, World Green Building Council Africa Regional Network

Kenya: Lessons Learnt from SABIS International School Green Star Public & Education

Melisa Mclean

Senior Deal Maker, International Housing Solutions (IHS) Group

South Africa: Lessons Learnt from Delivering Green Housing in Africa



In the new normal, it is innovation that is going to distinguish the leaders from the followers as business as usual is not enough to meet the sustainability challenges that the world is facing. Innovation is crucial in driving sustainability forward and unlocking new ways of building green.

In this session, learn from experienced practitioners and how they have conceptualised and implemented innovative solutions on their projects. We will also take a closer look at using timber at scale on projects as well as the creative reuse of existing buildings. Come share and debate how we can solve problems with new ways of sustainable thinking.


Mike Aldous

Technical Principal, MpaMot

Session Chair

Francois Nortje

Director, Osmond Lange Architects And Urban Design

Timber Construction: The Untapped Source in SA

Enrico Daffonchio

Founder, Daffonchio and Associates Architects

Adaptive Reuse and Development of The Bank Site, Rosebank


The Covid-19 pandemic has redefined what constitutes healthy workspaces, radically changing our collective understanding of “the office”. This shift puts employee safety and wellbeing at the heart of reimagining what the office of the future looks like. Leaders who are serious about the wellbeing of their staff understand the importance of getting the future office right.

In this session, we pick up from last year’s opening plenary presentation on the post-Covid revolution in the workplace, by unpacking an evolved vision of offices of the future. Explore workplace strategies that foster connection and ensure healthy physical interaction as well as the macro shifts we need in our thinking about the buildings in which we work. The office of the future needs to be flexible, green, healthy and promote staff creativity. Join our panel discussion for different perspectives and solutions that are leading the reimagination of the office.


Darryl Mayers

Joint Chief Executive Officer, Investec Property Fund

Session Chair

Hassan Shaikh

Executive Director and Principal Workplace Strategist, Revolve

Connected Hybrid Workplace Strategies

Martin Smith

Design Director & Expertise Leader, Zutari

How are Clients Prioritising Healthy Offices?

Lauren Thompson

Dealer Business Manager, Steelcase

Unlocking Human Promise

Giles Pendleton

Chief Development Officer, Attacq Limited

How Offices are Changing from a Developers Perspective Based on Tenants Evolving Requirements

Zama Zaca

Head of New Business Development, Tétris South Africa

Moving from ‘Blah, Blah, Blah’ to ‘Do, Do, Do’ – A Practical Approach for Delivering Future Workspaces that are Sustainable


Capital owners and investors are grappling with the impact on investment returns of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) risk and opportunities. In tandem, companies are having to allocate an ever-increasing amount of capital and resources to understanding, mitigating and reporting on ESG factors. Boards and executives are justifiably asking for quantitative evidence that this allocation of resources adds to shareholder value.

It raises the question, does a focus on ESG and green opportunities improve shareholder value? And if so, can it be demonstrated in a tangible way? In this session, join us for a panel discussion with industry practitioners as they explore the real impact of ESG thinking, discuss the ways in which to approach and implement ESG strategies and debate their experience of whether ESG adds value to shareholders over the short, medium and long term.


Phil Barttram

Owner, PhilBar Consulting

Session Chair


Anneke Lund

Head: Sustainable Finance Solutions, Standard Bank

Engelbert Binedell

Chief Operating Officer, Growthpoint Properties

Carl Wiesner

Debt Capital Markets Transactor, Standard Bank

Kundayi Munzara

Co-Founder, Sesfikile

Wayne Godwin

Senior Vice President, Sub-Saharan Africa, JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group


Our green innovation and ONE stage sessions showcase innovative green products, services and game changing initiatives that are making a difference in achieving a sustainable future.


Glynis Coetzee

Project Development Executive, Genesis Eco-Energy Developments

Renewable Energy & Smart City Funding Innovation

Methuli Mbanjwa

Director, Forethought Africa

What are the Social Impacts of Residential Solar PV Installations and How Can We Evaluate Those?

Direshni Naiker

Ecolabelling Manager, Agrément South Africa

ecoASA: South African National Eco-label for the Built Environment

Roberto Pane

CTO International Business Developer, Envirocrete Bio-climatic Building

The Big Compromise: A Circular Economy Based on a Combined Techno & Bio Cycle Building Technology

Sandiswa Qayi

Managing Director, AET Africa

An Innovative Retrofit Solution for Improved Energy Efficiency

Craig Boyd

Managing Director, LEMS Energy Management

Clear Vue PV: Renewable Solar Glass Energy Technology 


Green Procurement means purchasing products and services that cause minimal adverse environmental impacts. It incorporates human health and environmental concerns into the search for high-quality products and services at competitive prices.  Supply chains are effectively the backbone of the economy.

South Africa is largely an extractive economy, exporting raw materials only to import a significant amount of finished products into the country. How can we turn this around by demanding more locally sourced and manufactured products, and where products (especially building materials) are imported, ensure that it is sensibly sourced with a transparent supply chain? In this session, gain a better understanding of green procurement practices and the complexity of the supply chain; and how we can build a more resilient local economy.


Sally-Anne Kasner

Operations Manager, EcoStandard

Session Chair

Deborah Dull

Circular Nomad

Circularity for Better Supply Chain Performance

Brendon Rowen

Independent Circular Economy Specialist

Effective Materials Circularity in Construction

Megan Euston-Brown

Director, Sustainable Energy Africa

The Role of Regulation in Directing Green Supply Chain Transformation


Rand Water’s continual drive to be a leader on the African continent is imperative to the future of sustainable water supply. This involves a continual need to explore new avenues of embracing water as a limited natural resource that requires conservation. There is one and it needs to be used wisely.


Mogan Padayachee

Innovation Manager, Rand Water

Digital Water Innovation to Create a Smart Water Utility  – A Rand Water Approach!

Samanta Stelli

Coordinator Water Wise and Research, Rand Water

Greywater is Twice as Good When You Do it Yourself – Homemade Constructed Wetlands to Treat Greywater

Dr Leslie Hoy

Acting Manager Logistics Services, Rand Water

Resilient Landscapes for Resilient Cities


For too long city-makers have spoken about “inclusion” from the top-down. Today, Townships are being rebuilt and regenerated by and for people living in townships, creating vibrant and revived communities where people and the planet thrive.

In this session, come and listen to the stories from the people who are driving regeneration and development in some of South Africa’s biggest townships. You will hear about non-motorised transport movements in Khayelitsha and Langa, so-called “micro-developers” building affordable rental housing in places like Khayelitsha and Delft, how a team of consultants managed to keep engagement in Soweto through the pandemic, and why climate justice is as important for people in townships as anywhere else.


Jodi Allemeier

Independent City Strategist

Session Chair

Sindile Mavundla


Moving the Townships – Non-motorised Transport in Khayelitsha

Malibongwe Nkunkuma

Project Coordinator, Development Action Group

Contractor and Micro-developers: How Emerging Developers are Building Affordable Rental Options that Represents a Safer and More Dignified Option than Backyard Rentals

Monique Cranna

Technical Director, Environment And Planning, Zutari

Keeping the Conversation Going During Times of Crisis – Engaging the Soweto Community through Lockdown and Unrest

Chisomo Phiri

Professional Architect | PhD Candidate, APG EBE

Water Sensitive Design and the Path to Inclusivity

Siyabonga Stengana

Mbekweni Township (Western Cape) Resident

Video: How the Private Sector is Innovating in the Full Value Chain to Offer End-to-end Services to Female-headed Property Owners of RDP Properties


Our green innovation and ONE stage sessions showcase innovative green products, services and game changing initiatives that are making a difference in achieving a sustainable future.

The Greenovate Awards is a joint initiative between Growthpoint Properties and Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) that was launched in 2015. This student programme seeks to educate and reward the young minds and future leaders of South Africa for environmentally innovative thinking in the built environment. The intention is to expose undergraduate students to key focus areas concerning sustainability within the industry, whilst also introducing industry leaders to the talent that is available to them. The Greenovate Awards, therefore, encourages students to learn more about green building and sustainability early on in their careers.


Jean-Pierre Mostert

2020 Greenovate Awards Winner: Engineering 1st Place (Stellenbosch University)

Topological Interlocking for 3D Printed Concrete

Rue Munemo

2020 Greenovate Awards Winner: Engineering 2nd Place (Stellenbosch University) 

Thixotropic Characteristics for Robust Interlayers in 3D Printable Concrete

Moniqué Scheepers

2020 Greenovate Awards Winner: Engineering 3rd Place (Stellenbosch University)

Development of a Training Methodology for Emerging Contractors

Fadheelah Madhi

2020 Greenovate Awards Winner: Property Joint 1st Place (University of the Witwatersrand)

The Use of Waste Tyre Rubber in the Partial Substitution of Cement Bricks in South Africa

Shweta Singh

2020 Greenovate Awards Winner: Property Joint 1st Place (University of the Witwatersrand)

The Use of Waste Tyre Rubber in the Partial Substitution of Cement Bricks in South Africa

Mpho Mtimkulu

2020 Greenovate Awards Winner: Property Joint 1st Place (University of the Witwatersrand)

The Use of Waste Tyre Rubber in the Partial Substitution of Cement Bricks in South Africa

Talia White

2020 Greenovate Awards Winner: Property 2nd Place (University of Cape Town)

An investigation into Critical Success Factors for Sustainable Waste Management in Shopping Centres

Alan Hunter

2020 Greenovate Awards Winner: Property Joint 3rd Place (University of Cape Town)

An Investigation of the Impact of Implementing Innovative Technology to Reduce Energy Consumption in South African Commercial Property

Dylan Hübner

2020 Greenovate Awards Winner: Property Joint 3rd Place (University of Cape Town)

An Investigation of the Impact of Implementing Innovative Technology to Reduce Energy Consumption in South African Commercial Property

With a young, vibrant and innovative population, Africa has the potential to be a global economic powerhouse. In the coming decades Africa will transform its energy systems, land use, industry and cities with seven countries in Africa predicted to be in the world’s top ten fastest-growing countries: Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Senegal, Malawi and Zambia. Integrating innovation in buildings and cities design will determine the ability for Africa to achieve economic, social and environmental sustainability simultaneously. This sustainability is at the heart of the African Union’s Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want, which envisions ‘a prosperous Africa based on inclusive and sustainable development’.

This session will explore innovations from across Africa highlighting the future of sustainability and how Africa’s future buildings, developments, districts and cities will be a deeper shade of green.


Trudy Muwanga

Co-Founder & Director, Green Building Council Uganda

Session Chair

John Mulatya

Associate Director, Turner & Townsend

Building Back Assets in a Deeper Shade of Green Across Africa

James Mitchell

Co-Founder & CEO, BuildX Studio

Building Green and Affordable Housing with Low Embodied Carbon

Robert van Kats

Co-Founder and Managing Director, B K V V Architects

Living Examples: Studies in Spatial Energy Design – Kaliro National Teachers’ College, Uganda

Tina Muwanga

Principal Director, Tina Muwanga & Associates Architects

Solana – A Case Study in Sustainable Mixed-Use Development


Chris Maser

Author, International lecturer, Consultant, and Facilitator in Social-Environmental Sustainability

The Inviolable Rules of Decision-making, which Determine Irreversible Consequences or Outcomes

Irgen Salianji

Co-Founder, Architects for Urbanity

Sustainable Urbanity: An Architect’s Role

Gemma John

Urban Anthropologist & Managing Director, Human City

Sustainable Cities: Delivering Social Value in the UK and Europe

Day Three – 4 November 2021


Ashleigh Morris

CEO, Coreo

The Circular Economy – An Australian Story

Jaine Morris

COO, Coreo

The Circular Economy – An Australian Story

Gijs Rikken

Associate Design Director, MVRDV

Density, Sustainability and Redefining Cities

Jane Abernethy

Chief Sustainability Officer, Humanscale

It’s What’s Inside That Counts





The Changing Legislative Landscape – New Rules, New Challenges: EPCs & Revised SANS 10400

Seen as a great boost for energy efficiency in South Africa, non-residential buildings will be required by law to display an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) by December 2022. The new regulation requires that a building’s energy data is collected over a year which will give building owners an accurate measure of how their buildings compare against the SANS 10400-XA benchmark energy use intensity value. Further bolstering energy efficiency in the country, the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) recently published a new draft of SANS 10400-XA, which introduces more stringent energy efficiency requirements.

In this session, join us as we explore the new regulatory frameworks, guidelines and legislature across the sustainability ambit for EPCs and the revised SANS standards. With the rules of the game shifting, this session gives a bird’s eye view of the impacts on the built environment.


Lisa Reynolds

Chief Executive Officer, Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA)

Francois Retief

Founder, Sow & Reap Consulting

Barry Bredenkamp

Senior Manager, South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI)

Lerato Magalo

Executive Manager: Technical Services, Agrément South Africa

Jan-Paul Spangenberg

Carbon & Energy Advisory, Delta Carbon


The Low Carbon Economy is imperative to get right for us to not only survive but thrive. This critical transition is further emphasised by a growing recognition of the reality of our changing climate. Balancing the need for reduced carbon emissions with the need for economic development and growth summarises the challenge of our times. It is only through strong and brave leadership that a low carbon and sustainable future can be achieved.

In this session, unpack some of the ground-breaking ideas, green building trends, best practise and examples of inspiring leadership that are paving the way to a low carbon economy.


Jenna Sprenger

Head of Balance Sheet, Treasury and ESG, Investec Property Fund

Session Chair

Carel Kleynhans

Chief Executive Officer, Divercity Urban Property Fund

Does Location Count? The Impact of Spatial Planning on Municipal Carbon Trajectories

Gavin Kode

Deputy Director-General – Head of Public Works, Western Cape Government

Stepping into the Existing Building Portfolio Backlog – Developing Internal Capacity

Danie Hoffman

Senior lecturer: Programme Leader Quantity Surveying, University of Pretoria

Green Building Guide to Cost and Trends – a 2021 Update


In this new era of rising climate-risk awareness, investors are putting increasing pressure on companies to account for how they are managing climate-related risks. Over the years, Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) have largely focused on mitigating climate risk, but the pressure is mounting for REITs to effectively manage the risk from climate-related events and improve communication with investors.

In this session, join in on the broader conversation around real estate and sustainability. The discussion will unpack the increased focus on climate vulnerability, how investors are sifting the leaders from the laggards, and the need for green certification. The panel will also look at the growing influence of 3rd party ESG ratings providers and examine whether they convert sustainability into a box-ticking exercise or if they are an essential step in the journey to sustainable maturity.


Brian Unsted

Asset Management Executive, Liberty 2 Degrees

Session Chair

Gareth Allison

Executive Director, MSCI Inc

Georgina Smit

Head of Technical, Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA)

Laila Razack

Chief Financial Officer, Equites Property Fund


Our green innovation and ONE stage sessions showcase innovative green products, services and game changing initiatives that are making a difference in achieving a sustainable future.


Gerrie Brink

Managing Director, AQUAffection (Pty) Ltd


Gareth Gates

Chief Technology Officer, RE:DIGITAL (Pty) Ltd

How Digital Twins can Reduce the Carbon Emissions of Cities

Gerhard Cronje

Chief Executive Officer, Maskam Water (PTY) Ltd

Clarus Fusion: The Future of Water Reuse

Mpumzi Swana

Chief Operating Officer, SAMAC Engineering Solutions

Bringing HVAC towards NetZero

Johanlene Venter

Managing Consultant, HKA Global

Why is it Difficult to get Sustainability Embedded in Major Capital Projects?

Gerry Brannigan

Partner, Head of Forensic Technical Services, HKA Global

Why is it Difficult to get Sustainability Embedded in Major Capital Projects?


Unaccounted for water in the form of leaks, wastage and other losses is a challenge to all municipalities the world over. Unfortunately, unaccounted for water in cities across South Africa is a challenge. Rand Water aims to share some aspects of interventions underway to address these challenges through a variety of methods.


Danny Kuya

Contracts Manager, Rand Water

Leak Reduction in Water Pipelines and Sustainability & Contributing to a Green Economy: How Rand Water is Using Space Technology to Detect Leaks on its Pipelines

Roseline Shumba

Project Manager, Rand Water

Leak Reduction in Water Pipelines and Sustainability

Mamorena Ramosoeu

Customer Water Demand Manager, Rand Water

Monitoring Municipal Water Use Efficiencies

Samanta Stelli

Coordinator Water Wise and Research, Rand Water

Being Water Wise: Addressing South Africa’s Water Crisis

Venue: Auditorium ABC


Teresa van Dongen

Designer, Studio Teresa van Dongen

Virtual Presentation: Designing with Science and Nature

Tanya Dos Santos

Global Head of Sustainability, Investec Property Fund

Live Presentation: The Vital Role of the Built Environment in Achieving the 2030 Goals

Richard Palmer

Principal, Integral Group

Building Better Things – Beyond the Age of Incrementalism


Data has completely transformed the built environment, changing the way we design, construct, operate and maintain building and infrastructure assets. Digital technology has made it easier, cheaper and more efficient to manage buildings and infrastructure projects through digital models.

In this session, explore the rapid rise in the availability of data and how it can be transformed into actionable information beyond the bits and bytes. The session will also look at data collection, processing, storage, security and how this makes a real-world difference to organisations, supports ESG, drives value for stakeholders and the enhancements Building Information Modelling (BIM) brings to data.


Mike Aldous

Technical Principal, MpaMot

Session Chair

Adrian Maguire

Chief Executive Officer, Fatti

Data Drivers in Retail Changing the Shopping Experience

Rebecca Cameron

Senior Professional Officer: Net Zero Carbon Buildings, City of Cape Town

Data as an Enabler for Energy Performance Certificate Compliance

Dr Jasper Grosskurth

Managing Director, Dalberg

The Value of Connected Buildings and Cities, How Building Owners Can Unlock New Revenue Streams


Building Circularity – Fact or Fiction

The circular economy presents robust solutions in alignment with future trends, by creating built environments that are safe, liveable, cost-effective, and contribute to achieving climate targets. Many circular investment opportunities that could help attain this vision exist, such as the renovation and upgrade of buildings, reusing building materials and recycling infrastructure, modular building and decentralised services.

In this session, gain knowledge and understanding of systems thinking, collaborative design, as well as regenerative and resilient design principles towards achieving circularity in our economy.


Miyelani Mkhabela

Founding Director & CEO (Circular Economy Activist), Antswisa Transaction Advisory Services

Session Chair

Claire Janisch

Director, Biomimicry SA & CEO of Learn Biomimicry

Nature-inspired Design – Why Should We Design with Circularity in Mind?

Jeshika Ramchund

Division Member & Lead Engineer, Bosch Projects, South African Institution of Civil Engineering – Environmental Engineering Division

Planting the SEED for Sustainable Infrastructure

Debbie Sharp

Managing Director, Recycle 4 Africa Group Pty Ltd

Net Zero Technology and its Impact on the Green Economy

Michelle De Nysschen

Business Development and Key Accounts Specialist,
Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA)

The Resource Economy: A Global Perspective


Cities plan at different temporal and spatial scales. In real-time, through informal development, market forces, and unpredictable economic shocks or shifts, development happens in ways we didn’t always plan or hope for it to happen. What is the appropriate level of effort for planning at these different scales, and how flexible should cities be?

Join us for a robust discussion on building resilience in cities from a variety of lenses against a backdrop of unprecedented changes, challenges and global developments. Hear from different built environment sectors on how they have dealt with these challenges and the learnings that are changing the way in which we approach city planning and design.


Jodi Allemeier

Independent City Strategist

Amy Davison

Head: Climate Change, C40 Cities Finance Facility, City of Cape Town

Liteboho Makhele

Programme Manager: Sustainable and Resilient Cities, SA Cities Network

Megan Euston-Brown

Director, Sustainable Energy Africa

Lesley Sibanda

Senior Professional Officer: Net Zero Carbon Built Environment, City of Cape Town

Mbuyiswa Makhubela

General Manager Corporate Services, Rand Water


Our green innovation and ONE stage sessions showcase innovative green products, services and game changing initiatives that are making a difference in achieving a sustainable future.


Nicolas Hamel

Panorama Expert/Business Developer, CODRA

BIM Operation: Enhance the Value of Your Building throughout its Entire Life Cycle!

Ingo Hamann

Managing Director, STIEBEL ELTRON

Heat Pumps as a Key Technology in the Energy Transition: Decarbonisation of the Heating Market

Nico Mienie

Technical Director, Clay Brick Association

Summary of Thermal Performance Study Utilising Energy Zones

Fabio Venturi

Founder, Terramanzi Group

Africa’s First Sustainable Precinct: now Building, Lessons Learnt

Janet Peace

Product Manager, Execuflora

Greening up the Office as a Staff Health and Motivation Strategy


An interactive discussion with three leading professionals sharing case studies and examples from a varied range of property sectors to demonstrate and challenge notions of value accretion through applied ESG measures. Examples shared will review the value of short, medium and long term benefits of adopting “green” and ESG principles with specific focus on commercial returns, the sustainability of business operations and the availability of capital to implement these initiatives.


Joshua Askew FRICS

Head of Valuation: Sub-Saharan Africa Director, JLL

Session Chair

Pieter Strydom

Head of Asset Management: Offices, Redefine Properties


José Snyders

Financial Director, Liberty Two Degrees



Mokena Mokeka

Principal, Dalberg Advisors

Session Chair

Kunlé Adeyemi

Founder & Principal, NLÉ

Building African Water Cities

Malose Kekana

Group Chief Executive Officer, Pareto Limited

2021 SA Unrest: How Do We Build it Back Better?

Hanife Ymer

Head of Sustainability, MENA Region JLL

Rethinking the Norm – How Sustainability is the Now, not the Later

Lisa Reynolds

Chief Executive Officer, Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA)

Closing Remarks