The outgoing Mayor of Johannesburg, Mr Herman Mashaba was among a line-up of expert speakers in the property, urban planning and government sectors, assembled to tackle the question of how to unearth inner city potential - making investment more accessible and profitable.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 07:29

Francois Viruly

Francois Viruly

Prof Francois Viruly is a well known South African property economist and professor in Property Economics, Property Investment and Property Finance.

François Viruly is a property economist with over twenty years of experience in the analysis of the South African Property market. He lectures in Urban Economics, Property Development and Portfolio Management at UCT in the School of Construction Economics and Management.

François held the position of Chief Economist at the Chamber of Mines. He was Head of Research at JHI Professional Services (valuations, research and legal services) and more recently Head of School of the School of Construction Economics and Management at Wits University.

He is a Fellow of RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors), immediate past President of the African Real Estate Society and is the Acting Chair of the Ethics in Research Committee Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at UCT. He is also on the ARUP social and ethics board.

Professor Viruly has undertaken extensive research into the South African property cycle, the development of township commercial properties, and the application of Institutional Economics to the analysis of property markets in emerging countries. He is a non-executive director of the Orion Real Estate Group. Also acts as expert witness in property related cases.

Published in Property Leader

Although the South African listed property market is 48 times the size it was 12 years ago, the unlisted sector remains substantial, holding some of the country’s most prized assets.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012 10:49

Improvon to host annual 'Property Trends' Forum

At the forefront of the South African commercial and industrial property sector is myriad of questions over the future of the industry.

The primary social benefit of this sector of the housing market cannot be denied but there is a bigger, indirect, benefit that affordable housing and construction provides

Providing yet another significant skills boost for the property sector, 73 candidates have graduated from SAPOA’s latest Property Development Programme (PDP) held in Cape Town from 15 to 27 August.

With student applications for SAPOA's Property Management Programme (PMP) nearly doubling in 2010, SAPOA’s newest accredited education course has clearly hit the mark

Wednesday, 21 October 2009 02:00

Nedbank sponsors Wits construction ball

The University of Witwatersrand’s School of Construction Economics and Management celebrated their final year ball last week, which was sponsored by Nedbank Corporate Property Finance

The academy seeks to develop qualified property professionals and to bolster the limited pool of talent in the industry

Wednesday, 20 August 2008 02:00

‘Worst is over’ for listed property

The worst could be over for the listed property sector, which has experienced severe volatility this year, provided there are no nasty interest rate surprises in the next quarter.

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