The opportunity for African countries in supporting the growth and development of their affordable housing industries is immense and transformative.

The United Kingdom’s Department for International Trade (DIT) says it has the ability to facilitate the provision of billions of Pounds Sterling in lending and guarantees to African countries to help them address a chronic infrastructure backlog that the World Bank estimates to be about US$93 billion a year in the Sub-Saharan region alone.

The argument has often been made that the reason the SA listed property sector has delivered good returns over time, apart from a declining yield environment, is primarily due to its predictable and growing income stream.

New report sponsored by global law firm Baker & McKenzie finds that the funding gap for African infrastructure narrows to about USD25bn a year.

Things at the country’s largest REIT by gross assets are not looking up. Growthpoint ended 2015 on a soft note after lopping off a fortune in investors’ funds. Figures from Catalyst Fund Managers are dispiriting from an investor’s angle.

According to John Truter, Chief Operating Officer, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Structures, Africa, there are three mega trends driving the commercial property industry.

While the ‘green revolution’ in residential property, unlike in the commercial sector, is still in its infancy, rapid strides in technology and increasing awareness of the potential cost savings and reduced environmental impact are making good sense to more and more home owners – and home buyers, says Pam Golding Properties.

Spending on infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa is projected to reach USD180bn a year by 2025‚ according to PwC's 2014 report.

Major pension fund investment to boost affordable housing stock in South Africa                         

South Africa has welcomed the announcement that Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, is now the biggest economy in sub-Saharan Africa after it rebased its gross domestic product (GDP).

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