It has been an action-filled year at URERU and we are very pleased with the progress made in 2017. The unit has continued to see considerable growth and this year’s end brings a tremendous sense of accomplishment as well as excitement for 2018. This brief review serves to highlight the key milestones achieved during 2017 and what you can expect to see from URERU in 2018.
We are pleased to announce that the African Real Estate Society's official journal; the Journal of African Real Estate Research, has found a new home at URERU. It is with great pride that the unit takes on this responsibility, and we are looking forward to being a part of the exciting new direction of the publication.
We are pleased to announce the new partnership between URERU and the Housing Finance Course for Sub Saharan Africa (HFCSSA) which will take place from the 1st – 7th October 2017.
The course is held in partnership with the University of Cape Town and Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and receives support from the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa.
On 11 May, staff and guests celebrated the launch of Dr Manya Mooya’s book Real Estate Valuation Theory: A critical appraisal. The book is only the second book to be published in the Department of Construction Economics and Management. It was published by Springer, an esteemed publisher in the scientific world. Dr Mooya is part of the Next Generation Professoriate programme which is a new initiative aimed at addressing the lack of senior black academics.
Nina Dube, one of the first property studies students who graduated from UCT in 2001, has been recognised for the significant role that she plays within Barclays Africa (ABSA), and in a short space of time has moved through the ranks to fulfil an often difficult and challenging position. At a gala dinner held in October, Dube received the Young Achiever Award (under 35) from the Women’s Property Network.
Property studies honours students took first place at the Greenovate Awards which took place in Johannesburg on 26 November. Second place went to a team made up of two quantity surveying honours students and a construction studies honours student.