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​Maximising the Value of Public Real Estate: Catalysing Urban (Re) Development (3-5 November 2014)


The purpose of this training workshop was to assist municipal officials conceptualize and practically apply lessons on the leveraging of private sector investment into their catalytic metropolitan projects. A key output was to facilitate dialogue between city officials and private sector developers/investors. It aimed to specifically focus on how cities could leverage their real estate assets to enable private sector investment in urban core areas and create collaborative partnerships.


Day 1

City Presentations

Cape Town





Nelson Mandela Bay


Speaker Presentations

Day 2

Day 3


​Accelerating the Preparation and Implementation of Catalytic Urban Redevelopment Projects: Institutional and Financial Tools (7 - 9 March 2016)


This interactive technical workshop was aimed at enhancing city decision-makers’ knowledge and technical capacity to implement a range of institutional and financing tools for catalytic urban land development projects. The training was designed to provide a conceptual and practical overview of:
  1. the real estate market, capital market and land economy drivers behind this process
  2. how cities can promote private investment in the urban core; and
  3. global best practices in development processes, partnering and financing to help cities understand and effectively intervene in these processes. Structured as a “working retreat,” the workshop combined lectures, expert panel discussions and facilitated strategy sessions among participants for Metros to refine and further develop their policy and financing tools for a representative project or redevelopment initiative in their city.
As such, this event sought to advance both individual’s knowledge and team-based project strategy in a series of dynamic interactive sessions facilitated by subject matter specialists.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3


Catalytic Urban (re) Development Programs and Projects: Opportunities for New Partnerships, Innovative Financing and Improved Preparation for Implementation (24 July 2017 - 26 July 2017)


Day 1: Catalytic Land Development - Inception and Concept

08h00 - 08h30: Welcoming remarks

08h00 – 08h10: Ambassador Helene Budliger Artieda (Embassy of Switzerland)

08h10 – 08h20: Paul Noumba Um, World Bank Country Director for South Africa

08h20 – 08h30: Malijeng Ngqaleni, DDG Head of Intergovernmental Relations National Treasury

08h30 – 08h45: Overview of 3 days (Moderator)


08h45 – 10h30: Key City Challenges for SA, and policy responses to these challenges

08h45 – 09h10 (1A): Understand National Treasury perspective on challenges facing SA cities and how they are responding to these challenges, Presenter: David Savage (Program Head: CSP, National Treasury)

09h10 – 09h45 (1B): Cities' perspectives on urban land redevelopment challenges and their responses, City Feedback

09h45 – 10h20 (1C): Provide cities with an overview of the Catalytic Land Development Program Preparation and its stages, Presenter: Dr Johan Coetzee (National Treasury)

10h20-10h30 – Q&A


11h00 – 11h45: Transit-Oriented Development

11h30-11h45 – Q&A


11h45 – 12h25: Transit-Oriented Development

11h45-12h05 (2B): Discuss SA case studies for TOD - successes, failures, future opportunities, Presenters: Thamsanqa Hlongwane, Senior Manager, Property Investments (Intersite)

12h05 - 12h25: Q&A


12h25 – 13h00: Lessons/Outcomes from TOD projects

12h55-13h15 – Q&A


14h00 – 14h40: South Africa’s Regulatory Framework: Constraints and Opportunities for Real Estate Transactions

14h00 – 14h40: Explore how city-focused legislation enables and/or constrains the city’s ability to partner with the private sector and/or award projects to the public or private sector, and impacts the use of innovative financing mechanisms

Panel Discussion: James Aiello, TV Pillay and Wayne McCommans (National Treasury)

14h40 – 15h00: Q&A


15h00 – 15h45: Objective Setting for Catalytic Land Development

15h00-15h35: Demonstrate importance of setting catalytic program and project objectives, refining the objectives throughout the program/project and the economic, fiscal and social impact that these objectives can have on a program/project. Speaker: Alberto Gomes Silva (Porto Maravilha)

15h35 – 15h45: Q&A


16h00 – 16h45: Economic and Social Inclusion and Urban Regeneration

16h00 – 16h30 :Discuss the unintended impacts of urban regeneration, such as social exclusion and gentrification; and how cities can try to minimize the impacts. Speakers: Dr. Geci Karuri-Sebina (SA Cities Network), Global Examples: Valerie Santos and Alberto Gomes Silva

16h30 – 16h45: Q&A


16h45 – 17h45: City Breakaways

Integrate knowledge from experts into a city’s catalytic programs and projects and a case study Speaker: Cities

17h45 – 18h00: Summary of the Day, Moderator

Day 2: Program Pre-Feasibility and Feasibility

08h45 - 09h00: Outline for the day, Moderator - Stan Wall


09h00 – 09h45: Real Estate Market Update

09h00-09h35 - Provide cities with a high level overview of current market trends Speaker: Zandile Makhoba; Head of Research (JonesLangLaSalle)

SA Property Market Update

09h35-09h45: Q&A


09h45-10h15: Understanding Private Real Estate Investment: Brownfield/Infill Housing

9h45-10h05 - Discuss opportunities/pitfalls of inclusionary zoning, business models for mixed income housing developments, issues encountered with various typologies of tenure and density, Speaker: Rory Gallocher, Chief Executive Officer (Social Housing Regulatory Authority)

10h05 – 10h15: Q&A


10h15-10h45: SA's national transport agencies and their business models

10h15-10h30: Provide insight into how other transit agencies in SA think about TOD and other development. What are the incentives that drive these agencies, and how do we negotiate cities' v agency needs? Speakers: Sisa Maboza; Startegic Network Planning (PRASA); William Dachs (Gautrain Management Agency)

10h30 – 10h45: Q&A


11h25 – 12h10: Measuring the social, fiscal and economic impact of land (re)development programs and projects

11h25-11h45: Discuss how to quantitively demonstrate economic, social and fiscal returns and conduct pre-feasibility assessments of impact, Speaker: Stan WalL (HR&A Advisors)

11h45-11h55: Worked Example, Speaker: Yasmin Coovadia, (National Treasury)

11h55 – 12h10: Q&A


12h10 – 13h30: Creating Real Estate Market Feasibility Studies

12h10-12h45: Demonstrate how city objectives are applied within its market demand context, and the costs and other impacts to achieve the objectives. Speaker: Stan Wall, HR&A Advisors

12h45 – 13h15 - Case Studies for Cornubia, King Edward and Leralla - methodologies used and lessons learnt, Speaker: Implementing cities to present (10 mins each)

13h15 – 13h30: Q&A


14h30 – 15h00: Development Charges

Discuss the scope of proposed changes to Development Charges guidelines and impact on the cities, including: timeline, reporting, DC calculation, Speaker: Judy Mboweni (National Treasury)


15h00 – 15h45: Using Land-Based Financing

15h00 – 15h30: Leveraging municipal land value increments, multiple tools and approaches for urban planning (housing, transportation), Speakers: Enrique Silva (Lincoln Institute of Land Policy); Helen Rourke (Development Action Group)

15h30 – 15h45: Q&A


16h00 – 16h45: Using Land-Based Financing Tools to raise funding

16h00 – 16h30: Development Charges and Sale of Development Rights, Speaker: Paulo Sandroni (Lincoln Institute of Land Policy)

16h30 – 16h45: Q&A


16h45 – 17h45: City Breakaways

Integrate knowledge from experts into a city's catalytic programs and projects, Speakers: Cities

17h45 – 18h00: Summary of the Day, Moderator

Day 3: Catalytic Land Development: Finalization of Program Preparation and selected project preparation

08h45 - 09h00: Outline for the day, Moderator - Alberto Gomes Silva


09h00 – 10h30: Financing Catalytic Developments

09h00 – 09h30 (1A): Developer to provide insight into how they view and price for development risks in projects

09h30 – 09h45: Q&A

09h45 – 10h30 (1B): Using a single case study, show perspectives of various stakeholders in a catalytic land development program: city, land developer/infrastructure, vertical developer, banks, grant financiers (NT), Speaker: Jeffrey Wapnick, Managing Director (City Property)


10h45 – 13h00: Institutional arrangements to preparing the program and associated projects

10h45 – 11h15 (2A): Project portfolio, program and project management capacities required, sequencing of tasks, management of timelines and reporting/monitoring responsibilities, Speaker: Alberto Gomes Silva, Porto Maravilha (Rio de Janeiro)

11h15 – 11h45 (2B): Discuss various public sector-driven institutional forms that are used for implementing land (re)development projects, Speaker: Valerie Santos / Leila McKenna/Alan Dinnie

11h45 – 12h00: Q&A

12h00 – 12h30 (2C): Cities self-identify problem areas for project and program management efficiencies in their projects/programs/city, Speaker: Cities to compile and report

12h30 – 12h45: Q&A


14h00 – 15h30: City Presentations

Integrate knowledge from experts into city projects, Speaker: Report-back from each of the cities from 3 days

15h30 – 16h00: Workshop Summary, Speakers: David Savage / Robert McGaffin


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