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Finance: City Development vs Rural Degradation


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As a whole Africa has much more to do to make Africa a competitive landscape for enterprise ... access to finance and new investment in infrastructure should come together to advance Africas drive to develop Obiageli Katryn EZEWESILI - Vice President Africa Region , Gauteng, World Bank.

Wise words, however, how do we find a balance between rural and urban development

I am honored to be chairing the City Development World Africa 2008 conference to be held here in Johannesburg (Southern Sun Grayston, Sandton) South Africa, on 20 to 24 October 2008.

This mega conference will identify crucial mechanisms for attracting finance and investment; explore new financing options being applied to the affordable housing market; strategize on service excellence in city management and operations through the utilization of effective leadership practices; examine the demand for urban services and establish capacity options such as PPP (Public Private Partnerships); exploring the benefits of building with green principles, are but a few of the aspects under discussion.

The line-up of eminent speakers says it all and include:

Duma Nkosi Executive Mayor of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality Chairperson of the South African Local Government Association in Gauteng
Cllr Mahommed Akoon, - Ekurhuleni Metroplitan Municipality Elizabeth Austerberry - Country Managing Director - International Housing Solutions Dr Ted Avis - Managing Director - Coastal and Environmental Services Mr Neil Cloete - Managing Director - Grinaker- LTA Kim Faclier - Property Specialist - Alliance Group Mr Ian Fife - Property Editor - Financial Mail Mr Markus Franz - Founder and Head CTO - BF Blogform Search Gmbh Mr Neil Fraser Partner - Urban Inc. Mr Gerald Garner - Editor: Urban Green File - Brooke Pattrick Publications (Pty) Ltd Mr Stewart Gibson Director - Stewart Gibson and Associates Mr Vinson Hailulu CEO - National Housing Enterprise Mr Philip Harrison - Executive Director: Development Planning and Urban Management
City of Johannesburg

Mr Gerry Holtzhausen - Assistant Executive in Job Summit Project - National Housing Finance Corporation Mr Des Hughes - Managing Director - Basil Read Developments Mr Eric Itzkin - Deputy Director: Immovable Heritage, Department of Community Development - City of Johannesburg Mr Ignatius Jacobs - MEC: Public Transport, Roads and Works - Gauteng Provincial Government Mr Rob Jeffrey - Senior Economist - Econometrix Ms Della Levinsohn Director - DL and Associates Mr Geophrey Majiwa - City Mayor - City of Nairobi Kenya Mr Sonwabile Mancotywa CEO - National Heritage Council Mr Webber Marais - Chief Executive - Top Fix Holdings Mr Stefan Maree Director - Agripro Property Development Consultants
Mr Stefano Mattiello - Executive Head: Enterprise Unit - Neotel Mr Monde Mawasha - CDC Chief Info Officer - Coega Development Corporation Lindiwe Mbongwe - Divisional Director - Nedbank Mr Peter Metcalfe Chairman The Foundation for the Development of Africa Mr Mansoor Mohamed - Executive Director: Department of Economic and social Development - City of Cape Town Ms Nomvula Mokonyane - Housing MEC - Department of Housing Mr Jay Naidoo Chairman - DBSA

Mr Eric Noir - Principal Architect and Director - Green by Design Mr Vusi Nondo - Targeted Investment Executive - Old Mutual Investment Group- Property Investments Mr Solomon Nortje - Head Infrastructure Equity Investment - Absa Capital Mr Lanre Okupe - MD and CEO - Cornerstone Construction Co. Nigeria Mr Paresh Pandya - Manager: Trade and Investment Promotion - Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency Mr Kogan Pillay - Business Development Head South African Treasury Kecia Rust - Coordinator: Housing Finance - Finmark Trust Ms Esther Schmidt - Acting General Exective Manager: Business Networks Mobility ,
Johannesburg Roads Agency Mr Gaster Sharpley - City Manager - Buffalo City Municipality Mr Soita Shitanda - Minister of Housing - Ministry of Kenya Mr Wimpie Snyman - CEO: Development Finance and Commercial Property,
FNB Commercial Property Mr Nirvesh Sooful - Director: Information Systems and Technology - City of Cape Town Elize Stroebel - Country Managing Director - International Housing Solutions
the Gauteng Provincial Government from 1998 to 2000 and was responsible for the Mr Tony Twine - Director and Senior Economist - Econometrix Mr Pieter van der Schyf - Executive Director - Sea Kay Holdings Mr Pierre Venter - Low-cost housing official - Banking Association of South Africa Mr Peter Waweru - Chief Executive Officer - Calgro M3 Dr Marc Weiss - CEO and Chairman - Global Urban Development
Ms Shivon Wiggins - Head of Division: Property - Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency

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