Established to recognise and promote excellence in Africa’s rising real estate sector, the API Awards, have become a critical benchmark for measuring success for the industry. Awarded at a gala dinner during Africa’s premier real estate gathering, the API Summit & Expo in Johannesburg, on the 20th of September. The awards provide peer recognition for the pioneering world class work and services being undertaken by the trailblazing real estate industry.
As the market and industry continues to grow in line with predicted GDP trajectories, the API Awards will assist in ensuring that the entire industry continues to champion the improvement of development standards and meets global best practices.
The awards are open to developers, professional teams, consultants, suppliers and property owners involved in the African real estate industry. To ensure impartiality and objectivity, the awards are judged by a panel of industry experts and thought leaders.
To recognize and reward excellence in the real estate and associated sectors.
To encourage innovative real estate solutions within the industry.
To enhance quality standards.
To promote confidence in the real estate and property industry.
To safeguard and strengthen interest of stakeholders in the industry.
To provide a strategic and reputable platform of interaction for the different stakeholders in the industry.
Growing in scope, this year’s API awards has been expanded to cover 12 categories from seven in 2017.
The categories are open to completed projects between 2016 – August 14, 2018.
BEST AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT SPONSORED BY AUHF
BEST ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN
BEST COMMERCIAL OFFICE DEVELOPMENT
BEST GREEN BUILDING
BEST HIGH-END RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT
BEST HOTEL DEVELOPMENT
ALTERNATIVE ASSET CLASS
BEST RETAIL DEVELOPMENT
TOP DEAL AWARD
BEST INDUSTRIAL & LOGISTICS DEVELOPMENT
BEST MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT
WOMEN IN REAL ESTATE
Winning an API award provides a unique opportunity to showcase your project to the most influential players involved in Africa’s Real Estate market.
Step 1: Select your category
You can enter as many projects as you wish in the 12 categories, and one entry can be in more than one category as long as it meets all the eligibility requirements and separate entries are sent.
Step2: Pre-Entry form
Pick your category and fill out the pre-entry form. It’s free of charge and takes a one minute to complete.
You will receive an email confirming the eligibility of your entry.
Pre-entry deadline: June 30, 2018
Step 3: Pre-selection & Additional Materials
If your project is pre-selected, you will be asked to submit the required materials (photos, maps, video.)
Your project has to fit in one of the 12 competition categories.
All projects have to be submitted by the 16th of August 2018 at the latest.
As an API awards winner, you will receive the praise of your industry peers, which will translate into new business opportunities.
You will gain a competitive edge provides by API Events’ publications, press releases, and critically, during the awards ceremony held on the 20th of September 2018.
Award winners also have the opportunity to be highlighted as an award-winning project on API Events’ various websites, events and platforms, which include press releases distributed by API Events, prime placement of the API Summit and Group websites and social media channels, editorial coverage in African Property Skyline which is electronically distributed to 25,000 property stakeholders, and through targeted email marketing campaigns to API Events database.
All winners receive a framed certificate, trophy, email signature, web banner and a window vinyl, and any additional customised and branded marketing collateral on request.
Finalists are mentioned in the Awards presentation
Due to the high level of competition and interest in the API Awards, being recognised as a finalist in this African property defining awards provides significant exposure for brands and their teams.
Malcolm is the Group CEO of Broll Property Group, a leading commercial property services provider operating across Sub Saharan Africa. He joined Broll in March 2003 and was promoted from being Managing Director of Property Management to Group CEO in August 2010. Malcolm is a director of Broll’s subsidiary companies throughout Africa and is also a director of the South African Council of Shopping Centres and an immediate past director of SAPOA.
With his legal background and under Malcolm’s leadership, Broll has built up a great team and has relentlessly followed a strategy to establish a presence across sub-Saharan Africa. Today, the group operates and provides a full bouquet of services in eight countries and works in a further nine African countries with the ultimate end goal of opening offices in these countries with local partners. Broll currently employs 1400 property specialists, with 300 staff operating beyond South Africa’s boarders.
Broll manages third party assets worth $10 billion, of which $2 billion is outside of South Africa’s borders. Assets under management exceed 15 million sqm. The group has enjoyed a 10 year affiliate partnership arrangement with the world’s largest property services provider CBRE.
What excites Malcolm most about Africa are the people of Africa. “Our business is to empower local people situated in their country of origin. There are vast opportunities for the property industry with the massive infrastructure development plans across the continent which will see Africa being the continent of growth into the future,” he says.
“At the heart of all we do is the love for the African people and our passion to see Africa develop and take its rightful place on the international stage. While each country is different – with its own opportunities and challenges – Africa is an exciting place to be and is most definitely positioning itself for future growth,” says Malcolm.
Selwyn Blieden is a Principal at Barclays Africa and leads the bank’s commercial property finance business in Africa (ex-South Africa). Prior to taking on this role, he was a founding member of the RMB Westport team, leading structuring and corporate management for RMB Westport’s developments in Nigeria. Previously, he co-founded and managed RMB’s Opportunities in Global Real Estate portfolio. Before joining RMB, Selwyn was a consultant in the Johannesburg office of McKinsey & Company, serving clients in several African jurisdictions. Selwyn is a CFA Charterholder and holds a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge.
Trevor Ward is a specialist consultant in the hospitality, leisure and real estate industries. He is the Principal of the W Hospitality Group, and Chairman of Hotel Partners Africa, with offices in the UK, Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Africa.
He started his consultancy career in 1983, having previously completed a university degree in hotel management at the University of Surrey, and worked in hotel management positions in the UK. From the late 1980s he has specialised in the provision of advisory services to clients in developing countries, and since 2003 has been based in Nigeria, advising clients there and throughout Africa.
His international experience includes advising clients on hotel and tourism development in more than 90 countries in Europe, North and South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. With a special focus on sub-Saharan Africa, he is working with many of the international hotel groups who are seeking a presence there, from the oil-rich countries of the west to the tourism hotspots of the south and east. He is regarded as one of the foremost experts on the hotel industry in sub-Saharan Africa, and is engaged primarily in development consultancy ranging from investment appraisals to operator selection, owner’s representation and asset management, valuations, financing, development management, procurement and agency.
In addition to his advisory work, Trevor is an active member of the Institute of Hospitality, for which he is their Ambassador for Africa, and of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants.
Trevor is a regular speaker at industry conferences, and writes in various professional and Africa-focused journals, including Africa Investor and BT Africa
Kecia Rust is the Executive Director and founder of the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF). She is a housing policy specialist and has provided strategic support to governments in South Africa in the development of national, provincial and local housing policy for the past 20 years. She was the Housing Finance Coordinator at the FinMark Trust from 2003-2014, from where CAHF was established. Under her direction, CAHF was appointed as the Secretariat to the African Union for Housing Finance, an association of about 40 mortgage banks, building societies, housing corporations and other organisations involved in the mobilisation of funds for shelter and housing across Africa. CAHF’s work is represented on its website: www.housingfinanceafrica.org
As Housing Finance Theme Coordinator for FinMark Trust, and now as the Director of CAHF, Kecia has developed a focused research and advocacy programme to promote increased investment in affordable housing across Africa. Through this work, housing finance is increasingly recognised as an important component of financial inclusion and private sector development policy.
Kecia’s expertise in the housing sector is broad. Over the span of her career, she has focused on affordable housing finance, residential property assets and property markets, rental and social housing, and the creation of sustainable human settlements, among other issues. A key line of research started in 2003 when she coordinated a study into the performance of township residential property markets in South Africa. More recently, in 2010, the findings of this study were updated in a further analysis of the asset performance of government subsidised housing in South Africa.
Kecia participated in the Wharton School’s International Housing Finance Programme, in Philadelphia, USA, in 2007. She holds a Masters of Management degree (1998), earned from the Graduate School of Public and Development Management, University of the Witwatersrand. She obtained her Bachelors Degree with Distinction and Honours in International Studies (1990), from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, where she was a Morehead Scholar.
A member of the Institution of Surveyors in Kenya where he has held committee and chair positions, Nabutola is a former Chair of the Commission 8 of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) and a trustee at Water and Sanitation for Africa (WSA). He completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Land Economy at the University of Nairobi and a Master of Science (MSc) degree at Reading University in the United Kingdom. Mr Nabutola is currently the Regional director for RICS (The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Godfrey Tapela is a Senior Investment Officer at IFC based in Nairobi, Kenya. He is responsible for investments in the commercial property including affordable housing, retail and tourism sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Godfrey joined IFC in 2001 and previously worked for ABSA Bank, Eskom as a Projects Engineer and for DLV Consulting Engineers and Stewart Scott Consulting Engineers as a Consulting Engineer. He holds a Master in Business Leadership from UNISA, a BSc Electrical Engineering(Hons) from the University of Zimbabwe, a Graduate Diploma in Marketing from the Institute of Marketing Management and is a registered Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa.
Joao Terlica is the co-founder of Sagaci Research.
Sagaci Research is the leading African provider of data and market research. With 13 offices across the African continent, the company serves most multinational clients operating in Africa.
Prior launching Sagaci Research Joao was an advisor with the Office of Tony Blair and started his career with the Boston Consulting Group and as a consultant with Arthur D. Little.
During his consulting career he had a focus on emerging markets, including Africa, with most of the assignments related to corporate strategy and turnarounds. Industry expertise in Financial Services, Transportation and Retail Joao is an Industrial Engineer from IST (Lisbon) 1999, MBA from IESE (Barcelona) and Columbia University (New York) 2005.