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SAPOA, or the South African Property Owners Association, is the representative body and official voice of the commercial and industrial property industry in South Africa.

The South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) was established in 1966 by the leading and large property investment organizations to bring together all role players in the commercial property field and create a powerful platform for Property Investors. SAPOA, the Voice of Commercial Property, is recognized as the representative body and official voice of the commercial and industrial property industry in South Africa, with a combined portfolio in excess of R 500 billion. SAPOA members control approximately 90% of all commercial and industrial property in South Africa.

We are held in very high esteem by the relevant sectors of government and are therefore consulted on all matters pertaining to the property industry. SAPOA also enjoys representation on key South African bodies, which are key to the country's property development.

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  • Editorial pillars

PROvocate is aimed at professionals in the commercial property space, the lawyers that deal with property, developers and owners, the asset managers both retail and residential.

Property ownership is not restricted to ‘bricks and mortar,’ it includes diverse subjects such as intellectual property law and property as a brand.

We are committed to developing a platform that will showcase property advocates, attorneys, and the firms in which they practice. We will examine the pitfalls that developers and property owners face, from planning through to execution and hand-over.

In addition to those professionals that are already working in the property industry, we aim to work closely with educational institutions such as the University of Pretoria, the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and the University of Cape Town. These established centres of learning are the incubators of our future property practitioners, a number of their professors sit on South Africa’s legislative boards.

We will look at some of their graduates and identify, as well as publish, extracts from their studies that will benefit the professionals in this exciting sector.

By examining the various aspects of property law, PROvocate in its coming issues will focus on:
Regular town planning, legislation and advocacy updates.
Doing business in Africa, we will look at the legal requirements of setting up business in various African countries, in particular when setting up commercial property development partnerships.
Emerging markets and global growth, financial and economic trends, emerging markets within and beyond South Africa, the impact of legislation on property development at home and abroad. As the magazine grows, opinions will be sought and featured from leading law makers and financial gurus.
Ownership, mergers and acquisitions, leasing, management agencies, REITs, tax, property ownership laws, and development of the property ownership sector in South Africa.
Development, development plans approval, sub-divisions, town planning, re-zoning, high density developments, mixed developments - business and residential, industrial development zones (idz), as well as sectional title development.
Engineering, storm water, roads, bridges, within the concept of connecting cities and supporting the commercial property sector. Leading experts in the engineering world will be interviewed and featured.
Environment, we will showcase innovative building technology, environmental impact assessments, carbon tax policies, as well as safety and health regulations at building sites.
Private and public sectors, useful contact numbers and specific topics on municipal planning and the Department of Works projects.
Education, the institutions that offer property as a profession, what innovative methods are being developed and their application in practice.
Attorney and industry profiles, movers and shakers - where are the people behind the industry and who they are.
Leading Advocate profiles.
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