The 13th annual IAB Bookmark Awards took place today in a prestigious virtual celebration. Hosted by the multi skilled Selae Thobakgake and Merica Monamodi; the most thrilling and innovative digital marketing campaigns of the past year were announced.
Construction on The Capital Mbombela's R205m project, set to be a game-changer on the city's hotel and accommodation industries, is well underway with an anticipated hotel opening set for November 2021.
"The city hasn't seen any significant new additions to its hotel repertoire since development ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup projects," says Marc Wachsberger, managing director of The Capital Hotels and Apartments.
"Its status as a leading city in Mpumalanga, at the heart of the province's tourism and agriculture sectors, means that the time is perfect to build an exciting new offering that will be appealing to tourists and corporates alike."
According to a new NielsenIQ report, South Africa's latest liquor ban equated to a loss of R7,6bn during the four weeks it lasted (based on average sales - 13 weeks to end of May 2021 of R1,9bn per week).
Broll hosted its inaugural webinar late last month themed Africa 2020: A new vision. The discussion focused on strategies and solutions that can be employed during the recovery phase of the Covid-19 crisis, and the emerging new business environment in Africa.
A common thread in the conversation was that Covid-19 will not define the property market’s future, but rather will shape the direction and speed of progress in pursuing the African development agenda.
Malcolm Horne, group CEO of the Broll Property Group, emphasised during the webinar that Africa needs to continue on its development path to ensure not just sustainability of businesses and investment, but also for the benefit of the people of Africa. “We need to think differently, collaborate more and deeper, and improve on all our liaisons and partnerships, public and private, so that we can explore solutions that are specific to Africa’s needs."
Other speakers included:
Jess Cleland, group MD, East Africa and Indian Ocean
Nkuli Bogopa, MD of Investor Services, Broll South Africa
Jose Castilho, MD, Broll Mozambique
Moses Lutalo, MD, Broll Uganda
Sonja de Necker, divisional director, Broll Zambia
Gavin Cox, group MD, Broll West Africa and Namibia
Vivian Ombwayo, head of research and valuation, Broll Kenya
Bolaji Edu, CEO, Broll Nigeria
Terence Makari, MD, Broll Namibia
“Property services today are now defining themselves in new non-traditional areas. Look at the valuation and advisory business for example, where we are seeing the rise of expert skills, and responding to the need for advisory services in troubled times like these," pointed out Horne.
“So, on the one hand you have the traditional services that are really pulling together, and on the other we are seeing much more long-term solutioning available. This is what is going to expand the ambit of what a traditional property services company will be in the future.”
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