ROYAL
 INSTITUTION
 OF
 CHARTERED
 SURVEYORS
 (RICS)
 SUMMIT 
AFRICA 
2018
 RICS
 signs 
MoU 
with
 Green
 Building
 Council
 SA – GBCSA
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 INSTITUTION
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 CHARTERED
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 (RICS)
 SUMMIT 
AFRICA 
2018
 RICS
 signs 
MoU 
with
 Green
 Building
 Council
 SA

ROYAL
 INSTITUTION
 OF
 CHARTERED
 SURVEYORS
 (RICS)
 SUMMIT 
AFRICA 
2018
 RICS
 signs 
MoU 
with
 Green
 Building
 Council
 SA

The
 Royal
 Institution
 of
 Chartered
 Surveyors
 (RICS)
 signed
 a
 landmark
 Memorandum
 of
 Understanding
 (MoU)
 with
 the
 Green
 Building
 Council
 SA
 (GBCSA)
 at
 the
 start
 of
 RICS
 Summit
 Africa
 2018,
 which
 kicked
 off
 in
 Sandton
 Central,
 Johannesburg,
 yesterday
 (Wednesday,
30
May
2018).

As
 smart
 urbanism
 and
 sustainability
 is
 the
 overall
 theme
 at
 this
 year’s
 summit,
 the
 MoU
 represents
 a
 commitment
 by
 both
 organisations
 to
 work
 closer
 together
 in
 promoting
 sustainable
development
in
the
built
environment
arena
in
Africa.
 With
 rapid
 urbanisation 
in
 Africa
 and
 challenges
 around
 climate
 change,
 green
 building
 and
 developing
 more
 sustainable
cities
has
gained
momentum
and
more
significance.

“It
 is
 great
 to
 sign
 this
 MoU
 with
 the
 GBCSA
 as
 it
 represents
 yet
 another
 important
 partnership
 for
 RICS
 on
 the
 continent.
 Green
 building
 and
 sustainability
 has
 become
 an
 important
 part
 of
 the
 built
 environment
 sector
 globally.
 Both
 RICS
 and
 the
 GBCSA
 are
 important
 players
 in
 this
 space,
 so
 working
 together
 makes
 sense,”
 says
 TC
 Chetty,
 South
 Africa 
country
 manager
 for 
RICS.

Dorah
 Modise,
 chief
 executive
 of
 the
 GBCSA
 says:
 “Signing
 this
 MoU
 with
 RICS
 is
 of
 significance 
to 
the
 GBCSA 
as 
we
see
 sustainability 
in 
the 
built environment 
sector 
as 
a
 joint
 initiative.
 RICS
 is
 a
 global
 industry
 organisation
 and
collaboration
 is
 crucial
 if
 we
 want
 to
 achieve 
greater 
strides 
in
 sustainability.”

GBCSA
 is
 also
 a
 key
 participant
 and
 sponsor
 of
 the
 RICS
 Summit
 Africa
 2018.
 Major
 commercial
 sponsors
 of
 the
 summit
 include
 Broll
 Property
 Group,
 Cushman
 &
 Wakefield
 Excellerate,
 Colliers
 International
 and
 Attacq
 Limited.
 The
 International
 Facilities
 Management
 Association 
is
 also 
a
 supporter
 of 
the 
summit 
again 
this
 year.

This 
is 
the
 fourth
 edition 
of 
RICS 
Summit
 Africa,
 which 
brings 
together
 leading 
speakers
 and
 professionals
 in 
the 
built
environment
 sphere 
from
 business, 
government, academia
 and 
the
 NGO sector.
 Currently
 underway 
at
 The 
Maslow
Hotel
 in
 Sandton 
Central, 
the
 summit
 ends
 today 
(31
May
2018). 
The
 two‐day 
annual
 event 
has 
attracted
 more
 than
220 delegates 
this
 year,
 entrenching 
itself 
as 
one
 of 
the 
main
 events
 on 
the 
global
 RICS 
calendar.

Speaking
 at
 the
opening
 gala
 dinner
 of
 RICS
 Summit
 Africa
 last
 night,
 RICS
 President,
 John
 Hughes
 (FRICS),
 said
 Africa
 was
 a
 continent
 of
 huge
 opportunities,
 boosted
 by
 its
 young
 population 
and 
immense
 natural
 resources.
However,
 he 
said 
rapid
 urbanisation 
in
 Africa 
to
 cities
 and climate 
change
 presented 
major
 challenges.