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REITs dispensation to Unlisted Property funds welcomed

The announcement by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene in his budget speech on Wednesday that unlisted property companies should qualify for the same tax treatment as listed REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts), has been welcomed by South Africa’s commercial real estate sector. ... Full story

Accelerate buys KPMG buildings for R850m

Accelerate Property Fund has bought KPMG's property service holding company with six office property assets across various centres in South Africa for R850 million.

Listed property is still good value, Industry Analysts say

SA listed property still represented good value for property investors wanting a relatively secure income stream despite a poor prognosis for weaker economy growth in the medium term.

Redefine Properties on a R4.1 billion acquisition trail

Redefine Properties today announced the acquisition of the Leaf Capital portfolio of properties for R4.1 billion equating to an initial income yield of 8%, substantially enhancing its office portfolio in the Western Cape.

Old Mutual, Pareto in R10bn ownership deal for major Retail assets

Old Mutual Life Assurance Company and Pareto have entered into an asset swap transaction involving Pretoria’s Menlyn Shopping Centre and Cape Town's Cavendish Square.

Tongaat Hulett concludes BEE deal for sale of prime land at Cornubia

Sugar producer Tongaat Hulett says it has concluded a deal with a local black-owned company, through the sale of prime land at its Cornubia Business Hub in KwaZulu-Natal.

Spate of Armed Robbery puts Shopping Malls on guard

A recent spate of shopping centre heists in South Africa ahead of the festive season has prompted fears that organised criminals are turning their attention to these soft targets.

A tough festive season for consumers but some retailers will still fare well

South African consumers are in a tougher position than a year ago and retail will be under pressure to perform this festive season.

SA’s listed property market Comes of Age

South Africa’s listed property sector made strides in becoming an accepted and even popular asset class in 2014, SA Commercial Prop News has learned.

Nedbank buys stake in Alberton's R450m Newmarket Value Centre

Nedbank Corporate Property Finance has bought a stake in the R450 million Newmarket Value Centre in Alberton — another sign of financier bullishness about the South African property market, particularly the retail sector.

Industrial Property has to be nimble

Property groups are shifting to clean industrial properties focussed on light manufacturing, warehousing and distribution as harder manufacturing struggles, SA Commercial Prop News has learnt.

SA’s REIT market still too unusual for many Investors

South African property funds have recognised a tremendous need to educate investors about how they function as investments, SA Commercial Prop News has learnt.

S.Africa may be in line for Specialised Property Funds

SA’s listed property sector has grown and matured over the past decade, as indicated by its size and the recent adoption of the globally recognised real estate investment trust structure.

South African REITs to get environmental ratings — MSCI

MSCI Inc. (NYSE: MSCI), an investment research provider, on Thursday announced the availability of ESG ratings coverage for South African Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) as part of its global coverage of companies in this sector.

Consolidation to sweep SA's listed Property Sector

With little room left for growth and the desire to attain size, liquidity and attract institutional investors, South African Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) are looking increasingly to merge with others that have similar portfolios.

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