Exploring Technology in Residential Property Markets


CAHF is interested in the emergence of PropTech as an important dimension of the affordable housing sector.  Across the continent, PropTech companies are shifting and simplifying how we buy, sell, and manage properties.  Many of these companies are still in their start-up phase, working towards the application of technology in favour of some change in along the housing value chain.  All are looking for capital to support their growth.  Their increasing prominence notwithstanding, there remains   limited awareness and information regarding the detail of their operations, the problems they solve and the opportunities they offer.

This project represents CAHF’s  first step in exploring the current and potential role of property technology across the housing value chain. The aim of this project is to explore and develop the role of PropTech related avenues in strengthening the housing value chain, especially with respect to affordable housing.

Through the Transaction Support Centre, CAHF in partnership with 71point has acquired and documented valuable knowledge and learnings  around the potential, limitations and challenges of implementing blockchain to solve land registry issues in low income neighborhoods.

  • In 2019, Kecia Rust and 71point4‘s Illana Melzer spoke on the Talking Transformation Podcast, a new podcast addressing contemporary city building and spatial transformation issues in South Africa. Listen to the podcast here.

At the 36th AUHF Virtual Conference and AGM 2020, various experts from across the continent participated in panel discussions on: 

  • Resolving Land Titling Challenges With Blockchain Technology: Experiences From South Africa: Click here to access the recording of the presentation and panel discussion.
  • The Future of Proptech in Affordable Housing in Africa: Click here to access the recording of the panel discussion.
  • Proptech Masterclass: Click here to access the recording of the Masterclass.

There are various industry associations and research institutions across the continent working in this space. We will be exploring additional avenues and you’re invited to check back often for new developments.


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