The Aerotropolis – the future of airports and their Cities are inextricably linked

March 5, 2019
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“Airports will shape business location and urban development in the 21st century as much as highways did in the 20th century, railroads in the 19th and seaports in the 18th century”, John Kasarda. In the past airports were perceived simply as gateways for the transportation of people and to a lesser extent, goods. Historically, not.. read more →

Inspiration Session with Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng

December 5, 2018
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At our final Inspiration Session for 2018, we heard from Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, Chancellor of the University of Cape Town. The session was hosted by Allan Gray and Professor Phakeng shared some interesting insights from her personal journey with us: “I am a survivor”: Professor Phakeng opened the session describing herself as a survivor. She.. read more →

The Economic Benefits of an Aerotropolis in Cape Town

November 29, 2018
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Thank you for joining us at our recent Thought Leaders breakfast around the Economic Benefits of an Aerotropolis in Cape Town, where we heard from Deon Cloete, General Manager of Cape Town International Airport and Paul van den Brink, Wesgro’s Project Manager of Cape Town Air Access project. We first heard from Deon who shared.. read more →

The Plight of Black Professionals in Cape Town

November 26, 2018
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Earlier this year, an opinion piece written by a discontented investment professional made waves in local media highlighting a key pressure point for business – the plight of black professionals in Cape Town. This was the topic explored at our recent Thought Leaders engagement where we heard from Nene Molefi, esteemed author and business, diversity.. read more →

Cape Town’s Transportation Crisis

October 4, 2018
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Economic growth is closely linked with the distances we are able to travel. Whilst daily traffic congestion has become the favoured topic of complaint amongst Capetonians, the damage being done by an inefficient transport ecosystem goes far beyond the inconvenience of frustrated motorists. A clear correlation exists between the quantity and quality of transport infrastructure.. read more →

Inspiring Women Leaders Workshop

September 10, 2018
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This women’s month we brought together a group of women leaders to surface more stories of women who are successfully leading modern organisations. To explore how women are showing up as 21st century leaders. To change the way women see their role as leaders and the value they bring. To explore what holds women back… read more →

Enterprise and Supplier Development Workshop

August 21, 2018
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Having developed a unique Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) Programme over the past 18 months, Accelerate Cape Town (ACT) recently hosted a workshop with partners Mazars, Catalyst for Growth (C4G) and Supply Chain Network (SCNet), providing a progress update on the current status of the ACT ESD initiative. The session opened with Bongiwe Mbunge, Partner.. read more →

What Does the Future of Leadership Look Like?

July 27, 2018
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Our recent Thought Leadership session drew on insights from a global conversation with leaders, hosted by Within People, a global coaching partnership that Accelerate Cape Town has collaborated with. The research shared at the session points to the changing focus of business, and how this calls for something different from leaders. A big thanks to.. read more →

Inspiration Session: Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu Chancellor of the University of Pretoria

June 19, 2018
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At our recent Inspiration Session, we heard from Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu, Chancellor of the University of Pretoria and former Chairman of Rothschild SA, amongst many other achievements. The session, hosted by Allan Gray, afforded Professor Nkuhlu an opportunity to share some interesting insights with us about his personal journey, as well as the importance of.. read more →

Building Successful Partnerships Between Business and Academia

June 7, 2018
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We are extremely fortunate in the Western Cape to have four world-class tertiary institutions and two internationally accredited business schools. At our annual Vice Chancellors (VC) Dinner, we were joined by Professor Ivan Turok, Executive Director: Economic Performance and Development, at the Human Sciences Research Council, as well as representatives from the four Western Cape.. read more →