Artisans: a Game Changer for the Local Economy

November 30, 2016
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South Africa’s forecasted economic growth for 2016 is very low, while unemployment reached a new high of 27.1% recently. Although job creation remains a key focus for government, an issue remains with the type of skills required for sustainable and inclusive growth. In McKinsey’s report, South Africa’s Big Five, Bold Priorities for Inclusive Growth, they estimate.. read more →

Rugby Sevens World Series and The Value of Sports Tourism

November 30, 2016
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With the HSBC Rugby Sevens World Series on the immediate horizon, Cape Town looks forward to hosting the South African leg of the series. This is an exciting financial injection into Cape Town’s growing business prospects, considering last year’s economic performance where the city received a R539 million boost. In a recent interview, Mayoral Committee.. read more →

Leadership Spotlight – Soraya Zoueihid, MD of British American Tobacco

November 30, 2016
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Tell us about your company and your role? I am Soraya Zoueihid, the Managing Director of British American Tobacco for the Southern Africa Area. We are a subsidiary of the London-headquartered British American Tobacco plc which is the second largest company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. We’ve been operating in South Africa for over.. read more →

Message from the CEO

November 30, 2016
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As we start wrapping up 2016, our final newsletter for the year highlights some of the activity we have been involved with over the last few months. This year we introduced a programmatic approach which we hope has provided more meaningful engagements for our members, our partners and ultimately impacted positively on the Cape Town.. read more →

AfricaCom – Big Data & Roadmap to Smart Cape Town

November 24, 2016
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Our Digital and Tech programme is a key focus and we recently partnered with AfricaCom, the largest tech conference in Africa, on two of their new streams: Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Cities Africa, and Big Data. Pieter Vorster, Chief Analytics Officer: Big Data and Analytics at Barclays Africa on Data Analytics and Actionable Insights, spoke.. read more →

HR Professionals Forum: Innovation in Talent Management

November 24, 2016
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South Africa has a critical skills shortage and high unemployment at the same time. Latest figures show that unemployment has risen to 27.1%, but more critically youth unemployment (18 – 36 years) is 56% and black graduate unemployment is 68%. Availability of skilled talent is also an issue and the Manpower Group’s Talent Shortage Survey.. read more →

Young Leaders Dinner with Rachel Jafta, Chairperson of Media24 Limited

November 22, 2016
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We recently hosted our final Young Leaders Dinner for 2016 with Chairperson of Media24 Limited, Rachel Jafta. Our Young Leaders Dinner is aimed at supporting talent attraction and retention in Cape Town, particularly within our Sponsor organisations. Speaking to diversity, integrity and resilience Rachel shared her journey with us. Growing up: One of six children,.. read more →

Dinner with the Exec Mayor Patricia de Lille and the Mayoral Committee

November 18, 2016
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At our recent CEO Engagement, we hosted Exec Mayor Patricia de Lille and the Mayoral Committee (Mayco). Sponsored by British American Tobacco, the evening provided a platform for business to raise awareness of the requirements for, and issues impacting on, economic growth, while the City of Cape Town shared details about their strategy including highlighting projects.. read more →

AGM 2016: S&P’s Konrad Reuss on what SA needs to do to avoid junk status

November 3, 2016
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At our 2016 AGM, Konrad Reuss, S&P (Standard and Poor’s) MD and Regional Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa, spoke to us about the factors rating agencies consider when rating a country. Having Konrad as our guest speaker this year was well-timed as the next rating announcement is due on 2 December. Highlighting S&P’s global sovereign ratings.. read more →

Progress of the Special Economic Zones at Saldanha and Atlantis

October 25, 2016
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Special Economic Zones (SEZs) are a critical mechanism to advance South Africa’s strategic objectives of industrialisation, regional development, export promotion and job creation. Industrialisation and growing this secondary sector is also key to South Africa’s economic growth and more particularly, employment. Key SEZ investments include Saldanha, as an oil and gas servicing hub, and Atlantis,.. read more →