Home Affairs intent on talking while visa regulations perpetuate cycle of poverty

July 17, 2015
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Much has been written and said about the Department of Home Affairs (DHA’s) current visa regulations. Most recently, the DHA’s Deputy Minister, Fatima Chohan, engaged business people at a public session hosted by Wesgro where a number of concerns were raised. In this session, the Deputy Minister promised ongoing dialogue and consultation, but there still.. read more →

Gas should power current and future WC demand

May 27, 2015
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The use of gas turbines should, ideally, be conceptualised and the related infrastructure constructed as soon as possible in the Western Cape to overcome current electricity undercapacity issues and grow future demand, says business leadership organisation Accelerate Cape Town (ACT). However, ACT CEO Chris Whelan notes that gas turbines should not be fuelled by diesel,.. read more →

Western Cape moving in right direction in terms of innovation

March 18, 2015
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The Western Cape is moving in the right direction in terms of innovation and entrepreneurial success, says Chris Whelan, CEO of  Accelerate Cape Town. Chris said in an interview with Business Day that the province had so many of the ingredients necessary for a successful and growing region, including a large number of National Research Foundation.. read more →

State of the Nation Address 2015: Zuma should take action and not preach

February 12, 2015
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Our CEO, Chris Whelan comments on what President Zuma should focus on in his State of the Nation address 2015. This article featured in Die Burger Sake 24 on 12 Feb 2015: 1. Economic Codesa The lack of hope, of a stake in the future for the majority within South Africa, is palpable. A critical need.. read more →

State of Cape Town 2014: Business Vision for Cape Town

November 25, 2014
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The State of Cape Town 2014 report is a biennial report produced by the City of Cape Town. The purpose of the report is to provide a snapshot of Cape Town with up-to date information and analyses of the most pertinent urban development issues facing the city, its residents and businesses. The following is an excerpt of an.. read more →

Courageous leadership required for economic growth

November 7, 2014
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Cape Town’s socio-economic challenges – reflected in a massively divided, low-growth economy that reminds of pre-1994 apartheid development despite two decades of a democratic dispensation – cannot be overcome through narrow, sectarian politicking. The city will not progress, nor will it give evidence to a ‘better life for all’ whilst short-term, political interests are placed.. read more →

Innovation is South Africa’s potential economic killer app

October 10, 2014
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South Africa needs purpose-driven innovation as a key lever  to accelerate its expansion, inclusiveness and stability. This presents the private sector – which contributes 70% of South Africa’s GDP – with an exciting opportunity to translate innovation’s economic promise into reality. Businesses not only focus on generating profits, but also on the creation of new and improved.. read more →

SA needs political will to promote its vision

September 22, 2014
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South Africa’s growth remains both exclusive and woefully inadequate, and ratings agency downgrades, currency depreciation, violent and prolonged strikes are adding to our concerns. Many have commented on the need to create an environment conducive to attracting foreign direct investment (FDI), and while we still attract FDI, we could do far better. Recognised globally as.. read more →

Saldanha IDZ to boost the Western Cape economy

August 26, 2014
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Africa has some of the most rapidly expanding economies globally, many of which are fuelled by vast oil and gas resources. Together, African countries contribute 11% of crude oil and 6% of gas globally, and new fields are being discovered across Africa like a recent find in Mozambique which ‘could be one of the most.. read more →

South Africa is facing economic headwinds and should change tack

August 20, 2014
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South Africa is experiencing economic doldrums. Low growth, budget deficits, and ratings downgrades are amongst the challenges. Nhlanhla Nene, our Finance Minister, admitting that we have almost reached rock bottom. But South Africa is not without solutions – provided that government and business change tack by collaborating in the delivery. Earlier in 2014, Pravin Gordhan.. read more →