Local Government Elections 2016: SA needs a peaceful and disciplined election process

August 1, 2016
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Last month, days of looting and violence in Tshwane sent an anxious shiver down the spine of corporate South Africa. The eruption of mass violence and looting following the ANC’s announcement of its mayoral candidate for Tshwane was cause for grave concern as it created the impression of a ruling party at war with itself… read more →

Ratings Downgrade Averted: What Now?

July 7, 2016
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South Africa was spared a sovereign credit ratings downgrade in June by the three major ratings agencies on the basis that we had sound plans in place to get our economy back on track. The sterling efforts by National Treasury, in partnership with large corporate leadership, were sufficient to convince ratings agencies that we understood.. read more →

Poor Transformation Choices Limits Economic Development

June 7, 2016
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Minister of Sports and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula’s recent decision to ban Athletics South Africa (ASA), Cricket South Africa (CSA), Netball South Africa (NSA) and South African Rugby Union (SARU) from hosting and bidding for major sporting events has certainly been a controversial choice. This comes as a consequence of these federations not meeting their own.. read more →

PPPs and effective partnering – how government and business should work better 

April 19, 2016
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Public-Private Partnerships have been touted as the solution to South Africa’s onerous infrastructure development needs. However, a typical PPP, as per Treasury Regulation 16 to the Public Finance Management Act, has no less than six distinct phases with approval gates at each stage. Add to this the likelihood that significant investors could be foreign nationals.. read more →

Cape Health Technology Park set to boost regional economy

December 1, 2015
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The economic impact of the proposed Cape Health Technology Park (CHTP,) during its construction phase, could be transformational with R1.57bn contribution to the economy; 2,000 direct jobs; and 4,165 indirect and induced jobs added to the national economy, based on a construction investment of R757m. During its ten-year operational phase, the CHTP is set to.. read more →

Introducing our new CEO, Ryan Ravens

August 19, 2015
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We are pleased to announce the appointment of our new CEO, Ryan Ravens, effective 1 September 2015. Ryan has extensive experience in leadership positions in the public and private sectors having joined Accelerate Cape Town from his role as CEO of consulting company, TetraPlex. Investments of TetraPlex include R-Squared Project Advisory (Pty) Ltd, a project lifecycle consultancy; ProjectCloud (Pty).. read more →

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 →