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 →

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 →