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 →

Positioning the Cape as Africa’s Pharma R&D Hub

February 25, 2014
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In 2011, UCT Professor Kelly Chibale founded H3-D, Africa’s first Drug Discovery and Development Centre.   Within a year, a key project was named Project of the Year for 2012 by Medicines for Malaria Venture and resulted in the discovery of a novel chemical compound with the potential to affect malaria control and eradication. As a.. read more →

Stellenbosch – what’s good for Stellenbosch is good for the entire economy

December 8, 2013
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To be a successful, competitive city region, it is essential to be globally oriented, globally connected – both physically and virtually and to attract young, talented people. South Africa’s ‘innovation hub’ of Stellenbosch is well on the way to addressing these major criteria. Here are some of its key facts: Stellenbosch University, one of Africa’s.. read more →

Immigration policy: Should South Africa be open or closed?

November 15, 2013
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South Africa needs skills. Our education system is not producing the requisite skills – at least not in the volumes needed. In terms of migration policy, the ideal is an open policy which actively encourages skills acquisition across a range of levels. In the South African context, the refrain tends to be that we need.. read more →

Cosatu warns looming Western Cape strike will ‘devastate’ economy

July 15, 2013
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Letter from Chris Whelan to the Business Day I read with some concern the article of 10 July in Business Day referencing a threatened Cosatu strike in the Western Cape within the next 2 weeks. The approach outlined tends towards willful negligence – or lack of effective understanding of the realities of global economies –.. read more →

Global megatrends bring local opportunity

June 15, 2013
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Megatrends – long-term processes of transformation with broad scope and dramatic impact – may often seem too far removed for business leaders focused on local, medium-term activities. However, no business wanting to thrive in a rapidly changing world can afford NOT to think strategically, or to not look ‘beyond the horizon’ to understand the longer-term.. read more →

Reconnecting Cape Town to the sea

May 25, 2013
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What does the Atlantic Ocean mean to Cape Town?  How can we leverage our unique geographical location to re-constitute the city for the 21st century? There is no question that developing and expanding the city’s ocean-facing precinct, i.e. the V&A Waterfront and foreshore areas, is key to addressing this question.  It is also clear that,.. read more →

Business and African enterprise: Workshop 17

May 7, 2013
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In May 2013, UCT’s Graduate School of Business (GSB) and  the V&A Waterfront, announced an exciting new innovation venture, Workshop 17, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  Its purpose is to serve as a dedicated “business incubation” space where the brightest minds on the continent can gather in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary fashion.. read more →