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 →

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 →