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 →

eNCA News Day – Potential Impact of an Investment Ratings Downgrade

June 3, 2016
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CNBC Africa Power Lunch – What a SA Downgrade will mean for the Economy

May 20, 2016
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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 →

Leadership Spotlight – Ryan Ravens, CEO Accelerate Cape Town

December 8, 2015
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On 1 September 2015, Ryan Ravens joined Accelerate Cape Town as our new CEO. Ryan has an interesting fusion of experience with an extensive entrepreneurial background – having founded a number of companies, but also having some key experience as the lead project manager for the FIFA 2010 World Cup, and a strategic role at.. 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 →

Leadership Spotlight: Lizé Lambrechts, CEO of Santam

August 6, 2015
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Tell us about your company and your role? Santam is the country’s largest general insurer with its headquarters based in the Western Cape. The company employs over 5 000 staff across the country and works through intermediaries to sell insurance. I am the Chief Executive Officer and I see my role as creating real value.. 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 →