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 →

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 →

Leadership Spotlight: Angelo Petersen, Group GM, Capespan

March 18, 2015
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Tell us about your company and your role? For many years, the Capespan name has been synonymous with fresh produce in particular and, more recently, logistics throughout the world. As such, the Capespan Group (CGL) invests in and manages a portfolio of companies offering a range of quality products, value-added products and related services in.. 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 →

Leadership Spotlight: Chris Jones, CEO Digiterra

December 1, 2014
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Tell us about your company and your role? Digiterra is a consulting company that deals primarily with challenges stemming from business to IT alignment. The value that we provide is a combination of effective innovation enablement and the provisioning of strategic dashboards that provide management with the ability to effectively achieve its goals. Through our.. 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 →