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 →

Look back at 2012 before starting 2013

January 8, 2013
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This is the time of the year when forward-looking organisations are finalising the last details of their 2013 plans.  More insightful organisations are also taking time to reflect on 2012 – on the highs and lows; on lessons learnt.  A look back at 2012, globally and locally, provides some startling insights and enables us to.. read more →

Boosting Economic Growth in Western Cape

September 11, 2012
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