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 →

Dutch Trade Mission with Prime Minister Mark Rutte – 18/19 Nov 2015

October 29, 2015
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South Africa and the Netherlands have been trading partners for centuries and in November 2015 the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, is planning an economic mission to strengthen trade relations. He will be joined by the Minister for Agriculture, Sharon Dijksma, and over 70 companies which makes this the largest trade mission to.. read more →

Fintech – what’s happening in Cape Town to support this disruption?

August 6, 2015
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Fintech or financial technology is disrupting traditional banking. It is the use of software solutions for financial transactions such as Google Wallet, Apple Pay, Wonga and M-Pesa and a myriad of other innovative solutions – see KPMG Best Fintech Innovators 2014. In 2014, fintech investment in the US tripled from to $9.89 billion with Europe.. read more →

Mmusi Maimane: lessons South Africa can learn from Greece

July 30, 2015
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Mmusi Maimane was elected as the first black leader of the Democratic Alliance in May 2015. As the official opposition in South Africa, Maimane’s appointment before the 2016 municipal elections should provide an interesting opportunity for the DA. His eloquent rhetoric which has him compared to Obama, was also highlighted in his A Broken Man,.. read more →

Tsogo Sun to invest R680m in a new 500 room hotel complex in Cape Town CBD

April 14, 2015
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Tsogo Sun has reached agreement with the owners of the site of the recently demolished Tulip hotel for the construction of an exciting new 500-bedroom hotel complex in Cape Town city centre on the corner of Buitengracht and Strand Street, for a total investment of R680 million. Tsogo Sun CEO Marcel von Aulock explains, “We.. read more →

Cape Town’s busiest event month contributes significantly to GDP

March 18, 2015
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Cape Town is a hive of activity at this time of year. From the Design Indaba, Cape Town Cycle Tour, Cape Epic and Cape Town International Jazz Festival, this is the busiest event month of the year. Not only do these events add to the vibrancy and character of Cape Town, but they attract many.. read more →

2014 bumper tourism year and Tsogo Sun’s investments in the Western Cape

March 17, 2015
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2014 was a good year for tourism in Cape Town. The Cape Town International Airport recorded its highest number of annual arrivals to date exceeding the boom years of 2007/2008 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. Other top attractions also smashed visitor records – the V&A Waterfront received over 24 million visitors in 2014, while.. read more →

Project Khulisa: Western Cape identifies high growth sectors for next 5 year

February 25, 2015
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With economic growth and job creation being key to South Africa’s progress, the Western Cape (WC) Government has embarked on a programme to identify the economic sectors that will provide the greatest growth and job creation over the next five years. Called Project Khulisa which means “to grow” in isiXhosa, this project is one of.. 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 →

Our CEO presents at Brisbane Global Cafe, pre-G20 Summit

December 1, 2014
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In November 2014, Brisbane hosted the G20 Leaders Summit. To ensure that the G20 would leave a valuable long-term legacy for Brisbane, the city initiated the Brisbane Global Café, a high-profile programme with 80 international speakers converging on Brisbane for thought provoking and engaging global discussions. Chris Whelan, our CEO, was one of the speakers at this event.. read more →