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 →

Western Cape 2012 Exports and Biggest Markets

November 7, 2013
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Do you know: Western Cape exports in 2012 totalled R92.55 billion which is 21.09% of GDP Exports are 69.8% products and 30.2% services which contribute 8.4% of national goods exports and 22.5% of national services exports Five sectors account for 67.7% of exports – Food and Beverage (17.3%), Agriculture (17.0%), Petroleum and Chemicals (15.5%), Metals.. 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 →

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 →

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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