Water Security

June 27, 2017
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Cape Town and the Western Cape’s insufficient rainfall over the past three years has resulted in a water crisis. Population increases, urbanisation and global climate change has increased our need to use water more conservatively and find long-term, innovative solutions to increase water supply. While water shortages impact on everyone, key industries are dependent on.. read more →

Cape Talk – Enterprise and Supplier Development

February 13, 2017
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Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD), a new and particularly exciting initiative for Accelerate Cape Town this year, is aimed at supporting regional entrepreneurship by providing technical training, access to finance, and access to market opportunities through corporate supply chains and procurement. Creating entrepreneurial opportunities, whilst supporting emerging enterprises with skills and finance, creates an environment.. read more →

The Ocean Economy – economic value vs environmental impact

December 7, 2015
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South Africa’s oceans have the potential to contribute R177 billion to GDP by 2033 – an attractive prospect given our lacklustre economic outlook. But the ocean economy is a fragile ecosystem and economic value should be extracted responsibly. This will require striking a balance between economic and environmental impacts; extensive collaboration; and regulatory innovation. This.. read more →

Food and Water Scarcity and Security

September 22, 2015
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Food and water are becoming critical resources. With rising global population, urbanisation and an expanding middle class, demand for food is expected to rise by 35% by 2030, while the demand for water will rise by 40%. South Africa and the Western Cape are experiencing significant water stress and agriculture, as a key industry sector.. read more →

Rapid Urbanisation: designing inclusive and sustainable cities

July 29, 2015
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With the continuous population growth and greater economic opportunities in our cities, rapid urbanisation is a reality. By 2050, the world population will grow to 9 billion of which 7 billion will be urbanised. Most notable is the growth of the middle class from 1.5 billion in 2010 to 4 billion and the informal urban.. 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 →

Business and WC Government mitigating the energy crisis

March 30, 2015
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South Africa’s energy crisis is impacting on business and consumers as power supplies remain unreliable and heavy users of electricity such as manufacturing companies being asked to reduce usage by up to 20%. But what is the extent of Eskom’s delivery capability; what are the proposed solutions by the City of Cape Town and Western Cape Government to support business continuity.. read more →

What can business and regional government do about the energy crisis?

March 18, 2015
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South Africa’s energy crisis is a reality. Load shedding is a regular occurrence and heavy users of electricity such as manufacturing companies are being asked to reduce usage by up to 20%. With the delay of new builds and a huge maintenance backlog, this crisis is likely to be with us for the next 5.. read more →

Sustainability Forum: Sustainable practices provide real value – R270m for Woolworths

October 11, 2014
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Implementing sustainability practices is now creating real business value to organisations with robust programmes. The Woolworths’ Good Business Journey has ensured impressive savings of R270 million in 4 years, R222m in energy efficiency. Renewable energy prices have also fallen dramatically over the past years, and with rising electricity costs, it now makes financial sense. This is.. read more →

The Business of Energy and the Energy of Business

October 2, 2014
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South Africa is experiencing its worst energy crisis in 40 years. Eskom’s inability to guarantee energy supply is having a major impact on our economy and is estimated to be costing R50 billion in lost revenue. Eskom can’t supply more electricity. New-builds such as Medupi are behind schedule, existing generating units have not been maintained.. read more →