South Africa’s Influence on the African Growth Trajectory with Maria Ramos

November 17, 2017
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At our last CEO Engagement for the year, we hosted Maria Ramos, the CEO of Barclays Africa who spoke to us about SA’s influence on the African growth trajectory. SA has long held the promise of being the driving force behind Africa’s economic resurgence. However, geopolitical shifts and the impact this has on the global.. read more →

AGM with Bonang Mohale

October 3, 2017
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South Africa is experiencing tumultuous times. Rash decisions by government send markets tumbling, while counter balances through the judiciary and parliamentary committees act as stabilisers. The collective voice of business is now more important than ever before in order to establish the environment which business requires to stimulate growth and investment, as well as the.. read more →

The Future of Higher Education in SA

May 15, 2017
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Higher education is important for growing South Africa’s economic capability, but the sector is facing serious challenges, especially in relation to declining budgets. The state subsidy has declined in real terms while students are demanding more access to education. To understand the extent of the funding crisis, we hosted a CEO engagement with Sizwe Nxasana,.. read more →

Unlocking SME Growth with Adrian Gore

February 7, 2017
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At our recent CEO Engagement, Unlocking SME Growth with Founder and CEO of Discovery Group, Adrian Gore, it was emphasised that the solution to SA’s economic woes and unemployment crisis is greater entrepreneurial activity. SMEs have the potential to create the jobs and prosperity South Africa desperately requires and we need to start creating an environment where.. read more →

Structural Reform Required to Reignite South Africa’s Economy

November 30, 2016
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Much attention has been focused over the past year on a potential sovereign ratings downgrade. At our 2016 AGM, S&P MD and Regional Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa, Konrad Reuss, said that on economic growth alone, South Africa would not be considered as investment grade. The prospect of a ratings downgrade for South Africa is indeed.. read more →

Dinner with the Exec Mayor Patricia de Lille and the Mayoral Committee

November 18, 2016
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At our recent CEO Engagement, we hosted Exec Mayor Patricia de Lille and the Mayoral Committee (Mayco). Sponsored by British American Tobacco, the evening provided a platform for business to raise awareness of the requirements for, and issues impacting on, economic growth, while the City of Cape Town shared details about their strategy including highlighting projects.. read more →

AGM 2016: S&P’s Konrad Reuss on what SA needs to do to avoid junk status

November 3, 2016
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At our 2016 AGM, Konrad Reuss, S&P (Standard and Poor’s) MD and Regional Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa, spoke to us about the factors rating agencies consider when rating a country. Having Konrad as our guest speaker this year was well-timed as the next rating announcement is due on 2 December. Highlighting S&P’s global sovereign ratings.. read more →

Sim Tshabalala, Standard Bank CEO: Industry Specific Plans to Stimulate Growth

September 8, 2016
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At our recent CEO Engagement, Attracting Investment to Grow the Economy, with Standard Bank CEO, Sim Tshabalala, it was emphasised that the structural reforms required for the country’s growth and prosperity are arguably more important than the ratings pronouncement in December. Irrespective of the ratings decision, current GDP growth rates require stimulus and sustained action… read more →

Foreign Office Lunch with key European Trade Partners

August 4, 2016
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As part of our programme of CEO Engagements, Accelerate Cape Town launched a series of Foreign Office Lunches in 2016. In an effort to strengthen our trade relations with key countries and provide greater opportunities for our members, we are forging stronger relationships with the economic development units of the diplomatic missions in Cape Town… read more →

Creating value from values – Simon Susman, Chairman, Woolworths

April 19, 2016
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Improving business leadership and ethical practices are key to running a sustainable and enterprising business in the 21st century. Companies need to not only deliver shareholder value in terms of revenue, but also have effective governance structures, and demonstrate societal and environmental value for clients, employees and communities. Millennials are also changing organisations as their.. read more →