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 →

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 →

AGM 2015: Trevor Ncube calls on corporate SA to speak out

August 6, 2015
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Trevor Ncube, entrepreneur and publisher of South Africa’s Mail & Guardian newspaper addressed corporate leaders on their silence on key threats to the country’s economic longevity. Speaking at the Accelerate Cape Town AGM, Ncube appealed to big business to speak out more. “We have a leadership crisis in South Africa”, he said “but it is.. 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 →

SKA: developing Cape Town as a big data and engineering hub

March 20, 2015
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The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will fundamentally change our understanding of the universe. It also holds enormous potential to transform business and propel job creation and economic growth. To scope some of the near, mid, and long term opportunities, and how to harness them for competitive advantage, Accelerate Cape Town hosted a CEO dinner with Dr.. read more →

Jabu Mabuza, Telkom Chairman: Telkom aims to champion SA’s broadband strategy

December 1, 2014
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‘When the president asks you to take on the role of the Chairman of Telkom, you can’t say no. He is the president after all.’ These were the words of Jabu Mabuza as he addressed our recent CEO breakfast hosted by EY. Chosen for his strong and independent leadership style, Jabu said that he had one.. read more →

CEO Panel SA Innovation Summit: Policies for innovation to thrive

September 23, 2014
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The 7th South Africa Innovation Summit (SAIS) was hosted in Cape Town for the first time from 16 – 18 Sept 2014, and Accelerate Cape Town partnered with SAIS on the CEO Panel Discussion. This CEO Panel was moderated by Dr Francis Petersen, National Advisory Council of Innovation and featured the following speakers to discuss innovation.. read more →

AGM 2014: Herman Mashaba: happy he started his business under apartheid

August 26, 2014

South Africa’s macroeconomic conditions are worse today than in 2007 when Accelerate Cape Town was launched. We are in a perilously low-growth environment and our economy remains exclusive and divided. National government policy must stimulate, not stifle, economic growth and the erosion of free enterprise must stop.’ These were the words from our CEO, Chris.. read more →

Leadership Spotlight: Richard Rushton, Group MD of Distell Group Ltd

August 26, 2014
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Tell us about your company and your role? I am the Group Managing Director of Distell Group Ltd What, in your view, is the best thing about running a business in Cape Town? The number of talented and well educated people we have in the Western Cape. And of course the beautiful location that we.. read more →

Improving the Business Government Relationship

May 12, 2014
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With 20 years of democracy, South Africa has achieved much to create a more inclusive society and economy. However, high levels of poverty and inequality still remain and our current economic growth is somewhat lack lustred to overcome this. With GDP growth rates of only 1.9% in 2013, we need a shift. National government needs.. read more →