Cape Town’s Water Crisis Requires Innovative Solutions to Increase Water Supply

June 29, 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 →

Tackling Youth Unemployment

June 5, 2017
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Stats SA’s recently released Q1:2017 Quarterly Labour Force Survey indicates a 14 year high of 27.7% unemployment, and youth statistics are even more alarming with 58% of our population below 35 years of age being unemployed. Given that 67% of our population are below 35, we need to start addressing employment opportunities through collaborative programmes.. read more →

City of Cape Town Restructure and Strategic Direction

May 9, 2017
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The City of Cape Town recently restructured following the adoption of the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP)  with Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) as one of the key strategies to reverse the legacy of apartheid spatial planning, modernise government, improve service delivery and become more customer-centric. To understand the impact of this new strategic direction, we hosted.. read more →

Millennials – Managing Mobile Millennial Workplaces

March 16, 2017
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Technology is evolving rapidly, disrupting industries and introducing new ways of working. It is impacting on business models, revolutionising business processes, and allowing businesses to make informed decisions by tracking and responding to real-time data. Employees now use multiple devices and access corporate information from remote locations, causing concerns about cybersecurity. A new breed of.. read more →

AfricaCom – Big Data & Roadmap to Smart Cape Town

November 24, 2016
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Our Digital and Tech programme is a key focus and we recently partnered with AfricaCom, the largest tech conference in Africa, on two of their new streams: Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Cities Africa, and Big Data. Pieter Vorster, Chief Analytics Officer: Big Data and Analytics at Barclays Africa on Data Analytics and Actionable Insights, spoke.. read more →

Progress of the Special Economic Zones at Saldanha and Atlantis

October 25, 2016
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Special Economic Zones (SEZs) are a critical mechanism to advance South Africa’s strategic objectives of industrialisation, regional development, export promotion and job creation. Industrialisation and growing this secondary sector is also key to South Africa’s economic growth and more particularly, employment. Key SEZ investments include Saldanha, as an oil and gas servicing hub, and Atlantis,.. read more →

Addressing Transport Issues to Enhance Business Productivity

July 27, 2016
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Transport issues in Cape Town are starting to impact business productivity. Our population continues to grow by 2-3% every year as an average of 10 families per day move to the Cape from other provinces. Accelerate Cape Town, together with Wesgro, hosted its second Thought Leaders engagement on Addressing Transport Issues to Enhance Business Productivity.. read more →

Probability and Potential Impact of an Investment Ratings Downgrade

May 24, 2016
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As South Africa’s economy struggles, the probability of an investment ratings downgrade is a looming prospect being aggravated by a shaky political environment. Earlier this year, ratings agency S&P, warned that a further downgrade of our investment rating is inevitable. Sighting extremely low economic growth (likely 0.6% for 2016), the bailout of state-owned enterprises, large.. read more →

Data Driven Innovation Strategies: opportunities from Big Data and Data Centres

May 4, 2016
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Big Data is a fast-growing global industry with growth forecasted at 26.4% CAGR to $41.5 billion by 2018 according to the IDC. Big Data is the analysis of high-volume data to uncover valuable insights and create value for business and governments, pertinent to Smart City initiatives and business’ innovation strategies. The Square Kilometer Array (SKA).. read more →

Improving Commuter Productivity in the Cape

April 7, 2016
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Traffic congestion in Cape Town is the highest in South Africa according to TomTom, and with Metrorail’s challenges from cable theft and vandalism, commuters can spend almost double their travel time during peak hours. Adding to this is the complexity that Cape Town’s population is growing at 2 – 3% every year, and public transport.. read more →