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 →

Cape Town: Africa’s Pharma R&D and Healthtech hub?

November 17, 2015
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Africa’s pharmaceutical market is expected to grow to $40 – $65 billion by 2020 having grown 342.5% in 10 years. With four universities, key research institutions and world-class hospitals in the Cape Town city region, research into pharmaceuticals (for TB, HIV and malaria), biopharmaceuticals (developing plant based antibodies), nutraceuticals (from natural products and for indigenous.. read more →

Digital Cape Town: Creating a Smart City

October 20, 2015
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Globally the role of cities and metropolitan regions is increasing. With urbanisation being a reality, cities have to deal with greater transport congestion, waste disposal, provision of housing and utilities such as water and electricity. At the same time, technology has developed to such an extent that, as Gartner predicts the blurring of the physical.. read more →

Three Ports, One City

July 10, 2015
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The Cape Town city region is in a unique position globally as a transport and logistics hub. It is home to two ports, Cape Town and Saldanha and an international airport which is ranked top in Africa. With anticipated growth in cargo and passengers into and from the Western Cape, and industrial development in Saldanha,.. read more →

A Strategic Approach to Innovation: Driving Business and Economies

March 16, 2015
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Innovation is a key driver in business success. Disruptive strategies, such as Apple’s, completely change industries. Innovative companies anticipate future trends to meet future demand, whilst also responding to current market drivers. But innovation can be challenging with no guarantees of success unless you adopt a systematic approach championed by strong leadership and the right.. 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 →