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 →

Clothing Manufacture to Boost Regional Economy

June 29, 2017
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For several years, the local textile and clothing industry has suffered a serious downturn with many companies driven out of business. The decline was due to challenging manufacturing conditions and costs, as local industry was unable to compete with the flood of cheaper garments from China and other garment-producing countries such as India and Bangladesh… read more →

The Importance of Airports to City Economies

June 29, 2017
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With the recent news that the Department of Environmental Affairs has approved the new runway realignment for Cape Town International Airport, there is an opportunity to reflect on the importance of airports to city economies. In an interview with News24, Deon Cloete (General Manager of Cape Town International Airport), explained, “We are indeed pleased to.. read more →

Western Cape Funding Fair: Connecting SMEs to Funders

June 29, 2017
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It is well known that innovation and entrepreneurship are key drivers of economic growth, however, those behind growing businesses and great ideas require access to funding, a supportive business environment and the necessary skills to succeed. The Western Cape Funding Fair, a joint initiative between Deloitte Western Cape and the Department of Economic Development and.. read more →

Pity the Youth, For They Shall Inherit the National Debt

June 29, 2017
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Erstwhile British Prime Minister and writer, Benjamin Disraeli, perhaps said it best with: “the Youth of a Nation are the trustees of posterity”. This is particularly pertinent in South Africa with approximately 67% of our population below 35 years of age. Youthful populations are generally considered a national asset. Our youthful population is potentially our.. read more →

Leadership Spotlight – Lance September, Partner in Charge KPMG Western Cape

June 29, 2017
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Tell us about your company and your role? KPMG is a global professional services firm, of which KPMG SA is a member. I serve as the Partner in Charge for the Western Cape region and my primary responsibility is to grow our share of the professional services market through our Audit, Advisory and Tax Offerings… read more →

Message from the CEO

June 29, 2017
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The first half of 2017 has been somewhat challenging and it is easy to be overwhelmed by the negative news stories confronting us on a daily basis. It may therefore come as a surprise to many people to learn that credible institutions such as the World Bank and World Economic Forum (WEF) continue to rate.. read more →

Unlocking SME Growth with Adrian Gore

March 16, 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 →

Corporate Cape Town launches Carpooling Pilot to ease traffic congestion

March 16, 2017
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In August last year, TomTom released its annual traffic index survey indicating that Cape Town is the most congested city in South Africa. On the list of the world’s most congested cities, Cape Town ranked 47th internationally. Current congestion levels result in a 71% increase in journey time during the morning peak period when compared.. read more →

Wealth tax pointless if wasteful expenditure continues

March 16, 2017
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The general consensus regarding Minister Pravin Gordhan’s 2017 budget is that it is well-balanced, professional and the best that could be done under challenging circumstances. Whilst this is true, it remains hard not to be somewhat disappointed with the national economic trajectory. With a marginal tax rate of 45% for individuals earning above R1.5m per.. read more →