Message from the CEO

March 7, 2014
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Following the recent State of the Nation address, Budget Speech, and with pending national elections in a lack-lustre global economy, we are heading for interesting times. Pravin Gordhan’s Budget was conservative in an election year, while President Zuma suggested a more ‘radical phase of socio-economic transformation policies and programmes that will meaningfully address poverty, unemployment.. read more →

Smart Cities and Design as a key lever for Change

February 27, 2014
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On 25 February, Accelerate Cape Town held a Thought Leaders event, sponsored by Arup to look at Smart Cities and the role of design in transforming cities.  With 80% of all urban growth over the next 20 years taking place in Asia and Africa, Chris Whelan, CEO of Accelerate Cape Town said South African business.. read more →

Sustainability Forum: Highlighting key sustainable housing and community solutions through WDC 2014

February 25, 2014
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The challenges facing cities today are numerous. Rapid urbanisation is a growing reality and Cape Town has the highest rate in South Africa. This brings housing, infrastructure, social and biophysical challenges, but if we look for solutions across business, government and communities, we find tremendous energy and innovation to address the challenges. This was the.. read more →

Positioning the Cape as Africa’s Pharma R&D Hub

February 25, 2014
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In 2011, UCT Professor Kelly Chibale founded H3-D, Africa’s first Drug Discovery and Development Centre.   Within a year, a key project was named Project of the Year for 2012 by Medicines for Malaria Venture and resulted in the discovery of a novel chemical compound with the potential to affect malaria control and eradication. As a.. read more →

WDC 2014 and the City of Cape Town Projects

February 20, 2014
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One of Mayor Patricia de Lille’s objectives of World Design Capital 2014 is to develop a culture of design thinking within the public sector and entrench the use of design processes to provide solutions for communities.  But what is design thinking as a business solution and what is the City of Cape Town doing to.. read more →

African Cities – rapid urbanisation, emerging opportunties and challenges

February 15, 2014
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Rapid urbanization is fast becoming the key driver of economic change in Africa. It is estimated that in the next 15 years, an additional 350 million people will be living in Africa’s cities. Undoubtedly, this is now the greatest management challenge for Africa’s governments, but what role are African cities playing in these emerging economies? This was.. read more →

Showcasing South Africa’s Business Innovation Story

February 7, 2014
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South Africa fosters a culture of innovation that is key to its future success. ‘Welcome to South African Excellence’ is a first ever publication showcasing the modern, innovative and globally competitive side of South Africa. The book will focus on innovation and design thinking, and will incorporate compelling South African business stories aligned to the key themes.. read more →

Western Cape 2012 Exports and Biggest Markets

November 7, 2013
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Do you know: Western Cape exports in 2012 totalled R92.55 billion which is 21.09% of GDP Exports are 69.8% products and 30.2% services which contribute 8.4% of national goods exports and 22.5% of national services exports Five sectors account for 67.7% of exports – Food and Beverage (17.3%), Agriculture (17.0%), Petroleum and Chemicals (15.5%), Metals.. read more →