Smart Cape Town: using technology to deliver value

November 30, 2016
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Cities are the future, but they will be put under great strain to adapt their infrastructures and services to cope with predicted population growth and increasing urbanisation. Fortunately, in tandem with these trends, technology is evolving, with the introduction of new technology and increases in processing capability and lower unit costs, all playing a role. .. read more →

Artisans: a Game Changer for the Local Economy

November 30, 2016
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South Africa’s forecasted economic growth for 2016 is very low, while unemployment reached a new high of 27.1% recently. Although job creation remains a key focus for government, an issue remains with the type of skills required for sustainable and inclusive growth. In McKinsey’s report, South Africa’s Big Five, Bold Priorities for Inclusive Growth, they estimate.. read more →

Rugby Sevens World Series and The Value of Sports Tourism

November 30, 2016
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With the HSBC Rugby Sevens World Series on the immediate horizon, Cape Town looks forward to hosting the South African leg of the series. This is an exciting financial injection into Cape Town’s growing business prospects, considering last year’s economic performance where the city received a R539 million boost. In a recent interview, Mayoral Committee.. read more →

Leadership Spotlight – Soraya Zoueihid, MD of British American Tobacco

November 30, 2016
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Tell us about your company and your role? I am Soraya Zoueihid, the Managing Director of British American Tobacco for the Southern Africa Area. We are a subsidiary of the London-headquartered British American Tobacco plc which is the second largest company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. We’ve been operating in South Africa for over.. read more →

Message from the CEO

November 30, 2016
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As we start wrapping up 2016, our final newsletter for the year highlights some of the activity we have been involved with over the last few months. This year we introduced a programmatic approach which we hope has provided more meaningful engagements for our members, our partners and ultimately impacted positively on the Cape Town.. read more →

Business Government Collaboration to Stimulate Economic Growth

September 12, 2016
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While ratings agencies are evaluating South Africa’s investment status, numerous initiatives are underway to boost investor confidence, catalyse employment in key sectors and drive reform. Irrespective of the rating agencies’ decision, current GDP growth rates are insufficient and require stimulus and sustained action. Earlier in 2016, business, government, and labour realised the need to collaborate.. read more →

Leadership Spotlight – Zyda Rylands, Woolworths SA CEO

September 8, 2016
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Tell us about your company and your role? Woolworths is a leading South African retailer, passionate about offering a wide range of quality clothing, general merchandise and food products with a focus on innovation, value and sustainability. As the CEO of Woolworths SA, I am responsible for the entire Woolworths operation in South Africa, as.. read more →

Behavioural Change and Emerging Tech to Ease Traffic Congestion

September 8, 2016
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Traffic gridlock has become a common feature in Cape Town, and as the city continues to grow, so does the issue of traffic congestion. As part of our Transport Programme, Accelerate Cape Town has collaborated with Wesgro to highlight government plans and have frank discussions with the various transport providers about the potential solutions available… read more →

Mentorship of spin-out companies from our Western Cape Universities

September 8, 2016
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The Western Cape universities are leading universities in South Africa and Africa. Looking specifically at research and innovation, and patent activity of South African universities from 2009 – 2015, the four WC universities accounted for 48.6%. Stellenbosch University and UCT filed 150 PCT patents resulting in multiple spin-out companies in the same time period. Even.. read more →

Message from the CEO

September 8, 2016
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Despite a terrible start to 2016, South Africa managed to avoid a ratings downgrade in June and we were on a positive economic trajectory for a brief period, thanks largely to the local government election which demonstrated the strength of our democracy, and external factors which buoyed emerging markets. The Rand enjoyed a brief period.. read more →