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 →

Mentorship pilot: our business professionals support start-ups

March 16, 2017
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At our recent CEO Engagement, Unlocking SME Growth with Adrian Gore, Discovery CEO and SA SME Fund co-leader, Adrian Gore stated that South Africa’s growth and solution to the unemployment crisis will come from greater entrepreneurial activity. In South Africa, SMEs make up 91% of formalised business, provide 60% of employment of the labour force.. 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 →

Leadership Spotlight – Professor Mills Soko, Director of UCT GSB

March 16, 2017
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Tell us about your company and your role? I am Director of the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB). My role is to lead the business school, drive its vision and strategy, maintain its financial viability, engage with key external stakeholders and work closely with the senior leadership group to promote the.. read more →