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 →

Creating Intelligence from Increased Volumes of Data

September 7, 2016
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Data is the new currency. In 2016, the world has entered the “zettabyte era” as global IP traffic will reach 1.1 zettabytes, or over 1 trillion gigabytes. By 2020, global IP traffic will reach 2.3 zettabytes. This data growth is fuelling new industries and economies, and stimulating innovation within organisations. It is through the exponential rise.. read more →

J&J invest R300m and launch their Africa Global Public Health practice in Cape Town

April 20, 2016
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2016 has been a busy year for Johnson & Johnson in Cape Town as they continue to prepare their business to better serve consumers across Sub-Saharan Africa. In January, J&J opened their refurbished pharmaceutical manufacturing plant following a R300 million investment in technology and infrastructure. Then in early April, J&J launched the Global Public Health.. read more →

Big Data: driving business innovation and opportunities from SKA

April 20, 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 International Data Corporation (IDC). Big Data is the analysis of high-volume data to uncover valuable insights and create value for business and governments. It is not only pertinent to Smart City initiatives especially due to the.. read more →

Launch of the Cape Town French Tech Hub is recognition of our innovative ecosystem

April 19, 2016
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France, while typically known for their food and wine, is emerging as a significant technology hub in Europe. In 2015, Cisco committed to spending $100 million on incubator and accelerator programs, following the then-CEO, John Chambers, visit to France and his positive impressions of their start-up activity. Deloitte’s Fast 500 EMEA 2015 also ranked France, for.. read more →

Creating value from values – Simon Susman, Chairman, Woolworths

April 19, 2016
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Improving business leadership and ethical practices are key to running a sustainable and enterprising business in the 21st century. Companies need to not only deliver shareholder value in terms of revenue, but also have effective governance structures, and demonstrate societal and environmental value for clients, employees and communities. Millennials are also changing organisations as their.. read more →

PPPs and effective partnering – how government and business should work better 

April 19, 2016
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Public-Private Partnerships have been touted as the solution to South Africa’s onerous infrastructure development needs. However, a typical PPP, as per Treasury Regulation 16 to the Public Finance Management Act, has no less than six distinct phases with approval gates at each stage. Add to this the likelihood that significant investors could be foreign nationals.. read more →