Disney sees opportunities in creative Cape Town

August 6, 2015
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Cape Town is internationally known as a top 10 film production centre. Our natural beauty, diversity of cultures and abundance of creative skills ensures our positioning and continued growth of 14% per annum over the past 5 years. It is not only our lower production costs which are 40% cheaper than Europe and the USA,.. read more →

Mmusi Maimane: lessons South Africa can learn from Greece

July 30, 2015
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Mmusi Maimane was elected as the first black leader of the Democratic Alliance in May 2015. As the official opposition in South Africa, Maimane’s appointment before the 2016 municipal elections should provide an interesting opportunity for the DA. His eloquent rhetoric which has him compared to Obama, was also highlighted in his A Broken Man,.. read more →

SKA: developing Cape Town as a big data and engineering hub

March 20, 2015
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The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will fundamentally change our understanding of the universe. It also holds enormous potential to transform business and propel job creation and economic growth. To scope some of the near, mid, and long term opportunities, and how to harness them for competitive advantage, Accelerate Cape Town hosted a CEO dinner with Dr.. read more →

What can business and regional government do about the energy crisis?

March 18, 2015
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South Africa’s energy crisis is a reality. Load shedding is a regular occurrence and heavy users of electricity such as manufacturing companies are being asked to reduce usage by up to 20%. With the delay of new builds and a huge maintenance backlog, this crisis is likely to be with us for the next 5.. read more →

Western Cape moving in right direction in terms of innovation

March 18, 2015
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The Western Cape is moving in the right direction in terms of innovation and entrepreneurial success, says Chris Whelan, CEO of  Accelerate Cape Town. Chris said in an interview with Business Day that the province had so many of the ingredients necessary for a successful and growing region, including a large number of National Research Foundation.. read more →

Leadership Spotlight: Angelo Petersen, Group GM, Capespan

March 18, 2015
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Tell us about your company and your role? For many years, the Capespan name has been synonymous with fresh produce in particular and, more recently, logistics throughout the world. As such, the Capespan Group (CGL) invests in and manages a portfolio of companies offering a range of quality products, value-added products and related services in.. read more →

Message from the CEO

March 18, 2015
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2015 started with the reality of low economic growth in 2014 and an energy crisis threatening to impact on business growth and much-needed job creation. To address this issue, Accelerate Cape Town engaged with the Economic Development Partnership, Western Cape Government (WCG), the City of Cape Town (City) and GreenCape in a co-facilitated workshop between.. read more →

Cape Town’s busiest event month contributes significantly to GDP

March 18, 2015
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Cape Town is a hive of activity at this time of year. From the Design Indaba, Cape Town Cycle Tour, Cape Epic and Cape Town International Jazz Festival, this is the busiest event month of the year. Not only do these events add to the vibrancy and character of Cape Town, but they attract many.. read more →

2014 bumper tourism year and Tsogo Sun’s investments in the Western Cape

March 17, 2015
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2014 was a good year for tourism in Cape Town. The Cape Town International Airport recorded its highest number of annual arrivals to date exceeding the boom years of 2007/2008 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. Other top attractions also smashed visitor records – the V&A Waterfront received over 24 million visitors in 2014, while.. read more →

A Strategic Approach to Innovation: Driving Business and Economies

March 16, 2015
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Innovation is a key driver in business success. Disruptive strategies, such as Apple’s, completely change industries. Innovative companies anticipate future trends to meet future demand, whilst also responding to current market drivers. But innovation can be challenging with no guarantees of success unless you adopt a systematic approach championed by strong leadership and the right.. read more →