Our CEO presents at Brisbane Global Cafe, pre-G20 Summit

December 1, 2014
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In November 2014, Brisbane hosted the G20 Leaders Summit. To ensure that the G20 would leave a valuable long-term legacy for Brisbane, the city initiated the Brisbane Global Café, a high-profile programme with 80 international speakers converging on Brisbane for thought provoking and engaging global discussions. Chris Whelan, our CEO, was one of the speakers at this event.. read more →

Jabu Mabuza, Telkom Chairman: Telkom aims to champion SA’s broadband strategy

December 1, 2014
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‘When the president asks you to take on the role of the Chairman of Telkom, you can’t say no. He is the president after all.’ These were the words of Jabu Mabuza as he addressed our recent CEO breakfast hosted by EY. Chosen for his strong and independent leadership style, Jabu said that he had one.. read more →

Leadership Spotlight: Chris Jones, CEO Digiterra

December 1, 2014
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Tell us about your company and your role? Digiterra is a consulting company that deals primarily with challenges stemming from business to IT alignment. The value that we provide is a combination of effective innovation enablement and the provisioning of strategic dashboards that provide management with the ability to effectively achieve its goals. Through our.. read more →

Message from the CEO

December 1, 2014
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It seems like only yesterday that 2014 was starting off, with national elections top-of-mind for the entire country.  Business certainly wasn’t immune and the first half of the year seemed consumed by inertia borne out of uncertainty.  Fortunately, post-election there have been a few ‘green shoots’ in the economy, with Government seemingly beginning to address.. read more →

WC SPVs and clustering policy pays off and creates jobs

December 1, 2014
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In 2004, the Western Cape Government developed the Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) programme to focus on priority industrial sectors important for regional economic development. Developed in line with international best practice around cluster development principles, the programme includes 11 SPVs across various industries and includes examples such as Business Process enabling South Africa (BPeSA), for.. read more →

State of Cape Town 2014: Business Vision for Cape Town

November 25, 2014
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The State of Cape Town 2014 report is a biennial report produced by the City of Cape Town. The purpose of the report is to provide a snapshot of Cape Town with up-to date information and analyses of the most pertinent urban development issues facing the city, its residents and businesses. The following is an excerpt of an.. read more →

Zip Zap Circus School – entertaining while uplifting communities

November 25, 2014
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Zip Zap Circus School, located in the Artscape gardens, has been delighting and entertaining audiences for 22 years. But it is far more than just a performing arts centre; it is a not-for-profit organisation aimed at tackling poverty and unemployment in Cape Town by teaching circus acts to aspiring youngsters in high-risk areas of Cape.. read more →

Stellenbosch Innovation District Conference – 30 – 31 Oct

October 8, 2014
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Smart Innovation for People-Centred Futures The 2nd Stellenbosch Innovation Conference builds on the momentum of 2013’s Innovation and Smart City Conferences. In 2013, the concept of transforming Stellenbosch town into an Innovation District was introduced to the Western Cape community, and included the vision of a smart Stellenbosch, with the aim of connecting local innovation.. read more →

Mazars Berenschot Joint Venture: Building on Dutch/SA relationships

October 6, 2014
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Mazars South Africa, a member of Accelerate Cape Town, recently launched an exciting joint venture with Dutch consulting firm Berenschot. Operating as Mazars Berenschot South Africa (MBSA), the new firm brings extensive additional specialised international management consulting experience to Mazars already recognised audit, tax and advisory suite of services. Accelerate Cape Town CEO Chris Whelan.. read more →

AGM 2014: Herman Mashaba: happy he started his business under apartheid

August 26, 2014
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South Africa’s macroeconomic conditions are worse today than in 2007 when Accelerate Cape Town was launched. We are in a perilously low-growth environment and our economy remains exclusive and divided. National government policy must stimulate, not stifle, economic growth and the erosion of free enterprise must stop.’ These were the words from our CEO, Chris.. read more →