Leadership Spotlight: Lizé Lambrechts, CEO of Santam

August 6, 2015
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Tell us about your company and your role? Santam is the country’s largest general insurer with its headquarters based in the Western Cape. The company employs over 5 000 staff across the country and works through intermediaries to sell insurance. I am the Chief Executive Officer and I see my role as creating real value.. read more →

The value of an aerotropolis for Cape Town International Airport

August 6, 2015
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Airports Company South Africa, Cape Town International Airport together with regional partners are currently exploring options to develop an aerotropolis as part of a general strategy to unlock the growth potential of Cape Town and the Western Cape. Aerotropoli have evolved globally at major international airports such as Dubai International, Amsterdam Schiphol, and Singapore Changi.. read more →

Message from the CEO

August 6, 2015
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This week we had our 2015 AGM with Trevor Ncube and it is fitting that this is my last engagement with Accelerate Cape Town. As you may know, I have accepted a role as CEO of the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency and will be moving to New Zealand. Accelerate Cape Town is in the.. read more →

Fintech – what’s happening in Cape Town to support this disruption?

August 6, 2015
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Fintech or financial technology is disrupting traditional banking. It is the use of software solutions for financial transactions such as Google Wallet, Apple Pay, Wonga and M-Pesa and a myriad of other innovative solutions – see KPMG Best Fintech Innovators 2014. In 2014, fintech investment in the US tripled from to $9.89 billion with Europe.. read more →

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 →