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 →

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 →