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 →

Leadership Spotlight: Richard Rushton, Group MD of Distell Group Ltd

August 26, 2014
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Tell us about your company and your role? I am the Group Managing Director of Distell Group Ltd What, in your view, is the best thing about running a business in Cape Town? The number of talented and well educated people we have in the Western Cape. And of course the beautiful location that we.. read more →

Message from the CEO

August 26, 2014
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South Africa is experiencing economic doldrums with low growth, budget deficits, and ratings downgrades amongst our challenges. Frustration was also aired by Herman Mashaba, our AGM keynote speaker and successful businessman, who gave a compelling talk and encouraged business and citizens to challenge government policies that pose serious, negative consequences for economic growth in South.. read more →

V&A: the ‘best Waterfront in the world’ contributes R198 billion to SA’s GDP

August 26, 2014
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First established in 1988, the founding vision of the V&A Waterfront was to reconnect downtown Cape Town with the sea. Known as Table Bay West, the area was largely industrial, dominated by a disused oil tank farm. It was, however, also steeped in history that needed to be protected for future generations. From these humble.. read more →