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 →

Saldanha IDZ to boost the Western Cape economy

August 26, 2014
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Africa has some of the most rapidly expanding economies globally, many of which are fuelled by vast oil and gas resources. Together, African countries contribute 11% of crude oil and 6% of gas globally, and new fields are being discovered across Africa like a recent find in Mozambique which ‘could be one of the most.. read more →

Zenprop’s transformation of the Pavilion in the V&A Waterfront

August 26, 2014
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Ever wonder what’s happened to the Pavilion at the V&A Waterfront and how that space is being transformed? Well, it was purchased by Zenprop, one of the largest property investment and development companies in South Africa, 3 years ago, and is being completely redeveloped both internally and externally. Ideally positioned in the Waterfront, it will.. read more →

World Cup of Competitiveness: SA vs Nigeria vs Brazil

August 26, 2014
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So while Bafana Bafana didn’t even make it to the World Cup 2014 and Nigeria and Brazil had less than stellar performances, how do these three countries compare in the World Economic Forum’s Competitiveness 2013 – 2014 Report and the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Report 2013. World Economic Forum Competitiveness 2013 – 2014.. read more →

Paul Harris, former CEO of FirstRand – how to make a positive impact on education

May 12, 2014
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South Africa’s education system is below par. By international standards, our literacy is the lowest amongst developing countries and only 21.06% of schools have libraries. Our Maths teachers generally lack knowledge translating into only 13% of the curriculum being mastered by Grade 9s. Dropout rates after Grade 9 are high and only 35.79% of Grade.. read more →

Leadership Spotlight: Darren Franks, MD Middle East & Africa, Eutopia

May 12, 2014
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1. Tell us about your company and role Eutopia is a boutique executive search firm focusing on the Telecoms and Technology sectors, predominately in emerging markets. We have 3 offices – London, Dubai and most recently Cape Town. I joined Eutopia at its inception (2001) and am now Eutopia’s Managing Director for Middle East and.. read more →

Improving the Business Government Relationship

May 12, 2014
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With 20 years of democracy, South Africa has achieved much to create a more inclusive society and economy. However, high levels of poverty and inequality still remain and our current economic growth is somewhat lack lustred to overcome this. With GDP growth rates of only 1.9% in 2013, we need a shift. National government needs.. read more →

Value of our Sustainability Forum and Cape Town’s Earth Hour City Challenge win

May 6, 2014
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Climate change is the most urgent issue affecting the planet right now. It has been described by the United Nations as the defining human development issue of our generation. With finite resources, growing populations, and rapid urbanisation, government, business and citizens need to embrace programmes to address sustainability. Since 2010, Accelerate Cape Town has been addressing.. read more →