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 →

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 →