Know Cape Town’s business facts!

May 3, 2014
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If you frequent social media, you may have come across the recent blog Go F*ck Yourself Cape Town written by someone who clearly hadn’t sample everything that’s great about Cape Town. Fortunately counter blogs challenged the view with the best professing that Pofadder was actually the superior place to live. With some of the claims.. read more →

Cape Town features in Arup & Rockefeller Foundation City Resilience Framework

May 3, 2014
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In Dec 2013, Accelerate Cape Town hosted Arup, Rockefeller Foundation and Cape Town businesses as part of the City Resilience Index Project. The first deliverable of this project is the City Resilience Framework launched in Apr 2014. The need to understand city resilience is specifically important as rapid urbanization becomes a reality bringing additional challenges.. read more →

Message from the CEO

May 1, 2014
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After 20 years, South Africa has achieved much but still has high levels of poverty and inequality. With GDP growth rates of 1.9% in 2013, national government needs to review its role in creating a favourable investment climate. Business’ ‘voice’, however, needs to be clear and consistent – value creation and growth is led by.. read more →

The importance of the South Africa UK trade relations

March 12, 2014
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The South Africa UK trade relations have been vibrant for centuries. With our history as a British colony and the current ease of doing business due to language, time zone, similar legal system, and our world class banking infrastructure, South Africa remains the UK’s largest trading partner in Africa. To strengthen this relationship, Accelerate Cape.. read more →

Message from the CEO

March 7, 2014
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Following the recent State of the Nation address, Budget Speech, and with pending national elections in a lack-lustre global economy, we are heading for interesting times. Pravin Gordhan’s Budget was conservative in an election year, while President Zuma suggested a more ‘radical phase of socio-economic transformation policies and programmes that will meaningfully address poverty, unemployment.. read more →

Smart Cities and Design as a key lever for Change

February 27, 2014
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On 25 February, Accelerate Cape Town held a Thought Leaders event, sponsored by Arup to look at Smart Cities and the role of design in transforming cities.  With 80% of all urban growth over the next 20 years taking place in Asia and Africa, Chris Whelan, CEO of Accelerate Cape Town said South African business.. read more →

Sustainability Forum: Highlighting key sustainable housing and community solutions through WDC 2014

February 25, 2014
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The challenges facing cities today are numerous. Rapid urbanisation is a growing reality and Cape Town has the highest rate in South Africa. This brings housing, infrastructure, social and biophysical challenges, but if we look for solutions across business, government and communities, we find tremendous energy and innovation to address the challenges. This was the.. read more →

Positioning the Cape as Africa’s Pharma R&D Hub

February 25, 2014
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In 2011, UCT Professor Kelly Chibale founded H3-D, Africa’s first Drug Discovery and Development Centre.   Within a year, a key project was named Project of the Year for 2012 by Medicines for Malaria Venture and resulted in the discovery of a novel chemical compound with the potential to affect malaria control and eradication. As a.. read more →

WDC 2014 and the City of Cape Town Projects

February 20, 2014
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One of Mayor Patricia de Lille’s objectives of World Design Capital 2014 is to develop a culture of design thinking within the public sector and entrench the use of design processes to provide solutions for communities.  But what is design thinking as a business solution and what is the City of Cape Town doing to.. read more →

African Cities – rapid urbanisation, emerging opportunties and challenges

February 15, 2014
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Rapid urbanization is fast becoming the key driver of economic change in Africa. It is estimated that in the next 15 years, an additional 350 million people will be living in Africa’s cities. Undoubtedly, this is now the greatest management challenge for Africa’s governments, but what role are African cities playing in these emerging economies? This was.. read more →