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 →

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 →