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May 2017

CEO Engagement: The Future of Higher Education in SA

May 9 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Taj Cape Town, 1 Wale Street + Google Map

Tertiary education is important for growing South Africa’s economic capability, but the ongoing unrest and protests at our universities are posing serious challenges for the sector. The reality is that fees have increased from 24% to 31% from 2000 to 2012, but state contributions to universities have declined from 49% to 40% in the same period. Universities are also under increasing pressure due to declining private income from research, and the cost impact of the exchange rate on equipment, software…

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June 2017

Thought Leaders: Addressing Youth Unemployment

June 2 @ 7:30 am - 10:30 am

Youth unemployment is a global issue. Economists estimate that up to 290 million 15 – 24 year olds are not participating in the labour market globally. In South Africa the problem is of particular concern given our youth dominated demographic, with almost 55% of people between 15 and 24 years old not working. To address this issue, the Youth Employment Programme was launched in 2016 as part of the CEO Initiative. This programme aims to place 1 million young people in paid…

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Water Security

June 23 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am
British Amererican Tobacco, Waterway House South, No 3 Dock Road
V&A, Cape Town, South Africa
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Cape Town and the Western Cape’s insufficient rainfall over the past two years has resulted in a water crisis. Together with population increases, urbanisation and global climate change, this has increased our need to use water more conservatively and find long-term and innovative solutions to increase the water supply. While water shortages impact on everyone, key industries are dependent on a reliable water supply for production to contribute to economic growth and the long-term sustainability of the region. Join us…

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September 2017

The Importance of Corporate Governance and Insights into SOEs

September 1 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am
Webber Wentzel, Convention Tower, Heerengracht Street
Cape Town, Western Cape 8001 South Africa
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Sound corporate governance, the system by which companies are directed and controlled, is globally recognised as a critical requirement for successful growth and development. South Africa’s King Code of Corporate Governance, now in its fourth revision, is world leading and regarded as one of the most comprehensive approaches to governance worldwide. However, South Africa is experiencing significant wasteful and irregular expenditure of state funds where poor governance of State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) is impacting on our fiscus and financial flexibility. SOE…

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SA Innovation Summit

September 6 @ 8:00 am - September 8 @ 5:00 pm

The SA Innovation Summit as an annual flagship event on the South African Innovation Calendar, is a platform for nurturing, developing and showcasing African innovation, as well as facilitating innovation thought-leadership. Created to support and promote innovation and facilitate collaboration within its own ecosystem, the initiative brings together corporates, thought leaders, inventors, entrepreneurs, academia and policy makers to amplify South Africa’s renowned competitive edge and to inspire sustained economic growth across the continent of Africa. The SA Innovation Summit  is…

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AGM with Bonang Mohale, CEO of BLSA

September 29 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

South Africa is experiencing tumultuous times. Rash decisions by government send markets tumbling, while counter balances through the judiciary and parliamentary committees act as stabilisers. The collective voice of business is now more important than ever before to challenge what business requires to stimulate growth and investment, as well as the collective collaboration of corporate business for the continued transformation of South Africa. Accelerate Cape Town invites you to our AGM where we will share insights of current and future…

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October 2017

Welcome to Cape Town

October 19 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We look forward to hosting our second Welcome to Cape Town event, an engagement for senior employees of Cape Town's biggest corporates, who have recently relocated to Cape Town. The event, which acts as a networking platform, provides professionals with an opportunity to meet peers outside of the office environment and hear about some of the exciting initiatives that are happening in and around the city of Cape Town. Please join us for the evening where you’ll get to meet…

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November 2017

AI, Robotics and Automation

November 3 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am
Webber Wentzel, Convention Tower, Heerengracht Street
Cape Town, Western Cape 8001 South Africa
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The World Economic Forum states that by 2025, 30% of corporate audits will be performed by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and additional research shows that Digital Transformation is now a priority for most business leaders. From intelligent assistants, Siri and Alexa, to IBM’s Watson for oncology – whose successful diagnosis rate for lung cancer is 90% compared to 50% from human doctors – Industry 4.0 is no longer a ‘future trend’, but rather the ‘here-and-now’. Emerging technologies such as IoT, AI, machine…

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Building Bridges Between SMEs and Corporates Through ESD

November 10 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am

SA desperately needs jobs and economic development but with government coming under increasing pressure to reduce its wage bill, and the corporate sector similarly pushing for greater efficiency in a recessionary economy, the only remaining hope for job growth is the SME sector. In order to significantly grow SMEs, we need to provide them with access to market opportunities, finance, technical support, and mentorship. Since the revised B-BBEE codes came into effect, many corporates have ventured down the path toward…

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SA’s influence on Africa’s Growth Trajectory – A Discussion with Maria Ramos

November 14 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

South Africa has long held the promise of being the driving force behind Africa’s economic resurgence. However, geopolitical shifts and the impact this has on the global economy, as well as South Africa’s economic strain resulting from political instability and an imminent ratings downgrade, have called into question not only global sentiment about Africa’s growth trajectory, but also the potential for South Africa to be the gateway to the continent. Earlier this year, Barclays announced its exit from the African…

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