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November 2017

Building Bridges Between SMEs and Corporates Through ESD

November 10, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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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December 2017

Secondments: Creating Opportunities for Exchange

December 1, 2017 @ 7:30 am - 10:30 am
Allan Gray, 1 Silo Square, V&A Waterfront
Cape Town, South Africa
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As regional corporates, we have similar learning and talent challenges – leadership development, retention, succession planning, recruitment and availability of skilled local labour, amongst others. Secondments provide real-time learning experience and affords talent a solid opportunity to discover their best work, expand their professional experience, interject fresh views into existing departments and strengthen leadership abilities. While we are able to list the risks associated with secondments, has your organisation considered a professional exchange programme as a key component of HR’s…

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Inspiration Session with Zipho Sikhakhane

December 6, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Allan Gray, 1 Silo Square, V&A Waterfront
Cape Town, South Africa
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Zipho Sikhakhane is a global speaker, entrepreneur and business strategist. As the first black South African to receive an MBA from Stanford University in the USA, Zipho is all about breaking barriers. Emerging from humble beginnings, she was driven to start her first business at the tender age of five and has led numerous business ventures ever since. She has held strategic positions in world-leading organisations locally and internationally such as the world’s biggest fashion retail group, Inditex Zara. Having…

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February 2018

Avoiding “Day Zero” in 2018 & Beyond

February 16 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am

Facing its worst drought in a century, Cape Town is in the midst of a severe water crisis. Business and Government are now required to collaborate on short-term plans to avoid a “Day Zero” scenario, develop contingency plans in the event that “Day Zero” is reached, and work on longer-term augmentation plans to diversify the city’s water sources. Planning for business continuity is increasingly necessary but challenging given the conflicting messages in the public domain. Over the next few weeks, Accelerate Cape Town together…

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March 2018

Inspiration Session with Nene Molefi

March 1 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Allan Gray, 1 Silo Square, V&A Waterfront
Cape Town, South Africa
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Owner and MD of Mandate Molefi, Nene is an experienced consultant and facilitator with a track record that spans more than 18 years. Nene’s work involves facilitation in culture change, transformation and leadership development interventions for large and medium-sized companies. She has conducted dialogue sessions on Social Context and Social Cohesion for all the High Courts and Constitutional Court Judges and is currently working with a number of Private Schools on Unconscious Bias and Diversity, as well as Inclusion Strategies.…

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April 2018

HR Professionals Forum

April 19 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am

The Accelerate Cape Town Human Capital Programme aims to support our members’ talent attraction and retention programmes, as this is a key issue for business in the Cape Town city region.  The HR Forum provides cross-sector engagement for HR professionals in Cape Town to collectively unpack and explore topics such as: Talent attraction and retention specifically of highly skilled and BEE candidates Innovative solutions to recruitment and best practice Work readiness of students from universities and what the business feels…

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May 2018

CEO Engagement

May 31 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Accelerate Cape Town CEO Engagements are a high-level forum for CEO's and Regional Directors of our member companies to encourage debate of topical issues impacting on Cape Town and South Africa. With a keynote speaker and often Chatham House rules, these events are deliberately kept small to foster discussion and for our CEO's to build a network of senior business professionals in the Cape Town city region. We will update this page about this forthcoming CEO Engagement once we have more information…

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June 2018

Inspiration Session with Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu

June 14 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Allan Gray, 1 Silo Square, V&A Waterfront
Cape Town, South Africa
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The Accelerate Cape Town Inspiration Sessions are large networking events for young professionals with an inspiring speaker or speakers followed by a cocktail event and hosted by Allan Gray. They aim to address key needs expressed by young black professionals living in the Cape Town region: To meet their contemporaries and build networks with their peers and other aspirational professionals To find inspirational mentors, particularly senior black business leaders To be exposed to business leadership and opportunities through these networking…

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July 2018

What Does the Future of Leadership Look Like?

July 19 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am
British American Tobacco, Waterway House South, No 3 Dock Road
V&A, Cape Town, South Africa
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Accelerate Cape Town has partnered with global coaching partnership Within People to host a conversation with leaders across South Africa, US, UK and Asia to explore how leadership is changing and what leadership of the future looks like. This breakfast session will combine insights from these global conversations with interactive discussions on: What qualities leaders of the future need and  what the barriers are to living them Real stories from leaders who are successfully leading 21st Century organisations Practical steps…

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