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February 2017

CEO Engagement: Unlocking SME Growth – A Discussion with Adrian Gore

February 2 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am
Deloitte, Cape Quarter
Cape Town, Western Cape 8001
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While the recent rating announcement has brought South Africa temporary reprieve, economic growth is still crucial to building South Africa. SMEs and entrepreneurial activity are key drivers in our economy and will play an increasingly important role to growth and employment. Adrian Gore, founder and group chief executive of Discovery Limited, is a great example of South Africa’s entrepreneurial success. He started Discovery in 1992, and was chosen as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998, just after…

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Inspiration Session with Khanyi Dhlomo

February 8 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Allan Gray, 1 Silo Square, V&A Waterfront
Cape Town, South Africa
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Khanyi Dhlomo is the Founder and CEO of Ndalo Media, a multi-platform media company which seeks to positively impact lives through various content platforms and experiences. Through these platforms, Ndalo Media connects with a high quality audience of approximately two million consumers in 13 African countries. Dhlomo has over 25 years of experience in the media industry. In the early days of her career, she became an award-winning news and lifestyle anchor and magazine editor. In 2003, she was named…

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Thought Leaders: Workplace Revolution

February 17 @ 7:30 am - 10:30 am
Century City Conference Centre, 4 Energy Lane, Bridgeways Precinct, Century City + Google Map

As technology evolves at an exponential rate, the face of the workplace is changing with digital solutions bringing businesses a host of benefits. It is impacting business models, revolutionising processes, and allowing for informed decisions to be made by tracking and responding to real-time data. Disruption is creating new competitors and markets, and personal customisation is shifting how and when customers want to engage with your business. Technology is also creating a new breed of employee (largely Millennials) who value…

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March 2017

Business and Government Data Exchange Workshop

March 7 @ 7:30 am - 12:30 pm

Government departments accumulate a multitude of data which could be valuable to and create efficiency for business if it was made available. Various government departments at local, regional and national level are creating programmes to open up their data to the public, but with the issues of how to exchange this information to create value and at the same time, protect personal information. This workshop will provide a discussion between business and representatives from the City of Cape Town, WC…

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Mentorship Briefing

March 8 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Webber Wentzel, Convention Tower, Heerengracht Street
Cape Town, Western Cape 8001 South Africa
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The launch of our mentorship pilot is one of the outcomes of our Business and University Innovation Programme which aims to enhance the relationship between corporate business and the universities in our region. This is specifically to support the innovation value chain from R&D to commercialisation of ideas through spin-out/start-up companies. Our four universities are some of the most innovative universities in South Africa accounting for 48.6% of patent activity of SA universities from 2009 – 2015. Stellenbosch University and…

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May 2017

Thought Leaders: City of Cape Town Restructure and Strategic Direction

May 5 @ 7:30 am - 10:30 am

The City of Cape Town has recently restructured following the adoption of the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP) as a key strategy to reverse the legacy of apartheid spatial planning, modernise government, improve service delivery and become more customer-centric. One of the key strategies within the ODTP is the Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Strategic Framework (nominated for a C40 Cities Award) which is the City’s long-term development strategy aimed at assessing land use and development in conjunction with transport to…

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HR Professionals Forum: How do leaders build powerful cultures for growth?

May 9 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Culture is not optional. It exists, either working for you or against you. Leaders who intentionally define and lead their culture have the foundations to use it as an asset for growth. Accelerate Cape Town has partnered with Within People to host a global conversation with leaders about how clarity, belief and confidence helps leaders build winning cultures. Though research conducted in SA, UK and US, we explore how leaders understand culture, their role in creating it and some of…

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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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