Leadership Spotlight – Lance September, Partner in Charge KPMG Western Cape

Tell us about your company and your role?

KPMG is a global professional services firm, of which KPMG SA is a member. I serve as the Partner in Charge for the Western Cape region and my primary responsibility is to grow our share of the professional services market through our Audit, Advisory and Tax Offerings.

What is the best thing about running a business in Cape Town?

Cape Town, my home for 47 years, is blessed with an amazing climate, landscapes and attractions. From a business point of view, Cape Town is known as the most innovative city in South Africa, we have a developing technology scene, access to talent from celebrated universities such as UCT, UWC, Stellenbosch University and CPUT, as well as access to some of the brightest tech minds in South Africa. Cape Town is also known as the start-up capital of South Africa, making us a very entrepreneurial city. What’s not to love about Cape Town?

What areas do you think need to be improved to enhance the business environment in Cape Town?

I would say more collaboration is key to enhancing our business environment. If we are to address some of the big challenges we face as a city, I believe that through collaboration, we will drive meaningful change and deliver great value for Cape Town.

How would you describe Cape Town’s business community?

Vibrantly entrepreneurial and innovative.

What do you think is currently still required to develop a long-term vision and future strategy for the Cape Town city region?

Once again, collaboration, as it helps build a shared vision and lays a sustainable foundation, delivering greater impact.

What are your hidden gems or favourite spots to visit in the Cape Town city region?

I frequent Kloof Street because it has a variety of great offerings. More recently, Bree Street has become another favourite of mine as it lies in the heart of the city and offers some fantastic coffee shops, restaurants and trendy bars.

What would you choose as a tag line for Cape Town as a business city?

A place where beauty meets innovation and inspiration.

Who do you admire most in the business world?

Too many for many different reasons. However, Paul Rackstraw, Managing Director of Futuregrowth Asset Management, has a very inspiring story that resonates with me. From his humble beginnings, the hard work and risks he took to get to where he is today is admirable.

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