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INTERVIEW •

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Accelerate Cape Town has recently launched an ESD Programme. How can this programme benefit corporates, as well as the local economy?

How can SMEs be supported? SMEs require support and resources that include access to suitable market opportunities, access to finance for upscaling, access to technical support required for upscaling and most importantly, access to best of-breed mentors.

Is something being done to tackle Cape South Africa greatly needs jobs and economic de- Town’s traffic problem holistically? velopment, but with government coming under Traffic congestion in Cape Town is the highest increasing pressure to reduce its wage bill, and the in South Africa according to TomTom, and with corporate sector similarly pushing for greater ef- Metrorail’s challenges from cable theft and vanficiencies in a recessionary economy, the only re- dalism, commuters can spend almost double their maining hope for job growth is the SME sector. In travel time during peak hours. order to significantly grow SMEs, we need to provide As part of the Transport programme, Accelerate them with access to market opportunities, finance, Cape Town has launched a Transport Project technical support, and mentorship. Office (TPO), a progressive initiative, which aims to Identified as a key economic driver globally, the coordinate corporate leadership and action in reladevelopment of SMEs is probably the most mean- tion to the transport challenges and opportunities ingful way to grow a more diverse and sustainable in the Cape Town city-region. economic landscape for South Africa. Accelerate The aim of the programme and TPO is to: Cape Town’s Enterprise and Supplier Development • Address traffic congestion and find solutions to the problem in an effort to enhance business (ESD) Programme aims to build more sustainable productivity sectors in an effort to encourage greater, socio• Encourage behavioural change among economic transformation. commuters • Foster a spirit of collaboration among corporate The ESD programme aims to: • Identify suitable (risk averse) supply chain Cape Town, encouraging them to consider inopportunities for emerging suppliers novative and alternative transport solutions to • Find suitable suppliers that could be developed ease congestion • Forming part of steering committees in proand upscaled into larger businesses • Support the in-house SME training programmes jects such as the aerotropolis at Cape Town of our member companies. International Airport and the Air Access project.

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WESTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2018

Western Cape Business 2018  

The 2018 edition of Western Cape Business is the 11th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2005, has estab...

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