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What's the future outlooks for the automotive industry in South Africa?

Since the crisis of 2008, the automotive industry has been under a tremendous price pressure in a context of low volume. If we add to this the challenges of a volatile Rand which converts into high inflation, and repetitive social conflicts, this make the situation of being an automotive supplier in South Africa a tough one. Here are some learning from a past…


Added by Carole Rossetti on February 11, 2014 at 3:12pm — No Comments

The Top 8 Businesses and Individuals Building a Dynamic French business Landscape in the Western Cape

To celebrate the first anniversary of the Cap40, the association organised a series of Business Awards that acknowledge outstanding businesses and individuals who participate at creating a dynamic and successful French-South African Business landscape in the Western Cape.  The purpose of these awards was to give more visibility to business links and joint private initiatives between France and South Africa in the Western Cape. A jury of 8 Cap40 founders nominated a number of…


Added by Carole Rossetti on January 10, 2014 at 3:53pm — 1 Comment

Anniversary of a modern world wonder in Southern France

Today 14th December,  marks the anniversary of a unique bridge in the South of France. Exactly nine years ago to the day, President Jacques Chirac inaugurated the splendid Millau Viaduct.

Spanning with its 2460 metres'  length the river Tarn  valley near Millau in Southern France, this cable-stayed road-bridge presents the onlooker a breathtaking view by its setting and bold…


Added by Georges Gombay on December 14, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

A Farewell to South Africa's Cincinnatus


 May the road rise to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back,

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

The rains fall soft upon your fields and

Until we…


Added by Georges Gombay on December 11, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Nominees to the Cap40 Business Award

Vote for the Cap40 Business Awards will open today. 3 Awards will be granted by vote among a selection of nominees that were identified by a jury of Cap40 members. Click here to vote.


This award recognizes the extraordinary personal and professional achievement and contribution to the…


Added by Carole Rossetti on November 21, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Get a R50 000 Development Subsidy with the Methys Labs Innovation Challenge

Are you an entrepreneur or a young start-up with a crazy project? Are you looking for a technical funding to take the plunge? The Methys innovation challenge will provide…

Added by Carole Rossetti on November 11, 2013 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

France a trailblazer in the innovative generation of power.

With the year almost at an end one might look back and reflect on any milestones that have been crossed.

One milestone that we all surely would have preferred to miss, was the detection of carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere which topped 400 parts per million at a key observing station in Hawaii for the first time since measurement began there in…


Added by Georges Gombay on November 8, 2013 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Le brocoli, nouvelle arme contre les effets de la radioactivité?

Les résultats d'une étude publiée le 14 octobre dans les 'Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences' (PNAS) par une équipe de savants,  suggèrent qu'un régime riche en légumes crucifères (chou, brocoli, chou de Bruxelles, etc.)  pourrait conférer une protection contre les effets mortels d'une forte radioactivité.

Pour plus de détails, veuillez consulter…


Added by Georges Gombay on November 7, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

Tender for Port Equipment manufacturer

If your company specifically design and manufacture port equipments, you might be interested in the below tender:

Transnet Port Terminal is procuring two Grab ship Unloaders major port equipment for the Port of Richards Bay. The last day for collection of tender document is Wednesday, 25th September…


Added by Carole Rossetti on September 23, 2013 at 10:43am — No Comments

Minister Alan Winde's answers to the Cape Town French Business Community

Wednesday at the Bandwidth Barn, the Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, Alan Winde, was addressing the questions and concerns of French Entrepreneurs and French professionals operating in the Western Cape. 

The recent survey of the French Consulate, showed that most French…


Added by Carole Rossetti on September 16, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Member's stories: Business Permit with an Agency (FR)

Arnaud Blanchet shared with the Cap40 his long walk to create a start-up in South Africa including the creation of the company and the business permit procedure. He did this procedure with the assistance of an agency (IBN) and finally received his business permit after 5 months. You will find below his original story (in French):

"Je me suis installé à Cape Town pour y créer Last Mile for BoP, une entreprise sociale spécialisée dans le conseil et la distribution de produits et…


Added by Carole Rossetti on September 9, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Infographics: French Business Landscape in the Western Cape

Following the survey released by the French Consulate of Cape Town (available here - in French), the Cap40 made the following infographics to illustrate the business landscape that has emerged from the French entrepreneurs and the French subsidiaries in the Western Cape. We hope that it will be the beginning of a better understanding of the impact and profile of the…


Added by Carole Rossetti on August 19, 2013 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

How Customer Service Will Change The World

During our July Cap40 Business Wednesday, Paul Galatis, partner at Yuppichef, gave us a great insight on how companies should run their customer service. 

Created in 2006, Yuppiechef defines itself as “a customer service business that happens to sell kitchen tools.” 7 years after its creation, the company has a catalogue of 6,000 products, a team of 60 people and was elected best e-commerce company in South Africa in 2010 and 2011.

The Market…


Added by Carole Rossetti on August 15, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Tax Optimization

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*  Contract Management Services

*  Payroll (Tax Optimization)

*  Visa Applications


Our rates and are fully transparent and extremely competitive.  If you would like a solution that fits your needs and saves you money you…


Added by Stephan on July 29, 2013 at 2:32pm — No Comments

GDF SUEZ continues its expansion in South Africa

South Africa continues to attract French investors and GDF Suez, a leading utility group, is investing 160 million euros (ZAR 2.1bn) in the West Coast to create a 94MW capacity wind farm. The project will be located 130km from Cape Town and should start to operate in 2015. 

South Africa is considered as a "strategic territory" for the group and Gérard Mestrallet, Chairman and CEO of GDF SUEZ said: “West Coast One demonstrates our growth ambitions in fast growing markets, and…


Added by Carole Rossetti on July 3, 2013 at 9:58am — No Comments

Comment démarrer dans les ventes en ligne

Une bonne nouvelle est qu'il vous deviens à present de plus en plus facile de concevoir et de créer un site sur la toile, qui vous permettra d'utiliser le "cybercommerce" pour augmenter vos ventes.  Une petite entreprise peut en effet atteindre á travers l'Internet autant de gens qu’une grande entreprise avec un site de commerce électronique procurant une porte ouverte sur le monde, 24 heures sur 24.

Pour plus de détails, veuillez consulter…


Added by Georges Gombay on June 28, 2013 at 11:37am — No Comments

How to pay your taxes in South Africa?

Taxes in South Africa are managed by SARS (the South African Revenue Services), which is a central administration to which every South African tax payer must register. You can go to SARS during any week day and you can find their closest branch on their website.…

Added by Carole Rossetti on June 26, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

The Rand reaches its lowest level since 2009

For 4 years, the Rand has never been so low in comparision with the Dollar US 

For the past year, the Rand has lost 20% of its value and record one of the worse performance among the emerging countries.In June, the Rand reached its lowest value relatively to the Dollar US, abovz 10 ZAR for 1 USD. And the depreciation is going on.

What can explain the performance of the Rand?

First, South Africa's imports are higher than its exports, and this deficit is widening.…


Added by Carole Rossetti on June 26, 2013 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

Comment concevoir le title de mes pages web et ainsi améliorer mon positionnement Google ?

Ce petit article sans prétention aidera celui qui débute en SEO à optimiser le Title de chaque page de son site. J’avais déjà abordé ce sujet de manière générale ici (à lire en amont : comprendre la balise Title). Voyons maintenant concrètement comment aller plus loin. Et puis tant que l’on y est, nous allons voir comment récupérer d’autres infos qui pourront nous servir. Le principe de cet article est de vous permettre de vous en sortir avec uniquement des outils gratuits et votre…


Added by Carole Moreau on April 16, 2013 at 9:04am — 1 Comment

16 Conseils pour un meilleur site internet !

Vous voulez un meilleur site internet et vous ne savez pas par où commencer ? Ou bien, pensez-vous que vos mises à jour sont inutiles ?

Beaucoup de propriétaires de site internet pensent qu’un meilleur site signifie une refonte complète. Dans certains cas, cela peut être vrai, mais parfois de simples petites…

Added by Carole Moreau on February 21, 2013 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

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