Carole Rossetti's Blog (14)

French projects participating to Cape Town World Design Capital

Cape Town World Design Capital celebrates the transformation of a city that was previously divided by the social engineering of apartheid and that is reinventing itself through design. This was the original vision of the bidding team who decided to run for the title in 2011 and was awarded by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID). Besides its original aim, Cape Town design capital also represents the pride of the first city in Africa…


Added by Carole Rossetti on May 14, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

New Start for South Africa

2014 will be a transition year for South Africa. 20 year after the fall of Apartheid, the country has become the first economic partner of France in Sub-Saharan Africa. Reciprocally, France is only the 3rd European partner and 9th global partner of South Africa. Some French entrepreneurs based in Cape Town and Johannesburg share their optimistic views on the increasing business opportunities between France and South Africa.…


Added by Carole Rossetti on March 12, 2014 at 3:42pm — No Comments

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

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 Western Cape entrepreneurs an opportunity to pitch an innovative project and…

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

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

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

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

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