Christophe Challe's Blog (21)

Cap40 Business Awards winners: the 7 indivuals and businesses having built a dynamic French-South African business landscape in Cape Town

On December 3, the Cap40 rewarded 7 of the hundreds of individuals and businesses having contributed to the dynamism and innovativeness of the French-South African business landscape in Cape Town.

Best Cap40 speaker: Alexandre Lemille.

Alexandre Lemille, founder and Managing Director of Wizeimpact, shared his consultant experience on how to integrate a more sustainable long-term vision to…

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Added by Christophe Challe on December 4, 2014 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Nominees to the Cap40 Business Awards 2014 (Part 2)

Seven exceptionnal Awards will be made public on December 3rd at the Cap40 Business Awards Dinner. If you do not have your ticket, follow this link to book it.



Three of the Cap40 Awards are voted by the Cap40 community, while four of them will be adjudicated by…

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Added by Christophe Challe on November 28, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Nominees to the Cap40 Business Awards 2014 (Part 1)

The Cap40 Business Awards will be announced on December 3 at the Granger Bay Hotel School. Seven Awards will be attributed. Among them, three will be granted based on your votes! 

You can elect the winner of the Cap40 Business Awards using the following survey: …

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Added by Christophe Challe on November 18, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Press review: South-African economic news from October 13th to October 24th.

Here is a short summary of the major economic news of the past two weeks in Southern Africa.

The Cap40 team regularly publishes news from the French consulate in Pretoria in order to give you fresh insights on the most important economic matters in the country and region.

 

South Africa and France sign an intergovernmental agreement on nuclear cooperation.

After a forty-year long cooperation on the peaceful use of nuclear power, the two…

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Added by Christophe Challe on October 28, 2014 at 12:33pm — No Comments

Win R100,000 Web or Mobile Development Subsidies with the Methys Labs Innovation Challenge!

Are you an entrepreneur or a young start-up with an innovative project? Are you looking for a technical funding to take the plunge? The Methys Labs Innovation Challenge will provide Western Cape entrepreneurs with an opportunity to pitch an innovative project and receive a total of R100,000 subsidies in development value for a website or a mobile application (Android,…

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Added by Christophe Challe on October 24, 2014 at 10:14am — No Comments

Post-event: How does the new immigration regulation impact businesses in South Africa?

On October 16th, the Cap40, the French-South African Chamber of Coommerce, the Belgian Business Network and the Cape Chamber of Commerce jointly hosted a special event aiming at raising awareness on the consequences of the new immigration regulations in place in South Africa since May 2014.

Andreas Krensel, MD of IBN Business & Immigration, gave a comprehensive overview of the reasons, content and…

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Added by Christophe Challe on October 21, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Press review: South-African economic news from September 29th to October 10th.

Here is a short summary of the major economic news of the past two weeks in Southern Africa.

The Cap40 team regularly publishes news from the French consulate in Pretoria in order to give you fresh insights on the most important economic matters in the country and region.

 

Air France and kulula.com to partner.

On 2 October 2014, Air France announced a “codeshare” partnership with kulula.com, South Africa's largest low-fare airline.…

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Added by Christophe Challe on October 21, 2014 at 9:58am — No Comments

Thank you for joining the breakfast with Claudine Lepage!

Thank you very much to Claudine Lepage and all those who attended the breakfast organized by the Cap40 with the support of the French Consulate in Cape Town.

Cape Town is full of young French talents innovating everyday to create products, services and jobs! We look forward to seeing you all at our next events and our Business Awards Function!…

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Added by Christophe Challe on October 14, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Press review: South-African economic news from September 15th to September 26th

Here is a short summary of the major economic news of the past two weeks in Southern Africa.

The Cap40 team regularly publishes news from the French consulate in Pretoria in order to give you fresh insights on the most important economic matters in the country and region.

 

Banking group FirstRand reaps high profits and strengthens its international presence.

The financial results of the second largest South African banking group reveal…

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Added by Christophe Challe on October 7, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Press review: South-African economic news from September 1st to September 13th.

Here is a short summary of the major economic news of the past two weeks in Southern Africa.

The Cap40 team regularly publishes news from the French consulate in Pretoria in order to give you fresh insights on the most important economic matters in the country and region.

 

Airbus partners with South Africa’s National Aerospace Centre for research on fuel cells.

The European leader of the aircraft industry and the National Aerospace…

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Added by Christophe Challe on September 15, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Areva signs a ZAR 4.3 billion contract with Eskom

As we mentioned in our press review, Areva has been awarded the contract relative to the engineering, manufacturing and setting-up of six new steam generators at Koeberg nuclear power plant. …

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Added by Christophe Challe on September 9, 2014 at 2:05pm — No Comments

Press review: South-African economic news from August 18th to August 29th.

Here is a short summary of the major economic news of the past two weeks in Southern Africa.

The Cap40 team will now regularly publish news from the French consulate in Pretoria in order to give you fresh insights on the most important economic matters in the country and region.

 

Eskom grants steam generator replacement contract to Areva.

Areva is currently negotiating the financial closure of the contract with the South African utility. The…

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Added by Christophe Challe on September 2, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Post-event: Cap40 Business Wednesday at SolaireDirect Technologies Plant

The Cap40 organised its first factory visit at SolaireDirect Technologies.

Sébastien Feit, Managing Director of SolaireDirect Technologies, introduced his best-in-class company, the challenges and opportunities it faces in South Africa and worldwide, and the integrated value-chain in which SolaireDirect operates.

SolaireDirect is indeed a vertically integrated company, operating at all steps of photo-voltaic project development from project design and…

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Added by Christophe Challe on August 29, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Press review: South-African economic news from the 28h of July to the 15th of August.

Here is a short summary of the major economic news of the past two weeks in South Africa.

The Cap40 team will now regularly publish news from the French consulate in Pretoria in order to give you fresh insights on the most important economic matters in the country and region.

 

NERSA to approve further electricity tariff increase.

Given the significant financial difficulties faced by Eskom, and after NERSA disclosed that the national…

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Added by Christophe Challe on August 21, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Press review: South-African economic news from the 14th of July to the 25th of July.

Here is a short summary of the major economic news of the past two weeks in South Africa.

The Cap40 team will now regularly publish news from the French consulate in Pretoria in order to give you fresh insights on the most important economic matters in the country and region.

 

Eskom’s integrated results highlight an increase of operational costs and high pressure on the company’s financial sustainability.

Eskom released its integrated results…

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Added by Christophe Challe on July 29, 2014 at 3:35pm — No Comments

Press review: South-African economic news from the 30th of June to the 11th of July.

Here is a short summary of the major economic news of the past two weeks in South Africa.

The Cap40 team will now regularly publish news from the French consulate in Pretoria in order to give you fresh insights on the most important economic matters in the country and region.

 

South Africa strengthens its presence in the aerospace industry

State-owned South African aerospace company Denel Aerostructures, has won a R260 million contract…

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Added by Christophe Challe on July 14, 2014 at 10:56am — No Comments

Access Wesgro's insightful resources on trade and investment in Western Cape and between the Western Cape and France.

On the 2nd of July, Nils Flaatten, CEO of Wesgro, gave insightful views and figures on economic activity, trade and investment in the Western Cape and between the Western Cape and the rest of the world, including France. 

The key points of his presentation were the following:

  • The Western Cape's and South Africa's socio-economic profiles and trends are not significantly diverging. At the contrary, the Western Cape and South Africa's growth paces are highly correlated as…
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Added by Christophe Challe on July 3, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Foreigner in South Africa? Enquire about the new Immigration Regulation.

As the new South African Immigration Regulation came into effect a month ago, testimonies of couples and families torn apartor businesses critically affected by the new regulation flourish on social media. If you want to enquire about the changes brought about by the…

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Added by Christophe Challe on July 2, 2014 at 11:42am — No Comments

Press review: South-African economic news from the 16th to the 27th of June.

Here is a short summary of the major economic news of the past two weeks in South Africa.

The Cap40 team will now regularly publish news from the French consulate in Pretoria in order to give you fresh insights on the most important economic matters in the country and region.

 

Platinum producers and Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) reached an agreement putting an end to the five-month strike in the mining…

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Added by Christophe Challe on July 1, 2014 at 10:32am — No Comments

Getting hold of the investment incentives offered by the DTI

On the 21st of May 2014, Theo Meintjes,   Chairman of the Incentive Consultants Association and owner and managing Director of Dectra (Pty) Ltd, came to share his experience in consulting for companies willing to benefit from the numerous financial incentives and grants offered by the DTI.

 

About the DTI

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is based in Pretoria. It offers more than twenty different cash grants and subsidies, each…

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Added by Christophe Challe on June 27, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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