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DEVELOPMENT: Accelerate Cape Town Keeps Growing


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Accelerate Cape Town, the business initiative aimed at implementing a long-term vision for sustained and inclusive economic growth in the region, has welcomed Grinaker LTA and Dimension Data as its newest members. Membership of the organization, which was founded in 2007, now stands at 36 corporates.

We are delighted to have Dimension Data and Grinaker LTA join our ranks,” says Guy Lundy, CEO of Accelerate Cape Town. “Both companies have strong ties to the Western Cape and their membership demonstrates their commitment to contributing to our strategic vision for the province.”

Mark Belman, business development manager Grinaker LTA Building Cape, says that their decision to join was borne of their positive engagement with Accelerate Cape Town. “In recent months we attended various functions organized by Accelerate Cape Town, including the Vision 2030 conference that delved into a plan for the city 20 years after the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and it become blatantly obvious to us that there is a great future for our city that we wanted to be part of. Accelerate Cape Town has already embarked on this journey with key players in the Western Cape and we believe that joining them will be a major benefit to Grinaker LTA whilst allowing us the privilege to assist in mapping the future of our great city.”

Grinaker LTA is currently involved in several multi-million rand projects in Cape Town, including the R445-million high-tech forensic science facility in Plattekloof for the Department of Public Works. In addition, they are working on the R127m Pepper Club apartment block in the Cape Town CBD, and the R1.5-billion 2010 integrated terminal and parkade at Cape Town International, a joint-venture with Stefanutti Stocks Building.

John Ellse of Dimension Data agrees that joining Accelerate Cape Town makes strategic sense for the specialist IT services and solutions provider. “I recently attended my first meeting and was extremely impressed with the calibre of members, as well as with the energy and commitment with which they are approaching the betterment of Cape Town. I believe that Dimension Data can add tremendous value to this common goal within the information communications technology industry. We, as businesses and individuals, can all benefit from the improvement of our city and the upliftment of its people.

Dimension Data employs 475 people in the Western Cape and is actively involved in community CSI through their Saturday School programme, which has operational centres in Delft and Khayelitsha.

Adds Ellse: “Accelerate Cape Town has an impressive network of private- and public-sector members who are collectively capable of making Cape Town the best city in the world, for those visiting, investing and living here. We believe that Dimension Data is well positioned to play a part in this vibrant network of leaders steering the city towards greater success and prosperity for all.”


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