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Western Cape Business 2018 edition

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The 2018 edition of Western Cape Business is the 11th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2005, has established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the Western Cape. In addition to the regular articles providing insight into each of the key economic sectors of the province, there are special features on the growth of tourism (spurred by an innovative programme designed to create more direct flights to Cape Town), medical technology as a growth sector and the pursuit of excellence that drives the Cape Winemakers Guild. The journal contains a message from Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, and contributions from significant business leaders from Accelerate Cape Town, the Cape Chamber of Commerce and the Western Cape Business Opportunities Forum. An interview with Tim Harris, Wesgro’s CEO, reveals some of the recipe for the province’s economic success. Updated information on the Western Cape is also available through our monthly e-newsletter, which you can subscribe to online at, in addition to our complementary business-to-business titles that cover all nine provinces as well as our flagship South African Business title.

FOCUS Newlands Cricket

FOCUS Newlands Cricket Ground is open for business With the revamp of our world-class cricket stadium, we are now able to offer a comprehensive, sought-after yearround venue for business conferences and a popular hospitality hub. In short, Newlands is open for business. The revamp of the PPC Newlands cricket stadium makes the venue a multi-purpose destination of choice for business conferences and hospitality experiences. It is also a haven for spectators who want to use suites at an affordable rate to entertain business clients. PPC Newlands has made a quantum leap in becoming globally competitive with other business- and hospitalityfriendly cricket venues internationally. Several venues at Newlands offer high-quality business conference venues and are easily accessible. They are expertly equipped and have the catering facilities to appeal to companies for one-day or multi-day conferences. The revamped President’s Suite features a new bar and a new kitchen and a bird’s eye view of the ground. Instead of seating just 92, as was previously the case, the Suite has now been transformed into one of the grandest and biggest venues of its kind in South Africa. It now seats 214 guests. The facelift the Suite received was geared at making this venue an attractive option as a high-class conference venue which can be rented out at an attractive price-offering. The overhaul of the kitchen in the media centre has made this venue another option to extend Newlands’ reach as a rich business conference option. We boast almost 100 suites at Newlands Cricket Ground, available at a well-priced rate to members of the cricket community who want to utilise that in-season. The revamp of all six sets of public toilets at the stadium was performed at a cost of R2.6-million and the plumbing was upgraded with our water crisis top of mind. The ground also accommodates and funds the Newlands Cricket High School, a model of holistic apprenticeship of young cricketers, learners and leaders. The secure, safe environment and abundant availability of inside, secure parking at PPC Newlands will add to the stadium’s lure as a business and corporate function destination. As a creative hub, Newlands has the famous backdrop of Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak and is soaked in 128 years of cricket history. While engaged in a conference, you can break away for a stadium tour and even have a former or current star of Newlands cricket address your business executives. Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer, Western Province Cricket Association In the build-up to the Rugby Championship Test between the Springboks and the All Blacks in October 2017, the President’s Suite hosted a hospitality experience that received excellent support. The former national captain, John Smit, delivered the keynote address. We have successfully hosted major on-field, non-cricket events such as church gatherings and music festivals, and would like to encourage events companies to contact us in this regard. Newlands plans to extend these type of social events to the off-season in greater numbers. The venue is set for the next phase of its redevelopment in March 2018 which will strengthen its multi-purpose appeal – complete with a café, museum and business offices. WESTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2018 32

FOCUS President’s Suite Exuding elegance and history, the President’s Suite could tell the most incredible stories if it could talk. The venue has been used to host world-famous guests, from former South African President Nelson Mandela to Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu. You couldn’t make a better venue choice for your next special event. This venue is ideal for business conferencing and functions for 200 people. Media Centre This is where all the off-the-field action happens, as those who know the game of cricket inside and out comment on the on-the-field action. Close your eyes, and you can almost hear echoes of commentary from some of “the greats” this venue has hosted, from Richie Benaud to Charles Fortune. Channel this rich atmosphere into your next event. The venue can hold 100-120 people. Century Club This magnificent light-filled prime-viewing suite overlooks the picturesque Newlands Cricket Ground with Table Mountain as your backdrop. Located in the President’s Pavilion, the Century Club is a superb suite that can accommodate groups of between 40-50 people. South Club Photographs: Matthew Bow A place where grace, splendour and spectacular views unite to create a most memorable occasion. Allow your 100-150 guests to relax as they take-in the views of one of the world’s most famous cricket stadiums and iconic Table Mountain. 33 WESTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2018

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