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Prospect One

Tour Operator willing to direct 180 additional tourists to the Garden Route per week provided 4 night package offering of location and product is attractive and well priced. Read More

Prospect Two

InvestGardenRoute has identified a number of prospective tourist activity opportunities that require investigation to determine viability, e.g. unique type of interactive outdoor theme park, adventure sports, golf, mountain biking, educative conferencing, etc. Read More

Prospect Three

Garden Route entrepreneurs produce a range of products and services for the regional and national markets. Read More

Prospect Four

It is the objective of InvestGardenRoute to promote economic growth for the Garden Route economy along with increased employment. Read More

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  • Deloitte Gearing for Growth seminars; also featuring the Future of the Western Cape economy
    19th July 2018 / Comments Off on Deloitte Gearing for Growth seminars; also featuring the Future of the Western Cape economy / Articles,Communications,News

    Deloitte Gearing for Growth seminars; also featuring the Future of the Western Cape economy Deloitte has recently held a number of Gearing for Growth seminars enable the sharing of intellectual capital, while proposing best practice ideas and insights to support renewed growth of the South African economy. While poverty, inequality and unemployment are key challenges
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  • High Net Worth Individuals moving to the Garden Route
    7th April 2018 / Comments Off on High Net Worth Individuals moving to the Garden Route / Articles,Communications,News

    Fin24 is reporting that the Garden Route is reflecting the second highest growth at 14% of HNWIs moving to the area as part of the re-location from large cities manifests itself. This trend is also taking place elsewhere in the World in line with the growth and population movement to Small Cities. https://www.fin24.com/Economy/many-super-rich-ditched-joburg-for-other-parts-of-the-country-report-20180405-2

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  • Sourcing avocados from George
    31st March 2018 / Comments Off on Sourcing avocados from George / Communications,News

    Avocado producers are developing a strategy to source their product on a year-round basis. Producers in the George area will now be able to produce avocados in the August to November period to complement production from other areas in South Africa at other times of the year. http://www.freshplaza.com/article/191585/Afrupro-piecing-together-a-year-round-avocado-supply

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  • FNB Property Outlook for Garden Route
    14th March 2018 / Comments Off on FNB Property Outlook for Garden Route / Articles,Communications,Current Opportunities,News

    Here’s why now might be a good time to buy property in George and Plettenberg Bay

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  • Garden Route Investment Conference (Statement)
    14th March 2018 / Comments Off on Garden Route Investment Conference (Statement) / Communications,News

    Garden Route Investment Conference: Official Conference Statement

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  • Outeniqua Basin prospect: Total to sell 25% interest to Qatar Petroleum
    10th February 2018 / Comments Off on Outeniqua Basin prospect: Total to sell 25% interest to Qatar Petroleum / Communications,News

    Total is planning to sell a 25% interest in the Outeniqua Basin exploration area, offshore of the Garden Route to Qatar Petroleum. http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/total-sells-25-stake-in-south-african-offshore-prospect-to-qatar-petroleum-2018-02-05

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  • Short guide to strategy for entrepreneurs
    5th February 2018 / Comments Off on Short guide to strategy for entrepreneurs / Articles,Communications,Strategy, Leadership and Innovation Focus

    Article from Harvard Business Review on Strategy for Entrepreneurs https://hbr.org/2017/10/a-short-guide-to-strategy-for-entrepreneurs

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  • Building giant indoor farms
    3rd February 2018 / Comments Off on Building giant indoor farms / Articles

    The concept of building large scale indoor vertical farms to grow vegetables for cities inside warehouses is gaining traction. Through using hydroponic principles with low water usage (and then recycling water), vegetables can be grown on 6 metre high walls with high yields. The attached article describes how this can be achieved. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/11/this-company-wants-to-build-a-giant-indoor-farm-next-to-every-major-city-in-the-world/

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  • Two-tier cities for growth including the Garden Route
    12th January 2018 / Comments Off on Two-tier cities for growth including the Garden Route / Articles,Communications

    This article by Alexander Forbes economists advocates a two-tier city approach that recognises the importance to grow the regional cities, something I believe is crucial to grow the economy. While the four Tier-1 cities account for a large slice of economic activity, the identified secondary cities can and should be playing important roles to grow
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  • SME funding and the importance of monitoring cash flow
    7th December 2017 / Comments Off on SME funding and the importance of monitoring cash flow / Communications,News

    In the formative phase of SMEs, the need for funding is a constant concern. In SA there is a further problem that traditional banks and funding institutions respond slowly to requests for additional funding. The attached post provides some additional thoughts and methodology to this widespread issue. For any new and developing SME, it is
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  • Cape Town is top city destination
    6th December 2017 / Comments Off on Cape Town is top city destination / Uncategorised

    As this post indicates, Cape Town has been voted the top city travel destination for the fifth year by British tourists in the Daily Telegraph survey. South Africa is the runner-up country behind New Zealand in the country category. The Garden Route tourism industry needs to make sure that every British tourist spends at least
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  • Ferrari to paint the town red
    22nd September 2017 / Comments Off on Ferrari to paint the town red / Communications,News

    https://www.knysnaplettherald.com/News/Article/General/ferrari-to-paint-the-town-red-20170920

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  • News snippets w/e 22Sep17
    22nd September 2017 / Comments Off on News snippets w/e 22Sep17 / Communications,News

    It is good to read of some positive developments impacting on Tourism and the Economy of the region. A fleet of 80 Ferrari sports cars are coming to Knysna next weekend, some of them specially imported for the occasion. A Finnish TV crew is filming a “Survivor” type show on the Garden Route. The SOUTH
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  • Right now is a good time to invest in Western Cape farming
    21st September 2017 / Comments Off on Right now is a good time to invest in Western Cape farming / Articles

    This article reflects on the importance of agriculture in the Western Cape Right now is a good time to invest in Western Cape farming | The Messenger Having lived in the Western Cape for most of my adult life, and been concerned with its economic development, it is a pleasure to respond to a… themessenger.global

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  • Mossel Bay Conference on Economic Development
    20th September 2017 / Comments Off on Mossel Bay Conference on Economic Development / Articles

    The Mossel Bay Business Chamber hosted a conference on 14 September 2017 to discuss regional economic development to explore possibilities for economic growth and job creation. A number of guest speakers participated as reported on by the Mossel Bay Advertiser. It was mentioned that the region was blessed in having good levels of service delivery
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  • Investment rules for a Section 12J Venture Capital Company
    18th September 2017 / Comments Off on Investment rules for a Section 12J Venture Capital Company / Articles,Strategy, Leadership and Innovation Focus

    The investment rules of Section 12J, Venture Capital Companies (“VCC”) follow a strict and clearly defined set of regulations, as well as follow their own mandates for selection of investments. For example, a Section 12J Venture Capital Company’s over-riding strategy is to provide growth capital and acquire minority interests in high growth (possibly innovative digital
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  • Investing in Venture Capital: S12J tax relief
    13th September 2017 / Comments Off on Investing in Venture Capital: S12J tax relief / Current Opportunities

    Section 12J of the Income Tax Act provides tax relief for investors in a Venture Capital Company (“VCC”). The accompanying item provides a short explanation. Invest Garden Route believes that a VCC should be established for the Garden Route. Interested parties are welcome to make contact via: info@investgardenroute.co.za http://www.inceconnect.co.za/article/what-is-section-12j-

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  • Plett’s tourism at a strategic crossroad
    6th September 2017 / Comments Off on Plett’s tourism at a strategic crossroad / News

    Plett’s tourism at a strategic crossroad   Plettenberg Bay tourism is growing, but needs a plan. PLETTENBERG BAY NEWS – While tourism in Plettenberg Bay is growing, the industry is currently at a fork in the road. Plett Tourism chairman Peter Wallington told the audience at the tourism body’s well attended AGM at the White
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  • How to recognize strategic errors in your business
    6th September 2017 / Comments Off on How to recognize strategic errors in your business / Strategy, Leadership and Innovation Focus

    How to recognize strategic errors in your business HUGH LATIF Special to The Globe and Mail 1 day ago September 5, 2017 Business and management consultant, author of the book Maverick Leadership. Decisions involving strategies, tactics and operations are all different things, and knowing how they differ is important to running a business. Younger managers
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  • Using the Eisenhower Matrix for decision making
    6th September 2017 / Comments Off on Using the Eisenhower Matrix for decision making / Uncategorised

    The Eisenhower Matrix is really all you need for decisions

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  • The World’s 10 most serious problems
    6th September 2017 / Comments Off on The World’s 10 most serious problems / Uncategorised

    These Are the World’s 10 Most Serious Problems, According to Millennials Climate change is Millennial’s main concern. By Abby Jackson Business Insider CREDIT: Getty Images For the third year in a row, millennials who participated in the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Survey 2017 believe climate change is the most serious issue affecting the world today. Nearly half (48.8%)
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  • PetroSA and Rosgeo partnership
    6th September 2017 / Comments Off on PetroSA and Rosgeo partnership / Uncategorised

    This transaction which if real may benefit the region. However this article below is extremely concerning. PetroSA’s $400m Russian deal nothing to do with board ructions, says CEF chairman PetroSA signed a deal with Rosgeo on the sidelines of the Brics Summit in China for oil and gas development on SA’s coast 04 September 2017
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  • Partnering for Investment on the Garden Route: September 2017
    1st September 2017 / Comments Off on Partnering for Investment on the Garden Route: September 2017 / Uncategorised

    Greybeard Business Catalysts is the promoter of the www.investgardenroute.co.za website and facebook page that was established in July 2017 to draw attention to an Investment Promotion project for the Garden Route economy. The South African economy is at present suffering under recessionary conditions that impacts all residents. This project’s objective is to highlight and encourage
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  • How to Pitch: 18 Steps to Create a Winning Pitch for Investors and Early Customers
    31st August 2017 / Comments Off on How to Pitch: 18 Steps to Create a Winning Pitch for Investors and Early Customers / Strategy, Leadership and Innovation Focus

    You always need to be prepared to pitch. How to Pitch: 18 Steps to Create and Deliver a Winning Pitch for Investors and Early Customers A comprehensive guide to planning, preparing, and tailoring your pitch to find new investors for a startup, land new customers, find a partner–in… inc.com

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  • Risk strategies for the recession
    31st August 2017 / Comments Off on Risk strategies for the recession / Uncategorised

    Grant Thornton have released a well-written commentary on risk management that has featured in Daily Maverick. I guess we are all awaiting the national growth figures for the second quarter to June 2017 after the disappointing previous periods. They reflect on the need for businesses to examine their forecasts, cash flows and working capital cycles.
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  • Destiny Africa property offered on tender
    31st August 2017 / Comments Off on Destiny Africa property offered on tender / Uncategorised

    A recent advertisement by the Michael James Organisation drew my attention. It related to the 422 hectare George property development, formerly known as Destiny Africa, owned by a company in liquidation. This property is now for sale by tender. The initial plans as of 2009 may well require some changes. A quick calculation using residential
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  • National Golf Festival a huge success
    31st August 2017 / Comments Off on National Golf Festival a huge success / Uncategorised

    The National Golf Festival held on the Garden Route hosted 350 golfers over the 23-26 August 2017 period who played on the region’s top courses. National Golf Festival a huge success The re-launch of The Pro Shop National Golf Festival turned out to be a huge success as around 350 golfers from across the country
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  • 5 key steps to getting your startup ready for funding – Ventureburn
    31st August 2017 / Comments Off on 5 key steps to getting your startup ready for funding – Ventureburn / Uncategorised

    Some interesting points are made in this article covering the financial history, projections, governing well, teamwork and the pitchdeck. Each of these five are important. The pitchdeck however is rather important when pitching your business or project to potential investors or partners. You only have a limited period of time to present your case .
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  • Learning from Cape Town’s efforts to attract investment
    8th August 2017 / Comments Off on Learning from Cape Town’s efforts to attract investment / Articles

    Recent media reports have reflected on the City of Cape Town’s achievements through promotion of investments and enterprises to facilitate R2,67 billion worth of investment resulting in 6 236 direct jobs created for the people of Cape Town in the past financial year ending June 2017. In addition 2 052 people have received training in various
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  • Op-Ed: Tourism can re-ignite the South African economy
    2nd August 2017 / Comments Off on Op-Ed: Tourism can re-ignite the South African economy / Articles

    Daily Maverick features an article by Michael Spicer and Paul Bannister in which they discuss how tourism can re-ignite the South African economy. Wesgro, the Western Cape Provincial Government and City of Cape Town agency promoting inter alia tourism have secured Austrian Airlines to introduce a direct flight to Cape Town. It is estimated that
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  • Universities should focus on growth of their cities
    30th July 2017 / Comments Off on Universities should focus on growth of their cities / Articles

    BusinessLIVE features an article by Owen Skae, the director of Rhodes Business School in which he highlights an international trend of how universities located in small cities are playing a role in the growth of their cities. This trend is relevant to George as a well-run city, commercial capital of the Garden Route and educational centre.
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  • Rebuilding after the Knysna Fire
    23rd July 2017 / Comments Off on Rebuilding after the Knysna Fire / Articles

    The rebuilding of Knysna following the devastating Knysna Fire of 7 June 2017 is likely to be with us for a considerable period of time. In the past six weeks since the fire, announcements have been made about the Rebuilding Committee that has been established by the Provincial Government to commence with the coordination of
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  • The importance of airports to city economies
    12th July 2017 / Comments Off on The importance of airports to city economies / Articles

    With the recent news that the Department of Environmental Affairs has approved the new runway realignment for Cape Town International Airport, there is an opportunity to reflect on the importance of airports to city economies. In an interview with News24, Deon Cloete (General Manager of Cape Town International Airport), explained, “We are indeed pleased to have reached
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  • Clothing manufacture to boost regional economy
    12th July 2017 / Comments Off on Clothing manufacture to boost regional economy / Articles

    For several years, the local textile and clothing industry has suffered a serious downturn with many companies driven out of business. The decline was due to challenging manufacturing conditions and costs, as local industry was unable to compete with the flood of cheaper garments from China and other garment-producing countries such as India and Bangladesh.
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  • Three Keys to Inclusive Growth
    12th July 2017 / Comments Off on Three Keys to Inclusive Growth / Articles

    In a 2 July 2017 article by Amy Liu, a vice president at the Brookings Institution in the USA, she wrote about the pressures that US cities and regions must confront if they want to create economic opportunities that result in broad-based prosperity. This is a précis of the article. The US Cities are under
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  • Garden Route Investment Fund
    11th July 2017 / Comments Off on Garden Route Investment Fund / Sliders

    InvestGardenRoute encourages local role-players including prominent business and other leaders, entrepreneurs, private and institutional investors to actively co-ordinate efforts for the establishment of a geographically based Garden Route Investment Fund that will to raise investment finance that can provide equity and debt capital for business expansion and economic development projects to ensure long term growth
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  • Business retention and expansion
    11th July 2017 / Comments Off on Business retention and expansion / Sliders

    This program will assist businesses to become more competitive by evaluating and addressing some of their key needs and concerns. Expansion and scaling opportunities will be looked at to ensure sustainability over the long-term through implementing the necessary strategies. Business practices that include enterprise and supplier development programs have become crucial to be addressed and
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  • Consulting activities
    11th July 2017 / Comments Off on Consulting activities / Sliders

    Greybeard Business Catalysts offers a range of consulting and advisory assignments to businesses that include: preparation of business plans, strategy and advice on business expansions, structuring of companies, raising of finance, mergers and acquisitions, undertaking the 5-step (encompassing 15 broad activities) catalyst program, guidance and mentorship of entrepreneurs, management advice, part-time financial directorship, etc

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  • Invest on the Garden Route
    11th July 2017 / Comments Off on Invest on the Garden Route / Sliders

    InvestGardenRoute wishes to attract and promote investment on the Garden Route as increased levels of economic activity across the leading economic sectors will drive its economy. Inward investment into the region by individuals and corporates will be welcomed along with applicable advice and assistance. Growth of existing businesses into larger footprints will be encouraged. The
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