Cape Town one step closer to becoming entrepreneurial capital

The City of Cape Towns Mayoral Committee Member for Economic, Environment and Spatial Planning, Alderman Belinda Walker, has launched the Cape Town Activa Web Portal. The portal boasts a vast array of online resources, tools and links for those who want to start and develop a business or secure employment in Cape Town.


Cape Town Activa is a City initiative that aims to develop a world-class ecosystem for entrepreneurs and that will transform Cape Town into a city that is open for business and attractive to outside investors. Cape Town Activa was established to create an enabling environment for enhanced collaboration among public and private sector stakeholders interested in entrepreneurship. 



With the launch of the online portal,, the City’s vision to become a lucrative economic centre for entrepreneurship is now one step closer to being realised.


Cape Town Activa seeks to lobby issues facing entrepreneurs, ultimately giving them a unified voice, and provide a first stop solution to anyone operating in this space. From an individual with a business idea, but no plan to get it off the ground; to an entrepreneur in the first few years of operation requiring access to an incubator environment; or entrepreneurs looking to take their venture to the next level it just got a whole lot easier with the development of the new online resource.


Lavendra Naidoo, General Manager of The Business Place eKapa, and the Implementing Partner of the Cape Town Activa initiative, commented on this latest announcement that will see technology driving economic development:

Every internet caf, public library and smart phone just became an Activa branch, thanks to the new user-friendly web portal. We are very excited that this resource-rich portal will now be accessible to anyone with an internet connection, negating the need to catch a train or take a taxi to an Activa centre.


By connecting entrepreneurs to organisations keen to support their endeavors, exciting business potential is maximised. Cape Town Activa bridges the gap between where these entrepreneurs are currently and where they want to be. In addition, the initiative seeks to contribute to the development of human capital by creating a mechanism to make job-seekers in the city more employable and direct them towards support services wherever possible.


A key component of this business ecosystem is the support organisation network. These organisations provide a myriad of skills, training, information and tools for entrepreneurs that offer a catalyst to economic development. For any organisation looking to offer such support and become involved in a dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem mandated by the City, the possibility of an exciting partnership awaits by registering on the web portal to ensure the best possible service offering to the citizens of Cape Town.


Alderman Belinda Walker said, “Cape Town is positioning itself as an Opportunity City for entrepreneurs and we continue to work at removing barriers to entry. Cape Town Activa is one of our chief initiatives that will create the enabling environment to allow entrepreneurs to seize these opportunities.”


All players in this exciting space are encouraged to get connected and explore the potential for renewed business prospects in Cape Town and for citizens to make use of the information and support provided by the web portal, Alderman Walker added.


Cape Town Activa ultimately aims to develop a world-class entrepreneurship and job-seekers ecosystem that transforms Cape Town into the entrepreneurs city of choice on the continent and a city open for business for outside investors. With the launch of Cape Town Activas new web portal, the initiative is one step closer to reaching this goal. Visit


Join the other online conversations with Cape Town Activa on Facebook at or on Twitter at @ctactiva





Media enquiries: * Alderman Belinda Walker, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic, Environment and Spatial Planning, City of Cape Town, Tel: 021 400

1314 or

Cell: 083 629 8031, E-mail:


* Adri Senekal: Stakeholder Relations and Communication, Cell: 082 944 4455 or E-mail:



About Cape Town Activa:

The establishment of Cape Town Activa forms part of the City of Cape Towns strategic objective to put the city on the map. Through a partnership network that seeks to provide an enabling environment for better collaboration between public and private sector stakeholders interested in entrepreneurship, the initiative is a catalyst for economic development.


As the first stop solution for entrepreneurs and business owners at different stages of business development, Cape Town Activa seeks to cut through the red tape, fostering vibrant and dynamic entrepreneurial growth.

Key stakeholders are entrepreneurs and business owners, as well as support organisations that provide the critical resources required by them, including access to shared information, a range of aligned products, tools, programmes and industry events.


The launch of the web portal is exciting news in terms of accessibility to the resource-rich ecosystem. Valuable online tools, tips and techniques, as well as a comprehensive list of the support organisations communicating their education, networking and information sharing events are features on Also included is a blog page populated with daily articles on market trends and industry news to keep business owners at the top of their game. Cape Town Activa can assist job-seekers in becoming more employable too, by providing critical insights from industry leaders and experienced mentors on job hunting, creating a winning CV and interview skills.



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