Business Cape Town

Downtown Cape Town at night. Photo courtesy Derek Keats

Cape Town is not just a holiday destination. The city hosts more international conferences than any other city in Africa and as a result, is has a strong knowledge economy. (Read our interview with respected Cape Town futurist, Guy Lundy, about investment opportunities in the Mother City.)

Cape Town has produced a number of famous entrepreneurs, such as Information Technology whizz-kid, Mark Shuttleworth (also the first African in Space) and supermarket pioneer, Raymond Ackerman.

Boatbuilding and services related to oil and gas, as well as shipping, form the backbone of industry in the Mother City. Cape Town is ideally situated for companies that provide services along the west coast of Africa, as well as for shipments between Asia and South America.

Cape Town is known for its creativity and is home to a number of world-class agencies which specialise in brand communication.

Because of its diverse and beautiful scenery and established creative industry, Cape Town is the perfect location for films, television commercials and photo shoots. Blockbusters filmed in Cape Town in recent times include Safe House with Denzil Washington and Ryan Reynolds, as well as Dark Tide with Halle Berry and Oliver Martinez.

For information about economic activity in Cape Town, contact the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism by phoning their communications division on +27 (0)21 483 9145.

For information about investing in Cape Town, contact Wesgro (the official Investment and Trade Promotion Agency for the Western Cape) by phoning + 27 (0)21 487 8600 or sending an email to