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3 Mar 2021 - Tim Harris, Wesgro CEO
Finding 501Y.V2
The “South African variant” is more suited to tabloid headlines than what it’s actually called, 501Y.V2. The following opinion piece - written by Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris - heeds against allowing history to repeat itself through the careless linking of COVID19 variants to country names, which can result in unwarranted and damaging connotations – much like what happened with the 'Spanish Flu’. Read more
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4 Feb 2021 - Tim Harris, Wesgro CEO
Five trends that will impact Western Cape air travel in 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the global aviation industry. Never before in the history of aviation has the sector seen such a substantial and persistent decline in global passengers, cargo, and revenue. The crisis is also unique because it impacts every airline and airport worldwide, and will continue to do so until some form of ‘herd immunity’ is achieved through effective vaccination programmes. Read more
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21 Aug 2019 - Karen Bosman
Beyond AGOA – Prosper Africa
Despite the trade war between the US and practically everywhere, led by US President Donald Trump, African trade with the US is growing sharply under America’s African Growth and Opportunity Act, the 18th forum of which took place earlier in August in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Read more
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9 Jun 2019 - Sasha Planting
Air routes: Cape Town reaches for the skies
Economic development agency Wesgro has enabled a remarkable upturn in air traffic to the Mother City. Read more
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5 Apr 2019 - Karen Bosman
The four Brexit scenarios for South African exports
Many South Africans consider Brexit to be exclusively a European issue. In fact, the consequences for SA, and other large trading partners of the UK, could be huge. Read more
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13 Mar 2019
TradesCape: Short-term Brexit effects on Cape exports
In the UK, Prime Minister Theresa May will put three separate Brexit-related votes to the British Parliament this week. On 12 March, today, British MPs will take part in a second “meaningful vote”, voting on a revised withdrawal deal with the EU. If it passes, and is approved by the European Parliament, then the UK will leave the European Union (EU) with a deal in place. Read more
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8 Oct 2018
TradesCape: The African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement is set to enter into force by early 2019
Wesgro recently hosted a seminar, in partnership with Tralac Trade Law Centre and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), on the AfCFTA and the practical implications thereof for doing business on the Continent. Read more
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15 May 2018
Trade Wars: An analysis of US steel and aluminium tariffs
To recap, on 8 March 2018 the US announced additional tariffs on global steel and aluminium imports, at 25 and 10 percent ad valorem respectively. The tariffs were imposed for national security reasons based upon the findings of an investigation in terms of section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. Read more
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14 Jun 2017 - Alan Winde & Tim Harris
Op-Ed: Tourism can help rebuild Knysna, but we need your help
The unprecedented outpouring of support from South Africans following the devastating fires that raged through the Southern Cape, and which saw more than 10,000 people evacuated from towns such as Knysna, was a bright silver lining to what was otherwise a heartbreaking event. By Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, and Tim Harris, Wesgro CEO. Read more