The City of Cape Town


Cape Town is a high-performance, African business hub that supports big ideas and innovation. The city ranks among the world’s top destinations to visit and has all the attributes that appeal to people looking for a great city in which to live, work, play and invest. We are national leaders in business and have a thriving knowledge economy; our skills market is growing and the city offers numerous opportunities for work and investment. We are also a proudly inclusive city, welcoming all who can join us in our vision to create a safe, sustainable, vibrant urban environment for generations to come.

The Invest Cape Town initiative is a demonstration of the City’s commitment to creating a platform that contributes to the increased awareness, attractiveness and competitiveness of the city as a place to do business. Our mission is to attract and retain foreign direct investment which is of strategic importance to the economic development of Cape Town. We work with international and local entrepreneurs, SMEs and multinationals that wish to set up a business in Cape Town. On the ground we collaborate with partners from business formations, investment promotion agencies and sector support entities, and all spheres of government.

The Invest Cape Town team offers a wide range of customized services, free of charge, for any business stage you are in. Explore our website to learn more about what we do, and join the conversation on LinkedIn and Twitter #InvestCapeTown



ECIC is the official export credit agency (ECA) of South African government. ECIC provides insurance that enables South African exporters to offer their services and products on the international market, with a particular focus on emerging markets that are considered too risky for conventional insurers. Its overarching goal and mandate from the South African government is to make South African exporters attractive to international buyers to attract foreign income, stimulate local economic growth and create local jobs.

RMB at a glance

Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) is a leading African Corporate and Investment Bank and part of one of the largest financial services groups (by market capitalisation) in Africa – FirstRand Bank Limited. We offer our clients innovative, value-added advisory, funding, trading, corporate banking and principal investing solutions.

At RMB we are passionate about solving problems for our clients by asking the hard questions. We challenge accepted thinking. We analyse and seek solutions beyond the obvious. We are innovative in our thinking and turn challenges into opportunities. We call ourselves Solutionist Thinkers who deliver on Traditional values. Innovative ideas.

Our ability to think differently, our collaborative spirit, our client-centric solutions and our belief that great minds don’t always have to think alike, is what sets us apart.

As a respected talent brand, we create an environment where exceptional people can create their own opportunities. While our competitors all employ smart, hard-working, self-motivated people – it is the opportunities we afford our talent that makes the difference.

As the Corporate and Investment Banking arm of FirstRand Bank Limited, we have access to a network of retail banks in 25 African countries, including Representative Offices and Branches in the UK, India, China and the Middle East.

FirstRand Limited is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and Namibian Stock Exchange (NSX).

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About Standard Bank Group

Standard Bank Group is the largest African bank by assets with a unique footprint across 20 African countries. Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, we are listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, with share code SBK, and the Namibian Stock Exchange, share code SNB.

Standard Bank has a 156-year history in South Africa and started building a franchise outside southern Africa in the early 1990s.

Our strategic position, which enables us to connect Africa to other select emerging markets as well as pools of capital in developed markets, and our balanced portfolio of businesses, provide significant opportunities for growth.

The group has over 53 000 employees, approximately 1 200 branches and over 9 000 ATMs on the African continent, which enable it to deliver a complete range of services across personal and business banking, corporate and investment banking and wealth management.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

We provide the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 4,000 lawyers and other legal staff based in Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa. Norton Rose South Africa is one of the top legal practices in South Africa with close to 200 lawyers, and offices in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. We handle a rising tide of cross-border transactions on behalf of major domestic and international corporates, commercial banks, government bodies, large mining concerns and multinationals. We are consistently top ranked by the major directories for our work in mining and insurance, and have one of the premier dispute resolution and litigation practices in South Africa. We are equally strong in corporate and M&A work, financial institutions and telecommunications, and we are regarded as a market leader in banking and finance. Our lawyers have also advised on the largest and most complex broad-based black economic empowerment transactions carried out in South Africa to date.


Lesedi is a proudly South African (>51% Black Owned, Level Four B-BBEE) Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) company executing turnkey engineering projects as well as providing maintenance services in the power generation, oil and gas and mining industries. Lesedi provides effective solutions for bespoke projects and takes projects from concept and basic design to detailed engineering, procurement, project and contract management, installation and commissioning.

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About Herbert Smith Freehills

Herbert Smith Freehills is one of the world’s leading law firms. Our energy experts are internationally recognised as market leaders in the power, nuclear,  renewables and oil and gas sectors. Together they provide a broad range of legal expertise required by clients through every stage of the energy project life cycle. We advise project sponsors, corporates, lenders and other stakeholders on general corporate and regulatory matters, project development and finance, EPC and O&M agreements, fuel supply and power off-take and dispute resolution relating to energy generation. We are consistently ranked top for projects and energy work in Africa by industry benchmarks and we have also received the highest rankings in relation to energy work.