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

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Central Energy Fund

The Central Energy Fund is a state owned company under the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, responsible for five subsidiaries. It operates across the entire energy sector value chain to contribute to the security of energy supply for South Africa. The CEF’s mission is to grow its footprint in the energy sector, and to be the catalyst for economic growth and energy poverty alleviation through security of supply and access to acceptable energy in Africa. Established in the 1950s, it has played a central role in ensuring South Africa’s energy security supply, and making a significant contribution into the South African economy. Its subsidiaries include: South Africa’s National Oil Company (PetroSA), the Petroleum Agency SA (PASA), the South African Gas Development Company (iGas), African Exploration Mining and Finance Corporation (AEMFC), the Strategic Fuel Fund (SFF) and the Energy Projects Division (EPD).

  • Petrol SA is the National Company (NOC) of South Africa. Its core activities are the exploration development and production of oil and gas and the production of synthetic fuels from gas. It has operations in South Africa, Ghana and Netherlands.
  • iGas develops gas and gas infrastructure through active investment in the provision of gas molecules and gas infrastructure. It is a key investor in Rompco, the commercial operator of the 865km high-pressure gas pipeline connecting the onshore gas fields in Mozambique to South Africa.
  • The Strategic Fuel Fund is responsible for acquiring, maintaining and trading strategic fuel stocks in order to ensure the country’s supply of hydrocarbons. Its core assets include steel storage facilities in Mpumalanga and the Western Cape capable of storing more than fifty million barrels of fuel.
  • The African Exploration Mining and Financing Corporation is responsible for the mining and supply of coal for the generation of electricity. It is focussing on key minerals that will provide energy for the future. It supplies in excess of 1,5 million tons of coal per year.
  • As demand for cleaner, more sustainable energy supplies increases, CEF’s Energy Projects Division is responsible for the commercialization of new energy technologies. It has a range of projects in development including the Redstone Solar Thermal Power plant. It is the first such project with molten salt energy storage in Africa.
  • CEF through its regulatory subsidiary, Petroleum Agency of South Africa promotes and regulates oil and gas exploration and production in South Africa. It is responsible for evaluating our oil and gas resources, attracting explorers in the oil and gas sector, monitoring their exploration and production activities, and archiving data produced from these activities.

Through its Vision 2040 Plus, the CEF Group will diversify its energy portfolio by improving the value proposition, strengthening commercial viability as we work beyond the security of energy supply….re-igniting SA economy.




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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GE Steam Power – SSA

GE Steam Power is helping customers achieve their cleaner power generation objectives with a broad portfolio of technologies that can be applied to new-built plants and the installed base across a range of fuel sources including nuclear, coal, oil, biomass, solar and municipal waste. As today’s #1 steam power franchise with more than 30% of the world’s steam turbine installed capacity, 50% of the world’s steam turbines operating in nuclear power plants and 30% of the world’s boilers, GE Steam Power technology is delivering solutions that optimize the reliability, affordability, flexibility and environmental impact of steam power plants all over the world.

In South Africa, we are responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and quality of turbine islands and air-cooled condensers at the Kusile and Medupi power stations. In addition, GE Steam Power is constructing the first-of-its-kind environmental control technology system in Africa. The wet flue gas desulphurization (WFGD) plant at the Kusile site helps ensure that emissions released from the thermal power generation process are kept below limits specified by environmental regulations. GE Steam Power can also service more than 90 oOEM brands which cover 80% of South Africa’s installed base technology.

Across Africa we are active in various projects in Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Botswana, Cote D’Ivoire and Kenya that will not only close the infrastructure gap but bring much needed power, improve energy security and availability, and provide a catalyst for economic development.

Globally, GE technology helps to generate nearly one-third of the world’s power—more than 1,600 GW of electricity—in 140 countries and helps equip 90% of the power transmission utilities worldwide.


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.



GET.invest is a European programme which supports investments in decentralised renewable energy projects. The programme targets private sector business and project developers, financiers and regulators to build sustainable energy markets. Services include project and business development support, market information as well as matchmaking, and assistance in implementing regulatory processes. They are delivered globally and across different market segments. GET.invest is supported by the European Union, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Austria, and works closely with initiatives and industry associations in the energy sector.

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International Renewable Energy Agency

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future , and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy. IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, including bioenergy, geothermal , hydropower, ocean, solar and wind energy in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.

Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development

The Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development is based on a tripartite agreement between the UNDP, the Italian Ministry for Environment Land and Sea and the FAO, conceived during the meeting of G7 environment Ministers in Bologna, 2017. It aims to support Africa in dealing with the adverse effects of climate change enhancing coordination amongst key donor and beneficiary stakeholders to increases the impact, effectiveness and efficiency of resources. Focused mainly on climate action, food security, clean water and energy its main activities include promoting info sharing, identifying new initiatives and facilitating private sector engagement.



SENER is a global engineering and technology group with more than 60 years’ experience. In CSP, SENER is a world leader both in number of plants and the development of storage technology to be applied to CSP units, but also developing Energy Management solutions integrating PV, BESS, biomass, WtE and hydrogen.



ROSATOM is the only company in the world to offer integrated clean energy solutions across the nuclear supply chain and beyond, including the design, build and operation of nuclear power stations, uranium mining, conversion and enrichment, the supply of nuclear fuel, decommissioning, spent fuel storage and transportation and safe nuclear waste disposal. With seventy years’ continuous experience, the company is the world leader in high-performance solutions for all kinds of nuclear power plants. It is also working in the segments of wind generation, nuclear medicine, energy storage and other.

Headquartered in Moscow, the company brings together over 300 enterprises and organizations and over 250,000 employees. Globally, the company has the second biggest uranium reserves, has 40% of the world’s enrichment market and is the world’s biggest builder of the latest generation nuclear power stations and US$133 billion 10-years export order book.

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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.