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Western Cape Profile

Business process outsourcing to increase job opportunities in Western Cape

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2016 Business process outsourcing (BPO) industry body and investment promotion agency Business Process Enabling South Africa (BPESA) continues to create jobs in South Africa’s BPO sector by increasing the jobs that are projected to be created across South Africa by the industry from 30 800 currently... 

Considerable growth opportunities for sustainable environmental management

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2016 With the drive to a greener economy and sustainable management of the environment, specialist cleaning service provider Spill Tech is well positioned for considerable growth in the Western Cape owing to its rapid spill response service concentrating on hazardous waste, says Spill Tech chairperson... 

Considerable growth opportunities for sustainable environmental management
WASTE MANAGEMENT Opportunities introduce new waste technologies, as the future of the spillage response will move toward more environment-friendly methods

Continued investment growth foreseen in Western Cape

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2016 The Western Cape is increasingly being recognised as a feasible alternative gateway into South Africa or Africa, owing to it contributing 14.3% of the country’s gross domestic product, making it the second biggest provincial economy in the country, says engineering and design company WSP |... 

Continued investment growth foreseen in Western Cape
MATHIEU DU PLOOY Continued investment in commercial and retail property and small-scale industrial projects is also under way in the Western Cape province

Plans in place to stimulate industries for further economic growth

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2016 Being the second largest regional economy after Gauteng, the Western Cape is set on creating new industries as well as stimulating labour-intensive industries such as agroprocessing, marine culture, the green economy, tourism, and oil and gas to further grow the economy. 

Plans in place to stimulate industries for further  economic growth
JANINE MYBURGH There has been great cooperation between the private sector, the province and the council to improve, build and promote Cape Town

Project to add 260 000 jobs by 2019

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2016 With its objective of increasing the economic contribution of three key focus sectors by up to R59-billion, the Western Cape government has put in place its Project Khulisa growth strategy, which also aims to add about 260 000 jobs across these sectors. 

Project to add 260 000 jobs by 2019
Photo by Duane Daws
CAPE TOWN Through Project Khulisa, the Western Cape government has selected to focus on a set of high-potential sectors, namely tourism, agroprocessing and oil and gas

CCCI looks to gas infrastructure to combat power crisis

By: Dylan Slater     27th February 2015 Industrial forum the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) is working closely with provincial and city representatives to incorporate liquid natural gas (LNG) infrastructure for industrial-scale power generation in the Western Cape. 

CCCI looks to gas  infrastructure to  combat power crisis
OFF-SHORE GAS The CCCI is encouraging industrial clients to incorporate liquid natural gas infrastructure for industrial-scale power generation in the Western Cape

Compact housing launched onto national market

By: Dylan Slater     27th February 2015 Grabouw-based timber homes company Rustic Homes last month launched a rustic modular-design luxury housing solution, the Eco Cabin, which uses locally available materials unique to the Western Cape, onto the national market. 

Compact housing launched onto national market
MODULAR DESIGN The small cabin is premade in Rustic Homes’s factory in Elgin, about 70 km south-east of Cape Town

Tourism still a key focus for Western Cape govt

By: Dylan Slater     27th February 2015 The tourism industry will remain the Western Cape’s prominent economic growth driver, with the emergence of cycling tourism set to bring additional revenue this year, as the province aims to boost its attractiveness as a cycling hotspot in South Africa. 

Tourism still a key focus for Western Cape govt
SPOTLIGHT ON CYCLING Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde last year launched the 20 km !Khwa ttu mountain bike route to support growth and jobs in the area and attract additional visitors to South Africa’s West Coast

Massive energy savings for Western Cape steel plant

     28th February 2014 Effective energy management is showing significant cost savings at South Africa’s largest steel producer, ArcelorMittal’s Western Cape plant in Saldahna, says the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA). Energy savings were achieved at the Saldanha plant with the help of... 

Promising times for Western Cape

By: Carina Borralho     28th February 2014 The biggest growth potential or geographical dispersion of economic activity in the Western Cape lies in the Cape metropolitan area, and the adjacent Cape Winelands district, where 85% of the real value is generated through production, states the Western Cape Provincial Treasury yearly... 

Promising times  for Western Cape
INNOVATIVE DESIGN Cape Town has been voted as the World Design Capital for 201

Western Cape a platform for business growth

By: Carina Borralho     28th February 2014 The Western Cape has consistently outperformed seven of the nine provinces in South Africa in terms of average yearly growth from 2001 to 2011, according to trade, investment and promotion agency Wesgro’s 2013 report. The province’s economy averaged 4.1% growth from 2001 to 2011, outperforming... 

Bank increases investment in agriculture centre

     6th December 2013 Financial services firm Standard Bank has increase its initial investment in its Centre for AgriLeadership and Business Development, at Stellenbosch University, from R3.45-million, in 2010, to R5.13-million over the next three years, says Standard Bank agribusiness head Nico Groenewald. 

Broadband necessary for international competitiveness

     6th December 2013 Finance Minister Alan Winde reports that the Western Cape has helped to develop talented technology entrepreneurs, and is well on track to become an innovation hub. 

Changes to standard operational practices prove successful

     6th December 2013 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) reports that it has experienced significant energy savings to the value of R176-million after managing energy use at its Western Cape Saldanha Worksplant, with the help of the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA). 

Recognition given to wetland conservationists

     6th December 2013 The government’s Water Research Commission (WRC) received special recognition for funding and publication of the Wet-Management Series, at the yearly National Wetland Awards, which was held on October 22 at the National Wetland Indaba, Cape St Francis. 

Recognition given to wetland conservationists
OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE Wetlands support a range of specialised plant, insect, bird and mammal life, while supplying wild food, grazing, building and craft materials to people

Western Cape dairy farmers look to Africa for growth

     6th December 2013 An 18-month period of low prices for milk, that has forced a number of dairy farmers out of business, is reversing itself in the Western Cape. This positive change is a consequence of a number of milk, cheese, yoghurt and other dairy product brand owners expanding into Africa, says Standard Bank... 

Agency aims to create new economic activity in the Western Cape

By: Leandi Kolver     9th March 2012 If the proposed Saldanha Bay industrial development zone (IDZ) is set up efficiently and care is taken to learn from the mistakes made in the establishment of other South African IDZ’s, it could greatly contribute to the Western Cape’s and the country’s gross domestic product, says Western Cape... 

Belhar integrated housing project under way

By: Leandi Kolver     9th March 2012 Property development group Calgro M3 Holdings is currently working on a R1-billion to R1.4-billion integrated housing project, in Belhar, Cape Town, along with black empowered company Belhar CBD. 

Bright future for Western Cape BPO sector

By: Leandi Kolver     9th March 2012 The future of the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector in the Western Cape is bright, with a number of significant foreign investors from the UK considering South Africa and the Western Cape as an investment destination in 2012, BPO industry association BPeSA Western Cape CEO Gareth... 

Construction at Wemmershoek WWTW to start shortly

By: Leandi Kolver     9th March 2012 Construction will soon start on the R70-million upgrade of the Wemmershoek wastewater treatment works (WWTW), following a delay owing to environmental issues, reports engineering and environmental consultancy SSI. 

Consultancy undertaking multiple WC projects

By: Leandi Kolver     9th March 2012 Consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting has been appointed by the West Coast district municipality (WCDM) to develop an integrated coastal management programme (ICMP) to determine the current state of the West Coast region’s coastal environment and identify strategies to deal with... 

Agency encourages WC companies to pursue globalisation

By: Jessica Hannah     4th March 2011 Companies in the Western Cape, as well as the rest of South Africa, should start to globalise and diversify both the tangible goods they produce and the services they provide, says Western Cape investment and trade promotion agency Wesgro international trade manager for Africa Michael Gamwo. 

OHS practices in the Western Cape improving

By: Jessica Hannah     4th March 2011 Foreign investment is driving improvements in occupational health and safety (OHS) practices in the Western Cape, health and safety training provider Action Training Academy (ATA) director for coastal branches Andre Lotz tells Engineering News. 

Saldanha IDZ to generate own power

     4th March 2011 Netherlands-based renewable energy company Aeolus Associated plans to have the first phase of its R15,5-billion electricity-generation project at the proposed Saldanha industrial development zone (IDZ), in the Western Cape, up and running by 2013. 

Tourism database to be piloted in the Western Cape

By: Jessica Hannah     4th March 2011 Destination marketing organisation Cape Town Routes Unlimited (CTRU), together with national tourism agency South African Tourism, will launch a pilot project for the national body’s content management system, the National Tourism Product Database (NTDB), in the Western Cape, in April. 

Climate change mitigation and adaptation under way

By: Petronel Smit     5th March 2010 The Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning’s communications and marketing manager Aziel Gangerdine says that the department has developed a climate change strategy and action plan, which positions the Western Cape favourably to implement climate change... 

Manufacturing output to increase

By: Petronel Smit     5th March 2010 The Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism reports that manufacturing output in the Western Cape is expected to grow between 2% and 3% in 2010 as the global economy recovers. 

Tourism remains biggest potential for growth beyond 2010

By: Petronel Smit     5th March 2010 The Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism reports that the biggest potential for economic growth in the province resides in the tourism industry, particularly through its Beyond the 90 Minutes campaign - which aims to get FIFA World Cup fans out into the region, but also... 

Investment trickles in despite economic crisis

By: Carla Thomaz     6th March 2009 At a time when investor confidence is low, investment and trade promotion agency Wesgro has secured its biggest investment for the Western Cape and the biggest investment in renewable energy in the country. 

Protective clothing manufacturer buys out equity partner

By: Carla Thomaz     6th March 2009 Protective clothing manufacturer Sweet-Orr & Lybro has risen above the global financial crisis to buy out its equity partner African Merchant Bank’s 44,5% share in the company. 

R700-million development on track for 2010

By: Carla Thomaz     6th March 2009 Construction of the R700-million mixed-use luxury development, Crystal Towers, with its three tower cranes and a workforce of over 600, is on track for completion in time for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. 

Tourism dips but prospects remain strong

By: Carla Thomaz     6th March 2009 Despite a slight dip of 2,8% in international visitors in the second quarter of last year, tourism destination marketing organisation Cape Town Routes Unlimited (CTRU) CEO Calvyn Gilfellan reports that Cape Town and the Western Cape has successfully secured 19 international conferences and... 

Western Cape economic growth outlook remains promising 

By: Carla Thomaz     6th March 2009 Deteriorating international financial market conditions, which have adversely affected advanced economies to a greater extent, have dominated the global economic climate. Despite these challenges, the Cape Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry reports that South African and the Western Cape... 

Cape Town port expansion under way

By: Sylvester Haskins     7th March 2008 The deepening of the first berth and quay refurbishment process has already begun at the port of Cape Town, reports the Cape Town Container Terminal Business unit executive Oscar Borchards. 

Local winery scoops international award

By: Sylvester Haskins     7th March 2008 The Global Network of Great Wine Capitals has awarded Stellenbosch wine estate Vergelegen, situated in Somerset West in the Western Cape, as South Africa's winner for the Best of Wine Tourism Award 2008, in recognition of its ability to provide a high quality service, and an exceptional wine... 

Cape Town film studio takes root 

By: Sylvester Haskins     7th March 2008 The construction of the much-anticipated Cape Town Film Studios, formerly known as Dreamworld Film City, has begun after four years of deliberation between the provincial government of the Western Cape, the City of Cape Town, and stakeholders in the private sector, reports Western Cape investment... 

Construction materials supplier positions itself for growth

By: Sylvester Haskins     7th March 2008 Construction materials supplier Afrimat is positioning itself to capitalise on the infrastructure spending in the Western Cape through strategic acquisitions, as well as organic growth and participation in the array of construction industry projects in the region, reports Afrimat CEO Andries van... 

Dubai company expands its African footprint

By: Sylvester Haskins     7th March 2008 The acquisition of the V&A Waterfront by commerce and trading holding company Dubai World and the subsequent expansion of the company’s offices and staff complement in Cape Town is a strategic move by the Dubai-based company, to expand its investment concerns in Africa, reports the... 

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