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Western Cape Profile

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... 

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. 

Farmers receive R20m relief

By: Sylvester Haskins     7th March 2008 The Western Cape provincial government has secured a relief fund of R20-million from the National Treasury to assist farmers in the Central Karoo and surrounding areas in the Western Cape following persistent drought conditions in the region since 2003, reports Western Cape provincial government... 

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... 

Fertile growth for Western Cape

7th March 2008 The Western Cape’s gross domestic product (GDP) has maintained an average growth of 5% over the last four years and currently stands at 5,8%, said Western Cape premier Ebrahim Rasool in his state of the province address last month. 

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... 

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 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. 

Wine industry takes measures to mitigate power cuts

By: Sylvester Haskins     7th March 2008 The power shortage in South Africa is threatening the profitibality of the local wine industry, which has had to invest in generators and adapt work schedules to allow for predetermined load-shedding periods, reports Wines of South Africa CEO Su Birch. 

Western Cape still a hot spot for property development

By: Sylvester Haskins     7th March 2008 Consulting engineering company SRK Consulting is partaking in a number of new infrastructure development projects in the Western Cape, including a number of industrial and residential projects and 2010 FIFA World Cup preparation projects, reports SRK Consulting principal environment consultant in... 

Skills development a priority for Western Cape

By: Nomzamo Dladla     9th March 2007 Western Cape Premier Ebrahim Rasool has recently signed a memorandum of understanding in Cape Town with Vice-Chancellors of the five universities in the Province to embark on skills development programmes that will sustain the province’s fast growing sectors such as construction,... 

Berg River dam to quench Cape Town's thirst

By: Nomzamo Dladla     9th March 2007 The Berg river dam, a 62-m high concrete-faced rock dam, being built in Franschhoek in the Western Cape, is due for completion at the end of the year. 

Western Cape schools meet the worldwide web

By: Nomzamo Dladla     9th March 2007 All rural schools in the Western Cape Province will soon be connected to the worldwide web through the Departments of Education’s initiative project Khanya, which is aimed at integrating the use of available and affordable technology into the curriculum delivery process. 

Cape Town city enters 20-year renewable energy agreement

By: Nomzamo Dladla     9th March 2007 The City of Cape Town has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement with Darling Wind Farm, to pursue its goal of sourcing 10% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. This is a renewable energy project that will add at least 13,2 GWh a year of its electricity to the national energy grid. 

Joint Venture wins iron-ore terminal EIA contract 

By: Nomzamo Dladla     9th March 2007 A contract to undertake the environmental impact assessment for phase two of the proposed expansion of the Saldahna iron-ore terminal has been awarded to a joint venture of independent environmental consultants, SRK Consulting and PD Naidoo & Associates. 

Green Point stadium construction to kick off

By: Nomzamo Dladla     9th March 2007 Construction of the R2, 65-billion Green Point stadium in Cape Town, is scheduled to begin before the end of March and is anticipated for completion ahead in 2009 ahead of the 2010 soccer World Cup. 

Western Cape skills up taxi operators

By: Nomzamo Dladla     9th March 2007 The Western Cape Department of Transport has allocated R5-million towards training courses aimed at assisting taxi owners to run their businesses more efficiently, teach them to draw up business plans and handle their finances effectively. 

Western Cape demonstrates economic growth potential

By: Nomzamo Dladla     9th March 2007 Economic development in the Western Cape is characterised by a broad sector base, with good growth potential in several major sectors. 

Strategic plan to boost Western Cape healthcare infrastructure

9th March 2007 The Western Cape Department of Health has committed itself to a long-term strategic plan called Healthcare 2010. The plan aims to reshape public health services in the Western Cape to focus on primary-level services, community-based care and preventative care. 

New welding school sets a benchmark for future initiatvies

9th March 2007 Manufacturing SETA merSETA has opened an Institution for Sectoral and Educational Excellence (ISOE) for the Welding vocation in Saldanha in the Western Cape. 

SA wine industry on the decline in the face of global oversupply 

By: Nomzamo Dladla     9th March 2007 South African Wine Industry Information and Systems SAWIS CEO Yvette van de Merwe is on record commenting on the Wines of South Africa news earlier this year saying that the industry had a drop of about 5%. 

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