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W Cape focusing on creating certainty in agriculture sector

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     10th August 2018 The Western Cape provincial government is focusing on creating certainty for the agriculture industry by trying to ensure that farmers can continue farming and save jobs by requesting an increase in the water allocation to the industry from the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), says... 

Report shows Cape Town is Africa’s tech capital

By: Anine Kilian     31st July 2018 A report commissioned by the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi), Wesgro and the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation – with the support of the Western Cape government – has confirmed that the greater Cape Town area, including Stellenbosch, is Africa’s tech capital. The report, compiled by... 

More airlines fly into Cape Town, connecting countries in Africa

By: Kim Cloete     13th June 2018 Two African airlines have launched flights to Cape Town over the past month, bringing more business and tourism opportunities to the Mother City. Kenya Airways launched a nonstop direct flight from Nairobi to Cape Town on June 6. The new service operates a Boeing 737-800. This is in addition to... 

Cape Town International wins another award for best airport in Africa

By: African News Agency      22nd March 2018 Cape Town International Airport was once again ranked the best in Africa at the Skytrax World Airport Awards held in Stockholm, Sweden, the Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde said on Thursday. It was the third year in a row Cape Town International won the award. 

Losses mount in Western Cape's farm sector

By: Reuters     1st March 2018 The Western Cape province expects its agriculture sector to decline by around 20 percent, as a severe drought hits farmlands surrounding Cape Town as the city braces for "Day Zero", when its taps are expected to run dry. South Africa has declared a national disaster over the drought afflicted... 

Avian flu detected among seabird species

By: African News Agency      19th February 2018 The Department of Agriculture on Monday confirmed that the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian flu have been detected among sea bird populations in the Western Cape. Seven cases from six different sites across the provincial coastline have tested positive among African penguins and due to these species... 

Mining Indaba to provide ‘first-hand experience’ of return of investor appetite

By: Nadine James     26th January 2018 With commodity prices improving and the mining industry moving towards positive growth, indications are that participants at the Investing in African Mining Indaba 2018 will experience the “return of investor appetite” first-hand, says Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose. This renewed investor interest... 

Sawis warns wine grape crop may be smallest since 2005

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2018 Continuing drought and low water supplies in the Western Cape may lead to South Africa’s smallest wine grape harvest since 2005, when 1.15-million tonnes were harvested owing to drought and diseases in some production areas. Industry body South African Wine Industry Information and Systems... 

US govt awards R10m grant to grow clean energy in Western Cape

By: Anine Kilian     10th November 2017 The Western Cape government’s bid to secure cleaner forms of energy has received a boost through a R10-million grant from the US government’s Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). “Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is a key component of a lowest-cost energy scenario for the country. This USTDA grant... 

Public hearings into Atlantis SEZ set for next week

By: Schalk Burger     4th October 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism will host a public hearing session on the designation of the Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ) for Green Technologies on Wednesday next week. The session will take place in Protea... 

Production losses as result of bird flu estimated to be in region of R800m in Western Cape

By: African News Agency      2nd October 2017 Early estimates suggest an outbreak of avian influenza has led to production losses of around R800-million in the Western Cape, Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde said on Monday. In a statement, Winde said there were at least 36 confirmed cases of avian flu. Seventy ostrich farms were under... 

Atlantis Special Economic Zone designation application published for comment

By: African News Agency      11th September 2017 The City of Cape Town, the Western Cape government, and GreenCape on Sunday welcomed “with great excitement” the notice by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies to designate Atlantis, north of Cape Town, a Special Economic Zone (SEZ). Davies has published the intention to designate the Atlantis... 

Western Cape’s agricultural growth to drive economy

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th August 2017 Supported by the Western Cape government’s strategic initiatives to help farmers grow their crops – and their market share – the province’s official tourism, trade and investment agency Wesgro has successfully committed investments in the Western Cape agricultural sector of R1.56-billion over the... 

Atlantis to be designated as an SEZ

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd August 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies is preparing to issue a gazette outlining an intention to designate the proposed Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ). The SEZ Advisory Board-recommended action followed an application for designation by the Western Cape Department for Economic... 

DA, ANC duke it out over who's to blame for Western Cape drought

By: News24Wire      30th June 2017 Democratic Alliance (DA) and African National Congress (ANC) Members of Parliament (MPLs) took turns in blaming each other over the causes of the Western Cape drought. The Western Cape legislature debated the crippling effects of the current drought in the province on Thursday. The draught was... 

Wine of Origin Cape Town set to hit stores across the world

By: Anine Kilian     2nd June 2017 Wines produced in the surrounds of Cape Town will now be promoted under a new banner – Wine of Origin Cape Town.    A total of 29 wineries, including some of South Africa’s leading brands such as Groot Constantia, Durbanville Hills, Diemersdal, Klein Constantia, Nitida, Meerendal,... 

Cape Town water supplies will last until August – city official 

By: News24Wire      25th May 2017 The City of Cape Town has enough water to last until August or September at current consumption levels, an official has said. Any rainfall in the coming weeks would change this projection, but there was "significant uncertainty" over the rain forecast for June and July, mayoral committee member... 

Drought already cost Western Cape grape farmers R500m – MEC

By: News24Wire      25th May 2017 Western Cape Agriculture MEC Alan Winde has said the ongoing drought in the province will cost grape producers an estimated R500-million. "We’ve seen a decline in the volume of wine grapes harvested, in part due to a lack of irrigation water," Winde said in a statement. 

Fire damage to Western Cape agri sector nearly R200m

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th April 2017 The Western Cape Department of Agriculture says that, based on questionnaires distributed to farmers in the region, around R192.3-million in fire damage has been reported in the Hessequa and George regions. “We received feedback from 79 farms. The data shows that infrastructure, crops, livestock,... 

Stifling legislation deters economic disruptors – Winde

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th March 2017 Stifling legislation slowing down businesses and innovators will not be tolerated in the Western Cape, provincial Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde said on Wednesday. During his budget speech for the province’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Winde highlighted that the... 

Western Cape budgets for drought relief

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th March 2017 The Western Cape government has set aside R797-million for its Department of Agriculture in the 2017/18 financial year. Of this, R47-million was allocated towards drought relief, with a special focus on emerging entrepreneurs. “In 2015, South Africa recorded its lowest rainfall in a calendar year... 

Worst Western Cape drought in 100 years presents economic opportunity 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd March 2017 Thirty-seven per cent of South Africa’s water supply is lost in urban infrastructure through leaks, the GreenCape ‘Water Market Intelligence Report 2017’ has revealed. Launched by Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde on Thursday, GreenCape’s research showed that 96% of... 

Czech textile company to invest R1bn in Atlantis factory

By: African News Agency      28th February 2017 A textile manufacturer from the Czech Republic is to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Atlantis, in the Western Cape, in a R1-billion investment that would create hundreds of jobs for local residents, Wesgro said on Tuesday. The Western Cape’s tourism, trade and investment... 

CTIA expands routes to boost tourism as it reaches 10m passengers a year milestone

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th January 2017 Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) is, in collaboration with the Western Cape government, targeting the development and initiation of new routes to key strategic markets. Cape Town Air Access, in a partnership with CTIA, the City of Cape Town, Wesgro, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) and... 

Innovative wastewater treatment system launched in W Cape

By: David Oliveira     9th December 2016 Water solutions provider Maskam Water launched the Clarus Fusion sewage treatment system, which substitutes treated water with recycled water for sanitation, industrial or irrigation use, in October. The decentralised wastewater treatment system, launched at the company’s premises in Brackenfell... 

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. 

Cape Town manufacturer claims outboard engine design breakthrough

By: Dylan Slater     18th November 2016 The development of “world first” marine propulsion systems by Cape Town-based marine engines and drive gear company Caudwell Marine has been highlighted as the beginning of global reach into the commercial, recreational and military marine markets.  

Manufacturing and diversification of economy is key driver to attaining economic growth – Davies

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th November 2016 The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies says that the manufacturing sector and diversification of the economy is a key driver to attaining South Africa’s economic growth objectives. Davies was speaking at the one-day Manufacturing Indaba Western Cape that is currently underway at the... 

Economic diversification critical to growth success – Davies

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th November 2016 As the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) works to develop a dedicated agroprocessing incentive to attract investment, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has reiterated the importance of diversifying South Africa’s economy. The development and revitalisation of South Africa’s... 

Winde questions why Saldanha Bay was excluded from DoE’s LNG IPPPP plans

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd November 2016 Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde on Wednesday said the provincial government was disappointed that Saldanha Bay was not identified as a port for the importation of natural gas. The Department of Energy last month selected Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal, and Coega, in the... 

DVT heralds Western Cape expansion with new premises

30th August 2016 Global Testing Centre now the largest specialist software testing centre in Southern Hemisphere   Software and solutions company DVT has officially opened the doors to its new 2,000 square metre premises in Cape Town’s fast-growing Northgate Island precinct, heralding the start of a massive... 

Entries for Western Cape entrepreneurship awards to close soon

By: Anine Kilian     30th August 2016 Western Cape businesses have two weeks left to enter the Premier’s Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards (Pera). The programme, which is cosponsored by Absa Bank, celebrates entrepreneurs who contribute to job creation and growth. 

South African wine exports predicted to grow by 13%

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2016 South African wine exports reached 313-million litres in 2015 and are projected to grow by a further 13% in the next decade. “Wine exports are up from 122-million litres in 2000 to 313-million litres in 2015. We are exporting to markets across the world and the bulk of our exports are destined... 

Weak rand, drought send South African food prices higher

By: Anine Kilian     12th August 2016 The drought and rapid depreciation of the rand have led to a rise in food prices, hitting the poorest South Africans hard, Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde said on Friday.   Delivering the opening address at the launch of the latest yearly baseline produced by the Bureau... 

EU trade agreement to boost Western Cape wine exports

By: Anine Kilian     21st June 2016 Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde has welcomed the signing of an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union (EU) and six Southern African Development Community countries, which would double the Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) of South African wine to be imported... 

Second phase of Western Cape’s Emerging Business Support Programme launched

By: Anine Kilian     20th June 2016 Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde, together with Absa Bank, on Monday launched the second phase of the province’s Emerging Business Support Programme at the Century City Convention Centre, in Cape Town. Winde encouraged emerging entrepreneurs from across the Western Cape to... 

Western Cape launches climate change action plan 

By: Anine Kilian     17th May 2016 The Western Cape government on Tuesday launched a comprehensive climate change response strategy called Smart Agri, which aims to to combat the impact of extreme weather events on the province’s agriculture sector. Smart Agri was unveiled by provincial Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde... 

R120m programme to support emerging fruit farmers in Western, Eastern Cape  

21st April 2016 The Western Cape province has, in partnership with the National Treasury and the deciduous fruit industry, established the Deciduous Fruit Development Chamber (DFDC) Commercialisation Programme, which will disburse R120-million in funding to emerging fruit farmers to grow their businesses to... 

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