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International passenger numbers at Cape Town International Airport grow by 9.6% in 2018

By: African News Agency      14th January 2019 Last year, 2.6-million international passengers were recorded by Cape Town International Airport (CTIA), representing a 9.6% growth from 2017 despite the drought and other problems experienced by the region, the City of Cape Town said on Sunday. "This growth came from long-haul carriers from... 

Easing of water restrictions will restore international investor confidence in Cape Town

By: News24Wire      13th September 2018 The easing of the stringent water restrictions will restore international confidence in Cape Town as a destination for tourism and investment, say business leaders. But it will take hard work getting the message out there. Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro, the agency that promotes tourism, trade and... 

Panasonic launches its new headquarters in Cape Town

By: Kim Cloete     12th July 2018 Prompted by a growing customer base in the Western Cape, Panasonic South Africa has launched its new South African headquarters in Century City, in Cape Town. “We are excited about our new headquarters. We decided to move to the Western Cape because of the growth in our customer base in this... 

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... 

Wesgro says helps land R1.92bn in film & media productions in the Cape

By: African News Agency      3rd May 2018 Nine film and media declarations contributing R1.92-billion to Cape Town and the entire Western Cape province's economy were facilitated in the 2017/2018 financial year by the film and media promotion unit of Wesgro, the city's tourism, trade & investment promotion agency. In a statement, Wesgro... 

Cape Town open for business despite water shortage 

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd February 2018 South African Tourism CEO Sisa Ntshona, Wesgro CEO Tim Harris and Tsogo Sun COO and Tourism Business Council deputy chairperson Ravi Nadasen in February convened in Johannesburg to discuss the Cape Town water crisis and the impact on tourism. South African Tourism, the Tourism Business Council of... 

Alstom Foundation unveils new welding curriculum for Duduza school 

15th February 2018 Alstom Ubunye has unveiled its latest educational initiative, a new welding school at a Secondary School in the Duduza township near Nigel. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

Cape Town to host a trio of major water conferences in 2018

By: Kim Cloete     15th February 2018 Cape Town is fast becoming the international water conference capital for this year, with the city and the Western Cape Convention Bureau having won a bid to host its third major conference on water this year. The International Conference on Sanitation, Waste and Water will be held in November... 

Cape Town drought hits tourism, threatens province’s credit ratings 

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th February 2018 As the ongoing drought and resultant water crisis threatens Cape Town’s credit ratings and gross domestic product (GDP) growth, warnings of the impact the drought on the local tourism industry are mounting. Tourism to one of South Africa’s most popular destinations is starting to take a knock as... 

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... 

City of Cape Town’s support generates investment worth R2.67bn, with 6 236 jobs created in key growth industries 

By: African News Agency      31st July 2017 The City of Cape Town, via its enterprise and investment department under the directorate of the mayor, has facilitated R2.67-billion worth of investment which has resulted in 6 236 direct jobs created for the people of Cape Town in the past financial year (July 2016 – June 2017), the city said... 

Wesgro to host water loss conference in Cape Town in 2018  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th July 2017 The International Water Association's (IWA’s) 2018 Water Loss Conference will be held in Cape Town from May 7 to 9, 2018.   The conference, which will be hosted by Wesgro, will be held at the Century City Conference Centre and Hotel and is expected to attract over 500 participants from more than... 

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... 

Cape Town on track to be the start-up capital of Africa, says Wesgro

By: Kim Cloete     18th August 2016 Cape Town is pushing beyond its tourist image with a drive to be seen as the start-up capital in Africa. “We’re incredibly excited about Cape Town becoming a destination for young people around the world. Cape Town has become Africa’s largest start-up scene,” Wesgro CEO Tim Harris told delegates... 

WC to create 300 000 new jobs in the next five years

By: Samantha Herbst     30th March 2016 Leveraging the Western Cape’s reputation as the “digital gateway to Africa” and a growing platform for new entrepreneurs, provincial Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde on Wednesday recommitted his department to further promoting job creation in an effort to add over 300 000 jobs to the... 

Three new members appointed to Wesgro board

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th February 2016 Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde has appointed three new members – Sipho Nzuza, Ashraf Ameen and Wendy Appelbaum – to the Wesgro board. Nzuza is port manager at Transnet National Ports Authority’s Port of Cape Town. Ameen and Appelbaum are both entrepreneurs. 

French tech hub launched in Cape Town

By: Anine Kilian     10th February 2016 French Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs Minister Emmanuel Macron has announced the creation of six new French tech hubs in Cape Town, San Francisco, London, Tokyo, New York and Hong Kong. “I am delighted that Cape Town has been designated as a French tech hub. This success rewards all the... 

Wine and citrus could be victims in game of chicken

By: News24Wire      7th January 2016 There is extreme concern that the wine and citrus industries in the Western Cape will be collateral damage if the Agoa issue surrounding imported chicken from the US is not resolved immediately, according to Wesgro CEO Tim Harris. The wine industry in the Western Cape employs almost 170 000... 

Minister of Trade & Industry Dr Rob Davies to address Western Cape Manufacturing Indaba

12th October 2015 The dti Minister, Dr Rob Davies, will address the upcoming Western Cape Manufacturing Indaba on Friday 6th November in Cape Town. In what will be a not-to-be-missed opportunity, manufacturing role players and interest groups can also look forward to hearing from the MEC of Economic Opportunities,... 

No use throwing stones over visa rules – Deputy Minister

By: News24Wire      7th July 2015 Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Fatima Chohan declared on Monday that she is willing to accompany representatives of the South African tourism industry to China in order to see how dropping visitor numbers from that country can be curbed. She took part in a visa legislation workshop hosted by... 

Port of Saldanha set to unlock R13bn worth of investment opportunities

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd July 2015 The Port of Saldanha would present investors with investment opportunities in excess of R13-billion over the next five years, business leadership organisation Accelerate Cape Town announced at its July Thought Leadership session. Feasibility studies are already under way and the first contract... 

Saldanha Bay industrial development zone project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th May 2015 Preparatory site work at the Saldanha Bay industrial development zone will continue to advance until the end of May in preparation for the start of construction of the pivotal oil and gas hub in August. 

Saldanha Bay industrial development zone project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd April 2015 Several companies have shown interest in relocating their businesses to the Saldanha Bay industrial development zone. 

Saldanha Bay industrial development zone project, South Africa

6th March 2015 Land is being cleared and progress is being made at South Africa’s first industrial development zone that will be developed exclusively for oil and gas services. 

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. 

Harris to head up Wesgro 

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th February 2015 The Western Cape’s tourism, trade and investment promotion agency Wesgro has appointed former Democratic Alliance shadow Finance Minister Tim Harris as CEO from March 1. Harris, who was most recently the head of investment at the City of Cape Town, would succeed Nils Flaatten, who had been at the... 

Wesgro board appointed

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th August 2014 Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde has appointed new board members for the province’s trade and investment promotion agency, Wesgro.   Former Pentech vice-chancellor Professor Brian Figaji has been appointed to lead the 14-person board, which would be tasked with providing... 

PwC announces Top Ten finalists in Vision to Reality Awards Competition

29th July 2014 PwC has announced the Top Ten finalists in its Vision to Reality Awards competition. The Top Ten finalists will have the opportunity to showcase their innovative companies and gain access to leading advisors and a direct route to seed and venture capital. The Top Ten finalists were selected from... 

Deadline looms for submissions for PwC Vision to Reality Awards Competition

18th July 2014 South Africa’s most innovative tech company of the year will be announced on 18 September 2014 at PwC’s Vision to Reality Awards ceremony. PwC Partner in Charge of the Western Cape, Danie Fӧlscher, says: “PwC’s Vision to Reality Awards Programme acknowledges tech companies for their outstanding... 

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... 

Saldanha Bay industrial development zone project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th November 2013 The construction of the Saldanha Bay industrial development zone was launched on October 31. 

Saldanha IDZ to boost oil and gas sector

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st October 2013 The launch of the Saldanha Bay industrial development zone (IDZ) by President Jacob Zuma on Thursday signalled a new era for the development of an oil and gas servicing and repair hub in the Western Cape. The newly established IDZ was strategically located to serve oil and gas vessels operating... 

Public participation process for Saldanha Bay IDZ gets under way

By: Jean McKenzie     19th November 2012 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies on Monday opened a 60-day public consultation period for the designation of an industrial development zone (IDZ) at Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape. The project had been driven primarily by the Western Cape Investment and Trade Promotion Agency,... 

Wesgro secures R1.25bn of investment into Western Cape

By: Jean McKenzie     26th October 2012 Western Cape investment and trade promotion agency Wesgro secured committed investment of R1.241-billion during its 2011/12 financial year, CEO Nils Flaatten told stakeholders at the organisation’s annual general meeting (AGM) on Thursday. This exceeded Wesgro’s lower band target of R742-million,... 

Winde sees big jobs potential in Western Cape green economy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th August 2012 Employment opportunities in the Western Cape’s green economy are projected to grow 500% by 2020, with the majority of the new opportunities to be created in the manufacturing of components for the renewable energy sector. Western Cape Finance, Economic Development and Tourism Minister Alan Winde... 

W Cape identifies design as an economic development driver

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th April 2012 The Western Cape government and its Investment and Trade Promotion Agency Wesgro have identified the province as the only one in South Africa to prioritise design as a key economic tool to drive future growth and job creation.  

Food to become next big economic driver as the world’s population soars

By: Jade Davenport     22nd April 2011 As world population is predicted to grow from the current level of around 6-billion people to 8,3-billion people by 2030, it is anticipated that food will be the next big driver of economic growth.  

Western Cape agribusiness unit established to promote investment

By: Jade Davenport     11th September 2009 An Agri-business Investment Unit was launched in Stellenbosch last week to facilitate growth and investment in the Western Cape agriculture sector. 


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