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Western Cape Business 2017 edition

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The 2017 edition of Western Cape Business is the 10th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2005, has established itself as the premier business and investment guide to the Western Cape province. The Western Cape has numerous promising investment and business opportunities and this issue includes contributions from Alan Winde (Minister of Economic Opportunities for the Western Cape Government), interviews with Ryan Ravens (CEO of Accelerate Cape Town), Arifa Parkar (Western Cape Business Opportunities Forum CEO), Wesgro CEO Tim Harris and Lance Greyling (Invest Cape Town) as well as contributions from various business leaders. In addition, you will also find comprehensive features on all the key sectors in the Western Cape.

New opportunities for

New opportunities for investors in the West Coast New opportunities are emerging in specific sectors of the West Coast district. With the N7 being upgraded, the time it takes to travel from Malmesbury to Cape Town for instance is less than from Paarl, Somerset West or Stellenbosch. Businesses can serve the Cape Town market while enjoying lower operating costs, an excellent work ethic, lower crime and reduced risk with excellent local government support. Developers are providing new industrial, commercial and residential property. Protein, dairy and other food producers are moving closer to their markets to reduce transportation costs. They remain outside the metro boundaries, to gain cost advantages. Increasing numbers of logistics firms recognise the strategic location. Vehicle and equipment suppliers are growing as services sector. The number of mines are increasing in Matzikama and a breakthrough with abalone production holds huge promise for supplying a lucrative market. In Cederberg the dam wall is being raised, meaning the bottleneck to agricultural growth is reduced. The Saldanha Industrial Development Zone, which is located at the deep-water port, includes a unique package of government incentives. The complete region offers a large variety of world-class tourism attractions, leisure activities and events. These include bouldering, hiking, kite surfing, surfing, skydiving, paragliding, cycling, canoeing, birding, music festivals, arts, culture, heritage and of course the unrivalled West Coast flowers. Country life at its best – topped off with local brews and great wine. A great place to live, work and play. Swartland Municipality Lower cost structures, a productive workforce and less risk than the Cape Town metro provide businessess here with a competitive advantage in their markets. Add to this the benefits of a sophisticated city that is still close enough to leverage when needed, while employees get to enjoy the best of both country life and the city. Similar to growth patterns of towns on the outskirts of cities worldwide, both businesses and citizens will increasingly view the Swartland as a good place to locate. Investment growth is expected from sectors such as protein, dairy, agroprocessing, transport, logistics, retail, services and construction sectors. Bergrivier Municipality Situated north of Saldanha Bay, the Bergriver region is particularly suited to agriculture. Livestock, fruit, vegetables and flowers are farmed in the area and there are opportunities in kelp farming and processing. The large cement factory and smaller salt-reclamation works are indicators of business development opportunities related to mining.

MATZIKAMA Vredendal BERGRIVIER Vredenberg Piketberg SALDANHA BAY Moorreesburg SWARTLAND Clanwilliam CEDERBERG Langeberg Cederberg Municipality Blessed by nature, rich in heritage and warm-hearted people, this a great place for tourism all year round. Cederberg boasts a beautiful and varying landscape that includes mountains, valleys and coastline with a multitude of attractions and activities. The area is rich in flowers and fynbos, including Rooibos, which makes this the heart of the international Rooibos tea industry. The Clanwilliam dam wall is being raised, which will soon provide more water. Unutilised fertile lands can then be irrigated to produce high yields to boost agricultural output. Matzikama Municipality Approximately 240km north of Cape Town, the Matzikama region has abundant water and fertile soil and therefore a thriving vegetable, fruit and wine farming economy. Investors visiting the region will find opportunities in aquaculture (especially abalone), fishing, mining, manufacturing, agriculture and property development. Saldanha Bay Municipality Saldanha Bay Municipality is a local municipality located on the West Coast of South Africa, in the Western Cape Province. It is approximately 140km north of Cape Town and forms part of the West Coast District Municipality. The Municipality is bordered on the west by the Atlantic Ocean, in the north by the Bergivier Municipality and in the east by the Swartland Municipality. Saldanha Bay Municipality covers an area of 2 015km 2 and has 238km of coastline. The head office is located in Vredenburg with satellite offices in Hopefield, St Helena Bay, Paternoster, Saldanha and Langebaan. Saldanha Bay has the largest natural port in Africa and the area is earmarked for regional development of the Western Cape Province. If you have your eye on growth, you should invest on the West Coast! Find out more at

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