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Western Cape Business 2018 edition

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The 2018 edition of Western Cape Business is the 11th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2005, has established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the Western Cape. In addition to the regular articles providing insight into each of the key economic sectors of the province, there are special features on the growth of tourism (spurred by an innovative programme designed to create more direct flights to Cape Town), medical technology as a growth sector and the pursuit of excellence that drives the Cape Winemakers Guild. The journal contains a message from Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, and contributions from significant business leaders from Accelerate Cape Town, the Cape Chamber of Commerce and the Western Cape Business Opportunities Forum. An interview with Tim Harris, Wesgro’s CEO, reveals some of the recipe for the province’s economic success. Updated information on the Western Cape is also available through our monthly e-newsletter, which you can subscribe to online at, in addition to our complementary business-to-business titles that cover all nine provinces as well as our flagship South African Business title.


INTERVIEW Cape Winelands District Municipality Executive Mayor Ald (Dr) Helena von Schlicht explains why eco nomic development must be linked to social upliftment. Ald (Dr) Helena von Schlicht What is your mandate as a district municipality? In executing our legislative functions, we focus mainly on the rural areas. Our flagship is the firefighting service, which takes up a large part of our budget. We maintain certain identified roads on behalf of the province and we have a strong function in environmental health services, seeing to the hygiene of foodstuffs. We support tourism and sport where we bring tourists to the area and open up opportunities for our people. We support local economic development by creating an environment conducive to economic growth. Do you have other mandates? Something that is not covered in legislation is our social development function. We are fortunate that we have reserve funds. We decided when we took office that we would roll out socially orientated services, for example to look after our aged people and to support services to address social skills. BIOGRAPHY Dr Helena von Schlicht honed her skills during a 24-year career in higher education. After earning her doctorate, she worked as Head of Department, Social Work, at the Huguenot College in Wellington. In this capacity, she was involved in the writing and implementation of policies. She transferred to the political arena in 2009 and became a member of the Mayoral Committee in 2011. She has been Executive Mayor since the election of September 2016. Why the focus on social development? Economic development is dependent on the social health of our people, so we need to tackle both at the same time. We want to empower people and enable them to enter the economy. If they are healthy, they can participate. How important was the award at the Audit Excellence Awards? It was of paramount importance, firstly to inform the public that we absolutely support clean governance. The award underlines this in strong terms. Secondly, it recognises the hard work of our staff. How was it achieved? It was no easy task and took real team effort, every staff member bought into it. We are currently preparing ourselves for what we hope will be our fourth clean audit; this will be a huge achievement. Our Finance division works very hard to ensure compliance. How do you develop your Integrated De velopment Plans (IDPs)? We host two IDP stakeholder engagements with community organisations, NGOs and businesses from all sectors annually. WESTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2018 126

INTERVIEW Attendees can reflect on the previous meetings, ask critical questions, and say what they need in the IDP going forward. It is a five-year process, but is revised every year. A big priority is dealing with social ills such as alcohol and drug abuse and we support NGOs dealing with these issues. Do you have good attendance at these meetings? There is huge progress and this year was the best yet in terms of attendance. About 200 people attended at both Worcester and Paarl. It means people are taking responsibility for what is going on in their community and democracy is well and alive. How do you encourage investment? We are very fortunate in that we have excellent products to sell; our fruit, wine, the environment, culinary sector and nature reserves. We have places that people really want to visit. We support tourism activities that encourage economic growth in the area. We work very closely with Wesgro, the provincial investment agency. How important is tourism? Every local municipality has its own Local Tourism Association (LTA), and the district co-ordinates a forum every month where we work together. The LTAs are extremely energetic and active. Is tourism supporting small and medium enterprises? One example of how tourism is supporting small enterprises is the Dwarsrivier Valley Tourism, which is really focussed on brining tourism to this rural area. They have a little shop that sells handcrafts, helping people make a living from tourism. 127 WESTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2018

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