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Western Cape Business 2018 edition

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  • Nedbank
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  • Growth
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  • Government
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  • Energy
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  • Wesgro
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  • Municipality
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.


SPECIAL FEATURE Town International Airport from their own countries. The Port of Cape Town is ideally situated at the crossroads of some of the world’s most important trade routes. The transport, maritime and logistics sector is consequently very important. Bunkering and ship repair are other vital port facilities, and the boat repair and boat building industries continue to grow. The port plays a major role in exporting the province’s excellent fruit, wine and other agricultural products to international markets. Cape Town has a diverse manufacturing sector, with petroleum products, food and beverages and metals and metal products being major sectors. Growth sectors include the film industry, ICT and other tech specialities such as fintech and medical diagnostics. West Coast District Municipality Towns: Saldanha Bay, Malmesbury, Clanwilliam, Vredenburg, Morreesburg. The economy of this region ranges from manufacturing in Saldanha, Atlantis and Malmesbury to agriculture and forestry centred on inland towns like Moorreesburg (wheat), Cedarberg (forestry) and Citrusdal. Cement is made in Riebeeck West and Piketberg and fishing takes place all along the coast. Rooibos tea and shoes are made in Clanwilliam. The remote mission station of Wupperthal is famous for its veldskoens. The Port of Saldanha Bay is the principal port for the export of iron-ore and is gearing itself to service the continent’s oil and gas industry and to be a steel manufacturing hub. Mineral sands are mined north of Saldanha. Cape Winelands District Municipality Towns: Stellenbosch, Paarl, Worcester, Robertson, Wellington, Franschhoek. Nearly 70% of South Africa’s wine comes from this area. Vineyards also attract many tourists but tourism in the Winelands includes wellness spas, adventure tourism and game farms. Manufacturing is concentrated on processing grapes and fruit into wine, juice, brandy, dried and tinned fruit products. Dairy manufacturer Parmalat has an award-winning cheese-making facility in Bonnievale. Robertson is known for roses and thoroughbred horses. Stellenbosch is home to its eponymous university which is becoming synonymous with tech start-ups and innovation. Several large companies, such as PSG Group, have their headquarters in the town. Overberg District Municipality Towns: Caledon, Bredasdorp, Hermanus, Swellendam, Cape Agulhas. The Overberg contains the southernmost tip of Africa (Cape Agulhas), the oldest mission station in South Africa (Genadendal), a large casino resort (in Caledon) and some of the best whale viewing in the world (Whale Coast). It also hosts some high-quality fruit farms in the Ceres Valley and rural villages that are very popular with tourists such as Barrydale and Greyton. Agriculture is the principal economic activity of the region and the services sector is strong. Eden District Municipality Towns: George, Oudtshoorn, Calitzdorp, Knysna, Mossel Bay, Plettenberg Bay. The area has two important tourist names: the Cape Garden Route on the coast and the Klein Karoo between the mountain ranges. Route 62 is a popular route which ends (or starts) in Oudtshoorn, home of the Cango Caves. A report by the Bureau for Economic Research has found that Eden DM is one of the bestperforming regions because of tourism. The area is famous for fine golf courses and golf estates. Mossel Bay, where the slipway in the harbour is receiving a multi-million-rand upgrade, hosts a large gas-processing plant while George is a node of manufacturing, trade and administration. The Klein Karoo has its own wine route and port, cheese and brandy are produced. Fruit, vegetables and ostriches are other main products. Central Karoo District Municipality Towns: Beaufort West, Laingsburg, Prince Albert. The largest district in the province has the smallest population, a reflection of the semi-desert conditions: 71 000 people live on 38 000km². Sheep farming predominates and there are plans to introduce agri-parks to towns in the region. Beaufort West is strategically positioned on the N1 highway which links Cape Town with the interior of South Africa. The nearby Karoo National Park has recently acquired some lions and Prince Albert is a quaint town situated in the shadow of the Swartberg Mountain, close to the dramatic portals that link the Karoo to the Klein Karoo: Seweweekspoort, the Swartberg Pass and Meiringspoort. WESTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2018 20

Contact us | Head office: Tel: 0860 212 414 | Fax: 021 483 9851 | | @WCGovTPW | Email: T he Department of Transport and Public Works strives to give excellent service delivery to all residents and visitors to the Western Cape. It goes without saying that the needs of a developing country like South Africa are great, and the budget of any government department is inherently limited. For this reason, the Department must establish strategic spending and activity priorities that will help ensure that its limited budget meets the needs of the greatest number of the province’s people. The Department’s vision is to lead in the delivery of government infrastructure and related services. By providing government infrastructure and supporting job creation, the Department is living its mission of delivering infrastructure and services to promote positive socio-economic outcomes and safe, empowered and connected communities. Infrastructure The Western Cape Government has identified infrastructure development as a core component of its vision to transform the provincial economy and to stimulate economic growth and job creation. Infrastructure investment remains a pivotal enabler of socioeconomic development. The Department remains committed to reshaping the existing provincial urban and rural landscape in a manner that offers potential socio-economic opportunities for all, while helping to ensure inclusive growth. This can be achieved by improving the coordination of integrated infrastructure development planning, by delivering an effective infrastructure service, and by leveraging the assets under its custodianship towards improved service delivery, efficiency and integration with work of other departments. The Department will continue to spend its multi-billion Rand health, education, roads and general building budgets on building and upgrading such infrastructure projects. Green buildings A number of the Department’s projects apply best practice green standards in design and construction to mitigate environmental impact and save money in the long term. Green features include electricity-saving motion sensor switches, passive solar design, solar photovoltaic panels, structures that can be reconfigured as needs change, water-saving plumbing, and rainwater harvesting facilities. Through these projects, the Department is ensuring that what it builds is in line with the aims of the Western Cape Government 110% Green initiative. The Department aims to provide a platform that stimulates people and organisations to build an innovative and dynamic green economy. The new R152 million Green Building in Bellville is a good example. It became the first recipient of the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) Socio-Economic Category Pilot Award, and the GBCSA also gave the building a 5-Star Green Star SA rating for design. The Green Star rating for design measures the extent to which a building design performs well in terms of management, indoor environmental quality, energy, transport, water, materials, land use and ecology, emissions, and innovation.

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