The Western Cape Government works in co-operation with national government to create laws for and provide services to the people of the Western Cape.
PREMIER OF THE WESTERN CAPE
The Premier, Helen Zille, is the executive authority in the Western Cape, mandated by the Constitution to be the head of the Western Cape Government. The Premier also appoints the Provincial Cabinet, who jointly form the executive branch of the Provincial Government. Visit the Premier's website for more information on her work and vision for the province.
THE WESTERN CAPE GOVERNMENT
The Western Cape Government (WCG) consists of 13 departments, namely:
Working with a budget of R33.2 billion (in 2010), these departments are responsible for implementing laws and providing services to the people of the Western Cape.
OVERVIEW OF THE WESTERN CAPE
The Western Cape is situated on the south western tip of the African continent and is one of the nine provinces of South Africa. The province is also home to South Africa's oldest city, Cape Town.
The Western Cape's natural beauty, complemented by its hospitality, cultural diversity, excellent wine and colourful cuisine, makes the province one of the world's greatest tourist attractions.
More than 5.4 million people live in the Western Cape on 129 370 kmē of land (PGWC: Provincial Treasury - Provincial Economic Review & Outlook - PERO 2011). Afrikaans is spoken by the majority, with isiXhosa and English being the other main languages.
The province has the lowest unemployment rate in the country, namely 22.2% (PERO 2011), compared with the national average of 23.2%. Information and communications technology (ICT) is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the province, and operations are being expanded to other provinces. The clothing and textile industry remains the most significant industrial source of employment in the province.
CONSTITUTION OF THE WESTERN CAPE
The National Constitution permits each provincial legislature to adopt a constitution for its province. The Provincial Constitution must correspond with the National Constitution.
PROVINCIAL PARLIAMENT OF THE WESTERN CAPE
The Western Cape Provincial Parliament is responsible for creating laws for the province within its realm of responsibilities as set out in the Constitution of South Africa. These responsibilities include creating provincial legislation dealing with:
The parliament is housed in Wale Street, Cape Town. There are 42 members, and 22 seats are currently held by the DA, 14 by the ANC, three by COPE, two by the ID and one by the ACDP. The current Premier is Ms Helen Zille.
An open opportunity society for all.
The Western Cape Government will promote freedom and opportunity for all the people of the province through:
1. Increase economic empowerment for all the people of the Western Cape.