News and Speeches for Department of Economic Development and Tourism

Blockchain provides opportunities to improve government efficiency

6 March 2019

Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille and Minister of Economic Opportunities, Beverley Schäfer both gave key note addresses at the Blockchain Africa conference held in Cape Town today, focusing on the possibilities blockchain technology holds for... Read More

South Africa’s first floating solar PV installation unveiled in the Western Cape

3 March 2019

Marlenique, a fruit farm and wedding venue just outside of Franschhoek has unveiled a state of the art, floating solar PV system. Read More

Western Cape youth win big at national skills competition

28 February 2019

The Western Cape bagged 21 medals, including five golds, at the World Skills SA competition held in Durban.   Read More

Department of Agriculture embraces 4IR with cutting edge technology

26 February 2019

The Department of Agriculture in the Western Cape is at the forefront of using technology to enhance sustainable farming, and as part of its initiative to embrace the fourth industrial revolution, has introduced Sentinel-2 earth observation... Read More

Minister of Economic Opportunities, Beverley Schäfer responds to the 2019 budget

21 February 2019

Finance Minister Tito Mobweni’s budget speech yesterday did nothing to outline how this country intends to grow employment and was non-committal on major issues facing the economy. Read More

Drought support stepped up in the West Coast District

21 February 2019

Drought support to farmers in the West Coast District, Matzikama and Cederberg will be intensified, while in Swartland, farmers do not require fodder support, the annual summer season veld assessment has revealed.   Read More

Minister Schäfer congratulates WC winners in international entrepreneur awards

18 February 2019

Two Western Cape women in agriculture have been named among the world’s top women entrepreneurs in the 2019 Enterprising Women Awards.   Read More

72% of land reform projects supported by the Department of Agriculture a succes

14 February 2019

Minister of Economic Opportunities, Beverley Schäfer today released the results of an independent evaluation done to determine the success of agricultural land reform projects in the province which receive support from the Department of Agriculture... Read More

AgriProtein makes 2019 Global Cleantech 100 list

11 February 2019

Cape Town based company Agriprotein has been named among just two companies hailing from Africa in the Global Cleantech 100, a list of the 100 companies best positioned to solve the future’s clean-tech challenges and make an impact on the market... Read More

Statement by Minister Beverley Schäfer on the Total gas discovery

8 February 2019

The Western Cape Government welcomes the announcement from Total on their gas condensate discovery in Block 11B/12B on the southern coast of South Africa.     Read More

DEDAT support helps agri-processing SMMEs grow

6 February 2019

  The Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT)’s Agri-Processing Support Program has helped small businesses in the province grow their sales. profitability, increase cash flow and create new jobs.   Read More

Cape Town has most job opportunities and Western Cape has highest paying jobs

4 February 2019

Jobs search engine Adzuna has found that Cape Town is the city with the most job opportunities, with 14 023 jobs advertised on the site in January 2018. The finding is based on an analysis of 140 000 vacancies advertised over this period. Read More

Red Tape Reduction Unit achieves R 1 billion savings target

30 January 2019

The Western Cape Government has achieved its strategic goal of generating R1 billion in economic savings and benefits from interventions aimed at reducing red tape and improving the ease of doing business in the province. Read More