News and Speeches for Department of Economic Development and Tourism

Avian Influenza Confirmed in Western Cape

15 August 2017

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture has confirmed the presence of Highly Pathogenic Avian influenza (HPAI), type H5N8, in two ostrich farms in the Heidelberg area. Avian influenza is a controlled disease in terms of the Animal Diseases Act,... Read More

Women’s Month: MECs Fritz and Winde launch Women Empowerment collaboration

14 August 2017

As part of our ongoing commemoration of Women’s Month, the Western Cape Ministers of Social Development (DSD) and Economic Opportunities have launched a joint skills, training and economic opportunity programme called the Women Empowerment... Read More

Possible Incidence of Bird Flu in the Western Cape

14 August 2017

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture is investigating possible incidences of Highly Pathogenic Avian influenza (HPAI), type H5N8, in two ostrich farms in the Heidelberg area. Avian influenza is a controlled disease in terms of the Animal... Read More

Women’s Month: Ministers Fritz and Winde to announce Women Empowerment Initiativ

11 August 2017

Today (11 August 2017), the Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Albert Fritz, joined by the Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, will announce a groundbreaking women empowerment initiative. Read More

Women in Western Cape Agriculture Celebrated

10 August 2017

Leading women in Western Cape agriculture were celebrated this evening. Read More

Update on Garden Route Rebuild initiative

7 August 2017

The Garden Route Rebuild initiative has recorded significant progress since its establishment two weeks ago. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, today (7 August 2017) released an update on the work of the GRR. Read More

Improved weather, stronger rand could decrease food inflation, according to the

4 August 2017

Food inflation is set to decrease this year as improved weather conditions in some parts of the country and a stronger rand are projected, according to the latest analysis from the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy. Read More

Food Inflation Could Decrease, According to Latest Outlook for SA agriculture

4 August 2017

Food inflation is set to decrease this year as improved weather conditions in some parts of the country and a stronger rand are projected, according to the latest analysis fro Read More

Update on emergency intervention to increase water supply to Cape Town

3 August 2017

The Western Cape Government will conduct a site visit to the Leeu River Diversion Weir which diverts water to the Voelvlei Dam, where emergency maintenance work will be done to increase water supply to the Cape Town water supply system. Read More

Economic outlook for SA agriculture to be released this week

2 August 2017

The latest economic outlook for South Africa’s agriculture sector will be released this week. The Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy’s (BFAP) Baseline 2017-2026, which is co-funded by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, will be... Read More

Atlantis SEZ to position region as green economy hub

2 August 2017

The Western Cape’s bid to establish Atlantis as a hub for the green tech sector will be up for public participation shortly. Read More

First Thursday to showcase tech developments in agriculture

1 August 2017

The use of drone technology to conserve water in the agriculture sector is one development which will be showcased this First Thursday at the Ministry of Economic Opportunities. Read More

Tourism sector shows jobs and revenue gains, according to official mid-term repo

27 July 2017

A mid-term report-back on the Western Cape’s tourism sector has found significant increases in arrivals, revenue and airline seats in the past three years. More than 20 000 jobs have been added and foreign tourist spend increased by R4billion in the... Read More

Update on job gains and economic growth in Western Cape tourism

26 July 2017

Tomorrow (27July 2017), more details on job gains and economic growth in the Western Cape’s tourism sector will be released. Read More

Young city programmers using tech to solve water crisis

25 July 2017

Young computer programmers are helping to develop answers to the water crisis, and create systems for families to better manage household tasks. Read More

Young city software developers to showcase their latest concepts

24 July 2017

Young software developers will have the chance to showcase their concepts as part of Minister Alan Winde’s focus on innovation this month. Today (24 July 2017), Minister Winde will visit Absa Aliens, a training ground for talented young software... Read More

Garden Route Rebuild initiative making headway

23 July 2017

Western Cape Government, Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde, Minister of Transport & Public Works Donald Grant, and the Mayors of Eden District, Knysna, and Bitou Municipalities met yesterday for a progress meeting on the Garden Route... Read More

Entrepreneurs invited to Investment Readiness Sessions

20 July 2017

Entrepreneurs from across the province are invited by the Western Cape Government to targeted sessions aimed at preparing them to make funding applications. Read More

Statement issued by Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities

13 July 2017

Establishment of special committee to rebuild Garden Route Since the Garden Route fires of June, many people and organisations have come to the aid of those affected and have initiated projects to help the area get back on its feet. Read More

Call for entries for 2017 Premier’s Recognition Entrepreneurship Awards

13 July 2017

Entries for the 2017 Premier’s Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards have opened. Business people are invited to enter the competition, which seeks to celebrate entrepreneurs who are making a contribution to growth and jobs in the province. Read More