News and Speeches for Department of Economic Development and Tourism

Media Alert: Green Cape project recognized for international award

23 January 2018

Green Cape's WISP project named runner up in The Circular awards in Davos Read More

Media Alert: New spokesperson in the Ministry of Economic Opportunities

22 January 2018

Contact information for the new spokesperson for Economic Opportunities   Read More

December 2017 ‘peak season’: 11.5% increase in international arrivals

11 January 2018

Initial reports on the December 2017 peak tourism month show high growth in international arrivals, and an increase in visitors to regions across the Western Cape. Read More

Avian Influenza update: Spread amongst poultry has halted.

9 January 2018

Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, today (9 January 2018) announced that no new cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) have been confirmed at previously uninfected poultry farms in the province since 31 October 2017. Read More

Avian influenza update

7 December 2017

There have been no new avian influenza infections in the Western Cape. The last case in the province was confirmed on 31 October 2017. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the last new infection at a commercial poultry farm was 18... Read More

Entrepreneurs exhibit at Ministry First Thursday

7 December 2017

Today (7 December 2017), entrepreneurs from across the Western Cape will join the Ministry of Economic Opportunities for its final First Thursday exhibition of the year. Read More

Red Tape Unit helps to create 100 jobs in Atlantis

6 December 2017

Cutting red tape is helping Western Cape businesses to create more jobs, and reduce admin costs. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, is highlighting success stories of the Red Tape Reduction Unit this month. Read More

Cape start-up joins UK programme to improve transport systems

4 December 2017

Cape-based start-up, GoMetro, is now part of an international programme to find solutions to the world’s biggest transport problems.   Read More

Water savings campaigns aimed at tourists kick off

4 December 2017

Tourism arrivals are set to increase this peak season. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said online airline bookings showed that tourism arrivals for December and January showed a five percent year-on-year increase. Read More

Call for young people to apply for tourism training programme

1 December 2017

The National Department of Tourism is calling on unemployed young people to participate in a countrywide training programme. To apply, young people in the Western Cape must register on the Department of Labour’s database, the Employment System of... Read More

Water crisis is top priority during adjustments budget

30 November 2017

Mitigating the economic and social impact of the Western Cape’s ongoing drought was one of the top priorities during Economic Opportunities Minister, Alan Winde’s budget allocation today (30 November 2017). Read More

Atlantis firm to add 100 jobs after red tape intervention

28 November 2017

An Atlantis firm is set to add 100 jobs to the local community, due to an intervention by the Western Cape’s Red Tape Reduction Unit. Read More

Province’s commercial poultry farms reach one month infection-free mark

16 November 2017

Today (16 November 2017), Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, provided an update on avian influenza during a sitting of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament. This was in response to a parliamentary question on the status of the... Read More

Residents celebrated for food security contributions

15 November 2017

A 100-year old resident has received a special award for his contribution to food security in the Western Cape.   Read More

Residents' water-wise gardens boost food security in rural communities

14 November 2017

Boosting food security in rural communities during the drought is a key priority for the Western Cape Government. Tomorrow (15 November 2017), Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, is in the Cederberg to celebrate residents who are making... Read More

US Government awards R10m grant to grow cleaner energy in Western Cape

10 November 2017

The Western Cape Government’s bid to secure cleaner forms of energy received a boost due to a R10 million grant from the United States Government through its Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). Read More

No new avian influenza infections in the Western Cape

8 November 2017

There have been no new confirmed avian influenza infections. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, has announced that there have been no new reported infections in the Western Cape this past week, signalling a possible positive turning... Read More

UK trade mission to focus on tourism; Halal investment promotion

5 November 2017

Boosting United Kingdom tourism arrivals to the Western Cape, and the promotion of the province’s Halal industry are the key priorities of Minister Alan Winde’s UK trade mission this week. Read More

Action plan in response to Western Cape agriculture census findings

2 November 2017

The Western Cape Government today (2 November 2017) announced the findings of its province-wide household census of residents working on farms, which it undertook as a key study to inform future policy. Read More

Action Plan in Response to Western Cape Agriculture Census Findings

2 November 2017

The Western Cape Government today (2 November 2017) announced the findings of its province-wide household census of residents working on farms, which it undertook as a key study to inform future policy. Read More