News and Speeches for Department of Economic Development and Tourism

GreenCape nominated for international energy award

5 December 2018

  GreenCape has been named as a finalist in the Grid Edge category for the 2018 S&P Global Platts Global Energy Awards.   Read More

New water allocations will help the agricultural sector recover from the drought

30 November 2018

Minister of Economic Opportunities Beverley Schafer welcomes the new water allocations for agricultural, domestic and industry use.   Read More

Minister Beverley Schäfer calls for investigation into catamaran incident

27 November 2018

Minister of Economic Opportunities, Beverley Schäfer will be requesting a full report from SAMSA and the NSRI to understand the circumstances under which a catamaran carrying five UK tourists capsized last night.   Read More

Coronation Double Century contributing to economic development in the Overberg

26 November 2018

Over the weekend, hundreds of cyclists descended on Swellendam for the 26th Coronation Double Century.   The gruelling 202km race is one of the largest team trials in the world.   Read More

Rate hike: consumers carrying the cost of corruption and poor policy decisions

22 November 2018

Today’s decision by the Reserve Bank to increase interest rates will have the biggest impact on the poor and is the result of poor policy decisions made by the national government, Minister of Economic Opportunities in the Western Cape, Beverley... Read More

Province’s top entrepreneurs honoured at Western Cape Entrepreneurship Awards

22 November 2018

The winners in the Western Cape Entrepreneurship Awards, were crowned last night, with Oco Life, a holistic lifestyle business using traditional African herbs to create organic essential oils, walking away with the overall award and the award for... Read More

Statement by Minister Beverley Schäfer on World Fisheries Day

21 November 2018

Today is World Fisheries Day which highlights the important role of fishing in communities around the world.   One in ten people in the world rely on fishing and aquaculture to support their livelihoods.   Read More

Winners of the Villiersdorp food garden competition announced

20 November 2018

This afternoon, the winners of the Department of Agriculture’s annual food garden competition were announced at a ceremony held in Villiersdorp.   Read More

Entrepreneurship in the spotlight this November

19 November 2018

The Department of Economic Development and Tourism has expanded Global Entrepreneurship Week into entrepreneurship month, with talks, workshops and the Read More

Statement by Minister Beverley Schäfer on World Responsible Tourism Day

7 November 2018

Today marks World Responsible Tourism Day which aims to encourage the travel and tourism industry and the traveling public to commit to practices which are economically, environmentally and socially sustainable.   Read More

Isaac Ntoto of Mossel Bay wins the 2018 Prestige Agri Award

4 November 2018

  This year’s winner of the Prestige Agri Award is Isaac Ntoto, from Garden of Eden Berries in Brandwag, Mossel Bay.   The announcement was made at a gala event held at the Nederburg Wine Estate on Saturday night.   Read More

Minister Beverley Schäfer welcomes the adjustment of rock lobster TAC

2 November 2018

Minister of Economic Opportunities, Beverley Schäfer, notes the adjusted Total Allowable Catch (TAC) of West Coast Rock Lobster by the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) in the lead up to the 2018/19 recreational... Read More

Minister Beverley Schäfer sworn in as Minister of Economic Opportunities

1 November 2018

This morning, Western Cape Judge President John Hlope conducted the swearing in ceremony for Minister of Economic Opportunities, Beverley Schäfer. Read More

Western Cape has created 95 000 new jobs in the past year

30 October 2018

The Stats SA quarterly labour force survey, released today, shows that the Western Cape has created 95 000 new jobs in the past year, with the drought-hit agricultural sector showing promising signs of recovery.   Read More

Journey to Service Excellence winners announced

25 October 2018

Gilbert Muchanyara, from Gilbert’s Catering in Hermanus is this year’s Journey to Service Excellence hero. Muchanyara runs a restaurant, takeaway and catering business in Mount Pleasant. Read More

Media Release: Elsenburg winemaking students launch 2018 wines

18 October 2018

  Today, nine final year winemaking students at the Department of Agriculture’s Elsenburg College showcased the wines that they have made as part of their studies.   Read More

Media Release: African horse sickness vaccinations season to end soon

18 October 2018

    Horse owners are reminded that the African Horse Sickness vaccination season will end on October 31. Read More

Media Release: Western Cape gearing up for Africa Halal Week

10 October 2018

  Next week, the inaugural Africa Halal Week kicks off in Cape Town- offering local Halal businesses and international buyers a platform to meet and interact.   Read More

Media Release: Western Cape wins big at national LandCare awards

4 October 2018

The Western Cape walked away with several awards at the recent LandCare conference held in Bloemfontein.   LandCare refers to the use of sustainable practices to protect the natural environment and resources.   Read More