News and Speeches for Department of Economic Development and Tourism

Media Release: Prestige Agri Worker awards reach half way mark

12 September 2018

More than half of the 16 regional winners in the Western Cape Prestige Agri Worker Awards who will go on to compete for the grand prize in November, have been announced so far.   Read More

Media Release: Tourism Month- Tourism drives economic growth and job creation

4 September 2018

Projects aimed at growing the Western Cape tourism sector and creating new jobs are starting to show dividends. According to Stats SA, in South Africa, 1 in 23 people is employed in the tourism sector. Read More

Media Release: Statement on South Africa's economic recession

4 September 2018

Statistics South Africa announced today that the country has slipped into a technical recession, following a 0.7% decline in the second quarter GDP figures.   Read More

BFAP annual agricultural baseline report released

17 August 2018

The impact of policy uncertainty Read More

Western Cape Female Entrepreneur Award winners announced

8 August 2018

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture held its prize ceremony for the Female Entrepreneur Awards in Stellenbosch last night, honouring the many hard-working women in the Read More

Western Cape leads the way in citrus exports

7 August 2018

If the Western Cape were a country, it would be the world’s fifth largest exporter of citrus fruits. Read More

Media Alert: First Thursdays to focus on careers for women in Agriculture

31 July 2018

In celebration of Women’s Month, the Ministry of Economic Opportunities will be hosting an informative session about career possibilities for women in agriculture this First Thursday.   Read More

Witzenberg region selects top agri worker in Western Cape Prestige Agri-Awards

31 July 2018

The first of the regional winners in the Western Cape Prestige Agri-Awards of 2018  has been announced.   Read More

Media Release: The Western Cape has created 77 000 new jobs over the past year

31 July 2018

The Western Cape, which contributes less than 15% to the national economy, created 40.7% of all new jobs in the past year.   Read More

Media Release: Western Cape dominates in World Travel Awards

26 July 2018

Cape Town and the Western Cape have dominated in the World Travel Awards nominations for Africa, with dozens of tourism sites and facilities making the 2018 shortlist.   Read More

Media Release: New Madiba statue unveiled at Cape Town City Hall

24 July 2018

Joint Statement by the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape government:   The iconic moment in which Nelson Mandela gave his first speech as a free man in Cape Town in February 1990 has been captured forever in a new monument which was unveiled... Read More

Nelson Mandela statue to honour icon's links with the Western Cape

16 July 2018

When he was awarded the Freedom of the City of Cape Town in 1997, Nelson Mandela said ‘Cape Town’s greatness lies not only in its contribution to our economy but in its involvement in our country’s history". Read More

Media Release: Western Cape and Bourgogne Franche Comté renew partnership

10 July 2018

The Western Cape and the Bourgogne Franche Comté region of France, have extended their highly successful partnership by renewing their agreement to co-operate in the areas of agriculture, tourism and the economy, for another five year period.   Read More

Media Release: Kalk Bay named in Forbes list of coolest neighbourhoods

9 July 2018

The quaint seaside village of Kalk Bay in Cape Town has been recognized as one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world in a new list by Forbes magazine, which features neighbourhoods in Amsterdam, Washington DC and Seoul.   Read More

Media Release: Minister Winde welcomes research into 4th Industrial Revolution

2 July 2018

New research into the Fourth Industrial Revolution has revealed how the Western Cape's agricultural sector can harness water saving technology, drones, genetic development and robotics to develop the industry, contribute to food security and create... Read More

Media Release: 2018 Prestige Awards officially launched

18 June 2018

The 2018 Prestige Agri awards launched to honour excellence among agri-workers Read More

Media Release: 2018 Prestige Awards officially launched

18 June 2018

The 2018 Prestige Agri awards launched to honour excellence among agri-workers Read More