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News and Speeches for Provincial Treasury

Private sector participation at Port of Cape Town critical for growth and jobs

15 February 2024

This week, Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, Mireille Wenger, together with officials from the Department of Economic Development and Tourism, hosted the Western Cape Government’s fifth annual Port Stakeholder Engagement. Read More

Remote Working Visa loading: have your say on proposed amendments

9 February 2024

The Department of Home Affairs has released the draft second amendment of the Immigration Regulations, dealing with two key categories of visas - Read More

Western Cape hotel occupancy up & outshines South African averages over December

6 February 2024

Hotel occupancy in the Western Cape in December 2023 stood at 73.4%, up from 71.6% in December 2022, compared to 62.4% for South Africa in December 2023, slightly up from 62.2% in the same month in 2022. Read More

New Digital Enablement Fund to boost economic growth and jobs in the WC

31 January 2024

Applications are now open for the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism’s (DEDAT) new Digital Enablement Fund. Read More

Record-breaking 400 000+ visitors to Western Cape attractions in December

21 January 2024

“Across the Western Cape, and especially in Cape Town, our expectations of a record-breaking summer season have been realised. Read More

Hundreds of thousands of jobs in tourism, clothing, &BPO created in growing WC

20 December 2023

In the eight months between the beginning of April and the end of November 2023, targeted skills programmes, run by the Western Cape Government’s (WCG) Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT), in partnership with the private sector, re Read More

Private sector participation urgently needed at Port of Cape for economic growth

6 November 2023

“We are heading into an export crisis in the Western Cape at the end of the year. With the good rains we have experienced, our agricultural goods for export are anticipated to increase by 25%. Read More

More than 6.8 million passengers through Cape Town International between Jan-Sep

5 November 2023

Between January and September of 2023, more than 6.8 million two-way international and domestic passengers passed through our award-winning Cape Town International Airport (CTIA), of which 1.9 million were international two-way passengers, and 4.9 mi Read More

Western Cape prepares for record-breaking summer tourism season

23 October 2023

The provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, Mireille Wenger, hosted her second annual ‘Summer Tourism Readiness Dialogue’ with key stakeholders from across the tourism and hospitality sector in the province. Read More

Two-way passengers through the CTIA international terminal increase by 64%

16 October 2023

Two-way passengers through the Cape Town International Airport’s (CTIA) international terminal remained strong between January and August 2023, reaching more than 1.7 million passengers in the year to date, exceeding pre-pandemic levels by 107% and g Read More

Cape Storm: Preliminary findings of storm impact on tourism industry

5 October 2023

Following the extreme weather over the Heritage weekend, the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism is hard at work to fully understand the impact of the storm specifically on tourism and hospitality businesses across the... Read More

Over a million inbound seats expected as WCG marks World Tourism Day in Langa

27 September 2023

To mark World Tourism Day, Mireille Wenger, the provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities which includes Tourism, lauded the vital contribution that the province’s tourist guides make to the tourism and hospitality sector at a graduat Read More

PERO: Agricultural growth stands out,but youth unemployment requires bold action

21 September 2023

Note to editors: Minister Wenger’s full PERO speech can be accessed Read More

WC grows air access to 10 new African cities since 2015

13 September 2023

The Western Cape Government (WCG) is determined to further unlock and enable the enormous potential of the tourism and hospitality sector in the Western Cape to grow the economy, because more tourism means more jobs. Read More

Call to Action! Have your say on critical skills shortages to boost business

7 September 2023

The Department of Higher Education and Training’s (DHET) Labour Market Intelligence unit has recently released a survey to identify occupations in high demand, occupational shortages, and skills gaps in South Africa, and at a provincial level. Read More

Ripping off red tape is key to growing private sector investment in WC

6 September 2023

Regulatory ‘red tape’ is a known hindrance to business establishment and expansion, no matter the sector. Read More

Latest tourism figures show 69% increase in international passengers

3 September 2023

International two-way passengers through Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) between January and July 2023 reached 1.6 million, growing by 69% compared to the same period in 2022. Read More

Good governance & diverse leadership key to Wesgro’s continued strategic growth

31 August 2023

Today, Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, Mireille Wenger, welcomed four new Board members to Wesgro, after appointing them in consultation with the Mayor of Cape Town, Geordin Hill-Lewis, in August 2023. Read More

Growing tourism and jobs - a whale of a time in Plett to kick off Tourism Month

29 August 2023

To celebrate and highlight the vital role that our tourism and hospitality industries play in the Western Cape, provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, which includes Tourism, Mireille Wenger kicked off her Tourism Month 2023 progr Read More

WCG partners with private sector for ‘Day of 1000 Opportunities’ for youth

22 August 2023

Premier Alan Winde and Provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, Mireille Wenger, attended a ‘Day of 1000 opportunities’ recruitment drive, at the Athlone Stadium, in Cape Town, yesterday. Read More