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News and Speeches for Provincial Treasury

58% of e-visas rejected because date of travel already passed

3 May 2023

In the National Council of Provinces, the National Department of Home Affairs has revealed that of the 6 329 e-visas it rejected, 3 687 (58%) were rejected as a result of the date of travel already having passed. Read More

Cape Town International scoops 8th consecutive ‘Best Airport in Africa’ award

16 March 2023

Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) won their eighth consecutive award for ‘Best Airport in Africa’ and third consecutive award for ‘Best Airport Staff in Africa’ at the prestigious Skytrax World Airport Awards, held last night at the Passenger Te Read More

Employment up by 330 000 and unemployment down by 129 000 in the Western Cape

28 February 2023

I am elated that employment statistics in the Western Cape increased by 330 000 year-on-year, representing an increase of 14.7%. Read More

More building plans passed & completed in the WC in 2022 than any other province

20 February 2023

In 2022, between January and December, the Western Cape passed building plans worth R 37.0 billion, more than any other province in South Africa, including Gauteng. Read More

Wesgro’s performance delivers impressive economic impact for the province

13 February 2023

Amid significant challenges, least of which is the energy crisis which severely compromises economic growth and job creation, it is critical that we explore and implement innovative strategies to attract investment, boost trade and increase tourism i Read More

No more talk, action is needed to implement the remote working VISA

10 February 2023

I welcome the renewed commitment from President Cyril Ramaphosa to “introduce[e] a remote worker VISA and a special dispensation for high-growth start-ups” in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) last night. Read More

Hotel occupancy surpasses pre-pandemic levels in December 2022

27 January 2023

Data from the South African Hotel Review, complied by STR, which gathers data directly from hotels across South Africa, has confirmed that hotel occupancy for the Western Cape stood at 72% in Read More

Western Cape passes 27% more buildings plans in 2022 than in 2021

20 January 2023

Between January and November 2022, the Western Cape passed R34.81 billion worth of building plans, representing an increase of 27% compared to the same period in 2021. Read More

Spectacular recovery at Cape Town International Airport over December 2022

16 January 2023

Provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, Mireille Wenger today warmly welcomed preliminary statistics received from Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), which showed that Cape Town International Airport recorded a spectacular... Read More

Remote working VISA one step closer as report now with Presidency

9 December 2022

It is good news that a report, containing recommendations on the adoption of a start-up and remote working VISA, amongst others, is now with the South African Presidency for consideration. Read More

Private sector participation at Ports, and not a shipping SOE, needed

7 December 2022

In response to the call for comment on the recently released “pre-draft” ‘South African Shipping Bill’, published under Government Notice 1376 in Government Gazette, I have indicated to the National Government that the Western Cape does not support t Read More

QLFS: 85 000 jobs created in the Western Cape in Quarter 3

30 November 2022

I am delighted by the news that 85 000 jobs were created in the Western Cape, in Quarter 3, according to the latest Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS), released today by Statistics South Africa. Read More

270 000 visitors flock to tourist attractions across the Western Cape in October

30 November 2022

The Western Cape’s tourism recovery is gaining momentum, with strong signs that a bumper summer season can be expected. In October 2022 alone, foot fall at the 17 participating attractions in the Western Cape recorded a total of 269,016 visitors. Read More

Almost half of all buildings completed in SA in 2022 are in the Western Cape

18 November 2022

Nearly half (42%) of all buildings completed in South Africa between January and September 2022, are in the Western Cape, with a total value of R21.39 billion, representing a year-on-year growth rate of 30.30%. Read More

Exciting NASA investment to enable communications with deep space welcomed

9 November 2022

The Western Cape Government (WCG) welcomes the official commencement of the impressive collaboration between the South African National Space Agency (SANSA), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), and the USA’s National Aeronaut Read More

Speed is key as Operation Vulindlela report on Remote Working VISA is completed

9 November 2022

I welcome the confirmation by the Director-General of the Department of Home Affairs, Mr L.T. Read More

4.35 million two-way domestic travellers through Cape Town Airport this year

31 October 2022

A total of 4.35 million two-way passengers passed through the Cape Town International Airport’s (CTIA) domestic terminal in 2022 so far, representing a recovery of 71% for the year to date, when compared to the same period in 2019. Read More

WC comes out on top on building plans passed and completed for third month

21 October 2022

Between January and August 2022, the value of buildings completed in the Western Cape was R19.6 billion, representing a year-on-year growth rate of 42.1%, compared to R13.2 billion in Gauteng, with a year-on-year growth rate of 8.7%. Read More

Clearing of significant Transnet strike backlog must now be top priority

20 October 2022

I welcome the end to the national Transnet strike, now that the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union has accepted the wage settlement. Read More

End to Transnet strike by UNTU is good news for economy

18 October 2022

I welcome the news that the United National Transport Union (UNTU) has agreed to a wage settlement, as proposed by Transnet and facilitated by the Council for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), yesterday evening. Read More