News and Speeches for Ministry of Agriculture, Economic Development and Tourism

Media release: PHA study shows major agri growth and jobs contribution of zone

17 April 2018

Media Statement by Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities Independent PHA study shows major agro growth and jobs contribution of zone. 17 April 2018 Read More

Minister Winde to release the findings of the PHA study

16 April 2018

In 2017, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture commissioned an independent study into the agricultural value of the Philippi Horticultural Area in order to contribute meaningfully to future decision making around the use of this land. Read More

Media Release: Pick n Pay spaza shop project racks up successes

3 April 2018

Spaza shop modernization project delivers good results Read More

Two Oceans runners can save water and support local this weekend

29 March 2018

Runners receive locally made Drybath, to help save water Read More

Media Release: Cape Town International Airport wins best airport in Africa award

22 March 2018

Cape Town International Airport has won the Skytrax award for best airport in Africa Read More

Western Cape shows positive business confidence sentiment

14 March 2018

Bureau for Economic Research data shows confidence in the economy is growing Read More

Air Access project opening Western Cape to the world

12 March 2018

Air Access team records remarkable successes Read More

Calculating the cost of the drought on Agriculture

1 March 2018

Economic impact of the drought on agriculture quantified Read More

Test Kitchen’s unique drought approach helping to save jobs

26 February 2018

The world-renowned restaurant, The Test Kitchen has introduced an innovative Drought Kitchen menu which is aimed at saving water, and will secure jobs at the restaurant. Read More

Reaction by Minister Alan Winde to the budget speech

21 February 2018

Following Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s budget speech today, Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde said: “ The 2018 budget speech is a consequence of the past few years of ANC governance, which have rocked business confidence and wreaked... Read More

Apprenticeships an important tool in tackling youth unemployment

15 February 2018

In a bid to make it easier for businesses to take on apprentices, the Western Cape Government has enlisted the help of its highly successful Red Tape Reduction Unit. Read More

Western Cape shows highest job gains in South Africa in latest employment data

13 February 2018

Statistics South Africa jobs data for the last quarter of 2017, released today, shows that the Western Cape created the most jobs last quarter of any province, at 92 000 jobs created. We also recorded the highest year-on-year increase in the number... Read More

Western Cape exports of cherries show tremendous potential

12 February 2018

Once a very small crop in the Western Cape, cherries have more than quadrupled their export market share over the last four years, and continue to show excellent potential as an alternative crop. Read More

Oceana Group’s investment in desalination plants applauded

5 February 2018

Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde applauds the Oceana group for investing in desalination technology which will save municipal water and protect thousands of jobs. Read More

Update on avian flu in the Western Cape

31 January 2018

Western Cape farmers and bird owners should continue to exercise caution around the bird flu virus by maintaining strict biosecurity measures. Read More

Red tape reduction focus at Ministry First Thursday

29 January 2018

This First Thursday, the Western Cape Ministry of Economic Development will focus on reducing red tape for businesses. The Western Cape’s Red Tape Reduction Unit will be launching their new look website and their small business start-up guide at... Read More

Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde on cruise ship season

26 January 2018

The arrival in Cape Town today of the luxurious Queen Mary ocean liner marks the peak of a strong cruise season for Cape Town. Read More

Local animation studio Triggerfish does the Western Cape proud

24 January 2018

Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, has congratulated local animation studio Triggerfish for their superb work on the Oscar nominated film Revolting Rhymes. Read More

DEDAT Congratulates Green Cape on international awards

23 January 2018

The Western Cape Industrial Symbiosis Programme (WISP), run by Green Cape, has been recognised for its sterling and innovative work at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Read More

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