News and Speeches for Ministry of Finance and Economic Opportunities | Western Cape Government

News and Speeches for Ministry of Finance and Economic Opportunities

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

WCG welcomes Amazon Web Services R15.6 bn investment and Skills Centre opening

17 August 2023

The Western Cape Government (WCG) welcomes the official opening of Amazon Web Services (AWS) first international AWS Skills Centre in Cape Town, as well as the planned investment of R46 billion by AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region between 2018 and 2029... Read More

Tourist arrivals to Cape Town in 2023 exceed pre-pandemic levels

31 July 2023

The tourism sector continues to shine in the Western Cape with tourist arrivals via air to Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) in the first six months of 2023 exceeding pre-pandemic levels. Read More

Transporter Congestion Report: Lack of equipment biggest limitation at PoCT

30 July 2023

The single biggest limitation to the efficient functioning of the Port of Cape Town (PoCT) is the status of the Rubber-Tyred Gantries (RTGs), used to load and offload internal and external trucks, and other operating equipment. Read More

WCG and JSE announce multi-year SME accelerator programme

25 July 2023

The Western Cape Government’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT) and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), the largest exchange on the continent, announced a multi-year Small to Medium Enterprises (SME) development programme to s Read More

WCG launches bold new economic growth strategy, ‘Growth For Jobs'

24 July 2023

Today Premier Alan Winde, Provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, Mireille Wenger, and Provincial Minister of Infrastructure, Tertuis Simmers, officially introduced the Western Cape Government’s (WCG) new Growth For Jobs (G4J) stra Read More

527 days and still no Remote Working Visa

21 July 2023

The Minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi, has confirmed in a letter to the Western Cape Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Opportunities and Tourism, that his department has missed its own deadline to introduce the Remote Working Visa i Read More

Private sector participation at the Port of Durban welcomed – next up Cape Town

20 July 2023

I welcome the news that Transnet has confirmed a private sector partner to develop and upgrade Pier 2 of the Durban Container Terminal. Read More

Mandela Day at I-CAN: Bridging the digital divide to create opportunities

18 July 2023

Mireille Wenger, provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, spent the morning at the I-CAN Centre in Elsie’s River which is a flagship and pioneering community-based centre, developed in partnership with the City of Cape Town, which p Read More

Vine-tastic – 3 Western Cape vineyards in the top 50 of the World's Best

14 July 2023

The top 50 vineyards in the world were announced this week at an event in Bodegas Beronia in the heart of Rioja Alta, Spain, by World's Best Vineyards which compiles an annual list, showcasing the finest vineyard experiences from around the globe.  Read More

Celebrating SMME Booster Fund’s success with Langa’s Bicycle Empowerment Network

13 July 2023

Premier of the Western Cape, Alan Winde, and provinical Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, Mireille Wenger, had the pleasure of joining the Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN), one of the organisations currently funded through the Depart Read More

One week to go to apply for the 2023 SMME Booster Fund

4 July 2023

Applications for the Western Cape Government’s (WCG) 2023 Small, Medium and Micro Enterprise (SMME) Booster fund, close in one week, on Tuesday, 11 July 2023, at midnight.  Read More