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News and Speeches Archive

Diep River pollution - appeal decision made

27 January 2021

The Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape has taken a decision to modify an existing Directive issued to the City of Cape Town regarding the Diep River Catchment. Read More

WCLA Update: Minister Fritz supports call for lifting of ban on sale of alcohol

27 January 2021

The Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, echoes Premier Alan Winde’s call to relax the restrictions placed on the liquor industry, noting the severe economic pressure being experienced and the impact that this will have on job creation. Read More

NPO Help Desk remains open under Alert Level 3 regulations

27 January 2021

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez would like to remind the public that the Department’s Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) Help Desk remains open under the current Alert Level 3 Disaster Management Act regulations, and is... Read More

Matrics in Antarctica: Minister Schäfer wishes matrics well

27 January 2021

Ayakha Melithafa, from the Centre of Science and Technology (COSAT) in Khayelitsha, is one of five matric students from the class of 2020 who will leave Cape Town today on an all-expenses-paid educational adventure in Antarctica with pioneering... Read More

Brackengate Hospital of Hope health heroes recognized for service

26 January 2021

Healthcare workers at the Brackengate Hospital of Hope have been recognized for their selfless service as they continue to fight the Coronavirus pandemic. Read More

Western Cape Government develops strategy to restore collapsed rail service

26 January 2021

Media release by Bonginkosi Madikizela Western Cape Minister of Transport and Public Works Rail passengers in the Western Cape currently face an impossible situation of having either no rail service or an unreliable service. Read More

Lifting the ban on wine sales will support wine sector and job loss recovery

26 January 2021

  Yesterday, I wrote to the National Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Reform, Thoko Didiza, to request her assistance in lifting the third ban on wine and other liquor sales. Read More

Drought support for Northern Cape reaches 1.2 million litres

26 January 2021

The Department of Local Government in the Western Cape has helped facilitate the provision of 1.2 million litres of drinking water to drought stricken communities in the Northern Cape. Read More

Western Cape Government app has 3 900 downloads

25 January 2021

Western Cape Minister of Human Settlements, Tertuis Simmers says the number of downloads of the WCG App, demonstrates how residents from this province have taken to adopting technology to access services in the public sector. Read More

Minister Madikizela to inspect PRASA Rail Reserve

25 January 2021

In his continued efforts to improve passenger rail services, the Western Cape Minister of Transport and Public Works, Bonginkosi Madikizela, will tomorrow, Tuesday 26 January 2021, visit PRASA’s rail reserve to inspect the clearing of vegetation... Read More

Minister Fernandez calls for special meeting with National Minister and MECs

25 January 2021

At the end of December 2020, SASSA suspended a total of 210 778 disability grants nationally of which, more than 53 000 Temporary Disability Grants (TPGs) have been suspended across the Western Cape.  Read More

Dam levels update

25 January 2021

The latest average dam level for dams in the Western Cape is 66% (2020: 53%) while the latest levels for dams providing water to the City of Cape Town, is 85.7% (2020: 71.4%). Read More

New data shows tourism sector hammered by the Alert Level 3 restrictions

22 January 2021

Data from the tourism industry in December unsurprisingly reflect a sector that has been hammered by the Covid-19 pandemic and the related lockdown restrictions with almost all the top attractions in the Western Cape reflecting a more than 60% drop... Read More

Emergency structures for Masiphumelele on track

21 January 2021

Western Cape Minister of Human Settlements, Tertuis Simmers says the construction of emergency structures for Masiphumelele residents who were displaced during a devastating fire in December, is making steady progress. Read More

Theft of National School Nutrition Programme food results in swift arrest

21 January 2021

This morning I was informed by a member of the public that canned pilchards specifically packaged for use in the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) were being sold in a shop in Retreat. Read More

Covid-19 Business Relief Fund assists over 250 businesses in the Western Cape

21 January 2021

Today (21 January 2021), I am pleased to announce that through the Covid-19 Business Relief Fund, we have distributed R38 268 000 to 252 small businesses across the Western Cape, saving at least 2,000 jobs during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Read More

DCAS working to forge new norm for safe initiation once nationally permitted

21 January 2021

While customary initiation in the Western Cape is still suspended under the adjusted Alert Level 3 regulations (promulgated under the Disaster Management Act), the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) has proactively Read More

Minister Fritz calls on accredited NHWs to obtain permits to patrol

21 January 2021

Minister Fritz calls on accredited neighbourhood watches to obtain permits to patrol Read More

WCGH engages health workforce on the readiness of the COVID-19 vaccine roll out

20 January 2021

The word on everyone’s lips currently is “vaccine”. More specifically, the COVID-19 vaccines which are currently being administered in several countries. Read More

Update: Old Age Home Recoveries

20 January 2021

I am encouraged that to date, 2085 of our senior citizens have recovered from Covid-19 at old age homes in the Western Cape. However, I am deeply concerned that as of 15 January 2021, there were 156 active cases, up from the 78 cases- last reported... Read More

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