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News and Speeches Archive


Illegal blockade by minibus taxi mafia keeps over 5000 children home from school

14 February 2023

It is unacceptable that the illegal blockade by minibus taxi associations escalated yesterday, with over 5 000 learners being prevented from attending school in Khayelitsha and neighbouring areas. Read More

Western Cape residents urged to take advantage of over 500 housing opportunities

14 February 2023

The Western Cape Department of Human Settlements strongly encourages first-time home buyers to take advantage of over 500 affordable housing opportunities currently available across the province. Read More

Western Cape hosts International Symposium on Irrigation of Horticultural Crops

13 February 2023

The 10th International Symposium on Irrigation of Horticultural Crops w 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

Attempted extortion by minibus taxi associations puts children’s safety at risk

13 February 2023

This morning I visited Academia Primary School, where over 50% of their learners have been prevented from going to school, due to an illegal blockade of learner transport operations by minibus taxi associations. Today, their absenteeism rate is 90%. Read More

Antenatal care essential for protecting health of women and their unborn child

13 February 2023

Antenatal care is essential for protecting the health of women and their unborn children If you’re pregnant, or suspect you’re pregnant, the Western Cape Department of Health is here to support you every step of the way. Read More

Overstrand and Swartland K-9 units off to a sharp bite in 2023

13 February 2023

As 2023 commenced the Overstrand and Swartland K-9 Units ensured that criminals were fully aware of their presence. Between 16 January – 5 February 2023, these units arrested 53 suspects. Of these, 30 were arrested in the Overberg areas, while 23... Read More

204 Social housing units near completion at Maitland Mews project

13 February 2023

Construction at the Maitland Mews Social Housing project will be completed at the end of March 2023. The first group of tenants are expected to take occupancy in the first quarter of the 2023/24 financial year. This development will deliver 204... Read More

Extremely late applications for 3 391 learners received since 1 January 2023

12 February 2023

The Western Cape Education Department has been hard at work since before schools reopened to complete infrastructure for new learners in 2023, and to find places for all the new applicants we are receiving daily. Read More

End of an Era: We mourn the loss of Jerry Watt

10 February 2023

It is with great sadness that we have heard of the death of Jerry Watt, the well known singer who was part of The Rockets, one of our longest running local bands. Read More

Future of women’s sport looks bright as we host the opening match of World Cup

10 February 2023

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport is proud to be supporting the hosting of the T20 Women’s Cricket World Cup in South Africa this year. We look forward to seeing large crowds supporting the matches played at Newlands and Boland Park in... Read More

Premier notes announcements in President’s SONA on energy crisis

10 February 2023

Media release: Premier notes announcements in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address with regards to the catastrophic energy crisis. 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

Ramaphosa wants to corporatise Postbank while it fails to disburse SASSA grants

10 February 2023

I have made it my duty to continue applying pressure on my national counterpart, Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, to fix the mess that is the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA). Read More

Umar battles the bully and wins the 2022 Story Stars competition!

9 February 2023

This morning, I visited Blossom Street Primary School in Athlone to announce Umar Jones as the 2022 winner, and to premiere the next instalment of “Story Stars: The adventures of Felix and Felicity”, which now includes Umar as a character alongside... Read More

Neighbourhood Watch structures exceeds 600 and 17 000 members in Western Cape

8 February 2023

I am delighted to learn that in the Western Cape, we have reached 615 accredited neighbourhood watch (NHW) structures. We now have 17 546 registered members.   Read More

WC Government calls on President for SONA to respond to country in crisis

8 February 2023

Joint media release: Western Cape government calls on President for SONA to respond to country in crisis Read More

Ensure your COVID vaccinations are up-to-date

7 February 2023

Community outreaches, where COVID-19 vaccines are integrated with comprehensive health services, have proved to be an effective way to provide people with access to healthcare that protects them and keep them out of hospital. Read More

Breaking the Cycle of Abuse

7 February 2023

Joint media release: Breaking the Cycle of Abuse Read More