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Terms and Conditions of the Western Cape Government website

These are the terms and conditions for the use of the Western Cape Government website (“website’). These terms and conditions apply whenever you access the website regardless of how you access it.

By using this website, you are deemed to have accepted these conditions.

Updating the terms and conditions

These terms of use may be updated from time to time. Please review these terms and conditions regularly as you will be deemed to have accepted all updates if you continue to use the website after the updates have been posted.


The South African Constitution places a positive obligation on organs of state to disseminate public interest information held by the state as widely and cost-effective as possible.

The Western Cape Government (further referred to as “we’) therefore allow you to reproduce material freely as set out in the Copyright Licence below.

Copyright Licence

All material featured on the website is subject to copyright in accordance with the Copyright Act of 1978.

There is no copyright in:

  • Official texts of a legislative, administrative or legal nature, including their official translations.
  • Speeches of a political nature.
  • Speeches delivered in the course of legal proceedings.
  • News of the day, which is a mere item of press information.

You may freely reproduce this non-copyright material.

You may also reproduce written copyright material (except that belonging to third parties) on this website for non-commercial purposes in any format or media without obtaining permission. This is subject to the requirement that you reproduce the material accurately and not in a derogatory manner or misleading context.

Where you publish or issue this written material to others, you must acknowledge the source (including the URL) and copyright status of the material.

Where we hold the copyright in written material on this website, you may reproduce it for commercial purposes, provided that you first request and obtain our permission for such use.

This licence to reproduce written material does not include copyright material owned by a third party (this will usually be indicated by the © symbol attached to the name of the copyright holder). You must obtain their permission to reproduce such material from the relevant copyright holder.

You may not use photographs or other artistic works included on this website without our permission.

Contact details

Please contact service@westerncape.gov.za for queries about obtaining any of the permissions described in this licence.

Limitation of liability

We strive to ensure that our material is as up to date and accurate as possible. However, we do not accept any responsibility for any statement in the material on this website to the extent permitted by law.

Therefore, you must not rely on any statement without first taking specialist professional advice. We will not be liable for any loss caused as a result of your doing, or not doing, anything as a result of using the material or any part of it.

We give no guarantee of any kind concerning the website or the material. In particular, we do not guarantee that the website or any of its contents is virus free. You must take your own precautions in this respect, such as running anti-virus software, as we accept no responsibility for any infection by virus or other contamination or by anything which has destructive properties.

Although we will do our best to provide constant, uninterrupted access to the website, we do not guarantee it. We accept no responsibility or liability for any interruption or delay.

You can access other sites via links from the website. These sites are not under our control and we are not responsible in any way for any of their contents.


We respect your privacy.

Some non-identifying information is automatically collected by the website.

This information may include: your browser type, access times, referring web site addresses and viewed pages.

This information is collected to generate general aggregate statistics about the use of the website and is used to improve our service.

Our website also uses a “cookie” to save your language preference. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a webpage server. Cookies cannot be used to run programmes or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

You can accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser settings to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, your language choice will not be automatically selected each time you return to our website.

No other cookies other than the language cookie are used by our website. No other information is collected by our website without your knowledge. We will not pass on any individual user details we may have obtained, automatically or with your knowledge, unless we have your prior consent. We only share anonymous aggregate statistics about our users and traffic patterns. We are not responsible for any breach of security or for the actions of third parties.

Choice of law

These terms of use are governed by South African law and South African courts.

The content on this page was last updated on 3 December 2021