Western Cape Business 2018 edition

The 2018 edition of Western Cape Business is the 11th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2005, has established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the Western Cape. In addition to the regular articles providing insight into each of the key economic sectors of the province, there are special features on the growth of tourism (spurred by an innovative programme designed to create more direct flights to Cape Town), medical technology as a growth sector and the pursuit of excellence that drives the Cape Winemakers Guild. The journal contains a message from Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, and contributions from significant business leaders from Accelerate Cape Town, the Cape Chamber of Commerce and the Western Cape Business Opportunities Forum. An interview with Tim Harris, Wesgro’s CEO, reveals some of the recipe for the province’s economic success. Updated information on the Western Cape is also available through our monthly e-newsletter, which you can subscribe to online at www.globalafricanetwork.com, in addition to our complementary business-to-business titles that cover all nine provinces as well as our flagship South African Business title.

The 2018 edition of Western Cape Business is the 11th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2005, has established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the Western Cape.
In addition to the regular articles providing insight into each of the key economic sectors of the province, there are special features on the growth of tourism (spurred by an innovative programme designed to create more direct flights to Cape Town), medical technology as a growth sector and the pursuit of excellence that drives the Cape Winemakers Guild. The journal contains a message from Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, and contributions from significant business leaders from Accelerate Cape Town, the Cape Chamber of Commerce and the Western Cape Business Opportunities Forum. An interview with Tim Harris, Wesgro’s CEO, reveals some of the recipe for the province’s economic success.
Updated information on the Western Cape is also available through our monthly e-newsletter, which you can subscribe to online at www.globalafricanetwork.com, in addition to our complementary business-to-business titles that cover all nine provinces as well as our flagship South African Business title.


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New opportunities for

investors in the West Coast

New opportunities are emerging in specific sectors of the West Coast district. With the N7

being upgraded, the time it takes to travel from Malmesbury to Cape Town for instance

is less than from Paarl, Somerset West or Stellenbosch. Businesses can serve the Cape

Town market while enjoying lower operating costs, an excellent work ethic, lower crime and reduced

risk with excellent local government support. Developers are providing new industrial,

commercial and residential property.

Protein, dairy and other food producers are moving closer to their markets to reduce

transportation costs. They remain outside the metro boundaries, to gain cost advantages.

Increasing numbers of logistics firms recognise the strategic location. Vehicle and equipment

suppliers are growing as a services sector.

The number of mines are increasing in Matzikama and a breakthrough with abalone

production holds huge promise for supplying a lucrative market. In Cederberg the dam wall

is being raised, meaning the bottleneck to agricultural growth is reduced. The Saldanha

Industrial Development Zone, which is located at the deep-water port, includes a unique

package of government incentives.

The complete region offers a large variety of world-class tourism attractions, leisure activities

and events. These include bouldering, hiking, kite surfing, surfing, skydiving, paragliding,

cycling, canoeing, birding, music festivals, arts, culture, heritage and of course the

unrivalled West Coast flowers. Country life at its best – topped off with local brews and

great wine. A great place to live, work and play.

Swartland Municipality

Swartland Municipality covers an area of 3 700 square kilometres, stretching from the

Atlantic Ocean in the west to the Berg River in the east. To the south it borders the

City of Cape Town, to the east the Drakenstein Municipality, to the north the Bergrivier

Municipality and to the north-east Saldanha Bay Municipality. In 2016 the estimated

population was 133 000. Swartland has displayed resilient economic growth through

some trying market conditions both locally and abroad. The main competitive advantages

are strategic location, low costs, low risk, a municipality that values business and growing

investor confidence. Add to this the benefits of a sophisticated city that is still close enough to leverage

when needed, while employees get to enjoy the best of both country life and the city. Similar to growth

patterns of towns on the outskirts of cities worldwide, both businesses and citizens increasingly view the

Swartland as a good place to locate. Investment growth is expected from sectors such as protein, dairy,

agro-processing, transport, logistics, retail, services and construction sectors. Phase 1 of the Schoonspruit

industrial development consisting of 13 erven will be available in the near future.



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Cederberg Municipality

Blessed by nature, rich in

heritage and warm-hearted

people, this a great place

for tourism all year round.

Cederberg boasts a beautiful

and varying landscape that includes mountains,

valleys and coastline with a multitude of attractions

and activities.

The area is rich in flowers and fynbos, including

Rooibos, which makes this the heart of the international

Rooibos tea industry. The Clanwilliam

dam wall is being raised, which will soon provide

more water. Unutilised fertile lands can then be

irrigated to produce high yields to boost agricultural


The Cederberg Rocklands is among the top five

bouldering destinations in the world.


Matzikama Municipality

Approximately 240km north of

Cape Town, the Matzikama region

has abundant water and fertile soil

and therefore a thriving vegetable,

fruit and wine farming economy.

Investors visiting the region will

find opportunities in aquaculture

(especially abalone), fishing, mining, manufacturing,

agriculture and property development.


Bergrivier Municipality

Situated north of Saldanha Bay, the Bergrivier region is particularly suited to

agriculture. Livestock, fruit, vegetables and flowers are farmed in the area and there are

opportunities in kelp farming and processing.

The large cement factory and smaller salt-reclamation works are indicators of

business development opportunities related to mining.


If you have your eye on growth,

you should invest on the West Coast!

Find out more at www.westcoastdm.co.za

Welcome to

the Cape Winelands

The Cape Winelands District is situated in the

Western Cape Province and is the second largest

centre of economic activity in the province

after the City of Cape Town. The region is famous

for its spectacular scenery of beautiful mountains,

valleys, as well as wine and fruit estates which

attract local and foreign tourists. The region comprises

of an area over 22 309 square kilometres, population

growth is estimated at 10% between 2011 and

2016 while economic growth averaged 2.9% from

2011 to 2015.

Local municipalities

The district has five local municipalities with a population

of 863 000: Stellenbosch, Drakenstein, Witzenberg,

Breede Valley and Langeberg. Drakenstein contributed

the most to the Gross Domestic Product per Region,

32.8% in 2016 followed by Stellenbosch 24.0%, Breede

Valley 19.1%. Witzenberg 13.9% and Langeberg 10.2%.

There are major developments in the major

towns such as Paarl and Stellenbosch to diversify

the economy to maximise opportunities. Towns

such as Ceres, Worcester and Robertson also offer

prospects for investors .

The economy

The Cape Winelands has a strong agri-processing

industry, which comprises more than a quarter of

all agri-processing in the Western Cape. Economic

activity is diverse, with tourism, agriculture, manufacturing

and a growing financial services sector

all featuring.

Nearly one third (31%) of the province’s agricultural

products are produced in the Cape

Winelands as is about 70% of South Africa’s wine.

A good percentage of this wine is exported and

the wine estates themselves attract tourists with

wine tasting and restaurants. Manufacturing is

mainly concentrated on processing grapes and

fruit into wine, juice, brandy, as well as dried and

tinned fruit products. Dairy manufacturing, rose

farming and thoroughbred horses are also present

in the region.

The tourism sector has been identified as a

growing sector for the Cape Winelands region in

different niches such as sports tourism, business

tourism, etc. Strategies and policies are being put

in place to maximise the potential for the tourism


The Cape Winelands District has a comparative

advantage in the agriculture, forestry and

fishing, construction, wholesale and retail trade,

catering and accommodation, community, social

and personal services sectors. The economy also

benefits from niche activities that are spin-offs of


These include wine tourism, the branding of

the district as the “Foodie Capital, linked to food

processing as well as the presence of internationally

acclaimed restaurants. These niche activities

are predominantly in the Stellenbosch, Paarl and

Franschhoek areas.

Key economic sectors

The economic sectors that contributed the most to

the CWD’s economy in 2015 were:

• Finance, insurance, real estate and business

services 23 %

• Manufacturing 15.7%

• Wholesale and retail trade, catering and accommodation


An investment destination

Cape Winelands has the following strengths and

advantages which enable it to stimulate growth

and expansion of the regional economy;

• a developed road and rail network that provide

local businesses with easy access

• easy access to Cape Town International Airports

and the Port of Cape Town

• a diverse choice of urban and rural sites throughout

the district

• educational institutions and centres for research

excellence such as University of Stellenbosch and

Agricultural Research Council

• nationally and internationally renowned special

educational institutions

• the quality of life: The Cape Winelands is one

of the most visited regions for domestic and

international tourists.

CWDM Economic Development


The Cape Winelands District Municipality is responsible

for formulating strategic policies and developmental

initiatives that will stimulate economic

development. Several programmes are currently

being implemented:

Business Support and Mentorship

In 2005 the Cape Winelands has established

an Entrepreneurial Seed Fund and Small-Scale

Farmers Programme which provides grant

funding in the form of procuring equipment on

behalf of the SMME. The Programme aims to

address poverty, diversify the local economy,

broaden income opportunities and enable small,

medium and micro enterprises to participate in

the economy.

The business mentoring focuses on the following

areas; coaching and mentorship, business

process establishment and documentation, sales

and marketing and financial systems and legal

advice. The mentorship is based on an individual

SMME needs assessment.

Business Retention and Expansion

Through the Business Retention and Expansion

(BRE) programme, the municipality demonstrates

its commitment to the importance of issues facing

existing businesses given that these businesses

comprise the economic base in land use,

capital formation and employment opportunities

that shape the foundation for future growth.

Priority is given to BRE tourism projects focusing

on identified tourism niches (family friendly, sport

and outdoor and accessible tourism). CWDM intend

to act as a catalyst for developing these

tourism niches. It is estimated that between 60%

to 80% of all new jobs is created by existing businesses.

Tourism Mobile Apps

The CWDM has developed mobile apps for

14 of its towns in collaboration with the local

municipalities, local tourism associations and

business. The apps were launched on 22 March

2017. The Apps are on iOs and Android (Samsung

mobile application) and connects the Tourism

Association and its business members in such a

way that businesses can download the mobile

application from the application store, claim

their businesses and upload the local content

to its profile.

The aim is to engage stakeholders, including

those seeking tourism promotions and events,

and to develop a collaborative network between

tourism operators, businesses, the local tourism

associations and the CWDM.

A separate Cape Winelands District (CWD

Tourism) App has been developed. This

focusses on routes, attractions and events.

Where Opportunity Meets

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Western Cape Business 2018 Edition


Foreword 11

Western Cape Business is a unique guide to business, investment

and tourism in the Western Cape.

Tourism and agri-processing are on the up 12

Alan Winde, Western Cape Provincial Minister of Economic

Opportunities, reflects on the key elements of a targeted growth

strategy for the regional economy.

Poised for growth 26

Western Cape Business spoke to Wesgro CEO Tim Harris about

new developments in the region and highlights of the past year.

Special features

Regional overview 14

Technology and the oil and gas sector are creating new

opportunities in the provincial economy.




Record tourist numbers and

glittering new attractions 36

Cape Town International Airport hosted 10-million arrivals and

the Zeitz Museum promises to attract even more tourists.

Medical innovation is solving complex problems 50

Heart valves and posture support wheelchairs are among the

Cape’s exciting new inventions.

Economic sectors

Agriculture 76

Seven of the Cape’s biggest exports are agricultural.

Wine and grapes 78

Exports are still strong despite the drought.

Mining 84

Uranium is under the spotlight in the Karoo.

Oil and gas 85

New terminals and increased storage capacity have boosted the


Energy 90

Renewable energy and nuclear power are in the mix.

Fishing 94

Fishing companies are listing.

Water 95

Desalination plants are under construction.

Manufacturing 98

Steady growth in predicted in this diverse sector.

Construction and property 100

Affordable accommodation is on the agenda of developers.




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Banking and financial services 104

Financial services is a growth sector.

Development finance and SMME support 110

Opportunities abound for entrepreneurs.

Education and training 114

Tackling the skills deficit.

Business process outsourcing 120

Cape Town leads in offshore jobs.

Information and communications technology 121

French technology has come to Cape Town.


Western Cape Provincial Government 122

An overview of the Western Cape provincial government


Western Cape Local Government 123

An overview of the Western Cape municipalities.


Sector contents 74

Index 128

Maps 19

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A unique guide to business and

investment in the Western Cape.

The 2018 edition of Western Cape Business is the 11th issue of this highly

successful publication that, since its launch in 2005, has established itself

as the premier business and investment guide for the Western Cape.

In addition to the regular articles providing insight into each of the

key economic sectors of the province, there are special features on the

growth of tourism (spurred by an innovative programme designed

to create more direct flights to Cape Town), medical technology as

a growth sector and the pursuit of excellence that drives the Cape

Winemakers Guild. The journal contains a message from Alan Winde,

Minister of Economic Opportunities, and contributions from significant

business leaders from Accelerate Cape Town, the Cape Chamber of

Commerce and the Western Cape Business Opportunities Forum. An

interview with Tim Harris, Wesgro’s CEO, reveals some of the recipe for

the province’s economic success.

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Building on our successes

Tourism and agri-processing are on the up and wine sales to China are soaring.

Alan Winde, Western Cape Provincial Minister of Economic Opportunities, reflects

on the key elements of a targeted growth strategy for the regional economy.

Alan Winde, Western Cape

Provincial Minister of

Economic Opportunities

Our Project Khulisa focus areas, agri-processing and tourism, are

reporting excellent progress during a challenging time for our

economy. In tourism, we have added over 26 000 jobs since the

launch of Project Khulisa in 2014. Improved direct air access has

played an important role in driving this increase.

Through our Cape Town Air Access partnership, we have added

ten new direct routes to the destination and secured 11 expansions.

We’ve seen an increase of 27% in international air arrivals in

the past year.

Agriculture and agri-processing remain under pressure due to the

drought, and recently the outbreak in avian influenza has severely

impacted our commercial poultry industry. Since the start of Project

Khulisa, 127 000 jobs have been created in these sectors.

According to the latest figures from Stats SA, however, jobs in

Western Cape agriculture declined by 21 000 in the last quarter,

reflecting the difficulties we are currently facing.

We have invested R67-million in drought relief support for

commercial and smallholder farmers.

There has been steady jobs

growth in key sectors in

the Western Cape, despite

several challenges we face.

Over the past year, 84 000

jobs have been added to the

Western Cape economy, according

to the latest figures from the

Statistics South Africa.



The findings of the Western Cape

Department of Agriculture’s

Agri Worker Household Census,

released in November 2017, also

revealed trends for job seeking in

agriculture. The census, which

surveyed over 11 000 households,

found that over the next

15 years, the number of rural

residents who will enter the

job market will increase by 34%.

Only 12% of the sector’s current

employees will be leaving the

workplace over that same time

period. To accommodate the rise

in work-seekers, agriculture must

grow by between 8% and 10%.

Other milestones we have

reached in Project Khulisa include

an 80% increase in wine exports

to China, the production of which

has a positive effect on jobs. In

partnership with Wesgro, we have

also secured private-sector investment

worth over R1-billion into

this sector.

While we are pleased with

our progress, we are concerned

about our natural resource base,

and realise the need to put

urgent plans in place to address

the water shortages in our region.

A reliable water supply is critical to

economic growth. We are working

with the private sector to find

the best solutions. This includes

highlighting best practice in reducing

water use, and finding

long-term plans to sustain our

water supply.

I am confident that by working

together we can continue to

build on these successes across

all sectors of our economy.






Innovation and strong exports are serving the provincial economy well.

People are moving to the Western Cape.

Tourists in increasing numbers are flying

direct to Cape Town before travelling up the

Garden Route to sample the delights of the Knysna

lagoon or along the R62 to experience the Little

Karoo. Asset managers are setting up headquarters

in Cape Town. Business leaders are “semi-grating”

to George. For many reasons, the Western Cape is

experiencing a net inflow of people, attracted to

the province’s good infrastructure and opportunities

in several strong economic sectors.

About 150 000 South Africans have moved to the

Western Cape from other parts of South Africa in a

decade. A shortage of water, however, is proving to

be a real concern, the result of a years-long drought.

Measures have been put in place in greater Cape

Town to create from seawater about 500 000 litres

of drinkable water per day from desalination plants.


Elsewhere in the province, boreholes are being dug but

longer-term plans will have to worked out to deal with

the problem. One idea being mooted in Cape Town

is the creation of suburban underground reservoirs to

collect stormwater from run-off.

Tourism is a sector where the Western Cape has

been strong for many years, but the current levels are

providing a material boost to the economy in many

parts of the province. Each region has its strengths

and there is terrific diversity on offer.

A new area of strength in the Western Cape is technology.

France has officially designated the city as one

of six global French Tech Hubs, together with the likes

of San Francisco, Tel Aviv and New York. French Tech

Labs was launched as a fintech incubator at Century

City in 2016 and the British bank, Barclays Bank, has

also invested in a fintech incubator in Cape Town, Rise.

There are six other Rise sites around the world, including

New York, Vilnius and Mumbai.

The presence of French and British firms points to an

interesting new reality which will soon come into force,

namely Britain’s exit from the European Union. South

Africa will need to renegotiate treaties with Britain as a

free-standing nation and France has already signalled

that it wants to start doing more business with and

in South Africa. AfricArena 2017, a technology conference

expressly designed to link African technology

innovators with “international technology stalwarts”,

was surely part of that drive, co-hosted as it was by La

French Tech Cape Town and Silicon Cape.




The Western Cape stretches to the north along the

Atlantic Ocean about 400km north of the provincial capital,

Cape Town, to Plettenberg Bay in the east. Beaufort

West on the N1 highway is the biggest town in interior.

The province is very well served with infrastructure

such as the N1 and N2 highways, and the N7 which

services the West Coast. Three ports at Saldanha Bay,

Cape Town and Mossel Bay serve different markets.

Cape Town International Airport and George

Airport see to air travel needs. Cape Town also hosts

an oil refinery (Chevref) and a gas-to-liquids refinery at

Mossel Bay run by the national oil company, PetroSA.

Koeberg nuclear power station is South Africa’s only

such power station. Wind and solar power are being

installed rapidly across the province as South Africa

tries to end its dependency on fossil fuels.

The national parliament is located in Cape Town

and there is a separate provincial legislature.


As another article in this journal notes, innovation

in the medical field involving diagnostics and

medical devices is another growth area for the Cape

economy. A truly remarkable piece of innovation

has come out of the coastal town of Mossel Bay.

The Times newspaper reported in October 2017 that

fish skin, previously regarded as a waste product, is

being used to make handbags and shoes.

Ocean Hide also makes wallets and bowties. The

company is part of Afrishore Fishing, and was formed

in 2016 to try to avoid retrenching people when the

global oil and gas industry slowed down. The company’s

founders noted that with ostriches nearby and

an existing leather tannery in Mossel Bay, the potential

was there to start producing a leather-like product.

Innovation is also taking place in the energy sector,

especially in the green economy. Atlantis is being

promoted as a green economy manufacturing hub

and biogas and the use of waste for energy have

huge potential.


Finance, business services and real estate combined

contribute 28% to the gross domestic product

(GDP) of the Western Cape. The financial services

and insurance sector are key components of the



is the lead agent in the creation

of SEZs, which form part of the

national Industrial Policy Action

Plan (IPAP).

economy. Many of South Africa’s biggest companies

have their headquarters in Cape Town. Asset

management and venture capital companies have

been growing steadily.

Although agriculture only accounts for 4.3% of GDP

on its own, the sector is responsible for the fruit and

vegetables that contribute to agri-processing which

accounts for nearly 40% of the province’s export basket.

(Agri-processing accounts for 8.1% of GDP.) Citrus, wine,

apples and pears, grapes, fruit juice, fruit and nuts and

tobacco all appear in the top 10 of the province’s exports.

Seventy percent of South Africa’s beverage exports

come from the Western Cape. Grapes and wine sales

to Europe remain very strong but the Chinese market

is becoming increasingly important.

Refined petroleum was the single biggest earner

for the Western Cape in 2015, with exports valued

at R18.2-billion (Wesgro). The province has a diverse

manufacturing sector ranging from textiles, clothing,

footwear and furniture to coke and refined petroleum

products. Excluding agri-processing, other manufacturing

makes up 6.9% of GDP.

Special Economic Zones

The Western Cape has two zones designated

as Special Economic Zones (SEZs) although the

Atlantis SEZ is still awaiting official proclamation.

The National Department of Trade and Industry (dti)


The suburb of Atlantis was one of

apartheid’s bad experiments that

left residents stranded far north

of the metropolis. The planned

Special Economic Zone with a

focus on green technology has

started changing that reality.

Several important investments

have been made into the area.

Spanish wind tower manufacturer

Gestamp Renewable Industries (GRI),

has added to its initial investment

of R300-million. Others include Resolux (R25-million)

which makes internal components of wind turbines;

Kaytech (a geotextiles firm) has recently expanded

(R130-million) as has Skyward Windows (double glazing,

R50-million). Altogether, there has been about R680-

million invested in Atlantis in the green technology field.

Chinese giant Hisense established a high-tech

factory in Atlantis in 2013, and is keen to expand its

investment down the value chain, especially using

green technology to make more efficient fridges and

television sets.

Saldanha Bay

The Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone

has formally been in existence since 2013 and it has

ambitious plans to tap further into the burgeoning

oil rig maintenance and repair business. About 130

rigs round the Cape every year, and South Africa

attracts only a tiny fraction of them to its ports.

The SBIDZ dovetails neatly with two broader plans:

Operation Phakisa (the national government’s strategy

to unlock value from the Oceans Economy) and Project

Khulisa, the targeted growth strategy of the Western

Cape Provincial Government which includes servicing

and repairing of oil rigs as a priority.

Priority sectors at Saldanha are upstream Oil and

Gas, and Marine Engineering and Services, and 32 companies

have already signed up as investors in the IDZ.

Three major projects are under way or in the planning




stage, overseen by national government, the Southern

African Oil and Gas Alliance and SBIDZ-LC: an Offshore

Supply Base (to cater for ships and rigs); Berth 205 (specialised

Rig and Vessel Repair Quay); and Mossgas Jetty

(equipment and vessel-servicing facility and floating



The province is divided into one metropolitan

municipality and five district municipalities:

Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality

Cape Town is a culturally diverse and dynamic

metropolis set among beautiful beaches and

winelands with the spectacular Table Mountain as

a backdrop. The city is the engine of the regional

economy, with most of the Western Cape’s heavy

and medium industry located within the metropolitan

area of Cape Town.

The largest sector in the city’s economy is the financial

and business services industry. The opening of a

branch of the JSE in the city is a sign that this sector

continues to grow, as is the decision of more asset

managers to move their headquarters to Cape Town.

The tourism, retail, construction and property sectors

have been doing well for many years. The city has a

population of 3.2-million and contributes 76% of the

regional gross domestic product.

Cape Town is home to the nation’s parliament and

is the site of two World Heritage Sites: the Cape Floral

Region (including Table Mountain) and Robben Island.

The Cape comprises only half a percent of the landmass

of Africa yet the Cape Floral Region accounts

for nearly 20% of the flora of the continent. Robben

Island was the site of the incarceration of the most

prominent political prisoners during the apartheid era,

including Nelson Mandela. His release was celebrated

on the Grand Parade outside the old city hall, which

has recently been renovated.

Cape Town has been welcoming the world in

increasing numbers since Mandela’s release in 1990,

and it is now regarded as one of the world’s great tourist

destinations, regularly ranking highly on “must visit”

lists. The Air Access programme detailed elsewhere

in this journal is ensuring that ever-increasing numbers

of tourists from around the world can fly to Cape




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Town International Airport from their own countries.

The Port of Cape Town is ideally situated at the

crossroads of some of the world’s most important

trade routes. The transport, maritime and logistics

sector is consequently very important. Bunkering and

ship repair are other vital port facilities, and the boat

repair and boat building industries continue to grow.

The port plays a major role in exporting the province’s

excellent fruit, wine and other agricultural products

to international markets.

Cape Town has a diverse manufacturing sector,

with petroleum products, food and beverages and

metals and metal products being major sectors. Growth

sectors include the film industry, ICT and other tech

specialities such as fintech and medical diagnostics.

West Coast District Municipality

Towns: Saldanha Bay, Malmesbury, Clanwilliam,

Vredenburg, Morreesburg.

The economy of this region ranges from manufacturing

in Saldanha, Atlantis and Malmesbury to agriculture and

forestry centred on inland towns like Moorreesburg

(wheat), Cedarberg (forestry) and Citrusdal. Cement

is made in Riebeeck West and Piketberg and fishing

takes place all along the coast. Rooibos tea and shoes

are made in Clanwilliam. The remote mission station

of Wupperthal is famous for its veldskoens. The Port

of Saldanha Bay is the principal port for the export of

iron-ore and is gearing itself to service the continent’s

oil and gas industry and to be a steel manufacturing

hub. Mineral sands are mined north of Saldanha.

Cape Winelands District Municipality

Towns: Stellenbosch, Paarl, Worcester, Robertson,

Wellington, Franschhoek.

Nearly 70% of South Africa’s wine comes from this area.

Vineyards also attract many tourists but tourism in the

Winelands includes wellness spas, adventure tourism

and game farms. Manufacturing is concentrated on

processing grapes and fruit into wine, juice, brandy,

dried and tinned fruit products. Dairy manufacturer

Parmalat has an award-winning cheese-making facility

in Bonnievale. Robertson is known for roses and thoroughbred

horses. Stellenbosch is home to its eponymous

university which is becoming synonymous with

tech start-ups and innovation. Several large companies,

such as PSG Group, have their headquarters in the town.

Overberg District Municipality

Towns: Caledon, Bredasdorp, Hermanus,

Swellendam, Cape Agulhas.

The Overberg contains the southernmost tip of Africa

(Cape Agulhas), the oldest mission station in South

Africa (Genadendal), a large casino resort (in Caledon)

and some of the best whale viewing in the world

(Whale Coast). It also hosts some high-quality fruit

farms in the Ceres Valley and rural villages that are very

popular with tourists such as Barrydale and Greyton.

Agriculture is the principal economic activity of the

region and the services sector is strong.

Eden District Municipality

Towns: George, Oudtshoorn, Calitzdorp, Knysna,

Mossel Bay, Plettenberg Bay.

The area has two important tourist names: the Cape

Garden Route on the coast and the Klein Karoo between

the mountain ranges. Route 62 is a popular route

which ends (or starts) in Oudtshoorn, home of the

Cango Caves. A report by the Bureau for Economic

Research has found that Eden DM is one of the bestperforming

regions because of tourism. The area is

famous for fine golf courses and golf estates. Mossel

Bay, where the slipway in the harbour is receiving a

multi-million-rand upgrade, hosts a large gas-processing

plant while George is a node of manufacturing, trade

and administration. The Klein Karoo has its own wine

route and port, cheese and brandy are produced. Fruit,

vegetables and ostriches are other main products.

Central Karoo District Municipality

Towns: Beaufort West, Laingsburg, Prince Albert.

The largest district in the province has the smallest

population, a reflection of the semi-desert conditions:

71 000 people live on 38 000km². Sheep farming predominates

and there are plans to introduce agri-parks

to towns in the region. Beaufort West is strategically

positioned on the N1 highway which links Cape Town

with the interior of South Africa. The nearby Karoo

National Park has recently acquired some lions and

Prince Albert is a quaint town situated in the shadow of

the Swartberg Mountain, close to the dramatic portals

that link the Karoo to the Klein Karoo: Seweweekspoort,

the Swartberg Pass and Meiringspoort.



Contact us | Head office: Tel: 0860 212 414 | Fax: 021 483 9851 |

www.westerncape.gov.za/tpw | @WCGovTPW | Email: transport.publicworks@westerncape.gov.za


he Department of Transport and Public

Works strives to give excellent service

delivery to all residents and visitors to

the Western Cape. It goes without saying

that the needs of a developing country like

South Africa are great, and the budget of

any government department is inherently

limited. For this reason, the Department must

establish strategic spending and activity

priorities that will help ensure that its limited

budget meets the needs of the greatest

number of the province’s people.

The Department’s vision is to lead in the

delivery of government infrastructure and

related services. By providing government

infrastructure and supporting job creation, the

Department is living its mission of delivering

infrastructure and services to promote

positive socio-economic outcomes and safe,

empowered and connected communities.


The Western Cape Government has

identified infrastructure development as a

core component of its vision to transform the

provincial economy and to stimulate economic

growth and job creation. Infrastructure

investment remains a pivotal enabler of socioeconomic

development. The Department

remains committed to reshaping the existing

provincial urban and rural landscape in a

manner that offers potential socio-economic

opportunities for all, while helping to ensure

inclusive growth. This can be achieved by

improving the coordination of integrated

infrastructure development planning, by

delivering an effective infrastructure service,

and by leveraging the assets under its

custodianship towards improved service

delivery, efficiency and integration with

work of other departments. The Department

will continue to spend its multi-billion Rand

health, education, roads and general building

budgets on building and upgrading such

infrastructure projects.

Green buildings

A number of the Department’s projects apply

best practice green standards in design

and construction to mitigate environmental

impact and save money in the long term. Green

features include electricity-saving motion

sensor switches, passive solar design, solar

photovoltaic panels, structures that can be

reconfigured as needs change, water-saving

plumbing, and rainwater harvesting facilities.

Through these projects, the Department

is ensuring that what it builds is in line with

the aims of the Western Cape Government

110% Green initiative. The Department aims

to provide a platform that stimulates people

and organisations to build an innovative and

dynamic green economy. The new R152 million

Green Building in Bellville is a good example.

It became the first recipient of the Green

Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA)

Socio-Economic Category Pilot Award, and

the GBCSA also gave the building a 5-Star

Green Star SA rating for design. The Green

Star rating for design measures the extent to

which a building design performs well in terms

of management, indoor environmental quality,

energy, transport, water, materials, land use

and ecology, emissions, and innovation.

Delivering quality roads

The Department believes that a good provincial

road system maximises potential economic

and social benefits, and improves access

to opportunities for all. For this reason,

high-quality road infrastructure forms an important

component of an effective transport

system in the province. Our investments aim

to preserve both surfaced and gravel roads,

and bridges to prevent the accumulation of

maintenance backlogs. The Department designs

and manages roadworks in such a way

that inconvenience to road users is minimised

at all times. Special thanks are due to

all motorists who patiently navigate their way

through these construction projects. The end

result is always worthwhile – a better and safer

travelling experience for all. These projects

are specifically planned and executed in a

way that advances important socio-economic

objectives, including spending specified proportions

of contract budgets on targeted contractors,

on local labour, and on the training of

local labour.

The R487 million project to add a third lane

to the N1 between Plattekloof Road and the

Old Oak Interchange (to be completed early

in 2019) is one of the major road improvement

projects currently under way. Another is the

R583 million project to rehabilitate and upgrade

various sections of the R60 and R62

between Ashton and Montagu through Cogmanskloof

(to be completed late in 2018). The

projects are expected to have a number of

tangible long-term benefits for the thousands

of motorists who use these roads.

Transport operations

The Department values the delivery of safe,

reliable and integrated transport systems that

facilitate economic development, connect

communities to places of work, and improve

access to public amenities and social services.

In this regard, the Department recognises

that public transport improvement initiatives

should focus on all modes of transport with

the ultimate goal of making public transport

the mode of choice. People should be able to

meet their daily transport needs in comfort, in

safety and at a reasonable cost.

An example is the George Integrated Public

Transport Network (GIPTN), a partnership

project between the Western Cape Government,

the Municipality of George, and the national

government to establish a high-quality,

scheduled bus service in George. Phase 1 of

the Go George bus service began operating

in December 2014 and three phases are currently

in operation. The network is the first

complete integrated transport transformation

project outside a major South African city. The

GIPTN system is a model for smaller South

African population centres seeking to implement

infrastructure-light high-quality bus

systems. The project began with the full-scale

transformation of the public transport industry

in George. Public transport operators own

100% of George Link, the newly established

vehicle operating company that provides operating

services to GIPTN. The network bears

testament to the tangible value of partnership,

public sector investment, good intergovernmental

relations, and effective stakeholder


Public works

The Department will continue to provide a

balanced provincial government building infrastructure

that promotes integration, accessibility,

sustainability, equity, environmental

awareness, economic growth, and social

empowerment. The Department values the

preservation of the immovable asset portfolio

for future generations and helps to ensure the

best use of those assets.

The Department and the City of Cape Town

are currently engaged in an ambitious project

to transform the Two Rivers Urban Park

(TRUP) into a sustainable neighbourhood to

help overcome the legacy of apartheid spatial

planning. Located at the convergence of the

Black and Liesbeek Rivers, TRUP is envisaged

as a 120 ha mixed-use, mixed-income, transit-oriented

development for sustainable living.

It will offer a mixture of residential, work,

recreational and commercial opportunities in

a connected landscape. This iconic project

offers the Western Cape an opportunity to

create an integrated response to the need for

green developments that give effect to a “live,

work, play” lifestyle. The envisioned development

will be located around a central park

which highlights the natural beauty of the two


Due to the infrastructural constraints of the

site, substantial work has been done to explore

the feasibility of innovative green solutions

to infrastructure provision, waste disposal,

transport, and energy. The first phase of the

project, which consisted of pre-feasibility and

conceptual design, has been finalised, and a

group of professional specialists is currently

busy with the feasibility and planning phase.

Another key milestone is the Better Living

Model Exemplar Project, which aims to unlock

a new approach to using government property

to leverage integrated living, starting with

the redevelopment of the former Conradie

Hospital site. This is a priority project for the

province and brings with it the potential for

better spatial integration of society, and is a

step towards correcting the inequalities of the

past. Improved partnerships with the private

sector will also be part of the approach at

Conradie. For more information, visit https://


Job creation and skills upliftment

The Western Cape continues to experience

unacceptably high levels of unemployment

and poverty. The need to create jobs and the

increasing costs of providing services are

challenges that the Department is striving to

overcome. The Department will continue to

play a significant role as coordinator of the

Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP)

in the Western Cape. The EPWP aims to provide

short-term work opportunities and skills

development, especially for youth, women,

and people with disabilities. The skills development

component seeks to enhance the

chances that participants will be able to find

jobs or start their own businesses after their

participation in the EPWP ends.

Use of public roads for sport or filming purposes

Members of the public can apply to use a public road for sport or filming purposes. The applicable

permit application depends on whether the road is a municipal road or a provincial road.


The City of Cape Town handles applications for film shoots, photo shoots and sports events on

municipal streets, roads, sidewalks and road verges. The production company or applicant must

ensure that normal pedestrian and vehicle access is possible at all times other than when filming

actually takes place, unless the permit allows dedicated use of a specific area. If the applicant

would like a road to be closed, an alternate route must be available.

City of Cape Town Events Office

Tel: 021 417 4035

Email: events.permit@capetown.gov.za


Applications to use a provincial road for film shoot, photo shoot or sport purposes must be

submitted to the Directorate: Transport Administration and Licensing in the Department of

Transport and Public Works. An application fee must be paid. The event must be confirmed at

least one week in advance of any filming. An application for filming permission must contain

the following information:

• The roads and exact locations that the

applicant would like to use;

• The times and dates of filming;

• The script of the scene to be filmed


• What the set will consist of;

• The number of crew and vehicles

involved in the film shoot;

• Any deviations from the National

Road Traffic Act, 1996 (for example,

exceeding the speed limit, or driving

on the wrong side of the road); and

• Information about whether a helicopter

will be used during filming.

The application will be referred to the relevant provincial traffic centre which will provide traffic

assistance if necessary. Closure of provincial roads may not interfere with the flow of traffic for

more than ten minutes at a time. At the end of the shoot, an invoice for the traffic assistance

will be issued.

Department of Transport and Public Works

Directorate: Transport Administration and Licensing

Tel: 021 483 2075/4177/5397/2406

Application fees to use provincial roads

R80 - Administration fee

R4 400 - Filming application

R1 100 - Photo shoot application


Member-oriented scheme

makes medical aid affordable.

Selfmed Medical Scheme is one of the oldest medical schemes

in South Africa, having been established more than 50 years ago.

Affordability is a

key component of

Selfmed's offering.

As Christo Becker,

Principal Officer of

Selfmed, says, “We

pride ourselves in

bringing affordable

options to

the South African

market and making

medical aid

Christo Becker

more accessible.”

Selfmed has six

medical aid options:

• SelfNET Essential: an entry-level product is the

most affordable as it covers a narrow band of


• SelfNET: one level up from the Essential option

with more benefits and medical cover.

• MedXX1: a hospital plan that extends beyond

the prescribed minimum benefits and pays out

at 100% of scheme rates for covered in-hospital

treatment and in-hospital doctor’s consultations.

• Selfsure: an option that provides in-hospital and

out-of-hospital benefits and is a great choice for

a family with young children.

• Med Elite: a broader hospital plan that covers

additional conditions including greater coverage

for oncology expenses, hip, knee and back


• Selfmed 80%: 80% of bills relating to a wide range

of conditions are covered.

Selfmed prides itself on having a very strong

member focus. Becker, who has previously worked

as a paramedic and a hospital manager believes, “All

of us share the passion and we want to ensure our

members receive good healthcare.”

Becker believes that the recent White Paper related

to the planned National Health Insurance (NHI)

scheme did not address a number of issues. He says,

“We all support the idea that healthcare should be

accessible to all,” but issues not tackled include what

the basket of care will look like and who will provide

the care. He notes that the parameters of the NHI will

likely change during its implementation.

Becker is upbeat about the state of the South

African healthcare system in the international context,

and supports a collaborative approach to tackling

the future of healthcare. He says: “I believe that

the private healthcare system in South Africa – private

medical care and medical insurance – is equal

to the best in the world. Many of our doctors and

medical professionals go overseas for training or to

attend medical conferences and we have some of

the most advanced medical equipment in the world

in our private hospitals.

“Furthermore, in countries like the USA, medical

care is far more expensive than it generally is in

South Africa. Ideally, representatives of the entire

healthcare industry here should get together to

discuss challenges and collaborate on viable ways to

solve these so that quality healthcare can be made

accessible to more people.”




Poised for growth

Western Cape Business spoke to Wesgro CEO

Tim Harris about new development in the

region and highlights of the past year.

Wesgro CEO Tim Harris


Tim Harris is Chief Executive

Officer of Wesgro, the Western

Cape's official Destination

Marketing, Investment and

Trade Promotion Agency.

Wesgro is more than 30

years old and remains the

oldest organisation of its kind

in the country. Prior to that

appointment he was the Director

of Trade and Investment in the

Office of the Executive Mayor

at the City of Cape Town and

the Shadow Minister of Finance

with Democratic Alliance in

parliament. He was elected to

Parliament aged 29. Harris has

a Masters in Economics from


What noteworthy developments have taken

place in the region over the past year?

A big event was the launch of the Cape Investor Centre in St George’s

Mall, Cape Town, which was developed in conjunction with Invest

SA, the dti’s new investment initiative. Invest SA is setting up One

Stop Shops for investors around the country. The Gauteng One Stop

Shop was launched in 2017, followed by the Western Cape and then

KwaZulu-Natal. The One Stop Shop is a collaboration between the

dti, the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and

Tourism, and Wesgro as the operating partner. We have 14 government

entities represented in one space, including SARS, the Department

of Labour and the Department of Home Affairs, all with one thing in

common: they’re investor-facing and the theory is that by co-locating

them we can speed up the response time and processing time for

investors, thereby improving the experience for major investors in

the Western Cape.

What are the region’s investment highlights over

the past year?

The major investment announced in the past year is by Czech textile

manufacturer Pegas Nonwovens. It already has a presence in Africa,

in Egypt, and was looking for a Sub-Saharan site. We were pleased to

get the decision to build the facility in Atlantis – it’s considerably over

a billion-rand investment. The company makes nonwoven textiles

primarily for the personal hygiene products market, with customers

such as Kimberly-Clark and Procter & Gamble, for use in products like

sanitary goods and nappies. It’s a great endorsement for our positioning

of Cape Town as the gateway to access the Sub-Saharan African market.

The company is making an investment here because they see huge

growth in the consumer base in Africa.

What has the response been to the Atlantis Special

Economic Zone?

The level of interest we’re seeing in the SEZ shows how important

tax incentives are in this space, particularly because the original idea

for Atlantis was that it would focus on renewable energy. There is

already some exciting manufacturing taking place in that sector, but

as the policy environment has become less attractive, the investment



momentum hasn’t stopped because we’re going

well beyond renewables now and it will be designated

as a clean technology site, which means that

a large manufacturing investment could qualify for

the incentive if its processes are resource efficient.

Is Africa a key focus area for Wesgro?

Yes, we adopted a new mandate two years ago to

go beyond trade into Africa, and we offer a service

called outward foreign direct investment, where

we assist companies to grow their footprint on the

continent. We undertook some very successful missions

into Africa in 2017, including trips to Ethiopia,

Ghana and Kenya. We have found that companies

are signing export contracts but are also increasingly

expanding their footprint via outward investment

into Africa.


What steps have been taken to

strengthen ties with the UK, post Brexit?

In 2017, we led a mission to respond to the developments

around Brexit, with companies that are

particularly exposed to the UK market. This is one of

the biggest buyers of our wine and fresh produce.

We took some of these major exporters, to look at

developments as the UK goes through this difficult

delinking. Particularly for the agriculture industry,

negotiating with the UK alone is potentially better

because it removes the interference of, for example,

French and Spanish groups and wine producers. So

we see the potential to eventually have more preferential

trade access into the UK. London is increasingly

driven by technology and fintech in particular,

and that’s an area where we’re strong in Cape Town.

There’s an increasingly strong management link between

London and Cape Town, and a big part of that

mission was starting to put in place the relationships

we need to grow that bridge. This includes the quality

of flight connectivity – having more competition

on that route will help lower prices and improve the

air link between Cape Town and London.

London is also a good place to raise funding

for your business, so we have companies that are

headquartered in London but that run much bigger

offices in Cape Town, because this is a great place

to make that money go further. This includes companies

in the technology space, particularly fintech,

media and BPO who perhaps a few years ago would

look at running a call centre out of Cape Town, but

now are looking to do much more.

This creates jobs here in the Western Cape, but

it goes way beyond the traditional outsourcing

model. So while we have 30 000 international call

centre seats in Cape Town, outsourcing today goes

much further.

Companies can put operational, marketing and

production people here, working at a fraction of the

price of London salaries, but who are as technically

competent at the skills you can get in London, with

the same time zone and a good flight connection

which makes it practical to run a Cape Town/London

tech business.



We are the Official Tourism, Trade and Investment

Promotion Agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape.

The Cape is a region of unlimited potential. And

this translates into unlimited opportunity. Whether

you’re interested in unique travel experiences, investment,

shooting a film or exporting to Africa and

the rest of the world, Cape Town and the Western

Cape has something for you. Let us help you uncover

these opportunities.

Our key units

Investment Promotion Unit

This is the first port of call for investors wishing to

establish and grow their business in the Western

Cape. Our diverse team of professionals are ready to

assist local and foreign businesses in unpacking the

landscape and navigating a multitude of key sectors.

Agribusiness Investment Unit

The Agribusiness Investment Unit is managed as a

project on behalf of the Department of Agriculture.

The unit locates new direct investments and supports

existing investments and their expansions.

Trade Promotion Unit

Our Trade Promotion Unit offers exporter support,

including company registration, customs procedures,

registration and process, and access to incentives.

International trading protocols like Incoterms are

explained and experienced consultants provide

their services without costs.

Marketing and Communication Unit

This unit is responsible for corporate events,

marketing and media relations.

Tourism Unit

The Tourism Unit promotes the City of Cape Town

and the five regions of the Western Cape, the

Cape Overberg, Garden Route & Klein Karoo, Cape

Winelands, Cape Karoo and Cape West Coast, to

domestic and international visitors.

The Cape Town & Western

Cape Convention Bureau

The Bureau’s function is to promote the Cape as the

premier place for meetings, incentives, conferences,

events, exhibitions and trade fairs.

Film and Media Promotion Unit

The Western Cape is a sought-after film destination.

Major international and local productions are

drawn by the wide range of locations, exemplary

services and studios. We assist with production in

the province, including regulation guidance and

finding coproduction parties.

Special Projects

Cape Town Air Access

Cape Town Air Access is a partnership between

the Western Cape Government, the City of Cape

Town, Airports Company South Africa, South African

Tourism, Cape Town Tourism and Wesgro.

Cape Health Technology Park

The Cape Health Technology Park (CHTP) project is

a partnership between the national Department of

Science & Technology, Western Cape Government,

City of Cape Town and Wesgro, and entails the investigation

of the establishment of a health-innovation

focused technology park.


Physical address:

60 St Georges Mall, SA Reserve Bank

Building, 18th Floor, Cape Town, South

Africa, 8001

Tel: +27 21 487 8600

General enquiries: info@wesgro.co.za

Website: www.wesgro.co.za



Cape Town and the Western Cape.

If you’re not inspired, you’re not here.

We are a region of unlimited potential. And this translates into unlimited

opportunity. Whether you’re interested in travel, investment, film or export,

Cape Town and the Western Cape has something for you. Let Wesgro,

the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town

and the Western Cape, help you uncover these opportunities.

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Breaking records and

geared for expansion

The general manager of Cape Town International

Airport, Deon Cloete, explains how the airport

was able to handle 10-million arrivals in 2016.

Deon Cloete, GM

Why did you win Africa’s Leading Airport at

the 2017 World Travel Awards Africa?

We have great people. And it’s not just us. We have just over 550 people

but at a campus level, we have about 8 000 employees representing

all the streams such as merchants and service providers.

Is there a committee that oversees the airport?

We try to do it at association level. Thirty organisations meet in the

security structure, the Joint Planning Committee. The airlines have

an executive meeting representing individual airlines. We recently

adopted a new operating model with key account managers for each

group that makes a material contribution at airport level, SARS, Customs,

retailers, etc. Historically all our efforts were about making ACSA successful

directly, but we recognise that the value chain is much broader.

We want those entities to be, and remain successful.


Deon holds a Bachelor’s Degree

in Commerce and a Master’s

Degree in Business Leadership

from the University of South

Africa. He has 30 years experience

in the aviation industry

and has served at all nine ACSA

airports. In 2000 he was seconded

to South African Airways

as General Manager: Support

Services. Deon served on the

Boards of Wesgro, the Western

Cape Economic Development

Agency, and now he serves on

the NSRI and CTICC boards.

What is the model of Air Access?

Prior to 2015 we had an informal arrangement but then we put the

funding in place and now big corporates are involved. Currently the

model is they make a financial contribution and the steering committee

decides how best to use it. It might be some reciprocal arrangement

with an airline in London. The steering committee is quite small: the

city, the province, ACSA, Cape Town Tourism, SA Tourism and Wesgro

as the managing agent.

Is Air Access the only such organisation in SA?

It’s the only structure we are aware of. We are a national competency,

the province and city occupy the other tiers and it’s the first time all

three tiers are working together. When you bring in the local corporates

and they start participating, then you create a sustainable model. There

are signs of it happening elsewhere.

Can you cope with more than 10-million passengers?

After the most recent upgrade we were told, congratulations, you now

have 14-million passenger capacity, but that is academic because it

depends where you grow, where are the loads. Overall, we are confident

that we still have capacity. We have 30 flights per hour and we do no




more. That is a practical reality and it speaks to the

constraints that we have.

And future plans?

We have launched a five-year development plan.

We are committed to a R5- to R7-billion capital plan

which includes runway and terminal infrastructure.

The Air Access programme has delivered results

beyond our wildest dreams, so we have to start

reviewing the investment programme.

When do you start building?

We are going through all of the regulatory approvals.

The only one still standing is the runway EIA, which is

in the final stages of an appeal. There was one appeal

relating to noise. We don’t need a longer runway

but we need to realign it to maximise conditions

for take-off and landing. The runway will move 220

metres to the east, and rotate 11.5 degrees. That way

we get the optimum utilisation and we avoid the

Durbanville hills completely.

When do anticipate the building to begin?

In October 2018. If we get all our approvals then

construction could start on the R3.8-billion runway.

What other benefits will the new

runway bring to the airport?

When we design the runway we can accommodate

aircrafts of any design. When we build our aprons,

we mark them for any aircraft. Terminals have a central

search point so we can join them together depending

on the loads – efficiency is a big part of the

game. We put a big focus on our time performance.

We just touch 90% in terms of arriving and departing

on time. There is a rule of thumb that every saving

of 4% in on-time performance, saves the airlines an

aircraft, so that’s quite significant.










Newlands Cricket Ground

is open for business

With the revamp of our world-class cricket stadium, we

are now able to offer a comprehensive, sought-after yearround

venue for business conferences and a popular

hospitality hub. In short, Newlands is open for business.

The revamp of the PPC Newlands cricket stadium makes the

venue a multi-purpose destination of choice for business

conferences and hospitality experiences. It is also a haven

for spectators who want to use suites at an affordable rate to

entertain business clients. PPC Newlands has made a quantum leap in

becoming globally competitive with other business- and hospitalityfriendly

cricket venues internationally.

Several venues at Newlands offer high-quality business conference

venues and are easily accessible. They are expertly equipped and have

the catering facilities to appeal to companies for one-day or multi-day


The revamped President’s Suite features a new bar and a new

kitchen and a bird’s eye view of the ground. Instead of seating just 92,

as was previously the case, the Suite has now been transformed into

one of the grandest and biggest venues of its kind in South Africa. It

now seats 214 guests. The facelift the Suite received was geared at

making this venue an attractive option as a high-class conference

venue which can be rented out at an attractive price-offering.

The overhaul of the kitchen in the media centre has made this venue

another option to extend Newlands’ reach as a rich business conference

option. We boast almost 100 suites at Newlands Cricket Ground,

available at a well-priced rate to members of the cricket community

who want to utilise that in-season.

The revamp of all six sets of public toilets at the stadium was performed

at a cost of R2.6-million and the plumbing was upgraded with

our water crisis top of mind. The ground also accommodates and funds

the Newlands Cricket High School, a model of holistic apprenticeship

of young cricketers, learners and leaders.

The secure, safe environment and abundant availability of inside,

secure parking at PPC Newlands will add to the stadium’s lure as a business

and corporate function destination. As a creative hub, Newlands

has the famous backdrop of Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak and is

soaked in 128 years of cricket history.

While engaged in a conference, you can break away for a stadium

tour and even have a former or current star of Newlands cricket address

your business executives.

Nabeal Dien, chief executive

officer, Western Province

Cricket Association

In the build-up to the Rugby

Championship Test between the

Springboks and the All Blacks

in October 2017, the President’s

Suite hosted a hospitality experience

that received excellent support.

The former national captain,

John Smit, delivered the keynote


We have successfully hosted

major on-field, non-cricket events

such as church gatherings and

music festivals, and would like to

encourage events companies to

contact us in this regard.

Newlands plans to extend

these type of social events to the

off-season in greater numbers.

The venue is set for the next

phase of its redevelopment in

March 2018 which will strengthen

its multi-purpose appeal – complete

with a café, museum and

business offices.




President’s Suite

Exuding elegance and history, the President’s Suite

could tell the most incredible stories if it could talk.

The venue has been used to host world-famous

guests, from former South African President Nelson

Mandela to Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond

Tutu. You couldn’t make a better venue choice for

your next special event. This venue is ideal for business

conferencing and functions for 200 people.

Media Centre

This is where all the off-the-field action happens, as

those who know the game of cricket inside and out

comment on the on-the-field action. Close your eyes,

and you can almost hear echoes of commentary

from some of “the greats” this venue has hosted,

from Richie Benaud to Charles Fortune. Channel this

rich atmosphere into your next event. The venue can

hold 100-120 people.

Century Club

This magnificent light-filled prime-viewing suite

overlooks the picturesque Newlands Cricket Ground

with Table Mountain as your backdrop. Located in

the President’s Pavilion, the Century Club is a superb

suite that can accommodate groups of between

40-50 people.

South Club

Photographs: Matthew Bow

A place where grace, splendour and spectacular

views unite to create a most memorable occasion.

Allow your 100-150 guests to relax as they take-in

the views of one of the world’s most famous cricket

stadiums and iconic Table Mountain.







For more information on venue and suite

hire at PPC Newlands, contact:

David Brooke, Brand & Sponsorship Manager,

Western Province Cricket Association

Tel: 021 657 2041 | Cell: 082 821 8072

Email: BrookeD@cricket.co.za

Website: www.wpca.org.za



Record tourist numbers and

glittering new attractions

Cape Town International Airport hosted 10-million arrivals and

the Zeitz Museum promises to attract even more visitors.


remarkable growth in the number of aeroplane

seats available on direct flights to

Cape Town has contributed to record

10-million arrivals passing through the

gates of Cape Town International Airport in 2016,

a trend that is likely to continue for the foreseeable


A programme called Cape Town Air Access has

been focussed on delivering new routes to the Cape,

and on expanding existing routes.

Direct flights to Cape Town obviously benefit

Cape Town and its immediate surrounds, but also

have an impact on the province as a whole. More

visitors can now more quickly start their journey up

the Garden Route, for example, rather than having to

fly via Johannesburg. The next big thing is to secure

a direct flight from New York.

Cape Town Air Access is a partnership between

Wesgro, the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape

Government, Airports Company South Africa, Cape

Town Tourism and now South African Tourism, and

is the focal point for international air route development

in the Western Cape.

The announcement in July 2017 of a new Austrian

Airway’s direct route to Cape Town was the partnership’s

10th such deal in less than two years. The

Boeing 777 flights will start in October 2018.

The top international destinations from which

travellers fly into Cape Town International Airport

are the United Kingdom, Germany and the US but

a number of new African routes have been added

or expanded. They include:

• a new direct flight to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe

(Kenya Airways)

• expansion of the existing service to Luanda,

Angola to a daily flight (TAAG Angola Airlines)

• the Addis Ababa to Cape Town route increased

to 10 flights per week (Ethiopian Airlines).





Air Access success 2014-2016:

• 10 new routes

• 11 route expansions

• 700 000 new inbound seats

• CTIA close to two-million

international passengers in


• CTIA expects total of

2.5-million in 2017

• first half of 2017 international

traffic at CTIA grew 27%

compared to same period in

2016. (Wesgro).

In 2016, tourism to the Western

Cape supported 319 227 jobs and

contributed R38.8-billion to the

regional economy.

The 2017 Domestic Tourism

Survey (StatsSA) gave these statistics

related to the Western Cape:

• More than 1.1-million

overnight leisure trips

• 166 000 overnight business


• 4.1-million paid bed nights

• 241 000 tourists stayed in


• 161 000 tourists stayed in guesthouses/guest


• 157 000 tourists stayed in B&Bs

• 336 000 tourists stayed in self-catering


Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro,

on the impact of Air Access

We saw a 16% growth in international passenger

traffic in 2016, breaking the 10-million passenger

mark and establishing us as the third-biggest

airport on the continent. In the first half of 2017,

international passenger traffic grew by 27%, and

since the inception of Air Access in 2015, we have

added 10 new routes, 11 route expansions and

a total of 700 000 new inbound seats to Cape

Town International Airport.

As a result of this expansion, the airport has

a multi-billion-rand expansion project that

includes a realigned runway, a new domestic

terminal, a new international terminal and a luggage

transit facility, which is exciting in terms of

our emergence as a regional aviation hub. More

and more people are seeing Cape Town as the

place to launch a trip across Southern Africa.

The Air Access project has been hugely successful

as a result of the collaboration between

the different spheres of government and the

private sector, including the City of Cape Town,

the Provincial Government and the National

Government represented by ACSA, with South

African Tourism joining us in August 2017.

Business has also contributed with support from

Investec, Naspers, Leeu Collection and Steinhoff.

Day trips and overnight trips were for holidays (most

stated reason) and visiting family and friends (number

two reason) and it was found that domestic

tourism was strong.

With the long-term drought showing no signs of

abating in late 2017, several measures are being taken

by the hospitality industry to ensure that tourism is

not affected, and that tourists “act like locals” when

it comes to saving water.

George Airport had a total of about 720 000 passengers

in 2016. Airlink, SA Express and Kulula are the airlines

that fly into George. It serves as a tourism hub for

the Southern Cape region, including destinations such

From left to right: Tim Harris, Otto Stehlik,

Jo-Anne Strauss, Dr André Schulz and

Minister Alan Winde.



as Knysna, Oudtshoorn

and Plettenberg Bay.

CemAir now offers

scheduled flights to

Plettenberg Bay.

Several strategies

are being adopted to

further improve the

province’s tourist offering

and increase numbers.

These include

a service excellence

programme where a

town’s residents are

encouraged to act as

tourism ambassadors.

A pilot project was

successfully launched

in Clanwilliam, where Credit: Wesgro

everyone in the town,

including shop clerks

and petrol station attendants, joined in. Work is

being done on improving the system of visa approvals

and on linking various sites associated with the

late President Nelson Mandela. Halaal tourism also

holds tremendous potential.

One of the reasons that tourists visit the Western

Cape is the quality of its beaches. The province has

29 Blue Flag accredited beaches, an international

quality standard that covers 33 different measures.

Ten beaches in greater Cape Town together with

the likes of Santos (Mosselbay), Grotto (Hermanus),

Witsand (Hessequa) and Wilderness (Eden) have

made the grade. A further five marinas have qualified

for the programme, the local version of which

is run by the Wildlife and Environment Society of

South Africa.

New developments

The opening of the R500-million Zeitz Museum of

Contemporary Art in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

in Cape Town made a big impact in 2017. With a

footfall of 24-million visitors going through the

Waterfront every year, the Zeitz is well located to

attract good crowds. It is expected to attract global

art lovers as well. The conversion of the old grain silos

which created 6 000m² of gallery space was paid

for by the owners of the Waterfront, Growthpoint

Properties and the Public Investment Corporation.

The Waterfront has two new hotels: Radisson Red

and the Silo Hotel attached to the Zeitz Museum. A

significant move in the South African hotel sector

is the decision by Marriott International to develop

Marriott branded hotels in Johannesburg

and Cape Town.

The Port of Cape Town has launched its dedicated

cruise-ship terminal, and the area between

the terminal and the Cape Town International

Convention Centre is being developed. The precinct,

called the Yacht Club, includes a hotel, residential

and commercial complex owned by the Amdec

Group, and will be linked to the Waterfront by the

extension of the existing canal.

Elsewhere on the Foreshore, a major development

is in the works which will include two Marriott hotels.

In the Cape Town CBD there are going to be

500 new rooms, courtesy of two Tsogo Sun hotels,

plus a smaller hotel in the De Waterkant (Capital

Mirage). Tsogo Sun already operates several hotels

in greater Cape Town, including three full-service

hotels in the city centre, the Cullinan, Southern

Sun Waterfront and Southern Sun Cape Sun. The



The Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence,

Cape Town is located in the central

business district of the city, near

local attractions and with easy

access to public transport. It is the

ideal accommodation site for city

dwellers, business travellers and

those who enjoy a short walking

distance to all major sites of interest,

trendy entertainment and nightlife

spots in the city centre. There are

214 rooms with unique views of

either the mountain, harbour, city

or sea. The rooms are equipped

with a telephone, free Wi-Fi, smart

TV, safe, mini bar (business class),

hairdryer and bathroom with rain and

hand showers. Business Class rooms

have exclusive access to the unique

Business Class Lounge.


22 Riebeek Street, Cape Town, South , Africa

Tel: +27 (0)21 467 4000 info.capetown.residence@radissonblu.com



other seven hotels cover five brands in the Tsogo

Sun stable.

Elsewhere in the Western Cape, Tsogo Sun has

hotels in Caledon, Beaufort West, Mossel Bay and

Plettenberg Bay.

Protea Hotels, now part of the Marriott Group,

has 10 hotels in Cape Town and a further one each

in Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. There are two

hotels in George.

Three of the brands of City Lodge Hotel Group

are represented by seven hotels in the Western Cape,

with all but one of the hotels (the George Town

Lodge) being located in Cape Town.

Hilton Hotels and Resorts has three Western

Cape properties, two hotels in Cape Town and the

Conrad Pezula Resort & Spa on the eastern head of

the Knysna Heads.

The newest global trend in tourism, Airbnb, has

come to South Africa. Cape Town is the first African

city to sign a collaboration agreement with Airbnb.

A total of 394 000 visitors stayed in Airbnb accommodation

in South Africa in 2016. Roughly 50% of

the bed nights were taken up by foreigners.

Another trend that is being explored is Halaal

tourism, a global market that is expected to reach

$300-billion by 2026. The Western Cape has upwards

of 200 mosques and a cosmopolitan lifestyle that has

seen various faiths coexist for many years.


The meetings, incentives, conference and exhibition

sector (MICE) has become increasingly important to

the Western Cape economy.

Cape Town was ranked by the International

Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) as

the number one city in Africa for business tourism

events in 2016. This was the fourth year in a row the

award was won by the city. A total of 62 meetings

took place in Cape Town, mainly in the medical sciences,

education and technology sectors. A further

12 international association meetings took place in


The Cape Town and the Western Cape Convention

Bureau, a Wesgro unit, was itself awarded the accolade

of Best Convention Bureau by the Southern

African Association for the Conference Industry. The

Bureau promotes the Cape as a venue and assists

with bids, planning support and on-site services.

Over the past six years, the estimated economic

impact of the conference bids secured by the Bureau

exceeds R1.5-billion.

In the first quarter of 2017/18 a further 14 bids

were secured, with a delegate attendance of 57 000

and an estimated economic impact of R120.2million.

The timing of the majority of the events will help the

province get through the quieter period (or “shoulder

season”) of May to October.

The Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK) is

held every year in Oudtshoorn in April. It attracts

hundreds of artistic productions of every sort, mostly

in Afrikaans, with attendances normally topping

12 000 festival-goers.


The main attraction of the Winelands speaks for

itself, but having an option to sample wine without

having to drive anywhere afterwards gives the

famous wine region added appeal.

In 2017, City Sightseeing launched the Cape

Explorer Winelands tour, to complement their existing

Cape Town and Johannesburg “red bus” routes.

The tour will take in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek

and tourists will be encouraged to hop on and off,

to sample the local delights.

Wine tourism contributes indirectly more than

R4.5-billion to the South African tourism sector

(South African Wine Industry Information and

Systems, SAWIS). According to Wine Tourism South

Africa, a website and publishing concern that provides

information about the wine industry, 43% of

visitors to South Africa visit the Cape Winelands.



Cape Town

International Airport

Continuously growing to enhance our future

As the gateway to an attractive destination such as

Cape Town, Cape Town International Airport has an

important role to play in the region. We have seen

strong growth on both the domestic and international

front. With the 10-million passenger mark being

surpassed in 2016, the airport’s growth trajectory

remains strong and all indications are that 2017 will

also show good growth.

Although the city and region has always had to deal

with seasonality, the gap between the low and high

season is closing. Initiatives such as Air Access,

which is a Wesgro-led collaboration between Cape

Town International Airport (CTIA), the three tiers of

government, tourism bodies and the private sector,

has been key to the growth success. Since the Air

Access initiative started some two years ago there

have been 10 new routes and 11 route expansions,

adding some 750 000 additional one-way seats in

and out of the city. Equally, the pipeline remains

strong with some four new routes and three

expanded routes under discussion for 2018. This

collaborative approach that is being adopted across

various industries, is what makes Cape Town such

an award-winning city.

Airports are catalysts for socio-economic growth.

Cape Town International Airport has organically been

growing into an Aerotropolis – a concept which sees

an airport at the core of extensive economic activity.

Together with our regional partners we are actively

driving this opportunity to see Cape Town and the

Western Cape continue to grow and to leverage off

the advantages that comes from a well-run airport.

As a business, we have never been more aware of our

responsibility to make a meaningful socio-economic

contribution to the lives of the people of Cape Town.

We take the role of managing airports very seriously,

but we are also committed to making a positive and

lasting impact on the lives of our neighbours. And we

see the airport’s growth as the catalyst to doing just

that. As a growing airport it is our responsibility to

ensure that our surrounding communities grow with

us. We are excited about what the future holds for the

airport and the City of Cape Town.


Kurt Maritz


Kurt Maritz holds a National

Diploma in Accountancy and

Computer Practise, but is

more accustomed to developing

businesses, as his track record

proves. His first job was

with First National Bank. While

working in sales, Kurt met an

electrical supplier for whom he

went to work. His contracting

section grew, and he decided to

go on his own and started Maritz

Electrical in 2000. Through his

leadership skills and visionary

outlook he now employs in excess

of 150 staff. The company

has benefited small businesses,

grown skills and given lifestyle

improvements to staff, their

families and communities.

World first for

Maritz Electrical

St George’s Park lighting quality is unique.

What sort of work did you do in the beginning?

When we started, we were two companies helping each other. Cyprian

Rosslind and I had a loose partnership. I did the marketing, he did the

execution. We did some basic electrical contracting. Some of the first

work we did on contract, we still have that relationship going 17 years

later. It was for Technical Services of the City of Cape Town. We did the

electrical side of water and sanitation.

So you found a niche?

We actively started looking for things that other electrical companies

either can’t do, don’t want to do or find really hard to do. The work

for the city was very difficult, but we had those skills. It was complex

work, which very few people specialised in. Certainly, there were no

black companies doing that sort of work.

And beyond the work for the city?

We got more and more work and in 2004 we registered the CC. We

continued operating two businesses and that ran on until about 10

years ago, when we very amicably parted ways.

How did the stadium work come about?

We asked, “What else is nobody else doing?” The answer was stadium

and sports field lighting and maintenance. I had the privilege of working

on the old Green Point Stadium. Sports field lighting is now the

most dynamic part of the business.

So the 2010 Soccer World Cup was good for you?

Interestingly, Maritz did not do one of the FIFA stadiums! But it was

still one of our busiest periods ever because FIFA created a Legacy

Fund to build hundreds of community sports fields, and that’s where

we got involved.

Did that make up for not working on the big stadiums?

It was very disappointing, but what happened from there is that we

formed our best relationship by linking up with the company that has

changed our business, Musco Lighting.

How did that relationship begin?

Just before the World Cup I was approached by their Africa MD, Derek

Field. He introduced himself, but I was so busy I threw him out of the office,



something he reminds me about every time we meet!

A year later we met again at an installation of lights at a

school in Bellville. After a visit to Musco’s Durban office

I became convinced. We won that project based on

the Musco product. That was our first collaboration

in what has become a massive relationship.

Why Musco?

Musco has changed the way we do sports field

lighting. We are now seen as the leaders in the field

because of the merits of the product. Other companies

will sell a globe or a specific part but Musco sells

the solution. The entire sports lighting installation

comes in a container: the concrete, poles, wiring,

everything. It changes the way you install, from a 10-

week process, to starting on Monday and finishing

on Friday. We didn’t think it was possible.

And the lighting itself?

Musco excels at controlling spill and glare. Also,

Musco says we own the solution, if there is a problem,

we will cover it. Typically, you get a 10-year

warranty. You can throw your maintenance budget

away. Musco also guarantees quality of light over a

10-year period.

Tell us about St George’s Park.

Cricket South Africa recognised that they needed to

upgrade, and St George’s Park was at the top of the

list. They wanted to explore the new LED technology

for the new format with a pink ball. Cricket is

the hardest sport to light up. You have a small ball


travelling at fast speed, and you need the most light

the furthest away from the light source. At this moment,

St George’s is the only LED-lit, ICC-compliant

stadium with theatrics in the world.

Was this a tough assignment?

This was the hardest project of all of them. The pylons

on the Duck Pond Pavilion sit 20m up on the


What are new elements in this project?

Because LED is so versatile, we pitched the idea of

“theatrics”. The client looked at it at a baseball match

in the US, with the lights being switched on and off

instantaneously, no warming up, chasing, flashing,

individual lights, they were blown away.

What are some other benefits?

Imagine a big singer, you don’t have to bring your

own lights, you can tie your music into our lights.

Light shows before and after the match can help

stadium safety, people will come in earlier and buy

food and not rush the exits at the end. LED technology

also reduces consumption significantly.

What is in the future?

We have just done a big stadium project, the Kaiser

Sebothelo Stadium, for Mangaung Metropolitan

Municipality. We continue to do a lot of large area/security

lighting and we get many enquiries for Musco.

We are looking to the rest of South Africa and we

want to go into Africa if we can.



High-quality exports

enter the space age

The Exporter of the Year competition, hosted by the Cape

Chamber of Commerce and Industry, gives an insight into the

breadth and depth of business excellence in the province.

Exporter of the Year winner – Technical Systems (Pty) Ltd.

Once again the judges of the ECIC Cape Chamber of Commerce

Exporter of the Year Competition were bowled over

by the quality of the entries.

This year 10 of the entries were from companies run by

women. That is a record for this competition and it certainly shows that

women are making great progress in the commercial and industrial

world. Even better news is that seven of the 13 finalists are companies

either owned or run by women.

The competition has become a window into the business world

of the Western Cape and every year there are surprises. One of the

surprises this year was an entry from a firm which makes components

for small satellites, largely for US companies in the space business. Last

year a category winner was Geo

Data Design, which interrogates

satellites and analyses the images

from space.

Hi-tech industries are the

companies of the future and it

is reassuring to know that the

educational institutions of the

Western Cape are producing

the scientists who can compete

with the best in the world. In

spite of all the problems with




tertiary education, the quality is

still coming through. This is very

reassuring and should give us

confidence in the future.

The challenge is to keep these

brilliant people in South Africa

and in the Western Cape. This

is something we need to think

about for we have lost too many

South Africans to other countries

and to research institutions

which know the value of good,

creative brains.

A previous category winner in

this competition, GrahamTek, the

firm from the Strand which designs

and manufactures some of

the best desalination equipment

in the world, is a proudly Cape

company. The Chamber is proud

to be among the first institutions

to honour GrahamTek.

For about 20 years the firm

has been making and selling

desalination equipment to many

countries (including the US) but,

like the prophet of old, it received

very little recognition in its own

country. All that is changing now

and we have learned that major

investments are flowing into

GrahamTek and it is being seen

as a billion-dollar enterprise for

the future. We are going to need

them in the next few months and

for years to come.

This year two finalists came

from the agricultural sector and

the wine industry, a vital part of

the Western Cape’s economy.

Generally, wine and fruit exporters

have done well in the competition.

Agriculture is a labourintensive

industry and we have

been pleased to see an important

trend in the industry to get workers

more deeply involved and

Design company Research Unit won two awards: the Nedbank

award for transformation and the Chamber’s award for Design.

Photo: Research Unit.

even become shareholders. This is how it should be for all involved,

from the vineyard workers to the winemakers and the marketers, all of

whom play an essential role in producing the product. Schemes which

encourage the sharing of success point the way to a better future and

set an example for other industries.

Beauty and health products featured strongly in the competition

and design is another important element, as it should be in the Design

Capital of the World.

And then there are the finalists who come from left field. Who

would have thought that remanufacturing drums and making new

barrels would become an export industry? One of the finalists takes

shipping containers and turns them into new products, ranging from

offices to bedrooms and other accommodation.

This is one of the things that is so exciting about the Exporter

competition. The enterprise and inventiveness of the Cape’s industries!

The winner was Technical Systems, a Bellville company which manufactures

automated feeding equipment for intensive poultry and pig

farms. It was the third time the firm has won the award. It has also

won the trophy for the best engineering/manufacturing company

for the seventh time in the annual competition, as well as the Design

and Innovation awards.

In the 27 years of the competition no company has come close to

matching this outstanding record .

Contact details:

Mary Jean Thomas-Johnson

Email: mary-jean@capechamber.co.za

Tel: +27 21 402 4300



Expanding conference facility

will ensure growth

The CTICC remains Africa’s destination of choice for international conferences.

A R3.7-billion contribution to the national economy,

more than R215-million in revenue, 416 733

delegates, 482 events – and an unqualified clean

audit. Those were the headline items when

the annual results of Cape Town International

Convention Centre for 2016/17 were presented

to the public.

CTICC 2, the Cape Town International Convention

Centre’s recently completed expansion, was the

venue for the release of the CTICC’s annual financial

and operational results in October 2017.

For the third consecutive year, the CTICC delivered

record-breaking revenues which rose to

R215.6-million from R209-million the previous

year. The centre reported an operating profit of

R57.4-million and delivered an after-tax profit of

R43.4-million. Activities sustained 7 824 jobs and

the contribution to the Western Cape regional

economy (GGP) was R3.1-billion.

Number one in Africa

As new convention centres open across the world,

Cape Town and the CTICC remains a destination of

choice for international meetings. The CTICC attracted

31 000 visitors to the 36 international conferences

in 2016/17. This is the highest number of

international conferences held at any convention

centre in Africa. International delegates, exhibitors

and visitors to conferences at the CTICC generated

R1.3 billion in foreign exchange earnings.

The CTICC made strides in reducing the environmental

impact of meetings and events. It diverted over

502 tons of waste from city landfills through its

extensive recycling and upcycling initiatives and

achieved an 84% diversion of waste from landfill.

The centre’s energy consumption was further reduced

by 6% (43 300 kWh) on the previous year, peak average

usage was reduced by 4.5%. The centre implemented

a range of water conservation measures as the

drought in the Western Cape deepened.


The CTICC expansion forms part of the City of Cape

Town’s ambitious Foreshore Freeway Precinct Project

that promises to bring residential and economic opportunities

closer together, not only enlivening the

Foreshore area but also addressing apartheid-era

spatial planning.

The expansion represents an investment of over

R800-million by the CTICC and its two majority shareholders

(the City of Cape Town and Western Cape

Government), a concrete vote of confidence in the

conference sector, the city and the province.

CTICC 2 adds six exhibition halls, nine formal meeting

suites and rooms and two rooftop terraces to the

centre’s inventory and can be used as an extension of

CTICC 1 or an exclusive facility. CTICC 2 successfully

hosted its first event – the 21st Annual Congress of the

SA Council of Shopping Centres in September 2017.

The CTICC’s forward book of international events

is strong. Together with the Cape Town & Western

Cape Convention Bureau, the CTICC won 16 international

conference bids in the past financial year

alone and has already secured 58 major international

events up until 2022.










It’s been said that size doesn’t matter, but when it comes to creating extraordinary experiences for

your guests, delegates or attendees, we have to disagree. That’s why we recently expanded the CTICC

with the sole aim of giving our clients and guests more…

More space. More flexibility. More award-winning cuisine. More attention to detail.

More convenience. More breathtaking views. More parking. More facilities.

All of which give you more opportunity to transform your meeting, event, conference or show into a truly

extraordinary experience.

To discover the massive positive impact our bigger and better convention centre can have on your

brand or business, contact the CTICC today on +27 21 410 5000 or email sales@cticc.co.za

Medical innovation is

solving complex problems

Heart valves and posture support wheelchairs

are among the Cape’s exciting new inventions.


cheap plastic heart valve, research on radiation

treatment of cancer using Gold

Nano particles and posture support

wheelchairs and positioning devices that

allow greater independence and participation of

disabled people – these are just some of the inventions

and innovations coming out of the Western

Cape health research and manufacturing sector.

A number of initiatives are supporting this growing

sector. The South African Medical Research

Council (SAMRC) and PATH, a global non-profit

organisation, have teamed up to create the Global

Health Innovation Accelerator (GHIA). Based in Cape

Town, GHIA aims to support the development of

high-impact health innovations such as finding a

way to test for anaemia without drawing blood or

creating a cheaper and longer-lasting solution to

sufferers of epilepsy having to keep expensive kits

with them at all times.

PATH (Programme for Appropriate Technology

in Health) is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates

Foundation. Thinta Diagnostics, which focusses on

non-invasive medical diagnostics, is a company that

receives funding from PATH.

An initiative to establish the Cape Health

Technology Park (CHTP) will further promote the

sector. Located between Pinelands and Ndabeni,

the CHTP aims to cluster health-tech firms around

existing facilities such as the Life Vincent Palotti

Hospital and the Biovac Institute in Alexander Road.

Biovac, a public-private partnership, imports, exports,

packages, tests and distributes vaccines. More

than R500-million has been spent on the facility

and 25-million doses of vaccine are delivered every

year. Biovac has an impressive list of collaborators:

the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research,

World Health Organization, Sanofi Pasteur of France,

bioCSL of Australia, Heber Biotec of Cuba, BioFarma

of Indonesia and Pfizer (US).

The first two phases of development of the

Health Park have been mapped:

• Phase one: a new three-storey high-tech Lab

and modern office building. Refurbish Block C of

the old Psychiatric Hospital for support services.

• Phase two: a single-storey Innovation Centre;

incubators focussed on Good Laboratory

Practice (GLP) and Good Manufacturing Practice

(GMP) and a site for testing the possibility of

scaling up a project.

The Health Park is a partnership between the City of

Cape Town, the National Department of Science and




Technology and Wesgro. This geographic concentration

will focus on medical technology. As things

stand, the medical industry is quite widely spread

around the greater Cape Town area. One of the bestknown

companies is Real World Diagnostics, which

is in Brackenfell. It makes rapid In Vitro Diagnostics

(IVD) test kits for drugs, pregnancy, malaria and HIV.

The Real World Development Service does research

and development and feasibility studies.

The three examples from the introduction to this

article are based in:

• University of Cape Town and Observatory: A cheap

plastic heart valve was developed by the Christiaan

Barnard Cardiothoracic Surgery Department of

the university and the company making the valves

is Strait Access Technologies, with headquarters

in Observatory. This extraordinary device will

undergo clinical trials in 2018. The valve is inserted

through a small incision and travels into position

propelled by a balloon. It will assist millions of

people with rheumatic heart disease.

• Faure, between Blue Downs and Khayelitsha:

Research on radiation treatment of cancer using

Gold Nano particles is happening at iThemba

LABS, a National Research Foundation facility. In

2017, iThemba LABS celebrated three decades

of operating the Separated Sector Cyclotron

(SSC). The SSC produces accelerator-based

radiopharmaceuticals and enables the study of

the internal structure of atomic nuclei.

• Wynberg: Posture support wheelchairs

and positioning devices that allow greater

independence and participation of disabled

people are made by Shonaquip. In 2016

Shonaquip won the Social Enterprise in the

Premier’s Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards

(PERA). Together with the Uhambo Foundation,

Shonaquip forms a social enterprise that makes

equipment that caters for the particular needs

of disabled people. Buggies and wheelchairs

made to modular design make it much easier

to customise the product, adjusting for the

needs of the user and the terrain. Established in

1992 by Shona McDonald, Shonaquip won an

innovation award at the Design Indaba (2014)

for the Madiba2Go Buggy and the ECIC/Cape

Chamber of Commerce Exporter of the Year

competition in 2015.

Shonaquip is one of seven companies that are

currently members of the Western Cape Medical

Devices Cluster, a grouping recognised and funded

by the Department of Trade and Industry’s Cluster

Development Programme (CDP).

The CEO of the Medical Devices Cluster, Allan

Howard, says that the key goals of the Cluster in its

first phase are to help small businesses get certification,

to promote the skills needed in device manufacturing

and to settle on a combined approach to

advancing the sector. A certification facility at the

proposed Health Park would be of great benefit to

small companies, allowing them to focus on manufacturing

and sales.

The Cluster was founded in 2016 with the assistance

of several bodies: Wesgro, the Western

Cape Department of Economic Development and

Tourism, the National Department of Science and

Technology and Kaiser Economic Development

Partners. The cluster is the first of its kind in the


The Western Cape’s other two universities

also have companies which focus on the medical

or biomedical sector. An example is AzarGen

Biotechnologies which was founded by a

Stellenbosch University graduate. In partnership

with NYSE-listed iBio Inc, the company will develop

surfactant protein to treat neonatal respiratory

disease syndrome.

According to Wesgro, 93% of medical device

products are currently imported.



Growing a diverse and

sustainable economy

The CEO of Accelerate Cape Town, Ryan Ravens,

outlines ways in which the organisation is encouraging

transformation and economic growth.

Ryan Ravens


Ryan Ravens currently holds

three degrees including an MBA

from the University of Cape

Town. He has extensive experience

in leadership positions in

the public and private sectors.

Ryan owned and managed a

successful management consultancy

before delivering the

first draft of the masterplan for

the 2010 World Cup. This led

to him being asked to join FIFA,

after which he was Group Executive

(Enterprise Programme

Management Office) for the

Gauteng Growth and Development


What is Accelerate Cape Town doing to attract

and retain black business talent to the Cape?

Cape Town is one of South Africa’s key business hubs; however, young

black professionals have not always found the city an easy place to

network and meet mentors in their careers. To support our members’

Human Capital programmes, Accelerate Cape Town hosts a number

of initiatives such as our Inspiration Sessions and Young Leaders

Dinners. These engagements provide a large vibrant forum for young

professionals in Cape Town to network, as well as intimate dinners for

our sponsor companies where young professionals can debate issues

such as transformation and career progression.

The aim of the Human Capital programme is to:

• Address issues of transformation in Cape Town

• Provide a dialogue between business and academia and address

issues impacting on graduate placement and work readiness

• Provide a cross-sector engagement for HR professionals in Cape

Town through workshops

• Provide a networking platform for newly relocated staff of our

member companies through our Welcome to Cape Town networking


How can business, government and

academia work together?

The relationship between business, government and academia is

vital to economies, especially those that require high levels of socioeconomic

transformation. At Accelerate Cape Town, we believe that

these three stakeholders should collaborate to positively contribute to

the socio-economic transformation South Africa so desperately needs.

We work to create an ecosystem in which engagement between

business, government and the Western Cape’s four universities is

synergetic and highly impactful. Accelerate Cape Town’s Business

Leadership/Government/Academia Programme aims to:

• Stimulate robust discussion on issues such as governance and ethics

and also, to hold government accountable on these critical issues

• Connect business, government and higher education to find

opportunities to collaborate and co-create, generating greater

economies of scale




• Tap into the depth of expertise found in universities,

ensuring we remain innovative and relevant

as a city.

Accelerate Cape Town has recently

launched an ESD Programme. How can

this programme benefit corporates,

as well as the local economy?

South Africa greatly needs jobs and economic development,

but with government coming under

increasing pressure to reduce its wage bill, and the

corporate sector similarly pushing for greater efficiencies

in a recessionary economy, the only remaining

hope for job growth is the SME sector. In

order to significantly grow SMEs, we need to provide

them with access to market opportunities, finance,

technical support, and mentorship.

Identified as a key economic driver globally, the

development of SMEs is probably the most meaningful

way to grow a more diverse and sustainable

economic landscape for South Africa. Accelerate

Cape Town’s Enterprise and Supplier Development

(ESD) Programme aims to build more sustainable

sectors in an effort to encourage greater, socioeconomic


The ESD programme aims to:

• Identify suitable (risk averse) supply chain

opportunities for emerging suppliers

• Find suitable suppliers that could be developed

and upscaled into larger businesses

• Support the in-house SME training programmes

of our member companies.

How can SMEs be supported?

SMEs require support and resources that include

access to suitable market opportunities, access to

finance for upscaling, access to technical support

required for upscaling and most importantly, access

to best of-breed mentors.

Is something being done to tackle Cape

Town’s traffic problem holistically?

Traffic congestion in Cape Town is the highest

in South Africa according to TomTom, and with

Metrorail’s challenges from cable theft and vandalism,

commuters can spend almost double their

travel time during peak hours.

As part of the Transport programme, Accelerate

Cape Town has launched a Transport Project

Office (TPO), a progressive initiative, which aims to

coordinate corporate leadership and action in relation

to the transport challenges and opportunities

in the Cape Town city-region.

The aim of the programme and TPO is to:

• Address traffic congestion and find solutions to

the problem in an effort to enhance business


• Encourage behavioural change among


• Foster a spirit of collaboration among corporate

Cape Town, encouraging them to consider innovative

and alternative transport solutions to

ease congestion

• Forming part of steering committees in projects

such as the aerotropolis at Cape Town

International Airport and the Air Access project.


Enabling businesses to grow

The International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge has come to the Cape.

Until the recent drought, the Western Cape

was doing rather better than the country

as a whole. Its agricultural exports were

increasing, its tourist industry was thriving

and the relatively new film industry was producing

revenue of R4-billion a year and creating thousands

of jobs for both semi- and highly-skilled workers.

Unemployment remains a serious problem, but

it is pleasing to note that the jobless rate in the

Western Cape is the lowest in the country at 21.55%

compared to the national average of 27.7%. The

figure for Gauteng, the economic heartland of the

country, is 29.2%.

There are more good numbers on tourism.

Airport statistics for this year show that in October,

97 319 people arrived at Cape Town airport on flights

from overseas. This is significantly better than the

numbers for the high-season months of December

and January just two years ago. In fact, since June

2016 overseas arrivals have been up but more than

20% a month and these increases are being maintained.

From July to September this year more than

20% was added each month on a base that had Janine Myburgh, President.

increased by more than 20% last year.

The challenge this year will be to make sure we have enough water only thing that has changed is the

to satisfy the tourists’ needs.

tools we use in our businesses.

The important question is why is the Western Cape performing The machines, the computers

rather better than the other provinces? There are probably many reasons,

but we believe that the most important one is that the official able on the Internet empower us

and the instant knowledge avail-

attitude towards business here is one of encouragement by authorities

who have set out to remove obstacles like red tape and to enable when used responsibly, is a great

to greater things. Social media,

businesses to grow. There is a long way to go, but the direction is right communication tool, but it is

and this builds confidence.

no substitute for the person-toperson

meeting and networking

Our annual Exporter of the Year Competition produces evidence

of innovation and enterprise of the highest order while our schools among the informed membership

of the Chamber.

and universities, despite many problems, produce a constant flow of

high-quality graduates to keep the high-tech and innovative industries Events like our small business


expo are growing every year because

people need the contact and

Our 214 years as South Africa’s oldest and (arguably) best chamber

of commerce have taught us that the old values of good basics, sound the credibility that come with an

planning and good business ethics always win out in the end. The organised event. You can post any-




thing you like on the Internet, but

you cannot get away with it in an

organised exhibition among your

peers, competitors and customers.

One of the problems today

is information overload and we

all need filters to bring us to the

information we need quickly and

efficiently. There is no better way

than talking to an expert, the kind

you are likely to see at a meeting

of one of our portfolio committee

meetings. We all need these

reality checks because there is

so much “fake news and information”

out there. And we need

to be reminded that one of the

dangers of the Internet is that the

search engines tend to lead us to

the stuff we want to find.

A fundamental part of our job

and a key aspect of membership

of the Chamber is that it puts us in

a position to help each other. One

of the tasks we have to undertake

is to review legislation and how it

might affect our businesses. The

Sid Peimer, Executive Director.

pattern today is to call for public comment before a policy or a regulation

can be put into place. On the face of it, this is a good thing, but it is

also a difficult challenge. The legislation varies from heavy laws which

affect property rights to superfluous legislation like the City Council’s

over-regulation of outdoor advertising. In this case, one cannot simply

leave the issue to the advertising industry because it does not focus

on the small matters like those encountered by estate agencies, neighbourhood

watches and security companies. The Chamber did protest

strongly at some of the unnecessary detail.

International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge

A great deal of our work is more positive and satisfying. One example is

the International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC) in which

the Cape Chamber has accepted responsibility and an organisational

role for the country. It is a great competition and it has proved to be a

journey of discovery for the Chamber. It has not only shone a light on

some remarkable South African women who have had outstanding

success in business, but it has also brought us into regular contact

with other chambers around the world. This has given us welcome

international exposure and, even more important, it has helped these

remarkable women form international links and exchange ideas. There

is a school of thought that prescribes quotas for women in business

and on boards, but we believe IWEC achieves so much more. Support,

encouragement, inspiration and praise is always a better way to go than

prescription and regulation.

Finally, one of the great lessons we have learned over the years is not

to expect economic leadership from government.

This has nothing to do with politics, but everything

to do with the fact that innovation and development

come from the private sector. Governments,

prodded and prompted, follow, regulate and sometimes

clear the way for new industries as in the case

of special economic zones. We are on our own. It is

our initiatives, our investments and our determination

that will make the economy grow. All we ask is

the space and freedom to make it happen.


Physical address:

4th Floor, 33 Martin Hammerschlag Way,

Foreshore, Cape Town 8001

Postal address:

PO Box 204, Cape Town 8000

Tel: +27 21 402 4300 | Fax: +27 21 402 4302

Email: info@capechamber.co.za

Website: capechamber.co.za



WECBOF fosters


in the Western Cape

The Western Cape Business Opportunities Forum (WECBOF) celebrates its 23rd year as one

of the Western Cape’s longest standing business associations. During its lifespan WECBOF has

supported many entrepreneurs in moving from their start-up phase to becoming very successful

organisations with many of these still operating, and contributing meaningfully to the economy.


had to adapt and

keep pace with

an ever-changing

economic, commercial,



and socio-economic


The organisation


Arifa Parkar, CEO

has as its central

focus the sustainable

growth and

development of a community of young, successful

entrepreneurs who will be able to lead

businesses which will contribute in a positive way

to growing and prospering our economy and

creating much-needed jobs in our communities.

Support to young entrepreneurs, through its 10x

Growth Programme, comes in the form of:

• Access to financial and other business

support services

• The identification of, and assistance with entry

into, lucrative markets for entrepreneurs’

products and services.

Contact us today if you wish to sign up as a member.

Our member packages are affordable, and

are tiered from the more established corporate

business to the new start-up.


Physical address:

3 Irene Street, Bellville 7530

Postal address:

PO Box 707, Kasselsvlei 7533

Tel: +27 21 946 2519

Email addresses

General enquiries: office@wecbof.co.za

CEO: arifa@wecbof.co.za

Administration: rene@wecbof.co.za

Website: https://wecbof.co.za/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/


Twitter: @wecbof




makes it happen!

The Western Cape Business

Opportunities Forum (WECBOF)

provides a platform for businesses

to establish and maintain contact with

fellow entrepreneurs; to have access to

opportunities, information and training;

and to have representation on a number

of relevant forums of government and

other associations focussed on growing

and enhancing the commercial sector,

with a specific focus on small, medium,

and micro enterprises (SMMEs).

WECBOF is widely recognised and

respected as a powerful voice for

business in the Western Cape; we are a

provincial service organisation with our

focus and attention firmly on the national

and international business pulse.


+27 21 946 2519

office@wecbof.co.za www.wecbof.co.za



A powerful voice for business.

Where entrepreneurs excel.


Nedbank’s innovation journey

takes clients into the 21st century

Dr Fayzel Omar, Nedbank Provincial General Manager of the Western Cape, is

confident his PhD in Business Administration will empower him with the knowledge

he requires to keep abreast of the latest developments in the banking industry.

Banking cluster has 90 business managers

located across the province who specialise in

commercial industries and the agricultural sector.

‘At Nedbank Business Banking we believe

you need a financial partner that not only

understands your circumstances and aspirations,

but which also provides you with relevant

solutions and a banking experience that is

hassle-free. This allows you to concentrate on

what’s most important to you – running your

business,’ says Omar.

Omar is passionate about his vision

for Western Cape business owners

and entrepreneurs who seek a unique

banking experience, and he explains

how Nedbank will support and grow

businesses and retail clients in the

Western Cape.

In view of the vast geography of the province

his teams are spread across eight regions. Each

region is led by a skilled regional manager, who

is supported by teams and product specialists

across the integrated business channels of

business banking, small-business services and

retail banking. Nedbank’s decentralised Business

Since 2012 Nedbank has launched several

first-to-market innovations, such as the awardwinning

Nedbank App Suite, the home loan

online digital channel and Market Edge, as

well as the branch of the future concept in

communities locally and nationally. 'Working

with communities is entrenched in our values

through community development, skills

development, education and job creation, as well

as environmental conservation.

'These play a vital role in building a sustainable

economy and vibrant society. We believe our

fast-growing presence in communities goes a

long way in enabling greater financial inclusion

while contributing towards economic growth,'

says Omar.


To take your business to the next level or to obtain more information

about Nedbank’s specialised service offering please call the Business

Banking team on +27 (0)21 412 3000 or visit www.nedbank.co.za.

And the innovation journey that ensures greater

value for clients just goes on. On 2 November

2017 the bank launched the Nedbank Money app,

which allows clients to manage accounts, make

payments and change their credit or debit card

settings from their smartphone. Nedbank Money

allows clients to make instant payments to anyone

on their smartphone’s contact list, regardless of

whether the recipient is a Nedbank client.

Nedbank has also launched a new payments

app – Karri – to simplify school payments to help

teachers, parents and children. Karri uses a builtfor-purpose

mobile payment application to make

payments to schools for events such as civvies

days easy and secure.

In November 2016 Nedbank launched an

interactive ATM – a first for Africa – giving clients

access to live teller services by video, at any time,

right from the machine. ‘This ATM also responds

to the growing trend and need for business and

individual clients to make large deposits and

withdrawals at unconventional business hours.’

These are just more ways in which Nedbank

continues to simplify banking and make it work

for the good of businesses and communities.















See money differently with

Whole-view Business Banking

Gerrit Henning, Nedbank Regional Manager of Retail and Business

Banking: Northern Suburbs, explains how Nedbank works with

communities to deliver banking solutions.

Henning has five years’ experience in the

auditing and accounting profession and eight

years’ experience with international companies.

He has fulfilled various leadership roles in

Nedbank, with 14 years as regional head of

Business Banking. Henning is supported by two

area offices, with 18 skilled business managers

ready to take your business to the next level.

Nedbank continues to build on its clientcentred

strategy aimed at delivering

distinctive experiences and channels of

choice for businesses in the region.

This has seen the bank simplify and enhance

its product offering in line with its valuebanking

philosophy based on simplicity,

transparency and affordability. Innovation and

technological advancements, as well as training

and development of staff, have been key pillars

in achieving the bank’s objectives. At the core

of Nedbank’s offering in the Western Cape is

a relationship-based model, with a business

manager dedicated to your business as the key

entry point into the bank.

‘We encourage you to see money differently with

Whole-view Business Banking’ says Henning.

What does this mean for you? It is an additional

benefit of banking with Nedbank Business

Banking and means that your business and

your personal financial needs are managed in

one place. ‘Because business owners and their

businesses are very often financially dependent

on each other, our client service teams now

also offer individual banking solutions to you

and your staff, because we already know and

understand your needs,’ says Henning.

With this in mind, Nedbank has seamless

offerings for you, your employees and

your household. Nedbank provides several

communities, including individual and business

clients, with access to products and services

through its Workplace Banking offering.

To take your business to the next level please call the

Business Banking team on +27 (0)21 928 2000

or visit www.nedbank.co.za.


Using our money expertise to help clients

Andre Fourie, Nedbank Regional Manager of Retail and Business

Banking: Weskus and Swartland, explains how new brand values built

on the bank’s expertise can benefit Nedbank clients.

He also manages 14 retail branches across his

region, providing clients with unique financial

solutions. ‘It forms part of our purpose at

Nedbank to use our financial expertise to do

good for individuals, families, businesses and

society,’ says Fourie.

Nedbank’s goal to have all service offerings and

business and consumer products managed

under one regional structure makes it easier

to deliver on its new brand proposition to see

money differently.

Fourie’s team operates from regional

offices in Breda Street in Paarl, as well as

from representative offices in Vredendal,

Vredenburg and Malmesbury. He says

the team is ready to assist clients with

professional advice, industry-specific

solutions and a comprehensive range of

financial products and services. His team

is also supported by skilled agricultural

specialists, who provide specialised

advisory services to clients.

To take your business to the next level or to obtain

more information about Nedbank’s specialised

service offering call Andre Fourie on

+27 (0)21 928 2000, send an email to

AndreFou@nedbank.co.za or visit


Fourie has been with Nedbank for 20 years

and has worked in a number of roles, including

strategic sales, structured lending and credit.


One-stop banking services from

Nedbank Cape Central

Karen Seboa, Nedbank Regional Manager of Retail and Business

Banking: Cape Central, shares how partnerships can benefit

Nedbank clients.

the needs of clients, saying that partnershipand

relationship-based banking are key drivers

of how Nedbank conducts business to ensure

clients benefit from its money expertise.

‘It forms part of our purpose at Nedbank to use

our financial expertise to do good for individuals,

families, businesses and society,’ says Seboa.

Seboa’s team operates from its

regional office at The Clock Tower in

the V&A Waterfront and is ready to

assist clients with professional advice,

industry-specific solutions – including

for the medical profession – and a

comprehensive range of financial

products and services for businesses and

individuals in the Western Cape.

‘We look forward to continuing our relationships

with our valued existing clients, and to offering

our value proposition to new clients as well.

At the core of our offering in Business Banking

is a relationship-based model, with a business

manager dedicated to your business as your key

entry point to the bank.’

To take your business to the next level or to obtain

more information about Nedbank’s specialised

service offering call +27 (0)21 412 3000, send

an email to KarenSeb@nedbank.co.za or visit


Seboa has been with Nedbank for 20 years and

has worked in a number of roles, including as

area manager for the retail branch network and

in Retail Relationship Banking. She prides herself

on building relationships and understanding


Relationships and understanding

client needs are key, says expert

Naziem Esack, Regional Manager of Retail and Business Banking:

Winelands, explains how new brand values built on the bank’s

expertise can benefit Nedbank clients.

He heads a team of retail and business banking

experts with the aim of providing clients with

unique business and financial solutions.

‘At Nedbank Retail and Business Banking we

believe you need a financial partner who has

a deeper understanding of your business

– someone who offers innovative, relevant

solutions and who gives you a banking

experience that is hassle-free. As money experts,

we are committed to doing good, so you can

concentrate on what’s most important to you –

running your business,’ says Esack.

Esack’s team operates from its offices

in Stellenbosch and is ready to assist

clients with professional advice,

industry-specific solutions and a

comprehensive range of financial

products and services. In addition,

his team is supported by skilled

agricultural specialists, who provide

specialised advisory services.

Esack, as a skilled banker, has been with Nedbank

for five years and has worked in a number of

roles in his 35-year career in the banking industry.

He was the area manager of Nedbank Business

Banking in Helderberg and Stellenbosch before

he started in his current role.

‘We encourage you to see money differently with

Whole-view Business Banking from Nedbank,

and to take advantage of our one-stop banking

service at Winelands region,’ says Esack.

To take your business to the next level or to obtain

more information about Nedbank’s specialised

service offering call +27 (0)21 808 6700, send an

email to NaziemE@nedbank.co.za or visit


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Old Mutual Corporate provides

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solutions, pre- and post-retirement

investments, group death, disability,

critical illness and funeral cover

as well as financial education and

consulting services to a broad range

of public and private businesses and

institutions, from small businesses to

large corporates.

This can also be accessed via

Old Mutual SuperFund, which provides a comprehensive

employee benefit solution that is flexible enough to meet

the needs of all types of businesses and their employees.



The Old Mutual Mass Foundation Cluster (MFC) has an

integrated approach to financial services and offers

customers solutions to meet their needs. This spans a

transactional account called the Old Mutual Money

Account, savings products, life and disability cover, as

well as funeral cover, debt management solutions and

short-term insurance. Our aim is to

help our customers manage their

finances and to plan and provide

a better future for themselves and

their loved ones.


Old Mutual iWYZE offers affordable and reliable

insurance cover to protect everything you’ve worked

for. The wide range includes car insurance, home

insurance as well as value-added products

such as iWYZE Scratch

& Dent and iWYZE

Tyre & Rim Cover.

iWYZE, the wise

insurance choice.


With Old Mutual’s range of

Funeral Plans (Care, Standard and

Comprehensive+) customers can cover

themselves, their spouse/partner,

children, parents, parents-in-law and

extended family members. We also

have a plan for single parents to

cover themselves and their dependent

children without having to pay for a spouse they do not


You can choose the amount of cover you need, who

you’d like to cover and whether you’d like to add

additional benefits. You can get funeral cover for up to

R70 000.



To make it easy for customers to

save from as little as R170 a month,

Old Mutual offers the innovative


This product with its two pockets allows customers

to save for their long-term goals, like their children’s

tertiary education, while they have access to their funds

in emergencies.



Old Mutual Personal Finance specialises in providing

holistic financial planning - Advice That Matters. We

offer a wide range of wealth creation and protection

products. For example:

The Old Mutual Invest Tax-Free Savings Plan, which

offers a low, entry-level premium and refunds you 50%

of admin charges when you reach your maximum

premium limit in a year.


Old Mutual Personal Finance marketleading

risk protection range offers

the most comprehensive illness range

with clear claim definitions, including



Old Mutual Insure are experts in

agriculture, engineering and marine

insurance. We offer a range of insurance

solutions to protect your business against

everything from fire and theft to business interruption

and legal liability costs.



Through Old Mutual Finance you can gain access to:

• My Money Plan, which enables

you to consolidate your debt, and

choose from a range of personal

loans at a fixed interest rate.

• Money Account, which links a transactional (SWIPE)

account and an investment (SAVE) account so you

automatically invest a set amount into a unit trust

every time you make a purchase with your card.

*(In association with Bidvest Bank Ltd)


Old Mutual Wealth is a fully integrated, adviceled

wealth management business. We have a

personalised and integrated approach to grow and

preserve your wealth over time. Our

specialist capabilities include Private

Client Securities, Old Mutual Multi-

Managers, Fiduciary Services and

Offshore Investing.

We partner with leading financial planners to provide

you with a tailored lifetime wealth plan to help you

achieve the best outcome in line with your objectives,

goals and aspirations.



Old Mutual is deeply committed

to playing a significant role in building

a strong and financially inclusive

South Africa.

As a responsible business committed to caring for our

communities, the Old Mutual Foundation addresses

socio-economic challenges through investing in:

• Small business development and entrepreneurship

• Youth unemployment through skills training

• Strategic education initiatives

• Caring for vulnerable communities

In 2016 alone the Old Mutual Foundation invested

R25 686 172 in various community projects across our

nation (actual grant funding payments made during


In the Western Cape the Old Mutual Foundation

invested a total of R2 919 984 across its various

community empowering portfolios in the region.

Our staff are the hearts and hands of Old Mutual in

the communities we operate in, and we support our

staff volunteers through various programmes. In the

Western Cape, 144 organisations have received

a total R1 921 824 as a result of staff volunteering



ombds 7.2017 L10479.10

Old Mutual is a Licensed Financial Services Provider


Contributing to skills development is a key aspect of reducing youth unemployment and enabling marginalised people

to move into the mainstream economy. Through funding received from Old Mutual Foundation, the Grootbos Green

Futures Horticulture and Life Skills College near Gansbaai in the Overberg was able to provide educational training to 12

unemployed young adults, giving them the skills and confidence necessary to market themselves and become employable,

while at the same time contributing to the conservation and promotion of the Western Cape’s unique biodiversity.

The MASISIZANE FUND focuses on enterprise

development and job creation to help alleviate poverty

and improve food security in South Africa. This is

achieved through encouraging entrepreneurship and

capacity development and financing of micro, small

and medium enterprises (SMMEs). Preference is given

to SMMEs with 51% plus ownership by women, youth

or people with disabilities.

Masisizane Fund disbursed R147m worth of funds

in 2016 through soft loans in the three high-impact

sectors and facilitated the creation of 862 jobs against

a target of 625 jobs.

In the Western Cape, Masisizane disbursed funds of

R6 862 268 to one client which created 50 new jobs.



The client managed to buy the business from her father

in 2011 for R250k. She managed to turn the business

into a profitable operation by diversifying the product

range and increasing the revenue streams from R2.3m

(2011) to R8.4m in 2015.

Case Study Fast Facts

Masisizane Fund Loan R3.67m

Number of Jobs

50 Jobs Facilitated

Geographic Location Peri-Urban


Supply Chain



Financial education is the gateway to financial

inclusion. The Old Mutual Financial Wellbeing

programme promotes financial literacy and awareness

across market segments in line with the Financial Sector

Charter. We offer highly effective financial education

and support programmes to help South Africans take

control of their finances.

Between 2007 and end of 2016 more than 589 808

people were reached through face-to-face workshops

held for communities as well as employees in the public

and private sector.

In 2016 more than 88 000 individuals participated in

our On the Money workshops nationally, with 24 674

participating in our Fin360 programmes.

Lasco Crete (Pty) Ltd

Lasco Crete (Pty) Ltd is a 100% female-owned

manufacturing company that produces concrete

products focusing on walling solutions for various

markets. The business operations are based in Philippi

Township within the Cape Flats area of Cape Town.

In the Western Cape 13 638 individuals were trained

in our Old Mutual On the Money financial education

programme and 6 090 were trained in our Fin360

financial education programme.

For more information, contact Savarion

Arendse at WesternCapePMB@oldmutual.com

Adam Rabie,

Executive Head of

Enterprise Business,

Western Region

Vodacom Business is a leading telecommunication operator progressing

rapidly in our digital transformation journey in terms of

strategies and our value propositions to enterprise customers.

Shaping a better future in the smart technology era as we embrace

the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Digitisation!! Herewith a snapshot

of some of our key and exciting offerings, positioning enterprise

customers for the smart technology era and being competitive.

Internet of Things

Creating a smarter

connected world

The Internet of Things (IoT) is big news, and it’s all around us right now. Whether it’s the

smart meter at your home driving down your utility bills, or the connected car making your

journeys more convenient, many of us already benefit from IoT in our daily lives – and we’re

only just beginning to understand its full potential.

Making it happen

The five key elements of any IoT deployment are:

• Connected devices sense their environment

• Network connectivity carries IoT data

• The management platform aggregates data and

controls devices

• Applications use IoT data in business processes

• Professional services keep everything running


Why Vodacom?

IoT projects can be challenging. At Vodacom, we

aim to make iteasy. Here are three simple reasons

why you should partner with us:

1. Unrivalled IoT experience

Vodacom has more than 1 400 dedicated IoT experts

that you can rely on. We’ve been delivering IoT solutions

to our customers for more than 25 years and

have over 50-million IoT connections.

2. Vodafone networks you can rely on

Vodacom has mobile operations in 26 countries,

partners with mobile networks in 55 more, and fixed

broadband operations in 17 markets. As of June 2016,

Vodafone had 465-million mobile customers and

13.7-million fixed broadband customers.

Our scale doesn’t just give you the confidence that

we operate wherever you do business – it means we

can offer the exceptional levels of service you need.

3. The solutions to simplify IoT projects

We have delivered IoT applications to organisations

of all sizes and across all industries, so we know

how to make your IoT solution deliver maximum

value to you.

We partner with the world’s leading connected device

makers to offer a wide range of out-of-the-box

IoT solutions that take the complexity out of IoT


But even when you need a customised solution,

our team of experts will ensure your business takes

advantage of best practices and methodologies

for IoT implementation to ensure you achieve

maximum ROI.

To find out more about how Vodacom can help you

make the most out of IoT, or to book a free innovation

session with one of our IoT experts, contact us at

iot@vodacom.co.za, call us on 082 1960 or visit




Enterprise Mobility

Enterprise Mobility


Enterprise Mobility is a productivity tool which

allows a business to operate more efficiently.

Enterprise Mobility has five components:

Vodacom Virtual CIO

Vodacom Virtual CIO is an IT support service aimed

at the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) segment.

This is targeted at those companies that can’t afford

a full-time IT technician. The service will initially

be limited to the following geographical areas:

Greater Johannesburg metropolitan, Greater Pretoria

metropolitan, Greater Cape Town metropolitan,

Bloemfontein, Durban, East London, Kimberley,

Nelspruit, Polokwane and Port Elizabeth.

The service offers proactive and remote monitoring

services for both residential and SME customers to

prevent IT issues before they occur, and remote

telephonic assistance and on-site field support for

SME customers at no additional cost.

Mobile Order Entry

This is Vodacom’s solution to bring the benefits of

electronic commerce to very small retail outlets,

many of them informal traders such as spaza shops.

This service extends the Electronic Data Interchange

(EDI) transaction capability to the informal retailer,

digitises the commerce chain and drives brand


In addition, Mobile Order Entry assists in the management

of product and price information, the distribution

channel and ordering. The traders’ time

is better used.

Vodacom Field Communication

Managing a team out in the field can be challenging

due to delays in exchanging information with the

central office hub. Vodacom Field Communication

is a custom-built application that allows hands-on

management of data from a distance with the receiving

of immediate updated information on smart


Services include customised, daily checklists, task

management, real-time chat and messaging, route

optimisation, tracking user activity and check-in/

out via geo-tagging.

Mobile LiveTrack

LiveTrack is a GSM/GPS tracking solution that allows

businesses to track their vehicles in real time.

Econz Wireless Timecard Solutions

When companies have employees who are always

on the move or in the field, it’s difficult to track the

time they start, when they finish, whether they are

in the right place, and if the job has been completed

to the customer’s satisfaction.

Econz Wireless allows you to keep track of where

and how your employees are spending their time,

export your employees’ attendance data directly to

payroll systems for easy accounting, track progress of

various tasks assigned to your employees and monitor

your employees’ driving behaviour. It is available

for use on cellphones, smartphones and tablets.


Connect and


Connect and


Two of the most important

Small pillars and of Medium the Vodacom

Enterprise Catalogue

Ready Business offering



Power to you • CONNECT: A Ready

Business is connected


Ready Business places

communication at the


The CONNECT component

has three main elements:

• Internet for your Office

• Five kinds of connection

are offered, from fibre

and wireless, to satellite

and digital subscriber.

• Internet on the Move

• Vodacom Business Data gives you the

freedom to be more productive without

the worry of out-of-bundle data rates.

• Mobile Broadband Data allows you to stay

connected with data bundles for your tablet,

router or dongle.

Network Solutions

Vodacom offers four network solutions:

• IPConnect Express provides connectivity over

high-speed broadband.

• IPConnect is a managed access solution that

provides high-capacity Ethernet connectivity,

over a range of managed access mediums

including fibre, microwave and satellite.

• Vodacom’s MPLS VPN gives you worldwide

coverage and global networking power.

• Vodacom Connect’s Dedicated Internet Access

delivers you premium dedicated Internet

services over uncontended bandwidth over

fibre, microwave or satellite.

Under COMMUNICATE, Vodacom strives to assist in

the creation of a Ready Business through:

• Three kinds of business plans

• Never miss a business call

• One Net Express allows a response to every

call, whether you’re in the office or on the


• Vodacom One Net Business is a cloud-based

solution seamlessly converging your mobile

and fixed telephony services across any


• VoIP (Talk) provides high-quality voice calls

to any fixed and mobile network.

• Push to Talk uses a mobile app to provide

similar services as a two-way radio.

• Roaming and international offers

When travelling overseas, roam with peace of mind

with one of Vodacom’s three great-value options.


Visit: vodacombusiness.co.za




One Net Business

A Ready Business

never Vodacom’s misses One Net Business an opportunity

Vodacom One Net Business

If you want to integrate mobile and fixed networks,

• Instant Messaging and presence

Vodacom One Net Business

• Video



the right solution.

Vodacom takes care of • the Content platform, sharing through a enabling

single platform

you to focus on improving productivity with

• A range of IP Phones and apps that will

reduced monthly costs. Let enhance us manage the fixed and mobile your converged wider


telecommunication needs through our great range

Why is One Net Business better

of services including mobile, than traditional security, on premise email and

telephony solutions?

document management.

converged user experience.

Vodacom One Net Business combines fixed and mobile

telephony services into easy-to-understand, one cloud-based intuitive, always upgraded Unified to

Simplicity: Configurable for each user,

the latest feature capabilities.

Communications solution, reducing the number of

Cost saving: Free on net closed user group calls

missed calls, making costs (fixed and more mobile). predictable and

keeping your Ready Business better connected.

One Net Business converges your fixed and mobile

services. You determine how, when and where and

on which device you want to answer that important

customer call or message. Communications can be

routed seamlessly from your desktop, tablet, fixed

or cellphone at a push of a button.

A Ready Business capitalises on fixed and

mobile convergence across any device

Vodacom offers greater agility, productivity and

efficiency with less complex solutions:

1. Fixed and mobile convergence: Allows the user

to determine how fixed and mobile calls will be

answered and managed between devices.

2. One voicemail for your customers: Your cellphone

and landline number become one. Be

available using one number on all end devices

regardless of whether you’re in the office, at

home, abroad or on your cellphone. One single

voicemail inbox means you’ll never miss calls

from customers again.

3. One provider: For all your fixed and mobile


4. Future-proofed, Unified Communications






Through a

single platform


A Ready Business capitalises on fixed and mobile convergence across any device

Vodacom One Net Business is designed to reduce the number of missed calls and missed opportunities.

Be more collaborative in the workplace and reduce communication barriers.

Vodacom offers greater agility,

productivity and efficiency with

less complex solutions:

1. Fixed and mobile convergence: Allows

the user to determine how fixed and mobile

calls will be answered and managed between


2. One voicemail for your customers: Your

cellphone and landline number become one.

Be available using one number on all end

devices regardless of whether you’re in the

office, at home, abroad or on your cellphone.

One single voicemail inbox means you’ll never

miss calls from customers again.

3. One provider: for all fixed and mobile


4. Future-proofed, Unified Communications

technology in the cloud: Regular new

software releases and an easy-to-use selfservice

portal (One Net Manager) that lets

you manage your One Net Business services


5. Direct calls: to the right department or person

across any device.

6. Always ready to answer: monitor the call

availability of colleagues and direct calls as needed.

7. Better collaboration: With diverse

collaboration tools, your teams can work

together more efficiently than ever -

independent of location, time and end device.

Whether in video or audio conferences,

through desktop sharing, presence information

or chat – One Net Business users cooperate

simultaneously and in real time.

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services provide all the benefits of:

• Voice, through advanced unified

communications features which includes:

enterprise telephony, hunt groups, auto

attendant, conference calling, receptionist,

executive/assistant, and more

One package: Convergence of mobile and fixed

telephony services, single support route, fully

technology in the cloud: Regular new software

releases and an easy-to-use self-service portal

that lets you manage your One Net Business

services directly.

5. Direct calls: To the right department or person

across any device.

6. Always ready to answer: Monitor the call availability

of colleagues and direct calls as needed.

7. Better collaboration: With diverse collaboration

tools, your teams can work together more efficiently

than ever, independent of location, time

and end device.




Vodacom’s One Net Business services provide all

the benefits of:

• Voice, through advanced unified communications

features which includes: enterprise telephony,

hunt groups, auto attendant, conference calling,

receptionist, executive/assistant, and more

• Instant Messaging and presence

• Video collaboration

• Content sharing through a single platform

• A range of IP Phones and apps that will enhance

the fixed and mobile converged experience

For more information call 082 1960

or visit vodacombusiness.co.za/onenetbusiness


2017/03/09 2:36 PM


Connect Solutions

Internet for

your Office:

Vodacom Connect Solutions

Vodacom’s Broadband Connect offers you affordable,

high-speed broadband Internet access over a

choice of five different access mediums:

• Fibre

• Wireless Lite

• Wireless Premium

• Satellite


DSL (Digital Subscriber Line)

Our business-grade DSL has fail-over functionality

so the infrastructure is always available.

• Low cost of entry

• Quick to deploy – provided you have an existing


Connect Fibre

Broadband Connect Fibre is stable, durable and

capable of carrying massive data loads at extraordinary


• Fibre is the most scalable connectivity for small


• No risk of cable theft ensures that network is

secure and always available

• Increased productivity, cost savings and

competitive edge

• Provides high-speed Internet access over scalable

fibre connectivity to the small business

Wireless Premium

We provide the wireless infrastructure at your premises,

install the broadband router and support the

service via a support helpdesk.

• Less downtime with no risk of cable theft

Wireless Lite

No fixed-line installation required – virtually same

day self-install connectivity.


We use the latest technology to optimise the satellite

link and to bring you cost efficiencies, especially in

unserved and underserved areas.

• Vodacom’s satellite successes include extensive

deployment in the agricultural sector, rural clinics,

schools and police stations

Four network solutions

1. IPConnect Express

With IPConnect Express, you are confidently connected

to Vodacom’s MPLS VPN (Virtual Private

Network) and Dedicated Internet Access (DIA

Express) over broadband connectivity.

2. IPConnect

Dedicated access offerings are better suited to applications

requiring quality of service, where you

need the performance of your connectivity to be

guaranteed, and bolstered by a service level agreement



MPLS VPN is a managed network infrastructure delivered

through a Multi-Protocol Label Switching

(MPLS) platform. Connecting to a VPN enables

greater network speeds through efficient data

transmission as well as reduced latency, while the

MPLS ensures that your traffic is always prioritised.

4. Dedicated Internet Access

Vodacom Connect’s Dedicated Internet Access delivers

you premium dedicated Internet services over

uncontended bandwidth over fibre, microwave or

satellite. Dedicated Internet Access is available over

fibre, microwave and satellite



Cloud and Hosting

Cloud and hosting


Become a Ready Business


As a Ready Business, information is always at your fingertips,

stored securely, without virtual and physical

threats, in the cloud. The cloud makes collaboration

easier, decisions faster and increases productivity.

Vodacom provides you with cloud and hosting solutions

and expertise attuned to your business needs.

All you have to do is focus on your core business and

be Ready for success.

Cloud and hosted services

Benefits for your organisation of using the Vodacom

cloud include reducing your capital expenditure, less

office space and hardware and energy expenses. In

addition, the cloud allows for:

• easy scalability and upgrading

• licences (only for what you use)

• usage-based pricing.

There are seven major categories of cloud and

hosting services offered by Vodacom: Security

as a Service; Vodacom Hosted Services; Software

as a Service; Platform as a Service; Desktop as a

Service; Professional Services and Infrastructure

as a Service (Iaas).

Dedicated Hosting: Ideal for companies that have

outgrown a Shared Hosting solution, it is the next

step up. Dedicated Hosting increases security compliance

and performance. Vodacom Dedicated solutions

allow you to refresh your new or existing hardware

by leveraging off Vodacom’s buying power.

We also provide customers with secure space in

a cabinet.

Private Cloud: Combines the robust infrastructure

of our Dedicated Hosting offering with Vodacom’s

flexible Enterprise Cloud solution – the best of

both worlds.

You as a Vodacom Business client do not need to

hire an internal IT department or outsource your IT

to small firms; instead, you have access to 24/7/365

support when needed. Vodacom Business’ IaaS, SaaS

and even DaaS are underpinned by a strong serviceorientated


To make the most of your business and our solutions,

call 082 1960 or visit



Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) makes your

organisation more effective: you can save on

investing in data centres, cabinet infrastructures

or actual servers. It’s a worry-free solution. The Iaas

services of Vodacom are:

Enterprise Cloud: You can run your infrastructure

without having to worry about hardware maintenance

and its costs. It is an easily scalable solution.

Virtualisation will reduce costs, with an increase in

reliability and redundancy.



Overviews of the main economic

sectors of the Western Cape

Agriculture 76

Wine and grapes 78

Mining 84

Oil and gas 85

Energy 90

Fishing 94

Water 95

Manufacturing 98

Construction and property 100

Banking and financial services 104

Development finance 110

Education and training 114

Business process outsourcing 120

Information and

communications technology 121



Seven of the Cape’s biggest exports are agricultural.


Agriculture is attracting

foreign investors.

• A conference to promote

halaal exports has been


The long-term drought which was lifted for most South Africans in

late 2016 persisted well into 2017 for farmers and residents of the

western part of the Western Cape. An official told parliament in

October that as many as 50 000 jobs might be lost and production

levels of deciduous fruits were expected to be down by 20%. A

tomato purée factory in Lutzville closed down for the season for lack

of product. Many grain farmers will allow cattle to graze in the fields

rather than take in the meagre harvest.

Despite these setbacks, the agricultural sector remains a vital component

of the provincial economy, not only in its own right (4.2% of

regional GDP) but as the provider of the products that are exported

as fruit or vegetables or as juice or wine. Nearly 40% of exports from

the Western Cape derive from fruit or agri-processing, which makes

this a vital sector all along the value chain.

Interest in the sector from foreign investors has also been lively.

The Agri-business Investment Unit (AIU) within investment agency

Wesgro has helped to generate investment into the agricultural sector

totalling R1.5-billion in the three years to 2017. The AIU attended nine

conferences or sector events in 2017/18 and received a mission from

Vietnam investigating ostrich

meat and nuts.

Seven of the 10 biggest export

earners are either agricultural

products or agri-processed

goods. These are citrus, wine,

apples and pears, grapes, fruit

juice and tobacco.

The Breede River Valley is an

especially fertile area for fruit. The

Western Cape specialises in apples,

plums, pears and cherries.

Peaches and nectarines can be

found in most parts of the province.

Raisins are a speciality of the

Vredendal area on the West Coast.

The Sandveld region on the

West Coast is known as South

Africa’s Potato Pantry. Citrusdal

unsurprisingly does a strong

line in citrus and, with nearby

Clanwilliam, is also famous for

rooibos and buchu.

Strawberries do well in the

George area. The Stellenbosch

and Swellendam districts are

also good for berries, and several

farmers are branching out into

raspberries and blueberries. The




latter berry is difficult to grow but

gets very good returns on the

European market as fresh fruit.

Swellendam produces 90% of

the world’s commercially grown

youngberries, a crop of about 600

tons per annum.

Wheat is another of the province’s

strong sectors: the Western

Cape’s 310 000ha planted to

wheat represents 64% of South

Africa’s crop. Japan is a major

destination of the province’s

maize production. In canola, the

Western Cape is even more dominant,

with 99% of the nation’s

hectares (StatsSA).

The province’s climatic regions

vary from Mediterranean around

Cape Town and on the coast

(where rainfall can be 2 000mm

at places) to the drier regions of

the inland Karoo districts where

annual rainfall figures can be

below 150mm. Just over threemillion

hectares of the province

is cultivated and 270 000ha are

under irrigation.

The sector supports almost

10 000 farms and employs

214 000 people. Farming carried

out on the Western Cape’s

13-million hectares of agricultural

land comprises approximately

21% of South African commercial


The Provincial Government

of the Western Cape has identified

agri-processing as one of

the key sectors that can deliver

high growth and lots of jobs, especially

in rural areas. It could add

up to 100 000 jobs and generate

R26-billion for the economy under

a high-growth scenario.

The Western Cape Minister

for Economic Opportunities Alan

Winde, whose ministry is responsible for agriculture, lists initiatives that

can encourage that scenario: expansion of African imports; increasing

the amount of land under irrigation to provide more input for agriprocessing;

keeping up the surge in wine sales and investigating the

halaal market.

With a global market valued at about $2.3-trillion, a step towards

preparing the Western Cape to compete in that market was made in

2017 with a small-scale conference on halaal exports. The Western

Cape, as part of its Project Khulisa strategy, aims to double overall

exports from the region by 2025.


Zeder Investments is the agricultural arm of investment holding company

PSG Group. Zeder controls Capespan, which has a turnover of

R7.6-billion across three divisions: farms, logistics and fruit. Zeder is

also a 39.6% shareholder in Kaap Agri Ltd. Kaap Agri has more than

200 operating points stretching from its headquarters in Malmesbury

in the Swartland with eight business units covering everything from

grain (Wesgraan), to packaging (Pakmark) and retail (Agrimark).

Zeder also owns 27.2% of Pioneer Foods which makes and distributes

many big food and drink brands across Southern Africa, including

Weet-Bix, Liqui-Fruit, Ceres, Sasko and White Star.

Caledon-based Overberg Agri is an unlisted company with a wide

range of investments in several sectors, including mining, pet food

and industrial fasteners.

SSK (Sentraal Suid Ko-operasie) has outlets in the Overberg and in

the Southern Cape as far east as George. SSK has increased its reach

with the acquisition of Tuinroete Agri.

The Klein Karoo group based in Oudtshoorn focusses on ostriches

through Klein Karoo International. Separate units deal in fashion products,

feathers, leather, skins and meat production. Other companies in

the group cover seed sales, auctions and a retailer, Klein Karoo Agri.


Agricultural Research Council: www.arc.agric.za

Citrus Growers’ Association: www.cga.co.za

HORTGRO: www.hortgro.co.za

Fresh Produce Exporters’ Forum: www.fpef.co.za

Klein Karoo: www.kleinkaroo.com

National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries:


SA Grain Information Service: www.sagis.org.za

Western Cape Department of Agriculture: www.elsenburg.com



Grapes and wine

Exports are still strong despite the drought.


Cape Town wineries have created

their own label of origin.

• Grape exports to China

have been growing at 30%.

South African wine exports in 2016 earned a very healthy

R9-billion, nearly 10% up on the previous year’s earnings.

This increase notwithstanding, there are several areas where

South Africa is looking to increase its exports, not least the

BRICS countries, with China being a promising market for both wine

and grapes. Because China has changed its cold treatment protocol,

South Africa can now increase its exports to that country to R2.5-billion

within five years.

In 2015, 10 600 tons of table grapes were sold into China but the

figure could not be increased because of the cold treatment protocol

relating to the South Africa product, which affected quality, market

share and price. The Chinese market for table grapes has been growing

at 30% since 2000 and stands at about $600-million.

The Chenin Blanc Association of SA believes that the US is a ripe

market for its wines. Financial Mail reported in 2017 that South Africa’s

17 799ha of Chenin plantings is greater than the rest of the world combined,

and many of the vines are old, which creates better quality. SA

currently exports 11Ml/year into the US, a small fraction of the 920Ml/

year that that country imports.

In a recent development, wineries

in greater Cape Town now

have their own regional identity.

The likes of Groot and Klein

Constantia, Buitenverwacthing,

Diermersdal and Cape Point

Vineyards will from now on carry

the label “Wine of Origin Cape

Town”, linking them to one of

the best-known city brands in

the world.

The long-term drought afflicting

the Western Cape is having

an effect on the grape and wine

industry. It has been estimated

that a 5% lower vine production

rate results in a R175-million loss

to a farmer, with the broader value

chain losing something like


There is a move to try to shift

South Africa’s focus away from

bulk wine sales, to bottled wines.

The website beveragedaily.com

quoted the managing director

of Origin Wines stating that for

every 10-million litres of additional

wine bottled in South

Africa in 2016, additional direct

income of R200-million should

accrue to the Cape Winelands.




The decision by Britain’s electorate

to extract the country

from the EU will lead to some

complications, but Western Cape

Minister for Economic Opportunities

Alan Winde believes that the

new situation could lead to many

new opportunities. The EU may

push for the reduction in some of

the figures set for imports (on the

basis that a chunk of the allocation

would be going to Britain),

but Britain will surely want to

negotiate a good deal with South

Africa as quickly as possible.

There are over 3 500 wine

producers in South Africa, with

the large majority located in the

Western Cape.

Wine is produced by estates,

independent cellars and producer

cellars or co-operatives. The

Distell group runs five distilleries

and seven wineries in the Western

Cape, produces about a third of

the country’s natural and sparkling

wine and is ranked 12th in

the world in terms of global wine

volume sales.

The multi-brand KWV was sold

in 2016 to consumer investment

group Vasari. The reported sale

price was R1.15-billion. Niveus, the

previous owner of KWV, retains

the company headquarters building

in Paarl (La Concorde) and the

Laborie wine estate.

Wellington Wines is a new venture

that arose from the merger of

the Wellington Co-operative and

the Wamakersvallei Co-operative.

DGB is a large wine and spirits

company that makes much of its

own product at five famous wineries.

These include Boschendal,

Bellingham and Douglas Green.

Edward Snell & Co is a wine and

spirits wholesaler that also makes its own line of spirits. Fourteen

brandy distilleries can be visited on the Western Cape Brandy Route

and a further six on the R62 Brandy Route on the road east.

Table grapes

South African Table Grape Industry Partnership (SATGI) is a partnership

whose board membership represents every growing region.

The industry’s contribution to the national GDP is estimated at more

than R3-billion.

The table grape industry provided over 46 000 direct jobs during

the 2015/16 harvest to the Western Cape. The Western Cape is responsible

for 65% of total production volumes in table grapes.

There is also a significant contribution to downstream production

income – R3.2-billion to other product input providers, R720-million

to packaging material suppliers and R250-million to logistics suppliers.

On farms with black ownership, income of R183-million was

gen er ated in 2014/15.

Key industry figures for the annual national harvest:

• more than 85 000 jobs

• wages valued at R950-million

• additional R600-million job creation by suppliers in the value chain.

Three of South Africa’s grape-growing regions are located in the

Western Cape:

• Olifants River: the river flows from the Cedarburg Mountains westwards

towards the Atlantic Ocean via Namaqualand.

• Berg River: the Du Toitskloof Mountains are the main geographical

feature of this region named for the strong-running river which irrigates

the fields of grape varieties such as Red Globe, La Rochelle

and Bonheur.

• Hex River: the river runs past the Matroosberg where snow falls

are a regular occurrence. Popular varieties are La Rochelle, Sunred

Seedless and Barlinka.


Nietvoorbij Institute for Viticulture and Oenology:


SA Wine Industry Information & Systems: www.sawis.co.za

South African Table Grape Industry: www.satgi.co.za

Western Cape Department of Agriculture: www.elsenburg.com

Wines of South Africa: www.wosa.co.za



The South African

Table Grape Industry

South Africa: preferred country of origin for the world’s best-tasting grapes.

The South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) is

the industry association of table grape producers

which aims to establish South Africa as the Preferred

Country of Origin for the world’s best-tasting grapes.

SATI represents growers on key government and

industry initiatives aimed at creating more opportunities

from ownership, to accessing new markets

in a sustainable way.

South African table grape growers and exporters

are committed to being a reliable supplier of table

grapes by delivering a safe, flavour-filled product of

the highest quality despite the ongoing drought in

the Western Cape. Although certain producers and

areas most affected by the drought are likely to be

significantly impacted, the effect at a national level

is less pronounced. This expectation is ascribed to

the climatically diverse industry, increased hectares

in production, the continued shift to higher yielding

new-generation varieties and the resilience and

adaptation of South African table grape farmers.

According to Mr Michael Laubscher, Chairman of

SATI, “As an industry, we are concerned about the

persistent drought in the Western Cape. We realise

that South Africa is a water-scarce country, therefore

everyone has a responsibility to be water wise.”


South Africa is the Preferred Country of Origin for

table grapes and will provide every table grape

producer as wide a choice as possible with profitable



SATI delivers service excellence to create a progressive,

equitable and sustainable South African Table

Grape Industry.

SATI’s key areas of intervention

• Technical market access

• Research and technology transfer

• Information and knowledge management

• Transformation

• Communication and stakeholder engagement

• Human capacity and skills development

• Technical support

SATI is funded by a grower levy and is a co-founder

and a key supporter of the Sustainability Initiative of

South Africa (SIZA).

A world of variety

There are five major growing regions in South Africa.

The difference in soil and climate enables growers to

supply the markets from November to May. The early

season is dominated by varieties from the northern

provinces and the valleys of the Orange and Olifants

Rivers, followed by table grape varieties from the

Berg River and Hex River regions.

The South African table grape industry is ideally

positioned to work with the government on all levels

to make a significant contribution to the primary

goals of the National Development Plan, namely

job creation, rural development and the earning of

foreign revenue.




Cape Winemakers Guild

The annual Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction shows

off the best work of the best winemakers.

Eight Cape winemakers came together to taste wine from different

parts of the world in 1982. They aimed to broaden their

horizons, to keep in touch with world trends and to improve

the quality of their winemaking. More than three decades

later, the Cape Winemakers Guild is a major reason that the region’s

wines are world class.

The spirit of discovery and critical appreciation that animated the

founders of the Guild has paid off. The pioneers were Billy Hofmeyr (the

owner of Welgemeend in 1982) and other winemakers Kevin Arnold,

Jan Boland Coetzee, Peter Finlayson, Walter Finlayson, Etienne le Riche,

Braam van Velden and Achim von Arnim.

Winemakers meet once a month to taste a particular type of wine

or wines from a selected region of the world. But it’s not just any

winemaker who can sit at that table. A winemaker must have a track

record of producing premium-quality wines for at least five years

before he or she can be nominated. Existing members vote on new

membership at the annual general meeting. Membership belongs to

the winemaker and not the wine

estate, so if a winemaker moves

from one property to another, she

or he will keep their membership

of the Guild.

One of the Guild’s respected

veterans, Beyers Truter, believes

that the best thing about the

Guild is “the dissemination of

knowledge”. The openness where

one can talk about the good and

bad things in wines encourages

introspection and growth.

As the founder of the Pinotage

Association, Beyers is clearly a

winemaker concerned about

improving quality. In so far as

Protégés for 2017.




the Guild is competitive, Beyers

says, “It’s about trying to make

the best wine you can, not to be

better than whoever; it’s healthy


Beyer’s Pinotages have won international

acclaim and he’s been

the international Winemaker of

the Year, an accolade presented

by the International Wine and

Spirits Competition (IWSC). In

2017 that accolade went again to

a Cape winemaker, Abrie Beeslaar

of Kanonkop, the third time he has

won the award. Abrie is a member

of the Cape Winemakers Guild.

Ninety countries participate in

the IWSC.

Nedbank Cape Winemakers

Guild Auction

The Nedbank Cape Winemakers

Guild Auction has become an important

date on the calendar of

wine connoisseurs. With the support

of Nedbank, who have been

a partner of the Guild for more

than two decades, the auction

gives these premier winemakers

a chance to produce truly

exceptional and unique wines.

The wines are created exclusively

for the auction. (Auction buyers

might re-sell the wine, but the

volumes are small).

Beyers says that the selection

of wines to be auctioned is “very

severe”, as the tasting panel must

give wines at least 17 out of 20.

He hand-picks barrels for his own

premier label (Beyerskloof Diesel

Pinotage) but keeps a separate

“absolutely unique” category for

the auction.

The relationship with Nedbank

has also seen the creation of the

Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild

The Cape Winemakers Guild Auction.

Development Trust. During the year various events are held to raise

funds. The Trust supports projects such as the Oenology and Viticulture

Protégé Programme, the Billy Hofmeyr bursaries for final-year Elsenburg

and Stellenbosch University Oenology and Viticulture students, and

support for the non-profit organisation, Wine Training South Africa.

Proceeds from the main auction go to the estate selling the wine

but the event itself has grown tremendously over the years, with several

related events taking place such as sports events, dinners – and other

charity auctions.

Most of the money for the trust is raised during the year, but in

2017, two charity auctions related to the main auction raised nearly

R430 000 in aid of the Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme.

Held on the same weekend as the main event, one of the auctions had

as the treasure a prize collection: each of the 44 Guild members with

wine on the auction put up a 1.5-litre bottle of their auction wine. A

silent auction was also held for the trust.

Since 2006, 24 protégés have benefitted from the Cape Winemakers

Guild Protégé Programme, being mentored by experienced winemakers

in active working environments. The goal of the programme is to

sustain the health of the South African wine industry by cultivating,

nurturing and empowering promising individuals to become winemakers

and viticulturists. As of 2017, 14 former protégés are working in the

wine sector, either at corporate wine companies, private estates or

related concerns. www.capewinemakersguild.com




Uranium is under the spotlight in the Karoo.

Beaufort West is the latest focus of attention for new mining

in the Western Cape. Whether or not South Africa needs

nuclear power is a hotly debated topic, but Tasman RSA

(which includes Australian-listed Peninsula Energy and

a local group called Lukisa JV) has a business plan for extracting

uranium in the Karoo and is submitting environmental reports.

Dr Stefan Cramer has come out strongly (at www.karoospace.

co.za) against the proposed mining, arguing that the environment

will be irrevocably harmed and that funding behind the project

comes from Russian “oligarch billionaires”.

Sixteen rare earth minerals have been identified north of

Vanrhynsdorp, with the most prevalent being cerium, an important

component of catalytic converters.

The acquisition in 2015 by Steenkampskraal Thorium Limited

(STL) of the shares of Rareco has given it the right to the rare earth

deposits at the Steenkampskraal monazite mine. STL, which already

had the thorium rights, is an associate of Thor Energy in Norway.

A mineral sands project on the West Coast near Lutzville and

Koekenaap has started sending product to China. Australian miner

Mineral Commodities (MRC) says it will spend R5-billion to 2019 in

search of zircon, rutile, ilmenite and garnet.

Namakwa Sands is a mineral sands operation on the West Coast,

owned by Tronox. In 2017, South African resources company Exxaro

sold some of its shares but retained enough of a stake for Tronox to

keep its BEE certification.

The company has a mine and concentration plant at Brand-se-Baai

and a mineral separation plant at Koekenaap near Lutzville about

350km from Cape Town. Ilemnite, rutile and zircon are extracted at

this site and then taken to the company’s smelter at Saldanha Bay.


Chamber of Mines of South Africa: www.chamberofmines.org.za

Council for Geoscience: www.geoscience.org.za

Geological Society of South Africa: www.gssa.org.za

National Department of Mineral Resources: www.dmr.gov.za


Ilemnite, rutile and zircon are

found on the West Coast.

Zircon is used in tile glazing and

ilmenite is melted to become pig

iron for use in engine blocks.

The left-over slag is used as

pigmentation in paints.

The Cape Bentonite Mine

(with five quarries) near

Heidelberg is run by Ecca

Holdings with another site east

of Knysna at Roode Fontein.

Dimension stone occurs around

Vanrhynsdorp (which also has

some gypsum) and mediumgrain

granite is found at Paarl.

Limestone for cement, agricultural

lime and feed lime is

extracted at several sites in the

province’s western regions while

kaolin is found in Noordhoek and

Somerset West. Ball clay is mined

in the Albertina district by G&W

Base and Industrial Minerals, a

subsidiary of the Zimco Group.

Pretoria Portland Cement

(PPC) has operations near

Riebeeck-West and Piketberg

(De Hoek). Slasto and building

stone is quarried near

Clanwilliam. Consol quarries

glass sand near Philippi.



Oil and gas


New terminals and increased storage capacity have boosted the sector.


A new LPG terminal has been

opened at Saldanha.

• Foreign investors are

showing interest.

The Western Cape’s status as an oil and gas hub was enhanced

in August 2017 with the opening of a new openaccess

liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) import and storage

terminal at Saldanha Bay. A public-private partnership is

behind the R1-billion terminal,

the largest of its kind in Africa.

Investors include Sunrise Energy,

the Industrial Development

Corporation (IDC), the Public

Investment Corporation (PIC) and

Royal Bafokeng Holdings.

More than 7 000 direct jobs

were created in ship and rig

repair sector of the oil and gas

business in 2015, according to a

report done for the Western Cape

Provincial Government. Foreign

investors are showing a keen

interest in the growing sector,

which contributed R1.5-billion to

the provincial economy. The Oil

and Gas Alliance reported in July

that it was having regular meetings

with interested investors.

A new facility is to be added

to the oil and gas sector in Cape

Town – a 118 000m³ fuel storage

unit. The Bergun terminal will

comprise 12 tanks located on the

Eastern Mole of the Port of Cape

Town and it will be connected by

pipeline to the Chevref refinery.



The oil and gas sector has

been chosen by the Provincial

Government of the Western Cape

as one of three sectors that will

drive rapid growth and create

jobs. The programme to support

the important sectors is called

Project Khulisa and it entails detailed

plans with progress reports

going to the Premier on a regular


The Saldanha Bay Industrial

Development Zone is central

to the plan to grow the oil and

gas sectors. Large industrial operations

already exist at Saldanha

and the Port of Saldanha Bay is

the portal for the export of South

Africa’s iron ore.

Considerable planning has

gone into positioning the SBIDZ

as a hub for a range of maritime

repair activities and oil rig maintenance

and repair.

Saldanha has not been chosen

by the national Department

of Energy (DoE) to host a gas-topower

plant: Richards Bay and

Coega (Port Elizabeth) have instead

been listed as the sites for

2000MW and 1000MW potential,

if private investors for projects at

those ports can be found. The

Provincial Government of the

Western Cape has asked the DoE

to reconsider and wants Saldanha

to be allocated at least 1000MW

potential for private companies

to consider bidding to run such

a power plant. If gas was used to

generate power, the next step

would be for factories to consider

using gas and then the whole energy

mix could be changed.

Another possible game

changer is shale gas. The Council

for Geoscience (CGS) is doing an

intensive study of South Africa’s potential shale gas resources.

Natural gas lies offshore to the west of South Africa in the Atlantic

Ocean (Ibhubesi) and off the southern coast in the Indian Ocean

(Bredasdorp Basin). Both fields have great potential: Block 2A of the

Ibhubesi gas field north-west of Saldanha is estimated to have reserves

of 850-billion cubic feet of gas and the Bredasdorp Basin is

said to have reserves of one-trillion cubic feet, but getting to the gas

has proved tricky.

Large quantities of oil are transported around the Cape of

Good Hope every year: 32.2% of West Africa’s oil and 23.7% of oil

emanating from the Middle East. Reduced global prices for oil and

troubles in the container ship market has caused some stress in the

local sector – DCD Marine went into voluntary business rescue in

November 2016 – but the long-term prospects for shipping and oil

and gas are still strong enough for national government to pursue

Operation Phakisa (which includes a strong maritime economy

push) and for Transnet National Ports Authority to spend heavily

on upgrading the nation’s ports.

Industrial gas manufacturing in the Western Cape is a particular

focus for Air Products, a part of the Metkor Group controlled by

Remgro. The company is the largest supplier in the pipeline and onsite

markets, and it also supplies to the packaged chemicals, bulk and

chemicals markets.

The gas-to-liquids plant which PetroSA runs at Mossel Bay on the

south coast is one of the country’s key pieces of energy infrastructure.

Getting new feedstock for this plant is now an urgent priorty (and

something which Project Ikhwezi was supposed to do) and a contract

has been signed with a Russian firm to prospect off the coast.

The Chevref oil refinery in the Cape Town suburb of Milnerton is

one of six in South Africa. It produces about 110 000 barrels a day of

South Africa’s total production of 703 000 barrels a day. Chevron gave

notice in early 2016 of its intention of leaving South Africa. A price of

R15-billion has been suggested for Chevron’s assets, which include a

lubricants business and 850 Caltex petrol stations.


Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association of Southern Africa:


National Department of Energy: www.energy.gov.za

National Energy Regulator of South Africa: www.nersa.org.za

Petroleum Agency of South Africa: www.petroleumagencysa.com

PetroSA: www.petrosa.co.za

South African Oil and Gas Alliance: www.saoga.org.za

Transnet Pipelines: www.transnet.net



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Renewable energy and nuclear power are in the mix.

The Western Cape hosts the country’s only nuclear power

station at Koeberg, north of Cape Town, and it has a pumped

water storage plant and three open-cycle gas turbines. In

October 2017 a site just north of Koeberg was approved by

the National Department of Environmental Affairs as the site for a new

plant. The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA), the state

body that oversees research and development of the sector, welcomed

the decision after a variety of places in the Western Cape and Eastern

Cape were listed as potential sites for several years.

The decision to actually go ahead and build the plant has not yet

been taken, but it seems that the South African government is determined

that a new plant should be built. There is considerable opposition

to this drive, not least because of the expected cost of the project.

The energy landscape of the Western Cape is undergoing rapid

change. The potential of renewable energy is being realised and there

is a strong lobby to build a gas-to-energy plant in the province.

One of the Cape’s prime tourism sites has installed a solar-powered

microgrid. Robben Island is a perfect example of where a stand-alone

power source can be used very effectively. Solar photovoltaic panels

will produce about half of the power needs of the island, which include

a working harbour and a desalination plant. Lithium-ion batteries will

store energy. The system was set up by Sola Future Energy and ABB

and paid for by the National Department of Tourism.


The sun is set to power

Robben Island.

The City of Cape Town wants

to generate 20% of its electricity

from renewable resources by

2020. To achieve this goal, the

city in 2017 took the National

Department of Energy to court in

a bid to allow the city to buy electricity

directly from independent

power producers. The city argues

that it has been waiting too long

for a response from the department

on this issue.

There have been long delays

in the signing of national power

purchase agreements (PPAs) with

independent power producers.

According to the South African

Renewable Energy Council

(SAREC), signing the outstanding

PPAs will unlock R58-billion

in investor value. There were

high hopes that the deals would

be signed in October 2017, but

then a new minister of energy

was appointed. Since the start of

the national Renewable Energy

Independent Power Producer

Procurement Programme

(REIPPPP) nearly R200-billion

has been attracted to the creation

of new energy sources in

South Africa.




The West Coast was the site of two

of the country’s first experimental

wind farms. By the time the fourth

bid window of the REIPPPP closed

in 2015, the Western Cape had

been allocated 11 projects, six

wind and five photo-voltaic solar

power. The total capacity of these

projects totalled 592MW. Among

the foreign companies to engage

in renewable energy projects in

the province are Gamesa and

Acciona, Gestamp Renewables,

Vestas, Sunpower and JinkoSolar.

The Provincial Government

of the Western Cape is prioritising

energy in its plans, and this

includes generation (gas, biogas

and renewables), distribution and

energy-saving. The key points of

the provincial energy plan are:

• efficiency in the system

• move faster on renewable


• move to gas.

Western Cape Minister of Economic

Opportunities Alan Winde

notes that the Department of

Agriculture, simply by carefully

recording its usage patterns,

has cut its electricity bill by


The National Cleaner

Production Centre (NCPC-SA)

promotes energy and water management

systems and standards.

The NCPC’s Industrial Energy

Efficiency Project saved more

than R1.7-billion in energy costs

between 2010 and 2015.

The Western Cape is lobbying

hard for the National Department

of Energy to allow Saldanha Bay to

be a site for a gas-to-power plant.

The site has existing bulk power

consumers like ArcelorMittal

Steel. If a gas plant is built at Saldanha, then it could be a catalyst for the

use of gas in many other sectors such as manufacturing and residential.

A pilot plant to investigate one of the more sophisticated aspects

of solar technology is under way at the Techno Park in Stellenbosch.

Photovoltaic Technology Intellectual Property (PTiP) and German

engineering company Singulus Technologies have started making

thin-film solar modules.

Funding for the project’s infrastructure came from the Technology

Innovation Agency, a unit of the Industrial Development Corporation

(IDC), and Stellenbosch University.

The Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s Energy Institute is a

leader in research in the field of electricity, and is also responsible for

a regional publication relating to domestic use, DUE.

The South African Renewable Technology Centre (SARETEC) on the

Bellville campus of CPUT offers courses such as Wind Turbine Service

Technician and Solar Photovoltaic Service Technician and various short

courses such as Bolting Joint Technology.

The Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies is at the

University of Stellenbosch and the University of Cape Town has the

Energy Research Centre. The University of the Western Cape is doing

research on the possibilities of hydrogen as an energy source.


Green Cape: www.greencape.co.za

National Department of Energy: www.energy.gov.za

National Nuclear Regulator: www.nnr.co.za

South African Photovoltaic Industry Association: www.sapvia.co.za

South African Renewable Energy Council: www.sarec.org.za

South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre:


South African Wind Energy Association: www.sawea.org.za

Transnet Pipelines: www.transnet.net



A solar project

in Touwsrivier is

powering ahead

The Managing Director of Pele Green Energy, Gqi

Raoleka, expands on his company’s goal to work

with rural communities to become self-sufficient.

Gqi Raoleka, MD

What is the aim of the project?

The project is a 36MW Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) Solar Power

plant. It provides solar renewable energy directly into the national

grid. It forms part of the Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy

Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).

When was it launched?

In December 2017, the power plant would have reached its third year

of operation. Power is being provided directly into the national grid

to Eskom.


Gqi Raoleka is a founding member

of the Pele Energy Group

and the Managing Director of

the renewable energy subsidiary,

Pele Green Energy, which was

founded in 2009. He has a degree

in Economics and Econometrics

and an Honours degree in

International and Monetary

Finance from the University of

Johannesburg. Under Gqi’s leadership,

Pele Green Energy has developed

into one of the largest

Independent Power Producers in

South Africa with a portfolio of

over 850MW.

Is any new technology being used?

The project uses CPV modules or panels instead of the more regular

Photovoltaic (PV) panels. The CPV modules allow for greater efficiencies

in the energy generation. The CPV modules are mounted on dual axis

trackers which allows the power plant to track the sun’s movement all

day leading to further improved efficiencies.

Who are the partners in the project?

Soitec is the CPV equipment supplier and a shareholder in the project.

Pele Green Energy holds 35% of the project shareholding and the local

community holds 5%. Group Five was the Balance of Plant provider and

the project’s senior debt was funded through the raising of a bond on

the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

What is the community involvement?

Our power plant, CPV1, invests a share of annual revenues in the

socio-economic and enterprise development of our host community,

Touwsrivier. The community also owns 5% of the power plant. Our

focus is on the economic revival of the community.

We have a 20-year licence to operate and intend to use our social

investments to diversify and grow the local economy to ensure that the

community becomes self-sustaining. We do this through Knowledge

Pele, a development firm that delivers a series of targeted interventions




which include a bursary programme for scarce skills;

accredited enterprise development programmes

for startup and existing SMMEs; and work experience

programmes. The flagship intervention is

the Community Industrialisation Programme. This

establishes medium-sized manufacturing facilities in

the Community to anchor economic development

and job creation.

Are there particular challenges in the

rural environment?

The biggest challenge to rural development is

distance. Distance increases the costs of access to

education, markets, healthcare and other social

and cultural infrastructure. This therefore places a

higher burden on rural communities, which can

either isolate them further or inspire local innovation

and self-sufficiency. Our approach in working

with rural communities is on self-sufficiency. Instead

of viewing these communities as labour reserves,

we’ve taken a view to see them as economic hubs

and we are working to help them achieve economic


What other services do you

deliver to the plant?

We fulfil and perform the asset management services

for the power plant. As such we are responsible

for systematic, coordinated activities and practices

to ensure the plant delivers the prescribed energy

performance and expected return on investment,

with the added view to enhance the long-term

quality and performance of the asset.

This is achieved, in part, through the day-to-day

management of the power plant, including oversight

over the appointed Operations & Maintenance

service provider, but also focusing on continuous

improvement and optimisation.




Fishing companies are listing.

Sea Harvest’s return to the main board of the JSE in March 2017

brought to three the number of major fishing companies

represented on Africa’s biggest stock exchange. Just weeks

earlier, Premier Fishing made its shares available to the public

for the first time while Oceana Group, a Tiger Brands company, has been

on the JSE for 70 years.

Sea Harvest’s listing follows the acquisition of a majority share of

Mareterram, an Australian prawn and food business. Sea Harvest has

a presence in 22 countries. In South Africa, the company runs several

shore-based factory plants, sells to more than 2 000 stores and has 46%

of South Africa’s retail frozen fish market.

The Oceana Group has purchased Foodcorp’s fishing rights and a

US fishmeal and oil company, Daybrook. The biggest brand performer

for Oceana is Lucky Star canned pilchards, which enjoys 80% of market

share in South Africa.

The Western Cape is responsible for about 75% of the nation’s fishing.

The value of the national catch across 22 commercial fishing sectors is

about R6-billion. Sectors range from the highly capitalised deep-sea

trawling industry to much smaller lobster and abalone operations.

Demersal fish such as hake and kingklip account for 46% of the national

catch, with pelagic fish (anchovy, pilchards and sardines) making up 23%.

Lobster makes up 11% and linefish 13%.

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries wants to restructure

the horse mackerel industry to promote local fishers and processors.

A 15-year contract awarded in 2015 on this basis was overturned by the

courts after objections by bodies such as Fish SA, which represents 11

fishing associations.


Fish SA: www.fishsa.org.za

National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries:


SA Deep Sea Trawling Industry Association: www.sadstia.co.za

South African Marine Safety Authority: www.samsa.org.za

Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative:



The Western Cape accounts

for 75% of South African


Most of South Africa’s large

food companies have fishing

divisions. Pioneer Fishing, which

has no connection to the multiproduct

group Pioneer Foods,

controls a canning, fishmeal

and fish oil factory in St Helena

Bay and a processing and freezing

factory in the Port Elizabeth


Premier Fishing and Brands

Limited, a subsidiary of Sekunjalo

Investments, runs 16 vessels and

operates at seven locations, including

a 1 760-ton cold storage

facility at the V&A Waterfront.

The company has lobster plants

at Port Nolloth and Hout Bay, and

a fish meal plant at Saldanha.

Viking Fishing is active in fishing,

processing and fish farms.

It has 1 250 employees across

its varied operations which include

trawling for hake; sardines

and anchovies; the West Coast

rock lobster and prawns (in

South Africa and Mozambique).

Dromedaris Visserye specialises

in Cape lobster, and supplies sardines

and anchovies to China and





Desalination plants are under construction.


The extremely serious drought plaguing the Western Cape has

sparked a boom in the construction of desalination plants. Cape

Town alone will build nine such plants by early 2018 which will

deliver 108-million litres of water per day.

The modular land-based plants are situated in diverse locations

such as the V&A Waterfront, the Port of Cape Town, Hout Bay, Red

Hill and Monwabisi.

A Cape Town company has experience in rolling out desalination

plants with big capacity. GrahamTek, a PSG company based in the

Strand, is consulting on Middle Eastern plants that produce more

than 1 000-million litres per day. In India and Saudi Arabia, the firm

will produce 800-million litres per day and pump the potable water

over a distance of more than 700km.

To find the money to deal with the drought and the longer-term

effects of climate change, the City of Cape Town issued a green bond

for the first time in 2017. It was over-subscribed and allowed the city to

get started on implementing its Climate Change Strategy.

Some of the long-term projects falling under the strategy include

new electric buses, energy-efficiency measures in city buildings,

improved sewerage plants, and the rehabilitation and protection of

coastal structures. The proceeds of the first green bond were directed

primarily at water-related issues:

• water pressure management

• water supply network


• water meter replacements

• waste water plant upgrades.


A Strand company has

become a world leader in


Cape Town will host a

water loss conference in


In 2018, Cape Town will host one

of world’s largest water loss conferences.

The International Water

Association’s (IWA) 2018 Water

Loss Conference will attract more

than 500 delegates to the Century

City Conference Centre and Hotel.

In South Africa, some 37% of all

water delivered to municipalities

is lost, according to Water Wheel

magazine, at a cost of R7-billion

per year. This presents an opportunity

for companies to provide

better pipes and smart meters.

In 2030 South African demand

for water will be 17% greater than

supply. That is the verdict of the



SA's Most Productive


Liquid storage solutions provider

SBS Tanks took top honours at

the Productivity SA 2017 National

Awards, where the company

was applauded for its use of

resources and epitomising the

highest qualities and attributes of

productivity. SBS Tanks ticked all

the boxes to clinch the prestigious

gold prize and the coveted title of

Most Productive Company in the

Corporate Sector.

2030 Water Resources Group.

The Water Resources Group, an

international consortium of private

companies, agencies and

development banks, has established

a South African chapter,

the Strategic Water Partners

Network (SWPN) which has a

focus on three things: water efficiency

and leakage reduction;

effluent and wastewater management;

and agricultural and supply

chain. SWPN aims to support government

and programmes have

been put in place in all three areas

that are showing results.

The Western Cape Provincial

Government has a two-pronged

strategy: new water infrastructure

for agriculture and water demand

management programmes to

improve efficiency.

In terms of its water infrastructure

and maintenance of its

wastewater treatments plants, the

Western Cape fares relatively well

compared to most other South

African regions. Only 3% of households

reported to the General

Household Survey of 2014 that

their water services had been interrupted.

Fully 87.7% were satisfied

with water delivery services. Access to water and sanitation in the

province is generally very good.

A provincial scheme to improve rivers has been outlined by Premier

Helen Zille. The River Improvement Plan ultimately seeks to improve

the lives of people living alongside rivers, but also ensuring that river

water quality enhances the region’s economy. The fruit, grape and

wine sectors need good-quality water, as do agri-processing concerns.

Programmes include upgrading wastewater treatment plants, clearing

alien vegetation and regular monitoring of water quality. The scheme

encompasses the Olifants-Doorn and Breede rivers.

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture has launched a climate

action plan called Smart Agri which includes doing studies on

conservation agriculture. The plan draws on the expertise of academics

and companies in the private sector.

One of the possible plans to add to the supply of the Western

Cape Water Supply System is the Berg River – Voëlvlei Augmentation

Scheme. This would entail pumping water out of Berg River in winter,

having first allowed for enough water to cover the ecological water

requirements of the river and the estuary.

A Water Stewardship programme has been introduced in the Breede

River catchment area. WWF-South Africa, Woolworths and Marks &

Spencer are collaborating on a scheme encouraging stone fruit farmers

to put in place systems that reduce risk to water supply and quality.

WWF-SA also has a Water Balance Programme which works to

increase the amount of clean water coming into the environment.

Woolworths’ contribution to this plan involves getting rid of alien

vegetation on the farm where it sources its wines (Paul Cluver Wines)

and in the Leeu River catchment area.

The introduction by the National Department of Water and

Sanitation and the Water Institute of South Africa (WISA) of the Blue

and Green Drop Awards has been very successful. The nation’s municipalities

receive scores reflectively how well they are doing in terms

of providing clean water.

In order to win a Drop Award (Blue for water quality, Green for waste

treatment), water systems have to score 95% or higher. The DWS has allocated

R4.3-billion to helping municipalities deliver water. The Interim

Water Supply Programme concentrates on 23 district municipalities.


Water Resources Group: www.2030wrg.org

Breede-Overberg Catchment Management Agency:


National Department of Water and Sanitation: www.dwa.gov.za

South African Water Research Commission: www.wrc.org.za

Water Institute of Southern Africa: www.wisa.org.za




Harnessing innovation

to tackle water scarcity

Rise Water Hackathon.

Rise, Barclays Africa’s innovation hub in Cape Town,

hosted a Water Hackathon in March 2017 to help

harness the power of technology, innovation and

collaboration to find solutions for the Western Cape’s

ongoing water crisis.

At the time, dam storage levels were at 23.5%, indicative

of the fact that the City of Cape Town was

in a particularly dire situation, especially with the

prospects of rain remaining elusive.

Rise’s sprint-like design event, held in conjunction

with Woolworths Holdings, convened industry

experts, policymakers, conservationists, students,

community members, scientists and engineers, and

invited them to come up with possible means of

alleviating the crisis.

According to Yasaman Hadjibashi, Chief Creation

Officer at Barclays Africa Group, they used the Rise

co-creation platform to help bring people from various

organisations and communities closer so that

we can collectively tackle our biggest societal challenges

and drive mass implementation of solutions.

This is in line with Rise’s belief that the most powerful

way of finding solutions is to bring together the most

diverse groups of people who would not ordinarily

cross paths.

Justin Smith, Head of Sustainability at Woolworths,

said water is a critical input to their products,

whether it is food or clothing. The efficient use

of water is of utmost importance in ensuring

productivity is maintained in the business. He

too believes that there is no one entity that can

single-handedly come up with a solution to the

water crisis we face, but that it is rather through

collaborative efforts by stakeholders from all

sectors that we’ll find workable solutions.

Participants in the Hackathon event were challenged

to generate solutions to improve agricultural, industrial

and residential water consumption. The winning

idea, proposed by Water Surge, is to create an online

and mobile public campaign that uses gamification

and integrated social media to encourage behaviour


“This is an innovation that could really help drive

water-saving behaviour change across Cape Town,

and could potentially be implemented in a short

timeframe,” said City of Cape Town water and energy

efficiency strategist Sarah Rushmere.

Additional Hackathon solutions proposed:

• A modular water storage system that collects

rainwater using panels

• A big data system to track water usage along a

supply chain

• Partnerships with retailers to encourage shoppers

to buy products that are produced using water


• Voucher and coupon systems to encourage

incentives for partnerships between government

and the private sector

• Helping consumers understand the impact

of producing different food groups on water





Steady growth is predicted in this diverse sector.

Growth in the Western Cape manufacturing sector between

2003 and 2013 averaged 2.2% and the Provincial Economic

Review and Outlook (Western Cape Treasury, 2015) predicts

the same level of growth to 2020. A diverse manufacturing

sector contributes 15% to the Western Cape’s GDP.

A recent Moody’s report on the green economy in Africa states

that South Africa is growing the fastest in that sector in Africa, and

one of the fastest in the world. The Western Cape is driving a green

economy manufacturing strategy focussed on the suburb of Atlantis.

About 70% of South Africa’s manufacturing in renewables is happening

in the Western Cape.

Atlantis was chosen in 2017 as the site of a new factory for Czech

fabric manufacturer PEGAS Nonwovens. At R1.3-billion, the investment

is the biggest secured by Wesgro and Into SA since 2011. Training for

local residents employed by the manufacturer will take place in the

Czech Republic. All of the raw materials for production will be locally

sourced but the high-tech machinery will be imported.

Even an established investor such as fridge manufacturer Hisense

is exploring ways to make its product greener, either through its own

processes or encouraging its suppliers to go down that route.


The Red Tape Reduction Unit

assisted a boat-builder secure

US orders.

• A Czech fabric manufacturer

has invested more

than R1-billion.

Within the Western Cape

manufacturing sector, the agriprocessing

sector (including

food and beverages and tobacco)

subsector is largest employer

(24%) followed by metals, metal

products, machinery and equipment

at 19%.

The Western Cape Provincial

Government has identified agriprocessing

as a key growth sector,

one of those most likely to deliver

economic growth and jobs. For

too many years, jobless growth

was the norm.

Food and beverages

The combination of excellent and

plentiful agricultural produce,

good manufacturing capacity

and a skilled workforce give the

Western Cape a competitive advantage

in the food and beverages

sector. A sophisticated transport

infrastructure system allows

it to service international markets.

Famous Brands has bought a

famous Western Cape brand in




its drive for greater backward integration.

Lambert’s Bay Foods

supplied Famous Brands restaurants

with chips for two decades.

With its purchase from Oceana,

Famous Brands now has greater

control over one of the vital items

on the menu of its 26 restaurant

brands, including Wimpy, Steers,

Fishaways and Mugg & Bean.

Lambert’s Bay Food sources potatoes

from all over South Africa,

but its proximity to the potatogrowing

Sandveld region is

help ful.

British American Tobacco,

which has about 65% of the legal

domestic market, has moved

its administrative headquarters to

the Waterfront.

The wheat-growing areas

of the Swartland host several

mills such as Sasko’s facility in

Malmesbury. Bokomo has several

manufacturing facilities in areas

such as Atlantis, Epping, Ndabeni

near Pinelands, Worcester and

Bonnievale. Safari Vinegar is

based in the Strand and there are

two Heinz manufacturing plants

at Wellington and Atlantis.

Two of the biggest chicken

processing facilities are located

on the N7 highway to

Malmesbury (Tydstroom) and on

the N1 to Worcester (Rainbow

Chickens). The Western Cape has

about 16 000 commercial pork

sows and produces a quarter of

South Africa’s milk.

Willards has a factory in

Goodwood, in nearby Parow

there is a Simba factory and local

chip and snack manufacturer

Messaris, which has been in operation

since 1898, has a facility

in Elsies River. Nestlé produces

condensed milk and milk powder in Mossel Bay and canned pet food

in Cape Town. Tiger Brands makes mayonnaise in Bellville and has also

invested heavily in its prepared meals plant in Cape Town.

SABMiller’s Newlands brewery is one of the busiest in the country

as it is responsible for providing product for a very large geographical


Coca-Cola bottler and distributor Peninsula Beverage has three

plants – at Parow, Athlone and Vredendal on the West Coast, and

employs 1 300 people.

Boat building

The Western Cape Government’s Red Tape Reduction unit assisted

one of the province’s biggest boat-builders, Phoenix Marine, to get

an abnormal load permit in time to attend a big boat fair in the US.

The affected yacht was worth R12.5-million and the company signed

contracts for two further boats valued at R29-million. The good news

continued for Phoenix Marine with investors coming on board for

$2-million and annual production targets being reset at three times

the current rate.

Nautic Africa make larger vessels, including patrol, defense, oil

and gas platform and commercial vessels. It is also active in service

and support, parts and spares and vessel leasing and management.

Robertson & Caine’s manufacturing facility in Woodstock produces

three boats a week for the international market. With a staff complement

of 1 350, a record of having launched more than 1 300 vessels

and a subsidiary company in Tampa, Florida, the company is a world

leader in power catamarans and sailing catamarans.

Atlantis is home to Admiral Boat Manufacturers and Phoenix Marine,

both specialist catamaran manufacturers, and Celtic Yachts who make

catamarans and cruising yachts. Ullman Sails makes sails in Maitland

while Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing constructs its catamarans

on the Foreshore.

The Whisper Boat Building Academy is located at the False Bay

TVET College.


Cape Town Boatbuilding and Technology Initiative (CTBi):


Cape Chamber of Commerce: www.capetownchamber.com

National Department of Trade and Industry: www.thedti.gov.za

South African Textile Federation: www.texfed.co.za

Wesgro: www.wesgro.co.za



Construction and property

Affordable accommodation is on the agenda of developers.


Fancourt Golf Estate has released

new plots for the first

time in a decade.

• A 42-storey giant will soon

appear on Adderley Street.

The release by the City of Cape Town of sites in Woodstock and

Salt River could lead to new housing for 4 000 lower-income

households. The city wants private developers and social

housing institutions to create affordable housing on the 11

sites that it has earmarked.

Some R16-billion has been invested since 2012 in the four districts

comprising the City of Cape Town CBD, but developers are being

asked to include affordable accommodation in their plans so that the

old apartheid spatial divide is not perpetuated.

House prices in Cape Town are moving upwards faster than

anywhere else in the country, both in terms of inflation (10.35% vs

5.59%, Lighthouse) and average

house prices (11.89% vs 5.6%,

Pam Golding). A six-bedroomed

Clifton house sold for a record

R90-million in November 2016.

As a symptom of how vibrant

Cape Town’s property market

is, Spear Reit has listed on the

Alternate Exchange, becoming

the first property fund to list as a

Western Cape entity. The gross lettable

area of the real estate investment

trust (REIT) is 172 000m² and

the intention is to take advantage

in Cape Town’s building boom.

A huge new tower will soon

dominate one of Cape Town’s

iconic corners. The Zero-2-One

Tower to be constructed on the

corner of Adderley and Strand

streets will be the tallest building

in Cape Town at 42 storeys.

Of the 860 planned apartments,

312 will be in the affordable category,

aligning the development

with broader social goals. The site

currently houses the Old Mutual

Centre and Exchange Place. Land

Equity and FWJK Developments

are the developers.

In another new development,

there will be 250 residential units




at a new building to be called

100 Buitengracht, together with

4 000m² for shops. Developer

Vantage Property is aiming for a

Green Star rating and says that

the design will respect the building’s

position between Riebeeck

Square on Buitengracht and the

historic Bo-Kaap neighbourhood.

Growth areas

Brackengate 2 is a new industrial

area that has been developed

east of the R300 highway. It is

intended as a warehousing and

distribution node, given the easy

access to the N1 and N2 highways.

Shoprite has a distribution centre

at the site. Brackengate Business

Park, the first phase of the development,

has tenants such as Fruit

and Veg City, Docufile, Pearson

and British American Tobacco.

Voortrekker Road is the subject

of several interventions to encourage

bulking up (businesses and

residential). The Greater Tygerberg

Partnership is working to provide

a catalyst for new developments

that will build on the area’s existing

strengths: transport links,

medical facilities, retail, motor

dealerships and residential.

Possible construction projects

could arise out of the fact that

about 100 000 students are in

the area. The Greater Tygerberg

Partnership has done a study

on students’ accommodation

needs and encouraged building

owners to cater to this need. Two

buildings have recently been

purchased with the intention

of turning them into student


The Voortrekker Road Corridor already has services and an established

built environment but it also has some dilapidated structures and lots

of open spaces. In other words, it has lots of potential.

A pilot scheme is being launched on the 22ha site of the old

Conradie Hospital, which lies not far from Voortrekker Road in the

suburb of Pinelands. A 3 000 housing unit development is planned

there which will align with the provincial government’s concept of Live,

Work, and Play. With the state (provincial or city government) putting

in the bulk infrastructure, costs for developers would be significantly

reduced – the quid pro quo is that the developer must then set aside

a certain number of housing units (49%) to grant-funded housing.

Spatial planning also underpins the thinking behind the concept

of an “aerotropolis”, the idea of using a city’s airport to be a catalyst for

growth across multiple sectors. The airport’s cluster of industries and

storage facilities should be linked to the metropolitan south-east and

two sections in Phillipi: the industrial area and the horticultural area

An area that continues to grow in terms of residential property is the

West Coast. With mountains to the east, it is logical that areas north of

Cape Town will grow: the only constraint is access to water. Blouberg,

Parklands and Sunningdale continue to grow and attract good houses

for residential property. Several schools have been built in the area.

George on the southern Cape coast has seen some substantial

new developments, including a private hospital built for Mediclinic,

some new malls and a number of estates being completed. The

famous Fancourt facility, which incorporates residential holiday accommodation

and a hotel, also has three golf courses (but one has a

very exclusive membership).

Fancourt in George was one of the first golf estates in South Africa.

In 2017 a set of new plots were offered for sale on what was described

as its “prized northern slopes”.

Kingswood is another premier golf estate in George. Pam Golding

was selling a three-bedroomed townhouse at Kingswood in 2016 for



Construction Industry Development Board: www.cidb.org.za

Master Builders and Allied Trades Association, Western Cape:


SA Estate Agency Affairs Board: www.eaab.org.za

SA Institute of Architects: www.saia.org.za

SA Institute of Valuers: www.saiv.org.za

SA Property Owners Association: www.sapoa.org.za.



Maritz Electrical

End-to-end electrical solutions.


Maritz Electrical is an empowerment company established

by Kurt Maritz in January 2000. Through

visionary leadership and experience, the company

has developed many strong and lasting relationships

with its customers. Maritz Electrical places great

emphasis on its relationship with clients, private

or commercial, and prides itself on the ability to

respond to any contracting requirements in an efficient

and cost-effective way. At Maritz Electrical

we aim to contribute positively to the South African

economy, provide excellent workmanship and be a

leader in quality service provision.

Mission Statement

Maritz Electrical delivers electrical installation and

support services to meet all needs in the commercial,

industrial and public-sector industries. Maritz

Electrical is committed to implementing the latest

technologies and industry practices. We provide

clients with experience, quality, accredited workmanship,

dedication and professionalism, and as a

result have become a leader in providing electrical


Our Services

We work closely with our customers, ensuring that

the task or project is completed on time and on

budget, using the highest quality products available.

In particular, Maritz Electrical has become a

premier supplier and installer of dedicated sports

lighting. This includes schools, universities, multisports

stadia and our most recent flagship project,

the St George’s Park cricket ground.

• Electrical and Reticulation Services

• Testing and Commissioning

• Water Analysis, Monitoring, Management and

Purification Systems

• Lighting and Power

• External Lighting

• Mechanical Services Integration

• Emergency Switchgear

• HV & LV Switchgear

• Pre-Planned Maintenance

Suppliers and Safety

Maritz Electrical has an internationally compliant

management system in place. Musco (leading

supplier of electrical sports lights) is one of our

established relationships that allows us to provide

products of a similar quality to that of Twickenham

Stadium and Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.

Company Professional Membership

• BBBEE Level 1

• ISO 9001 certified

• Electrical Contractors Association

• Master Builder Association Member

• Member of South African Institute of Lighting(SAIL)

Contact info

7 Wetton Road, Kenilworth, Cape Town, 7800

Tel: +27 21 703 0867 | Fax: +27 21 703 0868

Cell: 071 364 7354

Email: info@maritzelectrical.co.za

Website: www.maritzelectrical.co.za

We specialise in all residential and commercial areas

of electrical installation and maintenance. Our electrical

services include project management, design,

supply, installation, testing plus commissioning and

maintenance of electrical systems including:




Maritz Electrical in the limelight

Flagship projects.

Over and above the world-first cricket stadium lighting

project which Maritz Electrical delivered on time and on

budget in 2017, the company’s reputation for reliability has

been bolstered by the following flagship projects:

Cape Town Grand Parade: relit with Musco fixtures. The brief was

to improve the lighting level to reduce the personal crimes being

committed because of poor lighting.

Cape Town Festive Lights including Adderley, Strand and Main

streets: for the past three years, Maritz Electrical has been responsible

for the installation of the popular Festive Lights, to the delight

of citizens of and visitors to Cape Town

• Security lighting for waste water treatment plants: Musco’s metal

halide and LED system has become the preferred product of Cape

Town’s Department of Water and Sanitation and Maritz Electrical

is the proud installer.

In 2017, St George’s Park became the world’s first International Cricket

Council-compliant, LED-lit stadium and the first such stadium to be

fitted with theatrics. Port Elizabeth’s famous ground was the site of

the first-ever Test match to be

played on South African soil, back

in March 1889. Over four days in

December 2017, the ground

celebrated another landmark –

South Africa hosted Zimbabwe

in the first-ever day-night Test

match. The R27-million contract

was completed on time and on

budget by a team from Maritz

Electrical led by Warren Williams.

Two project managers from

Musco Lighting, the suppliers,

supported the installation. The

lights on top of the Duck Pond

Pavilion were hoisted at night,

the process being illuminated by


Lighting was installed for nine

community multi-purpose

sports fields. The project was

completed in one year.

St George’s Park Cricket Ground.

The Bravo Apron of Cape Town

International Airport was relit

with LED fixtures for Airports

Company South Africa.




Financial services is a growth sector.


The City of Cape Town has

issued a green bond.

• The JSE has opened an

Exchange Hub in Cape


The new green bond issued by the City of Cape Town is a sign of

the “climate change” times. South Africa’s third-ever green bond

attracted bids over R4-billion on an initial offering on projects

worth R1-billion.

The JSE intends opening a green section to deal with the expected

growth of such instruments. The lead arranger for the bond was Rand

Merchant Bank. The green bond is certified by the Climate Bonds

Initiative and ratings agency Moody’s gave the bond a rating of GB1.

The finance and insurance sector contributes 10.9% to provincial

GDP and is an area of the economy that shows consistent growth.

The sector outperforms most other sectors according to the FNB

Chart Book, and further growth is anticipated. New financial services

companies are starting or relocating to the Cape. These range from

asset managers to hedge funds, venture capitalists and insurers.

The decision by the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) to open

a JSE Exchange Hub in Cape Town confirms the city’s importance

in the financial world. There are eight Cape Town-based companies

in the Top 40 Index of the JSE: Capitec Bank, Mediclinic, Naspers,

Woolworths, British American Tobacco, Remgro, Shoprite Holdings

and Sanlam.

The head offices of financial

firms are dotted all over Cape

Town. These include Old Mutual

and Foord (Pinelands), Coronation

(Newlands), Prudential

(Claremont), Sygnia (Green Point),

Sanlam (Bellville) and Allan Gray

(Waterfront). PSG has its headquarters

in Stellenbosch and is

well represented in rural towns.

Even the small rural town of

Greyton is home to Overberg

Asset Management. Insurers such

as Santam and Metropolitan Life

are based in Bellville.

Most of the banking groups

also offer a range of services

such as asset management or

investment advice.

Financial services group

Old Mutual (a 54% stakeholder

in Nedbank) has begun the

process of creating four standalone

businesses out of the Old

Mutual Group. This will allow the

UK-based wealth management

business and the New York-based

asset managers to be free of linkages

to the rand, while the South





African businesses, Nedbank and

Old Mutual Emerging Markets,

can focus on their specialities.

Fintech is increasingly important

to financial institutions. Barclays’

app development organisation,

Rise, has seven outlets around the

world, including one in Woodstock

in Cape Town. A French-funded

fintech operation was launched at

Century City in 2016.

The African Institute of Financial

Markets and Risk Management

(AIFMRM) aims to meet the demands

for skills by developing

local talent. It is supported by

the Western Cape Provincial

Government, the University of

Cape Town, Barclays Africa Group,

FirstRand and Liberty.

The insurance market has become

more varied over time, with

a greater variety of products now

available to more market segments,

including middle-income

earners. A typical example of a specific

product that is responding to

new realities is Old Mutual’s iWYZE

medical gap cover, designed to

pay the difference between what

a medical aid scheme is willing to

pay and what the hospital or doctor

is charging.

A number of new licences for banks are in the pipeline, with the first of

these being a digital bank. The banking licence issued in 2017 to Take

Your Money Everywhere (Tyme, by Commonwealth Bank of Australia) is

the first to be issued since Capitec was granted a licence by the South

African Reserve Bank in 1999.

Capitec, with its roots in Stellenbosch, has since gone on to become

a major player on the South African retail banking scene. It now

merits inclusion in a new “Big Five”, with Standard Bank, Absa, FNB and

Nedbank. In terms of assets, the five biggest banks are Standard Bank,

FirstRand (which owns FNB), Absa (which is part of Barclays Group

Africa), Nedbank and Investec. According to the Reserve Bank, this

group had 89% of market share in 2015.

Merchant banking and investment banking are the most competitive

sectors with companies such as BoE Private Clients, Rand Merchant

Bank and Investec prominent.

Other applicants for new banking licences are Discovery and Post

Bank, a division of the South African Post Office. Discovery is already

a giant on the JSE (market value of R83-billion) with a wide range of

products and services that give it access to millions of customers. Life

insurer MMI Holdings is entering a partnership with African Bank to

enable it to start taking deposits and loaning money.

Banks are working hard to offer products to the previously unbanked.

Nedbank has partnerships with shops such as Boxer Stores

and Pick n Pay where customers can have access to financial services

in previously unserviced areas and also on all days of the week such

as public holidays and Sundays.

Standard Bank’s community-banking initiative offers a low-cost

cellphone-banking service. Retailers can act as agents for the bank,

even in very remote rural areas. Shops such as Shoprite, Pep and Spar

are connected, as are certain spazas.


Auditor-General South Africa: www.agsa.co.za

Banking Association South Africa: www.banking.org.za

Financial Services Board: www.fsb.co.za

Insurance Institute of South Africa: www.iisa.co.za

JSE Limited: www.jse.co.za

South African Institute for Chartered Accountants:


South African Reserve Bank: www.resbank.co.za



Building shared value

John Tshabalala, Managing Executive Western

Cape, expands on the shared growth approach.

John Tshabalala

Tell us about your new premises.

Absa has consolidated its 14 Western Cape offices into one centrally

located regional office, which facilitates better collaboration between

our various business units to improve client service and solutions development.

The new office also offers a more professional environment

for client meetings and even allows clients to use dedicated spaces

for their own meetings. Bringing everything under one roof further

helps to create a dynamic, agile environment that stimulates internal

creativity and productivity.

What is Absa’s take on the regional economy?

Our Western Cape regional office, through the investment in our new

premises in Century City, speaks to Absa’s continued commitment to

the region.


John Tshabalala joined Absa

in 2000 and has held a variety

of roles from Branch Manager,

Sales Manager and Regional

Head for Retail to Regional

Executive for Private Bank. In

2014, Tshabalala expanded

his experience and joined the

wealth, investment management

and insurance division as

a provincial General Manager in

the Eastern Cape, later expanding

to the other Cape regions.

In October 2017 Tshabalala

assumed the role of Managing

Executive, Western Cape.

Please explain the concept of “Shared Growth”.

Absa is leading a shift away from traditional grant-making and corporate

responsibility programmes towards an integrated approach

that delivers both shareholder and social returns. By embracing a

philosophy of shared value, the bank is seeking to apply its substantial

resources more deliberately – both assets and expertise – to unlock

solutions to social challenges through innovative products, services,

and partnerships. This is Shared Growth.

So you are looking for some solutions for social ills?

Because so much of South Africa’s potential remains untapped and

limited by social challenges, strategically tackling those challenges will

unlock substantial new growth opportunities. Absa is committed to

ensuring that every business decision made not only contributes to the

bottom line but also improves the lives of the communities in which

the bank operates. There is a link between society’s progress and our

own success. We strive to be a good corporate citizen and contribute

meaningfully to society

How can the bank drive growth?

Healthy economies need strong banks to drive economic growth and

social progress, and as a business the bank has an opportunity to play

a pivotal role in fostering innovation and facilitating inclusive Shared

Growth for current and future generations. It’s this concept of Shared

Growth that lies at the heart of our strategy in Africa.



Sharing. It’s the most powerful

form of humanity. It is something

we are taught before we can

even walk. Because in sharing lies

positive growth for all. The

chance to prosper. To give and

receive. It holds the promise of a

strengthened society. It connects

us and evolves us. From learning

to getting people ready to work.

From dreaming of careers to

studying for them. From having

fun to meetingresponsibilities.

It stimulates the innovators and

inspires future leaders. Sharing is

something we practice everyday.

We listen, we care, we design,

we add value, to your life and

that of others. We empower

small businesses to think big

and big businesses to remember

the small. There is a beginning

to Shared Growth. But there is

no end. And each time we share

we know that some day, in some

way, it will be shared again.

When we share, we grow. When

we grow, we all prosper.

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Share. Grow. Prosper.


Unlocking shared

growth for the Western Cape

Absa is using sustainable business models to tackle social problems

Absa’s Shared Growth strategy is focused on three

interlinked themes where we believe the bank can

have the greatest impact: Education and Skills,

Enterprise Development and Financial Inclusion.

By tackling social challenges through commercial

business models, the bank offers self-sustaining and

scalable solutions. These solutions offer considerable

advantages because they:

• increase access to employment opportunities

through skill building

• provide access to quality education

• give support to small and medium enterprises


• provide wider, more convenient access to

financial services.

The Shared Growth strategy is therefore focused on

these interlinked themes. In implementing its Shared

Growth strategy, the bank works with like-minded

partners in business, government, academia and

the non-profit sector. Forging strong public-private

partnerships is key to creating shared value that can

deliver maximum impact.

Education and Skills

Absa has committed to investing R1.4-billion over

the next three years to support education and skills

development across Africa.

ReadytoWork, the bank’s employability initiative,

trains young people who are setting out to find

employment or create self-employment. Focusing

on work, people, money and entrepreneurial skills,

this free online and face-to-face training initiative

provides learning material to help young people

improve the soft skills needed to move from education

into the world of work. Once young people have

completed the curriculum, they receive a certificate

of participation.

In the Western Cape a number of ReadytoWork

awareness programmes have taken place at

Technical Vocational Education and Training

(TVET) colleges, schools and universities, including

Northlink College, South Cape College and the Cape

Peninsula University of Technology. The purpose is

to encourage students and budding entrepreneurs

to register for ReadytoWork and complete the

curriculum on absa.co.za/readytowork

Absa, who banks 34 out of the 50 TVETs in South

Africa, provided work exposure for students at TVETs

in the Western Cape over a three-week period in

July 2017. A total of 135 students and three lecturers

spent time with 57 employees from Absa who

volunteered their time. The students, mostly from

areas like Khayelitsha, Vredendal, Imizamo Yethu and

Manenberg, received valuable mentoring as well as

presentations on Absa Bank’s products, services, and

the banking laws.

University Scholarships

The CEO Scholarship Fund forms part of the

Education and Skills Development pillar of Absa’s

Shared Growth strategy through which it has undertaken

to invest R1.4-billion in education and skills

training between 2016 and 2018.

Absa Bank has committed to an almost three-fold

increase in the Barclays Africa Group’s 2017 CEO

Scholarship Fund to R210-million. This will result in

3 000 university students across its 10 African markets

receiving a scholarship for the current academic

year. In the Western Cape, between 2016 and 2017,

the allocation is more than R35-million to students

from the University of the Western Cape, Cape




Peninsula University of Technology, Stellenbosch

University and the University of Cape Town.

Enterprise Development

Rise: Barclays Africa Group’s fintech innovation hub

in Cape Town is supporting five women entrepreneurs

in the information and communications sector

by providing a year-long subsidised membership to

the Rise co-creation community and workspace.

Four start-ups were selected for support:

• 88 Business Collective: The accelerator

programme headed by Antoinette Prophy is

focused on emerging women entrepreneurs.

• Trade Circle: Founded by Lauren Davidse, Trade

Circle is developing a digital business-to-business

(B2B) trading platform to modernise the supply

chain of SMMEs.

• Minderz: Started by Boitumelo (Tumi) Menyatswe,

Minderz is an easy-to-use online platform that

connects pet parents/owners with experienced,

available and vetted sitters.

• Girl Hype: The brainchild of Baratang Miya is an

education technology (edtech)​ start-up.

#YouthStart: Small and medium enterprises

are essential to growing the economy across the

continent. #YouthStart is a City of Cape Town

programme assisted by Absa’s Business Support


The top 10 winners were placed in Absa’s entrepreneurship

training and the financial literacy programme,

and they received computer notebooks.

The top three winners received seed capital to kickstart

their business ideas.

Cape Town Film Festival: Absa recently partnered

with Wesgro and the City of Cape Town to promote

Cape Town and the Western Cape Province as a film

production destination. Absa has expanded on a

unique partnership with China to promote South

African and African productions by means of mobile

movie theatres across townships.

Absa Cape Epic: Absa has been the proud title

sponsor of the Absa Cape Epic since 2006, and is

thrilled to be part of an event that makes an impact

in the lives of the teams who participate and the

communities who benefit from the race.

Financial Inclusion

Many of the SMEs that corporates may be looking

to support through procurement spend may not be

able to get funding from a bank because they do

not have a financial track record. Getting a loan from

a bank normally requires financial records, strong

balance sheets, good credit records and collateral –

none of which most small businesses have.

These entities then end up having to go to the informal

markets to borrow at exorbitant rates, which

defeats the whole purpose of building sustainable


Barclays Africa has two initiatives in this field. Firstly,

we have established an innovative fund to provide

lending to SMEs that are in the supply chains of our

clients. This enables us to partner with our corporate

clients to develop and transform their supply chains

through financing. Furthermore, we recently set

aside a R165-million fund to finance qualifying SMEs

in our own supply chain.



Development finance

and SMME support

Opportunities abound for entrepreneurs.

There are many private and state initiatives to support

entrepreneurs. In the Western Cape, the annual SMME

Opportunity Roadshow showcases opportunities, allows for

relevant networking and guides small businesses on how to

get their products and services into the mainstream of the economy.

The Roadshow (shown in the photograph) is also held in Port Elizabeth,

Durban and Johannesburg and is supported by the Department of

Small Business Development.

The Philippi Village Container Walk houses key-cutters, building

material suppliers, hairdressers and clothes shops. With the backing

of the IDC, the two-storey creations house retail shops on the bottom

floor and offices on the top floor. Several NGOs have a presence and

training is available for entrepreneurs. Philippi Village is a joint venture

between Business Activator and the Bertha Foundation, a global

philanthropic foundation.

The Premier’s Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards (PERA) for

the Western Cape entered its fifth year in 2017. Premier Helen Zille

said at the 2016 awards that entrepreneurs employ 500 000 people

in the province which is why the provincial government had supported

35 000 small businesses since 2009. Among the winners in

2016 were Auto Magneto, Pure Good Food, Doring Bay Abalone and

Shonaquip. Co-sponsors of the event are Absa, Business Partners

Limited, Ackerman Pick n Pay Foundation and Deloitte.

Cape Gateway, the website of the Western Cape government, lists

50 SMME support organisations in the province. These range from the

provincial trade and investment promotion agency, Wesgro, to smaller

community institutions and business initiatives. Several industry bodies

also exist to assist SMMEs in sectors such as clothing and textiles,

arts and crafts, and boatbuilding, as well as training centres in areas

identified as having high unemployment and skills shortages.

The National Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) has

several programmes to assist SMMEs and co-operatives. These include:

• The Black Business Supplier Development Programme, a costsharing

grant to promote competitiveness

• The Co-operative Incentive Scheme, a 100% grant.

The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) is an agency of

the DSBD and gives non-financial support to entrepreneurs through

training, assistance with filling in forms, marketing and creating


A Seda Rapid Incubator has

opened at False Bay TVET


• The AHI has rebranded

as the Small Business


business plans. It helps small

businesses draft applications for

loan finance.

Seda has established a Rapid

Incubator in partnership with

the Centre for Entrepreneurship

(CFE) at False Bay TVET College,

Westlake Campus.

Intended to encourage TVET

graduates to start their own

businesses, the focus is on metal

fabrication and furniture making.

The Rapid Incubation Programme

encourages innovative thinking

and promotes students, entrepreneurs

and potential clients to

interact. Learning how to commercialise

products and services

is a key element of the course.

Business Partners Limited is

described by Seda as “one of the

more successful SMME support

organisations”. With a head office

in central Cape Town, Business

Partners is an unlisted company

that offers loans, mentorship,

consulting and business support.

The National Gazelles is a national




SMME accelerator jointly funded

by Seda and the DSBD. The aim

is to identify and support small

businesses with growth potential

across priority sectors aligned

with the National Development

Plan and Seda’s SMME strategy.

Businesses can receive up to R1-

million for training, productivity

advice, business skills development

and the purchase of equipment.

The Industrial Development

Corporation (IDC) is a strong

supporter of SMMEs either by disbursing

loans or by taking minority

shares in enterprises and giving

advice. The Masisizane Fund

offers loan financing at good rates

and training through its Business

Accelerator programme. As a

non-profit initiative of the Old

Mutual Group, the fund focusses

on the cash flow of potential businesses

rather than insisting on security

in the form of property or

something similar.

All the major banks have

SMME offerings. Standard Bank’s

Community Investment Fund (CIF) initiative extends loans to informal

businesses. The CIF has distributed more than R7-million to more than

630 businesses through its six funds in three provinces.

Nedbank has an enterprise-development product that supports

businesses with a turnover up to R35-million with at least 25% black


The Shanduka Black Umbrellas incubator helps entrepreneurs convert

their good ideas to sustainable business practice.

The Afrikaansehandelsinstituut (AHI) has rebranded as the Small

Business Institute. Representing over 100 chambers, the SBI is a member

of Business Unity South Africa.

The National Small Business Chamber (NSBC) has a base of over

125 000 SMEs and 50 big brands as partners. A member-based organisation

that offers benefits, the NSBC runs surveys and hosts expos,

networking events and awards functions.


Cape Gateway: www.capegateway.gov.za

Development Bank of Southern Africa: www.dbsa.org

Industrial Development Corporation: www.idc.co.za

National Small Business Chamber: www.nsbc.org.za

PERA: www.wcpremiersawards.co.za

Small Enterprise Development Agency: www.seda.co.za

Small Enterprise Finance Agency: www.sefa.org.za

SMME Opportunity Roadshow: www.smmesa.co.za



Andile Nomlala

Advocating for a

fundamental shift

Andile Nomlala, Provincial Chairperson of the

BMF Western Cape, outlines the measures

taken to move transformation forward.

Please outline the main objectives of

the Black Management Forum.

The Black Management Forum in the Western Cape has positioned

itself to be a catalyst for transformation in a province where our recent

past still finds expression in how companies are run but also in how

we relate to one another. This requires a fundamental shift in mindset

that the BMF continues to advocate for.

What is the BMF’s current focus?

We have two main focus areas. To continue to advocate for greater representation

of black professionals in corporate Western Cape through

the promotion of laws such employment equity. We have established

an HR desk that provides talent placement services within companies.

Also, to fast-track enterprise development through cooperation with

corporate Western Cape and other relevant stakeholders.


Andile Nomlala has more than

nine years’ experience as an

entrepreneur. His business

investments cover industrial

properties, valet services and

a financial services company,

Deposit4U. His background is

in investment and finance. He

holds an Honours degree from

the Graduate School of Business

(UCT): a Postgraduate Diploma

in Management Practice and

an MBA, Executive. Andile

was recently recognised by

the Independent Media Group

as the finalist in South Africa’s

Top 100 young independents in

2017: Innovator category.

What are some of the BMF’s most recent achievements?

The establishment of our branches in Century City with the support

of ABSA Bank and in Cape Town through Allan Gray, PwC, Engen,

Woolworths and Old Mutual, driven by the increased membership.

The launch of the Transformation Forum, one of our key legacy projects.

Hosting the inaugural Black Excellence Awards addressed by

former Deputy Chief Justice, Dikgang Moseneke. The awards showcase

black managerial excellence. The various categories include Business

Personality of the Year, Progressive Company of the Year and Manager

of the Year.

How would you characterise the relationship with

civil society, labour unions and government?

The BMF is a non-partisan organisation and we welcome engagements

with all types of organisations if there is common ground. We also

welcome individual members from different sections of society and

organisations. We always first seek to cooperate, and then contest

where we are not satisfied with measures taken. Case in point: we

engaged Parliament and the Presidency on the appointment of the

NYDA board. We have been involved in arbitration efforts for the

#Feesmustfall movement with a view to finding a lasting solution. Our

strategy consisted of bringing all relevant parties together.



West Coast Business

Development Forum


West Coast


Working together to grow the West Coast economy.

Aims and objectives

• Establish robust and reliable dialogue of large

firms with relevant bodies in the public sector.

• Prioritise and reduce stifling factors, case-by-case.

• Focus on growing the West Coast District



• Up to 20 large/leading firms in the West Coast

District (in terms of size and innovation)

• Government: municipal, provincial, national

• Relevant State-Owned Entities (SOEs)

• Representatives of key sector clusters could be

invited to join at a later stage.


Firms: ArcelorMittalSA, Club Mykonos,

Duferco, Kaap-Agri, Kropz, Mittal, Mineral

Sands Resources (MSR), Oceana, Pioneer, PPC,

Sea Harvest, Swartland Boudienste, Tronox.

Government: Bergrivier Local Municipality,

Cederberg LM, Matzikama LM, Saldanha Bay LM,

Swartland LM, West Coast District Municipality.

Province: Department of Economic

Development and Tourism, covering water,

environment, energy, infrastructure and

Spatial Development Frameworks.

National: National Department of Cooperative

Governance and Traditional Affairs and Industrial

Development Corporation: National Infrastructure

Plan has various Strategic Integrated Projects.

Number 5 centres on Saldanha-Northern Cape

development corridor and includes a focus on:

Integrated rail and port expansion:

• Back-of-port industrial capacity (including an IDZ).

• Strengthening maritime support capacity for oil

and gas along African West Coast.

• Expansion of iron-ore mining production and


State Owned Enterprises:

IDZ, Eskom, Transnet Ports, Transnet Rail.


• Meetings – every fourth Tuesday of the month

excluding December.

• EzyED online group collaboration – ongoing

value addition eg raise and resolve issues, inform


Roles and responsibilities

• Work together as a team, across institutional


• Participate and contribute to productive


• Ongoing, anytime solution development and

online group collaboration.

• Record progress and keep everyone informed.

• Work as a cross-institutional team to raise and

resolve issues.

• Discuss and build solutions for a more vibrant

West Coast economy.

• Promote the West Coast and support others

doing the same.


WCDM Co-chairpersons

Johan Vorster and Frank Pronk


West Coast District Municipality

(Strategic Services Office)

Tel: 022 433 8400

Email: info.wcbdf@ezyed.com


Development Forum



Education and training

Tackling the skills deficit.

Skills training is seen by many economic planners as the single

biggest priority for South Africa and the Western Cape.

Airports Company SA (ACSA), the City of Cape Town and the

False Bay Technical and Vocational Education and Training

(TVET) College in Westlake have combined in an innovative initiative

to offer residents of Blikkiesdorp a chance to learn skills in brick-laying,

house-building, scaffolding and health and education.

ACSA is investing R5-million in the 12-month certification project

and the Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA) will

channel funds to False Bay College to enable it to roll out training.

Once trainees have completed the National Certificate in

Community Housebuilding, they will set about building houses for

themselves and their neighbours in communities near the airport.

The Western Cape Provincial Government has listed skills development

as one of four key “enablers” of the regional economy. An

intervention relevant to the construction industry is offered by the

provincial Department of Transport and Public Works. Targeted training

for emerging contractors is presented in regional centres like Riversdale

and Worcester, and in Piketberg and Saldanha. The four-week, modular

course covers issues such as site management, safety and enterprise

development and allows contractors to continue running their businesses

while they study. The course supports the Expanded Public

Works Programme (EPWP).

Another provincial initiative was launched in 2016: the Western

Cape’s Apprenticeship Game Changer. Announced at the annual

meeting of the Premier’s Council on Skills, the Game Changer aims to

introduce 32 500 qualified apprentices into the labour market by 2019.

R1-billion has been allocated over a three-year time frame.

The Lawhill Maritime Centre in Simon’s Town is preparing young

people for careers in the maritime sector. Subjects offered include

nautical sciences, maritime economics and electronic navigation

systems. The school is funded by a variety of companies (such as

Safmarine Container Lines, Grindrod and SMIT Amandla Marine), state

organisations (Transnet National Port Authority and the South African

Maritime Safety Authority) and private foundations. Educational

commentator Jonathan Jansen wrote in the The Times that the centre

“reminds us what our country can still become – without any direct

state funding”.

SARATEC is another institution offering industry-specific training.

The South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre is managed

by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (Bellville campus) but it


• The Lawhill Maritime

Centre is successfully

launching maritime


• Communities near the

Cape Town International

Airport are learning to

build houses.

collaborates with several other institutions

and private companies.

Technical and Vocational Education

and Training (TVET) colleges

offer a range of diplomas and

short courses in many skills. Each

of the province’s six TVET colleges

has several campuses.

The College of Cape Town

(CCT) has nine outlets and caters

to the central city. Northlink

College is in the northern suburbs

of Cape Town and is an innovator

in workplace monitoring. It

has three business units that

give students experience: Hair

and Cosmetology, the Clothing

Factory, and a restaurant and conference

centre. The Fitting and

Machining Centre of Excellence

at Wingfield has the latest equipment.

False Bay TVET College

has campuses in Fish Hoek,

Muizenberg, Mitchell’s Plain,

Khayelitsha and Westlake.

Outside of the Cape metropole,

Boland College looks after

Stellenbosch, Worcester, Paarl and

Caledon, while the Southern Cape

College covers a wide area, from




George to Beaufort West. The

West Coast College also has a big

catchment area. Boland College

participates in an Expanded

Public Works Programme (EPWP)

run by the South African Chefs’


Tertiary education

The 2018 Quacquarelli Symonds

(QS) World University Rankings,

ranked the University of Cape

Town in the top 200 universities

in the world and the top-ranked

institution in Africa.

The University of Stellenbosch

was ranked second in South

Africa and the University of the

Western Cape appeared for the

first time on the expanded list.

The rankings are based on six indicators:

academic peer review,

faculty/student ratio, citations

per faculty, employer reputation,

international student ratio and

international staff ratio.

These three institutions, plus

the Cape Peninsula University of

Technology, produce approximately

12 000 science, technology, engineering and mathematics

graduates every year and host 11 000 students from other African


The University of Cape Town has more than 21 500 students, 720

permanent staff and 39 A-rated researchers (40% of South Africa’s total).

Stellenbosch University is linked to Stellenbosch’s growing reputation

as a technology hub.

The University of the Western Cape has focused on increasing its

research capabilities in recent years, and is home to several national

research bodies. In 2015, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

(CPUT) celebrated its 10th year as a merged institution.

University education is available in George through the Nelson

Mandela University (NMU): Saasveld is home to the School of Natural

Resource Management and the York Street Campus delivers courses

in business and social science, accounting and business management.

One of the major role-players in tertiary education in the region

is the University of South Africa (Unisa), a comprehensive distancelearning

institution. It has a student complement of approximately

30 000 in the Western Cape (and more than 350 000 worldwide). Unisa

has a campus in the northern suburbs of Cape Town and a Service

Centre in George.


Cape Peninsula University of Technology: www.cput.ac.za

Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA):


TVET colleges: www.tvetcolleges.co.za

Western Cape Education Department: www.westerncape.gov.za

Western Cape Education Foundation:




College of Cape Town

The forward-looking college has a history dating back to the early 20th century.

Louis van Niekerk,

Principal of the College

of Cape Town

The College is a

public Technical

and Vocational

Education &

Training (TVET)

College, under

the Department of

Higher Education

and Training.

Qualifications offered

are accredited,

affordable and

quality assured by

Umalusi, various


Description of educational offerings

The College is a leading provider of education and

training in mainly the Technical and Vocational

Education and Training (TVET) band and has much

to offer students and prospective partners as an

alternative to Basic and Higher Education and

Training. Qualifications include skills programmes,

technical, vocational and occupational training

that lead to recognised, accredited qualifications

that are in high demand by commerce

and industry.

Students are able to pursue a range of courses in

the following disciplines:

• Art and Design

• Beauty Therapy

• Building and Civil Engineering

Business Studies

• Education and Training

• Electrical Engineering

• Hair Care

• Hospitality

• Information Technology

• Mechanical Engineering

• Travel and Tourism

Location of facilities

The College is situated in the central area of the

Peninsula. The central office is located in Salt

River, and the College of Cape Town also has

three residences.

It has eight campuses located in:

• Athlone

Cape Town city centre

• Crawford

• Gardens

• Guguletu

• Pinelands

• Thornton

• Wynberg

Support services

Students at the College may access a variety of

support services to assist them within coping with

problems and difficulties, whether personal or academic.

These services are provided free of charge

and include:

• Counselling

• Academic support

• Health education workshops

• Assistance in applying for loans (loans are not

supplied directly by the College)

• Work placement services

• Social and cultural services




Key facts and figures

Year established: The College of Cape Town is

the oldest Technical and Vocational Education

and Training institution in South Africa with a

proud history dating back to the beginning of the

20th century.

As the name suggests, we are based in Cape Town.

Four former technical colleges, Athlone College,

Cape College, Sivuyile College and Western Province

Technical College, were officially merged on

1 February 2002 to become the College of Cape

Town. This arose from a rationalisation in TVET colleges

in which some 150 colleges around the country

were reduced to 50.

No of staff: 670 (full-time)

No of registered students: 14 379

Qualifications offered: Certificates, Higher

Certificates, Diplomas, UNISA B.Ed Degree

(Foundation Phase), Skills Programmes, Learnerships,

Accredited Trade Test Centre


Key contact people:

Louis van Niekerk, Principal.

Wilfred Jackson, Chief Financial Officer.

Sharon Grobbelaar, Marketing Manager.

Physical address: 334 Albert Road,

Salt River, Cape Town 7945

Postal address: PO Box 1054,

Cape Town 8000

Tel: +27 21 404 6700 / 086 010 3682

Fax: +27 21 404 6701 / 086 615 0582

Email: info@cct.edu.za

Website: www.cct.edu.za



Empowering with

knowledge or skills

through short courses

Mike du Plessis, Director of Short Courses, explains

the empowering effect of short courses.

Mike du Plessis

What was the original aim behind the short courses?

The idea was to empower people with knowledge or skills simply to

do the job better at the time, in their industry. Or to excel in the job or

to get a promotion where they were working.

Can an unemployed or young person also sign up?

Yes, and they now often make up a substantial part of a class. It’s also

aimed at employers: we find that they sponsor the fees.

Do organisations ask for courses for unemployed people?

There are initiatives out there. The City of Cape Town has projects

running from time to time. They will ask, can we empower people with

basic computer skills, for instance.

Do you customise courses?

A municipality might want a specific course in say project management,

then we customise it and we can deliver it onsite.


Mike du Plessis has a B.Comm

from the University of Port Elizabeth

and an MBA earned in the

US. His PhD research field relates

to customer loyalty. Having

started in banking, Mike worked

for Ford Motor Company before

joining the Cape Technikon and

becoming Head of Marketing

and Assistant Dean. Since 2005

he has been Director of Short

Courses at CPUT.

Has the demand for training changed over time?

Management science was actually the birthplace of short courses

at the old Cape Technikon. The initial courses were often business/

management related, accounting, later on computers and then sales.

It grew into the world of engineering and financial systems, and now

you find courses in cyber security.

Are certificates issued?

They always get a certificate, it could be of attendance, it could be of

competence. What they do not get and what we do not claim to give

is a qualification (which consists of more than 120 credits). If you did a

short course with us, as a university we can say that it will count towards

a certain number of credits with a formal (diploma) course with us. A

short course can be a gateway to signing up at CPUT, especially if it’s

combined with recognition of prior learning (RPL).




Cape Peninsula

University of Technology

CPUT Short Courses.

Creating futures

Our short courses are aimed at developing your

skills. They give insight into various fields, empowering

you to make decisions about your career and

future. Our courses are affordable and our university

is your quality guarantee.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology offers a variety

of short courses, making it easy for persons who

are already employed to study part-time. Courses

range from half-day courses to six months or a year.

Courses are offered at the two campuses of CPUT in

central Cape Town and Bellville. The South African

Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC) is

located on the Bellville campus and practical marine

and survival training takes place at our Granger

Bay facilities.

The university has six academic faculties and departments

within faculties are responsible for short

courses. Courses on Human Resource Management,

for example, are offered by the Graduate Centre for

Management (Faculty of Business and Management

Sciences) while Helicopter Underwater Rescue

Training (HUET) is presented by the Survival

Centre (Engineering).

Relevant fields of study

• Administration

• Clothing and textiles

• Computers

• Cyber security

• Education

• Engineering

• Events

• Finance

• Hospitality Management

• Information and Communication Technology


• Journalism

• Language and communication

• Management

• Maritime and survival

• Production

• Public relations

• Quality control

Time is

running out.




creating futures

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

(CPUT): Short Courses

Tel: +27 21 460 3079

Email: shortcourses@cput.ac.za

Website: www.cput.ac.za/academic/


Telephone numbers for specific courses are

on the website. Administrators are available

to answer questions.





Business Process Outsourcing

Cape Town leads in offshore jobs.


total of 222 500 jobs in Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)

exist in South Africa, according to the 2016 BPESA Key

Indicator Report. Of that total, offshore clients account for

32 500 jobs.

Sixty-three percent of the offshore market is in the Western Cape

where the provincial government has identified BPO as one of the six

key sectors that can create jobs quickly.

Business Process enabling South Africa (BPeSA) is the national

organisation with representation in the nation’s three biggest cities.

Because of the rapid growth of the industry, the organisation is

undertaking a restructuring process with input from several bodies,

including the Contact Centre Management Group and the National

Department of Trade and Industry (dti). A new board of directors and

CEO should be in place by the end of February 2018.

BPO involves any internal businesses that a company chooses to

outsource to a specialist in that field, for example accounting or call

centres (also known as customer service centres). One interesting example

relates to loading an aeroplane’s freight load – in Frankfurt. The

loader does this in the Western Cape via remote cameras and weighing

machines. After work the loader can visit the beach.

The national Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, says that

the local BPO sector has had compounded growth since 2012 of 25%


Within the Western Cape sector, 63% of companies are involved in

inbound customer service work; back office accounts for 13.8% and

debt collection at 9.1%. UK shop Asda and online retailer Amazon have

large customer service centres in Cape Town.

The fact that greater Cape Town is home to three well-regarded

universities, a university of technology and two technical colleges is


Business Process enabling South Africa (BPeSA): www.bpesa.co.za

Contact Centre Management Group: www.ccmg.org.za

National Department of Trade and Industry: www.dti.gov.za

Wesgro: www.wesgro.co.za


A strong tertiary education

sector attracts investors.

a major advantage in attracting

companies with sophisticated operations,

such as BPO. A director

of a British business intelligence

company, S-RM, told the Weekend

Argus that Cape Town’s position

as a “knowledge nexus” was a

major factor in deciding to open

an office in the city. Other factors

in favour of Cape Town are the

relatively neutral accents, good

infrastructure (financial and telecommunications)

and the time

zone being the same or close

to Europe’s.

The Department of Trade and

Industry (dti) offers incentives to

BPO investors. A base incentive

is calculated on projected offshore

jobs to be created and is

awarded on actual offshore jobs

created. The incentive has a twotier

structure non-complex and

complex jobs and is paid over a

five-year period. A bonus incentive

becomes payable at the end

of the five-year period.





French technology has come to Cape Town


new technology venture was launched when Cape Town

hosted AfricArena 2017, a conference that aimed to be a

“bridge between international technology stalwarts and

African technology innovators”. A collaboration between

Silicon Cape and La French Tech Cape Town, it brought together

investors, venture capitalists, start-ups and entrepreneurs. The French

government has officially designated the city as one of six global French

Tech Hubs. Other hubs include Tokyo and San Francisco.

French Tech Labs was launched as a fintech incubator at Century

City in 2016. The same company earlier established Methys Labs.

The new incubator offers mentoring support for innovators, connections

to possible investors and a chance for selected candidates

to travel to France.

News of a R613-million investment by Dutch seed company Enza

Zaden helped earn Stellenbosch a ranking of third among African

cities in fDi Intelligence’s study of global biotech locations. The Dutch

investors created Westcape Biotech in a joint venture with Expressive

Research, a biotechnological company that works on cell culture

and molecular diagnostics. Stellenbosch also has a strong suite in

satellite technology.

One of the winners in the annual Premier’s Entrepreneurship

Recognition Awards in 2016 was Stellenbosch-based Praelexis, a data

company. NewSpace Systems, a satellite start-up from Somerset West,

was another winner. Stellenbosch University has a company, Innovus,

which deals in technology transfer and development of inventions.

Another popular area with new technology is fintech. Most major

banks are feeling pressure from new companies who can connect with

customers without having to build bricks and mortar infrastructure.

They are responding by spending heavily on innovation. Barclays Bank

have invested in a fintech incubator in Cape Town, Rise. There are six

other Rise sites around the world, including New York and Mumbai.


Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative: www.citi.org.za

French South African Tech Labs: fsatlabs.co.za

Independent Communications Authority: www.icasa.org.za

Silicon Cape: www.siliconcape.com

State Information Technology Agency: www.sita.co.za


• Stellenbosch and satellites

are synonymous.

It was a banking application (app)

that won the IT Challenge presented

by Standard Bank in 2015.

Three students from the University

of the Western Cape created

a voice-activated online banking

app which they called EasyBank.

A group of entrepreneurs, investors

and developers has created

the non-profit Silicon Cape

Initiative to support the sector.

One of its groups, the Startup

Group, has 425 members and it

offers advice and support.

The Cape Innovation and

Technology Initiative (CiTi) is

another support system for

the ICT sector. It runs three

programmes, The Bandwidth

Barn, VeloCiTi (enterprise and

entrepreneur development)

and Capaciti (tech skills and job

placement). There are 2 000 ICT

firms in the Western Cape and

they have 17 000 employees.



Western Cape

Provincial Government

An overview of the Western Cape’s provincial government departments.

Office of the Premier

Premier: Ms Helen Zille

Provincial Legislature Building, 1st Floor,

7 Wale Street, Cape Town 8000

Tel: 0860 142 142

Fax: +27 21 483 7216

Email: service@westerncape.gov.za

Web: www.westerncape.gov.za/dept/


Department of Agriculture

MEC: Mr Alan Winde

Admin Building, Muldersvlei Road, Elsenburg 7607

Tel: +27 21 808 5111 | Fax: +27 21 808 7605

Web: www.elsenburg.com

Department of Community Safety

MEC: Mr Dan Plato

35 Wale Street, Cape Town 8000

Tel: +27 21 483 6949/8588 | Fax: +27 21 483 6591

Web: www.westerncape.gov.za/dept/


Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport

MEC: Ms Anroux Marais

Protea House Building, 7th Floor, Greenmarket Square,

Cape Town 8000

Tel: +27 21 483 9503 | Fax: +27 21 483 9504

Web: www.westerncape.gov.za/dept/cas

Department of Economic Development

and Tourism

MEC: Mr Alan Winde

11th Floor, NBS Waldorf Building, 80 St George’s Mall,

Cape Town 8001

Tel: +27 21 483 5065 | Fax: +27 21 483 7527

Web: www.westerncape.gov.za/dept/edat

Western Cape Education Department

MEC: Ms Debbie Schäfer

Grand Central Towers, Lower Parliament Street,

Cape Town 8001

Tel: +27 21 467 2000

Fax: +27 21 467 2996

Web: http://wced.school.za

Department of Environmental Affairs

and Development Planning

MEC: Mr Anton Bredell

8th Floor, 1 Dorp Street, Cape Town 8000

Tel: +27 21 483 4091

Fax: +27 21 483 3016

Web: www.westerncape.gov.za/dept/eadp

Department of Health

MEC: Dr Nomafrench Mbombo

21st Floor, 4 Dorp Street, Cape Town 8000

Tel: +27 21 483 3245/5417

Fax: +27 21 483 6169

Web: www.westerncape.gov.za/dept/health

Department of Human Settlements

MEC: Mr Bonginkosi Madikizela

27 Wale Street, Cape Town 8001

Tel: +27 21 483 4956

Fax: +27 21 483 2589

Web: www.westerncape.gov.za/dept/


Department of Local Government

MEC: Mr Anton Bredell

8th Floor, Waldorf Building, 80 St George’s Mall,

Cape Town 8001

Tel: +27 21 483 4049/4997 | Fax: +27 21 483 4493

Web: www.westerncape.gov.za/dept/local-government




Department of Social Development

MEC: Mr Albert Fritz

Union House, 14 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town 8001

Tel: +27 21 483 5045 | Fax: +27 21 483 4783

Web: www.westerncape.gov.za/dept/


Provincial Treasury

MEC: Dr Ivan Meyer

3rd Floor, 7 Wale Street, Cape Town 8000

Tel: +27 21 483 4237 | Fax: +27 21 483 3855

Web: www.westerncape.gov.za/dept/treasury

Department of Transport and Public Works

MEC: Mr Donald Grant

8th Floor, 9 Dorp Street, Cape Town 8000

Tel: +27 21 483 6481/2826

Fax: +27 21 483 5068

Web: www.westerncape.gov.za/dept/tpw

Western Cape Local Government

A guide to the metropolitan, district and local municipalities in the Western Cape.



Address: Civic Centre, Podium Block, 6th Floor, 12 Hertzog

Boulevard, Cape Town 8000

Tel: +27 21 400 1111 | 0860 103 089

Website: www.capetown.gov.za


Address: 46 Alexander Street, Stellenbosch 7599

Tel: +27 21 888 5100 | Fax: +27 23 342 8442

Website: www.capewinelands.gov.za

Breede Valley Local Municipality

Tel: +27 23 348 2600 | Fax: +27 21 883 8871

Website: www.bvm.gov.za

Drakenstein Local Municipality

Tel: +27 21 807 4500 | Fax: +27 21 807 4645

Website: www.drakenstein.gov.za

Langeberg Local Municipality

Tel: +27 23 615 8000 | Fax: +27 23 615 1563

Website: www.langeberg.gov.za

Stellenbosch Local Municipality

Tel: +27 21 808 8111 | Fax: +27 21 808 8003

Website: www.stellenbosch.gov.za

Witzenberg Local Municipality

Tel: +27 23 316 1854 | Fax: +27 23 316 1877

Website: www.witzenberg.gov.za


Address: 63 Donkin Street, Beaufort West 6970

Tel: +27 23 449 1000

Fax: +27 23 415 1253

Website: www.skdm.co.za

Beaufort West Local Municipality

Tel: +27 23 414 8149

Fax: +27 23 414 8105

Website: www.beaufortwestmun.co.za

Laingsburg Local Municipality

Tel: +27 23 551 1019 | Fax: +27 23 551 1019

Website: www.laingsburg.gov.za

Prince Albert Local Municipality

Tel: +27 23 541 1320 | Fax: +27 23 541 1321

Website: www.pamun.gov.za


Address: 54 York Street, George 6530

Tel: +27 44 803 1300

Fax: +27 86 555 6303

Website: www.edendm.co.za



Bitou Local Municipality

Tel: +27 44 501 3000

Fax: +27 44 533 6198

Website: www.bitou.gov.za

George Local Municipality

Tel: +27 44 801 9111 | Fax: +27 44 801 9105

Website: www.george.gov.za

Hessequa Local Municipality

Tel: +27 28 713 8000 | Fax: +27 86 713 3146

Website: www.hessequa.gov.za

Kannaland Local Municipality

Tel: +27 28 551 1023 | Fax: +27 86 551 1766

Website: www.kannaland.gov.za

Knysna Local Municipality

Tel: +27 44 302 6300 | Fax: +27 44 302 6333

Website: www.knysna.gov.za

Mossel Bay Local Municipality

Tel: +27 44 606 5000 | Fax: +27 44 606 5062

Website: www.mosselbay.gov.za

Oudtshoorn Local Municipality

Tel: +27 44 203 3000 | Fax: +27 44 203 3104

Website: www.oudtmun.gov.za


Address: 26 Long Street, Bredasdorp 7280

Tel: +27 28 425 1157

Fax: +27 28 425 1014

Website: www.odm.org.za

Website: www.overstrand.gov.za

Swellendam Local Municipality

Tel: +27 28 514 8500

Fax: +27 28 514 2694

Website: www.swellenmun.co.za

Theewaterskloof Local Municipality

Tel: +27 28 214 3300

Fax: +27 28 214 1289

Website: www.twk.gov.za


Address: 58 Long Street, Moorreesburg 7310

Tel: +27 22 433 8400 | Fax: +27 86 692 6113 (SA only)

Website: www.westcoastdm.co.za

Bergrivier Local Municipality

Tel: +27 22 913 6000 | Fax: +27 22 913 1406

Website: www.bergmun.org.za

Cederberg Local Municipality

Tel: +27 27 482 8000 | Fax: +27 27 482 1933

Website: www.cederbergmunicipality.co.za

Matzikama Local Municipality

Tel: +27 27 201 3300 | Fax: +27 27 213 3238

Website: www.matzikamamun.co.za

Saldanha Bay Local Municipality

Tel: +27 22 701 7000 | Fax: +27 22 715 1518

Website: www.sbm.gov.za

Swartland Local Municipality

Tel: +27 22 487 9400 | Fax: +27 22 487 9440

Website: www.swartland.org.za

Cape Agulhas Local Municipality

Tel: +27 28 425 5500 | Fax: +27 28 425 1019

Website: www.capeagulhas.gov.za

Overstrand Local Municipality

Tel: +27 28 313 8000 |

Fax: +27 28 312 1894




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Cape Winelands

District Municipality

Executive Mayor Ald (Dr) Helena von Schlicht explains why

eco nomic development must be linked to social upliftment.

Ald (Dr) Helena von Schlicht

What is your mandate as a district municipality?

In executing our legislative functions, we focus mainly on the rural

areas. Our flagship is the firefighting service, which takes up a large

part of our budget. We maintain certain identified roads on behalf of

the province and we have a strong function in environmental health

services, seeing to the hygiene of foodstuffs. We support tourism and

sport where we bring tourists to the area and open up opportunities

for our people. We support local economic development by creating

an environment conducive to economic growth.

Do you have other mandates?

Something that is not covered in legislation is our social development

function. We are fortunate that we have reserve funds. We decided

when we took office that we would roll out socially orientated services,

for example to look after our aged people and to support services to

address social skills.


Dr Helena von Schlicht honed

her skills during a 24-year career

in higher education. After earning

her doctorate, she worked

as Head of Department, Social

Work, at the Huguenot College

in Wellington. In this capacity,

she was involved in the writing

and implementation of policies.

She transferred to the political

arena in 2009 and became a

member of the Mayoral Committee

in 2011. She has been

Executive Mayor since the election

of September 2016.

Why the focus on social development?

Economic development is dependent on the social health of our

people, so we need to tackle both at the same time. We want to

empower people and enable them to enter the economy. If they are

healthy, they can participate.

How important was the award at the Audit Excellence Awards?

It was of paramount importance, firstly to inform the public that we

absolutely support clean governance. The award underlines this in

strong terms. Secondly, it recognises the hard work of our staff.

How was it achieved?

It was no easy task and took real team effort, every staff member bought

into it. We are currently preparing ourselves for what we hope will be

our fourth clean audit; this will be a huge achievement. Our Finance

division works very hard to ensure compliance.

How do you develop your Integrated

De velopment Plans (IDPs)?

We host two IDP stakeholder engagements with community

organisations, NGOs and businesses from all sectors annually.




Attendees can reflect on the previous meetings,

ask critical questions, and say what they need in

the IDP going forward. It is a five-year process, but

is revised every year. A big priority is dealing with

social ills such as alcohol and drug abuse and we

support NGOs dealing with these issues.

Do you have good attendance

at these meetings?

There is huge progress and this year was the best

yet in terms of attendance. About 200 people

attended at both Worcester and Paarl. It means

people are taking responsibility for what is going

on in their community and democracy is well

and alive.

How do you encourage investment?

We are very fortunate in that we have excellent

products to sell; our fruit, wine, the environment,

culinary sector and nature reserves. We have places

that people really want to visit. We support tourism

activities that encourage economic growth in

the area. We work very closely with Wesgro, the

provincial investment agency.

How important is tourism?

Every local municipality has its own Local Tourism

Association (LTA), and the district co-ordinates a

forum every month where we work together. The

LTAs are extremely energetic and active.

Is tourism supporting small and medium


One example of how tourism is supporting small

enterprises is the Dwarsrivier Valley Tourism, which

is really focussed on brining tourism to this rural

area. They have a little shop that sells handcrafts,

helping people make a living from tourism.




Absa............................................................................................................................................................................................................97, 106-109

Accelerate Cape Town....................................................................................................................................................................................... 52

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA): Cape Town International Airport.......................................................30, 41-43

Air Products.............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 87

Black Management Forum (BMF)............................................................................................................................................................. 112

Brown & Associates............................................................................................................................................................................................125

Cape Chamber of Commerce & Industry.................................................................................................................................4, 46, 54

Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).......................................................................................................................... 118

Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)...................................................................................................................48

Cape Winelands District Municipality...............................................................................................................................................2, 126

Cape Winemakers Guild................................................................................................................................................................................... 82

College of Cape Town................................................................................................................................................................................. 9, 116

Maritz Electrical............................................................................................................................................................................................44, 102


Old Mutual..........................................................................................................................................................................................................64-67

Pele Green Energy................................................................................................................................................................................................ 92

Petroleum Agency South Africa..................................................................................................................................................................88

Radisson Blu Hotel................................................................................................................................................................................................ 39

SBS Tanks.......................................................................................................................................................................................................................7

Selfmed...........................................................................................................................................................................................................25, OBC

South African Table Grape Industry (SATI)............................................................................................................................................80

Vodacom................................................................................................................................................................................................... 68-73, IBC


West Coast Business Development Forum........................................................................................................................................ 113

West Coast District Municipality................................................................................................................................................................IFC

Western Cape Business Opportunities Forum (WECBOF).......................................................................................................... 56

Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism................................................................................12

Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works................................................................................................21-24

Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA).............................................................................................................................32-35


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