Western Cape Business 2019 edition

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A unique guide to business, investment and tourism in the Western Cape.
The 2019 edition of Western Cape Business is the 12th 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 Province.
The Western Cape has varied investment and business opportunities. In addition to the regular articles providing insight into each of the key economic sectors of the province, there are special features in this journal on the big impact which the relatively new maritime sector is having, together with tourism and events and renewable energy.
The potential for independent generation is an exciting new avenue for local authorities. Western Cape Business contains interviews and messages from business leaders from Accelerate Cape Town, the Cape Chamber of Commerce and the Western Cape Business Opportunities Forum. Tim Harris, the CEO of Wesgro, outlines the successful investment attraction strategies that his organisation has been adopting.
To complement the extensive local, national and international distribution of the print edition, the full content can also be viewed online at www.westerncapebusiness.co.za. Updated information on the Western Cape is also available through our monthly e-newsletter, which you can subscribe to at https://www.globalafricanetwork.com/subscribe/, 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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BUSINESS

THE GUIDE TO BUSINESS AND INVESTMENT

IN THE WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE

2019 EDITION

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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 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 aquaculture sector near Saldana Bay is

growing steadily with much more potential as markets are lucrative and the product competitive.

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

and events. 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. 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. 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 has become

available recently. www.swartland.org.za

Bergrivier Municipality

Situated north of Saldanha Bay, the Bergriver 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. There are opportunities in

agro-processing and the development of an agricultural college in the area. Tourism

is becoming one of the economic drivers in the area, especially eco-tourism. www.bergmun.org.za

If you have your eye on growth,

you should invest on the West Coast!

Find out more at www.westcoastdm.co.za


MATZIKAMA

Vredenberg

SALDANHA

BAY

Vredendal

BERGRIVIER

Piketberg

Moorreesburg

SWARTLAND

Clanwilliam

CEDERBERG

Langeberg

Cederberg Municipality

Blessed by nature, rich in

heritage and warm-hearted

people, the Cederberg is

a great place for tourism

all year round. Cederberg boasts a beautiful and

varying landscape that includes the Cederberg

Mountains, valleys and a coastline with a multitude of

attractions and activities. The region is also becoming

increasingly popular as an events destination. 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, which will boost

agricultural output and downstream value-adding

enterprises. Investment opportunities relating to the

Oceans Economy are encouraged, especially in the

Lamberts Bay and Elands Bay areas.

www.cederbergmun.gov.za

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.

www.matzikamamun.co.za

Saldanha Bay Municipality

Saldanha Bay Municipality is approximately 140km north of Cape Town and

covers an area of 2 015km2 and has 238km of coastline. The Saldanha Bay

Municipal area is endowed with natural and locational characteristics which

provides opportunity for the area to directly compete in the international

arena for investment and development. The Provincial Treasury’s socioeconomic

profile of Saldanha Bay Municipality indicates that Saldanha Bay is the

fastest-growing municipality in the district. The West Coast District Municipality’s SDF (2014) identifies

Saldanha Bay as a Major Regional Growth Centre. The natural deep-water harbour provides comparative

advantages around which globally competitive and job-rich sectors can be built. The priority sectors

currently in the area are Aquaculture and Fishing, Manufacturing, Oil and Gas as well as Tourism and all of

these sectors are ocean-linked. Saldanha Bay is ideally positioned to serve the booming African offshore

oil and gas industry. This boom has resulted in the establishment of an Industrial Development Zone (IDZ)

in Saldanha Bay as a catalyst to expand the potential of the harbour and launch an Oil and Gas services

cluster to attract international investment. Exciting new projects relating to capital investment and

catalytic infrastructure which are linked to the IDZ have emerged. The coastal settlement areas such as

Langebaan and Paternoster have tourism development potential. The onset of the drought necessitated

the Municipality to shift funding towards the water management function in 2017/18 and 2018/19.

www.sbm.gov.za


Welcome to the Cape

Winelands District

The Cape Winelands District Municipality

(CWDM) is one of five district

municipalities in the Western Cape

Province. The district covers an area of

22 309 km2 and is divided into five subdistricts,

each with their own local municipality.

These are Stellenbosch, Drakenstein,

Witzenberg, Breede Valley and the Langeberg.

The district is the second most populace area

in the Province, with 895 529 people calling the

area home. Together with this, the citizens are

also the largest economic contributers after the

City of Cape Town.

The region is famous for its spectacular

scenery of beautiful mountains and valleys, and

wine and fruit estates, all of which attract large

numbers of local and foreign tourists.

Economy

• The Cape Winelands District GDP grew from

R35.2-billion in 2007 to R43.7-billion in 2016.

• The Drakenstein area was the largest contributor

to the district GDP in 2016, at R14.3-billion.

• The wholesale, retail, catering and

accommodation sectors remained the largest

employer, employing 85 339 people.

• In 2016 the finance, real estate and business

service sectors were the largest contributor to

GDP, accounting for 24.3%.

• The food, beverage and tobacco sub-sectors

were the largest contributor to manufacturing,

with 42%.

• The wholesale and retail trade subsector was

the largest contributor to the services sector,

accounting for 25%.

Trade

In 2017, the Cape Winelands District was a net

exporter of goods to the value of R28.9-billion

and imported goods valued at a R28.2-billion. This

produced a trade surplus of R660-million. The United

Kingdom was the largest destination market for

products in 2017, accounting for 13.2% of exports,

with a value of R3.9-billion. The leading source market

for the Cape Winelands was Saudi Arabia, accounting

for 22.1%, with a value of R6.2-billion. Wine was the

leading export product from the region, accounting

for 22.6%, with a value of R6-billion. Citrus fruit and

grapes ranked second and third, accounting for 13.8%

and 12.1% respectively.

Reasons why you should invest in the Cape

Winelands

The Cape Winelands District has the finest wines

in the country and has the following strengths and

advantages that enable it to stimulate growth and

expansion of the regional economy:

• A well-developed road and rail network that

provides easy access to markets

• Easy access to Cape Town International Airport and

the Port of Cape Town

• A diverse choice of urban and rural sites

• Educational institutions and centres of research

excellence such as the University of Stellenbosch

and the Agricultural Research Council


• Nationally and internationally renowned special

educational institutions

• The area offers an exceptionable quality of life, not

only in the easy access to the natural areas that offer

hiking, biking, birding, camping and even glamping

options, but the area offers excellent schools and

sporting facilities

• The region is one of the most visited regions.

CWDM Economic Development Programmes

The tourism sector has been identified as a growing sector

for the Cape Winelands region. The CWDM is working

together with stakeholders to ensure sustainable growth

for the tourism industry. Several programmes are currently

being implemented to maximise the potential for the

tourism industry.

Township Tourism

This project is an intervention by the CWDM in ensuring

that tourism routes become profitable and sustainable.

The programme exposes registered tour guides to all

the products and new routes on offer. It also ensures

that smaller tour guide companies are afforded the

opportunity to link with established businesses and

routes. The project consists of four phases:

• Forging partnerships with existing routes

• Route development support

• Route visits and education

• Destination and wayfinding signage.

The CWDM identified that municipalities needed

assistance in developing their township tourism routes

and so agreements have been signed between CWDM

and these municipalities. Most tourism businesses

within the CWDM are challenged with obtaining

appropriate tourism road signage. The CWDM aims to

assists in this regard, as well developing route maps to

assist in marketing.

Regional Tourism Mobile App

The Cape Winelands District developed 13 tourism apps

that are populated by the Local Tourism Associations with

a variety of activities, news and routes. The Municipality’s

District App is different from the local tourism town apps

in that it focusses on routes, attractions and events. Local

Tourism Associations provided the CWDM with all their

routes and this was then populated within the CWD App.

The routes are categorised under: Adventure Routes, Art

Routes, Culinary Routes, Culture Routes, Historical Routes,

Olive Routes and Wine Routes.

To ensure optimal utilisation of the application the

CWDM has provided training to both the CWDM

officials and the Local Tourism Associations.

Missions, Exhibitions and Trade Shows

CWDM works closely with the Local Tourism

Associations in the region to market the Cape

Winelands as a tourism and investment destination

domestically and internationally. This is to ensure

focused, effective and efficient tourism marketing.

The main objective is to increase the number of

tourists and to attract investment into the Cape

Winelands region.

The CWDM takes part in trade shows and

exhibitions to provide a platform for businesses within

the district to market their products and services to

buyers, consumers and investors.

Through the trade shows and exhibitions, a

number of small, micro and medium enterprises and

established businesses that have attended with the

CWDM have managed to secure sustainable markets

and found distributing agents.


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CONTENTS

CONTENTS

Western Cape Business 2019 Edition

Introduction

Foreword12

Western Cape Business is a unique guide to business,

investment and tourism in the Western Cape.

Special features

Regional overview 14

Investors and tourists continue to visit the Western Cape and

they are impressed by what they see.

The Maritime Economy 40

Half-a-billion rand has been spent to make Saldanha ready for

investment.

Tourism and events 46

The Western Cape is world class in many categories.

Powering the province 54

The Western Cape is moving away from fossil fuels.

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Grow your company with the Centres of

Specialisation programme in plumbing

or motor mechanics

Centres of Specialisation (CoS) is a national

programme aimed at producing:

• A skilled and capable workforce to support

inclusive economic growth

• Increased availability of intermediate-level

technical skills

• Increased delivery of qualified artisans in 13

priority trades

• Improved capacity of public TVET colleges to

train in skills in demand by industry.

How does it work?

Dual system apprenticeships that combine:

• Technical education at a TVET college

• Simulated practical training

• Lots of authentic work experience in a single,

integrated learning programme with employers

in the driver’s seat.

Who is involved?

It’s a partnership between the National Department

of Higher Education and Training and business

associations from the private sector, focusing on

13 priority trades.

The College of Cape Town has been appointed

as Centres of Specialisation for Plumbing and

Automotive Motor Mechanics.

Change technical skills training in your company

from a money-taker into a money-maker by getting

these benefits through CoS:

• During apprenticeships:

• Productive value of apprentices’ work

• SETA grant towards training costs

• Tax-break from SARS

• BBBEE scorecard points for skills development

• Opportunity to shape college curriculum, thereby

improving future supply of suitable workers.

• After apprenticeships:

• Skilled employees, trained to industry

standards and acculturated to your company

– immediately productive

• Lower-risk and lower cost of recruitment

• Enhanced employee retention.

To participate in the Centres of Specialisation initiative

and get these benefits, you need to:

• Be located within 25km of the College of Cape

Town

• Be willing to host at least one apprentice in the

trade assigned to the College of Cape Town for

a three-year apprenticeship; the theory and

practical components of the curriculum will be

covered at the college, while your company will

be responsible for providing structured work

experience supervised by an artisan qualified

in that trade

• Participate in a limited number of planning and

monitoring meetings between employers, the

college and DHET personnel aimed at sharing

experience, solving problems and improving

implementation.

CONTACT DETAILS

For more information, contact: Frikkie O’Connell

Tel: + 27 21 531 9124 | Email: foconnell@cct.edu.za


CONTENTS

Economic sectors

Agriculture 76

The capacity of the Clanwilliam Dam is set to double.

Wine and grapes 78

Resilience is now part of the grape-growing story.

Fishing 84

Black owners are getting a hand on the tiller.

Mining86

A rare earths feasibility study is underway.

Oil and gas 88

Chevron deal means investment for Cape refinery.

Water 91

Lessons for the world from Cape Town’s water crisis.

Manufacturing 94

Diesel locomotive engines are powering up in Montague

Gardens.

Construction and property development 96

Cape Town aims to integrate housing and transport planning.

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Metropolitan/District Municipality

Boundary

Local Municipality Boundary

District Municipality

Local Municipality

CONTENTS

Banking and financial services 100

Japanese and French companies are investing.

Development finance and SMME support 102

The Centre for Entrepreneurship has opened at False Bay

TVET College.

Education and training 104

An investment company is banking on private schooling.

Business process outsourcing 112

New jobs are coming on line.

Information and communications technology 113

Amazon and Microsoft have chosen Cape Town.

Government

Western Cape Provincial Government 114

An overview of the Western Cape Provincial

Government departments.

Western Cape Local Government 115

An overview of the Western Cape municipalities.

Reference

Sector contents 74

Index120

Municipalities in the Western Cape

WCDMA01

Northern Cape

Matzikama

Garden Route

Oudtshoorn

Maps

Western Cape municipal map. 19

Saldanha

Bay

Bergrivier

Cederberg

West Coast

WCDMA02

Laingsburg

Beaufort West

Central Karoo

Prince Albert

WCDMA05

Eastern Cape

Western Cape provincial map. 116

City of

Cape Town

Metropolitan

Municipality

Witzenberg

Swartland

Cape Winelands

Breede Valley

Drakenstein

Langeberg

Stellenbosch

Theewaterskloof

Swellendam

Overberg

Oudtshoorn

Kannaland

WCDMA04

Garden Route

George Knysna Bitou

Mossel Bay

Hessequa

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Overstrand

Cape Agulhas

WCDMA03

INDIAN OCEAN

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INTERVIEW

Selfmed Medical Scheme

Christo Becker, the Principal Officer at Selfmed Medical Scheme,

outlines the advantages of a self-administered scheme.

Christo Becker

BIOGRAPHY

Christo started his 21-year career

in healthcare as a paramedic in

Fire and Disaster Management

Services. In 2001 he completed

an MBA with the intention of

moving his career towards

hospital management. He has

worked as hospital manager

in several private facilities.

His passion for people and

strategy has ensured that the

hospitals he has managed have

grown rapidly while focusing

on sustainability. With selfmotivation

and a commitment to

continual improvement, Christo

implements positive changemanagement.

How did Selfmed begin and how has it evolved?

The Scheme initially formed part of the Sanlam Life Insurance stable, created

in 1965 and formally registered in 1972. This makes Selfmed one of the most

experienced medical aid schemes in the industry. At Selfmed we have a handson

approach, and this resulted in our taking control of our own Client Services

Centre, or Excellence Centre in 2006. We thereafter progressed to taking over

the full administration function in 2010; also recently bringing our Managed

Healthcare inhouse.

What is your market?

Historically membership comprised individuals and their families. The introduction

of the Selfnet options in 2015 and 2016 allowed us to reach a younger

audience. This was also the opportunity to branch out into corporate marketing,

offering membership to blue-collar employees. We have seen great success in

this area.

Is there flexibility for clients?

The scheme currently has five products: Selfmed 80%, Med Elite, Selfsure, Med

XXI, and Selfnet and Selfnet Essential. Each product is designed specifically for

a life stage, as the needs of a member changes. As the person advances in life

and starts a family they will move towards the Med XXI or Selfsure options, for

example, which have a wider range of benefits relevant to a young family.

How is Selfmed handling ever-rising costs?

The biggest challenge facing the healthcare industry is the significant rise in

healthcare costs, with healthcare inflation exceeding general inflation. This

compels us to proactively introduce mechanisms to manage these costs. Selfmed

is applying machine learning to the claims database to draw a more accurate

picture of a member’s specific needs. The information can then be used to

engage members on an individual basis – if we can intervene early it is to the

benefit of all parties.

How does Selfmed Medical Scheme differentiate from its

competitors?

In a traditional medical aid/administrator environment all administered functions

rest with an administrator. As such, a medical aid would be fully dependent on

its outsourced administrator to inform it of any issues relating to its members.

Being fully self-administered allows Selfmed to take total ownership of all its

member interactions and address any administrative problems or complaints

immediately. We do not have an electronic routing system; you speak to an

individual. This personalised hands-on approach is fundamental to our model

of building a credible member experience.

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CREDITS

CREDITS

Publisher: Chris Whales

Publishing director:

Robert Arendse

Editor: John Young

Online editor: Christoff Scholtz

Art director: Brent Meder

Design: Tyra Martin

Production: Lizel Olivier

Ad sales: Sydwell Adonis, Joseph

Gumbo, Sandile Koni, Gavin van der

Merwe, Sam Oliver, Gabriel Venter,

Siyawamkela Sthunda,

Vanessa Wallace, Jeremy Petersen

and Reginald Motsoahae

Managing director: Clive During

Administration & accounts:

Charlene Steynberg and

Natalie Koopman

Distribution & circulation

manager: Edward MacDonald

Printing: FA Print

Western Cape Business

A unique guide to business, investment and tourism

in the Western Cape.

The 2019 edition of Western Cape Business is the 12th 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 Province.

The Western Cape has varied investment and business opportunities.

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

key economic sectors of the province, there are special features in this

journal on the big impact which the relatively new maritime sector is

having, together with tourism and events and renewable energy. The

potential for independent generation is an exciting new avenue for local

authorities. Western Cape Business contains interviews and messages

from business leaders from Accelerate Cape Town, the Cape Chamber

of Commerce and the Western Cape Business Opportunities Forum. Tim

Harris, the CEO of Wesgro, outlines the successful investment attraction

strategies that his organisation has been adopting.

To complement the extensive local, national and international

distribution of the print edition, the full content can also be viewed

online at www.westerncapebusiness.co.za. Updated information on

the Western Cape is also available through our monthly e-newsletter,

which you can subscribe to online at www.gan.co.za, in addition to our

complementary business-to-business titles that cover all nine provinces

as well as our flagship South African Business title.

Chris Whales

Publisher, Global Africa Network Media

Email: chris@gan.co.za

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agencies; at top national and international events; through

the offices of foreign representatives in South Africa; as well as

nationally and regionally via chambers of commerce, tourism

offices, airport lounges, provincial government departments,

municipalities and companies.

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A REGIONAL OVERVIEW OF THE

WESTERN CAPE

PROVINCE


Investors and tourists continue to visit the Western Cape and they are impressed

by what they see.

By John Young

Emerging markets, South Africa and the

Western Cape have endured some tough

times in recent months and years, and yet

tourists and investors keep coming back

to the province which straddles the Atlantic and

Indian oceans at the tip of Africa.

There are many reasons for this. Good

infrastructure, outstanding educational and

research institutions, superb beaches and

historical tourist attractions, and plentiful

agricultural produce are among them. But good

policies at provincial and city level are also playing


SPECIAL FEATURE

their part in attracting visitors and new partners.

Underpinning the economic planning of

the Western Cape Provincial Government is a

commitment to getting four major things right.

Called “enablers”, these are issues that must be

looked after for other economic plans to work.

The four are water, energy, broadband and skills

development. On this sound footing, various

agencies of the provincial government and the

municipalities of the province have developed a

range of plans designed to attract investors, and

they are proving attractive.

The Western Cape is also the country’s bestperforming

province in terms of audits. Of 55

provincial departments, municipalities and public

entities for the 2016/17 year, 44 received clean audits.

This kind of performance helps to boost investor

confidence.

Another thing that has been attracting the

attention of the world is the astonishing display of

resilience by the citizens of Cape Town in getting

through a long-term drought. As the dreaded “Day

Zero” approached, news items started appearing on

television screens from Zurich to Zagreb about the

impending calamity.

The fact that Cape Town survived was

applauded but there were serious conservation

issues that arose, not least because people in

other parts of world quickly realised that what

was happening in Cape Town could easily be

replicated anywhere. The world needed to

confront a “new normal”.

Greater Cape Town’s ability to reduce water

usage by more than half was nothing short of

remarkable. “Resilience” has become a new

buzzword and a selling point for the city and

the province. A tourism campaign #ItsAllStillHere

mixes enticing pictures of surfers cutting through

beautiful waves with reminders of how Cape Town

had found a way to come through the extreme

dry spell.

Within the province, economic confidence is

improving. Alan Winde, then MEC for Economic

Development and Tourism, noted in his budget

speech in March 2018 that business confidence had

reached the 50-point mark, the highest level since

2016 (Bureau for Economic Research).

Investment and trade

Between 2014 and 2018, the Western Cape received

more than R7.2-billion in investments and trade

deals to the value of R11.1-billion were closed (SOPA).

The provincial government’s African Expansion

Programme has secured R691-million in deals so far.

The Western Cape has had an Invest SA One

Stop Shop since September 2017. The UK’s

International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, was

the first international minister to visit the facility,

which was interesting in that Britain’s position in

relation to trade with the world is about to undergo

a massive change because of its withdrawal from

the European Union.

In the period 1997-2017, fully a quarter of foreign

direct investment (FDI) into the Western Cape came

from the UK. Cape Town is the only African city on

the FDI ranking chart of fDi Intelligence, a division

of the Financial Times. The list ranks which cities

have the best foreign direct investment strategies.

Cape Town’s Economic Growth Strategy includes

the creation of a unit (Invest Cape Town) to promote

investment, upgrading infrastructure, pursuing

broadband rollout, improving energy supply and

improving direct air links between the city and the world.

Many of these strategies are pursued with partners.

During Dr Fox’s visit, he met with companies in

sectors that have traded with the UK for decades

such as fruit, wine and tourism, but he also was also

exposed to new areas in which the Western Cape

is growing its expertise, creative, tech and service

industries.

Since Britain’s vote to the leave the EU, trade

delegations into South Africa from countries like

France and Italy have increased.

The Invest SA One Stop Shop Western Cape is

an intergovernmental facility operated by Wesgro,

in conjunction with the Department of Trade and

Industry (dti) and the Western Cape Provincial

Government, that aims to provide strategic guidance,

and reduce regulatory inefficiencies and red tape.

DEDAT has also established a Red Tape Reduction

Unit to smooth the path of investors and businesses

wanting to expand.

Wesgro is the Western Cape’s official tourism,

trade and investment promotion agency. In its

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annual review for 2017/18, Wesgro reported that the

Western Cape will receive at least R10.2-billion into

the regional economy over five years. Wesgro’s units

reported some highlights:

• International Trade Promotion Unit: 53 business

agreements valued at R2.8-billion over five years.

• Investment Promotion Unit: Investments valued

at R2.2-billion, including a major investment from

manufacturer Pegas Nonwovens.

• Agribusiness Investment Unit: Six investments worth

R756-million. Pizza Hut has invested R300-million.

• Film and Media Promotion Unit: In 2017/18,

productions worth R1.9-billion were secured.

Cape Town and Western Cape Convention Bureau:

33 bids with a projected economic impact of

R453-million were secured.

Cape Town Air Access: In three years, an additional

750 000 inbound seats have been secured on direct

flights to Cape Town. This is a partnership with the

City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Provincial

Government, South African Tourism, Cape Town

Tourism, Airports Company South Africa and private

companies.

Wesgro’s efforts have not been limited to the Cape

Metropole. Investor conferences have been held in

the Cape Winelands, the West Coast and the Garden

Route to highlight the opportunities of each region.

At the Garden Route conference, Wesgro CEO Tim

Harris noted that between 2006 and 2015 the region’s

economy grew at an average rate of 4.8% and exports

grew by 45%.

The hotel and golf courses on the estate at Fancourt,

pictured on the first page of this article, are among the

top attractions of George and the Garden Route.

Regional economy

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 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

SOME EXPORT FACTS

Malaysia mostly imports apples, pears

and quinces. In 2015, these fruits

alone earned $51.1-million, citrus fruit

$18.5-million and grapes $10.7-million.

Singapore’s top product from the

Western Cape in 2016 was refined

petroleum oils and oils obtained from

bituminous minerals at a value of

$14.3-million, followed by apples, pears

and quinces at $13.1-million.

A trade mission involving 15 Western

Cape companies to Ethiopia in 2017

secured R200-million in export deals.

Ethiopian Airlines has increased its

flights to Cape Town to 10 times per

week.

GDP on its own, the sector is responsible for

the fruit and vegetables that contribute to agriprocessing

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

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and furniture to coke and refined petroleum

products. Excluding agri-processing, other

manufacturing makes up 6.9% of GDP.

Regions

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.

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.

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, Moorreesburg.

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 with the impending

declaration of the Saldanha Industrial

Development Zone, is gearing up 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

its headquarters in the town.

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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 highquality

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.

Garden Route District Municipality

Towns: George, Oudtshoorn, Calitzdorp, Knysna,

Mossel Bay, Plettenberg Bay.

The area has two important tourist names: the

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 the Garden

Route DM is one of the best-performing regions

because of tourism. The area is famous for fine

golf courses and golf estates. Mossel Bay, where

the slipway in the harbour has received a multimillion-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.

Municipalities in the Western Cape

WCDMA01

Northern Cape

Metropolitan/District Municipality

Boundary

Local Municipality Boundary

District Municipality

Local Municipality

Garden Route

Oudtshoorn

Matzikama

WCDMA05

Cederberg

Beaufort West

West Coast

Central Karoo

Bergrivier

WCDMA02

Saldanha

Bay

Swartland

City of

Cape Town

Metropolitan

Municipality

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Witzenberg

Cape Winelands

Breede Valley

Drakenstein

Langeberg

Stellenbosch

Theewaterskloof

Swellendam

Overberg

Cape Agulhas

WCDMA03

Overstrand

Laingsburg

Kannaland

Hessequa

Prince Albert

Oudtshoorn

WCDMA04

Garden Route

George Knysna Bitou

Mossel Bay

INDIAN OCEAN

Eastern Cape

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BIOGRAPHY

Mr Solly Fourie, Head of the Department of Economic Development

and Tourism in the Western Cape.

Mr Fourie holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, an Honours Degree

and Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of

Stellenbosch Business School.

Before Mr Fourie joined the Western Cape Government in 2010, he

spent nearly 30 years in the Financial Services sector. Mr Fourie’s

unique blend of experiences, in both the public and private sectors

of the South African economy, enable him to bring a fresh business

approach to the public sector.

Economic Growth

at the heart of successful

development

CREATING AN ENABLING

BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT

The following are focus areas of DEDAT that

contribute towards an enabling business

environment:

It is the fundamental belief of the Western

Cape Department of Economic Development

and Tourism (DEDAT), that growth is driven

primarily by the private sector operating in a

market environment. Therefore, the state’s role

should be to create and maintain an enabling

business environment, and provide a demandled

private sector which supports propulsive

sectors, industries and businesses.

An example of this approach is Project Khulisa,

which enables greater intervention into targeted

sectors. This consistent strategic approach

has led to numerous positives in the Province,

including the lowest unemployment rate in

South Africa, a better growth rate than the rest

of South Africa, and a business confidence rate

which is higher than the national average.

Ease of Doing Business

Thanks to the Ease of Doing Business strategy

an estimated R493 million has been saved

through red tape reduction and ease of doing

business interventions.

Investment Promotion

The department’s trade and investment agency,

Wesgro, has attracted R7.2 billion worth of

investment to the Western Cape, since 2014.

Further to this, 64 trade deals have also been

secured, valued at approximately R11.1 billion,

since 2014.

Project Khulisa Interventions

The Project Khulisa strategy prioritises three

key sectors for the Western Cape which could

change the trajectory of economic growth and

job creation: Agri-Processing, Tourism, and Oil

and Gas Supply.


In terms of Agri-Processing, key projects were

prioritised, namely Halal export promotion,

the Halal Industrial Park, the Halal Certification

Project and Wine and Brandy export promotion.

Successful missions were undertaken by

Western Cape companies to promote Halal

products in targeted countries. Furthermore,

a collaboration between the Western Cape

Government, Wines of South Africa and Wesgro

to promote wine exports in Angola and China,

has led to significant growth of wine turnover in

both markets.

The Oil and Gas Supply sectors can potentially

provide huge gains for the province. 34

potential investors have already signed

Memorandums of Understanding with regards

to the industrialisation of the West Coast

Region, including the Saldanha Bay Industrial

Development Zone.

Over the last year, Tourism’s Gross Value Add

grew by more than R2 billion, or 11%, which

is more than five times that of the national

average. And since the inception of an Air

Access team, inbound international seats have

grown by 800 000 seats, by expanding and

adding routes into Cape Town.

Innovation

Innovation is key to ensuring significant growth

in the economy. Leading the fight in innovation,

the department has seen the first intergovernmental

innovation forum established,

with ten provincial government departments

accepting the challenge to work smarter.

Further to this, 15 Western Cape Government

case studies have been developed and

distributed for peer learnings.

Digital Economy

The Public Access Wi-Fi project established

178 hotspots, accumulating 1.6 million users

and exposing 400 000 citizens to digital

literacy programmes. DEDAT developed a

strategic framework for the Digital Economy

to be responsive in a fast-changing digitallyenabled

world. The Digital Business Toolkit

was developed as an online platform to enable

SMMEs to access services, tools and skills that

will aid in their growth and competitiveness.

Green Economy

With DEDAT support, GreenCape’s investor

support across the green economy has helped

attract over R1.2 billion worth of investment in

green technology and services in the Western

Cape. Extensive work has been undertaken to

advance the progress of establishing an Atlantis

Special Economic Zone (SEZ), which will serve

as a green tech hub.

To strengthen long-term water resilience for the

province’s economy, DEDAT leads an Economic

Water Security Workstream with various roleplayers.

The Green Economy unit also builds

stakeholder relations with the aim of improving

waste economy development in the Western

Cape.

Energy

The Energy Security Game Changer aims to

increase the uptake of solar PV in the Western

Cape, with 60MWp of solar PV installed to

date. Small Scale Embedded Generation

(SSEG) is promoted, with 13 municipalities

now having NERSA approved tariffs and 21

municipalities having a framework in place

to allow SSEG. Furthermore, the Energy

Security Game Changer actively drives the

promotion of Liquefied Natural Gas, which was

bolstered through securing USTDA support

(US$800 000) to undertake a further feasibility

study into the importation of LNG.

Skills Development

The Apprenticeship Game Changer addresses

the supply and demand for skills needed in

the Western Cape economy. It focuses on

sectors with the potential for a higher uptake

in employment and economic growth, within

specific occupations and trades in these sectors.

The programmes initiated by the department

and other role-players aim to improve the

employability of particularly first-time work

seekers, through programmes that provide for

extended training opportunities, experiential

learning and work placement at companies.

For more information on the Western Cape

Department of Economic Development and

Tourism, please visit: https://www.westerncape.

gov.za/dept/edat


BE PART OF A

DYNAMIC ECONOMY

CAPE TOWN IS A

HIGH-PERFORMANCE,

AFRICAN BUSINESS HUB

THAT SUPPORTS BIG

IDEAS AND INNOVATION

The city is best known as a world-class tourism destination, but

increasingly more businesses identify Cape Town as a forwardlooking

globally competitive city ready for investment.

In fact, the city is already the African headquarters of major

multinationals such as Amazon, KimberlyClark and DHL, while

home-grown global titans, Naspers and Shoprite, use Cape

Town as their base.

What sets the city apart is not just Cape Town’s exceptional

quality of life but also government’s commitment to create an

enabling environment.

Invest Cape Town is the City’s commitment to creating a

platform that enables business leaders and entrepreneurs to

live, work, play and invest.

We work with international and local entrepreneurs, SMEs and

multinationals that wish to set up a business in Cape Town.

On the ground we collaborate with partners from business

formations, investment promotion agencies and sector support

entities, and all spheres of government.

Cape Town is an excellent location from which businesses can

launch their operations into the rest of Africa and we are ready

to help you build your business case for investment,” says the

City’s Director for Enterprise & Investment Lance Greyling.

WHAT INVEST CAPE TOWN OFFERS:

• Assisting investment facilitation;

• Unlocking investor incentives;

• Investing to grow catalytic sectors;

• Helping enterprise development;

• And cutting red tape.

In September 2018 the World Bank Ease of Doing Business

Report found Cape Town to be the best of all South African

cities in getting electricity to investors and granting

construction permits.

INFRASTRUCTURE

The City is investing R6bn in infrastructure each financial year,

and establishing energy security by switching to renewable

energy.

Cape Town is also investing in IT infrastructure and to date the

City has installed 848km of fibre-optic cable.

GROWING SECTORS

“A lot of the sectors that Cape Town is doing well in are sectors

that are poised for big global growth – sectors of the future,”

says Greyling.

Cape Town’s entrepreneurial tech sector is significantly more

productive than other African cities, employing more than


double the people than Lagos and Nairobi combined, says

Endeavor Insight 2018 study.

In Business Process Outsourcing, we’re the leader in South

Africa and in Africa with a rich talent pool.

The City is funding special purpose vehicles to act as catalysts in

key growth sectors. In the past financial year 2703 Capetonians

received training in the BPO, ICT, fashion, garment making and

renewable energy sectors, creating a steady pipeline of skilled

labour.

Cape Town’s flourishing renewable energy market has seen the

highest year-on-year growth globally, says Moody’s Investors

Service 2017 report.

The Atlantis GreenTech Special Economic Zone (SEZ) presents

a particular opportunity, attracting investments in clean

technologies, electronics, solar and wind energy technologies,

energy efficient technologies, alternative waste management,

alternative building materials, and technologies, among others.

It’s also easier to reach Cape Town. Since 2015 Cape Town Air

Access has secured 13 new routes and has helped expand 18

existing routes to the rest of Africa, Asia and Europe.

Cape Town offers many investment opportunities and Invest

Cape Town offers a wide range of customized services, free of

charge, for any business stage you are in.

Twitter: @investcapetown

Visit www.investcapetown.com


INTERVIEW

Showcasing investment

opportunities

Wesgro CEO Tim Harris outlines how dedicated programmes

are attracting significant investments and tourists.

Tim Harris, CEO

BIOGRAPHY

Tim Harris is the CEO of

Wesgro, the Tourism, Trade and

Investment Promotion Agency

for Cape Town and the Western

Cape. Tim previously served

as Member of Parliament and

Shadow Minister of Finance

for the Democratic Alliance

(DA). He holds a BA in English

Literature and a Masters in

Economics from the University

of Cape Town. Tim currently sits

on the board of the Cape Town

Film Studios and BPESA.

The Western Cape metropole emerged from a long-term

drought as a more resilient city. What has been the impact

on tourism and investment?

There are many factors that affect tourism and investment. From a tourism

perspective factors include affordability, distance to destination, climate,

exchange rate, visa regulations and even the price of petrol will have a

big impact on the domestic market. Similarly, investment was negatively

impacted through credit downgrades, policy uncertainty, political

instability and negative media coverage surrounding the drought that

weighed down on our investment case globally.

The effect of the drought on tourism will not be seen at this point;

however, our top 10 markets (UK, Germany, USA, Namibia, France,

Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Australia and the UAE) performed

relatively well in Q1 of this financial year despite the circumstances.

We did indeed look to other markets for lessons learnt, inspiration

and advice on how to deal with a crisis. Tourism is a resilient sector, and

with time it can correct itself. We learnt from Mexico that profit margins

for businesses, especially small business, is so small that anything and

everything must be done to expedite recovery. Another lesson learnt

was that deep discounting was not a solution either. Egypt learnt that it

takes five years to mathematically recover from a 10% cut in prices – once

you start discounting your clients change and so does your competition,

which isn’t always good.

Taking inspiration from the “Great” Britain destination marketing

campaign we conducted research through an international investor

perceptions survey, to provide insight as to how Cape Town and the

rest of South Africa faired in the international investment consideration

market. Following this, a marketing campaign was devised to instil

confidence in the economy of the Cape and South Africa internationally,

by showcasing the many opportunities for investment across a variety

of sectors in the Western Cape.

The research provided us with the data we needed to make sure

the campaign was efficient and impactful. It demonstrated that we

needed to do more to show to the world our relative strengths – access

to growing markets, ease of doing business, a growing economy, and

world-class infrastructure were key points identified in this research.

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How do you feel events at national level are

panning out for the investment environment?

We welcome the steps by President Cyril Ramaphosa to

attract over US$100-billion in foreign direct investment.

We particularly welcome the steps outlined in the visa

relaxation announcement as a step in the right direction

– if implemented correctly it will have a noticeable and

positive impact on tourism, trade and investment in the

Western Cape and South Africa.

A team from the Western Cape comprised of

representatives from the Western Cape Government,

City of Cape Town, Saldanha Bay Industrial Development

Zone (IDZ), GreenCape and Wesgro recently attended

the inaugural Investor Summit in Johannesburg to play

our part in driving more investment to South Africa.

Key to Cape Town’s success is cooperation between

all spheres of government and being a reliable and

transparent partner for foreign and local investors.

Please give an overview of your investment

highlights over the past year.

Wesgro’s Investment Promotion unit realised committed

investments worth R2.29-billion, to be landed over the

next five years, which translated into 1 014 jobs. A key

success for the unit was the foreign direct investment

committed by Pegas Nonwovens, the largest producer of

spun melt nonwovens in the EMEA (Europe, the Middle

East and Africa), to the value of R1.3-billion. A key part of

our investment promotion effort is the work done by

our dedicated Agribusiness Investment Unit, funded by

the Western Cape Department of Agriculture. This team

helped land committed investments in the agribusiness

sector amounting to R756-million off the back of six

investments. This is expected to create 1 412 jobs over

the next five years. Contributing to this achievement was

the US-founded Cape Town-headquartered Marathon

Restaurant Group, which invested R300-million in

developing Pizza Hut, fast-casual restaurants in the

Western Cape, creating 700 jobs.

How are the Cape’s exporters faring?

During the past financial year, Wesgro’s International

Trade Promotion unit facilitated the signing of 53

business agreements with an estimated economic

value of R2.83-billion over the next five years, expected

to create 679 jobs. Further to this, the unit facilitated

INTERVIEW

outward foreign direct investment projects valued

at R190-million.

Is the expansion of the CTICC having an

effect on conferences and events?

The Cape Town & Western Cape Convention Bureau’s

mandate is to attract meetings, incentives conferences

and exhibitions to the Western Cape. Often, and

especially over peak periods, conference and event

venues in the Western Cape have to turn away

business due to unavailability of venues space. An

expanded convention centre means that additional

large-scale conferences and events can be hosted in

the destination. As the number one destination on

the continent for hosting international association

meetings, the bureau often works with the convention

centre sales team in promoting the destination and

attracting new meetings.

What are the highlights of the Cape Town

Air Access programme?

The Cape Town Air Access partnership between

Wesgro, the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape

Government, South African Tourism, Cape Town

Tourism, Airports Company South Africa, and

private sector partners, demonstrates the power of

collaboration in boosting the Cape economy.

In just three years, this initiative has helped land

13 new routes and 18 route expansions, adding an

additional 750 000 inbound seats to Cape Town

International Airport. These additional passengers have

spent an estimated R6-billion in the Cape economy.

During the financial year in review, the economic

impact of the project is estimated to be R2-billion.

The most recent highlight was the launch of

Cathay Pacific’s first direct flight between Cape Town

and Hong Kong. By connecting the Cape directly to

China for the first time, we hope to see a marked

increase in tourism and investment into our region.

Other highlights include our expanding direct

flight offering to key hubs in Africa. In September,

Kenya Airways launched a direct flight from Nairobi

to Cape Town, with RwandAir introducing the direct

flight from Kigali via Harare to Cape Town. These

launches are fundamental in positioning the Cape

as a gateway to Africa.

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CAPE TOWN STADIUM

FROM ICONIC ACTS TO INTIMATE DINNERS

This is where South Africa celebrated the life of Nelson Mandela,

where we cheered the superstars of the Soccer World Cup.

It’s where we got goosebumps from seeing the world’s biggest

acts live on stage and took selfies dressed up for the Rugby Sevens.

It’s also the perfect setting for a unique gala event, business event

or product launch and the ideal backdrop for an international

blockbuster or one-of-a-kind photoshoot.

SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST A STADIUM.

Excellent location | Great scale and versatility | World-class facilities and staff | Great legacy

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CAPE TOWN STADIUM

THE PERFECT SPACE FOR ANY EVENT

The Mixing Zone.

From black tie parties and exclusive

soirées to premiere corporate events

and fashion shows – any special event

can be created here.

Business Lounge.

Let your imagination run wild in

this flexible venue. The space

can be easily divided and can

accommodate large tables and

many guests. It has a great view of

the pitch and is perfect for grand

functions and has enough space for

dance floors.


Network Lounges.

With amazing sea and stadium

views, these four open spaces can

host corporate meetings, cocktail

parties, team builds, exhibitions,

seminars and more.

The Presidential Suite.

This exclusive and private setting

on the fifth floor gives an incredible

view of the pitch with an intimate

atmosphere. Host a strategic

discussion, product launch or club

function that everyone remembers.

With all of these amazing spaces, plus additional conference rooms, the stadium forecourt

and the pitch itself, the Cape Town Stadium really is so much more than just a stadium.

Contact us today and let us bring your event to life.

SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST A STADIUM.

Excellent location | Great scale and versatility | World-class facilities and staff | Great legacy

For enquiries or to book, call +27 21 417 0120 or visit CapeTownStadiumBookings.co.za


Red Tape

Reduction

Unit

The Red Tape Reduction Unit makes it easier

for businesses to thrive in the Western Cape, by

growing our economy and creating more jobs.

The amount of red tape and bureaucracy faced

by businesses when dealing with government

restricts economic development and growth.

Creating an enabling environment for business

is, therefore, fundamental to creating a

competitive economy.

Research shows that red tape costs South

Africans R79 billion per year. This is equivalent

to 6,5% of GDP, or 16,5% of the total wage bill

in 2003 (Small Business Project (SBP) 2005).

Red tape is defined as:

• non-essential procedures, forms, licences,

and regulations that add to the cost of

dealing with government; or

• anything obsolete, redundant, wasteful

or confusing that diminishes the

competitiveness of the province, which

stands in the way of economic growth and

job creation or wastes taxpayers’ time and

money.

Red tape interferes with:

• the ability of businesses to compete

in a global marketplace as a result of

unnecessary costs and/or delays;

• the rate of establishment of new

businesses; and

• the sustainability and/or growth of existing

enterprises.

The Red Tape Reduction Unit was established

by DEDAT in 2011. Its main objective was to

remove bureaucratic blockages to make it

easier and more cost-effective to do business

in the Western Cape. The Unit follows a twopronged

approach in tackling bottlenecks in the

business environment:

• reactive through its response to cases

lodged to the unit; and

• proactive, which seeks to identify

legislation and processes that represent

barriers to business or efficiency in

government, and designing interventions

that cut across an entire industry sector or

several processes.

The outcome of the interventions must impact

on the cost of doing business in terms of

reducing either time, costs or complexity.

To date the unit has dealt with almost 8,000

business and red tape related matters. It

maintains a resolution rate in excess of its 85%

target.

The WCG made Regulatory Impact

Assessments (RIAs) standard practice for new

policy and legislation. Cabinet has approved it

as a mandatory requirement for all significant

legislation and policies. We are the first and

only province to elevate RIA to this level.

The Red Tape Reduction Unit has partnered

with sister departments to improve businessfacing

processes. This benefits business

process improvement (BPI) projects, such as

the Department of Transport and Public Works

(tourism signage and abnormal load permit

applications) and Agriculture (export related

processes, permit applications and auditing).

Several BPI project possibilities with national

departments are being explored as well.

The potential for making it easier, cheaper and

faster to do business in the province is huge,

considering the many approvals, licences and

authorisations that businesses need to operate.

For more information on the Red Tape Reduction

Unit please visit https://www.westerncape.gov.

za/red-tape-reduction/


Cutting the red

tape for tourism

attraction in

Franschhoek

The Red Tape Reduction Unit’s intervention in

the Franschhoek Wine Tram’s success story not

only impacted their future of doing business

and expanding, but ensured economic growth

and job creation for the entire Franschhoek

Valley, including more than 20 wine farms.

Brett Garner, Franschhoek Wine Tram’s General

Manager, explains that the Red Tape Reduction

Unit has assisted them twice over the past

five years. “The involvement of the Red Tape

Reduction Unit is actually multifaceted in our

business. When we started the Wine Tram in

2012, it was quite a novel idea to have a tram

on a railway track. As we also have a hop-on

hop-off bus service to get our guests to and

from the tram and the various wine estates, the

Department of Transport characterised us as a

charter service. As such we were under pressure

to clear hurdles that we simply could not. For

example, as a hop-on hop-off service we could

not generate a passenger manifest or guest list,

but we were required to do so.”

This placed the Wine Tram at odds with local

officials. “To add to this we were also expected

to take our buses all the way from Franschhoek

to have them inspected in Cape Town. This

would mean closing our business for a day every

month, which did not make economic sense.

The owners contacted the Red Tape Reduction

Unit and they helped to get the Department of

Transport on the same page as us and amend

our accreditation. We were also able to have

our inspections done on site,” explains Brett.

The business quickly expanded and today the

Franschhoek Wine Tram visits 22 wine estates

and has ten road vehicles and three railway

trams.

Brett believes that if the Red Tape Reduction

Unit had not intervened, it would have had a

negative impact on job creation and tourist

numbers. “We are an international tourism

drawcard and a delay to our launch would

have created a bad public perception of us.

Our expansion has allowed us to consider

developing further stretches of our line, which

we are keen to do.” The Franschhoek Wine Tram

service has expanded from taking a maximum

of 40 people per day when the service was first

launched in 2012, to taking up to 540 people

per day after the most recent expansion. “We

now have 55 employees, with the vast majority

coming from Franschhoek,” says Brett. “The

impact of the Franschhoek Wine Tram on job

creation and local investment is magnified

when you consider that each of the wine

farms we visit has either made changes, built

infrastructure or brought in additional human

capital to ensure a better offering. Something

we should not undervalue, and where the Red

Tape Reduction Unit has greatly assisted us, is

the international drawcard the Wine Tram has

become,” explains Brett.


FOCUS

The Voice of Business

In a time of change, dynamic people and making

connections with others are still fundamental to

business success.

After 214 years of service to business, two

industrial revolutions and another one on

the way, the Cape Chamber of Commerce

and Industry believes that there is one

thing that has not changed: business is still driven

by people – who are smart, dynamic entrepreneurs.

The second thing that has not changed in 214

years is the need to communicate with others in

the field, meet people to work with, learn from

each other and generate the excitement of a shared

vision. The modern term for this is “networking”,

but the Chamber offers much more than that – it is

“Where Opportunity Meets”.

The two most recent revolutions have left us

with electricity (most of the time) and information

technology that have given us access to unlimited

knowledge with just a few clicks and key strokes.

The next revolution will supercharge all this with

artificial intelligence and robots. But we will still need

to meet each other, exchange ideas and discuss the

threats and opportunities in the business world. The

Chamber provides a safe space for being heard and

finding opportunity.

The third thing that hasn’t changed since 1804 is

the need for a voice to speak on behalf of business.

Our ability to lobby with integrity is underpinned

by our status of being fiercely independent. We are

not affiliated to any political party and we are not

beholden to any single organisation. We monitor

proposed legislative changes that could affect

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business interests. Where necessary, evidence is

submitted to the appropriate parliamentary standing

committee or other authorities on behalf of our

members. This is a task that is becoming increasingly

important in an age where requirements for “public

participation” are built into legislation.

We also use media releases with radio interviews

and letters to newspapers to reach a wider audience

and alert the public to developing problems and the

likely unintended and undesired consequences of

legislation and policies. Our voice matters.

The Internet can provide most of the information

we need, but sometimes it is necessary to go beyond

Google and anticipate future problems. We do

this by arranging seminars and workshops where

information can be shared, and experts can lead

discussions to provide a deeper understanding of

issues that can affect businesses, both big and small.

Bringing people together

Bringing people together has always been a

core function of the Chamber. In the early days

this happened naturally as merchants visited the

Chamber offices in Adderley Street for the latest

shipping news and to learn what cargoes were about

to be unloaded. That created a perfect networking

opportunity, but these days we have to arrange

events by organising conferences, exhibitions, coffee

club mornings and celebrations to mark events like

International Women’s Day.

We have nearly as many events as there are

business days on the calendar.

The Cape’s economy has been built on trade and

promoting trade is still one of our main activities.

We have an international trade desk which is the

first point of contact for visiting trade missions and

delegations. We also set up information seminars

on how to conduct trade with various countries and

assist members with information on exhibitions as

well as arranging for incoming delegations to visit

the chamber and meet our members.

For those venturing abroad for new customers

we provide them with a letter of introduction, a

Carnet de Commerce, in both English and French.

We also issue certificates of origin for exporters,

host the Port Liaison Forum where problems with

sea freight are discussed – and often solved – and

we promote exports with our Exporter of the Year

competition, now in its 28th year.

Our portfolio committees provide specialist

forums for the different fields of commerce, industry

and agriculture, and we secure top speakers to give

members the latest information and to look ahead

to likely developments.

In many ways small business is the future of the

country and we go out of our way to provide advice

and HR support while our local chapters take the

Chamber to business in the outlying areas of the

city. We also have an annual small business expo

where our members can meet a wide range of

businesses who supply services to business as well

as officials from all three tiers of government who

can help small firms run more smoothly and with

less red tape.

Everything may have changed in the past 214

years, but the Chamber is still about providing

services to business, so nothing has changed.

CONTACT DETAILS

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

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INTERVIEW

Advancing sustainable

growth through

collaboration

Ryan Ravens, the CEO of Accelerate Cape Town, outlines the

ways in which business, academia and government can work

together to make an impact on socio-economic growth.

Ryan Ravens

BIOGRAPHY

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 Agency.

What is Accelerate Cape Town doing to attract and retain

black talent to the region?

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’

talent programmes, Accelerate Cape Town hosts a number of initiatives

such as our Inspiration Sessions and Thought Leaders engagements,

which provide a large vibrant forum for young professionals in Cape

Town to network, as well as debate critical issues such as transformation

and career progression. Accelerate Cape Town’s Human Capital

programme aims to

• Address issues of transformation in the city

• 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 networking engagements.

How can business, government and academia work

together?

We are extremely fortunate in the Western Cape to have no less than

four world-class tertiary institutions and two internationally accredited

business schools. At Accelerate Cape Town, we believe that business,

government and academia 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.

What is the aim of Accelerate Cape Town’s Business

Leadership programme?

The aim of the programme is to

• Stimulate robust discussion on issues such as governance and ethics

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and also drive higher accountability 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.

How can Accelerate Cape Town’s

Enterprise and Supplier Development

(ESD) 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 encourage greater socioeconomic

transformation.

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?

There have been numerous collaborative attempts to

improve Cape Town’s transport crisis in the short term,

including everything from carpooling and corporate

shuttles, to non-motorised transport solutions such as

bicycle lanes. These solutions have started chipping

away at the problem; however, they remain short-term

interventions and will not shift the needle over the long

term as they remain largely inaccessible or impractical

for the majority of commuters.

Cape Town will always be constrained

geographically when it comes to building new road

infrastructure as our city centre is wedged between

the mountain and ocean, and most of our major

highways converge on the Foreshore, resulting in

significant daily bottlenecks. Improvements to our

roadways in other parts of the city simply result in

motorists getting to the bottleneck sooner, thereby

extending the daily congestion further and further

down the road. Interestingly, recent research has

shown that nearly 80% of motorists arrive at the

CBD in single-occupancy vehicles. Increasing levels of

vehicle occupancy, through initiatives like carpooling

and shuttle services, will have a significant downward

impact on the number of vehicles clogging up our

roads, but with Cape Town being the fastest-growing

city in South Africa, this will provide a temporary

reprieve at best.

The solution is a clean, safe and efficient commuter

rail system. This will only be possible through

unprecedented collaboration between the public

and private sectors. We need innovative thinking,

new models of public infrastructure development,

and unwavering political will to see this done.

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PROFILE

WECBOF fosters

entrepreneurship

in the Western Cape

The Western Cape Business Opportunities Forum (WECBOF) celebrates its 24th 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.

WECBOF has

had to adapt and

keep pace with

an ever-changing

economic, commercial,

technological,

political

and socio-economic

environment.

The organisation

today

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.

CONTACT INFO

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

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

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/wecbof/

Twitter: @wecbof

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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.

CALL US TODAY.

+27 21 946 2519

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

www.facebook.com/wecbof/

@wecbof

A powerful voice for business.

Where entrepreneurs excel.


FOCUS

Innovation drives exports

The Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s

Exporter of the Year competition showcases the

Western Cape’s many talents and resources.

Twenty-eight years of Exporter of the Year competitions run by

the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry and sponsored

by the Export Credit Insurance Corporation, have proven that

enterprise and innovation are the important driving forces in

the Western Cape economy.

The 2018 finalists were:

• All Women Recycling, a Muizenberg company which transforms

plastic waste into beautiful handcraft items, gifts and gadgets;

• Caffenu, which makes cleansing capsules for coffee machines;

Cape Cookies, which manufactures and exports biscuits;

• Ele Trading markets and exports fresh produce;

• Elim Spa Products International, which produces a wide range of

heath-restoring spa and beauty products;

• Folio Online, a translation service for Africa and the world;

• Kallos Global (Pty) Ltd and

Global Fruit Masters (Pty) Ltd,

which procure and distribute

fruit and vegetables;

• Overhex Wines International,

winner of international awards;

• Research Unit, manufacturer

of stylish leather handbags;

• Slent Farms, which makes and

exports wine; and

• Tradewinds Parasols makes

patio umbrellas and shades.

A consistent performer over the

years has been the agricultural

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sector, especially the fruit and wine exporters

which produce 50% of South Africa’s agricultural

exports worth many billions of rands each year.

They continue to perform well despite the recent

drought. The sector has managed this by embracing

the latest technology to get value for every drop of

water and is able to claim that it achieves double

the production on half the water.

The investments have been huge but farmers

have developed the industry to a point where

quality is more consistent and demand from the

international markets is growing. Perhaps even more

important is that it is an industry that creates jobs

on the land, in the pack-houses and in the factories

which process the fruit. It has been a pleasure for

the Chamber to play a role in promoting this vital

industry which continues to grow.

Technical Systems, which has won Exporter of

the Year three times, makes and supplies automated

feeding systems to chicken and pig farms in more

than 50 countries. Its standards are so high that

there has been little imitation of its products, even

in China, one of its most important markets.

Another growing company that produces food

is Abagold, winner of the 2016 Exporter of the Year

award. It is the biggest abalone producer outside

China and it has a unique problem: it is almost

impossible to meet the ever-growing demand for

its products from the East. The firm was started by

a vet in Hermanus and there are now more than a

dozen other companies that have ventured into the

legal abalone business.

All Women Recycling won the Finex SA trophy, the

Cape Chamber award and the Nedbank trophy.

The industry is particularly important because

prospects are virtually unlimited, and it is creating

jobs for former workers in the small-boat fishing

industry. In the long term it is building up the

knowledge, experience and technology to

produce more marine products, something that

will be necessary as over-fishing is depleting

natural fish stocks. We all hope that the industry

will develop to the point where it puts the

poachers out of business.

Maverick Trading, another former winner, found

a way to make manhole and drain covers out of

polymers and concrete to replace the cast-iron

covers which scrap metal thieves found so attractive.

We have also had spectacular winners like Mark

Shuttleworth’s Thawte Consulting which was sold

to Verisign for R3.5-billion shortly after it was named

our 1999 Exporter of the Year.

The 2018 finalists competed in seven categories

and the big winners at our gala dinner in October were

Research Unit, manufacturer of designer handbags,

and All Women Recycling. For the first time in the

history of the competition, one firm, Research Unit,

won four categories – the ECIC/Cape Chamber award

for the overall best exporter, the Transnet Port Terminals

award for the best manufacturing exporter, the Small

Exporter category and the Innovation Award.

All Women Recycling won the Finex SA trophy

for the best non-engineering exporter, the Cape

Chamber award for Design and the Nedbank trophy

for Transformation.

Winner of the Gerald Wolman Award for

Excellence in Exporting to Africa was the translation

service, Folio Online.

Janine Myburgh, President of the Chamber, said

the competition was not based on the sheer volume

and value of exports but on excellence in exporting

and the growth of exports. This created a level playing

field for both small and large exporters. “It has been

a real pleasure for the Chamber to welcome and

honour new exporters and watch them grow. They

are a very important part of our future.”

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The Maritime Economy

Half-a-billion rand has been spent to make Saldanha ready for investment.

When the maritime sector takes off,

the graduates of the Lawhill Maritime

Centre in Simon’s Town are going to

be well placed to pick and choose

their career path.

With South Africa intensely focused on properly

exploiting the Oceans Economy, something that has

lain dormant for a long time, the fact that the Lawhill

Maritime Centre won another international award in

2018 has some significance. The most recent award

for the centre, which trains pupils from grade 10 to

grade 12, is the Seatrade Africa, Middle East and India

Education and Training Award, which was handed

over in Dubai in October 2018.

Subjects offered at the centre 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 Ports 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”.

The state is directly funding several other

projects. Operation Phakisa is an initiative of the

South African government to fast-track parts of the

National Development Plan (NDP). The focus is on

delivery and results, with strict timelines. “Phakisa”

means “hurry up” in Sotho. One of the focus areas

within Phakisa is the Oceans Economy programme.

The Oceans Economy is no longer just a concept

talked about at conferences, it is a reality that is

starting to have an impact on South Africa with

other training organisations such as the South

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The harbour at East London is South Africa’s only river port. All of the country’s major ports are run by

Transnet National Ports Authority.

African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI)

setting up in Port Elizabeth and the university in

that town creating a specialist campus devoted to

maritime affairs.

South Africa has 3 000km of coastline and the

extent of the country’s territorial waters is greater

than its land size. And yet the country does not

have a merchant marine fleet and only scrapes the

surface in terms of the percentage of repair and

maintenance of boats and oil rigs which could

potentially bring work to its ports. South Africa

currently accounts for 1% of the global market of

ship repair and refurbishment.

According to Operation Phakisa documents, the

untapped potential that passes South Africa’s coast

is immense. This includes:

• South Africa does maintenance on only 5% of the

13 000 vessels that use SA ports.

• South Africa is currently servicing four of the

80 rigs that are estimated to be in range of

Cape Town.

• Vessels carry 1.2-million tons of liquid fuel around

South Africa.

• Foreign vessels ship 300-million tons of cargo in

and out of South African ports.

The coast controlled by South Africa and adjacent

waters have possible resources of oil that could

supply the country’s needs for 40 years, and natural

gas that could supply the country’s needs for 375

years. This has the potential to lead to production of

370 000 barrels per day, but this will need significant

investment.

The Western Cape Department of Economic

Development and Tourism (DEDAT) reports that in

2016 the oil, gas and marine sector supported 8 320

jobs and contributed R1-billion the province’s gross

value add.

The marine transport committee of the South

African Oil and Gas Alliance (SAOGA) is trying to

prepare South Africa to reap the potential of the

sector. It has developed 18 initiatives across three

categories: infrastructure and operations, skills and

market growth.

In 2018 De Beers Marine announced that it had

awarded a contract to ELB Engineering Services

for the drying system for the MV Grand Banks life

extension project. The alluvial diamond concentrate

exploration vessel will undergo a major upgrade in

the Port of Cape Town.

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bridge over the MR559. Fencing and access control

points in support of the customs zone are being

constructed.

Three major projects are underway or in the

planning stage, overseen by national government,

the Southern African Oil and Gas Alliance and the

SBIDZ-LC:

Saldanha Bay

The West Coast region, including the Saldanha Bay

Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), has attracted

34 investors who have signed Memorandums of

Understanding. Considerable planning has gone

into positioning the SBIDZ as a hub for a range of

maritime repair activities and oil rig maintenance

and repair.

The National Department of Trade and Industry (dti)

and DEDAT have collectively invested R500-million in

core infrastructure at the Saldanha Bay IDZ and a lease

agreement has been signed with Transnet National

Ports Authority.

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.

The SBIDZ fits neatly into two over-arching

visions: Operation Phakisa 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. The IDZ is

run by the SBIDZ-Licencing Company which works

together with Transnet National Ports Authority

(TNPA) on many joint projects.

These are being undertaken to create good

conditions for possible investors. Quayside

infrastructure has been upgraded, including a

waste-water treatment plant and a new road and

Offshore Supply Base

Basil Read won the contract to extend TNPA’s general

maintenance quay to create an Offshore Supply Base

(OSB). The quayside is 294m with a further 3.8ha being

available onshore for support operations. It will cater

for ships and rigs looking for oil along both coasts

of Africa, and any other rigs passing along the coast.

Berth 205

This is the name of a planned specialised Rig and

Vessel Repair Quay which will be able to cater to the

latest design in oil rigs.

Mossgas Jetty

Equipment and vessel-servicing facility:

this planned 1 000-metre long jetty will be

perpendicular to the shoreline of the Port of

Saldanha Bay. It will have a maximum width of

120m and be able to serve several ships or rigs in

need of repairs or servicing at the same time. In

addition, there will be a floating dock. TNPA has

done studies on the possible location of the jetty

and the local and international market will be

canvassed for companies to do the work.

Saldanha has not been chosen by the National

Department of Energy (DoE) to host a gas-to-power plant:

Richards Bay and Coega (Port Elizabeth) have instead been

listed as the sites for 2 000MW and 1 000MW plants, 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 1 000MW 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 transformed.

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Main ports, controlled

and managed by

Transnet National Ports

Authority

Facilities Key cargo/function Plans

Saldanha

Slipways, quayside

facilities (Mossgas

Jetty). Fabrication

facility (FerroMarine

Africa).

Iron ore.

Industrial Development

Zone. Oil and gas supply

base and rig repair.

Cape Town

SWL floating crane,

two graving docks,

syncrolift. Cruiseship

terminal.

General cargo.

Enhance marine engineering

capability for

oil and gas sector.

Mossel Bay

Two offshore mooring

points. Slipway.

PetroSA logistics

base.

Fishing.

Slipway upgrade.

Ngqura

Rig repair.

Containers, dry and

liquid bulk.

Expand rig repair. Serve

Coega IDZ.

Port

Elizabeth

Container terminals,

bunkering, slipway.

Vehicles, manganese,

general cargo.

Removal of manganese

to Ngqura, creation of

leisure waterfront.

East London

Dry dock and repair

quay.

Vehicles and grain.

Serves East London IDZ.

Recent upgrades have

been done.

Durban

Ship repair. One

graving dock, several

floating docks. Three

repair quays. Private

quayside facilities

(EBH and Dormac).

Cruise-ship terminal.

Vehicles and multicargo.

Improve access for

trucks, back-of-port.

New storage areas.

Richards Bay

Richards Bay Coal

Terminal. Repair

berth in small craft

harbour. Serves IDZ.

Coal.

Possible gas and

renewable energy hub.

Service offshore oil and

gas sector.

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Partnerships boost

skills training

False Bay TVET College is training artisans and nurturing entrepreneurs.

Centres of Specialisation

National Government has initiated the National

Development Plan and the Strategic Infrastructure

Plan to stimulate growth in the economy. These plans

include investing in and stimulating ocean-related

industries through Operation Phakisa. In the Western

Cape, the provincial economic plan known as Project

Khulisa focusses economic growth through three

pillars – Tourism, Agri-Processing and Oil and Gas.

The Oil and Gas sector is probably poised for the

greatest development, with major plans announced

for redeveloping ports and taking a bigger slice of

the oil rig repair industry. All these developments

will require huge numbers of riggers and mechanical

fitters for deployment to oil rigs, ports, construction,

engineering and transport crews.

The government is investing in the TVET colleges

to ensure that these skills demands will be met

and has initiated the Centres of Specialisation

Programme through the Department of Higher

Education and Training (DHET) to address the

demand for qualifications in the priority trades

needed for the implementation of government’s

growth strategy.

False Bay TVET College was selected as one of

the Centres of Specialisation and is thus the premier

training institution for riggers as well as mechanical

fitters in the Western Cape. The College is inviting

industry to join this exciting venture. With training

incentivised through industry and SETA grants,

it makes good business sense to invest now in

apprenticeships for these trades.

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Centre for Entrepreneurship/Rapid

Incubator

The Centre for Entrepreneurship/Rapid Incubator

(CFE/RI) was founded through a partnership between

the National Department of Higher Education and

Training, the National Department of Small Business

Development and the College.

The CFE/RI applies an innovative and holistic

development approach to youth entrepreneurship

development, striving to shift the mindset of

young people away from only seeking employment

to creating employment through entrepreneurship.

Learning is supported by structured individual

mentoring and the facilitation of linkages to new

resources.

Technical Support: Rapid Incubator (RI)

The CFE provides technical support to the enrolled

entrepreneurs through access to the Rapid Incubator

(RI), which consists of engineering and woodwork

workshops and an innovative Makers Space. These

workshops are equipped with machinery, tools

and the production support needed to develop

and manufacture new offerings. Each of the

workshops can accommodate 10 people working

simultaneously. While the RI provides a supportive

environment and physical space for product

development, entrepreneurs are responsible for

their own product development consumables. The

Makers Space is equipped with laser cutters, a large

CNC wood router, a vinyl cutter and 3D printing.

The RI offers entrepreneurs the opportunity

to manufacture prototypes and actual products

to sell, assisting them to improve the chances of

starting up and accelerating their enterprise into

a viable business. The College welcomes any

established company’s involvement and investment

in this credible incubation programme that will

contribute significantly to establishing a vibrant

SMME economy.

New Swartklip Campus

The Swartklip Campus is the College’s next

catalytic project, set to trigger positive transformation

in the surrounding communities of

Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha in Cape Town.

Located at the former Denel munitions testing

grounds, the site offers acres of land and

solid building structures which will be refurbished

into state-of-the-art workshops and

classroom spaces.

The Swartklip Campus will primarily focus

on artisan-related programmes and will open

its doors in 2019 for its first student intake of

students in the Rigging programme. Offering

programmes in the priority artisan trades,

the campus will accommodate an estimated

3 000 students a year once fully operational,

making a major contribution to the National

Development Plan’s goal of producing 30 000

skilled artisans per year.

Companies interested in collaborating

with the College on the Swartklip Campus

venture are encouraged to complete an

Expression of Interest form, obtainable on

the official College website.

Resources for business:

• https://www.westerncape.gov.

za/apprenticeship-for-employers/

useful-information

• https://www.westerncape.gov.za/news/

apprenticeships-important-tool-tacklingyouth-unemployment

CONTACT DETAILS

Centre of Specialisation: +27 21 787 0800 Email: jacqui.layman@falsebay.org.za

Centre of Entrepreneurship and Rapid Incubator: +27 21 201 1215

Email: info@falsebayincubate.co.za

Website: www.falsebaycollege.co.za

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SPECIAL FEATURE

Tourism and events

The Western Cape is world class in many categories.

Ten cities were nominated in 2018 for “World’s

Leading Festival and Events Destination”.

Listed together with Singapore, Dubai,

London, Montreal, Sydney and the likes of

Rio de Janeiro was Cape Town.

Cape Town also won an African award for

hosting the most international association meetings,

based on 34 000 international delegates attending

conferences in Cape Town in a calendar year. The

ranking is awarded by the International Congress

and Convention Association (ICCA).

The Cape Town and Western Cape Convention

Bureau, a Wesgro unit, promotes the province as a

venue and assists with bids, planning support and

on-site services. Events, conferences and exhibitions

help to create a year-round industry which in turn

boosts employment. The Bureau helped secure 33

bids for the region in 2017/18 which had a projected

impact of R453-million.

The R900-million expansion of the Cape Town

International Convention Centre (CTICC2) has given

the city’s biggest venue additional volume and

flexibility. The new section of the centre hosted its

first conference in September 2017, the 21st Annual

Congress of the South African Council of Shopping

Centres (SACSC) at the same time as the CTICC was

hosting another major conference.

The Cape Town Stadium, built to host matches

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in the 2010 soccer World Cup, has become a multipurpose

venue at the centre of the Green Point Park,

a popular venue for families but also a site for film

and advertising shoots.

Discovery Sport awarded the HSCB World Rugby

Sevens Series event in Cape Town the “best live

event” in 2016. It has become routine for tickets for

this fun event to be sold out within minutes and the

pictures of happy fans in a packed stadium paint a

good picture of South Africa and Cape Town for

global television viewers.

Some Cape Town venues

Cape Town Stadium: Several meeting and conference

venues within the stadium are supplemented by the

Stadium itself (with seating for 55 000), the adjacent

Green Point Athletics Stadium and the Stadium

Forecourt, which hosts the Bike Expo held before

the Cape Town Cycle Tour. The stadium and the Green

Point Park are popular venues with film producers and

advertising film crews.

Cape Town International Convention Centre

(CTICC): The largest convention centre in Cape Town

is a large part of the reason for the city’s prominence

in the conference and events sector. Offering tremendous

flexibility and range for conference and

exhibition organisers, the CTICC includes in its

portfolio 11 200m² of column-free space for expos

and an auditorium with an orchestra pit that can

seat 1 500 guests. The recent expansion (CTICC 2),

has added 10 000m² of conference and exhibition

space and a further 3 000m² of formal and informal

meeting space.

PPC Newlands: One of the world’s great cricket

stadiums is available for hire. Four venues of varying

sizes include a recently renovated President’s Suite

which could host anything from a formal dinner to

a product launch.

GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World:

Venues range from intimate meeting rooms to the

Grand Arena and other spaces that can host up to

7 000 people for large events.

Century City Conference Centre: The largest of 20

venues can accommodate 1 900 people and outside

events can be held in the Century City Square.

The province has a range of excellent facilities

for conferences outside the metropole. George

has the five-star facilities of the Fancourt Hotel and

Country Club (with banqueting capacity up to 250)

and the Protea Hotel King George. Destiny Africa

Investments Holdings has targeted George as the

next centre for meetings, incentives, conferences

and expos. The historic town of Stellenbosch

and the nearby wine and golf estates have good

conference facilities.

Success story

Tourism has been a remarkable economic success

story in the Western Cape. Premier Helen Zille’s

2018 State of the Province Address included the fact

that the sector had grown 11% in the previous 12

months, adding R2-billion to the Gross Value Add

of the province.

Cape Town Air Access is a partnership between

Wesgro, the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape

Government, Airports Company South Africa, Cape

Economic impact of annual events in Cape Town

Event

Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon

Volvo Ocean Race

Cape Town Cycle Tour*

HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series

Cape Town International Jazz Festival

Impact

R224-million

R500-million

R500-million

R700-million

R700-million

* It is estimated that the three other big cycling events hosted by the Western Cape (the Absa Cape Epic,

the Cape Rouleur and the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup) collectively contribute a further R500-million.

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Town Tourism and South African Tourism, and is the

focal point for international air route development in

the Western Cape. Zille paid tribute to the Air Access

programme in her speech and noted that the new

routes added in 2018 alone would create additional

direct tourism spending of R620-million.

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)

forecasts growth above 6% per annum for Cape

Town tourism over the next 10 years. It predicts that

the city’s tourism industry will increase the number

of tourism-related jobs from around 160 000 in 2016

to more than 230 000 by 2026.

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 (Mossel Bay), Grotto (Hermanus), Witsand

(Hessequa) and Wilderness (Garden Route) 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.

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 everyone in the town, including shop clerks

and petrol station attendants, joined in.

New cycling routes have been launched as part of

the Cross Cape Cycle Route which links Plettenberg

Bay with Stellenbosch via a number of charming

small towns. Further routes are planned to take the

benefits of tourism to rural areas. Many towns and

districts host annual festivals, such as the Prince

Albert Olive Festival. The Leisure Marketing team at

Wesgro supported 47 events in small towns in 2018.

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.

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 is linked to the Waterfront by canal.

Another major development in the works will

include two Marriott hotels. In the Cape Town CBD

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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 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 co-exist

for many years.

Airports

Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) was Africa’s Leading

Airport for the second year in a row in 2018. The award was

presented by World Travel Awards Africa & India and earned

CTIA a nomination for World’s Leading Airport.

Through partnerships such as Western Cape Air Access

the airport has gained 13 new routes and 18 route expansions

since 2015. CTIA has shown sustained growth in passenger

numbers with a 5.3% increase year-on-year in 2017. Growth

in international passengers has been in double digits for the

past few years. The airport exceeded an annual arrivals figure

of 10-million for the first time in December 2016, which was

improved on in 2017.

A new, 3 500-metre runway will soon be built at CTIA,

further increasing arrival numbers. The project involves the

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 trips

• 4.1-million paid bed nights

• 241 000 tourists stayed in hotels

• 161 000 stayed in guesthouses/

guest farms

• 157 000 tourists stayed in B&Bs

• 336 000 tourists stayed in selfcatering

establishments.

realignment of the airport’s primary runway,

as well as the construction of parallel

and rapid exit taxiways. Approval for the

project was granted in 2018 by the National

Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA).

George Airport was awarded Best

Airport by Region in the African category

of the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards

in 2018. This was for airports serving fewer

than two-million passengers per year. In

2016 the airport became Africa’s first solarpowered

airport.

George Airport receives about 720 000

passengers annually. Airlink, SA Express and

kulula fly are the airlines that fly into George.

It serves as a tourism hub for the Southern

Cape region, including destinations such

as Knysna, Oudtshoorn and Plettenberg

Bay. CemAir offers scheduled flights to

Plettenberg Bay.

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Kurt Maritz, Managing

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INTERVIEW

BIOGRAPHY

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St George’s Park lighting quality is unique.

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Maritz Electrical is revolutionising stadium experiences.

When we started, we were two companies helping ea

Rosslind and I had a loose partnership. I did the mark

execution. We did some basic electrical contracting.

work we did on contract, we still have that relationshi

later. It was for Technical Services of the City of Cape T

electrical side of water and sanitation.

A massive contract to install world-class lighting at the St George’s

Park cricket ground in Port Elizabeth has given Cape Town-based

lighting company Maritz Electrical a head-start as a national leader

in LED and theatrics lighting for sports stadiums.

As company founder and Managing Director Kurt Maritz says,

“That’s the sort of project that comes around once in a lifetime.”

The project was a global first because it made St George’s the

So you found a niche?

first stadium to have LED lights fitted with theatrics that was also

compliant with International Cricket Council standards.

The R27-million project was completed on time and on budget,

despite installing lights on top of the Duckpond Pavilion at night.

The response has been enthusiastic. For Kurt, the television

experts provided the really important feedback. “We cared about

SuperSport the most and they have been raving. If there are light

and dark spots on the field the cameraman must remember to

change the aperture. They said that the lighting was excellent.”

Maritz Electrical wants to be the “go-to” company with respect

to stadium And beyond lighting installations. the work Contracts for in the Bloemfontein city? and

closer to home suggest this is already happening. “I am pleased

to announce we are going to be doing something similar in our

backyard, at Coetzenburg, but not including theatrics. Stellenbosch

University has signed with us as part of a massive project.”

We actively started looking for things that other elec

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

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

work, which very few people specialised in. Certainl

black companies doing that sort of work.

We got more and more work and in 2004 we regist

continued operating two businesses and that ran o

years ago, when we very amicably parted ways.

Western Cape projects

How did the stadium work come about?

Maritz Electrical is active in large areas such as Cape Town’s Grand

Parade, airport runway lighting and city council facilities. The company

operates in the commercial, industrial and public sectors and offers

a wide range of services.

A new area for Maritz Electrical is reticulation and electrification:

low-cost housing projects, street lights, road-side furniture and

mini-substations. Says Kurt, “It is a big market and we can’t ignore

it. Our new sales manager comes from this background and we are

building skills in this area. We are involved in two major projects

in the Western Cape, at Overstrand and Stellenbosch.”

With an expanding workload, Maritz Electrical made a move in

We asked, “What else is nobody else doing?” The answ

and sports field lighting and maintenance. I had the p

ing on the old Green Point Stadium. Sports field ligh

most dynamic part of the business.

So the 2010 Soccer World Cup was good for

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Fund to 50build hundreds of community sports fields, a

we got involved.


INTERVIEW

2018 to new premises in Athlone. “We have moved 150 staff from

three branches into one customised 3 000-square-metre facility.

It is designed in such a way that we have enough space for 50%

expansion. Half of the massive space we dry-walled so that we

have a suite of offices.”

There are no specific targets, but Kurt is clearly looking

forward with anticipation: “We don’t have any ceiling we want

to hit. Our engine is our sales department. As much work as

they bring in, that’s how we will grow.”

The staff of Maritz Electrical includes three Master Electricians

and 75% of the staff complement is technical.

Learning process

For Kurt, the learning process has been exciting. “We are learning

applications from our clients,” he says. “At St George’s for that

exciting time when you are waiting for an umpire’s decision, we

did a heartbeat with sound and the lights that go with it. We also put

a ‘6’ in the lights. The umpires asked if we could keep the light level

on the pitch the same and do the theatrics at the same time. The

possibilities are endless. In athletics, for the 100 metres, you could

kill all the lights and follow the guys down the straight.”

Maritz Electrical is the approved installer of Musco Lighting.

A visit to Musco headquarters in the US made Kurt aware of

how the lighting system at a stadium can create new revenue

sources for clients. As Kurt comments, “If you have a light show

before the game, you have better crowd control and there is an

opportunity for vendors to sell

memorabilia or food. The same

when you leave, it creates a new

revenue stream. We are learning

as we move along.”

Stadium lighting falls

within the broader category

of large-area lighting. The

global move to LED lighting

has been a positive thing for

Maritz Electrical. In South Africa,

however, Kurt notes that there is

difference between the indoor

and outdoor scenarios. For

indoors, “everybody is going

that route” but that return on

investment (ROI) is somewhat

different in the outdoor setting.

“With street lighting and

security lights (which burn for

a long time) the ROI is good. For

large areas like sewerage works

or plants the ROI is something

like three to five years and the

power saving is there. That is not

the case with sport stadiums, so

the equation is different.”

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CTICC on an international

bid winning streak

The CTICC has been awarded 15 international

conferences, in the last six months alone.

Many of these will be hosted on the African

continent for the first time.

“We are extremely proud to have won these bids

which are testament to the CTICC’s competitiveness

as a venue and Cape Town’s attractiveness as a

business event destination. These wins do not happen

without the concerted effort of the CTICC team and

the dedicated collaboration between internal and

external stakeholders, including the Western Cape

Convention Bureau and City of Cape Town,” says Julie-

May Ellingson, Chief Executive Officer of the CTICC.

Here is a list of international bids awarded to the

CTICC which is still to take place:

• The Association of International Schools in Africa

Conference 2019 (AISA) will be held in November

2019 and attended by 300 delegates.

• ​The International Council on Systems Engineering

2020 (INCOSE) will be held in Africa for the first

time in July 2020, hosting about 800 delegates.

• The International Federation of Surveyors (FIG)

2022 will bring 2 000 specialists to the CTICC.

• ​The World Congress of the International Health

Economics Association (IHEA) will be held in

Africa for the first time in July 2021, and will bring

together 800 health professionals.

• ​The Congress of the International Association of

Paediatric Dentistry (IAPD) is another event taking

place in Africa for the first time. 1 000 delegates

will attend in June 2023.

• ​The HIV Research for Prevention Conference

(HIVR4P) for 1 400 delegates is scheduled for

October 2020 and is the only global scientific

conference focused exclusively on the field of

biomedical HIV prevention research.

• The 3rd Ministerial Conference of the Partnership for

Action on Green Economy (PAGE) will come to Cape

Town in January 2019, and will bring together 550

delegates from the United Nations’ five agencies

to assist countries in achieving and monitoring the

emerging Sustainable Development Goals.

• ​In another first for Africa, the CTICC was awarded

the bid to host the World Federation of Paediatric

Intensive and Critical Care Societies (WFPICCS)

where 1 500 delegates will share their expertise to

improve the outcomes of children suffering from

life-threatening illness and injury.

• ​The World Self Medication Industry 2020 (WSMI)

will be held for the first time on the African

continent in 2020 and will bring 400 delegates.

• ​In August 2024, the CTICC will host the General

Assembly of the International Astronomical

Union (IAU). The event, another first to be hosted

in Africa, will bring together 2 500 delegates who

are experts in the field of astronomy.

• In 2024, the World Congress of the International

Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association (IHPBA) will

be hosted at the CTICC in September and will see

2 400 delegates attending.

• In 2020, the CTICC will host the Asian Racing

Conference (ARC) 2020. The event will look at,

among other things, promoting and facilitating

the internationalisation of racing and will bring

an estimated 600 people to the CTICC.

• ​The General Assembly of the International

Organization for Standardization (ISO) will take

place in September 2019, with 800 delegates

attending. ISO is an independent, nongovernmental

organisation with a membership

of 162 national standards bodies.

Having been awarded these prestigious international

events, the CTICC has already hosted two of the 15

events that will take place at the centre. The 800-delegate

International Congress of Linguistics 2018 and the

500-delegate ICAO Global Aviation Gender Summit.

The CTICC’s world-class, high-tech facilities,

flexible venues and high levels of service delivery are

making a growing impact on international conference

organisers. Cape Town and the location within the

city are strong drawcards too.

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Powering the province

The Western Cape is moving away from fossil fuels.

The City of Cape Town has set a target

of generating 20% of its electricity from

renewable energy and it is going to court

to try to make sure that this happens.

The first medium-term budget policy statement

of new Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in October

2018 was mostly designed to calm the markets after

a tumultuous time in the political sphere.

As a well-respected former Reserve Bank governor,

Mboweni was almost universally welcomed as a

steady hand on the country’s finances. What he

said about electricity was significant. Mboweni said,

“Restructuring of the electricity sector is underway.

This must include a long-term plan to restructure

Eskom and deal with its debt obligations.” Mboweni’s

predecessor, Nhlanhla Nene, had previously said that

the restructuring of Eskom was “top of the agenda”.

Eskom runs electricity generation, transmission

and distribution and it is a monopoly. Mboweni’s

statement opens up the possibility that a longstalled

plan to divide up these functions could

eventually take place. In 2013 a parliamentary

bill called the Independent System and Market

Operator (ISMO) was passed but allowed to lapse

in the same year.

Unreliable and expensive power is a massive

constraint on business, and provincial and city

governments in the Western Cape are champing

at the bit to be allowed more freedom to participate

in the sector.

When South Africa ran out of power in 2008,

a programme to get private investors to build

renewable energy capacity was introduced, the

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer

Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). Between

November 2011 and July 2016, South Africa received

commitments of investments to the value of nearly

R200-billion through this programme.

It had by May 2016 delivered the promise

of 6 377 megawatts (MW) with an investment

value of R250-billion and many of the projects

are already delivering electricity to South Africa’s

grid. Figures released by the South African Wind

Energy Association (SAWEA) showed shareholding

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for local communities reached an estimated net

income of R29.2-billion over the lifespan of the

projects.

But at that point, Eskom said that it would not

buy power from independent producers. Only

when President Zuma was replaced by President

Ramaphosa did the programme get back on track.

In April 2018, newly appointed Energy Minister

Jeff Rabebe restarted the REIPPPP when he

signed off on projects totalling R56-billion that

will add 2 300MW to the national grid. Most of

South Africa’s electricity comes from coal and

Eskom is building two huge coal-fired power

stations.

Shortly thereafter, a new Integrated Resources Plan

was released. This was a major event because the first

Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) was printed in 2010 and

was supposed to be updated regularly to guide the

nation’s approach to electricity. Instead, the release of

updated IRPs was delayed to the detriment of proper

planning. In that uncertain environment, there was a

strong push for expensive nuclear options.

The release of IRP 2018 brings certainty to the

market. Nuclear will not be considered again until

at least 2030. The South Africa Photovoltaic Industry

Association (SAPVIA) welcomed what it calls the

“rational” draft plan.

Provincial and city plans

The potential of renewable energy is being

realised and there is a strong lobby to build

a gas-to-energy plant in the province.

In September 2018 the City of Cape

Town launched a resilience assessment,

the first step in a larger process. The

Rockefeller Foundation chose the city in

2016 as one of 100 around the world in

which programmes would be tested to

improve the ability of the city to withstand

shocks such as severe droughts. The city

wants to expand the lessons it learnt in the

period of water shortage into other areas

such as energy generation and energy

efficiency. Former MP Gareth Morgan is

Cape Town’s Director of Resilience.

The Western Cape Provincial Government is

also investing in resilience. A market intelligence

report covering energy, renewable energy, water

and waste was created by GreenCape to map the

assets and challenges in these areas.

In addition to trying to attract green investment

into the province, the province is working for

improved regulations related to small-scale

embedded generation (SSEG).

The idea of home-owners being able to sell

surplus electricity from rooftop solar systems

had been restricted to the Cape metropolitan

area until 2015. The application of the provincial

government’s Energy Security Game Changer has

expanded (via bylaws) to the whole province. There

are 19 municipalities where rooftop solar PVs are

connected to the electricity grid, 13 of which have

nationally approved tariffs in place. Users in the

13 areas can be paid for the power they supply,

provided the facility has a capacity of 1MW or less.

A total of 47MW in rooftop solar PV is currently

installed in the province.

Two further processes are underway. The City

of Cape Town would like to buy electricity from

independent producers as part of the REIPPPP

process. At the moment, the sole buyer is Eskom.

The city hopes that its court case to establish or

deny this right will be heard early in 2019.

Finally, the City of Cape Town wants to be able

to rent out its infrastructure to a power producer

who can supply

a user via that

infrastructure.

This is known

as “wheeling”.

A start was

made with the

Darling wind

farm, but more

work needs to

be done on

the legislative

framework.

Much of this

work is being

done by a

unit called the

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SPECIAL FEATURE

A shopping mall in Cedarberg will be powered by a Tesla battery.

Sustainability Energy Markets within the Energy

Directorate. Another area of focus for this group is to

investigate energy use by low-income households.

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.

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.

Energy news

• Construction was due to begin in 2018 on

Perdekraal East Wind Farm in the Witzenberg

Local Municipality. Located on 3 055ha, the

facility’s 48 turbines will produce 110MW and

make it the biggest wind farm in the Western

Cape. Investors include Mainstream Renewable

Power, African Rainbow Energy and Power (AREP),

Lekela Power and HI Holdings.

• George Municipality will reduce the electricity

consumption of its streetlights by 50% by fitting

Light Emitting Diode (LED) streetlights. The twoyear

project has received grant funding from

the Department of Energy (DoE) and will be

carried out by the municipality with Clinkscales

Maughan-Brown Consulting Engineers.

• A shopping mall has been made possible in a rural

town because of innovative battery technology.

Sola Future Energy is installing a 696kWh Tesla

battery that will store energy from 2 580 solar

panels which in turn will make it possible to run

the Cedar Mill Mall in Cedarberg. The lithium-ion

battery costs as much (R8-million) as the solar

panels but developer Noble Property Fund

believes that the development would not have

been possible without the technology. Sola

Future Energy also installed a micro-grid system

on Robben Island, which previously relied heavily

on a diesel generator.

• Enel Green Power has ordered the biggest wind

turbines to be used in South Africa so far from

Vestas Turbines. The hubs of the turbines to be

placed at Soetwater and Karusa will be 82 metres

above the ground.

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Africa Biomass Company

Your caring family trading as world leaders in the wood

chipping industry.

PROFILE

Our mission

To provide a worldwide service and infrastructure that

is sustainable and above par, taking into account the

unique requirements of each client, without deviating

from our policy of innovative service and high ethical

standards.

Our values

Company

Slogan

About us

Since 2004, Africa Biomass Company has been at the

forefront of the development of biomass processing

such as wood chips, biofuels and more in Southern

Africa.

Under the mentorship of Johan du Preez, the

co-owner of Môreson Grondverskuivers, known for

service excellence in the agricultural industry since

1924, we established ourselves as market leaders of

recycling agricultural wood waste over the past 10

years.

Africa Biomass Company offers a viable, costeffective

solution for our customers to recycle this

unwanted woody biomass into usable forms.

Towards the end of 2008, the need and demand

for the chipping of orchards increased to such an

extent that the strategy of hand-fed chippers was

switched to that of horizontal grinders, fed by a

mechanical loader.

In collaboration with Môreson Grondverskuivers,

we now offer a full range of services.

Our vision

Africa Biomass Company is your caring family,

founded in faith, trading as world leaders in the

recycling industry.

• Human dignity

• Integrity

• Quality

• Pro-trademark resolution

• Innovation

• Transparency

• Individualism

CONTACT INFO

Physical address: Joubert Street, Worcester

6850

Postal address: PO Box 1322, Worcester 6849

Western Cape, South Africa

Tel: +27 23 342 1212

Fax: 086 515 5777

Website: www.abc.co.za

Willem van der Merwe, General Manager:

072 244 7737

Calie Rabie, Western Cape Production:

072 602 4543

Fanie Fourie, Eastern Cape Production:

073 402 0655

Riaan Carstens, Bandit Agency:

079 874 8624

Quintis Wiid, Parts and Workshop:

066 475 7039

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FOCUS

Africa Biomass Company services and

products

Contracting

• Orchard

• Windbreak recycling

• River rehabilitation

• Recycling of waste wood

• Tree (orchard) replanting (Eastern Cape)

• Mulch spreading

• Land clearing and land preparation (Môreson)

• Loggers to handle the timber rapidly and

effectively

• Well-trained teams of chainsaw operators.

Mulch and biofuel sales

Woodchip according to specification, collected in

mass trailers or in bags and transported to end user,

where it can be used as woochip mulch or biofuel.

Wood chips best practice

Woodchip mulch and biomass sales

• Bandit agency (Southern Africa)

• Dezzi equipment (Western Cape)

• Workshop and field services

• Part sales

• Manufacturing

• Training facilities

Orchard and windbreak recycling

With the use of excavators with specialised

attachments and three-wheel loggers, old orchards

can be removed from root to top and fed into a

horizontal grinder.

The horizontal grinder processes the waste wood

according to specifications discussed and agreed

upon with the landowner or project manager.

Processing of waste wood into a viable product,

that if applied correctly, could have a 30% increase in

water conservation as well as many other advantages.

Land clearing services

Africa Biomass Company is an expert at land clearing.

We have an extensive range of highly specialised

wood recycling machinery that will do the job quickly

and efficiently.

• Tree shears which cut and stack trees of up to

550mm in diameter

It is excellent practice to apply compost and mulch

in existing, as well as newly established orchards.

The best results are obtained by spreading

compost in the orchards or vineyards before covering

it with mulch. Wood chips can also be used as a base

to produce compost.

You can buy or rent these unique, patented,

designed mulch spreaders from ABC.

Massive water savings

In 2017 Africa Biomass Company was involved in many

projects such as the removal of invasive eucalyptus

trees in the Breede River and Berg River systems.

The removal and recycling of these alien trees,

old or unwanted orchards, vineyards or windbreaks

can be used as mulch which are spread in new and

old orchards and vineyards. This has led to a massive

water saving equal to the water usage of 50 000

households for one year.

Workshop and field services

With an intimate understanding of the operational

challenges of wood recycling in South Africa, we

established state-of-the-art facilities to service, repair

and rebuild wood chipping equipment of any make

and size.

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FOCUS

This facility is manned by a remarkable team

of experienced and suitably qualified engineers,

technicians and artisans.

An equally remarkable team of field service

technicians delivers repairs, maintenance and spares

to your site to optimise uptime and efficiency.

Parts

We have been widely commended as the company

in South Africa stocking the largest range of industryrelated

spare parts.

Optimal production and uptime require quality

components when needed. Understanding the

industry through experience sets us apart from other

suppliers.

Delivering quality components on time is essential

for running a successful operation. Our more than

2 500 line items is made up of quality components

sourced worldwide to meet requirements of our

customers and our own fleet.

Manufacturing

Our legacy of innovation has been built on more than

80 000 hours of operational experience. This enabled

us to develop and adapt machines for waste wood

recycling in South Africa which truly adds value to

the customer’s operation.

A wide range of wood chipping, grinding and

spreading equipment is manufactured locally to

specification, as required for South African conditions.

Bandit Industries, Inc

Not only has Africa Biomass Company built up a

substantial fleet of Bandit wood chippers for their own

use as part of our wood recycling services we provide,

but also offers a whole range of Bandit wood chippers

Interesting facts about ABC

• 50 000 households’ worth of water saved in 2017

• 2017 Overall winner Entrepreneur of the Year

Award

• Since 2004, servicing the biomass industry

• Approximately 2 500 line-items in total available

stock

• Only SETA-certified wood chipper training

facility.

• 20 teams all over South Africa

• Sole Bandit dealer in Africa.

to clients who want to invest in the Bandit range.

We are privileged to serve our customers as the

authorised dealer for Bandit Industries in Southern

Africa.

Bandit chippers are designed with quality,

production and longevity in mind. Hand-fed

chippers are mounted on custom-built, SABSapproved

trailers. Owning a Bandit wood chipper

will always put you in the front seat of reliable wood

chipping operations.

In many cases, the Bandit wood chipper sets the

benchmark for other brands in the wood chipping

industry. We are ready to supply the right Bandit

wood chipping solution with advice and aftercare

to your doorstep. All existing and new customers

are welcome to contact us to become the owner of

Bandit equipment.

Become an owner of a Bandit chipper

All existing and new customers are welcome to

contact us if they want to become the owner of

the top-class range of Bandit equipment. Bandit

Industries have delivered successful recycling

solutions to basically every corner of the planet.

A commitment to support

Africa Biomass Company is fully equipped and

stocked to service and repair any Bandit machine

anywhere in South Africa. We own a fully-equipped

parts warehouse (650m²), manufacturing department

as well as field services to ensure that parts are always

readily available and our own, as well as our clients’

Bandit wood chippers are not out of commission

longer than they have to be.

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PROFILE

Superfecta Trading

Electro-mechanical specialists.

Superfecta Trading is an electro-mechanical engineering

company with a national footprint and a record of successful

delivery of projects in all nine provinces. The company was

founded in 2002 and has extensive experience in mediumand

high-voltage products and related services. In 2018, after 16

years of trading as a close corporation with the Registration Number:

2002/024381/23, Superfecta Trading 209 (Pty) Ltd was founded with

its new Registration Number: 2018/231813/07.

Superfecta manufactures high-tension products under the TMA

Dynamics brand and related services. TMA Dynamics products

include transformers, mini-substations and switchgear. Superfecta

also employs a team of mechanical experts. The company prides itself

on the supply, installation and maintenance of mechanical work and

boasts over 14 years of experience in the mechanical field.

Superfecta has strategically partnered with three internationally

recognised companies: Thomas C. Wilson (New York), Schneider Electric

(South Africa) and Jinshanmen Electrical Co. (China). The partnerships

have enhanced our performance and enabled us to be the providers

of the latest technology.

Ownership Status

100% black-owned registered company, with 55% of the shares owned

by women.

Our Vision

To be the leading electro-mechanical specialist in energy solutions

across Southern Africa. Superfecta aspires to excellence, innovation

and transparency; three prominent

features that distinguish us in the

marketplace and uphold our vision.

Our Mission

To enable our clients to ensure

reliable energy supply through costeffective

and quality manufacturing,

supply, installation and maintenance

of infrastructure. Superfecta strives

to deliver the best solutions

which are achieved with strong

partnerships and joint ventures with

local and international entities that

share our values and objectives. We

have a full complement of highly

skilled engineers, technical and

administrative staff. All efforts are

geared towards compliance with

health and safety standards.

Sectors

Superfecta works in a variety of

sectors, including but not limited to:

• mining

• provincial and local government

• utilities

• transport

• oil and gas.

Professional Services

Superfecta is a one-stop shop for

all transformer and transformerrelated

work and we pride ourselves

on delivering a comprehensive and

complete service, including the

supply of transformers for:

• The mining industry

• Dry-type mining

• Distribution transformers

• Power transformers.

All our transformers are SABS and

IEC compliant and operate at

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PROFILE

higher efficiencies than any other on the market. Our turnaround

time is less than 60 days, which is a market-beater.

What gives Superfecta a

competitive edge in the industry is

investment in the latest systems and

technologies. The company invested

millions of rands in an integrated

maintenance software called Archibus.

Our maintenance system goes above

and beyond the management of the maintenance process and asset

control by recognising that these processes are just a small part of a

full life cycle. The intellectual capability of the system enables us to

ensure that our customers are well taken care of by indicating when the

following maintenance schedules should take place. We also provide

our clients with 24/7/365 support.

Transformer oils undergo electrical

stresses while the transformer is in

operation. This, combined with the

contamination caused by the chemical

interactions with windings and other

solid insulations, gradually render it

ineffective. Regular purification is

paramount. We periodically test for electrical and chemical properties

to make sure that the oil is suitable for further use and provide the

purification services needed to extend the life of your transformer oil.

This can be done online or offline.

Superfecta has played a significant role in the economic

development of South Africa, not only through employment, but

also through infrastructure development both in rural and urban

areas. We pride ourselves on having installed electricity in over 500

households in rural parts of South Africa. The company has not only

done an outstanding job but raised the bar in successfully electrifying

villages in the geographically challenging landscape of KwaZulu-Natal.

With a professional team of mechanical technologists, Superfecta

prides itself on the supply, installation and maintenance of mechanical

work. Our services include, but are not limited to:

• Supply and installation of heat exchangers tubes, boiler tubes,

steam pipes and primary air heater

CONTACT INFO

Physical address: 23 Catalunya Raceway Industrial Park,

Gosforth Park, Germiston, Johannesburg 1419

Telephone: +27 11 869 3607

Fax: +27 11 825 0086

Email: info@superfectatrading.co.za

Website: www.superfectatrading.co.za

• Supply and replacement of pipe

works (ash, sluice lines, etc)

• Replacement and new

installation of steel pipe works

• Supply and installation of

pumps

• Supply and hire of tube-testing

machine, tube cleaners, vacuum

leak dictator, tube cutters,

expanding machine

• Mechanical engineering (pipe

fitting and rigging)

• Steel pipe jacking and fitting,

supply and install concrete jacks,

jacks under roads and gas lines.

All industrial concerns require

a complex system of electrical

networks to function efficiently

and successfully. Superfecta both

installs and conducts repairs to

high-tension electrical circuits.

We also oversee electrical

reticulation (urban and rural),

electricity meters (prepaid and smart

meters) and electricity works.

Clients

Superfecta is an ISO 9001:2008

certified company that fully

embraces a Total Quality

Management philosophy in

streamlining all its business

processes. Clients include Rand

Water, FNB, MTN, Airports Company

South Africa, Total, Transnet,

Passenger Rail Agency of South

Africa and Eskom. Superfecta has

done work for the public works

departments of three provinces,

the City of Johannesburg and

several other municipalities.

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ADVERTORIAL

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.


ADVERTORIAL

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.

‘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.’

Nedbank Ltd Reg No 1951/000009/06

Authorised financial services and registered credit provider (NCRCP16).


ADVERTORIAL

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.


ADVERTORIAL

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

www.nedbank.co.za.

Fourie has been with Nedbank for 20 years

and has worked in a number of roles, including

strategic sales, structured lending and credit.

Nedbank Ltd Reg No 1951/000009/06

Authorised financial services and registered credit provider (NCRCP16).


ADVERTORIAL

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

www.nedbank.co.za.

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


ADVERTORIAL

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

www.nedbank.co.za.

Nedbank Ltd Reg Nedbank No 1951/000009/06. Ltd Reg No 1951/000009/06 Authorised financial

Authorised financial services services and registered and registered credit provider credit (NCRCP16). provider (NCRCP16).


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

smoothly

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

deployment.

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

vodacom.co.za/iot

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Enterprise Mobility

Enterprise Mobility

FOCUS

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 awareness.

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 handson

management of data from a distance with the

receiving of immediate updated information on

smart devices.

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.

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Connect and

Communicate

Connect and

communicate

Two of the most important

pillars of the Vodacom

Small Ready and Business Medium offering are

Enterprise Catalogue

• CONNECT: A Ready

Business is connected

Vodacom

Power to you • COMMUNICATE: A

Ready Business places

communication at the

centre

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

move.

• Vodacom One Net Business is a cloud-based

solution seamlessly converging your mobile

and fixed telephony services across any

device.

• 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.

BECOME A READY BUSINESS

Visit: vodacombusiness.co.za

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ONE NET – BUSINESS PRODUCT BROCHURE

One Net Business

A Ready Business

never Vodacom’s misses One Net Business an opportunity

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:

Vodacom One Net Business

1. Fixed and mobile convergence: Allows

the user to determine how fixed and mobile

calls will be answered and managed between

devices.

If you want to integrate mobile executive/assistant, and and fixed more networks,

Vodacom One Net Business

• Instant Messaging

is the

and

right

presence

solution.

• Video collaboration

Vodacom takes care of the platform, enabling you to

• Content sharing through a

focus on improving productivity single platform with reduced monthly

costs. Let us manage your • wider A range of IP telecommunication

Phones and apps that will

enhance the fixed and mobile converged

needs through our great range experienceof services including

mobile, security, email and Why document is One Net Business management.

better

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

requirements.

Vodacom One Net Business telephony combines solutions? fixed and

mobile telephony services

One package:

into

Convergence

one

of

cloud-based

mobile and fixed

telephony services, single support route, fully

Unified Communications

converged

solution,

user experience.

reducing the

Simplicity: Configurable for each user,

number of missed calls, making costs more predictable

easy-to-understand, intuitive, always upgraded to

the latest feature capabilities.

and keeping your Ready Business better connected.

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

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.

One Net Business converges (fixed and mobile). 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.

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,

than traditional on premise

Cost saving: Free on net closed user group calls

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

requirements.

4. Future-proofed, Unified Communications

technology in the cloud: Regular new software

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

Content

sharing

Video

collaboration

Presence

Through a

single platform

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.

Voice

Instant

Messaging

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

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Connect Solutions

Internet for

your Office:

Vodacom Connect Solutions

C

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

Connect Fibre

Broadband Connect Fibre is stable, durable and

capable of carrying massive data loads at extraordinary

speeds.

• Fibre is the most scalable connectivity for small

business

• 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.

Satellite

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

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

landline

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 (SLA).

3. MPLS VPN

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

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loud and Hosting

Cloud and hosting

services

FOCUS

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).

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.

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

foundation.

To make the most of your business and our solutions,

call 082 1960 or visit

http://www.vodacombusiness.co.za/business/

solutions/hosting/microsoft-office-365

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KEY SECTORS

Overview of the main economic

sectors of the Western Cape

Agriculture 76

Wine and grapes 78

Fishing 84

Mining 85

Oil and gas 88

Water 91

Manufacturing 94

Construction and

property development 96

Banking and financial services 100

Development finance and

SMME support 102

Education and training 104

Business process outsourcing 112

Information and communications

technology 113


OVERVIEW

Agriculture

The capacity of the Clanwilliam Dam is set to double.

SECTOR INSIGHT

New methods are tackling

climate change.

The wall of the Clanwilliam Dam is to be raised, doubling the

capacity of the dam and bringing an additional 5 000ha of

land under irrigation.

After a lengthy delay, the decision to go ahead with raising

the wall of the Clanwilliam Dam was confirmed in October 2018. The

13-metre addition will cost R2.5-billion and could support high-value

crops for export such as citrus and table grapes. The land could also

form part of the land reform programme.

Not only is agriculture in the Western Cape central to the earning

of foreign currency through exports, but agriculture underpins many

downstream manufacturing enterprises and has enormous potential

to create jobs.

Nearly 30% of exports come from agriculture, with food and

beverages contributing a further 24%. Premier Helen Zille noted in

her 2018 State of the Province Address that the key sectors of the

province’s non-metro towns (such as retail and manufacturing) have

a strong dependence on agriculture and agri-processing.

The Western Cape Provincial Government reached its target of

100 000 new jobs in agri-processing in 2016 but the sector has since

been buffeted by bouts of avian flu and a once-in-a-generation

drought. City dwellers have learnt about the concept of “resilience”

by putting buckets in their showers and restricting personal usage

to 50 litres per person per day, but it is the agricultural sector which

has had to make the biggest adjustments to climate change.

The Provincial Government introduced a Smart Agri plan to

coordinate efforts to tackle the effects of climate change on

agriculture. Developed by two provincial departments (Agriculture

and Environmental Affairs and

Development Planning), the

African Climate and Development

Initiative of the University of Cape

Town and several private-sector

participants, Smart Agri has six

priorities:

• Conservation agriculture:

minimal soil disturbance,

crop diversity and permanent

soil cover. Wheat yields have

increased dramatically as a

result of this programme.

• Restoring degraded landscapes.

• Improved catchment area

management, including

removing alien plants.

• Energy efficiency.

• Giving priority to climateresistant

crops and livestock.

• Sharing knowledge.

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 agriculture.

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.

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Interest in the sector from foreign investors has been keen. The

Agri-business Investment Unit within investment agency Wesgro has

helped to generate investment into the agricultural sector totalling

R1.5-billion in the three years to 2017.

New areas of interest for export include 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. This was repeated on a larger

scale in 2018. The Western Cape, as part of its Project Khulisa strategy,

aims to double overall exports from the region by 2025.

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 three-million hectares of the

province is cultivated and 270 000ha are under irrigation.

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. 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).

Companies

Zeder Investments is the agricultural arm of investment holding company

PSG Group. Zeder controls Capespan, which has a turnover of R7.6-billion

ONLINE RESOURCES

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

National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries:

www.daff.gov.za

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

Western Cape Department of Agriculture: www.elsenburg.com

Dry times at Clanwilliam Dam.

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.

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.

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 retail.

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OVERVIEW

Wine and grapes

Resilience is now part of the grape-growing story.

Wine tourism in the Western Cape grew 16% in 2017

compared to 2016, according to a study done by Wesgro

and Explore Sideways. This illustrates that the value of wine

to the regional economy goes far beyond grapes and wine.

The study, which surveyed 40 tour operators responsible for 19 000

trips, also found that 99% of Cape Town-based itineraries include a trip

to the Winelands.

A Vinpro report shows that wine tourism contributes R15-billion to

the local economy. Local wine sales bring in R13.2-billion. Excise and

other taxes paid by the wine industry amounted to R6.7-billion in 2017,

up by 8% from the previous year, according to Koos Nel of Old Mutual

Personal Finance.

Wine sales and exports are the most obvious economic contributors

but in a broader sense, sectors such as agri-processing, tourism,

SECTOR INSIGHT

Wine tourism contributes

R15-billion to the regional

economy.

hospitality, manufacturing, retail

and trade are all affected by wine

grapes in one way or another.

Nel has also drawn attention

to how well the wine and grapegrowing

sector is responding to

prolonged droughts. Although the

yield in 2018 was expected to be

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OVERVIEW

about 15% lower than previous years, the harvest suffered

a much larger percentage loss than that figure. Producers

have invested in new areas, new cultivars and clones and

started using new technologies to lesson the impact of

climate change.

The Wesgro study found that wine tourists tend to

spend somewhat more than other visitors and that they

wanted bespoke tours rather than “packaged” tours.

An interesting finding was that many tourists are

just as concerned about sustainability as farmers and

producers are in the modern era. Fully 85% of wine

tourists, when booking, mentioned sustainable issues

such as biodynamic winemaking, carbon neutrality,

organic farming and social equality.

Other areas of interest that attract the most support

from visitors, according to the tour operators, are food

and wine pairings (68%), cellar tours (54%), meeting the

winemaker (51%) and food and wine tasting events (49%).

Tour operators are also branching geographically in terms

of destinations. The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley (Hermanus) is

growing in popularity, as are the Robertson Valley, Helderberg

and the Swartland. Old favourites such as Stellenbosch,

Franschhoek, Paarl and Constantia are still popular but the

appetite for something different is increasing.

The Cape Winemakers Guild meets regularly to discover

new tastes from around the world and to try to expand

members’ knowledge. Started in 1982, the Guild is made

up of experienced winemakers who want to explore their

chosen trade.

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.

A Protégé Programme is offered to trainee winemakers and the

Viticulture Protégé Programme, run by the Guild in conjunction with

VinPro, offers a two-and-a-half year internship for newly graduated

viticulturists in cultivation practices.

Exports of wine

Another way of countering the effect of smaller harvests has been

to aggressively grow exports. Wine exports to Angola and China

have doubled. In the four years to 2017, wine exports to China

reached 18.2-million litres, an increase of 109%.

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 or Origin Cape Town”,

linking them to one of the bestknown

city brands in the world.

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 the new

situation could also 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

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OVERVIEW

Cape Winemakers Guild protégés.

possible. France and Italy have shown a keen interest in strengthening

ties with South Africa in the months since Britain decided to leave the EU.

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. Wellington Wines is a new venture that arose from the

merger of the Wellington Co-operative and the Wamakersvallei Cooperative.

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

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

partnership whose board membership represents every growing

ONLINE RESOURCES

Cape Winemakers Guild: www.capewinemakersguild.com

Nietvoorbij Institute for Viticulture and Oenology:

www.arc.agric.za

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

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

Vinpro: www.vinpro.co.za

Western Cape Department of Agriculture: www.elsenburg.com

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

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 generated

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 grapegrowing

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.

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The South African wine

industry is on a growth path

FOCUS

Vinpro is a non-profit company which represents 2 500 wine

producers, cellars and industry stakeholders.

The South African wine industry is entering

a new phase of revival and reinvestment

following a long and arduous cycle

characterised by drought and ongoing

profitability pressures. However, the industry has

and will continue to adapt on all fronts. Not only to

maintain a sustainable source of income, but to be

able to nurture and grow its two biggest assets – its

people and its vines.

South Africa is the eighth-largest producer of

wine in the world and contributes 4% to global

production. The industry contributes R36-billion

to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and

employs close to 290 000 people.

“The only way to a sustainable supply going

forward is increasing the prices of our wines, so

that wine grape producers have sufficient financial

means to plant and renew vines, increase production,

and are able to accelerate the already significant

investment in socio-economic aspects including

further training and upliftment of their people,” says

Rico Basson, MD of the wine industry body Vinpro.

“It is encouraging to see wine grape producers

now getting back to establishing, replacing or

expanding existing vineyards,” says Rico. This growth

comes after a five-year lag in investment due to

profitability pressures.

An increase in sales, drop in production and stock

levels reaching equilibrium implied a significant

shortage of wine to service markets at 2017 levels.

Local and global wine shortages resulted in wine

prices inching higher.

Although producers are optimistic about the

2019 wine grape harvest following very good winter

rainfall in most areas, they have also learned to adapt

to climate change by making use of alternative

practices and technology, investing in new,

drought-tolerant clones and cultivars, continuously

evaluating the financial viability of vineyard blocks

and venturing into new geographical regions.

“Nearly five jobs are created for every R1-million

invested in the South African wine industry. It is the

industry’s collective responsibility, with government

and civil society, to drive transformation, ethical

trade, socio-economic development and talent

growth and retention at every level,” says Rico.

Vinpro represents South African wine grape

producers, cellars and wine-related businesses, while

providing strategic direction, rendering specialised

services and driving people development.

For more information phone 021 276 0429,

e-mail info@vinpro.co.za or visit

www.vinpro.co.za.

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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.

Table grape growers from South Africa meet the

highest global food safety and ethical standards

required by different world markets.

Vision

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

markets.

Mission

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.

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OVERVIEW

Fishing

Black owners are getting a hand on the tiller.

SECTOR INSIGHT

New fishing rights will be

allocated in 2020.

The acquisition by black-controlled Sea Harvest Group of Viking

Fishing in 2018 is part of a larger trend in which empowered

companies are taking controlling shares in fishing companies.

This is in anticipation of black shareholding likely being

a strong factor in the determination of new fishing rights, which will

happen in 2020. Sea Harvest paid R885-million for Viking. Sea Harvest has

also added to its fleet a R130-million stern-fishing trawler, which can catch

and process up 7 000 tons per year and can freeze up to 40 tons per day.

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. Premier Fishing also 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.

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.

ONLINE RESOURCES

Fish SA: www.fishsa.org.za

National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries:

www.daff.gov.za

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

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

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 National Department of

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

wants to restructure the horse

mackerel industry to promote local

fishers and processors.

Most of South Africa’s large food

companies have fishing divisions.

Pioneer Fishing, which has no

connection to the multi-product

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 harbour. The African

Pioneer Group holds a 40% stake

in the company, which was formed

as a joint venture with Suiderland

to control the latter’s fishing rights.

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. Dromedaris

Visserye specialises in Cape lobster,

and supplies sardines and anchovies

to China and Japan.

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OVERVIEW

Mining

A rare earths feasibility study is underway.

Sixteen rare earth minerals have been identified north of

Vanrhynsdorp, with the most prevalent being cerium, an

important component of catalytic converters. A feasibility

study of the Steenkampskraal rare earths mine is expected

to be completed in 2019.

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 is 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.

Afrimat has five sand mines, two lime plants and nine aggregate

operations in the Western Cape. The Afrimat Kliprug Quarry in Durbanville

is near the AfriSam Peninsula Quarry at Killarney north-east of Milnerton

which mines greywacke stone which is then processed at the nearby plant

into concrete aggregates. 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. The

Cape Bentonite Mine near Heidelberg is run by Ecca Holdings with another

site east of Knysna at Roode Fontein. Dimension stone occurs around

Vanrhynsdorp and medium-grain 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

ONLINE RESOURCES

Council for Geoscience: www.geoscience.org.za

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

Minerals Council South Africa: www.mineralscouncil.org.za

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

SECTOR INSIGHT

Plans to mine uranium in the

Karoo are controversial.

in Noordhoek and Somerset West.

Ball clay is mined in the Albertina

area by G&W Base and Industrial

Minerals.

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.

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Excellence, innovation and

transparency

Staff at Superfecta Trading are electro-mechanical engineering specialists

who go the extra mile in delivering the best possible solutions.

As founder members of Superfecta

Trading, Patrick and Abigail Mphephu

have developed what used to be a

company that dealt only in facility

management into a multi-faceted electromechanical

engineering enterprise whose

partnerships with international companies gives

them the scope to offer a broad range of products

and services.

The newest addition to the portfolio is

manufacturing. Superfecta Trading has a factory

where it is assembling transformers. With an

increasing focus in South Africa on the need for

local content, the potential for this aspect of the

business to grow is enormous. Superfecta Trading

is also looking forward to providing more job

opportunities as the manufacturing side of the

business takes off.

Honesty, integrity and reliability

Teamwork at all levels is recognised as being vital to

the long-term success of the company.

Employees are encouraged to seek creative and

innovative solutions to workplace problems and to

pursue ideas and suggestions that will contribute to

increased customer satisfaction and the promotion

of the company’s strategic objectives.

Superfecta Trading will:

• Always communicate openly and honestly,

while simultaneously behaving with dignity,

trust and respect. The interests of the company

will always be the priority.

• Provide a non-discriminatory, healthy and safe

working environment, which will allow for the

growth and development of our people and

creativity and innovation.

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Services offered

System maintenance

This includes:

• Day-to-day/ad hoc

• Preventative maintenance

• Scheduled maintenance

• Servicing and repairs.

Mechanical

With a professional team of

mechanical technologists,

Superfecta prides itself on

the supply, installation and

maintenance of mechanical work.

Oil purification

Transformer oils undergo electrical stresses while the

transformer is in operation. We provide the online or

offline purification services needed to extend the life of

transformer oils.

Electrification and distribution

Superfecta is engaged in infrastructure development in rural

and urban areas through an extensive programme of installing

electricity infrastructure.

General Manager,

Noluthando Nkota

Transformers

Superfecta is a one-stop

shop for all transformer and

transformer-related work and we

pride ourselves on delivering a

comprehensive and complete

service.

High-tension electrical reticulation

Superfecta installs and

conducts repairs to hightension

electrical circuits in

many parts of South Africa, in

urban and rural areas.

CONTACT INFO

Physical address: 23 Catalunya Raceway Industrial Park,

Gosforth Park, Germiston, Johannesburg 1419

Telephone: +27 11 869 3607

Fax: +27 11 825 0086

Email: info@superfectatrading.co.za

Website: www.superfectatrading.co.za

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Oil and gas

Chevron deal means investment for Cape refinery.

South Africa’s Competition Tribunal ruled in 2018 favour of a

South African group acquiring the majority share of Chevron

SA. Off the Shelf Investments 56 becomes the first majority

black-owned oil company in South Africa.

Among the conditions imposed by the tribunal are that R6-billion

must be invested in the Western Cape refinery and that jobs must

be preserved.

A Hong Kong-based company had earlier been given the

green light by the tribunal but Off the Shelf, as an empowerment

partner of Chevron SA (and resources giant Glencore), had right

of first refusal. In addition to the 110 000 barrel a day refinery,

Chevron controls 820 petrol stations, oil storage facilities and

a lubricants plant.

The Western Cape Provincial Government reported that in 2016

the oil and gas sector contributed R1.03-billion to the province’s

gross value add. More than 7 000 direct jobs were created in ship

and rig repair sector of the oil and gas business in 2015. The oil and

gas sector is a priority sector and as such, falls under Project Khulisa.

This entails logging detailed plans with progress reports going

SECTOR INSIGHT

R500-million has been spent

on infrastructure at Saldanha

Bay.

to the Premier on a regular basis.

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.

The Western Cape Provincial

Government and the National

Department of Trade and Industry

have so far invested R500-million

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Petroleum Agency SA encourages investment in the oil and gas sector by assessing

South Africa's oil and gas resources, and presenting these opportunities for exploration

to oil and gas exploration and production companies.

Compliance with all applicable legislation in place to protect the environment is very

important, and rights cannot be granted without an approved Environmental

Management Plan.

Explorers must prove financial and technical ability to meet their commitments

in safe-guarding and rehabilitation of the environment.

Preparation of Environmental Management Plans requires public consultation

and a clear demonstration that valid concerns will be addressed.

Petroleum Agency SA,

based in Bellville, Cape Town,

is responsible for the promotion

and regulation of exploration

and exploitation of oil

and gas (petroleum) resources.

Contact us to find out about:

- Onshore or offshore exploration

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- Permits and rights

- Availability of geotechnical data.

+27 21 938 3500

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in the development of core infrastructure at the Saldanha Bay

IDZ. The Saldanha Bay IDZ has signed a lease agreement with the

Transnet National Ports Authority.

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

in August 2017 with the opening of a new open-access 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.

The newly constructed Bergun terminal, comprising 12 tanks

located on the Eastern Mole of the Port of Cape Town, has added

to the port’s fuel storage capacity and is connected by pipeline to

the Chevref refinery.

Gas

The Council for Geoscience (CGS) is doing an intensive study of South

Africa’s potential shale gas resources. The major economic sectors using

gas are the metals sector and the chemical, pulp and paper sector.

Brick and glass manufacturers are also big consumers.

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 been difficult.

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 have caused some stress in

the local sector 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

ONLINE RESOURCES

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

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 on-site

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 priority.

Russia’s geological exploration

company, Rosgeo, which will see

$400-million invested and gas

delivered to the gas-to-liquids

refinery at Mossel Bay (Mossgas).

The regulator and promoter

of oil and gas exploration

in South Africa is Petroleum

Agency South Africa. In

addition to adjudicating on

coastal fields such as those

along the western and eastern

coasts of the Western Cape, the

agency has awarded coalbedmethane-gas

exploration rights

in KwaZulu-Natal and natural

gas exploration permits in the

Free State.

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OVERVIEW

Water

Lessons for the world from Cape Town’s water crisis.

When the long-term drought was at its worst, tourists

to Cape Town were encouraged to “Save like a Local”.

Together with a range of technical and legislative

measures, the campaign to get Capetonians and their

guests to use less water worked remarkably well.

Where the residents and businesses of the city were using

1.2-billion litres-per-day in 2015, by the middle of 2018 the figure

was 516-million litres. While the taps were not literally turned off

(the dreaded “Day Zero” was averted), pressure in the pipes was

drastically reduced. The International Water Association’s Water

Loss Conference in Cape Town in May 2018 reported that two of

the world’s largest advanced pressure control systems are operating

in Cape Town.

Restrictions on water use were introduced (car washing

was outlawed completely, for example) and shopping centres

introduced waterless sanitation. Cape Town’s hinterland thankfully

experienced good winter rains but the town of Beaufort West in

the Karoo continues to face a real crisis.

In 2017 Cape Town hosted Water Desalination Symposium Africa,

further evidence that relying on rain to ensure reliable supply in

the future is not being contemplated.

The coastal town of Witsand in the Hessaqua Municipality

will receive drinkable water from a plant using reverse osmosis

SECTOR INSIGHT

Solar-powered desalination

plant is a world first.

desalination technology

powered by photovoltaic solar

energy. This is world first for the

application of this combination

of technologies. French company

Mascara Renewable Water is

responsible for building the

plant, in partnership with its

local partner, TWS (Turnkey Water

Solutions).

The response to the water

crisis has included companies

such as Sea Harvest and Oceana

building their own desalination

plants. The V&A Waterfront

(pictured), and Tsogo Sun have

also invested heavily in water

projects. Old Mutual’s large

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campus in Pinelands is off the grid. The Western Cape Department

of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT) announced that

investment into the Green Economy reached R1.2-billion in 2017/18.

DEDAT also works on long-term water resilience with various

stakeholders through an “Economic Water Security Workstream”.

Other steps to secure future water supply include the

expenditure over R5.9-billion over five years by the City of Cape

Town on desalination projects, aquifer extraction and water reuse.

The National Department of Water and Sanitation is supposed to

be responsible for bulk water supply, but the local authority has

had to step in.

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 East plants that produce more than

1 000-million litres per day. Another Cape-based company with

international experience is Malutsa, who have provided drinkable

water in crisis situations and have developed a robust mobile water

purifier for the military.

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.

In 2030 South African demand for water will be 17% greater than

supply. That is the verdict of the 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.

In terms of its water infrastructure and maintenance of its wastewater

treatments plants, the Western Cape fares well compared to

other South African regions.

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.

ONLINE RESOURCES

Breede-Overberg Catchment Management Agency:

www.breedegouritzcma.co.za

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

Water Resources Group: www.2030wrg.org

The Berg River-Voëlvlei

Augmentation Scheme entails

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

Department of Water and

Sanitation and the Water

Institute of South Africa (WISA)

of the Blue and Green Drop

Awards has been successful. The

nation’s municipalities receive

scores reflecting 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.

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Breede-Gouritz Catchment

Management Agency

FOCUS

Using water resources efficiently, effectively

and wisely to build a sustainable future.

The Breede-Gouritz Catchment Management

Agency protects, develops, conserves,

manages and controls water resources

in a large area (the Breede-Gouritz Water

Management Area, WMA) that extends from the

Atlantic Ocean in the west to the areas near the

Orange River in the north and the Umzimvubu River

in the east. Most of the WMA falls within the Western

Cape Province.

Water Use Validation and Verification

Project

This project is targeted specifically at existing water

users. The project is being implemented by the

BGCMA, together with consultants from the Council

for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The

project will conclude in 2019.

The project will confirm water use in the Breede-

Gouritz WMA, focusing on the Olifants and eastern

and western coastal rivers. Specifically, it will identify:

Who is using water? How much water is being used?

Where it is being used? What is the water being used

for? Finally, it will ask: Is the water use lawful?

The project does not address general water sector

issues, queries or concerns such as water use licence

applications, pollution, water use billing and charges.

The validation and verification of registered water

use is critical in the management and control of

CONTACT INFO

Project contact details

Jan van Staden Tel: +27 023 346 8005

Email: jstaden@bgcma.co.za

Website: www.bgcma.co.za

water resources. Without this process, there could

be unreasonable or unsubstantiated claims to water

entitlements due to over-allocation, or an unfair or

disproportionate use of water from a resource.

Detailed water use data will be prepared to

enable the BGCMA to determine which properties

in the project area have: registered their water use

correctly, under-registered their water use, overregistered

their water use or not registered their

water use.

Unlawful water use, specifically the taking and

storing of water, will come to light through the

verification process.

Information obtained from the registration

process is used to bill water users and billing will

become more efficient and accurate following the

completion of this project.

Users definition

Water users (agriculture, industrial, commercial,

mining, domestic water supply) include those who

take water directly from a watercourse (rivers and

canals), boreholes, who have dams on their properties

and who have commercial forestry plantations.

Users who receive water directly from a

municipality or a water board or use water for smallscale

domestic and non-commercial gardens or

livestock purposes (Schedule 1 use) are not affected

by the project.

IMPORTANT

Registration of water use is not an authoritisation or

entitlement to use water and is subject to validation

and verification by the BGCMA.

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The City of Cape Town established

a greentech manufacturing hub in Atlantis

in 2011, in response to the Department of

Energy’s Renewable Energy Independent

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Producer Programme (REIPPP).

Localisation of manufacturing and the

resultant job creation is one of they key

priorities of government through the REIPP

programme. The hub has already attracted

its first large Greentech investor, Gestamp

Renewable Industries (GRI). A wind tower

manufacturer, GRI has already invested

R300m and is in full-scale production.

Manufacturing

The Atlantis Special Economic Zone is poised for growth.

the proposed Atlantis SEZ (ASEZ) capitalises

on the province’s already booming

renewable energy and green

technology sector.

Greentech refers to green technologies

that reduce or reverse the impact of

people on the planet. This includes

renewable energy technologies.

Wind turbines, solar panels, insulation,

biofuels, electric vehicles, materials

recycling and green building materials

are all examples of green technology.

SECTOR INSIGHT

Green Cape has won

international recognition.

Siemens wind towers manufactured at Gestamp Renewable

Industries in Atlantis.

- Siemens wind towers manufactured at Gestamp Renewable Industries in Atlantis -

The Atlantis Special Economic Zone, which is due to be officially

certified soon, has already attracted nearly R700-million in

private-sector investment.

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

that South Africa has the fastest-growing green sector in Africa,

and one of the fastest-growing in the world. The Western Cape

is driving a green economy manufacturing strategy focussed on

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.

Fridge manufacturer Hisense, already established at Atlantis, is

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

processes or via its suppliers. The 500 employees at the Atlantis

factory produce fridges and televisions that are exported to 13

African countries.

Green Cape is an agency that does research and runs projects

in areas such as energy efficiency, waste, water and sustainable

agriculture. It is a joint initiative of the City of Cape Town, Wesgro

and the Provincial Government of the Western Cape. The Western

Cape Industrial Symbiosis Programme (WISP), which encouraged

manufacturers to use the waste

products of other businesses,

won international recognition in

2018 when it was runner-up in the

Circular Awards at Davos.

Growth in the Western Cape

manufacturing sector between

2003 and 2013 averaged 2.2%

and the Provincial Economic

Review and Outlook predicts the

same level of growth to 2020. A

diverse manufacturing sector

contributes 15% to the Western

Cape’s GDP.

The agri-processing sector

(including food and beverages

and tobacco) is the largest

employer (24%) followed

by metals, metal products,

machinery and equipment at

19%. A proposed Cape Health

Technology Park will further boost

the growth of the manufacture of

medical devices.

The decision by Britain to

leave the European Union has led

to increased interest in bilateral

trading relations with individual

European countries. France has

established a tech hub in Cape

Town and Business France has

been facilitating a number of

conferences and visits. More

than 300 French firms currently

operate in South Africa.

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Boat building

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 make sails in Maitland

while Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing constructs its catamarans

on the Foreshore.

Southern Wind in Athlone manufacture high-performance

super yachts. Robertson & Caine’s 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.

Nautic Africa makes larger vessels, including patrol, defence,

oil and gas platforms and commercial vessels. They are also active

in service and support, parts and spares, and vessel leasing and

management.

The Whisper Boat Building Academy is located at the False Bay

TVET College.

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. Lamberts Bay Foods

supplied Famous Brands restaurants with chips for two decades.

With its purchase from Oceana, Famous Brands now has greater

control over a menu item at all of its 26 restaurant brands, including

Wimpy, Fishaways and Mugg & Bean. Lamberts Bay Food sources

potatoes from all over South Africa, but its proximity to the potatogrowing

Sandveld region is helpful.

British American Tobacco, which has about 65% of the legal

ONLINE RESOURCES

Cape Chamber of Commerce: www.capetownchamber.com

Cape Town Boatbuilding and Technology Initiative (CTBi):

www.ctbi.co.za

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

Wesgro: www.wesgro.co.za

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 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 (Tydstroom)

and on the N1 (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 area.

Coca-Cola bottler and

distributor Peninsula Beverage

has three plants – at Parow,

Athlone and Vredendal on the

West Coast, and employs 1 300

people.

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Construction and property

Cape Town aims to integrate housing and transport planning.

SECTOR INSIGHT

The V&A Waterfront’s Canal District

is booming.

New York has The Battery. Cape Town now has

Battery Park, pictured. Fort Amsterdam was built in

1626 as the headquarters of the Dutch West Indies

Company on what we now know as Manhattan.

The Amsterdam Battery was built on Cape Town’s shores in

1784 to protect the traders of the Dutch East Indies Company

from the aggressive intent of other trading powers.

Two walls from the original structure have been maintained

in the R300-million conversion of the site of the old Dutch

fort to a public park that marks the eastern entrance to the

V&A Waterfront. This is part of the larger project to expand

development along the canals, which link the Waterfront with

the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CITCC) and

have become a focus area in themselves. Waterway House,

where British American Tobacco has recently established its

headquarters, is near the park, as is the Queen’s Hotel, which

is undergoing a renovation.

Cape Town has been experiencing a property boom for

several years. However, the FNB August Property Barometer

reports that the average growth in house prices in select

areas such as the Atlantic seaboard (shown on the next

page) and the city bowl was much lower in the second

quarter of 2018 than it was in 2016. It could be argued that

average growth in house prices of 27.7% (Atlantic seaboard)

and 23.9% (city bowl) were so high in 2016 that those sorts

of figures could not be repeated. FNB property analyst John

Loos was quoted in the Sunday Times saying that “people got

over-excited” and suggested that there might be an oversupply

of flats in parts of the city. The CEO of

development company FWJK, Dave Williams-

Jones, noted that contractors’ margins were

tight but said development would carry on.

He also said, “Each new development is worth

about 5 000 jobs.”

Research shows that the demand for

housing will not abate soon. Cape Town has

adopted a long-term Transport Oriented

Development (TOD) plan which look at

housing density in conjunction with transport

patterns. It is estimated that greater Cape

Town will need 500 000 new homes by 2023,

in addition to 3.5-million square metres of office

space, one-million square metres of retail space

and 4.5-million square metres of industrial

development.

To deal with these issues, Cape Town

has established the Transport and Urban

Development Authority (TDA). The TDA

is charged with getting the right mix of

urban development and travel patterns.

With responsibility for transport, urban

planning, public housing and environmental

sustainability in one place, there is a better

chance of “joined-up” thinking.

Part of this strategy can be seen in plans

for mixed housing on 13 sites in Salt River and

Woodstock that the City of Cape Town has

made available at 10% of market value. Social

housing non-profit company Communicare

has been working with the city on the project

which envisages 30% of the housing stock

being available for low-income households,

14% for the gap market and the rest of the

houses being available on the open market.

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Growth areas

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. 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”.

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. The MiCiti bus route now serving

the West Coast makes commuting to town much easier.

Voortrekker Road in Cape Town 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

ONLINE RESOURCES

Cape Town Transport and Urban Development Authority:

www.tda.gov.za

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

the area’s existing strengths: transport links,

medical facilities, retail, motor dealerships

and residential.

Possible construction projects

could respond to the need for student

accommodation: 100 000 students are in the

area. The Greater Tygerberg Partnership has

done a study on students’ accommodation

needs and is encouraging building owners

to cater to this need.

The Voortrekker Road Corridor

already has services and an established

built environment, but it also has some

dilapidated structures and it also has lots

of open spaces. In other words, it has lots

of potential.

A pilot scheme will turn the 22ha site of

the old Conradie Hospital, which lies not

far from Voortrekker Road in the suburb

of Pinelands, into a housing development

aligned 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 grantfunded

housing.

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Maritz Electrical

Delivering projects within budget, on time and

to clients’ expectations, every time.

From commercial electrical applications to

high-end floodlights and sports stadiums

and spotlights using state-of-the-art products,

Maritz Electrical delivers end-to-end

electrical solutions tailored to clients’ needs.

Delivering service excellence and exceptional

quality are key differentiators for Maritz Electrical

and what clients have come to expect.

Maritz Electrical is an empowerment company

established by Kurt Maritz in January 2000. Maritz

Electrical is BBBEE compliant (Level 1 contributor).

It is ISO 9001 certified and fully compliant with the

Occupational Health and Safety Act with a full-time,

trained safety representative.

In 2018 the company’s three branches were

consolidated, with all 150 staff members now

working out of a newly renovated 3 000-squaremetre

factory and office facility in Athlone. The

company employs full-time, licensed installation

and master electricians. The company’s artisans

have completed the ORHVS.

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 costeffective

way. Maritz Electrical aims to contribute

positively to the South African economy, provide

excellent workmanship and be a leader in quality

service provision.

Select current projects

Coetzenburg Athletics Stadium is undergoing a R40-

million revamp and Maritz Electrical is part of the team

of contractors charged with making it happen to the

highest specifications. Apart from Varsity Athletics and

national championships, Stellenbosch hosted more

than 150 international athletes over the summer as

they prepared for the World Athletic Championships.

Maritz Electrical has been contracted by the

municipalities of Stellenbosch and Overstrand for

electrification of large housing projects. This is a

relatively new area for Maritz and one in which the

company is building specialist skills.

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World first

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. Maritz Electrical won the contract to install

the Musco Lighting system at the venue after visiting

the US with officials from Eastern Province Cricket

and the national cricket board.

Over four days in December 2017, the famous

ground celebrated the landmark of being the first

South African venue to host a day-night Test match,

against Zimbabwe. 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 supported

the installation. The lights on top of the Duckpond

Pavilion were hoisted at night, the process being

illuminated by floodlight.

Other flagship projects

Cape Town Grand Parade: Re-lit with Musco

fixtures 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: Maritz Electrical installs

the popular Festive Lights.

• Security lighting for waste-water treatment plants:

Musco’s metal halide and LED system is the preferred

product of Cape Town’s Department of

Water and Sanitation and Maritz Electrical is the

proud installer.

Services

Maritz Electrical works closely with its

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 and multi-sports stadia.

The company works in all residential

and commercial areas of electrical

installation and maintenance. Its electrical

services include project management,

design, supply and installation of

electrical systems including:

• 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 and LV switchgear

• Pre-planned maintenance.

Professional memberships

BBBEE Level 1. ISO 9001 certified. Electrical

Contractors Association. Master Builders

Association member. Member of South

African Institute of Lighting (SAIL).

CONTACT DETAILS:

Physical address: 11 Noll Avenue, Athlone, Cape Town 7764

Tel: +27 21 703 0867

Fax: 0864 552 436

Email: tenders@maritzelectrical.co.za

Website: www.maritzelectrical.co.za

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Banking and financial services

Japanese and French companies are investing.

SECTOR INSIGHT

Venture capitalists are active

in Cape Town.

The financial services sector employs more than 50 000 people

and the Western Cape hosts 17 companies which are listed

on the stock exchange.

According to Wesgro, 75% of the venture capital deals

that happen in South Africa originate in the Western Cape. Most

financial firms based in Cape Town have a long history, some going

back as far as 1845 when Old Mutual (pictured) started life as The

Mutual Life Assurance Society of the Cape of Good Hope. But it is

also a dynamic sector with several banks establishing fintech hubs

in the city to try to get ahead of the innovation curve.

A newcomer to the Cape financial services sector is Nomura,

a Japanese financial holding company. The company intends

expanding its services into Southern Africa.

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 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. Insurers such as Santam

and Metropolitan Life are based

in Bellville.

Fintech is increasingly

important to financial institutions.

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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 is 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.

Banks

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

with the first of these being a digital bank. The banking

ONLINE RESOURCES

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

Banking Association South Africa:

www.banking.org.za

Financial Sector Conduct Authority: www.fsca.co.za

Insurance Institute of South Africa:

www.iisa.co.za

JSE Limited: www.jse.co.za

South African Institute of Chartered Accountants:

www.saica.co.za

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 cellphonebanking

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.

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Development finance and

SMME support

The Centre for Entrepreneurship has opened at False Bay TVET College.

Provincial government, represented by the Department of

Economic Development, Agricultural and Tourism (DEDAT),

and the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) have teamed

up to give small business access to funding. More than

R15-million has been loaned to 280 SMMEs between 2014 and 2018

by the DEDAT/NEF Enterprise Development Fund. Other partners

of the provincial government include:

• Deloitte, the Western Cape Funding Fair

• Absa, business skills training

• Pick n Pay, Township Economic Revitalisation Programme, which

entails upgrading of spaza shops into mini-supermarkets. Nozinga’s

market in Gugulethu has created 15 new jobs.

Using the supply chain is a good way to create new businesses and

retailers like Pick n Pay, Woolworths and Shoprite invest heavily in

such programmes. DEDAT’s Agri-Processing Supplier Development

Programme assisted 21 businesses in the 2017/18 financial year. An

investment of R2.5-million achieved good results in terms of increased

turnover and job creation. Darling Sweet (pictured) has grown into a

substantial business with 21 full-time staff.

The annual Western Cape 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, which is also held in Port

Elizabeth, Durban and Johannesburg, is supported by the Department

of Small Business Development.

The Philippi Village Container Walk houses key-cutters, buildingmaterial

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.

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

SECTOR INSIGHT

Support funding hit the

sweet spot for a Darling

toffee maker.

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:

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• 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 is an agency of the DSBD

that gives non-financial support to entrepreneurs through training,

assistance with filling in forms, marketing and creating 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.

ONLINE RESOURCES

Cape Gateway: www.capegateway.gov.za

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.org.za

Small Enterprise Finance Agency: www.sefa.org.za

SMME Opportunity Roadshow: www.smmesa.co.za

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 enterprisedevelopment

product that

supports businesses with a

turnover up to R35-million with

at least 25% black ownership.

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 a hundred 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 memberbased

organisation that offers

benefits, the NSBC runs surveys

and hosts expos, networking

events and awards functions.

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Education and training

An investment company is banking on private schooling.

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The private school market recently gained a new entry with the

building of a Generation Education campus in Sunningdale

north of Cape Town. With a Montessori-based curriculum

and the backing of investment company Trematon Capital

Investments, the school will initially be open for children up to 12.

Trematon has exposure in the real estate market and is looking to

expand the Generation Education venture.

The private schooling sector is growing fast. JSE-listed ADvTECH has

multiple school and tertiary brands. Schools include Abbotts College

(which began in Cape Town) and Crawford College while there are

several tertiary institutions in the company’s portfolio, such as Varsity

College. Curro Holdings is also listed on the JSE and is rapidly growing

its range of schools. It aims to have 500 schools by 2030. Curro’s tertiary

brands have listed separately as Stadio, which has started with five

institutions.

The LEAP Science and Maths School model (pictured) is far from the

JSE company model: these schools have low fees and raise funds to

survive but they offer excellent teaching, particularly in mathematics,

science and English. Two schools in Cape Town (and six schools in

South Africa) enable children from black townships to do well enough

at school in mathematics and science to go on to study engineering

at university.

SECTOR INSIGHT

Apprenticeships are on offer

from various institutions.

Skills training

The South African economy

needs skilled workers. The

nation’s universities have a good

reputation for teaching and

research and the Western Cape’s

three universities and university

of technology are among the

best, but the focus is shifting to

training young people in skills

relevant to the workplace.

A Centres of Specialisation

Programme has been introduced

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through the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to

tackle 13 priority skills. False Bay TVET College was selected as a Centre

of Specialisation with a focus on training riggers and mechanical fitters.

With the oil and gas sector expected to grow rapidly in the near future,

trained artisans can expect to find employment quickly.

The Western Cape has further honed the priority sectors down to

five and is keeping track of the young people who join its programmes.

As of December 2017, 6 782 young people had registered for workplacebased

programmes in 62 of the 91 occupations identified as relevant

to the priority sectors. Opportunities to work as interns in provincial

government departments are available. The Premier’s Advancement

of Youth Project (PAY) has given work experience, a set of skills and

something to put on their CV to 4 300 matriculants since 2012.

Another provincial initiative was launched 2016: the Western Cape’s

Apprenticeship Game Changer, which aims to introduce 32 500 qualified

apprentices into the labour market by 2019. R1-billion has been allocated

over a three-year time frame.

Airports Company SA (ACSA), the City of Cape Town and the False

Bay TVET College in Westlake have combined in an initiative to offer

residents of Blikkiesdorp a chance to learn skills in brick-laying, housebuilding,

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 TVET College to enable it to roll out training.

SARETEC 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 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.

False Bay TVET College has campuses in Fish Hoek, Muizenberg,

Mitchells Plain, Khayelitsha and Westlake. 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.

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

ONLINE RESOURCES

LEAP Science and Maths Schools: www.leapschool.org.za

TVET colleges: www.tvetcolleges.co.za

Western Cape Education Department:

www.wcedonline.westerncape.gov.za

in an Expanded Public Works

Programme (EPWP) run by the

South African Chefs’ Association.

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 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 countries.

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 is home to several national

research bodies.

University education is

available in George through the

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan

University (NMMU): 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.

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Apprenticeship

Game Changer

In 2016, as part of the Skills Game Changer

Initiative, the Department of Economic

Development and Tourism (DEDAT) embarked

on a project aimed at the hospitality sector. The

project saw learners trained in Front of House

Hostess and Table Attendant skills programmes.

DEDAT funded the training programme, and

then partnered the Training Service Provider

with Host Employers, who then offered the

learners internships. It gave the host companies

a chance to assess individuals in the hope of

making longer-term appointments.

Two individuals who stood out were Shumeez

September and Megan Booysen.

In conjunction with this project, DEDAT furthered

the Skills Game Changer Initiative. This resulted

in piloting National Artisan Recognition of Prior

Learning (ARPL) toolkits for apprentices who

had been identified for Trade Tests.

Shumeez September Shumeez joined Quay

4 in November 2016 as part of the Hostess

Skills Programme. She started on the door as

a hostess. She was very quiet and shy when

she joined the company, but quickly found her

feet and began standing out for her hard work

and dedication. She was placed on Tourvest’s

Management Development Programme. She is

currently working as a Junior Manager at Quay

4 Tavern at the V&A Waterfront.

DEDAT also undertook an accelerated RPL

intervention, with the aim of providing access to

RPL gap training. This culminated in a Trade Test

application, based upon the implementation of

the ARPL toolkit in a particular trade.

The project was required to focus on toolkits

registered with the Quality Council for Trades

and Occupations (QCTO), through the National

Artisan Moderating Body (NAMB). After

discussion with working group members and

NAMB, it was decided to use the provisional

toolkits for Motor, Diesel and Welding. The

project targeted 30 candidates: 10 in Motor

Mechanics, 10 in Diesel Mechanics and 10 in

Welding.

Megan Booysen Megan joined Quay 4 in

November 2016 as part of the Table Attendant

Skills Programme. She worked hard and was

quickly promoted to being a waitress after

passing the company’s waitron test. She is still

employed at Quay 4 Tavern.

One of the participants was Jeffrey Flandorp,

a self-employed, semi-skilled motor mechanic.

Jeffrey proved to be one of the best candidates

in the programme. He was actively engaged in

assisting and supporting his fellow participants

in the course of the training, and ultimately was

a catalyst in some of them achieving success in

the programme.


With an apprentice on your team, you

can add value to your reputation as an

empowering enterprise and improve your

company’s B-BBEE scorecard.

Taking on an apprentice just got simpler.

Contact the Red Tape Reduction Unit on

redtape@westerncape.gov.za.

Making things simpler

BETTER TOGETHER.


PROFILE

False Bay TVET College

A gateway to employment, higher education and self-improvement.

About the College

False Bay TVET College is rated one of the best

Technical and Vocational Education and Training

(TVET) colleges in the country. False Bay TVET

College operates five well-resourced campuses

located in the South Peninsula, Mitchells Plain and

Khayelitsha, which collectively have an enrolment

of around 11 000 students.

False Bay TVET College has been extending its

reach, embracing new communities and welcoming

industries for over 15 years, while building on

its long-term commitment to promoting the TVET

sector. The College has strong ties with industry and

the communities it serves and maintains strategic

partnerships with government, the SETAs, industry

bodies and both local and international educational

institutions.

The College’s growth is underpinned by strong

leadership, sound administration systems and

controls that were recognised when the College

received the PFMA Clean Audit Award for 2016/2017.

False Bay TVET College understands and promotes

the important role of employers in providing

workplace experience, internship and employment

opportunities to College students and graduates.

Private and Public organisations now recognise

that the only way to assist young people to gain

work experience and increase their employability

is through engaging with them and opening up

workplace opportunities.

False Bay TVET College courses:

Business Studies

• Engineering Studies

• Hospitality and Tourism

• Information Communication Technology

• Education Studies

• Yacht and Boat Building

• 2D Animation

• Safety and Security

CONTACT DETAILS

Central Office: +27 21 787 0800

Muizenberg: +27 21 788 8373

Mitchells Plain: +27 21 391 0717

Fish Hoek: +27 21 782 0144

Khayelitsha: +27 21 361 3430/360 5000

Westlake: +27 21 701 1340

Website: www.falsebaycollege.co.za

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Improving the prospects

of employment

FOCUS

False Bay TVET College offers relevant programmes.

False Bay TVET College offers vocational,

occupational and skills training programmes that

provide students with scarce and critical skills and

practical experience in fields that present good

prospects of employment. All College programmes

are examined and certified nationally.

The College has a special focus on apprenticeship

training in the following trades: Electrical, Motor

Mechanics, Welding and Fabrication, Fitting and

Turning, Automotive Body Repair, Spray-Painting,

Masonry, Plumbing, and Carpentry and Joinery.

Courses are also offered in Business Management,

Information and Communication Technology,

Hospitality, Engineering, Tourism, Yacht and Boat

Building, Safety in Society, 2D Animation and

Education Studies. The College offers alternative

modes of teaching and training, including part-time

classes and distance learning options.

Work-Integrated Learning (WIL)

Work-Integrated Learning extends learning to the

workplace in a structured programme, integrating

theoretical knowledge learnt in the classroom

and its practical application in the workplace. The

College employs five dedicated WIL Officers who

provide graduates with work-placement support.

This service helps connect students to internship

opportunities and prepares them for the world of

work via the work-readiness programme.

Among the special benefits for

participating companies, regardless of the

sector they operate in, are:

• Improving their company B-BBEE scorecards

• Increasing business opportunities

• Access to mandatory and discretionary SETA

benefits

• Relief staff, enabling the release of full-time

staff for training and upskilling. Improving staff

retention and the job satisfaction rate

• Indirect marketing opportunities

• Informal endorsement as a preferred supplier.

Having successfully placed 92% of all graduates in

2017, the WIL Department invites more companies

to register as host employers.

CONTACT DETAILS

Work-Integrated Learning Department:

+27 21 787 0800

Email: jobplacement@falsebay.org.za

Website: www.falsebaycollege.co.za

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PROFILE

College of Cape Town

for TVET

The College is a public Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College,

under the Department of Higher Education and Training. Qualifications offered are

accredited, affordable and quality assured by Umalusi, various SETAs and SAQA.

Mission

We are committed to being an institution of

excellence that develops the potential of clients

through quality education and training in response

to the skills development needs of the country.

Vision

College of Cape Town will be the preferred provider

of Technical and Vocational Education and Training.

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

CONTACT DETAILS

Key contact people:

Louis van Niekerk, Principal

Wilfred Jackson, Chief Financial Officer

Deon Halls, Acting Deputy Principal: Innovation

& Development

Tel: +27 21 404 6700 | 086 010 3682

Fax: +27 21 404 6701 | 086 615 0582

Email: info@cct.edu.za

Physical address: 334 Albert Road, Salt River,

Cape Town 7945

Postal address: PO Box 1054, Cape Town 8000

Website: www.cct.edu.za

in high demand by commerce and industry. The

College is also a Centre of Specialisation for Plumbing

and Automotive Motor Mechanic trades, as well as

an accredited trade test centre for numerous trades.

Facilities

The College is situated in the central area of the

Peninsula with campuses located in Athlone, City

centre, Crawford, Gardens, Guguletu, Pinelands,

Thornton and Wynberg. The Central Office is located

in Salt River, Cape Town. The College of Cape Town

also has three residences.

Key facts and figures

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. 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.

• No of staff: 760

• No of registered students: 15 398

Faculties: Art and Design, Beauty Therapy, Building

and Civil Engineering, Business Studies, Education

and Training, Electrical Engineering, Haircare,

Hospitality, Information and Communication

Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Travel and

Tourism.

Qualifications offered: Certificates, Higher

Certificates, Diplomas, UNISA B.Ed Degree

(Foundation Phase), Skills Programmes, Learnerships,

Accredited Trade Test Centre.

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OVERVIEW

Business Process Outsourcing

New jobs are coming on line.

SECTOR INSIGHT

Training is a key reason

for the Western Cape’s

attractiveness.

There were 7 500 more people working in the offshore segment

of the business process outsourcing sector (BPO) in the

Western Cape in 2017 than there were just two years earlier.

Altogether, BPO employs more than 50 000 people in

the province, against about 228 000 in South Africa as a whole. This

is according to the Key Indicator Report of Business Process enabling

South Africa (BPeSA), the national organisation with representation in

the nation’s three biggest cities.

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.

Western Cape authorities are acting on this by supporting training

programmes. The City of Cape Town, the provincial Department of

Economic Development, Agriculture and Tourism (DEDAT) and IT

service management company EOH jointly sponsor the training and

12-month learnerships of 175 unemployed work-seekers in BPO. The

municipality also trains 20 potential team leaders to build management

skills within the sector.

BPO involves any internal functions that a company chooses to

outsource to a specialist in that field, for example accounting or callcentres

(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. UK shop

ONLINE RESOURCES

Business Process enabling South Africa (BPeSA):

www.bpesa.org.za

Contact Centre Management Group: www.ccmg.org.za

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

Asda and online retailer Amazon

have large customer service

centres in Cape Town.

The fact that greater Cape

Town is home to three wellregarded

universities, a university

of technology and two technical

colleges is 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 two-tier structure of noncomplex

and complex jobs and

is paid over a five-year period.

A bonus incentive becomes

payable at the end of the fiveyear

period.

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ICT

Amazon and Microsoft have chosen Cape Town.

OVERVIEW

SECTOR INSIGHT

The Khayelitsha Bandwidth Barn is

producing innovative thinkers.

Cape Town has the potential to be a world leader

in technology. That is according to Savills, which

identified 22 such cities in its “Tech Cities 2017”

global survey.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) will set up a data centre in

Cape Town in 2020 to serve Sub-Saharan Africa. Microsoft

Azure data centres were due to open in Cape Town and

Johannesburg in late 2018 or early 2019. The French

government has officially designated the city as one of six

global French Tech Hubs.

French Tech Labs is a fintech incubator, offering

mentoring for innovators, connections to possible investors

and a chance to travel to France. Barclays Bank has invested

in a fintech incubator in Cape Town, Rise. There are six other

Rise sites around the world, including New York and Mumbai.

Ambitious targets to roll out broadband coverage

across the province have been reached by the Provincial

Government of the Western Cape. More than 1 400 schools

and libraries and about 400 other public facilities have access

to full broadband coverage.

ONLINE RESOURCES

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

In her State of the Province Address

in 2018, Premier Helen Zille also noted

that 178 WiFi hotspots had been created,

with plans in place to turn the broadband

sites into hotspots. Libraries have been at

the centre of expanding access: 222 rural

libraries with 1 076 computer workstations

offer free Internet access. There are also

70 Cape Access Centres and eight Youth

Cafés where young people can use the

Internet to look for career guidance and

opportunities.

The former MEC for Economic

Development, Agriculture and Tourism

(DEDAT), Alan Winde, will follow Zille as

premier if the DA wins the next election.

As DEDAT MEC, Winde oversaw the

establishment of the I-CAN centre in Elsies

River, a trial run for using a communitybased

approach to teaching digital skills.

It has been hugely successful and DEDAT

is aiming to roll the concept out in other

municipalities such as Agulhas.

ICT has also been front and centre of

initiatives in schools. One example is the

Khayelitsha Bandwidth Barn, a township

tech incubator supported by DEDAT, and

where young people like Zintle Masoko,

winner of a full TedX scholarship, have

a chance to shine. In 2017, Ed-Tech set

up its first business incubator in Africa

in Cape Town.

The Cape Innovation and Technology

Initiative (CiTi, pictured) is another

support system for the ICT sector. There

are 2 000 ICT firms in the Western Cape

and they have 17 000 employees.

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LISTINGS

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-premier

Department of Agriculture

MEC: Ms Beverley Schafer

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 Alan Winde

35 Wale Street, Cape Town 8000

Tel: +27 21 483 6949/8588 | Fax: +27 21 483 6591

Web: www.westerncape.gov.za/dept/

community-safety

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: Ms Beverley Schafer

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/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 6488

Fax: +27 21 483 4785

Web: www.westerncape.gov.za/dept/

human-settlements

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

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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/

social-development

Department of Transport and Public Works

MEC: Mr Donald Grant

8th Floor, 9 Dorp Street, Cape Town 8000

Tel: +27 21 483 4813

Fax: +27 21 483 5068

Web: www.westerncape.gov.za/dept/tpw

Provincial Treasury

MEC: Dr Ivan Meyer

LISTINGS

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

Western Cape Local Government

A guide to the metropolitan, district and local municipalities in the Western Cape.

CITY OF CAPE TOWN

METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY

Address: Civic Centre, Podium Block, 6th Floor, 12 Hertzog

Boulevard, Cape Town 8000

Tel: +27 21 400 1300 | +27 21 400 1313

Fax: 0860 103 090

Website: www.capetown.gov.za

CAPE WINELANDS DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY

Address: 46 Alexander Street, Stellenbosch 7599

Tel: 086 126 8263 | Fax: +27 21 888 5100

Website: www.capewinelands.gov.za

Breede Valley Local Municipality

Tel: +27 23 347 3671 | Fax: +27 21 883 8871

Website: www.bvm.gov.za

Drakenstein Local Municipality

Tel: +27 21 807 4500 | Fax: +27 21 872 8054

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

CENTRAL KAROO DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY

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 8100 | 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.princealbertmunicipality.com

GARDEN ROUTE DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY

Address: 54 York Street, George 6530

Tel: +27 44 803 1300

Fax: 086 555 6303

Website: www.gardenroute.co.za

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Motorway

Main Road

Railway

Garies

Groen

Kliprand

N7

R27

Loeriesfontein

Nieuwoudtville

R 27

Calvinia

R 27

Brandvlei

R 63

Williston

Carnarvon

R27 Vanrhynsdorp

R63

Vredendal

R27

Fraserburg

Three

Sisters

R 63

Graaff-Reinet

Lambert's Bay

Clanwilliam

Beaufort West

Aberdeen

R27

Sutherland

Cederberg

R 61

N12

N9

St Helena Bay

Citrusdal

Prince

Velddrif

Leeu-Gamka

Paternoster

Albert N1

Vredenburg Piketberg

Road

R44

R79

Saldanha

R45

N7

Klipplaat

Saldanha Bay

Moorreesburg

LangebaanR27

R45

R 44Tulbagh

Laingsburg

Prince Albert

Willowmore

Riebeek West

Matjiesfontein

R 46

Darling

Ceres Touwsrivier

Dassen Island

Calitzdorp

R62

N1

Ladismith

R43

Malmesbury

De Rust

R44

Uniondale

R45

Oudtshoorn

R 62

Paarl

R62

N12

Melkbosstrand

Rawsonville Montagu

Joubertina

N9

R60

Robben Island (World Heritage Site)

R43

Table Bay

Franschhoek Robertson Ashton R62 Barrydale

Kareedouw

Durbanville

George SedgefieldKnysna

N2

Villiersdorp Swellendam

Stormsrivier

Stellenbosch

Riversdale

Somerset

Genadendal

Herolds

Plettenberg

Fish Hoek West Grabouw

Heidelberg

Bay

Bay

N2 Riviersonderend

N2 Mossel Bay

Cape St Francis

Gordon's Bay

Vleesbaai

Simon's Town

Caledon

False R44

Cape Bay Kleinmond Hermanus

Stillbaai

Point

Bredasdorp Cape St Sebastian

R 43

Infanta

Walker Bay

Bay

0

100 km

Gansbaai

Arniston

Struisbaai

0 100 miles

Struisbaai

Quoin Point

Cape

Agulhas

R 63

R63

Loxton

R63

N12

Victoria West

Britstown

N1

De Aar

N10

Hanover

Richmond

LISTINGS

Bitou Local Municipality

Tel: +27 44 501 3000

Fax: +27 44 533 6198

Website: www.plett.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: 086 713 3146

Website: www.hessequa.gov.za

Kannaland Local Municipality

Tel: +27 28 551 1023 | Fax: 086 551 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.oudtshoorn.gov.za

OVERBERG DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY

Address: 26 Long Street, Bredasdorp 7280

Tel: +27 28 425 1157

Fax: +27 28 425 1014

Website: www.odm.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

Website: www.overstrand.gov.za

WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE

ATLANTIC OCEAN

N

CAPE TOWN

Sout

Wellington Worcester

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.org.za

WEST COAST DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY

Address: 58 Long Street, Moorreesburg 7310

Tel: +27 22 433 8400 | Fax: 086 692 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.cederbergmun.gov.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

Tankwa

Fish

Breede

Sak

Northern Cape

Tel: +27 22 487 9400 | Fax: +27 22 487 9440

Website: www.swartland.org.za

Riet

Western Cape

Touws

Bu fels

Dwyka

Groot

Gourits

Gamka

Leeuw

Olifants

Groen

Sout

Sout

Kariega

Ongers

Eastern Cape

Kouga

Groot

INDIAN OCEAN

Seekoei

Sundays

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The Black Management Forum

The BMF is a thought leadership organisation founded in

1976, with the main purpose of influencing socio-economic

transformation of our country, in pursuit of socio-economic

justice, fairness and equity.

The organisation stands for the development and

empowerment of managerial leadership amongst black people

within organisations and the creation of managerial structures

and processes, which reflect the demographics, and

value of the wider society.

For detailed information on how to become a member, please contact

Thulisile Simelane. Email: thulisile@bmfonline.co.za

www.bmfonline.co.za BMFNational@ BMFNational @BMFNational


INTERVIEW

Cape Winelands

District Municipality

Executive Mayor Alderman (Dr) Helena von Schlicht

outlines some of the unique advantages that make the

Cape Winelands District such an attractive destination for

tourists and for business investment.

Dr Helena von Schlicht

What is the CWDM focus as a District Municipality?

The goal of the Municipality is to deliver on the mandated functions as

specified in the Municipal Systems Act. However, in order to achieve our

vision of a unified district of excellence for sustainable development, the

council’s focus remains firmly in identifying and growing opportunities

for social and economic development. The Cape Winelands District

Municipality (CWDM) fulfills its mandate in a way that enables our

citizens and visitors to travel and eat safely and to enjoy the biodiversity

of the area. We are a highly functional municipality, this is confirmed by

the number of awards we have won. These include four consecutive

clean audits, national accolades for our Municipal Health Services

Division for their role in the prevention of listeriosis in the district as well

as Fire Services for protection of property during the last fire season.

BIOGRAPHY

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.

How does the organisation address local economic and

social development?

The planning and funding of our projects is determined by our Integrated

Development Plan (IDP). This plan is compiled after consulting with

communities and service organisations. We will not develop economically

if we do not have an efficient, healthy and resilient community. Our selffunded

programmes include projects that support Early Childhood

Development, skills development and sport. Sport development is a

large function of the unit. The Municipality hosts a variety of sports

events, soccer, rugby sevens, dominoes and tug-of-war and even

indigenous games. Other programmes include seed funding for young

entrepreneurs and activities for disabled persons.

Economic development depends on the social health of our citizens,

to ensure success we need to address both issues at the same time.

We want to empower people and enable them to enter the economy,

create jobs, support their families and contribute to the overall

prosperity of society. When someone has a strong and healthy sense

of social cohesion, it’s easier for them to participate in the economy.

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INTERVIEW

The 2018/19 winners included wine

destinations like La Motte, Val du Charron and the

home of the Wellington Park Run, Imbuko Wines.

In the category Service Excellence, @FourCousins

(Robertson), Wolseley’s Big Sky Cottages and the

Cape Dutch Quarter in Tulbagh walked away with

the accolades. The Route 62 Craft Beer Brewery

and Waffle House in Montagu was recognised

for entrepreneurial spirit, while the University

of Stellenbosch Museum received an award for

its role in sustainable development. The South

African Cheese Festival and the Montagu Makietie

were Festival winners.

The Mayor’s Discretionary Award was issued to

the Protea Farm Tractor Rides. This destination offers

a unique experience to visitors, including those in

wheelchairs, by taking a tractor to the top of the

Langeberg, from where, on a good day, one can

see the ocean. After a fun trip down the mountain,

visitors enjoy award-winning ‘potjiekos’ prepared

by 10 local ladies.

How important are the functions of the

various divisions?

The Technical Services Division is responsible

for the maintenance of approximately 3 700km

of rural and gravel roads, while Fire Services,

in partnership with Cape Nature and the Fire

Protection Association, ensures that fauna, flora,

human and animal life and property are protected

from fires. Approximately 1 500 wild or veld fires

are extinguished per fire season.

The division of Municipal Health Services deploys

environmental health practitioners (EHPs) to ensure

that all food and drink suppliers are certified

and comply with regulations at all stages of the

manufacturing process.

What makes the CWDM so special?

The quality of life. We are proud to say that this

is one of the most visited regions for domestic

and international tourists. There is something for

everyone here in the beautiful Cape Winelands.

There are 1 000 things to do... and then some wine!

Tell us about the annual Mayoral Tourism

Awards.

One proven method of developing economic

opportunities is through the tourism industry. To

acknowledge the valuable inputs of the tourism

sector, the CWDM issues a Mayoral Tourism Award

to tourism entities that welcome guests in a way

that keeps them returning.

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INDEX

INDEX

Accelerate Cape Town.....................................................................................................................................................................................34

Africa Biomass Company............................................................................................................................................................................57-59

Black Management Forum (BMF)................................................................................................................................................................117

Breede-Gouritz Catchment Management Agency (BOCMA).........................................................................................................93

Cape Chamber of Commerce & Industry.................................................................................................................................. 4, 32, 38

Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) ........................................................................................................................ 52

Cape Town Stadium.................................................................................................................................................................................. 26-29

Cape Winelands District Municipality...................................................................................................................................................2, 118

College of Cape Town................................................................................................................................................................................7, 110

False Bay TVET College................................................................................................................................................................................44, 108

Global Africa Network.......................................................................................................................................................................................... 9

Invest Cape Town...................................................................................................................................................................................................22

Maritz Electrical..............................................................................................................................................................................................50, 98

Nedbank.........................................................................................................................................................................................................62-67

Petroleum Agency​South Africa..................................................................................................................................................................... 89

SA Airlink ............................................................................................................................................................................................................... 13

Selfmed ............................................................................................................................................................................................................ 11, OBC

South Africa Table Grape Industry (SATI).............................................................................................................................................82

Superfecta Trading.......................................................................................................................................................................................60, 86

Vinpro ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 81

Vodacom...................................................................................................................................................................................................68-73, IBC

Wesgro................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 24

Western Cape Business Opportunities Forum (WECBOF)......................................................................................................... 36

Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism....................................................................20, 30, 106

West Coast District Municipality.............................................................................................................................................................IFC

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