Western Cape Business 2021


The 2021 edition of Western Cape Business is the 14th 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.

The Western Cape has several investment and business opportunities. In addition to the regular articles providing insight into each of the key economic sectors of the province, a special feature on thriving agricultural exports gives insight into the details of what fruits and wines go where. An interview with the Port Manager of the Port of Cape Town provides more understanding of the scale of the logistics operation that is a major port. Another special feature examines the City of Cape Town as a national headquarters for the thriving asset management sector.

The cover picture reflects an exciting new find of gas condensate off the south-eastern coast, a potential game-changer for the Western Cape and South African economies. This new development is covered in the overview of the oil and gas sector.







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Western Cape Business 2021 Edition


Foreword 7

Western Cape Business is a unique guide to business,

tourism and investment in the Western Cape.

Special features

Regional overview of the Western Cape 8

The Western Cape’s lead in technology is giving it the edge in a

number of other sectors as it sets its sights on improving energy

supply and rail transport.

The agricultural export basket is expanding 12

The Western Cape’s latest agricultural export is a hi-tech machine.

Cape Town is South Africa’s asset

management capital 16

The strength and diversity of the Cape’s financial

services underpins a vibrant sector.

Economic sectors

Maritime and fishing 26

New opportunities are opening up in manufacturing

and servicing.

Oil and gas 30

Gas finds off the Southern Cape coast have vast potential.

Energy 34

The Western Cape wants a bigger role for cities in

the energy sector.

Manufacturing 36

TFG plans to double manufacturing output.



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Construction and property 38

The eastern edge of the Cape Town CBD is to be transformed.

Tourism and events 39

Operators are hoping the Lions will roar.

Education and training 40

Tertiary campuses in Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha are growing.

Banking and financial services 44

The Western Cape has the digital edge.

Development finance and SMME support 45

Entrepreneurs are saving the environment.

Business Process Outsourcing 46

An overview of the Western Cape Provincial

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Western Cape Provincial Government 47

An overview of the Western Cape Provincial

Government departments.


Key sector contents 24

Overviews of the main economic sectors of the Western Cape.

Index 48


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The 2021 edition of Western Cape Business is the 14th 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.

The Western Cape has several investment and business opportunities.

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

key economic sectors of the province, a special feature on thriving

agricultural exports gives insight into the details of what fruits and wines

go where. An interview with the Port Manager of the Port of Cape Town

provides more understanding of the scale of the logistics operation that

is a major port. Another special feature examines the City of Cape Town

as a national headquarters for the thriving asset management sector.

The cover picture reflects an exciting new find of gas condensate off

the south-eastern coast, a potential game-changer for the Western Cape

and South African economies. This new development is covered in the

overview of the oil and gas sector.

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 and the new addition to

our list of publications, African Business, which was launched in 2020. ■

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The Western Cape’s lead in technology is giving it the edge in a

number of other sectors as it sets its sights on improving energy

supply and rail transport.

By John Young

Cape Town’s status as “Africa’s Tech

Capital” gives the city-region the basis

for leadership in a range of other sectors

such as asset management, financial

services, business process outsourcing and

others. Neighbouring Stellenbosch is advancing

its reputation for technological innovation and

the output of the region’s four universities and six

TVET colleges ensures that the tech sector has the

necessary human capital.

There are 22 active incubators and accelerators in

the region which provide networking and marketing

opportunities and links to funders and markets. The

City of Cape Town has installed 848km of fibre-optic

cable and the sector supports more than 40 000

jobs with established brands such as Amazon and

Panasonic coexisting with startups such as Luno,

Yoco, Jumo and SweepSouth. Cape Town hosts more

than half of all startups in South Africa.

The Western Cape is one of nine provinces

of the Republic of South Africa. South African

provinces do not have the kinds of powers

enjoyed by states in federal entities such as the

US or Nigeria. Health, education and traffic have

traditionally been the biggest components of

provincial authority. The priority list of the Western

Cape Provincial Government, however, includes

energy and transport.

The province and the City of Cape Town

are lobbying national government for a greater

role for municipalities in the generation and

distribution of energy. The potential of renewable

energy is being realised through the national

independent power producer programme and



there is a strong lobby to build a gas-to-energy

plant in the province. The new Special Economic

Zone for Green Technology in Atlantis is attracting

investment in renewable technologies.

In 2018 the City of Cape Town launched a

resilience assessment, the first step in a larger

process. The Rockefeller Foundation chose the

city 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.

The Western Cape Provincial Government is

also investing in resilience. A market intelligence

report covering energy, renewable energy, water

and waste was created by Green Cape 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

City of Cape Town also 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 done by a unit called the

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

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

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. The South African Renewable Energy

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.

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In similar vein to the argument for greater

involvement in energy issues, Premier Alan Winde

has argued that the control of the railways that serve

greater Cape Town should be more localised. He

cites a deal signed in the city of George between the

national and provincial transport ministers to improve

the system as an example of the kind of cooperation

which is needed.

Energy and transport are keys to being able to do

business, and that is the focus of another provincial

initiative, the Red Tape Reduction Unit. Successful at a

provincial level, the plan is to now set up similar units

at municipal level.

Covid-19 created serious backlogs at the Port

of Cape Town but the problems predated the

health crisis. In December 2019, the Western Cape

Department of Economic Development and Tourism

(DEDAT) convened a meeting for every kind of port

user, from exporters to logistics companies and for

the various divisions of Transnet, the tax authority

and the City of Cape Town. In 2019 the Port of Cape

Town received 510 ships at the Container Terminal

but it could have had many more if turnaround times

were better. All parties are working together to find

a solution, which will include better coordination of

delivery schedules and more cranes. Cranes able to

work in high winds are being tested.

Tourism challenges


The hospitality sector suffered a huge blow from the

effects of the Covid-19 global lockdown.

As travel slowly picks up, hotel groups, lodges

and bed-and-breakfasts are starting to attract

interprovincial travellers. In time, international travel

will follow but what of the meetings, incentives,

conferences and exhibitions (MICE) sector?

The economic impact on gross geographic

product of the Cape Town International Convention

Centre alone in 2018/19 was R4.5-billion (Cape

Town Central City Improvement District). Wesgro’s



Convention Bureau signed 52 events or

conferences in the course of 2019/20 but of

course most, if not all, of these events will not

take place.

The Radisson Hotel Group has come up with

“Hybrid Solutions” as a response to the “new normal”.

Incorporating Hybrid Rooms and Hybrid Meetings,

the idea is to offer virtual participation options

and hybrid formats for small local gatherings,

while also broadcasting to remote attendees and

satellite locations. Hotels will offer teams to set up

the equipment. Park Inn by Radisson Newlands

(pictured on the previous page) is one of the group’s

six hotels in Cape Town.


The province has a dedicated investment agency,

Wesgro. The Investment Promotion Unit of

Wesgro has been working with various regions

within the Western Cape to attract investment

and accelerate exports. Seminars have been held

in the Cape Winelands, the West Coast and the

Garden Route.

In 2019/20, the biggest investments were

in renewable energy and manufacturing.

Other important sectors are agro-processing,

aviation, business services, education and

training, financial services, real estate, ICT, light

manufacturing, oil and gas, timber, tourism,

waste beneficiation and clean energy.

Encouraging investment in Cape Town has

been recognised as something that needs a fulltime

office and a strategy. Invest Cape Town is an

agency of the city that works to create the best

possible conditions to attract investors. Areas of

focus include broadband access, energy security,

the reduction of red tape and improving air access

to the city.


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 GDP on its own, the sector is responsible

for the fruit and vegetables that contribute

to agro-processing which accounts for nearly

40% of the province’s export basket. (Agroprocessing

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 strong, but the Chinese market

is becoming increasingly important.

The province has a diverse manufacturing

sector ranging from textiles, clothing, footwear and

furniture to coke and refined petroleum products.

Excluding agro-processing, other manufacturing

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The Western Cape’s latest agricultural export is a hi-tech machine.

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Of the 37 trade agreements facilitated in 2019/20 by Wesgro,

the Western Cape’s tourism, trade and investment promotion

agency, 25 were in agro-processing and agribusiness and a

further three were in the fast-moving consumer goods

(FMCG) sector. The total value of these agreements was R3.08-billion and

973 jobs were added to the Western Cape economy.

Examples included a deal in Germany for Cape Dried Fruit

Packers (R350-million), in Ethiopia for Good Harvest Market (R700-

million), in Ghana for M’hudi Wines (R4-million) and the R200-

million contract that Southern Right Foods signed in Mozambique.

The last-named company trades as Walker Bay Spice and also

exports to Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Botswana, Dubai, Ghana,

Luxembourg, Malaysia, Namibia, the Netherlands, Qatar and the UK.

Total South African agricultural exports reached R175-billion in

2019 with about 40% going to other African countries and 25% to

Europe. Fresh fruit accounted for about R50-billion.

Seven of the top 10 exports from the province are agricultural

or agro-processed products. As Wesgro notes, the Western Cape

is responsible for:

• Almost half of South Africa’s agribusiness exports.

• About 70% of South Africa’s beverages exports.

• About 85% of South Africa’s fisheries exports.

Berries are a growing subsector and two-thirds of production occurs

in the Western Cape. More than 70% of the crop is exported and the

major production companies

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There is plenty of scope for

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and about 300 000t for apples

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Association). Once producers

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import authorities, volumes can

be expected to grow.

Another subsector to

experience rapid export

growth is oranges. As a source

of vitamin C, oranges grew

in popularity as the Covid-19

pandemic spread. South Africa




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is the world’s second-largest citrus exporter, after Spain, and the

number 11 in the world in terms of production. Citrus exports

earned South Africa about R20-billion in 2019.

Assessed independently from the country, the Western

Cape is the world’s fifth-largest exporter of citrus fruits as it is

responsible for 62% of the nation’s volumes. Oranges are the

province’s number one citrus export (54% in 2017) and soft citrus

(19%) is growing steadily. Europe remains the most important

market but Asia and Oceana markets grew from 34% in 2008 to

42% in 2017. The top five countries are the Netherlands, the UK,

Russia, the UAE and China.

By contrast, flower growers were badly hit by the effects of the

global shutdown. The Western Cape has a strong fynbos sector.

Normally, Europe accounts for 80% of exports. National beef

exports increased from 8 292 tons in 2001 to 31 888 tons in 2018

with the largest areas of growth in Muslim countries. The Western

Cape contributes 15% of national beef output.

The Covid-19 lockdown had a big impact on wine exports and

not only because a liquor-export ban was in place for five weeks.

Logistics at the Port of Cape Town were reduced to a crawl and

with fresh fruit and vital supplies taking priority, wine exporters

were at the back of the queue.

Within South Africa, a sophisticated logistics chain can get

fruit from harvest to consumer in 40 days (Freight, Logistics

and Warehousing). A digital system is to be introduced by the

Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB) which, along

with e-certification launched by the Department of Agriculture,

Land Reform and Rural Development, should enhance

efficiencies. The Fresh Produce Exporters’ Forum (FPEF) and the

Department of Science and Innovation are exploring improved

packing and cold-storage methods.

South African winemakers are aiming for better quality instead

of greater volumes. Which is not to say that volume is being

ignored. 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%. Wesgro and WOSA (Wines of South

Africa) are cooperating on the Chinese market.

A 2006 agreement, the SADC Economic Partnership Agreement,

gives produce from the region full or partial exemption from duties

on exports into the EU. The three biggest markets by value and

volume are the UK, Germany and the Netherlands. The UK is likely to

sign a similar agreement, post-Brexit.

South Africa produces about 4% of the world’s wine. The wine

industry contributes R36-billion to the country’s gross domestic

product (GDP) and employs nearly 290 000 people.

Vinpro is the wine industry organisation which represents 2 500

South African wine grape producers, wineries and wine-related

businesses. There are over 3

500 wine producers in South

Africa, with the large majority

located in the Western Cape.

Agri-tech exports

The Western Cape is not just a

leader in products that grow

in the ground, but it is also a

world leader in products that

hover above the ground. Drone

and data specialist Aerobotics

has more than 900 clients in 18

countries who have signed up

for orchard monitoring, yield

and harvest projections and

pest and disease management.

The drones can also be

deployed to pick out individual

trees that are classified as

“problem trees”.

Aerbotics’ Yield Estimation

Package for citrus, which

was launched in 2019, gives

reports on fruit size and colour

distribution ahead of the

harvest season and projections

on yield.

The Cape Town-based

company, which featured in an

article in the Arena Holdings

publication Food Basket in 2020,

was founded in 2004 as a drone

manufacturer and evolved into

a data provider.

Another digital innovation

for exporters was launched in

September 2020 in the form of

the Cape Export Network. CEN,

a joint initiative of the Western

Cape Provincial Government,

Wesgro and Wines of South

Africa (WoSA), is a platform

that connects wine producers,

buyers and importers. ■



A more resilient and

responsible SA

wine industry

#SaveSAWine helped create awareness

during lockdown.

The South African wine industry will rise

up again following one of the toughest

years yet, to be even more resilient, resourceful

and responsible.

The industry had just started recovering from

a three-year drought when the Covid-19 national

lockdown was implemented, banning all exports

and local sales of alcohol for a large part of 2020.

“We lost close to R7.2-billion in direct revenue,

which left many producers, wineries and related

businesses in dire straits, many more individuals

without employment and the industry with a

large surplus of uncontracted wine,” says Vinpro

MD Rico Basson.

The road to recovery will be long and hard,

but the wine and wine tourism industries remain

resilient, celebrating milestones along the way.

“Through sound advocacy with government,

Vinpro and our industry partners played our part

to reopen trade and tourism activities and secure

financial relief for certain segments of the industry,”

Basson says.

Driving exports

The #SaveSAWine social media campaign helped

create an awareness of South Africa’s exceptional

wines across the globe, while Wines of South

Africa and Wesgro continuously drive various

initiatives to grow exports. Wine tourism workers

received financial support from the Western Cape

Department of Agriculture, while Vinpro presented

a series of direct-to-consumer workshops and

launched a wine tourism skills audit which will

guide further development and training in 2021.

Wine grape producers and wineries are also

Contact details


Tel: +27 21 276 0429 | Email: info@vinpro.co.za | Website: www.vinpro.co.za


improving efficiencies and re-evaluating their

business models, while Vinpro and its industry

partners are facilitating programmes to balance

supply to bring about greater price stability.

“For the wine industry to be sustainable, it

also needs to drive responsible production, trade,

marketing and consumption of alcohol,” Basson

says. Apart from comprehensive educational

programmes and campaigns by the alcohol

industry body Aware.org (Association for Alcohol

Responsibility and Education), the industry

has also joined hands with government, civil

society and labour to change behaviour through

targeted interventions which address foetal

alcohol spectrum disorder, drinking and driving

or walking, underage drinking, community

formalisation and binge drinking.

About Vinpro

Vinpro represents 2 500 South African wine

grape producers, cellars and wine-related

businesses, while providing strategic direction,

rendering specialised services and driving

people development.




Cape Town is South Africa’s

asset management capital

The strength and diversity of the Cape’s financial services underpins a vibrant sector.

The venue for the 2019 Raging Bull Awards for collective investment

schemes was the Cape Town International Convention Centre – which

meant that the winners did not have to travel far to collect their trophies.

Cape Town is South Africa’s asset management capital.

Cape Town also, according to the Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI),

ranks second in Africa in 2020 (behind Mauritius) in competitiveness as

a financial centre. The ranking is an aggregate of indices covering five

things: business environment, financial sector development, human capital,

infrastructure and reputation.

Of the 20 finalists named for the 2020 Morningstar South Africa Fund Awards,

13 have their headquarters in the Cape. Seven of the top 10 managers in the

Plexcrown Ratings of 2019 are based in Newlands (MiPlan), Victoria & Alfred

Waterfront (Allan Gray, pictured on the next page), Claremont (Coronation),

Bellville (PSG and Boutique CI), Pinelands (Old Mutual) and Westlake (Prescient).

The diversity of locations in Cape Town mirrors the range of products offered.

South Africa now has over 1 000 registered unit trusts through which investors

have access to money markets, domestic equities, bond markets and overseas

markets, among others. The categories in which awards are presented give

insight into the range. The fund categories (and Cape Town finalists) for the 2020

Morningstar awards were:


Best Aggressive Allocation Fund

Best Bond Fund

Best Cautious Allocation Fund

Best Flexible Allocation Fund

Best Moderate Allocation Fund

Best South African Equity Fund

Best Fund House (Larger

Fund Range)

Best Fund House (Smaller

Fund Range)


Kagiso Balanced

Allan Gray Bond

Kagiso Stable

Coronation Optimum Growth

Sanlam Managed Moderate Fund of Funds

Kagiso Equity Alpha

Investec Asset Management (now Ninety One)

and Sygnia Asset Managers

Fairtree Asset Management and Kagiso

Asset Management

The 2019 Raging Bull

Awards, which were held

in January 2020, awarded

“South African Manager

of the Year” to MiPlan

and “Offshore Manager

of the Year” to Nedgroup

Investments. Runnersup

in the South African

category were Ninety One

and Prescient.

Other Raging Bull

winners for outright

performance over three

years were Kagiso Equity

Alpha (General Equity

Fund), Truffle SCI Income

Plus (Interest-bearing Fund),

BlueAlpha BCI (Global

Equity General Fund), and

Fundsmith (Offshore Global

Equity Fund). For riskadjusted

performance over

five years the winners were

Fairtree, Kagiso Protector,

Long Beach Flexible and

Platinum Global.

A global trend also

present in the Western Cape

is the growth of the smaller

company. Writing for citywire.

co.za in 2020, Patrick Cairns

noted that the market share

of South Africa’s seven largest

managers slipped from 64.8%

in 2014 to 60.7% in 2019.

Cairns highlighted the leap

in assets under management

(AUM) of Cape Town-based

Prescient in the five years to

2019 – a noteworthy increase

of 178.1%.




Another trend is the growth in offshore

investing. The Business Times in the Sunday

Times reported in 2020 that the all-share index

of South Africa’s primary stock exchange, the

JSE, had grown by less than 5% in five years. By

comparison, the US’s S&P 500 was 72% higher.

However, Jacques Plaut of Allan Gray, which

manages more than R500-billion, is quoted

saying, “If the crowds are extremely fearful of

something, don’t sell SA Inc without evaluating

the stocks on the facts and the merits of each

case.” The stellar performance of the Capitec

share price is noted, as is the fact that some

companies will benefit from a weak rand.

Reporting on a recent analysis of the global asset

management sector from the Boston Consulting Group,

Cairns flagged alternatives as an area of future growth. BCG

anticipates alternatives rising to nearly 50% of revenues

in four years, up from less than a fifth of AUM which they

currently constitute.

Old Mutual Alternative Investments (OMAI) invests in

infrastructure, private equity, affordable education, housing

and fund of funds. The OMAI IDEAS Fund is a regular investor in

renewable energy projects.

Contribution to GDP

The financial services sector was the single largest contributor to

regional gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016. With a value of

R43-billion in that year, a consistent growth rate over a five-year

period of 3.8% and inward investment of more than R2-billion

in the same period, the financial services sector punches above

its weight.

This is also true nationally, where Cape Town’s share of

national employment in the financial sector is about 20% and

the contribution to gross value-added (GVA) is 15%.

Cape Town asset managers are operating in an area

that has historically been strong in banking and finance.

The city is host to the headquarters of large insurance

companies such as Metropolitan, Old Mutual Africa, Santam,

Direct Axis and financial services groups such as Sanlam,

PricewaterhouseCoopers and Allan Gray.

Credit: VDMMA (Van der Merwe Miszewski Architects)

More recently, the city

has become home to several

financial technology (fintech)

incubators: according to

Tracxn there were 154 fintech

startups in Cape Town in

2019 and French Tech Labs

operates out of Century City.

The region’s three tertiary

institutions provide a sound

educational base for the

financial sector, with a more

specific business focus being

afforded by the University

of Cape Town Graduate

School of Business (GSB), the

University of Stellenbosch

Business School (USB) and

the School of Business

and Finance (SBF) at the

University of the Western

Cape. TSIBA Business School

offers undergraduate and

postgraduate business

qualifications as well as

informal short courses in

leadership, entrepreneurship

and commerce. TSIBA stands

for Tertiary School in Business

Administration. ■



see money differently




Dr Fayzel Omar

Provincial General Manager

Nedbank Business Banking, Western Cape

Taking into consideration the everevolving

nature of the banking

industry, Nedbank Provincial General

Manager of the Western Cape, Dr Fayzel

Omar, 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


Omar is passionate about his vision for

Western Cape business owners and

entrepreneurs seeking a unique banking

experience and explains how Nedbank will

support and grow businesses and retail

clients in the Western Cape. To support the

vast geography of the Western Cape his

distribution cuts across eight regions, each

led by skilled regional managers and

supported by functional teams and product

specialists across the integrated business

channels of Business Banking, Small

Business, Retail and Personal Banking.

Nedbank’s decentralised Business Banking

Cluster has 70 business managers located

across the province. They specialise in

commercial industries and the agricultural

sector to support all sectors of the

Western Cape economy.

Working with communities

is entrenched in our

values through community

development, skills

development, education

and job creation …

‘At Nedbank Business Banking we believe

that you need a financial partner who not

only understands your circumstances and

aspirations, but 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.

As your bank, we understand business

banking, and remain committed to drawing

on our expertise to support clients by

adding value with innovative solutions

through engaged people and localised

structures. We know that success in

business is about partnerships, and that is

why we put the building of deep, lasting,

value-adding relationships at the centre of

… we understand business banking, and

remain committed to drawing on our

expertise to support clients by adding

value with innovative solutions …

everything we do. This means your goals

are our goals, your vision is our vision and

your success is our success.

Through our bigger-picture banking

approach we immerse ourselves in your

business and your industry so that we are

an extension of your team, with a full

understanding of your business

requirements. This enables us not only to

provide you with the banking solutions you

need, but also to give you a bigger-picture

view of how each of our products connects

to create a framework that yields

maximum impact across every facet of

your business and beyond. When you add to

this the insights and expertise available to

you across Nedbank’s extensive network of

multidisciplinary specialists, you know that

you have a banking partner who is walking

with you throughout your business journey.

'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.

And the innovation journey continues,

ensuring greater value for clients. The

Nedbank Money app allows clients to

manage accounts, make payments and

change their credit or debit card settings

from their smartphone. The Money app also

allows clients to make instant payments to

anyone on their smartphone’s contact list,

regardless of whether the recipient is a

Nedbank client.

Nedbank’s payments app, Karri, simplifies

school payments to help teachers, parents

and children. The Karri app makes payments

to schools for events such as civvies days,

school trips and other fundraising activities

easy and secure, using a built-for-purpose

mobile payment application.

Nedbank’s interactive ATM – a first for Africa

– gives clients access to live teller services

over 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.’

All of which are ways in which Nedbank

continues to simplify and make banking for

businesses and communities work for

their good.

Should you be interested in taking your

business to its next level and improving

staff engagement, and if you want more

information about Nedbank’s specialised

service offering, please call the Business

Banking team on +27 (0)21 412 3000 or visit



see money differently




Gerrit Henning, Nedbank Regional Manager of Retail and

Business Banking: Northern Suburbs, explains how Nedbank

works with communities to deliver banking solutions.

Nedbank continues to build on its

client-centred 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

value banking 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.

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 an area office

with 12 skilled business managers ready to

take your business to the next level.

‘We encourage you to see money differently

with the bigger-picture approach that

… see money differently with the

bigger-picture approach that

Business Banking offers …

Business Banking offers,’ 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



see money differently




Randall Bailey, 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.

Bailey’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.

With more than 20 years' banking

experience, Bailey has been with Nedbank

for just over five years and has worked in a

number of areas, including credit.

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


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.

… the team is ready to

assist clients with

professional advice,


solutions and a

comprehensive range

of financial products

and service …

To take your business to the next level or to

obtain more information about Nedbank’s

specialised service offering call

Randall Bailey on +27 (0)21 412 3051, send

an email to RandallB@nedbank.co.za or

visit www.nedbank.co.za.


see money differently




Karen Seboa, Nedbank Regional Manager of Retail and

Business Banking: Cape Central, shares how partnerships

can benefit Nedbank clients.

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.

Seboa has been with Nedbank for more

than 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

the needs of clients, saying that

partnership- and 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.

‘We look forward to continuing our

relationships with our valued existing

clients, and to offering our value

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.

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, sendanemailto

KarenSeb@nedbank.co.za or visit



see money differently




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.

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 eight years and has worked in

a number of roles in his 38-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.

He heads a team of retail and business

banking experts with the aim of providing

clients with unique business and financial


‘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

As money experts, we are

committed to doing good,

so you can concentrate on

what’s most important to

you – running your


what’s most important to you – running

your business,’ says Esack.

‘We encourage you to see money differently

with the bigger-picture approach offered

by Nedbank Business Banking, 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, sendanemailto

NaziemE@nedbank.co.za or visit


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

services and registered credit provider (NCRCP16).


An international effort: the turbine tower sections being prepared for transportation to site for the Paardekraal East Wind

Farm were built by Gestamp Renewable Industries (GRI) of the Netherlands (in Cape Town), the turbines were supplied and

installed by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (a Spanish company) and Mainstream Asset Management South Africa

(a company with Irish roots) will manage the operations. CREDIT: GRI


Overviews of the main economic

sectors of the Western Cape

Maritime and fishing 26

Oil and gas 30

Energy 34

Manufacturing 36

Construction and property 38

Tourism and events 39

Education and training 40

Banking and financial services 44

Development finance and SMME support 45

Business process outsourcing 46


Maritime and fishing

New opportunities are opening up in manufacturing and servicing.


Cape Town boats are

involved in space travel.

Gemini Marine

Boats built in Cape Town are collecting astronauts in the waters

of the Gulf of Mexico after they splash down. Epping-based

Gemini Marine has signed a deal with Elon Musk’s SpaceX to

supply recovery boats for astronauts returning from the International

Space Station. A selection of international clients includes

the UK Ministry of Defence, the Royal New Zealand Navy, the United

Nations and the Singapore Special Forces.

The South African Boat Builders Export Council (SABBEX) reports that

the sector is particularly strong in catamarans and yachts but a growing

variety of boats are being built. These includes custom and semi-custom

built monohulls, powerboats, commercial vessels, sport-fishing boats

and inflatables.

Two Oceans Marine manufactures both power and sailing

catamarans in 4 500m² of factory space on two different premises,

in Cape Town harbour and in Paarden Island. The company runs an

internship programme with False Bay TVET College.

Damen Shipyards Cape Town is building three inshore patrol vessels

for the South African Navy, the first of which will be delivered in 2021.

The vessels will be used to secure South Africa’s waters against threats

such as illegal fishing, smuggling and piracy.

Since 2014, investments worth R30-billion have been made into the

sector and created more than 7 000 direct jobs (Invest Cape Town). 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 to the province’s gross value add.

The Western Cape has enthusiastically embraced the national

strategy called Operation Phakisa (“hurry up” in Sesotho). The 2033

target is for the share of the

Maritime Economy to South

Africa’s gross domestic product

(GDP) to grow by 250% (and

perhaps as much as 350%)

compared to its current value,

to a figure between R129-billion

and R177-billion. A million new

jobs are expected to be created.

The construction of an

offshore supply base in the Port

of Saldanha on a dedicated quay

is an excellent example of the

impact of Operation Phakisa.

Saldehco, a privately-owned

South African special purpose

vehicle with foreign investors,

submitted a tender in 2016

through the Transnet National

Ports Authority (TNPA) to build

this infrastructure to support the

growing oil and gas industry.

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 Saldanha Bay Industrial

Development Zone (SBIDZ) is

becoming a hub for a range of

maritime repair activities and oil

rig maintenance and repair.

The National Department of

Trade, Industry and Competition

(dtic) and the DEDAT have

collectively invested R500-million




in core infrastructure and a lease agreement has been signed with TNPA.

The SBIDZ fits neatly into two overarching 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.

The marine transport committee of the South African Oil and

Gas Alliance (SAOGA) is preparing South Africa to reap the potential

of the sector. It has developed 18 initiatives across three categories:

infrastructure and operations, skills and market growth.

During the Covid-19 lockdown, the Port of Cape Town did not shut

down for a single day. Working teams were reduced and reallocated

but the vital work of loading and unloading supplies was done. A task

force with a wide range of representatives from government, business

and port authorities is working on reducing congestion at the harbour.

A renewed focus on ship repair through facilities such as the Sturrock

and Robinson drydocks is on the cards for the Port of Cape Town, which

has a diverse offering through its Container Terminal, Multipurpose

Terminal, Liquid Bulk Terminal and Fresh Produce Terminal.


About 310-million kilograms of fish is consumed annually by South

Africans, of which about half is caught locally. The main fish are hake

and sardines and almost all of that is harvested in Western Cape

waters by deep-sea trawlers.

The fishing industry earns R3.4-billion in foreign earnings annually

and employs 26 500 people across 22 sectors, the main ones being

deep-sea trawling and aquaculture (JSE). The aquaculture industry is

currently small, but since 2014 investment commitments of about

R700-million have been made.

The allocation of commercial fishing rights in 12 sectors that was

due to happen in 2020 has been postponed to December 2021.


Lawhill Maritime Centre: www.lawhill.org

Operation Phakisa: www.environment.gov.za

SABBEX/Boating South Africa: www.boatingsouthafrica.co.za

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

Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone: www.sbidz.co.za

Lawhill Maritime Centre

It is likely that the quotas of

larger fishing companies will be

reduced in favour of small-scale

fishing companies.

There have been several

changes in ownership in the

fishing industry, most likely

linked to the upcoming

determination of new

fishing rights in which black

shareholding will be a factor.

The acquisition by blackcontrolled

Sea Harvest Group

of Viking Fishing is part of a

larger trend.

Tiger Brands has unbundled

its 42% stake in Oceana Group.

Oceana holds the popular

pilchards brand Lucky Star,

which enjoys 80% of market

share in South Africa, and has

the highest market value of

fishing companies in South

Africa. The Oceana Group

recently purchased Foodcorp’s

fishing rights and a US fishmeal

and oil company, Daybrook.. ■




The Port of Cape Town is

investing in future growth

Port Manager Mpumi Dweba-Ketana outlines key areas of focus for building the

ship repair and container businesses while improving efficiencies in all spheres.

What is the role of the Port Authority?

Our role is to make space available for the use of terminal operators. We

are a landlord in that we give facilities and infrastructure to people to

operate those facilities. We have 11 terminal operators altogether.

Please tell us how Covid-19 affected the port.

When Covid started we all put plans in place, but even at Level 5 we

were not closed because the Container Terminal, the Multipurpose

Terminal and the Liquid Bulk Terminal all stayed open because they

provide essential goods and services. We applied business continuation

plans and we did not close for any single day for business.

Mpumi Dweba-Ketana,

Port Manager


The daughter of teachers, Mpumi

Dweba-Kwetana, earned a BA, a

BED and an HDE as a teacher and

an Education Specialist for the Department

of Education. Her switch

to the maritime industry led to a

BPhil in Maritime Economics and an

Executive MBA. After working for the

Department of Transport, Mpumi

was appointed by Transnet National

Ports Authority as the first Port Manager

for the Port of Ngqura in 2012.

She took up the Cape Town post

in 2017.

Were staff affected?

A first fatality unfortunately happened outside and we saw infections

start to increase, also in berthing services. We reduced the team from

four to two and also reduced the number of gangs. Most unfortunately

the increase in cases in Cape Town came among the skilled workers

you cannot easily replace. Among operators, we were down from eight

gangs to two.

What steps were taken to overcome the challenges of Covid-19?

From the month of June, we started to see the system stabilising,

employees were either coming back from quarantine or isolation. We

reviewed our strategy with regard to those with co-morbidities. It was

decided that those below the age of 60 who wanted to come back to

work could after a visit to the clinic to determine their fitness. We must

acknowledge the role that was played by the Port of Durban. When

we did not have operators, 20 operators flew in from Durban. We treat

them as warriors, and their bravery was really appreciated.

Have you been able to ramp up operations again?

All terminals are operating now, and we are back to at least 80%

regarding staff. Staff over 60 with co-morbidity still can’t come to work.

What degree of coordination is required to run a successful port?

We have virtual meetings with all terminal operators where we discuss

the issues. Any likely challenges can be brought to our attention by local

and provincial government or even the business chamber. We are able

to hold each other accountable.



In 2019, multi-sector engagement began on

congestion issues. How is that progressing?

We are making good progress. We are working

closely via task teams on operational efficiencies.

This includes truck staging. A truck booking system

introduced by the Port of Durban has reduced the

number of waiting trucks. The exciting news is that

that programme is coming to Cape Town. We need

to look at congestion holistically. A lot of variables

need to be aligned. Operating hours, starting from

the warehouse, the truckers and the terminals, all

should be more synchronised. We have identified a

space which will be a short-term truck-staging area.

In the longer term we are looking at a permanent

holding area.

What are your top priorities?

There are three main priorities: ship repair, the

Container Terminal and investing in our fleet. We will

complete capital investment in ship repair of about

R1-billion. We are looking at civil and mechanical

equipment, and electrical infrastructure. We aim

to invest in our marine fleet. Some of our fleet is

40 years old, so we are looking at tugs (we aim to

have three 70-ton tugs, in total we will have five

tugs) and also in our work boats and our launches.

We are going to procure a helicopter in order to

improve efficiencies. We have a phenomenon of

high swells of about 4-5m so it is difficult for the

pilot boat to navigate. Improving the Container

Terminal is another priority.

What is required to be a world-class port?

We need to work on the building blocks. The plan

is that ships do not even go to the anchorage,

the pilot goes out and then the pilot brings the

ship alongside. We don’t want them to wait. An

investment plan is in place. A maintenance strategy

must ensure that operators are fully operational.

A critical aspect is people: you need a highly

efficient work force that has embraced a culture

of continuous improvement. When that ship is

alongside, they are hungry to service it.

Where does the Port of Cape Town fit in with

the country’s port strategy?

We have eight commercial ports in South Africa and

we must support each other. We can support the

Port of Saldanha in terms of the oil and gas sector, for

example, but we see ourselves playing predominantly

in the container space. We want to

strengthen the quayside to expand from one-million

TEUs to 1.4-million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units).

We also see exciting opportunities in ship

repairs. Sturrock Dry Dock is one of the biggest

facilities in the SADC region and we want to draw

more vessels to it. There could be 2 000 people

employed on a ship. ■




Oil and gas

Gas finds off the Southern Cape coast have vast potential.


The Chevron refinery

produces petrol, diesel, jet

fuel and liquefied gas.

In 2019 Total and its partners created a stir with the announcement

that gas condensate had been found at a site

called Brulpadda off the coast of Mossel Bay. In 2020, the

nearby Luiperd prospect in Block 11B/12B delivered more

exciting news.

The block, in the Outeniqua Basin 175km off the southern coast,

covers an area of about 19 000km² in water depths of 200-1 800m. The

exploration was done by the semi-submersible rig Deepsea Stavanger,

which journeyed twice from Norway to lead the exploration projects.

The two finds raise the odds of Total investing in what it calls a

“world-class” offshore gas site. The drilling campaign employed 195

South Africans with specialist

skills but the potential spinoff is

enormous for the Western Cape

and South Africa, if the find leads

to drilling and commercialisation.

If Total goes ahead, the

PetroSA GTL refinery at Mossel

Bay (Mossgas) could be revived

and the idea of creating a gas

market in South Africa would get

a massive boost. Commissioned

in 1992 as the world’s first

gas-to-liquids (GTL) refinery,

Mossgas was due to close in

2020, because, as President

Ramaphosa announced, it had

practically run out of feedstock.

PetroSA is South Africa’s national

oil company.

Petroleum Agency South

Africa (PASA), which encourages

exploration and regulates the

oil and gas industry, has noted

the significance of international

oil companies committing to

exploration off South Africa’s

coast. Increased confidence by

such companies can only lead

to growth in the industry, and

with the massive gas finds in the

Rovuma Basin off Mozambique in

2020, there are sure to be more

companies interested in South

Africa’s potential. In addition to

adjudicating on coastal fields,




the agency has awarded coalbed-methane-gas exploration rights in

KwaZulu-Natal and natural gas exploration permits in the Free State.

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

Atlantic Ocean (Ibhubesi). Block 2A of the Ibhubesi gas field north-west

of Saldanha is estimated to have reserves of 850-billion cubic feet of gas.

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 one of the largest supplier in the pipeline

and on-site markets.

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

in 2017 with the opening of a new open-access liquefied petroleum

gas (LPG) import and storage terminal at Saldanha Bay. A publicprivate

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.


Cape Town’s oil refinery changed hands in 2018 when Off The Shelf

Investments (OTS) completed a $973-million purchase of Chevron’s

downstream assets in South Africa. Chevron has been rebranded as

Astron, but the Caltex service-station brand has been retained. OTS is the

Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) partner of mining giant Glencore,

who financed the deal.

The refinery in Milnerton produces petrol, diesel, jet fuel and liquefied

gas for the Western Cape and for export to other African countries. The

Western Cape spends R76-billion annually on crude oil imports and

exports refined petroleum to the value of R13.2-billion.

Large quantities of oil are transported around the Cape of Good

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

from the Middle East. Reduced global prices for oil and troubles in the

container ship market has caused some stress in the local sector 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 the Transnet National Ports

Authority to spend heavily on upgrading the nation’s ports.

The Western Cape Provincial Government reported that in

2016 that the oil and gas sector contributed R1.03-billion to the


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

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 Saldanha Bay

Industrial Development

Zone (SBIDZ) is central to

the plan to grow the sector.

Staff from the SBIDZ actively

sought investors for the zone

at the Africa Oil Week, which

was held in Cape Town in

2019. Nine investors, ranging

from gas maintenance

and repair companies to

domestic and foreign oil

companies, have already

committed to the SBIDZ.

The Western Cape

Provincial Government and the

National Department of Trade,

Industry and Competition

invested R500-million 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 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

Astron refinery.

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. ■




Gas find sparks major

investment in exploration

in Western Cape

Mossel Bay could receive condensate from offshore site.

Amajor discovery has been made at a site

south-east of Mossel Bay called Brulpadda.

The well encountered 57m of net

gas condensate pay in Lower Cretaceous

reservoirs. Following the success of the main objective,

the well was deepened to a final depth of

3 633 metres and has also been successful in the

Brulpadda-deep prospect.

This has exciting repercussions for the

emerging Western Cape oil and gas sector. As Kevin

McLachlan, the Senior Vice President Exploration

at Total, said at the time of the find, “With this

discovery, Total has opened a new world-class gas

and oil play and is well positioned to test several

follow-on prospects on the same block.”

Total as operator holds a 45% participating

interest in Block 11B/12B, while Qatar Petroleum

(25%) and CNRI (20%) are the other participants.

Africa Energy holds a 4.9% effective interest in the

Exploration Right for Block 11B/12B. The Company

owns 49% of the shares in Main Street 1549

Proprietary Limited, which has a 10% participating

interest in the block.

If the local gas market is to take off and

thrive, significant drilling has to take place. As the

new CEO of Petroleum Agency SA, Dr Phindile

Masangane, describes the situation, “That would

be a game-changer for South Africa’s upstream oil

and gas industry.” She added, “The recent discovery

by Total and its JV partners in Block 11B/12B

(Brulpadda) is the first giant step in that direction.”

“Further development of the discovery is highly

dependent on the success of this further drilling,”

comments Dr Masangane. “Possible development

could see condensate being piped to the

PetroSA facility in Mossel Bay,” she adds, “but these

decisions are ultimately up to the operator, Total

and its partners.”

Odfjell’s Deepsea Stavanger semi-submersible

oil rig relocated from Norway to South Africa

in June 2020 to start exploratory drilling. The

Luiperdpadda prospect where the rig is drilling is

the second of five prospects in the group.

With light oil and gas condensate having

been found in the Brulpadda well, it is

possible that other prospects will be found

with this further drilling.

The exploration drilling in Block

11B/12B is in deep waters similar to where

the gigantic Mozambique Rovuma Basin gas

discoveries were made in 2010. The drilling

campaign has long-term benefits to South

Africa which include introducing frontier

deep water (>1400m) exploration drilling,

building confidence and potentially shifting

petroleum exploration activities to private

international oil companies (IOCs), de-risking

deep-water acreage. This will encourage

other IOCs to take risk in drilling deep-water

prospects, which could result in the country

discovering more oil and gas resources.




Petroleum Agency SA: promoting and

regulating exploration and production.

Petroleum Agency SA evaluates, promotes

and regulates oil and gas exploration and

production activities in South Africa and

archives all relevant geotechnical data. The

Agency acts as an advisor to the government

and carries out special projects at the

request of the Minister of Mineral Resources

and Energy.

South Africa’s energy mix is changing

to include more gas through importing

liquefied natural gas (LNG), using shale gas

if reserves prove commercial, and developing

infrastructure for the import of LNG. Petroleum

Agency SA plays an important role in developing

South Africa’s gas market by attracting qualified

and competent companies to explore for gas.

Another major focus is increasing the inclusion of

historically disadvantaged South African-owned

entities in the upstream industry.

Currently, natural gas supplies just 3% of South

Africa’s primary energy. A significant challenge

facing the development of a major gas market

is the dominance of coal. Opportunities for gas

lie in the realisation of South Africa’s National

Development Plan (NDP) and the Integrated

Resource Plan (IRP).

As custodian, Petroleum Agency SA ensures

that companies applying for gas rights are

vetted to make sure they are financially qualified

and technically capable, as well having a good

environmental track record. Oil and gas exploration

requires enormous capital outlay and can

represent a risk to workers, communities and the

environment. Applicants are therefore required to

prove their capabilities and safety record and must

carry insurance for environmental rehabilitation. ■

Contact details

Tel: +27 21 938 3500

Email: plu@petroleumagencysa.com

Website: www.petroleumagency.com

Image: Total


Dr Phindile Masangane was appointed as the

CEO of the South African upstream oil and gas

regulatory authority, Petroleum Agency South

Africa, in May 2020. Before then, Dr Masangane

was an executive at the South African state-owned

energy company, CEF (SOC) Ltd, which is the

holding company of PASA.

Dr Masangane was responsible for clean,

renewable and alternative energy projects.

In partnership with private companies, she

led the development of energy projects

including the deal structuring, project

economic modelling and financing on

behalf of the CEF Group of Companies. Her

responsibilities also included supporting the

national government in developing energy

policy and regulations for diversifying the

country’s energy mix.


In 2019, Dr Masangane was Head of Strategy

for the CEF Group of Companies where she led the

development of the group’s long-term strategic

plan, Vision 2040+ as well as the group’s gas strategy.

From 2010 to 2013, Dr Masangane was a

partner and director at KPMG, responsible for

the Energy Advisory Division. She successfully

led the capital raising of $2-billion for

hydro and coal power plants expansion

programmes of the Zimbabwean power

utility, ZESA/ZPC.

An alumnus of three universities,

Dr Masangane has a BSc (mathematics

and chemistry) from the University

of Swaziland, a PhD in Chemistry from

Imperial College, London and an

MBA from the University of

the Witwatersrand. ■



The Western Cape wants a bigger role for cities in the energy sector.

Just days before a case between the City of Cape Town and

the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) was

heard in court, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister

Gwede Mantashe published draft amendments which

provide for some role for municipalities in the generation and

procurement of electricity.

Judgement in the case was reserved but the city is pushing ahead

with its case, the minister’s input notwithstanding. The fact that Cape

Town has an Executive Director for Energy and Climate Change is

an indication of how seriously it treats the issue. Ultimately the city

wants to be allowed to procure power from independent power

producers (IPPs) and to see a national programme put in place.

South Africa’s acclaimed Renewable Energy Independent

Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) attracted

about R200-billion in committed investments, mostly in solar and

wind power, in just five years.

The early rounds of the independent power producers’

programme continue to produce regular dividends. In October 2020,

another wind farm started commercial operations. The Paardekraal

East Wind Farm, which is located about 80km north-east of Ceres,

is in the Witzenberg Local Municipality. The 110MW project was

constructed by the Concor and Conco Consortium, Siemens

Gamesa Renewable Energy supplied and installed the wind turbines,

the towers were built by GRI in Atlantis and Mainstream Asset

Management South Africa will manage the operations.

According to the Department of Energy, the REIPPPP by

2016 had created more than 30 000 jobs and benefited local

community development to the tune of R256-million. Figures

released by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA)

showed shareholding for local communities reached an estimated

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

Some 14 000 new jobs are expected to be created, mostly in rural

areas, and more than R30-billion has already been spent on Black

Economic Empowerment (BEE) in the construction phase.

The support of two of South Africa’s biggest institutional

investors, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the

Public Investment Corporation (PIC), has been crucial in getting

the renewable energy sector off the ground. They have also helped

communities fund their participation in community trusts. Typically,

a community trust is established to represent the interest of the

local community.


Paardekraal East Wind Farm

has started commercial


Investment by black

people into the renewable

energy programme is not

limited to community trusts.

Pele Green Energy is engaged

with a photovoltaic plant at

Touwsrivier in the Western

Cape as a shareholder and

as a provider of construction

management services. Once the

facility starts generating power,

Pele will operate and maintain

the plant.

In his 2020 State of the

Province Address, Premier Alan

Winde said, “The wind and solar

resources in South Africa are

so plentiful that using only 1%

of our land, renewable energy

could produce over six times

the amount of energy that

Eskom produces today.”

The Western Cape Provincial

Government has a four-point

energy plan:

1. Help municipalities to procure

energy from IPPs.

2. Increase small-scale embedded

generation like solar

PV to decrease reliance on the

national grid.

3. Increase the greening of

government buildings, 17 of

which already have solar systems.

4. Increase efforts to import




Liquefied Natural Gas through Saldanha

Bay and enable Eskom’s Ankerlig plant

to operate on LNG rather than diesel.

Recent gas finds by Total off the

coast of Mossel Bay will accelerate the

drive to switch to gas.

The idea of home-owners being

able to sell surplus electricity from

rooftop solar systems was previously

restricted to the Cape metropolitan

area. The application of the provincial

government’s Energy Security Game

Changer has expanded this provision

(via bylaws) to the whole province.

There are 23 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. The uptake of solar

has risen from 20MW in 2015 to more

than 112MW in 2019.

The City of Cape Town has signed

an agreement with the United States

Agency for International Development

and the Southern Africa Energy

Programme to look for ways to make solar PV more accessible. High

costs of installation often preclude residents from taking the solar PV

option for their homes.

The Western Cape is positioning itself as a green business hub

and is working to find energy alternatives for households and

businesses. Greater Cape Town is home to 70% of South Africa’s

manufacturers of renewable components.

Green Cape states that nearly R700-million in green technology

investments has already been attracted to the Atlantis Special

Economic Zone, creating 300 jobs. A further R3.7-billion is

anticipated by 2030, which will add more than 3 000 new jobs.

Spanish wind tower manufacturer Gestamp Renewable Industries

and tower internals supplier Resolux (from Denmark) are early

investors in the zone.

Perdekraal East Wind Farm

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

product of other businesses, won

international recognition in 2018

at the Circular Awards at Davos. ■


Atlantis Special Economic Zone: www.investcapetown.com

Green Cape: www.greencape.co.za

South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre: www.saretec.org.za

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





TFG plans to double manufacturing output.

TFG, whose South African brands include TotalSports,

Markhams and Foschini, has a five-year plan to double

its manufacturing capacity.

Having purchased Prestige Clothing Maitland and Prestige

Clothing Caledon in 2012 and spent R75-million on expanding the

factory in Caledon in 2017, TFG now plans to significantly increase

the percentage of locally-made clothing items from the current level

of 35% to 55%. This expansion should lead to more jobs within the

group, which expanded in 2020 with the purchase of Jet from Edcon.

The Foschini Group is one of several South African retailers which

have their head offices in Cape Town. Others include Woolworths,

Truworths and Cape Union Mart.

The Manufacturing and Competitiveness Enhancement

Programme (MCEP) of the Department of Trade, Industry and

Competition (the dtic) has disbursed grants which have resulted in

230 000 jobs being sustained. Because of the Clothing and Textile

Competitiveness Programme, that sector currently now employs

around 95 000 workers, contributing 8% to manufacturing GDP and

2.9% to overall GDP. In the leather sector 22 new factories have been

opened, supporting 2 200 jobs.

In the Western Cape, this revival is reflected in member

companies of the Cape Clothing and Textile Cluster hiring 35% more

staff in four years. About 23 600 people are employed in the province

and exports from the Cape amounted in 2017 to R4.4-billion with

sales up by 34% above inflation.

The K-Way brand of Cape Union Market has successfully

weathered several storms. The Ottery factory, which houses more

than 250 employees, has produced more than 311 000 K-Way Felixx

Softshell Jackets since 2012.

The textiles sector makes up about 7% of manufacturing

economic activity, about the same as furniture. A diverse

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

with the two biggest contributors within that being fuel, petroleum,

chemicals and rubber products (26%) and food, beverages and

tobacco (25%). Wood and wood products (11%) and metal products,

machinery and household appliances (10%) are the next two biggest

subsectors (Wesgro).

The Atlantis Special Economic Zone, which is specialising in

green tech, has already attracted nearly R700-million in privatesector

investment. Goals for the green sector include the creation

of 1 200 direct jobs in a 20-year period. About 70% of South Africa’s


The closure of the Saldanha

Bay steel mill is a blow to the


manufacturing in renewables is

happening in the Western Cape.

The decision in 2019

of ArcelorMittal to close its

Saldanha Bay steel mill is a big

blow to the manufacturing

capacity of the province. With

iron ore delivered from the

Northern Cape Province, the

mill was producing as much as

1.2-million tons of steel per year.

About 900 workers have lost

their jobs.

Invest Cape Town reports

that the city’s boatbuilding

industry is the second-largest

producer of recreational

catamarans in the world, after

France. The city’s companies

export 80% of the products

that they produce and attract

a positive trade balance of

approximately $73-million

annually. Boatbuilding exports

have grown by 20.5% annually

year-on-year since 2014 in Cape

Town (Quantec, 2019).

Robertson & Caine’s facility

in Woodstock produces

three boats a week for the

international market. With a

staff complement of 1 350,

the company is a leader in

power catamarans and sailing





Prestige Clothing factory. Image: TFG

Nautic Africa makes larger vessels, including patrol, defence, oil

and gas platform and commercial vessels. Damen Shipyards Cape

Town delivers vessels to public entities such as the Robben Island

Museum and the South African Navy and private companies such

as Smit Amandla Marine and De Beers Marine. The Whisper Boat

Building Academy is located at the False Bay TVET College.

A new investor has breathed new life into the manufacturing

business of Hayden Cobra. The maker of replica cars is operating

out of Montague Gardens and building for the local and export

markets, primarily the US and the Middle East. Three models are

manufactured: the Classic 427, the Evo and a Cobra with an electric

drive which promises “instantaneous torque”.

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.

The wheat-growing areas of the Swartland hosts 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. Lamberts Bay

Food sources potatoes from all over South Africa, but its proximity to


Cape Clothing and Textile Cluster: www.capeclothingcluster.org.za

Invest Cape Town: www.investcapetown.com

Wesgro: www.wesgro.co.za

Whisper Boat Building Academy: www.falsebaycollege.co.za

the potato-growing Sandveld

region is helpful.

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. Coca-Cola bottler

and distributor Peninsula

Beverage has three plants – at

Parow, Athlone and Vredendal

on the West Coast, and

employs 1 300 people. ■




Construction and property

The eastern edge of the Cape Town CBD is to be transformed.


Building at Conradie Park

has begun.

Plans for a large development on the corners of Heerengracht

Road and Christiaan Barnard Street are going ahead, despite

the general economic slowdown due to Covid-19. The mixeduse

Harbour Arch project stands on the eastern entrance to

Cape Town’s CBD on a 5.8ha site which has been underutilised and

unattractive for decades.

The Amdec Group’s R15-billion development means to change

that with housing, hotels, offices and restaurants which will densify the

city and provide the CBD with an eastern gateway. The development

could spark further work on the Culemborg site, which has often

been mentioned in plans, as an Olympic and soccer World Cup site,

for example.

The Provincial Government of the Western Cape’s “Better Living

Model” aims to deliver 3 602 residential units in an affordable, mixeduse

and residential-led development on the site of the old Conradie

Hospital on the edge of Pinelands. The integrated, mixed-income

housing development (pictured) aims to reverse the spatial planning

that was put in place under apartheid. With the state putting in the

bulk infrastructure, costs for developers are significantly reduced. The

quid pro quo is that the developer must set aside a certain number of

housing units (49%) to grant-funded housing.

The Belhar CBD is the site of 4 188 assorted residential units,

including student accommodation, social housing units and


Artist’s impression, Conradie Park. Image: Concor

Cape Town Transport and Urban Development Authority: www.tda.gov.za

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

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

military veterans’ units. Between

June and December 2019,

the provincial government

handed over 1 144 title deeds to

beneficiaries in the province.

An article in Visi in 2020

heralded the arrival of Art Deco

accommodation in central Cape

Town at the opposite end of the

affordability scale. Described as

a “striking new vessel” that has

“dropped anchor among the

venerable advocates’ chambers

that line Cape Town’s Keerom

Street”, Tuynhus houses 43

small apartments and four

mini-penthouse suites. It is

designed by Robert Silke, of

Robert Silke & Partners.

FNB, which publishes a regular

property barometer, has done an

in-depth analysis of previous crises

to understand the post-Covid

property market. According to

John Loos, a property strategist at

FNB Commercial Property Finance,

the most vulnerable sector is

likely to be Retail Property. Smaller

neighbourhood shopping centres,

with more essential items and greater

convenience, will be less vulnerable.

The lockdown accelerated

the trend for people to work from

home, and so the Office Property

sector will come under pressure.

Many companies will be reducing

office space, but this is merely a

speeding up of an existing trend. ■



Tourism and events


Operators are hoping the Lions will roar.


shade under one-million passengers passed through

Cape Town International Airport in 2019, a 2% increase

over the previous year, which had grown by 0.8% from

the year before.

In 2019, Cape Town Tourism projected that the value to the

Western Cape of the cruise-ship industry between 2017 and 2027

would be about R220-billion. And then Covid-19 hit.

Major investments have been made in the Cruise Ship

Terminal, near the Cape Town International Convention Centre

(CTICC), and the Cape Town Air Access programme. Air Access

created more than 750 000 new inbound seats between its

inception in 2015 and 2020, adding something like R6-billion

to the provincial economy. In 2019/20 the CTICC secured 52

conferences with an estimated economic impact of R2.3-billion.

Unfortunately, the conferences and events sector is likely to

be hit as badly as the cruise-ship industry.

Many tourism operators in the Western Cape are pinning their

hopes on the incoming rugby tour in the winter of 2021 by the

British and Irish Lions, if Covid-19 allows. The South African Rugby

Union expects 37 000 fans to follow the team from Britain, more

than 13 000 jobs to be created and a tax benefit to South Africa

to accrue of about R450-million.

Following the major drought experienced by the Western

Cape, the Westin Cape Town has taken steps to reduce its

dependence on the municipality for water. The hotel’s position

on reclaimed land in the CTICC precinct of the Foreshore means

that about 1.2-million litres of seawater have to be taken out of

the basement every day. This water is converted into 441 000

litres of clean water by reverse osmosis which saves more than

100-million litres of municipal water annually. The Westin has

also created an organic roof garden, from which it supplies its

restaurants with vegetables.

The Western Cape Provincial Government wants to promote

education in the arts. Based on research which found that 6%

of employment in South Africa is in the cultural sector, the

Western Cape will expand the traditional STEM emphasis to


Cape Nature: www.capenature.co.za

Cape Town Tourism: www.capetown.travel

Garden Route and Klein Karoo: www.visitgardenrouteandkleinkaroo.com

George Tourism: www.georgetourism.org.za

Plettenberg Bay: www.plett-tourism.co.za


Income from air travellers

and cruise ships

disappeared in 2020.

The Westin Cape Town’s organic

rooftop garden.

include two additional A’s:

Arts and Agriculture. There

are 60 000 people employed

in the culture sector in the


The opening of the R500-

million Zeitz Museum of

Contemporary Art in the Victoria

& Alfred Waterfront in Cape

Town has made a big impact.

With a footfall of 24-million

visitors going through the

Waterfront every year, the Zeitz

is well located to attract good

crowds. 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. ■




Education and training

Tertiary campuses in Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha are growing.


R386-million campus is to be built in Mitchells Plain

to serve that suburb, Strandfontein and surrounding

areas. False Bay TVET College has been offering

classes in part of a primary school for some time but

the transfer of land by the City of Cape Town in June 2020

allows the college to start the design phase for the new

campus in the heart of Mitchells Plain. It will eventually cater

for more than 5 000 students.

The new Mitchells Plain Campus will complement the College’s

existing campus presence in Khayelitsha, Fish Hoek, Westlake

and Muizenberg. Programmes will be offered in tourism, creative

media, business BPO, wholesale and retail and the services sectors.

Bridging classes will also be presented for young people who do

not meet entry requirements.

At the same time, work is underway on the upgrade and

expansion of the Swartklip Campus, pictured, which lies on the

border of Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha. Funding for the new

campus, which will have an engineering focus, came from the

National Skills Fund. The plan is to accommodate 3 000 students

which would contribute to the National Development Plan’s goal

of producing 30 000 skilled artisans per year. The College has a

lease agreement with Airports Company South Africa to use the

existing buildings at the old Denel Site.

Building has also been happening in the school sector: three

new schools were built in 2019/20 and two replacement schools

were opened in Crestway and Phillipi. The Provincial Government’s

Department of Transport and Public Works started work on 76 new

Grade R and Expansion classrooms at 22 schools, catering for about

2 800 pupils. A further 197 mobile classrooms were delivered.

The province’s I-CAN centres allow for public access to digital

skills programmes, WiFi and business services. The centres are

divided into zones (including Create, Study and Learn) and printing,

graphic design and laminating services are available.

Online learning is one of the world’s fastest-growing sectors

and the investment of $3-million by Construct in a new Cape Town

office is evidence that the trend has come to the Western Cape. The

Construct Learning Lab supports universities in Boston, Doha and

Oxford as well as companies and government bodies. The company

expects to increase its staff complement by 150 over three years.

Two Western Cape research institutions have made large

investments in research infrastructure. A Biomedical Research


A Centres of Specialisation

Programme is targeting

priority skills.

Institute is being built by

Stellenbosch University at

a cost of R1-billion and the

University of Cape Town plans

to move its Neuroscience

Institute, which it runs in

partnership with Groote

Schuur Hospital, into a new

building. An innovation

laboratory, clinical and training

spaces and an innovation

space where researchers can

interact are part of the plans

for the new facility.

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.

These 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.




University education is

available in George through the

Nelson Mandela University (NMU):

Saasveld is home to the School of

Natural Resource Management

and the York Street Campus

delivers courses in business and

social science, accounting and

business management.

SARETEC offers industryspecific

training in a new

economic sector. 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.

Unisa, the country’s biggest distance learning institution, has a

campus in Cape Town and a service centre in George.

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

False Bay TVET College in Westlake have combined to offer residents

of Blikkiesdorp a chance to learn skills in brick-laying, house-building,

scaffolding and health and education. ACSA is investing R5-million in

the 12-month certification project and the Construction Education

and Training Authority (CETA) will channel funds to False Bay College

for training.

Centres of Specialisation Programme

A Centres of Specialisation Programme has been introduced by the

Department of Higher Education and Training to tackle priority skills.

The Swartklip campus mentioned above will 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 College of Cape TVET is

concentrating on plumbing and automotive motor mechanics.


Apprenticeship Game Changer: www.westerncape.gov.za

Centres of Specialisation: www.dhet.gov.za

SA Renewable Energy Technology Centre: www.saretec.org.za

TVET colleges: www.tvetcolleges.co.za

The College of Cape

Town has seven campuses

from the city centre to

Guguletu and Wynberg.

A new welding academy

in Thornton was opened

with support from the

merSETA (Manufacturing,

Engineering and Related

Services SETA). 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

in an Expanded Public

Works Programme (EPWP)

run by the South African

Chefs’ Association. ■




New BPO Academy Launched

by the College of

Cape Town

Offering courses that are in high demand by commerce and industry.

The College of Cape Town’s Gardens

Campus has launched Sub-Saharan

Africa’s first Business Process Outsourcing

(BPO) Academy. The suburb of Gardens is

a hub for the Cape Town creative industry, with

e.tv’s studios nearby.

All of the eight campuses of the College

of Cape Town are situated in the central area

of the Peninsula and serve the greater Cape

Town area, including a large percentage

of traditionally disadvantaged areas and

townships. The Gardens Campus formally

housed the Early Childhood Development

(ECD) Department and a Day Care Centre

which has now been relocated to the

redeveloped Crawford Campus. The Gardens

has been revamped and transformed into a

BPO Academy and is well set to support the

BPO sector with the skills it requires.

The College of Cape Town has entered into an

agreement with Business Process Enabling South

Africa (BPeSA) to develop and operate the BPO

Academy. At the launch of the Academy, Western

Cape Economic Opportunities MEC, David Maynier,

reported that the BPO was one of only two sectors

that created jobs in April and September, adding

5 160 jobs to the economy in that time. Training

people for sectors where they will gain employment

goes to the heart of the mission of colleges.


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.

The College of Cape Town for TVET is a public

TVET College which falls under the auspices of the

The BPO Academy was launched in November 2020.

Department of Higher Education and Training. The

College mandate is to provide inclusive quality

Technical and Vocational Education and Training

responsive to the labour market. All campuses

are accessible by public transport. Although the

majority of students are from the greater Cape

Town metropolitan region, students from other

regions of South Africa, Namibia and other African

countries and countries abroad are accepted.

Courses offered lead to recognised, accredited

qualifications that are in high demand by commerce

and industry. The College offers an extensive range

of programmes, including National Certificate

Vocational (NCV) on Levels 2 to 4, NATED Report

191 on N1 to N6, National N Diploma, Occupational

Qualifications on Level 1 to 5, Short Skills and other

Skills Programmes, Learnerships, Artisan Related

Learning Programmes (ARLP) and Trade Testing. The




College also offers Higher Education programmes in

partnership with University of South Africa (UNISA),

the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)

and the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Delivery sites and facilities

All campuses have well-equipped workshops,

lecture rooms, computer rooms, studios for practical

work and media centres.

The eight campuses are:

Athlone Campus: The campus has four fullyequipped

Automotive and Skills workshops and is

accredited in Automotive Motor Mechanics Training

as well as Trade Testing. Athlone campus was

awarded the Centre of Specialisation for Automotive

Motor Mechanics in 2018.

City Campus: Located in the heart of Cape Town,

it is accessible to all amenities such as food chain

stores, businesses, retail stores and public transport.

The campus was formerly Cape College.

Crawford Campus: Formerly known as Hewat

Teachers Training College, it is one of the

college’s biggest campuses. The campus offers

Business Studies, Information Communication

and Technology, Early Childhood Development

Education and Training, Primary Health and

Occupational Programmes. The campus also has

partnerships with the University of South Africa

(Bachelor Degree in Foundation Phase), the

Cape Peninsula University of Technology (Level

5 Higher Certificate in ICT Service Management)

and the University of Cape Town (development

and design of a Level 5 Higher Certificate in Early

Childhood Development).

Crawford Campus has a well-equipped

daycare centre. Visitors from daycare centres

are accommodated through short courses and

workshops on best practice.

When students enter the campus using the gate

located next to the Trojan Horse Massacre Memorial

Wall, they are constantly reminded of the youth

whose lives were tragically lost in the apartheid era.

Gardens Campus: The campus has a rich history

with its building being more than 100 years old. Its

age makes in a heritage site in the greater city bowl.

Guguletu Campus: Situated in the Guguletu

township 15km from central Cape Town, its name is

A Welding Academy has been established on the Thornton

Campus of the College of Cape Town.

derived from the contraction of “Igugu lethu”, which

is IsiXhosa for “Our Pride”. The Guguletu Campus was

established to service the broader Guguletu area

and the Cape Flats and offers Business Studies and

Electrical Engineering.

Pinelands Campus: The College’s hub for

Electrical Engineering studies has 22 workshops

and laboratories for a growing number of students.

The campus is also an accredited Refrigeration and

Electrical Trade Test Centre.

Thornton Campus: Engineering is the focus at

Thornton, which offers the following fields: Building

and Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

The campus has seven fully-equipped Building

and Civil Engineering and Skills workshops and a

Welding Academy offering international welding

qualifications. Thornton Campus was also awarded

the Centre of Specialisation for Plumbing.

Wynberg Campus: Wynberg is an Occupational

Training campus servicing the broader communities

in and around the Wynberg as well as Mitchells Plain,

Mannenberg, Hanover Park, Strandfontein, Bishop

Lavis, the southern and northern suburbs as well as

areas outside Cape Town’s borders.

The Central Office is located in Salt River and

hosts Finances, Human Resources, Corporate

Communication and Marketing, Physical Resources,

OHS, Quality Management, Management

Information Systems, and the Linkages and

Partnership Units.

The College of Cape Town also has three

residences, namely City Residence, Crawford

Residence and Thornton Residence. The City

Residence is for ladies only. ■




Banking and financial services

The Western Cape has the digital edge.

The potential for disruption in the banking and financial

services sector is almost limitless. The Western Cape’s

evolution into a technology hub helps to explain

why banks, insurance providers, asset managers and

venture capitalists are increasingly choosing to make their

headquarters there.

There are more than 40 000 jobs in the technology sector (more

than double the total of Nairobi and Lagos combined, Wesgro) and

formal employment in the financial sector exceeds 50 000.

Together with business services, the financial sector comprises

the biggest contributor to the provincial economy. 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 started.

One of the most successful disruptors in recent times has been

Stellenbosch-based Capitec Bank, which is steadily increasing its

customer base by providing banking for business and individual

customers in what it describes as a simple manner. In May 2020,

investment holding company PSG announced that it would

reduce its holding in Capitec Bank from 32% to 4%, earning about

R4-billion by selling those shares.

Another banking newcomer, Tyme, reported in October 2020

that it had 2.4-million customers, up from 1.4-million at the end of

March. A 400% increase in the use of services such as airtime and

electricity purchases was also noted.

Discovery Bank officially launched in March 2019 and is

experiencing rapid growth with deposits of R3.7-billion. Discovery

Bank is applying the behavioural model it uses in its health

business to reward good financial behaviour.

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.


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

South African Institute of Chartered Accountants: www.saica.co.za


PSG is reducing its stake in


The head offices of financial

firms are dotted all over Cape

Town. These include Old

Mutual and Foord (Pinelands),

Futuregrowth and 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. A newcomer to the

Cape financial services sector

is Nomura, a Japanese financial

holding company.

The 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 lead arranger for the

bond was Rand Merchant Bank. ■



Development finance and

SMME support

Entrepreneurs are saving the environment.


Small businesses in the Breede River and Riviersonderend

catchment areas are making money from clearing

invasive species. Avocado Vision has developed a

“Green Business Value Chain” in partnership with

the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries,

environmental organisations and corporates.

By turning the unwanted species into sought-after products, a

sustainable business is created while simultaneously replenishing

water-table levels and restoring grasslands. About 200 species

are regarded as invasive and work is being done with 120 SMMEs

across South Africa to identify opportunities.

The Western Cape Government runs a Premier’s Advancement

of Youth Internship Programme which in 2019 had 1 118

participants. There are several Youth Cafes in different parts of the

province, where unemployed young people can get advice and

training and have access to computers and WiFi.

Many startups find the cost of finding and hiring premises

prohibitive. Flexible working spaces such as those offered by

Workshop17 offer a solution. The company has sites in Paarl, the

Gardens and at the Watershed at the V&A Waterfront.

The Watershed itself is a popular venue for designers and

crafters to display their wares. More than 90% of stock sold out

of the Watershed is made locally and some design companies,

such as leather product maker Wolf and Maiden, have moved into

more exclusive retail space elsewhere in the Waterfront. A study

has shown that revenue earned by small enterprises at the V&A

Waterfront in 2018 was R329-million, up from R78-million in 2007.

Two of the Western Cape’s universities, Stellenbosch and

Cape Town, are the first collaborators with the University

Technology Fund which aims to commercialise innovations

and inventions coming out of tertiary institutions. The UTF will

have considerable financial clout as it is a part of the South

African SME Fund, an offshoot of the CEO Initiative which


SA SME Fund: sasmefund.co.za

Small Enterprise Development Agency: www.seda.co.za

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


Workshop17 has three

flexible working spaces in

the Western Cape.

brought together 50 major

corporations, the Public

Investment Corporation, the

Unemployment Insurance

Fund and the Compensation


Among the businesses

receiving support from the SA

SME Fund are Masisizane which

helps black entrepreneurs buy

petrol stations and Hyrax, a

company which emerged from

research done at the University

of the Western Cape into which

HIV-positive people were

resistant to certain drugs.

The National Department

of Small Business Development

(DSBD) has several programmes

to assist SMMEs and cooperatives.

The Small Enterprise

Development Agency is an

agency of the DSBD and

gives non-financial support

to entrepreneurs through

training, assistance with filling in

forms, marketing and creating

business plans.

Seda has established a Rapid

Incubator in partnership with

the Centre for Entrepreneurship

(CFE) at False Bay TVET College,

Westlake Campus.■




Business Process


South Africa was “Offshoring Destination of the Year” in 2018.

Significantly lower costs than European competitors and

growth rates in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)

sector that outstrip the global rate make the Western

Cape an extremely competitive destination.

According to the Everest Group Study (2018), Cape Town’s

costs for contact centre work are between 20% and 30% lower

than the costs in Eastern and Central Europe. In the same year,

6 172 new jobs were created in the province as a result of an

11% growth rate in the sector. South Africa’s BPO industry is

growing twice as fast as the world’s and three times faster

than India and the Philippines (Invest Cape Town).

BPO involves any internal businesses that a company chooses

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

customer service centres. UK shop Asda and online retailer Amazon

have large customer service centres in Cape Town. Other big brands

include British Gas, IBM, KLM, Lufthansa, Mastercard and Microsoft.

Global and local BPO investors with operations in Cape Town

include TutorABC, CSC, Collinsons Group, Bloomberg, Shell,

AskOsca, JTC Group, Wonga, SimplyTalk, Ambition 24 Hour Group

and Buongiorno.

Inbound customer service (55%), inbound sales (15%) and debt

collection (13%) comprise the biggest subsectors of the BPO sector

in the Cape (Wesgro).

The fact that greater Cape Town is home to three universities,

a university of technology and two technical colleges is a major

advantage in attracting companies with sophisticated operations. Other

factors in favour of the Cape Town area and surrounds are the relatively

neutral accents, good infrastructure (financial and telecommunications)

and the time zone being the same or close to Europe’s.

Sixty-three percent of the offshore market is in the Western

Cape where the provincial government has identified BPO as


Business Process enabling South Africa (BPeSA): www.bpesa.org.za

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

National Department of Trade, Industry and Competition:



Growth of 11% created 6 172

new jobs in the Western Cape.

one of the six key sectors that

can create jobs quickly. 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.

The Department of Trade,

Industry and Competition

(dtic) 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 for noncomplex

and complex jobs and

is paid over a five-year period.

A war room to unblock red

tape in important job-creating

sectors such as BPO has been

set up by the Western Cape

Provincial Government with

financial support from Harvard

University. ■



Department of Social Development

MEC: Ms Sharna Fernandez

Union House, 14 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town 8001



+27 21 483 5045 | Fax: +27 21 483 4783

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

social-development Provincial Government

8th Floor, 9 Dorp Street, Cape Town 8000

Office of the Premier

Premier: Mr Alan Winde

Provincial Legislature Building,

1st Floor, 7 Wale Street, Cape Town 8000

Tel: 0860 142 142

Email: service@westerncape.gov.za

Tel: +27 21 483 4813

Fax: +27 21 483 5068

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

Provincial Treasury

MEC: Mr David Maynier

Department of Environmental Affairs

and Development Planning

MEC: Mr Anton Bredell

8th Floor, 1 Dorp Street, Cape Town 8000

Tel: +27 21 483 4091



3rd Floor, 7 Wale Street, Cape Town 8000

Department An overview of of Transport the Western and Cape’s Public Works provincial government departments.

Tel: +27 21 483 4237 | Fax: +27 21 483 3855

MEC: www.westerncape.gov.za

Mr Bonginkosi Madikazela

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

Western Cape Local Government

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

Department of Agriculture

MEC: Dr Nomafrench Mbombo

MEC: Dr Ivan Meyer

21st Floor, 4 Dorp Street, Cape Town 8000

CITY Admin OF Building, CAPE Muldersvlei TOWN Road,

Witzenberg Tel: +27 21 483 Local 3245/5417 Municipality


Tel: +27 23 316 1854 | Fax: +27 23 316 1877

Department of Human Settlements

Address: Tel: +27 Civic 21 808 Centre, 5111 Podium Block, 6th Floor, 12 Hertzog Website: www.witzenberg.gov.za

MEC: Mr Tertius Simmers

Boulevard, Cape Town 8000

Tel: Department +27 21 400 1111 of Community | +27 21 400 1313 Safety


Fax: MEC: 0860 Mr Albert 103 Fritz 090


Tel: +27 21





Street, Beaufort West 6970

Website: 35 Wale Street, www.capetown.gov.za

Cape Town 8000



+27 23 449 1000

of Local

| Fax:


+27 23 415 1253

Tel: +27 21 483 6949/8588

Website: www.skdm.co.za


MEC: Mr Anton Bredell

Address: Department 46 Alexander of Cultural Street, Affairs Stellenbosch and Sport 7599 Beaufort 8th Floor, Waldorf West Local Building, Municipality

80 St George’s Mall,


Cape Town 8001

MEC: 086 Ms Anroux 126 5263 Marais | Fax: +27 21 888 5100

Tel: +27 23 414 8149 | Fax: +27 23 414 8105

Tel: +27 21 483 4049/4997

Website: Protea House www.capewinelands.gov.za

Building, 7th Floor,

Website: www.beaufortwestmun.co.za

Greenmarket Square, Cape Town 8000


Tel: +27 21


483 9503

Local Municipality

Laingsburg Local Municipality

Department of Social Development

Tel: +27 23 348 2600 | Fax: +27 21 883 8871









1019 | Fax: +27 23 551 1019

Website: Department www.bvm.gov.za

of Economic Development Website: www.laingsburg.gov.za

Union House, 14 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town 8001

and Tourism

Drakenstein Local Municipality

Prince Tel: +27 21 Albert 483 5045 Local Municipality

MEC: MrDavid Maynier

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


11th Floor, NBS Waldorf Building,

Department +27 23 541 1320 of Transport | Fax: +27 and 23 541 Public 1321 Works


80 St George’s


Mall, Cape Town 8001

Website: MEC: Mr Bonginkosi www.pamun.com


Tel: +27 21 21 4835065


Langeberg Local Municipality


8th Floor, 9


Dorp Street,


Cape Town



Tel: +27 21 483 4813



+27 23


615 8000


| Fax: +27


23 615 1563

Address: 54 York Street, George 6530

Website: www.langeberg.gov.za


MEC: Ms Debbie Schäfer

Provincial +27 44 803 Treasury 1300

Fax: MEC: 086 Mr David 555 6303 Maynier

Stellenbosch Grand Central Towers, Local Lower Municipality Parliament Street,


Cape Town 8001

3rd Floor, www.gardenroute.co.za

7 Wale Street, Cape Town 8000

Tel: +27 21 808 8111 | Fax: +27 21 808 8003

Tel: +27 21 467 2000

Tel: +27 21 483 4237

Website: www.stellenbosch.gov.za














Africa Biomass Company (ABC).....................................................................................................................5, 10

Airlink............................................................................................................................................................................. OBC

Cape Chamber of Commerce & Industry......................................................................................... 2-3, IBC

College of Cape Town............................................................................................................................... 11, 42-43

Nedbank.................................................................................................................................................................... 18-23

Petroleum Agency South Africa................................................................................................................. 32-33


Western Cape Business Opportunities Forum (WECBOF)..................................................................13



The Voice of Business for 217 years

The Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry brings people

and businesses together.

The business community also needs a voice. Since 1804 we

have provided it and our voice matters. We lobby with integrity.

We are independent. We are not affiliated to any political party nor

any organisation. We monitor legislation that could affect business

interests and submit evidence to Parliamentary standing committees

or other authorities.

The Chamber leverages media releases, radio interviews and

letters to newspapers to alert the public to the likely undesired

consequences of legislation and official policies.

Executive Director Sid Peimer

After more than two

centuries of service

to business, two

industrial revolutions

and another one upon us, the

Cape Chamber of Commerce

and Industry knows one thing

has not changed – business is

still driven by people who are

smart, dynamic and innovative.

Businessmen and women

have a need to talk to others, meet

people to work with, to earn from

and generate the excitement of a

shared vision. The Chamber offers

this and much more – it is literally

Where Opportunity Meets.

Sharing Information

Bringing people together is a core function of the Chamber.

We hold seminars and workshops to share information and where

experts can provide a deeper understanding of issues that affect

businesses. In addition, we host conferences, exhibitions, coffee club

mornings and landmark events like International Women’s Day and

the Disability Summit.

Our international trade desk is often the first stop for visiting trade

missions and delegations. To support local industry we run seminars

to facilitate international trade and arrange for foreign delegations to

meet our members.

We also issue certificates of origin for exporters and host a Port

Liaison Forum where problems with sea freight are discussed and

are often solved. Our portfolio committees are specialist forums for

numerous sectors, including commerce, industry and agriculture

where we invite experts to give members the latest information on

developments to enhance their business operations.

Staying connected

It is apparent that we have never been as technologically connected

as we are today, yet we have never been as socially disconnected. The

Chamber is the glue that binds us together. ■


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