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South Africa: Highlights of the Western Cape Government’s Continued Drive to Create Opportunities for Growth and Jobs
Source: Issued by: Western Cape Provincial Government
Source Date: Friday, May 24, 2013
Focus: Knowledge Management in Government, Institution and HR Management
Country: South Africa
Created: May 24, 2013

Currently, the Cape Town Port services a number of oil rigs which operate off the coasts of Nigeria and Angola and this services offering will increase when the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) is launched. The scope for increased job creation through strengthened trade is encouraging given that the Western Cape’s economic relations with Angola have been growing exponentially, with Angola having eclipsed Mozambique as our largest trading partner in Africa from 2011.

Africa Day is also an opportunity to assess and address the blockages on investment and ease of doing business that are created by regulatory burdens. We can learn from the example of Kenya and Rwanda who are making significant strides in attracting investment and expanding their economic bases through investor-friendly policies. We should also take heed of warnings such as that from Nigeria billionaire businessman Aliko Dangote who urged that South Africa should review its laws and policies that are an obstacle to investment from other African states and that act as a brake on intracontinental trade.

The Western Cape seeks to become a hub for important growth sectors like ICTs and the green economy through its broadband roll-out and pioneering initiatives like the 110% Green campaign. With the information highways of online Africa developing faster than the new highways of offline Africa and the increasing energy demands of growing African economies stimulating demand for more energy, the Western Cape is poised to lead the information and green economy revolutions in Africa.

The Western Cape Government is partnering with a number of organisations and institutions on an Africa Day activity programme that will run from 23 – 26 May. The details of this programme are available on the Western Cape Government website: http://www.westerncape.gov.za/news/africa-day-celebrations-2013

Media enquiries:
Zak Mbhele, Spokesperson for Premier Helen Zille
Tel: 021 483 4584
Cell: 083 600 2349
E-mail: Zak.Mbhele@westerncape.gov.za
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