Local Economic Development

Local Economic Development Overview

SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The Divisions of Local Economic Development and Tourism amalgamated with the division Rural and Social Development to form a new division called Socio-Economic Development. One of the first tasks of the new division was to take the draft Cape Winelands Regional Socio- Economic Development Strategy (CW-RSEDS) through its final internal and external round of gathering comments and submit the CW-RSEDS to Council for adoption. The CW-RSEDS were adopted by Council on 27 May 2019.

The Cape Winelands Regional Socio-Economic Development Strategy’s (CW-RSEDS) core focus is to outline how the Cape Winelands District Municipality (CWDM) will invest in its people and how it will create an enabling environment in which business can develop, grow and thrive by fostering greater investment that will increase job growth and alleviate poverty in the district.

The CW-RSEDS builds on the Cape Winelands Regional Local Economic Development Strategy (2011/12 – 2018/19) which has been successful in implementing a number of programmes and initiatives which has helped grow the Cape Winelands economy.

The CW-RSEDS is intended to provide an achievable, evidence-based plan for the future while responding to the challenges and opportunities presented by the local economic and social context.

The CW-RSEDS includes Sector Plans/Strategies for:

  • Local Economic Development Strategy;
  • Investment Attraction, Retention and Opportunities Strategy;
  • Tourism Development and Marketing;
  • Rural Economic Development Strategy; and
  • Social Development Strategy.

Together these five strategies form the Cape Winelands Regional Socio-Economic Development Strategy. Below find a table that lists the goals, top priorities and drivers of the Cape Winelands Regional Socio-Economic Strategy.

LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

District Role in Economic Development

While it is acknowledged that the private sector remains the primary contributor to economic development driven by a desire to develop business, build the economy and accumulate wealth, the District Municipality have an important role to play in economic development.

A District Municipality must provide a coordinating and supporting role to the Local Municipalities within their geographical area through:

  • Managing and monitoring implementation of Economic Development Strategies;
  • Identify lead LED sectors that can kick-start development within the District;
  • Establish the LED structure;
  • Promote networking of firms within the district;
  • Collect and disseminate information to assist local municipalities;
  • Provide the necessary training to municipalities that are under capacitated;
  • Promote joint marketing, purchasing and production activities;
  • Maintain a strong relationship with the Province; and
  • Identify resource availability (e.g. grants, land, infrastructure, etc.).

The Municipality works with private sector to launch co-operative projects to enhance the business environment to the benefit of all stakeholders.

Deputy Director (Local Economic Development): Gaylè Daniels

The Cape Winelands District Municipality is actively working on its role as the strategic facilitator for economic development within the district. National and provincial departments are strengthening this role through collaborative and planning and project implementation assistance.

The key drivers of the strategy include:  

  • Institutional Development for Investor Readiness: Performed by the Local Economic Development (LED) Division of the Cape Winelands District Municipality in collaboration with Local Municipalities, DEDAT and WESGRO. 
  • Business Retention and Expansion: Performed by the LED Division of the CWDM in collaboration with Local Municipalities and Local Tourism Associations. 
  • Economic Infrastructure Development: Perform by the Engineering Department of the CWDM in collaboration with national and provincial departments 
  • Human Development: Performed by the Social Development Division of the CWDM in collaboration with provincial departments, NGO’s, CBOs learning institutions, sport federations, etc.
  • Environmentally Integrity: Performed by the Municipal Health Division of the CWDM in collaboration with NGOs, learning institutions, farmers, etc. 
  • Economic Development: Performed by all CWDM other departments in collaboration with Local Municipalities, Chambers of Commerce/Sakekamers, Local Tourism Associations, national (9e.g. DTI) and provincial departs (DEDAT); WESGRO; SALGA, learning institutions; etc.  and 
  • Quality of Life Improvement: All departments within the CWDM work towards improving service delivery to our communities.  

Programmes implemented in respect of the CW-RLEDS Action Plan include:  

  • CWDM Investment Attraction, Retention and Opportunities Programme (Business Retention Expansion Programme for Tourism Sector; Cape Winelands Tourism Niche Strategy; Trade Exhibition Programme; Investor facilitation; DEDAT/CWDM Municipal Red Tape Reduction Programme; Tourism Mobile App Project)  
  • Seed Funding Programmes for SMMEs and emerging and small farmers; 
  • CWDM Business Training and Mentorship Programme (The CWDM training and mentorship programme was developed to assist the SMMEs and small farmers that were receiving seed funding from the municipality through the provision of business training and one-on-one mentorship to these SMMEs and small farmers);  
  • CWDM Information and Knowledge Management Programme (Assisting in coordination of WESGRO Tourism Visitor Survey; Economic Intelligence reports generated from Global Insight Regional Explorer database); 
  • CWDM Tourism Marketing Programme (Tourism Exhibition Programme; Media/Tour Operator Educationals Programme; Tourism Events Programme; Mayoral Awards Programme; Tourism Month Programme);  and
  • CWDM Tourism Product Development Programme (Local Tourism Association Development Projects; Community Tourism Training Programme; Tourism Road Signage Programme).
 
Local government’s strength is its closeness to its communities. We want to use this strength to drive up service standards and foster a sense of community and civic pride. We have been working tirelessly in building these partnerships with communities, business, non-governmental organisations and other government bodies in the areas of rural and social development, sports, tourism, economic development, environment, safety, etc. 

Contact us for more information:

Gaylè Daniels
Senior Manager: LED

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