The Department’s vision is a Western Cape that has a vibrant, innovative, and sustainable economy,
characterised by growth, employment and increasing equity, and built on the full potential of all.
To achieve the vision statement as noted above, the Department of Economic Development and Tourism
will provide qualitative leadership to the Western Cape economy through the Department’s understanding
of the economy, its ability to identify economic opportunities and potential, and its contribution to
government economic priorities.
The Department will also act as a catalyst for the transformation of the economy and respond to the
challenges and opportunities of its economic citizens, in order to support the government’s goal of creation
of opportunities for businesses and citizens to grow the economy and employment.
Lastly, it will contribute to the provision of a predictable, competitive, equitable and responsible
environment for investment, enterprise and trade.
With the adoption of Strategic Goal 1: Create opportunities for growth and jobs and its subsequent
Strategic directive, the primary focus for Vote 12: Economic Development and Tourism is squarely placed on
delivering effectively on the provision of an enabling business environment which will allow for the private
sector to grow the economy and create jobs.
Furthermore, there is a national drive and commitment to create jobs. This is demonstrated by the numerous
incentives associated with National Government’s approach to economic stimulation policies, where the
emphasis has been placed on the creation of “real work opportunities”.
In this context, this Department, has emphasised a strategic approach that will be grounded in the need to:
Create opportunities for growth;
Increase work opportunities for all citizens;
Creating an enabling environment for business and citizenry growth and development; and
Creating a competitive and productive economic Province.
The Estimates of Provincial Revenue and Expenditure (EPRE) sets out the detailed spending plans of each government department for the coming year.
National Treasury, departments and commitees are busy with different things depending on the time of year: