Economic Development and Tourism

Western Cape Department Budget for 2017-18


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.

Main Services and Core functions

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.

Budgeted spending by sub-programme for each programme

Each chart shows the budgeted spending by each sub-programme of that programme.

Budgeted spending by Economic Classification for each programme

Each chart shows the budgeted spending by economic classification under that Programme.

Business Regulation and Governance
Economic Planning
Integrated Economic Development Services
Skills Development and Innovation
Tourism Arts and Entertainment
Trade and Sector Development

Budgeted spending by programme for Economic Classification items

Each chart shows the budgeted spending of each Programme under that Economic Classification.

Current payments - Compensation of employees
Current payments - Goods and services
Payments for capital assets - Machinery and equipment
Payments for capital assets - Software and other intangible assets
Transfers and subsidies - Departmental agencies and accounts
Transfers and subsidies - Households
Transfers and subsidies - Non-profit institutions
Transfers and subsidies - Public corporations and private enterprises
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