Western Cape Government of South Africa
Address: 142 Long Street, Cape Town
Tel: 0860 142 142
Company descriptionThe Western Cape Government works in co-operation with national government to create laws for and provide services to the people of the Western Cape.
The Western Cape Government (WCG) consists of 13 departments, namely:
Department of Agriculture
Department of Community Safety
Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport
Department of Economic Development and Tourism
Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning
Department of Health
Department of Human Settlements
Department of Local Government
Department of Social Development
Department of Transport and Public Works
Department of the Premier
Western Cape Education Department
Working with a budget of R33.2 billion (in 2010), these departments are responsible for implementing laws and providing services to the people of the Western Cape.
The Western Cape is situated on the south western tip of the African continent and is one of the nine provinces of South Africa. This province is also home to South Africa's oldest city, Cape Town.
The Western Cape's natural beauty, complemented by its hospitality, cultural diversity, excellent wine and colourful cuisine, makes the province one of the world's greatest tourist attractions.
More than 5.4 million people live in the Western Cape on 129 370 km² of land (PGWC: Provincial Treasury - Provincial Economic Review & Outlook - PERO 2011). Afrikaans is spoken by the majority, with isiXhosa and English being the other main languages.
The province has the lowest unemployment rate in the country, namely 22.2% (PERO 2011), compared with the national average of 23.2%. Information and communications technology (ICT) is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the province, and operations are being expanded to other provinces. The clothing and textile industry remains the most significant industrial source of employment in the province.
Products and servicesMANDATES (Objectives)
1. Increase economic empowerment for all the people of the Western Cape.
2. Reduce poverty through promoting opportunities for all.
3. Promote rural development.
4. Efficient and effective infrastructure.
5. Sustainable human settlements.
6. Improve individual and household capacity to respond to opportunity.
7. Improve efficiency and effectiveness in health, education, well-being and safety.
8. Sustainable resource use through greater spatial integration.
9. Effective public and non-motorised transport.
10. Responsive and effective governance.