OVERVIEW also invested heavily in its prepared meals plant in Cape Town. SABMiller’s Newlands brewery is one of the busiest in the country as it is responsible for providing product for a very large geographical area. Coca-Cola bottler and distributor Peninsula Beverage has three plants, at Parow, Athlone and Vredendal on the West Coast, and employs 1 300 people. Bashew’s cooldrinks has been a Cape Town favourite since 1899 and the company’s returnable bottle celebrated a 40th anniversary in 2010. Quality Beverages is a much more recent entrant to the market but its two main products, Jive and Aqua Blue, are doing well. The Ceres Beverage Company (TCBC) has three major divisions producing fruit juices, concentrate and carbonated soft drinks. Twizza has a factory in Bellville South.
Boat building The Western Cape boat-building sector is concentrated in greater Cape Town. Several companies are internationally competitive in the catamaran and yacht markets and there is a good spread of firms making large custom boats, inflatable boats and commercial craft. Associated sectors include sail-making, engines, repairs and masts. Key export markets include the USA, Europe and the Caribbean with increased interest being shown from Asia and Australia. Nautic Africa makes larger vessels, including patrol, defense, oil
and gas platform, and commercial vessels. It is also active in service and support, parts and spares and vessel leasing and management. Robertson & Caine’s manufacturing facility in Woodstock produces three boats a week for the international market. With a staff complement of 1 350, a record of having launched more than 1 300 vessels and a subsidiary company in Tampa, Florida, the company is a world leader in power catamarans and sailing catamrans. Atlantis is home to Admiral Boat Manufacturers and Phoenix Marine, both specialist catamaran manufacturers, and Celtic Yachts who make catamarans and cruising yachts. Ullman Sails makes sails in Maitland while Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing constructs its catamarans on the Foreshore. The Whisper Boat Building Academy is located at the False Bay TVET College.
ONLINE RESOURCES Cape Town Boatbuilding and Technology Initiative (CTBi): www.ctbi.co.za Cape Chamber of Commerce: www.capetownchamber.com National Agricultural Marketing Council: www.namc.co.za National Department of Trade and Industry: www.thedti.gov.za South African Boatbuilders Export Council (SABBEX): www.sabbex.co.za South African Textile Federation: www.texfed.co.za Wesgro: www.wesgro.co.za
WESTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2017