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INTERVIEW

Cape Winelands District Municipality Executive Mayor Alderman (Dr) Helena von Schlicht outlines some of the unique advantages that make the Cape Winelands District such an attractive destination for tourists and for business investment.

Dr Helena von Schlicht

What is the CWDM focus as a District Municipality?

The goal of the Municipality is to deliver on the mandated functions as specified in the Municipal Systems Act. However, in order to achieve our vision of a unified district of excellence for sustainable development, the council’s focus remains firmly in identifying and growing opportunities for social and economic development. The Cape Winelands District Municipality (CWDM) fulfills its mandate in a way that enables our citizens and visitors to travel and eat safely and to enjoy the biodiversity of the area. We are a highly functional municipality, this is confirmed by the number of awards we have won. These include four consecutive clean audits, national accolades for our Municipal Health Services Division for their role in the prevention of listeriosis in the district as well as Fire Services for protection of property during the last fire season.

BIOGRAPHY Dr Helena von Schlicht honed her skills during a 24-year career in higher education. After earning her doctorate, she worked as Head of Department, Social Work, at the Huguenot College in Wellington. In this capacity, she was involved in the writing and implementation of policies. She transferred to the political arena in 2009 and became a member of the Mayoral Committee in 2011. She has been Executive Mayor since the election of September 2016. WESTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2019

How does the organisation address local economic and social development?

The planning and funding of our projects is determined by our Integrated Development Plan (IDP). This plan is compiled after consulting with communities and service organisations. We will not develop economically if we do not have an efficient, healthy and resilient community. Our selffunded programmes include projects that support Early Childhood Development, skills development and sport. Sport development is a large function of the unit. The Municipality hosts a variety of sports events, soccer, rugby sevens, dominoes and tug-of-war and even indigenous games. Other programmes include seed funding for young entrepreneurs and activities for disabled persons. Economic development depends on the social health of our citizens, to ensure success we need to address both issues at the same time. We want to empower people and enable them to enter the economy, create jobs, support their families and contribute to the overall prosperity of society. When someone has a strong and healthy sense of social cohesion, it’s easier for them to participate in the economy.

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Western Cape Business 2019  

A unique guide to business, investment and tourism in the Western Cape. The 2019 edition of Western Cape Business is the 12th issue of this...

Western Cape Business 2019  

A unique guide to business, investment and tourism in the Western Cape. The 2019 edition of Western Cape Business is the 12th issue of this...

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