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Tourism and technology are boosting the Western Cape economy and Brexit offers new opportunities for exporters.

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he Western Cape straddles the west and south-eastern coastlines of South Africa. The province’s southernmost point is Agulhas, which is also the southern tip of Africa where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet. Trade with Europe (including Britain) has long

been the mainstay of the Western Cape’s export income. The top three destinations in 2013 (the Netherlands, the UK and Germany) combined to import R17.2-billion worth of Western Cape goods. The European Union (EU) signed an Economic Partnership Agreement with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in June 2016 that included some very good news for the Western Cape. For example, dairy products would attract no duty, a range of geographic indicators (including Karoo lamb and rooibos) were accepted,

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