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Municipal Economic Support eases building plan approvals for local businesses realise savings through reduced red tape costs as a result of reduction in timeframes of approvals, and the easing of unnecessary complexity in finalising building plan applications. More importantly, the portal will allow applicants to track their applications and establish where it is in the approval process at any given time. This portal has reduced the approval time for plans from 32 days to 15 days. The Department of Economic Development and Tourism has also rolled the portal out to municipalities along the West Coast including Matzikama, Saldanha Bay, Bergriver and Cedarberg. Lauren Waring, The Executive Director: Planning and Development at Drakenstein Municipality, indicated that the partnership with the Department of Economic Development and Tourism was a valuable one, and that the new system significantly boosted staff morale. “It was also interesting seeing the rise in the number of compliments by satisfied applicants that the unit started receiving,� said Lauren.

The Municipal Economic Support Unit, in partnership with the Drakenstein Municipality, implemented the Collaborator Extension Project which involved the design and development of a Building Control Portal that allows clients to submit building plan applications online. This, along with technical process enhancements to current municipal electronic systems, aims to efficiently support the building control function and streamline processes and approvals. A benefit of the project is that local businesses

Managing abattoir waste Abattoir waste has been identified through numerous reports and studies as being the most problematic foodwaste type to manage in the Western Cape due to its hazardous nature and its potential impacts on the environment and human health. The Guideline on the Management of Abattoir Waste in the Western Cape was developed as one of the recommendations stemming from the Status Quo study of Abattoir Waste conducted in 2015. The guideline provides various role-players in the abattoir sector with the necessary advice to ensure compliance with the legislation while also

providing the various options available for management that ensures the protection of the environment and human health. The guideline also explores the possibility of regional cooperation among ro l e - p l aye r s a s a n option in resolving some of the challenges experienced in the sector. The mini-guide is a collaboration between the Red Tape Reduction Unit and the Waste Management Directorate of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning.

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