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are also attracted by good governance and capable market institutions. The Cape Winelands District investment attraction, retention and opportunities plan has within it Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E), Investment Opportunities and creating competitiveness as key focus areas. The CWDM will continue to implement co-funded tourism projects with the private sector. The programme has already seen a number of successful projects: • The Franschhoek Hospitality and Learning Academy trains about 20 students a year in hospitality and students do in-service training at restaurants. • Dine with a Local project has been so successful that one of the hostesses is booked out a year in advance. • The DansCape ballet dancing in Zolani has produced talents that are currently dancing all over the world. • Past projects include the development of an online Wine Tourism Industry Toolkit which is a comprehensive online resource for the wine industry. • Tourism mobile apps for the district’s 14 towns have also been developed.

Environmental protection that promotes sustainable development and economic growth The key driver is to uplift rural places, the rural economy and people. The District will facilitate

Early Child Development centre staff members with their First Aid certificates. Training was sponsored by the CWDM. continued support for projects and programmes that improve competitiveness, encourage diversification of the rural economy and that improve community resilience, improve the quality of life in rural areas and that protect and enhance the natural environment.

Culture, diversity and vibrant places The Cape Winelands District Municipality is the Regional Tourism Organisation (RTO) for the Cape Winelands Tourism Region. The CWDM provides regional leadership and coordination and works with industry partners, such as the Local Tourism Associations, to grow tourism through activities such as strategic planning, research, product development, training and marketing. It is the people of the Cape Winelands, their stories, their books, their poems, their paintings, their theatre performances, their vision for their tourism businesses, their story-telling, their music and songs, their culinary creations, their wine-making talents, their arts and crafts and their business innovation talents alike, that the District wants to share with visitors. The tourism industry has an important role to play in attaining the region’s goals for growth and job creation.

The way forward The Socio-Economic Development Strategy provides strategies that will help the District Municipality in collaboration with its partners and communities to build on our socio-economic development efforts. It is only through collaboration and a shared commitment between all stakeholders, that the Cape Winelands Regional SocioEconomic Development Strategy can be successfully implemented. The Cape Winelands Socio-Economic Development Strategy builds on previous programmes and identifies new ways in which the District Municipality can grow the economy and facilitate the creation of new jobs. The strategy will continue to evolve over time so that the District Municipality and its partners can seize new opportunities and respond to emerging challenges.

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