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OVERVIEW catamarans in the world, after France. The city’s companies export 80% of the products that they produce and attract a positive trade balance of approximately $73-million annually. Boatbuilding exports have grown by 20.5% annually year-on-year since 2014 in Cape Town (Quantec, 2019). The Whisper Boat Building Academy is located at the False Bay TVET College.

Green growth A diverse manufacturing sector contributes 15% to the Western Cape’s GDP. The agri-processing sector (including food and beverages and tobacco) is the largest employer (24%) followed by metals, metal products, machinery and equipment at 19%. A proposed Cape Health Technology Park will further boost the manufacture of medical devices. The Atlantis Special Economic Zone, which is specialising in green tech, has already attracted nearly R700-million in private sector investment. Goals for the green sector include the creation of 1 200 direct jobs in a 20-year period. A Moody’s report on the green economy in Africa states that South Africa has the fastestgrowing green sector in Africa, and one of the fastest-growing in the world. About 70% of South Africa’s manufacturing in renewables is happening in the Western Cape. The decision by Britain to leave the European Union has

led to increased interest in bilateral trading relations with individual European countries. France has established a tech hub in Cape Town and Business France has been facilitating a number of conferences and visits. More than 300 French firms currently operate in South Africa.

Food and beverages The combination of excellent and plentiful agricultural produce, good manufacturing capacity and a skilled workforce give the Western Cape a competitive advantage in the food and beverages sector. A sophisticated transport infrastructure system allows it to service international markets. Famous Brands has bought a famous Western Cape brand in its drive for greater backward integration. Lamberts Bay Foods supplied Famous Brands restaurants with chips for two decades. With its purchase from Oceana, Famous Brands now has greater control over a menu item at all of its 26 restaurant brands, including Wimpy, Fishaways and Mugg & Bean. Lamberts Bay Foods sources potatoes from all over South Africa, but its proximity to the potato-growing Sandveld region is helpful. The wheat-growing areas of the Swartland host several mills such as Sasko’s facility in Malmesbury. Bokomo has several manufacturing facilities in Atlantis, Epping, Ndabeni near Pinelands, Worcester and Bonnievale. Safari Vinegar is based in the Strand and there are two Heinz manufacturing plants at Wellington and Atlantis. Two of the biggest chicken processing facilities are located on the N7 highway (Tydstroom) and on the N1 (Rainbow Chickens). The Western Cape has about 16 000 commercial pork sows and produces a quarter of South Africa’s milk. Willards has a factory in Goodwood, in nearby Parow there is a Simba factory and local chip and snack manufacturer Messaris, which has been in operation since 1898, has a facility in Elsies River. Nestlé produces condensed milk and milk powder in Mossel Bay and canned pet food in Cape Town. Tiger Brands makes mayonnaise in Bellville and has 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. ■

Online Resources Cape Chamber of Commerce: www.capetownchamber.com Invest Cape Town: www.investcapetown.com Wesgro: www.wesgro.co.za Whisper Boat Building Academy: www.falsebaycollege.co.za



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