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INTERVIEW and property are protected from fires. Approximately 1 500 field fires are extinguished per fire season, and by means of the Disaster Management Division, the municipality ensures that care is taken of people who are displaced by disasters.

Tell us about the Annual Mayoral Tourism Awards. We recognise the value of a robust tourism industry and its role in economic and skills development. Finalists and winners in this year’s competition included Fynbos Farm outside Tulbagh, who entered in the Sustainable Development Category. They offer camping and self-catering chalets. The runner-up in this category was the off-the-grid African Game Lodge, 30km from Montagu. The winners in the Service Excellence Category were as follows: • The Light House Boutique Hotel (Luxury hotels) • Big Sky Cottages in Wolseley (Self-catering) • Avalon Springs in Montagu (Family Accommodation) • Montagu/Ashton Local Tourism Association (LTA). In the Entrepreneurship category, Flying Feet of Montagu (walking and bicycle tours) was runner-up and the winner was Tuk Tuk Franschhoek, who offer tours, pick-ups and drop-offs at wine cellars as well as special events. The two top Wine Destinations were Val du Charon (pictured) in Wellington for their wonderful ambience and wide choice of activities, followed by Bluvines in Montagu, who offer the visitor a New York experience with a local feel and staff who often, quite spontaneously, perform song and dance to the delight of all. Tell us about the new app. Visitors can download a complete guide to the Cape Winelands in the form of a free application for their Android or Apple mobile. The app was launched in September 2019 after an extensive research and development phase. How important are functions such as firefighting, environmental health and the roads agency? The Technical Services Division is responsible for the maintenance of approximately 3 700km of rural and gravel roads, while: Fire Services, in partnership with Cape Nature and the Fire Protection Association, ensures that fauna, flora, human and animal life 87

What makes the CWDM so special? The Cape Winelands are not only known for the best noble wines in the country but also have the following strengths and benefits that enable growth and expansion of the district’s economy: • The district benefits from a developed road and rail network that provides local businesses with easy access. • Easy access to Cape Town International Airport and the Port of Cape Town. • A diverse choice of urban and rural sites. • Educational institutions and centres for research excellence such as the University of Stellenbosch and the Agricultural Research Council. • Nationally and internationally renowned special educational institutions. • The quality of life. The Cape Winelands is one of the most-visited regions for the domestic and international tourist. There is something for everyone here in the beautiful Cape Winelands. There are a thousand things to do... and then some wine! ■ WESTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2020

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Western Cape Business 2020  

A unique guide to business, investment and tourism in the Western Cape. The 2020 edition of Western Cape Business is the 13th issue of this...

Western Cape Business 2020  

A unique guide to business, investment and tourism in the Western Cape. The 2020 edition of Western Cape Business is the 13th issue of this...

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