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Between 2001 and 2010, the real economy of the Western Cape expanded by close to 45%, while the regional workforce grew by only around 16%. There are approximately 560 000 people in the province (according to the latest Census, 29.3% of its population) without work - two-thirds of whom are young people.

It is against this background that the Western Cape’s Economic Development Partnership (EDP) was launched in April 2012, with a mandate to build effective partnerships for inclusive, resilient and competitive growth. An independent, non-partisan organisation to be held accountable by its members, the EDP has over 130 member organisations from across the full spectrum of economic involvement and development in the region. These include public entities; business, industry and professional organisations; knowledge, research and policy institutions; civil society; those involved as economic development promotion and intermediary support organisations; and trade unions. Membership is open to all formally registered associations and organisations actively participating in the Western Cape economic development and delivery system.

The EDP’s work currently runs across four areas of operation

  • OneCape 2040 is an economic vision and strategy process for the Western Cape that originated from the merger of the Future Cape economic process driven by the Western Cape Government and the City of Cape Town’s own draft City Development Strategy. This was done to ensure an integrated approach to economic development and job creation that seeks to set a common direction to guide planning and action, and to promote a common commitment and accountability to sustained long-term progress. As such, OneCape 2040 is a plan that recommends a range of actions for all stakeholders, including all three spheres of government, the private sector, knowledge institutions and civil society.
  • Paths to Employment is an initiative that aims not only to get people working in the short term but to identify and development the skills needed for the future economic landscape – as envisaged by the OneCape 2040 vision. To this end, the EDP is rolling out roundtable discussions to identify stakeholders and from there coordinate and facilitate their engagement. With its mission to turn vision to action, the EDP is also actively pursuing funding for a project that will see 10 000 work opportunities over three years provided as support services to 414 of the poorest schools in the Western Cape.
  • The Economic Data Synergy Project is aimed to bring together all stakeholders involved in the production, analysis and application of economic data within the region into an Economic Data Network. This would include the data and intelligence processes that are housed within various government departments at local, provincial and national level, as well as within economic agencies and the private sector. The aim of the Network will be to share information on and, where possible, to integrate and align different data processes with the aim of supporting better economic policy and planning.
  • Provincial Competitiveness Index (PCI) looks to develop a set of factors and criteria that can be used to measure the competiveness of Western Cape enterprises and the region, in order to systematically take steps to improve the business and investment climate.  The PCI will be used to annually assess the performance of the regional economy, and, where necessary, to recommend changes as to how the economic delivery system is organised. Currently in development via a number of workshops conducted by a PCI Steering Committee, the draft PCI revolves around four competitiveness factors (the regulatory environment, role of government, resources and infrastructure, and sustainability) with 20 sub-factors.
  • Regional Innovation Strategy in which discussions are currently underway between the EDP, DEDAT and the Technology Agency (TIA) on the best way to drive a regional innovation strategy based on the triple helix model.
  • Leadership and Partnership Programme looks to build collaborative leadership at all levels of society in order to shift towards a more inclusive and resilient economy that will require identification of new priorities, trade-offs and far-sighted decision-making. A process of leadership development has therefore been built into all activities and forums of the EDP, based on the eight capabilities of collaborative leadership: understand and communicate the big picture; create a compelling vision that motivates participation and commitment; work in partnership with diverse organisations; foster sense of joint ownership and collective responsibility; seek win-win solutions; encourage input and participation; translate divergent perspectives; and embrace diversity.
  • Economies of Regions Learning Network (ERLN) is a think tank of national government departments, metropolitan governments and economic agencies all involved in either the setting or implementation of the economic development agenda in South Africa’s major economic regions of Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. The ERLN is coordinated by the Technical Assistance Unit (TAU) of the National Treasury which has been closely involved with the establishment of the EDP through its work with the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism. Meetings, which are rotated around the country, are held quarterly.

The members of the EDP Board are: Barbara Hogan (Chairperson, former Minister of Public Enterprises and Minister of Health); Ashoek Adhikari (General Counsel of Regulatory and Corporate Affairs, Media 24), Blum Khan (CEO, Metropolitan Health), Carli Bunding-Venter  (Economic Development Manager, George Municipality), Dhiresh Ramklass (Capital Projects Advisor, National Treasury), Jenny Cargill (an investment expert and special advisor on the Green Economy to the Department of the Premier of the Western Cape),  Professor Julian May (Director, Institute for Social Development, University of the Western Cape), Kashif Wicomb (Psiclone Renewable Energy Solutions), Pieter Lodder (General Manager, Klein Karoo Agribusiness Centre), Vuyiseka Dubula (Secretary General, Treatment Action Campaign) and Xoliswa Daku (CEO of property investment, development and management company DCI Holdings.)


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8001 Cape Town , Western Cape
South Africa
Phone: +27 21 419 1881
33° 55' 28.0956" S, 18° 24' 52.4412" E
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