Western Cape

Basic Indicators

Capital: 
Cape Town
Population (2007): 
5 303 475Inhabitants
Official Languages: 
Afrikaans: 55,3%
isiXhosa: 23,7%
English: 19,3%
Area Total: 
129 370.00 km²
Percentage of total South African area: 
10,6
Gross Domestic Product per Region (GDPR) in 2004: 
199 412 million
Percentage of total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2004: 
14,4
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Economy in the province

The Western Cape's economy is growing at an average of 5% a year. By mid-2007, it was growing at 5,7%. Some 99 900 jobs had been created since 2004. The construction sector showed an average growth rate of 8% a year since 2004, resulting in full employment in the industry. Many of South Africa's major insurance companies and banks are based in the Western Cape. The majority of the country's petroleum companies and the largest segment of the printing and publishing industry are located in Cape Town. Information and communications technology (ICT) is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the province, and operations are being expanded to other countries. After Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, the Western Cape's manufacturing sector is the third-largest contributor to the national manufacturing sector. The clothing and textile industry remains the most significant industrial source of employment in the province. Cape Town remains the economic hub of the province, encompassing industrial areas such as Epping, Montagu Gardens, Parow and Retreat. Along the west coast, the Saldanha Steel Project has led to increased economic activity.

  • The Cape Metro accounts for 75% of GDP. It has 80% of the Province’s Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Business Services sector; 79% of our Transport, Storage and Communication sector; 79% of our Electricity, Gas and Water sector, and 73% of our Community, Social and Personal Services sector.
  • The Cape Winelands generates the 2nd highest revenue in the province with 11.4% of total GDPR.  Agriculture is the biggest sector in this district (30% of GDP) and the province, while manufacturing accounts for 26.5% of the district’s GDP.
  • The Eden District contributes 8 % to GDPR, yet it contributes 15% to the Province’s construction sector production and 11% of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing sector production. The Eden and Overberg Districts are the fastest growing regions.
  • Together, the West Coast and Overberg account for 7.3% of the total GDPR with Agriculture and Manufacturing being the dominant sector in the West Coast, and Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing being important in both districts.
  • The Central Karoo, which is one of our most rural districts, accounts for 0.6 per cent of our economy.
  • Total GDP for the Western Cape is R381.5 billion. Highest exports are from the Manufacturing and the Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry sectors.
  • - See more at: http://www.acceleratecapetown.co.za/news/economic-performance-of-the-wes...
  • The Cape Metro accounts for 75% of GDP. It has 80% of the Province’s Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Business Services sector; 79% of our Transport, Storage and Communication sector; 79% of our Electricity, Gas and Water sector, and 73% of our Community, Social and Personal Services sector.
  • The Cape Winelands generates the 2nd highest revenue in the province with 11.4% of total GDPR.  Agriculture is the biggest sector in this district (30% of GDP) and the province, while manufacturing accounts for 26.5% of the district’s GDP.
  • The Eden District contributes 8 % to GDPR, yet it contributes 15% to the Province’s construction sector production and 11% of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing sector production. The Eden and Overberg Districts are the fastest growing regions.
  • Together, the West Coast and Overberg account for 7.3% of the total GDPR with Agriculture and Manufacturing being the dominant sector in the West Coast, and Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing being important in both districts.
  • The Central Karoo, which is one of our most rural districts, accounts for 0.6 per cent of our economy.
  • Total GDP for the Western Cape is R381.5 billion. Highest exports are from the Manufacturing and the Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry sectors.
  • - See more at: http://www.acceleratecapetown.co.za/news/economic-performance-of-the-wes...
  • The Cape Metro accounts for 75% of GDP. It has 80% of the Province’s Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Business Services sector; 79% of our Transport, Storage and Communication sector; 79% of our Electricity, Gas and Water sector, and 73% of our Community, Social and Personal Services sector.
  • The Cape Winelands generates the 2nd highest revenue in the province with 11.4% of total GDPR.  Agriculture is the biggest sector in this district (30% of GDP) and the province, while manufacturing accounts for 26.5% of the district’s GDP.
  • The Eden District contributes 8 % to GDPR, yet it contributes 15% to the Province’s construction sector production and 11% of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing sector production. The Eden and Overberg Districts are the fastest growing regions.
  • Together, the West Coast and Overberg account for 7.3% of the total GDPR with Agriculture and Manufacturing being the dominant sector in the West Coast, and Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing being important in both districts.
  • The Central Karoo, which is one of our most rural districts, accounts for 0.6 per cent of our economy.
  • Total GDP for the Western Cape is R381.5 billion. Highest exports are from the Manufacturing and the Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry sectors.
  • - See more at: http://www.acceleratecapetown.co.za/news/economic-performance-of-the-wes...
  • The Cape Metro accounts for 75% of GDP. It has 80% of the Province’s Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Business Services sector; 79% of our Transport, Storage and Communication sector; 79% of our Electricity, Gas and Water sector, and 73% of our Community, Social and Personal Services sector.
  • The Cape Winelands generates the 2nd highest revenue in the province with 11.4% of total GDPR.  Agriculture is the biggest sector in this district (30% of GDP) and the province, while manufacturing accounts for 26.5% of the district’s GDP.
  • The Eden District contributes 8 % to GDPR, yet it contributes 15% to the Province’s construction sector production and 11% of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing sector production. The Eden and Overberg Districts are the fastest growing regions.
  • Together, the West Coast and Overberg account for 7.3% of the total GDPR with Agriculture and Manufacturing being the dominant sector in the West Coast, and Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing being important in both districts.
  • The Central Karoo, which is one of our most rural districts, accounts for 0.6 per cent of our economy.
  • Total GDP for the Western Cape is R381.5 billion. Highest exports are from the Manufacturing and the Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry sectors.
  • - See more at: http://www.acceleratecapetown.co.za/news/economic-performance-of-the-wes...
  • The Cape Metro accounts for 75% of GDP. It has 80% of the Province’s Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Business Services sector; 79% of our Transport, Storage and Communication sector; 79% of our Electricity, Gas and Water sector, and 73% of our Community, Social and Personal Services sector.
  • The Cape Winelands generates the 2nd highest revenue in the province with 11.4% of total GDPR.  Agriculture is the biggest sector in this district (30% of GDP) and the province, while manufacturing accounts for 26.5% of the district’s GDP.
  • The Eden District contributes 8 % to GDPR, yet it contributes 15% to the Province’s construction sector production and 11% of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing sector production. The Eden and Overberg Districts are the fastest growing regions.
  • Together, the West Coast and Overberg account for 7.3% of the total GDPR with Agriculture and Manufacturing being the dominant sector in the West Coast, and Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing being important in both districts.
  • The Central Karoo, which is one of our most rural districts, accounts for 0.6 per cent of our economy.

-Municipal Economic Review Outlook 2013

 

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Prince Albert Municipality Integrated Development Plan (IDP) 2011/2012
Author(s): Prince Albert Municipality
Year: 2011
Format: Guidelines
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A Strategy to Address the Needs of Farm Workers in the Elgin-Grabouw Area: Discussion Document –AgriI-Villages
Year: 2007
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Bringing local entrepreneurs into the supply chain: the experience of Spier
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Bergrivier LM: IDP 2011/2012
Author(s): Bergrivier LM
Year: 2011
Format: Policy
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Bergrivier LM: Local Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plan
Author(s): Bergrivier LM
Year: 2011
Format: Policy
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Average: 2.3 (6 votes)
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Cape Agulhas LM: Agricultural Development Initiatives in the Municipality
Author(s): Cape Agulhas LM
Year: 2010
Format: Overview
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Average: 3 (4 votes)
1,338

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