The Western Cape is a region of majestic mountains, long beaches, colourful patchworks of farmland set in lovely valleys and the wide-open landscape of the semi-desert Karoo. The splendid scenic beauty, cultural diversity, famous hospitality, excellent wine and rich cuisine make the Western Cape one of the world’s greatest tourist attractions.
The Western Cape, with a total area of 129 462 square kilometres, is South Africa’s fourth-largest province and takes up 10.6% of the country’s land area. It is slightly smaller than the Free State and has a population of 5.8-million people.
Travelling to and from the Province is easy and convenient with international airports located in Cape Town and George, and the ports of Mossel Bay, Cape Town and Saldanha.
The Western Cape boast two Unesco World Heritage Sites – the Cape Floral Kingdom - characterised by an abundance of fynbos and protea and Robben Island - for centuries a prison for outcasts and revolutionists and now an essential stop for visitors to the Province because of the late President Nelson Mandela’s incarceration on the island for a large part of his 27 years in prison.
Cape Town, perched between the ocean and the majestic Table mountain, is a wild and wonderful place to visit. Also known as the “Mother city”, Cape Town with its many attractions, etc. surfing, diving, mountain climbing, excellent wine, vibrant nightlife and endless shopping, is a melting pot alive with colour, sounds, tastes and creativity. It is also the economic hub of the province, and include Industrial areas such as Parow, Epping, Retreat and Montagu Gardens. Thousands of tourists annually flock to Cape Point – the visit the place where the Atlantic and Indian ocean meet.
Other important towns in the Western Cape include: Saldanha, located north of Cape Town – a notable harbour for iron exports and the fishing industry. Located in the heart of the Winelands are Worcester and Stellenbosch. Oudtshoorn is known for the world-famous Congo Caves and its ostrich products while George is known for vegetable production and indigenous timber.
A fairyland of ancient tree giants, abundant birdlife and ferns characterise the area around Tsitsikamma and Knysna, home to the country’s largest indigenous forests and prime source of sought-after furniture manufactured from indigenous stinkwood, yellowwood and white pear trees.
Sectors such as Real Estate, Retail and Tourism, Finance and ICT are the main contributors to the economy of the Western Cape, who contribute more or less 14% to the country’s GDP on the whole.
Major South African Insurance Companies and Banks are based in the Western Cape. Cape Town is also home to a large segment of the Printing and Publishing Industry and Petroleum Companies in South Africa.
The manufacturing sector in the Western Cape is the third-largest contributor to the National manufacturing sector, after KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng. The most significant industrial source of employment in the Province remains the clothing and textile industry.
Agriculture in the Region include: The production of a variety of vegetables in the Eastern part of the Province; Cultivation of export-grade fruit such as table grapes, olives, apples, oranges and peaches and wheat-growing in the Swartland and Overberg districts that makes a very large contribution to South Africa’s breadbasket;
The economy of the Region is further stimulated by the production of pedigree Merino breeding stock, wool and mutton in the inland Karoo region and the Overberg district around Bredasdorp.
Other animal products include eggs, broiler chickens, dairy products, pork and beef. The outlet for the export of horses in the Western Cape, is the only of its kind in the country and earn millions in foreign revenue annually.
The export market of the Western Cape extends to the export of ostrich meat to Europe. The abattoirs turn out R1-billion in export products every year. Ostrich feathers and fine leatherware are also exported to various destinations all over the world.
Fishing is the most important industry on the West Coast. From the 200km Commercial fishing zone delicacies such as Calamari, Snoek, Octopus, Cape Lobster, Mussels and Oysters are produced.
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We publish newspapers in all the major areas of the Western Cape and advertisers are welcome to advertise in our local community newspapers to reach their target markets in these vibrant economic areas, etc. “George Herald” in George, “Oudtshoorn Courant” in Oudtshoorn, “Mossel Bay Advertiser” in Mossel Bay, or any of our other newspapers distributed in this region.
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