Cape Town - The economic war room Premier Alan Winde promised as the first pillar in his State of the Province Address (Sopa) last month, has begun operations looking at some of the issues holding back the province’s economic progress.
The war room, which is focused on jobs, is being funded by Harvard University and facilitation support from Wesgro. It is made up of five groups of between five and eight officials from across provincial and City of Cape Town departments. It reports to the premier and mayor Dan Plato, who jointly lead the war room, as well as to key provincial and city principals.
The project, which is still in its pilot stage, is specifically focusing on five areas.
According to Winde, these include “construction and the property industry which has been in crisis across the country, resulting in major job losses and manufacturing, with a focus on the informal sector”.
Winde said that the province was looking at ways to increase manufacturing which could contribute to investment and increased exports.