Cape Winelands shows best growth potential

The Cape Winelands has been cited as the Western Cape municipality with the greatest growth potential. Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency (ANA)

The Cape Winelands has been cited as the Western Cape municipality with the greatest growth potential. Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency (ANA)

Published May 25, 2022

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Cape Town - The Cape Winelands has been cited as the Western Cape municipality with the greatest growth potential because of declining trends observed in the Garden Route, particularly in Bitou and Knysna municipalities.

This was according to Dylan Johnstone from the Intelligence Management and Research Unit at the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning.

Johnstone presented research on the Growth Potential Study (GPS) for the various Western Cape municipalities for 2018 at a standing committee meeting on Tuesday.

“The findings and evidence of the study shows which settlements and municipalities in the Western Cape have the highest growth potential and socio economic need. The study determines which areas are most likely to transform investment in the form of projects and programmes to economic growth based on a set of criteria,” Johnstone said.

The GPS18 criteria includes contribution of a project to overall economic development and growth such as job creation.

The GPS18 shows that the region with the greatest growth potential was now the Cape Winelands because of declining trends observed in the Garden Route, particularly in Bitou and Knysna municipalities. The Central Karoo continued to show growth potential constraints and challenges, although few improvements are observed, particularly in the Laingsburg Municipality.

A corridor of increased growth potential was observed in the West Coast, Overberg, and Cape Winelands regions. The Cape Winelands have particularly recorded substantial increases, and Stellenbosch and Drakenstein now the municipalities with highest growth potential in the province.

Witzenberg Municipality showed the greatest growth potential forecast improvement in the province.

Johnstone said the Overberg was showing steady increases and a keen eye will be kept on future observations in this region. Saldanha Bay Municipality is illustrating declining trends and will be closely observed in future as investment is focused in the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone.

For GPS18, Cederberg, Kannaland and Theewaterskloof municipalities are recorded as having the greatest socio-deficit.

“The City of Cape Town is not included in the study because this is a comparative study between municipalities and the CoCT is a metro that would cause the results to be skewed,” said Johnstone.

Legislature Deputy Speaker Beverley Schafer said: “I think what would be very important is that because things have changed so dramatically and our middle class economy has been devastated and decimated across South Africa and across the world, in general a post pandemic study would really need to be done as soon as possible. The 2018 scenario I don’t believe is as realistic now as it was then,” she said.

Cape Times

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