Words: Alan Winde Images: Heather Moore
On 22 October, I delivered a speech to the Western Cape Provincial Parliament that detailed the recovery plan for the province. That plan rests on three pillars; namely jobs, safety and dignity and wellbeing.
All three of these pillars are interconnected: increased unemployment levels can lead to
higher crime rates. Similarly, those who have jobs also have the dignity that comes with being able to provide for themselves and their families. Those who have experienced crime will know the impact that not feeling safe can have on their dignity.
The tourism sector is an important partner for us in helping to achieve these goals. Over the years the Western Cape Government has worked hard to create an enabling environment for job creation. A large part of our focus has been on growing and supporting our tourism
and hospitality sectors, because of their potential for job creation, especially in the more rural parts of our province.