Dept. of Economic Development and Tourism 2020/21 Budget Adjustments (Vote 12)
I am pleased today to table the adjusted estimates of Vote 12: The Department of Economic Development and Tourism.
The Department of Economic Development and Tourism has played a critical role throughout the Covid-19 pandemic to support business, and back business, not just to open, but to open safely in the Western Cape.
From the start we have actively engaged with national government so that where sectors were able to open safely and responsibly, they were allowed to. Through our persistent efforts, we had considerable success with ecommerce, construction and the tourism sector.
The Department also played a critical role in enabling the opening of the George Airport which is a critical transport link for business travellers working in the Garden Route District, and a critical enabler for the oil and gas sector which is engaged in exploratory drilling off the coast of Mossel Bay.
And the Department also played a critical role, working closely with Transnet Port Terminals management and the Department of Health, to reduce the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the performance of the Port of Cape Town which is critical to the export / import industry in the Western Cape.