The Western Cape provincial government’s Economic War Room – established late last year to address issues stifling growth in the province – is focusing on red tape and safety issues as key priorities for 2020.
“The War Room will investigate ways to improve the criminal conviction rate in the province to act as a deterrent to crime,” said Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde, delivering his State of the Province (SOPA) address today (Thursday).
He noted that the war room had been established primarily to address red tape that impacted business and investment. The pilot phase, looking at five areas of the economy (including tourism), has already been established.
“The already successful Red Tape Reduction Unit will be dramatically scaled up in order to better assist businesses encountering red tape-related hurdles,” said Winde.
He added that the roll-out of the Western Cape Safety Plan included building working relationships with the City of Cape Town, the national government and the South African Police Service in order to build a united response to crime in the province.
"By working together, we have already recruited and deployed 500 additional Law Enforcement Officers in the City of Cape Town. This is the biggest single deployment of law enforcement officers and shows what can be achieved when different spheres of government work together," said City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Dan Plato, in response to the SOPA address.