Economic Development and Tourism Budget
The Department of Economic Development and Tourism gave a review of what they had achieved in the last financial year with hopes of making improvements this year.
107 businesses across the province were funded through the Economic Growth, Development Fund (EGDF), creating in excess of 350 jobs. Furthermore, 26 enterprises and co-operatives were supported with funding and business incentives in collaboration with institutions such as Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA), SEFA (Small Enterprise Finance Agency) and NEF (National Empowerment Fund).
The preferential procurement initiative forged a partnership with the Sol Plaatje University to create opportunities for smme’s. The unit is continuous working with state owned enterprises to make use of smme’s in terms of its procurement.
The Department is alsp rendering assistance to municipalities through their Local Economic Development (LED).
49 learners were trained in the areas of diamond beneficiation as well as diamond valuation in the 2018 academic year. Of the total learners, 30 were males and 19 females, achieved through the collaboration of other stakeholders.
The Kimberley International Diamond and Jewellery Academy (KIDJA) and Sol Plaatje University have commenced work on the development of an academic project between the Kimberley Diamond and Jewellery Incubator (KDJI) and Heibei Geo University (HGU) to develop a documentary booklet to introduce the history of the SA diamond industry, so as to reinforce the brand of Kimberley diamonds in the Chinese market.
23 Northern Cape companies were exposed to export markets through participation at the local and international exhibitions. In their efforts to grow the export base of the Province, the Department in collaboration with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and SEDA rolled out Export Awareness Seminars in Upington, Kimberley, De Aar, Kuruman and Springbok, of which 92 companies participated in .
The application for designation of the Upington Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is served before the Department of Trade and Industry Advisory Board Technical Committee, which is still awaiting a response while the Namaqua SEZ progress is being overseen by a technical committee.
The consumer protection unit saved consumers an estimated R1.9 million and has managed to reach 8 721 people.
The Northern Cape Liquor Board (NCLB) conducted an average of 1 500 compliance inspections and initiated 30 educational awareness programmes across the province.
The annual licensing process has been successfully executed with an average of R4 million per annum in license fees accrued to the fiscus.
The Department funded the water supply to Hakskeenpan in Mier and the upgrade of the Dawid Kruiper Local Municipality (DKLM) Waste Water Treatment Works towards the development of Hakskeenpan as an open-air mega event venue. Thus far, the Department has transferred R1,8 million to the municipality to date so that the implementation of the upgrades could be fast tracked. The municipality has already commenced with the tender process.
The Northern Cape Tourism Authority (NCTA) through their efforts to market and promote the province recorded an amount to the tune of R1.3billion to the tourism industry in the province, which is a positive development to the Provincial Gross Domestic Product.
During that period, a total of 1 664 temporary employment opportunities for unemployed youth was created. These opportunities emanated from creative arts, tour guides, the Women in Tourism event, routes products, accommodation and experiences on the various marketing platforms of the NCTA.
Furthermore, 162 temporary employment opportunities ranging from cleaning, security, and event coordination services were created amongst others at the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre.
The Department budget has been broken down as follows:
Administration – R7, 053 million
Integrated Economic Development Service – R96, 289 million
Trade and Sector Development – R50, 218 million
Business Regulation and Governance – R43, 270 million
Policy, Research and Innovation – R24, 050 million
Tourism – R74, 017 million