The area that the West Coast District Municipality (WCDM) serves stretches from the border of Cape Town Metropole to the border of the Northern Cape. The region covers a total area of 31 099 km². Statistics South Africa (2001) estimated the population of the entire West Coast region at 282 671.
The two roads, the R27 and the N7 from Cape Town, will take you through the golden wheat fields of the Swartland, the vineyards of the Olifants River, the picturesque coastal villages of Paternoster and St Helena Bay and the peaceful atmosphere of little towns like Darling, Piketberg, Goedverwacht and Porterville. Further north, across the Piekeniers Pass, the incredible mountains of the Cederberg, famous for its rock art and the Maskam, outside Van Rhynsdorp will serve you with peace of mind.
The purpose of WCDM and the five affiliates (local municipalities), is to share the responsibility for local government in their areas, and to ensure that all communities, particularly disadvantaged communities, have equal access to resources and services. WCDM assist local municipalities, who don’t have the capacity in finances, facilities, staff or knowledge to provide them with services to enhance their communities.
Key Functions of the WCDM
- develop the district as a whole;
- Municipal health services for the area;
- bulk supply of water; electricity; sewerage purification and disposal, as well as;
- fire-fighting services for the whole region;
- promoting local tourism in the district; and
- providing a good infrastructure.
Tourism in the West Coast strives to be : government led, public sector driven and community based. As the country emerges from the recession, tourism is well positioned to serve as a catalyst in the recovery process and will significantly contribute to the growth of the GDP of the West Coast and the creation of employment.
It has now been proven that, when implemented correctly, the return on investment from e-marketing can far exceed that of traditional marketing. Since the Internet is a force that cannot be ignored, our well designed tourism website can be visited at www.capewestcoast.org for detailed information on tourism products in the West Coast. Educationals for tourism officials and tour operators as well as a variety of exhibitions and tourism expos strengthen the branding of the West Coast as a preferred leisure and business destination.
Tourism has a direct contribution in terms of job creation through inclusive economic growth and contributes not only to the growth of the tourism sector it self, but also to other related sectors such as transport, agriculture, construction, arts and culture and sport. Since municipalities should give priority to supporting meaningful development initiatives that foster micro and small business opportunities and job creation (MFMA Circular 58), we concentrate on assisting tourism businesses to become mainstream businesses. Read more …