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Premier Alan Winde on Coronavirus COVID-19 cases for 18 Nov

18 Nov 2020

As of 1pm on 18 November, the Western Cape has 4514 active Covid-19 infections with a total of 121 638 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 112 638 recoveries.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

121 638

Total recoveries

112 638

Total deaths

4486

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

4514

Tests conducted

726 020

Hospitalisations

752  of which 145 are in ICU or high care

Cape Metro Sub-districts:

Sub-district

Cases

 

Recoveries

Western

11 338

10 520

 

Southern

10 947

10165

 

Northern

7446

7016

 

Tygerberg

13942

13152

 

Eastern

11 671

10 879

 

Klipfontein

9863

9129

 

Mitchells Plain

9391

8839

 

Khayelitsha

8670

8146

 

Total

83 268

77 846

 

Sub-districts:

 District

 Sub-district

Cases

Recoveries

Garden Route

Bitou

926

709

Garden Route

Knysna

1941

1620

Garden Route

George

4742

3840

Garden Route

Hessequa

412

370

Garden Route

Kannaland

147

145

Garden Route

Mossel Bay

2825

2532

Garden Route

Oudsthoorn

1683

1511

Cape Winelands

Stellenbosch

2315

2161

Cape Winelands

Drakenstein

4667

4423

Cape Winelands

Breede Valley

3637

3452

Cape Winelands

Langeberg

1231

1158

Cape Winelands

Witzenberg

1719

1618

Overberg

Overstrand

1830

1724

Overberg

Cape Agulhas

361

335

Overberg

Swellendam

382

359

Overberg

Theewaterskloof

1286

1213

West Coast

Bergrivier

536

500

West Coast

Cederberg

187

176

West Coast 

Matzikama

796

709

West Coast

Saldanha Bay Municipality

1540

1464

West Coast

Swartland

1788

1671

Central Karoo

Beaufort West

881

811

Central Karoo

Laingsburg

144

135

Central Karoo

Prince Albert

37

35

Unallocated: 2357 (2021 recovered) 

Data note: It is not always possible to check and verify that the address data supplied for each new recorded case is correct, within the time frames required to provide regular and timely updates. This means that in some instances, cases could be allocated to the wrong sub-districts. We are working with the sub-districts to clean and verify the data and where errors are picked up locally, cases will be re-allocated to the correct areas.  

The Western Cape has recorded additional 12 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 4486 . We send our condolences to their loved ones at this time. 

Growing investment will create jobs in the Western Cape:

Earlier today, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, David Maynier and I had the opportunity to address the Cape Confidence virtual investment showcase, hosted by Wesgro. This investment showcase was held in alignment with the official President's Investment Summit. 

Attracting new investors into our region is key to creating new jobs

The province, together with the City of Cape Town and Wesgro have worked hard to make the Western Cape an attractive investment destination, and we continue to work hard to reduce red tape and improve ease of doing business. We have a strong skills base, excellent universities, good infrastructure and an excellent track record of good governance. The work done by Air Access to increase the number of direct international flights into Cape Town, makes us more accessible and creates a gateway into the rest of Africa.

The Western Cape is positioning itself to be a continental leader in the tech industry and a centre for innovation. Cape Town was recently ranked as the top tech eco system in the country in the StartupBlink ecosystem rankings, while the 2020 SA Venture Capital Survey indicates that 50% of the value of investments recorded in 2019, and 53% of all the deals recorded, took place in the Western Cape.

During the lockdown, Wesgro has been supporting two major investments in breaking new ground on data centres in the Western Cape- with an estimated CAPEX impact of over R10 billion over the next five years.

The Western Cape is also recognised as a global leader in green technology and the Atlantis SEZ provides excellent investment opportunities for businesses and manufacturers in this space. We have also committed to supporting municipalities in leveraging the recent directives from the National Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy that allows them to develop their own power generation projects and secure power from Independent Power Producers.  This government’s focus on the new, green economy perfectly positions us to take advantage of these developments and sets us on a path to improved energy security.

The agri-processing sector in the Western Cape was one of the few sectors to show growth during this year, and throughout the lockdown period. 

This looks set to continue- with Minister of Agriculture Ivan Meyer, announcing today that the province is on track for record winter grain and oil seed crops. Apart from a bumper harvest in 2016, this year's wheat crop is set to be the largest in more than two decades. Barley and canola harvests will exceed any other harvest in the past.

Our recovery plan has focused on jobs as one three pillars of our economy and these sectors have real potential for growth and job creation. We are therefore working hard to build consumer and investment confidence and to show the world that we are open.

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