The town of Malmesbury (Source: Swartland Municipality, West Coast District)

New opportunities are emerging in specific sectors of the West Coast district.

  • N7 upgrade: With the N7 being upgraded, the time it takes to travel from Malmesbury to Cape Town for instance, is less than from Paarl, Somerset-West or Stellenbosch.
  • Proximity: Businesses can serve the Cape Town market while enjoying lower operating costs, an excellent work ethic, lower crime and reduced risk, with excellent local government support.
  • Property: Developers are providing new industrial, commercial and residential property.

wcdm-mapProtein, dairy and other food producers are moving closer to their markets to reduce transportation costs. They remain outside the metro boundaries, to gain cost advantages. Increasing numbers of logistics firms recognise the strategic location. Vehicle and equipment suppliers are growing in the services sector.

The number of mines are increasing in Matzikama and a breakthrough with abalone production holds huge promise for supplying a lucrative market. In Cederberg the dam wall is being raised, meaning the bottleneck to agricultural growth is reduced.

The Saldanha Industrial Development Zone, which is located at the deep-water port, includes a unique package of government incentives. The aquaculture sector near Saldana Bay is growing steadily with much more potential as markets are lucrative and the product competitive.

The complete region offers a large variety of world-class tourism attractions, leisure activities and events. A great place to live, work and play.


Each part of the West Coast District offers new unique opportunities in a variety of sectors:

Swartland Municipality

Swartland Municipality covers an area of 3 700 square kilometres, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the Berg River in the east. To the south it borders the City of Cape Town, to the east the Drakenstein Municipality, to the north the Bergrivier Municipality and to the north-east Saldanha Bay Municipality. In 2016 the estimated population was 133 000. Swartland has displayed resilient economic growth through some trying market conditions.

The main competitive advantages are strategic location, low costs, low risk, a municipality that values business and growing investor confidence.

Add to this the benefits of a sophisticated city that is still close enough to leverage when needed, while employees get to enjoy the best of both country life and the city. Both businesses and citizens increasingly view the Swartland as a good place to locate. Investment growth is expected from sectors such as protein, dairy, agro-processing, transport, logistics, retail, services and construction sectors.

Phase 1 of the Schoonspruit industrial development consisting of 13 erven has become available recently.

For more information, contact Swartland Municipality


Bergrivier Municipality

Situated north of Saldanha Bay, the Bergriver region is particularly suited to agriculture. Livestock, fruit, vegetables and flowers are farmed in the area and there are opportunities in kelp farming and processing. The large cement factory and smaller salt-reclamation works are indicators of business development opportunities related to mining.

There are opportunities in agro-processing and the development of an agricultural college in the area. Tourism is becoming one of the economic drivers in the area, especially eco-tourism.

For more information, contact Bergrivier Municipality


Cederberg Municipality

Blessed by nature, rich in heritage and warm-hearted people, this is a great place for tourism all year round. Cederberg boasts a beautiful and varying landscape that includes mountains, valleys and coastline with a multitude of attractions and activities.

The area is rich in flowers and fynbos, including Rooibos, which makes this the heart of the international Rooibos tea industry.

The Clanwilliam Dam wall is being raised, which will soon provide more water, which will boost agricultural output and downstream value-adding enterprises.

Investment opportunities relating to the Oceans Economy are encouraged, especially in the Lamberts Bay and Elands Bay areas.

For more information, contact Cederberg Municipality


Matzikama Municipality

Approximately 240 km north of Cape Town, the Matzikama region has abundant water and fertile soil and therefore a thriving vegetable, fruit and wine farming economy.

Investors visiting the region will find opportunities in aquaculture (especially abalone), fishing, mining, manufacturing, agriculture and property development.

For more information, contact Matzikama Municipality

The site of the previous crayfish processing plant in Doring Bay, now the productive Doring Bay Abalone farm.

Saldanha Bay Municipality

Saldanha Bay Municipality is approximately 140 km north of Cape Town and covers an area of 2 015 km² and has 238 km of coastline.

The Saldanha Bay Municipal area is endowed with natural and locational characteristics which provides opportunity for the area to directly compete in the international arena for investment and development. The Provincial Treasury’s socio-economic profile of Saldanha Bay Municipality indicates that Saldanha Bay is the fastest-growing municipality in the district. The West Coast District Municipality’s SDF (2014) identifies Saldanha Bay as a Major Regional Growth Centre.

The natural deep-water harbour provides comparative advantages around which globally competitive and job-rich sectors can be built. The priority sectors currently in the area are Aquaculture and Fishing, Manufacturing, Oil and Gas as well as Tourism – and all of these sectors are ocean-linked.

Saldanha Bay is ideally positioned to serve the booming African offshore oil and gas industry. This boom has resulted in the establishment of an Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) in Saldanha Bay as a catalyst to expand the potential of the harbour and launch an Oil and Gas services cluster to attract international investment.

Exciting new projects relating to capital investment and catalytic infrastructure which are linked to the IDZ have emerged. The coastal settlement areas such as Langebaan and Paternoster have tourism development potential. The onset of the drought necessitated the Municipality to shift funding towards the water management function in 2017/18 and 2018/19.

For more information, contact Saldanha Bay Municipality

Aerial view of Saldanha Bay and the Saldanha Bay IDZ

If you have your eye on growth, you should invest in the West Coast of the Western Cape!

Contact the West Coast District Municipality to discuss available opportunities in the region.

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