Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde - 18 November

As of 1pm on 18 November, the Western Cape has 4514 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 121 637  confirmed cases and 112 638 recoveries.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

121 637

Total recoveries

112 638

Total deaths

4486

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

4514

Total number of tests

726 020

Hospital admissions  752 of which 145 are in ICU or high care
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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

 83268

 77846

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 13569

 12812

Central Karoo District Municipality

 1062

 981

Garden Route District Municipality

12676

10827

Overberg District Municipality

 3859

 3631

West Coast District Municipality

 4847

4520

Unallocated

2357

2021

Total

121637

112638

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

11338

 10520

Southern

 10947

 10165

Klipfontein

 9863

 9129

Mitchells Plain

 9391

 8839

Tygerberg

 13942

 13152

Khayelitsha

8670

8146

Eastern

11671

10879

Northern

7446

7016

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

83268

77846

Cape Winelands District Municipality

13569

12812

Breede Valley

3637

3452

Drakenstein

4667

4423

Langeberg

1231

1158

Stellenbosch

2315

2161

Witzenberg

1719

1618

Central Karoo District Municipality

1062

981

Beaufort West

881

811

Laingsburg

144

135

Prince Albert

37

35

Garden Route District Municipality

12676

10827

Bitou

926

709

George

4742

3940

Hessequa

412

370

Kannaland

147

145

Knysna

1941

1620

Mossel Bay

2825

2532

Oudtshoorn

1683

1511

Overberg District Municipality

3859

3631

Cape Agulhas

361

335

Overstrand

1830

1724

Swellendam

382

359

Theewaterskloof

1286

1213

West Coast District Municipality

4847

4520

Bergriver

536

500

Cederberg

187

176

Matzikama

796

709

Saldanha Bay

1540

1464

Swartland

1788

1671

Unallocated

2357

2021

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.