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To improve business conditions, the City of Cape Town gets rid of apartheid policies

January 12, 2014

THE City of Cape Town has rid itself of about 208 bylaws and policies, many left over from the apartheid era, to ensure that there is uniform zoning of land for business and residential use.

This is according to city councilor Garreth Bloor, who said on Thursday that this was part of the metropole’s overall strategy to make Cape Town more attractive for entrepreneurs and business in general.

“During the past eight years we have had to get rid of many of these laws we inherited from the apartheid era that were on the statutes of a number of municipalities that were incorporated into the city,” he said. Mr Bloor said this meant that the city had a uniform zoning policy across all its wards.

In terms of the apartheid legislation, previous municipalities had passed bylaws that had prohibited the setting up of businesses, or certain types of businesses, in some of the townships that bordered them. These townships were now wards of the City of Cape Town and were administered in a uniform manner with the rest of the metropole.

“We are continually looking for ways in which to make Cape Town more attractive for businesses. This includes snipping away at the red tape that we may have, or helping them find the government department that has the competency that they are looking for,” he said.

Part of the strategy to cut red tape for entrepreneurs was the city’s plan to distribute posters that list the details and locations of 58 business-support organisations, including those operated by the various tiers of government and those operated by the private sector.

Mr Bloor said these posters would be distributed widely in the city as a reference for entrepreneurs.

“We are particularly interested in the entrepreneurs as they start businesses that create employment and generate wealth,” he said.

Mr Bloor said entrepreneurs included those who had just finished school and felt they could not gain admission to a tertiary education facility or did not want to study.

“Entrepreneurs have a creative spark that we need to stimulate the economy,” he said. “In March we are expecting a visit from a group of venture capitalists from the US city of Miami, who are very interested in what is going on here.”

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