Long-serving Western Cape MEC Alan Winde, who has led the province’s economic growth over the past 10 years, has been chosen to succeed Helen Zille by the DA. The Western Cape economy has in recent years outperformed the national growth rate and has created more jobs than other regions in SA. The IMF projects that SA’s economy will grow by around by 1.9% in 2019, while the Western Cape is expected to grow at 2.8%. Winde has also been credited with creating a business-friendly environment in the Western Cape. He championed initiatives to reduce bureaucracy with his “red tape to red carpet” project, which is meant to make it easier for businesses to do business in the province.

“No other person is more responsible for the economic growth and job creation that we’ve seen in this province than Alan. His track record is simple: 640,000 new jobs under his watch, benefiting every community and particularly the unemployed and the poor,” DA leader Mmusi Maimane said on Wednesday after ...

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