The nomination of Mr Alan Winde as the DA’s candidate for the premiership of the Western Cape, is a positive move for business and the local economy.
What we like about Winde is that he has stayed clear of the political scraps and concentrated on creating economic opportunities and jobs and that is what we need.
He was also remarkable for his “open door” evenings in which he welcomed entrepreneurs and business people from all sectors of the economy. He is one of those rare politicians who spends more time listening to people than making speeches.
His approach was to enable business and to remove the obstacles to growth such as unnecessary red tape.
This policy, which was endorsed by the whole provincial cabinet, is one of the reasons why the Western Cape has performed better than other provinces and why our unemployment rate is significantly below the National unemployment rate.
Technology is driving so many changes so fast that new approaches are required to anticipate problems and take early advantage of the opportunities opening up. Old style politicians are not very good at this so we need a new approach and Mr Winde may be the person to provide the necessary leadership. If he is able to continue and expand business friendly policies he can count on the full support of the Chamber.
President of the Cape Chamber