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WC economy ‘remains constrained’ amid financial crisis

Finance MEC Ivan Meyer says the province is still feeling the effects of the economic downturn.

FILE: Finance MEC Ivan Meyer, centre. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape economic growth remains constrained amid financial crisis but indications are Agro-processing is expanding.

This emerged when Finance MEC Ivan Meyer tabled the Provincial and Municipal Economic outlooks during a sitting of the Western Cape Legislature today.

The slow growth has been attributed to the persistent drought and recessions in some Brics countries.

Meyer says the province is still feeling the effects of the economic downturn.

"The Western Cape economic growth slowed to 2.1 percent in 2014, and will remain constrained over the short-term. The province cannot detach itself from the risks facing the global international economy."

He adds however some sectors continue to show improvement.

"There are tentative signs that the local government sector has improved the total employment numbers, increasing by 10 percent since 2012 to 37,000 in 2015."