The targeted skills programs run by Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT) in Western Cape in collaboration with private entities have generated 2,772 jobs for young individuals in the tourism and clothing sectors between April to November this year.

DEDAT revealed between 2021 and 2022, 154,442 tourism jobs were created in the province disclosed that there has been a "notable" growth in the tourism sector post-pandemic.

Mireille Wenger, Western Cape Finance and Economic Opportunities Member of the Executive Council (MEC), said that the province has seen nearly 160,000 job creation since 2021.

"This achievement has not happened by chance and is the result of hard work, strategic support, and critical partnerships with the private sector to support and enable businesses to do what they do best – create jobs," Wenger added according to SA News.

"We are getting the most out of every cent of public funds by enabling job creation in the province, despite the current tough economic climate and a fiscal crisis that has resulted in unprecedented in-year budget cuts," Wenger said.

Wenger noted that the skills training and placement programs under the clothing and textiles sector created 402 jobs, while the partnership with Airports Company South Africa employed 124 people at the Cape Town International Airport.

Wenger, who stated that the 2023 has been a year of jobs and growth in the Western Cape, said the department also partnered with the thriving Business Process Outsourcing sector, which upskilled and placed 2,196 jobless youngsters in full-time positions.

"The thousands of jobs being created are a true testament to the power of partnerships between the public and private sectors, for the benefit of all residents," the Wenger added.

However, Wenger noted that the province cannot hope to take full advantage of the immense potential of the economy or provide young people the opportunities to succeed without growing pool of talent.

"This is why we will continue to work hard with our partners and stakeholders across all levels of government, our international partners and investors, and across the private sector to invest in the right qualifications, skills, and experience for jobs available this year and in the future," she said.

Wenger noted that the province is capable of creating many more jobs and opportunities for a better future.