The Western Cape Economic Development Partnership, known as the EDP, is an independent, not-for-profit company that works with a range of partners to improve the performance of the Cape Town and Western Cape socio-economic development system.

We help leaders and institutions from different sectors – public, private, civil society, education and academia – to work together, to grow the local, metropolitan and regional economy, and to address complex system challenges.

Examples of the areas in which we work include:

  • Applying a whole-of-society-approach to complex socio-economic issues in collaboration with the Western Cape Government and selected municipalities in the Western Cape
  • Partnering for water security in the Breede River catchment area, for the general Western Cape Water Supply System, and in collaboration with the City of Cape Town
  • Providing partnering solutions and capacity building in Saldanha Bay
  • Supporting the City of Cape Town in a number of ways, including exploring opportunities in Township Economies, and unlocking the Aerotropolis concept (in collaboration with the Airports Company of South Africa)
  • Hosting the South Cape Economic Partnership, which focuses on collaborative economic development in the South Cape
  • Various area-based partnering programmes with local municipalities in the Western Cape

The EDP is an independent not-for-profit company (NPC), established in April 2012 in terms of the South African Companies Act, and is governed by a Board of Directors.  The EDP is a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) number: 930050144.