Red Tape Reduction Theme 1


The Red Tape Reduction Unit within the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism is delighted to inform you of the launch of the BIZ Challenge, our commitment to reduce red tape in the Western Cape.

We have identified themes that have the potential to impose administrative burdens on businesses, one of these themes focussing on event permit and licence processes.

Events not only contribute enormously to local economic development in the Western Cape, they also make the Western Cape a desirable destination for further events and festivals.

We as government want to hear from you on how you have experienced the process of obtaining the licence and/or permit required for your event, regardless of the type or of the authority involved – Liquor Authority, municipality, Film Office, roads/traffic authority, etc. We want to know what worked well, what did not work, whether there were any processes that were not clear and most importantly, whether you think the process can be improved and if so, how.

All comments made will be reviewed by us to identify all the workable suggestions amongst them. And then we start the real work – how to make sure that those ideas are actually put into operation! We will then publish, on our website and elsewhere, details of the themes (past, current and future), the comments made and, most importantly, changes introduced as a result of your participation in the BIZ Challenge.

Theme 1 is open for participation from 1 June to 30 June 2015.

We hereby cordially call on you to participate in the BIZ Challenge by sending your comments to or posting your comments on our website,

Let’s make it easier to do business in the Western Cape, better together.

Yours sincerely,

Alexei Allie

Red Tape Reduction Unit

Department of Economic Development and Tourism Western Cape Government