The Cape economy has always been very strong in the agricultural, tourism, fishing and ship repair sectors. In recent years the Cape has overtaken Johannesberg in financial services and the movie industry. There are a number of other sectors where the Cape is very strong. If Namaqualand is included then we can also talk about abundant mineral resources. Off the west and south coasts are large unexploited gasfields, which indicates that the Cape has the potential to be a major energy producer. The Cape is also very strong in the IT sector.
Apart from the above it should be remembered that there are no benefits in remaining part of an economy that is increasingly in danger from corruption, mismanagement, and bad governance. This raises the critical question “For how much longer is the South African economy viable? “