Throughout his tenure he has been extremely active in the development of the Cape’s flourishing contact centre and BPO industries, through such measures as training schemes and VAT relief, as well as a Skills Fund and Learnership programme to improve skill sets.

Mr Rasool has played a key role in the success of the Calling the Cape organisation, which provides specialist assistance for investors and helps spur inward investment. And his government has launched innovative incentives to grow the local economy, such as the SME Development Programme, which offers new start-up operations a cash rebate of 15% of total investment in qualifying assets.