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A
AADP African Agricultural Development Programme ABET Adult Basic Education and Training
ABP Area Based Plan(ning) ACE Advanced Cerfiticate in Education
ADG (GDT) Average Daily Gain ADA Average Daily gain per day of Age
ADM Agricultural Disaster Management AFNOR Association Francaise de Normalisation
AFR Asset Financing Reserve AFS Annual Financial Statement
AG Auditor-General AGIS Agricultural Geo-referenced information system
AgriBEE Agricultural Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment AgriSETA Agricultural Sector Education and Training Authority
AgricWC Western Cape Agriculture AGOA African Growth and Opportunity Act
AHS African Horse Sickness AHT Animal health Technician
AI (KI) Artificial Insemination AI Avian Influenza
AIS Animal Identification System ALS African Landcare Network
A/M Ante-mortem Examination AMS Aggregate Measure of Support
AOS Accounting Officer System API Agricultural Product Input
APP Annual Performance Plan ARC Agricultural Research Council
ARC-GCI Grain Crops Institute ARC-IIC Institute for Industrial Crops
ARC-ISCW Institute for Soil, Climate and water ARC-ITSC Institute for Tropical and Subtropical crops
ARC-OVI Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute ARC-VOPI Vegetable and Ornamental Plant institute
ART Antiretrovial Treatment APAC Association of Principals of Agricultural Colleges
ASGISA Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative of South Africa ASRDC Agriculture and Sustainable Rural Development Committee
ASSA Actuarial Society of South Africa ATR Annual Training Report
AU African Union AVCASA Association of Veterinary and Crop Associations of South Africa
AWP Area Wide Planning    
B
BAS Basic Account System BBBEE Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment
BBBEE Act Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act 53 of 2003 BCEA Basic Conditions of Employment Act
BEE Black Economic Empowerment BER Bureau of Economic Research
Biodiversity Act National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act 10 of 2004 BLNS Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland
BMR Bureau of Marketing Research BPO Business Process Outsourcing
BRC Standard British Retail Consortium Standard BS2 Budget Statement 2
BVD Bovine Viral Diarrhoea    
C
CA Contagious Abortion CAADP Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme
Cabcom Cabinet Committee CAPRI Cape Programme for Rural Innovation
CARA Conservation of Agricultural Resources Act 43 of 1983 CASIDRA Cape Agency for Sustainable Integrated Development in Rural Areas
CASP Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme CBO Community Based Organisation
CCAW Consultative Committee on Agricultural Water CCSSIS Co-ordinating committee on Small-scale Irrigation support
CCTV Closed-circuit TV CD Compact Disc
CDW Community Development Workers CFO Chief Financial Officer
CFT Complement Fixation Test CG Cairns Group
CGA Citrus Growers Association CGE Calibrated Computable General Equilibrium
CGIAR Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research CHC Community Health Centre
CHED Centre of Higher Education Development CIAT: Elsenburg Cape Institute for Agricultural Training: Elsenburg
CIDB Construction Industry Development Programme CLSI Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute
CMA Catchment Management Agency CMATS Correspondence Management and Tracking System
CMC Core Management Competency COMBUD Computerised Budgets
COMESA Common Economic Area for Eastern and Southern Africa CPIX Consumer Price Index
CSF Classical Swine Fever CSIR Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
CSP Comprehensive Service Plan CSP Community, Social and Personal service
D
DAC District Assessment Committee DBC Departmental Budget Committee
DBSA Development Bank of South Africa DC District Committee
DCC District Coordinating Committee DCS Department of Community Safety
DDG Deputy Director-General DEADP Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning
DEAT Department of Economic Development and Tourism DEAT Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism
DEDAT Department of Economic Development and Tourism DESP Departmental Equitable Share Project
DFI Departmental Financial Instructions DFPT Deciduous Fruit Producers' Trust
DG Director-General DLA Department of Land Affairs (National)
DLGH Department of Local Government and Housing DME Department of Minerals and Energy
DMI Dry matter intake DoA Department of Agriculture
DoE Department of Education DoH Department of Health
DOH Department of Housing DoL Department of Labour
DORA Division of Revenue Act DOR Bill Division of Revenue Bill
DPSA Department of Public Service and Administration DPW Department of Public Works
DoT Department of Transport DoTP department of the Premier
DPAC Department Project Allocation Committee DPLG Department of Provincial and Local Government
DPSA Department of Public Service and Administration DPW Department of Public Works
DTI Department of Trade and Industry DTC Departmental Training Committee
DTPW Department of Transport and Public Works DVD Digital Video Disk
DWAF Department of Water Affairs and Forestry    
E
EAC East African Community EAP Employee Assistance Programme
EBL Enzootic Bovine Leucosis EC European Commission
ECA Environmental Conservation Act 73 of 1989 ECD Early Childhood Development
EETCF Employment Equity and Transformation Consultative Forum EFTA European Free Trade Area
EIA Environmental Impact Assessment ELISA Enzyme-Linked Immuno Sorbent Assay
EMIS Education Management Information System EMS Emergency Medical Services
EPA Economic Participation Agreement EPG Eggs per gram
EPWP Expanded Public Works Programme EPMS Employee Performance Management System
ESTA Extension of Security of Tenure Act 62 of 1997 EU European Union
F
FAO Food and Agriculture Organisation FAS Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
FBO Faith Based Organisation FCR Feed Conversion Ratio
FET Further Education and Training FETC Further Education Training Certificate
FIFA Federation International Football Association FINREC Financial Record System for Farms and Enterprises
FIVIMS Food insecurity and vulnerability information mapping system FMD Foot and Mouth Disease
FPET Fresh Produce Exporters' Forum FSD Farmer Support and Development
FTA Free Trade Agreement FVO Food and Veterinary Office (of the European Union)
G
GAAP Generally Accepted Accounting Principles GADI Grootfontein Agricultural Development Institute
GEAR Growth, Employment and Redistribution macro-economic strategy GCC General Conditions of Contract
GCIS Government Communication and Information System GDP Gross Domestic Product
GDP-R Gross Domestic Product by Region GDS- iKapa Elihlumayo Growth Development Strategy - 'a home for all'
GER Gross Enrolment Rate GET General Education and Training
GETC General Education and Training Certificate GG Government Garage
GI Geographic Indicator GIS Geographic Information System
GITO Government Information Technology Office GlobalG.A.P. Global Good Agricultural Practices
GMO Genetically Modified Organism GOPC Governance and Operational Policy Committee
GPI Gender Parity Index GRAP Generally Recognised Accounting Practice
GSP General System of Preferences GVA Gross Value Added
H
HA Haemagglutination HACCP Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point
HAS Hygiene Assessment System HCBC Home Community Based Care
HCDS Human Capital Development Strategy HDI/HDIs Historically Disadvantaged Individual(s)
HET Higher Education and Training HI Haemagglutination Inhibition
HIS Hospital Information System HIV/AIDS Human Immune Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
HMP Hygiene Management Programme HOA Home Owner's Allowance
HOD Head of Department HPRR Health Professionals Remuneration Review
HR Human Resources HRA Human Resource Administration
HRD Human Resource Development HRP Hospital Revitalisation Programme
HSRC Human Sciences Research Centre HST Health Systems Trust
I
IBSA India, Brazil and South Africa co-operation ICS Improvement Conditions of Service
ICT/ICTs Information Communication Technology(s) IDC Industrial Development Corporation
IDIP Infrastructure Delivery Improvement Programme IDP(s) Integrated Development Plan(s)
IEC Independent Electoral Commission IES Income and Expenditure Survey
IFSNP Integrated Food Security and Nutrition Programme IGP Infrastructure Grants to Provinces
IGR Intergovernmental Relations IHHSD Integrated Housing and Human Settlement Development Grant
iKapa GDS Provincial Growth and Development Strategy ILRI International Livestock Research Institute(Head office was Addis Abeba)
ILRP Integrated Law Reform Project IMF International Monetary Fund
IMLC Institutional Management and Labour Committee IMP Immunoperoxidase histopathology
INP Integrated Nutrition Programme IOD Injury on Duty
IPM integrated Pest Management ISDM Integrated Service Delivery Model
ISDP Integrated Service Delivery Plan ISHS Integrated Sustainable Human Settlements
ISO International Standadisation Organisation ISRD Integrated Sustainable Rural Development
ISRDP Integrated Sustainable Rural Development Programme ISTA International Seed Testing Association
IT Information Technology ITCA Interdepartmental Technical Committee for Agriculture
ITCAL Intergovernmental Tecnical Committee for Agriculture and Land ITDF Integrated Tourism Development Framework
ITIL Information Technology Infrastructure Library IUCN The World Conservation Union[International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources]
IYM In-year monitoring    
J
JD Job Description JE Job Evaluation
JIPSA Joint Initiative on Priority Skills Acquisition JMC Joint Management Committee
K
KAP Knowledge, attitude, practices kbps Kilobits per second
KILO Kaapse Instituut vir Landbou-opleiding: Elsenburg KIMS Knowledge and Information Management Systems
KKI Klein Karoo Internasionaal KKK Klein Karoo Koöperasie
KMO Key Measurable Objective KNP Kruger National Park
KPA Key Performance Area KPIs Key Performance Indicators / Key Personnel Interviews
L
LAN Local Area Network LARP Land and Agrarian Reform Project
LASA Land Acquisition Subsidy for Agricultural Development LCC Loan Co-ordinating Committee
LED Local Economic Development LFS Labour Force Survey
LG MTEC Local Government MTEC LMIS Logistical Information System
LOGIS Logistical Information System LRA Labour Telations Act
LRAD Land Redistribution for Agricultural Development LRCC Land Reform Coordinating Committee
LTS Learner Tracking System    
M
Mafisa Micro-agricultural Financial Institutions of South Africa MAT Microscopic Agglutination Test
MCM Marine and Coastal Management M & E Monitoring and Evaluation
MDG Millennium Development Goal MDR-TB Multi-Drug Resistant TB
MEC Member of the Executive Council MEDS Micro-Economic Development Strategy
MERCOSUR Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay MFMA Municapal Finance Management Act
MFN Most Favoured Nation MI Meat Inspector
MIC Minimum Inhibitory Concentration MIG Municipal Infrastructure Grant
MinMEC Meeting of the National Minister and nine provincial MECs (see NIFAL) MIP Massified Induction Programme
MoA Memorandum of Agreement MOET Multiple Ovulation and Embryo Transfer
MoU Memorandum of Understanding MPO Milk Producers Organisation
MPSA Minister of Public Service and Administration MRC Medical Research Council
MRL Maximum Residue Limit MRT Milk Ring Test
MSDS Material Safety Data Sheet MTBPS Medium Term Budget Policy Statement
MTEC Medium Term Expenditure Committee MTEF Medium Term expenditure Framework
MTSF Medium Term Strategic Framework MVAI Motor Vehicle Accident Intervention Strategy
N
NAET National Agricultural Education and Training NAETF National Agricultural Education and Training Forum
NAETFEC National Agricultural Education and Training Forum Executive Committee NAFCOC National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Nafu National African Farmers' Union NAI Notifiable Avian Influenza
NAMA Non-Agriculture Market Access NAMC National Agricultural Marketing Council
NC(V) National Curriculum (Vocational) NCA National Credit Act
NCD Newcastle Disease NCOP National Council of Provinces
NDA National Department of Agriculture NEDLAC National Economic Development and Labour Council
NEMA National Environmental Management Act 107 of 1998, as amended NEPAD New Partnership for Africa's Development
Nerpo national Emergent Red Meat Producers' Organisation NGO Non-governmental organisation
NIFAL National intergovernmental Forum for Agriculture and Land NMIR National Minimum Information Requirements
NMT Non-motorised transport NMTIP National medium-term investment programme
NPDE National Professional Diploma in Education NPO Non Profit Organisation
NQF National Qualification Framework NRM Natural Resources Management
NRS National Regulatory Services NSDF National Spatial Development Framework
NSDP National Spatial Development Perspective NSDS National Skills Development Strategy
NSF National Skills Fund NSLA National Strategy for Learner Attainment
NTB Non-Tariff Barrier NTSG National Tertiary Services Grant
NWGA National Wool Grower's Association NYS National Youth Service
O
OBP Onderstepoort Biological Products OD Organisation Development
ODC Organisation Development Committee OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
OHS Occupational health and safety OHSA Occupational Health and Safety Act
OIE Office International des Epizooties (Word Organisation for Animal Health) OJD Ovine Johne's Disease
OPEC Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries OSD Occupation Specific Dispensation
OVI Official Veterinary Inspector    
P
PA Performance Agreement or Assessment PA Personal Assistant
PABX Private Automatic Branch Exchange PAETF Provincial Agricultural Education and Training Forum
PAFTECH Technical Provincial Advisory Forum PBO Public Benefit Organisation
PBR Plant Breeders' right PCF Premier's Co-ordinating Forum
PCR Polymerase Chain Reaction PD Pregnancy Diagnosis
PDA Provincial Department of Agriculture PDC Provincial Development Council
PDI Previously disadvantaged individual PDP Personal Development Plan
PEM Project Evaluation Meeting PERMIS Performance Management Information System
PER & O Provincial Economic Review and Outlook PERSAL Personnel and Salary Administartion System
PEO Provincial Executive Officer PES Provincial Equitable Share
PF Provincial Forum PFMA Public Finance Management Act
PGC Provincial Grants Committee PGD Partnership for Growth and Development
PGDP Provincial Growth and Development Plans PGDS Provincial Growth and Development Strategy
PGRFA Plant genetic resources for food and agriculture PGWC Provincial Government of the Western Cape
PHC Primary Health Care PHP People Housing Programme
PILIR Policy and Procedures on Incapacity and Ill-health retirement PIMSA Project Information Management System for Agriculture
PLAAS Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies-www.plaas.org.za PLAS Proactive Land Acquisition Strategy
PLC Provincial Liaison Committee PLRO Provincial Land Reform Office
PM Post Mortem Examination PMS Performance Management System
PMT Project Management Team PMTCT Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission
PMU Project Management Unit PoA Plan of Action
PP Public Protector P-P Public - Private
PPECB Perishable Products Export Control Board PPHC Personal Primary Health Care
PPI Production Price Index PPP Public-Private Partnerships
PPPFA Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act, Act 5 of 2000 PRA Pest risk analysis
PRF Provincial Revenue Fund ProvAdmin Provincial Administration
PRRS Porcine Respiratory and Reproductive Syndrome PSCBC Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council
PSDF Provincial Spatial Development Framework PSETA Public Sector Training Authority
PSIRA Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority PSNP Primary School Nutrition Programme
PSR Public Service Regulations PT Provincial Treasury
PTIF Provincial Transport Infrastructure Fund PTM Provincial Top Management
PVL Provincial Veterinary Laboratory    
Q
QIDS-UP Quality Improvement, Development, Support and Upliftment Programme QPR Quarterly Performance Report
QRM Quarterly Review Meeting    
R
R&D Research and Development RAC Royal Agricultural College
RAMs Recently Acceded Members to the WTO RAMP Repairs and maintenance programme
RBT Rose Bengal Test RDP Recontruction and Development Programme
REAF Rural Economic Assistant Fund RED Real Enterprise Development
REQV Relevent Education Qualification Value RFP Request for Proposal
RISDP Regional Indicative Strategic Development Programme RPF Resource Poor Farmers
S
SA South Africa SACOB South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (now SACCI)
SACU Southern African Customs Union SACSSP South African Council for Social Service Professionals
SADC Southern African Development Community SADC minus SACU, Angola, Mozambique, Tanzania
SAFEX South African Futures Exchange SAFJ South African Fruit Journal
SA GAAP Statements of Generally Accepted Accountancy Practice in South Africa SAGIS South African Grain Information Service
SALGA South African Local Government Association SAM Social Accounting Matrix
SAMIC South African Meat Industry Company SANAS South African National Accreditation System
SANAT South African Network of Animal Traction SANPARKS SA National Parks
SANS South African National Standard SANS document South African National Standard Document
SAOBC (SAVBK) South African Ostrich Business Chamber SAPIP South African Pesticde Initiative programme
SAPS South African Police Service SAQA South African Qualification Authority
SARB South African Reserve Bank SARCC South African Railway Commuter Corporation
SARS South African Revenue Services SASCO South African Students' Congress
SASCOC South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee SASSA South African Social Security Agency
SASVA South African State Veterinary Association SASVEPM Southern African Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine
SAT Structured Agricultural Training SATI South African Table Grape Industry
SAVA South African Veterinary Association SAVC South African Veterinary Council
SAVVEM Suid-Afrikaanse Verbandversekeringsmaatskappy Beperk SAWs Social Auxiliary Workers
SAWIS South African Wine Industry Information and Systems SCFS Social Capital Formation Strategy
SCM Supply Chain Management SCOA Standards Chart of Accounts
SCOPA Standing Committee on Public Accounts SDF(s) Spatial Development Framework(s)
SDI Service Delivery Improvement SEDA Small Enterprise Development Agency
SEP-LG Socio-Economic profiles of Local Government SETA Sector Education Training Authority
SGBs School Governing Bodies SIP Strategic Infrastructure Plan
SIS Settlement and Implementation Support Strategy SITA State Information Technology Agency
SKOOR Staande Komitee op Openbare Rekeninge SLA Service Level Agreement
SMME Small, medium and micro-enterprise SMS Senior Management Service
SOE(s) State Owned Enterprise(s) SONA State of the Nation Address
SOP Standard operating procedure SOPA State of the Province Address
SPAM Unsolicited e-mail/spyware SPFS Special programme for food security
SPOT Satellite Pour l'Observation de la Terre (commercial earth observation satellite) SPS Sanitary and phytosanitary
SPV Special purpose vehicle StanSA Standards South Africa
Stats SA Statistics South Africa STB State Tender Board
STC Science and Technology Committee STI Sexually Transmitted Infection
STP Social Transformation Programme SV State Veterinarian
T
TB Tuberculosis TBT Trade Barrier to Trade Agreement of the WTO
TCF Technical Committee on Finance TDCA Trade and Development Cooperation Agreement
TE Tertiary Education TIDCA Trade, Investment and Development Cooperation Agreement
TIPS Tradeand Industry Police Service ToR Terms of Reference
TRIPS Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights    
U
UCT University of Cape Town UISP Informal Settlement Programme
UK United Kingdom UN United Nations
UPFS Uniform Patient Fee Schedules UPOV International Union for the Protection of new Varieties
URP Urban Renewal Programme URS User Requirement Statement
USA United States of America USAID US Agency for International Development
USDA United States Department of Agriculture UTF Unilateral Trust Fund
V
VPN Veterinary Procedural Notice VTC Voluntary counselling and testing
W
WARD Women in Agriculture and Rural Development WC Western Cape
WCED Western Cape Education Department WCNCB Western Cape Nature Conservation Board
WCWDM Water Conservation and Water Demand Management WECCO Western Cape Clean-up Operation
WESGRO Western Cape Investment and Trade Promotion Industry WHP Withholding period
WKOD Wes-Kaapse Onderwys Department WIC Wine Industry Council
WRC Water Research Commission WSP Workplace Skills Plan
WSUS Windows Software Update Service WTO World Trade Organisation
WUE Water Use Efficiency WWTG World Wine Trade Group
X
XDR-TB Extreme Drug Resistant TB    
Y
YARD Youth in Agriculture and Rural Development    
General
4x4 Meeting: National Treasury/National Agriculture/Provincial Departments 10x10 Meeting: PDA's and National Agriculture