Western Cape Government to brief media on census findings and response  The findings of a province-wide census of the social and economic status of agricultural employees will be released this week. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, will discuss the findings at a media briefing on Thursday. The three-year survey covered over 11 000 households across the Western Cape. Details: Date: T...
Making it easier for residents to travel around the city is the focus of this week’s First Thursday. October is Transport Month, and First Thursday at the Ministry of Economic Opportunities will showcase exciting developments in sustainable transport technologies. It is a partnership between Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, Donald Grant, Minister of Transport and Public Works, and G...
The Western Cape Government will conduct a site visit to the Leeu River Diversion Weir which diverts water to the Voelvlei Dam, where emergency maintenance work will be done to increase water supply to the Cape Town water supply system. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, and Ivan Meyer, Minister of Finance, will visit the weir on Thursday, 10 August 2017, and provide an update on the...
The latest economic outlook for South Africa’s agriculture sector will be released this week. The Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy’s (BFAP) Baseline 2017-2026, which is co-funded by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, will be published and discussed on Friday, 4 August. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, will deliver the opening address at the event. Titled “Managing Ag...
The Western Cape’s talented young chefs-in-training will challenge each other to a cook-off at the Ministry of Economic Opportunities this First Thursday. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the Ministry had partnered with the Western Cape Fine Foods Initiative (WCFFI)  for First Thursday this month. Students from the Capsicum Chef School  and the False Bay College will showcase t...
Innovation in the Western Cape will be showcased this month. During July, Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, will visit projects in the public and private sector which focus on innovation. There will be a special focus on how residents are using innovation to respond to challenges and grow opportunities in their own communities. Minister Winde’s programme includes: ICAN Centre, Elsies...
Next Tuesday, Minister Alan Winde will officially open calls for the 2017 Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards. The competition is aimed at recognising and awarding excellence in agriculture across the province. This initiative is part of the Western Cape Government’s programme of action to create jobs and grow careers in the agriculture sector. A partnership between the Western Cape Department of Ag...
A major change is coming for the South African wine industry. The landmark development will be announced today. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, will attend the announcement, which is set to put our offering on the global map. DETAILS: Date               Thursday, 1 June 2017 Venue            Company’s Garden Restaurant Time               16:00 For media queries, kindly contact: Br...
A major change is coming for the South African wine industry. The landmark development will be announced on Thursday, 1 June 2017. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, will attend the announcement, which is set to put our offering on the global map. DETAILS: Date               Thursday, 1 June 2017 Venue            Company’s Garden Restaurant Time               16:00 For media queries,...
The overall winner of the 2016 Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards is set to be announced next week. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the provincial winner would be selected from the regional finalists. Fifteen regional competitions took place between July and September, spanning the length and breadth of the province. Apart from a cash prize, the overall winner will receive the...
The global population is projected to reach close to 10 billion by 2050. Of South Africa’s population, it is estimated that 26% of people have inadequate or severely inadequate access to food. Increasing population sizes, coupled with rising rates of urbanisation, are expected to place the agriculture sector under pressure. A major threat facing food security is extreme weather events. Addressing...
Further strategies to mitigate the impact of the drought on the Western Cape’s agriculture sector will be announced this week. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the Western Cape Department of Agriculture will this week host a two-day strategic session to discuss the current drought. The event forms part of the SmartAgri initiative, which is a co-ordinated climate change response...
As part of its drive to boost youth employment, the Western Cape Government will showcase skills and careers in the agriculture sector. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, will address high school learners at a career awareness exhibition, hosted at Boschendal in Franschhoek. The three-day exhibition starts on Wednesday (18 May 2016) and will showcase innovative career choices in the a...
Extreme weather events are threatening food security and economic growth. The National Government estimates that the countrywide drought has cost our economy in the region of R16 billion. Analysts report that consumers will pay nearly 30% more for a basket of staple foods this year. Climate change modelling shows that annual temperatures are rising and the number of colder days will decrease. Drou...
Following a confirmed case of African Horse Sickness in the province, Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, will conduct a site visit to the affected farm.   Tomorrow, Minister Winde will visit the Paarl farm where vets have put a series of control measures in place. Last week a horse on the farm died from AHS. No other horses on the property have tested positive. In response, the state...
The Western Cape’s top agricultural employee will be announced at a gala function this weekend. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the final regional competitions took place across the province over the past few months. This year, 1 247 residents participated in the competition, a 20% increase from last year. “I’d like to wish the finalists well. They are excellent ambassadors fo...
World Food Day is celebrated globally on Friday (16 October 2015). World Food Day seeks to highlight public awareness of the world food shortage and to strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty. According to the United Nations, there are 795 million undernourished people in the world. The UN has identified economic growth and sustainable agriculture as key fact...
An interactive online platform showcasing the Western Cape’s smartest agricultural practices will be launched this week. The GreenAgri portal is a web-based tool outlining green agricultural practices and profiling the latest environmentally-friendly innovations. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, will officially launch the initiative on Wednesday (9 September 2015).  A partnership be...
Western Cape livestock farmers will showcase the latest trends in the industry at the annual Livestock Performance Show in Eden this week. The event will take place at the George Sports Grounds on Thursday (27 August 2015). It is a partnership between the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, the George Agricultural Show Committee, the Western Cape Red Meat Producers Organisations and several li...
As part of its Women’s Month campaign, the Western Cape Government will honour the province’s top female entrepreneurs this week. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the Western Cape Department of Agriculture would announce the winners of the Female Entrepreneur Awards at a ceremony in Stellenbosch on Wednesday. The competition is a joint effort between the National Department of...
As part of its Women’s Month campaign, the Western Cape Government is celebrating the vital role women play in the agricultural sector. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said on Friday (14 August 2015), the Western Cape Department of Agriculture will host its Agrifemina event in Atlantis. Women in the agricultural sector working in Pella, Mamre and Atlantis will attend the event. “We...
The latest projections for the Western Cape and South Africa agricltural sector will be released this week. The Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) baseline will be launched at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West on Friday, 31 July 2015. Researchers from the Universities of Pretoria, Stellenbosch and Western Cape Department of Agriculture collaborated to produce the projections. The...
Western Cape winery, Audacia, is set to extend its Rooibos-wooded range with the launch of another world-first, a  “No Sulphites Added” Rooibos wooded white wine. To showcase innovation in the agri-processing sector, Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde will join Audacia director, Trevor Strydom, for the launch of the company’s first “No Sulphites Added” white wine. Audacia will announce new...
The Annual Agricultural Survey collects and provides statistics on the farming sector across the country. Statistics collected form the basis for planning, monitoring, evaluation, research and decision-making in both private and public institutions for the agricultural sector as a whole. Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) appeals to selected farmers to participate in the Annual Agricultural Survey...
Date: 25 May 2015   The Western Cape Government, in partnership with Shoprite, are set to celebrate the stars of the province’s agricultural sector.   The 2015 Western Cape Farm Worker of the Year Competition will be launched on Tuesday 26 May 2015 at the Manor House, Elsenburg.  The competition, with various heats leading up to the main event, will see prizes awarded to top agricultural employees...
Western Cape Government to showcase cutting-edge agricultural innovations   20 April 2015   The Western Cape Government is set to showcase the cutting-edge technology developed here which is poised to revolutionise the country’s agriculture sector.   On Tuesday, 5 May 2015, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture will exhibit the latest innovations in the sector, many of which are South African...
Southern Cape residents who are taking the lead in food security will be awarded at the Food Garden Competition, hosted by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture. Residents with gardens in Karatara, Rheenendal and Fairview were invited to enter the competition. The two categories are household and community gardens. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, will attend the ceremony on Fr...