Today, I launched the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) Western Cape’s Producer/Farmer Register (PFR) at the Western Cape Department’s Research Farm, Langgewens, outside Malmesbury. The establishment of the Producer/Farmer Register for the Western Cape will assist the province to establish a baseline from which agricultural performance can be measured, provide credible data...
Voice Clips:  Afrikaans  |  English I would like to extend my congratulations to the South African Police and the National Prosecuting Authority for the successful arrest, conviction and sentencing of Jeffrey Thompson, who terrorised farming communities in McGregor, Robertson and Bonnievale during September 2017 and December 2018. I also welcome the sentence handed down as it signals that those wh...
I am pleased to announce that Wesgro, the Western Cape Government's mandated international trade and investment promotion agency, has helped secure R350 million worth of agribusiness investment deals into the Western Cape during the first half of the year. Despite tough economic times and a crippling drought, the Agribusiness Investment Unit (AIU) is more than halfway to reaching their target of R...
Francois Cilliers from Willow Creek Olive Estate, Nuy Valley, Breede Valley region was announced as the 2019 Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards winner.  This is the first winner from the Breede Valley region, making it an exceptionally special award not just for Francois but also for this region. The Prestige Agri Awards recognises the hard work, commitment and dedication of the province’s agricult...
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE BY DAVID MAYNIER AND IVAN MEYER On Tuesday, the Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, Minister David Maynier, authorised the release of R50 million in emergency drought relief in terms of section 25 of the Public Finance Management Act (Act 6 of 2000). This request was initiated by the Minister of Agriculture, Minister Ivan Meyer, and today, the Western Cape Provincia...
Yesterday, Premier Winde, Minister of Agriculture Ivan Meyer and the Western Cape cabinet met with representatives from the agricultural sector to discuss the successes and challenges and challenges they face. The meeting forms part of a series of engagements Premier Winde and his cabinet will hold with various sectors and role players in the province, which will be taking place over the coming mo...
Western Cape Agriculture Veterinary Laboratory Services maintains international accreditation Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer recently hosted an awards evening for staff of the Western Cape Provincial Veterinary Laboratory to celebrate their contributions to the laboratory’s success in achieving and maintaining SANAS accreditation in accordance with ISO/IEC17025 standards. This...
On the eve of Women’s Day 2019, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture recently held its annual Female Entrepreneur Awards Ceremony in Stellenbosch on Friday night, honouring the many hard-working women in the sector and the role they play in food security and growing the economy. The competition is a joint effort between the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) an...
This year marks the eighth year that the Department of Agriculture has partnered with supermarket giant Shoprite to sponsor the awards. The competition acknowledges agri workers across 11 categories and in 16 districts for the important and valuable contribution that they make towards the sustainability and growth of the agricultural sector within the Western Cape. The awards were originally start...
Earlier today Western Cape Minister of Agriculture Dr Ivan Meyer, visited two agriculture projects currently supported by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture. Chamomile Farming Enterprises located in Schaapkraal, Philippi is a mixed farming business producing open land vegetables and eggs through battery cage egg layer production.  Current egg production stands at 10000 chickens producing a...
Office of the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture Western Cape Government Following the recent killing of famer, Stefan Smit on the Louiesenhof Wine Estate at Stellenbosch yesterday, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, Western Cape Minister of Community Safety, Adv. Albert Fritz and the Executive Mayor of Stellenbosch Municipality, Adv. Gesie Deventer and other role-players such...
Following a meeting between Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer and Western Cape Minister of Community Safety, Adv. Albert Fritz, the two Minister’s expressed in the strongest possible terms their condemnation of the senseless murder of farmers, agri-workers and those associated with Western Cape rural economy. This follows the recent brutal killing of farmer, Tool Wessels on his f...
The Western Cape Veterinary Services in conjunction with South African Equine Health and Protocols (SAEHP) have focused efforts to enable equine exports from the province. As part of this drive, the Western Cape has instigated further control measures to ensure the integrity of the African Horse Sickness controlled areas AHS is endemic to South Africa and the Western Cape control zones are of vita...
Minister of Economic Opportunities Beverley Schäfer delivered the budgets for the 2019/20 financial year for Agriculture and the Department of Economic Development and Tourism. These two departments are integral to achieving the goals of growing the economy and creating jobs in the Western Cape. During both budget speeches, Minister Schäfer highlighted the need to create opportunities for young pe...
Blockchain provides opportunities to improve government efficiency and develop the new economy Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille and Minister of Economic Opportunities, Beverley Schäfer both gave key note addresses at the Blockchain Africa conference held in Cape Town today, focusing on the possibilities blockchain technology holds for the Western Cape. Blockchain, the technology which unde...
Marlenique, a fruit farm and wedding venue just outside of Franschhoek has unveiled a state of the art, floating solar PV system. The system has been installed by New South Energy on the farm’s dam, helping to generate clean energy, while also minimising evaporation from the farm’s dam and saving valuable agricultural land. The system is the first commercially operated floating solar system on the...
The Department of Agriculture in the Western Cape is at the forefront of using technology to enhance sustainable farming, and as part of its initiative to embrace the fourth industrial revolution, has introduced Sentinel-2 earth observation technology. Sentinel-2 is an earth observation satellite mission developed by the European Space Agency as part of their Copernicus Programme to perform terres...
Drought support to farmers in the West Coast District, Matzikama and Cederberg will be intensified, while in Swartland, farmers do not require fodder support, the annual summer season veld assessment has revealed. The first round of the bi-annual veld assessment was undertaken over a period of three days last week in the West Coast district and the Witzenberg municipality. The assessment is conduc...
Finance Minister Tito Mobweni’s budget speech yesterday did nothing to outline how this country intends to grow employment and was non-committal on major issues facing the economy. The content has done little to set investors’ minds at rest, and presents many issues of possible concern for ratings agencies. The numbers: The budget deficit has grown from 4.2% to 4.5% and the country is borrowing R1...
Minister of Economic Opportunities, Beverley Schäfer today released the results of an independent evaluation done to determine the success of agricultural land reform projects in the province which receive support from the Department of Agriculture. The study, which rated the projects on 39 indicators in environmental, socio-economic and economic categories found that 72% of projects were successf...
Two Western Cape women in agriculture have been named among the world’s top women entrepreneurs in the 2019 Enterprising Women Awards. The awards, which are run annually by the US based Enterprising Women magazine, honour entrepreneurs in seven categories based on the size of their business.   Denise Stubbs of Thokozani wines, and Jeanne Groenewald of Elgin Chickens, both from the Western Cape, ha...
The Western Cape has recorded the lowest expanded unemployment rate and the highest labour absorption rate in the country-indicating that the province’s efforts to create an environment conducive to economic growth and job creation are paying off. StatsSA released their Quarterly Labour Force Survey data for the fourth quarter of 2018 today. According to the data, the Western Cape created 29 000 n...
The Western Cape has recorded the lowest expanded unemployment rate and the highest labour absorption rate in the country-indicating that the province’s efforts to create an environment conducive to economic growth and job creation are paying off. StatsSA released their Quarterly Labour Force Survey data for the fourth quarter of 2018 today. According to the data, the Western Cape created 29 000 n...
Yesterday, Tuesday, 20 November 2018, the winners of the Department of Agriculture’s annual food security agri awards competition were announced at a ceremony held in Villiersdorp. The competition, held in Villiersdorp and surrounding areas Lebanon, Nuweberg and Klein Begin was a follow-up to the official World Food Day celebrations that were held there in 2017. A total of forty one household gard...
Honourable Speaker, Honourable Premier, Cabinet Colleagues, Members of the Provincial Parliament, Heads of Departments, All the staff of the Department of Agriculture, and Citizens of the Western Cape   It is impossible to stand here today and address you on the state of agriculture in the province and not mention the drought. This once in 400 year event has made everyone from the mega-farming ent...
Statement by Alan Winde, Minster of Economic Opportunities We welcome the R40 million in drought relief for agriculture allocated by the National Government. The funds will be used for animal feed for livestock. For the past five months, the Western Cape Government has been spending R11 million each month in own funds for animal feed to support around 1 300 commercial and smallholder farmers. This...
Young computer programmers are helping to develop answers to the water crisis, and create systems for families to better manage household tasks. As part of his month-long programme focused on highlighting the region’s up and coming innovators, Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities yesterday (24 July 2017) visited Absa Aliens, Absa’s software development and design office based in Gardens....
Over 900 people in Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain have completed training courses at the Barn Khayelitsha. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, on Thursday (6 July) visited the Barn Khayelitsha as part of his month-long programme focusing on practical examples of innovation in action. The Barn forms part of the broader Western Cape Broadband Initiative, which aims to support businesses...
About 18 000 visits have been recorded at the ICAN centre in Elsies River, a multi-million rand government investment seeking to equip residents with digital skills. As part of his programme for July, Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, is conducting site visits to highlight practical examples of innovation.   Today (4 July 2017), Minister Winde visited the ICAN (Interactive Community...
To mitigate the impact of the drought on jobs in agriculture, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture has allocated R73 million to farmers in the past year. Today (29 June 2017), the Western Cape Provincial Parliament debated the disaster declaration as a result of the current drought in the province. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said as a result of the severity of the drough...
Honeybee producers are urged not to bring bees or hives into the Southern Cape. This forms part of an effort to protect the region’s status as a disease-free zone. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, explained that the fires which recently swept through the region destroyed close to 300 hives and large tracts of natural forage for bees. “The Southern Cape, and specifically the Knysna a...
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture is assessing damages to the agriculture sector caused by the recent fires in the Southern Cape. In a move to mitigate the economic impact of the fires on agriculture, R5.5 million has been allocated by the Western Cape Government to the sector, which will be used primarily to rebuild lost infrastructure, and for animal feed. Alan Winde, Minister of Econom...
A comprehensive study to assess the agricultural potential of the Philippi Horticultural Area is set to commence soon. The Western Cape Department of Agriculture, through its implementing agent, Casidra, had called for bidders to put proposals on the table to develop a plan to map, secure and grow agriculture in the PHA. Today (21 June 2017), officials from the Western Cape Department of Agricultu...
More than R120 million is being invested into skills development programmes for young people in the Western Cape. Speaking ahead of Youth Day tomorrow (16 June 2017), Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the Western Cape Government had selected skills as a game changer. In this financial year, the Department of Economic Development and Tourism is investing R63.2 million into the sk...
A province-wide campaign to celebrate residents working in the agriculture sector was launched in the Western Cape this month. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, officially launched the 2017 Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards at Elsenburg. The initiative is co-sponsored by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and Shoprite. Anton Alexander, an employee at Ouwerf Farm who works in...
The achievements of women in agriculture will be celebrated at the Female Entrepreneur Awards. Entries for the Awards close on 31 May 2017. With just a week to go until closing date, Agriculture Minister Alan Winde encouraged women of the Western Cape operating in the sector to put their entries forward, and to make our province proud. An initiative of the National Department of Agriculture, Fores...
Stock farmers and irrigation farmers are among the hardest hit by the drought. The Provincial disaster declaration will be used as a further motivation to request drought relief funding from the National Government. In March, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture estimated that R96 million was needed to support farmers in drought affected areas for five months. Alan Winde, Minister of Economi...
As the province works to grow its Halal industry, the Western Cape has established a formal body to consult and share information with interested parties. Alan Winde, Minister of the Economic Opportunities, said the Halal Consultative Forum would ensure that the province’s Muslim community was involved in the strategy to boost the Halal industry. The Forum was formally established this month, with...
Just short of R200 million in fire damage has been reported to the Western Cape Department of Agriculture. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said damages of R192.3 million were reported in the Hessequa and George regions. The estimation is drawn from questionnaires distributed to farmers, by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture. “In total, we received feedback from 79 farms. Th...
Today (29 November 2016), Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, delivered a keynote address at the African Agri Investment Indaba. It is a partnership between the Western Cape Government, Wesgro and the African Agri Council. Over 600 investors, agribusinesses, senior government officials and industry experts are attending the Indaba to discuss how to further strengthen Africa’s agricultu...
Top entrepreneurs in the Western Cape’s agriculture sector are called to enter the Female Entrepreneur Awards. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, encouraged women to enter the competition, which closes on 3 June. The Female Entrepreneur Awards is a partnership between the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the provincial departments of Agriculture. In 2015,...
I am standing before you today during an extraordinary time for our agriculture sector. This month we learned that the Western Cape’s agriculture sector is creating jobs at the fastest pace in the country. According to the latest figures from Statistics South Africa, the number of people employed in our agricultural sector has grown by more than 63 per cent year-on-year. This is compared to 16% na...
In a bold move to sustain the Western Cape’s agricultural sector, the province has launched the GreenAgri web-based portal. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, officially launched the portal on Wednesday, 9 September 2015, at the Backsberg Estate Cellars. The initiative is a partnership between the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and GreenCape. “The GreenAgri portal will be an i...
Today (9 September 2015), Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, addressed the Landcare Conference, which is being hosted by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture at Elsenburg. Minister Winde outlined the impacts of climate change and the Western Cape’s strategy to deal with these factors. Please see Minister Winde’s full address below. This year’s Landcare conference comes at a very...
Construction is well underway at Saldanha Bay’s Industrial Development Zone, which is set to position the Western Cape as a rig repair hub. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said that enabling oil and gas servicing at Saldanha was central to Project Khulisa’s drive to grow the sector. “Focusing specifically on upstream and midstream services such as rig repair, this sector already pr...
The first regional winner in an initiative celebrating excellence in the Western Cape’s agricultural sector will be announced this week. The first regional winner of the 2015 Farmworker Competition, co-sponsored by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and Shoprite, South Africa’s largest retail chain, will be announced at the Witzenberg regional ceremony. The ceremony will take place in the...
A R1 billion Halaal agri-processing food park is proposed for the Western Cape, as part of the province’s Project Khulisa growth strategy. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the Western Cape Government in partnership with the Western Cape Fine Foods Initiative and the private sector were working to develop the park. “The global Halaal market is worth $2.3 trillion. The proposed H...
  Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde’s mission to the United Arab Emirates has boosted bilateral relations between the regions. Following Minister Winde’s visit to the UAE, plans have been put in place to strengthen partnerships in Project Khulisa’s areas of strategic focus, including increasing exports of Western Cape products and boosting tourism for our region. Minister Winde said sever...
The Western Cape and Malaysia are set to partner to boost the development of a halal food hub in South Africa. The Western Cape Fine Food Initiative and the Malaysian Industry Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) will sign a co-operation agreement to foster partnerships between the halal industries of the two countries. It coincides with the 12th International Halal Showcase 2015 which is...
Mr Speaker Premier Zille Cabinet colleagues and Members of the Provincial Legislature Director-General and Heads of Departments Our partners in business, civil society and labour Residents of the Western Cape The media And finally, my very special guests to today’s sitting – the residents of our province who work in and drive our agricultural sector I am delivering today’s budget speech during an...
Premier Helen Zille and Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, this week launched a multi-million rand business incubator to support tech entrepreneurs and drive job creation in Khayelitsha and Mitchell's Plain. Premier Zille and Minister Winde this month officially launched the Barn Khayelitsha, based at the City of Cape Town's Lookout Hill premises. The Barn's priority areas will includ...
A Western Cape winery is ready to revolutionise his industry after patenting a ground-breaking technique using Rooibos and Honeybush in the production of wine, beer and cider. Today, Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, visited Audacia Wines in Stellenbosch for a closer look at the innovative technique, which is the brainchild of local entrepreneur Trevor Strydom. Strydom has replaced t...
In a bid to address water shortages in the Eden district, the Western Cape Government will fund R2.1 million for a set of interventions aimed at increasing the region's water supply. The provincial departments of Local Government, Agriculture and Provincial Treasury have allocated the money for relief measures in Zoar, the most water stressed area in the region. Zoar is part of the Kannaland Munic...
Today (23 January 2014) Minister Alan Winde addressed students at the start of the academic year at Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute in Stellenbosch. This year 235 first-students enrolled in the institute. It’s such a pleasure to be here at the Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute today. You find yourselves in this industry at a very exciting time. In the Western Cape, we are...
In a bid to halt the losses of millions of rands in agricultural produce, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture has channelled close to R1 million emergency funding into Clanwilliam after a canal break earlier this month. The Provincial Department of Agriculture has spent R975 000 on a generator and water pumps to stabilise the water supply to farms and residents in the area. Alan Winde, Mini...