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AFRICAN HORSE SICKNESS - Public Situation Report Five - 14 April 2014


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AFRICAN HORSE SICKNESS - Public Situation Report Four - 3 April 2014


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Minister Van Rensburg challenges Minister Joemat-Pettersson on allegations.


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2014/04/02

Budget Speech delivered by Minister Gerrit van Rensburg.
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2014/03/24

AFRICAN HORSE SICKNESS - Public Situation Report Three - 27 March 2014


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AFRICAN HORSE SICKNESS - Public Situation Report Two - 20 March 2014


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AFRICAN HORSE SICKNESS - Public Situation Report One - 14 March 2014


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African Horse Sickness - fact sheet - Porterville Region, Western Cape Province


State Veterinarian Contact details:

Malmesbury (Dr S Davey) - 022 482 1380 - SewellynD@elsenburg.com
Boland (Stellenbosch - Dr G Buhrman) - 021 808 5253 / 083 642 0602 - GaryB@elsenburg.com
Epidemiology - Dr John Grewar - 021 808 5056 - JohnG@elsenburg.com

2014/03/13


ORDER IN TERMS OF THE ANIMAL DISEASES ACT, 1984 ( Act 35 of 1984): AFRICAN HORSE SICKNESS (AHS) VETERINARY CONTROL MEASURES AND CONTAINMENT ZONE


Two horses have tested positive for African Horse sickness on a holding situated between Saron and Porterville, south east of the R44. The affected holding falls within the AHS Protection Zone.

As a precautionary measure the following veterinary control measures via the establishment of CONTAINMENT ZONE are hereby declared in terms of the Animal Diseases Act, 1984 (Act 35 of 1984) and allied legislation:

  1. No horses, mules, donkeys or zebra (= equids) may be moved within, into, out of or through, specifically on the R44, in the area described below:

    • Northern border: The N7 running from the Berg river in the South West through to the Piekenierskloof pass in the North East.
    • Eastern Boundary: The Piekenierskloof pass in the North along the Oliefantsrivier mountain range south to the Grootwinterhoek mountains and south to Gouda along the Obiekwa mountains
    • Southern Boundary: The town of Gouda.
    • Western Boundary: Berg river extending from Gouda in the South through to the N7 in the North West.

  2. This movement ban will come into force immediately and will remain in force until repealed by a further order issued by Veterinary Services of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture.

  3. Movements of equids via the N7 on the boundary of this area may take but such movements should take place only during daylight hours, travelling straight through the area in a Northerly or Southerly direction without any stopping or deviation.

  4. All horses within this area must be stabled as far as possible from 2 hours before sunset until 2 hours after sunrise. In addition they must be treated with effective insect repellants to prevent midges feeding on them.

  5. All occurrences of horses becoming sick or dying must immediately be reported to the closest State Veterinarian (see contact details below) in order for Veterinary Services to investigate the possible cause of such disease or death.

  6. Infringement of these conditions may lead to prosecution in terms of the Animal Diseases Act.

  7. Any deviation from these requirements or non-conformances can be reported to Dr John Grewar, Chief State Veterinarian, Epidemiology, on mobile number 083 642 0610, or office number 021 808 5056, fax number 021 808 5126 or by e-mail at johng@elsenburg.com

Contacts:
State Veterinarian Malmesbury - 022 482 1380
State Veterinarian Boland (Stellenbosch Dr. G Buhrmann-) 021 808 5253 / 083 642 0602

2014/03/11


Western Cape Department of Agriculture establishes food garden at Boniface Primary School, Molsvlei.


Gerrit van Rensburg, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development on Monday officially handed over a R98 000 food garden to the Boniface Primary School. The school is in the isolated and rain scarce community of Molsvlei, in the Bitterfontein area on the border between the Western Cape Province and the Northern Cape.

Hester Riffel, Boniface Primary Principle, approached Minister van Rensburg when he visited Molsvlei earlier in the year, indicating that such a garden would be to the benefit of the school and the community.

Due to the water scarcity in the area, rainwater harvesting tanks; two tunnels, and a drip irrigation system were installed for this particular project.

Van Rensburg said he is confident this project will instil a love for the soil and for growing food in the students. "We need more young people to come and study in agricultural disciplines, as food security will become one of the most important issues for mankind in the near future"




Left to right: Gerrit van Rensburg, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development; Hester Riffel, Principle, Boniface Primary, Molsvlei; Mogale Sebopetsa, Chief Director: Farmer Support and Development, Western Cape Department of Agriculture.

2014/03/05

Photo by: Wouter Kriel
Contact: Wouter Kriel
Tel. 021 483 4700
Cell. 079 694 3085
Email. wouter.kriel@westerncape.gov.za
Restrictions announced on DIRECT HORSE MOVEMENTS into the Western Cape due to outbreaks of AFRICAN HORSE SICKNESS throughout the rest of South Africa. Download the press release here and the Notice here.

Career Advancement and Development Opportunitiesto the unemployed youth of the Eden, Drakenstein, Overstrand and Witzenberg regions.

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2014/02/10



Are you the next Female Entrepreneur of the Year?


All female entrepreneurs in die agricultural sector are hereby invited to apply for the Female Entrepreneur Awards.

For more information or to enter this exciting competition please contact Gizelle van Wyk on 021 808 5022 or email.

Closing date for entries is 6 May 2014.



2014/02/04

Van Rensburg welcomes first year students to Elsenburg


Gerrit van Rensburg, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development welcomed the 2014 First Year students to the Elsenburg College on Friday, 24th of January. This year saw 64 students enrolling for the Higher Certificate, and 87 for the B.Agric Degree. The Department provided 33 Students with study bursaries to the value of R570 000. Read more...




From left: Carl Meissenheimer, First Year Student in the Higher Certificate Programme; Sasha-Lee Philander, Equine Studies; Gerrit van Rensburg, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development; Nicolette Prins, FET Programme; Charlize Loois, First Year Student in the B. Agric Programme and Mr Marius Paulse, Chief Director, Structured Agricultural Education and Training (Elsenburg)

PHOTO TAKEN BY: Aniela Saaiman

2014/01/30

Reaching out to isolated communities


Gerrit van Rensburg, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development today visited far flung and isolated farming communities in the Bitterfontein area; the most northern part of the Provence, situated on the West Coast. Read more...





Left to right: Willem Fortuin, Hardeveld Farmers Union; Gerrit van Rensburg, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development; Albie Pool, Bitterfontein Agricultural Union.

2014/01/21

Western Cape farmers donating generously to Northern Cape and North West Province


Gerrit van Rensburg, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development today thanked Western Cape farmers for their generous response to donate animal feed for the drought stricken Northern Cape and North West provinces. Van Rensburg said team work between the Western Cape Government; Agri Western Cape, and Transnet, is making this initiate possible. Read more.



2014/01/16

Western Cape to donate drought relief animal feed to North Cape and North West Provinces


The Western Cape Ministry of Agriculture, Transnet and Agri Western Cape held a first planning meeting yesterday in order to send animal feed from the Western Cape to the drought stricken Northern Cape and North West regions of South Africa. Read more.

2014/01/03


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