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Minister Winde commends Stellenbosch entrepreneur for making world first Rooibos-wooded wine

Minister Alan Winde with
Mr Trevor Strydom

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 traditional oak wood with Rooibos wood in the production of his wine.

Research conducted by the Department of Viticulture and Oenology at Stellenbosch University and ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij found that there were powerful antioxidants in Rooibos and Honeybush which may assist in preserving the wine naturally. This method has the potential to eliminate the need for Sulphur Dioxide and other synthetic materials as preservatives.

Strydom said this was a significant development for the industry, for organic wine-makers and for those with sulphur allergies.

Audacia's "No Sulphites or Preservatives Added" Merlot 2013 was recently awarded a Veritas 2014 bronze medal.

Minister Winde commended Strydom and his team for the cutting-edge concept.

"Entrepreneurs like Trevor Strydom are helping to build the brand of the Western Cape as a centre of innovation. The only way we can remain competitive is if we embrace innovation. This initiative speaks also to the value of adding value, a space the Western Cape Government is currently driving hard through a new economic project called Project Khulisa (Khulisa means 'to grow' in isiXhosa). Through Project Khulisa we identified agri-processing as a high-potential sector which can dramatically add to growth and jobs in the region. Several firms in the agri-processing sector are already developing new products to compete on domestic and export markets, and we are embarking on targeted initiatives, with industry, to ensure this grows", said Winde.

Minister Winde added that Audacia's innovation was an example of driving growth through partnerships. They are working with stakeholders including Stellenbrau Brewery and Windermere Cider to ensure that Rooibos is infused in their products too.

"In the Western Cape, 167 494 residents are employed in the wine industry. Close to R20 billion (53%) of the wine industry's contribution to national Gross Domestic Product is generated in the province. Exciting innovations like these are excellent news for our wine industry as they will help it to grow further," said Winde.

The Western Cape Government is working hard creating an enabling environment for all entrepreneurs.

"We will assess how we can support entrepreneurs with the patenting process. Further, we will continue our efforts to eradicate unnecessary red tape so entrepreneurs like Trevor have the environment they need to grow their businesses and create jobs."


For media queries, kindly contact:

Bronwynne Jooste
Spokesperson: Alan Winde
Tel: 021 483 3550


Statement by Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell and the Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde.

Western Cape Government assists water stressed Kannaland

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 Municipality.

The interventions include:

As part of the strategy to increase the water supply, water from the nearby Jongensland dam will be pumped into Zoar.

At this stage, the affected area will not be declared a disaster area, as the planned interventions are considered sufficient to address the current situation.

Anton Bredell, Minister for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, said the major reason for the water problems in the area appears to be weather related.

"The region has seen very hot weather, low rainfall and in the past winter season, snowfall was limited. Generally the snow from the winter months affects the flow of the rivers providing water for the area in the summer months."

Bredell says the department is in consultation with the National department of water and sanitation with regards to further long term interventions for the region.

"Our department is also on the ground in the area and on hand to provide any further assistance and guidance to the local council if called upon."

Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, commended the local agricultural sector for their role in increasing domestic water supply to the area. Farmers have been making their own water supplies available for the district at no charge during the past two weeks.

"The impact of a water shortage cuts across all sectors and we'd like to thank the farmers for channelling their own water supply to residents. Through collaboration between all spheres of government, residents and farmers, we have found solutions," said Minister Winde.

The provincial government calls on consumers in the area to use water sparingly and responsibly.


For media queries, kindly contact:

James-Brent Styan
Spokesperson to Anton Bredell
Telephone: 021 483 2820

Bronwynne Jooste
Spokesperson: Alan Winde
Tel: 021 483 3550


Food garden competition to award Southern Cape residents

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 Friday.

The competition involved 14 household gardens in Karatara, 16 in Fairview and 26 in Rheenendal.

In 2013, the Provincial Department of Agriculture, along with other stakeholders, handed over food gardens to residents in the area. Minister Winde said the food gardening project was a prime example of the Western Cape Government and residents working together to ensure households can meet food security needs.

"The aim of this competition is to encourage residents to continue growing their vegetables, promoting food security in the Western Cape," said Minister Winde.

There will be opportunities for interviews and photographs.

Date: Friday, 6 February 2015
Time: 10:00 12:00
Venue: Karatara Community Hall, Main Road, Karatara

For more information contact:

Bronwynne Jooste
Spokesperson: Ministry of Economic Opportunities
Western Cape Government
Tel: 021 483 3550
Cell: 060 970 4301
Email: bronwynne.jooste@westerncape.gov.za
Twitter: bronwynnejooste




Minister Alan Winde addressed students at the start of the academic year at Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute in Stellenbosch. Download Minister Winde's speech here.

Minister Winde with students at the opening of the academic year at Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute


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