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IMPORTANT NOTICE - Invitation for the submission of applications for the funding of FARM WORKER related projects for 2013/14
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Western Cape Farm Worker of the Year 2012
"Willem Paulse from the Witzenberg region was announced as the Western Cape Farm Worker of the Year on Friday evening at the Western Cape Department of Agriculture's annual gala event, held at the Cape Town International Conference Centre.
Paulse is the Financial Manager for a Ceres based fruit export farm. He received a prize comprising of amongst others: R20 000 in cash; a R50 000 overseas trip; and a R20 000 study burse from the University of Stellenbosch. Paulse started his career as an administrative clerk, and has been working in financial administration for the past 27 years.
Paulse said he enjoys working in the agricultural sector, and hopes that the Farm worker Competition will encourage and inspire other farm workers to use the opportunities available to them in order to progress in their careers. Read the full media release here.
De Doorns unrest - talks crucial for restoring peace
"The current protest action in De Doorns is harming our economy and preventing job creation in the Western Cape agricultural sector. The unrest can only be solved through negotiations, and therefore the current talks between labour and employers, chaired by the CCMA, is of great importance.
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Western Cape Department of Africulture - Annual Report 2011-2012
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Animal census phase of the Kayamandi Pilot Pet Health and Population Project completed
"If we can care for our animals, we can care for our neighbours", Gerrit van Rensburg, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development said in Kayamandi, Stellenbosch.
He congratulated and thanked the team of volunteers from the Kayamandi community who successfully completed the first phase of a Western Cape Government co-funded pilot project which will see to the mass sterilisation of stray animals and pets in Kayamandi.
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The 2012 South African Society for Animal Science Congress well supported by the Institute for Animal Production of the Department of Agriculture Western Cape
The Annual Congress of the South African Society for Animal Science (SASAS) was held recently in East London in the Eastern Cape, with the theme "Animal Science in a continuous state of change"
The SASAS congress served as an opportunity for the exchange of scientific knowledge, for the establishment of new collaborative efforts and for the strengthening of existing networks. It can thus be considered as an important event in the annual planning of all animal scientists. Read the full story here.
First time pilot pet project manages health and population
For the first time ever, the Western Cape Government is making funds available for a pilot mass pet sterilisation and census campaign, initiated in Kayamandi and soon to be rolled out across the entire Western Cape. Download the press release here
New market: Export of fresh citrus fruit from the Republic of South Africa to Thailand
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) wishes to announce the establishment of a new market for the export of fresh citrus fruit from the Republic of South Africa to the Kingdom of Thailand with effect from 31 May 2012. Download the full press release here.
Cape Winelands Premier's Advancement of Youth (PAY) Launch
The up-side of attracting young people to agriculture is that efforts from various parties have seen the light in attempting to lure young people to agriculture. One of these attempts are the current internship programme of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture which forms part of the Advancement of Youth project of the Premier, Helen Zille. Of the 800 youngsters who form part of the programme, 42 were placed at the Department to expose them to possible careers in agriculture. Gerrit van Rensburg, MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development in the Western Cape said: “We need more youngsters to be attracted to agriculture. We need talented and educated people to grow our economy.”
The Head of Department, Ms Joyene Isaacs, further encouraged the young ones by saying that they should understand that agriculture is not farming, but a sector with huge potential for creative, innovative and exciting people who are eager (keen) and determined to make a difference. It is not only about “hard and dirty work”, but also about innovation.”
The Agri-SETA even offered every one of the 42 interns a bursary if they have an interest in studying further in agriculture.
INVITATION TO THE:
Western Cape Agribusiness Forum - Lord Charles Conference Centre, Somerset West - 14 June 2012
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31/05/2012: Hex River Farm Worker of the Year 2012
"South African history will reflect on the important work farm workers have been doing in this country" Gerrit van Rensburg, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development said last night at the first regional round of the 2012 Western Cape Farm Worker of the Year Competition. Johannes Kees, a junior manager form Nonna Estate was announced as the Hex River winner from a total of 80 entrants. Download the full Media Release here
23/04/2012: Khayelitsha food garden visit
"I love supporting winning projects", Gerrit van Rensburg, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development said during a working lunch with the Masiphile Peace Garden in Khayelitsha. Van Rensburg handed over a new nursery and seeds worth R18 000 to the project. Download the full Media Release here.
01/06/2012: Grassland Society of Southern Africa Congress 2012
47th Annual Congress, 16 to 20 July 2012, Club Mykonos, Langebaan, Western Cape
Several special sessions, symposia and workshops are being organised in addition to the standard sessions. Further details will become available over the coming weeks BUT if you would like to submit an idea, please do so as soon as possible. Organisers of special sessions, symposia, workshops, etc. are encouraged to publish contributions in a special issue of the African Journal of Range and Forage Science. Remember that page charges for all papers published by members of the Grassland Society of Southern Africa will be ZERO!!
For more information on the GSSA Congress visit the following link: http://www.grassland.org.za/events/annual-congress/gssa-congress-2012
27/03/2012: Budget Speech 2012
Minister Gerrit van Rensburg's Budget speech can be downloaded here
26/03/2012: Jacky Crowned Top Female Commercial Farmer in the Country
Jacky Goliath from Simondium in the Western Cape, scooped the coveted National Female Entrepreneur of the Year award in the category, Commercial, at a gala event held on Friday night at the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre in Kimberley by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF).
Goliath was awarded for the excellent way in which she runs the De Fynne Nursery, which focuses on the growing and selling of mostly indigenous plants. She started in 2001 with 1 000 plants and has since expanded the business to a total production of 600 000 plants.
"I'm so proud that such a small business like mine can win such a prestigeous award and it just shows that hard work and perseverance do pay off." said Jacky at the awards ceremony. Her advice to all female entrepreneurs is to turn passion into a profit-driven business and to persevere, especially when times are difficult.
This was the 12th annual DAFF Female Entrepreneur awards, which seeks to acknowledge and encourage excellence of women, the youth and those with disabilities in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries' sectors.
Western Cape Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Gerrit van Rensburg, congratulated Jacky, and said she is an example of what can be done through hard work and commitment. "Jackie built this business without any state support. We would love to assist her in the future if there is an opportunity to do so", Van Rensburg said.
Van Rensburg said economic growth is the driver behind development, and businesses such as Jacky's are creating employment and opportunities for other people.
05/05/2012: Top Western Cape Female Entrepreneurs in Agriculture crowned
The top Female Entrepreneurs in Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in the Western Cape were recently crowned at an awards ceremony hosted by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture. This was the 12th annual awards, which seeks to acknowledge, encourage and increase participation of women in these sectors.
The competition rewards the efforts and contribution of women in matters such as food security, job creation, economic growth and poverty alleviation. Over the years, it became an empowerment platform that recognised the entrepreneurial skills of women.
Mr Gerrit van Rensburg, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development thanked all the entrants for caring for their businesses. "Thank you for demonstrating your capacity to nurture. We urgently need more people like you to care for South Africa in order to build a better future for all our people."
"As winners, your task is now to take another woman by the hand, to mentor her and to empower her to reach the same level of competency that you have." was the strong message that Ms Joyene Isaacs, Head of Department (Western Cape Department of Agriculture) left with the entrants.
Although the competition commences at provincial level it culminates to a national competition held by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, where all the provincial winners compete in the different categories. An overall winner is also chosen at national level. This year the national competition will be hosted by the Northern Cape on the 23rd of March 2012 and all winners will travel to Kimberley to contend for the coveted awards.
The winners in the various categories were:
Best Female Worker : Elize Meyer - Ceres; Top Entrepreneur Subsistence : Masiphile Peace Project - Khayelitsha; Top Entrepreneur Smallholder : Allie Gordon – Leeu-Gamka; Top Entrepreneur Processor : Doreen van Riel - Caledon; Top Entrepreneur Commercial : Jacky Goliath - Simondium; Top Entrepreneur Exporter : Adri Claassen - Hermanus
14/02/2012: Launch of Agricultural Trilingual Dictionary
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture today launched the 2nd edition of the Trilingual Dictionary. Hardcopies are available on request. E-mail us at email@example.com
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2011-02-12 Cape Premier Yearling Sale:
Empowerment in the thoroughbred industry got off to a good start at the recent Cape Premier Yearling Sale, held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on the 27th and 28th of January. Sweep Forward, from an empowerment co-operative made up of grooms from Klawervlei stud and Highlands stud, became the first yearling to be sold as a result of the thoroughbred industry's empowerment initiative. Sweep Forward fetched R350 000, resulting in a profit of R150 000 for the empowerment co-operative. Read more ...