17 March 2020
Audio Clips:  English  |  Afrikaans Following the national disaster declaration and the measures announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 15 March 2020, I have approved the following actions taken by the Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute: Formal classes will be suspended with effect from Tu... ...read more
13 March 2020
Soundclip-ENGLISH    |    Soundclip-AFRIKAANS Yesterday, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer visited the Western Cape Veterinary Export Certification Office (VECO) which will be migrating from a paper-based system to an electronic certification system in June 2020.  This will result... ...read more
9 March 2020
Dr Ivan Meyer, Provincial Minister of Agriculture in the Western Cape, has officially announced Dr Mogale Sebopetsa as the new Head of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA). Minister Meyer: “I am looking forward to working with the newly appointed Head of Department (HoD) for Agricultur... ...read more
29 January 2020
Listen to the Soundclip here. The Western Cape’s veterinary laboratory services boosted their portfolio significantly with the addition of a Biosafety Level 3 mobile laboratory, which was introduced this morning by the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer. The state-of-the-art Biosafe... ...read more
13 December 2019
The Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer congratulates the class of 2019 who recently graduated from the Western Cape Government’s Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute.   Seventy- nine students obtained the degree, Baccalaureus in Agriculture, while a further forty-eight were awa... ...read more
5 December 2019
Audio file Congratulations to Kanonkop Wine Estate for winning the most Outstanding Wine Producer Award at the 2019 International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) held at the Guildhall in London. The IWSC is one of the biggest shows on the world’s wine calendar attracting approximately 5500 entrie... ...read more
2 December 2019
Sound Clips:  Beroep op sake sektor vir droogte hulp  |  Ivan Meyer appeals to retail sector to support drought initiatives I am calling on all major retail companies who benefitted massively from Black Friday to back government and agricultural organizations’ drought relief efforts. The drought con... ...read more
21 November 2019
Sound Clips:  Sound Clip Launch of Farmer Register English  |  Sound Clip Launch of Farmer Register Afrikaans 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, outsi... ...read more
21 November 2019
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme-GEF5 Sustainable Land Management project, the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and Department of Environment, Fisheries and Forestry (DEFF) hosted a two-day interactive Drone Users Conference 201... ...read more
11 November 2019
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 S... ...read more
5 November 2019
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 cripplin... ...read more
4 November 2019
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... ...read more
24 October 2019
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) commemorated World Food Day (WFD) 2019 at Murraysburg on 18 October 2019.  The rural community of Murraysburg, one of the poorest communities in the Western Cape, is one of 15 rural development nodes identified to be part of the Comprehensive Rural... ...read more
23 October 2019
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... ...read more
22 October 2019
I am thrilled that the new national diploma to be offered at the Western Cape Government’s Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute has received SAQA accreditation. The decision to offer the three-year diploma as from January 2020 is in line with the Western Cape Government’s stated intention to pr... ...read more
15 August 2019
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... ...read more
12 August 2019
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 succ... ...read more
7 August 2019
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 competitio... ...read more
22 July 2019
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 sustainabi... ...read more
5 July 2019
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 thr... ...read more