31 March 2016
The Western Cape Government has thrown a R23 million lifeline to farmers hit by the impact of drought.  Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, made the announcement yesterday (30 March 2016) during his 2016/17 budget speech for the Department of Agriculture.  This is in addition to the R11... ...read more
30 March 2016
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... ...read more
26 February 2016
We are strong enough, resilient enough and creative enough to manage and overcome our economic challenges. Download the full speech here.
24 February 2016
In a landmark innovation for the international wine industry, a Western Cape wine label has launched a red wine wooded with honeybush. Audacia, a Stellenbosch winery, this morning (23 February 2016) launched the new product at the offices of Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities. Audacia Na... ...read more
17 February 2016
Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, today (17 February 2016) announced the new members of the board of Wesgro, the Cape’s destination marketing, trade and investment promotion agency. Minister Winde has appointed three new members to the board who bring to it a diverse set of skills: Sip... ...read more
1 February 2016
The Western Cape’s agricultural sector has rallied around those farmers worst affected by the drought. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, this morning visited a farm in Malmesbury where animal feed was being prepared for dispatch to Klipbrand. Around 100 tonnes of animal feed was collec... ...read more
29 January 2016
The fires that spread through Simonsberg last week will have a minimal impact on the Western Cape’s 2016 wine harvest. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, today (28 January 2016) addressed the effects of the fires and the drought on the province’s wine industry during a visit to Thokozan... ...read more
29 January 2016
A ban on the direct movement of horses into the Western Cape’s African Horse Sickness (AHS) Controlled Area zones comes into effect on Monday (1 February 2016). Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the movement restrictions meant that all horses entering the province’s AHS Controlled... ...read more
26 January 2016
The Western Cape wine industry estimates that the recent fires cost R240 000 for each hectare of vineyard lost. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, noted the figures released by VinPro this afternoon. According to VinPro, the R240 000 figure includes loss of income and additional labour... ...read more
26 January 2016
The Western Cape Government has tabled an early analysis of the impact of the drought. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said a key concern was the livelihoods of seasonal farm workers.  “Residents living in those towns which have been severely affected by drought are most at risk. Som... ...read more
22 January 2016
The Western Cape Government hopes on Monday (25 January 2016) to start an impact assessment of the recent fires on the agriculture sector. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said teams from the Western Cape Department of Agriculture aimed to visit affected farms on Monday. “If the fire... ...read more
20 January 2016
Drought takes multi-billion rand toll on economy; emergency funding top priority The Western Cape Government will this week table a report on the impact of the drought in our province at a meeting of the country’s agriculture Ministers. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, will table the... ...read more
7 January 2016
Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, today approved an emergency subsistence support package for designated emerging farmers whose livelihoods and businesses are at risk due to the drought in the West Coast and Central Karoo Districts. Today’s announcement came after a string... ...read more
10 December 2015
Western Cape residents who are making a significant impact on food security in their communities were honoured for their achievements this week. The Western Cape Department of Agriculture hosted its Food Garden Competition in Suurbrak on 7 December. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, at... ...read more
4 December 2015
One of the Western Cape’s biggest tourism attractions is reporting a dramatic increase in visitor numbers ahead of the peak summer season. Groot Constantia, South Africa’s oldest wine-producing estate, recorded a remarkable 56% increase in visitor numbers in October and a 55% increase in turn-over f... ...read more
2 December 2015
Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, delivered his mid-term budget speeches for the Departments of Agriculture and Economic Development and Tourism. Allocations were made to respond swiftly to the most pressing needs in the agriculture sector and to projects which had the most potential f... ...read more
18 November 2015
Western Cape-China trade relations have been strengthened ahead of a key summit focused on increasing cooperation between Africa and Asia’s biggest economy. Premier Helen Zille and Economic Opportunities Minister, Alan Winde, returned yesterday from a successful trade mission to China. The delegatio... ...read more
13 November 2015
South African wine exports to China are increasing rapidly, having reached 11 million litres in 2014. The Western Cape is driving a focused strategy as part of Project Khulisa to sustain this growth. A high level delegation from the Western Cape Government is in China this week on an official visit... ...read more
12 November 2015
Western Cape Premier Helen Zille yesterday (11 November 2015) took part in the official opening of one of Asia’s largest food and wine shows, the Food Hotel China exhibition (FHC). Premier Zille was joined at the opening by government ministers from the United Kingdom and Denmark. Thirty-eight of th... ...read more
9 November 2015
The Western Cape’s top agricultural employee has been crowned. Alexious Shoko, from Piket Bo-berg, was named as the Farm Worker of the Year 2015. The gala ceremony took place on Saturday night (7 November 2015) at the Nederburg Wine Estate in Paarl. Shoko is an assistant production manager at the Mo... ...read more