The key priority of the Programme: Rural Development, is to create an enabling environment that will facilitate private sector investment and socio-economic development in rural areas.
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The Sub-Programme: Rural Nodal Development is to create an enabling environment for business in rural areas and the development of selected rural nodes to facilitate their socio-economic growth towards a sustainable future.
33% of people in the Western Cape lives outside of the Cape metro. Research through household profiling initiatives has shown that some rural communities have unemployment figures of up to 80%.
Increased unemployment because of a lack of investment and skills in rural areas is leading to increased poverty and social - economic problems. This also fuels increased urbanisation with more people moving to the metro's in search of employment which places immense pressure on the resources in urban areas.
The strategic goals of the Programme: Rural Nodal Development is:
The Sub-Programme: Farm Worker Development is to enhance the image and the socio-economic conditions of farm workers by providing them with life skills to improve their quality of life.
The Western Cape has approximately 189 000 farm workers and is home to almost 24% of the farm workers in the country. This is an indication that farming in the Province is relatively more labour intensive than is the case in the rest of the country. Geographically the Western Cape Province farm activities are very large and diverse and therefore it is important to uplift and assist our farm workers on all levels.
In general farm workers are isolated from the main stream social interaction and do not have regular access to life skills training. Furthermore, in most cases they lack the awareness of the dangers of substance abuse and the effects it may have on the breakdown of the social fabric in their communities. It is therefore essential to build pride amongst farm workers as they contribute towards the success of the sector.
The strategic goals of the Programme: Farm worker Development is:
Application for Funding can be downloaded here.
The competition was established to give recognition to the valuable and important contribution of the farm worker towards the sustainability and growth of agriculture in South Africa.
The vision of the Department of Agriculture: Western Cape is to present the competition on a provincial level first, and then extend it on a national scale.
All farm workers may participate. A farm worker is any person who forms part of and makes a contribution towards the farming operation. The employer, the management/farm committee or co-employees may nominate individuals for the competition.For more information w.r.t. the Provincial Farm Worker of the year competition - you can download the manuel here in afrikaans and english.