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The purpose of the Programme: Rural Development Coordination
, is to create vibrant sustainable rural communities, to facilitate the implementation of the National Comprehensive Rural Development Programme in the Western Cape and to facilitate the development of farm workers.
The Programme: Rural Development Coordination focuses on coordinating the implementation of the rural development nodes in the Province and the facilitation of services through:
- All provincial departments and local government authorities delivering services in a coordinated and cohesive way in the selected rural nodes through the establishment of Intergovernmental Steering Committees per rural node.
- Institutionalisation of community organisational structures in selected rural nodes to empower communities in terms of the identification and implementation of new community projects.
- Establishment of economic, social development and infrastructure projects to facilitate economic growth in the selected rural nodes.
- Skills training for unemployed people in selected rural nodes.
- Sustainable employment created for unemployed people in the selected rural nodes.
- Improvement in food security through interventions at household level in the selected rural nodes.
- Enhance the image and the socio-economic conditions of farm workers by providing them with life skills to improve their quality of life.
The Programme is structured into two sub-programmes namely:
8.1 Development Planning
8.2 Farm Worker Development
The Programme: Rural Development Coordination is structured into two sub-programmes namely Development Planning and Farmworker Development.
The Programme: Rural Development Coordination
is structured into two sub-programmes namely Development Planning
and Farmworker Development
Farmworker Development Business Plan & Annexures for 2014/15
Important Notice - Invitation for the submission of applications for the funding of Farm worker related projects for 2014/15 - English / Afrikaans
List of Rural Nodes as per CRDP
Project Business Plan Template 2014-15 - English
Project Business Plan Attachment 2014-15 - English
Rural Development Coordination - Radio Elsenburg contributions - can be downloaded here:
Sub-Programme: Development Planning
To successfully facilitate the implementation of the national CRDP in the selected rural development nodes in the Western Cape.
Holistically improving the quality of life of communities living in rural areas through a coordinated development approach between all three spheres of government, rural communities and the private sector.
33% of people in the Western Cape live outside of the Cape metropolitan area. Research through household profiling initiatives has shown that some rural communities have unemployment rates of up to 80%.
The strategic goals of the sub- programme: Development Planning is:
- All provincial departments and local government authorities delivering services in a coordinated and cohesive way in the 18 rural nodes through the establishment of nodal Intergovernmental Steering Committees
- Establishing Councils of Stakeholders in the 18 selected rural nodes where communities are consulted and empowered in terms of the identification and implementation of new community projects
- Establishment of economic and infrastructure projects to facilitate economic growth in the 18 rural nodes through progression across the phased approach.
- Skills development and social training for unemployed people in the 18 rural nodes
- Sustainable employment created for unemployed people in the 18 rural nodes
- Improvement in food security through interventions at household level in the 18 rural nodes.
Sub-programme: Farmworker Development
The Sub-programme: Farmworker Development is to enhance the image and socio-economic conditions of farm workers and their family members through facilitation of training and development initiatives to improve their quality of life.
The Western Cape has approximately 175 000 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 and their family members 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 and their family members as they contribute towards the success of the sector.
The sub-programme started with a farm worker household survey to establish a database for farm workers during the 2011/2012 financial year. The sub-programme originally did this project in partnership with the Department of Social Development. The Department of Social Development pulled out of this project by the end of 2011 and thereafter the sub-programme decided to make use of a service provider to do the survey. The survey was started in the Overberg in August 2011 and was the pilot project for the 2011/2012 financial year. The Overstrand local municipal area was completed and a report was made available. Following the farm worker strikes in 2012/2013 this project was prioritised as a provincial wide survey with the Overberg and Cape Winelands as focus areas to start with. The aim of this initiative is to collate reliable information on farm workers and their needs to inform appropriate government response interventions.
The strategic goals of the Programme: Farm worker Development is:
- To improve the quality of life of farm workers by facilitating the provision of social awareness campaigns
- To create skills training opportunities for farm workers and farm worker communities
- To coordinating the involvement of different government Departments in farmworker development
- Expanding the provincial-wide farm worker survey to the Eden and West Coast districts and sharing findings through forum engagements with municipalities.
- Publishing the farmer/farm worker case studies and embarking on dialogues amongst farmers and farm workers across 4 districts.
- Strengthening the referral system through formalising links and processes with other government Departments.
- Support soft skills development and substance abuse prevention and awareness projects for farm workers and their family members.
- Present the Western Cape Annual Farm Worker-of-the-Year Competition in 16 regions within the province.
Align farm worker service delivery to the footprint of the Development Planning and Farmer Support and Development initiatives.
Application for Funding can be downloaded here.
Provincial Farmworker of the Year competition
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 Farmworker of the year competition
- you can download the manuel here in afrikaans