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 Rural Development Coordination
8.2 Social Facilitation
8.3 Farmworker Development
Purpose: To initiate, plan and monitor development in specific rural areas (CRDP sites) across the three spheres of government in order to address needs that have been identified.
The strategic goal of the sub-programme: Rural Development is:
- All provincial departments and local government authorities delivering services in a coordinated and cohesive way in the 16 rural nodes through the establishment of nodal Intergovernmental Steering Committees
Purpose: To engage communities on priorities and to institutionalise and support community organisational structures (NGOs etc.)
The strategic goals of the sub-programme: Social Facilitation is
- 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 16 rural nodes through progression across the phased approach.
- Skills development and social training for unemployed people in the 16 rural nodes
- Sustainable employment created for unemployed people in the 16 rural nodes
- Improvement in food security through interventions at household level in the 16 rural nodes.
Purpose: To enhance the image and the socio-economic conditions of farm workers and their family members through facilitation of training and development initiatives, to improve their quality of life.
The strategic goals of the sub-programme: Farm Worker Development is:
- To improve the quality of life of farm workers and their families by facilitating the provision of social awareness campaigns
- To create life skills training opportunities for farm workers and their families within farm worker communities
- To coordinate the involvement of different government Departments in farm worker development
- To make a contribution to achieve PSG 1,2,34 and 5.
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.