As part of its drive to boost youth employment, the Western Cape Government will showcase skills and careers in the agriculture sector.

Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, will address high school learners at a career awareness exhibition, hosted at Boschendal in Franschhoek.

The three-day exhibition starts on Wednesday (18 May 2016) and will showcase innovative career choices in the agricultural sector.

Agriculture, through its link to agri-processing, is a key growth area for the Western Cape.

“Through Project Khulisa, we are seeking to add up to a further 100 000 jobs to the agri-processing sector. We have to make sure our young people are able to take advantage of these opportunities,” said Minister Winde.

Learners will receive information and guidance on potential career paths.

Minister Winde is set to address learners on Thursday, 19 May 2016.

The initiative is a partnership between the Provincial Department of Agriculture and Boschendal.

Elsenburg College (part of the Provincial Department of Agriculture) will be among the exhibitors. The Provincial Department of Education, the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and Stellenbosch University as well as various other external exhibitors will also be exhibiting.

High school learners from Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch will attend the three-day exhibition as well as a number from the Metropole.

Skills development for young people is a key priority for the Western Cape Government.


Venue:          The Olive Press, Boschendal Estate, Franschhoek

Date:              18 – 20 May 2016 (No afternoon session on the 20th)

Minister Winde will deliver this address at 9am on Thursday.


For media queries, kindly contact:

Bronwynne Jooste
Spokesperson: Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities
Responsible for Tourism, Economic Development and Agriculture
Western Cape Government

Tel: 021 483 3550
Cell: 060 970 4301
Twitter: bronwynnejooste