The Western Cape’s top agricultural employee will be announced at a gala function this weekend.

Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the final regional competitions took place across the province over the past few months.

This year, 1 247 residents participated in the competition, a 20% increase from last year.

“I’d like to wish the finalists well. They are excellent ambassadors for our agriculture sector,” said Minister Winde.

The Farm Worker of the Year Competition is co-sponsored by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and Shoprite, Africa’s largest retailer.

“It is thanks to the hard work of the farmers and farm workers that we have fresh produce in our supermarkets. That is why we are so proud to be associated with this competition,” explained Dr Johan van Deventer, General Manager at Freshmark/Shoprite.

The 2015 Farm Worker of the Year will be announced on Saturday evening, 7 November, at Nederburg Wine Estate in Paarl. The province’s top agri-professional is set to receive a cash prize and an overseas trip.

As part of the selection process, entrants are interviewed by a panel of agricultural experts on a range of issues including transformation and their vision for the future of the sector. Winners are chosen in 11 categories, including best irrigation specialist, agri-processing specialist and technical operator. Regional winners and runners-up receive cash prizes and shopping vouchers from Shoprite.

Over 6000 agriculture employees have entered the competition since 2002.


Date:             7 November 2015
Time:             7pm
Venue:          Nederburg Wine Estate, Paarl


For media queries and to RSVP, kindly contact:

Bronwynne Jooste
Spokesperson: Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities
Western Cape Government

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