Yesterday, Premier of the Western Cape Alan Winde joined the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, at the Wings Ceremony of 18 newly qualified drone pilots.

The officials recently completed the South African Civil Aviation Authority examination to obtain a Remote Pilot License (RPL). 

Speaking at the event, Minister Meyer highlighted that the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) embraces the 4th IR and the use of associated technologies such as drone technology.

Minister Meyer: “Drone technology will play an increasing role in optimizing agriculture operations, increasing animal and crop production as well as monitoring crop and soil health”.

In his address to the new drone pilots Alan Winde said: “During my State of Province Address in February, I said that I was committed to leading from the front in growing the agricultural economy and creating jobs. I also announced we would embrace innovation and technology, and specifically drone technology.  Today, I was able to witness this commitment in action as I attended the second drone wings ceremony at the Elsenburg agricultural training institute. During the ceremony, we celebrated 18 graduates who have received their Remote Pilot License.”

Premier Alan Winde continued: “I congratulate these graduates today, as they now join a growing pool of expertise that will ensure even better agricultural production in our province. Their skills will undoubtedly help create jobs for many more people across the Western Cape, and I look forward to hearing of their future success. I also want to commend the Western Cape’s Department of Agriculture, under the leadership of Minister Ivan Meyer, for the innovative approach to modernising agriculture in the Western Cape. This project is an example of the innovation, agility and courage that we need to keep the Western Cape moving forward in the years ahead”.

Meyer highlighted that an increase in productivity will increase the power of our agricultural economy, contribute to economic growth and create greater food security.

“Growing the economy and creating jobs is a priority for the Western Cape Government. Drone technology creates exciting new career opportunities and its applications aim to grow the agricultural economy”, concluded Meyer.

Premier Alan Winde, Rens Smit and Dr Dirk Troskie

Minister Ivan Meyer and Premier Alan Winde looking at the drone

New drone pilot Lonwabo Bham received his wings from Premier Winde


Media Enquiries

Daniel Johnson

Spokesperson for Minister Ivan Meyer

Tel: 079 990 4231

Email: Daniel.Johnson@westerncape.gov.za