Calling for participation in the Future Of The Agriculture and Agri-Processing Sector Survey

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture has commissioned a project to explore the future of the agriculture and agri-processing sector. It wants to better understand the types of change that will shape the future of farming in the province. Some of this change is in the form of ongoing megatrends, such as climate change, whilst other changes are more disruptive and with rapid onsets, such as Covid-19. 

This project will also involve possible alternative futures and “re-imagine” the future so that we can make better decisions, plans, and choices in the present. 

One of the inputs for this project is to gather a wide variety of knowledge and perspectives by posing 5 questions looking for;

  1. the trends over the last 20 years that have led to where we are now,
  2. the driving forces shaping the future,
  3. any “predictable surprises” / shocks in the pipeline,
  4. any examples of ‘bright spots’, where things are working, e.g. examples of a desirable future that already exists in the present, and
  5. what you think could be done.  

Please share your views and perspective by filling in this form (click the link below) and feel free to forward it to people that you think may be interested to contribute:


The Latest AgriProbe is now available
From the desk of the President - 28 September 2020

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What is the C-19 Business Relief Fund?

The Western Cape C-19 Business Relief Fund


Whereas government departments, agencies, development finance institutions (DFIs) and the private sector (primarily through commercial banks) announced relief packages to support SMMEs, the impact of COVID-19 (C-19) continues to cause disruptions and uncertainty in the economy.

The Western Cape Government has estimated that 170 000 jobs will be lost due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is thus critical that a fund providing relief to businesses operating in the Western Cape Province be implemented to minimise the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Purpose and Objectives

The purpose of the Fund is to alleviate the economic impact on small and micro enterprises operating in the Western Cape caused by COVID-19. The Fund will provide relief in the form of financial grants to the affected enterprises.

In providing support and assistance to selected businesses, the objective of the Fund is to contribute to the sustainability of qualifying Western Cape enterprises i.e. for the assisted enterprises to remain going concerns (sustainability) during the C-19 crisis in order to emerge (post the crisis) as viable labour-absorbing businesses


Call for Applications


The application guideline, which must be reviewed before submitting your application can be downloaded here

To apply in the Formal business category, please click on

To apply in the Informal business category, please click on

Applicants must submit all the supporting documents via email to 

The closing date for applications is 12 October 2020 at 10h00.


The Fund

  • The C-19 Business Relief Fund will be a non-sector specific fund that will support micro and small enterprises operational in the Western Cape.
  • Assistance from the Fund will be provided in two categories i.e. to formal and informal businesses.
  • Assistance can be applied for from one category only.
  • The Fund will provide financial assistance in the form of a financial grant to businesses that has been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Businesses who have benefited from any government relief initiatives will not be considered for assistance from the C-19 Business Relief Fund.
  • The grant will be used exclusively to subsidise business related expenses such as fixed costs, operational costs, supplier debt and other pressure cost items.
  • The number of employees will be used as a qualitative consideration when adjudicating applications.
  • The Fund will exclude payments of and towards salaries and wages.
  • The assistance afforded to formal business will be capped at approximately R200 000, 00 per business. The Department reserves the right to determine a higher or lesser amount and the right to fund selected components of the approved application.
  • The assistance afforded to informal business will be capped at approximately R15 000, 00 in total. The Department reserves the right to determine a higher or lesser amount and the right to fund selected components of a proposal.
  • All qualifying (only business related) expenses should be substantiated with reasonable supporting documents. The acceptance of such supporting documents will be at the discretion of the Department.


Qualifying criteria formal businesses

formal businesses

Qualifying criteria for informal business

Informal businesses

Applicants in this category must be:

  • tax compliant at the time the application is submitted;
  • formally registered or incorporated e.g. with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC);
  • classified as a micro or small enterprise in terms of the National Small Enterprises Act (Act 102 of 1996 as amended) - ;
  • in formal existence for more than 2 years;
  • in good financial standing pre-COVID -19 (as at 29 Feb 2020);
  • operating in the Western Cape;
  • 100% South African owned;
  • able to demonstrate how the business was negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following documents must be submitted to the Department:

  • Tax Clearance Certificate or Tax Compliance Status letter or Pin;
  • Copy of Company registration documents for registered companies;
  • Annual Financial Statements for two years (2017/18; 2018/19);
  • Proof of business address (lease/utility account);
  • Copy of Identity documents of all owners;
  • Payroll report indicating number of employees;
  • Management accounts (income and expenditure for the period January to August 2020);
  • Supporting documents substantiating the funding request submitted.

Applicants in this category must be:

  • 100% South African owned;
  • operating in the Western Cape;
  • in possession of a valid municipal trade permit to trade;
  • operational at the time of applying for assistance;
  • in possession of an active bank account in the applicant’s name;
  • able to demonstrate how the business was negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; and
  • employ at least one person in addition to the owner (the Department reserves the right to request supporting documents to substantiate employment figures submitted).
  • Although tax registration is not a qualifying criterion when applying, applicants are encouraged to register with SARS as no funds will be disbursed to business owners that are not registered with SARS.

The following documents must be submitted to the Department:

  • Copies of Identity documents of all owners;
  • Municipal trading permit;
  • Management accounts or Bank statements for the period February to August 2020; and
  • Supporting documents substantiating the funding request submitted.



Adjudication process

The Department will follow a formal adjudication process. The adjudication process will entail, inter alia, an assessment and verification of the application and supporting documents.

Disbursement of funds

  • Successful applicants will be required to enter into a formal agreement with the Department and commit to participate in the Department’s Monitoring and Evaluation programme.
  • Where businesses are unable to apply digital signatures to the agreement, documents will be emailed to them and they will be required to physically sign the documents and scan mail to
  • Informal business owners that are successful in their application and are not registered for tax will be required to register for tax before any funds are disbursed. These businesses will be given five (5) working days after notification of their successful application to provide the Department with their tax registration number.
  • Informal business owners that are registered for tax will be required to produce a letter of tax compliance or similar.
  • The names and value of assistance of the successful applicants will be published on the Department’s website.

Application process

Please follow the guidance and information provided below:

  1. The application process entails the completion of the required information online and the submission of the required supporting documents;
  2. Please prepare the answers to questions before attempting to complete the application. See section 4.2 and 5.2 for the information and documentation required to prepare.
  3. Once an application is started it must be completed. The application from does not allow for answers to be saved.
  4. Only applications submitted via the online process, before the closing date and time, will be considered, no emailed applications will be considered; and
  5. Applicants must submit all the supporting documents required and listed for formal businesses or informal businesses via email to
  6. To apply in the formal business category, please click on
  7. To apply in the informal business category, please click on
  8. The closing date for submissions is 12 October 2020 at 10h00. It is advisable to submit your application as early as possible as no late applications will be considered.
  9. Should you have a question that is not addressed in this document, please send an email to the Department regarding your question to:

Please note: Only online applications will be accepted and evaluated


Visit a museum this Heritage Day

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Heritage Day is celebrated on 24 September each year.  It's a day that encourages South Africans to celebrate their culture, beliefs and traditions.

What is heritage?

Heritage is the shared characteristics, traditions, practices, and beliefs that a family, community, or social group passes down from one generation to the next. Our heritage can include our natural resources, as well as our culture.

Natural heritage is our natural environment, such as mountains, rivers, protected areas and the animals that inhabit those areas. These areas, like the Cape Floral Kingdom, are unique and enjoy special recognition and protection internationally.

Cultural heritage is the creative and scientific values and innovations that shape us as a society. Poetry, art, film, as well as the rock paintings in the Cederberg, form part of our cultural heritage.

Even though heritage can vary from person to person, depending on our language, culture, and even the city we grew up in, we all share a common national identity as South Africans.

Visit a museum this Heritage Day

The Western Cape has the largest concentration of museums on the African continent. Museums collect, preserve, interpret, and display objects of artistic, cultural, or scientific significance to educate the public.

Visiting a museum allows you to learn about your province’s political and social history, our natural history, as well as an opportunity to marvel at the achievements of our fellow citizens.

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport manages 29 museums in the Western Cape which displays exhibitions that celebrate South African history.

Due to COVID-19, not all museums are open to the public, but a few have reopened to the public, these include:

  • The Caledon Museum,
  • the Huguenot Memorial Museum (Franschhoek),
  • the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum,
  • the Shipwreck Museum (Bredasdorp),
  • the Stellenbosch Museum,
  • the CP Nel Museum (Oudtshoorn),
  • the George Museum,
  • the Great Brak River Museum,
  • and the SA Sendinggestig Museum (Cape Town).

Visit a museum from the comfort of your home

If you’re still unsure about going to public spaces, you can attend online tours from the comfort of your own home.

Iziko Museums of South Africa, which operates 11 national museums in Cape Town, offers free online tours of certain exhibitions.

In celebration of Heritage Day, Iziko Museums will host a series of online events this week, 21 September to 27 September, as part of their in_herit FESTIVAL 2020. The program will include discussions, workshops and performances that you can enjoy at home. 

Iziko museums house natural history, social history and art collections in magnificent, historic buildings which in themselves are national treasures.

On Thursday, 17 September 2020, the Iziko South African Museum, the Iziko South African National Gallerythe Iziko Slave Lodge and the Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum have reopened to the public, and are running under new operating hours.

Visit the Provincial Archives

The Western Cape Archives and Records Service collects, manages and preserves records that form part of our archival heritage. These records are preserved for use by the government and people of South Africa.

The Provincial Archives, which is now open to the public, allows you to read documents dating back to the 17th century. The Provincial Archives will allow you to explore your family history, and perhaps give you a new perspective of South Africa.

Indigenous Games

Learn to play an indigenous game this Heritage Day

Indigenous games are part of our heritage, and we must keep the games alive. The indigenous games of South African are as diverse as the people that live here. Games such as dibeke (a running ball game), diketo (a coordination game), and all the other indigenous games play an important role in our identity, culture, and heritage.

When we master one of these games, we can teach it to somebody else and make sure that these sports and games don't become extinct.  This Heritage Day, take time to learn how to play one of these games and discover something of the past that we can take into the future. Have a look at the indigenous games general and code specific rules to get started.


VIDEO: We asked the question, what is your heritage?


Let’s rebuild our economy safely!

After months of having to close because of Covid-19, businesses across the Western Cape have opened up, stocked up and welcomed back staff and customers. But, to make sure we keep our economy growing, business owners need to carry on doing everything they can to keep their customers, staff and communities safe.iStock-1255373931.jpg

This means making sure masks are properly worn. That hands are kept clean. And that we ensure social distancing of one and a half meters apart, whenever possible.

Let’s go out and rebuild our economy, and let’s do it safely.

The resources below will assist your business in doing so. The business safety resources section also has material like posters, decals and leaflets to help your business keep your customers, staff and communities safe.

Let’s stay safe and move forward.

For employers

For employees

Health guidelines for the workplace

Business safety compliance

Report Covid-19 infections in the workplace

Business safety resources


Employment Opportunities for Unemployed Graduates


The initiative targets qualified unemployed graduates in agriculture, who want to venture into entrepreneurial projects related to agriculture.  The project is targeting unemployed graduates, a minimum of 50% must be women and 60% must be youth (18-35 years). The key placement components but not limited to the following:

  • Livestock rearing and poultry production;
  • Horticulture/crop production;
  • Aquaculture production;
  • Viticulture
  • Agro-processing.
  • Agricultural Extension
  • Agricultural Economics

Women and Persons with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Move your business online

With the GoDigital initiative, we'll help and support you with practical tools, tips and information on how to move your small business online.

Read more here...

Get support for your small farm from us

We support small scale farmers with skills development to ensure that they are able to contribute to food security in the province.

Visit the Western Cape Department of Agriculture's Farmer Support and Development webpage to find out more.

Webinar on transformation and market access for women in the agricultural sector

Join us for a live webinar on Thursday, 27 August 2020 | 11:00 to 12:30

Calling for participation in the Rural Crime Baseline Survey 2020

The Western Cape Government identified Safe and Cohesive communities as one of the Vision-Inspired Priorities (VIP) for the province.  This is reflected as one of the key priorities set by the Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer. Rural safety is key in ensuring that the agricultural sector is productive and sustainable, making it pivotal in improving the economy of the province.

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) has appointed Optimal Agricultural Business Systems (OABS) Development Consultants to conduct a survey to determine a baseline of crime in rural areas of the Western Cape Province.

The project commenced on 1 May 2020 and is expected to be completed by 30 October 2020. The aim of this study is to build a base of sound evidence on which the rollout of a rural safety plan for the Western Cape can be devised.

One of the key steps of the process is for the WCDoA to conduct a baseline survey on the incidence of crime, functioning of farm watches and perceptions of safety.  This will provide the WCDoA and other relevant stakeholders with an overview of the extent of crime in rural communities as well as the scope and extent of remedial measures that are currently in place.  The information deduced from the baseline survey will eventually be used to measure whether or not the implementation of any proposed interventions have yielded the desired results.

It is important to note that this baseline study will be conducted in partnership with both Agri Western Cape and the Western Cape branch of the African Farmers Association of South Africa (AFASA). It is therefore anticipated that the majority of respondents will be from these two organisations; however, to obtain the input and opinions of farmers not affiliated with any of these two organisations are equally essential to the study.

You are encouraged to participate in this survey as this would assist the Western Cape Government in getting a more comprehensive and accurate survey finding. Please find the links to the questionnaires below:

The survey will close on 21 August for producers and on 28 August for farm workers.

Media Enquiries:
Mary James
Head of Communication
Western Cape Department of Agriculture
Tel: 021 808 5008
Cell: 084 817 2376


Die Wes-Kaapse regering het veilige en samehangende gemeenskappe geïdentifiseer as een van die Visie-geïnspireerde Prioriteite (VIP) vir die provinsie. Dit word weerspieël as een van die belangrikste prioriteite wat deur die die Minister van Landbou, Dr. Ivan Meyer, gestel is. Veiligheid op die platteland is van kardinale belang om te verseker dat die landbousektor produktief en volhoubaar is, wat dit deurslaggewend maak om die ekonomie van die provinsie te verbeter.

Die Wes-Kaapse departement van landbou (WKDvL) het Optimal Agricultural Business Systems (OABS) -ontwikkelingskonsultante aangestel om 'n opname te doen om 'n basislyn van misdaad in landelike gebiede van die Wes-Kaap te bepaal.

Die projek is op 1 Mei 2020 van stapel gestuur en sal na verwagting teen 30 Oktober 2020 voltooi wees. Die doel van hierdie studie is om 'n basis van goeie bewyse te bou waarop die implementering van 'n landelike veiligheidsplan vir die Wes-Kaap bedink kan word.

Een van die belangrikste stappe van die proses is dat die WCDoA 'n basisondersoek doen oor die voorkoms van misdaad, die werking van plaaswagte en persepsies van veiligheid. Dit sal die WKDvL en ander relevante belanghebbendes 'n oorsig gee van die omvang van misdaad in landelike gemeenskappe, asook die omvang en mate van die regstellende maatreëls wat tans bestaan. Die inligting wat uit die basisondersoek afgelei word, sal uiteindelik gebruik word om te meet of die implementering van voorgestelde intervensies die gewenste resultate gelewer het al dan nie.

Dit is belangrik om daarop te let dat hierdie basisstudie in vennootskap met sowel Agri Wes-Kaap as die Wes-Kaapse tak van die African Farmers Association of South Africa (AFASA) gedoen sal word. Daarom word verwag dat die meerderheid respondente van hierdie twee organisasies sal kom. Om die insette en opinies te kry van boere wat nie met een van hierdie twee organisasies verbonde is nie, is egter ewe noodsaaklik vir die studie.

U word aangemoedig om aan hierdie opname deel te neem, aangesien dit die Wes-Kaapse regering behulpsaam sal wees om 'n meer omvattende en akkurate bevinding te kry. Vind die skakels na die vraelyste hieronder:

• Boere: Afrikaanse misdaad opname produsente vraelys en English crime survey producer questionnaire

• Plaaswerkers: Plaaswerker opname of Farm worker survey

• Plaaswagte en veiligheidsondernemings wat aktief betrokke is by misdaadvoorkomingsaktiwiteite (slegs Engels): Farm watch survey

Die opname sluit op 21 Augustus vir produsente en op 28 Augustus vir plaaswerkers.


Mary James
Hoof van Kommunikasie
Wes-Kaapse Departement van Landbou
Tel: 021 808 5008
Sel: 084 817 2376


Urhulumente weNtshona Koloni uphawule iindawo ezikhuselekileyo zokuhlala koluntu njengomnye wemibino ephambili (Vision-Inspired Priorities - VIP) kweli phondo. Oku kubonakaliswe njengenye yeenjongo eziphambili kwezimiselwe nguMphathiswa weZolimo, uGq. Ivan Meyer. Ukhuseleko lwasemaphandleni luyinto ephambili ekuqinisekiseni ukuba icandelo leemveliso zezolimo liyavelisa yaye lizinzile, nokwenza ukuba libe ngundoqo ekuphuculeni uqoqosho lweli phondo.

iSebe leZolimo eNtshona Koloni (WCDoA) lichonge eyona ndlela yokusebenza kwezolimo, ebizwa ngokuba yi “Optimal Agricultural Business Systems (OABS) Development Consultants” ukuze lenze uphando ngovavanyo zimvo ukuze kwazeke unobangela wolwaphulo-mthetho kwiindawo ezisemaphandleni kwiPhondo leNtshona Koloni.

Le projekthi iqalise nge 1 Meyi 2020 yaye kulindeleke ukuba igqitywe ngowama 30 ku Okthobha 2020. Injongo yoluphando ngeemvavanyo-zimvo kukufuna ukuba nobungqina obubambekayo nekuzakuthi kokhelwe phezu kwabo isicwangciso sokhuseleko kwiindawo ezisemaphandleni eNtshona Koloni.

 Elinye inyathelo elibalulekileyo kule nkqubo kukuba iSebe leZolimo eNtshona Koloni lenze uphando ngoonobangela kwizehlo zolwaphulo-mthetho, ukusebenza koonogada ezifama kunye nendlela olubonwa ngayo ukhuseleko

Oku kuyakunceda ukuba iSebe leZolimo eNtshona Koloni (WCDoA) kunye noogxa abanomdla koku, ukuba bakwazi ukubona kakuhle ukugabadela kolwaphulo-mthetho kwiindawo zokuhlala emaphandleni kwakunye nobunzulu kuquka neendlela zokulungisa ezikhoyo ngoku. Iinkcukacha zolwazi nezingunobangela kwezifunyenwe kolu phando ngeemvavanyo zimvo zizakusetyenziswa ekuboneni ukuba ingaba iziphumo eziphenjelelwe lungenelelo olwenziweyo zifikelele na kwiziphumo ebezilindelekile.

Kubalulekile ukuba siqaphele into yokuba olu phando ngeemvavanyo zimvo ezingunobangela, luzakwenziwa ngokuhlangene no Agri Western Cape kunye neSebe le African Farmers Association of South Africa (AFASA) eNtshona Koloni. Ngoko ke, kucingeleka into yokuba uninzi lwabantu abakuza phambili nezimvo zabo ngabo baphuma kule mibutho mibini; noko kunjalo, kusekwabalulekile kolu phando ukufumana igalelo nezimvo zamanye amafama angengomalungu kule mibutho.

Uyakhuthazwa ukuba uthathe inxaxheba kolu phando nanjengokuba oku kuyakunceda uRhulumente weNtshona Koloni ekubeni afumane iziphumo ezipheleleyo nezichanileyo kolu phando. Nceda ufumane indlela yokuqhakamshela kwimibuzo engezantsi:

Olu phando luzakuvalwa ngomhla wama 21 Agasti kubaVelisi ze luvalwe ngowama 28 Agasti kubasebenzi kwezolimo.

Mary James
Intloko Yezonxibelelwano
Sebe leZolimo eNtshona Koloni
Tel: 021 808 5008
Cell: 084 817 2376

Who is at risk of severe Covid-19?

Are you over 55?  

Or do you have a chronic condition?

You could be at risk of severe COVID-19  -  Stay Safe. Save Lives.  Read more...

A Budget to beat Covid-19

Special Adjustment Budget Address - A Budget to Beat Covid-19 in the Western Cape


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Special Adjustment Budget – A Budget to Beat Covid-19 in the Western Cape

We could not have imagined the size and the ferocity of the storm on the horizon when we tabled the main budget in Parliament. 

When the main budget was tabled, we committed to supporting the health department should Covid-19 reach the Western Cape.

We have seen some positive signs that the storm may be subsiding, but while we are hoping for the best, we have to plan for the worst in the Western Cape.

We have a plan, and we are executing that plan, which is why we are tabling “A Budget to Beat Covid-19 in the Western Cape” today in Parliament.

Which supports the immediate health response, humanitarian response and economic response in the fight against Covid-19 in the Western Cape.

We have worked hard to mobilise every cent available, and have allocated R3.05 billion to support the fight against Covid-19 in the Western Cape, which includes:

  • R1.8 billion to the Department of Health for personal protective equipment, temporary field hospitals, testing and screening, and additional bed capacity;
  • R400 million to the Department of Transport and Public Works for the hiring of venues and the purchase of services for quarantine and isolation facilities;
  • R310 million to the Department of Education for personal protective equipment, and the sanitisation of schools;
  • R84 million for humanitarian relief including inter alia:
  • R25.9 million to the Department of Social Development for an emergency food relief programme;
  • R18 million to the Department of Education for an emergency school feeding scheme; and
  • R17.8 million to the Department of Local Government for an emergency food relief programme;
  • R27 million to the Department of Local Government for the coordination and implementation of the response to the pandemic in hotspots;
  • R14 million to the Department of Economic Development and Tourism to support small businesses, workplace safety, and screening passengers at the George Airport; and
  • R12 million to the Department of Social Development for personal protective equipment and operational support to Old Age Homes and Early Childhood Development Centres across the Western Cape.

Our “Budget to Beat Covid-19 in the Western Cape” is a budget:

  • that funds field hospitals;
  • that funds isolation and quarantine facilities;
  • that funds emergency food relief;
  • that funds school feeding schemes;
  • that funds schools opening safely;
  • that funds businesses opening safely;

and in the end, saves lives, and saves livelihoods, in the Western Cape.

You can access the budget documents via the links provided below.

Minister's Speech - First Adjustment Budget 2020 (pdf, 139.94 KB)

First Adjusted Estimates Provincial Revenue Expenditure 2020 (pdf, 1.36 MB)

Western Cape Adjustments Appropriation Bill 2020_21 Financial Year (pdf, 669.83 KB)

Amended Allocations to Municipalities Notice (pdf, 250.62 KB)

Media Queries:

Francine Higham

Spokesperson for the Provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities

(Responsible for the Provincial Treasury and the Department of Economic Development and Tourism)

Cell: 071 087 5150


CASP Funding available

Applications for CASP Funding open - click on the image below for more information

Latest AgriProbe is now available

Click on the image below to view

Apply for the Social Relief of Distress grant

If you're currently unemployed, don't receive any income, social grant or UIF, you can apply for the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant by email, Whatsapp or USSD.

Here's how.

World Environment Day - 5 June 2020

All provinces to move to LEVEL 3 on 1 June 2020

The National Ministry of Health has officially confirmed that the entire country will love to Lockdown Level 3 on 1 June 2020.

Dr Mkhize said that there will be a constant assessment of each and every area and its rate of infection.

Alert Level 3 Summary

Read the Ministry of Health's official statement here.

COVID-19 Update - 28 May 2020 - Department of Planning, Monitor

Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma: Coronavirus Covid-19 Level 3 Lockdown Regulations



Analytical Laboratory will open from 1 June 2020

Please note that the Analytical Laboratory will be open from 1 June 2020. 

African Swine Fever

There has been an outbreak of African swine fever in the Amathole District in the Eastern Cape, but the disease has not yet been detected in the Western Cape.

These posters provide an easy guide on how to protect your pigs and recognise the signs. Please notify your state veterinarian or animal health technician if you suspect the disease.

See the attached map to locate the state veterinarian in your area.  MAP



View our Provincial Covid-19 Dashboard

Our dashboard is updated daily so you can keep up to date with the latest provincial Covid-19 figures.

Click on the image below to go to the Provincial Dashboard.

What is the "New Normal"?

What is the "New Normal"? 

Ongoing learning at the Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute


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Following the suspension of formal classes on 18 March 2020 and the closure of hostels on 20 March 2020 at the Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute (EATI), management has engaged students and parents to clarify the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown on the 2020 academic year.

Management and academic staff have implemented alternative interventions to ensure the continuation of the educational programme for its Higher Education and Training and Agricultural Skills Development streams.

A particular focus is placed on the final year candidates registered for the Bachelor of Agriculture (B Agric) offered in conjunction with the University of Stellenbosch (SU), the new three-year Diploma programme and the Learnership with its focus on Work-Integrated-Learning.

The B Agric students and lecturers have access to the support provided by the University of Stellenbosch’s SUNLearn, a Student Management System where all training material can be accessed, and feedback to lecturers can take place.

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture is developing a similar Moodle platform to SUNLearn for the other programmes offered by EATI.

Lecturers and staff are also involved in ongoing planning, design and facilitation of on-line distance learning and teaching through email, WhatsApp and conference calls.

EATI provides data to students who have limited means to obtain data. The courier of learning material augments this to about ninety students with little or no access to the network nor hardware such as computers or appropriate smart cellular phones.

The year planner was adjusted to accommodate the lack of contact teaching and practical engagements. At the same time, an alternative framework for assessments that maintains the integrity and quality of the course has been implemented, with a particular emphasis on ensuring that the current final year candidates can complete the year successfully.

The success of all our initiatives requires multiple efforts that include the student, parents, guardians and other family members who have been passing on information to students who have no other means of communicating with their lecturers.

I am thankful to the management and academic staff for their efforts and encourage our students to continue to work hard at their studies during the lockdown.

While our shared goal is completing the academic year successfully, doing so safely is non-negotiable. I, therefore, encourage everyone to adhere to the golden rules - wash hands with soap, practise social distancing, sanitise, wear cloth masks and stay indoors.

Media Enquiries

Daniel Johnson

Spokesperson for Minister Meyer

Tel: 079 990 4231



Agricultural Female Entrepreneur Awards 2020

To all women in the agricultural sectors in the Western Cape, it is time for the 2020 Agricultural Female Entrepreneur Awards.

If you are interested, visit our website, by clicking HERE, to download the criteria and nomination forms OR contact the District Manager/Co-ordinator in your region.