Today (29 November 2016), Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, delivered a keynote address at the African Agri Investment Indaba. It is a partnership between the Western Cape Government, Wesgro and the African Agri Council. Over 600 investors, agribusinesses, senior government officials and industry experts are attending the Indaba to discuss how to further strengthen Africa’s agricultu...
Top entrepreneurs in the Western Cape’s agriculture sector are called to enter the Female Entrepreneur Awards. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, encouraged women to enter the competition, which closes on 3 June. The Female Entrepreneur Awards is a partnership between the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the provincial departments of Agriculture. In 2015,...
I am standing before you today during an extraordinary time for our agriculture sector. This month we learned that the Western Cape’s agriculture sector is creating jobs at the fastest pace in the country. According to the latest figures from Statistics South Africa, the number of people employed in our agricultural sector has grown by more than 63 per cent year-on-year. This is compared to 16% na...
In a bold move to sustain the Western Cape’s agricultural sector, the province has launched the GreenAgri web-based portal. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, officially launched the portal on Wednesday, 9 September 2015, at the Backsberg Estate Cellars. The initiative is a partnership between the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and GreenCape. “The GreenAgri portal will be an i...
Today (9 September 2015), Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, addressed the Landcare Conference, which is being hosted by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture at Elsenburg. Minister Winde outlined the impacts of climate change and the Western Cape’s strategy to deal with these factors. Please see Minister Winde’s full address below. This year’s Landcare conference comes at a very...
Construction is well underway at Saldanha Bay’s Industrial Development Zone, which is set to position the Western Cape as a rig repair hub. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said that enabling oil and gas servicing at Saldanha was central to Project Khulisa’s drive to grow the sector. “Focusing specifically on upstream and midstream services such as rig repair, this sector already pr...
The first regional winner in an initiative celebrating excellence in the Western Cape’s agricultural sector will be announced this week. The first regional winner of the 2015 Farmworker Competition, co-sponsored by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and Shoprite, South Africa’s largest retail chain, will be announced at the Witzenberg regional ceremony. The ceremony will take place in the...
A R1 billion Halaal agri-processing food park is proposed for the Western Cape, as part of the province’s Project Khulisa growth strategy. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the Western Cape Government in partnership with the Western Cape Fine Foods Initiative and the private sector were working to develop the park. “The global Halaal market is worth $2.3 trillion. The proposed H...
5 May 2015 A set of ground-breaking innovations for the South African agricultural sector were showcased in the Western Cape today. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, this morning (5 May 2015) delivered the keynote address at a technology exhibition hosted by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture. The 11 projects were presented to stakeholders at the Percheron Hall in Elsenburg....
MEDIA RELEASE: Western Cape Government trade visit paves the way for business partnerships with Angola   29 April 2015   The Western Cape Government’s official visit to Angola has paved the way for 17 local businesses to establish trade partnerships with our African counterpart. Premier Helen Zille and Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, aided by Wesgro, this week led a business delega...
  Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde’s mission to the United Arab Emirates has boosted bilateral relations between the regions. Following Minister Winde’s visit to the UAE, plans have been put in place to strengthen partnerships in Project Khulisa’s areas of strategic focus, including increasing exports of Western Cape products and boosting tourism for our region. Minister Winde said sever...
The Western Cape and Malaysia are set to partner to boost the development of a halal food hub in South Africa. The Western Cape Fine Food Initiative and the Malaysian Industry Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) will sign a co-operation agreement to foster partnerships between the halal industries of the two countries. It coincides with the 12th International Halal Showcase 2015 which is...
Mr Speaker Premier Zille Cabinet colleagues and Members of the Provincial Legislature Director-General and Heads of Departments Our partners in business, civil society and labour Residents of the Western Cape The media And finally, my very special guests to today’s sitting – the residents of our province who work in and drive our agricultural sector I am delivering today’s budget speech during an...
Premier Helen Zille and Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, this week launched a multi-million rand business incubator to support tech entrepreneurs and drive job creation in Khayelitsha and Mitchell's Plain. Premier Zille and Minister Winde this month officially launched the Barn Khayelitsha, based at the City of Cape Town's Lookout Hill premises. The Barn's priority areas will includ...
A Western Cape winery is ready to revolutionise his industry after patenting a ground-breaking technique using Rooibos and Honeybush in the production of wine, beer and cider. Today, Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, visited Audacia Wines in Stellenbosch for a closer look at the innovative technique, which is the brainchild of local entrepreneur Trevor Strydom. Strydom has replaced t...
In a bid to address water shortages in the Eden district, the Western Cape Government will fund R2.1 million for a set of interventions aimed at increasing the region's water supply. The provincial departments of Local Government, Agriculture and Provincial Treasury have allocated the money for relief measures in Zoar, the most water stressed area in the region. Zoar is part of the Kannaland Munic...
Today (23 January 2014) Minister Alan Winde addressed students at the start of the academic year at Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute in Stellenbosch. This year 235 first-students enrolled in the institute. It’s such a pleasure to be here at the Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute today. You find yourselves in this industry at a very exciting time. In the Western Cape, we are...
In a bid to halt the losses of millions of rands in agricultural produce, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture has channelled close to R1 million emergency funding into Clanwilliam after a canal break earlier this month. The Provincial Department of Agriculture has spent R975 000 on a generator and water pumps to stabilise the water supply to farms and residents in the area. Alan Winde, Mini...