The overall winner of the 2016 Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards is set to be announced next week.

Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the provincial winner would be selected from the regional finalists. Fifteen regional competitions took place between July and September, spanning the length and breadth of the province. Apart from a cash prize, the overall winner will receive the opportunity to go on an overseas study tour to learn more about global best practice in the agriculture sector. 

“There is a stigma attached to the idea of agriculture sector work, shaped in part by the legacies of the past.  Despite the end of Apartheid 22 years ago, further redress is still needed in this area of our economy. That is why when I received the portfolio of agriculture, I committed myself and my department to restoring dignity and respect to this crucial and important profession. Agriculture is an economic powerhouse in the province, employing over 150 000 people. Our agriculture sector makes up 22% of the sector country-wide. Our high-quality products are in demand across the world and agriculture employees of all skill levels play an important role in maintaining this reputation,” said Minister Winde. 

The initiative is co-sponsored by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and the Shoprite Group.

The Shoprite Group works to #ActForChange in the communities in which it operates, as communities are at the core of its business. The Group is therefore proud to partner with the Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards, because it honours agri workers who make such an important contribution to South Africa’s economy.

An overall winner will be selected from the following finalists:

Region 

Winner

Position 

Berg River

Johnny Cornelissen

Employed at Laborans (JDK) as a technical operator. 

Breede Valley

Uben van Rooyen

Manager at Werda Boerdery.

Durbanville

Joseph Phiri

Cellar foreman at De Grendel.

Central Karoo

Martha Klein 

Junior manager at Baakensrug.

EGVV  

Anton Alexander

HR officer at Crookes Brothers (Ouwerf Farm)

Franschhoek

Christie Davids

Junior manager at Anthonij Rupert Wines

Hex Valley

Franklin Jansen

Employed at J.S Jordaan Jamacajo as an administrative officer.

Klein Karoo

Salome April

Works in administration at the Amalienstein farm

Langeberg

Raymond Weels

Maintenance assistant at Graham Beck Wines

Overberg 

Olivia Theunissen

General worker at Wildekrans Estate. 

Olifants River    

Ryan Job

Works as a  junior manager at Radyn Boerdery Clanwilliam.

Piket-Bo-Berg

Hendrik Koordom

Assistant Production Manager at Achtevlei.

Stellenbosch 

Nelson Buthelezi

Assistant winemaker at Delheim

Swartland

Jafta Hendricks

Employed as a junior manager at Goedgedacht Trust Farm.

Witzenberg

Charmaine Scholtz

Works at Ceres Remhoogte Boerdery as a junior manager. 

 Apart from the overall winner and a best potential winner, a winner will also be announced in each of the following 11 categories:

  • General Worker 
  • Tractor Driver 
  • Administrative Personnel 
  • Animal Production 
  • Technical Operator 
  • Irrigation Specialist 
  • Social Development  
  • Agri-processing 
  • Foreman 
  • Junior Management 
  • Middle Management 

Over 9,369 agriculture employees have entered the competition since 2002. 


DETAILS:

DATE:              Saturday, 5 November 2016
VENUE:           Nederburg Wine Estate, Paarl 
TIME:               6pm

Kindly confirm attendance for catering purposes. 

High res images and brief profiles of the regional winners are available on request.


For media queries, kindly contact:

Bronwynne Jooste
Spokesperson: Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities
Tel: 021 483 3550
Cell: 060 970 4301
Email: bronwynne.jooste@westerncape.gov.za