Eight of the Western Cape’s top agriculture employees have been identified following a series of regional competitions.

The competitions took place between July and September 2016.

Commending the winners, Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said: “I’d like to congratulate all the regional winners. It is through their hard work that agriculture added over 80 000 jobs to the economy last year.”

Competitions for the following regions are still set to take place later this month:

  • Berg River
  • Piket-Bo-Berg
  • Franschhoek
  • Stellenbosch
  • Central Karoo

All the regional winners are automatically entered into the provincial competition – the 2016 Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards – where the Western Cape’s top agricultural worker will be announced during a gala ceremony on Saturday, 5 November 2016.

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

Shoprite is proud to partner with the Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards as it honours farmworkers who make a significant contribution to South Africa’s economy.

A total of 15 different regional competitions are set to take place. The top agriculture employees that have been identified to date are: 






Charmaine Scholtz

Works at Ceres Remhoogtee Boerdery.


Anton Alexander

HR manager at Ouwerf.

Klein Karoo

Salome April

Works in administration at the Amalstein farm.

Breede Valley

Uben van Rooyen

Manager at Werda Boerdery.

Hex Valley

Franklin Jansen

Employed at J.S Jordaan Jamacajo.


Jafta Hendricks

Employed in junior management at Goedgedacht Trust.


Joseph Phiri

Cellar foreman at De Grendel.

Olifants River   

Ryan Job

Works in junior management Radyn Boerdery Clanwilliam.















A winner, runner-up and second runner-up are also selected 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

As part of the judging process, entrants are scored on their overall knowledge of the agriculture sector and finance issues in the country and on-farm, including budgeting and costing. Entrants are assessed on topics such as Black Economic Empowerment and the export chain. Experience and agricultural skills are also key criteria.

Over 6 000 agriculture employees have entered the competition since 2002.

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

For more information on the regional competitions set to take place later this month, please see attached.

Bronwynne Jooste
Spokesperson: Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities
Responsible for Tourism, Economic Development and Agriculture
Western Cape Government

Tel: 021 483 3550
Cell: 060 970 4301
Email: bronwynne.jooste@westerncape.gov.za
Website: www.elsenburg.com
Twitter: bronwynnejooste