28 February 2017
Interim reports on the impact of the recent fires on the agriculture and tourism sectors indicate significant damage in some parts of the province. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, today (28 February 2017) revealed an interim assessment on the extent of the damage to the agriculture s... ...read more
 
27 February 2017
The latest report on the state of water use and management in South Africa will be launched this week. During the next First Thursday (2 March 2017), GreenCape will launch its Water 2017 Market Intelligence Report. The report investigates the cost of water, water use by sector, investment opportunit... ...read more
 
14 February 2017
Jobs in the Western Cape’s agriculture sector have increased by 17%, according to the latest figures from Statistics South Africa. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said Stats SA’s Quarterly Labour Force Survey, which was released earlier today (14 February 2017), showed that 250 000 p... ...read more
 
26 January 2017
The 2017 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, which took place in the city this week, earned record revenue. Hosted at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, the average price per yearling was R699 212, up 16.9% from 2016. Klawervlei stud topped the vendor’s list with R47 million worth of horses sold... ...read more
 
25 January 2017
A temporary steel structure has been erected to stem water losses at a severed section of the canal which transports water from the Clanwilliam Dam to farms. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the Western Cape Department of Agriculture visited the site on Friday (20 January 2017).... ...read more
 
20 January 2017
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture will today (20 January 2017) conduct a site visit to Clanwilliam after reports of a canal break earlier this week. A panel in one of the canals near the Bulshoek Dam broke and was washed away, due to aging infrastructure. The resulting hole was reducing wat... ...read more
 
12 December 2016
Residents in the West Coast have been awarded for boosting food security in the province. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, today (12 December 2016) announced the winners of a competition seeking to honour residents for their food gardens in Pella, Mamre and Atlantis. An initiative of... ...read more
 
9 December 2016
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture is tracking several incidences of a pest affecting tomato crops. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the tomato leaf miner (Tuta Absoluta), a species of moth which attacks tomato crops, had now been detected in the Western Cape, despite att... ...read more
 
1 December 2016
Drought relief funding for emerging farmers and a boost to government’s apprenticeship progamme were two of the shifts announced in Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde’s mid-year budget speech. Minister Winde yesterday (30 November 2016) tabled the mid-term budget allocations for the Departme... ...read more
 
29 November 2016
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 a... ...read more
 
23 November 2016
Agribusinesses will pitch for multi-billion rand investments at the African Agri Investment Indaba in Cape Town next week. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the event is Africa’s largest agriculture investment gathering. It is a partnership between the Western Cape Government, Wes... ...read more
 
18 November 2016
Statement by Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities I have been briefed on the findings of the Department of Labour’s investigation into the allegations made in a recent documentary on the wine industry. The Western Cape Government assisted in this investigation, and welcomes the issuing of... ...read more
 
11 November 2016
The Western Cape and Upper Austria have joined forces to boost agricultural skills in the two regions. Set to start in 2018, an agricultural student exchange will see young people from the Western Cape attending HLFS St.Florian and HLFS Elmberg, leading agriculture schools in Upper Austria. The Memo... ...read more
 
8 November 2016
Anton Alexander has been named the winner of the 2016 Prestige Agri Worker Awards. Alexander hails from the Elgin, Grabouw, Vyeboom and Villiersdorp (EGV&V) region where he works as an HR (human resources) officer at the Ouwerf Farm (Crookes Brothers). “Agriculture is more than a job, it is a li... ...read more
 
1 November 2016
The Western Cape Government is disappointed that Saldanha Bay was not identified as a port for the importation of natural gas in the Preliminary Information Memorandum released by the Department of Energy on 3 October 2016. Further, there were no details provided on the Department of Energy’s plans... ...read more
 
30 October 2016
Minister Alan Winde has outlined the impact of extreme weather events on the Western Cape’s agriculture sector, including a snapshot of how the drought has affected different regions and crops in the province. “We are still experiencing drought conditions in some parts of the Western Cape. These tre... ...read more
 
14 October 2016
The Western Cape’s student winemakers have been named as among South Africa’s best. Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute students received gold status for their Elsenburg Muscat d’ Frontignan 2015, at the recently held VERITAS wine awards. The awards took place this month at the Cape Town Inter... ...read more
 
5 October 2016
Western Cape businesses have discussed the implications for the province’s economy of the anticipated United Kingdom exit from the European Union. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, yesterday chaired a seminar of 30 local businesses from various sectors. The seminar was hosted by Wesgro... ...read more
 
13 September 2016
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 regiona... ...read more
 
9 September 2016
There have been three reported cases of rabies in the Western Cape. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the cases occurred last week.  “Following each of these cases, vets from the Department of Agriculture have vaccinated all dogs and cats in the surrounding areas.  The vets host r... ...read more
 

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