28 September 2015
The Western Cape Government has launched a bold strategy to double the size of the province’s agri-processing sector, adding up to a further 100 000 jobs to the economy. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said Project Khulisa had identified agri-processing as a key sector for the provin... ...read more
15 September 2015
Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, today (15 September 2015) highlighted the economic impact of the wine industry during his address at Cape Wine 2015. Hosted at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Wine is an international wine trade show which showcases the South Africa... ...read more
11 September 2015
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 yesterday (9 September 2015) at the Backsberg Estate Cellars. The initiative is a partnership bet... ...read more
9 September 2015
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 fact... ...read more
3 September 2015
The Western Cape’s leading agricultural employees were celebrated in a series of award ceremonies across the province this August. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, congratulated the regional winners of the 2015 Farm Worker of the Year Competition. The regional winners were crowned and... ...read more
31 August 2015
A Western Cape female farmer, Tenjiwe Kaba, has been selected as one of the country’s top agri-entrepreneurs. Kaba was named as one of the winners in the Female Entrepreneur Awards, which were held in Durban last night. Last week, she won the subsistence producer category in the Western Cape leg of... ...read more
25 August 2015
In a major boost for agricultural innovation and skills development, the  Western Cape Government has strengthened its partnership with Stellenbosch University. Yesterday (24 August 2015), Joyene Isaacs, Head of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and Professor Eugene Cloete, Vice-Rector: Res... ...read more
20 August 2015
The Western Cape’s top female entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector have been crowned. The winners of the Western Cape leg of the Female Entrepreneur Awards, were announced last night (19 August 2015). The competition is a partnership between the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and F... ...read more
7 August 2015
The European Union has lifted the four-year ban on South African ostrich exports. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the European Commission this week lifted the ban on the export of fresh ostrich meat into the EU, which will come into effect in late August 2015. “This is excellent... ...read more
7 August 2015
JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT BY DONALD GRANT AND ALAN WINDE MINISTER OF TRANSPORT AND PUBLIC WORKS MINISTER OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES Recent reports alleging that the Department of Transport and Public Works has issued eviction notices on 50 families are inaccurate. The matter relates to households occupyi... ...read more
3 August 2015
Lien Visagie, the first winner of an initiative celebrating excellence in the Western Cape’s agricultural sector, is a woman on a mission. Speaking after winning the Witzenberg regional 2015 Farmworker Competition of the Year, Lien, who works at Donkerbos near Rietfontein, had an inspiring message f... ...read more
31 July 2015
A Western Cape winery has launched the world’s first Sulphite-free white wine, made using Honeybush and Rooibos chips. Economic Opportunities Minister, Alan Winde, joined Audacia director Trevor Strydom and wine-maker Neil Patterson for the launch of the pioneering new wine this morning. Speaking at... ...read more
30 July 2015
The latest projections for the Western Cape and South Africa agricltural sector will be released this week. The Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) baseline will be launched at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West on Friday, 31 July 2015. Researchers from the Universities of Pretoria,... ...read more
29 July 2015
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 retai... ...read more
29 July 2015
Western Cape winery, Audacia, is set to extend its Rooibos-wooded range with the launch of another world-first, a  “No Sulphites Added” Rooibos wooded white wine. To showcase innovation in the agri-processing sector, Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde will join Audacia director, Trevor Stryd... ...read more
27 July 2015
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 secto... ...read more
15 July 2015
Premier Helen Zille and Economic Opportunities Minister, Alan Winde, today (15 July 2015) officially opened entries for the Western Cape’s 2015 Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards. The province’s top entrepreneurs are invited to enter the competition, which celebrates innovative people who are drivi... ...read more
14 July 2015
Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, has welcomed the Western Cape High Court’s ruling declaring “garnishee orders” against farm workers unlawful. The application was brought by the University of Stellenbosch Legal Aid Clinic and 15 residents against a range of lenders. At the core of the... ...read more
25 June 2015
Around 600 school learners from across the province attended the Western Cape Government’s career exhibition showcasing the agricultural sector’s innovative career options. The two-day career exhibition was hosted by the Provincial Department of Agriculture in partnership with Boschendal. It kicked... ...read more
24 June 2015
Western Cape wine producers have been ranked as South Africa’s best, according to results published in the latest industry index. SA Wine Index this week released its 2015 Wine Awards Report, a comparison of the results of 84 global competitions, wine reviews and listings reworked into a single scor... ...read more