1 June 2016
Testing is ongoing after an initial outbreak of African Horse Sickness in the Boland area in April this year. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said 21 horses on eight properties have tested positive since the detection of the first case: “All the horses which have tested positive were... ...read more
 
31 May 2016
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 Depar... ...read more
 
17 May 2016
Today (17 May 2016), the Western Cape Government launched a ground-breaking climate change response strategy, known as Smart Agri. Smart Agri was unveiled by Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, and Anton Bredell, Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Plannin... ...read more
 
28 April 2016
A Western Cape cheese has been named as South Africa’s best dairy product of the year. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, congratulated Dalewood for clinching the top award at the 2016 SA Dairy Championships. The Dalewood “Fromage Huguenot” was named South African Dairy Product of the Y... ...read more
 
26 April 2016
The table grape industry provides over 29 000 direct jobs to the region each year. These figures were shared at the South Africa Table Grape Industry Annual General Meeting, which was held last week. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, addressed the AGM. Key industry figures include: In... ...read more
 
26 April 2016
No new cases of African Horse Sickness have been detected in the Western Cape, resulting in a revision to the movement restrictions. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, today (26 April 2016) announced the new borders of the containment zone. “Movement restrictions are still in force with... ...read more
 
22 April 2016
In a major boost for market access for the province’s exports, the Western Cape’s veterinary laboratory has received international accreditation for its animal disease testing processes.  Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, will visit the team at the Western Cape Provincial Veterinary La... ...read more
 
21 April 2016
Emerging Western Cape fruit farmers are set to receive R120 million in funding to boost their businesses. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said 20 black deciduous fruit farmers in the province would benefit from the grant which the province secured through an application to the Jobs F... ...read more
 
13 April 2016
In a bid to protect the province’s multi-million rand horse export industry, vets in the Western Cape have moved swiftly to contain the spread of African Horse Sickness. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, yesterday (12 April 2016) visited Schoongezicht, the Paarl farm where a horse died... ...read more
 
8 April 2016
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture is investigating a suspected case of African Horse Sickness. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, today (8 April 2016) said the suspected case had been detected by a private vet in Paarl, through clinical surveillance. “Samples collected from the... ...read more
 
8 April 2016
Drought affected farmers have been warned against a scam which promises government funding in exchange for a fee. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the National Department Of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) had issued an alert about the alleged scam. “We have received r... ...read more
 
4 April 2016
The Western Cape is South Africa's fastest job-creating region.  Download infographic for more information.
 
31 March 2016
The Western Cape Government has thrown a R23 million lifeline to farmers hit by the impact of drought.  Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, made the announcement yesterday (30 March 2016) during his 2016/17 budget speech for the Department of Agriculture.  This is in addition to the R11... ...read more
 
30 March 2016
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... ...read more
 
26 February 2016
We are strong enough, resilient enough and creative enough to manage and overcome our economic challenges. Download the full speech here.
 
24 February 2016
In a landmark innovation for the international wine industry, a Western Cape wine label has launched a red wine wooded with honeybush. Audacia, a Stellenbosch winery, this morning (23 February 2016) launched the new product at the offices of Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities. Audacia Na... ...read more
 
17 February 2016
Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, today (17 February 2016) announced the new members of the board of Wesgro, the Cape’s destination marketing, trade and investment promotion agency. Minister Winde has appointed three new members to the board who bring to it a diverse set of skills: Sip... ...read more
 
1 February 2016
The Western Cape’s agricultural sector has rallied around those farmers worst affected by the drought. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, this morning visited a farm in Malmesbury where animal feed was being prepared for dispatch to Klipbrand. Around 100 tonnes of animal feed was collec... ...read more
 
29 January 2016
The fires that spread through Simonsberg last week will have a minimal impact on the Western Cape’s 2016 wine harvest. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, today (28 January 2016) addressed the effects of the fires and the drought on the province’s wine industry during a visit to Thokozan... ...read more
 
29 January 2016
A ban on the direct movement of horses into the Western Cape’s African Horse Sickness (AHS) Controlled Area zones comes into effect on Monday (1 February 2016). Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the movement restrictions meant that all horses entering the province’s AHS Controlled... ...read more
 

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