6 September 2016
A booklet aimed at teaching South African children how to care for the environment was launched in the Western Cape. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, officially launched the Soil Blanket booklet at the Sustainability Institute yesterday morning (5 September 2016). The event coincided... ...read more
 
26 August 2016
Two Western Cape women have won top honours at the National Female Entrepreneur Awards. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, congratulated Lindelwa Mabuya and Caroline de Villiers who were announced as national winners during last night’s ceremony in Polokwane. Earlier this month, in the... ...read more
 
17 August 2016
South African wine exports reached 313 million litres in 2015 and are projected to grow by a further 13% in the next decade. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the latest Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy baseline provided a snapshot of the country’s wine industry. The 2016 B... ...read more
 
15 August 2016
The Western Cape’s top women in agriculture have been announced. Alan Winde, the Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the winners of the Female Entrepreneur Awards were announced at a ceremony at Ashanti Estate in Paarl last night (11 August 2016). Minister Winde congratulated the winners. “The... ...read more
 
5 July 2016
Horse exports from the Western Cape have this week resumed following an outbreak of African Horse Sickness in the region earlier this year. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said 82 horses are leaving the city this month destined for the province’s strategic export markets. The first e... ...read more
 
30 June 2016
Following a successful two-day drought dialogue, the Western Cape government has compiled a list of priority areas that will drive the province’s drought mitigation strategies into the future. The drought dialogue was hosted by Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities and Agriculture, and Anto... ...read more
 
29 June 2016
An intervention by the Western Cape’s Red Tape Reduction Unit has saved a city firm’s lucrative export deal.   Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, yesterday (28 June 2016) visited Southern Spars, a Montague Gardens-based masts, booms and rigging firm. Minister Winde said the company was... ...read more
 
27 June 2016
Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, will tomorrow (27 June 2016) highlight some of the red tape concerns facing exports, and discuss the possible economic impact of Brexit, the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union. The briefing will take place during a visit by Minister Wind... ...read more
 
21 June 2016
A landmark trade agreement with the European Union will deliver a massive boost to the Western Cape’s wine exports. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, welcomed the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) signed between the European Union and six countries of the Southern African Developmen... ...read more
 
20 June 2016
Emerging entrepreneurs from across the Western Cape are encouraged to apply for an accredited business skills training programme.  One thousand small and medium sized businesses will be given an opportunity to complete the Emerging Business Support programme over the next six months. A lack of busin... ...read more
 
15 June 2016
Young people interested in working in our dynamic agri sector are encouraged to apply to study at the Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute. Speaking ahead of Youth Day tomorrow, Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said applications for 2017 close on 30 June. The Western Cape Departm... ...read more
 
14 June 2016
Movement controls within the surveillance zone to contain an outbreak of African Horse Sickness in the Boland have been lifted. Alan Winde, Minster of Economic Opportunities, today announced that the containment zone had been dissolved. “A case of African horse sickness (AHS) was detected through cl... ...read more
 
13 June 2016
On the road to awarding the Western Cape’s top agricultural worker, a series of provincial competitions are set to kick off next month. Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, and the Shoprite Group, officially launched the 2016 Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards today (13 June 2016) during a... ...read more
 
8 June 2016
Emerging farmers are encouraged to apply for multimillion rand grant funding to grow their agri-businesses. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, today (8 June 2016) announced that the Western Cape Department of Agriculture has set aside R117 million in 2017/18 to support emerging farmers... ...read more
 
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
 

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