4 November 2015
Premier Helen Zille and Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde will lead a delegation to China to bolster trade and investment between that region and the Western Cape. Premier Zille and Minister Winde will depart for the official visit this weekend. The programme includes meeting with the South... ...read more
 
3 November 2015
American Foulbrood (AFB) is posing a serious threat to the Western Cape’s bee population, with knock on effects to the industry. AFB has proved difficult to control. If we do not take quick action, this could result in devastating economic losses, in primary agriculture and food security, putting th... ...read more
 
2 November 2015
The Western Cape’s top agricultural employee will be announced at a gala function this weekend. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the final regional competitions took place across the province over the past few months. This year, 1 247 residents participated in the competition, a... ...read more
 
29 October 2015
Accelerating the pace of transformation in the agricultural sector is one of my foremost priorities. Since 2009, the Western Cape Government has spent close to a half a billion rand on land reform and empowerment projects. An independent assessment found that over 60% of these projects were successf... ...read more
 
27 October 2015
Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, has conducted a site visit to Swartland to assess the impact of low rainfall on the region’s agricultural sector.  Minister Winde’s programme included a visit to the Western Cape Department of Agriculture’s research farm, Langgewens. Researchers at the... ...read more
 
19 October 2015
The world’s focus is shifting to Africa.   By 2030, the continent’s population is set to double and 50% of this expanding population will be living in cities. Six of the world’s fastest-growing economies are on this continent. Developed nations are increasing investment into Africa. It is evident th... ...read more
 
19 October 2015
This year the Province increased the total prize money to R1,8 million. The overall winner will win a R100 000 cash prize and international trip to a trade fair or conference to the value of R100 000. The areas of recognition were also expanded from five to twelve categories. The competition attract... ...read more
 
14 October 2015
The Western Cape’s top agricultural employee will be announced at a gala function next month. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the final regional competitions took place over the past month. “This year, 1 247 residents participated in the competition, a 20% increase from last yea... ...read more
 
13 October 2015
World Food Day is celebrated globally on Friday (16 October 2015). World Food Day seeks to highlight public awareness of the world food shortage and to strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty. According to the United Nations, there are 795 million undernourishe... ...read more
 
12 October 2015
A black-owned wine label in the Western Cape has launched a new offering, produced exclusively for one of South Africa’s biggest retailers. Thokozani Wines, an empowerment initiative from Diemersfontein Wine Estate, has launched their new wine label, Ovation. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportu... ...read more
 
9 October 2015
Statement by Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell and Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities  The Western Cape Government is closely monitoring the impact of unusually dry seasonal weather in some regions across the province.  Anton Bred... ...read more
 
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
 

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