22 January 2016
The Western Cape Government hopes on Monday (25 January 2016) to start an impact assessment of the recent fires on the agriculture sector. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said teams from the Western Cape Department of Agriculture aimed to visit affected farms on Monday. “If the fire... ...read more
20 January 2016
Drought takes multi-billion rand toll on economy; emergency funding top priority The Western Cape Government will this week table a report on the impact of the drought in our province at a meeting of the country’s agriculture Ministers. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, will table the... ...read more
7 January 2016
Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, today approved an emergency subsistence support package for designated emerging farmers whose livelihoods and businesses are at risk due to the drought in the West Coast and Central Karoo Districts. Today’s announcement came after a string... ...read more
10 December 2015
Western Cape residents who are making a significant impact on food security in their communities were honoured for their achievements this week. The Western Cape Department of Agriculture hosted its Food Garden Competition in Suurbrak on 7 December. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, at... ...read more
4 December 2015
One of the Western Cape’s biggest tourism attractions is reporting a dramatic increase in visitor numbers ahead of the peak summer season. Groot Constantia, South Africa’s oldest wine-producing estate, recorded a remarkable 56% increase in visitor numbers in October and a 55% increase in turn-over f... ...read more
2 December 2015
Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, delivered his mid-term budget speeches for the Departments of Agriculture and Economic Development and Tourism. Allocations were made to respond swiftly to the most pressing needs in the agriculture sector and to projects which had the most potential f... ...read more
18 November 2015
Western Cape-China trade relations have been strengthened ahead of a key summit focused on increasing cooperation between Africa and Asia’s biggest economy. Premier Helen Zille and Economic Opportunities Minister, Alan Winde, returned yesterday from a successful trade mission to China. The delegatio... ...read more
13 November 2015
South African wine exports to China are increasing rapidly, having reached 11 million litres in 2014. The Western Cape is driving a focused strategy as part of Project Khulisa to sustain this growth. A high level delegation from the Western Cape Government is in China this week on an official visit... ...read more
12 November 2015
Western Cape Premier Helen Zille yesterday (11 November 2015) took part in the official opening of one of Asia’s largest food and wine shows, the Food Hotel China exhibition (FHC). Premier Zille was joined at the opening by government ministers from the United Kingdom and Denmark. Thirty-eight of th... ...read more
9 November 2015
The Western Cape’s top agricultural employee has been crowned. Alexious Shoko, from Piket Bo-berg, was named as the Farm Worker of the Year 2015. The gala ceremony took place on Saturday night (7 November 2015) at the Nederburg Wine Estate in Paarl. Shoko is an assistant production manager at the Mo... ...read more
8 November 2015
One of the Western Cape’s award-winning agricultural employees will be travelling to France for cutting-edge agri-business training. Jerome Thomas, who is a supervisor at the Kanonkop wine estate, was the 2014 winner of the Farm Worker of the Year Competition. The trip was part of his prize. Thomas... ...read more
8 November 2015
South Africa’s export market faces a major threat as the United States of America moves to suspend trade benefits of all SA agricultural products. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said he was concerned about the impact of revoking South Africa’s status under the African Growth and Opp... ...read more
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