1 November 2016
The Western Cape Government is disappointed that Saldanha Bay was not identified as a port for the importation of natural gas in the Preliminary Information Memorandum released by the Department of Energy on 3 October 2016. Further, there were no details provided on the Department of Energy’s plans... ...read more
30 October 2016
Minister Alan Winde has outlined the impact of extreme weather events on the Western Cape’s agriculture sector, including a snapshot of how the drought has affected different regions and crops in the province. “We are still experiencing drought conditions in some parts of the Western Cape. These tre... ...read more
14 October 2016
The Western Cape’s student winemakers have been named as among South Africa’s best. Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute students received gold status for their Elsenburg Muscat d’ Frontignan 2015, at the recently held VERITAS wine awards. The awards took place this month at the Cape Town Inter... ...read more
5 October 2016
Western Cape businesses have discussed the implications for the province’s economy of the anticipated United Kingdom exit from the European Union. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, yesterday chaired a seminar of 30 local businesses from various sectors. The seminar was hosted by Wesgro... ...read more
13 September 2016
Eight of the Western Cape’s top agriculture employees have been identified following a series of regional competitions. The competitions took place between July and September 2016. Commending the winners, Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said: “I’d like to congratulate all the regiona... ...read more
9 September 2016
There have been three reported cases of rabies in the Western Cape. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the cases occurred last week.  “Following each of these cases, vets from the Department of Agriculture have vaccinated all dogs and cats in the surrounding areas.  The vets host r... ...read more
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