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
20 August 2015
The Western Cape’s top female entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector have been crowned. The winners of the Western Cape leg of the Female Entrepreneur Awards, were announced last night (19 August 2015). The competition is a partnership between the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and F... ...read more
7 August 2015
The European Union has lifted the four-year ban on South African ostrich exports. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the European Commission this week lifted the ban on the export of fresh ostrich meat into the EU, which will come into effect in late August 2015. “This is excellent... ...read more
7 August 2015
JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT BY DONALD GRANT AND ALAN WINDE MINISTER OF TRANSPORT AND PUBLIC WORKS MINISTER OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES Recent reports alleging that the Department of Transport and Public Works has issued eviction notices on 50 families are inaccurate. The matter relates to households occupyi... ...read more
3 August 2015
Lien Visagie, the first winner of an initiative celebrating excellence in the Western Cape’s agricultural sector, is a woman on a mission. Speaking after winning the Witzenberg regional 2015 Farmworker Competition of the Year, Lien, who works at Donkerbos near Rietfontein, had an inspiring message f... ...read more
31 July 2015
A Western Cape winery has launched the world’s first Sulphite-free white wine, made using Honeybush and Rooibos chips. Economic Opportunities Minister, Alan Winde, joined Audacia director Trevor Strydom and wine-maker Neil Patterson for the launch of the pioneering new wine this morning. Speaking at... ...read more
30 July 2015
The latest projections for the Western Cape and South Africa agricltural sector will be released this week. The Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) baseline will be launched at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West on Friday, 31 July 2015. Researchers from the Universities of Pretoria,... ...read more