Agricultural Female Entrepreneur Awards 2020

To all women in the agricultural sectors in the Western Cape, it is time for the 2020 Agricultural Female Entrepreneur Awards.

If you are interested, visit our website, by clicking HERE, to download the criteria and nomination forms OR contact the District Manager/Co-ordinator in your region.




From the desk of the President - 6 April 2020

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Important Contact Information

Kindly note that due to the national lockdown only minimum and critical services will be available to our clients.

For Stakeholder Relations, contact Deputy Director-General,

Mr Darryl Jacobs via Email: or Cell: 083 641 5178

For Veterinary Services, contact

Dr Gin Msiza via Email: or Cell: 084 604 6705

For Farmer Support and Development, contact

Mr Jerry Aries via Email: or Cell: 082 801 3865

For any other enquiries, please Email: and will then direct you to the relevant person.


We thank you for your support and understanding and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.  

Please stay home and #StopTheSpread.

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CoronaVirus - All you need to know

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Budget of R970,556 million tabled for 2020/2021 - Western Cape Agriculture

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On Thursday, 19 March 2020, the Western Cape Provincial Department of Agriculture’s 2020/2021 Budget of R970,556 million was tabled in the Western Cape Legislature.

The 2020/2021 budget is allocated as follows:

  • Sustainable resource Management:    R130 621 million
  • Farmer Support and Development:    R293 681 million
  • Veterinary Services R108 226 million:    R108 228 million
  • Research and Technology:    R161 160 million
  • Agricultural Economic Services:    R43 562 million
  • Structured agricultural Education and Training:    R62 466 million and
  • Rural Development:    R30 268 million                     

Key initiatives planned for 2020/2021 include:

  • R20 million for three cold rooms in support of the black commercial farmer initiative in the Overberg District.
  • R10 million is assigned for the purpose of market access improvement through Biotechnology and increasing fruit export opportunities in Africa.
  • R49.5 million is earmarked for drought related interventions in the 2020/2021 financial year
  • An additional once-off allocation of R20 million in 2020/21 is towards raising the canal walls of the Brandvlei Dam.
  • Yesterday, I also welcomed the news that the National Government has allocated a further R25 million towards drought mitigation in the Central Karoo and Garden Route Districts.

Given the circumstances under which this budget is being tabled, Honourable Speaker, I will, as soon as it is safe to do so, travel across the Western Cape to meet with agriculture stakeholders to further unpack the benefits and services this budget will bring to their respective districts.

Media Queries:

Daniel Johnson
Spokesperson for Minister Meyer
Tel: 079 9904 231




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New Head of Agriculture for Western Cape

Dr Ivan Meyer, Provincial Minister of Agriculture in the Western Cape, has officially announced Dr Mogale Sebopetsa as the new Head of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA).

Minister Meyer: “I am looking forward to working with the newly appointed Head of Department (HoD) for Agriculture in the Western Cape. He has extensive public sector management skills and will bring knowledge as an agricultural scientist. He has also established a good working relationship with agricultural stakeholders.”

Dr Sebopetsa currently holds the post of Chief Director: Farmer Support and Development at the WCDoA.  He started working at the Department in 2006 and has been working in the agricultural sector for over 20 years.

Previously, he worked for the Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and also lectured at the University of Limpopo for some time. 

He has played a pivotal role in establishing various policies to the benefit of farmer development - for which he has a great passion - and used this deep interest in improving the lives of farmers as the back bone for his PhD; his research focused on the developing an extension framework for smallholder farming.

Dr Sebopetsa has a clear vision for the Department and has hopes to improve farmer development and food security for the Province in his five-year contract period. 

“I would like to continue to build on existing and explore new partnerships with other key role players within the agricultural sector to ensure a more food secure and economically prosperous Western Cape,” said Dr Sebopetsa.

Dr Sebopetsa, is someone who believes in continuous learning and believes in the motto, “You can’t solve today’s problems with yesterday’s thinking.”

“The Western Cape Government has a clear vision when it comes to its citizens, with a focus on bettering lives, this is further emphasised in the five key priority areas as set out by Minister Meyer.  This can only be achievable through the continued goodwill between the Department and the industry.  I hope to strengthen and deepen these already existing partnerships and collaborations,” said the enthusiastic new HoD. 

“I would like to thank the outgoing HoD Ms Joyene Isaacs for her continued guidance and support since 2006.  She has done a sterling job in ensuring that the foundations are laid, making it easier for me to expand and build on this legacy,” Dr Sebopetsa said.

Ms Joyene Isaacs, the outgoing HoD said, “Mogale has been a stalwart in the Department and I hand over the reins with confidence knowing he can and will take this Department to new heights.”

Dr Sebopetsa will assume his duties as new HoD for Agriculture in the Western Cape from 1 April 2020. 

Dr Mogale Sebopetsa


Media Queries

Daniel Johnson
Spokesperson for Minister Ivan Meyer
Tel: 021 483 3261
Cell: 072 372 704

Starting your own small business?

Starting your own Small Business?

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One of the most frequently raised frustrations businesses contacting the Red Tape Reduction Business Helpline have raised in the past, was around the process for starting a small business. The Red Tape Reduction unit has developed a quick read guideline to help explain the basics.

Think of it as an introductory A-Z from testing your idea to preparing the necessary documents. In addition we have included a database of resource contacts to assist you through the process. And whenever you run into a blockage please Contact Us, because small businesses are vital to economic growth.

So let's cut red tape together, and expand the number of small businesses contributing to the Western Cape economy.

The guideline is available for download from the link below.

Business Support Contact Database.pdf (pdf, 389.81 KB)

Starting your own small business guide.pdf (pdf, 233.93 KB)

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The Western Cape’s 5-Year Strategic Plan

Western Cape’s 5-Year Strategic Plan

The Western Cape Government has developed a strategic plan to guide our work over the next 5 years. Our vision is “A safe Western Cape where everyone prospers”.

The interventions that will realise this vision are outlined in the Western Cape Strategic Plan, 2019-2024. The plan includes 5 Vision-inspired Priorities:

  • Safe and Cohesive Communities
  • Growth and Jobs
  • Empowering People
  • Mobility and Spatial Transformation
  • Innovation and Culture

To read the Western Cape Strategic Plan, 2019-2024, click here.

For a summary of the Strategic Plan, click here.

An outline of the Vision-inspired Priorities has been developed in this poster, to view click here.

State of the Province Address 2020

On Thursday, 20 February, Premier Alan Winde delivered the State of the Province Address at the Rocklands Civic Centre, Mitchells Plain, at 11am.

The debate on the SOPA and the Premier’s reply to the debate, will commence on Friday 21 February 2020 at 8am, at the same venue.

“By hosting these events in Mitchells Plain this year we are realising our desire and commitment to connecting with the citizens of the province. Over the next four years we will continue to actively engage with citizens through a series of public engagement initiatives throughout the Western Cape”, said Speaker of the Western Cape Parliament, Masizole Mnqasela.

During the State of the Province Address, the Premier outlined the Western Cape Government's main focus areas over the next year:

  • Safety
  • Economy
  • Energy and Resilience
  • Ease of doing business
  • Health
  • Education
  • Transport
  • Human Settlements
  • Culture change and Innovation

What is the State of the Province Address (SOPA)?

  • The State of the Province Address is a speech made by the Premier or provincial head.
  • The event usually marks the official opening of the Provincial Parliament.
  • The speech is delivered in front of members of the provincial executive, including the Speaker, Deputy Speaker and the Secretary.

Who can attend?

This year the State of the Province Address was held at the Rocklands Civic Centre in Mitchells Plain. Invited guests, including a number from the community of the Mitchells Plain area, were be able to attend the event.

Watch SOPA live!

The Premier's Address was streamed on Premier Winde's Facebook page and the Western Cape Parliament's YouTube Channel.  You can also get involved in the conversation on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

Key points

SOPA Key Points

Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute has opened it's doors for the Class of 2020

Did you miss the Elsenburg College opening?

Listen to the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, welcoming the first-year students to Elsenburg.


Rural Safety

Dr Ivan Meyer, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, calls on citizens to share practical solutions and ideas on how to strengthen rural safety. Make a difference by emailing your contributions to RURAL SAFETY.


Producer-Farmer Register (PFR)


The PFR is the statistical data collection on smallholder farmers in which information on the demography of farms and farmers, production activities, as well as infrastructure are gathered in South Africa.

More information can be downloaded here.