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Do your part to help us save water together

How to manage water restrictions at your home

 

Water awareness

Poor rainfall, extremely low dam levels, as well as a hot and dry summer season, has increased need to continuously save water. For us to make sure that we have enough water available in our dams for everyone in our province, we all need to do our part to use water sparingly and adhere to the water restrictions which are in place.

Revised water restrictions

As from 1 February 2017, the City of Cape Town has implemented level 3B water restrictions, while Beaufort West Municipality has upgraded their water restrictions to level 3. These stricter water restrictions come as a result of not enough water being saved in these regions.

We can only achieve our water saving targets together. Every citizen must be water conscious, and determine the importance of their water needs in relation to the water shortages. If you have any questions about water restrictions in your area, you can contact your local municipality

The difference between level 3 and level 3B water restrictions

Level 3 Level 3B
Watering/irrigation (with drinking water from municipal supply) of gardens, lawns, flower beds and other plants, vegetable gardens, sports fields, parks and other open spaces is allowed only if using a bucket or watering can. No use of hosepipes or automatic sprinkler systems is allowed. Watering times are not restricted, however, residents are urged to limit their watering to the mornings and evenings.  Watering/irrigation (with municipal drinking water) of flower beds, lawns, vegetables and other plants, sports fields, parks and other open spaces is allowed only on Tuesdays and Saturdays before 9am or after 6pm for a maximum of 1 hour per day per property and only if using a bucket or watering can. No use of hosepipes or any sprinkler systems allowed.
No watering/irrigation is allowed within 24 hours of rainfall that provides adequate saturation. Facilities/customers making use of boreholes, treated effluent water, spring water or well-points are not exempt. No watering/irrigation is allowed within 48 hours of rainfall that provides adequate saturation. Facilities/customers making use of boreholes, treated effluent water, spring water or well-points are not exempt.
Washing (using potable water) of vehicles and boats only is allowed if using a bucket. No washing of vehicles or boats using municipal drinking water is allowed at residential/business/industrial properties. Vehicles and boats must be washed with non-potable water or washed at a commercial carwash.

 

30% Reduction water tariffs 

Where level 3 water restrictions are in place, residents will be charged according to 30% reduction tariffs as from 1 November 2016 to encourage greater water-use efficiency.

For an average domestic household, the difference in rates charges are as follows: 

 

Steps

Unit

Level 1

Level 2 

Level 3 

Step 1 (0 < 6 kl)

Per kl

R0

R0

R0

Step 2 (>6 < 10,5 kl)

Per kl

R14,89

R15,68

R16,54

Step 3 (>10,5 < 20 kl)

Per kl

R17,41

R20,02

R23,54

Step 4 (>20 < 35 kl)

Per kl

R25,80

R32,65

R40,96

Step 5 (>35 < 50 kl)

Per kl

R31,86

R48,93

R66,41

Step 6 (>50 kl)

Per kl

R42,03

R93,39

R200,16

Water-saving tips

Water saving tips:

  • You're only allowed to water your garden with a bucket in the morning and eveningPut a bucket in the shower while you're waiting for the water to warm up, and use the water you catch for watering plants.
  • Golf courses, sports facilities, parks, schools, learning institutions, nurseries, users involved in agricultural activitiesusers with historical gardens and customers with special requirements can apply to the Director: Water and Sanitation for exemption to the above. (Visit the City of Cape Town website for the application process.)
  • No watering is allowed within 48 hours of rainfall that provides adequate saturation.(Facilities/users making use of boreholes, treated effluent water, spring water or well points are not exempt.)
  • All wellpoints and boreholes must be registered with the City and used efficiently to avoid wastage and evaporation.(Visit the City of Cape Town website  for moreinformation on registration.)
  • If alternative water sources are utilised, ensure that you display signage which is clearly visible from a public road or street.
  • No hosing down of hard-surfaced or paved areas with potable (drinking) water(except for health purposes) .Users, such as abattoirs, food processing industries, industries using water to prepare for painting or similar treatments, care facilities, animal shelters and other industries or facilities with special needs can apply to the Director: Water and Sanitation for exemption. (Visit the City of Cape Town website for the application process.)
  • Ornamental water features may only be operated with recirculated water.
  • The maximum showerhead flow rate may not exceed 10 litres per minute.
  • Toilet cisterns may not exceed 9,5 litres in capacity.

Residential: 

  • Use buckets to wash your vehicle. Put a bucket in the shower while you're waiting for the water to warm up, and use the water you catch to was your vehicle. 
  • Manual  top-up of swimming pools are  allowed if the pool is fitted with a pool cover to slow down the evaporation of surface water. No automatic top-up systems are allowed.
  • The use of portable play pools is not allowed.

Businesses and public facilities:

  • Commercial car wash businesses must comply with industry best practice norms for the amount of water used per car washed.
  • Informal car washers may only use buckets and not hosepipes.
  • Fitted pool covers must be used for public swimming pools where practically possible.
  • No automatic top-up systems for swimming pools are allowed.
  • Spray parks must be strictly managed to minimise water wastage.
  • All public spaces must install water efficient parts to minimise water use at all taps, showerheads and other plumbing components and must adhere to Water By-law requirements.
  • Golf courses, sports facilities, parks, schools and learning institutions can't establish any new landscaping or sports fields, except if irrigated only with non-potable water.
  • Contract conditions shall apply for any facility supplied with water in terms of special contracts (notarial deeds, water service intermediaries or water service providers) . 

Other restrictions, not detailed above, still apply as stipulated in Schedule 1 of the Water Bylaw, 2010. Please visit the City of Cape Town website for more information on: Know your water regulations.

For queries on water restrictions please send an email to Water.Restrictions@capetown.gov.za

You can also stay up to date with the water levels of the main dams supplying the Cape metropolitan area.


Here’s what you can do to save water and money

At home:

  • Take shorter showers and turn off the shower while soaping up, then turn it back on to rinse. 
  • Make sure you put a full load into your washing machine and dishwasher before starting a wash cycle. 
  • Cut down the amount of water flushed down the toilet by placing a 2 litre plastic bottle full of water in the water tank (cistern) of your toilet. This could save you up to 7 300 litres of water each year. 
  • When washing dishes by hand, do not leave the water running to rinse dishes. And if you have a double basin, fill one with soapy water and one with clean water to rinse. 
  • Install a system to pump grey water (from the washing machine, basins, shower and bath) to the garden.

In the garden:

  • Plant indigenous plants which can tolerate extreme heat and require little watering.
  • Group plants with the same water needs together, so that you don’t overwater plants with varying water needs.
  • Put a covering layer around trees and plants. Covering will slow evaporation and will also discourage weeds from growing.
  • You are only allowed to water your garden once a day on designated days.
  • The best times to water your garden is at sunrise and sunset. Watering between 9am and 4pm (when the sun is brightest) is not allowed.
  • Water your lawn long enough for the moisture to soak down to the roots. A light sprinkling can evaporate quickly.
  • Plant in the right season. For winter rainfall areas, you will need to plant in autumn and early winter so the plants have a chance to develop their root systems before the dry season. In summer rainfall areas, you can plant in spring and early summer.
  • A dripping tap (one drop per second) could waste up to 30 litres of water an hour, which adds up to 10 000 litres a year.

Water Usage in Public Sector

In the industrial and commercial sector:

  • Define water requirements for your organisation, building or unit of production.
  •  Appoint a person to track water use and identify strengths to build on and weaknesses to rectify.
  •  Ensure that people are aware of  how to report major water losses from leaking or damaged pipes and hoses.
  •  Encourage staff to report dripping taps and leaking toilets.
  •  Reduce the chances of leakage by turning taps off lightly and getting washers replaced when leaks are discovered.

These simple changes can help you save up to 10% on your annual water bill, without drastically changing your lifestyle. 

Educate your children about simple ways to save water  around the home and encourage your colleagues to start saving water at work.


Drop-the-block

drop-the-block

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) in an effort to help citizens reduce the use of water, started the Drop-the-block campaign. This water-saving method of dropping a plastic block into the toilet cistern helps reduce the volume of water used when you flush your toilet.

Here’s what you need to know about Drop-the-block:

  • The block is made from recycled plastic to prevent erosion and blocking of the toilet.
  • The block is weighed down with sand and displaces up to 2 litres of water.
  • Toilet cisterns hold 9 to 15 litres of clean water which is dispensed with each flush.
  • After dropping the block into the cistern, a household of 4 people who go to the toilet 4 times a day, can save up to 32 litres of water per day.

If you’re interested to know more about the Drop-the-block campaign, read Drop-the-block for more information.


Exemption from water restrictions

We all need to save water and adhere to water restrictions. If however if you need to be exempt from these water restrictions, exemption will be approved in special circumstances.  Please visit the City of Cape Town website to find out how to apply for exemption from water restrictions.

Want to know more?

Read more about water saving tips:

What do you expect from the national budget?

National Budget Speech 2017

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will deliver the national budget speech on 22 February 2017. 

During his speech Minister Gordhan will outline how the national government's plans for spending public money for the next financial year.

What is the budget speech?

The national budget speech is the government's spending plan for the coming financial year. The minister of finance is responsible for allocating money to the government's different objectives and programmes.

Why is the budget speech important?

National Budget Speech 2017

The budget speech is important because it outlines the government's priorities for the next financial year. Budget allocations are a key indicator of the level of importance the government places on certain issues.  

When does it take place?

The national budget speech will be presented by the Minister of Finance on 22 February 2017 in Parliament.

Read the previous Budget Speeches

The 2017 State of the Province Address

​​​​​On Friday, 17 February 2017, Premier Helen Zille delivered the State of the Province Address at the opening of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament. 

Follow the action and get involved in the conversation on Facebook and  Twitter by using #WCSOPA

Read Premier Helen Zille's 2017 State of the Province Address.

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?

  • Ordinary sittings of the provincial parliament are open to the general public, but because of a shortage of space, only invited guests and members of the provincial parliament can attend the event.

Provincial Strategic Plan (PSP)

The State of the Province address will be an opportunity for citizens to get an update regarding the achievement of our vision of an open opportunity society for all as set out in the Western Cape's PSP.

The 5 Provincial Strategic Goals (PSGs) contained in the PSP are:

  1. Create opportunities for growth and jobs
    We're committed to creating an enabling environment to attract investment, grow the economy and create jobs by supporting high growth economic sectors.
     
  2. Improve education outcomes and opportunities for youth development
    We’re committed to expanding quality education across the province and providing opportunities for youth to realise their full potential.
     
  3. Increase wellness and safety, and tackle social ills
    We’re committed to addressing health, safety and social ills by supporting healthy communities, a healthy workforce, and healthy families, youth and children.
     
  4. Enable a resilient, sustainable, quality and inclusive living environment 
    We’re committed to improving urban and rural areas through enhanced management of land, an enhanced climate change plan, and better living conditions for all.
     
  5. Embed good governance and integrated service delivery through partnerships and spatial alignment 
    We’re committed to delivering good governance and an inclusive society that increases access to information, in partnership with active citizens, business and institutions.

Click on the images below to view the infographics:

SOPA 2017 apprenticeships SOPA 2017 economic-progress-
SOPA 2017 connectivity SOPA 2017Quality Education
SOPA 2017 Small Business SOPA 2017 Land Reform

 


Read Premier Zille's previous State of the Province Addresses:


Helen Zille SOPA 2017   Helen Zille SOPA 2017

Helen Zille SOPA 2017    Helen Zille SOPA 2017

Helen Zille SOPA 2017    Helen Zille SOPA 2017

Helen Zille SOPA 2017    Helen Zille SOPA 2017

Helen Zille SOPA 2017    Helen Zille SOPA 2017

 

    State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2017

    President Jacob Zuma  delivered his ninth State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the opening of Parliament on Thursday, 9 February 2017, at 7pm.

    The theme for 2017 is "The Year of Oliver Reginald Tambo: Unity in Action, Together Moving South Africa Forward.” Both Houses of Parliament was present, along with all 9 premiers and special dignitaries.

    What is SONA?

    The speech marks the official opening of parliament for the year and is aimed at informing the nation about what government will be focusing on for the next year. The President will assess our country’s domestic and foreign situation and set out plans to improve the lives of South Africans.

    In his speech, the President will talk about government’s achievements and challenges of the past year and will also present the focus areas for the coming year. These focus areas will set out government’s plans to address various key government programmes. 

    How SONA affects you

    Building a better country involves everyone. During his address in 2014, President Zuma said, “we have to work together as government, business and labour to grow our economy at rates that are above 5% to be able to create the jobs we need”.

    The State of the Nation Address is an opportunity for you to know what government has planned for the year and also an opportunity to get involved.
     


    State of the Nation Address 2017
     

     

    Ostrich Information day and Auction / Volstruis-inligtingsdag en Veiling

    Ostrich Auction

    Horse movement restrictions come into effect today

    The annual ban on the direct movement of horses into the Western Cape’s African Horse Sickness (AHS) Controlled Area zones comes into effect today (1 February 2017).

    Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the movement restrictions, which are imposed every year at this time, meant that all horses entering the province’s AHS Controlled Area from the AHS infected zone, would spend 14 days at an approved stop-over quarantine facility.

    " The high risk AHS season is from 1 February to 30 June. In order to manage the risk, all horses entering the province during these months will be held at an approved facility for a minimum of 14 days.

    “After this period, they will be tested to prove they are free of AHS. This test will take place at a lab approved by the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Once cleared through this process, the horses will be able to enter the Western Cape’s AHS Controlled Area.”

    Minister Winde added that according to the AHS Control Policy: Movement Control Protocol, all horses entering the AHS Controlled Area, from an AHS Infected Zone, must have been vaccinated within the past two years and not less than 40 days prior to entry.

    Kindly see attached a map of the AHS controlled area and the Standard Operating Procedure for AHS Stop-Over Quarantine.

     


    For media queries, kindly contact:

    Bronwynne Jooste
    Spokesperson: Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities
    Responsible for Tourism, Economic Development and Agriculture
    Western Cape Government
    142 Long Street, Cape Town

    Tel: 021 483 3550
    Cell: 060 970 4301
    Email: bronwynne.jooste@westerncape.gov.za
    Website: www.elsenburg.com
    Twitter: bronwynnejooste

    Latest edition of the AgriProbe is now available
    Western Cape's top agricultural employee announced

    Anton Alexander has been named the winner of the 2016 Prestige Agri Worker Awards.

    Alexander hails from the Elgin, Grabouw, Vyeboom and Villiersdorp (EGV&V) region where he works as an HR (human resources) officer at the Ouwerf Farm (Crookes Brothers).

    “Agriculture is more than a job, it is a lifestyle,” commented Alexander, who was named the Western Cape’s top agricultural employee at a gala ceremony that took place at the Nederburg Wine Estate in Paarl on Saturday (5 November 2016) night.

    Alexander has been working at the Ouwerf Farm for the past twenty years. Initially employed as a general worker, he has held different positions, including that of a tractor driver and supervisor, before being promoted to HR officer.

    Alexander hopes his achievement will inspire others: “If we are proud of who we are, it will spill over to the next generation.”

    Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, congratulated Alexander and praised the example he sets for others.

    “Anton is an ambassador for our agriculture sector. He’s making a major contribution to the farm where he works, but he is also dedicated to encouraging young people to enter the sector. By being dedicated to his work, and by learning new skills, he has achieved major progression in his career. I am confident that his success will serve as an inspiration to young agriculturalists.”

    In addition to winning the title of the Western Cape’s Agri Worker of the Year 2016, Alexander also won an iPad Air sponsored by Daleen Turner Consultancy, a R20 000 Shoprite gift voucher, a R60 000 overseas study tour and R20 000 cash sponsored by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture. Alexander also joins the competition’s previous winners as a member of the Minister for Economic Opportunities’ Prestige Agri Worker Forum.

    “Through the Prestige Agri Worker Forum, I am looking forward to working with Anton on growing our sector, especially in encouraging our agri workers to take their careers to new heights,” said Winde.

    The Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards is co-sponsored by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and Shoprite, Africa’s largest food retailer.

    “Communities are at the core of Shoprite’s business - they are our customers, our employees and of course our suppliers. Agri workers make such an important contribution to South Africa’s economy – these individuals are the reason we’re able to sell quality produce in our supermarkets on a daily basis,” said Dr Johan van Deventer, General Manager at Freshmark (Shoprite’s fruit and vegetable procurement and distribution arm).

    Watch the video here:

     

    The full list of winners at the 2016 Prestige Agri Worker Awards are below:

    Category

    Winner

    Region

    Farm

    General Worker

    Jakob Frieslaar

    Central Karoo

    Boesmanskop

    Tractor Driver

    Tommie van Rooi

    Stellenbosch

    Kanonkop Wine Estate

    Irrigation Specialist

    André Scheffers

    EGVV

    Monteith

    Technical Operator

    Gert Booysen

    Stellenbosch

    Neethlingshof Wine Estate

    Animal Production

    Tommy Machinga

    Overberg

    Itakane

    Agri-processing

    Le-Anne Pieterse

    Overberg

    Malgas

    Social Development

    Moira Fourie

    Breedevallei

    Lemoenpoort

    Administrative Personnel

    Franklin Jansen

    Hex Valley

    JS Jordaan Bdry (Edms) Bpk - Jamacajo

    Foreman

    Tumiza Nkanunu

    Bergrivier

    Steenebrug- Suiderland Farms

    Junior Management

    Charmaine Scholtz

    Witzenberg

    Ceres Remhoogte

    Middle Management

    Anton Alexander

    EGVV

    Ouwerf (Crookes Brothers)

    Best Potential

    Thandisizwe Eric Mnyango

    Swartland

    Riebeek Cellars

    Best Growing Region

    Central Karoo (2nd consecutive year)

     

    Anton Alexander

    Anton Alexander, winner of the 2016 Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards

     

    Anton Alexander and his family.
    Back, from left: Anton and Sophia
    Front, from left: Charney, Anthony and Aylene
    .

     


    For media queries, kindly contact:

    Bronwynne Jooste
    Spokesperson: Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities
    Responsible for Tourism, Economic Development and Agriculture
    Western Cape Government

    Tel: 021 483 3550
    Cell: 060 970 4301
    Email: bronwynne.jooste@westerncape.gov.za
    Website: www.elsenburg.com
    Twitter: bronwynnejooste

     

    Who will be crowned top Agri worker of the Year?

    The Western Cape Department of Agriculture in partnership with Shoprite will be hosting the 2016 Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards on 5 November.  Here is all the regional winners who will be competing for the coveted award.  This year, 1 245 agri workers participated in the competition. Over 9,369 agriculture employees have entered the competition since 2002. 

     

    2016 National Wetland Awards

    Once again our SRM staff excelled and made us proud.

    At the 2016 National Wetland Awards two of our staff were awarded the winner’s trophy in the category they have entered:

    Hans King: Science and Research

    Hannes Muller: Stewardship

     

    Congratulations not only to Hans and Hannes, but to all involved in the implementation of the projects that we undertake to protect our wetlands.

    Keep up the good work to protect our valuable natural resources, of which Wetlands is a very important resource.

    Agriculture once again knocks it out of the park at the CPSI Awards

    Latest edition of the Annual Report 2015/16 is now available
    Latest edition of the AgriProbe is now available
    Western Cape's top eight agriculture workers announced

    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 regional winners. It is through their hard work that agriculture added over 80 000 jobs to the economy last year.”

    Competitions for the following regions are still set to take place later this month:

    • Berg River
    • Piket-Bo-Berg
    • Franschhoek
    • Stellenbosch
    • Central Karoo

    All the regional winners are automatically entered into the provincial competition – the 2016 Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards – where the Western Cape’s top agricultural worker will be announced during a gala ceremony on Saturday, 5 November 2016.

    The initiative is co-sponsored by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and the Shoprite Group.

    Shoprite is proud to partner with the Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards as it honours farmworkers who make a significant contribution to South Africa’s economy.

    A total of 15 different regional competitions are set to take place. The top agriculture employees that have been identified to date are: 

     

    REGION

    NAME

    POSITION

    Witzenberg

    Charmaine Scholtz

    Works at Ceres Remhoogtee Boerdery.

    EGVV

    Anton Alexander

    HR manager at Ouwerf.

    Klein Karoo

    Salome April

    Works in administration at the Amalstein farm.

    Breede Valley

    Uben van Rooyen

    Manager at Werda Boerdery.

    Hex Valley

    Franklin Jansen

    Employed at J.S Jordaan Jamacajo.

    Swartland

    Jafta Hendricks

    Employed in junior management at Goedgedacht Trust.

    Durbanville

    Joseph Phiri

    Cellar foreman at De Grendel.

    Olifants River   

    Ryan Job

    Works in junior management Radyn Boerdery Clanwilliam.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    A winner, runner-up and second runner-up are also selected in each of the following 11 categories:

    • General Worker
    • Tractor Driver
    • Administrative Personnel
    • Animal Production
    • Technical Operator
    • Irrigation Specialist
    • Social Development
    • Agri-processing
    • Foreman
    • Junior Management
    • Middle Management

    As part of the judging process, entrants are scored on their overall knowledge of the agriculture sector and finance issues in the country and on-farm, including budgeting and costing. Entrants are assessed on topics such as Black Economic Empowerment and the export chain. Experience and agricultural skills are also key criteria.

    Over 6 000 agriculture employees have entered the competition since 2002.

    High res images and brief profiles of the regional winners are available on request.

    For more information on the regional competitions set to take place later this month, please see attached.


    Bronwynne Jooste
    Spokesperson: Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities
    Responsible for Tourism, Economic Development and Agriculture
    Western Cape Government

    Tel: 021 483 3550
    Cell: 060 970 4301
    Email: bronwynne.jooste@westerncape.gov.za
    Website: www.elsenburg.com
    Twitter: bronwynnejooste

    Western Cape agriculture initiative seeks to teach children how to care for environment

    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 with National Arbour Week 2016, which takes place between 1 September and 7 September.

    Developed by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, the booklet forms part of the LandCare programme and outlines the importance of soil to sustain life on earth.

    To be distributed across the country, it will be published in Afrikaans, English and isiXhosa. The booklet will be made available to pupils between Grade 5 and Grade 7.

    “With this booklet, we will be reaching 7 000 children at schools across the country. Booklets will be distributed at 100 schools in the Western Cape. Next month the National LandCare conference takes place in Kimberley, and we will issue 3000 copies to other provinces during this event.”

    Minister Winde said Project Khulisa had selected agri-processing as a key growth sector, with the potential to add up to 100 000 jobs to the economy. This growth can only take place if the environment is sustained.

    “Through initiatives such as our Smart Agri partnership we have prioritised sustaining the environment. The booklet is a great resource because by targeting the youth, it is aimed at the future of the agriculture sector.”

    This is the fourth booklet in a series. Another edition, with a focus on the management of water, is set to be completed later this year.

    Please see the booklet attached.


    For media queries, kindly contact:

    Bronwynne Jooste
    Spokesperson: Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities
    Responsible for Tourism, Economic Development and Agriculture
    Western Cape Government

    Tel: 021 483 3550
    Cell: 060 970 4301
    Email: bronwynne.jooste@westerncape.gov.za
    Website: www.elsenburg.com
    Twitter: bronwynnejooste

    Western Cape women in agriculture win top national awards

    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 Western Cape leg of the Female Entrepreneur Awards, Mabuya won the Best Female Worker and De Villliers was selected as the Top Entrepreneur Commercial.

    Minister Winde commended the winners for their achievement.

    “Lindelwa and Caroline serve as an inspiration to this country’s agriculture sector. I am pleased that their hard work has been recoginsed nationally and I want to thank them for their commitment to taking agriculture forward. “

    For a brief profile on the winners, please see below:

    Best Female Worker – Lindelwa Mabuya – Abagold Abalone Farming, Hermanus

    Lindelwa has worked at Abagold for the past 19 years. She started as a general worker and  was promoted to specialist abalone spawning manager in 2000. Her work entails spawning, settling, cleaning the brood stock and feeding them.

    Top Entrepreneur Commercial - Caroline de Villiers, Themba Trees, Elgin

    Caroline started Themba Trees in 2007 as a small tree farm. Today it is a large-scale business supplying young saplings and mature trees to government departments, landscapers, farmers, wine estates, residential estates, nurseries and wholesale nurseries throughout South Africa.


    For media queries, kindly contact:

    Bronwynne Jooste
    Spokesperson: Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities
    Responsible for Tourism, Economic Development and Agriculture
    Western Cape Government

    Tel: 021 483 3550
    Cell: 060 970 4301
    Email: bronwynne.jooste@westerncape.gov.za
    Website: www.elsenburg.com
    Twitter: bronwynnejooste
     

    Western Cape women in agriculture win top national awards

    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 Western Cape leg of the Female Entrepreneur Awards, Mabuya won the Best Female Worker and De Villliers was selected as the Top Entrepreneur Commercial.

     

    Minister Winde commended the winners for their achievement.

     

    “Lindelwa and Caroline serve as an inspiration to this country’s agriculture sector. I am pleased that their hard work has been recoginsed nationally and I want to thank them for their commitment to taking agriculture forward. “

     

    For a brief profile on the winners, please see below:

     

    Best Female Worker – Lindelwa Mabuya – Abagold Abalone Farming, Hermanus

     

    Lindelwa has worked at Abagold for the past 19 years. She started as a general worker and  was promoted to specialist abalone spawning manager in 2000. Her work entails spawning, settling, cleaning the brood stock and feeding them.

     

    Top Entrepreneur Commercial - Caroline de Villiers, Themba Trees, Elgin

     

    Caroline started Themba Trees in 2007 as a small tree farm. Today it is a large-scale business supplying young saplings and mature trees to government departments, landscapers, farmers, wine estates, residential estates, nurseries and wholesale nurseries throughout South Africa.


    For media queries, kindly contact:

    Bronwynne Jooste
    Spokesperson: Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities
    Responsible for Tourism, Economic Development and Agriculture
    Western Cape Government

    Tel: 021 483 3550
    Cell: 060 970 4301
    Email: bronwynne.jooste@westerncape.gov.za
    Website: www.westerncape.gov.za
    Twitter: bronwynnejooste

    Cape Town Mini Maker Faire 2016

    Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of technology, invention, creativity and resourcefulness. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.  Hosted at the Cape Town Science Centre, 370B Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town from 26, 27 and 28 August 2016.

    Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers.  They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community. Your ticket gives you access to the event, as well as the wonders of the Cape Town Science Centre.

    We are giving away 20 family tickets (admits four people, all ages) for Saturday, 27 August;  and 20 family tickets (admits four people, all ages) for Sunday, 28 August. Click here http://www.quicket.co.za/events/19151-the-cape-town-mini-maker-faire-2016/#/schedules and go to the date you want to visit. Enter GOV16 as the promotion code.

    Parking in the area is challenging, but there are 200 bays available in the Groote Schuur complex. http://capetown.makerfaire.com

    Horse exports resume after AHS outbreak

    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 export of 29 horses left Cape Town International Airport yesterday morning (4 July 2016). The second group of 53 horses are set to depart later this month.  

    Minister Winde said the process was arranged and managed by export agents, Hobday Equestrian Enterprises, with the assistance of Western Cape Government vets.

    “They will serve a three-month quarantine period in Mauritius. The majority of the horses are endurance horses and are en route to the United Arab Emirates, where our horses are in major demand.”

    In March, 35 horses left Cape Town to start their quarantine period in Mauritius. These horses arrived at their final destinations in the UAE and Europe last week.

    The developments come after Minister Winde led a Western Cape delegation to Dubai last year. Increasing the trade of horses between the two regions was a key priority of the official visit.

    Minister Winde said this week’s  export was the first since an outbreak of African Horse Sickness in the Boland in April.

    Movement controls within the surveillance zone to contain the outbreak were lifted in June. Minister Winde said including the initial case, 21 horses on eight properties within the established containment zone tested positive for infection with AHS virus. There were four deaths in total.

    “Due to the swift response by our vets and the co-operation of the horse owners, we were able to contain the outbreak and are now able to resume international exports. Our horses are sought-after internationally and we know the horse export industry is an important economic generator. It has been reported that this industry adds R200 million to the national economy each year, with the potential to increase to R1 billion. The horse exports leaving our province this month, once again show that the Western Cape will play a key role in the growth of the industry.”  


    For media queries, kindly contact:

    Bronwynne Jooste
    Spokesperson: Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities
    Responsible for Tourism, Economic Development and Agriculture
    Western Cape Government

    Tel: 021 483 3550
    Cell: 060 970 4301
    Email: bronwynne.jooste@westerncape.gov.za
    Website: www.westerncape.gov.za
    Twitter: bronwynnejooste

     

    Update on data collection process - SAET HET evaluation

    Elsenburg College Evaluation

    Calling ALL Elsenburg College (HET)  Grads! JET Education Services is conducting an evaluation of our HET programmes. Your feedback on your studies and work experience since graduating would be greatly appreciated. Click here to participate and for more information. 

    Let's keep saving water together

    Western Cape water supply

    The Western Cape currently faces a serious drought due to poor rainfall last winter, which was followed by a hot and dry summer. It's esitmated that the province will need regular heavy rain to replenish dams to safe levels. 

    Why are water restrictions still in place during winter?

    The demand for water has steadily increased every year due to the province's growing population and economy. This, as well as poor rainfall, has added significant pressure on our water supply.

    In order to ease the pressure placed on our water supply, many municipalities across the province will continue to implement water restrictions for the foreseeable future.

    Are there plans for future water storage capacity?

    There are no plans to build additional dams in the Western Cape as all rivers which have potential to retain water have been used.

    While several small to medium desalination plants exist in the province, the cost of running and maintaining these facilities is very high. Future desalination plants would need to be thoroughly investigated and go through feasability studies, environmental impact assessments and public participation processes before they can be built.   

    Where does the water go?

    Other than using water in our homes for cooking, washing and sanitation, water also plays a central role in the economy of the Western Cape. The agriculture sector relies heavily on a reliable and sustainable water supply in order to produce good crops and sustain livestock. The manufacturing sector also needs water to produce manufactured goods.

    Water is also lost to evaporation, leaks in water supply pipes, and deliberate water wastage.

    What is the state of Western Cape dams?

    The province is supplied with water by 44 dams. These dams collectively hold a maximum storage capacity of 1870.4 million cubic meters.

    To date, a quarter of the dams in the province have reported levels of below 30% with some near empty.

    How full is the dam in my region?

    You can keep track of the water storage levels in dams across the province using the map below. Information on dam storage levels is supplied by the national Department of Water and Sanitation.

    Dam storage levels on 13 June 2016.

    Keep saving water

    We need to keep saving as much water as possible to help ease the demand placed on our water supply. Download, print and place these easy tips on your fridge to help remind you of how to keep saving water:

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    African Horse Sickness movement restrictions lifted

    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 clinical surveillance by a private veterinarian in Paarl on 2 April 2016. Samples collected from the colt that became ill and died tested positive for AHS virus, subsequently shown to be serotype 1.  A containment zone was established and enforced around this indicator case. It has now been 40 days since the last confirmed case of AHS and the containment zone around Wellington, Paarl and Stellenbosch has been dissolved and movement controls within the AHS Surveillance Zone reverted to normal as from yesterday.”

    Minister Winde said including the initial case, 21 horses on eight properties within the established containment zone tested positive for infection with AHS virus. There were four deaths in total.

    Minister Winde commended the State Vets for their swift response to the outbreak.

    “The vets immediately implemented a series of control measures, including a testing campaign and the movement restrictions. It is through their efforts and the co-operation of the horse owners that we were able to contain this outbreak.”

    Vaccination within the surveillance and free zones may now commence but is only allowed from 13 June until 31 October 2016 and also only with permission from a state veterinarian.

    Details of the AHS Movement Control Policy and a map of the AHS control zones can be found at www.elsenburg.com/vetepi.

     


    For media queries, kindly contact:

    Bronwynne Jooste
    Spokesperson: Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities
    Responsible for Tourism, Economic Development and Agriculture
    Western Cape Government

    Tel: 021 483 3550
    Cell: 060 970 4301
    Email: bronwynne.jooste@westerncape.gov.za
    Website: www.westerncape.gov.za
    Twitter: bronwynnejooste

    Western Cape to honour top agriculture worker

        

     

    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 media event at Kromme Rhee near Stellenbosch.

    Minister Winde said the initiative, previously known as the Farmworker of the Year competition, honoured excellence in the province’s agriculture sector.

    “The Western Cape is creating the most agriculture jobs in the country. In 2015, our agriculture sector added over 80 000 jobs to the economy. Despite challenges, our agriculture sector is growing and this is due, in part, to our focus on the commodity approach, the Project Khulisa growth strategy as well as the efforts of employers and employees in this sector,” continued Minister Winde.

    This initiative is co-sponsored by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and the Shoprite Group.

    Shoprite has been involved with this initiative for the last 5 years. As Africa’s largest retailer, Shoprite goes directly to farmers, through Freshmark, the group’s fruit and vegetable procurement and distribution arm, to bring customers freshness at the lowest price. Shoprite is proud to partner with the Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards competition as it honours farmworkers making a significant contribution to South Africa’s economy.

    “This year, we have decided to rename the competition to the Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards, which better describes our approach to the competition. One of my missions in this portfolio is to restore dignity to agriculture and I believe we are achieving this through initiatives such as these awards. It is our privilege to be able to honour the men and women who take our agriculture sector forward, generating jobs for fellow residents, and growth in our economy,” added Minister Winde.

    The first of 15 regional competitions is set to take place in the Witzenberg region on 28 July 2016.

    A winner, runner-up and second runner-up will be selected in each of the following 11 categories:

    • General Worker
    • Tractor Driver
    • Administrative Personnel
    • Animal Production
    • Technical Operator
    • Irrigation Specialist
    • Social Development
    • Agri-processing
    • Foreman
    • Junior Management
    • Middle Management

    The overall winner in each region will then go through to the provincial competition.

    The Western Cape’s top agricultural worker will be announced during a gala ceremony on Saturday, 5 November 2016. The overall winner receives a cash prize, Shoprite vouchers and an overseas trip.

    As part of the judging process, entrants are scored on their overall knowledge of the agriculture sector and finance issues in the country and on-farm, including budgeting and costing. Entrants are assessed on topics such as Black Economic Empowerment and the export chain. Experience and agricultural skills are also key criteria.

    Last year’s winner, Alexious Shoko, from Piket Bo-berg, travelled to India as part of his prize. During this trip, Shoko attended conferences where topics such as improving levels of agricultural production were discussed. He also conducted site visits to farms in India. Shoko said he received calls from the United States of America, the United Kingdom and France after reading articles about his win.

    “I feel highly honoured to get such an award and I appreciate everyone who made it happen, my colleagues, my manager, my employer, Shoprite and the Department of Agriculture and my community. I got connected to the world outside the farm as well as outside Africa through this award.”

    Shoko said the award inspired him to make a positive difference.

    “I gained confidence that I can make a significant contribution to the development of Moutons Valley farm, and the agriculture industry in South Africa, especially in the Western Cape.

    “It is now easier to motivate my children because they wish to be like me. I am now a mentor to many young people, as well as people working in farming and other industries.”

    Over 6000 agriculture employees have entered the competition since 2002. In 2015, 1 247 residents participated in the competition, a 20% increase from the previous year.

    For more information and to enter the competition - click here.

     


    Bronwynne Jooste
    Spokesperson: Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities
    Responsible for Tourism, Economic Development and Agriculture
    Western Cape Government

    Tel: 021 483 3550
    Cell: 060 970 4301
    Email: bronwynne.jooste@westerncape.gov.za
    Website: www.westerncape.gov.za
    Twitter: bronwynnejooste

    Application for Study Opportunities at Elsenburg is now open!

    Applications can now be submitted until 30 June 2016.

    More information can be downloaded here.

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