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. 

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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.

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SOPA 2017 Small Business SOPA 2017 Land Reform

 


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


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    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
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    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:

    saving water

    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.

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    Application for CASP funding can now be submitted.

    African Horse Sickness update

    Testing is ongoing after an initial outbreak of African Horse Sickness in the Boland area in April this year.

    Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said 21 horses on eight properties have tested positive since the detection of the first case: “All the horses which have tested positive were within the containment area. Four horses have died of AHS. Vets are continuing surveillance and sampling in the containment area so we are able to respond speedily to any new cases. Private vets have been requested to inform us of any suspected cases. No positive cases outside of the revised containment zone have been reported.”

    Minister Winde reiterated that the horse industry was an important economic and jobs generator for South Africa, with horse exports from the region growing in number. “Our horses are known to be excellent performers and are sought-after internationally. As a result, every effort is being made to ensure a swift and professional response.”

    Horse owners were encouraged to stable their horses from two hours before sunset to two hours after dawn to decrease the risk of the vector of the disease having contact with their horses.

    “We appeal to horse owners to make use of a registered insect repellent on their horses during the vector feeding periods. To further protect stabled horses, owners can cover all stable openings with 80-100% shade cloth.”

    As of 26 April 2016, the borders of the containment area were revised. Movement restrictions are still in force within this containment area surrounding the case. No movement of horses into, out of, through or within the containment area will be allowed without a movement permit from a state veterinarian.

    The eastern border of the containment area follows the border of the AHS surveillance zone from the Jonkershoek area along the Limietberg mountain range to the Voëlvlei dam.

    The boundary then extends westwards past the southern end of the Voëlvlei dam to the R46, which it follows through Hermon, Riebeeck Kasteel and to Malmesbury.

    The western border of the containment area follows the R302 southwards until it intersects with the R304, which it follows into Stellenbosch and along Bird St until the intersection with Merriman Ave. The southern border follows Merriman Ave, Martinson Rd and Jonkershoek Rd to the east, through the Jonkershoek Valley and up the escarpment until it meets with the border of the AHS surveillance zone.

    The roads that make up the borders of the containment area are not included in the movement restrictions, and transport of horses along these roads is permitted. An interactive map of the containment area can be obtained at www.elsenburg.com/vetepi under the Maps tab.

    Permit applications should be made to authorised veterinarian Dr Camilla Weyer at camillaweyer@gmail.com.

    Any owner within the AHS surveillance zone detecting illness in horses involving unexplained fever, swelling of the head and neck and difficulty breathing should report the case to their local State Veterinarian as quickly as possible. Contact details of regional state veterinary offices can be found on www.elsenburg.com.

     


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    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
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    Western Cape launches climate change action plan

    Extreme weather events are threatening food security and economic growth.

    The National Government estimates that the countrywide drought has cost our economy in the region of R16 billion. Analysts report that consumers will pay nearly 30% more for a basket of staple foods this year. Climate change modelling shows that annual temperatures are rising and the number of colder days will decrease. Droughts, floods and heat waves will become more regular. These trends highlight the need for a co-ordinated response from government and the private sector to mitigate the impact of climate change.

    The Western Cape Government released the first ever sectoral climate change response strategy for the province.

    Ministers Alan Winde and Anton Bredell presented the Western Cape Climate Change Response Framework and Implementation Plan for the Agricultural Sector to key stakeholders in the sector at the official launch. This plan (also referred to as SmartAgri) is the product of a 20 month journey which included intensive stakeholder engagements and will guide and support the creation of greater resilience to climate change for farmers, agri-businesses and other stakeholders across the province. The project provided real and practical information and support, and should inspire the sector in a manner which optimises decision-making and ensures sustainability at a local level.

    Smart Agri was developed in a partnership between the Western Cape Departments of Agriculture, and Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, in collaboration with the African Climate and Development Initiative of the University of Cape Town.

    Read the full press release here.

    The strategy documents and plan can be downloaded here:

    Climate Change Response Framework for Agriculture

    SmartAgri Plan

    Regional and Commodity Briefs

    Case Studies

     

     

     

     

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