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
Email: Daniel.Johnson@westerncape.gov.za
Website:  www.elsenburg.com




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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
Email: daniel.johnson@westerncape.gov.za
Website:  www.elsenburg.com

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.

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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

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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.

Mr Francois Cilliers from Nuy Valley, Breede Valley region wins the 2019 Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards

Francois Cilliers from Willow Creek Olive Estate, Nuy Valley, Breede Valley region was announced as the 2019 Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards winner.  This is the first winner from the Breede Valley region, making it an exceptionally special award not just for Francois but also for this region.

The Prestige Agri Awards recognises the hard work, commitment and dedication of the province’s agricultural workforce. The overall winners of the competition form part of the Western Cape Prestige Agri Worker Forum that meets with the Minister of Agriculture on a quarterly basis.  The forum provides a platform for the sharing of information regarding good farming practices, identifying opportunities and improving productivity.

Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer said: “The Prestige Agri Awards not only showcases the excellent work being done in the agricultural sector in this province, but also inspires pride in its agri workers encourages them to learn new skills and creates positive perceptions around agricultural work. Shoprite can certainly be proud of their sponsorship of a competition that has had such a significant impact on the lives of agri workers. Agri workers play a significant role in the Western Cape economy. Their energy, knowledge and expertise drives food security, brings foreign exchange into the country from exports, and enables them to provide for their families. My sincere congratulations to all the participants, finalists and winners.”

A total of 1 393 agricultural employees from across 16 regions entered the competition this year. Regional winners were chosen in Piket Bo Berg, Durbanville, Stellenbosch, Central Karoo, Berg River, Franschhoek, Breede Valley, Swartland, Overberg, Langeberg, the Garden Route, Olifantsrivier, Hex Valley, Klein Karoo Region, the Elgin, Grabouw, Vyeboom and Villiersdorp region and Witzenberg.

As overall winner, Francois won prizes to the value of approximately R100 000 that includes an overseas study tour. When asked about his winning, Francois emphasised: “Agriculture creates opportunities, just believe in what you want to be and you can determine how you want your life to pan out.  Always ask questions, look up to people that have potential and take ownership of your road to success”

“Agri workers are a key resource for this sector and I salute the hardworking men and women that contribute to a better agricultural landscape.” said Meyer.

The competition saw its inception in 2002 in the Hex Valley Region by Ms Elsa Jordaan, CEO, Hex Valley Table Grape Association and what started off with 36 participants has grown from strength to strength with more than 13 000 entries received since.  In 2005 the Western Cape Department of Agriculture saw an opportunity to expand the competition to a provincial level and since 2012 has partnered with Shoprite



Photo from left to right:  Joyene Isaacs, Western Cape Department of Agriculture; Dr van Deventer, Shoprite; Minister Ivan Meyer, Francois Cilliers, winner; Executive Mayor of the Breede Valley Municipality, Antoinette Steyn; and Elsa Jordaan, CEO, Hex Valley Table Grape Association

Audio files:  Minister Meyer (AFR)  |  Minister Meyer (ENG)


Media Queries

Daniel Johnson
Spokesperson to the Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer
Mobile: 079 990 4231
Email: daniel.johnson@westerncape.gov.za
Website: www.westerncape.gov.za  |  www.elsenburg.com

Want to study Agriculture?

The Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute will host a Campus tour for all Grade 9 and 11 learners to inform them about due dates, subject choices, the application process and bursary applications.

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Veterinary Laboratory Services maintains international accreditation

Western Cape Agriculture Veterinary Laboratory Services maintains international accreditation

Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer recently hosted an awards evening for staff of the Western Cape Provincial Veterinary Laboratory to celebrate their contributions to the laboratory’s success in achieving and maintaining SANAS accreditation in accordance with ISO/IEC17025 standards.

This puts the services offered by the laboratory on par with any similar institution in the world.

SANAS (The South African National Accreditation System) is the only body responsible for carrying out accreditations in respect of conformity assessment as mandated through the Accreditation for Conformity Assessment, Calibration and Good Laboratory Practice Act (Act 19 of 2006).

The Provincial Veterinary Lab was the first veterinary lab in the country to attain SANAS accreditation as an ISO 17052 compliant laboratory. This has ensured international acceptance of lab results.

Commenting on the achievement Minister Meyer said: “We should be extremely proud of the work being done by our Provincial Laboratory to ensure healthy animals, safe animal products and the welfare of the people of South Africa. The work done by the Provincial Laboratory is also inextricably linked to our goal to access greater export markets, and therefore the growth of our agricultural economy”.

Ten veterinary technologists are currently approved as technical signatories for the accredited test methods in scopes of testing which include Serology for Brucellosis, Avian influenza, Newcastle Disease and African Horse Sickness.

“Accreditation for a rapid test for African Horse Sickness means that test results are quicker and cheaper to obtain which will help with the growth of our province's equine industry”, said Meyer.



Daniel Johnson – Spokesperson for Minister Ivan Meyer – 0799904231
Email: Daniel.Johnson@westerncape.gov.za



Western Cape Agriculture Honours Female Entrepreneurs

On the eve of Women’s Day 2019, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture recently held its annual Female Entrepreneur Awards Ceremony in Stellenbosch on Friday night, honouring the many hard-working women in the sector and the role they play in food security and growing the economy.

The competition is a joint effort between the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and the provincial Department of Agriculture. It seeks to reward the efforts and contribution of women in job creation, economic growth and poverty alleviation.

Provincial winners are entered into the national competition to be held on 29 August 2019 in Cape Town where provincial category winners will be competing for the coveted national awards.

Minister of Agriculture, Ivan Meyer said: “The Female Entrepreneur Awards creates an enabling environment for women to progress from subsistence and smallholder producers to commercial entrepreneurs. Tonight we recognize their contributions to the sector, celebrate their tenacity and achievements and honour the role that women play, not only in the agricultural sector, but also in the broader society.”

The winners were:

BEST FEMALE WORKER : Winner -  Ntombesisa  Mpendukana.

Ntombesisa Mpendukana of Philadephia Chicks displays a remarkable understanding and knowledge of fertile egg production.  Feed, water levels and biosecurity are key facets of her responsibility which includes ensuring that all aspects of egg production are strictly adhered to and that customers are provided with quality eggs on a daily basis



Zoleka Gomo’s Women for Peace food security and organic vegetable production project in Mfuleni contributes to community development through skills training for women, unemployed youth and school going children between 6-18 years old. The soup kitchen and food garden programme has also led to a decrease in the high rate of crime in the area. 



Annique Smith of A&BP Honey Bee (Pty) Ltd began her honey and pollination business with only five hives. She quickly grew her bee pollination business to 188 hives.  She rents hives to farmers to pollinate their apples and pears and currently produces about 1-ton honey per year. The honey is sold to local markets. 


TOP ENTREPRENEUR: PROCESSING:  Winner -  Daphne Neethling of PaardenKloof Estate (Pty) Ltd

PaardenKloof creates exceptional wines, with its held-back vintages scheduled for release after a period of maturation. The red wines are released after a five-year maturation period and the white wines after 18 months in the bottle. Varietals include Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. All the wines are registered with SAWIS as single vineyard wines.



Marilyn Siegels of Nitaflo Pty Ltd, Protea PLAS Farm fruit production. The project consists of 24.68ha of bearing orchards consisting of 12.24ha (plums) and 12.44ha (apples). In October 2018 the farm successfully established 14.6ha of apples. Nitaflo holds a gold Global GAP accreditation as well as a platinum SIZA certificate for excellent agricultural business practices.


TOP ENTREPRENEUR: EXPORT MARKETS:  Winner - Berene Damons - Tesselaarsdal Wines Pty Ltd

Former au pair and administrator of wine exports, labelling and warehousing of   estate wines, Berene, owns her own wine business and is an award winning wine producer in the Hemel-en-Aarde area.  



Marice Mercuur focuses on natural handmade Rooibos Health and Skincare products. She supplies to a handful of curio shops and guesthouses in the small West Coast village of Clanwilliam.

Picture credit: Gizelle Van Wyk





ALERT: Polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB) infestation

Farmers are asked to be on the alert for Polyphagous shot hole borer infestations.

DEFF (Department of Environmental, Forestry and Fisheries) renders a diagnostic service for the identification and verification of PSHB infestations.

Caese is a bio pesticide that is registered internationally. It kills the fungus, but not the beetle. If the fungus is dealt with, 80% of the problem is resolved.

There is a draft government Gazette in place and the matter will be Gazetted in August 2019.  PSHB might even be declared a national disaster.

Farmers should note that chipping bigger than 15 microns could still pose a risk of infestation.

Current Situation

The phyto-sanitary measures state that it is not allowed to transport infected wood without a permit. There is a concern about large private businesses and small local wood business selling wood.

Land-owners and farmers are not permitted to cut down infected trees and dump it anywhere. Service providers must be registered to provide a service to farmers/land-owners to remove infected trees.

Way Forward

Report any cases of PSHB to the call centre:  

CoCT PSHB reporting line: 0860 103 089

Environmental Call centre: 086 111 2468

Samples can be forwarded to the Diagnostic Laboratory at the Plant Quarantine Station, Stellenbosch for attention, Dr Welma Pietersen (021 809 1644) .


source: M&G





Is farming your passion?

Is farming your passion?

Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute offers various qualifications in the agricultural field. Apply for the B.Agric degree or diploma in agriculture today.


Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute


Why study agriculture?

Agriculture plays an important role in the Western Cape’s economy and in the well-being of its people. The industry creates jobs and opportunities, and feeds our citizens. Without farmers, millions of people would be left hungry, and an entire sector of our economy would be impeded. That is why it is important that we pass down agricultural skills from one generation to the next.

At Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute students learn about the fundamental principles of farming and other agricultural practices. The institute promotes sound, integrated managerial and skills training in agriculture. It also offers advanced specialisation in area specific fields of excellence informed by industry and societal needs.

The institution trains students to become farmers and also prepares them for the challenges that can affect the industry such as climate change, the introduction of new pests and diseases, and natural disasters.

After students complete their studies they will be equipped to contribute positively to the food security in South Africa and be able to face global challenges in the agricultural sector.

Agriculture in the Western Cape

In the Western Cape, 17,6% of people are employed in the agri-processing industry or a related field. Agri-processing, which is the manufacturing of raw materials and products that comes from the agricultural sector, contributes R12 billion to our economy.

Agriculture is a global industry and the Western Cape is part of that interconnected economy. The deciduous fruit industry, the wine industry and the citrus industry is the cornerstone of our agricultural economy. In 2017, China imported 18.23 million litres of South African wines, which is an increase of 9.52 million litres over four years. The Western Cape’s Halaal relevant exports totalled R10,2 billion in 2017.


The Western Cape Government also provides support to small scale farmers, as well as provides bursaries and internships to prospective farmers through the Young Professional Programme.
Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute 

Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute was established in 1898 and was the first centre for agricultural training in Africa. Situated on the outskirts of Stellenbosch, students are guaranteed high-level quality education, as well as an all rounded student experience that includes sports activities, student residences and other extramural activities.

The training institution has secured an eminent track record in agriculture and especially in the field of agricultural training. Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute offers Higher Education and Training (HET) and Further Education and Training (FET) level training, as well as a B.Agric degree that is offered in partnership with Stellenbosch University. Students are exposed to a range of subjects such as plant production, animal production, cellar technology, wine production, equine studies and scientific research within agriculture.

At present, the following qualifications can be obtained:

For more information about enrolment and requirements, please visit the Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute website or contact the training institution at 021 808 7700 or email the college at study@elsenburg.com.


Where to apply?

Applications for the diploma in agriculture opened on 1 May and closes on 31 July. Please note that applications for the B.Agric degree close on 30 June.

Application forms can be downloaded from the Elsenburg website or collected at the college. Applications for the B.Agric degree have to be completed via the Stellenbosch University online portal.

What bursaries are available?

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture awards bursaries to students studying full-time at a Higher Educational Institution towards obtaining a SAQA registered qualification in the Agricultural fields, or High School learners studying mathematics and sciences who have been identified as potential candidates for further studies in the Agricultural fields.

To find out what bursaries are available to students who wish to study or are already studying agriculture, please visit the Elsenburg website.

Do you want to study agriculture?


Are you ready for the 4th industrial revolution?

Studying science can open a world of opportunities for you. These bursaries are available to support you. 

Science Education and Bursaries

Science Education


The 4th industrial revolution that emerged over the past two decades demands new approaches to teaching and learning in the 21st century.

Minister Angie Motshekga announced earlier this year that the Department of Basic Education was developing coding and robotics curricula to be included from grades R to 9 from 2020.

Encouraging your child to pursue a career in science will prepare them to be equipped for the 4th industrial revolution. A career in science will give them a head start in a very fast changing world that creates new challenges and demands on everybody that lives and works in it.

They’ll also play a role in solving the many problems that we face by contributing new research, studies and developing new technologies. A career in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) field will open doors to many other career opportunities.

If your child has an interest in science and technology, and they would like to further their studies in STEM, they have different study and bursary options that they can explore.

Cape Academy of Mathematics, Science and Technology

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) established the Cape Academy of Mathematics, Science and Technology in Cape Town. The academy provides specialised education for high school learners who show potential in mathematics, science and information technology.

The school accepts pupils from all backgrounds but specifically focusses on learners from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.

Situated in Firgrove Way, Constantia, the academy accepts both day learners and boarders from grades 8 - 12. The Academy also offers the following to ensure that pupils receive the best quality education:

  • Residential accommodation for 300 learners.
  • A safe and secure learning environment in a beautiful setting.
  • Transport for day learners to-and-from the nearest railway stations (Heathfield and Retreat).
  • Experienced, highly qualified staff.
  • Science laboratories and related facilities.

Many past pupils have gone on to have amazing careers in STEM fields. If you would like to enrol your child into the academy please visit the Cape Academy website or call 021 794 5104 / 021 794 0974.

Science Education

A career in science

Science helps us understand the world and solve its problems. A career in science will allow you to follow a career path that is fulfilling and that will contribute to society by:

  • increasing our fundamental knowledge of the world,
  • creating new technology, and
  • creating new applications.

There are 4 core areas of speciality that you can focus on in science. These specialised fields include:

  • Life and medical science: A student of life sciences will study micro-organisms, plants, animals, human beings and other living things.
  • Physical science: Physical sciences focuses on non-living things - like space, time, quantum mechanics, climatology, geology, and oceanography.
  • Engineering science: Engineering sciences focuses on the development and creation of man-made objects. 
  • Mathematical science: Mathematical sciences focus on equations, and, as the name suggests, all things related to mathematics. 

Furthering your studies in STEM subjects will help you find a lucrative career and give you an upper hand in a rapidly changing modern economy. 

It's important to remember that in order to pursue a career in science, engineering and technology you'll need to have good results in mathematics and science at a high school level. You'll also need to look at the different requirements at universities of your choice, as these usually vary between institutions.

You'll need to pass your National Senior Certificate (NSC) with admission to bachelor's degree studies (which requires a performance level of at least 4 (50-59%) in each of 4 designated university admission subjects), or an exemption certificate issued by the South African Matriculation Board to students with other school qualifications.

It is important to find out what courses are offered at each university before applying. To find out more about each university’s admission requirements, use the contact details below:

Science Education


Contact details

Stellenbosch University

Tel: 021 808 9111

Email: info@sun.ac.za

University of the Western Cape

Tel: 021 959 3900/ 01/ 02/ 03

Email: info@uwc.ac.za

University of Cape Town

Tel: 021 650 2712

Fax: 021 650 2710

Email: sci-science@uct.ac.za

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Tel: +27 21 959 6767

Email: info@cput.ac.za

University of South Africa (UNISA)

Tel: 012 429 3111

Cape Town Office
Email: capetown@unisa.ac.za 

George Office
Email: george@unisa.ac.za
Tel: 044 884 1300
Fax: 044 884 1303

Video: Prepare yourself for a future in science

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) focuses on space science, engineering and technology that can promote development, build human capital and provide important national services. Much of this work involves monitoring the Earth and our surrounding environment, and using the collected data to ensure that navigation, communication technology and weather forecasting services function as intended.

We spoke to the science advancement manager at SANSA to find out why pursuing a career in science is important, and how it can benefit you?

Bursary information

There are many bursaries available to prospective students who would like to pursue a career in science and engineering.  Below we’ve listed a few bursaries that you might find interesting.

Available Bursaries:

 Bursary Programme



South Africa Toyota Motors Bursary 

The South Africa Toyota Motors Bursary is available to students who would like to study:

  • Mechanical Engineering,
  • Mechatronics Engineering,
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology 
  • Business Science Analytics

The bursary is also available to those who would like to study commerce.

Applicants must meet the following minimum entry criteria before applying:

  • South African citizen
  • Strong academic and leadership potential
  • Achieved a minimum result of 75% for Mathematics and English in Matric
  • Achieved an overall average above 70% at Tertiary. The matric criteria will be adjusted to a 65% minimum if the tertiary average exceeds 80%
  • Combined household income of R750 000 per annum.

Applications can be done online, or you can request a hardcopy application form by sending an email to apply@studytrust.org.za

SAPPI Bursary Programme

Eligible applicants for this bursary scheme should be:

  • School leaver or university student between 18 and 25 years old.
  • Studying (or intending to study) full time at any South African accredited university.
  • A South African citizen.
  • Have an average of 70-80% in Mathematics (not Maths Literacy), 70-80% in Physical Science, and 60% in English.
  • And qualifying points for entrance at the university, or acceptance confirmation.

Applications can be done online, or hand in your application at your nearest Sappi HR Department.

Visit the SAPPI website for more information.


Clicks Pharmacy Bursary

This bursary is for those wanting to study a Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) degree at a registered South African university. 

In order to be eligible for the bursary, applicants must meet the following requirements: 

  • Confirmed South African citizenship
  • Registered 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year BPharm student
  • A full-time undergraduate student at a South African tertiary institution
  • Aged between 19 – 35 years
  • Not be in possession of another bursary


Applications have to be done online.


SAICE Patrons’ Engineering Bursary Scheme

South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) bursaries are available to undergraduate students studying civil engineering.

National Diploma students: SAICE Patrons Engineering Bursary Scheme (SPEBS) bursaries are therefore intended for S2, S3, and S4 civil engineering students only.

Degree students: SPEBS bursaries are therefore intended for 2nd, 3rd and 4th year civil engineering students only.

Bursaries are granted per semester. 

Applications can be downloaded here and must be emailed to spebs@saice.org.za

The Allan Gray Fellowship

The Allan Gray Fellowship provides access to quality tertiary education to pupils who would like to study, science, engineering or the Health Sciences (Excluding Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry) at one of its partner universities.

Application forms are available on the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation website.

Poliomyelitis Research Foundation Bursary

This bursary is available to postgraduate students studying science. 

Applications are available online.

And can be emailed to prf@nicd.ac.za.


Bursaries offered by the Western Cape Government

Bursary Programme



Masakh'iSizwe Bursary Programme

The Department of Transport and Public Works established the Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Programme in 2006. The bursaries are awarded to those looking to study the following disciplines:

  • Property studies
  • Transport economics
  • Transportation engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Electrical and/or electronic engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Construction management
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Town/City and regional planning
  • Architecture, etc.

The Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Programme:

  • Prioritises financially disadvantaged learners when awarding bursaries, especially women, students with disabilities and learners from rural communities.
  • Provides support services programmes.
  • Secures learning opportunities for Masakh’iSizwe bursars (i.e. interns).
  • Secures employment opportunities for graduates.

Lazola Mtongana
Stakeholder Relations
Tel: 021 483 9545/0964
Email: Lazola.Mtongana@westerncape.gov.za
Twitter: @WCGovTPW

Bursaries in Health

The Western Cape Department of Health offers a limited number of bursaries for full-time study each year in the following fields:

  • Nursing
  • Radiology
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy 
  • Emergency Medical

To apply for one of these bursaries you must be:

  • A South African citizen residing in the Western Cape
  • Be accepted at the relevant accredited Higher Education Institution (HEI)

To apply you need on www.westerncape.gov.za/healthbursary

To apply please contact: 

For more information contact:
Tel: 021 483 6610
Email: Health.bursary@westerncape.gov.za


Where else can you apply for bursaries?

For more information about science programmes and bursaries feel free to contact the following organisations:


Contact Details

South African National Space Agency (SANSA)

Tel: 012 844-0500

Email: information@sansa.org.za

South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS)

Tel: +27 12 349 6600

Email: edith@assaf.org.za

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Tel: + 27 12 841 2911

Email: Enquiries@csir.co.za

Department of Science and Technology

Tel: +27 12 843 6300


The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) 

Email: enquiries@nstf.co.za

Tel: +27 12 841 3987


Support for small scale farmers - funding opportunity

Support for small scale farmers - funding opportunity

Agriculture remains one of the largest employers in our country. Small scale and commercial farmers play an important role in our food security and contribute to our country's economic stability.  But what happens when land and capital isn't enough to keep the lights burning? 

Local farmers washing produce on the farm.

Since 2009, the Department of Agriculture has adopted a commodity approach through the Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme (CASP) - a national governmental initiative that aims to support provincial departments of agriculture (PDAs) to create a favourable environment for emerging farmers and to expand the provision of support services for the development of agriculture.

CASP is currently being administered under the Farmer Support and Development Directorate of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, in association with CASIDRA, its governmental implementation partner to ensure that farmers are empowered to effectively manage their farming enterprises.

The CASP is based on the following principles:  

  • Priority is given to value chains as identified in the Agriculture Policy Action Plan (APAP).
  • Full utilisation of partnerships in order to exploit the strengths of key private sector partners.
  • Support for land reform projects.
  • Access to markets and potential for job creation.
  • Provide a comprehensive support package to farmers.
  • Mentorship support to small holder farmers.

Funding for this year's CASP applications is officially open! Small scale and commercial farmers who meet the requirements are encouraged to apply for this opportunity before 31 July 2019.

Criteria for applications

To ensure faster and more efficient service, applicants are advised to follow the process detailed below. If you meet the requirements, visit your local Department of Agriculture office to complete and submit your application form. 

Subsistence farmers: Community and household projects Female goat farmer.

  • Production is mainly for own consumption, while the surplus is sold for sustainability purposes.
  • Applicants must have access to land (owned or leased).
  • In the case of leased land, you must have a lease arrangement of no less than 5 years.
  • Applicants must have access to water.
  • The household will be sourced from municipal indigent registers.

Smallholder and commercial farmers 

  • Applicants must have access to land (owned or leased).
  • In the case of leased land, the applicant must have a lease arrangement for not less than 9 year-11 months. A longer lease period is required for long term crops.
  •  The farm must be a land reform project.
  •  The farm must have the potential to create jobs.
  • The farm must contribute to the transformation of the agricultural sector.
  •  Agri processing project initiatives will be considered.

How to applyMale farmer checking his crops.

If you're interested in applying for this funding opportunity, you can get a request form from your local Department of Agriculture office. Remember to complete and submit the form within the required time frame together with your tax clearance certificate, security of tenure documentation (copy of title deed or lease contract). All forms must be submitted to your local office for processing with the commodity structures – Commodity Project Allocation Committees (CPAC’s). Once the application is received the Department will get in touch with you and advice you on the further steps.

Conditions of application

Once the project is approved you'll be expected to enter into a contract with the Department of Agriculture / Agent committing to:   

  • Ensuring effective and productive usage of all equipment and inputs (equipment may be removed if not used productively/misused)
  • Accessing the project’s financial records.
  • Ensuring access to the premises for site visits from Departmental officials and implementing agents. 
  • The conditions for the Department to exit the project.
  • Compulsory attendance of project meetings.
  • The project training plan.
  • Compulsory attendance of training offered.
  • Successful applicants’ voluntary support with struggling projects. 

For more information on the application process, contact your local Department of Agriculture office. 



Contact Person






Little Karoo District

Willem Burger

Oudtshoorn Experimental Farm, Old Kammanasie Road, Oudtshoorn, 6620      

044-272 6077


044 279 1910


Central Karoo District

Frederick Mpona

Peter Jacobs Avenue 104, Beaufort West, 6970


023-414 3134


023 414 2385


North West Coast District

Marius Du Randt

PO Box 130, Vredendal, 8160

027-213 2000



027 213 2712


Cape Metropole District

Phumlani Mentani

No. 2 Old Paarl Road, 11th Floor,  22 Sunbel Building, Bellville,7530


021-948 6966


021 948 4729




Overberg District

Hennis Germishuys

Albert Myberg Hostel, Golf Street, Bredasdorp, 7280


028-424 1439


028 424 2856


Cape Winelands District

Dikeledi Kunene

ABSA BUILDING, 4th Floor, Plein Street, Stellenbosch, 7600


021-883 2560


021 883 2562


Garden Route District

Clyde Lamberts

2nd Floor York Building, York Street, George, 6530

044-803 3757



044 803 3734


Swartland District

Rose Horne

Lang Street 42, Moorreesburg, 7310

022-433 2330


022 433 2102

All applicants are required to declare previous government support and failure to do so will lead to disqualification of the applicant.

Civil servants and those working for parastatals are excluded from the support listed above.


DAFF Female Entrepreneur Awards - Western Cape - 2019

Celebrating two decades of women's victory in Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

If you believe you have what it takes to enter the competition, please download the relevant form and criteria for each category - click on the image to download the documents.

The closing date for the WESTERN CAPE LEG of the competition is 31 May 2019

Seasonal control measures in place to prevent African Horse Sickness

The Western Cape Veterinary Services in conjunction with South African Equine Health and Protocols (SAEHP) have focused efforts to enable equine exports from the province.

As part of this drive, the Western Cape has instigated further control measures to ensure the integrity of the African Horse Sickness controlled areas

AHS is endemic to South Africa and the Western Cape control zones are of vital importance to protecting the province’s equine export market.

Minister of Economic Opportunities, Beverley Schäfer said: “The current movement restrictions into the Western Cape are an example of our successful control systems at work in protecting the integrity of our AHS controlled zones.”

“By unlocking equine exports, we will be able to grow a valuable sector of our agricultural economy and ensure that the horse industry is able to grow and create more jobs in the province,” Schäfer said.

The Western Cape Government in partnership with SAEHP and the national DAFF is committed to maintaining compliance with international disease control standards and creating a sustainable equine export market.

“I appeal to all horse owners to comply with all the movement control regulations,” Minister Schäfer said.

For further information on the movement of horses into the Western Cape, please contact: move@myhorse.org.za

Media Queries:

Bianca Capazorio
Spokesperson for the Ministry of Economic Opportunities
Tel: 021 483 3550
Cell: 072 372 7044
Email: bianca.capazorio@westerncape.gov.za


Applications for the B.Agric programme are now open and must be submitted via the Stellenbosch University online portal.

Applications for all other Higher Education and Training programmes offered by the Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute for the 2020 academic year will open on 1 May 2019 and close on 30 June 2019.


AgriProbe Vol 16 No 1 is now available
AgriProbe Vol 15 No 4 is now available