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WESTERN CAPE PROVINCIAL VETERINARY LABORATORY (PVL) RE-OPENS TO SERVE THE CITIZENS WITH ENHANCED CAPACITY

Yesterday, 6 May 2024, the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, opened the newly renovated and upgraded Provincial Veterinary Laboratory (PVL) in Stellenbosch. “This is a moment for celebration by the Western Cape veterinary community as it ushers in an enhanced level of services to the agricultural sector by this government”, said Minister Meyer, adding that the PVL, which celebrates its 51st anniversary this year, “is poised to continue its vital role in safeguarding animal health and public welfare.” “This...

WESTERN CAPE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE’S AGRI-PROCESSING FACILITY ACHIEVES FSSC 22000 ACCREDITATION

Photo: Mr Maliviwe Makeleni, Senior Economist, Dr Ilse Trautmann, Deputy Director-General: Agricultural Research and Regulatory Services, Mr Darryl Jacobs, Acting Head of Department, Terri-Lee Kammies, Lead Auditor and Certification Body Manager at QSCERT-SA, Londiwe Thabethe, Head of Marketing and AgriBusiness, Ms Bongiswa Matoti, Programme Manager: Agricultural Economic Services and Mr Zaa-id Rinquest, Food Scientist. On 25 April 2024, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) celebrated a significant milestone as the Agri-Processing Hub, situated at Elsenburg, attains the prestigious Food Safety...

Backyard Chicken House

Food security is having reliable access to sufficient, affordable nutritious food, and here at Casidra, we walk the extra mile to achieve this by providing our communities with necessities in order to survive. On 30 April 2024, we received a newly assembled state-of-the-art chicken house with built-in feeders that will each accommodate 8-10 chicken layers to be distributed to our food security beneficiaries across the Western Cape. Households in the Province are provided with the basic requirements to start their chicken layer...

WESTERN CAPE SUPPORTS THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR

Over the past five years, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) has supported 170 smallholder and commercial farmers. One of these is Chamomile Farming Enterprise, owned by Wadea and Achmat Brinkhuis. The farm was started in 2003 with 100 egg layers and has seen significant growth with the farm currently producing 30 000 eggs per day from 35 000 egg layers. The farm's eggs are distributed via Nu-laid who are responsible for the grading, sorting and distribution to the retail...

WESTERN CAPE TABLES A R1 BILLION BUDGET FOR AGRICULTURE

Today the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, tabled the Department’s budget of R1.018 billion in the provincial parliament. Minister Meyer said, “Despite compounding challenges such as intensified delays and inefficiencies at the ports, increased geopolitical uncertainty, and load-shedding, the agriculture and agri-processing exports increased from R63 billion in 2018 to R104 billion in 2023 which is an annual average growth of 11%.” Minister Meyer announced the following key budgetary allocations: R196.2 million to promote the sustainable use and management of...

OUR FARMERS AND FARM WORKERS DESERVE TO BE SAFE

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture has done much over the past four years to protect and create a safer agricultural environment and farming communities. This important work of the Department will continue using the R1.018 billion budget for the 2024/25 financial year. Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer said, “Over the last four years, we have been working together across government, the industry and with communities to create safer environments for all. With our partners, the following safety...

Garden Route District Municipality once again empowers Small and Medium Enterprises with Equipment and Support

The Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM) Council has again supported Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) with a significant allocation of R600,000 in the 2023/2024 budget. This funding is geared towards interventions and needs of SMEs within the region. During a formal handover ceremony held yesterday, 25 SMEs meeting the specified criteria were provided with equipment they need to grow their businesses. The selection process for beneficiaries began with widespread outreach efforts, including advertisements in local newspapers and rural areas within the Garden...

THIRD ITERATION OF THE FLYOVER PROJECT SHOWS INCREASE IN HIGH-VALUE CROPS IN THE WESTERN CAPE

On Friday, 15 March 2024, the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer received the final report of the third iteration of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture’s (WCDoA) Flyover Project. The “Flyover” is one of the unique flagship projects of the WCDoA that is used to provide up-to-date statistical data on agricultural production (including smaller/alternative crops), and track the infrastructure footprint and changes in the agricultural land use. The first survey or mapping exercise (supplemented by interviews with farmers) was...

AKKEDISBERG WORKER’S TRUST AN EXAMPLE OF AGRI-WORKER EMPOWERMENT.

During his recent visit to the Akkedisberg Workers Trust, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer expressed his pride in the work of the award-winning wine business. Ten years ago, 20 beneficiaries - all agri-workers - successfully negotiated a 30-year lease agreement of 20ha with the Dryer family (owner of the land) and established the Akkedisberg Boedery Pty (Ltd). They immediately set about establishing 16 ha of different wine cultivars on 20 ha. Today, ten years later they are the...

THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR URGED TO FOLLOW GUIDELINES TO MINIMISE THE IMPACT OF HEAT AND FIRES

Following the continued incidences of extreme heat and numerous veld fires across the Western Cape, the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, has urged the agricultural sector to take the necessary measures to protect lives, livestock, crops and agricultural infrastructure. “My first concern is for agri-workers, producers and farmers who are daily exposed to harsh climatic conditions. Climate change is having a dramatic impact on our weather patterns and in extreme conditions poses a threat to the lives of...

Casidra collaborates with Stellenbosch University on areas of mutual interest

Casidra and Stellenbosch University’s Water Institute (SUWI) have reached a joined intent to collaborate on areas of mutual interest. The two parties will work together and bring about a spirit of healthy, professional and collegial co-operation to facilitate the successful implementation of agricultural capacity building initiatives, which include, but are not limited to smallholder emerging farmers, marginalised communities (people with disabilities, women and youth). SUWI is located within the Faculty of Natural Sciences and facilitates multi- and trans-disciplinary research as well...

WESTERN CAPE SCORES 83% SUCCESS RATE IN LAND REFORM REPORT

Photo: HOD and Minister Meyer Earlier today, Ivan Meyer, Western Cape provincial Minister of Agriculture released a research report by an independent research company, Phuhlisani Solutions. The report found that 83% of the land reform farmers who received post-settlement support (PSS) from the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) consider themselves to be successful agri-businesses. This stands in sharp contrast to the national government's 90% failure rate. “We are proud of the outcome of the latest round of evaluation of agricultural businesses and projects...

AGREEMENT WITH SU SCHOOL FOR CLIMATE STUDIES BOLSTERS WESTERN CAPE CLIMATE CHANGE RESILIENCE

Back – L-R: Anton Bredell (Western Cape Minister of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning); Prof Sibusiso Moyo (Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies): Minister Ivan Meyer, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture Front – L-R) Gerhard Gerber (Head of Department, Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning); Prof Louise Warnich, (Dean, Science) Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, Head of Department, Department of Agriculture) In a ground-breaking development, and as part of the ongoing commitment of the Western Cape Government to bolster and ensure...

THE WESTERN CAPE PRESTIGE AGRI AWARDS 2023 – ANNOUNCEMENT OF PROVINCIAL WINNERS

PHOTO:  Pieter van Zyl (General Manager Procurement: Shoprite Freshmark); Dr Mogale Sebopetsa (Western Cape Head of Agriculture); Vivian Jakobs (Winner Prestige Agri-Worker 2023); Dr Ivan Meyer (Western Cape Minister of Agriculture) On 04 November 2023, Vivian Jakobs from Crispy Farming, Du Toit Group, Witzenberg was announced as the 2023 Western Cape Prestige Agri-Awards winner. The Western Cape Department of Agriculture’s annual Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards (WCPAA) Gala ceremony was held on Saturday, 4 November 2023, at the Protea Hotel Marriot Techno...

WESTERN CAPE CELEBRATES WORLD FOOD DAY – WATER IS FOOD, WATER IS LIFE, LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND

On 6 October 2023, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer kicked off Food Security Month at a World Food Day (WFD) event held at Kranshoek in Plettenberg Bay. World Food Day, held on 16 October commemorates the establishment of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN). This year’s theme is “Water is Food, Water is Life ‘Leave No One Behind”. During his address, Minister Meyer said that addressing the challenges of food insecurity and malnutrition remains...

WORLD RABIES DAY – ALL FOR 1, ONE HEALTH FOR ALL

Main Photo: Minister Meyer and Dr Msiza Today, 28 September 2023 is World Rabies Day, a global health observance started in 2007 to raise awareness about the world's deadliest infectious disease and bring together partners to enhance prevention and control efforts worldwide. According to the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, Rabies Day aims to raise awareness and advocate for the elimination of rabies globally. It is an event designed to be inclusive, uniting people, organizations, and stakeholders across all sectors against rabies...

KHAYELITSHA YOUTH TAKE ON THE ISSUE OF FOOD INSECURITY

“Hunger and household food insecurity is real. I am therefore excited that the youth are taking on the issue of food security in our communities, as well as creating economic opportunities for themselves”, said the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer. The minister was speaking during his recent visit to the Feed the Khaltsha Community Garden based at the premises of Sibongile Day and Night Care Centre in Khayelitsha. According to Minister Meyer, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture,...

AGRICULTURE’S Q2 2023 GDP PERFORMANCE IS GREAT NEWS FOR THE WESTERN CAPE

According to Statistics South Africa’s (StatsSA) recently announced GDP figures South Africa’s economic performance in the second quarter of 2023 increased by 0.6% and was driven by growth in nine of the ten industries. Nationally, agriculture (incl. Forestry and Fisheries) increased by 4.2 %, contributing 0.1% to the gross domestic product (GDP). As highlighted by Agbiz Chief Economist, Wandile Sihlobo, the performance is based on the production conditions of various field crops and horticulture. StatsSA confirms that the top three identified export...

MANDELA DAY 2023 DONATIONS BRING MORE SMILES!

Caption: Beneficiary Recipients from AHOS, MOSAICSA, The HAVEN NIGHT SHELTER AND PEBBLES PROJECT Casidra joined the National mass by giving back to three community Non-profit organisations in Paarl as part of the Mandela Day Celebration on 18 July 2023. We managed to hand over a variety of items (stationery, dry food and duvets/blankets) to Mosaic Paarl, the Athlone House of Strength and the Haven Night Shelter in Paarl who were extremely grateful for the generosity received. Mosaic Paarl is a home for orphans...

The Baviaans River Flood Project

Protecting our River Systems

With the impact of climate change already being felt in the Western Cape, it is going to be critical for Casidra to participate in future river work projects in the Province. In order to combat these losses and to preserve the future of our water systems, Casidra continues to be involved in a couple of large projects to protect river catchment areas by removing alien vegetation and replacing it with indigenous material; building weirs and groynes; and...

The GRDM source R1 million for Garden Route Agro-processing Support Project

CAPTION: Representatives from GRDM and the WCG Department of Agriculture with experienced facilitators from Elsenburg during the fact-finding mission. The Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM) has been able to source R1 million funding, after a project proposal was submitted for an Agri-processing project. This initiative forms part of the GRDM’s Joint District and Metro Approach (JDMA). As part of the JDMA approach, a growth and development strategy was developed, which requires specific clusters (groups of experts), to drive projects. This specific project...

LET’S MOVE MOUNTAINS TO ADDRESS THE ENERGY CHALLENGE IN THE AGRICULTURE SECTOR

Photo: Dr Ivan Meyer and Dr Kandass Cloete with a copy of the BFAP Study Report on the Impact of the Energy Crisis on Agriculture in the Western Cape. Earlier today the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture opened the Western Cape Department of Agriculture’s Energy Summit in Rawsonville, Western Cape. Addressing farmers, producers, energy experts, officials and representatives from the financial industry, Western Cape Minister Meyer called on those present to “move mountains to lower the sector’s reliance on Eskom.” The impact...

Casidra joined various Departments of the Western Cape Government, Witzenberg Municipality and other organisations including commercial banks during the Entrepreneur Day hosted by the Perdekraal East Wind Farm on the 8th of June 2023 in the Bella Vista community hall. The aim of this session was to empower local entrepreneurs on how to access business information and funding opportunities in order to grow their small businesses. According to Gwynne-Lee Borcherds, the Economic Development Manager for the Perdekraal East Wind Farm,...

TRI TOAD FARMING PROJECT BUILDING TOWARDS SUCCESS

Tri Toad is a female-owned smallholder farming project that specialises in vegetables, herbs and flower seedlings. Tri Toad’s project beneficiary, Ms Sheena Paulus, leases an undercover tunnel production space from a commercial vegetable seedlings producer in Schaapkraal at Philippi. Sheena said, “At Tri Toad, we are most grateful to Casidra, especially Gerrit van Schalkwyk, senior project manager, and the WCDoA’s extension officer, Jacob Modise, for implementing our project successfully. We received protective clothing, seedling trays, seeds, growing medium...

WESTERN CAPE LAUNCHES THE 2023 WESTERN CAPE PRESTIGE AGRI-WORKER COMPETITION.

Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, has launched the 2023 Western Cape Prestige Agri-Worker Competition in Hermanus in the Overberg District. The regional leg of the competition, which will be held across 16 regions within the Western Cape, kicks off in June 2023. Participants will compete across 11 categories: general worker, driver, irrigation specialist, technical operator, animal production, administrative staff, social development, agri-processing, foreman, junior management and middle management. Regional winners will be announced by the end of August and will...

WESTERN CAPE UNVEILS CANNABIS IMPLEMENTATION PLAN FOR AGRICULTURE

Yesterday, 29 March 2023, the Western Cape Western Cape Minister of Agriculture unveiled the Western Cape Department of Agriculture's Western Cape Cannabis Framework and Implementation Plan (CanPlan). The CanPlan provides guidelines for establishing cannabis (medicinal cannabis) and hemp in the Western Cape. Minister Meyer said: "The  CanPlan, which is aligned with the key objectives of the National Cannabis Master Plan, should contribute to economic development, job creation, rural development and poverty alleviation." According to the Western Cape Department of Agriculture's Head, Dr Mogale...

WESTERN CAPE AGRICULTURE BUDGET ADDRESS 2023 – A BUDGET TO INSPIRE HOPE THROUGH GROWTH AND JOBS

Today I tabled the Western Cape Agriculture Budget 2023 in the Provincial Parliament. I announced a total budget of R960.165 million. The Budget 2023 is guided by the Western Cape Government's three strategic objectives: Growth for Jobs, safety, and dignity and well-being. Furthermore, the focus is provided by my five ministerial priorities: structured education, training and research, farmer support and development, rural safety, and market access and climate change. Budget 2023 acknowledges and facilitates the agriculture sector's critical role in driving the economy, creating jobs and responding to the urgency of now...

SUPPORT FOR SMALL-SCALE FARMERS MUST TRANSLATE INTO GREATER MARKET ACCESS

The Western Cape Minister of Agriculture Dr Ivan Meyer handed a support package to the Small-Scale Farmers Association in Barrydale on 16 March 2023. The support package includes the following: Tractor for the planting, sowing and harvesting of lucerne. Hammer mill to assist farmers in making their animal feed. Extension and advisory services to enable farmers in the production of fodder. The introduction of genetically superior animals into cattle and pig herds. One of Minister Meyer’s priorities is developing and supporting farmers. Meyer said: “Support via the...

ELSENBURG AGRICULTURAL INSTITUTE STUDENTS GRADUATE

Media Release by Ivan Meyer, Provincial Minister of Agriculture Release: Immediate Date: 5 December 2022   "Today, you become members of that illustrious group of students who can call themselves alumni of the Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute", said the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, during the recent graduation ceremony held on 3 December 2022 in Stellenbosch. One hundred and seventy-seven students graduated with qualifications ranging from Certificates and Diplomas to the Baccalaureus in Agriculture degree. Mathys Bester, Micaela Dale and Anja Kotze were...

WESTERN CAPE PROVINCIAL LABORATORY TO UNDERGO R23 MILLION RENOVATION

Photo: Front (from left to right). Dr Ivan Meyer (Min. Agriculture), Mr. Hassan Asmal (ACG Architects, Contract Manager), Mr. Fiesel Dramat (Construction supervisor) “Once the renovations are completed, the Western Cape Provincial Veterinary Laboratory will provide an enhanced service to our clients,” said Western Cape Minister of Agriculture Ivan Meyer during the recent handover of the building site to the contractor. Meyer said: “The Western Cape Provincial Veterinary Laboratory provides a veterinary diagnostic and veterinary public health testing service. Our clients are...

MEDIA RELEASE BY MINISTER IVAN MEYER: WESTERN CAPE VETS VACCINATE 18 000 DOGS DURING RABIES AWARENESS CAMPAIGN.

State veterinarians and animal technicians attached to the Western Cape Department of Agriculture vaccinated almost 18 000 dogs last month as part of the annual rabies campaign. Western Cape Minister of Agriculture Dr Ivan Meyer said that his department provides rabies vaccines for animals in informal and indigent communities across the province. Meyer said: "Veterinary officials engaged in 170 activities, visited schools and communities across the province and participated in nationally-coordinated social media campaigns. The campaign reached an estimated 32 573 people...

WESTERN CAPE TRADE VISIT TO MAPUTO SEES “MISSION ACHIEVED” FOR AFRICAN AGRI STRATEGY.

Today, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture Dr Ivan Meyer returned from Maputo, Mozambique, where he led a Western Cape trade mission to the  57th FACIM trade exhibition. FACIM is a trade fair which attracts more than 2,500 exhibitors from 20 countries and 50,000 visitors. Meyer commented that FACIM allowed exhibitors and visitors to interact through thematic seminars and meetings in the B2B format. Meyer: "The Western Cape's African Agricultural Strategy aims to support agri-preneurs seeking access to African markets. Mozambique offers a significant...

Extra special Mandela Day Commemoration

This year’s Mandela Day was celebrated in an extra special way when Casidra’s Public Relations Team handed over donations of 180 packs of school stationery to the value R40 000 to the  Pebbles Project for their Grade R learners on Monday, 18 July 2022 at the Pebbles Project in Kraaifontein. Rachel Ward da Costa, Fundraiser for the Pebbles Project, was overjoyed and expressed her appreciation for the care, love and support received from Casidra and its sponsors. Our CEO, Keith du Plessis,...

INTEGRATION OF SECURITY TECHNOLOGIES IS NOW THE FOCUS AS THE NUMBER OF ACCREDITED FARM AND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCHES CONTINUE TO GROW

Last week 6 July 2022, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, chaired the Western Cape Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) quarterly meeting on Rural Safety at Elsenburg, Stellenbosch. The committee received progress reports on integrating systems to optimise technology, support and recognition for neighbourhood and farm watch use. In addition, I welcomed the news of the partnership and collaborative nature in which SAPS, the Western Cape Government and community structures are working towards advancing rural safety. The key message coming out of...

WESTERN CAPE LAUNCHES AGRI-PROCESSING ON WHEELS INITIATIVE IN OVERBERG

The Western Cape Minister of Agriculture Dr Ivan Meyer, accompanied by the Executive Mayor of the Overberg District Municipality, Alderman Sakkie Franken, launched the Western Cape Department of Agriculture's mobile Agri-Processing on Wheels Initiative in Bredasdorp. The Agri-processing On Wheels Initiative will enable officials to develop the agri-processing capacity in the Western Cape by offering workshops to interested groups across the Western Cape Cape. Speaking at the launch Minister Meyer highlighted that agri-processing is emerging as an essential sub-sector with the potential...

WESTERN CAPE AGRICULTURE ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF FOOD GARDEN COMPETITION

On Monday, 9 May 2022, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture Dr Ivan Meyer announced the Food Garden Competition winners in the Overberg District. Winners are: Youth category: Bradlene Baadtjies-Callacher Household category: Nobekile Duba School Garden category: De Rust Futura High School Winners received trophies, certificates, vouchers and cash prizes. The competition aligns with Minister Meyer's One Home, One Garden Campaign response to the increased threat of food insecurity aggravated by the Covid 19 pandemic. Meyer: "The One Home, One Garden Campaign is a drive to combat the...

WESTERN CAPE AGRICULTURE EXTENDS MOU WITH COMMODITY ORGANISATIONS

Officials from the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) and Commodity partners met last week to extend their Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) for another three years. This sets the platform for commodity organisations to continue to support new farmers with advice, mentorship, training, inputs, market access, and mutual in-kind contributions. Agreements were signed with the National Wool Growers Association (NWGA), Deciduous Fruit Producers Trust (DFPT), Vinpro (Wine), South African Table Grape Industry (SATGI), South African Poultry Association (SAPA), Potatoes SA, Raisins...

WESTERN CAPE COMMITS R5M TO COMBAT LOCUST INFESTATION IN THE KAROO

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture has made R5 million immediately available to provide support in personal protective equipment, sprayer pumps and aerial spraying support to teams combatting the outbreak of locust swarms in the Western Cape.  Casidra is part of the joint operation team to ensure that the combatting of locust infestation is successfully operated, as this is critical for food security and rural livelihoods. The locust infestation levels, including the new areas they have migrated into, have placed enormous...

WESTERN CAPE COMMEMORATES WORLD FOOD DAY

On the 16th of October 2021, the Western Cape will join the rest of the world in commemorating World Food Day. In the lead up to World Food Day 2021, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) supported by its implementing company, Casidra recently hosted an event in the Witzenberg area. The occasion provided the Department and its partners with the opportunity to support the local community, household and school food security projects. This year, 179 households and 12 diverse community projects...

MINISTER MEYER WELCOMES SCA FINDINGS IN FAVOUR OF WESTERN CAPE AGRICULTURE

I welcome the news that the Supreme Court of Appeal(SCA) yesterday handed down judgement in favour of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture regarding the Auditor-General's appeal against the Western Cape High Court ruling in favour of the Department. The SCA judgement confirms the earlier decision handed down by the Western Cape Division of the High Court to set aside the Auditor General's qualified audit reports on the Western Cape Department of Agriculture for the financial years ending 31 March 2017...

We welcome new Board members

Thandiwe Moutlana has more than 20 years of industry and consulting experience with large local and multinational companies in mining, manufacturing, financial services, biotechnology, fast moving consumer goods, and government. Thandiwe is the CEO of Managed Analytics, a mining-tech company that provides analytics, optimisation and decision support solutions.  She is also the founder and Director of Brown Ivory Group, a consulting firm focusing on supporting black-owned SMEs in Southern Africa.  Thandiwe has worked in multiple firms including SABMiller, Fevertree Consulting,...

WEST COAST PROJECTS TO BE FUNDED BY WESTERN CAPE AGRICULTURE

With much excitement, the Greenhands Community Food Garden project in Stompneus Bay on the West Coast and Middelpos Farm near Malmesbury received the news that the Western Cape Government will be funding their respective projects in this current financial year. Petronella Ponie of the Greenhands Community Food Garden Project says that the project will provide Stompneus Bay with an affordable,  nutritious and sustainable food source. Ponie says: “It has been hard work to get the garden established. Our volunteers are mostly women....

MINISTERS DIDIZA AND MEYER COMMISSION EBENHAESER IRRIGATION SCHEME

On Saturday 12 June 2021, the National Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza and Western Cape Minister for Agriculture, Ivan Meyer, officially commissioned the Ebenhaeser Irrigation Scheme, West Coast District. The commissioning of the Ebenhaeser Irrigation Scheme follows the successfully concluded 2020 Ebenhaeser land restitution claim. In terms of the claim, the national and provincial government would ensure the revitalisation of the Ebenhaeser Irrigation Scheme and upgrade the off-farm irrigation infrastructure to ensure the on-farm viability of farming. The...

Casidra’s Regional Office implementation of Garden Route Municipality SMME Support Project

Casidra is currently implementing the Small Micro Medium Enterprises (SMME) project on behalf of the Garden Route District Municipality to support and develop entrepreneurs in the area. This Municipality has made R608 000 available to grow and develop 20 identified small emerging businesses to grow and develop after facing serious challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The identified businesses being supported range from needlework initiatives, funeral parlours, construction companies, events management companies, etc. Casidra, known for its reputable financial management, will...

PREMIER ALAN WINDE AND MINISTER MEYER CONGRATULATE DRONE PILOTS

Premier of the Western Cape Alan Winde joined the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, at the Wings Ceremony of 18 newly qualified drone pilots. The officials recently completed the South African Civil Aviation Authority examination to obtain a Remote Pilot License (RPL).  Speaking at the event, Minister Meyer highlighted that the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) embraces the 4th IR and the use of associated technologies such as drone technology. Minister Meyer: “Drone technology will play an increasing role...

YOUTH INSPIRED FOOD GARDEN MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN ELSIES RIVER

Yesterday, the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, visited the Trinity Youth Garden based at Trinity Place in Elsies River. Inspired by the Climate Justice Movement and a desire to make a difference in their community, brothers Geronimo and Valentino de Klerk began the garden in a dumping space previously utilised as an escape route by local criminals. The open space has been transformed into a community garden supporting several local feeding projects in the area. De Klerk: "We have been...