News and Speeches for Ministry of Agriculture, Economic Development and Tourism

72% of land reform projects supported by the Department of Agriculture a succes

14 February 2019

Minister of Economic Opportunities, Beverley Schäfer today released the results of an independent evaluation done to determine the success of agricultural land reform projects in the province which receive support from the Department of Agriculture... Read More

AgriProtein makes 2019 Global Cleantech 100 list

11 February 2019

Cape Town based company Agriprotein has been named among just two companies hailing from Africa in the Global Cleantech 100, a list of the 100 companies best positioned to solve the future’s clean-tech challenges and make an impact on the market... Read More

Statement by Minister Beverley Schäfer on the Total gas discovery

8 February 2019

The Western Cape Government welcomes the announcement from Total on their gas condensate discovery in Block 11B/12B on the southern coast of South Africa.     Read More

DEDAT support helps agri-processing SMMEs grow

6 February 2019

  The Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT)’s Agri-Processing Support Program has helped small businesses in the province grow their sales. profitability, increase cash flow and create new jobs.   Read More

Cape Town has most job opportunities and Western Cape has highest paying jobs

4 February 2019

Jobs search engine Adzuna has found that Cape Town is the city with the most job opportunities, with 14 023 jobs advertised on the site in January 2018. The finding is based on an analysis of 140 000 vacancies advertised over this period. Read More

Red Tape Reduction Unit achieves R 1 billion savings target

30 January 2019

The Western Cape Government has achieved its strategic goal of generating R1 billion in economic savings and benefits from interventions aimed at reducing red tape and improving the ease of doing business in the province. Read More

Over 17 000 people have disembarked from cruise liners in Cape Town this cruise

28 January 2019

January marks the peak of cruise ship season in Cape Town which traditionally runs from October to April, and this month, vessels have made a total of 17 stops in the city’s port.   Read More

Atlantis youth tutoring programme reaps results

23 January 2019

Note to editors: This joint press release was originally issued by the IkamavaYouth Programme and GreenCape. Read More

Minister Beverley Schäfer visits Laingsburg farmers to engage on drought issues

21 January 2019

The Department of Agriculture in the Western Cape has disbursed R 8.3 million in drought support to 586 farmers in the Central Karoo in January, and will continue to provide support in the region which continues to experience severe drought... Read More

Companies urged to consider taking on CapaCiti interns for 2019

17 January 2019

Employers in Cape Town and Johannesburg looking to grow their tech teams in 2019 could benefit from hiring CapaCiti graduates as apprentices.   Read More

December peak season feedback shows positive signs of recovery for the province

16 January 2019

Tourism operators in the Western Cape have reported a generally good December season, with many local tourism offices and attractions seeing increased numbers, although the drought did have an impact.   Read More

Foot and mouth disease detection in Limpopo could impact the Western Cape

9 January 2019

The National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announced on Tuesday that foot and mouth disease (FMD) has been detected in the Vhembe district of Limpopo, and reported to the World Organisation for Animal Health.     Read More

Minister Beverley Schäfer targets 250 000 new opportunities for young people

13 December 2018

Minister of Economic Opportunities, Beverley Schäfer has announced a target of creating 250 000 new opportunities for the youth in the Western Cape over the next five years.   Read More

Tourism industry working together to ensure visitor safety

11 December 2018

As the province heads into the peak tourism season, partners in the Western Cape’s tourism industry have committed to working together to ensure that tourism safety is a priority. Read More

Minister Beverley Schäfer launches Overberg Meander bike route

10 December 2018

Minister of Economic Opportunities, Beverley Schäfer today launched the fourth in a series of cycling routes being developed by the Western Cape Government, aimed at increasing cycle t Read More

GreenCape nominated for international energy award

5 December 2018

  GreenCape has been named as a finalist in the Grid Edge category for the 2018 S&P Global Platts Global Energy Awards.   Read More

New water allocations will help the agricultural sector recover from the drought

30 November 2018

Minister of Economic Opportunities Beverley Schafer welcomes the new water allocations for agricultural, domestic and industry use.   Read More

Minister Beverley Schäfer calls for investigation into catamaran incident

27 November 2018

Minister of Economic Opportunities, Beverley Schäfer will be requesting a full report from SAMSA and the NSRI to understand the circumstances under which a catamaran carrying five UK tourists capsized last night.   Read More

Coronation Double Century contributing to economic development in the Overberg

26 November 2018

Over the weekend, hundreds of cyclists descended on Swellendam for the 26th Coronation Double Century.   The gruelling 202km race is one of the largest team trials in the world.   Read More