News and Speeches for Department of Agriculture

African Horse Sickness - Final Report

17 June 2014

The Department of Agriculture provides an update on the status of the African Horse Sickness cases and containment areas. Read More

African Horse Sickness - Veterinary Control Measures Relaxed

17 June 2014

Department of Agriculture relaxes veterinary control measures for African Horse Sickness. Read More

Minister Alan Winde Addresses Farmer and Farm Worker Dialogue Workshop

10 June 2014

Minister Winde identifies agricultural sector as a key economic area and encourages open dialogue to foster business growth. Read More

African Horse Sickness Case in Robertson

5 May 2014

There has still only been the one confirmed case of African Horse Sickness (AHS) in the Robertson area. Census and clinical surveillance is still underway by State officials and through the work of private veterinarians. Read More

African Horse Sickness Update

5 May 2014

In total there have been a total of 23 affected properties as a result of the African Horse Sickness (AHS) outbreak in 2014 in the Porterville and Wellington region of the Western Cape. In total, 66 confirmed cases have been identified with 10... Read More

Robertson African Horse Sickness Update

23 April 2014

A confirmed case of African horse sickness (AHS) has been detected on a thoroughbred stud in the Robertson region of the AHS protection zone. The case was detected by a private veterinarian and confirmed using laboratory tests.  Read More

African Horse Sickness Outbreak Update

15 April 2014

A second property in Wellington, closer to the Hawequas mountain range near Groenberg, has been confirmed as having a positive African Horse Sickness (AHS) case present. There have been no mortalities on this property. Read More

Launch of the 2014 Western Cape Farm Worker of the Year Competition

9 April 2014

The 2014 Western Cape Farm Worker of the Year Competition will again be hosted by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and Shoprite. Read More

Situation Report Four: African Horse Sickness Outbreak

3 April 2014

There has been a confirmed outbreak of African Horse Sickness (AHS) in the Wellington area near to the Berg River. Five cases have been identified on one property, with one death. Read More

Situation Report Three: African Horse Sickness Outbreak

27 March 2014

There are currently six properties with 24 confirmed cases of African Horse Sickness (AHS) within the AHS containment zoneSince the last situation report there have been six deaths in the containment zone. All these horses have been sampled and will... Read More

Western Cape Agriculture Announces R860 million Budget Allocation for 2014/15

25 March 2014

Gerrit van Rensburg, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, today announced his department's budget of R860 million for the 2014/15 financial year. Van Rensburg used the opportunity to reflect over the 2009 to 2014 political... Read More

Situation Report Two: African Horse Sickness Outbreak

24 March 2014

Suspected African horse sickness (AHS) cases were detected through clinical/passive surveillance by a private veterinarian consulting for an Arab horse farmer in the Porterville area. Read More

Situation Report on African Horse Sickness Outbreak in Porterville

14 March 2014

The Department of Agriculture is currently working on the control measures of the African horse sickness (AHS) outbreak in Porterville. Read More

African Horse Sickness Affects Porterville Region

13 March 2014

Precaution measures have been taken to control the risks of spreading the African Horse disease, as a containment zone has been declared for the affected horses. Read More

Minister Van Rensburg Welcomes First-year Students to Elsenburg

31 January 2014

Gerrit van Rensburg, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development welcomed the 2014 First Year students to the Elsenburg College on Friday, 24 January. This year saw 64 students enrolling for the Higher Certificate, and 87 for the B.... Read More

Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute Graduation Ceremony 2013

18 December 2013

Gerrit van Rensburg, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, recently congratulated students who graduated at Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute. A total of 114 students received their qualifications.These comprised: Read More

Gerrit van Rensburg Wishes Western Cape Farmers Well with Harvest

18 November 2013

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture commits to assist all farmers especially during the current harvest season. Read More

Western Cape Farm Worker of the Year Crowned

29 October 2013

Karools Paulse, a senior farm manager for Mouton Citrus in Citrusdal, was crowned the 2013 Western Cape Farm Worker of the Year at a gala event in Stellenbosch on Friday evening. Read More

Department of Agriculture Commemorates World Food Day in Karatara

17 October 2013

The theme this year for World Food Day was Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition. Read More

Olifants Rivier Farm Worker of the Year Crowned

2 September 2013

Minister van Rensburg on Thursday congratulated Karools Paulse for winning the Olifants River leg of the 2013 Western Cape Farm Worker of the Year Competition. Read More