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2023 Western Cape Prestige Agri-Worker Competition Launches to Celebrate Agricultural Excellence


The Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Ivan Meyer, recently announced the launch of the 2023 Western Cape Prestige Agri-Worker Competition, set to begin in June 2023 in Hermanus, Overberg District. This regional event aims to showcase and celebrate agricultural excellence while promoting skill enhancement and pride among the workforce.

Competition Details

The competition will span 16 regions within the Western Cape, with participants competing in 11 distinct categories, reflecting the diverse roles within the agricultural sector. These categories include general worker, driver, irrigation specialist, technical operator, animal production, administrative staff, social development, agri-processing, foreman, junior management, and middle management.

The competition will follow a structured timeline, with regional winners chosen by August’s end and the provincial competition taking place in September 2023.

Importance of Agri-Workers

Dr. Meyer praised the Prestige Agri-Awards Competition as an essential platform for recognizing the province’s outstanding agricultural workforce and their critical role in the Western Cape’s economy. Agri-workers make up 17% of the province’s employment, and their efforts contribute significantly to the success of the agricultural sector.

Dr. Annelie Rabe, Executive Mayor of the Overstrand Municipality, further emphasized the importance of agri-workers, stating, “Without agri-workers, there is no agriculture.” Pieter van Zyl, General Manager of Procurement at Shoprite, expressed pride in sponsoring the annual competition since 2012. He highlighted the critical role agri-workers play in providing consumers with daily access to fresh produce, meat, and dairy products.

Social Upliftment Project

Darryl Jacobs, Deputy Director General of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, described the Agri-Worker Awards as the department’s premier social upliftment project. The competition not only recognizes the hard work and dedication of agri-workers but also has a significant impact on their lives. Participants gain recognition, develop self-worth, and expand their knowledge. The competition also contributes to the development of role models and leaders within the agricultural workforce and their communities.

Investing in Agri-Workers

The 2023 Western Cape Prestige Agri-Worker Competition emphasizes the importance of investing in agri-workers and recognizing their vital contributions to the agriculture sector. The competition will culminate in a grand gala on November 4, 2023, when the Western Cape Prestige Agri Worker of 2023 will be announced.

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