Franschhoek Wine Valley

Isak Buys triumphs at 2018 Prestige Agri-Awards

Following on from the announcement of the finalists for this year’s 5th annual Prestige Agri-Awards, there was excitement in the air when the winners of 2018 Western Cape Prestige Agri Worker were announced. The results were announced at a gala event on 3 November at Nederburg Wine Estate in Paarl, which saw Isak Buys from Mont Rochelle walking away with the title of Tractor Driver of the Year.

Isak is a long-standing member of the Mont Rochelle team, having worked at the farm for 25 years. According to his seniors he is a highly skilled tractor driver, and is continuously coming up with new ideas to ensure his vehicle and equipment are utilised as efficiently and effectively as possible. He enjoys training and teaching his less-experienced colleagues and is brilliant at what he does. Although he has many years of experience in this field, he is always willing to learn new tricks of the trade and is open to any training that is offered to him.

Isak is definitely our ‘Jack of all trades’ having the expertise within a broad range of farming techniques such as spraying, garden irrigation, building, welding and basic mechanics. He’s also completed Vinpro training vineyard establishment and pruning techniques. He’s recently qualified as a Level 1 first-aider and is the only member of the team who’s been trained in veld fire-fighting.

The Agri-Awards – an initiative previously known as the Farmworker of the Year competition – honours excellence in the province’s agricultural sector.  In doing so the competition is able to acknowledge farmworkers for their hard work, who make a significant contribution to our country’s economy. The competition is co-sponsored by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and the Shoprite Group, with the latter being involved with the initiative for the past seven years.


Franschhoek Wine Valley exists to:

  • Develop and implement marketing plans to profile the Franschhoek Wine Valley
  • Arrange and advertise events that support the Franschhoek Wine Valley brand image and which encourage visitors to the Valley
  • Represent the business interests of our members to the Stellenbosch Municipality
  • Aggregate the combined buying power of our members to leverage economy of scale benefits from service providers
  • Coordinate free advisory services and discussion forums to support our member’s businesses

Our Accolades

  • Tripadvisor Traveller's Choice Destination Winner 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015
  • Most Memorable Wine Route 2014, 2013 & 2012
  • Service Excellence Award - 2015
  • Best Tourism Event 2015 - Franschhoek Bastille Festival
  • Best Local Tourism Authority Information service 2013 & 2012

Tourism Levy

Certain establishments in Franschhoek may levy visitors with voluntary contributions towards the running of the FWV and to support local charities. Should visitors not wish to contribute to these causes, please indicate this to the relevant merchant.

Disclaimer

Maintenance & validity of all business operating permits, licences and registration certificates are the responsibility of the business owner. Franschhoek Wine Valley takes no responsibility for the renewal of the required legal business operating documentation.

 

Contact Us

Franschhoek Wine Valley

Physical Address
62 Huguenot Road
Franschhoek
7690

Office hours
Monday – Friday: 08h00 – 17h00
Saturday: 09h00 – 17h00
Sunday’s: 09h00 – 16h00

Contact Details
+27(0) 21 876 2861
info@franschhoek.org.za