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  1. L’Ormarins’ Abednic Simanga Acknowledged At Agri Awards

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    At a gala event which took place on Saturday, 2 November at Nederburg Wines in Paarl, the winners of this year’s Western Cape Prestige Agri Worker Competition were announced, and L’Ormarins’ Abednic Simanga was awarded the winner of the Animal Production category.

    Abednic Simanga

    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 eight years.

    One of four children, Abednic hails from the Eastern Cape and has been working on L’Ormarins Estate’s Frederickburg Angus Stud Farm since November 2009, and in February this year he was promoted to the position of foreman. His passion is animals, especially cattle, which is no wonder that he is the deserving recipient of this award.

    Although Xhosa is his home language he is also fluent in English, Afrikaans, Sotho and Zulu. He is the father to two young children, and during his spare time Abednic enjoys spending time with his friends as well as playing a game of soccer.

  2. Franschhoek Female Empowerment On Display At the 2019 Franschhoek Prestige Agri-Awards

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    Since its inception in 2002 female agri worker participants have increased significantly, which has resulted in 13 women moving forward to the next round. At total of 43 finalists from Franschhoek were selected. Another noticeable factor was the women’s level of knowledge and passion for their respective responsibilities, which impressed the panel of judges.

    By including female finalists at this level of recognition undoubtedly showcases the strength of women and their unseen contributions towards agriculture in the Western Cape.

    The women have been selected as finalists in the following categories:

    • General Worker
    • Irrigation Specialist
    • Technical Operator
    • Administrative Personell
    • Agri-processing
    • Foreman/-woman
    • Junior Management

    The winners in the respective categories will be announced at a special event on 23 September 2019 at Môreson Wine Farm.

    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 eight years.

    FINALISTS:

    Boschendal:

    Naomi Muller
    Ntombi Mpahleni
    Emelia September
    Letitia Kammies

    Freshness First:

    Anthea Daniels
    Levona Williams

    Glenwood:

    Lesle Adonis

    La-Bri:

    Maselemo Nthlathe

    La- Motte:

    Jennifer Fredericks

    L’Ormarins:

    Beulah Strydom

    Mont Rochelle:

    Sanna Williams

    Solms-Delta

    Malinda Mouton

  3. Isak Buys triumphs at 2018 Prestige Agri-Awards

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    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.

  4. Franschhoek Regional 2018 Prestige Agri-Awards Winners Announced

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    The 5th annual Prestige Agri-Awards recently took place at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards in Franschhoek, where the winners for the sought after titles were announced. The 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.

    A winner, runner-up and second runner-up were selected in each of the eight categories. The winners in the respective categories, were as follows:

    • General Worker: Elizabeth Gertse (Anthonij Rupert Wyne)
    • Tractor Driver: Isak Buys (Mont Rochelle)
    • Irrigation Specialist: Keenan Carstens (Boschendal)
    • Technical Operator: Vusumzi Cekiso (Leeu Estates)
    • Animal Production: Ralph Valentine (Boschendal)
    • Foreman: Stoffel Van Rooy (Leeu Estates)
    • Junior Management: Cornel Paulse (Glenwood)
    • Middle Management: Christie Davids (Anthonij Rupert Wyne)

     

    A special award was presented to Danie Cupido of Mont Rochelle, who received the Agri Worker with the Best Potential for 2018 award.

    From here on the winners in each category as well as the regional winners go through to the provincial adjudication, where after the 2018 Western Cape Prestige Agri Worker Winners will be announced at a gala event on the 3 November at Nederburg Wine Estate in Paarl.