The Western Cape Department of Agriculture provides a wide range of development, research
and support services to the agricultural community in the Western Cape. The agricultural sector
stimulates economic growth in the province and plays a major role in creating sustainable job
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture is primarily responsible for the promotion of
agriculture in all its rich diversity in the Western Cape. It provides a wide range of development,
research and support services to the agricultural community in the Western Cape.
The department's administrative headquarters is situated on the historic farm, Elsenburg, in the
picturesque Boland region. We also render services to new and commercial farmers from our
research farms, Further Education and Training Centres, extension offices, state veterinary
offices and animal health technicians situated throughout the province.
About 45% of South Africa's agricultural exports move through the province and the value
added in the sector amounts to more than R16 billion per annum.
The agricultural sector not only stimulates economic growth in the province, it also plays a major
role in creating sustainable job opportunities. The department is very committed to deliver on
Project Khulisa as part of the Western Cape Government’s Strategic Goal 1.
The department's service area covers approximately 13 million hectares, of which 2 million
hectares are under cultivation and 320 000 hectares are under irrigation.
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture has a direct or indirect influence on the production
of wine, deciduous fruit, citrus, grain, fynbos, vegetables, ostriches, small and large stock, as
well as milk and dairy products. The department has also made a commitment to support
alternative products and crops within the agricultural sector both in terms of finance and service.
Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning
The Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning is responsible for ensuring
that the integrity of the natural environment of the Western Cape is maintained.
With the remarkable landscapes and the uniquely diverse culture of the Western Cape, it is not
difficult to see why the responsibility of our organisation is to preserve the environment for future
generations by preventing environmental ruin.
Our organisation is responsible for making informed decisions based on South African
environmental legislation while also being aware of how other legislation impacts on these
The public plays a significant role in helping our organisation to achieve its objectives. It is also
your responsibility to work with us to protect our natural environment. This can be done by being
a responsible citizen.
Being “Better Together” is what our organisation strives for and can only be achieved by
working with the public, business and all organisations. It is therefore a shared responsibility
that will lead to improved sustainable development and environmental integrity.
Our organisation is one of 13 Western Cape Government departments. The national
departments of Environmental and Water Affairs, the provincial municipalities and other spheres
of government are key stakeholders to our organisation. By working in collaboration with all
stakeholders, we can ensure that the environment is preserved for future generations.
African Climate and Development Initiative
The African Climate & Development Initiative (ACDI) is UCT’s active response to the climate change and development challenge. The ACDI was set up in 2011 by the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Vice-Chancellor Max Price as one of four strategic initiatives, each contributing to UCT’s mission to tackle key issues in the social and natural worlds. It is also one of the Vice-Chancellor’s signature themes; these themes are chosen to drive research in a strategic manner, and are grounded in existing areas of internationally-recognized excellence at UCT , whilst being aligned to institutional, regional and national priorities. Uniquely, the ACDI merges climate change issues with development issues, bringing together UCT’s breadth and depth of research and teaching in these areas, which previously were conducted largely in isolation within a variety of departments and research centres. -