Die Koue Bokkeveld Opleidingsentrum

fokus op alle fasette van landbou-opleiding in die breë Ceres-Koue Bokkeveld streek.

What an amazing year the Witzenberg Region is having.

Firstly nominees were submitted via Koue Bokkeveld Training Centre to AgriSETA, in May 2016 for their AgriSETA Excellence Awards Competition.  Two candidates made it through to AgriSETA's interview shortlist.  Lawrence Balani of De Keur :  Rocklands and Sivuyiseni Gatya of Donkerbos Estate were interviewed on August 22, 2016. The winner were announced on October 5th, 2016 at during AgriSETA's AGM / Conference held in Johannesburg. Lawrence Balani was runner-up for the best learnership student in South Africa.

Secondly the Deciduous Fruit Gala Event has been held annually for the last 42 years. Top achievers in the South African deciduous fruit industry received awards for their excellence.  At a gala event in Somerset West Hortgro's Deciduous Fruit Industry hosted this annual competition.  Candidates were nominated for the following three categories:  1) General Farm Worker of the Year,
                                                                       2)  Specialist Farm Worker of the Year,
                                                                       3)  Farm Manager of the Year.
The nominees were: Kerneels Onker (Graaff-Fruit)
  Charmaine Scholtz (Ceres Remhoogte Farming)
 Irene Jansen (Wilhelm de Kock Farm)
 Maguga Solitswayi (Bronaar Farms)
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Congratulations to:  Charmaine Scholts of the farm Ceres Remhoogte Farming who was honored as Specialist Agricultural Worker of the Year, as well as to Maguga Solitswayi of the farm Bronaar Farms and Irene Jansen of Wilhelm de Kock Farming who jointly shared the crown as General Farm Worker of the Year.

Lastly you may recall on July 28, 2016 the Witzenberg Region kicked off the Regional 2016 Prestige Agri Award Competition.  The initiative, previously known as the Farmworker of the Year competition, honours excellence in the province’s agriculture sector. This initiative is co-sponsored by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and the Shoprite Group. The Western Cape’s top agricultural worker will be announced at a gala ceremony on Saturday 5 November.

Well done to every nomination and winner thus far.  We are anxiously waiting on the outcome of the 2016 Western Cape's Prestige Agri Award Competition.