The Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Kgalema Motlanthe, will lead a collective of Ministers at a stakeholder dialogue meeting between farmers and farm workers in the Western Cape (Paarl) on Tuesday, 12 February ahead of the State of the Nation Address (SoNA) by President Jacob Zuma.
The dialogue, which will also be facilitated by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson, and Rural Development and Land Reform Minister, Mr Gugile Nkwinti will the held under the theme:
“Dialogue with the farming sector for the advancement of sustainable rural development and social cohesion”.
The dialogue is part of a series of public engagement initiatives that are planned around the SoNA. The SoNA will take place on the 14 February 2013 at 19h00.
The dialogue will primarily focus on the potential of the agriculture sector as identified by the National Development Plan (the NDP). The NDP identifies agriculture as a major employment creator. The meeting will thus be a conversation between the different stakeholders on how to harness this potential for socio-economic development in rural areas.
If you would like to attend these meetings please RSVP by 15h00 today. You will be required to bring identification and to please email your car registration details.
Details of the 12 February event are as follows:
10h00 to 12h30: engagement for farmers
13h30 to 15h30: engagement for farm workers
Venue: Val De Vie Estate, Paarl
Address: Kliprug Minor Road, Paarl
Directions from Cape Town:
Take the N1 towards Paarl. Take the Jan van Riebeek offramp – please be careful not to take the Van Riebeek turnoff. When you reach the end of the Jan Van Riebeek offramp take the Franschoek turn on your right. Drive until you see Val de Vie signage.
For more information please contact:
Spokesperson for the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Cell: 082 904 1908