This page provides you with the latest presentations provided in response to the drought in agriculture.

For more information also see the Western Cape Department of Agriculture's Drought Portal.  

Drought Fact Sheet - December 2017

The Fact Sheet includes information on the climatological and hydrological situation, and impacts on the vegetation, crop and livestock farming, jobs, the food system, and social welfare. Access the Drought Fact Sheet here. 

Drought Policy Brief 2018

The Drought Policy Brief identifies the macro economic impact of the drought on Western Cape agriculture sector. The study was done by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and the Bureau for Food and Agriculture Policy. The Western Cape agricultural sector is set to lose an estimated R5.9 billion in the 2017/18 season with ~ 30 000 jobs lost. 

Drought Policy Brief Western Cape Agriculture

Key legislation

Department of Water and Sanitation: Drought Blitz operation plan. 10 January 2018.

Department of Water and Sanitation: Limiting the use of water in terms of 6 of Schedule 6 of the Act. 12 January 2018.

Department of Water and Sanitation: Limiting the use of water in terms of Item 6 of Schedule 3 of the Act. 28 Sep 2017.

Department of Water and Sanitation: Regulations requiring that the taking of water for irrigation purposes be measured, recorded and reported. 17 Feb 2017. 

*Note: Contact your Irrigation Board (IR) and Water User Association (WUA) to identify specific regulations applicable to you. 

Presentations

WWF Water Conservation Workshop - 18 October 2017

Watch the 2017 Hortgro seminar on Irrigation here

Events

13 & 14 November 2017: Conservation at Work Symposium, Robertson 

 3 November 2017: GreenCape Drought Business Support (please note that this is not primary agriculture focused however agri processing facilities could benefit) 

23 November 2017: GreenCape Drought Business Support (please note that this is not primary agriculture focused however agri processing facilities could benefit) 

 Key contacts at LandCare:

  • Overberg District - Dawie De Villiers: Dawiedv@elsenburg.com

  • Eden District - Hannes Muller: HannesM@elsenburg.com

  • Karoo District - Phyllis Pienaar: PhyllisP@elsenburg.com

  • West Coast District - Jan Smit: JanS@elsenburg.com 

  • Cape Winelands District - Rudolph Roscher: RudolphR@elsenburg.com 

  • Western Cape Provincial manager - Francis Steyn: FrancisS@elenburg.com