Deputy Minister Judith Tshabalala urges assistance for the historically underprivileged Northern Cape farmers.

The Northern Cape Provincial government, along with the municipalities of Dawid Kruiper and Kai! Garib, has been asked by the Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation Judith Tshabalala to work hand in hand to support the growth of local vineyard farmers, especially those in Kakamas and Upington. After her visit to the Northern Cape which took place on the 3rd of November 2023, the deputy minister heard the challenges that local farmers raised and advocated close collaboration between the local municipalities of these regions and the provincial government. INSERT [DEPUTY MINISTER] The department of water and sanitation says, a total of 936 hectares of water use entitlements and Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) farm spaces have been awarded to five Historically Disadvantaged Individuals (HDI) projects that grow grapes in Kakamas. The department says, following the handover all these projects came to a complete stop, and as of now, none of the HDI projects are producing anything. The Department of Water and Sanitation says a tight collaboration is required to guarantee that the Historically Disadvantaged Individuals, succeed and are beneficial to the region's economic development.

Journalist: Tasha-Ree Kella

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