R750 000 from Shoprite for farm worker competition

(From left) Gerrit van Rensburg, Western Cape MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development, and Pieter van Zyl, general manager of procurements for Shoprite, at the launch of the 2013 Western Cape Farm Worker of the Year Competition.
Photo: Wouter Kriel

The retailer secured its position as official sponsor of the competition through a donation of R750 000. According to Wouter Kriel, spokesperson for Western Cape agriculture MEC Gerrit van Rensburg, the total cost of the competition will amount to R1,5 million this year.

The overall winner will receive prizes to the value of R100 000 during a gala event to be held in November. “This year will see more than 1 100 entrants from 15 regions competing for the top position. This represents a 10% growth in entries since 2012,” said Kriel.

This year there will also be a new category to facilitate entries from health and crèche workers on farms. In a statement, Van Rensburg urged all role players in the sector to become involved in this year’s competition. He said that in the light of the recent labour unrest in the Western Cape, it was more important than ever to give recognition to farm workers.