PHOTO BACK FLTR : Ronald van Schalkwyk, Hilton Papier, Johannes Job and Wayne Mansfield FRONT FLTR: Dr. Fanny Phetla (Acting General Manager of the AgriSETA), Jaqueline van der Poll, Tasneem Sulaiman-Bray, Manley Adams and Darryl Jacobs
The Kaap Agri Academy in Porterville held its certificate ceremony in style on the 23rd November. Since its inception in 2009, the Academy has grown from strength to strength and several of the students who have attended the Farmer Development Program have already established themselves as commercial farmers.
The BathoPele Development Institute has been the service provider of the Academy since its inception and has played a significant role in the success of the Academy. In 2017 the Academy presented two programs, namely a Learnership in Mixed Farming on NQF level 2 , and a Learnership in Animal Production on NQF level 3.
Since 2016, the Academy has been partnered by the Department of Agriculture, Western Cape, and fittingly, the keynote address at the certificate ceremony was delivered by Mr Darryl Jacobs, the Deputy Director General of the Department. His message to the students was very inspiring and he pointed out the importance of an action orientation and responsible farming practices.
At the ceremony, 21 students received certificates for the successful completion of the Mixed Farming program, and 16 students completed the program in Animal Production successfully. Students who excelled in the programs were rewarded for their outstanding performance.
The following awards were made:
Program in Mixed Farming
Special Award: Elizabeth Josephus
Merit Awards: Johannes Job, Wayne Mansfield
Top Achiever Award: Manley Adams
Program in Animal Production
Special Award: Michael van Wyk
Merit Awards: Ronald van Schalkwyk, Hilton Papier
Top Achiever Award: Jaqueline van der Poll