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Sub-committees

Agri Eastern Cape has established a number of sub-committees to address key issues that are of specific concern to its members. The sub-committees assist the executive in fulfilling the organisation’s mandate to be the voice of the farmer in the province.


Labour & Social Welfare

Chairperson: Johan Wege

johan@agriec.org

082 337  4520

Key responsibilities:

Sectoral determination (minimum wages) • Child labour • Occupational Health and Safety • Department of Labour • Trade Unions • Migration • Social Security for Farm Workers • Training • Employment Equity • Compensation Commissioner • Unemployment Insurance Fund • South African Revenue Service • PEAT • Skills Development • Pension Funds • Medical Aid Funds • Human Rights • Agricultural Schools & Colleges • Employer Organisations • Agri SETA • Basic Conditions of Employment • Housing • Farm Workers


Rural Safety

Chairperson: Danie van Litsenborgh

danie@agriec.org

071 889 6526 / 087 550 1947

Rural safety is one of the Eastern Cape farming community's key concerns. This portfolio sub-committee of Agri EC meets regularly with the provincial department of safety and security to monitor crime trends and develop a strategy for crime prevention.

Key responsibilities:

Safety of Rural Community • Effective Functioning of Rural Safety Plan • Sector Policing • Crime Tendencies • Reservists • Trade in Scrap Metal • South African Police Service (SAPS) • Correctional Service • Justice • Protocol on Access to Farms • Procedures with Land Invasions • Border Policing • Green Courts • Farm Attacks • Stock Theft • Crime Statistics • Border Control • Rural Safety • Fire Arms


Communications

Chairperson: Alfonso van Niekerk

alfonso@agriec.org

083 277 0793 / 046 685 0683

Networking and information sharing are important if the agricultural sector is to thrive in the Eastern Cape. The communications sub-committee of Agri EC builds relationships with key stakeholders in government and the private sector, as well as other agricultural bodies and the public.

Key responsibilities:

Communication Internal (president, council, office, agricultural associations, members) • Communication External (local and provincial government, ECACON, other agricultural organiations & commodities) • Networking • Website • Feedback Congress & Resolutions • Constitution & Policies • Press Releases • Annual Report


Transformation

Chairperson: Christo Venter

christov@agriec.org

092 561 5919 / 051 641 0791

Agri Eastern Cape's transformation sub-committee gives attention to legislation relating to land reform as well as related problems emanating from implementation.

Key responsibilities:

Emerging Farmers • Land Reform • Land Rights • Agri BEE • Land Ownership Foreigners • Area Based Plan • Expropriation • Land Claims • Database Landownership • Land and Rural Development • Mentorship • Evictions • Land Use Management


Commercial & Infrastructure

Chairperson: Brian Hoole

brian@agriec.org

074 669 0216 / 087 807 9890

The commercial and infrastructure sub-committee of Agri Eastern Cape gives attention to problems and requests and negotiates with service providers to agriculture.

Key responsibilities:

Sectoral determination (minimum wages) • Child Labour • Occupational Health & Safety on Farms • Department of Labour • Trade Unions • Migration • Social Security for Farm Workers • Training • Employment Equity • Compensation Commissioner • Unemployment Insurance Fund • South African Revenue Service • PEAT • Skills Development • Pension Funds • Medical Aid Funds • Human Rights • Agricultural Schools & Colleges • Employer Organisations • Agri SETA • Basic Conditions of Employment • Housing • Farm Workers


Natural Resources

Water affairs

Chairperson: Wayman Kritzinger

wayman@agriec.org

082 581 8588 / 042 235 1531 

With water such a scarce and precious resource in drought-prone South Africa, this sub-committee of Agri Eastern Cape places a strong emphasis on water affairs, including water quality management and water use for agriculture.

Key responsibilities:

Water Affairs • Water Rights

Environmental affairs

Chairperson: Brent McNamara

brent@agriec.org

084 819 0291

This sub-committee of Agri Eastern Cape handles a wide range of issues affecting the natural environment. These include genetically modified crops, shale gas development and renewable energy.

Key responsibilities:

Water • Mineral Rights • Climate Change • Renewable Energy • Damage Causing Animals • Disaster Management (fires, drought, floods) • Stock Diseases & Research • Game & Fencing • Environmental Impact Assessments • Soil Conservation • Water Rights • Weed (invaders) • Carbon Credits