The challenges facing the country include low literacy levels, which hinder the development of agricultural and other basic vocational skills.
The skills needed for agricultural production, food security and sustainable rural development include:
- literacy and numeracy skills
- basic decision-making and problem-solving
- technical and vocational skills in agriculture, and land and water management
- leadership, planning and management skills
- social, interpersonal and communication skills
- negotiation and facilitation skills
- the critical thinking that is necessary for fostering innovation and change
- food preservation and processing skills
- marketing skills
- business, income-generating and entrepreneurial skills
- the awareness of social, political and legal institutions that is necessary for effective participation in civil society
Many of these skills could be considered the building blocks for success in the modern world and should be gained through primary and secondary education. Unfortunately, this has not been the case as the education system has failed many youngsters, especially in rural areas.
The provision of Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) is a cornerstone in the work of the Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs). Certainly generating literacy amongst farm workers remains one of the greatest challenges to our investment in people.
Along with the provision of skills and the capacity to perform, the spin-offs of education and training go beyond the workplace and staff morale: people become agents of change and positive participators in the development of their communities.
National strategy and government contact
Agricultural Training Institutes / Agricultural Colleges
Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges offering agriculture
AgriSETA: Learnerships and apprenticeships
Adult Basic Education Training (ABET) and General Training
AgriSETA accredited training providers
Agricultural Research Council (ARC) training
Websites and publications
National strategy and government contact
The National Development Plan (NDP) places agriculture firmly on the agenda for the next 15 years (NPC, 2011). Specifically, and in relation to Agricultural Education and Training (AET), the NDP calls for:
- The creation of an additional one million jobs in the agriculture, agro-processing, and related sectors.
- Increased investment in agricultural technologies, research, and the development of adaptation strategies.
- Expanding the college system with a focus on improving quality.
- Improved skills development and training in the agricultural sector, including entrepreneurship training. This should include the training of a new cadre of extension officers.
- Investigation into whether extension and agricultural services are appropriately located at provincial level.
- Innovative means for agricultural extension and training by the state in partnership with industries.
Additional targets of indirect relevance to AET include increasing enrolment at universities and increasing the percentage of PhD-qualified staff in the higher education sector.
Source: from the executive summary of Revitalising Agricultural Education and Training in South Africa. Find the details of the document under "Websites & publications".
Strategic Integrated Projects (SIPs) are part of the Infrastructure Plan developed by Government to support economic development and address service delivery in the poorest provinces. Each SIP comprises of specific infrastructure components and programmes. SIP 11 is Agri-logistics and rural infrastructure, and includes the expansion of agricultural colleges (see “Agricultural Training Institutes / Agricultural Colleges” heading).
The post-school education and training White Paper plans to expand the capacity of, access to, and the quality of South Africa’s higher education institutions. Find it at www.dhet.gov.za.
Government departments of relevance to this chapter are the Department of Basic Education, and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), and of course the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF). Find contact details for all departments at www.gov.za.
Find the Agricultural Education and Training strategy (AET Strategy) on www.daff.gov.za – take the “Branches” menu options. The AET Strategy is concerned with the provision and maintenance of sound education and training to support an environmentally and economically sustainable agriculture. Two contacts at DAFF are:
- Directorate: Sector Education & Training Tel: 012 319 6628
- Directorate: Sectoral Colleges Tel: 012 319 6957
Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) involved:
Agriculture Sectoral Education and Training Authority (AgriSETA) Tel: 012 301 5600 www.agriseta.co.za
The AgriSETA Board offers financial support to you as employer and employee in respect of training and development programmes.
FoodBev SETA is subdivided into five chambers:
- Baking, Cereals, Confectionary & Snacks (BCCS)
- Beverage Manufacturing
- Dairy Manufacturing
- Manufacture of Food Preparation Products
- Processed and Preserved Meat, Fish, Fruit and Vegetables
FP&M SETA (Fibre Processing and Manufacturing Education and Training Authority) Tel: 011 234 2311 www.fpmseta.org.za The SETA responsible for training in the forestry sector
- Association of Principals of Agricultural Colleges (APAC), Mr Siya Mazibuko Tel: 033 355 9300
- Association of South African Agricultural Educators (ASAAE)
- Association of Students of Agricutural Training Institutes (ASATI) www.facebook.com/ASATI22/
- Higher Education Learning & Teaching Association of Southern Africa (HELTASA) http://heltasa.org.za/
- Human Resource Development Council (HRDCSA) www.hrdcsa.org.za
- South African Agricultural Teaching Association (SAATA), Tel: 056 216 3826 / 083 556 5947, nelepn [at] edu.fs.gov.za
- Technical Vocational Education and Training College Governors Council (TVETCGC) Tel: 012 664 1140 www.tvetcgc.org
- The South African Technology Network (SATN) is a voluntary association of universities of technology (UoTs) www.satn.org.za
- UMALUSI Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training www.umalusi.org.za
- Universities South Africa / University Councils Chairpersons Forum-SA (UCCF-SA), Formerly Higher Education South Africa (HESA), www.usaf.ac.za
Three branches of agriculture studies are offered at these schools: Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural Technology and Agricultural Management Practices, the last two being practical in nature.
- Agricultural Sciences is the study of the relationship between soils, plants and animals in the production and processing of food, fibre, fuel and any other agricultural commodities that have an economic, aesthetic and cultural value. It is an integrated science that combines the knowledge and skills from Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Social Sciences, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics and Economics. This subject must be seen within the holistic science framework rather than as an isolated science.
- Agricultural Management Practices is the study and application of economic and management principles that are used in the production, transformation and marketing of food and other agricultural products. The foregoing principles are used in the production and value adding of high quality agricultural products that have economic, aesthetic, social and cultural value.
- Agricultural Technology focuses on technological processes used in agriculture to create an understanding of how processes, equipment and structures are used with people, soil, plants, animals and their products to use the environment, to sustain and maintain quality of life and to promote economic, aesthetic and sound cultural values.
Schools that offer all three (Agricultural Schools) are listed here. For a list of other schools which offer Agricultural Sciences but are not classed as “Agricultural Schools”, contact SAATA (details under “Associations involved” heading).
|Hoër Landbouskool Marlow (Cradock)||Tel: 048 881 3121 www.marlow.co.za PO Box 40 CRADOCK 5880|
|Phandulwazi Agricultural High School (Alice)||Cell: 082 573 1320 Tel/fax: 040 653 8758 P/Bag X1347 ALICE 5700|
|Winterberg Agricultural High School (Fort Beaufort)||Tel: 046 645 1168 www.winagric.co.za P/Bag X238 FORT BEAUFORT 5720|
|Bultfontein Hoërskool (Bultfontein)||Tel: 051 853 1140 bulties [at] schoolink.co.za www.bulties.co.za PO Box 284 BULTFONTEIN 9670|
|Hoërskool Hendrik Potgieter (Reddersburg)||Tel: 051 553 0129 / 083 406 9787 info [at] landbouskool.co.za www.landbouskool.co.za PO Box 29 REDDERSBURG 9904|
|Hoërskool Kroonstad (Kroonstad)||Tel: 056 212 4551 www.blouskool.co.za P/Bag X38 KROONSTAD 9500|
|Landboudal Agricultural High School (Jacobsdal)||Tel: 053 591 0050 lanties [at] bfn.co.za P/Bag X3 JACOBSDAL 8710|
|Unicom High School (Tweespruit)||Tel: 051 963 0013 Unicom-hs [at] mwebbiz.co.za PO Box 519 TWEESPRUIT 9770|
|Weiveld Landbouskool en Hotelskool (Parys)||Tel: 056 817 6688 theprincipal [at] weiveldschool.co.za PO Box 1791 PARYS 9585|
|Hoërskool Bekker (Magaliesburg)||Tel: 014 577 5936/7 hoof [at] hsbekker.co.za www.hsbekker.co.za P/Bag X 5002 MAGALIESBURG 1791|
|James Nxumalo Agricultural High School (Ulundi)||Tel: 035 879 1075 / 083 321 0608 jamesnxumalo [at] mweb.co.za P/Bag X48 ULUNDI 3838|
|Vryheid Agricultural High School (Vryheid)||Tel: 034 982 6005 admin [at] vryheidlandbou.co.za http://vryheidlandbou.co.za PO Box 1307 VRYHEID 3100|
|Weston Agricultural College (Mooi River)||Tel: 033 263 1328 contact [at] weston.co.za www.weston.co.za P/Bag X527 MOOI RIVER 3300|
|Zakhe Agricultural College (Baynesfield)||Tel/fax: 033 815 9600 mwzakhe [at] mweb.co.za PO Box 64 BAYNESFIELD 3770|
|Dimani Agricultural High School (Shayandima)||Tel: 015 964 3520 / 076 684 0440 P/Bag X554 SHAYANDIMA 0945|
|Harry Oppenheimer Agricultural High (Limburg)||Tel: 015 426 0006 info [at] hoas.co.za www.hoahs.co.za P/Bag X1309 BAKONE 0746|
|Kheto Nxumayo Agricultural High School (Giyani)||Tel: 015 812 3315 / 083 694 0843 ikhetho [at] yahoo.com P/Bag X 9611 GIYANI 0826|
|Hoër Landbouskool Kuschke (Eerstegoud)||Tel: 015 225 7026 Cell: 083 230 3293 kuschke [at] mweb.co.za P/Bag X1 EERSTEGOUD 0701|
|Merensky High School (Tzaneen)||Tel: 015 305 7901/ 074 888 5975 merensky [at] hsmerensky.co.za www.hsmerensky.co.za P/Bag X4003 TZANEEN 0850|
|Settlers Agricultural High School (Settlers)||Tel: 014 001 7023 / 081 405 5881 admin [at] settlers.co.za www.settlers.co.za P/Bag X422 SETTLERS 0430|
|Tshipakoni Secondary School (Vumani )||Tel: 083 770 2784 / 082 666 3798 P/Bag X1207 VUWANI 0952|
|Beestepan Agricultural High School (Middleburg)||Cell: 013 297 1697 / 082 682 2923 PO Box 3979 MIDDELBURG 1050|
|Mahhushe Agricultural High School (Kwalugedlane)||Tel: 013 780 7064 P/Bag X 4036 KWALUGEDLANE 1341|
|Mathews Phosa College (Schagen)||Tel: 013 733 3224 mpcollege [at] absamail.com www.mathewsphosacollege.co.za PO Box 26 SCHAGEN 1207|
|Hoërskool Middelburg (Middleburg)||Tel: 013 282 7393/4/5 hsmiddelburg [at] middies.co.za www.middies.co.za P/Bag X251811 MIDDELBURG 1050|
|Morgenzon Landbou Akademie (Morgenzon)||Tel: 017 793 3089/58 landties [at] mweb.co.za www.hsmorgenzon.co.za P/Bag X6 MORGEZON 2315|
|Perdekop Agricultural High School (Perdekop)||Tel: 017 785 1028 / 082 828 4917 ariki [at] mweb.co.zaPO Box 226 PERDEKOP 2465|
|Sinethemba Secondary School (Piet Refief)||Tel: 017 730 0094 / 082 682 0550 PO Box 1081 PIET RETIEF 2380|
|Suikerland Secondary School (Malelane)||Tel: 013 790 1191 suikerland [at] gmail.com PO Box 127 MALELANE 1320|
|Umzimvelo Agricultural School (Ermelo)||Tel: 017 819 5820 Cell: 079 896 8878 / 079 896 9137 PO Box 1884 ERMELO 2350|
|Kromellenboog Combined School (Christiana)||Tel: 053 441 9100 / 082 447 2225 maria [at] beefmaster.co.za PO Box 425 CHRISTIANA 2680|
|PH Moeketsi Agricultural High School (Taung)||Tel: 053 994 1845/7 P/Bag X553 TAUNG 8584|
|Hoërskool Sannieshof (Sannieshof)||Tel: 018 683 0011 hskoolshof [at] lantic.net www.sannieshof.net P/Bag X401 SANNIESHOF 2760|
|Hoërskool Wagpos (Brits)||Tel: 012 255 5646/ 071 657 2733 krediteure [at] wagposhs.co.za www.wagposhs.co.za P/Bag X5005 BRITS 0250|
|Hoërskool Martin Oosthuizen (Kakamas)||Tel: 054 431 0884/5 admin [at] hmoskool.co.za www.hmoskool.co.za PO Box 183 KAKAMAS 8870|
|Hoër Landbouskool Noord-Kaapland, (Jan Kempdorp)||Tel: 053 456 1292 / 2571|
|Augsburg Landbougimnasium (Clanwilliam)||Tel: 027 482 2120/2 admin [at] augsburg.wcape.school.za www.augsburggim.co.za PO Box 34 CLANWILLIAM 8135|
|Boland Agricultural High School (Windmeul)||Tel: 021 869 8143 info [at] bolandlandbou.co.za www.bolandlandbou.co.za P/Bag X01 WINDMEUL 7630|
|Hoër Landbouskool Oakdale (Riversdal)||Tel: 028 713 2549 admin [at] hlsoakdale.wcape.school.za www.oakdale.co.za P/Bag X424 RIVERSDAL 6670|
Agricultural Training Institutes / Agricultural Colleges
Agricultural Training Institutes, also called Agricultural Colleges, offer higher education for those wanting to follow a career in agriculture, as well as short courses, previously known as further education training (FET), now technical, vocational education and training (TVET).
These short courses are offered in animal production, crop production, as well as in areas like tractor maintenance and the safe handling of chemicals. A document Structured Training Programmes, listing all short courses, may be found on www.daff.gov.za. Alternatively, contact the Agricultural Training Institute of your choosing.
|Institution and Province||Contact Details|
|Fort Cox (Eastern Cape)||Tel: 040 653 8033/4 Fax: 040 653 8036 www.fortcox.ac.za|
|Grootfontein (Eastern Cape)||Tel: 049 842 1113 Fax: 049 842 4352 http://gadi.agric.za|
|Mpofu (Eastern Cape)||Tel: 040 664 9064 / 53 / 54 Fax: 040 664 9051|
|Tsolo Agricultural College (Eastern Cape)||Tel: 047 542 0025 / 107 Cell: 082 301 9829|
|Glen College (Free State)||Tel: 051 861 8500 Fax: 051 861 8451 www.ard.fs.gov.za|
|Cedara (KwaZulu-Natal)||Tel: 033 355 9304/5 Fax: 033 355 9303 www.kzndard.gov.za|
|Owen Sithole (KwaZulu-Natal)||Tel: 035 795 1345 Fax: 035 795 1379 www.kzndard.gov.za|
|Madzivhandila (Limpopo)||Tel: 015 962 7200 Fax: 015 962 7231 www.madzicollege.gov.za|
|Tompi Seleka (Limpopo)||Tel: 013 268 9300/1/2 Fax: 013 268 9305 www.lda.gov.za|
|Lowveld (Mpumalanga)||Tel: 013 753 3064 Fax: 013 755 1110 www.ump.ac.za|
|Potchefstroom (North West)||Tel: 018 299 6500 Fax: 018 293 3925 http://potchagricollege.co.za|
|Taung (North West)||Tel: 053 994 9800 Fax: 053 994 1130 http://taungagricollege.co.za|
|Elsenburg (Western Cape)||Branches: George Campus – 044 874 7739 Oudtshoorn Campus – 044 272 6077 Clanwilliam Campus – 021 482 1362 Tel: 021 808 5451 Fax: 021 884 4319 www.elsenburg.com|
The Bothaville Private Agricultural College runs courses like a national certificate in SAFEX, agri-management and mentorship. Contact Marius Heyns at 082 655 6581 or write to mh [at] bothavilleagricollege.co.za. Read also about Cloud-based e-learning – a full suite of online learning opportunities – offered by AGRICOLLEGES at https://agricolleges.com/
Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges offering agriculture
|Boland TVET College||Tel: 021 886 7111 / 082 459 9141 www.bolandcollege.com|
|East Cape Midlands TVET College||Tel: 049 891 0201 / 082 772 6270 www.emcol.co.za|
|Elangeni Sivananda TVET College (Mpumalanga campus)||Tel: 031 771 0148 www.elangeni.edu.za|
|Gert Sibande TVET College||Tel: 017 712 9040 / 082 563 0329 www.gscollege.co.za|
|Goldfield TVET College||Tel: 057 935 1301 / 083 280 2537 http://goldfieldstvet.co.za|
|King Hintsa TVET College||Tel: 047 401 6400 www.kinghintsacollege.edu.za|
|Lovedale TVET College||Tel: 043 642 1331/ 082 856 1450 www.lovedalecollege.co.za|
|Majuba Technology Centre||Tel: 034 326 1182 www.majuba.edu.za|
|Maluti TVET College||Tel: 058 713 6064 / 072 342 7159 http://malutitvet.co.za|
|Midlands TVET College||Tel: 033 266 6588 / 083 379 9760 http://midlandscommunitycollege.co.za|
|Motheo TVET College||Tel: 051 406 9300 / 78 (t/f) www.motheotvet.co.za|
|Mthashana TVET College||Tel: 034 980 1010 / 084 959 8224|
|Nkangala TVET College||Tel: 013 243 5148 / 082 871 8865 www.ntc.edu.za|
|Sekhukhuni TVET College||Tel: 013 269 0278 www.sekfetcol.org|
|South Cape TVET College||Tel: 044 884 0359 / 082 571 3105 www.sccollege.co.za|
|Taletso TVET College||Tel: 018 632 4317 / 083 764 5565 www.taletso.edu.za|
|Umfolozi TVET College||Tel: 035 474 2304 / 073 599 4958 www.umfolozicollege.co.za|
|Waterberg TVET College||Tel: 015 491 8581 / 082 463 4873 www.waterbergcollege.co.za|
|Westcol TVET College||Tel: 0861 937 826 www.westcol.co.za|
AgriSETA: Learnerships and apprenticeships
Find the “Skills delivery” and option at www.agriseta.co.za.
Learnerships and apprenticeships are a combination of on-the-job learning along with some theoretical training. The major part of the training can be offered on the farm.
They are available in the following subjects: Agricultural Management; Agronomy, Animal Husbandry and Horticulture (for both farm owner and farm worker); Plant Production; Mixed Farming Systems; Fruit Packaging and Grading; Agricultural Machinery; Grain Handling; Grain Milling; Dry Pet Food Processing; Poultry Production; Poultry Processing; Red Meat (Abattoir Processes, Supervision, Slaughtering; Meat Examination); Seed (Production, Marketing, Research & Development; Processing etc); Sugar; Sugar Processing; Rooibos Processing; and Tobacco.
A learnership leads to a qualification and the level of qualification starts at Level 1 (equal to Grade 9). The highest level is level 5. Although it is not unit standard based, the apprenticeship also leads to a recognised national qualification indicating that you are competent in the skill for which you trained.
There are many financial incentives for a business owner to put employees (and unemployed people) on these learning programmes. AgriSETA picks up the bill for most aspects of the training (including a weekly allowance if the learner is unemployed), and the employer receives tax deduction benefits once the leaner has successfully completed his/her training.
The employer and learner will sign an agreement for the duration of the learnership/apprenticeship. The strategy is that the employer offers an opportunity to the learner to obtain practical experience in the work place, the practical experience obviously having some bearing on the learner’s theoretical training.
After completion of the learnership, the employer will have no further obligation towards the learner. By taking in such a learner you as employer get the opportunity of evaluating the person with a view to future employment.
Should you wish to offer an unemployed person the opportunity to complete a learnership, you are welcome to contact AgriSETA.
Adult Basic Education Training (ABET) and General Training
A number of AgriSETA-accredited providers offer ABET training (see next heading).
RainbowSA Publishing’s The Skills Handbook, a sister publication, takes you through the skills strategy and legislation in an easy-to-understand way and provides an extensive list of training providers. Visit www.skillshandbook.co.za.
AgriSETA accredited training providers
- Agriskills Transfer www.agriskills.net
- Buhle Farmers Academy www.buhle.org.za
- NOSA Agricultural Services www.nosaagri.co.za
- Skills for Africa www.skillsafrica.co.za
A comprehensive list of AgriSETA accredited training providers (nearly 500 of them) can be found on the AgriSETA website.
Accredited training providers in related sectors can be found on the websites of FoodBev and the forestry SETA, FP&M SETA. Visit www.foodbev.co.za and www.fpmseta.org.za respectively. Training providers accredited with other SETAs also offer training relevant to the agricultural sector e.g. Resonance Institute of Learning offers business and financial training for co-operatives and small-scale farmer businesses.
Agricultural Research Council (ARC) training
Find the “Training services” option at www.arc.agric.za.
The ARC Institutes are able to structure courses upon request. The numbers of persons accepted for the courses and the costs vary and are obtainable from the contact numbers.
Livestock and animal health
ARC-Animal Production (ARC-AP) Tel: 012 672 9111
- Small scale dairy production
- Meat processing and carcass cutting
- Advanced Poultry Nutrition
- Beef Production and Management
- Dairy Production
- Pig Production
- Poultry Production
- Small Stock Management
ARC-Onderstepoort Veterinary Research Campus (ARC-OV) Tel: 012 529 9111
- Diagnosis of Avian influenza
- Introduction to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
- Tick Identification
- Zoonotic Disease
ARC-Grain Crops (ARC-GC) Tel: 018 299 6100
- Basic nematology
- Introduction to Grain Crops Production
- Dry Beans Production
- Groundnut Production
- Maize Production
- Sorghum and Millet Production
ARC-Small Grains (ARC-SG) Tel: 058 307 3400
- Wheat production
ARC-Industrial Crops (ARC-IC) Tel: 014 536 3150
- Courses on tobacco, cotton and fibre crops are presented.
ARC-Vegetable and Ornamental Plants (VOP) Tel: 012 841 9611
- Hydroponics Vegetable Production
- Vegetable Production
ARC-Infruitec/Nietvoorbij Tel: 021 809 3100
- Fruit processing
- Deciduous Fruit Production
- Basic Business Skills
- Table Grape Production
- Honeybush Tea Production
ARC-Tropical and Subtropical Crops (ARC-TSC) Tel: 013 753 7000
- Processing of subtropical fruit
- Cultivation of Subtropical crops: Avocado, Citrus & Macadamia, Banana, Guava, Mango & Litchi
- Propagation of Subtropical Fruit Crops
- Tissue Culture of Subtropical Crops
Natural resources and engineering
ARC-Plant Protection Research (ARC-PPR) Tel: 012 808 8000
- Principles of integrated pest management (IPM) for established and developing agricultural systems
- Handling, extraction and Identification of plant-parasitic nematodes
- The identification of phytophagous mites and of slide mounted specimens of selected mite families.
- Introductory and advanced spider identification courses
- Identification of some parasitic mites (Acari) of birds and domestic animals in Southern Africa.
- Alien plant control for land managers
- Stored Grain & Rodent Management
- Beeswax and candle making
- Practical course in phytobacteriology techniques in applied entomology
- Introductory mycology
- Introductory Cell Biology
- Introductory Molecular Biology
- Fusarium Identification
- Fungal taxonomy course
- Plant inspectors course for the identification of quarantine pests and diseases
- Mushroom production
- Training of smallholder farmers
- Ecologically-based rodent pest management
ARC-Agricultural Engineering (ARC-AE) Tel: 012 842 4000
- Irrigation Evaluation
- Mechanization planning for crop production
- Irrigation Design
ARC-Soil, Climate and Water (ARC-SCW) Tel: 012 310 2500
- Basic Soil Properties: Analysis and Interpretation
- Conservation Agriculture Training
- Soil Classification & Mapping
- Soil Microbiology and Biological Nitrogen Fixation
Faculty of Applied Sciences
- Department of Agriculture – 021 864 5200/17
- Department of Biotechnology and Consumer Science – 021 460 3175
- Department of Environmental and Occupational Studies – 021 460 9068
- Department of Food Technology – 021 959 6236
- Department of Horticultural Sciences – 021 959 6512
National Diplomas in Agricultural Management and Agriculture (Animal Production or Crop Production), Horticulture, Consumer Science, Environmental Health, Environmental Management, Food Technology and Nature Conservation are offered. BTech and MTech qualifications in these areas are also offered.
School for Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
Department of Agriculture Tel: 051 507 4051 and/or 051 507 3272 / 88
umesiobi [at] cut.ac.za / pfourie [at] cut.ac.za
A National Diploma in Agricultural Management (3 years) and a B Tech: Agriculture (Degree) is offered. An M Tech and D Tech are research options. Research is done in the fields of Agricultural Management, Animal Production and Crop Production. Short courses are also offered, and students and lecturers are involved in community service and frequently liaise with industry. The latter is mostly accomplished during the second year of training in the form of experiential training on a farm for a one-year period, while various assignments in most subjects also necessitates completion on a farm or agricultural business. Merit bursaries from the 2nd year of study, and Innovation fund bursaries for research projects are available.
Department of Horticulture Tel: 031 373 2717
N Dip and B Tech are offered in horticulture
Faculty of Natural Sciences
- Department of Agriculture – 031 907 7679
- Department of Environmental Health – 031 907 7654
Three year National diplomas in Plant production or Animal production offered. Bursaries are available.
Tel: 044 801 5111
Departments within the School of Natural Resource Management are Forestry, Agriculture, Nature Conservation, Game Ranch Management and Wood Technology. The National Diploma, BTech degree, MTech and DTech in agriculture are offered.
Tel: 041 504 3527
National Diploma in Agricultural Management; BTech in Agricultural Management; MTech and DTech in Agriculture.
Faculty of Agriculture, Science & Technology
- School for Agricultural Sciences – 018 389 2741 / 2749 / 2050
- School of Environmental and Health Sciences – 018 389 2344
The School of Agricultural Science is made up of three disciplines, two centres and an experimental farm. The disciplines are Agricultural Economics and Extension, Animal Science, Animal Health and Plant Science. The School of Environmental and Health Sciences offers Biological Sciences, Geography and Nursing.
- Two new programmes are offered from 2019: BSc. (Agric) with Soil Sciences and Agronomy, and B.Sc. (Agric) with Agricultural Economics and Agronomy. Tel: 018 299 4213 or email chantel.zaayman [at] nwu.ac.za.
- The School of Biological Sciences offers Geology, Zoology, Microbiology, Botany, Geography and Environmental Management. Call 018 299 2521.
- The School of Economics offers a BCom in Agricultural Economics and Risk Management. Call 018 299 1382.
- The Research Entity Environmental Science and Management offers a range of subjects that have a bearing on agriculture (mentioned in the relevant chapters of this publication) e.g. Biodiversity and Conservation Ecology, Environmental Management, Integrated Pest Management and Agricultural Economics. Call 018 299 1543.
Master’s and Doctoral Programs in Agricultural Economics at the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus
The world economy and society has changed fundamentally over the past two decades – away from traditional notions of an industrial society towards a fully globalised world economy. Hence, agriculture needs to remain internationally competitive in a free market environment.
Agricultural research and education are, and will remain a prerequisite for increasing agricultural productivity and endured competitiveness in a globalised world economy. Agriculture has the ability to generate income for farmers and the rural workforce. This in turn will address food security and poverty alleviation. Given that few countries have achieved economic growth without agricultural development, it can be concluded that the sector can significantly contribute to poverty alleviation. Therefore, agricultural research and education should be a high priority, especially within the developing world.
Therefore, the main aim of the Master’s and Doctoral program in Agricultural Economics at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University’s is to equip students with knowledge and practical experience that will empower him/her to contribute to solutions relating to these difficult real world challenges in an dynamic agricultural environment.
Contact Mr J van der Merwe at 018 299 2393 or send an email to Johnny.VanDerMerwe [at] nwu.ac.za.
Faculty of AgriSciences Tel: 021 808 4833 / 737
- Agricultural Economics 021 808 4758
- Agronomy 021 808 4803
- Animal Science 021 808 4916
- Conservation Ecology and Entomology 021 808 4775 / 3304
- Food Science 021 808 3578
- Forest and Wood Science 021 808 3323
- Genetics and Institute of Plant Biotechnology 021 808 5839
- Horticultural Science 021 808 4900
- Plant Pathology 021 808 4799
- Soil Science 021 808 4794
- Viticulture and Oenology (DVO) 021 808 4545
- Institute for Wine Biotechnology (IWBT) 021 808 3770
Faculty of Science Tel: 012 382 6203
- Animal Sciences – 012 382 5332
- Biotechnology and Food Technology – 012 382 6366
- Crop Science – 012 382 5335 / 01
- Environmental Health – 012 382 5281
- Environmental Water and Earth Science – 012 382 6232
- Horticulture – 012 382 5300
- Nature Conservation – 012 382 5215
Faculty of Engineering and Bio-Sciences Tel: 082 77 00 144
Faculty of Science and Agriculture Tel: 040 602 2232
Departments in the School of Agriculture and Agribusiness are: Agricultural Economics and Extension; Agronomy; Livestock and Pasture Sciences. Departments like Geography, Biochemistry and Microbiology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) etc are housed within the School of Biological and Environmental Sciences or the School of Physical and Computational Sciences.
Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences Tel: 051 401 3199 / 2531 www.ufs.ac.za/natagri
Short courses for commercial and emerging farmers are available in Afrikaans, English or Sesotho. To find out about the financial planning and strategic management courses offered by the Centre for Agricultural Management, call 051 401 2557 / 3551 or visit www.ufs.ac.za/agriman.
Details of relevant departments follow:
- Agricultural Economics 051 401 2824 www.ufs.ac.za/agri-econ
- Animal, Wildlife and Grassland Sciences 051 401 2608 www.ufs.ac.za/animal
- Centre for Environmental Management 051 401 2863 www.ufs.ac.za/cem
- Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, Rural Development and Extension 051 401 3765 www.ufs.ac.za/censard
- Consumer Science 051 401 2304
- Disaster Management Training and Education Centre for Africa (DiMTEC) 051 401 2721 www.ufs.ac.za/dimtec
- Genetics 051 401 2261
- Geography 051 401 2255
- Geology 051 401 2515
- Institute for Groundwater Studies 051 401 2482 www.ufs.ac.za/igs
- Microbial, Biochemical and Food Biotechnology 051 401 2679 www.ufs.ac.za/biotech
- Paradys Experimental Farm 051 443 9011
- Plant Sciences 051 401 2514 www.ufs.ac.za/plantsci
- Soil, Crop and Climate Sciences 051 401 2212
- Urban and Regional Planning 051 401 3210 / 2486
- Zoology and Entomology 051 401 3244
College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science Tel: 033 260 5597 www.caes.ukzn.ac.za
School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences http://saees.ukzn.ac.za
- Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Management & Agribusiness 033 260 5493 http://agriceco.ukzn.ac.za
- Agricultural Extension and Rural Resource Management http://agextension.ukzn.ac.za
- Animal and Poultry Science 033 260 5515 http://ansi.ukzn.ac.za
- Dietetics and Human Nutrition 033 260 5428 http://dietetics.ukzn.ac.za
- Crop Science http://cropsc.ukzn.ac.za
- African Centre for Food Security 033 260 6171 http://acfs.ukzn.ac.za
- Horticultural Science 033 260 5515 http://horticulture.ukzn.ac.za
- Plant Breeding http://plantbreeding.ukzn.ac.za
- Plant Pathology 033 260 5525 http://plantpath.ukzn.ac.za
- Agrometeorology 033 260 5514 http://agrometeorology.ukzn.ac.za
- Geography 031 260 7322 http://ses.ukzn.ac.za
- Geological Sciences 031 260 2516 http://geology.ukzn.ac.za
- Soil Science Environmental Hydrology/ Centre for Water Resources Research 033 260 5678 http://cwrr.ukzn.ac.za
Two other schools of interest to us are:
- School of Life Sciences – http://lifesciences.ukzn.ac.za. Disciplines here include Biochemistry, Biology, Cellular Biology, Ecology, Marine Biology and Microbiology
- School of Engineering (includes Agricultural Engineering – http://bioeng.ukzn.ac.za)
School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Tel: 015 268 2202/3
Departments are Agricultural Economics and Animal Production; Geography and Environmental Studies; Plant Production, Soil Science and Remote Sensing; and Water and Sanitation.
- Aquaculture Research Unit – 015 268 2833
- Experimental Farm – 015 267 2801
- Centre for Rural Empowerment – 015 268 2171
- Limpopo Agro-Food Technology Station
Tel: 013 002 0001
A Bachelor of Agriculture (Agricultural Extension and Rural Resource Management) degree is offered, as well as a diploma in Agriculture (Plant Production).
University of Pretoria (UP) Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Tel: 012 420 3201
The departments are listed on the faculty web pages, and include a link to where contact details and information are given. Departments in the faculty include: Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development; Animal and Wildlife Science; Consumer Science; Food Science; Genetics; Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology; Geology; Microbiology and Plant Pathology; Plant Production and Soil Science; Plant Science; Zoology and Entomology.
Their institutes, centres and units include: African Centre for Gene Technologies; Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa (CEEPA); Centre for Environmental Studies; Centre for Wildlife Management; Conservation Ecology Research Unit (CERU); Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI); Institute for Food, Nutrition and Well-being (IFNUW); Post Graduate School for Agriculture and Rural Development; South African Institute for Agricultural Extension; SADC Centre for Land Related, Regional and Developmental Policy.
University of Pretoria (UP) Faculty of Veterinary Science
Tel: 012 529 8000
On the website, find the interactive links to the departments: Anatomy and Physiology, Companion Animal Clinical Studies, Paraclinical Sciences, Production Animal Studies, Veterinary Tropical Diseases.
Centres include the Centre for Veterinary Wildlife Studies, Equine Research Centre and the Onderstepoort Veterinary Genetics Laboratory.
The method of studying at UNISA – distance learning along with practical modules at a centre near you – makes this an ideal method of studying or upgrading your qualifications, whether you are an extension officer, potential farmer or entrepreneur.
The College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences is situated within the Florida Campus on the corner of Christiaan de Wet and Pioneer Avenue, Florida, Johannesburg. It offers both University-of-Technology and University programmes under one roof. In Agriculture, for example, we offer a National Diploma and BTech in Agricultural Management as well as a generic BSc (Agric).
The College is committed to teaching, research and community participation in order to meet the needs of South Africa, the SADC region and Africa as a whole.
School of Agriculture and Life Sciences
- Department of Agriculture and Animal Health – the focus is on agricultural management, animal health, food nutrition, food security and social development. This department also hosts the Unit for Indigenous Technological Knowledge Services. 011 471 3231 / 2818
- Department of Life and Consumer Sciences – call 011 471 3649 Life Sciences e.g. animal physiology, biochemistry, botany, biology, microbiology and zoology
- Consumer Sciences e.g. food, clothing and textiles, nutrition and hospitality
School of Environmental Sciences
- The Department of Environmental Sciences focuses on environmental Science, Environmental Management, Ornamental Horticulture and Nature Conservation. 011 471 2355 / 3138. Short learning programme enquiries – 011 471 2577 / 2616
- The Department of Geography offers undergraduate degrees in environmental management and geography modules up to doctoral level. 011 471 3689 / 2084 Short learning programme enquiries – 011 471 3120 / 2084
Centre for Sustainable Development of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Tel: 011 471 2171
School of Agriculture Tel: 015 962 8000 / 8310 / 8408
Departments within the School of Agriculture are: Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness; Agricultural and Rural Engineering; Animal Science; Family Ecology and Consumer Sciences; Food Science and Technology; Forestry; Horticultural Sciences; Plant Production; and Soil Science.
Departments with the School of Environmental Sciences include Ecology and Resource Management; Geography and Geo-Information Sciences; Hydrology and Water Resources; and the Institute of Semi-Arid Environment and Disaster Management.
Of interest to readers of this publication is also this university’s Centre for Rural Development and Poverty Alleviation.
Faculty of Natural Sciences Tel: 021 959 3426
- Departments in the faculty include Biotechnology, and Biodiversity and Conservation Biology.
- Units/Institutes of interest to this publication include the Institute for Water Studies and the South African Herbal Science and Medicine Institute (SAHSMI).
Faculty of Science and Agriculture Tel: 035 902 6282 / 6649
- Departments include Agriculture; Biochemistry and Microbiology; Geography and Environmental Studies; Zoology and Botany.
Faculty of Applied & Computer Sciences
- Department of Biotechnology Tel: 016 950 9648
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology
Tel: 043 702 9369/71
National Diploma: Consumer Sciences: Food and Nutrition
Websites and publications
Visit the websites listed earlier in this chapter.
- There is a proposal to change the SETA landscape from the current 21 to 15. Find the notice in the Government Gazette (22 August 2018), and the notes by the Parliamentary Monitoring Committee (22 August 2018), at www.greengazette.co.za/documents/national-gazette-41856-of-22-august-2018-vol-638_20180822-GGN-41856.pdf and https://pmg.org.za/committee-meeting/26896/ respectively.
- Find learning material on the AgriSETA website, www.agriseta.co.za, under the “Agri Quality Assurance” option.
- Academy of Science of South Africa. 2017. “Revitalising Agricultural Education and Training in South Africa”. This is a vital document for anyone wanting to understand where agricultural education and training is at.
- Nation in Conversation took a look at agricultural education and training (2018, September 13). Find the episode [in Afrikaans] at www.nationinconversation.co.za/Events/View/opleiding-en-opleidingsinstansies-in-landbou
- Download the report “JOBS NOW: Vocational Education and Training Swiss-style” at www.accenture.com/us-en/insight-swiss-style-training
- Learning material / workbooks are also available from NOSA Agri. Visit www.nosaagri.co.za or call 087 286 9298.
- Ersamus, D. 2019, March 29. “Agri training falling further behind”. Farmer’s Weekly. Available at www.farmersweekly.co.za/opinion/blog/letter-from-the-editor/agri-training-falling-further-behind/
- Laubscher, K. 2019, March 29. “SA agri training needs drastic digital overhaul”. Farmer’s Weekly, pp. 6-7.
- Kriel, G. 2019, March 29. “High demand for smart machine operators”. Farmer’s Weekly, pp. 44-46.
- Erasmus, D. 2018, June 19. “Agricultural development’s education gap”. Farmer’s Weekly. Available at www.farmersweekly.co.za/agri-business/agribusinesses/agricultural-developments-education-gap/
- Coetzee, C. 2017, October 16. “#WorldFoodDay: Investing in agricultural education can help feed future populations”. Bizcommunity. Available at www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/358/168791.html
- Blight, H. 2017, August 14. “Transforming agricultural education through technology”. Bizcommunity. Available at www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/358/165981.html
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