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  • New CHDA Board Inaugurated!

    New CHDA Board Inaugurated!

    The CHDA welcomes its newly - inaugurated Board of Directors. The Board was inaugurated in a spectacular event held on Friday 11 August 2017 at the Mayor's Boardroom at Chris Hani District Municipality (CHDM) offices. Read more
  • LOCAL IS LEKKER !   SHILOH WINE BRAND LAUNCHED IN APRIL 2017

    LOCAL IS LEKKER ! SHILOH WINE BRAND LAUNCHED IN APRIL 2017

    Local "Inkosi" nkosi wine brand from Shiloh Irrigation Scheme launched from first vintage Read more
  • WE HAVE MOVED!

    WE HAVE MOVED!

    The CHDA relocated to its new offices at the end of May 2017, at 15 Warner Street in Southbourne, Queenstown. The new building offers 2-levels of office space, high-tech meeting rooms, and ample parking for staff and visitors. Read more

IRRIGATION SCHEMES REVITALISATION PROGRAMME

This is aimed at rebranding the district as a food production region through operationalisation of the four big irrigation schemes (Ncora, Qamata, Bilatye and Shiloh), towards creating sustainable rural - based economies.

Key areas of focus are:

  • Increasing the number of new hectares under production of crops, fruit, vegetables and grain, with emphasis on yield management through new technologies
  • Livestock improvement programmes to support in-district processing facilitie, and
  • Improving economic-activity enabling infrastructure in schemes to support commercial production activities

Key challenges identified are:

  • Water infrastructure is old, and no longer efficient in many instances
  • Economic - activity - supporting infrastructure also has to be updated, refurbished, or replaced, to be in a position to fully support economic activity in schemes
  • Limited skills and capacity to operate schemes at a commercial level
  • Funding for large scale development projects based on irrigation schemes
Qamata / Bilatye Maize Expansion Project

Qamata / Bilatye Maize Expansion Project

410ha Planted at Qamata / Bilatye Irrigation Scheme

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Qamata Potato Project

Qamata Potato Project

Women's Co-operative in Qamata Assisted with 20ha Potato Project

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Qamata Butternut Project

Qamata Butternut Project

Mthyinthyini Co-operative in Qamata Assisted with 20ha Butternut Project

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Bilatye Piggery Revitalisation Project

Bilatye Piggery Revitalisation Project

The Bilatye/Mkhonjane Co-operative assisted with establishment of operational 400-grower piggery facility

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Shiloh Vineyard Project

Shiloh Vineyard Project

Mayime Secondary Co-operative assisted with 5ha vineyard expansion at Shiloh irrigation Scheme

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AGRI-BUSINESS DEVELOPEMNT PROGRAMME

This programme is linked to Agricultural production and Agro-processing, with the focus being on building economic value chains from primary production agricultural activities, towards reation of a developed agriculture - driven rural economy.

This programme has been established to identify high value cropping and agricultural production initiatives, as well as drive the development of value chain activities as well as  related industries.  This is done through establishing on markets, on which the production is based, to ensure a continuous stream of value - driven and demand-driven agricultural production, which is the center of agri-business development.

30HA  POMEGRANITE PILOT PROJECT

30HA POMEGRANITE PILOT PROJECT

30ha pomegranite fruit pilot project established at Mitford farms in the Tsolwana area

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VUSISIZWE TREE NURSERY PROJECT

VUSISIZWE TREE NURSERY PROJECT

Small nursery in Qhumanco area provided with production and marketing support

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SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

The CHDA recognises that in order for rural communities to be uplifted, there is a need for t skills development programmes that will target both individuals and community enterprises. This will be achieved by CHDA positioning itself as the principal Co-ordinator for accredited multi-sectorial vocational skills training necessary to develop both labour skills and the capacity of local businesses to support increasing economic activity and managerial capacity within the region.

Key areas of intervention for the agency are:

a) Hosting of career seminars to expose learners in high school to further educationa nd training opportunities, as well as encourage enrolments in areas identified as skills-scarce

b) Facilitation of bursaries for young people to access tertiary education and training opportunities

c) Faciliation of internship and learnership opportunities for unemployed youth to access work-place skills and experience

High School Career Seminars

High School Career Seminars

Young learners are given opportunities to enquire and enrol in tertiary institutions

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Bursary Fund Programme

Bursary Fund Programme

22 Students Accepted into Bursary Fund

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INVESTMENT PROMOTION & ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT

CHDA shall assume a leading role in identifying, assessing and packaging investment opportunities focusing on agro-business vertical integrated model. Further engage new markets that have a potential to rejuvenate regional economy or re-generation, existing business retention, new investment and/or accelerated private sector investment through the following interventions:

1) Promote sustainable vertically integrated agro-business model that ensures broader economic beneficiation within the region,
2) Facilitate the revitalization of Queenstown Industrial Park thereby attracting much needed investment in the district economy
3) Fostering local business linkages between small & medium enterprise and commercial business,
4) Facilitation access to markets both regional, provincial, nationally and extports.
5) Promote creation and/or improvement of enabling environment for business

PARTNERSHIP BUILDING & STAKEHOLDER RELATIONS

The CHDA recognises that in order to implement and galvanize support for projects, there is a need to attract partners. Therefore, the target is to have strategic and functional partnerships at community level, all three spheres of government, DFi’s, financial institutions and foreign donor organisations. Secondly CHDA operates in a highly political, diverse stakeholder environment with differing expectations that need to be satisfied. The key areas of interventions will be:

1) Group and map stakeholders according to their expectations and develop strategies to manage the stakeholders accordingly.
2) Interact with stakeholder to listen to concerns, their involvement in the area, and contribution they can play in advancing economic development of the region
3) Develop engagement platforms that bring interest groups and decision makers together to facilitate alignment of activities and ensure information flow.
4) Become a knowledge resource and advisor on investment opportunities and a conduit for the mobilisation of resources that support private public partnerships.

PARTNERSHIP BUILDING & STAKEHOLDER RELATIONS

Facilitating the process of securing a SEZ licence for the Chris Hani District focusing on Agro-Industrialisation. Medium term focus is the implementation of an Agriparks through the Agro Processing zone with a Mega Agripark at Ncora with mini parks at Qamata and Emalahleni.

CHDA IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MICT SETA WRAPS UP ICT LEARNERSHIP PROGRAM

 

Chris Hani Development Agency (CHDA) in partnership with Media Information Communication and Technology (MICT) Seta and Silulo Ulutho Technologies joined hands in developing ICT expertise amongst young people in Chris Hani district. The leanership was made possible by Deputy Minister of Telecommunication and Postal Services, Hon Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.

50 learners benefited from this partnership that capacitated students on Technical Support course, which NQF Level 4 qualification. Learners are competent in the following areas:

Networking, data communications, network support, hardware and infrastructure support, computer cabling, software installation and computer configuration

This Learnership program commenced in July 2016 and finished in July 2017 with each learners receiving R1500.00 per month for the entire duration of the program.The Graduation Ceremony was held on the 7th December 2017 at Komani Hall.

CAREER CHOICES CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOP FOR LIFE ORIENTATION EDUCATORS

On the 12 & 13 September 2017 at Cofimvaba Town hall, Chris Hani Development Agency (CHDA), in partnership with Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), Finance Accounting Sector Services Education and Training (FASSET) SETA, and the Department of Education have joined hands in enhancing Cofimvaba Life Orientation Educators ‘capacity in career guidance.   

This initiative aims at empowering Life Orientation educators to effectively guide their learners towards career choices that will address South Africa’s skills gap. 

1. CAREER ROADSHOWS AND SEMINARS

CHDA is partnering with Finance, Accounting Services Seta (FASSET), Bank Seta (BSeta), Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), Department of Basic Education (DBE) Institutions of higher learning are embarking on career seminars and roadshows.   The seminars are targeting Life Orientation teachers.  The objective of these seminars is to provide the teachers with basic orientation to career development and information on post school education and training opportunities.  

A 2 days career workshop was conducted on the 21 & 22 August 2017 in Cradock.   40 grade 7 Life Orientation teachers from Hofmeyer, Middleburg and Cradock (Inxuba Yethemba) participated in the program.  

In reaching out to different schools – Hofmeyer and Middleburg.    Teacher workshops for Life Orientation teachers.  This was followed by a 2 day road show program which targeted 3 schools in Middleburg, Hofmeyer and Cradock. Approximately 1800 learners benefited from the program.   

The team conduct a roadshow ALL the historically disadvantaged schools in Hofmeyer, Middleburg, and Cradock.  

On 5 & 6 September, a career seminar for students was conducted in Cofimvaba High School.   2162 grade 9 learners from 52 schools throughout Cofimvaba participated in the seminar.   As a result of this partnership, Chris Hani East Education Department Grade 9 Life Orientation preliminary examination paper included career choice related questions.  This will be followed by a “career dress up” program in October. 

This model has been welcomed by both teachers and learners. This has been reflected in the seminar evaluation that was conducted by DHET and CHDA through the seminar evaluation forms.    This model will be rolled throughout the district.