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Top agri award for D’ville man

A young man who started working for his mother’s egg production business when he was only a teenager was recently named the winner in the Animal Production category of the Durbanville region of the 2018 Western Cape Prestige Agri-Awards.

Tawfeeq Brinkhuis (25), now manager at Chamomile Farming in Philippi, received his award during an awards event on Thursday 26 September at Durbanville Hills. It was one of seven awards events held across the province over the past few weeks.

Brinkhuis, who attended night school at Die Duine Primary School in Lotus River, started to help his mother, Wadea, with her farming during the day when he was about 15 or 16 years old.

Brinkhuis is one of 16 regional winners in the Western Cape.

The competition, sponsored by Shoprite since 2012, aims to recognise the hard work and dedication of the province’s agricultural workforce.

The other winners were: Marthinus Swarts, irrigation manager at Heldervue Estates (Piket-Bo-Berg region); Joseph Muller, production manager at Meerlust farm (Stellenbosch region); Johannes Bezuidenhout, manager at Rondawel farm (Central Karoo region); Jerome Samson, sprayer operator at Irene farm (Berg River region); Christie Davids from Anthonij Rupert farms (Franschhoek region); and Jan Maritz, junior manager at Bellevue farm (Breede River region).

Winners of the regional awards received a cash prize, a certificate, trophy and Shoprite vouchers.

Alan Winde, provincial minister of economic opportunities, congratulated the regional winners.

“Every year we are blown away by the calibre of the agri-workers who enter this competition. We wish all the regional winners well as they go on to compete in the national competition.

“The agricultural sector has been impacted hard by the drought over the past year, but the commitment and hard work of the entire agricultural sector and all our agri-workers needs to be acknowledged,” he said.

These seven winners will join the other nine announced earlier, to compete for the provincial title of Prestige Agri-Worker of the Year later this month.

The awards evening will be held in November, where the overall winner of the Western Cape Prestige Agri-Worker of the Year will be announced.

The overall winner walks away with a R25 000 cash prize, an overseas trip valued at R60 000, an iPad, Shoprite vouchers, data and a seat on the Prestige Agri-Workers’ Forum, which meets quarterly to discuss agri-workers, as well as sector-related issues.

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