Alan Winde is the Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities. “The Western Cape Government believes that economic growth is the foundation of all successful development, that growth is driven primarily by private sector business, and that the role of the state is to create and maintain an enabling environment for business and to provide demand-led, private sector driven support for growth sectors, industries and businesses. In my role as Minister of Economic Opportunities, my key strategic objective is to fight poverty by creating growth and jobs in the Western Cape across all its economic sectors.”
Before Alan Winde began his career in politics, he started and successfully operated 10 businesses. Whilst running his businesses, he became active in his community. As a respected and trusted member of society, in 1996, he ran as an independent candidate and was successfully elected to the South Cape District Council. Shortly afterwards, Alan was approached by the leadership of the Democratic Alliance, a party which believes in creating an open, opportunity society for all the people of South Africa, to run for Provincial Parliament in the Western Cape under its banner, a responsibility and challenge which he gladly accepted. Between 2000 and 2009, Alan served various political roles, including being the Chief Whip of the official opposition, Western Cape Provincial Finance Chairperson and Member of the Executive Committee. When the Democratic Alliance won the Western Cape Province in 2009, Alan was elected to serve as the Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism. He was appointed to office by Premier Helen Zille on the 8th of May 2009. In 2014, the Democratic Alliance won the Western Cape Province with an even greater majority, and Minister Winde was selected by Premier Helen Zille to become Minister of Economic Opportunities, in charge of the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Economic Development and Tourism. The above portfolios were joined under one Ministry to increase cohesion and alignment in the economy. He was inaugurated into the role on 26 May 2014.
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Dr. Augustine Langyintuo
Dr. Augustine Langyintuo is a Senior Operations Officer – Agribusiness with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) - World Bank Group, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Before then, he worked as the Head of Policy & Partnerships Program of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Nairobi until June 2013 when he joined IFC. Prior to joining AGRA in March 2009, Dr. Langyintuo worked in several positions within national and international research institutes including the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) for over 20 years as an Agricultural Economist. Before that he headed the Socio-Economics Unit of the Savanna Agricultural Research Institute, Ghana while lecturing several courses in the field of agricultural economics at the University for Development Studies, Ghana. While at CIMMYT and AGRA, he continued to supervise post-graduate students in various universities in Africa and North America.
A trade economist and an agribusiness expert, Dr. Langyintuo has published over 100 articles in several international peer review journals and conference proceedings on issues related to input and output market development policy and spear-headed various agricultural policy reforms in Africa. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of the African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics and reviews for several international Journals. Affiliated to several professional bodies, Dr. Langyintuo is the current President of the African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE). He also serves as a Member of the Advisory Board of the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) Project of CIMMYT and the UNDP Report on Inclusive Business and their Ecosystems in Africa.
Dr. Langyintuo holds a PhD (Agricultural Economics) from Purdue University, USA, an MSc Degree (Agricultural Economics) from Reading University, United Kingdom, and a BSc (Upper Honors) Degree in Agriculture from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.
Ms. Joyene Isaacs
Joyene Isaacs grew up in a small rural village (Jamestown near Cape Town) where her family farmed with strawberries and seedlings (ornamental and vegetable plants). She completed school in 1982 and is an alumni of the University of the Western Cape where she completed her B.Sc Honours (Plant Pathology) in 1986.
Her previous track record: Supported resource limited farmers in KwaZulu-Natal, worked with the Land Development Unit in the Western Cape, Infruitec campus of the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) and The Nietvoorbij campus of the ARC.
Ms Isaacs is currently the Head of Department of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture; a department which is consistently showing clean audits and has been nominated by the South African Institute of Government Auditors (SAIGA) as the consistently best government department in South Africa. She has published and presented a range of publications, from scientific to development papers and participated in various conferences, seminars and workshops. She was President (2000 – 2001) of the Southern and Eastern African Association for Farming Systems Research and Extension (14 African countries) and served on several boards of non-government organisations.