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Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Mr Mcebisi Skwatsha, will on Wednesday, 27 November 2019, hand over mechanisation equipment and irrigation pipes to rural women involved in small scale farmers at Mbalati Village near Malamulele under the Collins Chabane Local Municipality.

The mechanisation equipment and irrigation pipes will assist 132 rural women from Mingha and surrounding villages, affiliated to the Vhembe Adopt-a-River Forum and farming in a communal land, to improve food production in the area.

The department bought the farming equipment through its Rural Enterprise and Industrial Development (REID) programme. The objective of the REID programme is to facilitate the development of rural enterprises and industries in areas with economic development potential, thus improving the standard of living and contributing positively to the economy of South Africa, to alleviate poverty, unemployment and inequality.

The handover comes after the women requested assistance from the deputy minister during the 2018 event hosted at Magomani village under the Xikundu Traditional Authority by the Vhembe Adopt-a-River Forum.


Members of the media are invited to attend and cover the event as follows:


Venue: Mbhalati Sports Ground, Mbhalati Village near Vuwani

Time  : 10H30 – 13H30

Date  : 27 November 2019


Media RSVPs and enquiries should be directed to:


Mr Avhashoni Magada     : 082 465 7848,         




Issued by the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development:

  • Media Liaison Officer: Mr Reggie Ngcobo, 082 883 2458 or
  • Chief Director: Strategic Communications [A]: Ms Phuti Mabelebele, 076 402 7521 or

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