Agricultural Digest 2005/2006


AGRICULTURAL TRAINING

Secondary Schools

Technikons

Colleges of Agriculture

Faculties or departments of agriculture and univerities in South Africa

National Agricultural Training Board

Formal agricultural training is available at five different levels, i.e. at primary schools, secondary schools, colleges of agriculture, technikons and universities.

Primary and secondary schools are managed by the education departments of the provinces while colleges of agriculture are controlled by the provincial departments of Agriculture. Technikons fall under the Department of Education and agricultural faculties are the responsibility of the universities concerned.

The ARC (Agricultural Research Council) regularly presents various specialised training courses and infor-mation days which are attended by farmers and delega-tes from South Africa and neighbouring countries. Specialised exhibitions, training courses and open days (with practical demonstrations) are used to reach the small-scale farmer.

Veterinary surgeons are trained at the University of Pretoria's Faculty Science at Onderstepoort. The former Faculty of Veterinary Science at the Medical University of South Africa has amalgamated with the Faculty of the University of Pretoria. State veterinarians are assisted countrywide by animal health technicians who obtained a National Diploma in Health at certain technikons and various other colleges of agriculture. They are involved in the observation of diseases, the testing and inoculation of animals for specific diseases, as well as extension to stock farmers on the prevention of the most important animal diseases.

The marked interest in agricultural engineering as a career choice has been widely debated. Food processing, packaging, storage and transport; numerous applications for computers, and sales and service opportunities are all off-farm activities that fall within the ambit of the agricultural engineer.

The technikons at Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Cape Town offer civil engineering with agricultural courses. The universities of Pretoria and Natal offer degree courses in agricultural engineering.

Prospective agricultural economists need a B.Agric

Admin (Stellenbosch University only), B.Sc.Agric or B.Agric (Hons) with agricultural economics as a major. They may be employed as an assistant economist with a B.Agric, Grade 12 exemption and passes in mathematics and science are required, but specific requirements of universities may differ.

Training of agricultural extension officers and researchers are provided at the faculties of agriculture of
the universities mentioned in this publication, or it could be obtained at technikons offering agricultural subjects.

SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Certain secondary schools in the RSA offer agriculture as a formal subject. There are also special agricultural high schools in the provinces where pupils are required to take one or more agricultural subjects.

These schools usually have a balanced economic farming unit which provides sufficient agronomic and livestock material for demonstrations and training purposes.

At most of the agricultural high schools the choice of subjects is wide enough to enable scholars to obtain university entrance qualifications.

Agricultural schools in South Africa and schools with agricultural subjects

For a complete list and further information, contact:

The Chairman, South African Agricultural Training Association (SAATA), 
Settlers Agricultural High School, Private Bag X422, Settlers 0430. 
Tel. (014) 730 0211. Fax: 014-730 0291
E-mail: gpviljoen@settlers.co.za
Internet: www.school.co.za

AUGSBURG AGRICULTURAL GYMNASIUM

The Principal, P.O.Box 34, Clanwilliam 8135.
Tel. (027) 482 2122 or (027) 482 2120. Fax: 027-4821850

BEKKER HIGH SCHOOL

The Principal, P/Bag X5002, Magaliesburg 2805.
Tel. (014) 577 1324/ 577 1195. Fax: 014-5771325
E-mail: hsbekker@smartnet.co.za

BOLAND AGRICULTURAL HIGH SCHOOL

The Principal, P/Bag X1, Windmeul 7630. (Agter-Paarl)
Tel. (021) 863 8143. Fax: 021-8638114

Morgenson Landbou Akademie

The Principal, Private Bag X6, Morgenzon 2315.
Tel. (017) 793 3089/3058. Fax: 017-793270.
E-mail: gshoŽveld@std.lia.net

GELUKWAARTS AGRICULTURAL AND HOTEL SCHOOL

The Principal, P.O.Box 11, Van Stadensrus 9945.
Tel. and fax: (052332) 1213/ 1202

HARRY OPPENHEIMER AGRICULTURAL HIGH SCHOOL

The Principal, Private Bag X1309, Limburg 0613.
Tel. and fax: (015) 223 4999

HENDRIK POTGIETER AGRICULTURAL HIGH SCHOOL

The Principal, Private Bag, Reddersburg 9904.
Tel. and fax: (051) 553 0129

ITOKISETSENG COMBINED SCHOOL

The Principal, P.O.Box 197, Wesselsbron 9680.
Tel. and fax: (057) 899 2514

JACOBSDAL AGRICULTURAL HIGH SCHOOL

The Principal, Private Bag X3, Jacobsdal 8710.
Tel. (053) 591 0050. Fax: 053-5910061

KGOTSO AGRICULTURAL SECONDARY SCHOOL

The Principal, P.O.Box 397, Hoopstad 9479.
Tel. (053) 444 1231. Fax: 052-4441085

KROONSTAD HIGH SCHOOL

The Principal, P/Bag X38, Kroonstad 9500.
Tel. (056) 212 4107/5433. Fax: 056-212 5434

KUSCHKE AGRICULTURAL HIGH SCHOOL

The Principal, P/Bag X1, Eerstegoud 0701.
Tel. (015) 293 7026/7. Fax: 015-2937029
E-mail: kushke@mweb.co.za

MARLOW AGRICULTURAL HIGH SCHOOL

The Principal, P.O.Box 40, Cradock 5880. 
Tel. (048) 881 3121. Fax: 048-8813192. 
E-mail: marlow3@eastcape.net

MARTIN OOSTHUIZEN HIGH SCHOOL

The Principal, P.O.Box 183, Kakamas 8870.
Tel. (054) 431 0884/5. Fax: 054-4310443.
E-mail: hmo@electronet.co.za

MERENSKY HIGH SCHOOL

The Principal, P/Bag X4003, Tzaneen 0850.
Tel. and fax: (015) 305 3215. Fax: 015-3053214

MIDDELBURG HIGH SCHOOL

The Principal, Private Bag X251811, Middelburg 1050.
Tel. (013) 282 7393/4. Fax: 013-2824402

P H MOEKETSI AGRICULTURAL HIGH SCHOOL

The Principal, P/Bag X553, Taung 8584.
Tel. (053) 994 1845. Fax: 053-9941846

NAMPO AGRICULTURAL SECONDARY SCHOOL

The Principal, P.O.Box 345, Bothaville 9660.
Tel and fax: (056) 515 3951

NIEKERKSRUS AGRICULTURAL SCHOOL

The Principal, P.O.Box 639, Viljoenskroon 9520.
Tel. and fax: (056) 343 0149

NORTHERN CAPE AGRICULTURAL HIGH SCHOOL

The Principal, P/Bag X3, Jan Kempdorp 8550.
Tel. (053) 465 0424. Fax: 053-4650425

OAKDALE AGRICULTURAL HIGH SCHOOL

The Principal, P/Bag X424, Riversdale 6770.
Tel. (028) 713 2549. Fax: 028-7133248.
E-mail: postmaster@hlsoakdale.wcape.school.za

PHANDULWAZI AGRICULTURAL HIGH SCHOOL

The Principal, P/Bag X1347, Alice 5700.
Tel. (040) 653 1149

SEOTLONG AGRICULTURAL AND HOTEL SCHOOL

The Principal, Private Bag X866, Witsieshoek 9870.
Tel. (05871) 34297/8. Fax: 05871-34299

SETTLERS AGRICULTURAL HIGH SCHOOL

The Principal, Private Bag X422, Settlers 0430.
Tel. (014) 730 0211. Fax: 014-7300291
E-mail: Admin@settlers.co.za

SUIKERLAND AGRICULTURAL HIGH SCHOOL

The Principal, P.O.Box 127, Malelane 1320.
Tel. (013) 790 1191. Fax: 013-7900276

UMZIMVELO AGRICULTURAL SCHOOL

The Principal, P.O.Box 1884, Ermelo 2350.
Tel. (017) 819 5820. Fax: 017-8192969

UNICOM HIGH SCHOOL

The Principal, P.O.Box 36, Tweespruit 9770.
Tel. (051) 963 0013. Fax: 051-9630128.
E-mail: unicomhs@schoolink.co.za

WESTON AGRICULTURAL SCHOOL

The Principal, Private Bag X527, Mooi River 3300.
Tel. (033) 263 1328. Fax: 033-2632049.
E-mail: principal@weston.co.za

WINTERBERG AGRICULTURAL HIGH SCHOOL

The Principal, P/Bag X238, Fort Beaufort 5720.
Tel. (046) 645 1168. Fax: 046-6451518.
E-mail: win.agric@xsendt.co.za

TECHNIKONS

Three-year national diplomas in agriculture and related disciplines at tertiary level are offered by these institutions. Courses usually consist of two years formal training at the technikon followed by one year of structured experiental training at an approved employer.

Trainee technicians of various government departments are seconded for training, either with full tuition fees and salary, or with a bursary. A maximum contract obligation of three years applies in most cases.

A matriculation certificate (or equivalent) is required for entry to these courses. Selection applies for all fields of study. B.Tech, M.Tech and D.Tech degrees are presented at some technikons from 1996.

The Department of Agriculture of the Cape Technikon presents two courses in Agriculture, namely the National Diploma in Agriculture and Agricultural Management.The National Diploma in Agriculture is presented in cooperation with the Elsenburg College of Agriculture. (Students receive training for 18 months at the Cape Technikon and 18 months at the Elsenburg College of Agriculture).

Students receive tertiary-level training in Agricultural Extension, Agricultural Production Management and have to choose a further three subjects from the following: Viticulture, Oenology, Pomology, Agronomy and Vegetable Cultivation.

Depending on subject selection and results, students may qualify to do the First-year course in Cellar Technology after completion of their National Diploma in Agriculture. The entire National Diploma in Agriculture Management is presented by the Technikon.

On completion of the National Diploma in Agriculture or Agricultural Management students can enrol for the Baccalaureus Technologiae: Agriculture and the following Masters Technologiae degrees.

The Cape Technikon is situated in Cape Town in the old District Six along the slopes of Table Mountain.

Tshwane University of Technology offers different courses in agriculture, as well as courses in amenity horticulture, nature conservation and equine studies. A National Diploma in Veterinary Technology is offered by Technikon Pretoria
for veterinary laboratory technicians of the Department of Agriculture and the private sector. B.Tech, M.Tech and D.Tech degrees are presented as well.

Technikon Port Elizabeth offers a three-year national diploma in Agricultural Management, as well as the degrees B.Tech : Agricultural Management, M.Tech, D.Tech in Agriculture, and M.Tech Business Administration (Agriculture). Both the National Diploma and B.Tech degrees are offered on a full-time as well as block-release basis.

In response to the changing training needs of professional farmers and agriculturists who cannot attend residential educational institutions, Technikon SA has introduced two nationally accredited training programmes in Agricultural Management. Presented by means of distance education, where the written word is used as the medium of instruction, these programmes are designed to promote the total development of the agriculturist since they are developed in collaboration with leaders in the agricultural industry. Since all Technikon SA's programmes comprise lifelong learning with multiple entry and exit options, each culminating in a nationally-recognised qualification, learners may progress in their studies at their own individual pace.

Worcester Community College offers the National Diploma in Farming Management. The main instructional offerings are: Marketing, Business, Financial, Human Resources, Data and Farming Management. The period of instruction at the College (full time) is two years with a compulsory period of 18 months' practical work on a farm in order to obtain the National Diploma (NQF Level 5).

At the Free State University of Technology students receive multi-disciplinary training in various aspects of agriculture. They have a choice of one of five major areas of specialisation, namely Agricultural Management, Business Extension, Agribusiness, Livestock and Game Management, or Agricultural Education. They can enrol for the four-year B.Tech degree but will also be able to exit with a National Diploma after three years, or with a National Certificate after only one year of study.

Depending on the specific area of study, graduates will be able to farm themselves or find employment as farm or game managers, agricultural commodity traders, consultants, extension officers and could be employed by agricultural industries, agri-insurance or agricultural educators. Post-graduate studies for a Masters and Doctorate degree could also be undertaken.

Mangosuthu Technikon offers a National Diploma: Agriculture - Animal Production and a National Diploma in Agriculture. The National Diploma in Community Extension will enable graduates to improve the standard of living in rural areas. The admission requirements for this course is a senior certificate (or equivalent) with passes in English, Home Economics and/or Agricultural Science.

Addresses of technikons

CAPE TECHNIKON

The Head, Faculty for Applied Sciences, P.O.Box 652, Cape Town 8000. 
Tel. (021) 460 3151. Fax: 021-4603193.
E-mail: andrec@ctech.ac.za

MANGOSUTHU TECHNIKON

The Registrar Academic, P.O.Box 12363, Jacobs 4026.
Tel. (031) 907 7271. Fax: 031-906 8872.
E-mail: miken@julian.mantec.ac.za

TSHWANE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

The Dean, Faculty Agriculture, Horticulture and Nature Conservation, Private Bag X680, Pretoria 0001.
Tel. (012) 318 5119. Fax: 012-3185118.
Website: www.techpta.ac.za

PORT ELIZABETH TECHNIKON

The Rector, Private Bag X6011, Port Elizabeth 6000.
Tel. (041) 504 2075. Fax: 041-533644.
E-mail: pdupvn@ml.petech.ac.za

CENTRAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, FREE STATE

The Rector, Private Bag X20539, Bloemfontein 9300.
Tel. (051) 507 3458. Fax: 051-5073407.
E-mail: cvdwest@tofs.ac.za

TECHNIKON SA

The Rector, Private Bag X6, Florida 1710.
Tel. (011) 471 2051/2. Fax: 011-4712554.
Internet: http://www.trsa.ac.za

WORCESTER COMMERCIAL COLLEGE

The Head, Private Bag X3093, Worcester 6849.
Tel. (023) 342 5760/4. Fax: 023-3425768.
E-mail: admin.@wcc.wcape.school.za

COLLEGES OF AGRICULTURE

Prospective farmers, extension officers, animal health and engineering technicians are trained at the colleges of agriculture of the provincial departments of Agriculture and the National Department of Agriculture. Practical training takes up about half the student's time. The balance is devoted to lectures and demonstrations.

Apart from agricultural and related scientific subjects, attention is also paid to training in farm economics and management. In addition to the diploma course, special and short courses are available.

All training at colleges of agriculture in South Africa were evaluated by the Certification Council for Technikon Education (SERTEC) during 1996 with a view to accreditation. This meant that training at all colleges of agriculture attained the same status and formal recognition as training at technikons.

Agricultural training in the Eastern Cape Province is offered at the Fort Cox and Tsolo colleges of Agriculture. The National Department of Agriculture manages the Grootfontein College of Agriculture.

The basic task of the Grootfontein College of Agriculture is to provide technically-trained manpower for the small-stock farming sector and related industries. The College is especially renowned for its training in sheep and wool, as well as Angora goat and mohair production.

The general aim of the College's training programmes is to provide broadly-based training in the principles, techniques and practical skills of animal production and farm management, with special emphasis on the small-stock farming sector.

The formal training programme offered at the College is a three-year full-time one, leading to a Diploma in Agriculture which is accredited by the Certification Council for Technikon Education (SERTEC). Provision is made for an exit-level after successful completion of two years of training after which a Higher Certificate in Agriculture is awarded. Diplomates of the College are well equipped to pursue a career in small-stock farming, related industries, and advisory services.

The College further offers various nonformal cour-ses, often with the help of cooperating partners, in wool classing, sheep judging, welding, performance testing, etc. The range of short courses is flexible and is adapted to the needs of stakeholders.

Tsolo College of Agriculture offers four diplomas, viz. Animal Health and Production, Agriculture, Home Economics, Crop Production and Agricultural Education. The duration of the first three diplomas is three years; that of the last diploma is one year and this diploma is available to students who have already completed diplomas in agriculture.

Two courses are currently presented at the Cedara College of Agriculture (KwaZulu-Natal Province):

1) A Higher Certificate in Agriculture. This is a two-year course, in which students get a solid grounding in general agricultural principles and may select to specialise in Animal Production or Crop Production. A Senior Certificate or equivalent is the minimum requirement for admission.

2) A Diploma in Agriculture. This is a three-year course with the Higher Certificate constituting the first two years of study. The Higher Certificate or equivalent qualification is consequently required to enter the diploma year of study. Both qualifications are accredited by the Certification Council for Technikon Education (SERTEC) and are recognised nationally.

Extracurricular courses. Two-day Dohne Merino and SA Mutton Merino sheep courses offered by the respective breeders' societies, and a four-day wool classing course offered by BKB in conjunction with departmental staff, are presented during the College's vacations. A four-day AI course is given at the College by a private company specialising in AI and breeding. Additional courses included in the College calendar are the
Brahman, Jersey, Santa Gertrudis and Simmentaler Judging courses, run by the respective breeders' societies. All proved to be most successful and will continue to be presented in future years.

The Owen Sitole College of Agriculture, (Kwa-Zulu-Natal Province) re-opened its doors in February 1996 for the training of agriculturists. As the College is situated in a subtropical area, crops and animals associated with these conditions receive special attention in the courses presented at the College. The vegetation on the largest part of the College's farm (672 ha) is natural veld grazing, with some cultivated pastures. Fruit and vegetables are produced under irrigation, and agronomic crops under irrigation as well as dryland conditions.

The College offers two programmes: *a two-year Higher Certificate or a three-year Diploma in Agriculture; and *a two-year Higher Certificate or three-year Diploma in Home Economics and Agriculture. Both programmes have been accredited by the Certification Council for Technikon Education (SERTEC) and are recognised nationally. In the agriculture programme students have the option to specialise in at least one of three production fields, namely Crop Production, Ruminant Production and Nonruminant Production. Courses are offered in a modular format.

Diplomates of the College are suitably qualified and equipped to pursue a career in a wide variety of fields in agriculture.

The Elsenburg College of Agriculture resorts under the Western Cape Department of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Tourism. The College offers advanced agricultural training in the form of a Certificate, Higher Certificate and Diploma in Agriculture programmes in various disciplines. Sixteen specialised field combinations, selected to represent the main production systems of the province, are also provided. The best known diploma course in agriculture is Cellar Technology (wine-making).

Basic training in the form of several skill-training courses are presented on the Elsenburg campus. Training is aimed at the needs of a broad spectrum of target groups, namely prospective and practising new and commercial farmers, and agriculturists such as extension officers and farmworkers. All the college programmes are accredited. A two-year Higher Certificate has been accredited by the Certification Council for Technikon Education (SERTEC).

According to an agreement in 1994 with the Cape Technikon, students are permitted to undergo training in agriculture-related subjects at Elsenburg for three semesters (18 months).

Glen College of Agriculture (Free State Province) offers formal agricultural training. Students can follow the two-year certificate course or the three-year agricultural diploma course. The latter was established in 1994 and
is a prestige course which can be completed after one additional year of study. The course focuses on the management of a farming enterprise, the integration of various fields of study and the practical application of acquired knowledge under the leadership of a panel of lecturers. The purpose of the course is to train highly qualified and finished agricultural managers who can cope with the challenges of a changing environment.

The Lowveld College of Agriculture (Mpumalanga Province) near Nelspruit, offers a two-year higher certificate and/or three-year diploma course in Plant Production The first two years are full time, with the third year a practical experience through experiential training on a farm. Since January 1996 a third-year course in Extension has been offered. After the successful completion of the studies, an Agricultural Diploma, accredited by Technikon Pretoria, is awarded. This opens prospects of up to a D.Tech degree.

The Agricultural Library of Mpumalanga is at the College, and small satellite libraries were opened in the regions. Because of the nature of farming in the Lowveld, the College specialises in two areas, viz. Agronomy and Horticulture. Agronomy comprises studies in tobacco, cotton, sugar cane and dry-bean production, while Horticulture includes vegetable, subtropical fruit and citrus production under irrigation. The main supporting subjects are: Soil Science, Irrigation, Plant Propagation, Computer Practices, Plant Protection, Botany, Agricultural Engineering and Farm Management.

The College also offers nonformal training. It comprises short courses in various subjects according to the needs of the farming community and can last from a few hours to two weeks.

The Potchefstroom College of Agriculture (North West Province) offers:

The curriculum is developed to provide academic and practical training to meet the needs of prospective commercial farmers in the mixed farming areas of the Highveld area of South Africa. The course comprises four main divisions:

The College also offers nonformal training through the provision of short courses. A college farm offers valuable practical training opportunities.

Admission requirements: A Senior Certificate or an equivalent certificate is a prerequisite for admission to the Diploma of Agriculture course. A diploma or a degree in agriculture is required for admission to the B.Tech.(Agricultural Management) course.

The college farm of Tompi Seleka College of Agriculture (Northern Province) is 1 470 ha in extent. About 100 ha are under irrigation. Seventy ha are for field crop production and 30 ha are under artificial pastures for the dairy herd. The rest is shared between residential areas, natural pasture camps and wildlife camps.

The Tompi Seleka's School of Agricultural Sciences offers three national diplomas, viz. *Agriculture: Plant Production, *Agriculture: Resource Utilisation and *Agriculture: Animal Production. Its School of Food and Textile Sciences offers a National Diploma in Agriculture: Community Extension. The duration of the courses is three years with four semesters formal training and two semesters practical training, except the National Diploma in Community Extension which extends over three years college bound. All diplomas are offered in cooperation with Technikon Pretoria.

At present this College is restructuring courses to comply with communities as well as provincial and national needs.

The Madzivhandila College of Agriculture is the project of the Northern Province. It is situated at Thohoyandou in the northern region. The College occupies approximately 680 ha of land. An area of 27,8 ha is under irrigation, 4,7 ha for cash crops and vegetables, 13 ha for orchards, 3,5 ha for maize and lastly 6,6 ha for artificial pasture and fodder trees. The College buildings and the natural veld for grazing camps comprise the remaining area.

The College offers two National Diplomas recognised by the Certification Council of Technikon Education (SERTEC), viz.

The duration of the Diploma is three years divided into six semesters, four semesters of formal training and two semesters of experiental training.

Addresses of colleges of agriculture

CEDARA COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE 
(KwaZulu-Natal)

The Principal, Private Bag X6008, Hilton 3245. (PMB).
Tel. (033) 355 9304. Fax: 033-3559303.
E-mail: vanniekerka@cedara.kzntl.gov.za 

ELSENBURG COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE 
(Western Cape)

The Principal, P.O.Box 54, Elsenburg 7607.
Tel. (021) 808 5450. Fax: 021-8844319.
E-mail: albertm@elsenburg.com 

FORT COX COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE 
(Eastern Cape)

The Principal, P.O.Box 2187, King William's Town 5600.
Tel. and fax: (040) 653 1029. Fax: 040-6538038.
E-mail: rawumey@iafrica.com 

GLEN COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE 
(Free State)

The Head, Private Bag X01, Glen 9360. 
Tel. (051) 861 1244. Fax: 051-8611122. 
E-mail: louise@glen.agric.za
 

GROOTFONTEIN COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE 
(National Department of Agriculture)

The Director, Grootfontein ADI., Private Bag X529, Middelburg 5900. 
Tel. (049) 842 1113. Fax: 049-842113.
E-mail: joan@karoo1.agric.za 

LOWVELD COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE 
(Mpumalanga)

The Principal, P/Bag X11283, Nelspruit 1200.
Tel. (013) 753 3064. Fax: 013-7551110.
E-mail: mona@laeveld1.agric.za
Website: http://www.mpu.agric.za 

MADZIVHANDILA COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE 
(Limpopo)

The Rector, P/Bag X5024, Thohoyandou 0950
Tel. (015) 962 4586/7/8. Fax: 015-9621320.).

OWEN SITOLE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE 
(KwaZulu-Natal)

The Principal, P/Bag X20013, Empangeni 3880.
Tel. (0351) 951 345. Fax: 0357-951379.
E-mail: principl@osca1.kznl.gov.za

POTCHEFSTROOM COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE 
(North West)

The Head, P/Bag X804, Potchefstroom 2520.
Tel. (018) 299 6556. Fax: 018-2933925.
E-mail: oplpwn@potch1.agric.za

TOMPI SELEKA COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE
(Limpopo)

The Rector, P/ Bag X9619, Marble Hall 0450.
Tel. (013) 268 9300/1/2. Fax: 013-2689035.

Tsolo COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE 
(Eastern Cape)

The Principal, P/ Bag X1008, Tsolo 5170.
Tel. (047) 542 0107. Fax: 047-5420107.

FACULTIES OR DEPARTMENTS OF AGRICULTURE AT UNIVERSITIES IN SOUTH AFRICA

Several universities in the country have faculties, departments or schools of agriculture, viz. Fort Hare, Natal, North West, Orange Free State, Pretoria, Stellenbosch, Venda, Zululand and the University of the North. The duration of a B.Sc.(Agric.) course is four years.

Three bachelor degrees in agriculture are currently offered by the University of Fort Hare:

* Bachelor of Agriculture (B.Agric.), * Bachelor of Pedagogics - Agriculture option (B.Ped.Agric.); and

* Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (B.Sc.Agric.). The B.Agric. and B.Ped. (Agric.) degrees can be taken by students without matriculation mathematics.

The B.Agric. is a three-year degree offered by the Faculty of Agriculture. Students who desire to convert to the B.Sc. degree option can do so after passing Introductory Mathematics in the Faculty of Science.

The B.Ped.(Agric.) offered by the Faculty of Education contains virtually all the courses prescribed for the B.Agric. degree which are presented in the Faculty of Agriculture with additional courses in education. This degree, with a duration of 4 years, caters for the student in agriculture.

To register for the B.Sc.Agric. degree (a four-year course) which is offered by the Faculty of Agriculture, a pass in mathematics at matriculation level is required. For this degree more specialised options such as Agricultural Economics, Animal Science, Crop Science, Soil Science and Land and Water Use Development, are offered. Postgraduate qualifications up to doctoral level may be obtained in all disciplines by students interested in research.

The University of the Free State also offers special courses, namely a B.Agric.degree, B.Sc.Agric. degree, a two-year Diploma in Agriculture and a two-year masters degree in Sustainable Agriculture (MSA).

The University of Stellenbosch offers three courses, namely a three-year degree course in Agricultural Management (B.Agric.Admin.), four-year degree courses in food sciences (B.Sc.Food Science) and agricultural sciences (B.Sc.Agric.).

The University of KwaZulu-Natal has several transdisciplinary programmes in agriculture. The four-year programmes are founded on agricultural, economic, management and science disciplines. In addition to the BSc Agric in the production disciplines, Commercial and Community Forestry have been added. The Faculty of Science and Agriculture also offers a three-year BAgric in Rural Resource Management, Sports Turf Management, BSc Dietetics, BSc Human Nutrition and a post-graduate programme in Food Security. It also offers a degree in Agricultural Engineering.

The University of Pretoria offers an additional degree course, namely the BInstAgrar, which is a four-year development orientated degree course. This course can be pursued at post-graduate level at the Post Graduate School for Agriculture and Rural Development.

The Faculty of Agriculture, Science and Technology of the University of the North West offers a four-year B.Sc. (Crop Science, Animal Science or Animal Health). A three-year diploma in Animal Health is also offered and there is provision for a three-year course in Agriculture (Animal Science or Crop Science). Other programmes are the Advanced Diploma in Animal Health, Postgraduate Diploma in Agricultural Economics and Management and the Postgraduate Diploma in Agricultural Extension. B.Sc. Honours in Animal Science, Crop Science, Parasitology, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Extension are also offered by the Faculty of Agriculture. Provision is made for postgraduate studies at both masters and doctorate levels.

The faculty of agriculture, University of the North, offers undergraduate and postgraduate training in Agricultural Economics, Animal Production and Soil Science. Agricultural Extension is only offered at postgraduate level. Degree programmes include a three-year Bachelor of Agricultural Management and a four-year Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. Both programmes lead to honours, masters and Ph.D. The faculty is in the process of establishing a centre for rural community empowerment which will act as the outreach arm of the faculty. A four-year Bachelor of Agriculture in Education is offered by the Faculty of Education.

The School of Agriculture, Rural Development and Forestry of the University of Venda for Science and Technology offers three-year and four-year BSc. Agric. degrees programmes with majors in Agricultural Economics, Animal Science, Crop Science, Horticultural Sciences and Soil Science. In addition, there is a three-year Bachelor's degree in Family Ecology and Consumer Sciences; a four-year degree programme in Food Science and Technology, postgraduate diploma in Agricultural and Rural Engineering, as well as a host of postgraduate programmes in the above disciplines and Rural Development. The latter is available at the Centre for Rural Development, which also serves as the community outreach of the University. The School, as indeed the entire university, operates on a project-based modularisation curriculum.

The Department of Agriculture, Faculty of Science and Agriculture at the University of Zululand was established in 1989. It is one of the fastest growing departments in the Faculty of Science and Agriculture.

The department has three critical areas (units) in its four-year B.Sc. Agriculture programme: Agricultural Extension/Economic and Rural Development, Animal Science and Plant Production. The department also offers certificates and diplomas in the three sub-units. These three sections function as a system. The Department focuses on a system approach to sustainable agriculture and rural development. The vision of the department is excellence in teaching, research and community outreach.

Addresses of faculties/departments of agriculture at universities

UNIVERSITY OF FORT HARE

The Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Private Bag X1314, Alice 5700. 
Tel. (040) 602 2011. Fax: 040-6531730.
E-mail: igodan@ufh.ac.za

Web site: www.ufh.ac.za/study/agriculture/index.htm

UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU-NATAL

The Dean, Faculty of Science and Agriculture, Private Bag X01, Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg 3209.
Tel. (033) 260 5183. Fax: 033-2605969.
E-mail: SAINT@studaff.unp.ac.za

Web site: http://www.unp.ac.za

UNIVERSITY OF THE NORTH

The Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Private Bag X1106, Sovenga 0727. 
Tel. (015) 268 2203. Fax: 015-2682892.
E-mail: machethec@unnt.unorth.ac.za

UNIVERSITY OF THE NORTH WEST

The Deputy Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Science and Technology, Private Bag X2046, Mmabatho 2735.
Tel. (018) 386 1321/9 or (018) 386 2686. Fax: 018-3862686 or 018-3925775

UNIVERSITY OF THE FREE STATE

The Dean, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Agriculture, P O Box 339, Bloemfontein 9300. 
Tel. (051) 401 2535. Fax: 051-4480692. 
E-mail: tokkie@landbou.uovs.ac.za

Web site: www.uovs.ac.za

UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA

The Dean, Faculty Natural Agricultural Sciences, Pretoria 0002. 
Tel. (012) 420 2478. Fax: 012-4203890. 
E-mail: robin.crewe@bioagric.up.ac.za

Web site: www.up.ac.za

UNIVERSITY OF STELLENBOSCH

The Dean, Faculty of Agri Science, Stellenbosch 7600. 
Tel. (021) 808 4737. Fax: 021-8082001.
E-mail: agric@land.sun.ac.za

Web site: www.sun.ac.za

UNIVERSITY OF VENDA for science and technology

The Dean, School of Agriculture, Rural Development and Forestry, Private Bag X5050, Thohoyandou 0950.
Tel. (015) 962 8110. Fax: 015-9628598.
E-mail: makinde@caddy.univen.ac.za

UNIVERSITY OF ZULULAND

The Head, Department of Agriculture, Private Bag X1001, KwaDlangezwa 3886. (Empangeni). 
Tel. (035) 793 3911. Fax: 035-7933489. 
E-mail: pewang@pan.uzulu.ac.za

FACULTY OF VETERINARY SCIENCE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA

Veterinarians are trained at the faculty of veterinary science at the University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort. Completion of the undergraduate programme which lasts six years permits registration as a veterinarian with the South African Veterinary Council.

ONDERSTEPOORT, UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA
The Dean, Faculty Veterinary Science, Private Bag X04, Onderstepoort 0110. 
Tel. (012) 529 8201. Fax: 012-5298313. 
E-mail: admin1@op1.up.ac.za

NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL TRAINING BOARD

The establishment in 1994 of a national agricultural training board, SABETA (South African Board of Education and Training in Agriculture), complies with an urgent need for the coordination of agricultural training in South Africa. The Board's objective is to coordinate all aspects of agricultural training in South Africa, to bring about maximum mobility among the various role-players and to identify relevant needs.

SABETA pays special attention to initiating and coordinating international cooperation.

For further information contact:

Dr J Hendrick, Technikon SA, Private Bag X6, Florida 1710.
Tel. (011) 471 2348. Fax: (011) 471 2554.

Prof. R. Awumey, Fort Cox College of Agriculture, P O Box 2187, King William's Town 5600.
Tel. (040) 653 8038. Fax: (040) 653 8040.
E-mail: Rawumey@iafrica.com

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