Agri’s got Talent – a singing competition and life skills programme for agricultural workers in the fruit and wine industries – is a joint venture between HORTGRO, the Citrus Growers Association, the Vinpro Foundation, SATI, well as the Western Cape Department of Agriculture.
The initiative includes voice and stage training, a singing competition and life skills workshop. The winner, who is announced at a gala evening, receives a cash prize and the opportunity to perform at agricultural events. 2019 will be the competition’s sixth year running.
– Unathi Mantshongo, Vinpro Foundation
“Through Agri’s got Talent, the organisations involved recognise that the individuals working on South African wine and fruit farms, cellars and packhouses have other valuable talents that they can use to effect change in their communities. The competition’s skills programme focuses on self-esteem and self-confidence, leaving the entrants with a sense of achievement. HORTGRO and the VinPro Foundation seek to build an industry on the capabilities of its people and this project supports us in doing that. We are proud to be associated with this project and wish all the finalists luck in their upcoming training and performances.”
– Anton Rabe, HORTGRO (The Agri’s got Talent project is Rabe’s brainchild and he hopes that the show will take root in the bigger agricultural landscape in South Africa.)
“The Agri’s got Talent project gives fruit and wine industry workers a platform to showcase their musical gifts, while developing skills with which they can make a difference in their communities. The competition is an example of the multi-dimentional nature of agriculture and rural communities as a whole and the contribution that this sector can make to unlock the potential of this country.”
– Frieda van der Heever, Onafhanklike sangafrigter (Reeds 6 jaar betrokke by AGT se jaarlikse opleidingsweek, asook Gala aand)
“Ek was uit die staanspoor ongelooflik opgewonde oor hierdie projek. Nie net dat ek kan deel wees daarvan nie, maar dat dit wel bestaan en gebeur! En nie sommerso showtjie is wat aanmekaar gesit word sodat iemand kon sê, ‘Ek het my deel gedoen vir die landbou en sy mense’ nie, maar ‘n properse gala aand waarop al die deelnemers en organiseerders kan trots wees Voorwaar ‘n hoogtepunt op my jaarkalender!”